Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 24 Feb 2017 20:44:40 +0000Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-searching-last-living-auschwitz-guards-180961977/New database lays out details of the SS guards and commanders who carried out some of history's most terrible crimesTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:58:02 +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 +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 +0000Texas Approves Pesticide Targeting Wild Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-poison-targeting-wild-pigs-180962298/But hunters and conservationists are concerned that other animals will be exposed to the toxinFri, 24 Feb 2017 20:44:40 +0000Rivers in the Atmosphere Converge to Give California a Huge Downpourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rivers-atmosphere-converge-give-california-downpour-180962288/All aboard the Pineapple ExpressFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:03:45 +0000This Eighteenth-Century Robot Actually Used Breathing to Play the Flutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eighteenth-century-robot-actually-used-breathing-play-flute-180962214/It was one of a trio of automata that had functions like living creaturesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Still Buy Pig-Hair Toothbrusheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-still-buy-pig-hair-toothbrushes-180962216/There's an argument for it, given all the environmental destruction causes by plastic onesFri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Syria Just Made a Major Seed Bank Deposithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-just-made-major-seed-bank-deposit-180962274/Seeds from 49,000 types of crops will be backed up in Svalbard once more Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:57:30 +0000The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-man-they-couldnt-hang-180962210/John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee’s life and almost-death are matters of speculationFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:38 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/that-time-us-government-won-oscar-180962277/Today, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-getting-ninja-museum-180962264/Officials hope the iconic warriors can sneak more tourism into the countryThu, 23 Feb 2017 19:44:39 +0000New Map Highlights Bee Population Declines Across the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-highlights-bee-population-declines-across-us-180962268/As wild bee populations continue to fall, new research identifies counties that will be hit the hardestThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:27:37 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovered-lost-work-fiction-walt-whitman-180962260/The serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tootsie-rolls-were-wwii-energy-bars-180962202/The candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Directorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-oldest-known-surviving-film-african-american-director-180962035/<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Stolen ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Gate Returns to Dachau http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-arbeit-macht-frei-gate-returns-dachau-180962252/The identity of the thieves remains a mysteryWed, 22 Feb 2017 19:47:18 +0000The Secret Student Group That Stood Up to the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-secret-student-group-stood-up-nazis-180962250/The White Rose was short-lived, but its words were hard to ignoreWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:41:01 +0000How Do You Pick a Lemur Out of a Lineup? This Software Makes the Leaphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-pick-lemur-out-lineup-software-makes-leap-180962251/Facial recognition software can identify individuals, helping researchers conserve the endangered primateWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:15:19 +0000The U.S. Forcibly Detained Native Alaskans During World War II http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-forcibly-detained-native-alaskans-during-world-war-ii-180962239/In the name of safety, Aleuts were held against their will under intolerable conditions in internment campsWed, 22 Feb 2017 17:28:36 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-margaritas-possible-predecessor-daisy-180962192/This cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000With Tens of Thousands Facing Starvation, Famine Is Declared in Parts of South Sudan http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-facing-starvation-declared-parts-of-sudan-180962242/One million more are “on the brink” of famineWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Albania Wants to Show Off Its Shipwreckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albania-wants-show-its-ship-wrecks-180962181/From 6th century B.C. Greek cargo ships to WWII wrecks, the Balkan nation is hoping to boost tourism by highlighting its underwater archaeologyTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +0000The Country’s Most Famous Bald Eagle Pair Just Laid Another Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/countrys-most-famous-bald-eagle-pair-just-laid-another-egg-180962243/To the delight of millions of online viewers, the nesting eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum welcomed a new egg to their nestTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:20:09 +0000President Trump Visits the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-trump-visits-african-american-history-and-culture-180962238/Museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton led the president and his entourage on a tour of the new museumTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:35:22 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouting-was-once-segregated-180962208/Though the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000Four Things That Happen When a Language Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-happen-when-language-dies-and-one-thing-you-can-do-help-180962188/This World Mother Language Day, read about why many say we should be fighting to preserve linguistic diversityTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000The Inventors of Upcycling Published Their Manifesto In a Plastic Book. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventors-upcycling-published-their-idea-plastic-book-why-180962182/You might have heard the term in relation to crafting, but it means a lot moreTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +0000The First Telephone Book Had Fifty Listings and No Numbershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-telephone-book-had-fifty-listings-and-no-numbers-180962173/It came out less than two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the deviceTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:11:07 +0000Old Particle Accelerator Tech Might Be Just What the Doctor Orderedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-particle-accelerator-tech-might-be-just-what-doctor-ordered-180962175/Shortages of important supplies for nuclear medicine has researchers looking for answers on how to produce technetium-99Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Mining Exploration Begins in Michigan's Porcupine Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mining-exploration-begins-michigans-porcupine-mountains-180962108/Michigan is divided over a mining company's plans to drill for copper in a beloved state parkFri, 17 Feb 2017 20:54:21 +0000Check Out Yosemite's “Firefall” Illusion Light Up El Capitanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-yosemites-firefall-illusion-light-el-capitan-180962230/The firefall is back this year, and it’s just as spectacular as everFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:46:46 +0000Organic Material Found on Ceres Hints at Potential for Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/organic-material-found-chilly-ceres-180962227/Scientists are fired up about these building blocks of lifeFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:14:16 +0000A Leaky Roof Has Forced the Johannesburg Art Gallery to Temporarily Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaky-roof-forced-johannesburg-art-gallery-temporarily-close-180962228/But there’s some good news to comes out of this soggy situationFri, 17 Feb 2017 17:59:04 +0000Another El Niño Could Be On Its Way http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-el-nino-could-be-its-way-180962200/There’s a 40 percent chance of the pattern later this year Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:18:19 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statute-liberty-was-once-patented-180962158/Reading the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Wooden Running Machine Was Your Fixie’s Great-Great Grandpahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wooden-running-machine-was-your-fixies-great-great-grandpa-180962152/The draisine was invented as a potential replacement for the horse during a shortageFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:10:00 +0000Dubai Will Get Self-Flying Taxis This Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dubai-will-get-self-flying-taxis-year-180962189/Bypass traffic with the taxi of the future Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:00 +0000How 13th-Century “Mermaid Bones” Came to Be Displayed in a Japanese Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-13th-century-mermaid-bones-came-be-displayed-japanese-temple-180962209/According to legend, the ningyo washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222Thu, 16 Feb 2017 20:39:06 +0000Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo and Angola Finally Comes to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellow-fever-outbreak-congo-and-angola-finally-comes-end-180962215/After almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the disease, the WHO has declared outbreak overThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:31:18 +0000American Girl Announces Boy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-girl-announces-boy-180962193/The toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Seagrasses Reduce Bacteria in Polluted Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seagrasses-reduce-bacteria-polluted-waters-180962177/A new study suggests the mesmerizing fields could be important for the health of humans and sea creatures alikeThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-finds-google-presidents-day-collection-180962206/The platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1980s-roberta-williams-brought-graphic-adventure-games-home-180962160/Mystery House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Nick Offerman’s Character in “The Founder” Is Based on This Real Historical Figurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nick-offermans-character-founder-based-real-historical-figure-180962147/Richard “Dick” McDonald’s story in the film is true — to a degreeThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Ancient Reptile Gave Birth to Live Offspringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-reptile-gave-birth-live-offspring-180962199/Rather than laying eggs like its modern bird and croc relatives this creature gave birth to live babiesThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:51:45 +0000“9-1-1” Has Meant “Help, Please” For 49 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9-1-1-has-meant-help-please-49-years-180962143/The first 911 call ever placed came from the small town of Haleyville, AlabamaThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:20:00 +0000New Report Cautiously Supports Some Gene Editing of Embryoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-very-cautiously-supports-some-gene-editing-embryos-180962184/A new report suggests that editing embryos to cure some genetic diseases may be permissableWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:13:55 +0000Pentagon Investigates Missing Sailors from the U.S.S. Turnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pentagon-investigates-missing-sailors-uss-turner-180962172/After the ship exploded in New York Harbor in 1944, 136 sailors were classified as missing, but new research suggests some were buried on Long IslandWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:01:59 +0000Check Out NASA's Three Options for the 2020 Mars