Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 19 Nov 2018 17:56:05 +0000With AI Art, Process Is More Important Than the Producthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/with-ai-art-process-is-more-important-than-product-180970559/Christie's just auctioned its first piece of AI art—a portrait created via machine learningTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:00:30 +0000A Fresh Look at These Stone Tools Reveals a New Chapter of Ancient Chinese Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-tools-ancient-chinese-history-180970850/Archaeologists thought these ancient tools, 80,000 years old at least, were brought to China by migrants—but now it appears they were invented locallyMon, 19 Nov 2018 17:56:05 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-books-about-food-2018-180970846/These ten titles should satisfy readers hungry to learn more about the history and science of foodMon, 19 Nov 2018 16:54:08 +0000Why a New Robin Hood Arises Every Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-new-robin-hood-rises-every-generation-180970844/Troubled times always bring out the noble bandit who, in the face of tyranny and corruption, robs from the rich to give back to the peopleMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:19:58 +0000NASA Will Attempt Its Eighth Mars Landing in One Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-gearing-its-eighth-mars-landing-180970845/Touching down on the surface of the Red Planet is one of the most difficult engineering challenges ever attempted, and InSight is about to give it a goMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:12:04 +0000Jose Gomez-Marquez Wants to Turn Doctors and Nurses into Makershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jose-gomez-marquez-wants-turn-doctors-and-nurses-makers-180970759/Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter interviews the co-founder of MIT’s Little Devices Lab about democratizing health technologyFri, 16 Nov 2018 21:16:09 +0000How Poetry Soothed a Nation in Mourning for John F. Kennedy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-poetry-soothed-nation-mourning-john-f-kennedy-180970837/First the jolt of shock, then the shroud of sadness struck 55 years agoFri, 16 Nov 2018 19:50:45 +0000Smithsonian Adds Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” to the Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-adds-arthur-jafas-love-message-message-death-collection-180970838/The seminal work, a contemporary <em>Guernica</em>, is the first joint acquisition for the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian American Art MuseumFri, 16 Nov 2018 18:16:12 +0000Weasel-Like Fossils Reveal Evolutionary Clues of the First Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weasel-like-fossils-reveal-clues-about-evolution-first-mammals-180970836/A protomammal known as <i>Kayentatherium</i> was discovered with 38 babies in 185-million-year-old rock Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:13:38 +0000The World's First Synthesizer Was a 200-Ton Behemothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-synthesizer-was-200-ton-behemoth-180970828/Thaddeus Cahill's Telharmonium may not have been a huge success, but it was an important achievement in music historyFri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How an Unremarkable "Brunch in the Forest" Turned Into the Thanksgiving We Knowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-unremarkable-brunch-forest-turned-thanksgiving-we-know-180970811/A new Sidedoor podcast dives into the holiday's originsThu, 15 Nov 2018 16:01:47 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/His pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the worldThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000Fantastic Things We Learned This Year About Fantastic Beasts of the Real Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fantastic-things-we-learned-about-fantastic-beasts-180970824/The second iteration of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series comes out this week, but why wait for the movie when you can get a glimpse of the real thing?Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:08:10 +0000This Apartment-Size Wind Turbine Makes Use of Gusts Coming From All Directionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/o-wind-turbine-takes-top-dyson-award-180970825/Winner of this year's James Dyson Award, the O-Wind Turbine is designed for the chaotic wind patterns of urban environmentsThu, 15 Nov 2018 13:35:57 +0000Astronomers Discover Second-Closest Known Exoplanethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astronomers-discover-second-closest-exoplanet-180970818/The planet, a frozen Super-Earth, orbits Bernard's Star about six light-years away. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000Mary Katharine Goddard, the Woman who Signed the Declaration of Independencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mary-katharine-goddard-woman-who-signed-declaration-independence-180970816/Likely the United States' first woman employee, this newspaper publisher was a key figure in promoting the ideas that fomented the RevolutionWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:44:51 +0000AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Talks With Smithsonian Geologist John Grant About the Search for Life on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/aol-co-founder-steve-case-talks-with-smithsonian-geologist-john-grant-about-search-life-mars-180970814/In the near future, we are going to know if life exists elsewhere in the universeWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:35:52 +0000Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/redefine-kilogram-180970798/After more than 100 years of defining the kilogram according to a metal artifact, humanity is preparing to change the unit based on a constant of natureWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:00:54 +0000How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-LGBTQ-mariachi-became-outlet-advocacy-180970789/LA musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez do traditional Mexican music their wayWed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stan-lee-helped-shape-story-what-it-be-american-180970796/Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000The History of First Ladies’ Memoirshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-first-ladies-memoirs-180970797/Freed from the political constraints of living in the White House, these famous women have over the decades shared their personal opinions with the publicTue, 13 Nov 2018 19:47:35 +0000A Letter to Stan Lee, Comic Book Legend, Written by One of His Biggest Fanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/letter-stan-lee-written-one-biggest-fans-180970790/Movie producer and instructor Michael Uslan eulogizes his hero and mentor, whose superheroes taught him countless life lessonsTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:44:25 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/Everything you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000With Humans Out of the Way, Humpbacks Are Flourishing—But So Are Orcashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-out-way-humpbacks-are-flourishing-so-are-orcas-180970788/Researchers are just now beginning to understand what happens when one whale species attacks anotherTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:54:41 +0000A Smithsonian Sports Curator Explains How Athletes Turn Social and Political Issues into National Conversationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smithsonian-sports-curator-explains-how-athletes-turn-social-and-political-issues-national-conversations-180970778/<em>Atlantic</em> staff writer Frank Foer interviews Damion Thomas about athletes moving from a position of apathy to engagementTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000Three Centuries After His Beheading, a Kinder, Gentler Blackbeard Emergeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/Recent discoveries cast a different light on the most famous—and most feared—pirate of the early 18th centuryTue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Future Is Bright If More Teens Could Think About High School the Way Kavya Kopparapu Doeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-bright-if-more-teens-could-think-about-high-school-way-kavya-kopparapu-does-180970779/Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with the founder of the Girls Computing League about the promise of her generationMon, 12 Nov 2018 16:20:22 +0000A Veteran Combat Photographer Recalls His Most Memorable Shotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/veteran-combat-photographer-recalls-his-most-memorable-shots-180970776/Originally stuck in a darkroom, Jeremy Lock traveled the world capturing life on the front lines and the homefrontFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:39:51 +0000Prehistoric Angolan “Sea Monsters” Take Up Residence at the Natural History Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prehistoric-angolan-sea-monsters-take-residence-natural-history-museum-180970774/The new fossil exhibition spotlights the majestic marine predators that swept into the South Atlantic shortly after it formedFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:43 +0000How a Photograph Solved an Art Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/11/09/how-photograph-solved-art-mystery/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:30:15 +0000Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller on Understanding Our Place in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrophysicist-michelle-thaller-understanding-our-place-universe-180970765/Autodesk vice president Brian Mathews talks with the NASA science communicator about the search for life on other planets and why it’s importantFri, 09 Nov 2018 16:19:50 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/11/09/100-years-ago-poppies-became-more-just-flowers/The red flowers blooming on a battlefield in Belgium, inspired John McCrae to write the war poem “In Flanders Fields” Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:40:28 +0000Hartley Edwards Played “Taps” on this Bugle After World War I to Honor the Fallenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hartley-edwards-played-taps-bugle-after-world-war-i-honor-fallen-180970752/But the bugler remembered the story a bit wrong. A century later, a curator sets the record straightFri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:36 +0000The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s 'Outlaw King'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-robert-bruce-scotlands-outlaw-king-180970756/Chris Pine stars as the Netflix film’s eponymous hero, who secures his country’s independence but leaves behind a tangled legacyThu, 08 Nov 2018 19:45:18 +0000Eno Umoh Is Getting Kids to Think About the Positive Powers of Droneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eno-umoh-getting-kids-think-about-positive-powers-drones-180970760/Latina American writer Gabby Rivera interviews the co-founder of Global Air Media about giving students access to the technologyThu, 08 Nov 2018 17:47:36 +0000Major Disease Outbreak Strikes California Sea Lionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/major-disease-outbreak-strikes-california-sea-lions-180970755/Leptospirosis afflicts sea lions on a semi-regular cycle, but warming waters and migrating fish could make the marine mammals more susceptibleThu, 08 Nov 2018 16:00:35 +0000The Scars of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-scars-war-wwi-photo-travelogue-180970678/One hundred years after the end of the bloodshed, one photographer finds personal connections to the warThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:41:15 +0000Optical Tweezers Give Scientists a Tool to Test the Laws of Quantum Mechanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/optical-tweezers-give-scientists-tool-test-laws-quantum-mechanics-180970754/Quantum superposition is one of the great mysteries of physics—a mass existing in two states at once—and scientists hope to probe the phenomenonThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What Are the Economic Incentives to Invent?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-are-economic-incentives-invent-180970742/Prizes and patents may fulfill different needs, but together they fuel innovationThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/Dated to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000There's a New Ranking System For Best Countries to Live In, and Norway Isn't Number Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/theres-new-ranking-system-best-countries-to-live-in-norway-isnt-number-one-180970744/Most researchers use the UN's Human Development Index to measure each country's progress, but that system has flaws. A new index aims to do it betterWed, 07 Nov 2018 16:48:06 +0000Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-3d-printing-save-music-education-180970743/D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang interviews Jill-of-all-trades Kaitlyn Hova about her plan to infuse STEM education with open source, 3-D printable instrumentsWed, 07 Nov 2018 14:32:50 +0000In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/The American Indian Museum puts the 150-year-old Fort Laramie Treaty on view in its "Nation to Nation" exhibitionWed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Forget Cherry Blossoms — Why Fall May Be the Best Time to Visit Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forget-cherry-blossoms-why-fall-may-be-best-time-visit-japan-180970740/From mid-October to early December, Japan's gorgeous gardens burst with colorTue, 06 Nov 2018 21:00:06 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-art-show-is-taking-the-literal-pulse-america-180970738/Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000Restaurateur José Andrés Dreams of Milking the Cloudshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/restaurateur-jose-andres-dreams-milking-clouds-180970736/In a conversation with architect David Rockwell, the philanthropic chef urges an invested effort in technology that could collect water from the cloudsTue, 06 Nov 2018 18:03:55 +0000Learn About Renia Spiegel, the Author of an Unforgettable Holocaust Diary, by Hearing From Her Family Who Survivedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/watch-livestream-renia-spiegel-diary-event-180970654/In an event held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Bellak recalls the remarkable story of her sisterTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:25:44 +0000Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/A new book argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome's endTue, 06 Nov 2018 15:31:31 +0000The Archaeologist Who Helped Mexico Find Glory in Its Indigenous Pasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologist-who-helped-mexico-find-glory-its-past-180970700/Disrupting a stereotype of Mesoamerican savagery, Zelia Nuttall brought the ingenuity of Aztec civilization to the foreMon, 05 Nov 2018 18:07:23 +0000Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Depression in a Person's Voice?