What makes our eye look like a desert landscape?
November 12, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
Even in 1958, the American flag was designed through crowdsourcing amateurs. If Puerto Rico joins the union, who will design the 51-star flag?
November 12, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The museum shows more than 30 selections, including portraits of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Amerigo Vespucci
November 09, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
The stylish spy wore a Rolex and sunglasses that you can't buy on Black Friday on any other day
November 09, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
A scientist-artist duo creates stunning images, taken through a scanning electron microscope, of seeds in the Millennium Seed Bank
November 09, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
How do astronauts capture such amazing photos? What gear do they use? What problems do they run in to?
November 08, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
This weekend, attend a Civil War symposium, star gaze and take in word class music with bassoon player Phillip Kolker
November 08, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
A new exhibition at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., showcases the work of elderly artists with memory loss and other chronic conditions
November 07, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Bad design can change the results of an election. But several professional design organizations have been working to ensure that every vote counts
November 06, 2012 | By Jimmy Stamp
The museum's clothing and textiles are unwrapped for view as never before
November 06, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Hand-painted signs are making a comeback, but are they the work of artists or "mechanics"?
November 02, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Give up your pistol, get a new point-n'-shoot camera
November 02, 2012 | By Colin Schultz
A swarm of giant beetles, lovingly sculpted by Washington D.C.-based artist Joan Danziger, descends on the American University Museum
November 02, 2012 | By Megan Gambino
Over 48,000 photos were entered in the Veolia Environnement contest; these 10 were among the most stunning
November 02, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
Forget buttons and T-shirts. Check out these mini dresses, bell bottoms and digital watches from old campaign trails
November 01, 2012 | By Emily Spivack
Spotting artistic talent in your own kid is hard - but here are some ways to do it
November 01, 2012 | By Rose Eveleth
The famous author envisioned a brave new world where swelling populations would put tremendous strain on the Earth's resources
November 01, 2012 | By Matt Novak
This weekend, survey the technologies of campaigns past, learn about the quirky history of moon rocks and catch a show by hip-hop artist Substantial
November 01, 2012 | By Leah Binkovitz
Is the rise of secularism behind the general malaise in the fine arts?
November 2012 | By Camille Paglia
The white marble statutes we revere were originally dressed in eye-popping pigments
November 2012 | By Jamie Katz