At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:18:15 +0000Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-photo-allegedly-shows-amelia-earhart-japanese-captivity-180963964/A History Channel special claims that a National Archives photo shows the pilot sitting on a dock in the Pacific, but experts are skeptical Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:51:04 +0000Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-zoos-newborn-red-panda-cubs-who-just-opened-their-eyes-180964160/The three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:18:15 +0000A Vehicle Like This Will One Day Go to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vehicle-go-mars-destination-washington-dc-180964114/For now, the prototype rover—part tank, part Batmobile—is destined for Washington, D.C.Thu, 20 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Artifacts Show the Sometimes-Violent Nature of American Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artifacts-show-sometimes-violent-nature-american-democracy-180963914/From a KKK hood to an anti-Chinese pistol, a new exhibition shows America’s fraught history of deciding who to include in democracyWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:06:39 +0000Could You Crash Into a Black Hole? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-you-crash-black-hole-180964099/Probably not, but it’s fun to think aboutWed, 19 Jul 2017 15:43:58 +0000Conservation of a Pair of Saint-Gaudens Goes al Fresco at the Freerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/conservation-pair-saint-gaudens-goes-al-fresco-freer-180964082/The beauty of dry ice cleaning is the efficient and environmentally safe process; but also the procedure was on view from the streetTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Religious Freedom and Diversity Flourished in Early Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-religious-freedom-diversity-flourished-early-america-180964060/Jam-packed exhibition features artifacts as diverse as Jefferson's Bible, a steeple bell cast by Paul Revere and a storied Torah Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cool-new-way-freeze-unfreeze-zebrafish-embryos-gold-nanotechnology-lasers-180964046/The downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000Adorable New Tiger Cub Born at the Zoo Yips at Its Mom on Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sumatran-tiger-cub-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180964040/ The new Sumatran tiger cub signals a success in efforts to save the critically endangered speciesWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:35 +0000The Washington Football Team Can Legally Keep Its Racist Name. But It Shouldn’thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-football-team-can-legally-keep-its-racist-name-it-shouldnt-180964039/The director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and a citizen of the Pawnee Nation, speaks out against the D.C. sports franchise Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:43:23 +0000Ai Weiwei Depicts the Brutality of Authoritarianism in an Unusual Medium–Legoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ai-weiwei-depicts-brutality-authoritarianism-unusual-medium-legos-180964006/The renowned Chinese Artist finally gets to see his work about political prisoners at the HirshhornWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:12:18 +0000The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/israel-open-first-natural-history-museum-middle-east-180963986/Everything from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museumWed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Barack Obama Became the First President to Brew Beer at the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-barack-obama-became-first-president-brew-beer-white-house-180964016/The former president and his staff crafted ales featuring honey from the White House gardenWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:29:28 +0000Watch: The Panda Cub’s Favorite Game Is Belly Flopping Out of Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/video-panda-cubs-favorite-game-belly-flopping-out-trees-180963988/Bei Bei, the nearly two-year-old giant panda shows off his climbing—and falling—skillsMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:54:19 +0000Esperanza Spalding: Jazz Musician, Grammy Award Winner and Now Museum Curatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/esperanza-spalding-jazz-musician-grammy-award-winner-and-now-museum-curator-180963977/The title of her latest album "D + Evolution" is also the theme of a new exhibition at the Smithsonian's Cooper HewittMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Do We See More Species in Tropical Forests? The Mystery May Finally Be Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-we-see-more-species-tropical-forests-mystery-may-finally-be-solved-180963974/Surveying 2.4 million trees showed that predators may help keep the trees at sustainable levels Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:12:42 +0000History Was Writ Large on This Desk Belonging to Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-writ-large-this-desk-belonging-thomas-jefferson-180963919/The ingenuity of this clever writing box was matched only by the young republic's innovative declaration for nationhoodThu, 06 Jul 2017 16:17:02 +0000How Soccer Is Changing the Lives of Child Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-soccer-changing-lives-child-refugees-georgia-180963888/Arrivals from war-torn countries find refuge at a Georgia academy founded by an immigrantThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000In 1947, A High-Altitude Balloon Crash Landed in Roswell. The Aliens Never Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/in-1947-high-altitude-balloon-crash-landed-roswell-aliens-never-left-180963917/Despite its persistence in popular culture, extraterrestrial life owes more to the imagination than realityWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:26:55 +0000This Towering 19th-Century Mechanical Clock Was the Smartwatch of Its Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-towering-19th-century-mechanical-clock-was-smartwatch-era-180963872/With hundreds of moving parts, the Great Historical Clock of America has been revivedWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Hirshhorn Transforms Into a One-Day Soundscapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-transforms-one-day-soundscape-180963906/For one day, the museum will add an interactive soundscape to the works of visual art on displayMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:45:48 +0000Renovated Museum Wing Delves Into Untold Chapters of American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/renovated-museum-wing-delves-untold-chapters-american-history-180963887/“The Nation We Build Together” questions American ideals through exhibits on democracy, religion, diversity and more Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:43:18 +0000Step Right Up to the Big Top Circus Tent at the 50th Annual Folklife Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/step-right-big-top-circus-tent-50th-annual-folklife-festival-180963890/The day the circus rolled into Washington, D.C., and other tales from the Smithsonian’s hot summer party on the National MallFri, 30 Jun 2017 18:10:36 +0000The East St. Louis Race Riot Left Dozens Dead, Devastating a Community on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/east-st-louis-race-riot-left-dozens-dead-devastating-community-on-the-rise-180963885/Three days of violence forced African-American families to run for their lives and the aftereffects are still felt in the Illinois city todayFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Whimsical, Chameleon-Like Figure Behind the Myth of Sylvia Plathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whimsical-chameleon-figure-behind-myth-sylvia-plath-180963831/Today, visions of a life marred by mental illness endure, but the author had a light side—and a knack for savvy image controlFri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Augmented Reality Experiences That Bring Museum Exhibits to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/expanding-exhibits-augmented-reality-180963810/AR features allow visitors to explore historical spaces and artifacts in new waysThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:45:10 +0000Colorized Footage Is a Vivid Reminder that History Didn't Happen in Black and Whitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-did-1920s-look-color-180963882/A new Smithsonian Channel series takes a fresh, vibrant look at five decades of historical footageThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:40:10 +0000The Pioneering Androgyny of Classic Hollywood Star Marlene Dietrich http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-androgyny-classic-hollywood-star-marlene-dietrich-180963842/The film icon embraced bisexuality, glamorous mystique and provocationThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:04:16 +0000Do Other Animals Have Baby Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-animals-have-baby-teeth-more-questions-readers-180963688/You asked, we answeredThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Exhibition Asks “What Kind of Nation Do We Want to Be?”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-asks-what-kind-nation-do-we-want-be-180963874/The American History Museum opens a trio of timely new shows on democracy, religion and immigrationThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:27:18 +0000What Are All The Ways That Land Can Disappear Beneath Your Feet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myriad-ways-land-can-disappear-beneath-your-feet-180963868/From sinkholes to liquefaction, we look at how solid earth can shrink and elude our graspThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000How One Mathew Brady Photograph May Have Helped Elect Abraham Lincolnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-mathew-brady-photograph-may-have-helped-elect-abraham-lincoln-180963839/Before chronicling the Civil War, the nation's first photojournalist took these portraitsWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Muralist Nicolas Party Samples Great Artists of the Past Like a Visual DJhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/muralist-nicolas-party-samples-great-artists-past-visual-dj-180963838/The Hirshhorn's installation, inspired by Barack Obama’s “sun will rise” promise of continuity, highlights fantasy landscapes, beauty of nature Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Two Circus Pros Juggle History and Race to Springboard Black Entertainershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-circus-pros-juggle-history-race-springboard-black-entertainers-180963733/Cedric Walker and Veronica Blair share a common fascination for the history of African-American circusTue, 27 Jun 2017 15:33:25 +0000The Army Veteran Who Became the First to Hike the Entire Appalachian Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/army-veteran-became-first-hike-entire-appalachian-trail-180963678/His journal and hiking boots are in the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000After 50 Years of Song, Dance, Food, Even Hog Calling, at the Folklife Festival, Is It Still Worthwhile?