Rover Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-nasas-three-options-2020-mars-rover-landing-180962187/Scientists have narrowed down potential sites for the next rover to set wheel on the red planetWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:41:05 +0000New Claims Prove the Henrietta Lacks Controversy Is Far From Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claims-henrietta-lacks-controversy-far-from-over-180962185/The family of the woman who changed science forever is seeking compensationWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:01:35 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aww-origins-clifford-dog-180962099/Norman Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Superspreaders Caused Much of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superspreaders-caused-much-2014s-ebola-epidemic-180962171/Just three percent of infected people caused two thirds of overall infections Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:47:37 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-most-important-and-cutest-teddy-bear-moments-past-114-years-180962140/The American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000This Sexist 1920s Toy is Part of the Reason for the Women in STEM Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sexist-1920s-toy-part-reason-women-stem-gap-180962094/Boys got Erector Sets. Girls got this stellar consolation prizeWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Thieves Rappelled Into a London Warehouse in Rare Book Heisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-rappelled-london-warehouse-in-heist-180962176/The burglars made out with more than 160 books worth an estimated $2.5 millionTue, 14 Feb 2017 20:46:21 +0000Winning Nature Photos Capture Triumph and Turmoil in the Animal Kingdomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-winning-nature-photos-world-press-photo-competition-180962162/From poaching to panda recovery, the winners of the World Press Photo competition chronicle human interactions with natureTue, 14 Feb 2017 19:03:46 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/The romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000Surprising Levels of Pollution Found in the Depths of the Mariana Trenchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-deep-sea-creatures-are-poisoned-human-pollutants-180962170/Even deep-sea creatures can't escape pollutantsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:52:21 +0000These Photos Show Just How Colossal the World's Tallest Sandcastle Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180962149/The new Guinness World Record holder is a 48.8-foot creation on Puri Beach that celebrates world peace. It's <i>shore</i> to impress Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:46:00 +0000Despite Dam Danger, California’s Still In a Drought http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/despite-dam-danger-californias-still-drought-180962161/Look beneath the surface for an unresolved water crisis Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:41:43 +0000Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art Triumphantly Re-Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-museum-islamic-art-re-opens-180962057/The museum has restored 160 artifacts damaged by a 2014 truck bomb and has expanded, putting three times as many artworks on displayTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:32:30 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-make-authentic-civil-war-valentine-180962090/Handmade Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Win a Stay at a Castle Fit for "Beauty and the Beast"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/win-stay-castle-beauty-beast-180962159/Though it's a Scottish castle, not French château, it's sure to be a fairytale tripTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Genome Mapping Could Lead to Cheaper and More Abundant Quinoahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genome-mapping-could-lead-cheaper-more-abundant-quinoa-180962155/New data on the "superfood" could help breed varieties that require less processing and can thrive in poor soil conditionsMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:09:09 +0000Why This Squid Has One Giant and One Tiny Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-squid-has-one-giant-and-one-tiny-eye-180962150/The creature’s mismatched eyes help it survive in the ocean depthsMon, 13 Feb 2017 18:10:31 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photographs-show-paul-gaugin-in-tahiti-180962112/The newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000New Self-Sustaining “Wheat” Could Change the Farming Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-self-sustaining-wheat-could-change-farming-industry-180962101/It’s called Salish Blue, and it’s more than a science experimentMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:23:51 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-garbage-or-ancient-artifact-probably-1920s-garbage-180962081/The "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Fly Through Space With This “Mixed Reality” Coasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fly-through-space-six-flags-newest-mixed-reality-coaster-180962141/The park promises it won't give you motion sickness—well, more than on a regular rollar coaster, that isMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:59:00 +0000Somalia’s New President Is an American Citizen. How Did That Happen?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dual-us-citizen-elected-president-somalia-180962139/After working city, county and state jobs in Buffalo, New York, Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed was elected president earlier this weekFri, 10 Feb 2017 21:53:07 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-photo-may-depict-younger-harriet-tubman-180962103/The late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000What Is the Congressional Review Act?