Videos | Smithsonian feed for the videosenTue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000This African Warrior Ceremony Was Highly Intimidating France sent ambassador Jean-Marie Bayol to Dahomey to secure a deal for the kingdom's rich natural resources, he was greeted by an elite force of all-women warriors known as the Agooji. Their ferocity set the tone for negotiations.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000Richard Branson Speaks on Plan for Space Tourism Richard Branson has set up Virgin Galactic as part of his dream to conquer the final frontier. But it's also a bet that could land him at the forefront of a new business: space tourism.Tue, 10 Apr 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.Tue, 10 Apr 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.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000Gladiators Didn't Die As Often As You Think to popular opinion, the chances of survival in gladiatorial games were higher than originally thought. In fact, only 1 in 9 fights ended in death.Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Mountain Lion Hides Her Kills in Abandoned Ranches Casey Anderson has tracked a female mountain lion to her unlikely den: an abandoned ranch close to his home. He ventures inside, camera in hand, for a closer look.Tue, 03 Apr 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.Tue, 03 Apr 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.Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Female Gladiator Captive Had to Fight for Her Life 2nd century AD, Celtic warrior Ardala is taken to Rome and tossed in a dark dungeon while her captors decide what to do with her. Little does she know that she'll have to fight if she wants to survive.Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000The Significance Behind Ancient Scythian Tattoos women adorned themselves with tattoos portraying the animals they hunted. It was believed that these tattoos offered magical protection, and also used to commemorate acts of bravery.Tue, 03 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0000Photographer Witnesses Final Moments Before Plane Crash Airlines Flight 102 took off from an airfield in northeastern Afghanistan on April 29, 2013. Minutes later, it would stall in midair before crashing to the ground.Tue, 27 Mar 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.Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Engineers Remove Unwanted Sounds from Camaros the Camaro, the sound engineers at Chevrolet have to satisfy two opposing teams: officials concerned about noise levels, and the diehard fans who want the Camaro to sound...well, like a Camaro.Tue, 27 Mar 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.Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Malcolm X's Explosive Comments About Elijah Muhammed 1964, the rift between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammed, founder of the Nation of Islam, would reach a tense peak. In a fiery interview, X revealed a scandalous secret about his one-time ally.Tue, 27 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Alaska Gold Rush Turned Out to Be Hoax the turn of the 20th century, Alaska lured thousands of eager prospectors in search of precious minerals to its bountiful mountains. What many found was far more treacherous.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Veteran’s Suggestion Made Filming WWII Easier technology changed, cameras got smaller and color film got simpler, it became possible for soldiers to document the war raging around them.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000How Close to Invisible Can We Make Soldiers? art of designing deceptive camouflage, once improvised and hand-painted by soldiers in the field, has made tremendous technological and scientific advancements since the First World War.Fri, 23 Mar 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)Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Is This Scene from Die Hard Really Possible? hallmark of every Die Hard movie is John McClane's ability to get out of the most dangerous situations with the minimum of effort - often using the most unlikely props. But would it really work?Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Watch a Man Snatch an Angry Cobra With His Bare Hands do you deal with a king cobra that's holed up in a busy village in India? If you’re Gowri Shankar, world famous snake handler, it’s a simple matter of grabbing the snake by the tail and putting it in a bag.Mon, 19 Mar 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.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Malcolm X's Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutality 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged Malcolm X, who would condemn it in an impassioned speech.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Princess Diana Knew Exactly How to Be Photographed Diana demonstrated a remarkable savviness for bending the press coverage in her favor, from her iconic wardrobe to instinctively knowing what made a great photo.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Pilot Made an Emergency Landing in a Shallow River’s January 16, 2002 and Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 is struggling with a loss of power. The captain decides to perform a maneuver few other pilots have ever attempted: to land his Boeing 737 in water.Mon, 19 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Runaway Slaves Built This Fort to Defend Their Freedom archaeological expedition into the wilderness of North Carolina uncovers evidence of a remarkable settlement once filled with runaway slaves determined to evade capture.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000These Minesweeping Boats Paved the Way for D-Day Defense Motor Launches, or HDMLs, were tiny wooden boats built to protect British ports against German submarines. Their job was to clear a path through a minefield that stretched across the English Channel.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Why Jaguar Uses Aerospace Aluminum to Build Its Cars big challenge facing Jaguar in its switch from steel to aluminum was how to utilize this lighter, less flexible alloy. For inspiration, they turned to an entirely new field: aerospace.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Sir David Attenborough and His Crew Race to Film a Walking Shark behind the scenes as Attenborough and his intrepid crew battle against the falling tide to capture footage of one of nature's most enigmatic creatures: the epaulette shark.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Did This Co-Pilot Willfully Crash Into the French Alps? the morning of March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 sets off from Barcelona, on its way to Dusseldorf. Moments after reaching cruising altitude, the plane descends then, shortly after, crashes into the French Alps.Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Honey Badger Cracks Open a Thick Ostrich Egg eggs can weigh up to three pounds and have some of the hardest shells around. This honey badger, however, isn't about to let any of that get in the way of a tasty, protein-filled snack.Wed, 07 Mar 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.Wed, 07 Mar 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.Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000A Honey Badger and Mole Snake Fight to the Death hungry honey badger and a fearless mole snake are locked in a deadly battle, with survival at stake. Both animals know enough to target each other's weak spot: the head.Wed, 07 Mar 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.Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000Manasota Key Offshore video was recorded by mask mounted GoPros and displays some of the excavation activities at Manasota Key Offshore. You can see archaeologists using the underwater airlift, excavating artifacts and taking measurements. Credit: Bureau of Archaeological Research, Florida Department of StateTue, 06 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Crab Doesn't Take Kindly to Home Intruders crown-of-thorns starfish eats coral reefs; coral reefs happen to be the home of the guard crab. This puts these two tenacious aquatic creatures on a direct collision course.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0000How the Battle of Jutland Pushed Britain to the Limit into World War I, the British Navy tasted success for well over a century. By 1916, they finally had an adversary that would test their abilities: the German High Seas Fleet.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0000This Minor Detour Led to Disaster for Flight 706 July 30, 1998, the pilot of Proteus Airlines Flight 706 made a slight detour so his passengers could watch a famous ocean liner. It was a decision that ended up causing a tragic, mid-air collision.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0000Lioness Underestimates the Strength of an Impala solitary lioness in her new home of Akagera, Rwanda, is tracking a herd of impala. Two problems: The impala here are stronger than the ones back home, and their horns can be lethal.Wed, 28 Feb 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.Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0000Tiny Bioluminescent Critters mesmerizing time lapse captures the tiny bioluminescent critters in all their shimmery glory. Credit: George KriegerTue, 27 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0000