Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:07 +0000Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-mysterious-purple-orb-channel-islands-180959933/The creature stumped the team and could be a new speciesWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:56:43 +0000How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to Help End Slaveryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sojourner-truth-used-photography-help-end-slavery-180959952/The groundbreaking orator embraced newfangled technology to make her message heardThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:14:07 +0000Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-new-type-antibiotics-hiding-human-nose-180959951/This whiff of success could be just the beginning of many new antibioticsThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:19:54 +0000The Cosmos Sings in This Fusion of Astrophysics and Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-cosmos-sings-in-this-fusion-of-astrophysics-and-music-180959907/<i>The Hubble Cantata</i> brings the stars down to earthThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:39 +0000Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Also Red Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-great-red-spot-also-red-hot-180959949/ The giant storm pipes out temperatures over 2,400 degrees FahrenheitThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:10 +0000Gouda Find: Divers Discover 340-Year-Old Dairy Product in Shipwreckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gouda-find-divers-discover-340-year-old-dairy-product-in-shipwreck-180959939/One researcher compared the scent to a mixture of yeast and a type of unpasteurized cheese called RoquefortThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:59:39 +0000How to Spot Added Sugarshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-added-sugars-180959932/It's all in the wordingThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:14 +0000New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-whale-discovered-alaska-180959945/DNA analysis and a washed up corpse confirm this a new dark-colored species of beaked whaleThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Track the Whereabouts of This Rare White Whale on Twitterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/just-look-twitter-follow-rare-white-whale-180959931/These beautiful creatures have long delighted those lucky enough to catch a glimpseThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Watch the Chincoteague Ponies Complete Their 91st Annual Swimhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-chincoteague-ponies-complete-their-91st-annual-swim-180959938/For nine decades, the local fire department has herded the horses from Assateague to Chincoteague Island to auction off the foals Wed, 27 Jul 2016 21:02:05 +0000Walmart Once Pulled a Shirt That Said “Someday a Woman Will Be President” From Its Shelveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walmart-once-pulled-shirt-said-someday-woman-will-be-president-its-shelves-180959935/While Hillary Clinton was living in the White House, no lessWed, 27 Jul 2016 19:35:55 +0000Why Ancestral Puebloans Honored People With Extra Digitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancestral-puebloans-honored-people-with-extra-digits-180959919/New research shows having extra toes or fingers was a revered trait among people living in the Chaco Canyon, New MexicoWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:08:17 +0000Skip the Stench: Watch Three Massive Corpse Flowers Bloom Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skip-stench-watch-three-massive-corpse-flowers-bloom-online-180959914/These tropical flowers only bloom once every four to five yearsWed, 27 Jul 2016 16:30:56 +0000Sadly, Eating Curry Probably Won't Keep You From Going Baldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sadly-eating-curry-probably-wont-keep-you-from-going-bald-180959895/A new survey sponsored by wigmakers equates correlation with causationWed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Civil Rights Legend John Lewis Won a Prestigious Comic Book Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-legend-john-lewis-won-prestigious-comic-book-award-180959918/With <i>March</i>, Lewis brings his life story to a whole new generationTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:14:00 +0000Behold LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor of Life on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-luca-last-universal-common-ancestor-life-earth-180959915/New discoveries suggest life likely descends from the inhospitable environment of deep sea ventsTue, 26 Jul 2016 18:14:40 +0000The White House Was, in Fact, Built by Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-was-fact-built-slaves-180959916/Along with the Capitol and other iconic buildings in Washington, D.C.Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:19:53 +0000Stunning Images Capture Peacock Spiders’ Flashy Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stunning-images-capture-peacock-spiders-flashy-colors-180959877/Beautiful and acrobatic, these tiny, vibrant creatures shake their tail fuzz in elaborate mating dancesTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:50:00 +0000Archaeologists Are Trying to Digitally Preserve an Ancient Cave Before It's Demolishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-trying-digitally-preserve-ancient-cave-it-demolished-180959876/The 5th-century cave is in the way of an airport expansionTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:36:13 +0000The World Trade Center's Only Surviving Art Is Headed Back Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-trade-centers-only-surviving-art-headed-back-home-180959910/Battered, but not broken, Fritz Koenig's "Sphere" will be reinstalled near its original location at Ground Zero Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:46:39 +0000Bloody Leaves Help Solve 82-Year-Old Royal Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bloody-leaves-help-solve-82-year-old-royal-mystery-180959906/King Albert's untimely death sparked a range of conspiracy theories about the causeTue, 26 Jul 2016 15:37:37 +0000Why VHS and Five Other Formats May Live Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-vhs-and-five-other-formats-may-live-forever-180959892/The final VCRs will ship later this month, but if recent history is any indicator, it doesn't mean the VHS format will vanish for goodTue, 26 Jul 2016 14:24:53 +0000Ancient "Poop Sticks" Offer Clues to the Spread of Disease Along the Silk Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-poop-sticks-offer-clues-spread-disease-along-silk-road-180959900/The parasites found within the 2,000-year-old-feces smeared on bamboo suggest more than commodities made the tripTue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000For Kiwis' Sake New Zealand Declares War on Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-just-declared-war-rats-180959903/The country unveils an ambitious plan to protect its national birdMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:33:05 +0000NASA Is Finally Digitizing the Viking Mission's 40-Year-Old Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-finally-digitizing-data-gathered-40-years-ago-viking-mission-180959901/No more microfilmMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Italy Just Hosted the First Olympics-Like Competition for People With Down Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-just-hosted-worlds-first-olympics-people-down-syndrome-180959902/The unique competition drew 1,000 athletesMon, 25 Jul 2016 17:40:31 +0000This App Puts a Museum in Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-puts-museum-your-phone-180959874/Get out and get some culture with a newly released app that gives art a smart spinMon, 25 Jul 2016 17:00:00 +0000An Artist Will Slice Up a Peninsula to Remember Norway's 2011 Massacrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-will-slice-peninsula-remember-norways-2011-massacre-180959891/"Memory Wound" will evoke the brutal losses of the July 22 tragedyMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:22:31 +0000War Correspondents Are No Longer Spies in the Eyes of the Pentagonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/war-correspondents-are-no-longer-spies-eyes-pentagon-180959890/Updated Law of War manual removes references that equate journalism to participation in hostilitiesFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:25:49 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-first-written-evidence-laws-friction-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180959889/A scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000Common African Union Passport to Allow Free Movement Across the Continenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/common-africa-passport-to-allow-free-movement-across-continent-180959875/The African Union unveiled a new passport earlier this week that will allow citizens to cross between its 54 