Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenFri, 27 Nov 2015 22:16:43 +0000Archival Footage of Parachuting Military Dogs in 1948, this incredible footage shows paratroop dogs landing in the Arctic to learn how to rescue plane crash victimsFri, 27 Nov 2015 22:16:43 +0000Nine Gifts for Gadget Lovers a connected kitchen scale to a "Coolbox," these products make perfect presents for the technophiles in your lifeFri, 27 Nov 2015 18:27:24 +0000The Best Photography Books of the Year photographers see things differently and invite you into unfamiliar worldsFri, 27 Nov 2015 15:46:14 +0000Shock Waves May Create Dangerous Bubbles in the Brain experiments show how people who survive explosions may still carry cellular damage that can cause psychological problemsWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:58:55 +0000Five Ways to Start Eating Insects idea may be hard to swallow, but crickets and mealworms will likely be part of our sustainable food futureWed, 25 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Your Gut Bacteria May Be Controlling Your Appetite microbes in your stomach seem to hijack a hormone system that signals the brain to stop eatingTue, 24 Nov 2015 20:08:01 +0000Poaching Upsurge Threatens South America’s Iconic Vicuña back from the brink of extinction, the llama-like animals have attracted the attention of poachers eager to turn a profit from their prized woolTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:30:00 +0000Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is a Quintessentially American Bird: An Immigrant turkeys common on U.S. tables descended from a Mexican species and were originally bred for Maya ritualsTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Old-World Charm of Venice's Windy Sister City the Adriatic island of Korčula, where Venice once ruled, ancient habits and attitudes persist—including a tendency toward blissful indolenceTue, 24 Nov 2015 15:47:08 +0000Five Ways to Reinvent Traditional Thanksgiving Dishes have plain old pumpkin pie when you could be eating a pumpkin-filled chocolate balloon? Tue, 24 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000How NASA's Flight Plan Described the Apollo 11 Moon Landing second-by-second guide to the historic missionTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:51:16 +0000Beyond the Butternut: A Guide to Selecting a Great Winter Squash all taste great with a simple bake in the oven, but each has some characteristics that make it uniqueTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:49:21 +0000Artist Chakaia Booker Gives Tires a Powerful Retread empowers her monumental sculptures with new life, shaped by the shearing and bending and folding of repurposed rubber Tue, 24 Nov 2015 13:45:10 +0000Water Bears Are the Master DNA Thieves of the Animal World genes from bacteria, fungi and plants may have bestowed these animals with their ability to tolerate boiling, freezing and the vacuum of spaceMon, 23 Nov 2015 20:16:53 +0000Army Ants Act Like Algorithms to Make Deliveries More Efficient marauding ants know just where to place living bridges to create shortcuts without sacrificing their food-gathering prowessMon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Listen to Never-Before-Released Tracks From Frank Sinatra’s Earliest Years on the Radio haven’t heard Ol’ Blue Eyes quite like thisMon, 23 Nov 2015 19:57:15 +0000Med School Students Can Play "Operation" With These Synthetic Cadavers company SynDaver is making life-like organs and bodies. But, as teaching models, are they as helpful as the real thing?Mon, 23 Nov 2015 18:22:02 +0000When “Danger” Is Art’s Middle Name new exhibit looks at the inspiration that comes from the clash of glory and catastropheMon, 23 Nov 2015 17:39:06 +0000How Globalization and Climate Change Are Taking Away Our Favorite Foods a new book, author Simran Sethi argues that we are facing one of the most radical shifts in food ever.Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:44:40 +0000Nine Luxury Gifts You Can Only Find in Venice Mon, 23 Nov 2015 14:42:31 +0000Big Baby Dinosaur Finally Goes Home infant oviraptorosaur smuggled out of China decades ago comes back to Henan Province with new stories to tellFri, 20 Nov 2015 17:50:53 +0000These 3D Pavement Paintings Take Chalk Art to a New Level pavement becomes a playground at the Sarasota Chalk Festival Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:29:00 +0000This Pump Could Make Blood Transfusions Safer and Cheaper in the Developing World Hemafuse gives doctors a sterile way to suction, filter and retransfuse patients' blood in places without electricity Fri, 20 Nov 2015 15:33:00 +0000How One Artist Learned to Sculpt the Wind Janet Echelman studied ancient craft, travel the world and now collaborates with a team of specialists to choreograph the movement of airFri, 20 Nov 2015 13:16:21 +0000Photographer Cristian Movilă’s Eyewitness Photos of the Attack on Paris and its Aftermath experienced photographer says that nothing could have prepared him for what he sawThu, 19 Nov 2015 20:09:23 +0000What Is Li-Fi, and Will It Replace Wi-Fi? communications professor Harald Haas has theorized about using LED bulbs to transmit data for years. Now, the technology is a reality. Thu, 19 Nov 2015 19:50:51 +0000Spectacular High Fashion Rises From a Landscape of Trash Fabrice Monteiro conjures the specter of environmental ruinThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:08:39 +0000How Nantucket Came to Be the Whaling Capital of the World Howard's new film "In the Heart of the Sea" captures the greed and blood lust of the Massachusetts islandThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000When Did the Vice Presidency Stop Going to the 2nd Place Winner and More Questions From Our Readers up for discussion -- why are oceans seawater and not freshwater?Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Get Reintroduced to Rosa Parks As a New Archive Reveals the Woman Behind the Boycott Rosa Parks collection adds depth to the story of the civil rights heroineThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why I Captured This MRI of a Mother and Child venerable symbol of human love, as you've never seen it beforeThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Unceasing American Quest to Build a Better Mousetrap has always been some truth to the apocryphal Emerson quoteThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Visit the Only Village Inside the Grand Canyon is so remote, mail is delivered by mule trainThu, 19 Nov 2015 15:13:57 +0000The U.S. Government Turned Away Thousands of Jewish Refugees, Fearing That They Were Nazi Spies a long tradition of “persecuting the refugee,” the State Department and FDR claimed that Jewish immigrants could threaten national securityWed, 18 Nov 2015 19:20:43 +0000Pigeons Can Spot Breast Cancer in Medical Images just a few weeks of training, the brainy birds rivaled human levels of accuracy in their diagnosesWed, 18 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000What a Dead Blue Whale Can Teach Us About Life in the Ocean, and About Ourselves and spectators gathered on an Oregon beach for the rare, messy, mesmerizing sight of a whale being carefully dismantled for museum displayWed, 18 Nov 2015 15:08:23 +0000What Growing Potatoes on Mars Means for Earth's Farmers Damon made it look easy in the recent Hollywood blockbuster, but Mars and Earth aren't really all that different after allTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:08:49 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Freckle? adorable and charming spots splayed across the nose and cheeks might also be an indicator of sun damageTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:05:43 +0000Artist Gabriel Dawe Made a Rainbow Out of 60 Miles of Thread artwork is an optical illusion that delights the senses; as if the artist embroidered the airTue, 17 Nov 2015 15:46:57 +0000Meet the Celebrity Skulls of Bolivia’s Fiesta de las Ñatitas November, the Aymara people honor their special bond with the helpful spirits of the deceasedTue, 17 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000RoboBees Can Fly and Swim. What's Next? Laser Vision of robotic bees, capable of seeing, may soon be able to monitor pollution and traffic, or scan the struts of bridgesTue, 17 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Chemical Compound Could Melt Away Cataracts drops made from "compound 29" have been shown to reduce cataracts in mice. Researchers hope the same will hold true for humans.Mon, 16 Nov 2015 20:14:00 +0000Explore Austria's Underwater Hiking Trails it if you can—scuba season is short in this crystal-clear, temporary lakeMon, 16 Nov 2015 20:05:51 +0000The Tragic Bad Axe Massacre of 1832 19th-century Illinois, tensions between settlers and local Native American tribes led to a series of escalating confrontationsMon, 16 Nov 2015 19:29:29 +0000The Origins of the World War I Agreement That Carved Up the Middle East Great Britain and France secretly negotiated the Sykes-Picot AgreementMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:59:17 +0000Rare Interviews With Hitler's Inner Circle Reveal What Truly Happened on "The Day Hitler Died" for the first time in the U.S., these exclusive clips from a Smithsonian Channel program feature recently unearthed archival footageMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:29:37 +0000Leo Villareal's 23,000 Points of Light Illuminate the Renwick Gallery tens of thousands of individual LEDS, a dangling light sculpture majestically redefines the grand staircase at the RenwickMon, 16 Nov 2015 15:26:11 +0000This Is How Much Water You Waste When You Throw Away Food an apple is like pouring 25 gallons of water down the drain, and the average American does that 17 times a yearMon, 16 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000Genetic Tweaks Are Revealing the Dinosaur Traits in Living Chickens Yale paleontologist is blending fossil studies and bird genes to trace the ways dinosaurs transformed into today's feathered flocksFri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Earth’s Water May Be as Old as the Earth Itself volcanic rocks may have preserved tiny samples of the planet’s original moistureThu, 12 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Does America Prize Creativity and Invention? politics encourage it, there's a high tolerance of failure, and we idealize the lone inventorThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:55:34 +0000Ancient Bees Were Voracious Snackers on Their Pollen-Gathering Treks from Germany could help researchers better understand modern bee eating habits and better protect the beloved pollinatorsThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Crystal Meth Made it Into the Smithsonian (Along with Walter White’s Porkpie Hat) wildly popular television show, depicting the dark side of the American Dream, reflects on the struggles of a recession-era middle classThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:53:03 +0000The Two Brains at the Forefront of the Fight Against Alzheimer's Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim have invented a revolutionary new tool to study the mysteries of the disease and counter the coming epidemic of dementiaThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Theaster Gates Is Revitalizing Chicago's South Side, One Vacant Building at a Time artist's creative approach to bringing new life to a crumbling neighborhood offers hope for America's beleaguered citiesThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Smile, Frown, Grimace and Grin — Your Facial Expression Is the Next Frontier in Big Data Rana el Kaliouby is set to change the way we interact with our devices—and each otherThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Young Inventor Who Is a "Minder" of a Business of Her Own age 11, Lilianna Zyszkowski designed a new life-saving device to help people track their medication. That was just the beginningThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The New Yorker Editor Who Became a Comic Book Hero amazing tale of a determined art director who harnessed the powers of the greatest illustrators around