Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:57:01 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-george-washington-trades-his-curls-man-bun-180961715/The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000This Artist Wants to Send a Sculpture of Your Laughs Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-wants-send-sculpture-your-laughs-space-180961295/#Laugh is on orbit to become the first art piece created in spaceTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:03:37 +0000Second "Three-Parent" Baby Born. This Time, It's a Girlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-parent-technique-used-infertile-couple-first-time-180961870/The baby was produced through a controversial technique that requires implanting a fertilized nucleus into a donor eggThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:57:01 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-grants-give-out-millions-preserve-african-american-history-180961848/A $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +00002016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-was-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180961868/Never in modern memory has the Earth's surface and sea temperature been so highThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:52 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-poe-toaster-we-still-have-no-idea-180961820/In Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Dark Matter Could Be Destroying Distant Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dark-matter-clouds-could-be-sucking-gas-distant-galaxies-180961851/The mysterious substance may suck gas from the galaxies—and a gasless galaxy is a dead galaxyThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:58:46 +0000The National Park Service Warns Inauguration-Goers to Keep Off Its Lawnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-warns-inauguration-goers-keep-their-lawn-180961862/The National Mall finally recovered from President Obama's first inauguration, and rangers want to keep it that wayThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:26:02 +0000Iva d'Aquino Toguri Remains the Only U.S. Citizen Convicted of Treason Who Has Ever Been Pardonedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iva-daquino-toguri-remains-only-us-citizen-convicted-treason-who-has-ever-been-pardoned-180961818/She was an American DJ who served six years in prison for her wartime radio broadcasts from JapanThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:26:30 +0000Dueling Theories on the Cause of “Fairy Circles” Could Both Be Right http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dueling-theories-cause-fairy-circles-180961854/New research brings together competing concepts to describe how the mysterious features formWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:03:28 +0000Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herd-oryx-once-extinct-wild-grows-180961844/Hunting wiped out wild populations of the scimitar-horned creatures, but breeding programs are helping them make a comeback Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:23 +0000One in Five People May Be Able to "Hear" a Flash of Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearing-flashes-light-may-be-much-more-common-thought-180961850/Once thought to be a rare condition, some forms of synesthesia may be fairly commonWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:43:44 +0000Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-12-million-pages-cia-documents-are-now-accessible-online-180961846/Coups, clairvoyants, invisible inkWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:03:02 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-we-got-term-banana-republic-180961813/Hint: it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000What the First European to Visit Hawaii Thought About Surfershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-european-visit-hawaii-thought-about-surfers-180961794/The Europeans were fascinated by Pacific Islanders' comfort in the waterWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Colo, the World's First Gorilla Born in Captivity, Is Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colo-worlds-first-gorilla-born-captivity-dead-180961837/The miracle baby turned matriarch was 60 years old Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:49 +0000Eugene Cernan: The Last Man on the Moon and So Much Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eugene-cernan-was-more-just-last-astronaut-moon-180961830/His experience helped make spaceflight saferTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:08 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/It belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000Scores of Dolphins Are Stranded in the Evergladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scores-dolphins-are-stranded-everglades-1-180961833/So far, at least 82 false killer whales have diedTue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:29 +0000Scientists Spot Massive Wave in Venus' Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-there-giant-wave-venuss-atmosphere-180961827/The 6,200-mile long bow-shaped wrinkle may have been caused by gravity wavesTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:03 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was a Middle-Aged Widow Named Silence Dogood (And a Few Other Women)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklin-was-middle-aged-widow-named-silence-dogood-and-few-other-women-180961781/The founding father wrote letters in the voice of female pseudonyms throughout his lifeTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Scientists Make the Coldest Object on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-produces-coldest-object-earth-1-180961816/Researchers cooled a tiny aluminum drum almost to absolute zero and think they can go even furtherTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cuban-cartoonist-drew-cold-war-mad-magazine-180961787/The Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austrian-town-seeks-professional-hermit-180961819/The beautiful locale makes up for the spartan lifestyle expected of successful applicantsTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Fish Don’t Do So Well in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-dont-do-so-well-space-180961817/The International Space Station’s resident fish shed light on life in microgravityMon, 16 Jan 2017 21:08:26 +0000SpaceX Gets Back in Orbit: Watch Its Latest Rocket's Remarkable Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-mishaps-spacex-gets-back-orbit-180961812/After successfully deploying ten satellites into orbit, the rocket's first stage adeptly landed on a floating platformMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:58:02 +0000Japan Tries (and Fails) to Launch a Tiny Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-tries-fails-launch-tiny-rocket-180961811/Sending teensy satellites into space isn’t just an experiment in cute—it's an effort to reduce the cost of sending tech into spaceMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:19 +0000Necklace Similar to One Owned by Anne Frank Found at Nazi Death Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-similar-one-owned-anne-frank-found-nazi-death-camp-180961810/Researchers say the remarkable find likely belonged to another victim who may have known Frank and her familyMon, 16 Jan 2017 18:54:12 +0000How Escaped Exotic Pet Birds Could Help Save Threatened Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escaped-exotic-birds-could-save-threatened-species-harm-local-ones-180961805/Though usually seen as a threat to local populations, these escapees could also help in the recovery of creatures in troubleMon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:13 +0000In 1957, The U.S. Flew a Jet Around the World to Prove it Could Drop a Nuclear Bomb Anywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1957-us-flew-jet-around-world-prove-it-could-drop-nuclear-bomb-anywhere-180961769/The B-52 bomber that made the flight was part of a new bomber class that was still proving its worthMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-celebrate-mlk-day-and-robert-e-lees-birthday-same-day-180961772/Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Remains From 800-Year-Old "Trojan Woman" Record Early Maternal Infection http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/Bacterial nodes on the skeleton and DNA from her fetus show the woman likely died from an infection of her placentaMon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000New $100 Coin Features First-Ever African-American Lady Libertyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-100-coin-features-first-ever-african-american-lady-liberty-180961806/She'll put a new face on a familiar allegoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 22:05:39 +0000Watch the First Footage of the Rare Ruby Seadragon Alive in the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-ruby-seadragon-has-been-caught-camera-first-time-180961804/The sneaky critter has never been seen in its natural habitat beforeFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:08 +0000Orca Moms Might Go Into Menopause Because of Their Daughters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orca-moms-might-go-menopause-because-their-daughters-180961803/Competition could explain this evolutionary mysteryFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:35:11 +0000Austin Is Looking for Its First Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austin-is-looking-for-first-artist-residence-180961789/Winning artists will be embeded in city agencies to help bring in new eyes to reconsider old problemsFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:30:22 +0000A Four-Year-Old Bibliophile Is the Library of Congress' Latest Guest Librarianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-four-year-old-bibliophile-is-library-congress-latest-guest-librarian-180961801/Daliyah Maria Arana has read more than 1,000 booksFri, 13 Jan 2017 19:23:31 +0000New National Monuments Highlight Reconstruction and Civil Rights Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-monuments-highlight-reconstruction-and-civil-rights-history-180961796/President Obama designated three Southern sites critical to sharing that storyFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:20:59 +0000Since First Successfully Used 75 Years Ago, Ejection Seats Have Saved Thousands http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-successfully-used-75-years-ago-ejection-seats-have-saved-thousands-180961744/The faster an airplane is moving, the harder it is to get out of: that's why ejection seats are so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This 1951 Prison B-Movie Inspired “Folsom Prison