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Yes, Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason

Smithsonian Channel
A butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful trait. From: DAVID ATTENBOROUGH'S CONQUEST OF THE SKIES: First to Fly

Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital

Smithsonian Channel
Investigators looking into the October 25, 1999 crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a puzzling question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks as soon as they ran into trouble? From the Series: Air Disasters: Deadly Silence

Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders

Smithsonian Channel
Portia spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod community. That community also happens to be their prey. From: MICRO MONSTERS WITH DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: Conflict

Yes, The U.S. Gov't Poisoned Alcohol in the 1920s

Smithsonian Channel
One of the darkest chapters of Prohibition was the government's use of toxic additives in industrial alcohol to deter drinkers. On Christmas Day 1926, 66 people died as a result. From the Series: Drinks, Crime, and Prohibition: Flappers and Bootleggers

Yes, You Can Go Sandboarding in the Namib Desert

Smithsonian Channel
The Namibian town of Swakopmund is a top tourist draw for desert lovers. Popular activities include quad-biking and sandboarding down its massive, steep dunes. From the Series: Aerial Africa: Namibia

Yeshi Wangchuk, Spiritual Singer

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Catalog No. - CFV10144; Copyright - 2008 Smithsonian Institution

Yinka Shonibare MBE

National Museum of African Art
An introduction to the artist for the National Museum of African Art's Annual Awards Dinner held October 28, 2016 in Washington, DC

Yinka Shonibare MBE’s Un Ballo in Maschera (A Masked Ball) (excerpt)

National Museum of African Art
In Un Ballo in Maschera, Yinka Shonibare MBE interweaves and subverts the geographies and temporal assumptions that shape narratives of tradition and modernity. The artist draws on Giuseppe Verdi’s 1859 opera of the same name about the 18th-century Swedish king Gustav III, who was assassinated at a masked ball while his countrymen fought a war far from home. In Shonibare’s rendition, the event is an allegory for political hubris—with the artist specifically thinking of the Iraq war—and a playful attempt to reveal that the Western world has its traditions, too. Dramatized by masked characters in gowns and frock coats made from the colorfully patterned wax-print fabric produced in the Netherlands and England but typically considered to be “African,” the scenes move from the rhythm of a beating heart to a sumptuous ball. There, the king, portrayed by a woman, is shot dead, only to stand again and repeat the performance in a play on the circling of history and the looping of time-based media.

Yinka Shonibare Reinterpreted

National Museum of African Art
Holly Bass Performance Projects interprets Yinka Shonibare's work through their new performance piece African Futures: DC. Dancers Andile Ndlovu from South Africa and Ayano Kimura from Japan, under the artistic guidance of Septime Weber of the Washington Ballet. Also perfrom a short interprestive piece in response to Shonibare's Odile and Odette.

Yipao Festival in Colombia

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Our friend Carlos Alberto Beltrán R. won't be coming to the Festival, but his tradition will. He sent us this video that he produced so that we can all appreciate the skills and amazing tricks that Colombian yiperos (jeep drivers) perform in competitions. Carlos is a Yipao festival promoter in Colombia. At the Festival, there will be daily yipao demonstrations by Jhon Jairo "Guama" Amortegui, one of the most recognized yiperos of Colombia's Coffee Region. [Catalog No. - CFV10338; Copyright - 2011 Smithsonian Institution]

Yoga Body Paradox

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Make yoga history -- donate now: How could a fourteenth-century artist create a masterpiece that speaks to us today about the yogic paradox of using the body as a means to transcend the body? Exhibition curator Debra Diamond, Associate Curator for South and South Asian Art at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, and exhibition researcher Mekala Krishnan, now The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Fellow in Indian and Himalayan Art at the Philadelphia Museum, discuss this puzzle. Share: @FreerSackler | #artofyoga

Yoga and Yogis in Indian Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Make yoga history -- donate now: You've heard of the Taj Mahal, but did you know that almost 400 years ago, its builder, Shah Jahan, commissioned a painting showing a prince and a Hindu yogi? Previews this beautiful painting and other masterpieces of Indian art—such as the first illustrated treatise showing yoga asanas -- that will be on view in "Yoga: The Art of Transformation." Share: @FreerSackler | #artofyoga

