Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 20 Jul 2018 14:39:38 +0000National Zoo Reports Death of Infant Golden Lion Tamarinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-reports-death-infant-golden-lion-tamarin-180969519/The golden lion tamarin and its sibling were born on Friday, marking the first births of tamarins for the Zoo in a decadeMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:44:45 +0000A Handy Guide to Volcano Vocabhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brush-your-volcano-vocab-these-explosive-terms-180969172/ Laze, vog, lava bomb—we help you decipher what geologists are actually talking aboutFri, 25 May 2018 12:30:00 +0000How Enslaved Chefs Helped Shape American Cuisinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-enslaved-chefs-helped-shape-american-cuisine-180969697/Black cooks created the feasts that gave the South its reputation for hospitalityFri, 20 Jul 2018 14:39:38 +0000What's Behind ABBA's Staying Power?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whats-behind-abbas-staying-power-180969709/Don't call it a comeback. With a new movie and new music on the way, ABBA remains as relevant as everFri, 20 Jul 2018 14:22:54 +0000It's Not Without Caws That Crows Desecrate Their Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/necrowphilia-180969708/What dead crows can teach us about the connections between sex and aggression Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:12:19 +0000The Unexpected Afterlife of Ill-Gotten Wildlife Goodshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/afterlife-of-ill-gotten-wildlife-goods-180969701/Contraband pelts and scales can serve as educational tools, add to research collections and even offer clues back to smugglersFri, 20 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000The 1964 Olympics Was Pivotal to Postwar Tokyohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-1964-olympics-was-pivotal-to-postwar-tokyo/The economic and infrastructure rebuilding of postwar Tokyo was nothing short of a miracle. It culminated with hosting the 1964 Olympic GamesFri, 20 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000What You and a Platypus Have in Common? Mysterious 'Genes' That Jumphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-you-got-your-genes-may-surprise-you-180969704/Horizontal movement of genetic material is widespread across animals, challenging traditional notions of inheritanceThu, 19 Jul 2018 18:37:10 +0000A Soviet Ace Shot Down Nazi Pilots With Great Skill, But Her Feats Are Mostly Forgotten Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/soviet-ace-shot-down-nazi-pilots-with-great-skill-but-her-feats-are-mostly-forgotten-today-180969698/Yekaterina Budanova, who died in combat 75 years ago today, reveals a larger story about the complicated history of women soldiers in the Red ArmyThu, 19 Jul 2018 16:09:52 +0000How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I's Only Attack on American Soilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-tiny-cape-cod-town-survived-world-war-is-only-attack-american-soil-180969691/A century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to seaThu, 19 Jul 2018 13:36:28 +0000National Parks Can Be Just as Smoggy as Major Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ozone-pollution-us-national-parks-180969693/ And it's scaring away visitorsThu, 19 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000Tokyo's Modernization Was Fueled by This Disastrous Earthquakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/tokyos-modernization-was-fueled-by-this-dis/In 1923, Tokyo lay in ruins after the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake. Just seven years later, it was a city rebornThu, 19 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000These Sites Connected to Nelson Mandela's Life Are Haunting and Inspiringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nelson-mandelas-south-africa-180969490/Honor the anti-apartheid activist’s legacy by following his footsteps for his 100th birthdayWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:54:36 +000050 Years Ago, the Whole Earth Catalog Launched and Reinvented the Environmental Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/50-years-ago-whole-earth-catalog-launched-reinvented-environmental-movement-180969682/The publication gave rise to a new community of environmental thinkers, where hippies and technophiles found common groundWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:49:17 +0000Is the Key to Saving Pollinators … Honey Bee Semen?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/key-honey-bee-conservation-bee-semen-180969676/In the hopes of preserving their genetic diversity, entomologists are collecting and freezing this valuable fluidWed, 18 Jul 2018 14:23:28 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-polar-bear-released-back-into-the-wild-by/A marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillWed, 18 Jul 2018 13:11:56 +0000Both Mice and Men Struggle to Abandon Their Best-Laid Planshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mice-and-men-struggle-to-abandon-their-best-laid-plans-180969675/Rodents suffer from the same sunk cost fallacy that makes it so hard for humans to call it quitsWed, 18 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000Homecoming King: The Nation’s T. rex Returns to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/homecoming-king-nations-t-rex-returns-smithsonian-180969673/The fully assembled skeleton will be displayed for the first time at the National Museum of Natural History in June 2019.Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:45:31 +0000How Fruit Flies Stay Young at Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-fruit-flies-stay-young-heart-180969659/Researchers link structural alterations to fruit fly hearts to longevity-promoting changes in metabolismTue, 17 Jul 2018 15:05:00 +0000This Spectacular Canadian Wildlife Reserve Is So Remote, You Can Only Get There Five Weeks a Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spectacular-canadian-wildlife-reserve-so-remote-you-can-only-get-there-five-weeks-year-180969658/Among serious adventure seekers, word is spreading about Torngat Mountains National Park—an Inuit-run reserve in Labrador, Northeastern CanadaTue, 17 Jul 2018 13:44:45 +0000This Crackerjack Lineup of Baseball Memorabilia Drives Home the Game’s American Essencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/crackerjack-lineup-baseball-memorabilia-drives-home-games-american-essence-180969657/A new Library of Congress exhibition includes such treasures as the original 1857 “Magna Carta of Baseball”Tue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Supernova That Launched a Thousand Gorgeous Space Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/supernova-launched-thousand-gorgeous-space-images-180969611/By colorizing one of the first Hubble satellite images, illustrator Dana Berry ushered in a new era of stunning space visualsTue, 17 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Churchill Protects Itself From Polar Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-churchill-protects-itself-from-polar-bears/Conservationists have tracked down a polar bear who has taken to venturing into nearby Churchill. The next step is to airlift him by helicopterTue, 17 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Dubai Will Be Home To the World’s Biggest Vertical Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dubai-will-be-home-to-worlds-biggest-vertical-farm-180969655/An indoor megafarm might be the best way for the United Arab Emirates—a country that imports an estimated 85 percent of its food—to attempt to feed itselfMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:18:23 +0000This Is Your Brain on Fatherhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neurochemistry-fatherhood-180969635/What clownfish stepfathers and Dad-of-the-Year foxes teach us about paternal neurochemistry in the animal kingdomMon, 16 Jul 2018 16:25:37 +0000What Knitting Can Teach You About Mathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-knitting-can-teach-you-about-math-180969637/In this professor's class, there are no calculators. Instead, students learn advanced math by drawing pictures, playing with beach balls—and knittingMon, 16 Jul 2018 15:46:44 +0000A 1911 Report Set America On a Path of Screening Out 'Undesirable' Immigrantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1911-report-set-america-on-path-screening-out-undesirable-immigrants-180969636/The Dillingham Commission conducted one of the most extensive investigations on immigration to the U.S. But in the end, bias hijacked its recommendationsMon, 16 Jul 2018 15:14:15 +0000Can We Create Sunscreen That Protects Both Humans and Coral Reefs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/scientists-are-unraveling-new-dangers-sunscreen-coral-reefs-180969627/Sunscreen is vital for skin protection. But researchers are finding that even 'reef-friendly' versions may pose serious environmental threatsMon, 16 Jul 2018 14:59:57 +0000This Footage of Jaguars in Panama Could Save Their Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-footage-of-jaguars-in-panama-could-save/Ricardo Moreno is on a mission to convince Panamanian farmers not to hunt jaguars, which they fear are preying on their livestockMon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Works by Over 100 Contemporary Artists Take Over Clevelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/front-international-brings-art-world-cleveland-180969629/The citywide FRONT International festival is the largest event of its kind in North AmericaSat, 14 Jul 2018 20:52:46 +0000Raising a Glass to Armenia’s Elaborate Toasting Traditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/raising-glass-armenias-elaborate-toasting-tradition-180969631/In the backyard of the world’s oldest-known winery, a cherished national tradition evolvedFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:19:12 +0000Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/illuminating-shadowy-art-armenian-puppet-theater-180969622/Tricksters