Blues”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1951-prison-b-movie-inspired-folsom-prison-blues-180961740/Johnny Cash's live prison concert made him the voice for rehabilitation over punishmentFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:25:25 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-write-inside-mark-twains-library-180961790/Commune with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000A Physicist Figured Out the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-has-figured-out-best-way-get-ketchup-out-bottle-180961641/Tapping the “57” has nothing to do with itFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-springsteen-getting-his-own-archive-180961758/A new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Turmeric May Be Tasty, But It’s Not a Cure-Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turmeric-may-taste-good-its-not-cure-all-180961786/New study shoots down the trendy “remedy”Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Muslim and Sikh Troops Can Now Wear Beards, Turbans and Headscarveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/muslim-and-sikh-troops-can-now-wear-beards-turbans-and-headscarves-180961743/The U.S. Army just changed its grooming regulations to accommodate observant soldiersThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:46:19 +0000Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-cone-shaped-creature-gets-twig-tree-life-180961783/Hyoliths have confused scientists for 175 years, but researchers have finally worked out a few of their close relativesThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:24:57 +0000Department of Defense Calls for Biodegradable, Seed-Planting Ammo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/department-defense-wants-biodegradable-seed-planting-ammo-180961768/These seed bombs could make Army training easier on the environment Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:40:08 +0000The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-cryonic-preservation-fifty-years-180961788/Today, we still have no idea if the process will ever produce resultsThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:08 +0000Norway Killed the Radio Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-killed-radio-star-180961761/The Scandinavian country began a controversial phase out of FM radio broadcasts this week in favor of Digital Audio BroadcastingThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:20:18 +0000Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubman-getting-her-own-national-historical-park-180961784/The park will tell the story of Tubman’s later years Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:17:19 +0000Why a Glass Penny Cost One Collector Over $70,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-glass-penny-cost-one-collector-over-70000-180961763/The prototype was part of a short-lived attempt to take the copper out of one-cent coinsThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:19 +0000New Hubble Image Captures the Collision of Two Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-got-glimpse-two-galaxies-colliding-180961760/A beautiful look at a violent eventThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:51 +0000How a Children's Toy Could Help Fight Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-childrens-toy-may-help-fight-malaria-180961779/A 20-cent whirligig-like centrifuge could help doctors in remote regions diagnose diseaseThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:34 +0000Why Some Women Campaigned Against The Vote For Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-women-campaigned-against-vote-women-180961738/Although it seems counter-intuitive now, some women had reasons for not wanting the voteThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Swiss Grocery Will Soon Sell Mealworm Burgershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-grocery-start-selling-mealworm-burgers-180961765/In the continued quest for sustainable proteins, another company is wriggling into the market Thu, 12 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Puppies Love Baby Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-puppies-love-baby-talk-180961755/New research shows puppies respond strongly to high-pitched chatter, but most adult dogs could care lessWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:15:19 +0000Warming Oceans Could Make These Seafood Favorites Toxichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warming-oceans-could-make-seafood-favorites-more-toxic-180961748/New study links rising temperatures to dangerous toxinsWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:27:30 +0000People Have Tried to Make U.S. Cigarette Warning Labels More Graphic for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cigarette-warning-labels-more-graphic-180961721/On this day in 1964, the surgeon general officially said that smoking causes cancer. But warning labels in America still don't show its effects Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:00 +0000Earth's Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-moon-could-be-made-20-mini-moons-180961749/Our celestial buddy could have formed after multiple impacts—not one giant smash upWed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:43 +0000The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-toddy-medicinal-drink-might-actually-work-180961714/On National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you're sick or notWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000State Department Apologizes for the "Lavender Scare"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/state-department-apologizes-lavender-scare-180961746/For decades, the agency purged gay and lesbian workers believing their sexual orientation made them security risksTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:47:29 +0000A Sneaky Asteroid Buzzed By Earth Yesterdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sneaky-asteroid-buzzed-earth-yesterday-180961742/The space rock passed by at about half the distance between our planet and the moonTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:29:32 +0000The Part of Your Brain That Recognizes Faces Continues Growing Later in Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-brain-used-recognize-faces-continues-grow-throughout-life-180961723/That is, at least until you hit 30Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:33:20 +0000The Legendary Reporter Who Broke the Beginning of World War II Is Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-legendary-reporter-who-broke-the-beginning-of-world-war-ii-is-dead-180961741/Clare Hollingworth redefined the role of war correspondent Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:13:45 +0000Catch a Star Exploding in Action in 2022http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploding-star-will-light-sky-2022-180961730/Just five years from now a pair of stars are predicted to merge, forming a glittery and bright new point in the skyTue, 10 Jan 2017 17:59:20 +0000The Parking Garage Where Deep Throat Spilled the Beans on Watergate Is Being Torn Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parking-garage-where-deep-throat-spilled-beans-watergate-being-torn-down-180961733/Demolition is scheduled for early this yearTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:56:49 +0000This Three-Wheeled, Battery-Powered Plastic Car-Bike Was a Giant Flop in 1985http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-wheeled-battery-powered-plastic-car-bike-was-giant-flop-1980s-180961685/But today, some have asked if Sir Clive Sinclair was just ahead of his timeTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:55:00 +0000China Will Transform 100,000 Toilets for the Sake of Tourism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-will-transform-100000-toilets-sake-tourism-180961706/Officials vow to flush out outmoded commodes Tue, 10 Jan 2017 15:41:47 +0000John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Periodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-d-rockefeller-richest-person-ever-live-period-180961705/Standard Oil, his company, is one of the biggest reasons we have anti-monopoly lawsTue, 10 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000One of California’s Iconic “Tunnel Trees” Has Fallenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-californias-iconic-tunnel-trees-has-fallen-180961726/The Pioneer Cabin Tree was likely hundreds of years oldMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:03:41 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-state-once-introduced-anti-flirting-bill-180961687/The law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000What Tech Writers Said About the iPhone When It Debuted Ten Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-tech-writers-thought-about-iphone-when-it-debuted-10-years-ago-180961728/Not everyone thought the sleek phone/browser/music player would have mainstream appealMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:00:32 +0000The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-will-finally-welcome-a-black-astronaut-180961725/In May 2018, flight engineer Jeanette J. Epps will begin her mission on the ISSMon, 09 Jan 2017 18:58:55 +0000The Inventor of the Telegraph Was Also America’s First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-telegraph-was-also-americas-first-photographer-180961683/The daguerreotype craze took over New York in the mid-nineteenth centuryMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:35:33 +0000Remembering Joan of Arc, the Original Nasty Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-joan-arc-original-nasty-woman-180961709/The Maid of Orleans and her holy voices were in many ways too different to liveMon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000An Iceberg Larger Than Rhode Island Is Poised to Break From Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctica-about-spawn-one-largest-icebergs-recorded-history-180961720/Its break from the ice shelf could spell trouble for the frozen expanseFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:16:03 +0000Tens of Thousands of Plastic Eggs Washed Up on a German Beach http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-plastic-eggs-washed-german-beach-180961713/It was an eggstravaganzaFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:12:17 +0000NASA Just Announced Two New Missions, But Shelved Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-announced-two-new-missions-shelved-others-180961712/Though the new missions have exciting prospects, some scientists aren’t thrilled by the decisionFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:11:30 +0000Researchers Uncover Fossils of 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatilloshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossils-reveal-tomatillos-are-older-scientists-thought-180961710/The pair of ancient fruits