Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 21 May 2018 16:14:39 +0000The East Coast May Be On the Brink of a Hop Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/east-coast-may-be-on-brink-hop-renaissance-180969129/Can a farmer and a brewer come together to bring hops back to the eastern United States?Mon, 21 May 2018 16:14:39 +0000The Adorable Chinese Giant Salamander Is Slithering Toward Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/adorable-chinese-giant-salamanders-headed-toward-extinction-180969127/An exhaustive survey suggests that the amphibians may actually be five separate speciesMon, 21 May 2018 15:08:08 +0000Teaching Refugees How To Map Their World Could Have Huge Benefitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teaching-refugees-how-to-map-their-world-could-have-huge-benefits-180969120/A pilot project trained Syrian refugees at a Jordan camp to create maps—an invaluable tool in a natural disaster or humanitarian crisisMon, 21 May 2018 14:42:21 +0000The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dangerous-work-relocating-5000-pound-rhinos-180969008/The race is on to save the species: Ride along with an armed convoy deep into the Okavango DeltaMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Mister Rogers Pioneered Speaking to Kids About Gun Violencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mister-rogers-pioneered-speaking-kids-about-gun-violence-180969002/We need the children's television icon now more than everMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Can the Northern White Rhino Be Brought Back From the Brink of Extinction?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/northern-white-rhino-brought-back-brink-extinction-180969000/One beloved African breed is extinct in the wild, but scientists still hope to rescue it from oblivionMon, 21 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Factory That Oreos Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/factory-oreos-built-180969121/A new owner for the New York City landmark offers a tasty opportunity to recap a crème-filled historyMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Photographing Pandas Is More Challenging Than You Might Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-photographing-pandas-more-challenging-you-might-think-180969108/Photojournalist Ami Vitale describes her years of work capturing the lovable furballsMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Deception Valley's Deadly Heat is Good for Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-deception-valleys-deadly-heat-is-good-f/The harsh climate of Deception Valley, a remote section of the Kalahari, deters people from living thereMon, 21 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-delivering-mail-was-one-riskiest-jobs-america-180969115/A new exhibition at the National Postal Museum honors the nation’s first airmail pilotsFri, 18 May 2018 20:25:00 +0000How Do You Copyright a Clown Face? Paint It On an Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/gallery-london-houses-dozens-clown-egg-portraits-180968914/Since the 1940s, eggs have been the canvas of choice for registering performers' unique makeup designsFri, 18 May 2018 19:20:30 +0000Polaroid Inventor Edwin Land Gave Us More Than Just Instant Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/polaroid-inventor-edwin-land-gave-us-more-than-just-instant-photos-180969119/Seventy years after the game-changing camera was invented, a vision scientist calls attention to Land's other technological breakthroughsFri, 18 May 2018 17:07:55 +0000A Brief History of America’s Obsession With Sneakershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-americas-obsession-sneakers-180969116/Invented for athletics, sneakers eventually became status symbols and an integral part of street styleFri, 18 May 2018 15:16:53 +0000Why King Harold's Rapid Coronation Sparked Outragehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-king-harolds-rapid-coronation-sparked-o/The fast ascension of Harold Godwinson to the English throne in 1066 was greeted with fury by rivals Duke William of Normandy and Viking Harald HardradaFri, 18 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Wayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-world-bee-day-protect-your-local-pollinators-these-ten-east-ways-180969111/As the first annual World Bee Day looms, insect and garden lovers are abuzz with excitementThu, 17 May 2018 18:08:01 +0000Sacred Sites Can Also Be Hotspots of Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sacred-sites-conservation-hotspots-180969109/Protecting burial grounds, temples and churchyards can bolster wildlife and forestsThu, 17 May 2018 17:32:16 +0000Could This Low-Cost Device Provide Clean Drinking Water To Those In Need?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-low-cost-device-provide-clean-drinking-water-to-those-in-need-180969100/Engineers have created an upgraded solar still that uses carbon paper and the sun to purify water at an unprecedented rateThu, 17 May 2018 15:03:21 +0000An 800-Year-Old Shipwreck Helps Archaeologists Piece Together Asia’s Maritime Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/800-year-old-shipwreck-helps-archaeologists-piece-together-fragments-asias-maritime-trade-180969110/A new date for the Java Sea shipwreck could shed light on the politics of Chinese trade routesThu, 17 May 2018 15:02:49 +0000How a British Engineer Made a Bomb That Could Bounce On Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-british-engineer-made-bomb-that-could-bounce-on-water-180969095/Seventy-five years ago, Barnes Wallis masterminded a famous World War II attack that involved skipping a bomb into German damsThu, 17 May 2018 14:38:46 +0000You Won't Believe the Size of Botswana's Salt Flatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/you-wont-believe-the-size-of-botswanas-sal/In Deception Valley, giant salt flats the size of Portugal are a major boon to the Botswanan economyThu, 17 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Where the Doomed, Beloved Polar Bear Is Still a Dangerous Predatorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/doomed-beloved-polar-bear-dangerous-180969092/A grassroots guard in Alaska works to keep people safe from bears, while also keeping bears safe from peopleWed, 16 May 2018 18:39:38 +0000The Story of Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for 'Uncle Tom’s Cabin'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-josiah-henson-real-inspiration-uncle-toms-cabin-180969094/Before there was the novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe, a formerly enslaved African-American living in Canada wrote a memoir detailing his experienceWed, 16 May 2018 17:55:14 +0000A Botanical Wonderland Resides in the World of Rare and Unusual Bookshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/botanical-wonderland-resides-world-rare-and-unusual-books-180969096/The Smithsonian’s librarian and antiquarian Leslie Overstreet time travels, sharing centuries of horticultural splendors Wed, 16 May 2018 16:44:56 +0000The 18th-Century Lady Mathematician Who Loved Calculus and Godhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/18th-century-lady-mathematician-who-changed-how-calculus-was-taught-180969078/After writing a groundbreaking math textbook, Maria Agnesi quit math for goodWed, 16 May 2018 14:01:19 +0000How the Rajneesh Cult Overran This Oregon Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-rajneesh-cult-overran-this-oregon-town/In the early 1980s, an Indian guru named Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh arrived in the town of Antelope, Oregon and set up a commune for his followersWed, 16 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How the Inverted Jenny, a 24-Cent Stamp, Came to Be Worth a Fortunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-inverted-jenny-24-cent-stamp-came-be-worth-fortune-180969090/Mark the centennial of an epic mistake at the National Postal Museum where several of these world-famous stamps are on viewTue, 15 May 2018 19:43:54 +0000Famed for “Immortal” Cells, Henrietta Lacks is Immortalized in Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/famed-immortal-cells-henrietta-lacks-immortalized-portraiture-180969085/Lacks's cells gave rise to medical miracles, but ethical questions of propriety and ownership continue to swirlTue, 15 May 2018 18:46:52 +0000The Army's First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/armys-first-black-nurses-had-tend-to-german-prisoners-war-180969069/Prohibited from treating white GIs, the women felt betrayed by the country they sought to serveTue, 15 May 2018 17:39:56 +0000Keeping Feathers Off Hats–And On Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/migratory-bird-act-anniversary-keeping-feathers-off-hats-180969077/A new exhibit examines the fashion that lead to the passage, 100 years ago, of the Migratory Bird Act TreatyTue, 15 May 2018 14:25:02 +0000Big Data is Transforming How Astronomers Make Discoverieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/next-big-discovery-astronomy-scientists-probably-found-it-years-ago-they-dont-know-it-yet-180969073/The next game-changer is likely lurking in the data we already have—but it will take scientists years to uncover itTue, 15 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Science Experiment Could Help Us Live on Another Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-science-experiment-could-help-us-live-o/In 1991, eight people spent two years living in giant, sealed-off glass domes, deep in the Arizona desertTue, 15 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Can Bringing Back Mammoths Help Stop Climate Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-bringing-back-mammoths-stop-climate-change-180969072/Scientists say creating hybrids of the extinct beasts could fix the Arctic tundra and stop greenhouse gas emissionsMon, 14 May 2018 17:43:19 +0000America’s Top Designers Are Both Embracing and Breaking With Traditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-top-designers-are-both-embracing-and-breaking-tradition-180969065/ Smithsonian's Cooper Hewitt announces ten National Design Award winnersMon, 14 May 2018 14:59:05 +0000How the Writers of “Timeless” Mined History for its Riveting Second Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-writers-timeless-mined-history-its-riveting-second-season-180969070/In an exclusive interview, show co-creator Shawn Ryan chats about moving beyond the stories of 'powerful white men' to tell new stories about the pastMon, 14 May 2018 14:56:41 +0000An Unlikely Hardliner, George H. W. Bush Was Ready to Push Presidential Powershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unlikely-hardliner-george-h-w-bush-was-ready-push-presidential-powers-180969017/Though he ended up seeking congressional approval for the Gulf War, Bush was unconvinced he needed it – saying he would have gone regardless of the voteMon, 14 May 2018 13:10:31 +0000One Hundred Years Ago, the Harlem Hellfighters Bravely Led the U.S. Into WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-ago-harlem-hellfighters-bravely-led-us-wwi-180968977/Their courage made headlines across the country, hailing the African-American regiment as heroes even as they faced discrimination at homeMon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000One of the Most Dangerous Mountain Passes in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/one-of-the-most-dangerous-mountain-passes-in/The Sani Pass, which cuts through the mountain peaks between South Africa and Lesotho, is known for being a death-defying experienceMon, 14 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Pilot, Thinker, Soldier, Spy: The Epic "Timeless" Season Finale Twoferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pilot-thinker-soldier-spy-epic-timeless-season-finale-twofer-180969066/The heroes help Harriet Tubman raid the Confederacy before leaving their heart in San FranciscoMon, 14 May 2018 03:14:30 +0000One of These Five Innovative Memorials Will Soon Honor Native American Veteranshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-these-five-innovative-memorials-will-soon-honor-native-american-veterans-180969060/Detailed concept art is now on display at the National Museum of the American Indian pending a final decision on which design will be implementedFri, 11 May 2018 18:50:37 +0000In Its Heyday, Mad Magazine Was a Lot More Than Silly Jokeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heyday-mad-magazine-lot-more-than-silly-jokes-180969055/The publication taught its readers how to be healthy skeptics—a lesson that media consumers need more today than everFri, 11 May 2018 15:06:43 +0000The Surprisingly Intolerant History of Milkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprisingly-intolerant-history-milk-180969056/A new book provides an udderly fascinating chronicle of the controversial drinkFri, 11 May 2018 14:59:38 +0000Stephen Hawking's Stark Warning for Humans to Leave Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stephen-hawkings-stark-warning-for-humans-t/In one of his final on-camera appearances, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning to humanity about the existential threats we faceFri, 11 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Friday, You Can Visit More Than 150 of the Best Gardens in the U.S. for Freehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-best-public-gardens-us-free-may-180968979/Celebrate National Public Gardens Day May 11Thu, 10 May 2018 19:53:40 +0000This Photographer Spent 46 Years Documenting the Vanishing World of Vermont's Remote Northeast Kingdomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frozen-time-180968841/ Thu, 10 May 2018 19:04:09 +0000A Hangover Pill Is Working on Drunk Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hangover-pill-working-drunk-mice-180969047/The new antidote may lower blood alcohol levels, helping a hangover and preventing alcohol overdose deathsThu, 10 May 2018 14:55:19 +0000What Can Chimpanzee Calls Tell Us About the Origins of Human Language?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-chimpanzee-calls-tell-us-about-origins-human-language-180969027/Scientists follow and record chimps in the wild to find out if they talk to each other—and to fill in details about how and why language evolved in humansThu, 10 May 2018 14:34:20 +0000The Surprising Story of the American Girl Who Broke Through the Iron Curtainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-story-american-girl-who-broke-through-iron-curtain-180969043/Samantha Smith was only 11 when she wrote to Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov about the Cold War. In response, he invited her for a visitThu, 10 May 2018 12:00:08 +0000The Most Beautiful View of South Africa's Tswaing Craterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-most-beautiful-view-of-south-africas-ts_1/About 220,000 years ago, a meteor slammed into a corner of South Africa creating the Tswaing Crater. Today, it's a hotbed of wildlife and exotic vegetationThu, 10 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hamilton and Burr’s Dueling Pistols Are Coming to Washington, D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hamilton-and-burrs-dueling-pistols-are-coming-washington-dc-180969045/Don’t throw away your shot to see these infamous flintlocks, and an incredible assortment of other Hamilton memorabilia, at the National Postal MuseumWed, 09 May 2018 20:59:26 +0000Beneath Indianapolis' Bustling City Market Lies a Forgotten Underground Expansehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-catacombs-running-beneath-indianapolis-180968825/Once used as a spot to store goods, the subterranean expanse is all that remains of Tomlinson HallWed, 09 May 2018 19:19:09 +0000What Happens When Art History Gets Refiguredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-happens-when-history-gets-refigured-180969041/A museum in Seattle shows the incredible power of subverting the traditional course of representationWed, 09 May 2018 19:18:13 +0000Marc Anthony Garners the Big Win in the Portrait Gallery's People's Choice Awardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marc-anthony-wins-national-portrait-gallerys-peoples-choice-contest-180969015/A portrait of salsa music's all-time top-selling artist is on display on the museum's "Recognize" wallWed, 09 May 2018 17:52:27 +0000How Do Scientists Identify New Species? For Neanderthals, It Was All About Timing and Luckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-neanderthals-got-their-name-180968912/Even the most remarkable fossil find means nothing if scientists aren’t ready to see it for what it isWed, 09 May 2018 17:17:21 +0000Could a Pill Help Detect Breast Cancer?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-a-pill-help-detect-breast-cancer-180969037/University of Michigan researchers are developing a pill that when ingested causes tumors to glow under infrared lightWed, 09 May 2018 16:08:38 +0000A New Show About Neighborhoods Facing Gentrification Offers a Cautionary Talehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-show-about-neighborhoods-facing-gentrification-offers-cautionary-tale-180969032/As cities face multi-billion-dollar developments, the question remains “Who Owns the City?”Wed, 09 May 2018 15:03:19 +0000What Created These Strange Geoglyphs in South Africa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-created-these-strange-geoglyphs-in-sout/In the Karoo region of South Africa, mysterious spiral shapes carved into the ground have attracted conspiracy theoristsWed, 09 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Literary Salon That Made Ayn Rand Famoushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/literary-salon-made-ayn-rand-famous-180969025/Seventy-five years after the publishing of ‘The Fountainhead’, a look back at the public intellectuals who disseminated her Objectivist philosophyTue, 08 May 2018 17:49:56 +0000India's Abandoned Island of Colonial Horrorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/indias-abandoned-island-colonial-horror-180960617/Eerie and desolate, Ross Island harbors a tale of oppression and disaster Tue, 08 May 2018 17:14:33 +0000What the Longest Known Whale Shark Migration Ever Tells Us About Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-longest-known-whale-shark-migration-ever-tells-us-about-conservation-180969019/Researchers in Panama tracked a specimen via satellite over an unprecedented 12,516 milesTue, 08 May 2018 16:46:03 +0000Designing "Adaptive Clothing" For Those With Special Needshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/designing-adaptive-clothing-for-those-with-special-needs-180968976/Companies are releasing new inclusive lines that solve some of the dressing challenges that people with physical and mental disabilities faceTue, 08 May 2018 16:08:50 +0000Why Las Vegas's Landscape Is So Lush and Greenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/why-las-vegass-landscape-is-so-lush-and-green/One of the most important byproducts of the Hoover Dam is an artificial body of water known as Lake MeadTue, 08 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Evolvedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-darwins-theory-evolution-evolved-180968981/A new Smithsonian Book highlights firsthand accounts, diaries, letters and notebooks from aboard the <i>HMS Beagle</i>Mon, 07 May 2018 18:37:55 +0000How "Young Adult" Fiction Blossomed With Teenage Culture in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-young-adult-fiction-blossomed-with-teenage-culture-in-america-180968967/In the '60s and '70s, books like <em>The Outsiders</em> and <em>The Chocolate War</em> told stories that dealt with complex emotions and social realitiesMon, 07 May 2018 13:40:29 +0000How Soviet Bomb Tests Paved the Way For U.S. Climate Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-soviet-bomb-test-led-us-climate-science-180968890/The untold story of a failed Russian geoengineering scheme, panic in the Pentagon, and a Nixon-era effort to study global coolingMon, 07 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Age-Old Problem of “Fake News”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/age-old-problem-fake-news-180968945/It’s been part of the conversation as far back as the birth of the free pressMon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Was Red Rock Canyon Formed?