Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenWed, 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 -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.Tue, 03 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 -0000The World's First "Yoga" Film Edison's 1902 trick film, "Hindoo Fakir," depicts an Indian fakir-yogi performing a magic act.Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Origin Story of Wonder Woman superhero’s creator, William Moulton Marston, was a Harvard-trained psychologist and inventor and infused his daily life into the comic book.Thu, 28 Apr 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 horrorsThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Chuck Berry Performs “Johnny B. Goode” a clip from the groundbreaking The T.A.M.I. Show, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry plays one of his signature hitsThu, 28 Apr 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 otherThu, 28 Apr 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 oldThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Art of Video Games Melissinos, guest curator of an exhibit about video games at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explains what makes the genre an art formThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Art of Video Games Melissinos, guest curator of an exhibit about video games at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, explains what makes the genre an art formThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rare Footage of Duke Ellington Playing Baseball[Harry Carney Home Movies], Ruth Ellington Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American HistoryThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mecysmauchenius sp1, dorsal view sp1, dorsal view: This species uses power-amplified cheliceral strikes; this video was recorded at 20,000 frames per second (fps), but is playing at 20 fps, so in real life the movements would be 1,000 times as fast. At 20,000 fps the high-speed camera records at a small frame size (255 x 60 pixels), making it difficult to capture the entire specimen in the frame. A team of researchers led by Smithsonian scientist <a href="">Hannah Wood</a> has discovered that trap-jaw spiders have a surprising ability to strike their prey at lightning speed and with super-spider power, according to new findings reported in the scholarly journal <em>Current Biology</em>.Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Coral Bleaching 2016 collected by Professor Terry Hughes, Director ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. James Cook UniversityThu, 28 Apr 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 collectionThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wax Paper as Art Muehlbauer’s “Rustle” earned her the grand prize in “Green Light,” a juried exhibit of emerging artists with disabilitiesThu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Cameras Capture the Birth of 14 Black Mambas capture a black mamba mother depositing her eggs in a den. After 30 days, all 14 eggs hatch and the deadly mambas emerge from their nursery.Thu, 28 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The History of Coffee Culture in America "Corky" White, author of Coffee Life in Japan, traces the history of coffee culture in the United StatesWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Microwave Ovens Work? don’t actually see microwaves, you only see what they do to your food. So how, exactly, does it warm up your lunch? Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Wed, 27 Apr 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, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sleep? may not agree on all the specifics, but here's what we do know Wed, 27 Apr 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 AmericaWed, 27 Apr 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 crashWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Exotic World of Muay Thai Boxing anthropological exploration of the athletes on the island of Koh Tao, ThailandWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Do You Know About Snakes? five-year-olds know a thing or two about snakes, but what do they know about titanoboa?Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Coffin Maker first coffin Marcus Daly built was for his own child. Now, he has mastered the art of creating a final resting place for so manyWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Cyber Crimes You Never Hear About institutions go to great lengths to protect themselves against cyber attacks, but as in Live Free or Die Hard, very little stops these elite hackers.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Tomeu Coll by Donna Ferrato for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Visiting Lafcadio Hearn’s Japan temples and scenery of Japan’s San-in coast are as captivating now as they were when Lafcadio Hearn wrote about them in the 19th century Narration by T.A. Frail Music by Kevin MacLeod Photos by Hans Sautter / Aurora SelectWed, 27 Apr 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, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000See D.C.’s Cherry Blossoms in Less Than a Minute case you missed the city’s famous flora, see the Tidal Basin in full bloomWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20s the 1920s, American industry and clout were exploding. Babe Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievement.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do You 3-D Scan a Dinosaur? laser scanners and high-tech computer software, Vince Rossi and Adam Metallo are recreating a digital Dinosaur Hall before it's dismantledWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Dancing Hot Dog a classic drive-in theatre trailer from 1957Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -00002014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest Editor's Pick - The Heartless Machine Christopher Locke discusses his analog "Tele-Phonographer" Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Spotted Owls Endangered by the Encroaching Barred Owl about the spotted owl’s new nemesis, the barred owl, in a video produced by Assignment EarthWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Something Ate This Shark... But What? film crew tags a number of great white sharks to study their movement patterns along Australia's coast. When one of the devices washes ashore, could a killer whale be to blame?Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jim Anderson's Quest to Solve Climate Change American Ingenuity Award winner warns that no place on Earth is safe from the dangers of global warmingWed, 27 Apr 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 HughesWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Elephants and pachyderms alike are enjoying the new Asian elephant exhibit, Elephant Trails, at the National Zoo, where the animals have opportunities to play and visitors can learn more about the endangered speciesWed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Get Prune Fingers? are we equipped with this curious modification? Find out in this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze gives us the info on our wrinkled digits.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible? you ever think you’d hear the words "skunk," "anti-aircraft weaponry" and "nipple squirters" in the same sentence? Brace yourself and watch this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze sticks his nose into the science of skunk spray.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do You Mummify a Body? cultures have found ways to preserve the human body after death, but how? In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, wraps up the answer.