Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:57 +0000Happy 445th Birthday, Caravaggiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-445th-birthday-caravaggio-180960643/The artist’s gory paintings have captivated art lovers for centuriesThu, 29 Sep 2016 18:37:41 +0000Mission Complete: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey Is Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-tomorrows-livestream-rosetta-crashing-comet-180960638/In the early hours of the morning, Rosetta crashed into comet 67P in styleThu, 29 Sep 2016 16:09:42 +0000Doggonit: Genes That Make Fido Human Friendly Also Linked to Mental Disordereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-make-dogs-and-humans-so-close-could-cause-mental-problems-pups-180960652/Dogs’ diversity could make them vulnerable to disorders similar to OCD and autismFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:57 +0000After 80 Years, New York’s Iconic Carnegie Deli Is Closing for Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-80-years-new-yorks-iconic-carnegie-deli-closing-good-180960661/The iconic jewish deli has served heaps of pastrami in Times Square for decadesFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:54:34 +0000Should Californians Stress Out About the New Earthquake Advisory?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-californians-stress-out-about-new-earthquake-advisory-180960659/Here's what you need to knowFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:12:44 +0000These Were the Most-Performed High School Musicals of 2015/2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-most-performed-high-school-musicals-20152016-180960651/Creepy, kooky and supercalifragilisticexpialidociousFri, 30 Sep 2016 15:42:41 +0000Why Iceland’s Biggest City Turned Off Its Lights for One Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-icelands-biggest-city-turned-its-lights-one-night-180960655/Reykjavik decided to pause in the dark to witness one of Earth’s most beautiful phenomenaFri, 30 Sep 2016 15:15:36 +0000Our Galactic Neighborhood Is Bigger Than Scientists Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-part-milky-way-bigger-scientists-thought-180960647/Goodbye spur, hello spiral armFri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Whoops—Dams and Reservoirs Release Tons of Greenhouse Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whoops-dams-and-reservoirs-release-tons-greenhouse-gases-180960645/New study shows reservoirs are actually a major source of carbon emissionsThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:47:55 +0000The Search for Buddy the Kidnapped Penguin Continueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-buddy-kidnapped-penguin-continues-180960639/Two students stole and released an endangered African penguin from an Oceanarium. The problem is Buddy doesn't have the skills to surviveThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:28:41 +0000Archaeologist Finds Ancient Roman Coins in 12th-Century Japanese Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologist-finds-ancient-roman-coins-12th-century-japanese-castle-180960640/East meets westThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:13:41 +0000Why the U.S. Government Is Paying Half a Billion in Settlements to 17 Tribal Governmentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-government-will-pay-half-billion-dollars-settlements-to-native-180960626/That adds to 95 cases the U.S. has settled with native groups since 2012Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:31:46 +0000When the Inventor of the Diesel Engine Disappearedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-inventor-diesel-engine-disappeared-180960635/Rudolf Diesel’s fate is still intriguing to this dayThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:47:56 +0000Sorry, Stargazers: There’s No Way to See This Weekend’s Black Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-stargazers-theres-no-way-see-weekends-black-moon-180960630/It’s just a trumped-up nickname for a new moonWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:03:56 +0000Over 180 Countries Just Approved a Ban on Pangolin Traffickinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-180-countries-just-approved-ban-pangolin-trafficking-180960625/It’s a big win for a weird little creatureWed, 28 Sep 2016 17:11:12 +0000Welcome the First "Three-Parent" Baby Into the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-first-three-parent-baby-into-world-180960624/Fertility doctor John Zhang and his team transplanted DNA from one egg to another to prevent a fatal mitochondrial diseaseWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:45:15 +0000Listen to the First Computer-Made Tune on Alan Turing's Synthesizerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-first-recording-alan-turing-playing-tune-synthesizer-180960586/From code-breaker to musical innovatorWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:15:00 +0000Rule Allows Native Hawaiians to Form Their Own Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rule-allows-native-hawaiians-form-their-own-government-180960598/A rule by the Interior Department will allow indigenous Hawaiians to vote on creating a sovereign government similar to those of Native American tribesWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:00 +0000You, Too, Could Own a Copy of the Voyager Golden Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-golden-record-re-issued-voyagers-40th-anniversary-180960594/Ozma records is producing a box set of the album sent into the cosmos to reach out to potential extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:27:56 +0000This Speedy, Wall-Crawling Conveyor System Will Now Deliver Books at the New York Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speedy-wall-crawling-conveyor-system-will-now-deliver-books-new-york-public-library-180960549/Like a robotic, book-carrying trainWed, 28 Sep 2016 14:14:33 +0000Rare Painting by a Victorian-Era Artist Found on “Antiques Roadshow”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-painting-victorian-artist-found-antiques-roadshow-180960601/You never know what might be lying around the atticWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:35:00 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for Icy Geysers Erupting on Europahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-may-have-spotted-icy-geysers-europa-again-180960596/Possible water plumes could give researchers a way to study Jupiter’s moon without drillingTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:37 +0000Russian Burger King Campaign Isn't the First to Mix Art and Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-burger-campaign-isnt-first-mix-art-advertising-180960579/There’s a lot of back-and-forth between these worldsTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:47:38 +0000Nine in Ten People Worldwide Breathe Dangerous Air Every Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-ten-people-worldwide-breathe-dangerous-air-every-day-180960595/The WHO just released the most detailed air pollution report ever—and the results are soberingTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:35:32 +0000Channel Childhoods Gone By With This Digital Archive of Victorian Children’s Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/channel-childhoods-gone-digital-archive-victorian-childrens-books-180960330/From nursery rhymes to religious lectures, this digital archive shows how kids read in a bygone ageTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000Scientists Catch Schrödinger’s Cat on Camerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-catch-schrodingers-cat-camera-180960583/No cats were harmed in the making of this scienceTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:42:35 +0000This Documentary Series Will Teach You About World War I in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-series-will-teach-you-about-world-war-i-real-time-180960329/A week-by-week approach to the Great WarTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows How Cats Spread Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-study-details-spread-cats-around-world-180960573/Felines spread in two waves including moving around Europe on Viking ships, according to researchersTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:50:15 +0000This Supermarket Sells Only Wasted Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supermarket-sells-only-wasted-food-180960590/It’s a yummy solution to a worldwide problemTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000An 1885 Ship Just Sailed Back to New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1885-ship-just-sailed-back-nyc-180960587/After a 16-month-long overhaul, the Wavertree has been restored to her former gloryTue, 27 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000China Switches on the World's Largest Radio Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-switches-worlds-largest-radio-telescope-first-time-180960591/Measuring 1,640 feet across, the massive device will scour the skies for signs of life and new galaxiesMon, 26 Sep 2016 19:09:43 +0000Chinese Malls Are Filled With Sad Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-malls-are-filled-sad-animals-180960575/As cities spread, so do depressing mall zoosMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:43:34 +0000A Statue of Lenin Has Finally Come Down from Red Square...in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-lenin-has-finally-come-down-red-square-new-york-city-180960568/One of Manhattan’s strangest buildings has lost its mascotMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:13:33 +0000 How Arnold Palmer and President Eisenhower Made Golf the Post-War Pastimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-arnold-palmer-and-president-eisenhower-made-post-war-pastime-180960585/The charismatic, working-class golfer and beloved