This is pretty awesome: A picture of the original Star Trek model, along with the men who assembled it, taken in December, 1964.
It’s official. The Smithsonian’s crowdfunding campaign to preserve and display Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit ended early this morning. And it was such a huge success, they’ll be restoring Alan Shepard’s suit as well.
On Monday the Smithsonian Institution launched a Kickstarter campaign to preserve astronaut Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 spacesuit. Now with over $420,000 raised and a healthy 26 days left, the campaign is on track to easily exceed its $500,000 goal. But the Smithsonian’s road to crowdfunding success has been a long and…
On a day spent dodging Periscope unboxings of Apple Watches on the other side of the country, it’s difficult to believe that there’s too little information in the world. But when it comes to life-and-death predictions of agriculture in Africa, our system is woefully inadequate, and the only hope is space.
It's weird to see a working Nest thermostat on display at a Smithsonian museum in Manhattan. It's even weirder to tinker with the gadget, pushing buttons and changing settings. But touching and tinkering with technology is the Cooper Hewitt future museum's specialty.
The Smithsonian Channel just uploaded this very silly but pretty cool animation of an hypothetical battle between a mighty dragon and an AH-64 Apache helicopter. Who do you think it will win, the mythical fire-breathing creature or one of the most lethal machines created by men?
Like it or not, museums can be boring places for kids to explore. Outside of a T-rex, fossils and skeletons are only interesting once you've got a few years of school under your belt. But don't worry, kids, the Smithsonian has got your back during field trips with a new iOS app called Skin & Bones that brings fossils…
There's no better way to get peoples' attention than by calling a national landmark "a completely overblown toilet." That's how the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels put it last year, describing part of the Smithsonian campus at the southern end of the mall. Today, the architect revealed his plan to fix the area.
In a perfect world, anyone who sent in a buck for those novelty x-ray specs advertised in the back of comic books would be gifted with the actual ability to see through solid stuff. In reality, we have to rely on the kindness of folks with real tech for a peek. So: Thanks, Smithsonian!
"Who hasn't heard about the Internet? It's mentioned on television, in the magazines, and on the radio. Everyone's talking about it, and everyone wants to get connected to it." So began the 1995 book, simply titled The Internet by Kerry Cochrane.
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is adding a T. rex to their collections, and to celebrate it, they've had Ray Troll and The Ratfish Wranglers record a song that they're calling "National Rex." What they need is a dance that goes along with it - a T. Rex Two-Step, if you will.
The Smithsonian's design museum, the Cooper-Hewitt, is taking a different tack with a new website: it wants you to explore its digital collection by color.
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.
As mind-blowing as science is these days, it's probably safe to say that we're not going to invent a time machine within the next century. Through the magic of code, though, there is an entertaining alternative in the world of interactive maps. Obviously, The Smithsonian is on it.
The Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt design museum in New York just acquired the source code to an iPad app called Planetary from its now-defunct developer. Code is officially art now.
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.
The Smithsonian's been a fan of 3D scanning and printing for some time, but now it's decided to use lasers to preserve its entire collection for future generations.
Smithsonian Magazine has just announced the (absolutely incredible) finalists in what is now their 10th annual photography contest. Here are some of our favorites; they'll take your breath away.
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…