At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/short-heroic-rags-riches-life-jack-london-180961200/Jack London State Historic Park, home to the rough and tumble troublemaker with a prolific penTue, 22 Nov 2016 21:19:48 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-herbivores-stage-huge-recue-coral-reef-180961753/Tiny parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000Smithsonian Artifacts and Music Legends Share the Stage in Tonight's Star-Studded Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-artifacts-music-legends-share-stage-180961764/Notable African-American performing artists commemorate the opening of the National Museum of African American HistoryThu, 12 Jan 2017 16:44:52 +0000"Mr. President, How Long Must Women Wait For Liberty?" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scrap-suffrage-history-180961780/In January 1917, women took turns picketing the White House with a voice empowered by American democracy Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:08:52 +0000Stories of Sports Champions in the African American History Museum Prove the Goal Posts Were Set Higher http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-african-american-history-museum-new-african-american-history-museum-goal-posts-prove-higher-sports-champions-180961735/The sports exhibition delves into the lost, forgotten or denied history of the heroes on the field Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:42:42 +0000Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Buffalo Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/murder-marriage-and-pony-express-10-things-you-didnt-know-about-buffalo-bill-180961736/His adventures were sensationalized in print and the Wild West show, but reality was more complicated—and compellingTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:19:53 +0000Happy 10th Birthday, iPhone! So What's Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/happy-10th-birthday-iphone-so-whats-next-180961724/Based on patent documents, here are eight innovations that could become part of the iPhone of the futureMon, 09 Jan 2017 16:37:53 +0000Escape Artist Harry Houdini Was an Ingenious Inventor, He Just Didn't Want Anybody to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harry-houdini-ingenious-innovator-didnt-want-anybody-know-180961078/More than just a magician, Houdini was also an actor, aviator, amateur historian and businessman Mon, 09 Jan 2017 15:15:27 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Coal Fire May Have Helped Sink the 'Titanic'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fire-may-have-helped-sink-titanic-180961699/A new documentary claims the <i>Titanic</i>’s hull was weakened before it struck an icebergThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000Why Were Electric Cars Once Advertised as "Ladies' Cars"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-electric-cars-once-advertised-ladies-cars-180961440/Your questions answered by our expertsThu, 05 Jan 2017 16:15:07 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/master-disguise-cystisoma-ocean-reveal-secrets-180961426/A marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000How Disney Came to Define What Constitutes the American Experiencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-disney-came-define-what-constitutes-american-experience-180961632/The entertainment company has been in the business of Americana since its inceptionTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:21:01 +0000Ask Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-180961729/ Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:02:39 +0000The Tradition of Presidential Portraiture, Explainedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tradition-presidential-portraiture-explained-180961552/The transition of office holders includes the official commissioning of the portrait of the outgoing First Lady and PresidentFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Locally Grown Design Ideas Were Created by the People for the People http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-locally-grown-design-ideas-were-created-people-people-180961555/A Cooper Hewitt exhibition spotlights the innovative and sustainable designs generated by those in search of solutionsThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Did Ellis Island Officials Really Change the Names of Immigrants?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-did-ellis-island-officials-really-change-names-immigrants-180961544/On the 125th anniversary of the famous portal to the U.S., history shows inspectors were not the ones changing people's namesWed, 28 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Natalie Portman's "Jackie" Reminds Us Why JFK's Assassination Became Our National Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natalie-portman-jackie-reminds-us-why-jfk-assassination-national-tragedy-180961550/A Smithsonian scholar revisits those critical decisions Jacqueline Kennedy made following the death of her husband Tue, 27 Dec 2016 15:24:22 +0000Without This Camera, the Emerald City Would Have Been the Color of Mudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/without-camera-emerald-city-would-have-been-color-mud-180961463/That dramatic Dorothy in Oz moment was brought to you in living color by the DF-24 Beam SplitterTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Invasive Squirrel That Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invasive-squirrel-that-wasnt-180961554/Everyone thought that the Arctic ground squirrel was an invasive species on this remote Alaskan island. A pair of scientists beg to differ.Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:50:30 +0000When the Serendipitously Named Lovings Fell in Love, Their World Fell Aparthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-serendipitously-named-lovings-fell-love-their-world-fell-apart-180961558/The new film captures the quiet essence of the couples’ powerful story, says Smithsonian scholar Christopher WilsonFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:57:26 +0000Ten Exhibitions to See in Washington, D.C. Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-exhibits-see-washington-dc-over-holidays-180961529/Several innovative art shows, some which close early in the new year, are a must-seeWed, 21 Dec 2016 21:25:30 +0000This Great Pumpkin Heralds the D.C. Arrival of Yayoi Kusama http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-pumpkin-washington-heralds-arrival-yayoi-kusama-180961478/The Hirshhorn's 65-year retrospective boasts six mirror rooms by this hugely popular artistWed, 21 Dec 2016 12:57:26 +0000After the Tragic Lindbergh Kidnapping, Artist Isamu Noguchi Designed the First Baby Monitorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-tragic-lindbergh-kidnapping-isamu-noguchi-designed-first-baby-monitor-180961454/The six-decade career of the artist and commercial designer is on view at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:01:22 +0000The Coldest, Driest, Most Remote Place on Earth Is the Best Place to Build a Radio Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coldest-driest-place-earth-best-place-radio-telescope-180961495/This remote Antarctic field station is an ice-covered arid desert, perfect for peering deep into spaceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:20:13 +0000When the Standardization of Time Arrived in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-standardization-time-changed-american-society-180961503/It used to be that each town kept its own time, and chaos reignedMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:45:05 +0000How the Cell Phone Is Forever Changing Human Communicationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-cell-phone-forever-changing-human-communication-180961489/An ongoing study by Smithsonian anthropologists investigates the dramatic shifts wrought by the smart phoneFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:11:51 +0000In the Aftermath of Oakland’s Tragedy, How Museums Can Better Serve Local Arts and DIY Venueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/aftermath-oaklands-tragedy-how-museums-can-better-serve-local-arts-and-diy-venues-180961418/One Smithsonian curator weighs in on new best practices for outreach Wed, 14 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Painter Who Earned His Stripes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/painter-who-earned-his-stripes-180961348/Gene Davis, the leading member of the Washington Color School, is celebrated a half century after his striped paintings caught onTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000For a Larger-Than-Life Space Icon, John Glenn Was Remarkably Down-to-Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/larger-life-space-icon-john-glenn-managed-stay-remarkably-down-earth-180961393/Friends and colleagues recall his abiding love for Smithsonian’s work, the history of spaceflight and peanut butter buckeyesMon, 12 Dec 2016 17:17:59 +0000Humans Have Bogged Down the Earth with 30 Trillion Metric Tons of Stuff, Study Finds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-have-bogged-down-earth-30-trillion-metric-tons-stuff-new-report-finds-180961365/The authors say this is more proof that we are living in an Age of Humans—but not all scientists agreeFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 +0000“Call Me Ishmael” Is the Only Melville Tradition in This Innovative Presentation of “Moby Dick” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/call-me-ishmael-only-melville-tradition-in-innovative-presentation-moby-dick-180961361/Visceral, kinesthetic, cinematic, aural and psychological, Arena Stage’s new show about the 19th-century novel is a 21st-century experienceFri, 09 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glennhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remembering-astronaut-and-us-senator-john-glenn-180961364/The American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/natural-history-museums-national-fossil-hall-getting-full-facelift-180961349/Museum director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000Evoking a Ship's Rippling Sail, This New Sculpture Aims to Make Global Connectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evoking-ship-rippling-sail-new-sculpture-global-connections-180961091/The African Art Museum at its first award ceremony recognizes two international artists who have overcome personal hardships to excel Wed, 07 Dec 2016 20:58:46 +0000At Pearl Harbor, This Aircraft Risked It All to Find the Japanese Fleethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pearl-harbor-day-aircraft-risked-it-all-to-find-japanese-180961331/The Sikorsky JRS-1 flew right through the middle of it on December 7, 1941Tue, 06 Dec 2016 22:51:55 +0000Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/finding-lessons-todays-protests-history-political-activism-180961309/A whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic changeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:36:20 +0000What Skateboarding Tells Us About Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-skateboarding-tells-us-about-innovation-180961266/Rodney Mullen, the godfather of skateboarding, says the sport is all about overcoming disbelief and seeking new connectionsTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:29:11 +0000Keep an Eye on These Portraits Because They Move http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/keep-eye-these-portraits-move-180961302/Noted visual artist Bill Viola is subject of the first all-video exhibition in one of D.C.'s oldest buildings. Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:07:28 +0000Increase and Diffuse Knowledge for the Holidays With These Smithsonian Curated Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/increase-and-diffuse-knowledge-holidays-these-smithsonian-curated-books-180961282/Books recommended by Smithsonian Institution scholarsMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:08:37 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000How the Story of "Moana" and Maui Holds Up Against Cultural Truthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-story-moana-and-maui-holds-against-cultural-truths-180961258/A Smithsonian scholar and student of Pacific Island sea voyaging both loves and hates the new Disney filmFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:42:12 +0000Why This Robotic Medical Device Belongs in a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-this-robotic-medical-device-belongs-in-a-museum-180961220/William Bargar and Howard "Hap" Paul revolutionized joint replacement surgery by developing a robot to do the jobWed, 30 Nov 2016 21:11:51 +0000How Countless Hours of Live Jazz Were Saved from Obscurityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-countless-hours-live-jazz-was-saved-obscurity-180961213/The Savory Collection breathes fresh life into jazz Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahomahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-insiders-view-native-life-mid-20th-century-oklahoma-180961222/Horace Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fishermanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proposed-new-marine-reserve-system-offers-rosy-outlook-lobster-fisher-180961169/With the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000The First Patented Animal Is Still Leading the Way on Cancer Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-patented-animal-still-leading-way-cancer-research-180961149/Oncomouse was a genetically engineered animal designed to help scientists learn more about tumorsTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:57:59 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-solved-michigan-woman-says-she-mailed-civil-war-letters-post-office-180961185/Smithsonian curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/following-footsteps-capt-john-smith-smithsonian-scholar-finds-neglected-history-180960984/Revisiting Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/foxfire-diamond-bedazzles-smithsonians-newest-rock-star-180961064/The largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sidedoor-smithsonian-podcast-180961115/Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experienceFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:28:57 +0000