Smart News | Smithsonian feed for Smart NewsenThu, 11 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +000078 Years Ago Today, BBC Aired the First Science Fiction Television Program no, it wasn’t 'Doctor Who'Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Here's Why It's So Hard to Smash a Cockroach chased and crushed cockroaches—and their results could one day save lives Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:07:04 +0000Congress Won’t Pay For Official Portraits Anymore government will stop using taxpayer dollars to immortalize lawmakers in the traditional fashionThu, 11 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0000Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museum the horror of watching your computer catch a ‘90s-era virusThu, 11 Feb 2016 14:57:06 +0000NASA Went Retro With Their New Space Travel Posters to the world of tomorrow—today! Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:00:03 +0000Take 360-Degree Tours of Mars and the Moon's neighbors have never seemed so tantalizingly closeWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:19:30 +0000Glow to This Flickering Tribute to Neon past shines at the Museum of Neon Art in Southern CaliforniaWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:06:03 +0000How Children’s Imaginations Inspired This Cool School new Danish kindergarten was envisioned by the way a child might draw a houseWed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000You Too Can Own a Portrait of a Dog Dressed as a Person art auctions put the spotlight on man’s best friendWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:43:47 +0000A Brief History of Post Office Cats used to come with a side of meowTue, 09 Feb 2016 20:02:07 +0000Five Things to Know About Gravitational Waves internet is abuzz with rumors of a big announcement—here are a few things you should know to decipher the newsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:02:50 +0000Michelangelo May Have Had Arthritis used old portraits and letters to study the master's hands Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000This Company Just Ditched Artificial Food Dyes food of the future won’t necessarily look less fake—but its ingredient list mightTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:43:29 +0000Zika Virus May Spell Trouble for the Rio Olympic Games Olympic Committee officials suggest that athletes concerned about Zika stay on the sidelines this yearTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:12:27 +0000Board of Sexism in Chess? Check Out These New Exhibitions World Chess Hall of Fame is showcasing the power of its womenMon, 08 Feb 2016 21:11:25 +0000Julia Child's Provence Kitchen Will Serve Up New Meals as a Cook's Retreat American couple has a vision to preserve and continue the legacy of the famous chefMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:51:36 +0000Watch a Japanese Volcano Put on a Spectacular Show and lava? No biggieMon, 08 Feb 2016 17:37:03 +0000Check Out These X-Rays of Flowers From the 1930s L. Tasker’s radiographs depict delicate flowers from the inside outMon, 08 Feb 2016 16:56:56 +0000A New Experimental Fusion Reactor Powers Up in Germany reactor's first test was brief but successfulMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:56:00 +0000U.S Panel Deems "Three Parent Babies" Ethical to Test replacement therapy could help prevent genetic diseasesMon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Only Known Jaguar in America Was Finally Caught on Video“El Jefe” made a rare appearance in ArizonaFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:30:08 +0000Photographs Document Some of the First Black Women to Serve With the U.S. Navy women were not allowed to join WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) until 1944Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:18:15 +0000This Biotech Company Is Growing Meatballs in a Lab just a few years, lab-grown meat might make it to the marketFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:30:00 +0000British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbook Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000Which States Have the Fastest Talkers? time you hear, "this call may be recorded," an analytics firm could be analyzing every wordFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:33:50 +0000Here's the Latest on Penguins invasive "fairies" to huddling chicks, penguins are the perfect pick-me-upFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:17 +0000A Museum Courtyard Will Be Taken Over by a Colorful Web“Weaving the Courtyard” will bring a kaleidoscopic of color to MoMA PS1Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:30:00 +0000Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannot time, our brains start filtering out details deemed unimportantFri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Women "Catch" Yawns More Easily Than Men sneakily observed thousands of interactions to see if gender made a difference in the contagiousness of yawningThu, 04 Feb 2016 20:04:33 +0000Jurassic-Era Insect Looks Just Like a Modern Butterfly "butterflies" helped pollinate ancient plants millions of years before the butterfly even existedThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:35:21 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princess, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000Mountain Dew Once Had Ties to Moonshine original soda named Mountain Dew was supposed to be a whiskey accompaniment Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000A Trumpet Retrieved From a World War II Shipwreck Could Still Hold Its Owner’s DNA are trying to identify the sailor who once played itThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Company Transforms Indian Taxicabs Into Original Artworks designed fabrics help taxi drivers stand out from the crowdThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000What It Feels Like to Don a Skintight Virtual Reality Suit it sounds a little weird, it might be the future of virtual realityThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Venus Flytraps Know How to Count out when to chomp is as easy as