Why It’s So Hard to Make Risk Decisions in the Pandemic
Our brains weren’t built to do public health calculus like this, but following a few pieces of advice from the experts will help as you weigh your options
Why Are Regency-Era Shows Like 'Bridgerton' So Popular?
An Austen expert and a period drama TV critic reflect on the enduring appeal of romance series set in turn-of-the-19th-century England
Did the Midnight Ride of Sibyl Ludington Ever Happen?
What to make of the alluring legend of the New York teen who warned that the Redcoats were coming
The Trailblazing, Multifaceted Activism of Lawyer-Turned-Priest Pauli Murray
New documentary tells the story of a Black and LGBTQ thinker who helped lay the legal groundwork for fighting gender- and race-based discrimination
In D.C., 695,000 Flags—and Counting—Memorialize the Americans Who Have Died of Covid-19
Created by artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg, the installation covers the National Mall in white pennants featuring handwritten dedications to the dead
This Teenager Is Developing a Video Game That Assesses Your Mental Health
Rasha Alqahtani, an 18-year-old from Saudi Arabia, is determined to help her peers learn about their anxiety—in the wildly popular setting of 'Minecraft'
A New Summer Tradition, a Three-Week 'Civic Season,' Asks Americans to Reflect on the Past and Future
Museums are inviting Americans to embrace the national story from its sins to its successes as a stepping stone towards a better future
What Caused the Roaring Twenties? Not the End of a Pandemic (Probably)
As the U.S. anticipates a vaccinated summer, historians say measuring the impact of the 1918 influenza on the uproarious decade that followed is tricky
Racist Phrase Found Etched on Native American Petroglyphs in Utah
Unidentified criminals wrote "white power" and obscenities over thousand-year-old Indigenous markings on "Birthing Rock" in Moab
How Scientist Jennifer Doudna Is Leading the Next Technological Revolution
A new book from Steve Jobs biographer Walter Isaacson offers an incisive portrait of the gene editing field that is changing modern medicine
Why the U.S. Is Struggling to Track Coronavirus Variants
A scattered and underfunded effort at genomic sequencing has hindered the country’s ability to detect different forms of the virus
How 'Wonder Woman 1984' Was Filmed at the Smithsonian
The blockbuster saw the superhero working as a museum anthropologist. But how accurate was its depiction of the Institution at the time?
Space Force Troops Are Now Officially 'Guardians' of the Galaxy
Members of the newest and smallest branch of the military, which turned one this December, will now be known as 'Guardians'
The Ten Best Books About Food of 2020
From cookbooks to grocery-store exposés, these new books will tempt palates and fuel curiosity
100 Years of Women at the Ballot Box
How Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 Campaign Broke the Vice-Presidential Glass Ceiling
The charismatic congresswoman from Queens forged a path for women in American politics
What 'Racism Is a Public Health Issue' Means
Epidemiologist Sharrelle Barber discusses the racial inequalities that exist for COVID-19 and many other health conditions
Remdesivir Works Against Many Viruses. Why Aren’t There More Drugs Like It?
Antivirals that work against a large number of diverse viruses would help us prepare for new diseases, but creating them is a big biological challenge
How to Avoid Misinformation About COVID-19
False information about the pandemic is rampant; here’s how experts say you can identify what news to trust and what might be faulty
Smithsonian Channel Has Released 68 Free ‘Aerial America’ Episodes for Your Quarantine Viewing
Do some armchair traveling and see the breathtaking vistas of all 50 states while learning about their histories
The Thorny Road to the 19th Amendment
Historian Ellen Carol DuBois chronicles the twists and turns of the nearly 75-year-path to securing the vote for women in her new book