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-was-red-rock-canyon-formed/One of the most important byproducts of the Hoover Dam is an artificial body of water known as Lake MeadMon, 07 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Are Museums the Right Home for Confederate Monuments?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/are-museums-right-home-confederate-monuments-180968969/The idea that once they are taken down, these statues “belong in a museum” doesn’t take into account that museums may not want them. Should they?Mon, 07 May 2018 11:00:00 +0000Who Shot the Sheriff? ‘Timeless’ Season 2, Episode 8, Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-shot-sherriff-timeless-season-2-episode-8-recapped-180968970/The Time Team travels to D.C. to prevent a presidential assassination, but instead runs into a new old friendMon, 07 May 2018 02:00:00 +0000Scientists Have a New Way of Knowing How Many Sharks Are in the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-have-new-way-knowing-how-many-sharks-are-in-sea-180968964/The predators are elusive, but marine ecologists are finding more of them by analyzing the "environmental DNA" in ocean water samplesFri, 04 May 2018 16:40:59 +0000How the 'Infinity War' Directors' Childhood Gave Them the Guts to Pull Off That Endinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-infinity-war-directors-childhood-gave-them-guts-pull-ending-180968966/Marvel comes to D.C. to delve into Avengers spoilers and make a Smithsonian donationFri, 04 May 2018 16:11:45 +0000How Accurately Can Scientists Reconstruct A Person's Face From DNA?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-accurately-can-scientists-reconstruct-persons-face-from-dna-180968951/Predicting physical features from genetic data certainly has its limitations, but it is advancing. What does this mean for our privacy?Fri, 04 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dissecting Moth Genitals In the Name of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dissecting-moth-genitals-science-180968905/How “moth evangelist” Eric Metzler uncovered hundreds of moth species in the barren dunes of New MexicoFri, 04 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000In the Shadow of Stone Mountainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shadow-stone-mountain-180968956/The past, present, and future of the African-American community are nestled beneath the country’s largest Confederate monumentFri, 04 May 2018 12:30:00 +0000Fifty Years Later, France Is Still Debating the Legacy of Its 1968 Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-later-france-still-debating-legacy-its-1968-protests-180968963/In an activist era, millions of French students and workers demanded radical changeFri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000By the Numbers: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/by-the-numbers-dr-martin-luther-king-jr/During his short, but remarkable life Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. shaped the nation and the world. Look back at some of MLK's most iconic achievementsFri, 04 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Think You Can Design a Hotel Room Out of Ice?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/think-you-can-design-hotel-room-out-ice-180969053/The Icehotel in Sweden has an open call for artists and non-artists alike to imagine their own frozen suiteThu, 03 May 2018 20:11:05 +0000Artificial Intelligence Could Help Generate the Next Big Fashion Trendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/artificial-intelligence-could-help-generate-next-big-fashion-trends-180968952/With a tool called Cognitive Prints, designers will be able to riff off of past styles and incorporate outside inspiration like never beforeThu, 03 May 2018 16:42:34 +0000How Vietnam War Protests Accelerated the Rise of the Christian Righthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-vietnam-war-protests-spurred-rise-christian-right-180968942/The anti-war efforts of Yale chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr. and other church leaders alienated many Protestant Americans—with lasting repercussionsThu, 03 May 2018 14:08:53 +0000These Strange Ocean Creatures Trap Their Food In a Net of Mucushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-strange-ocean-creatures-trap-their-food-net-mucus-180968949/Biologists are finding that these invertebrate grazers can actually be picky eaters—and their choices might influence ocean food websThu, 03 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Could Our Housewares Keep Us Healthier? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-our-housewares-keep-us-healthier-180968950/Some designers are harnessing sound, color, smell and touch in products that promote well-being and independence for allThu, 03 May 2018 12:07:17 +0000Why Birds Flock to This South African Nature Reservehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-birds-flock-to-this-south-african-nature/For sheer biodiversity, it's hard to top iSimangaliso Wetland Park. A World Heritage Site since 1999, it boasts a wealth of varied speciesThu, 03 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Zora Neale Hurston's 'Barracoon' Tells the Story of the Slave Trade's Last Survivorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/zora-neale-hurston-barracoon-last-survivor-slave-trade-180968944/Published eight decades after it was written, the new book offers a first-hand account of a Middle Passage journeyWed, 02 May 2018 17:13:53 +0000Where Clean Drinking Water Is Hard To Find, Bats Could Lead the Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-clean-drinking-water-is-hard-to-find-bats-could-lead-way-180968941/A wildlife biologist argues that tracking bats, which cover wide areas and need clean water, could be useful in locating potable sourcesWed, 02 May 2018 14:55:44 +0000Why You Can Walk Into a Store and Buy a Nearly Extinct Animalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-can-walk-store-and-buy-nearly-extinct-animal-180968892/By commercializing species, humans wield a far bigger influence than they think over the fate of wild plants and animalsWed, 02 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000How African Female Ex-Slaves Became Agooji Warriorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/how-african-female-ex-slaves-became-agooji-w/During the 17th century, the Agooji were a battle-hardened, all-female warrior force that held a special place within the African kingdom of DahomeyWed, 02 May 2018 12:00:00 +0000Could This New Tactile Font Help People Who Lose Their Sight Late In Life?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-new-tactile-font-help-people-who-lose-their-sight-late-in-life-180968917/ELIA Frames may serve some blind readers better than braille, but the new system has its skepticsTue, 01 May 2018 16:03:08 +0000The Story Behind Rube Goldberg’s Complicated Contraptionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-behind-rube-goldbergs-complicated-contraptions-180968928/In his time he was a world-famous cartoonist, but today he’s best known for these wacky inventionsTue, 01 May 2018 15:25:19 +0000From Astrophysical Observatories to Abandoned Factories, Art Pop-Ups Are Taking Over Armenia’s Unusual Spaceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/astrophysical-observatories-abandoned-factories-art-pop-ups-are-taking-over-armenias-unusual-spaces-180968924/ Mon, 30 Apr 2018 19:32:08 +0000This Conductive Paint Turns Walls Into Giant Touchscreenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-conductive-paint-turns-walls-into-giant-touchscreens-180968922/The interactive surfaces could make "smart" home features much more subtle and affordableMon, 30 Apr 2018 19:22:33 +0000Future of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/future-art-180968660/A new generation of artists is merging innovation with tradition to tell the important stories of our timeMon, 30 Apr 2018 17:08:40 +0000The Triple Homicide in D.C. That Laid the Groundwork for Americans' Right to Remain Silenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1919-murder-case-gave-americans-right-remain-silent-180968916/Decades before the Supreme Court's Miranda decision, a 1919 murder trial presented a precedent for protecting criminal suspects from police overreachMon, 30 Apr 2018 15:00:54 +0000The DNA Data We Have Is Too White. Scientists Want to Fix Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gene-bank-too-white-180968884/In an era of personalized medicine, not including minorities in genetic studies has real-world health impactsMon, 30 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Hundred-Year-Old Handmade American Flag Flies Home. . . to Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hundred-year-old-handmade-american-flag-flies-home-scotland-180968008/When WWI soldiers died off the coast of Islay Island, a group of villagers brought honor to their memory with this flagMon, 30 Apr 2018 12:40:57 +0000An Elementary Lesson in Women’s Suffrage: “Timeless” Season 2, Episode 7, Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/elementary-lesson-womens-suffrage-timeless-season-2-episode-7-recapped-180968915/The Time Team, aided by the real-life 'Mrs. Sherlock Holmes,' travels to 1919 this week to save the 19th amendmentMon, 30 Apr 2018 