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-intelligence-detect-depression-in-persons-voice-180970702/MIT scientists have trained an AI model to spot the condition through how people speak rather than what they tell a doctorMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:37:32 +0000How Three Doughboys Experienced the Last Days of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-three-doughboys-experienced-last-days-world-war-i-180970701/The end of the war was a welcome reprieve for these three American soldiers, eager to return homeMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:28:12 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senegal-female-empowerment-prestige-and-wealth-measured-glittering-gold-180970698/The African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Let's Build Cars Out of Batterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lets-build-cars-out-batteries-180970693/If batteries could make up the very structure of our vehicles and electronics, those products would be far lighter and more efficientFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:34:20 +0000How Close Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-real-freddie-mercury-180970690/While the movie has been critiqued for flattening the legacy of Queen, see the band come to life in historic photosFri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This South Carolina Cabin Is Now a Crown Jewel in the Smithsonian Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/south-carolina-cabin-has-become-crown-jewel-smithsonian-collections-180970681/The 16- by 20-foot dwelling once housed the enslaved; a new podcast tells its story Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000Underwater Meadows of Seagrass Could Be the Ideal Carbon Sinkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/underwater-meadows-seagrass-could-be-ideal-carbon-sinks-180970686/Many ecosystems absorb and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, and seagrass is one of the most efficient natural carbon storage environments Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:00:44 +0000Ritual Cemeteries—For Cows and Then Humans—Plot Pastoralist Expansion Across Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ritual-cemeteries-cows-humans-pastoralist-expansion-across-africa-180970683/As early herders spread across northern and then eastern Africa, the communities erected monumental graves which may have served as social gathering pointsThu, 01 Nov 2018 15:09:16 +0000Why John Leguizamo Is So Invested in Telling the Country About Latino Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-leguizamo-invested-telling-latino-history-180970680/His uproariously inventive one-man show, soon to be shown on Netflix, puts the story of a neglected culture center stage Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Malbone Street Wreck of 1918https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/malbone-street-wreck-1918-180970675/A confluence of circumstances led to the deadly disaster, 100 years ago today, in the New York subway that killed 93Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientist-grover-krantz-risked-it-all-chasing-bigfoot-180970676/The dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000Mama Bats Literally Nudge Their Babies Out of the Roosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mama-bats-literally-nudge-their-babies-out-roost-180970670/Researchers observed mother bats repeatedly prodding their young to motivate them to fledgeWed, 31 Oct 2018 16:15:34 +0000Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners—Plant Nativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ecologists-have-simple-request-homeownersplant-native-180970655/A new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubsWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Last-Minute Costumes Inspired by the Archives of American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/10/29/halloween-costume-guide-archives-style/ Tips from the glamorous and bohemian crowdTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:45:10 +0000The Nazi Werewolves Who Terrorized Allied Soldiers at the End of WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nazi-werewolves-who-terrorized-allied-soldiers-end-wwii-180970522/Though the guerrilla fighters didn’t succeed in slowing the Allied occupation of Germany, they did sow fear wherever they wentTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:43:03 +0000The Science of Good Chocolatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-good-chocolate-180970658/Meet the sensory scientist who is decoding the terroir of chocolate—and working to safeguard the cacao plant that gives us the sweet dark treatTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:30:00 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Plight of the Right Whalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plight-right-whale-180970648/With dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comebackMon, 29 Oct 2018 17:44:45 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Seabiscuit's Hooves To Figure Out How He Was So Fasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/scientists-extract-dna-from-seabiscuits-hooves-to-figure-out-how-he-was-so-fast-180970649/Eighty years ago, the horse famously trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. Did genetics make him an unlikely success?Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:07:30 +0000Good Dogs Could Help Identify Malaria Carriershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-can-sniff-out-malaria-180970646/In a small proof-of-concept study, trained dogs neared the accuracy rate recommended by the World Health Organization for detecting the malaria parasiteMon, 29 Oct 2018 13:45:00 +0000Why Museums Should Be Proud Polling Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-museums-should-be-proud-polling-sites-180970647/The head of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site calls upon his colleagues to engage with their community by opening their doors to voting Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Peer Through the Lens of the World's Best Nature Photographers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peer-through-lens-worlds-best-nature-photographers-180970612/Sixty images, including the winners, from the 23rd annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards go on viewMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Ireland’s Fortune-Telling Mashed Potato Dish (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colcannon-fortune-telling-mashed-dish-recipe-180970492/Try your luck with this side, traditionally served on HalloweenFri, 26 Oct 2018 20:53:09 +0000As His Remains Are Finally Interred, Powerful Emblems of Matthew Shepard's Life and Memory Come to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-remains-are-finally-interred-powerful-emblems-matthew-shepards-life-and-memory-come-smithsonian-180970639/Judy and Dennis Shepard lay their son to rest at the Washington National Cathedral after donating childhood artwork, photos and a wedding ringFri, 26 Oct 2018 16:31:19 +0000People Feared Being Buried Alive So Much They Invented These Special Safety Coffinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/people-feared-being-buried-alive-so-much-they-invented-these-special-safety-coffins-180970627/For centuries, inventors have been patenting technology to prevent such a nightmare from happeningFri, 26 Oct 2018 15:03:08 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-museum-honoring-americas-veterans-opens-ohio-180970637/Personal stories take the place of military artifacts at the new National Veterans Memorial & MuseumFri, 26 Oct 2018 14:52:59 +0000The Deadly Donora Smog of 1948 Spurred Environmental Protection—But Have We Forgotten the Lesson?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-donora-smog-1948-spurred-environmental-protection-have-we-forgotten-lesson-180970533/Steel and zinc industries provided Donora residents with work, but also robbed them of their health, and for some, their livesFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:44:36 +0000The Science Behind Decorative Gourd Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-decorative-gourd-season-friends-180970636/Gourds are the runts of their family of fruits, too tough and bitter to eat, but they remain one of the most popular crops of fallFri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Get Spooked on One of These Haunted Vintage Train Rides https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-spooked-one-these-haunted-vintage-train-rides-180970625/Skip the haunted house and climb aboard one of these trains insteadThu, 25 Oct 2018 18:32:55 +0000In Need of Cadavers, 19th-Century Medical Students Raided Baltimore's Graveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-need-cadavers-19th-century-medical-students-raided-baltimores-graves-180970629/With a half-dozen medical schools and a shortage of bodies, grave robbing thrived—and with no consequences for the culpritsThu, 25 Oct 2018 15:16:34 +0000Does the Same Goose Always Lead the Flying V and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/same-goose-always-lead-flying-formation-180970546/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes the Flint Hills of Kansas a Sight to Seehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-rhapsody-180970545/70 classical musicians. 200 acres of windblown prairie. And the bracing spirit of the heartland. A Kansas symphony in six movementsThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ancient-maize-thousands-years-civilization-america-180970543/It took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Court Case That Inspired the Gilded Age’s #MeToo Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/court-case-inspired-gilded-age-me-too-movement-180970538/A turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standardThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wake-apollos-giant-leap-whats-next-lunar-exploration-180970593/A new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Traditional Wooden Halibut Hook That's Still Snagging Fish Off Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/revival-traditional-indigenous-wooden-halibut-hook-alaska-180970623/An Indigenous method of catching halibut on the northwest coast of North America mixes expert craftsmanship with spirituality—and the fish are bitingWed, 24 Oct 2018 17:54:07 +0000This Game Is Moving People to Take Action Against Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-game-is-moving-people-to-take-action-against-climate-change-180970620/In the 'World Climate' simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goalsWed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:12 +0000The Translator Who Brought a Lost Jewish Poet’s Words to the English-Speaking Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/translator-brought-jewish-poet-words-english-speaking-world-180970555/Raised in the U.S. but a lifelong speaker of Lithuanian, Laima Vince became enamored of Matilda Olkin’s writingWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Becoming Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/becoming-anne-frank-180970542/Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Words of a Young Jewish Poet Provoke Soul-Searching in Lithuaniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/young-jewish-poet-words-provokes-soul-searching-lithuania-holocaust-180970540/The recovery of a diary written by a brilliant woman named Matilda Olkin raises trenchant questions about wartime collaborationWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Unforgotten: New Voices of the Holocausthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unforgotten-holocaust-diary-special-section-180970537/Two newly translated diaries by young women murdered in the Holocaust cry out to us about the evils of the past and the dangers of the present Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hear, O Israel, Save Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hear-o-israel-save-us-renia-spiegel-diary-english-translation-holocaust-poland-180970536/An 18-year-old girl, terrorized by the Nazis, kept a secret journal. Read exclusive sections from it here, presented in English for the first timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Searing, Continued Relevance of Diaries From a Genocidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/searing-continued-relevance-diaries-from-genocide-180970535/Young people caught in the crossfire of history provide fearless accounts of the horrors of war—and shatter our complacency in real timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How an Astonishing Holocaust Diary Resurfaced in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/astonishing-holocaust-diary-hidden-world-70-years-resurfaced-america-180970534/Hidden for 70 years, a new invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature—the diary of Renia Spiegel—was rediscovered inside a desk in New YorkWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000World War I Handmade American Flag to Stay in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-i-handmade-american-flag-stay-scotland-180970594/The Smithsonian Institution extends its loan of the historic artifact to Islay—a small island with a big heartWed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-endangered-species-should-we-bring-them-our-cities-180970611/Some ecologists believe our best chance to preserve biodiversity is to introduce non-native species to cities—but others warn of unintended consequencesTue, 23 Oct 2018 17:35:34 +0000Preserving