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-congressional-review-act-180962031/The U.S. Congress is wiping away rules and regulations finalized in the last months of the Obama administration through a little-used 1996 lawFri, 10 Feb 2017 19:08:00 +0000Hundreds of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s Farewell Spithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-pilot-whales-stranded-new-zealands-farewell-spit-180962138/Up to 300 have died and volunteers are scrambling to get the remaining creatures back in the waterFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:45:29 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-historically-accurate-mr-darcy-180962136/A team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000Computers Are Great at Chess, But That Doesn't Mean the Game Is 'Solved'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-man-lose-computer-said-about-chess-21st-century-180962046/On this day in 1996, the computer Deep Blue made history when it beat Garry KasparovFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/The Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000World’s Largest Refugee Camp Ordered to Stay Open http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-refugee-camp-ordered-stay-open-180962102/A Kenyan judge called the government's plan to close Dadaab "discriminatory"Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/In a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000The Brief 1930s Craze for 'Tom Thumb Golf'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-inventor-mini-golf-called-it-tom-thumb-golf-180962026/Miniature golf courses had been around before, but Garnet Carter gave it a roadside attraction spinThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:33:39 +0000A Quarter of the World’s Saiga Antelope Are Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quarter-worlds-saiga-antelope-are-dead-180962087/A virus is decimating an already fragile species Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:19:01 +0000Bison Back in Banff After 130 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bison-back-banff-after-130-years-180962093/Parks Canada released 16 of the wooly ungulates in the national park in a pilot project to re-establish the speciesThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:45:59 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-museum-battles-mold-180962070/A malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Discovered a Gigantic, 300,000-Year-Old Landslide Under the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discovered-gigantic-300000-year-old-landslide-under-ocean-180962083/Long ago, an almost inconceivable amount of sand shifted, changing the surface of the sea floorThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/It could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000A Comet, Eclipse and a Full Moon Will Light Up the Skies Friday Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-eclipse-and-full-moon-light-friday-night-180962086/There will be a lot going on in the night sky, including a pass by the green comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-PajdušákováWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:46:00 +0000375,000 Images From the Met Are Now Yours for the Takinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/375000-images-from-the-met-now-yours-for-taking-180962080/It’s a milestone for one of the world's most significant art collectionsWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:36:28 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-dorothy-parker-can-pay-wear-her-mink-coat-180962062/It’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000These Spectacularly Preserved Trilobite Fossils Come Complete With Guts, Gills and Legshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-study-spectacularly-preserved-trilobite-fossils-complete-guts-gills-legs-180962079/The 478-million-year-old creatures could help explain a series of mysterious fossilized tracksWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:31:44 +0000Meet the Cincinnati Zoo's Three Newborn Malayan Tigershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-cincinnati-zoos-three-newborn-malayan-tigers-180962082/The adorable balls of fur could help the zoo diversify their tiger gene poolWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:57:03 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quest-save-vincent-van-goghs-grave-180962028/His final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000Only 30 of the World’s Most Adorable Porpoise Are Left on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-30-worlds-most-adorable-porpoise-are-left-earth-180962056/As “the panda of the sea” hurtles toward extinction, scientists stage a last-ditch effort to save the speciesWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:36:53 +0000Watch the Original 1959 Ad for the First Office-Ready Xerox Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-original-1959-ad-first-office-ready-xerox-machine-180962012/When the Xerox 914 entered offices, the working world changed foreverWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:25:50 +0000Mutiny in Space: Why These Skylab Astronauts Never Flew Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mutiny-space-why-these-skylab-astronauts-never-flew-again-180962023/In 1973, it was the longest space mission — 84 days in the stars. But at some point the astronauts just got fed upWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Blazing Green Meteor Lights Up Midwest Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-meteor-lights-midwest-180962074/Early Monday morning, the fireball buzzed Wisconsin before breaking up over Lake MichiganWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:16 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-house-prairie-was-built-native-american-land-180962020/Yesterday was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000#ColorOurCollections Is Back, Turning Your Favorite Cultural Institutions Into Coloring Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-favorite-cultural-institution-just-turned-coloring-book-180962061/In its second year, it's more vibrant than everWed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Species of Fish-Scaled Gecko Can (Literally) Jump Out of Its Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-new-species-gecko-tear-away-scales-180962067/The creature sloughs its skin when predators attack, leaving it looking like a raw chicken tenderTue, 07 Feb 2017 22:13:48 +0000British Parliament Is Losing its Wigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-losing-its-wigs-180962069/They’re