Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenFri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000A Hunting Ban Is Finally Helping Green Sea Turtles Thrive five centuries, hunters would camp out on the beaches of Ascension Island to hunt green sea turtles. Today, with a hunting ban in place, the island has become a haven for these majestic sea creaturesFri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Stunningly Clear Features on the Lindow Man Mummy Man, believed to be a victim of human sacrifice, remains one of the best preserved ancient bodies in all of Europe. The level of detail on his face is staggering—not bad for a 2,000-year-old mummyFri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000Young Orangutan Learns How to Scoop Water class to teach orphan orangutans how to forage in flooded areas sees every orangutan develop his or her own technique. One enterprising adolescent even figures how to use a coconut shell to gather waterFri, 11 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000This London Blacksmith Forges Replicas of Medieval Swords London blacksmith has perfected a technique known as pattern welding to create elaborately-designed replica Saxon swords and knives. He demonstrates his technique on cameraMon, 07 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000How a 'Non-Hazardous' NASA Mission Turned Deadly 1967, a horrific fire broke out during a routine pre-launch test for the Apollo 1 mission at Cape Kennedy, Florida. It would claim the lives of three NASA astronautsMon, 07 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000A 500-Year-Old Cold Case in the Village of Wharram Percy remains discovered at Wharram Percy are about to be examined by an expert, in a bid to determine what happened. Is it a medieval murder mystery—or something far more sinister?Mon, 07 Oct 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Science Helps Preserve Longmen Grottoes Buddhist statues of the Longmen Grottoes are a Chinese heritage—one in urgent need of preservation. To do this, archaeologists use advanced scanning technology to pinpoint the vulnerable areas in need of restorationFri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Investigating Evidence of Nazi Atrocities on British Soil days after Hitler’s death, the Channel Islands are liberated from Nazi rule. British intelligence services immediately dispatch a team to investigate rumors of possible war crimesFri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Astonishing Spying Capabilities of This U.S. Satellite "Manned Orbiting Laboratory," or "MOL," was built to capture high-resolution images of Soviet targets on the ground. It was so advanced, it could pick up objects on earth as small as a baseballFri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why Henry VIII Blamed His Impotence on His Wife’s Looks VIII had a problem—he was married to Anne of Cleves and struggling with impotence. To help protect the king’s manly status, his royal courtiers started spreading the story that the Queen was uglyFri, 20 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Fast Can Gibbons Swing Through the Forest? are incredible tree swingers, thanks to their long forearms, mobile joints and wrists that enhance fluid movementMon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Surreal Footage of British Life Under Nazi Occupation’s 1941 and the Nazis are in full control of the British island of Alderney. They begin to construct fortifications to protect their grip on the Channel Islands—often with forced laborMon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000How the Common Cold Affected the Crew of Apollo 7 were not going well aboard Apollo 7: The astronauts felt stressed by the confines of the command module, and to top it off, astronaut Wally Schirra developed a painful head coldMon, 16 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why Bush Dogs Are So Different From Other Dogs the muzzle of a bear, the webbed feet of an otter and a bizarre looking tail, it’s hard to believe that bush dogs are actually dogs. On top of everything else, they hunt exclusively in waterTue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why the U.S. Was Distracted From Tackling the Spanish Flu the summer of 1918, the Spanish Flu was claiming American casualties in the hundreds. But the U.S. government's official position was to not commentTue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000The Stinky Reputation of 17th-Century Versailles French palace of Versailles was widely seen as one of the most beautiful in the world in the 17th century. Unfortunately, it was also one of the smelliestTue, 10 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000The First Fissures of the 2018 Kilauea Volcanic Eruption Open Smithsonian Channel documentary <i>Volcanoes: Dual Destruction</i> relates how, in early May of 2018, volcanic activity at Hawaii's Kilauea kicked off months of lava issuing through deep cracks in the earthFri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000Lava From Kilauea Reaches the Ocean the 2018 eruption of Hawaii's Kilauea progressed, the lava reached the ocean, producing clouds of laze as the molten rock hit cold seawaterFri, 06 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0000How a Commoner Became the De Facto Ruler of Jamestown 1618, the death of the governor of Jamestown, Lord Delaware, meant that the path was clear for his deputy, George Yeardley, to take his place. One problem: Yeardley was a commonerFri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000Apollo 13's Intense Comms Blackout damaged Apollo 13 was about to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere amid a communications blackout. It would become the longest re-entry blackout in the history of the space programFri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000How Archaeologists Are Digging Into the Lives of Jamestown's Enslaved People 1619, a Dutch slave trading ship brought the first enslaved Africans to Britain's North American coloniesFri, 30 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000These Atomic Bomb Tests Used U.S. Troops as Guinea Pigs Desert Rock was the codename for a series of military tests in the 1950s aimed at understanding the effects of atomic radiation on ground troops. In total, over 50,000 U.S. soldiers were exposed to 69 radioactive blastsTue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000A Moon Sample Reveals a Surprising Link to Earth"Big Bertha" was one of the moon rocks brought back by the Apollo 14 crew for geological analysis. What it revealed stunned scientistsTue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why the Titanic Was Seen as a Symbol of Luxury sinking of the <i>Titanic</i> is rightly remembered as a tragic loss of historic proportions. But when it happened, it also became something else: a rare window into the extraordinary wealth of its passengersTue, 27 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000Baby Orangutans Learn How to Crack Coconuts’s fruit-gathering time for these orphan orangutans—one of their favorite pastimes. But can they follow the lead of their human carers and learn how to crack open a coconut for themselves?Thu, 22 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why Roman Soldiers Were Pretty Scared of Britain the start of the first millennium, the Roman empire set its sight on invading Britain. There was just one problem: Roman soldiers were absolutely terrified of the placeMon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000Why Plague Doctors Wore Strange Masks’s the beak that lends the attire of the medieval plague doctor its surreal quality, but it wasn’t there just to scareMon, 19 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0000