Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenTue, 15 Oct 2019 19:54:58 +0000This Robotic Trash Can Takes Itself to the Curbhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-trash-can-takes-itself-curb-180973346/The award-winning invention automates a 'chore that everyone hates'Tue, 15 Oct 2019 19:54:58 +0000Yes, Tropical Forests Tragically Burned This Summer, but Here’s What You Can Dohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/yes-world-forests-tragically-burned-summer-heres-what-you-can-do-180973289/Fires stoked worldwide anxiety, but Smithsonian forest ecologist Kristina Anderson-Teixeira offers a few practices for making a differenceTue, 15 Oct 2019 18:42:50 +0000How Food Brought Success to a Chef, a Cookbook Author and a Restaurateurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-food-brought-success-chef-cookbook-author-and-restaurateur-180973292/Historian Ashley Rose Young shares research from the Smithsonian’s 23-year-long ‘American Food History Project’Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:09:34 +0000Who Were the Real 'Peaky Blinders'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-were-real-peaky-blinders-180973328/The Shelby family is fictional, but a real street gang operated in Birmingham at the turn of the 20th centuryTue, 15 Oct 2019 17:29:51 +0000You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-hike-fish-and-even-ski-these-power-plants-180973347/Copenhagen's new green power plant with a ski slope is just the latest energy facility with tourist attractionsTue, 15 Oct 2019 16:00:46 +0000The Pioneering Maps of Alexander von Humboldthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pioneering-maps-alexander-von-humboldt-180973342/Beautiful and insightful, the illustrations of the German naturalist helped shape a new understanding of the worldTue, 15 Oct 2019 14:09:45 +0000How a Generation Became Obsessed With Tracking Down Carmen Sandiegohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-generation-became-obsessed-with-tracking-down-carmen-sandiego-180973333/The globe-trotting thief of the popular 1985 computer game is back at it in a second season of an animated Netflix series Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000For Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a Rethinking of How We Celebrate American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2019/10/11/indigenous-peoples-day-2019/Indigenous Peoples’ Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, including the lands that later became the United States Fri, 11 Oct 2019 20:27:49 +0000What Astronomers Can Learn From Hot Jupiters, the Scorching Giant Planets of the Galaxyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-astronomers-can-learn-hot-jupiters-scorching-giant-planets-galaxy-180973320/Many of the planets that are roughly the size of Jupiter orbit right next to their stars, burning at thousands of degreesFri, 11 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Cultural History of 'The Addams Family'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/cultural-history-addams-family-180973315/As the spooky clan makes a new appearance on the big screen, a look back on the mystery of their longevityFri, 11 Oct 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Feminist History of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/feminist-history-take-me-out-ball-game-180973307/Trixie Friganza, an actress and suffragist, inspired the popular song of the seventh inning stretchThu, 10 Oct 2019 15:18:19 +0000Follow Ernest Hemingway’s Footsteps Through Havanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-ernest-hemingways-footsteps-through-havana-180967659/Sixty-five years after nabbing a Nobel, many of Papa Hemingway’s favorite haunts are still open to the publicThu, 10 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Dinosaur Was a Giant 'Shark Tooth' Carnivorehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-dinosaur-was-giant-shark-tooth-predator-rival-tyrannosaurs-180973304/<i>Siamraptor suwati</i>, discovered in Thailand, sliced flesh with razor-sharp teeth rather than crushing the bones of its preyWed, 09 Oct 2019 18:00:24 +0000How Susan Kare Designed User-Friendly Icons for the First Macintoshhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-susan-kare-designed-user-friendly-icons-for-first-macintosh-180973286/The graphic designer is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cooper Hewitt for her recognizable computer icons, typefaces and graphicsWed, 09 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000Connecting With Coyotes on the Prowlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2019/10/08/connecting-coyotes-prowl/Biologist Joe Guthrie embarks on a new study to track five adults in the Shenandoah Valley using GPS collarsTue, 08 Oct 2019 20:35:53 +0000This Gel Could Prevent Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/gel-could-prevent-wildfires-180973278/Developed by Stanford researchers, the nontoxic, biodegradable gel can be sprayed on vegetation as a long-term fire retardantMon, 07 Oct 2019 19:06:27 +0000Designing Floating Buildings With an Eye to the Marine Species Living Underneathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-floating-buildings-with-eye-to-marine-species-living-underneath-180973285/A prototype deployed in San Francisco Bay imagines the underside of a floating building as an upside-down artificial