Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:58:08 +0000How a Smithsonian Ecologist Is Working With Local Communities to Plan for the Future understand impact of changes in land use in Northern Virginia, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute developed the Changing Landscapes InitiativeMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:58:08 +0000These Beautiful Maps Capture the Rivers That Pulse Through Our World Robert Szucs creates colorful maps of the watersheds that creep across states, countries, continents and the globeMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:28:26 +0000The Original 'Dumbo' Story Would Have Had More Twists and Turns soaring into theaters, Disney’s flying elephant was about to be published as a scrolling children’s bookMon, 25 Mar 2019 15:27:55 +0000For Turn-of-the-Century African-Americans, the Camera Was a Tool for Empowerment new installment in the Smithsonian's “Double Exposure” photo book series depicts black Americans championing their lives through photographyMon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0000The High-Tech, Humane Ways Biologists Can Identify Individual Animals have driver's licenses and fingerprints, but cows have nose-prints and zebras have "StripeCodes"Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:41:16 +0000What 'Project Runway' Can Teach Us About the Creative Process seasons in, the show continues to demystify what it takes to 'make it work'Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000How the Vietnam War Impacted American Art Melissa Ho reflects on her upcoming exhibition exploring how American artists responded to the turbulence of the Vietnam WarFri, 22 Mar 2019 14:23:33 +0000Is That Wallaby Sprouting a Second Head? week, the first baby wallaby to be born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in three decades poked its head out of its mother’s pouchThu, 21 Mar 2019 19:27:37 +0000Fossil Treasure Trove of Ancient Animals Unearthed in China fossils from the Cambrian Period include dozens of new species and provide a window into life more than 500 million years agoThu, 21 Mar 2019 18:00:00 +0000The Mathematical Madness Behind a Perfect N.C.A.A. Basketball Bracket a perfect bracket is so unlikely that it will almost certainly never occur, even if March Madness continues for billions of years Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:32:18 +0000A Souvenir From the Holy Land: On Henry Ossawa Tanner's 'Abraham's Oak''Abraham’s Oak' memorializes a pilgrimage site that the artist likely visited during his travels in the 1890'sThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:11:28 +0000Daesha Devón Harris Combines Oral History and Antique Portraits to Tell a Story of Loss and Hope layered works testify to African-American historyThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0000What Do Dragons Symbolize and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredThu, 21 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000For Those Living Nearby, the Memory of the Three Mile Island Accident Has a Long Half-Life Reid, then the mayor of nearby Middletown, recalls the partial meltdown of the nuclear reactor 40 years agoThu, 21 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful Influencer of the Early 20th Century tin of hair conditioner in the Smithsonian collections reveals a story of the entrepreneurial and philanthropic success of a former washerwomanThu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000The Rivalry Between Two Doctors to Implant the First Artificial Heart titans of Texas medicine, the race was on to develop the cutting-edge technologyWed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Long Battle for Women's Suffrage the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment approaching, a look back at the surprising history of giving women the voteWed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:01 +0000Paris' Hotel Lutetia Is Haunted by History ghosts of Nazis, French resistance fighters and concentration camp survivors still inhabit the grand building on Paris’ famed Left BankWed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Bold Accomplishments of Women of Color Need to Be a Bigger Part of Suffrage History upcoming Smithsonian exhibition, “Votes For Women,” delves into the complexities and biases of the nature of persistence Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:38:10 +0000The Computer Scientist Who Wants to Put a Name to Every Face in Civil War Photographs Virginia Tech's Kurt Luther perfects his facial recognition software Civil War Photo Sleuth, the discoveries keep comingTue, 19 Mar 2019 18:48:32 +0000Untangling the Physics Behind Drifting Embers, 'Firenadoes' and Other Wildfire Phenomena can leap rapidly from building to building and even cause extreme weather events such as pyrocumulonimbus storm cloudsTue, 19 Mar 2019 18:23:56 +0000The Myth of Fingerprints today increasingly embrace DNA tests as the ultimate crime-fighting tool. They