president made golf the sport of elites and middle-class duffers for a generationMon, 26 Sep 2016 17:18:40 +0000NASA Didn’t Change Your Astrological Sign, Blame It on Earth's Wobbly Rotationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-didnt-change-your-astrological-sign-stars-did-180960584/Astrology is not a scienceMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Getty Instagram Grant Winners Document the Drama of the Everydayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-instagram-grant-winners-document-drama-of-everyday-180960577/From teen moms to slices of street lifeMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:29:02 +0000Watch Acoustic Holograms Create Complex Shapes and Levitate Dropletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/holograms-produced-sound-waves-first-time-180960563/These mesmarizing effects are created using only a plastic 3-D printed plate and speakerMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Letter Tells What Al Capone Was Up to in Alcatrazhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letter-tells-what-al-capone-was-alcatraz-180960578/Two words: prison bandMon, 26 Sep 2016 15:42:54 +0000New Movie Posters Turn Scientists Into Superheroes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-posters-turn-research-scientists-superheroes-180960532/The Center for Infectious Disease Research recasts the fight against disease in a series of movie and comic book-style postersMon, 26 Sep 2016 14:43:34 +0000This Music Was Composed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-was-composed-climate-change-180960560/Dying forests make magnificently melancholy listeningFri, 23 Sep 2016 17:43:55 +0000Canada Is Building a Trail That Measures Almost 15,000 Mileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-building-trail-measures-almost-15000-miles-180960558/In 2017, the world’s longest trail will finally be completeFri, 23 Sep 2016 16:59:22 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows Aboriginal Australians Are the World's Oldest Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-tests-suggest-aboriginal-australians-have-oldest-society-planet-180960569/The group was the first to split after a single wave of migration out of Africa took place between 51,000 and 72,000 years ago, study showsFri, 23 Sep 2016 15:05:28 +0000Scientists Virtually Peek Inside Ancient Biblical Charred Scrollshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-virtually-peak-inside-ancient-biblical-charred-scrolls-180960559/A completely burned Biblical text is now readableFri, 23 Sep 2016 14:18:58 +0000George Washington’s Biracial Family Is Getting New Recognitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-biracial-family-new-recognition-180960553/The National Park Service is finally acknowledging the first president’s biracial familyThu, 22 Sep 2016 19:28:24 +0000Mexican Police Raid Sawmills to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexican-police-raid-sawmills-protect-monarch-habitat-180960556/Federal authorities closed down seven illegal logging operations near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in MichoacánThu, 22 Sep 2016 17:07:48 +0000Water Bear Genes Could Help Protect Space Explorers From Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-how-water-bear-genes-could-protect-space-explorers-radiation-180960547/A protein produced by tardigrades, a group of microscopic but hardy creatures, protects and repairs DNA damaged by X-raysWed, 21 Sep 2016 19:40:19 +0000Colombian Statue Heads Home After 80 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colombian-statue-heads-home-after-80-years-180960548/The slab figure disappeared from Colombia's National Musuem in 1939Wed, 21 Sep 2016 19:18:28 +0000This Group Celebrates Kenya’s Religious Diversity by Painting Religious Centers Yellowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-celebrates-kenyas-religious-diversity-painting-religious-centers-yellow-180960539/Painting for pluralismWed, 21 Sep 2016 18:52:05 +0000Fake Towns Could Help People With Alzheimer’s Live Happier Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-towns-could-help-people-alzheimers-live-happier-lives-180960518/Model towns meant to spark memories could help patients with dementiaWed, 21 Sep 2016 18:24:31 +0000Extreme Birdwatching Is a Thing, and This Could Be Its Greatest Year Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extreme-birdwatching-thing-and-could-be-its-greatest-year-ever-180960536/Thank El Niño for a Big Year that's bashing previous recordsWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:22:52 +0000Blind People Can Use Visual Areas of the Brain to Solve Math Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-solving-math-problems-blind-people-can-use-visual-areas-their-brain-180960537/The brain is a highly adaptable organWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:08:22 +0000France Waves 'Au Revoir' to Plastic Tablewarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-waves-au-revoir-plastic-tableware-180960533/If it doesn't come from biological sources, the country's new motto is "just say <i>non</i>" Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:33:44 +0000Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Pluto Has That Icy Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figured-out-why-pluto-has-heart-180960530/The dwarf planet’s geography, atmosphere and chemistry helped form its most famous featureTue, 20 Sep 2016 19:01:06 +0000World's Oldest Fish Hooks Discovered in Okinawahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-fish-hooks-discovered-okinawa-180960529/The 23,000-year-old barbs are made from snail shell. The discovery shows that early people had the resources to survive on the isolated islandTue, 20 Sep 2016 18:46:00 +0000Scientists Puzzle Over Unusual Mammoth Skull Unearthed in the Channel Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unearthed-mammoth-skull-raises-ton-questions-1-180960528/The well-preserved fossil doesn't neatly fit in with other examples of the speciesTue, 20 Sep 2016 18:42:51 +0000A British Jail Is Paying Artistic Tribute to Oscar Wilde, its Most Famous Inmatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-jail-paying-artistic-tribute-oscar-wilde-its-most-famous-inmate-180960510/Patti Smith, Ai Weiwei and others envision what it's like to be <i>Inside</i>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:41:25 +0000Skeleton Pulled From the Antikythera Shipwreck Could Give Clues to Life Aboard the Vesselhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-could-unlock-new-details-about-life-aboard-antikythera-shipwreck-180960515/Archaeologists hope to analyze DNA taken from a skeleton found among the wreckageTue, 20 Sep 2016 14:29:56 +0000A Brief History of America’s Complicated Relationship With Wild Horseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-americas-complicated-relationship-horses-180960493/The iconic symbol of the Wild West has a tangled and controversial storyTue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Record-Breaking Lightning Strikes Force Redefinition of the Thunderbolthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/longest-thunderbolt-ever-recorded-rewrites-definition-lightning-180960508/A 199.5-mile-long streak captured the title for world's longest and a 7.74-second blast won world's brightestMon, 19 Sep 2016 20:17:13 +0000Amateur Archaeologist Discovers Significant Amount of Scotland's Ancient Rock Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archeologist-discovers-significant-amount-scotlands-known-rock-art-180960511/Musician and avid walker George Currie has catalogued 670 pieces of prehistoric rock art in the HighlandsMon, 19 Sep 2016 19:30:24 +0000Stalking Down Answers: Why Are Some Redwoods White?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stalking-down-answers-why-albino-redwoods-are-white-180960512/The mysterious pale trees many not just be odd genetic mutations, a new study findsMon, 19 Sep 2016 18:31:28 +0000Augmented Reality Art Imagines What Could Be Seattle’s Weird, Bleak Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/augmented-reality-art-imagines-what-could-beseattles-weird-bleak-future-180960403/Artist envisions mutant flowers and drone-like seaweed that may one day take over a post-climate change SeattleMon, 19 Sep 2016 15:24:37 +0000A New Choral Work Was Inspired by the Death of Matthew Shepardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-choral-work-was-inspired-death-matthew-shepard-180960484/“Considering Matthew Shepard” finds hope inside a story of hateMon, 19 Sep 2016 14:39:44 +0000Visit the Manuscript of 'Jane Eyre' in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-manuscript-jane-eyre-new-york-180960483/The handwritten novel is in the United States for the first time—along with an exhibition of artifacts from Charlotte Brontë’s brief and brilliant lifeMon, 19 Sep 2016 13:49:19 +0000You Could Own F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-own-f-scott-fitzgeralds-house-180960474/Live in the Victorian rowhouse where a career was bornFri, 16 Sep 2016 18:19:26 +0000The Oldest Lighthouse in the United States Just Celebrated 300 Years of Servicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-lighthouse-united-states-just-celebrated-300-years-service-180960472/The Boston Light still welcomes sailors to Boston HarborFri, 16 Sep 2016 18:11:45 +0000You’ll Want to Sit on Guggenheim’s Latest Piece, an 18-Karat Golden Toilethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-want-sit-guggenheims-latest-piece-18-karat-golden-toilet-180960491/Maurizio Cattelan returns from retirement with this pretentious pottyFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:55:48 +0000This Weekend's Stargazing Triple Threat: Harvest Moon, Eclipse and Possible Supermoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvest-moon-possible-supermoon-and-eclipse-make-stargazers-delight-180960486/This will