Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenFri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wrong British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of Vaagso. Inside, the Germans are waiting for them, greeting them with a hail of bullets.Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Pro, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanks. When opened, they extend the width of its body, enabling it to glide gracefully through the air.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years away. What he found proved that planets formed billions of years earlier than what scientists originally calculated.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East Asia. With its 66 antennas sitting 16,400 feet above sea level, ALMA gives us an incredible view of the universe.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush? archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the cause. A later study revealed something much more intriguing.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Pagani Huayra Is Faster Than a Jumbo Jet at Takeoff optimum effects of the Pagani-designed dual aerodynamic system are embodied by the Huayra. In just 25.8 seconds, it crosses the 185 MPH mark--faster than a jumbo jet taking off.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flight.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Expensive Material Behind the Huayra's Incredible Speed much of the Pagani Huayra's speed comes down to innovative design, one material used in its Formula 1-inspired monocoque is crucial.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Ago 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodon. Not only did it possess wings, it was one of the first large vertebrates to travel by air.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantis mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexes. But when one goes for a Bombardier beetle, it gets a highly unpleasant chemical surprise.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take off. Luckily, these birds have found a way to use the rising currents of hot air to their advantage.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witness. Take a look at what exactly takes place mid-flight and how they're able to move with such control.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Breeding this threatened species in captivity has always been difficult, but groundbreaking new research into canid in-vitro fertilization at the Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program could change that.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint? stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resort.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod community. That community also happens to be their prey.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold the winter of 1941, the Allies were desperate: Nazi forces were advancing in Russia, and the Americans were ill-prepared for combat. Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back home.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Inside the Mind of a Killer horror found its inspiration from the real-life criminal investigations of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Exorcist's Rule Book serious manifestation of evil is never a pretty thing, but Catholic priests face down demons with precision.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966 policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gas. But some say that's just what the government wanted us to believe.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweet Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn and rice to bananas, plantains, and mangoes.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkhole 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile program. They ended up building it inside a massive Puerto Rican sinkhole.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeys Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birds.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in Scream.Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Point of Earwax? science of earwax in under a minuteThu, 13 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sloth Bear Cub Plays a Harmonica bear cub Remi plays harmonica as part of an animal enrichment program at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The activity encourages the same behavior sloth bears in the wild use to suck insects out of their nestsTue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000Otters Play a Piano at the National Zoo's cuter than cats playing piano? Otters playing piano. Asian small-clawed otter paws fly across the keyboard as part of an animal enrichment course.Tue, 11 Oct 2016 00:00:00 -0000New York Public Library Conveyor Belt Blanc /New York Public LibraryWed, 28 Sep 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.Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: When Did People Start Keeping Pets?’s best friend is also one of his oldest. (Still Image: eclipse_images/iStock)Tue, 27 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder years after the show aired, Star Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventors to create one quickly.Fri, 23 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000 a selection from the Smithsonian Institution's submission for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register of historic artifactsThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Past, Present and Future of Agriculture have been modifying plants since the beginning of agriculture, but now, globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before.Thu, 22 Sep 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.Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Prototype for a Robotic Flipper Was Inspired by Sea Lions Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The History of the Universe Laureate John Mather explains why the universe is infinite and expanding at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prosthetics Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Digitizing a Fossil Whale Graveyard Pyenson, curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at National Museum of Natural History explains paleontology rescue in the digital age at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Measure Forest Height and Biomass From Space Earth Scientist Explorer Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh explains how she uses tools made for space exploration to map the planet at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Buzz Aldrin's Vision for Space Exploration Apollo 11 astronaut discusses the importance of traveling to Mars at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is Volcano Breath? Cottrell, director of Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program, explains the gasses that are released during a volcanic eruption at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Climate Change Is in the Past Johnson, Director of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explains how the Earth's