At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenThu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000The Ruby Slippers Are Funded in the Museum's First Kickstarter Campaign http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruby-slippers-take-center-stage-kickstarter-campaign-180960760/The Smithsonian asks visitors to help bring back the sparkle and #KeepThemRubyMon, 17 Oct 2016 04:05:00 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glennhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remembering-astronaut-and-us-senator-john-glenn-180961364/The American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/natural-history-museums-national-fossil-hall-getting-full-facelift-180961349/Museum director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evoking-ship-rippling-sail-new-sculpture-global-connections-180961091/The African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000At Pearl Harbor, This Aircraft Risked It All to Find the Japanese Fleethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pearl-harbor-day-aircraft-risked-it-all-to-find-japanese-180961331/The Sikorsky JRS-1 flew right through the middle of it on December 7, 1941Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:51:55 +0000Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-lessons-todays-protests-history-political-activism-180961309/A whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:20 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-skateboarding-tells-us-about-innovation-180961266/Rodney Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/keep-eye-these-portraits-move-180961302/Noted visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/increase-and-diffuse-knowledge-holidays-these-smithsonian-curated-books-180961282/Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-story-moana-and-maui-holds-against-cultural-truths-180961258/A Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-robotic-medical-device-belongs-in-a-museum-180961220/William Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-countless-hours-live-jazz-was-saved-obscurity-180961213/The Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahomahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-insiders-view-native-life-mid-20th-century-oklahoma-180961222/Horace Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fishermanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proposed-new-marine-reserve-system-offers-rosy-outlook-lobster-fisher-180961169/With the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-heroic-rags-riches-life-jack-london-180961200/London, who died a century ago, was a rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-patented-animal-still-leading-way-cancer-research-180961149/Oncomouse was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-solved-michigan-woman-says-she-mailed-civil-war-letters-post-office-180961185/Smithsonian curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/following-footsteps-capt-john-smith-smithsonian-scholar-finds-neglected-history-180960984/Revisiting Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/foxfire-diamond-bedazzles-smithsonians-newest-rock-star-180961064/The largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sidedoor-smithsonian-podcast-180961115/Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experienceFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:28:57 +0000There’s a “Sidedoor” Entrance to the Smithsonian and It’s Through a New Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-sidedoor-entrance-smithsonian-and-its-through-new-podcast-180961132/Sidedoor will air eight episodes in its first season; new episodes will debut every two weeksThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:44:22 +0000In “Defending Freedom,” the Vanguards Who Refused to Be Suppressed Are Reunitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/defending-freedom-unites-vanguards-who-refused-be-suppressed-180961021/At the African American History Museum, this exhibition graphically conveys the trials and triumphs in the battle for Civil RightsTue, 15 Nov 2016 20:41:27 +0000Preserve and Protect: How Paleontologists Care for Their Long-Dead, High-Maintenance Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/preserve-and-protect-how-paleontologists-care-their-long-dead-charges-180961071/Fossil collections are where the science of paleontology truly lives. Valuable dino bones must be treated accordinglyMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:09 +0000If Only Ernie Had Seen It. Here's Why "Mr. Cub" Is Part of Last Night's Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/if-only-ernie-had-seen-it-heres-why-mr-cub-part-last-nights-win-180961005/From Smithsonian Books, a treasure of baseball history for those who can’t wait for spring trainingThu, 03 Nov 2016 16:01:51 +0000The Swag and Swagger Behind American Presidential Campaigns http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/swagand-swaggerbehind-american-presidential-campaigns-180960991/From a coloring book to a painted axe, election ephemera remind us of the hard-fought elections of long agoThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Long, Unfortunate History of Racial Parody in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-unfortunate-history-racial-parody-america-180960947/Art historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000These Sea Creatures Have a Secret Superpower: Invisibility Cloaks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tiny-sea-creatures-invisibility-cloak-possibly-spheres-180960926/Scientists have found that some crustaceans have just the trick for hiding from predatorsThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:31 +0000What a Mark Rothko Painting Has in Common With a Ming Dynasty Dishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-mark-rothko-painting-common-ming-dynasty-dish-180960912/This one vibrant color, rich in symbolism, unites two works across five centuriesThu, 27 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why a Woman Is Playing the Same Guitar Chord Over and Over Again at the Hirshhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/icelands-top-performance-artist-rings-chords-us-180960901/The absurdly comedic work of Iceland's top performance artist Ragnar KjartanssonWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:59:49 +0000Rick Bayless Preaches the Gospel of Modern Mexican Cuisine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rick-bayless-preaches-gospel-modern-mexican-cuisine-180960911/The trail-blazing Chicago chef and cookbook author wins the second annual Julia Child Award and makes a donation to the SmithsonianWed, 26 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Longest You Can Hold Your Breath? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-longest-you-can-hold-your-breath-180960905/A dive into the science shows it is possible to override the system Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:59 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Smithsonian Will Stretch to Save Scarecrow’s Costume, Too http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/smithsonian-will-stretch-save-scarecrows-costume-too-180960898/Turns out the Ruby Slippers were just the beginning of an epic journey of cultural preservation Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:08:44 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-2016-macarthur-genius-award-recipient-lauren-redniss-rethinking-biography-180960879/The visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-dino-month-three-new-dinosaur-books-180960557/From PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nov16-ask-smithsonian-180960780/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Clubhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-card-carrying-member-first-moon-flights-club-180960817/My card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-letters-bring-insight-life-civil-war-soldier-180960784/A mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ibms-watson-meets-encyclopedia-life-under-new-grant-180960772/An NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughtershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mother-visits-new-slavery-and-freedom-exhibition-and-finds-empowering-message-her-young-daughters-180960751/A child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000Is Bob Dylan a Poet? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bob-dylan-poet-180960762/As the enigmatic singer, songwriter and troubadour takes the Nobel Prize in literature, one scholar ponders what his work is all aboutThu, 13 Oct 2016 20:13:20 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-point-earwax-180960749/Earwax has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artists-mad-scientists-and-speculative-fiction-writers-made-spaceflight-possible-180960561/A new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000