Articles | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenMon, 10 May 2021 20:28:19 +0000Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter Lands at the National Air and Space Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/star-wars-x-wing-starfighter-lands-national-air-and-space-museum-180977696/Udvar-Hazy visitors can watch conservators give the film prop a careful exam before it goes on view in 2022Mon, 10 May 2021 20:28:19 +0000Hear Voices of Women Trailblazers in Science, Technology and Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/american-womens-history-initiative/2021/05/06/hear-voices-women-leaders-science-technology-and-innovation/Ophthalmologist Patricia Bath worked to bring healthcare to underserved communities and teach girls about STEMMon, 10 May 2021 14:54:55 +0000An Ode to the World's Most Average Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ode-worlds-most-average-dinosaurs-180977614/They lacked the gargantuan size and spikes of the species museums often celebrate, but these species are how paleontologists learn about the MesozoicMon, 10 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000A New, Interactive Sculpture by Suchi Reddy Illuminates Our Hopes and Fears About the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-interactive-sculpture-suchi-reddy-illuminates-our-hopes-and-fears-about-future-180977679/The A.I.-powered installation, a hallmark of the Smithsonian's upcoming "Futures" show, promises something never seen or experienced before Fri, 07 May 2021 16:02:57 +000014 Fun Facts About the Science of Motherhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fascinating-facts-about-moms-180977677/A short list of the amazing changes and behaviors that transform both humans and animals on the journey of motherhood Fri, 07 May 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Evidence Suggests Sharks Use Earth's Magnetic Field to Navigatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-evidence-suggests-sharks-use-earths-magnetic-field-navigate-180977668/Bonnethead sharks swam in the direction of their home waters when placed in a tank charged with an electromagnetic fieldThu, 06 May 2021 15:00:00 +0000This Odd Early Flying Machine Made History but Didn't Have the Right Stuff https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/odd-early-flying-machine-made-history-didnt-have-right-stuff-180977658/Aerodrome No. 5 had to be launched by catapult on the Potomac River on May 6, 1896, but it flew unpiloted 3,300 feetWed, 05 May 2021 16:00:44 +0000Scientists Discover Oldest Known Human Grave in Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-oldest-known-human-grave-africa-180977659/The unearthing of a tiny child suggests Africa’s Stone Age humans sometimes practiced funerary rites and had symbolic thoughts about deathWed, 05 May 2021 15:00:00 +0000The Vibrant History of Lowrider Car Culture in L.A.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/vibrant-history-lowrider-car-culture-in-la-180977652/With bright paint jobs and bouncy hydraulics, the 'low and slow' rides are an expression of cultural identity for the city's Mexican American communityWed, 05 May 2021 12:55:53 +0000Will Animals at the Zoo Find Brood X Cicadas a Tasty Snack?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/04/29/cicada-snacks-wild-and-tasty-side-brood-x-zoo/What will animals think of the impending bug buffet?Wed, 05 May 2021 10:00:00 +0000What Fossil Plants Reveal About Climate Change https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/29/what-fossil-plants-reveal-about-climate-change/Paleobiologists use fossil plants to reconstruct Earth’s past climate and inform climate change research today.Tue, 04 May 2021 16:00:00 +0000How Norman Granz Revolutionized Jazz for Social Justicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/29/norman-granz/Often remembered for his artful management of legendary jazz musicians, but Granz also saw the potential for themusic to combat racial inequalityTue, 04 May 2021 13:00:00 +0000What Caused the Roaring Twenties? Not the End of a Pandemic (Probably)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/are-we-headed-roaring-2020s-historians-say-its-complicated-180977638/As the U.S. anticipates a vaccinated summer, historians say measuring the impact of the 1918 influenza on the uproarious decade that followed is trickyMon, 03 May 2021 16:20:51 +0000Dive Into National Gems, Study Photography, Discover Women Architects in These 34 Online May Programshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/04/29/smithsonians-national-gem-collection-unearthed-and-34-more-smithsonian-programs-streaming-may/Stream online multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours in these offerings from the Smithsonian AssociatesMon, 03 May 2021 15:54:30 +0000Five Agritourism Destinations to Visit This Summerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-agritourism-destinations-visit-this-summer-180977639/Because we call could use a vacation right nowMon, 03 May 2021 15:24:15 +0000What's Missing from Classrooms When Asian American and Pacific Islander Voices Aren't Included?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/05/03/whats-missing-classrooms-when-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-voices-arent-included/When grappling with our current moment of increased hate and violence, AAPI students need the educational resources to contextualize what we are witnessingMon, 03 May 2021 14:40:59 +0000African Europeans, Jewish Commandos of WWII and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/african-europeans-jewish-commandos-wwii-and-other-new-books-read-180977589/These May releases elevate overlooked stories and offer insights on oft-discussed topicsMon, 03 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Relocating Nuisance Beavers to Help Salmonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/taking-nuisance-beavers-out-suburbs-can-help-save-salmon-180977491/When the rodents are moved from backyards to wild areas, they make their new watersheds better for fishMon, 03 May 2021 12:00:00 +0000Coming of Age in Poetry: Meet Elexia Alleynehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/04/27/poetry-interview-elexia-alleyne/Growing up in D.C.’s barrio, the young poet remembers a vibrant, tight-knit Dominican community.Fri, 30 Apr 2021 17:38:57 +0000The Lasting Riddles of Orson Welles' Revolutionary Film 'Citizen Kane' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lasting-riddles-orson-welles-revolutionary-film-citizen-kane-180977625/This year’s award-winning "Mank" attracts new attention to the 80-year-old American classic; two Smithsonian curators share insights Fri, 30 Apr 2021 14:53:19 +0000Celebrating America's Oldest Family-Run Stained Glass Studiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/celebrating-americas-oldest-family-run-stained-glass-studio-180977588/A new exhibition spotlights Judson Studios, the Los Angeles group that's been creating iconic pieces of art for nearly 125 yearsFri, 30 Apr 2021 13:32:21 +0000Remembering Michael Collinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/29/remembering-michael-collins/As the third director of the National Air and Space Museum, the former astronaut campaigned for a museum on the Mall in time for the nation’s bicentennialThu, 