Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 24 Sep 2018 18:19:12 +0000The First Academy Awards Had Its Own Version of the "Popular" Oscarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/subtle-union-busting-roots-original-popular-oscar-1-180969955/The ceremony itself was rooted in union-busting, laying the basis for the art vs. mass acclaim debate we see play out todayThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:41:51 +0000Behind the Scenes With the Spacecraft That Will Soar Through the Sun's Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behind-scenes-spacecraft-touch-sun-180969951/The probe, which launches Sunday, will attempt to solve enduring mysteries about the sunThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:23:04 +0000Tracing the Mysterious "Turks" of South Carolina Back to the Revolutionary Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tracing-mysterious-turks-of-south-carolina-back-revolutionary-war-180970383/For generations, this ethnic group was shunned, but new research sheds light on its originsMon, 24 Sep 2018 18:19:12 +0000Rhino Horn and Tiger Wine: How the Illegal Wildlife Trade Is Growing Bolderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rhino-horn-and-tiger-wine-how-illegal-wildlife-trade-growing-bolder-180970382/Wildlife author and journalist Rachel Nuwer discusses her new book <i>Poached</i> about one of the world's fastest-growing contraband industries Mon, 24 Sep 2018 16:58:49 +0000What Can Satellite Imagery Tell Us About Obesity in Cities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-satellite-imagery-tell-us-about-obesity-in-cities-180970354/A new AI can figure out which elements of the built environment might influence a city's obesity rateFri, 21 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000What Does Hell Look Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/penguin-book-hell-180970307/A new book imagines how the underworld may appear with these illustrationsFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:16:39 +0000A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/vintage-take-high-fashion-showcases-beauty-stitch-time-180970309/Photographer Cathleen Naundorf mined Chanel's archives for a majestic new book Fri, 21 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/philadelphia-threw-wwi-parade-gave-thousands-onlookers-flu-180970372/The city sought to sell bonds to pay for the war effort, while bringing its citizens together during the infamous pandemicFri, 21 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies—Just Like Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ecstasy-turns-antisocial-octopuses-lovestruck-cuddle-buddiesjust-us-180970363/The genetic and neurological similarities between octopuses and humans shed light on how creatures became social beingsThu, 20 Sep 2018 21:01:25 +0000Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-nobel-prizes-take-year-180970359/An award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversyThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:27:32 +0000How the Remnants of Human Poop Could Help Archaeologists Study Ancient Populationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remnants-human-poop-help-archaeologists-study-ancient-populations-180970337/Undigested molecules persist in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years, acting as biomarkers that show the ebbs and flows of bygone civilizationsThu, 20 Sep 2018 17:40:20 +0000How the History of Merit Badges Is Also a Cultural History of the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-merit-badges-cultural-history-united-states-180970306/Over the years, scouting has encouraged boys and girls to be prepared for the world around themThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:54:04 +0000Is All Still Quiet on the Western Front?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/is-all-still-quiet-on-western-front-world-war-i-180970313/A hundred years after the “war to end all wars” ended, a journey to the front lines of World War I reveals the poignant battles and their tragic legaciesThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:17:32 +0000Zooming In on Petrahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/petra-jordan-drone-3d-scan-digital-modeling-180970310/How digital archaeologists are using drones and cutting-edge cameras to recreate the spectacular 2,000-year-old ruins in JordanThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:00:00 +0000The Whitney Flame Topaz Smolders in Vibrant Redhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whitney-flame-topaz-smolders-vibrant-red-180970336/A new gemstone at the Natural History Museum is already igniting wonder in viewersThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happen-earth-stopped-rotating-180970312/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Sean Scully’s Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life’s Sorrowshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sean-scullys-artworks-are-study-color-horizon-and-lifes-sorrows-180970334/With a return to the Hirshhorn following his 1995 retrospective, Scully presents his sublime <i>Landlines</i> seriesThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Norway's Newest Ships Give a Glimpse Into the Future of Sustainable Seafaringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/norways-newest-ships-give-glimpse-into-future-of-sustainable-seafaring-180970326/The country is using oil and gas riches to engineer emission-free vesselsThu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Original Meanings of the “American Dream” and “America First” Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/behold-america-american-dream-slogan-book-sarah-churchwell-180970311/A new book from historian Sarah Churchwell examines the etymologies of two ubiquitous phrasesThu, 20 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/museums-visit-free-museum-day-180970317/Museums and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights. Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:31:24 +0000These "Robotic Skins" Turn Everyday Objects Into Robotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-robotic-skins-turn-everyday-objects-into-robots-180970328/A team at Yale University has developed flexible robotic sheets that can make just about anything moveWed, 19 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000The Afterlife of Beetlejuicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/afterlife-beetlejuice-180970315/The "Ghost with the Most" has been haunting movie watches—and one small Vermont town—for 30 yearsWed, 19 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latest-kickstarter-preserve-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-180970316/As a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turnWed, 19 Sep 2018 14:00:00 +0000Traveling the World Was Never the Same Once the Boeing 747 Debutedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/traveling-world-never-same-once-boeing-747-debuted-180970308/Wave goodbye to the beloved jet that took us to new heightsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:42:36 +0000The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/johanna-basford-coloring-books-180970305/Johanna Basford, whose fanciful, hand-drawn illustrations launched a worldwide craze, is back with flying colorsTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:40:17 +0000Why Is the Snowy Owl Disappearing?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/snowy-owl-disappearing-180970314/These birds, once a feature of the far north as reliable as ice, are becoming less and less commonTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:00:00 +0000Why 'Little Women' Endures 150 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-little-women-endures-150-years-later-180970303/The author of a new book about the classic says the 19th-century novel contains life lessons for all, especially for boysTue, 18 Sep 2018 14:42:22 +0000Genetic Skin Graft Helps Mice Kick Cocaine Habithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetic-skin-graft-helps-mice-kick-cocaine-habit-180970302/A new treatment using CRISPR helps reduce cocaine cravings in mice, and it may be able to treat human addiction in the futureMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:39:49 +0000How Midwestern Suffragists Won the Vote by Attacking Immigrantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-midwestern-suffragists-won-vote-by-attacking-immigrants-180970298/Women fighting for the ballot were vocal about believing that German men were less worthy of citizenship than themselvesMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:02:31 +0000Massive, Awe-Inspiring Sculptures Dot the Former Yugoslavian Countrysidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/bizarre-sculptures-dot-former-yugoslavian-countryside-180970278/In his new book, photographer Jonathan “Jonk” Jimenez seeks out unique monuments commemorating Yugoslav's National Liberation StruggleMon, 17 Sep 2018 16:05:21 +0000How the Smithsonian Prepares for Hurricanes and Flooding https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-preps-hurricanes-and-flooding-180970294/An