temperature cycle at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Human Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, explains how genomics are revolutionizing medicine at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Exploring the 50 Percent of America That Is Underwater explorer Robert Ballard explains how he uses Tele-presence to explore the depths of the ocean at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Exploring the Sun Kasper, solar astrophysicist at Harvard-Smithsonian, explains the benefits of sending a probe into the atmosphere of the sun at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Technology Behind Understanding How Our Brains Worké Fenton, NYU neuroscientist and biomedical engineer, explains how breakthroughs in neuroscience are helping collect data on brain activity at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian's "The Future Is Here" Event neuroscience to volcanism, this groundbreaking event showcases the leading minds helping to shape tomorrowThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Physicists Try to Make Star Trek's Warp Drive a Reality Star Trek, an antimatter warp drive allows the Enterprise starship to travel the universe effortlessly, but is this faster-than-light propulsion system actually possible?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000It’s Raining Text catch falling letters in an interactive installation by artists Camille Utterback and Romy AchituvThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jetpack Demo at the Future Is Here Festival the flight in the Ronald Reagan BuildingThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Teen Inventor Alexis Lewis on Youth and the Innovative Spirit a patent to her name and more likely on the way, the 15-year-old has made it her mission to inspire young innovatorsThu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Otherness: Will We Meet Beings with Different Minds than Ours? Will We Make Them? Or Become Them? Brin is an astrophysicist whose international best-selling novels include The Postman, Earth, and recently Existence. His nonfiction book about the information age - The Transparent Society - won the Freedom of Speech Award of the American Library Association. Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Christ on a Cracker! (Apophenia, Pareidolia and Conspiracy Paranoia) Lanford is a preparedness hobbyist highly skilled in making Type I errors. Ask her about the Post-Apocalyptic World after her second drink!Wed, 21 Sep 2016 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, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Science Meets Science Fiction: A Conversation Between Brian Greene and David Brin Greene is a professor at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times best seller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and serves as Chairman of the Board.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Secretary on Institution's First Official Climate Change Statement October 2014, the Smithsonian Institution released its first official statement on climate change. The bold statement acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activities. Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough lends perspective to this landmark statement, and explains the valuable role that the Institution can play in research and education around this important issue.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Search for Earth 2.0 Seager’s groundbreaking research ranges from the detection of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts. Dubbed an “astronomical Indiana Jones”, she is on a quest to discover a true Earth twin. A professor at MIT, she was named in Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential in Space.” Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Video Recap of the 2013 American Ingenuity Awards Dinner from an inspiring evening featuring all of the award winners Wed, 21 Sep 2016 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. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Toe Tastebuds?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Gender Bending Fish, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: World's Sharpest X-Ray world’s sharpest x-ray beam peers in at nanoscopic levelsWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Why Are These Mice Unafraid of Cats? are researching how the rodent can become less susceptible to its feline foe.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: 3D Printers in Space you need something while up in space, soon all you'll have to do is print it.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The National Air and Space Museum Lowers Charles Lindbergh's “Spirit of St. Louis” to the Ground first plane to fly nonstop from New York to Paris will reside on the ground level of the National Air and Space Museum for the next five months as it undergoes preservation (Courtesy of the National Air and Space Museum)Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Golden Treasure team of archeologists uncover a treasure trove of golden artifacts during an excavation in JerusalemWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Fly the Friendly Skies With a Jetpack of waiting to catch your flight? Then strap on your very own jetpack and off you go!Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Making Gasoline from Bacteria from South Korea have discovered a unconventional way to produce gasoline.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Animal Spies CIA used birds, cats and even dolphins to help them on covert operations.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 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 Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rachel Kyte on the True Price of Carbon World Bank's special envoy for climate change makes the case for putting a price on carbon emissions in a way that reduces the human footprint while maintaining or even improving quality of life.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Lyrebird, Nature's Mimic, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Drew Jones Simulates a Potential Climate Change Solution simulation specialist presents a "climate calculator" tool that shows why we need a multi-pronged approach to climate response.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000George Luber on the Health Hazards of Climate Change CDC scientist highlights some of the physical and mental ailments already affecting people due to climate shifts, and offers some possible ways to re-shape communities to be more resilient and adaptable.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Thomas Friedman on Nature, Economics and Foreign Policy award winning author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The New York Times discusses how the natural world influences geo politics. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000James Hack on Modeling a Changing Climate Oak Ridge scientist presents the latest efforts to model complex climate systems with some of the most powerful computers on the planet.