03:00:00 +0000Why Scientists Name Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-scientists-name-species-180968911/ From the Beyonce fly to the David Attenborough possum, the names we bestow on animals have real conservation impactsFri, 27 Apr 2018 19:07:23 +0000Elevators Are Going Greenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/elevators-are-going-green-180968907/Lifts are becoming more sustainable, as the percentage of the world's population living in cities growsFri, 27 Apr 2018 15:45:44 +0000This New Virtual Reality Experience Drops You In Hiroshima Right After It's Been Bombedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-virtual-reality-experience-drops-you-hiroshima-right-after-its-been-bombed-180968903/When creators tread the line between empathy and trauma carefully, immersive technology can be a powerful tool for educating the public about historyFri, 27 Apr 2018 13:42:18 +0000The Smithsonian Is Using a Swahili-Speaking Robot to Break Down Language Barriershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pepper-swahili-speaking-robot-breaks-down-language-barriers-african-art-exhibit-180968902/Pepper the Robot's vocabulary lessons help visitors understand the great influence of southeast African art on global cultureThu, 26 Apr 2018 17:54:21 +0000Unraveling the Genetic History of a First Nations Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-history-first-nations-people-through-their-genes-180968899/By looking at the DNA of Tsimshian people before and after European contact, researchers paint a more nuanced historyThu, 26 Apr 2018 17:22:20 +0000A 1938 Nazi Law Forced Jews to Register Their Wealth—Making It Easier to Stealhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-nazi-law-forced-jews-register-their-wealthmaking-it-easier-steal-180968894/Eighty years ago, the edict marked a turning point in the Nazi party’s efforts to push Jews out of the German economyThu, 26 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000How the Work of a Sculptor and a Doctor Landed In the Nation's Top Craft Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-work-sculptor-doctor-landed-in-nations-top-craft-show-180968888/More than 100 artists in the 36th annual Smithsonian Craft Show capture Asia's influence on American designWed, 25 Apr 2018 16:49:32 +0000What Made Oscar Tschirky the King of Gilded Age New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-made-oscar-tschirky-king-gilded-age-new-york-180968885/During his long tenure as maître d’ at the famed Waldorf Hotel, Oscar had the city’s elite at his fingertipsWed, 25 Apr 2018 13:00:11 +0000This African Warrior Ceremony Was Highly Intimidatinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/this-african-warrior-ceremony-was-highly-int/When France sent ambassador Jean-Marie Bayol to Dahomey to secure a deal for the kingdom's rich natural resources, he was greeted by an elite forceWed, 25 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Are Fake Drugs The Reason Malaria Sickens Millions a Year?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fake-drugs-are-one-reason-malaria-still-kills-so-many-180968882/ Fraudulent, expired and low-quality medicines contribute to the disease's death toll—and could worsen drug resistanceTue, 24 Apr 2018 17:27:24 +0000How Poetry and Math Intersecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-poetry-and-math-intersect-180968869/Both require economy and precision—and each perspective can enhance the otherTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:42:48 +0000A Window into the World of Diane Arbushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/window-world-diane-arbus-180968861/Photographs from the portfolio, “A box of ten,” reveal some of the photographer's secretsTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Just Like Faces, Buildings Have Features That Algorithms Can Recognizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/just-like-faces-buildings-have-features-that-algorithms-can-recognize-180968859/An art historian explains how he uses 'facial recognition' to unlock architectural secretsTue, 24 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Is How MINI JCW Turbo Engines Are Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-is-how-mini-jcw-turbo-engines-are-built/The John Cooper Works edition is the fastest machine MINI has ever built. With a 228 two-liter twin turbo motor, it can hit 0 to 60 in six seconds flatTue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Teddy Roosevelt Is Popular On Both Sides of the Political Aislehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-teddy-roosevelt-is-popular-on-both-sides-political-aisle-180968870/A historian considers the forces that have shaped the Rough Rider's presidential legacy in the decades since his death nearly 100 years agoMon, 23 Apr 2018 18:09:21 +0000Mercury 13: The Women That Should Have Been Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/netflix-documentary-emmercury-13em-profiles-women-who-could-werent-allowed-180968856/A new Netflix documentary profiles 13 women were excellent candidates for spaceflight—except that they were womenMon, 23 Apr 2018 16:39:37 +0000These Two Brothers Are Helping Keep Armenia's Stone Carving Tradition Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenian-stone-carving-spotlight-ghazaryan-brothers-180968868/ Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:20:03 +0000Once-Abandoned 'Wizard of Oz' Theme Park Is Opening for the Summerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/once-abandoned-wizard-oz-theme-park-opening-summer-180968851/Here's how to get ticketsMon, 23 Apr 2018 13:28:49 +0000Modern Takes on 80s Artwork Hit Washington D.C. Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/modern-takes-80s-artwork-hit-washington-dc-streets-180968866/The Hirshhorn Museum's public art project 'Brand New SW' reflects a resurgence of retro aesthetics in contemporary artMon, 23 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-don-talking-dog-took-nation-storm-180968867/Although he 'spoke' German, the vaudevillian canine captured the heart of the nationMon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Gladiators Didn't Die As Often As You Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/gladiators-didnt-die-as-often-as-you-think/Contrary to popular opinion, the chances of survival in gladiatorial games were higher than originally thought. In fact, only 1 in 9 fights ended in deathMon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Somebody’s Got a Case of the Blues: Timeless Season 2, Episode 6, Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/somebodys-got-case-blues-timeless-season-2-episode-6-recapped-180968860/The time team's humming a new tune after a run-in with one of the most influential men in American music historyMon, 23 Apr 2018 03:00:00 +0000On the Lavash Trail in Armeniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/lavash-trail-armenia-180968864/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 21:06:41 +0000The African American History and Culture Museum Wins Gold for Going Green https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/african-american-history-and-culture-museum-wins-gold-going-green-180968862/How the Smithsonian’s newest museum set the bar for sustainability in architectureFri, 20 Apr 2018 19:45:33 +0000How Charles Dickens Imagined a Westworld-like Robot Theme Park Back In 1838https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-charles-dickens-imagined-westword-like-robot-theme-park-back-in-1838-180968853/The writer's dystopia, populated by 'automaton figures,' was surprisingly modernFri, 20 Apr 2018 19:41:43 +0000Could This Futuristic Vest Give Us a Sixth Sense?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-futuristic-vest-give-us-sixth-sense-180968852/For starters, the new technology—appearing on 'Westworld' before hitting the market—could help the deaf parse speech and ambient noiseFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:16 +0000Ten Rarely Seen Springsteen Photographs That Capture the Exhilarating Power of The Boss https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-rarely-seen-springsteen-photographs-that-capture-exhilarating-power-the-boss-180968816/A new book reveals the work of David Gahr, who documented the music legend as he rose to worldwide fameFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:22:42 +0000You Can Get Free Admission to Any National Park This Saturdayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-get-free-admission-any-national-park-saturday-180968843/ Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:25 +0000What We Can Learn From a New Bird Tree of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-new-bird-tree-life-180968849/Sequencing the DNA of more than 10,000 birds could reveal how best to conserve our feathery friends—and when they evolved from dinosaursFri, 20 Apr 2018 15:05:28 +0000Inside Look at Elon Musk-Funded Mars Simulation Projecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/inside-look-at-the-mars-simulation-project-i/Billionaire Elon Musk has donated money to the Mars Society in Utah. Its purpose is to help scientists prepare for the incredibly hostile conditionsFri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Artist Kumi Yamashita Creates an Amazing Human Figure Out of Shadowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-kumi-yamashita-amazing-human-figure-shadow-180968743/Coming soon to the National Portrait Gallery, an old art form gets reinventedThu, 19 Apr 2018 19:15:54 +0000How to Talk With Evangelicals About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-to-talk-evangelicals-evolution-180968839/For two years, researchers from the Smithsonian traveled the country explaining the science of our shared originsThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:52:10 +0000Be Part of a Catch-and-Release Aquarium in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/be-part-crowd-sourced-aquarium-scotland-180968476/The Mull Aquarium in Tobermory invites visitors to help stock the tanksThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:24:34 +0000Why Are We Always Searching For "A Quiet Place?"