emergency command center is ready for activation and the National Zoo could move animals into bunkersFri, 14 Sep 2018 20:11:36 +0000How Wireless Water-to-Air Communication Could Revolutionize Marine Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-wireless-water-to-air-communication-could-revolutionize-marine-research-180970217/Solving a longstanding puzzle, MIT researchers have developed a way of sending signals from underwater to airborne devicesFri, 14 Sep 2018 18:16:23 +0000These Robotic Pants Could Help Some Disabled People Walk Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-robotic-pants-could-help-some-disabled-people-walk-again-180970289/'The Right Trousers' combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people movingFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:26:14 +0000How to Make Your Own Cheesehead in Milwaukeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-become-cheesehead-180970190/You can make your own iconic Cheesehead hat for this year’s football season at the Foamation factory in MilwaukeeThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:01:56 +0000Scientists Can Predict When Birds Will Migrate Up to a Week in Advancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-can-predict-when-birds-will-migrate-up-to-week-advance-180970280/A new forecasting model using years of bird migration data and weather radar could help us protect migrating birds from harmThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:05:00 +0000The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One Else Wouldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/senator-who-stood-joseph-mccarthy-when-no-one-else-would-180970279/Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve both the House and the Senate and always defended her values, even when it meant opposing her partyThu, 13 Sep 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Maya Captured, Traded and Sacrificed Jaguars and Other Large Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/maya-captured-traded-and-sacrificed-jaguars-and-other-large-mammals-180970271/New archeological findings suggest the Maya city state Copan dealt in a robust jaguar tradeWed, 12 Sep 2018 18:00:00 +0000Stone Age Markings May Be the Oldest Drawing Ever Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-age-markings-may-be-oldest-drawing-ever-discovered-180970269/The crosshatch symbol was made with a red ochre utensil more than 70,000 years agoWed, 12 Sep 2018 17:00:00 +0000Hirshhorn Curator Explains the Significance of the Huge Marcel Duchamp Donationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hirshhorn-curator-explains-why-marcel-duchamp-donation-was-huge-180970267/Washington D.C. art lovers Aaron and Barbara Levine promise 50 important works to the museumWed, 12 Sep 2018 15:55:07 +0000The Lost Children of the Lidice Massacrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-lidice-massacre-180970242/The Nazis arbitrarily slaughtered the Czech villagers, angering the world, even as Europe's Jews faced similar fates in concentration campsWed, 12 Sep 2018 15:50:23 +0000These Teen Birds Love Sleeping In, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-teen-birds-love-sleep-too-180970268/A new study suggests young grassland songbirds postpone fledging in order to mooch off mom and dad as long as they canWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:01:00 +0000Nuclear Technology May Help Bring Early Mammal Evolution Into Focushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nuclear-technology-may-help-bring-early-mammal-evolution-into-focus-180970263/Using a neutron scanner at Los Alamos, paleontologists are generating high-resolution imagery of early mammal fossilsWed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Ketamine Works as a Fast-Acting Antidepressant, But the Full Effects Are Still Unknownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ketamine-works-fast-acting-antidepressant-full-effects-are-still-unknown-180970265/A new study suggests that ketamine activates the brain's opioid receptors, complicating its use to treat clinical depressionTue, 11 Sep 2018 19:27:54 +0000Teaching Drones to Sniff Out Toxic Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/teaching-drones-sniff-out-toxic-air-180970231/Swarms of the flying devices, using sensors and AI, will learn to find and track harmful gasesTue, 11 Sep 2018 18:28:14 +0000Don't Be Surprised if a Woman Sings to You in the Hirshhorn’s Sculpture Garden https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/woman-singing-you-hirshhorns-sculpture-garden-piece-art-180970255/The Smithsonian’s first purchase of a performance art piece is happening now, but the artist requests no photos, please Tue, 11 Sep 2018 17:01:14 +0000How Virtual Reality and Sideline Brain Scans Could Help Diagnose Concussionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/virtual-reality-sideline-brain-scans-help-diagnose-concussions-180970249/Determining if an athlete or soldier has a concussion often depends on what they tell you, but new technologies could provide a more objective approachMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:28:21 +0000Tracking Down the Origins of Cystic Fibrosis in Ancient Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracking-origins-cystic-fibrosis-ancient-europe-180970238/CF is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians, and how it became so widespread is something of a mysteryMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:59:47 +0000How Center Pivot Irrigation Brought the Dust Bowl Back to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-center-pivot-irrigation-brought-dust-bowl-back-to-life-180970243/Crop circles saved the Great Plains when farmer Frank Zybach invented a new sprinkler system in the 1940sMon, 10 Sep 2018 15:54:00 +0000An Eyewitness Account of Pinochet’s Coup 45 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/eyewitness-account-pinochets-coup-45-years-ago-180970241/Smithsonian ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy poignantly recalls the brutal outcome of a nation dividedMon, 10 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000Rare WWII Submarine Dog Fight Turns Deadlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-wwii-submarine-dog-fight-turns-deadly/On February 9, 1945, two submarines are poised to engage in a direct, underwater confrontation. It's the first - and only - underwater submarine dog fightMon, 10 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Scientists Can Learn About Human Behavior From Closed-Circuit TVhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-can-learn-about-human-behavior-from-closed-circuit-tv-180970236/While researchers used to rely on interviews and experiments, raw video reveals subtle, previously hidden reactionsFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:22:53 +0000Diving Deep to Reveal the Microbial Mysteries of Lost Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diving-deep-reveal-microbial-mysteries-lost-city-180970234/An expedition sets out this week to explore a field of hydrothermal vents in the deep Atlantic, one of the most extreme ecosystems on the planetFri, 07 Sep 2018 17:08:55 +0000Check Out These 10 Must-See Fall Exhibitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/check-out-these-must-see-fall-exhibits-180970146/Underwater artifacts and Winnie the Pooh take center stage at these new museum exhibits this fallFri, 07 Sep 2018 15:15:02 +0000Climb a 35-Foot Human Tower Through the Lens of a Photographerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/local-lens-human-castles-heart-catalonia-180970189/Casteller and photographer Alex Nebot documents the fascinating Catalan sport of stacking people into elaborate towersFri, 07 Sep 2018 14:43:06 +0000Hunting Deadly Mosquitoes in Panama https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hunting-deadly-mosquitoes-panama-180970229/The latest podcast “Sidedoor” travels with Smithsonian experts on the trail of the buzzing beasts known as the AedesFri, 07 Sep 2018 13:00:00 +0000The First Submarine to Launch Rockets From Its Deckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-first-submarine-to-launch-rockets-from-i_1/It's June 1945 and the USS Barb has just launched an unprecedented attack on the factories of the Japanese island of ShariFri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Drones Will Track One of the Largest Dam Removals on the East Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drones-will-track-one-largest-dam-removals-east-coast-180970219/When a Maryland dam comes down this fall, a team of scientists will deploy drones to monitor the flow of more than two million cubic feet of sedimentThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:46:56 +0000Was the 1968 TV Show “Julia” a Milestone or a Millstone for Diversity? