Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 28 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. Credit: FBIFri, 03 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: Visit Taiwan, Asia's Hottest New Cruise Destination Taiwan's rich culture, history and natural wonders.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 -0000Letters From Camp"Letters From Camp" shows young Muslim Americans reading letters from WW2 Japanese American incarceration camps. Credit: DC filmmaker Frank ChiThu, 19 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Magnificent Leaf Homes Woven by Australian Green Ants ants build their grand nests out of leaves, which they pull and join together with silk. Amazingly, this silk is produced by their newborn larvae.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Three Ways to Test if Something Is Truly Solid Gold a stolen Kentucky Derby trophy from 1924 is uncovered, a series of tests are used to determine its authenticity. If it's real, they'll confirm that it's made of solid 14-karat gold.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Best Way to Find IEDs? dog's sense of smell is 100,000 more sensitive than a human's. That's why the U.S. military uses them to detect improvised explosive devices from long distances.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It? search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get there.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Scorpions Choose Their Mates by Dancing With Them a female scorpion chooses a mate, she must test the strength of her potential suitor. The only way to be certain it's the right match is to dance.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What the Oregeon Trail Looks Like Today From Above of America's greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It's only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon Trail.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Really Happened to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Ball? NBA expert has interviewed over 150 people in a quest to track down the ball used in Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 100-point game. But his findings only produce more questions.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Can Tree Rings Explain the Demise of a Lost Civilization? believe the sudden destruction of a pre-Columbian civilization found in southern Illinois occurred around 1150 AD. But to find the cause of such upheaval, they look to the surrounding trees.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Spectacular Draw of Devils Tower National Monument the wilderness of Wyoming, there's a magnificent pillar of ancient lava so unique, that even geologists are at odds on exactly how it was formed.Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tony Antonelli: Paving the Way for Human Exploration of Deep Space, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Vint Cerf: Internet is Evolving—A Glimpse at 2016-2036, 13 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Tim Miller and Aditya Sood, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000ArcAttack: Creators of the Original Singing Tesla Coil, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Andy Weir and Aditya Sood, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Céline Cousteau: Tribes on the Edge, a Story of our Global Human Tribe Set in the Midst of the Amazon Jungle, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Parker Abercrombie and Alexander Menzies: Augmented Exploration, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Adam Steltzner: NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission—and Beyond, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontology Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in history.Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why This Giant Puerto Rican Fort Kept Growing 1539, the Spanish began building a fort in San Juan to fend off attacks from European rivals. The fort was known as "El Morro," and as the attacks on it multiplied, so too did its defenses.Tue, 10 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Phil Plaitt - Future Is Here Moderator, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Marco Tempest - Cyber Illusionist, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Seth Shostak: Are We Looking for the Right Extra-Terrestrials? + Q&A, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wynton Marsalis Plays at the Installation of Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton Leah L. JonesMon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alexandra Cousteau: Save the Oceans, Feed the World: The Future of Fish, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The Mattering Map, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Dava Newman, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Kirk Johnson: The Future of Rocks, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jim Green: The Martian: Science Fiction and Science Fact, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Anthony Fauci, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Martine Rothblatt, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Chris Carter, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sara Seager: Mapping the Nearby Stars for Habitable Worlds + Q&A, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bruce Sterling: Inspiring Tomorrow, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sheldon Brown: How to Design the Future, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tattoo Odyssey: Disappearing Worlds Chris Rainier focuses his camera on the indigenous Mentawai people and their remarkable full body tattoos.Fri, 06 May 2016 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.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Achieve Flawless Beauty bust of Nefertiti contains one of the most beautiful faces in the world. So beautiful, a mathematical formula was used to sculpt it.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tattoo Odyssey: Sneak Peek, ink and flesh tell a story of self-expression. From urban tattoo parlors to indigenous tattoo ceremonies, humans share a cultural connection through manmade markings.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Symbolic Vessel prominent feature of the Sant Ocean Hall, the hand carved Tlingit canoe represents man's connection with the ocean.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hitting the Streets free runners take their urban art form to the streets. (Still Image: iStock/aluxum)Fri, 06 May 2016 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 diseases.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 power.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Eyewitness Accounts of Kennedy's Assassination Kennedy's bodyguard, the doctor who tried to save Kennedy, and other eyewitnesses recount their stories.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000JFK: 50 Years, 50 Conspiracies the 50 years since JFK’s death, countless conspiracies theories have emerged to explain what really happened on that November day in Dallas.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Predators of the Reef out! The predators of the coral reef come in all shapes and sizes, and they have countless ways to catch their next meal.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 planet.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Death by Werwolf Oppenhoff was installed as the mayor of Aachen, Germany, after it was taken by Allied forces. Little did he know, guerrilla Nazi assassins who called themselves "Werwolves" had him in their crosshairs.