Articles | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 28 Sep 2020 17:53:27 +0000Here's What's New to Explore as Smithsonian Museums Reopenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-reopens-four-museums-180975795/Two more museums, the National Museum of American History and the National Museum of the American Indian, open Friday Mon, 14 Sep 2020 19:38:41 +0000How Geraldine Ferraro's 1984 Campaign Broke the Vice-Presidential Glass Ceilinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/geraldine-ferraro-unprecedented-1984-campaign-vice-president-180975491/The charismatic congresswoman from Queens forged a path for women in American politicsMon, 10 Aug 2020 15:55:59 +0000Eleven Historic Places in America That Desperately Need Savinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-11-historic-places-in-america-desperately-need-saving-180975924/The National Trust for Historic Preservation names these sites as the most endangered cultural treasures in our countryMon, 28 Sep 2020 17:53:27 +0000Here's How You Can Help Amphibians in the Fight Against Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2020/09/22/back-dead-amphibians-continue-fight-against-extinction/We now know that the killer chytrid fungus originated in Asia and that humans unintentionally spread it around the worldMon, 28 Sep 2020 16:33:56 +0000Why Sweden’s Ancient Tradition of Calling Home the Herds Is Women’s Work https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-swedens-ancient-tradition-calling-home-herds-womens-work-180975904/The spellbinding refrains of the kulning call reflect a tradition that offered women freedom and independence Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:38:56 +0000Scientists Use Century-Old Seaweed to Solve a Marine Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-use-seaweed-to-solve-marine-mystery-180975900/A treasure trove of data trapped in pressed seaweed helps explain the collapse of Monterey Bay's sardine fishery in the 1950sMon, 28 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Why Tree-Killing Epidemics Are on the Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-tree-killing-epidemics-are-rise-180975917/Globetrotting pathogens have caused forest-felling disasters that scientists are doing their best to containMon, 28 Sep 2020 11:30:00 +0000Why Are All Swedish Cottages Painted Red?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-are-all-swedish-cottages-painted-red-180975914/One company has exclusive rights to the source of the iconic pigment—a copper mine's supply of iron deposits that may last just a century moreFri, 25 Sep 2020 17:24:23 +0000The Pandemic Shutdown in San Francisco Had Sparrows Singing Sexier Tuneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pandemic-shutdown-san-francisco-had-sparrows-singing-sexier-tunes-180975913/Birds adapted to singing above the urban noise chirped lower, softer melodiesFri, 25 Sep 2020 14:35:41 +0000A Brief History of the Rubik’s Cubehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-rubiks-cube-180975911/Nearly half a century after its humble invention, the cube continues to be a global sensation. What’s the secret?Fri, 25 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000How Do People Picnic Around the Globe?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-do-people-picnic-around-globe-180975823/Outdoor dining is having a moment. Let these traditions from eight different places help you put together the ultimate open-air mealWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:45:46 +0000Check Out Pictures and Video of the Giant Panda Cub's First Veterinary Examhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/09/22/giant-panda-cubs-first-veterinary-exam/At one-month-old, all signs point to a healthy, strong cubWed, 23 Sep 2020 14:21:54 +0000The Real Aerial Battles That Inspired 'Star Wars'https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/air-battles-became-star-wars-1-180975832/Born one year before the end of World War II, George Lucas turned a boyhood fascination into a space epicWed, 23 Sep 2020 13:42:37 +0000Charlotte's Monument to a Jewish Confederate Was Hated Even Before It Was Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/charlottes-monument-jewish-confederate-was-hated-even-it-was-built-180975887/For more than seven decades, the North Carolina memorial has courted controversy in unexpected formsWed, 23 Sep 2020 12:30:00 +0000What Is Math?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-math-180975882/A teenager asked that age-old question on TikTok, creating a viral backlash, and then, a thoughtful scientific debateWed, 23 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000The Women Writers Who Shaped 20th-Century American Literaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/women-writers-who-shaped-20th-century-american-literature-180975872/A new show at the National Portrait Gallery spotlights 24 authors, including Lorraine Hansberry, Sandra Cisneros and Maxine Hong KingstonWed, 23 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Play the Smithsonian Magazine Crossword: October Issuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/games/play-smithsonian-magazine-crossword-october-2020-180975876/Test your mettle with this puzzle created exclusively for 'Smithsonian' readersTue, 22 Sep 2020 18:24:34 +0000How the Vampire Got His Fangshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-vampire-fangs-180975783/An incisive history of a Halloween snarlTue, 22 Sep 2020 16:00:00 +0000Are There Native Descendants of the Lewis and Clark Expedition? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-descendants-lewis-clark-expedition-questions-readers-180975785/You've got questions. We've got expertsTue, 22 Sep 2020 15:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie Bunch on How the Institution Builds Its Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-secretary-collections-180975784/Finding the next awe-inspiring artifact requires flexibility, help from the community—and a healthy dose of good luckTue, 22 Sep 2020 14:00:00 +0000Can Scientists Stop the Plague of the Spotted Lanternfly?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-is-the-spotted-lanternfly-180975778/The voracious, shape-shifting insect native to Asia is attacking crops, vineyards and treesTue, 22 Sep 2020 13:30:00 +0000Eight Works of Art Hiding in New York Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eight-works-art-hiding-new-york-city-180975873/In her new book, author Lori Zimmer reveals some of the city’s best art pieces not found in museumsTue, 22 Sep 2020 12:30:00 +0000Exactly How Far Should You Distance From Others to Avoid Covid-19?