At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natural-history-museum-director-calls-increased-funding-collections-save-lives-180959510/Infectious disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogensFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Revolutionary War Patriot Who Carried This Gunpowder Horn Was Fighting for Freedom—Just Not His Own http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/patriot-who-carried-revolutionary-war-era-gunpowder-horn-was-fighting-freedomjust-not-his-own-180959385/ Simbo, an African-American patriot, fought for his country's liberty and freedom even as a large population remained enslavedWed, 22 Jun 2016 16:36:54 +0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/martha-last-known-passenger-pigeon/Martha, was the last passenger pigeon to ever flyWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000In a Historic First, a Large Collection of Islamic Qur'ans Travels This Fall to the U.S. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-historic-first-large-collection-islamic-qurans-travels-this-fall-to-the-us-180959421/The art of the ancient Qur'an is showcased with the loan of some 48 manuscripts and folios from Istanbul, Turkey, and on view at the SmithsonianTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Nine Days of a Sailor-Scholar’s Life Aboard the Canoe Circumnavigating the Globe http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nine-days-sailor-scholars-life-aboard-canoe-circumnavigating-globe-180959369/A Smithsonian expert learns the hard-knock lessons of when to be quiet and how to take a poopMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-global-solstice-party-and-youre-invited-180959462/Sound artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000Amazon's Jeff Bezos Honored at Citizenship Ceremonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/amazons-jeff-bezos-honored-citizenship-ceremony-180959418/The Smithsonian awarded the internet mogul during a ceremony welcoming newly naturalized citizens Wed, 15 Jun 2016 18:46:12 +0000Something Super Cool Just Turned Up in Your Digital Toolboxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/something-super-cool-just-turned-your-digital-toolbox-180959426/The Smithsonian unveils a game-changing online tool designed to empower anyone to discover and use digital museum resourcesWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:45:46 +0000Diamond Planets Might Have Hosted Earliest Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diamond-planets-might-have-hosted-earliest-life-1-180959415/A new study pushes back the earliest date that extraterrestrial life might, maybe, could appear; if so, it'd be on planets made of diamondWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:26:10 +0000A Recently Acquired Hot-Air Balloon Reminds a Smithsonian Curator of Another Tale of Ballooning Adventurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recently-acquired-hot-air-balloon-reminds-smithsonian-curator-another-tale-ballooning-adventure-180959412/At the Udvar-Hazy Center this weekend, see the Smithsonian’s new modern hot-air balloonWed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000With Her Ultrasound Broadcast on Facebook, the Zoo's Orangutan Is Confirmed Pregnanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/her-ultrasound-broadcast-facebook-zoos-orangutan-confirmed-pregnant-180959410/The female named Batang should deliver her new infant in mid-SeptemberTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:20:46 +0000Smithsonian to Partner with Victoria and Albert Museum to Open a London Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-partner-victoria-albert-museum-open-london-gallery-180959399/For the U.S. museum and research complex originally funded by Englishman James Smithson, the announcement brings the 19th-century gift full circleTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:52:09 +0000This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/segregated-railway-car-offers-visceral-reminder-jim-crow-era-180959383/Subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of a time when local and state laws forced racial segrationMon, 13 Jun 2016 17:50:20 +0000Walker Evans Wrote the Story of America With His Camerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/walker-evans-wrote-story-american-with-his-camera-180959353/One of the greatest historians of 20th-century America was a man who used his camera to stare, pry, listen, and eavesdropFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian's Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America's Native Florahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wildflower-illustrious-life-naturalist-chronicled-americas-native-flora-180959343/The life and legacy of renowned Smithsonian illustrator Mary Vaux Walcott goes beyond the works that she createdThu, 09 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000When the Painting Is Also Poetryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-painting-also-poetry-180959163/A sublime new show honors the Chinese tradition of the ‘Three Perfections’—poetry, painting and calligraphyThu, 09 Jun 2016 11:35:29 +0000Since the Late Pleistocene Humans Were Already Radically Transforming the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-research-shows-late-pleistocene-humans-transforming-habitats-180959324/A new study suggests that trying to return habitats to a non human-impacted