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-1968-tv-show-julia-milestone-or-millstone-180970198/Diahann Carroll's award-winning series was a hit, but it delivered a sanitized view of African-American lifeThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:30:00 +0000The Benefits of Probiotics Might Not Be So Clear Cuthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/benefits-probiotics-might-not-be-so-clear-cut-180970221/An individual's natural gut bacteria determine whether the so-called dietary supplements help or do nothing at allThu, 06 Sep 2018 15:21:36 +0000Toxic Chemicals Banned 20 Years Ago Finally Disappearing From Arctic Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toxic-chemicals-banned-arctic-wildlife-180970209/But the appearance of new chemicals is creating an uncertain future for polar bears, orcas and seabirdsThu, 06 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000This 1812 American Frigate Could Take a Direct Cannon Hithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-1812-american-frigate-could-take-a-dire/A British frigate fires on the USS Constitution - but its shots either miss or rebound off its tough oak hullThu, 06 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Massive Animal Tracking Database Collects Its One-Billionth Creature Locationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2018/08/29/six-years-movebank-has-collected-one-billion-animal-locations/ Wed, 05 Sep 2018 18:26:13 +0000Why Plant-Based Mosquito Repellents Are So Hard to Makehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-plant-based-mosquito-repellents-are-hard-make-180970210/Bug sprays with DEET feel oily and smell gross. But turning natural plant oils into commercial products isn't easyWed, 05 Sep 2018 16:15:20 +0000Fifty Years Ago, "Star Trek" Aired TV's First Interracial Kisshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/fifty-years-ago-star-trek-aired-tvs-first-interracial-kiss-180970204/For actress Nichelle Nichols, the first black woman to have a continuing co-starring role on TV, it was the beginning of a lifelong career in activismWed, 05 Sep 2018 15:35:56 +0000How the Smithsonian Helped Sleuth Out the True Identity of a Pair of Dorothy’s Ruby Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-helped-sleuth-out-true-identity-pair-dorothy-ruby-slippers-180970203/When the FBI asked museum conservators at the American History Museum for assistance, they discovered the two pairs are twinsWed, 05 Sep 2018 14:20:03 +0000This Tiny Island Was Key for Allied Forces to Secure North Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-tiny-island-was-key-for-allied-forces-t/During WWII, Nazi forces were preparing to take the coastal city of Tobruk and tighten their grip on North AfricaWed, 05 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the RVhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-rv-180970195/In 1915, technology merged with the "back to nature" movement, leading to the invention of the motorhomeTue, 04 Sep 2018 18:33:54 +0000New Software Can Predict Landslides Weeks Before They Happen https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-software-can-predict-landslides-weeks-before-they-happen-180970181/Australian researchers are using AI and mathematics to detect tiny changes that may precede the often-deadly eventsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:18:46 +0000When the U.S. Government Tried to Make It Rain by Exploding Dynamite in the Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-us-government-tried-make-rain-exploding-dynamite-sky-180970193/Inspired by weather patterns during the Civil War, the rainmakers of the 1890s headed to west Texas to test their theoryTue, 04 Sep 2018 16:58:17 +0000The Mysterious Origins of the Smallpox Vaccinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-origins-smallpox-vaccine-180970069/Though the disease was declared eradicated in 1980, the era of smallpox is far from overTue, 04 Sep 2018 15:31:25 +0000This U.S. Sub Launched an Attack on a Japanese Trainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-us-sub-launched-an-attack-on-a-japane/The USS Barb had an unusual target in its sights in 1945 - one that wasn't even in the water. It was a Japanese supply train on the island of KarafutoTue, 04 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Shipbuilders Were Forced to Stop Using British Oakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-shipbuilders-were-forced-to-stop-using-b/After the Napoleonic Wars caused a shortage of British Oak, frigate builders looked all over the empire for an alternative. They found one in IndiaMon, 03 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Watch This New Device Print Using Sound Waveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/watch-new-device-print-using-sound-waves-180970186/Harvard scientists develop a printing technique that could impact a slew of industries, from biopharmaceuticals to food and cosmeticsFri, 31 Aug 2018 18:49:19 +0000Two Sculptures of Ancient Women Give Voice to the Protection of Antiquities in War Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-sculptures-ancient-women-give-voice-protection-antiquities-war-zones-180970179/The Smithsonian's elegant Haliphat of Palmyra and the blue-eyed Miriam from Yemen raise awareness of the illegal trade in and destruction of antiquitiesFri, 31 Aug 2018 15:43:37 +0000Sea-Star Murdering Robots Are Deployed in the Great Barrier Reefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sea-star-murdering-robotsa-are-deployed-in-great-barrier-reef-180970177/The RangerBot is a new line of defense against coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfishFri, 31 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Torpedo Malfunction Threatens to Destroy a U.S. Submarinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-torpedo-malfunction-threatens-to-destroy-a/The USS Silversides is patrolling the Pacific during WWII when it finds itself in a terrifying situation: one of its torpedoes has jammedFri, 31 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Could This Brain Implant Stop Epilepsy Seizures?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-this-brain-implant-stop-epilepsy-seizures-180970170/A new approach, which involves an implantable device delivering neurotransmitters to the brain, proves effective in miceThu, 30 Aug 2018 15:43:25 +0000How Napalm Bombs Intensified U.S. Attacks During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-napalm-bombs-intensified-us-attacks-du_1/Bombing ground targets from the air is tricky and not always accurate. But a new type of bomb creates an unimaginable level of destructionThu, 30 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Siblings Could Shed Light on Roots of Autismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/siblings-could-shed-light-roots-autism-180970165/Most research has focused on studying two parents and two autistic children, but new research calls for learning more about siblings who don't have autismWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:00:00 +0000Step Inside This Glittering Mountain of Salthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/spanish-mountain-made-salt-180969946/Resembling an iceberg and formed millions of years ago, Muntanya de Sal is one of the world's only salt mountainsWed, 29 Aug 2018 18:01:19 +0000This Device Tracks How Well You Wash Your Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-tracks-how-well-you-wash-your-hands-180970157/Biomedical engineers have developed a wall-mounted scanner that can detect microbes that cause foodborne illnessWed, 29 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000How the British Navy Camouflaged Their Ships Using Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-british-navy-camouflaged-their-ships/The British Navy knew it couldn't completely disguise a ship to protect it from attack during WWI. So they turned to 'Dazzle Painting'Wed, 29 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Here's What We Know (and Don't Know) About Flushing Contact Lenses Down the Drainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flushing-contact-lenses-down-drain-180970154/Though they are tiny, the lenses add up--and might be infiltrating the environmentTue, 28 Aug 2018 19:07:58 +0000The True Story of “Operation Finale”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-operation-finale-180970153/Director Chris Weitz explores the 1960 hunt for Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann in the new feature filmTue, 28 Aug 2018 18:55:42 +0000Inventing a Longer-Lasting Popsiclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/inventing-longer-lasting-popsicle-180970147/A British design firm has used a half-forgotten World War II technique to create ice pops that don't melt as fast as the ordinary onesTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:32:01 +0000For Neil Simon, Laughter Was His Lifelinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-portrait-gallery/2018/08/28/neil-simon-19272018/The influential playwright defined American comedy for a generation of television, theater and movie audiencesTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:45:39 +0000Pregnant Male Pipefish Are the Sea's Swaggery Swingershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pregnant-male-pipefish-are-seas-swaggery-swingers-180970144/Male pipefish, which take on the burden of carrying eggs to term, can compromise their own pregnancies if they see a “huge, sexy female” swimming byTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:22:56 +0000Travel Through the Landscapes That Inspired Salvador Dalíhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-landscapes-salvador-dali-catalonia-180969690/Three destinations in northeastern Spain offer a unique glimpse into the life of the famous surrealistTue, 28 Aug 2018 13:41:26 +0000Noise Pollution Might Cut Birds’ Lives Shorthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/noise-pollution-might-cut-birds-lives-short-180970145/Stressed out teen birds have enough to deal with—noise seems to be one factor that could seal their fateTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Secret Boat Was Built for a WWII Invasion That Never Happenedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-secret-boat-was-built-for-a-wwii-invasi/In 2011, declassified CIA documents shed light on a covert government program dating back to WWIITue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Eating Poop Makes These Mole-Rats More Motherlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-eating-poop-makes-these-mole-rats-more-motherly-180970140/New research suggests a colony’s queen stimulates babysitters by transferring a type of estrogen through her fecesMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:27:56 +0000The Portrait That Captures the Defining Features of John McCain’s Life and Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/portrait-are-defining-features-john-mccains-life-and-career-180970139/A photograph of the straight-talking Arizona senator goes on view In Memoriam at the Portrait GalleryMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:24:28 +0000The Quest to Build Robotic Handshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/quest-build-robotic-hands-180970125/Humans can readily manipulate all kinds of objects. But robots need better mechanics—and a lot more intelligenceMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:31:41 +0000Why Texas Just May Be the Best State for Fall Foliagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-texas-just-may-be-best-state-fall-foliage-180970083/With its rolling prairies and limestone cliffs, historic towns and oak-filled nature parks, Texas Hill Country is a land apartMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:03:51 +0000For Men, Gains in the Gym May Come at a Cost to Spermhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/men-gains-gym-cost-sperm-180970129/There might be a tradeoff between how strong men look and sperm countMon, 27 Aug 2018 16:00:00 +0000U.S. Troops in the Pacific Treat Themselves to a Little R&Rhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/us-troops-in-the-pacific-treat-themselves-_1/A brief respite from the frontlines of the Pacific War sees American troops trying to inject a little comfort into their livesMon, 27 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Mel Mermelstein Survived Auschwitz, Then Sued Holocaust Deniers in Courthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mel-mermelstein-survived-auschwitz-then-sued-holocaust-deniers-court-180970123/Fed up with the lies and anti-Semitism, a California businessman partnered with a lawyer to prove that the murder of 6 million Jews was established factMon, 27 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Biologists Say Chesapeake Bay Cownose Rays Travel to Florida and Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-environmental-research-center/2018/08/24/first-time-biologists-track-cownose-rays-florida-and-back/While scientists have unraveled one mystery about cownose ray migrations, there are still many unknowns surrounding the animals. Read more: http://www.smiFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:24:52 +0000Do Animals Experience Grief?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-animals-experience-grief-180970124/A growing body of evidence points to how animals are aware of death and will sometimes mourn for or ritualize their dead Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:27:46 +0000Captain Cook’s 1768 Voyage to the South Pacific Included a Secret Mission https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/captain-cooks-1768-voyage-south-pacific-included-secret-mission-180970119/The explorer traveled to Tahiti under the auspices of science 250 years ago, but his secret orders were to continue Britain’s colonial projectFri, 24 Aug 2018 14:23:06 +0000One Fish, Two Fish, Fish Can Count(ish?)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-fish-two-fish-fish-can-count-ish-180970122/New research shows—again—that fish “count” like humans do. Are our cognitive evolutionary roots fishier than we thought? Fri, 24 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why Depth Charges Don't Have to Touch a Submarine to Sink Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-depth-charges-dont-have-to-touch-a-subm/It's 1942 and the USS Silversides, a U.S. submarine submerged in the Pacific, is frantically trying to dodge depth charges dropped by a Japanese warshipFri, 24 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Every Food Lover Should Visit the Twin Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-every-food-lover-should-visit-twin-cities-180970084/Minnesota's Twin Cities are forging a new identity, one that celebrates the region's Nordic past while embracing its multicultural presentThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:44:49 +0000Born Into Slavery, Bill Traylor Would Become a Leading Light of Self-Taught Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/born-into-slavery-bill-traylor-become-leading-light-self-taught-art-180970039/A new show at the Smithsonian American Art museum highlights his workThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:02:31 +0000What Made P.D. East the Fearless Wit of Forrest Countyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-made-pd-east-fearless-wit-segregationist-south-180970036/The newspaper man's bravery rocked the racist establishment of the South—and heralded a new era of political satireThu, 23 Aug 2018 16:00:28 +0000When Was the Earliest Internet Search?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/when-was-the-earliest-internet-search-180970041/Years before the birth of the Google, a forgotten experiment laid the groundwork for the ubiquitous search engineThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:42:56 +0000This Culture, Once Believed Extinct, Is Flourishinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/culture-once-believed-extinct-flourishing-180970101/A new exhibition explores the cultural heritage of the Taíno, the indigenous people of the Caribbean Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:38:08 +0000Newly Discovered Turtle Ancestors Chomped With Beaks But Bore No Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-turtle-ancestors-chomped-beaks-bore-no-shells-180970111/A 228-million-year-old fossil fills gaps in the tale of turtle evolution—and raises a few questionsThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:25:23 +0000When Rhinos Once Roamed in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-rhinos-once-roamed-washington-state-180970035/Road-tripping through prehistoric times on the West CoastThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:08:41 +0000Before the Civil War, Congress Was a Hotbed of Violencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/field-of-blood_article-180970043/A new book from historian Joanne Freeman chronicles the viciousness with which elected officials treated each otherThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000Could Lava Incinerate Trash and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/could-laval-incinerate-trash-more-questions-readers-180970030/You asked, we answeredThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Wild Road Trip That Launched the Populist Conservative Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wild-road-trip-rallied-conservatives-180970033/How a fiery preacher and a maverick Army general took the nation by stormThu, 23 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Lions Are Coming Back to Southern Malawi, Where They Haven't Been Seen for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lions-coming-back-malawi-180970109/The apex predators have been returned to Malawi's Liwonde National Park in an effort to restore the ecosystem and boost tourismThu, 23 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Actual Combat Footage of the Battle of the Philippines Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/actual-combat-footage-of-the-battle-of-the-p_2/Relive the aerial dogfights and naval clashes of the Battle of the Philippines Sea, thanks to stunning color footageThu, 23 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Sewage May Hold the Key to Tracking Opioid Abusehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sewage-may-hold-key-tracking-opioid-abuse-180970108/Public health managers are hoping to pinpoint how and when people abuse drugs in order to prevent deathsWed, 22 Aug 2018 18:52:34 +0000For the Dog Days of Summer, Here Are 31 Artists and Their Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/08/22/dog-days-summer/The Smithsonian's Archives of American Art selects works from its collections in honor of those hot August daysWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:56:20 +0000What Makes Some Species More Likely to Go Extinct?