Videos | Smithsonian feed for VideosenTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why the Templar Secret Rituals Were So Controversial spitting on the Christian cross to strange sexual acts, the Knights Templar's secret rituals were controversialTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerful only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: Buckingham Palace would be opened to the publicThu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Was This Hidden Tunnel Used by the Knights Templar?'s unclear if the Knights Templar created the secret tunnel in Acre, Israel, as an escape route or a way to secretly export valuable itemsWed, 11 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II Decided to Televise Her Coronation BBC's request to air Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on TV was quickly dismissed by a royal court anxious to maintain decorumMon, 09 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the Knights Templar Came to Be a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harmFri, 06 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring.Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Native Americans Saw Buffalo as More Than Just Food relationship between some Native American tribes and the American buffalo was a sacred oneWed, 28 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Risky Way a Polar Bear Attack Victim Confronts Her Fear Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagineTue, 27 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 poundsMon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why the U.S. Army Guarded the 23 Remaining American Buffalo 1882, General Philip Sheridan's expedition to the protected buffalo haven in Yellowstone National Park revealed a gruesome realityFri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom and Cub Accidentally Separated by a Car car horn outside Churchill, Manitoba, causes a curious polar bear mom and her cub to scurry in opposite directionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Nolinor 737 Prevents Gravel From Crashing Its Engines "vortex dissipator" sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. It's a sophisticated gravel protection device that protects the engineWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Beloved Alpha Polar Bear Near the End of His Life Pete, as he's known by locals in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, is an elderly polar bear who's been visiting the town for decadesTue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000An Angry Hippo Charges a Trespassing Lion lion ventures into an area of the river that's part of a hippo bull's territory. The enraged hippo wastes no time in asserting his dominanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Only Live News Report from the Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an NBC radio affiliate in Honolulu made an urgent phone call to New York. In it, he begins to describe the attack on Pearl HarborFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the British Cleverly Diverted Nazi Missiles Double Cross was the British response to the threat of Nazi V2 rockets. It involved relaying bogus information about British targetsThu, 15 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000How a Ship's Crew Eats in the Middle of Combat for the HDMS Peter Willemoes are tightly orchestrated affairs. The crew is divided into three teams, and each team has six minutes to eatWed, 14 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This lead him to develop of one of the Nazi's most devastating weaponsTue, 13 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Devoted Mother Is Also a Cockroach giant burrowing cockroaches look after their young for up to six months. In an eight-year lifespan, they can produce around 150 youngMon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficulty 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the waterFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stop is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birdsThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoon transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adultWed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared? did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD?Tue, 06 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had another look at the startMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fake the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errorsMon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicion marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring unionFri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggs birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Male they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900Tue, 22 Nov 2016 20:59:38 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000