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/exactly-how-far-should-you-distance-others-avoid-covid-19-180975870/The CDC recommends 6 feet or more, the WHO about half that distance, but experts say the science is far from settledTue, 22 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000How NASA Marketed Its Space Program With Fantastical Depictions of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nasa-marketed-moon-future-180975781/When it came to exploring the stars, Americans had to see it to believe in itMon, 21 Sep 2020 17:00:00 +0000Germany May Have Banished Nazism, but Its Medieval Anti-Semitism Is Still in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/germany-nazism-medieval-anti-semitism-plain-sight-180975780/In the city where Martin Luther revolutionized Christianity, a vile, 700-year-old sculpture openly denigrates Jews. Why is it still there?Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:45:20 +0000Why Covid-19 Patients Are Suffering From Distorted and Phantom Smellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-covid-19-patients-are-suffering-distorted-and-phantom-smells-180975826/An increasing number of patients are reporting awful scents that aren’t presentMon, 21 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Researchers Say the Purpose of Sleep Shifts During the 'Terrible Twos'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-say-purpose-sleep-shifts-during-terrible-twos-180975867/A multidisciplinary team offers up an exact age when REM sleep decreasesFri, 18 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0000Photographs From the Last Quiet Places on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photographs-last-quiet-places-180975765/Little can compare to the healing power of silenceFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:04:28 +0000Nero, History's Most Despised Emperor, Gets a Makeoverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-nicer-nero-history-roman-emperor-180975776/For nearly 2,000 years, the Roman ruler has been depicted as an egotistical monster who fiddled while Rome burned. But is this image accurate?Fri, 18 Sep 2020 15:30:40 +0000Could Tattoo Ink Be Used to Detect Cancer?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tattoo-ink-be-used-detect-cancer-180975848/A new study on medical imaging agents shows common pigments and dyes could help with early diagnosisFri, 18 Sep 2020 15:20:55 +0000Fidel Castro Stayed in Harlem 60 Years Ago to Highlight Racial Injustice in the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fidel-castro-harlem-60-years-ago-180975863/The Cuban revolutionary shined a light on the stark economic disparities in America, much to the chagrin of the U.S. governmentFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:08:10 +0000Why Robert Pirsig's 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' Still Resonates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/robert-pirsig-zen-art-motorcycle-maintenance-resonates-today-180975768/The author's meditation on technology treads a whole new path in the modern, digital worldFri, 18 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Alexander von Humboldt: The Man History Forgothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/alexander-von-humboldt-man-who-history-forgot-180975777/Rediscover the 19th-century naturalist who traveled on four continents, wrote 2,500 letters, 36 books and hugely influenced early AmericaThu, 17 Sep 2020 19:00:27 +0000How the Revolutionary Thinker Alexander von Humboldt Helped to Create the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-revolutionary-thinker-alexander-von-humboldt-helped-create-smithsonian-180975790/The 19th-century polymath continues to influence the Institution’s research; a major Smithsonian exhibition explains how and why Thu, 17 Sep 2020 18:57:46 +0000Saddle Up With Badger Clark, America's Forgotten Cowboy Poethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/saddle-up-badger-clark-americas-cowboy-poet-180975770/The unsung writer, known to many as "Anonymous," led a life of indelible verseThu, 17 Sep 2020 18:40:22 +0000Innovative New Whale Detection System Aims to Prevent Ships From Striking Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/innovative-new-whale-detection-system-aims-prevent-ships-striking-animals-180975839/Whale Safe launches in Southern California waters to help reduce deaths of the iconic marine mammalsThu, 17 Sep 2020 17:45:50 +0000The World’s First Entirely Virtual Art Museum Is Open for Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/worlds-first-entirely-virtual-art-museum-is-open-for-visitors-180975759/VOMA—the Virtual Online Museum of Art—is a free and fully immersive art experience Thu, 17 Sep 2020 15:54:09 +0000How Algorithms Discern Our Mood From What We Write Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-algorithms-discern-our-mood-what-we-write-online-180975840/While sentiment analysis is far from perfect, it distills meaning from huge amounts of data—and could one day even monitor mental healthThu, 17 Sep 2020 15:48:47 +0000How Will Covid-19 Change the Way Museums Are Built?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-will-covid-19-change-way-future-museums-are-built-180975022/The global pandemic will have long-lasting effects on the form and function of future museumsWed, 16 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000A New System for Cooling Down Computers Could Revolutionize the Pace of Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-craft-revolutionary-invention-cool-computers-180975807/A Swiss team has created tiny, fluid-filled channels in microchips to spirit away heat and save energyWed, 16 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Important Hudson River School Archive Is Now Fully Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/15/hudson-river-school-legacy-weir-family-papers-now-fully-digitized/Prominent artists like Edwin Austin Abbey, Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Eastman Johnson are featured in the Weir Family PapersTue, 15 Sep 2020 20:40:14 +0000A New Edition of 'Pride and Prejudice' Crosses Its T's and Dots Its I'shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-edition-pride-prejudice-crosses-its-ts-and-dots-its-is-180975808/Barbara Heller used period handwriting—and new material—to bring the novel’s colorful letters to lifeTue, 15 Sep 2020 17:53:35 +0000Why Black, Indigenous and Other People of Color Experience Greater Harm During the Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-blacks-indigenous-and-other-people-color-experience-greater-harm-during-pandemic-180975773/Scholars take a deep dive into how structural racism intersects with public healthTue, 15 Sep 2020 14:35:55 +0000Why Birds Survived, and Dinosaurs Went Extinct, After an Asteroid Hit Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-birds-survived-and-dinosaurs-went-extinct-after-asteroid-hit-earth-180975801/Paleontologists think that beaks may have given birds an advantage