Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000A Rocket Blessing and a Cubist Planet Are Among These Celestial Sights sends off the one-year crew and a Saturn probe gets artistic in our picks for this week's best space-related picturesFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studio of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th centuryFri, 27 Mar 2015 20:31:10 +0000A Startup Wants to Track Everything From Shoppers to Corn Yields Using Satellite Imagery Insight, founded by a NASA and Google veteran, is quick to predict crop failures and estimate the current global oil surplusFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:36:52 +0000A Bus Stop Climbing Wall and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded shoelaces? They come in stylish colors and patternsFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:22:13 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonian of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkit hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island? the man who climbed to the top and took these stunning shotsFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 +0000Smog-Eating Buildings Battle Air Pollution triggers chemical reactions in the façades of buildings in Mexico City and Milan to improve air qualityFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:16:24 +0000Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa seals only consume the viscera, though, which may be why this particular type of predation took ecologists by surpriseFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000This Chart From 1790 Lays Out the Many Dangers of Alcoholism father Benjamin Rush was greatly concerned with the amount of booze imbibed in post-Revolution AmericaFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:39:28 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceania many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Fishing Bans Create a Glimmer of Hope on the Great Barrier Reef reserves have helped commercially important species bounce back, but the reef still faces some serious threatsThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical World new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000"The World's Most Dangerous Trail" Reopens This Week once-deadly path is now a modern tourist attractionThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:32:01 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much? jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:57:09 +0000Cast Your Vote for Britain’s National Bird online campaign is asking the public to choose from a list of ten finalists whittled down by birders and conservationistsThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Eight Modern Speakeasies With Real Roots in the 1920s speakeasies across the United States do justice to the Jazz AgeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:43:37 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitats 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and There's a Lot We Can Learn From It aggressive tumors in pets may lead to better treatments for the nastiest forms of the disease in peopleWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:29:24 +0000The Brief History of “Americanitis” than a century ago, the experts thought that Americans worked too hard, putting their collective health at riskWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Who Were the First Yogis? Jim Mallinson has been studying yoga for years and has some interesting insight on the true origins of the practiceTue, 24 Mar 2015 21:32:58 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stageël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000Where to Catch Tulip Mania Netherlands isn’t the only place for glorious tulip displays Tue, 24 Mar 2015 19:02:58 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000This Solar-Powered Plane is Currently Circumnavigating the World 17,000 solar cells in its wing and tail, the aircraft relies solely on sunshine to keep its motors runningMon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000Five Must-Read Books About Earth Robert M. Hazen selects works spanning genres that offer insights into our planet's history and inner workingsMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:57:12 +0000Innovation Handi-Hour Gives Creative Types the Chance to Dive-in Hands First artists blur boundaries between craft and manufacturing, using lasers, computers and 3D printersMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:26 +0000Stay Away From Packs of Hungry Lionfish giant pectoral fins and colorful stripes, the lionfish is an imposing underwater predator. What's even more intimidating is how it huntsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:50:28 +0000This is the Carriage That Took Lincoln on his Fateful Trip to Ford's Theatre the April anniversary of Lincoln's last ride approaches, an historian recounts the president's other horse and buggie momentsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:31:06 +0000Make a Pilgrimage to the Brand New John Wayne Birthplace & Museum in April, a museum to match the movie star's legacyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:37:29 +0000Rice Can Help Save Salmon If Farms Are Allowed to Flood Nigiri Project aims to restore the beloved fish by cutting a notch in a California levee and letting some floodplains return to natureMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:19:50 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museum inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Turn Packing Peanuts Into Battery Components engineers at Purdue University have found a surprising way to repurpose the foam piecesMon, 23 Mar 2015 11:27:30 +0000Modern Marijuana Is Often Laced With Heavy Metals and Fungus and recreational marijuana use is increasingly legal—but do consumers know what they're smoking? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000A Moon Landing in Virtual Reality, Bookniture and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded a new material that uses static charge to stick to any surface spell doom for Post-it notes?Fri, 20 Mar 2015 19:40:06 +0000A Rainbow Eclipse and X-Ray Fireworks Are Among These Cosmic Treats solar eclipse painted the cloudy U.K. skies and an explosion rocked a stellar corpse in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:03:30 +0000Meet Doris Raymond, the Fairy Godmother of Vintage Clothing Smithsonian Channel series features the team behind Hollywood's beloved vintage boutiqueThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:50:34 +0000The Underappreciated and Forgotten Sites of the Civil War commemorate the end of the war 150 years ago, here are fascinating locales that remind us of the conflict's sprawling impactThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:50:47 +0000An App Helps the Blind to Type Quickly and Efficiently on an iPad iBrailler Notes app provides the blind and visually impaired with a Braille writer at an affordable priceThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:14:28 +0000The Marquis de Lafayette Sails Again that the ship that the Frenchman took on his 1780 trip to America has been rebuilt, its time to revisit his role in historyThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Who Determined That the Sun Was a Star and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Rome's Very Short Street With a Long, Magnificent History the food life on the Via Margutta, once home to Fellini and since 1953, the scene of Americans' sweetest Roman HolidayThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Retracing the Footsteps of China's Patron Saint of Tourism are discovering the Ming dynasty's own Indiana Jones, an adventurer who dedicated his life to exploring his country's Shangri-LasThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finally, the Beauty of France's Chauvet Cave Makes its Grand Public Debut high-tech recreation of the immortal artworks shines a new light on the dawn of human imaginationThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Bats Use Sonar to Jam the Signals of Their Rivals hungry Mexican free-tails sabotage the competitionThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Returning Farmland to the Wild Help Bumblebees in Crisis? if only a small percentage of current farmland became wild meadows, it could bring populations back to previous levelsThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Remembering the Astrodome, the Eighth Wonder of the World years after its grand opening, the spectre of the Houston stadium still looms largeThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Rising Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 11 Most Endearing Small Streets Worth Visiting tiny corridors around the world invite you in with their charm and surprising level of bustleThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Trickiest Part of a Penis Transplant? Finding a Donor doctors who announced the first successful procedure last week had a particularly difficult time finding willing organ donorsThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:05:54 +0000Could a Bra Actually Detect Breast Cancer? thermodynamic sensors, the iTBra could one day screen for breast cancer, but experts are waryThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:02:10 +0000Electric Cars Can Make Cities Cooler's not just the flash and style, either—electric engines emit less heat than gas ones and could combat the urban heat island effectThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Best Places to See Nature After Dark sun may power most of our world—but some things come alive only at nightThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000The Town That Breeds Olympic Runners, a small town in the Ethiopian highlands, has produced five Olympic champions in the past ten yearsThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:20:40 +0000Before There Were Crocodiles, There Was the "Carolina Butcher" newly discovered crocodilian ancestor was a nine-foot-tall predator that stood on its hind legsThu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000See Street Art Around the World via Google of new images help preserve the art formTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:41:35 +0000Severe Solar Storm Paints the Sky Green on St. Patrick's Day burst of particles from the sun is hitting our atmosphere and lighting up the night as far south as IllinoisTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:03:02 +0000Should We Be Wearing Blue on St. Patrick’s Day? green came on the scene, blue was the color associated with the Saint and the Emerald IsleTue, 17 Mar 2015 16:34:14 +0000These Spellbinding Light Phenomena Will Make You Believe in Magic seven stunning natural light shows from around the worldTue, 17 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000Politicians Are More Persuasive During Interactive Town Hall Meetings given a chance at direct persuasion, most politicians are surprisingly good at changing our mindsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Alien Color Catalog May Help Us Spot Life on Other Planets digital library of reflectance spectra from microbes could be a powerful tool for spotting signs of extraterrestrialsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Is three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000This App Recommends Volunteer Opportunities Based on the News You Read Impact connects people that