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 stronger.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Saving Haiti's Priceless Artwork the devastating earthquake, Smithsonian conservationists are working to preserve Haiti's cultural heritage.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Elephant Learned to Speak Korean, an elephant in a South Korean zoo, learned to say five different Korean words (Still: iStock/ROMAOSLO)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Catching Africa's Deadliest Snake in Africa is the busiest time of the year for the resident snake catchers.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 everywhere.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Fastest Punch in the World Shrimp have a knockout punch, delivering a killer blow as fast as a 22-caliber bullet.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Battle of Fort McHenry, Through Francis Scott Key's Eyes the British army held Francis Scott Key captive aboard one of their warships during the Battle of Baltimore, they could never have guessed his stay would inspire their enemy's most-patriotic song.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are Emotions Just Electrical Impulses? believe all mental processes can be converted into a simple binary code of ones and zeroes - using this code, researchers at USC have built microchips that restore memory in rats.Fri, 06 May 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.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What It Was Like to Parachute Into Enemy Fire in WWII "Bud" Rice, a WWII veteran, recounts the harrowing experience of parachuting out of a C-47 under German fire on the eve of D-Day.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Land a Boeing 777 Without Any Engines one minute away from landing, both of this planes engines suddenly fail.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Trail of Bonnie and Clyde down back roads and running from the law, notorious criminals Bonnie and Clyde fled many crime scenes on these Arkansas roads.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 astounding.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 haven.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 majesty.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Anything but Humble: Hearst Castle over the mansion William Randolph Hearst built and George Bernard Shaw deemed, "The place God would've built if he had the money."Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Chili and the Food of the Southwest Butel, author and expert on food from the American Southwest, reveals the stories behind how chili peppers, beef and wine became part of the region's cuisine. (Still Image: iStock/Mark Stahl)Fri, 06 May 2016 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 him.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are These the Missing Bones of Richard III? order to prove that this skeleton is King Richard III, scientists compare DNA from the skeleton with DNA from a direct descendant.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Dragon Kills Dragons kill their prey with a single bite, depending on strong venom to bring down animals that are larger than they are.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 useless.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Camera Drones Capture Africa's Wild Side capture the intense animal interactions of East Africa's wildlife, the producers of Blood River Crossing used camera drones that could fly, float, and drive.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What is the Gospel of Jesus's Wife? Dr. Karen King discovered an ancient text that referenced Jesus Christ's wife, she knew it went against years of precedent.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Shark Attack! common thresher attack stuns and immobilizes its prey with a rapid strike with its tail, then moves in for the kill. (Still Image: iStock/bearacreative)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Secret of a Shark's Eyes you know that great white sharks have an almost identical eye structure to humans? Or that they have a layer of reflective crystals behind them? This is the fascinating science behind sharks' killer vision.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 treacherous.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Roswell's Flying Saucer 1947, when a local rancher claimed to have found a flying saucer in his field, Roswell became the center of conspiracy theories and a tourist destination for anyone in search of little green men.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Who Built the Great Sphinx? recently, experts thought that King Djedefre was a murderer and outcast who couldn't possibly have had the power to create the Great Sphinx. But new evidence makes him a more likely candidate.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Filmmakers Love New York City's something about New York City that Hollywood can't resist, since the early 1900's the city has served as the setting for thousands of films.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Pit Viper's Sixth Sense tree vipers can kill in the dark. With special heat-sensing abilities, they can find prey that's all but invisible.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 publicly.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 everywhere.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 day.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Happened to the Habsburgs? Habsburgs were once the most powerful family in Austria, but as they tried to strengthen the bloodline by intermarrying, a lack of genetic diversity ended up being their downfall.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 body.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is What It's Like to Hunt with a Shark spear fishermen hunt in the shark-infested waters off the coast of South Africa.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are Sharks Chasing Boats? order to see if sharks are following fishermen's boats, two shark experts use acoustic telemetry to see if the sharks have learned to associate the noise of a motor with the expectation of food.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Is This Crystal Skull Really Ancient? many of the legends surrounding crystal skulls have been debunked, the small, roughly carved skull in the National Museum of Anthropology's collection seems to be genuine.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Is This the World's First Photograph? Historian Nicholas Allen has a radical theory about the image on the Shroud of Turin; he believes it was the world's first photograph, taken 500 years before the known invention of photography.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Would a Race Car Driver Invent Speeding Cameras? irony of speeding cameras is that they were invented by a Dutch race car driver - former Monte Carlo Rally winner Maurice Gatsonides. Here's why.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Secret of Nefertiti's Glare's likeness is one of the Neues Museum's most popular exhibits - but it isn't just her mark on Ancient Egypt's history that attracts visitors. It's also her mesmerizing glass eye.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Pharaoh Who Found the Sphinx Thutmose IV didn't build the Great Sphinx. He rediscovered it, hidden in the sand, and - according to legend - it made him king in return.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Hateful Whale That Haunted Melville the age of 22, Herman Melville joined a whale ship bound for the South Pacific. Aboard, he's lent a copy of "Shipwreck of the Whale-Ship Essex," a true story about a vengeful whale that will capture his imagination.