suggest that the nightshade group to which they belong is much older than scientists once thoughtFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:42:47 +0000There Are Only Two Shakers Left in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-only-two-shakers-left-world-180961701/One of America’s oldest religious sects still survivesFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:41:40 +0000The Market Crash That Cost Newton a Fortunehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/market-crash-cost-newton-fortune-180961655/The esteemed scientist wasn't the only one to fall for the first investment bubbleFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:40:00 +0000New Study Confirms There Was No Global Warming Hiatus http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-backs-noaas-disputed-ocean-temperature-data-180961697/An independent evaluation of NOAA's disputed data further supports the steady upward march of temperaturesFri, 06 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Finland Has a New Social Experiment: Giving People Free Moneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finland-has-new-social-experiment-giving-people-free-money-180961684/Two thousand unemployed Finns will now get around $594 a month—whether they get jobs or notThu, 05 Jan 2017 21:01:41 +0000A Coal Fire May Have Helped Sink the 'Titanic'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fire-may-have-helped-sink-titanic-180961699/A new documentary claims the <i>Titanic</i>’s hull was weakened before it struck an icebergThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Traced to Dwarf Galaxy in the Auriga Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radio-bursts-traced-dwarf-galaxy-auriga-constellation-180961691/Knowing where they originate will help researchers understand what creates the mysterious high-energy signalsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:32:39 +0000Advice for Drivers From Dorothy Levitt, the Pre-War Racing Record Breaker You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advice-drivers-dorothy-levitt-pre-war-racecar-record-breaker-youve-never-heard-180961659/Levitt’s story is proof that women were in auto racing almost from the start, and she has some ideas for other driversThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000We Can Thank Harry Truman for TV Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-can-thank-harry-truman-tv-politics-180961642/Truman was the first president to regularly appear on televisionThu, 05 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Adlai Stevenson Stopped Russian Interference in the 1960 Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-adlai-stevenson-stopped-russian-interference-1960-election-180961681/The Soviets offered the former presidential candidate propaganda support if he ran in 1960, an offer he politely declinedWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:50:45 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-nearly-70-years-india-pakistan-partition-gets-museum-180961682/The Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000Swedish Woman Smashes Record for Skiing Solo to the South Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedish-woman-skis-south-pole-record-time-180961636/Skiing for 38 days, 23 hours and 5 minutes Johanna Davidsson beat the previous record by almost 10 hoursWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:21:18 +0000Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesenteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-organ-human-body-180961658/Scientists are calling for an upgrade in classification of this vital gut membraneWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:59:23 +0000Feral Cats Now Cover 99.8 Percent of Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-cats-now-cover-998-percent-australia-180961680/The fluffy murderbeasts pose a major threat to wildlifeWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:23:47 +0000On This Day in 1847, a Texas Ranger Walked Into Samuel Colt’s Shop and Said, Make Me a Six-Shooterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1847-texas-ranger-walked-samuel-colts-shop-and-said-make-me-six-shooter-180961621/Samuel Colt was a clever marketer as well as a talented inventorWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/topsy-elephant-was-victim-her-captors-not-really-thomas-edison-180961611/Many believe Edison killed Topsy to prove a point, but some historians argue otherwiseWed, 04 Jan 2017 14:05:00 +0000It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-just-got-harder-give-antibiotics-farm-animals-180961638/New regulations take aim at antibiotic resistanceWed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Strike It Rich (Without Marrying for Money) by Finding Hidden Jane Austen Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strike-it-rich-without-marrying-for-money-by-finding-hidden-jane-austen-art-180961647/A British artist has sparked a nationwide scavenger hunt for £5 notes worth thousandsTue, 03 Jan 2017 21:13:40 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-controversial-new-version-mein-kampf-now-bestseller-180961637/Once kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000Ancient Teeth Show That Dinosaurs Took a Long Time to Hatchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-teeth-show-dinosaurs-took-months-hatch-180961634/Dino embryos may have developed slowly over several months, making them more susceptible to global catastrophesTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:42:23 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Orca Is Missing and Believed Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-orca-missing-and-believed-dead-180961635/Over a century old, "Granny" hasn't been spotted since early OctoberTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:04:48 +0000Happy Birthday to Hollywood’s First Chinese-American Star http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-birthday-hollywoods-first-chinese-american-star-180961606/She was a leading lady, but racism held her career backTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000One of the World’s Largest Dada Collections Can Now Be Viewed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-largest-dada-collections-can-now-be-viewed-online-180961626/The freewheeling art movement didn’t lend itself to posterityTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:18:31 +0000France Says "Au Revoir" to After-Hours Work Emailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-au-revoir-after-hours-work-email-180961631/A new "right to disconnect" law lets employees negotiate communication rules in order to reduce stress and exhaustion from workTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:05:31 +0000The First-Known Photograph of the White House Was Taken by an Immigranthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-known-photograph-white-house-was-taken-immigrant-180961629/John Plumbe, Jr. was one of America’s first rockstar photographersTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000People Mailed Dimes 'By The Truck Load' to FDR's White House to Cure Poliohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-mailed-dimes-truck-load-fdrs-white-house-cure-polio-180961594/He was America’s first and only president with a visible—and known—disabilityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-woman-statue-stokes-old-tensions-between-japan-and-south-korea-180961628/She’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Michigan Banned Banning Plastic Bagshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-michigan-banned-banning-plastic-bags-180961630/A new state law prevents cities and counties from restricting use of plastic bags or disposable cups and utensilsMon, 02 Jan 2017 21:37:41 +0000Notes Indicate Nixon Interfered With 1968 Peace Talkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-indicate-nixon-interfered-1968-peace-talks-180961627/Documents from aide seem to confirm long-time speculation that Nixon tried to scuttle a Vietnam peace deal to help his presidential campaignMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:39:52 +0000This Catastrophic Polar Journey Resulted in One of the Best Adventure Books Ever Writtenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-worst-journey-world-180961589/Apsley Cherry-Garrard's travel memoir is still the one to beat, and not only because it features penguinsMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:33:05 +0000Poland Gets a da Vinci at a Big Discounthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-gets-davinci-big-discount-180961624/The world famous Princes Czartoryski Foundation was recently acquired by the Polish government for a fraction of its valueMon, 02 Jan 2017 18:32:06 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-cognitive-decline-famous-artists-brushstrokes-180961625/Could paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000If Isaac Asimov Had Named The Smartphone, He Might Have Called It The “Pocket Computer Mark II” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-isaac-asimov-had-named-smartphone-he-might-have-called-it-pocket-computer-mark-ii-180961588/The sci-fi author correctly predicted a number of innovations that have come to passMon, 02 Jan 2017 15:28:16 +0000The World Finally Knows How Leaders Reacted to Margaret Thatcher’s Resignationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-finally-knows-how-leaders-reacted-margaret-thatchers-resignation-180961620/The Iron Lady glistens in newly released papers about her last years as Prime MinisterFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:48:30 +0000Fireworks Not Your Thing? Then Look Out For a Comet on New Year’s Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fireworks-not-your-thing-then-look-out-comet-new-years-eve-180961618/With a telescope in hand, you can watch a comet zoom past the Earth tomorrow nightFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:19:07 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000China Has Banned the Ivory Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-banned-ivory-trade-180961614/By the end of 2017, the world’s largest ivory market will be closedFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:11:22 +0000Goodbye, Pan Pan: World’s Oldest Male Panda Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-panda-dies-180961612/He was a prolific panda papaFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:05 +0000We Will Have to Endure 2016 One Second Longer Than an Average Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-will-last-one-second-longer-usual-180961608/It’s not giving up the ghost quite yetFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-men-behind-saturday-mornings-most-memorable-cartoons-180961596/Zoinks! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-real-canary-coal-mine-180961570/Used until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000Artist Geocaches His Work Throughout Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-geocaches-his-work-throughout-central-park-180961604/Brad Troemel's Freecaching is a tongue-in-cheek response to New York's high rent and a new way to "store" artworkFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000How a Red Party Cup Became an American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/red-party-cup-american-icon-solo-cup-180961603/There's just something about Solo cupsThu, 29 Dec 2016 20:31:54 +0000The Vatican Names Its First Woman Museum Director http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-names-its-first-woman-museum-director-180961591/Barbara Jatta just smashed through one frescoed ceilingThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:50:07 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-uluru-waterfall-wonderland-1-180961602/Record storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000Obama Administration Designates Two New National Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-administration-designates-two-new-national-monuments-180961595/Bears Ears in Utah will span 1.3 million acres while Gold Butte in Nevada will protect 300,000 acresThu, 29 Dec 2016 18:41:54 +0000This Art Show Looks at 500 Years of Failed Utopiashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-show-looks-500-years-failed-utopias-180961587/So far, the ideal has yet to work outThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:53:49 +0000Residents Claim Ivy League College Polluted Water With Dead Lab Rodentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residents-claim-ivy-league-college-polluted-their-water-dead-lab-rodents-180961582/Burial of lab animals in the ‘60s and ‘70s have been linked to groundwater contamination in Hanover, New HampshireThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:39:06 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyer-wants-make-harper-lees-hometown-haven-tourists-180961584/Monroeville, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000What Have the World’s Oldest Mummies Kept Under Wraps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-mummies-get-ct-scan-180961578/Researchers are making digital reconstructions of the 7,000-year-old bodies, which face rapid deterioration from microbesThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:39:35 +0000Five Years Ago, This Island Nation Lost an Entire Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-time-zones-make-work-worse-180961569/On this day in 2011, Samoa switched sides of the international date line for the second time, losing December 30 in the process. Here's whyThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:36:08 +0000Researchers Record Trillions of Migrating Insects Swarming Through the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-radar-and-blimps-unveil-massive-insect-migrations-180961573/Though bugs make up a large amount of biomass, little was known about their migrating habits, until nowThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:12:27 +0000Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Historieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/The library is looking for help protecting its tapesWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:21:23 +00002016 Got You Down? Trash All Your Woes on Good Riddance Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-got-you-down-trash-all-your-woes-good-riddance-day-180961583/Inspired by a Latin American tradition, Good Riddance Day is one way to say goodbye to this year’s bad memoriesWed, 28 Dec 2016 19:53:01 +0000Chinese Officials Seize 3.1 Tons of Pangolin Scaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/customs-seizure-shines-spotlight-pangolin-worlds-most-trafficked-animal-180961580/The record-breaking bust shines a spotlight on the plight of the pangolinWed, 28 Dec 2016 18:31:33 +0000New York City’s Long-Awaited Second Avenue Subway Is Packed With Public Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-citys-long-awaited-second-avenue-subway-packed-public-art-180961575/The city’s four newest subway stations are covered in colorful mosaicsWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:30:08 +0000Just Months After Its Discovery, the X-Ray Was in Use in Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctors-immediately-started-using-x-ray-after-its-discovery-180961566/The public was also fascinated by the fact it was possible to take pictures of somebody’s insidesWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:05:23 +0000Five Things to Know About Boundary-Breaking Astronomer Vera Rubin http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-boundary-breaking-astronomer-vera-rubin-180961574/Her observations confirmed the theory of dark matter, and her activism helped open science to more women Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:22:53 +0000Cheetah Populations Plummet as They Race Toward Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-cheetah-numbers-have-crashed-180961571/Hunting, habitat loss and the pet trade have reduced the fastest land animal to roughly 7,100 individualsTue, 27 Dec 2016 15:59:51 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/Stanford scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Researchers "Translate" Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-translate-bat-talk-and-they-argue-lot-180961564/A machine learning algorithm helped decode the squeaks Egyptian fruit bats make in their roost, revealing that they "speak" to one another as individualsFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:36:57 +0000Park Service May Boost Wolf Pack on Isle Royalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/park-service-may-boost-wolf-pack-isle-royale-180961562/The NPS has proposed a plan to boost the wolf population on the island where currently only two inbred canines remainFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:20:02 +0000 Why There’s A 30-Foot Menorah on the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-theres-30-foot-menorah-national-mall-180961553/The tradition of the National Menorah was begun under President Jimmy Carter in 1979Fri, 23 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000The Northwest’s Earliest “Garden” Discovered in British Columbiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/northwests-earliest-garden-discovered-british-columbia-180961560/The 3,800-year-old stone platform was used to cultivate wapato—wild water potatoes—a staple crop for many North American peoplesFri, 23 Dec 2016 17:30:44 +0000This Historical Figure Wore the Label "Snowflake" With Pridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-historical-figure-wore-the-label-snowflake-with-pride-180961551/Wilson Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:56:50 +0000The Volcano That May Have Killed Off the Neanderthals Is Stirring Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcano-maybe-killed-neanderthals-stirring-once-again-180961549/Responsible for Europe's largest eruption, the volcano is showing signs of another pending explosionFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:36:13 +0000Why Do People Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-ghost-stories-go-christmas-180961547/Christmas ghost stories are a tradition going back much farther than "A Christmas Carol"Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Fight to Save Thousands of Heirloom Apple Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-trying-clone-thousands-heirloom-apple-varieties-180961374/There’s more to apples than the supermarket selection may suggestFri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Mineral Baths May Have Given Stradivari Their Signature Sound http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mineral-baths-may-have-given-stradivari-their-signature-sound-180961531/Turns out the famous violins really are different from modern instrumentsThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:28:55 +0000Celebrate Christmas With the First Voice Ever Broadcast in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-voice-space-had-christmasy-message-180961541/Eisenhower kicked off the space race with a goodwill wishThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:07:43 +0000Someday, Maybe We’ll Have Hanukkah in Julyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-well-have-hanukkah-july-180961538/Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day this year because not everyone follows the same calendarThu, 22 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000Snow Falls in the Sahara for the First Time Since 1979http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snow-falls-sahara-first-time-1979-180961545/A cold snap in the Algerian city of Ain Sefra led to a snowfall that covered the area's distinctive orange dunesThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:44:54 +0000This Year Marks the 50th Kwanzaahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-marks-50th-kwanzaa-180961532/The week-long holiday is a celebration of African-American cultureThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000Massive Survey Catalogues the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-survey-catalogues-night-sky-180961533/Over four years, the Pan-STARRS telescope collected 2 petabytes of photos of the night sky, creating the most complete astronomical atlas yetThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000New Yorkers’ Post-Election Post-its Will Be Preserved http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorkers-post-election-post-its-will-be-preserved-180961534/<i>Subway Therapy</i> captured a city's outpouring of emotion. Now, the notes New Yorkers left behind will be archivedWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:50:19 +0000A Huge Bronze Hippo in a Tutu Is Coming to Lincoln Center http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-bronze-hippo-tutu-coming-lincoln-center-180961523/Her name is <i>Hippo Ballerina</i>, and she’s sure to make theatergoers do a double-take Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:41:33 +0000The Crazy Tricks Early Filmmakers Used To Fake Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-tricks-early-filmmakers-used-fake-snow-180961522/Cornflakes, flour and, uh, asbestos were all used in early moviesWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:03:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Picks for This Year's Best Images of Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-nasas-favorite-earth-images-past-year-180961519/From sunsets to city lights, the images capture the beauty of our ever-changing planetWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:42:17 +0000Obama and Trudeau Protect Millions of Acres From Drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-and-canada-ban-oil-drilling-most-arctic-180961524/But questions remain about the permanency of the act in the arcticWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:14:20 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-crossword-puzzles-are-still-mostly-written-humans-180961518/Computers can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Poland Has Lifted Its Media Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-has-lifted-media-ban-180961520/It’s the latest in an ongoing saga about press freedoms in the populist-led countryWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Unidentified Complex Sound From Earth's Deepest Trench May Be New Whale Callhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unidentified-complex-call-coming-earths-deepest-trench-180961516/Known as the Western Pacific Biotwang, researchers believe it may be a previously unrecoreded call from a dwarf minke whaleTue, 20 Dec 2016 18:15:07 +0000Meet the Klingon Newt, Ziggy Stardust Snake—Two of the 163 New Species Discovered in the Mekonghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-klingon-newt-ziggy-startdust-snake-and-163-new-species-mekong-180961514/A new reports details the dozens of new animal and plant species scientists found in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong in 2015Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:42:45 +0000The Strange Story of the Westinghouse Atom Smasherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-story-westinghouse-atom-smasher-180961515/The giant bulb was an important part of early American nuclear history. Now it’s part of a miniature railroadTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:10:25 +0000The Long, Rich, Boozy History of Eggnoghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-rich-boozy-history-eggnog-180961511/This December, we’re exploring the drink’s storied historyTue, 20 Dec 2016 14:20:31 +0000Anne Frank May Not Have Been Betrayed http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anne-frank-may-not-have-been-betrayed-180961505/New evidence suggests the family was not specifically targeted, but rather discovered during an investigation related to illegal ration couponsTue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Do Flashing Images Cause Seizures? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-flashing-images-cause-seizures-180961504/For people with epilepsy, a flashing screen can be more than a passing annoyanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:35:17 +0000Why Charles Dickens Wrote "A Christmas Carol"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charles-dickens-wrote-christmas-carol-180961507/The beloved story sold 6,000 copies in its first week in print and 15,000 in its first yearMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:30:11 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Mysterious Ghost Shark Gliding Through the Deephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-rare-footage-mysterious-ghost-shark-gliding-through-deep-180961501/Researchers spotted the grey-blue creature off the coast of California—far from its usual haunts in the Southern hemisphereMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:47:57 +0000Scientists Discover the Oldest-known Pool of Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-just-discovered-oldest-known-pool-water-180961491/But you wouldn’t want to drink from itMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:24:32 +0000Presidents Can Be Impeached Because Benjamin Franklin Thought It Was Better Than Assassination http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-presidents-can-be-impeached-because-benjamin-franklin-thought-it-was-better-assassination-180961500/The founding fathers struggled with the idea of whether the top leader should be impeachableMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:28 +0000Each Christmas, Iceland’s Yule Cat Takes Fashion Policing to the Extremehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/each-christmas-icelands-yule-cat-takes-fashion-policing-extreme-180961420/The Jólakötturinn will make you thankful for those Christmas socksMon, 19 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000New Database Helps Families ID People Who Died Crossing the Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-database-helps-families-id-people-who-died-crossing-border-180961482/<i>I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre</i> offers a devastating glimpse of those who are gone—and a glimmer of hope to those who want to find themMon, 19 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Most Expensive Science Book Sells for $3.7 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-expensive-science-book-sells-37-million-180961488/An anonymous buyer paid triple the estimated sale price for this first-edition copyFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:00:04 +0000The Pokémon GO Craze Had Health Benefits—For a Little Whilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pokemon-go-craze-had-health-benefits-little-while-180961486/Though avid players walked about 11 extra minutes per day, the boost only lasted around six weeksFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:35:12 +0000On This Day, The Black Box Proved Its Worthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-black-box-proved-its-worth-180961484/The Park Slope plane crash was a tragedy, but it proved the importance of the flight data recorderFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:27 +0000The Long, Adorable History of Pandas in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-pandas-america-180961492/Su Lin was the first giant panda to come to America, landing in San Francisco 80 years agoFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:26:26 +0000Dutch Court Rules Crimean Artifacts on Loan Will Return to Ukrainehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crimean-artifacts-on-loan-ukraine-180961483/Following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Ukraine's government asked that the artifacts be returned to KievFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:03:04 +0000Caesarean Births Could Be Affecting Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caesarean-births-could-be-affecting-evolution-180961316/But it’s too soon to know for sureFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:59:34 +0000Six New Deep Sea Creatures Just Discovered at Site Slated for Underwater Mininghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-new-species-sea-creatures-discovered-region-slated-underwater-mining-180961480/Seafloor hot springs are rife with lifeFri, 16 Dec 2016 16:12:51 +0000Think Your Job Is Depressing? Try Being an Airline Pilothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/airline-pilots-are-really-depressed-180961475/New study suggests pilots are more depressed than the average AmericanFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:23:55 +0000How Mozart Outsold Beyonce in CD Sales in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mozart-outsold-beyonce-2016-180961442/A massive new box set catpulted the classical superstar to the top of the chartsFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Artist Is the Only Person Banned From Using the World’s Pinkest Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-only-person-banned-using-worlds-pinkest-pink-180961464/It's a brightly colored revenge for restricting the world’s blackest blackFri, 16 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Pinball Is Finally Legal Again in This Indiana Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pinball-finally-legal-again-indiana-city-180961472/Kokomo, Indiana, has reversed a 61-year-old ban on the game Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:40:31 +0000Why Do We Love Period Dramas So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-love-period-drama-180961474/Gone With The Wind, the highest-grossing period drama ever, premiered on this day in 1939Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:14:26 +0000Sixty-Two-Foot Wave Sets New Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-story-wave-sets-new-record-180961468/A sensor in the North Atlantic detected a set of waves averaging over six stories tall, setting a new record for a buoy-measured waveThu, 15 Dec 2016 19:09:37 +0000Researchers Found a Long-Lost Christmas Song http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-found-long-lost-christmas-song-180961465/"Crown Winter With Green" has some serious archival cred—and a sad story to tell Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:42:52 +0000Fossil Footprints Show Movements of Our Early Ancestorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-footprints-show-movements-our-earliest-ancestors-180961471/The trace fossils found in Tanzania spurred a debate about how early hominids livedThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:31:54 +0000The CIA Is Celebrating Its Cartography Division’s 75th Anniversary by Sharing Declassified Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-celebrating-its-cartography-divisions-75th-anniversary-declassified-maps-180961419/Decades of once-secret maps are now freely available onlineThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:13:40 +0000Never Fear, an Oceanic Asteroid Impact Wouldn’t Cause Apocalyptic Tidal Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-impact-ocean-wouldnt-cause-apocalyptic-tidal-waves-180961451/But it could have long-term effects on the climateThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:11:33 +0000Wonder Woman's UN Ambassadorship Is Already Coming to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wonder-woman-ambassadorship-already-coming-to-an-end-180961449/The super hero's tenure as an advocate for empowering women and girls ends after less than two monthsThu, 15 Dec 2016 17:59:51 +0000Ever Wonder Who Invented The Tea Bag? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-wonder-who-invented-tea-bag-180961469/Its two competing origin stories are linked by one thing: convenienceThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:36:31 +0000Scientist Warns We're Unprepared for a Comet Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-warns-were-unprepared-comet-strike-180961446/NASA researcher Joseph Nuth proposes that we build and store two spacecraft to deal with potential comet or asteroid strikesThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:08:12 +0000Why Basketball Is The Perfect Sport for Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-basketball-perfect-sport-vr-180961453/James Naismith invented basketball on this day in 1891. He couldn’t have seen VR comingThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:35:00 +000075 Years Ago, the Secretary of the Navy Falsely Blamed Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/75-years-ago-secretary-navy-blamed-japanese-americans-pearl-harbor-180961417/The baseless accusation sparked the road to the infamous internment campsThu, 15 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Grab Your Sweaters: The Polar Vortex Is Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grab-your-sweaters-polar-vortex-back-180961448/The atmospheric phenomenon will pack a chilly one-two punch this weekWed, 14 Dec 2016 19:37:10 +0000Astronomer and Alchemist Tycho Brahe Died Full of Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-and-alchemist-tycho-brahe-died-full-gold-180961447/The shiny element was important to Renaissance scientists. Very importantWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:52:02 +0000Pope’s New Nativity Scene Raises Awareness of Worldwide Refugee Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popes-new-nativity-scene-raises-awareness-worldwide-refugee-crisis-180961415/It's a lavish display complete with a plea for racial tolerance Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:29:08 +0000 Prize-Winning Videos Capture Mesmerizing, Microscopic Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-winners-worlds-smallest-photo-competition-180961444/Everything looks cooler when it's viewed through the lens of a microscopeWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:07:15 +0000The Paleo Diet May Need a Rewrite, Ancient Humans Feasted on a Wide Variety of Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleo-diet-may-need-a-rewrite-ancient-humans-feasted-wide-variety-plants-180961402/Archaeologists in Israel have counted 55 species of plant foods a an early hominid site on Lake HulaWed, 14 Dec 2016 16:06:41 +0000One of the First Female Rock Critics Battled Sexism and Obscurity To Document the 1970shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-ellen-willis-feminist-rock-critic-who-was-there-everything-1-180961413/Willis was The New Yorker’s first pop music critic, but to her, everything was open for criticismWed, 14 Dec 2016 14:20:00 +000021st Century Cures Act Tackles Postpartum Depressionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-signs-new-legislation-tackles-postpartum-depression-180961359/The new legislation includes grants to help diagnose and treat this prevalent issueTue, 13 Dec 2016 23:30:00 +0000Thumbnail Reveals the Final Days of Franklin Expedition Explorerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thumbnail-reveals-final-days-franklin-expedition-explorer-180961406/A synchrotron micro-x-ray sheds new light on the cause that led to one crew member's deathTue, 13 Dec 2016 21:05:12 +0000Preservationists Score Victory at Revolutionary War Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/preservationists-score-victory-revolutionary-war-battlefield-180961410/Most of the Princeton battlefield where Washington’s troops fought will be saved from developmentTue, 13 Dec 2016 19:54:37 +0000New Rule Will Crack Down on Fraudulent Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-rule-crack-down-fraudulent-fish-180961399/The Seafood Import Monitoring Program will require fish to be traced from the ocean to the U.S. in an attempt to stop illegal seafoodTue, 13 Dec 2016 16:30:19 +0000The Full Moon May Dull the Dazzle of this Year's Geminid Meteor Shower—But You Can Still Catch a Glimpsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geminid-meteor-shower-peaks-180961396/With just the right timing, stargazers could catch a few of the sparkling streaksTue, 13 Dec 2016 15:25:13 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Having Another Baby http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-66-year-old-albatross-having-another-baby-180961400/Old age hasn’t slowed down the prolific bird Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:08:57 +0000People Have Spent Years Trying to Diagnose Mary Todd Lincoln From Beyond the Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-spent-years-trying-diagnose-mary-todd-lincoln-beyond-grave-180961405/Abraham Lincoln's wife has been called a "wildcat," "menstrual" and "bipolar" among other thingsTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:56:10 +0000Methane Levels Have Surged, and Scientists Don’t Know Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/methane-levels-have-surged-and-scientists-dont-know-why-180961398/As Earth heads toward climate crisis, the pressure is on to learn more about CH4Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:56:18 +0000Explore the Seedy Reality of a London Long Gonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-seedy-reality-london-long-gone-180961350/Charles Booth explored the poorest parts of England’s capital—and changed the way social scientists think about the worldMon, 12 Dec 2016 20:40:03 +0000Reclaiming Nazi-Looted Art Is About to Get Easierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-law-will-make-it-easier-reclaim-nazi-looted-art-180961394/HEAR Act removes legal loopholes that prevented victims of Nazi art plunder to restore what’s rightfully theirsMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:45:55 +0000Silicon Valley Owes Its Success To This Tech Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-valley-owes-its-success-tech-genius-youve-never-heard-180961395/Robert Noyce was one of the founders of Silicon ValleyMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:33:07 +0000The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-putting-its-map-collection-on-the-map-180961380/A new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America will put three major LOC map collections onlineMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:39:53 +0000Japan Testing "Space Tether" to Knock Junk Out of Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-testing-space-tether-knocks-junk-out-orbit-180961386/The KITE experiment will use a half-mile long cable to guide some of the 500,000 chunks of space junk out of orbitMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:20:53 +0000Why You Should Know Trailblazing Architect Paul Revere Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-know-paul-revere-trailblazing-architect-180961378/Almost four decades after his death, the African-American architect whose work came to define Los Angeles gets his due Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:16:41 +0000The World’s First Motel Was a Luxury Establishment, Not a Divehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-motel-was-luxury-establishment-not-dive-180961384/The first motel was supposed to turn into a chain, but it was quickly overtaken by cheaper competitors. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:15:40 +0000Austria’s Word of the Year Has 52 Letters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austrias-word-year-has-52-letters-180961375/<i>Bundespraesidentenstichwahlwiederholungsverschiebung</i> isn’t just a mouthful—it tells an annoying political storyFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:33:47 +0000U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the First Time in 23 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-life-expectancy-drops-first-time-23-years-180961376/While it only decreased by 0.1 percent overall, eight of the top ten causes of death all saw increases in 2015Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:30:17 +0000Giraffes Silently Slip Onto the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giraffes-silently-slip-endangered-species-list-180961372/Years of habitat destruction and poaching have reduced giraffe numbers by 30 percent, placing them in the vulnerable category for the first timeFri, 09 Dec 2016 18:38:51 +0000America’s Only Known Jaguar May Not Be Alone Anymorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-only-known-jaguar-may-not-be-alone-anymore-180961373/Perhaps "El Jefe" isn't so lonely after all Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:00:59 +0000Another Weird Facet of America’s Strangest National Park: The Conscience Pilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-weird-aspect-americas-strangest-national-park-conscience-pile-180961377/People mail stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park, but they can't be returned to their original sitesFri, 09 Dec 2016 17:43:28 +0000Someone Paid $46,000 for a Bunch of Mold http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-paid-46000-bunch-mold-180961362/Its discovery was an accident, but this scientific sample changed the course of medicine forever Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:36:41 +0000Leaded Gas Was a Known Poison the Day It Was Inventedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaded-gas-poison-invented-180961368/For most of the mid-twentieth century, lead gasoline was considered normal. But lead is a poison, and burning it has had dire consequencesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:48 +0000Canada Will Put Another Woman on Its Currencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-will-put-another-woman-its-currency-180961363/An early civil rights heroine makes history (again)Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:10 +0000Check Out New Pictures of Saturn From Cassini’s Latest Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-new-pictures-saturn-cassinis-latest-orbit-180961360/New images of the ringed planet herald the spacecraft’s demiseThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:26:40 +0000Thousands of Snow Geese Die at Abandoned Pit Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-montana-lakes-kills-hundreds-and-maybe-thousands-snow-geese-180961356/Despite attempts to scare them away, thousands of geese landed on the acidic Berkeley Pit, which is full of toxic heavy metalsThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:14:30 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber Hints at Feather Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-adds-new-dimensions-tale-dinosaur-feathers-180961355/The rare specimen provides new insights into how feathers came to beThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:37:12 +0000Only One Person Voted Against the United States Entering World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jeanette-rankin-feminist-and-pacifist-never-apologized-voting-against-us-entering-world-war-ii-180961357/Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin's dedication to pacifism sprang from her personal brand of feminismThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:27 +0000Help the BBC Close Wikipedia’s Gender Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-bbc-close-wikipedias-gender-gap-180961353/The Beeb’s hosting an edit-a-thon to improve the online encylopedia’s coverage of women Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:07 +0000How a Goggle-Wearing Parrot Could Help Future Robots Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-goggle-wearing-parrot-flying-through-lasers-could-help-robots-fly-180961336/By