Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 10 Jul 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.Tue, 10 Jul 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.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Footage of Jaguars in Panama Could Save Their Lives 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.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Los Angeles Is One of the Best Places to Film 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.Tue, 10 Jul 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.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Deadly Attempt to Assassinate Qin Shi Huang 230 BC, the armies of the powerful Qin Shi Huang looked set to conquer all before them. But one neighboring kingdom, Yan, had other ideas and hatched a devious plan to assassinate him.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Sailor Got Sucked Inside a Fighter Jet Engine getting sucked into a fighter jet engine to a misjudged landing by an approaching jet fighter, an active flight deck is a minefield of danger and accidents waiting to happen.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000What Meghan Markle and Frances Work Have in Common the 1880s, Frances Ellen Work, a free-spirited American heiress married James Roche, an Irish baron - a template that looks to be repeated with the engagement of Meghan Markle to Britain's Prince Harry.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Alcatraz Has Changed Throughout History has gone from a 'place of evil spirits' in native American lore, to a military prison, to a federal lockup. Today, it's a tourist attraction that draws in people from across the globe.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Chinese Emperor Was Betrayed by His Mother's Lover's young emperor, Qin Shi Huang, faced a serious threat to his reign in 238 BC. At the heart of it was his mother, Queen Zhao, and her ambitious lover, Lao Ai.Tue, 03 Jul 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.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Intricate Skill That Goes Into Landing a Fighter Jet on an aircraft carrier's 300-feet runway seems like an impossible task. To slow down the landing plane, a series of arresting wires catch the jet's wheels and help bring it to a stop.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Lighthouse Made Sailing Into San Francisco Bay Safer heavy fog and windy conditions, sailing into San Francisco Bay has long been a hazardous affair. Then, in 1870, things got a lot safer with the construction of the Point Reyes Lighthouse.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Aircraft Carrier Cannon Fires 4,500 Rounds a Minute Sea Wiz is the affectionate nickname given to a 20mm Vulcan Cannon on board the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier. It fires 4,500 rounds a minute, can hit a target five miles away and has bullets that are twice the normal size.Wed, 27 Jun 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.Wed, 27 Jun 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.Tue, 19 Jun 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.Tue, 19 Jun 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.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000Stunning Aerial Footage of Victoria Falls Zambia, the 'Smoke That Thunders' is the name given to a gaping ravine filled with a stunning waterfall. We know it better as Victoria Falls, considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.Tue, 19 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000Mother Tiger Makes Speedy Kill to Feed Cubs cub Kumal is entirely dependent on his mother to hunt prey. He also relies on his father for protection against intruders. Someday he will need to provide for himself, but for now, the support of his parents will do.Tue, 19 Jun 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.Tue, 12 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why a Fire Broke Out at William the Conqueror's Coronation the Conqueror's coronation was marred by a bizarre incident. The guards outside the cathedral mistook the cheers for a riot--so they immediately set fire to the surrounding buildings.Tue, 12 Jun 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.Tue, 12 Jun 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.Tue, 12 Jun 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.Tue, 12 Jun 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.Wed, 06 Jun 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.Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0000Catching a Giant 30-lb. Perch With a Wooden Reel and adventurer Andy Coetzee is going traditional with his bid to snare a giant perch: He's using live bait and his tried-and-true wooden Scarborough.Wed, 06 Jun 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.Wed, 06 Jun 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.Wed, 06 Jun 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 treatsWed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0000Tree Frog Effortlessly Skydives Away from Hungry Snake gliding tree frog uses its webbing as a parachute. It's a great escape mechanism, especially when being pursued by a deadly boaWed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0000Ohio Natives Who Went on to Make History actor Paul Newman to astronaut Neil Armstrong, Ohio is home to some of the most influential and recognizable people in history.Wed, 30 May 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.Tue, 29 May 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?Tue, 29 May 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.Tue, 29 May 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.Tue, 29 May 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.Tue, 29 May 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.Tue, 22 May 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.Tue, 22 May 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.Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0000Inside South Africa's Multi-Million Dollar Seafood Industry, a large sea snail native to the Western Cape, is a popular local delicacy. To meet demand, the seafood industry created abalone farms which gross $50 million annually.Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0000Spectacular Sights of Wolfberg Arch Up-Close Wolfberg Arch, located in the Cederberg mountain area in Western Cape, South Africa, is an awe-inspiring 160-foot-long sandstone formation with a 40-foot-high archway.Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0000