This summer marks the 70th anniversary of the best spice blend ever known to humankind: Old Bay Seasoning. Mrs. Dash may have low sodium and Emeril may be bam-tastic, but no other spice has the kick and the nostalgia of summers past like Old Bay. According to the Maryland-based company, the history...
August 04, 2009 | By Brian Wolly
Dunwich, England, is one of several underwater sites where divers are discovering new information about historic cultures
July 29, 2009 | By Robin T. Reid
July 22, 2009 | By Megan Gambino
Chemist and businessman Eric Stroud develops shark repellents to protect sharks from being ensnared in commercial fisheries
July 17, 2009 | By Joseph Caputo
After a wonderful wedding and vacation, I'm back, and hugely grateful to Lisa and guest bloggers Abigail Tucker and Ashley Luthern for feeding the blog so richly in my absence!Our honeymoon took us to Ireland and northern Wales, destinations which I confess attracted me in part because they aren't ...
July 16, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Electrical engineer Annette von Jouanne is pioneering an ingenious way to generate clean, renewable electricity from the sea
July 2009 | By Elizabeth Rusch
For thousands of years, the Pacific Ocean’s strong currents have swept shipwrecked Japanese sailors onto American shores
June 16, 2009 | By Curtis Ebbesmeyer and Eric Scigliano
Using 17th century techniques, volunteers built a replica of Henry Hudson's vessel in honor of the anniversary of his exploration
June 08, 2009 | By Wayne A. Hall
Only two months into their lives, the chicks, with their now stronger flippers, take their first dive from the water’s edge
June 04, 2009 | By Eric Wagner
I was pleased to open my Washington Post this morning and see DC chef Barton Seaver on the front of the Food section. (And not just because he's such a cutie.) Seaver was one of the moderators at the Smithsonian Associates sustainable seafood event, and the Post article repeats several of the good ...
May 13, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
I don't know about you, but I tend to eat more seafood in the summer, perhaps because it's so easy to grill. But it's tricky to know which seafood to eat. A Smithsonian Associates panel discussion I attended this spring, on "sustainable" seafood, had some good advice, although it also demonstrated ...
May 11, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs. Now divers, fishermen—and cooks—are fighting back
May 08, 2009 | By Anika Gupta
Smithsonian associate editor Bruce Hathaway guest blogs for us, chiming in about his love for solar cooking:The first days of May here in the Washington, D.C., area are usually ideal for solar cooking. The recent spate of rain-filled days has kept us from truly enjoying the out doors, but it won't ...
May 07, 2009 | By admin
Ballerina turned biologist Kristin Laidre gives her all to study the elusive, deep-diving, ice-loving whale known as the "unicorn of the sea"
May 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
In Florida's panhandle, vibrant Pensacola stakes its claim as the oldest European settlement in the United States
May 2009 | By Donovan Webster
Smithsonian staff writer Abigail Tucker recently visited Niaqornat, Greenland as part of her reporting on tracking the elusive Narwhal. We asked her to share her unique culinary experiences while up in the Arctic cold.Knud Rasmussen, the grizzled adventurer who explored Greenland by dog sled in the...
April 23, 2009 | By admin
Lately I'm reading a book called "Food Matters: A Guide to Conscious Eating," by Mark Bittman (a.k.a. NY Times' "The Minimalist"), and Earth Day seems like the perfect time to tell you about it.Bittman's thesis is simple but sobering: What you choose to put on your plate has a direct impact on the...
April 22, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen
If having fungus inside your home's walls sounds like a bad thing, the judges of the 2008 PICNIC Green Challenge would disagree. In October, Eben Bayer, a 23-year-old from Troy, New York, won 500,000 euros in the second annual Dutch-sponsored competition for the best solution to reducing greenhouse...
April 17, 2009 | By Lisa Bramen
A century ago, explorer Robert Peary earned fame for discovering the North Pole, but did Frederick Cook get there first?
April 2009 | By Bruce Henderson
I just finished reading a new book by the prolific Gary Paul Nabhan, whose resume astounds me: He landed a half-million-dollar MacArthur Fellowship (aka "genius grant") early in his career, and has written some 30 books since then, in addition to several teaching gigs and founding a movement or two...
March 02, 2009 | By Amanda Bensen