Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ice Cycle Burnter speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Live iPad Painting by Jeremy Sutton artist Jeremy Sutton paints a real-time depiction of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's "America Now! Innovation in Art" eventMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000How to Grow a Human Arm in a Lab Tandon speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Oceans Knowlton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalMon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000You're Surrounded! The Internet of Things meets Artificial Intelligence Ashton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Geo-engineering the Earth's Atmosphere Keith speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Architecture of the Future Henderson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 02 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Nature John Kress speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Oliver Sacks and The Mind's Eye Burns speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The $100 Million Brain Mapping Initiative Insel speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000IBM's Watson Predicts the Future Teerlink speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Future Is in Your Genes Venter speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why We Sleep Walker speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The End of Time As We Know It Wing speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Future of the Human Spirit in a World of Machines Isaacson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Building a Cognitive Exoskeleton Casebeer speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Evolving Ourselves: How Humans Drive Evolution Enriquez speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Future of Precision Medicine Green speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Seeing the Power of the Human Mind, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tails more for grasping than locomotion, seahorse tails are both flexible and uniquely strong. (Video courtesy Dominique Adriaens, UGent)Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible? you ever think you’d hear the words "skunk," "anti-aircraft weaponry" and "nipple squirters" in the same sentence? Brace yourself and watch this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze sticks his nose into the science of skunk spray.Tue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why You Can Thank Arthritis for the Photocopier patent attorney Chester Carlson starts to develop arthritis in his hands, he realizes he needs an easier way to copy documents. Little did he know it would transform the office environment foreverTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Is This the World's Best Preserved Mummy? least 500 years old, the Inca maiden found at the top of the Andes is so well-preserved that visitors find themselves whispering, for fear of waking herTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Virgins of the Sun and the Incan Human Sacrifice Incan times, a select group of girls called "Virgins of the Sun" were taken from their families and prepared for what was believed to be the highest honor: a human sacrifice to the GodsTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000This Man Filmed the Inside of a Hurricane and Lived To Tell Joseph Bussey filmed Hurricane Ike aboard The Odyssey in the Galveston, Texas, bay. Thankfully, both he and his incredible footage made it out in one pieceTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Frog Dive: How To Fall With Style gliding tree frog uses its webbing as a parachute. It's a great escape mechanism, especially when being pursued by a deadly boaTue, 30 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have a Distinctive Smell? beats the sweet smells of a summer rain. But what exactly is it that we’re smelling? Find out in this one-minute video, when Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the alluring aromas of rain.Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell? all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000See the USA in a Minute is one of the most breathtaking and diverse geographical places on Earth. From monuments to mountains and canyons to coastlines, take a speedy aerial tour through our country's most stunning sitesThu, 25 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accident hikers Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpses on the planetWed, 24 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Wingsuit Flying: The Most Extreme Sport of All? flying is famous for two things: a sense of thrill that's hard to match in any other sport, and a terrifyingly high death rateTue, 23 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Rollercoaster Was Invented to Save America From Satan the 1880s, LaMarcus Thompson was troubled by America's slide into hedonism and immorality. Out of that concern, we got the rollercoasterMon, 22 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Vietnam POWs Refused This CIA Rescue Mission May 1972, the CIA launched Operation Thunderhead to rescue escaped American soldiers from a North Vietnamese prison. Here's why James Bond Stockdale and the other "Hanoi Hilton" POWs decided to shut it downFri, 19 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week of Making: Corals, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week of Making: Rick Quintero, 18 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning the American Ingenuity Award winner believes higher education should be a basic human rightFri, 12 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Hare Krishna Palace of Gold in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, New Vrindaban is home to the largest Hare Krishna community in America. It's also known as "America's Taj Mahal"Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000A New View of Vegas by mobsters and ruled by Wall Street, the Las Vegas strip has become the capitol