At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:03:11 +0000National Zoo Reports Death of Infant Golden Lion Tamarinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/national-zoo-reports-death-infant-golden-lion-tamarin-180969519/The golden lion tamarin and its sibling were born on Friday, marking the first births of tamarins for the Zoo in a decadeMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:44:45 +0000Illuminating the Shadowy Art of Armenian Puppet Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/illuminating-shadowy-art-armenian-puppet-theater-180969622/Tricksters and beasts dance across the imagination in these silhouetted puppet showsFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:03:11 +0000Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Sincehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/armenias-tree-life-tradition-took-root-thousands-years-ago-and-has-only-grown-180969609/The tree adorned in this year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will continue to blossom overseasThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:38 +0000A Never-Before-Seen Virus Has Been Detected in Myanmar’s Batshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-surveillance-program-identifies-never-seen-virus-myanmars-bats-180969598/The discovery of two new viruses related to those that cause SARS and MERS marks PREDICT's first milestone in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:37:47 +0000How Noisy Males Control the Gnu’s Cyclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-noisy-males-control-gnus-cycle-180969596/New research shows that ovulation in Serengeti wildebeests is accelerated and synchronized by the yammering of eager malesWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:33:00 +0000For 50 Years, the Special Olympics Has Given Marginalized Superstars Center Stagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/50-years-special-olympics-has-given-marginalized-superstars-center-stage-180969584/Founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the games offer intellectually disabled athletes the chance to dazzle an international audienceTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:55 +0000New Artificial Insemination Technique Successfully Breeds Critically Endangered Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-artificial-insemination-technique-successfully-breeds-critically-endangered-scimitar-horned-oryx-180969588/This marks the first birth of an oryx through artificial insemination that did not rely on potentially fertility-compromising anesthesiaTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:40:04 +0000The Botanical Artist Who Translates Plant Science Into Beautiful Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-woman-who-meticulously-illustrates-plants-name-science-180969544/The Smithsonian’s first and only botanical illustrator brings her subjects to life in all their scientific gloryTue, 10 Jul 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Age-Old Tradition of Armenian Carpet Making Refuses to Be Swept Under the Rughttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/age-old-tradition-armenian-carpet-making-refuses-be-swept-under-rug-180969557/A new generation is emerging to craft the ancient rugsFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:03:35 +0000Giant Panda Mei Xiang Will Not Give Birth https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/giant-panda-mei-xiang-will-not-give-birth-180969550/After a week and a half of waiting, the National Zoo confirms that Mei Xiang experienced a pseudopregnancy. Thu, 05 Jul 2018 16:12:52 +0000How a Fallback to Historic Traditions Might Save Catalonia’s Red Shrimp Fishery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fallback-historic-traditions-might-save-catalonia-red-shrimp-fishery-180969542/The Boquera brothers, two fishermen from the Costa Brava, are part an innovative management plan that combines science with maritime skills and knowledgeThu, 05 Jul 2018 15:23:15 +0000For Hundreds of Years, Papier-Mâché Has Lent a Surreal Face to Catalan Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hundreds-years-papier-mache-surreal-face-catalan-culture-180969526/Street performers disguised as Giants and Big Heads blend reverence with ribaldry at the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:08:49 +0000The Point of Armenia's Splashy Holiday Is Getting Wethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-point-splashy-holiday-getting-wet-180969520/The ancient tradition of Vardavar attracts tourists to Armenia, but bring a change of clothesTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:00:00 +0000The Visionary John Wesley Powell Had a Plan for Developing the West, But Nobody Listened https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/visionary-john-wesley-powell-had-plan-developing-west-nobody-listened-180969182/Powell’s foresight might have prevented the 1930s dust bowl and perhaps, today’s water scarcitiesTue, 