over other creaturesTue, 15 Sep 2020 11:54:08 +0000Covid-19 Has Designers Reimagining Personal Protective Equipmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovations/covid-19-has-designers-reimagining-personal-protective-equipment-180975782/The global pandemic has led to a surge in demand for PPE. Inventors have responded—with mixed results.Mon, 14 Sep 2020 13:43:32 +0000Why 'Glory' Still Resonates More Than Three Decades Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-glory-still-resonates-more-three-decades-later-180975794/Newly added to Netflix, the Civil War movie reminds the nation that black Americans fought for their own emancipationMon, 14 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000What the Rhythm of a Maned Wolf's Heart Revealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2020/09/08/what-rhythm-maned-wolfs-heart-reveals/Smithsonian researchers are monitoring stress rates of this keystone species for better ways to manage themFri, 11 Sep 2020 17:45:25 +0000Japan's Love-Hate Relationship With Catshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/japans-love-hate-relationship-with-cats-180975764/From shapeshifters to demonic corpse eaters, supernatural cats have roamed for centuries in the country's folkloreFri, 11 Sep 2020 13:17:08 +0000What Happens When Children's Covid-19 Symptoms Won't Go Awayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-when-childrens-covid-19-symptoms-wont-go-away-180975761/Some parents say their kids have been sick for months, and experts aren't sure what's going onFri, 11 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch Discusses Music's Role in African American History and Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/conversations-in-context-music/From Lead Belly to Kendrick Lamar, black musicians have long used song to share stories of struggle and triumphThu, 10 Sep 2020 21:04:14 +0000The Notre-Dame Crypt Reopens for the First Time Since the Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/notre-dame-crypt-reopens-for-first-time-since-fire-180975753/To mark the occasion, a new exhibition in the area under the cathedral's courtyard honors novelist Victor Hugo and architect Eugène Viollet-le-DucWed, 09 Sep 2020 19:49:23 +0000Artist Maren Hassinger Has Spent Her Entire Career Mediating the Current Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-maren-hassinger-has-spent-her-entire-career-mediating-current-moment-180975746/Curators Dorothy Moss and Charlotte Ickes explore the artist’s story ahead of her arrival in the Capital CityWed, 09 Sep 2020 14:59:27 +0000How Cold War Politics Shaped the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cold-war-politics-shaped-international-space-station-180975743/A brief history detailing how the United States and Russia led the effort to create the technical marvelWed, 09 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000This Norwegian Island Claims to Be the Fabled Land of Thulehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-norwegian-island-claims-to-be-fabled-land-thule-180975740/Residents of Smøla believe they live in the northernmost location mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman literature. Other contenders say not so fast.Tue, 08 Sep 2020 18:01:21 +0000For Generations, Black Women Have Envisioned a Better, Fairer American Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-women-who-have-envisioned-change-american-politics-generations-180975741/A new book details the 200-plus years of trenchant activism, from anti-slavery in the earliest days of the U.S. to 21st-century voting rightsTue, 08 Sep 2020 17:49:26 +0000Top 10 Giant Panda Cub Cam Momentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/top-10-giant-panda-cub-cam-moments-180975739/Two National Zoo curators and the panda keeper journal their favorite moments of the new cub's first daysTue, 08 Sep 2020 15:31:35 +0000Why Thomas Jefferson Created His Own Biblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-thomas-jefferson-created-his-own-bible-180975716/In a new book, Smithsonian curator of religion Peter Manseau tells of how <em>The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth</em> first sparked hot controversyTue, 08 Sep 2020 14:18:55 +0000Born Enslaved, Patrick Francis Healy 'Passed' His Way to Lead Georgetown Universityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/born-enslaved-patrick-francis-healy-passed-his-way-lead-georgetown-university-180975738/Because the 19th-century college president appeared white, he was able to climb the ladder of the Jesuit communityTue, 08 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000The Papers of Artist Chiura Obata Chronicle Life Inside World War II Incarceration Campshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/09/02/acquisitions-chiura-obata-papers/At the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the artist's story is one of resilience amidst the upheaval Fri, 04 Sep 2020 16:22:46 +0000What Neuroscientists Are Discovering About Stutteringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-neuroscientists-are-discovering-about-stuttering-180975730/After centuries of misunderstanding, researchers are tying the condition to genes and brain alterations.Fri, 04 Sep 2020 13:55:32 +0000Catherine the Great's Lost Treasure, the Rise of Animal Rights and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/catherine-greats-lost-treasure-securing-animal-rights-and-other-new-books-read-180975721/These five September releases may have been lost in the news cycleFri, 04 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Celebrate Five of Nature's Best Beards on World Beard Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/09/03/five-natures-best-beards-world-beard-day/In the sea, the sky and the land between, organisms sport bristles, fuzz and fur of all styles Thu, 03 Sep 2020 15:05:46 +0000How to Make Clothing Dye With Excess Fruits and Vegetables From Your Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-clothing-dye-with-excess-fruits-vegetables-from-your-garden-180975720/Here are step-by-step instructions for giving your clothes and food scraps a second lifeThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:57:48 +0000The Complicated Legacy of 'My Old Kentucky Home'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/complicated-legacy-my-old-kentucky-home-180975719/Sung each year at the Kentucky Derby, the tune's original meaning has long been lost to historyThu, 03 Sep 2020 14:49:27 +0000How the Death of George Floyd Sparked a Street Art Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-death-george-floyd-sparked-street-art-movement-180975711/A group of Minnesota faculty and students is documenting and archiving the phenomenon Thu, 03 Sep 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Illustrators Brought the Spunky Ramona