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Killed the Hunchback King? bones of Richard III reveal how he died in a bloody battle against his enemies, the Tudors.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Have an Appendix? appendix may not be as useless as commonly thought. Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyes's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at night.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Build an Ancient Robot plans from a medieval text called "The Book of Ingenious Devices," experts recreate one of the world's first robots.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Spotlight: Picture Perfect what it takes to win a photo contest, from the lens of the photographers to the scrutinizing eyes of the judges.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why the Vatican Believes in the Shroud of Turin many experts believe the Shroud of Turin is a medieval forgery, historians at the Vatican have found evidence that leads them to believe it dates back to the time of Jesus Christ.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants, touch me nots, and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of each in action.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ice Age Cannibals from the end of the last Ice Age show signs of being tampered with and dissected by humans, providing evidence for the theory that during desperate times, early humans resorted to cannibalism.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Jurassic Park Got Wrong About Raptors raptors had feathers and, according to one paleontologist, looked a lot more like “prehistoric kickboxing killer turkeys.”Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prize Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying new addition to mankind's growing arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace Prize.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Poaching Led to Serial Killer Elephants young bull elephants start killing off females, scientists realize that severe poaching not only skewed the sanctuary's gender balance, it also psychologically damaged these once gentle giants.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wallis Simpson: A Polished Arrow aren't many rumors that American socialite Wallis Simpson hasn't been subjected to. So here's how she actually infiltrated the British monarchy.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Robert Zimmerman Became Bob Dylan a Minnesota boy named Bob Zimmerman began playing folk music in coffeehouses, he changed his stage name and went on to become the musical genius known as Bob Dylan.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter? a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillion.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Lie for Your Life Doundoulakis, a young WWII spy for the U.S., was sent to German-occupied Thessalonike to gather enemy secrets. He was singled out by German soldiers, and the lie he told them would have to be convincing.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Crime of the Century architect Stanford White commissioned scandalous portraits of Evelyn Nesbit, driving her husband Harry Thaw to murder.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Egyptian Arms Race's a war of weapons, brute force and tenacity. Threatened by the powerful Hyksos army, the Egyptians have to make a choice: live under the control of the occupiers or risk everything to be free.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What You Never Knew About Tabasco Sauce sauce got its start after the Civil War, when Edmund McIlhenny of Avery Island, Louisiana, began fermenting his red pepper plants in order to make a spicy sauce.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 Shore.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: Reptile Rejuvenation their cold-blooded reputation, reptiles have personalities, too. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo introduce us to some of their most charismatic creatures...and their particular grooming routines.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Hearts cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterful.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Scandal in the Biosphere giant 2.2-acre terrarium, Biosphere 2 was hailed as a marvel of modern science - until the scientists who volunteered to live inside it were embroiled in scandalous rumors of sex and deceit.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Keeps Satellites From Falling Out of the Sky? you the kind of person who needs to know what keeps satellites from plummeting to the Earth in a big, fiery ball? Then you need to watch this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze gives us the lowdown on what-in-the-name-of-science makes those satellites stay up.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000New York's Adirondack Park twenty percent of New York's total territory, Adirondack Park is the largest area of protected wilderness in the continental United States.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Volcanoes of Hawaii was born around 40 million years ago, from sea volcanoes and the shifting Earth.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Three Kinds of Close Encounters the head of the US Air Force's official UFO investigation, Dr. Hynek was supposed to use his classification system to debunk so-called "close encounters." Instead, he became a true believer.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Take a Trip to Glacier National Park Glacier National Park's awe-inspiring peaks, untouched forests, pristine alpine meadows, and breathtaking lakes.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Real Story of Jaws Steven Spielberg classic terrified millions in 1975, and decades later, the film still has teeth.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Oliver Stone on the Vietnam War Stone's critically acclaimed film Platoon is based on his own actions and experiences as a soldier in Vietnam.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Home of Milk Chocolate and Beer of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American products: Hershey's chocolate and Yuengling's beer.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Miraculous Plane Landing on New Orleans Levee severe thunderstorm forced a Boeing 737 to attempt an emergency landing on the most unlikely, impossible place: a New Orleans levee.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Contacting the Dead Became a Family Game the Civil War, one man decided there was money to be made in contacting the dead. So he invented a popular, occult board game that lives on today.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Wild West's Wild Women Ross, the young protagonist of True Grit, reflects the independence of the real women of the Wild West, but her story still isn't quite believable.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Love in the Vaults Frida Kahlo's passionate love letters sealed with a kiss, to watercolor notes from famous artists, let the Smithsonian's love letter collection inspire your handmade valentines.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Best Views of the Grand Canyon still don't entirely comprehend the 1.5 billion year history of the Grand Canyon; it's a story of erosion that has created one of the most breathtaking sites in America.