03 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to a Language in Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/musicians-songs-give-powerful-voice-a-language-crisis-180969518/Singer and linguistic activist Alidé Sans hails from an isolated Catalan valley where a rare dialect is spoken Mon, 02 Jul 2018 19:47:07 +0000How Soup Nourishes Barcelona's Tradition of Welcoming Immigrantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-soup-nourishes-barcelonas-tradition-welcoming-immigrants-180969492/In the town plaza of Nou Barris, a festival feast mixes together the spices and flavorings of the world’s cuisinesFri, 29 Jun 2018 19:18:00 +0000A Primer on the Zoo’s Possibly Pregnant Giant Pandahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/primer-zoos-possibly-pregnant-giant-panda-180969477/In anticipation of a potential new cub, here’s a refresher on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian’s storied pastThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:46:41 +0000This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armeniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/free-virtual-reality-app-drops-users-heart-historic-armenia-180969480/Painstaking imaging of cultural heritage sites worldwide has the potential to usher in a new era of participatory preservation effortsThu, 28 Jun 2018 15:01:35 +0000The American Revolution Was Just One Battlefront in a Huge World Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-revolution-was-just-one-battlefront-huge-world-war-180969444/A new Smithsonian exhibition examines the global context that bolstered the colonists’ fight for independenceThu, 28 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Do Marine Mammals Yawn and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/marine-mammals-yawn-more-questions-readers-180969354/You asked, we answeredThu, 28 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Soulful, Soothing Armenian Songs and Instrumentals Blend East With West https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-soulful-soothing-armenian-songs-and-instrumentals-blend-east-west-180969474/Performers from all over the globe gather with traditional instruments to perform at this year’s Folklife Festival Wed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Some of Barcelona's Most Acclaimed Musicians Will Rock and Rumba Washington D.C.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/some-barcelonas-most-acclaimed-musicians-rock-rumba-washington-180969457/Six acclaimed Catalan musical acts introduce Folklife Festival-goers to Mediterranean rock, habanera, rumbero and rumba Wed, 27 Jun 2018 17:26:17 +0000Today's Whales Are Huge, But Why Aren't They Huger?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-whales-are-so-huge-why-arent-they-huger-180969466/Most giant cetaceans only got giant in the past 4.5 million years, suggesting they could have room to growWed, 27 Jun 2018 15:52:55 +0000The Uniquely Texan Origins of the Frozen Margaritahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/uniquely-texas-origins-frozen-margarita-180969339/A Dallas restaurant owner blended tequila, ice and automation. America has been hungover ever sinceWed, 27 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Armenian Dance Adapted Over Time and Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-armenian-dance-adapted-over-time-and-place-180969436/Choreography, music and technique are on tap at a Folklife Festival Dance Summit Tue, 26 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000King T’Challa’s Black Panther Suit, a Bold Statement of Afrofuturist Pride, Comes to the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/king-tchallas-black-panther-suit-bold-statement-afrofuturist-pride-Smithsonian-180969441/Pounce on the opportunity to celebrate contemporary African-African filmmaking at the National Museum of African American History and Culture this fallMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:41:21 +0000Festival de Folklife Com a Principiant de Conversahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/festival-de-folklife-com-principiant-de-conversa-180969438/El director Michael Atwood Mason reflexiona sobre els poders transformadors de l'intercanvi culturalMon, 25 Jun 2018 14:48:21 +0000Here’s How to Have a More Meaningful Experience at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-how-have-more-meaningful-experience-smithsonian-folklife-festival-180969420/Director Michael Atwood Mason reflects on the transformative powers of cultural exchange Mon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Beyond the Headlines, Catalan Culture Has a Long History of Vibrancy and Staying Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/beyond-headlines-catalan-culture-has-long-history-vibrancy-and-staying-power-180969294/The autonomous Spanish region of Catalonia takes center stage at this summer's Smithsonian Folklife FestivalMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unfurling the