Quimby to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-illustrators-brought-spunky-ramona-quimby-to-life-180975702/Five different artists have depicted the beloved character in Beverly Cleary's books, making her relatable to generations of childrenThu, 03 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000Severe Cyclones May Have Played a Role in the Maya Collapsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/severe-cyclones-may-have-played-role-maya-collapse-180975717/Sediment cores from the Great Blue Hole reveal that a series of extreme storms hit the region after 900 A.D.Thu, 03 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the History of Civil Rights Protests in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/conversations-in-context-marches/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 20:51:56 +0000The Paralyzed World War II Veterans Who Invented Wheelchair Basketballhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-paralyzed-world-war-ii-veterans-invented-wheelchair-basketball-180975710/In the late 1940s, paraplegics popularized the sport—and changed the game for the disability rights movementWed, 02 Sep 2020 17:19:36 +0000What a 1,000-Year-Old Seal Skull Can Tell Us About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/09/02/what-1000-year-old-seal-skull-can-say-about-climate-change/In a new study, scientists explain how a seal native to the South Atlantic, but found in Indiana, likely swam to the middle of North America Wed, 02 Sep 2020 16:23:10 +0000In Washington, D.C., Towering Candles Shine as a Beacon of Hope in Dark Timeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-dc-these-towering-candles-grace-dark-times-beacon-hope-180975700/Artist Sterling Ruby reflects on the recent installation of his sculpture <em>Double Candle</em> at the Hirshhorn Wed, 02 Sep 2020 15:43:47 +0000Want to Support Wildlife Conservation in Africa? Start by Going on a Virtual Safarihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/want-to-support-wildlife-conservation-in-africa-start-by-going-on-virtual-safari-180975656/During the Covid-19 pandemic, the beleaguered safari industry is livestreaming game drives to draw attention to its causeWed, 02 Sep 2020 14:44:56 +0000When Tuberculosis Struck the World, Schools Went Outside https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-outdoor-schooling-180975696/A century ago, a deadly disease sparked a novel concept: teaching in the great outdoors to keep kids safeTue, 01 Sep 2020 15:22:01 +0000How 19th-Century Anti-Black and Anti-Indigenous Racism Reverberates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-19th-century-anti-black-and-anti-indigenous-racism-reverberates-today-180975692/A case study for the nation, Minnesota has witnessed racial violence from its inception as a U.S. territoryTue, 01 Sep 2020 14:03:31 +0000The Remarkable Life and Work of Guitar Maker Freeman Vineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/remarkable-life-and-work-guitar-maker-freeman-vines-180975694/For nearly half a century, the North Carolina native has created instruments out of found wood—including some from a notorious hanging treeTue, 01 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000The Peculiar 100-Plus-Year History of Convalescent Plasmahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/peculiar-100-plus-year-history-convalescent-plasma-180975683/Blood has been considered a viable treatment for infectious disease for over a century, but it has rarely proven to be the best solution. Tue, 01 Sep 2020 12:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Staged the Japanese Surrender to Demonstrate American Strengthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/surrender-spectacle-180975607/General Douglas MacArthur was a war hero—and an old soldier who knew how to put on a showTue, 01 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0000Anthony Fauci and Alan Alda Talk Science and 26 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2020/08/26/anthony-fauci-and-alan-alda-talk-science-and-26-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-september/This month drop in on events about global climate justice, Picasso's 'Guernica,' bird brains, the Supreme Court, William Faulkner, orchids and moreMon, 31 Aug 2020 14:10:15 +0000See 12 Stunning Portraits of World War II Veteranshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-twelve-stunning-portraits-world-war-ii-veterans-180975638/Photographer Zach Coco has spent the past five years documenting more than 100 men and women's storiesMon, 31 Aug 2020 13:55:10 +0000Why Blood Clots Are a Major Problem in Severe Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-blood-clots-are-major-problem-severe-covid-19-180975678/Out-of-control clotting can endanger some patients even after the virus has gone. Researchers are trying to understand the problem and how to treat it.Mon, 31 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000The Long, Painful History of Racial Unresthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-painful-history-racial-unrest-180975681/A lethal incident of police brutality in Miami in 1979 offers just one of countless examples of the reality generations of African Americans have facedFri, 28 Aug 2020 18:52:41 +0000Athletes Shut Down Sports to Protest Police Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sports-strikes-police-brutality-180975679/A sports curator at the Smithsonian provides his thoughts on the past and future implications of the events of the week Fri, 28 Aug 2020 17:10:48 +0000Stanford University Students Flock to a Virtual Campushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-university-students-flock-to-virtual-campus-180975675/A new digital platform allows students to explore campus and connect in Zoom rooms during the school's Covid-19 shutdownFri, 28 Aug 2020 16:04:33 +0000High-Tech Tracking Reveals 'Whole New Secret World of Birds'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/high-tech-tracking-reveals-birds-movement-beyond-migration-180975673/A study of Kirtland’s warblers found that some continue exploring long distances even after they reach their breeding grounds Fri, 28 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000How Three New Tools Will Revolutionize Our Understanding of the Sunhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-three-new-tools-will-revolutionize-our-understanding-sun-180975650/Two spacecrafts and a telescope are set to jumpstart a new age of solar astronomy Fri, 28 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000How the Myth of a Liberal North Erases a Long History of White Violencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-myth-liberal-north-erases-long-history-white-violence-180975661/Anti-black racism has terrorized African Americans throughout the nation's history, regardless