and beasts dance across the imagination in these silhouetted puppet showsFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:03:11 +0000This Cold War-Era Publishing House Wanted To Share American Values With the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/cold-war-government-funded-publishing-house-took-american-literature-world-180969624/Funded by the U.S. government, Franklin Publications was viewed as pushing imperialist propagandaFri, 13 Jul 2018 15:45:09 +0000Unprecedented Billboard Campaign Puts Spotlight on Indigenous Artists in Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/unprecedented-nationwide-billboard-campaign-spotlight-indigenous-artists-180969617/“Resilience” features artwork by 50 indigenous women supersized on billboards throughout Canada—from British Columbia's coast to Newfoundland's eastern tipFri, 13 Jul 2018 15:42:47 +0000How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-data-gathering-seals-help-scientists-measure-melting-antarctic-180969615/Stumped on how to take the temperature of the ocean floor, oceanographers turned to the cutest, most competent divers they knewFri, 13 Jul 2018 14:59:22 +0000A Robot May One Day Draw Your Bloodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-may-one-day-draw-your-blood-180969558/Scientists have developed a "venipuncture robot" that can automatically draw blood and perform lab tests, no humans neededFri, 13 Jul 2018 14:33:57 +0000The Scientific Quest For the Perfect S’morehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-quest-perfect-smore-180969620/A trial by fireFri, 13 Jul 2018 13:30:00 +0000This Famous Singer Ditched L.A. for a Five-Year Retreathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/this-famous-singer-ditched-la-for-a-five-y/The San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusionFri, 13 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Scientific Images Make Dazzling Art In a Duke University Exhibithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/scientific-images-make-dazzling-art-in-duke-university-exhibit-180969604/Three graduate students set out to show that the scientific and artistic processes are more similar than many imagineThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:49:06 +0000Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Sincehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenias-tree-life-tradition-took-root-thousands-years-ago-and-has-only-grown-180969609/The tree adorned in this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will continue to blossom overseasThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:38 +0000The Historical Struggle to Rid Socialism of Sexismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/historical-struggle-rid-socialism-sexism-180969610/When it was founded, the Socialist Party of America proclaimed itself as the champion of women's rights. The reality was much more complicatedThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:27:06 +0000Scientists Explain The Thrill of Detecting a Neutrino From a Far-Off Galaxyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/icecube-observatory-detects-neutrino-and-discovers-blazar-its-source-180969613/For the first time, the IceCube observatory has triumphantly tracked a neutrino back to a massive blazarThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:07:04 +0000Seven Artists Explore New Orleans' Forgotten Historieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/artists-tell-untold-histories-new-orleans-tricentennial-180969450/A new exhibit timed to the city's tricentennial explores The Big Easy's diverse and sometimes troubled pastThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:37:32 +0000The History and Psychology of Roller Coastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/psychology-roller-coasters-180969607/ Researchers take you on a wild ride through endorphins, brain chemistry and stress science to explain the allure of theme park thrillThu, 12 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000Why Los Angeles Is One of the Best Places to Filmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-los-angeles-is-one-of-the-best-places-to/The San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusion. One of the more famous was Leonard Cohen who spent five years thereThu, 12 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Connecticut Farm Is Milking Cows for Datahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-connecticut-farm-is-milking-cows-data-180969606/Robotic milkers, video cameras and even sensors hidden inside cows will help the facility get the most milk from a healthy herdWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:00:03 +0000Should We Share Human Cancer Treatments With Tumorous Turtles?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharing-human-cancer-treatments-turtles-180969600/They may be key to saving wild sea turtles from tumors associated with turtle-specific herpesWed, 11 Jul 2018 17:09:14 +0000These Volcanic, Italian Islands Have Been Beloved by Travelers Since Homeric Timeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/think-youve-seen-enough-italy-these-volcanic-islands-will-change-your-mind-180969536/The Aeolian Islands have been drawing visitors, fictional and real, for centuriesWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:42:54 +0000A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/monster-festival-pilgrimage-small-town-america-180969568/How monster festivals became American pilgrimage sitesWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:04:34 +0000When a Bavarian Monastery Provided a Home to Jewish Refugeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-bavarian-monastery-provided-home-jewish-refugees-180969587/As World War II ended, Europe’s Jews began the process of rebuilding their lives and families. But few places were like St. OttilienWed, 11 Jul 2018 15:23:31 +0000A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Batshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-surveillance-program-identifies-never-seen-virus-myanmars-bats-180969598/The discovery of two new viruses related to those that cause SARS and MERS marks PREDICT's first milestone in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:37:47 +0000How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cyclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-noisy-males-control-gnus-cycle-180969596/New research shows that ovulation in Serengeti wildebeests is accelerated and synchronized by the yammering of eager malesWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:33:00 +0000How Meghan Markle Went From Actress to British Nobilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-meghan-markle-went-from-actress-to-briti/Meghan Markle was an up-and-coming actress when she met and fell in love with Britain's Prince HarryWed, 11 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-years-special-olympics-has-given-marginalized-superstars-center-stage-180969584/Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the games offer intellectually disabled athletes the chance to dazzle an international audienceTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:55 +0000New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-artificial-insemination-technique-successfully-breeds-critically-endangered-scimitar-horned-oryx-180969588/This marks the first birth of an oryx through artificial insemination that did not rely on potentially fertility-compromising anesthesiaTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:40:04 +0000How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-gay-activists-challenged-politics-civility-180969579/From pie-throwing to shouting down public figures, these groups disturbed the establishment to effect changeTue, 10 Jul 2018 13:39:49 +0000The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-woman-who-meticulously-illustrates-plants-name-science-180969544/The Smithsonian’s first and only botanical illustrator brings her subjects to life in all their scientific gloryTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Deadly Attempt to Assassinate Qin Shi Huanghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-deadly-attempt-to-assassinate-qin-shi-huang/In 230 BC, the armies of the powerful Qin Shi Huang looked set to conquer all before them. But one neighboring kingdom, Yan, had other ideasTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Most Massive of Dinos Evolved Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-massive-dinosaurs-evolved-earlier-previously-thought--180969577/A Triassic giant unearthed in Argentina suggests that dinosaurs took the path to greatness at least twiceMon, 09 Jul 2018 18:22:46 +0000How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs' Deadly Smoochhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tiny-trackers-could-help-humans-avoid-kissing-bugs-deadly-smooch-180969569/The insects, which spread Chagas disease, can now be tracked with miniature radios to stop the spread of illnessMon, 09 Jul 2018 15:28:39 +0000How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Sealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tiniest-parasites-taking-down-mightiest-monk-seals-180969559/Toxoplasmosis is now the number one disease threat to the recovery of this endangered marine mammalMon, 09 Jul 2018 15:00:00 +0000How Humans Created the Ultimate Superpests https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-it-comes-humans-and-wildlife-whos-bothering-whom-180969567/As urbanization continues to push wildlife to the brink, humans may need to reevaluate their role in habitat destructionMon, 09 Jul 2018 14:07:25 +0000This Chinese Emperor Was Betrayed by His Mother's Loverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-chinese-emperor-was-betrayed-by-his-mot/China's young emperor, Qin Shi Huang, faced a serious threat to his reign in 238 BC. At the heart of it was his mother, Queen Zhao, and her ambitious loverMon, 09 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rughttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/age-old-tradition-armenian-carpet-making-refuses-be-swept-under-rug-180969557/A new generation is emerging to craft the ancient rugsFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:03:35 +0000How a Record-Breaking Aerial Tramway Helped Save a Centuries-Old Armenian Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/aerial-tramway-helped-save-armenias-tatev-monastery-180969545/The world's longest reversible cableway now carries an unprecedented number of visitors to this historic site Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:04:10 +0000Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Samehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-pioneer-who-pushed-boundaries-science-and-feminism-180969555/A scientist and so much more, she helped lay the groundwork for curing tuberculosis but still found time to promote women doctorsFri, 06 Jul 2018 13:42:41 +0000This Sailor Got Sucked Inside a Fighter Jet Enginehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-sailor-got-sucked-inside-a-fighter-jet/From getting sucked into a fighter jet engine to a misjudged landing by an approaching jet fighter, an active flight deck is a minefield of dangerFri, 06 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/giant-panda-mei-xiang-will-not-give-birth-180969550/After a week and a half of waiting, the National Zoo confirms that Mei Xiang experienced a pseudopregnancy. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:12:52 +0000Building the Flight 93 Memorial's Massive Chime Towerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/building-flight-93-memorials-massive-chime-tower-180969543/The Tower of Voices, being erected in Pennsylvania this summer, will feature chimes on a scale unseen anywhere else in the worldThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:00:00 +0000How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fallback-historic-traditions-might-save-catalonia-red-shrimp-fishery-180969542/The Boquera brothers, two fishermen from the Costa Brava, are part an innovative management plan that combines science with maritime skills and knowledgeThu, 05 Jul 2018 15:23:15 +0000How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options for Chemo Patientshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-ovaries-could-expand-fertility-options-chemo-patients-180969547/Scientists have taken the next steps toward creating an alternative fertility preservation method using modified ovarian tissueThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:37:38 +0000Forget Baguettes — Why In-the-Know Bread Lovers Should be Heading to the Caucasus (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forget-baguettes-why-know-bread-lovers-should-be-heading-caucasus-180969535/During a culinary research trip to the Republic of Georgia, a team of chefs tour backyard bakeries — and return with inspiration for their flatbreadThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:05:57 +0000How Feasting Rituals Help Shape Human Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feasting-rituals-crucial-step-toward-human-civilization-180969540/These transformative practices—and the cooperation they require—are a cornerstone of societies the world overThu, 05 Jul 2018 13:42:55 +0000How Alcatraz Has Changed Throughout Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-alcatraz-has-changed-throughout-history/Alcatraz has gone from a 'place of evil spirits' in native American lore, to a military prison, to a federal lockupThu, 05 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Meghan Markle and Frances Work Have in Commonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-meghan-markle-and-frances-work-have-in/In the 1880s, Frances Ellen Work, a free-spirited American heiress married James Roche, an Irish baronWed, 04 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hundreds-years-papier-mache-surreal-face-catalan-culture-180969526/Street performers disguised as Giants and Big Heads blend reverence with ribaldry at the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:08:49 +0000What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/founding-fathers-july-4th-result-both-american-revolution-and-food-revolution-180969538/They may not have been hosting a cookout, but they did know how to imbibe and celebrateTue, 03 Jul 2018 18:29:37 +0000The Pickup Truck's Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pickup-trucks-transformation-from-humble-workhorse-to-fancy-toy-180969523/From 'rusty rattletraps' to 'big black jacked-up' rides, the vehicles symbolize blue-collar identity while flaunting bourgeois prosperityTue, 03 Jul 2018 15:17:11 +0000How the Fourth of July Was Celebrated (and Protested) in 1968https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-fourth-july-was-celebrated-and-protested-1968-180969524/Headlines from <em>The New York Times</em> reveal how the nation and the world commemorated Independence Day in what had already been a tumultuous yearTue, 03 Jul 2018 15:13:52 +0000Five Real Life Wasp Superpowers Not in <i>Ant-Man and the Wasp</i>https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-should-let-wasp-be-your-hero-today-180969521/Bees tend to get all the attention, but Marvel turns the spotlight on one of nature’s most devious mastermindsTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:00:59 +0000The Point of Armenia's Splashy Holiday Is Getting Wethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-point-splashy-holiday-getting-wet-180969520/The ancient tradition of Vardavar attracts tourists to Armenia, but bring a change of clothesTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0000What the 2026 World Cup Could Do for America's 250th Birthday Celebrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/world-cup-and-250th-180969522/In eight years, the soccer tournament will come to the U.S. just as we mark a major anniversary, providing an opportunity that can't be missedTue, 03 Jul 2018 13:26:02 +0000The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/visionary-john-wesley-powell-had-plan-developing-west-nobody-listened-180969182/Powell’s foresight might have prevented the 1930s dust bowl and perhaps, today’s water scarcitiesTue, 03 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Lighthouse Made Sailing Into San Francisco Bay Saferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-lighthouse-made-sailing-into-san-franci/With heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot saferTue, 03 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musicians-songs-give-powerful-voice-a-language-crisis-180969518/Singer and linguistic activist Alidé Sans hails from an isolated Catalan valley where a rare dialect is spoken Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:47:07 +0000For His Patriotic Birthday, Five Facts About Calvin Coolidgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/his-patriotic-birthday-five-facts-about-calvin-coolidge-180969516/On Coolidge’s would-be 146th birthday, celebrate with some little-known facts about our 30th PresidentMon, 02 Jul 2018 18:01:23 +0000How Ancient Teeth Reveal the Roots of Humankindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-teeth-reveal-our-roots-180969495/From diet to evolution, prehistoric chompers tell archaeologists a surprising amount about our ancestorsMon, 02 Jul 2018 16:30:34 +0000Personal Flying Machines of the Future Won't Look Much Like Jet Packshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/personal-flying-machines-future-wont-look-much-jetpacks-180969487/Judging from the GoFly competition, they're much more likely to resemble flying motorbikesMon, 02 Jul 2018 15:16:41 +0000Racism Kept Connecticut's Beaches White Up Through the 1970shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connecticuts-beaches-were-largely-limits-african-americans-through-1970s-180969494/By bussing black kids from Hartford to the shore, Ned Coll took a stand against the bigotry of “armchair liberals”Mon, 02 Jul 2018 15:03:32 +0000The Adventurous Writer Who Brought Nancy Drew To Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/adventurous-writer-who-brought-Nancy-Drew-to-life-180969479/Mildred Wirt Benson helped invent the fictional teen sleuth who became a generational role modelMon, 02 Jul 2018 14:44:50 +0000Anti-War Protests Turn Violent at 1968 Democratic Conventionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/anti-war-protests-turn-violent-at-1968-democ/It's August 26, 1968, and the Democratic National Convention is about to kick off in Chicago. In the background, scenes of turbulence and unrestMon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Soup Nourishes Barcelona's Tradition of Welcoming Immigrantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-soup-nourishes-barcelonas-tradition-welcoming-immigrants-180969492/In the town plaza of Nou Barris, a festival feast mixes together the spices and flavorings of the world’s cuisinesFri, 29 Jun 2018 19:18:00 +0000What Will It Take to Make Vegan Wool?