reefMon, 07 Oct 2019 14:46:52 +0000The Behind-the-Scenes Quest to Find Mister Rogers’s Signature Cardiganshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/behind-scenes-quest-find-mister-rogers-signature-cardigans-180973283/The USPS, a $70 soup pot and whole lot of effort went into finding the perfect zip-up cardigan for Fred RogersMon, 07 Oct 2019 12:00:00 +0000How the Iberian Lynx Bounced Back From the Brink of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-iberian-lynx-bounced-back-brink-extinction-180973269/Two decades ago, fewer than 100 Iberian lynx remained, but thanks to captive breeding and habitat management, the population is recovering Mon, 07 Oct 2019 11:30:00 +0000Marshes Grow Stronger When Faced With Increased Carbon Dioxidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marshes-grow-stronger-when-faced-increased-carbon-dioxide-180973267/Marsh plants respond to increased CO2 by growing many small stems, creating a denser wetland that may protect against sea level riseThu, 03 Oct 2019 14:03:02 +0000How the Beatles Took Recording Technology to a New Level in 'Abbey Road'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-beatles-took-recording-technology-new-level-abbey-road-180973262/An expert in sound recording details how the band deployed stereo and synthesizers to put a unique artistic stamp on this iconic albumWed, 02 Oct 2019 17:51:37 +0000Lee Ufan's Transformative Sculptures Are in Dialogue With the Spaces They Inhabithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lee-ufan-transformative-sculptures-dialogue-spaces-inhabit-180973261/For the first time in the Hirshhorn Museum's history, the 4.3-acre outdoor gallery is devoted to a single artistWed, 02 Oct 2019 14:18:45 +0000What Will Humans Eat on Mars?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-humans-eat-mars-180973260/Planetary scientist Kevin Cannon talks about the logistics of feeding a population of one million on the Red PlanetWed, 02 Oct 2019 14:05:55 +0000A Botanical Painting and Printing Class and 21 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Octoberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/09/25/botanical-painting-and-printing-and-21-other-smithsonian-associates-events-october/The month is packed with art classes, food tastings, craft shows, theater and other must-seesTue, 01 Oct 2019 18:12:10 +0000SpaceX Hopes to Test Launch Its 'Epic' New Steel Rocket This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/spacex-hopes-test-launch-its-epic-new-steel-rocket-fall-180973247/Elon Musk unveils the vehicle his team has been busy assembling near the Texas-Mexico borderTue, 01 Oct 2019 16:14:22 +0000This Solar-Powered Dehydrator Could Help Small Farmers Reduce Food Wastehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-powered-dehydrator-could-help-small-farmers-reduce-food-waste-180973221/An Indiana startup hopes to help farmers in lower income countries keep their crops safe using a cheap, portable dehydrator systemTue, 01 Oct 2019 14:09:09 +0000Here’s Why A.I. Can’t Be Taken at Face Valuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-ai-cant-be-taken-face-value-180973235/Cooper Hewitt’s new show drills down into the inherent biases lurking within computer intelligence systemsMon, 30 Sep 2019 16:47:09 +0000Five Roles Robots Will Play in the Future of Farminghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-roles-robots-will-play-future-farming-180973242/From picking fruit to pulling weeds, robotics are bringing precision farming to lifeMon, 30 Sep 2019 16:14:45 +0000What the 17th-Century Ideal of a 'Commons' Means in the 21st Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-17th-century-ideal-commons-means-21st-century-180973240/Is there even such a thing anymore as a completely public space?Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000Beekeepers Seek to Save Honeybees From a Colony-Invading Pesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/beekeepers-seek-save-honeybees-colony-invading-pest-180973241/Facing the scourge of a parasitic Asian mite, commercial beekeepers are trying to breed a resistant strain of honeybee, but other threats loomMon, 30 Sep 2019 11:30:00 +0000Coral Reefs Face the Dual Threats of Ocean Acidification and Erosion https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coral-reefs-face-dual-threats-ocean-acidification-and-erosion-180973231/As coral tissues die off, the exposed calcified skeleton becomes vulnerable to organisms that eat away at the dying reefs Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:39:36 +0000Researchers Discover the Tallest Known Tree in the Amazonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-discover-tallest-known-tree-amazon-180973227/Satellite images and a trek into the rainforest reveal a group of trees over 80 meters, or about 260 feet, and one as tall as 88.5 metersFri, 27 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000Ten Inventive Attempts to Make Camping More Comfortablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-inventive-attempts-make-camping-more-comfortable-180973217/Making a stay in the great outdoors more luxe isn’t new—even if glamping and #vanlife areThu, 26 Sep 2019 18:40:19 +0000Viewing Iran and Its Complexities Through the Eyes of Visual Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/viewing-iran-and-its-complexities-through-eyes-visual-artists-180973209/Compelling works from six female photographers tell stories of revolution, displacement and longing for homeThu, 26 Sep 2019 13:55:10 +0000Did Francis Drake Really Land in California?