of where in the country they livedThu, 27 Aug 2020 16:00:01 +0000How the Desolate Architectural Paintings of Emilio Sanchez Were Crafted From the Artist's Travel Snapshots https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/08/27/how-painter-emilio-sanchez-used-vacation-snapshots-aesthetic-experimentation/ In the Archives of American Art, a scholar pieces together the Cuban-born painter's complex artistic practice Thu, 27 Aug 2020 15:01:27 +0000What Raising the Age of Sexual Consent Taught Women About the Votehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-raising-age-sexual-consent-taught-women-about-vote-180975658/Before many women could vote in the United States, they lobbied male legislators to change statutory rape laws and gained political skills in the processWed, 26 Aug 2020 14:07:27 +0000'Ammonite' Is Historical Fan Fiction About the World's First Great Fossil Hunterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ammonite-historical-fanfiction-about-worlds-first-great-fossil-hunter-180975655/A new trailer previews the period drama featuring Kate Winslet as pioneering paleontologist Mary AnningWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:31:19 +0000A Brief History of the Mason Jarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-mason-jar-180975546/Around since 1858, the home canning classic is a sought after item for pandemic gardeners this summerWed, 26 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover Exposed Bacteria Can Survive in Space for Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-exposed-bacteria-can-survive-space-years-180975660/An experiment conducted outside the International Space Station leads to a controversial theory about how life might travel between planetsWed, 26 Aug 2020 12:49:55 +0000How Native Americans Bring Depth of Understanding to the Nation’s National Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/08/25/natives-interpreting-national-parks/On National Parks Founders Day, the museum looks at the changing relationship between Native Americans and the National Park Service Tue, 25 Aug 2020 21:53:49 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into This Awesome Example of 1970s Photorealismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/08/19/beneath-surface-audrey-flacks-photorealism/Smithsonian's Carolyn Russo says to study this 1973 artwork by photorealist painter Audrey Flack is like looking at a plane spotting puzzleTue, 25 Aug 2020 15:07:07 +0000The Little-Known Role of Slavery in Viking Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/little-known-role-slavery-viking-society-180975597/A new book looks at the legendary Scandinavians through their own eyesTue, 25 Aug 2020 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Racing to Develop Paper-Based Tests for Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-are-racing-to-develop-paper-based-tests-for-covid-19-180975640/Inexpensive—and potentially at-home—tools could take only minutes to tell if someone is infectedTue, 25 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Wants to Build the International Space Station of the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jacques-cousteaus-grandson-wants-to-build-international-space-station-of-the-sea-180975635/Off the coast of Curaçao, at a depth of 60 feet, aquanaut Fabien Cousteau is looking to create the world's largest underwater research habitatMon, 24 Aug 2020 18:10:41 +0000A Street-Wise Philosopher Explains What It Means to Be Homeless Amid the Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/alexander-grate-homelessness-amid-pandemic-180975474/Smithsonian Folklorist James Deutsch interviews the Washington D.C. man, "Alexander the Grate," about living in the "interstices of the infrastructure"Mon, 24 Aug 2020 17:05:51 +0000Meet the Smithsonian's Mosquito Keeperhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/20/get-know-scientist-charge-smithsonians-19-million-mosquitoes/Scientist Yvonne Linton reveals what it means to oversee a world-renowned collection of 1.9 million specimensMon, 24 Aug 2020 14:05:42 +0000This Artist Uses Thousands of Lego Bricks to Make Lifelike Sculptures of Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artist-uses-thousands-lego-bricks-make-lifelike-sculptures-animals-180975475/Found at zoos and gardens across the country, Sean Kenney's works of art often call attention to endangered species and advocate for conservationMon, 24 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000How Covid-19’s Spread Could Drive an Increase in Malaria Deathshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-covid-19s-spread-could-drive-increase-malaria-deaths-180975630/Health professionals worry the pandemic could stress resources and lead to misdiagnosis in AfricaMon, 24 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Giant Panda Mama Gives Birth to Baby Cub at National Zoo https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-welcomes-baby-panda-180975590/The pink, squeaking infant is about the size of a stick of butter and will be named in 100 daysFri, 21 Aug 2020 21:58:40 +0000A Brief History of the United States Postal Servicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/brief-history-united-states-postal-service-180975627/To forge a nation, the founders needed an efficient communications networkFri, 21 Aug 2020 18:38:02 +0000Travel the World in a Day at Kew Gardenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-world-day-kew-gardens-180975591/A new exhibition at the British botanic garden brings the landscapes of ten countries and regions across six continents to visitorsFri, 21 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Suffragists Took to the Skieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2020/08/19/womens-suffrage-stories-archives/At the Air and Space Museum, the archives reveal touch on how women aviators advanced the suffrage movement Thu, 20 Aug 2020 17:41:14 +0000Five Places Where You Can Collect Fossils in the D.C. Areahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-places-where-you-can-collect-fossils-around-dc-180975596/The National Museum of Natural History may still be closed, but you don’t have to venture far to make awesome finds yourselfThu, 20 Aug 2020 15:20:29 +0000Fannie Lou Hamer's Dauntless Fight for Black Americans' Right to Votehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fannie-lou-hamers-dauntless-fight-for-black-americans-right-vote-180975610/The activist did not learn about her right to vote until she was 44, but once she did, she vigorously fought for black voting rightsThu, 20 Aug 2020 15:13:27 +0000Play the Smithsonian Magazine Crossword: September 2020 Issuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/games/play-smithsonian-magazone-crossword-september-2020-180975575/Test your mettle with this puzzle created exclusively for 'Smithsonian' readersThu, 20 Aug 2020 15:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on What the Smithsonian Is Doing to Help Virtual Learninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/secretary-lonnie-bunch-smithsonian-virtual-distance-learning-180975513/Committing to our educational mission means reaching people where they areThu, 20 Aug 2020 14:30:00 +0000Taking a Closer Look at a Mural From 1968's Resurrection Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/taking-close-look-wall-resurrection-city-180975514/A makeshift wall in Washington, D.C. speaks to a heroic struggle to overcome inequalityThu, 20 Aug 2020 13:37:52 +0000How Did Amelia Earhart Raise the Money for Her Flights?