At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenThu, 25 May 2017 15:00:45 +0000How Does Earth's Geomagnetic Field Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-earth-geomagnetic-field-work-180963302/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 May 2017 15:00:45 +0000The Next Generation of Military Prosthetics Is Breaking New Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/next-generation-military-prosthetics-breaking-new-ground-180963448/At the Smithsonian’s Military Invention Day, visitors experienced how military innovation is helping society Thu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/catalan-folk-singer-refused-bow-oppression-180963436/The director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage recognizes the lifetime work of the singer activist RaimonThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Key to Protecting Life on Earth May Be Barcoding Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dna-barcoding-opens-new-doors-conservation-180963431/An easier way to read DNA is helping scientists tease apart species and ecosystems in nuanced waysThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Watch How One Harlem Storefront Changes Over Nearly Four Decades http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-how-one-harlem-storefront-changes-over-nearly-four-decades-180963394/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's new exhibition goes "Down These Mean Streets" Tue, 23 May 2017 17:51:35 +0000Why Langston Hughes Still Reigns as a Poet for the Unchampionedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-langston-hughes-still-reigns-poet-unchampioned-180963405/Fifty years after his death, Hughes’ extraordinary lyricism resonates with power to peopleMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:58 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-these-humans-museum-treasures-too-180963392/A portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-tiny-worm-is-irritating-most-majestic-giraffes-180963260/They sound horrifying and look worse. A Smithsonian researcher is investigating the cause of these grotesque skin lesions Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:01 +0000What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-mean-be-species-genetics-changing-answer-180963380/As DNA techniques let us see animals in finer and finer gradients, the old definition is falling apartFri, 19 May 2017 13:47:40 +0000Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spring-brings-wave-baby-animals-zoo-180963342/Seven different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteWed, 17 May 2017 20:35:56 +0000How the Military Helmet Evolved From a Hazard to a Bullet Shieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-military-helmet-evolved-hazard-bullet-shield-180963319/With the development of Kevlar and advanced industrial design, soldiers are now better protected from traumatic brain injury Tue, 16 May 2017 17:53:18 +0000JFK's Presidency Was Custom Made for the Golden Age of Photojournalism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jfks-presidency-was-custom-made-golden-age-photojournalism-180963281/A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum concentrates on the White House's most photogenic couple Mon, 15 May 2017 15:18:10 +0000A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/17th-century-mayan-manuscript-displayed-rare-public-display-180963272/With the book newly digitized, scholars are reinterpreting a story of native resistance from within its pagesFri, 12 May 2017 18:18:49 +0000For Black Photographers, the Camera Records Stories of Joy and Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/black-photographers-camera-joy-struggle-180963180/The African American History Museum showcases for the first time signature photographs from its new collectionsWed, 10 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000Cats Had Clout Long Before the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cats-clout-long-before-internet-180963169/For artists, cats prove to be more than elegant studio companions, but inspirations as well, says a new exhibitionTue, 09 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-vast-and-vanished-sea-is-discovered-180963044/About 18 million years ago, the Caribbean Sea seasonally flooded inland forests, where enormous crocodiles and turtles roamedFri, 05 May 2017 18:32:07 +0000What Really Felled the Hindenburg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/80th-anniversary-hindenburg-disaster-mysteries-remain-180963107/On the 80th anniversary of the conflagration, mysteries still remainThu, 04 May 2017 15:10:19 +0000How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-can-team-up-with-indigenous-groups-protect-forests-climate-180963089/A collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama aims to rewrite a fraught narrativeWed, 03 May 2017 18:43:56 +0000From This Desk, 100 Years Ago, U.S. Operations in World War I Were Conceived http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/desk-one-hundred-years-ago-us-operations-world-war-i-were-conceived-180963057/Germany's defeat could be traced to pins in a map now on display at the Smithsonian's American History MuseumSun, 30 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Using a New Roadmap to Democratize Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-new-roadmap-democratize-climate-change-180963047/A new tool aims to bypass governments and put the power of climate action in the people’s handsFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Poem is Commissioned to Honor the Soldiers Who Fight America’s Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-poem-commissioned-honor-soldiers-who-fight-americas-wars-180963041/Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa writes “After the Burn Pits” for the National Portrait Gallery Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Six Artists Record the Vestiges of War in the Faces of Combatants http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/face-contemporary-soldier-basis-new-show-national-portrait-gallery-180963006/A look at a new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, "The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now"Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Bones of the Hawaiian Petrel Open Up a Window Into the Birds' Changing Diethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bones-hawaiian-petrel-open-up-window-birds-changing-diet-180963022/Industrial fishing may play a role in the shiftWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-a-century-storage-these-world-war-one-artworks-still-deliver-shock-war-180962962/Pulled from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson's watercolors are in a traveling showTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000When Artists Became Soldiers and Soldiers Became Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artists-became-soldiers-and-soldiers-became-artists-180962903/A rare opportunity to