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-francis-drake-really-land-california-180973219/New research suggests that one of the state’s greatest historians had a hand in perpetrating an infamous hoaxThu, 26 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Zookeepers Built Karl, the Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, a New 3-D Beakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2019/09/25/when-karl-met-karoline/For this species, a beak is everything and Karl has had his old one re-tooled for hunting and communicationWed, 25 Sep 2019 20:14:59 +0000How Tiny, Microbe-Propelled Bots Could Deliver Drugs in Our Bodieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-tiny-microbe-propelled-bots-could-deliver-drugs-in-our-bodies-180973211/Researchers are developing 'hybrid biological microrobots' to target cancer and do other work in the bodyWed, 25 Sep 2019 18:35:33 +0000Bronze Age Baby Bottles Reveal How Some Ancient Infants Were Fedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bronze-age-baby-bottles-reveal-how-ancient-infants-were-fed-180973210/Drinking vessels found in Bronze and Iron Age children's graves contained proteins from animal milk Wed, 25 Sep 2019 17:00:00 +0000How Composer John Cage Transformed the Piano—With the Help of Some Household Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-composer-john-cage-transformed-piano-with-help-some-household-objects-180973206/With screws and bolts placed between its strings, the 'prepared piano' offers up a wide range of soundsTue, 24 Sep 2019 18:31:18 +0000Using Art to Talk About the Holocaust in ‘The Evidence Room’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-art-talk-about-holocaust-evidence-room-180973201/Museum staff discuss the reception of a difficult work that showed the vivid and painful documentation of a Nazi death camp Tue, 24 Sep 2019 16:26:55 +0000Want to Dig For Dinosaur Bones? Join the Pros at These Spotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-to-dig-dinosaur-bones-join-pros-these-spots-180973138/These museums and companies around the country pair the public with paleontologists to uncover buried bonesTue, 24 Sep 2019 12:21:37 +0000Lonnie Bunch Sizes Up His Past and Future at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-sizes-his-past-and-future-smithsonian-180973198/Bunch’s new memoir details the tireless work it took to build NMAAHC and offers insights into his priorities as Smithsonian SecretaryMon, 23 Sep 2019 18:33:44 +0000How the 'Blonde Rattlesnake' Stirred Public Fascination With Female Accompliceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-blonde-rattlesnake-stirred-public-fascination-with-female-accomplices-180973195/In 1933, Burmah White was punished harshly—and amidst a media frenzy—after she and her husband committed a spree of crimes in Los AngelesMon, 23 Sep 2019 15:00:28 +0000The First Personality Test Was Developed During World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-personality-test-was-developed-during-world-war-i-180973192/Long before online quizzes and Myers-Briggs, Robert Woodworth’s “Psychoneurotic Inventory” tried to assess recruits' susceptibility to shell shockMon, 23 Sep 2019 14:16:26 +0000How Charlotte Moore Sitterly Wrote The Encyclopedia of Starlighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-charlotte-moore-sitterly-wrote-encyclopedia-starlight-180973152/The "world’s most honored woman astrophysicist" worked tirelessly for decades to measure the makeup of the sun and the stars Mon, 23 Sep 2019 11:30:00 +0000Paul Simon Has 50 Ways to Charm an Audiencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paul-simon-has-50-ways-charm-audience-180973193/As the 2019 recipient of the Smithsonian’s Great Americans Medal, the musician divulged he still has one more song to write Fri, 20 Sep 2019 18:04:59 +0000Could Eating Sea Urchins Help Revive Kelp Forests?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-eating-sea-urchins-help-revive-kelp-forests-180973187/A Norwegian 'urchin ranching' company wants to take the echinoderms from the wild, fatten them up and sell them to restaurantsFri, 20 Sep 2019 16:07:21 +0000How the New Movie 'Ad Astra' Offers a Plausible Vision of Late-21st Century Space Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/new-movie-emad-astraem-writer-director-james-gray-and-producerstar-brad-pitt-offer-plausible-vision-late-21st-century-space-travel-180973168/Shuttle astronaut Garrett Reisman helped writer-director James Gray make his space adventure authentic(ish)Fri, 20 Sep 2019 15:43:54 +0000Joachim Gans, the First Practicing Jew to Set Foot in North America, Finally Gets His Duehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-first-practicing-jew-america-finally-gets-his-due-180973186/The metallurgist came to the Roanoke settlement looking for raw materials to support the English war effortFri, 20 Sep 2019 15:04:49 +0000North America Has Lost Nearly 3 Billion Birds Since 1970https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/north-america-has-lost-nearly-3-billion-birds-180973178/The staggering population loss of 29 percent of North American birds could signal an ecological crisisThu, 19 Sep 2019 18:00:18 +0000Scientists Recreate the Face of a Denisovan Using DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-recreate-face-denisovan-using-dna-180973177/By mapping gene expressions, researchers can determine some anatomical features of our distant hominin relativesThu, 19 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0000How Lonnie Bunch Built a Museum Dream Team https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-lonnie-bunch-built-museum-dream-team-1-180973132/An exclusive excerpt from the Smithsonian Secretary’s new book, ‘A Fool’s Errand’Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:34:49 +0000In This Interactive Football League, Fans Pick the Playshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/interactive-football-league-fans-pick-plays-180973154/Your Call Football's streaming app platform lets fans control the actions of real live players, earning points and winning prizesThu, 19 Sep 2019 14:11:33 +0000Where Does the Word 'Teetotaler' Come From? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-does-word-teetotaler-come-from-180973091/You've got questions, we've got expertsThu, 19 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000When Young George Washington Started a Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-young-george-washington-started-war-180973076/A just-discovered eyewitness account provides startling new evidence about who fired the shot that sparked the French and Indian WarThu, 19 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Peter Wayne Lewis Infuses His Artwork With the Spirit of Jazzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/peter-wayne-lewis-artwork-spirit-jazz-180973085/A new exhibit explores bebop and the BuddhaThu, 19 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Is the Future of Entertainment the 40-Years-Old 'Choose Your Own Adventure' Series?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/choose-your-own-adventure-40-years-old-180973084/Forty years ago, a beloved paperback series set the stage for today's obsession with interactive entertainmentThu, 19 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000From Skinning Coconuts to Tire Recycling, This Photographer Captures Vietnam at Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/skinning-coconuts-tire-recycling-photographer-captures-vietnam-work-180972987/Huynh Thanh Huy presents a striking portrait of a nation undergoing a dramatic shift from agriculture to manufacturingWed, 18 Sep 2019 20:07:12 +0000Babies Born by C-Section Have Different Gut Microbes Than Vaginally Delivered Infantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/babies-born-c-section-found-have-different-gut-microbes-vaginally-delivered-infants-180973174/Method of delivery can influence the bacteria in infants' guts, according to a new study, but differences were found to disappear within nine monthsWed, 18 Sep 2019 17:37:59 +0000Here's the Guitar That Prince Revolutionized Music With in 'Purple Rain'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/guitar-prince-revolutionized-music-purple-rain-180973083/The artist gave the "cloud" guitar to the Smithsonian in 1993, but only now do we know it's the same instrument used in the iconic movieWed, 18 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0000Inside a New Effort to Change What Schools Teach About Native American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-new-effort-change-what-schools-teach-about-native-american-history-180973166/A new curriculum from the American Indian Museum brings greater depth and understanding to the long-misinterpreted history of indigenous cultureWed, 18 Sep 2019 13:43:31 +0000When the Socialist Revolution Came to Oklahoma—and Was Crushedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/socialist-revolution-oklahoma-crushed-green-corn-rebellion-180973073/Inside the little-known story of the Green Corn Rebellion, which blazed through the Sooner State a century agoWed, 18 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000Cherokee Indians Can Now Harvest Sochan Within a National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cherokee-indians-harvest-sochan-national-park-180973089/For the first time, the indigenous community is allowed to gather the cherished plant on protected landWed, 18 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Women Scientists Were Written Out of History. It's Margaret Rossiter's Lifelong Mission to Fix Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unheralded-women-scientists-finally-getting-their-due-180973082/The historian has devoted her career to bringing to light the ingenious accomplishments of those who have been forgottenWed, 18 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Why Cokie Roberts Admired Dolley Madison https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cokie-roberts-legendary-newswoman-was-never-going-stop-180973163/The legendary newswoman, who died at 75, appeared on a Smithsonian podcast earlier this summer to speak about a favorite topic, the first ladiesTue, 17 Sep 2019 21:41:29 +0000Surreal Footage of British Life Under Nazi Occupationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/surreal-footage-of-british-life-under-nazi-o/It’s 1941 and the Nazis are in full control of the British island of Alderney. They begin to construct fortifications to protect their grip on the Channel Tue, 17 Sep 2019 16:26:10 +0000Take a Sabbatical to Help America's National Parks https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/take-sabbatical-help-americas-national-parks-180973133/The