At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenWed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ollie-bobcat-back-zoo-off-streets-washington-dc-180961978/National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-known-math-genius-helped-america-reach-stars-180962700/A hidden figure during her lifetime, it’s time for Mary Golda Ross to be remembered as an aerospace pioneer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +0000How Chuck Berry’s Cadillac and His Guitar, Maybellene, Came to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chuck-berrys-cadillac-and-his-guitar-maybelline-came-smithsonian-180962638/Curator Kevin Strait from the African American History Museum details the day he met the great musicianThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:30:15 +0000What Is Dark Matter and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dark-matter-ask-smithsonian-180962468/You asked, we answeredWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:57:30 +0000This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Herhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ace-aviatrix-learned-fly-even-though-orville-wright-refused-teach-her-180962606/With flint and derring-do, the early 20th century pilot Ruth Law ruled American skiesWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-king-kong-should-have-been-blue-whale-180962603/King Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enoughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coral-reefs-now-face-deep-water-dead-zones-as-if-climate-change-were-not-enough-180962587/A Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonian-researchers-bringing-oryx-back-wild-180962480/Reintroducing the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Artist June Schwarcz Electroplated and Sandblasted Her Way Into Art Museums and Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/enamelist_june_schwarcz_electroplated_and_sandblasted_her_way_to_art_museums-180962568/The Renwick hosts a 60-year career retrospective for the innovative California enamelistMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:24:41 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-planets-get-their-names-180962577/Sorry, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000These Designs Showcase the Provocative World of Native Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-designs-showcase-provocative-world-native-fashion-180962491/These contemporary designs by prominent or up-and-coming Native American designers are edgy and pulsing with relevance Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Storied, International Folk History of Beauty and The Beast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/storied-international-folk-history-beauty-and-beast-180962502/Tales about a bride and her animal groom have circulated orally for centuries in Africa, Europe, India and Central AsiaWed, 15 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-film-forum-hashes-out-truth-and-myth-hollywood-180962454/The four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/Unseen and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-smithsonian-scientists-retrace-mysterious-circumstances-1866-death-180962417/Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-track-first-time-one-rarest-songbirds-its-yearlong-migration-180962390/The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How Many Volunteers Does It Take to Transcribe Phyllis Diller's 53,000 Jokes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-many-volunteers-does-take-transcribe-phyllis-dillers-jokes-180962384/Playing around in this massive joke file is like a crash course in brash humorMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:41:23 +0000The Romance and Promise of 20th-Century Radio Is Captured in This Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/romance-and-promise-radio-captured-mural-180962353/At the Cooper Hewitt, a rare opportunity to view "The World of Radio" with its masterful vignettes celebrating the Modern ageFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:06:35 +0000Finding Music Behind Prison Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-music-behind-prison-bars-180962342/At the Louisiana State Penitentiary and at a maximum-security prison in Malawi, the benefits of music are far-reachingThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:12:45 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-modern-moon-mission-look-like-180962317/NASA’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Follow the Polka Dots to Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Rooms That Are Breaking Museum Records http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/follow-polka-dots-yayoi-kusama-infinity-rooms-are-breaking-museum-records-180962316/"Polka dots are a way to infinity," says Japan's most successful artist, now at the HirshhornTue, 28 Feb 2017 21:37:26 +0000What's Changed in the 30 Years Since the Smithsonian Opened an Exhibition on Japanese Internmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marking-75th-anniversary-wrong-imprisonment-120000-japanese-americans-180962278/A new display at the American History Museum marks the 75th Anniversary of Executive Order 9066 Mon, 27 Feb 2017 15:25:00 +0000The First Jazz Recording Was Made by a Group of White Guys?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-first-jazz-recording-made-group-white-guys-180962246/A century ago, a recording of the startlingly novel "Livery Stable Blues" helped launch a new genreFri, 24 Feb 2017 15:10:32 +0000The New IMAX Film "Dream Big" Roots for the Underdogs in the Engineering Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-imax-film-dream-big-roots-for-underdogs-engineering-world-180962263/Director Greg MacGillivray's latest documentary premieres at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:20:57 +0000Why Is Pennsylvania Ave D.C.'s Main Thoroughfare and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pennsylvania-ave-dc-main-thoroughfare-180962122/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eo-wilson-urges-tomorrows-scientists-seek-earths-undiscovered-riches-180962241/In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Apollo 11 Command Module Makes Another Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/apollo-11-command-module-makes-journey-180962231/The command module "Columbia" will visit four U.S. museums, leaving DC for the first time in 46 years.Wed, 22 Feb 2017 17:09:14 +0000In the Footsteps of Three Modern American Prima Ballerinas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/footsteps-three-modern-american-prima-ballerinas-180962217/A new exhibition shows that classical ballet and the role of the