Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 26 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000Bangkok Won't Ban Street Food After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bangkok-banning-street-food-180962939/The Tourism Authority of Thailand clarifies that vendors will be able to continue selling street food under new regulationsTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:27:24 +0000Venice Has Been Married to the Sea for Over a Thousand Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-has-been-married-sea-over-thousand-years-180963370/Happy anniversary, you crazy kidsFri, 26 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000Why Food Smells So Good When it’s Browninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-smells-so-good-when-its-browning-180963364/A complex chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction is responsibleFri, 26 May 2017 15:10:00 +0000The Centuries-Long Squabble Over Who Owns Ellis Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-long-squabble-over-who-owns-ellis-island-180963348/It's actually the federal government, but don't tell New York or New JerseyFri, 26 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000Supercomputers Create Breathtaking Simulations of Spiral Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supercomputers-create-beautiful-simulations-spiral-galaxies-180963462/The simulations took months of modeling to complete—and the results can help scientists learn about the formation of galaxiesFri, 26 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000New Views of Jupiter Offer Up Marvel and Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-view-jupiter-just-got-lot-different-180963473/From stunning polar images to weird aurorae, the gas giant is even weirder than we thoughtFri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Zealand Sent a 3D-Printed Rocket to Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-sent-3d-printed-rocket-space-180963463/Will the Electron usher in a new era for satellites? Thu, 25 May 2017 18:49:32 +0000Gardner Museum Offers $10 Million for Information About 1990 Heisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardner-museum-offers-10-million-information-about-1990-heist-180963464/The museum believes that somebody, somewhere can shed light on the whereabouts of 13 missing masterpieces Thu, 25 May 2017 18:06:07 +0000Three Ways Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Changed Dance Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bill-robinson-king-of-tap-180963332/Robinson worked throughout his career to make life better for black performersThu, 25 May 2017 18:01:28 +0000Learning to Read May Reshape Adult Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learning-read-may-reshape-adult-brains-180963461/How literacy changed the bodies of a group of Indian adults Thu, 25 May 2017 17:24:03 +0000This Art Was Made from JFK’s Cape Cod Home http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-was-made-jfks-cape-cod-home-180963443/The Hyannis Port house was the stuff of family legend. Now it’s the source of new artThu, 25 May 2017 17:23:20 +0000North Carolina Has a House Cat Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-carolina-has-house-cat-museum-180963442/You’ll want to paws for this roadside attractionThu, 25 May 2017 16:03:08 +0000This Long, Violent Border Dispute Between Colonial Maryland and Pennsylvania is Why We Have the Mason-Dixon Linehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-violent-border-dispute-between-colonial-maryland-and-pennsylvania-eventually-required-king-step-180963333/Cresap's War was a conflict that didn't get fully settled for almost 50 yearsThu, 25 May 2017 13:14:00 +0000How Do Flamingos Stay Stable On One Leg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-explores-how-flamingos-stay-stable-one-leg-180963440/They're actually more stable standing on one leg than they are on twoThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Hospitals Have a Big Problem: Baking Sodahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hospitals-have-big-problem-baking-soda-180963439/It's common in kitchens, but a nationwide shortage is endangering more than baked goodsThu, 25 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Why Did Whales Get So Massive?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-whales-got-so-gosh-darned-big-180963441/The answer is a tale of massive proportionsWed, 24 May 2017 20:20:50 +0000Sherpas Evolved to Live and Work at Altitude http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sherpas-evolved-live-and-work-altitude-180963438/The Nepali ethnic group handles oxygen more efficiently, allowing them to more easily live in the mountainsWed, 24 May 2017 17:46:08 +0000Fifth-Century Remains May Be Evidence of Human Sacrifice in Ancient Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5th-century-remains-may-be-evidence-human-sacrifice-ancient-korea-180963344/Two bodies were found under the walls of a castle, leading some experts to believe that they were sacrificed to ensure the building did not crumble Wed, 24 May 2017 16:22:24 +0000Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bacteria-make-color-images-180963430/The art is done by inserting 18 genes into E. coliWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:11 +0000'Mary Had a Little Lamb' Is Based on a True Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-had-little-lamb-based-true-story-180963330/As a child, Mary Sawyer rescued a lamb. Then it followed her to school one dayWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Blinged-Out Menorah Debuts at Pioneering Exhibit in Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blinged-out-menorah-debuts-pioneering-exhibit-rome-180963381/The piece, which is encrusted with precious jewels, was gifted to the Jewish Museum in Rome by the artist Joel Arthur RosenthalWed, 24 May 2017 14:42:08 +0000Controversial Study Claims Apes and Human Ancestors Split in Southern Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-study-claims-apes-and-human-ancestors-split-southern-europe-180963426/Researchers believe these 7.2-million-year-old teeth have a lot to say about human evolutionTue, 23 May 2017 19:56:13 +0000Italy Is Giving Away 103 Historic Buildings, Free of Chargehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italy-giving-away-103-historic-buildings-free-charge-180963423/But potential owners are required to transform the properties into tourist-friendly sites Tue, 23 May 2017 19:02:33 +0000This 3.3-Million-Year-Old Hominin Toddler Was Kind of Like Us http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-hominin-toddler-was-kind-us-180963424/Analysis of the ancient spine reveals tantalizing similarities—and questions about human evolutionTue, 23 May 2017 18:12:19 +0000Indonesian Village Turns Into a Rainbow to Attract Touristshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesian-village-turns-rainbow-attract-tourists-1-180963414/Every house and business in Kampung Pelangi is painted in bright rainbow colorsTue, 23 May 2017 16:53:05 +0000Why Scientists Sent Mouse Sperm to the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-sent-mouse-sperm-international-space-station-180963419/Back on Earth, a pile of new pups proves that mouse DNA can survive spaceTue, 23 May 2017 16:40:29 +0000Basquiat Painting Becomes Most Expensive