itchy, formal—and part of centuries of traditionTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:13:06 +0000Why Romanians Took to the Streets This Weekend http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-romanians-took-streets-weekend-180962053/Up to half a million citizens protested a new decree that would have diminished anti-corruption penaltiesTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:08:37 +0000Japan Plans to Make Olympic Medals Out of Electronic Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-will-make-olympic-medals-out-recycled-electronics-180962036/Organizers hope to reclaim gold, silver and copper from the used electronics for the 2020 gamesTue, 07 Feb 2017 18:02:47 +0000The Chief Designer of the ‘Titanic’ Saved Everyone He Could as His Ship Went Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chief-designer-titanic-saved-everyone-he-could-his-ship-went-down-180962008/Thomas Andrews had argued for more lifeboats on the ship, but he was rebuffed on the grounds that it would ruin the viewTue, 07 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Martian Volcano May Have Continuously Erupted for Billions of Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/martian-volcano-may-have-continuously-erupted-billions-years-180962068/A space rock found in Northwest Africa provides new clues to volcanic activity on MarsTue, 07 Feb 2017 16:12:11 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-fanatical-monk-took-over-florence-and-burned-bunch-vanities-180962005/He told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Scientists Measure Highest Radiation Levels Yet Inside Fukushima's Damaged Reactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fukushima-reactor-shows-highest-radiation-level-initial-meltdown-180962050/The latest measurements are over seven times the previously measured high—enough to fry a robot in two hoursMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:04:52 +0000Researchers Discover a 17th-Century "Emoji"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-a-17th-century-emoji-180962055/The classic smiley face has been around for a long timeMon, 06 Feb 2017 18:40:13 +0000Why the Military Is Investing in Paper Airplaneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-military-investing-paper-airplanes-180962033/Disposable drones could save lives—and moneyMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:02:25 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-babe-ruth-so-good-hitting-home-runs-180961998/People have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Long Shadow of the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine 'Fiasco'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-shadow-1976-swine-flu-vaccine-fiasco-180961994/Some, but not all, of the hesitance to embrace vaccines can be traced back to this event more than 40 years agoMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Mary Leakey’s Husband (Sort of) Took Credit For Her Groundbreaking Work On Humanity’s Originshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-leakeys-husband-sort-took-credit-her-groundbreaking-work-humanitys-origins-180961991/Leakey and her husband, Louis Leakey, were a paleoanthropology power coupleMon, 06 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Containerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spool-holocaust-songs-found-mislabelled-container-180962045/The “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000Science Is Falling Woefully Behind in Testing New Chemicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-falling-woefully-behind-testing-new-chemicals-180962027/Over 10 million new chemicals are synthesized each year, but with little funding science can't keep upFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:01:00 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lidar-scans-maya-network-roads-180961995/Detailed aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000Meaty Finds: Two Studies Claim to Have Isolated Dinosaur Proteinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-claim-discovery-proteins-dinosaur-bones-180962000/Scientists have long thought soft tissues couldn't survive over millennia—but new research suggests that isn't the caseFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:11:16 +0000These 12,000-Year-Old Prostate Stones Likely Led to One Prehistoric Man’s Painful Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-12000-year-old-prostate-stones-likely-led-one-prehistoric-mans-painful-death-180962034/The walnut-sized stones were found inside a skeleton buried in modern-day SudanFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:00 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/It preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Are "Education Genes" on the Decline?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-genes-associated-education-are-declining-180961836/People in Iceland with genes associated with educational attainment are having fewer children, which may be affecting the population's smartsFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:37:12 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Littlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rachel-carson-wrote-silent-spring-partly-because-author-stuart-little-180961962/The book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000Diet Deficiency Can Lead to Cannibal Hamstershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corn-diet-turns-french-hamsters-cannibals-180961987/A new study may explain why the rodents are declining in western EuropeThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:57:11 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-songress-croons-her-way-age-100-with-new-album-180962022/Dame Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000Watch a Lava "Firehose" Spew Out of a Hawaiian Cliff http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-hot-lava-spewing-out-hawaiian-cliff-180962019/Kilauea is putting on a spectacularly scorching show Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:21:44 +0000The Father of Canning Knew His Process Worked, But Not Why It Workedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-canning-knew-his-process-worked-not-why-it-worked-180961960/Nicolas