member states without visasFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:55:35 +0000Police Request 3D-Printed Copy of a Dead Man’s Fingers to Unlock His Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-want-3d-print-copies-dead-mans-fingers-unlock-his-smartphone-180959883/No more guessing passwordsFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:25 +0000The Media Village at the Rio Olympics Is Built on a Mass Grave of Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/media-village-rio-olympics-built-mass-grave-slaves-180959873/As Brazil looks forward to an Olympic future, it buries its pastFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Horrifying Sculpture Depicts a Human Evolved to Survive a Car Crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrifying-sculpture-depicts-human-evolved-survive-car-crash-180959878/Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee itFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Why the Turtle Grew a Shell—It's More Than Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-turtle-got-shell-180959872/Its armor may have developed for more than safetyFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Brain Map Doubles Number of Known Regionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-brain-map-doubles-known-number-regions-180959869/Neurologists have found 97 new areas in the brain and expect to add even moreThu, 21 Jul 2016 19:34:08 +0000Museum Unveils Henry VIII's Flagshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-unveils-henry-viiis-flagship-180959861/The <i>Mary Rose</i> sank almost 500 years ago, but following more than 30 years of restoration, the remains of the warship are open to the publicThu, 21 Jul 2016 17:52:45 +0000Cave Graffiti Shows Natives and Europeans Had Early Dialogue in the Caribbeanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cave-graffiti-shows-natives-and-europeans-had-early-dialogue-caribbean-180959857/Cave art from both Taíno people and Spanish explorers in a cave on Mona Island shows the two had some early cultural understandingThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:47:38 +0000Lucifer Has Long Had His Hands in Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lucifer-has-long-had-his-hands-politics-180959858/Since the earliest days of Christianity, people have accused their political rivals of being in league with the DevilWed, 20 Jul 2016 19:04:51 +0000This Classical Mandolinist Makes Music With...Instagram?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/classical-mandolinist-makes-music-instagram-180959854/“InstaConcerto for Mandolin and Orchestra” plays with a genre known more for its selfies than its chamber musicWed, 20 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Study Shows Primates Prefer a Little Booze With Their Nectarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-primates-prefer-little-booze-their-nectar-180959852/Two prosimian primates, the aye-aye and slow loris, show a preference for sugar-water with a higher alcohol contentWed, 20 Jul 2016 17:13:19 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3Dhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-apollo-11-3d-180959853/For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000After 6,000 Years of Farming, Barley Is Still (More or Less) the Samehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-6000-years-farming-barley-still-more-or-less-same-180959838/Talk about an ancient grainWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:09:35 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alexander-mcqueen-being-turned-leather-180959837/The late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000Physicists May Have Finally Figured Out Why Knuckleballs Are So Hard to Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-have-finally-figured-out-why-knuckleballs-are-so-hard-hit-180959826/All with the help of a ball-throwing robotWed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Likely Norovirus Outbreak Strikes the GOP Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-norovirus-outbreak-gop-convention-180959841/It’s a short-lived bug with explosive—and contagious—resultsTue, 19 Jul 2016 20:44:23 +0000India Plants a Record 50 Million Trees in 24 Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-plants-record-50-million-trees-24-hours-180959839/More than 800,000 volunteers planted saplings in public spaces in the state of Uttar Pradesh hoping to reduce greenhouse gases and reforest the countrysideTue, 19 Jul 2016 19:24:08 +0000These Anti-Suffragette Postcards Warned Against Giving Women the Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-anti-suffragette-postcards-warned-against-giving-women-vote-180959828/There are always those who resist societal changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 18:15:28 +0000Tides Trigger Tiny Earthquakes Along the San Andreas Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tides-trigger-tiny-earthquakes-along-san-andreas-fault-180959833/The spring tides trigger small tremors deep in the fault, revealing the fault's structureTue, 19 Jul 2016 17:51:23 +0000Kepler Just Found 104 New Planets Outside of Our Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-just-found-104-new-planets-outside-our-solar-system-180959834/Is anyone home?Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:36 +0000The World’s Largest Picnic Basket Faces an Uncertain Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-picnic-basket-faces-uncertain-future-180959835/The fast decline of a kitschy landmarkTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:49:18 +0000Watch Historic Footage of Seven Consequential (and Cringeworthy) Convention Momentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-historic-footage-of-seven-consequential-and-cringeworthy-convention-moments-180959827/These tidbits of political theater past must be seen to be believedMon, 18 Jul 2016 19:33:40 +0000Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keep-your-eyes-peeled-delta-aquarid-meteors-month-180959812/The late-July meteor shower heralds the popular PerseidsMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:48:11 +0000Jane Austen’s Music Collection Is Now Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-austens-music-collection-now-online-180959819/Play piano like a Darcy with nearly 600 Austen-approved tunesMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:44 +0000Unesco Names New World Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-unescos-new-world-heritage-sites-180959822/Rock art, irrigation and education add to the organization's growing list of sites worthy of protectionFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:27:29 +0000Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-gmo-labeling-bill-180959821/Congress just passed a bill requiring GMO labeling, but it's not as straightforward as you might thinkFri, 15 Jul 2016 18:33:27 +0000Browse Though the Amazon's 12,000 Tree Species in This New Master Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-300-years-collecting-ecologist-finally-make-list-amazons-12000-trees-180959815/Gotta count 'em allFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:42 +0000Anyone Can Contribute to This Giant Poem...if You Can Find This Typewriterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anyone-can-contribute-giant-poem-new-york-if-you-can-find-this-typewriters-180959758/A roving typewriter tries to capture New York's subconsciousFri, 15 Jul 2016 14:41:22 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-inside-new-yorks-nearly-secret-botanical-library-180959813/It’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/A new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Mice Watching "Touch of Evil" Teach Scientists About the Mind's Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mice-windows-their-brains-watching-movies-could-change-everything-180959808/By tracking mice neurons, scientists hope to understand consciousness Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Watch Corals in Action With New Underwater Microscopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-corals-action-new-underwater-microscope-180959800/The Benthic Underwater Microscope opens up a whole new age of ocean explorationFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000No, China's Tiangong-1 Will Not "Rain Molten Metal Down Onto Earth"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-need-panic-over-chinas-spiraling-space-lab-180959810/It's not spiraling out of control, and even if it was, it wouldn't enter the atmosphere until 2017Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:09:00 +0000Meet Your New Librarian of Congresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-your-new-librarian-congress-180959807/Carla Hayden will make history as the first African-American in the role—and the first womanThu, 14 Jul 2016 17:30:00 +0000Researchers Travel to the Amazon to Find Out if Musical Taste is Hardwiredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-travel-amazon-learn-musical-taste-not-hardwired-180959804/Members