At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-kiss-180958059/According to philematology, or the science for the study of kissing, romance has little to do with itMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000One in Four U.S. Deer Is Infected With Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-in-four-deer-infected-malaria-180958046/Scientists suspect the undetected blood parasite has been present in the animals ever since they arrived across the Bering Land Bridge Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:02:01 +0000Jurassic-Era Insect Looks Just Like a Modern Butterflyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-era-insect-looks-just-modern-butterflies-180958040/Jurassic "butterflies" helped pollinate ancient plants millions of years before the butterfly even existedThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:35:21 +0000Curators Discover New Details in the Etchings on a 6th-Century Chinese Sculpture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/curators-discover-new-details-etchings-six-century-chinese-sculpture-180958023/A headless figure, cloaked in a robe covered with complex illustrations, is now better understood thanks to 3D technologyThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:29:51 +0000Opening Day for the New African American History Museum Is Announcedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/opening-day-new-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-announced-180958014/Thirteen years in the making, the museum says it will open its doors September 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 17:01:56 +0000The National Museum of African American History and Culture: Breaking Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-breaking-ground-180957740/Countdown begins towards the historic opening of the new national museum on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:43:39 +0000Get Stuck on New York's Pop Culture With These Historic Stampshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-stuck-new-york-pop-culture-historic-stamps-180957892/A new exhibition at the National Postal Museum spotlights Gotham’s cultural impact Fri, 29 Jan 2016 15:58:50 +0000Can the Civil War Still Inspire Today's Poets? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/can-civil-war-still-inspire-todays-poets-180957945/As epic verse about the American past falls victim to modernism, a poet who is also a historian calls for a revivalWed, 27 Jan 2016 16:54:36 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-elephants-jump-180957921/The question is why would an animal weighing up to 16,000 pounds need to jump?Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:02 +0000Zoo Keepers Hunkered Down with the Animals and Bei Bei Got to Play in the Snow (Photos)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-keepers-hunkered-down-bei-bei-snow-180957920/A few animals got to play outside yesterday, while keepers watched over conditions and took extra precautionsSat, 23 Jan 2016 11:57:59 +0000When Concorde First Flew 40 Years Ago, It Was a Supersonic Sight to Beholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-concorde-first-flew-40-years-ago-it-was-supersonic-sight-behold-180957875/The aircraft was a technological masterpiece, but at one ton of fuel per passenger, it had a devastating ecological footprintWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:04:37 +0000A Rare and Important Sculpture of Martin Luther King Comes to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-and-important-sculpture-martin-luther-king-comes-smithsonian-180957848/Charles Alston’s work is accepted into the African American History Museum’s collections as the nation pauses to honor the great civil rights leaderFri, 15 Jan 2016 20:38:44 +0000Raoul Wallenberg's Biographer Uncovers Important Clues To What Happened in His Final Days http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raoul-wallenbergs-biographer-uncovers-important-clues-his-final-days-180957837/Swedish writer Ingrid Carlberg investigates the tragedy that befell the heroic humanitarianFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:55:31 +0000For the World’s Wetlands, It May Be Sink or Swim. Here’s Why It Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/worlds-wetlands-it-may-be-sink-or-swim-heres-why-it-matters-180957808/One of the world’s most long-studied marshes has revealed a wealth of information, but it continues to perplex and intrigue the scientists who analyze itWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:01 +0000What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-it-means-live-life-working-us-visa-180957802/A piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibitWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:02:33 +0000It's Been 50 Years Since Batman Went "Bam!" and "Pow"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/biff-bam-pow-tvs-batman-turns-50-month-180957766/The original Catwoman, Julie Newmar recalls fitting into that distinctive costume—now at the Smithsonian Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:32:08 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-wind-180957763/Whether arriving on a gentle breeze or a stiff gale, air moves like water responding to high and low pressures around the EarthMon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Dr. Gustav Zander's Victorian-Era Exercise Machines Made the Bowflex Look Like Child's Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gustav-zander-victorian-era-exercise-machines-bowflex-180957758/A Smithsonian librarian highlights the precursor to today's gym enthusiastsFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:56:23 +0000How Frida Kahlo's Love Letter Shaped Romance for Punk Poet Patti Smithhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-frida-kahlos-love-letter-shaped-romance-punk-poet-laureate-patti-smith-180957682/Sealed with a kiss, the 1940 note reflects the "earthly human love" between Kahlo and fellow artist Diego RiveraThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000How Canoes Are Saving Lives and Restoring Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-canoes-are-saving-lives-and-restoring-spirit-180957712/Native maritime communities are rediscovering their heritage by learning how to craft and paddle together aboard the ancient dugout vessels of their pastWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:34:24 +0000Does Altitude Affect Animals the Same Way it