show an interest in a particular cause with organizations that could use their helpMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:46:58 +0000A Ghostbusters Board Game, Lights That Respond to Music and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded, a sensor that uses thermal technology to track the amount of gas left in a tankFri, 13 Mar 2015 19:44:58 +0000A Solar Flare and a Volcano Blizzard Are Among These Stellar Shots X-class explosion and a snowy satellite image feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Mar 2015 18:20:25 +0000Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcome champion of the disability rights movement refused to be hindered and challenged the world to create spaces for independent living Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:50 +0000It Was Only a Matter of Time: Drones Get Their Own Film Festival to clean up the tarnished image of drones, a filmmaker shifts the focus to their potential for changing how movies are madeFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:02:59 +0000From Auto-Tune to Motor Oil, Pi Helps Power the World than just a famously never-ending number, pi has a knack for appearing in the mathematical formulas we use every dayFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:26:53 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Facts you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the Story of Cinderella Endures and Resonates Smithsonian folklorist follows the ancient tale with a particularly American twistFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:52:39 +0000With Wearable Devices That Monitor Air Quality, Scientists Can Crowdsource Pollution Maps technology means anyone with a smartphone can become a mobile environmental monitoring stationThu, 12 Mar 2015 19:52:25 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do People Get Phobias? origins of irrational fearsThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:40 +0000Humans Relied on Rainforest Riches 12,000 Years Earlier Than Thought remains suggest that prehistoric people in Sri Lanka may have eaten monkeys and other forest speciesThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Can’t Romance Novels Get Any Love? genre is long overdue to be the focus of serious study from academicsThu, 12 Mar 2015 17:19:34 +0000Fecal Fermentation and Electronic Pills May Help Decipher Gut Gases intestinal gases have been linked with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer, so tracking them might explain the connectionThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000The World is Full of Circles honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +000011 Fun Facts About Rio’s more than beaches, favelas and that Duran Duran songThu, 12 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000On Occasions Like This, I Envy the Dead: The St. Francis Dam Disaster Mulholland was the savior of Southern California until he wasn'tThu, 12 Mar 2015 12:59:05 +0000How Lions Choose Their Prey"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plainsWed, 11 Mar 2015 19:18:22 +0000Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearing researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whalesWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Amazing Results of Putting a Light Inside Fruits and Vegetables photographer Radu Zaciu makes these farmers' market foods glow from withinWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:05:21 +0000Water Drops Leap Off Gecko Skin Thanks to Tiny Spines hydrophobic structures on gecko skin encourage dewdrops to be swept away by the wind or to collide and shoot off one another like pool balls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:01:00 +0000Are We Re-Entering a Golden Age of American Bartending? the turn of the century, America was a hotbed of cocktail innovation—then Prohibition happened. Now, bartenders are trying to reclaim the golden age.Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:46 +0000The Ridiculous World of Magna Carta Kitsch the United Kingdom, retailers are going mad over an 800-year-old documentTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:38:37 +0000How a Smithsonian Artifact Ended Up in a Popular Video Game connect with a worldwide audience, an Alaska Native community shared its story with the creators of "Never Alone"Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:07:18 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayers viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000Holi 2015: Stunning Photos of Holi, the Festival of Colors all over India and around the world, the Hindu festival heralds the beginning of springMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:39:08 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Good venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000The Soul of Louisiana the first American mafias, Louis Armstrong, and chef Emeril Lagasse started out, New Orleans remains the soul of LouisianaMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:18:43 +0000India's Dying Well of Death stuntmen have long been riding the near-vertical walls of India's Well of Death—but the popular spectacle is on the declineMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:17:11 +0000Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Ever Topple? changes are occurring, but no worries, a collapse is not in the forecastMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:06:11 +0000Who Was Edmund Pettus? march to freedom started on a bridge that honors a man bent on preserving slavery and segregationSat, 07 Mar 2015 14:33:47 +0000An Augmented Reality Children's Book, Bacon Jerky and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded worry about halitosis again with the