Articles | Smithsonian feed for ArticlesenTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Drugged-Up Shellfish Help Scientists Understand Human Pollution involuntary medicine-guzzlers have much tell us about the consequences of pharmaceutical wasteTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:30:00 +0000Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWII marines faced a battle unlike any they had faced before: the Japanese intentionally crashed over 1,900 planes in suicide kamikaze dives on themTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital looking into the crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks?Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Sixty-Five Years Later, the Queen Recalls Her Coronation Smithsonian Channel special has rare Queen Elizabeth II interview and offers a closeup of the Crown JewelsFri, 12 Jan 2018 21:32:27 +0000Deeply Grieving MLK’s Death, Activists Shaped a Campaign of Hurt and Hope Resurrection City, an epic 1968 demonstration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., protesters defined the next 50 years of activismFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:51:32 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in South Korea cultured while you’re in the country for the Winter OlympicsFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:13:59 +0000This Theologian Helped MLK See the Value of Nonviolence, theologian and mystic Howard Thurman had a profound influence on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 17:22:16 +0000How Proteins Helped Scientists Read Between the Lines of a 1630 Plague Death Registry tech reveals bacterial contamination, what scribes were eating and how many rats were aroundFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:32:15 +0000What America's First Cookbook Says About Our Country and Its Cuisine 18th-century kitchen guide taught Americans how to eat simply but sumptuouslyFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000Ten Myths About the 1918 Flu Pandemic ‘greatest pandemic in history’ was 100 years ago – but many of us still get the basic facts wrongFri, 12 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Amazing Adaptation That Keeps Tamarin Numbers Up lion tamarins have evolved a clever way to keep their population size steady in the face of predation. They almost always give birth to twins.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000This World Heritage Site in Japan Is One of the Snowiest Places on the Planet you thought Boston got a lot of snowThu, 11 Jan 2018 21:05:22 +0000The True History of Luke Skywalker's Monastic Retreat Smithsonian Librarian delves into centuries of maps and manuscripts to discover ancient stories of this sacred place and sanctuaryThu, 11 Jan 2018 21:04:25 +0000Madagascar's Ancient 'Pelican Spiders' Are As Striking As They Are Strange research offers an in-depth look at the island's fascinating spider sceneThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:38:00 +0000The Animal Cost of War low-level human conflict can drive dramatic wildlife declinesThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:07:18 +0000How Women Broke Into the Male-Dominated World of Cartoons and Illustrations new exhibition at the Library of Congress highlights female artists and their contributions to comic strips, magazine covers and political cartoonsThu, 11 Jan 2018 18:24:26 +0000How Graffiti Artists Used iPhones and Paint to Transform the Beatles’ Ashram Miles Toland describes how he captured Indian street scenes on his phone and recreated them as giant murals that same dayThu, 11 Jan 2018 16:27:23 +0000Could Giant "Solar Rigs" Floating On the Ocean Convert Seawater To Hydrogen Fuel? at Columbia University have designed a device that could make the process economically viableThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Reporter Who Helped Persuade FDR to Tell the Truth About War witnessing the bloody struggle with Japan, Robert Sherrod thought the public should face the 'cruel' factsThu, 11 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Volcanoes That Still Threaten New Zealand's Safety since the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, New Zealand has invested heavily in a sophisticated warning systemThu, 11 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Think Mountain Time’s Confusing? Try Living on Martian Time's latest podcast "AirSpace" digs into the zany work schedules of the men and women on NASA's Mars rover projectsThu, 11 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Hitler Created a Fictional Persona To Recast Himself as Germany's Savior 1923, Adolf Hitler wrote an embellished autobiography to convince Germans he was their natural leaderWed, 10 Jan 2018 17:14:09 +0000Will Traditional Colleges and Universities Become Obsolete? intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, in-person learningWed, 10 Jan 2018 15:30:56 +0000All Praise The Humble Dung Beetle recycling and removing feces, these unsung insects make the world go 'roundWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines and military bases are using the bivalve to defend against flooding and damage from climate change-driven storms Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planes the early 1900s, a New Zealand farmer named Richard Pearse built what looked like a flying bicycle. Some of the ideas he developed are now standardWed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000For People Living with Disabilities, New Products Prove Both Practical and Stylish Hewitt turns its design eye to beautifully styled wheelchairs, hearing aids and other accessible innovationsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:15:59 +0000Why We Should Rethink How We Talk About "Alien" Species a trend that echoes the U.S.