Magazine | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/magazine/RSS feed for MagazineenThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-canal-through-central-america-could-have-devastating-consequences-180953394/The ramificiations of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000What’s the Difference Between Streets and Avenues and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-difference-between-streets-and-avenues-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953395/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000When Pedestrians Ruled the Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-pedestrians-ruled-streets-180953396/The driverless car may take a while to catch on—just as the automobile did a century agoThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Roosevelt Family Built a New York Coffee Chain 50 Years Before Starbucks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/Teddy Roosevelt’s children brought fresh-roasted beans and European coffeehouse culture to ManhattanThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Controversial Afterlife of King Tuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/controversial-afterlife-king-tut-180953400/A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than everThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-intense-photos-lion-tailed-macaques-will-turn-you-conservationist-180953401/A few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-sr-71-blackbird-epitome-cold-war-spycraft-180953402/The sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Horrific Sand Creek Massacre Will Be Forgotten No Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horrific-sand-creek-massacre-will-be-forgotten-no-more-180953403/The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native AmericansThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mystery-why-dangerous-sand-dune-swallowed-boy-180953404/When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Thomas Hart Benton’s Incredible Masterworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-behind-thomas-hart-bentons-incredible-masterwork-1-180953405/The famed artist drew on his extensive travels to paint “America Today”Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Discussion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/magazine/discussion-december-1-180953388/From our readersThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000It Could Have Been Reginald the Red-Nosed Reindeer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-could-have-been-reginald-red-nosed-reindeer-180953390/Inside the very shiny life of a 75-year-old marketing gimmickThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Number Zerohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origin-number-zero-180953392/Deep in the jungle, an intrepid scholar locates a symbol of power and mysteryThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-thumbs-180953393/There’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +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 +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 +0000Discussion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/magazine/discussion-14-180953028/From our readersThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +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 +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 +0000