Appert was trying to win a hefty prize offered by the French armyThu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Think They've Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-minerals-suggests-lost-micro-contienent-indian-ocean-180962002/The island of Mauritius sits on a sunken piece of earth's crust torn apart by plate tectonicsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:49:51 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hell-raising-suffragists-name-will-soon-grace-oregon-hotel-180961963/Abigail Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lie-detectors-dont-work-advertised-and-they-never-did-180961956/Barred from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Meet the Inner Circle That Runs Groundhog Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-normal-guys-wearing-top-hats-and-tuxes-keep-groundhog-day-running-180961954/They've been holding the ceremony in Gobbler’s Knob every year since 1887Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-doodle-sculpts-tribute-pioneering-artist-edmonia-lewis-180962010/Celebrate the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000Special Spit Helps Frogs Get a Grip on Insectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-spit-helps-frogs-get-grip-insects-180962003/Secretly sticky spit snatches snacks, study showsWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:39:40 +0000Astronaut Twin Study Shows How Hard Space Is on the Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-twin-study-shows-how-hard-space-body-180962006/The study’s first results suggest that space travel can cause changes on the molecular levelWed, 01 Feb 2017 19:05:47 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-winnie-pooh-was-written-sale-180961999/The 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000One of America’s First Female Pediatricians Saved Lives for 74 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-long-long-career-pediatrician-dr-leila-denmark-180961934/Dr. Leila Denmark lived to be 114, and practiced medicine for three quarters of a centuryWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000NASA Releases Spectacular New Snapshots of Saturn’s Rings http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-spectacular-new-snapshots-saturns-rings-180961997/Millions of moonlets appear to be tucked inside the debris that famously circles the planetWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:24:26 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-langston-hughess-dreams-inspired-mlks-180961929/Langston Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-displays-weasel-brought-down-particle-physics-180961969/A stone marten that disrupted the Large Hadron Collider in November goes on display in Rotterdam in an exhibit about human-animal mishapsWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Bag-Like, Big-Mouthed Sea Creature Could Be Earliest Human Ancestorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-big-mouthed-sea-creature-could-be-earliest-human-ancestor-180961992/This minute wriggly sea blob could represent some of the earliest steps along the path of evolutionTue, 31 Jan 2017 21:04:37 +0000Dig This: Researchers Found a 38,000-Year-Old Engraving in Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/38000-year-old-engraving-oldest-rock-art-france-180961983/Excavated from a rock shelter, the image of an aurochs covered in dots was made by the Aurignacians, the earliest group of modern humans in EuropeTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:44:53 +0000World's Longest Running Streak Comes to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-running-streak-comes-end-180961985/After running a mile a day for 52 years and 39 days, running legend Ron Hill finally took a day off due to heart problemsTue, 31 Jan 2017 19:21:57 +0000Co-Defendant in €100 Million Art Heist Claims He Threw Five Masterpieces in the Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co-defendant-100-million-art-heist-claims-he-threw-five-masterpieces-trash-180961988/But investigators are skepticalTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:35:23 +0000This 100-Million-Year-Old Insect Trapped in Amber Defines New Orderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-order-insect-found-trapped-ancient-amber-180961968/These now-extinct creatures are thought to have been able to secrete a chemical repellant and rotate their heads 180 degreesTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:55:00 +0000Seventeenth-Century Shopping List Discovered Under Floorboards of Historic English Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seventeenth-century-shopping-list-discovered-under-floorboards-historic-english-home-180961986/Penned in 1633, the “beautifully written” list hints at household life 400 years agoTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:12:04 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-scouts-will-allow-transgender-children-180961982/The decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000Scotch Tape Can Create X-Rays, and More You Didn't Know About The Sticky Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-you-didnt-know-about-scotch-tape-180961914/People have used it to repair everything from curtains to ceilingsTue, 31 Jan 2017 16:21:26 +0000A Picture History of One of the World’s Greatest Hot Air Balloonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picture-history-one-worlds-greatest-hot-air-balloons-180961908/Designed by Charles Green, the Great Nassau was big enough to capture the imaginations of an entire countryTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:05:00 +0000Underwater Images Give First Glimpse of Newly Discovered Brazilian Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-first-images-once-brazilian-reef-180961976/The Amazon Reef once shocked scientists. Now, for the first time, we know what it looks likeTue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Humans Threaten Over 100 Precious Natural Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-threaten-over-100-precious-natural-heritage-sites-180961971/Forest loss and humans' footprint are endangering the very sites humans want to preserveMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:05:21 +0000One of the Last Links to the Inner