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Use One Hand More Than the Other? what exactly factors into how we end up being right or left-handed? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the science of being a southpaw.Tue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Anesthesia Work? modern medical mysteryTue, 26 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tree Video PAL Cutdown to the crackling sounds of air bubbles breaking through the xylem of a red cedar, <em>Juniperus virginiana</em>. Credit: Stefan Mayr, University of InnsbruckThu, 21 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is the Anthropocene? why scientists think we are in a new geologic age and what it means for our future.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Semysmauchenius sp1, ventral view <em>Semysmauchenius</em> spider can make a strike with its chelicerae in just 0.56 milliseconds. The spider was recorded at 3,000 frames per second (fps), but the video is playing at 20 fps, so in real life its movements would be 150 times as fast as seen here.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Down use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living things. Humans can't normally hear these sounds, unless they're slowed down.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever See lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predators. They're so skilled at steering, they can even choose which tree trunk to land on.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Giant Lazy River of Grass Became the Everglades Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of change—so much so, they look different from one year to the next. Here's how this magnificent floating landscape came to be.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Original Country Music music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey Peregrine falcon is not your average avian predator. When hunting, this remarkable bird will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its prey abruptly at speeds of up to 242 mph.Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battle George Custer was a U.S. cavalry officer best known for leading troops into the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where he met his fate. Here's how one of his rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collector.Tue, 05 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wings dragonfly larva emerges from the water with four distinctive lumps on its back. These lumps will turn into the most powerful wings in the insect kingdom. Watch the transformation unfold before your eyes.Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful trait.Fri, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Timelapse of Artist Han Seok Hyun Installing "Super-Natural" at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, 01 Apr 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Francisco 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco harbor, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunk, making the city a maritime archaeologist's dream.Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Driving While Black this exclusive clip from the upcoming Ric Burns documentary about the "Green Book"Fri, 25 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Artist Michael Najjar Travels to the Stratosphere Michael Najjar/Courtesy of Benrubi Gallery, NYC)Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Herman Leonard's Jazz Photographs just a camera as his ticket, Herman Leonard captured jazz icons performing on and off stageMon, 21 Mar 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 belowMon, 21 Mar 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 speedsMon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: When Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Topple? you ever wondered if the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a catastrophe waiting to happen? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze explains how architects and engineers spent the last eight hundred years or so making things go from bad to worse, bringing the gravity-defying tower to the brink of disasterMon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does My Nose Run When It’s Cold Outside Eric Schulze opens the floodgates of knowledge to reveal the answer.Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Did Ancient Greeks and Romans Lie Down to Eat? and dining in the ancient classical world.Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is It True We Have Taste Buds in Our Stomachs? one to hide from the bitter truth, our host, Eric Schulze dishes up the answerMon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do People Really Drill Holes in Their Heads? oldest known form of surgery might have you scratching your headMon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Cannibals Still Exist? for an answer? Host, Eric Schulze, dishes one up in less than a minuteMon, 21 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tracking Down a Plane Crash in the Alaskan Wilderness the National Transportation Safety Board office in Alaska first hears about a plane going down, protocol is to begin gathering information: how bad the crash is, the number of survivors, and where exactly the wreckage is located.Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Is What You're Paying for When You Buy a Bentley a Bentley in the traditional way is a time-consuming nod to their brand heritage. Each hand-crafted wheel, for example, can take four and a half hours to finish.Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why You Should Take the Honey Bee Shortage Seriously entire agricultural system relies on the wellbeing of honey bees. And for them to do well, they need diverse vegetation, not just farmland.Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Metamaterials Inspired by Islamic Art how geometric designs are inspiring new ways to make stretchy materials. (Video by Ahmad Rafsanjani and Damiano Pasini/McGill University)Wed, 16 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Fast Does a Snake Strike? recordings from a lab experiment show two snake species striking at a test glove. (Video clips courtesy of David Penning)Tue, 15 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Hydra Vulgaris Eats, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -00002016 FLAP Canada Bird Layout, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Slo-Mo Footage of a Bumble Bee Dislodging Pollen pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants - and bumble bees are among the few species of bee capable of doing it.Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Lou Gehrig's Toughest Day in Yankee Stadium Gehrig faced ALS with courage and dignity. When it was time to retire at Yankee stadium, he faced what was arguably another giant challenge for him: being honored.Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Colors Affect Our Moods? blue? Try watching this one-minute video. Our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains how colors affect our moods. Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have a Distinctive Smell? beats the sweet smells of a summer rain. But what exactly is it that we’re smelling? Find out in this one-minute video, when Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the alluring aromas of rain.Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s a Freckle? are freckles, and how do they form? In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, shines a light on the subject.Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:00:00 -0000