At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000Is Architecture Actually a Form of Weaving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/architecture-actually-form-weaving-180955698/David Adjaye, lead architect of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, approaches building design as creating "fabric"Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:45:10 +0000How the Inca Empire Engineered a Road Across Some of the World's Most Extreme Terrain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inca-empire-engineered-road-would-endure-centuries-180955709/For a new exhibition, a Smithsonian curator conducted oral histories with contemporary indigenous cultures to recover lost Inca traditionsFri, 26 Jun 2015 16:06:12 +0000When the Poster Promoting the Concert Is as Exciting as the Music, You Know You're Listening to Chichahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limas-urban-chicha-music-culture-draws-its-energy-streets-180955695/The sounds, graphic art and the mestizo lifestyle that goes with the music is the latest revolt of the Peruvian massesThu, 25 Jun 2015 17:21:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-rain-have-distinctive-smell-180955685/Summertime humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000A Look Behind the Peruvian Art of Gourd Carvinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peruvian-art-gourd-carving-180955656/With magnificent hand carvings, artisans craft stories of celebration and tragedy into dried gourds—a tradition practiced for more than 4,000 yearsWed, 24 Jun 2015 17:05:02 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-creature-shows-how-turtle-got-its-shell-180955688/The 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000A Dozen Indigenous Craftsman From Peru Will Weave Grass into a 60-Foot Suspension Bridge in Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inca-rope-bridge-built-span-national-mall-washington-dc-180955609/The ancient technology used lightweight materials to create soaring 150-foot spans that could hold the weight of a marching armyMon, 22 Jun 2015 12:47:11 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-do-important-ivory-artifacts-fit-race-save-elephants-poaching-180955636/The fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000How Radio DJ Hoppy Adams Powered his 50,000-Watt Annapolis Station into a Mighty Influence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dj-hoppy-adams-radio-annapolis-station-influence-segregated-america-180955594/In post-war America, as advertisers discovered African American audiences, one local disc jockey drew top recording stars and a huge followingTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:50:52 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-skunk-spray-smell-so-terrible-180955553/When the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000Wildlife Photographer Frans Lanting on the Difference Between Taking Pictures and Making Photographshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wildlife-photographer-frans-lanting-difference-taking-pictures-making-photographs-180955551/The <I>National Geographic</i> photographer has been described as having the "mind of a scientist, the heart of a hunter, and the eyes of a poet" Wed, 10 Jun 2015 18:52:11 +0000Does the Future Hold the Prospect of Outsourcing the Human Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-future-hold-prospect-outsourcing-human-brain-180955531/Bold thinker Sebastian Thrun is receiving a Smithsonian Award this week, so he regaled us with some of his ideas for changing the worldTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:42:49 +0000What a 1950s Fashion Maven Might Teach Us About What To Wearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1950s-designer-claire-mccardell-might-teach-us-about-what-wear-180955520/When it was time to suit up for work, politics or social engagements, Claire McCardell's fans embraced her chic, but comfortable styleMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:17:01 +0000Whistler's Peacock Room is Reimagined in a State of Oozing and Broken Decayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whistler-peacock-room-reimagined-state-oozing-broken-decay-180955505/In Filthy Lucre, a new installation at the Sackler Gallery, artist Darren Waterston deconstructs Whistler's masterpieceFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:41:50 +0000The Remarkable Story of the World’s Rarest Stamphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remarkable-story-worlds-rarest-stamp-180955412/The rarely seen, one-of-a-kind 1856 British Guiana One-Cent Magenta, which recently sold for a whopping $9.5 million, gets its public debut Thu, 04 Jun 2015 14:41:37 +0000Who Crafts the Image in Celebrity Portraiture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-crafts-image-celebrity-portraiture-180955451/Is it real or is it celebrity branding? A portrait exhibition of iconic celebs considers the question of who holds the upper hand—the artist or the starWed, 03 Jun 2015 15:28:33 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-african-animals-are-pickier-eaters-we-imagined-180955472/To the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Epic Failure of Thomas Edison's Talking Dollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epic-failure-thomas-edisons-talking-doll-180955442/Expensive, heavy, non-functioning and a little scary looking, the doll created by America's hero-inventor was a commercial flopMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:07:19 +0000Smithsonian to Receive Artifacts From Sunken 18th-Century Slave Ship Found Off the Coast of