once felt the same way about fingerprintingTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000A Journey to St. Helena, Home of Napoleon's Last Days crossed the globe to the tiny, remote island to sample the splendid desolation of the emperor's exile under a scornful British governorTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Did the White Picket Fence Become a Symbol of the Suburbs? why the epitome of the perfect house become so creepyTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000These Haunting Red Dresses Memorialize Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Jaime Black says the REDress Project is an expression of her grief for thousands of Native victimsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:32:19 +0000The Madcap Chemists of Booze Lost Spirits Distillery in Los Angeles, high-tech instruments accelerate the aging process of precious whiskeys and rumsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Dr. Is In: Cat-loving Paleontologist Answers Your Questions in New YouTube Series Hans Sues answers your questions about dinosaurs, humans and cats in the Smithsonian's new YouTube series, "The Dr. Is In." Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:32:56 +0000Ancient Monkey Bone Tools Shake Up the Narrative of Early Human Migration to the Rain Forest evidence pushes back the date for human settlement in jungles, challenging the idea that our ancestors preferred the savannas and plainsMon, 18 Mar 2019 17:29:15 +0000In the Home, a Woman’s Work Is Never Done, Never Honored and Never Paid For historic firsts at the American History Museum; a woman steps into the director’s seat and a new show examines the drudgery of houseworkMon, 18 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000Six of the Most Famous Mob Murders of All Time death of Gambino crime family head Frank Cali brings to mind these mafia killings from years pastMon, 18 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Bermuda’s Rum Swizzle (Recipe) the Dark ‘n’ Stormy may get all the attention by visitors, the swizzle is what locals drink Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:47 +0000Why the Story of Woman Versus Machine Is Still Being Written Claire Evans is on a mission to elevate women and the contributions they’ve made in the field of technologyFri, 15 Mar 2019 14:06:52 +0000During the Mexican-American War, Irish-Americans Fought for Mexico in the 'Saint Patrick's Battalion' sentiment in the States gave men like John Riley little reason to continue to pay allegiance to the stars and stripesFri, 15 Mar 2019 14:05:13 +0000The Ability to Pronounce 'F' and 'V' Sounds Might Have Evolved Along With Diet our ancestors began eating softer agricultural foods, the shape of the human jaw and the sounds we make may have changed as well Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:02:38 +0000The Great Blues Singer Gladys Bentley Broke All the Rules the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast, host Haleema Shah tells the story of an unapologetically gay African-American performer in 1920s and 30s Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:42:20 +0000Ingenious Women: A Podcast Series on Women Who Changed the World partnership with Wondery's American Innovations, we celebrate the many contributions of women inventors throughout U.S. historyThu, 14 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000Margaret Hamilton Led the NASA Software Team That Landed Astronauts on the Moon’s successful computing software was optimized to deal with unknown problems and to interrupt one task to take on a more important one Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000Testing the DNA in Museum Artifacts Can Unlock New Natural History, but Is it Worth the Potential Damage? house a wealth of rare animal specimens, such as arctic clothing, medieval parchment and Viking drinking horns, but DNA testing can be destructiveWed, 13 Mar 2019 18:20:43 +0000Seven Innovations That Made a Splash at This Year's SXSW massive Austin event has become the place for unveiling cutting-edge tech, from educational apps to virtual reality artWed, 13 Mar 2019 16:40:02 +0000How a 1897 Massacre of Pennsylvania Coal Miners Morphed From a Galvanizing Crisis to Forgotten History death of 19 immigrants may have unified the labor movement, but powerful interests left their fates unrecognized until decades laterWed, 13 Mar 2019 15:35:20 +0000Teen Inventor Designs Noninvasive Allergy Screen Using Genetics and Machine Learning Ayush Alag is one of 40 finalists in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent SearchTue, 12 Mar 2019 18:53:23 +0000'Captain Marvel''s Missed Opportunity With Nostalgia '90s lives in the new superhero film but doesn't tell us much about the decadeTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:35:35 +0000Streams of Stars Snaking Through the Galaxy Could Help Shine a Light on Dark Matter the Milky Way consumes another galaxy, tendrils of stellar streams survive the merger, containing clues