Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000How a Hot Dog Eating Contest Became One of the Fourth of July's Greatest Traditions the American dream is shaped like a hot dogFri, 03 Jul 2015 13:01:21 +0000Can You Crack a Medical Mystery? startup called CrowdMed asks volunteer detectives to study cases of patients with symptoms that baffle doctorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:08:50 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollbooth Juster, who will be speaking at the Smithsonian, says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000The Back to the Future Movies Are Obsessed With Television, Rightfully So McFlys' constant attention to the TV was a perfect reflection of life in post-war AmericaThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:36:07 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tails show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagious spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases? events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000Bringing Thomas Jefferson's Battered Tombstone Back to Life founding father's fragile grave marker has survived for centuries, enduring souveniring, a fire and errant repairs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:21:42 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000NASA's New Memorial Honors Lives Lost on the Challenger and Columbia Missions permanent exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida displays remnants of the shuttles and items from fallen astronautsThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:46:00 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Future new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000These Photos From Cuba Place You in the Boxing Ring and wedding photographer Rebecca Barger captures vibrant images of local streets, architecture and athletes in HavanaWed, 01 Jul 2015 18:24:55 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brain outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Photographic Requiem for America's Civil War Battlefields far-flung battlefields to picture the nation's defining tragedy in a modern lightWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000One Photographer's Personal Endeavor to Track Down Survivors of the Armenian Genocide, 100 Years Later children, they escaped ruthless state-sponsored violence. Now, these Armenian women and men visit the aching memory of what they left behindWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Latest Sign That the Robot Uprising Is Nigh? Camel Racing centuries-old pastime in the United Arab Emirates gets a rebootWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Before Moby-Dick, There Was "Two Years Before the Mast" salty memoir by Richard Henry Dana Jr. was one of America's first literary classicsWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Fall and Rise and Fall of Pompeii famous archaeological treasure is falling into scandalous decline, even as its sister city Herculaneum is rising from the ashesWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Hyperloop Will Be Only the Latest Innovation That's Pretty Much a Series of Tubes idea of using pneumatics to send objects has been around for ages. But people?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Photos From the Heart of the Ferguson Protests events sparked by the killing of young Michael Brown gave rise to a new civil rights movement that's still growingWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Bird fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What It's Like to Travel the Inca Road Today rocky rollicking journey to Machu Picchu along one of the greatest engineering feats in the AmericasWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Changed, and What Hasn't, in the Town That Inspired "To Kill a Mockingbird" back in time to visit Harper Lee's hometown, the setting of her 1960 masterpiece and the controversial sequel hitting bookstores soonWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internet scholars are zeroing in on stories that were trending way back in the 19th centuryWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Mad King and Magna Carta did a peace treaty signed — and broken — 800 years ago become one of the world's most influential documents?Wed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Tiny Robots Can Clear Clogged Arteries at Drexel University are developing micro-swimmers that loosen arterial plaque and release drugs into the bloodstream to prevent future buildupWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:38:44 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteria scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Library Mark Twain Built author helped create a library in the last town he called home—and it's full of great summer reading suggestions Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:16:59 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museum new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000In Hawaii, Old Buses Are Being Turned Into Homeless Shelters group of architects envisions a rolling solution to the state's homelessness problemMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:06:59 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Food aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving? Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000Is a Band Without Its Original Members Still the Same Band? gives a musical group its identity? Is it the name on the poster or the people on the stage?Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:17:37 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to California's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell? all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000 An Abandoned Island Now Glows Star-Bright Under a New Constellation Melissa McGill creates a luminous public art project above a ruined castle on a mysterious piece of land in the Hudson RiverFri, 26 Jun 2015 15:08:00 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar System the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could This Head Gear Help Treat Parkinson's Disease? at Johns Hopkins University have created an at-home brain-stimulating device to ease Parkinson's symptomsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:23:39 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chicha sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000See the USA in a Minute is one of the most breathtaking geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tourThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:48:29 +0000How the Soccer Ball Could Save the Golf Course the sport of footgolf, which is exactly what it sounds likeThu, 25 Jun 2015 16:02:50 +0000There is Now a 12-Week Online Program for Overcoming Social Anxiety Stanford graduates are the brains behind Joyable, a startup that pairs users with coaches to tackle social challengesThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:59:53 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell? humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000Stunning Photos of Africa's Oldest Trees, Framed by Starlight"Diamond Nights" captures the surreal beauty of ancient trees after nightfallThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accident Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000Five Tech Ideas That Could Improve City Bike Commuting group of London designers imagines Google Glass-like visors and buses that project outlines of their blind spots on the roadWed, 24 Jun 2015 19:36:46 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carving magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shell 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Foods Americans Once Loved to Eat, beavers and eel were once beloved staples of the continental diet. What happened?Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:18:35 +0000These Window Collages Are Serious Eye Candy Portuguese photographer provides a window into, well...windowsWed, 24 Jun 2015 15:02:37 +0000Barbers Are Giving Buzz Cuts to Detroit's Overgrown Lots new project funded by a Knight Cities grant has local barbers and landscape contractors working to revitalize vacant spacesWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:15:32 +0000One Vancouver Forest Played Just About Every Wooded Locale on "The X-Files" the truth is still out there, there’s a good chance it’s in the Lower Seymour Conservation ReserveWed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ride America's Most Historic Roller Coasters summer, ride the coasters that add history to their thrillsTue, 23 Jun 2015 19:05:18 +0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All? flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that's hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rate.Tue, 23 Jun 2015 17:28:31 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World" the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Too suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000The Roller Coaster Was Invented to Save America From Satan the 1880s, LaMarcus Thompson was troubled by America's slide into hedonism and immorality. Out of that concern, we got the roller coasterMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:58:18 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C. ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000How to Avoid Your Neighbors Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother himFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:04:32 +0000Shine On: Jeff Koons in Bilbao Gehry's titanium-clad Guggenheim plays host to a stunning survey of Koons's larger-than-life careerFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:02:53 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Century new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usual the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching? fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Trade new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americans DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handedness discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Spores medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpacks Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000See the Flowers that Bloom All At Once, One Night a Year mysterious night-blooming cereus just dazzled a garden in Tucson. Scientists still aren’t sure exactly how they bloom at the same timeThu, 18 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dad're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicine years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Doctors Can Study 3D Printed Models of Your Organs Before Surgery a new era of personalized medicine, advanced models are better preparing surgeons for what they will encounter in the operating roomWed, 17 Jun 2015 19:27:53 +0000Restaurants and Hotels Breathe New Life into Beautiful, Abandoned Churches and Monasteries ceilings and stained glass windows adorn these restored and reimagined structuresWed, 17 Jun 2015 16:34:00 +0000A New Recreation Shows How Ancient Romans Lifted Wild Animals Into the Colosseum elaborate system of elevators and trap doors lifted ferocious beasts onto the Colosseum floorTue, 16 Jun 2015 17:47:08 +0000The Most Loved and Hated Novel About World War I international bestseller, Erich Maria Remarque's <em>All Quiet on the Western Front</em> was banned and burned in Nazi GermanyTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:58:21 +00002 World Trade Center and the Promise of Green Skyscrapers renderings of the tower show impressive sky gardens—a trendy feature that's difficult to pull offTue, 16 Jun 2015 16:07:24 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000Sleep With the Fishes: The Best Places to Spend a Night Underwater the weather heats up, escape to these hotel rooms beneath the wavesTue, 16 