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000John Kress Introduces the 2014 "Living In The Anthropocene" Symposium Smithsonian's interim under secretary for science talks about the genesis of this year's presentation and the critical role that Smithsonian scholars play in bringing context to discussions about human-induced change.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Thad Allen on Katrina, Deepwater Horizon, and Disaster Response former Coast Guard admiral gives his personal insights on responding to complex risks, gleaned from his work in the aftermath of two major environmental and social disasters.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: New Cars for Small Spaces at MIT may have the solution for city traffic jams.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Night in Review: The 2015 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards highlights from Smithsonian magazine's annual celebration of ingenuity Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Medical Photos As Modern Art, emphysema and gallstones challenge the definition of art Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: It Snows What on Venus?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Airbags for Skiers at speeds nearing 100 mph, there's a fine line between helping and hurtingWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Ambergris, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Maya Beheadings war captives from the 17th century uneartherdWed, 21 Sep 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.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Humongous Fungus, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is Jazz? of the National Museum of American History’s jazz program discuss the legacy of jazz in the United StatesWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Female Ferrets, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Apps for Apes at the National Zoo keep orangutans mentally stimulated with an innovative use of iPadsWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tongue Print, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Cracking the Code on Camouflage are looking at the sea to help protect our soldiers in the fieldWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Genetic Rescue for Endangered and Extinct Wildlife Brand is co-founder of Revive & Restore, The Long Now Foundation, The WELL, Global Business Network, and founder/editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. His books include Whole Earth Discipline, The Clock of the Long Now, How Buildings Learn, and The Media Lab. He was trained as a biologist at Stanford and served as an Infantry officer in the US Army.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Toothbrush, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Suicidal Sloths? three-toed sloths risk life and limb when nature callsWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tunnel, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Flies in Space flies are making space safer for humansWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000See a Hoverboard in Action Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future is Here conference, the company Hendo showed off its hoverboard technology.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Space Cloud, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Tobacco Hornworm investigating nicotine poisoning discover the “breath of death”Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Extinct Frog Resurrected gastric-brooding frog eats its young, well sort of - our Kelly Carnes explainsWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Is Beatboxing Safer Than Singing? Kelly Carnes explainsWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Could a Plague Pandemic Strike Again? up the past to find out what caused one of the world’s deadliest pandemicsWed, 21 Sep 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.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Project Loon DeVaul is the leader of the Google[x] Rapid Evaluation Team and Design Kitchen, two small groups inside Google[x] who prototype, build, and test ideas, searching for the “Next Big Thing” for Google. He is co-founder and first project leader of Project Loon, a Google[x] project to explore delivering balloon-powered internet to the 2 out of 3 people in the world who don’t currently have access.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations With Help From Eight Million Volunteers Werthimer is SETI@home Chief Scientist and director of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. Werthimer was in the Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Everyone in the Homebrew club became filthy rich except him. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Phil Plaitt - Future Is Here Moderator, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Marco Tempest - Cyber Illusionist, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Fight Crime with…Water? new law enforcement tool is marking alleged criminals without their knowledgeWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Seth Shostak: Are We Looking for the Right Extra-Terrestrials? + Q&A, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Renwick Gallery Opens, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Pregnant Dads?, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alexandra Cousteau: Save the Oceans, Feed the World: The Future of Fish, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Hyena Poop, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rebecca Newberger Goldstein: The Mattering Map, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Headless Cockroach, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Dava Newman, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Kirk Johnson: The Future of Rocks, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jim Green: The Martian: Science Fiction and Science Fact, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Anthony Fauci, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Martine Rothblatt, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Chris Carter, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sara Seager: Mapping the Nearby Stars for Habitable Worlds + Q&A, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bruce Sterling: Inspiring Tomorrow, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Sheldon Brown: How to Design the Future, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Nature John Kress speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Oliver Sacks and The Mind's Eye Burns speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Tim Miller and Aditya Sood, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The $100 Million Brain Mapping Initiative Insel speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000ArcAttack: Creators of the Original Singing Tesla Coil, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000IBM's Watson Predicts the Future Teerlink speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future Is in Your Genes Venter speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Interview