Articles | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/articles/RSS feed for ArticlesenFri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:09 +0000Here’s What It Takes to Turn a Museum into a Movie Screenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-what-it-takes-turn-museum-movie-screen-180964931/To mark the reopening of the Freer Gallery, the façade of the newly renovated museum made its cinematic debutTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Melania Trump Donates Her Inaugural Ball Gown to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/melania-trump-donates-her-inaugural-ball-gown-smithsonian-180965350/Mrs. Trump, who confesses a passion for design, had a precise idea of what she wanted to wear on that historic eveningFri, 20 Oct 2017 20:59:09 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Rag-Tag Group of Acid-Dropping Activists Tried to "Levitate" the Pentagonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-rag-tag-group-acid-dropping-activists-tried-levitate-pentagon-180965338/The March on the Pentagon to end the Vietnam War began a turning point in public opinion, but some in the crowd were hoping for a miracleFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:31:30 +0000Western Chimpanzees Have Declined By 80 Percent Over The Past 25 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/western-chimpanzees-have-declined-80-percent-over-past-25-years-180965334/The largest population of these animals—the only critically endangered chimp subspecies—sits in a region riddled with bauxite minesFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:10:01 +0000In 2014, Americans Feared Walking Alone at Night. Now They’re Worried about Government Corruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/2014-americans-feared-walking-alone-night-now-theyre-worried-about-government-corruption-180965332/A survey on American fears by Chapman University sociologists has produced some surprisingly frightful resultsFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:57:16 +0000This 5,300-Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci_1/Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Otztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesFri, 20 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Shocking World of Electric Fisheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shocking-world-electric-fishes-180965329/Fish like eels use electricity to navigate their worldsFri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Ties That Bind Muhammad Ali to the NFL Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/connections-between-muhammad-ali-and-nfl-protests-180965310/A new biography reveals new details about the history of the boxer—“a heavyweight of contradictions”Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:37:44 +0000Fake News and Fervent Nationalism Got a Senator Tarred as a Traitor During WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fake-news-and-fervent-nationalism-got-senator-robert-la-follette-tarred-traitor-his-anti-war-views-180965317/The fiery progressive Robert La Follette responded with a classic defense of free speech in wartimeThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:30:46 +0000Could This Bionic Vision System Help Restore Sight?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-bionic-vision-system-help-restore-sight-180965305/The technology gives hope that blind patients, who lost sight from disease, might one day emerge from the darkThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Flowers Manipulate Light to Send Secret Signals to Beeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flowers-manipulate-light-to-send-secret-signals-bees-180965316/ Come-hither blue haloes are just one of the effects employed by nature’s first nanotechnologists Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Your Tears Can Generate Electricity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/your-tears-can-generate-electricity-180965135/A protein found in human tears can create electricity when placed under pressure, potentially paving the way for better biomedical devicesThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Climb a 2,500-Rung Ladder Up New Zealand's Towering Twin Fallshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/climb-worlds-highest-waterfall-ferrata-180964956/Clip in and follow 3,200 feet of newly-laid cable up this stunning waterfall in WanakaThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:30:00 +0000These Collegiate Innovators Are at the Vanguard of Technology and Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-collegiate-innovators-are-vanguard-technology-and-art-180965298/A massive three-day festival spotlights the achievements of the Atlantic Coast ConferenceThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How This Vienna Suburb Became the Center of the "Raw Art" Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visiting-epicenter-art-brut-movement-austria-180964812/Once a psychiatric clinic, the Art Brut Center Gugging now serves as a museum exhibiting the works of some of the world’s best self-taught artistsWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:40:50 +0000Every Modern Architecture Lover Should Take This Three-Day Road Triphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/every-architecture-lover-should-take-three-day-road-trip-180965292/In Connecticut, works by some of the most notable architects of the 20th century are hiding in plain sight. Take the wheel for this sightseeing tourWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:46:14 +0000The "Science" Behind "Geostorm", the Newest Weather-Fueled Doomsday Flickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-geostorm-newest-weather-fueled-doomsday-flick-180965303/Researchers have long sought control over the weather, but have yet to find a realistic way to master itWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:46:49 +0000These Windows Tint With a Flick of a Switchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-windows-tint-flick-switch-180964646/Stanford engineers are developing electric windows that block glare without blocking your viewWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:31:20 +0000A Senator Speaks Out Against Confederate Monuments… in 1910https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/senator-speaks-out-against-confederate-monuments-1910-180965299/Alone in his stand, Weldon Heyburn despised that Robert E. Lee would be memorialized with a statue in the U.S. CapitolWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:09:20 +0000How Japan's Bear-Worshipping Indigenous Group Fought Its Way to Cultural Relevance https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bear-worshipping-group-in-japan-fought-for-cultural-relevance-180965281/For a long time, Japanese anthropologists and officials tried to bury the Ainu. It didn't workWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could This Strange Fluid Prevent Concussions and Twisted Ankles? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-strange-fluid-prevent-concussions-180965272/Army researchers, academics and industry have been using shear thickening fluids for body armor, better football helmets, rehabilitation tools and moreWed, 18 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The $5 Million Dollar Ferrarihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/the-5-million-dollar-ferrari/Years of wheeling and dealing collectible cars have taught Robert M. Lee that it never hurts to askWed, 18 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Korean Fried Chicken, AKA "Candy Chicken" Became a Transnational Comfort Foodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forklife-korean-fried-chicken-transnational-comfort-food-180965128/A new Smithsonian Folklife Project, Forklife, traces the journeys of immigrant food traditions taking root in the United StatesWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Minister Who Invented Camping in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/religious-roots-of-americas-love-for-camping-180965280/How William H.H. Murray accidental bestseller launched the country's first outdoor crazeTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:33:41 +0000Funding This Landmark Hip-Hop and Rap Anthology Will Be a Community Efforthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/funding-landmark-hip-hop-and-rap-anthology-will-be-community-effort-180965243/Smithsonian's nonprofit record label launches a Kickstarter for help with its most ambitious project yetTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:22:52 +0000Inventing a Vocabulary to Help Inuit People Talk About Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inventing-vocabulary-to-help-inuit-people-talk-about-climate-change-180965062/One team is working with Inuvialuit elders to come up with a renewable energy terminology—and maybe revive a dying languageTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Never-Before-Seen Photos From "The New York Times" Offer a New Glimpse Into African-American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-never-seen-photos-new-york-times-offer-new-glimpse-african-american-history-180965279/The editors of the new book, “Unseen” talk about recognizing the paper of record’s biasesTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:28:48 +0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Patternshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-are-the-three-main-categories-of-blood/Bloodstain pattern analysis is used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of originTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ten Technologies That Will Change Our Lives, Soonishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ten-technologies-will-change-our-lives-soonish-180965276/A scientist and admired cartoonist explore how today’s research is becoming tomorrow’s innovations in a new bookMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:42:38 +0000Why NASA Needs To Establish Martian Lawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nasa-needs-to-establish-martian-law-180965259/Future Mars colonists may want to form their own legal system. What would stop them?Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:55:24 +0000The Release of JFK Assassination Files Later This Month Has Conspiracy Theorists On the Edge of Their Seatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/release-jfk-assassination-files-later-this-month-has-conspiracy-theorists-on-edge-of-their-seats-180965258/The material is expected to spark new interest in the 35th president's deathMon, 16 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Battle of Fort McHenry through Francis Scott Key's Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-battle-of-fort-mchenry-through-francis-s/When the British army held Francis Scott Key captive aboard one of their warships during the Battle of Baltimore, his stay inspired enemy's patriotic songMon, 16 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Sceneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/home-where-corpse-frances-glessner-lees-miniature-dollhouse-crime-scenes-180965204/Frances Glessner Lee's ‘Nutshell Studies’ exemplify the intersection of forensic science and craftMon, 16 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Inside Taiwan’s Craft Beer Renaissancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taiwans-new-craft-beer-scene-brewing-some-world-class-pints-180965264/Once a state-run industry, beer-making in Taiwan is blending globally-minded brewing with local flavorsFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:20:20 +0000Everything in This Museum Is Fakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nothing-art-museum-real-180964918/This Vienna art museum pays homage to the art of forgeryFri, 13 Oct 2017 19:25:12 +0000Mothers Adopt a Universal Tone of Voice When They Talk To Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mothers-adopt-universal-tone-voice-when-they-talk-to-babies-180965260/And other surprising facts about how we speak to infantsFri, 13 Oct 2017 15:58:53 +0000Like Octopus Skin, This New Material Goes From 2D to 3D in Seconds https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/like-octopus-skin-this-new-material-goes-from-2d-to-3d-in-seconds-180965247/Octopi are masters of disguise, able to change both the color and texture of their skin. Engineers have developed a material that can do similar tricksFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:57:45 +0000This Mapping Tool Could Help Wilderness Firefighters Plan Escape Routeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-mapping-tool-could-help-wilderness-firefighters-plan-escape-routes-180965253/Firefighters may soon get safety help from a new technology that assesses terrain and plots a course outFri, 13 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Evel Knievel's Famous Snake River Canyon Jumphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/evel-knievels-famous-snake-river-canyon-jump_1/On September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River CanyonFri, 13 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Have We Been Building Chairs All Wrong?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/have-we-been-building-chairs-all-wrong-180965194/Experimental Dutch designer Joris Laarman uses algorithms and digital technology to innovate through constraintFri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The 1938 Hurricane That Revived New England's Fall Colorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1938-hurricane-revived-new-englands-fall-colors-180964975/An epic natural disaster restored the forest of an earlier AmericaThu, 12 Oct 2017 13:55:07 +0000This Is Why France Invaded Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-why-france-invaded-mexico/Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France to launch a full-scale invasionThu, 12 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Take a Tour of the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific Collections this Autumnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-tour-smithsonians-asian-artwork-autumn-180965141/Diverse artifacts all across the Smithsonian Institution captivate and confound in equal measureThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Are Self-Driving Cars the Future of Mobility for Disabled People?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/are-self-driving-cars-future-mobility-disabled-people-180965241/Combining machine learning, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles could revolutionize how people with disabilities get around their communitiesWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:16:05 +0000How Marie Curie Brought X-Ray Machines To the Battlefieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-marie-curie-brought-x-ray-machines-to-battlefield-180965240/During World War I, the scientist invented a mobile x-ray unit, called a "Little Curie," and trained 150 women to operate itWed, 11 Oct 2017 18:09:28 +0000Collection of Eleanor Roosevelt’s Writing Captures the First Lady’s Lasting Relevancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/collection-eleanor-roosevelt-writing-captures-first-lady-lasting-relevance-180965229/On the 133rd anniversary of her birth, "ER"'s influence lives onWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:55:16 +0000The Musk Turtle Beer Koozie and Other Household Items We Use for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/turtle-beer-koozie-and-other-household-items-we-use-science-180965054/When the going gets tough, creative researchers turn to plastic lizard protectors, monkey loofahs and deer vagina trackersWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000As Wildfires Rage Across California Wine Country, a Historical Structure Turns to Ashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wildfires-rage-across-northern-california-historical-structures-turn-ash-180965227/The iconic Round Barn was destroyed at Fountaingrove, once home to a Utopian community and one of America’s first Japanese immigrantsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why the Ancient Egyptians Loved Their Kittieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-ancient-egyptians-loved-their-kitties-180965155/A show opening at the Sackler dramatizes the various meanings that the people of Egypt once associated with catsWed, 11 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Undead Are Immortalized at the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/americas-undead-are-immortalized-smithsonian-180965203/The cast of "The Walking Dead" donates a set of perfectly macabre Halloween giftsTue, 10 Oct 2017 21:38:54 +0000Check Out These Massive Straw Art Sculptures on Japan's Honshu Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/check-out-these-wara-art-sculptures-japan-180965197/Art students are giving leftover rice wara a second lifeTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:31:36 +0000Natural Phenomena (Other Than Foliage) You Can Glimpse This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/natural-phenomena-other-foliage-you-can-glimpse-fall-180965035/Where to look beyond the leaves for a taste of the season's wondersTue, 10 Oct 2017 17:36:42 +0000Inside the House of Zyklon Bhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-house-zyklon-b-180965184/An iconic Hamburg building, built by Jews and now a chocolate museum, once housed the distributors of one of Nazi Germany's most gruesome inventionsTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:05:23 +0000The True Story of the Death of Stalinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-death-stalin-180965119/“Veep” creator Armando Iannucci’s upcoming dark comedy pulls from the stranger-than-fiction real-life events surrounding Stalin’s deathTue, 10 Oct 2017 11:14:37 +0000Meet Mr. Mumler, the Man Who “Captured” Lincoln’s Ghost on Camerahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-mr-mumler-man-who-captured-lincolns-ghost-camera-180965090/When America’s first aerial cameraman met an infamous spirit photographer, the chemistry was explosiveTue, 10 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Island Where Scientists Bring Extinct Reptiles Back to Life (Nope, Not That One)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/island-where-scientists-bring-extinct-reptiles-back-life-180965041/Reviving a long-dead Galapagos tortoise will take Jurassic Park-esque tactics—but have humans already intervened too much?Mon, 09 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Animal That Built Australia's Ghan Railwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-unlikely-animal-that-built-australias-g/In the 1860s, the Australian Outback was the scene of major railroad expansion. At the heart of it was an unusual animal helping haul people and cargoMon, 09 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Territorial Land Grab That Pushed Native Americans to the Breaking Pointhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/territorial-grab-pushed-native-americans-breaking-point-180965142/The 1809 treaty that fueled Tecumseh’s war on whites at the Battle of Tippecanoe is on view at the American Indian MuseumMon, 09 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Armenia Plans to Become the Next World-Class Hiking Destinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-becoming-world-class-hiking-destination-180965096/Epic new trails in the Armenian Highland are putting the country's outdoor offerings on the mapFri, 06 Oct 2017 20:00:39 +0000The True Story Behind “Marshall” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-behind-marshall-180965148/What really happened in the trial featured in the new biopic of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood MarshallFri, 06 Oct 2017 16:43:18 +0000Trinity Site Offers a Rare Chance to Visit Ground Zero of the World’s First Atomic Bomb Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/trinity-site-open-house-offers-public-rare-glimpse-atomic-bomb-site-180965110/The detonation site is only open to civilians twice a yearFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:51:16 +0000How Artificial Intelligence Is Improving Magic Trickshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-intelligence-improving-magic-tricks-180965139/Computer scientists have designed a trick that uses an algorithm to search the internet for the words most associated with imagesFri, 06 Oct 2017 15:20:39 +0000Use Your Hand (or Your Coffee Cup, or Your Cat) as a Remote Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/use-your-hand-or-your-coffee-cup-or-banana-or-your-cat-remote-control-180965111/A new gesture recognition technology could allow users to turn almost any item into a remote for controlling televisions, tablets and moreFri, 06 Oct 2017 14:38:23 +0000How This Ship Handles Seas Loaded With Icebergshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/how-this-ship-handles-seas-loaded-with-icebergs/The Ocean Endeavour is sailing toward a famous glacier near the Arctic town of Ilulissat. It's a route packed with dangerous icebergsFri, 06 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Get Lost Inside These Golden Spires Transforming the Sackler Pavilionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/get-lost-inside-these-golden-spries-transforming-sackler-pavilion-180965129/<em>Terminal,</em>the work of acclaimed artist Subodh Gupta, recalls an urban cityscapeFri, 06 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000How to Give Dead Animals a Second Life: The Art of Skeleton Articulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-dead-animals-second-life-art-skeleton-articulation-180965113/Mike deRoos and Michi Main build beautiful models from the remains of Pacific sea creaturesThu, 05 Oct 2017 16:12:12 +0000The Wondrous Complexity of the New York