Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenThu, 30 Mar 2017 18:04:15 +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 +0000Happy 159th Birthday to the Modern Pencilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-159th-birthday-modern-pencil-180962656/The patent for this supremely convenient invention didn't last longThu, 30 Mar 2017 18:04:15 +0000This 'Brilliant' Pioneering Psychologist Never Got a Ph.D....Technicallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brilliant-psychologist-phd-technically-180962648/Despite "the most brilliant examination" Harvard had ever seen, the school didn't grant degrees to women at the timeThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:53:40 +0000Watch a Baby Bald Eagle Hatch in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-baby-bald-eagle-hatch-real-time-180962728/Things are getting serious for the world's most famous bald eaglesThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:52:21 +0000Museum Devoted to Camille Claudel, Mistress of Rodin, Opens in Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-camille-claudel-mistress-rodin-opens-france-180962718/Her work has long been overshadowed by her dramatic personal lifeThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:20:02 +0000New Device Allows Paralyzed Man to Move His Arm With His Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-device-allows-paralyzed-man-move-his-arm-and-hand-180962715/The brain implant bypasses the patient's injured spinal cord, allowing him to eat and drink on his ownWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:58:32 +0000NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Databasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-launches-galaxys-most-glorious-space-database-180962712/Now you can easily peruse more than 140,000 of the agency's photos, videos and visualizationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 19:24:06 +0000U.S. Heroin Use Has Risen Dramatically Since 2001http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-use-rose-dramatically-180962710/White males under 45 are most likely to report using the drug Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:33 +0000Coca-Cola’s Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coca-colas-creator-said-drink-would-make-you-smarter-180962665/Like the wine and cocaine drink that preceded it, Coca-Cola was first marketed as a brain tonicWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:52:21 +0000Norway Proposes World's First Mile-Long Tunnel for Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-proposes-mile-long-tunnel-ships-180962711/The tunnel would help ships and ferries avoid rough seas around the Stadlandet Peninsula where 33 people have died since World War IIWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:03:50 +0000N.W.A., NPR Among This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nw-npr-among-years-national-recording-registry-inductees-180962713/The latest class of 25 also includes Judy Garland and Vin ScullyWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:12:57 +0000Can Playing Tetris Block Traumatic Memories?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-can-block-traumatic-memories-study-says-180962704/New research suggests that the engaging, visual-spatial nature of the game may disrupt the formation "intrusive memories"Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:57 +0000 Before 1929, Nobody Thought the President Needed a Telephone in his Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1929-nobody-thought-president-needed-telephone-his-office-180962646/Herbert Hoover got a phone in the Oval Office over fifty years after the White House first got a switchboardWed, 29 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Bob Dylan Will (Finally) Collect his Nobel Prize for Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bob-dylan-will-finally-collect-his-nobel-prize-literature-180962708/But the songwriter won't be delivering a Nobel Lecture at this timeWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:40:23 +0000Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-been-mouse-house-15000-years-180962694/Even before the dawn of agriculture, house mice plagued homesWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:39:53 +0000Panther Kittens Spotted in Florida Give Hope for Their Species' Survivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kitten-pics-show-florida-panther-expanding-north-180962697/Trail cameras caught a mother panther trailed by two kittensWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000People Piqued by Plans to Place LED Lights in Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-piqued-plans-place-led-lights-rome-180962695/Foes of the energy-efficient lights take a dim view to the city's new bulbsWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Budweiser Clydesdales’ First Gig Was the End of Prohibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/budweiser-clydesdaless-first-gig-was-end-prohibition-180962672/August Busch, born on this day in 1899, came up with the concept of the Budweiser Clydesdales to celebrate the repeal of anti-liquor lawsTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000Ancient Egyptian Shroud Gets New Life After Rediscovery in Scottish Museum Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-egyptian-shroud-rediscovered-scottish-museum-180962684/The shroud, which dates to Egypt's Roman period, is etched with a hieroglyphic inscription and "unusual" art Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:14:43 +0000This 17th-Century Anatomist Made Art Out of Bodieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-anatomist-made-art-out-bodies-180962677/Using human bodies in this way still happens–and it’s controversialTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:23 +0000How Detroit Went from Motor City to the Arsenal of Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-detroit-was-arsenal-democracy-180962620/Detroit already had car manufacturing capability: that turned into war production capability in the early 1940sTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Your Monthly Menstrual Cycle, Reenacted on a Microchiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-hacked-living-tissue-and-microchips-create-working-menstrual-cycle-180962683/Bodies are complicated, but they’re no match for persistent bioengineersTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:42:20 +0000English-Speaking Cameroon Hasn’t Had Any Internet for 70 Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-speaking-cameroon-hasnt-had-any-internet-70-days-180962691/The shutdown targets the country's two Anglophone regionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:10:39 +0000World’s Largest Gold Coin Stolen From Berlin Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-gold-coin-stolen-berlin-museum-180962690/Thieves appear to have snuck through a window before making off with the almost 221-pound coinTue, 28 Mar 2017 13:35:31 +0000The Guillotine's Namesake Was Against Capital Punishmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joseph-guillotin-opposed-capital-punishment-180962630/And contrary to popular myth, he died of natural causes, not by beheadingTue, 28 Mar 2017 13:20:00 +0000Naval Base Believed to Have Been Used in the Legendary Battle of Salamis Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naval-base-used-legendary-battle-salamis-found-180962666/Researchers have discovered the harbor in Salamis' Ampelakia Bay where the Greek fleet prepared to battle the much larger Persian navyTue, 28 Mar 2017 12:45:21 +0000Gender-Neutral Pronoun “They” Adopted