With Andy Weir and Aditya Sood, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why We Sleep Walker speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 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, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The End of Time as We Know It Wing speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Parker Abercrombie and Alexander Menzies: Augmented Exploration, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of the Human Spirit in a World of Machines Isaacson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Adam Steltzner: NASA’s Mars 2020 Mission—and Beyond, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Building a Cognitive Exoskeleton Casebeer speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Tony Antonelli: Paving the Way for Human Exploration of Deep Space, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Evolving Ourselves: How Humans Drive Evolution Enriquez speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Vint Cerf: Internet Is Evolving—A Glimpse at 2016-2036, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Future of Precision Medicine Green speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Seeing the Power of the Human Mind, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000You're Surrounded! The Internet of Things Meets Artificial Intelligence Ashton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Geo-engineering the Earth's Atmosphere Keith speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Architecture of the Future Henderson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of the Amazonéline S. Cousteau speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ice Cycle Burtner speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How to Grow a Human Arm in a Lab Tandon speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Oceans Knowlton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 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.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Communicating With Brain Signals Ebeling speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Video Recap of the 2012 American Ingenuity Awards Dinner from an inspirational evening honoring all of the award winnersWed, 21 Sep 2016 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. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The New Horizons Message: One Earth Lin is a National Geographic Explorer and a Research Scientist at UC San Diego’s Calit2. He is an expert in merging remote exploration with crowdsourced citizen science and emergent collective reasoning. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Sampler of Apocalypses Lanford speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Lemur Biology in the Axis of Evil: A Schistosomiasis Love Story in 10 Easy Lessons Alex Dehgan, Co-founder Conservation X Labs, and Senior Visiting Fellow, Duke University. Previously, Dehgan also worked in the Department of State where he developed a science diplomacy strategy towards Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and previous to that he was the founding Afghanistan Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Afghanistan ProgramWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Microalgae: Food Fertilizer and Fuel of the Future Jochum speaks at Smithsonian magazine's Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Fecal Matters: The Ins and Outs of Fecal Transplants reading about Ebola in The Hot Zone as a child, Anna Seekatz has been interested in infectious diseases. This interest morphed into a BS in biology at Western Washington University, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. Now, as a postdoc in Dr. Vincent Young’s lab at the University of Michigan, she studies Clostridium difficile infection, an antibiotic-associated pathogen of the GI tract, and its relationship with gut microbes.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Night in Review: The 2014 American Ingenuity Awards highlights from Smithsonian magazine's annual celebration of ingenuity Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Alice in Quantum Wonderland Ghose speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 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.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Would Dr. McCoy Make With a Star Trek Replicator? Wong speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Brood Parasitism in Indigo Birds Balakrishnan - Founder/Godfather of Nerd Nite and Assistant Professor of Evolutionary and Behavioral Genomics at East Carolina University.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Will the Zombie-Makers of Today Yield the Neuroscience and Drug Discoveries of Tomorrow? Weinersmith speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Enabling Ability: The Future of Human-Machine Interaction Lathan is an entrepreneur, engineer, and activist for STEM education. As co-founder and CEO of AnthroTronix, she works at the intersection of robotics, sensors, and mobile computing platforms. Lathan has been recognized in MIT Technology Review’s “Top 100 World Innovators” and was named a Technology Pioneer and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Food: Why We Need Urban Bee Geeks Crocker speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Dancing with Black Holes Evans is a black hole hunter and astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He has made pioneering observations of supermassive black holes using NASA’s Chandra X-ray observatory, and led the team that discovered the famous “Death Star Galaxy”. He currently serves as one of the youngest Program Directors at the National Science Foundation, and is responsible for funding the next great astrophysical discoveries.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Should We Build Terminators? Schechter speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Are You Ready for Your Own Drone? Vo is a roboticist at George Mason University and drone technology educator who develops motion planning algorithms for autonomous swarms of drones to fly safely, quickly, and robustly. As the Director of Education for the DC Area Drone User Group, he has taught hundreds of everyday users how to build and fly a drone of their own.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Robot Intimacy: The Inevitable Leap to Love and Sex With Robots Phillips speak at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Poster Child: How Ghana, Thailand, and Poland Interpreted Futuristic Worlds of Classic Movies Through Posters Leach speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000From Hal to Siri to Us: Voices of the Future ethnographic fieldwork with research in museums and archives, Joshua A. Bell examines the shifting local and global network of relationships between persons, artifacts and the environment. These interests have involved him in long-term fieldwork with communities in the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea and a collaborative project investigating the intimate and global relations materialized in cell phones. