Videos | Smithsonian feed for VideosenMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Together candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speechMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolves Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Go USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feetThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raiders Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tonsWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Device Unearthed an Ancient Gladiator School its abundant greenery, you'd have no idea there was once an ancient city located just outside of RomeTue, 21 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Daring Rescue-by-Submarine, Deep in Enemy Waters a WWII Australian spy operation in occupied Borneo is uncovered, its operatives go into hiding. Rescuing them involves sneaking a sub into enemy waterMon, 20 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Wild Pig Has Fangs That Can Pierce Its Own Skull male babirusa's canines are an evolutionary mystery: They never stop growingFri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Name assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. It uses its sharp nose to pierce and inject toxins into its victimsThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Great White Can Go Through 20,000 Teeth in Its Lifetime a great white shark's 300 serrated teeth are an amazing hunting adaptation, what's even more amazing is their replaceabilityWed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fights beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their sizeTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid foodMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means in the U.S. Navy February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a wink to an old Naval traditionFri, 10 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why the USS Wahoo and Its Skipper Were a Perfect Match new skipper of the Wahoo was the formidable Dudley Morton--a Kentucky Baptist with an aggressive philosophy on how submarine warfare should be wagedThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmares hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine)Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Does This Scenario Explain JFK Jr.'s Plane Crash? distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments. According to investigators, these were some of the possible factorsTue, 07 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystique Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelersMon, 06 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Vampire Bats Suck Blood for 30 Minutes Unnoticed to a local anesthetic in their spit, vampire bats are able to drink blood from their prey without being detectedFri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteater echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its ability to breathe through bushfiresThu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need themWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floor strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brainTue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Mice the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plantMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Puff Adder Swallowing a Rat Is Something You Can't Unsee A puff adder has just bitten a rat, injecting it with enough venom to finish it off. The next step is to swallow it wholeThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Away Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animalsWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mo vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their preyTue, 24 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequila a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S.Wed, 18 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 +0000