American Work Ever Soldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/basquiat-painting-becomes-most-expensive-american-work-ever-sold-180963410/A Japanese billionaire bought the piece for $110.5 millionTue, 23 May 2017 15:16:09 +0000The “Alien Megastructure” Star Is Acting Up Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-megastructure-star-acting-again-180963411/A large dip in the star's brightness suggests something massive is orbiting the fiery bodyTue, 23 May 2017 15:11:48 +0000The 1870s Dairy Lobby Turned Margarine Pink So People Would Buy Butterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1870s-dairy-lobby-turned-margarine-pink-so-people-would-buy-butter-180963328/Margarine or butter? The question has deep roots, and you shouldn't even ask it in WisconsinTue, 23 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Earth Twinkles From Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figured-out-why-earth-twinkles-space-180963404/Horizontal ice makes the planet sparkle and shineTue, 23 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Take a Virtual Swim Through Five Marine Sanctuarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-swim-through-five-marine-sanctuaries-180963334/From sunken ships to schools of fish, the new 360-degree, VR images are breathtaking Mon, 22 May 2017 19:48:26 +0000Has Hillary Step on Mount Everest Collapsed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/has-hillary-step-mount-everest-collapsed-180963406/A British mountaineer says yes, but authorities in Nepal have denied his assertionsMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:03 +0000Switzerland Votes to Phase Out Nuclear Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/switzerland-votes-phase-out-nuclear-power-180963402/The nation plans to decommission it's five nuclear plants and invest in renewablesMon, 22 May 2017 18:27:01 +0000Sprawling Contemporary Art Museum to Open in Bangladeshhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sprawling-contemporary-art-museum-open-bangladesh-180963399/The space will include a 100-acre sculpture park and a vast gallery devoted to South Asian artMon, 22 May 2017 17:52:47 +0000When the Nazis Took Belgium, Tintin's Creator Drew Pro-Regime Propagandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-nazis-took-belgium-tintins-creator-drew-pro-regime-propaganda-180963321/Hergé's politics have been the subject of debate over the yearsMon, 22 May 2017 17:22:56 +0000Enormous Chicken Painting Comes Home to Roosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enormous-chicken-painting-comes-home-roost-180963401/After years overseas, Doug Argue’s iconic portrait is backMon, 22 May 2017 16:58:21 +0000New App Makes It Easier to Colorize Old Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-app-joins-ai-and-artists-colorize-old-photos-180963396/The software combines human input and a sophisticated neural network to make historical images popMon, 22 May 2017 16:35:25 +0000A Brief History of White House Weddingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-white-house-weddings-180963318/Seventeen weddings have taken place in the White House—the last in 1994Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000Now You Too Can Own a Piece of Space Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-engraver-reproducing-replicas-iconic-pioneer-10-plaque-180963363/The engraver who inscribed Carl Sagan's and Frank Drake's 1973 message to extraterrestrials is now taking ordersMon, 22 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Japanese Princess Will Lose Her Royal Status When She Marries a Commonerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-princess-will-lose-her-royal-status-when-she-marries-commoner-180963387/Some say that the country should amend its imperial succession laws, which currently prohibit women from ascending to the throneFri, 19 May 2017 18:30:11 +0000Pringles: Snacktime Hero or Recycling Villain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pringles-tubes-come-with-side-environmental-destruction-180963385/The UK Recycling Association speaks out against hard-to-recycle productsFri, 19 May 2017 18:29:21 +0000Chasing Waterfalls? Head to Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chasing-waterfalls-head-yosemite-180963386/Don’t stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to—recent snowmelt is fueling spectacular fallsFri, 19 May 2017 17:28:39 +0000The Origami-Like Folds of Ladybug Wings Could Lead to Better Umbrellashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/folding-ladybug-wings-could-lead-better-solar-panels-and-umbrellas-180963329/Scientists have finally figured out how ladybugs fold their wingsFri, 19 May 2017 17:18:46 +0000Piece of the Meteorite That Struck a Woman Sells for More Than Its Weight in Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piece-meteor-hit-woman-sells-more-price-gold-180963262/About the size of a dime, the fraction of the space rock fetched $7,500 at auctionFri, 19 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000A Human-Made "Bubble" of Radio Waves Could Be Shielding Earth From Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-activity-changing-space-too-180963369/Very Low Frequency radio waves have created a protective bubble around the planetFri, 19 May 2017 15:12:19 +0000Six Portraits on Display Deepen the Mystery of Jane Austenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-six-portraits-deepen-mystery-jane-austen-180963366/Was Austen demure, sardonic, or glamorous? Each portrait tells a different story about the beloved authorFri, 19 May 2017 14:26:23 +0000When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-women-crowdfunded-radium-marie-curie-180963305/The element was hard to get and extremely expensive but essential for Curie's cancer researchFri, 19 May 2017 14:23:00 +0000The Icelandic Translation of 'Dracula' Is Actually a Different Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelandic-translation-dracula-actually-different-book-180963346/The mysteries of this Gothic classic aren't over yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000Good News, Everybody! Someone Once Patented Plans For Keeping A Severed Head Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-news-everybody-someone-once-patented-plans-keeping-severed-head-alive-180963290/It was what's called a "prophetic patent"—one that isn't real yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000American Trees are Shifting West http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-trees-are-shifting-west-180963367/For 86 common species, northwest seems to be best. But why? Thu, 18 May 2017 19:35:46 +0000New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/A new study estimates that the beloved birds could disappear locally within 25 yearsThu, 18 May 2017 18:53:58 +0000More Than 300,000 Unaccompanied Children Migrated Alone in 2015 and 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-300000-unaccompanied-children-migrated-alone-2015-and-2016-180963361/A new report details the risks faced by minors who flee their home countries Thu, 18 May 2017 17:25:14 +0000Wild Orangutans Can Breastfeed for Over Eight Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-orangutans-can-breastfeed-over-eight-years-180963358/The primates take a while to wean their youngThu, 18 May 2017 17:16:03 +0000Here’s How FDR Explained Making