At the Smithsonian | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smithsonian-institution/RSS feed for At the SmithsonianenFri, 20 Apr 2018 19:45:33 +0000The African American History and Culture Museum Wins Gold for Going Green https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/african-american-history-and-culture-museum-wins-gold-going-green-180968862/How the Smithsonian’s newest museum set the bar for sustainability in architectureFri, 20 Apr 2018 19:45:33 +0000Ten Rarely Seen Springsteen Photographs That Capture the Exhilarating Power of The Boss https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ten-rarely-seen-springsteen-photographs-that-capture-exhilarating-power-the-boss-180968816/A new book reveals the work of David Gahr, who documented the music legend as he rose to worldwide fameFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:22:42 +0000How to Talk With Evangelicals About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-to-talk-evangelicals-evolution-180968839/For two years, researchers from the Smithsonian traveled the country explaining the science of our shared originsThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:52:10 +0000Baseball Legend Cal Ripken Jr. Takes Home Another Award, This Time From the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cal-ripken-jr-takes-home-another-award-smithsonians-great-americans-medal-180968838/The Iron Man adds the American History Museum's Great Americans medal to his trophy wallThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:13:59 +0000Smithsonian Curators Reflect on How Barbara Bush Will Be Rememberedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-reflect-onhow-barbara-bush-will-be-remembered-180968827/As both the First Lady and the mother of a President, Mrs. Bush leaves a legacy of a national grandmother with an iron backboneWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:14:07 +0000What's the Difference Between Moths and Butterflies and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-moths-butterflies-ask-smithsonian-180968766/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000A Curator's College Find Is Revisited in the New PBS Showcase ‘Civilizations'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-college-find-led-civilizations-showcase-180968800/Debra Diamond's story, says the show's producer, exemplifies the 'joy of discovery' in a whole new wayTue, 17 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Large Penises of Tiny Crustaceans Tell Us About Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-large-penises-tiny-crustaceans-tell-us-about-evolution-180968810/Massive male sex organs have their perks, but in the long run, a little modesty paysMon, 16 Apr 2018 19:17:04 +0000First Infant Gorilla Born at the Zoo in Nine Years; Watch a Video of the Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-infant-gorilla-born-zoo-nine-years-180968812/Little “Moke” and his first-time mother “Calaya” are doing wellMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:42:07 +0000Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Earth’s Past Climateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-earths-past-climates-180968797/They have a lot to tell us about our futureMon, 16 Apr 2018 16:22:18 +0000Thirty-Seven Warblers in a Hundred Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/Thirty-seven-warblers-hundred-days-180968777/A Smithsonian ornithologist follows the songbird migration north from the Gulf of Mexico. A new book tells his story Mon, 16 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000A History of America's Ever-Shifting Stance on Tariffshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-american-shifting-position-tariffs-180968775/Unpacking a debate as old as the United States itselfThu, 12 Apr 2018 14:40:17 +0000The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sad-story-laika-space-dog-and-her-one-way-trip-orbit-1-180968728/A stray Moscow pup traveled into orbit in 1957 with one meal and only a seven-day oxygen supplyWed, 11 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-brownie-wise-ingenious-marketer-behind-tupperware-party-180968658/Earl Tupper invented the container's seal, but it was a savvy, convention-defying entrepreneur who got the product line into the homes of housewivesTue, 10 Apr 2018 17:47:47 +0000How This Globetrotting Artist Redefines Home and Hearth https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-globetrotting-artist-redefines-home-and-hearth-180968711/An ethereal 3D installation by the Korean-born Do Ho Suh combines places the artist has lived in the pastMon, 09 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Science Behind the Unbearably Cute IMAX Movie "Pandas"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/science-behind-unbearably-cute-imax-movie-pandas-180968708/Wild populations of these loveable fuzz-faced bears need help, and scientists are on the caseFri, 06 Apr 2018 15:24:44 +0000Step Inside the Transcendent Bedroom of 2001: A Space Odysseyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/bedroom-end-universe-1-180968677/The National Air and Space Museum commemorates the 50th anniversary of a modern sci-fi