At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Definitive Story of How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Came to Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/definitive-story-national-museum-african-american-history-culture-came-be-180960125/From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:35 +0000The Powerful Objects From the Collections of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-objects-collections-smithsonian-museum-180960126/These artifacts each tell a part of the African-American storyMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:50:03 +0000Michael Jackson's Costumes Show Why Nobody Can Beat the King of Pop When it Comes to Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-new-museum-michael-jackson-unapologetic-enduring-style-receives-curtain-call-180958922/Outfits from the Jackson's "Victory" tour will be part of an inaugural exhibition at the African American History MuseumMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:02:20 +0000How to Get Timed-Entry Passes for National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-offer-timed-entry-passes-180960211/It's finally time to plan your trip to NMAAHCFri, 26 Aug 2016 20:00:38 +0000Here’s an Ingeniously Simple Method for Making Bakailaoa Pil-pilean, the Traditional Basque Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-ingeniously-simple-method-making-bakailaoa-pil-pilean-traditional-basque-meal-180960245/Digesting the lessons that the Basque chefs taught at this summer’s Folklife Festival Thu, 25 Aug 2016 17:20:13 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-give-black-and-latino-astronomers-foundation-reach-stars-180960213/Astronomy has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000Karl Marx, My Puppy ‘Max,’ Instagram and Mehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/karl-marx-my-puppy-max-instagram-and-me-180960205/A historian tries hard to understand modern society and buys a #cutepuppyMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:25:23 +0000Jazz Has Never Looked Cooler Than It Does in This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-has-never-looked-cooler-than-it-does-new-exhibition-180960191/ These evocative images by photographer Herman Leonard call to mind a bygone eraMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:43:07 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-beary-happy-first-birthday-bei-bei-unbearably-cute-celebrations-180960199/America's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000Why We Have to Play Catch-up Collecting the Portraits of Female Athleteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-play-catch-collecting-portraits-female-athletes-180960179/As the “Summer of Women” unfolds in Rio, the Portrait Gallery is setting its sights on the futureFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:31:03 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-claims-worlds-largest-collection-dinosaurs-180960130/Randy Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-100-years-protecting-birds-180960169/The U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000The History of the American West Gets a Much-Needed Rewritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-american-west-gets-much-needed-rewrite-180960149/Artists, historians and filmmakers alike have been guilty of creating a mythologized version of the U.S. expansion to the westTue, 16 Aug 2016 16:58:14 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-ancient-river-dolphin-discovered-exctinct-millions-years-ago-180960146/Sometimes, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000These Letters Written by Famous Artists Reveal the Lost Intimacy of Putting Pen to Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-letters-written-famous-artists-reveal-lost-intimacy-putting-pen-to-paper-180960047/Many of the letters included in a new book provide snapshots of especially poignant moments in the lives of American artistsFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:30:01 +0000Babe Ruth Hit a Home Run With Celebrity Product Endorsementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-babe-ruth-hit-home-run-celebrity-product-endorsements-180960038/The Great Bambino was one of the first athletes to be famous enough to require a publicity agent to handle his affairsWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:18:39 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-animals-predict-earthquakes-180960079/Humans cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What You Don’t Know About Olympian Tommie Smith’s Silent Gesturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-you-dont-know-about-olympian-tommie-smiths-silent-gesture-180960056/The simple act of civil disobedience, thrusting a black-gloved fist in the air, produced shock waves across the nationTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:08:54 +0000What It’s Like to Light the Olympic Cauldronhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/athlete-rafer-johnson-talks-about-what-its-light-olympic-cauldron-180959944/Today, retired Olympian Rafer Johnson carries a powerful legacy that honors the pride and spirit of the gamesThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:36:53 +0000What Does a Beer Historian Do? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-does-beer-historian-do-180960000/The American History museum’s latest job opening made headlines. But what does the job actually entail?Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:47:03 +0000When Frogs Pull the Curtain: The Benefits of Mating in Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-frogs-pull-curtain-benefits-mating-secret-180959969/Smithsonian's new curator of frogs explains why some frogs seek privacy when they mateMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:35:50 +0000On a Deep Dive in a Custom-Built Submarine, a New Species of Scorpionfish Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deep-dive-submarine-new-species-scorpionfish-Is-discovered-180959934/A Smithsonian scientist dives deep to a coral reef and finds much to discoverMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:03:04 +0000How Do Smithsonian Curators Decide What to Collect at the Political Conventions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-curators-decide-what-collect-political-conventions-180959937/For Smithsonian’s Lisa Kathleen Graddy and Jon Grinspan, it’s trying to guess what people of the future will want to know about 2016Wed, 27 Jul 2016 19:55:34 +0000Meet the Man Who Dropped a Boulder on a Chrysler http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-man-who-dropped-boulder-chrysler-180959846/Ex-pat rebel sculptor Jimmie Durham's funny work is celebrated in the capital of the country he leftTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:16:56 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000Check Out the Lunar Dust That Still Lingers On Neil Armstrong’s Gloves http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/neil-armstrongs-gloves-and-helmet-go-back-display-180959862/The historic artifacts come out of the cold, but only for a year.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:54:46 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3Dhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-apollo-11-3d-180959853/For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000Were Ants the World's First Farmers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/were-ants-worlds-first-farmers-180959840/A new study shows that a group of ants have been conducting a subsistence type of farming since shortly after the dinosaurs died outWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:10:41 +0000Should We Hate Poetry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/should-we-hate-poetry-180959832/It was precisely because poetry wasn’t hated that Plato feared it, writes the Smithsonian’s senior historian David Ward, who loves poetryWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000Few Artifacts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Still Exist. These Iron Blocks Help Tell That Gut-Wrenching Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/few-artifacts-transatlantic-slave-trade-exist-iron-blocks-tell-gut-wrenching-story-180959803/A profound symbol of the horrific conditions aboard a slave ship is the ballast used as a counterweight for human cargoThu, 14 Jul 2016 15:56:48 +0000When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-todays-whales-get-so-big-180959801/More recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil recordThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:39 +0000Gotta Catch ‘Em All on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gotta-catch-em-all-national-mall-180959794/Sergeant Nadia Tyler, a security guard at Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is collecting Pokémon creatures dailyWed, 13 Jul 2016 19:35:08 +0000Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-buy-mountain-moon-180959692/A Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000 The World Is Finally Ready to Understand Romaine Brookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-time-acknowledge-romaine-brooks-early-20th-century-artist-180959725/An early 20th-century artist, Brooks was long marginalized, her work overlooked, in part because of her fluid sexual and gender identityFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:32:33 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000It's Easy to Forget That Just Fifty Years Ago, Equality for Women Was a Strange Concepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/easy-to-forget-just-fifty-years-ago-equality-women-strange-concept-180959683/The 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women is at hand and it’s still personal—and politicalWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:14:36 +0000There’s a Lot More to This Basque Boat Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-lot-more-basque-boat-meets-eye-180959675/The lost story of the Basque heritage is just waiting to be discovered and could be revealed just by watching craftsmen rebuild an ancient whalerFri, 01 Jul 2016 18:40:02 +0000"Armenian Public Radio" Brings Nirvana Attitude to the Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenian-public-radio-brings-nirvana-attitude-festival-180959650/An Armenian-American trio performs traditional folk songs with a modern American sensibilityFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:00:53 +0000Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheres-debate-francis-scott-keys-slave-holding-legacy-180959550/During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000