Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenFri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000ODJB probably late 1936 - Livery Stable Blues production footage discovered by film archivists Mark Cantor and Bob DeFlores shows the entire performance of “Livery Stable Blues,” with breaks for the animal sounds at 1:12 and 1:26 . Pianist Henry Ragas has been replaced by J. Russel Robinson.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000ODJB makes a record - Livery Stable Blues a newsreel, shot in late 1936 or early 1937, the band recreated their first recording session from February 26, 1917.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babies seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one time.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Obama's Historic 2008 DNC Speech Came Together 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama's scheduled speech to the Democratic National Convention fell on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s most iconic speech. While preparing, the usually composed Obama was overcome with emotion.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000How a Chinese Empress Built the Largest Palace in the World to consolidate her grip on the Chinese throne, Empress Wu Zetian embarked on an audacious project: expanding the imperial palace on a scale never before seen in China, or the world.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Obama's Powerful Tribute to a Defining Civil Rights Moment 2015, on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery, the nation's first African American president paid tribute to a defining event in civil rights history.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Plane Landing in Arctic Conditions Ends in Tragedy should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canada's Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions. It instead turned into a mysterious disaster.Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Bee Training Session #1 part of a training session, a fake, plastic bee is used to demonstrate to a real bee how to move a ball to the center of a ring. Once the ball is in the center of the ring, the bees are rewarded with a sucrose solution. Credit: O.J. Loukola et al., Science (2017)Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Bee Training Session #2 O.J. Loukola et al., Science (2017)Fri, 24 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000E.O. Wilson on Mapping Diversity of Life on Earth Quentin Wheeler, data from Edward O. WilsonWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolves Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scent and, if hidden well, can fool a wolf into believing they're not there.Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Go USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feet. But in order to test her for battle, commander Dick O'Kane decides to take her even deeper.Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Maximum Security Meant for Ancient Tomb Raiders Han dynasty tombs were packed with some of the empire's most valuable relics. To guard against theft, colossal stones, each weighing six tons, were cut to block the passageways from relentless tomb raiders.Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Device Unearthed an Ancient Gladiator School its abundant greenery, you'd have no idea there was once an ancient city located just outside of Rome. But by using an electronic scanner, scientists at Vienna's Ludwig Boltzmann Institute have found otherwise.Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Daring Rescue-by-Submarine, Deep in Enemy Waters a WWII Australian spy operation in occupied Borneo is uncovered, its operatives go into hiding. Rescuing them involves sneaking a sub into enemy waters and somehow getting to the men before the Japanese do.Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Wild Pig Has Fangs That Can Pierce Its Own Skull male babirusa's canines are an evolutionary mystery: They never stop growing, they're too fragile to hunt or forage with, and, given time, they end up twisting and penetrating the animal's own skull!Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Great White Can Go Through 20,000 Teeth in Its Lifetime a great white shark's 300 serrated teeth are an amazing hunting adaptation, what's even more amazing is their replaceability. In a lifetime, each shark can grow up to 20,000 of them.Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss? a kiss really just a kiss? In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, explains why we pucker up.Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Name assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. It uses its sharp nose to pierce and inject toxins into its victims, and then to suck out their liquified insides.Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fights beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their size. So when two males fight over feeding rights, you can be sure it's going to be a clash of the titans.Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid food; they instead subsist on drops of amino acid from the larvae.Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish From the Ocean Floor strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brain. Despite this, they are savage predators who shoot out grapple-like hooks to reel in passing fish.Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000What a Broom Tied to a Periscope Means in the U.S. Navy February 7, 1943, the USS Wahoo sailed proudly into Pearl Harbor, a broom tied to her periscope. It was a wink to an old Naval tradition signifying a clean sweep of her enemies.Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmares hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine), velvet smooth skin, and a terrifying pit of a mouth that's lined with rows of razor-sharp teeth.Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the USS Wahoo and Its Skipper Were a Perfect Match new skipper of the Wahoo was the formidable Dudley Morton--a broad-shouldered Kentucky Baptist with an aggressive philosophy on how submarine warfare should be waged.Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Does This Scenario Explain JFK Jr.'s Plane Crash? distracting radio issue, a hazy night, and a new pilot unsure of his instruments. According to investigators, these were some of the possible factors that led to John F. Kennedy Jr.'s tragic plane crash.Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystique Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelers. But the horrific 2000 crash of flight 4590 marked a turning point for this iconic aviation brand.Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000Kīlauea Volcano | 29 January 2017 USGSThu, 02 Feb 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Mice the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plant. It can consume anything that fits in its mouth—including a mouse!Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000New Hermit Crab Species Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae is video of the new hermit crab species Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae taken by Ellen Muller at dive site 'Something Special', southern Caribbean. Credit: Rafael Lemaitre and Ellen MullerMon, 30 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How Vampire Bats Suck Blood for 30 Minutes Unnoticed to a local anesthetic in their spit, vampire bats are able to drink blood from their prey without being detected. That way, they can feed undisturbed for up to a half hour at a time.Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteater echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its amazing ability to breathe through bushfires.Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need them, and, fittingly, adopt an underwater walking motion that's very similar to humans.Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Taj Mahal Was Really Built for Love allure of the Taj Mahal isn't just architectural. Seen as a memorial to true love, the Taj was built out of grief after the death of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Away Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animals.Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Puff Adder Swallowing a Rat Is Something You Can't Unsee puff adder has just bitten a rat, injecting it with enough venom to finish it off. The next step is to swallow it whole--an act that's as mesmerizing as it is gruesome.Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mo vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their prey. In this case, a passing bird stands no chance.Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequila a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S. One of the plants it also plays a major role in pollinating is agave, which gives us tequila.Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000"Sonic Boom" of light an ultrafast camera, scientists successfully imaged the scattering of light in different materials. Credit: Science AdvancesMon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not pretty.Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the Templar Secret Rituals Were So Controversial spitting on the Christian cross to strange sexual acts, the Knights Templar's secret rituals were controversial. But were they using these ceremonies to praise a different religion entirely?Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not pretty.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerful only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliest.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequila a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S. One of the plants it also plays a major role in pollinating is agave, which gives us tequila.Thu, 12 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America Don Mischer ProductionsWed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Should Humans Care About Biodiversity Loss? don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on it.Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret, like its name suggests, is a makeshift oxygen supply.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public 1992, a fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: For the first time ever, Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public, to raise money for the renovation.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Queen Elizabeth II Decided to Televise Her Coronation BBC's request to air Queen Elizabeth II's coronation on TV was quickly dismissed by a royal court anxious to maintain decorum. Here's why the Queen herself overruled them.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000Was This Hidden Tunnel Used by the Knights Templar?'s unclear if the Knights Templar created the secret tunnel in Acre, Israel, as an escape route or a way to secretly export valuable items. One thing is certain: It's a remarkable showcase of their engineering.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000How the Knights Templar Came to Be a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harm. This pact is now famously remembered as the Knights Templar.Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 -0000