At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Adorable Baby Tortoise Hatchling at the Zoo Signals a Breeding Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/adorable-baby-tortoise-hatchling-zoo-signals-breeding-success-story-180955369/To get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-Americans-Lose-British-accents-ask-smithsonian-180955291/You asked, we answeredWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-history-museum-scholar-coke-advertisement-180955318/The commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-many-rings-does-saturn-have-180955254/The age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-katharine-hepburn-became-fashion-icon-180955228/Celebrate the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-offers-preview-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180955211/Artifacts reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-elaine-de-kooning-sacrificed-her-own-amazing-career-her-more-famous-husbands-180955182/A new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/media-needs-history-lesson-addressing-civic-unrest-director-african-american-history-museum-180955140/Lonnie Bunch discusses social justice and the role of museums during times of upheavalFri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Are Cats Domesticated?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-are-cats-domesticated-180955111/There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to beThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:30:19 +0000The Huey Defined America's Presence in Vietnam, Even to the Bitter Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anniversary-fall-saigon-honoring-huey-helicopter-180955099/The 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon presents a chance for one Vietnam War correspondent to look back at the iconic helicopterThu, 30 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000Why Museums Should Be a Safe Space to Discuss Why #BlackLivesMatterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-museums-should-be-safe-space-discuss-why-black-lives-matter-180955114/Providing history, backstory and opportunity, the new role of the museum is to help visitors unpack and wrestle with the complex issues of the dayWed, 29 Apr 2015 14:00:06 +0000Growing a Digital Garden Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/growing-digital-garden-archive-180955080/The Smithsonian issues a call to preserve American garden heritage with a website that collects personal stories, photos, video and audio Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:51:17 +0000Meet the Makech, the Bedazzled Beetles Worn as Living Jewelryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-makech-bedazzled-beetles-worn-living-jewelry-180955081/The unusual bugs from the Yucatán have a backstory as colorful as their rhinestone-studded rumpsMon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000One Way to Visit Bhutan Is By Way of El Pasohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-way-to-visit-bhutan-is-by-way-el-paso-180955065/After making its debut at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a temple from the Himalayan kingdom is uniquely reincarnated on a Texan university campusFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:41:17 +0000The Heart of the Hawaiian Peoples' Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Keahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heart-hawaiian-people-arguments-arguments-against-telescope-mauna-kea-180955057/Native Hawaiians are not protesting science, but instead are seeking respect for sacred places, and our planetThu, 23 Apr 2015 19:46:35 +0000How Do Seals Find Their Prey and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seals-find-prey-more-questions-readers-180954959/You asked, we answeredThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Finding a Voice for Iranian Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-voice-iranian-women-180954963/Artist Shirin Neshat uses Persian poetry to reveal the conflict between tradition and modernityThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Personal Writings of Arthur C. Clarke Reveal the Evolution of "2001: A Space Odyssey"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/personal-writings-arthur-c-clarke-reveal-evolution-2001-space-odyssey-180954967/Works donated from the author's archives in Sri Lanka include letters to Kubrick and an early draft of his most famous novelThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes of the Last Mission to Repair the Hubble Space Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hubble-telescope-anniversary-service-mission-space-nasa-STS-125-shuttle-atlantis-180955041/Photographer Michael Soluri shares an intimate look at the team that saved the iconic observatoryThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:29:01 +0000To Transport Frozen Panda Semen From China, Zoo Officials Went All the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/transport-panda-semen-china-zoo-officials-went-all-way-180955071/After consulting a "stud book," the Zoo brought a male panda's sperm back to D.C., setting an exciting precedent Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:28:09 +0000Five Things The Gulf Oil Spill Has Taught Us About the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-things-gulf-oil-spill-has-taught-us-about-ocean-180955036/While researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean currentMon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-deep-dive-reasons-land-animals-moved-seas-180955007/Synthesizing decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movementsThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-albert-einstein-genius-theory-relativity-loved-pipe-180954991/Einstein reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000As Part of a Museum Dance Off, National Museum of American History Breaks it Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/second-annual-museum-dance-off-national-museum-american-history-breaks-down-180954992/Twenty-eight museums around the world vie for the ultimate honorWed, 15 Apr 2015 12:22:26 +0000The First Jogbra Was Made by Sewing Together Two Men's Athletic Supportershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-jogbra-made-sewing-together-two-mens-athletic-supporters-180954968/An archive collected from the sports company reveals that the bra gave a boost to women's athleticsMon, 13 Apr 2015 14:42:24 +0000A Host of Relics from Lincoln's Last Days All Came to Reside at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/host-relics-lincolns-last-days-all-came-reside-smithsonian-180954832/The Lincoln collection at the American History Museum marks the horrific tragedy and the poignancies of a nation in mourningSat, 11 Apr 2015 11:00:39 +0000Why We Have a Civic Responsibility to Protect Cultural Treasures During Wartimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-have-civic-responsibility-protect-cultural-treasures-during-wartime-180954887/With the recent deliberate destruction of cultural treasures in the Middle East, we remember the measures taken in the past to preserve our heritageFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:57:36 +0000The Set Designer From Game of Thrones Hints at What's to Come in Season Fivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/on-set-game-of-thrones-building-the-kingdoms-sketch-screen-180954919/Production Designer Deborah Riley discusses the influences behind the intricate and imposing sets of the hit HBO showFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:18:31 +0000Azar Nafisi on Why the Arts and Humanities Are Critical to the American Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/azar-nafisi-why-arts-humanities-critical-to-american-vision-180954933/The author of "Reading Lolita in Tehran" and recipient of a Smithsonian award, discusses why in education art matters as much as science Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:38:48 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Could the Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Ever Erupt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-could-volcano-beneath-yellowstone-national-park-ever-erupt-180954904/The good news is that an eruption there is highly unlikely, but the bad news is that it would be hugeThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:44:46 +0000The Race to Protect Frogs from a Deadly Pathogen Gets a Much-Needed Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/race-to-protect-frogs-deadly-pathogen-much-needed-boost-180954905/A new amphibian lab in Panama will help researchers to return charismatic golden frogs to the wildWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000New Dwarf Dragons Have Been Found in the Andeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-dwarf-dragons-have-been-found-andes-180954888/It seems that every time herpetologists wander into the Andean cloud forests, they emerge with colorful lizard species in tow Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:22:44 +0000The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/gentlemans-agreement-ended-civil-war-180954810/When Generals Grant and Lee sat down at Appomattox Court House, they brought an end to the struggle that had consumed the nation for five, long yearsMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:52:49 +0000This New Collection of 12,000 Photographs Chronicles the American Jazz Scenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sneak-peek-new-collection-stunning-photos-chronicle-american-jazz-scene-180954831/A donation from the family of photographer and historian Duncan Schiedt captures the music's "essence"Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:41:20 +0000LeRoy Nieman Pulled Together a Dream Band for His Epic Portrait of Jazz Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jazz-appreciation-month-dream-band-and-25-million-keep-music-alive-180954811/The iconic artist's large-scale painting of this century's music greats debuts at the American History Museum, kicking off Jazz Appreciation MonthTue, 31 Mar 2015 20:01:41 +0000What to Listen to and Watch for When Enjoying Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-to-listen-to-and-watch-for-when-enjoying-jazz-180954723/For Jazz Appreciation Month, a guide to understanding the nuances, subtleties and surprises of America's unique musicTue, 31 Mar 2015 11:58:20 +0000There's More to This Towering Pink Easter Bunny Than Kitsch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nick-caves-towering-pink-easter-bunny-theres-more-to-it-than-kitsch-180954774/Evoking springtime and rebirth, African burial ritual, rhythm, and identity, the "soundsuit" by artist Nick Cave is packed with iconic themesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:17:38 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/don-drapers-gray-suit-and-fedora-are-among-mad-men-props-donated-smithsonian-1-180954772/Members of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-climate-change-means-for-people-of-oceania-180954775/On many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/journey-to-mingering-mikes-magical-musical-world-180954751/A new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-love-junk-food-so-much-180954689/The jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dame-angela-lansbury-spirited-return-stage-180954694/Noël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000