of extravagance...and bad behaviorTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Black Blizzards of Oklahoma the farmers who settled Oklahoma's lands didn't know was that the years of plentiful rain were only a brief segment of a cycle that would bring drought, dust storms, and devastationTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000White Mountain National Forest on foot, by raft or from a car, no experience of the White Mountain National Forest beats the view from aboveTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Georgia O'Keeffe's New Mexico famous American painter Georgia O'Keeffe found inspiration in New Mexico, repeatedly painting its natural and manmade landmarksTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000On the Shores of the Great Lakes by four of America's Great Lakes, Michigan has more freshwater shoreline than any other state. Each of its shores has its own unique landscape, from forests, to beaches, to giant walls of sandTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000How Samuel Clemens Became Mark Twain up on the banks of the Mississippi River fueled the imagination of a young boy named Samuel Clemens. The world would later know him as Mark TwainTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Horrific Tragedy at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home of Frank Lloyd Wright's most beloved properties, Taliesin, was inspired by Wisconsin's natural beauty. But its history is mired in tragedyTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Without Fort Lee, There'd Be No Hollywood Thomas Edison is best-known for inventing the lightbulb, it's often forgotten that he also set up the world's first movie studio, in Fort Lee, New JerseyTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Plane Crash that Claimed Three Rock Legends death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in an Iowa cornfield became known as "The Day the Music Died" after the 1971 Don McLean songTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Amelia Earhart in the Air Capital of Amelia Earhart and the first commercially produced plane in the country, Kansas has earned its reputation as the capital of flightTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Mount St. Helens St. Helens sits quietly now, but her legacy is one of devastating destructionTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Climbing Monkey Face conquered in 1992, the climb up the east side of a 300-foot rock pillar named "Monkey Face" has become the ultimate rock-climbing challengeTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Providence Canyon gorges are gorgeous! Locals call this geological beauty "Little Grand Canyon"Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Jefferson's Monticello gardens, skylights, and the famous dome room, Jefferson designed his home to be more than a place to live; it was his architectural legacyTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Birthplace of the Atomic Bomb 1942, one thousand families were pushed out of Oak Ridge, Tennessee as part of The Manhattan Project - the US government's top secret initiative to engineer an atomic bombTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Sandy Shores of Myrtle Beach the heart of South Carolina's Grand Strand lies Myrtle Beach, the state's most famous coastal townTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Autumn in the Air a journey over the fiery red foliage of fall and the covered bridges of Montgomery, VermontTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Where Cars Drive Over 230 MPH 300,000 people gather every Memorial Day to witness the legendary Indianapolis 500, one of the greatest spectacles in U.S. racingTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Restorative Power of North Dakota Roosevelt made his was to North Dakota to hunt bison, it wasn't long before he fell in love with the wild, western landTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Wolf of Omaha's Streets his arrival in Omaha in 1892, Tom Dennison - nicknamed the "Grey Wolf" - controlled the city's street's for more than 30 yearsTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000One of Nature's Most Amazing Sights of Yellowstone's most popular attractions, the Grand Prismatic Spring is home to some of the earliest forms of life on EarthTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Where Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation than half a century ago, civil rights leaders Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for equality in Montgomery, inspiring a national movement through acts of nonviolenceTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Defense of Fort McHenry you know how our National Anthem came to be? We have a raging battle, a young poet and Maryland to thankTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Fall in Connecticut fields full of pumpkins and forests full of ghosts, this New England state might be the perfect place for tricks and treatsTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Rich Colonial Past away from modernity, New Castle gives us a glimpse of what American life used to look likeTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Harbor Island: Man's Inhumanity beauty of Harbor Island shrouds the secrets of a dark historyTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000How to Avoid Your Neighbors Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother himTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Illinois: Al Capone and Chicago's Violent Mobster Past over Chicago and back through the city's violent past. Illinois is the final state to be captured in Smithsonian Channel's "Aerial America" series. See clips from the other 49 states below.Tue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Making of Modern Day San Antonio Spanish conquistadors crossed the Rio Grande In the 1500s, they built a string of native missions in an area that would later become San AntonioTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Biltmore Estate a quaint summer home for the Vanderbilt family, The Biltmore