Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:58:08 +0000How a Smithsonian Ecologist Is Working With Local Communities to Plan for the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2019/03/22/using-science-and-local-knowledge-guide-future-virginias-landscapes/To understand impact of changes in land use in Northern Virginia, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute developed the Changing Landscapes InitiativeMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:58:08 +0000These Beautiful Maps Capture the Rivers That Pulse Through Our Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-beautiful-maps-capture-rivers-that-pulse-through-our-world-180971789/Cartographer Robert Szucs creates colorful maps of the watersheds that creep across states, countries, continents and the globeMon, 25 Mar 2019 18:28:26 +0000The Original 'Dumbo' Story Would Have Had More Twists and Turnshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-its-intended-format-original-dumbo-story-would-have-had-more-twists-and-turns-180971785/Before soaring into theaters, Disney’s flying elephant was about to be published as a scrolling children’s bookMon, 25 Mar 2019 15:27:55 +0000For Turn-of-the-Century African-Americans, the Camera Was a Tool for Empowerment https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/turn-of-century-african-americans-camera-tool-empowerment-180971757/A new installment in the Smithsonian's “Double Exposure” photo book series depicts black Americans championing their lives through photographyMon, 25 Mar 2019 10:00:00 +0000The High-Tech, Humane Ways Biologists Can Identify Individual Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/high-tech-humane-ways-biologists-identify-animals-180971632/Humans have driver's licenses and fingerprints, but cows have nose-prints and zebras have "StripeCodes"Fri, 22 Mar 2019 20:41:16 +0000What 'Project Runway' Can Teach Us About the Creative Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-project-runway-can-teach-us-about-creative-process-180971777/Seventeen seasons in, the show continues to demystify what it takes to 'make it work'Fri, 22 Mar 2019 15:32:05 +0000How the Vietnam War Impacted American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/03/22/american-art-and-vietnam-war/Curator Melissa Ho reflects on her upcoming exhibition exploring how American artists responded to the turbulence of the Vietnam WarFri, 22 Mar 2019 14:23:33 +0000Is That Wallaby Sprouting a Second Head?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wallaby-sprouting-second-head-180971773/Last week, the first baby wallaby to be born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in three decades poked its head out of its mother’s pouchThu, 21 Mar 2019 19:27:37 +0000Fossil Treasure Trove of Ancient Animals Unearthed in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossil-treasure-trove-ancient-animals-unearthed-china-180971769/The fossils from the Cambrian Period include dozens of new species and provide a window into life more than 500 million years agoThu, 21 Mar 2019 18:00:00 +0000The Mathematical Madness Behind a Perfect N.C.A.A. Basketball Brackethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mathmatical-madness-behind-perfect-ncaa-basketball-bracket-180971763/Picking a perfect bracket is so unlikely that it will almost certainly never occur, even if March Madness continues for billions of years Thu, 21 Mar 2019 15:32:18 +0000A Souvenir From the Holy Land: On Henry Ossawa Tanner's 'Abraham's Oak'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/03/21/souvenir-holy-land-henry-ossawa-tanners-abrahams-oak/'Abraham’s Oak' memorializes a pilgrimage site that the artist likely visited during his travels in the 1890'sThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:11:28 +0000Daesha Devón Harris Combines Oral History and Antique Portraits to Tell a Story of Loss and Hopehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/daesha-devon-harris-combines-oral-history-antique-portraits-180971634/These layered works testify to African-American historyThu, 21 Mar 2019 15:00:00 +0000What Do Dragons Symbolize and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-do-dragons-symbolize-more-questions-from-readers-180971631/You asked, we answeredThu, 21 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000For Those Living Nearby, the Memory of the Three Mile Island Accident Has a Long Half-Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/robert-reid-mayor-of-nearby-middletown-remembers-three-mile-island-nuclear-accident-180971636/Robert Reid, then the mayor of nearby Middletown, recalls the partial meltdown of the nuclear reactor 40 years agoThu, 21 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Business Executive Madam C. J. Walker Became a Powerful Influencer of the Early 20th Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-business-executive-madam-c-j-walker-became-powerful-influencer-early-20th-century-180971628/A tin of hair conditioner in the Smithsonian collections reveals a story of the entrepreneurial and philanthropic success of a former washerwomanThu, 21 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000The Rivalry Between Two Doctors to Implant the First Artificial Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rivalry-between-doctors-implant-first-artificial-heart-180971639/Featuring titans of Texas medicine, the race was on to develop the cutting-edge technologyWed, 20 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Long Battle for Women's Suffragehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-battle-womens-suffrage-180971637/With the centennial anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment approaching, a look back at the surprising history of giving women the voteWed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:01 +0000Paris' Hotel Lutetia Is Haunted by Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/paris-hotel-lutetia-haunted-history-180971629/The ghosts of Nazis, French resistance fighters and concentration camp survivors still inhabit the grand building on Paris’ famed Left BankWed, 20 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Bold Accomplishments of Women of Color Need to Be a Bigger Part of Suffrage History https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bold-accomplishments-women-color-need-be-bigger-part-suffrage-history-180971756/An upcoming Smithsonian exhibition, “Votes For Women,” delves into the complexities and biases of the nature of persistence Tue, 19 Mar 2019 20:38:10 +0000The Computer Scientist Who Wants to Put a Name to Every Face in Civil War Photographshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/computer-scientist-who-wants-to-put-name-to-every-face-in-civil-war-photographs-180971754/As Virginia Tech's Kurt Luther perfects his facial recognition software Civil War Photo Sleuth, the discoveries keep comingTue, 19 Mar 2019 18:48:32 +0000Untangling the Physics Behind Drifting Embers, 'Firenadoes' and Other Wildfire Phenomenahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/untangling-physics-firenadoes-drifting-embers-other-wildfire-phenomena-180971735/Fires can leap rapidly from building to building and even cause extreme weather events such as pyrocumulonimbus storm cloudsTue, 19 Mar 2019 18:23:56 +0000The Myth of Fingerprintshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myth-fingerprints-180971640/Police today increasingly embrace DNA tests as the ultimate crime-fighting tool. They once felt the same way about fingerprintingTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000A Journey to St. Helena, Home of Napoleon's Last Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/journey-st-helen-home-napoleon-last-days-180971638/We crossed the globe to the tiny, remote island to sample the splendid desolation of the emperor's exile under a scornful British governorTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000How Did the White Picket Fence Become a Symbol of the Suburbs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-white-picket-fence-180971635/And why the epitome of the perfect house become so creepyTue, 19 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000These Haunting Red Dresses Memorialize Murdered and Missing Indigenous Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-haunting-red-dresses-memorialize-murdered-and-missing-indigenous-women-180971730/Artist Jaime Black says the REDress Project is an expression of her grief for thousands of Native victimsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:32:19 +0000The Madcap Chemists of Boozehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mad-scientists-booze-recreating-spirits-going-back-era-paul-revere-180971630/At Lost Spirits Distillery in Los Angeles, high-tech instruments accelerate the aging process of precious whiskeys and rumsTue, 19 Mar 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Dr. Is In: Cat-loving Paleontologist Answers Your Questions in New YouTube Serieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/03/18/dr-cat-loving-paleontologist-answers-your-questions-new-youtube-series/Paleontologist Hans Sues answers your questions about dinosaurs, humans and cats in the Smithsonian's new YouTube series, "The Dr. Is In." Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:32:56 +0000Ancient Monkey Bone Tools Shake Up the Narrative of Early Human Migration to the Rain Foresthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-monkey-bone-tools-shake-narrative-early-human-migration-rain-forest-180971723/New evidence pushes back the date for human settlement in jungles, challenging the idea that our ancestors preferred the savannas and plainsMon, 18 Mar 2019 17:29:15 +0000In the Home, a Woman’s Work Is Never Done, Never Honored and Never Paid Forhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-womans-work-never-done-never-honored-and-never-paid-180971703/Two historic firsts at the American History Museum; a woman steps into the director’s seat and a new show examines the drudgery of houseworkMon, 18 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000Six of the Most Famous Mob Murders of All Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/six-most-famous-mob-murders-all-time-180971714/The death of Gambino crime family head Frank Cali brings to mind these mafia killings from years pastMon, 18 Mar 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Bermuda’s Rum Swizzle (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/story-behind-bermudas-rum-swizzle-cocktail-180971701/While the Dark ‘n’ Stormy may get all the attention by visitors, the swizzle is what locals drink Fri, 15 Mar 2019 17:10:47 +0000Why the Story of Woman Versus Machine Is Still Being Writtenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-story-woman-versus-machine-still-being-written-180971693/Author Claire Evans is on a mission to elevate women and the contributions they’ve made in the field of technologyFri, 15 Mar 2019 14:06:52 +0000During the Mexican-American War, Irish-Americans Fought for Mexico in the 'Saint Patrick's Battalion'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mexican-american-war-irish-immigrants-deserted-us-army-fight-against-america-180971713/Anti-Catholic sentiment in the States gave men like John Riley little reason to continue to pay allegiance to the stars and stripesFri, 15 Mar 2019 14:05:13 +0000The Ability to Pronounce 'F' and 'V' Sounds Might Have Evolved Along With Diethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ability-pronounce-f-and-v-sounds-might-have-evolved-along-human-diet-180971710/As our ancestors began eating softer agricultural foods, the shape of the human jaw and the sounds we make may have changed as well Thu, 14 Mar 2019 18:02:38 +0000The Great Blues Singer Gladys Bentley Broke All the Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-blues-singer-gladys-bentley-broke-rules-180971708/For the Smithsonian’s Sidedoor podcast, host Haleema Shah tells the story of an unapologetically gay African-American performer in 1920s and 30s Thu, 14 Mar 2019 17:42:20 +0000Ingenious Women: A Podcast Series on Women Who Changed the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ingenious-women-inventors-180971656/In partnership with Wondery's American Innovations, we celebrate the many contributions of women inventors throughout U.S. historyThu, 14 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000Margaret Hamilton Led the NASA Software Team That Landed Astronauts on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/margaret-hamilton-led-nasa-software-team-landed-astronauts-moon-180971575/Apollo’s successful computing software was optimized to deal with unknown problems and to interrupt one task to take on a more important one Thu, 14 Mar 2019 08:00:00 +0000Testing the DNA in Museum Artifacts Can Unlock New Natural History, but Is it Worth the Potential Damage?