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Humanity in the Solar System Stanley Robinson’s seventeen novels and six story collections have been translated into 24 languages. Collectively, his Mars trilogy has won all the major science fiction and fantasy awards. His recent novel 2312 is a New York Times best-seller, and winner of the Nebula Award for best novel; it confirms Time magazine’s celebration of Robinson as a “Hero of the Environment.”Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Anatomy of a Space Shuttle Launch 2004 – 2010 Joshua Moskowitz worked as a Mechanical Systems Flight Control Officer in NASA’s Mission Control Center at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, supporting 19 space shuttle missions. Wed, 21 Sep 2016 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.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The New Horizons Message: One Earth Lomberg is an artist expert in the design of “deep time” messages including NASA’s Mars rover sundials, 10,000 year nuclear waste warning markers, and the Galaxy Garden in Kona, Hawaii.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Let’s Make Light of the Situation Anstey is a chemist by day and a sleeping chemist by night. He made esoteric metal chemistry his specialty at UC Berkeley. Thankfully, someone found that useful in the job market, and he now makes metals emit light for the good of the nation at Sandia National Labs.Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Giant Panda Cub Is Almost Eight Weeks Old, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Can Spit Prove This Skeleton Is King Richard III? order to prove that this skeleton is King Richard III, scientists compare DNA from the skeleton with DNA from a direct descendant.Tue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Do Sharks Associate Boats With Food? 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 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 Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000To the Moon and Back: Apollo 11 Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary a man to the moon required an overhaul of the entire space program, involving more powerful rockets and new spacecraftTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mysterious Octopus Pranks Its Prey than pouncing on its prey, the larger Pacific striped octopus extends a tentacle and taps its victim, startling it into the octopus's deadly embrace. (Video courtesy Roy Caldwell, UC Berkeley)Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Surfs Up at the Naval Surface Warfare Center technology can precisely recreate eight open-water conditionsTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Beware the Treacherous Waters of the Aran Islands'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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Museum Day: A Welcome From Johnnetta Cole, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Native American Tribes Suffer When the Truckee River Slows to a Trickle communities rely on the 121-mile-long river, fed by snowpack melting into Lake Tahoe. (Carla Schaffer/AAAS)Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ten Natural Wonders You've Never Heard Of the Gates of Hell to a forest made from limestone needles, these wonders are lesser known but just as amazingTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made of? are born with tiny buttons at the end of their tails. Each time they shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattle.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Discovering New Species in the Amazon rainforest still harbors many secrets waiting to be discovered. Fortunately, there are people whose job is to find these secrets - produced by Federic PardoTue, 20 Sep 2016 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Jellyfish are Stirring Up the Ocean in Palau are studying how the movement of jellyfish through the open water helps with ocean mixingTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is It True That Your Hair and Nails Keep Growing After You Die? find out, we need to get down to the basics. Eric Schulze explainsTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Plane Crash That Claimed Three Rock Legends death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in an Iowa cornfield became known as "The Day the Music Died" after the 1971 Don McLean songTue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Vermont Is the Best Place for Fall Foliage a journey over the fiery red foliage of fall and the covered bridges of Montgomery, VermontTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What's it Like to BASE Jump From the World's Tallest Building? Reffet and Fred Fugen set a new World Record by BASE jumping from above the pinnacle of the 2,717-foot-high Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The stunt was organized by Skydive Dubai.</br></br> Brought to you by Dubai Film Production. Music Licensed by The Rights WorkshopTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Listen to This Endangered Song 400 of these records were made to raise awareness about the less than 400 Sumatran tigers still alive in the wild today. Tue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Is the Inca Maiden the World's Best-Preserved Mummy? least 500 years old, the Inca maiden found at the top of the Andes is so well-preserved that visitors find themselves whispering, for fear of waking herTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Man Filmed the Inside of a Hurricane and Lived to Tell Joseph Bussey filmed Hurricane Ike aboard The Odyssey in the Galveston, Texas, bay. Thankfully, both he and his incredible footage made it out in one pieceTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000An Algorithm Predicts the Images in a Dream learning simulation, combined with fMRI readings, is able to predict the visualizations seen by a dreamer in real timeTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Whose Face Is on the Sphinx? Great Sphinx is carefully placed within Giza, protecting the tombs of Khafre and Khufu. But when was the sphinx given a face? And whose face would serve to protect these important pharaohs?Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Play It Again the Music Division of the National Museum of American History, conservation doesn't mean restoring priceless instruments, it means making music.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Running With Rhinos gunshot wound to the head leaves a white rhino calf clinging to life, but a caring wildlife veterinarian steps in to help, and a special bond is formed.