Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:50:19 +0000This Ambitious Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Was Successfully Fundedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/funding-landmark-hip-hop-and-rap-anthology-was-community-effort-180965243/Smithsonian's nonprofit record label launched a Kickstarter for help and got itTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:22:52 +0000Good History Takes Time, So Be Patient With the New JFK Documentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/assassination-sleuths-bewareitll-take-lot-time-and-research-make-sense-new-jfk-documents-180966973/There are unlikely to be any bombshells, and it’ll be months or years before historians can draw conclusions from the new filesThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:21:04 +0000Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/did-disney-pixar-get-day-dead-celebrations-right-its-new-film-coco-180967286/Smithsonian folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri says: "It's complicated"Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:50:19 +0000The Thibodaux Massacre Left 60 African-Americans Dead and Spelled the End of Unionized Farm Labor in the South for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thibodaux-massacre-left-60-african-americans-dead-and-spelled-end-unionized-farm-labor-south-decades-180967289/In 1887, African-American cane workers in Louisiana attempted to organize—and many paid with their livesTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:04:24 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-books-about-food-2017-180967285/Hungry minds would enjoy one of these illuminating books about the world of food and drinkTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:34:43 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-sugarcane-fuel-airplanes-180967288/Scientists have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content, and they are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oilTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:30 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-board-games-1-180967283/Want to be a hit at your next party or family gathering? Bring a board game.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:10 +0000Why California Fishermen Are Throwing Deafening “Seal Bombs” at Sea Lionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/california-fishermen-are-throwing-explosives-sea-lions-180967279/...and why no one is stopping themTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Winston Churchill’s Historic “Fight Them on the Beaches” Speech Wasn’t Heard by the Public Until After WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/winston-churchills-historic-fight-them-beaches-speech-wasnt-heard-public-until-after-wwii-180967278/The recordings we hear today didn’t air over the BBC at the time, but that hasn’t stopped many Britons from remembering otherwiseTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:03:21 +0000This Hero Rallied Wounded USS Indianapolis Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-hero-rallied-wounded-uss-indianapolis-s/Dehydrated, exhausted, and preyed upon by sharks, the surviving crew of the sunken USS Indianapolis was in a living nightmareTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Optionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-housing-market-america-needs-more-options-180967267/From granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolvingMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000How This Artist's Archival Discovery Sparked High-Tech Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-this-artists-archival-discovery-sparked-high-tech-art-180967264/A photograph from a Smithsonian archives piqued Jordan Bennett's creativity; his work is part of a new exhibition that explores technology and tradition Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:11 +0000A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/brief-history-alices-restaurant-180967276/The Arlo Guthrie classic starts off retelling the true story of what happened more than 50 years agoMon, 20 Nov 2017 18:40:11 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thirteen-books-informed-and-delighted-smithsonian-scholars-year-180967238/With a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pressure-suit-helped-pilots-survive-new_1/Aviation pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell ColleyMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Rare Magical Manuscripts Go on Display at the British Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rare-magical-manuscripts-exhibit-180967185/The exhibition, which will also travel to New York, explores the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry PotterFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:22:59 +0000Check Out These Thought-Provoking Additions to the National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-thought-provoking-national-portrait-gallerys-new-additions-180967255/The museum is showcasing 25 new artworks through next autumnFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:41 +0000What Foods Are Most Likely to Make You Sick?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/which-foods-are-most-likely-make-you-sick-180967241/We put some common myths to rest—and help you tackle your next turkey dinner with confidenceFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:18:45 +0000How Fruit Fly Brains Could Improve Our Search Engineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-fruit-fly-brains-could-improve-our-search-engines-180967257/Fruit flies have a unique way of matching data, which could teach scientists to create better, faster search algorithmsFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:53:05 +0000Tigers Use Urine to Figure Out If They Have Chemistryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/tigers-use-urine-to-figure-out-if-they-have/Young tiger Kumal is spellbound by a female tiger he encounters in a local stretch of forest. If she's interested, she'll signal her intentFri, 17 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Before the Fall of the Roman Republic, Income Inequality and Xenophobia Threatened Its Foundationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fall-roman-republic-income-inequality-and-xenophobia-threatened-its-foundations-180967249/In a new book, history podcaster Mike Duncan describes what preceded Caesar’s rise to EmperorThu, 16 Nov 2017 19:30:32 +0000The Blessing and the Curse of Being Bill Nyehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-blurse-of-being-bill-nye-180967244/The zany scientist talks about his recent transformation into the public—and controversial—face for scienceThu, 16 Nov 2017 18:50:56 +0000The Invisible Face of the American Worker Is Made Stunningly Visible in This New Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invisible-face-american-worker-made-visible-new-portrait-gallery-show-180967242/The National Portrait Gallery kicks off its 50th anniversary with the exhibition "The Sweat of Their Face"Thu, 16 Nov 2017 18:22:28 +0000Can the Museum of the Bible Deliver on Its Promise?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/museum-of-bible-deliver-promise-180967239/The highly anticipated museum hopes to offer something for visitors of all faiths, but on a topic as fraught as religion, that may not be possibleThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:36:58 +0000The Man Dead Set On Building an Offshore Wind Farm on Lake Eriehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/man-dead-set-on-building-offshore-wind-farm-lake-erie-180967200/Lorry Wagner has Cleveland on track to lead a nascent offshore wind industry in the U.S., creating clean energy and jobs for a city in need of bothThu, 16 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000USS Indianapolis Crew Battled Sharks and Hallucinationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/uss-indianapolis-crew-battled-sharks-and-hal/A Japanese torpedo attack against the USS Indianapolis leaves the men with no time to launch lifeboats. For four grueling days, the survivors floatThu, 16 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000When Carl Sagan Warned the World About Nuclear Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-carl-sagan-warned-world-about-nuclear-winter-180967198/Before the official report came out, the popular scientist took to the presses to paint a dire picture of what nuclear war might look likeWed, 15 Nov 2017 19:02:29 +0000When the Next Pandemic Hits, Will We Be Prepared?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-next-pandemic-hits-will-we-be-prepared-180967210/The question isn’t whether a pandemic will strike—it’s how it will play out.Wed, 15 Nov 2017 14:20:19 +0000How Pete Souza Fits Into the Storied History of Presidential Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-pete-souza-changed-publics-relationship-president-180967201/In his new book, the former White House photographer frames a clear picture of the Obama yearsWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:54:02 +00001996 Brazilian Flight Crashes Seconds After Takeoffhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/1996-brazilian-flight-crashes-seconds-after/Shortly into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the rightWed, 15 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Norway's Medieval Wooden Churches Look Plucked From a Fairy Talehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-norways-wooden-stave-churches-180967021/These historic churches feature elaborate carvings that mix Christian and Viking symbolsTue, 14 Nov 2017 20:30:07 +0000A 1957 Meeting Forced the FBI to Recognize the Mafia—And Changed the Justice System Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1957-meeting-forced-fbi-recognize-mafiaand-changed-justice-system-forever-180967204/FBI director J. Edgar Hoover previously ignored the growing threat in favor of pursuing Cold War bugaboosTue, 14 Nov 2017 18:46:14 +0000Why Don't We Eat Turkey Tails?