Electricity Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-fdr-explained-making-electricity-public-180963286/"My friends, my policy is as radical as the Constitution of the United States," he saidThu, 18 May 2017 17:10:00 +0000Beads Made From Meteorite Reveal Ancient Trade Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/Researchers have confirmed iron beads in Illinois come from a Minnesota meteorite, supporting a theory called the Hopewell Interaction SphereThu, 18 May 2017 16:43:17 +0000Iceland's Volcano and Earthquake Museum is Devoted to the Country's "Epic" Geology http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelands-volcano-and-earthquake-museum-devoted-countrys-epic-geology-180963312/The Lava Center is surrounded by three volcanoesThu, 18 May 2017 15:28:13 +0000See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-civil-war-through-mathew-bradys-lens-180963271/Mathew Brady and the photographers he hired were the first to photograph a war zoneThu, 18 May 2017 15:20:00 +0000Drag Queens Are Public Libraries’ Newest Storytellershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drag-queens-are-public-libraries-newest-storytellers-180963341/Early reading just got a lot more glamorous Thu, 18 May 2017 14:39:14 +0000One Man Invented Two of the Deadliest Substances of the 20th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-man-two-deadly-substances-20th-century-180963269/Thomas Midgley Jr.'s inventions have had an outsize impact—not all of it good—on humankindThu, 18 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cocaine-destroying-forests-central-america-180963338/Once-forested lands are being used in money laundering operationsWed, 17 May 2017 20:12:43 +0000T. Rex Ants Found Alive for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/t-rex-ants-found-alive-first-time-and-theyre-kind-wimpy-180963345/It is not nearly as formidable as its namesakeWed, 17 May 2017 19:58:24 +0000Mice With 3D-Printed Ovaries Successfully Give Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/functional-3d-printed-ovary-transplanted-mice-180963337/The gelatin-scaffold ovary could one day help restore endocrine function in young cancer patients and treat infertilityWed, 17 May 2017 19:17:45 +0000First-Ever Federal Transgender Hate Crime Sentence Handed Down http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-federal-transgender-hate-crime-sentence-handed-down-180963336/Mercedes Williamson’s killer was prosecuted in the absence of a Mississippi state law protecting trans people against hate crimes Wed, 17 May 2017 18:08:10 +0000Can Giving Paintings Their Own DNA Stop Art Forgery? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-giving-paintings-their-own-dna-stop-art-forgery-180963331/Science is leading the charge against copycatsWed, 17 May 2017 15:25:55 +000072-Year-Old Love Letter Returned to WWII Veteranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/72-year-old-love-letter-returned-wwii-sailor-180963324/The letter, which had never reached its intended recipient, was found during renovations of a New Jersey homeTue, 16 May 2017 18:45:04 +0000The Witch of Agnesihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-agnesi-180963221/A mistranslation led to the unusual name of this mathematical conceptTue, 16 May 2017 18:16:01 +0000Glue Made of Mussel Slime Could Prevent Scarringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glue-made-mussel-slime-could-prevent-scarring-180963326/The glue, infused with a version of the protein decorin, healed wounds in rats, giving them skin with hair follicles and oil glands instead of scar tissueTue, 16 May 2017 17:36:15 +0000A Little History of American Kindergartenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-history-american-kindergartens-180963263/Songs, blocks and snack time (and don't forget a nap)Tue, 16 May 2017 16:49:43 +0000New Drone Footage Shows One Way Narwhals Use Their Tuskshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-narwhals-have-tusks-drone-footage-confirms-one-theory-180963320/The narwhals were observed using their signature appendages to hit and stun preyTue, 16 May 2017 16:26:44 +0000Street Art Will Soon Take to the Skies with Graffiti-Painting Drone Swarms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-art-will-soon-take-skies-graffiti-painting-drone-swarms-180963323/Paint-loaded quadcopters can turn any vertical space into a canvas Tue, 16 May 2017 16:25:36 +0000This Remote Island Is Covered with 37 Million Pieces of Your Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henderson-island-covered-37-million-pieces-your-trash-180963322/Immaculate no more, the island now looks more like a dump than a pristine paradiseTue, 16 May 2017 15:42:31 +0000Dust May Help, Not Harm, Air Pollution in China http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dust-may-help-not-harm-air-pollution-china-180963314/When it comes to some of Earth’s smoggiest cities, less dust isn’t necessarily betterTue, 16 May 2017 15:13:40 +0000Walt Disney’s Original Map of Disneyland Is Headed to Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walt-disneys-original-map-disneyland-headed-auction-180963316/Disney created the map with the artist Herb Ryman while trying to secure funds for his theme parkTue, 16 May 2017 14:26:52 +0000The MP3 Format is Music History's Latest Casualtyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mp3-format-music-historys-latest-casualty-180963317/The Institute that licenses MP3 tech recently stopped, but the format that began the digital music era may live on indefinitelyMon, 15 May 2017 19:49:40 +0000Newly Digitized Archives Reveal the Inner Lives of Artists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-archives-reveal-inner-lives-artists-180963313/The Delaware Art Museum just put 500 rare documents online Mon, 15 May 2017 18:50:46 +0000Spectacularly Detailed Armored Dinosaur “Mummy” Makes Its Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummified-armored-dinosaur-makes-its-debut-1-180963311/A nodosaur found in Alberta includes some of the best preserved dino skin and armor ever foundMon, 15 May 2017 18:32:18 +0000The 400-Year-Old Mystery of These Bullet-Shattering Glass Drops May Finally Be Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-crack-400-year-old-mystery-prince-ruperts-drops-180963308/The tadpole-shaped glass structures can survive a hammer blow but explode if their tail is squeezedMon, 15 May 2017 17:46:46 +0000How a German Mathematician Took Responsibility for an Ancient Peruvian Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-german-mathematician-took-responsibility-ancient-peruvian-artifact-180963217/Maria Reiche lived in a shack in the desert with the Nazca Lines for 40 yearsMon, 15 May 2017 16:48:27 +0000Chinese Tomb Murals Paint Colorful Picture of 1000-Year-Old Fashionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/Racks of vibrant clothing and tables laden with fineries are depicted on the walls of the Liao Dynasty tombMon, 15 May 2017 16:47:51 +0000Did Peckish Christians Make Chickens More Social?