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Are Lakes Freshwater and Oceans Saltwater?, evaporation, and a leaky faucet, our host Eric Schulze breaks it all down.Fri, 06 May 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.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Story of St. Valentine died for sinners. This saint died for lovers.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Inspiration Behind Scream's Ghostface's iconic villain Ghostface was inspired by a real serial killer who preyed on young students in the college town of Gainesville, Florida.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Mystery of the Hope Diamond legend is a multifaceted as the gem, spanning one billion years, three continents and leaving a trail of intrigue, envy and death.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did Halley's Comet Convert the Irish to Christianity? attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But Medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Make Money in a Gold Rush rushed to California to find gold and get rich quick, but the people who actually made their fortunes were the merchants who built their businesses to serve the forty-niners.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Lincoln's Air Force 1860, aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe met with President Lincoln to discuss the possibility of using gas-filled balloons for military reconnaissance.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Lego Redefined Play a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planet-valued at over 14 billion dollars. But none of this could have been possible without Lego's revolutionary approach to play and commerce.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Washington's Wily Women flirtatious and cunning as they were respected and refined, many doyennes of Washington society operated as spies for the Confederacy.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Deepest We’ve Ever Dug Into the Earth?’s the world record for deepest vertical dig? Go ahead, take a guess. We bet you won’t come close to the surprising answer unearthed in this one-minute video by Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze. Then, stick around to find out what scientists found lurking below.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Where is the Nazi Temple of Doom? the Schutzstaffel grew in numbers, their leader, Heinrich Himmler, needed a base. He chose the remote and mysterious Wewelsburg Castle as their Nazi fortress.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sleep? may not agree on all the specifics, but here's what we do know.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Air Travel Was a Party, and They Were the Hosts the development of better flight technology, commercial air travel received an unprecedented boom in the 1960s. But to fully sell the glamor of flying, the airlines needed these women on board.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Smiley Face Was Invented For Corporate America yellow circle with simply drawn eyes and a smile has become one of the most recognized American graphics. It was first created for an insurance company in the 1960s by artist Harvey Ball.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Did Lincoln Predict His Own Death? before his assassination Lincoln recounts an ominous dream in which he happens upon a corpse covered by a cloth; Lincoln awakes with a start when he discovers that the corpse is his own.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Documenting War for the First Time technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around them.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Outrun a Cheetah cheetah may be the fastest animal around, but its speed comes with a price; if it runs for too long and gets too hot, its heart and brain will cook.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Battle of Port Hudson hundred passionate Civil War reenactors gather every year to live in period tents, wear costumes and play out every step of the little-known battle.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The History of the Electric Guitar Smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear? did vertebrates emerge? asks David Attenborough. An exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predators.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico. This is some of the only footage recorded of these powerful tests.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Gold Cauldron's Sinister Secrets discovery of a golden cauldron in a Bavarian lake may be evidence of a secret Nazi cult formed by Heinrich Himmler.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Battle of Fair Oaks May of 1861, at the Battle of Fair Oaks, the men of the Irish Brigade gave their all to save the Union Army from disaster.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Baby Meerkats at Play meerkat pups venture out into the world for the first time, their parents watch over them and find them food - leaving them plenty of time to play.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Harrowing Accounts From Hiroshima Survivors an American B-29 bomber dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, the explosion instantly killed tens of thousands of people and left many wounded. These survivors recount the horrific aftermath.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Two Lion Cubs Get a Lesson in Sharing a nomadic lioness tries to steal their mother's food, two baby lion cubs don't know what to do.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Were Prehistoric Animals So Big? giant of a host, Eric Schulze, explains why size mattered in prehistory.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa 1911, one man - without a plan, an escape route, or a buyer - managed to steal the Mona Lisa from the Louvre. Here's how he did it.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Genius of Design: Designs for Living modernist home: a.k.a. "a machine for living in," a perfect example of form following function. But one man's dream house is another man's house of horrors.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Does the Five-Second Rule Really Work? might think twice about picking that chip off the carpet and putting it into your mouth.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This is the Rover of the Future's new space exploration vehicle features a pressurized cocoon, omni-drive, and a suit port that allows astronauts to easily get in and out of the rover.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sixteen Sunsets a Day you're traveling on board a space shuttle, you'll have no shortage of picturesque views; as the shuttle orbits around earth, the sun rises and sets 16 times a day.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Influential Irish of the Civil War after battle, the men of the Irish Brigade held the front lines. Under the guidance of strong leaders they encouraged a new sense of pride for Irish immigrants living in America.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 storms.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Top 5 Techniques of a Ninja Master pills, knockout drugs, and body-hardening beatings - the last ninja master teaches his secrets only to a lucky few.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Frog Derby Queen Pageant contestants trade in the traditional evening gown for galoshes, rubber gloves and the chance to get a little muddy in the bayou.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Soul of Louisiana the first American mafias, Louis Armstrong, and chef Emeril Lagasse started out, New Orleans remains the soul of Louisiana.