of the Tsimane tribe showed no preference between consonant and dissonate tones, meaning Western music is probably not biologically basedThu, 14 Jul 2016 17:04:56 +0000The Girl Scouts' Newest Badges Bring Art Outsidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouts-newest-badges-bring-art-outside-180959704/Scouts designed and voted on the new badgesThu, 14 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet William Merritt Chase, the American Master Coming Back into Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-william-merritt-chase-americas-artist-coming-back-into-fashion-180959665/At the turn of the century, Chase was one of the most well-known painters and teachers in the United States. A new exhibit revisits his revolutionary skillThu, 14 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +000010 Downing Street’s “Chief Mouser” Is Keeping His Job Despite Brexithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10-downing-streets-chief-mouser-keeping-his-job-despite-brexit-180959799/Larry the Cat will outlast David Cameron at the Prime Minister’s residenceThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:18:42 +0000The Revolutionary Infographics of W.E.B. Du Bois And Booker T. Washingtonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-revolutionary-infographics-of-web-du-bois-and-booker-t-washington-180959756/Data visualizations shed light on the living conditions of black people decades after the end of slaveryThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000New Zealanders Just Crowdfunded a New Addition to this National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealander-just-crowdfunded-newest-addition-to-this-national-park-180959795/Over 40,000 people donated to buy Awaroa Beach and gift the site to Abel Tasman National ParkThu, 14 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000After 45 Years, the FBI Has Officially Stopped Looking for D.B. Cooperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-45-years-fbi-has-officially-stopped-looking-db-cooper-180959798/The mysterious skyjacker got away cleanWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000Breathtaking New Images Capture Failed Stars and Planet-Sized Objects Inside the Orion Nebula http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-images-inside-orion-nebula-reveal-failed-stars-and-planet-sized-objects-180959796/It’s the deepest look into the nebula ever seen beforeWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000Britain’s Most Famous Plundered Art Could Finally Go Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-most-famous-plundered-art-could-finally-go-home-180959792/There’s a new attempt to return the Parthenon marbles to GreeceWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:50:00 +0000Impatient Islanders Create Google "Sheep View"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-islanders-create-google-sheep-view-180959793/Ewe won’t forget this unique look at the Faroe IslandsWed, 13 Jul 2016 17:34:04 +0000The World’s Oldest Working Library Will Soon Open Its Doors to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-working-library-will-soon-open-to-the-public-180959670/After renovations wrap up in September, the library at Morocco’s al-Qarawiyyin University will debut an exhibition section for non-scholarsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:23:36 +0000Did Ancient Pacific Islanders Use Obsidian to Make Their Tattoos?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-pacific-islanders-use-obsidian-make-their-tattoos-180959791/A team of Australian researchers think they may have found tools used to ink the ancientsWed, 13 Jul 2016 16:05:29 +0000New Discoveries Double the Size of Ancient Greek Shipwreck Graveyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-double-size-ancient-greek-ship-graveyard-180959787/Researcher in the Fourni archipelago found 23 ships dating between 525 B.C. and 1850Wed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:57 +0000Before Pokémon Go, These Scavenger Hunts Were All The Ragehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pokemon-go-these-scavenger-hunts-were-all-rage-180959788/"X" marks the spotWed, 13 Jul 2016 14:10:16 +0000Van Gogh Cut Off a Lot More Than His Earlobehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/van-gogh-cut-lot-more-his-earlobe-180959778/The self-inflicted wound was even worse than most thoughtTue, 12 Jul 2016 18:01:12 +0000Here's What Malcolm X Thought About Race in 1964http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-malcolm-x-thought-about-race-1964-180959763/A revealing postcard to Redd Foxx is up for auctionTue, 12 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Secret Life of Urban Hedgehogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-life-urban-hedgehogs-180959745/Though city-dwelling hedgehogs have adapted to metropolitan life, some need a little help to thriveTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:36:43 +0000Why Britain’s New Prime Minister Wasn’t Electedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-britains-new-prime-minister-wasnt-elected-180959762/Theresa May will become the U.K.’s newest Prime Minister tomorrowTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:25:31 +0000New Dig Shows the Philistines Weren’t Such Philistineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philistines-werent-such-philistines-new-dig-shows-180959757/A graveyard containing over 200 sets of remains is giving researchers their first deep look into the little-known biblical tribeTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of Dallas' First African-American Police Officerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-dallas-first-african-american-police-officer-180959755/After William McDuff was killed, it took Dallas 50 years to replace himTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000A Seattle Dump Just Got Some Clever Public Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattle-dump-just-got-some-clever-public-art-180959688/Recycled rebar will make the Seattle North Transfer Station more beautifulTue, 12 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Give Me a Drink, HAL: Artificial Intelligence Helps Design New Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/give-me-drink-hal-new-beer-designed-artificial-intelligence-debuts-180959751/IntelligenceX uses AI to guide its brewmaster's tweaksTue, 12 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000The Code That Sent Apollo 11 to the Moon Just Resurfaced Online and Is Chock-Full of Jokeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/code-got-us-moon-full-jokes-pop-culture-and-shakespeare-180959754/Published on GitHub, the array of in-jokes, pop culture and Shakespeare asides in the comments on the code show the human side of the projectMon, 11 Jul 2016 18:37:27 +0000 How an Anti-Lynching Banner From the 1920s and '30s Is Being Updated to Protest Modern-Day Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-an-anti-lynching-banner-from-1920s-30s-being-updated-to-protest-modern-day-violence-180959752/One artist took inspiration from the NAACP's iconic flagMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:53:21 +0000This Exhibit Captures the Magic of Being a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-captures-magic-being-kid-180959671/The Metropolitan Museum of Art peeks into the idealized lives of kids pastMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Sculptor Is Getting His First U.S. Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/renaissance-sculptor-getting-his-first-us-show-180959734/Luca della Robbia is finally getting a showcase in the StatesMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:30:00 +0000These Beatrix Potter Illustrations Were Found Tucked Inside a Mansion’s Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-beatrix-potter-illustrations-were-found-inside-mansions-books-180959742/The children’s book author found inspiration on vacationMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000The KGB’s Favorite Restaurant Reopens in Moscowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kgbs-favorite-restaurant-reopens-moscow-180959732/Aragvi, the haunt of Soviet-era celebrities and spies opens after a 13-year absence and $20 million renovation Mon, 11 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Self-Lubricating Swordfish Secrete Oil to Swim Fasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swordfish-secrete-oil-may-let-them-swim-faster-180959723/Greased lightning, go greased lightningMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mission-mariana-trench-records-dozens-crazy-deep-sea-creatures-180959690/The <i>Okeanos Explorer</i> has spent three months mapping the seafloor and recording deep sea life in the ocean's depthsMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Study Shows Knights Were Pretty Spry in Their Suits of Armorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-knights-were-pretty-spry-their-suits-armor-180959699/Researchers studied the range of motion of fighters in suits of armor, finding they were heavy but allowed freedom of movementFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Family Discovers Rare Letters by Thomas Jeffersonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-discovers-thomas-jefferson-letters-180959718/In the two letters selling for over $300,000 each, Jefferson opines on the War of 1812 and his dislike for Alexander Hamilton's economicsThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:43:21 +0000What Do Goats, Puppies and Horses Have in Common?