Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenMon, 27 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Communicating With Brain Signals Ebeling speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalMon, 27 Jul 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 herFri, 24 Jul 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 GodsFri, 24 Jul 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 pieceFri, 24 Jul 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 boaFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Oceans Knowlton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000What The Real Watson and Holmes Did for a Living Holmes, a burglar alarm pioneer, and Thomas Watson, an electrician who worked for Alexander Graham Bell, decided to join forces in 1878. Not to solve mysteries, but to form the Bell Telephone CompanyFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Can 3D Printing Save Lives? applications of 3D printing are nearly endless - but it's in the medical world where they're making a huge difference. The story of this 12-year-old boy from South Sudan shows us howFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Bumblebees Are Feeling the Heat bumblebees are not expanding northward, some are retreating to higher elevations as the temperature warms. This animation shows the range compression for a hypothetical North American species forced to shift its elevation by more than 300 meters—a figure consistent with newly observed data. (Animation by Jeremy T. Kerr)Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Strange History of the Jet Pack, and Where It's Heading jet packs were first revealed in 1961, they quickly captured the public's imagination. Its design hasn't varied much since it debuted, but one man is looking to change thatFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Who Was King Tut's Father? untangle Tut's family tree, experts examined DNA from 10 royal mummies suspected to be related to the pharaoh. The results are inFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Provoking Presidential Portraits Oliphant's searing sketches cross party lines. But the portraits are all in good clean fun...or are they?Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Explore Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Visit Ireland, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000A Checklist That Might Tell If You're a Psychopath studying prisoners in 1980, psychologist Dr. Robert Hare developed the Psychopathy Checklist - a list that evaluates people based on twenty basic traits, including lying and lack of remorseFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Museum Secrets Revealed: Pouncing on the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo was asked by an aging Pope to rush his painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he had to get creative with classic techniquesFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000How a Teenager From Idaho Invented TV 1921, radio ruled the airwaves and TV was a distant dream no one could turn into reality. Enter a scarily smart teenage sharecropper named Philo FarnsworthFri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000These Artists Shaped Amy Winehouse's Career 2006, Amy Winehouse headed to the town of Dingle, Ireland to sing at Other Voices music festival. In a candid interview, she opens up about her musical idols and inspirations.Fri, 24 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Teen Inventor Alexis Lewis on Youth and the Innovative Spirit, 21 Jul 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Use One Hand More Than the Other? what exactly factors into how we end up being right or left-handed? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the science of being a southpaw.Wed, 15 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 -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 the Amazonéline S. Cousteau 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 -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 -0000