by Associated Press http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gender-neutral-pronoun-they-adopted-associated-press-180962679/The journalist’s bible will finally help reporters talk about non-binary people Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:23:23 +0000San Diego Breweries Experiment With Recycled Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diego-breweries-experiment-recycled-water-180962681/Stone and Ballast Point Breweries both created beers made from highly purified waste waterMon, 27 Mar 2017 20:21:31 +0000Largest-Known Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Western Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-known-dinosaur-footprint-discovered-western-australia-180962680/The print was among twenty-one types left behind 130 million years agoMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:36:36 +0000Researchers Turn Spinach Leaves Into Beating Heart Tissueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-turn-spinach-leaves-potential-heart-patches-180962678/These living leaves could eventually become patches for the human heartMon, 27 Mar 2017 17:36:01 +0000Another Use for Viagra: Curing Hamster Jet Lag http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-use-viagra-curing-hamster-jet-lag-180962613/It works—but only for hamsters (and maybe people) traveling eastMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancer-Causing Mutations Are Unavoidable, Study Claimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-two-thirds-cancer-causing-mutations-are-unavoidable-study-claims-180962673/But it's complicated—and the medical community is not in agreement about the new findingsMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Charter Flight Takes Passengers to See the Southern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flight-takes-passengers-see-southern-lights-180962670/The first "Flight to the Lights" took 130 skygazers to get up close with the Aurora AustralisFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:34:56 +0000This Couple Just Donated Their Collection of More Than a Million Insectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/couple-just-donated-their-collection-more-million-insects-180962671/The O’Briens have carried on a decades-long love affair with the critters—and each otherFri, 24 Mar 2017 18:56:46 +0000This New Man-Made Sun Is 10,000 Times More Intense Than Sunlight on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-man-made-sun-10000-times-more-intense-sunlight-earth-180962667/It’s a bright idea that just might help humans create solar fuel Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:42:20 +0000Trump Administration Approves Construction of Keystone XL Pipelinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trump-administration-approves-construction-keystone-xl-pipeline-180962669/Supporters say that the pipeline will bolster job development in the U.S., but opponents worry about the project's environmental impactFri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:55 +0000George Orwell Wrote '1984' While Dying of Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-wrote-1984-while-dying-tuberculosis-180962608/Orwell, like thousands around the globe today, struggled with tuberculosis for many years before finally succumbing to the diseaseFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:11:12 +0000Cloud Atlas Adds First New "Species" in Almost 70 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloud-atlas-adds-first-new-species-almost-70-years-180962654/The update includes 12 new cloud-related features, including volatus clouds, contrails, and wave-like asperitas discovered by citizen scientistsFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:37:04 +0000This Eccentric 19th-Century Transportation Magnate May Have Inspired Jules Vernehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eccentric-19th-century-transportation-magnate-may-have-inspired-jules-verne-180962605/George Francis Train traveled around the world three times in his increasingly weird lifeFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:21:47 +0000Hundreds of Liquor Bottles, Downed by British Soldiers during WWI, Found in Israelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-liquor-bottles-downed-british-soldiers-during-wwi-found-israel-180962655/For nine months, the troops waited for orders to advance into Jerusalem. And while they waited, they drankFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Mount Etna’s Fiery Eruptions Are Visible From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-etnas-fiery-eruptions-are-visible-space-180962659/Astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured an image of the volcano's glowing lavaFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:54:43 +0000New Study Restructures the Dinosaur Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-rewrites-dinosaur-family-tree-180962650/Detailed analysis of dino fossils suggests that <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its relatives may be on the wrong side of the treeFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:25:42 +0000After Intense Downpour, Superblooming California Has a Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superblooming-saturated-california-has-new-problem-180962660/In a word: weeds Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Website Documents 100 Years of Japanese Animationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-documents-100-years-japanese-animation-180962662/From propaganda to experimental cartoons, these films showcase the early days of a national art formFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Facial Reconstruction of Medieval Man Sheds Light on England’s “Ordinary Poor”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-reconstruction-medieval-man-sheds-light-englands-ordinary-poor-180962634/"Context 958" lived a harsh life and died destituteThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:55:01 +0000India's Ganges and Yamuna Rivers Are Given the Rights of Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ganges-and-yamuna-rivers-given-rights-people-india-180962639/A few days after a New Zealand river gained the rights of personhood, an Indian court has declared that two heavily polluted rivers also have legal statusThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:03:13 +0000Blind People’s Brains Rewire Themselves to Enhance Other Senseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blind-peoples-brains-rewire-themselves-enhance-other-senses-180962653/New study finds marked differences between the brains of blind and sighted peopleThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:30:04 +0000Vandals Deface Rock Art In Chad's Ennedi World Heritage Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-deface-rock-art-chads-ennedi-world-heritage-site-180962636/Names were written in French and Arabic on some of the area's rock art, which can date back as far as 8,000 yearsThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:42:00 +0000San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-people-south-africa-issue-code-ethics-researchers-180962615/This much-studied population is the first indigenous people of Africa to develop such guidelinesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:29 +0000Ancient Crustacean Named After David Attenboroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-crustacean-named-after-david-attenborough-180962640/The name, ‘Cascolus ravitis,’ is an allusion to the legacy of the beloved naturalistThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:48:55 +0000This Innovator Thought Elevators Should