At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000What Giant Pandas Taught Me About Parentinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-keeper-shares-what-giant-pandas-taught-her-about-parenting-180953130/When animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle became a parent, she looked to Bao Bao's mother for inspirationFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000Oscar de la Renta, Star of the Smithsonian's Costume Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oscar-de-la-renta-remembered-smithsonian-180953100/The late de la Renta designed haute couture and ready-to-wear. A decade ago, he donated items to the SmithsonianTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:12:59 +0000Lego Jewelry Transforms the Childhood Toy to High Fashion Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lego-jewelry-childhood-toy-high-fashion-art-180953072/Artist emiko oye turns colorful children’s blocks into items that are ready to wear, not playMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:30:49 +0000Unearthing America’s Lawrence of Arabia, Wendell Phillips http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unearthing-americas-lawrence-arabia-wendell-phillips-180953059/Phillips uncovered millennia-old treasures beneath Arabian sand, got rich from oil and died relatively unknownMon, 20 Oct 2014 14:37:56 +0000A World Of His Own: The Art of James Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-james-castle-180952980/Born profoundly deaf, the self-taught artist's body of work depicts his unique relationship to the world around himFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:58:32 +0000Richard Estes' Incredibly Realistic Paintings Require a Double Takehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/richard-estes-incredibly-realistic-paintings-require-double-take-180953039/Like stage sets, there seem to be a million stories embedded in the works of Richard Estes, icon of photorealismFri, 17 Oct 2014 14:52:44 +0000Why Is Colonel Pronounced With an R? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-colonel-pronounced-r-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953036/You asked, we answeredThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-life-10-fossils-180953042/From their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000When It Comes To the Baby Boomers, It Is Still All About "Me"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-comes-baby-boomers-still-all-about-me-180953030/Millennials have got nothing over the Me Generation, says cultural historian Amy Henderson after touring two new shows on Boomers and the '60sWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:45:02 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pandemics-pandas-scoop-hot-topics-smithsonian-humans-anthropocene-twitter-180952999/At the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000Which of These Three Artworks Should Go on View at the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-three-artworks-should-go-view-national-portrait-gallery-180952383/Vote for your favorite!!Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Watch the Smithsonian's Age of Humans Symposiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-smithsonians-age-humans-symposium-live-180952969/Held at the National Museum of Natural History, this event features speeches and panelists discussing a new age: the AnthropoceneWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:19:01 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moral-dilemma-we-face-age-of-humans-180952909/Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limit-pollution-chinese-are-faced-losing-one-their-most-celebratory-traditionsfireworks-180952955/For the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/survive-climate-change-we-should-be-more-eskimos-180952908/Arctic Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/making-super-telescopes-requires-some-creative-engineering-180952854/The Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-announces-official-climate-change-statement-180952822/The bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000Peering into the Secret Diaries of American Artistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peering-secret-diaries-american-artists-180952879/A new Archives of American Art exhibition looks at how artists documented their lives before social mediaWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:15:39 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crabby-tenants-defend-corals-marauding-predators-180952903/A diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-stewardship-mother-earth-indigeneity-180952855/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poem-dedicated-to-earth-age-of-humans-180952814/National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latinos-suffering-first-effects-climate-change-voices-need-to-be-heard-180952880/The director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How the Artist Behind the Giant Landscape Portrait on the Mall Used a Super-Precise GPS Satellite System as a Paintbrushhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artist-behind-giant-landscape-portrait-mall-used-super-precise-gps-satellite-system-paintbrush-180952856/To create the National Portrait Gallery's "facescape," artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada got some high-tech helpFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:58:04 +0000Celebrating Pittsburgh, the City Behind Pro Football, Big Macs and the Polio Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-pittsburgh-city-behind-pro-football-big-macs-and-polio-vaccine-180952839/The Pennsylvanian city had more lives than a cat and thrives as a hub of innovationWed, 24 Sep 2014 21:05:43 +0000The People’s Design Award Promises a Very Cyborg Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/peoples-design-award-and-your-cyborg-future-180952728/This year's nominees focus on wearable technologyWed, 24 Sep 2014 15:15:34 +0000The Real Story of the "Football" That Follows the President Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-story-football-follows-president-everywhere-180952779/Take a peek at the mysterious black briefcase that has accompanied every U.S. president since John F. KennedyTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Want to See the New Massive Portrait on the National Mall? Go Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-see-new-massive-portrait-national-mall-go-180952785/The project, made of soil and sand, will cover five acres between the Lincoln Memorial and World War II MemorialTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why Does Rain Smell and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/ask-smithsonian/why-does-rain-smell-and-more-questions-our-readers-180952786/You asked, we answeredTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Oscar-Winning Writer of <i>12 