Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Pardis Sabeti: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards rock star Harvard professor explains why she believes she has the greatest job in the worldWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Building by Building Hestia project paints a detailed picture of a city's greenhouse gas metabolismWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Meet Ken Jennings's puzzle master and your gaming adventure guideWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Carnivorous Plant that Flings Insects Into Its Mouth glanduligera, a small plant native to Australia, features two sets of touch-sensitive tentacles to catapult insects towards its digestive concavity and then draw them in deeperWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Best View of the Baby Panda Yet Zoo’s new cub got a thorough grooming and a panda cam close-up Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Geese Fly in a V? have known something for millions of years that humans have only recently figured out for themselves. Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000John Lewis' Journey to the March on Washington age 23, the former chairman of SNCC stepped up to the podium to deliver a powerful speech to thousands on the steps of the Lincoln MemorialWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -00002013 In Motion Video Contest Highlights your video for a chance to win our grand prize and be featured on Smithsonian ChannelWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Thought Moving Through a Living Fish's Brain scientists monitored a zebrafish's mental response to a parameciumWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards - Dave Eggers and Mimi Lok, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards - Caroline Hoxby, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Museum of Glass decorative urns and plates to chandeliers, the Corning Museum of Glass features glass blown items from today to as far back as ancient EgyptTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Behind The Scenes at the United States Patent and Trademark Office day, thousands of inventors and businesses all over the world turn to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect their intellectual property. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000This Millipede is the Leggiest Creature in the World newly discovered Lllacme plenipes has up to 750 legs, more than any other known creatureTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000This Elephant Learned to Speak Korean, an elephant in a South Korean zoo, learned to say five different Korean wordsTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards - Caroline Winterer, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000101 Objects: John Bull Locomotive Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, explains how the John Bull locomotive became the driving force behind America's economy.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000101 Objects: Lincoln's Top Hat Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, describes the history of President Lincoln's iconic top hat.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000New Type of Electronic Circuit Dissolves in Water newly invented temporary electronics could be implanted in the body or used to monitor the environment without a need for cleanup afterwardTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Toe Tastebuds?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Gender Bending Fish, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Why Are These Mice Unafraid of Cats? are researching how the rodent can become less susceptible to its feline foe.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: The Leading Hotels of the World Leading Hotels of the World invites you to discover some of the most remarkably uncommon destinations from around the globe. Explore Morocco, Switzerland and Uruguay with this fresh take on old clichesTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Partner Video: Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural HIstory’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellows and Smithsonian scientists discuss their careers in science with students at a special event co-hosted by L’Oréal and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Learning Lab, Q?rius Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Partner Video: L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellows and Smithsonian Scientists Discuss "Why Science"’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellows and Smithsonian scientists explain why they chose science and why it is important to have women in the field Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Lyrebird, Nature's Mimic, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000CMD & CTRL: Tim Wu on Network Neutrality know that technology carries with it all manner of problems, but one of our biggest pickles tends to slip right by usTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens to Your Body in Space Without a Spacesuit? it's a bad idea to go out into space without a trusty spacesuit, but what exactly happens? Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: It Snows What on Venus?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Ambergris, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Humongous Fungus, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Forensic Anthropologist Confirms Surivival Cannibalism at Jamestown were proven through collaborative research efforts by Preservation Virginia's Jamestown Rediscovery Project (archaeology), The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (historical context) and Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History (forensic anthropology). Buy the DVD or book at, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The First Animal to Survive in Space or "Water bears" are the only creatures that can survive the extreme conditions in the vacuum of outer spaceTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Watch the Eruption of the Bizarre Artificial German Volcano a 18th century German prince visited Mt. Vesuvius in Naples, he insisted on building a replica of it on his estate back homeTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Part II — How Many Times Do They Pass the Ball? after people have