Be Roundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-passenger-elevator-was-built-four-years-after-first-elevator-shaft-180962598/Peter Cooper thought that round would be the most efficient shape for elevators, and requested an elevator shaft designed accordinglyThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:43:49 +0000Newly Discovered Color Movies Show Herbert Hoover’s Softer Side http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-color-movies-show-herbert-hoovers-softer-side-180962633/From Hooverball to White House frolics, you've never seen the staid president quite like thisThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:58:42 +0000Wildfires Have Already Charred Over 2 Million Acres This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-have-charred-over-2-million-acres-year-180962635/The fire season has gotten off to its fastest start in over a decade, with massive grass fires charring the southwest and plains statesThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:42:42 +0000Mathematician Emmy Noether Should Be Your Herohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emmy-noether-should-be-your-hero-180962591/She revolutionized mathematics, and then was forgotten because she was a womanThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Flirtatious 100-Million-Year-Old Damselflies Found Frozen in Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-100-million-year-old-insects-were-just-trying-get-it-180962632/Scientists are learning about how insects evolved from their ancient come-hither danceThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:56:45 +0000Watch Declassified Nuclear Bomb Tests Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/declassified-nuclear-bomb-tests-online-180962566/Weapons physicist Greg Sprigg has spent five years declassifying, digitizing and reanalyzing film of the U.S.'s 210 open air nuclear detonationsWed, 22 Mar 2017 19:48:17 +0000The Mime Who Saved Kids From the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mime-who-saved-kids-holocaust-180962533/Marcel Marceau is history’s most famous mime, but before that, he was a member of the French ResistanceWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First Saxophone Was Made of Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-saxophone-made-of-wood-180962541/ The instrument was patented by–you guessed it–Adolphe Sax, on this day in 1846Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Tour Company Offers (Very Expensive) Dives to 'Titanic' Wreckagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-company-offers-very-expensive-dives-titanic-wreckage-180962607/For a mere $105,129 per person, thrill-seekers can explore the ruins of the ill-fated shipWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000One of Christianity's Holiest Sites Gets Its Grand Unveilinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christianity-site-grand-unveiling-180962619/A team of 50 experts spent nine months cleaning and reinforcing the shrine that is believed to be above Jesus' tombWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Norwegians Are Named 2017's Happiest Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegians-are-happiest-people-180962617/Scandanavian countries take the top spots in the annual World Happiness ReportTue, 21 Mar 2017 20:49:27 +0000New Fund Pledges to Protect Cultural Heritage from War and Terrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fund-pledges-protect-cultural-heritage-war-and-terror-180962616/Nations and philanthropists join together to safeguard one another’s priceless treasuresTue, 21 Mar 2017 19:50:23 +0000This Magnetic Map Shows Earth as You’ve Never Seen It Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magnetic-map-shows-earth-youve-never-seen-it-180962612/Behold a new, super high-res view of Earth’s magnetic fieldTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:03:56 +0000Mars May Have Had a Ring in the Past and Could Have One in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-may-have-had-ring-past-and-may-have-one-again-180962609/The red planet's moon may have broken apart into a ring of debris and reformed several times over the planet's historyTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:46:50 +0000Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusader-shipwreck-siege-acre-discovered-180962597/The boat in the Bay of Haifa included ceramics and a stash of gold coinsTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:15:02 +0000The Sea Turtle That Ate 915 Coins Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-turtle-ate-915-coins-has-died-180962611/Her death comes two weeks after vets tried to save her life with a seven-hour surgeryTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:55:09 +0000This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-deco-office-tower-was-master-work-detroits-architect-180962524/Although Kahn designed numerous buildings and factories, this is the one that’s come to define his workTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Game Turns James Joyce’s Most Notorious Novel Into Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/game-turns-james-joyces-most-notorious-novel-virtual-reality-180962596/But will it make you want to finish <i>Ulysses</i>?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 14:38:09 +0000Man Charged After Slashing Gainsborough Painting at the National Galleryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-charged-after-slashing-gainsborough-painting-national-gallery-1-180962601/Fortunately, preliminary reports suggest that "The Morning Walk" can be repairedTue, 21 Mar 2017 13:12:35 +0000Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Importanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppets-puppeteers-importart-180962529/Puppets aren't just children's toys, as this look into the Smithsonian's collection showsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:20:00 +0000France’s Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-famous-high-school-exam-will-soon-feature-its-first-woman-author-180962595/Madame da La Fayette will infuse a much-needed POV into France’s literary curriculumTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Sesame Street to Introduce Julia, a Muppet with Autismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sesame-street-introduce-julia-muppet-autism-180962593/Some characters are confused by Julia’s behavior, but they come to embrace her differencesMon, 20 Mar 2017 18:29:17 +0000Chile Designates 11 Million Acres of Land as National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-adding-11-million-acres-national-parks-180962592/Spurred by the donation of 1 million acres of privately owned land, the country is adding five parks to its systemMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:53 +0000Chef Boyardee Was A Real Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chef-boyardee-was-real-person-180962514/What’s more: Hector Boiardi was a respected chef who even helped cater Woodrow Wilson’s second weddingMon, 20 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Repeat Bleaching Destroys Massive Swaths of the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-says-huge-swathe-great-barrier-reef-victim-climate-change-180962565/Rising ocean temperatures have taken a toll on the World Heritage Area Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:50:46 +0000How the Remarkable Tardigrade Springs Back to Life after Drying Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-bears-turn-glass-survive-decade-drying-out-180962578/A particular protein helps these these tiny critters survive dehydration for over a