flying through a haze and lasers, Obi the parrotlet helped researchers figure out how much lift birds produceThu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000The Ancient Origins of Apple Ciderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-origins-apple-cider-180960662/The classic fall drink has a boozy history going back thousands of yearsThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover Cosmic Dust in the Grime of City Guttershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-pull-cosmic-dust-out-city-gutters-180961339/Usually only found in remote locations, a dedicated amateur scientist combed through pounds of urban debris to recover these space specksThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:44:25 +0000Bare Down There? New Study Suggests You’re More Susceptible to STIs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bare-down-there-new-study-suggests-youre-more-susceptible-stis-180961337/Your pubic preferences could be linked to your sexual health Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:10:43 +0000Sleep-Deprived Drivers Can Be as Dangerous as Drunk Ones http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-deprived-people-drive-badly-drunk-ones-180961341/Getting by on even slightly less sleep could put you at risk Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:30 +0000Thirty-four Years Ago, the First Person Died by Lethal Injection. It Was Controversial Then, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-four-years-ago-first-person-died-lethal-injection-it-was-controversial-then-too-180961343/It was seen as more humane and relatively painless, but that's not certainWed, 07 Dec 2016 20:40:03 +0000Historic Photos of Baltimore Show the Real-Life "Hairspray"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-photos-baltimore-show-real-life-hairspray-180961342/<i>Hairspray Live!</i> fans, learn the history behind the beloved storyWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:58:08 +0000Oldest Community of Monks in U.K. Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-community-monks-uk-discovered-180961327/The find was thanks to a community training digWed, 07 Dec 2016 18:17:36 +0000Why There Won’t Be Any Monuments to Fidel Castro in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-there-wont-be-any-monuments-fidel-castro-cuba-180961297/El Comandante had one last dictate Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:58:35 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-worlds-fair-paid-half-admission-box-cotton-candy-180961332/Celebrating cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Scientists Finally Spot Giant, Slimy Sea Blob First Found Over a Century Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snotty-sea-blob-missing-century-rediscovered-180961329/Discovered in 1899, the creature recently popped up in Monterey BayWed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:47 +0000The Washington Monument Looks Like an Obelisk Because of Egyptomaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-monument-built-egyptomaniacs-180961314/In the 1800s, America was desperate to look like it had been around for a while, so it was adopting old styles. Really oldTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:45:44 +0000Ever Wonder Why Encylopedia Is Sometimes Spelled Encyclopædia?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/encylopedia-used-be-spelled-encyclopaedia-because-letter-english-doesnt-have-anymore-180961328/Scribes added the ash to the Roman alphabet so they could phonetically spell sounds that Latin didn't includeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:31:08 +0000What Happened to America’s Most Precious Documents After Pearl Harbor? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-americas-most-precious-documents-after-pearl-harbor-180961325/Librarians and archivists made sure the nation’s records didn’t become casualties of World War II Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:58:46 +0000Gate Stolen From Dachau Concentration Camp Recovered in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gate-stolen-dachau-concentration-camp-recovered-norway-180961317/The metal gate bearing the slogan <i>Arbeit Macht Frei</i>was recently found outside the city of BergenTue, 06 Dec 2016 19:08:00 +0000Paris Is Selling Old Love Locks to Raise Money For Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-selling-old-love-locks-raise-money-refugees-180961315/Putting clipped locks to good useTue, 06 Dec 2016 18:39:06 +0000Researchers Identify Queen Nefertari's Mummified Kneeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-identify-queen-nefertaris-mummified-knees-180961301/Found in 1904, new research confirms the mummified fragments in a Turin museum likely belong to ancient Egypt's beautiful and revered queenTue, 06 Dec 2016 17:16:55 +0000You May Not Have Rhythm, But Your Eyeballs Sure Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-may-not-have-rhythm-your-eyeballs-sure-do-180961306/Tracking eye movement gives researchers a peek into how the brain reacts to musicTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:07 +0000Archeologists Discover Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Pet Cemetery in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/Containing 100 lovingly positioned creatures, the site suggests that the ancients could have valued their companion animals as much as we doTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:46 +0000Alan Turing’s World War II Headquarters Will Once Again House Codebreakershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turings-world-war-ii-headquarters-house-codebreakers-180961281/Bletchley Park is being revived as a cybersecurity training centerTue, 06 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Are Over, For Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dakota-access-pipeline-protests-are-over-now-180961296/The Army Corps of Engineers announced it will not issue an easement to complete the pipeline, but the incoming administration could change courseMon, 05 Dec 2016 21:57:00 +0000Hawaii Faces Down Nearly Three Feet of Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-snowing-hawaii-three-feet-180961294/And more of the white stuff is on its way to the Big Island’s tallest peaks Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:44:24 +0000Comfort Foods Aren't Magic, But Memory Might Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-foods-arent-magic-memory-might-be-180961300/On National Comfort Food Day (yeah it's a thing), dig into the powers of food and how it makes us feelMon, 05 Dec 2016 19:16:06 +0000How Maps Shaped Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/An exhibition in Boston delves into historical maps to show how the Bard saw the wider world Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000These Photos Bring the Women’s Movement to Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photos-bring-womens-movement-life-180961283/<i>Catching the Wave</i> dramatizes the large and small moments of second-wave feminism Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:11 +0000When Women Weren't Allowed to Go to Harvard, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Brought Harvard to Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-women-werent-allowed-go-harvard-elizabeth-cabot-agassiz-brought-harvard-them-180961293/Unlike other women's colleges of the day, the Annex was intimately connected with HarvardMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:56:15 +0000Ambitious New Public Art Project Will Turn the Thames Into an Illuminated Canvas http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-new-public-art-project-will-turn-thames-illuminated-canvas-180961087/When <i>Illuminated River</i> launches in 2018, it will be the biggest such project ever undertaken Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:53:25 +0000Escape With a Virtual Ride on the World’s Steepest Train http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-virtual-ride-worlds-steepest-train-180961275/Things are looking up (down, right and left) thanks to a 360-degree video captures a stunning Norwegian fjord Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:40:01 +0000Dallas Proposes the Country's Largest Urban Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-proposes-countrys-largest-urban-park-180961256/A 10,000-acre Nature District could turn the Trinity River into the city’s centerpieceMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:24:22 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-found-ancient-elephant-bones-while-working-ls-subway-180961278/But it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Why Vegetarians Hate the U.K.'s New £5 Notehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-vegetarians-hate-uks-new-five-pound-note-180961261/The new currency uses a polymer that contains some animal fat, and it turns out at least 24 other nations use the same productMon, 05 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000For 50 Years, This Swedish City Has Celebrated Christmas Season With a Giant Straw Goathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/50-years-swedish-city-has-celebrated-christmas-season-giant-straw-goat-180961259/And most of the time it meets a fiery endMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Listen to This Holly, Jolly (and a Little Creepy) A.I.-Penned Christmas Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-holly-jolly-ai-generated-christmas-song-180961248/A neural network at the University of Toronto wrote a holiday ditty based on an image of a Christmas treeMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-bees-underwater-pollination-180961277/The tiny crustaceans are challenging previous assumptions about how plants grow underwater Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000Unesco Just Added Belgian Beer to Its Heritage List http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-just-added-belgian-beer-its-heritage-list-180961260/The move celebrates the tiny country's huge love of sudsFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:39:32 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvikhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-barrow-alaska-hello-utqiagvik-180961273/The most northerly city has officially reverted back to the Inupiaq name for the settlement on the Arctic seaFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:53:29 +0000Massive Cluster of Sinkholes Found Deep in China’s Mountainous Northwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-sinkhole-cluster-found-deep-chinas-mountainous-northwest-180961269/The network of pockmarks is packed with old-growth forests and giant flying squirrelsFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:26 +0000There’s a Department of Government Ethics? What Does it Do?