-Mexico border debate, some say that calling non-native animals "foreigners" and "invaders" only worsens the problemTue, 09 Jan 2018 20:27:27 +0000A Brief History of Airport Chapels Lady of the Airways can still be visited in LoganTue, 09 Jan 2018 15:32:18 +0000These Feisty Female Lemurs Fight With Babies on Their Back ring-tailed lemur society, it's the females who call the shots. They live in groups of up to 30 and the alpha female will fight to protect territoryTue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Search for a Lost Hammer Led to the Largest Cache of Roman Treasure Ever Found in Britain, archaeologists are still debating just how old the hoard is—and what it tells us about the end of the Roman Empire in BritainTue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000It's Official: Fish Feel Pain verdict is in. But will our oceanic friends ever get the same legal protections as land animals?Mon, 08 Jan 2018 17:00:00 +0000These Cloths Tell the Story of the Worst Humanitarian Crisis of This Generation the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the strips of fabric, written in blood and rust, serve as a testament to Syria's disappearedMon, 08 Jan 2018 16:03:01 +0000Three Architecture Projects That Will Build Community and Address Inequality This Year projects set to be completed this year are geared toward strengthening communities that have been left out of the economic recoveryMon, 08 Jan 2018 15:36:52 +0000How to Save the Paradoxical Axolotl being a common pet and beloved cultural icon, the grinning amphibian is nearly extinct in the wildMon, 08 Jan 2018 14:34:31 +0000Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Was an Elite Cemetery have little doubt that Stonehenge functioned as a Neolithic cemeteryMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Kielce: The Post-Holocaust Pogrom That Poland Is Still Fighting Over World War II, Jewish refugees found they could never return to their native land—a sentiment that some echo todayMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000What's an Ancient Roman Temple Doing in Armenia? in mystery, the Temple of Garni offers a rare glimpse into pre-Christian CaucasiaFri, 05 Jan 2018 18:12:53 +0000The Extraordinary Life of Nikola Tesla eccentric inventor and modern Prometheus died 75 years ago, after a rags-to-riches to rags lifeFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:27:30 +0000January Happenings At the Smithsonian away winter blues with our recommended list of film, lectures, concerts and moreFri, 05 Jan 2018 16:56:26 +0000How Museums Are Becoming More Sensory-Friendly For Those With Autism increasing number of institutions are developing programs that make exhibitions more accessible to those with developmental disabilitiesFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Costs and Benefits of Hydropower rivers may seem like a clean and easy solution for Albania and other energy-hungry countries. But the devil is in the detailsFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Rage Against the Machine short story reimagines the riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago and the chaos that shocked the worldFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:47:45 +0000The Ghosts of My Lai the hamlet where U.S. troops killed hundreds of men, women and children, survivors are ready to forgive the most infamous American soldier of the warFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:35:13 +0000How the Presidency Took Control of America's Nuclear Arsenal Truman onwards, the ability to order a nuclear strike has shaped the officeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Forensic Test Reveals a Mummy's Travels Before Death ground-breaking scientific technique is tracing the life of one of the bog bodies of Northern EuropeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000America’s First “Food Spy” Traveled the World Hunting for Exotic Crops new book details the life of adventurer-botanist David FairchildFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Say Hello to Pavel, the National Zoo's Latest Addition, an Amur Tiger the first time since 1948, a 10-year-old male Siberian big cat graces the D.C. menagerieFri, 05 Jan 2018 11:41:30 +0000Why Our Oceans Are Starting to Suffocate new paper links global warming to diminished oxygen concentrations at seaThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:00:19 +0000A Visit to the House of the Mountain Gorillas trek through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park brings you up close and personal with an endangered gorilla populationThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:46:29 +0000Genetics Rewrites the History of Early America—And, Maybe, the Field of Archaeology genome of an infant from Upward Sun River, Alaska offers tantalizing insight into the story of human migrationThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:39:47 +0000How Zoo Animals Stay Safe and Warm in the Arctic Blast flamingo 'hot tubs' to heated termite mounds, zoos have plenty of tricks to keep creatures safe when the forecast freezes overThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:35:12 +0000Can All Living Things Exhibit Albinism? asked, we answeredThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Teen Idol Frankie Lymon's Tragic Rise and Fall Tells the Truth About 1950s America mirage of the singer's soaring success echoes the mirage of post-war tranquility at homeThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000A Timeline of 1968: The Year That Shattered America nation is still reckoning with the changes that came in that fateful yearThu, 04 Jan 2018 14:00:00 +0000Gladiator Teeth Reveal Signs of Infant Malnourishment all accounts, Roman gladiators were the rock stars of their day, performing in a packed coliseum to a crowd of thousandsThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Inside the Story of America’s 19th-Century Opiate Addiction then, as now, overprescribed the painkiller to patients in need, and then, as now, government policy had a distinct biasThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Science is Peeling Back the Layers of Ancient Lacquer Sculptures rare Buddhist artworks were found to contain traces of bone and bloodThu, 04 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Where RFK Was Killed, a Diverse Student Body Fulfills His Vision for America the site of Robert Kennedy's assassination, the kids at a Los Angeles public school keep his spirit aliveWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Influence of <em>A Wrinkle in Time</em> the Madeleine L'Engle novel liberated young adult literatureWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Who Took the Legendary Earthrise Photo From Apollo 8? mission returned to Earth with one of the most famous images in historyWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future decades before the personal computer, a shy engineer unveiled the tools that would drive the tech revolutionWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Top Ten Most Important Ancient