Aug
27

Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human. Marilyn Epstein sat down with anthropologist Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to learn more about the history and the future of this intimate art.

Aug
25

Collecting history in the aftermath of Katrina

Collecting history in the aftermath of Katrina

Ten years later, objects collected in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina help personify the imapct of that horrific natural disaster, Erin Blasco reflects on the experience of the late David Shayt, who traveled with photographer Hugh Talman to the Gulf Coast, and explains why he chose to preserve what he did.

Aug
13

Summer Showdown throw down!

Summer Showdown throw down!

UPDATED WITH THE WINNER! The trash talk is heating up even in the shade being thrown by competitors as we move to Round Two of the Smithsonian Summer Showdown. Cast your vote for the most Seriously Amazing contender!

Jul
27

The Lord of the Underworld gives up its secrets

The Lord of the Underworld gives up its secrets

After 3 billion miles and nine and a half years, NASA’s New Horizons has passed Pluto and entered the farthest reaches of our galaxy. Dr. Scott Kenyon of the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, tells us what we know and what we hope to learn from this dark and frigid ball of ice.

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