Videos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/video-2/RSS feed for VideosenMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/obamas-historic-2008-dnc-speech/Presidential 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 Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-elk-calves-are-undetectable-to-yellowsto/In 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 Gohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-submarine-dangerously-tests-how-deep-it-ca/The 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 Raidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-maximum-security-meant-for-ancient-tomb/The 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 Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-device-unearthed-an-ancient-gladiator-s/With 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 Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-daring-rescue-by-submarine-deep-in-enemy/When 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 Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-wild-pig-has-fangs-that-can-pierce-its/A 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 Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-the-assassin-bug-more-than-lives-up-to-i/The 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 Lifetimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-great-white-can-go-through-20000-teeth-in/While 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 Fightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-how-the-strongest-insect-on-the-plane/Hercules beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their sizeTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-extraordinary-life-cycle-of-a-hornet-colony/After 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. Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-a-broom-tied-to-a-periscope-means-in-th/On 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 Matchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-uss-wahoo-and-its-skipper-were-a-per/The 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 Nightmareshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-hagfish-is-the-slimy-sea-creature-of-you/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/does-this-scenario-explain-jfk-jrs-plane-c/A 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 Mystiquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-crash-of-flight-4590-destroyed-conco/The 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 Unnoticedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-vampire-bats-suck-blood-30-minutes-unnoticed/Thanks 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 Anteaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/meet-the-echidna-an-incredible-fire-proof-anteater/The 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 Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-coconut-octopus-uses-tools-to-snatch-a-crab/Coconut 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 Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/terrifying-worm-snatches-fish-from-ocean-floor/Sand 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 Micehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-carnivorous-plant-that-feasts-on-mice/While 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 Unseehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-puff-adder-swallowing-a-rat-is-something-y/ 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 Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful_1/A 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-Mohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-gaboon-viper-strikes-a-bird-in/Gaboon 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 Tequilahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-strange-link-between-bats-and-tequila/As 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 Controversialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-templar-secret-rituals-were-so-contr/From 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-can-a-puff-adder-snake-bite-do-to-a-rhino/A 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 Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful/Not 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 Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-fire-opened-buckingham-palace-to-public/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/hidden-tunnel-used-by-the-knights-templar/It'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 Tankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-underwater-spider-has-scuba-tank/The 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 Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/queen-elizabeth-II-decided-to-televise-coronation/The 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 Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-knights-templar-came-to-be/After 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