Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:50 +0000Looking Back at George H.W. Bush’s Lifelong Career of Public Servicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/looking-back-george-hw-bushs-lifelong-career-public-service-180970936/The former President, dead at 94 years old, was noteworthy for his “humanity and decency,” says a Smithsonian historian Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:28:34 +0000Watch NASA Land the InSight Spacecraft on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-nasa-attempt-land-spacecraft-mars-180970884/The InSight lander has successfully touched down on MarsMon, 26 Nov 2018 16:36:14 +0000We Still Don’t Know Why the Reign of the Dinosaurs Endedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/we-still-dont-know-why-reign-dinosaurs-ended-180971040/The asteroid strike on the Yucatán Peninsula 66 million years ago is only part of the storyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:50:50 +0000What Do a Toilet Seat and the Mail Have to Do With Art?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/12/13/what-do-toilet-seat-and-mail-have-do-art/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:35:38 +0000NASA Won’t Be Going ‘Back’ to the Moon—It Wants to Go Beyond Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-wont-go-back-moon-it-wants-go-beyond-180971033/At a 50th-anniversary event for Apollo 8, NASA’s Jim Bridenstine envisioned the moon’s potential for future space explorationThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:50:22 +0000How Savvy Advertising Helped Make Stereo Technology Mainstreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-stereo-technology-became-mainstream-thanks-savvy-advertising-180971028/Stereo demonstrations and colorful ads sold customers on the two-channel sound technology when it was introduced 60 years agoThu, 13 Dec 2018 18:06:28 +0000How a 19th-Century Photographer Made the First 'GIF' of a Galloping Horsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-19th-century-photographer-first-gif-galloping-horse-180970990/Eadweard Muybridge photographed a horse in different stages of its gallop, a new Smithsonian podcast documents the groundbreaking feat Thu, 13 Dec 2018 17:00:00 +0000How the First Popular Video Game Kicked Off Generations of Virtual Adventurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-popular-video-game-kicked-off-generations-virtual-adventure-180971020/A simple contest of sci-fi strategy, ‘Spacewar!’ ushered in what is now a 140 billion dollar industryThu, 13 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Tips for Getting Tickets to NMAAHC and When They Are Not Necessaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tips-getting-tickets-nmaahc-and-when-they-are-not-necessary-180971025/The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture announces no-ticket days and afternoonsWed, 12 Dec 2018 20:25:49 +0000A Photographer's Quest to Document the Last of the Rainforest Caribouhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-mountain-caribou-180970610/In a new book, photographer David Moskowitz turns his lens on the story of a rapidly declining species and habitatWed, 12 Dec 2018 20:15:13 +0000Ant Colonies Retain Memories That Outlast the Lifespans of Individualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ant-colonies-retain-memories-outlast-lifespans-individuals-180971022/An ant colony can thrive for decades, changing its behavior based on past events even as individual ants die off every year or soWed, 12 Dec 2018 18:36:45 +0000The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/math-card-game-spot-it-180970873/The simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:21:08 +0000New Molina Family Latino Gallery Opens in 2021 at the National Museum of American History https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-latino-center/2018/12/07/new-molina-family-latino-gallery-open-national-museum-american-history-2021/New Molina Family Latino Gallery to Open at National Museum of American History in 2021Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:15:12 +0000Why Did Humans Lose Their Fur?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-did-humans-evolve-lose-fur-180970980/We are the naked apes of the world, having shed most of our body hair long agoTue, 11 Dec 2018 16:40:27 +0000The Ten Best Board Games of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-board-games-2018-180970986/Go analog at your next party with one of these new classicsTue, 11 Dec 2018 15:54:46 +0000How Apollo 8 ‘Saved 1968’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-apollo-8-saved-1968-180970991/The unforgettable, 99.9 percent perfect, December moon mission marked the end of a tumultuous year Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:23:22 +0000Thousand-Year-Old Rock Art Likely Served as a Gathering Point for Llama Caravans Crossing the Andeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousand-year-old-rock-art-likely-served-gathering-point-llama-caravans-crossing-andes-180970982/Trade caravans, whether supported by mules, camels or llamas, have helped archaeologists piece together the past in many corners of the worldMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:07:21 +0000Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, but How Does It Compare to the Human Mind?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-ai-deepminds-alphazero-games-chess-and-go-180970981/After building AlphaGo to beat the world's best Go players, Google DeepMind built AlphaZero to take on the world's best machine playersMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:25:07 +0000Eight Dazzling Toy Train Displays to Get You in the Holiday Spirithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-holiday-spirit-these-eight-model-train-shows-180970951/From Dallas to New York City, these mighty miniatures will delight even the biggest ScroogeMon, 10 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Ten Best Children's Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-childrens-books-2018-180970972/Our picks deliver feminist history, folklore reimagined and an adventurous romp through awe-inspiring destinationsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:56:10 +0000China Launches First Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-launches-change-4-mission-land-far-side-moon-180970973/Not glimpsed by humanity until 1959, the surface of the far side of the Moon has never been visited beforeFri, 07 Dec 2018 18:25:20 +0000Inside the Story of John Allen Chau’s Ill-Fated Trip to a Remote Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-john-allen-chaus-ill-fated-trip-remote-island-180970971/Questions abound about the ethics of the missionary’s trip and what will happen nextFri, 07 Dec 2018 15:44:03 +0000When the Street Light First Came to London, Disaster Ensuedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-street-light-first-came-london-disaster-ensued-180970965/First introduced 150 years ago, the device was meant to prevent accidents—but then it caused oneThu, 06 Dec 2018 19:13:15 +0000The Ten Best Science Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-best-science-books-2018-180970954/These titles explore the wide-ranging implications of new discoveries and experiments, while grounding them in historical contextThu, 06 Dec 2018 16:18:34 +0000The True Story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-mary-queen-scots-and-elizabeth-i-180970960/Josie Rourke’s film sees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie transform from allies into rivals, but in actuality, the queens’ relationship was far more complexThu, 06 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000Like Whales and Dolphins, Prehistoric 'Fish Lizards' Kept Warm With Blubberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whales-and-dolphins-prehistoric-fish-lizards-kept-warm-blubber-180970958/A new analysis of a pristine ichthyosaur fossil