Documents Lost to History due to conquest or simply the ravages of time, these founding papers of civilizations around the world will remain mysteries foreverWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Ashram Where the Beatles Sought Enlightenment Boys singer Mike Love recalls what it was like to be at the Indian locale, which remains a destination for fans of music and meditationWed, 03 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Future of Energy new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:06:50 +0000Greek Yogurt Fuels Your Morning...And Your Plane? have developed a method for turning yogurt whey into bio-oil, which could potentially be processed into biofuel for planesWed, 03 Jan 2018 15:02:38 +0000Thomas Edison’s Forgotten Sci-Fi Novel feeding his visions for the future to a well-regarded contemporary, the prolific inventor offered a peek into his brilliant mindWed, 03 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000It’s Still Christmas in Armenia holiday celebrations continue through January 13. Here's what to cook to keep the festivities going.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 11:30:00 +0000The Science of Silence in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' soundless lightspeed attack that baffled some fans was actually the film's most scientifically accurate momentTue, 02 Jan 2018 19:35:33 +0000When a Medical “Cure” Makes Things Much, Much Worse 1960s Japan, a bizarre outbreak of hairy green tongues failed to set off alarms around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:10:17 +0000Revisiting Vietnam 50 Years After the Tet Offensive battles of 1968 are long over. But the struggle to confront the truth goes onTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:35 +0000The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis his final days, Martin Luther King Jr. stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what hasn’tTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000Fifty Years Ago, Protesters Took on the Miss America Pageant and Electrified the Feminist Movement America pageant is under new leadership after a sexist email scandal. But the pageant has a long history of controversy—including the 1968 protestsTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Fight Over Andrew Johnson's Impeachment Was a Fight for the Future of the United States biggest show in Washington 150 years ago was the trial against the President of the United StatesTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Book That Incited a Worldwide Fear of Overpopulation'The Population Bomb' made dire predictions—and triggered a wave of repression around the worldTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000How Mickalene Thomas Is Ushering in a New Wave of Contemporary Art celebrated portraitist’s glittering images of black women upend traditionTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000'Armenian Pizza' Is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Were Missing (Recipe) lahmacun may lack in cheese pulls it makes up for with juicy, spicy ground lambFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:22:19 +0000Photos Celebrate the Lives of Gender Non-Conforming Spirit Mediums in Southeast Asia pioneering photographer's latest book documents the welcoming community of transgender individuals who serve as spirit mediums in Burma and ThailandFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:02:38 +0000How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia's Most Endangered Species Fri, 29 Dec 2017 21:16:38 +0000Nine Innovators to Watch in 2018 a group of trailblazers in medicine, education, art, transportation, artificial intelligence and moreFri, 29 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000An Unexpected Victim of Costa Rica's Drug Trade: Fish archipelago was once synonymous with tourism, sustainability and biodiversity. Now collapsing fisheries have led to turmoilThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:02:42 +0000Would You Eat Food Made With "Trash"? increasing number of food companies are using food normally destined for the dumpster, and a new study shows eco-minded consumers don't mind a bitThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremation scientist recreates a Stone Age funeral pyre using nothing but resources from that era. The makeshift pyre achieves same temperatures as a crematoriumThu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Bringing Taíno Peoples Back Into History upcoming Smithsonian exhibition explores the legacy of Native peoples in the Greater Antilles and their contemporary heritage movementThu, 28 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000These Five Abandoned Mines Have Been Transformed into Subterranean Wonderlands line through darkness or relax in a serene saline pool deep undergroundWed, 27 Dec 2017 22:22:21 +0000Learn to Speak the Language of the Universe With This Mindblowing New Book<i>Magnitude</i> helps you imagine the outer limits of time, speed and distance—without breaking your brainWed, 27 Dec 2017 19:56:46 +0000This 2,400-Year-Old Corpse Is in Remarkable Condition murdered corpse in a remote wetland in Denmark is found to be over 2,400 years oldWed, 27 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Mass Grave Discovery Could Alter Roman History's plenty of evidence to suggest that a mass grave discovered in the north of England is a gladiator cemeteryTue, 26 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Woeful Wipeout Made Evel Knievel an Instant Legend 1967, a bone-shattering spill at Caesars Palace spawned a career in self-endangermentTue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopter marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillMon, 25 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Rise of Indoor Navigation may never get lost in a mall again with these new technologies, designed to help you navigate inside places traditional GPS-based mapping apps can'tFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:04:30 +0000This 19th-Century Illustrator Found Beauty in the Slimiest of Sea Creatures new book chronicles Ernst Haeckel's life and his gorgeous renderings of wild things—scales, spikes, tentacles and allFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:54:45 +0000P.T. Barnum Isn't the Hero the "Greatest Showman" Wants You to Think path to fame and notoriety began by exploiting an enslaved woman, in