Articles | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-map-track-snowfall-and-social-media-buzz-around-northeast-blizzard-180954025/Weather alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000A Universal Flu Vaccine May Be On the Horizonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/measles-vaccine-universal-flu-influenza-cdc-disease-outbreak-180954020/Choosing the viral targets for the seasonal flu vaccine is a gamble. Sometimes, like this year, the flu winsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:32 +0000How Sticks and Shell Charts Became a Sophisticated System for Navigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-sticks-and-shell-charts-became-sophisticated-system-navigation-180954018/Sailors navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticatedMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:29:10 +0000Celebrate 100 Years of Rocky Mountain National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrate-100-years-rocky-mountain-national-park-180954004/January 26 marks the 100th anniversary of the creation of Rocky Mountain National Park—and celebrations are going all year longMon, 26 Jan 2015 13:53:13 +0000Tour Paris With the Marquis de Sade as Your Guidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-paris-marquis-de-sade-your-guide-180954019/Traces still remain in the City of Love of the famed author and sex iconMon, 26 Jan 2015 12:00:00 +0000Craziest Airplane Cabins of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/craziest-airplane-cabins-future-180954021/These airplane cabin designs—both real and conceptual—show what might awaits us on flights in the near futureSun, 25 Jan 2015 19:24:34 +0000These Celestial Highlights Include Flowing Auroras and a Cracked Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-celestial-highlights-include-flowing-auroras-and-cracked-comet-180954005/Catch up on the week's best space images, from a cyclone's glowing eye to a surreal Martian vistaFri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:06 +0000Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-thousands-monarch-butterflies-180953961/The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:17:48 +0000The Devastating Fire That Nearly Consumed the Smithsonian Castle 150 Years Ago This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/devastating-fire-nearly-consumed-smithsonian-castle-150-years-ago-month-180954002/The Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture reflects on the history of the iconic building and its ongoing legacyThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:10:08 +0000Five Wild Ideas That Just Got Funded: From A Fitbit for Dogs to Soap Jewelryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-wild-ideas-that-just-got-funded-from-a-fitbit-for-dogs-to-soap-jewelry-180953987/Not to mention, a bizarre bike-treadmill hybrid meant to reduce the strain on runners' jointsThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:05:38 +0000Borneo's Mammals Face a Deadly Mix of Logging and Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/borneos-mammals-face-deadly-mix-logging-and-climate-change-180953998/But adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:40 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Five False 'Facts' About the Human Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-five-false-facts-about-th/You can’t always trust what your mother told youThu, 22 Jan 2015 16:24:59 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photographer-captures-stunning-underside-flipped-iceberg-180953951/On vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000The History of Faux Furhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-faux-fur-180953984/For more than 100 years, the fine line between finks and minks has been blurredThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:18:33 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vivid-images-civil-war-casualties-inspire-scholars-inner-muse-180953966/Alexander Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000The Unbelievable Success of the American Steamshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unbelievable-success-american-steamship-180953963/How “Fulton’s Folly” transformed the nation’s landscapeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itselfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wrists-birds-reveal-evolution-undoing-itself-180953964/Contrary to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversibleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Do Wolves Wag Their Tails Like Dogs and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-wolves-wag-their-tails-dogs-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953968/Other questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of speciesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/international-space-station-will-soon-be-able-measure-forest-density-using-lasers-180953970/Strengthening the planet’s forests is one critical way to combat climate changeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Footbinding Persisted in China for a Millenniumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-footbinding-persisted-china-millennium-180953971/Despite the pain, millions of Chinese women stood firm in their devotion to the traditionWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-siberian-tiger-make-comeback-180953973/In Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earthWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/america-has-tiger-problem-and-no-ones-sure-how-solve-it-180953974/No one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United StatesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000A New View of the Battle of Gallipoli, One of the Bloodiest Conflicts of World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-view-battle-gallipoli-one-bloodiest-conflicts-world-war-i-180953975/The