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-goats-puppies-and-horses-have-common-180959711/Goats communicate with humans using eye contact, according to a new studyThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0000Juno Will Eventually Go Up in Flames to Protect Theoretical Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-will-eventually-go-up-in-flames-to-protect-theoretical-alien-life-180959713/Juno, we hardly knew youThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:40:00 +0000New Study Calls the Reliability of Brain Scan Research Into Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-calls-reliability-brain-scan-research-question-180959715/Three million analyses point to a problem with fMRI brain activity studiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:01:39 +0000Amateur Historian Digs up Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Press Pass From the Spanish Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-historian-digs-antoine-de-saint-exuperys-press-pass-spanish-civil-war-180959702/The celebrated author of “The Little Prince” once covered the Spanish Civil WarWed, 06 Jul 2016 19:43:41 +0000Captain America Is Getting a Real-Life Statue, But Some Say It’s in the Wrong Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captain-america-getting-real-life-statue-some-say-its-wrong-place-180959706/Did Steve Rogers grow up in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side?Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:20:30 +0000Hong Kong Beaches Are Swamped With Trash, and No One Knows Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hong-kong-beaches-are-swamped-trash-and-no-one-knows-why-180959701/The piles of rubbish could be transported by ocean currents or recent floodsWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:38:11 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-best-illusions-2016-180959703/Baffle your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Google's Self-Driving Cars Are Learning to Recognize Cyclists’ Hand Signalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-teaching-its-self-driving-cars-recognize-cyclists-hand-signals-180959698/Cyclists, meet the nicest car you’ll ever share the road withWed, 06 Jul 2016 17:30:18 +0000More Than Half a Million Hoverboards Were Just Recalledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-half-million-hoverboards-were-just-recalled-180959697/Sorry, McFlyWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:53:29 +0000Tens of Thousands of Artifacts Have Been Found in Colonial Philadelphia Toiletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tens-thousands-artifacts-recovered-colonial-philadelphia-toilets-180959687/Archaeologists excavating the site of the Museum of the American Revolution found a dozen privy pits full of pottery, printing supplies and animal bonesWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:14:02 +0000How Did the Six-Pointed Star Become Associated With Judaism?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-the-six-pointed-star-become-associated-with-judaism-180959693/The connection between the two goes back centuriesWed, 06 Jul 2016 13:43:52 +0000Melting Arctic Ice Might Mean Faster Internet for Somehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-arctic-ice-might-mean-faster-internet-some-180959689/The dwindling ice has an unexpected benefit: more underwater cablesTue, 05 Jul 2016 19:38:47 +0000This Is What Jupiter Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jupiter-sounds-180959686/Listen as Juno bursts into the gas giant’s magnetosphereTue, 05 Jul 2016 17:20:29 +0000Why the Humble Sweet Potato Won the World Food Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-humble-sweet-potato-won-world-food-prize-180959656/Researchers are helping to fight malnutrion and childhood blindness in Africa with new varieties of starchy, orange-fleshed sweet potatoesTue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Four Explosive Advancements for Future Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-ways-fireworks-are-getting-even-better-180959680/From color to sound, the next-gen fireworks are sure to wowFri, 01 Jul 2016 20:06:42 +0000Transgender People Can Now Serve Openly in the U.S. Militaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transgender-people-can-now-serve-openly-us-military-180959677/One of the last restrictions on who can serve in the military has been removedFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:51:56 +0000Researcher Unearths a Trove of New Shakespeare Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-unearths-trove-new-shakespeare-documents-180959673/Archival papers show the Bard was interested in improving his social statusFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:40:53 +0000These Ancient Tombs May Have Been Both Grave and Observatoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ancient-tombs-may-have-been-both-grave-observatory-180959668/The best view of the heavens could be from within the tombFri, 01 Jul 2016 17:10:00 +0000These Artifacts Show the Best—And Worst—of American Election Ephemerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-artifacts-show-the-best-and-worst-of-american-election-ephemera-180959669/From trash to political treasureFri, 01 Jul 2016 16:49:37 +0000The FDA Just Declared War on Cookie Doughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-war-cookie-dough-180959664/Goodbye sweet spoons, hello food safetyThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:33:24 +0000Five Things to Know About Pullman Portershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-pullman-porters-180959663/As the oldest Pullman porters die, it's time to reflect on the proud legacy of these African-American workersThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:07:41 +0000Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-devastate-penguin-colonies-180959662/Loss of ice and rising sea temperatures could impact 60 percent of the Adelie penguin colonies in AntarcticaThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:11:02 +0000Catch the Solar System’s Best Light Show With New Images of Jupiter’s Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-auroras-are-best-light-shows-solar-system-180959660/Jupiter’s Auroras Are the Best Light Show in the Solar SystemThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:32:37 +000019th-Century Sunken Schooner Uncovered in Lake Ontariohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-old-sunken-schooner-uncovered-lake-ontario-180959657/It’s the only two-masted ship known to have sunk in the areaThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:37:05 +0000Experience the Secrets of a Threatened Taiwanese Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experience-secrets-threatened-taiwanese-temple-180959611/New 3D reconstructions make it possible to look inside Lukang LongshanThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Pass Might Help Get More Toddlers Into New York City’s Museumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pass-might-help-get-more-toddlers-new-york-citys-museums-180959653/The Cool Culture pass helps low-income families introduce their children to cultural institutionsThu, 30 Jun 2016 15:33:50 +0000Track These Space Rocks From Your Couch on Asteroid Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-scientists-track-space-rocks-asteroid-day-180959617/With just a click, you can help astronomers learn more about two nearby asteroidsThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:57 +0000A New Project Tells the Stories of the Women of Route 66http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-tells-stories-women-route-66-180959614/An oral history project with the National Park Service follows women on the iconic highwayThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterraneanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venomous-lionfish-invade-mediterranean-180959616/A recent survey shows that the fish have colonized Cyprus and may continue to spreadWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +0000The Poster That Started the "Keep Calm" Craze is on Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-poster-that-started-the-keep-calm-craze-is-on-sale-180959609/Learn about the print that launched a thousand memesWed, 29 Jun 2016 17:45:00 +0000Tour de France Goes High Tech to Battle Mechanical Cheatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-de-france-goes-high-tech-battle-mini-motors-180959601/Organizers will use