Videos | smithsonianmag.com feed for the videosenFri, 24 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Harrowing World War II Footage of the Allies Bringing Supplies to Malta biggest American tanker in the world, accompanied by Allied battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. Their mission was to break the German naval blockade and deliver much needed supplies to Malta.Fri, 24 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000This Imposing Concrete Hideout is Where Nazi U-Boats Were Once Built imposing concrete structure in the German city of Bremen is 1400 feet long, 300 feet wide and 90 feet high, and looks every inch the secret Nazi facility that it is. Its purpose was to build and test U-Boats.Fri, 24 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000A Cruise Ship Faces Dangerous Malfunction as it Approaches Port a routine approach to Belize City, cruise ship Sky Princess runs into an alarming problem. The tanks and water pumps designed to keep the ship level on the turn are malfunctioning, causing a dangerous tilt.Fri, 24 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Is One of America's Greatest National Monuments Bunch, the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, discusses the Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial, one of America's greatest monuments. Fri, 24 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Destroying the Dnieper Dam Sent a Strong Message to the Nazis’s destruction of the USSR’s own Dnieper Hydroelectric Station ahead of the impending Nazi invasion, was a statement of resolve: the USSR would rather destroy its prized possessions, and Ukrainian citizens, rather than yield to the Germans. Wed, 22 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000This Machine Creates A Mesmerizing Waterfall Of Pasta Inside The Factory Smithsonian Channel extruder is the factory machine that forces pasta dough through individual holes to create endless strips of pasta. The result is something akin to a free-flowing pasta waterfall! In 1 minute, it transforms 200 pounds of pasta dough into 52 miles of spaghetti!Wed, 22 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000How Stalin, Churchill & Roosevelt Carved up a Defeated Germany February 4, 1945, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin met in Livadia Palace, in the Crimean resort of Yalta, with a single item on the agenda: to plan for the final defeat of Nazi Germany and the reorganization of Europe.Wed, 22 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Why Maintenance Crews Have to Work Fast to Check a Ship’s Engines staff engineer aboard the Sky Princess, and his team of mechanics, are checking and repairing the ship’s 4 engines. Maintenance checks like this can only be performed when the ship is at port–and the clock is ticking.Wed, 15 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000We Can't Stop Watching This Egg Separator in Action this egg separator keep the whites and the yolks apart is an astounding experience: the speed, the volume and most impressively the aerial precision, is mesmerizing. A single machine can get through 2 million eggs a day!Wed, 15 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000African-Americans Came out of the Civil War and Ran into Jim Crow Lonnie G. Bunch III identifies 1877 as the year when all the gains of the Civil War, for Black people, began to be erased. As Jim Crow took hold, African-Americans found their constitutional freedoms curtailed.Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Unfathomable Cruelty at the Heart of Hitler’s Russian Invasion’s plan for the Soviet Union was as simple as it was brutal: invade the country on 3 fronts, and institute a policy of mass starvation towards the Russians, which came to be dubbed as the Hunger Plan.Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000This Pepperoni Slicer is Mildly Humorous and Ruthlessly Effective looks hilarious: a machine that holds up pepperoni sausages as they get sliced onto thousands of conveyer belt-propelled pizzas. But without it, your next pizza might be found wanting. Wed, 08 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Do Incubating Sea Turtles Call Out to Each Other When it’s Time to Hatch? McKenna is among the first scientists to discover that developing sea turtles make sounds inside their eggs! She's not 100% sure why it happens, but one theory is that it’s a signal for all the other turtles to synchronize their hatchinWed, 01 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Frederick Douglass Disagreed with the Quakers Trying to Free Him Quakers were the first religious group to ally themselves to the abolitionist cause, and played a role in securing the freedom of Frederick Douglass. Some among them believed that buying an enslaved man’s freedom, even to set him free, was a tacit acceptance of slavery. Douglass himself took exception to this view.Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Lemurs Find a Tree That Produces Fruit for Only Two Weeks a Year, the enterprising queen of the Ruins gang, has spotted a rare opportunity: a Cordia tree, with its chewy, sugar-packed berries in full bloom. If they’re not interrupted by rivals, her troop will feed well today.Wed, 01 Feb 2023 00:00:00 -0000Drones Now Play an Active Role in Sea Turtle Census the coast of Ostional, Costa Rica–a mass synchronized nesting event known as an "arribada" provides an opportunity for scientists to conduct a sea turtle census. For a more accurate count, they turn to camera drones.Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000How the U.S. Used Small Patrol Boats to Foil Iranian Mines September 21, 1987, a patrol of Patrol Boats Mark III and "Little Bird" helicopters spot an Iranian ship dropping mines into the sea. They immediately spring into action.Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000A Single Male Lemur Stands Up to a Entire Troop of Invaders incursion by a lemur troop called the Raiders sees Victor, a powerful male from the Museum Gang, stand up to them on his own. He’s stalling for time until the rest of his gang arrive.Wed, 25 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000The Dam Buster Bombers Set Their Sights on Hitler’s Last Battleship September 15, 1944, a 23 year-old Lancaster bomber pilot named Lawrence Goodman set off with his squadron on an ambitious mission: to drop a 12,000 pound bomb known as the “Tallboy” on German battleship Tirpitz.Fri, 20 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000Only the Higher Ups in Lemur Society Enjoy a Tick-Free Life plague of ticks crawl out of the ground by the thousands to infect the faces and ears of the lemurs. And while some spend the day covered in ticks, the queen isn’t one of them–her groomers see to that.Fri, 20 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000This 200-Year-Old Tree is a Nesting Location for Woodpeckers 200-year-old beech tree is the ideal spot for a black woodpecker to bore out a nest. At 130 feet high, it’s the perfect place to keep her young protected from opportunistic hunters.Fri, 20 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000Recreating Part of Odysseus’ Journey in a Modern Sailing Boat took 10 years for Odysseus to sail across the stormy Mediterranean, from Ithaca to Troy. Historian Bettany Hughes recreates part of that journey–but with the benefit of some modern maritime technology.Fri, 13 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000Play Sessions Indicate Who Will Rise in Lemur Society group of young lemurs engage in a lively play session where, unbeknownst to them, the lines of their own position within the troop are being drawn. For one privileged male youngster, it will prove a rude awakening. Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000The Distinctive Ears of the Eurasian Lynx Are A Mystery knows the purpose behind the distinctive ear tufts of the Eurasian lynx. But it’s the standout feature of one of the world’s most mysterious and solitary species. Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000This 19th Century Dresden Museum Received a Careful Makeover 2001, Daniel Libeskind was hired to design a tasteful extension to the Bundeswehr Museum of Military History in Dresden. His vision was an ingenious feat of architecture that managed to be both modern and respectful of the city’s tragic past.Wed, 11 Jan 2023 00:00:00 -0000