Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why USO Tours Were Vital for Troop Morale in the Pacific a long-drawn out conflict in the Pacific, the troops needed a morale boost. And the United Service Organizations provided it in spades, thanks to spectacular shows by Hollywood legends like Bob Hope and Joe E. Brown.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Horses Are So Vital in the Lives of These Nomads horses gave the ancient Scythian nomads speed and mobility. But they were also a vital source of nutrition, providing both meat and milk.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These POWs Were Forced to Build the Bridge Over River Kwai POWs rescued in the South China Sea have an incredible story to tell. They'd been kept in a secret prison camp in Thailand, where their Japanese captors forced them to build a railroad from Thailand to Burma.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A U.S. Warship Fires an Anti-Sub Weapon on a German U-Boat USS Guadalcanal has spotted a German sub in the waters off the coast of Madeira. They immediately order a strike with the navy's new and devastating weapon: the hedgehog.Tue, 18 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Female Polar Bears Need an Extra 220 Lbs. for Pregnancy seal hunting season, a female polar bear strives to put on up to 300 pounds of fat. That weight gain is a necessity - without it, her body won't allow her to get pregnant.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Civil War Submarine Battles Were Often Suicide Missions the Civil War, the North imposed a suffocating blockade of a number of key Confederate ports. The South, hoping to break this blockade, turned to an imperfect new invention: the submarine.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This 1977 Plane Crash Occurred Right on the Runway March 27, 1977, at Los Rodeos airport in Tenerife, Pan Am Flight 1736 was sitting on the taxiway waiting to take off. A thick fog obscured the approach of KLM 4805, as it bore directly towards them.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Killers Don't Always Look the Part tragic true story of an innocent man suspected of murder is a classic motif of the Hollywood thriller and is used as a subplot in Scream.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive make the lightest possible sports car, Alfa Romeo knows it needs to build key components using carbon fiber. But it's a complicated and extremely time-consuming process.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Major Military Operation Ignited the Vietnam War 1965, the U.S. initiated a military deployment, Operation Rolling Thunder, to help South Vietnam defend its independence. But a bombing campaign that was supposed to last just a few weeks would stretch into years.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The March That Led to MLK's Arrest and Famous Letter 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy led a march through the streets of Birmingham, Alabama. Both were arrested and placed in solitary confinement. There, MLK penned his famously stirring letter defending African-American resistance.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Heinous 1961 KKK Attack on the Freedom Riders May 4, 1961, a bus carrying black and white anti-segregation activists called the Freedom Riders rolled into Alabama and was immediately attacked by members of the KKK. This event was captured in a series of jarring images by photographer Joe Postiglione.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Could Lab-Bred Super Coral Save Our Reefs? are exploring a bold new plan that could help protect the world's coral reefs. Using selective breeding, they aim to produce a new strain of coral that can withstand climate change.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A 1988 Flight From Denver Crashes in Bad Weather's January 19, 1988, and Trans-Colorado Flight 2286 is attempting to land at Durango La Plata Airport. Poor visibility and even worse weather means it is a trickier approach than usual.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Videographer Strikes Gold with a Dwarf Minke Whale experienced cinematographer hoping to capture close-up footage of dwarf minke whales has to rely on a trick or two to lure them close. The result is one of the best shots he's ever taken.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Inventor Made the Famed D-Day Swimming Tanks Nicholas Straussler, D-Day wouldn't have been possible. He came up with the design for the Duplex Drives tanks - a key part of the initial invasion at Normandy.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here's How a Turbo-Charged Porsche 911 Engine is Built over half a century, the Porsche 911 has been the poster child for high-performance sports cars. And with the recent addition of a turbo-charged engine, that dominance is set to continue.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cameras Catch Adorable Glimpse of Mountain Lion Family Montanan Casey Anderson has stumbled across a family of mountain lions living in a nearby cave. He sets up cameras to get a closer look at their lives.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Nomad Girl Who Hunts With a Golden Eagle Nurgaiv is a Kazakh girl trained by her father from childhood to be an eagle huntress and is the star of the award-winning documentary "The Eagle Huntress." Her bravery and accomplishments have inspired many.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inside Look at the Mars Simulation Project in Utah Elon Musk has donated money to the Mars Society in Utah. Its purpose is to help scientists prepare for the incredibly hostile conditions on the Red Planet.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is How MINI JCW Turbo Engines Are Built John Cooper Works edition is the fastest machine MINI has ever built. With a 228 two-liter twin turbo motor, it can hit 0 to 60 in six seconds flat with a top speed of 152 mph.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Science Experiment Could Help Us Live on Another Planet 1991, eight people spent two years living in giant, sealed-off glass domes, deep in the Arizona desert. This project, known as Biosphere 2, could be an important case study that helps us survive on an inhospitable alien planet.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Stephen Hawking's Stark Warning for Humans to Leave Earth one of his final on-camera appearances, iconic physicist Stephen Hawking issued a warning to humanity about the existential threats we face and how our survival depends on colonizing another planet.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Honey Badger Barrels Through a Sharp Thorn Tree for Lunch rock rat is hiding from his predator, a honey badger, in the midst of a Namibian sweet thorn tree. But he doesn't count on his opponent's determination to get lunch, even at the price of a few cuts.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000You Won't Believe the Size of Botswana's Salt Flats Deception Valley, giant salt flats the size of Portugal are a major boon to the Botswanan economy. Today, Botswana relies heavily on extracting, manufacturing and exporting mineral commodities, such as soda ash.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Train Hauls Fish Up a Mountain for a Living path of the North Rail Express from Norway to Sweden is a challenging one: starting at sea level, the train will have to climb 25 miles up into the mountains, weighed down with a heavy cargo of fresh fish.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why People Believe Dudleytown, Connecticut is Cursed fields full of pumpkins and forests full of ghosts, this New England state might be the perfect place for tricks and treatsSat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Molecule Could Explain the Origin of Life cyanide is a molecule that appears to be at the heart of the creation of life. To create it, scientists need a burst of energy the equivalent of an endless lightning storm.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Window Cleaning One of Chicago's Tallest Buildings, home to some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world, throws some pretty unusual challenges at its daring window cleaners. From heavy winds and rough weather, to falcons nesting in the tower's facade.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Dark History of Maine's Harbor Island beauty of Harbor Island shrouds the secrets of a dark history.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Edward the Confessor's Advisor Seized Power 1066, the English king Edward the Confessor lay dying in his bed. Three powerful men had strong claims to succeed him, but only Harold Godwinson was close enough to grab power.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Desert Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive, steep dunes.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Startling Alternative Theory of How Humans Arrived in America an island off the east coast of Maryland, a stone spearpoint sticking out of a coastal cliff stuns archaeologists. It asks a big question: Could humans have arrived in America 5,000 years earlier than we thought?Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Terrifying Mammals That May Have Greeted Early Humans in America in the Chesapeake Bay, the early American inhabitants' first order of business would have been to craft weapons to defend themselves. They would need them, with terrifying predators like the short-faced bear on the prowl.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Which Famous Music Icons Lived in These Chicago Homes? has always been a hotbed of musical talent: whether it be Muddy Waters who moved there in 1943, or Kanye West who spent his childhood years in the Windy City.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is How Hard It Is to Catch a 40-lb. Dogtooth With a Reel Andy Coetzee is holding onto his fishing line for dear life, as a monstrous tug threatens to drag him into the ocean. From the size and strength of his catch, he's certain it's a giant dogtooth.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Braving Shark-Infested Waters for a Look at This Big Fish Andy Coetzee is in the middle of a dangerous dive, in the shark-filled waters of the Indian Ocean. He's on the lookout for a fierce and elusive giant predator: the dogtooth.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Violent 1066 Battle of Stamford Bridge 1066 battle of Stamford Bridge between Viking warlord Harald Hardrada and King Harold of England was said to be so violent that a giant mountain of bones remained a half century later.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is Why France Invaded Mexico 1861, Mexico refused to pay back the sizable debt it owed to countries like France. It was a decision that would prompt France, under Napoleon III, to launch a full-scale invasion.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fishing for Perch in Nile Crocodile-Filled Waters African fisherman Andy Coetzee has his eyes set on a giant perch--a massive freshwater predator fish indigenous to the waters of Uganda. But just as he catches one, a nearby crocodile tries to get in on the action.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000These Are the Three Main Categories of Bloodstain Pattern, bloodstain pattern analysis is routinely used in murder investigations - analysts draw on chemistry, mathematics and physics to determine the area of origin where an injury occurred.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Bad Weather Delayed the Norman Invasion of England's 1066 and William of Normandy and his massive army of 14,000 men are preparing to cross the English Channel and invade England. But bad weather conditions force them to wait.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Evel Knievel's Famous Snake River Canyon Jump September 8th, 1974, famous daredevil Evel Knievel climbed into a steam-powered rocket and attempted to blast across Idaho's Snake River Canyon.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here's Why Mount Si Stands Out in TV History Seattle is surrounded by dramatic peaks on all sides, the relatively small Mount Si sticks out as a key location in the iconic TV series, Twin Peaks, which was filmed in the area.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Are the Sands of the Namib Desert Really Rusting? reddish hues of the vast dunes of the Namib Desert in southern Africa are a result of concentrations of iron in the sand. Over time, the air oxidizes the sand, causing it to rust.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why These Lagoons Are Full of Giant Barracuda maze of lagoons in Loango National Park, in Gabon, isn't just a good place to hunt barracudas--it's also an ancient migratory route that leads to their ancestral breeding waters.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap Smithsonian Digital StudioSat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Needle Was Designed to Look Very Different it's hard to imagine Seattle's Space Needle looking any other way, few people know that the iconic 'flying saucer' design wasn't the original choice.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mentawai Tattoos painful tattoos that are driven into the skin of the Mentawai are considered to be the proud marks of a complete man.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Tell If You're in for a Bumpy Plane Landing March 7, 2007, Garuda Flight 200 was preparing to land. An Air Force security officer on board immediately sensed a problem: The plane was both too high and too fast, this close to the runway.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Male Lions Need Lionesses to Help Them Survive might be earmarked as future kings of the jungle, but young male lions are lazy and lack survival skills. Their only hope is to attract a female to come in and provide for them.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Most Powerful Tornado Recorded on Earth Oklahoma City and its surrounding suburbs, May 3, 1999 began like any other spring day. By the evening, a deadly tornado of unprecedented ferocity had wreaked havoc, claiming a total of 36 lives.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Were Lithium Batteries the Cause of This Plane Crash? Airlines Flight 6 crashed into a military base 10 miles from Dubai Airport on September 3, 2010. Investigators seeking answers zero in on the plane's cargo: highly flammable lithium batteries.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000USS Indianapolis Crew Battled Sharks and Hallucinations Japanese torpedo attack against the USS Indianapolis leaves the men with no time to launch lifeboats. For four grueling days, the survivors float helplessly in the Pacific Ocean.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Olympic Mountains Got Their Name 1788, a British mariner passed by the majestic, snow-covered mountains of northwest Washington - the peaks seemed the perfect dwelling place for Greek gods, so he named them the Olympic Mountains.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Polar Bear Released Back Into the Wild by Helicopter marauding polar bear is about to be returned to the the wild, as far away as possible from the town of Churchill. To do that, the conservation team will need to tranquilize him, and then airlift him by helicopter.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How FDR Took the First Steps Towards Ending Prohibition 1932, nine days after his inauguration, President Roosevelt signed an order authorizing the sale of beer. It would soon be followed by the 21st amendment: the full repeal of Prohibition.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The 1964 Olympics Was Pivotal to Postwar Tokyo economic and infrastructure rebuilding of postwar Tokyo was nothing short of a miracle. It culminated with being selected to host the 1964 Olympic Games becoming the first Asian country to win the rights to the prestigious sporting event.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Remarkable Way Calamari Squid Catch Their Prey might be delicious to us but in the ocean, calamari squid are formidable predators, using concealed tentacles which shoot out toward any prey within a three-foot radius.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Clever Cuttlefish Goes in for the Kill a sandy gully, a school of razorfish are being stalked by an invisible predator and a master of disguise: the crafty cuttlefish.Sat, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ava DuVernay's Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Meet Natalie Batalha, the Explorer Who's Searching for Planets Across the Universe, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells, 15 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Actual Combat Footage of the Battle of the Philippines Sea the aerial dogfights and naval clashes of the Battle of the Philippines Sea, thanks to stunning color footage. It is a visual record of the battle that underlined U.S. superiority in the Pacific.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Depth Charges Don't Have to Touch a Submarine to Sink It's 1942 and the USS Silversides, a U.S. submarine submerged in the Pacific, is frantically trying to dodge depth charges dropped by a Japanese warship. Even a near miss could be catastrophic.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hostile Lioness Withholds Food From Hungry Orphaned Cubs group of orphaned lion cubs are facing an uncertain future. If they're to survive into adulthood, they will have to convince their reluctant aunt to share her kill with them.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cat and Mouse Henson, creator of the Muppets, thought in images, as this clip from his early 1960s piece "Cat and Mouse" exemplifies. Henson's prolific mind is celebrated in the new Smithsonian traveling exhibition "Jim Henson's Fantastic World."Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Napalm Bombs Intensified U.S. Attacks During WWII ground targets from the air is tricky and not always accurate. But a new type of bomb creates an unimaginable level of destruction - and strengthens U.S. attacks in the Pacific.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Torpedo Malfunction Threatens to Destroy a U.S. Submarine USS Silversides is patrolling the Pacific during WWII when it finds itself in a terrifying situation: one of its torpedoes has jammed and is dangling out in the water, ready to explode.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the British Navy Camouflaged Their Ships Using Art British Navy knew it couldn't completely disguise a ship to protect it from attack during WWI. So they turned to 'Dazzle Painting' which sought to disguise a ship's speed and direction.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The First Submarine to Launch Rockets From Its Deck's June 1945 and the USS Barb has just launched an unprecedented attack on the factories of the Japanese island of Shari. It's the first time that rockets have ever been launched from a submarine.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare WWII Submarine Dog Fight Turns Deadly February 9, 1945, two submarines are poised to engage in a direct, underwater confrontation. It's the first - and only - underwater submarine dog fight in recorded naval history.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Inaugural House Band Marine Band, having played at nearly every presidential swearing-in ceremony since Thomas Jefferson's in 1801, readies for Barack Obama's inaugurationFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian's Own Crime Scene Investigator anthropologist Doug Owsley discusses the skeletal specimens in a new exhibit at the Natural History MuseumFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Can an Elephant Become a Serial Killer? young bull elephants start killing off females, scientists realize that severe poaching not only skewed the sanctuary's gender balance, it also psychologically damaged these once gentle giants.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Small Tweak Made Lego the Toy You Know Today a company of only 10 employees, Lego is now one of the most recognized brands on the planet-valued at over 14 billion dollars. But none of this could have been possible without Lego's revolutionary approach to play and commerce.