River basin map of the contiguous United States

These Beautiful Maps Capture the Rivers That Pulse Through Our World

Cartographer Robert Szucs creates colorful maps of the watersheds that creep across states, countries, continents and the globe

One way of distinguishing these zebras from one another? Their stripes

The High-Tech, Humane Ways Biologists Can Identify Individual Animals

Humans have driver's licenses and fingerprints, but cows have nose-prints and zebras have "StripeCodes"

Keepers suspect that the mother might already be pregnant with a second.

Is That Wallaby Sprouting a Second Head?

Last week, the first baby wallaby to be born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in three decades poked its head out of its mother’s pouch

Michelle Obama is the 14th consecutive First Lady to have a cattleya orchid named in her honor (above). Last year, the Melania Trump orchid was earning acclaim in the plant world.

Here’s How Horticulturalists Made the Michelle Obama Orchid

This year’s orchid show takes over the cavernous naturally-lit Kogod Courtyard with thousands on view

Only 178 of the historic figures listed in K-through-12 education standards are women, according to a 2017 study.

What Schools Teach About Women’s History Leaves a Lot to Be Desired

A recent study broke down each state’s educational standards to see whose ‘herstory’ was missing

This cylindrical vessel, known as the Case/Throat/Nozzle (CTN), is the portion of RocketMotorTwo donated to the museum. It is one of the only non-reusable components of SpaceShipTwo.

The Engine Powering the Future of Civilian Spaceflight Enters the Collections

SpaceShipTwo’s historic rocket motor lands at the National Air and Space Museum

At Gobbler’s Knob, Punxsutawney Phil is proudly lifted like  Simba high overhead by his top-hatted Groundhog Club handler. Will it be six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Only the groundhog knows.

Play a Groundhog Day Song on a Continuous Loop

Like Bill Murray, wake up to Groundhog Day everyday with the Smithsonian Folkways' groundhog playlist

When the sun sets on the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year celebrations, hundreds brave the freezing February temperatures to see the display.

To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Chinese Blacksmiths Turn Molten Metal Into Fireworks

Dubbed the "poor man's fireworks," the spectacular pyrotechnic display is a 500-year ritual in Nuanquan, China

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