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassos the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles which catches the local pufferfish by surprise. It's caused by a collision of cold and warm deep water currents.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Luxuries of the Titanic flowers, beautiful cafes, and a heated pool: Titanic survivor Archibald Gracie recalled the style and grace of the ship in his testimony after the crash.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Nature Inspires Water Resistant Clothes you've ever seen a lotus leaf, you might have noticed that their leaves are water proof. Designers took note and applied the same principles to clothing to produce a new kind of rain gear.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do People Get Phobias? can something like a tiny, harmless spider or a clown make your heart race and your palms sweat? And for the love of all things science, how can you make these fears stop? Find out in this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze delves deep into the dark recesses of our minds to get at the facts behind our phobias.Fri, 06 May 2016 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. (Still Image: Wavebreak Media LTD/Wavebreak Media Ltd./Corbis)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Experiments in Invisibility art of designing deceptive camouflage, once improvised and hand-painted by soldiers in the field, has made tremendous technological and scientific advancements since the First World War.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Gladiator School the gladiators battled, they were sent to specialized schools where they were fed and groomed for success in the fight.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Town That Breeds Olympic Runners, a small town in the Ethiopian highlands, has produced five Olympic champions in the past ten years. For the hundreds of children sent there to train, the unlikely chance of victory is their only way out of poverty.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Woman Invented Monopoly to Combat Greed, arguably the most-famous board game, was invented by Charles Darrow. But many attribute the original idea to Lizzie Magie, a Quaker and the creator of the Landlord's Game, which bears striking resemblance to its more-popular successor.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Crocodile's Ultimate Stealth Network caves and secret tunnels provide the crocodile with a stealthy advantage in stalking its prey. (Courtesy of Paul Scofield)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Rare Look Inside Doris Raymond's Inspiration Room influential designers come to see Doris Raymond. Most of the time, it's not just clothes they're looking for, but inspiration.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ireland's Incredible Landscapes: From the Aran Islands to the Burren's high winds and strong weather deposit shipwrecks along the shores of the Aran Islands and carve amazing designs into the limestone of the Burren.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Disappearance of Alexander's Tomb to Alexander The Great's Tomb stop suddenly in the fourth century; experts believe that its disappearance is related to the rise of Christianity.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Animals Laugh? answer may lie between being ticklish and having a sense of humor. (Still Image: Kristian Bell)Fri, 06 May 2016 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 questions.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stay Away From Packs of Hungry Lionfish giant pectoral fins and colorful stripes, the lionfish is an imposing underwater predator. What's even more intimidating is how it hunts.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The History of Color Photography Levi Hill supposedly invented color photography in the 1850s, it was the Lumiere brothers who devised the first commercially viable photographic process.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Who Were the First Yogis? surrounds the exact origins of yoga, but Dr. Jim Mallinson has been studying the practice for years and he has some interesting insight on the true origins.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appear.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Determined Cheetah Mother Search for Her Lost Cubs a female cheetah loses a cub to a lion attack, she can't afford to grieve for long. Her other cubs are missing, and there's a chance they might still be alive.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Puerto Rico's Killer Bees Stopped Killing their arrival in Puerto Rico, killer bees caused one human death a year. But something strange began to happen...they became gentler.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Closed to the Public: The Iconic Joseff of Hollywood's Studio of Hollywood made jewelry for many of the most important American films of the 20th century. When Doris and Shelly Lyn of L.A. vintage shop The Way We Wore visit his studio, they have one goal: no drooling on the designs.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s a Stone Baby? to be amazed.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Warm Blood Is Better Than Cold Blood didn't used to be at the top of the food chain. See how one key adaptation gave them a leg up on their reptilian contemporaries.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Man Invented the Way You Bank of an astonishing rags-to-riches story, Amadeo Giannini, a first-generation American, founded the Bank of Italy, a San Francisco institution that would later become one of the world's largest commercial banks.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Oasis of the Seas: The Biggest Cruise Ship in the World twenty-one swimming pools, its own version of New York's Central Park, and room for 5,400 passengers, the Oasis of the Seas is the most massive cruise ship ever built. (Still Image: iStock/Paul Dickerson)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Where Do Fingerprints Come From? cradle to grave, no matter how much fingers grow, everyone's fingerprints are unique and unchanging.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Explore the Million Dollar Man bionic man features an artificial heart capable of pumping 2.5 gallons of blood per minute.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Teach a Robot to Walk of the final steps in creating the bionic man is attaching the legs and getting it to put one foot in front of the other.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alaska’s Glaciers Take Up More Space Than All of West Virginia are about 30,000 square miles of glaciers in Alaska, many of which have been melting rapidly. The largest, the Bering Glacier, deposits 6.5 trillion gallons of water a year into the Gulf of Alaska.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Bat Flies in Super Slow Motion Image: ivkuzmin/iStock)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Making of The Works Jonatha Brooke discusses how she used Woody Guthrie’s lyrics to create her folk album. (Still Image: Kirk Stauffer/Flickr)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Multimedia Spectacle at the Hirshhorn how artist Doug Aitken transforms the outside of the art museum into a panoramic movie screen. (Still Image: Postdlf via Wikicommons)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Scenes: Making the Monster Snake Titanoboa coming to life! The life-size replica is as big and bad as the real boa.