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Colombia Dispatch Video: Palenque: A Piece of Africa in South America hundred years ago, escaped slaves formed the village of Palenque. The towns younger generations have reconnected with their African roots through cultural traditions handed down from their ancestors (Kenneth Fletcher/, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Florence City of Art - Rick Steves’ Europe Florence leaves lovers of art and good living with rich memories. And while much of the great art of the Renaissance remains here, the influence of Florence reverberates throughout the worldFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Vital Life Clues Lurking in Our Fingerprints all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Alvin Ailey Revelations Alvin Ailey dance troupe performs from its signature RevelationsFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Mark Test researchers place a white "X" on one side of Happy's head. When Happy sees the "X" in the mirror, she repeatedly touches the mark with her trunkFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Discovering Titanoboa, the World's Largest Snake found in Colombia indicate that a giant snake may have roamed the earth 60 million years agoFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Building the Onrust steaming the wooden planks to hoisting the ship into the water, this replica of a 17th century ship needed the work of many volunteers to set sailFri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Mysterious Stone Structure Is Older Than Stonehenge recently, Britain's Stonehenge was thought to be the world's oldest set of stone monuments. But a recent discovery in the Turkish region of Göbekli Tepe has been estimated to be over 6,000 years older.Fri, 14 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Phantom Eye: The Eye in the Sky's Phantom Eye is an unmanned airborne vehicle (UAV) that serves as an eye in the sky for surveillance, disaster relief, search and rescue, and a multitude of other uses. Program manager Drew Mallow talks about the innovations that made it possibleThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fallow Groan deer are the first species outside of primates to be able to make auditory discernment of social dominanceThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Color Footage of WWII Navy Hazing Rituals WWII naval recruits serving on U.S. ships had never been away from home. To pass the time and strengthen their bonds, they organized several colorful initiation rituals.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Italy Used Human Torpedoes to Attack British Ships December 16, 1941, the Italian navy launched a daring attack on three British ships outside Alexandria harbor. At the heart of the operation was a unique weapon: a human torpedo.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Symbolic Vessel prominent feature of the Sant Ocean Hall, the hand carved Tlingit canoe represents man's connection with the ocean.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Pacific Island Gave U.S. Troops a Chance to Recharge the vast majority of American troops, Saipan was their first experience of tropical living. The heat, the beaches, the swaying palm trees - all offered a welcome respite from the ravages of war.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Vaccines Work? you ever wondered how a simple shot can keep you from dying a horrible death? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonians host, Eric Schulze, unravels how vaccines boot-camp our bodies into shape, getting us ready to fight off deadly diseases.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Oldest American Combat Ship Ever Found 1935, an old wooden boat was found in a lake in upstate New York. It was the USS Philadelphia - the oldest U.S. gunboat ever recovered, dating back to the War of Independence.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Esperanza Spalding: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards winner of Best New Artist at the 2011 Grammys describes what it's like to interact with Duke Ellington's musical scoresThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Final Takeoff one of Amelia Earhart's final takeoffs, July 2, 1937Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch the Trailer for Beasts of the Southern Wild 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner Benh Zeitlin directed this imaginative film that defies categorizationThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Bugs Die on Their Backs? science behind going belly upThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads? science behind earworms and why they wont leave us aloneThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000101 Objects: The Wright Flyer Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution, chronicles the three journeys the Wright Flyer took to make it to the Smithsonian.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flight of the Butterflies from the 3-D IMAX film in theaters nowThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What the Completed Great Pyramid Would Have Looked Like, the Great Pyramid is tinted by smog and pollution, but when it was first built, the sanded limestone used to make it would have shone magnificently.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Submarine Dangerously Tests How Deep It Can Go USS Tang was a state-of-the-art Balao class submarine, certified by the Navy to dive up to 400 feet. But in order to test her for battle, commander Dick O'Kane decides to take her even deeper.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Click of the Wild Eland Antelope for the subtle clicks of the eland bull's kneesThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Old Traditioned Cocktail Recipe: Raise a Glass to History up a new classic American cocktail at home with this step-by-step guide to the Old Traditioned, Anu Apte's original cocktail creation for Smithsonian's Raise a Glass to History.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 9/11 Altered Laura Bush's Role as First Lady days after 9/11, first lady Laura Bush spoke at Shanksville, Pennsylvania, at the memorial for the victims of Flight 93. In that moment, she shed her natural reserve to become the nation's "comforter-in-chief."Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Land a Boeing 777 Without Any Engines one minute away from landing, both of this planes engines suddenly fail.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Bread Basket Sour Cocktail Recipe: Raise a Glass to History up a new classic American cocktail at home with this step-by-step guide to Bread Basket Sour, Derek Brown's original cocktail creation for Smithsonian's Raise a Glass to History.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Carnivorous Plant that Flings Insects Into its Mouth glanduligera, a small plant native to Australia, features two sets of touch-sensitive tentacles to catapult insects towards its digestive concavity and then draw them in deeperThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This New Zealand Farmer Revolutionized Modern Planes 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 standard in modern aviation.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Historic Newsreel Footage of the Cuban Missile Crisis intensified between Cuba and the United States in October 1962 as they appear destined to plunge the planet in global warThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Q & A: Vinton Cerf president of engineering and chief evangelist at Google on the connected world in 2050Interview by Terence MonmaneySpecial Thanks to Vinton Cerf and Mistique CanoThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Doomed Aircraft Is Left to Fly Until It Runs Out of Fuel 35 was a doomed plane, flying miles off course and with passengers and crew presumed dead. All that could be done now was to wait for the plane to run out of fuel - but where would it crash?Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Who Built the Great Sphinx? recently, experts thought that King Djedefre was a murderer and outcast who couldn't possibly have had the power to create the Great Sphinx. But new evidence makes him a more likely candidate.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Making Gasoline from Bacteria from South Korea have discovered a unconventional way to produce gasoline.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Historian Speaks to Lincoln's Legacy Harold Holzer discusses Abraham Lincoln's presidency and the President's lasting impact on modern American politics and nostalgiaThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Partner Video: L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellows and Smithsonian Scientists Discuss "Why Science" USA For Women in Science fellows and Smithsonian scientists explain why they chose science and why it is important to have women in the field Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000*NOT ON SITE* The Beauty of Letterpress Collier of Plymouth University explains why moveable-type printing is making a comebackThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is This the World's First Photograph? Historian Nicholas Allen has a radical theory about the image on the Shroud of Turin; he believes it was the world's first photograph, taken 500 years before the known invention of photography.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fridays in Floyd week, the Floyd Country Store draws musicians and their fans from across southwest VirginiaThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Q & A: Vincent Cerf president of engineering and chief evangelist at Google on the connected world in 2050Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Daily Life in Niaqornat, Greenland writer Abigail Tucker relates her experiences reporting from the small Arctic village of narwhal huntersThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: Reptile Rejuvenation their cold-blooded reputation, reptiles have personalities, too. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo introduce us to some of their most charismatic creatures...and their particular grooming routines.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Scandal in the Biosphere giant 2.2-acre terrarium, Biosphere 2 was hailed as a marvel of modern science - until the scientists who volunteered to live inside it were embroiled in scandalous rumors of sex and deceit.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Keeps Satellites From Falling Out of the Sky? you the kind of person who needs to know what keeps satellites from plummeting to the Earth in a big, fiery ball? Then you need to watch this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze gives us the lowdown on what-in-the-name-of-science makes those satellites stay up.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Volcanoes of Hawaii was born around 40 million years ago, from sea volcanoes and the shifting Earth.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Movie Magic at the Museums entertainment curator at the American History Museum shows cinematic highlights from the museum's collections, including Dorothy's red slippers and Superman's cape (Produced by: Ryan Reed)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Home of Milk Chocolate and Beer of the most well-known Pennsylvania pioneers have become household names, with factories that continue to produce two classic American products: Hershey's chocolate and Yuengling's beer.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witness. Take a look at what exactly takes place mid-flight and how they're able to move with such control.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains what causes wind. The answer might blow you away.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Pneumatic Tube Systems, Particularly in Paris: It Really Is a System of Tubes Wright Steenson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & MassCommunication at UW-Madison. Pneumatic tubes have made her Internet famous. Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Luna Moth Wings Deflect Bat Attacks tails on the moths' wingtips scramble bats' echolocation signals to keep the moths from being eatenThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Apollo 11 Moonwalk Montage July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moonThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Top Chef Shows How to Cook a Geoduck Huynh, winner of Season 3 of Top Chef, prepares the giant clam two different ways, raw and fried Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Perfect Game Heard 'Round the World newsreel footage of Angel Macias' astonishing performance at the Little League World Series.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Baby Meerkats at Play meerkat pups venture out into the world for the first time, their parents watch over them and find them food - leaving them plenty of time to play.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Prototype for a Robotic Flipper Was Inspired by Sea Lions Leftwich, an engineering professor at George Washington University, is building a robotic flipper based on her observations of sea lionsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Influential Irish of the Civil War after battle, the men of the Irish Brigade held the front lines. Under the guidance of strong leaders they encouraged a new sense of pride for Irish immigrants living in America.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Dolphins Sleep Without Drowning? to worryshut-eye comes easily to these aquatic mammalsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test in a simulated, pressurized plane.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Lions Choose Their Prey"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plains. Watch these apex predators play a numbers game deciding how and who to attack.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Battle of the Bison violent competition erupts between two male bison vying for the right to mate.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg? you ever wondered why these birds strike this peculiar pose? Find out in this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze walks us through the reasons behind the majestic birds one-legged stance.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Animals Laugh? answer may lie between being ticklish and having a sense of humor. (Still Image: Kristian Bell)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Northwest England - Rick Steves' Europe Iron Bridge Gorge to Blackpool and from the pristine Lake District to Durham's magnificent cathedral, learn about England's fascinating past while enjoying its friendly presentThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Determined Cheetah Mother Search for Her Lost Cubs a female cheetah loses a cub to a lion attack, she can't afford to grieve for long. Her other cubs are missing, and there's a chance they might still be alive.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Former Afghan Interpreter for the U.S. Military Recalls the Dangers of the Job Erin Trieb. Video Editing: Nicole Boliaux)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Istanbul - Rick Steves’ Europe thousands of years, Istanbul, where East meets West, has been the crossroads of civilizations. Few places on earth have seen more history than this sprawling metropolis on the BosporusThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Human Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Green, director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, explains how genomics are revolutionizing medicine at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rome: Baroque, After Dark - Rick Steves’ Europe may be the city of Caesars, popes, and floodlit fountains, but for over three million people, it's home to gelato and trendy night clubsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: How Do Spiders Make Their Webs? do spiders make such intricate webs? Dont get too tangled up about it. In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, weaves his way to the answer.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian's "The Future Is Here" Event neuroscience to volcanism, this groundbreaking event showcases the leading minds helping to shape tomorrowThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SpaceX Launches the First Commercial Rocket Into Space May 22, 2012, after numerous delays, the unmanned Falcon 9 blasted off towards the International Space StationThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Remembering the Birmingham Church Bombing former Freedom Rider describes what it was like walking among the rubble of the 16th Avenue Baptist ChurchThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cinque Terre: Italy's Hidden Riviera - Rick Steves’ Europe returns to his favorite stretch of the entire Mediterranean coastline Italy's Cinque Terre to explore its five dreamy port townsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Museum Secrets Revealed: Obsessive Dreamer's Invention May One Day Land on Mars Goddard invented the Hoopskirt rocket in 1928. Unbeknownst to him, iterations of his rocket have been launched into space and may one day reach Mars.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Efforts to Save the African Penguin populations in steep decline, researchers are raising African penguins and releasing them into the wildSpecial thanks to <a href=""target="_blank">BCSF</a> and <a href=""target="_blank">SANCCOB</a>Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Female Ferrets, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Farewell, Tai Shan to the National Zoo have enjoyed watching their baby panda grow up over the last four yearsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Poaching the Venus Flytrap are able to track Venus flytrap plants that were stolen from protected areasThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Science Off the Sphere: Lenses and Vortices Space Station Expedition 30 astronaut Don Pettit demonstrates physics in spaceThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Genetic Rescue for Endangered and Extinct Wildlife Brand is co-founder of Revive & Restore, The Long Now Foundation, The WELL, Global Business Network, and founder/editor of the Whole Earth Catalog. His books include Whole Earth Discipline, The Clock of the Long Now, How Buildings Learn, and The Media Lab. He was trained as a biologist at Stanford and served as an Infantry officer in the US Army.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Gingerbread Smithsonian Castle Smithsonian Castle is recreated in gingerbread by Charles Froke, executive pastry chef of Washingtons Four SeasonsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Many Beads Can You Glue to the Outside of a VW Beetle? Huichol people of west-central Mexico have designed the Vochola car turned work of artThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000To Shatter the Foundations of White Supremacy the height of the Civil Rights Movement in 1964, the Freedom Summer project drew thousands of volunteers to register black voters and build a new political party. The goals of Freedom leaders were not only ambitious, but revolutionary.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Cherry Blossoms in Under a Minute (Timelapse) celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Japan's gift to Washington, D.C., we set out to capture the scenes surrounding the Tidal BasinThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does My Nose Run When It’s Cold Outside? Eric Schulze opens the floodgates of knowledge to reveal the answer.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Bloodiest Battle of the Civil War deadliest battle of the Civil War took place on this small piece of farmland that has become known simply as Gettysburg. (Still Image: iStock/rewindtime)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Writing Letters to Everyone in the World British artists travel to Pittsburgh for their second installment of their "Mysterious Letters" art projectThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000North Country Stargazing northern lights over Lake Superior and Lake Michigan - produced by Shawn MaloneThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Flies in Space flies are making space safer for humansThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Identify a Bird From a Single Feather Carla Dove explains how the microscopic structure of a bird's feather can help identify the species and at the same time, make air travel safer for humansThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Real Ambush That Inspired a Scene from Platoon scene in Platoon is directly based on Oliver Stone's first encounter with enemy soldiers in Vietnam. (Still Image: iStock/inhauscreative)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000AirAsia Flight 8501 Plummets into Java Sea Mid-Flight December 28, 2014, 43 minutes into its flight, AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished from radar. With 162 people on board, it would go down as one of the deadliest plane crashes that year.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Segway of Airplanes Hiller Flying Platform had the potential to be a space age personal flying machine. But it didn't quite take off.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Can Elephants Jump? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, weighs in on whether or not elephants can jump.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Piano Bar bartender and piano player, frozen in time, recall their past and present, as well as the future that is certain to leave them behind - produced by Katherine GorringeThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Tour of the C&O Canal back to 1831, the C&O Canal was an essential link in connecting a vastly growing countryThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Ju/’Hoansi Tribe in Action the course of 50 years, John Marshall filmed the African tribe, tracking how their nomadic culture slowly died outThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch the Gecko’s Tail Flip geckos can shed their tail to distract predators, and the tails can leap up to 3 cm in one jumpThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Cyber Crimes You Never Hear About institutions go to great lengths to protect themselves against cyber attacks, but as in Live Free or Die Hard, very little stops these elite hackers.