about the universe's mysterious unseen matterTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:13:27 +0000Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden to Undergo First Redesign in More Than 40 Years Sugimoto’s design provides easier access from the National Mall and space for larger installationsTue, 12 Mar 2019 14:34:55 +0000Americans Flocked to See This Controversial Exhibit of Berlin’s Art Treasures in the Wake of World War II in a salt mine in Nazi Germany, these artworks toured the United States in a questionable move that raised serious ethical concernsMon, 11 Mar 2019 17:13:50 +0000The Risks, Rewards and Possible Ramifications of Geoengineering Earth’s Climate aerosols into the stratosphere could help cool the planet, but scientists have yet to study exactly how such solar geoengineering would workMon, 11 Mar 2019 16:03:22 +0000These Caves in Bermuda Inspired the '80s TV Show “Fraggle Rock” imagining a setting and plot for the children's show, Michael K. Frith looked to Crystal Caves on the island where he grew upMon, 11 Mar 2019 14:34:10 +0000Explore Bermudian Cuisine Through the Eyes of a Local curates an Instagram feed highlighting the culinary stars of BermudaFri, 08 Mar 2019 20:55:58 +0000How the Daughters and Granddaughters of Former Slaves Secured Voting Rights for All Martha S. Jones takes a look at the question of race versus gender in the quest for universal suffrage Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:49:34 +0000Five Technologies That Could Ease the Transition to Daylight Saving Time't forget, it's nearly time to "Spring forward!" Here are some strategies to help you deal with the changeFri, 08 Mar 2019 15:43:25 +0000Get to Know the Leading Ladies of Science at the Smithsonian women paved the way for female scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 08 Mar 2019 15:12:22 +0000After a Successful Test Flight to the International Space Station, SpaceX Looks Ahead to Launching Astronauts's new Crew Dragon spacecraft could launch the first astronauts from U.S. soil in almost a decade Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:57:38 +0000How the Microbiome Could Be the Key to New Cancer Treatments effectiveness of drugs that help the immune system fight cancer cells appears to depend on bacteria in the gutThu, 07 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000See the Finalists of the 16th Annual <i></i> Photo Contest and Vote for the Readers' Choice Winnerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:59:42 +0000How Bone Connects Life's Past, Present and Future new book dives into the history of osteology, the study of bones, and everything we can learn from the skeletons life leaves behindTue, 05 Mar 2019 17:05:48 +0000What’s the Deal With Ordering Iced Coffee in the Winter? hot take, if you will, on the iced trendTue, 05 Mar 2019 15:06:15 +0000Earth's Rock Record Could Reveal the Motions of Other Planets the layers of Earth's crust, scientists have created a "Geological Orrery" to measure planetary motions dating back hundreds of millions of yearsMon, 04 Mar 2019 20:00:21 +0000An Appreciation of <i>Küchle</i>, My Family’s Deep-Fried Dough Tradition for Fat Tuesday a grease fire. Support a local bakery.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:14:43 +0000Peek Inside the Workshop Where Mardi Gras Floats Are Made Gras World in New Orleans offers tours of its whimsical warehouse, where visitors can see floats being constructed all year roundMon, 04 Mar 2019 18:18:42 +0000The Rank and File Women of the Black Panther Party and Their Powerful Influence portrait taken at a “Free Huey” rally defines the female force that both supported and propelled the movementMon, 04 Mar 2019 16:32:10 +0000Inside the World’s Largest Outhouse Race of teams compete in this annual event in Anchorage, all trying their best to not be number twoFri, 01 Mar 2019 21:25:42 +000020 Things to Do at the Smithsonian in March Things to Do at the Smithsonian in MarchWed, 27 Feb 2019 18:04:56 +0000In Addition to Testosterone, Another Hormone Is Vital for Early Male Development hormone called androsterone, produced in the placenta and other organs, plays a role in fetal development in the wombWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:34:37 +0000Made From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradable State University molecular biologist Naohiro Kato is confronting plastic pollution one necklace and doubloon at a timeWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:33:51 +0000The History of the Lab Rat Is Full of Scientific Triumphs and Ethical Quandaries rodents have been used in animal testing for more than 150 years, and the number of rodent-based studies continues to growWed, 27 Feb 2019 15:12:10 +0000George Washington Gibbs Jr. Defied Danger and Racism to Become the First African-American to Visit Antarctica"He had bigger visions and would not be contained in a box," his daughter saysWed, 27 Feb 2019 15:06:55 +0000The First African-American to Hold a Patent Invented 'Dry