Public Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/wondrous-complexity-new-york-public-library-one-americas-largest-180965131/A new documentary captures the sweeping human impact of one of the country's largest library systemsThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:57:42 +0000This Is How You Stop an Old Train Tunnel from Floodinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-is-how-you-stop-an-old-train-tunnel-fro/The Albula Tunnel, the second longest on the Glacier Express line that cuts through the Swiss Alps, was opened in 1903Thu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-women-codebreakers-wwii-helped-win-war-180965058/A new book documents the triumphs and challenges of more than 10,000 women who worked behind the scenes of wartime intelligenceThu, 05 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Canadian Lake Hides an Underwater Ghost Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underneath-canadian-lake-sits-preserved-ghost-town-180964645/Lake Minnewanka in Alberta was once home to a bustling resort, but today its eerie landscape can only be seen by scuba diversThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Rare Collection of Bronze Age Chinese Bells Tells a Story of Ancient Innovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bronze-age-chinese-bells-tells-story-ancient-innovation-180964459/These rarely played ancient bells are newly analyzed with their acoustics remastered and digitized for a new exhibition at the Sackler GalleryThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000You've Never Tasted "Street Food" Like This Beforehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youve-never-tasted-street-food-180965106/For its grand reopening, a hub of Asian-American culture serves up a culinary wonderlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Thought Lost to History, These Rare, Early Films Survived Thanks to a Crafty Showman and a Savvy Collectorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thought-lost-history-these-rare-early-films-survived-thanks-crafty-showman-and-savvy-collector-180965112/A new documentary focuses on the incredible story of Frank BrintonWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:54:25 +0000New Sackler Buddhist Exhibition Doubles the Immersive Experienceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-sackler-buddhist-exhibit-doubles-immersive-experiences-180965105/Film of Sri Lankan site joins popular shrine room as part of three-year exhibition and we finally learn why one Buddha’s hair is blueWed, 04 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Next Generation of Biofuels Could Come From These Five Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/next-generation-biofuels-could-come-from-these-five-crops-180965099/Researchers are currently developing biofuels from these abundant species, which require relatively little land, water and fertilizerTue, 03 Oct 2017 18:51:23 +0000Are Blade Runner’s Replicants “Human”? Descartes and Locke Have Some Thoughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-blade-runners-replicants-human-descartes-and-locke-have-some-thoughts-180965097/Enlightenment philosophers asked the same questions about what makes humans, humans as we see in the cult classicTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:55:32 +0000How Cultural Resilience Made a Difference After Hurricane Hugo And Could Help Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-resilience-culture-helped-caribbean-nation-come-back-devastating-hurricane-and-might-help-again-180965093/When the 1989 hurricane devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands, Smithsonian folklorists were working on an upcoming Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Oct 2017 15:26:48 +0000Explore the Secret Lives of Animals With These Marvelous Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/explore-secret-lives-animals-these-marvelous-maps-180965070/A new book considers how sophisticated tracking technology and the data it collects can improve conservation strategiesTue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Stinky Cheese Tells Us About the Science of Disgusthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-stinky-cheese-tells-us-about-disgust-180965017/Why does this pungent delicacy give some the munchies, but send others reeling to the toilet?Tue, 03 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Tom Petty, Standard-Bearer for Classic Rock, Dies at Age 66https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/tom-petty-standard-bearer-classic-rock-dies-age-66-180965092/In <i>Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen</i>, Bill Bentley remembers the singer-guitarist who forged a unique place in American rockTue, 03 Oct 2017 12:03:34 +0000What Can Cities Do to Go "Blue"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-can-cities-do-to-go-blue-180965085/In a number of projects and proposals, architects and urban planners are working with water instead of against itMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:14:04 +0000How Does Human Echolocation Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-does-human-echolocation-work-180965063/Blind since he was very young, Daniel Kish is the world's foremost proponent of using vocal clicks to navigateMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:45:57 +0000Inside the Founding Fathers’ Debate Over What Constituted an Impeachable Offense https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-founding-fathers-debate-over-what-constituted-impeachable-offense-180965083/If not for three sparring Virginia delegates, Congress’s power to remove a president would be even more limited than it already isMon, 02 Oct 2017 12:25:26 +0000Want to Learn Cherokee? How About Ainu? This Startup Is Teaching Endangered Languageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/want-learn-cherokee-how-about-ainu-startup-teaching-endangered-languages-180965076/Tribalingual founder Inky Gibbens explains how saving languages is a means of preserving different worldviewsFri, 29 Sep 2017 18:21:31 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Tense Realism of Edgar Degas Still Captivateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/100-years-later-tense-realism-edgar-degas-still-captivates-180965050/For this groundbreaking artist, greatness was always one more horizon awayFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:50:21 +0000Can a Chatbot Help You Prepare For Death?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-chatbot-help-you-prepare-for-death-180965071/They're being designed to tee up end-of-life conversations, prep documents and provide spiritual counselingFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:27:19 +0000With Federal Funds Dwindling, Climate Scientists Turn to Unusual Partnerships to Study Methane in a Warming Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-scientists-turn-to-unusual-partnerships-arctic-180965015/As the urgency of climate change becomes tangible to those in the Arctic, federal funds are growing harder to come byFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Ancient Whale Baleen Artifacts Can Now Tell New Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-ancient-artifacts-crafted-whale-baleen-can-now-tell-new-stories-180965066/How an innovative protein analysis technique helped solve a decades-old mystery Fri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Rock Lobster From a Farm Could Soon Be Coming To a Menu Near Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rock-lobster-farm-could-soon-be-coming-menu-near-you-180965064/Rock lobster isn't just a B52's song, it's a beloved meal around the world. And now scientists have figured out how to raise them on a farmThu, 28 Sep 2017 19:59:20 +0000Army Scientists Put the "Pee" in Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/army-scientists-put-pee-power-180965053/By combining urine and aluminum powder, soldiers may be able to produce energy in the fieldThu, 28 Sep 2017 17:45:04 +0000The Chemistry and Physics Behind the Perfect Cup of Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-brewing-great-cup-coffee-180965049/How science helps your barista brew your espresso perfectly every timeThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:26:03 +0000What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-ever-happened-to-russian-revolution-180964768/We journey through Vladimir Putin’s Russia to measure the aftershocks of the political explosion that rocked the world a century agoThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:04:41 +0000What Makes This Canadian Train So Special?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/1004949_1_3451906_eps01_models_yt_pl/The Canadian passenger train has a unique streamlined design that goes back to the 1930s. It’s a rare aesthetic, perfectly captured by this fanThu, 28 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Rainbow Shines Anew in National Portrait Gallery's Iconic George Washington Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rainbow-shines-anew-national-portrait-gallerys-iconic-george-washington-portrait-180965043/A glistening Lansdowne Portrait refresh harkens the reopening of "America's Presidents" Thu, 28 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Revolutionized Public Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1918-flu-pandemic-revolutionized-public-health-180965025/Mass death changed how we think about illness, and government's role in treating itWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:49:25 +0000This Snap-On Sensor Could Tell Farmers Exactly How Much To Water Their Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/snap-sensor-could-tell-farmers-exactly-how-much-water-their-crops-180965036/A team at Penn State University is developing a clip-on leaf sensor that measures water stress on individual plantsWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:11:45 +0000Fall in Love With This Newly Discovered Giant Island Rathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-love-newly-discovered-giant-island-rat-180965033/The Vangunu rat is the first rodent species to come to light on the Solomon Islands in 80 years—and it’s already endangeredWed, 27 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Cruise Ship Chef Hunts for Big Fish. Will He Succeed?