Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenThu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the Templar Secret Rituals Were So Controversial spitting on the Christian cross to strange sexual acts, the Knights Templar's secret rituals were controversial. But were they using these ceremonies to praise a different religion entirely?Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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 pretty.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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 deadliest.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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. One of the plants it also plays a major role in pollinating is agave, which gives us tequila.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America Don Mischer ProductionsWed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Should Humans Care About Biodiversity Loss? don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on it.Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret, like its name suggests, is a makeshift oxygen supply.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public 1992, a fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: For the first time ever, Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public, to raise money for the renovation.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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 decorum. Here's why the Queen herself overruled them.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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 items. One thing is certain: It's a remarkable showcase of their engineering.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -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 harm. This pact is now famously remembered as the Knights Templar.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Native Americans Saw Buffalo as More Than Just Food relationship between some Native American tribes and the American buffalo was a sacred one. Not only did it provide the former with food, clothing, and weapons, it also played a central role in their spiritual life.Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring. It's a magical moment when the youngins experience the world for the first time--and photographers are there to capture it.Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Angry Hippo Charges a Trespassing Lion lion ventures into an area of the river that's part of a hippo bull's territory. The enraged hippo wastes no time in asserting his dominance.Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Risky Way a Polar Bear Attack Victim Confronts Her Fear Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagine. After all, it's been just a year since she survived a near-fatal attack by one.Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why the U.S. Army Guarded the 23 Remaining American Buffalo 1882, General Philip Sheridan's expedition to the protected buffalo haven in Yellowstone National Park revealed a gruesome reality: Poachers were continuing to slaughter the last remnants of America's big-game icon.Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 pounds, to sustain her during winter.Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Polar Bear Mom and Cub Accidentally Separated by a Car car horn outside Churchill, Manitoba, causes a curious polar bear mom and her cub to scurry in opposite directions. They find themselves farther apart than they've ever been before.Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -00002nd Place - Charles Krebs Krebs Photography / Issaquah, Washington, USA / The predatory ciliate (Lacrymaria olor) / Differential Interference Contrast / 200x/400xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A German Wasp - Jan Rosenboom, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany / A German wasp (vespula germanica) awakening / Light Microscopy / 30xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Cheese Mites - Dr. Scott Chimileski Medical School / Boston, Massachusetts, USA / Hundreds of harmless cheese mites (Tyrophagus casei) bustle across a rind of cheddar cheese / Stereomicroscopy / 5xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -00001st Place - William Gilpin, Vivek N. Prakash, and Manu Prakash University / Stanford, California, USA / An eight-week-old starfish larva creates vortices in order to capture its main food source, swimming algae / Dark Field / 4xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Zebrafish Embryo - Dr. Philipp Keller and Raghav K. Chhetrii Research Campus, Howard Hughes Medical Institute / Ashburn, Virginia, USA / Spatially isotropic whole-animal functional imaging of a behaving Drosophila larva labeled with a calcium indicator / Custom-built IsoView light-sheet microscope / 16xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -00003rd Place - Wim van Egmond Museum / Berkel en Rodenrijs, Netherlands / The fungus Aspergillus niger growing fruiting bodies Stacking/Time Lapse / 10xTue, 13 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Devoted Mother Is Also a Cockroach most insects, female giant burrowing cockroaches look after their young for up to six months. In an eight-year lifespan, they can produce around 150 young.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stress acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kids.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruins Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasures.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Out you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thank.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration? one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievement.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000With "Master of None," Aziz Ansari Has Created a True American Original star of the breakout television series brings the voice of his generation to the masses.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waves year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century ago.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisis concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan city.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicine.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards 2016 magazine honored innovators in nine categories: Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Life and Physical Sciences, Education, History, Social progress and Youth Achievement, at its 5th annual American Ingenuity Awards.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Christopher Gray's Scholly App Is Bringing Millions of Dollars to College Students in Need entrepreneur's new digital platform has helped applicants land $50 million in scholarships.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mae Jemison Reads the Letter Written by John Glenn to Honor Jeff Bezos for Blue Origin, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stephen Hawking Congratulates the LIGO Team on Winning the 2016 American Ingenuity Award in Physical Sciences"They have given mankind a completely new way of looking at the universe." Stephen Hawking, congratulates Kip Thorne, Rainer Weiss, Barry Barish and Ronald Drever, the first scientists to detect gravitational waves, at the 2016 Smithsonian magazine American Ingenuity Awards.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Erin Brockovich Congratulates Marc Edwards and LeeAnne Walters on Winning the 2016 American Ingenuity Award for Social Progress“Superman isn’t coming. It is a moment in our time when we must look to ourselves, and not take for granted or wait for something from the top to come down, but rather…pick up the torch, carry the torch, to find information and the truth…” – Erin Brockovich applauds Marc Edwards and LeeAnne Walters for their work exposing the Flint water crisis at the 2016 Smithsonian magazine American Ingenuity Awards.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Nolinor 737 Prevents Gravel From Crashing Its Engines "vortex dissipator" sounds like something from a sci-fi movie. In fact, it's a sophisticated gravel protection device, used in planes like the Nolinor 737, that protects the engine from being destroyed on the runway.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Beloved Alpha Polar Bear Near the End of His Life Pete, as he's known by locals in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, is an elderly polar bear who's been visiting the town for decades. Possibly 25 years or older, Pete is now deteriorating physically but continues to hunt for food.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Only Live News Report from the Attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941, an NBC radio affiliate in Honolulu made an urgent phone call to New York. In it, he begins to describe what the world would later know as the attack on Pearl HarborMon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the British Cleverly Diverted Nazi Missiles Double Cross was the British response to the threat of Nazi V2 rockets. It involved relaying bogus information about British targets to decrease the accuracy of future attacks.Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stephen Colbert Congratulates OK Go on Winning the 2016 American Ingenuity Award for Visual Arts"OK Go made music videos relevant again." – Stephen Colbert | OK Go, Damian Kulash Jr. and Trish Sie won the Smithsonian magazine American Ingenuity Award for Visual Arts for pushing the music-video envelope with their zero-gravity video for "Upside Down & Inside Out." Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The National Museum of Natural History Gets a Facelift Facebook Live EventThu, 08 Dec 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, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stop Bottoms is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birds, from pelicans to 27 species of ducks.Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Self Portrait, Submerged Excerpts - Bill Viola StudioTue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Dreamers Installation View Excerpts - Bill Viola StudioTue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Dorothy's Ruby Slippers Were Originally Silver red is how we remember them, but Dorothy's famous shoes had a different look to begin with.Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Ship's Crew Eats in the Middle of Combat battle, mealtimes for the HDMS Peter Willemoes are tightly orchestrated affairs. The 160 person crew is divided into three teams, and each team has only six minutes to eat their meal.Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This passion would lead him to become a key figure in the development of one of the Nazi's most devastating weapon: the V2 rocket.Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficulty 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the water--and he's not one to back down from a challenge.Mon, 05 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 -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 -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 -0000