startup Amble offers monthlong programs connecting creative professionals with needy park nonprofitsTue, 17 Sep 2019 15:50:09 +0000The Bahamas and the Caribbean Have Withstood Hurricanes for Centurieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bahamas-and-caribbean-have-withstood-hurricanes-centuries-180973157/Europeans came to the islands unprepared for the destructive storms, even as indigenous people understood their massive powerTue, 17 Sep 2019 15:25:18 +0000From Bottles to Newspapers, These Five Homes Were Built Using Everyday Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/from-bottles-newspapers-these-five-homes-were-built-using-everyday-objects-180973002/Open for visitors, these houses model upcycling at its finestTue, 17 Sep 2019 14:06:03 +0000A Hymn to Notre-Damehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hymn-gothic-beauty-notre-dame-180973088/In which the renowned author of thrillers and mysteries praises the Gothic beauty, damaged by fire but destined to inspire againTue, 17 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Mayor and the Mobhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mayor-william-odwyer-new-york-city-mob-180973078/William O'Dwyer was beloved by New York City. So why did he abruptly leave office and head to Mexico? Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Rise of the Zombie Mallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-zombie-mall-180973086/Hundreds of big retail centers have gone under, but the shop-til-you drop lifestyle isn't dead yetTue, 17 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What’s Brewing in the New Smithsonian Beer Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-whats-brewing-new-smithsonian-beer-collections-180973134/After two years of documenting the nation’s craft brewing industry, curator Theresa McCulla makes ready for a public debutMon, 16 Sep 2019 18:23:02 +0000A Century Ago, This Eerie-Sounding Instrument Ushered in Electronic Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/century-ago-this-eerie-sounding-instrument-ushered-in-electronic-music-180973126/Now, the theremin—a strange little invention that translates hand gestures into pitch and volume—could make a comebackMon, 16 Sep 2019 15:43:33 +0000This New Dye Changes Color When Exposed to UV Light https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-dye-changes-color-when-exposed-to-uv-light-180973099/Color-change shoes, jewelry, cars, furniture and more could be possible with this new MIT technologyFri, 13 Sep 2019 18:22:30 +0000The Gut Microbiome Could Speed Up the Progression of Alzheimer’s Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-microbiome-could-speed-progression-alzheimers-disease-180973123/The microbes in the gastrointestinal tract influence the immune system and the brain, possibly playing a role in the development of Alzheimer’sFri, 13 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000Exploring Roald Dahl’s Wondrous Wales https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/exploring-roald-dahls-wondrous-wales-180972906/Follow in the footsteps of the beloved children’s book author by visiting these four locales in the United KingdomFri, 13 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000Water Vapor Detected in the Atmosphere of an Exoplanet in the Habitable Zonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/water-vapor-detected-atmosphere-exoplanet-habitable-zone-180973100/The planet K2-18b, about 110 light-years away, could have swirling clouds and falling rains of liquid water dropletsWed, 11 Sep 2019 15:27:53 +0000The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprintshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-strange-tale-hand-beast-footprints-180973096/A Triassic creature left curious tracks in the sandstone; it took decades to unravel the mystery Wed, 11 Sep 2019 14:39:17 +0000Move Over Fake Meat, It's Time for Veggie Seafoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/move-over-fake-meat-its-time-veggie-seafood-180973080/Here are six companies bringing you animal-free fish products, from tomato-based sushi to "Fysh Sauce"Wed, 11 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Triple the Number of Electric Eel Species, Including One With Record-Setting Shock Abilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-researchers-triple-number-electric-eel-fish-species-including-one-record-setting-shock-ability-180973079/It’s literally shocking newsTue, 10 Sep 2019 15:02:00 +0000How Scientists Are Learning to Tell a Bird's Age by Its Songhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2019/09/09/how-tell-birds-age-its-song/Take a journey into this ornithologist's world tracking a pair of antshrikes in Panama’s Soberania National ParkTue, 10 Sep 2019 14:15:51 +0000These Wild Sculptures Could Bring Sustainable Energy to the Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-wild-sculptures-could-bring-sustainable-energy-desert-180973030/Winners of this year's Land Art Generator Initiative competition proposed beautiful, power-generating works of public art for Abu DhabiTue, 10 Sep 2019 13:31:31 +0000Milwaukee’s Secret Salmon Runshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/milwaukees-secret-salmon-runs-180972913/In the spring and fall, watch huge salmon fly up two rivers in Milwaukee to spawn with the city as a backdropTue, 10 Sep 2019 