be the last harvest moon eclipse until 2024Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:14:52 +0000Archaeologists Find Ancient Pot With Traces of 3,000-Year-Old Burnt Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-ancient-pot-traces-3000-year-old-burnt-cheese-180960475/This ancient mishap gives researchers a peek into Bronze Age lifeFri, 16 Sep 2016 15:29:49 +0000Saplings From the 9/11 Survivor Tree Are Headed to Paris, San Bernardino and Orlandohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saplings-911-survivor-tree-are-headed-paris-san-bernardino-orlando-180960476/The tree is a powerful symbol of resilience and life, even in the most tragic circumstancesFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:40:30 +0000The U.S. Government Is Suing for a Set of Lighthouse Lenseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-government-suing-for-set-lighthouse-lenses-180960459/The lenses could be worth up to $600,000Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:32:06 +0000Obama Declares the First Atlantic Ocean National Marine Monumenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-declares-first-atlantic-ocean-national-marine-monument-180960478/With the announcement of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Obama solidifies his legacy as an ocean guardianThu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:47 +0000Earliest Evidence of Indigo Dye Found at Ancient Peruvian Burial Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-evidence-indigo-dye-found-ancient-peruvian-burial-site-180960477/The dyed fabrics represent the earliest known use of indigo in the world, predating Egyptian samples by about 1,600 yearsThu, 15 Sep 2016 19:44:00 +0000People Feel More Tipsy if Their Friends Are Already Drunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-feel-more-drunk-if-their-friends-are-tipsy-too-180960454/Understanding perceived levels of intoxication could help cities combat disorderly conductThu, 15 Sep 2016 16:13:14 +0000New Analysis Shows Disputed Maya “Grolier Codex” Is the Real Dealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-codex-once-thought-be-sketchy-real-thing-180960466/Archaeologists long thought the document was forged, but a recent study suggests otherwiseThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:01:25 +0000Five Things to Know About the Most Recent Census Income Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-most-recent-census-income-report-180960462/Income’s up, but the picture is more complicated than thatThu, 15 Sep 2016 14:46:54 +0000Resupply Helps Trapped Arctic Scientists Scare Off Polar Bear "Siege"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/resupply-helps-trapped-arctic-scientists-scare-polar-bears-siege-180960471/With sea ice cover at record lows, polar bear conflict with humans becomes more commonThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:40:14 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Breathtaking Details of Our Rapidly Changing Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dancing-mayflies-bring-home-win-top-nature-photo-contest-180960439/Winning photos capture moments of stark change in the natural world in the Royal Society’s second annual contestWed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:00 +0000Behold a Billion Stars in This Stunning New Map of the Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-just-mapped-billion-stars-galaxy-180960465/Generated from Gaia satellite data, this stellar new map is the most complete chart of our galaxy to dateWed, 14 Sep 2016 20:48:03 +0000Watch a 10-Ton Ice Cube Melt on a Seattle Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-10-ton-ice-cube-melt-seattle-square-180960377/It’s a different kind of block partyWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:30:00 +0000This Camera Uses Radiation to Read Closed Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-uses-radiation-read-closed-books-180960417/No need to open a book to read past its coverWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:10:00 +0000Understanding the Controversy Behind the Dakota Access Pipelinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/understanding-controversy-behind-dakota-access-pipeline-180960450/What to know as protesters and the oil company continue to clashWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:00:13 +0000New xkcd Comic Masterfully Shows How Climate Has Changed Through Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-comic-masterfully-shows-how-climate-has-changed-through-time-180960451/Scroll through 20,000 years of humorously illustrated climate dataWed, 14 Sep 2016 14:31:41 +0000The Woman in the Iconic V-J Day Kiss Photo Died at 92, Here's Her Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-iconic-v-j-photo-died-age-92-heres-her-story-180960435/There’s more to the image than meets the eyeWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Four Finds from University of Kansas' Collection of Radical Zineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-finds-from-university-of-kansas-collection-of-radical-zines-180958761/The university's Solidarity! Radical Library boasts a collection of almost 1,000 alternative papersWed, 14 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Sugar Study Draws Attention to Food Industry’s Sour Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-food-companies-bias-health-research-180960440/Food industries have long opened their wallets to snag a piece of the science pie Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:32:13 +0000Second Ship From Sir John Franklin's 19th-Century Expedition Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-ship-sir-john-franklins-19th-century-expedition-found-180960437/Two years and a day after its sister ship was discovered, Canadian researchers find the H.M.S. <i>Terror</i>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:51:28 +0000The New York Public Library’s Radical Zine Collection Is Now on Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-librarys-radical-zine-collection-now-display-180960397/Check out pamphlets from people like Noam Chomsky and Mumia Abu-JamalTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:56:37 +0000What Will the Memorials of the Future Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-will-memorials-future-look-180960401/From underwater trees to mechanical parrots, the memorials of tomorrow don’t look much like the ones that exist todayTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:58 +0000What Does Science Say About the Five-Second Rule? It’s Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-science-say-about-five-second-rule-its-complicated-180960434/The real world is a lot more nuanced than this simple rule reflectsTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:54 +0000Watch E.coli Evolve Before Your Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-ecoli-evolve-your-eyes-180960418/This is how antibiotic resistance happensTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:22:23 +0000Curators Are One Piece Closer to Solving the Mystery of Magritte’s Missing Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curators-are-one-piece-closer-solving-mystery-magrittes-missing-painting-180960421/<i>The Enchanted Pose</i> is coming back from the dead—one painted-over quarter at a timeTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:30 +0000Here’s How the Oxford English Dictionary Chooses New Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-oxford-english-dictionary-chooses-new-words-180960423/“YOLO,” “uptalk” and “gender-fluid” have all made the cutTue, 13 Sep 2016 15:30:00 +0000Pew Research Shows Public Libraries Remain Vital to Communitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pew-research-shows-public-libraries-remain-vital-communities-180960427/The latest poll shows that the majority of Americans think libraries have the resources they needTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:14:25 +0000These Early Infographics Illustrated the Plight of America’s Poorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-early-infographics-illustrated-plight-americas-poor-180960414/Florence Kelley used hard numbers to effect changeMon, 12 Sep 2016 19:06:01 +0000Fish Industry On the Hook for Rampant Mislabeling of Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-fish-are-often-caught-mislabeled-and-end-food-180960413/A new report identifies rampant fraud in the seafood industryMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:36:47 +0000A Starchy Sixth Sense Could Explain Why Humans Love Carbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starchy-sixth-sense-could-explain-why-humans-love-carbs-180960376/Our tongues may be even more sensitive than once thoughtMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:55:15 +0000There Are Four Giraffe Species—Not Just Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-four-giraffe-species-not-just-one-180960411/The downside to this revelation: several of the new species are critically endangeredMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:21:52 +0000This Slo-Mo Sneeze Video Shows Just How Far Spray Clouds Can Spreadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slo-mo-video-shows-just-how-big-sneeze-clouds-can-get-180960257/Gross as it may be, by mapping the ejected sneeze droplets, researchers hope to better control the spread of diseaseMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000Thousands of Toilets Submerged in NY Harbor Go From Bathroom Throne to Oyster Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-dumping-thousands-toilets-new-york-harbor-bring-back-its-oysters-180960394/It’s much too soon to eat them, thoughMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:28:35 +0000These Stunning Images Capture the Unseen Beauty of Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-stunning-photos-are-made-booze-180960380/Drink to the magic of