thermal cameras developed by the French nuclear agency to detect "mechanical doping" during the 2016 TourWed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:31 +0000Archaeologists Found a Hand-Dug Holocaust Escape Tunnelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-hand-dug-holocaust-escape-tunnel-180959607/The tunnel was dug by desperate prisoners using spoonsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:26:50 +0000Take a Peek Inside the International Center for Photography’s New Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peek-inside-international-center-photographys-new-home-180959597/The Center’s newest exhibition explores what it means to be constantly in front of the lensWed, 29 Jun 2016 14:44:56 +000099-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-wings-dating-back-age-dinosaurs-found-frozen-amber-180959599/The rare fossils from the age of the dinosaurs look a lot like modern-day bird wingsTue, 28 Jun 2016 21:14:22 +0000"Water Windfall" Discovered Under California's Drought-Stricken Central Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-windfall-under-californias-drought-stricken-central-valley-180959590/Though the aquifer could help with the current and future droughts, researchers caution getting too greedy with the resourceTue, 28 Jun 2016 19:29:04 +0000Scientists Found a Huge Reservoir of Much-Needed Heliumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-found-huge-reservoir-much-needed-helium-180959592/Helium is used in everything from particle accelerators to MRI machines, and a dearth of the gas has long plagued researchersTue, 28 Jun 2016 17:13:21 +0000Smithsonian Curator on the Priceless Impact Pat Summitt Made on College Athleticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-on-the-priceless-impact-pat-summitt-made-on-college-athletics-180959589/The winningest coach in NCAA Division I history left an incredible legacyTue, 28 Jun 2016 16:44:24 +0000Researchers Will Soon Get Their First Taste of "Martian" Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-will-soon-taste-martian-vegetable-180959579/After testing them for heavy metals, the scientists will eat vegetables grown in simulated Martian soil later this weekTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:24 +0000Breathtaking Images to Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope Getting Another Five Years of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-gets-another-five-years-life-180959583/These amazing views are just a selection of the beautiful images the craft has captured over the yearsTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:40:00 +0000Explore the Netherlands’ Most Iconic Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-netherlands-most-iconic-museum-180959578/The Rijksmuseum is now the best-represented institution in the Google Cultural InstituteTue, 28 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000You Can Help Decode Thousands of Top Secret Civil War Telegramshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-decode-thousands-top-secret-civil-war-telegrams-180959561/Volunteers will transcribe and tease out the messages of of nearly 16,000 communiquesTue, 28 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Sculptor's New Show is a Riot of Color http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculptort-new-show-is-a-riot-of-color-180959567/Dale Chihuly sets out to "overwhelm with light and color" in 'Persian Ceiling'Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:25:00 +0000This Perfume Smells Like a Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-comet-180959574/Yum?Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Watch Scientists Make Their Own Lavahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-scientists-make-their-own-lava-180959560/Basaltic rock and a lot of heat equals a homegrown brew that’s as beautiful as it is dangerousMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000After 60 Years, An Expedition Determines Highest Peaks in U.S. Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-60-years-mountaineer-and-pilot-determine-highest-peaks-us-arctic-180959555/Glaciologist Matt Nolan and ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers tested a new mapping system to end uncertainty about the highest mountain in the Brooks RangeMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:10:00 +0000Spix’s Macaw, Star of “Rio,” Spotted in the Wild for the First Time in 15 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spixs-macaw-thought-extinct-wild-videoed-brazil-180959576/Captured in a backlit cellphone video, the sighting gives conservationists hope for the survival of Brazil's little blue birdsMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:24:35 +0000An Ancient Squash Dodges Extinction Thanks to the Efforts of Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-squash-dodges-extinction-thanks-efforts-native-americans-180959565/Indigenous people carefully tended an ancient squash for thousands of years and now the seeds are seeing a resurgence in popularityMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landfill-surprises-scientists-12-million-year-old-whale-fossils-180959566/The fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfillMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:39:03 +0000Columbus, Ohio Wins $140 Million to Become the Transporation City of Tomorrowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/columbus-ohio-gets-140-million-become-transporation-city-tomorrow-180959564/The city beat out 77 others vying for the chance to update its infrastructure with the latest and greatest technologyMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:08:57 +0000Researchers Studying "Teen Sex" and Flesh-Eating Maggots Win 2016 Golden Goose Awardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-sex-and-flesh-eating-maggot-studies-receive-2016-golden-goose-awards-180959559/Both quirky and important, these studies went against the grainMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000President Obama Just Created the First National Monument to Gay Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-obama-just-created-first-national-monument-gay-rights-180959562/The Stonewall National Monument tells the story of LGBTQ struggles in the United StatesFri, 24 Jun 2016 19:34:31 +0000A Strange Case of Dancing Mania Struck Germany Six Centuries Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-case-dancing-mania-struck-germany-six-centuries-ago-today-180959549/Modern experts still don't agree on what caused plagues of compulsive dancing in the streetsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:52:05 +0000What's the Difference Between England, Britain and the U.K.?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-difference-between-england-britain-and-uk-180959558/Listen up, would-be Anglophiles: Here's how never to mess up your realms, kingdoms and empires again Fri, 24 Jun 2016 17:21:14 +0000Some Genes Remain "Alive" for Days After the Body Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-genes-remain-alive-days-after-body-dies-180959552/Studies in animals show that even when a creature has ceased to live, some genes are still busy doing their thingFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Commemorate the Panama Canal's Expansion With These Photos From Its Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commemorate-panama-canals-expansion-these-photos-from-its-construction-180959546/The Panama Canal is opening a third lane to accommodate new mega cargo ships, a feat almost—but not quite—as impressive as building the originalFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:04:48 +0000Solving a Neighborhood Mystery Reveals Forgotten African-American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solving-neighborhood-mystery-reveals-forgotten-african-american-history-180959536/An abandoned lot in San Antonio turned out to be an important part of the city's storyFri, 24 Jun 2016 14:00:00 +0000Mammals May Have Dinosaurs to Thank for Their Night Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cat-can-see-night-because-dinosaurs-180959520/Mammals most likely developed a new pathway to night vision to avoid the jaws of dinos and other daytime predatorsThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:50:00 +0000A Brief History of Congressional Carpetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-congressional-carpets-180959545/There's more to the House floor than meets the eyeThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:15:56 +0000A Lucky Artist Will Be Marooned on a Deserted Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lucky-artist-will-be-marooned-deserted-island-180959525/An artist-in-residence program invites applicants to consider spending a month alone in paradiseThu, 23 Jun 2016 16:50:29 +0000Murder of Environmental Activists Reaches All-Time Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-environmental-activists-reaches-all-time-high-180959528/At least 185 environmental activists were murdered in 2015, according