The Smithsonian's well attended Asian-American Literature Festival could soon be traveling to other cities around the nation.

At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry

More than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genres

Ruee Gawarikar's Goddess of Visas is a humorous take on the otherwise tedious and often anxiety-ridden process of applying for a work visa. Accordingly, the style of the work is exaggerated, ironic and dramatic.

What It Means to Live Life Working in the U.S. on a Visa

A piece of paper affixed to a passport is the subject of a new Smithsonian online exhibit

At Indiana University, a team of scientists used this Roche 454 to sequence the 350 million base pairs of Theobroma cacao, the plant that gives us chocolate.

The Big, Refrigerator-Sized Machine That Saved Chocolate

When cacao production was threatened by disease, the Mars candy company launched a global initiative to sequence the plant's genome

Don Herbert was "Mr. Wizard," an educator who loved spectacle as much as he loved science.

Meet Mr. Wizard, Television's Original Science Guy

In the 1950s and 1960s, Don Herbert broadcast some of the most mesmerizing, and kooky, science experiments from his garage

Lick and Lather, 1993, two self-portrait busts: one chocolate and one soap is currently on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

The Art of Chocolate (and Soap)

Conservators went on a scientific journey to discover the best ways to preserve artist Janine Antoni's landmark "Lick and Lather"

Nearly 2.5 million people come each year to Varanasi which sits on the banks of the most sacred Indian river.

The Holy City of Varanasi

Tourists and pilgrims flock to Varanasi, a sacred Hindu city on the banks of the Ganges River

Unknown in the Americas 30 years ago, lionfish have multiplied at a rate that is almost unheard of in marine history.

Invasion of the Lionfish

Voracious, venomous lionfish are the first exotic species to invade coral reefs. Now divers, fishermen—and cooks—are fighting back

View of Jaisalmer Fort, built in 1156 by Rawal Jaisal, which has 99 bastions around its circumference.

Endangered Site: Jaisalmer Fort, India

The famed fort has withstood earthquakes and sandstorms for a millenia, but now shifts and crumbles

Panamanian termites (Termes panamaensis).

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Bill Fitzhugh maps the blacksmith’s shop’s floor, 2008.  The Smithsonian research vessel PItsuilak rides at anchor in the bay.  Fitzhugh and his team live aboard the boat, which takes its name from the Inuit word for a seabird, during their excavations.

The Basques Were Here

In arctic Canada, a Smithsonian researcher discovers evidence of Basque trading with North America

Classic Protest Songs from Smithsonian Folkways.

Jukebox: A Child Shall Lead Them

Landscape photographer Frank Gohlke has a new show at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Q and A: Frank Gohlke

Abraham Lincoln's gold watch.

What's Up


Body Art at the Hirshhorn

Born in northeastern Cambodia, Somaly Mam's life story offers bleak insight into the ravages of poverty.

One Woman's Journey to Save Child Slaves

Former child prostitute Somaly Mam has made it her mission to rescue victims of sex slavery throughout the world

President Roosevelt shaking hands with Vice President Truman during his fourth inauguration.

Jukebox: Hail to the Chief

Franklin Roosevelt's fourth inaugural, which was less than 600 words long, focused on the perils of isolationism

Ceremonial palanquin that was a form of transport favored by warlords in 19th-century Japan.

Easy Rider

Fluid Dynamics by Tina York.

What's Up


Visitors Get to Play Games at American Art

The Luce Foundation Center is a three-story exploratorium located in the top levels of the American Art Museum.  The final quests in "Ghosts of a Chance" took place here on October 25.  Nearly 250 people participated.

The End of the Game, a Mystery in Four Parts

In a first-hand account of participating in an alternative reality game, one player gets caught up in the challenge

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