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have contributed to a loss of grazing habitats, which eventually drove them to extinction.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hacking a Popular Social Networking Site October 2005, a popular social networking site was brought to its knees by a nineteen year old hacker.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Mix of Classical and Jazz a performance filmed for World War II soldiers, Hazel Scott begins with a section from Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2" and ends with a jazzy tuneThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Robin Maddock by Martin Parr for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Eastern Pacific Black Ghost Shark ghost shark's tentaclum on its head is used to facilitate copulation with a femaleThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful trait.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battle George Custer was a U.S. cavalry officer best known for leading troops into the Battle of the Little Bighorn, where he met his fate. Here's how one of his rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collector.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Goldfish in Liquid Nitrogen abstract yet hopeful hypothesis in regards to communication in relationships and how it currently parallels with technological modernityThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Jeremy Everett by Bruce Weber for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Scenes at the World Orchid Convention global orchid community convenes in Singapore to compete for the title of best in showThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Oarfish Sighting a March Shedd Adventures trip to Baja, participants witnessed not one, but two rare oarfish in shallow waters. Here's a video of one of their encounters. Shedd Aquarium/Un-Cruise AdventuresThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Joy of Cooking With Julia Child her television shows, Julia Child shared her love for culinary arts with the worldThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever See lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predators. They're so skilled at steering, they can even choose which tree trunk to land on.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shedding Light on Dark Matter Stephen Murray explains how X-ray energies can be used to understand dark matter and its place in the universeThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mount St. Helens St. Helens sits quietly now, but her legacy is one of devastating destructionThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Providence Canyon gorges are gorgeous! Locals call this geological beauty "Little Grand Canyon"Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficulty 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the water--and he's not one to back down from a challenge.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Augustine Erupts St. Augustine in Alaska erupt and create lightningThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Traveling Seismic Waves animation from the USGS shows a 7.8 magnitude earthquake on the San Andreas Fault in southern CaliforniaThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jupiter and Ganymede never saw Ganymede, Jupiters largest moon, but this NASA video shows the moon orbiting behind Jupiter in just two hoursThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Cook in a Space Kitchen astronaut Chris Hadfield prepares a 0-g treatThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sneak Peek of "Dinosaur Revolution" an exclusive preview of the Discovery Channel's series set to premiere on September 4Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Build a Windfarm windmill in this huge windfarm will need to be put together piece by piece in a delicate procedure that takes the power of a machine and the precision of human hand.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Finding a Black Hole mapping the movement of stars for years, astronomers believe they have found a black hole at the center of the Milky WayThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000In Wisconsin, Evidence of Human Sacrifice's Aztalan State Park is home a mysterious pyramidal mound built by the prehistoric Native Americans who once lived there. Excavations of the site have yielded intriguing, and grisly, findings.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How OK Go Has Revolutionized the Music Video pull off one of their most daring videos, they needed a borrowed Russian transport jet, spreadsheets and calculus, and a lot of motion-sickness medicine.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ned Kahn's Avalanche sculpture, composed of a mixture of sand and glass beads, evokes the dynamics of moving soil, sand and snowThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Rhythms of Gamelan Music and gongs are the sounds behind Gamelan music, which has different variants from one Indonesian island to the nextThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000François Morellet, "Wave Motion Thread," 1965 by Cathy CarverThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Wax Paper as Art Muehlbauers Rustle earned her the grand prize in Green Light, a juried exhibit of emerging artists with disabilitiesThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Deceptive Vehicle Destroyed Hitler's Tanks played a special role during WWII. They were used to support infantry and packed quite the punch. This tank, however, is not your ordinary tank. In fact, it's not a tank at all.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000VIDEO: The CIA Trained These Animals to Spy for Them government agency used birds, cats and even dolphins to help them on covert operationsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Hyena Poop, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Only Remaining Remnant from Napoleon’s Ship lightning rod may have protected Napoleon and his crew from nature, but it couldnt protect them from the British.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Funny Guy Steve Martin's groundbreaking 1974 appearance on "The Tonight Show" with host Johnny Carson and guest Sammy Davis Jr.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Roswell's Bizarre Aircraft Boneyard ordinary small town holds extraordinary significance for aviation: it's home to Elvis' private jet, an airplane demolition yard, and the most famous aircraft that no one's ever seen.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Taking the Plunge newly hatched turtles head for the oceanThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Microbes We're Made Of human body hosts more than ten thousand different kinds of microbes. Most of these bacteria aren't harmful - in fact, many of them actually aid the immune system.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffe from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caught.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2015: Rana el Kaliouby long emoticons. The scientist is developing technology that can detect and read our expressionsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Biggest Threat Facing the City of Miami sea levels are threatening to flood Miami. In fact, some scientists estimate that the entire city could be underwater by the end of the 21st century.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why People Believed Hippos Were Related to Whales were once believed to be related to whales. They're both mammals, they both sleep underwater, and they both rise to breathe in their sleep, without waking.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An Intense Struggle to Catch a Giant West African Tarpon fisherman and adventurer Andy Coetzee thinks he may have snared a giant barracuda. He hasn't, but he's caught another interesting and prized fish--the West African Tarpon.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why This Giant Puerto Rican Fort Kept Growing 1539, the Spanish began building a fort in San Juan to fend off attacks from European rivals. The fort was known as "El Morro," and as the attacks on it multiplied, so too did its defenses.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Nature John Kress speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Apollo 8 Astronaut Took the Famous "Earthrise" Photo with the Russians for space supremacy, the U.S. successfully launches Apollo 8. Once in orbit, astronaut William Anders takes one of the most legendary photographs of all time.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The $100 Million Brain Mapping Initiative Insel speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Anti-War Protests Turn Violent at 1968 Democratic Convention's August 26, 1968, and the Democratic National Convention is about to kick off in Chicago. In the background, scenes of turbulence and unrest unfold as antiwar protestors clash with police.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Plasma Downpour on the Sun plasma falls to the surface it results in a dazzling display known as coronal rainThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Churchill Protects Itself From Polar Bears have tracked down a polar bear who has taken to venturing into nearby Churchill. The next step is to airlift him by helicopter to a holding facility, and then back into the wild.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Meghan Markle Went From Actress to British Nobility Markle was an up-and-coming actress when she met and fell in love with Britain's Prince Harry. Now, she must contend with probably the most challenging role of her life: be a member of the British Royal Family.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00002014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest Editor's Pick - A Riehl Blacksmith Riehl, the youngest professionally operating blacksmith in Louisiana, breathes new life into an old profession, infusing form and function through metal arts.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What's Up With Saturn's Rings? being just one minute long, this Ask Smithsonian video hosted by Eric Schulze is crammed full of strange things you never knew but should about Saturns rings. Prepare to be amazed.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Famous Singer Ditched L.A. for a Five-Year Retreat San Gabriel Mountains lure lots of Angelenos looking for some quiet seclusion. One of the more famous was Leonard Cohen who spent five years there, searching for peace of mind.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Growing Into a New Shell molting (note the discarded shell in the background), a black-backed land crab struggles to move its flimsy new exoskeletonThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Why Do I Love Junk Food? is a lot of design that goes into junk food. Learn how we've all been sucked in.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Pressure Suit Helped Pilots Survive New Heights pioneer Wiley Post needed an oxygenated pressure suit to survive a high-altitude transcontinental flight. Enter engineer Russell Colley - who sews together the material for the suit on his wife's sewing machine.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Tokyo's Modernization Was Fueled by This Disastrous Earthquake 1923, Tokyo lay in ruins after the devastation of the Great Kanto Earthquake. Just seven years later, it was a city reborn: from the iconic Ginza shopping center to the world famous Kabuki-za Theater.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Art and Science of Taxidermy"Immortalized," a new show on AMC, pits taxidermists against each other in a high-stakes competitionThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: Explore Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way one of the wildest, most enchanting and culturally rich coastal touring routes in the world.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Thought Moving Through a Living Fish's Brain scientists monitored a zebrafish's mental response to a parameciumThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Spotted Owls Endangered by the Encroaching Barred Owl about the spotted owls new nemesis, the barred owl, in a video produced by Assignment EarthThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Anesthesia Work? modern medical mysteryThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Photos a telephone interview, Gregory Crewdson remarks on the genesis and production of some of the photos included in the storyThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Nov 1-13 John Maloney reads the first 13 pages of the November issue, including From the Editor, Letters, Indelible Images, and Wild ThingsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jack Andraka's Pancreatic Cancer Breakthrough was the motivation behind the 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner's medical breakthrough that will save thousands of lives?Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Deploying the Wave Energy Buoy a prototype of a wave energy buoy bob up and down on the waters surface as researchers from Oregon State University study its efficacyThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Endangered Gorillas of the Congo the Virunga National Forest, the mountain gorilla population sits in the middle of a war zone in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as forest rangers track and keep a watchful eye on the threatened primatesMusic: Kevin MacLeod Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cooking with Crickets Darin Nesbit demonstrates how to cook cricket-crusted redfish. (Still Image: Natthanan Chumphookaew/iStock)Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dancing with Black Holes Evans is a black hole hunter and astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. He has made pioneering observations of supermassive black holes using NASAs Chandra X-ray observatory, and led the team that discovered the famous Death Star Galaxy. He currently serves as one of the youngest Program Directors at the National Science Foundation, and is responsible for funding the next great astrophysical discoveries.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the U.S. Military Pushed $10 Million Worth of Helicopters Overboard's 1975, and a small Vietnamese civilian aircraft is desperate to land on the flight deck of a U.S. aircraft carrier. It becomes a dramatic race against time to clear the deck before the plane runs out of fuel.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Hummingbirds and Moths Fly reveal how birds and flying insects flap their wings differently to control a turnThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Rare Glimpse of Pre-War Army Life in Color 1939, America's military was far from the powerful force it is today, with just 600,000 servicemen. In this remarkable color footage, you'll see some of the ways they spent their time.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Humanity in the Solar System Stanley Robinsons seventeen novels and six story collections have been translated into 24 languages. Collectively, his Mars trilogy has won all the major science fiction and fantasy awards. His recent novel 2312 is a New York Times best-seller, and winner of the Nebula Award for best novel; it confirms Time magazines celebration of Robinson as a Hero of the Environment.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the USSR's First Nuclear Submarine Was a Disaster U.S. developed the world's first nuclear submarine in 1954 - and the USSR felt pressured to respond. But in their haste to match their Cold War adversaries, they rushed it - and paid a heavy price.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fueling the Future world demand is pushing up the cost of fossil fuelsa finite resource our world cannot sustain. Boeing Chemist James Kinder tells us how his team is leading the way in the development of a renewable source of energy: biofuelsThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What Is the Origin of Applause? your hands together for our host, Eric Schulze, as he dives into history to answer your questionThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Crash of Flight 4590 Destroyed Concorde's Mystique Concorde was once the peak of cutting-edge aircraft design and a status symbol for the world's elite travelers. But the horrific 2000 crash of flight 4590 marked a turning point for this iconic aviation brand.Thu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Discovering Secrets on the Seashore Bob Hazen talks about what he loves about walking along the coast of the Chesapeake Bay, hunting for fossils and shark teeth hidden in the sandThu, 13 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Christ on a Cracker! (Apophenia, Pareidolia and Conspiracy Paranoia) Lanford is a preparedness hobbyist highly skilled in making Type I errors. Ask her about the Post-Apocalyptic World after her second drink!Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flexible Flyer: Unmanned Little Bird how innovative Boeing engineers took the ultra-flexible Unmanned Little Bird to a whole new level of capability by turning the proven multi-role helicopter into an optionally-manned air vehicleWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Where Does Space Begin? to get the answer that surprised the heck out of usWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hitting the Streets free runners take their urban art form to the streets. (Still Image: iStock/aluxum)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Godzilla: History, Biology and Behavior of Hyper-Evolved Theropod Kaiju Theerakulstit is an actor, writer, director and D-List YouTuber, where he posts videos about drug addicted Easter bunnies, unemployed Superfriends and flying kittens. You can see examples of his internet hackery at, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jackie Kennedy Stands Silently By President Kennedy is pronounced dead, a devastated Jackie Kennedy stands silently by as Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as the 36th President.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Does Chicken Soup Really Help With a Cold?'t suffer through one more miserable cold-and-flu-season without getting an answer to the burning question: can chicken soup cure your cold? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian's host Eric Schulze reveals the secrets and the science behind the classic remedy offered up since the time of the ancient GreeksWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Science Meets Science Fiction: A Conversation Between Brian Greene and David Brin Greene is a professor at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times best seller list, and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and serves as Chairman of the Board.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Hungry Snake Finds a Whole Colony of Sociable Weavers in close proximity to each other has a lot of advantages for sociable weavers. But if a predator like this venomous boomslang discovers the nests, he can wipe out the entire colony's brood in hours.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000JFK: 50 Years, 50 Conspiracies the 50 years since JFKs death, countless conspiracies theories have emerged to explain what really happened on that November day in Dallas.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Sounds of Boogie-Woogie's own jazz man, John Edward Hasse, gives a lesson on the influential music genreWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Predators of the Reef out! The predators of the coral reef come in all shapes and sizes, and they have countless ways to catch their next meal.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Secretary on Institution's First Official Climate Change Statement October 2014, the Smithsonian Institution released its first official statement on climate change. The bold statement acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activities. Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough lends perspective to this landmark statement, and explains the valuable role that the Institution can play in research and education around this important issue.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What’s Up With Willpower and Why Don’t I Have it? better willpower? Learn how to just say no with this step-by-step guide on boosting your self-control. In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze dishes on the science behind willpower what saps it and what makes it strongerWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch the SpaceX Rocket Liftoff Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX, the company founded by Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award winner Elon Musk, takes off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in May 2012Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Search for Earth 2.0 Seagers groundbreaking research ranges from the detection of exoplanet atmospheres to innovative theories about life on other worlds to development of novel space mission concepts. Dubbed an astronomical Indiana Jones, she is on a quest to discover a true Earth twin. A professor at MIT, she was named in Time magazines 25 Most Influential in Space. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fado's Rising Star performs "Barco Negro" during a 2003 concert in LondonWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Saving Haiti's Priceless Artwork the devastating earthquake, Smithsonian conservationists are working to preserve Haiti's cultural heritage.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Encyclopedia of Life a virtual tour of the Encyclopedia of Life Web siteWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Carbon in Earth: Quantities, Movements, Forms and Origins video highlights the Midterm Scientific Report of the Deep Carbon Observatory, a 10-year (2009-2019) program of exploration and experimentation, involving a network of scientists from more than 40 countries. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What Happens to You in Space Without a Spacesuit? it's a bad idea to go out into space without a trusty spacesuit, but what exactly happens? Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fights beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their size. So when two males fight over feeding rights, you can be sure it's going to be a clash of the titans.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Help Us Name Our Giant Panda Cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo giant panda cub born at the Smithsonian's National Zoo on August 23, 2013 has become America's panda sweetheart. And now we need panda supporters from across the globe to help name her! The new cub is part of the successful giant panda partnership between the United States and the People's Republic of China. Her birth is a direct result of our scientists' ongoing dedication to understand the lives, ecology and reproduction of these charismatic bears and ensure a healthy future for them and their mountain habitat.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid food; they instead subsist on drops of amino acid from the larvae.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Millipede is the Leggiest Creature in the World newly discovered Lllacme plenipes has up to 750 legs, more than any other known creatureWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000About Face Coleman Ladd fits soldiers for masks in her studioWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000If You're a Thrill-Seeker, You Need to Visit This Place bungee jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge to trekking up Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway, Colorado is the ultimate vacation destination for adventurers everywhere.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Scientists Recreate a Stone Age Cremation scientist sets about to recreate a Stone Age funeral pyre. Astonishingly, and using nothing but resources from that era, the makeshift pyre achieves the same high temperatures as a modern crematorium.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarine 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressed. In order to preserve oxygen, they had to find ways to stay calm.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Do Animals Laugh? answer may lie between being ticklish and having a sense of humorWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Remembering the Dark Days of the Cuban Missile Crisis CIA analyst Dino Brugioni was one of the first to spot missiles in Cuba in October 1962, launching the crisis that put the world on the brink of nuclear warWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: How Do Microwave Ovens Cook Food? dont actually see microwaves, you only see what they do to your food. So how, exactly, does it warm up your lunch?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Tense Encounter Becomes a Perfect Polar Bear Photo Op local guide from Churchill, Manitoba, is on a late night walk, hoping to spot a polar bear. He strikes gold when a large male appears, who's on a trek of his own for a late night snack.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The History of Coffee Culture in America "Corky" White, author of Coffee Life in Japan, traces the history of coffee culture in the United StatesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Henri Cartier-Bresson's With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain by the famous photographer during the Spanish Civil War, this clip debuted at the 2010 Orphan Film SymposiumWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Man Betrayed Nazis by Stealing Looted Jewish Valuables April 1944, the Nazis began to systematically terrorize the Jews living in Hungary. Shortly afterwards, they forced them to hand over their valuables – worth an estimated $350 million.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Music for the Masses Machover, an MIT professor whose classroom produced Guitar Hero and Rock Band, talks about a future in which everyone can make musicWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Is String Theory? Brian Greene Explains Columbia University physicist untangles the science behind the idea that the whole universe is built from tiny vibrating stringsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Is Fire a Solid, Liquid or Gas?'s been helping humans in myriad ways for over a million years, our host Eric Schulze has moreWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Cleveland DJ Popularized Rock 'n' Roll – and dancing shows – became a teenage craze in the 1950s, spurred by figures like Cleveland DJ, Alan Freed. His hit dance show featured R&B and African American music – which he later dubbed ‘Rock and Roll.’Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Smithsonian in 2050 asked visitors to the National Mall what they thought should be in the Smithsonian collections in 2050. The consensus? Lady Gaga and much more...Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Could You Have Endured Consuelo Vanderbilt's Upbringing? in several European languages for hours on end and strapped to a steel rod for posture, Consuelo Vanderbilt's childhood was anything but easy.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Conflagration Nation Cocktail Recipe: Raise a Glass to History up a new classic American cocktail at home with this step-by-step guide to This Conflagration Nation, Brandon Casey's original cocktail creation for Smithsonian's Raise a Glass to History.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Minor Parking Violation Revealed the Son of Sam Killer tip that led to the arrest of the Son of Sam killer came in unusual circumstances: a Brooklyn woman saw him near his car, which was parked illegally. Moments later, shots rang out from a nearby street.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Evidence Suggests Stonehenge Was an Elite Cemetery have little doubt that Stonehenge functioned as a Neolithic cemetery. What stands out is that in a violent age, the bodies buried there showed no signs of any kind of conflict.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000High-Tech Construction With Low-Tech Ideas this time-lapse video, watch how workers built a visitors center in South Africa using ancient Roman techniques such as the arched ceiling, or vaultWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Chili and the Food of the Southwest Butel, author and expert on food from the American Southwest, reveals the stories behind how chili peppers, beef and wine became part of the region's cuisine. (Still Image: iStock/Mark Stahl)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Moon Landing Was the Television Event of the Decade June 16, 1969, Americans filled highways, streets and homes to witness the launch of a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center: the legendary, moon-bound Apollo 11.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: World's Sharpest X-Ray worlds sharpest x-ray beam peers in at nanoscopic levelsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Dragon Kills Dragons kill their prey with a single bite, depending on strong venom to bring down animals that are larger than they are.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Is the Gospel of Jesus's Wife? Dr. Karen King discovered an ancient text that referenced Jesus Christ's wife, she knew it went against years of precedent.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shark Attack! common thresher attack stuns and immobilizes its prey with a rapid strike with its tail, then moves in for the kill. (Still Image: iStock/bearacreative)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Why Are These Mice Unafraid of Cats? are researching how the rodent can become less susceptible to its feline foe.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000First Glimpse of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Cam captures Mei Xiang as she cradles her newbornWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWII April 6, 1944, 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 them.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Yosemite Slideshow Watkins 19th-Century Photographs of Yosemite ValleyText by Bruce HathawayWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Pit Viper's Sixth Sense tree vipers can kill in the dark. With special heat-sensing abilities, they can find prey that's all but invisible.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Patricia Bloom on Living Longer and Living Better associate professor, geriatrics department of Mt. Sinai, says we may not routinely live to 120, but hopefully we can extend wellness and shorten decline and disabilityWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000MLK's Last Speech"I've seen the Promised Land," Martin Luther King Jr. said in a speech in Memphis on April 3, 1968. He was assassinated the following day.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Happened to the Habsburgs? Habsburgs were once the most powerful family in Austria, but as they tried to strengthen the bloodline by intermarrying, a lack of genetic diversity ended up being their downfall.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mark Bittman on Responsibility for What We Eat author and New York Times cooking columnist believes that in 2050, people may eat fewer processed foods and eat foods grown closer to where they liveWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian National Zoo Doctor Dr. Suzan Murray perform her morning roundsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Is the Anthropocene? why scientists think we are in a new geologic age and what it means for our future.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Do Sharks Associate Boats With Food? order to see if sharks are following fishermen's boats, two shark experts use acoustic telemetry to see if the sharks have learned to associate the noise of a motor with the expectation of food.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000My Three-Hour Tour of Eight Smithsonian Museums to build a museum tours app? Send the intern out to see if she can see it all in just three hoursWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Lyrebird, Nature's Mimic, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Drew Jones Simulates a Potential Climate Change Solution simulation specialist presents a "climate calculator" tool that shows why we need a multi-pronged approach to climate response.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Aung San Suu Kyi's Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech years after she won the award, the Burmese leader delivered the Nobel lecture on her fight for human rights in her native countryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is Quicksand Real? quicksand really swallow you up, or does that just happen in the movies? Host <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a> dives in to separate science fact from science fiction. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Killed the Hunchback King? bones of Richard III reveal how he died in a bloody battle against his enemies, the Tudors.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Flight Through the Universe Sloan Digital Sky Survey recently released the largest ever 3-D map of the sky with some 540,000 galaxiesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Have an Appendix? appendix may not be as useless as commonly thought. Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000James Hack on Modeling a Changing Climate Oak Ridge scientist presents the latest efforts to model complex climate systems with some of the most powerful computers on the planet.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000*NOT ON SITE* The Story of the Wall Street Bull ticker tape parades to the Occupy Wall Street movement, "Charging Bull" has seen it allWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Spotlight: Picture Perfect what it takes to win a photo contest, from the lens of the photographers to the scrutinizing eyes of the judges.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dinosaur Tracking a video illustration of what scientists can learn from footprintsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Tomato Trail soil to soupWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Frying does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanism that lowers the temperature of the blood in its head.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ice Age Cannibals from the end of the last Ice Age show signs of being tampered with and dissected by humans, providing evidence for the theory that during desperate times, early humans resorted to cannibalism.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Deadly Explosives Inspired the Nobel Peace Prize Nobel's invention of dynamite was a terrifying new addition to mankind's growing arsenal of destruction. Ironically, it also spawned the Nobel Peace Prize.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Curiosity's Journey to Mars's Curiosity rover traveled 154 million miles and will now begin the search for the ingredients of life on the red planetWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gene Therapy Experts Look Ahead in Treating Blindness of the preeminent researchers of gene therapy hope to improve their patients' sight in an experimental operationWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An American Manufacturer how Goldman Sachs is helping Titan International create jobs in AmericaWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze? a sneeze coming on? Dont hold it in! In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains why we sneeze.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Pro, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanks. When opened, they extend the width of its body, enabling it to glide gracefully through the air.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years away. What he found proved that planets formed billions of years earlier than what scientists originally calculated.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000EXPIRED CLIP DO NOT PUBLISH - A Daring Deep-Sea Dive of the Navy's top trained divers attempt to reach the bottom of the North Sea.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Johnson-Jeffries Fight for movie theaters in 1910, the heavyweight championship fight between Jack Johnson and Jim Jeffries was a nationwide phenomenonNarration: T.A. FrailWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What You Never Knew About Tabasco Sauce sauce got its start after the Civil War, when Edmund McIlhenny of Avery Island, Louisiana, began fermenting his red pepper plants in order to make a spicy sauce.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from? The answer lies high up in the canopy, where a remarkable, prolific species of nest-building ants drops its waste.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fishing for Sharks From a Blimp anglers hook sharks from the cabin of a huge airship in Fisher IslandWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Broadcasting Innovator how Goldman Sachs is changing the game for employees and fansWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flight.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Fungus, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: New Cars for Small Spaces at MIT may have the solution for city traffic jams.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is This NASA's Earliest Timelapse? timelapse enthusiast edited footage from Projects Mercury and Gemini to create a stunning look at early space travelWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Take a Trip to Glacier National Park Glacier National Park's awe-inspiring peaks, untouched forests, pristine alpine meadows, and breathtaking lakes.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Real Story of Jaws Steven Spielberg classic terrified millions in 1975, and decades later, the film still has teeth.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cheetah Cubs Make Their Debut at the National Zoo National Zoo's cheetah cubs will be named after the fastest American athletes in the 100-meter dash at the OlympicsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Do You Know About the Golden Gate Bridge? country's most iconic bridge stretches across one of the world's finest natural harbors.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Baby Crocs Born at the National Zoo two Cuban crocodiles are the first for the zoo since 1988Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life the Scenes with Harry Rubenstein At the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Americans Found a Clever Loophole in the Prohibition Act because the country had voted to outlaw alcohol, didn't mean that people would comply. The legal case wasn't much helped by a quirky loophole which allowed people to drink existing supplies at home.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000NASA's Inflatable Spacecraft Heat Shield are working on a unique experiment that will use an inflatable aeroshell/heat shield to protect a spacecraft when entering a planet's atmosphere or returning to EarthWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Mystery of the Hope Diamond legend is a multifaceted as the gem, spanning one billion years, three continents and leaving a trail of intrigue, envy and death.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Sultry Jazz of John Eaton a walk through jazz history with pianist John Eaton as he recollects his career of the past five decades (Meredith Bragg)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Taj Mahal Was Really Built for Love allure of the Taj Mahal isn't just architectural. Seen as a memorial to true love, the Taj was built out of grief after the death of Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's favorite wife, Mumtaz Mahal.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lincoln's Air Force 1860, aeronaut Thaddeus Lowe met with President Lincoln to discuss the possibility of using gas-filled balloons for military reconnaissance.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inside the Photobooth Nakki Goranin leads a tour of her collectionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Deepest We’ve Ever Dug Into the Earth? the world record for deepest vertical dig? Go ahead, take a guess. We bet you wont come close to the surprising answer unearthed in this one-minute video by Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze. Then, stick around to find out what scientists found lurking below.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Colombia Dispatch Video: Turco Gil’s Accordion Academy Valledupar, Colombia, Turco Gil operates a school to teach local children how to play vallenato music. Listen to Juan David Atencia, a blind 9-year-old prodigy play the accordion (Kenneth Fletcher/, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sleep? may not agree on all the specifics, but here's what we do know.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Air Travel Was a Party, and They Were the Hosts the development of better flight technology, commercial air travel received an unprecedented boom in the 1960s. But to fully sell the glamor of flying, the airlines needed these women on board.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Much Stuff Is in Orbit Around the Earth? more than youd think and its whirling around at dangerously high speedsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Outrun a Cheetah cheetah may be the fastest animal around, but its speed comes with a price; if it runs for too long and gets too hot, its heart and brain will cook.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Saving Amphibians From Deadly Fungus captive colonies for eventual re-introduction to the wild, scientists from Atlanta rescue endangered frogs and other amphibians threatened with extinction by a fatal fungus spreading through South American forestsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The History of the Electric Guitar Smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is the Only Color Photo of the First Atomic Explosion more than 405,000 American casualties and Japan rejecting unconditional surrender, the United States begins testing the atomic bomb in New Mexico. This is some of the only footage recorded of these powerful tests.