Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenFri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Day on the Tundra recaps a very cold day and exciting encounter with polar bears.Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Juliana Dog Sledding in 4K on the HTC Bolt™ with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 5Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoon transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Observe one caterpillar as it developments into a gorgeous winged insect.Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared? did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD? This historian's breakthrough might provide some intriguing answers.Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Ruby Slippers red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes were originally silver.Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have contributed to a loss of grazing habitats, which eventually drove them to extinction.Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavor, from the Hubble Space Telescope to Skylab. Now it's time for the bizarre aircraft to get a check-up.Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witness. Take a look at what exactly takes place mid-flight and how they're able to move with such control.Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggs birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggs, which comprise 50% of her bodyweight.Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Male they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks along the way. This puts the cubs at risk from an unlikely predator: famished male polar bears.Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900. Now, the luxury car brand is looking to the past for its new model.Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fake the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errors.Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicion marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring union. But in 1947, when the wedding took place, many in the royal family were concerned.Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Wallis Simpson Infiltrated British Royalty aren't many rumors that American socialite Wallis Simpson hasn't been subjected to. So here's how she actually infiltrated the British monarchy.Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Catherine the Great Used This Mechanical Table to Avoid Scandal the Great’s mechanical dinner table created a luxurious private affair. Guests arrived by invite only and wait staff were kept out of earshot to minimize gossip and scandal.Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000 Marie Antoinette Didn't Actually Say "Let Them Eat Cake” Marie Antoinette really say, "Let them eat cake"? Discover the truth about France's most infamous queen though her coded letters written to Swedish diplomat and alleged lover, Axel von Fersen.Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder years after the show aired, Star Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventors to create one quickly.Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Experience Heroes & Legends at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex℠, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take off. Luckily, these birds have found a way to use the rising currents of hot air to their advantage.Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkhole 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile program. They ended up building it inside a massive Puerto Rican sinkhole.Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: When Did People Start Keeping Pets?’s best friend is also one of his oldest.Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Long Can a Person Hold Their Breath?! The answer will amaze you.Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters? host, Eric Schulze, explains how science is tackling this puzzling question from space.Tue, 25 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod community. That community also happens to be their prey.Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Former Afghan Interpreter for the U.S. Military Recalls the Dangers of the Job Erin Trieb. Video Editing: Nicole Boliaux)Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wrong British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of Vaagso. Inside, the Germans are waiting for them, greeting them with a hail of bullets.Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Pro, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanks. When opened, they extend the width of its body, enabling it to glide gracefully through the air.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years away. What he found proved that planets formed billions of years earlier than what scientists originally calculated.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East Asia. With its 66 antennas sitting 16,400 feet above sea level, ALMA gives us an incredible view of the universe.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush? archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the cause. A later study revealed something much more intriguing.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoff optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH mark--faster than a jumbo jet taking off.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flight.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speed much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucial.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Ago 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodon. Not only did it possess wings, it was one of the first large vertebrates to travel by air.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantis mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexes. But when one goes for a Bombardier beetle, it gets a highly unpleasant chemical surprise.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -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 Institute. Breeding this threatened species in captivity has always been difficult, but groundbreaking new research into canid in-vitro fertilization at the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program could change that.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint? stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resort.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold the winter of 1941, the Allies were desperate: Nazi forces were advancing in Russia, and the Americans were ill-prepared for combat. Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back home.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Inside the Mind of a Killer horror found its inspiration from the real-life criminal investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Exorcist's Rule Book serious manifestation of evil is never a pretty thing, but Catholic priests face down demons with precision.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966 policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gas. But some say that's just what the government wanted us to believe.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweet Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn and rice to bananas, plantains, and mangoes.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeys Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birds.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in Scream.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Point of Earwax? science of earwax in under a minuteThu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sloth Bear Cub Plays a Harmonica bear cub Remi plays harmonica as part of an animal enrichment program at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The activity encourages the same behavior sloth bears in the wild use to suck insects out of their nestsTue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Otters Play a Piano at the National Zoo's cuter than cats playing piano? Otters playing piano. Asian small-clawed otter paws fly across the keyboard as part of an animal enrichment course.Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000