life and in death, as entertainment for the massesFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:39:18 +0000Smithsonian Magazine's Most Powerful Photos of the Year photography editors select their favorites from a year full of stunning photojournalismFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:30:00 +0000A Tense Encounter Becomes a Perfect Polar Bear Photo Op local guide from Churchill, Manitoba, is on a late night walk, hoping to spot a polar bear. He strikes gold when a large male appearsFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Remarkable Rebirth of the Button Accordion Gilberto Reyes redesigned the instrument to meet the needs of Latino musiciansFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Best Places to See Reindeer Around the World Norway to Alaska, here's where to see members of Santa's herd in personThu, 21 Dec 2017 20:05:55 +0000The Enduring Romance of Mistletoe, a Parasite Named After Bird Poop things you should know about our favorite Christmas plantThu, 21 Dec 2017 19:01:58 +0000The U.S. Now Has Its First Dark Sky Reserve Thu, 21 Dec 2017 17:39:01 +0000How the Sun Illuminates Spanish Missions On the Winter Solstice, the rising sun shines on altars and other religious objects at many Spanish churches in the U.S. and Latin AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:25:49 +0000How a Pioneering Botanist Broke Down Japan’s Gender Barriers Yasui was the first Japanese woman to publish in an academic journal, forging a new path for women in her countryThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:27:00 +0000Putting Miniature Museums Where You Are Likely To See Them nonprofit MICRO is on a mission to meet people where they are, staging small exhibitions in busy, public placesThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancy seal hunting season, a female polar bear strives to put on up to 300 pounds of fat. That weight gain is a necessityThu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turkey Vultures Have a Keen Sense of Smell and Now We Know Why the brains of this olfactory king of the roost is a powerful cellular mechanism for detecting carrion from hundreds of feet awayThu, 21 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000The Hidden Biases That Shape Natural History Museums's why museum visitors rarely see lady animals, penis bones or cats floating in formaldehyde Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:42:43 +0000Why Iceland's Christmas Witch Is Much Cooler (and Scarier) Than Krampus roots dating back to the 13th century, Gryla is not to be messed withWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:13:04 +0000This Cult Classic Christmas Special Is Quintessential Jim Henson it features few of the usual Muppets, ‘Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas’ brings the holiday spirit to the whole familyWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:39:50 +0000Inventing the Jet Engine Came With a Few Disasters invention of the jet engine was the crowning achievement of engineer Frank Whittle. But the path to glory was littered with countless obstaclesWed, 20 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Around the Globe, Revered Artist Ferdinand Hodler Receives His Due, the Portrait Gallery Joins In swirl of dance portraits complement a single Swiss loan of Hodler’s Italian dancer Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000How Climate Change and Plague Helped Bring Down the Roman Empire can learn crucial lessons by examining the natural forces that shaped Rome's rise and fallTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:41:21 +0000This American Doctor Pioneered Abdominal Surgery by Operating on Enslaved Women with a statue in the U.S. Capitol, Ephraim McDowell is a hero in Kentucky, but the full story needs to be toldTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:38:40 +0000These Photos of the Abandoned Domino Sugar Refinery Document Its Sticky History new photography book uncovers the last days (and lasting legacy) of a New York institutionTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:22:27 +0000When Science Means Getting Cobra Venom Spat Into Your Eye a reptile mix-up and a fortuitous dose of breastmilk helped researchers tap into biodiversity in Africa’s eastern CongoTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:52:44 +0000The Ten Stories You Didn't Read in 2017 But Should Have music behind prison bars to a San Francisco building with a dark past, here are the top 10 pieces we published last year that deserve another lookTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:06:50 +0000Could Fiber Optics Detect Earthquakes? monitoring every grumble, shiver and burp our planet makes, researchers hope to be more prepared to take action when things go awryTue, 19 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mystery a half century after the crash of UN DC-6 on September 18, 1961, a new investigation is launchedTue, 19 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000In World War II America, Female Santas Took the Reins the Riveter wasn’t the only woman who pitched in on the homefrontMon, 18 Dec 2017 20:35:47 +0000What Shrinking Fossil-Rich National Monuments Means for Science<i></i> asks paleontologists how their work will change after the decision to slash Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:40:01 +0000Can a Video Game Treat ADHD?'s designed to stimulate neural pathways in the brain tied to sustaining attention and controlling impulsivityMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:09:51 +0000The Ten Best Children's Books of 2017 picks are full of silly words, weird animals and unknown historiesMon, 18 Dec 2017 14:40:38 +0000Doctors Are 3D Printing Ear Bones To Help With Hearing Loss printing custom bone prostheses, researchers hope they can better fix a certain kind of hearing loss Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstorm South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the BadlandsMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Holiday Season, Make Merry in a Museum heavenly light shows to diabolical dollhouses, the Smithsonian’s winter exhibitions offer something for everyoneMon, 18 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000See the World Through the Eyes of a Butterfly at a New Exhibit on the Senses American Museum of Natural History’s newest exhibition reveals how our brains make sense of the world around usFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:58:12 +0000Where Would Pandemic Flu Wreak the Most Havoc? virulent flu strain would overwhelm developing countries where health care systems are already flounderingFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:00:27 +0000Gone at 27 and Eternally Youthful For the Ages, Jimi Hendrix Would Have Been 75 This Year gold-brocade vest at the Smithsonian evokes the innovative musician’s enduring legacyFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:41:56 +0000How the First Man-Made Nuclear Reactor Reshaped Science and Society December 1942, Chicago Pile-1 ushered in an age of frightening possibilityFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:04:49 +0000How Other Countries Deal With Net Neutrality the U.S. weakens its protections for internet users, it risks falling behind the rest of the worldFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:38:06 +0000The Top Ten Ocean Stories of 2017 wind turbines to massive sunfish to octopus cities, the seas proved full of surprises this yearFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:00:46 +0000Here's Exactly How Shrunken Heads Are Made scientist's visit to a Shuar elder in Ecuador reveals the secrets of the ceremonial tradition of head shrinkingFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spiritFri, 15 Dec 2017 12:30:00 +0000How AI Found the First Eight-Planet Solar System Beyond Our Own’s neural network sifted through piles of NASA data to find a planet hiding in the spacestacksThu, 14 Dec 2017 22:28:37 +0000Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Wild Corners of America's Northernmost National Park his upcoming book, author Joe Wilkins gives an insider's perspective of Gates of the Arctic Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:38:11 +0000What the Robots of Star Wars Tell Us About the Future of Human Work films' much-loved robots exist mostly to assist rather than replace humans—and like us, they are prone to errorsThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:49:05 +0000Virtual Reality Is Allowing Us To See Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites Native American tribe in California got a chance to reconnect with its past through virtual reality models of sacred sitesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:18:02 +0000A Polar Bear's Diet Consists of Anything Edible lieu of seal meat, polar bears will resort to eating anything that looks edible, including mineral-rich kelp. Here, one chows down on a fresh batchThu, 14 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Happens to All Those Letters Sent to Santa? it or not, most get answeredThu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Instead of Killing Bacteria, Can We Just "Turn Off" Its Ability To Cause Infections? could have an answer to antibiotic resistance, and it involves using epigenetics to reprogram bacteriaWed, 13 Dec 2017 19:27:46 +0000Elderly Polar Bear Spars With Young Males bears will spar relentlessly with each other whenever they meet in summer. It's friendly and sociable, but also a good way to establish hierarchyWed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Documentary Delights With Spectacular Visuals of the Panama Isthmus, A Migratory Superhighway from all over the world come to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center to study this unique regionTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:58:09 +0000What Lemur Guts Can Tell Us About Human Bowel Disease between us and the cuddly primates could help us understand the origins of human illnesses—and treat them Tue, 12 Dec 2017 17:00:44 +0000The Incredible Linguistic Diversity of Tibet Is Disappearing to national schooling and the Internet, many of the plateau’s unique languages are in dangerTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Can "Avatar Therapy" Help People Confront Hallucinations? a recent study, schizophrenics engaged the distressing voices they hear through digital audio-visual representationsTue, 12 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Test Lynch was an engineer fitter at British aviation firm Martin-Baker. But his main claim to fame was as the fearless test subjectTue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Apollo 17 Was the Swan Song of Manned Space Exploration back 45 years later, is there hope humanity will once again push beyond Earth? President Donald Trump seems to think soMon, 11 Dec 2017 22:48:40 +0000AOL Instant Messenger Taught Us How To Communicate in the Modern World AIM sunsets, let's reflect on its role in preparing people for today's digital messaging methodsMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:13:31 +0000The World’s Steepest Zip Line Offers Breathtaking Views Over St. Martin Mon, 11 Dec 2017 17:35:05 +0000Brain Studies Suggest What Books to Read to Your Baby—and When looked at infant brains to find that both timing and content can impact mental developmentMon, 11 Dec 2017 17:22:32 +0000Two Centuries Ago, Pennsylvania Almost Razed Independence Hall to Make Way for Private Development saner minds prevailed when the state thought about tearing down Philadelphia's historic structureMon, 11 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0000What a Vice President of the Humane Society Has To Say About Lab-Grown Meat a new book, Paul Shapiro describes clean meat as a promising alternative to industrial-scale farmingMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:37:41 +0000Was Enrico Fermi Really the “Father of the Nuclear Age”? new book takes a fresh look at the famed scientistMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Greatest Clash in Egyptian Archaeology May Be Fading, But Anger Lives On 200 years, the sad story of Qurna, a so-called 'village of looters', is coming to a closeMon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:50 +0000Archaeologists Are Only Just Beginning to Reveal the Secrets Hidden in These Ancient Manuscripts project to scan documents found in the walls of a remote monastery is reshaping our view of the connections between East and WestMon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Go on a Mission to Save Sea Turtles the past half century, Leatherback turtle numbers have suffered a disastrous decline of almost 70%Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A New Way to Show Your Devotion in Mexico City: Wear a T-Shirt Smithsonian folklorist makes the pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and discovers an emerging traditionMon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Don't Miss These 10 New Art and Design Exhibits Opening This Winter everything from artistic chairs to underground magazines this seasonFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:45:40 +0000Amazon Now Has a Patent For a “Garden Service” massive online retailer might recommend recipes and tools based on pictures of your plot Fri, 08 Dec 2017 17:14:39 +0000What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur? question may sound like a "duh," but it gets to the heart of how we categorize and define natureFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:04:38 +0000An Extravagant New Tribute to the Rise of Portraiture 600 Years Ago artist takes 21st century technology and culture to a 15th century aestheticFri, 08 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Panama's Urban Development Is a Threat to Animals Isthmus of Panama has witnessed some of the greatest movement of animal species in history. Today, rapid urbanization has accelerated deforestationFri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000People Are Lying on the Floor To See this Dazzling Ceiling Puzzle work pays homage to the vaulted domes, ornate Italianate arches and Art Deco geometric forms of nine of the nation's historic ceilingsFri, 08 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000There's a Giant Warehouse Full of Product Launches That Failed open to the public, this expansive archive schools marketers in the art of pitchmanshipThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:40:25 +0000The Ten Best History Books of 2017 presidential biographies to a look at the long rise of fake news, these picks will surely interest history buffsThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:10:22 +0000Can Honeybees Monitor Pollution? tiny pollinators are useful sentinels of what’s going on in an ecosystem, and might just be environmentalists’ best assetThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Importance of Graduating in the Navajo Way in traditional knowledge, as well as global issues, form the foundation of this Navajo Nation universityThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliff October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 overran the runway at Stord Airport in Norway, and careened off a nearby cliffThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turning Hurricane Data Into Music listening to storms help us understand them better? A meteorologist and a music technologist think soWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000An Update on Past Ingenuity Award Winners are they now?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:45:38 +0000How a Wii Handset Inspired a Low-Cost 3D Ultrasound playing games with his son, a Duke physician invented a medical tool that could put ultrasound imaging in the hands of more doctorsWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Jane Goodall Documentary Is Most Intimate Portrait Yet, Says Jane Goodall famed chimp researcher didn’t want yet another documentary made about her. <i>Jane</i> changed her mindWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000When 'The Graduate' Opened 50 Years Ago, It Changed Hollywood (and America) Forever movie about a young man struggling to find his way in the world mesmerized the nation when it debutedWed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Deadly Secret Kept From the Titanic's Passengers Titanic was specifically constructed to survive a high-impact collision like the one that sunk herWed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Anthony Daniels Gives C-3PO an Unlikely Dash of Humanity fussy but brave “protocol droid” plays the role of the Greek chorus in the Star Wars franchiseWed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Now There Are Near-Perfect Copies of the Hope Diamond created cubic zirconia replicas of the historic gem's previous forms—the original brought from India and the famous "French Blue"Wed, 06 Dec 2017 12:35:00 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2017 books not only inspired awe and wonder—they helped us better understand the machinations of our worldTue, 05 Dec 2017 19:54:53 +0000Do Other Animals Cry and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:30:09 +0000The Museum of Failure Showcases the Beauty of the Epic Fail new exhibition of inventions that bombed boldly celebrates the world’s most creative screw-upsTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:18:15 +0000The Daring Journey Across Antarctica That Became a Nightmare knows about Robert Scott’s doomed race to the South Pole in 1911. But on that same expedition three of his men made a death-defying tripTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:53:56 +0000What Does the Future of the Euphrates Spell for the Middle East? the wake of the war against Isis in Iraq, an ominous journey along the once-mighty river finds a new crisis lurking in the shallowsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:42:00 +0000This App Can Diagnose Your Car Trouble engineers have developed an app that uses smartphone sensors to determine why your car's making that funny noiseTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:50 +0000A Routine Landing Turns Into Every Pilot's Nightmare April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 was making a routine landing. Suddenly, the plane tilts dangerously to the leftTue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Designer of the Smithsonian Sunburst Logo Dies Chermayeff was a brilliant designer, a gifted artist and the purveyor of a unique visual language, says Smithsonian curator Ellen LuptonTue, 05 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000John Travolta’s Breakout Hit Was America’s Best Dance Party’s been 40 years since ‘Saturday Night Fever’—a gritty film powered by music, machismo and masterful footwork—became a cultural phenomenonMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:02:29 +0000Five Questions You Should Have About Google's Plan to Reinvent Cities waterfront neighborhood in Toronto will be a test bed for technological innovations. It also raises concerns about privacy. Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:02:44 +0000For Immigrant Mongooses, It Can Take Time to Earn Society’s Trust some species, however, deporting your own family members is the normMon, 04 Dec 2017 18:11:31 +0000What Archaeologists and Historians Are Finding About the Heroine of a Beloved Young Adult Novel scholarship reveals details about the Native American at the center of the classic <em>Island of the Blue Dolphins</em>Mon, 04 Dec 2017 18:07:10 +0000Capturing a Photo of a Swimming Polar Bear is Risky Work wildlife photographer spots a swimming polar bear, completing the last lap of its summer migration. It's the perfect photo opMon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Unveils a Bold New Action Plan, Grounded in Unity and Outreach fresh philosophy aims to touch the lives of a billion people every yearFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:49:59 +0000An Exhibit in Illinois Allows Visitors to Talk with Holograms of 13 Holocaust Survivors Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois, opened the new Survivor Stories Experience this fallFri, 01 Dec 2017 20:57:55 +0000The Ten Best Travel Books of 2017 reads will remedy even the direst cases of wanderlustFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:23:27 +0000The Science Behind the First Nuclear Chain Reaction, Which Ushered in the Atomic Age 75 Years Ago fateful discovery helped give us nuclear power reactors and the atomic bombFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:52:05 +0000This Artist Painted With Light. An Admiring Astronomer Helped Make Him a Star works and machinations of Thomas Wilfred, a lone performer, inventor and visionary, are now on viewFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:14:12 +0000One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History of the valley of Vajont in Italy had reservations about a new hydroelectric dam--especially when cracks began to appear in the nearby mountainFri, 01 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Tale of Two Killer Whales whales actually comprise two distinct types—and one may soon be destined to rise above the otherThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:40:59 +0000How Stressed Out Are Zebras? Just Ask Their Poop are scooping up the pungent piles of data to measure the health of once-endangered ungulatesThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:23:01 +0000Maverick Music Takes Center Stage in This New Play on Nina Simone Smithsonian expert delves into the song and struggle at the heart of 'Four Women' at D.C.'s Arena StageThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Is There Humanity to Be Found Within Serial Killers? new book tells the complex stories behind murderous women, the so-called “femmes fatales.”Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:22:37 +0000Patty Hearst's Chilling Eulogy for Fallen SLA Members kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst's voice was transmitted on Radio KPFK in 1974, it wasn't the desperate plea for freedom many expectedThu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Things People Do To Foil Energy-Saving Buildings research on how occupants inhabit energy-efficient buildings reveals behaviors designers don't anticipate—and a slew of bloopersWed, 29 Nov 2017 19:35:54 +0000During World War II, Thousands of Women Chased Their Own California Dream some who moved west for work, this dream was temporary. For others, it lasted a lifetimeWed, 29 Nov 2017 16:24:57 +0000Revive the Charm of an 1800s Show with These Modern-Day Flea Circuses a trip to the (very small) Big TopWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:46:10 +0000Patty Hearst's Shocking Words After Robbing a Bank tape, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst disavowed her family and expressed her support for the Symbionese Liberation ArmyWed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Gulliver's Travels Wasn't Meant to Be a Children's Book And More Things You Didn't Know About the Literary Classic now, 350 years after his birth, the great Irish satirist Jonathan Swift remains as sharp and relevant as everTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:15:01 +0000A Trip Inspired by 'Murder on the Orient Express' the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, the murder mystery is not includedTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:23:42 +0000Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Genius work has become the seeds of a tech revolution that is rapidly changing our livesTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Marley Dias' Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color can we learn from a 12-year-old who’s turning the literary world upside down? EverythingTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000What Makes John Legend America's Most Versatile Artist, singer, actor, producer, virtual reality maven. John Legend is an entertainment all-starTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000These Shooting Stars of Broadway Staged the Impossible: A Musical About 'War and Peace' Malloy and Rachel Chavkin brought the Tolstoy epic to life with <em>Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812</em>Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Meet Natalie Batalha, the Explorer Who's Searching for Planets Across the Universe Kepler mission's project scientist, she has guided the discovery of thousands of planetsTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autism bravest new face on television is a Muppet that doesn’t say much. But she speaks volumes about life on the spectrumTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ava DuVernay's Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood eye for American history puts her in the vanguard. Her passion for justice makes her a heroTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells Steinberg defied convention when he began implanting living cells inside the brains of patients who had suffered from a strokeTue, 28 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Can an Algorithm Diagnose Pneumonia? researchers claim they can detect the lung infection more accurately than an experienced radiologist. Some radiologists aren't so sure. Tue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:59 +0000The Ten Best Photography Books of 2017 eye-opening works invite us to find ourselves in history and natureTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:18:11 +0000Mark Bradford’s Paintings Scratch at the Surface of a Conflicted America Hirshhorn Museum hosts the artist’s first