Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -000030 Workers Fell While Building the Golden Gate Bridge the construction of the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco, the construction companies had a grim rule of thumb: one worker fatality for every million dollars spent.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why the Shift to Farming Ruined This Ancient City's Health switch from a hunter gatherer society to a farming one appears to have resulted in a more sedentary lifestyle for the inhabitants of Catalhoyuk. And with that, emerged some serious health problems.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000How 9/11 Drastically Altered U.S. Flight Security months after the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government created the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA. All the laws and protocols governing U.S. flight safety were about to change forever.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Eleanor Roosevelt Redefined the Role of First Lady Roosevelt dedicated her life to fighting for the rights of the oppressed and forgotten, including her signature achievement: pushing FDR to set up the National Youth Administration.Tue, 16 Jan 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.Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Queen Elizabeth II Reunited With the Crown Her Majesty The QueenFri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Queen Elizabeth II on the Ride to the Coronation Her Majesty The QueenFri, 12 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Nancy Reagan's Sense of Style Wasn't Appreciated Jackie and Dolley before her, Nancy Reagan brought her own unique style to the White House. But economic times were tough, and what was seen as stylish in one era was now viewed as extravagant.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Rare Footage of FDR Walking With Leg Braces contracted polio at the age of 39, which left his legs partially paralyzed. Fearing this would impact his bid for presidency, he came to an agreement with the press: no photos of him walking or getting in and out of cars.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Priest Witnessed the 9/11 Pentagon Plane Crash Stephen McGraw has just witnessed Flight 77 crash into the west wall of the Pentagon. Amid the chaos and confusion, and with no concern for his safety, he leaves his car and rushes over to help.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the New Deal Left Out African-Americans the Great Depression, unemployment among African-Americans was twice that of whites – mostly due to segregation. One rare opportunity came on the Pullman sleeper trains, where most of the porters were black.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Did the U.S. Sink Captured Japanese Subs After WWII? had come to a close, and the U.S. was the first to seize a new class of giant Japanese submarines. The next step was to analyze them quickly and then sink them, before the Russians could learn their secrets.Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000These Feisty Female Lemurs Fight With Babies on Their Back ring-tailed lemur society, it's the females who call the shots. They live in groups of up to 30 members and the alpha female will fight hard to protect her territory.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Forensic Test Reveals a Mummy's Travels Before Death ground-breaking scientific technique is tracing the life of one of the bog bodies of Northern Europe. Amazingly, it's allowing archaeologists to piece together a timeline of that person's movement.Wed, 03 Jan 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, 03 Jan 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.Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gladiator Teeth Reveal Signs of Infant Malnourishment all accounts, Roman gladiators were the rock stars of their day, performing in a packed coliseum to a crowd of thousands. But evidence suggests they experienced extremely malnourished childhoods marked with high levels of stress.Wed, 03 Jan 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?Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Volcanoes That Still Threaten New Zealand's Safety since the deadly eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886, New Zealand has invested heavily in a sophisticated warning system - all in an effort to prevent another major tragedy.Wed, 03 Jan 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, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital looking into the October 25, 1999 crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a puzzling question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks as soon as they ran into trouble?Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Amazing Adaptation That Keeps Tamarin Numbers Up lion tamarins have evolved a clever way to keep their population size steady in the face of predation. They almost always give birth to twins.Wed, 03 Jan 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.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000This Mass Grave Discovery Could Alter Roman History's plenty of evidence to suggest that a mass grave discovered in the north of England is a gladiator cemetery. But the most compelling clue is an identical site in Turkey, almost 2,000 miles away.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000This 2,400-Year-Old Corpse Is in Remarkable Condition murdered corpse in a remote wetland in Denmark is found to be over 2,400 years old. What’s more, the unique conditions of the bog have kept the body in an excellent state of preservation.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 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.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 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.Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Is This the Reason Ireland Converted to Christianity? attribute the spread of Christianity in Ireland to St. Patrick. But Medieval history and scientific evidence dating back to 540 A.D. hint at a more cosmic reason.Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000CCRCVidFInal.mp4 Fri, 15 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstorm South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the Badlands. Often, it's hard to tell one from the other.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Here's Exactly How Shrunken Heads Are Made scientist's visit to a Shuar elder in Ecuador reveals the secrets of the ceremonial tradition of head shrinking. Now the scientist has set himself a gruesome goal to do it himself.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Inventing the Jet Engine Came With a Few Disasters invention of the jet engine was the crowning achievement of engineer Frank Whittle. But the path to glory was littered with countless obstacles - including a number of spectacularly failed experiments.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 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.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000It Took Decades to Solve This UN Plane Crash Mystery a half century after the crash of UN DC-6 on September 18, 1961, a new investigation is launched. It would finally put to rest the mystery of a crash that claimed the life of UN Secretary General, Dag Hammarskjold.Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Polar Bear's Diet Consists of Anything Edible lieu of seal meat, polar bears will resort to eating anything that looks edible, including mineral-rich kelp. Here, one chows down on a fresh batch.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Scientists Go on a Mission to Save Sea Turtles the past half century, Leatherback turtle numbers have suffered a disastrous decline of almost 70%. Researchers in Panama are pulling out all the stops to save this cherished species.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Elderly Polar Bear Spars With Young Males bears will spar relentlessly with each other whenever they meet in summer. It's friendly and sociable, but also a good way to establish hierarchy.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Footage of the First Martin-Baker Ejection Seat Test Lynch was an engineer fitter at British aviation firm Martin-Baker. But his main claim to fame was as the fearless test subject for their signature invention: the ejection seat.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Panama's Urban Development Is a Threat to Animals Isthmus of Panama has witnessed some of the greatest movement of animal species in history. Today, rapid urbanization has accelerated deforestation and now threatens these same animals.Wed, 06 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Dwarf Mongoose Weights weigh dwarf mongooses to see how immigrants settle into new societies. Credit Julie KernMon, 04 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Smithsonian 2022 Smithsonian Institution / Digital StudiosFri, 01 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0000Lin-Manuel Miranda's Shout Out to Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Malala Yousafzai's Message To Marley, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Grey Wolves don’t see them very often, but gray wolves are a part of the landscape in many parts of Vancouver Island. Video courtesy of Parks CanadaThu, 30 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Experts Assess Why This Plane Fell Off a Cliff October 10, 2006, Atlantic Airways Flight 670 overran the runway at Stord Airport in Norway, and careened off a nearby cliff. At first, investigators suspect a wet runway - but the evidence points elsewhere.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Routine Landing Turns Into Every Pilot's Nightmare April 5, 1991, Atlantic Southeast Airlines Flight 2311 was making a routine landing. Suddenly, the plane tilts dangerously to the left and the pilots lose control.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 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.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000One of the Worst Man-Made Disasters in History of the valley of Vajont in Italy had reservations about a new hydroelectric dam--especially when cracks began to appear in the nearby mountain. Their worst fears were soon to be confirmed.Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000The Deadly Secret Kept From the Titanic's Passengers Titanic was specifically constructed to survive a high-impact collision like the one that sunk her. So how did the ship's naval architects end up being so wrong?Tue, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000These Shooting Stars of Broadway Staged the Impossible: A Musical About 'War and Peace', 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Ava DuVernay's Visionary Filmmaking Is Reshaping Hollywood, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Meet Natalie Batalha, the Explorer Who's Searching for Planets Across the Universe, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why Jony Ive Is Apple's Design Genius, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Marley Dias' Inspirational Goal to Collect Books About Girls of Color, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000A Neurosurgeon's Remarkable Plan to Treat Stroke Victims With Stem Cells, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000Why the Team Behind Sesame Street Created a Character With Autism, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000What Makes John Legend America's Most Versatile Artist, 28 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0000