environment might not be realistic Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Headgear Fit for a Champion: What Muhammad Ali Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/headgear-fit-champion-what-muhammad-ali-left-behind-180959327/The boxer may be dead, but physical traces of his audacious life remainTue, 07 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000Martin Puryear’s Hometown Retrospective Brings the World Renowned Artist Back to His Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/martin-puryears-hometown-retrospective-brings-world-renowned-artist-back-his-roots-180959304/After treks to Africa, Scandinavia and Japan, Puryear’s works go on display at the Smithsonian, where he first developed his curiosity for world culturesMon, 06 Jun 2016 18:23:59 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-bunch-animals-zoo-summer-made-out-ocean-garbage-180959303/Delightfully whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/twice-stolen-letter-darwin-returned-180959307/After being snatched by an intern in the mid 1970s, the missive written by the scientist returns to WashingtonFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:08:29 +0000Six Critically Acclaimed African Artists Explore the Dimensions and Complexities of Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/six-critically-acclaimed-african-artists-explore-dimensions-and-complexities-time-180959226/Much more abstract than seconds, minutes and hours, time in the hands of artists becomes even more perplexingFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:07:29 +0000An Elegant Tool Called Squidpop That Scientists Want to Crowdsource http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/squidpop-elegant-tool-scientists-want-crowdsource-180959061/The device is so easy to use, researchers are asking for a “squidpop blitz” for World Oceans DayFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:25 +0000Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-sonia-sotomayor-dig-history-food-supreme-court-180959292/The American History Museum and the Supreme Court Historical Society brought the justices together to share tales from the highest courtThu, 02 Jun 2016 19:41:14 +0000Studying Bacon Has Led One Smithsonian Scholar to New Insights on the Daily Life of Enslaved African-Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/studying-bacon-led-smithsonian-scholar-new-insights-daily-life-enslaved-180959288/At Camp Bacon, a thinking person’s antidote to excess, historians, filmmakers and chefs gather to pay homage to the hog and its culinary renownThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:39:11 +0000How Ferris Bueller's Day Off Perfectly Illustrates the Power of Art Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-ferris-buellers-day-perfectly-illustrates-power-art-museums-180959279/Three decades after it premiered, the coming-of-age film remains a classicWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:45:33 +0000Finding Lessons on Culture and Conservation at the End of the Road in Kauaihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-lessons-culture-and-conservation-end-road-kauai-180959183/In the remote, tropical paradise called Ha‘ena, the community is reasserting Native Hawaiian stewardship of the land and seaWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Reimagining Portraiture Through Dancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reimagining-portraiture-through-dance-180959267/Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess joins forces with the National Portrait GalleryWed, 01 Jun 2016 12:35:14 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-one-farm-is-trying-to-save-heritage-livestock-one-embryo-at-a-time-180959048/Enjoy a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years agoFri, 27 May 2016 11:50:03 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-americans-decry-auctioning-their-heritage-paris-180959244/Community leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000The Public Puts Great Trust in Museums, and Now It’s Time Museums Trust the Public http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/public-puts-great-trust-museums-and-now-its-time-museums-trust-public-180959237/A new exhibition, curated by the community, debuts this weekend at the SmithsonianThu, 26 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Mesmerizing Results When a Museum Asks an Artist to Draw All Over Its Wallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-linn-meyers-drawing-art-walls-180959215/Linn Meyers took on the monumental task of creating a 400-foot-long artwork at the Hirshhorn Tue, 24 May 2016 18:31:56 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-big-oysters-chesapeak-before-colonization-180959198/A new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000To Really Appreciate Louis Armstrong's Trumpet, You Gotta Play it. Just Ask Wynton Marsalishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-really-appreciate-louis-armstrongs-trumpet-you-gotta-play-it-180959184/It’s not always the white-glove treatment; some artifacts live on through performanceMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Old Cosmetics Made New Again Through the Art of Digitizationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-cosmetics-made-new-again-through-art-digitization-180959173/Arsenic Complexion Wafers? A whole new world of yesteryear cosmetics just got a refreshFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Kits