At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:13 +0000Orchidelirium, an Obsession with Orchids, Has Lasted for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchidelirium-obsession-orchids-lasted-centuries-180954060/The once-elusive flower's striking beauty has inspired collectors and scientists to make it more accessibleThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:13 +0000The Smithsonian May Go for the Gold, Opening a Venue at London's Olympic Groundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-may-go-gold-venue-london-olympic-grounds-180954029/The Smithsonian Regents give museum officials the thumbs-up to explore opening a new gallery in London and the mayor there says, "Welcome to our city"Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:00:40 +0000Until Now, There Was No Play Button for the Recordings Bell and Edison Made in their Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/until-now-there-was-no-play-button-recordings-bell-edison-made-in-their-lab-180954015/An exhibition on sound kicks off the American History Museum's Year of Innovation, enabling visitors to hear some of the earliest recordingsMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:53:37 +0000How Sticks and Shell Charts Became a Sophisticated System for Navigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-sticks-and-shell-charts-became-sophisticated-system-navigation-180954018/Sailors navigating with sextant, compass and maps found in the Marshall Islands that curved sticks and cowry shells were far more sophisticatedMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:29:10 +0000Where to See Thousands of Monarch Butterflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-see-thousands-monarch-butterflies-180953961/The species is being reviewed for potential addition to the Endangered Species list. Can tourism help save the butterfly?Thu, 22 Jan 2015 23:17:48 +0000The Devastating Fire That Nearly Consumed the Smithsonian Castle 150 Years Ago This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/devastating-fire-nearly-consumed-smithsonian-castle-150-years-ago-month-180954002/The Smithsonian Undersecretary for History, Art and Culture reflects on the history of the iconic building and its ongoing legacyThu, 22 Jan 2015 21:10:08 +0000Vivid Images of Civil War Casualties Inspire a Scholar's Inner Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vivid-images-civil-war-casualties-inspire-scholars-inner-muse-180953966/Alexander Gardner’s photography, a record of sacrifice and devastating loss, prompts a new creativity from the show's curator Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:50:39 +0000Do Wolves Wag Their Tails Like Dogs and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-wolves-wag-their-tails-dogs-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953968/Other questions ask if DNA testing has led to the redesignation of speciesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Why Malcolm X Still Speaks Truth to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-malcolm-x-still-speaks-truth-power-180953976/Fifty years after his death, Malcolm X remains a towering figure whose passionate writings have enduring resonanceWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000"Selma Needs No Oscar to Validate It," Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/selma-needs-no-oscar-validate-it-says-director-african-american-history-museum-180953959/A film with black history at its core and created by African Americans opens up a "national conversation" Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:34:07 +0000Inside the Three-Decade Evolution of "Star Wars" Costumeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-three-decade-evolution-star-wars-costumes-180953621/A Smithsonian traveling exhibition offers an unprecedented glimpse at costumes from a galaxy far, far awayTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:42:17 +0000Wheels Down. Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis" Has Landedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheels-down-charles-lindberghs-spirit-st-louis-has-landed-180953911/The historic aircraft—first to fly nonstop from New York to Paris—is lowered to the ground inside the Air and Space MuseumFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000There is Nothing Elementary About a New Sherlock Holmes Adaptation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-nothing-elementary-about-a-sherlock-holmes-adaptation-180953895/Tony-award, winning playwright Ken Ludwig says he's injecting Indiana Jones cinematic adventure into the theatrical experienceFri, 16 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000Listen to the Freedom Songs Recorded 50 Years Ago During the March From Selma to Montgomeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/listen-freedom-songs-recorded-50-years-ago-during-march-selma-montgomery-180953904/When MLK called for people to come to Selma, Detroit's Carl Benkert arrived with his tape recorder, making the indelible album "Freedom Songs"Thu, 15 Jan 2015 20:42:57 +0000Museums Are Now Able to Digitize Thousands of Artifacts in Just Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museums-are-now-able-digitize-thousands-artifacts-just-hours-180953867/At the American History Museum, a collection of rarely seen historic currency proofs are being made ready for a public debutWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:29:07 +0000How Curators Found a Ghostly Image Lurking Beneath Layers of Lacquerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-curators-discovered-ghostly-image-lurking-beneath-layers-lacquer-180953815/Work in the conservation lab revealed there was more to this Ming Dynasty tray than meets the eyeMon, 12 Jan 2015 17:25:52 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-gm-mosquitoes-pave-way-chikungunya-virus-panama-180953847/Modified insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-among-lucky-few-walk-space-180953827/On July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000Space Exploration Would Be Nothing If We Didn't Know How to Spacewalkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/space-exploration-would-be-nothing-if-we-didnt-know-how-to-spacewalk-180953825/The Air and Space Museum brings the privileged experience to the public in an exhibit that chronicles 50 years of technologyThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:00:36 +0000New Super-Earths Double the Number of Life-Friendly Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-super-earths-discovered-oceans-life-exoplanets-180953805/Three studies looking at small, rocky planets are helping astronomers figure out how common worlds like ours are in the galaxyTue, 06 Jan 2015 18:15:00 +0000The Tinman's Hat From "The Wiz" Offers Just a Hint of the Musical's Beating Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tinmans-hat-from-the-wiz-offers-hint-musicals-beating-heart-180953718/Forty years ago this week, when the all-black musical production opened on Broadway, critics scoffed, but audiences embraced itMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:46:35 +0000Our Answers to the Most Burning Questions of 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-answers-to-the-most-burning-questions-of-2014-180953752/Here are the ten most popular installments of "Ask Smithsonian" this yearTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:44:51 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's Up With Willpower and Why Don't I Have It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-whats-up-with-willpower-an/Want better willpower? Learn how to just say no with this step-by-step guide on boosting your self-controlTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:42:51 +0000Our Top Stories of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/our-top-stories-2014-180953698/From weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on Smithsonian.com this year Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Christmas Day is the Only Day of the Year You Can't Go to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/christmas-day-only-day-year-you-cant-go-smithsonian-180953696/For those missing your Smithsonian fix, here's some holiday cheer until the doors open on December 26Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/switching-farming-made-human-joint-bones-lighter-180953711/A more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agricultureMon, 22 Dec 2014 22:55:53 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-colbert-returns-portrait-gallery-even-more-stephens-180953647/As the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-right-handedness-evolve-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953636/You asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/120-years-lakota-history-on-calendar-180953641/The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-digging-secrets-earths-deep-carbon-180953614/Diamond computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-earth-warmed-dramatically-after-one-two-carbon-punch-180953610/A period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/not-so-simple-simon-proved-young-were-swifter-than-old-180953561/In 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-innovator-ralph-baer-father-video-games-180953555/The lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-can-last-years-dinosaurs-tell-us-about-biodiversity-crisis-today-180953483/Failed ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fred-savage-cast-mates-reflect-180953508/The cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/njideka-akunyili-crosby-award-winning-work-straddles-mediums-and-worlds-180953474/The young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000