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/amelia-earhart-raise-money-flights-180975515/You've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000The History of the Asthma Inhalerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-asthma-inhaler-180975511/How a brilliant quip led to a treatment that helps millions every minuteThu, 20 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Sanford Biggers' Quilts Carry Secret Messageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/sanford-biggers-quilts-bronx-museum-180975510/Inspired by antique “freedom quilts,” the artist stitches encoded icons into his own textured piecesThu, 20 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian Is Documenting and Preserving Video Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2020/08/17/level-playing-document-and-preserve-video-games/At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, a researcher develops strategy for digital preservationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:52:41 +0000The Man Who Swam the Full Length of the Mississippi Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fred-newton-swam-mississippi-river-180975512/How Fred Newton found himself neck-deep in history Wed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000The 70 Million-Year-Old History of the Mississippi Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geological-history-mississippi-river-180975509/Dive into the secret past and uncertain future of the body of water that has defined a nationWed, 19 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Super-Spreading Events Teach Us About Protecting Ourselves From COVID-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-superspreading-events-cause-flare-ups-covid-19-180975588/Scientists are increasingly finding that a small number of people may be the source of many casesWed, 19 Aug 2020 12:30:09 +0000Two Women, Their Lives Connected by American Slavery, Tackle Their Shared Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-lives-connected-american-slavery-tackle-shared-history-180975508/One descended from an enslaver, the other from the people he enslaved. Together, they traveled to the Deep South to learn their families' pastsWed, 19 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Why Sudan's Remarkable Ancient Civilization Has Been Overlooked by Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sudan-land-kush-meroe-ancient-civilization-overlooked-180975498/The African nation's pyramids and other archaeological sites are only now emerging from the shadow of its more storied neighbor to the northWed, 19 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Sixteen Snapshots of Life in New York City Under Quarantinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sixteen-snapshots-life-new-york-city-under-quarantine-180975582/An outdoor photography exhibition at the New-York Historical Society is helping New Yorkers process the Covid-19 pandemicTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:53:20 +0000What 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage Looks Like Through the Eyes of 100 Women Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/she-votes-how-us-women-won-suffrage-and-what-happened-next-180975541/A new book fills its pages with an illustrated, intersectional exploration of the past centuryTue, 18 Aug 2020 17:30:36 +0000Women Senators Reflect on the 100th Anniversary of Suffragehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senators-reflect-suffrage-smithsonian-180975387/Twenty-four lawmakers shared testimonials with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryTue, 18 Aug 2020 16:09:17 +0000The Hunt for the Modern-Day Pirates Who Steal Millions of Tons of Fish From the Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-day-pirates-steal-millions-tons-fish-seas-180975496/These criminal actors threaten fragile species, forcing an international coalition to track them downTue, 18 Aug 2020 13:07:13 +0000The Scientific Secrets Behind Making Great Sourdough Breadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-secrets-behind-making-great-sourdough-bread-180975568/Scientists explain how simple steps can change a starter's microbial community and allow bakers to up their gameTue, 18 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000How a Chemical Weapons Disaster in WWII Led to a U.S. Cover-Up—and a New Cancer Treatmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bombing-and-breakthrough-180975505/The physician who led the investigation into a deadly explosion in Italy found the truth, and some hopeTue, 18 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of the 25-Year, $8 Million Heist From the Carnegie Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/theft-carnegie-library-books-maps-artworks-180975506/Precious maps, books and artworks vanished from the Pittsburgh archive, and the caper’s final chapter was just writtenTue, 18 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Two Monumental Sculptures Welcome Visitors Back to the Hirshhorn Sculpture Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-monumental-sculptures-welcome-visitors-back-hirshhorn-sculpture-garden-180975579/Both artworks evoke peace in the time of pandemic Mon, 17 Aug 2020 17:54:37 +0000An Interview With 'Playboy' Magazine Nearly Torpedoed Jimmy Carter’s Presidential Campaignhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/interview-playboy-magazine-nearly-torpedoed-jimmy-carters-presidential-campaign-180975576/The pious Georgia Democrat spoke earnestly of his views on sex, a bridge too far for an emerging behemoth voting bloc: conservative ChristiansMon, 17 Aug 2020 15:11:34 +0000Because of Climate Change, Canada’s Rocky Mountain Forests Are on the Movehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadas-rocky-mountain-forests-are-move-180975571/Using century-old surveying photos, scientists have mapped 100 years of change in the Canadian Rockies to document the climate-altered landscapeMon, 17 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000How the American West Led the Way for Women in Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-american-west-led-way-women-politics-180975573/Western territories and states were the first to expand voting rights for womenFri, 14 Aug 2020 21:58:03 +0000Here's What Going Back to School Looks Like in Indian Country During the Pandemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2020/08/14/returning-school-indian-country-during-pandemic/Native students, teachers, parents and school administrators share their concerns Fri, 14 Aug 2020 20:34:28 +0000Is There a New Baby Panda Due at the National Zoo?