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/testing-dna-museum-artifacts-unlock-natural-history-worth-potential-damage-180971697/Museums house a wealth of rare animal specimens, such as arctic clothing, medieval parchment and Viking drinking horns, but DNA testing can be destructiveWed, 13 Mar 2019 18:20:43 +0000Seven Innovations That Made a Splash at This Year's SXSWhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-innovations-that-made-splash-at-this-years-sxsw-180971683/The massive Austin event has become the place for unveiling cutting-edge tech, from educational apps to virtual reality artWed, 13 Mar 2019 16:40:02 +0000How a 1897 Massacre of Pennsylvania Coal Miners Morphed From a Galvanizing Crisis to Forgotten History https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1897-massacre-pennsylvania-coal-miners-morphed-galvanizing-crisis-forgotten-history-180971695/The death of 19 immigrants may have unified the labor movement, but powerful interests left their fates unrecognized until decades laterWed, 13 Mar 2019 15:35:20 +0000Teen Inventor Designs Noninvasive Allergy Screen Using Genetics and Machine Learninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teen-inventor-designs-noninvasive-allergy-screen-using-genetics-and-machine-learning-180971692/Seventeen-year-old Ayush Alag is one of 40 finalists in this year’s Regeneron Science Talent SearchTue, 12 Mar 2019 18:53:23 +0000'Captain Marvel''s Missed Opportunity With Nostalgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/captain-marvels-missed-opportunity-nostalgia-180971686/The '90s lives in the new superhero film but doesn't tell us much about the decadeTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:35:35 +0000Streams of Stars Snaking Through the Galaxy Could Help Shine a Light on Dark Matterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/streams-stars-snaking-through-galaxy-could-help-shine-light-dark-matter-180971679/When the Milky Way consumes another galaxy, tendrils of stellar streams survive the merger, containing clues about the universe's mysterious unseen matterTue, 12 Mar 2019 16:13:27 +0000Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden to Undergo First Redesign in More Than 40 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-sculpture-garden-undergoes-first-redesign-more-than-40-years-180971682/Hiroshi Sugimoto’s design provides easier access from the National Mall and space for larger installationsTue, 12 Mar 2019 14:34:55 +0000Americans Flocked to See This Controversial Exhibit of Berlin’s Art Treasures in the Wake of World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americans-flocked-see-controversial-exhibit-berlins-art-treasures-wake-world-war-ii-180971677/Discovered in a salt mine in Nazi Germany, these artworks toured the United States in a questionable move that raised serious ethical concernsMon, 11 Mar 2019 17:13:50 +0000The Risks, Rewards and Possible Ramifications of Geoengineering Earth’s Climatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/risks-rewards-possible-ramifications-geoengineering-earths-climate-180971666/Injecting aerosols into the stratosphere could help cool the planet, but scientists have yet to study exactly how such solar geoengineering would workMon, 11 Mar 2019 16:03:22 +0000These Caves in Bermuda Inspired the '80s TV Show “Fraggle Rock”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-caves-in-bermuda-inspired-80s-tv-show-fraggle-rock-180971647/When imagining a setting and plot for the children's show, Michael K. Frith looked to Crystal Caves on the island where he grew upMon, 11 Mar 2019 14:34:10 +0000Explore Bermudian Cuisine Through the Eyes of a Localhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-bermudian-cuisine-through-eyes-local-180971598/Bermunchies curates an Instagram feed highlighting the culinary stars of BermudaFri, 08 Mar 2019 20:55:58 +0000How the Daughters and Granddaughters of Former Slaves Secured Voting Rights for Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-daughters-and-granddaughters-former-slaves-secured-voting-rights-all-180971660/Historian Martha S. Jones takes a look at the question of race versus gender in the quest for universal suffrage Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:49:34 +0000Five Technologies That Could Ease the Transition to Daylight Saving Time https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-technologies-that-could-ease-transition-to-daylight-saving-time-180971657/Don't forget, it's nearly time to "Spring forward!" Here are some strategies to help you deal with the changeFri, 08 Mar 2019 15:43:25 +0000Get to Know the Leading Ladies of Science at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/03/08/get-know-leading-ladies-science-smithsonian/These women paved the way for female scientists at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 08 Mar 2019 15:12:22 +0000After a Successful Test Flight to the International Space Station, SpaceX Looks Ahead to Launching Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/following-successful-test-flight-international-space-station-spacex-looks-ahead-launching-astronauts-180971652/SpaceX's new Crew Dragon spacecraft could launch the first astronauts from U.S. soil in almost a decade Fri, 08 Mar 2019 13:57:38 +0000How the Microbiome Could Be the Key to New Cancer Treatmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-microbiome-could-be-key-new-cancer-treatments-180971589/The effectiveness of drugs that help the immune system fight cancer cells appears to depend on bacteria in the gutThu, 07 Mar 2019 13:00:00 +0000See the Finalists of the 16th Annual <i>Smithsonian.com</i> Photo Contest and Vote for the Readers' Choice Winnerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/16th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-readers-choice-vote-180971625/ Tue, 05 Mar 2019 20:59:42 +0000How Bone Connects Life's Past, Present and Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/skeleton-keys-bones-connect-life-past-present-future-180971617/A new book dives into the history of osteology, the study of bones, and everything we can learn from the skeletons life leaves behindTue, 05 Mar 2019 17:05:48 +0000What’s the Deal With Ordering Iced Coffee in the Winter?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whats-deal-ordering-iced-coffee-winter-180971616/A hot take, if you will, on the iced trendTue, 05 Mar 2019 15:06:15 +0000Earth's Rock Record Could Reveal the Motions of Other Planetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earth-rock-record-could-reveal-motions-other-planets-geological-orrery-180971615/Studying the layers of Earth's crust, scientists have created a "Geological Orrery" to measure planetary motions dating back hundreds of millions of yearsMon, 04 Mar 2019 20:00:21 +0000An Appreciation of <i>Küchle</i>, My Family’s Deep-Fried Dough Tradition for Fat Tuesdayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/appreciation-kuchle-my-familys-deep-fried-dough-tradition-fat-tuesday-180971614/Avoid a grease fire. Support a local bakery.Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:14:43 +0000Peek Inside the Workshop Where Mardi Gras Floats Are Madehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/peek-inside-workshop-where-mardi-gras-floats-are-made-180971606/Mardi Gras World in New Orleans offers tours of its whimsical warehouse, where visitors can see floats being constructed all year roundMon, 04 Mar 2019 18:18:42 +0000The Rank and File Women of the Black Panther Party and Their Powerful Influencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rank-and-file-women-black-panther-party-their-powerful-influence-180971591/A portrait taken at a “Free Huey” rally defines the female force that both supported and propelled the movementMon, 04 Mar 2019 16:32:10 +0000Inside the World’s Largest Outhouse Racehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-worlds-largest-outhouse-race-180971579/Dozens of teams compete in this annual event in Anchorage, all trying their best to not be number twoFri, 01 Mar 2019 21:25:42 +000020 Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/02/26/20-things-do-smithsonian-march/20 Things to Do at the Smithsonian in MarchWed, 27 Feb 2019 18:04:56 +0000In Addition to Testosterone, Another Hormone Is Vital for Early Male Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/testosterone-another-hormone-androsterone-vital-male-devlopment-180971582/A hormone called androsterone, produced in the placenta and other organs, plays a role in fetal development in the wombWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:34:37 +0000Made From Microalgae, These Mardi Gras Beads Are Biodegradablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/made-from-microalgae-these-mardi-gras-beads-are-biodegradable-180971578/Louisiana State University molecular biologist Naohiro Kato is confronting plastic pollution one necklace and doubloon at a timeWed, 27 Feb 2019 17:33:51 +0000The History of the Lab Rat Is Full of Scientific Triumphs and Ethical Quandarieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-lab-rat-scientific-triumphs-ethical-quandaries-180971533/Lab rodents have been used in animal testing for more than 150 years, and the number of rodent-based studies continues to growWed, 27 Feb 2019 15:12:10 +0000George Washington Gibbs Jr. Defied Danger and Racism to Become the First African-American to Visit Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-gibbs-jr-defied-danger-and-racism-become-first-african-american-visit-antarctica-180971568/"He had bigger visions and would not be contained in a box," his daughter saysWed, 27 Feb 2019 15:06:55 +0000The First African-American to Hold a Patent Invented 'Dry Scouring'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/first-african-american-hold-patent-invented-dry-scouring-180971394/In 1821, Thomas Jennings patented a method for removing dirt and grease from clothing that would lead to today's dry cleaningWed, 27 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000Here’s How Horticulturalists Made the Michelle Obama Orchidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-how-horticulturalists-made-michelle-obama-orchid-180971565/This year’s orchid show takes over the cavernous naturally-lit Kogod Courtyard with thousands on view Wed, 27 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Anacostia Community Museum to Close for Renovations, but Will Tour Its Current Show With Pop Ups Across the Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/anacostia-community-museum-will-close-renovations-urban-activism-show-make-pop-ups-around-city-180971455/D.C. Public Library will partner with the museum to bring you "A Right to the City," which takes a deep look at gentrification and its impactTue, 26 Feb 2019 16:15:00 +0000Sign Language Translating Devices Are Cool. But Are They Useful?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sign-language-translators-are-cool-but-are-they-useful-180971535/Michigan State University researchers are developing a small tool, with a motion capture system, that translates ASL into EnglishTue, 26 Feb 2019 16:01:17 +0000Why Utah Might Be Your Next Favorite Snorkeling Destinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-utah-might-be-your-next-favorite-snorkeling-destination-180971496/Stocked with saltwater fish from around the world, Bonneville Seabase is an ocean in the middle of the stateTue, 26 Feb 2019 15:40:54 +0000The Decades-Long Political Fight to Save the Grand Canyonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-long-political-fight-save-grand-canyon-180971567/Americans had long known about the wonders of the southwestern landmark, but it wouldn't be until 1919 that it would gain full federal protectionTue, 26 Feb 2019 13:52:13 +0000Sea Creatures Still Arriving in the U.S. on Plastic Debris From the Japanese Tsunami Eight Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tsunami-japan-live-creatures-plastic-rafts-pacific-crossing-180971564/Marine biologists don't know how long different species can survive adrift in the open ocean, and some may become invasive when they reach new shoresTue, 26 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Defensive Spines on Tenrecs Could Come at a Cost to Brain Sizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/defensive-spines-tenrecs-could-come-cost-brain-size-180971554/The little mammals of Madagascar appear to have undergone an evolutionary tradeoff between brain size and defensive armorMon, 25 Feb 2019 14:46:03 +0000The Stories of Poets, Artists and Cartoon Characters Are All Waiting to Be Discovered in Roy Lichtenstein’s Personal Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poets-artists-cartoon-characterstheir-stories-are-all-waiting-be-discovered-roy-lichtensteins-personal-papers-180971306/The Pop artist’s archives, recently donated to the Smithsonian, are soon to be digitizedMon, 25 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Folklorist Delves Into the Rituals and Rewards at the Academy Awardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-folklorist-takes-delves-rituals-and-rewards-academy-awards-180971555/Folk belief holds that if you have won one Oscar, your odds of ever winning a second are greatly diminished by the dreaded “Oscar Jinx”Fri, 22 Feb 2019 21:34:33 +0000What Should a Contemporary Monument Look Like? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-should-contemporary-monument-look-180971516/A new multi-city art exhibition called "New Monuments for New Cities" tackles this question head onFri, 22 Feb 2019 21:03:14 +0000Why Are Georgia O’Keeffe’s Paintings Breaking Out in Pimples?