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Cowboys Without Horses nomadic people of Arctic Siberia depend on reindeer, a crucial source of food and warmth. But when they escape, the only way to herd them back is on foot.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sneak Preview of Titanoboa: Monster Snake new Smithsonian Channel documentary will tell you everything you need to know about the beast that eats crocodiles for breakfast and makes modern anacondas look like a garter snakes.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Vicious Siege on Vicksburg through Mississippi, Ulysses S. Grant focused his efforts on the city of Vicksburg. Surrounding and firing upon the city for weeks on end, he forced its citizens to the brink of starvation.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War deadliest battle of the Civil War took place on this small piece of farmland that has become known simply as Gettysburg. (Still Image: iStock/rewindtime)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4 the story of four young men who stood up to racism and social injustice by taking a seat. This is the story of the Greensboro Four.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Price of Freedom issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, Lincoln signs into law the Compensated Emancipation Act. Costing nearly one million dollars, the act buys freedom for all District of Columbia slaves.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Personal Root of Lincoln’s Anti-Slavery Stance for his anti-slavery stance, Abraham Lincoln's political position may have been rooted in the trials and tribulations of his youth.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Don't Fall Asleep on Duty scene in Platoon is directly based on Oliver Stone's first encounter with enemy soldiers in Vietnam. (Still Image: iStock/inhauscreative)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Segway of Airplanes Hiller Flying Platform had the potential to be a space age personal flying machine. But it didn't quite take off.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Scientist: Carlos Jaramillo Carlos Jaramillo, a paleobotanist with Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the excitement of finding a fossil never seems to get old.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road mountains were no match for Daniel Boone. When he was hired by a wealthy businessman to forge a trail through the Cumberland Gap, he emerged on the other side of the mountain two weeks later.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 cat.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Groundbreaking for the National Museum of African American History and Culture Barack Obama presided over the milestone moment in Smithsonian history, as ground was broken for the Institution's 19th museum.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 laugh.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 theories.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 survived.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Conserving the Jefferson Bible at the Smithsonian Institution detail the painstaking process of preserving the 200-year-old book.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tracking Coastal Wolves in Canada Smithsonian Channel comes a story about one woman’s passion to track and study a rare species of wolves in British Columbia.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Bee Works 50 Times Harder Than the Honey Bee blue orchard bees to pollinate crops is an idea with a lot of promise. For one thing, they visit 50 times more flowers than honey bees.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Brief History of the Jefferson Bible this clip from a Smithsonian Channel program, curators discuss the significant impact the Enlightenment had on Jefferson’s thoughts and religious beliefs.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Caring for a Wounded Rhino Calf this clip from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, researchers care for a baby rhino orphaned by poachers and wounded by a bullet.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000You've Never Seen This Many Sharks in One Place year, thousands of sharks pour in to the waters around the Socorros for a coordinated summer of feeding, and none of the other species are safe.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Where the Nazis Hid $3.5 Billion of Stolen Art the spring of 1945, with the Third Reich crumbling, the Nazis hid their stolen art in a sealed salt mine. But when U.S. troops arrived, they found that the opening to the mine had been destroyed.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000You Do Not Want to Get Tased by This Eel electric eel generates electric shocks of up to 1,000 volts, 80 times the electric voltage of a car battery. Watch as a caiman learns this fact the hard way.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster very little scientific evidence supporting the Loch Ness Monster's existence, people routinely report it surfacing from the water. Dr. Tom Davey believes waves may be responsible for this phenomenon. Watch him test this hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave pool.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflage. While disturbing, it's a very effective survival strategy.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Laura Bush Remembers Sept. 11 an extended interview from the Smithsonian Channel documentary, former First Lady Laura Bush recalls what her day was scheduled to be like before the terrorist attacks.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Harbor Island: Man's Inhumanity beauty of Harbor Island shrouds the secrets of a dark history.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This State Produces 270 Million Pounds of Popcorn Per Year large portion of Indiana's economy relies on an invaluable crop: corn. Popcorn plants like Pop Weaver have perfected the production of our favorite movie snack down to a science.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Logbook From Flight 93 this excerpt from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, learn about flight attendant Lorraine Bay's logbook, one of the objects from the wreckage of the hijacked plane that now reside in the Smithsonian collection.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 him.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Did Ancient Greeks and Romans Lie Down to Eat? and dining in the ancient classical worldFri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Where Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse Defeated Colonel Custer's Last Stand took place at the Little Bighorn River, where he led over two hundred soldiers into battle against thousands of Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. (Still Image: Library of Congress/Wikicommons)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Build a Windfarm windmill in this huge windfarm will need to be put together piece by piece in a delicate procedure that takes the power of a machine and the precision of human hand.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Largest Machine Ever Built of the greatest achievements of the 20th century, the North American power grid is gigantic, widely connected and vulnerable to massive failure.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Energy of the Future engineers look at new ways to produce electricity some hope that hydrogen will one day provide energy to our homes and take the strain off our current electric grid.