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-christianity-made-chickens-more-social-180963261/Religious dietary laws in the Middle Ages could have helped make the fowl less aggressiveMon, 15 May 2017 14:46:01 +0000The First “Chocolate Chip” Was a Molasses Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-chocolate-chip-was-molasses-candy-180963206/The name "chocolate chip" goes back much farther than the Toll House cookiesMon, 15 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000Latest Fast Radio Burst From Space Adds to Their Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fast-radio-burst-space-adds-mystery-180963285/Researchers trained 11 telescopes on a recent burst's aftermath, but could find no traces of what caused the high energy signalMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Download 200 Free Art Books, Courtesy of the Guggenheimhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/download-200-free-art-books-courtesy-guggenheim-180963266/Titles devoted to Picasso, Rothko, Lichtenstein, Klimt and more are now available for your reading pleasureMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000With This One Quotable Speech, Teddy Roosevelt Changed the Way America Thinks About Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-teddy-roosevelt-changed-conservation-forever-180963258/In a speech at the start of the 1908 Conference of Governors, Roosevelt changed the national conversation about resource useMon, 15 May 2017 12:49:00 +0000Is Australia’s Dingo-Proof Fence Changing the Ecosystem of the Outback?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australias-dingo-proof-fence-changing-ecosystem-outback-180963273/A new study says yes, but it’s complicatedMon, 15 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000This 36-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is a "Missing Link" in Whale Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-link-whale-evolution-discovered-180963287/Discovered in Peru, the new fossil has tiny remnants of hind limbsMon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000An Upcoming Art Exhibition Caters to Canine Critics http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/upcoming-art-exhibition-caters-canine-critics-180963256/Touching (and licking and sniffing) the art is allowedMon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Egyptian Princess May Have Been Buried in Newly Discovered Pyramidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-princess-may-have-been-buried-newly-discovered-pyramid-180963288/An inscription suggests that the tomb once belonged to a pharaoh’s daughter Fri, 12 May 2017 18:26:31 +0000Spain's Parliament Votes to Exhume a Dead Dictatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spain-will-exhume-dead-dictator-180963284/Franco’s reign of terror is over—but Spaniards are still making sense of his legacyFri, 12 May 2017 17:52:31 +0000Handwritten 'Harry Potter' Prequel Stolenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/handwritten-harry-potter-prequel-stolen-180963279/Police and J.K. Rowling have urged fans not to buy the magical manuscript Fri, 12 May 2017 17:06:59 +0000Battle the Bard in Shakespeare Remix Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/battle-bard-shakespeare-remix-competition-180963246/$25,000 is on the line—along with some serious bragging rightsFri, 12 May 2017 16:15:53 +0000Apple Pie Is Not All That Americanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/Neither apples nor the pie originally came from America, but Americans have made this dish their ownFri, 12 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ebola Returns to the Democratic Republic of Congohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ebola-returns-democratic-republic-congo-180963280/A single death has been confirmed—now public health officials must keep an outbreak from becoming an epidemicFri, 12 May 2017 15:52:00 +0000The Second Life of Henri IV’s Severed Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-life-henri-ivs-severed-head-180963174/Whether it's lying in the grave or sitting in a Paris bank vault, the monarch's cranium has been the subject of much debate since his untimely demiseFri, 12 May 2017 15:44:35 +0000Massive Royal Atlas Gets Digitizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-royal-atlas-gets-digitized-180963220/The magnificent Klencke Atlas is now available online courtesy of the British LibraryFri, 12 May 2017 15:03:54 +0000First Evidence of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Garden Found in Luxorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-evidence-ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-found-luxor-180963252/Researchers have theorized that lettuce and palm trees were once planted there to honor the dead Fri, 12 May 2017 14:27:14 +0000Listen to This First 1920s Recording By One of the Kings of Jazzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-first-1920s-recording-one-kings-jazz-180963163/Sidney Bechet was one of the first big jazz soloists, and brought the soprano saxophone into the jazz foldFri, 12 May 2017 13:35:35 +0000Why Does Every Tourist Attraction Sell Fudge? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-tourist-attraction-sell-fudge-180963152/One thing that places as different as Niagara Falls, Disneyland and Ellis Island have in common? FudgeFri, 12 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000Witness the Document that Set the Trail of Tears in Motionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witness-document-set-trail-tears-motion-180963270/The Indian Removal Act is on display at the National Archives through June 14Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Hear a 20-Year-Old John F. Kennedy Speakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-20-year-old-john-f-kennedy-speak-180963267/Archivist have recently digitized a clip from a 1937 public speaking course, believed to be the oldest recording of the presidentThu, 11 May 2017 20:36:20 +0000This Island Can Only Be Visited by Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/island-can-only-be-visited-men-180963245/Okinoshima will soon become a Unesco world heritage site—but tradition bans women from its shoresThu, 11 May 2017 19:55:41 +0000American Journalists Used Nazi-Provided Photos During World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-journalists-used-nazi-provided-photos-during-world-war-ii-180963259/A new report reveals more details about the Associated Press’ secret deal with the Third ReichThu, 11 May 2017 18:38:21 +0000Ornate Tiara, Once Worn by a Grand Duchess, Stolen From German Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ornate-tiara-once-worn-grand-duchess-stolen-german-museum-180963249/The headpiece is adorned with 367 diamonds and has been valued at $1.31 millionThu, 11 May 2017 16:47:57 +0000Ancient Creature Left a 28-Foot Drag Mark After It Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-creature-left-28-foot-drag-mark-after-it-died-180963253/An ammonite found in a German quarry left its mark on its lagoon homeThu, 11 May 2017 16:46:05 +0000Songwriter Irving Berlin’s Interfaith Marriage Caused 1920s Gossiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songwriter-irving-berlins-interfaith-marriage-caused-1920s-gossip-180963148/The songwriter made headlines when he and writer Ellin Mackay got married against her millionaire father's wishesThu, 11 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why People Love Southern Gothic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-people-love-southern-gothic-180963145/From the 19th century to S-Town, it’s a compelling genre that’s as flawed as its most grotesque charactersThu, 11 May 