29 Apr 2021 17:51:36 +0000Blackface Is Older Than You Might Thinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/blackface-older-you-think-180977618/From medieval European theater troupes to American minstrelsy, the harmful tradition has a surprisingly long history Thu, 29 Apr 2021 16:08:15 +0000How Scientists Are Deciphering the Many Mysteries of Migratory Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/impact/2021/04/26/on-the-wing/Each spring across the forests, lakes and suburbs of North America, millions of birds take a long journey north in search of summer nesting territoryThu, 29 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000How Extreme Temperature Swings in Deserts Stir Sand and Dusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-extreme-temperature-swings-deserts-stir-sand-and-dust-180977524/Understanding the movement of particles, some of which enter the atmosphere, may help scientists improve climate models and forecast dust storms on MarsThu, 29 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Biologists Discover New Species of Glowing Pumpkin Toadlethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biologists-discover-new-species-glowing-pumpkin-toadlet-180977610/The bright orange amphibian, which shines green under UV light, is different from other pumpkin toadlets due to its appearance and callWed, 28 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +0000Back in the Day, These Vintage Supplies Kept Libraries Runninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/04/22/vintage-supplies-kept-libraries-running/Modern technology replace these tools and supplies, but these drawings bring back many happy memories of checking out a bookWed, 28 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000 A 1722 Murder Spurred Native Americans' Pleas for Justice in Early Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1722-murder-spurred-native-americans-pleas-justice-early-america-180977609/In a new book, historian Nicole Eustace reveals Indigenous calls for meaningful restitution and reconciliation rather than retribution. Wed, 28 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Thirty-Five Years Later, a First Responder at the Chernobyl Disaster Looks Back https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thirty-five-years-later-first-responder-at-chernobyl-disaster-looks-back-180977555/In her new book, Alla Shapiro shares her experience of one of the worst nuclear disasters in historyTue, 27 Apr 2021 17:44:42 +0000The Little-Known Story of 19th-Century America's Partisan Warfarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-known-story-19th-century-americas-hyper-partisan-warfare-180977586/In a new book, Smithsonian curator Jon Grinspan examines the history of America's furious and fractious politics Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:43:13 +0000Watch These Two Videos and You Will Feel More Hopeful About the Future of Tropical Forestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2021/04/22/reforestation-videos/Agua Salud's new bilingual videos share the results of tropical reforestation experiments at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in PanamaTue, 27 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Photograph of Former President Donald J. Trump Is Newly Acquired by the National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-portrait-gallery-announces-newly-acquired-photograph-donald-trump-go-view-180977595/When the museum reopens May 14, the portrait of the 45th president will be on view in the “America’s Presidents” exhibitionMon, 26 Apr 2021 20:19:45 +0000Ten Cultural Experiences to Put on Your Post-Pandemic Bucket Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-cultural-experiences-to-put-on-your-post-pandemic-bucket-list-180977584/From a lantern festival in Korea to camel racing in Oman, these traditions have us dreaming of future travelMon, 26 Apr 2021 16:49:53 +0000How Biominerals are Stepping Stones for Climate Change Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/22/how-biominerals-are-stepping-stones-climate-change-research/Geologists are providing key insight into how the Earth might transform in the coming decades from climate change Mon, 26 Apr 2021 15:17:46 +0000The Surprising Success Story of Fish Stickshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/surprising-success-story-fish-sticks-180977578/The 1950s convenience food has enjoyed a winning streak—no less so than during the Covid-19 pandemicMon, 26 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Sewage Has Stories to Tell. Why Won't the U.S. Listen? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-us-finally-embrace-sewage-analysis-improve-public-health-180977570/Sewage epidemiology has been used in other countries for decades, but not here. Will Covid change that?Mon, 26 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Announces the Zoo and Seven Museums Open in Mayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/may-youll-finally-be-able-see-baby-panda-person-180977579/You'll finally be able to see the baby panda in person; here's our comprehensive list of what's on view and tips for visitingFri, 23 Apr 2021 16:30:22 +0000Delivering Air Cargo During a Pandemic Has Been No Small Feathttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/cargo-key-180977316/A former fighter pilot has what it takes to manage Amazon's growing aviation divisionFri, 23 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000Three Craft Artists Explain How Art and Sustainability Come Together in Their Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/three-craft-artists-explain-art-sustainability-come-together-180977434/Smithsonian’s prestigious annual craft show opens online April 24; the nation’s top artists gather in the spirit of optimismFri, 23 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Black Physicians Bringing Covid Vaccines to Hard-Hit Philadelphia Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-group-black-physicians-working-increase-vaccinations-hard-hit-communities-philadelphia-180977564/The Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium is leveraging their medical expertise and connections to provide testing and vaccines where measures are most neededFri, 23 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Earth Day Is Digital Again, but Don't Let That Get You Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2021/04/21/earth-day-digital-again/ Thu, 22 Apr 2021 18:58:02 +0000The Ill-Fated Idea to Move the Nation's Capital to St. Louishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ill-fated-idea-move-nations-capital-st-louis-180977569/In the years after the Civil War, some wanted a new seat of government that would be closer to the geographic center of a growing nationThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:15:45 +0000Walter Mondale Never Won the Presidency, but He Changed American Politics Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/walter-mondale-never-won-presidency-he-changed-american-politics-180977567/A trove of Smithsonian artifacts document the man who was first to put a woman on the presidential ticket and reshaped the vice presidencyThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000We Won't Be the Only Ones Eating Lab-Grown Meat—Our Pets