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-it-take-to-make-vegan-wool-180969478/A team of Colombian students has created a wool-like material from coconut fibers, hemp and mushroom enzymesFri, 29 Jun 2018 16:34:06 +0000Let Us Tell You S'more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/let-us-tell-you-smore-americas-favorite-campfire-treat-180969482/The gooey snack became popular thanks to technological advances of the Industrial Revolution, which brought cheap sweets to the massesFri, 29 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Catch a Game at These Still-Functional All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Ballparks This Summerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-historic-all-american-girls-professional-baseball-league-ballparks-180969328/Celebrate the league's 75 year anniversary at a historic stadiumFri, 29 Jun 2018 12:25:00 +0000The Intricate Skill That Goes Into Landing a Fighter Jethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-intricate-skill-that-goes-into-landing-a/Landing on an aircraft carrier's 300-feet runway seems like an impossible taskFri, 29 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Earliest Mammals Kept Their Cool With Descended Testicleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-mammals-kept-their-cool-descended-testicles-180969476/But if free-swinging sperm sacs are the norm, then why did undescended ones evolve four separate times?Thu, 28 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +0000Alternatives to Heterosexual Pairings, Brought to You By Non-Human Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/alternatives-heterosexual-pairings-brought-you-non-human-animals-180969481/No one quite has this sex thing figured out, but these non-binary animals have some good ideasThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:22:56 +0000A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Pandahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/primer-zoos-possibly-pregnant-giant-panda-180969477/In anticipation of a potential new cub, here’s a refresher on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian’s storied pastThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:46:41 +0000This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armeniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/free-virtual-reality-app-drops-users-heart-historic-armenia-180969480/Painstaking imaging of cultural heritage sites worldwide has the potential to usher in a new era of participatory preservation effortsThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:01:35 +0000The Battle Over the Memory of the Spanish Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/battle-memory-spanish-civil-war-180969338/How Spain chooses to memorialize Francisco Franco and the victims of his authoritarian regime is tearing the nation apartThu, 28 Jun 2018 14:02:34 +0000The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/A new Smithsonian exhibition examines the global context that bolstered the colonists’ fight for independenceThu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Aircraft Carrier Cannon Fires 4,500 Rounds a Minutehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-aircraft-carrier-cannon-fires-4500-rou/The Sea Wiz is the affectionate nickname given to a 20mm Vulcan Cannon on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. It fires 4,500 rounds a minuteThu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Meet the Americans Following in the Footsteps of the Knights Templarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-americans-following-footsteps-knights-templar-180969344/Disbanded 700 years ago, the most famous of the medieval Christian orders is undergoing a 21st century revivalThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Counterfeit Queen of Soulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/counterfeit-queen-soul-180969340/A strange and bittersweet ballad of kidnapping, stolen identity and unlikely stardomThu, 28 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marine-mammals-yawn-more-questions-readers-180969354/You asked, we answeredThu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000An Artistic Reimagining of London's Past in 'Old River Thames'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artistic-reimagining-londons-past-old-river-thames-180969342/Tally ho! Photographer Julia Fullerton-Batten English looks at when swan lovers come to their censusThu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Soulful, Soothing Armenian Songs and Instrumentals Blend East With West https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-soulful-soothing-armenian-songs-and-instrumentals-blend-east-west-180969474/Performers from all over the globe gather with traditional instruments to perform at this year’s Folklife Festival Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Neanderthals Hunted in Groups, One More Strike Against the Dumb Brute Mythhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neanderthals-hunted-groups-one-more-strike-against-dumb-brute-myth-180969472/The skeletons of deer killed 120,000 years ago offer more evidence of cooperative behavior and risk-taking among our hominin relativesWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:04:09 +0000Some of Barcelona's Most Acclaimed Musicians Will Rock and Rumba Washington D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/some-barcelonas-most-acclaimed-musicians-rock-rumba-washington-180969457/Six acclaimed Catalan musical acts introduce Folklife Festival-goers to Mediterranean rock, habanera, rumbero and rumba Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:26:17 +0000Today's Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren't They Huger?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-whales-are-so-huge-why-arent-they-huger-180969466/Most giant cetaceans only got giant in the past 4.5 million years, suggesting they could have room to growWed, 27 Jun 2018 15:52:55 +0000The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/epic-quest-ride-worlds-biggest-wave-180969351/Welcome to the new Mt. Everest of surfing, a notoriously dangerous break off the coast of PortugalWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000Engineering the Perfect Wavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/engineering-perfect-wave-180969335/A technology breakthrough allows surf legend Kelly Slater to manufacture the same wave over and over againWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000What It Took to Set the World Record for Surfinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-took-set-world-record-surfing-180969334/Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa had to conquer PTSD before he was ready to break Garrett McNamara’s world recordWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:30:00 +0000This French Town Has Welcomed Refugees for 400 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chambon-french-town-refugees-180969356/For centuries, the people of the mountain village of Chambon-sur-Lignon have opened their arms to the world’s displacedWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000Pushed to the Margins, These Brave People Are Pushing Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pushed-margins-brave-people-pushing-back-180969349/From the American West to the Middle East, the powerless face stark choices when confronted by the powerfulWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Slow Recovery in Puerto Ricohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puertorico_photo-essay-slow-recoery-180969346/As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria approaches, Puerto Ricans feel not only devastated but abandonedWed, 27 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000This Apollo 8 Astronaut Took the Famous "Earthrise" Photohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-apollo-8-astronaut-took-the-famous-ear_1/Once in orbit, astronaut William Anders takes one of the most legendary photographs of all timeWed, 27 Jun 2018 13:31:01 +0000Fifty Years Ago, Airline Diplomacy Sought to Bring the U.S. and U.S.S.R. Closer Togetherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-airline-diplomacy-sought-bring-us-ussr-together-180969350/Hopes for a Cold War détente were sky high when the first American and Soviet flights took off 50 years agoWed, 27 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margaritahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/uniquely-texas-origins-frozen-margarita-180969339/A Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever sinceWed, 27 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Preservation Battle of Grand Centralhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/preservation-battle-grand-central-180969446/Forty years ago, preservationists—including a former First Lady—fought to maintain the integrity of New York City’s historic railway stationTue, 26 Jun 2018 16:35:38 +0000Why Bioluminescence Evolved to Be Red Light, and Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-bioluminescence-evolved-be-red-light-and-blue-180969435/The laws of nature constrict living light to a few hues, which also happen to be quite patrioticTue, 26 Jun 2018 14:25:24 +0000How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-armenian-dance-adapted-over-time-and-place-180969436/Choreography, music and technique are on tap at a Folklife Festival Dance Summit Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000An Intense Struggle to Catch a Giant West African Tarponhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/an-intense-struggle-to-catch-a-giant-west-af/Famed fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee thinks he may have snared a giant barracuda. He hasn't, but he's caught another interesting and prized fishTue, 26 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millenniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/buried-ash-vesuvius-scrolls-are-being-read-new-xray-technique-180969358/A revolutionary American scientist is using subatomic physics to decipher 2,000-year-old texts from the early days of Western civilizationTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Iconic Hula Hoop Keeps on Rollinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/iconic-hula-hoop-keeps-rolling-180969355/How the loopy 60-year-old toy maintains its popularityTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Raging Controversy at the Border Began With This Incident 100 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/raging-controversy-border-began-100-years-ago-180969343/In Nogales, Arizona, the United States and Mexico agreed to build walls separating their countriesTue, 26 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000King T’Challa’s Black Panther Suit, a Bold Statement of Afrofuturist Pride, Comes to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/king-tchallas-black-panther-suit-bold-statement-afrofuturist-pride-Smithsonian-180969441/Pounce on the opportunity to celebrate contemporary African-African filmmaking at the National Museum of African American History and Culture this fallMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:41:21 +0000A Century Ago, the Romanovs Met a Gruesome Endhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/romanovs_helen-rappaport-new-book-180969336/Helen Rappaport’s