the world to blow kids' mindsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Meet Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Genius Behind "Hamilton," Broadway's Newest Hit, lyricist and performer, Miranda wows audiences and upends U.S. history with his dazzlingly fresh hip-hop musicalThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Bill Hader and Fred Armisen Are Parodying Documentaries in Their Latest, Ingenious Project "SNL" veterans behind the sly new series "Documentary Now" add a layer of authenticity to the art of sending up nonfiction filmsThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Alan Stern Brought Pluto to Earth scientist behind NASA's New Horizons mission gave cheering earthlings their first close-up view of the dwarf planetThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Wildly Creative Art Project Transformed an Ugly Interstate into a 2,400-Mile-Long Visual Masterpiece Crosher and Shamim Momin are behind the effort to turn the classic American eyesore into true artThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Artist Recreated a Magnificent 40-Foot-Tall Tree From the Cascade Mountains by Hand John Grade painstakingly built a 150-year-old giant hemlock out of half a million blocks of reclaimed wood Thu, 12 Nov 2015 14:53:35 +0000How Anne Frank's Diary Changed the World most famous account of life during the Holocaust has been read by tens of millions of peopleThu, 12 Nov 2015 13:52:09 +0000A Cockroach Can Bite With a Force 50 Times Its Body Weight to their supervillain-esque powers, roaches can gnaw through tough materials with surprisingly strong jawsWed, 11 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000The World's Oldest Zoo Is a Modern Attraction With a Storied Past Austrian destination has a lot more to offer than exotic animalsWed, 11 Nov 2015 16:38:05 +0000How to Have the Most Sustainable Thanksgiving Ever and turkey don't have to be incompatible with Earth-friendly practicesWed, 11 Nov 2015 15:30:00 +0000Sorry Pluto, You Still Aren’t a Planet new test for planetary status leaves the diminutive world and its dwarf planet kin out of the family portraitWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Tilting, Twirling Artwork, Sculpted Entirely of Sticks, Is Having a Shindig man Patrick Dougherty’s sculptures evoke a playful urge to crawl inside Wed, 11 Nov 2015 13:01:54 +0000Appreciating the Art and Architecture of the World’s Airport Towers photographer Carolyn Russo traveled the world to capturing these surprisingly elegant structures Tue, 10 Nov 2015 20:35:04 +0000Watch This Piece of Paper Fold Itself Up and Walk Away created a piece of graphene-based paper that can fold itself into a box, pick up objects and even inch around cornersTue, 10 Nov 2015 18:14:22 +0000When the Empire State Building Was Just an Architect's Sketch one of the world's most famous skyscrapers was builtTue, 10 Nov 2015 17:40:37 +0000Embrace the Art of Failure at Austria's Nonseum nosepickers to historic buttonholes, the Nonseum is full of failed inventionsTue, 10 Nov 2015 17:03:47 +0000This Year's James Dyson Award Goes to a Circuit Board Printer engineering students in Canada win the prestigious international award with their invention, which they hope will speed up electronics manufacturingTue, 10 Nov 2015 16:59:29 +0000What Do One Million Index Cards, Stacked Atop Each Other, Look Like? Artist Tara Donovan Does It Again artist's looming installation recalls the volcanic fairy chimneys of Turkey’s Cappadocia regionTue, 10 Nov 2015 15:02:34 +0000Pluto May Have Ice Volcanoes at the Bottom of Its Heart southern peaks have depressions that hint they once spewed icy slurry onto the tiny world's surfaceMon, 09 Nov 2015 22:14:03 +0000What You Don’t Know About Ancient Rome Could Fill a Book. Mary Beard Wrote That Book British historian reveals some surprises about the ancient Roman people and their customsMon, 09 Nov 2015 18:45:36 +0000Could This MIT Economist Make Banking Useful to the Poor? Rigol is attempting to figure out if community information can help developing world banks decide who to lend toMon, 09 Nov 2015 17:46:53 +0000For 50 Years, Days of Our Lives Has Made History. Now, It's a Part of the Smithsonian show's iconic hourglass is among a host of donations the show's producer and cast members made to the American History MuseumMon, 09 Nov 2015 16:34:18 +0000Maya Lin Used 54,000 Marbles to Model the Chesapeake Bay artist’s highly imaginative waterway was created using satellite imagery from NASAMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:34:42 +0000A Long-Necked Marine Reptile Is the First Known to Filter Feed Like a Whale bizarre <em>Mortuneria</em> used sieve-like teeth to strain tasty morsels from the muddy Cretaceous seafloorMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000Watch Rarely Seen Footage of Life in Nazi Austria, Thanks to a New Video Archive Ephemeral Films Project offers the public a chance to see what Jews experienced during the AnschlussMon, 09 Nov 2015 14:14:00 +0000When You Sweat, Vents in These Clothes Automatically Open the power of bacteria, MIT researchers and New Balance have created breathable workout gearMon, 09 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000When New York City Lost Power in 1965, Radio Saved the Day the news was reported on the day of the famous blackoutMon, 09 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000A New "Drought Atlas" Tracks Europe's Extreme Weather Through History data, based on tree rings, fills in details about past events and could help improve climate modeling for the futureFri, 06 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Centuries-Old History of Venice's Jewish Ghetto look back on the 500-year history and intellectual life of one of the world's oldest Jewish quartersFri, 06 Nov 2015 18:28:50 +0000The Dutch Designer Who Is Pioneering the Use of 3D Printing in Fashion a new exhibition, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta shows how Iris van Herpen started a high-tech movementFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:49:19 +0000How