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1004949_1_3451908_eps01_electricity_yt_pl/As luxury liner Europa 2 docks into port, its chef de cuisine has a major challenge ahead: prepare lunch for his very discerning clienteleWed, 27 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tom Brokaw’s Journey From Middle America to the World Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tom-brokaws-journey-middle-america-world-stage-180965021/The history-making path of the former NBC Nightly News anchor is honored with a Smithsonian Lewis and Clark compassWed, 27 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Doctors Once Prescribed Terrifying Plane Flights to "Cure" Deafnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/doctors-once-prescribed-terrifying-plane-flights-cure-deafness-180965027/Stunt pilots, including a young Charles Lindbergh, took willing participants to the skies for (sometimes) death-defying ridesTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:46:58 +0000How Japanese High-Speed Trains Handle Earthquakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1004949_1_3451907_eps01_shinkansen_yt_pl/Imagine being on a Japanese high-speed train when an earthquake hits. This is a scenario that the Tokaido Shinkansen railway team has been planning forTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Breathtaking Greek Island Is Home to More Than 700 Churcheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/small-greek-island-home-more-700-churches-180965022/A major pilgrimage site for Orthodox Christians, Tínos has long been overlooked by other travelersTue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Summer of Yoko Ono Ends with Shrieks and Screams https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/summer-yoko-ono-ends-shrieks-and-screams-180965006/A concert, a broken vase and unfettered adoration for the avant-guard artist marks the Hirshhorn’s finale to its appreciation Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Your Frustration Helps Your Baby Learn https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-your-frustration-helps-baby-learn-180965011/Watching adults struggle with a difficult task can teach young children the value of hard workMon, 25 Sep 2017 17:11:53 +0000These Origami Clothes Grow With Your Childhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/origami-clothes-grow-your-child-180965010/Designer Ryan Yasin is creating pleated garments that could save on money and wasteMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:24:59 +0000This Keyboard Cover Lets Users Actually Feel the Letters They Typehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-keyboard-cover-lets-users-actually-feel-letters-they-type-180964992/Two college students found a way have a keyboard tap into our muscle memory of the alphabetMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:45:27 +0000Check Out These Stunning Photographs of a Tibetan Horseback Sporthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/check-out-stunning-photographs-tibetan-horseback-sport-180964925/Kings in ancient Tibet promoted the sport to save money on military trainingMon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Dock a Ship Into a Port That's 200 Feet Short?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451006_eps01_vikingsea_yt_pl/The Viking Sea is docking into the Scottish port of Lerwick. It's a major challenge considering the port is over 200 feet shorter than the shipMon, 25 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Over 130 Factories Get New Lives as Tourist Destinations in Taiwanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-taiwans-tourism-factories-180964778/From glassblowing to ribbon weaving, baking to soap making, the island offers innovative tourism attractions for every type of visitorFri, 22 Sep 2017 21:07:09 +0000Turning Irregular Heartbeats Into Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/turning-irregular-heartbeats-music-180964991/A set of piano pieces could help doctors better understand heart rhythm disordersFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:12:21 +0000Modern Humans and Neanderthals May Be More Similar Than We Imaginedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthal-children-grow-lot-modern-human-children-180964993/A remarkably preserved 49,000-year-old skeleton shows that Neanderthal kids may have grown slowly, like usFri, 22 Sep 2017 17:03:41 +0000The True Story Behind Billie Jean King's Victorious “Battle of the Sexes”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/true-story-behind-billie-jean-king-battle-sexes-180964985/Smithsonian sports curator Eric Jentsch offers a look at her legacy beyond the legendary matchFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:31:54 +0000This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Livinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/1003687_2_3451005_eps01-europa2_chef_yt/The path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles upFri, 22 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How U.S. and German Art Experts Are Teaming Up to Solve Nazi-Era Mysterieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-us-and-german-art-experts-are-teaming-solve-nazi-era-mysteries-180964955/Specialists in WWII art loss and restitution will discuss provenance research in BerlinFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000In This Quiet Space for Contemplation, a Fountain Rains Down Calming Waters https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/quiet-space-contemplation-fountain-rains-down-calming-waters-180964981/One year after the Nation’s first black president rang in the opening of the African American History Museum, visitors reflect on its impactThu, 21 Sep 2017 19:11:11 +0000Ancient DNA Helps Scientists Shed Light on How Ancient Africans Moved and Mixedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-complete-first-major-study-ancient-human-dna-africa-180964973/New techniques help explain why there is little genetic overlap between modern and ancient Malawi people—and promise much moreThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:54:30 +0000The Color-Changing Marvel of Tree Frogs Looking for Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/color-changing-marvel-tree-frogs-looking-love-180964976/A new study sheds light on the wild world of "dynamically dichromatic" amphibiansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:53:15 +0000Eight New Uses For Virtual Realityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/eight-new-uses-for-virtual-reality-180964904/Fasten your headsets. VR technology is coming at us from all directionsThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000The ABA Was Short-Lived, but Its Impact on Basketball Is Eternalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/aba-short-lived-impact-on-court-eternal-180964775/The spectacular play you see today owes a mighty debt to the revolutionary, slam-dunking basketball leagueThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Stereographs Were the Original Virtual Realityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sterographs-original-virtual-reality-180964771/The shocking power of immersing oneself in another world was all the buzz once before—about 150 years agoThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Did East Asian Countries Adopt the Western Calendar and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-did-east-asian-countries-adopt-western-calendar-ask-smithsonian-180964764/You asked, we answeredThu, 21 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Herehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/some-best-parts-autonomous-vehicles-are-already-here-180964966/Consumers with high hopes of driverless cars improving safety might be looking past the boring near-term advances that could make a real difference Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Comics Captured America’s Opinions About the Vietnam Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-comics-captured-americas-opinions-about-vietnam-war-180964964/More than any other medium, comics closely followed the narrative arc of the conflict, from support to growing ambivalenceThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why This 1969 Royal Family Documentary Was Pulled Off Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-this-1969-royal-family-documentary-was-p/In total, the Queen Mother was a widow for 50 years of her life. During that time, she became known for two things: extravagance and an unpaid tabThu, 21 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Brazilian Capoeira Evolved From a Martial Art to an International Dance Crazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/capoeira-occult-martial-art-international-dance-180964924/The athletic movements may have inspired modern break dancingThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Mexico City’s Unique Geology Makes Deadly Earthquakes Even Worsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-mexico-citys-unique-geology-makes-earthquakes-even-worse-180964972/The entire country—but especially the capital—has all the ingredients for seismic catastropheWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:41:59 +0000Can the World’s Megacities Survive the Digital Age?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-worlds-megacities-survive-digital-age-180964967/Like companies, megacities must adaptWed, 20 Sep 2017 18:17:07 +0000Victoria and Abdul: The Friendship that Scandalized Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/victoria-and-abdul-friendship-scandalized-england-180964959/Near the end of her reign, Queen Victoria developed a friendship with an Indian servant, elevating him to trusted advisor and infuriating her courtWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:05:04 +0000New Book of Photographs Recalls the Trauma of American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-book-photographs-recalls-trauma-american-history-180964777/Looking back at a lynching that shocked America and galvanized the civil rights movementWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Salvation of Mosulhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/salvation-mosul-180964772/An Iraqi archaeologist braved ISIS snipers and booby-trapped ruins to rescue cultural treasures in the city and nearby legendary Nineveh and NimrudWed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dave Eggers’ Animals Might Be “Ungrateful,” But They Go to a Good Causehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/eggers-ungrateful-animals-180964770/The author discusses a return to art and his forthcoming book <em>Ungrateful Mammals</em>Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Scientists Engineered Cassini’s Final Demisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-engineered-cassinis-final-demise-180964953/ After a rich scientific life, Cassini went out in a blaze, becoming one with the planet it had revolved around for so longWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:49:18 +0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-honey-badger-barrels-through-a-sharp-thorn/A rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determinationWed, 20 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How This Washington, D.C. Museum Redefined What Museums Could Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-anacostia-community-museum-redefined-what-museums-could-be-180964941/Fifty years after its founding, the Smithsonian's beloved Anacostia Community Museum continues to tell stories