Will Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/we-wont-be-only-ones-eating-lab-grown-meat-our-pets-will-too-180977559/Pet food companies are looking to the future with cell-cultured meatThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on the Power of Research at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/power-research-lonnie-bunch-smithsonian-180977501/We can accomplish more when we unite our robust scientific capabilities with our educational reachThu, 22 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000The New Science of Motherhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-science-motherhood-180977456/Through studies of fetal DNA, researchers are revealing how a child can shape a mom's heart and mind—literallyThu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000What a Vintage Guidebook Taught Me About Oregon's Past and Presenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-guidebook-oregon-past-present-180977454/Our writer takes a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden undergroundThu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000How Cher Helped Rescue the World's Loneliest Elephant https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cher-helped-rescue-worlds-loneliest-elephant-180977562/A new documentary follows the five year struggle to save an elephant named Kaavan from abuse—and seeks to inspire similar efforts around the worldWed, 21 Apr 2021 16:49:54 +0000What If Humans and Artificial Intelligence Teamed Up to Build Better Communities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-if-humans-and-artificial-intelligence-teamed-build-better-communities-180977541/Smithsonian’s 'Futures' exhibition team and Autodesk announce groundbreaking interactive experience to showcase a bold new problem-solving philosophy Wed, 21 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000This Ultra-White Paint May Someday Replace Air Conditioninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ultra-white-paint-may-someday-replace-air-conditioning-180977560/Developed by researchers at Purdue University, the paint reflects 98.1 percent of sunlightWed, 21 Apr 2021 15:16:13 +0000When Is Kente Cloth Worn and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/kente-cloth-wear-ask-smithsonian-more-questions-180977464/You've got questions. We've got expertsWed, 21 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Before He Wrote a Thesaurus, Roget Had to Escape Napoleon's Dragnethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/roget-gets-last-word-180977459/At the dawn of the 19th century, the young Brit got caught in an international crisis while touring EuropeWed, 21 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000An Epic Monarch Migration Faces New Threatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/epic-monarch-butterfly-migration-faces-threats-180977449/The butterflies’ path, which stretches thousands of miles, is endangered by an array of challenges, including changes in climate and pesticidesWed, 21 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000How the Associated Press Got Its Start 175 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/associated-press-turns-175-years-old-180977462/A newsworthy birthday for a venerable source of trusted reportingWed, 21 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Read Poems Left by Chinese Immigrants Arriving at Angel Island, the 'Ellis Island of the West'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/04/20/chinese-poetry-angel-island-immigration-station/The primary mission of San Francisco's Angel Island Immigration Station was to better enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other anti-Asian laws Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:39:08 +0000The Unmatched Bravery of the Harlem Hellfightershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/umatched-bravery-harlem-hellfighters-180977458/A salute to the all-Black World War I fighting unitTue, 20 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Why the Peace Corps’ Mission Is Needed Now More Than Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/peace-corps-60th-birthday-180977461/On its 60th anniversary, a moment of reckoning arrives for the nation's globe-trotting volunteersTue, 20 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Experts Answer Eight Key Questions About Covid-19 Vaccine Reactionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/all-your-questions-about-covid-19-vaccine-reactions-answered-180977537/Medical professionals weigh in on why some individuals have different responses to the shots and offer advice on what to expectTue, 20 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Around the World in Eight Plantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/around-the-world-in-eight-plants-180977467/A new book takes readers on a journey across our planet, stopping to smell flowers and appreciate other species along the wayTue, 20 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000An Exclusive Look at James Turrell's Visionary Artwork in the Arizona Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/james-turrell-visionary-artwork-arizona-desert-180977452/In the American Southwest, the famed light-bending artist is putting the final touches on Roden Crater, his ambitious, mind-boggling masterpieceTue, 20 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Study Pushes Origins of Human-Driven Global Change Back Thousands of Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/19/new-study-pushes-origins-human-driven-global-change-back-thousands-years/Understanding people’s past land use strategies could help us better conserve global biodiversity now. Mon, 19 Apr 2021 20:29:37 +0000How to Land on an Alien Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/how-land-alien-world-180977309/Like explorers of old, planetary probes go where there may be dragonsMon, 19 Apr 2021 15:15:00 +0000Meet Water Advocate and Hero Shreya Ramachandranhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2021/04/16/meet-shreya-ramachandran/The Grey Water Project educates and provides resources to diverse audiences on water recycling at home and in the workplaceMon, 19 Apr 2021 14:48:47 +0000How Opera Singing Is Helping Long-Haul Covid-19 Patients Recoverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-opera-singing-is-helping-long-haul-covid-19-patients-recover-180977497/Developed in the United Kingdom, ENO Breathe is a virtual program that rehabilitates patients through the art of song Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:37:19 +0000The Gulf of California May Be an Overlooked Home for Great White Sharkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gulf-california-may-be-overlooked-home-great-white-sharks-180977523/The existence of an artisanal fishery in the region shows that these key predators may be more than just occasional visitorsMon, 19 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Before the Civil War, New Orleans Was the Center of the U.S. Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-new-orleans-was-center-us-slave-trade-180977532/Untroubled by their actions, human traffickers like Isaac Franklin built a lucrative business providing enslaved labor for Southern farmersMon, 19 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Why Poetry Is Experiencing an Awakeninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-poetry-experiencing-awakening-180977530/Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of April’s National Poetry Month with these workshops from the National Museum of African American History and CultureFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:40:20 +0000How Microsoft Made Its Flight Simulator Seem So Realhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/flight-box-180977303/With the latest version of the popular software, players can recognize city streets and feel shifts in the windFri, 16 Apr 2021 15:15:00 +0000How Do We Remember Selena?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/15/memories-of-selena/On the anniversary of her 50th birthday, honoring the legacy of the first Tejana singer to top the U.S. Billboard charts with her Spanish-language albumFri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:33 +0000The Florida Resort That Played an Unlikely Role in the Bay of Pigs Fiascohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/florida-resort-unlikely-role-bay-pigs-fiasco-180977518/Sixty years ago, the CIA-backed invasion of Cuba failed disastrously. It all began, here, on Useppa IslandFri, 16 Apr 2021 13:26:29 +0000In a Warming World, Heat Interferes With Sex Determination in These Australian Lizardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bearded-dragons-may-become-females-thanks-either-chromosomes-or-hot-temperatures-180977516/Scientists have discovered how hot temperatures override chromosomes in bearded dragonsThu, 15 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +0000This Library in Brooklyn Is Home to the World's Largest Sketchbook Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-library-in-brooklyn-is-home-to-the-worlds-largest-sketchbook-collection-180977341/With more than 50,000 sketchbooks, the Brooklyn Art Library in Williamsburg is still accepting submissionsThu, 15 Apr 2021 16:22:05 +0000What to Expect When the Cicadas Emerge This Springhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/15/what-expect-when-cicadas-emerge-spring/A trillion cicadas expected to invade the Washington metropolitan region when the ground warms to 64 degreesThu, 15 Apr 2021 14:00:55 +0000What I Learned Biking the 10,000-Mile Migration Route of Monarch Butterflieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/what-i-learned-biking-the-10000-mile-migration-route-of-monarch-butterflies-180977496/I set off to be the first person to cycle alongside the butterflies to raise awareness of their alarming declineWed, 14 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000The Nation's Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-say-nations-corn-belt-has-lost-third-its-topsoil-180977485/Researchers used satellite imaging and surface soil color to find out how much of the nutrient-rich earth has eroded awayWed, 14 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Neil Armstrong Avoided Near-Disaster to Make the First Space Dockinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/12/gemini-viiis-near-disaster/Smithsonian curator Michael Neufeld recounts the harrowing details of when Gemini Vlll astronauts faced the first life-threatening, in-flight emergency Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:53:18 +0000Using Amber-Filtered Bulbs Instead of White Light Attracts Fewer Bugshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-amber-filtered-bulbs-instead-of-white-light-attracts-fewer-bugs-180977495/In a tropical rainforest study, 60 percent fewer insects visited traps illuminated in a golden glow. Researchers say the results may be widely applicableTue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Groundbreaking New Center Unveils World's Largest Collection of Inuit Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/groundbreaking-new-center-unveils-worlds-largest-collection-of-inuit-art-180977469/More than 20,000 works from artists across the Canadian Arctic are on display at Qaumajuq, a new museum-within-a-museum at the Winnipeg Art GalleryTue, 13 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000How Do Astronauts Spend Their Weekends in Space?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-astronauts-spend-their-weekends-space-180977480/They take time off and practice their hobbies, though that wasn't always the caseTue, 13 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000What to Expect When Ingenuity Takes Flight This Week on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/09/wright-moment-ingenuity-prepares-flight/Nicknamed 'Ginny,' the Mars helicopter is set to take off from the surface of the Red Planet no earlier than April 14Mon, 12 Apr 2021 15:56:55 +0000How to Germinate Seeds for Your Garden Using an Instant Pothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-germinate-seeds-your-garden-using-instant-pot-180977488/Hack your way to planting success with the popular kitchen applianceMon, 12 Apr 2021 15:52:44 +0000See Original Color Photos From World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/world-war-ii-color-180977306/Thousands of photographs in government archives bring the war to lifeMon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000Black Protesters Have Been Rallying Against Confederate Statues for Generationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-protestors-have-been-rallying-against-confederate-statues-generations-180977484/When Tuskegee student Sammy Younge, Jr., was murdered in 1966, his classmates focused their righteous anger on a local monumentMon, 12 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Next Step in Covid-19 Vaccines May Be Through the Nosehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-scientists-are-working-intranasal-vaccines-combat-covid-19-180977478/Intranasal vaccines may help prevent transmission and hinder the evolution of new viral variantsMon, 12 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate National Library Week With Bibliophilic Backgrounds for Your Virtual Meetingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/04/09/celebrate-national-library-week-virtual-meeting-backgrounds/Smithsonian Libraries and Archives offers book lovers these nine stylish backdropsFri, 09 Apr 2021 16:21:50 +0000How the Arts Have Inspired Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/08/power-of-giving/Americans have a long tradition of inspiring and elevating movements for change using benefit concerts, song and other artistic traditionsFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:23:10 +0000Why Some Airports Are Hiring Beekeepershttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/buzz-around-airports-180977301/Beehives create green spaces where you'd least expect themFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seventy-years-ago-soviet-mig-15s-attacked-american-pilots-180977440/On that April 'Black Thursday' 70 years ago, the air war over Korea changed as the Allies scrambled to counter the superior MiG-15 jet fighterFri, 09 Apr 2021 14:20:12 +0000How Museum Collections Advance Knowledge of Human Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/04/07/how-museum-collections-advance-knowledge-human-health/Surprisingly, mosquitoes, leeches, parasites, birds and minerals can be important sources