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-makes-some-species-more-likely-go-extinct-180970103/With help from the fossil record, paleontologists are piecing together what might make one creature more vulnerable than anotherWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:39:08 +0000How a Little Yellow Bus Came to the Rescue of a Persecuted Schoolboyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-yellow-bus-came-rescue-persecuted-schoolboy-180970044/LGBTQ activist and journalist Bil Browning reminisces about the importance of a simple toyWed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000What Drove Sigmund Freud to Write a Scandalous Biography of Woodrow Wilson?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-drove-sigmund-freud-write-scandalous-biography-woodrow-wilson-180970042/The founder of psychoanalysis collaborated with a junior American diplomat to lambaste the former presidentWed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000Rediscovering a Founding Motherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rediscovering-founding-mother-180970037/Just-discovered letters herald the significance of an unsung Revolutionary woman, Julia RushWed, 22 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000Epcot Just Got a New Smithsonian Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/epcot-just-got-new-smithsonian-museum-exhibition-180969985/Worlds apart yet sharing so much, the two vacation destinations collaborate to bring scholarship and authenticity to Disney audiences Wed, 22 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Five Young Lion Brothers Mate With One Lionesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/five-young-lion-brothers-mate-with-one-lioness/A group of five adolescent male lions - dubbed the Musketeers - are wandering the desert looking to find their own kingdomWed, 22 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Their World Was Crumbling But These Ancient People Built a Lasting Memorialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-their-world-was-chaos-these-ancient-people-coped-building-monument-180970087/A 5,000-year-old burial site near Kenya’s Lake Turkana likely served as a bonding place for a culture in fluxWed, 22 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Terrorized African-Americans Found Their Champion in Civil War Hero Robert Smallshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/terrorized-african-americans-champion-civil-war-hero-robert-smalls-180970031/The formerly enslaved South Carolinian declared that whites had killed 53,000 African-Americans, but few took the explosive claim seriously—until nowTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:06:02 +0000"Superpower Glass" Helps Kids With Autism Understand Emotions https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/superpower-glass-helps-kids-autism-understand-emotions-180970080/A new Stanford-designed technology pairs Google Glass with a face-identifying AI app that tells wearers what emotions they're seeingTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:52:19 +0000Why Do So Many People Still Want to Believe in Bigfoot?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-so-many-people-still-believe-in-bigfoot-180970045/The appeal of the mythical, wild man holds strongTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Women Code Breakers Who Unmasked Soviet Spieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-code-breakers-unmasked-soviet-spies-180970034/At the height of the Cold War, America’s most secretive counterespionage effort set out to crack unbreakable ciphersTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000How to Cipher Like a Soviethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-cipher-like-soviet-180970032/See if you can figure out how the American code-breakers unraveled the complexities of the Russian codebookTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:00:00 +0000The Moment That Defines Famed American Composer Leonard Bernsteinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moment-defins-famed-american-composer-leonard-bernstein-180970027/The National Portrait Gallery showcases a celebrated conductor as portrayed by the master French photographer Henri Cartier-BressonTue, 21 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Hostile Lioness Withholds Food From Hungry Orphaned Cubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hostile-lioness-withholds-food-from-hungry-o/A group of orphaned lion cubs are facing an uncertain futureTue, 21 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Quest for Universal Blood, Go With Your Guthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gut-microbes-could-hold-key-making-universal-blood-180970079/Scientists enlisted enzymes produced by gut bacteria to turn blood into type OTue, 21 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Did Francis Drake Bring Enslaved Africans to North America Decades Before Jamestown?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-francis-drake-bring-enslaved-africans-north-america-decades-jamestown-180970075/The English privateer arrived on the Carolina coast after sacking Spanish lands in the Caribbean, but who, if anyone, did he leave behind?Mon, 20 Aug 2018 17:54:13 +0000On the Hunt for Unloved, Unstudied, Yet Super Important Lichenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunt-unloved-unstudied-important-lichen-180970070/James Lendemer is one of the few people taking stock of one of the world’s most peculiar lifeformsMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:13:00 +0000How Can Museums Democratize Portraiture? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-can-museums-democratize-portraiture-180970029/As the National Portrait Gallery turns 50, it is asking how well its collections represent the people—and where there is room for improvementMon, 20 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Turning Fatbergs Into Biofuel https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-fatbergs-biofuel-180970049/Researchers have developed a new method for recycling greasy sewer blockages into green fuel Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:44:25 +0000Do Not Fear the Drones Air-Dropping 50,000 Mosquitoes From Abovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-not-fear-drones-air-dropping-50000-mosquitoes-above-180970068/These horny buggers are actually here to help us fight the spread of diseaseMon, 20 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Italy Used Human Torpedoes to Attack British Shipshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-italy-used-human-torpedoes-to-attack-bri/On December 16, 1941, the Italian navy launched a daring attack on three British ships outside Alexandria harborMon, 20 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What the Surging Glaciers of Svalbard Tell Us About the Future of Rising Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-surging-glaciers-svalbard-tell-us-about-future-rising-seas-180970060/Scientists look to the Norwegian archipelago's fast-moving glaciers to better understand how other accelerating glaciers will behave Fri, 17 Aug 2018 15:23:34 +0000Artisan Master Classes Hope to Draw Travelers Into the Armenian Countrysidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/motal-cheese-leading-ecotourism-efforts-armenias-agricultural-east-180970054/A local NGO is working with farmers and craft makers to develop new cultural tourism offerings in Armenia's scenic Gegharkunik regionFri, 17 Aug 2018 13:45:30 +0000How Scientists Discovered Helium, the First Alien Element, 150 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-scientists-discovered-helium-first-alien-element-1868-180970057/First found only on the sun, scientists doubted the mysterious element even existed for more than a decadeFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Oldest American Combat Ship Ever Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-oldest-american-combat-ship-ever-found/In 1935, an old wooden boat was found in a lake in upstate New York. It was the USS Philadelphia - the oldest U.S. gunboat ever recoveredFri, 17 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the One-Size-Fits-All Tube Sockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-one-size-fits-all-tube-sock-180970046/Originally marketed as sportswear, the tube sock became a stylish accessory thanks to Farrah Fawcett and Kareem Abdul-JabbarThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:47:35 +0000Museum Curators Reflect on the Legacy of the Queen of Soulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-curators-reflect-legacy-queen-soul-180970009/Aretha Franklin dies at 76; her memory lives on at the Smithsonian in artwork, photographs and other ephemeraThu, 16 Aug 2018 14:24:23 +0000These Women Stepped In to Fill a WWII Pilot Shortagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-women-stepped-in-to-fill-a-wwii-pilot/When a shortage of pilots in WWII forced the U.S. Air Force to recruit women, America was captivatedThu, 16 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Tracing Alfred Russel Wallace’s Footsteps Through the Jungles of Borneohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracing-alfred-russel-wallaces-footsteps-through-jungles-borneo-180970010/A biologist treks to the site where the little-known naturalist penned a paper on evolution that would spur on a rivalrous Charles DarwinWed, 15 Aug 2018 18:28:27 +0000How Accurate Is <I>Alpha's</i> Theory of Dog Domestication?