see works by the American Expeditionary Force's World War I illustration corps, and newly found underground soldier carvings Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:58:29 +0000How Jazz, Flappers, European Émigrés, Booze and Cigarettes Transformed Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-jazz-flappers-european-emigres-booze-and-cigarettes-transformed-design-180962977/A new Cooper-Hewitt exhibition explores the Jazz Age as a catalyst in popular styleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000What's the Difference Between Horns and Antlers and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-horns-antlers-questions-readers-180962778/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:33:19 +0000Exoplanet Discovery Arrives in Time for New Telescope Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/exoplanet-discovery-arrives-time-new-telescope-technology-180962965/Astronomers call LHS 1140b one of the "best targets" for hunting liquid water with NASA's James Webb Space TelescopeWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:52:48 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Cravinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/How the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000How to Resurrect a Lost Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-resurrect-lost-language-180962937/Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakersWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:48:59 +0000The Ceramicist Who Punched His Potshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ceramicist-who-punched-his-pots-180962930/Influenced by avant-garde poets, writers and Pablo Picasso, Peter Voulkos experimented with the increasingly unconventionalWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Would the Legendary Babe Ruth Still Be a Star if He Played Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-babe-ruth-still-be-a-star-if-he-played-today-180962935/ Award-winning sportswriter Jane Leavy says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own timeTue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:29 +0000Meet Stinky ‘Bucky,’ the Bulbophyllum Orchid that Shutdown a Smithsonian Greenhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-stinky-bucky-bulbophyllum-orchid-shutdown-smithsonian-greenhouse-180962924/Orchid expert Tom Mirenda says history records the stench of this plant as reminiscent of a thousand dead elephants rotting in the sunMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:27:24 +0000Reports on the Death of the Circus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-death-circus-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-180962835/Celebrating the arts, business, history and culture of the circus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings 400 performers to the National Mall this summerFri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The U.S. Is Too Ornery for Totalitarianism, According to Margaret Atwoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/margaret-atwood-talks-enduring-tale-and-relevance-today-180962902/The author of <i>The Handmaid's Tale</i> discusses the continued impact of the bleak 1985 novel, now being adapted into a series on HuluFri, 14 Apr 2017 12:27:04 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ants-became-worlds-best-fungus-farmers-180962871/Ancient climate change may have spurred a revolution in ant agriculture, Smithsonian researchers findWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000The Women Who Fried Donuts and Dodged Bombs on the Front Lines of WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/donut-girls-wwi-helped-fill-soldiers-bellies-and-get-women-vote-180962864/Even if they had to use shell casings as rolling pins, the donuts still got madeWed, 12 Apr 2017 14:43:06 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-director-james-gray-discovered-insanity-behind-the-search-lost-city-z-180962762/A story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-pentagon-pentagon-180962719/Planners battled to ensure the building kept its unique shapeMon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian and Library of Congress Purchase Rare 1860s Photo of Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-library-of-congress-rare-1860s-photo-harriet-tubman-180962818/Part of an album of 44 photos of prominent abolitionists, the unique photo was recently acquired at auctionFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:44:16 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-litters-adorable-cheetah-cubs-born-one-week-180962821/Smithsonian's cheetah conservation program welcomes the springtime births after careful planning Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000World War I Letters From Generals to Doughboys Voice the Sorrow of Fighting a Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-1-letters-generals-doughboys-carry-sorrow-180962798/An exhibition at the National Postal Museum displays a rare letter from General John Pershing Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:25:33 +0000This Rare Display of a Japanese Triptych is Only Usurped by the Great Mysteries Surrounding It http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-display-japanese-triptych-only-usurped-great-mysteries-surrounding-it-180962815/Don’t miss this singular showing of Kitagawa Utamaro's three works reunited at the Sackler GalleryThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:55:25 +0000These Powerful Posters Persuaded Americans It Was Time to Join the Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-powerful-posters-persuaded-americans-it-was-time-to-join-the-fight-180962797/The Smithsonian offers a rare opportunity to see an original iconic Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster, among others, of the World War I era Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:17:02 +0000How World War I Influenced the Evolution of Modern Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-world-war-i-impacted-modern-medicine-180962623/Medical technology and roles during World War I are highlighted in a new display at the National Museum of American History Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:29:55 +0000World War I Letters Show Theodore Roosevelt's Unbearable Grief After the Death of his Son http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/letters-unbearable-grief-theodore-roosevelt-death-son-180962743/A rich trove of letters in the new book “My Fellow Soldiers” tells the stories of generals, doughboys, doctors and nurses, and those on the home frontMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:33:38 +0000Take a Walk on the Bright Side at the First Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-earth-optimism-summit-takes-walk-bright-side-conservation-180962731/As an antidote to doom and gloom, a conference on Earth Day weekend, takes a look all the good that is being done Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:11:11 +0000