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstress connection between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her African-American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley was a remarkably strong one, forged out of a common sense that they were both outsiders in Washington, DC.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Nuclear Power Confronts Scarce Water Utah, a proposed nuclear power plant would depend on huge amounts of water from the Green River, raising questions about the capacity of the river to support this new development and other claims to its shrinking supplyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Theodore 'Dutch' Van Kirk, on the Aftermath of the Atomic Bomb navigator of the Enola Gay describes the experience of dropping the atomic bomb and his crew's reception back at the U.S. base.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Woman Was Picasso, Hemingway and Fitzgerald's Muse wealth and candid charisma of Sara Murphy meant she inspired and was admired by many an artist in 1920s Paris. This included legendary painters and writers alike.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Engine Placement Gives This Mercedes-AMG Its Edge secret to the high performance of the Mercedes-AMG is the placement of the front end engine: right behind the axle. This centralizes the bulk and improves the handling of the vehicle.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gas Drilling Supports Conservation offset the environmental impact of their drilling in Wyoming's gas fields, energy companies are funding mitigation projects like conservation easements to protect habitat needed by wildlifeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Skiing the Nantucket Slush to Nantucket were able to ski through wide strips of slushy ice left on the beach in February 2015.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Beetles Destroy Pines in the Rockies high elevations in the northern Rockies, mountain pine beetles are killing countless whitebark pine trees, a major source of food for wildlife including grizzly bearsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Genius of Design: Designs for Living modernist home: a.k.a. "a machine for living in," a perfect example of form following function. But one man's dream house is another man's house of horrors.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is the Rover of the Future's new space exploration vehicle features a pressurized cocoon, omni-drive, and a suit port that allows astronauts to easily get in and out of the rover.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: When Will the Leaning Tower of Pisa Topple? you ever wondered if the Leaning Tower of Pisa is a catastrophe waiting to happen? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze explains how architects and engineers spent the last eight hundred years or so making things go from bad to worse, bringing the gravity-defying tower to the brink of disasterWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Mate season is also mating season for the glass frogs of Panama. First, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. She then releases them for the male to fertilize.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Aerial Acrobatics of the Praying Mantis video captures the unique ability of a leaping praying mantis to control its spin in mid-air and precisely land on a target.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Russia Gave Us a Discount on Alaska ridiculed Secretary of State William Seward for purchasing Alaska from Russia in 1867. But he turned out to be quite the shrewd businessman.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lionfish Are a Plague. Can Training Sharks to Eat Them Work?, which are native to the Indo-Pacific but were accidentally introduced to the Caribbean, are decimating native fish species. To help limit their damage, scientists are teaching sharks to prey on them.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Soul of Louisiana the first American mafias, Louis Armstrong, and chef Emeril Lagasse started out, New Orleans remains the soul of Louisiana.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America? out how forensic pathologists determined that Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker who called himself the "Angel of Death," murdered nearly 100 people.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is the Origin of Applause? your hands together for our host, Eric Schulze, as he dives into history to answer your questions.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Bringing a 60-Year-Old Billboard Back to Life curators and their team at the National Museum of American History piece together a World War II-era advertising relicWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The History of Color Photography Levi Hill supposedly invented color photography in the 1850s, it was the Lumiere brothers who devised the first commercially viable photographic process.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: Papua New Guinea — A Million Different Journeys New Guinea is one of the last frontiers of adventure travel, providing an unparalleled array of natural beauty, exotic wildlife and cultural tradition. 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Browse our <a href="">custom travel packages</a> and our <a href=""> dive packages</a> to start your journey today!</a>Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Dogs are Replacing Drugs in the Treatment of PTSD for Purple Hearts is a unique program that uses dogs to treat soldiers with Post Traumatic Stress DisorderWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Denmark Beyond Copenhagen - Rick Steves’ Europe the capital city Copenhagen is a thriving metropolis, find great getaways in the Danish countryside in areas like Aero, Arhus, Frederiksborg and RoskildeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food? is it about junk food that makes it so hard to resist? Find out how this empty-calorie food is designed to keep us wanting more in this one-minute video with Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Bionic Suit May Be the Future of Prosthetics Scott Summit is personalizing medical devices through 3D printingWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Digitizing a Fossil Whale Graveyard Pyenson, curator of Fossil Marine Mammals at National Museum of Natural History explains paleontology rescue in the digital age at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Curiosity's Seven Minutes of Terror members share the challenges of Curiosity's final minutes to landing on the surface of MarsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 1950s Las Vegas Sold Atomic Bomb Tests as Tourism 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industry. But another reason was a chance to glimpse actual nuclear tests in person.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Measure Forest Height and Biomass From Space Earth Scientist Explorer Lola Fatoyinbo Agueh explains how she uses tools made for space exploration to map the planet at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Buzz Aldrin's Vision for Space Exploration Apollo 11 astronaut discusses the importance of traveling to Mars at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Saving a Nest of Baby Rabbits Mauled by a Dog a dog digs up a rabbit's nest and leaves a litter exposed, the team at the Toronto Wildlife Center must rehabilitate the malnourished babies before they can be released back into the wild.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Happens When Galaxies Collide? about four billion years from now, the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies will crash togetherVisualization: NASA, ESA, and F. Summers, STScI Simulation credit: NASA, ESA, G. Besla, Columbia University, and R. van der Marel, STScIWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jays Robbing a Hummingbird Nest new study shows that hummingbirds often nest near hawks to avoid egg-robbing Mexican jays, like the pair seen here. (Video by Harold F. Greeney, Yanayacu Biological Station)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Climate Change Is in the Past Johnson, Director of Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, explains how the Earth's temperature cycle at Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" eventWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Where Do Fingerprints Come From? cradle to grave, no matter how much fingers grow, everyone's fingerprints are unique and unchanging.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch Newsreel Footage from the March on Washington came by the thousands via buses and trains, it fell to the organizers to figure out how to prepare for the massesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jazz Influences on a Short But Influential Career intimate interview with Amy Winehouse revealed her love of jazz and how, at an early age, her brother influenced her taste in music.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An Angola Prison Tower Heads to the Smithsonian being cut from a concrete base, the guard tower is ready for its ride from Louisiana to the National Museum of African American History and Culture in DCWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Pollinating Cricket the first time ever, researchers observed a cricket as a pollinator for a flowerWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Volcanic Islands of the Pacific Came to Be islands, such as San Benedicto, are part of a 25,000-mile volcanic chain that runs around the Pacific Ocean. It's known as the Ring of Fire.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Most Impressed Harry Belafonte About the March on Washington? at the podium, the singer/songwriter saw a sea of people from many different backgroundsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Courtland Cox's View From the March on Washington former SNCC activist describes seeing the stream of celebrities who followed Harry Belafonte to lend their supportWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Are Humans the Only Animals to Use the Stars to Navigate? another reason to fight light pollutionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Supporting the Arts through the WPA of the greatest experiments in public art gave voice and vision to American artists, authors and musicians.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hiding in a Coconut filmed octopuses near Indonesia using coconut shells as a tool, a first for invertebratesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Smithsonian Channel Commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act America: Wilderness premieres Sunday, Sept. 7 at 9PM ET/PTWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dismantling a Huge Howitzer for a Precarious Move 200-ton howitzer artillery gun is too heavy to transport in one piece. The answer is to split it in two, with the barrel going on one truck and the carriage onto another. Easier said than done.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Making of Go Waggaloo Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion talk about the joy of making an album with their family and friendsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Scenes: Making the Monster Snake Titanoboa coming to life! The life-size replica is as big and bad as the real boa.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cowboys Without Horses nomadic people of Arctic Siberia depend on reindeer, a crucial source of food and warmth. But when they escape, the only way to herd them back is on foot.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Battle Over Prairie Dogs defend their land from the destruction of prairie dogs while conservationist claim they are vital to the prairie ecosystemWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Fast Does a Snake Strike? recordings from a lab experiment show two snake species striking at a test glove. (Video clips courtesy of David Penning)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Prey dragons aren't physically built to chase after their prey. Remarkably, they've mastered the technique of stalking, biting, and secreting deadly venom in them.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Seizing Justice: The Greensboro 4 the story of four young men who stood up to racism and social injustice by taking a seat. This is the story of the Greensboro Four.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sedona, Arizona's Mysterious Energy Field have been coming to Sedona for years because of its mysterious spiritual energy, but they weren't the first to believe in its religious power.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicion marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring union. But in 1947, when the wedding took place, many in the royal family were concerned.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expedition group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeer.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Savior of the Wild Tiger scientist Ullas Karanth is still optimistic about the future of the majestic cats of the south Asian junglePhotos by Julie Larsen MaherWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Personal Root of Lincoln’s Anti-Slavery Stance for his anti-slavery stance, Abraham Lincoln's political position may have been rooted in the trials and tribulations of his youth.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Mariachis of Puebla streets of Puebla, Mexico are filled with the sound of Mariachis who sing at most traditional Mexican ceremonyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tunnel, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Semper Fi: Always Faithful - D.C. Environmental Film Festival Trailer the death of his daughter, a Marine Corps drill instructor uncovers one of the largest water contamination incidents and cover-ups - in American HistoryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Porsche Is Revisiting the Hybrid Car It Also Invented Porsche isn't naturally associate with hybrid cars, it actually invented them in 1900. Now, the luxury car brand is looking to the past for its new model.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Brains Behind Star Trek fan Gene Roddenberry was a freelance writer with a futuristic vision. He had high hopes for his script about a peacekeeping spaceship seeking new life forms.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Take a Virtual Tour of Macao by Beautiful Destinations for Macao Government Tourism OfficeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Journey Through the Himalayas sights and sounds of northern IndiaWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Coral Reefs Spawn breathtaking underwater footage off the Panama coast, where coral reefs reproduce in a flurry of carefully-timed actionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Could You Survive Three M16 Bullets to the Chest? weapons expert and a trauma surgeon recreate a scene from Platoon using high-speed cameras to show the damage caused by a single M16 bullet to the human body.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Revolutionizing the Urban Farm Greene's farmery turns industrialized produce on its head by allowing food to be grown and sold in the same space - A film by Gary Breece and Russell Hawkins.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Flying Gas Station Can Carry 200,000 Lbs. of Fuel KC-135 Stratotanker plays a crucial role in keeping U.S. fighter jets up in the air. That's because this 136-foot long aircraft is a flying gas tank capable of performing air refueling -- carrying a whopping 200,000 pounds of fuel.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What Is Wind? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian host, Eric Schulze, explains what causes wind. The answer might blow you away.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Do We Finally Know How the Holy Grail Disappeared? did an onyx cup thought to be the Holy Grail disappear from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 909 AD? This historian's breakthrough might provide some intriguing answers.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavor, from the Hubble Space Telescope to Skylab. Now it's time for the bizarre aircraft to get a check-up.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Tundra Buggy my time on the observation deck was limited because the wind was bitingly cold, She explained. At one point, while trying to photograph bears on the kelp-covered terrain, the inevitable happened: I dropped my phone. I had it about eye-level (five feet) and it slipped right through my gloves. It hit the metal grating of the deck floor. Funny thing? I wasnt worried. I picked it back and quickly grabbed the shot of the bear before even inspecting it. It survived. Thanks Gorilla Glass 5.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Portland Timelapse collection of 260,000 images documenting the Pacific Northwest and its endless beautyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Tamir Ben Kalifa by Eli Reed for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Driving Art Around car designers tour the country with their cars, some thousands of miles a year, not for fame or money, but just to make people smileWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Credible Egg industrialization of food inspires an unexpected alliance between technology and natureWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Space Cloud, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extinct many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought...Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear War's 1962, and tensions are high between the U.S. and Cuba. When the Cubans accidentally shoot down a U.S. U-2 aircraft, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Keith Coleman by Albert Watson for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, they have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laugh.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Tobacco Hornworm investigating nicotine poisoning discover the breath of deathWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Sirio Magnabosco by David Burnett for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecraft budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save money: the space shuttle.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Is Angkor Wat Still Standing Today? engineering masterpiece is strikingly tall and covers an area four times larger than the Vatican City. But without the surrounding moat, the structure would never have survived.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion? all know concussions are a bad thing, but have you ever wondered exactly what happens to your brain when it gets knocked around? In this one-minute video, Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze takes a few whacks to the head in the name of science. (Disclaimer: No brains were harmed during the making of this video.)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mecysmauchenius sp1, dorsal view sp1, dorsal view: This species uses power-amplified cheliceral strikes; this video was recorded at 20,000 frames per second (fps), but is playing at 20 fps, so in real life the movements would be 1,000 times as fast. At 20,000 fps the high-speed camera records at a small frame size (255 x 60 pixels), making it difficult to capture the entire specimen in the frame. A team of researchers led by Smithsonian scientist <a href="">Hannah Wood</a> has discovered that trap-jaw spiders have a surprising ability to strike their prey at lightning speed and with super-spider power, according to new findings reported in the scholarly journal <em>Current Biology</em>.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Beauty of Letterpress Collier of Plymouth University explains why moveable-type printing is making a comeback - produced by Danny CookeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000When Tentacled Snakes Attack a slow-motion video of a tentacled snake lie in wait and scare its prey into escaping right into its mouthWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000White Mountain National Forest on foot, by raft or from a car, no experience of the White Mountain National Forest beats the view from aboveWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How NYC Women Stayed Safe from the Son of Sam Killer Son of Sam serial killer appeared to target young New York women with brown hair. In 1977, one reporter took to the streets to ask them about the steps they’d taken to protect themselves.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Subsonic Boom say they now understand the mysterious boom that can emanate for miles from sand dunesby Cheryl CarlinWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses? monkeys may look ridiculous to us, but they are in fact perfectly adapted to their swamp surroundings. Their pot-bellied stomachs are able to digest toxic leaves, while their huge noses play a role in attracting mates.