new book investigates if the family could have been savedMon, 25 Jun 2018 17:49:08 +0000Festival de Folklife Com a Principiant de Conversahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/festival-de-folklife-com-principiant-de-conversa-180969438/El director Michael Atwood Mason reflexiona sobre els poders transformadors de l'intercanvi culturalMon, 25 Jun 2018 14:48:21 +0000"Time Banking" Is Catching On In the Digital Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/time-banking-is-catching-on-in-digital-world-180969437/Apps that allow users to pay for services in redeemable credits instead of cash are helping to build communitiesMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:12:50 +0000Here’s How to Have a More Meaningful Experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-how-have-more-meaningful-experience-smithsonian-folklife-festival-180969420/Director Michael Atwood Mason reflects on the transformative powers of cultural exchange Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-headlines-catalan-culture-has-long-history-vibrancy-and-staying-power-180969294/The autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia takes center stage at this summer's Smithsonian Folklife FestivalMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unfurling-rich-tapestry-armenian-culture-180969251/This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will offer a window on Armenian visions of homeMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Mother Tiger Makes Speedy Kill to Feed Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/mother-tiger-makes-speedy-kill-to-feed-cubs/Tiger cub Kumal is entirely dependent on his mother to hunt prey. He also relies on his father for protection against intrudersMon, 25 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Some Summers Are So Appealing For Mosquitoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-some-summers-appealing-mosquitoes-180969434/...and so unbearable for youFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:35:10 +0000You'll Have to Take a Boat Ride and a Hike Through the Forest to Get to France's Newest Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/youll-have-take-boat-ride-and-hike-through-forest-get-frances-newest-art-museum-180969431/A new French museum puts an out-of-the-box spin on the usual gallery experienceFri, 22 Jun 2018 17:21:34 +0000It's Pooches vs. Poachers in the Fight Against Wildlife Smugglershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pooches-vs-poachers-in-the-fight-against-wildlife-smugglers-180969430/A new breed of law enforcement is on the scene—and its bite is stronger than its barkFri, 22 Jun 2018 15:30:00 +0000Can Artificial Intelligence Help Stop School Shootings?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-intelligence-help-stop-school-shootings-180969288/Some researchers believe it could help predict student violence. Others worry about unintended consequencesFri, 22 Jun 2018 14:05:22 +0000Stunning Aerial Footage of Victoria Fallshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/stunning-aerial-footage-of-victoria-falls/In Zambia, the 'Smoke That Thunders' is the name given to a gaping ravine filled with a stunning waterfall. We know it better as Victoria FallsFri, 22 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Hammond Train Wreck of 1918 Killed Scores of Circus Performers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hammond-train-wreck-disaster-1918-killed-dozens-circus-performers-180969428/One hundred years ago, a horrific railway disaster decimated the Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus—but the show still went onFri, 22 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetimehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/andean-solstice-celebrations-capture-spacetime-180969426/Exploring the similarities and differences between Indigenous and Western cosmologiesThu, 21 Jun 2018 19:13:42 +0000Maya Freelon’s Immersive and Interactive Sculptures Bring Tissue Paper to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/maya-freelons-immersive-and-interactive-sculptures-bring-tissue-paper-life-180969427/Her artwork will be a part of this weekend’s By the People Festival at the Arts and Industries buildingThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:31:20 +0000Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/operation-calamari-how-smithsonian-got-its-giant-squids-180969422/After a decade on view, these cephalopod specimens have a growing fan base Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:46:30 +0000How We Elected <i>T. rex</i> to Be Our Tyrant Lizard Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-we-elected-t-rex-be-our-tyrant-lizard-king-180969419/The true story behind our obsession with the last and largest of the tyrannosaurs Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:40:43 +0000The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro's Crocodiles https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-castros-crocodiles-180969417/Breeders are trying to save a 'pure' Cuban crocodile—but out in the wild, divisions between species are increasingly murkyThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000What a Cabinet of Fake Noses Tells Us About How Art Preservation Has Evolvedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cabinet-fake-noses-sculture-180969163/The collection of replica appendages is on display in Copenhagen's Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek art museumThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:10:00 +0000The Biggest Threat Facing the City of Miamihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-biggest-threat-facing-the-city-of-miami/Rising sea levels are threatening to flood Miami. In fact, some scientists estimate that the entire city could be underwater by the end of the 21st centuryThu, 21 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Jupiter May Have Gifted Early Earth With Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-jupiter-may-have-gifted-early-earth-water-180969411/A new model of the solar system suggest we have gas giants to thank for our watery worldWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Device Pulls Water Out of Desert Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-device-pulls-water-out-of-desert-air-180969398/A new water harvester can extract water from extremely dry air, using only solar energyWed, 20 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why People Believed Hippos Were Related to Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-people-believed-hippos-were-related-to-w/Hippos were once believed to be related to whales. They're both mammals, they both sleep underwater, and they both rise to breathe in their sleepWed, 20 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-unearthed-civil-war-bones-speak-silently-grim-aftermath-battle-180969413/What the amputated limbs and full skeletons of a Manassas burial pit tell us about wartime surgical practicesWed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:51 +0000The Original 'Space Invaders' Is a Meditation on 1970s America's Deepest Fears https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/original-space-invaders-icon-1970s-America-180969393/ One of the first digital shooting games reflected a fear of, well, invaders—a fear that still resonates todayTue, 19 Jun 2018 15:38:39 +0000Some Animals Take Turns While Talking, Just Like Humans. Why?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/animals-too-take-turns-conversation-1-180969397/Understanding their courteous exchanges—from frog croaks to elephant rumbles—could shed light on the origins of human conversationTue, 19 Jun 2018 14:56:54 +0000The Unheralded Pioneers of 19th-Century America Were Free African-American Families https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unheralded-pioneers-19th-century-america-were-free-african-american-families-180969400/In her new book, 'The Bone and Sinew of the Land', historian Anna-Lisa Cox explores the mostly ignored story of the free black people who first moved WestTue, 19 Jun 2018 14:34:34 +0000The Neuroscientist in the Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/neuroscientist-art-museum-180969388/At Massachusetts's Peabody Essex Museum, Tedi Asher is using neuroscience research to create impactful art experiencesTue, 19 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why These Lagoons Are Full of Giant Barracudahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-these-lagoons/The maze of lagoons in Loango National Park, in Gabon, isn't just a good place to hunt barracudas--it's also an ancient migratory routeTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-daguerreotype-photography-reflected-changing-america-180969389/The National Portrait Gallery brings the eerie power of a historic medium into focusMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:13:51 +0000North America’s Most Spectacular Waterfallshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/north-americas-most-spectacular-waterfalls-180969238/Six must-see waterfalls you can visit in the United States, Canada and MexicoMon, 18 Jun 2018 18:53:11 +0000An Astronaut Reflects on Sally Ride's Legacy for Women in STEMhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sally-k-rides-legacy-encouraging-young-women-embrace-science-and-engineering-180969392/ Ride encouraged girls to embrace science and engineering, helping democratize space for all. But more work is neededMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:45:42 +0000Three Ways Bats Could Bounce Back From Devastating White Nose Syndromehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bats-could-bounce-back-devastating-white-nose-syndrome-180969378/Scientists are testing light therapy, a fungus-killing fungus—and maybe, doing nothingMon, 18 Jun 2018 17:30:00 +0000How This Comic Maker Plans to Make Everyone an Artist https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-comic-maker-plants-make-everyone-artist-180969379/The first annual "By the People Festival" kicks off in the Washington, D.C. area with interactive art, gospel, Jazz, opera and other performancesMon, 18 Jun 2018 14:52:36 +0000Why a Fire Broke Out at William the Conqueror's Coronationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-a-fire-broke/William the Conqueror's coronation was marred by a bizarre incident. The guards outside the cathedral mistook the cheers for a riotMon, 18 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000When America's Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fiery-socialist-challenged-nations-role-wwi-180969386/After winning 6 percent of the vote in the 1912 presidential election, Eugene Debs ran afoul of the nation's new anti-sedition lawsFri, 15 Jun 2018 18:08:36 +0000For 50 Years, José Feliciano's Version of the National Anthem Has Given Voice to Immigrant Pridehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-50-years-jose-felicianos-soulful-take-national-anthem-given-pride-immigrant-pride-180969380/The acclaimed musician offers a moving welcome to the newest U.S. citizens and donates his guitarFri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:28 +0000Why Are There Laws That Restrict What People Can Wear to the Polls?