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Bees Drink Nectar From a Coffee Flower get a caffeine buzz and memory boost when they drink coffee nectarTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What the Real Watson and Holmes Did for a Living Holmes, a burglar alarm pioneer, and Thomas Watson, an electrician who worked for Alexander Graham Bell, decided to join forces in 1878. Not to solve mysteries, but to form the Bell Telephone CompanyTue, 20 Sep 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 answerTue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 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.Tue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Emancipation Proclamation of the African American History and Culture Museum Lonnie Bunch looks at the forces that brought about the January 1, 1863 orderTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000"Experiments With David Atwood" by Artist Nam June Paik clip from the father of video art's 1969 pieceTue, 20 Sep 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-FriesenTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Albert Einstein Lives On the science of robotics, researchers in California have created a lifelike bust of Albert Einstein to teach others, and themselves, about the breakthroughs made with robotsTue, 20 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Scenes at the United States Patent and Trademark Office day, thousands of inventors and businesses all over the world turn to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to protect their intellectual property. Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Hot Air Balloons Light Up the Sky Albuquerque, New Mexico every Fall season is marked by the start of the Balloon FiestaMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Carnivorous Plant that Flings Insects Into its Mouth glanduligera, a small plant native to Australia, features two sets of touch-sensitive tentacles to catapult insects towards its digestive concavity and then draw them in deeperMon, 19 Sep 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.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Walk With Dinosaurs at the National Museum of Natural History out! Dinosaurs on the loose!Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Recreating the Discovery Space Shuttle Fly-over With Cans team LEO A DALY as they replicate the Discovery space shuttle flight over Washington, D.C. for CANstructionMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Goes Into a Prohibition-Era Cocktail expert Derek Brown shows how to make three cocktails from the early 20th century at his Washington, D.C. bar.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Zildjian Cymbals Made it From the Ottoman Empire to Now 1622, Avedis Zildjian, an Armenian metalworker in Turkey, melted a top-secret combination of metals to create the perfect cymbal. Nearly 400 years later, Zildjian's descendants are one of the most well-known cymbal sellers in the world today.Mon, 19 Sep 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.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Airport Animal Lounge You've Never Heard of large airports like Frankfurt's, there is one building you'll probably never see inside, until now. Take a peek at the Animal Lounge, which hosts 300,000 traveling pets and animals each day.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Saving Amphibians From Deadly Fungus captive colonies for eventual re-introduction to the wild, scientists from Atlanta rescue endangered frogs and other amphibians threatened with extinction by a fatal fungus spreading through South American forestsMon, 19 Sep 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.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -00003D Scanning: Bringing History Back to Life are using new technology to unravel a mystery in the Smithsonian collections.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Music of Central Asia Vol. 10: Borderlands: Wu Man and Master Musicians From the Silk Route these exuberant recordings, pipa master Wu Man and her Uyghur, Tajik, and Hui collaborators explore connections between the musical worlds of China and Central Asia. Featuring the stirring vocals of Sanubar Tursun and Abdulla Majnun along with newly arranged and composed instrumental pieces, Borderlands is a masterful blending of kindred traditions. 14 tracks, 72 minutes, 48-page color booklet, and photos; DVD contains series introduction, 2 documentary films, interactive glossary, and map. Music of Central Asia is a co-production of the Aga Khan Music Initiative in Central Asia, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. The aim of the series is to present leading exponents of Central Asia's rich and diverse musical heritage to listeners outside the region. Courtesy of Smithsonian FolkwaysMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Science Off the Sphere: Lenses and Vortices Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates physics in spaceMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Scenes From the 21st Century Prom more about the high school students featured in Mary Ellen Mark's photography and about what prom means to them Film by Martin Bell. Clips from the film, "Prom."Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Reporting From the Serengeti staff writer Abigail Tucker came across imperiled zebras, dusty savannahs and perilous roads while researching the Tanzanian lionsMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups? can be challenging to engage someone from a distance. Draco lizards, however, have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential mates.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Titanoboa vs T-Rex's the ultimate battle of the predators - the monster snake's unbelievable power against the tyrannosaurus' giant bite. They lived in different times and places, but if they ever met, who would win?Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Battle Over Prairie Dogs defend their land from the destruction of prairie dogs while conservationist claim they are vital to the prairie ecosystemMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Baby Talk From a Rhesus Macaque how a mother rhesus makes funny faces to her infant child to grab its attentionMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Removed From its Setting, the Hope Diamond Stands Alone naked stone is on exhibit at the Natural History museum through next springMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Catherine the Great's Mechanical Table Served Up Everything but Secrets the Great’s mechanical dinner table created a luxurious private affair. Guests arrived by invite only and wait staff were kept out of earshot to minimize gossip and scandal.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Massive Supercell In North Texas June 3, 2013 near Booker, Texas, photographer Mike Olbinski pulled his car to the side of the road to capture one of nature's most amazing sightsMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Rebuilding a Life as a Quadriplegic profound tragedy echoed through a small town in Michigan and changed the plans for a young prodigy in inspired waysMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Joy of Cooking With Julia Child her television shows, Julia Child shared her love for culinary arts with the worldMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Let Them Eat Cake Line Is a Lie Marie Antoinette really say, "Let them eat cake"? Discover the truth about France's most infamous queen though her coded letters written to Swedish diplomat and alleged lover, Axel von Fersen.