2017 14:03:00 +0000Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-orphan-baby-louie-finally-gets-family-180963248/Research suggests that the embryo belongs to the cassowary-like oviraptorosaursWed, 10 May 2017 18:27:24 +0000This Infamous 19th-Century Birth Control Pamphlet Got Its Writer Imprisoned http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-birth-control-pamphlet-got-its-writer-imprisoned-180963140/Charles Knowlton did three months hard labor and was fined $50Wed, 10 May 2017 15:10:51 +0000Historical Pressed Flowers Accidentally Destroyed in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-pressed-flowers-destroyed-australia-180963182/The flowers are “literally irreplaceable”Wed, 10 May 2017 14:40:45 +0000Tomatoes Have Legally Been Vegetables Since 1893http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-supreme-court-maintains-tomato-vegetable-180963133/Okay, so it's technically a fruit. But we don't eat it like oneWed, 10 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000“Lost” 18th-Century Garden Found at Scottish Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-18th-century-garden-found-scottish-castle-180963179/Archaeologists believed that the garden had been demolished and buried during renovations of the sprawling estateWed, 10 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Study Challenges the Supremacy of Stradivarius Violinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stradivarius-violins-dont-sound-better-newer-models-study-says-180963222/A French researcher set out to solve a long-standing fiddle riddle: do these infamous violins project sound better than new ones?Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Human Cousin May Have Lived Alongside Early Homo Sapienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primitive-cousin-may-have-lived-africa-early-humans-180963218/ <i>Homo naledi</i> may have been much younger—and more advanced—than previously thoughtTue, 09 May 2017 19:26:37 +0000The Eurovision Song Contest Rocks Europe This Week. Here’s How It All Got Startedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eurovision-song-contest-rocks-europe-week-heres-how-it-all-got-started-180963128/It was the idea of the European Broadcasting Union, who wanted to put the relatively new technology of television through its pacesTue, 09 May 2017 18:03:01 +0000Found: Pages From One of the First Books Printed in England http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-pages-one-first-books-printed-england-180963216/A librarian at the University of Reading discovered the 15th-century text buried in a boxTue, 09 May 2017 17:53:48 +0000Google Maps Glitch Sends Tourists to the Wrong Norwegian Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-maps-glitch-sends-tourists-wrong-norwegian-town-180963215/Preikestolen is not in FossmorkTue, 09 May 2017 17:12:45 +0000Pricey Graphing Calculators Could Be Headed for Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pricey-graphing-calculators-are-going-extinct-180963212/Major testing companies are adopting embedded web calculators instead of freestanding devicesTue, 09 May 2017 16:41:10 +0000Minnesota Town Gets Veterans Memorial Covered With Satanic Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-town-gets-vets-memorial-covered-satanic-imagery-180963208/It’s America’s first satanic monument on public groundsTue, 09 May 2017 16:40:58 +0000Thousands of Bodies Rest Under the University of Mississippi Medical Center Campushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-graves-may-be-university-mississippi-medical-center-campus-180963181/The University hopes to remove the bodies and build a memorial and laboratory to study the former insane asylum patients Tue, 09 May 2017 15:41:11 +0000Crayola to Debut Crayon Inspired by New Shade of Bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crayola-debut-crayon-inspired-new-shade-blue-180963205/The YInMn pigment was accidentally discovered by a chemist in 2009Tue, 09 May 2017 14:04:23 +0000Deer Caught Gnawing on Human Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deer-caught-gnawing-human-bones-first-time-180963178/For the first time, researchers spotted a white-tailed deer chewing on a rib bone at a body farmMon, 08 May 2017 19:22:57 +0000British Parliament Ditches Parchment for Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-ditches-parchment-paper-180963177/But the debate between traditionalists and modernists isn't overMon, 08 May 2017 19:12:53 +0000A Beach Disappeared in Ireland 33 Years Ago—Now It's Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beach-disappeared-ireland-then-came-back-33-years-later-180963175/Dooagh Beach is sandy once moreMon, 08 May 2017 17:28:59 +0000Two New Species of Googly-Eyed Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-big-eyed-tarsiers-discovered-indonesia-180963161/The tiny tree dwellers are the 80th and 81st primates discovered since 2000Mon, 08 May 2017 15:23:56 +0000These Groceries Are Made of Felt http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-groceries-are-made-felt-180963158/And artist Lucy Sparrow is opening an entire bodega full of themMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:15 +0000Activist Will Not Be Jailed for Giving Water to Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/activist-will-not-be-jailed-giving-water-pigs-180963168/Anita Krajnc was charged with mischief after she offered water to pigs being transported to a slaughterhouse Fri, 05 May 2017 19:54:19 +0000Humans Are Making Too Much Noise—Even in Protected Areashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-are-making-too-much-noise-protected-areas-180963162/Turns out that protecting natural areas doesn't give animals much peace and quietFri, 05 May 2017 19:25:45 +0000After 200 Years, a Wolf Pack Returns to Denmarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-200-years-wolf-pack-returns-denmark-180963160/A female wolf has been spotted among a group of males in Jutland Fri, 05 May 2017 19:04:52 +0000How Glaciers Gave Us the Adorable, Handstanding Spotted Skunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-drove-evolution-adorable-spotted-skunk-180963150/DNA tests suggest ancient changes in climate shaped the creatures' evolutionFri, 05 May 2017 17:58:08 +0000Rhino Horn Stolen From the University of Vermonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhino-horn-poached-university-vermont-180963146/A thief broke in and snatched the horn, which could be worth half a million dollars on the black marketFri, 05 May 2017 15:33:18 +0000German Scientists Will Study Brain Samples of Nazi Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-scientists-will-use-brain-samples-learn-more-about-nazi-crimes-180963141/A research society is still coming to grips with its past—and learning more about how the Third Reich targeted people with disabilitiesFri, 05 May 2017 15:17:34 +0000This Unassuming NYC Home is the Legacy of America's First Foodiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unassuming-nyc-home-legacy-americas-first-foodie-180963115/James Beard’s culinary philosophy helped shape American cuisineFri, 05 May 2017 15:10:43 +0000U.S. Home Births Aren't As Safe As Many Abroadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-home-births-may-never-be-successful-those-other-countries-180963108/Home birth doesn't have to be a dangerous and deadly