Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Exclusive: Read Harper Lee’s Profile of “In Cold Blood” Detective Al Dewey That Hasn’t Been Seen in More Than 50 Years here for the first time, the article was published five years before Truman Capote’s best-selling bookFri, 29 Apr 2016 16:15:48 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmos author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dad who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Vienna specialty fruit preserves to Habsburg figurines, Austria's capital has it allThu, 28 Apr 2016 15:33:17 +0000Japan Is Getting “Invisible” Trains That Blend into the Landscape the scenery just got even betterThu, 28 Apr 2016 14:15:00 +0000Grab Your Pitchfork and Take an "American Gothic"-Themed Road Trip drive through eastern Iowa is the best way to appreciate one of the country’s most famous imagesThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:42:39 +0000A Brief History of the Nickel honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasure an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20s Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievementWed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:53 +0000How Machines Are Getting Better at Making Conversation assistants are developing personalities, with some help from poets and writersWed, 27 Apr 2016 17:19:01 +0000Break Free in Freddie Mercury's Montreux the Swiss town where Queen's frontman recorded some of his greatest hits Wed, 27 Apr 2016 17:05:57 +0000The Original Country Music music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:28 +0000When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Town dioxide rightly gets the attention in the climate change debate. But here are four more gases that can wreck our atmosphere.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:19:04 +0000How Computer Scientists Are Using Twitter to Predict Gentrification researchers have created a way to predict a neighborhood's fortunes in coming years by analyzing social media dataWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Early Microscopes Revealed a New World of Tiny Living Things cloth merchant turned a device for checking his wares into an instrument fit for scienceWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakesTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000How to Yodel Like a Local Swiss tradition is much more than a simple yodel-ay-ee-ooooTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:35:24 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanity the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000Replica of 'Psycho' House Opened on Museum Rooftop Metropolitan Museum of Art features a replica of Alfred Hitchcock's 'Psycho' houseTue, 26 Apr 2016 13:31:26 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Bill Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000Hosting an Event? Don't Toss Leftover Food, Donate It an Uber-like app, Transfernation is reducing food waste while feeding those in needMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:18:19 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Steps at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevant offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Species mammoths and other varieties may have been intermingling, DNA analyses showMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her" congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000Shining Light on Brazil’s Secret Coral Reef massive, previously unstudied reef is unlike any other known on Earth Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Is Bratislava's Communist-Era Architecture Worth Preserving? residents of Slovakia's capital, Cold War structures recall a painful past Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:48:28 +0000If You Want to See Thousands of Fireflies Light Up at Once, Head to the Great Smoky Mountains firefly mating ritual turns into a synchronized light showFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:04:10 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central High 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Celebrating 500 Years of German’s Beer Purity Law's treasured—and controversial—rule has a fascinating past and an uncertain futureFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:19 +0000When Electricity and Music Collide, the Tesla Coils Sing band ArcAttack delivers a high-voltage performance with a side of science educationFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:30:08 +0000Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicated a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer aboutFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is There Such a Thing as a “Bad” Shakespeare Play? hundred years after the Bard’s death, the quality of his works is still a fluid scaleFri, 22 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever See lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predatorsThu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:53 +0000Four Hundred Years Later, Scholars Still Debate Whether Shakespeare’s “Merchant of Venice” Is Anti-Semitic what makes the Bard’s play so problematicThu, 21 Apr 2016 20:07:51 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Discover the Real Ramen at a Shrine to Slurpy Noodles iconic dish has surprising regional rootsThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:39:44 +0000You Can’t Sleep While Traveling Because Your Brain Acts Like a Dolphin’s the first night in a new place, half your brain stays awake to watch out for dangerThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like? temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of droughtThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of AppalachiaThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:37:46 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Consideration new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlands the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mysteryWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:31:22 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000 at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brain neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Your Questions for Astronaut Tom Jones, Answered a sampling of what we can learn from those who have been to spaceWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Future of Cars Is Already Here before the "Jetsons," people dreamed of flying cars. Now breakthroughs in technology are helping all kinds of vehicles get off the groundWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Deadly Cunning of the Black Widow's Color Scheme did the spider evolve to have that crimson hourglass on its back?Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek" trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the World'mon baby light my flierWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Fashion Photographer Klaus Mitteldorf Captures the Chaos of Modern Identity images evoke a world of endless distractionWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Citizen Kane"? new books offer divergent theories on the authorship of the much-heralded filmWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers? nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Job cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolution story behind the most famous betrayal in U.S. history shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest daysWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars's innovative deputy administrator Dava Newman explains just how close we are to sending astronauts far, far awayWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Starship Enterprise Is Coming in for a New Landing at the Smithsonian artifact in the Air and Space Museum collections boldly returns to public viewWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Way user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Here's Where You Can Hike a Glacier (Before They're Gone) on for five of the world's most stunning icecap experiencesWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:54:21 +0000Calling All Those in the Market for Skateboard Jewelry, Czech Marionettes or Other Quirky Crafts annual Smithsonian Craft Show features 120 of the best craft artisans from around the countryWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:21:24 +0000Tech Visionary Nicholas Negroponte Talks About the Future of Education act of writing a computer program, says the founder of MIT's Media Lab, allows a child to learn about learningWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:14:21 +0000Avalanches on Comets May Help Make the Icy Bodies Visible rocks may have lit up Comet Hartley 2, allowing its discovery in 1986Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real? are arguing about whether they can trust this untested—and potentially untestable—ideaTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:59:19 +0000For Baboons, a Tough Childhood Can Lead to a Short Life that grow up under tough conditions don’t live as long as those that have it easyTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:45:20 +0000These Stunning Satellite Images Turn Earth Into Art images illustrate the brutal beauty geologic processes carve into our planetTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:45:03 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novel science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2016 honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, our top picks this year are all towns close to America’s natural splendorsMon, 18 Apr 2016 15:46:25 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Come director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +0000A Steady Diet of Seabird Chicks Makes Island Mice Huge no predators or competition, rodents can eat baby birds aliveMon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breeds odd fruits, veggies and animals show the vanishing diversity of our foodMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:34:42 +0000Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear? found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's declineMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:05:26 +0000For a Culinary Scene Steeped in Tradition, Head to Austria's Wachau Valley new generation of chefs and vintners is seasoning this sleepy, vineyard-dotted valley with fresh ideasMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: The Danube the Danube from the Black Forest of Germany to the green teardrop-shaped island of St. Margaret in BudapestMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Ever Tried an Apricot Dumpling? You Need To rich soils of Austria's Wachau Walley yield some of the tastiest apricots and apricot products in the worldMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the Danube Became a Multinational Power Source 1,770 miles from Germany's Black Forest to the coast of Romania, the river takes its character from the people and places it passesMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Timeless Art of the Viennese Waltz reminder of past glory, the dance is birthright in ViennaMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Humble Beginnings of Goulash hearty soup-stew known around the world began as the everything-goes-in meal of Hungarian herdsmenMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:59:00 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryx a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +000012 Secrets of the New York Subway runs deep in the legendary transit systemFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:11:15 +0000NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten History to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their dueFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:59:17 +0000How a Giant Lazy River of Grass Became the Everglades Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of change—so much so, they look different from one year to the nextFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:35:59 +0000Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utah can view ghostly footprints that record prehistoric steps in pale blue stoneFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef May Get a Lot Worse in the Future change could alter temperature patterns in a way that stops corals from preparing for bleaching eventsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Taking a Cue from Textile-Making to Engineer Human Tissue in search of a faster, cheaper way to engineer human tissue found success in traditional textile production methods. Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:46:26 +0000Harken Back to the Glory Days When 'Time' Magazine Was King new show honors the once powerful cover shot and the artists who made celebs shine brightWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:39:02 +000010 Bizarre, Vision-Enhancing Technologies From the Last 1,000 Years Oculus Rift, there were lorgnettes, TV glasses and eyborgs Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:19:12 +0000How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertising the famous television spot ran in 1964, advertising agencies have sold presidential candidates as if they were cars or soapWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:11:36 +0000It’s Springtime and Jazz Is In Bloom year's Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the singularly talented alto saxophonist Benny CarterTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:31:00 +0000In Switzerland, an Exploding Snowman Helps Predict Spring Groundhog Day—but with fireTue, 12 Apr 2016 17:20:52 +0000What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics? the Republican party on the verge of catastrophe? Probably not, if history is any indicatorTue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:51 +0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey hunting, the Peregrine falcon will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its preyTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:05:05 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhino a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Who's Laughing Now? Listeners Can Tell if Laughers are Friends or Not laugh differently with friends, and the reasons may lie deep in our social evolutionMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:08 +0000Lemur Extinctions Are Harmful to Madagascar's Plant Life, Too and trees that once relied on a particular species of lemur to spread their seeds may also be headed for extinction.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000This Haunting Exhibit Unearths the Stories of Syria’s Slain victims of the Middle East crisis have their stories told in a moving art installation in Washington, D.C.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 16:23:33 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industry than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000You May Soon Be Able to Scan a Piece of Fruit to Check Its Nutritional Value's one of the ideas Target is testing as it explores how much of a competitive edge it gets from being transparent about foodMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:06:52 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurt than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Space Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000To Truly Experience Robert Irwin, You Simply Must View His Artworks in Person visionary, part magician, Irwin makes art that breaks all the rulesFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:30:18 +0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Down use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living thingsFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:23:13 +0000These Rarely Seen Images Show Jazz Greats Pouring Out Their Hearts Wolff's gritty portraits, the hallmark of Blue Note Records, became a visual catalog of jazz in actionFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:18:42 +0000Eat Dinner Cooked by a Bear furry chef serves international cuisine in San Diego—when he isn't hibernatingFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:22:49 +0000These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathers feathers meet air in just the right way, birds can create distinctive soundsFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earth trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Waters"Transitional architecture" is both a futuristic solution to sea-level rise and a hearkening back to older ways of livingThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:40:53 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzle order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000A Changing Mecca Is the Focus of the First U.S. Exhibition to Feature a Saudi Artist works of Ahmed Mater at the Sackler examine the stark collision of the sacred and profaneThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:19:34 +0000Cemeteries of the Future you want to be buried in a coral reef, a skyscraper or on an artificial island?Thu, 07 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tastes of Memory: How to Bake an Authentic Armenian Lavash Armenian culture, memory and identity in the kitchenThu, 07 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Designing Glasses That Fit Individuals With Down Syndrome Maria Dellapina started Specs4Us when her daughter struggled to find a pair of glasses that wouldn't slip Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:36:58 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crow He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Smithsonian Jazz Expert Gives Liner Notes to the New Miles Davis Biopic American History Museum's James Zimmerman dives into Miles Davis' sound and styleWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Show of Over 6,000 Orchids Celebrates a Victorian-Era Obsession to "Orchidelirium" at The New York Botanical GardenWed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to India before you goTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:49:14 +0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battle's how one of Custer's rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collectorTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:42:58 +0000Is This the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.? acoustic ecologist