Videos | Smithsonian feed for VideosenFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back homeFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000What These Mysterious Scrolls Tell Us About Women in Petra 1961, archaeologists in southern Israel discovered a mysterious set of documents. They provide clues into the elevated status of Nabataean womenTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols on Uhura's Radical Impact Trek's decision to cast Nichelle Nichols, an African American woman, as major character on the show was an almost unheard-of move in 1968Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How Yellowstone Scientists Really Combat Invasive Species cutthroat trout are on the brink of extinction as invasive lake trout continue to eat themFri, 07 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000A Hungry Snake Finds a Whole Colony of Sociable Weavers in close proximity to each other has a lot of advantages for sociable weaversThu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Tomb Raiders Treated This Priceless Gem Like Trash would grave robbers break into the King of Xuzhou's tomb and leave its most priceless jade treasure behind?Wed, 05 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000What Is the Glass Palace Chronicle and Why Is It Important? of the most important sources of Burmese history is a document known as the Glass Palace ChronicleTue, 04 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Daring Plan to Steal Nazi Radar Technology British parachute regiment set off toward Bruneval on the northern coast of occupied France. Their mission: to steal German radar secretsMon, 03 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Burmese Monument That Appears to Defy Gravity the peak of Mount Kyaiktiyo is a mind-bending Buddhist monument: a 25-foot rock that balances precariously on the edge of a cliffWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:14:41 +0000Does China's Only Female Emperor Deserve Her Bad Rap? Zetian, empress of the Tang Dynasty, was believed to be a cunning and ruthless rulerTue, 27 Sep 2016 18:22:58 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder 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 Made 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 Jade 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? 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 Grottoes 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 Cocoon 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? 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 Strip 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 WWII 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 Works 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-Close 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 Trek 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 Name 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 Like'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 Riot 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 Phaser 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 Bears 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 Death 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 Family 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 Vegetarians 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 Giraffe 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 Park 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 +0000