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/there-new-baby-panda-due-national-zoo-180975567/An ultrasound today revealed that the National Zoo's resident giant panda, Mei Xiang, could be expectingFri, 14 Aug 2020 17:21:21 +0000The End of World War II Meant Freedom for These American POWshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/candy-food-home-thanx-180975333/Who were the airmen in John Swope’s famous photograph of the Omori prison camp?Fri, 14 Aug 2020 13:52:19 +0000How 12 Female Cookbook Authors Changed the Way We Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-12-female-cookbook-authors-changed-way-we-eat-180975556/A new book examines the recipes of a dozen cooks who made groundbreaking contributions across the food industryFri, 14 Aug 2020 13:09:20 +0000Mass Die-Offs of Marine Mammals Are on the Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mass-die-offs-marine-mammals-are-rise-180975559/Viral and bacteria outbreaks are increasingly causing fatalities in a variety of species, including seals and dolphinsFri, 14 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Looking Back on V-J Day 75 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/looking-back-v-j-day-75-years-later-180975555/How Americans celebrated the end of World War II Fri, 14 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000How the 19th Amendment Complicated the Status and Role of Women in Hawai'ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-19th-amendment-complicated-status-and-role-women-hawaii-180975551/For generations, women played a central role in government and leadership. Then, the United States came along Thu, 13 Aug 2020 17:53:27 +0000Climate Change, Not Hunting, May Have Doomed the Woolly Rhinoceroshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-suggests-climate-change-doomed-woolly-rhinoceros-180975544/Populations of the Ice Age icon were healthy right up until their extinction, suggesting they crashed precipitously as the planet warmedThu, 13 Aug 2020 16:03:51 +0000A Brief History of the Cozy Coupehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-cozy-coupe-180975545/Invented by a former auto designer, the foot-powered kids toy still outsells engine-powered carsThu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000What Can You Create With These Five Design Treasures From the Cooper Hewitt Collections?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/cooper-hewitt/2020/08/10/discover-smithsonian-open-access-5-design-treasures/Open Access means you can share, remix and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s imagesWed, 12 Aug 2020 16:31:20 +0000What Scientists Know About Airborne Transmission of the New Coronavirushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-scientists-know-about-airborne-transmission-new-coronavirus-180975547/Aerosol experts, from engineers to doctors, weigh in on the ability of tiny droplets to transmit the virus that causes COVID-19Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:07:27 +0000A Washington, D.C. Couple Shares How the Pandemic Complicates Homelessnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/washington-dc-couple-shares-pandemic-complicates-homelessness-180975493/Smithsonian curator James Deutsch speaks with the Metcalfs, who have long lived on the streets Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:42:58 +0000Will America's Roadside Attractions Survive COVID-19?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/will-americas-roadside-attractions-survive-covid-19-180975538/With canceled bus tours and capacity limits, the country’s quirkiest stops are facing some serious challengesWed, 12 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000An Emergency Escape From the Space Shuttle Wasn't Supposed to Be Possible. This Team Showed It Was.https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/escape-speeding-shuttle-180975606/But the circumstances had to be just right, and the maneuver carried its own risksWed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Ten Curious Cases of Getting Lost in the Wildernesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ten-curious-cases-getting-lost-wilderness-180975495/Historical accounts of disorientation tell us a lot about how people have navigated relationships and space over timeWed, 12 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Rare Megamouth Shark Arrives at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/11/rare-megamouth-shark-arrives-smithsonian/Studying and eventually preserving the megamouth will help researchers learn more about the puzzling speciesTue, 11 Aug 2020 15:12:27 +0000Ten American Towns That Feel Like Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-american-towns-feel-europe-180975340/You don’t have to travel far to get a taste of European culture right here in the United StatesTue, 11 Aug 2020 13:30:00 +0000Inspire Your Toddler’s STEM Career With This ‘Goodnight Moon’ Parody https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inspire-your-toddlers-stem-career-goodnight-moon-parody-180975520/Astronomer Kimberly Arcand releases her new children’s book ‘Goodnight Exomoon’Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:25:20 +0000How America Became Obsessed With Horseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-america-became-obsessed-horses-180975530/A new book explores the meaning the animal holds for people—from cowboys to elite show jumpers—in this countryTue, 11 Aug 2020 12:30:00 +0000The Forged Gospel of Jesus’s Wife, Hidden Castes and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forged-gospel-jesuss-wife-hidden-caste-systems-and-other-new-books-read-180975526/These five August releases may have been lost in the news cycleTue, 11 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate the Smithsonian's 174th Birthday With a Look at Its First Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/10/how-scientists-still-use-smithsonians-first-collections-170-years-later/Historic museum specimens help us learn more about what a species once was like and what it could be like in the futureMon, 10 Aug 2020 19:39:10 +0000Monkeys’ Attraction to Burned Grasslands May Offer Clues to Human Ancestors’ Mastery of Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/monkeys-attraction-burned-grasslands-may-offer-clues-human-ancestors-mastery-fire-180975527/A