The much-mocked wonder-rock from the 2009 blockbuster 'Avatar' doesn’t have an atomic number, but engineers have used the actual word for decades
See the Kepler technology demonstrator at the National Air and Space Museum, along with a host of technologies that brought success to space exploration
Mysterious tales head up podcast offerings for late October and November
A new, completely reimagined exhibition goes beyond the Cold War narrative to explore the full story of lunar landings
Smithsonian podcasts delve into the life of Edmonia Lewis, how astronauts sleep, the evolution of the human brain; and drop in on painter Kay WalkingStick
Fans are making plans to visit the Smithsonian this December when the show's signature signpost goes on view in the new exhibition "Entertainment Nation"
Hear about the colonial period postal service in the latest "Portraits" podcast
A look back at some remarkable rescues
To mark the premiere of Amazon's "Paper Girls," we delved into the surprisingly murky history of bicycle-riding newspaper carriers
The podcast 'Sidedoor' goes behind-the-scenes with the Smithsonian Culture Rescue Initiative and its heroic efforts to safeguard the nation’s heritage
From the beauty of bodies in motion to the symbiotic behaviors of insects, these photographers captured fascinating moments in time
This full-size movie prop helped the Rebel Alliance defeat the Galactic Empire.
Stunt pilot Paul Mantz’s speedy P-51, <i>Excalibur III</i>.
His ride: the Curtiss 1A Gulfhawk
The Bell UH-1H Iroquois was a single-engine workhorse.
In George Clooney's <i>The Midnight Sky</i>, the Crew of a Planetary Exploration Mission Faces an Impossible Choice
Actors David Oyelowo and Demián Bechir discuss their roles as astronauts investigating a potentially habitable Jovian moon.
Descended from a Glenn Curtiss design, this speedster had a short run.
America’s first swept-wing fighter won the skies over North Korea.
Plus, you could build it yourself.
Say hello to my little friend.