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-wolves-really-became-dogs-180970014/The ‘boy and his dog’ tale is a piece of prehistoric fiction, but scientists are uncovering the true origins of our incredible relationship with dogsWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:53:46 +0000Using Electric Currents to Fool Ourselves Into Tasting Something We're Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/using-electric-currents-to-fool-ourselves-into-tasting-something-were-not-180970005/Nimesha Ranasinghe is bringing a new dimension to virtual reality, embedding electric taste simulation technology into utensilsWed, 15 Aug 2018 16:17:56 +0000At 50, “Hey Jude” Still Makes Everything "Better, Better, Better"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-hey-jude-still-makes-everything-better-better-better-180970004/The Beatles’ biggest single hit skyrocketed on the charts in August of 1968 Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Nut Milks Are Milk, Says Almost Every Culture Across the Globehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nut-milks-are-milk-says-almost-every-culture-across-globe-180970008/Even though the dairy industry may not like it, labeling the juice from almonds and soy beans 'milk' follows centuries of historyWed, 15 Aug 2018 13:07:42 +0000This Pacific Island Gave U.S. Troops a Chance to Rechargehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pacific-island-gave-us-troops-a-chanc/For the vast majority of American troops, Saipan was their first experience of tropical livingWed, 15 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Rethinking How We Build City Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rethinking-how-we-build-city-streets-180969976/Sidewalk Labs envisions modular streets that can morph to meet the everyday needs of a neighborhoodTue, 14 Aug 2018 18:00:05 +0000Cancer Is One Worry Elephants Can Feel Free to Forgethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cancer-one-worry-elephants-forget-180969993/ The gentle giants' cells contain a tumor-fighting self-destruct button.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 15:01:01 +0000European Printmakers Had No Idea What Colonial American Cities Looked Like, So They Just Made Stuff Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inaccurate-images-america-delighted-18th-century-europe-180969992/To satisfy customers hungry for visions of the British colonies, these artists created wildly imaginative and inaccurate scenesTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:35:23 +0000The Computers That Changed the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/computers-changed-world-180969987/A Seattle museum keeps its vintage computers in working order, so that visitors can experience the evolution of the machineTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:29:59 +0000Rare Color Footage of WWII Navy Hazing Ritualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-color-footage-of-wwii-navy-hazing-rituals/Many WWII naval recruits serving on U.S. ships had never been away from home. To strengthen their bonds, they organized colorful initiation ritualsTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How to Host Your Own Conversation About the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/host-your-own-conversation-180969745/Arts are a part of every community, so take part in a Second Opinion-style discussion with your peersTue, 14 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Curators Killed Hatcher, the 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/08/10/elegy-hatcher-triceratops/The popular dinosaur has a new starring role in the upcoming “Deep Time” exhibition—a meal for T. rex Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:36:33 +0000This Los Angeles Grocery Store Has 31,000 Items — and You Can't Eat Any of Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/los-angeles-grocery-store-has-31000-items-and-you-cant-eat-any-them-180969990/Browse rows of Butterfingers, ramen packets and "fresh" produce crafted out of feltMon, 13 Aug 2018 20:24:22 +0000A Macaw Breeding Center Supplied Prehistoric Americans With Prized Plumagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/macaw-breeding-center-supplied-plumage-180969982/This yet-undiscovered breeding center is likely one of the first instances of exotic animal husbandry in the regionMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:01:39 +0000Ancient Ceramic Cups Reveal Oldest Direct Evidence of Beer in Mesopotamiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-ceramic-cups-reveal-oldest-direct-evidence-beer-mesopotamia-180969975/Researchers are working on resurrecting the recipeMon, 13 Aug 2018 17:31:43 +0000A Theory About Muppet Master Frank Ozhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/theory-about-muppet-master-frank-oz-180969981/The prodigious puppeteer looks back at his most beloved creations, from Grover to Fozzie Bear Mon, 13 Aug 2018 17:25:18 +0000Newfoundland's Volunteer Puffin Patrol Helps Save Hundreds of Baby Seabirds Confused by Light Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/look-inside-canadas-volunteer-puffin-and-petrel-patrol-180969363/Baby birds leaving the nest for the first time sometimes confuse urban lights for the moon and stars as they try and head out to sea from Witless BayMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:15:43 +0000The Chinese-Born Doctor Who Brought Tofu to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chinese-born-doctor-who-brought-tofu-america-180969977/Yamei Kin was a scientific prodigy who promoted the Chinese art of living to U.S. audiencesMon, 13 Aug 2018 14:15:04 +0000Why the U.S. Military Pushed $10 Million Worth of Helicopters Overboardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-us-military-pushed-10-million-wor_2/It's 1975, and a small Vietnamese civilian aircraft is desperate to land on the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrierMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Playwright Tom Stoppard’s 'Travesties' and the Meaning of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/playwright-tom-stoppards-travesties-and-meaning-art-180969769/Now in revival on Broadway, the Tony-awarded comedy wreaks havoc with art’s pretensionsMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Second Opinion: The State of the Arts Education Resourceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/arts-education-resources-180969738/For use in the classroom or your community, a list of lesson plans and other teaching materials that use arts to explore science, history math and moreMon, 13 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/corn-future-hundreds-years-old-and-makes-its-own-mucus-180969972/This rare variety of corn has evolved a way to make its own nitrogen, which could revolutionize farmingFri, 10 Aug 2018 18:22:01 +0000Why the USSR's First Nuclear Submarine Was a Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-ussrs-first-nuclear-submarine-was-a/The U.S. developed the world's first nuclear submarine in 1954 - and the USSR felt pressured to respondFri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Podcast: What It Takes to Paint a Portrait of a First Ladyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/sidedoor-ep-23-painting-michelle-obama-180969642/The artist behind the National Portrait Gallery's painting of Michelle Obama reveals her creative process Fri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Does It Mean for Art to Be “Relevant”?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/jay-nordlinger-180969653/Music critic and <em>National Review</em> writer Jay Nordlinger discusses why it's okay for high art to be unpopularFri, 10 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Megalodon Wasn't the Only Impressive Shark in the Prehistoric Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/megalodon-wasnt-only-impressive-shark-prehistoric-seas-180969967/No longer thought of as "living fossils," ancient sharks sported a crazy amount of varietyThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:52:40 +0000The National Zoo’s Beloved, Aging Emu Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoos-beloved-aging-emu-has-died-180969960/Darwin delighted zoo patrons for 21 years with his clever antics and charismaThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:53:34 +0000Driverless Car Technology Could Help Find Unmarked Graves https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/driverless-car-technology-could-help-find-unmarked-graves-180969950/The same LIDAR technology that lets driverless cars "see" their surroundings can be used to spot changes in a landscape indicative of grave sitesThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:10:11 +0000Nine Travel Tips From Astronautshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nine-travel-tips-astronauts-have-taken-space-earth-180969959/What can terrestrial travelers learn from people who have been to space?Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:41:09 +0000How Volcanoes Reshape Ecosystemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-volcanoes-reshape-ecosystems-180969956/Volcanic eruptions change the natural world in dramatic waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 14:50:04 +0000Prospects Are Looking Up for This Gulf Coast Tribe Relocating to Higher Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prospects-are-looking-gulf-coast-tribe-relocating-higher-ground-180969932/As Louisiana’s Isle de Jean Charles slips away, the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe plans community renewal and a museum for their new home Thu, 09 Aug 2018 13:55:48 +0000Howard Thurston, the Magician Who Disappearedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/howard-thurston-magician-who-disappeared-180969952/Overshadowed by more famous contemporaries, the visionary behind “The Wonder Show of the Universe” left a far-reaching legacyThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How This Brave Young Woman Saved Danish Jews From Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-brave-young-woman-saved-danish-jews/Henny Sundig is a pivotal figure in the history of WWII Danish resistance. In 1943, aged just 19, she risked it all to make a daring journey in her boatThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Artists Are Always at the Forefront of Political Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/maya-freelons-immersive-and-interactive-sculptures-bring-tissue-paper-life-1-180969799/Maya Freelon, who was featured at the Smithsonian's By the People festival, discusses the role of artists in societyThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is There Too Much Money in Art?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/there-too-much-money-art-180969696/Acclaimed economist Don Thompson offers his insights on the auction world and how the government subsidizes art in different waysThu, 09 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Roots of Samoans' Rise to Football Greatnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-samoans-are-so-overrepresented-nfl-180969935/It all started in Hawaiʻi on Oahu's North Shore, where plantation managers and mormon elders nurtured future generations of football starsWed, 08 Aug 2018 19:28:01 +0000A Sensuous Blending of Style and Speed, This Ducati Is Both Art and Machinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sensuous-blending-style-and-speed-ducati-both-art-and-machine-180969933/An appreciation for the cognoscenti of motorcycles Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:07:30 +0000A Rare Glimpse of Pre-War Army Life in Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-rare-glimpse-of-pre-war-army-life-in-color_1/In 1939, America's military was far from the powerful force it is today, with just 600,000 servicemenWed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Ancient Origins of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/randall-white-anthropologist-180969652/Humans began making art 40,000 years ago. Why?Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Do the Arts Promote Social Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/how-do-arts-promote-social-change-180969649/During the 19th century, American philanthropists sought to use music as a way to alter the course of the nation's historyWed, 08 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Zebra Finches Dream a Little Dream of Melodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zebra-finches-dream-little-dream-melody-180969925/Zebra finches flex their singing muscles while snoozing, as if they're lip-syncing in their sleep—and scientists want to know whyTue, 07 Aug 2018 17:31:26 +0000The Wise U.S. Tactic Used to Win the Battle of Midwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-wise-us-tactic-used-to-win-the-battle-_1/For the U.S., the Battle of Midway wasn't just a turning point in the Pacific, it was also a brilliant naval gamble that paid off in spectacular fashionTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Revamped "Nancy" Is the Perfect Comic Strip for 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/nancy-more-relatable-ever-at-85-180969865/The comic's first woman artist mines her own girlhood experience to make the eternally 8-year-old, cookie-loving grouch even funnierTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Does Art Propel People to Talk to One Another?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-smith-curator-vcuica-180969654/Finding artwork that engages the public with social and political topics is an integral part of curating a 21st-century museumTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ai Wei Wei on Why Authoritarian Regimes Censor Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/ai-wei-wei-authoritarian-regimes-censor-art-180969644/The Chinese artist speaks with Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton on how art provides us with perspective on our own humanityTue, 07 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Four Foals Join the Herd of Przewalski’s Horses at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/four-foals-join-herd-przewalskis-horses-smithsonian-180969895/This endangered species, native to Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan, is slowly being revitalized with the help of conservation scientists around the world.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 20:41:02 +0000Koalas Use Ancient Viral DNA to Neutralize New Invadershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science/koalas-use-ancient-viral-dna-neutralize-new-invaders-180969894/And the research on the fluffy marsupials may help unlock the secrets of the human genome’s viral relicsMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:03:13 +0000Climate Change Is Taking Down Birds in the Mojave Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-taking-down-birds-mojave-desert-180969893/New findings suggest increasingly dry conditions have halved Mojave's bird populations over the last century. It's a warning for the desert — and the worldMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:01:51 +0000How Amazon Rivers Play a Role in the Evolution of Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-amazon-rivers-play-role-evolution-birds-180969876/Rivers are natural boundaries for evolving populations. But scientists don't agree whether they create new species or just help maintain them.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:34:10 +0000Why the Ocean Needs Wildernesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-ocean-needs-wilderness-180969875/A new study finds that only 13 percent of the ocean can be classified as "wilderness." But what does this even mean?Mon, 06 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why MIT Has an Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/paul-ha-mit-lab-180969645/Technology and art have always been intertwined, says the director of the university’s art museumMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Is It Still Great Art if No One Can See It?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/erwin-wurm-public-artist-180969651/Conceptual artist Erwin Wurm sees human participation as integral to experiencing art, even if it involves eating a hot dogMon, 06 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Ancient Arts Are Inspiring Modern Electronicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-ancient-arts-are-inspiring-modern-electronics-180969870/Engineers are finding a connection between paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your bodyFri, 03 Aug 2018 18:27:42 +0000The Botulism Outbreak That Gave Rise to America’s Food Safety Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/botulism-outbreak-gave-rise-americas-food-safety-system-180969868/In late 1919 and early 1920, scientists and canners worked with the government to protect the public from the deadly toxinFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:56:14 +0000This One-of-a-Kind Biplane Embodies the Thrill of Airshow Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-kind-biplane-embodies-thrill-airshow-flight-180969864/The Air and Space Museum’s new “We All Fly” gallery will encourage imaginations to soarFri, 03 Aug 2018 15:38:01 +0000The Real Science Behind the Megalodonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/real-science-megalodon-180969860/As <I>The Meg</i> hits theaters, dive into what we <i>really</i> know about this chompy predatorFri, 03 Aug 2018 14:37:07 +0000Five Books That Expand Our Definition of What Art Can Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/stephanie-steibich-director-saam-180969647/The director of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum highlights a handful