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-are-georgia-okeeffes-paintings-breaking-out-pimples-180971518/A new handheld tool lets scientists diagnose the chemical reaction behind “art acne”—and learn how it can be preventedFri, 22 Feb 2019 18:32:43 +0000Israel's Private Lunar Lander Blasts Off for the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/first-private-lunar-lander-blasts-off-moon-180971544/The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet will gradually raise its orbit to reach the moon, landing after about a month and a half of flightFri, 22 Feb 2019 17:15:48 +0000Will A.I. Ever Be Smarter Than a Four-Year-Old?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-ai-ever-be-smarter-than-four-year-old-180971259/Looking at how children process information may give programmers useful hints about directions for computer learningFri, 22 Feb 2019 14:33:02 +0000Who Was the First Woman Depicted on Currency and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-was-first-woman-depicted-currency-180971448/You asked, we answeredFri, 22 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000In Search of George Washington Carver’s True Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/search-george-washington-carvers-true-legacy-180971538/The famed agriculturalist deserves to be known for much more than peanutsThu, 21 Feb 2019 17:29:39 +0000Women's Contributions to Early Genetics Studies Were Relegated to the Footnoteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/women-scientists-contributions-early-genetics-studies-relegated-footnotes-180971537/While women scientists were frequently "acknowledged programmers" in population genetics research, few of them received full authorshipThu, 21 Feb 2019 17:24:34 +0000Why Is the Genie in ‘Aladdin’ Blue?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-genie-aladdin-blue-180971536/There’s a simple answer and a colonialist legacy for why the genie looks the way it doesThu, 21 Feb 2019 16:58:24 +0000Rhiannon Giddens' 21st-Century Sound Has a Long Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/rhiannon-giddens-american-music-history-21st-century-sound-180971449/Inspired by long-lost folk melodies, gospel, opera and bluegrass, the electrifying singer and banjo player gives fresh voice to old American traditionsThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000In Nigeria, the Veil Is a Fashion Statementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/lagos-nigeria-veil-fashion-statement-180971440/Artist Medina Dugger finds joy in a colorful yet complicated symbol of faithThu, 21 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The Fishy Mystery of Lake Malawihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mystery-lake-malawi-180971442/In the second-largest lake in Africa, fish evolution is taking place at an explosive rate. Why? Scientists are diving into the questionThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000For 70 Years, the Soap Opera Has Shaped American Pop Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/for-70-years-soap-opera-shaped-american-pop-culture-180971439/The much-maligned genre has been resurrected as prestige TVThu, 21 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000One Tool in the Fight Against Wikipedia's Notorious Gender Biashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tool-fight-against-wikipedias-notorious-gender-bias-180971450/Can an obscure 19th-century literary form help solve a 21st-century problem?Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Seven Technologies That Could Help Fight Food Waste https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/seven-technologies-that-could-help-fight-food-waste-180971524/From food-sharing apps to "smart" storage systems, these innovations might reduce the amount of food you tossWed, 20 Feb 2019 17:40:11 +0000What Schools Teach About Women’s History Leaves a Lot to Be Desiredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-schools-teach-womens-history-180971447/A recent study broke down each state’s educational standards to see whose ‘herstory’ was missingWed, 20 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000With Opportunity Lost, NASA Confronts the Tenuous Future of Mars Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/opportunity-lost-nasa-confronts-tenuous-future-mars-exploration-180971523/Following decades of continuous flights to Mars, NASA is facing a shortage of missionsWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000The Complex Legacy of America's Lawrence of Arabiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/revisiting-complex-legacy-americas-lawrence-arabia-180971446/Archaeologist Wendell Phillips traveled throughout Yemen in the 1950s, where he found ancient treasures and controversyWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Enslaved Girl Who Became America's First Poster Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/enslaved-girl-americas-first-poster-child-180971444/In 1855, Mary Mildred Williams energized the abolitionist movementWed, 20 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000These Objects Begin to Tell the Story of Women's History in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/objects-highlight-power-passion-womens-american-history-180971445/Thirteen artifacts from the National Museum of American History chronicle profound changes in the life of the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:21:16 +0000Behind the Scenes of Sandra Day O'Connor's First Days on the Supreme Courthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behind-scenes-sandra-day-oconnor-first-days-supreme-court-180971441/As the first female justice retires from public life, read about her debut on the highest court in the nationWed, 20 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Don’t Miss These Award-Winning Films at the Mother Tongue Film Festival https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2019/02/19/dont-miss-these-award-winning-films-mother-tongue-film-festival/Kicking off February 21—International Mother Language Day—more than 20 films featuring 62 languages Tue, 19 Feb 2019 20:13:37 +0000The Engine Powering the Future of Civilian Spaceflight Enters the Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/engine-powering-future-civilian-spaceflight-enters-collections-180971493/SpaceShipTwo’s historic rocket motor lands at the National Air and Space MuseumTue, 19 Feb 2019 18:10:50 +0000Dornith Doherty's Mesmerizing Photos Capture the Contradictions of Seed Bankinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dornith-dohertys-mesmerizing-photos-capture-contradictions-seed-banking-180971511/"Archiving Eden," now at the National Academy of Sciences, shows how guarding against an ecological catastrophe is both optimistic and