reveals that the prehistoric marine reptile had a layer of insulating fatty tissueWed, 05 Dec 2018 18:29:17 +0000The First Criminal Trial That Used Fingerprints as Evidencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-case-where-fingerprints-were-used-evidence-180970883/Thomas Jennings used a freshly painted railing to flee a murder scene but unwittingly left behind something that would change detective work foreverWed, 05 Dec 2018 16:41:37 +0000The Somber History of the Presidential Funeral Trainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/somber-history-presidential-funeral-train-180970955/This grand tradition has allowed Americans across the country to pay their respects to the chief executiveWed, 05 Dec 2018 16:32:13 +0000This Sculptor Imagines Brain Waves in 3-Dhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-sculptor-imagines-brain-waves-in-3d-180970953/Julia Buntaine Hoel depicts the electrical activity of the brain in <i>Wave(s)</i>, on display at Smithsonian's "The Long Conversation"Wed, 05 Dec 2018 14:23:19 +0000Ear Tubes May Finally Get an Upgradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ear-tubes-may-finally-get-upgrade-180970946/Harvard researchers have invented a new device that might mean fewer visits to the surgeon for kids with chronic ear infections Tue, 04 Dec 2018 17:04:25 +0000The Strange Nature of the First Printed Illustration of a Slothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-nature-first-printed-illustration-sloth-180970944/As described by a 16th-century French missionary, the South American 'little bear' with the face of 'a baby' was introduced to EuropeTue, 04 Dec 2018 15:19:14 +0000The Complicated History of the Human and Elephant Relationshiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/complicated-history-human-and-elephant-relationship-180970858/With the new exhibition, “Game Change,” Smithsonian Libraries delves into 150 years of hunting and conservationTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Asteroid Sample-Return Mission Arrives to Collect Primordial Rocks of the Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-osiris-rex-asteroid-sample-return-mission-arrives-bennu-180970937/As the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid Bennu, scientists on the ground prepare for a new bounty of planetary samples Mon, 03 Dec 2018 17:08:35 +0000What's New, and What's Not, in the Reported Birth of the CRISPR Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-new-whats-not-reported-birth-crispr-babies-180970935/Editing human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were bornMon, 03 Dec 2018 15:23:35 +0000Seven Must-See New Museum Exhibits to Marvel at This Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-new-museum-exhibits-winter-2018-180970879/From fancy lights to Wes Anderson aesthetics, these new exhibits explore artists, history and funFri, 30 Nov 2018 19:10:10 +0000As Port Cities Dredge Deeper to Accommodate Growing Cargo Ships, the Risk of Inland Flooding May Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/port-cities-dredge-deeper-accomodate-cargo-ships-risk-flooding-rise-180970928/By smoothing and deepening waterways, the hydrodynamics of estuaries and rivers can be dramatically changed to invite in the seaFri, 30 Nov 2018 17:04:00 +0000The Best Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-2018-180970895/In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 70 titles released this yearFri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:29 +0000History's Selfies: Looking at Artists Looking at Themselveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historys-selfies-looking-artists-looking-themselves-180970869/National Portrait Gallery closes out 50-year anniversary celebration after widening the view to include more women, diverse backgrounds and emerging mediaFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian.com's Chief Digital Officer Shares His Favorite Books of the Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/chief-digital-officer-shares-favorite-books-year-180970921/Our own William Allman describes the 2018 titles he found to be the most enjoyable and eye-opening reads Thu, 29 Nov 2018 19:26:23 +0000Prehistoric Whale Jaw Bone Sheds Light on the Evolution of Baleenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-whale-jaw-bone-sheds-light-evolution-baleen-180970917/Hidden in a museums’ collections for years, a fossil provides a link between past and present feeding mechanismsThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:42:45 +0000Stone Tools at Arabian “Crossroads” Present Mysteries of Ancient Human Migrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-tools-arabian-crossroads-present-mysteries-ancient-human-migration-180970916/Hominins made stone tools in central Arabia 190,000 years ago, and the hand axe technology raises questions about just who they wereThu, 29 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000Plans for the First E-cigarette Went Up in Smoke 50 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/plans-for-first-e-cigarette-went-up-in-smoke-50-years-ago-180970730/Herbert A. Gilbert invented his "Smokeless" in 1963, but he couldn't convince any companies to bring the device to marketThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000If Light Can't Escape Black Holes, How Do We Get Photos of Them... and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/light-escape-black-holes-photos-questions-readers-180970726/You asked, we answeredThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The History of Our Love-Hate Relationship With the Christmas Letterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-love-hate-relationship-christmas-letter-180970725/How the "Dear Friends" missive started and how it has survived the Facebook ageThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Who Was Ida O'Keeffe, Georgia's Lesser-Known, But Perhaps More-Talented, Sister?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ida-okeeffe-georgia-lesser-known-sister-180970724/The painter who toiled in the shadow of her celebrated sibling is the subject of a new, major exhibitionThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Popularity of 'Fortnite' Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Crazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/popularity-fortnite-common-20th-century-pinball-craze-180970721/Long before parents freaked over the ubiquitous video game, they flipped out over another newfangled fadThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Wilbur Wright Deserves the Bulk of the Credit for the First Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-wilbur-wright-deserves-bulk-credit-first-flight-180970714/A new book advances a controversial theory about the singular contribution that went into the brothers’ pioneering achievementThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000North America's Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/americas-earliest-smokers-may-have-helped-launch-agricultural-revolution-180970904/As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agricultureThu, 29 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0000Scientists Measure the Second With Record-Breaking Precisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-measure-second-record-breaking-precision-180970908/A new generation of optical clocks are becoming ever more reliable as physicists work to redefine timeWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:08:59 +0000'Dear Evan Hansen' Recognized as Part of America's Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dear-evan-hansen-recognized-part-american-story-180970912/Artifacts from the Broadway musical come to the collections of Smithsonian's National Museum of American HistoryWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:01:34 +0000Why Aren't There Electric Airplanes Yet? It Comes Down to Batteries.