to a new reportThu, 23 Jun 2016 16:15:41 +0000After 52 Years, the "Mississippi Burning" Case Closeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-52-years-mississippi-burning-case-closed-180959533/The Department of Justice and State of Mississippi close the investigation of three civil rights workers killed by KKK members in 1964Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:43:36 +0000The Marines Have Confirmed That One of the Men in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo Has Been Misidentified for 71 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marines-confirm-identity-man-misidentified-iconic-iwo-jima-photo-180959542/ Pvt. 1st Class Harold Schultz never publicly spoke about his role during his lifeThu, 23 Jun 2016 15:12:51 +0000Editing of Human Genes May Begin by Year’s End in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/editing-human-genes-may-begin-years-end-us-180959532/The first-ever trial of CRISPR in the U.S. will test if it's safe to edit T cells in cancer patientsThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:29 +0000UN Report Shows Refugee Numbers Have Hit a Historic Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-report-shows-refugee-numbers-have-hit-historic-a-historic-high-180959523/More than 65 million people are now displaced from their homes due to extended wars and a lack of new solutionsWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:00:07 +0000New Evidence Strengthens the Case for Pluto's Underground Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-strengthens-case-wet-ocean-beneath-plutos-surface-180959534/Features on the dwarf planet's smooth surface suggest that not all is frozen on that tiny, distant worldWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:52:17 +0000Land Around the Infamous San Andreas Fault Is on the Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-mapped-how-california-rises-and-falls-around-its-most-famous-fault-180959529/Scientists mapped how California rises and falls around its most famous faultWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:23:22 +0000PG&E Announces Closure of California's Last Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-nuclear-power-plant-california-will-shut-down-180959527/One of the most famous, but aging, nuclear power plants in the U.S. will soon see its endWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:06:38 +0000The Event that Wiped out Dinosaurs Also Nearly Did in the Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/event-wiped-out-dinosaurs-nearly-did-mammals-well-180959521/New estimates suggest a measly seven percent of mammals survived the extinctionWed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Trader Joe's Agrees to Fix Its Fridges for the Environmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trader-joes-agreed-fix-its-fridges-environment-180959524/The retailer just agreed to a pricey settlement with the Environmental Protection AgencyTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:44:29 +0000Every Sperm Whale Alive Today May Have Descended From the Same Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-sperm-whale-alive-today-may-have-descended-same-female-180959519/An 80,000-year-old "Eve" was the mother of all modern sperm whales—literallyTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-brexit-would-mean-for-uks-arts-sciences-and-other-sectors-180959516/Exiting the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-look-what-happens-brain-when-music-causes-chills-180959481/The brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than othersMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:46:07 +0000This Floating School Was a Design Nerd’s Dreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/floating-school-was-design-nerds-dream-180959479/…until it sankMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Library Has Books Checked Out by Hamilton and Burrhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-has-books-checked-out-hamilton-and-burr-180959433/The New York Society Library was wide enough for both menMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:30:00 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomatohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contentious-history-cherry-tomato-180959420/The salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Meet Three of Earth's Tiny Celestial Buddieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-guide-earths-other-moons-1-180959468/A handful of quasi-satellites, mini-moons and Trojan asteroids tag along with Earth as it whizzes around the sunMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:08:43 +0000As U.S.-Cuba Relations Warm, This Long-Dead Author Benefitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-cuba-relations-warm-long-dead-author-benefits-180959465/A new conservation facility is on its way to Hemingway’s home near HavanaMon, 20 Jun 2016 13:54:45 +0000Former SS Guard Convicted on 170,000 Counts of Accessory to Murderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-ss-guard-convicted-on-170000-counts-of-accessory-to-murder-180959472/Reinhold Hanning a 94-year-old retired dairy farmer served as a guard at Auschwitz during World War IIFri, 17 Jun 2016 19:59:05 +0000LGBT People Are the Targets of More Hate Crimes Than Any Other Minorityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lgbt-people-are-targets-more-hate-crimes-any-other-minority-180959461/Hate crimes against LGBT people are far from rareFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:40:41 +0000Watch a Horde of Giant Crabs Amass Off of the Australian Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-horde-giant-crabs-amass-australian-coast-180959463/Hundreds. Of thousands. Of crabs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Mongolia Adopts Address System That Uses Three-Word Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mongolia-adopts-address-system-that-uses-three-word-names-180959439/What3words' geo-coding system divides the Earth's surface into 57 trillion squares, and assigns each a unique, memorable string of namesFri, 17 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000India Gives Go-Ahead for Farmers to Cull "Vermin"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-gives-go-ahead-farmers-cull-vermin-180959460/The cull will include a range of animals deemed troublesome to people—including rhesus monkeys and wild boar in some placesFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Retro Mars Recruitment Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-retro-mars-recruitment-posters-180959453/Farmers, teachers, surveyors and engineers will all be needed in the envisaged Mars settlementFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:50:00 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Massive Naval Bases of the Ancient Athenianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-massive-naval-bases-ancient-athenians-180959452/Researchers have excavated ship sheds in the city of Piraeus that held triremes from the pivotal Battle of SalamisFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:27:13 +0000Scientists Spot Tiny Asteroid Tagging Along Behind The Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-tagging-along-behind-earth-lost-puppy-180959459/It's our very own “quasi-moon”Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-may-have-found-fatal-flaw-dream-building-space-elevator-180959417/Carbon nanotubes may not be as strong as scientists once thoughtFri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What Will Happen When Juno Gets to Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-will-happen-when-juno-gets-jupiter-180959454/It all goes down July 4Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:48:18 +0000Japan Honors the Creator of the California Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-honors-creator-of-california-roll-180959446/Some may see it as an affront against sushi, others see an ambassador for cultureThu, 16 Jun 2016 18:30:30 +0000New Agreement Will Help Protect the Amazon Basinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-agreement-will-protect-amazon-basin-180959450/Earth's largest tropical rainforest just got a slew of new allies Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:25:00 +0000The Expanded Tate Modern Opens Its Doors Fridayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expanded-tate-modern-opens-its-doors-friday-180959419/The museum is being called the UK’s most important new cultural building since the British LibraryThu, 16 Jun 2016 17:05:50 +0000Cats Are Adorable Physicistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-are-adorable-physicists-180959435/Beneath that fluffy exterior lies a shrewd understanding of how the world worksThu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:30 +0000New Footage Shows Rapid Breakdown of Shipwreck 'Andrea Doria'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/submersible-maps-wreck-andrea-doria-180959436/Researchers visited the remains of the Italian luxury liner in a submersible