South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sunken-18th-century-slave-ship-found-south-africa-180955458/In 1794, the Portuguese slave ship São José wrecked with 400 slaves aboard; iron ballast and a wooden pulley from that ship will come to Washington, D.C.Sun, 31 May 2015 14:36:11 +0000At the Intersection of Dance and Portraiture, Vulnerability and Intimacy Prevailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/intersection-dance-and-portraiture-vulnerability-and-intimacy-prevail-180955444/Dance troupe Pilobolus and video portrait artist Bo Gehring teamed up to defy boundariesFri, 29 May 2015 17:34:39 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-make-lobster-fisheries-more-sustainable-scientists-attempt-decode-crustacean-dna-180955400/As the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-happens-when-you-get-concussion-180955411/It's scary what we don't know about the lasting effects after a knock to the nogginThu, 28 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Iranian Exile Shirin Neshat's New Exhibition Expresses the Power of Art to Shape Political Discoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shirin-neshat-new-exhibition-expresses-power-art-shape-political-discourse-180955389/An exhibition of the artist's work at the Hirshhorn is an allegorical narrative framed against historical and political realities Wed, 27 May 2015 14:15:04 +0000UPDATE: Second Critically Endangered Tortoise Hatches from a Cracked Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/adorable-baby-tortoise-hatchling-zoo-signals-breeding-success-story-180955369/To get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000How the Summer of Atomic Bomb Testing Turned the Bikini Into a Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-wake-testing-atomic-bomb-bikini-became-thing-180955346/The scanty suit’s explosive start is intimately tied to the Cold War and the nuclear arms raceThu, 21 May 2015 14:45:18 +0000When Did Americans Lose Their British Accents And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-Americans-Lose-British-accents-ask-smithsonian-180955291/You asked, we answeredWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Ill-Fated History of the Jet Packhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ill-fated-history-jetpack-180955294/The space-age invention still takes our imaginations on our wild ride Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000American History Museum Scholar on the History of the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" Advertisementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-history-museum-scholar-coke-advertisement-180955318/The commercial that closed out the series finale of "Mad Men," explainedMon, 18 May 2015 19:25:26 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-many-rings-does-saturn-have-180955254/The age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Iconic Japanese-American Artist Whose Work Hasn't Been Exhibited in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/iconic-japanese-american-artist-work-exhibited-decades-180955169/A reexamination of the inventive artist, who blended American and Japanese traditions, brings rarely seen works from around the world to the Smithsonian Thu, 14 May 2015 12:28:45 +0000How the Big Screen IMAX Experience Just Took a Quantum Leap Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/imax-experience-udvar-hazy-center-took-quantum-leap-180955193/The Smithsonian's Udvar-Hazy Center Airbus Theater is among the first to receive a cutting-edge technology makeoverWed, 13 May 2015 14:18:35 +0000How Katharine Hepburn Became a Fashion Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-katharine-hepburn-became-fashion-icon-180955228/Celebrate the Hollywood star with a look at her stellar costumesTue, 12 May 2015 11:06:27 +0000How 75 Years Ago Nylon Stockings Changed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-75-years-ago-nylon-stockings-changed-world-180955219/The quest to replace natural silk led to the very first fully synthetic fiber and revolutionized the products we depend onMon, 11 May 2015 14:43:56 +0000A New Exhibition Offers a Preview of the New Collections at the National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-offers-preview-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180955211/Artifacts reveal the vibrant stories of everyday people, while also adding nuance to the landmark events taught in history classesMon, 11 May 2015 11:36:58 +0000In this Exhibition You Can Play with the Artworks, Or Even Be the Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-exhibition-you-can-play-with-artworks-be-the-art-180955170/A dizzying array of wildly unorthodox works from video games to computer codes makes up this summer's blockbuster "Watch This!" show Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Elaine de Kooning Sacrificed Her Own Amazing Career for Her More-Famous Husband'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-elaine-de-kooning-sacrificed-her-own-amazing-career-her-more-famous-husbands-180955182/A new show prompts a rediscovery of the work of the free-thinking Abstract Expressionist, who in her partner's shadow captured an era with skill and élanFri, 08 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000The Media Needs a History Lesson When Addressing Civic Unrest, Says the Director of the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/media-needs-history-lesson-addressing-civic-unrest-director-african-american-history-museum-180955140/Lonnie Bunch discusses social justice and the role of museums during times of upheavalFri, 01 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000