reveals his findingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:18:54 +0000Can Headphones That Shock Your Brain Help You Run Faster and Jump Higher?'re called Halo Sport, and they send electrical charges into the brain that their inventors say can boost athletic performanceTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:05:54 +000011 Artists Capture What It Is Like to Live in a Megacity"Megacities Asia," a new exhibition at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, features 19 installations inspired by cities with populations of 10 million or moreMon, 04 Apr 2016 19:12:03 +0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wings the transformation unfold before your eyesMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:06:55 +0000Inside America’s Auschwitz new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slaveryMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:10 +0000Switzerland's Most Beautiful Alpine Gardens best place to see Switzerland's stunning flora is high up in the mountainsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:06:08 +0000Human Sacrifices May Lie Behind the Rise of Ancient Social Status practices may have helped the elite keep the lower classes in line, a new study hintsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Woman Fighting for the Survival of India's Traditional Crafts Culture Jaitly aims to protect India's cultural heritage from the threat of globalized marketplacesMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:25:13 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtles research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful traitFri, 01 Apr 2016 19:19:16 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultures sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000A Cheese-Lover’s Guide to the Midwest's heartland is a cheesy paradiseFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:35:52 +0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Francisco 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunkThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:25 +0000A Firsthand Account of What It Takes to Pilot a Voyaging Canoe Across the Ocean than just a desire to learn, a seat aboard the historic vessel Hōkūle`a requires skill, dedication and well, . . .obsessionThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:26:47 +0000The Best Places in the U.S. to See Spring's Migrating Birds out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek northThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidate seventh president raged against many of the same machines that are now engulfing this year’s electionThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:26 +0000The Lazarus Phenomenon, Explained: Why Sometimes, the Deceased Are Not Dead, Yet does CPR have to do with the curious case of clinically dead patients coming “back to life”?Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0000Marathoner Sets Out to Run All of America's National Parks Ray's goal: 59 national parks before she turns 40 in four yearsThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:15:00 +0000Stop Making Fun of Tyrannosaurs’ Tiny Arms stubby limbs may seem out of place, but they may have been key to the <i>T. rex’s</i> terrifying biteThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Where to See the Best Cherry Blossoms Around the World blossoms in Japan and Washington, D.C are breathtaking, but you can see beautiful flowers in places like Stockholm, tooWed, 30 Mar 2016 20:45:22 +0000“Hobbits” Disappeared Much Earlier Than Previously Thought the tiny hominins ever coexisted with modern humans, the arrangement apparently didn't last longWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Six of the Wildest Skyscrapers Imaginable winners of the annual skyscraper design competition think way beyond the "tall rectangle with windows" modelWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:31:11 +0000Pluto May Have a Wandering Heart enormous impact basin may be slowly traveling across the dwarf planet’s surfaceWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:47 +0000Save a Horse, Ride a Cow Through the Swiss Alps farm in Switzerland offers a slow moo-tion ride through the alpine countryside Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000Antennae Yield New Clues Into Ant Communication more than a century of study, scientists still have much more to learn about the complex world of ant communicationTue, 29 Mar 2016 23:01:00 +0000“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existed Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-AmericansTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:10:30 +0000When Newspapers Reported on Gun Deaths as "Melancholy Accidents" historian explains how a curious phrase used by the American press caught his eye and became the inspiration for his new bookTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:06:35 +0000Jazz Legend David Baker’s Soaring Legacy's maestro, a founding director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, has died at the age of 84Mon, 28 Mar 2016 20:49:33 +0000How Cherry Trees Blossomed into a Tourist Attraction fragile and transient blossom may herald the first stirrings of spring, but their significance has evolved since the 9th centuryMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:34:55 +0000The Right Body Language Can Boost Odds of Online Dating Success partners size you up in seconds, and the way you sit or stand mattersMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000See Dozens of Dazzling New Light Installations in Baltimore This Week City Baltimore is a massive, site-specific festival, launched in hopes of becoming an annual spectacleMon, 28 Mar 2016 16:13:08 +0000Why Rockfalls Happen on Beautiful Days in Yosemite drive rocks to expand and contract—until one lovely day when slabs may suddenly fallMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why People Turn to Lemurs and Other Endangered Animals for Dinner in Madagascar close look at trade in bushmeat finds that consumption is common and out in the openFri, 25 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000For These