Breathometer Mint bad breath trackerFri, 06 Mar 2015 21:18:39 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartet red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000How Close Are We to Creating a Real-Life Chappie? the potential danger, some scientists believe it’s only a matter of time before autonomous sentient robots walk among us Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:22:47 +0000A Norwegian Company is Transforming Deserts Into Farmland power plants in Qatar and Jordan, not far from the sea, are powering desalination systems that irrigate plants in and around greenhousesFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:14:20 +0000Best Places to See Wildflowers Around the United States and cold got you down? Remember, spring is around the corner, and that means wildflowersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:10:18 +0000These Dragonflies Helped an Astronomer Find Ghostly New Galaxies Yale scientist set out to capture the insect's full lifecycle and ended up discovering hidden wonders of the cosmosFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Apps Help Kids With Autism Learn Basic Skills, a Chicago startup, is building learning tools for the one in 68 children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders todayThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:36:28 +0000How Praying Mantises Can Jump Faster Than the Blink of an Eye slow-mo videos capture juvenile mantises as they corkscrew through the air and precisely land their target Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leaders their reproductive years are done, females take on new roles as wise survival guidesThu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000Solar Panels in the Screens of Smartphones Could Power the Devices unveils a prototype for a phone with a layer of transparent crystals in its screen that helps to charge it both indoors and outsideThu, 05 Mar 2015 13:09:44 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Photo Contest the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000Oldest Human Fossil Unearthed in Ethiopia about 2.8 million years old, the Ledi jaw may belong to "the stem for the Homo genus," according to its discoverersWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000While the U.S. East Shivers, Unusual Heat Stirs Trouble Across the Globe dog-sled races and restless grizzly bears serve as reminders that global warming is still at work Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Scientist Accidentally Developed Sunglasses That Could Correct Color Blindness California company EnChroma is creating lenses that allow some to see colors for the first timeTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:30:47 +0000Want to Fly a Drone? Here's Where You Can Do It (Legally, at Least) personal and commercial drones become more prevalent, how are state and federal legislators responding? Explore with this interactive mapTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:23:50 +0000Can a Gorilla Really Get Drunk From Bamboo? photographer was punched by an allegedly drunk gorilla—but wildlife biologists are crying foulTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:22:21 +0000Just Another #ManicureMonday for Women Scientists and Their Dirty Nails a Smithsonian researcher, Monday is a day to honor the women in science and other uses for nail polishMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000How Data and a Good Algorithm Can Help Predict Where Fires Will Start New York City Fire Department is using a tool called FireCast to predict which buildings are most likely to have firesMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:08:51 +0000The Beautiful Canadian Rockies Shine in the Photography of Chris Burkard for his work with surfers, Burkard traveled to a much colder climate to immerse himself in a new worldMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:15:10 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Hole ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000A "Smart" Mattress Cover and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded't have a green thumb? A sensor for your potted plants alerts you when they need wateringFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:50:01 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Him, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beach England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neck visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000Please Touch the Art: 3-D Printing Helps Visually Impaired Appreciate Paintings new "Touching the Prado" exhibit in Madrid showcases 3-D replicas of paintings, so blind visitors can feel key works of artThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:03:04 +0000The Eiffel Tower Gets a Green Upgrade landmark now has two wind turbines above its second levelThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:08:41 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear? exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000The Making and Remaking of the Original Ice Hotel imitated but never duplicated, the world's original ice hotel turns 25 this yearWed, 25 Feb 2015 18:25:51 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythm Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Courageous Photography of Lynsey Addario award-winning photojournalist has spent her adult life capturing the world in crisis, but now she chronicles her own life storyTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:00 +0000The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From Peanut Butter to Whale Blubber the full story behind a $761 jar of peanut butter and other exorbitantly priced everyday objects used by