Articles by Joseph Caputo

Several months ago, the Hope Diamond was taken from the National Museum of Natural History for an overnight stay in the mineralogy lab.

Testing the Hope Diamond

Scientists at the Natural History Museum search for the elusive "recipe" that endows the famed gem with its unique blue color

The 11 minutes of powered descent to the lunar surface was Buzz Aldrin's most memorable moment in the lunar module.

Q and A: Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, reflects on the Apollo 11 mission

Mary Van Cline's Cycles of Relationship of Time, 2000.

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There are 50 to 70 reported shark attacks on humans each year, according to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Stopping Sharks by Blasting Their Senses

Chemist and businessman Eric Stroud develops shark repellents to protect sharks from being ensnared in commercial fisheries

From the runway, to the office, and now stored away in women’s dresser draws, pantyhose have gone through several life cycles.

50 Years of Pantyhose

Love them or hate them, the once-ubiquitous women’s accessory was a revolutionary invention that helped transform women’s fashion


The "Art" of Storytelling


"Artful Animals" Opens at National Museum of African Art

Artist Shahzia Sikander guest-curates at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City.

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Illegal Giant Beetles Come to the Smithsonian


National Air and Space Museum Cameos in Transformers Sequel


Smithsonian Marks Anniversary of Stonewall Riots


Scientists Race to Salvage Fossils Before Panama Canal Expansion

Hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, António Ole and Aimé Mpane have created multimedia installations on view at the National Museum of African Art through August 2.

Across Africa, Finding Common Ground in Their Art

António Ole and Aimé Mpane came together to converse through artwork in a new insallation at the National Museum of African Art


Sign Up For "Ceramics in Mainland Southeast Asia" Webinar


Scott Solomon is "The Ant Hunter"


Marking the 400th Post With Our Top Ten


Will Oysters Survive Ocean Acidification? Depends on the Oyster


Walead Beshty at the Hirshhorn—Abstract Art or Photography?

Beshty tries to put together a conversation

None with Curator Ellen Lupton

Walead Beshty's Six Color Curl, 2008.

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