Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000101 Objects: The Wright Flyer Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, chronicles the three journeys the Wright Flyer took to make it to the Smithsonian.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is the Origin of Applause? your hands together for our host, Eric Schulze, as he dives into history to answer your questionFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000What Is Jazz? of the National Museum of American History’s jazz program discuss the legacy of jazz in the United StatesFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Cyrus Cylinder: An Artifact Ahead of Its Time relic from ancient Persia had a profound influence on the Founding FathersFri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Leaving Earth: A Deep Future or Science Fiction? How to Build a Perfect Colony Ship in Three Easy Steps Steltzner is an Engineering Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is leading the development of the Sampling System for the Mars2020 project. He recently led the team that developed the Curiosity Rover’s landing system. Adam joined the JPL in 1991 and has worked on various projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Champollion, and Comet Nucleus Sample Return, Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory. Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Is Human Evolution Over? Pobiner’s research centers on the evolution of human diets (especially meat-eating) in Africa and Asia, but has included topics as diverse as cannibalism in the Cook Islands and chimpanzee carnivory. Her favorite moments include watching lions eat a zebra carcass on the equator and discovering fossils last butchered and eaten by one of her 1.5 million year old ancestors.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000My Four Apocalypses Kirk Johnson has studied the effects of the dinosaur-killing asteroid and led expeditions that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites on all continents. His work has been featured in NOVA documentaries, including “Ice Age Death Trap” and the upcoming “Making of North America”. Most recently, Johnson has overseen the acquisition of the Nation’s T. rex, a 66 million-year-old skeleton that will be the centerpiece of the Smithsonian’s new dinosaur hall that will open in 2019.Fri, 22 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000The "New Jerusalem" of Ethiopia one knows for certain why the Lalibela churches share many similarities with Judaism, but scholars propose a handful of holy theoriesThu, 21 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Video: #WeGotThis DC, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, they have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000See a Hoverboard in Action Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future is Here conference, the company Hendo showed off its hoverboard technology.Mon, 18 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s Up with Saturn’s Rings? being just one minute long, this Ask Smithsonian video hosted by Eric Schulze is crammed full of strange things you never knew – but should – about Saturn’s rings. Prepare to be amazed.Thu, 14 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Carbon in Earth: Quantities, Movements, Forms and Origins video highlights the Midterm Scientific Report of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year (2009-2019) program of exploration and experimentation, involving a network of scientists from more than 40 countries. Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Unlocking the Secrets of the Inner Earth,000 scientists in 40 countries are searching for answers 100 miles below our feetMon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Partner Video: Mentoring the Next Generation of Women in Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural HIstory’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellows and Smithsonian scientists discuss their careers in science with students at a special event co-hosted by L’Oréal and Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Learning Lab, Q?rius Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Partner Video: L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellows and Smithsonian Scientists Discuss "Why Science"’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellows and Smithsonian scientists explain why they chose science and why it is important to have women in the field Mon, 11 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000Elaine de Kooning Paints a Portrait and produced by Betty Jean Thiebaud. Digitized from original 1976 16mm color film. Courtesy of Wayne Thiebaud/Matt Bult.Wed, 06 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000How to Trigger a Bolt of Lightning study otherwise unpredictable thunder and lightning, SwRI scientists launch small rockets trailing grounded copper wire into thunderclouds in Florida. The copper wire creates a conductive path for the bolt so the team can focus their instruments and conduct multiple experiments. Credit: UF/FIT ICLRTTue, 05 May 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Reason Why DC Is Between Maryland and Virginia, D.C. is named after the first U.S. president. But do you know how he chose its location?Thu, 30 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Have Cats Been Domesticated? did we start getting cuddly with cats? And have those tabbies really been tamed? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze investigates the surprising history and science behind today’s house catWed, 29 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000These Are Home Movies From Hitler's Vacations's relationship with Eva Braun was a closely kept secret. If she hadn't been such a home-movie buff, their vacations in the Bavarian Alps would have remained that wayTue, 28 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See how DC Water is helping restore rivers and revitalize communities DC Water needed to finance its Clean Rivers Project, Goldman Sachs helped structure a first-of-its-kind financing solution.