Thousands of Dead Bugs Become a Mesmerizing Work of Extraordinary Beauty much love for the insect world, artist Jennifer Angus crafts an installation made entirely out of beetles, cicadas, katydids and weevilsFri, 06 Nov 2015 17:20:13 +0000Construction Workers Find 200-Year-Old Bodies Buried Just a Few Feet Below Greenwich Village crypts uncovered near Washington Square Park a reminder of New York City’s pastFri, 06 Nov 2015 15:46:26 +0000The Renwick's New Lighting Saves Energy, Money, Art, and Your Eyes, All at the Same Time’s way more to it than just screwing in the bulb and the museum’s chief lighting designer is turning it into an artform Fri, 06 Nov 2015 13:48:16 +0000The Man Who Changed Reading Forever Venetian roots of revolutionary modern book printer Aldus Manutius shaped books as we know them todayFri, 06 Nov 2015 13:41:59 +0000Experience Alpine Enchantment at These Eight Austrian Huts than their name might imply, these <i>hütten</i> are the perfect perch for weary travelersThu, 05 Nov 2015 19:29:04 +0000The Sun Stole Part of Mars' Atmosphere, and NASA Was Watching from the MAVEN spacecraft should help scientists figure out if and when Mars had the right conditions for lifeThu, 05 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000A Taste of "The Best of the Best" Nature Photography a trip around the world with these breathtaking images of natureThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:48:05 +0000A Disaster in the Kitchen Leads to a Breakthrough in the Lab a failed attempt at making cotton candy, biomedical engineer Chris Moraes thought to use sugar to mold silicone and study human cellsThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:10:57 +0000A Look Inside Howard Carter's Tutankhamun Diary famed archaeologist took detailed notes of what he found inside King Tut's tombThu, 05 Nov 2015 16:27:03 +0000Talking Is the Latest Tool for Battling Seasonal Depression large-scale study suggests that talk therapy may have longer-lasting benefits than light boxes for treating wintertime bluesThu, 05 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Renwick’s Curator-in-Charge On What it Means to Open Ourselves to Wonder the renovation, Nicholas Bell asked nine artists to tour the building and think deeply about public spaces dedicated to artThu, 05 Nov 2015 15:16:43 +0000New Winged Dinosaur May Have Used Its Feathers to Pin Down Prey "the Ferrari of raptors," a lithe killing machine that could have taken down a young <em>T. rex</em>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Illegal Pot Farms Are Killing Rare Animals With Bacon-Scented Poison plots hidden in California’s forests are inadvertently poisoning protected mammals called fishersWed, 04 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000Seven Simple Ways We Know Einstein Was Right (For Now) the past 100 years, these experiments have offered continued evidence that general relativity is our best description of gravityWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:52:27 +0000The Renwick: Finally The Gem It Was Meant to Be the newly renovated museum reopens this month, one of Washington D.C.’s most storied buildings will be elegantly rebornWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:49:37 +0000The Man With the Golden Passport: Travel the World of the New James Bond Movie the trail of Agent 007 in his latest filmTue, 03 Nov 2015 20:58:48 +0000Smithsonian’s Kirk Johnson Steps Up to Be the Rock Star of Geology new PBS science series “Making North America” features the director of the National Museum of Natural HistoryTue, 03 Nov 2015 19:29:27 +0000The Telegram That Broke News of the Civil War Confederate forces seized Fort Sumter, a U.S. Army officer dashed off this message to WashingtonTue, 03 Nov 2015 16:30:21 +0000A Major Retrospective of Photographer Irving Penn Includes Previously Unseen Works the Smithsonian American Art Museum, view works from the master photographer’s 70-year careerTue, 03 Nov 2015 15:14:49 +0000Bird Watching Has Never Been More Fun photos by portraitist Leila Jeffreys are for the birdsTue, 03 Nov 2015 14:09:21 +0000The Woman Who Built the Waldorf of the Catskills her humble origins, Jennie Grossinger learned to play the role of hostessMon, 02 Nov 2015 19:08:30 +0000Strange Foods of the Future: The Planet Can Stomach Them, But Can You? unusual delicacies could become the staple foods of the futureMon, 02 Nov 2015 16:27:48 +0000A New Museum Pays Tribute to the Genius of Jim Henson way for Muppets at Atlanta's new World of Puppetry MuseumMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:16:21 +0000Will Driverless Cars Mean Less Roadkill? wildlife could be a tough task for these super-smart carsMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000In a Rare Pairing, a Venus-Like Planet Has Been Found Around a "Failed Star" system offers clues to the way planets and moons form and may aid in the quest to find habitable worlds across the galaxyMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Marquis de Lafayette Is Still America's Best Friend conversation with Sarah Vowell about her new book, the American Revolution and what we can learn from the Founding FathersMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:30:00 +0000The Spice That Built Venice story of an import so prized, royals were literally rolling in itMon, 02 Nov 2015 13:20:00 +0000The Secret to Growing the World's Largest Pumpkin special seeds to helpful fungi, creating a monster takes more than just sunlight and soilFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:54:46 +0000How the African American History Museum Became a Five-Story-Tall Movie Screen (Video) state-of-the-art projection imagerie, acclaimed filmmaker Stanley J. Nelson's 3D video transformed the museum for three nights in NovemberFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:16:32 +0000Five Things We've Learned About Fear Since Last Halloween why screams get our brain's attention and why a drop of "love hormone" in our nose could make us less fearfulFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:38:04 +0000Arsenic and Old