Videos | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/videos/RSS feed for the videosenMon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-animals-predict-natural-disasters/Our host, Eric Schulze, explains how science is tackling this puzzling question from space. (Still Image: sengulmurat/iStock)Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/utahs-otherworldly-landscapes_1/Despite its dry desert landscapes, Utah is a land of endless surprises, and Glen Canyon is one of them, rivaling Arizona's Grand Canyon for sheer majesty.Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000John Muir's Transformative Climb Up Mt. Rainierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-muirs-transformative-climb-up-mt-rainier/In 1880, John Muir boldly hiked to the icy summit of one of Washington State's most recognizable landmarks. He would later go on to became one of nature's greatest advocates.Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought...Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring land, and began secretly buying thousands of acres to open a national park.Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Which National Park Draws 25 Million Visitors a Year?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/which-national-park-draws-25-million-visitors/The National Mall attracts an unbelievable amount of visitors each year. Here's what they come to see.Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Secret Refuge of the Swamp Foxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/secret-refuge-of-the-swamp-fox/The swampy, cypress-covered Francis Marion National Forest was once an escape route for a controversial figure in America's fight for independence.Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Double Eagle Investigationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-double-eagle-investigation/Years after all double eagles were supposedly destroyed, the Secret Service traces the reappearance of two of the rare coins back to a deal between jeweler Israel Switt and Mint cashier George McCann.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Amazing Rise of Parliament's First Female Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/amazing-rise-of-parliaments-first-female-member/When Nancy Astor's husband gave up his seat in British parliament, she decided to run in his place. Her victory immortalized her as the first woman to hold a seat in parliament.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/honey-bees-are-crucial-employees-at-this-airport/A colony of almost 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine the pollution levels in that area.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How This Giant 65,000-Ton Vessel Carries Larger Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-giant-65000-ton-vessel-carries-large-ships/Hawk is a 732-foot-long, 180-foot-wide transport vessel able to haul some of the world's heaviest cargo across the globe. It's next challenge? Transporting the 36,000-ton Mighty Ship Maersk Interceptor from Singapore to Norway.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-is-this-lizard-doing-push-ups/It can be challenging to engage someone from a distance. Draco lizards, however, have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential mates.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/death-valley-one-of-the-most-extreme-places/Southern California is home to some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet — none more so than Death Valley where, in 1913, the temperatures reached a world-record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-real-way-komodo-dragons-kill-prey/Komodo dragons aren't physically built to chase after their prey. Remarkably, they've mastered the technique of stalking, biting, and secreting deadly venom in them.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Insanely Ambitious and Corrupt Plot to Grow L.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/insane-ambitious-corrupt-plot-to-grow-los-angeles/In 1898, the mayor of Los Angeles, Fred Eaton, came up with an audacious plan to drive up the value of local real estate. He would secretly divert the water from an entire river valley in the north to the city.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-is-a-rattlesnakes-rattle-actually-made-of/Rattlesnakes are born with tiny buttons at the end of their tails. Each time they shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattle.Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hammerhead vs. Stingrayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hammerhead-vs-stingray/A hammerhead shark locates a stingray hiding beneath the ocean floor. Unnerved, the stingray makes a dash for freedom — but is it too late?Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/donald-harvey-most-prolific-serial-killer-america/Find out how forensic pathologists determined that Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker who called himself the "Angel of Death," murdered nearly 100 people.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How America's Public Parks Were Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-americas-public-parks-were-born/Manhattan is home to one of America's best urban ideas: public parks. Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary design that's since influenced cities around the country.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Flythrough Video of the Apollo 11 3D Modelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/flythrough-video-of-the-apollo-11-3d-model/Take a guided trip through the model and then head over to Smithsonian X 3D to zip through it yourself.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Egohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-egyptian-pharaoh-with-the-biggest-ego/Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist today.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Did a Grizzly Bear Get on California's Flag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-did-a-grizzly-bear-get-on-californias-flag/As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, the local Mexican authorities regarded them with suspicion. This would set off a chain of events culminating in the Bear Flag Revolt.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Ships Breaks Ice for a Livinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/this-ship-breaks-ice-for-a-living/Caught in vast field of pressurized sea ice north of Newfoundland, a cargo ship awaits rescue by the Henry Larsen before another winter storm hits.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Da Vinci's The Last Supper plays a key role in the 2006 blockbuster hit The Da Vinci Code. Although the film's claims are more fiction than fact, could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Incredible Things a Hammerhead's Nose Can Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-things-a-hammerheads-nose-can-do/A hammerhead shark's scent organs are highly sophisticated. They're capable of detecting a single drop of fish oil in a body of water equivalent to an Olympic-size swimming pool.Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Musehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/woman-muse-picasso-hemingway-fitzgerald-1920s/The wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s Paris. This included legendary painters and writers alike.Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-colonial-settlement-that-vanished/Just outside North Carolina's Outer Banks is Roanoke Island, the scene of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in U.S. history: the disappearance of an entire colony of English settlers.Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Happened to Chris McCandless?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/what-happened-to-chris-mccandless/In 1992, Christopher McCandless set off to test if he could survive alone in the wilds of Alaska. It didn't go as planned.Tue, 05 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-brown-bears-are-misunderstood/Historically feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S. Because of this, 95% of these majestic creatures live in Alaska.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ways-to-avoid-losing-oxygen-in-a-submarine/In 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressed. In order to preserve oxygen, they had to find ways to stay calm.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Ultra High Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/ultra-high-speed-penguin-footage-pliosaurus/How did the pliosaurus, a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator, keep up with its prey? A biomechanics expert finds answers by observing an unlikely present-day equivalent: the penguin.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do Your Checked Bags Actually Get on the Plane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/how-do-your-checked-bags-get-on-the-plane/Your bags usually make the same journey you do. But before they've even boarded, they're in for a six-mile automated trip through the bowels of the airport.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Diphtheria Outbreak Spawned the Iditarodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-diphtheria-outbreak-spawned-the-iditarod/Each year, mushers drive a pack of 16 dogs through the rough wilderness between Anchorage and Nome in honor of a famous Alaska medical emergency.Thu, 30 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Past, Present and Future of Agriculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-past-present-and-future-of-agriculture/Humans have been modifying plants since the beginning of agriculture, but now, globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before.Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Pirogue's Eye View of Harper, Liberiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/a-pirogues-eye-view-of-harper-liberia/A pirogue's eye view of the inlet at the edge of Harper. Some of the first groups of freed American slaves landed on the shores of West Africa near here. (Credit: Clair MacDougall)Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Man Controls the Ways You Walk in Airportshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/this-man-controls-the-ways-you-walk-in-airports_1/Many airports employ passenger flow experts to look out for travel patterns among passengers. From there, they can change the airport's infrastructure to make sure you get to your gate more efficiently.Mon, 27 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000