decade at a timeMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:35:18 +0000White Southerners Said “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Was Fake Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-southerners-said-uncle-toms-cabin-was-fake-news-180962518/So its author published a “key” to what’s true in the novelMon, 20 Mar 2017 13:22:30 +0000High-Pressure Pockets Cause Fiery Blast at Mount Etnahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-pressure-pockets-cause-fiery-blast-mount-etna-180962584/Ten people were injured in the surprise blastFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:21:48 +0000So Is 'Mona Lisa' Smiling? A New Study Says Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/is-the-mona-lisa-smiling-new-study-180962580/Compared to other similar images, the masterpiece's mouth registered as happy to almost 100 percent of the participantsFri, 17 Mar 2017 19:07:47 +0000This New Zealand River Just Got the Legal Rights of a Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-river-just-got-legal-rights-person-180962579/It’s the end of more than a century of struggleFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:58:19 +0000L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Home Will Open As a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lm-montgomerys-ontario-home-will-open-museum-180962562/While living in the village of Norval, the beloved author enjoyed stunning literary success. But this chapter of her life was tinged with darknessFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:53 +0000At 1.6 Billion Years Old, These Fossils Could Be the Oldest Complex Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-algae-fossil-complex-life-multicellular-180962554/Three types of ancient red algae-like fossils captivate scientists, but many questions remainFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:06:56 +0000The World’s First Solar-Powered Satellite is Still Up There After 59 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-solar-powered-satellite-still-there-after-59-years-180962510/This tiny grapefruit-sized satellite will still be up there well into the 2100s if we don’t take it downFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Did Catherine Parr Write a Propaganda Song for Henry VIII?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-katherine-parr-write-propaganda-song-henry-viii-180962552/'Gaude gloriosa Dei mater,' purportedly penned by the king’s sixth wife, will be performed in London for the first time in more than 470 yearsFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:24:12 +0000Washington’s Army Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day to Cure Winter Blues http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washingtons-army-celebrated-st-patricks-day-cure-winter-blues-180962513/Washington declared the day a holiday in an attempt to raise morale and acknowledge the army's many soldiers of Irish descentFri, 17 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Don’t Get Too Excited About That Viral Goldfish “Wheelchair”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-get-too-excited-about-viral-goldfish-wheelchair-1-180962571/The contraption, though surely built with the best intentions, may do more harm than good.Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:32:05 +0000Utah Chooses New State Works of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-choosesofficial-works-art-180962540/Ancient rock art and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty” are poised to become state symbolsThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:26:45 +0000Doctors Warn That Climate Change Makes People Sickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-makes-people-sick-doctors-warn-180962561/Medical associations join forces to sound the alarm on climate change and human healthThu, 16 Mar 2017 17:34:42 +0000A Missing Oxford Comma Just Changed the Course of a Court Case http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-oxford-comma-just-changed-course-court-case-180962551/Call it pedantic, but comma wars are a thingThu, 16 Mar 2017 17:29:52 +0000Check Out the Most Detailed Tornado Simulation So Farhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-most-detailed-tornado-simulation-so-far-180962542/A supercomputer created a simulation of the F5 "El Reno" tornado which devastated part of Oklahoma in 2011Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:19:32 +0000The Idea of Surgeons Washing Their Hands is Only 150 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/idea-sterilizing-surgical-instruments-only-150-years-old-180962498/The world of surgery before that was much grosser and less effectiveThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netflix-will-finish-orson-welles-last-film-180962535/Will <i>The Other Side of the Wind</i> live up to its iconic reputation? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:01:40 +0000Spiders Eat Up to 800 Million Tons of Prey Each Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-eat-800-million-tons-prey-each-year-study-says-180962544/For comparison, whales eat up to 500 million tons annuallyThu, 16 Mar 2017 14:46:32 +0000The First Description of Allergies Was Published On This Day in 1844http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1844-doctor-hay-fever-invented-allergies-180962494/John Bostock was a British doctor suffering from what he called “summer catarrh”Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Contest Winners Capture the Eerie Beauty of Medical Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contest-winners-capture-eerie-beauty-medical-imagery-180962553/From stained mice placenta to an implant in the eye, this year's Wellcome Image Award recipients highlight the beauty of scienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:45:42 +0000Researchers Find the First Naturally Fluorescent Frog Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-first-fluorescent-frog-species-180962538/The polka-dot tree frog emits a blue-green glow under UV light, which is an unusual feature for land-dwelling crittersWed, 15 Mar 2017 18:48:43 +0000Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-realize-were-funded-national-endowment-humanities-180962531/Since 1965, the agency has bestowed more than 63,000 humanities-related grantsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:45:19 +0000China Approves Massive National Park to Protect Its Last Big Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-approves-national-park-protect-its-last-big-cats-180962522/The 5,600-square-mile reserve along the Russian border will safeguard rare Amur leopards and Siberian TigersWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:28:36 +0000This Patent Was the Hallmark of an Aerosol Whip Cream Empirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/patent-was-hallmark-aerosol-whip-cream-empire-180962455/Aaron “Bunny” Lapin had already made Reddi-Wip a national concern when he finally received the patent for the aerosolizing whip cream nozzleWed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Scientists Successfully Grow Potatoes in Mars-Like Soilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-successfully-grow-potatoes-mars-soils-180962528/Can potatoes grow on the red planet? The International Potato Center is on the caseWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:40:54 +0000The First-Ever Blood Bank Opened 80 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-blood-bank-opened-80-years-ago-today-180962486/Its inventor also coined the term "blood bank"Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000What Killed Northern Australia’s Mangroves?