Turks are now rethinking their historic victory in the terrible battleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-malcolm-x-still-speaks-truth-power-180953976/Fifty years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonanceWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Exploring the <i>Titanic</i> of the Ancient Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/exploring-titanic-ancient-world-180953977/Scientists search the wine-dark sea for the remains of a ship that sank 2,000 years ago—carrying what is believed to be the world’s first computerWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Decoding the Antikythera Mechanism, the First Computerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decoding-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-180953979/Hidden inscriptions offer new clues to the origins of a mysterious astronomical mechanismWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000 Who Was the Marquis de Sade?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-was-marquis-de-sade-180953980/Even in the age of <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>, the 18th-century libertine is as shocking as everWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Makes Humans Different? Fiction and Cooperationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-makes-humans-different-fiction-and-cooperation-180953986/Historian Yuval Noah Harari previews his book on the past and future of Homo sapiensWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Best Places to See the Northern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-northern-lights-180953981/Find out where to witness the aurora borealis, with reindeer sleigh rides, ice hotels and hot springs includedWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:14:25 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/selma-needs-no-oscar-validate-it-says-director-african-american-history-museum-180953959/A film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000Vinegar-Like Acid Rain May Have Fallen During Earth’s Worst Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vinegar-acid-rain-may-have-fallen-during-earths-worst-extinction-180953972/Vanilla-flavored rocks hint at a planet scoured by intense acid rain during the Great Dying 252 million years agoWed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Lasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ancient-scrolls-blackened-vesuvius-are-readable-last-herculaneum-papyri-180953950/X-ray scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Little-Known History of the Underground Railroad in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-history-underground-railroad-new-york-180953927/Pultizer-Prize winning historian Eric Foner uncovers the hidden story behind this passage to freedomTue, 20 Jan 2015 15:21:41 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-three-decade-evolution-star-wars-costumes-180953621/A Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Celebrate National Cheese Lovers' Day With This Map of Cheese Found Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/celebrate-national-cheese-lovers-day-map-cheese-found-around-world-180953915/This sharp interactive will make you feel gouda all overTue, 20 Jan 2015 12:34:04 +0000Top Historic Sites to Visit in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cubas-top-historic-sites-180953924/Cuba is rich in history-laden spots—and a relaxed travel ban will make it easier for Americans to visitMon, 19 Jan 2015 19:46:17 +0000MLK's Last Speechhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mlks-last-speech/"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following dayMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Aftermath of Dr. Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-aftermath-of-mlks-assassination/In the hours following the assassination of Dr. King, public figures like Jesse Jackson and Bobby Kennedy voiced their reactions publiclySun, 18 Jan 2015 20:00:00 +0000This Smart Stethoscope Attachment Could Lead to More Accurate Diagnoseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-stethoscope-attachment-could-lead-more-accurate-diagnoses-180953912/Eko Core clips on to existing stethoscopes and lets physicians share heart sounds through their smartphones and the WebSat, 17 Jan 2015 00:57:18 +0000Where to See the Work of Mr. Turner Around Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/where-see-work-mr-turner-around-america-180953922/The British painter is the subject of a new film, but where can you see him stateside?Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:22:53 +0000Best Space Photos of the Week: From Solar Flares to Saturn's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-solar-flares-saturns-moons-titan-mars-earth-virgin-180953917/A spitting sun, a well-loved lake and a happy accident on Mars star in this week's best space imagesFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:59 +0000Wheels Down. Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" Has Landedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheels-down-charles-lindberghs-spirit-st-louis-has-landed-180953911/The historic aircraft—first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—is lowered to the ground inside the Air and Space MuseumFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000There is Nothing Elementary About a New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-nothing-elementary-about-a-sherlock-holmes-adaptation-180953895/Tony-award, winning playwright Ken Ludwig says he's injecting Indiana Jones cinematic adventure into the theatrical experienceFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/listen-freedom-songs-recorded-50-years-ago-during-march-selma-montgomery-180953904/When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +000010 Victorian Inventions That Never Quite Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-victorian-inventions-never-quite-took-180953865/Flops from a "knife and fork cleaner" to a "cholera belt" provide a curious look at life in 19th century EnglandThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:38:55 +0000Crashing Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Weekendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crashing-alexander-hamiltons-birthday-weekend-180953906/Each year, admirers of the oft-neglected Founding Father gather for a multi-day birthday celebration ranging across Manhattan.Thu, 15 Jan 2015 17:01:16 +0000Social Media Is Not Making You a Ball of Stress http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/social-media-not-making-you-ball-stress-180953900/But perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and Twitter can cause stress to spread when bad things happen to friends and familyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Photos From the Coldest City on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-coldest-city-earth-180953888/What's it like to live and work in the coldest inhabited place on Earth? Photographer Amos Chapple shares his stories from the frozen cities of SiberiaWed, 14 Jan 2015 20:06:57 +0000Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museums-are-now-able-digitize-thousands-artifacts-just-hours-180953867/At the American History Museum, a collection of rarely seen historic currency proofs are being made ready for a public debutWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000Two Leopards Battle, But Only One Can Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/two-leopards-battle-but-only-one-can-survive/When Jack scores a kill, all kinds of grassland creatures come out of the woodwork to steal it. Even worse, Jack's rival is secretly waiting to ambush himWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:41:35 +0000Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lust-gold-consuming-precious-south-american-forests-180953893/Satellite images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areasWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:27:25 +0000Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/poison-hath-been-italian-mummys-untimely-end-digitalis-foxglove-180953822/A lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of VeronaWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Rare Photos of the Selma March Place You in the Thick of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rare-photos-selma-march-thick-history-180953874/James Barker, a photographer from Alaska, shares his memories of documenting the famed eventWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:15:24 +0000The Year Montana Rounded Up Citizens for Shooting Off Their Mouthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/year-montana-rounded-citizens-shooting-their-mouths-180953876/During World War I, the powers that ran Montana sought any excuse to silence dissentWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:25:00 +0000A Tree Grows 40 Different Types of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-tree-grows-40-different-types-of-fruit-180953868/What started as an art project has become a mission to reintroduce Americans to native fruits that have faded from popularityWed, 14 Jan 2015 13:42:50 +0000What Are the 1000 Foods to Eat Before You Die? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-are-1000-foods-eat-you-die-180953878/Written by a former New York Times restaurant critic, this tome will keep your appetite satisfied for a lifetimeTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:05:59 +0000Surreal Photos Reveal the Otherworldly Insides of Gemstoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gems-minerals-inclusions-inside-photography-art-science-180953662/If you thought gems were beautiful to the naked eye, take a look at them under a microscopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:35:02 +0000This Smart Battery Sends a Message to Your Phone When Your Smoke Detector Soundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-smart-battery-sends-a-message-to-your-phone-when-your-smoke-detector-sounds-180953871/It also alerts you weeks in advance of dying—sparing you from that annoying chirpMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:42:42 +0000How Curators Found a Ghostly Image Lurking Beneath Layers of Lacquerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-discovered-ghostly-image-lurking-beneath-layers-lacquer-180953815/Work in the conservation lab revealed there was more to this Ming Dynasty tray than meets the eyeMon, 12 Jan 2015 17:25:52 +0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/utahs-otherworldly-landscapes_1/Despite its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of endless surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majestyFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:03:45 +0000Top Space Pictures of the Week, From a Hubble Icon to Hungry Black Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-space-pictures-week-hubble-icon-hungry-black-holes-180953854/Ghostly pillars, a dark nebula and a galaxy herd starred in some of the best image-driven stories released at a recent astronomy meetingFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:33:32 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-gm-mosquitoes-pave-way-chikungunya-virus-panama-180953847/Modified insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-among-lucky-few-walk-space-180953827/On July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000Space Exploration Would Be Nothing If We Didn't Know How to Spacewalkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/space-exploration-would-be-nothing-if-we-didnt-know-how-to-spacewalk-180953825/The Air and Space Museum brings the privileged experience to the public in an exhibit that chronicles 50 years of technologyThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:36 +0000The ATM is Dead. Long Live the ATM!