one, two, three, four, fiveThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out This Scale Replica of The International Space Station you’re in orbit without ever leaving the groundThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:30:00 +0000France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panels five years, France hopes the panels will supply power to 5 million peopleThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Water Bottle Refills Itself From Moisture in the Air Fontus is a gadget for adventurers and potentially a way to help people living regions where water is scarceWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:33:52 +0000Read About Drama, Politics, Breakfast in These Newly Digitized Colonial Documents ambitious Harvard University project brings history to life, archiving nearly half a million documents onlineWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Adventure Through the Water Cycle With NASA's New Comic Book comic brings whimsy and fun into the story of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite missionWed, 03 Feb 2016 19:18:05 +0000Archaeologists Discovered a Roman Fresco Beneath the Streets of London ornate, hand-painted wall was once considered to be the height of fashion in LondiniumWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:45:57 +0000A Historic Conservation Agreement Will Protect Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest's a victory for First Nations, loggers, and environmentalistsWed, 03 Feb 2016 15:32:40 +0000The Original Cat Video Returns to Times Square month long, Times Square will be under the gaze of a familiar, indifferent kittenWed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Archeologists Find a Rare 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Funerary Boat watercraft is so well preserved that it still has the pegs, ropes and plant fibers that once held it togetherTue, 02 Feb 2016 21:02:24 +0000A Short History of Groundhog Day Phil is part of a tradition with roots that extend back thousands of yearsTue, 02 Feb 2016 20:11:38 +0000Digital Projections Show the Vivid Colors That Once Decorated an Egyptian Temple Metropolitan Museum of Art is adding a bright flourish to the Temple of DendurTue, 02 Feb 2016 19:35:41 +0000These Stunning Fractals Are Made of Snow artist Simon Beck uses his own two snowshoe-clad feet to create these masterpiecesTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:00 +0000100,000 Travelers Were Stranded at a Chinese Train Station you thought your holiday commute was badTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000A Chin-Stroking Mystery: Why Are Humans the Only Animals With Chins?'s an evolutionary conundrum and scientists are still divided over the answerTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:17:04 +0000Take a Course on Taco Literacy at the University of Kentucky, the homework is deliciousMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:35:19 +0000This Library System Is Willing to Forgive Your Fine…Just This Once scofflaws take note: Amnesty programs are gaining steam throughout the U.S.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:08:47 +0000British Scientists Get Permission to Genetically Modify Human Embryos for Research scientists plan to use genetic engineering techniques to study infertilityMon, 01 Feb 2016 19:07:19 +0000Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Law and religious officials alike frowned on card playing in Europe's Middle AgesMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:48:14 +0000The Moon's Tidal Forces May Affect How Much It Rains higher the moon, the lower the chance of rainMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:09:40 +0000GoPro-Armed Vultures Capture Lima’s Trash Problems sniffing out illegal dumps, the watchful buzzards will hopefully inspire action to clean up the city's streetsMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:09 +0000Williams-Sonoma’s Founder Is Getting His Own Museum museum will feature the 4,000-plus pieces of cookware that the kitchenware impresario donated upon his death Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +000044 Years Ago, Shirley Chisholm Became the First Black Woman to Run For President saw her campaign as a necessary "catalyst for change"Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:34:33 +0000Stalin May Have Studied Mao’s Poop in a Secret Lab a whiff of this stranger-than-fiction story of political paranoia and Soviet scienceFri, 29 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000The First Person of Native American Descent Was Elected to the U.S. Senate 109 Years Ago Today Curtis, who would go on to become Herbert Hoover's vice president, left behind a problematic legacyFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:39:41 +0000At Least 17 Sperm Whales Washed Up on North Sea Shores cause of the cetacean tragedy is still a mysteryFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:13:02 +0000Colonial America Depended on the Enslavement of Indigenous People role of enslaving Native Americans in early American history is often overlookedFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twice only one ended up as the house catFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000The Curious History of The International Flat Earth Society recent resurgence of this ancient idea reminds us that flat Earth believers have a long historyFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Step Inside a Dalí Painting at This Virtual Reality Exhibit meets real life in an exploration of a Dalí masterworkThu, 28 Jan 2016 20:03:18 +0000Five Things to Know About the Iowa Caucuses Hawkeye State knows its way around political chaos Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:20:00 +0000British People Are Building Highways for Hedgehogs Through Their Yards populations in England have declined since the 1970s due urban and suburban developmentThu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here Are the World's Most Corrupt Countries is everywhere, but some nations are more corrupt than others Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:02:03 +0000Construction Crews Discover Mammoth Bones Beneath an Oregon Football Stadium,000-year-old bones were hiding just ten feet beneath the endzoneWed, 27 Jan 2016 20:49:24 +0000Rare White Giraffe Survived Her First Year 15-month old calf has so far survived possible predation from lions, leopards, hyenas and human poachersWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:38 +0000This Is the Winning Design for the New World War I Memorial hundred years later, WWI will finally get a large-scale memorial in Washington, D.C.