heard nowhere elseWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Star-Studded Photos Reveal the Beauty of Armenia's Ancient Landscapeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-night-local-lens-landscape-ancient-suren-manvelyan-180964781/The photographer behind 'Your beautiful eyes' documents his country's storied landscape beneath canopies of starsWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-invent-pen-can-detect-cancer-seconds-180964947/This handheld mass spectrometer could make surgeries to remove cancerous tissue quicker and more accurateTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:26:46 +0000Photographer Reconstructs 1,400-Mile Route Along the Underground Railroadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/underground-railroad-photographs-180964899/'Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad' traces a plausible path a freedom seeker could have taken NorthTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:08:03 +0000Four Weird Ways Dogs Have Earned Their Keephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/four-weird-ways-dogs-have-earned-their-keep-180964948/From pulling milk carts to herding reindeer, dogs have had some odd jobsTue, 19 Sep 2017 17:49:25 +0000The Making of the Modern American Recipehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-modern-american-recipe-180964940/Scientific methods, rising literacy and an increasingly mobile society were key ingredients for a culinary revolutionTue, 19 Sep 2017 16:06:39 +0000How Alexander Calder Became America's Most Beloved Sculptorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/alexander-calder-became-americas-most-beloved-sculptor-180964773/In an exclusive excerpt from his new book, Calder: The Conquest of Time, Jed Perl reveals a hidden side of the artistTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World's Biggest Pumpkin?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/america-losing-ground-contest-grow-worlds-biggest-pumpkin-180964769/Our most symbolic squash is now taking over the worldTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000What’s Actually New About Today’s Newfangled Birth Control Apps?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-actually-new-about-todays-newfangled-birth-control-apps-180964933/These futuristic-sounding apps are on the rise, but it’s key to separate the data from the hypeTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Freer|Sackler: Reopens October 14https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/freersackler-reopens-180964919/Stories and updates for the upcoming celebrations at the Freer and Sackler Galleries Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:57:07 +0000The World Has Millions of Colors. Why Do We Only Name a Few?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-different-languages-name-different-colors-180964945/Cognitive scientists suggest that we name the colors of things we want to talk about Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/children-used-learn-about-death-and-damnation-their-abcs-180964938/In 19th-century New England, the books that taught kids how to read had a Puritanical morbidity to themTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:08:24 +0000A Young Princess Elizabeth's First Radio Broadcasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-young-princess-elizabeths-first-radio-bro/In 1940, Princess Elizabeth was tasked with an important job by prime minister Winston Churchill: to give a morale-boosting radio speech to her subjectsTue, 19 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Seven Must-See Museums in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/must-see-museums-norway-180964470/Each institution celebrates a different aspect of this Scandinavian country’s historyMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:42:07 +0000There Never Was a Real Tulip Feverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-never-was-real-tulip-fever-180964915/A new movie sets its doomed entrepreneurs amidst 17th-century “tulipmania”—but historians of the phenomenon have their own bubble to burstMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:50:29 +0000Will Fake Mars Missions Actually Help Us Get to Mars?https://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/mars-fakers-180964343/Can we learn anything by pretending?Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:44:12 +0000The Intrepid Teachers Bringing Internet Access To Women In Rural Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/intrepid-teachers-bringing-internet-access-to-women-in-rural-india-180964894/The gender disparity among internet users in the country's small villages is staggering. A program called Internet Saathi aims to helpMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:19:48 +0000These New Solar Cells Are Modeled After a Fly's Eyehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-new-solar-cells-are-modeled-after-flys-eye-180964911/Stanford University researchers may have found a way for perovskites to compete with silicon in the solar panel market Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:45:46 +0000When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-idea-home-was-key-american-identity-180964892/From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belongedMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:28 +0000How This Prankster Crashed Prince William's 21st Birthdayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-this-prankster-crashed-prince-williams/The Prince of Wales' 21st birthday party was held in the royal venue of Windsor Castle. Despite the security measures, an uninvited man was able to get inMon, 18 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Former Soviet Art Duo Crafts Worlds of Whimsy and Delight https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/this-former-soviet-art-duo-crafts-worlds-whimsy-delight-180964914/Miniature models, the wellspring of the celebrated large installations of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, are at the HirshhornMon, 18 Sep 2017 11:42:41 +0000How an Environmental Activist Became a Pioneer for Climate Justice in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indian-activists-path-climate-justice-180964866/Reducing India’s emissions will take more than science—it will take a new paradigm of de-colonialism, says Sunita NarainFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:19:11 +0000This Austrian Ossuary Holds Hundreds of Elaborately Hand-Painted Skullshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hallstatt-bones-house-hand-painted-skulls-180964736/Step inside Europe's largest intact collection of painted remainsFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:55:00 +0000Turn-of-the-Century Kid's Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Footballhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-childrens-books-told-young-boys-college-football-was-how-men-became-men-180964898/A founder of the NCAA, Walter Camp thought that sport was the cure for the social anxiety facing parents in America's upper classFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:44:58 +0000Fans of Minecraft Are Sure to Dig this Nationwide Museum Festhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/minecraft-fans-dig-museum-fest-180964888/The indie hit is the perfect game for a day devoted to unearthing knowledgeFri, 15 Sep 2017 13:37:27 +0000The Devastating Fire That Left Windsor Castle in Shambleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-devastating-fire-that-left-windsor-castl/Windsor Castle, the scene of a disastrous fire in 1992, was badly in need of restoration. One problem: The bill was likely to be in the millionsFri, 15 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000No Panda Cub From the Zoo's Mei Xiang This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/no-panda-cub-from-zoo-mei-xiang-this-year-180964581/After a summer of close monitoring, zoo officials announced the 19-year-old animal wouldn't be giving birthThu, 14 Sep 2017 21:03:03 +000012 Must-See Fall Exhibits Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-must-see-fall-exhibits-180964834/Art, science and magic draws us to museums this fallThu, 14 Sep 2017 16:04:15 +0000The National Parks Face a Looming Existential Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-existential-crisis-180964880/Political uncertainty and a changing climate converge to forge the park system's biggest challenge yetThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000At an Army Base in Kansas, There's a Secret Collection of Incredible Findshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/army-base-kansas-secret-collection-priceless-artifacts-180964882/Are these priceless artifacts or worthless trinkets? No one knows for sure, but a local art gallery is pitching in to find outThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:06:45 +0000What Does the Gender Reveal Fad Say About Modern Pregnancy?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-does-gender-reveal-fad-say-about-modern-pregnancy-180964891/A new ritual speaks to anxieties surrounding the medicalization of childbearingThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:34:14 +0000Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-childhood-environment-can-permanently-change-DNA-180964869/An investigation into more than 500 children shows that upbringing can have dramatic effects on human health Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Agriculture Came to Be a Political Weapon—And What That Means for Farmershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-agriculture-came-be-political-weaponand-what-means-farmers-180964849/In his new book, Ted Genoways follows a family farm and the ways they’re impacted by geopoliticsThu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:40 +0000Did Nazis Hide Loot Beneath This Giant Polish Castle?