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-are-there-laws-restrict-what-people-can-wear-polls-180969381/A new Supreme Court ruling changes the course of a century-long debate over speech and conduct when voting Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:31:24 +0000Jurassic Park's Unlikely Symbiosis With Real-World Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jurassic-park-reveals-delicate-interplay-between-science-and-science-fiction-180969331/The 1993 film showed both the promise and misconceptions that surround ancient DNAFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:33:21 +0000Here's Why Mount Si Stands Out in TV Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/mtrainier/While Seattle is surrounded by dramatic peaks on all sides, the relatively small Mount Si sticks out as a key location in the iconic TV series, Twin PeaksFri, 15 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Secret Corner of California Is a Paradise for Lovers of Great Food and Top-Notch Wineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secret-corner-california-paradise-lovers-great-food-and-top-notch-wines-180969269/Jody Rosen meets the free spirits giving shape to this flourishing wine region with a soon-to-be-legendary culinary scene, California’s Mendocino CountyThu, 14 Jun 2018 19:35:45 +0000Fear of Humans Is Forcing Daytime Animals Into Night Modehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-forcing-daytime-animals-night-mode-180969366/The stress is pushing some animals to adjust their schedules—but not all will be quick enough to adaptThu, 14 Jun 2018 18:00:00 +0000Putting Enslaved Families' Stories Back in the Monticello Narrativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/putting-enslaved-families-stories-back-monticello-narrative-180969372/An oral history project deepens our understanding of U.S. history by sharing accounts of the community owned by Thomas JeffersonThu, 14 Jun 2018 16:41:15 +0000Space Needle Was Designed to Look Very Differenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/space-needle-was-designed-to-look-very-diffe/While it's hard to imagine Seattle's Space Needle looking any other way, few people know that the iconic 'flying saucer' design wasn't the original choiceThu, 14 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This NASA Satellite Can Map the Planet's Soil Moisture Content In Just Three Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasa-satellite-can-map-planets-soil-moisture-content-in-just-three-days-180969330/The speedy collection of this data will help with crop management and flood predictionWed, 13 Jun 2018 17:59:19 +0000The First Family of Rodeohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/first-family-rodeo-180969329/Will a cowboy legend have what it takes to recapture the championship?Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:02:49 +0000Like Birds, Some Bats Warble to Woo Their Mateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/like-birds-bats-warble-woo-mates-180969333/They join an elite club of mammals—including mice, whales and humans—whose melodies convey complex informationWed, 13 Jun 2018 15:50:03 +0000What if Napoleon Hadn't Lost Europe and Other Questions of Alternate Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-if-napoleon-lost-europe-and-other-questions-alternate-history-180969326/How the 200-year-old literary genre reflects changing notions of history and societyWed, 13 Jun 2018 13:31:11 +0000Nearly Half the Patents on Marine Genes Belong to Just One Companyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nearly-half-all-patents-marine-genes-belong-just-one-company-180969325/Who owns biodiversity? No one and everyone—or maybe, a German chemical companyWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/are-the-sands/The reddish hues of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert in southern Africa are a result of concentrations of iron in the sandWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-theater-blaze-killed-hundreds-forever-changed-way-we-approach-fire-safety-180969315/The deadly conflagration ushered in a series of reforms that are still visible todayTue, 12 Jun 2018 16:05:32 +0000How Guadalajara Reinvented Itself as a Technology Hubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-guadalajara-reinvented-itself-technology-hub-180969314/Mexico's second largest city has nimbly transformed into a R&D hotpsot, offering a model for the country's futureTue, 12 Jun 2018 15:48:42 +0000How Climate Changed-Fueled “Mega Droughts” Could Harm Human Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-mega-droughts-human-health-180969299/ Researchers looked at the little-studied danger of dust and worsening air quality in the American SouthwestTue, 12 Jun 2018 15:00:00 +0000Five Ways Real Science Would Make the New <i>Jurassic World</i> So Much Betterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-ways-science-would-make-new-jurassic-world-better-180969303/It appears that <i>Fallen Kingdom</i> has not evolved alongside 21st century researchTue, 12 Jun 2018 14:11:51 +0000Braving Shark-Infested Waters for a Look at This Big Fishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/braving-shark-infested-waters-for-a-look-at/Fisherman Andy Coetzee is in the middle of a dangerous dive, in the shark-filled waters of the Indian OceanTue, 12 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Computer Scientists Model the Role of Religion in Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-computer-simulations-may-help-us-understand-religious-behavior-180969296/Virtual simulations attempt to show how faith influences human behavior in the face of terrorMon, 11 Jun 2018 15:49:28 +0000Artificial Intelligence May Be Able To Smell Illnesses in Human Breathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-may-be-able-to-smell-illnesses-in-human-breath-180969286/Compounds in your breath could help AI detect illnesses, including different cancersMon, 11 Jun 2018 14:58:00 +0000How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-newton-goethe-ornithologist-and-board-game-designer-helped-us-understand-color-180969264/A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum explores the kaleidoscope of figures who shaped color theoryMon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Catching a Giant 30-lb. Perch With a Wooden Reelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/catching-a-giant-30-lb-perch-with-a-wooden/Fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee is going traditional with his bid to snare a giant perchMon, 11 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How ‘Jurassic Park’ Made History 25 Years Ago, Propelling Computer-Generated Animation Forwardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-jurassic-park-made-history-25-years-ago-propelling-computer-generated-animation-forward-180969285/It was the first time that computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. How has the technology improved since then?Fri, 08 Jun 2018 17:01:48 +0000The Bitter Aftertaste of Prohibition in American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bitter-aftertaste-prohibition-american-history-180969266/Anti-immigration sentiment flavored that cocktail ban, historians sayFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:44:46 +0000Bees May Understand Zero, a Concept That Took Humans Millennia to Grasphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-may-understand-zero-concept-took-humans-millennia-grasp-180969282/If the finding is true, they'd be the first invertebrates to join an elite club that includes primates, dolphins and parrotsFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:26:14 +0000Woodrow Wilson's Papers Go Digital, Leaving Microfiche Behindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/woodrow-wilsons-papers-go-digital-leaving-microfiche-behind-180969283/This increased accessibility of Wilson’s papers coincides with a new wave of interest in the 28th presidentFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:19:58 +0000Can AI Tell if a Child Is Malnourished?