Negro League History Has Never Been Easier, or Harder, Depending on Who You Askhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/preserving-negro-league-history-has-never-been-easier-or-harder-depending-who-you-ask-180970614/While digitization of old newspapers has led to a statistical renaissance in baseball archives, the stories of those who played the game are being lostTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:15:00 +0000This 12-Year-Old Girl Built a Robot That Can Find Microplastics In the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/12-year-old-girl-built-robot-can-find-microplastics-ocean-180970607/Massachusetts seventh grader Anna Du has developed an ROV that moves through water and detects microplastics on the seafloorTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:14:12 +0000The Bison Returns to the Great American Plainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bison-returns-wilds-america-180970547/After years of fierce debate, the West’s greatest symbol will again roam the countrysideTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Kyle Meyer's Photo-Tapestries Give Voice to a Silenced Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyle-meyer-photo-tapestries-give-voice-silenced-community-180970544/The New York artist combines digital photography and African fabrics to create deeply textured portraits of persecuted Swazi menTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000When Churchill Dissed Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-churchill-dissed-america-180970541/Our exclusive first look at the diaries of King George VI reveals the Prime Minister's secret hostility to the United StatesTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Huge Shipment of Crustaceans Is Heading North From Louisiana to D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/huge-shipment-crustaceans-heading-north-louisiana-dc-180970596/The Natural History Museum prepares to add 100,000 more specimens to their collection already totaling 11.3 millionTue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Journey to One of the Country's Most Remote Distillerieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/countrys-most-remote-distillery-rye-worth-journey-1-180970602/Minnesota's north country serves up cold nights and warming whiskeysMon, 22 Oct 2018 19:57:38 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-japanese-artists-responded-transformation-their-nation-180970598/Two new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000How Cities Are Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cities-are-upgrading-infrastructure-prepare-climate-change-180970600/The threat of extreme weather and other climate-related events has city planners rethinking the stability of critical infrastructureMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:52:10 +0000Is Wireless Charging for Cars Finally Here?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wireless-charging-cars-finally-here-180970494/The Massachusetts startup WiTricity has developed a mat that charges electric vehicles using magnetic resonanceMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:22:58 +0000Prehistoric Wine Reveals Missing Pieces of Ancient Sicilian Culture https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-wine-reveals-missing-pieces-ancient-sicilian-culture-180970597/In a 5,000 year-old jar, archaeologists discovered the remnants of wineSat, 20 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dama Gazelle Calf Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dama-gazelle-calf-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180970587/Fahima gave birth to a healthy female calf October 9 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:24:43 +0000The Shrewd Press Agent Who Transformed William Cody Into Larger-Than-Life Buffalo Billhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shrewd-press-agent-who-transformed-william-cody-into-larger-than-life-buffalo-bill-180970591/"Arizona John" Burke perfected the art of hype that converted a bison hunter into a symbol of national characterFri, 19 Oct 2018 18:41:12 +0000Meet the Real Rock Star of the New Dino Hall—the Fearsome Ceratosaurushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/10/16/smithsonian-dino-celebrity-finally-tells-all/The dinosaur is finally giving up its secrets as it prepares for a long fight with a <i>Stegosaurus</i> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:57:34 +0000Eating the Queen's Poop Makes Naked Mole-Rats Better Parentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eating-queens-poop-makes-naked-mole-rats-better-parents-180970577/Hive-minded naked mole-rats work together to care for the queen's offspring, and eating her poop gives them hormones to boost nurturing instinctsThu, 18 Oct 2018 16:00:44 +0000This Robotic Farming System Could Be the Answer to Labor Shortageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-farming-system-could-be-answer-labor-shortages-180970575/Hydroponics startup Iron Ox is automating indoor produce farmingThu, 18 Oct 2018 15:34:02 +0000Taste Your Way Through Italy, One Ingredient-Specific Museum at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-your-way-through-italy-one-ingredient-specific-museum-time-180969866/The Emilia Romagna region has 25 food museums, each dedicated to a beloved food item – ranging from balsamic vinegar to Parmesan cheeseThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:32:04 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/self-taught-artist-clementine-hunter-painted-bold-hues-southern-life-180970572/On view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-dorothys-iconic-ruby-slippers-now-newly-preserved-ages-180970574/The unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Explore the Dublin Destinations That Inspired "Dracula"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-bram-stokers-dublin-just-time-halloween-180970480/Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and see how his hometown inspired him to write his famous horror novelWed, 17 Oct 2018 19:06:54 +0000The Woman Who Made a Device to Help Disabled Veterans Feed Themselves—and Gave It Away for Freehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-who-made-device-help-disabled-veterans-feed-themselvesand-gave-it-away-free-180970321/World War II nurse Bessie Blount went on to become an inventor and forensic handwriting expertWed, 17 Oct 2018 16:03:21 +0000Spacecraft Launching This Week Will Explore the Mysteries of Mercuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pair-spacecraft-launching-week-explore-mysteries-mercury-180970566/The BepiColombo mission will study the geology and magnetism of the smallest planet to search for clues of our solar system's beginningsWed, 17 Oct 2018 15:01:16 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spiritshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-decades-ago-john-glenns-encore-space-flight-lifted-us-spirits-180970512/Two cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000The True Story of Misty of Chincoteague, the Pony Who Stared Down a Devastating Nor'Easterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/real-misty-chincoteague-once-stared-down-barrel-storm-180970557/The