Videos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/video-2/RSS feed for VideosenFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/the-10-million-race-to-invent-star-treks-t/Star Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventorsFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-thinnest-burmese-gold-leaf-is-made/In Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generationsThu, 22 Sep 2016 15:52:27 +0000Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/dead-rulers-han-dynasty-jade/During the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs"Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:42:07 +0000Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/important-women-of-petra/The Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honorTue, 20 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/wu-zetian-spectacular-longmen-grottoes-china/The Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in ChinaMon, 19 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Timelapse Footage of a Giant Caterpillar Weaving Its Cocoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/giant-caterpillar-weaving-cocoon-timelapse/For six weeks, luna moth caterpillars gorge themselves on the leaves of the marula tree. Then, when they're ready, they instinctively weave giant cocoonsFri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-giraffes-have-patches/The dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Brazil's Most Dangerous Landing Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/brazils-most-dangerous-landing-strip/Notorious among pilots, Runway 35-L at Congonhas airport is a short, tight and tricky place to landWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-biggest-mass-production-submarine-of-wwii/Brought into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for sizeTue, 13 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000How a Deep-Sea Offshore Drilling Rig Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-a-deep-sea-offshore-drilling-rig-works/After 22 hours, the crew of the Maersk Interceptor have assembled and lowered 551 feet of pipes into the waterMon, 12 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/cameras-capture-a-hornet-hatching-up-close/After two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatchesFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Brains Behind Star Trekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-brains-behind-star-trek/Sci-fi fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceshipThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:14 +0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-olympic-mountains-got-their-name/In 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic mountains of northwest Washington. The peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek godsThu, 08 Sep 2016 13:20:14 +0000What Gladiator School Was Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-gladiator-school-was-like/It's uncertain whether gladiator school was run like a prison or was completely voluntary. However, a reasonable amount of comfort was providedWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:30:27 +0000How Yosemite Became the Setting of a Chaotic 1970 Riothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-yosemite-became-setting-of-chaotic-1970-riot/Independence Day in 1970 at Yosemite National Park should have been an occasion for celebration. Instead, it became a day of violenceTue, 06 Sep 2016 14:20:56 +0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaserhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/laser-scientists-are-developing-star-treks-phaser/Some of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin labSun, 04 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Crazy Vintage Footage of Park Visitors Feeding Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/crazy-vintage-footage-park-visitors-feeding-bears/Wildlife management in national parks has come a long way in recent decades. In the '70s, visitors were regularly encouraged to feed bearsFri, 02 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/giant-killer-hornet-colonies-battle-to-the-death/A giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stakeThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:26:25 +0000Mary Beard on Pompeii's Showiest Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/mary-beard-on-pompeiis-showiest-family/The Valentes were a wealthy Pompeii family that used lavish, high-end parties to gain political clout. Classicist Mary Beard walks us through the remainsTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:47:07 +0000Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surprise-gladiators-were-vegetarians/A huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydratesMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:42:50 +0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-five-lions-take-down-a-giraffe/Free from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caughtFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:08 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000Which National Park Draws 25 Million Visitors a Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/which-national-park-draws-25-million-visitors/The National Mall attracts an unbelievable amount of visitors each year. Here's what they come to see.Fri, 19 Aug 2016 16:29:35 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarksMon, 15 Aug 2016 14:43:13 +0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/honey-bees-are-crucial-employees-at-this-airport/A colony of 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine pollution levelsFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-real-way-komodo-dragons-kill-prey/Komodo dragons aren't physically built to chase after their preyThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globeWed, 10 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-is-this-lizard-doing-push-ups/Draco lizards have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential matesTue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estateMon, 08 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal with a jewelerFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:31:48 +0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/death-valley-one-of-the-most-extreme-places/In 1913, temperatures in Death Valley reached a world-record high of 134 degrees FahrenheitFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-is-a-rattlesnakes-rattle-actually-made-of/Each time rattlesnakes shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattleThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his placeWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:36:25 +0000Watch: Hammerhead vs. Stingrayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hammerhead-vs-stingray/A hammerhead shark locates a stingray hiding beneath the ocean floor. Unnerved, the stingray makes a dash for freedom—but is it too late?Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:54:45 +0000