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-we-always-searching-for-quiet-place-180968840/Perhaps the real monster is not noise, but instead our own intolerance of unwanted soundsThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:51:07 +0000This Stunning Memorial to Britain's WWI Soldiers Makes Its Final Appearancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stunning-sculpture-has-transformed-uk-countryside-180968803/The wave of brilliant red flowers marks the end of a centennial of commemorations of the Great WarThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:43:27 +0000Baseball Legend Cal Ripken Jr. Takes Home Another Award, This Time From the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cal-ripken-jr-takes-home-another-award-smithsonians-great-americans-medal-180968838/The Iron Man adds the American History Museum's Great Americans medal to his trophy wallThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:13:59 +0000When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Overhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unabomber-arrested-longest-manhunt-fbi-history-over-180968744/Twenty years ago, the courts gave Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences, thereby ending more than a decade of terror.Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:58:07 +0000Britain's Lake District Was Immortalized by Beatrix Potter, But Is Its Future in Peril?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/britain-lake-district-immortalized-beatrix-potter-beloved-landscape-180968736/Shepherds and ecologists are butting heads over what's next for the beloved landscapeThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:54:10 +0000This Tiny Tooth Sensor Could Keep Track of the Food You Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tiny-tooth-sensor-could-keep-track-food-you-eat-180968763/The tooth-mounted device can recognize glucose, salt and alcohol, and researchers hope it can one day detect much moreThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:20:17 +0000Would You Trust Drone Software to Pilot Your Flight?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/your-next-pilot-could-be-drone-software-180968835/ Drones have already flown more hours than humans have. Now companies are looking to apply that data to commercial flightThu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Richard Branson Speaks on Plan for Space Tourismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/richard-branson-speaks-on-plan-for-space-tou_1/Billionaire Richard Branson has set up Virgin Galactic as part of his dream to conquer the final frontierThu, 19 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000In Norway, an Ambitious New Standard for Green Building Is Catching Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/in-norway-ambitious-new-standard-green-building-is-catching-on-180968828/A coalition called Powerhouse is designing buildings that produce more energy than they use in their entire lifecycleWed, 18 Apr 2018 18:34:59 +0000Ten Chinese Museums Where You Can See a Dinosaur Fossil Up Closehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/10-places-see-dinosaur-china-180968832/The country's dino explosion has created a mecca for tourists intent on catching a glimpse of feathered dinos and other prehistoric wondersWed, 18 Apr 2018 18:02:23 +0000What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/advice-columns-shaped-americans-180968820/In a new book, author Jessica Weisberg dives into the fascinating history of the advice industryWed, 18 Apr 2018 17:43:11 +0000The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-chinese-dino-boom-180968745/A gold rush of fossil-finding is turning China into the new epicenter of paleontologyWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:13:31 +0000The Man Who Saved Havanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/man-who-saved-havana-180968735/As its greatest old buildings were falling down, a fearless historian named Eusebio Leal remade the city into a stunning world destinationWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:06:06 +0000The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hunt-notorious-uboat-ub29-180968733/A wreck-diving archaeologist and his quest to discover a missing submarineWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:55:52 +0000Smithsonian Curators Reflect on How Barbara Bush Will Be Rememberedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-reflect-onhow-barbara-bush-will-be-remembered-180968827/As both the First Lady and the mother of a President, Mrs. Bush leaves a legacy of a national grandmother with an iron backboneWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:14:07 +0000What's the Difference Between Moths and Butterflies and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-moths-butterflies-ask-smithsonian-180968766/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000Why Did the Carolina Parakeet Go Extinct?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-carolina-parakeet-go-extinct-180968740/It hasn't been seen for a century. But will the bird species ever fly again?Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000How the Panama Canal Took a Huge Toll On the Contract Workers Who Built Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-panama-canal-took-huge-toll-on-contract-workers-who-built-it-180968822/The project was a tremendous American achievement, but the health costs to the mostly Caribbean contract workers were staggeringWed, 18 Apr 2018 14:38:56 +0000This Female Gladiator Captive Had to Fight for Her Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-female-gladiator-captive-had-to-fight-f/In 2nd century AD, Celtic warrior Ardala is taken to Rome and tossed in a dark dungeon while her captors decide what to do with herWed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000There's No Such Thing as a Hypoallergenic Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-such-thing-hypoallergenic-cat-180968819/With its short tight curl, many claim that the Cornish Rex is proof that cats can be allergen-free. NopeTue, 17 Apr 2018 17:24:59 +0000When Albert Einstein Visited Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/albert-einstein-visited-japan-180968737/As he traveled through Asia, including a trip to Palestine, the brilliant scientist discovered much he didn’t understand Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:18:37 +0000This Implantable Chip Could Monitor Alcohol Intake https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-implantable-chip-could-monitor-alcohol-intake-180968802/Engineers have developed a tiny sensor that could potentially replace regular Breathalyzer or blood tests for patients in rehabilitation programsTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:03:33 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Resurrection City and the Poor People's Campaign of 1968https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-poor-peoples-campaign-180968742/Lenneal Henderson and thousands of other protesters occupied the National Mall for 42 days during the landmark civil rights protestTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000A Daring Journey Into the Big Unknown of America's Largest National Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/journey-into-big-unknown-americas-largest-national-park-180968741/If dangling from a rope inside a melting glacier is your idea of a vacation, then come with us to Alaska's Wrangell-St. EliasTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Stoplighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-stoplight-180968734/How a bright idea shaped our cities and gave the go-ahead to our love affair with the carTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000A Curator's College Find Is Revisited in the New PBS Showcase ‘Civilizations'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-college-find-led-civilizations-showcase-180968800/Debra Diamond's story, says the show's producer, exemplifies the 'joy of discovery' in a whole new wayTue, 17 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Nomad Girl Who Hunts With a Golden Eaglehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/meet-the-nomad-girl-who-hunts-with-a-golden/Aisholpan Nurgaiv is a Kazakh girl trained by her father from childhood to be an eagle huntress and is the star of the award-winning documentaryTue, 17 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000What the Large Penises of Tiny Crustaceans Tell Us About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-large-penises-tiny-crustaceans-tell-us-about-evolution-180968810/Massive male sex organs have their perks, but in the long run, a little modesty paysMon, 16 Apr 2018 19:17:04 +0000First Infant Gorilla Born at the Zoo in Nine Years; Watch a Video of the Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-infant-gorilla-born-zoo-nine-years-180968812/Little Moke and his first-time mother Calaya are doing wellMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:42:07 +0000This Remarkable Charm Bracelet Chronicles a Life Inside a Concentration Camphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remarkable-charm-bracelet-gives-us-sense-life-inside-concentration-camp-180968805/Greta Perlman survived the Holocaust. The mementos she saved offer clues about how Jews endured the indignities and horrors of the NazisMon, 16 Apr 2018 17:49:41 +0000JFK’s Excellent Adventure: “Timeless,” Season 2, Episode 5 Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/jfks-excellent-adventure-timeless-season-2-episode-5-recapped-180968807/We learn a lot about the once and future