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:02:20 +0000Argentina Battles a Plague of Locusts, Surging After Mild Winters and officials are racing to get massive swarms under controlWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:11:40 +0000You Can Get an Antarctic Passport your loyalty to the southernmost continent—and to the ideals of peace, equality and sustainabilityWed, 27 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Beloved Giant Turtle Dies, Leaving Only Three Alive on Earth recent death of Cu Rua pushes the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jan 2016 21:01:38 +0000The Doomsday Clock's Hands Will Stay Put for Now agree—when it comes to nuclear weapons and climate change, it's still three minutes until midnightTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:30:00 +0000China’s Lantern Makers Are Gearing Up for the New Year, bright and iconic, China's lanterns symbolize celebration and good luckTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:45:00 +0000This Cabin Could be the World’s Smallest Palace it ever so humble, Peter the Great once briefly called it homeTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000These Levitating Bonsai Will Brighten Your Home With Science workshop in Japan created tiny Bonsai plants that float with the help of magnetsTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:49:13 +0000These Drawings of Historic Places Were Just Honored by the Library of Congress back in time with architectural drawings of buildings steeped in historyTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +0000After Nearly 50 Years, Niagara Falls Might Soon Run Dry Again a set of 115-year-old bridges may require shutting off the rush of water that usually flows over the fallsTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Egyptian Museum Employees Face Fines for Botched Repair on King Tut's Mask accident knocked the beard off the boy king's distinctive mask, prompting a hasty repairTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Antarctic Explorer Dies 30 Miles Short of Goal Worsley nearly crossed Antarctica, unaidedMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:56:29 +0000Visit New York’s Guggenheim Museum Without Leaving Your House's easier than ever to immerse yourself in the iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museumMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:45:00 +0000Zebra Stripes Might Not Be Camouflage animals’ distinctive appearance is still a beautiful mysteryMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:32:48 +0000New Way to Wean Calves Leaves Them Happier and Healthier stress on the animals may also have economic benefitsMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:17:56 +0000Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Songs and Poems from 'The Lord of the Rings' rare recording captures the famed author's voiceMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:32:22 +0000Archaeologists Finally Know What Happened at This Brutal Reform School Florida School for Boys did anything but rehabilitate its studentsMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:16:59 +0000A Prison Camp in Montenegro Is Now Becoming a Luxury Resort tiny Mamula island once held more than 2,300 prisoners during World War IIMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Nellie Bly's Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her Surprise, A Race 1889, the intrepid journalist under took her voyage, mainly by steamship and train, unknowingly competing against a reporter from a rival publicationMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:44:52 +0000Describe Your Coffee With Science's an art—and a lot of science—to a consistent cup of coffeeMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000There Are Now More Americans Over Age 100 and They're Living Longer Than Ever are still trying to understand the longevity secrets of those most advanced in ageFri, 22 Jan 2016 20:30:35 +0000Are We Living in the Plastic Age? argue that this material may best define our current period within the AnthropoceneFri, 22 Jan 2016 17:12:14 +0000You Can Help Build the World’s First Go-Go Archive are calling for the preservation of Washington, D.C.'s iconic musical genreFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:45:00 +0000These Little-Known Photographs Put an Eerie Face on Child Labor photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine make a haunting case against the conditions experienced by many working children in the early 20th centuryThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:00 +0000Scientists Rediscover a Tree Frog Thought to Be Extinct for Over a Century seen in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog is alive and (mostly) well in IndiaThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:07:19 +0000See the World Like a Paleolithic Cave Dweller With This Replica of the Lascaux Cave Paintings back in time with the help of some talented French artistsThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:43 +0000Inside Iran’s Budding Video Game Industry Iranian video game industry, shaped around piracy and economic sanctions, is slowly growingThu, 21 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000It's Official: 2015 Was the Hottest Year in Over a Century strong El Niño helped global temperatures reach new highsThu, 21 Jan 2016 18:40:55 +0000How a Russian Space Mirror Briefly Lit Up the Night 1993, the 65-foot-diameter satellite, called Znamya, briefly lit the Earth like a giant orbiting night lightThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:52:28 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for a Planet Beyond Pluto new paper provides the