stapleThu, 05 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Wes Anderson’s Fastidious Whimsy Has Delighted Moviegoers for Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wes-andersons-fastidious-whimsy-has-delighted-moviegoers-decades-180968691/A Smithsonian retrospective breathes fresh life into Anderson’s kaleidoscopic filmographyWed, 04 Apr 2018 19:52:54 +0000The Real Science Behind Your Favorite Nerd Culture at Awesome Conhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-science-behind-favorite-nerd-culture-awesome-con-180968673/Astrophysicists, vehicle technicians and biologists joined the party to bring cutting-edge research to fictional worldsWed, 04 Apr 2018 15:55:04 +0000Two Artists in Search of Missing Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-artists-search-missing-history-180968651/A new exhibition makes a powerful statement about the oversights of American history and America’s art historyWed, 04 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Memory of Stephen Hawking Endures in Bold Black Hole Research Effortshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/memory-stephen-hawking-endures-bold-black-hole-research-efforts-180968680/Smithsonian scientists hunting these supermassive objects reflect on the legacy of one of the world’s most inspiring intellectsTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:27:52 +0000When Robert Kennedy Delivered the News of Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/emotionally-wounded-robert-kennedy-delivers-news-kings-assassination-180968625/Months before his own slaying, Kennedy recalled the loss of JFK as he consoled a crowd of shocked African-Americans in Indianapolis Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Rockstar Geologist Who Mapped the Minerals of the Cosmoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonians-rockstar-geologist-who-mapped-minerals-cosmos-180968640/A professor told Ursula Marvin she should learn to cook. Instead she chased down meteorites in AntarcticaFri, 30 Mar 2018 16:33:59 +0000How One Museum Curator Is Bringing Burning Man Out of the Desert https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-museum-curator-bringing-burning-man-out-desert-180968614/The outré scene of unrestrained revelry and cutting-edge art in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert comes to the Renwick Gallery Fri, 30 Mar 2018 15:27:14 +0000How a Team of Submersible-Bound Scientists Redefined Reef Ecosystemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-team-submersible-bound-scientists-redefined-reef-ecosystems-180968609/In tropical Curaçao, Smithsonian researchers are constantly confronting the unknownWed, 28 Mar 2018 15:19:23 +0000These Signature Artifacts Embody the Giving Spirt of Artist-Philanthropistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-signature-artifacts-embody-giving-spirit-artist-philanthropists-180968594/From Misty Copeland to Lin-Manuel Miranda, a new Smithsonian display spotlights creators who have shaped communitiesTue, 27 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How the Technicolor Ikat Designs of Central Asia Thread Into Textile Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-technicolor-ikat-designs-central-asia-thread-textile-history-180968591/A new Smithsonian exhibition sheds light on the rich backstory of an oft-imitated traditionMon, 26 Mar 2018 19:35:30 +0000How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Gunshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-portraiture-gave-rise-glamour-guns-180968559/American portraiture with its visual allure and pictorial storytelling made gun ownership desirableFri, 23 Mar 2018 20:05:39 +0000Meet Spike, the Affable Asian Bull Elephant Trucked Up From Florida to Join the National Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-spike-affable-asian-bull-elephant-trucked-florida-join-national-zoo-180968569/With a new male elephant in the mix, zookeepers are hopeful babies will soon be on the wayFri, 23 Mar 2018 13:38:51 +0000What Aardvark Milk Reveals about the Evolution of Lactationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-aardvark-milk-reveals-about-evolution-lactation-180968523/Samples from the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Exotic Animal Milk Repository help scientists study the unifying trait of all mammalsWed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:01 +0000The Electric Organ That Gave James Brown His Unstoppable Energyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/electric-organ-gave-james-brown-unstoppable-energy-180968397/What was it about the Hammond organ that made the 'Godfather of Soul' say please, please, please?Wed, 21 Mar 2018 14:52:59 +0000Why Don't We See Fireflies in the Western U.S.?