Videos | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/video-2/RSS feed for VideosenFri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Did the U.S. Sink Captured Japanese Subs After WWII?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-did-the-us-sink-captured-japanese-subs/WWII had come to a close, and the U.S. was the first to seize a new class of giant Japanese submarines. The next step was to analyze them quicklyFri, 19 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Nancy Reagan's Sense of Style Wasn't Appreciatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/why-nancy-reagans-sense-of-style-wasnt-app/Like Jackie and Dolley before her, Nancy Reagan brought her own unique style to the White House. But economic times were toughThu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Doomed Aircraft Is Left to Fly Until It Runs Out of Fuelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/out-of-fuel/Learjet 35 was a doomed plane, flying miles off course and with passengers and crew presumed deadWed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/intense-footage-of-kamikaze-attacks-during-wwii/U.S. marines faced a battle unlike any they had faced before: the Japanese intentionally crashed over 1,900 planes in suicide kamikaze dives on themTue, 16 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/yes-putting-an-emergency-oxygen-mask-on-fir_1/Investigators looking into the crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks?Mon, 15 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Amazing Adaptation That Keeps Tamarin Numbers Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/goldenlion-tamarin/Golden lion tamarins have evolved a clever way to keep their population size steady in the face of predation. They almost always give birth to twins.Fri, 12 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Volcanoes That Still Threaten New Zealand's Safetyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-volcanoes-that-still-threaten-new-zealan/Ever since the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, New Zealand has invested heavily in a sophisticated warning systemThu, 11 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-new-zealand-farmer-revolutionized-moder_1/In the early 1900s, a New Zealand farmer named Richard Pearse built what looked like a flying bicycle. Some of the ideas he developed are now standardWed, 10 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000These Feisty Female Lemurs Fight With Babies on Their Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-feisty-female-lemurs-fight-with-babies/In ring-tailed lemur society, it's the females who call the shots. They live in groups of up to 30 and the alpha female will fight to protect territoryTue, 09 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Was an Elite Cemeteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/evidence-suggests-stonehenge-was-an-elite-ce/Scientists have little doubt that Stonehenge functioned as a Neolithic cemeteryMon, 08 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Forensic Test Reveals a Mummy's Travels Before Deathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/forensic-test-reveals-a-mummys-travels-befo/A ground-breaking scientific technique is tracing the life of one of the bog bodies of Northern EuropeFri, 05 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Gladiator Teeth Reveal Signs of Infant Malnourishmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/gladiator-teeth-reveal-signs-of-infant-malno/By all accounts, Roman gladiators were the rock stars of their day, performing in a packed coliseum to a crowd of thousandsThu, 04 Jan 2018 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/scientists-recreate-a-stone-age-cremation/A scientist recreates a Stone Age funeral pyre using nothing but resources from that era. The makeshift pyre achieves same temperatures as a crematoriumThu, 28 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This 2,400-Year-Old Corpse Is in Remarkable Conditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-2400-year-old-corpse-is-in-remarkable/A murdered corpse in a remote wetland in Denmark is found to be over 2,400 years oldWed, 27 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Mass Grave Discovery Could Alter Roman Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-mass-grave-discovery-could-alter-roman/There's plenty of evidence to suggest that a mass grave discovered in the north of England is a gladiator cemeteryTue, 26 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-polar-bear-released-back-into-the-wild-by/A marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of ChurchillMon, 25 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Tense Encounter Becomes a Perfect Polar Bear Photo Ophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-tense-encounter-becomes-a-perfect-polar-be/A local guide from Churchill, Manitoba, is on a late night walk, hoping to spot a polar bear. He strikes gold when a large male appearsFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/female-polar-bears-need-an-extra-220-lbs-fo/During seal hunting season, a female polar bear strives to put on up to 300 pounds of fat. That weight gain is a necessityThu, 21 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/it-took-decades-to-solve-this-un-plane-crash/Over a half century after the crash of UN DC-6 on September 18, 1961, a new investigation is launchedTue, 19 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-timelapse-of-dry-badlands-thunder/In South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the BadlandsMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Here's Exactly How Shrunken Heads Are Madehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/heres-exactly-how-shrunken-heads-are-made/A scientist's visit to a Shuar elder in Ecuador reveals the secrets of the ceremonial tradition of head shrinkingFri, 15 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Polar Bear's Diet Consists of Anything Ediblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-polar-bears-diet-consists-of-anything-edible/In lieu of seal meat, polar bears will resort to eating anything that looks edible, including mineral-rich kelp. Here, one chows down on a fresh batchThu, 14 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Elderly Polar Bear Spars With Young Maleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elderly-polar-bear-spars-with-young-males/Polar bears will spar relentlessly with each other whenever they meet in summer. It's friendly and sociable, but also a good way to establish hierarchyWed, 13 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Testhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/footage-of-the-first-martin-baker-ejection-s_1/Bernard Lynch was an engineer fitter at British aviation firm Martin-Baker. But his main claim to fame was as the fearless test subjectTue, 12 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Go on a Mission to Save Sea Turtleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/scientists-go-on-a-mission-to-save-sea-turtles/Over the past half century, Leatherback turtle numbers have suffered a disastrous decline of almost 70%Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Panama's Urban Development Is a Threat to Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-panamas-urban-development-is-a-threat-t/The Isthmus of Panama has witnessed some of the greatest movement of animal species in history. Today, rapid urbanization has accelerated deforestationFri, 08 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliffhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/experts-assess-why-this-plane-fell-off-a-cliff_1/On October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 overran the runway at Stord Airport in Norway, and careened off a nearby cliffThu, 07 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Deadly Secret Kept From the Titanic's Passengershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-deadly-secret-kept-from-the-titanics-pa/The Titanic was specifically constructed to survive a high-impact collision like the one that sunk herWed, 06 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Routine Landing Turns Into Every Pilot's Nightmarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-routine-landing-turns-into-every-pilots-n_1/On April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 was making a routine landing. Suddenly, the plane tilts dangerously to the leftTue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Capturing a Photo of a Swimming Polar Bear is Risky Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/capturing-a-photo-of-a-swimming-polar-bear-i/A wildlife photographer spots a swimming polar bear, completing the last lap of its summer migration. It's the perfect photo opMon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/one-of-the-worst-man-made-disasters-in-history/Residents of the valley of Vajont in Italy had reservations about a new hydroelectric dam--especially when cracks began to appear in the nearby mountainFri, 01 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Patty Hearst's Chilling Eulogy for Fallen SLA Membershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/patty-hearsts-chilling-eulogy-for-fallen-sl/When kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst's voice was transmitted on Radio KPFK in 1974, it wasn't the desperate plea for freedom many expectedThu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Patty Hearst's Shocking Words After Robbing a Bankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/patty-hearsts-shocking-words-after-robbing/On tape, kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst disavowed her family and expressed her support for the Symbionese Liberation ArmyWed, 29 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Goes After a Young Beluga Calfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/polar-bear-goes-after-a-young-beluga-calf/A male polar bear stands on the edge of the ice waiting for potential prey. But he's set his sights on something bigger than a seal todayTue, 28 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Siblings Were Trapped in a Raging Flood in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-siblings-were-trapped-in-a-raging-floo/On October 9, 1962, Bartolomeo and Margareta Filippin became trapped on the second floor of their house in Longarone, ItalyMon, 27 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Ex-Trapeze Artist Made Parachutes Saferhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/this-ex-trapeze-artist-made-parachutes-safer_1/Toward the end of WWI, it became clear to the U.S. government that pilots needed parachutes to better save their livesFri, 24 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Alpha Male Tiger Forces This Cub to Submithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/alpha-male-tiger-forces-this-cub-to-submit/A young tiger comes face-to-face with an encroaching male tiger, threatening to take over his father's territoryThu, 23 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Survivor Shares Terrifying Moments Before Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/survivor-shares-terrifying-moments-before-pl_1/It's August 2008 and Spanair Flight 5022 is late taking off from Madrid-Barajas airport. Seconds after lift off, the unthinkable happensWed, 22 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000