Graves: Civil War-Era Cemeteries May Be Leaking Toxins poisonous element, once used in embalming fluids, could be contaminating drinking water as corpses rotFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:21:38 +0000Commune With Pets of the Past at These Five Pet Cemeteries from scary, these burial sites can be relaxing, beautiful and even inspiringFri, 30 Oct 2015 13:49:52 +0000How Seattle is Using a "Frankenbike" to Improve its Bike Trails Colin Dietrich built it, and now the city's department of transportation has come to use the tricked-out bike to assess its bike pathsThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:54:22 +0000Why Smarter Fishing Practices Aren't Saving Maine Cod From Collapse waters are undermining the recovery of the already troubled Gulf of Maine fisheryThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Allergies? Parasite Infections May Be the Trigger analysis suggests that antibodies that evolved to fight parasites might be turning their focus to otherwise harmless agentsThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000On the Science of Creepiness look at what’s really going on when we get the creepsThu, 29 Oct 2015 15:09:53 +0000A Shipwreck Graveyard Has Been Found Off This Greek Archipelago recent expedition to the Fourni islands uncovered piles of ancient cargo, including types of amphorae never before seen on the seafloorThu, 29 Oct 2015 14:32:33 +0000The Grisly Details of Early Anatomy Textbooks images detail the inner workings of human bodies in all their gruesome gloryThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:31:04 +0000This Is What 7,000 Jack O’Lanterns Look Like a historic landmark in New York, pumpkins take the shape of dragons, spider webs and even a planetariumThu, 29 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000Tiny Terror: Controversial Dinosaur Species Is Just an Awkward Tween Tyrannosaurus analysis supports the argument that the proposed <em>Nanotyrannus</em> is not its own unique species after allWed, 28 Oct 2015 19:57:04 +0000A Brutal Genocide in Colonial Africa Finally Gets its Deserved Recognition Israel Kaunatjike journeyed from Namibia to Germany, only to discover a forgotten past that has connections to his own family treeWed, 28 Oct 2015 17:37:26 +0000What Do the Most Innovative Chefs Keep in Their Fridges? new book gives a peek inside the home refrigerators—and minds—of some of Europe's top culinariansWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:40:51 +0000Electric Eels Curl Up to Double Their Shock Value predators take down difficult prey by curling up their bodies to create a powerful electric dipole fieldWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Beauty of Venice's Everyday photographer Alvise Giovannini's discovers Venice beyond its iconic symbols and placesWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +000017 Inventions That Will Put You in the Halloween Mood are some bizarre costume ideas, decorations and supplies culled from the U.S. patent archivesWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Against All Odds, This Indian Ocean Island Is Trying to Go Organic is one of many places suddenly seeking organic produce. But as local farmers are finding, it's not that easyWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Haunted House Walt Disney inspired the world's scariest Halloween traditionWed, 28 Oct 2015 12:55:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do You Make a Mummy? has been practiced for eons and the Egyptians are the best known, but not the only practionersTue, 27 Oct 2015 19:25:12 +0000Steve McCurry's New Photography Book on India Has Been Decades in the Making conversation with the renowned photographer about his latest book of photographs Tue, 27 Oct 2015 18:23:14 +0000This Acoustic Tractor Beam Can Levitate Small Objects With Sound device allows researchers to float and manipulate targets with just a single array of ultrasound emittersTue, 27 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000To Stop an Endless Cycle of Corruption, History Says Fix the System, Not the Politician turn-of-the-century muckraker named Lincoln Steffens understood the true problem with a "throw the bums out" strategyTue, 27 Oct 2015 15:40:56 +0000Inner-City Farmers May Have Toxic Soil on Their Hands is a particular risk as people try to turn potentially contaminated urban sites into productive and sustainable farmsTue, 27 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000These 3D Printed Teeth Fight Bacteria in the Netherlands are making dental implants that kill microbes that settle on themMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:53:57 +0000NASA Spacecraft Heads for Deepest Ever Dive Into Saturn Moon's Plumes will plunge into the watery geysers to search for evidence of hydrothermal vents and other clues about the moon's hidden oceanMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:18:11 +0000That Time When Alexander Hamilton Almost Dueled James Monroe it was an unlikely ally who put a stop to their petty disputeMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:11:16 +0000Killer Heat Is Expected in the Persian Gulf by the End of This Century no efforts are made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Middle East may experience heat that is intolerable to humansMon, 26 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Camera Sees What Your Eyes Can't, an affordable hyperspectral imaging camera, can tell if your food's gone bad, among other thingsMon, 26 Oct 2015 15:14:28 +0000There's No Stopping The Craft Beer Craze innovations in the craft brewing industry have changed (and improved) our taste in beerFri, 23 Oct 2015 16:36:21 +0000The Best Italian Wine Region You’ve Never Heard Of world does not yet come to the Friuli region, and so much the better Fri, 23 Oct 2015 14:31:41 +0000The Real-Life Places That Inspired Frankenstein Mary Shelley used ideas, events and places to invent her famous monsterFri, 23 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000Burn Calories Just By Wearing This New Sports Gear's an idea: A New