Videos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/video-2/RSS feed for VideosenTue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000You Should Thank This Man for Inventing Jet Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/you-should-thank-this-man-for-inventing-jet/In 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 Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-pocahontas-may-not-have-rescued-john-smi/According 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 Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-these-vegetarian-monkeys-have-sharp-pred/In 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 Fingershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-human-feature-gives-squirrel-monkeys-th/Unlike 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 Griphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-spider-monkeys-only-have-four-fingers/Squirrel 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 Monkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/dont-be-jealous-of-these-oyster-slurping-be/Long-tailed 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 Hydratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/these-astronauts-drink-recycled-urine-to-sta/Astronauts 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-these-monkeys-have-such-outrageous-no/Proboscis 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/where-does-beyond-the-pale-come-from/Trim 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 Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-stunning-dramatic-irish-island-once-inha/Over 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 Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-terrifying-spider-hunts-fish-underwater/If 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' Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-reason-this-south-american-tribe-shrunk/The 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-Heartedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-engineering-job-is-not-for-the-faint-he/The 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 Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-nasa-cut-costs-with-a-new-kind-of-spacec_1/With 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 Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-downed-us-plane-almost-caused-a-nucl/When 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-real-culprit-of-an-ancient-egyptian-plag/According 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 Fuelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-flying-gas-station-can-carry-200000-lb/The 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. Troopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/u-2-dragon-lady-gives-a-helping-hand-to-us/When 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 Chaoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-trees-uncover-what-plunged-egypts-cli/Examining 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 Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/footage-of-a-tense-aerial-battle-during-the-_1/It'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 Dragonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-marine-compares-flying-the-harrier-to-r_1/Harrier'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 Wethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ancient-engineering-that-kept-one-of-the-dri/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-a-flood-wipe-out-the-mysterious-ancient/Why 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 Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/arctic-cruise-line-baptizes-its-passengers-i/MS 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 Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elusive-arctic-animals-reveal-themselves-to/A 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 Avalanchehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/footage-of-the-alarming-moments-before-the-e/An 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 Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/lifting-an-unwieldy-75-ton-hovercraft-out-of/When 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 Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/some-very-compelling-evidence-the-tower-of-b/Biblical 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 Biblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-sticky-clue-that-links-the-tower-of-babe/Evidence 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 Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-couple-filmed-the-everest-avalanche-com/A 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 Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-jesuss-miracles-seemed-apocalyptic-to-t/Jesus 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 Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/dismantling-a-huge-howitzer-for-a-precarious_1/This 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