At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +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/A special look at the innovative spirit at the Smithsonian Institution 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 +0000How Does Bao Bao Celebrate Her Birthday? With Cake, Bamboo and Hundreds of Fanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-bao-bao-celebrate-her-birthday-cake-bamboo-and-hundreds-fans-180952473/The National Zoo hosted a traditional Chinese ceremony for the giant panda’s first birthdayMon, 25 Aug 2014 19:11:17 +0000The Kennewick Man Finally Freed to Share His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kennewick-man-finally-freed-share-his-secrets-180952462/He’s the most important human skeleton ever found in North America—and here, for the first time, is his storyMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-ant-species-supports-controversial-theory-evolution-180952423/New research suggests that species don't have to be geographically separated in order to evolveThu, 21 Aug 2014 20:32:42 +0000100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/100-years-after-death-martha-last-passenger-pigeon-still-resonates-180952445/The famed bird now finds itself at the center of a flap over de-extinctionThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:02 +0000Why Does the Nile Flow North and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-nile-flows-north-more-questions-readers-180952438/ Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Famed Illustrator Maira Kalman Takes on the Cooper Hewitt’s Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Famed-Illustrator-Maira-Kalman-Takes-on-the-Cooper-Hewitts-Collections-180952440/In her latest book, the noted artist juxtaposes treasured personal objects with items from the Smithsonian design museumThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Illuminating the Treaties That Have Governed U.S.-Indian Relationshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/treaties-governed-us-indian-relationships-180952443/These documents were both a cause and a salve for the fraught relations between the United States and Indian NationsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Blockbuster World War I Film that Brought Home the Traumatic Impact of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/blockbuster-world-war-i-film-brought-home-traumatic-impact-wa-180952418/The blockbuster silent film <em>The Big Parade</em> is among the first to explore the psychological trauma of war Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:33:02 +0000Celebrate Bao Bao's Birthday With a Party and This Recap of Her First Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-birthday-bash-180952409/Hot off her recent win in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown, D.C.'s favorite panda celebrates her first birthday on August 23Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:26 +0000A Proud Day at American History Museum as LGBT Artifacts Enter the Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-grace-affirms-role-american-history-180952400/The creators of "Will & Grace" and others donated objects related to gay historyTue, 19 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000Pioneering Tennis Player Renée Richards Recalls the Glory Days of Wooden Racketshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-tennis-player-renee-richards-recalls-glory-days-wooden-rackets-180952283/After winning the New York State men's title in 1964, Richard Raskind became Renée Richards and a civil rights iconTue, 19 Aug 2014 19:37:20 +0000Shama, the Red Panda, Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shama-red-panda-has-died-180952377/Shama, a red panda at the National Zoo, died on SaturdayMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:58:42 +0000One Year After Discovery, Crowdsourcing the Olinguitohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-year-anniversary-discovery-olinguito-180952358/ A year ago, researchers discovered a rare new species. That was just the beginningFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:13:30 +0000Which General Was Better? Ulysses S. Grant or Robert E. Lee?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-general-was-better-ulysses-s-grant-or-robert-e-lee-180952005/The historic rivalry between the South's polished general and the North's rough and rugged soldier is the subject of a new show at the Portrait GalleryFri, 15 Aug 2014 12:21:28 +0000To Redesign a Design Museum Start with the Typefacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/redesign-design-museum-start-typeface-180952040/The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum is renovating and rebranding with a tailor-made typefaceThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:15:55 +0000A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/a-two-headed-shark-and-other-x-rayed-beauties-at-the-smithsonian-180952186/Sandra Raredon's x-rays of fish specimens are critical records for scientists studying various species. And, as works of art, they are breathtakingWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:14:12 +0000The Smithsonian Wants You! (To Help Transcribe Its Collections)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wants-you-help-transcribe-its-collections-180952333/A massive digitization and transcription project calls for volunteers at the Smithsonian Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:51:45 +0000The National Portrait Gallery Memorializes Robin Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remember-robin-williams-smithsonian-installing-his-portrait-180952332/The National Portrait Gallery installed a photograph of Robin Williams today following his unexpected deathTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:41:37 +0000This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-americas-official-artists-war-180952321/During WWI, the War Department sent American artists to Europe. The Smithsonian recently digitized the captivating artworkTue, 12 Aug 2014 17:58:18 +0000The State of Sharks, 40 Years After <em>Jaws</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/state-sharks-40-years-after-jaws-180952309/We could be at a tipping point for conserving the infamous predators, if we can keep up shark-friendly practices Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:33:06 +0000At 90, Ella Jenkins, the First Lady of Children’s Music Has a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/90-first-lady-childrens-music-has-new-album-180952261/Celebrate her birthday with her latest, a compilation of children's songs from around the worldWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:35:02 +0000A Collection of Rare Color Photographs Depicts MLK Leading the Chicago Freedom Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-collection-color-photographs-depicts-martin-luther-king-chicago-freedom-movement-180952248/The Smithsonian has acquired some of the only known images of Martin Luther King, Jr. at the momentous protestTue, 05 Aug 2014 19:44:37 +0000Mission Not Impossible: Photographing 45,000 Bumblebees in 40 Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mission-not-impossible-photograph-thousands-bumblebees-40-days-180952211/The Natural History Museum's entomology department is making its bumblebee collection go viralThu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:39 +0000Here's the Trailer for the Final "Night at the Museum" Installmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trailer-last-night-museum-out-and-gang-going-london-180952219/Last time, "Night at the Museum" came to Smithsonian. Now Larry and company are headed to London.Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:50:58 +0000What's Up, Doc? Check Out the Work of Famed Animator Chuck Joneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-jones-180952159/As part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Jones' work will travel to 13 locations through 2019Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:39:22 +0000There Once was a Jazz Musician Who Came Here from Saturnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-once-was-jazz-musician-saturn-180952112/Author and Illustrator Chris Raschka wants his new children's book to teach kids about the icons of jazz.Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:53:08 +0000Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-dinosaurs-could-have-had-chance-surviving-asteroid-strike-180952177/A new study suggests it wasn't just the asteroid that killed the dinos, but that other factors weakened their ability to survive itMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41:16 +0000Don't Worry Mr. Nixon, the National Zoo's Pandas Figured Out How to Have Sexhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-mr-nixon-national-zoos-pandas-figured-out-how-have-sex-180952180/President Nixon wanted to make sure Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing had enough time to "learn the ropes"Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:15 +0000Surfers, Sunsets, and Dancing Girls: How Air Travel Came To Hawaiihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/surfers-sunsets-and-dancing-girls-how-air-travel-came-hawaii-180952170/“Hawaii by Air” opens today at the National Air and Space Museum, tracing the history of air travel to America’s “most exotic state.”Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:05:53 +0000The Legacy of Hip-Hop Producer J Dilla Will Be Recognized Among the Collections at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/legacy-hip-hop-producer-j-dilla-will-be-recognized-among-collections-smithsonian-180952164/The late producer's mother announced she is donating his synthesizer and beat machine.Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:11 +0000The Star and Director of the New James Brown Movie on What it Took to Capture the Larger-Than-Life Musicianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/star-and-director-get-speak-about-james-browns-legacy-and-table-manners-180952158/Chadwick Boseman and Tate Taylor told us about the making of "Get On Up," in movie theaters next month.Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:11:49 +0000