Nazi Circle Dies at 106http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joseph-goebbels-former-secretary-died-106-180961972/Brunhilde Pomsel worked with Joseph Goebbels until the final days of the Third ReichMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:31:49 +0000In One 1968 Presentation, This Inventor Shaped Modern Computinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-1968-presentation-inventor-shaped-modern-computing-180961904/Douglas Engelbart’s career was about seeing the possibilities of what computing could do for humanityMon, 30 Jan 2017 16:17:16 +0000Take a Rare Look Inside FDR’s WWII Information Center: The Map Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-rare-look-inside-fdrs-wwi-information-center-map-room-180961900/Long before Google Earth, this was how the president saw the worldMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Did an Earthquake Make Mount Everest Shorter? New Expedition Aims to Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expedition-will-measure-whether-earthquake-shrunk-everest-180961913/India and Nepal both plan to determine if the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal caused the world's highest peak to lose an inchMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Calculations Reposition the Geographical Center of North Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-calculations-reposition-geographical-center-north-america-1-180961932/After an 90-year-reign, the title moves from Rugby, North Dakota, to the city of Center, in Oliver CountyMon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Croatian Jews Boycotted This Year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-croatian-jews-boycotted-years-holocaust-remembrance-day-180961958/As neo-fascism grows in Croatia, the country is at a crossroads between denial and realityFri, 27 Jan 2017 20:46:40 +0000Haunting Twitter Account Shares the Fates of the Refugees of the St. Louishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/haunting-twitter-account-shares-the-fates-of-the-refugees-of-st-louis-180961955/In 1939, Cuba and the United States turned back a ship full of German Jews, 254 of whom were later killed during the HolocaustFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:48:27 +0000Human-Pig Chimeras Created for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-pig-chimeras-created-first-time-180961953/The hybrid embryos are the first step in interspecies organ transplantsFri, 27 Jan 2017 18:53:36 +0000‘Aspartame Causes Cancer' Was a Classic Internet Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspartame-causes-cancer-was-classic-fake-news-180961880/The aspartame myth goes back to a letter circulating on the '90s internetFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:44 +0000This Artist Creates Roses From Weapons Left Behind By War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-creates-roses-weapons-left-behind-war-180961927/"Two Roses for Peace" brings together people on both sides of a 1982 conflictFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000Happy(?) Birthday to the Father of the Nuclear Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-birthday-father-nuclear-navy-180961879/Hyman G. Rickover pushed to nuclearize the Navy's submarines, but admitted he’d rather ‘sink them all’ to protect humanityFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:03:00 +0000America Just Won the Olympics of Cooking You Probably Haven't Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-just-won-culinary-olympics-you-probably-havent-heard-180961940/It's the first time the USA has been awarded goldFri, 27 Jan 2017 13:30:00 +0000The LBD Gets an Update With the Debut of the First Dress Made with Graphenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-first-dress-made-graphene-debuts-180961928/Partially made from the world's thinnest, strongest material, lights on the dress change color based on the wearer's breathing rateThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:58:53 +0000Check Out Breathtaking Images From NOAA’s Newest Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-first-images-worlds-most-advanced-weather-satellite-180961925/In a word: wowThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:10:38 +0000Robo-Dermatologist Diagnoses Skin Cancer With Expert Accuracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robo-dermatologist-diagnoses-skin-cancer-expert-accuracy-180961924/A neural network can recognize and categorize skin lesions as well as MDs and may lead to a cancer-screening mobile appThu, 26 Jan 2017 16:28:33 +0000Here’s What Happens in a "Comic Book" Drawn by Medieval Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-in-comic-book-drawn-by-medieval-monks-180961922/<i>Psychomachia</i> pits vice against virtue in a battle for human souls Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:50:26 +0000Why Did People Think Steam-Powered Cars Were a Good Idea? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-people-think-steam-powered-cars-were-good-idea-180961872/In the early days, steam cars were as common as gas ones. Why aren’t we driving them today?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000The 'Queen of the Sky' Is Finally Getting Her Duehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bessie-coleman-queen-skies-180961866/On her 125th birthday, we're remembering Bessie Coleman's incredible achievementsThu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-immigration-center-was-also-amusement-park-180961727/Castle Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Remembering Mary Tyler Moore and Her Groundbreaking Sitcom That Almost Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-tyler-moore-groundbreaking-sitcom-almost-wasnt-180961920/The iconic entertainer died today. She was 80 years oldWed, 25 Jan 2017 22:18:58 +0000One of These Five Finalists Could Make It to the Moon in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-these-five-finalists-could-make-it-moon-2017-180961918/The clock is ticking for a trip to the moon and a $20 million prize Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:28:19 +0000Historians, Government Officials Clash Over Polish History at New Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historians-government-officials-clash-over-polish-history-at-new-museum-180961912/Trapped