Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenWed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000How America's Public Parks Were Born 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 Model 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 -0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America? out how forensic pathologists determined that Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker who called himself the "Angel of Death", murdered nearly 100 peopleWed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Ego 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? 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 -0000Hammerhead vs. Stingray hammerhead shark locates a stingray hiding beneath the ocean floor. Unnerved, the stingray makes a dash for freedom--but is it too late?Wed, 20 Jul 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Ships Breaks Ice for a Living 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? 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 Do 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 Muse 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 Air 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? 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 Misunderstood 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 Submarine 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 Pliosaurus 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? 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 Iditarod 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 Agriculture 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, Liberia 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 Airports 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 -0000America’s Largest Military Cemetery the end of the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers were buried in Arlington. This laid the groundwork for a truly national cemetery.Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Best Rock Pillar for Sport Climbing conquered in 1992, the climb up the east side of a 300-foot rock pillar named "Monkey Face" has become the ultimate rock-climbing challengeFri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the 726-Foot-Tall Hoover Dam Was Built Ahead of Schedule world's biggest dam at the time of its construction, Hoover Dam solved the problem of the overflowing Colorado river with sleek design and brilliant American engineering.Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: Space Video (Sponsor Video by Goldman Sachs), 17 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Evening with E.O. Wilson Wilson discusses his new book, "Half-Earth," and his recent and thought-provoking proposal to devote half the surface of the Earth to nature. The livestream video features E.O. Wilson and Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Crater happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini... all of it.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeon's National Museum of Natural History houses one of largest bird collections in the world. One of their most prized birds, Martha, was the last passenger pigeon to ever fly.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Muhammad Ali's Brother on Racism and the Medal Myth fresh from his Olympic win, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was, incredibly, turned away from a restaurant in his hometown that didn't serve African Americans. The champ's own brother recalls that fateful day.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing? 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri, an ancient city buried beneath Santorini. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toilet.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The World's First Camels Roamed...South Dakota? Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animals: saber-toothed cats, large-headed pigs, and even the first camels.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Breathtaking 110-Mile Alaskan Railroad Built in Two Years during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, the Yukon and White Pass Railway is a stunning sight. Given its speedy, two-year construction, this narrow gauge railroad, with its sky-high beams, is quite the marvel.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000How 60 Million Bison Became 1,000 in a Century the late 1700s, more than 60 million bison roamed the Great Plains. Over the years, demand for fur and meat drove their numbers down until, by the end of the 19th century, there were just a 1,000 left.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The One Place JFK Felt He Could Be Alone the midst of the biggest crises of his presidency, John F. Kennedy always knew there was one place he could go to collect his thoughts alone: his decadent family summer home in Hyannis Port.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well? It relied on two key factors: a light frame and an ability to soar with the ocean currents.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Civil War Prisoner Camp That Became a Place of Horror Confederate Civil War prisoner camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was an utter nightmare for the many soldiers held within. It was dangerously overcrowded, rife with disease, and food and medical supplies were always in short supply.Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Saumil Bandyopadhyay, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards: Doug Aitken, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Dave Eggers and Mimi Lok, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Caroline Hoxby, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Adam Steltzner of the Mars Rover Team the winner of the 2013 American Ingenuity Award for TechnologyWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Watch the SpaceX Rocket Liftoff Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, the company founded by Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner Elon Musk, takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in May 2012Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: St. Vincent Vincent sure asks a lot of questions—but it's so rhythmic, they can be forgiven.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Caroline Winterer, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2013: Michael Skinner, 08 Jun 2016 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.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Anne Kelly Knowles Uses GIS Tools to Re-Write History 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner is using geographic information systems to map history's most iconic landscapesWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Pardis Sabeti's New Look at Infectious Disease 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner is on the brink of using the human genome to provide better diagnostics for deadly diseasesWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bryan Stevenson: The Legal Crusader 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner is giving new hope to thousands of young people in America's prisonsWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jack Andraka's Pancreatic Cancer Breakthrough was the motivation behind the 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner's medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives?Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Elon Musk's Journey to Mars the 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner plans to build a self-sustaining civilization on MarsWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sebastian Thrun on the Future of Learning the 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner believes higher education should be a basic human rightWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Benh Zeitlin and the Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner describes what it takes to tell a great storyWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Esperanza Spalding's New Take on Jazz 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner on the connection between history and musicWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jim Anderson's Quest to Solve Climate Change 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner warns that no place on Earth is safe from the dangers of global warmingWed, 08 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000CCRCVidFInal.mp4, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Electric Eel Shocks a Fake Human Arm Ken Catania, PNAS, 2016Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Electric Eel's Defensive Response Ken Catania, PNAS, 2016Mon, 06 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Darwin Letter Recovered, Returned to Smithsonian letter by Charles Darwin that was stolen more than 30 years ago was recovered by the FBI’s Art Crime Team and returned to the Smithsonian on May 26, 2016. 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