to figure out how quickly wrecks deteriorateThu, 16 Jun 2016 13:21:52 +0000Gravitational Waves Strike Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-waves-strike-twice-180959438/Scientists announce the second detection of gravitational wavesWed, 15 Jun 2016 20:16:24 +0000National Aquarium Will Move Dolphins to Seaside Sanctuary by 2020http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-aquarium-will-move-dolphins-seaside-sanctuary-180959427/Under mounting public pressure, the aquarium's eight bottle-nosed dolphins will soon move to a seaside retreat in the tropicsWed, 15 Jun 2016 17:27:02 +0000Report: Nine Out of Ten Refugee Children Travel Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/report-nine-out-ten-refugee-children-travel-alone-180959408/Tens of thousands of kids are on the move—and face scary challenges as they migrateWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:33:23 +0000One Day Only: A Chance to View One Map to Rule Them Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-day-only-chance-view-one-map-rule-them-all-180959391/A rare Tolkien-annotated map goes on display June 23Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Complicated History Between the Press and the Presidencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/complicated-history-between-press-and-presidency-180959406/Banning a newspaper like the 'Post' is a move that wouldn't fly even in the Nixon White HouseTue, 14 Jun 2016 20:49:16 +0000This Jupiter-Sized Planet Is the Largest Found Orbiting Two Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-sized-planet-largest-found-orbiting-two-suns-180959407/Any orbiting moons could be habitable—but scientists have yet to spot themTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:39:37 +0000Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels Surpass Long-Feared Milestonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-carbon-dioxide-levels-surpass-long-feared-milestone-180959405/Say goodbye to 400 ppm—and hello to Earth's new atmospheric realityTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:03:02 +0000Spy Two Supernovae in June's Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-two-supernovae-june-night-sky-180959400/After millions of years, their light is finally bright enough to see from EarthTue, 14 Jun 2016 18:26:14 +0000Net Neutrality Was Just Upheld in the U.S. Court of Appealshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/net-neutrality-was-just-upheld-us-court-appeals-180959402/It’s a victory for open internet activists—but will it stick?Tue, 14 Jun 2016 16:37:39 +0000This New York Project Wants You to Write on the Wallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-project-wants-you-write-walls-180959380/Writing On It All gives voice—and a pen—to one and allTue, 14 Jun 2016 16:10:00 +0000This Robot Librarian Locates Haphazardly Placed Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-librarian-locates-haphazardly-placed-books-180959381/It's the next best thing since the Dewey Decimal SystemTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:50:00 +0000A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-children-sent-through-mail-180959372/In the early days of the parcel post, some parents took advantage of the mail in unexpected waysTue, 14 Jun 2016 15:31:23 +0000Herring Spawn in Hudson River Tributary for the First Time in 85 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herring-spawn-hudson-river-tributary-after-first-many-dam-removals-180959396/River herring are spawning in Wynants Kill tributary after one of the many dams along the Hudson was removedTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:37:09 +0000Laser Scans Reveal Massive Khmer Cities Hidden in the Cambodian Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scans-reveal-massive-khmer-cities-hidden-cambodian-jungle-180959395/Using Lidar technology, researchers are discovering the extent of the medieval Khmer empireTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:20:00 +0000One of the World's Most Colorful Places Is in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-colorful-place-is-in-taiwan-180959382/Rainbow Family Village shows there's nothing a man with a paintbrush can't do Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Egg Producers Pledge More Humane Fate for Male Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egg-producers-pledge-more-humane-fate-male-chicks-180959394/Better technology could make “maceration” go the way of the dodoMon, 13 Jun 2016 18:39:12 +0000A Brief History of Bog Butterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-brief-history-of-bog-butter-180959384/Turf cutters in Ireland regularly find chunks of butter deep in the nation's peat bogs. What is the stuff doing there?Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:11:45 +0000Bronze Buckle Shows Ancient Trade Between Eurasia and North America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-buckle-shows-trade-between-asia-and-north-america-180959378/Metal objects found on Alaska's Seward Peninsula indicate that local people received trade goods from Asia almost 1,000 years agoMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:23:03 +0000Thousands of Objects Taken From Holocaust Victims Have Been Rediscoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-objects-holocaust-victims-have-been-rediscovered-180959376/Almost 16,000 items were forgotten for decadesFri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:13 +0000Grand Canyon Turns Down Its Lights to Become a Dark Sky Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-dims-lights-become-dark-sky-park-180959377/Star gazers, rejoice—the skies above the Grand Canyon will never lose their sparkleFri, 10 Jun 2016 17:09:59 +0000The Library of Congress Needs Your Help to Identify These Silent Movieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-library-of-congress-needs-your-help-to-identify-these-silent-movies-180959366/For the fifth year, the "Mostly Lost" film festival calls on its audience to help identify obscure details in movie-making historyFri, 10 Jun 2016 16:55:43 +0000Refugees Are Teaching Germans How to Cook Their Traditional Foodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/refugees-are-teaching-germans-how-cook-their-traditional-foods-180959355/Cooking classes are bridging the gaps between Germans and Middle Eastern refugeesFri, 10 Jun 2016 14:32:00 +0000Help England Crowdsource Its Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-england-crowdsource-its-history-180959348/Historic England is asking the public for information and photos on 21 weird and wonderful sites on its list of historic placesFri, 10 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gigantic Ancient Monument in Jordanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-gigantic-ancient-monument-jordan-180959368/In the ancient city of Petra, Google Earth and drones helped uncover remnants of a platform the size of an Olympic swimming poolThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:50:14 +0000Extremeophile Worms Discovered Living in Toxic Colorado Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clumps-extremeophile-worms-discovered-living-toxic-colorado-cave-180959349/Sulphur Cave in Steamboat Springs is home to a new species of blood-red worm capable of living in a cave full of hydrogen sulfideThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:38:34 +0000This New Satellite Project Helps People Find Patterns in City Spaceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-new-satellite-project-helps-people-find-patterns-in-city-spaces-180959336/Terrapattern turns a mad world into a satisfying, matchy-matchy nirvanaThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:34:40 +0000The World’s "Ugliest" Color Could Help People Quit Smokinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-ugliest-color-could-help-people-quit-smoking-180959364/Officials hope hideous packs of cigarette packs will make would-be smokers think twice Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:57:17 +0000Here’s How the Pacific NW Is Preparing for “The Big One”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-pacific-nw-preparing-big-one-180959354/It’s the mother of all disaster drills for what could be the worst disaster in American historyThu, 09 Jun 2016 15:01:21 +0000'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the War Against Botshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hamilton-creator-lin-manuel-miranda-joins-war-against-bots-180959339/Ticket-buying bots are snatching up seats and jacking up the price of concert and theater ticketsThu, 09 Jun 2016 14:34:49 +0000The Four Newest Elements Now Have Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-newest-elements-now-have-names-180959350/Scientists have proposed names for the newest additions to the Periodic TableWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:39:37 +0000Five Things to Know About the Declaration of Sentimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-declaration-sentiments-180959352/From