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000For Bourbon Fans, Kentucky Is the Holy Land's Old Crow Bourbon Distillery is the birthplace of the spirit favored by Mark Twain and President Ulysses S. Grant.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do You 3D Scan a Dinosaur? laser scanners and high-tech computer software, Vince Rossi and Adam Metallo are recreating a digital Dinosaur Hall before it's dismantledMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Going Deep Into Coral Reefs Knowlton talks about the dangers facing our oceans’ coral reefsMon, 19 Sep 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.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Scenes of Born to Be Wild 3D crew behind the IMAX documentary talks about why they focused on Birute Mary Galdikas and her orangutans for their new movieMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Animation of a Supermassive Black Hole is ejected in a narrow jet of particles traveling at almost the speed of lightMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000This Wasn't Supposed to Be a Sphinx archeologists have noticed that the human head of the Great Sphinx of Giza is too small for it's lion body. One theory is that the sphinx was originally not a sphinx at all.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The View From Above on view at the National Air and Space Museum, See Dragon eye, the five-pound unmanned aerial vehicle, in flightMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Under the Sea With Dolphins with bottlenose dolphins in the Red Sea and learn about their amazing intelligenceMon, 19 Sep 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.Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Face to Face With Ants new technologies, Smithsonian entomologists are using detailed photo of ant faces to understand the differences among the 12,000 speciesMon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Discovering Titanoboa, the World's Largest Snake found in Colombia indicate that a giant snake may have roamed the earth 60 million years agoMon, 19 Sep 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)Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Daring Plan to Steal Nazi Radar Technology 1941, a British parachute regiment consisting of 120 men set off toward Bruneval on the northern coast of occupied France. Their mission: to steal German radar secrets.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Thinnest Burmese Gold Leaf Is Made Burma, goldworking skills have been passed down over generations. Here's a look at the painstaking process required to produce the fine gold leaf that's sold near temples for devotional gilding.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Is the Glass Palace Chronicle and Why Is It Important? of the most important sources of Burmese history is a document known as the Glass Palace Chronicle. The story it tells isn't always reliable, but it remains a key guide to the region's history and mythology.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Burmese Monument That Appears to Defy Gravity the peak of Mount Kyaiktiyo is a mind-bending Buddhist monument: a 25-foot rock that balances precariously on the edge of a cliff.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What These Mysterious Scrolls Tell Us About Women in Petra 1961, archaeologists in southern Israel discovered a mysterious set of documents. They provide valuable clues into the elevated status of Nabataean women in the first century AD.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Leopards Treat Marula Trees Like Pantries for Their Kills can lose their kills to scavengers on the ground. That's why storing them in the hard-to-access branches of the Marula tree is a winning strategy.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Hungry Snake Finds a Whole Colony of Sociable Weavers in close proximity to each other has a lot of advantages for sociable weavers. But if a predator like this venomous boomslang discovers the nests, he can wipe out the entire colony's brood in hours.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Star Trek's Nichelle Nichols on Uhura's Radical Impact Trek's decision to cast Nichelle Nichols, an African American woman, as major character on the show was an almost unheard-of move in 1968. But for black women all over the country, it redefined the notions of what was possible.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Tomb Raiders Treated This Priceless Gem Like Trash would grave robbers break into the King of Xuzhou's tomb and leave its most priceless jade treasure behind? The answer may lie in the precious stone's status as currency in ancient China.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Does China's Only Female Emperor Deserve Her Bad Rap? Zetian, empress of the Tang Dynasty, was believed to be a cunning and ruthless ruler. But new evidence unearthed by archaeologists has challenged this version of her story.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Yellowstone Scientists Really Combat Invasive Species cutthroat trout are on the brink of extinction as invasive lake trout continue to eat them. With the park's ecosystem at risk, it's up to scientists to figure out where these predators came from and how to contain them.Fri, 16 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Dead Rulers of the Han Dynasty Were Plugged With Jade the days of China's Han dynasty, when a ruler died his corpse was carefully packed with jade "plugs." These were believed to guarantee immortality for the deceased.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Los Texmaniacs Perform "Por Una Mujer Casada" July 31, Smithsonian Folkways will release GRAMMY-Award winning conjunto group Los Texmaniacs' 'Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds.' The 18-song album features a blend of polka, boleros, ballads, and Western swing, drawing from the rich tradition of Tex-Mex culture. This is their second album with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings following the GRAMMY-winning 'Borders y Bailes' in 2009, and features renowned Western swing singer Ray Benson and fiddle player Jason Roberts from the group Asleep at the Wheel, as well as GRAMMY-winning fiddler Bobby Flores. Max Baca, a virtuoso of the bajo sexto (a type of 12-string guitar), formed Los Texmaniacs in 1997 after his decade-long career with popular and innovative group the Texas Tornados. The San Antonio-based quartet Los Texmaniacs have performed for US troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia/Kosovo, and have also played in China, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Germany and Austria, acting as ambassadors of conjunto music and Texas culture worldwide. They also performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on three occasions. For more information on Los Texmaniacs, visit their website:, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Calculating the Odds of Intelligent Alien Life the answer with Jill Tarter and the Drake Equation—a mathematical formula that calculates the possibility of undiscovered lifeThu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Timelapse Footage of a Giant Caterpillar Weaving Its Cocoon six weeks, luna moth caterpillars gorge themselves on the leaves of the marula tree. Then, when they're ready, they instinctively weave giant cocoons around themselves in preparation for their stunning metamorphosis.