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-dont-we-eat-turkey-tails-180967195/The strange story speaks volumes about our globalized food system—you'll be surprised where the unwanted parts end upTue, 14 Nov 2017 15:56:25 +0000Choosing Between Deadly Options on a Fiery Oil Righttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/choosing-between-deadly-options-on-a-fiery-o/A deadly explosion aboard the Piper Alpha oil rig leaves the surviving crew scrambling to reach the evacuation helipadTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Your Guide to Seeing the Northern Lights in Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/guide-seeing-alaskas-northern-lights-180967148/ Mon, 13 Nov 2017 19:52:30 +0000The Head of the World Bank Believes in Investing in People to Promote Peacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/head-world-bank-believes-investing-people-promote-peace-180965172/With the refugee crisis causing high rates of forced migration, Jim Yong Kim looks at the role development plays in preventing future disastersMon, 13 Nov 2017 16:40:14 +0000The Evolutionary Reason Why Fish Don't Swim Upside Down https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-dont-fish-swim-upside-down-180967192/It’s a natural question for animals that float, but few scientists have delved into the detailsMon, 13 Nov 2017 16:29:50 +0000What Brings Immigrants to America?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-brings-immigrants-america-conversation-lisa-sasaki-180965162/The head of the Smithsonian’s Asian Pacific American Center recounts her own family’s experience in the U.S.Mon, 13 Nov 2017 14:39:26 +0000The United States Is Not Ready for Another Flu Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/united-states-not-ready-another-flu-pandemic-180967177/You might think that today, if a pandemic like the 1918 flu hit, we'd be ready for it. You'd be wrongMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Making a Portrait of a Black Woman Was a Form of Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-making-portrait-black-woman-was-form-protest-180967158/For Emma Amos, an African-American artist working in the 1970s, the personal was often politicalMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Lion Couple Mates Over 100 Times a Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-lion-couple-mates-over-100-times-a-day/A newly coupled lion and lioness head to the relative solitude of the higher grounds in their new kingdom of RwandaMon, 13 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Did the 1918 Flu Kill So Many Otherwise Healthy Young Adults?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-did-1918-flu-kill-so-many-otherwise-healthy-young-adults-180967178/Uncovering a World War I veteran's story provided a genealogist and pharmacologist with some cluesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:59:06 +0000After 100 Years, This Entire Forest Will Be Turned into Mystery Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-norways-future-library-currently-baby-forest-form-180967056/Hike through Norway’s future library, currently in the form of baby treesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:35:32 +0000Why Puerto Rico's Power Can't Come From Solar 'Microgrids' Alonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-puerto-ricos-power-cant-come-from-solar-microgrids-alone-180967176/The island could benefit from on-site solar and battery backup, but the strategy isn't a cure-all for its energy woesFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:02:04 +0000What Caused the Giant Piper Alpha Oil Rig Explosion?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-caused-the-giant-piper-alpha-oil-rig-ex/At 14,000 tons and 2.5 times the height of the Statue of Liberty, the Piper Alpha oil rig was one of the largest in the worldFri, 10 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Lonnie Bunch Looks Back on Year One and the Making of the Smithsonian's Newest Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-director-lonnie-bunch-looks-back-year-one-making-smithsonians-newest-museum-180967173/The director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture reflects on what it took to make a dream realityThu, 09 Nov 2017 21:22:45 +0000The Forgotten Women Scientists Who Fled the Holocaust for the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-women-scientists-who-fled-holocaust-united-states-180967166/A new project from Northeastern University traces the journeys of 80 women who attempted to escape Europe and find new lives in America during World War IIThu, 09 Nov 2017 18:14:59 +0000The United States Isn’t Alone When It Underestimates the Costs of Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/united-states-isnt-alone-when-it-underestimates-costs-immigration-180965224/Conservative commentator David Frum sees little that’s exceptional with the way the U.S. handles its immigration challenges Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:21:58 +0000Australian Pigeons Have a Specially Evolved Feather to Better Annoy the Heck Out of You Withhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australian-pigeons-have-specially-evolved-feather-better-annoy-heck-out-you-180967162/Pinpointing the birds’ noisemakers could help researchers better understand why urban avians make so much dang noise Thu, 09 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Inexpensive Scanning Device Could Catch Skin Cancer Earlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-inexpensive-scanning-device-could-catch-skin-cancer-early-180967159/A team of biomedical engineers has won this year's Dyson Award for "the sKan," which detects the thermal changes associated with melanomaThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:08:02 +0000Was Vichy France a Puppet Government or a Willing Nazi Collaborator? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/vichy-government-france-world-war-ii-willingly-collaborated-nazis-180967160/The authoritarian government led by Marshal Pétain participated in Jewish expulsions and turned France into a quasi-police stateThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Woman Who Tried to Take Down Darwinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-tried-take-down-darwin-180967146/How a preacher with no scientific training ended up writing the first feminist critique of <em>Origins</em>Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:14:08 +0000Why It’s So Crucial to Let Immigrants Tell Their Own Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/why-its-so-crucial-let-immigrants-tell-their-own-stories-180965196/The director of the Smithsonian Latino Center believes that every immigrant has a unique narrative to shareThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:37:26 +0000These Light-Emitting Pajamas Could Help Treat Newborns With Jaundicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-emitting-pajamas-could-help-treat-newborns-with-jaundice-180967147/The method has an advantage over traditional phototherapy in that it allows babies to receive treatment in the comfort of their parents' armsThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Male Lions Need Lionesses to Help Them Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/lioness_yt/They might be earmarked as future kings of the jungle, but young male lions are lazy and lack survival skills. Their only hope is to attract a femaleThu, 09 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Two Enigmatic Nigerian Figures Reunited After a Century Aparthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-enigmatic-nigerian-figures-reunited-after-century-apart-180967087/One of many highlights in a new exhibition at the National Museum of African ArtWed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Instagram Is Changing the Way We Design Cultural Spaceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-instagram-changing-way-we-design-cultural-spaces-180967071/As neighborhoods, restaurants and museums become more photogenic, are we experiencing an "Instagramization" of the world?Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000How to Tell If You're in for a Bumpy Plane Landinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/fatalfocus_clip1_yt/On March 7, 2007, Garuda Flight 200 was preparing to land. An Air Force security officer on board immediately sensed a problemWed, 08 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Sleek Portable Toilet and Other Design Solutions for Disaster Victims https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sleek-portable-toilet-and-other-design-solutions-disaster-victims-180967096/The toilet kit, from a Japanese design studio, is part of wave of interest in design fixes for the problems created by disastersTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:26:09 +0000Watch This Musical Celebration of Life Along the U.S.-Mexico Borderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/musical-celebration-border-180965163/Take in the cultural experience of a “fandango” with this lively, international gatheringTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:39:19 +0000How Scientists Identified the Oldest Known Solar Eclipse ... Using the Biblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-identified-oldest-known-solar-eclipse-bible-180967135/The new research by two physicists adds to astronomical knowledge—and overturns previous Biblical interpretationsTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:17:23 +0000The Medical Practitioner Who Paved the Way for Women Doctors in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-paved-way-female-physicians-america-180967104/Harriot Hunt refused to let her gender limit her ambitions—or those of the next generation of physiciansTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:14:28 +0000Laurene Powell Jobs Believes Immigrants Have an Inextricable Place in American Life and Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/laurene-powell-jobs-believes-immigrants-have-inextricable-place-american-life-and-culture-180965173/The founder of the Emerson Collective, Powell Jobs has worked in education and the arts to promote cultural understandingTue, 07 Nov 2017 14:40:07 +0000Here's Why Washington’s Beloved Air and Space Museum Is Facing a Sweeping Seven-Year Upgradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/here-why-washingtons-beloved-air-and-space-museum-facing-sweeping-seven-year-upgrade-180967107/The museum will remain open as it works to enhance the visitor's experience Tue, 07 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000The 19th-Century Woman Journalist Who Made Congress Bow Down in Fearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/19th-century-woman-journalist-who-made-congress-bow-down-fear-180967102/A new book examines the life and legacy of Anne Royall, whose literal witch trial made headlines across the countryTue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Most Powerful Tornado Recorded on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/explainer_yt_pl/For Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs, May 3, 1999 began like any other spring dayTue, 07 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Watch: Experts Discuss "The Next Pandemic: Are We Prepared?"