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-killed-northern-australias-mangroves-180962520/Last year’s massive die-off was the largest ever observedTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:56:19 +0000Thornbury Castle, Honeymoon Spot of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, On Sale for $10.3 millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thornbury-castle-honeymoon-spot-henry-viii-and-anne-boleyn-sale-103-million-180962523/The property boasts boasts 28 bedrooms, sprawling Tudor gardens and restaurant experience in the dungeonsTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:02:11 +0000Why Did This Australian Lake Turn Bright Pink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-australian-lake-turn-bright-pink-180962512/Hot weather, scant rainfall and high salt levels have created a perfect storm for pinknessTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:31:20 +0000NASA Spots India's Long-Lost Lunar Orbiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-finally-found-lost-lunar-orbiter-180962521/Chandrayaan-1 had been missing for eight yearsTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:20:31 +0000Is Winter Storm Stella a "Weather Bomb"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winter-storm-stella-weather-bomb-180962519/The storm battering the northeastern U.S. is expected to undergo "bombogenesis." Just what does that mean?Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:56:55 +0000Why South Korea’s National Archive Uprooted 12 Japanese Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-south-koreas-national-archive-uprooted-12-japanese-trees-180962462/The kaizuka trees represent a long and complicated history with the country's former colonial occupierTue, 14 Mar 2017 16:22:17 +0000The Man Who Dug JFK’s Grave, Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-dug-jfks-grave-twice-180962457/Clifton Pollard dug graves in the Arlington National Cemetery for more than thirty yearsTue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Worked Feverishly to Excavate Colonial-Era Graves at Philly Construction Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-worked-feverishly-excavate-colonial-era-graves-philly-construction-site-180962505/The First Baptist Cemetery was supposed to have been moved in 1859, but as it turned out many of the graves were left behindTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:13:12 +0000Getting Married on Pi Day is a Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-married-pi-day-thing-180962456/Unfortunately, there are indications that couples who get married on special dates might not have the same chance of succeedingTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Spot Hundreds of Humpback Whales Feeding in Massive Groupshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humback-whales-form-unprecedented-supergroups-south-africa-180962509/The normally solitary creatures gathered off the southwestern coast of South Africa, puzzling researchersMon, 13 Mar 2017 20:15:46 +0000Researchers Float (Unlikely) Theory That Jane Austen Died of Arsenic Poisoninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-float-unlikely-theory-jane-austen-died-arsenic-poisoning-180962506/A contested hypothesis says the author’s glasses may offer new insight into her deathMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:35:33 +0000The Teenager Who Patented Earmuffs Kept His Town Employed for 60 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chester-greenwood-invented-earmuffs-or-did-he-180962434/Chester Greenwood became an earmuff tycoon whose factory kept his hometown in businessMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000Celebrate Sunshine Week By Transcribing Once Top-Secret Documents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-sunshine-week-transcribing-once-top-secret-documents-180962504/The National Archives wants you…to make documents more accessible to future generations Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:22:20 +0000Take a Virtual Trip to the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-trip-international-space-station-180962501/New VR simulation turns you into an orbiting astronaut Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:08:34 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-exhibitions-celebrate-long-lost-painting-180962464/The "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000The Bizarre Beliefs of Astronomer Percival Lowellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-beliefs-astronomer-percival-lowell-180962432/Lowell's theories were treated with skepticism even in his own lifetimeMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Nashville Restaurant Recreates Civil Rights Sit-In Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nashville-restaurant-recreates-civil-rights-sit-site-180962489/The lunch counter where John Lewis and others were arrested will now be part of a soul food eatery and music venue Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Man Crosses the Atlantic On a Stand-Up Paddleboardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-crosses-atlantic-stand-up-paddleboard-180962495/South African surfer Chris Bertish spent 93 days paddling 4,050 miles between Morocco and AntiguaFri, 10 Mar 2017 22:20:13 +0000Huge Statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Discovered in Cairohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/It may be a likeness of Ramses II, ancient Egypt's most powerful rulerFri, 10 Mar 2017 21:02:42 +0000Are Fast Radio Bursts from Alien Spacecraft? It's Unlikely, but Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-fast-radio-bursts-alien-spacecraft-its-unlikely-possible-180962493/A new paper raises the (distant) possibility that the unusual high-energy bursts from the cosmos are from intergalactic shipsFri, 10 Mar 2017 19:10:54 +0000“Pink Noise” May Improve Sleep and Memory in Older Adultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pink-noise-may-improve-sleep-and-memory-older-adults-180962466/A new study has found that sound stimulation at night can lull people into a deep sleepFri, 10 Mar 2017 19:09:29 +0000Dogs Use Deception to Get Treats, Study Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-use-deception-get-treats-study-shows-180962492/When a human partner withheld tasty snacks, the dogs got sneakyFri, 10 Mar 2017 18:35:46 +0000One of Saturn's Moons is Making Astronomers Hungryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-moon-pan-making-astronomers-hungry-180962488/New images of the tiny moon are drawing comparisons to a ravioli, empanadas, walnuts, hamburgers...nom, nom, nomFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:22:55 +0000Don't Judge the Book-of-the-Month Club By Its Coverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-judge-book-month-club-its-cover-180962382/Although today you might associate its name with staid offerings, the club’s first book was by an openly queer authorFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Ancient Brain Training Technique Can Boost Memoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-brain-training-can-boost-memory-180962465/Participants who practiced the Memory Palace method for 40 days showed changes in brain activity and improved memory months laterFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:12:26 +0000During (and After) WWII, Some States Had Year-Round Daylight Saving Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-stayed-war-time-after-wwii-ended-180962376/A 1963 'Time Magazine' article called it "a chaos of time"Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Malta's