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000These Stirring Portraits Put a Face on Homelessness Hohlbein's method of using social media to get tents, clothing, car repair and other needs to Seattle's homeless is catching on in other citiesMon, 15 Jun 2015 15:44:02 +0000The American at the Battle of Waterloo British remember William Howe De Lancey, an American friend to the Duke of Wellington, as a hero for the role he played in the 1815 clashMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:49:42 +0000How a Cheap Plastic Rat Could Change Biology Class a couple of 3D printers, a husband and wife team is building accurate replicas of rats that could one day eliminate the need for dissection specimensMon, 15 Jun 2015 14:08:55 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer? director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000A Horrific Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved properties, Taliesin, was inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. But its history is mired in tragedyFri, 12 Jun 2015 19:00:09 +0000Americans Are Not the Only Ones Obsessed With Their Flag the mild-mannered Danes to crazed soccer fans, people all over the world go nuts for their national colorsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:47:53 +0000The Tweeting Potholes of Panama Panama City, potholes have taken to Twitter to ask for repairs Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:56:33 +0000How Magna Carta Went Viral a world before the printing press, how did news of the famous document make the rounds?Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Relive the Battle of Waterloo With These Astonishing Portraits of War Reenactors Sam Faulkner shoots a portrait series that gives a face to the more than 200,000 soldiers who fought in the historic conflictFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:50:37 +0000What Is a Maker Faire, Exactly? as the world’s greatest show and tell, the DIY extravaganza might just make a maker out of youFri, 12 Jun 2015 12:36:42 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Dark insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climate of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible? the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000Where to Visit the Real Jurassic World After You See the Film movie's filming locations and inspiration offer lush vegetation, stunning views and plenty of sharksThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Same Probiotic That’s In Your Yogurt Could Detect Liver Cancer a dose of this bacteria, genetically altered by scientists at MIT, and your urine will glow if liver cancer is presentWed, 10 Jun 2015 19:42:02 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographs <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000City Governments Are Collaborating With Startups, and Acting Like Ones Themselves establishing offices that promote innovation, cities are taking more risks than ever beforeWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:04:34 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the Germans Torpedoed the Lusitania German U-boat Commander Walther Schwieger ordered a torpedo strike on the Lusitania, he didn't know it would be the shot that eventually led the U.S.Tue, 09 Jun 2015 17:44:18 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceans shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain? thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossils sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evil who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Al Capone and Chicago's Violent Mobster Past over Chicago and back through the city's violent past. Illinois is the final state to be captured in Smithsonian Channel's "Aerial America" seriesMon, 08 Jun 2015 21:52:35 +0000Soon Our Phones Will Be Telling Us to Drink More Water new crop of health wearables aims to keep users hydratedMon, 08 Jun 2015 20:24:16 +0000How Do You Dance to Jazz? attendees at this year's New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival taught our music writer a step or twoMon, 08 Jun 2015 18:36:41 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brains on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wear it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink? exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinese nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decay Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000How Pyrex Reinvented Glass For a New Age hundred years after the birth of the brand, the Corning Museum of Glass pays homage to America's favorite dishFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:23:25 +0000Seven Inspiring Innovations In Education From Around the Globe schools, start taking notes! There may be some things to learn from these successful programsFri, 05 Jun 2015 16:24:47 +0000With This Self-Healing Concrete, Buildings Repair Themselves concrete developed by Dutch scientists and embedded with limestone-producing bacteria is ready to hit the market Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:13:19 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Craters impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After All data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royalty horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Males direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Story of the World’s Rarest Stamp rarely seen, one-of-a-kind 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which recently sold for a whopping $9.5 million, gets its public debut Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:41:37 +0000Ride This Bizarre, Old-School Elevator Before They All Shut Down paternoster elevators of Europe are weird, a bit scary and getting harder and harder to find. For now, there are still a few you can rideThu, 04 Jun 2015 14:10:18 +0000Can Young Botanists at a Magnet School Play a Vital Role in Protecting