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-livestream-next-pandemic-are-we-prepared-180967069/Thought leaders gathered at the National Museum of Natural History on November 13 to discuss the past, present and future of the fluMon, 06 Nov 2017 16:41:08 +0000How Winnie-the-Pooh Became a Household Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/winnie-pooh-became-household-bear-180967090/The true story behind the new movie, "Goodbye Christopher Robin"Mon, 06 Nov 2017 16:09:52 +0000A Portrait of Eliza Hamilton and a Costume Worn by Lin-Manuel Miranda for 'Hamilton' Arrives at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-eliza-hamilton-and-one-lin-manuel-mirandas-hamilton-costumes-arrives-smithsonian-180967093/Paying homage to the spirit of philanthropy, the museum honors the Eliza Project and the Graham Windham orphanageMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:52:48 +0000These Photographs Capture the Complexities of Life at Guantánamohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photographs-capture-complexities-life-guantanamo-180967089/In a new book, photographer Debi Cornwall casts the naval base as "Camp America"Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:23:10 +0000This Family Hid From a 300 MPH Tornado in a Water Pipehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/personalstory_yt_pl/A family caught in the midst of an epic tornado seek refuge in a nearby drainage pipeMon, 06 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Spot the Ultra-Rare Caucasian Leopard in Armenia's Caucasus Wildlife Refugehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenias-caucasus-wildlife-refuge-last-remaining-caucasian-leopards-180967003/Impressive local fauna is thriving again in Southern Armenia's new Caucasus Wildlife RefugeFri, 03 Nov 2017 18:58:06 +0000These Five Artists Will Help You Better Understand American Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/these-five-artists-will-help-you-better-understand-american-immigration-180965179/Selected by a Smithsonian curator, these brilliant minds give the salient topic a new lookFri, 03 Nov 2017 18:17:56 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artificial-intelligence-could-revolutionize-museum-research-180967065/A new study shows off a computer program’s specimen-sorting prowessFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:42:08 +0000In Defense of Keeping the Indiana University Mural That Depicts (But Doesn't Glorify) the KKKhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-campaign-remove-thomas-hart-benton-mural-180967080/American artist Thomas Hart Benton thought it crucial to highlight the dark spots in the state's historyFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:03:28 +0000Breaking Down the Numbers of American Immigrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/breaking-down-numbers-american-immigration-180965176/The Pew Research Center lends its expertise to looking at the true population figuresFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:17:46 +0000The History of Five Uniquely American Sandwicheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-five-uniquely-american-sandwiches-180967078/From tuna fish to the lesser-known woodcock, food experts peer under the bread and find the story of a nationFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:02:47 +0000Computer Systems and Sensors Could Put a Stop To Car-Based Attackshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/computer-systems-sensors-could-put-stop-to-car-based-attacks-180967076/Driver aid systems and self-driving vehicle control systems could override a driver who is trying to strike peopleFri, 03 Nov 2017 14:47:43 +0000Is the Mysterious Sea Cucumber Slipping Out of Our Grasp?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-sea-cucumber-slipping-out-our-grasp-180967067/The slimy, tasty enigmas have long been over-harvested. An indigenous community in Canada could be close to finding a sustainable solutionFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000How a Ripped-Off Sequel of Don Quixote Predicted Piracy in the Digital Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ripped-off-sequel-don-quixote-predicted-piracy-digital-age-180967048/An anonymous writer's spinoff of Cervantes' masterpiece showed the peril and potential of new printing technologyFri, 03 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Were Lithium Batteries the Cause of This Plane Crash?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fataldelivery_clip1_yt/UPS Airlines Flight 6 crashed into a military base 10 miles from Dubai Airport on September 3, 2010Fri, 03 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000Inside the Mind-Bending World of the Museum of Illusionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-mind-bending-world-museum-illusions-180967004/Perception or reality? This museum in Vienna, Austria, may cause you to do a double takeFri, 03 Nov 2017 11:20:00 +0000Is it Time We Built a Museum of the History of American History?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/it-time-we-built-museum-history-american-history-180967064/A better understanding of how we interpret our past, and what and who we choose to remember, would go a long way to healing our nation’s woundsThu, 02 Nov 2017 18:24:29 +0000How Researchers Uncovered a Massive Void in the Great Pyramid of Gizahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/massive-void-found-within-great-pyramid-giza-180967058/The cavity could hold clues to how the pyramids came to beThu, 02 Nov 2017 15:57:57 +0000Concentration Camps Existed Long Before Auschwitzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/concentration-camps-existed-long-before-Auschwitz-180967049/From Cuba to South Africa, the advent of barbed wire and automatic weapons allowed the few to imprison the manyThu, 02 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Chilling Footage of the 1989 Cypress Freeway Collapsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/chilling-footage-of-the-1989-cypress-freeway/The Oakland fire department rushed to the scene of the Cypress Freeway, after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake hits. They were greeted by a catastropheThu, 02 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000What a Smithsonian Folklorist Thinks about Marvel's Cleaned-Up Version of Thorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-smithsonian-folklorist-thinks-about-marvels-cleaned-version-thor-180967052/In Hollywood’s hands, the Thor of ‘Ragnarok’ is a hunk with a heart compared to the brutish thug of loreWed, 01 Nov 2017 20:38:07 +0000The Mysterious Murder Case That Inspired Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mysterious-murder-case-inspired-margaret-atwoods-alias-grace-180967045/At the center of the case was a beautiful young woman named Grace Marks. But was she really responsible for the crime?Wed, 01 Nov 2017 16:38:19 +0000When You Die, You'll Probably Be Embalmed. Thank Abraham Lincoln For Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lincolns-embrace-embalming-birthed-american-funeral-industry-180967038/The president was an "early adopter" of embalming technology, helping to bring the modern death industry to the mainstream Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:06:30 +0000Why the 1989 San Francisco Quake Was So Disastroushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-1989-san-francisco-quake-was-so-disa/The 1989 San Francisco earthquake delivered a myriad of deadly disasters, all unfolding at the same timeWed, 01 Nov 2017 12:00:00 +0000Color-Soaked Photographs Capture Norway's Watery Wonderlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographer-thomas-berger-captures-norways-watery-wonderlands-180965370/“One Eye Project” explores liquid landscapes and reflections of Norway’s greatest sitesWed, 01 Nov 2017 11:20:00 +0000These Dramatic Photos Reveal the Soul Behind the Day of the Dead https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dramatic-photos-reveal-soul-behind-day-dead--180967024/New Mexican Photographer Miguel Gandert allows his subjects to narrate their own storyTue, 31 Oct 2017 19:11:49 +0000The Impulsive "Teen Brain" Isn't Based in Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/impulsive-teen-brain-not-based-science-180967027/Yes, adolescent brains crave novelty. But they have the cognitive control to go with itTue, 31 Oct 2017 18:38:20 +0000Where Do New Ideas Come From?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/where-do-new-ideas-come-from-180965202/With close study, the genealogies of even the most original ideas can be tracedTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:50:42 +0000The Founder of the Minutemen on His Vision for U.S. Immigration Policyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/founder-minutemen-his-vision-us-immigration-policy-180965180/Jim Gilchrist became known for his anti-immigration opinions. What does he hope will happen next?