At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenMon, 07 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo Close for the U.S. Government Shutdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-museums-and-national-zoo-close-180971127/Museum buildings and research centers shuttered, most federal employees furloughed, while excepted Zoo staff continue care of the animals Thu, 27 Dec 2018 23:00:33 +0000Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Makes for a Complicated Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-history-fair-triangle-waist-factory-owners-180971019/Charged with manslaughter, the owners were acquitted in December 1911. A Smithsonian curator reexamines the labor and business practices of the era Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +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 +0000This Hand-Carved Panther Statuette Embodies a Lost Civilization’s Harmony With Naturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hand-carved-panther-statuette-embodies-lost-civilizations-harmony-nature-180969711/Calusa Indians harnessed the bounty of Florida’s estuaries with respect and graceMon, 07 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000The Oldest Material in the Smithsonian Institution Came From Outer Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oldest-material-smithsonian-institution-came-outer-space-180971017/Decades after the Allende Meteorite plunged to Earth, scientists still mine its fragments for clues to the cosmosThu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000Why Are Starfish Shaped Like Stars and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-starfish-shaped-stars-180971008/You asked, we answeredThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000What We Learned About Our Human Origins in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-we-learned-about-our-human-origins-2018-180971129/From an upper jaw to red ocher paintings, two Smithsonian scholars note the significant discoveries in human evolution this trip around the sunFri, 28 Dec 2018 19:47:02 +0000Our Top 11 Stories of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-11-stories-2018-180971131/From a 50-year-old political scandal to swarms of genetically engineered mosquitos, here are Smithsonian.com's most-read storiesFri, 28 Dec 2018 18:46:20 +0000Smithsonian Secretary Announces His Departurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-secretary-announces-his-departure-1-180971087/After four years as head of the Institution, David Skorton leaves to head the Association of American Medical CollegesThu, 20 Dec 2018 17:23:24 +0000After a Murderous Rise to the Top, a Naked Mole-Rat Queen Reigns Supremehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-zoos-naked-mole-rat-colony-finally-crowns-its-queen-180971083/Mole-rat monarch asserted dominance by giving birth to three pups on Monday morning—all hail her majestyThu, 20 Dec 2018 15:21:51 +0000The Practically Perfect Political Timing of Mary Poppinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/practically-perfect-political-timing-mary-poppins-180971070/Disney warned of reading too much into the timing of his films, but just now everyone could use a little “spit spot” from America’s favorite British NannyWed, 19 Dec 2018 17:01:19 +0000To Help Corals Fight Back, Scientists Are Breeding Populations Separated by Hundreds of Mileshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/to-help-corals-fight-back-scientists-breed-populations-separated-hundreds-miles-180971064/A new study demonstrates that assisted reproduction using cryopreserved sperm leads to offspring that might be more resilient in the face of climate changeWed, 19 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Rethinking the Corny History of Maizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rethinking-corny-history-maize-180971038/A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world's most vital crops from Mexico to South AmericaFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:39:02 +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 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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 +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 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 +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 +0000