seen researcher Daniel Simons’ first video, they still are stunned by the secondTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000How Many Times Do They Pass the Ball? reading the story, watch Daniel Simons' famous video on selective attentionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Los Texmaniacs perform "Por una mujer casada" July 31, Smithsonian Folkways will release GRAMMY-Award winning conjunto group Los Texmaniacs' 'Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds.' The 18-song album features a blend of polka, boleros, ballads, and Western swing, drawing from the rich tradition of Tex-Mex culture. This is their second album with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings following the GRAMMY-winning 'Borders y Bailes' in 2009, and features renowned Western swing singer Ray Benson and fiddle player Jason Roberts from the group Asleep at the Wheel, as well as GRAMMY-winning fiddler Bobby Flores. Max Baca, a virtuoso of the bajo sexto (a type of 12-string guitar), formed Los Texmaniacs in 1997 after his decade-long career with popular and innovative group the Texas Tornados. The San Antonio-based quartet Los Texmaniacs have performed for US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia/Kosovo, and have also played in China, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, acting as ambassadors of conjunto music and Texas culture worldwide. They also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on three occasions. For more information on Los Texmaniacs, visit their website:, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The History of Keeping Time did time-telling come from? What are time zones and why are there so many of them? Get the answers to these questions and more in this journey through the history of timeTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Only Footage of Mark Twain in Existence film footage taken in 1909 by Thomas Edison at Mark Twain's estateTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The (Secret) City of London Part 1: History did the United Kingdom end up with two Londons, one inside of the other? The answer begins with the RomansTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Tractor Square Dancing 1957, popular travel lecturer Thayer Soule filmed this unique tradition during a rehearsal for Early, Iowa's Fourth of July celebrationTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Calculating The Odds of Intelligent Alien Life the answer with Jill Tarter and the Drake Equation—a mathematical formula that calculates the possibility of undiscovered lifeTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ten Natural Wonders You've Never Heard Of the Gates of Hell to a forest made from limestone needles, these wonders are lesser known but just as amazingTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Remembering the March on Washington and speechmakers relive the pivotal moment of the Civil Rights MovementTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Dancing Ice Crystals "Cascades," a music video for British artist Ryan Teague, a homemade machine is used to animate the growth of ice crystalsTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Watch Newsreel Footage from the March on Washington came by the thousands via buses and trains, it fell to the organizers to figure out how to prepare for the massesTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000How to View the Transit of Venus sunset on June 5, the planet Venus will pass directly between the sun and earth. This phenomena won't be see again until the year 2117Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Is Pluto a Planet? from its planetary status, Pluto is now relegated to the Kuiper Belt. Is the word "planet" to blame?Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The History of English in 10 Minutes compilation of ten videos on the history of the English language. I compiled the videos into a film to make it a little easier to watch them all. While I do not own the originals. They originals are made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Licence agreement. The origin webpage can be found here, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000An Angola Prison Tower Heads to the Smithsonian being cut from a concrete base, the guard tower is ready for its ride from Louisiana to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DCTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -00005 Historical Misconceptions Rundown common misconceptions about history debunked. **NEW: Shirts now available: Get one to support the channel.**, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians from the Silk Route these exuberant recordings, pipa master Wu Man and her Uyghur, Tajik, and Hui collaborators explore connections between the musical worlds of China and Central Asia. Featuring the stirring vocals of Sanubar Tursun and Abdulla Majnun along with newly arranged and composed instrumental pieces, Borderlands is a masterful blending of kindred traditions. 14 tracks, 72 minutes, 48-page color booklet, and photos; DVD contains series introduction, 2 documentary films, interactive glossary, and map. Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia's rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region. Courtesy of Smithsonian FolkwaysTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Female Ferrets, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Bat Flies in Super Slow Motion, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tongue Print, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000X-Ray of a Bat Taking Flight, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000March on Washington - Eleanor Holmes Norton, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000March on Washington - John Lewis, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000March on Washington - Julian Bond, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Stem Cells Grow into a Liver Bud, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Toothbrush, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000March on Washington - Critical Past 2, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000March on Washington - Critical Past 1, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tunnel, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -000015 Minutes of Wet Clay Has Never Been More Hypnotic Russian potter Mikhail Sadovnikov adds different strokes, the design spins and melds and transforms in front of your eyes.