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atm-dead-long-live-atm-180953838/Usage is on the decline – so why are banks looking to the machines to save them?Thu, 08 Jan 2015 18:36:11 +0000The King's Keepers: Five Quirky Locations for Finding Elvis Beyond Gracelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/beyond-graceland-shrines-elvis-around-country-180953809/From Georgia to Connecticut, Elvis' spirit lives on in unexpected placesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:45:06 +0000A New Antibiotic Found in Dirt Can Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-antibiotic-dirt-soil-can-kill-drug-resistant-bacteria-180953828/Tests in mice show that the new drug works against numerous nasty diseases and should stay viable for decadesWed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Meet Global Warming Targets, Leave Fuels In the Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-global-warming-targets-leave-fuels-ground-180953829/Hefty percentages of fossil fuels need to remain untapped to curtail the rising global temperature Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/could-you-have-endured-consuelo-vanderbilts/Tutored in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easyTue, 06 Jan 2015 21:41:17 +0000New Super-Earths Double the Number of Life-Friendly Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-super-earths-discovered-oceans-life-exoplanets-180953805/Three studies looking at small, rocky planets are helping astronomers figure out how common worlds like ours are in the galaxyTue, 06 Jan 2015 18:15:00 +0000New Deep-Sea Snails Are Nature’s Own Punk Rockers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-deep-sea-snails-are-natures-own-punk-rockers-180953814/The spikes on one hardcore species inspired scientists to name it after Joe Strummer of the Clash, who was also an ardent environmentalistTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:07:46 +0000One of the World's Largest Ice and Snow Carnivals Is Underway in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-largest-ice-and-snow-carnival-underway-china-180953797/The 31st Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival runs through February 25Mon, 05 Jan 2015 21:19:26 +0000The Tinman's Hat From "The Wiz" Offers Just a Hint of the Musical's Beating Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tinmans-hat-from-the-wiz-offers-hint-musicals-beating-heart-180953718/Forty years ago this week, when the all-black musical production opened on Broadway, critics scoffed, but audiences embraced itMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:46:35 +0000Will Electric Scooters Take Over the World’s Mega Cities? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-electric-scooters-take-over-worlds-mega-cities-180953795/A well-funded startup called Gogoro unveils its e-scooter and a plan to install ATM-like battery stations in urban areasMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:36:49 +0000Soon, You'll Be Able to Spend the Night on the Grounds of Downton Abbeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/soon-youll-be-able-spend-night-downton-abbey-180953790/Beginning February 13, interested parties can book a night (or two) in a lodge one mile from Highclere Castle, made famous by "Downton Abbey"Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:29:34 +0000Eight Innovators to Watch in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/Eight-innovators-watch-2015-180953770/From food science and robotics to solar tech and sustainable architecture, these folks are poised to do big thingsWed, 31 Dec 2014 19:56:29 +0000Threat of Being Eaten Doesn’t Deter Dumpling Squid From Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threat-being-eaten-doesnt-deter-dumpling-squid-sex-180953780/The adorable cephalopods seem to rate mating higher on their list of priorities than survival Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Physics of Champagne Bubbles Could Help Power the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-years-physics-champagne-bubbles-could-help-power-future-180953778/Studying the principles that govern bubble formation in sparkling wine could improve power plant boilersWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:49:22 +0000Many Households Buy More Food in January Than During the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-years-resolution-many-households-buy-more-food-january-during-holidays-180953779/New Year's resolutions to eat better lead many people to buy health food in addition to a continued junk food glutWed, 31 Dec 2014 17:21:54 +0000From Possums to 200 Pounds of Bologna: Weird Things Cities Drop on New Year's Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/possums-200-pounds-bologna-weird-things-cities-drop-new-years-eve-180953755/Who needs a ball? Cities get creative on New Year's Eve by dropping objects that reflect local products and cultureWed, 31 Dec 2014 15:21:44 +0000How to See This Green Comet With the Naked Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-see-green-comet-lovejoy-q2-new-years-naked-eye-180953771/The "New Year's Comet" is taking astronomers by storm with an unexpected showing, and it should only get brighter through early JanuaryTue, 30 Dec 2014 20:59:18 +0000Our Answers to the Most Burning Questions of 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-answers-to-the-most-burning-questions-of-2014-180953752/Here are the ten most popular installments of "Ask Smithsonian" this yearTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:44:51 +0000Kevin Ashton Describes "the Internet of Things" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kevin-ashton-describes-the-internet-of-things-180953749/The innovator weighs in on what human life will be like a century from nowMon, 29 Dec 2014 17:59:32 +0000Ten Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-cool-science-stories-you-may-have-missed-2014-180953747/ICYMI, there's a newfound coral reef in Iraq, the smallest force has been detected and more in this year's surprising scienceMon, 29 Dec 2014 16:52:48 +0000Our Top Stories of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/our-top-stories-2014-180953698/From weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on Smithsonian.com this year Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Puberty Is Beginning Earlier in Girls, So What Can Parents Do?