RecreationLeisure activities, including sports, travel, entertainment and hobbies
When the athletes hit the track at this summer's Olympic games, they'll be stepping onto a surface as finely tuned as they are.
July 24, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Scientists examine the difference between two distinct freestyle strokes in order to determine the most efficient stroke around.
July 23, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Now I know what to do with my jar of Turkish liras, Cambodian riels and Irish 50-pence pieces.
July 23, 2012 | By Susan Spano
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
From Waldi the dachshund to Mukmuk the marmot, test your memory of the the Olympic Games' colorful representatives
July 19, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
With perhaps 600 million strays skirmishing for food on the fringe of the human world, street dogs are a common element of travel just about everywhere
July 18, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Among the treasures that will be on display when the park's new museum opens later this year are 30 pieces donated by the legendary architect
July 18, 2012 | By Susan Spano
While some might see the lack of a hand as an end to a life of cooking, Jennifer Griffin figured out how to revamp and revise her methodology for pulling a meal together
July 18, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
In Leanne Shapton's Swimming Studies "Bathing" chapter, there's a story behind every suit
July 17, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Prepare yourself for the London Olympics with this comprehensive guide to the history, science, arts and thrills of the worldwide celebration
July 16, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
In the ocean waters just off California's Central Coast, the fish are swarming this summer like they haven't in years
July 12, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Winning streaks are engrained into our sports psyches, but are they actually a legitimate phenomoenon?
July 11, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
In addition to helping you navigate an exotic city or impressing your friends at cocktail parties, researchers say that knowing a foreign language can also help with decision-making abilities.
July 10, 2012 | By Rachel Nuwer
All along the roadways of America—and the world—there's figs, avocados and wild berries ripe for the picking
July 10, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
Monticello research historian Leni Sorensen offers an impression of what life was like for these early White House chefs
July 09, 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
In the late 1960s, a gorgeous stretch of beach in Ha’ena State Park was the site of a hippy haven called Taylor Camp.
July 09, 2012 | By Susan Spano
South Africa's Oscar Pistorius was born without bones in both of his lower legs and is a double amputee. But he will run in this summer's Olympics, the first amputee to compete in the games' track meets.
July 06, 2012 | By Sarah Laskow
Its bark is fire resistant. Its fruit is edible. It scoffs at the driest droughts. It shrugs, and another decade has passed. It is the baobab tree, one of the longest-living, strangest looking plants in the world
July 05, 2012 | By Alastair Bland
The two-piece bathing suit got skimpier and more scandalous in 1946 Paris
July 05, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Going abroad needn’t mean going flabby—determined globe-trotters can find pull-up bars and other outdoor gymnastics equipment in some of the most unexpected places.
July 03, 2012 | By Alastair Bland