At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000A Stephen Colbert Portrait Returns to the Smithsonian, With Even More Stephenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-colbert-returns-portrait-gallery-even-more-stephens-180953647/As the Comedy Central host's show ends, his likeness(es) head to the National Portrait GalleryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000How Did Right-Handedness Evolve? And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-did-right-handedness-evolve-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953636/You asked, we answeredWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000There Are 120 Years of Lakota History on This Calendarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/120-years-lakota-history-on-calendar-180953641/The visual recording of life in the nation sheds light on a vanished cultureWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Celebrate Hanukkah the All-American Way With this Menorahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-hanukkah-all-american-way-with-this-menorah-180953655/This unique menorah at the American History Museum is a tribute to liberty and a poignant reminder of what we celebrate Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:29:39 +0000For Every Object, There Is a Story to Tellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-every-object-there-is-story-to-tell-180953589/A Smithsonian curator is asked to select just one artifactWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:59:31 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-digging-secrets-earths-deep-carbon-180953614/Diamond computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000Fifty Years Ago This Month, John Coltrane Recorded One of the Greatest Jazz Tracks of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifty-years-ago-this-month-john-coltrane-recorded-one-greatest-jazz-tracks-of-all-time-180953583/This Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone was one of three instruments that John Coltrane played to reinvent himself—and Jazz musicMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:30:37 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-earth-warmed-dramatically-after-one-two-carbon-punch-180953610/A period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Smithsonian Design Museum Tells the Story of User-Centered Design Through 120 Beautiful Productshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-design-museum-tells-the-story-of-user-centered-design-through-120-beautiful-products-180953559/A thermostat, a wheelchair, a prosthetic arm and razors are all a part of "Beautiful Users," now on display in New York CityFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:51:46 +0000Nearly Two Million Years of Innovation, As Told Through Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-two-million-years-innovation-told-through-tools-180953578/Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Design Museum, will exhibit 175 objects that range from Paleolithic tools to space-age satellites Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:34:47 +0000The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Makes Its Grand Re-Opening in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cooper-hewitt-smithsonian-design-museum-makes-its-grand-re-opening-new-york-city-180953598/The old and the new crash into each other beautifully in the former Carnegie mansionFri, 12 Dec 2014 13:29:41 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000The Evolving Face of Santa, As Seen in the Smithsonian's Vast Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/evolving-face-santa-smithsonian-vast-collections-180953571/A look into Smithsonian's vast archives reveals that Father Christmas tends to get a makeover with every generation that embraces him Thu, 11 Dec 2014 13:19:43 +0000The Not-So-Simple Simon Proved the Young Were Swifter Than the Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/not-so-simple-simon-proved-young-were-swifter-than-old-180953561/In 1978, the new blinking, bleeping toy ushered in the era of computer gamesMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:37:28 +0000Remembering the "Father of Video Games," Innovator Ralph Baerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-innovator-ralph-baer-father-video-games-180953555/The lab, where the inventor of the video game and the electronic game Simon, goes on view at the American History Museum next summerMon, 08 Dec 2014 20:36:09 +0000Rescuing Jorge Prelorán’s Films From Storage And Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-storage-jorge-prelorans-documentaries-again-see-light-day-180953465/The Smithsonian’s Film Archives is reintroducing the world to the influential work of the Argentine-American filmmakerWed, 03 Dec 2014 22:48:36 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-can-last-years-dinosaurs-tell-us-about-biodiversity-crisis-today-180953483/Failed ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000Fred Savage and “The Wonder Years” Cast Reflect on Why Their Show Still Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fred-savage-cast-mates-reflect-180953508/The cast and crew of “The Wonder Years” reunited at the American History Museum today to donate costumes and other artifactsTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:31:12 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000How Does the Hirshhorn's 60-Foot "Needle Tower" Stay Upright In A Stiff Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-hirshhorn-60-foot-needle-tower-stay-upright-in-stiff-wind-180953391/In the 1960s, when artist Kenneth Snelson mingled architectural innovation with abstraction, the result was heavenlyMon, 01 Dec 2014 20:12:29 +0000Njideka Akunyili Crosby's Intimate Work Straddles Mediums And Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/njideka-akunyili-crosby-award-winning-work-straddles-mediums-and-worlds-180953474/The young Nigerian-American artist wins one of the Smithsonian's most prestigious awards.Mon, 01 Dec 2014 18:17:33 +0000Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-nature-lovers-180953459/Smithsonian editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thrivingWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 +0000Why is Turquoise Becoming Rarer and More Valuable Than Diamonds?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/exquisite-turquoise-more-rare-and-valuable-diamonds-180953420/With depleting mines, turquoise, the most sacred stone to the Navajo, has become increasingly rare. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:25:28 +0000Before Instagram, Memorializing Asia’s Most Traveled Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/instagram-memorializing-asias-most-traveled-roads-180953429/From Moroccan postcards to Japanese scrolls, the Sackler Gallery explores five centuries of travel around the Asian continentFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:03:00 +0000Here's What It Takes To Win the Smithsonian's Boochever Portrait Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-win-smithsonians-boochever-portrait-competition-180953412/Curator Dorothy Moss gives a hint at what the jurors might be thinking in this high-stakes competitionFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:40:45 +0000What’s the Difference Between Streets and Avenues and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-difference-between-streets-and-avenues-and-more-questions-our-readers-180953395/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the SR-71 Blackbird is the Epitome of Cold War Spycrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-sr-71-blackbird-epitome-cold-war-spycraft-180953402/The sleek and shadowy plane still commands awe 50 years after its first test flightThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The World's Longest Beard Is One Of The Smithsonian's Strangest Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-home-worlds-longest-beard-180953370/Kept in storage at the National Museum of Natural History, the world's longest beard measures over 17 feet in lengthWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:35:29 +0000Sixty Years Ago, the Regency TR-1 Transistor Radio Was the New "It" Gift For the Holiday Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sixty-years-ago-the-regency-TR-1-Transistor-Radio-Was-the-New-It-Gift-For-the-Holiday-Season-180953345/In a burst of post World War II innovation, the transistor radio with music for your pocket fueled a teenage social revolution Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:37:33 +0000How the Office of the Vice Presidency Evolved from Nothing to Somethinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-office-vice-presidency-evolved-nothing-something-180953302/Vice President John Adams once said "In this I am nothing, But I may be everything." A new book tells how the office has moved from irrelevance to powerTue, 18 Nov 2014 20:28:17 +0000Vietnam War Vets Reconnect With Their 1960s Pen Pals For a Museum Donation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vietnam-war-vets-reconnect-their-1960s-pen-pals-museum-donation-180953343/Decades after they sat in Mrs. Davis’ fourth grade class, former students donated Vietnam War materials to the American History MuseumMon, 17 Nov 2014 17:04:07 +0000Smithsonian Announces BIG Plans for Campus Redesignhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-announces-big-plans-campus-redesign-180953311/Led by the innovative vision of Bjarke Ingels, the Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campusThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:31:41 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-dead-zones-are-getting-worse-globally-due-climate-change-180953282/Warmer waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000The Threatened Birds in These Artworks Might One Day Go the Way of the Dodohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/threatened-birds-artworks-might-one-day-go-the-way-dodo-180953216/The Smithsonian American Art Museum's exhibition explores mankind's relationship to birds and the natural worldThu, 06 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What You Missed at the Smithsonian Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-you-missed-smithsonian-innovation-festival-180953242/Inventors and museum staff alike inspired the crowd to see the world through the prism of innovation Tue, 04 Nov 2014 20:00:58 +0000The True Story of the Little Ballerina Who Influenced Degas' <em>Little Dancer</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-little-ballerina-who-influenced-degas-little-dancer-180953201/The artist's famous sculpture is both on view and the subject of a new theatrical performanceTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:46:31 +0000This Fifth Grader Found a 14,000-Year-Old Clovis Point, Likely Unearthed From Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fifth-grader-found-14000-year-old-clovis-point-likely-unearthed-because-hurricane-sandy-180953230/Noah Cordle was boogie boarding in New Jersey when he came upon an ancient hunting toolTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:10:16 +0000Whigs Swigged Cider and Other Voter Indicators of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whigs-swigged-cider-other-voter-indicators-past-180953214/Throughout most of American history, what someone wore indicated their political affiliations as loudly as a Prius or a Hummer might todayMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:56:05 +0000An Awe-Inspiring Altar Remembers One Latino Artist's Guiding Spirit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/awe-inspiring-altar-remembers-one-latino-artists-guiding-spirit-180953215/At the American History Museum, an installation reimagines the life story of a Latina artist and writerFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:19:40 +0000The Smithsonian Celebrates American Invention at This Weekend's Innovation Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-celebrates-american-invention-weekends-innovation-festival-180953174/How do you bring an idea to life? The inventors of new technologies will share their stories at a two-day event at the National Air and Space MuseumThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:41:10 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-important-about-bottom-cargo-ship-180953175/Smithsonian photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000This Halloween, Spend a Ghoulish Night (or Day) at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ghoulish-gigs-galore-all-to-explore-180953153/Whether actual or virtual, D.C. or NYC, there's plenty of scary stuff to go around at the InstitutionMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:26:07 +0000Women of the Early 1900s Rallied Behind Beautiful, Wartless Witcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/early-20th-century-women-rallied-behind-beautiful-wartless-witches-180953134/Women looking to work, vote and marry whomever they wanted turned the Halloween icon into a powerful symbolMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000What Giant Pandas Taught Me About Parentinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-keeper-shares-what-giant-pandas-taught-her-about-parenting-180953130/When animal keeper Nicole MacCorkle became a parent, she looked to Bao Bao's mother for inspirationFri, 24 Oct 2014 20:08:31 +0000A New Environmental Science Lab Now Walks the Walk, Cutting Its Overall Emissions by 37 Percent http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-environmental-science-lab-walks-walk-cutting-overall-emissions-37-percent-180953117/With geothermal heating, on-site water reclamation and a host of other energy saving technologies, the Smithsonian's first LEED-Platinum building opensThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:55:47 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000