CultureShared traditions, belief systems and values among a social group
Is there one perfect temperature to serve red or white wine? Perhaps not, but here are some good guidelines
August 02, 2012 | By Kat J. McAlpine
For the earth's sake, maybe it's time we take a good, hard look at our dietary habits
August 01, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The new trend of modifying cutlery has a new look with the Chork, which combines the scandalous fork with age-old chopsticks to produce a seemingly more effective modern hybrid
August 01, 2012 | By Ayesha Venkataraman
In Vietnam, dog lovers had best keep their pooches behind high, locked fences if they don't want their pets to wind up boiled in a pot, served fried with a sprig of cilantro or twirling over a barbecue pit.
August 01, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Bad news for coffee drinkers: It turns out that those cheap coffee pots found in offices around the country are one of the biggest energy hogs in the modern workplace.
July 30, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
This week at the Smithsonian, the evolution of fish through X-Ray, India's imperial arts and the divisive legacy of Native blood laws.
July 30, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
A continuation of last week's list of the author's favorite reads
July 27, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
One of the pillars of science fiction would have turned 118 today.
July 26, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Celebrate Peru and learn traditional Indian dance this weekend.
July 26, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
On this day 34 years ago, Louise Brown, the first "test tube baby," was welcomed into the world.
July 25, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Important Native American artifact seen in Smithsonian portrait fetches $877,500 at Nevada auction
July 25, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
July 24th marks double jackpot for the intrepid explorers of years past as well for as fans of the latest photographic trend, "ruin porn."
July 24, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
Before you settle into your couch to watch the Olympics, get down to the Smithsonian for exhibits, games and more.
July 24, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Though in tatters, the undergarment looks thoroughly modern. But was it comfortable!?
July 23, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
The author of Ender's Game envisioned the imminent end of American power
July 23, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Reading while traveling can serve as a sensory supplement to one's surrounding environment. Here's a list of some of my favorite books and where to read them
July 21, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Forty three years ago today, the crew of Apollo 11 set down on the surface of the Moon. In the event that things had gone horribly wrong, Safire had a speech ready for then-President Nixon
July 20, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
Cornell researchers exploit kids' adoration of Batman for the better, using the superhero as an impetus to encourage kids to eat healthy.
July 20, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
This weekend, celebrate Earth, have a movie day and check out some super cool planes at the Udvar-Hazy Center.
July 19, 2012 | By K. Annabelle Smith
The effects of energy drink supplements like taurine, guarana and ginseng have been studied prolifically, and some of their benefits are rather surprising
July 19, 2012 | By Kat J. McAlpine