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Gorgeous Video Postcard from Morocco a minute-long trip to a faraway land.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Astronomers Just Discovered an Asteroid With Rings aren't supposed to be there, but...there they are.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Space Cloud, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Story of the Wall Street Bull ticker tape parades to the Occupy Wall Street movement, "Charging Bull" has seen it allTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000What's It Like to BASE Jump from the World's Tallest Building? Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new World Record by BASE jumping from above the pinnacle of the 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The stunt was organized by Skydive Dubai.</br></br> Brought to you by Dubai Film Production. Music Licensed by The Rights WorkshopTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How MRC Global Grew to Become a Leading Supplier to the Energy Industry Global, now one of the largest suppliers of pipes, valves and fittings, began as a family-owned business that turned to Goldman Sachs for capital and advice.</br></br> Goldman Sachs has worked closely with MRC Global since 2007, helping identify opportunities to grow their business. Today MRC Global is a vital link in the production chain for the entire energy industry, with over 400 service locations, and over 5,000 employees, worldwide.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Right Whale Skeleton Arrives at the Smithsonian the process involved when a massive specimen arrives at the Smithsonian Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Pregnant Dads?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Hyena Poop, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Headless Cockroach, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards - John Rogers Award winner John Rogers discusses the future of biosensors—bendy, rubber-band like electronics that can melt in your body.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The History of the Presidential Seal inside the White House and discover locations where the seal is hiding in plain siteTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Seismic Waves Generated by Hurricane Sandy, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How Titan International Is Creating American Manufacturing Jobs Titan International set out to become the #1 manufacturer of specialty tires in the world, it turned to Goldman Sachs to help find the funding it needed.<br /><br /> Now, from its six factories throughout the U.S., Titan designs, tests and manufactures wheel and tire products that drive industries at the heart of the American economy – farming, mining and construction – fueling job growth and helping its customers get materials and manpower to where they are needed.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000villar6movie.mov, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How Hologic's Technology Is Helping Doctors Detect Diseases Earlier Hologic, a healthcare technology company, wanted to strengthen its leadership position in early detection solutions, it needed expert advice on how to grow.<br /><br /> For many years, Goldman Sachs has worked closely with Hologic, helping them grow through strategic acquisition from a two device company to become a leader in women’s healthcare and beyond. Today, Hologic is helping doctors diagnose and treat diseases earlier and with more accuracy, leading to longer, healthier lives for patients.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How the Brooklyn Navy Yard Is Creating a New Model for Urban Revitalization the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC) wanted to further revitalize its 300 acres and continue to create local jobs, it needed additional funding and expert advice.<br /><br /> Goldman Sachs helped BNYDC identify previously untapped sources of funding, invested its own capital, and helped manage the complexity of many different parties working together. The result: the renovation of Building 128, which will house innovative and growing businesses and create jobs for Brooklyn residents.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Lizard-Inspired Running Robot, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A New Miniature 3D Video Display compact 3D projection system could show up in the next generation of mobile devicesTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Kelly Slater's Perfect Wave IMAX film explains the science behind the phenomenonTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Bees Drink Nectar from a Coffee Flower get a caffeine buzz and memory boost when they drink coffee nectarTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Orangutan Plays Xylophone Like a Pro the tap of a finger, orangutan musician Bonnie makes the xylophone sing. With music, zookeepers hope to tap into the orangutans' creative side.Tue, 27 Jan 2015 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, 27 Jan 2015 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, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sneak Peek of Panda at the National Zoo Juan Rodriguez takes us behind the scenes with the majestic creatureTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Stretchable Battery battery can be stretched to 300% its original sizeTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Solar Flare Erupts's video of a solar flare from June 7, 2011Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Watch Insect Outbreaks From Space technology shows pine beetles infest a forest in the Pacific NorthwestTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000"Experiments with David Atwood" by Artist Nam June Paik clip from the father of video art's 1969 pieceTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Artist Nam June Paik's "Electronic Opera #1" the 1969 piece, a clip by the father of video artTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Artist Nam June Paik's "Global Groove" clip from the 1973 piece by the father of video artTue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Leaving Earth: A Deep Future or Science Fiction? How to Build a Perfect Colony Ship in Three Easy Steps Steltzner is an Engineering Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is leading the development of the Sampling System for the Mars2020 project. He recently led the team that developed the Curiosity Rover’s landing system. Adam joined the JPL in 1991 and has worked on various projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Champollion, and Comet Nucleus Sample Return, Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Rachel Kyte on the True Price of Carbon World Bank's special envoy for climate change makes the case for putting a price on carbon emissions in a way that reduces the human footprint while maintaining or even improving quality of life.