Scouring' 1821, Thomas Jennings patented a method for removing dirt and grease from clothing that would lead to today's dry cleaningWed, 27 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000Here’s How Horticulturalists Made the Michelle Obama Orchid year’s orchid show takes over the cavernous naturally-lit Kogod Courtyard with thousands on view Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Anacostia Community Museum to Close for Renovations, but Will Tour Its Current Show With Pop Ups Across the City Public Library will partner with the museum to bring you "A Right to the City," which takes a deep look at gentrification and its impactTue, 26 Feb 2019 16:15:00 +0000Sign Language Translating Devices Are Cool. But Are They Useful? State University researchers are developing a small tool, with a motion capture system, that translates ASL into EnglishTue, 26 Feb 2019 16:01:17 +0000Why Utah Might Be Your Next Favorite Snorkeling Destination with saltwater fish from around the world, Bonneville Seabase is an ocean in the middle of the stateTue, 26 Feb 2019 15:40:54 +0000The Decades-Long Political Fight to Save the Grand Canyon had long known about the wonders of the southwestern landmark, but it wouldn't be until 1919 that it would gain full federal protectionTue, 26 Feb 2019 13:52:13 +0000Sea Creatures Still Arriving in the U.S. on Plastic Debris From the Japanese Tsunami Eight Years Ago biologists don't know how long different species can survive adrift in the open ocean, and some may become invasive when they reach new shoresTue, 26 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Defensive Spines on Tenrecs Could Come at a Cost to Brain Size little mammals of Madagascar appear to have undergone an evolutionary tradeoff between brain size and defensive armorMon, 25 Feb 2019 14:46:03 +0000The Stories of Poets, Artists and Cartoon Characters Are All Waiting to Be Discovered in Roy Lichtenstein’s Personal Papers Pop artist’s archives, recently donated to the Smithsonian, are soon to be digitizedMon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Folklorist Delves Into the Rituals and Rewards at the Academy Awards belief holds that if you have won one Oscar, your odds of ever winning a second are greatly diminished by the dreaded “Oscar Jinx”Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:34:33 +0000What Should a Contemporary Monument Look Like? new multi-city art exhibition called "New Monuments for New Cities" tackles this question head onFri, 22 Feb 2019 21:03:14 +0000Why Are Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings Breaking Out in Pimples? new handheld tool lets scientists diagnose the chemical reaction behind “art acne”—and learn how it can be preventedFri, 22 Feb 2019 18:32:43 +0000Israel's Private Lunar Lander Blasts Off for the Moon Israeli spacecraft Beresheet will gradually raise its orbit to reach the moon, landing after about a month and a half of flightFri, 22 Feb 2019 17:15:48 +0000Will A.I. Ever Be Smarter Than a Four-Year-Old? at how children process information may give programmers useful hints about directions for computer learningFri, 22 Feb 2019 14:33:02 +0000Who Was the First Woman Depicted on Currency and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredFri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000In Search of George Washington Carver’s True Legacy famed agriculturalist deserves to be known for much more than peanutsThu, 21 Feb 2019 17:29:39 +0000Women's Contributions to Early Genetics Studies Were Relegated to the Footnotes women scientists were frequently "acknowledged programmers" in population genetics research, few of them received full authorshipThu, 21 Feb 2019 17:24:34 +0000Why Is the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ Blue?’s a simple answer and a colonialist legacy for why the genie looks the way it doesThu, 21 Feb 2019 16:58:24 +0000Rhiannon Giddens' 21st-Century Sound Has a Long History by long-lost folk melodies, gospel, opera and bluegrass, the electrifying singer and banjo player gives fresh voice to old American traditionsThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000In Nigeria, the Veil Is a Fashion Statement Medina Dugger finds joy in a colorful yet complicated symbol of faithThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The Fishy Mystery of Lake Malawi the second-largest lake in Africa, fish evolution is taking place at an explosive rate. Why? Scientists are diving into the questionThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000For 70 Years, the Soap Opera Has Shaped American Pop Culture much-maligned genre has been resurrected as prestige TVThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000One Tool in the Fight Against Wikipedia's Notorious Gender Bias an obscure 19th-century literary form help solve a 21st-century problem?Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Seven Technologies That Could Help Fight Food Waste food-sharing apps to "smart" storage systems, these innovations might reduce the amount of food you tossWed, 20 Feb 2019 17:40:11 +0000What Schools Teach About Women’s History Leaves a Lot to Be Desired recent study broke down each state’s educational standards to see whose ‘herstory’ was missingWed, 20 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000With Opportunity Lost, NASA Confronts the Tenuous Future of Mars Exploration decades of continuous flights to Mars, NASA is facing a shortage of missionsWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000The Complex Legacy of America's Lawrence of Arabia Wendell Phillips traveled throughout Yemen in the 1950s, where he found ancient treasures and controversyWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Enslaved Girl Who Became America's First Poster Child 1855, Mary Mildred Williams energized the abolitionist movementWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000These Objects Begin to Tell the Story of Women's History in America artifacts from the National Museum of American History chronicle profound changes in the life of the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:21:16 +0000Behind the Scenes of Sandra Day O'Connor's First Days on the Supreme Court the first female justice retires from public life, read about her debut on the highest court in the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival off February 21—International Mother Language Day—more than 20 films featuring 62 languages Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:37 +0000The Engine Powering the Future of Civilian Spaceflight Enters the Collections’s historic rocket motor lands at the National Air and Space MuseumTue, 19 Feb 2019 18:10:50 +0000Dornith Doherty's Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Contradictions of Seed Banking"Archiving Eden," now at the National Academy of Sciences, shows how guarding against an ecological catastrophe is both optimistic and pessimisticTue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Complex Role Faith Played for Incarcerated Japanese-Americans During World War II curator of religion Peter Manseau weighs in on a history that must be toldFri, 15 Feb 2019 20:12:39 +0000A Veteran Returns to Vietnam, Photographs the Country and Comes to Peace With His Wartime Experience in his rifle for a camera, photographer Chuck Forsman captures the country's resiliency in a new bookFri, 15 Feb 2019 16:23:38 +0000The Rise of 'Zero-Waste' Grocery Stores growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environmentFri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:06 +0000‘The North Star’ Amplified Black Voices. How a 2019 Reboot of Frederick Douglass’ Paper Hopes to Do the Same new outfit sees inspiration from the 19th-century publication that pursued the cause of fighting injustice everywhereThu, 14 Feb 2019 18:37:35 +0000The Double Life of a California Socialite Who Became a Leading Arctic Explorer the early 20th century, Louise Arner Boyd lived as a philanthropist in the United States and a hero on the high seasThu, 14 Feb 2019 17:32:04 +0000In the Fair City of Verona, Star-Cross'd Lovers Want to Believe in 'La Casa di Giulietta' number of visitors to this self-proclaimed Shakespearean “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s DayThu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:01 +0000Why the Chicano Underdog Aesthetic ‘Rasquachismo’ Is Finally Having Its Day up for the podcast Sidedoor, actor and director Cheech Marin opines on the Chicano art sensibility that is defiant, tacky and wildly creativeThu, 14 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How NASA's Opportunity Rover Made Mars Part of Earth more than 15 years exploring the surface of Mars, the Opportunity rover has finally roved its last legWed, 13 Feb 2019 19:06:06 +0000The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolates you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentationWed, 13 Feb 2019 17:23:09 +0000How 18th-Century Writers Created the Genre of Popular Science writers such as Voltaire and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle helped shape the Enlightenment with stories of scienceWed, 13 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The History of Poisoning the Well ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq, the threat to a region's water supply is the cruelest cut of allWed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffs new Smithsonian book whisks readers on a culinary odyssey, tracing the history of salt, pork, honey, chili, tomato, rice and chocolateWed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Magazine Nominated for Two National Magazine Awards for general excellence for the second time, the publication was also recognized for feature writingTue, 12 Feb 2019 21:57:21 +0000How a Love of Flowers Helped Charles Darwin Validate Natural Selection his voyage to the Galapagos and his work with finches dominate the narrative of the famed naturalist, he was, at heart, a botanistTue, 12 Feb 2019 15:22:47 +0000Explore France's Loire Valley in the Footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci centuries after his death, visitors can pay homage to the artist at these sites in central France where he spent his final yearsTue, 12 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Story of the American Troops Who Got Caught Up in the Russian Civil War after the armistice was signed ending World War I, the doughboys clashed with Russian forces 100 years agoTue, 12 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Checking In on the Health and Vigor of the Chesapeake Bay clean-up milestones are registered by a recent assessment of the nation’s largest estuary, a Smithsonian geographer drops in on the region Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Europe’s Megalithic Monuments Originated in France and Spread by Sea Routes, New Study Suggests ancient burial structures, strikingly similar all across Europe and the mediterranean, have puzzled scientists and historians for centuries Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:20:56 +0000There Was the Magazine Quiz. Then Came the Internet. What Now? the “Cosmo Quiz” to Quizilla to Buzzfeed... what's next?Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:28:16 +0000The Evolution of the College Dorm Chronicles How Colleges Became Less White and Male the architecture and history of student housing tell us about higher educationMon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Reason These Poisonous Butterflies Don't Mate Is Written in Their DNA color and mate preference seem to be genetically bound, leading these tropical butterflies to only choose mates that look like themFri, 08 Feb 2019 18:00:58 +0000The Incomplete History Told by New York's K.G.B. Museum to be apolitical, the attraction offers whiz-bang tech without the agency's brutal pastFri, 08 Feb 2019 17:13:33 +0000The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industry Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy makingFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:41:24 +0000Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor genetic footprint of a "ghost population" may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in SiberiaFri, 08 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000Can a Pill Fight Loneliness? University of Chicago scientist thinks the hormone pregnenolone might reduce lonely people's fear of connecting—and their risk of serious health problemsFri, 08 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Expect Stiff Competition at This Year’s International Hair Freezing Contest annual event at Canada’s Takhini Hot Pools draws people from around the world competing for the title of the world’s coolest ’doThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:49:29 +0000National Air and Space Museum Says Pardon Our Renovation, but Come Anyway need of a new facade, the museum undergoes top-to-bottom change, bringing state-of-the-art technology and 21st century stories into its exhibitionsThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:30:53 +0000How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brick Danish toy company invented its basic brick, then designed a toddler-friendly version, before adding mini figures to the mixThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:21:23 +0000Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Today the 1830s and '40s, the pioneering spelunker mapped out many of the underground system's most popular spotsWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:53:15 +0000How the Grand Canyon Transformed From a 'Valueless' Place to a National Park the advent of geology as a science, the canyon was avoided. Now the popular park is celebrating its centennial yearWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:30:18 +0000Prehistoric Crocodile Cousin Crushed the Bones of Its Prey Long Before T. Rex feces filled with bone reveal the feeding habits of an ancient predatorWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:02:20 +0000George Washington and I Go Way Back—Or So Goes the Tale of My Family's Cane heirloom is charged with both sentiment and purely speculative history Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:19:44 +0000What a Hundred-Year-Old Department Store Can Tell Us About the Overlap of Retail, Religion and Politics legacy left behind by the Philadelphia-based retail chain Wanamaker’s is still felt by shoppers todayTue, 05 Feb 2019 15:39:15 +0000Morocco’s 'Hippie Trail' Still Pulses With Bohemian Counterculture the 1950s to 1970s, thousands of flower children made a spiritual pilgrimage through northwest Africa Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:38:20 +0000What This Jacket Tells Us About the Degrading Treatment of Japanese-Americans During WWII exhibit in San Francisco explores the dark chapter in American history when the government imprisoned its own citizensTue, 05 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Find a Possible Link Between Gut Bacteria and Depression new study identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brainTue, 05 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Four Craft Artists Use Their Medium to Tell the Story of Our Times Renwick’s newest show challenges everything you thought you knew about craft art Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How First Lady Sarah Polk Set a Model for Conservative Female Power popular and pious wife to President James Polk had little use for the nascent suffrage movementMon, 04 Feb 2019 18:20:52 +0000One Lesson From Burning Man—Embrace the Dust Lesson From Burning Man—Embrace the DustMon, 04 Feb 2019 15:30:24 +0000Fourteen Things to Do at the Smithsonian in February on J.D. Salinger, French cooking, the Academy Awards and much more from the Smithsonian AssociatesMon, 04 Feb 2019 15:20:54 +0000Play a Groundhog Day Song on a Continuous Loop Bill Murray, wake up to Groundhog Day everyday with the Smithsonian Folkways' groundhog playlist Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:53:13 +0000Astrophysicist Mercedes Lopez-Morales Is Grooming the Next Generation of Planet Hunters"The Daily Show" correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. talks with the astrophysicist about adrenaline, fear, curiosity and attracting younger generations to scienceFri, 01 Feb 2019 18:52:48 +0000The Patents Behind Pasta Shapes you sit down to a bowl, be it gnocchi or Kraft macaroni, consider the design work and innovation that have gone into itFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:53 +0000Should the Himalayan Wolf Be Classified as a New Species? of expeditions in the world's tallest mountain range reveal that Himalayan wolves have developed genetic adaptations to living at high altitudesFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:16 +0000To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Chinese Blacksmiths Turn Molten Metal Into Fireworks the "poor man's fireworks," the spectacular pyrotechnic display is a 500-year ritual in Nuanquan, ChinaFri, 01 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000What the Earliest Super Bowl Commercials Tell Us About the Super Bowl inaugural title game in 1967 would not have been getting kudos from the media for representing womenThu, 31 Jan 2019 19:59:34 +0000Scientists Model How Prehistoric Shark Cut Through Prey With 'Scissor Jaws' 330-million-year-old species <i>Edestus</i> had one of the most unique bites in natural history Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:42:48 +0000A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Mars a new book on space exploration, Smithsonian curator emeritus Roger D. Launius predicts boots on the Red Planet ground by the 2030sThu, 31 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Ten Fun Facts About Rams, the Animals sheep might just be the perfect football mascotWed, 30 Jan 2019 17:47:11 +0000This Smartwatch Can Help Detect Seizures in Kids Embrace is one of a growing number of wearables capable of detecting seizures and alerting caregiversWed, 30 Jan 2019 17:23:48 +0000Studying the History of Life on Earth Keeps This Paleontologist Optimistic scientist Nick Pyenson explains how taking an interest in natural history can help us understand our futureWed, 30 Jan 2019 16:46:41 +0000What Is Wind Chill, and How Does It Affect the Human Body? wind will not change the ambient temperature of the air, it will change the temperature of your bodyWed, 30 Jan 2019 16:00:27 +0000Breakthrough Korean Feminist Artist Yun Suknam in Her First U.S. Museum Exhibition an assemblage portrait of her mother as the focal piece, the artist’s work is surrounded by the works of those who inspired herWed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Staffers Scramble to Make Up Time Lost During Government Shutdown are back, the museums are open, the pandas are well, but officials say the ramifications of the shutdown are far from overTue, 29 Jan 2019 19:54:47 +0000Aretha Franklin’s Decades-Old Documentary Finally Comes to Theaters in 2019 2019 nationwide release, 47 years after it was made, means audiences at last will see the Queen of Soul’s transcendent masterpieceTue, 29 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Computer Programmer Who Ran a Global Drug Trafficking Empire new book uncovers the intricacies of Paul Le Roux’s cartel and how it fueled the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S. todayTue, 29 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000Arboreal 'Snow Monsters' Overrun Northern Japan Every Winter and wind transform these high altitude fir trees of into real-life White WalkersFri, 25 Jan 2019 19:21:53 +0000Color TV Transformed the Way Americans Saw the World, and the World Saw America historian of 20th century media argues that the technological innovation was the quintessential Cold War machineFri, 25 Jan 2019 17:36:26 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, the Television Musical Made Its Debut"RENT: Live" meet "The Boys from Boise"Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:08:05 +0000