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-arent-there-electric-airplanes-yet-it-comes-down-batteries-180970909/Batteries need to get lighter and more efficient before we use them to power energy-guzzling airplanesWed, 28 Nov 2018 18:53:16 +0000Coral Larvae Cryogenically Frozen and Thawed for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-larvae-cryogenically-frozen-and-thawed-first-time-180970905/Warming oceans are killing the world’s reefs, but scientists may have found a way to help them get out of hot water—by putting corals into a deep freezeWed, 28 Nov 2018 14:39:02 +0000The Woman Whose Invention Helped Win a War — and Still Baffles Weathermenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-whose-invention-helped-win-warand-still-baffles-weathermen-180970900/Her work long overlooked, physicist Joan Curran developed technology to conceal aircraft from radar during World War IIWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Costs of the Confederacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/costs-confederacy-special-report-180970731/In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideologyWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atlanta-famed-cyclorama-tell-truth-civil-war-once-again-180970715/One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restoredWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why This Body-Surfing, Sound-Blasting, Cake-Throwing DJ Belongs in a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-body-surfing-sound-blasting-cake-throwing-dj-belongs-museum-180970855/Just as his new release tops the charts, Electronic Dance Music DJ Steve Aoki says he is "blown away" to have his turntable technology in the collectionsWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-satellites-and-big-data-are-predicting-behavior-hurricanes-and-other-natural-disasters-180970893/Leveraging machine learning could help diminish the damages of storms and wildfiresTue, 27 Nov 2018 17:14:45 +0000The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic "Greetings From" Postcardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/immigrant-story-behind-classic-greetings-from-postcards-180970894/Long before Instagram, Americans showed off their travels using Curt Teich's cheery linen postcards.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:31:33 +0000What Makes Janelle Monáe America's Most Revolutionary Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/janelle-monae-americas-most-revolutionary-artist-180970727/The musical virtuoso leaves her old persona behind with her third album, <em>Dirty Computer</em>Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Tracy K. Smith, America's Poet Laureate, Travels the Country to Ignite Our Imaginationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracy-smith-poet-laureate-traveling-country-igniting-imagination-180970722/Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Time's Up Initiative Built Upon the Work Done by These Labor Activistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/times-upinitiative-built-upon-work-labor-activists-180970720/How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassmentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-treatment-blindness-ingenuity-180970719/A wife-and-husband research team cracks the code to allow certain patients to see againTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The March for Our Lives Activists Showed Us How to Find Meaning in Tragedyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/march-for-our-lives-student-activists-showed-meaning-tragedy-180970717/After the massacre at a Florida high school, these brave students provided a way forwardTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How John Krasinski Created 'A Quiet Place'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-krasinski-created-quiet-place-180970716/The actor turned director creates a genre-busting horror movie with a terrifying twist—silenceTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Waymo's Fleet of Self-Driving Cars Is Finally Ready for Prime Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/waymo-fleet-self-driving-cars-ready-prime-time-180970713/Your driverless car is already here, thanks to the visionary engineers behind a bold experimentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Meet Scott Bolton, the Visionary Behind the NASA Mission to Jupiterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scott-bolton-visionary-behind-nasa-mission-jupiter-180970712/The Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet’s originsTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Cataloguedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-howard-university-librarian-who-decolonized-way-books-were-catalogued-180970890/Dorothy Porter challenged the racial bias in the Dewey Decimal System, putting black scholars alongside white colleaguesMon, 26 Nov 2018 19:56:45 +0000The Ten Best Books About Travel of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/ten-best-books-about-travel-2018-180970833/Armchair travelers, rejoice: you don’t need a passport to experience the world through an author’s proseMon, 26 Nov 2018 15:25:28 +0000This Artist Reenvisioned Marvel Superheroes in a Traditional Native American Stylehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-reenvisioned-marvel-superheroes-traditional-native-american-style-180970852/Jeffrey Veregge uses formline, more typical of paintings and totem poles, to create a heroic mural Mon, 26 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-best-stem-toys-to-give-gifts-this-year-180970868/Experts and kids of all ages recommend these tech toys, which inspire year-round curiosityFri, 23 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000MIT Flies Model Airplane Powered by the Blue Glow of Electric Fields and Ionic Windshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mit-flies-model-airplane-powered-electric-fields-and-ionic-winds-180970877/The model plane, with no moving parts, could pave the way for new flight technology that emits no pollutantsWed, 21 Nov 2018 19:05:40 +0000How a Changing Climate May Have Killed Off the Marsupial Lionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-changing-climate-may-have-killed-marsupial-lion-180970866/The fearsome predator, related to koalas and wombats, ruled the wilds of Australia until the loss of its habitat helped drive it to extinctionWed, 21 Nov 2018 15:44:57 +0000This Holiday Season, Treat Yourself to Some Succulent Soul Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/holiday-season-treat-yourself-some-succulent-soul-food-180970865/Smithsonian Books introduces the <i>Sweet Home Café Cookbook</i>, chock full of delicious riffs on classic African-American recipesWed, 21 Nov 2018 11:41:12 +0000The Patents Behind Pumpkin Piehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/patents-behind-pumpkin-pie-180970857/This Thanksgiving, when you take a bite of the traditional pie, take a moment to think about the inventions that have gone into the making of itWed, 21 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Best History Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/best-history-books-2018-180970864/From the political violence of 19th-century America to the untold stories of African-American pioneers, these books help shape our understanding of todayTue, 20 Nov 2018 20:17:52 +0000How the Formerly Ubiquitous Pumpkin Became a Thanksgiving Treat https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-formerly-ubiquitous-pumpkin-became-once-year-treat-180970860/The history of Cucurbita pepo has a surprising connection to the abolitionist causeTue, 20 Nov 2018 17:32:19 +0000Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scholars-pick-their-favorite-books-2018-180970823/Here are eleven titles that intrigued and thrilled Smithsonian's knowledge seekers this yearTue, 20 Nov 2018 15:47:35 +0000The True Story of the 'Green