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Drew Jones Simulates A Potential Climate Change Solution simulation specialist presents a "climate calculator" tool that shows why we need a multi-pronged approach to climate response.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000George Luber on the Health Hazards of Climate Change CDC scientist highlights some of the physical and mental ailments already affecting people due to climate shifts, and offers some possible ways to re-shape communities to be more resilient and adaptable.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Thomas Friedman on Nature, Economics and Foreign Policy, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000James Hack on Modeling a Changing Climate Oak Ridge scientist presents the latest efforts to model complex climate systems with some of the most powerful computers on the planet.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000John Kress Introduces the 2014 "Living In The Anthropocene" Symposium Smithsonian's interim under secretary for science talks about the genesis of this year's presentation and the critical role that Smithsonian scholars play in bringing context to discussions about human-induced change.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Thad Allen on Katrina, Deepwater Horizon, and Disaster Response former Coast Guard admiral gives his personal insights on responding to complex risks, gleaned from his work in the aftermath of two major environmental and social disasters.Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Five False ‘Facts’ About the Human Body you know everything about your own body? Test your smarts against this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze uncovers the facts behind five popular myths about the human bodyThu, 22 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s Up With Willpower and Why Don’t I Have It? better willpower? Learn how to just say no with this step-by-step guide on boosting your self-control. In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze dishes on the science behind willpower – what saps it and what makes it strongerWed, 21 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The National Air and Space Museum Lowers Charles Lindbergh's “Spirit of St. Louis” to the Ground first plane to fly nonstop from New York to Paris will reside on the ground level of the National Air and Space Museum for the next five months as it undergoes preservation (Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum)Fri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Aftermath of MLK's Assassination the hours following the assassination of Dr. King, public figures like Jesse Jackson and Bobby Kennedy voiced their reactions publiclyFri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000MLK's Last Speech"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following dayFri, 16 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Utah's Otherworldly Landscapes 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 majestyFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Two Leopards Battle, But Only One Can Survive Jack scores a kill, all kinds of grassland creatures come out of the woodwork to steal it. Even worse, Jack's rival is secretly waiting to ambush himFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Did 16,000 Romans Die at Kalkriese? with the force of the Roman legions, the rebel Arminius handpicked a battlefield in which their strategy was uselessFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Dying for Gold, Only to Find Copper the turn of the 20th century, Alaska lured thousands of eager prospectors in search of precious minerals to its bountiful mountains. What many found was far more treacherousFri, 09 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: A Caracal Slaps Down a Bird in Flight caracal is a fierce and agile predator. And the way it pursues airborne prey is astoundingWed, 07 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing? in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easyTue, 06 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Does Chicken Soup Really Help With a Cold?'t suffer through one more miserable cold-and-flu-season without getting an answer to the burning question: can chicken soup cure your cold? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian's host Eric Schulze reveals the secrets and the science behind the classic remedy offered up since the time of the ancient Greeks Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Capturing Changes in an Argentine Farming Village Human Studies Film Archives recently preserved Jorge Preloran's 1972 documentary, <em>Valle Fértil</em>Mon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Adam Steltzner of the Mars Rover Team the winner of the 2013 American Ingenuity Award for TechnologyMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Olympus BioScapes 2014 Competition: Keller Amat and Ahrens Zebrafish Brain Calcium, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Olympus BioScapes 2014 Competition: William Lemon, Fernando Amat and Philipp Keller Drosophila Morphogenesis, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000What Is String Theory? Brian Greene Explains Columbia University physicist untangles the science behind the idea that the whole universe is built from tiny vibrating stringsMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Would Happen if a Solar Flare Hit the Earth?"Be prepared” might not cover it when it comes to super stormsMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Are Planets Round? answer has everything to do with falling flat on your faceMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Plants