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-department-government-ethics-what-does-it-do-180961265/What is the agency weighing in on the incoming administrations potential conflicts of interest?Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:15:43 +0000English Mass Grave Sheds New Light on the Horrors of the Black Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-mass-grave-sheds-new-light-black-death-180961268/The burial pit contained 48 skeletons that tested positive for the plagueFri, 02 Dec 2016 18:53:20 +0000Remembering Barney Clark, Whose Ethically Questionable Heart Transplant Advanced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-barney-clark-whose-ethically-questionable-heart-transplant-advanced-science-180961271/Three decades ago, a dentist agreed to receive the first artificial heart. And then things went downhillFri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:39 +0000Yasir Arafat Museum Opens in Ramallahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yasir-arafat-museum-opens-ramallah-180961226/The three-story building tells the story of the controversial Palestinian leader and includes artifacts like his Nobel Prize and views of his bedroomFri, 02 Dec 2016 15:59:03 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-magic-mushrooms-one-day-help-cancer-patients-face-down-death-180961264/Two new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000Sixty-One Years After Rosa Parks Took a Seat in Montgomery, Protest Is Alive in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/61-years-after-rosa-parks-took-seat-montgomery-protest-alive-america-180961262/The civil rights leader likely would have approved of current activists' workThu, 01 Dec 2016 20:52:18 +0000India Inches Closer to Creating World's Largest River Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-would-create-worlds-largest-river-network-india-180961245/The plan to interlink rivers would connect up to 30 rivers via 30 canals and 3,000 damsThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:56:53 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-hundred-and-three-years-ago-today-henry-ford-introduced-assembly-line-his-workers-hated-it-180961267/It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000John Lewis’ Arrest Records Are Finally Uncoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-lewis-arrest-records-are-finally-uncovered-180961255/“Good trouble” led to real consequences for the civil rights agitatorThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:21:11 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flying-scotsman-made-train-history-when-speedometer-hit-100-180961257/The first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000You Can Help Try to Track Down D.B. Cooper’s True Identity by Digging Through FBI Fileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-track-down-db-coopers-true-identity-digging-through-fbi-files-180961254/A crowdsourced project is trying to identify the infamous skyjacker once and for allWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:40:38 +0000Risk-Taker Evel Knievel Was a Big Proponent of Wearing a Helmethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/risk-taker-evel-knievel-was-big-proponent-wearing-helmet-180961246/The daredevil still holds the world record for the most broken bonesWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:24:24 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earths-new-tools-shows-32-years-changing-planet-180961251/A satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000Women Won’t Register for the Draft After All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-wont--register-draft-after-all-180961247/They’re gaining parity within the U.S. military—but women won’t yet be required to register for compulsory service in case of war Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:20:31 +0000Was the Speed of Light Even Faster in the Early Universe?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-speed-light-even-faster-early-universe-180961233/Physicists propose a way to test if light exceeded Einstein's constant just after the Big BangWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:26:46 +0000For the Only Person Ever Hit by a Meteorite, the Real Trouble Began Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-person-ever-hit-meteorite-real-trouble-began-later-180961238/The "Hodges meteorite" brought problems to the woman it struck, but good fortune to at least one neighborWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:23 +0000Newly Uncovered Ruins Reveal 7,000-Year-Old City in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-uncovered-ruins-reveal-70000-year-old-city-in-egypt-180961235/Ancient huts and tombs could be the final resting places of local elitesWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:05:32 +0000Five Things to Know About the Case That Made Burning the Flag Legal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-case-made-burning-flag-legal-180961229/It’s a grand old flag—here’s why the right to burn it was affirmed in 1989Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:36:26 +0000How Robert McNamara Came to Regret the War He Escalatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-robert-mcnamara-came-regret-war-he-escalated-180961231/The 'architect of the Vietnam war' never formally apologized, but struggled with its consequences for the rest of his lifeTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:23:38 +0000In Its Final Hurrah, Cassini Will Swoop Past Saturn’s Ringshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-about-swoop-past-saturns-rings-final-hurrah-180961228/The craft will take one last look at the ringed planet before diving into its depthsTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:10:36 +0000The Beloved, Baffling 'A Wrinkle in Time' Was Rejected By 26 Publishers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-baffling-wrinkle-time-was-rejected-26-publishers-180961227/Author Madeleine L'Engle, whose birthday is today, almost quit writing before it was publishedTue, 29 Nov 2016 18:37:54 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Miseryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-link-national-misery-negative-language-180961212/Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Why Xenophobia Is Dictionary.com’s Word of the Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-xenophobia-dictionarycoms-word-year-180961225/The word derived from Greek roots captured the zeitgeist of 2016Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:36:37 +0000A Century-Old Boston Christmas Tree Tradition Costs Canadians Big Money http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-boston-christmas-tree-tradition-costs-canadians-big-money-180961210/Turns out that Boston’s city Christmas tree is a very valuable gift Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:49:26 +0000Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-down-scientists-say-cooking-and-baking-may-help-you-feel-better-180961223/A little creativity each day goes a long wayTue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:23 +0000Rare 17th-Century Map Found Shoved Up a Chimney Is Restoredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-17th-century-map-found-shoved-chimney-restored-180961217/Nothing like an antique document to block a draftTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Wants to Know What to Do With Its Astronaut Poohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-asks-public-what-it-should-do-astronaut-poo-180961211/The Space Poo Challenge is offering $30,000 for a system that can keep an astronaut clean and dry for 144 hours in a space suitMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:58:52 +0000There Are as Many Names for French Toast as Ways to Cook Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-many-names-french-toast-ways-cook-it-180961221/People have been enjoying the eggy bread treat since Roman timesMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:20:59 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-t-came-duryea-wagon-180961218/The zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000Coconut Crab's Pinch Among the Strongest in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coconut-crab-among-strongest-pinch-world-180961215/The unusual crustacean's pincer rivals the bite of a lionMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:39:19 +0000The Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-boston-molasses-disaster-was-so-deadly-180961209/Nearly 100 years after the massive molasses tank ruptured, scientists are finally sussing out how this tragedy occurredMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:20 +0000This Massive Martian Field of Ice Could Fill Lake Superiorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-martian-ice-deposit-could-fill-lake-superior-180961208/The frosty deposit could be a lifeline for future human explorers on the Red PlanetWed, 23 Nov 2016 20:57:47 +0000Stargazers Help Track Down a Freshly Fallen Meteorite in Western Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stargazers-help-scientists-find-freshly-fallen-meteorite-180961207/A network of cameras and smartphone apps are helping Australian researchers hunt for space rocksWed, 23 Nov 2016 20:05:24 +0000New Doping Tests Are Turning Past Runners-Up Into Olympic Medalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doping-tests-turning-past-runners-up-into-olympic-medalists-180961205/Over 75 medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 games have been busted for doping, scrambling the Olympic record booksWed, 23 Nov 2016 18:59:52 +0000Researchers Dig Into the Juicy History of Taming the Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-dig-into-juicy-history-taming-turkey-180961192/Archaeologists talk turkey in two recent studiesWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Head Transplant Patient Will Use Virtual Reality to Smooth Transition to New Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-system-developed-head-transplant-patients-180961198/The controversial surgical procedure is currently scheduled for next yearWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000This "Perfume" for Toilets Could Help Improve Sanitation Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toilet-perfume-could-help-improve-sanitation-across-globe-180961176/The odor-masking scent could help convince people to choose latrines and prevent pollution of waterways with wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Trace 300-Year-Old Lump of Poop to Danish Bishophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-trace-300-year-old-lump-poo-danish-bishop-180961195/The upper class contents of the little nugget suggests it likely belonged to Bishop Jens Bircherod or his wifeWed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000