Rich Tapestry of Armenian Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/unfurling-rich-tapestry-armenian-culture-180969251/This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival will offer a window on Armenian visions of homeMon, 25 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Andean Solstice Celebrations Capture the Wondrous Churn of Spacetimehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/andean-solstice-celebrations-capture-spacetime-180969426/Exploring the similarities and differences between Indigenous and Western cosmologiesThu, 21 Jun 2018 19:13:42 +0000Maya Freelon’s Immersive and Interactive Sculptures Bring Tissue Paper to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/maya-freelons-immersive-and-interactive-sculptures-bring-tissue-paper-life-180969427/Her artwork will be a part of this weekend’s By the People Festival at the Arts and Industries buildingThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:31:20 +0000Operation Calamari: How the Smithsonian Got Its Giant Squidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/operation-calamari-how-smithsonian-got-its-giant-squids-180969422/After a decade on view, these cephalopod specimens have a growing fan base Thu, 21 Jun 2018 14:46:30 +0000Newly Unearthed Civil War Bones Speak Silently to the Grim Aftermath of Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-unearthed-civil-war-bones-speak-silently-grim-aftermath-battle-180969413/What the amputated limbs and full skeletons of a Manassas burial pit tell us about wartime surgical practicesWed, 20 Jun 2018 11:30:51 +0000How Daguerreotype Photography Reflected a Changing Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-daguerreotype-photography-reflected-changing-america-180969389/The National Portrait Gallery brings the eerie power of a historic medium into focusMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:13:51 +0000How This Comic Maker Plans to Make Everyone an Artist https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-comic-maker-plants-make-everyone-artist-180969379/The first annual "By the People Festival" kicks off in the Washington, D.C. area with interactive art, gospel, Jazz, opera and other performancesMon, 18 Jun 2018 14:52:36 +0000For 50 Years, José Feliciano's Version of the National Anthem Has Given Voice to Immigrant Pridehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-50-years-jose-felicianos-soulful-take-national-anthem-given-pride-immigrant-pride-180969380/The acclaimed musician offers a moving welcome to the newest U.S. citizens and donates his guitarFri, 15 Jun 2018 15:30:28 +0000How Newton, Goethe, an Ornithologist and a Board Game Designer Helped Us Understand Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-newton-goethe-ornithologist-and-board-game-designer-helped-us-understand-color-180969264/A new exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum explores the kaleidoscope of figures who shaped color theoryMon, 11 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Bitter Aftertaste of Prohibition in American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bitter-aftertaste-prohibition-american-history-180969266/Anti-immigration sentiment flavored that cocktail ban, historians sayFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:44:46 +0000Oprah's Undeniable Influence on American History Recognized in New Smithsonian Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oprahs-undeniable-influence-american-history-recognized-new-smithsonian-exhibition-180969267/The National Museum of African American History and Culture follows Winfrey's life, from her roots in rural Mississippi to her success as a cultural phenomThu, 07 Jun 2018 13:21:47 +0000On the Eve of his Death, Robert Kennedy Was a Whirlwind of Empathy and Internal Strifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/on-eve-his-death-robert-kennedy-whirlwind-empathy-internal-strife-180969248/These unconventional portraits capture the man's evolution from straitlaced politician to champion of the poorWed, 06 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000Even Today, Willie Mays Remains a Giant in Baseball Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/event-today-willie-mays-remains-giant-baseball-history-180969229/Decades after he redefined the game, the 24-time All-Star continues to be revered by fans and historians alikeTue, 05 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Globalization Changed the Way We Fight Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-globalization-changed-way-we-fight-disease-180969222/A new exhibition at the National Museum of Natural History explores the deadly past of global epidemicsMon, 04 Jun 2018 15:13:14 +0000How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-civilizations-innovated-conquer-wilderness-180969197/A new activity center at the American Indian Museum in NYC sheds light on the original know-how of the AmericasFri, 01 Jun 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Royally