proposition–but in the United States, it often isFri, 05 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Obamas Unveil Plans for Presidential Library and Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obamas-unveil-plans-his-presidential-library-and-museum-180963149/Located in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side, the former first couple hopes the campus will help revitalize the areaFri, 05 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000After Brexit, A Tiny German Town Will Become the Center of the EUhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-brexit-tiny-german-town-will-become-center-eu-180963137/Residents of the area thought the announcement was an April Fool’s jokeThu, 04 May 2017 19:44:02 +0000Paris’ Infamous Love Locks Will Now Help Migrantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-infamous-love-locks-will-now-help-migrants-180963143/The pesky padlocks are now removed from the bridge—and up for auctionThu, 04 May 2017 19:14:24 +0000Urine Luck: Vinegar Is the Best Treatment for a Man O' War Stinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urine-luck-vinegar-best-treatment-man-o-war-sting-180963142/A new study suggests urine, sea water and lemon juice all do more harm than good on painful stingsThu, 04 May 2017 18:30:42 +0000Norwegian TV Series on Migrating Reindeer Impeded After Animals Stop Migratinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-tv-series-migrating-reindeer-impeded-after-animals-stop-migrating-180963144/The animals are not moving fast enough for Norway’s "slow TV" crazeThu, 04 May 2017 18:25:05 +0000Rome Is Finally Restoring the Mausoleum of Augustushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-finally-restoring-mausoleum-augustus-180963132/Once the tomb of emperors, a project funded by a telecom company hopes to revive the massive monument now covered in trash and weedsThu, 04 May 2017 17:27:38 +0000Asian-American Superhero The Green Turtle Returns!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asian-american-superhero-green-turtle-returns-180963130/The character, created in the 1940s and revived in a 2014 graphic novel, stars in a new comic book to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Thu, 04 May 2017 16:18:49 +0000How Mule Racing Led to Mule Cloninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mule-racing-led-mule-cloning-180963101/It was a huge advance in cloning in the early 2000sThu, 04 May 2017 15:12:06 +0000Who Is the Mysterious Subject of This Alice Neel Portrait?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-mysterious-subject-alice-neel-portrait-180963119/A journalist has cracked the caseThu, 04 May 2017 15:08:36 +0000U.K. Killer Whale Contained Staggering Levels of Toxic Chemicalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/body-uk-orca-contained-staggering-levels-toxic-chemical-180963135/Lulu had one of the highest concentrations of PCBs ever recorded in a marine mammalThu, 04 May 2017 14:33:25 +0000Shipwreck Identified as Rare Canal Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-identified-rare-canal-boat-180963129/Durham boats once fueled trade in the Erie CanalThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit House Finds a Home in Berlinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-house-finds-home-berlin-180963126/Once abandoned and decrepit, the house has been restored overseasThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch Two Cuttlefish Fiercely Battle Over a Matehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-film-brutal-cuttlefish-battle-first-time-180963127/This is the first time researchers caught the creatures locked in a vicious fight in the wildWed, 03 May 2017 18:35:38 +0000"Get Your Kicks" at This Route 66 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-kicks-route-66-museum-180963097/The Mill Restaurant, which once served hungry travelers, now hosts a shrine to the highway's roadside attractionsWed, 03 May 2017 18:10:43 +0000How Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthraxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-shaving-brushes-gave-world-war-i-soldiers-anthrax-180963125/A new paper looks back on an old epidemic—and raises fresh questions about antique shaving brushesWed, 03 May 2017 18:00:28 +0000Scientists Found a Sweet New Way to Measure Pee in Poolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-found-sweet-way-measure-pee-pools-180963124/A common food additive reveals how much urine lurks in the lanesWed, 03 May 2017 17:48:24 +0000Project Is Making 3D Scans of Ancient Handprintshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/The Handpas Project is looking to unlock who made the prehistoric art and whyWed, 03 May 2017 17:02:57 +0000Why Morning Glories Could Survive Space Travelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-morning-glories-could-conquer-galaxy-180963109/The seed of the common garden flower could survive long journeys in spaceWed, 03 May 2017 16:16:34 +0000UK Appoints First Woman as Official Artist of General Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-appoints-first-woman-official-artist-general-election-180963104/Cornelia Parker will create a piece for the Parliamentary Art CollectionWed, 03 May 2017 15:39:47 +0000Researchers Read the Genome in the Tea Leaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teas-genome-published-first-time-180963113/It's massive—four times that of coffeeWed, 03 May 2017 15:26:54 +0000Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square Museum Reopenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hong-kongs-tiananmen-square-museum-reopens-180963105/For some, the museum is the first time they confront information about the 1989 massacreWed, 03 May 2017 14:17:21 +0000The Man Who Invented the First Gas Maskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-first-gas-mask-180963073/John Haldane came up with a rudimentary gas mask to protect Allied troops during WWIWed, 03 May 2017 14:16:18 +0000Insect-Based Munchies Coming to Grocery Stores Across Switzerlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insect-based-nosh-coming-100-swiss-grocery-stores-180963118/The country recently lifted restrictions on selling mealworms, locusts and crickets for consumptionWed, 03 May 2017 13:57:43 +0000Cassini Survives Its Daredevil Plunge Toward Saturnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-survives-its-daredevil-plunge-toward-saturn-180963102/The craft’s first date with the “big empty” went off without a hitchTue, 02 May 2017 17:10:03 +0000Stunning Map Shows Changes in Light at Night Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-shows-fluctuation-night-time-light-patterns-180963100/The satellite images show where the most light is making night skies brightTue, 02 May 2017 16:47:03 +0000Tasmanian Art Festival to Host Controversial Hermann Nitsch Performancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tasmanian-art-festival-will-host-contentious-performance-180963083/The festival has decided to proceed with the avant-garde artist's work, despite public outrageTue, 02 May 2017 16:41:20 +0000This Prolific Inventor Helped Give Us The Phrase “The Real McCoy” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prolific-inventor-helped-give-us-phrase-real-mccoy-180963059/There are many stories about how we got this phrase. But there was only one Elijah McCoyTue, 02 