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-nazis-hide-loot-beneath-this-giant-polis/Ksiaz Castle in southern Poland sits atop a remarkable complex of underground tunnels built by the Nazis in 1944Thu, 14 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Massive Land Art Constructions Are Actually Ancient Fishing Weirshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/discover-taiwans-ancient-fishing-methods-tourist-destinations-180964694/Stone tidal traps were built off the coast of Taiwan as early as the Qing DynastyWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:24:41 +0000Armenia Might Be One of the Oldest and Youngest Beer-Making Countries in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/armenia-might-be-one-oldest-and-youngest-beermaking-countries-world-180964860/ Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:03:22 +0000See the Sounds of the Amazon in This Mesmerizing Videohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/see-sounds-amazon-mesmerizing-video-180964877/Artist Andy Thomas helps people experience nature in a new wayWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:52:16 +0000Why the Artist Ragnar Kjartansson Asked his Mother to Spit On Himhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-artist-ragnar-kjartansson-asked-his-mother-spit-him-180964861/The Icelandic performance piece <em>Me and My Mother</em> is latest Hirshhorn acquisitionWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Juggling Genius of Paul Cinquevallihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/juggling-genius-paul-cinquevalli-180964874/Remembering a showman who gave his life to his craftWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:01:14 +0000This Device Uses Radio Waves To Track How You're Sleepinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/device-uses-radio-waves-track-how-youre-sleeping-180964713/Scientists think it could help them better understand progression of chronic diseases like Parkinson'sWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:49 +0000What's Really in That Tuna Roll? DNA Testing Can Help You Find Outhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-really-in-that-tuna-roll-dna-sequencing-180964850/This rapidly evolving tech aims to empower consumers and shine a light on the food industryWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:23:37 +0000The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S. Damages Our Understanding of American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/misguided-focus-1619-beginning-slavery-us-damages-our-understanding-american-history-180964873/The year the first enslaved Africans were brought to Jamestown is drilled into students’ memories, but overemphasizing this date distorts historyWed, 13 Sep 2017 13:37:19 +0000The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-summer-camp-activity-digging-dinosaurs-180964862/Meet the intrepid teenagers and teenagers-at-heart who swelter in the heat hunting for fossilsWed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:20 +0000The Daring Stunt That Put Bungee Jumping on the Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-daring-stunt-that-put-bungee-jumping-on/In 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring--and illegal--televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris.Wed, 13 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Acclaimed Musicians Sting and J. Ralph Spread Social Justice Through Songhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/acclaimed-musicians-sting-j-ralph-spread-social-justice-through-song-180964853/The Smithsonian honors two composers whose work and philanthropy are inextricably linkedWed, 13 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000Oysters Can Get Herpes, And It's Killing Them https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-herpes-virus-threatening-oysters-around-world-180964851/ A deadly virus threatens to decimate oyster populations around the worldTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:14:52 +0000A Smart Recycling Bin Could Sort Your Waste for You https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/smart-recycling-bin-could-sort-your-waste-you-180964848/It's sometimes difficult to know where to put different types of plastic, but computer vision could remove any confusionTue, 12 Sep 2017 14:34:54 +0000The Transformation of the American Shopping Mallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/transformation-american-shopping-mall-180964837/Headlines claim malls are dying, and some are. But many others are having second lives as churches, schools, hospitals, even farmsTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Five Architects on the One Building They Wish Had Been Preservedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-americas-lost-buildings-180964780/From an elegant solution to urban density to a magnificent financial hubTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:10:30 +0000Here's How You Can Fly One of Peter Jackson's WWI Planeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-how-you-can-fly-one-of-peter-jackson/Director Peter Jackson has a fantastic collection of 70 WWI planes. But host Phil Keoghan isn't just interested in seeing them--he wants to fly oneTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/we-legitimize-so-called-confederacy-vocabulary-thats-problem-180964830/Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim CrowTue, 12 Sep 2017 11:00:00 +0000With Smart Planning, Coffee and Bees Can Survive Climate Change https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tropical-bees-and-coffee-will-survive-climate-change-smart-planning-180964836/In a new study, a Smithsonian scientist says coffee-growers have optionsMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:50:43 +0000New Startup WildKale Lets Farmers Sell Directly to Customers Through an Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-startup-wildkale-lets-farmers-sell-directly-customers-through-app-180964843/Yes, it's like "Uber for farmer's markets." Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:57:30 +0000The Jane Austen £10 Note Extends the "Ladylike" History of British Moneyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/jane-austen-10-note-extends-ladylike-history-british-money-180964842/The beloved novelist is the latest icon in the Bank of England's long—and fraught—tradition of gendering financeMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:37:40 +0000When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-you-feed-zoo-during-disaster-180964838/Zoo nutritionists have the Herculean task of feeding thousands of charges, come hurricane, tornado or terrorist attackMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:30:00 +0000Baby Tiger Travels by Southwest Jet, in Search of a Better Life in San Diegohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/baby-tiger-travels-southwest-jet-search-better-life-san-diego-180964839/Incompatible with his birthmother, a National Zoo cub seeks friendship in San DiegoMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:17:47 +0000Did Edvard Munch Find a Supernatural Power in Color?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-edvard-munch-find-supernatural-power-in-color-180964832/A new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art places Munch’s palette in contextMon, 11 Sep 2017 17:16:51 +0000This Replica of a Tlingit Killer Whale Hat Is Spurring Dialogue About Digitization https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/replica-tlingit-killer-whale-hat-spurring-dialogue-about-digitization-180964483/Collaboration between museums and indigenous groups provides educational opportunities, archival documentation—and ethical dilemmasMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Honey Badger Endures Bee Stings for His Favorite Treathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-honey-badger-endures-bee-stings-for-his/Grit the honey badger is on a mission to taste honey for the first time. To do so, he must break into a hive and withstand the fury of a bee hordeMon, 11 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +000012 of the Best Food Festivals Happening This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/12-best-food-festivals-happening-fall-180964800/Where to eat, drink and play across the U.S. this autumnFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:43:20 +0000From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Showshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/from-egyptian-cats-to-crime-scenes-smithsonian-upcoming-shows-180964748/Gallery-goers in D.C. and NYC are in for a mental workout with shows that deliver on everything from the experimental to the traditionalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:42:51 +0000The Professor With a Genius For Global Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/professor-genius-global-health-180964824/Rebecca Richards-Kortum and her students at Rice University are designing low-cost devices that can help mothers and babies in a big wayFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:33:31 +0000The World is Running Out of Sandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-facing-global-sand-crisis-180964815/ The little-known exploitation of this seemingly infinite resource could wreak political and environmental havocFri, 08 Sep 2017 15:15:59 +0000The Deadly 1991 Hamlet Fire Exposed the High Cost of “Cheap”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-1991-hamlet-fire-exposed-high-cost-cheap-180964816/A new book argues that more than emergency unpreparedness and locked doors led to the deaths of 25 workers in the chicken factory blazeFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-nyc-women-stayed-safe-from-the-son-of-sa/In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselvesFri, 08 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Are Craft Breweries the Next Coffeehouses?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/are-craft-breweries-next-coffeehouses-180964739/Taprooms springing up across the country are cultivating communities and helping to revitalize entire neighborhoodsThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:18:27 +0000The World's Parasites Are Going Extinct. Here’s Why That’s a Bad Thinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/parasites-are-going-extinct-heres-why-thats-a-bad-thing-180964808/Up to one-third of parasite species could vanish over the next few decades, disrupting ecosystems and even human healthThu, 07 Sep 2017 20:12:37 +0000The Titan Who Founded L'Oréal Prospered Under the Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/titan-who-founded-loreal-built-his-brand-shoulders-nazis-180964805/How the head of the world’s top cosmetic firm fell in with the Nazi-sympathizers of German-occupied France and emerged from the war as successful as everThu, 07 Sep 2017 19:11:21 +0000An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Funeral Fit for a Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/exclusive-behind-scenes-look-funeral-fit-king-180964799/For the first time in more than 70 years, Thailand is saying farewell to its monarchThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:28:36 +0000How Bullwinkle Taught Kids Sophisticated Political Satirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-bullwinkle-taught-kids-sophisticated-political-satire-180964803/Culture critic Beth Daniels argues the cartoon moose even allowed viewers to reckon with nuclear warThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:27:43 +0000The Wild West of Knott's Berry Farm Is More Fantasy Than Realityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/wild-west-knotts-berry-farm-is-more-fantasy-than-reality-180964798/A critic of government welfare, the theme park's Walter Knott built the first “Old West” town as a shrine to rugged individualismThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:15:41 +0000A Few Bad Scientists Are Threatening to Topple Taxonomyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-ugly-problem-heart-of-taxonomy-180964629/Naming species forms the foundation of biology—but these rogue researchers are exposing the flaws in the systemThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Robotic Exoskeleton Helps Kids With Cerebral Palsy Walk Upright https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-robotic-exoskeleton-helps-kids-cerebral-palsy-walk-upright-180964750/Children with cerebral palsy often walk in a crouched position, which is difficult to maintain over long distances. A robot suit can help. Thu, 07 Sep 2017 15:31:37 +0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-moon-landing-was-the-television-event-of_1/On June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary Apollo 11Thu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000These Design Champs Are Having Their Moment in the Sunhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-design-champs-are-having-their-moment-sun-180964654/Three Cooper-Hewitt award winners share secrets and stories with design critic Owen EdwardsThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Medical History of Chocolate Syruphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unlikely-medical-history-chocolate-syrup-180964779/How the sundae staple went from treatment to just treat Wed, 06 Sep 2017 17:42:32 +0000You Can Help Scientists Study Great White Sharks Off the Coast of Cape Codhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/you-can-help-scientists-study-great-white-sharks-coast-cape-cod-180964695/The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is offering boating expeditions open to the public now through OctoberWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:41:55 +0000How Forest Forensics Could Prevent the Theft of Ancient Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-forest-forensics-could-prevent-the-theft-ancient-trees-180964731/To track down timber thieves, researchers are turning to new tech and tried-and-true criminal justice techniquesWed, 06 Sep 2017 15:32:58 +0000The View From Pyongyang: An Exclusive Look at the World's Most Secretive Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/view-pyongyang-look-worlds-most-secretive-nation-180964749/One photographer journeyed into North Korea to catch a unique glimpse of a country under a dictatorshipWed, 06 Sep 2017 14:20:07 +0000The Moment Lincoln Realized the Military Power of Railroadshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-moment-lincoln-realized-the-military-pow/Following victory for the South in the battle of Bull Run, President Lincoln reached an inescapable conclusionWed, 06 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000How We Can Support the World's Rich Musical Diversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-we-can-support-worlds-rich-musical-diversity-180964724/Some music thrives, while other musical traditions are on the verge of disappearingWed, 06 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Youngest of the Little Rock Nine Speaks About Holding Onto Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/youngest-little-rock-nine-speaks-about-holding-onto-history-180964732/Carlotta Walls LeNier, whose school dress is in Smithsonian, says much was accomplished and now we need to hold onto itTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:41:25 +0000Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-power-and-honey-bees-180964743/The Pollinator Friendly Solar Act has solar companies and commercial beekeepers working togetherTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:40:25 +0000The Hide and Seek World Championship Will Take Over an Italian Ghost Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-worlds-only-hide-and-go-seek-championship-180964595/The annual event takes place in Consonno, an abandoned village once considered Italy's Las VegasTue, 05 Sep 2017 18:38:58 +0000How Coastal Cities Are Evolving to Deal With Extreme Rainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cities-are-learning-deal-extreme-rains-180964730/Facing the specter of more and worse rainstorms, these vulnerable areas are turning to innovative urban design Tue, 05 Sep 2017 17:41:03 +0000Nine Tasks Robots Can Do That May Surprise Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/nine-tasks-robots-can-do-that-may-surprise-you-180964729/Machines can cook your dinner, fill your prescriptions, make your shoes and much, much moreTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:55:38 +0000Stress Is Killing These Teeny Lemurs, and The Story Is In Their Hairhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stress-is-killing-these-teeny-lemurs-180964728/Sampling the fur of Madagascar’s gray mouse lemurs reveal a bevy of environmental pressuresTue, 05 Sep 2017 14:30:05 +0000Why the Works of Visionary Artist Jacob Lawrence Still Resonate a Century After His Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-works-visionary-artist-jacob-lawrence-still-resonate-century-after-his-birth-180964706/His vibrant and bold paintings tell stories of liberation, resistance and resilience Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How JFK's Clever TV Strategies Helped Him Win the Electionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-jfks-clever-tv-strategies-helped-him-wi/Seventy million people tuned in to watch America's first televised presidential debate in 1960. They were met with a well-prepared, well-dressed JFKMon, 04 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Forty Years Later, the Voyager Spacecraft Remain Beacons of Human Imaginationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/forty-years-later-voyager-spacecraft-remain-beacons-human-imagination-180964722/Remembering the mission that opened Earth’s eyes to the vastness and wonder of spaceFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:45:56 +0000A Whale’s Baleen Bristles Reveal the Story of Its Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/history-toothless-whales-180964717/Like tree rings, these layered plates hold chemical clues to how the animals adapt to a changing worldFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:41:37 +0000Ruth Odom Bonner, Who Rang the Freedom Bell With President Obama, Passes Away at 100https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-odom-bonner-who-rang-freedom-bell-president-obama-passes-away-100-180964714/Looking back on the redoubtable woman who helped inaugurate the African American History MuseumFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:55:00 +0000Striking Union Workers Turned the First Labor Day into a Networking Event https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/striking-union-workers-turned-first-labor-day-networking-event-180964705/The end-of-summer holiday was designed to spur overworked Americans to meet up, picnic and call for fairer labor lawsFri, 01 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Eleanor Roosevelt's Surprising Connection to a Dire Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/eleanor-roosevelts-surprising-connection-to/When first lady Eleanor Roosevelt first visited the mining town of Scotts Run, she was stunned by the poverty she encounteredFri, 01 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000'Rumble' Aims to Upset the Rock 'n' Roll Canonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rumble-aims-upset-rock-and-roll-canon-180964681/A documentary based on a Smithsonian exhibition is wowing festival audiencesFri, 01 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +000019 Fall Festivals in Canada to Get You Excited for Sweater Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/19-fall-festivals-canada-get-you-excited-sweater-weather-180964709/Enjoy autumn with our neighbors to the NorthThu, 31 Aug 2017 21:19:05 +0000See the Most Northerly Active Sand Dunes in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/see-most-northerly-sand-dunes-world-180964704/The Athabasca Sand Dunes are a geological oddity in northern CanadaThu, 31 Aug 2017 21:12:49 +0000A Brief History of Book Burning, From the Printing Press to Internet Archiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-book-burning-printing-press-internet-archives-180964697/As long as there have been books, people have burned them—but over the years, the motivation has changedThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:05:33 +0000The Secret Lives of Cannibal Stars Revealed, Thanks to 15th Century Korean Astronomershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secrets-cannibal-stars-revealed-thanks-korean-astronomers-180964696/For the first time ever, astrophysicists observe the entire life cycle of a binary star systemThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:24:53 +0000Once You See These Brand New "Screaming Armadillo" Pups, You'll Be Screaming Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/once-you-see-these-brand-new-screaming-armadillo-pups-you-be-screaming-too-180964687/No armor is impervious to this cuteness now at the National ZooThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:36:32 +0000Flexible Batteries May Soon Be Printed Right On Your Clotheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/flexible-batteries-may-soon-be-printed-right-your-clothes-180964683/Graphene supercapacitors, printed directly on textiles, could power medical devices, wearable computers, even phone-charging shirtsThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:14:57 +0000The Mystique of the American Diner, From Jack Kerouac to “Twin Peaks”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/mystique-american-diner-jack-kerouac-twin-peaks-180964680/Freedom, fear and friendliness mingle in these emblematic eateriesThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:13:04 +0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-minor-parking-violation-revealed-the-so/The tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegallyThu, 31 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Prying Apart the Mighty Bite of a Malaysian Trap-Jaw Anthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/prying-apart-mighty-bite-malaysian-trap-jaw-ant-180964655/Its mandibles strike in a fraction of a blink of an eye, but how does it do it?Wed, 30 Aug 2017 22:05:00 +0000Descend into the World’s Iciest Gateway to Hellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/eisriesenwelt-austria-worlds-iciest-gateway-hell-180964675/Austria's Eisriesenwelt, the world's largest ice cave, mixes science with folkloreWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:31:12 +0000Desegregation Came Early at the Texas Prison Rodeo https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/desegregation-came-early-texas-prison-rodeo-180964672/Before Brown vs. Board of Education, the “convict cowboys” of the Texas prison system showed off their bucking bronco skillsWed, 30 Aug 2017 16:17:02 +0000Costa Rica Let a Juice Company Dump Their Orange Peels in the Forest—and It Helpedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/costa-rica-let-juice-company-dump-their-orange-peels-forestand-it-helped-180964666/How a controversial experiment actually bore fruitWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Koh-i-Noor Diamond—And Why the British Won’t Give It Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-koh-i-noor-diamondand-why-british-wont-give-it-back-180964660/A star of London’s Crown Jewels, the Indian gem has a bloody history of colonial conquestWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man Is the Father of Modern American Suburbiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-is-the-father-of-modern-american-su/By 1951, two thirds of Americans lived in urban areas. Enter William Levitt, who would utilize construction techniques he learned to build affordable homesWed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Milk and Sugar Pods That Dissolve in Coffee Could Replace Single-Serve Containershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/milk-and-sugar-pods-dissolve-coffee-could-replace-single-serve-containers-180964663/Why use plastic when you can use sugar?Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:47:17 +0000The First Presidential Pardon Pitted Alexander Hamilton Against George Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-presidential-pardon-pitted-hamilton-against-george-washington-180964659/How to handle the Whiskey Rebellion was the first major crisis faced by the new governmentTue, 29 Aug 2017 18:26:53 +0000How Killing Moose Can Save Caribou https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-killing-moose-can-save-caribou-180964656/Conservation often requires difficult decisionsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:40:08 +0000How Robots Could Help the Elderly Age in Their Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-robots-could-help-elderly-age-in-their-homes-180964650/But these helpful machines won't be the humanoid butlers of science fictionTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:10:19 +000011 Cool, Funny or Just Plain Strange Patents for Back to Schoolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/11-cool-funny-or-just-plain-strange-patents-back-school-180964642/From alarm clocks that pummel you in the head to ingenious devices to save your crayon nubs, a peek into the patent archives for back to school seasonTue, 29 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man Betrayed Nazis by Stealing Looted Jewish Valuableshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-man-betrayed-nazis-by-stealing-looted-jewish/In April 1944, the Nazis began to systematically terrorize the Jews living in Hungary. Shortly afterwards, they forced them to hand over their valuablesTue, 29 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Universe Needs You: To Help in the Hunt for Planet 9https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-internet-democratize-hunt-distant-worlds-180964639/How one citizen science endeavor is using the Internet to democratize the search for distant worldsMon, 28 Aug 2017 13:46:59 +0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Rollhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/this-cleveland-dj-popularized-rock-n-roll/Dancing – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan FreedMon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Moonwalk Did Not Destroy Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit, Now Time Won't Eitherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-moonwalk-did-not-destroy-neil-armstrong-spacesuit-now-time-wont-either-180964598/Conservators are bringing new innovations to save the 80-pound suit that allowed the first astronaut on the moon to take that giant leapMon, 28 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000These Five "Witness Trees" Were Present At Key Moments In America's Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-five-witness-trees-were-present-at-key-moments-in-americas-history-180963925/These still-standing trees are a living testament to our country's tragic pastFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:54:47 +0000Civil Rights Icon Dolores Huerta Offers Advice to a New Generation of Activistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/civil-rights-icon-dolores-huerta-offers-advise-new-generation-activists-180964630/A new documentary charts the 87-year-old leader's advocacy across the decadesFri, 25 Aug 2017 18:24:37 +0000Will Supervolcanoes Help Power Our Future?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/will-supervolcanoes-help-power-our-future-180964635/Vast new deposits of lithium could change the global politics of battery production—if we can get at themFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:10:36 +0000How 9/11 Altered Laura Bush's Role as First Ladyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-911-altered-laura-bushs-role-as-first-_1/Six days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This 19th Century Lady Doctor Helped Usher Indian Women Into Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/19th-century-lady-doctor-ushered-indian-women-medicine-180964613/Ananabai Joshee dedicated her career to treating women and helped blaze a path for international doctors training in the U.S.Thu, 24 Aug 2017 16:12:09 +0000How Many Ways Can Snake Venom Kill You and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ways-snake-venom-kill-you-180964405/You asked, we answeredThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Jean-Michel Basquiat's Artwork Is Appreciated Now More Than Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/jean-michel-basquiat-artwork-180964403/Decades later, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s complex works are increasingly prescient—and valuableThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why African-American Soldiers Saw World War II as a Two-Front Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-african-american-soldiers-saw-world-war-ii-two-front-battle-180964616/Drawing the connection between fascism abroad and hate at home, pre-Civil Rights activists declared the necessity of “double victory”Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:38:32 +0000Scott Kelly's Journey Home After His Year in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scott-kelly-journey-home-year-in-space-180964408/America’s longest-orbiting astronaut describes his rocky return to Earth in this adaptation from his book 'Endurance'Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000What Led Benjamin Franklin to Live Estranged From His Wife for Nearly Two Decades?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benjamin-franklin-estranged-wife-nearly-two-decades-180964400/A stunning new theory suggests that a debate over the failed treatment of their son's smallpox was the culpritThu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the New York Stock Exchange Gave Abbie Hoffman His Start in Guerrilla Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-stock-exchange-gave-abbie-hoffman-his-start-guerrilla-theater-180964612/Fifty years ago, the anarchist protester sent traders sprawling for dollar bills—and became a media sensationThu, 24 Aug 2017 13:15:26 +0000Why Hillary Clinton Delivered Her Risky 1995 Beijing Speechhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-hillary-clinton-delivered-her-risky-1995/In 1995, Hillary Clinton was scheduled to deliver a speech at the United Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women in BeijingThu, 24 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000At the Smithsonian's First Asian-American Lit Fest, Writers Share Falooda, Politics and Poetry https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-first-asian-american-lit-fest-writers-share-falooda-politics-and-poetry-180964569/More than 80 award-winning and aspirational writers shared work across multiple genresThu, 24 Aug 2017 11:49:09 +0000One Scientist May Have Finally Figured Out the Mystery of Why a Civil War Submarine Sank https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-scientist-takes-on-mystery-why-civil-war-submarine-sank-180964587/A Navy engineer used creative modeling and her knowledge of underwater explosions to tackle the century-old Hunley conundrumWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:21:54 +0000Bei Bei the Panda Cub Celebrates his Second Birthday in Stylehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bei-bei-panda-cub-celebrates-his-second-birthday-style-180964604/The notorious sleepyhead manages to rouse himself for fansWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:56:11 +0000Whoa: Polygamous Wolf Spiders Have a Natural Form of Birth Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wolf-spiders-have-natural-form-birth-control-180964602/Females have figured out how to get rid of unwanted sperm, allowing them to reap the benefits of multiple matesWed, 23 Aug 2017 16:33:55 +0000Esperanza Spalding’s Pop Culture Loveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/esperanza-spalding-pop-culture-loves-180964396/She may not own a television, but the Grammy-award winning musician definitely has her favorite books and filmsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:57 +0000Walk in the Footsteps of Alexander Hamilton on This Tiny Caribbean Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alexander-hamilton-nevis-caribbean-island-180964047/The island of Nevis was no paradise for young HamiltonWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:08:43 +0000Why 'Happy Days' — and the Fonz — Never Truly 'Jumped the Shark'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/happy-days-fonz-jumped-the-shark-180964399/The Fonz was the epitome of ’50s chill on TV’s family-friendly “Happy Days.” And then he went over the topWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:29 +0000After the Civil War, African-American Veterans Created a Home of Their Own: Unionvillehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-african-american-veterans-town-own-unionville-180964398/One-hundred-fifty years later, the Maryland town remains a bastion of resilience and a front line in the battle over Confederate monumentsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Will Statues of a Doctor Who Experimented on Enslaved People Come Down Next?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-statues-doctor-who-experimented-enslaved-people-come-down-next-180964600/The discussion over the memorialization of James Marion Sims offers the opportunity to remember his victimsWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:20:56 +0000Here's What Happens When the Queen Throws a Giant Banquethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/heres-what-happens-when-the-queen-throws-a/As Britain emerged victorious from the Falklands War, it turned its attention to repairing relations with one of its most important allies: the U.S.Wed, 23 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000