pessimisticTue, 19 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Complex Role Faith Played for Incarcerated Japanese-Americans During World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/complex-role-faith-incarcerated-japanese-americans-during-world-war-ii-180971509/Smithsonian curator of religion Peter Manseau weighs in on a history that must be toldFri, 15 Feb 2019 20:12:39 +0000A Veteran Returns to Vietnam, Photographs the Country and Comes to Peace With His Wartime Experiencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/veteran-returns-vietnam-photographs-country-comes-to-peace-with-his-wartime-experience-180971081/Trading in his rifle for a camera, photographer Chuck Forsman captures the country's resiliency in a new bookFri, 15 Feb 2019 16:23:38 +0000The Rise of 'Zero-Waste' Grocery Storeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rise-zero-waste-grocery-stores-180971495/A growing number of supermarkets sell food without packaging in an effort to reduce the toll of plastic on the environmentFri, 15 Feb 2019 15:06:06 +0000‘The North Star’ Amplified Black Voices. How a 2019 Reboot of Frederick Douglass’ Paper Hopes to Do the Samehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/frederick-douglass-north-star-amplified-black-voices-reboot-newspaper-hoping-do-same-180971500/A new outfit sees inspiration from the 19th-century publication that pursued the cause of fighting injustice everywhereThu, 14 Feb 2019 18:37:35 +0000The Double Life of a California Socialite Who Became a Leading Arctic Explorerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/double-life-california-socialite-who-became-leading-arctic-explorer-180971499/In the early 20th century, Louise Arner Boyd lived as a philanthropist in the United States and a hero on the high seasThu, 14 Feb 2019 17:32:04 +0000In the Fair City of Verona, Star-Cross'd Lovers Want to Believe in 'La Casa di Giulietta'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fair-city-verona-star-crossed-lovers-want-believe-casa-giulietta-180971494/The number of visitors to this self-proclaimed Shakespearean “city of love” typically swells during the week around Valentine’s DayThu, 14 Feb 2019 13:31:01 +0000Why the Chicano Underdog Aesthetic ‘Rasquachismo’ Is Finally Having Its Day https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-chicano-underdog-aesthetic-rasquachismo-having-its-day-180971490/Next up for the podcast Sidedoor, actor and director Cheech Marin opines on the Chicano art sensibility that is defiant, tacky and wildly creativeThu, 14 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How NASA's Opportunity Rover Made Mars Part of Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-nasas-opportunity-rover-made-mars-part-earth-180971484/After more than 15 years exploring the surface of Mars, the Opportunity rover has finally roved its last legWed, 13 Feb 2019 19:06:06 +0000The Patents Behind Your Box of Valentine's Day Chocolateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-your-box-valentines-day-chocolates-180971478/Before you sample a truffle or a coconut cream, consider all of the innovation that has been poured into the sweets and their lovely presentationWed, 13 Feb 2019 17:23:09 +0000How 18th-Century Writers Created the Genre of Popular Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/18th-century-writers-created-genre-popular-science-enlightenment-180971481/French writers such as Voltaire and Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle helped shape the Enlightenment with stories of scienceWed, 13 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The History of Poisoning the Wellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-well-poisoning-180971471/From ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day Iraq, the threat to a region's water supply is the cruelest cut of allWed, 13 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Mouthwatering History of Seven Fundamental Foodstuffshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mouthwatering-history-seven-fundamental-foodstuffs-180971473/A new Smithsonian book whisks readers on a culinary odyssey, tracing the history of salt, pork, honey, chili, tomato, rice and chocolateWed, 13 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Magazine Nominated for Two National Magazine Awardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/smithsonian-magazine-nominated-two-national-magazine-awards-180971480/Recognized for general excellence for the second time, the publication was also recognized for feature writingTue, 12 Feb 2019 21:57:21 +0000How a Love of Flowers Helped Charles Darwin Validate Natural Selectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/charles-darwin-botanist-orchid-flowers-validate-natural-selection-180971472/Though his voyage to the Galapagos and his work with finches dominate the narrative of the famed naturalist, he was, at heart, a botanistTue, 12 Feb 2019 15:22:47 +0000Explore France's Loire Valley in the Footsteps of Leonardo da Vincihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-frances-loire-valley-in-footsteps-of-leonardo-da-vinci-180971039/Five centuries after his death, visitors can pay homage to the artist at these sites in central France where he spent his final yearsTue, 12 Feb 2019 14:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Story of the American Troops Who Got Caught Up in the Russian Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-doughboys-who-died-fighting-russian-civil-war-180971470/Even after the armistice was signed ending World War I, the doughboys clashed with Russian forces 100 years agoTue, 12 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000Checking In on the Health and Vigor of the Chesapeake Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/checking-health-and-vigor-chesapeake-bay-180971179/As clean-up milestones are registered by a recent assessment of the nation’s largest estuary, a Smithsonian geographer drops in on the region Tue, 12 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000Europe’s Megalithic Monuments Originated in France and Spread by Sea Routes, New Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/europe-megalithic-monuments-france-sea-routes-mediterranean-180971467/The ancient burial structures, strikingly similar all across Europe and the mediterranean, have puzzled scientists and historians for centuries Mon, 11 Feb 2019 20:20:56 +0000There Was the Magazine Quiz. Then Came the Internet. What Now?