At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000Don Draper's Gray Suit and Fedora Are Among "Mad Men Props" Donated to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/don-drapers-gray-suit-and-fedora-are-among-mad-men-props-donated-smithsonian-1-180954772/Members of the television show's stellar cast, along with director Matthew Weiner, dropped off some significant "Mad Men" swagFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:19:52 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-climate-change-means-for-people-of-oceania-180954775/On many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Journey to Mingering Mike's Magical, Musical Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/journey-to-mingering-mikes-magical-musical-world-180954751/A new exhibition features the playful LP album covers of a man who built a make-believe musical empire filled with genius and joyThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:37:37 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-love-junk-food-so-much-180954689/The jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000Dame Angela Lansbury Makes A "Spirit"-ed Return to the Stagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dame-angela-lansbury-spirited-return-stage-180954694/Noël Coward's timeless play brings the actress back to the D.C. theater where she got her start 58 years agoTue, 24 Mar 2015 19:25:42 +0000This Stained Glass Window, New to the American Art Museum, Is Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stained-glass-windowl-new-american-art-museum-like-nothing-youve-seen-before-180954691/Artist Judith Schaechter is pushing the boundaries of her craft, adding her own twist to age-old techniques Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:38:50 +0000Innovation Handi-Hour Gives Creative Types the Chance to Dive-in Hands Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Innovation-handi-hour-gives-creative-types-chance-dive-hands-first-180954710/These artists blur boundaries between craft and manufacturing, using lasers, computers and 3D printersMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:26 +0000This is the Carriage That Took Lincoln on his Fateful Trip to Ford's Theatrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-is-carriage-took-lincoln-fateful-trip-fords-theatre-180954568/As the April anniversary of Lincoln's last ride approaches, an historian recounts the president's other horse and buggie momentsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:31:06 +0000New Works by Nam June Paik Are Discovered at the Smithsonian American Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-works-nam-june-paik-discovered-smithsonian-american-art-museum-180954571/While inventorying the massive archival materials left by the artist, a researcher comes across forgotten works of artMon, 23 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Who Determined That the Sun Was a Star and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-determined-sun-star-more-questions-from-readers-180954657/You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ed Roberts' Wheelchair Records a Story of Obstacles Overcomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ed-roberts-wheelchair-records-story-obstacles-overcome-180954531/The champion of the disability rights movement refused to be hindered and challenged the world to create spaces for independent living Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:06:50 +0000Why the Story of Cinderella Endures and Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/does-world-need-yet-another-cinderella-180954549/A Smithsonian folklorist follows the ancient tale with a particularly American twistFri, 13 Mar 2015 12:52:39 +0000Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-collection-whale-fetuses-sheds-light-evolution-cetacean-hearing-180954526/Smithsonian researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whalesWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Are We Re-Entering a Golden Age of American Bartending?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-we-re-entering-golden-age-american-bartending-180954474/At the turn of the century, America was a hotbed of cocktail innovation—then Prohibition happened. Now, bartenders are trying to reclaim the golden age.Tue, 10 Mar 2015 18:47:46 +0000How a Smithsonian Artifact Ended Up in a Popular Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-artifact-ended-video-game-never-alone-180954500/To connect with a worldwide audience, an Alaska Native community shared its story with the creators of "Never Alone"Mon, 09 Mar 2015 19:07:18 +0000Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Ever Topple?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-leaning-tower-pisa-topple-180954493/Imperceptible changes are occurring, but no worries, a collapse is not in the forecastMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:06:11 +0000Just Another #ManicureMonday for Women Scientists and Their Dirty Nailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/just-another-manicure-monday-women-scientists-their-nails-dirty-180954433/For a Smithsonian researcher, Monday is a day to honor the women in science and other uses for nail polishMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Reflects on Leonard Nimoy's Passing and Why "Star Trek" Fans Loved Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-leonard-nimoy-passing-why-star-trek-fans-loved-him-180954430/Nimoy, who was best known for his role as the deeply logical Mr. Spock, dies at age 83Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:51:08 +0000Chuck Brown's Guitar Drove the Musician's Persuasive "Wind Me Up" Rhythmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chuck-browns-guitar-drove-wind-me-up-rhythm-180954351/The Godfather of Go-Go's family recall how the musician crafted the innovative sound that would define a local traditionTue, 24 Feb 2015 16:19:47 +0000The Incomparable Legacy of Lead Belly http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/incomparable-legacy-of-lead-belly-180954390/This week a new Smithsonian Folkways compilation and a Smithsonian Channel show highlight the seminal blues man of the centuryMon, 23 Feb 2015 22:49:35 +0000Meet the Madam on the Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-madam-mall-180954371/Mary Ann Hall ran a successful brothel in D.C. for years, but it took a 1997 dig to tell the whole storyFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:55:28 +0000Previously Seen on a Tiny Postage Stamp, These Beautiful Portraits of African-Americans Go on Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beautiful-portraits-african-americans-postage-stamp-180954352/The artists who made them bring enormous dedication and talent to the artwork that adorns the nation's mailFri, 20 Feb 2015 17:27:56 +0000When Steve Fossett Became the Magellan of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-steve-fossett-became-magellan-of-skies-180954323/Ten years ago, the pioneering adventurer took off in pursuit of a new record in circumnavigationThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Blood Relics From the Lincoln Assassinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-blood-relics-from-the-lincoln-assassination-180954331/Even now, 150 years later, objects from the murder of the president provide a powerful link to the eventThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-qr-codes-safe-and-other-questions-from-readers-180954334/ You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-deepest-hole-ever-dug-180954349/The answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/send-atomic-clocks-space-find-gravitational-waves-180954359/A new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000The Human Right to Speak Whatever Language You Want is Worth Celebratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/human-right-to-speak-whatever-language-you-want-worth-celebrating-180954341/With an ever increasing lack of language diversity, There Needs to Be More Recognition of February's International Mother Language dayWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:42:10 +0000A Brief History of the Chocolate Pothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-history-chocolate-pot-180954241/How humans have consumed chocolate sheds lights on its significance to cultures and erasFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:45:18 +0000Eddie Van Halen Riffs on How Necessity Drives Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/interview-eddie-van-halen-necessity-innovation-180954248/The rock star who invents guitars says that perfection is boring and mistakes are the "most exciting element of music"Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:03:30 +0000The Short Rise and Fall of the Crazy-for-Cocoa-Trade Cards Crazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-rise-and-fall-crazy-cocoa-trade-cards-craze-180954113/In the late 19th-century, when you bought chocolate, the grocer dropped a delightful prize into your bag, a trade card to save and shareFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:51:35 +0000D.C.'s Artisan Chocolate Makers Show Off Their Sweet Labor of Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/making-chocolate-proves-labor-of-love-180954240/Leaving no task undone, this husband-and-wife team demonstrate their process for producing chocolateFri, 13 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ten Fascinating Presidential Facts to Impress on President's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-fascinating-bits-of-presidential-trivia-180954227/Learn a new side of the Commanders-in-Chief, from whiskey seances and magazine cover boysFri, 13 Feb 2015 13:25:20 +0000Smithsonian's Love Letter Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/love-in-the-vaults/From Frida Kahlo's passionate love letters to watercolor notes from famous artists, let the Smithsonian's love letter collection inspire youThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:29:32 +0000How Chocolate and Valentine's Day Mated For Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-chocolate-and-valentines-day-mated-life-180954228/Tracing the lovers, the leaders and the ladies responsible for the pairing of chocolate to Valentine's DayThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:48:21 +0000How an Archaeologist Revived King Tut's Tomb With A Chocolate Cakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-archeaologist-revived-king-tuts-tomb-aztec-calendar-stone-tibetan-mandala-all-chocolate-cakes-180954214/By day Eric Hollinger is an archeologist, but his passion is baking and his chocolate cakes are works to beholdThu, 12 Feb 2015 14:46:04 +0000Let Oysters Get Sick to Clean Up the Chesapeakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/let-oysters-get-sick-to-clean-up-chesapeake-180954213/The delicious oyster you love to slurp might be the best bet for clearing away pollutantsWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:06:38 +0000How the Backwater Town of Washington, D.C. Became the Beacon of a Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-backwater-town-washington-dc-become-beacon-nation-180954144/As the Anacostia Community Museum delves into daily life in a city at war, author Ernest B. Furgurson recalls the nascence of a city on the verge Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:03:35 +0000The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rich-and-flavorful-history-chocolate-space-180954160/From vacuum-sealed pudding to Blue Bell ice cream, astronauts have been taking the treat into orbit since the dawn of the space ageTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:42:52 +0000The Art of Chocolate (and Soap)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/art-chocolate-and-soap-180954180/Conservators went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:37:30 +0000The Electric Guitar's Long (And Louder), Strange Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/electric-guitars-long-and-louder-strange-trip-180954193/From its gentle 16th-century acoustic origins to the souped-up ‘Frankenstein,’ a Smithsonian scholar strums the historic chords of the guitarTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:29:14 +0000A Feisty Capt. James T. Kirk Checks in on the Starship "Enterprise"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/feisty-capt-james-kirk-checks-in-on-starship-enterprise-180954166/When the model for the TV show "Star Trek" was removed for conservation, the 83-year-old actor William Shatner weighed inMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:50 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does a Satellite Stay Up?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-does-satellite-stay-180954165/Meet a Harvard-Smithsonian researcher who monitors all the satellites and explains why they rarely fall Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:30:34 +0000The Recipe for Innovation Calls for a Little Chaos and Some Wall Bashinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recipe-innovation-and-invention-calls-little-chaos-and-some-wall-bashing-180954138/Scholar Art Molella chronicles the habits, habitats and behaviors of the men and women who invent Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:04:52 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: Reptile Rejuvenationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/wild-inside-the-zoo-reptile-rejuvenation/Reptiles have personalities, too. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo introduce us to some of their most charismatic creaturesWed, 04 Feb 2015 22:29:29 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-photography-exhibit-light-lives-nasa-chandra-beyond-bulb-iyl2015-180954118/The open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Saving Money is Great, but Saving the Chesapeake Bay Will Be Even Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/saving-money-great-but-saving-chesapeake-bay-will-be-even-better-180954110/Whitman Miller's “off the shelf” technology may answer complicated questions about rising CO2 and ocean acidificationTue, 03 Feb 2015 18:18:33 +0000Which of These Comedians Should the Portrait Gallery Put on Display?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/which-these-comedians-should-portrait-gallery-display-180954121/This is no laughing matter for the Smithsonian museumMon, 02 Feb 2015 21:53:25 +0000Why this 14th-Century Chinese Artist Is Having a Rebirthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-14th-century-chinese-artist-is-having-rebirth-180954080/The rare works of Wang Meng, an artist with a brilliance for brushstrokes, bring millions at auctionMon, 02 Feb 2015 15:37:26 +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 +0000