for research to fight cancer and prevent diseaseThu, 08 Apr 2021 14:39:05 +0000Follow Dante's Footsteps Through Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/follow-dantes-footsteps-through-italy-180977029/For the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death, visit his birthplace, churches and tombWed, 07 Apr 2021 15:29:04 +0000Some of Europe's Oldest-Known Modern Humans Are Distantly Related to Native Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-europes-oldest-known-modern-humans-revealed-genome-sequencing-180977437/Genome sequencing shows some individuals share family ties with surprising populations, and all boast plenty of Neanderthal relativesWed, 07 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000Watch How Zookeepers Give Animals Their Meds https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/04/06/how-do-you-give-medicine-zoo-animals/It takes more than just a spoonful of sugar to entice compliance from geckos, red pandas, kiwis and monkeysWed, 07 Apr 2021 14:28:32 +0000Gender-Inclusive Language Puts an End to the Era of 'Manned' Spaceflight https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/05/seat-cockpit-recognizing-and-replacing-biases-gender-inclusive-language/It is time to honor six decades of women's contributions to spaceflight, says the Air and Space Museum, with unbiased verbs like 'crewed' or 'piloted'Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:45:58 +0000Drones Are Delivering Covid-19 Vaccines to Underserved Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drones-are-delivering-covid-19-vaccines-to-underserved-communities-180977407/The company Zipline is using the technology to provide medical resources to rural areas in markets around the worldTue, 06 Apr 2021 13:17:52 +0000Why Are Scientists Studying Coral's Smell? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-scientists-studying-corals-smell-180977425/Gassy chemicals may tell tales of coral health and climate changeTue, 06 Apr 2021 13:00:09 +0000From Books Bound in Human Skin to Occult Texts, These Are Literature's Most Macabre, Surprising and Curious Creationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/books-bound-human-skin-occult-texts-these-are-literatures-most-macabre-surprising-and-curious-creations-180977404/A new tome takes readers into collector Edward Brooke-Hitching's "madman's library"Tue, 06 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-shakespeare-base-his-literary-masterpieces-works-obscure-elizabethan-playwright-180977424/The new book "North by Shakespeare" examines the link between the Bard of Avon and Sir Thomas NorthTue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Space Telescope That Could Find a Second Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/picture-planet-180977302/What will it take to capture images of a distant world capable of harboring life?Mon, 05 Apr 2021 15:45:42 +0000Why These Five Women Changemakers in American Art Deserve Reconsiderationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2021/03/31/artists-women-history-month/A rising scholar of equality issues in American Art dives into the Smithsonian collections to find dynamic stories for her upcoming webcomic seriesMon, 05 Apr 2021 14:50:22 +0000The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thorny-politics-presidential-portraiture-180977400/In a new podcast, the National Portrait Gallery reveals that a portrait is being commissioned of the former president Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Listening to Nature Gives You a Real Rocky Mountain Highhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-listening-sounds-nature-can-be-restorative-180977397/Sounds like birdsong and flowing water may alleviate stress, help lower blood pressure and lead to feelings of tranquilityMon, 05 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000This London Building Tells the Story of a Century's Worth of Disease and Epidemicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hackney-smallpox-disinfecting-station-180977238/In the borough of Hackney, a 'disinfecting station' ostensibly kept the public safe from the spread of infectious illnessMon, 05 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000These Prehistoric Sharks Had Jaws Shaped Like Circular Saws and Sawtoothed Scissorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-technologies-reveal-strange-jaws-prehistoric-sharks-180977396/CT scans and visualization tools are now allowing scientists to recreate the weird cartilaginous structures of ancient predatorsFri, 02 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero's Welcome by America's Jewshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-ago-einstein-was-given-heros-welcome-americas-jews-180977386/The German physicist toured the nation as a fundraiser for Zionist causes, even though he was personally torn on the topic of a Jewish nationFri, 02 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000How the Dinosaur-Killing Asteroid Spurred the Evolution of the Modern Rainforesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dinosaur-killing-asteroid-spurred-evolution-modern-rainforest-180977390/New evidence from fossil plants shows today’s South American rainforests arose in the wake of Earth’s fifth mass extinction Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:00:00 +0000Learn About Dogs, Mangroves and Gardens at Free Online Natural History Programs This Monthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/03/30/11-free-natural-history-programs-streaming-april/Stream these free programs and more this April through the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:00:00 +0000Time Travel Into Panama's Deep History With This Richly Illustrated New Graphic Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-tropical-research-institute/2021/03/31/young-comic-book-heroine-travels-through-panamas-deep-history/'Martina and the Bridge of Time' tells the story of the Isthmus' formation and evolution through the adventures of a young Panamanian girlThu, 01 Apr 2021 14:26:17 +0000These Are the Winners of Smithsonian Magazine's 18th Annual Photo Contesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-are-winning-photos-smithsonian-magazines-18th-annual-photo-contest-180977370/From India to Antarctica, these pictures capture the passion, solitude and surprise of a year unlike any otherThu, 01 Apr 2021 13:01:00 +0000In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/search-authentic-ernest-hemingway-180977368/An upcoming PBS documentary prompts a deep-dive into the story behind this rarely published Smithsonian portrait of the legendary writer Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Women Resistance Fighters of WWII, the Secret Lives of Ants and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-resistance-fighters-wwii-secret-lives-ants-and-other-new-books-read-180977363/These April releases elevate overlooked stories and offer insights on oft-discussed topicsThu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Illustrator Jessica Esch Fell Down a 'Rabbit Hole' and Hasn't Emerged Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2021/03/25/treasure-trove-archives-inspiration/ During the pandemic, the Archives of American Art provided refuge and a place for artistic inspirationWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:00:00 +0000Meet With an Egyptologist at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in Aprilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/03/25/excavations-tell-el-amarna-and-25-other-smithsonian-associates-programs-streaming-april/Check out tapestry weaving, lunch with a curator and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programWed, 31 Mar 2021 18:04:54 +0000Men Have Feared Women for Millennia. Just Look at the Monsters of Greek Mythologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-female-monsters-greek-mythology-medusa-sphinx-180977364/A new collection of essays considers how the villainous women of classical antiquity, from Medusa to the Sphinx, resonate in contemporary Western societyWed, 31 Mar 2021 15:38:16 +000014 Fun Facts About Cicadas https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-cicadas-180977361/Amazing details about the buzzing insects set to storm the United States this springWed, 31 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Quarter-Century Reign of the All-Women Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/30/reign-of-mariachi-reyna-de-los-angeles/Far from a “girl band” or pop novelty, the group’s success is a hard-earned triumph of gender justiceTue, 30 Mar 2021 17:24:20 +0000The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunbursthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/29/surprising-story-smithsonian-sunburst/Crimilda Pontes was the Institution’s first official graphic designer and the designer of the iconic sunburst symbolTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:43:23 +0000How the Rosenwald Schools Shaped a Generation of Black Leadershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-rosenwald-schools-shaped-legacy-generation-black-leaders-180977340/Photographer Andrew Feiler's years-long journey through 15 Southern states rescued stories of the fading buildings and the lives they changedTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:33:11 +0000Why You Can't Spot a Liar Just by Lookinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-cant-spot-liar-just-looking-180977359/Psychologists say you can't confirm deception by the way a person acts—but experts are zeroing in other methods that might actually workTue, 30 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Female Fire Lookouts Have Been Saving the Wilderness for Over a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/female-fire-lookouts-have-been-saving-wilderness-over-century-180977352/Spotting smoke from towers on high peaks could have been deemed 'man's work,' but a few pioneers paved the way for generations of women to do the jobMon, 29 Mar 2021 18:00:53 +0000How Educators Can Boost and Activate Teen Voiceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/03/24/how-educators-can-boost-and-activate-teen-voices/Amplify the voices of teens, share their suggestions on how to support young leaders’ efforts without disrupting their individual agencyMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Meet Sophia Kianni, the Young Climate Change Changemakerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/conservation-commons/2021/03/23/meet-sophia-kianni/The founder of Climate Cardinals assembled a team of global volunteers to breakdown language barriers by translating climate science and research Mon, 29 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Meet Naturalist Graceanna Lewis, Who Played a Key Role in the Underground Railroadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/23/Graceanna-Lewis/One of the first three woman to be accepted into the Academy of Natural Sciences, Lewis left behind a legacy of science and soclal progressFri, 26 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000A Friendship Forged in the Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2021/03/24/friendship-forged-archives/Maine writer and illustrator Jessica Esch happened upon the Archives of American Art by chance; but destiny followedFri, 26 Mar 2021 14:43:48 +0000Honor the Tradition of Viewing Cherry Blossoms in These Signature Japanese Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-tradition-viewing-cherry-blossoms-signature-japanese-works-art-180977330/The timeless glory of the early spring bloom can be found In the collections of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art Thu, 25 Mar 2021 19:22:56 +0000This High Schooler Invented Color-Changing Sutures to Detect Infectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/high-schooler-invented-color-changing-sutures-detect-infection-180977345/After winning a state science fair and becoming a finalist in a national competition, Dasia Taylor now has her sights set on a patentThu, 25 Mar 2021 18:16:40 +0000Meet the Scientist Studying How Dogs Evolved From Predator to Pethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/03/23/meet-scientist-studying-how-dogs-evolved-predator-pet/Learn about how humans of the past helped build the bond between us and our favorite furry friendsThu, 25 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000How Isabella Aiukli Cornell Made Prom Politicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/03/22/making-prom-political/As citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a prom dress became the perfect vehicle to signal the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womenThu, 25 Mar 2021 15:20:12 +0000Extremely Rare Orchid Tricks Horny Beetles Into Carrying Its Pollenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extremely-rare-orchid-tricks-horny-beetles-carrying-its-pollen-180977332/The flower found in southern Africa releases a chemical so irresistible to longhorn beetles that they attempt to mate with it Thu, 25 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000Did the Black Death Rampage Across the World a Century Earlier Than Previously Thought?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-black-death-rampage-across-world-more-century-previously-thought-180977331/Scholar Monica Green combined the science of genetics with the study of old texts to reach a new hypothesis about the plagueThu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How Do You Help a Gorilla With a Toothache?