strongest evidence yet for a real Planet XWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:54:59 +0000Missouri Mathematicians Discover New Prime Number more than 22 million digits, it’s the longest prime yetWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:40:11 +0000One of the Most Popular Pieces of Street Art in Brooklyn Is Coming Down“Love Letter Brooklyn” will soon be gone foreverWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:03:36 +0000Overfishing Has Been Even Worse Than We Thought counts previously overlooked fish as bycatch, small-scale fishing and illegal fishingWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:57:40 +0000Seattle Is Seeking a Writer to Work on a Bridge studio space in a bridge tower is up for grabsWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:45:00 +0000Don't Miss This Month's Rare Planetary Alignment planets will appear together in the sky—all visible to the naked eye Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000NASA Captures Mesmerizing Video of Cascading Magnetic Arches on the Sun magnetic waves triggered spectacular explosions on the sun’s surfaceTue, 19 Jan 2016 20:46:31 +0000Syrian Refugees Are Recreating Demolished Monuments in Miniature artists are recapturing the iconic landmarks destroyed by militantsTue, 19 Jan 2016 19:45:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +00001,500-Year-Old Prosthetic Foot Discovered in Austria skeleton of a middle-aged man may have been missing a lower limb but in its place researchers found a wooden 'foot' Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:30:49 +0000Chauvet Cave Paintings Could Depict a 37,000-Year-Old Volcanic Eruption paintings in the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” led researchers to new evidence of ancient volcanic activityTue, 19 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Signs of Food Allergies Might Be in Newborns' Blood immune cells could prime the immune system to attack normally harmless molecules found in foodTue, 19 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Contains a Hidden Ring of Skulls life and work of John Dee contained a strange mix of science and magicMon, 18 Jan 2016 21:03:12 +0000Check Out the First Flower Grown in Space was a close call for this brilliant orange zinniaMon, 18 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Here’s What Military Rations From Around the World Are Made Of bibimbap to beansMon, 18 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000Only Five Works From the Gurlitt Art Nest Have Been Confirmed As Art Stolen By Nazis task force took two years and nearly $2 million to investigate more than 1,200 pieces found in a Munich apartmentMon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000Sunday's SpaceX Landing Didn't Exactly Go as Planned made it to orbit—but the company's Falcon 9 rocket didn't make it back to Earth in one pieceMon, 18 Jan 2016 16:59:45 +0000Vietnam Turns to DNA to Identify the Remains of Those Lost in the War advances in DNA analysis will make this massive effort possibleMon, 18 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Half of NASA's Newest Astronaut Class Are Women years after NASA hired its first female astronauts, four women are training to go to MarsMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:30:00 +0000Move Over Hackers, Squirrels Are the Power Grid's Greatest Foe may loom large in peoples' minds, but these fluffy rodents are the ones actually taking down the gridMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Turn at the Flippers This Weekend at the World’s Largest Pinball Museum you didn't win the lottery: why not try your hand at a game of pinball? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed Tests the Limits of Physics explosion blazes about 570 billion times brighter than our Sun, according to researchersFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:24:25 +0000Juno Is Now Humanity’s Furthest-Flung Solar-Powered Craft with over 18,000 solar cells, the Jupiter orbiter is taking solar-fueled space exploration to new lengthsFri, 15 Jan 2016 18:44:50 +0000This Postmodern Art Captures a Tiny Moment of Hope During Romania’s Communist Years about Romania's “unfrozen years” at Bucharest’s Postmodernism MuseumFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:45:00 +0000Meet the Winner of Architecture's Most Prestigious Prize architect Alejandro Aravena is the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureateFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Virtually Climb Mount Everest From Your Living Room new virtual reality experience allows users delve into the world of Everest and scale the beast firsthandFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Rare Winter Hurricane Is Making a Beeline for the Azores is the first January Atlantic hurricane to form in almost 80 yearsThu, 14 Jan 2016 21:24:16 +0000Get a Big View of the World’s Largest Miniature Train Set aboard the Cute Train to TinytownThu, 14 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000 Star Light, Star Bright, Here's Why the Heavens Look Brighter Tonight’s not just because the air is clearerThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:40:00 +0000Here's Why Nobody Made It Up Mount Everest Last Year the first time in over four decades, red tape and poor conditions prevented any climbers from conquering the mountainThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:18:43 +0000Was the "Wow!" Signal From Aliens or a Comet Flyby? 