Opening Announcements, Cover and Contents, Contributions, From the Editor,
Discussion, From the Castle
This month our theme is color, from a new, growth of invasive plants, sea ice, brains...
Dreaming of Shakespeare
For renowned director Julie Taymor, the Bard is a fantasy and a nightmare.
By Ron Rosenbaum
One of the earliest examples of ingenuity in the Western Hemisphere is a 1,200-year-old phone.
By Neil Baldwin
Smithsonian, Books, Fast Forward
What's new around the Mall
The 2013 American Ingenuity Awards
We recognize nine of the past year's shining achievements and the innovators behind them.
By Smithsonian magazine
A nine-year project to land the $2.5 billion Curiosity rover on Mars came down to seven nail-biting minutes.
By Jennifer Ouellette
She brings new sophistication to top composition, conjuring ethereal dreamscapes from her suburban roots.
By Geoffrey Himes
Dave Eggers and Mimi Lok
By capturing the stories of those who've survived crises, voice of witness is changing the way we record history.
By Eliza Griswold
A teenager harnesses cutting-edge physics and nanotechnology for a new kind of radiation detector with possible applications ranging from automobiles to astronomy.
By Abigail Tucker
A revolutionary materials scientist pushes the boundaries of medicine with electronics that melt in your body.
By Ariel Sabar
How one historian is harnessing big data to map Ben Franklin’s world of Enlightenment ideas.
By Jonathan Lyons
New research is revolutionizing the way the best colleges reach out to talented low-income students.
By Deborah Solomon
He uses video, music, mirrors, railroad cars, even entire buildings to create works that make every viewer a participant.
By Steve Erickson
He enraged the chemical community and shocked his peers by discovering that DNA changes aren’t the only way the environment.
By Jeneen Interlandi