polarized light microscopy Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:05:16 +0000This Digital Collection of Babe Ruth’s Scrapbooks Is a Piece of Home Run Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-collection-babe-ruths-scrapbooks-piece-home-run-history-180960406/The Baseball Hall of Fame is sharing its collection with the internetFri, 09 Sep 2016 19:48:56 +0000DNA from 17th-Century Teeth Confirms Cause of London’s Great Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-17th-century-teeth-confirms-cause-londons-great-plague-180960405/Skeletons excavated from a mass grave during London’s Crossrail project yield new clues about the ancient mysteryFri, 09 Sep 2016 18:44:52 +0000Inside the 9/11 Museum’s First Art Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/911-museums-first-art-show-180960396/The exhibit marks the 15th anniversary of the attacksFri, 09 Sep 2016 17:18:40 +0000Even Napoleon Had an Unpublished Manuscript, and Now It’s up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-napoleon-had-unpublished-manuscript-and-now-its-auction-180960400/His handwritten novella captures his feelings toward love at age 26Fri, 09 Sep 2016 15:45:37 +0000North America Is Crazy For Lego Toys and the Manufacturer Can’t Keep Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-america-is-crazy-for-lego-toys-and-manufacturer-cant-keep-up-180960395/The bricks keep kids and adults coming back for moreFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Austria and Turkey Are Butting Heads Over an Archaeological Dighttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austria-and-turkey-are-butting-heads-over-archaeological-dig-180960379/Turkish authorities have shut down a major dig early due to international tensionsFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Five Times Aleppo Was the Center of the World’s Attentionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-times-aleppo-was-center-worlds-attention-180960390/Will the once-regal city survive this moment in the spotlight?Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:25:33 +0000Celebrate 50 Years of International Literacy Day With the British Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-50-years-international-literacy-day-british-library-180960392/Butterflies, rabbits and Shakespeare: there's something for everybodyThu, 08 Sep 2016 17:27:38 +0000Your Brain Is Full of Magnetic Minerals, and You Might Not Like the Reason Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-full-magnets-and-you-might-not-reason-why-180960353/Blame air pollution for the microscopic minerals that go up your nose and into your nogginThu, 08 Sep 2016 16:35:18 +0000Watch OSIRIS-REx Head to the Cosmos to Grab a Scoop of Asteroid Dusthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/osiris-rex-prepares-grab-cup-asteroid-dust-180960345/Today, NASA will launch the spacecraft which will travel to the nearby asteroid BennuThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:38:56 +0000Why the U.S. Is Pledging Millions to Clean Up Bombs in Laoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-us-pledging-millions-clean-bombs-laos-180960351/Decades later, a once-secret war still threatens LaotiansThu, 08 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000Delayed InSight Mission to Mars Slated to Launch in 2018http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delayed-insight-mission-mars-slated-launch-1-180960383/With redesigned equipment, scientists hope to unearth how the Red Planet came to beWed, 07 Sep 2016 19:46:20 +0000Why Syrian Bakers Are Still Making Bread in Spite of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-syrian-bakers-are-still-making-bread-spite-civil-war-180960207/Bakers are going to great lengths to preserve a little bit of normalcyWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:42:29 +0000Cleaning This Portrait Could Change the Way Historians See Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleaning-this-portrait-could-change-the-way-historians-see-shakespeare-180960374/The only portrait of the Bard made while he was alive might be getting touch-upsWed, 07 Sep 2016 17:09:27 +0000Explore Skulls and Artifacts From a 16th-Century Warshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/website-lets-anyone-study-skulls-and-artifacts-16th-century-warship-180960352/The <i>Mary Rose</i> was the pride of Henry VIII’s fleet before it sank at seaWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:10:22 +0000Fuel Your Design Obsession With 200,000 Newly Digitized Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fuel-your-design-obsession-200000-newly-digitized-artifacts-180960360/Explore 30 centuries of design at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum without leaving your computerWed, 07 Sep 2016 15:00:10 +0000Remembering the Tasmanian Tiger, 80 Years After It Became Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-tasmanian-tiger-80-years-after-it-became-extinct-180960358/Today, the animal’s memory is alive and well in AustraliaWed, 07 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000Don't Miss These Dazzling, Iconic Flower Festivalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-these-dazzling-iconic-flower-festivals-180960328/No matter the time of year, it’s always time for a flower festivalTue, 06 Sep 2016 20:02:01 +0000This Is the World’s Best Place for Expatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-best-place-expats-180960321/Taiwan wins big in survey of over 14,000 expatriatesTue, 06 Sep 2016 17:29:35 +0000Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered but Are Still in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-pandas-are-no-longer-endangered-are-still-danger-180960349/They aren't the only ones in trouble: the state of the great apes is more dire than everTue, 06 Sep 2016 17:29:10 +0000After Two Years of Searching, Comet Lander Philae Finally Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-searching-comet-lander-philae-finally-found-180960350/Photographs of the small probe come just weeks before the mission ends with Rosetta’s comet touchdownTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:45:47 +0000Awesome New Maps Show Alaska in High-Resolution Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awesome-new-maps-show-alaska-high-resolution-detail-180960344/The ArcticDEMs are the first set of detailed elevation maps of the Great White NorthTue, 06 Sep 2016 15:46:43 +0000Identical Twin Puppies Confirmed for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/identical-twin-puppies-confirmed-first-time-180960326/Two Irish wolfhounds from South Africa shared the same placenta and have the same genetic makeupTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:58:04 +0000Mosquito Sprayers Accidentally "Nuke" Millions of Bees in South Carolinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquito-sprayers-accidentally-nuke-bees-south-carolina-180960341/After reports of four new Zika cases, Dorchester County aerial sprayed insecticide, destroying several beekeeping operationsFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:31:59 +0000Two Pterosaur Finds Are Helping to Untangle Their Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pterosaur-species-rewrite-history-flying-dinos-180960305/An intact skull and a pint-sized species offer clues to how these creatures evolvedFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:00:06 +0000See the Marriage License From the Historic Loving Decisionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-loving-decision-marriage-license-display-180960323/Visitors can see the document that led to the Supreme Court case that overturned laws barring interracial marriage in the U.S. on displayFri, 02 Sep 2016 18:44:00 +0000One in Four Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-four-americans-didnt-read-book-last-year-180960340/But don't mourn the death of the printed word just yetFri, 02 Sep 2016 18:31:38 +0000Alabama Library Plans to Enforce Strict Overdue Book Ordinancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alabama-library-plans-enforce-strict-overdue-book-ordinance-180960318/You could face a fine or even spend a night in jail for keeping books too longFri, 02 Sep 2016 17:48:14 +0000Streams Around Baltimore Are Flush With Amphetamineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/streams-around-baltimore-are-getting-contaminated-meth-180960309/So many people are sending drugs down the drain, increasing amounts are ending up in waterwaysFri, 02 Sep 2016 16:26:06 +0000New Project Pairs Modern News Photos with Old Masters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-pairs-modern-news-photos-old-masters-180960280/"Recognition," winner of Tate's IK Prize, uses machine learning to match artwork with images coming from the 24/7 news cycleFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:07:00 +0000What's With the People With Easels in Art Museums? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-people-easels-art-museums-180960261/Inside the longest-running program at the METFri, 02 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Scholars Uncover Secret Message from Mussolinihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-uncover-secret-message-mussolini-180960312/The dictator's self-image lives on deep beneath an obelisk he built to commemorate his own greatnessThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:53:30 +0000The Science Behind Hawaii's Double Hurricanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-hawaiis-double-hurricane-180960310/Having two cyclones in the ocean is not rare, but when they get too close to each other things can get crazyThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:01:46 +0000New York's Highest Court Has Expanded the Definition of What it Means to Be a Parenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-highest-court-expanded-definition-of-what-it-means-to-be-a-parent-180960308/Under New York law, parental rights have now become more inclusiveWed, 31 Aug 2016 19:31:40 +0000Now Departing: Some of America’s Most Iconic Train Signshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-departing-some-americas-most-iconic-train-signs-180960294/Amtrak will demolish departure boards in Philadelphia and New YorkWed, 31 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Shows Manspreading Has Been Taking up Subway Space for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-shows-manspreading-has-been-taking-up-subway-space-for-decades-180960291/Vintage ads show struggles with transit etiquette Wed, 31 Aug 2016 17:20:00 +0000Deadly Fungal Infections Are Growing Antibiotic Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungal-infections-are-getting-worse-they-become-drug-resistant-180960283/Fungicides used in agriculture may be impacting the effectiveness of some medicinesWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:54:56 +0000Unnerving Find: Cells That Control Goosebumps and Nipple Erectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-nerves-controls-goosebumps-and-nipple-erections-180960290/A new study documents eight new types of nerve cells, including ones that control sweating and blood flowWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:10:00 +0000Could You Solve the Case of the Missing Mystery Heirs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-you-solve-case-missing-mystery-heirs-180960298/Are you related to Clifton Robbins? You could receive royalties from his 21st-century publisherWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000The U.S. Government Is Buying Tons of Eggs and Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-government-buying-tons-eggs-and-cheese-180960296/A Depression-Era program is helping bail out America’s egg and dairy farmersWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:29:00 +0000That "Strong" SETI Signal Probably Isn't Alienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seti-signal-doesnt-necessarily-mean-weve-found-aliens-180960292/Sorry folks, E.T. is still not phoning homeTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:16:20 +0000You Can Thank These Depression-Era Workers for Your National Parks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-thank-these-depression-era-workers-your-national-parks-180960284/Daily life in the Civilian Conservation Corps is preserved in a new National Park Service archiveTue, 30 Aug 2016 17:54:32 +0000The Remains of 400-Year-Old Scottish Soldiers Will Be Reburied in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-400-year-old-scottish-soldiers-will-be-reburied-england-180960270/The soldiers were captured by Oliver Cromwell's forces following the Battle of DunbarTue, 30 Aug 2016 16:30:00 +0000Crew From NASA's Yearlong Mars Simulation Finally Emerges From the Domehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-year-long-hawaiian-mars-simulation-over-180960288/Would-be Martians say aloha to a challenging experiment Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:09:31 +0000The U.K. Bans Queen Victoria’s Coronet From Leaving British Soilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-bans-queen-victorias-coronet-leaving-british-soil-180960281/The government has placed the artifact under an export ban in hopes a collector will keep it in-countryTue, 30 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Read a Chilling Letter From Bonnie and Clydehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-chilling-letter-bonnie-and-clyde-180960277/Got $40,000? You could own an angry letter from the vengeful duo Mon, 29 Aug 2016 20:08:03 +0000Rare Dodo Composite Skeleton Goes On Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-dodo-skeleton-goes-sale-180960269/A British auction house is selling one of only a dozen known dodo skeletons, put together by a collector from the bones of several birds Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:15:31 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Hiding Another Massive Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-barrier-reef-has-been-hiding-another-massive-reef-180960279/The iconic coral reef sits above an even deeper oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 19:11:53 +0000Rare Great White Shark Nursery Discovered Off the Coast of New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-white-shark-nursery-discovered-near-new-york-180960278/Researchers find North Atlantic great whites spend their first 20 years in the waters off Montauk, Long IslandMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:24:22 +0000New Exhibition Shares Rare Ansel Adams Photos of the American Westhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-shares-rare-ansel-adams-photos-american-west-180960273/See breathtaking early works by the iconic photographerMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:11:45 +0000Mesmerizing Animation Shows Potential Animal Escape Routes in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mesmerizing-animation-shows-where-animals-going-survive-climate-change-180960253/"Migrations in Motion" models the journeys over 2,900 species may take to find new habitatsMon, 29 Aug 2016 13:40:30 +0000President Obama Just Created the World's Largest Marine Protected Area http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-obama-just-created-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area-180960271/Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument is now twice the size of TexasFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:40:17 +0000After 52 Years, the War Between Colombia and the FARC Will End http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-52-years-war-between-colombia-and-farc-will-end-180960267/Four out of five of the decades-long conflict's dead were civiliansFri, 26 Aug 2016 18:07:28 +0000Discovery of a New Class of Galaxies Challenges Our Understanding of How Galaxy Formation Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-of-a-new-class-of-galaxies-challenges-our-understanding-of-how-galaxy-formation-works-180960265/Dragonfly 44 near the Coma cluster has the same mass as the Milky Way but only 1 percent of the visible matterFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000France’s Top Court Overturns Burkini Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-top-court-overturns-burkini-ban-180960266/French swimmers may keep wearing what they pleaseFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:00:05 +0000The Fight to Preserve Langston Hughes’ Harlem Home From Gentrificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/langston-hughes-harlem-home-180960260/A new kind of Harlem renaissance is threatening the home of one of America's greatest poetsFri, 26 Aug 2016 15:16:11 +0000Help Crowdsource the History of Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-crowdsource-history-wine-180960201/The University of California, Davis, is looking for online volunteers to help catalog and describe 5,200 wine labelsFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-fishermen-caught-650-pound-sturgeon-180960256/Nicknamed “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wildFri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Playing the Bagpipes Can Literally Kill Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-bagpipes-can-literally-kill-you-180960227/Known as “Bagpipe Lung,” the reaction can wreak havoc on your respiratory systemFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000This Algorithm Lets You “Write” Like the Greatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-now-teach-computer-write-anyone-180960202/Your words, their handwritingFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Calling All Conspiracy Theorists: Alaska's "Mind-Control Lab" Is Hosting an Open Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-alaska-research-lab-are-holding-open-house-dispel-conspiracy-theories-180960255/Depending on who you ask, HAARP can control minds, weather, and even earthquakesThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:28:34 +0000Hearst Castle Has a Brush With California's Wildfireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearst-castle-has-brush-californias-wildfires-180960237/Curators were ready to evacuate the Hearst Estate, now a state park and museum full of priceless art, furniture and historyThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:36:15 +0000Coffee Consumption Could Be In Your Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coffee-consumption-could-be-your-genes-180960252/A new study shows a genetic variation in caffeine metabolism may lead some to drink a little less joeThu, 25 Aug 2016 18:52:26 +0000This Robot Is Soft and Squishy Inside and Out—No Wires or Batteries Necessaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-robot-no-wires-or-batteries-180960250/"Octobot" uses a deceptively simple fuel source and inspiration from the depths of the seaThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:05 +0000Ancient Egyptian Stories Will Be Published in English for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-stories-will-be-published-english-first-time-180960244/Translated from hieroglyphics on monuments, tombs and papyri, the book will present tales few outside of academia have readThu, 25 Aug 2016 16:34:48 +0000Explore Some of America's Greatest National Parks in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-some-americas-greatest-national-parks-virtual-reality-180960243/The next best thing to celebrating the Centennial in personThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:36:26 +0000Astronomers Have Discovered an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Our Cosmic Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-have-discovered-earth-exoplanet-our-cosmic-backyard-180960242/But what would potential life look like on this planetary neighbor?Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:29:29 +0000Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World's Most Mysterious Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/publisher-set-to-release-exact-replicas-of-worlds-most-mysterious-manuscript-180960225/There will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for over a centuryWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:10:40 +0000Maine Just Got the Nation’s Newest National Monumenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-just-got-nations-newest-national-monument-180960234/Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument could one day become a national parkWed, 24 Aug 2016 17:24:37 +0000At 75 Pounds, This Could Be the World's Largest Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-it-takes-make-massive-pearl-180960228/The Filipino fisherman found the massive gem over a decade ago and kept it as a good luck charmWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:46:54 +0000Scan Reveals Rare, 500-Year-Old Mesoamerican Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scan-reveals-Mesoamerican-manuscript-180960218/Hyperspectral imagery reveals hidden Mixtec paintings and glyphs on the 16-foot, deer-hide Codex SeldenWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:40:00 +0000Inside the Upcoming Memorial and Museum Dedicated to Lynching Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-upcoming-memorial-and-museum-dedicated-to-lynching-victims-180960219/Spanning slavery to segregation to mass incarcerationWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:25:10 +0000The Geology Behind Italy’s Catastrophic Quakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geology-behind-italys-catastrophic-quake-180960233/A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the Apennine Mountains—and given the region’s geology, that’s no surpriseWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:01:48 +0000After Two Years, Lost NASA Spacecraft Phones Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-lost-nasa-spacecraft-phones-home-180960221/Using the Deep Space Network, mission control has reestablished contact with the solar observatory STEREO-B Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:02 +0000Fifty Years Ago, This Photo Captured the First View of Earth From the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fifty-years-ago-this-photo-captured-first-view-of-earth-from-the-moon-180960222/And Earth’s view of itself changed foreverTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:21 +0000Why London's New Abstract Expressionism Show Is a Big Dealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-londons-abstract-expressionism-show-big-deal-180960140/It's a survey of luminaries from Pollock to De KooningTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Harvard Just Launched a Fascinating Resource All About Bauhaushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-just-launched-fascinating-resource-all-about-bauhaus-180960156/The newly digitized collection is as ambitious as the art school it documentsTue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000How the Library of Congress Is Digitizing Its Braille Music Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-library-congress-digitizing-its-braille-music-collection-180960112/It’s not as simple as putting it through a scannerTue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Love Truman Capote? Buy His Asheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/love-truman-capote-buy-his-ashes-180960216/Is the sale of Capote’s earthy remains a gauche publicity stunt or an act worthy of the audacious author?Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:38:11 +0000Gulp: The World's Highest, Longest Glass Bridge Opens in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gulp-worlds-highest-longest-glass-bridge-opens-china-180960215/The new bridge in Hunan's Zhangjiajie Forest Park overlooks the mountains that inspired AvatarMon, 22 Aug 2016 19:10:34 +0000Here's a Panoramic Glimpse of the Curiosity Rover's Next Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-panoramic-glimpse-curiosity-rovers-next-destination-180960212/Welcome to Murray Buttes. You are now free to rove about the landscapeMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:50:00 +0000Celebrating at Least 1,075 Years, This Pine Could Be Europe's Oldest Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-least-1075-years-pine-could-be-europes-oldest-tree-180960210/The Bosnian pine stands in a forest of ancient trees in the Pindus MountainsMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:34:53 +0000Forget Bowling: Taiwan Has Shrimping Alleys Insteadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-bowling-taiwan-has-shrimping-alleys-instead-180960116/Catch-your-own shrimp bars are one of Taiwan's tastiest trendsMon, 22 Aug 2016 16:52:12 +0000Summer Heat Turns This Siberian Lake Bright Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-heat-turning-siberian-lake-pink-180960206/And it's not the only oneMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:30:00 +0000A Guide to Ancient Magichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-ancient-magic-180960129/In antiquity, love or revenge was just a spell awayMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:15:00 +0000Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Ranch Is Now a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johnny-cashs-tennessee-ranch-now-museum-180960189/Complete with a car built “one piece at a time”Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:47:04 +0000Tree Rings Help Circle in on Dating Pre-History Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-rings-help-circle-dating-pre-history-events-180960180/Solar flares create spikes in the Carbon-14 of woody plants that can provide anchor years for more accurate dating of artifactsMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:25:02 +0000Scientists Have Found The Most Efficient Way to Hold a Coffee Mughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-most-efficient-way-hold-coffee-mug-180960185/Drinking it is a different storyMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Soon Everyone Will Be Able to Read NASA-Funded Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-making-it-easier-check-out-research-its-funding-180960172/Get ready for a lot more space scienceMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Science Officially Debunks Chemtrails, But the Conspiracy Will Likely Live Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-officially-debunks-chemtrails-conspiracy-live-180960139/A panel of 77 atmospheric scientists and geochemists weigh in on the controversial streaks in the sky Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Complete T. Rex Skull Found in Montanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-t-rex-skull-makes-its-way-seattle-museum-180960197/The "Tufts-Love skull" will be cleaned and put on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:45:45 +0000Five Places Where Confederate Monuments Have Recently Disappeared (or Soon Will) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-confederate-monuments-have-recently-disappeared-or-soon-will-180960173/Vanderbilt University's decision to rename a building to "Memorial Hall" is just one of many ongoing effortsFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:10:08 +0000DOJ Will Say Goodbye to Private Federal Prisonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doj-will-say-goodbye-private-federal-prisons-180960193/Private facilities for federal inmates will be phased out—but state use of the practice remainsFri, 19 Aug 2016 17:34:55 +0000This Olympic Medal Is Even Harder to Win Than the Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olympic-medal-even-harder-win-gold-180960188/The International Olympic Committee values sportsmanship above all elseFri, 19 Aug 2016 15:06:43 +0000Does Climate Change Fuel Floods? It’s Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-climate-change-fuel-floods-its-complicated-180960183/Here’s why that question is hard to answerFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:43:38 +0000Why This Rwandan City Bans Cars Once a Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-rwandan-city-bans-cars-once-month-180960150/Kigali’s #CarFreeDay is a first for AfricaFri, 19 Aug 2016 13:45:00 +0000Explorers Find Second Oldest Shipwreck in the Great Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-oldest-great-lakes-shipwreck-found-180960178/The merchant sloop <i>Washington</i> went down in a storm in 1803 on Lake OntarioThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:57:55 +0000Use the Phrase “Polish Death Camps” in Poland and You May Go to Jailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-phrase-polish-death-camps-in-poland-and-you-may-go-to-jail-180960167/Soon, saying that Nazi death camps were Polish could earn you three years in prisonThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:18:29 +0000Ginormous Goldfish Are Invading Australian Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ginormous-goldfish-are-invading-australian-rivers-180960177/Abandoned by their owners, the fish run rampant and impact the environmentThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:17:30 +0000Why the 1980 Olympic Village Is Now a Prisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-1980-olympic-village-now-prison-180960161/It’s one way to deal with leftover infrastructureThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:42:59 +0000DNA Analysis Reveals What Ötzi the Iceman Wore to His Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-what-otzi-iceman-wore-his-grave-180960170/He rocked surprisingly complex fashion for the Copper AgeThu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dig to Find Fabled Nazi Gold Train Beginshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-find-fabled-nazi-gold-train-begins-180960165/Explorers