new study finds monkeys enter charred savannahs to avoid predators, lending support to a controversial theory about what drew hominins to blazes Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:35:09 +0000How a Once-Hidden Cache of Art and Archives Expands the Narratives of Mexican Modernismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2020/08/05/how-once-hidden-cache-art-and-archives-expand-narrative-walter-pach-and-mexican-modernism/ The works and writings of American artist and art critic Walter Pach are newly available to scholars and the resource is rich with historyMon, 10 Aug 2020 14:53:07 +0000Why the Black National Anthem Is Lifting Every Voice to Singhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-black-national-anthem-lifting-every-voice-sing-180975519/Scholars agree the song, endowed with its deep history of black pride, speaks to the universal human conditionMon, 10 Aug 2020 13:42:49 +0000How a Choral Director and Her Students Found Joy in the Folkways Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-choral-director-and-her-students-found-community-and-meaning-folkways-archives-180975471/Watch this uplifting video giving voice to stalwarts of the American songbookFri, 07 Aug 2020 18:31:53 +0000How to Identify Rocks and Other Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/06/how-identify-rocks-and-other-questions-our-readers/Don't miss the season finale of the National Museum of Natural History's popular YouTube series, the "Doctor Is In"Fri, 07 Aug 2020 14:40:50 +0000Seabird Poop Is Worth More Than $1 Billion Annuallyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seabird-poop-worth-more-1-billion-annually-180975504/Scientists put a price tag on guano's global benefits, which range from agricultural fertilizer to coral reef enricher Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:32:03 +0000Seven Ideas for Do-It-Yourself Backyard Poolshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-ideas-for-do-it-yourself-backyard-pools-180975483/Build a personal oasis with everything from hay bales to scrap wood to a shipping containerThu, 06 Aug 2020 17:57:33 +0000Continuing Conservation in a Planet on Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2020/08/05/capacity-building-covid-conservation-solution-world-lockdown-part-1/Capacity building and local community involvement are key to continuing conservation during the current pandemicThu, 06 Aug 2020 14:11:12 +0000Will Rogers Was One of a Kindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-rogers-was-one-kind-180975472/The popular raconteur touched Americans with his humor, newspaper columns, movie star power, philanthropy and as political agitatorWed, 05 Aug 2020 18:13:06 +0000Did Einstein Understand the Limitations of Testing?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-institution-office-fellowships-and-int/2020/07/28/einsteins-relatively-surprising-test-results/Smithsonian fellow Kimberly Probolus looks into the past and future of knowledge testsWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:27:52 +0000Nine Harrowing Eyewitness Accounts of the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasakihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nine-harrowing-eyewitness-accounts-bombings-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-180975480/Seventy-five years ago, the atomic blasts killed an estimated 200,000 peopleWed, 05 Aug 2020 14:43:29 +0000River Otters Take 'Party Pooping' to a New Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2020/07/30/river-otters-take-party-pooping-new-level/Latrines keep otters up to date on who is around, how they are feeling, and who’s ready to have babiesTue, 04 Aug 2020 18:06:09 +0000This Drone Made the First Home Delivery in the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-drone-made-first-home-delivery-united-states-180975463/Wing’s tether-toting drone delivered a winter vest to a retiree in Virginia and now its headed to the Air and Space MuseumTue, 04 Aug 2020 16:06:33 +0000Dinosaurs Suffered From Cancer, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-suffered-cancer-too-180975467/A bone containing signs of cancer is the first of its kind found in the fossil recordMon, 03 Aug 2020 22:30:00 +0000Taking a Road Trip During the Pandemic? Consider Camping (Legally) on Private Landhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taking-road-trip-during-pandemic-consider-camping-legally-private-land-180975451/These five sites will help you find the perfect spot to avoid the summer crowdsMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:57:58 +0000Why We Need to Save the Parasiteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2020/08/03/why-we-need-save-parasites/Extinction will have lasting and far-reaching consequences for biodiversity, and subsequently for humansMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:46:31 +0000Should Plants and Animals That Relocate Because of Climate Change Be Considered Invasive?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-plants-and-animals-relocate-because-climate-change-be-considered-invasive-180975456/Some researchers are calling for a more nuanced approach when it comes to flora and fauna that adjust their range to accommodate a warming worldMon, 03 Aug 2020 12:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover How Human Sperm Really Swimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-discover-how-human-sperm-really-swim-180975453/A new 3-D microscopy study overturns hundreds of years of reproductive scienceFri, 31 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0000The Air Force's First Female Fighter Pilothttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/right-fly-and-fight-180975332/In 1993, before the Air Force permitted women to fly in combat, new pilot Jeannie Flynn requested the F-15Fri, 31 Jul 2020 17:12:49 +0000How the 1918 Pandemic Got Meme-ified in Jokes, Songs and Poemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/memes-1918-pandemic-180975452/In newspapers across the country, the public dealt with the heartache of the moment by turning to humorFri, 31 Jul 2020 14:58:51 +000020th-Century Slavery in a California Sweatshop Was Hiding in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/20th-century-slavery-california-sweatshop-was-hiding-plain-sight-180975441/The El Monte sweatshop case exposed a web of corruption—and the enslavement of more than 70 Los Angeles-area garment workersFri, 31 Jul 2020 14:00:34 +0000What a Crowdsourced Study Taught Us About How Dogs Learnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-much-dogs-intelligence-hereditary-180975448/A new study looks at the genes that underlie traits from self control to communicationFri, 31 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000