Native American Artists, the Material Is the Message new exhibition traces the evolution of Plains tribes’ narrative art from the 18th century up through today's contemporary worksFri, 25 Mar 2016 16:42:14 +0000These Massive Rock Formations Look Just Like Cracked Eggs Badlands’ bizarre eggs bring a bit of Easter to the New Mexico desertFri, 25 Mar 2016 15:01:08 +0000For Susan B. Anthony, Getting Support for Her "Revolution" Meant Taking on an Unusual Ally Anthony and Cady Stanton found common cause in a wealthy man named George Francis Train who helped to fund their newspaperThu, 24 Mar 2016 17:57:07 +0000An Artist Imagines the Future of Humans in Space manipulated photographs and video, Michael Najjar tackles the meaning of space travelThu, 24 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000A New Addition to #MyDaguerreotypeBoyfriend Is the Civil War's Most Daring Naval Officer is this cool cat, posing for an unusually casual photo for famed photographer Alexander Gardner?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 18:05:09 +0000Call a Dog a Pit Bull and He May Have Trouble Finding a Home labeled as pit bulls at shelters may wait three times longer to be adopted—even when they aren’t actually pit bullsWed, 23 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000Switzerland’s Historic Bunkers Get a New Lease on Life the shadow of war fades, the country’s former fallout shelters now house everything from museums to cheese factories Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:54:15 +0000What's It Like in Space? Ariel Waldman Has the Answers NASA adviser and author of a new book gives some insight on living beyond the Earth's atmosphereWed, 23 Mar 2016 17:52:56 +0000What a Tiny Fish Can Tell Us About How Humans Stood Upright is the root of why our ancestors gained the power to walk on two feet and chimpanzees didn't?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:13:26 +0000The Extravagant Beauty of Feathers new book spotlights the astonishing diversity of avian plumageWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:54:42 +0000What Questlove Has to Say About Today's Food-Obsessed Culture a new book, the bandleader and hip-hop star stirs up music and cookingWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000How Do Butterflies Fly and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000What Elephants, Zebras and Lions Do When They Think No One's Watching stunning results when a photographer uses remote cameras to capture Africa's great beastsWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:05:49 +0000The Lost City of Cambodia in the jungles of southeast Asia, archaeologists have rediscovered the remains of an invisible kingdom that may have been the template for Angkor WatWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:01:00 +0000The "Sistine Chapel of Evolution" Is in New Haven, Connecticut Darwin never visited the Yale museum, but you can, and see for yourself the specimens that he praised as the best evidence for his theoryWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet Molly Crabapple, an Artist, Activist, Reporter, and Fire-Eater All in One pen and brush, the talented journalist fights for justice in the Middle East, and closer to homeWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000How the Green Book Helped African-American Tourists Navigate a Segregated Nation hotels, restaurants and other businesses open to African-Americans, the guide was invaluable for Jim-Crow era travelersWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Zoot Suit the jazzy life of a snazzy styleWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000When Dinosaurs Roamed the (Not Yet) Petrified Forest surprise discoveries at the national park have prompted a complete rethinking about the creatures of the Jurassic EraWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Detection of Gravitational Waves Was a Scientific Breakthrough, but What’s Next? are sitting on top of the world after this monumental discovery and are eager to keep exploring the universeWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Much Has the Town Where the Scopes Trial Took Place Evolved Since the 1920s? July, Dayton, Tennessee, celebrates its role in the famous court case with a re-enactment and festivalWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000With the Discovery of the USS Conestoga, Researchers Have Solved a Mystery That Was Nearly 100 Years Old a century later, the news has brought relief to the families of the sailors who went down with their shipWed, 23 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Take A Trip Through 300 Years of Men's Fashion the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, a new exhibition highlights 200 styles, from military uniforms to punk jacketsWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:29:56 +0000Could Mold Power the Batteries of the Future? have discovered how to use a fungus to create materials that could be used to make more sustainable lithium-ion batteriesWed, 23 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000In Northern Norway, Reindeer Racing and a "Joik" Singing Showdown Welcome in Spring Sami Easter Festival blends old and new traditions in Lappland's northern reachesWed, 23 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000If You Drive The Right Speed, This Musical Highway Will Play You a Song stretch of Route 66 sings—literally Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Women Artisans Transforming Afghanistan Have a Major Booster in a Former First Lady an education advocate for Afghan women and children, Laura Bush stops by a new show at the Smithsonian that showcases the country’s resilienceTue, 22 Mar 2016 18:17:13 +0000Where Museums Go to Shop for Rare Works of Art the south of Holland, a Dutch city plays host to the art world’s biggest collectorsTue, 22 Mar 2016 16:58:56 +0000How a High School Senior Won $150,000 By Inventing a $35 Medical Device Maya Varma learned an expensive diagnostic tool is rare in the developing world, she decided to build her ownTue, 22 Mar 2016 14:27:45 +0000The Grand Coulee Powers On, 75 Years After Its First Surge of Electricity look back at how the powerful dam came to beTue, 22 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000Every Three Years, Artists Compete to Be On View at the National Portrait Gallery. 