13:09:38 +0000Scientist Lampoons Birth Announcements With Discovery of New 'Spadenose' Rayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-lampoons-birth-announcement-discovery-new-spadenose-ray-180973067/The new species sees the light of day after more than 70 years tucked away in museum collectionsTue, 10 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000What Happened the Day a Giant, Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Hit the Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-killing-asteroid-impact-chicxulub-crater-timeline-destruction-180973075/Using rock cores from Chicxulub crater, geologists piece together a new timeline of the destruction that followed impactMon, 09 Sep 2019 19:06:17 +0000Fossil Mix-Up Could Rewrite the History of Beetles, the Largest Group of Animals on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossil-mix-could-rewrite-history-largest-family-animals-earth-180973068/The reclassification of a 226-million-year-old beetle species could change our understanding of insect evolutionMon, 09 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0000Riveting Footage Captures the Destruction of Last Year’s Volcanic Eruptions in Hawai‘i and Guatemalahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/riveting-footage-captures-destruction-last-years-volcanic-eruptions-hawaii-and-guatemala-180973064/A new documentary from Smithsonian Channel shows the explosive activity at the Kilauea and Fuego volcanoesFri, 06 Sep 2019 17:55:18 +0000How Photographer Stephen Wilkes Captures a Full Day in a Single Imagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-photographer-stephen-wilkes-captures-full-day-single-image-180972935/In his new book 'Day to Night,' the photographer uses technology to play tricks on the eyeFri, 06 Sep 2019 12:52:14 +0000How College Dorms Evolved to Fit America's Gender and Racial Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-living-college-dorms-american-rite-passage-180973050/Ever since the 17th century, educators and architects designed university housing with societal mores in mindFri, 06 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000Rare Ancient DNA Provides Window Into a 5,000-Year-Old South Asian Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-ancient-dna-south-asia-reveals-complexities-little-known-civilization-180973053/The Indus Valley Civilization flourished alongside Mesopotamia and Egypt, but the early society remains shrouded in mystery Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:17:17 +0000The History of How School Buses Became Yellowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-how-school-buses-became-yellow-180973041/Rural educator Frank Cyr had the vision and pull to force the nation to standardize the color of the ubiquitous vehicleWed, 04 Sep 2019 15:54:28 +0000Special Skull Windows Helped Dinosaur Brains Keep Coolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/special-skull-windows-helped-dinosaurs-keep-their-brains-keep-cool-180973036/Dinosaur skulls had many cavities and openings, some of which may have held blood vessels to help cool off the animals' headsWed, 04 Sep 2019 15:00:00 +0000I Spent the Night at a Library in Wales, and You Can Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/i-spent-night-library-wales-and-you-can-too-180973040/Housing more than 150,000 written works, Gladstone's Library is the only residential library in Great Britain Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:12:49 +0000The Hard-Drinking Early Smithsonian Naturalists of the Megatherium Clubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hard-drinking-early-smithsonian-naturalists-who-aspired-find-and-classify-everything-earth-180973037/William Stimpson created a fraternity of young scientists and named it for an extinct North American slothWed, 04 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000What the Restoration of Iraq’s Oldest University Says About the Nation's Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-restoration-iraqs-oldest-university-says-about-iraqs-future-180973039/The Mustansiriya has withstood centuries of war, floods and architectural butchery, but can it survive its own restoration? Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:00:00 +0000These High-Tech Scarecrows Will Keep Pesky Creatures Awayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-high-tech-scarecrows-will-keep-pesky-creatures-away-180973031/From robots to digitized recordings, farmers are upping their game when it comes to protecting their cropsTue, 03 Sep 2019 15:41:14 +0000How to Discover Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-discover-dinosaurs-180973003/Smithsonian paleontologist Hans Sues reveals some of his tips for finding and excavating a Mesozoic monsterTue, 03 Sep 2019 13:00:00 +0000Four U.S. CRISPR Trials Editing Human DNA to Research New Treatmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/four-us-crispr-trials-editing-human-dna-for-new-medical-treatments-180973029/Breaking down how the gene editing technology is being used, for the first time in the United States, to treat patients with severe medical conditionsTue, 03 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Engineers of New Energy Technology Are Taking Cues From Naturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-engineers-new-energy-technology-are-taking-cues-from-nature-180973025/From sunflower spirals to schooling