scientists Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Photos From the Battle of Iwo Jima to Mark Its 70th Anniversary battle for the Pacific island in the late winter of 1945 positioned the United States to invade mainland Japan, but at a costTue, 24 Feb 2015 13:28:24 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000Documenting War for the First Time technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around themMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:39:39 +0000Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Rats bacteria responsible for the Black Death were reintroduced to Europe multiple times, possibly due to the changing climate Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Dutch Wind Wheel Is Part Green Tech Showcase, Part Architectural Attraction giant structure proposed in Rotterdam puts cutting-edge energy tech inside a rotating observation wheel, with room for a hotel and apartmentsMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:11:25 +0000National Park Service Map Shows The Loudest, Quietest Places In the U.S. some peace and quiet? Avoid cities, the East CoastMon, 23 Feb 2015 17:49:13 +0000Building Libraries Along Fiber-Optic Lines in Sub-Saharan Africa Washington, D.C.-based startup, Librii, is rethinking what a library looks likeMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:13:13 +0000A Kit to Make Robots Out of Drinking Straws and Other Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded a three-dimensional paper mount of an animal is just what your living room needsFri, 20 Feb 2015 21:11:19 +0000These Stellar Wonders Include a Red Aurora and a Billowing Black Hole light show over Montana and an eruption snapped by a satellite feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 20 Feb 2015 19:19:43 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on View artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000Best Travel Destinations for Food Foraging for wild foods like truffles, herbs and scallops on these guided tours—feasting includedFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000In the Freezing Cold of Siberia, One Photographer Sought to Mix Oil and Water his latest project, British photographer Alexander James captures crude oil encased in frozen blocks of river waterFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:59:09 +0000Mark World Pangolin Day With a New Video About the Quirky Creatures about this animal underdog is climbing, yet an estimated 10,000 pangolins still fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade last year Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Charming and Unusual Bookstores Around the World up with a new book—or catch a reading or concert—at these thriving independent bookstores from Mexico City to MelbourneThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:57:51 +0000The Spiritualist Who Warned Lincoln Was Also Booth's Drinking Buddy did Charles Colchester know and when did he know it?Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Crocodile Hunter's Family Shares His Controversial Approach to Studying the Crocs Steve Irwin's wife and kids are feeding the debate over keeping animals in captivity Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bjork Is Getting a Retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art Icelandic singer's iconic style will be on view at the New York institutionThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Were the Terracotta Warriors Based on Actual People? answer that question, archaeologists are looking at variations in the soldiers' ears Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000They Found Richard III. So Now What? the remains of the "hunchback" king can teach us about other English royals Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skies years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Frightening Legacy of Typhoid Mary With concerns about infectious disease in the news, a look back at history's most famous carrierThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000What the Newspapers Said When Lincoln Was Killed initial reaction to the president's death was a wild mixture of grief, exultation, vengefulness and fearThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaska Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United StatesThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Closest Source We Have to Really Knowing John Wilkes Booth Is His Sister a post-assassination memoir, Asia Booth Clarke recalled her brother's passion, his patriotism and his last words to herThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon? holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Someone Built a Bold New Font Out of Buildings out of aerial photography, you'll never guess where the "O" comes from Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassination now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How the Photocopier Changed the Way We Worked—and Played before 3-D printers brought manufacturing closer to home, copiers transformed offices, politics and artThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorld A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readers You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Mad, Wonderful Photos From Mardi Gras and Carnival New Orleans to Panama to Spain, revelers celebrated Mardi Gras and the days leading up to it with costumes, color and craziness Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug? answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000What Is the Most Influential Oscar Dress of All-Time? from being a sideshow of the awards hoopla, the fashion of the Academy Awards means big business for designersThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:42:15 