President, and he learns way too much about himself, in a tense twist with the past coming to the presentMon, 16 Apr 2018 17:28:01 +0000Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-earths-past-climates-180968797/They have a lot to tell us about our futureMon, 16 Apr 2018 16:22:18 +0000Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Thirty-seven-warblers-hundred-days-180968777/A Smithsonian ornithologist follows the songbird migration north from the Gulf of Mexico. A new book tells his story Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Significance Behind Ancient Scythian Tattooshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-significance-behind-ancient-scythian-tat/Scythian women adorned themselves with tattoos portraying the animals they hunted. It was believed that these tattoos offered magical protectionMon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Take a Last Look at Washington, D.C.'s Cherry Blossoms (Photos)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/photos-last-look-washington-dc-cherry-blossoms-tidal-basin-180968781/See them while you canFri, 13 Apr 2018 17:38:05 +0000When "Bricklayer Bill" Won the 1917 Boston Marathon, It Was a Victory For All Irish Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-bricklayer-bill-won-1917-boston-marathon-it-was-victory-for-all-irish-americans-180968790/William J. Kennedy crossed the finish line wrapped in the American flagFri, 13 Apr 2018 14:34:13 +0000Bad News, Night Owls: You Might Have a Higher Risk of Dying Early https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/night-owls-may-have-10-percent-higher-risk-early-death-study-says-180968785/ Researchers found a 10 percent higher risk of early death in late night sleepers, but aren’t sure whyFri, 13 Apr 2018 13:21:39 +0000Illuminating the Ocean’s Teeming Twilight Zone, Before It Disappears https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illuminating-ocean-twilight-zone-180968768/Like underwater islands, these deep reefs harbor countless creatures that scientists have never heard of, and many they never willFri, 13 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Cameras Catch Adorable Glimpse of Mountain Lion Familyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/cameras-catch-adorable-glimpse-of-mountain-l/Native Montanan Casey Anderson has stumbled across a family of mountain lions living in a nearby cave. He sets up cameras to get a closer lookFri, 13 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000A History of America's Ever-Shifting Stance on Tariffshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-american-shifting-position-tariffs-180968775/Unpacking a debate as old as the United States itselfThu, 12 Apr 2018 14:40:17 +0000How British Gun Manufacturers Changed the Industrial World Lock, Stock and Barrelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/century-warfare-launched-britains-industrial-revolution-and-created-enormous-market-guns-180968774/In ‘Empire of Guns,’ historian Priya Satia explores the microcosm of firearm manufacturing through an unlikely subject—a Quaker familyThu, 12 Apr 2018 14:18:24 +0000This Mountain Lion Hides Her Kills in Abandoned Rancheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-mountain-lion-hides-her-kills-in-abando/Adventurer Casey Anderson has tracked a female mountain lion to her unlikely den: an abandoned ranch close to his homeThu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobaccohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/electronic-cigarettes-millennial-appeal-ushers-next-generation-nicotine-addicts-180968747/A new 'Joe Camel'-esque phenomenon may be igniting as the new fad takes a 21st-century page out of an old playbookWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:37:39 +0000As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mongolia-melts-climate-change-looters-close-in-180968764/ Climate change and desperation are putting the country’s unique history at riskWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:22:10 +0000The First Novel for Children Taught Girls the Power of Readinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-novel-children-taught-girls-power-reading-180968765/Nearly three centuries before heroines like Katniss and Meg Murray, Sarah Fielding published a book on the values of female education Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:16:55 +0000How Culture Guides Belugas' Annual Odysseys Across the Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/culture-guides-belugas-annual-odysseys-across-arctic-180968761/Strong, multi-generational ties help the cetaceans make the same migrations year after yearWed, 11 Apr 2018 13:20:03 +0000The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sad-story-laika-space-dog-and-her-one-way-trip-orbit-1-180968728/A stray Moscow pup traveled into orbit in 1957 with one meal and only a seven-day oxygen supplyWed, 11 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Here's How a Turbo-Charged Porsche 911 Engine is Builthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/heres-how-a-turbo-charged-porsche-911-engin/For over half a century, the Porsche 911 has been the poster child for high-performance sports carsWed, 11 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Will the Automated City of the Future Look Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-will-automated-city-future-look-like-180968760/Tokyo, Singapore and Dubai are becoming prototype 'robot cities,' as governments start to see automation as the key to urban livingTue, 10 Apr 2018 18:50:08 +0000The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-brownie-wise-ingenious-marketer-behind-tupperware-party-180968658/Earl Tupper invented the container's seal, but it was a savvy, convention-defying entrepreneur who got the product line into the homes of housewivesTue, 10 Apr 2018 17:47:47 +0000Before Zuckerberg, These Six Corporate Titans Testified Before Congresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-corporate-titans-testifying-congress-180968748/The CEO of Facebook has some ignominious company from J.P. Morgan to Kenneth LayTue, 10 Apr 2018 15:13:15 +0000Exclusive: Watch a Dynamic Reinterpretation of Joan Baez's "Civil War"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dynamic-and-immersive-interpretation-joan-baezs-civil-war-180968731/Part of a visual album accompanying the folk icon's new release, this choreographed performance takes a lyrical look at the American conflictTue, 10 Apr 2018 14:06:59 +0000Malcolm X's Explosive Comments About Elijah Muhammedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/malcolm-xs-explosive-comments-about-elijah/In 1964, the rift between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammed, founder of the Nation of Islam, would reach a tense peakTue, 10 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk "Hero"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gruesome-story-hannah-duston-american-colonist-whose-slaying-indians-made-her-folk-hero-180968721/A century after killing and scalping ten Native Americans, she was memorialized in what might well be the first public statue of a female in AmericaMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:26:17 +0000How the Death of 6,000 Sheep Spurred the American Debate on Chemical Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-death-6000-sheep-spurred-american-debate-chemical-weapons-cold-war-180968717/The Dugway sheep incident of March 1968 made visible the military’s covert attempts to test and stockpile millions of dollars worth of chemical weaponsMon, 09 Apr 2018 16:11:08 +0000Rare 85,000-year-old Finger Bone Complicates Our Understanding of African Migrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-85000-year-old-finger-bone-could-complicate-our-understanding-african-migration-180968720/The fossil builds on the theory that humans left Africa in multiple waves, and suggests they made it as far as the Arabian DesertMon, 09 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-globetrotting-artist-redefines-home-and-hearth-180968711/An ethereal 3D installation by the Korean-born Do Ho Suh combines places the artist has lived in the pastMon, 09 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-bears-fingerprints-colonialism-180968709/Western science long relied on the knowledge and exploitation of colonized peoples. In many ways, it still doesMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Photographer Witnesses Final Moments Before Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/photographer-witnesses-final-moments-before-_1/National Airlines Flight 102 took off from an airfield in northeastern Afghanistan. Minutes later, it would stall in midair before crashing to the groundMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Welcome to Salem, Witches: "Timeless" Season 2, Episode 4, Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/welcome-salem-witches-timeless-season-2-episode-4-recapped-180968713/Rescuing a very important American figure takes just a little tweaking of the historical recordMon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 +0000Why Scientists Are Starting to Care About Cultures That Talk to Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/talking-to-whales-180968698/Arctic people have been communicating with cetaceans for centuries. The rest of the world is finally listening inFri, 06 Apr 2018 16:04:21 +0000This New System Can See Through Fog Far Better Than Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-new-system-can-see-through-fog-far-better-than-humans-180968705/Developed by MIT researchers, the technology could be a boon for drivers and driverless carsFri, 06 Apr 2018 15:57:07 +0000The Science Behind the Unbearably Cute IMAX Movie "Pandas"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/science-behind-unbearably-cute-imax-movie-pandas-180968708/Wild populations of these loveable fuzz-faced bears need help, and