of publications worth giving a read Fri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000Art Is Humanity’s Common Thread, Says the Director of the National Museum of African Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/gus-casely-hayford-director-af-art-180969648/In an interview with the provost of the Smithsonian, Gus Casely-Hayford talks about his deep love of art from Africa and what it tells us about communitiesFri, 03 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Massacre of Black Sharecroppers That Led the Supreme Court to Curb the Racial Disparities of the Justice Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/death-hundreds-elaine-massacre-led-supreme-court-take-major-step-toward-equal-justice-african-americans-180969863/White Arkansans, fearful of what would happen if African-Americans organized, took violent action, but it was the victims who ended up standing trialThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:43:41 +0000A New Genetic Study Suggests Modern Flores Island Pygmies and Ancient Hobbits Are Unrelatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-genetic-study-suggests-modern-flores-island-pygmies-and-ancient-hobbits-are-unrelated-180969858/The island dwarfism effect seems to have occurred independently in each population, thousands of years apartThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:01:25 +0000A Massive New Museum Dedicated to Comedy Just Opened in Lucille Ball’s Hometownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/massive-new-museum-dedicated-comedy-just-opened-lucille-balls-hometown-180969859/The brand-new National Comedy Center — in the noted comedy destination of Jamestown, New York — is a look at the history of humorThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:07:11 +0000Five Artists Who Will Help You Better Understand Challenges of the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/melissa-chiu-director-hh-180969646/The director of the Hirshhorn Museum shares her picks for seeing why art matters in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 15:36:16 +0000Our Most Precious Heritage: A National Dialogue on the State of the Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://smithsoniansecondopinion.org/arts/our-most-precious-heritage-national-dialogue-on-state-of-arts-180969717/A panel discussion hosted by the Secretary of the Smithsonian and a series of interviews tackle the big question of why the arts matter in the 21st centuryThu, 02 Aug 2018 14:55:33 +0000How American Scientists Are Planning to Thwart a Salamander Apocalypse https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-american-scientists-are-planning-thwart-salamander-apocalypse-180969809/Yet another fungus threatens to decimate amphibians in North America, but this time, scientists stand readyWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:34:58 +0000These Images From 1968 Capture an America in Violent Fluxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/images-1968-capture-america-violent-flux-180969785/A one-room show at the National Portrait Gallery is a hauntingly relevant 50-year-old time capsuleWed, 01 Aug 2018 17:36:17 +0000Are We Grooming Beaches to Death?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-we-grooming-beaches-to-death-180969802/Urban beaches worldwide have less garbage than remote beaches, but less life too. The City of Santa Monica hopes to change the image of a clean beach.Wed, 01 Aug 2018 15:41:41 +0000The Prince Who Preordered Jane Austen’s First Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/prince-who-preordered-jane-austens-first-novel-180969797/The future George IV was a big fan of the author, a feeling she half-heartedly reciprocated with a dedication years laterWed, 01 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Topsy-Turvy Worldview of Georg Baselitz https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/topsy-turvy-worldview-georg-baselitz-180969796/Upside-down paintings are part of a 60-year survey of the German painter and sculptor, who makes a return to the HirshhornTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:21:43 +0000How Dad's Genes Can Prepare Mom for Parenthoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dads-genes-can-prepare-mom-parenthood-180969793/Even fathers who don’t provide childcare to their offspring have a way of securing their kids’ futures—by ramping up mom’s hormonesTue, 31 Jul 2018 18:02:00 +0000Could Houseplants Keep Tabs on the Health of Your Home? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-your-houseplants-keep-tabs-health-your-home-180969781/Researchers at the University of Tennessee look at the possibility of using plants as biosensors to detect dangers like mold or radonTue, 31 Jul 2018 13:42:59 +0000When Air Traffic Control Realized a 9/11 Flight Was Gonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/new-label/when-air-traffic-control-realized-a-911-fli/As news starts pouring in of an attack on the World Trade Center, concerned air traffic controllers begin to suspect the worstTue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000At Nearly Four Months Old, the Zoo’s Youngest Gorilla Has Begun to Show His Rambunctious Rootshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nearly-four-months-old-zoos-youngest-gorilla-has-begun-show-his-rambunctious-roots-180969790/Moke, the National Zoo’s first infant gorilla in nine years, enlivens the primate house with chatter and play.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 20:38:27 +0000Where to See the Best Mural Festivals Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-mural-festivals-around-world-180968693/Every year, cities across the globe bring in artists to transform buildingsMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:37:47 +0000Collaborative “Mail Art” Puts the Post in Postmodernismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/collaborative-mail-art-puts-post-postmodernism-180969783/Letters, envelopes and enclosures take center stage in an intimate new art showMon, 30 Jul 2018 20:00:41 +0000Will China's Growing Appetite for Meat Undermine Its Efforts to Fight Climate Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-chinas-growing-appetite-for-meat-undermind-its-efforts-to-fight-climate-change-180969789/The country consumes 28 percent of the world's meat—twice as much as the United States. And that figure is only set to increase.Mon, 30 Jul 2018 19:36:15 +0000Children in Internment Camps: A Japanese American's Reflectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/children-in-internment-camps-a-japanese-am/Life for the 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in internment camps was oddly surreal: they could work, study, pray, even join the militaryMon, 30 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Vibrant Art Installations Infuse New Life into Abandoned Houses in This Cleveland Neighborhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/one-weekend-art-infuses-new-life-cleveland-neighborhood-180969771/Hit hard by the recession, Slavic Village is slowly making a comeback with the help of artists and neighborhood groupsFri, 27 Jul 2018 20:27:05 +0000A Photographer Captures Contrasts and Characters in Barcelona's Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/barcelona-street-photography-180969710/Josep Fabrega Agea, a retired teacher and psychosociologist, points his lens at the city's dark corners and poetic placesFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:11:47 +0000For Electric Vehicles to Take Off, Apartments Need to Come with Charging Stationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/for-electric-vehicles-take-off-apartments-need-to-come-with-charging-stations-180969773/As EVs make more inroads, giving tenants somewhere to plug in their cars could become a selling pointFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:16:26 +0000Why Mantis Shrimps, Not Sharks, Might Be the Most Amazing Predators in the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mantis-shrimps-not-sharks-might-be-most-amazing-predators-in-sea-180969772/The crustaceans have superpowers other animals can only dream ofFri, 27 Jul 2018 16:00:01 +0000A Photographer Documents the Effects of Climate Change on Maine's Intertidal Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photographer-documents-effects-climate-change-maines-intertidal-zones-180969744/A marine biology student at Northeastern University captures the vulnerable organisms that have to survive high and low tideFri, 27 Jul 2018 15:36:06 +0000To Pinpoint the Origin of a Fish, Check Out Its Physiquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pinpoint-origin-fish-check-out-physique-180969768/A new cost-effective tool may help small-scale fisheries simply and accurately determine the origins of a day's catch.Fri, 27 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Clever Cuttlefish Goes in for the Killhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-clever-cuttlefish-goes-in-for-the-kill/In a sandy gully, a school of razorfish are being stalked by an invisible predator and a master of disguise: the crafty cuttlefishFri, 27 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000