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-ai-tell-if-child-is-malnourished-180969268/A new program may be able to spot malnutrition in a simple photo, making it easier to assess nutrition problems in volatile regionsFri, 08 Jun 2018 14:46:09 +0000Fishing for Perch in Nile Crocodile-Filled Watershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/fishing-for-perch-in-nile-crocodile-filled-w/South African fisherman Andy Coetzee has his eyes set on a giant perch--a massive freshwater predator fish indigenous to the waters of UgandaFri, 08 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000These Portuguese Libraries Are Infested With Bats—and They Like It That Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-portuguese-libraries-are-infested-batsand-they-it-way-180969276/They actually serve a very specific purposeThu, 07 Jun 2018 20:08:56 +0000Organic Molecules Found on Mars, Reopening the Search For Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/fingerprints-martian-life-180969265/Organic Molecules Found on Mars, Reopening the Search for LifeThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:24:06 +0000The Many Ways Women Get Left Out of Paleontologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/many-ways-women-get-left-out-paleontology-180969239/The hurdles that prevent female fossil hunters from rising at the same rates as their male peers are myriad—but they are all interconnectedThu, 07 Jun 2018 14:52:33 +0000The History of Black Catholics in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-black-catholics-in-america-180969271/The Black Catholic Movement reinvigorated the church, with liturgical innovation, new preaching styles and activist scholarshipThu, 07 Jun 2018 14:50:35 +0000Oprah's Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oprahs-undeniable-influence-american-history-recognized-new-smithsonian-exhibition-180969267/The National Museum of African American History and Culture follows Winfrey's life, from her roots in rural Mississippi to her success as a cultural phenomThu, 07 Jun 2018 13:21:47 +0000How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-bad-weather-delayed-the-norman-invasion/It's 1066 and William of Normandy and his massive army of 14,000 men are preparing to cross the English Channel and invade EnglandThu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Rat Bones Reveal How Humans Transformed Their Island Environmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rat-bones-reveal-how-humans-transformed-their-island-environments-180969260/Rodent remains prove an ideal tool for investigating changes on three Polynesian island chainsWed, 06 Jun 2018 18:20:32 +0000NASA's New Exoplanet Travel Bureau Lets You "Tour" Far-Distant Planets In 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nasas-new-exoplanet-travel-bureau-lets-you-tour-far-distant-planets-in-360-degrees-180969250/Eager space tourists can now visit sunny Kepler-186f, a moon of Kepler-16b or the Earth-like TRAPPIST-1e virtuallyWed, 06 Jun 2018 16:43:33 +0000The Violent 1066 Battle of Stamford Bridgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-violent-1066-battle-of-stamford-bridge/The 1066 battle of Stamford Bridge was said to be so violent that a giant mountain of bones remained a half century laterWed, 06 Jun 2018 16:30:14 +0000The Mining Millionaire Americans Couldn’t Help But Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mining-millionaire-americans-couldnt-help-love-180969244/Unlike the other one-percenters of his age, John Mackay gained his countrymen’s admiration. But in an ironic twist, it means he’s little known todayWed, 06 Jun 2018 13:39:33 +0000On the Eve of his Death, Robert Kennedy Was a Whirlwind of Empathy and Internal Strifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/on-eve-his-death-robert-kennedy-whirlwind-empathy-internal-strife-180969248/These unconventional portraits capture the man's evolution from straitlaced politician to champion of the poorWed, 06 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/20-best-small-towns-visit-2018-180969125/From Oregon Trail stops to Mister Rogers' original neighborhood, these towns are worth seeing this yearTue, 05 Jun 2018 15:53:16 +0000Smart Software Helps Fishermen Catch the Fish They Want, Not Endangered Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smart-software-helps-fishermen-catch-fish-they-want-not-endangered-species-180969237/Like a dynamic weather app for the sea, the program allows fishermen to pinpoint areas of conservation and can be updated dailyTue, 05 Jun 2018 15:21:18 +0000Why Robert Kennedy Transformed From a Conservative Into a Liberal Champion of Civil Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-robert-kennedy-transformed-from-conservative-into-liberal-champion-civil-rights-180969242/A professor of political history looks at how RFK, assassinated 50 years ago this week, was an improbable hero to the leftTue, 05 Jun 2018 15:05:17 +0000The Sweetheart of the American Expeditionary Forcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sweetheart-aef-180969241/During World War I, vaudeville star Elsie Janis travelled to France to bring good cheer to U.S. troopsTue, 05 Jun 2018 14:37:13 +0000The Woman Who Challenged the Idea that Black Communities Were Destined for Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-challenged-idea-black-communities-destined-disease-180969218/A physician and activist, Rebecca J. Cole became a leading voice in medical social servicesTue, 05 Jun 2018 14:00:00 +0000Even Today, Willie Mays Remains a Giant in Baseball Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/event-today-willie-mays-remains-giant-baseball-history-180969229/Decades after he redefined the game, the 24-time All-Star continues to be revered by fans and historians alikeTue, 05 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Quest to Grow the First Great American Wine Grapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/quest-grow-first-great-american-wine-grape-science-180969207/Genetics might be the key to creating vineyards that both resist disease and don’t taste like skunkTue, 05 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000Which Famous Music Icons Lived in These Chicago Homes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/which-famous-music-icons-lived-in-these-chic/Chicago has always been a hotbed of musical talentTue, 05 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-globalization-changed-way-we-fight-disease-180969222/A new exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History explores the deadly past of global epidemicsMon, 04 Jun 2018 15:13:14 +0000How Ketchup Revolutionized How Food Is Grown, Processed and Regulatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-ketchup-revolutionized-how-food-is-grown-processed-regulated-180969230/The condiment really is the perfect complement to the American dietMon, 04 Jun 2018 14:24:06 +0000The Startling Alternative Theory of How Humans Arrived in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-startling-alternative-theory-of-how-huma/On an island off the east coast of Maryland, a stone spearpoint sticking out of a coastal cliff stuns archaeologistsMon, 04 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ocean Heatwaves Are Getting Longer and More Intensehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-heatwaves-longer-more-intense-180969221/ If the past century is any indication, global warming may be contributing to less stable marine ecosystemsFri, 01 Jun 2018 14:32:59 +0000How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the AmericasFri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Greening the Future of Outer Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/greening-future-outer-space-180969212/A team of scientists and policy experts want to develop space sustainably for future generationsFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:30:00 +0000Terrifying Mammals That May Have Greeted Early Humans in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/terrifying-mammals-that-may-have-greeted-ear/Arriving in the Chesapeake Bay, the early American inhabitants' first order of business would have been to craft weapons to defend themselvesFri, 01 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Royally Adorable Baby Kingfisher Perpetuates a Species Extinct in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/royally-adorable-baby-kingfisher-perpetuates-species-extinct-wild-180969216/A fine soon-to-be-feathered friend joins the menagerie at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 31 May 2018 18:06:41 +0000Meet The Devotees of the Growing Lao Food Movement in a New Video from Folklifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-devotees-growing-lao-food-movement-new-video-from-folklife-180969178/Seng Luangrath opened a Lao restaurant in Washington, D.C. and made it a community for other immigrantsThu, 31 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/yes-you-can-go-sandboarding-in-the-namib-de/The Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive dunesThu, 31 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Archives Reveal Touching Stories on the Life of Robert Indiana, the Man Who Invented “LOVE”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/robert-indiana-was-man-who-invented-love-180969201/Smithsonian curators reflect on the legacy of the iconic artist, following his death at age 89Wed, 30 May 2018 18:21:24 +0000How Putting Organs on Chips Could Revolutionize Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-organs-chips-revolutionize-medicine-180969203/ Scientists are now working to connect these ersatz "organs" together into systemsWed, 30 May 2018 16:00:00 +0000This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/handheld-device-could-print-new-skin-burn-victims-180969165/The machine prints sheets of a skin substitute directly onto burn wounds, potentially making skin grafting faster, cheaper and easierWed, 30 May 2018 15:21:30 +0000The Issue on the Table: Is "Hamilton" Good For History?