The Smithsonian Is Uploading Its Lost Treasures to the Internet

With over 137 million artifacts, works of art, and specimens in its collections, the Smithsonian can't display even one percent of that at any given time. Many historically significant pieces won't go on display in our lifetimes and other likely won't ever see the light of day again. But their replicants will. » 11/13/13 9:00am 11/13/13 9:00am

Presidential Hair and Plymouth Pebbles: The Illicit Souvenirs of Yore

Stealthily pocketing an actual, physical piece of a national monument is a modern-day no-no. But back in the day, it was pretty common to sneak a little something special to remember your trip by. The bizarre souvenirs that remain give us a glimpse at how tourists of the past memorialized their experiences. » 8/19/13 3:01pm 8/19/13 3:01pm

RIP Spidernaut: The Space-Traveling Arachnid Is Dead

Her name was Nefertiti. Her species was Phidippus johnsoni. She was the first jumping spider to make it all the way to space and live to tell about it. After spending 100 days aboard the ISS, she successfully readjusted to life on earth where she enjoyed just five days of retirement at the National Museum of Natural… » 12/04/12 11:45am 12/04/12 11:45am

What Animals Do When Humans Aren't Around

Excellent! The Smithsonian has launched a new database of over 200,000 photos captured by automated cameras around the world, showing what animals are up to when they're not being weirded out by humans (just weirded out by automated cameras). Smithsonian Wild has candid shots of bears, birds, bobcats, and just about… » 3/09/11 11:00am 3/09/11 11:00am

Foist Your Opinion: Cooper-Hewitt People's Design Award

If you read Giz regularly, you're as much a fan of smart design as you are of raw innovation. The legendary Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in NYC is letting the masses decide on their favorite designs over the past year, whether it's the obvious (iPhone 3G or Beijing's Eddie-Van-Halen-guitar-inspired National… » 10/20/08 7:40pm 10/20/08 7:40pm

Electric Car Removed from Smithsonian, Replaced by SUV

Is it a case of bad timing, or is it a little fishy that just a week before the documentary critical of GM, Who Killed the Electric Car? is to be released that one of the few examples of the EV1 electric car in existence has been removed from the Smithsonian's Museum of American History by its curators? Prototypes of… » 6/20/06 10:26am 6/20/06 10:26am