York University medical student is integrating resistance bands into clothingFri, 23 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Is the World Due for Another Massive Plague Outbreak? is highly unlikely, experts say, but a plague-based bioterror assault is another matterThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:48:51 +0000Plague Was Infecting Humans 3,300 Years Earlier Than Thought from Bronze Age victims helped pinpoint mutations that allowed the disease to go from localized illness to deadly pandemicThu, 22 Oct 2015 16:15:52 +0000The Science of "Little House on the Prairie" mutual passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired scientists in unrelated disciplines to investigate events from the famous author's worldThu, 22 Oct 2015 15:38:44 +0000Where Will Our Future Food Come From? Ask a Farmer farmers with different viewpoints talk about organic farming, GMOs and farm technologyThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000At This Unique Flower Show, Weeds Are the Stars women of this small desert town have found beauty in getting in the weedsThu, 22 Oct 2015 12:55:49 +0000In Wisconsin, Evidence of Human Sacrifice's Aztalan State Park is home a mysterious pyramidal mound built by the prehistoric Native Americans who once lived thereWed, 21 Oct 2015 19:51:23 +0000New Species of Galapagos Tortoise Found on Santa Cruz Island newly recognized reptile was thought to be part of a more populous species of tortoise sharing the islandWed, 21 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dead Star Shredding a Rocky Body Offers a Preview of Earth's Fate stellar corpse spotted by a NASA telescope backs up a theory that white dwarf stars eat planetary remnantsWed, 21 Oct 2015 17:51:29 +0000Why Do Astronauts on the International Space Station Float and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Fruits Explode With Color. Literally. Maciek Jasik won't share the secrets behind his work, but the mystery is part of the funWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Behold the Blobfish a creature from the deep taught the world a lesson about the importance of being uglyWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Retracing Slavery's Trail of Tears's forgotten migration – the journeys of a million African-Americans from the tobacco South to the cotton SouthWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Thirty Years Later, We Still Don't Truly Know Who Betrayed These Spies there a fourth mole in the U.S. intelligence system that blew these secret agents' covers?Wed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Technology May Help Save the Rhino From Extinction grown in a laboratory and hidden cameras could be the key to tackling this conservation challengeWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000An Exclusive Look at the Greatest Haul of Native American Artifacts, Ever a warehouse in Utah, federal agents are storing tens of thousands of looted objects recovered in a massive stingWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Many Mysteries of Tituba, the Star Witness of the Salem Witch Trials one really knows the true motives of the character central to one of America's greatest secretsWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000That Time When Custer Stole a Horse theft of a prize-winning stallion gave the famous general a glimpse of a future that could have beenWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Are the Oldest Known Flowers in the World in the fossil record, these plants are more than 100 million years oldWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Disney's "Fantasia" Was Initially a Critical and Box-Office Failure years after its debut, a look back at the animated masterpieceWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Long-Necked Dinosaurs Pumped Blood to Their Brains fossils include spring-like neck bones that may have helped the giants get blood from their hearts to their headsWed, 21 Oct 2015 14:57:10 +0000Can an App Help Detect Autism? University researchers are using facial expression-tracking technology to screen for autism spectrum disordersWed, 21 Oct 2015 14:07:16 +0000The City Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky Called Paradise journalist recalls his witching-hour walk through Venice with the famous poetTue, 20 Oct 2015 18:59:52 +0000What the Heck is Cuneiform, Anyway? writing system is 6,000 years old, but its influence is still felt todayTue, 20 Oct 2015 15:58:57 +0000Jacques Pépin Donates a Hand-Painted Menu From His Last Supper With Julia Child month the modern traditionalist chef is honored with the first-ever Julia Child AwardTue, 20 Oct 2015 14:17:09 +0000The Art and Design Behind Pixar’s Animation new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt in New York City draws on the rich backstory of what it takes to give computer-animated life to pen and ink sketchesMon, 19 Oct 2015 13:13:29 +0000Where Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse Defeated Colonel Custer's Last Stand took place at the Little Bighorn River, where he led over 200 soldiers into battle against thousands of Lakota and Cheyenne warriorsFri, 16 Oct 2015 19:25:20 +0000Big Quakes Can Trigger Other Shakes Thousands of Miles Away to new research, when a big one strikes, more than aftershocks can followFri, 16 Oct 2015 19:23:21 +0000College Students are Living Rent-Free in a Cleveland Retirement Home shows that the unique arrangement could have health benefits for the elderlyFri, 16 Oct 2015 17:53:26 +0000First Official Data From the Pluto Flyby Reshapes the Dwarf Planet’s History“The ‘little spacecraft that could’ is making a lot of big discoveries,” says Alan SternFri, 16 Oct 2015 15:03:37 +0000Poet and Musician Patti Smith’s Endless Search in Art and Life National Portrait Gallery’s senior historian David Ward takes a look at the rock 'n' roll legend's new memoirFri, 16 Oct 2015 13:27:19 +0000New Software Makes Cyberbullies Think Twice programmer Trisha Prabhu created a program called ReThink to make cyberbullies reconsider before posting cruel messagesThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:39:02 +0000Drink in History at the World's Oldest Court's water tribunal doesn't have written records or lawyers—but that doesn't mean it's outdatedThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:11:02 +0000How to Row Like a Venetian art of Venetian rowing has sustained Venice for centuries. Spend the day learning to row from a local expertThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:07:09 +0000The Genius of Venice seafaring republic borrowed from cultures far and wide but ultimately created a city that was perfectly uniqueThu, 15 Oct 2015 17:01:23 +0000A Look Back at South Africa Under Apartheid, Twenty-Five Years After Its Repeal public facilities, including beaches, were commonplace, but even today, the inequality persistsThu, 15 Oct 2015 15:42:16 +0000Gary Powers Kept a Secret Diary With Him After He Was Captured by the Soviets American fighter pilot who's the focus of Bridge of Spies faced great challenges home and abroadThu, 15 Oct 2015 14:48:18 +0000Donald Sutherland on Fellini, Near-Death and the Haunting Allure of Venice Wed, 14 Oct 2015 20:00:00 +0000New Dinosaur Museum Tracks the “Terrible Lizards” Through Time Moab Giants museum in eastern Utah makes a roaring debutWed, 14 Oct 2015 17:15:03 +0000This "Psychic Robot" Can Read Your Mind have created an algorithm that understands what movement you meant to make, even if you're interruptedWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:33:06 +0000The Smithsonian’s New Secretary David Skorton Takes Questions From the Crowd secretary is creating a new teen advisory board, networking with D.C. arts and science leaders and getting to know the collectionsWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:13:47 +0000The Story of the First Mass Murder in U.S. History Unruh’s “Walk of Death” foretold an era in which such tragedies would become all too commonWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:11:54 +0000How We Decide Which Animals Become Endangered wasn't too long ago that the idea of "endangered animals" didn't even exist.Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:01:24 +0000What Extroverts and Introverts Can Learn From Snails may change a snail’s “personality” and the thickness of its skin (or rather, its shell)Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to Venice before you goWed, 14 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Listen to Nature Through These Gigantic Wooden Megaphones in Estonia’s Forests know, in case a tree falls and there’s no one there to hear itWed, 14 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000Wallabies Can Sniff Out Danger in Poop sommeliers of poop, the pint-sized marsupials can smell what species left it behind and what that creature last had for dinnerWed, 14 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000This State Produces 270 Million Pounds of Popcorn Per Year large portion of Indiana's economy relies on an invaluable crop: corn. Popcorn plants have perfected the production of our favorite movie snackTue, 13 Oct 2015 20:07:13 +0000Find Flavor Around Every Corner (and Off the Beaten Path) With These Culinary Walking Tours beloved institutions to hole-in-the-wall eateries, great food is everywhereTue, 13 Oct 2015 16:12:28 +0000Scientists Are Working on a Pill That Just Might Replace Exercise idea is to create a drug that mimics the molecular changes exercise causes in the body. But it's no small challengeTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:58:47 +0000What Happens to Your Body When You Walk on a Tightrope?'s more than just an insane amount of courage that gets people on the tightwireTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:21:49 +0000The Rise of DIY Genetic Testing people are skipping the doctor's office and using the internet to order and interpret their own DNA testsTue, 13 Oct 2015 14:34:14 +0000Playful Artworks at the Hirshhorn Get the Better of One Mystified Observer group of international mid-century artists built a number of kinetic experiments into their abstract artTue, 13 Oct 2015 13:08:50 +0000New Photos From Apollo Mission Depict the Mundane Daily Tasks of Astronauts at Work the original film rolls that the astronauts took into space, a work-a-day routine emerges of Apollo mission voyagesMon, 12 Oct 2015 12:48:55 +0000How We Created a Monster In the American Southwest salt cedar is often seen as an un-killable invader. But are humans the real reason this unwanted plant is thriving?Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Japan, Autumn Means a Parade of (Not-at-All-Creepy) Robot Puppets 350-year-old festival in Takayama celebrates creativity — and contains the seeds of modern roboticsFri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Christopher Columbus Was the Perfect Icon for a New Nation Looking for a Hero became Columbus in the American Revolution—when the United States sought out an origin story that didn’t involve the BritishFri, 09 Oct 2015 11:30:00 +0000Look Down If You Dare: 14 of the World's Most Terrifying (and Beautiful) Glass Skywalks new glass bridge in China is suspended 590 feet in the air — and visitors brave enough to cross it can see all the way downThu, 08 Oct 2015 19:48:00 +0000Back to Africa: Ancient Human Genome Reveals Widespread Eurasian Mix from a 4,500-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia show how migrations shaped modern populationsThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Army Saved Our National Parks the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the cavalry. Without them, we might not have national parks todayThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:36:23 +0000Alexander Gardner Saw Himself as an Artist, Crafting the Image of War in All Its Brutality National Portrait Gallery’s new show on the Civil War photographer rediscovers the full significance of Gardner's careerThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:23:34 +0000See the Two Ship Graveyards That May Become New Marine Sanctuaries first marine sanctuaries approved by NOAA in 15 years