seating to suffrage, here’s why the document is relevant todayWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:24:07 +0000This Tropical Fish Can Be Taught to Recognize Human Faceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-fish-can-be-taught-recognize-human-faces-180959340/New study trained fish to spit at human facesWed, 08 Jun 2016 19:17:13 +0000Parisians Are in an Uproar Over Their New Newstandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parisians-are-uproar-over-their-new-newstands-180959326/Paris’ iconic kiosks are being updated and replacedWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:45:55 +0000Researchers Discover World's Tallest Known Tropical Tree in Sabah's "Lost World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-worlds-tallest-known-tropical-tree-sabahs-lost-world-180959344/A 293.6-foot endangered yellow meranti tree on the island of Borneo was discovered by scanning its forestsWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:15:35 +0000Artwork by Muhammad Ali Is Going up For Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artwork-muhammad-ali-is-going-auction-180959341/You could own a painting by the Louisville LipWed, 08 Jun 2016 14:38:59 +0000Vandals Destroyed 8,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Artworks in Tasmaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-destroyed-8000-year-old-aboriginal-artworks-in-tasmania-180959328/The priceless rock art is damaged beyond repairWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Bison Fossils Offer Clues to Track Human Migration Into the Americashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bison-track-migration-humans-americas-180959334/DNA analysis of bison fossils show that people likely migrated down the Pacific coast and not through the Rocky MountainsTue, 07 Jun 2016 19:09:17 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshall-islands-are-becoming-less-nuclear-180959332/A new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Last Known 9/11 Search-and-Rescue Dog Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-known-911-search-and-rescue-dog-dies-180959331/Bretagne was the last surviving dog from the 300 that worked at the World Trade Center siteTue, 07 Jun 2016 15:40:16 +0000Olympics Allows Refugees to Compete on Their Own Teamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olympics-allows-refugees-compete-their-own-team-180959321/Ten refugee-athletes from Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia and the Republic of Congo will compete at the Rio OlympicsTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Headgear Fit for a Champion: What Muhammad Ali Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/headgear-fit-champion-what-muhammad-ali-left-behind-180959327/The boxer may be dead, but physical traces of his audacious life remainTue, 07 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000Turkey Sunk an Airplane to Turn It Into a Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-turning-airplane-reef-180959323/An Airbus jumbo jet will soon become home to all sorts of sea lifeMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:49:59 +0000Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Natural Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-fish-prefer-plastic-over-natural-foods-180959320/Larval perch gorge themselves on microplastics, which seems to be stunting growth and affecting natural instinctsMon, 06 Jun 2016 17:31:50 +0000After a Century, an Anthropologist Picked up the Trail of the "Hobo King"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-century-anthropologist-picked-trail-original-hobo-king-180959313/One hundred-year-old graffiti by “A-No.1” and others were found by the L.A. RiverMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:18:55 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-hidden-library-spines-early-books-180959317/Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000What Happens to the Coins Tossed Into Fountains?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-all-coins-tossed-fountains-180959314/All that money has to go somewhereMon, 06 Jun 2016 14:55:38 +0000A Steamy Letter From JFK Is up for Auction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steamy-letter-jfk-auction-180959310/The president had a real way with the ladies—and with an em dashFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:32:00 +0000A Rare Blind Salamander’s Eggs Are Finally Hatchinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-blind-salamanders-eggs-are-finally-hatching-180959300/Biologists have waited with bated breath for monthsFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:52:47 +0000There’s a World Cup For Unrecognized Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-world-cup-unrecognized-states-180959301/This game is for soccer's international underdogsFri, 03 Jun 2016 14:44:43 +0000Instead of Tagging Real-Life Surfaces, Graffiti Artists Can Use a New Simulatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-tagging-real-life-surfaces-graffiti-artists-can-use-new-simulator-180959302/Fake bombing has never felt so realFri, 03 Jun 2016 14:16:47 +0000This "Lost Underwater City" Was Actually Made by Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-underwater-city-was-actually-made-microbes-180959299/Though these formations may not be evidence of a lost city, they show off some intriguing chemistryThu, 02 Jun 2016 23:01:00 +0000Ruff News: Man’s Best Friend May Have Been Domesticated Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mans-best-friend-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180959297/Where did Fido come from? It’s complicatedThu, 02 Jun 2016 20:40:44 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteoritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-dagger-was-made-meteorite-180959294/X-ray spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000Bordeaux’s New Wine Museum Is Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bordeauxs-new-wine-museum-open-business-180959287/The “City of Wine” is a vino lover’s amusement parkThu, 02 Jun 2016 17:43:15 +0000The U.S. Just Announced an Unprecedented Ban on African Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-just-announced-unprecedented-ban-african-ivory-180959291/Will tighter rules help reduce global demand? Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:34:49 +0000Thailand’s Controversial "Temple Tigers" Are Finally Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thailands-controversial-tinder-tigers-are-finally-free-180959283/Thai officials found nearly 140 captive tigers as well as 40 dead cubs kept in freezers at the self-proclaimed sanctuaryWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:54:59 +0000New Evidence Shows Peppered Moths Changed Color in Sync With the Industrial Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-peppered-moths-changed-color-sync-industrial-revolution-180959282/Scientists used “jumping genes” as a time machine to track down changes in moths’ appearanceWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:07:49 +0000This Museum Made Art Out of a John Deere Harvesterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-made-art-out-john-deere-harvester-180959281/'Continuous Service Altered Daily' finds life inside a familiar machineWed, 01 Jun 2016 16:38:44 +0000Paris’ Iconic “Love Locks” Bridge Is Now Home to a Set of Creepy Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-iconic-love-locks-bridge-now-home-set-creepy-statues-180959275/The rotating art installation on the Pont des Arts bridge was inspired by classical mythology Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:33:00 +0000Emotikis and New Keyboards Bring Indigenous Cultures to Text Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-smartphone-keyboards-bring-indigenous-languages-and-culture-text-messages-180959274/From Maori emojis to First Nations languagesWed, 01 Jun 2016 13:24:56 +0000Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vladimir-nabokovs-butterfly-drawings-take-flight-new-book-180959264/A little-known fact: The author of “Lolita” was also an avid lepidopteristWed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Are the Fancy New Curling Brooms Fair? Robots and Lasers Will Help Figure It Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-using-robots-study-fancy-new-curling-brooms-180959263/So-called “Frankenbrooms” are causing tension amongst the world's curlersTue, 31 May 2016 19:48:04 +0000Bumblebees Detect a Flower's Electric Buzz With Their Fuzzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-detect-flowers-electric-buzz-their-fuzz-180959270/Using the tiny hairs that cover their bodies, bees can tap into the weak electric field in the atmosphere Tue, 31 May 2016 19:05:10 +0000Land of Oz Theme Park Will Temporarily Reopen Its Emerald Gateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/land-oz-theme-park-will-temporarily-reopen-its-emerald-gates-180959268/This June, the yellow brick road will once again take you to see the WizardTue, 31 May 2016 18:55:08 +0000