Ask Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/ask-smithsonian/RSS feed for Ask SmithsonianenWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:57:30 +0000What Is Dark Matter and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dark-matter-ask-smithsonian-180962468/You asked, we answeredWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:57:30 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-king-kong-should-have-been-blue-whale-180962603/King Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-planets-get-their-names-180962577/Sorry, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-modern-moon-mission-look-like-180962317/NASA’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Why Is Pennsylvania Ave D.C.'s Main Thoroughfare and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pennsylvania-ave-dc-main-thoroughfare-180962122/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000What Do Insects Do in Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-do-insects-do-winter-180962183/When winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some get far more creativeWed, 15 Feb 2017 18:39:35 +0000Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-oysters-aphrodisiac-180962148/Sure, if you think soMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000