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-50-years-song-dance-food-hog-calling-folklife-festival-still-worthwhile-180963644/Recognizing traditional culture in the information age is ever more important argues the director of the Center for Folklife and Cultural HeritageWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes “Sidedoor” Podcast Returns for Second Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-behind-scenes-sidedoor-podcast-returns-second-season-180963751/New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and moreWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:55:56 +0000Why Piri Thomas' Coming of Age Memoir Still Resonates Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/piri-thomas-and-power-self-portrayal-180963651/"Down These Mean Streets" was an instant classic, a text of painful truthsTue, 20 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Come for the Bug Eating and Get a Lesson in Humanity from Andrew Zimmernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bug-eating-lesson-andrew-zimmern-180963632/A Q&A with the Travel Channel’s 'Bizarre Foods' ChefMon, 19 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Long and Winding Road of Yoko Ono’s Art http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-and-winding-road-yoko-onos-art-180963743/A Hirshhorn exhibition of four works opens the same week Ono is credited, 46 years later, as a co-writer of the chart-topping ballad “Imagine.”Fri, 16 Jun 2017 19:34:48 +0000The Musical Legacy Behind the Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/legacy-behind-tupac-biopic-all-eyez-on-me-180963738/Curator Dwandalyn Reece from the Smithsonian’s African American Museum investigatesFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:06:23 +0000For Father's Day, Take Dad on a Tour of the Smithsonian Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fathers-day-take-dad-tour-smithsonian-museums-180963691/Our featured tour: With DadWed, 14 Jun 2017 18:05:14 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000Tarzan's Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree's Ability to Bear Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tarzans-mode-travel-liana-vine-chocking-tropical-forests-180963636/ With lowered fruit production, fewer seeds are dispersed to grow new treesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/second-opinion-transcript-180963294/Read the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand the Future of the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/these-nine-artists-will-help-you-understand-future-planet-180963576/Smithsonian curator Joanna Marsh highlights contemporary artists whose practices are conscious-raising and problem-solving Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:30:02 +0000We Asked: Are You Optimistic About the Earth’s Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/we-asked-are-you-optimistic-about-earths-future-180963521/People at and around the Smithsonian offered their answers to this challenging queryMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:10:27 +0000Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/standing-rock-there-was-medicine-creek-180963623/The Fish Wars of the 1960s led to an affirmation of Native American rights Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Pioneering Force of Harlequin Frogs Set Out to Help Save Their Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-force-harlequin-frogs-set-out-help-save-species-180963580/Outfitted with tiny transmitters, these frogs are released to face the challenging chytrid fungus that decimated their populationsTue, 06 Jun 2017 20:01:13 +0000It Takes Two Museums to Cover the Work of this Prolific German Neo-Expressionisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-takes-two-museums-cover-work-prolific-german-neo-expressionist-180963565/Europe’s celebrated Markus Lüpertz has a huge appetite for creativity. He's also a poet, writer, set designer and jazz pianist Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Artist's Worldview Drips With Unending Pessimismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-artists-worldview-drips-unending-pessimism-180963566/"Man is inherently self-destructive, and whatever is built will be destroyed," says painter Donald Sultan of his "Disaster Paintings"Mon, 05 Jun 2017 18:43:11 +0000The View From the Big Tophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/view-big-top-180963499/Aerialist and this year's Folklife Festival performer Dolly Jacobs didn't have to run away to join the circus; she lived itFri, 02 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Safer Digs for Tortoises Put a Damper on Their Love Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/safer-digs-desert-tortoises-put-damper-their-love-lives-180963517/A new genetic study surprised scientists who learned the males were not breedingThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:30:18 +0000Noose Found in National Museum of African American History and Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/noose-found-national-museum-african-american-history-and-culture-180963519/This marks the second such incident within a week on Smithsonian groundsWed, 31 May 2017 21:39:53 +0000Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-its-so-hard-find-real-owners-nazi-looted-art-180963513/International experts recently gathered at Smithsonian to discuss the state of international provenance researchWed, 31 May 2017 18:31:29 +0000What a Vampire Bat Can Teach Us About the Economics of Friendshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-vampire-bat-teach-economics-friendship-180963492/A Smithsonian scientist says important lessons about making friends and sharing can be learned from these blood-sucking creatures Wed, 31 May 2017 14:45:42 +0000Oldest Cancer Case in Central America Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oldest-cancer-case-central-america-discovered-180963458/A young teen, who died 700 years ago, likely suffered pain in the right arm as the tumor grew and expanded through the boneTue, 30 May 2017 18:26:45 +0000The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/restaurant-doodle-launched-political-movement-180963466/How one economist’s graph on a napkin reshaped the Republican Party and upended tax policyTue, 30 May 2017 13:42:20 +0000How Does Earth's Geomagnetic Field Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-earth-geomagnetic-field-work-180963302/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 May 2017 15:00:45 +0000