1977 blast from space is often cited as our best evidence of alien contact, but a news study suggests it may have just been cometsThu, 14 Jan 2016 15:21:30 +0000These UFO-Like Buildings Are a Space-Age Tourist's Dream future is now—follow this tour of UFO architecture found all around the world Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Are the American Library Association's Picks for Best Children's Literature the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, among othersWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Check Out a Medical Pop-Up Book From the 17th Century movable books were geared towards informing adults not entertaining childrenWed, 13 Jan 2016 17:49:00 +0000Archaeologists Find World’s Oldest Tea in the Tomb of a Han Dynasty Emperor word on how it tastes, though it probably made a good cup 2,150 years agoWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:27:45 +0000The Ku Klux Klan Didn’t Always Wear Hoods white hood and robe is just the most popular of a variety of costumes used by the hate groupWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Queen Elizabeth I Held England’s First Official Lottery 450 Years Ago lucky winner took home a prize that included not just money, but also fancy dishware and tapestriesWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Incandescent Light Bulbs May Have a Bright Future After All could turn the inefficient bulbs’ weakness into a strengthTue, 12 Jan 2016 19:51:18 +0000The French Castle That May Have Inspired "Sleeping Beauty" Is Filled With Creepy Mannequins honor of Charles Perrault's birthday, explore the Chateau d'UsseTue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:06 +0000New York Village Votes to Keep Official Seal Depicting a White Settler Strangling a Native American's a story that might as well have been ripped from a plotline on "Parks and Recreation"Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:31:36 +0000Watch 100 Drones Dance Their Way to a World Record swarm recently took to the skies to Beethoven's Fifth SymphonyTue, 12 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulele, strum, repeatTue, 12 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000How David Bowie Helped Shape Science Fiction as We Know It “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” Bowie gave voice to the anxiety of science fictionMon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:33 +0000Geneticists Figured Out How Animals Get Their White Spots answer could help people with certain genetic conditions and diseasesMon, 11 Jan 2016 19:02:22 +0000Scientists Are Trying to Get in Touch With Philae One Last Time Comet 67P hurtles further and further away, it's taking the 'little lander that could' along with it Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Museums Are Helping People With Memory Loss the community means changing museum offerings for guests with Alzheimer's Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:58:48 +0000Microbe Cells Don't Outnumber Your Own years people have cited the ten-to-one ratio, with microbes dominating human cells, but that number is probably wrong, according to recent researchMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:35:13 +0000There’s a 1,500-Year-Old Farming Village Beneath a Norwegian Airport airport expansion gives archaeologists the chance to dig for historical treasures in a pre-Viking settlementMon, 11 Jan 2016 15:14:29 +0000This Ancient City Was Three Times Bigger Than Archaeologists Suspected Crete's tourist boom threaten the archaeological treasures of Knossos? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Thank Neanderthals for Your Immune System inherited from our ancient cousins may have helped fight off diseaseFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:04:32 +0000How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to History than 500 slaves fought for their freedom in this oft-overlooked rebellionFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:01:22 +0000Mumbai Is Getting a Museum Designed For and About Its Slums is a museum showcasing objects created by slum residents ethical or exploitative?Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Wrecking Ball instrument of destruction was popular in the 1950s and '60s but is now a rare creature on the demolition siteFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000What's Inside this Artistic Capsule Headed to the Moon? how these artists captured a portrait of humanity in just six ouncesFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +00004.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Found in the Australian Desert 3.7 pound rock could help scientists learn about Earth's originsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:18:45 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Dug Trenches to Woo Mates grooves discovered in Colorado suggest dinos had bird-like mating ritualsFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:30:00 +0000Old, Dense Star Clusters Might Be the Place to Look for Complex Alien Life age and density of globular star clusters could give alien life both the time and resources necessary to brew complex societyFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:52:43 +0000Instead of Cheesy Pickup Lines, 19th-Century Americans Gave Out Calling Cards it the Victorian-era version of OKCupidFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Remnants of a Whaling Disaster Have Been Discovered off the Coast of Alaska catastrophe wiped out an entire whaling fleet 144 years ago, now researchers have found some of the wrecks' remainsFri, 08 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Grief May Not Make Artists Better research shows that bummed-out artists aren't necessarily better ones Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prestigious Comics Festival Comes Under Fire For Excluding, Then Denying Existence of, Women Creators Angoulême International Comics Festival drops its shortlist for its top award after more than half its nominees withdrew their names in protestThu, 07 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000Grab Your Fork and Travel Back in Time With These Old USDA Dietary Guidelines, pyramids and plates—dietary recommendations have come a long way in the last centuryThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:56:03 +0000The New York Public Library Just Made More Than 180,000 Items Available Online gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes on Tour in the U.S. copies of the tome, containing 36 of the Bard’s plays, will visit every state for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000The London Zoo Is Making its Annual Headcount This Week every animal is present and accounted forThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Trained Monitor Lizards Not to Chow Down on Poisonous Toads they did it by feeding them smaller