2014 Holiday Gift Guide

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wards

A prosthetic hand outfitted with an inexpensive webcam lets its user grab objects with less effort.

Prosthetic Limb 'Sees' What Its User Wants to Grab

Adding computer vision and deep learning to a prosthetic makes it far more effective

Madeleine L'Engle, with granddaughters Charlotte and Léna, in 1976.

The Beloved, Baffling 'A Wrinkle in Time' Was Rejected By 26 Publishers

Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose birthday is today, almost quit writing before it was published

Obama Just Signed a Law Mandating Diaper Changing Tables in Men's Restrooms

The BABIES Act will put changing tables in men's rooms in public, federal facilities

What's in here? A new study aims to find out.

Garbage Can Teach Us a Lot About Food Waste

A novel and slightly gross study aims to fill in gaps in our understanding of Americans' food waste

An artist's rendition of the Rio Olympics facilities for the 2016 Summer Games. Some of the media accommodations were apparently built on top of remnants of Brazil's slave history.

The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaves

As Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its past

This New York Project Wants You to Write on the Walls

Writing On It All gives voice—and a pen—to one and all

A mugshot of "Count" Lustig

The Man Who Sold the Eiffel Tower. Twice.

“Count” Victor Lustig was America’s greatest con man. But what was his true identity?

See the Two Ship Graveyards That May Become New Marine Sanctuaries

The first marine sanctuaries approved by NOAA in 15 years are home to a plethora of shipwrecks

Visitors get a load of a blooming corpse flower in Basel, Switzerland in 2013. A similar flower failed to launch in Chicago this weekend.

Chicago’s Corpse Flower Is Kind of a Disappointment

After failing to bloom as planned, horticulturists had to force "Spike" open

The temple of Baalshamin in Palmyra, Syria in its former glory.

ISIS Recently Blew Up an Ancient Temple in Palmyra

The temple of Baalshamin was over 2,000 years old


These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans

Where does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hit

Luke Skywalker is packing his bags — for a trip to a Disney theme park

Disney Will Add Star Wars Themed Lands to California and Florida Theme Parks

The 14-acre expansion will feature battles and the Millennium Falcon

The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geeks

A roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openers

Looking for a unique, useful gift for a traveler on your list? The Ostrich pillow may look unusual, but it's great for catching up on rest.

What to Give to the Traveler in Your Life

From clothespin reading lights to a clear-bottom kayak, gifts for every traveler (and price point)

The Rubbee electric drive turns your bike into an e-bike.

Eight Tech Gifts for Early Adopters

From a personal drone and a 3D printer to sleep and sport performance trackers, these gadgets will please the technophiles in your life

The Range cooking thermometer for iPhone/iPad could be the perfect gift for a tech-inclined foodie.

What to Give to Your Favorite Foodie This Holiday Season

Special sauces, spices and tools will delight the amateur chef in your life

Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovers

Smithsonian editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thriving

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