Book' Moviehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/true-story-green-book-movie-180970728/Jazz, race and an unlikely friendship inspire the new film about navigating Jim Crow AmericaTue, 20 Nov 2018 13:30:00 +0000How Voltaire Went from Bastille Prisoner to Famous Playwrighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-voltaire-went-bastille-prisoner-famous-playwright-180970854/Three hundred years ago this week, the French philosopher and writer began his career with a popular retelling of Sophocles' 'Oedipus'Tue, 20 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Fresh Look at These Stone Tools Reveals a New Chapter of Ancient Chinese Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-tools-ancient-chinese-history-180970850/Archaeologists thought these ancient tools, 80,000 years old at least, were brought to China by migrants—but now it appears they were invented locallyMon, 19 Nov 2018 17:56:05 +0000The Ten Best Books About Food of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/ten-best-books-about-food-2018-180970846/These ten titles should satisfy readers hungry to learn more about the history and science of foodMon, 19 Nov 2018 16:54:08 +0000Why a New Robin Hood Arises Every Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-new-robin-hood-rises-every-generation-180970844/Troubled times always bring out the noble bandit who, in the face of tyranny and corruption, robs from the rich to give back to the peopleMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:19:58 +0000NASA Will Attempt Its Eighth Mars Landing on Mondayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-gearing-its-eighth-mars-landing-180970845/Touching down on the surface of the Red Planet is one of the most difficult engineering challenges ever attempted, and InSight is about to give it a goMon, 19 Nov 2018 15:12:04 +0000Jose Gomez-Marquez Wants to Turn Doctors and Nurses into Makershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/jose-gomez-marquez-wants-turn-doctors-and-nurses-makers-180970759/Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter interviews the co-founder of MIT’s Little Devices Lab about democratizing health technologyFri, 16 Nov 2018 21:16:09 +0000How Poetry Soothed a Nation in Mourning for John F. Kennedy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-poetry-soothed-nation-mourning-john-f-kennedy-180970837/First the jolt of shock, then the shroud of sadness struck 55 years agoFri, 16 Nov 2018 19:50:45 +0000Smithsonian Adds Arthur Jafa’s “Love is the Message, The Message is Death” to the Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-adds-arthur-jafas-love-message-message-death-collection-180970838/The seminal work, a contemporary <em>Guernica</em>, is the first joint acquisition for the Hirshhorn and the Smithsonian American Art MuseumFri, 16 Nov 2018 18:16:12 +0000Weasel-Like Fossils Reveal Evolutionary Clues of the First Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weasel-like-fossils-reveal-clues-about-evolution-first-mammals-180970836/A protomammal known as <i>Kayentatherium</i> was discovered with 38 babies in 185-million-year-old rock Fri, 16 Nov 2018 15:13:38 +0000The World's First Synthesizer Was a 200-Ton Behemothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/worlds-first-synthesizer-was-200-ton-behemoth-180970828/Thaddeus Cahill's Telharmonium may not have been a huge success, but it was an important achievement in music historyFri, 16 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000How an Unremarkable "Brunch in the Forest" Turned Into the Thanksgiving We Knowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-unremarkable-brunch-forest-turned-thanksgiving-we-know-180970811/A new Sidedoor podcast dives into the holiday's originsThu, 15 Nov 2018 16:01:47 +0000W.E.B. Du Bois’ Visionary Infographics Come Together for the First Time in Full Color https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/His pioneering team of black sociologists created data visualizations that explained institutionalized racism to the worldThu, 15 Nov 2018 15:30:38 +0000Fantastic Things We Learned This Year About Fantastic Beasts of the Real Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fantastic-things-we-learned-about-fantastic-beasts-180970824/The second iteration of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series comes out this week, but why wait for the movie when you can get a glimpse of the real thing?Thu, 15 Nov 2018 15:08:10 +0000This Apartment-Size Wind Turbine Makes Use of Gusts Coming From All Directionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/o-wind-turbine-takes-top-dyson-award-180970825/Winner of this year's James Dyson Award, the O-Wind Turbine is designed for the chaotic wind patterns of urban environmentsThu, 15 Nov 2018 13:35:57 +0000Astronomers Discover Second-Closest Known Exoplanethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astronomers-discover-second-closest-exoplanet-180970818/The planet, a frozen Super-Earth, orbits Bernard's Star about six light-years away. Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000Mary Katharine Goddard, the Woman who Signed the Declaration of Independencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mary-katharine-goddard-woman-who-signed-declaration-independence-180970816/Likely the United States' first woman employee, this newspaper publisher was a key figure in promoting the ideas that fomented the RevolutionWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:44:51 +0000AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Talks With Smithsonian Geologist John Grant About the Search for Life on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/aol-co-founder-steve-case-talks-with-smithsonian-geologist-john-grant-about-search-life-mars-180970814/In the near future, we are going to know if life exists elsewhere in the universeWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:35:52 +0000Scientists Are About to Redefine the Kilogram and Shake Up Our System of Measureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/redefine-kilogram-180970798/After more than 100 years of defining the kilogram according to a metal artifact, humanity is preparing to change the unit based on a constant of natureWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:00:54 +0000How the First LGBTQ Mariachi Became an Outlet for Advocacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-first-LGBTQ-mariachi-became-outlet-advocacy-180970789/LA musicians Carlos Samaniego and Natalia Melendez do traditional Mexican music their wayWed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Stan Lee Helped Shape the Story of What It Is to Be Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stan-lee-helped-shape-story-what-it-be-american-180970796/Smithsonian curator Eric Jentsch weighs into the legacy of the comic-book mastermind Tue, 13 Nov 2018 21:08:48 +0000The History of First Ladies’ Memoirshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-first-ladies-memoirs-180970797/Freed from the political constraints of living in the White House, these famous women have over the decades shared their personal opinions with the publicTue, 13 Nov 2018 19:47:35 +0000A Letter to Stan Lee, Comic Book Legend, Written by One of His Biggest Fanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/letter-stan-lee-written-one-biggest-fans-180970790/Movie producer and instructor Michael Uslan eulogizes his hero and mentor, whose superheroes taught him countless life lessonsTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:44:25 +0000Why Walking on Legos Hurts More Than Walking on Fire or Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-walking-legos-hurts-more-walking-fire-or-ice-180970784/Everything you wanted to know about the science and history of stomping on the toy blocksTue, 13 Nov 2018 16:38:30 +0000With Humans Out of the Way, Humpbacks Are Flourishing—But So Are Orcashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-out-way-humpbacks-are-flourishing-so-are-orcas-180970788/Researchers