and less-poisonous toadsThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Ancient Grain May Have Helped Humans Become Farmers's short growing season and low water needs might also benefit a modern world stressed by climate changeThu, 07 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Popular Brain Game Maker Luminosity Faces a Fine for False Advertising science doesn’t back up the claims that playing memory and attention games can prevent mental declineWed, 06 Jan 2016 20:17:13 +0000What’s the Difference Between an A-Bomb and an H-Bomb? North Korea’s alleged nuclear test is drawing skepticism and fear alikeWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:52:34 +0000Chinese Capitalists Built a Gigantic, Golden Statue of Chairman Mao the Chairman's legacy, this 121-foot statue is hard to ignoreWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:05:12 +0000The Second Amendment Protects Knives as Long as They’re Not Made For Cooking Washington Supreme Court does consider things like police batons, billy clubs, dirks and switchblades as “arms”Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:15:00 +0000New Street Lamps Lure Mosquitoes With Fake Human Scents the way in the fight against mosquitosWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Create Your Own Delightful, Excessive Version of 18th-Century Women’s Hairstyles museum’s interactive tool gives the powdered styles of the French Court of the 1700s some fierce competitionWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Tiny Chameleon’s Tongue Can Beat the Fastest Sports Car Rosette-nosed Pygmy Chameleon can launch its tongue toward prey at 8,500 feet per secondWed, 06 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Revolutionary War Era Ship Found at Hotel Construction Site scuttled ship could reveal new details about how American colonists built their boatsTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:57:51 +0000You Can Only See a Fraction of These Publicly Owned British Artworks official says thousands of government-owned artworks belong in a galleryTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:20:52 +0000This Image of the Universe Captures Its Immensity, planets, galaxies and the cosmic web crowd together in this portrait of everything knownTue, 05 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s Hand Has Been Stolen From an Illinois Museum 150-year-old plaster art piece went missing sometime before December 11Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Library of Congress' decision to appoint graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to the post reflects a growing acceptance of comic booksMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Hawaii’s Humpback Whales Have Gone Missing expect about 10,000 whales to visit Hawaii's tropical waters this winter—but they're taking their timeMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000Four New Elements Are Added to the Periodic Table elements round out the seventh row of the periodic tableMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:00:02 +0000Get Excited for This Year's Space-Themed Stamps Postal Service honors NASA’s New Horizons Mission and Star Trek's premiereMon, 04 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Expert Has Figured Out the Real-Life Location of Vermeer’s “Little Street” Painting painter probably had a personal connection with the house that figures prominently in the painting.Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here’s Why New York Celebrates New Year’s Eve by Dropping a Ball Year’s Eve wasn’t always a riotous partyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:11 +0000Ring in the New Year by Dressing Up as a Bear's famed bear dance scares away winterThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:32:30 +0000West Coast Drought Uncovers Remnants of a Long-Sunken Oregon Town low water levels revealed remains of a town beneath Detroit LakeThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000D.C. Is Banning Plastic Foam in 2016 adios to polystyrene takeout containersThu, 31 Dec 2015 16:35:22 +0000Explore America’s History With These Richly Interactive Maps“American Panorama” delves into the social, political and economic movements that define this countryThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:30:00 +0000Long-Lost Photos of Eclipses and Stars Found in an Observatory Basement stash of old negatives includes a 97-year-old copy of the photo that helped confirm the Theory of RelativityThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Introducing the First Dengue Fever Vaccine countries have already approved the vaccineThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Night Sky Wonders to Ring in the New Year star Sirius is high in the sky, and comet Catalina is at its brightestThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Year's El Niño Looks Menacingly Familiar world is bracing for record rains and droughts Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:47:08 +0000Caffeine Junkies, Rejoice! Coffee Just Got Cheaper global surplus of coffee is causing bean prices to bottom out Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:44:45 +0000Copenhagen Has a Cemetery for Homeless People proper burials for indigent individuals remain few and far betweenWed, 30 Dec 2015 17:04:43 +0000What Should People Do With Food Waste? Make Beer beers are getting creativeWed, 30 Dec 2015 16:15:00 +0000Replicas of a Temple Nearly Destroyed by ISIS Are Coming to New York and London surviving archway from Palmyra will be recreated as a symbol of defianceWed, 30 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Adult Coloring Books Were Popular (and Subversive) in the 1960s books made fun of corporate culture, conspiracy theorists and Communist fearsTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:00:00 +0000Gonorrhea Is Developing Antibiotic Resistance public health officials are scared of what comes nextTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:30:50 +0000This Is What a Massive Methane Leak Looks Like leak is spewing millions of tons of the invisible gas into the skies above Los AngelesTue, 29 Dec 2015 17:18:07 +0000People's