Estate and its grounds are as stunning from the air as they are from the groundTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why the Germans Torpedoed the Lusitania German U-boat Commander Walther Schwieger ordered a torpedo strike on the Lusitania, he didn't know it would be the shot that eventually led the U.S. into WWI. But it wasn't a mistake, eitherTue, 09 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Where to Find Vampires in America tiny town of Forks, Washington became known for its teenage vampires thanks to Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. And HBO's True Blood established Natchez, Mississippi as another vampire havenTue, 02 Jun 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 treacherousTue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Volcanoes of Hawaii was born around 40 million years ago, from sea volcanoes and the shifting EarthTue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Take a Trip to Glacier National Park Glacier National Park's awe-inspiring peaks, untouched forests, pristine alpine meadows, and breathtaking lakesTue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ketchum, Idaho: Hemingway's Sunny Home Away from Home, who moved to Ketchum in 1960, was often spotted in town at the Sawtooth Club, when he wasn't writing, hunting, or fly-fishing.Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000For Bourbon Fans, Kentucky is the Holy Land's Old Crow Bourbon Distillery is the birthplace of the spirit favored by Mark Twain and President Ulysses S. Grant.Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Famous Ohio Natives actor Paul Newman to astronaut Neil Armstrong, Ohio is home to some of the most influential and recognizable people in historyTue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000America's First Multimillionaire 1828, John Jacob Astor built a trading post on the Missouri River. Business was so profitable that it only took four decades for Astor to become America's first multimillionaireTue, 02 Jun 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Have Cats Been Domesticated? did we start getting cuddly with cats? And have those tabbies really been tamed? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze investigates the surprising history and science behind today’s house catWed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s Up with Saturn’s Rings? being just one minute long, this Ask Smithsonian video hosted by Eric Schulze is crammed full of strange things you never knew – but should – about Saturn’s rings. Prepare to be amazed.Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000How Is Angkor Wat Still Standing Today? engineering masterpiece is strikingly tall and covers an area four times larger than the Vatican City. But without the surrounding moat, the structure would never have survivedWed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion? all know concussions are a bad thing, but have you ever wondered exactly what happens to your brain when it gets knocked around? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze takes a few whacks to the head in the name of science. (Disclaimer: No brains were harmed during the making of this video.)Wed, 27 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000To the Moon and Back: Apollo 11 Celebrates its 40th Anniversary a man to the moon required an overhaul of the entire space program, involving more powerful rockets and new spacecraftTue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000101 Objects: The Wright Flyer Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, chronicles the three journeys the Wright Flyer took to make it to the Smithsonian.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is the Origin of Applause? your hands together for our host, Eric Schulze, as he dives into history to answer your questionFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000What Is Jazz? of the National Museum of American History’s jazz program discuss the legacy of jazz in the United StatesFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Cyrus Cylinder: An Artifact Ahead of Its Time relic from ancient Persia had a profound influence on the Founding FathersFri, 22 May 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. Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Is Human Evolution Over? Pobiner’s research centers on the evolution of human diets (especially meat-eating) in Africa and Asia, but has included topics as diverse as cannibalism in the Cook Islands and chimpanzee carnivory. Her favorite moments include watching lions eat a zebra carcass on the equator and discovering fossils last butchered and eaten by one of her 1.5 million year old ancestors.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000My Four Apocalypses Kirk Johnson has studied the effects of the dinosaur-killing asteroid and led expeditions that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites on all continents. His work has been featured in NOVA documentaries, including “Ice Age Death Trap” and the upcoming “Making of North America”. Most recently, Johnson has overseen the acquisition of the Nation’s T. rex, a 66 million-year-old skeleton that will be the centerpiece of the Smithsonian’s new dinosaur hall that will open in 2019.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopia one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Video: #WeGotThis DC, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, they have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000See a Hoverboard in Action Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future is Here conference, the company Hendo showed off its hoverboard technology.Mon, 18 May 2015 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, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Unlocking the Secrets of the Inner Earth,000 scientists in 40 countries are searching for answers 100 miles below our feetMon, 11 May 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 Mon, 11 May 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 Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000