Years A Slave</i>, John Ridley, Talks About His New Jimi Hendrix Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/john-ridley-oscar-winning-writer-em12-years-slaveem-talks-about-his-new-jimi-hendrix-biopic-180952808/The writer and director of <i>Jimi: All Is by My Side</i> speaks about making living history from legendTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:56:17 +0000Revisiting the Timeless Tracks of the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/playlist-these-spanish-civil-war-classics-are-just-meaningful-today-180952512/Smithsonian Folkways is re-releasing its catalog of Spanish Civil War songsMon, 22 Sep 2014 18:20:59 +0000Six Artists In Search of Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-artists-search-themselves-180952739/With drama, theater, magical realism and a twist of the absurd, these artists give the self-portrait a makeover Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:20:36 +0000The Man Who Reclaimed Photography from Colonialism's Grasphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-who-reclaimed-photography-nigerian-people-180952721/A new exhibition at the African Art Museum honors Chief S.O. Alonge, the first Nigerian court photographer during colonial timesWed, 17 Sep 2014 19:17:02 +0000Impressionism Into Modernism: Crafting America's Unique Style of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/impressionism-into-modernism-180952705/After the Civil War, Americans became more interested in European art—and creating a kind of art completely their ownWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:44:25 +0000Ken Burns' New Series, Based on Newly Discovered Letters, Reveals a New Side of FDRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ken-burns-new-series-based-newly-discovered-letters-reveals-new-side-fdr-180952718/In "The Roosevelts", Burns examines the towering but flawed figures who really understood how character defined leadershipWed, 17 Sep 2014 13:01:01 +0000Get Your Burning Questions Answered, It's #AskaCurator Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/today-is-ask-a-curator-day-180952724/More than 700 museums, galleries, theatres, and more across the globe are taking to Twitter to answer your queries about, well, anythingWed, 17 Sep 2014 12:13:43 +0000In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-climate-change-mean-chesapeake-bay-180952690/Rising temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fishTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +0000Peek Behind the Scenes to Preview the New West Wing at the American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peek-behind-scenes-preview-new-west-wing-american-history-museum-180952708/After years of renovations, the museum begins a reopening of some of its galleries next summerTue, 16 Sep 2014 14:33:24 +0000Long Before Emojis, the Picassos of Persian Calligraphy Brought Emotion to Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-before-emojis-picassos-persion-caligraphy-bought-emotion-writing-180952693/The world's first exhibition devoted to <em>nasta’liq</em>, a Persian calligraphy, is now on view at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:05:47 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-gehrys-biomuseo-panama-finally-open-business-180952677/The eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000The Fight for Catalonian Independence Took the Form of a Giant "V" in the Streets of Barcelonahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-would-550000-people-make-giant-v-streets-barcelona-today-180952673/Hundreds of thousands of protestors formed a giant red and yellow V, symbolizing the "Way Forward" and marking the region's national holidayThu, 11 Sep 2014 17:30:55 +0000Capturing First Impressions of a City in Transitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capturing-city-transition-view-museum-day-live-180952630/William Greiner's photographs are on view at the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, GAWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:37:07 +0000Vote for the Winner of the 2014 People's Design Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/vote-winner-2014-peoples-design-award-180952652/Marvel at these breakthroughs in innovative design and select your favoriteWed, 10 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000The Most Extensive Report Ever on American Birds Says There’s Cause for Concernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/most-extensive-report-ever-published-american-birds-says-theres-cause-concern-180952644/Researchers from 23 groups just released the fifth State of the Birds report, which contains good and bad newsTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:40:48 +0000Promiscuous Whales Make Good Use of Their Pelvises http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/promiscuous-whales-make-good-use-pelvises-180952620/Hips don’t lie: Whale pelvic bones are not vestigial but instead evolved to help the marine mammals maneuver better during sexMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:43:23 +0000The Legend of What Actually Lived in the "No Man's Land" Between World War I's Trencheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/legends-what-actually-lived-no-mans-land-between-world-war-i-trenches-180952513/Born of the horrors of trench warfare, a ghoulish tale of scavengers and scofflaws took hold 100 years agoMon, 08 Sep 2014 14:42:23 +0000Smithsonian Curators Remember Joan Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-remember-joan-rivers-180952622/Entertainment curators from the Institution discuss the legendary comic who died yesterdayFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:19:53 +0000How the Voyage of the Kon-Tiki Misled the World About Navigating the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-voyage-kon-tiki-misled-world-about-navigating-pacific-180952478/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman explains the traditional science of traversing the ocean seasThu, 04 Sep 2014 20:21:12 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovative-spirit-changing-our-world-better-180952004/In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondThu, 04 Sep 2014 19:53:20 +0000What's In a Shoe? Japanese Artist Chiharu Shiota Investigateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-shoe-japanese-artist-chiharu-shiota-investigates-180952458/An artist takes on the soul in the sole of your shoes in an exhibition at the Sackler Gallery of ArtThu, 28 Aug 2014 13:00:00 +0000The Best and Worst Places to Build More Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-and-worst-places-build-more-roads-180952486/Road works today are “basically chaos”—but a new global road map could be key to protecting agriculture and natureWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-american-bison-180952488/A National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000