believe the Nazis stashed an armored train full of gold and weapons in tunnels in Poland's Owl MountainsWed, 17 Aug 2016 17:23:33 +0000This 340-Million-Year-Old Ocean Crust Could Date Back to Pangaeahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bit-seafloor-discovered-mediterranean-180960153/Researchers believe they've found the world's oldest ocean crustWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:54:44 +0000The So-Called “Superhenge” Was Made of Wood, Not Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/so-called-superhenge-was-made-wood-not-stone-180960152/New research shows that the ancient structure was also taken down in a hurryWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:26:29 +0000Adorable Stubby Squid Found Off the Coast of Southern Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-stubby-squid-found-southern-california-180960160/Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus happened across a particularly cute stubby squidWed, 17 Aug 2016 14:33:48 +0000Eerie Video Shows How Coral Bleacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eerie-video-shows-how-coral-bleaches-180960151/Time-lapse video captures the coral's convulsions while it expels the algae that give it colorTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:51:26 +0000Highest Peak in South Dakota Renamed for Oglala Lakota Medicine Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/highest-peak-south-dakota-renamed-oglala-lakota-medicine-man-180960133/A federal board has officially changed South Dakota's Harney Peak to Black Elk PeakTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:09:51 +0000Finland’s Hot New Karaoke Bar Is a Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finlands-hot-new-karaoke-bar-public-library-180960137/Don’t stop believin’ in the power of musicTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:37:49 +0000Part of Your Suntan Comes From Photons That Are Billions of Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-your-suntan-comes-photons-are-billions-years-old-180960135/Thank bodies from beyond the galaxy for a bit of that golden glowMon, 15 Aug 2016 18:44:44 +0000Look Out New Yorkers: Hot Weather Makes Roaches Take to the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-weather-makes-roaches-take-skies-180960134/Ew ew ew ew ewMon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:00 +0000This Deadly Plant Virus Attracts Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-virus-makes-diseased-plants-attractive-bumblebees-180960113/The cucumber mosaic virus alters the scent of tomato plants to attract more bees to their ailing hosts Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:38:48 +0000Did the Ancient Greeks Engage in Human Sacrifice?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-engage-human-sacrifice-180960111/The remains uncovered at an altar to Zeus on Mount Lykaion may confirm legends about human sacrifice at the shrineFri, 12 Aug 2016 16:32:41 +0000There’s a Price to Pay for Saving Spots at Italian Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-price-pay-saving-spots-italian-beaches-180960095/Be careful where you lay your towelFri, 12 Aug 2016 15:22:13 +0000Tourists in Hawaii Accidentally Discovered Ancient Petroglyphshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-hawaii-accidentally-discovered-ancient-petroglyphs-180960104/A stroke of luck on the beachFri, 12 Aug 2016 14:09:00 +0000The Rules About How to Address the U.S. Flag Came About Because No One Wanted to Look Like a Nazihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rules-about-how-to-address-us-flag-came-about-because-no-one-wanted-to-look-like-a-nazi-180960100/During the National Anthem, Americans are asked to put their right hands over their hearts. But why?Fri, 12 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Librarians Have an Olympics, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/librarians-have-olympics-too-180960085/Brains met brawn in a bookish competition for the agesThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:45:01 +0000First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-colonized-americas-along-coast-not-through-ice-180960103/Evidence mounts against the traditional story of early human migration through an ice corridorThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:42:54 +0000Fertility Problems for Man's Best Friend Could Spell Trouble for Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fertility-problems-mans-best-friend-could-spell-trouble-men-180960099/Dog sperm quality has decreased likely from household chemical exposureThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:20:00 +0000Ancient Hominids Used These 250,000-Year-Old Tools for Butcheryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-years-ago-ancient-humans-used-these-tools-butchery-180960102/Traces of blood on the prehistoric tools, suggest our ancestors had a much more varied diet than once thoughtThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:55:16 +0000World's Oldest Gold Object May Have Just Been Unearthed in Bulgariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-gold-object-unearthed-bulgaria-180960093/A small gold bead shows that Copper Age people in the Balkans were processing gold 6,500 years agoThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:21:05 +0000The Robe Volante, the First Comfortable Dress in France, Sells for $150,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robe-volante-first-comfortable-dress-france-sells-150000-180960089/The sweatpants of its day for courtiers, the style was a rebellion against the elaborate, corseted dresses of Louis XIV's courtThu, 11 Aug 2016 15:33:42 +0000Not So Fast: Here's Why That Chinese Elevated Bus May Not Be Quite What It Seemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-the-chinese-elevated-bus-may-not-be-quite-what-it-seems-180960092/The TEB is the latest iteration of a concept that's been "floating" for decades, but it has some big problemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:17:07 +0000Cupping Isn't the Only Strange Tactic Olympic Athletes Use to Get a Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-weird-things-olympic-athletes-do-win-180960086/Those painful cupping "hickies" are only the start—athletes go to great lengths to gain an edgeThu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Sorry, Sweetie: American Bar Association Bans Sexist Language in Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-sweetie-american-bar-association-bans-sexist-language-court-180960090/Under a new rule, attorneys could be fined or suspended for using derogatory language while they practice lawWed, 10 Aug 2016 19:16:38 +0000Germany Is Reworking the Commission That Handles Restitution for Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-reworking-commission-handles-restitution-nazi-looted-art-180960087/A lackluster track record and controversial comments led to a shiftWed, 10 Aug 2016 18:47:10 +0000Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark Is Like Disneyland for Rock Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwans-yehliu-geopark-is-like-disneyland-for-rock-lovers-180960060/These mushroom-like mounds are some of the country's greatest geological treasuresWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:51:57 +0000Explore Far Out Views From Mars' Surface With Over 1,000 New Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-far-out-views-with-1000-photos-mars-surface-180960080/It's the Martian "magic hour"Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:35:36 +0000NASA Accidentally Sold a Precious Apollo Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-accidentally-sold-precious-apollo-artifact-180960081/A seemingly simple bag is at the center of multiple lawsuitsWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000When It Comes to West Nile Virus, Atlanta's Cardinals May Be Our Feathered Saviorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-it-comes-to-west-nile-virus-atlantas-cardinals-may-be-our-feathered-saviors-180960076/New research suggests the bright red birds are viral “super-suppressors”Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-blue-whirl-new-type-flame-180960078/Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are scary, but a new clean-burning, controlled version could help clean oil spillsTue, 09 Aug 2016 19:41:11 +0000Why India’s “Iron Lady” Went on a Hunger Strike for 16 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-indias-iron-lady-went-on-a-hunger-strike-for-16-years-180960075/Irom Chanu Sharmila resisted a draconian law with her own bodyTue, 09 Aug 2016 17:56:50 +0000Humans Still Threaten Endangered Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-still-threaten-endangered-condors-180960059/Thanks to industrial byproducts and pesticides, birds face more contamination than their cousins inlandTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:53:33 +0000"New Lucy" Is Unveiled Nearby "Scary Lucy" in Lucille Ball's Hometownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-lucy-is-unveiled-nearby-scary-lucy-in-lucille-balls-hometown-180960058/It's a tale of two LucysTue, 09 Aug 2016 15:28:22 +0000Cute Sand Cat Spotted for the First Time in a Decade in the United Arab Emirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cute-desert-cat-spotted-first-time-decade-united-arab-emirates-180960057/Researchers set out to photograph the elusive cat to help create a conservation plan for the endangered felineMon, 08 Aug 2016 20:24:56 +0000What Is the Role of the Emperor in Modern Japan?