ballerina are rapidly changingWed, 22 Feb 2017 14:12:35 +0000Poignant Panda Moments in These Last Photos of Bao Baohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poignant-panda-moments-these-last-photos-bao-bao-180962245/The National Zoo sends its much-loved giant panda home to ChinaWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000President Trump Visits the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-trump-visits-african-american-history-and-culture-180962238/Museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton led the president and his entourage on a tour of the new museumTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:35:22 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Andrew Jackson Was a Populist Even on His Deathbedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-populist-even-deathbed-180962124/This lavishly decorated crypt was considered too ornate for the American presidentTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000You Don't Need to Wait for Spring to Enjoy the Smithsonian Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beat-path-closest-smithsonian-garden-using-our-museum-tours-guide-180962180/This new tour guide will help you relax in these urban oasesTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hinged-skull-allows-dragonfish-eat-prey-bigger-its-head-180962063/Scientists have discovered the world's only group of fish that has this unbelievable abilityFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000How to FedEx a Giant Pandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fedex-giant-panda-180962191/On February 21, the United States says #ByeByeBaoBaoThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:35 +0000What Do Insects Do in Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-do-insects-do-winter-180962183/When winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some get far more creativeWed, 15 Feb 2017 18:39:35 +0000Unearthing Armenia’s Giant, Ancient Earthenwarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/keeping-karas-unearthing-armenias-ancient-earthenware-180962166/These 240-gallon clay karases, crucial to the early development of winemaking, once held enormous valueTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:07:19 +0000Demystifying the Love Lives of Pandashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/only-thing-harder-finding-love-human-finding-love-panda-180962165/Reproductive experts weigh in on panda porn, panda Viagra and other biological mythsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:26 +0000Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-oysters-aphrodisiac-180962148/Sure, if you think soMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000It’s Easy to Fall in Love With a Panda. But Do They Love Us Back?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-easy-fall-love-panda-do-they-love-us-back-180962106/Keepers admire them, but have no illusions. Pandas are solitary creatures Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-you-should-never-kiss-toad-180962048/A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toadsFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:39:36 +0000How Astrophysicists Found a Black Hole Where No One Else Couldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-astrophysicists-found-black-hole-where-no-one-else-could-180962110/A new method could help scientists peer inside universe's densest star clusters to find undiscovered black holesFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:59 +0000The Ballad of the Boombox: What Public Enemy Tells Us About Hip-Hop, Race and Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ballad-boombox-what-public-enemy-tells-us-about-hip-hop-race-and-society-180962095/Thirty years after Public Enemy's debut album, the group's sonic innovation and powerful activism resonate powerfully todayThu, 09 Feb 2017 17:32:05 +0000Why We Need to Fight to Save Mosul’s Cultural Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-we-need-fight-save-mosuls-cultural-heritage-180962091/As the battle to save Iraq from ISIS continues, Smithsonian experts are helping local people preserve their historyThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Orchids Belong in an Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/orchids-as-performance-art-180962075/Washington's much-anticipated annual flower show moves to the Hirshhorn for the flora that loves to performWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:47 +0000The Invention of Vintage Clothinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invention-vintage-clothing-180962073/It all began with the Davy Crockett coonskin hat craze and a bunch of Bohemians yearning to swathe themselves in decades-old furWed, 08 Feb 2017 14:48:05 +0000How One Black Family Drove an Auto Racing Association to the Winner’s Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-black-family-drove-auto-racing-association-winners-circle-180962065/A new collection at the National Museum of American History reveals the untold story Tue, 07 Feb 2017 18:32:19 +0000What the Director of the African American History Museum Says About the New Emmett Till Revelations http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-director-african-american-history-museum-says-about-new-emmett-till-revvelations-180962025/Decades after his death, the wife of his murderer confesses she lied under oath Fri, 03 Feb 2017 17:06:39 +0000What Death Threats Against My Parents Taught Me About Taking a Standhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-death-threats-against-my-parents-taught-me-about-taking-stand-180962007/Family stories are an ideal way to explore themes like “where have I come from?” and “where am I going?”Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:51:16 +0000Why Do Chinese Restaurants Have Such Similar Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-do-chinese-restaurants-such-similar-names-180961996/Consistency and familiarity is the traditionWed, 01 Feb 2017 16:18:35 +0000Smithsonian Scientist and a Reef-Diving Grandmother Team Up in Discovery of New Hermit Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientist-and-reef-diving-grandmother-team-discovery-new-species-hermit-crab-180961965/A new species of hermit crab is named to honor her 7-year-old granddaughter MollyTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:37:17 +0000Raise a Glass to the Smithsonian's First Beer Scholarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/raise-glass-meet-smithsonians-new-beer-scholar-180961961/Theresa McCulla is ready to start the “best job ever” chronicling the history of American brewingMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:03:00 +0000