Iconic Azure Window Crumbles Into the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maltas-iconic-azure-window-crumbles-sea-180962458/The limestone arch on the island of Gozo was expected to stand several more decades, but a vicious storm Wednesday took out the natural wonderThu, 09 Mar 2017 22:10:46 +0000Collection of Alexander Hamilton’s Documents Can Now Be Viewed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collection-alexander-hamiltons-documents-can-now-be-viewed-online-180962461/Among them are Hamilton's first report as Secretary of Treasury, and a steamy love letter to his wifeThu, 09 Mar 2017 20:43:54 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-film-forum-hashes-out-truth-and-myth-hollywood-180962454/The four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000Bumblebees May Smell Each Other's Footprints to Keep Track of Flowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-may-smell-each-others-footprints-track-flowers-180962445/In a new study, bumblebees were able to discriminate the foot odor left behind by their nestmates, strange bees and themselvesThu, 09 Mar 2017 18:47:33 +0000California’s Bunny Museum Hops to a New Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-bunny-museum-hops-new-home-180962453/The previous location could not contain the museum’s 33,000 “artifacts”Thu, 09 Mar 2017 18:09:34 +0000Two States Have Gone to Court to Keep the KKK From Adopting a Highwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-political-history-adopt-highway-program-180962365/In 2016, Georgia's Department of Transportation actually put the program on hold so it wouldn't have to respond to the hate group's applicationThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Germans Invented the Autobahn. Now They’re Building a Superhighway for Bikes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-invented-autobahn-now-theyre-building-superhighway-bikes-180962446/A cyclist’s dream will soon be reality in BerlinThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:25:52 +0000Pollens Found in Grave of Bronze Age Woman Paint Picture of Bygone Scotlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollens-found-grave-bronze-age-woman-paint-picture-bygone-scotland-180962437/But do they shed light on the mystery of the woman’s death?Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:49:22 +000014-Year-Old Boy Discovers Remains of German Fighter Plane and Its Pilothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-year-old-boy-discovers-remains-german-fighter-plane-and-its-pilot-180962447/Daniel Rom Kristiansen was learning about WWII in school when he decided to look for a lost warplaneWed, 08 Mar 2017 22:19:15 +0000Why (Part of) the International Space Station Will Soon Be the Coldest Place in the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-international-space-station-will-soon-be-coldest-place-universe-180962439/An icebox-like lab will help scientists get a grip on a phenomenon that’s hard to spot on Earth Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:59:32 +0000Next-Gen Lightning Tracker Photographs Storms From Space in Stunning Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-first-images-its-next-gen-lighting-tracker-180962438/Part of the GOES-16 weather satellite, the geosynchronous imager promises to improve storm detection and reveal the secrets of thunderboltsWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:45:50 +0000See the First Video of One of the World's Rarest Whaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-first-video-one-worlds-rarest-whales-180962433/The 46 second clip of several True's beaked whales was taken by students and teachers on a field trip in the Azore Islands in 2013Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:02:39 +0000The Horrible Fate of John Casor, The First Black Man to be Declared Slave for Life in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrible-fate-john-casor-180962352/Black people in early America weren't slaves. After this lawsuit, they could beWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, Mistakenly Attributed to Her Brother, Premieres Under Her Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sonata-fanny-mendelssohn-mistakenly-attributed-her-brother-premieres-under-her-name-180962429/The Royal College of London performed the Easter Sonata in honor of International Women's DayWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:23:15 +0000The American Garment Workers Who Helped Inspire International Women’s Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-garment-workers-who-helped-inspire-international-womens-day-180962364/Jobs in the garment industry were some of the first to empower women in the industrial workforceWed, 08 Mar 2017 14:03:00 +0000Is This the Happiest Place in America? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happiest-place-america-180962416/ For the second time in a row, Gallup-Healthways ranked this Florida city first for overall well-beingTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:55:46 +0000Failure at One of These 15,000 American Dams Would Be Fatalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-15000-american-dams-threaten-human-lives-180962415/A quiet crisis is afoot as the nation's infrastructure agesTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:00:14 +0000Antonin Scalia’s Papers Find a Home at Harvard Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antonin-scalias-papers-find-home-harvard-law-180962413/The Supreme Court justice left behind a substantial legal and archival legacyTue, 07 Mar 2017 19:44:24 +0000What Killed More Than Half a Dozen of the Bahamas' Swimming Pigs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-killed-half-dozen-bahamas-swimming-pigs-180962386/Drought and sand-tainted snacks might be the reason for the recent deathsTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:42:29 +0000WHO Warns That Pollution Is Killing Millions of Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-warns-pollution-killing-millions-children-180962388/New reports say that one in four deaths of young people under the age of five can be attributed to the environmentTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:02:37 +0000The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Show Their Mutual Respecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letters-abigail-and-john-adams-show-their-mutual-respect-180962347/We still have 1,160 of their letters, written across the years of their marriageTue, 07 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Grey Gardens Estate Is on the Market for $20 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famed-grey-gardens-estate-market-20-million-180962392/All feline tenants have been evictedTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:39 +0000Here Are All The Discoveries That Had To Happen Before Two Scientists Could Find DNA’s Structurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-all-discoveries-had-happen-two-scientists-could-find-dnas-structure-180962327/Watson and Crick weren’t the only ones working on the problems of humanity's genes, by a long shotTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The First Breakfast Cereal, Granula, Had to Be Soaked Before Being Eatenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-breakfast-cereal-granula-had-be-soaked-being-eaten-180962340/Invented by a doctor and health reformer, the brittle cakes were not an instant successTue, 07 Mar 2017 13:10:00 +0000Censored Iranian Film Gets First Public Release, 27 Years After Its Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/censored-iranian-film-gets-first-public-release-27-years-after-its-debut-180962387/A