Ash Wednesday Storm of 1962 was a horse of another colorTue, 16 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Dawn of Television Promised Diversity. Here’s Why We Got “Leave It to Beaver” Insteadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dawn-television-promised-diversity-heres-why-we-got-leave-it-beaver-instead-180970548/Using original archival research and FBI blacklist documents, a new book pieces together the intersectional narratives that never made it on airMon, 15 Oct 2018 16:13:53 +0000This Photographer Captures the Beauty and Drama of East Greenland at Winter's Endhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/danie-ferreira-smithsonian-featured-photographer-arctic-180970452/Danie Ferreira shares his experiences documenting one of the world’s coldest climates on the heels of Greenland dogsMon, 15 Oct 2018 15:23:14 +0000The Innovative Spirit: Changing Our World For the Betterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/innovative-spirit-changing-our-world-better-180952004/In partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, we look at the innovative spirit within the Smithsonian and beyondMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:31:07 +0000This New Needle Simulator Could Train Medical Students To Have a Steady Handhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-needle-simulator-could-train-medical-students-to-have-steady-hand-180969867/Penn State researchers have developed a device that could help future doctors perfect their needle insertion technique—before they start on peopleMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:14:32 +0000Stanford Ovshinsky Might Be the Most Prolific Inventor You’ve Never Heard Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/stanford-ovshinsky-might-be-the-most-prolific-inventor-youve-never-heard-of-180970276/A new book calls attention to the 20th-century genius with more than 400 patents to his nameMon, 15 Oct 2018 14:09:30 +0000Blind Cavefish Shed Light on the Dark Days of Mammalian Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blind-cavefish-shed-light-dark-days-mammalian-evolution-180970518/Like mammals, these cave-dwelling creatures have discarded a solar-powered system that repairs UV-damaged DNAFri, 12 Oct 2018 18:49:28 +0000How Chicago Transformed From a Midwestern Outpost Town to a Towering Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-chicago-transformed-from-midwestern-outpost-town-to-towering-city-180970526/The Windy City spurred its miraculous growth by building canals, laying sewers and jacking up buildingsFri, 12 Oct 2018 16:47:31 +0000Scientists Break the Rules of Reproduction by Breeding Mice From Single-Sex Parentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-break-rules-reproduction-breeding-mice-single-sex-parents-180970517/By tinkering with the genes of sperm and egg cells, it's possible to breed mice from two females—and even from two malesFri, 12 Oct 2018 15:12:17 +0000Smithsonian Curator Reflects on What 'First Man' Gets Right About Neil Armstrong's Journey to the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curator-reflects-what-first-man-gets-right-getting-neil-armstrong-moon-180970515/The new film lays bare the personal sacrifice and peril that accompanied NASA's historic mission Thu, 11 Oct 2018 20:04:50 +0000Fishing for Plastic Is the Latest Way to Clean Up Amsterdam’s Canalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/fishing-plastic-latest-way-clean-amsterdams-canals-180970378/Plastic Whale offers visitors an opportunity to see the city by boat while also cleaning up its waterwaysThu, 11 Oct 2018 17:51:37 +0000This Golden Canopy Could Power 500 Homes https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/golden-canopy-could-power-500-homes-180970516/Architects propose a new sustainable landmark on a Melbourne beach that is both public art and a power plantThu, 11 Oct 2018 15:05:05 +0000Tiny Skull Illuminates the Lives of Giant Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-skull-illuminates-lives-giant-dinosaur-180970514/The skull of a juvenile <i>Diplodocus</i> is one of the youngest of these dinosaurs ever foundThu, 11 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000This "Useless" Organ Determines Which Ants Grow Into Large Soldiershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/useless-organ-determine-ants-grow-large-soldiers-180970505/Rudimentary wing discs in ant larvae, which only grow to wings in queens, appear to influence growth into a soldier or workerWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:24:37 +0000Underwater Archaeologists May Have Discovered the Oldest Shipwreck in Lake Erie https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/underwater-archaeologists-may-have-discovered-oldest-shipwreck-lake-erie-180970503/After an ill-fated journey hauling boulders sank it, the Lake Serpent is at last ready to tell its storyWed, 10 Oct 2018 16:24:50 +0000Bill Traylor Depicted His Brutal Lifetime With Vibrant Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bill-traylor-depicted-his-brutal-lifetime-vibrant-art-180970496/A new Smithsonian show, seven years in the making, takes a deep dive into the life of a self-taught artist and former slaveWed, 10 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000This Ultrasound Patch Monitors Blood Pressure in Deep Arterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ultrasound-patch-monitors-blood-pressure-in-deep-arteries-180970484/The flexible wearable could be an alternative to current invasive methods of measuring central blood pressure within the human bodyTue, 09 Oct 2018 14:49:07 +0000Newly Discovered Tyrant Dinosaur Stalked Ancient New Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/newly-discovered-tyrant-dinosaur-stalked-ancient-new-mexico-180970491/The <i>Dynamoterror</i>, a relative of <i>Tyrannosaurs rex</i>, lived millions of years before other known species of tyrannosaurTue, 09 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Fascinating Story of the Texas Archives War of 1842https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fascinating-story-texas-archives-war-1842-180970470/Far from consequential, the battle over where the papers of the Republic of Texas should reside reminds us of the politics of historical memoryTue, 09 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Proteins From Unwashed Dishes Reveal the Diets of a Lost Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-proteins-unwashed-dishes-reveal-diets-lost-civilization-180970481/Material pulled from ceramic sherds reveals the favored foodstuffs in the 8,000-year-old city of Çatalhöyük in TurkeyMon, 08 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In a New Film, Master Artisans Share Their Passion for the Labors They Love https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-film-master-artisans-share-their-passions-labors-love-180970474/Award-winning filmmakers, Smithsonian folklorist Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner, explore impact of craft in <em>Good Work</em>, airing now on PBSFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:27:43 +0000What’s Open and What’s Not During the National Air and Space Museum’s Seven-Year Renovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-open-and-whats-not-during-national-air-and-space-museums-seven-year-renovation-180970483/Visitors might be inconvenienced, but the much-loved Washington, D.C. museum is undergoing a massive revitalizationFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:14:48 +0000The 19th-Century Fight Against Bacteria-Ridden Milk Preserved With Embalming Fluidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/19th-century-fight-bacteria-ridden-milk-embalming-fluid-180970473/In an unpublished excerpt from her new book <i>The Poison Squad</i>, Deborah Blum chronicles the public health campaign against tainted dairy productsFri, 05 Oct 2018 15:22:02 +0000This App Is Saving Thousands of Snakes (and Humans) in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/app-saving-thousands-snakes-and-humans-india-180970467/The Big Four Mapping Project's conservation tool helps prevent snakebites and the killing of common venomous speciesFri, 05 Oct 2018 14:59:17 +0000This Weekend, NYC’s High Line Takes Center Stage for a "Mile-Long Opera"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nycs-high-line-takes-center-stage-mile-long-opera-180970419/1,000 singers from around the city will descend on the popular park to showcase the stories of New YorkersFri, 05 Oct 2018 13:46:08 +0000The True Native New Yorkers Can Never Truly Reclaim Their Homelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-native-new-yorkers-can-never-truly-reclaim-their-homeland-180970472/Nearly 400 years after the alleged “sale of Manhattan,” some Lenape strive to reawaken their cultural heritage on the islands where their ancestors thrivedFri, 05 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Viking Chess Pieces May Reveal Early Whale Hunts in Northern Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/viking-chess-pieces-may-reveal-early-whale-hunts-northern-europe-180970466/The board game <i>hnefatafl</i>, commonly called Viking chess, pits an attacking player against another trying to defend the kingThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:25:28 +0000San Francisco's 'Early Days' Statue Is Gone. Now Comes the Work of Activating Real Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/san-francisco-early-days-statue-gone-now-comes-work-activating-real-history-180970462/The racist sculpture's end comes at a “tipping point for the politics of Native American memory,” says the director of the American Indian MuseumThu, 04 Oct 2018 16:00:00 +0000A New Blood Test Can Determine Your Biological Clockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-blood-test-can-determine-your-biological-clock-180970444/Scientists say it could help pinpoint the best time to take medicine, and also predict disease riskThu, 04 Oct 2018 15:50:07 +0000This Freak Aviation Disaster Brought Supersonic Idealism Down in Flameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freak-aviation-disaster-brought-supersonic-idealism-down-flames-180970459/In a just-released Smithsonian Book, author Samme Chittum assesses the Concorde’s demise with the keen eye of a crime reporterThu, 04 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Ancient Teeth With Neanderthal Features Reveal New Chapters of Human Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-teeth-neanderthal-features-reveal-chapters-human-evolution-180970460/The 450,000-year-old teeth, discovered on the Italian Peninsula, are helping anthropologists piece together the hominid family treeWed, 03 Oct 2018 19:48:45 +0000What Makes the Nobel-Winning Breakthroughs in Immunotherapy So Revolutionaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nobel-winning-breakthroughs-in-immunotherapy-revolutionary-180970454/Targeting the immune system to fight cancer could be the first step to defeating the disease Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:56:16 +0000The Much-Loved Paddington Bear Turns Sixtyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/paddington-bear-turns-sixty-180970439/Celebrating the October 1958 publication of <em>A Bear Called Paddington,</em> Smithsonian Libraries takes a look at several pop-up books Wed, 03 Oct 2018 14:22:28 +0000The Screenwriting Mystic Who Wanted to Be the American Führerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-screenwriting-mystic-who-wanted-be-american-fuhrer-180970449/William Dudley Pelley and his Silver Shirts were just one of many Nazi-sympathizers operating in the United States in the 1930sWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:05:29 +0000Could Offshore Wind Farms Actually Sap the Rain From Hurricanes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-offshore-wind-farms-actually-sap-rain-from-hurricanes-180970448/With enough turbines, the rainfall from Hurricane Harvey could have been reduced by 20 percent, according to a new studyTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:48:44 +0000A New Project Weaves Patient Stories Into Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-project-weaves-patient-stories-art-180970445/A bioengineer collaborates with artists, clinicians and patients to come up with an art exhibition with heartTue, 02 Oct 2018 15:00:13 +0000New Discovery Stirs Up Signs of the Elusive Planet 9https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-discovery-goblin-stirs-signs-elusive-planet-9-180970442/A new minor planet called "the Goblin" is the second most distant known object in the solar systemTue, 02 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000New Cheetah Mom Earns High Marks Caring for Her Three New Smithsonian Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-cheetah-mom-earns-high-marks-caring-her-three-new-smithsonian-cubs-180970440/Cubs born to Sukiri on September 22 are latest in the National Zoo’s efforts to diversify gene pool of captive born cheetahsMon, 01 Oct 2018 20:22:28 +0000This Artist Redefines a "Chiseled Body"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-redefines-chiseled-body-180970435/Life-size and hyper-detailed, these anatomical mosaics draw on ancient inspirationMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:00:20 +0000The Raid on Bermuda That Saved the American Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/raid-bermuda-saved-american-revolution-180970375/How colonial allies in the Caribbean pulled off a heist to equip George Washington's Continental Army with gunpowderMon, 01 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Inside Slab City, a Squatters’ Paradise in Southern Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-slab-city-squatters-paradise-southern-california-180970218/Architect and author Charlie Hailey and photographer Donovan Wylie capture one of America’s last free places Mon, 01 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Can Artificial Islands Solve Overcrowding?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-islands-solve-overcrowding-180970408/Some say yes, others say the increasingly popular projects are too expensive and harmful to the environmentFri, 28 Sep 2018 16:07:02 +0000Would Baseball have Become America’s National Pastime Without Baseball Cards?