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/magazine-quiz-internet-what-now-180971463/From the “Cosmo Quiz” to Quizilla to Buzzfeed... what's next?Mon, 11 Feb 2019 17:28:16 +0000The Evolution of the College Dorm Chronicles How Colleges Became Less White and Malehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-college-dorms-180971457/What the architecture and history of student housing tell us about higher educationMon, 11 Feb 2019 12:00:00 +0000The Reason These Poisonous Butterflies Don't Mate Is Written in Their DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/reason-butterflies-dont-mate-genetics-written-dna-180971456/Wing color and mate preference seem to be genetically bound, leading these tropical butterflies to only choose mates that look like themFri, 08 Feb 2019 18:00:58 +0000The Incomplete History Told by New York's K.G.B. Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/incomplete-history-told-new-yorks-kgb-museum-180971458/Designed to be apolitical, the attraction offers whiz-bang tech without the agency's brutal pastFri, 08 Feb 2019 17:13:33 +0000The Pharmacist Who Launched America's Modern Candy Industryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/pharmacist-who-launched-americas-modern-candy-industry-180971354/Oliver Chase invented a lozenge-cutting machine that led to Necco wafers, Sweethearts and the mechanization of candy makingFri, 08 Feb 2019 15:41:24 +0000Artificial Intelligence Study of Human Genome Finds Unknown Human Ancestor https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/artificial-intelligence-study-human-genome-finds-unknown-human-ancestor-species-180971436/The genetic footprint of a "ghost population" may match that of a Neanderthal and Denisovan hybrid fossil found in SiberiaFri, 08 Feb 2019 13:30:00 +0000Can a Pill Fight Loneliness?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-pill-fight-loneliness-180971435/A University of Chicago scientist thinks the hormone pregnenolone might reduce lonely people's fear of connecting—and their risk of serious health problemsFri, 08 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Expect Stiff Competition at This Year’s International Hair Freezing Contesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/expect-stiff-competition-years-international-hair-freezing-contest-180971197/The annual event at Canada’s Takhini Hot Pools draws people from around the world competing for the title of the world’s coolest ’doThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:49:29 +0000National Air and Space Museum Says Pardon Our Renovation, but Come Anywayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-air-and-space-museum-says-pardon-our-renovation-come-anyway-180971434/In need of a new facade, the museum undergoes top-to-bottom change, bringing state-of-the-art technology and 21st century stories into its exhibitionsThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:30:53 +0000How Lego Patents Helped Build a Toy Empire, Brick by Brickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-lego-patents-helped-build-toy-empire-brick-by-brick-180971429/The Danish toy company invented its basic brick, then designed a toddler-friendly version, before adding mini figures to the mixThu, 07 Feb 2019 16:21:23 +0000Enslaved Tour Guide Stephen Bishop Made Mammoth Cave the Must-See Destination It Is Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/enslaved-tour-guide-stephen-bishop-made-mammoth-cave-must-see-destination-it-today-180971424/In the 1830s and '40s, the pioneering spelunker mapped out many of the underground system's most popular spotsWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:53:15 +0000How the Grand Canyon Transformed From a 'Valueless' Place to a National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-grand-canyon-transformed-from-valueless-place-to-national-park-180971426/Before the advent of geology as a science, the canyon was avoided. Now the popular park is celebrating its centennial yearWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:30:18 +0000Prehistoric Crocodile Cousin Crushed the Bones of Its Prey Long Before T. Rexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-crocodile-cousin-crushed-bones-its-prey-long-t-rex-180971423/Fossilized feces filled with bone reveal the feeding habits of an ancient predatorWed, 06 Feb 2019 17:02:20 +0000George Washington and I Go Way Back—Or So Goes the Tale of My Family's Canehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-george-washington-plant-my-familys-cane-180971420/An heirloom is charged with both sentiment and purely speculative history Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:19:44 +0000What a Hundred-Year-Old Department Store Can Tell Us About the Overlap of Retail, Religion and Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-hundred-year-old-department-store-can-tell-us-about-overlap-retail-religion-and-politics-180971413/The legacy left behind by the Philadelphia-based retail chain Wanamaker’s is still felt by shoppers todayTue, 05 Feb 2019 15:39:15 +0000Morocco’s 'Hippie Trail' Still Pulses With Bohemian Counterculturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/moroccos-hippie-trail-still-pulses-with-bohemian-culture-180968887/From the 1950s to 1970s, thousands of flower children made a spiritual pilgrimage through northwest Africa Tue, 05 Feb 2019 14:38:20 +0000What This Jacket Tells Us About the Degrading Treatment of Japanese-Americans During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-jacket-tells-us-about-degrading-treatment-japanese-americans-during-wwii-180971412/An exhibit in San Francisco explores the dark chapter in American history when the government imprisoned its own citizensTue, 05 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Find a Possible Link Between Gut Bacteria and Depressionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-find-possible-link-between-gut-bacteria-and-depression-180971411/A new study identifies bacteria in the microbiome that could produce neurotransmitters and potentially influence activity in the brainTue, 05 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000Four Craft Artists Use Their Medium to Tell the Story of Our Times https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/four-craft-artists-use-their-medium-tell-story-our-times-180971210/The Renwick’s newest show challenges everything you thought you knew about craft art Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:00:00 +0000How First Lady Sarah Polk Set a Model for Conservative Female Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-first-lady-sarah-polk-set-model-conservative-female-power-180971393/The popular and pious wife to President James Polk had little use for the nascent suffrage movementMon, 04 Feb 2019 18:20:52 +0000One Lesson From Burning Man—Embrace the Dusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2019/01/18/embrace-dust-burning-man-journal/One Lesson From Burning Man—Embrace the DustMon, 04 Feb 2019 15:30:24 +0000Fourteen Things to Do at the Smithsonian in Februaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2019/02/01/14-things-do-smithsonian-february/Programs on J.D. Salinger, French cooking, the Academy Awards and much more from the Smithsonian AssociatesMon, 04 Feb 2019 15:20:54 +0000Play a Groundhog Day Song on a Continuous Loophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/play-groundhog-day-song-continuous-loop-180971395/Like Bill Murray, wake up to Groundhog Day everyday with the Smithsonian Folkways' groundhog playlist Fri, 01 Feb 2019 19:53:13 +0000Astrophysicist Mercedes Lopez-Morales Is Grooming the Next Generation of Planet Huntershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrophysicist-mercedes-lopez-morales-is-grooming-next-generation-of-planet-hunters-180971191/"The Daily Show" correspondent Roy Wood, Jr. talks with the astrophysicist about adrenaline, fear, curiosity and attracting younger generations to scienceFri, 01 Feb 2019 18:52:48 +0000The Patents Behind Pasta Shapeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-pasta-shapes-180971388/When you sit down to a bowl, be it gnocchi or Kraft macaroni, consider the design work and innovation that have gone into itFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:53 +0000Should the Himalayan Wolf Be Classified as a New Species? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-himalayan-wolf-be-classified-new-species-180971396/Years of expeditions in the world's tallest mountain range reveal that Himalayan wolves have developed genetic adaptations to living at high altitudesFri, 01 Feb 2019 17:20:16 +0000To Celebrate the Lunar New Year, Chinese Blacksmiths Turn Molten Metal Into Fireworkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/to-celebrate-lunar-new-year-chinese-blacksmiths-turn-molten-metal-into-fireworks-180971362/Dubbed the "poor man's fireworks," the spectacular pyrotechnic display is a 500-year ritual in Nuanquan, ChinaFri, 01 Feb 2019 13:00:00 +0000What the Earliest Super Bowl Commercials Tell Us About the Super Bowlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-earliest-super-bowl-commercials-tell-us-about-super-bowl-180971391/The inaugural title game in 1967 would not have been getting kudos from the media for representing womenThu, 31 Jan 2019 19:59:34 +0000Scientists Model How Prehistoric Shark Cut Through Prey With 'Scissor Jaws'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-model-how-prehistoric-shark-cut-through-prey-scissor-jaws-180971384/The 330-million-year-old species <i>Edestus</i> had one of the most unique bites in natural history Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:42:48 +0000A Smithsonian Researcher Reflects on What It Will Take to Land Humans on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-researcher-reflects-what-it-will-take-land-humans-mars-180971333/In a new book on space exploration, Smithsonian curator emeritus Roger D. Launius predicts boots on the Red Planet ground by the 2030sThu, 31 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Ten Fun Facts About Rams, the Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-fun-facts-about-rams-animal-180971375/Bighorn sheep might just be the perfect football mascotWed, 30 Jan 2019 17:47:11 +0000This Smartwatch Can Help Detect Seizures in Kids https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smartwatch-can-help-detect-seizures-kids-180971352/The Embrace is one of a growing number of wearables capable of detecting seizures and alerting caregiversWed, 30 Jan 2019 17:23:48 +0000Studying the History of Life on Earth Keeps This Paleontologist Optimistichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/studying-history-life-earth-keeps-paleontologist-optimistic-180971378/Smithsonian scientist Nick Pyenson explains how taking an interest in natural history can help us understand our futureWed, 30 Jan 2019 16:46:41 +0000What Is Wind Chill, and How Does It Affect the Human Body?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-wind-chill-and-how-does-it-affect-human-body-180971376/While wind will not change the ambient temperature of the air, it will change the temperature of your bodyWed, 30 Jan 2019 16:00:27 +0000Breakthrough Korean Feminist Artist Yun Suknam in Her First U.S. Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/breakthrough-korean-feminist-artist-yun-suknam-her-first-us-museum-exhibition-180971111/With an assemblage portrait of her mother as the focal piece, the artist’s work is surrounded by the works of those who inspired herWed, 30 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Staffers Scramble to Make Up Time Lost During Government Shutdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-staffers-scramble-makeup-time-lost-government-shutdown-180971372/Workers are back, the museums are open, the pandas are well, but officials say the ramifications of the shutdown are far from overTue, 29 Jan 2019 19:54:47 +0000Aretha Franklin’s Decades-Old Documentary Finally Comes to Theaters in 2019 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/aretha-franklins-47-year-old-documentary-finally-comes-theaters-2019-180971203/The 2019 nationwide release, 47 years after it was made, means audiences at last will see the Queen of Soul’s transcendent masterpieceTue, 29 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Computer Programmer Who Ran a Global Drug Trafficking Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/computer-programmer-ran-global-drug-trafficking-empire-180971355/A new book uncovers the intricacies of Paul Le Roux’s cartel and how it fueled the opioid epidemic ravaging the U.S. todayTue, 29 Jan 2019 12:00:00 +0000Arboreal 'Snow Monsters' Overrun Northern Japan Every Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/arboreal-snow-monsters-overrun-northern-japan-every-winter-180971323/Ice and wind transform these high altitude fir trees of into real-life White WalkersFri, 25 Jan 2019 19:21:53 +0000Color TV Transformed the Way Americans Saw the World, and the World Saw Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/color-tv-transformed-way-americans-saw-world-world-saw-america-180971343/A historian of 20th century media argues that the technological innovation was the quintessential Cold War machineFri, 25 Jan 2019 17:36:26 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, the Television Musical Made Its Debuthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/television-musical-actually-debuted-75-years-ago-180971342/"RENT: Live" meet "The Boys from Boise"Fri, 25 Jan 2019 16:08:05 +0000