mysterious plan to steal <i>The Nights of Zayandeh-rood</i> from government archives helped bring the film to a London theaterTue, 07 Mar 2017 11:00:00 +0000When it Comes to Predicting Solar Storms, Space May Not Be the Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-storms-space-not-place-180962408/A new study shows that earth-based observations can get warnings out soonerMon, 06 Mar 2017 23:05:38 +0000This Sea Turtle Ate 11 Pounds of Coinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vets-save-coin-filled-sea-turtle-180962391/Veterinarians removed the 900+ coins from Omsin the turtle's stomach after they noticed she was acting erraticMon, 06 Mar 2017 20:52:37 +0000Skeletons Found Under a Florida Wine Shop May Be Some of America’s First Colonistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-early-colonists-unearthed-st-augustine-180962385/The skeletons, found in St. Augustine, Florida, likely date to the first decades of the oldest European settlement in the United StatesMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:55:43 +0000Nosy Researchers Are Sniffing a Vintage Library http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nosy-researchers-are-sniffing-vintage-library-180962380/It’s all an effort to recreate an olfactory landscape of yoreMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:51:46 +0000President James Buchanan Directly Influenced the Outcome of the Dred Scott Decisionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-james-buchanan-directly-influenced-outcome-dred-scott-decision-180962329/He's remembered as a president who tried to unify a fractured nation with little success, doing damage along the wayMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:00:44 +0000Amsterdam Is Widening Some of Its Canals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amsterdam-widening-some-its-canals-180962337/Soon, the city’s iconic Central Station will look more like its old selfMon, 06 Mar 2017 15:59:01 +0000Happy 80th Birthday to the First Woman in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-80th-birthday-first-woman-space-180962319/She spent almost three days in space on her first flightMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:45:00 +0000NASA Spacecraft Has Close Call With One of Mars’ Moons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-spacecraft-has-close-call-one-mars-moons-180962377/Left unattended, MAVEN and Phobos could have collided Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:57:13 +0000Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primary-school-students-scotland-gave-dead-goldfish-viking-burial-180962368/Farewell, Bubbles and FreddyFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:17:54 +0000Genes of the Last Woolly Mammoths Were Riddled with Bad Mutations, Study Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-last-woolly-mammoths-were-riddled-bad-mutations-study-finds-180962381/Before they died out, they lost their sense of smell and suffered from heartburnFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:56:03 +0000New Definition Would Make the Moon and Pluto Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-definition-would-make-moon-and-pluto-planets-180962379/A suggested update to the International Astronomical Union criteria would add over 100 planets to the solar systemFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:28:22 +0000Five-Year Photo Project Captures the Sistine Chapel in High-Res Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-year-photo-project-captures-sistine-chapel-high-res-detail-180962357/Released in a new set of books, the 1:1 photos will be used by restorers to restore and assess damage to Michaelangelo's masterpiecesFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:24:48 +0000Large Hadron Collider Gets "Open Heart Surgery" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-hadron-collider-has-open-heart-surgery-180962369/The massive physics experiment in Switzerland is receiving an upgradeFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:03:32 +0000Scientists Think These Skulls May Be New Human Ancestorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-these-skulls-new-human-ancestor-species-180962370/Two fossils combine early human, Neanderthal features Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:17:31 +0000George W. Bush Displays Portraits of Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-w-bush-displays-portraits-military-veterans-180962363/The former president honors 66 members of the armed services in the show "Portraits of Courage," which just opened at the George W. Bush CenterFri, 03 Mar 2017 17:52:16 +0000A Pound Cake Was Originally Made With Four Pounds of Ingredientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pound-cake-was-originally-made-four-pounds-ingredients-180962308/Most Americans today don't bake using pounds and ounces, but cups and teaspoonsFri, 03 Mar 2017 16:31:29 +0000Why Stamps Cost the Same Anywhere in the Countryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stamps-have-cost-same-anywhere-country-march-3-1845-180962314/The Postal Act of 1845 was just the beginning of a process of postal standarization that took many yearsFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:20:00 +0000African Elephants Sleep Just Two Hours Per Day, and Nobody Knows Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-elephants-sleep-just-two-hours-day-180962362/That's less than any other animal on recordThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:49:43 +0000Oldest-Known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/A hand-painted mirror, decorated with a painting of the philosopher, was discovered in the tomb of short-lived ruler Liu HeThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:32:17 +0000This Short-Lived 1930s Speakeasy Was a Sanctuary for Gay Londonershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-lived-1930s-speakeasy-was-sanctuary-gay-londoners-180962361/And now you can visit a recreationThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:26:18 +0000NASA Wants the Public to Log In to Help Find Planet 9http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-wants-public-login-find-planet-9-180962359/Citizen scientists can examine photos to help discover a new planet, which recent evidence suggests is hiding at the edge of the solar systemThu, 02 Mar 2017 19:27:36 +0000Lou Reed’s Papers Have Found a Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lou-reeds-papers-have-found-home-180962355/The vicious Velvet Underground frontman will live on at the New York Public LibraryThu, 02 Mar 2017 18:09:03 +0000The Horrors of the 'Great Slave Auction'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrors-great-slave-auction-180962287/The largest sale of enslaved people ever to take place in the U.S. tore families apartThu, 02 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Decipher Recipe Believed to Treat Medieval Mystichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/The find came to light thanks to a multi-spectral analysis on the manuscript of Margery Kempe's autobiographyThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:58:36 +0000Dr. Seuss Had an Imaginary Daughter Named Chrysanthemum-Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chrysanthemum-pearl-was-child-dr-seuss-never-had-180962291/Theodor Seuss Geisel created the character with his first wife, Helen Palmer GeiselThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:33:09 +0000Tracking Collars Can Lead Poachers Straight to Animals, Scientists Warnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tracking-collars-poachers-animals-scientists-180962345/A