fish, renewable energy innovators are uncovering ideas for improving efficiency and output in natural phenomenaFri, 30 Aug 2019 17:54:11 +0000 A Warming Climate Threatens Archaeological Sites in Greenlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-climate-threatens-archaeological-sites-greenland-180973021/As temperatures rise and ice melts, Norse and Inuit artifacts and human remains decompose more rapidlyFri, 30 Aug 2019 15:26:50 +0000Why Molokai, With All Its Wonders, Is the Least Developed of Hawai‘i's Islandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-molokai-least-developed-hawaiis-islands-180973019/Even centuries before Captain Cook’s arrival, its resources were exploited by outsidersFri, 30 Aug 2019 15:21:00 +0000The Accidental Invention of the Slinkyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/accidental-invention-slinky-180973016/The idea for the timeless toy sprung to mind when Naval engineer Richard James dropped some coiled wiresThu, 29 Aug 2019 17:48:02 +0000Divers Get an Eerie First Look Inside the Arctic Shipwreck of the HMS Terrorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/archaeologists-get-eerie-first-look-inside-arctic-shipwreck-franklin-hms-terror-180973011/Marine archaeologists exploring the 19th-century vessel could discover clues about what befell the sailors of the Franklin expeditionThu, 29 Aug 2019 15:53:00 +0000A 3.8-Million-Year-Old Skull Puts a New Face on a Little-Known Human Ancestorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/38-million-year-old-skull-puts-new-face-little-known-human-ancestor-species-180973006/The cranium of a male <i>Australopithecus anamensis</i>, a close relative of Lucy, provides clues about one of the earliest hominins to walk on two legsWed, 28 Aug 2019 17:00:00 +0000Follow the Ancient Amber Roadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-ancient-amber-road-180970609/See the remnants and relics of key routes between Venice and St. Petersburg for transporting amber through the ancient worldWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:55:00 +0000The 175-Year History of Speculating About President James Buchanan's Bachelorhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/175-year-history-examining-bachelor-president-james-buchanans-close-friendship-william-rufus-king-180972992/Was his close friendship with William Rufus King just that, or was it evidence that he was the nation's first gay chief executive?Tue, 27 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000This Centuries-Old Geoduck Shell May Rewrite the Rules About Who Can Harvest the Fancy Clamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/centuries-old-geoduck-shell-may-rewrite-rules-about-who-can-harvest-fancy-clam-180972984/A remnant from a meal long gone, the find in British Columbia could give the region's indigenous communities an important legal claimMon, 26 Aug 2019 16:26:12 +0000This Smithsonian Scientist Is on a Mission to Make Leeches Less Scary https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/08/23/smithsonian-scientist-mission-make-leeches-less-scary/Curator Anna Phillips is on a quest to make leeches less repulsive to the publicMon, 26 Aug 2019 14:22:19 +0000How Biology Inspires Future Technology https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-biology-inspires-future-technology-180972953/Bioengineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute showcase their ingenious medical, industrial and environmental designs at the Cooper HewittMon, 26 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Could a Rusty Bridge Generate Electricity?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-rusty-bridge-generate-electricity-180972960/New research shows that water flowing over thin layers of rust can generate powerMon, 26 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Breakfast at the Zoo and 25 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/08/22/breakfast-zoo-and-25-other-things-do-smithsonian-september/Breakfast at the Zoo and 25 Other Things to Do at the Smithsonian in SeptemberFri, 23 Aug 2019 17:04:45 +0000A Brief History of the Waffle Ironhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-waffle-iron-180972980/Cornelius Swartwout’s invention, patented 150 years ago, helped feed America’s passion for wafflesFri, 23 Aug 2019 15:46:05 +0000When the Public Feared That Library Books Could Spread Deadly Diseaseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/during-great-book-scare-people-worried-contaminated-books-could-spread-disease-180972967/"The great book scare" created a panic that you could catch an infection just by lending from the library Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000This Desert Is Covered in Rock Graffitihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/desert-covered-rock-graffiti-valley-names-180969811/Just remember: You can look but don’t touch, and here’s why Thu, 22 Aug 2019 14:30:25 +0000Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sculptor-edmonia-lewis-shattered-gender-race-expectations-19th-century-america-180972934/As the orphaned child of a black father and a Native-American mother, Lewis rewrote the 19th-century definition of sculptorThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000How to Read Like Mark Twainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-read-mark-twain-180972928/Step one: Pretend you don't like booksThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000Why