<br /><br /> The DC Clean Rivers Project will help restore and protect the ecosystems and biodiversity in and around the waterways of Washington D.C. It will encourage waterfront restoration, increase recreation, and become a catalyst for economic and community development. Tue, 28 Apr 2015 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 laterMon, 27 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000New Magma Reservoir Found Under Yellowstone animation shows the volcanic plumbing system of the Yellowstone supervolcano, including a newfound magma reservoir (red) about 28 miles below the surface. The green lines represent the boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Credit: Hsin-Hua Huang, University of Utah Department of Geology and GeophysicsThu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Plymouth_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L3Clip01_v2.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Emancipation_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L5_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Shackles_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L4_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Tubman_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L4_Clip02_v1.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Nauvoo_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L3Clip02_v2.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Anderson_04_Experiencing_America L22_Clip01_v2.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Sugimoto_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L10Clip02_v1.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000AIDSQuilt_04_Experiencing_America L16_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Suffrage_04_ExperiencingAmerica_L17Clip01_v2.0.mp4, 20 Apr 2015 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 footFri, 17 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Godzilla: History, Biology and Behavior of Hyper-Evolved Theropod Kaiju Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, director and D-List YouTuber, where he posts videos about drug addicted Easter bunnies, unemployed Superfriends and flying kittens. You can see examples of his internet hackery at, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Oxytocin Affects Bonding Between Dogs and Humans a female dog was sprayed with oxytocin (left), she gazed longer toward her owner, and the owner's oxytocin levels increased as a result. Credit: Miho NagasawaThu, 16 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Course Intro_FINAL_H264.mp4, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week3_FINAL_H264.mp4, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week4_FINAL_H264.mp4, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week1_FINAL_H264.mp4, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Week2_FINAL_H264.mp4, 14 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L7_Clip02_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L10_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L18_Clip03_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L11_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L18_Clip02_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L18_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L14_Clip02_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Would Happen if the Yellowstone Volcano Erupted? you ever wondered why Yellowstone is full of hot springs, bubbling mudpots and geysers like Old Faithful? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze explains the supervolcano that lies beneath this national park and answers the life-or-death question: Will it erupt in a fiery inferno anytime soon?Thu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L15_Clip01_v1.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_Experiencing_America L1_Clip01_v2.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -000004_ExperiencingAmerica_L5Clip02_v2.0.mp4, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Top of the Wall a time-lapse build of the Top of the WallThu, 09 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Plot to Kidnap Lincoln? Wilkes Booth knew he had to act quickly to save the South. But his original plan wasn't to kill Lincoln, it was to kidnap himWed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000What Booth Said After He Killed Lincoln Wilkes Booth certainly saw himself as a dramatic figure in history. Upon shooting Lincoln, he jumped onto the stage and condemned his victim in LatinWed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Space Shuttle Discovery's Biggest Accomplishments Shuttle Discovery clocked more time in space than any other shuttle and was the catalyst for many historic space firsts - including the mission to deploy the Hubble Space TelescopeWed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000Observing the Unexpected Enhances Infants' Learning and Exploration learn best when they encounter events that surprise them, according to research by Aimee E. Stahl and Lisa Feigenson of Johns Hopkins University. (Johns Hopkins University Office of Communications; Len Turner, Dave Schmelick and Deirdre Hammer)Thu, 02 Apr 2015 00:00:00 -0000EchoPixel Medical Education Viewer True3D Viewer lets doctors examine holographic scans to diagnose conditions and prep for surgery. The software can also be used as a teaching tool for patients. (EchoPixel)Fri, 27 Mar 2015 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 designsFri, 27 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food? is it about junk food that makes it so hard to resist? Find out how this empty-calorie food is designed to keep us wanting more in this one-minute video with Ask Smithsonian host, Eric SchulzeThu, 26 Mar 2015 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 originsTue, 24 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0000