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/puberty-beginning-earlier-girls-so-what-can-parents-do-180953738/The authors of a new book about the earlier onset of female puberty explain the evidence and offer adviceFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Where Does Santa Live? The North Pole Isn't Always the Answerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-santa-claus-live-hometown-north-pole-180953723/Santa Claus is usually good news for tourism—but more than one place lays claim to his legendWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:06:43 +0000Christmas Day is the Only Day of the Year You Can't Go to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christmas-day-only-day-year-you-cant-go-smithsonian-180953696/For those missing your Smithsonian fix, here's some holiday cheer until the doors open on December 26Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000"The Interview" Joins the Ranks of These Banned or Restricted Movieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/interview-limited-joins-ranks-these-banned-censored-restricted-movies-180953722/From a Charlie Chaplin comedy to a Mae West melodrama, plenty of controversial films have been pulled or even destroyed since the dawn of cinemaTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:15:50 +0000Stunning Black-and-White Photos of the Nazca Lineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edward-ranney-peru-photos-the-lines-180953694/Edward Ranney's photographs of the famous Nazca Lines show the mysterious geoglyphs from an unusual angle—eye-levelTue, 23 Dec 2014 20:00:00 +0000Meet the Stealthiest Assassin Bug in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/meet-stealthiest-assassin-bug-united-states-180953725/The unique and secretive species has been living among us unrecognized for a century Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:40:34 +0000A Christmas Feast, Experienced With Dishes From Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/christmas-feast-experienced-dishes-around-world-180953713/Experience an international Christmas without any travel by preparing these traditional foodsTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:34:15 +0000Las Parrandas de Remedios: Bright Lights Shine in Cuba's Oldest Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/las-parrandas-de-remedios-bright-lights-shine-cubas-oldest-festival-180953685/In the days before Christmas, Cuba erupts in a celebration of lightsTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:09:02 +0000In an Era of Superstorms, This Exhibit Captures Our Shifting Relationship with the Earth's Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-an-era-of-superstorms-this-exhibit-captures-our-shifting-relationship-with-the-earths-rising-seas-180953618/"Sink or Swim" shows how we're learning to be smarter and more resilient in our response to increasingly unpredictable oceans and rivers Tue, 23 Dec 2014 17:46:25 +0000Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/switching-farming-made-human-joint-bones-lighter-180953711/A more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agricultureMon, 22 Dec 2014 22:55:53 +0000Using Zinc to Detect Breast Cancer Earlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-zinc-to-detect-breast-cancer-early-180953700/Researchers at Oxford have taken the first step towards finding a new biomarker for breast cancerMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:40:32 +0000Corals Show How Pacific Trade Winds Guide Global Temperatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/corals-show-how-pacific-trade-winds-guide-global-temperatures-180953703/The world has been in a global warming hiatus, but that will change when the winds once again weakenMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:24:03 +0000"Unbroken"'s Louis Zamperini Crashed Into the Pacific on May 27, 1943. Here is the Missing Air Crew Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unbroken-louis-zamperini-crashed-pacific-may-27-1943-here-missing-air-crew-report-180953699/The National Archives holds a record with details of the downing of the former Olympian's B-24 bomber that left him lost at sea for 47 daysMon, 22 Dec 2014 16:05:00 +0000How Books Became a Critical Part of the Fight to Win World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-books-became-critical-part-fight-win-world-war-ii-180953689/Author Molly Guptill Manning explains the importance of reading to the American victoryMon, 22 Dec 2014 14:09:01 +0000A Photovoltaic Balloon Could Bring Electricity to Disaster Zoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/photovoltaic-balloon-could-bring-electricity-to-disaster-zones-180953690/Moored to a base with batteries, the Zephyr collects enough solar energy to power 15 relief tents and a telecommunications networkFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:21:59 +0000Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-three-results-learned-115-years-citizen-science-audubon-christmas-bird-count-180953677/The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is touted as the world's longest running citizen science project—so what has it taught us?Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-best-gifts-according-science-180953686/Researchers are unwrapping the science behind gift giving, from the value of simplicity to the quality of the bow on topFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000The Tolkien Nerd’s Guide to "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tolkien-nerds-guide-hobbit-battle-five-armies-180953681/The final chapter in Peter Jackson's trilogy strays furthest from the book, but there are still a few buried Easter eggs for die-hard fans to enjoyFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:23:20 +0000Meet William Harvey, a Misunderstood Genius in Human Anatomyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-william-harvey-misunderstood-genius-human-anatomy-180953682/A new video from the World Science Festival tells the story of this medical pioneerFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:32 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-colbert-returns-portrait-gallery-even-more-stephens-180953647/As the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-roman-water-networks-made-empire-vulnerable-180953679/A model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changesFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-great-place-be-large-meat-eater-180953664/In a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Most Beautiful Drone Travel Videos of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/most-beautiful-drone-travel-videos-2014-180953650/2014 was the year of the aerial drone travel video—here are some of the best of the bestThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:24:17 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colorado-river-delta-turned-green-after-historic-water-pulse-180953670/The experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000London Mayor Boris Johnson on Winston Churchill's Cheekiest Quoteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/london-mayor-boris-johnson-winston-churchill-legacy-180953538/London's mayor talks about his new Churchill biography, 50 years after the British Bulldog's deathWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-happy-new-year-even-really-mean-180953633/Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Illustrious History of Misquoting Winston Churchillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/illustrious-history-misquoting-winston-churchill-180953634/Saying exactly what Churchill said isn’t easy—or cheap Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-leatherback-turtle-skylight-head-180953635/How do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-right-handedness-evolve-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953636/You asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/string-theory-about-unravel-180953637/Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Radical Paradox of Martin Luther King’s Devotion to Nonviolencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-weve-forgotten-about-martin-luther-king-devotion-nonviolence-180953639/Biographer Taylor Branch makes a timely argument about civil right leader’s true legacyWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/120-years-lakota-history-on-calendar-180953641/The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How to Create a Virtual Organismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-create-virtual-organism-180953645/Through OpenWorm, scientists are hoping to allow anyone with a computer to unlock the secrets of animal behaviorWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australia-put-evolution-darwins-mind-180953651/The famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Did Civil War Soldiers Have PTSD?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ptsd-civil-wars-hidden-legacy-180953652/One hundred and fifty years later, historians are discovering some of the earliest known cases of post-traumatic stress disorderWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Texas Was at the Bottom of the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/when-texas-was-bottom-sea-180953653/A hike to the “top of Texas,” the world’s most famous fossil reef, leads to a new sense of the sublimeWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Albertahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/want-excite-inner-dinosaur-fan-pack-bags-for-alberta-180953654/Canada’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Unpublished Photos by Gordon Parks Bring a Nuanced View of 1950s Black Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unpublished-photos-gordon-parks-bring-nuanced-view-1950s-black-america-180953660/An exhibit in Boston highlights unpublished photos from the acclaimed <i>Life</i> magazine photographerWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-can-see-your-holiday-lights-space-180953648/Scientists can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Best Winter Beers to Try This Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-winter-beers-try-holiday-season-180953592/We spoke with hops and malts expert William Bostwick about the right quaffs to drink while the weather is coldWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:57:39 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ocean-stories-made-waves-2014-180953643/The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000Fuel from Seawater? What's the Catch?