Videos | Smithsonian feed for VideosenTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000You Should Thank This Man for Inventing Jet Boats 1954, a man named Bill Hamilton invented the water-jet propelled boat, ideal for exploring the shallow rivers of his native New ZealandTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Pocahontas May Not Have Rescued John Smith After All to legend, Pocahontas threw herself between the leader of the Jamestown colony, John Smith, and a warrior's club to save himMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why These Vegetarian Monkeys Have Sharp Predator Teeth the Ethiopian highlands, native Geladas have impressive canines despite being grass eaters. The reason is simple: The males need to defend themselvesFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingers virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branchesThu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Human Feature Gives Squirrel Monkeys Their Precise Grip monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprintsWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Don't Be Jealous of These Oyster-Slurping Beach Monkeys macaques spend much of the day frolicking on tropical sands and taking a dip in the ocean to cool offTue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine to Stay Hydrated themselves are important sources of water in outer space. With the help of a special centrifuge, their urine is distilled, then processedMon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses? monkeys may look ridiculous to us, but they are in fact perfectly adapted to their swamp surroundingsFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where Does 'Beyond the Pale' Come From? Castle in County Meath, Ireland, is famous for two things: It was a location in 'Braveheart,' and it played a part in the phrase 'beyond the pale'Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Stunning & Dramatic Irish Island Once Inhabited by Monks seven miles off the Irish coast, lie the sea crags of Skellig Michael, a breathtaking island once home to a community of reclusive monksWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwater the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its taskTue, 06 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Heads Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish EmpireThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Engineering Job Is Not for the Faint-Hearted engineers working on 3 World Trade Center in New York are among the most daring aroundWed, 31 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecraft budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save moneyTue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear War the Cubans accidentally shoot down a U.S. U-2 aircraft, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Real Culprit of an Ancient Egyptian Plague Was... Bread? to the Bible, the 10th plague to befall Ancient Egypt killed the first born child of every familyFri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuel KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tankThu, 25 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000U-2 Dragon Lady Gives a Helping Hand to U.S. Troops a U.S. convoy in Afghanistan has vehicle problems and is forced to stop for repairs, a U-2 aircraft spots a Taliban ambush coming their wayWed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaos tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years agoTue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Footage of a Tense Aerial Battle During the Falklands War's 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting a damaged ship, the HMS HermesMon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Marine Compares Flying the Harrier to Riding a Dragon's unique takeoff style and agility owes a lot to its 47-foot frame and mere 15,000 pounds in weight--almost half the size of modern fighter jetsFri, 19 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Engineering That Kept One of the Driest Cities Wet ancient Nabataeans' water storage and irrigation system was a marvel of engineeringTue, 09 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Did a Flood Wipe Out the Mysterious Ancient City of Petra? did the ancient Nabataeans desert the city of Petra? The answer lies in traces of white sand found in its rubble, suggesting a massive floodMon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Arctic Cruise Line Baptizes Its Passengers in Ice Fram has just crossed the Arctic Circle, so far north that the sun practically never sets. To celebrate, the crew stage a frosty mock baptismFri, 05 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expedition group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeerThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Footage of the Alarming Moments Before the Everest Avalanche earthquake in Nepal fills hikers on Everest with fear. Once the tremors subside, however, a new threat begins to loom on the horizon: an avalancheWed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Lifting an Unwieldy 75-Ton Hovercraft Out of the Water you're crane-lifting a giant hovercraft into a ship's hold, plenty can go wrongTue, 02 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Real scholars have debated whether the Tower of Babel existed. A remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that questionMon, 01 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Bible is piling up that the Tower of Babel really existed. It's a conclusion that's partially borne out by an astounding discoveryFri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Them young couple hiking in a Himalayan valley are caught in the middle of an earthquake that sets off a giant avalancheThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Jesus's Miracles Seemed Apocalyptic to the Gospel Writers gained renown as a preacher of a particularly apocalyptic form of Judaism. This was further strengthened by his ability to perform miraclesWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Dismantling a Huge Howitzer for a Precarious Move 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in twoTue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000