study says that the new technology could hurt more than it helpsThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:20:00 +0000Heirs of Holocaust Victim Invoke New Law in Suit Over Two Schiele Drawingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heirs-holocaust-victim-invoke-new-law-suit-over-two-schiele-drawings-180962330/The family of Fritz Grunbaum claims the works were stolen by NazisThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Peak Bloom for This Year's Cherry Blossoms May Be Earliest On Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peak-bloom-years-cherry-blossoms-may-be-earliest-record-180962341/The National Parks Service has predicted when everyone's favorite trees will reach peak bloomWed, 01 Mar 2017 21:17:17 +0000Tanning Beds Cause $343 Million in Medical Bills a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skin-cancers-tanning-beds-cost-us-343-million-each-year-180962333/A new study has calculated the steep cost of a not-so-healthy glow Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:31:13 +0000Scientists Think They’ve Found the Oldest Fossil Ever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-theyve-found-oldest-fossil-ever-180962343/The controversial claim suggests that microbes lived on Earth half a billion years earlier than thought Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:14:06 +0000LEGO Is Making a Women of NASA Sethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lego-making-women-nasa-set-180962338/The toy company selected Maia Weinstock's proposal to celebrate the space agency's female pioneers during its Lego Ideas competitionWed, 01 Mar 2017 19:29:39 +0000Take a Peek at the Mesmerizing "Cosmic Jellyfish"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peek-mesmerizing-cosmic-jellyfish-180962326/NOAA's research vessel Okeanos Explorer filmed this specimen of Rhopalonematid trachymedusa in the National Marine Sanctuary of American SamoaWed, 01 Mar 2017 17:17:13 +0000New Foundation is Looking to Level Up Video Game Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-game-level-up-video-game-culture-180962322/The non-profit aims to preserve game code and the magazines, marketing materials and culture surrounding video gamesWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:27:06 +0000Bad News, Pet Lovers: Teacup Pigs Are a Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-news-petlovers-theres-no-such-thing-teacup-pig-180962275/It’s a descriptor, not the term for a breed of pig, and it’s hurting animalsWed, 01 Mar 2017 15:45:00 +0000Why Is This 25-Year-Old Pinball Machine Still the Most Popular?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-25-year-old-pinball-machine-most-popular-180962269/You can even play a video-game version of this table Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Nobody Remembers the Forefather of Forensic Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-nobody-remembers-forefather-forensic-science-180962325/Wilmer Souder was a hidden pioneer of a still developing fieldTue, 28 Feb 2017 20:19:34 +0000New Study Shows Sharp Rise in Colorectal Cancers Among Young Adults http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-sharp-rise-colorectal-cancers-among-young-adults-180962318/Its authors are not sure why the cancers have risen so much—only that they’re increasing every year Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:02:23 +0000Study Shows 84% of Wildfires Caused by Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-84-wildfires-caused-humans-180962315/Over the last 21 years, debris burning, arson and campfires have combined with climate change to make the fire season much longerTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:37:26 +0000As “Dord” Shows, Being in the Dictionary Doesn’t Always Mean Something’s a Wordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-dord-180962266/Even dictionaries can make mistakes, although Merriam-Webster maintains this is their only oneTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:30:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Little Golden Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-little-golden-books-180962311/What to know as the iconic series of children's books celebrates 75 yearsTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:38:47 +0000The Illustrator of Alice in Wonderland Also Drew Abraham Lincoln. A Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/illustrator-alice-wonderland-also-drew-abraham-lincoln-lot-180962259/John Tenniel was a well-known editorial cartoonist as well as the man who gave Lewis Carroll’s books their visual charmTue, 28 Feb 2017 16:30:12 +0000A Very, Very Hungry Caterpillar Is Wreaking Havoc on Africa’s Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/very-very-hungry-caterpillar-wreaking-havoc-africas-crops-180962312/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 14:52:16 +0000View Daily Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp Through the Lens of Ansel Adams http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-daily-life-japanese-american-internment-camp-through-lens-ansel-adams-180962307/In 1943, one of America’s best-known photographers documented one of the best-known internment campsTue, 28 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Exhibition Lets You Look at Art While Playing Pinballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-lets-you-look-art-while-playing-pinball-180962304/<i>Kings and Queens</i> tracks the game’s influence on a group of Chicago artistsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:45:04 +0000Prince Charles Will Battle Squirrels Using Contraceptives and a Lot of Nutellahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prince-charles-battling-squirrels-using-contraceptives-and-lot-nutella-180962302/North American gray squirrels are decimating native red squirrels in the British Isles, leading to a new plan to reduce the population of invasive mammalsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:13:21 +0000Great Barrier Reef Braces for Another Massive Bleaching Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-barrier-reef-braces-another-massive-bleaching-event-180962305/After the worst die-off in the reef's history in 2016, scientists are worried that high sea temperatures will affect the area againMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:37 +0000New McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/Have a bit of history with that Happy Meal Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Listen to the Sounds of Sacred Spaces Around the World http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-sacred-spaces-around-world-180962290/A new project documents, then remixes, religious and spiritual sounds Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000When Freud Met Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-freud-met-jung-180962301/The meeting of the minds happened 110 years agoMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 +0000This Supreme Court Justice Was a KKK Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-justice-was-kkk-member-180962254/Even after the story came out in 1937, Hugo Black went on to serve as a member of the Supreme Court into the 1970sMon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byron-was-one-few-prominent-defenders-luddites-180962248/Years later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-american-artists-cartoons-helped-win-world-war-ii-180962279/Charles Alston knew how to turn art into motivationMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +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 +0000