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-zoo/2021/03/24/how-do-you-help-gorilla-toothache/When primate keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo noticed Baraka wasn't eating his meals, they wondered if this masked something more seriousWed, 24 Mar 2021 17:54:26 +0000Five Things to Know About Vaccine Passportshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/five-things-know-about-vaccine-passports-180977322/As travelers venture out, countries and states are experimenting with forms of documentation that show proof of Covid-19 vaccinationWed, 24 Mar 2021 15:04:37 +0000The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen Soars on the Wing of This World War II Aircraft https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wing-war-ii-training-aircraft-legacy-tuskegee-airmen-180977313/The 80th anniversary of the first Black flying unit is a time to recall the era when military service meant confronting foes both at home and abroadWed, 24 Mar 2021 14:27:28 +0000Decades Before the Civil War, Black Activists Organized for Racial Equality https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-civil-war-black-activists-organized-racial-equality-180977321/Though they were just a small percentage of the state’s population, African Americans petitioned the state of Ohio to repeal racist lawsWed, 24 Mar 2021 13:54:12 +0000How the Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl Inspired an Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-affiliations/2021/03/18/how-extraordinary-life-ordinary-girl-inspired-exhibition/The discovery of a forgotten document leads to a deep dive into a Jewish family's Eastern European history that was all but lostTue, 23 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Who Were the Scottsboro Nine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-were-scottsboro-nine-180977193/The young black men served a combined total of 130 years for a crime they never committedTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:36:11 +0000Chicanx Graphic Artists Inexpensively Fomented Revolution, Using Recycled Materials https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-american-art-museum/2021/03/18/recycling-revolution-alternative-media-chicanx-protest-art/For protest artists, what receives the image is often of little importance; it is the image’s political message that is vitalTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Press Made the Polio Vaccine Trials Into a Public Spectaclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/press-made-polio-vaccine-trials-public-spectacle-180977304/As a medical breakthrough unfolded in the early 1950s, newspapers filled pages with debates over vaccine science and anecdotes about kids receiving shotsTue, 23 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000How Will Commercial Fishing Pressure Affect Skipjack Tuna?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-commercial-fishing-pressure-affecting-skipjack-tuna-180977275/The world’s most abundant tuna is resilient, but can the fish outswim our demand?Tue, 23 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Culinary Expert Grace Young Is Documenting the Toll of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate on NYC's Chinatownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chinese-culinary-expert-grace-young-quest-save-chinatown-180977282/The award-winning cookbook author recently donated prized family heirlooms to the SmithsonianMon, 22 Mar 2021 14:48:30 +0000You Can Still Visit These Six Former National Parks https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-still-visit-these-six-former-national-parks-180977258/Despite being delisted by the NPS, these spots are worth exploring thanks to their rich history and sheer beauty Mon, 22 Mar 2021 14:25:38 +0000How Film Helps Preserve the World's Diversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/03/18/how-film-helps-preserve-worlds-diversity/The Smithsonian's Human Studies Film Archive houses eight million feet of film which can help future generations reflect on the pastMon, 22 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How Microbiologists Craft Stunning Art Using Pathogenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-microbiologists-craft-stunning-art-using-pathogens-180977261/Scientists mix microorganisms with agar, a jelly-like substance from seaweed, to create amazing illustrations in petri dishesMon, 22 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000How the 1943 Khatyn Massacre Became a Symbol of Nazi Atrocities on the Eastern Fronthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1943-khatyn-massacre-became-symbol-nazi-atrocities-eastern-front-180977280/Decades after the murder of 149 residents of a Belarusian village, the tragedy has taken on layers of meaning far removed from the attack itselfMon, 22 Mar 2021 09:00:00 +0000Understanding the Power of Primary Sources https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/03/17/understanding-power-primary-sources-through-home-hand-and-heart/Artifacts and archives are silent until they come out from the attic, the shoebox, or a museum’s archive to find life again through shared discoveryFri, 19 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Secretary Lonnie Bunch on What Makes for a Great Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/lonnie-bunch-great-museum-exhibition-180977158/A well-curated show makes the unknown feel familiar—and reveals the unexpected Fri, 19 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000How Mrs. Edge Saved the Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-mrs-edge-saved-birds-180977167/Meet a forgotten hero of our natural world whose brave campaign to protect birds charted a new course for the environmental movementFri, 19 Mar 2021 14:15:57 +0000Looking at Leisure Through Early 20th-Century Trade Catalogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/16/looking-leisure-through-early-20th-century-trade-catalogs/How did people a 100 years ago spend their free time outside? The Trade Literature Collection offers a few clues to some very recognizable pastimesFri, 19 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000This Summer, a New Smithsonian Exhibition Takes You Inside Béisbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-beisbol-180977165/At the American History Museum, cover all the bases with Latino ballplayersFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000How the Baseball Cap Went From Athletic Gear to Fashion Statementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-baseball-cap-180977162/A tip of the cap to the nation’s crowning accessoryFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Harmonicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-harmonica-180977157/How the world’s handiest instrument took over American musicFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Is the Artwork of Sophie Taeuber-Arp Still Avant-Garde?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/it-still-avant-garde-180977156/Decades after she painted this canvas, a new show reconsiders a misunderstood Swiss artistFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000Dogs Infected With a Deadly Human Parasite Smell Better to Insect Vectorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-infected-deadly-human-parasite-smell-better-insect-vectors-180977276/New research suggests female sand flies that pass the protozoa that causes visceral leishmaniasis to humans are attracted to affected caninesThu, 18 Mar 2021 18:00:00 +0000Biologist Marie Fish Catalogued the Sounds of the Ocean for the World to Hearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biologist-marie-fish-catalogued-sounds-ocean-world-hear-180977152/Scientists once thought marine life kept quiet. Then the Navy tapped an aptly named researcher with an open mindThu, 18 Mar 2021 15:48:44 +0000Indian Country Weighs In on Deb Haaland's Confirmation as Secretary of the Interiorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2021/03/18/reactions-indian-country-deb-haalands-confirmation-secretary-interior/Seen as "one giant leap for Native women, "Haaland (Laguna and Jemez Pueblos) is hailed for her experience, strength and wisdom Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:34:49 +0000The True Story Behind 'The Courier'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-behind-courier-180977265/A new spy thriller draws on the fascinating life—and whopping lies—of one of the U.K.'s most famous intelligence agentsThu, 18 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000How Can Suburbs Control Deer Populations? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/suburbs-control-deer-populations-ask-smithsonian-180977159/You've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000The Wild World of a New Nature Preserve in Ecuadorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wild-world-new-nature-preserve-ecuador-180977166/Scientists have already begun discovering new species in the hotbed of biodiversityThu, 18 Mar 2021 10:00:00 +0000Can New Technologies Eliminate the Grim Practice of Chick Culling?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-new-technologies-eliminate-grim-practice-of-chick-culling-180977263/As the U.S. egg industry continues to kill male chicks, scientists are racing to develop accurate and affordable ways to sex a chick before it hatchesWed, 17 Mar 2021 17:23:03 +0000Molly Pitcher, the Most Famous American Hero Who Never Existedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/molly-pitcher-most-famous-american-hero-who-never-existed-180977229/Americans don't need to rely on legends to tell the stories of women in the RevolutionWed, 17 Mar 2021 16:15:00 +0000How the World's Largest Aquamarine Gem Came to Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2021/03/16/how-worlds-largest-aquamarine-gem-came-be/The Dom Pedro Aquamarine is one of the largest mineral crystals found inside Earth's rocksWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:17:46 +0000How to Build a Better Homemade Face Mask, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-store-bought-microscopes-and-eye-detail-heres-what-smithsonian-scientists-have-learned-about-mask-effectiveness-180977216/When Covid-19 hit, Smithsonian researchers set up makeshift home laboratories to conduct groundbreaking studies on mask fabric materials Wed, 17 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tulsa-race-massacre-century-later-180977145/Confronting the murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nationWed, 17 Mar 2021 12:01:00 +0000Australia's Cats Kill Two Billion Animals Annually. Here's How the Government Is Responding to the Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australias-cats-kill-two-billion-animals-annually-180977235/A new report from the federal parliament recommends cat registration, nighttime curfews and spaying and neuteringWed, 17 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Unrealized Promise of Oklahomahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unrealized-promise-oklahoma-180977174/How the push for statehood led a beacon of racial progress to oppression and violenceWed, 17 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000How Alicia D. Williams Is Reviving Storytelling for Black Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/16/alicia-d-williams-reviving-storytelling/Williams wanted a different story for her daughter—and for herself. So, she set out to write itTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:09:59 +0000This Uninhabited Island Off of Massachusetts Is Littered With Bombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-uninhabited-island-off-of-massachusetts-is-littered-with-bombs-180977247/Whether wildlife refuge, research destination or restored traditional homeland, the fate of Nomans Land is up for debateTue, 16 Mar 2021 16:00:27 +0000Ancient Lightning May Have Sparked Life on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-lightning-may-have-sparked-life-earth-180977248/More than a billion strikes a year likely provided an essential element for organismsTue, 16 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000The Wolf That Discovered Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wolf-discovered-california-conservation-ranchers-180977179/Nearly a century after the last wolf was eradicated in the state, a lone female arrived and established a pack. Not everyone is cheeringTue, 16 Mar 2021 14:20:00 +0000A Small Band of Panamanian Golden Frogs Is Saving Their Species From Oblivionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/small-band-panamanian-golden-frog-saving-species-oblivion-180977151/Victims of a deadly fungus, the amphibians are now being selectively bred through a program at the Smithsonian's National ZooTue, 16 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000The World's First 3-D Printed School May Soon Be a Realityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-3-d-printed-school-may-soon-be-reality-180977183/Thinking Huts, a nonprofit founded by a 15-year-old, plans to kick off construction in Madagascar this summerMon, 15 Mar 2021 17:24:59 +0000How Ida Holdgreve's Stitches Helped the Wright Brothers Get Off the Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ida-holdgreves-stitches-helped-wright-brothers-get-off-ground-180977195/In 1910, Orville and Wilbur Wright hired an Ohio seamstress, who is only now being recognized as the first female worker in the American aviation industryMon, 15 Mar 2021 16:09:33 +0000Partially Protected Marine Areas Have Little Benefit, Scientists Sayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/partially-protected-marine-areas-have-little-benefit-scientists-say-180977208/Compared to fully safeguarded marine protected areas, the zones don't show a lot of positive effects for marine life or people’s enjoymentMon, 15 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000How to Take the Museum to Learners Who Can't Be Therehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/03/10/bringing-smithsonian-learners-beyond-museum/Educators can make a big difference in the lives of young students who have never met a scientist, seen a microscope, or been to a museumFri, 12 Mar 2021 18:42:02 +0000Smithsonian Summer Virtual Adventures Offer Live Learning Experiences for Kidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/03/11/smithsonian-summer-virtual-adventures-offer-live-learning-experiences-kids/These online experiences offer children opportunities to explore, discover, create and go behind the scenes at the museums—onlineFri, 12 Mar 2021 16:25:05 +0000Why Automakers Flock to This Small Swedish Town Every Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/why-automakers-flock-small-swedish-town-every-winter-180977148/From January to April, the population of Arjeplog more than quadruples, as almost every brand test drives its vehicles on the region's frozen lakesFri, 12 Mar 2021 13:57:28 +0000A Dictionary of Science Fiction Runs From Afrofuturism to Zero-Ghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/dictionary-science-fiction-runs-afrofuturism-zero-g-180977224/The long-running project found a new online home, one that showcases the literary genre’s outsized impact on popular culture Fri, 12 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How the 1996 Dunblane Massacre Pushed the U.K. to Enact Stricter Gun Lawshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1996-dunblane-massacre-pushed-uk-enact-stricter-gun-laws-180977221/A devastating attack at a Scottish primary school sparked national outcry—and a successful campaign for gun reformFri, 12 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000