Communicate? host, Eric Schulze, has the answerMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Does Stress Turn Your Hair Gray? a calming breath, then watch this video to find outMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is it True We Have Taste Buds in Our Stomachs? one to hide from the bitter truth, our host, Eric Schulze dishes up the answerMon, 05 Jan 2015 00:00:00 -0000How a Diphtheria Outbreak Spawned the Iditarod year, mushers drive a pack of 16 dogs through the rough wilderness between Anchorage and Nome in honor of a famous Alaska medical emergencyWed, 31 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Surfs Up At The Naval Surface Warfare Center technology can precisely recreate eight open-water conditionsMon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Animals Laugh? answer may lie between being ticklish and having a sense of humor (photo by Kristian Bell)Mon, 29 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Help Us Name Our Giant Panda Cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on August 23, 2013 has become America's panda sweetheart. And now we need panda supporters from across the globe to help name her! The new cub is part of the successful giant panda partnership between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Her birth is a direct result of our scientists' ongoing dedication to understand the lives, ecology and reproduction of these charismatic bears and ensure a healthy future for them and their mountain habitat.Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000If You're a Thrill-Seeker, You Need to Visit This Place bungee jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge to trekking up Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway, Colorado is the ultimate vacation destination for adventurers everywhereTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000What the Completed Great Pyramid Would've Looked Like, the Great Pyramid is tinted by smog and pollution, but when it was first built, the sanded limestone used to make it would've shone magnificentlyTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000The Fastest Punch in the World Shrimp have a knockout punch, delivering a killer blow as fast as a 22-caliber bulletTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Blackbeard's Face Was His Greatest Weapon and his pirates rarely fought the merchant vessels they commandeered. Their secret? Pure intimidation.Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000How does Liu Bolin Make Himself Invisible? how the artist directs his team so when a photograph is taken, Bolin is completely camouflaged by his surroundingsTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000The Jersey Shore Shark Attack 1916 shark attack spree began with an unsuspecting young man going for a leisurely swim off the Jersey ShoreTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Gladiator School the gladiators battled, they were sent to specialized schools where they were fed and groomed for success in the fightTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000The Lost Map of the Hindenburg years after the tragedy, a curator at the National Postal Museum made a discovery that shed new light on what happened to the doomed dirigible Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Titanoboa vs T-Rex's the ultimate battle of the predators - the monster snake's unbelievable power against the tyrannosaurus' giant bite. They lived in different times and places, but if they ever met, who would win?Tue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000The Cyrus Cylinder: An Artifact Ahead of Its Time relic from ancient Persia had a profound influence on the Founding FathersTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Danger at the Watering Hole families clash over access to the best spot at the watering holeTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000The Elephant Whisperer O'Connell has been studying the interactions of elephants for 20 years. She is one of the few people in the world who is able to translate their language and decipher their power strugglesTue, 23 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000World Science Festival: Misunderstood Geniuses—William Harvey, 19 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Carbon in Earth: Quantities, Movements, Forms and Origins video highlights the Midterm Scientific Report of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year (2009-2019) program of exploration and experimentation, involving a network of scientists from more than 40 countries. Mon, 15 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Secretary on Institution's First Official Climate Change Statement October 2014, the Smithsonian Institution released its first official statement on climate change. The bold statement acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activities. Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough lends perspective to this landmark statement, and explains the valuable role that the Institution can play in research and education around this important issue.Thu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Which State Looks Most Like Mars? over Utah, it's easy to imagine that you've left Earth and have stepped onto another planetThu, 11 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000A Cycle Opera Rehearsal students in Scunthorpe, England, rehearse for their performance celebrating the life of homegrown cyclist Lal WhiteMon, 08 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Unlocking the Spear of Destiny's True Power's no secret that Charles IV, king of Bohemia, possessed the Spear of Destiny. But the way he brandished it in public reveals his savvy understanding of mythology and powerFri, 05 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Vaccines Work? you ever wondered how a simple shot can keep you from dying a horrible death? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian’s host, Eric Schulze, unravels how vaccines boot-camp our bodies into shape, getting us ready to fight off deadly diseasesThu, 04 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000A Mongoose and Black Mamba Fight to Death mongoose is lightning fast and has razor-sharp teeth. A black mamba can kill 15 grown men with just one bite. Which of these two mortal enemies will win?Tue, 02 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0000