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-no-fireflies-united-states-180968394/You asked, we answeredWed, 21 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000These Newly Donated Artifacts Capture the Spirit of Washington, D.C. Draghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-newly-donated-artifacts-capture-spirit-washington-dc-drag-180968542/Mementos from the Academy of Washington drag organization add a valuable thread to the tapestry of American LGBTQ historyWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000In a Horrifying New Twist, Myanmar Elephants Are Being Poached For Their Skinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myanmar-elephants-are-being-poached-their-skin-not-tusks-180968535/In Asia, the biggest threat to elephant survival has long been habitat loss. That may be changingTue, 20 Mar 2018 14:27:51 +0000Dogs Were Transported Across Great Distances for Ancient Maya Ritualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dogs-were-transported-across-great-distances-ancient-maya-rituals-180968536/A new paper uses chemistry to shed light on the management of Maya animalsMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:36 +0000How an Exquisitely Designed Cart for Homeless People Inspired a Wave of Artists’ Activismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-exquisitely-designed-cart-homeless-people-inspired-wave-artists-activism-180968519/In the 1980s artist Krzysztof Wodiczko’s vehicle of change was also a weapon of social disruption Mon, 19 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Smithsonian Helped Solve the Twitter Mystery of the Unknown Woman Scientisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-Smithsonian-helped-solve-mystery-unknown-female-scientist-1971-photo-180968518/Sheila Minor was not, as some suggested, “support staff.” She was a biological research technician who went on to a 35-year-long scientific careerFri, 16 Mar 2018 19:06:39 +0000How One Impromptu Jam Session Spawned a Sweeping Irish-American Music Revivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-one-impromptu-jam-session-spawned-irish-american-music-revival-180968512/ For 40 years, Green Fields of America has told traditional Irish stories through songFri, 16 Mar 2018 16:07:18 +0000Colored Pigments and Complex Tools Suggest Humans Were Trading 100,000 Years Earlier Than Previously Believedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colored-pigments-and-complex-tools-suggest-human-trade-100000-years-earlier-previously-believed-180968499/Transformations in climate and landscape may have spurred these key technological innovations Thu, 15 Mar 2018 18:00:00 +0000Meet the Female Inventor Behind Mass-Market Paper Bagshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-female-inventor-behind-mass-market-paper-bags-180968469/A self-taught engineer, Margaret Knight bagged a valuable patent, at a time when few women held intellectual propertyThu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:29 +0000In Persia’s Dynastic Portraiture, Bejeweled Thrones and Lavish Decor Message Authorityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/persias-dynastic-portraiture-bejeweled-thrones-and-lavish-decor-message-authority-180968475/Paintings and 19th century photographs offer a rare window into the lives of the royal familyThu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Artist Deconstructed His Love and Fascination for <i>Calvin and Hobbes</i>https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/artist-deconstructed-his-love-and-fascination-icalvin-and-hobbesi-180968458/Tony Lewis finds a new way of writing poetry, through artistry, and his assemblage of cut-up dialog balloons from Bill Watterson’s much-loved comic stripWed, 14 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian’s Coelacanth Lost Its Brain and Got It Back Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonians-coelacanth-lost-its-brain-and-got-it-back-again-180968450/This year marks the 80th anniversary of the discovery of a fish believed to have gone the way of the dinosaurs 70 million years agoTue, 13 Mar 2018 17:52:29 +0000How Do We Restore Trust in Our Democracies? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-we-restore-trust-our-democracies-museums-can-be-starting-point-180968448/ Museums can be a starting point, says David J. Skorton, the Secretary of the Smithsonian InstitutionMon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:12 +0000How the African-American Syphax Family Traces Its Lineage to Martha Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-african-american-syphax-family-traces-its-lineage-martha-washington-180968439/Resources at the African American History Museum deliver a wealth of opportunity for genealogical researchFri, 09 Mar 2018 18:03:03 +0000This Historic Gavel Hammers Home the Achievements of Nancy Pelosi… and the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-gavel-hammers-home-achievements-nancy-pelosi-and-united-states-180968414/The congresswoman donates to the Smithsonian artifacts tied to her first day as Speaker of the House in 2007Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:03:18 +0000What’s a "Missing Link"? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-missing-link-180968327/While some still use the term, experts abhor it because it implies that life is a linear hierarchyTue, 06 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0000How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-american-slaveholders-complicate-trail-tears-narrative-180968339/The new exhibition 'Americans' at the National Museum of the American Indian prompts a deeper dive for historic truthsTue, 06 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time to Tell the Unvarnished History of the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-museum-directors-say-its-time-tell-unvarnished-history-us-180968341/History isn’t pretty and sometimes it is vastly different than what we’ve been taught, say Lonnie Bunch and Kevin Gover Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:46:42 +0000The 1968 Kerner Commission Got It Right, But Nobody Listenedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1968-kerner-commission-got-it-right-nobody-listened-180968318/Released 50 years ago, the infamous report found that poverty and institutional racism were driving inner-city violenceThu, 01 Mar 2018 20:44:00 +0000During World War I, Many Women Served and Some Got Equal Payhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/during-world-war-i-many-women-served-and-some-got-equal-pay-180968310/Remembering the aspirations, struggles and accomplishments of women who served a century agoThu, 01 Mar 2018 18:15:06 +0000King of The Mud Dragons https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/king-of-the-mud-dragons-180968283/Robert Higgins has spent his career dredging out tiny creatures from dirt and obscurityThu, 01 Mar 2018 15:30:00 +0000A Classic American Cheerleading Troupe Tumbles to Smithsonian Immortalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/classic-american-cheerleading-troupe-tumbles-smithsonian-immortality-180968297/"America's Sweethearts" are as dedicated to social service as they are to the Dallas CowboysWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:26:45 +0000Why the Conservation of Orchids Is No Simple Matterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-conservation-orchids-no-simple-matter-180968270/Orchid researchers are racing to store seeds from the threatened plants, but first, they must understand the conditions they need to grow Wed, 28 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000This Museum Tour Is the Perfect Guide to Celebrating Women’s History in Stylehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/museum-tour-perfect-guide-celebrating-womens-history-style-180968262/From the National Portrait Gallery to the Air and Space Museum, here’s where to find the stories of wondrous women come MarchTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:00:04 +0000The Art of Armenian Pottery Will Be on Display at This Summer's Smithsonian Folklife Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/art-armenian-pottery-folklife-festival-180968266/The artists behind Sisian Ceramics create works evocative of the Armenian landscapeMon, 26 Feb 2018 21:04:31 +0000Are You Buying What These Artists Are Selling?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-you-buying-what-theyre-selling-180968251/The absurdity of American commercialism is laid bare in the Hirshhorn’s latest exhibitionMon, 26 Feb 2018 19:41:22 +0000Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-time-reassessment-malcolm-x-180968247/A new Smithsonian Channel film, "The Lost Tapes," challenges misconceptions about the charismatic leaderFri, 23 Feb 2018 19:54:05 +0000Norman Rockwell's <i>Four Freedoms</i> Brought the Ideals of America to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/norman-rockwells-four-freedoms-brought-ideals-america-life-180968033/This wartime painting series reminded Americans what they were fighting forFri, 23 Feb 2018 15:30:16 +0000Latest IMAX Film Studies History of American Music https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latest-imax-film-studies-history-american-music-180968243/Air and Space Museum makes way for the Flying ElviFri, 23 Feb 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 Lives On at the American Indian Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-paper-navajo-nation-treaty-1868-lives-american-indian-museum-180968235/Marking a 150-year anniversary and a promise kept to return the people to their ancestral homeThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:34:14 +0000The Tipi Gets a Makeoverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tipi-gets-makeover-180968234/Ideas of evolution and tradition commingle in a new show at the American Indian Museum in New York City Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:43:19 +0000Who Was the First First Lady to Adopt a Cause and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-first-lady-to-adopt-cause-more-questions-from-readers-180968080/You asked, we answeredThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:28:55 +0000The Fantastic Beasts of John James Audubon's Little-Known Book on Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fantastic-beasts-john-james-audubon-book-mammals-180968087/The American naturalist spent the last years of his life cataloguing America's four-legged creaturesThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:26:48 +0000Smithsonian’s Curator of Religion on Billy Graham’s Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-curator-religion-billy-grahams-legacy-180968230/He was among the most influential religious leaders in U.S. history, says Peter ManseauWed, 21 Feb 2018 19:45:52 +0000