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Antarctica's Blood Falls Helps Unravel the Inner Workings of Glaciershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarcticas-blood-falls-reveals-inner-workings-glaciers-180963098/A new study maps the path of the water that feeds the falls and explores how water can exist under the iceTue, 02 May 2017 15:30:19 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was the First to Chart the Gulf Streamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklin-was-first-chart-gulf-stream-180963066/Franklin's cousin, Timothy Folger, knew how the then-unnamed current worked from his days as a whalerTue, 02 May 2017 15:08:56 +0000Museum of Migration Opens in Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-migration-opens-london-180963095/The ambitious museum brings new perspective to a city shaped by immigrantsTue, 02 May 2017 15:04:06 +0000Music or Animal Abuse? A Brief History of the Cat Pianohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-or-animal-abuse-brief-history-cat-piano-180963056/In the early 1800s, the katzenklavier was hailed as a treatment for distracted peopleTue, 02 May 2017 13:26:34 +0000Can Snow Machines Save Swiss Glaciers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-snow-machines-save-swiss-glaciers-180963094/As many as 4,000 could be deployed to insulate ice on MorteratschMon, 01 May 2017 20:24:49 +0000Why New York Schoolchildren Want to Grow a Billion Oystershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-new-york-schoolchildren-want-grow-billion-oysters-180963085/It's a grand attempt to restore a ravaged estuary Mon, 01 May 2017 19:52:52 +0000Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born in Durhamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-red-wolf-pups-born-durham-180963096/The six puppies are the first born at Museum of Life and Science in 15 years, part of a program to save the wolves which only number about 300Mon, 01 May 2017 18:52:24 +0000Model Looms Are Missing Link in China's Textile Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-looms-are-missing-link-chinas-textile-history-180962990/Four miniature pattern looms found in a burial in Chengdu show how the Han Dynasty produced cloth to trade on the Silk RoadMon, 01 May 2017 17:08:58 +0000DNA of Ancient Skeleton Linked to Modern Indigenous Peopleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-skeleton-linked-todays-indigenous-peoples-180962831/A new study has established a genetic link between a 10,300-year-old man and native groups living in the Pacific Northwest todayMon, 01 May 2017 16:44:31 +0000New Exhibit Highlights the Art of the Courtroom Sketchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-highlights-art-courtroom-sketch-180963091/For decades, these drawings offered the public its only glimpse into high-profile court casesMon, 01 May 2017 16:12:51 +0000The US Declared “Loyalty Day” in the 1950s to Erase Worker Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-declared-loyalty-day-erase-worker-protest-180963051/Under Eisenhower during the Cold War, "Loyalty Day" was declared to paper over International Workers' DayMon, 01 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Latest National Report Card Shows Little Student Improvement in Music and Art http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/latest-national-report-card-shows-little-student-improvement-music-and-art-180963074/This is the third time that the National Center for Educational Statistics has assessed eight-graders in music and visual artsMon, 01 May 2017 14:24:58 +0000Fearing a Smallpox Epidemic, Civil War Troops Tried to Self-Vaccinatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fearing-smallpox-epidemic-civil-war-troops-tried-self-vaccinate-180963039/People knew that inoculation could prevent you from catching smallpox. It was how Civil War soldiers did it that caused problemsMon, 01 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Make Sturdy Bricks From Mars-Like Soilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-make-sturdy-bricks-mars-soils-180963077/Their findings may be a step forward in the mission to build structures on the Red PlanetMon, 01 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000Check Out This Year's Entries to the RobotArt Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-entries-years-robotart-competition-180963071/Thirty-eight teams have submitted almost 200 artworks painted by robots, many guided by artsy artificial intelligence Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:16:08 +0000Why Mother and Baby Humpback Whales Whisper to One Anotherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mother-and-baby-humpback-whales-whisper-one-another-180963058/The quiet communication helps them avoid killer whales and randy male humpbacksFri, 28 Apr 2017 19:26:26 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Humans Out of Cave Dirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-pulls-ancient-human-dna-out-cave-soil-180963084/The new technique promises to transform the study of the hominid family tree Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:38:59 +0000A Nude Sculpture of George Washington Is Coming to New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nude-sculpture-george-washington-coming-new-york-180963072/The work was made in preparation for a larger, clothed statue by the Italian artist Antonio Canova Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:47:29 +0000Times Square's Glitzy Look was One Man's Bright Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-square-look-one-man-180963032/Douglas Leigh's ability to imagine new kinds of advertising shaped the signs of the cityFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000Network of WWI Training Tunnels and Trenches Found in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/network-wwi-training-tunnels-and-trenches-found-england-180963055/They were meant to prepare soldiers for gruelling conditions on the frontlines of Belgium and FranceThu, 27 Apr 2017 17:10:38 +0000The Essential I.M. Pei http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/essential-im-pei-180963063/The century-old architect changed the way the world sees itselfThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:42:42 +0000The Secret Behind Bioluminescent Mushrooms’ Magic Glowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-secret-behind-bioluminescent-mushrooms-magic-glow-180963065/Scientists use chemistry to account for an astonishing phenomenonThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:16:57 +0000The Tragic Story of the First Ascent of the Matterhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-first-ascent-matterhorn-180962998/Edward Whymper had tried seven times to reach the top of the Matterhorn. He made it on the eighth try–at great costThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:43 +0000Dog Genome Project Reveals Secrets of Canine Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-genome-project-reveals-secrets-canine-family-tree-180963053/Researchers have been barking up the same tree for over 20 yearsThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:56:52 +0000Cassini Sends Back First Images From Its Saturn Diveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-sends-back-images-its-first-saturn-dive-180963068/The stream of raw images include new