Brain Chemistry May Reveal the Hour of Their Death tiny biological clocks ticking away inside the body stop when life ends, leaving a timestamp of sortsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:45:58 +0000Ancient Pompeii Is Alive Again as Italian Officials Unveil Six Restored Ruins “Grand Pompeii Project” helps to preserve the dwellingsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000France Is Making Thousands of Vichy-Era Documents Public regarding the Vichy regime’s collaboration with the Nazis made “freely accessible”Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Giant Squid Visits a Japanese Harbor denizens of the deep usually lurk between 2,000 to 3,000 feet below the surfaceMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:45:00 +0000After 70 Years, Japan and South Korea Settle Dispute Over Wartime Sex Slaves with this agreement in place, many are still seeking a better resolutionMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:22:53 +0000Russia Scraps Space Agency for a State-Run Corporation Russia's federal space agency will soon be no moreMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:45:00 +0000India's Newest Internet Sensation: Cow Dung Patties recent migrants to the country's booming megacities, nothing says nostalgia like a pile of cow pooMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000Jettison Through Nearly 60 Years of Space Junk Accumulation have been leaving a mess out in Earth's orbitMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:45:00 +0000Through This New Crowdfunding Site, a Lucky Few Can Make a Living Just by ... Living make around $1,100 a month—just for being aliveMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:13:14 +0000France Has a Power Plant Fueled by Cheese course they doThu, 24 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Craft Brewers Are Desperate for Beer Cans beverages are so popular that makers face a can shortage Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:00:55 +0000This Pen Can Draw Electrical Circuits silver salt based ink lets users draw any circuit they can dreamThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:16:37 +0000A New Species of Shark Gives a Hat Tip to Both Jaws and Ninjas lucky kids got to name this gnarly-looking fishThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:00:22 +0000China’s Lunar Rover Discovered a New Kind of Moon Rock Yutu Rover has discovered a type of basalt unlike anything else ever found on the moonThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:37:14 +0000What Exactly Was the Christmas Star? Star of Bethlehem may not have actually been a starThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:20 +0000Washington State Has Released up to 3,200 Inmates Early Thanks to Computer Glitch software bug has been miscalculating release dates for 13 yearsWed, 23 Dec 2015 22:00:01 +0000Listen to Bob Dylan Read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” favorite voice interprets a classicWed, 23 Dec 2015 20:30:30 +0000Tied Up in Knots? Call a Yarn Detangler niche group of knitters specializes in wrangling disobedient skeinsWed, 23 Dec 2015 18:00:14 +0000It Took Israeli Authorities Months to Identify This Strange, Gold Object artifact or back massager?Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:30:01 +0000Virginians Can Now Legally Smile for Their Licenses trip to the DMV is about to get a little less awful Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:05 +0000Here's Why NASA Had to Postpone a 2016 Mission to Mars leak in a key instrument on board the InSight lander means the team will have to wait for the next launch window in 2018Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Oysters Could Save Staten Island From the Next Hurricane Sandy living breakwater could prevent future flooding while cleaning polluted watersWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:36:39 +0000Meet the World’s Most Threatened Christmas Trees conifers' survival is endangered by disease, deforestation and competition Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:48 +0000This Hearing Test Can Be Taken Over the Phone it doesn't replace a visit to a doctor, researchers hope it will persuade more people to seek helpWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorials generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Sensors Designed for Prosthetic Hands Could Lead to New Textile Standards sensors might help figure out if thread count really mattersWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Nature, Virgin Births Are Pretty Common do it, bugs do it, even some species of snakes do itWed, 23 Dec 2015 12:00:53 +0000The FDA Lifted a Lifetime Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men Giving Blood did it?Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000They’re Back: Supposedly Extinct Sea Snakes Have Been Found in Australia 15 years later and about 1,000 miles away from the last sighting, the snakes could be making a comebackTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:43:01 +0000Scientists Are Searching for Space Chemicals That Could Never Exist on Earth chemicals in deep space could help explain the origins of lifeTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000SpaceX's Rocket Stuck the Landing the first Falcon 9 launch in six months, the first stage booster rocket make a neat u-turn in air and a clean landing on the groundTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:50 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skull actor paid $270,000 for the skull of one of T. rex's cousinsTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000Not All Rainbows Have Every Color on the angle of the sun, ROY G. BIV don't all necessarily appearTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:10:01 +0000Catalonian Nativity Scenes Feature a Man Pooping in the Manger Scene’s Corner also celebrate Christmas by beating a log until it poops out treatsTue, 22 Dec 2015 16:30:28 +0000Lions Get More Protection From the Endangered Species Act will still be able to hunt in some regions, but bringing trophies home will be harderMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:49:37 +0000A Brief History of Figgy Pudding dense, spicy dish has been giving good cheer for centuriesMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:00:31 +0000A New San Francisco Overpass Could Be Bedecked With Demonic-Looking Cats"Catbridge": Unnerving or adorable? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:30:29 +0000In Parts of China, Clean Air Costs Extra are being charged for fresh airMon, 21 Dec 2015 18:00:49 +0000This Weekend's Southern Lights Were Nothing Short of Spectacular Northern Hemisphere hasn't yet cornered the market for glorious auroraeMon, 21 Dec 2015 17:24:37 +0000Montenegro Will Get a Women’s-Only Art Museum museum was proposed by feminist punk collective Pussy RiotFri, 18 Dec 2015 21:00:03 +0000How Do Hardworking Hummingbirds Keep Cool? “windows” in the feathers covering their tiny bodies prevent overheating while hovering and flyingFri, 18 Dec 2015 20:30:00 +0000Darwin's “Puddle” Could Show How New Species Emerge in Close Quarters genetic study of cichlid fish in a small crater lake seems to support a debated evolutionary conceptFri, 18 Dec 2015 19:40:46 +0000Two Sparkling Meteor Showers Will Bookend the New Year should be on the lookout in coming weeks for the Ursid and Quadrantid showersFri, 18 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Mother Teresa Will Become an Official Saint champion of India's poorest has sprinted to sainthood since her 1997 deathFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:35:23 +0000These Parrots Use Pebbles as Tools to Grind up Seashells want a mineral supplement?Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:52:53 +0000In Japan, Couples Are Still Legally Required to Have the Same Surname Supreme Court upheld a century-old law that was challenged by equal rights activitstsFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:00:27 +0000Toxic Algae Blooms in Lake Erie Could Become the New Normal to reduce fertilizer runoff may not be enough to counter the blooms when climate change is taken into accountThu, 17 Dec 2015 21:33:48 +0000Shockingly, Pandas That Like Each Other Have More Babies Together deceptively simple discovery could revolutionize panda breedingThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Bestselling Books Are Getting Longer are they getting better? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:30:24 +0000Logbooks From 19th Century Whaling Ships Could Help Climate Change Scientists new crowdsourcing project lets amateur enthusiasts contribute, tooThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:47 +0000Sorry, Treasure Hunters: That Legendary Nazi Gold Train Is a Total Bust months of searching, experts say rumors of a forgotten treasure are just thatThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:13 +0000Skaters Turned a 100-Year-Old Church Into a Mural-Covered Skatepark about holy rollersThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:30:40 +0000The Capitol’s Christmas Tree Is (Partially) Made of Trash debris bedecks a 74-foot tree from Alaska Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:09 +0000Monkeys Like Full Red Lips, Too snub-nosed monkeys, male lips plump up and redden as they age, likely to signify reproductive availability and social statusThu, 17 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Increasingly Describe Their Research As "Astounding" eyebrow-raising finding is just one of several papers published in the British Medical Journal's traditionally lighthearted Christmas issueThu, 17 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Watch a NASA Scientist School the Empire on How to Build a Better Death Star Vader could have saved a few dollars by building it around an asteroidThu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:07 +0000Utah Will Soon Have an Imaginary Theme Park 2016, virtual reality fanatics will step into a VR "VOID" Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:00:57 +0000Rainbow Collars Could Help Keep Cats From Wiping Out Birds colorful trick may stop Fluffy from murdering local songbirdsWed, 16 Dec 2015 17:07:48 +0000How to Prep Your Pooch to Win Best in Show hope the judge is in a good moodWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:15:49 +0000Poltergeist and Quijote Are Among the New Approved Names for Alien Planets in 45 countries submitted ideas for naming exoplanets and their host stars after legends and literatureWed, 16 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Dine Behind the Iron Curtain With Soviet Era Recipes new cookbook explores a time of food shortages and standardization, colored with some nostalgiaWed, 16 Dec 2015 12:00:18 +0000Is Global Warming Changing How Fast the Earth Spins? research suggests that as glaciers melt, the planet's axis is shiftingTue, 15 Dec 2015 19:36:16 +0000Four Things to Know About the Paris Climate Deal strengths and limitations of the roadmap for fighting climate changeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000For the First Time in 242 Years, British Tea Will Be Dumped Into the Boston Harbor up, patriots!Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:00:56 +0000These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machines new tool lets you experience the glory—and embarrassment—of the internet of yoreTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:30:23 +0000These Are the World’s Most Dangerous Emerging Pathogens, According to WHO may not know their names, but health officials are concerned about the epidemic potential of these illnessesTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Much Space Do Astronauts Need? answer could help design spacecraft for one day taking people on the months-long trip to MarsTue, 15 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualized not all cities named Rome are in ItalyMon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:41 +0000Traces of San Francisco’s Pre-1906 Earthquake Chinatown Uncovered sewing machines shed light on an enclave that city officials once tried to eliminateMon, 14 Dec 2015 17:30:47 +0000Jakarta Is Building a Gigantic Bird-Shaped Seawall will the Great Garuda project be enough to save a sinking city? 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