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Were the Women of Petra More Important Than Men? Nabataeans worshipped powerful female deities and built lavish shrines in their honor. Could this religious order be a clue into the elevated status of women in Petra?Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Wu Zetian's Bold Move at the Spectacular Longmen Grottoes Longmen Grottoes remain one of the most sacred places in China. Which is why they were a perfect place for Wu Zetian, the country's first female ruler, to make a statement about her power.Thu, 15 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000New Rules for Yellowstone Bison relaxed federal rules, bison are now allowed more room to roam outside Yellowstone National ParkWed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Does the World Look Like When You’re Color Blind? the world through different eyesWed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches? dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat and cooling the body.Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000A Long-Legged Prehistoric Spider a CT scanner, scientists have created a 3-D model of Eophrynus prestiviciiTue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Can a Spacesuit Be "Home"? babies provide oxygen, shelter, even a bathroom!Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How a Deep-Sea Offshore Drilling Rig Works 22 hours, the crew of the Maersk Interceptor have assembled and lowered 551 feet of pipes into the water. Through them, a hydraulic hammer will operate to drive these pipes 131 feet below the seafloor.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Brazil's Most Dangerous Landing Strip among pilots, Runway 35-L at Congonhas airport is a short, tight and tricky place to land.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Trap-Jaw Ant "Bouncing" example of the trap-jaw ant bouncing by snapping its mandibles against a hard surface to "bounce" a few inches into the airTue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Trap-Jaw Ant Manidble Close-Up close-up of the trap-jaw ant mandible in actionTue, 13 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Lin-Manuel Miranda Accepts the 2015 Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for History playwright, composer and actor has created a Broadway musical like no other in history Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Could Star Trek's Invisibility Cloak Become a Reality? Star Trek, the Romulans possess a cloaking device that renders its ship, the Bird-of-Prey, invisible. Now, years later, a group of scientists may have found a way to turn this technology into reality.Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000The Biggest Mass-Production Submarine of WWII into service just five months after Pearl Harbor, the USS Wahoo was built for size: 312 feet long by 27 feet across. This would allow it to stay out in the open sea, for longer periods of time.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000What Gladiator School Was Like's uncertain whether gladiator school was run like a prison or was completely voluntary. However, a reasonable amount of comfort was provided alongside strict training. Spectators wanted to see muscular men, which required a healthy diet and constant exercise.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatches and begins to experience life in its shiny new form.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Name 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic, snow-covered mountains of northwest Washington - the peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek gods, so he named them the Olympic Mountains.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Yosemite Became the Setting of a Chaotic 1970 Riot Day in 1970 at Yosemite National Park should have been an occasion for celebration. Instead, it became a day of violence between park rangers and young campers.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin lab. One high-energy laser beam, similar to the phaser from the series, can even track and destroy rockets.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Crazy Vintage Footage of Park Visitors Feeding Bears management in national parks has come a long way in recent decades. In the '70s, visitors were regularly encouraged to feed bears, resulting in a spate of injuries and wild home videos.Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:00:00 -0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Death giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stake. Watch the battle unfold as these huge hornets risk their lives for their kingdoms.Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s a Dimple? Eric Schulze digs into the science behind these depressions.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Make Packaging Sustainable? can do many things to reduce their packaging footprint – but to make a real impact, solutions need to start with the industry. BASF is committed to improving packaging sustainability.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Rethink Urban Mobility? start-up Floatility created the e-floater®, a solar-powered electric scooter for short-distance city travel, made possible by BASF’s lightweight plastic solutions.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Cut Down on Plastic Waste? enough plastic thrown away each year to circle the earth four times, we’re reaching a saturation point. BASF is committed to finding alternative uses for recycled plastic.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Ensure a Safe Water Supply?’s high-tech ultrafiltration membranes have pores 3,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. This even makes it possible to turn wastewater into drinking water.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000How Do We Help Feed a Growing World Population? created a seven-step program to educate farmers in planting and maintaining milkweed on their land – which helps ensure there are more butterflies in our gardens and biodiversity on the farm.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Mary Beard on Pompeii's Showiest Family Valentes were a wealthy family in Pompeii that used lavish, high-end parties to gain political clout. Classicist Mary Beard walks us through the remains of their opulent home and imagines what an evening in their company would be like.Tue, 30 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Surprise: Gladiators Were Vegetarians huge factor in a gladiator's physical fitness was a meatless diet. During training, he primarily ate beans for protein and barley for carbohydrates.Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffe from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caught.Fri, 26 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0000