an Urban Ecosystem?'s BioTech, the country's first ever botany-focused magnet high school, is teaching kids real-world plant scienceThu, 04 Jun 2015 13:16:06 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moons the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture? it real or is it celebrity branding? A portrait exhibition of iconic celebs considers the question of who holds the upper hand—the artist or the starWed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000Ancient Urns or Drinking Vessels for Giants? Behind the Mysterious Plain of Jars in Laos grassy area studded with hulking, 2,000-year-old jars provides a surreal sight as well as an archeological puzzleWed, 03 Jun 2015 13:12:00 +0000These New Computer Chips Are Made From Wood new technique replaces the bulk of smartphone-friendly microchips with a transparent, flexible material made from wood pulpWed, 03 Jun 2015 11:34:06 +0000See All 50 States From the Air Channel's popular Aerial America series has filmed its 50th and final stateWed, 03 Jun 2015 08:00:00 +0000Where the Blues Was Born Dockery Farms, the original bluesmen created a sound that would become legendaryTue, 02 Jun 2015 18:49:08 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Strip of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +000025 Millennials Just Crossed the United States By Rail Hoping to Leave Their Marks in Cities Along the Way leaders take a 10-day whistle-stop tour with on-train seminars and service projects in communities across the nationMon, 01 Jun 2015 20:25:30 +0000Photojournalist Eli Reed Shares Some of His Favorite Images From His 40-Year Career pioneering African American looks back at the power of the photographMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:22:51 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestock sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Forget Credit Cards, Now You Can Pay With Your Eyes new Japanese phone with an iris scanner may mark a new era of password-free mobile payments Mon, 01 Jun 2015 14:16:27 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Doll, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000Smithsonian to Receive Artifacts From Sunken 18th-Century Slave Ship Found Off the Coast of South Africa 1794, the Portuguese slave ship São José wrecked with 400 slaves aboard; iron ballast and a wooden pulley from that ship will come to Washington, D.C.Sun, 31 May 2015 14:36:11 +0000Want to Sleep Like a King, Queen or Borgia For a Night? Stay in these Historic Airbnbs it’s the former home of a national icon or an extravagant estate in Europe, the sharing economy offers the chance to go back in time for a nightFri, 29 May 2015 19:29:15 +0000To Cut Down on Food Waste, a San Francisco Startup Is Selling Ugly Fruits and Vegetables aren’t everything, say the founders of Imperfect, a CSA-type service that delivers odd-shaped produce to customers' doorsFri, 29 May 2015 18:35:57 +0000Warmer Waters Are Making Pacific Typhoons Stronger of storm data show that tropical cyclones in the Pacific are getting more intense as ocean temperatures riseFri, 29 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevail troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000See a Bubbly Nebula, an Artistic Earth and Other Spacey Treats celebratory star nest and a painterly view of home feature among our picks for this week's best space picturesFri, 29 May 2015 17:23:53 +0000IBM Watson Makes Things Elementary, Indeed cognitive computing system makes for an ideal sidekick—in museums, kitchens, hospitals and classroomsFri, 29 May 2015 15:12:16 +0000How Is Angkor Wat Still Standing Today? engineering masterpiece covers an area four times larger than the Vatican City. But without the surrounding moat, it would never have survivedFri, 29 May 2015 14:06:10 +0000Look Inside the Restored Mansion Where Al Capone Lived and Died property firm just renovated the infamous gangster’s Florida estate after it had fallen into disrepair. Here’s what the lavish home looks like nowFri, 29 May 2015 13:33:44 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNA the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000Instead of Being Swallowed by a Mine, This Arctic Town is Moving people of Kiruna are moving their entire town brick-by-brickThu, 28 May 2015 15:48:12 +0000The Many Ways Baby Talk Gives Infant Brains a Boost a higher vocabulary to mastering mouth motion, the lilting babble seems to play a key role in helping babies process languageThu, 28 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Will Really Happen When San Andreas Unleashes the Big One? major earthquake will cause plenty of destruction along the West Coast, but it won’t look like it does in the moviesThu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Thirteen Years Later, Did Spellbound Show Us the Power or the Myth of the American Dream? caught up with the kids, now full-fledged adults, from the acclaimed documentary to investigate how social class shapes success in AmericaThu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?'s scary what we don't know about the lasting effects after a knock to the nogginThu, 28 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Nation’s Stash of Lost Luggage Finds a New Life in This Alabama Town yourself a new wardrobe, iPad or other oddities at the Unclaimed Baggage CenterWed, 27 May 2015 18:43:03 +0000The Developing World Could Be One Step Closer to Quick, Easy Water Treatment With This New Device retailer MSR and global health non-profit PATH have teamed up to create on-demand chlorine to fight waterborne illness in AfricaWed, 27 May 2015 18:06:20 +0000Investigating the Case of the Earliest Known Murder Victim 430,000-year-old skull discovered in a Spanish cave bears evidence of deliberate, lethal blunt force trauma Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Crazy Land Art Deflects Noise From Amsterdam's Airport drown out flight noise, the Amsterdam Airport turned to large-scale landscapingWed, 27 