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Is Beatboxing Safer Than Singing? Kelly Carnes explainsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Original Country Music music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Natural Hair Takes Root her salon in Maryland, Camille Reed sees more black women embracing natural hairWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Daring Stunt That Put Bungee Jumping on the Map 1987, two adventurers from New Zealand made a daring--and illegal--televised bungee jump off the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Host Phil Keoghan meets one of those men, who shows us how the extreme sport went global.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Clyfford Still: The Man in a Long Black Coat how the painters appearance and attire was as distinctive as his artwork in this clip from the documentary, STILLWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000In Motion Workshop: Maraquita'Maraquita' explores one woman's false incarceration in an Australian mental hospital, as remembered by her son Tony. Maraquita spent 22 years of her life in Sunbury Asylum on a diagnosis that was later to be found incorrect. George Clipp & Matthew Cleaves discuss their process. <br></br>Smithsonian Video Contest 2013Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Coral Bleaching 2016 collected by Professor Terry Hughes, Director ARC Center of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. James Cook UniversityWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Nazi Engineer Who Created the First Ballistic Missile Von Braun became interested in space flight from an early age. This passion would lead him to become a key figure in the development of one of the Nazi's most devastating weapon: the V2 rocket.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The History of New York's Business and Industrial Development York State's Path Through HistoryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingers virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branches. Instead, their four long fingers form a perfect hook to help them swing on branches.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Assessing Coral Populations biologist Nancy Knowlton discusses a research trip to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, in Panama, where she and her collaborators collected data on coral reef populations. Reef sustainability is closely tied to coral reproduction. Then director of the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Knowlton, who has since been hired to lead the Smithsonian's Ocean Initiative, has reservations about the long-term future of coralsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Brief History of Chocolate the bittersweet story of this ancient treat (Amanda Bensen)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Could a Plague Pandemic Strike Again? up the past to find out what caused one of the worlds deadliest pandemicsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Listen to This Endangered Song 400 of these records were made to raise awareness about the less than 400 Sumatran tigers still alive in the wild today. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Andy Warhol's Headlines the media gadfly himself, the pop artist was fascinated by newspapers, especially the tabloids, as explored in a new exhibit at the National Gallery of ArtWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Whistling Orangutan, the subject of a recently published paper, is the Smithsonian National Zoos famous whistling orangutanWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Bird Whisperer the Qinghai Privince in China, Buddhist monk Tashi Sange studies one of the world's rarest birds, the Tibetan buntingWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Is Actually America's First Small Town by Spaniards four whole decades before Jamestown, St. Augustine, Florida, is our oldest town.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Logbook From Flight 93 this excerpt from a Smithsonian Channel documentary, learn about flight attendant Lorraine Bay's logbook, one of the objects from the wreckage of the hijacked plane that now reside in the Smithsonian collection.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Spark!Lab Ignites the Imagination exhibits coordinator Steven Madewells demonstrates a few experiments at Spark!Lab, an interactive exhibit at the National Museum of American HistoryWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How MRC Global Grew to Become a Leading Supplier to the Energy Industry Global, now one of the largest suppliers of pipes, valves and fittings, began as a family-owned business that turned to Goldman Sachs for capital and advice.</br></br> Goldman Sachs has worked closely with MRC Global since 2007, helping identify opportunities to grow their business. Today MRC Global is a vital link in the production chain for the entire energy industry, with over 400 service locations, and over 5,000 employees, worldwide.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Avoid Your Neighbors Lovering Wharton built this house on a rock off the coast of Rhode Island because, as legend has it, he wanted a place where no one could bother him.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Did Ancient Greeks and Romans Lie Down to Eat? and dining in the ancient classical worldWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000King Ferdinand's Love of Clocks after the loss of this beloved wife, King Ferdinand's sorrows were eased thanks to a cutting-edge clock.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: American Cruise Lines the American ExperienceWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: This Is American Cruise Lines ship cruising done perfectly.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Are We Alone? The Search for Extraterrestrial Civilizations With Help From Eight Million Volunteers Werthimer is SETI@home Chief Scientist and director of the SETI Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. He also directs the Center for Astronomy Signal Processing and is associate director of the Berkeley Wireless Research Center. Werthimer was in the Homebrew Computer Club with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Everyone in the Homebrew club became filthy rich except him.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards 2016 magazine honored innovators in nine categories: Technology, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Life and Physical Sciences, Education, History, Social progress and Youth Achievement, at its 5th annual American Ingenuity Awards.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Night at the National Zoo Smithsonian National Zoos Snore & Roar program gives visitors a behind the scenes lookWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Astronomers Create First Realistic Virtual Universe video from the Illustris project simulates 13 billion years of the universe in just two minutesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Panda Enrichment Xiang plays with a log, solves a puzzle and chows down on bambooWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Humungous Fungus, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Amphetamines That Kept German Troops Going same intense uppers that Hitler's dubious physician, Dr. Theodor Morell, gave him were also dispensed to German soldiers during battle.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flash Mob at the Smithsonian an effort to celebrate World Oceans Day, organizers planned a "splash" mob at the National Museum of Natural History's Sant Ocean HallWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Folk Dances of Jodhpur from an area known for its raucous music and dance traditions, the Kalapriya Dance Troupe perform at the opening of the "Garden and Cosmos" exhibitWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000In Motion Video Contest Highlights inspired? Check out to submit your video for a chance to win our grand prizeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Getting to Know Sharks Juliet Eilperin reveals what she learned about the predators of the sea and how humans have little to fear of themWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Puerto Rican Propaganda-Dramas Puerto Rican governments Division of Community Education (Divedco) enlisted famous artists to make poster art and short films regarding social issuesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Headless Cockroach, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Do You 3D Scan a Dinosaur? laser scanners and high-tech computer software, Vince Rossi and Adam Metallo are recreating a digital Dinosaur Hall before it's dismantledWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards: John Rogers Award winner John Rogers discusses the future of biosensorsbendy, rubber-band like electronics that can melt in your body.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Earth Art for Earth Day artists take over the Smithsonian grounds for the first time everWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Going Deep Into Coral Reefs Knowlton talks about the dangers facing our oceans coral reefsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Save Wolf Lake home of the largest old growth red pine forest in the world is under attack from minersWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Homemade Rock Climbing Wall by professional climbers, 8-year-old Kathrin Houston and her father constructed a wall for her to practice her passionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch This Piece of Paper Fold Itself Up and Walk Away create graphene-based paper that inches around Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dancing Hot Dog a classic drive-in theatre trailer from 1957Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Healthy Truth About Traditional Childbirth a baby is born surgically via C-section, it may miss out on the health benefits of passing through the birth canal.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Food Science in Slow-Motion a piece of charcoal catch fire and see what happens when a cube of gelatin is dropped on a flat surfaceWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Avian Warning System Siberian jay screeches at predators when they are near, but uses a different call for each deadly intruderWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Grill Caveman T-bone Steaks a clip from his PBS show Primal Grill, Steve Raichlen cooks T-bone steaks by placing them directly on the charcoal to delicious effectWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Researchers Discover the Oldest, Most Complete Skeleton Discovered in the New World 12,000 year old skeleton of a teenage girl was found in Hoyo Negro, an underwater cave system on the Yucatan Peninsula.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Black Decree Led to This Mexican Emperor's Doom French-backed Emperor Ferdinand Maximilian of Mexico was losing the raging civil war. In 1865, this prompted him to issue a savage decree: all armed opponents of his rule were to be executed without trial.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Solo Symphony Allison Orr created a unique piece based off of Austin Symphony conductor Peter Bay's movement and passion for musicWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Was Mary Surratt a Lincoln Conspirator? southern widow's Maryland house was a crucial stop on the escape route for assassin John Wilkes Booth the night he shot the president.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00002014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest Editor's Pick - Jellyfish Lake lake is a marine lake located on Eil Malk island in Palau, an island country located in the western Pacific Ocean which is part of the larger island group of Micronesia. Jellyfish Lake is around 12,000 years old and is home to millions of golden jellyfish. The jellyfish migrate twice daily in order to expose the algae, symbiotically living in their body, to the sun. This then allows the algae to process the sunlight to produce sugar that nourishes the jellyfish. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Was This Man Sacrificed at Stonehenge? in a ditch at Stonehenge, a skeleton reveals signs of human sacrifice. Scientists puzzle over how and, more importantly, why it happened.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An Amazing Look at Solar Flares telescopes have given scientists unprecedented views of the Sun, helping them to better understand solar activityWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Home Movies of the Patton Family grandson of Gen. George S. Patton shares his family's home moviesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Make Packaging Sustainable? can do many things to reduce their packaging footprint but to make a real impact, solutions need to start with the industry. BASF is committed to improving packaging sustainability.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 pounds, to sustain her during winter.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Edward Curtis: Photographing the North American Indian close look reveals how the famed photographer altered his glass negatives, creating the popular image of Native Americans that still exists todayWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the 1989 San Francisco Quake Was So Disastrous 1989 San Francisco earthquake delivered a myriad of deadly disasters, all unfolding at the same time: from a collapsed freeway to deadly fires in the city's historic marina.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Chilling Footage of the 1989 Cypress Freeway Collapse Oakland fire department rushed to the scene of the Cypress Freeway, after the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake hits. They were greeted by a catastrophe of collapsed concrete and trapped cars.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Tragic Bad Axe Massacre of 1832 19th-century Illinois, tensions between settlers and local Native American tribes led to a series of escalating confrontations. The violent culmination of these conflicts drove Sauk leader Black Hawk and his tribe out of the state.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future Is in Your Genes Venter speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mating and Sentinel Calls audio of mouse lemurs and pied babblers (Note: Lemur calls have been slowed down to one-tenth their speed so that scientists can analyze their differences.)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Death Race in Canada's Rocky Mountains one in three participating runners are able to finish this grueling, mountainous, 77-mile triple marathon without breaking down.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What's a Kolache Doing in Brooklyn? immigrants brought the pastry to Texas; Autumn Stanford brought them to New YorkWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000No Need for a Plane, This Snake Can Fly as researchers study the paradise tree snake that is capable of launching itself as far as 330 feetWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Strength in Numbers a pack of hyenas mob a lionWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000In Motion Workshop: North Country Dreamland Malone discusses the process of time-lapse photography<br></br>Smithsonian Video Contest 2013Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Death giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stake. Watch the battle unfold as these huge hornets risk their lives for their kingdoms.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00002014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest Editor's Pick - The Heartless Machine Christopher Locke discusses his analog "Tele-Phonographer" Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Altruistic Lizards blue-throated side-blotched lizard defending his territory against an orange-throated side-blotched lizardWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Geo-engineering the Earth's Atmosphere Keith speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Architecture of the Future Henderson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A New Miniature 3D Video Display compact 3D projection system could show up in the next generation of mobile devicesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Play It Again the Music Division of the National Museum of American History, conservation doesn't mean restoring priceless instruments, it means making music.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gannets Plunge Into the Sea into the ocean, the Cape Gannet adopts an aquatic version of flight, an unbelievable sight you have to see to believe.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Golden Lion Tamarins of the National Zoo! the weather warms up these Brazilian natives take to the treetops. Fitted with radio collars and tracked by volunteers, this family of golden lion tamarins roams free on the grounds of the National Zoo.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Fire Opened Buckingham Palace Up to the Public 1992, a fierce backlash about the repair cost of a fire-damaged Windsor Castle led to a startling royal decision: For the first time ever, Buckingham Palace would be opened to the public, to raise money for the renovation.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00001996 Brazilian Flight Crashes Seconds After Takeoff into TAM Flight 402's takeoff from Congonhas Airport, the pilots are stunned when the plane tilts dangerously to the right. Seconds later, it crashes into a crowded Sao Paulo neighborhood.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Spectacular Draw of Devils Tower National Monument the wilderness of Wyoming, there's a magnificent pillar of ancient lava so unique, that even geologists are at odds on exactly how it was formed.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Performing Ask Your Mama a workshop at the University of Michigan, composer Laura Karpman oversees a rehearsal of Ask Your Mama, a musical rendition of the Langston Hughes epic poem, with George Manahan conductingWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future of the Amazon S. Cousteau speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Knights Templar Came to Be a group of pilgrims were murdered in 1119, nine crusaders formed a pact to protect any others like them from harm. This pact is now famously remembered as the Knights Templar.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Arcimboldo: More Than Meets the Eye Hapsburg Dynastys court painters unique style of portraiture, using fruits, vegetables and animals to compose his faces -- has fascinated artists and the general public for centuriesSpecial Thanks to David BrownWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Should Humans Care About Biodiversity Loss? don't just impact the interconnected web of lifewe depend on it.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Feeding the Leopards feed the new baby clouded leopards at the Zoo's research facility in VirginiaWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sloth Bear Cub Plays a Harmonica bear cub Remi plays harmonica as part of an animal enrichment program at the Smithsonian National Zoo. The activity encourages the same behavior sloth bears in the wild use to suck insects out of their nestsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Does Acupuncture Work? host, Eric Schulze, looks into the ancient medical technique.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What's the Deepest We've Ever Dug Into the Earth? Schulze takes a look at the deepest any one has ever dug into the earth, and what it would take to go deeper.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Deep-Sea Offshore Drilling Rig Works 22 hours, the crew of the Maersk Interceptor have assembled and lowered 551 feet of pipes into the water. Through them, a hydraulic hammer will operate to drive these pipes 131 feet below the seafloor.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories that Changed America Don Mischer ProductionsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Comet Zooms Close to Earth This Month to the unaided eye, the comet PanSTARRS will speed past our planet for the first and only timeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Why Do Geese Fly in a V? have known something for millions of years that humans have only recently figured out for themselves.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Very BIG Birthday Party Kandula the Asian Elephant's 5th Birthday at Smithsonian's National Zoo.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Directed Scratch example of wild chimpanzees using 'directed scratches' to request grooming of specific body areas. (Still Image: Megan Lorenz/iStock)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future of Oceans Knowlton speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Can Chimps Be Genetically Engineered to Be Like Humans? beings and chimps share as much as 98 percent of their DNA. If our species are so similar, can chimps be genetically engineered to be more like us?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatches and begins to experience life in its shiny new form.