are just now beginning to understand what happens when one whale species attacks anotherTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:54:41 +0000A Smithsonian Sports Curator Explains How Athletes Turn Social and Political Issues into National Conversationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smithsonian-sports-curator-explains-how-athletes-turn-social-and-political-issues-national-conversations-180970778/<em>Atlantic</em> staff writer Frank Foer interviews Damion Thomas about athletes moving from a position of apathy to engagementTue, 13 Nov 2018 14:55:50 +0000Three Centuries After His Beheading, a Kinder, Gentler Blackbeard Emergeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/three-centuries-after-his-beheading-kinder-gentler-blackbeard-emerges-180970782/Recent discoveries cast a different light on the most famous—and most feared—pirate of the early 18th centuryTue, 13 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Future Is Bright If More Teens Could Think About High School the Way Kavya Kopparapu Doeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-bright-if-more-teens-could-think-about-high-school-way-kavya-kopparapu-does-180970779/Cellist Yo-Yo Ma talks with the founder of the Girls Computing League about the promise of her generationMon, 12 Nov 2018 16:20:22 +0000A Veteran Combat Photographer Recalls His Most Memorable Shotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/veteran-combat-photographer-recalls-his-most-memorable-shots-180970776/Originally stuck in a darkroom, Jeremy Lock traveled the world capturing life on the front lines and the homefrontFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:39:51 +0000Prehistoric Angolan “Sea Monsters” Take Up Residence at the Natural History Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prehistoric-angolan-sea-monsters-take-residence-natural-history-museum-180970774/The new fossil exhibition spotlights the majestic marine predators that swept into the South Atlantic shortly after it formedFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:53:43 +0000How a Photograph Solved an Art Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/11/09/how-photograph-solved-art-mystery/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 17:30:15 +0000Astrophysicist Michelle Thaller on Understanding Our Place in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrophysicist-michelle-thaller-understanding-our-place-universe-180970765/Autodesk vice president Brian Mathews talks with the NASA science communicator about the search for life on other planets and why it’s importantFri, 09 Nov 2018 16:19:50 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/11/09/100-years-ago-poppies-became-more-just-flowers/The red flowers blooming on a battlefield in Belgium, inspired John McCrae to write the war poem “In Flanders Fields” Fri, 09 Nov 2018 15:40:28 +0000Hartley Edwards Played “Taps” on this Bugle After World War I to Honor the Fallenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hartley-edwards-played-taps-bugle-after-world-war-i-honor-fallen-180970752/But the bugler remembered the story a bit wrong. A century later, a curator sets the record straightFri, 09 Nov 2018 13:00:36 +0000The True Story of Robert the Bruce, Scotland’s 'Outlaw King'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-robert-bruce-scotlands-outlaw-king-180970756/Chris Pine stars as the Netflix film’s eponymous hero, who secures his country’s independence but leaves behind a tangled legacyThu, 08 Nov 2018 19:45:18 +0000Eno Umoh Is Getting Kids to Think About the Positive Powers of Droneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eno-umoh-getting-kids-think-about-positive-powers-drones-180970760/Latina American writer Gabby Rivera interviews the co-founder of Global Air Media about giving students access to the technologyThu, 08 Nov 2018 17:47:36 +0000Major Disease Outbreak Strikes California Sea Lionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/major-disease-outbreak-strikes-california-sea-lions-180970755/Leptospirosis afflicts sea lions on a semi-regular cycle, but warming waters and migrating fish could make the marine mammals more susceptibleThu, 08 Nov 2018 16:00:35 +0000The Scars of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-scars-war-wwi-photo-travelogue-180970678/One hundred years after the end of the bloodshed, one photographer finds personal connections to the warThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:41:15 +0000Optical Tweezers Give Scientists a Tool to Test the Laws of Quantum Mechanicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/optical-tweezers-give-scientists-tool-test-laws-quantum-mechanics-180970754/Quantum superposition is one of the great mysteries of physics—a mass existing in two states at once—and scientists hope to probe the phenomenonThu, 08 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What Are the Economic Incentives to Invent?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-are-economic-incentives-invent-180970742/Prizes and patents may fulfill different needs, but together they fuel innovationThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Figurative Paintings Discovered in Borneo Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-oldest-known-figurative-paintings-discovered-borneo-cave-180970747/Dated to at least 40,000 years old, the depiction of a cattle-like animal has striking similarities to ancient rock art found in other parts of the worldWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:00:00 +0000There's a New Ranking System For Best Countries to Live In, and Norway Isn't Number Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/theres-new-ranking-system-best-countries-to-live-in-norway-isnt-number-one-180970744/Most researchers use the UN's Human Development Index to measure each country's progress, but that system has flaws. A new index aims to do it betterWed, 07 Nov 2018 16:48:06 +0000Could 3-D Printing Save Music Education? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-3d-printing-save-music-education-180970743/D.C. chef Erik Bruner-Yang interviews Jill-of-all-trades Kaitlyn Hova about her plan to infuse STEM education with open source, 3-D printable instrumentsWed, 07 Nov 2018 14:32:50 +0000In 1868, Two Nations Made a Treaty, the U.S. Broke It and Plains Indian Tribes are Still Seeking Justice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1868-two-nations-made-treaty-us-broke-it-and-plains-indian-tribes-are-still-seeking-justice-180970741/The American Indian Museum puts the 150-year-old Fort Laramie Treaty on view in its "Nation to Nation" exhibitionWed, 07 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Forget Cherry Blossoms — Why Fall May Be the Best Time to Visit Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forget-cherry-blossoms-why-fall-may-be-best-time-visit-japan-180970740/From mid-October to early December, Japan's gorgeous gardens burst with colorTue, 06 Nov 2018 21:00:06 +0000This Art Show Is Taking the Literal Pulse of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-art-show-is-taking-the-literal-pulse-america-180970738/Artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer uses biometrics to make breathtaking spectacle Tue, 06 Nov 2018 19:34:28 +0000Restaurateur José Andrés Dreams of Milking the Cloudshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/restaurateur-jose-andres-dreams-milking-clouds-180970736/In a conversation with architect David Rockwell, the philanthropic chef urges an invested effort in technology that could collect water from the cloudsTue, 06 Nov 2018 18:03:55 +0000Learn About Renia Spiegel, the Author of an Unforgettable Holocaust Diary, by Hearing From Her Family Who Survivedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/watch-livestream-renia-spiegel-diary-event-180970654/In an event held at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., Elizabeth Bellak recalls the remarkable story of her sisterTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:25:44 +0000Lessons in the Decline of Democracy From the Ruined Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lessons-decline-democracy-from-ruined-roman-republic-180970711/A new book argues that violent rhetoric and disregard for political norms was the beginning of Rome's endTue, 06 Nov 2018 15:31:31 +0000The Archaeologist Who Helped Mexico Find Glory in Its Indigenous Pasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/archaeologist-who-helped-mexico-find-glory-its-past-180970700/Disrupting a stereotype of Mesoamerican savagery, Zelia Nuttall brought the ingenuity of Aztec civilization to the foreMon, 05 Nov 2018 18:07:23 +0000Can Artificial Intelligence Detect Depression in a Person's Voice?