May 2015 17:12:27 +0000Seven Works of Art to Visit That Use Discarded Junk to Create Masterpieces person's trash is another person's artistic inspiration Wed, 27 May 2015 15:00:28 +0000Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat's New Exhibition Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discourse exhibition of the artist's work at the Hirshhorn is an allegorical narrative framed against historical and political realities Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:04 +0000The Classy Rise of the Trench Coat War I brought with it a broad array of societal changes, including men's fashionWed, 27 May 2015 13:32:19 +0000Eat Like a Parisian in a Parisian Apartment Internet-based service allows visitors an authentic taste of food, friendship and cultureWed, 27 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000These Instruments Will Help NASA Figure Out If Life Can Thrive on Europa space agency has announced the suite of experiments that will fly on a mission to the icy moon of JupiterTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000Six Architectural Ideas That Could Change the Way We Live in Cities in response to polluted air or shrinking space, architects keep coming up with novel approaches to reshaping urban lifeTue, 26 May 2015 20:16:58 +0000Will Buildings of the Future Be Cloaked In Algae? by a London architecture firm, a new gazebo has a living "skin" that produces oxygen and absorbs considerable amounts of carbon dioxideTue, 26 May 2015 15:24:24 +0000Step Inside a Famous Submarine to visit historic subs this summer—or ride in a modern one Tue, 26 May 2015 14:09:03 +0000Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodes Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brainFri, 22 May 2015 19:08:44 +0000This Park in Ecuador is One of the Most Biodiverse Places on Earthí National Park in the Amazon rainforest may have more species of life than anywhere else in the world Fri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000UPDATE: Second Critically Endangered Tortoise Hatches from a Cracked Egg get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Did This Map Guide Columbus? decipher a mystifying 15th-century documentThu, 21 May 2015 18:20:53 +0000Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctic waters are eating away at protective ice shelves, letting glaciers flow into the seaThu, 21 May 2015 18:00:34 +0000This Obscura Day, Discover the Curiosities in Your Own Backyard dolls, KGB secrets and unexpected pinball troves—media startup Atlas Obscura invites readers to explore their own hometowns on May 30Thu, 21 May 2015 15:22:14 +0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopia one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 15:13:12 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenon scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000These Sparrows Sing to the Beat of Their Own Drum sparrows amp up their tunes with acoustic beak taps synchronized with chirps Wed, 20 May 2015 18:02:04 +0000The Brief History of the Ferris Wheel the American answer to the Eiffel Tower, the summertime amusement became a hallmark of summer funWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The World's Largest Picture Frame? government of Dubai is taking this abstract structure to the next levelWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000One Man's Lifelong Pursuit of Pluto is About to Get Real the New Horizons spacecraft races by the quasi-planetary body, Alan Stern will have finally met his matchWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Scenes From the Calgary Stampede photographer Richard Phibbs has a new book that sends him back home on the rangeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?'s famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation—and ourselves?Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000When Colorado Was (And in Many Ways Still Is) the Switzerland of America hundred years ago, city slickers looking for wild times in Rocky Mountain National Park invented a new kind of American vacationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Pack space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakes powerful earthquake in Italy killed hundreds of people—and set in motion a legal battle and scientific debate that has kept seismologists on edgeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Daily Lives of Iraq's Kurds's most important ally in the battle against ISIS is closer than ever to fulfilling their hope of founding a new nationWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why We'd Be Better Off if Napoleon Never Lost at Waterloo the bicentennial of the most famous battle in world history, a distinguished historian looks at what could have been Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Chins? most distinctive human feature might be that bony protrusion that made Jay Leno famousWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Stone Tools Yet Discovered Are Unearthed in Kenya million-year-old artifacts predate the human genus Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:02 +0000Urine for a Treat With a Tour of These Five Sewer Systems, drains and other wastewater structures to explore, from ancient Rome to present-day New YorkWed, 20 May 2015 16:04:24 +0000Has a Finnish Company Found a Cure for Jet Lag? is releasing the Human Charger, a new gadget that beams light through a user's earsWed, 20 May 2015 15:40:13 +0000The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modern research indicates why the slithery beast's body appears pretty much as it did 110 million years agoWed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 22:44:19 +0000Visit Frida Kahlo’s Recreated Garden to See the Plants That Influenced Her Art New York Botanical Garden is showing rare paintings and drawings alongside the types of flora Kahlo herself once cultivatedTue, 19 May 2015 20:28:59 +0000A Harvard Student's App Could Bring 911 Into the Future