Beautifully Explain How City Sewers and Zoning Laws Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-kits-beautifully-explain-how-city-sewers-zoning-laws-work-180959168/New York's Center for Urban Pedagogy uses art and design to help people better understand complex laws and systemsThu, 19 May 2016 17:32:51 +0000In This Heartfelt Video, American Muslims Connect With World War II Interneeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heartfelt-video-american-muslims-connect-world-war-ii-internees-180959164/Filmmaker and activist Frank Chi sheds light on a sobering historical comparisonThu, 19 May 2016 14:11:22 +0000A Tweet Is Just a Ritz Cracker, But an IMAX Film Is a Steak Dinnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tweet-just-ritz-cracker-imax-film-steak-dinner-180959148/That’s what astronaut Terry Virts says about the new IMAX film he helped to makeWed, 18 May 2016 17:10:33 +0000This Powerful Stokely Carmichael Portrait Never Made It to the Cover of Time Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-stokely-carmichael-potrait-never-made-cover-time-magazine-180959073/The artwork, by famed artist Jacob Lawrence, captured the turning point in the Civil Rights MovementWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-canine-teeth-questions-readers-180959074/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Look at the Creative Process and What Makes an Artist Tickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-look-creative-process-and-what-makes-artist-tick-180959141/A new exhibition delivers a better understanding of where artists find their inspirationTue, 17 May 2016 18:40:10 +0000Celebrate National Salad Month with Rare and Historic Books that Include Your Favorite Leafy Greenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-salad-month-rare-historic-books-favorite-leafy-greens-180959104/A Smithsonian librarian journeys through history and time on a quest to explore salads throughout antiquityMon, 16 May 2016 18:08:15 +0000Come Inside the New African American History Museum (Photos)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/come-inside-new-african-american-history-museum-photos-180959101/Take a peek behind the scenes to see how curators, architects and designers are prepping for the museum's historic opening Mon, 16 May 2016 14:38:05 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bizarre-tale-tunnels-trysts-and-taxa-smithsonian-entomologist-180959089/A new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Do You Recognize Anyone in These Historical Photos? The Smithsonian Wants to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-you-recognize-anyone-these-historical-photos-smithsonian-wants-know-180959077/The American History Museum calls on the public to select images and identify subjects in photos pulled from the museum’s archivesThu, 12 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusettshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/five-lost-languages-rediscovered-massachusetts-180959043/Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enjoy-face-time-seven-earths-3-5-million-mite-species-180959003/A Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000These Eerie Portraits Capture Endangered and Extinct Animals in a Film That Is Also Vanishinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-eerie-portraits-capture-endangered-extinct-animals-film-also-vanishing-180958988/Denis Defibaugh uses Polaroid 55 film to give animal specimens an afterlifeThu, 05 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Shonda Rhimes and the Cast of 'Scandal' Dish on the Show's Behind-the-Scenes Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shonda-rhimes-cast-scandal-dish-shows-behind-the-scenes-secrets-180958978/The stars of the Washington, D.C.-inspired show reveal the method behind the magic Wed, 04 May 2016 16:56:52 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-redesign-us-money-shows-power-protest-180958982/A Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-pellets-worth-thousand-words-180958983/Scientists can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/that-revolutionary-May-day-1976-when-california-wines-bested-france-finest-180958971/Forty years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/which-these-summertime-athletes-should-be-displayed-walls-national-portrait-gallery-180958972/Vote now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000The First Delivery Drone in the United States Lands a Spot at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-delivery-drone-united-states-lands-spot-smithsonian-180958964/The Flirtey F3.0 hexacopter touches ground at the National Air and Space MuseumMon, 02 May 2016 17:20:00 +0000Famous for His Rocking Chair, Sam Maloof Made Furniture That Had Soulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/famous-his-rocking-chair-sam-maloof-made-furniture-had-soul-180958943/A centennial appreciation for this master of mid-century modernism is underway with a California exhibition and an upcoming seminarMon, 02 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the “Mad Scientists” Behind ‘Captain America: Civil War’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-the-mad-scientists-behind-captain-america-civil-war-180958923/In their latest film, directors Joe and Anthony Russo explore the morality of the Star-Spangled Avenger Mon, 02 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000