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/fuel-seawater-whats-catch-180953623/Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory recently flew a model plane using a liquid hydrocarbon fuel they sourced from the oceanTue, 16 Dec 2014 17:22:08 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-digging-secrets-earths-deep-carbon-180953614/Diamond computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000How Gone With the Wind Took the Nation by Storm By Catering to its Southern Sensibilitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-gone-wind-took-nation-storm-feeding-its-southern-sensibilities-180953617/From casting to its premiere, how Southerners viewed the film made all the differenceMon, 15 Dec 2014 20:29:34 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-earth-warmed-dramatically-after-one-two-carbon-punch-180953610/A period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dangers-winter-darkness-weak-bones-depression-and-heart-trouble-180953611/Long periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000Six Historic Trains That Embody the Holiday Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/six-holiday-train-rides-take-2014-180953603/Trains have always been a part of holiday celebrations—so why not hop aboard this season? Here are six seasonally appropriate rides to considerMon, 15 Dec 2014 13:07:42 +0000Artificial Skin Could Help Prosthesis Wearers Feel, For Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-skin-could-help-prosthesis-wearers-feel-real-180953595/A new polymer with a lattice of embedded sensors is sensitive to heat, humidity and pressureFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:06:05 +0000Swiss Researchers Create Eco-Friendly Plastic From Biofuel Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/swiss-researchers-create-eco-friendly-plastic-biofuel-waste-180953582/A new method for making biodegradable plastic could mean more free farmland for foodFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:24:49 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sea-fog-completely-filled-grand-canyon-180953609/Known as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-surgeons-jam-probably-classical-or-soft-rock-180953597/British doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-and-wasps-britain-have-been-disappearing-more-century-180953587/Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/last-sequential-date-century-121314-fun-math-lovers-180953413/Sequential integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000Five Animal Products Scientists Can Now Grow In a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-animal-products-scientists-can-now-grow-in-a-lab-180953544/In early experiments, scientists are growing meat in vitro and bioengineering yeast for dairyWed, 10 Dec 2014 21:27:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-contains-over-five-trillion-pieces-plastic-weighing-more-250000-tons-180953576/These frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000When America Invested in Infrastructure, These Beautiful Landmarks Were the Resulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-america-invested-infrastructure-these-beautiful-landmarks-were-result-180953570/Explore eight of the Works Progress Administration’s most impressive structures.Wed, 10 Dec 2014 17:15:39 +0000Show Us the Holiday Decorations in Your Neighborhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/show-us-holiday-decorations-your-neighborhood-180953569/What does the holiday season look like in your community? Upload a photo of the best light displays, Christmas trees, menorahs and other festive scenesTue, 09 Dec 2014 20:48:20 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/creepy-kitschy-and-geeky-patches-us-spy-satellites-180953562/There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Turning Shipping Containers Into Urban Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-shipping-containers-into-urban-farms-180953295/In a clever recycling experiment, the startup Local Roots Farms is growing organic, hydroponic produce in America's food desertsTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:56:19 +0000How Do Kids Learn Where There Are No Teachers? It May Take a Village...Computer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-kids-learn-where-there-are-no-teachers-it-may-take-village-computer-180953552/A non-profit called Projects for All has a plan for educating children without schools: Turn them loose on outdoor computer kiosks in their communityTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:28:05 +0000Inside the World of Istanbul's Male Belly Dancershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/inside-world-istanbuls-male-belly-dancers-180953539/The nation’s shifting views toward homosexuality have opened the market for a centuries-old traditionTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:05:19 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-innovator-ralph-baer-father-video-games-180953555/The lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Fashion Photographer Rankin Has A New Book of Models in Wild Makeuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fashion-photographer-rankin-has-a-new-book-of-models-in-wild-makeup-180953534/The British photographer reveals some unusual new portraits, with a hodgepodge of influencesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:07:36 +0000Why the Composer of Candy Crush Soda Saga is the New King of Video Game Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-composer-candy-crush-soda-saga-new-king-video-game-music-180953556/You may have never heard of Johan Holmstrom, but millions listen to his music every dayMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:29:46 +0000This Commuter Bus Runs On Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/commuter-bus-runs-poop-180953541/A U.K.