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-artificial-intelligence-detect-depression-in-persons-voice-180970702/MIT scientists have trained an AI model to spot the condition through how people speak rather than what they tell a doctorMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:37:32 +0000How Three Doughboys Experienced the Last Days of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-three-doughboys-experienced-last-days-world-war-i-180970701/The end of the war was a welcome reprieve for these three American soldiers, eager to return homeMon, 05 Nov 2018 15:28:12 +0000In Senegal, Female Empowerment, Prestige and Wealth Is Measured in Glittering Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/senegal-female-empowerment-prestige-and-wealth-measured-glittering-gold-180970698/The African Art Museum's new exhibition delves into a tradition that is both ravishingly beautiful and hauntingly fraughtMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Let's Build Cars Out of Batterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/lets-build-cars-out-batteries-180970693/If batteries could make up the very structure of our vehicles and electronics, those products would be far lighter and more efficientFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:34:20 +0000How Close Does "Bohemian Rhapsody" Come to Showing the Real Freddie Mercury?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-real-freddie-mercury-180970690/While the movie has been critiqued for flattening the legacy of Queen, see the band come to life in historic photosFri, 02 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000This South Carolina Cabin Is Now a Crown Jewel in the Smithsonian Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/south-carolina-cabin-has-become-crown-jewel-smithsonian-collections-180970681/The 16- by 20-foot dwelling once housed the enslaved; a new podcast tells its story Fri, 02 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000Underwater Meadows of Seagrass Could Be the Ideal Carbon Sinkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/underwater-meadows-seagrass-could-be-ideal-carbon-sinks-180970686/Many ecosystems absorb and store vast amounts of carbon dioxide, and seagrass is one of the most efficient natural carbon storage environments Thu, 01 Nov 2018 16:00:44 +0000Ritual Cemeteries—For Cows and Then Humans—Plot Pastoralist Expansion Across Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ritual-cemeteries-cows-humans-pastoralist-expansion-across-africa-180970683/As early herders spread across northern and then eastern Africa, the communities erected monumental graves which may have served as social gathering pointsThu, 01 Nov 2018 15:09:16 +0000Why John Leguizamo Is So Invested in Telling the Country About Latino Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/john-leguizamo-invested-telling-latino-history-180970680/His uproariously inventive one-man show, soon to be shown on Netflix, puts the story of a neglected culture center stage Thu, 01 Nov 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Malbone Street Wreck of 1918https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/malbone-street-wreck-1918-180970675/A confluence of circumstances led to the deadly disaster, 100 years ago today, in the New York subway that killed 93Thu, 01 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Scientist Grover Krantz Risked It All. . .Chasing Bigfoothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientist-grover-krantz-risked-it-all-chasing-bigfoot-180970676/The dedicated anthropologist donated his body to science and it’s on display, but his legacy is complicatedWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:07:20 +0000Mama Bats Literally Nudge Their Babies Out of the Roosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mama-bats-literally-nudge-their-babies-out-roost-180970670/Researchers observed mother bats repeatedly prodding their young to motivate them to fledgeWed, 31 Oct 2018 16:15:34 +0000Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners—Plant Nativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ecologists-have-simple-request-homeownersplant-native-180970655/A new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubsWed, 31 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Last-Minute Costumes Inspired by the Archives of American Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/archives-american-art/2018/10/29/halloween-costume-guide-archives-style/ Tips from the glamorous and bohemian crowdTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:45:10 +0000The Nazi Werewolves Who Terrorized Allied Soldiers at the End of WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nazi-werewolves-who-terrorized-allied-soldiers-end-wwii-180970522/Though the guerrilla fighters didn’t succeed in slowing the Allied occupation of Germany, they did sow fear wherever they wentTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:43:03 +0000The Science of Good Chocolatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-good-chocolate-180970658/Meet the sensory scientist who is decoding the terroir of chocolate—and working to safeguard the cacao plant that gives us the sweet dark treatTue, 30 Oct 2018 13:30:00 +0000The Musical Performance "Sight Machine" Reveals What Artificial Intelligence Is "Thinking" About Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musical-performance-sight-machine-reveals-what-artificial-intelligence-thinking-about-us-180970644/Like artist Trevor Paglen's other work, the show asked viewers to reexamine the human relationship to technologyTue, 30 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Plight of the Right Whalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plight-right-whale-180970648/With dwindling numbers due to snags in lobster traps and collisions with ships, the right whale is looking for a way to make a comebackMon, 29 Oct 2018 17:44:45 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Seabiscuit's Hooves To Figure Out How He Was So Fasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/scientists-extract-dna-from-seabiscuits-hooves-to-figure-out-how-he-was-so-fast-180970649/Eighty years ago, the horse famously trounced Triple Crown winner War Admiral. Did genetics make him an unlikely success?Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:07:30 +0000Good Dogs Could Help Identify Malaria Carriershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-can-sniff-out-malaria-180970646/In a small proof-of-concept study, trained dogs neared the accuracy rate recommended by the World Health Organization for detecting the malaria parasiteMon, 29 Oct 2018 13:45:00 +0000Why Museums Should Be Proud Polling Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-museums-should-be-proud-polling-sites-180970647/The head of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site calls upon his colleagues to engage with their community by opening their doors to voting Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Peer Through the Lens of the World's Best Nature Photographers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/peer-through-lens-worlds-best-nature-photographers-180970612/Sixty images, including the winners, from the 23rd annual Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice Awards go on viewMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Brief History of Ireland’s Fortune-Telling Mashed Potato Dish (Recipe)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/colcannon-fortune-telling-mashed-dish-recipe-180970492/Try your luck with this side, traditionally served on HalloweenFri, 26 Oct 2018 20:53:09 +0000As His Remains Are Finally Interred, Powerful Emblems of Matthew Shepard's Life and Memory Come to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/his-remains-are-finally-interred-powerful-emblems-matthew-shepards-life-and-memory-come-smithsonian-180970639/Judy and Dennis Shepard lay their son to rest at the Washington National Cathedral after donating childhood artwork, photos and a wedding ringFri, 26 Oct 2018 16:31:19 +0000People Feared Being Buried Alive So Much They Invented These Special Safety Coffinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/sponsored/people-feared-being-buried-alive-so-much-they-invented-these-special-safety-coffins-180970627/For centuries, inventors have been patenting technology to prevent such a nightmare from happeningFri, 26 Oct 2018 15:03:08 +0000A New Museum Honoring America's Veterans Opens in Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-museum-honoring-americas-veterans-opens-ohio-180970637/Personal stories take the place of military artifacts at the new National Veterans Memorial & MuseumFri, 26 Oct 2018 14:52:59 +0000The Deadly Donora Smog of 1948 Spurred Environmental Protection—But Have We Forgotten the Lesson?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-donora-smog-1948-spurred-environmental-protection-have-we-forgotten-lesson-180970533/Steel and zinc industries provided Donora residents with work, but also robbed them of their health, and for some, their livesFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:44:36 +0000The Science Behind Decorative Gourd Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-decorative-gourd-season-friends-180970636/Gourds are the runts of their family of fruits, too tough and bitter to eat, but they remain one of the most popular crops of fallFri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Get Spooked on One of These Haunted Vintage Train Rides https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/get-spooked-one-these-haunted-vintage-train-rides-180970625/Skip the haunted house and climb aboard one of these trains insteadThu, 25 Oct 2018 18:32:55 +0000In Need of Cadavers, 19th-Century Medical Students Raided Baltimore's Graveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-need-cadavers-19th-century-medical-students-raided-baltimores-graves-180970629/With a half-dozen medical schools and a shortage of bodies, grave robbing thrived—and with no consequences for the culpritsThu, 25 Oct 2018 15:16:34 +0000Does the Same Goose Always Lead the Flying V and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/same-goose-always-lead-flying-formation-180970546/You asked, we answeredThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Makes the Flint Hills of Kansas a Sight to Seehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-rhapsody-180970545/70 classical musicians. 200 acres of windblown prairie. And the bracing spirit of the heartland. A Kansas symphony in six movementsThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000What Ancient Maize Can Tell Us About Thousands of Years of Civilization in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ancient-maize-thousands-years-civilization-america-180970543/It took millennia, but America’s founding farmers developed the grain that would fuel civilizations—and still doesThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Court Case That Inspired the Gilded Age’s #MeToo Momenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/court-case-inspired-gilded-age-me-too-movement-180970538/A turn-of-the-century trial, the focus of a new book, took aim at the Victorian double standardThu, 25 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000In the Wake of Apollo’s “Giant Leap,” What’s Next for Lunar Exploration?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wake-apollos-giant-leap-whats-next-lunar-exploration-180970593/A new Smithsonian Book unpacks the possible future of missions to the MoonThu, 25 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Traditional Wooden Halibut Hook That's Still Snagging Fish Off Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/revival-traditional-indigenous-wooden-halibut-hook-alaska-180970623/An Indigenous method of catching halibut on the northwest coast of North America mixes expert craftsmanship with spirituality—and the fish are bitingWed, 24 Oct 2018 17:54:07 +0000This Game Is Moving People to Take Action Against Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-game-is-moving-people-to-take-action-against-climate-change-180970620/In the 'World Climate' simulation, people play delegates to UN climate negotiations and work to strike an agreement that meets global climate goalsWed, 24 Oct 2018 14:38:12 +0000The Translator Who Brought a Lost Jewish Poet’s Words to the English-Speaking Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/translator-brought-jewish-poet-words-english-speaking-world-180970555/Raised in the U.S. but a lifelong speaker of Lithuanian, Laima Vince became enamored of Matilda Olkin’s writingWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Becoming Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/becoming-anne-frank-180970542/Why did we turn an isolated teenage girl into the world’s most famous Holocaust victim?Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Words of a Young Jewish Poet Provoke Soul-Searching in Lithuaniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/young-jewish-poet-words-provokes-soul-searching-lithuania-holocaust-180970540/The recovery of a diary written by a brilliant woman named Matilda Olkin raises trenchant questions about wartime collaborationWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Unforgotten: New Voices of the Holocausthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unforgotten-holocaust-diary-special-section-180970537/Two newly translated diaries by young women murdered in the Holocaust cry out to us about the evils of the past and the dangers of the present Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hear, O Israel, Save Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hear-o-israel-save-us-renia-spiegel-diary-english-translation-holocaust-poland-180970536/An 18-year-old girl, terrorized by the Nazis, kept a secret journal. Read exclusive sections from it here, presented in English for the first timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Searing, Continued Relevance of Diaries From a Genocidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/searing-continued-relevance-diaries-from-genocide-180970535/Young people caught in the crossfire of history provide fearless accounts of the horrors of war—and shatter our complacency in real timeWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How an Astonishing Holocaust Diary Resurfaced in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/astonishing-holocaust-diary-hidden-world-70-years-resurfaced-america-180970534/Hidden for 70 years, a new invaluable contribution to Holocaust literature—the diary of Renia Spiegel—was rediscovered inside a desk in New YorkWed, 24 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000World War I Handmade American Flag to Stay in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-i-handmade-american-flag-stay-scotland-180970594/The Smithsonian Institution extends its loan of the historic artifact to Islay—a small island with a big heartWed, 24 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000To Save Endangered Species, Should We Bring Them Into Our