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waves new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebrating an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000This $34 Smartphone-Assisted Device Could Revolutionize Disease Testing new low-cost device that plugs into a smartphone could cut down on expensive lab testsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000Hunger Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It's Not Food you're shopping at the mall or online, having the munchies will compel you to purchase extraneous thingsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000How Oregon's Second Largest City Vanished in a Day 1948 flood washed away the WWII housing project Vanport—but its history still informs Portland's diversityWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:45:24 +0000Midnight Snacking Is Bad for Your Brain in mice show that misaligned eating patterns can mess with the brain's ability to form memories and learn new tasksTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:42:45 +0000Best Places to Celebrate Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleans Big Easy might get all the fame, but places from Alabama to the south of France also know how to party before LentTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:33:35 +0000Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Lives are designing portable microscopes that cost just a few dollars to makeTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:09:56 +0000Luna Moths’ Gorgeous Wings Throw Off Bat Attacks twin tails at the end of moth wings garble bats’ sonar cries, causing the winged predators to miss the tasty markMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000Would You Like to Grow Color-Changing Flowers? Colorado company is working to genetically engineer petunias that change colors throughout the daySat, 14 Feb 2015 16:28:34 +0000Now's the Time to See Hundreds of Bald Eagles Winter Wings Festival at Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge is one of the longest-running bird festivals in the countryFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:44:49 +0000Five Wild Ideas: From a Vest for Weight Loss to an Electric Skateboard, building blocks for children inspired by ArchimedesFri, 13 Feb 2015 20:38:05 +0000The Founding Fathers and the Women, Not Their Wives, Whom They Wrote To words today would raise suspicion if written between married men and their female friendsFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:46:01 +0000A Brief History of the Chocolate Pot humans have consumed chocolate sheds lights on its significance to cultures and erasFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:45:18 +0000The Story of Saint Valentine died for sinners. This saint died for loversFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:02:56 +0000These Spacey Treats Include a Galactic Smiley Face and an Interstellar Rose lucky lens and a pair of mismatched star twins feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:34:12 +0000Cabs of the Future Won't Have Drivers moves by Uber and Google may foreshadow a battle over who will control fleets of autonomous cars on city streetsFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:25:01 +0000What Physics Tells Us About Making the Perfect Chocolate carbon, the treat can take on many crystalline forms, so a master chocolatier must know how to temper it in just the right wayFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:08:06 +0000Eddie Van Halen Riffs on How Necessity Drives Innovation rock star who invents guitars says that perfection is boring and mistakes are the "most exciting element of music"Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:03:30 +0000The Short Rise and Fall of the Crazy-for-Cocoa-Trade Cards Craze the late 19th-century, when you bought chocolate, the grocer dropped a delightful prize into your bag, a trade card to save and shareFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:51:35 +0000Five Spots for a Romantic Presidents' Day (or a Presidential Valentine's Day) locations combine presidential history and romanceFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:10:29 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Love no task undone, this husband-and-wife team demonstrate their process for producing chocolateFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Day a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000What We Know About the Earliest History of Chocolate’ve learned things that could help today’s artisan chocolatiers improve their tradeThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:02:37 +0000The Western U.S. Could Soon Face the Worst Megadrought in a Millennium models predict that the region will be drier than the droughts that likely caused ancient Native Americans to abandon their pueblo citiesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000A Man With ALS Says "I Love You" to His Wife for the First Time in 15 Years new invention from Not Impossible Labs allows Don Moir to script an audible love letterThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:35:40 +0000Smithsonian's Love Letter Collection Frida Kahlo's passionate love letters to watercolor notes from famous artists, let the Smithsonian's love letter collection inspire youThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:29:32 +0000How to Save the Chocolate Tree Without Sacrificing Flavor, disease and climate change are threatening cocoa, but a new breed of clones could keep the treat abundant and tastyThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Dogs Can Tell Whether You’re Making a Happy or Mad Face the first time, science shows that a non-human animal can recognize the emotional state of another species Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Life the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000Help for the Brokenhearted: Wearable, Biosynthetic and 'Beatless' Artificial Hearts hybrids and continuous-flow technologies are helping people survive devastating heart failureThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:07:07 +0000Blood Clots, Liver Cells and Bird Flu Are Surprisingly Beautiful Under a Microscope brightly-colored micrographs and scans in a new book, <i>Science is Beautiful</i>, answer big questions about the human bodyThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000How an Archaeologist Revived King Tut's Tomb With A Chocolate Cake day Eric Hollinger is an archeologist, but his passion is baking and his chocolate cakes are works to beholdThu, 12 Feb 2015 14:46:04 +0000Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Let Oysters Get Sick to Clean Up the Chesapeake delicious oyster you love to slurp might be the best bet for clearing away pollutantsWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:06:38 +0000The Economics of Chocolate becoming a kiss, bar, or hot drink, cocoa gets shipped, stashed, smashed, and, most critically for producers and consumers alike, commodifiedWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:04:13 +0000How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nation the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:03:35 +0000Ducks Help Explain How We Feel All the Feels sensitive nerves in duck bills are offering clues to the way we experience the sense of touchWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:03:14 +0000Ten Restaurants the Best Chefs Say Are Worth Traveling For establishments are always worth the trip, according to some of the top chefs in the worldWed, 11 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Chocolate Destinations Around the World to Drool Over five places from Belgium to Hong Kong offer their own enticing takes on the confectionWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:45:22 +0000Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes mathematical tool developed during World War II operates in a similar way to brains weighing the reliability of informationWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeast takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:22 +0000The Home of Milk Chocolate and Beer of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American productsTue, 10 Feb 2015 20:11:50 +0000The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Space vacuum-sealed pudding to Blue Bell ice cream, astronauts have been taking the treat into orbit since the dawn of the space ageTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:42:52 +0000A Taste Test to Find the Best Chocolate Beers for a cold, winter day – or as an alternative to red wine on Valentine’s Day – we took measure of these stouts, ales and lagersTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:49 +0000The Art of Chocolate (and Soap) went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:30 +0000The Surprising Raucous Home Life of the Madisons of America’s founding families kept their true selves for the friends and familyTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:22:11 +0000What is the Most Important Innovation in the History of Rock 'n' Roll?, historians and critics tell us what they consider to be the greatest game changers for the industryTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000The Electric Guitar's Long (And Louder), Strange Trip its gentle 16th-century acoustic origins to the souped-up ‘Frankenstein,’ a Smithsonian scholar strums the historic chords of the guitarTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:29:14 +0000How Long Will You Live? Ask Your Friends medical personality quiz started in the 1930s shows how your best pals may know more about your health than you doTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:57:32 +0000The Sultry Dance of the Bowerbird brightly-colored male bowerbird mesmerizes a young female with his bizarre danceMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:46:48 +0000The World of Chocolate within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Spanish Conquest of the Incas Caused Air Pollution to Spike sample of Peruvian ice has revealed a surge in pollution linked to mining that wasn't exceeded until the Industrial RevolutionMon, 09 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000Trained in CPR? This Life-Saving App Could Make You a Superhero someone is experiencing cardiac arrest, PulsePoint sends alerts to CPR-certified invidividuals nearbyMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:10:51 +0000Three Kinds of Close Encounters head of the US Air Force's official UFO investigation, Dr. Hynek was supposed to debunk so-called "close encounters." Instead, he became a true believerMon, 09 Feb 2015 17:32:09 +0000A Feisty Capt. James T. Kirk Checks in on the Starship "Enterprise" the model for the TV show "Star Trek" was removed for conservation, the 83-year-old actor William Shatner weighed inMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:50 +0000Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Nominated for Unesco World Heritage Status's the first time the United States has nominated works of modern architecture Mon, 09 Feb 2015 15:43:53 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does a Satellite Stay Up? a Harvard-Smithsonian researcher who monitors all the satellites and explains why they rarely fall Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:30:34 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Moon Parade and a Naked Nebula giants and newly seen stars are among our picks for the week's best space-related imagesFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:43:22 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From an Automated Home Brewery to a Personal (Robot) Assistant other quirky inventions teach music in novel waysFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:15:42 +0000New Satellite Network Launching This Year Aims to Improve Weather Forecasting a network of compact, low-cost weather satellites with smartphone-like internals, startup Spire plans to make future forecasts a lot more reliableFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:57:21 +0000Japan Announces Plans for the First Hotel Run by Robots to open July 17, the hotel in a Japanese theme park will be staffed by "actroids"Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:32:50 +0000Designing Buildings For Hot Climates, Cold Ones and Everything in Between decade's worth of sustainable projects by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his firm, BIG, are now on display at the National Building MuseumThu, 05 Feb 2015 21:02:57 +0000The World’s Most-Visited Castles and Palaces Paris to Beijing, these historic castles and palaces draw millions of visitors for a glimpse of the lifestyles of the rich and famousThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:39:42 +0000The Recipe for Innovation Calls for a Little Chaos and Some Wall Bashing Art Molella chronicles the habits, habitats and behaviors of the men and women who invent Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:04:52 +0000What Exactly is Duck Sauce? to get to the bottom of this Chinese food mystery sends our writer on a wild goose chaseThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:02:48 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: Reptile Rejuvenation have personalities, too. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo introduce us to some of their most charismatic creaturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 22:29:29 +0000One Night Each Winter, Devils Run Through the Streets of Barcelona the early 1990s, Barcelona's winter bonfire festival has celebrated the intersection of Catalan and Majorcan culturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:14:34 +0000Scientists Have Imaged the Base of a Tectonic Plate discovery of a slippery layer off the coast of New Zealand could help explain plate movementWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Lives open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Saving Money is Great, but Saving the Chesapeake Bay Will Be Even Better Miller's “off the shelf” technology may answer complicated questions about rising CO2 and ocean acidificationTue, 03 Feb 2015 18:18:33 +0000How to Lie for Your Life Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secretsTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:19:03 +0000Old Male Bustards Have Less Desirable Sperm birds don’t just lose their female-wooing prowess as they age, but also their ability to sire healthy chicks Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:00:00 +0000Which of These Comedians Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display? is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museumMon, 02 Feb 2015 21:53:25 +0000Toenail Physics Explains Why Big Toes Are More Likely to Suffer Ingrown Nails delicate balancing act between stresses of growth and adhesion can help demystify some painful nail disordersMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:58:44 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirth rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From a Digital Typewriter to Treadmill-Powered Gaming Los Angeles group is also creating greeting cards with personalized audio messages from top celebritiesFri, 30 Jan 2015 20:51:20 +0000Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley Martian vistas to glowing red nebulae, check out our picks for the best space images of the weekFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:24:41 +0000Hacking the Human Body With Temporary Tattoos and Tiny Implants electrical charges to treat diseases, from diabetes to obesity, is picking up speedFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:27:55 +0000Nope, We Have Not Detected Gravitational Waves (Yet) news from teams studying the early universe says the signal hailed as our first peek at space-time ripples really is just dustFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:16:31 +0000Vikings Storm the Streets at Up Helly Aa, Europe's Biggest Fire Festival (Photos) of local residents took to the streets, brandishing thousands of flaming torches, in an homage to Shetland's Viking heritageFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:09:58 +0000Climate Change Is Altering the Global Heat Engine help explain why storms will become fewer in number but stronger in intensity as the planet warmsThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Orchidelirium, an Obsession with Orchids, Has Lasted for Centuries once-elusive flower's striking beauty has inspired collectors and scientists to make it more accessibleThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:13 +0000Getting up Close and Personal with American Soldiers new photography exhibit takes a multi-decade look Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:59 +0000The Coast Guard’s Most Potent Weapon During Prohibition? Codebreaker Elizebeth Friedman pioneer of her time, Friedman was a crucial part of the fight to enforce the ban on boozeWed, 28 Jan 2015 20:30:12 +0000Three Stanford Graduates Are Matching Unused Prescriptions With Patients Who Need Them drugs—billions of dollars worth—are trashed in this country each year. What if they instead went to the 50 million who can't afford them?Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:29:30 +0000