-based biogas plant has developed a 40-seater than runs on converted sewage and food wasteMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:32:31 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-mistletoe-can-holiday-plant-really-fight-cancer-180953551/In some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-capture-decade-change-earths-poles-180953501/From courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000A Football Stadium Covered in This Solar Cloth Could Power a Small Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/a-football-stadium-covered-in-this-solar-cloth-could-power-a-small-town-180953524/Perry Carroll, founder of the Solar Cloth Company, has integrated super-thin photovoltaics into flexible fabricFri, 05 Dec 2014 16:30:10 +0000Game Changers: Innovation For Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/game-changers-innovation-good-180953425/When you see these creative solutions to society's most pressing problems, the future looks pretty darn goodThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Meltinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-underbelly-west-antarctica-melting-oceans-climate-180953527/Warm currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-does-very-hot-water-sometimes-feel-cold-180953532/The weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Generating Power One Step At a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/generating-power-one-step-at-a-time-180953436/The Pittsburgh-based startup SolePower is developing an insole that collects kinetic energy as you walk to power your mobile phoneThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:54:10 +0000Can This Berry Solve Both Obesity and World Hunger?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-this-berry-solve-both-obesity-and-world-hunger-180953389/At a playful café in Chicago, chef Homaro Cantu is experimenting with miracle fruit, a West African berry that makes everything a little sweeterThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:52:32 +0000The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-who-ansel-adams-called-anti-christ-180953525/William Mortensen’s grotesque, retouched photos of celebrities were a far cry from the realism favored by the photography eliteThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:21:15 +0000Christmas Markets Might Be the Best Reason to Spend the Holidays in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/christmas-markets-might-be-best-reason-spend-holidays-europe-180953515/From mulled wine to intricate ornaments, Europe's Christmas markets are a mix of food, goods and holiday cheerThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:11:02 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-engraving-shell-tools-zigzags-art-java-indonesia-humans-180953522/The early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-can-last-years-dinosaurs-tell-us-about-biodiversity-crisis-today-180953483/Failed ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000These are the Forgotten Places in Your Neighborhood, Paintedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-forgotten-places-neighborhood-painted-180953448/Artist Kim Cadmus Owens celebrates the places we ignoreWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:28:06 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geckos-have-surprisingly-strong-death-grip-180953516/Gecko toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fred-savage-cast-mates-reflect-180953508/The cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000Up-Close and Personal With Chicago's Most Infamous Criminalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/-close-and-personal-chicagos-most-infamous-criminals-180953497/"Gangsters & Grifters," a book by the Chicago Tribune, recalls a time when photographers had unprecedented access to the world of crime Tue, 02 Dec 2014 20:21:20 +0000This Plant-Based Gel Stops Bleeding in Secondshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plant-based-gel-stops-bleeding-seconds-180953488/A salve that seals severe wounds is making its way to veterinary clinics. Military and trauma testing may soon followTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:31:40 +0000The Racist History of Peter Pan's Indian Tribehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/racist-history-peter-pan-indian-tribe-180953500/Even in the early 20th century, though, critics saw Tiger Lily and her fellow "Picaninnies" as caricaturesTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:33:26 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-dilemma-facing-romanias-brown-bears-180953502/Around the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Haunting Drone Footage of Chernobyl Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/haunting-drone-footage-chernobyl-180953495/"Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl" shows a drone's-eye view of the city nearly three decades after nuclear disasterMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:16:38 +0000How Do You Make a Great Teacher?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-do-you-make-great-teacher-180953498/Push student teachers harder, stick with them once they’re in the classroom, and integrate them into their schools' communitiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 21:02:33 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Vote for the <em>Star Wars</em> Exhibition Hashtaghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/vote-star-wars-exhibition-hashtag-180953093/The traveling exhibition needs a hashtag. What will it be?Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:37:54 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/njideka-akunyili-crosby-award-winning-work-straddles-mediums-and-worlds-180953474/The young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000Designing a Smaller, Lighter Airplane Tailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-a-smaller-lighter-airplane-tail-180953452/With engineers from Caltech, Boeing and NASA, Israel Wygnanski is ushering in a new era of fuel-efficient airplane designMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:59:37 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-practical-uses-spooky-quantum-mechanics-180953494/Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000