Spain Is Seeking to Catalog All of Its Historic Shipwreckshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-spain-seeking-catalogue-all-historic-shipwrecks-180972836/A deep dive into the archives yields hundreds of long-forgotten journeysThu, 22 Aug 2019 13:00:00 +0000A Chunk of Trinitite Reminds Us of the Sheer, Devastating Power of the Atomic Bombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chunk-trinitite-reminds-sheer-devastating-power-atomic-bomb-180972848/Within the Smithsonian's collections exists a telltale trace of the weapon that would change the world foreverThu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mungo-man-finally-goes-home-180972835/At long last, the remains of Mungo Man are at rest after an agonizing clash between modern science and an ancient spiritualityThu, 22 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Dramatic New Photographs Recreate Scenes of Artists at Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dramatic-new-photographs-recreate-scenes-artists-work-180972855/Adrien Broom's series brings vitality to how we think about the likes of Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner or Mark TwainThu, 22 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000Do Goats Really Love to Jump? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/do-goats-really-love-to-jump-180972850/You've got questions, we've got expertsThu, 22 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000When an Influx of French-Canadian Immigrants Struck Fear Into Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/french-canadian-immigrants-struck-fear-into-new-england-communities-180972951/In the late 19th century, they came to work in New England cotton mills, but the <i>New York Times</i>, among others, saw something more sinisterWed, 21 Aug 2019 17:46:36 +0000Inside a Brain Bank, Where Humans' Most Precious Organ Is Dissected and Studiedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-brain-bank-where-humans-precious-organ-dissected-studied-180972945/Unlike organ transplants, brains are used primarily to support research of some of the most widespread and debilitating diseases in the worldWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:29:05 +0000You Can Thank Chemist Stephanie Kwolek for Bulletproof Vests and Yoga Pantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/you-can-thank-chemist-stephanie-kwolek-bulletproof-vests-and-yoga-pants-180972948/The long-serving researcher at DuPont invented kevlar and contributed to spandexWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:08:08 +0000Why Americans Love Their Apple Piehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-americans-love-their-apple-pie-180972852/How did a humble dessert become a recipe for democracy?Wed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Who Says Horses and Cows Can't Be Artists?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-says-horses-cows-cant-be-artists-180972638/The sculptures on display at the Great Salt Lick Contest in Oregon are the work of cattle, horses, sheep and deerWed, 21 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000John Steinbeck's Epic Ocean Voyage Rewrote the Rules of Ecologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ship-sent-john-steinbeck-epic-ocean-voyage-may-ride-again-180972847/A legendary writer, a quirky biologist and their jolly adventure in the Sea of CortezWed, 21 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000How the Turtle Got Its Shell, With Apologies to Aesophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-turtle-got-its-shell-apologies-aesop-180972929/Smithsonian paleontologist Hans Sues unpacks the complicated evolution of how this creature grew a home upon its backTue, 20 Aug 2019 16:27:44 +0000Dragonfly Spacecraft to Scour the Sands of Titan for the Chemistry of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-dragonfly-spacecraft-explore-saturns-moon-titan-study-origin-of-life-180972914/The NASA rotorcraft, resembling a large quadcopter drone, will fly through the orange clouds of the ocean moon in the outer solar systemTue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000Saturn Could Lose Its Rings in Less Than 100 Million Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/saturns-rings-are-slowly-disappearing-180972856/Recent discoveries suggest that the planet's distinctive feature may be gone in the cosmic blink of an eyeTue, 20 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000The New Treasures of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-treasures-pompeii-180972829/From gorgeous artworks to grimacing corpses, archaeologists are still uncovering the truth about life—and death—in the doomed cityTue, 20 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000In 1870, Henrietta Wood Sued for Reparations—and Wonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/henrietta-wood-sued-reparations-won-180972845/The $2,500 verdict, the largest ever of its kind, offers evidence of the generational impact such awards can haveMon, 19 Aug 2019 17:06:26 +0000From Nazi Prisons to Cat Sanctuaries, Explore the Many Lives of These Russian Palaceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nazi-prisons-cat-sanctuaries-explore-many-lives-russian-palaces-180969991/Follow the footsteps of doomed royals and revolutionaries through these architectural marvelsMon, 19 Aug 2019 12:00:00 +0000