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:50:04 +0000What the Neutron Star Collision Means for Dark Matterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-neutron-star-collision-means-dark-matter-180967016/The latest LIGO observations rekindle a fiery debate over how gravity works: Does the universe include dark matter, or doesn’t it?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:44:20 +0000A Deported American on Why Immigrant Rights Are Human Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/deported-american-why-immigrant-rights-are-human-rights-180965181/Nancy Landa immigrated to the U.S. as a child, but now advocates on the Mexican side of the border for a change to policyTue, 31 Oct 2017 13:36:44 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Evaporation as a Renewable Energy Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-questions-you-should-have-about-evaporation-renewable-energy-source-180967017/What’s the big deal with evaporation-driven engines?Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Signpost From Standing Rock, Now in the Smithsonian Collections, Shows the Power of Solidarityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/signpost-from-standing-rock-now-smithsonian-collections-shows-power-solidarity-180966928/A new addition to the National Museum of the American Indian links current events to a long and problematic history Tue, 31 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Escaped Nuns to a Knight in Disguise, 10 Facts About the Life and Legacy of Martin Lutherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/escaped-nuns-knight-disguise-10-facts-about-life-and-legacy-martin-luther-180967022/On the 500th anniversary of his 95 Theses, look back at some of the surprising aspects of the man who changed Christianity and the worldTue, 31 Oct 2017 12:40:47 +0000Gelada Baboon Reacts to Being Cheated on With Furyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/gelada-baboon-reacts-to-being-cheated-on-wit/If a gelada queen doubts her king's influence, she'll happily play the field. But when she gets caught, it's up to the alpha to fight for what's hisTue, 31 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Hair-Raising Gimmicks of the Abominable Showmanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hair-raising-gimmicks-abominable-showman-180967014/William Castle went all-out to fright audiences with his horror movies and marketing strategyTue, 31 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000These Breathtaking Images Are the Cat’s Meow in Nature Photographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-breathtaking-images-are-cats-meow-nature-photography-180967015/Sixty incredible outdoor scenes are now on view at the National Museum of Natural HistoryMon, 30 Oct 2017 20:30:27 +0000Yes. The Night Before Halloween Is a Real Holidayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-you-call-night-before-halloween-180967010/In New Jersey, it's known as 'Mischief Night." In Detroit, it's 'Devil's Night.' And in Cincinnati, it's ... 'Cabbage Night'?Mon, 30 Oct 2017 18:51:41 +0000You Can’t Walk Around London’s Cemeteries Without Seeing Someone Famous (and Dead)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/you-cant-walk-around-londons-cemeteries-without-seeing-someone-famous-and-dead-180966999/A tour of the city’s dead can unearth some fascinating storiesMon, 30 Oct 2017 14:55:29 +0000The British Museum Was a Wonder of Its Time—But Also a Product of Slaveryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/british-museum-was-wonder-its-time-also-product-slavery-180966997/A new book explores the little-known life and career of Hans Sloane, whose collections led to the founding of the British Museum Mon, 30 Oct 2017 14:35:07 +0000How Spanish-Language Broadcasters Gave Voice to America's Hispanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-spanish-language-broadcasters-gave-voice-americas-hispanics-180966985/In a country where more than 37 million people speak Spanish, stations like Telemundo reach under-served communitiesMon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Do Scientists Measure the Public Health Impacts of Natural Disasters?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-scientists-measure-public-health-impacts-natural-disasters-180965318/In the wake of this year's hurricanes, epidemiologists are assessing the effects of mold, toxic leaks and other threatsMon, 30 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Female Geladas Consider Replacing Their Lazy Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-female-geladas-consider-replacing-thei/Braveheart is the undisputed alpha male of this band of gelada baboons. But he's been displaying a passive attitude toward his queenMon, 30 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Mobile Wine-Tasting Rooms Could Revolutionize Armenian Wine Countryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-mobile-wine-tasting-rooms-could-revolutionize-armenian-wine-country-180966988/“Wine Cubes” will be popping up on Armenian vineyards—and building up the country’s enotourism industry Fri, 27 Oct 2017 18:32:20 +0000Burials Unearthed in Poland Open the Casket on The Secret Lives of Vampireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deviant-burials-poland-open-casket-secret-lives-vampires-180966970/What people actually did to prevent the dead from rising again was very different than what Hollywood would have you think Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:37:38 +0000Are Immigrants Good for the American Economy?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/are-immigrants-good-american-economy-180965177/An economist from a libertarian think tank argues in the affirmativeFri, 27 Oct 2017 16:28:21 +0000What Happens in the Brain When We Feel Fearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-brain-feel-fear-180966992/ And why some of us just can't get enough of itFri, 27 Oct 2017 16:04:13 +0000Six Books to Read About the History of Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/six-books-read-about-history-immigration-america-180965198/A curator at the Smithsonian’s American History Museum selects some must-reads Fri, 27 Oct 2017 15:58:25 +0000When Halloween Was All Tricks and No Treatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-halloween-was-all-tricks-no-treats-180966996/Nineteenth-century urbanization unleashed the nation's anarchic spirits, turning holiday mischief into mayhemFri, 27 Oct 2017 15:11:58 +0000This Philly Transformation Plan Rethinks the Neighborhood Schoolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/philly-transformation-plan-rethinks-neighborhood-school-180966983/The city housing authority’s designs for a mixed-income community include a once-shuttered high school that could guard against displacement amid changeFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Footage of the 1980 Mount St. Helens Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/footage-of-the-1980-mount-st-helens-eruption_1/On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens became the largest and most destructive volcanic eruption in U.S. historyFri, 27 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Speedy History of America’s Addiction to Amphetaminehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/speedy-history-americas-addiction-amphetamine-180966989/In a startling parallel to today’s opioid crisis, the drugs were liberally—and legally—prescribed despite little information on safetyFri, 27 Oct 2017 11:21:38 +0000Fats Domino's Infectious Rhythms Set a Nation in Motionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fats-dominos-infectious-rhythms-set-nation-motion-180966984/This Rock ’n’ Roll maverick was a true New Orleans originalThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:52 +0000This Adorable Bandit-Faced Dinosaur Will Steal Your Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/adorable-bandit-faced-dinosaur-steal-your-heart-180966987/Some dinos were small, fluffy and frankly adorable, a new analysis showsThu, 26 Oct 2017 19:33:50 +0000How a Deadly Flesh-Eating Fungus Helped Make Bats Cute Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flesh-eating-fungus-helped-make-bats-cute-again-180966974/A silver lining to the worldwide epidemic of white nose syndrome: People like bats more nowThu, 26 Oct 2017 17:07:48 +0000Is Black Light the Path to a Stink-Free Livestock Farm?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/black-light-path-stink-free-livestock-farm-180966965/Researchers at Iowa State University are using a new technique involving the UV-light producing device to curb bad odors Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Do So Many Train Stations Have the Same Name?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/train-stations-same-name-180965219/You asked, we answeredThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Merry Christmas, Baby"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/who-wrote-merry-christmas-baby-180965207/The co-author of a classic holiday song still can’t catch a breakThu, 26 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Hidden in a Basement for 70 Years, Newly Discovered Documents Shed Light on Jewish Life and Culture Before WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cache-newly-discovered-documents-sheds-light-jewish-art-and-resistance-during-wwii-180966972/The 170,000 pages found might be “the most important collection of Jewish archives since the Dead Sea Scrolls.”Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:46:02 +0000How Elysian Brewing Company Turns a 1,790-Pound Pumpkin Into a Keghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-elysian-brewing-company-turns-1790-pound-pumpkin-keg-180966963/And is this insane thing really a pumpkin?Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:26:27 +0000How a Psychologist’s Work on Race Identity Helped Overturn School Segregation in 1950s Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychologist-work-racial-identity-helped-overturn-school-segregation-180966934/Mamie Phipps Clark came up with the oft-cited "doll test" and provided expert testimony in Brown v. Board of EducationThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Kara Walker Boldly Rewrote Civil War Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-kara-walker-boldly-rewrote-civil-war-history-180965367/The artist gives 150-year-old illustrations a provocative update at the Smithsonian American Art MuseumThu, 26 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Nazis' Plan to Infiltrate Los Angeles And the Man Who Kept Them at Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/stopping-nazi-plots-1930s-los-angeles-180966961/A new book explores the deadly and nefarious plots designed by Hitler and his supportersThu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:30 +0000This Breathtaking Railway Was Built in Just Two Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-breathtaking-railway-was-built-in-just/The White Pass & Yukon railway system was built in 1898, connecting Skagway, Alaska, to Whitehorse, CanadaThu, 26 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How to Eat Like a Local in Vienna, Austriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eat-like-local-vienna-austria-180966971/Instagrammer Sothany Kim dishes on nicotine breakfasts, third-wave coffee houses and enemy bakers in Austria’s capitalThu, 26 Oct 2017 11:23:00 +0000Photos Document Dramatic Wildlife Migrations Across Yellowstonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-book-tracks-migrations-across-yellowstone-180965048/A new book documents the growing challenges faced by wildlife as they migrate across the Greater Yellowstone EcosystemWed, 25 Oct 2017 19:53:42 +0000Follow the Paths of Viking Raiders from Norway to North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-viking-settlement-sites-180965257/Visit these preserved settlement sitesWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:55:04 +0000VIDEO: Conflict, Insight, Hope -- A Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/what-does-it-mean-be-american-today-180965160/Read the full transcript from the latest Second Opinion roundtableWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:15:53 +0000An Open, Candid Conversation About Immigration in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/immigration-america/immigration-america-180965144/A series of conversations about one of our nation's most intractable concernsWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:13:34 +0000There Are Possibly Only 30 of These Rare Porpoises Left on the Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vaquita-vanishing-rare-porpoise-left-planet-180965221/The fascinating vaquita is heading for oblivion, the victim of a ravenous black market for a dubious remedyWed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Healing Power of Greek Tragedyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/healing-power-greek-tragedy-180965220/Do plays written centuries ago have the power to heal modern day traumas? A new project raises the curtain on a daring new experimentWed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Ironic History of Mar-a-Lagohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-mar-a-lago-180965214/A deep dive into an obscure archive reveals that the Palm Beach property had once been envisioned as a "Winter White House"Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000You Should Thank Maurice Hilleman for Helping You Live Past the Age of 10https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/you-should-thank-maurice-hilleman-helping-you-live-past-age-10-180965369/The “Greatest Scientist of the 20th Century” created vaccines for pandemics and childhood illnessesWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Video Gamers Make Our Food Supply Safer?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-video-gamers-make-our-food-supply-safer-180965355/An effort to combat poisonous molds that contaminate crops is looking to tap the puzzle-solving skills of amateur gamersWed, 25 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000At This Spectral Subway Platform, Trains Approach But Never Arrivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spectral-subway-platform-trains-approach-never-arrive-180965363/An otherworldly art installation debuts at the Renwick just in time for HalloweenWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the Black Decree Led to This Mexican Emperor's Doomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-black-decree-led-to-this-mexican-emp/The French-backed Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico was losing the raging civil war. In 1865, this prompted him to issue a savage decreeWed, 25 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Next Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-pandemic-180965242/With Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the National Museum of Natural History, we look at the past, present and future of the fluTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:05:52 +0000Ten Famous People Who Survived the 1918 Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-famous-people-who-survived-1918-flu-180965336/The notables who recovered from the pandemic included a pioneer of American animation, world-famous artists and two U.S. presidentsTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000What's In Your Flu Shot?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-in-your-flu-shot-180965267/An influenza expert at Johns Hopkins University explains how the cocktail for this year's flu vaccine was developedTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Horrific 1918 Flu Spread Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journal-plague-year-180965222/The toll of history’s worst epidemic surpasses all the military deaths in World War I and World War II combined. And it may have begun in the United StatesTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How to Stop a Lethal Virushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-lethal-virus-180965217/With tens of millions of lives at stake, medical researchers are racing to create a revolutionary flu vaccine before the next devastating epidemicTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Is China Ground Zero for a Future Pandemic?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-ground-zero-future-pandemic-180965213/Hundreds there have already died of a new bird flu, putting world health authorities on high alertTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Did So Few Novels Tackle the 1918 Pandemic?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/flu-novels-great-pandemic-180965205/Surprisingly few U.S. writers touched by the 1918 pandemic wrote about it. But flu lit appears more popular today than everTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Forensics Tell Us About This Odd Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-forensics-tell-us-about-this-odd-plane-_1/Forensic analysis of the engine from El-Al Flight 1862, which crashed on October 4, 1992, finds no explosive residue on itTue, 24 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Fresh Look for Smithsonian's Oldest Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fresh-look-smithsonians-oldest-art-museum-180965346/The Freer's renovation comes with a new thematic presentation of Asian Art—and the Peacock Room is reopened, as wellTue, 24 Oct 2017 11:00:00 +0000No One’s Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf—And That’s a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-wolves-and-humans-coexist-180965337/On Vancouver Island, habituation to humans has made wolves aggressive, fearless and more prone to clashes with peopleMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:55:13 +0000How the 1867 Medicine Lodge Treaty Changed the Plains Indian Tribes Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1867-medicine-lodge-treaty-changed-plains-indian-tribes-forever-180965357/The peace agreement set up reservations for the tribe—only to break that agreement in the following decadesMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:45:30 +0000What a Simple Pen Reminds Us About Ulysses S. Grant's Vision for a Post-Civil War Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/president-grant-pen-vision-civil-war-america-180965218/President Grant’s signature on the 15th Amendment was a bold stroke for equalityMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Paradise for Grizzly Bears Gets an Up-Close Lookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paradise-grizzly-bears-up-close-look-180965216/This unique North American sanctuary lets a few lucky observers see the besieged species in its wildest stateMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Hedy Lamarr Was Hollywood’s Secret Weaponhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hollywood-secret-weapon-180965209/The starlet patented an ingenious technology to help with the war effort, but it went unrecognized for decadesMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Brave Student Captured the Mount St. Helens Blasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-brave-student-captured-the-mount-st-he_1/Some of the most breathtaking photos of the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens were taken by a graduate student camped nearbyMon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000What a Pair of Empty Blackboards Can Teach Us About Art and Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-pair-empty-blackboards-can-teach-us-about-art-social-change-180965304/Can art alter the course of history? Should artists even try? Joseph Beuys said yes and yesMon, 23 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Melania Trump Donates Her Inaugural Ball Gown to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/melania-trump-donates-her-inaugural-ball-gown-smithsonian-180965350/Mrs. Trump, who confesses a passion for design, had a precise idea of what she wanted to wear on that historic eveningFri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:09 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-rag-tag-group-acid-dropping-activists-tried-levitate-pentagon-180965338/The March on the Pentagon to end the Vietnam War began a turning point in public opinion, but some in the crowd were hoping for a miracleFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:31:30 +0000Western Chimpanzees Have Declined By 80 Percent Over The Past 25 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/western-chimpanzees-have-declined-80-percent-over-past-25-years-180965334/The largest population of these animals—the only critically endangered chimp subspecies—sits in a region riddled with bauxite minesFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:01 +0000In 2014, Americans Feared Walking Alone at Night. Now They’re Worried about Government Corruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/2014-americans-feared-walking-alone-night-now-theyre-worried-about-government-corruption-180965332/A survey on American fears by Chapman University sociologists has produced some surprisingly frightful resultsFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:57:16 +0000This 5,300-Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci_1/Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Otztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Shocking World of Electric Fisheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shocking-world-electric-fishes-180965329/Fish like eels use electricity to navigate their worldsFri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Ties That Bind Muhammad Ali to the NFL Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connections-between-muhammad-ali-and-nfl-protests-180965310/A new biography reveals new details about the history of the boxer—“a heavyweight of contradictions”Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:37:44 +0000Fake News and Fervent Nationalism Got a Senator Tarred as a Traitor During WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fake-news-and-fervent-nationalism-got-senator-robert-la-follette-tarred-traitor-his-anti-war-views-180965317/The fiery progressive Robert La Follette responded with a classic defense of free speech in wartimeThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:46 +0000Could This Bionic Vision System Help Restore Sight?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-bionic-vision-system-help-restore-sight-180965305/The technology gives hope that blind patients, who lost sight from disease, might one day emerge from the darkThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Flowers Manipulate Light to Send Secret Signals to Beeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flowers-manipulate-light-to-send-secret-signals-bees-180965316/ Come-hither blue haloes are just one of the effects employed by nature’s first nanotechnologists Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Your Tears Can Generate Electricity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/your-tears-can-generate-electricity-180965135/A protein found in human tears can create electricity when placed under pressure, potentially paving the way for better biomedical devicesThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Climb a 2,500-Rung Ladder Up New Zealand's Towering Twin Fallshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/climb-worlds-highest-waterfall-ferrata-180964956/Clip in and follow 3,200 feet of newly-laid cable up this stunning waterfall in WanakaThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:30:00 +0000These Collegiate Innovators Are at the Vanguard of Technology and Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-collegiate-innovators-are-vanguard-technology-and-art-180965298/A massive three-day festival spotlights the achievements of the Atlantic Coast ConferenceThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How This Vienna Suburb Became the Center of the "Raw Art" Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visiting-epicenter-art-brut-movement-austria-180964812/Once a psychiatric clinic, the Art Brut Center Gugging now serves as a museum exhibiting the works of some of the world’s best self-taught artistsWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:40:50 +0000Every Modern Architecture Lover Should Take This Three-Day Road Triphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/every-architecture-lover-should-take-three-day-road-trip-180965292/In Connecticut, works by some of the most notable architects of the 20th century are hiding in plain sight. Take the wheel for this sightseeing tourWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:46:14 +0000The "Science" Behind "Geostorm", the Newest Weather-Fueled Doomsday Flickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-geostorm-newest-weather-fueled-doomsday-flick-180965303/Researchers have long sought control over the weather, but have yet to find a realistic way to master itWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:49 +0000These Windows Tint With a Flick of a Switchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-windows-tint-flick-switch-180964646/Stanford engineers are developing electric windows that block glare without blocking your viewWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:20 +0000A Senator Speaks Out Against Confederate Monuments… in 1910https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/senator-speaks-out-against-confederate-monuments-1910-180965299/Alone in his stand, Weldon Heyburn despised that Robert E. Lee would be memorialized with a statue in the U.S. CapitolWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:09:20 +0000How Japan's Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bear-worshipping-group-in-japan-fought-for-cultural-relevance-180965281/For a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn't workWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could This Strange Fluid Prevent Concussions and Twisted Ankles? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-strange-fluid-prevent-concussions-180965272/Army researchers, academics and industry have been using shear thickening fluids for body armor, better football helmets, rehabilitation tools and moreWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The $5 Million Dollar Ferrarihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-5-million-dollar-ferrari/Years of wheeling and dealing collectible cars have taught Robert M. Lee that it never hurts to askWed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Korean Fried Chicken, AKA "Candy Chicken" Became a Transnational Comfort Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forklife-korean-fried-chicken-transnational-comfort-food-180965128/A new Smithsonian Folklife Project, Forklife, traces the journeys of immigrant food traditions taking root in the United StatesWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Minister Who Invented Camping in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/religious-roots-of-americas-love-for-camping-180965280/How William H.H. Murray accidental bestseller launched the country's first outdoor crazeTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:33:41 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Never-Before-Seen Photos From "The New York Times" Offer a New Glimpse Into African-American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-never-seen-photos-new-york-times-offer-new-glimpse-african-american-history-180965279/The editors of the new book, “Unseen” talk about recognizing the paper of record’s biasesTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:28:48 +0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patternshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-are-the-three-main-categories-of-blood/Bloodstain pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of originTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-technologies-will-change-our-lives-soonish-180965276/A scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Lawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nasa-needs-to-establish-martian-law-180965259/Future Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:24 +0000The Release of JFK Assassination Files Later This Month Has Conspiracy Theorists On the Edge of Their Seatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/release-jfk-assassination-files-later-this-month-has-conspiracy-theorists-on-edge-of-their-seats-180965258/The material is expected to spark new interest in the 35th president's deathMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Battle of Fort McHenry through Francis Scott Key's Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-battle-of-fort-mchenry-through-francis-s/When the British army held Francis Scott Key captive aboard one of their warships during the Battle of Baltimore, his stay inspired enemy's patriotic songMon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Sceneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-where-corpse-frances-glessner-lees-miniature-dollhouse-crime-scenes-180965204/Frances Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taiwans-new-craft-beer-scene-brewing-some-world-class-pints-180965264/Once a state-run industry, beer-making in Taiwan is blending globally-minded brewing with local flavorsFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:20:20 +0000Everything in This Museum Is Fakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nothing-art-museum-real-180964918/This Vienna art museum pays homage to the art of forgeryFri, 13 Oct 2017 19:25:12 +0000Mothers Adopt a Universal Tone of Voice When They Talk To Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mothers-adopt-universal-tone-voice-when-they-talk-to-babies-180965260/And other surprising facts about how we speak to infantsFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000Like Octopus Skin, This New Material Goes From 2D to 3D in Seconds https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/like-octopus-skin-this-new-material-goes-from-2d-to-3d-in-seconds-180965247/Octopi are masters of disguise, able to change both the color and texture of their skin. Engineers have developed a material that can do similar tricksFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:57:45 +0000This Mapping Tool Could Help Wilderness Firefighters Plan Escape Routeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-mapping-tool-could-help-wilderness-firefighters-plan-escape-routes-180965253/Firefighters may soon get safety help from a new technology that assesses terrain and plots a course outFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Evel Knievel's Famous Snake River Canyon Jumphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/evel-knievels-famous-snake-river-canyon-jump_1/On September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River CanyonFri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Have We Been Building Chairs All Wrong?