solo show in WashingtonTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Goes After a Young Beluga Calf male polar bear stands on the edge of the ice waiting for potential prey. But he's set his sights on something bigger than a seal todayTue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Make Precision Medicine, Scientists Study the Circadian Rhythms in Plants are taking a close look at how precisely calibrated timekeepers in organisms influence plant-pathogen interactionsMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:49:08 +0000Scientists Are One Step Closer to a "Personalized" Flu Shot still decades away, new research shows how custom vaccines could be developedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:10:42 +0000A Mexican Painter Changed by the City, Changes Art"In New York, I went berserk over painting," said Rufino Tamayo, whose works are now on view in a new retrospectiveMon, 27 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000These Siblings Were Trapped in a Raging Flood in Italy October 9, 1962, Bartolomeo and Margareta Filippin became trapped on the second floor of their house in Longarone, ItalyMon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Before You Swat That Mosquito, Record It on Your Cell Phone's the strategy behind Abuzz, a crowdsourcing project designed to track mosquito activity around the worldFri, 24 Nov 2017 14:21:22 +0000This Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Safer the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their livesFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Alpha Male Tiger Forces This Cub to Submit young tiger comes face-to-face with an encroaching male tiger, threatening to take over his father's territoryThu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys of 2017 tested and parent approved, these tech toys stand out for holiday wish lists Wed, 22 Nov 2017 20:26:24 +0000'The Problem with Apu' Does More Than Pick Apart a 'Simpsons' Stereotype new documentary tackles Asian representation in media with humor and poiseWed, 22 Nov 2017 18:54:53 +0000The Invisible Way That Marketers Set the Menu for Your Thanksgiving Feast from decades ago put in place the traditions we hold dear each yearWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:26:48 +0000What Was the Inspiration for “The Murder on the Orient Express”? Christie wrote her famous detective novel based on an even more famous kidnappingWed, 22 Nov 2017 15:08:05 +0000Can Digital Pills and Drug Delivery Systems Get People to Take Their Meds? are among new approaches to dealing with a big problem in American health careWed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why You Won’t See Pudding on the Thanksgiving Table The once-classic American dish has been widely replaced with the casserole—thanks in part to anti-immigrant sentiments Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Survivor Shares Terrifying Moments Before Plane Crash's August 2008 and Spanair Flight 5022 is late taking off from Madrid-Barajas airport. Seconds after lift off, the unthinkable happensWed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Did Disney Pixar Get Day of the Dead Celebrations Right in Its New Film 'Coco'? folklorist Cynthia Vidaurri says: "It's complicated"Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:50:19 +0000The Thibodaux Massacre Left 60 African-Americans Dead and Spelled the End of Unionized Farm Labor in the South for Decades 1887, African-American cane workers in Louisiana attempted to organize—and many paid with their livesTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:04:24 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2017 minds would enjoy one of these illuminating books about the world of food and drinkTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:34:43 +0000Can Sugarcane Fuel Airplanes? have engineered sugarcane to increase its oil content, and they are developing renewable jet aircraft fuel from the oilTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:29:30 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2017 to be a hit at your next party or family gathering? Bring a board game.Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:25:10 +0000Why California Fishermen Are Throwing Deafening “Seal Bombs” at Sea Lions why no one is stopping themTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Winston Churchill’s Historic “Fight Them on the Beaches” Speech Wasn’t Heard by the Public Until After WWII recordings we hear today didn’t air over the BBC at the time, but that hasn’t stopped many Britons from remembering otherwiseTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:03:21 +0000This Hero Rallied Wounded USS Indianapolis Survivors, exhausted, and preyed upon by sharks, the surviving crew of the sunken USS Indianapolis was in a living nightmareTue, 21 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000What the Housing Market in America Needs Is More Options granny pods to morphing apartments, the future of shelter is evolvingMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:02:16 +0000How This Artist's Archival Discovery Sparked High-Tech Art photograph from a Smithsonian archives piqued Jordan Bennett's creativity; his work is part of a new exhibition that explores technology and tradition Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:30:11 +0000A Brief History of “Alice’s Restaurant” Arlo Guthrie classic starts off retelling the true story of what happened more than 50 years agoMon, 20 Nov 2017 18:40:11 +0000Thirteen Books That Informed and Delighted Smithsonian Scholars This Year a mission to increase and diffuse knowledge, Smithsonian thought leaders are voracious readersMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell ColleyMon, 20 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Rare Magical Manuscripts Go on Display at the British Library exhibition, which will also travel to New York, explores the history of magic to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry PotterFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:22:59 +0000Check Out These Thought-Provoking Additions to the National Portrait Gallery museum is showcasing 25 new artworks through next autumnFri, 17 Nov 2017 18:54:41 +0000What Foods Are Most Likely to Make You Sick? put some common myths to rest—and help you tackle your next turkey dinner with confidenceFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:18:45 +0000