Magazine | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/magazine/RSS feed for MagazineenThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000What the Heck is a Robobird?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-heck-robobird-180953038/No flock will mess with this robot – which is precisely the pointThu, 16 Oct 2014 21:43:34 +0000Discussion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/magazine/discussion-14-180953028/From our readersThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Why Is Colonel Pronounced With an R? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-colonel-pronounced-r-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953036/You asked, we answeredThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Is This the Future of Robotic Legs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-robotic-legs-180953040/Hugh Herr’s bionic limbs have already revolutionized life for amputees (including himself). Now he’s envisioning new capabilities for everyone elseThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000The Amazing Results When You Give a Prison Inmate a Liberal Arts Educationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/amazing-results-when-you-give-prison-inmate-liberal-arts-education-180953041/Prison reform activist Max Kenner champions the transformative power of a college degree for inmates nationwideThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000When Dazzling Art Transforms the Cityscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-dazzling-art-transforms-cityscape-180953043/Janet Echelman’s sky-high sculptures, created from miles of fiber, cast a magical spell over urban spacesThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Coming to Terms With One of America’s Greatest Natural Disastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/coming-terms-one-americas-greatest-natural-disasters-180953044/Documentary filmmaker Bill Morrison plunges us into the Great Flood of 1927Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-two-scientists-who-implanted-false-memory-mouse-180953045/In a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Could This Be the Answer to the Tech World’s Diversity Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/answer-tech-worlds-diversity-problem-180953046/Kimberly Bryant hopes to crack the code with her organization that teaches young girls of color how to programThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Rosanne Cash on Discovering New Artistic Terrainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rosanne-cash-discovering-new-artistic-terrain-180953047/The singer-songwriter looked to her Southern ancestors to come up with a different kind of concept albumThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-one-physicists-pursuit-cosmos-took-antarctica-180953048/Francis Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How Palmer Luckey Created Oculus Rifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-palmer-luckey-created-oculus-rift-180953049/The young visionary dreamed up a homemade headset that may transform everything from gaming to medical treatment to engineering—and beyondThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000James Marsh Enters Stephen Hawking’s Universe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/james-marsh-enters-stephen-hawkings-universe-180953058/The director on his new film, <i>The Theory of Everything</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Even in 1784 America, It Was Impossible to Make a Map Without Infuriating Someonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/even-1784-america-it-was-impossible-make-map-without-infuriating-someone-180952700/Abel Buell’s map was the first in the country submitted for a copyrightTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why We Must Explore the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-we-must-explore-sea-180952763/Robert Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Brain’s Amazing Ability to Re-Map Your Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-brains-amazing-ability-re-map-your-body-180952764/Surgeons only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous systemTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Did Marco Polo "Discover" America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-marco-polo-discover-america-180952765/Maps attributed to the 13th-century traveler sketch what looks like the coast of AlaskaTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest's Iconic Salmon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-humans-do-save-pacific-northwests-iconic-salmon-180952769/The fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Net Neutrality Has Its Roots in the Fight Over Radio Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/debate-over-net-neutrality-has-its-roots-fight-over-radio-freedom-180952774/Today's epic battle has been fought before, when radio took to the air a century agoTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Remote Cold War Radar System Has New Use in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remote-cold-war-radar-system-has-new-use-warming-world-180952777/The stations designed to ring an alarm against nuclear attack may have new responsibilities due to climate changeTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Was Robert Webster, a Slave, Wearing What Looks Like a Confederate Uniform?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-was-robert-webster-slave-wearing-what-looks-confederate-uniform-180952781/This remarkable man risked his life to undermine the Confederacy yet remained close to his former owner after the Civil WarTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Intense Rivalry Between Eliot Ness and J. Edgar Hooverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-intense-rivalry-between-eliot-ness-and-j-edgar-hoover-180952784/Newly released files shed fresh light on the difficult relationship shared by the “Untouchable” Prohibition Bureau agent and the powerful FBI directorTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-see-new-massive-portrait-national-mall-go-180952785/The project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Does Rain Smell and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/ask-smithsonian/why-does-rain-smell-and-more-questions-our-readers-180952786/You asked, we answeredTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Discussionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/magazine/discussion-october-2014-180952806/From our readersTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Finds Strange Beauty in Google's Apocalyptic Glitcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-finds-beauty-googles-apocalyptic-glitches-180952809/Clement Valla makes art out of Google Earth's surrealist irregularitiesTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000Why is Ai Weiwei Breaking Into Alcatraz?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ai-weiwei-breaking-into-alcatraz-180952742/China's most controversial artist selected America's most notorious prison as the home for his new showThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:54:34 +0000The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/origin-story-wonder-woman-180952710/ The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away—until nowTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:26:06 +0000Kennewick Elegyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kennewick-elegy-180952463/A new poem about the famous skeleton by Amit MajmudarMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kennewick-man-finally-freed-share-his-secrets-180952462/He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his storyMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000