Affects Humans and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/altitude-affect-animals-same-way-affects-humans-180957673/You asked, we answeredWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:32:15 +0000New Exhibition Featuring Picasso, O'Keeffe, Hopper and Many Others Brings Modernism Into Focushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-featuring-picasso-okeeffe-hopper-others-modernism-focus-180957643/The artistic risk and adventure of 20th-century modernism is explored at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:37:29 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-sneeze-180957634/Whether you sneeze because of a cold, or after sex or a good meal or in sunlight, the good old Achoo is the body's way of ridding itself of irritantsTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:25 +0000How Native American Artist Fritz Scholder Forever Changed the Art Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fritz-scholder-native-american-artist-art-world-180957655/An exhibit in Denver looks at why we should all be grateful that Scholder broke his wordTue, 29 Dec 2015 14:44:06 +0000Why Ellsworth Kelly Was a Giant in the World of American Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-ellsworth-kelly-was-giant-world-american-art-180957652/The artist’s minimalism put the essence of his subjects above allMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:51:14 +0000Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-bad-handwriting-us-postal-service-has-your-back-180957629/Don’t worry, your Christmas gifts and cards will make it to their destination, even if your writing looks like chicken scratchWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:55:33 +0000The History of D.C.'s Epic and Unfinished Struggle for Representation and Self-Governancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-washington-dc-defined-its-epic-struggle-for-representation-180957613/Control of the federal city was long dictated by Congress until residents took a stand beginning in the 1960sWed, 23 Dec 2015 15:25:21 +0000From Teeth to Toilets, This Dazzling Exhibit of Gold Artifacts Has the Midas Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/all-gold-exhibition-180957489/An exhibit at New York City's Museum of American Finance tracks the allure of gold through the centuriesTue, 22 Dec 2015 20:07:53 +0000Top Nine Ocean Stories That Had Us Talking in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-nine-ocean-stories-had-us-talking-2015-180957590/From fossil whales to adorable octopuses, here are some of the marine headliners that caught our attention this yearMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:26 +0000Afghanistan’s Artisans Are Experiencing a New Age of Recognition and Prosperity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/afghanistans-artisans-are-experiencing-new-age-recognition-and-prosperity-180957492/Named for a lost city, Turquoise Mountain, an organization that is reviving an ancient craft industry, is bringing artists to the SmithsonianFri, 18 Dec 2015 15:36:27 +0000Photos and Videos of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Making a Visit to the Vethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/photos-videos-national-zoo-panda-cub-180957579/A check-up reveals that Bei Bei is now a hefty, thriving 18 poundsThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:27:27 +0000Did John Deere's Best Invention Spark a Revolution or an Environmental Disaster? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/did-john-deeres-best-invention-spark-revolution-or-environmental-disaster-180957080/When Deere created his now-famous steel plow, he created America's breadbasket and set the stage for many of modern farming's environmental problemsThu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:29 +0000How the Smithsonian Hopes to Turn Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Into Museumgoershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-opens-wonderplace-youngest-museum-visitors-180957555/The National Museum of American History opens its new "Wonderplace," a space for the youngest members of the familyThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:29 +0000Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth's Ecosystems 6,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-caused-major-shift-earths-ecosystems-6000-years-ago-180957566/We upended a pattern held for 300 million years, and that may mean we are causing a new phase in global evolutionWed, 16 Dec 2015 20:46:02 +0000Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-forests-have-outsized-impacts-local-water-180957562/A comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:15:13 +0000Cuba’s Fascinating Babalú-Ayé Procession Honors African and Catholic Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cubas-fascinating-december-holiday-honors-african-and-catholic-traditions-180957553/On December 17, Cubans perform a ritual pilgrimage for a powerful deity that can bring good health or can take it awayWed, 16 Dec 2015 16:39:59 +0000A Renowned, But Forgotten, 17th-Century Japanese Artist Is Once Again Making Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renowned-forgotten-japanese-artist-making-waves-180957491/Long neglected, the 17th-century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu influenced Western art 400 years laterTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:42:23 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Colors Affect Our Moods?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-do-colors-affect-our-moods-180957504/Whether you are feeling green with envy or you're singing the blues, the link between color and feeling is a highly individual thingTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:11:37 +0000How the African American History Museum Is Curating "Black Lives Matter" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/african-american-history-museum-black-lives-matter-180957530/Photographs, posters and other artifacts documenting the protests find a home at the new Smithsonian museumMon, 14 Dec 2015 15:32:07 +0000What Killed These Marine Reptiles Found in a Nevada Ghost Town?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-these-marine-reptiles-found-nevada-ghost-town-180957533/Paleontologists are going high tech to solve the mystery of a mass ichthyosaur death near the old mining town of BerlinMon, 14 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000