are home to a plethora of shipwrecksThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tiny, Tattoo-Like Wearables Could Monitor Your Health of Texas engineers devise a relatively inexpensive way to make disposable patches that track patients' vital signsThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000In a Small Village High in the Peruvian Andes, Life Stories Are Written in Textiles weaving, the women of Ausangate, Peru, pass down the traditions of their ancestorsWed, 07 Oct 2015 19:07:16 +0000The Train Station That Has Been Housing the World’s Refugees for More Than a Century and present collide at Berlin’s OstbahnhofWed, 07 Oct 2015 18:46:16 +0000These Soccer Balls and Jump Ropes Can Generate Power Play, a New York City-based startup, enables children in developing countries to build reserves of energy through playWed, 07 Oct 2015 14:48:49 +0000Greenland's Butterflies Are Shrinking as Temperatures Rise the high Arctic, hotter summer weather may be taxing insect metabolismTue, 06 Oct 2015 23:01:00 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000Hailed as a Modern-Day Shangri-La, Can This Ecuadorian Town Survive Its Reputation? is an idyllic little town—and that's its problemTue, 06 Oct 2015 17:50:56 +0000The Race to Save the World's Great Trees By Cloning Them nonprofit dedicated to preserving old, iconic trees is cloning them in hopes of preserving them for the futureTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000Walking Chimps Move in Surprisingly Similar Ways to Humans studies showing how chimpanzees walk upright could help scientists better understand the evolution of bipedalismTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Giant Contraption Can Print a House by wasps' nests, an Italian company is printing inexpensive houses for the developing worldTue, 06 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Man With a Lot of Heart Valves Donates His Unusual Collection entrepreneur Manny Villafana says his collection at the American History Museum is filled with stories of both failure and successTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:37:07 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Night Vision Work? ability to see in the dark is becoming more accurate and more portable Tue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Wearable Device Translates Sign Language To English prototype detects hand and finger movements and turns them into words on a screenTue, 06 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Do Not Want to Get Tased by This Eel electric eel generates electric shocks of up to 1,000 volts, 80 times the electric voltage of a car battery. Watch a caiman learn this the hard wayMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:41:47 +0000This Concrete Can Absorb a Flood UK company has developed a permeable pavement that can drink 1,000 liters of water per square meter in a minuteMon, 05 Oct 2015 17:05:35 +0000Space Rock Hunters Are About to Invade Antarctica with the ANSMET program will endure six weeks near the South Pole during an annual field trip to find meteoritesMon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Bird Didn’t Start the Fires, But It May Need Them to Survive endangered bird once threatened by humans now relies on us for its survivalMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change Smithsonian scientists are probing the flat-tail horned lizard's DNA to save the rare speciesMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Not to Win a Nobel Prize search through the Nobel archives shows how the history of the famous prize is filled with near misses and flukesMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art 1945, the Nazis hid their stolen art in a sealed salt mine. But when U.S. troops arrived, they found that the opening to the mine had been destroyedFri, 02 Oct 2015 18:29:49 +0000When Art Fought the Law and the Art Won Mapplethorpe obscenity trial changed perceptions of public funding of art and shaped the city of CincinnatiFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:15:45 +0000Holograms Show That Puffy Clouds Have Sharp Edges laser-based imaging technique let scientists see what happens to water droplets at the borders of cumulus cloudsThu, 01 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000When T. Rex Meets Triceratops in the New Dino Hall, It Will Be a Violent Affair Natural History Museum's dinosaur display highlights the “red in tooth and claw” nature of the Cretaceous way of lifeThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Beautiful? It Depends on What Your Eyes Have Already Beheld about beauty may be shaped just as much by past social interactions as by our genesThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Plane "Anyone Could Fly" was billed as the "Model T" of airplanes. So what happened? Thu, 01 Oct 2015 14:09:18 +0000You've Never Seen This Many Sharks in One Place year, thousands of sharks pour in to the waters around the Socorros for a coordinated summer of feeding, and none of the other species are safeThu, 01 Oct 2015 14:08:18 +0000How to Harvest and Dry Herbs guide to keeping a little bit of summer in your meals far into winterThu, 01 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Journeys Travel Quarterly: Venice Venice anew, from its rich history and many cultural quirks to its delightful, present-day customs and excursionsThu, 01 Oct 2015 06:00:00 +0000Mummies May Have Been Scattered Across Bronze Age Britain analysis hints that, intentional or not, mummification may have been more common than previously thoughtThu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000Gold Rush California Was Much More Expensive Than Today’s Tech-Boom California in 1849, a dozen eggs would cost you the equivalent of $90Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:01:11 +0000The Southern Romance of the Nation's Oldest Public Garden centuries of beauty and history are on display at the Magnolia Plantation and GardensWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:30:25 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000