At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:09:23 +0000How a Five-Letter Word Built a 104-Year-Old Companyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-five-letter-word-built-104-year-old-company-180955899/THINK—printed on signs, deskplates, business cards and notepads—was the seed from which the rest of IBM’s culture would grow. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 17:09:23 +0000When Congress Looked James Smithson's Gift Horse in the Mouthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/looking-james-smithsons-gift-horse-mouth-180956107/180 years ago, the U.S. government debated what to do with the bequest from across the pondThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:17:09 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-archaeological-research-jamestown-reveals-identities-four-prominent-settlers-discovery-180956028/The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Entertaining Saga of the Worst Crook in Colonial Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-entertaining-saga-worst-crook-colonial-america-180955643/Stephen Burroughs was a thief, a counterfeiter and a convicted criminal. A rare piece of his fake currency is in the collectionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:41:32 +0000The Scandalous Story Behind the Provocative 19th-Century Sculpture "Greek Slave" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scandalous-story-behind-provocative-sculpture-greek-slave-19th-century-audiences-180956029/Artist Hiram Powers earned fame and fortune for his beguiling sculpture, but how he crafted it might have proved even more shockingFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:53:51 +0000Inspiring Invention the MacGyver Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inspiring-invention-macgyver-way-180955987/Visitors to the Smithsonian's new Spark!Lab are challenged to solve problems with ingenuity and a pile of off-the-shelf itemsWed, 22 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Teenage Inventor Alexis Lewis Thinks That Kids Have the Solutions to the World's Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-alexis-lewis-wants-kids-to-invent-solutions-to-worlds-problems-180955933/With a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15 year old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:59:04 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000The Farmworker’s Champion Dolores Huerta Receives Her Due, Even as the Struggle for Justice Continueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/farmworkers-champion-dolores-huerta-gets-her-due-even-struggle-justice-continues-180955924/We must continue the struggle against present-day agricultural production and labor practices, says the director of the Smithsonian’s Latino Center Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:35:44 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-us-righty-or-lefty-180955922/Scientists are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000The Evolution of Money, From Feathers to Credit Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolution-money-feathers-credit-cards-180955602/Coin collectors, and trinket lovers welcome back the National Numismatic Collections to its splendid new gallery at the American History MuseumWed, 15 Jul 2015 18:51:47 +0000How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-singer-won-sewing-machine-war-180955919/The Singer Sewing Machine changed the way America manufactured textiles, but the invention itself was less important than the company’s innovative businessTue, 14 Jul 2015 17:54:33 +0000Which of These Baseball Players Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-baseball-players-should-portrait-gallery-put-display-180955906/Vote for these all-stars in an entirely different kind of competitionMon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Scopes Trial Redefined Science Journalism and Shaped It to What It Is Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scopes-trial-redefined-science-journalism-shaped-it-what-it-is-today-180955881/Ninety years ago a Tennessee man stood trial for teaching evolution, a Smithsonian archives collection offers a glimpse into the rich backstoryFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:01:33 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-scientists-hope-have-half-worlds-plant-families-on-ice-by-end-summer-180955867/Teaming up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-depicts-just-how-dramatic-mother-earth-can-be-180955866/Iceland, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-two-scientists-turned-data-sun-into-work-art-180955824/After collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Look Into the Innovative Mind of One of the World's Most Inventive Architectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-innovative-mind-one-worlds-most-inventive-architects-180955826/A new show at the Cooper Hewitt reveals the process behind designer Thomas Heatherwick's projectsWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000Tracing the History of American Invention, From the Telegraph to the Apple Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tracing-history-american-invention-from-telegraph-to-apple-I-180955838/More than 70 artifacts, from an artificial heart to an Etch A Sketch, grace the entryway to the American History Museum's new innovation wing Tue, 07 Jul 2015 20:40:49 +0000This Is How You Live Paint an Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-how-you-live-paint-an-event-180955823/Artist Jeremy Sutton painted on his iPad while musicians performed and visitors played virtual reality games at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:54:04 +0000How Curators Wrestled With the Complex Story of American Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-wrestled-complex-story-american-business-180955783/The broad and sometimes difficult history of business in the U.S., its rogues, heros, successes and failures, is the dynamic story in a new exhibitionMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:14:51 +0000How Colonel Sanders Made Kentucky Fried Chicken an American Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-colonel-sanders-made-kentucky-fried-chicken-american-success-story-180955806/A weathervane from the Smithsonian collections is emblematic of Harland Sanders’s decades-long pursuit to make his chicken finger-lickin' goodMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:41:55 +0000Why Milo's Sunrises Are a Symphony of Color in The Phantom Tollboothhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-milos-sunrises-are-symphony-color-phantom-tollbooth-180955811/Author Norton Juster says one boon to his magical writing is that he was born with synesthesia and hears colorsFri, 03 Jul 2015 12:04:36 +0000Bringing Thomas Jefferson's Battered Tombstone Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/leveraging-material-science-restore-thomas-jeffersons-battered-tombstone-180954462/The founding father's fragile grave marker has survived for centuries, enduring souveniring, a fire and errant repairs Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:21:42 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-moon-hoax-was-simply-sign-its-time-180955761/Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000On His First Day on the Job, Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton Discusses the Past and the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-first-day-job-smithsonian-secretary-david-j-skorton-discusses-past-and-future-180955793/The new Smithsonian leader says he wants to emphasize the arts and humanities at a time when they are being deemphasized nationally Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:48:07 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-did-insects-evolve-from-more-questions-from-readers-180955758/You asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Makes the Orange Juice Can Worthy of Display in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-makes-orange-juice-can-important-museum-artifact-180955750/A new exhibition explains why the everyday objects of today and the recent past are so important to understanding who we areTue, 30 Jun 2015 13:15:00 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/architecture-actually-form-weaving-180955698/David Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inca-empire-engineered-road-would-endure-centuries-180955709/For a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-rain-have-distinctive-smell-180955685/Summertime humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carvinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peruvian-art-gourd-carving-180955656/With magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-creature-shows-how-turtle-got-its-shell-180955688/The 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-do-important-ivory-artifacts-fit-race-save-elephants-poaching-180955636/The fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-skunk-spray-smell-so-terrible-180955553/When the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wildlife-photographer-frans-lanting-difference-taking-pictures-making-photographs-180955551/The <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-future-hold-prospect-outsourcing-human-brain-180955531/Bold thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1950s-designer-claire-mccardell-might-teach-us-about-what-wear-180955520/When it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000