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/issue-table-hamilton-good-history-180969192/In a new book, top historians discuss the musical’s educational value, historical accuracy and racial revisionismWed, 30 May 2018 14:27:36 +0000How Seaweed Connects Us Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seaweed-connects-us-all-180969199/An unlikely debate about rockweed brings together Rachel Carson, marine biology and Maine's supreme courtWed, 30 May 2018 14:13:11 +0000Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/songster-dom-flemons-carolina-chocolate-drops-brings-back-melodies-poems-black-cowboy-180969181/The Latest from Folkways, a Label Marking 70 Years, revives music traditions from the African-American ranch crews of the WestWed, 30 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/this-is-how-hard-it-is-to-catch-a-40-lb-dog/Fisherman Andy Coetzee is holding onto his fishing line for dear life, as a monstrous tug threatens to drag him into the oceanWed, 30 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of America's Appetite for Macaroni and Cheesehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-americas-appetite-for-macaroni-cheese-180969185/Popularized by Thomas Jefferson, this versatile dish fulfills our nation's quest for the 'cheapest protein possible'Tue, 29 May 2018 14:37:57 +0000Seven Airplane Innovations That Could Change How We Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-airplane-innovations-that-could-change-how-we-travel-180969166/In-flight virtual reality entertainment? Bunk beds in the cargo hold? These innovations may be the future of flight. Tue, 29 May 2018 14:19:16 +0000How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-saddam-and-isis-killed-iraqi-science-180969097/Within decades the country’s scientific infrastructure went from world-class to shambles. What happened?Tue, 29 May 2018 13:30:22 +0000Window Cleaning One of Chicago's Tallest Buildingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/window-cleaning-one-of-chicagos-tallest-bui/Chicago, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleanersTue, 29 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Edward the Confessor's Advisor Seized Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-edward-the-confessors-advisor-seized-power/In 1066, the English king Edward the Confessor lay dying in his bed. Three powerful men had strong claims to succeed himMon, 28 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000You’ll Never Guess What State Has 2018's Top Wine Destinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/youll-never-guess-what-state-has-2018s-top-wine-destination-180969175/ Fri, 25 May 2018 18:20:59 +0000Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-segal-lgbtq-iconoclast-activist-and-disruptor-donates-lifetime-papers-and-artifacts-180969176/Following the 1969 Stonewall Raid, Segal built a life around protest and the quest for equal rights for minority groups Fri, 25 May 2018 17:45:45 +0000Most Parents Want to Test Their Unborn Kids' Genes For Disease Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-parents-want-test-genes-unborn-kids-180969170/Despite the fact that they might not like what they learnFri, 25 May 2018 15:47:23 +0000Dolphins Have a Mysterious Network of Veins That Could Be Key to Preventing the Bendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dolphins-have-mysterious-network-veins-could-be-key-preventing-bends-180969162/It might be possible to make an external device that protects divers from the deadly conditionFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-19th-century-silhouette-same-sex-couple-living-together-goes-view-180969156/A new show, featuring the paper cutouts, reveals unheralded early Americans, as well as contemporary artists working with this old art formFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Inside South Africa's Multi-Million Dollar Seafood Industryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/inside-south-africas-multi-million-dollar-s/Abalone, a large sea snail native to the Western Cape, is a popular local delicacy. To meet demand, the seafood industry created abalone farmsFri, 25 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the Dino-Killing Asteroidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancestors-birds-survived-dino-killing-asteroid-180969167/Forest cover was crucial to avian evolution, a new study on the mass extinction event assertsThu, 24 May 2018 15:13:09 +0000Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/amelia-bloomer-didnt-mean-start-fashion-revolution-her-name-became-synonymous-trousers-180969164/In the 1850s, women’s rights activists briefly adopted a new style in an effort to liberate themselves from heavy dressesThu, 24 May 2018 14:33:16 +0000The Science Behind Florida’s Sinkhole Epidemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-floridas-sinkhole-epidemic-180969158/Reports of these ground-chasms have been swelling in the past few years. Geology helps explain whyThu, 24 May 2018 14:20:47 +0000How Come U.S. Currency Never Changes Its Face and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/us-currency-never-changes-ask-smithsonian-180969013/You asked, we answeredThu, 24 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000What Is the Future of Fire?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-fire-qa-180969005/Geologist Andrew C. Scott reconstructs the sites of past blazes to look at our relationship with this elusive elementThu, 24 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000When Paper Clothing Was the Perfect Fithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-paper-clothing-was-perfect-fit-180969159/A war-weary world needed a new wardrobe, and this cheap, washable attire seemed to rise to the occasionThu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-very-first-treaty-between-us-and-native-people-still-resonates-today-180969157/The Treaty With the Delawares, signed in 1778, has arrived at the National Museum of the American IndianThu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Spectacular Sights of Wolfberg Arch Up-Closehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/spectacular-sights-of-wolfberg-arch-up-close/The Wolfberg Arch, located in the Cederberg mountain area in Western Cape, South Africa, is an awe-inspiring 160-foot-long sandstone formationThu, 24 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Seven Planned Utopian Towns That You Can Visit Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-towns-planned-be-utopias-180968814/These utopic cities—some working, some not—can still be visited todayWed, 23 May 2018 19:07:13 +0000Are These Baked Mushroom Sandals the Future of Fashion?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-baked-mushroom-shoes-future-fashion-180969152/As sustainable fashion goes mainstream, multiple designers are turning to fungi for compostable attireWed, 23 May 2018 16:39:15 +0000The Lost Maidens of Berlinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lost-maidens-berlin-180969006/A decades-long quest for one of the most intriguing artworks looted by the Nazis leads to the courtyard of a posh hotel in the German countrysideWed, 23 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Travel to Southern France for a Dazzling Taste of Ancient Romehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/southern-france-dazzling-taste-ancient-rome-180969004/A new museum in Nimes pays tribute to the grandeur of the EmpireWed, 23 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Get Schooled on the History of Where 'Grease' Was Really Filmedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/get-schooled-history-where-grease-really-filmed-180969001/Tell me about it, studWed, 23 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Hamilton's David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit's Design So Versatilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hamiltons-david-korins-explains-what-makes-smash-hit-design-so-versitle-180969135/The renowned designer dishes about the new Hamilton exhibition, precision and metaphor on stage and how the turntables almost didn’t happenWed, 23 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Molecule Could Explain the Origin of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-molecule-could-explain-the-origin-of-life/Hydrogen cyanide is a molecule that appears to be at the heart of the creation of life. To create it, scientists need a burst of energyWed, 23 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Your Next Favorite European Wine Region Isn’t in France, Italy or Spainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/your-next-favorite-european-wine-region-isnt-france-italy-or-spain-180969132/The wine in this country is so good, they don’t want to export it — keeping 98% for themselvesTue, 22 May 2018 20:35:14 +0000Science Explains How the Iceman Resists Extreme Coldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-explains-how-iceman-resists-extreme-cold-180969134/MRI scans reveal that Wim Hof artificially induces a stress response in his brainTue, 22 May 2018 18:03:34 +0000The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lionfish-invaded-army-divers-chefs-fighting-back-180968999/Those waging the war against this devastating wave of the venomous species have taken on an "eat 'em to beat 'em" approachTue, 22 May 2018 15:00:00 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women's Baseball Players Took the Field https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seventy-five-years-ago-womens-baseball-players-took-field-180969009/An Indiana slugger was one of the athletes who “hit the dirt in the skirt” and changed Americans’ view of womenTue, 22 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000A New Exhibit Gives Charles White's Art and Activism the Attention They Deservehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibit-gives-charles-whites-art-activism-attention-they-deserve-180969007/A century after his birth, an overlooked figure in the Black Renaissance is on the rise againTue, 22 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000First Major Swahili Coast Art Show Reveals a Diverse World of Cultural Exchange and Influence https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-major-swahili-coast-art-show-reveals-diverse-world-cultural-exchange-and-influence-180969136/At the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, international influences commingle to create a farrago of artisanal splendors Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Defiant Oneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/defiant-ones-school-desegregation-180969011/As young girls, they fought the fierce battle to integrate America’s schools half a century agoTue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000We're All Made of Stardust. Here's Howhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/were-all-made-of-stardust-heres-how_1/13.8 billion years ago, the universe began with a big bang and the atoms it created would find their way into everythingTue, 22 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000