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Deceptive Vehicle Destroyed Hitler's Tanks played a special role during WWII. They were used to support infantry and packed quite the punch. This tank, however, is not your ordinary tank. In fact, it's not a tank at all.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 down.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Healthy Truth About Traditional Childbirth a baby is born surgically via C-section, it may miss out on the health benefits of passing through the birth canal.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Microbes We're Made Of human body hosts more than ten thousand different kinds of microbes. Most of these bacteria aren't harmful - in fact, many of them actually aid the immune system.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Look Inside the Peacock Room this 2010 clip from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, take a closer peek at the resplendent and unique room in the Freer Gallery of Art.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Taste Buds Work? sweet science behind our sense of tasteFri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Tragic Bad Axe Massacre of 1832 19th-century Illinois, tensions between settlers and local Native American tribes led to a series of escalating confrontations. The violent culmination of these conflicts drove Sauk leader Black Hawk and his tribe out of the state.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 history.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Archival Footage of Parachuting Military Dogs WWII, the U.S. military has trained dogs to become some of their most useful soldiers. Shot in 1948, this incredible footage shows paratroop dogs landing in the Arctic to learn how to rescue plane crash victims.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Personality of a Wardrobe woman's aunt passes away and she invites Doris to search through the vintage treasures hidden away inside her late aunt's closet.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Dealing with a Vintage Addiction order to meet the needs of her insatiable, fashion-hungry clients, Doris, a self-confessed vintage junkie, delights in finding new pieces for the store.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Microdots: The CIA's Tiny Secret-Message Holders 1971, the CIA sent coded messages to the Hanoi Hilton's prisoners of war through powdered-drink packages. How they hid these cryptic messages was quite ingenious.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000One of the Most Remote Places in the U.S. northern tip of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula, less than two miles wide, is a secluded home to numerous wineries, wheat fields and picturesque lighthouses.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Platypus bizarre-looking Australian native takes a swim. (Still Image: JohnCarnemolla/iStock)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Does Acupuncture Work? host, Eric Schulze, looks into the ancient medical technique.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000In the Footsteps of Lincoln's Assassin Cavanagh, host of Smithsonian Channel's award winning series "Stories from the Vaults," joins Civil War historian Ed Bearss to retrace John Wilkes Booth's steps in the days surrounding his assassination of President Lincoln.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Directed Scratch example of wild chimpanzees using 'directed scratches' to request grooming of specific body areas. (Still Image: Megan Lorenz/iStock)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Kids at the Zoo're young, curious and feisty - meet the wild animal babies of the National Zoo. (Still Image: Terri Kieffer/iStock)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Danger at the Watering Hole families clash over access to the best spot at the watering hole.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 struggles.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Sounds of Vallenato Vives and La Provincia perform "Tierra del Olvido" (Land of Forgetting) in a special studio session recorded for the documentary The Accordion Kings.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 that.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Live Shark is Worth 1,000 Times More Than a Dead One the remote island of Palau created the first national shark sanctuary in the world, the tourist revenue began flooding in. This is the fascinating socio-economics of sharks.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 in.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Inventing the Future in 1939 robots and super highways were just a few of the futuristic new inventions presented at the 1939 New York World's Fair.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000From Slave to Soldier to Forever Free Congress declared that slaves who enlisted in the Union Army would be forever free, African Americans seized the opportunity and rushed to join.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Excavating a Secret Gas Chamber watershed discovery of Star of David tiles confirms the existence of Treblinka's gas chambers and becomes the key to reconstructing the death camp's sinister workings.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 remorse.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Mosquito’s High-Pitched Love Duet two mosquitoes of opposite sex approach each other, they synchronize the beating of their wings to create a unique love song.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Secret Lives of Civil War Soldiers of women secretly joined the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Some women were brazen enough to enlist as self-appointed officers, or double as female spies.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 techniques.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Decoding Immortality the woman behind the amazing scientific breakthrough that may put immortality within our grasp.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman of our nation’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways, but her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 Farnsworth.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do People Really Drill Holes in Their Heads? oldest known form of surgery might have you scratching your head.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Incredible Footage of Killer Whales Playing Underwater an innovative camera he specially crafted, David Riggs captures thrilling activity in this marine mammal hot spot.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Explosive Event with Cai Guo-Qiang world famous Chinese artist uses pyrotechnics to turn a 40-foot-tall pine tree into an optical illusion. (Still Image: Ed Schipul/Flickr)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Inspiration Behind Scream's Ghostface's iconic villain Ghostface was inspired by a real serial killer who preyed on young students in the college town of Gainesville, Florida.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Cooking with Crickets Darin Nesbit demonstrates how to cook cricket-crusted redfish. (Still Image: Natthanan Chumphookaew/iStock)Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Devil on the Inside spine-chilling events made famous by the film The Exorcist were based on the real-life accounts of Father Albert Hughes.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Cannibals Still Exist? for an answer? Host, Eric Schulze, dishes one up in less than a minute.Fri, 06 May 2016 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 multimillionaire.