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/role-emperor-modern-japan-180960053/While the role is ceremonial, abdication could mean a political battleMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:36:27 +0000Rare Maya Burial Temple Discovered in Belizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-maya-burial-temple-discovered-belize-180960054/Excavations at Xunantunich have uncovered the remains of a body and hieroglyphics that tell the story of the snake-head dynastyMon, 08 Aug 2016 19:01:56 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookworms-rejoice-you-may-live-longer-180960052/In a new study, readers showed "a survival advantage" over those who don't ever crack open a book Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:19:53 +0000Last Journalists Exit the Birthplace of Modern Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-journalists-exit-birthplace-modern-news-180960051/After 300 years, Fleet Street, the London thoroughfare home to dozens of newspapers and thousands of reporters, becomes a tourist stopMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:07:04 +0000These Meals Are Made of Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-meals-are-made-paper-180960040/Stop-motion spaghetti? Yes, pleaseMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:25:33 +0000This Museum's Giant Collection of Paper Peepshows Offers a Pinhole into the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-giant-collection-of-paper-peepshow-offers-pinhole-into-past-180960012/The art pieces were created during the 19th and earth 20th centuries to celebrate coronations, world events and illustrate children's storiesMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:39:31 +0000Research Reveals How and Why Sunflowers Turn Their Golden Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-how-and-why-sunflowers-turn-their-golden-heads-180960042/A new study shows sunflowers have an internal clock and face east to keep bees and other insects happyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:30:24 +0000Navy Bids Goodbye to “Blueberry” Uniformhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-bids-goodbye-blueberry-uniform-180960039/Aquaflage is <i>so</i> 2010Fri, 05 Aug 2016 17:34:35 +0000Does a Massive Flood Confirm China's Creation Myth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/Evidence shows a cataclysmic flood occurred along the Yellow River 3,200 years agoFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:23:50 +0000Look Up! The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going to Be a Doozy This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-perseid-meteor-shower-going-be-doozy-year-180960026/The number of shooting stars could double this yearFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:34:25 +0000Original Pooh Bear Gets Makeover, Returns to New York Public Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-pooh-bear-gets-makeover-returns-new-york-public-library-180960034/Winnie and his friends are clean, fluffy and filled with stories Fri, 05 Aug 2016 15:16:31 +0000A Palace Was Unearthed Where Legend Places King Arthur's Birthplacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palace-unearthed-king-arthurs-birthplace-180960035/Archaeologists at Tintagel uncover walls and artifacts from a Dark Ages complex likely used by local kingsFri, 05 Aug 2016 14:44:43 +0000An Insect Could Make Ash Baseball Bats a Thing of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insect-making-ash-bats-part-baseballs-past-180960027/The invasive emerald ash borer is threatening the forests where Rawlings and Louisville Sluggers come from, putting the bats in jeopardyFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Spin Around Mars in NASA’s New Rover Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-spin-around-mars-nasas-new-rover-game-180960033/Tour the Red Planet without the risk of a multi-million dollar crashFri, 05 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000Scientists Uncover a “Hidden” Portrait by Edgar Degashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-uncover-hidden-portrait-edgar-degas-180960031/A powerful X-ray unveiled one of the painter’s rough draftsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:31:47 +0000New Observation Tower Is World's Thinnesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-observation-tower-worlds-thinnest-180960028/Brighton's West Pier comes back to life...as a crazy vertical viewing towerThu, 04 Aug 2016 18:42:27 +0000 World’s Climate Hit Extremes, Shattered Multiple Records in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-broke-multiple-climate-records-180960025/From rising temperatures and ocean levels to record greenhouse gas levels, 2015 was a rough year for planet EarthThu, 04 Aug 2016 16:32:56 +0000Thieves Are Making Off With Millions of Dollars in Stolen Nutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-are-making-millions-dollars-stolen-nuts-180960015/It's a hard case to crackThu, 04 Aug 2016 15:14:01 +0000One of the Earliest Images of Skiing Was Destroyed by Youths Trying to “Improve It”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-youth-destroys-one-earliest-images-skiing-trying-improve-it-180960013/The petroglyph was made 5,000 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Sorry, Soda: The U.S. Is Just Not That Into Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-soda-us-just-not-you-180960009/Americans will buy more bottled water than soda for the first time ever in 2016Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180959988/A forensic artist has recreated the face of a woman alive 3,700 years agoThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000EU Releases Its First Invasive Species Blacklisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eu-release-first-invasives-species-blacklist-180960008/Gray squirrels, raccoons and crayfish were among the prohibited speciesWed, 03 Aug 2016 19:48:56 +0000The First Private Lunar Landing Was Just Approvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-private-lunar-landing-was-just-approved-180960007/Moon Express will head to Earth’s nearest neighbor in 2017Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:33:02 +0000Diaries of Holocaust Architect Heinrich Himmler Discovered in Russiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diaries-holocaust-architect-heinrich-himmler-discovered-russia-180960005/The man who designed the Nazi concentration camps switched easily between recording domestic life and mass murderWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:15:39 +0000The First Armed Art Heist in History Is Being Made Into a Moviehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-armed-art-heist-made-into-movie-180959998/But <i>Ocean’s 11</i>, this isn’tWed, 03 Aug 2016 15:48:03 +0000California’s Joshua Trees Are Under Threathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-joshua-trees-are-under-threat-180959991/Climate change could decimate the iconic tree for future generationsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:42:41 +0000The Government Just Won a Long Legal Battle Over Rare Coinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/government-just-won-long-legal-battle-over-rare-coins-180959993/The enigmatic Double Eagles are anything but trinketsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:18:55 +0000This Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had a Rare Case of Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-dinosaur-fossil-had-bad-case-arthritis-180959995/Nothing like a bum legWed, 03 Aug 2016 13:19:00 +0000Taiwan's President Issues First Formal Apology to Nation's Indigenous Peopleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-president-makes-first-formal-apology-taiwans-indigenous-peoples-180959990/Tsai Ing-wen is also setting up new programs and implementing laws to guarantee basic rights for native inhabitantsTue, 02 Aug 2016 17:33:18 +0000This Ball of Thread Is 3,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ball-thread-3000-years-old-180959978/If it is simply held in the wrong way, the priceless artifact could crumble to piecesTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:51:10 +0000Future Deep Sea Mining Sites Are Bursting With Rare Marine Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-deep-sea-mining-sites-are-full-new-ocean-species-180959981/The area is full of rare metals, but a new study shows it's a hub for deep-sea diversity, tooTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:20:00 +0000Forget the Hive, Now Wild Bees Can Check in to These Swanky Hotelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-hive-wild-bees-can-check-these-swanky-hotels-180959987/Don't six-legged guests also deserve the best bang for their buzz?Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:50:59 +0000Going Home Sick? Your Substitute Could Spread Disease More Widely http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/substitute-workers-could-make-workplace-illness-worse-180959979/Though it may seem counterintuitive, bringing in a sub isn’t necessarily the best solution Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:40:00 +0000Explore Some of the World's Deepest Blue Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-worlds-deepest-blue-holes-180959977/The Dragon Hole in the South China Sea is now the "world's deepest" underwater sinkhole. Learn why these geologic wonders form in oceans around the globeTue, 02 Aug 2016 15:19:38 +0000The Evolutionary Reason Why Women Orgasmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-female-orgasm-might-be-evolutionary-leftover-180959973/New research suggests the female orgasm is tied to ovulation, not reproductionMon, 01 Aug 2016 20:25:46 +0000How Engineers Got a Vinyl Record to Play in the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-engineers-got-vinyl-record-play-stratosphere-180959974/Fittingly, it took notes from Carl SaganMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:51:46 +0000For Sale: 400 Awesome Vintage Boomboxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sale-400-awesome-vintage-boomboxes-180959961/A New Zealand aficionado is auctioning off his collection of iconic 1980s music machinesMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000