between nationalism and documentation, a Polish museum grapples with how to tell its storyWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:38:59 +0000Australian Zoo Calls for Public Help Collecting One of the World's Deadliest Spidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zoo-wants-public-collect-one-worlds-deadliest-spiders-180961909/With antivenin in short supply and funnel-web spider activity higher than average, Reptile Park needs a handWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:27:38 +0000New Exhibition Highlights Art Inspired by Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-highlights-art-inspired-standing-rock-180961842/Art as a lens to understand the protestWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:21:37 +0000This Famous American Clown Was (Probably) a Model for Uncle Samhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-american-clown-was-probably-model-uncle-sam-180961852/Dan Rice was the John Oliver of the mid-nineteenth centuryWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gung-haggis-fat-choy-canadian-celebration-combines-robert-burns-night-and-chinese-new-year-180961845/Started by "Toddish McWong" in 1998, the annual dinner has grown and grownWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ancient Asteroid Collision Is Still Raining Space Rocks Down on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-asteroid-collision-still-raining-meteorites-earth-180961902/A new study shows that today's meteorites considerably differ from those of the ancient pastWed, 25 Jan 2017 15:19:55 +0000TV's Longest-Running Soap Opera Was First Broadcast 80 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tvs-longest-running-soap-opera-was-first-broadcast-80-years-ago-180961849/Guiding Light had over 15,700 episodes between radio and televisionWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Mark Twain Fairy Tale Unearthedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mark-twain-fairy-tale-unearthed-180961903/The previously unknown—and unfinished—story was hiding in plain sightWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000More Women Die of Cervical Cancer Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-women-die-cervical-cancer-previously-thought-180961901/Past studies significantly underestimated cervical cancer deaths—and racial disparities Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:26:16 +0000Researchers Finish Separating World's Largest Celtic Coin Hoardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finish-separating-worlds-largest-celtic-coin-hoard-180961896/It took nearly three years to separate the more than 68,000 coinsTue, 24 Jan 2017 20:04:13 +0000This Map Shows Over a Century of Documented Lynchings in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-shows-over-a-century-of-documented-lynchings-in-united-states-180961877/Mapping the history of racial terrorTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:05:26 +0000Police Recover More Than 3,500 Stolen Artifacts in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-recover-more-than-3500-stolen-artifacts-europe-180961894/Operation Pandora involved 18 nations and pan-European police agencies to recover paintings, coins and artifiactsTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:23:25 +0000The Weird, Brief History of the Eskimo Pie Corporationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-short-history-eskimo-pie-corporation-180961840/It was America’s first chocolate-covered ice cream bar, patented on this day in 1922Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000A London Music Hall Hid a Long-Forgotten Storeroom Packed With Condimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-music-hall-hid-long-forgotten-storeroom-packed-condiments-180961745/Construction workers uncovered the tasty trove while excavating its foundationsTue, 24 Jan 2017 14:51:04 +0000Why Food Experts Are Warning Not to Burn Your Toast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-experts-are-warning-brits-not-burn-their-toast-180961890/Is it time to bid brown toast farewell?Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Did Neanderthals Like Pretty Rocks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-neanderthals-pretty-rocks-180961865/An unusual rock in a cave inhabited by Neanderthals in Croatia suggests the hominids may have picked up interesting stonesMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:40:42 +0000Scientists Capture a "Sonic Boom" of Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-sonic-boom-light-180961887/A new, ultra-fast camera recorded the phenomenon for the first timeMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:21:18 +0000American Librarians Just Chose 2017’s Best Books for Children and Young Adults http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-librarians-just-chose-2017s-best-books-children-and-young-adults-180961889/Meet the 2017 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz award winnersMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:58:59 +0000The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-non-browning-gmo-apples-will-go-sale-next-month-180961875/The new Arctic apples take weeks (rather than minutes) to turn brownMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:41:18 +0000Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Included Goat Baconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/otzi-icemans-last-meal-included-goat-bacon-180961885/Analysis of the 5,300-year-old mummy's stomach contents shows he ate dry-cured meat from a mountain ibexMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:28:21 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-contains-all-worlds-languages-180961876/Because cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-paul-robeson-actor-sportsman-and-leader-180961834/Among other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-time-history-when-bunch-men-horseback-captured-naval-fleet-180961824/A Dutch fleet stuck in the ice. A group of French soldiers sent to capture it. What could go wrong? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +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 +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 +0000