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs? saying cheese just didn’t happen in the early days of photography.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Single Asteroid Wiped Dinosaurs Off This Planet's commonly known that a single asteroid set off the dinosaurs' extinction. Even more destructive than its impact was the chain of events it set into motion.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Look Inside This See-Through Frog vessels, intestines, the heart - all of the reed frog's organs are visible through its translucent skin. It's a great adaptation for camouflage...and just plain gross.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Were Easter Island's Gigantic Statues Actually Carved? of massive stone monuments, known as Moai, preside over Easter Island. The way they were carved, using only stone tools, seems unfathomable.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Here's Why Our Brains Trick Us Into Seeing Things brain is the most complex organ in the human body, but it can make mistakes while interpreting the world around us. A scientist explains how Bigfoot might be one of them.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Surprising Culprit Threatening Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears National Park is one of the world's most protected ecosystems. But that's still not enough to keep its grizzly bears completely safe.Fri, 06 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bryan Stevenson: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards legal crusader who has given thousands of young people in America's prisons a second chanceThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sebastian Thrun: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards expert in artificial intelligence is transforming the way people learn around the worldThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Recovering the Hunley technologies helped marine archaeologists recover the H.L. Hunley, a Civil War submarineThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jack Andraka: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards age 15, this high school sophomore invented a new way to diagnose a deadly form of cancerThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bryan Stevenson on the Injustices in America Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner for social progress reminisces about what his meeting with Rosa Parks meant for his life's workThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Taste of Tradition about the history of wild rice and the OjibwaThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Dinosaur Tracking a video illustration of what scientists can learn from footprintsThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Julia Child Makes Crepe Suzette the famous chef make the classic French dish, but stay for her inventive use of a blowtorchThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000New York City Street Rats thrive in New York City due to an ample food supply coming in the form of garbage left on the streetsThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000"Die Hard" Explained: Extinguishing Your Enemies hallmark of every Die Hard movie is John McClane's ability to get out of the most dangerous situations with the minimum of effort - often using the most unlikely props. But would it really work?Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Life in New York, dinners and debaucheries as seen through an iPhone using the Vine appThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Breaking an Elephant's Spirit, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed? the 19th century, many people believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist named John Newberry had different ideas.Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Performing Ask Your Mama a workshop at the University of Michigan, composer Laura Karpman oversees a rehearsal of Ask Your Mama, a musical rendition of the Langston Hughes epic poem, with George Manahan conductingThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Shark's Entire Body is an Ear whites have two lateral lines running from their complex ears all the way down both sides of their body. Because of them, they can sense the slightest vibrations of a seal from hundreds of feet away.Thu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Restaging the Greensboro Counter Sit-in how to stage a sit-in right next to the Greensboro lunch counter, the location of one of the civil rights movement’s most famous protests Video: Katy June-FriesenThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Flapping Their Wings chicks mature, they strengthen their breast muscles by flapping their wings vigorouslyThu, 05 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Bugs Die on Their Backs? science behind going belly upWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Did King Tut Die? was no doubt a fantastical death, worthy of a pharaohWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Thomas Edison's Boxing Cats the inventor's New Jersey film studio, the delight of cats doing things on film was discovered early in 1894Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is Quicksand Real? quicksand really swallow you up, or does that just happen in the movies? Host <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a> dives in to separate science fact from science fiction. Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Are the Weirdest Things Pregnant Women Crave? host explains why you should never say ‘no’ to a hungry pregnant womanWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Much Stuff Is in Orbit Around the Earth? more than you’d think – and it’s whirling around at dangerously high speedsWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Are Planets Round? answer has everything to do with falling flat on your faceWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Get Goosebumps? toothed cats, temperature and things that go bump in the night, Eric Schulze explains Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Oldest Animal? a guess - the answer might surprise youWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Was King Tut's Tomb Built for a Woman? archeologist notes that King Tut's chamber was designed and decorated differently from other Egyptian pharaohs. One theory is that his tomb was originally created for a member of the opposite sex.Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Breathtaking Views of the Largest Glacier in North America's Bagley Icefield is a gargantuan pool of solid ice that spans 120 miles. It produces many glaciers, including the massive Bering Glacier, which deposits 6.5 trillion tons of water a year into the Gulf of Alaska.Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Plants Communicate? host, Eric Schulze, has the answerWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Homemade Rock Climbing Wall by professional climbers, 8-year-old Kathrin Houston and her father constructed a wall for her to practice her passionWed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000Researchers discover the oldest, most complete skeleton discovered in the New World 12,000 year old skeleton of a teenage girl was found in Hoyo Negro, an underwater cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula.Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Unroll a Dead Sea Scroll Without Destroying It 1952, a remarkable copper scroll was uncovered by archaeologists near the Dead Sea. It would take four years for scientists to agree on a way to open it.Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 -0000