Adorable Baby Kingfisher Perpetuates a Species Extinct in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/royally-adorable-baby-kingfisher-perpetuates-species-extinct-wild-180969216/A fine soon-to-be-feathered friend joins the menagerie at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 31 May 2018 18:06:41 +0000Meet The Devotees of the Growing Lao Food Movement in a New Video from Folklifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-devotees-growing-lao-food-movement-new-video-from-folklife-180969178/Seng Luangrath opened a Lao restaurant in Washington, D.C. and made it a community for other immigrantsThu, 31 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Archives Reveal Touching Stories on the Life of Robert Indiana, the Man Who Invented “LOVE”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/robert-indiana-was-man-who-invented-love-180969201/Smithsonian curators reflect on the legacy of the iconic artist, following his death at age 89Wed, 30 May 2018 18:21:24 +0000Songster Dom Flemons Brings Back the Melodies of the Black Cowboyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/songster-dom-flemons-carolina-chocolate-drops-brings-back-melodies-poems-black-cowboy-180969181/The Latest from Folkways, a Label Marking 70 Years, revives music traditions from the African-American ranch crews of the WestWed, 30 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Mark Segal, LGBTQ Iconoclast, Activist and Disruptor, Donates Lifetime of Papers and Artifacts https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mark-segal-lgbtq-iconoclast-activist-and-disruptor-donates-lifetime-papers-and-artifacts-180969176/Following the 1969 Stonewall Raid, Segal built a life around protest and the quest for equal rights for minority groups Fri, 25 May 2018 17:45:45 +0000Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rarely-seen-19th-century-silhouette-same-sex-couple-living-together-goes-view-180969156/A new show, featuring the paper cutouts, reveals unheralded early Americans, as well as contemporary artists working with this old art formFri, 25 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000How the Ancestors of Birds Survived the Dino-Killing Asteroidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancestors-birds-survived-dino-killing-asteroid-180969167/Forest cover was crucial to avian evolution, a new study on the mass extinction event assertsThu, 24 May 2018 15:13:09 +0000How Come U.S. Currency Never Changes Its Face and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/us-currency-never-changes-ask-smithsonian-180969013/You asked, we answeredThu, 24 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000When Paper Clothing Was the Perfect Fithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-paper-clothing-was-perfect-fit-180969159/A war-weary world needed a new wardrobe, and this cheap, washable attire seemed to rise to the occasionThu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-very-first-treaty-between-us-and-native-people-still-resonates-today-180969157/The Treaty With the Delawares, signed in 1778, has arrived at the National Museum of the American IndianThu, 24 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Hamilton's David Korins Explains What Makes the Smash Hit's Design So Versatilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hamiltons-david-korins-explains-what-makes-smash-hit-design-so-versitle-180969135/The renowned designer dishes about the new Hamilton exhibition, precision and metaphor on stage and how the turntables almost didn’t happenWed, 23 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Seventy-Five Years Ago, Women's Baseball Players Took the Field https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seventy-five-years-ago-womens-baseball-players-took-field-180969009/An Indiana slugger was one of the athletes who “hit the dirt in the skirt” and changed Americans’ view of womenTue, 22 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000First Major Swahili Coast Art Show Reveals a Diverse World of Cultural Exchange and Influence https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-major-swahili-coast-art-show-reveals-diverse-world-cultural-exchange-and-influence-180969136/At the Smithsonian’s African Art Museum, international influences commingle to create a farrago of artisanal splendors Tue, 22 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Delivering the Mail Was Once One of the Riskiest Jobs in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-delivering-mail-was-one-riskiest-jobs-america-180969115/A new exhibition at the National Postal Museum honors the nation’s first airmail pilotsFri, 18 May 2018 20:25:00 +0000How to Protect Your Local Pollinators in Ten Easy Wayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/honor-world-bee-day-protect-your-local-pollinators-these-ten-east-ways-180969111/As the first annual World Bee Day looms, insect and garden lovers are abuzz with excitementThu, 17 May 2018 18:08:01 +0000