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Stretchable Battery battery can be stretched to 300% its original sizeWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Meet the Kids at the Zoo're young, curious and feisty - meet the wild animal babies of the National Zoo. (Still Image: Terri Kieffer/iStock)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Solar Flare Erupts's video of a solar flare from June 7, 2011Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lizards Pop Wheelies lizards adapt to rapid accelerationWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Hero Rallied Wounded USS Indianapolis Survivors, exhausted, and preyed upon by sharks, the surviving crew of the sunken USS Indianapolis was in a living nightmare. Thanks to Marine Captain Edward Parke's display of heroism, he gave survivors that extra push to stay alive.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Coral Reefs and Creatures the remote Pacific, the Phoenix Islands provide an unspoiled center for marine scienceWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: How Much Stuff Is in Orbit Around the Earth? more than youd think and its whirling around at dangerously high speeds.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Lightning Round many of your questions can our host, Eric Schulze, answer in 45 seconds?Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Away Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animals.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Final Farewell to the Space Shuttle the space shuttles complete their final missions, curator Valerie Neal at the National Air and Space Museum highlights the spacecrafts history and legacy in manned space flightWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: From World Heritage Sites to Vibrant Cities: Experience Ireland ancient tombs, engaging artistic traditions and some of the worlds friendliest people.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Why Did Ancient Greeks and Romans Lie Down to Eat? and dining in the ancient classical world.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Crater happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini... all of it.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Under the Sea With Dolphins with bottlenose dolphins in the Red Sea and learn about their amazing intelligenceWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Are Humans the Only Animals to Use the Stars to Navigate? another reason to fight light pollution.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Behind the Emancipation Proclamation of the African American History and Culture Museum Lonnie Bunch looks at the forces that brought about the January 1, 1863 orderWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Secret Lives of Civil War Soldiers of women secretly joined the Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War. Some women were brazen enough to enlist as self-appointed officers, or double as female spies.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Museum Secrets Revealed: Pouncing on the Sistine Chapel Michelangelo was asked by an aging Pope to rush his painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, he had to get creative with classic techniques.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mathew Brady's Vision appreciated during his life, Mathew Brady is known for his Civil War photography and groundbreaking work in the fieldMusic courtesy of Kevin MacLeodWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman of our nations greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways, but her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Climate Change 101 With Bill Nye the Science Guy famous scientist cuts through the global warming noise and lays out the factsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Difference Between Bacteria and Viruses? answerand why you should careWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo implanted a false memory in a mouseWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Biodiversity Decline years ago, the Amazon comprised 14 percent of the Earth's surface. Now, it covers just 6 percentWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Palmer Luckey his parents' garage, he dreamed up Oculus Rift, a homemade headset that's creating a new realityWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Artist Nam June Paik's "Global Groove" clip from the 1973 piece by the father of video artWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well? It relied on two key factors: a light frame and an ability to soar with the ocean currents.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000D.C. Politics on Camera Lincoln Schatz interviewed 89 movers and shakers, from Nancy Pelosi to Vernon Jordan, for The NetworkWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Nov 38-48 Rob Mckinney reads the feature article, Resurrecting the Czar by Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell from the November issue of Smithsonian magazineWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Constructing the Guggenheim from the 1950s show architect Frank Lloyd Wright at the site of the Guggenheim MuseumWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Moab Music Moab Music Festival combines timeless music with nature's beautyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Francis Halzen amazing experiment in Antarctica heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Underwater Volcano remote camera captures the first-ever video of an erupting underwater volcanoWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Leaving Earth: A Deep Future or Science Fiction? How to Build a Perfect Colony Ship in Three Easy Steps Steltzner is an Engineering Fellow at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and is leading the development of the Sampling System for the Mars2020 project. He recently led the team that developed the Curiosity Rovers landing system. Adam joined the JPL in 1991 and has worked on various projects including Galileo, Cassini, Mars Pathfinder, Champollion, and Comet Nucleus Sample Return, Mars Exploration Rovers and the Mars Science Laboratory. Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Bryan Stevenson: The Legal Crusader 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner is giving new hope to thousands of young people in America's prisonsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Hugh Herr brains behind an amazing bionic prosthesis is ready to enhance everyone's capabilitiesWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches? dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat and cooling the body.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Elon Musk's Journey to Mars the 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner plans to build a self-sustaining civilization on MarsWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lemur Biology in the Axis of Evil: A Schistosomiasis Love Story in 10 Easy Lessons Alex Dehgan, Co-founder Conservation X Labs, and Senior Visiting Fellow, Duke University. Previously, Dehgan also worked in the Department of State where he developed a science diplomacy strategy towards Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, and previous to that he was the founding Afghanistan Country Director for the Wildlife Conservation Societys Afghanistan ProgramWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Zooming in on Ants and videographer Mark Moffett's footage of ants gets up close and personal with the leaf-cutter species of the insectWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is Human Evolution Over? Pobiners research centers on the evolution of human diets (especially meat-eating) in Africa and Asia, but has included topics as diverse as cannibalism in the Cook Islands and chimpanzee carnivory. Her favorite moments include watching lions eat a zebra carcass on the equator and discovering fossils last butchered and eaten by one of her 1.5 million year old ancestors.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000An Explosive Event With Cai Guo-Qiang world famous Chinese artist uses pyrotechnics to turn a 40-foot-tall pine tree into an optical illusion. (Still Image: Ed Schipul/Flickr)Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Call of the Elk the rut, or mating season, the male elk's distinctive call brings female elk and tourists alike to Estes Park, ColoradoWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000New Hermit Crab Species Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae is video of the new hermit crab species Pylopaguropsis mollymullerae taken by Ellen Muller at dive site 'Something Special', southern Caribbean. Credit: Rafael Lemaitre and Ellen MullerWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Jim Anderson's Quest to Solve Climate Change 2012 American Ingenuity Award winner warns that no place on Earth is safe from the dangers of global warmingWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Kennedy for President curators at the American History museum delve into the archives to show artifacts from the 1960 election, when Sen. John F. Kennedy branded pins, hats, bumper stickers and more with family nameSpecial thanks to Larry Bird and Harry RubensteinWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000From Hal to Siri to Us: Voices of the Future ethnographic fieldwork with research in museums and archives, Joshua A. Bell examines the shifting local and global network of relationships between persons, artifacts and the environment. These interests have involved him in long-term fieldwork with communities in the Purari Delta of Papua New Guinea and a collaborative project investigating the intimate and global relations materialized in cell phones.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Don’t People Smile in Old Photographs? saying cheese just didnt happen in the early days of photography.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Designed for the Environment: Planning In-Aircraft Recycling is designing jetliners with the environmental impact of their life span in mind. From the fuselage to the carpet, Boeing Director of Environmental Performance Jeanne Yu explains why Boeing considers how entire airplanes will be recycled before they're ever builtWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Elephant Fight Club elephant Kevin, crazed with testosterone, challenges Greg, the most powerful elephant in the groupWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Uncovering the Terra Cotta Soldiers curator from the Houston Museum of Natural Science explains how the terra cotta warriors were discovered and what they reveal about Chinas Qin dynastyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the USS Wahoo and Its Skipper Were a Perfect Match new skipper of the Wahoo was the formidable Dudley Morton--a broad-shouldered Kentucky Baptist with an aggressive philosophy on how submarine warfare should be waged.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian 2022 Smithsonian Institution / Digital StudiosWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000787: Game-Changing Innovation get the breakthrough innovations in Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing had to rethink the way it makes airplanes. Tom Cogan, director of Airplane Development, explains how the game-changing jetliner that is built in a revolutionary wayWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Climate Change and the Colorado River 30 million people in seven states and Mexico, the drying Colorado River can still be saved by sustainable measures and collaborationWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000My Four Apocalypses Kirk Johnson has studied the effects of the dinosaur-killing asteroid and led expeditions that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites on all continents. His work has been featured in NOVA documentaries, including Ice Age Death Trap and the upcoming Making of North America. Most recently, Johnson has overseen the acquisition of the Nations T. rex, a 66 million-year-old skeleton that will be the centerpiece of the Smithsonians new dinosaur hall that will open in 2019.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Does Lightning Ever Strike Twice? why old sayings shouldnt always be trustedWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Devastating 1926 Hurricane that Halted the Growth of Miami 1926, the Miami economy was soaring, fueled by wealthy northerners attracted to the tropical climate and beaches. But a devastating hurricane would smash into the city, causing widespread destruction.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Flapping Their Wings chicks mature, they strengthen their breast muscles by flapping their wings vigorouslyWed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Surprising Culprit Threatening Yellowstone’s Grizzly Bears National Park is one of the world's most protected ecosystems. But that's still not enough to keep its grizzly bears completely safe.Wed, 12 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The John Marshall Ju/'hoan Bushman Film and Video Collection, 1950-2000 a selection from the Smithsonian Institution's submission for the UNESCO Memory of the World Register of historic artifactsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Bryan Stevenson: 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Awards legal crusader who has given thousands of young people in America's prisons a second chanceTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Here's What Happens When the Queen Throws a Giant Banquet Britain emerged victorious from the Falklands War, it turned its attention to repairing relations with one of its most important allies: the U.S. Nothing short of a 160-person banquet hosted by Queen Elizabeth herself would do.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Why Do We Sleep? may not agree on all the specifics, but here's what we do knowTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Hot Air Balloons Light Up the Sky Albuquerque, New Mexico every Fall season is marked by the start of the Balloon FiestaTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Of Thread and Theory Cocktail Recipe: Raise a Glass to History up a new classic American cocktail at home with this step-by-step guide to Of Thread and Theory, Greg Best's original cocktail creation for Smithsonian's Raise a Glass to History.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Gender Bending Fish, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000SmartNews: Fly the Friendly Skies With a Jetpack of waiting to catch your flight? Then strap on your very own jetpack and off you go!Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000If You're a Thrill-Seeker, You Need to Visit This Place bungee jumping off the Royal Gorge Bridge to trekking up Pike's Peak on the Cog Railway, Colorado is the ultimate vacation destination for adventurers everywhere.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Daniel Okrent on the Future of Newspapers former New York Times Public Editor believes large news organizations will still exist, but more sources of news content will be individuals and small alliances of individualsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Microwave Ovens Work? dont actually see microwaves, you only see what they do to your food. So how, exactly, does it warm up your lunch? Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Air outside North Carolina's Outer Banks is Roanoke Island, the scene of one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in U.S. history: the disappearance of an entire colony of English settlers.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Healthcare Visionary how Goldman Sachs is helping Hologic enable better outcomes for patientsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Tackling Obesity at the National Zoo arriving at the zoo obese, Nikki the Bear was put on a strict diet by the zoo nutritionists with great resultsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: Antarctica: Discover the Difference Antarctica in a meaningful way. Hike among penguins, kayak peaceful coves, and see more by going aboard 148-guest National Geographic Explorer.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint? stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resort.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The ArtCar Fest a look at the outrageous automobiles of the San Francisco ArtCar FestivalTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Apollo 11 Footage, Remixed and in HD 1969, three men traveled to the moon cameras documented their every moveTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000To the Moon and Back: Apollo 11 Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary a man to the moon required an overhaul of the entire space program, involving more powerful rockets and new spacecraftTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Joseph McCarthy's Downfall Was Accusing the Army of Communism mid-1954, a riveted nation watched Senator Joseph McCarthy accuse the U.S. Army of being infiltrated by communists. But the army's lawyer, Joseph Welch refused to be bullied, and struck back.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: What Would Happen if a Solar Flare Hit the Earth?"Be prepared might not cover it when it comes to super storms.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is Fire a Solid, Liquid or Gas?'s been helping humans in myriad ways for over a million years, our host Eric Schulze has moreTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Best of West Ireland - Rick Steves’ Europe on the remote Aran Islands, Steves cruises to Galway, hikes the rugged Burren, and marvels at the Cliffs of Moher before venturing to Dingle and finishing on Great Blasket IslandTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Prague and the Czech Republic - Rick Steves’ Europe was always beautiful, now it's fun, too, and the streets are filled with young people who seem determined to make up for their parents' Stalin-gray childhoodsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Teach a Robot to Walk of the final steps in creating the bionic man is attaching the legs and getting it to put one foot in front of the other.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Shuttle Discovery's Biggest Accomplishments Shuttle Discovery clocked more time in space than any other shuttle and was the catalyst for many historic space firsts - including the mission to deploy the Hubble Space TelescopeTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Echoes of Elvis strap on their blue suede shoes and join the celebration of Elvis Presley's 75th birthday at the National Portrait GalleryTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Are Mosquito-Borne Infections? animation explains how diseases, like dengue, are transmitted. Credit: C. Schaffer/AAAS.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Tongue Print, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Toothbrush, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Bible is piling up that the Tower of Babel really existed. It's a conclusion that's partially borne out by an astounding discovery: an ancient brick with traces of an unusual material.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sneak Preview of Titanoboa: Monster Snake new Smithsonian Channel documentary will tell you everything you need to know about the beast that eats crocodiles for breakfast and makes modern anacondas look like a garter snakes.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Car Factory Assembles Camaros Every 35 Minutes the Lansing Grand River plant, where the Camaro is assembled, speed is the name of the game: it takes just 35 minutes for one vehicle to be fitted with the undercarriage, transmission, and exhaust.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fake the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errors.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000African Ape Smuggling chimpanzees and gorillas in Africa face a new threat as investigators uncover what appears to be an undercover ape smuggling operationTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Travel to Veracruz journey into the diversity and folklore of the Mexican cityTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Travel by Daydream subway ride transforms into a meditative journeyTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Full Moon Silhouettes real-time capture of the moon rising over the Mount Victoria lookout in the capital city of Wellington, New ZealandTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Shooting Stars: Chris Linder by Steve Winter for our special issue, this up-and-coming photographer discusses his workTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Festival of St. Efisio 1656, thousands of Sardinians have filled the streets of Cagliari to honor St. EfisioTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000New York's Colonial History York State's Path Through HistoryTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Human Feature Gives Squirrel Monkeys Their Precise Grip monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprints that give them a better grasp.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Subliminal Messages Work? video does not contain hidden messages that will make you want to watch more Smithsonian videos. Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Seismic Waves Shake L.A. animation depicts how seismic waves will impact Los AngelesTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00002013 In Motion Video Contest Highlights your video for a chance to win our grand prize and be featured on Smithsonian ChannelTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does My Dog Howl at Sirens? Schulze delves into little Rover's mind to see what all that racket is aboutTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Weird Science: Female Ferrets, in fact, nature is stranger than fictionTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Right Whale Skeleton Arrives at the Smithsonian the process involved when a massive specimen arrives at the Smithsonian Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Love at First Site for Two Red Pandas and Sharma, two red pandas at the National Zoo, began breeding seconds after being introducedTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Magnificent Shells of the Smithsonian to the world's largest shell collection, the Smithsonian catalogues and studies shells both large and small, spiky and smoothTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Counting Down for the Liftoff to the Moon David Burnett focused his camera on the many tourists who flocked to Florida in 1969 to watch the launch of Apollo 11 (Produced by Molly Roberts; Photographs by David Burnett/Contact Press Images)Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Will Happen to Puerto Maldonado local fisherman talks about the uncertain future facing locals when the new bridge connecting Peru and Brazil is completedTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Vancouver Timelapse a GoPro camera, Luc Poletto captures the holiday atmosphere in the Canadian cityTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How to Distill Texas Whiskey Brothers use local ingredients and antique machinery to create the smooth spiritTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sticky Rice in Laos the fields to the monasteries to the markets, this rice dish is everywhere in this Asian nationWritten & Narrated by Mike IvesMusic by TuxedoSpecial thanks to Vilayluck Onphanmany & Eliza BerryTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Thiebaud on Being a Pop Artist artist discusses where his work fits among the many genres of paintingTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring. It's a magical moment when the youngins experience the world for the first time--and photographers are there to capture it.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Surgeon Fish Goes to School does schooling among species like surgeonfish keep them alive?Video footage by Ziggy Livnat, www.ForTheSea.comTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Symphony in Glass Zeitler plays the glass harmonicaTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Happy Tests Mirror her third day of mirror exposure, Happy engages in repetitive trunk raises while backing in and out of the mirror location. This behavior appears to be a form of mirror-testing, say researchersTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What Keeps Satellites From Falling Out of the Sky? Eric Schulze explains the science behind what is keeping satellites in space.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Building the Udvar-Hazy Center out what it takes to build a museum large enough to house 130 aircraftTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not pretty.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Laser Scientists Are Developing Star Trek's Phaser of the technology from Star Trek is already coming to life in the Lockheed Martin lab. One high-energy laser beam, similar to the phaser from the series, can even track and destroy rockets.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Milky Way Moves led by Andrea Ghez, an astrophysicist at UCLA, used telescope images taken from 1995 though 2006 to create this animation showing the movement of select stars at the center of the Milky Way. The orbits of these stars, and calculations made using Keplers laws of planetary motion, provide the best evidence yet for the existence of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way. Of particular note are star S0-2, which orbits the black hole once every 15.56 years, and star S0-16, which comes within 90 astronomical units (the distance from the earth to the sun) of the black holeTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The View From Above on view at the National Air and Space Museum, See Dragon eye, the five-pound unmanned aerial vehicle, in flightTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Lightning Round many of your questions can our host, Eric Schulze, answer in 45 seconds?Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Dead Zone a video tour of the dead zone off the Pacific Northwest coastTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Charles Babbage's Difference Machine No. 2 first computer is thought to be the invention of a 19th century mathematicianTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Kimberly Bryant's engineering an answer to the tech world's diversity problem: teaching black girls to codeTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Inspiration Behind Scream's Ghostface's iconic villain Ghostface was inspired by a real serial killer who preyed on young students in the college town of Gainesville, Florida.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Innovation in the Air Chief Technology Officer John Tracy introduces Boeing's new video series and website by sharing his unique perspective on the sources of innovationand inspirationTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Do Cannibals Still Exist? for an answer? Host, Eric Schulze, dishes one up in less than a minute.Tue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Endangered Dolphins in New Zealand to just a few thousand, Hector's dolphins are being decimated by fisheries bycatchTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: What Would Happen if a Solar Flare Hit the Earth?"Be prepared might not cover it when it comes to super stormsTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Bray of the Wild Penguin male penguins show they displeasure for each other by bill-dueling, braying and head-waggingTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000TweenTribune: Can Plants Communicate? host, Eric Schulze, has the answerTue, 11 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Key Marco Cat Returns to Marco Island, 07 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Florida Everglades: Restoring the Wetlands an 80-acre scale model of the 1.6 million-acre Everglades wetland system, scientists study how to restore the flow of water that was interrupted years agoThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump? this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, weighs in on whether or not elephants can jump.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Battle of Fair Oaks May of 1861, at the Battle of Fair Oaks, the men of the Irish Brigade gave their all to save the Union Army from disaster.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Peep Jousting Experiment Surprising Science blogger tests whether stale peeps or fresh peeps are better for the spring tradition of peep joustingThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Chuck Berry Performs “Johnny B. Goode” a clip from the groundbreaking The T.A.M.I. Show, rock n roll pioneer Chuck Berry plays one of his signature hitsThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Water Beads Form University scientists used vibrations from a loudspeaker to understand how water beads and rolls off lotus leavesThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth California is home to some of the most extreme landscapes on the planet none more so than Death Valley where, in 1913, the temperatures reached a world-record high of 134 degrees Fahrenheit. Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made of? are born with tiny buttons at the end of their tails. Each time they shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattle.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How a Giant Lazy River of Grass Became the Everglades Florida Everglades are home to a patchwork of ecosystems in a constant state of changeso much so, they look different from one year to the next. Here's how this magnificent floating landscape came to be.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The T-Rex's Journey to D.C the "Nation's T-Rex" as it travels from Montana to WashingtonThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsor Content: Discover Your Own "DC Cool" Moment in the Nation's Capital it's monuments by moonlight, experiencing a unique art exhibit, sipping a local craft brew or savoring a dish from the hottest new neighborhood eatery, you can discover your own "DC Cool" moment in the nation's capital.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do You Mummify a Body? cultures have found ways to preserve the human body after death, but how? In this one-minute video, our Ask Smithsonian Host, Eric Schulze, wraps up the answer.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have a Distinctive Smell? beats the sweet smells of a summer rain. But what exactly is it that were smelling? Find out in this one-minute video, when Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze breaks down the alluring aromas of rain.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch the ScanEagle Drone in Action unmanned aerial vehicle can be launched from, and land on, a moving ship thanks to new technologyNarrated by T.A. FrailScript by Brendan McCabeVideo courtesy of InsituThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2015: Lin-Manuel Miranda playwright, composer and actor has created a Broadway musical like no other in historyThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Future of the Human Spirit in a World of Machines Isaacson speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here FestivalThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Platypus bizarre-looking Australian native takes a swim. (Still Image: JohnCarnemolla/iStock)Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Strange History of the Jet Pack, and Where it's Heading jet packs were first revealed in 1961, they quickly captured the public's imagination. Its design hasn't varied much since it debuted, but one man is looking to change that.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequila a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S. One of the plants it also plays a major role in pollinating is agave, which gives us tequila.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000U.S. Marines' First Test Against Japanese Defenses on Okinawa U.S. marines advanced northward in Okinawa, they approached a craggy mass known as Mount Yae-Take. The battle to capture this remote mountain resulted in numerous casualties on both sides.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Capturing a Photo of a Swimming Polar Bear is Risky Work wildlife photographer spots a swimming polar bear, completing the last lap of its summer migration. It's the perfect photo op--but it requires him to be dangerously close to the hungry animal.Thu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Nov 25-36 Betsy Johnson reads from the November issue, Around the Mall, From the Castle, Behind the Scenes, The Object At Hand, Q&A/Interview, and Whats UpThu, 06 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Five False ‘Facts’ About the Human Body you know everything about your own body? Test your smarts against this one-minute video, where Ask Smithsonian host Eric Schulze uncovers the facts behind five popular myths about the human body.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Geese Fly in a V? have known something for millions of years that humans have only recently figured out for themselves. Hosted by <a href="/author/eric-schulze/">Eric Schulze</a>.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Joys of Bird Spotting Chesapeake Bay watershed is the winter home for a broad variety of birds, and avid bird watchers flock to the region to find the rarest speciesWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inside Robert Frank's The Americans National Gallery of Art organized a comprehensive exhibit of Robert Frank's workWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take off. Luckily, these birds have found a way to use the rising currents of hot air to their advantage.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lava Stream From Kilauea Volcano A massive lava stream from Kilauea Volcano flows into the ocean from a lava tube at the Kamokuna ocean entry on the southeast side of the Big Island at sunrise. Credit Elyse ButlerWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000EchoPixel Medical Education Viewer True3D Viewer lets doctors examine holographic scans to diagnose conditions and prep for surgery. The software can also be used as a teaching tool for patients. (EchoPixel)Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Multimedia Spectacle at the Hirshhorn how artist Doug Aitken transforms the outside of the art museum into a panoramic movie screen. (Still Image: Postdlf via Wikicommons)Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Are Planets Round? answer has everything to do with falling flat on your faceWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Massachusetts: Pilgrims, Provincetown and Plymouth they first arrived on the coastline, the Pilgrims anchored in Provincetown before crossing Cape Cod Bay and settling in the more sheltered haven of Plymouth.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Space Junk in 3D – D.C. Environmental Film Festival Trailer has been exploring space for over 50 years. Weve left a lot behind. A new 3D film takes viewers on a journey through this whirling cloud of trashWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Life of Samiulla his father died in a bomb blast at a Bazaar in Pakistan, Samiulla had to give up his dream of going to school and provide for his familyWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Residents of Arlington Cemetery President Kennedy may be one of the best known gravesites in Arlington, there are many other notable Americans buried in these sacred groundsWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Heads Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish Empire. But the thing they're most famous for is a macabre tradition: shrinking the heads of their enemies.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Massive Supercell In North Texas June 3, 2013 near Booker, Texas, photographer Mike Olbinski pulled his car to the side of the road to capture one of nature's most amazing sightsWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ask Smithsonian: Is It True That Your Hair and Nails Keep Growing After You Die? find out, we need to get down to the basics. Eric Schulze explainsWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Explore New York's Majestic Natural Sites York State's Path Through HistoryWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -00002014 Smithsonian In Motion Video Contest Editor's Pick - Bipolar is an experiment in using the human form as a medium for sound visualization. Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000You Have V-Mail Mail allowed servicemen during World War II to transmit letters to their loved ones back home quickly and easilyWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000New Rules for Yellowstone Bison relaxed federal rules, bison are now allowed more room to roam outside Yellowstone National ParkWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sponsored Video: See How Hologic's Technology Is Helping Doctors Detect Diseases Earlier Hologic, a healthcare technology company, wanted to strengthen its leadership position in early detection solutions, it needed expert advice on how to grow.<br /><br />For many years, Goldman Sachs has worked closely with Hologic, helping them grow through strategic acquisition from a two device company to become a leader in womens healthcare and beyond. Today, Hologic is helping doctors diagnose and treat diseases earlier and with more accuracy, leading to longer, healthier lives for patients.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Can We Rethink Urban Mobility? start-up Floatility created the e-floater, a solar-powered electric scooter for short-distance city travel, made possible by BASFs lightweight plastic solutions.Wed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Robotic Ants Mimic Navigation of Argentine Ants use miniature robots to replicate the behavior of a colony of Argentine ants on the move, navigating from their nest entrance to a food sourceWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Zombie Caterpillar dying caterpillars unusual reaction to a predatory bugWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards 2014: Janet Echelman above city spaces, her dazzling woven sculptures cast a magical spellWed, 05 Sep 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Tiny Island Was Key for Allied Forces to Secure North Africa WWII, Nazi forces were preparing to take the coastal city of Tobruk and tighten their grip on North Africa. In response, the Allies turned their attention to another key strategic location: the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta.Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000This 1812 American Frigate Could Take a Direct Cannon Hit British frigate fires on the USS Constitution - but its shots either miss or rebound off its tough oak hull. It's a feat of resilience that earns the American warship her proud nickname: Old Ironsides.Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000This U.S. Sub Launched an Attack on a Japanese Train USS Barb had an unusual target in its sights in 1945 - one that wasn't even in the water. It was a Japanese supply train on the island of Karafuto.Tue, 28 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Shipbuilders Were Forced to Stop Using British Oak the Napoleonic Wars caused a shortage of British Oak, frigate builders looked all over the empire for an alternative. They found one in India: a hard, water resistant wood called teak.Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Secret Boat Was Built for a WWII Invasion That Never Happened 2011, declassified CIA documents shed light on a covert government program dating back to WWII. At its center was a submersible craft built for a hypothetical invasion of Japan.Tue, 21 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Minnesota and Music Made Bob Dylan a Minnesota boy named Bob Zimmerman began playing folk music in coffeehouses, he changed his stage name and went on to become the musical genius known as Bob Dylan.Mon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000This is How Mark Twain Got His Pen Name up on the banks of the Mississippi River fueled the imagination of a young boy named Samuel Clemens. The world would later know him as Mark TwainMon, 20 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000Five Young Lion Brothers Mate With One Lioness group of five adolescent male lions - dubbed the Musketeers - are wandering the desert looking to find their own kingdom. They come across a lioness, but not all seem interested in settling down.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000U.S. Troops in the Pacific Treat Themselves to a Little R&R brief respite from the frontlines of the Pacific War sees American troops trying to inject a little comfort into their lives: from more habitable living quarters to enjoying the enemy's hidden supply of liquor.Tue, 14 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000These Women Stepped In to Fill a WWII Pilot Shortage a shortage of pilots in WWII forced the U.S. Air Force to recruit women, America was captivated - and the public appetite for the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) became insatiable.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000How This Brave Young Woman Saved Danish Jews From Nazis Sundig is a pivotal figure in the history of WWII Danish resistance. In 1943, aged just 19, she risked it all to make a daring journey in her boat, Gerda III, to rescue as many Jews as she could.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Wise U.S. Tactic Used to Win the Battle of Midway the U.S., the Battle of Midway wasn't just a turning point in the Pacific, it was also a brilliant naval gamble that paid off in spectacular fashion.Mon, 06 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0000When Air Traffic Control Realized a 9:11 Flight Was Gone's September 11, 2001, and AA Flight 77 has just vanished off the radar. As news starts pouring in of an attack on the World Trade Center, concerned air traffic controllers begin to suspect the worst.Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Spawning Squid Offer a Buffet for Predators spawning season, calamari squid become vulnerable in the shallow waters. But they do have one weapon that helps improve their odds - lightning fast jet propulsion.Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000Children in Internment Camps - A Japanese American's Reflection for the 110,000 Japanese-Americans living in internment camps was oddly surreal: they could work, study, pray, even join the military. The one thing they couldn't do was leave.Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000