scientists are on the caseFri, 06 Apr 2018 15:24:44 +0000Tales of the Doomed Franklin Expedition Long Ignored the Inuit Side, But "The Terror" Flips the Scripthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-how-amc-producers-worked-inuit-fictionalized-franklin-expedition-show-180968643/The new AMC television show succeeds in being inclusive of indigenous cultureFri, 06 Apr 2018 14:48:51 +0000These Contest-Winning 'Fairy Tales' Might Be Bleak, But They Are Topicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-contest-winning-fairy-tales-might-be-bleak-but-they-are-topical-180968702/Blank Space's fifth-annual competition plays with everything from fake news to gravityFri, 06 Apr 2018 14:39:56 +0000AirAsia Flight 8501 Plummets into Java Sea Mid-Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/airasia-flight-8501-plummets-into-java-sea-m/On December 28, 2014, 43 minutes into its flight, AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished from radar. With 162 people on board, it would go downFri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Step Inside the Transcendent Bedroom of 2001: A Space Odysseyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/bedroom-end-universe-1-180968677/The National Air and Space Museum commemorates the 50th anniversary of a modern sci-fi stapleThu, 05 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Engineers Remove Unwanted Sounds from Camaroshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-engineers-remove-unwanted-sounds-from-ca/With the Camaro, the sound engineers at Chevrolet have to satisfy two opposing teams: officials concerned about noise levels, and the diehard fansThu, 05 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Wes Anderson’s Fastidious Whimsy Has Delighted Moviegoers for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wes-andersons-fastidious-whimsy-has-delighted-moviegoers-decades-180968691/A Smithsonian retrospective breathes fresh life into Anderson’s kaleidoscopic filmographyWed, 04 Apr 2018 19:52:54 +0000How a Legendary Storm Chaser Changed the Face of Tornado Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-storm-chaser-changed-face-tornado-science-180968688/In 2013, Tim Samaras died in one of the epic storms he'd spent decades chasing. A new book chronicles his harrowing last daysWed, 04 Apr 2018 19:36:52 +0000The Real Science Behind Your Favorite Nerd Culture at Awesome Conhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-science-behind-favorite-nerd-culture-awesome-con-180968673/Astrophysicists, vehicle technicians and biologists joined the party to bring cutting-edge research to fictional worldsWed, 04 Apr 2018 15:55:04 +0000Even Though He Is Revered Today, MLK Was Widely Disliked by the American Public When He Was Killedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-martin-luther-king-had-75-percent-disapproval-rating-year-he-died-180968664/Seventy-five percent of Americans disapproved of the civil rights leader as he spoke out against the Vietnam War and economic disparityWed, 04 Apr 2018 15:52:59 +0000Ten Summer Camps For Little Innovators https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-summer-camps-little-innovators-180968613/Forget swimming and archery. These camps will have your kids building robots, pitching business ideas, even fighting zombies! Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:34:46 +0000Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination Sparked Uprisings in Cities Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/martin-luther-king-jrs-assassination-sparked-uprisings-cities-across-america-180968665/Known as the Holy Week Uprisings, the collective protests resulted in 43 deaths, thousands of arrests, and millions of dollars of property damageWed, 04 Apr 2018 13:29:58 +0000Two Artists in Search of Missing Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-artists-search-missing-history-180968651/A new exhibition makes a powerful statement about the oversights of American history and America’s art historyWed, 04 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000Malcolm X's Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/malcolm-xs-fiery-speech-addressing-police-b/In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged MalcolmWed, 04 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Memory of Stephen Hawking Endures in Bold Black Hole Research Effortshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/memory-stephen-hawking-endures-bold-black-hole-research-efforts-180968680/Smithsonian scientists hunting these supermassive objects reflect on the legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring intellectsTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:27:52 +0000This Is the Best Place in North America to See Synchronous Fireflieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-place-north-america-see-synchronous-fireflies-180968432/Congaree National Park is accessible and doesn’t have a lottery systemTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:23:08 +0000In His Speeches, MLK Carefully Evoked the Poetry of Langston Hugheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-his-speeches-MLK-carefully-evoked-poetry-langston-hughes-180968655/To avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King had to distance himself from Hughes, but he still managed to channel the controversial poetTue, 03 Apr 2018 16:16:19 +0000The Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/beloved-classic-novel-little-prince-turns-75-years-old-180968662/Written in wartime New York City, the children’s book brings out the small explorer in everyoneTue, 03 Apr 2018 14:24:56 +0000How Advertising Shaped the First Opioid Epidemichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-advertising-shaped-first-opioid-epidemic-180968444/And what it can teach us about the secondTue, 03 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Princess Diana Knew Exactly How to Be Photographedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/princess-diana-knew-exactly-how-to-be-photog/Princess Diana demonstrated a remarkable savviness for bending the press coverage in her favorTue, 03 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Prime Numbers Still Surprise and Mystify Mathematicians https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-prime-numbers-still-fascinate-mathematicians-180968652/ 2300 years later, new patterns continue to show up in these indivisible trickstersMon, 02 Apr 2018 17:05:10 +0000Can Biomusic Offer Kids With Autism a New Way to Communicate?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-biomusic-offer-kids-autism-new-way-communicate-180968649/Biomedical engineers are using the sound of biological rhythms to describe emotional statesMon, 02 Apr 2018 14:47:13 +0000Why the True Story of “Chappaquiddick” Is Impossible to Tellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-true-story-chappaquiddick-impossible-tell-180968638/In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy careened a car off a bridge, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, but the story of the night’s events remain muddled todayMon, 02 Apr 2018 14:41:19 +0000This Car Factory Assembles Camaros Every 35 Minuteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-car-factory-assembles-camaros-every-35/At the Lansing Grand River plant, where the Camaro is assembled, speed is the name of the game: it takes just 35 minutes for one vehicle to be fittedMon, 02 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000When Robert Kennedy Delivered the News of Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/emotionally-wounded-robert-kennedy-delivers-news-kings-assassination-180968625/Months before his own slaying, Kennedy recalled the loss of JFK as he consoled a crowd of shocked African-Americans in Indianapolis Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:00:00 +0000Yerevan's Mirzoyan Library Combines Cutting Edge Photography with Hypnotic Beatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/yerevans-mirzoyan-library-combines-cutting-edge-photography-hypnotic-beats-180968646/ Fri, 30 Mar 2018 19:41:59 +0000The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonians-rockstar-geologist-who-mapped-minerals-cosmos-180968640/A professor told Ursula Marvin she should learn to cook. Instead she chased down meteorites in AntarcticaFri, 30 Mar 2018 16:33:59 +0000How One Museum Curator Is Bringing Burning Man Out of the Desert https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-museum-curator-bringing-burning-man-out-desert-180968614/The outré scene of unrestrained revelry and cutting-edge art in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert comes to the Renwick Gallery Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:27:14 +0000A New Therapy Has People With Dementia Sharing Baseball Memorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-therapy-has-people-with-dementia-sharing-baseball-memories-180968635/Where were you when Willie Mays made 'The Catch?' Chatting with other fans, watching footage of old games and even playing wiffle ball can be therapeuticFri, 30 Mar 2018 15:04:46 +0000How Should We Archive the Soundtrack to 1970s Feminism?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-should-we-archive-soundtrack-1970s-feminism-180968637/It's time to talk about the lasting legacy of Olivia Records, a leading voice of the women's music movement, whose history is ready to come out of storageFri, 30 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Watch a Man Snatch an Angry Cobra With His Bare Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-man-snatch-an-angry-cobra-with-his-b/How do you deal with a king cobra that's holed up in a busy village in India? If you’re Gowri Shankar, it’s a simple matter of snake by the tailFri, 30 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000New Exhibition in Oakland Traces the History of Hip-Hophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-exhibition-oakland-traces-history-hip-hop-180968307/“RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom” celebrates the 45th anniversary of hip-hop cultureThu, 29 Mar 2018 20:06:49 +0000How Baseball Has Strengthened the Relationship Between the United States and Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-baseball-strengthened-relationship-between-united-states-japan-180968597/The effects of war, economic tension and accidental deaths have been mitigated by a sport that both cultures treasureThu, 29 Mar 2018 19:58:44 +0000Why Did a Venomous Fish Evolve a Glowing Eye Spike?