At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ollie-bobcat-back-zoo-off-streets-washington-dc-180961978/National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000Poignant Panda Moments in These Last Photos of Bao Baohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poignant-panda-moments-these-last-photos-bao-bao-180962245/The National Zoo sends its much-loved giant panda home to ChinaWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000President Trump Visits the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-trump-visits-african-american-history-and-culture-180962238/Museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton led the president and his entourage on a tour of the new museumTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:35:22 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson Was a Populist Even on His Deathbedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-populist-even-deathbed-180962124/This lavishly decorated crypt was considered too ornate for the American presidentTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000You Don't Need to Wait for Spring to Enjoy the Smithsonian Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beat-path-closest-smithsonian-garden-using-our-museum-tours-guide-180962180/This new tour guide will help you relax in these urban oasesTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hinged-skull-allows-dragonfish-eat-prey-bigger-its-head-180962063/Scientists have discovered the world's only group of fish that has this unbelievable abilityFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000How to FedEx a Giant Pandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fedex-giant-panda-180962191/On February 21, the United States says #ByeByeBaoBaoThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:35 +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 +0000Unearthing Armenia’s Giant, Ancient Earthenwarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/keeping-karas-unearthing-armenias-ancient-earthenware-180962166/These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous valueTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:19 +0000Demystifying the Love Lives of Pandashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/only-thing-harder-finding-love-human-finding-love-panda-180962165/Reproductive experts weigh in on panda porn, panda Viagra and other biological mythsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:26 +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 +0000It’s Easy to Fall in Love With a Panda. But Do They Love Us Back?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-easy-fall-love-panda-do-they-love-us-back-180962106/Keepers admire them, but have no illusions. Pandas are solitary creatures Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-you-should-never-kiss-toad-180962048/A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toadsFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:39:36 +0000How Astrophysicists Found a Black Hole Where No One Else Couldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-astrophysicists-found-black-hole-where-no-one-else-could-180962110/A new method could help scientists peer inside universe's densest star clusters to find undiscovered black holesFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:59 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ballad-boombox-what-public-enemy-tells-us-about-hip-hop-race-and-society-180962095/Thirty years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000How One Black Family Drove an Auto Racing Association to the Winner’s Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-black-family-drove-auto-racing-association-winners-circle-180962065/A new collection at the National Museum of American History reveals the untold story Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:32:19 +0000What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-director-african-american-history-museum-says-about-new-emmett-till-revvelations-180962025/Decades after his death, the wife of his murderer confesses she lied under oath Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:06:39 +0000What Death Threats Against My Parents Taught Me About Taking a Standhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-death-threats-against-my-parents-taught-me-about-taking-stand-180962007/Family stories are an ideal way to explore themes like “where have I come from?” and “where am I going?”Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +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 +0000Smithsonian Scientist and a Reef-Diving Grandmother Team Up in Discovery of New Hermit Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientist-and-reef-diving-grandmother-team-discovery-new-species-hermit-crab-180961965/A new species of hermit crab is named to honor her 7-year-old granddaughter MollyTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:37:17 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raise-glass-meet-smithsonians-new-beer-scholar-180961961/Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000This Souped-Up Scuba Suit Made a Stratospheric Leap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/souped-scuba-suit-made-stratospheric-leap-180961921/The record-breaking Alan Eustace found just the right fit for his 25-mile free fall by marrying scuba technology with a space suitThu, 26 Jan 2017 18:02:47 +0000The Zoo's Baby Seal Is Cute and Cuddly, But Don't Be Fooledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/zoos-baby-seal-cute-cuddly-dont-be-fooled-180961926/The National Zoo's seal-breeding program has another gray seal pup success Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:33:48 +0000How to Create an Insect Habitat in Your Gardenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/creating-insect-habitat-ripley-garden-180961898/A Smithsonian gardener offers tips for sheltering the insects during the frosty winter months Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:59:03 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-scientists-chunks-whale-earwax-can-biological-treasure-troves-180961891/Biologists are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-reconstruct-brain-long-extinct-beast-180961878/This dog-like marsupial went extinct 80 years ago, but its preserved brains help us glean how its mind workedThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000When Was the First Inaugural Ball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-was-first-inaugural-ball-180961863/Nothing says there’s a new president in town more than the dance party they throw Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:18:06 +0000A Mystery of Hiding Orchids, Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-hiding-orchids-solved-180961773/Smithsonian scientists have discovered what triggers the rare small-whorled pogonia to awaken from dormancyThu, 19 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herd-oryx-once-extinct-wild-grows-180961844/Hunting wiped out wild populations of the scimitar-horned creatures, but breeding programs are helping them make a comeback Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:23 +0000Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-humans-ever-harness-power-hibernation-180961835/Scientists want to know if astronauts can hibernate during long spaceflights. First, they need to understand what hibernation isWed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000Take a Smithsonian Tour of All Things Presidentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-our-tour-all-things-presidential-smithsonian-180961838/Here's how to locate official presidential portraits, works of art, material culture and campaign memorabilia across the SmithsonianTue, 17 Jan 2017 22:09:18 +0000Eugene Cernan: The Last Man on the Moon and So Much Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eugene-cernan-was-more-just-last-astronaut-moon-180961830/His experience helped make spaceflight saferTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:08 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-herbivores-stage-huge-recue-coral-reef-180961753/Tiny parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-artifacts-music-legends-share-stage-180961764/Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scrap-suffrage-history-180961780/In January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:52 +0000Stories of Sports Champions in the African American History Museum Prove the Goal Posts Were Set Higher http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-african-american-history-museum-new-african-american-history-museum-goal-posts-prove-higher-sports-champions-180961735/The sports exhibition delves into the lost, forgotten or denied history of the heroes on the field Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:42:42 +0000Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murder-marriage-and-pony-express-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-buffalo-bill-180961736/His adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compellingTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:53 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/happy-10th-birthday-iphone-so-whats-next-180961724/Based on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harry-houdini-ingenious-innovator-didnt-want-anybody-know-180961078/More than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Coal Fire May Have Helped Sink the 'Titanic'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fire-may-have-helped-sink-titanic-180961699/A new documentary claims the <i>Titanic</i>’s hull was weakened before it struck an icebergThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000Why Were Electric Cars Once Advertised as "Ladies' Cars"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-electric-cars-once-advertised-ladies-cars-180961440/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:15:07 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/master-disguise-cystisoma-ocean-reveal-secrets-180961426/A marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000Ask Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-180961729/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:02:39 +0000The Tradition of Presidential Portraiture, Explainedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tradition-presidential-portraiture-explained-180961552/The transition of office holders includes the official commissioning of the portrait of the outgoing First Lady and PresidentFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-locally-grown-design-ideas-were-created-people-people-180961555/A Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Did Ellis Island Officials Really Change the Names of Immigrants?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-did-ellis-island-officials-really-change-names-immigrants-180961544/On the 125th anniversary of the famous portal to the U.S., history shows inspectors were not the ones changing people's namesWed, 28 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Natalie Portman's "Jackie" Reminds Us Why JFK's Assassination Became Our National Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natalie-portman-jackie-reminds-us-why-jfk-assassination-national-tragedy-180961550/A Smithsonian scholar revisits those critical decisions Jacqueline Kennedy made following the death of her husband Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:24:22 +0000Without This Camera, the Emerald City Would Have Been the Color of Mudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/without-camera-emerald-city-would-have-been-color-mud-180961463/That dramatic Dorothy in Oz moment was brought to you in living color by the DF-24 Beam SplitterTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000