It was highly contagious, lethal and mysterious. Then medical experts developed treatments and vaccines, and the affliction disappeared—but not entirely
Smithsonian Secretary Joseph Henry used an army of volunteers in what would eventually become the nation's weather forecasting operation
A private company has just completed the first successful test of its trash collector
Today’s social media obsession has its roots in the development centuries ago of the reflective material
The global pandemic has led to a surge in demand for PPE. Inventors have responded—with mixed results.
The next game-changer is likely lurking in the data we already have—but it will take scientists years to uncover it
From music behind prison bars to a San Francisco building with a dark past, here are the top 10 pieces we published last year that deserve another look
A massive three-day festival spotlights the achievements of the Atlantic Coast Conference
One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying language
When the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackers
The wearable device reduces strain on the back during lifting or leaning, which can help stop the pain before it starts
Everything from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museum
Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th century
The Uro people who live on Lake Titicaca have been building their own villages by hand for centuries
Led by the innovative vision of Bjarke Ingels, the Smithsonian unveils a 20-year plan for redesigning its south campus
A Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutions
The white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebrates
It’s not all about giant dams—H2O is a surprisingly common and versatile tool for meeting the world’s energy needs
Instead of holding its own global fest this year, Nerd Nite descended on our nation's capital.
The conference's first day ended with a bang—or should we say, a blast-off.