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-venomous-fish-glowing-eye-spike-180968627/A newly discovered “lachrymal saber” could illuminate relationships between an order of deadly fishesThu, 29 Mar 2018 15:11:06 +0000How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-10-billion-experimental-city-nearly-got-built-rural-minnesota-180968617/A new documentary explores the “city of the future” that was meant to provide a blueprint for urban centers across AmericaThu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Pilot Made an Emergency Landing in a Shallow Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pilot-made-an-emergency-landing-in-a-sh/It’s January 16, 2002 and Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 is struggling with a loss of power. The captain decides to perform a maneuverThu, 29 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why “The Americans” Is Taking a Big Leap Forward to 1987https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-americans-taking-big-leap-forward-1987-180968624/The beginning of the end of the Soviet Union provides great drama for the show’s final seasonWed, 28 Mar 2018 19:38:08 +0000How Biologists Ferret Out Penguins, Wombats and More From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/studying-wombats-from-space-180968346/You’d be surprised what you can see from 300 miles up.Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:06:28 +0000Journalist Virginia Irwin Broke Barriers When She Reported From Berlin at the End of WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/virginia-irwin-broke-barriers-she-reported-berlin-end-wwii-180968615/Her exclusive dispatches from the last days of Nazi Germany appeared in newspapers around the country, briefly making her a national celebrityWed, 28 Mar 2018 16:18:32 +0000If Humans Want To Colonize Other Planets, We Need To Perfect Space Cuisinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-humans-want-to-colonize-other-planets-we-need-to-perfect-space-cuisine-180968611/At this year's Future Con, researchers will describe a future of food in space that is anything but blandWed, 28 Mar 2018 15:34:42 +0000How a Team of Submersible-Bound Scientists Redefined Reef Ecosystemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-team-submersible-bound-scientists-redefined-reef-ecosystems-180968609/In tropical Curaçao, Smithsonian researchers are constantly confronting the unknownWed, 28 Mar 2018 15:19:23 +0000These Underwater Robots Offer a New Way to Sample Microbes From the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-underwater-robots-offer-new-way-sample-microbes-from-ocean-180968577/The health of forests of underwater plankton have a big impact on the environment, and oceanographers are just starting to understand itWed, 28 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Jaguar Uses Aerospace Aluminum to Build Its Carshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/why-jaguar-uses-aerospace-aluminum-to-build-_1/One big challenge facing Jaguar in its switch from steel to aluminum was how to utilize this lighter, less flexible alloyWed, 28 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000 When Genetics and Linguistics Challenge the Winners’ Version of Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-genetics-and-linguistics-challenge-winners-version-history-180968607/New research shows that indigenous Peruvians were more resilient than the conquering Inca gave them credit forTue, 27 Mar 2018 18:37:45 +0000The Ethical Challenges Self-Driving Cars Will Face Every Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ethical-challenges-self-driving-cars-will-face-every-day-180968596/The biggest ethical quandaries for self-driving cars arise in mundane situations, not when crashes are unavoidableTue, 27 Mar 2018 16:01:22 +0000Ten Female Innovators to Watch In 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-female-innovators-watch-2018-180968511/These inventors, startup founders and businesswomen have exciting things happening this year. Stay tuned! Tue, 27 Mar 2018 15:44:17 +0000These Signature Artifacts Embody the Giving Spirt of Artist-Philanthropistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-signature-artifacts-embody-giving-spirit-artist-philanthropists-180968594/From Misty Copeland to Lin-Manuel Miranda, a new Smithsonian display spotlights creators who have shaped communitiesTue, 27 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Children's Books Reveal Our Evolving Relationship With Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/childrens-books-reveal-evolving-relationship-whales-180968593/Storybooks feature a fair amount of factual errors—and those errors can be revealingTue, 27 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000The True Story of “Trust,” Yet Another Interpretation of the Getty Kidnappinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/true-story-trust-yet-another-interpretation-getty-kidnapping-180968585/Writers of the FX program have a much different spin than the recent movie on the same subject matterTue, 27 Mar 2018 12:21:14 +0000Did This Co-Pilot Willfully Crash Into the French Alps?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-this-co-pilot-willfully-crash-into-the-f_1/On the morning of March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 sets off from Barcelona, on its way to DusseldorfTue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000How the Technicolor Ikat Designs of Central Asia Thread Into Textile Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-technicolor-ikat-designs-central-asia-thread-textile-history-180968591/A new Smithsonian exhibition sheds light on the rich backstory of an oft-imitated traditionMon, 26 Mar 2018 19:35:30 +0000Why We Should Test Heart Drugs On a 'Virtual Human' Instead of Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-we-should-test-heart-drugs-on-virtual-human-instead-animals-180968588/Thousands of animals are used for heart drug tests each year—but research shows that computer-simulated trials are more accurateMon, 26 Mar 2018 19:14:33 +0000Could 'Nanowood' Replace Styrofoam?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-nanowood-replace-styrofoam-180968575/Scientists at the University of Maryland have developed a biodegradable material that is both strong and a good insulatorMon, 26 Mar 2018 15:29:23 +0000What Happened When a Southern Airways Flight 242 Crashed in Sadie Burkhalter’s Front Yardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-when-southern-airways-flight-242-crashed-sadie-burkhalters-front-yard-180968578/Her home became a makeshift hospital when she looked out her front door to a fiery infernoMon, 26 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Runaway Slaves Built This Fort to Defend Their Freedomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/runaway-slaves-built-this-fort-to-defend-the/An archaeological expedition into the wilderness of North Carolina uncovers evidence of a remarkable settlement once filled with runaway slavesMon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Drama Intensifies When “Timeless” Visits “Hollywoodland”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/drama-intensifies-when-timeless-visits-hollywoodland-180968579/A plot to steal ‘Citizen Kane’ and a visit from inventor Hedy Lamarr give the Time Team a taste of the movie industry’s golden ageMon, 26 Mar 2018 03:00:00 +0000How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Gunshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-portraiture-gave-rise-glamour-guns-180968559/American portraiture with its visual allure and pictorial storytelling made gun ownership desirableFri, 23 Mar 2018 20:05:39 +0000Climate Change Can Also Transform Languagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-transforms-language-180968571/As our world warms, warps and melts, metaphors of the past take on new meaningFri, 23 Mar 2018 19:05:27 +0000This Texas Company Is Fighting Hollywood's Gender Inequality With Hard Data From Movie Scriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-texas-company-is-fighting-hollywoods-gender-inequality-with-hard-data-from-movie-scripts-180968540/StoryFit uses artificial intelligence to analyze film scripts for how characters are portrayed by genderFri, 23 Mar 2018 14:12:14 +0000Meet Spike, the Affable Asian Bull Elephant Trucked Up From Florida to Join the National Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-spike-affable-asian-bull-elephant-trucked-florida-join-national-zoo-180968569/With a new male elephant in the mix, zookeepers are hopeful babies will soon be on the wayFri, 23 Mar 2018 13:38:51 +0000Can We Gene-Edit Herpes Away?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-we-gene-edit-herpes-away-180968551/Because the virus hides out deep in our bodies and stays there for life, a vaccine has eluded scientists for decades. But there may be another wayFri, 23 Mar 2018 12:30:00 +0000Sir David Attenborough and His Crew Race to Film a Walking Sharkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/sir-david-attenborough-and-his-crew-race-to/Step behind the scenes as Attenborough and his intrepid crew battle against the falling tide to capture footage of one of nature's most enigmatic creaturesFri, 23 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000