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/have-we-been-building-chairs-all-wrong-180965194/Experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman uses algorithms and digital technology to innovate through constraintFri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-hurricane-revived-new-englands-fall-colors-180964975/An epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000This Is Why France Invaded Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-why-france-invaded-mexico/Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France to launch a full-scale invasionThu, 12 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-tour-smithsonians-asian-artwork-autumn-180965141/Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measureThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disabled People?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-self-driving-cars-future-mobility-disabled-people-180965241/Combining machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles could revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communitiesWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:16:05 +0000How Marie Curie Brought X-Ray Machines To the Battlefieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-marie-curie-brought-x-ray-machines-to-battlefield-180965240/During World War I, the scientist invented a mobile x-ray unit, called a "Little Curie," and trained 150 women to operate itWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:09:28 +0000Collection of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Writing Captures the First Lady’s Lasting Relevancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/collection-eleanor-roosevelt-writing-captures-first-lady-lasting-relevance-180965229/On the 133rd anniversary of her birth, "ER"'s influence lives onWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:55:16 +0000The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/turtle-beer-koozie-and-other-household-items-we-use-science-180965054/When the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackersWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000As Wildfires Rage Across California Wine Country, a Historical Structure Turns to Ashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wildfires-rage-across-northern-california-historical-structures-turn-ash-180965227/The iconic Round Barn was destroyed at Fountaingrove, once home to a Utopian community and one of America’s first Japanese immigrantsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kittieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with catsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Undead Are Immortalized at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-undead-are-immortalized-smithsonian-180965203/The cast of "The Walking Dead" donates a set of perfectly macabre Halloween giftsTue, 10 Oct 2017 21:38:54 +0000Check Out These Massive Straw Art Sculptures on Japan's Honshu Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/check-out-these-wara-art-sculptures-japan-180965197/Art students are giving leftover rice wara a second lifeTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:31:36 +0000Natural Phenomena (Other Than Foliage) You Can Glimpse This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/natural-phenomena-other-foliage-you-can-glimpse-fall-180965035/Where to look beyond the leaves for a taste of the season's wondersTue, 10 Oct 2017 17:36:42 +0000Inside the House of Zyklon Bhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-house-zyklon-b-180965184/An iconic Hamburg building, built by Jews and now a chocolate museum, once housed the distributors of one of Nazi Germany's most gruesome inventionsTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:05:23 +0000The True Story of the Death of Stalinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-death-stalin-180965119/“Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s upcoming dark comedy pulls from the stranger-than-fiction real-life events surrounding Stalin’s deathTue, 10 Oct 2017 11:14:37 +0000Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camerahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-mumler-man-who-captured-lincolns-ghost-camera-180965090/When America’s first aerial cameraman met an infamous spirit photographer, the chemistry was explosiveTue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/island-where-scientists-bring-extinct-reptiles-back-life-180965041/Reviving a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Animal That Built Australia's Ghan Railwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-unlikely-animal-that-built-australias-g/In the 1860s, the Australian Outback was the scene of major railroad expansion. At the heart of it was an unusual animal helping haul people and cargoMon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Pointhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/territorial-grab-pushed-native-americans-breaking-point-180965142/The 1809 treaty that fueled Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is on view at the American Indian MuseumMon, 09 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-becoming-world-class-hiking-destination-180965096/Epic new trails in the Armenian Highland are putting the country's outdoor offerings on the mapFri, 06 Oct 2017 20:00:39 +0000The True Story Behind “Marshall” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-behind-marshall-180965148/What really happened in the trial featured in the new biopic of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood MarshallFri, 06 Oct 2017 16:43:18 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trinity-site-open-house-offers-public-rare-glimpse-atomic-bomb-site-180965110/The detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Trickshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-intelligence-improving-magic-tricks-180965139/Computer scientists have designed a trick that uses an algorithm to search the internet for the words most associated with imagesFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:39 +0000Use Your Hand (or Your Coffee Cup, or Your Cat) as a Remote Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/use-your-hand-or-your-coffee-cup-or-banana-or-your-cat-remote-control-180965111/A new gesture recognition technology could allow users to turn almost any item into a remote for controlling televisions, tablets and moreFri, 06 Oct 2017 14:38:23 +0000How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-this-ship-handles-seas-loaded-with-icebergs/The Ocean Endeavour is sailing toward a famous glacier near the Arctic town of Ilulissat. It's a route packed with dangerous icebergsFri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Get Lost Inside These Golden Spires Transforming the Sackler Pavilionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-lost-inside-these-golden-spries-transforming-sackler-pavilion-180965129/<em>Terminal,</em>the work of acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta, recalls an urban cityscapeFri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-dead-animals-second-life-art-skeleton-articulation-180965113/Mike deRoos and Michi Main build beautiful models from the remains of Pacific sea creaturesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:12:12 +0000The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/wondrous-complexity-new-york-public-library-one-americas-largest-180965131/A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country's largest library systemsThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:57:42 +0000This Is How You Stop an Old Train Tunnel from Floodinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-how-you-stop-an-old-train-tunnel-fro/The Albula Tunnel, the second longest on the Glacier Express line that cuts through the Swiss Alps, was opened in 1903Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-codebreakers-wwii-helped-win-war-180965058/A new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Canadian Lake Hides an Underwater Ghost Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underneath-canadian-lake-sits-preserved-ghost-town-180964645/Lake Minnewanka in Alberta was once home to a bustling resort, but today its eerie landscape can only be seen by scuba diversThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/These rarely played ancient bells are newly analyzed with their acoustics remastered and digitized for a new exhibition at the Sackler GalleryThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000You've Never Tasted "Street Food" Like This Beforehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youve-never-tasted-street-food-180965106/For its grand reopening, a hub of Asian-American culture serves up a culinary wonderlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Thought Lost to History, These Rare, Early Films Survived Thanks to a Crafty Showman and a Savvy Collectorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thought-lost-history-these-rare-early-films-survived-thanks-crafty-showman-and-savvy-collector-180965112/A new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank BrintonWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:54:25 +0000New Sackler Buddhist Exhibition Doubles the Immersive Experienceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-sackler-buddhist-exhibit-doubles-immersive-experiences-180965105/Film of Sri Lankan site joins popular shrine room as part of three-year exhibition and we finally learn why one Buddha’s hair is blueWed, 04 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Next Generation of Biofuels Could Come From These Five Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-generation-biofuels-could-come-from-these-five-crops-180965099/Researchers are currently developing biofuels from these abundant species, which require relatively little land, water and fertilizerTue, 03 Oct 2017 18:51:23 +0000Are Blade Runner’s Replicants “Human”? Descartes and Locke Have Some Thoughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-blade-runners-replicants-human-descartes-and-locke-have-some-thoughts-180965097/Enlightenment philosophers asked the same questions about what makes humans, humans as we see in the cult classicTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:55:32 +0000How Cultural Resilience Made a Difference After Hurricane Hugo And Could Help Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-resilience-culture-helped-caribbean-nation-come-back-devastating-hurricane-and-might-help-again-180965093/When the 1989 hurricane devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, Smithsonian folklorists were working on an upcoming Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Oct 2017 15:26:48 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Stinky Cheese Tells Us About the Science of Disgusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-stinky-cheese-tells-us-about-disgust-180965017/Why does this pungent delicacy give some the munchies, but send others reeling to the toilet?Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Tom Petty, Standard-Bearer for Classic Rock, Dies at Age 66https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tom-petty-standard-bearer-classic-rock-dies-age-66-180965092/In <i>Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen</i>, Bill Bentley remembers the singer-guitarist who forged a unique place in American rockTue, 03 Oct 2017 12:03:34 +0000What Can Cities Do to Go "Blue"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-cities-do-to-go-blue-180965085/In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against itMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:14:04 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-does-human-echolocation-work-180965063/Blind since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000Inside the Founding Fathers’ Debate Over What Constituted an Impeachable Offense https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-founding-fathers-debate-over-what-constituted-impeachable-offense-180965083/If not for three sparring Virginia delegates, Congress’s power to remove a president would be even more limited than it already isMon, 02 Oct 2017 12:25:26 +0000Want to Learn Cherokee? How About Ainu? This Startup Is Teaching Endangered Languageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens explains how saving languages is a means of preserving different worldviewsFri, 29 Sep 2017 18:21:31 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Tense Realism of Edgar Degas Still Captivateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/100-years-later-tense-realism-edgar-degas-still-captivates-180965050/For this groundbreaking artist, greatness was always one more horizon awayFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:50:21 +0000Can a Chatbot Help You Prepare For Death?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-chatbot-help-you-prepare-for-death-180965071/They're being designed to tee up end-of-life conversations, prep documents and provide spiritual counselingFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:27:19 +0000With Federal Funds Dwindling, Climate Scientists Turn to Unusual Partnerships to Study Methane in a Warming Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-scientists-turn-to-unusual-partnerships-arctic-180965015/As the urgency of climate change becomes tangible to those in the Arctic, federal funds are growing harder to come byFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rock-lobster-farm-could-soon-be-coming-menu-near-you-180965064/Rock lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000Army Scientists Put the "Pee" in Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/army-scientists-put-pee-power-180965053/By combining urine and aluminum powder, soldiers may be able to produce energy in the fieldThu, 28 Sep 2017 17:45:04 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/How science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-ever-happened-to-russian-revolution-180964768/We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century agoThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:04:41 +0000What Makes This Canadian Train So Special?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/1004949_1_3451906_eps01_models_yt_pl/The Canadian passenger train has a unique streamlined design that goes back to the 1930s. It’s a rare aesthetic, perfectly captured by this fanThu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Rainbow Shines Anew in National Portrait Gallery's Iconic George Washington Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rainbow-shines-anew-national-portrait-gallerys-iconic-george-washington-portrait-180965043/A glistening Lansdowne Portrait refresh harkens the reopening of "America's Presidents" Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1918-flu-pandemic-revolutionized-public-health-180965025/Mass death changed how we think about illness, and government's role in treating itWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:49:25 +0000This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/snap-sensor-could-tell-farmers-exactly-how-much-water-their-crops-180965036/A team at Penn State University is developing a clip-on leaf sensor that measures water stress on individual plantsWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:11:45 +0000Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-love-newly-discovered-giant-island-rat-180965033/The Vangunu rat is the first rodent species to come to light on the Solomon Islands in 80 years—and it’s already endangeredWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Cruise Ship Chef Hunts for Big Fish. Will He Succeed?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1004949_1_3451908_eps01_electricity_yt_pl/As luxury liner Europa 2 docks into port, its chef de cuisine has a major challenge ahead: prepare lunch for his very discerning clienteleWed, 27 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Journey From Middle America to the World Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tom-brokaws-journey-middle-america-world-stage-180965021/The history-making path of the former NBC Nightly News anchor is honored with a Smithsonian Lewis and Clark compassWed, 27 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Doctors Once Prescribed Terrifying Plane Flights to "Cure" Deafnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctors-once-prescribed-terrifying-plane-flights-cure-deafness-180965027/Stunt pilots, including a young Charles Lindbergh, took willing participants to the skies for (sometimes) death-defying ridesTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:46:58 +0000How Japanese High-Speed Trains Handle Earthquakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1004949_1_3451907_eps01_shinkansen_yt_pl/Imagine being on a Japanese high-speed train when an earthquake hits. This is a scenario that the Tokaido Shinkansen railway team has been planning forTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Breathtaking Greek Island Is Home to More Than 700 Churcheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/small-greek-island-home-more-700-churches-180965022/A major pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians, Tínos has long been overlooked by other travelersTue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Summer of Yoko Ono Ends with Shrieks and Screams https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/summer-yoko-ono-ends-shrieks-and-screams-180965006/A concert, a broken vase and unfettered adoration for the avant-guard artist marks the Hirshhorn’s finale to its appreciation Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Your Frustration Helps Your Baby Learn https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-your-frustration-helps-baby-learn-180965011/Watching adults struggle with a difficult task can teach young children the value of hard workMon, 25 Sep 2017 17:11:53 +0000These Origami Clothes Grow With Your Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/origami-clothes-grow-your-child-180965010/Designer Ryan Yasin is creating pleated garments that could save on money and wasteMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:24:59 +0000This Keyboard Cover Lets Users Actually Feel the Letters They Typehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-keyboard-cover-lets-users-actually-feel-letters-they-type-180964992/Two college students found a way have a keyboard tap into our muscle memory of the alphabetMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:45:27 +0000Check Out These Stunning Photographs of a Tibetan Horseback Sporthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-stunning-photographs-tibetan-horseback-sport-180964925/Kings in ancient Tibet promoted the sport to save money on military trainingMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Dock a Ship Into a Port That's 200 Feet Short?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451006_eps01_vikingsea_yt_pl/The Viking Sea is docking into the Scottish port of Lerwick. It's a major challenge considering the port is over 200 feet shorter than the shipMon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-taiwans-tourism-factories-180964778/From glassblowing to ribbon weaving, baking to soap making, the island offers innovative tourism attractions for every type of visitorFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:09 +0000Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-irregular-heartbeats-music-180964991/A set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disordersFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:12:21 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imaginedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthal-children-grow-lot-modern-human-children-180964993/A remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000