just one click, RapidSOS sends GPS and medical information to emergency dispatchersTue, 19 May 2015 16:31:41 +0000Vampire Healing: Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Bones's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderlyTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Smartphone Microscope Uses Video to Spot Moving Parasites team of Berkeley bioengineers has created CellScope, a mobile phone attachment that can quickly test blood for tropical diseasesTue, 19 May 2015 13:38:30 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisement commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000A Long-Forgotten, Underground Tunnel in D.C. Is Finally Getting Some Fresh Air 75,000-square-foot space underneath the city's Dupont Circle will become an impressive new art spaceMon, 18 May 2015 19:01:14 +0000Watch As a Real-Life Hoverboard Whirs to Life Smithsonian magazine's Future is Here festival, a few lucky attendees got to take a rideMon, 18 May 2015 18:38:55 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competition in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +000035 Years Later, Where You Can Still See Signs of the Mt. St. Helens Eruption years after Mt. St. Helens blew its top, the landscape is full of stark remindersSat, 16 May 2015 13:19:57 +0000Dark Globs, a Salty Moon and More of This Week's Stellar Wonders star clusters and Europa in a can feature in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 15 May 2015 20:47:23 +0000Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one yearFri, 15 May 2015 18:24:22 +0000New Photo Book Explores Places the Dead Don’t Rest mossy burial caves to bone-filled churches, photographer Paul Koudounaris spent a dozen years documenting sites where the living and dead interactFri, 15 May 2015 14:01:18 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have? age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000How Food Truck Parks Are Making America More Like Southeast Asia for nutritious options, as public officials in Singapore are doing, could boost the health of cities and their residentsThu, 14 May 2015 19:54:39 +0000El Niño Is Here, But It Can’t Help Parched California (For Now) national agencies have confirmed that the natural phenomenon has arrived, but not in time to bring much-needed rains in the WestThu, 14 May 2015 18:25:50 +0000Rare Quartet of Quasars Found in the Early Universe quirky set of extremely bright black holes challenges theories for how the cosmos reached its current structureThu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius? physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decades reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000Watch These Ants Hurl Themselves Out of Death Traps With Their Mouths least one trap-jaw ant species has coopted its exceptionally strong mandibles to escape its nemesis, the ferocious antlionWed, 13 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000How His'n'Her Ponchos Became A Thing: A History Of Unisex Fashion"Unisex" was rarely used before the fashion trend hit it big in the late 1960sWed, 13 May 2015 14:57:31 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forward Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000Finally, A Shoe That Grows With a Kid Idaho-based nonprofit Because International makes shoes that can grow up to five sizes and last at least five yearsTue, 12 May 2015 19:31:57 +0000Haute Stuff: Nine Unique Gifts to Buy in Paris room in your suitcase for these irresistible items made by French artisansTue, 12 May 2015 17:47:43 +0000For Your Next Party, Rent a Kitchen the Size of Your Apartment living space shrinking, urbanites are paying for kitchen space to host special occasionsTue, 12 May 2015 17:29:48 +0000What Makes Bourbon Uniquely American? new book examines everything that makes the spirit special to the United StatesTue, 12 May 2015 13:33:28 +0000Why the Best Way to See Iceland Is by Horse country’s landscape is surreal and one-of-a-kind—so is a ride on the Icelandic equineTue, 12 May 2015 13:10:43 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Icon the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Life new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the World quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culture reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000A Lopsided Supernova, Orbital Espresso and More Cosmic Wonders exploding star reveals its secrets and an astronaut takes a coffee break in this week's best space picturesFri, 08 May 2015 20:05:57 +0000Your Online Dating Profile Picture Affects Whether People Trust You is linked to trust, but the responses are very different between men and womenFri, 08 May 2015 19:00:00 +000010 New Things Science Says About Being a Mom as, how much time she spends with her child doesn’t matter as much as we think Fri, 08 May 2015 16:18:51 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Art dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +000026 Inventions Mothers Can Appreciate an apparatus to birth a child with centrifugal force to a board game to teach driver safety, these product ideas have parents in mindFri, 08 May 2015 14:05:14 +0000The Tenacious Woman Who Helped Keep Mother’s Day Alive Anna Jarvis, a holiday devoted to moms was not sentimental fluff, but a practical exercise in patriotismFri, 08 May 2015 12:30:46 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband's new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Will We Ever Be Able to Make Traffic Disappear? engineers make changes in the timing of signals to keep cars moving, but cell phone data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication could ease the taskThu, 07 May 2015 13:22:59 +0000This Map Shows the Full Extent of the Devastation Wrought by U-Boats in World War I the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania, a look at how "unrestricted submarine warfare" changed the rules of warThu, 07 May 2015 12:01:55 +0000