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-baseball-have-become-americas-national-pastime-without-baseball-cards-180970406/Tobacco companies spurred the mania, but artistry won the hearts of collectorsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:41 +0000The Deadliest Massacre in Reconstruction-Era Louisiana Happened 150 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-deadliest-massacre-reconstruction-era-louisiana-180970420/In September 1868, Southern white Democrats hunted down around 200 African-Americans in an effort to suppress voter turnout Fri, 28 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000Photos Document What Remains of a Soviet Atomic Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/metsamor-armenian-atomic-city-utopia-180970264/A new book explores the architectural history of Metsamor, Armenia, once a planned utopia for nuclear power plant workersThu, 27 Sep 2018 23:04:21 +0000Mapping Armenia’s Edible Landscape, One Wild Bilberry Bush at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenias-edible-landscape-1000-leaf-project-180970426/The 1000 Leaf Project aims to document Armenia's hundreds of edible plants and mushrooms with help from local residentsThu, 27 Sep 2018 21:32:28 +0000This New Coating Could Help Keep Buildings Cool https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-coating-could-help-keep-buildings-cool-180970407/The porous polymer uses tiny air holes to reflect all wavelengths of sunlight, cooling buildings far better than white paintThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000A Hologram of the First Woman of Color in Space Debuted on Museum Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hologram-first-woman-color-space-debuted-museum-day-180970417/An installation at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum featuring Mae Jemison highlights diversity in space explorationThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Film Festival Examines African-American Life Through Dozens of Distinct Lenseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-film-festival-examines-african-american-life-through-dozens-distinct-lenses-1-180970404/The first of its kind, the late-October event brings together perspectives both historical and contemporaryThu, 27 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Names Billie Jean King One of Its "Great Americans" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/billie-jean-king-named-great-americans-180970415/The tennis icon chatted about her life and legacy in a wide-ranging conversation at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 26 Sep 2018 20:15:05 +0000TESS Space Telescope Will Find Thousands of Planets, But Astronomers Seek a Select Fewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tess-space-telescope-will-find-thousands-planets-astronomers-seek-select-few-180970411/NASA's new space telescope has already discovered two planets, but the hunt for a world like Earth is just getting startedWed, 26 Sep 2018 16:56:38 +0000Are Spray-On Antennas the Future of Wearables?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-spray-on-antennas-future-of-wearables-180970396/The ultra-thin, flexible antennas can be applied to nearly any surface using an airbrushWed, 26 Sep 2018 12:43:52 +0000The Mathematical Madness of Möbius Strips and Other One-Sided Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mathematical-madness-mobius-strips-and-other-one-sided-objects-180970394/The discovery of the Möbius strip in the mid-19th century launched a brand new field of mathematics: topologyTue, 25 Sep 2018 17:05:28 +0000The Brain's "Bravery Cells" Encourage Risky Behaviorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brains-bravery-cells-encourage-risky-behavior-could-be-used-calm-anxiety-180970395/Cells in the hippocampus help determine whether to be apprehensive in stressful situations, and they could be stimulated to treat anxietyTue, 25 Sep 2018 16:08:15 +0000Before He Was a Musician, John Lennon Was a Philatelisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/he-was-musician-john-lennon-was-philatelist-180970391/Marking the arrival of a new postage stamp, the musician’s boyhood collection is on view at the National Postal MuseumTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Dead Beneath London's Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dead-beneath-londons-streets-180970385/Human remains dating back to the Roman Empire populate the grounds below the surface, representing a burden for developers but a boon for archaeologistsTue, 25 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000From Lava Tentacles to Abandoned Car Lots, This Acclaimed Violinist Turned Aerial Photographer Captures Our World From 2,000 Feet Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/jassen-todorov-aerial-photography-world-from-above-smithsonian-photo-contest-180970071/Jassen Todorov, a professor of music, shares his journey into the world of aerial photography Tue, 25 Sep 2018 13:38:37 +0000'Axis Sally' Brought Hot Jazz to the Nazi Propaganda Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/axis-sally-and-art-propaganda-180970327/The voice of Nazi Germany’s U.S. radio disinformation campaigns would have had great success in the media landscape of todayTue, 25 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000All-Female Termite Colonies Reproduce Without Male Inputhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/all-female-termite-colonies-reproduce-without-male-input-180970393/These insects seem to have dispensed entirely of the need for males and their spermTue, 25 Sep 2018 00:22:43 +0000Tracing the Mysterious "Turks" of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tracing-mysterious-turks-of-south-carolina-back-revolutionary-war-180970383/For generations, this ethnic group was shunned, but new research sheds light on its originsMon, 24 Sep 2018 18:19:12 +0000Rhino Horn and Tiger Wine: How the Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Growing Bolderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rhino-horn-and-tiger-wine-how-illegal-wildlife-trade-growing-bolder-180970382/Wildlife author and journalist Rachel Nuwer discusses her new book <i>Poached</i> about one of the world's fastest-growing contraband industries Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:58:49 +0000What Can Satellite Imagery Tell Us About Obesity in Cities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-satellite-imagery-tell-us-about-obesity-in-cities-180970354/A new AI can figure out which elements of the built environment might influence a city's obesity rateFri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000What Does Hell Look Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/penguin-book-hell-180970307/A new book imagines how the underworld may appear with these illustrationsFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:16:39 +0000A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/vintage-take-high-fashion-showcases-beauty-stitch-time-180970309/Photographer Cathleen Naundorf mined Chanel's archives for a majestic new book Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philadelphia-threw-wwi-parade-gave-thousands-onlookers-flu-180970372/The city sought to sell bonds to pay for the war effort, while bringing its citizens together during the infamous pandemicFri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000