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But what was his true identity?Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:12:57 +0000A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolution tools might have let our ancestors more easily chew and digest meat, which in turn may have changed our teeth and jawsWed, 09 Mar 2016 18:22:14 +0000What Makes the Underground Railroad Such a Rich Opportunity for Storytelling television and in the new Smithsonian museum, the path to freedom comes aliveWed, 09 Mar 2016 17:38:17 +0000This Solar Cell Can Float on a Bubble scientists have created the world's lightest solar cell, thin enough to be used on paper or clothingWed, 09 Mar 2016 15:22:46 +0000This Could Be the World's Largest Passport the man who has filled over 1,400 pages of passport during a life of travelWed, 09 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000It Might Be Impossible to Turn Back the Clock on Altered Ecosystems"Rewilding" landscapes to return them to a natural state might sometimes be ineffective and even harmfulTue, 08 Mar 2016 18:50:02 +0000The Secret History of the Girl Detective before Nancy Drew, avid readers picked up tales of young women solving mysteriesTue, 08 Mar 2016 18:33:04 +0000How the Volcanic Islands of the Pacific Came to Be islands are part of a 25,000-mile volcanic chain that runs around the Pacific Ocean, known as the Ring of FireTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Italy to Limit Tourists to Cinque Terre's about to get harder to visit Cinque Terre—but that might be a good thingMon, 07 Mar 2016 20:18:19 +0000How Nancy Reagan Made Her Mark on the White House curator at the American History Museum reflects on the First Lady's impact on WashingtonMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:21:18 +0000Even 500 Years After His Death, Hieronymus Bosch Hasn’t Lost His Appeal trip to the painter’s hometown reminds us how his paintings remain frightfully timelyMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:19:41 +0000The Surprising Way Civil War Took Its Toll on Congo's Great Apes satellite maps and field studies, scientists found that even small disturbances to the forest had big consequences for bonobosMon, 07 Mar 2016 18:01:00 +0000Worker Wasps Sneak Out to Lay Their Eggs in Neighboring Nests cadging a free ride for their offspring, female workers may boost their chances of passing on their genesMon, 07 Mar 2016 17:17:15 +0000A Detroit Startup Is Trying to Shake Up the City's Housing Market real estate developers are giving longtime residents a stake in their neighborhood's revitalizationMon, 07 Mar 2016 16:37:48 +0000Eight Secret Societies You Might Not Know popularity of these secret clubs peaked in the 18th and 19th centuriesMon, 07 Mar 2016 16:37:24 +0000Watch This Intense Hyena Hazing Ritual clans have a strict social hierarchy. When two 18-month-old hyena brothers join a new clan, alpha male Bongo shows us how he establishes dominanceMon, 07 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000How to Maintain Your Garden Zen at the Philadelphia Flower Show Smithsonian gardener with a long history of touring the show gives tipsFri, 04 Mar 2016 20:04:43 +0000Dive Between Two Continents in This Frigid Fissure in Iceland with pure glacier water, Silfra is the only place on Earth where divers can touch two continental plates at onceFri, 04 Mar 2016 19:40:11 +0000Pint-Sized Lizards Trapped in Amber Give Clues to Life 100 Million Years Ago trove of Cretaceous reptiles includes an early relative of the chameleon—the oldest yet discoveredFri, 04 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Twin Studies NASA dives into the data from astronaut twins, take a look back at the famous, and infamous, results we've seen from this popular research toolFri, 04 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Hank Aaron's Boundary-Shattering 715th Home Run 1974, Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth's home run record. But in the run up to this amazing feat, he faced a number of racially motivated threatsThu, 03 Mar 2016 20:32:49 +0000Half of the Inhabitants of This Australian Opal Capital Live Underground Coober Pedy, the Outback's hidden cityThu, 03 Mar 2016 20:08:18 +0000Why Pauline de Rothschild Had the Best Taste de Rothschild brought sophistication and flair to every aspect of her marriageThu, 03 Mar 2016 19:42:50 +0000Virus Genes in Human DNA May, Surprisingly, Help Us Fight Infections of ancient viral invaders woven into the human genome seem to boost our immune systemThu, 03 Mar 2016 19:26:41 +0000A New Way to Trick the Brain and Beat Jet Lag all its complexity, the human brain is not hard to deceive. Here are four studies where scientists have learned more about duping itThu, 03 Mar 2016 16:12:20 +0000The Laptops That Powered the American Revolution on the go, the Founding Fathers waged their war of words from the mahogany mobile devices of their timeThu, 03 Mar 2016 15:24:32 +0000These Tiny Saber-Toothed Terrors Are Among the World's Oldest Ants of insects entombed in amber shows that the "hell ants" were among the first to diverge from the original ant-wasp ancestorWed, 02 Mar 2016 18:12:30 +0000Explore the Magnificent and Mysterious Surface of the Moon in Pictures the National Air and Space Museum, beautiful images show how the moon's pockmarked surface is rife with mysteryWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:45:01 +0000The Spy in the Doll Shop FBI was confounded by mysterious letters sent to South America, until they came across New York City proprieter Velvalee DickinsonWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:38:40 +0000These Five Objects Tell the Story of Soccer an exclusive look inside the new FIFA World Football Museum in ZurichWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:26:20 +0000What’s on Your Botanical Bucket List? rare orchids to grizzled desert plants, experts weigh in on which flora they most want to see before they dieWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000