Cities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-endangered-species-should-we-bring-them-our-cities-180970611/Some ecologists believe our best chance to preserve biodiversity is to introduce non-native species to cities—but others warn of unintended consequencesTue, 23 Oct 2018 17:35:34 +0000Preserving Negro League History Has Never Been Easier, or Harder, Depending on Who You Askhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/preserving-negro-league-history-has-never-been-easier-or-harder-depending-who-you-ask-180970614/While digitization of old newspapers has led to a statistical renaissance in baseball archives, the stories of those who played the game are being lostTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:15:00 +0000This 12-Year-Old Girl Built a Robot That Can Find Microplastics In the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/12-year-old-girl-built-robot-can-find-microplastics-ocean-180970607/Massachusetts seventh grader Anna Du has developed an ROV that moves through water and detects microplastics on the seafloorTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:14:12 +0000The Bison Returns to the Great American Plainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bison-returns-wilds-america-180970547/After years of fierce debate, the West’s greatest symbol will again roam the countrysideTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Kyle Meyer's Photo-Tapestries Give Voice to a Silenced Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/kyle-meyer-photo-tapestries-give-voice-silenced-community-180970544/The New York artist combines digital photography and African fabrics to create deeply textured portraits of persecuted Swazi menTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000When Churchill Dissed Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-churchill-dissed-america-180970541/Our exclusive first look at the diaries of King George VI reveals the Prime Minister's secret hostility to the United StatesTue, 23 Oct 2018 12:00:00 +0000A Huge Shipment of Crustaceans Is Heading North From Louisiana to D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/huge-shipment-crustaceans-heading-north-louisiana-dc-180970596/The Natural History Museum prepares to add 100,000 more specimens to their collection already totaling 11.3 millionTue, 23 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000A Journey to One of the Country's Most Remote Distillerieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/countrys-most-remote-distillery-rye-worth-journey-1-180970602/Minnesota's north country serves up cold nights and warming whiskeysMon, 22 Oct 2018 19:57:38 +0000How Japanese Artists Responded to the Transformation of Their Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-japanese-artists-responded-transformation-their-nation-180970598/Two new exhibitions at the Freer|Sackler vividly illustrate Japan's arrival to the modern ageMon, 22 Oct 2018 18:44:30 +0000How Cities Are Upgrading Infrastructure to Prepare for Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-cities-are-upgrading-infrastructure-prepare-climate-change-180970600/The threat of extreme weather and other climate-related events has city planners rethinking the stability of critical infrastructureMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:52:10 +0000Is Wireless Charging for Cars Finally Here?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wireless-charging-cars-finally-here-180970494/The Massachusetts startup WiTricity has developed a mat that charges electric vehicles using magnetic resonanceMon, 22 Oct 2018 16:22:58 +0000Prehistoric Wine Reveals Missing Pieces of Ancient Sicilian Culture https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-wine-reveals-missing-pieces-ancient-sicilian-culture-180970597/In a 5,000 year-old jar, archaeologists discovered the remnants of wineSat, 20 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Dama Gazelle Calf Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dama-gazelle-calf-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180970587/Fahima gave birth to a healthy female calf October 9 Fri, 19 Oct 2018 20:24:43 +0000The Shrewd Press Agent Who Transformed William Cody Into Larger-Than-Life Buffalo Billhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shrewd-press-agent-who-transformed-william-cody-into-larger-than-life-buffalo-bill-180970591/"Arizona John" Burke perfected the art of hype that converted a bison hunter into a symbol of national characterFri, 19 Oct 2018 18:41:12 +0000Meet the Real Rock Star of the New Dino Hall—the Fearsome Ceratosaurushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-of-natural-history/2018/10/16/smithsonian-dino-celebrity-finally-tells-all/The dinosaur is finally giving up its secrets as it prepares for a long fight with a <i>Stegosaurus</i> Thu, 18 Oct 2018 18:57:34 +0000Eating the Queen's Poop Makes Naked Mole-Rats Better Parentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eating-queens-poop-makes-naked-mole-rats-better-parents-180970577/Hive-minded naked mole-rats work together to care for the queen's offspring, and eating her poop gives them hormones to boost nurturing instinctsThu, 18 Oct 2018 16:00:44 +0000This Robotic Farming System Could Be the Answer to Labor Shortageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robotic-farming-system-could-be-answer-labor-shortages-180970575/Hydroponics startup Iron Ox is automating indoor produce farmingThu, 18 Oct 2018 15:34:02 +0000Taste Your Way Through Italy, One Ingredient-Specific Museum at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taste-your-way-through-italy-one-ingredient-specific-museum-time-180969866/The Emilia Romagna region has 25 food museums, each dedicated to a beloved food item – ranging from balsamic vinegar to Parmesan cheeseThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:32:04 +0000Self-Taught Artist Clementine Hunter Painted the Bold Hues of Southern Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/self-taught-artist-clementine-hunter-painted-bold-hues-southern-life-180970572/On view at NMAAHC, Hunter’s colorful artworks depict work in the field, church on Sundays, and laundry on the lineThu, 18 Oct 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Return of Dorothy’s Iconic Ruby Slippers, Now Newly Preserved for the Ages https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-dorothys-iconic-ruby-slippers-now-newly-preserved-ages-180970574/The unprecedented conservation of the <i>Wizard of Oz</i> shoes involved more than 200 hours, and a call from the FBIThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Explore the Dublin Destinations That Inspired "Dracula"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-bram-stokers-dublin-just-time-halloween-180970480/Follow in the footsteps of Bram Stoker and see how his hometown inspired him to write his famous horror novelWed, 17 Oct 2018 19:06:54 +0000The Woman Who Made a Device to Help Disabled Veterans Feed Themselves—and Gave It Away for Freehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-who-made-device-help-disabled-veterans-feed-themselvesand-gave-it-away-free-180970321/World War II nurse Bessie Blount went on to become an inventor and forensic handwriting expertWed, 17 Oct 2018 16:03:21 +0000Spacecraft Launching This Week Will Explore the Mysteries of Mercuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pair-spacecraft-launching-week-explore-mysteries-mercury-180970566/The BepiColombo mission will study the geology and magnetism of the smallest planet to search for clues of our solar system's beginningsWed, 17 Oct 2018 15:01:16 +0000Two Decades Ago, John Glenn’s Encore Space Flight Lifted U.S. Spiritshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-decades-ago-john-glenns-encore-space-flight-lifted-us-spirits-180970512/Two cameras tell the tale of the first American to orbit Earth and his return to space 36 years laterWed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 +0000