Yoga and the Sculpted Body

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium Yoga and the Sculpted Body Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University, New York City November 21, 2013 at 6.30 pm Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Yoga as Architecture

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Session 1: Yoga and Place Yoga as Architecture Michael W. Meister, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Session Chair: Qamar Adamjee, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Yoga | The Art of Transformation

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Yoga: The Art of Transformation October 19, 2013 -- January 26, 2014 Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler #artofyoga Yoga is a global phenomenon practiced by millions of people seeking spiritual insight and better health. Few, however, are aware of yoga's dynamic history. Opening October 19 at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery is Yoga: The Art of Transformation, the world's first exhibition of yogic art. Temple sculptures, devotional icons, vibrant manuscripts, and court paintings created in India over 2000 years—as well as early modern photographs, books, and films—reveal yoga's mysteries and illuminate its profound meanings. /

Yogi, Jackal, and Goddess in Hindu Tantric Yoga

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Session 3: Tantra Yogi, Jackal, and Goddess in Hindu Tantric Yoga David Gordon White, University of California, Santa Barbara Session Chair: Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University, New York City Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium November 22, 2013 at 6.30 pm Freer, Meyer Auditorium

Yoko Ono “My Mommy is Beautiful” – Hirshhorn Museum

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
A time-lapse of visitors adding notes to Yoko Ono’s participatory artwork, “My Mommy is Beautiful.” The forty-foot long installation invites visitors to bring a photograph or write a thought or memory about their mothers and attach it to the canvased wall. Ultimately, the wall will be obscured by layers of memories and images, thus unfolding a spirited and monumental tribute to mothers around the world. On view in “Yoko Ono: Four Works for Washington and the World” June 17- Sept. 17, 2017 Music: Yoko Ono “I Love You, Earth” (C) & (P) 1986 Ono Music

Yosemite Slideshow

Smithsonian Magazine
Carleton Watkins' 19th-Century Photographs of Yosemite Valley (Produced and Narrated by: Brendan McCabe. Text by Bruce Hathaway). Read more at

Yoshiro Takahashi, "Quantum degenerate mixtures of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth-like atoms"

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Yoshiro Takahashi, Kyoto University, during the workshop of "Research Frontiers in Ultra-Cold Atoms and Molecules:Unequal Mass Mixtures and Dipolar Molecules", lecture titled "Quantum degenerate mixtures of Alkali and Alkaline-Earth-like atoms", at the Institute for Theoretical, Atomic and Molecular and Optical Physics, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Massachusetts on April 23-25, 2012. © Harvard University and Yoshiro Takahashi. The text and images on ITAMP's YouTube channel are intended for public access and educational use. This material is owned or held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. It is being provided solely for the purpose of teaching or individual research or enrichment. Any other use, including commercial reuse, mounting on other systems, or other forms of redistribution requires permission. ITAMP is supported through grants by the National Science Foundation Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s).

You Absolutely Don't Want to Get Bitten By This Turtle

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At 150 pounds, the alligator snapping turtle is a formidable presence in the waters of the bayou. But its hunting style relies on ambush, not intimidation - all with the help of a curious worm-like appendage in its mouth. From the Series: America's Mississippi: The Bayou

You Are What You Eat

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Sloths may give new meaning to the phrase 'slow food diet.' Researchers on Barro Colorado Island are studying sloths to see how their diet affects their speed - or lack there of. From the Show: Secret Life of the Rainforest

You Can Find the Oak Tree From 'Shawshank Redemption' Here

Smithsonian Channel
In the 1940s and 50s, Hollywood's biggest stars considered Malabar Farm an ideal getaway. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Ohio

You Can Test Out Life on Mars In This State

Smithsonian Channel
Soaring over Utah, it's easy to imagine that you've left Earth and have stepped onto another planet. From: AERIAL AMERICA: Utah

You Can't Fake This Kind of Flying

Smithsonian Channel
Going from a large commercial jet to a small single-engine airplane is not easy, but Randy McGehee is the perfect man for the job. He has the versatility and experience to jump into any type of aircraft. From: DANGEROUS FLIGHTS
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