pictures of the strange hexagonal storm swirling around its north poleThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:42:01 +0000Sold: Diary of 28-Year-Old JFKhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-diary-28-year-old-jfk-180963061/Kennedy recorded his impressions of a formative trip through post-War EuropeThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:26 +0000What Coconuts Can Tell Us About Escaping Alcatrazhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-coconuts-can-tell-us-about-escaping-alcatraz-180963018/Researchers are using GPS-enabled coconuts to monitor currents to determine if three men could have survived a 1962 escape from "The Rock"Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:22:04 +0000Cassini Makes a Daring Divehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-makes-daring-dive-180963054/The spacecraft is out of contact as it begins a series of dramatic orbits between Saturn and its ringsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:53:55 +0000DNA Could Identify the Sailors (Including Women) of the Doomed Franklin Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-extracted-doomed-franklin-expedition-sailors-180963031/New analysis on bone and and tooth fragments will allow researchers to learn more about the ill-fated crewWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:07:58 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scream-might-have-been-inspired-rare-kind-cloud-180963052/Did mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-waxworms-can-digest-plastic-180963028/The find could lead to new techniques for breaking down our ever-growing plastic wasteWed, 26 Apr 2017 16:08:39 +0000This Building Is Covered in Emoji http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/building-covered-emoji-180963030/-Person raising both hands in celebration-Wed, 26 Apr 2017 15:56:43 +0000Time-Lapse Video Captures the Breathtaking Glow of Hawaii's Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-film-lets-you-revel-spectacular-night-sky-180963038/<i>Skyglow</i> allows you to revel in an increasingly rare sight: a starry nightWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:51 +0000Cult Filmmaker John Waters Is Hosting a Summer Camp for Adultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-waters-will-host-summer-camp-adults-180963027/It’s as kooky as you might imagineWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:43:29 +0000Scientists Didn't Believe in Meteorites Until 1803http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1803-rain-rocks-helped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/The l'Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everythingWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +0000Cleveland Museum of Art will Return Stolen Roman Sculpture to Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleveland-museum-art-will-return-stolen-roman-sculpture-italy-180962973/Experts have long voiced concerns about origins of the portraitWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Orleans Tears Down Controversial Confederate Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-orleans-tears-down-controversial-confederate-monuments-180963023/A 35-foot obelisk in memory of a white supremacist uprising is no moreTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:57:49 +0000MIT’s ‘Treepedia’ Shows How Green Your City Growshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mits-treepedia-maps-how-green-your-city-grows-180963000/Using data from Google Street View, researchers created an interactive map that measures tree density on city streetsTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:53:58 +0000The "Hobbits" Could Be Much Older Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobbits-could-be-much-older-once-thought-180963012/The Flores hobbits' ancestor may have ventured out of Africa much earlier than previously thoughtTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:20 +0000Found: A Second Parchment Copy of the Declaration of Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-parchment-copy-declaration-independence-180963015/Likely commissioned in the 1780s by James Wilson, the handwritten copy's signatory order appears to emphasize national unityTue, 25 Apr 2017 17:50:57 +0000Hundreds of Thousands of Babies Will Receive World’s First Malaria Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-thousands-babies-receive-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine-180963013/The pilot program will focus on Kenya, Ghana and Malawi—countries at the center of the global malaria crisisTue, 25 Apr 2017 15:22:07 +0000Meet the Successor to Hubble That Will Peer Through Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescopes-successor-will-peer-through-time-180962988/NASA’s next giant space telescope is due to launch next yearTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:16:56 +0000A Civil War Colonel Invented Fracking in the 1860shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-colonel-invented-fracking-1860s-180962979/His first invention was an "oil well torpedo," but it was followed by others Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:42:48 +0000Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record for Most Days in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-peggy-whitson-breaks-record-most-days-space-180963010/She has spent 534 cumulative days (and counting) in orbitMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:02:50 +0000Amateur Skywatchers Spot New Atmospheric Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-skywatchers-spot-entirely-new-atmospheric-phenomenon-180963009/Its name is Steve, and it’s more common than you might thinkMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:38:09 +0000People Have Been Using Big Data Since the 1600shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-been-using-big-data-1600s-180962949/A humble hatmaker was among the first to compile data on how Londoners lived—and diedMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:02:39 +0000Naked Mole-Rats Can Survive for 18 Minutes Without Oxygenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naked-mole-rats-can-survive-18-minutes-without-oxygen-180963002/Just when you thought the wrinkly creatures couldn’t get any strangerMon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:33 +0000'The Outsiders' Was Groundbreaking, But It Didn't Create YA Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-outsiders-didnt-create-ya-fiction-180962967/Many have claimed that “young adult” fiction didn’t exist before S.E. Hinton wrote her cult classic–but it did, sort ofMon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:56 +0000Watch the Causes of Death Change Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-causes-death-change-across-america-180963003/The patterns highlight key social and economic issues in the country Mon, 24 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Collector Finds Live 19th-Century Cannonballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antiques-collector-finds-19th-century-cannon-ball-prompting-neighborhood-evacuation-180962992/A fuse appeared to be attached to the explosive deviceFri, 21 Apr 2017 20:08:29 +0000California May Lose Popular Surfing Spots to Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-may-lose-popular-surfing-spots-rising-seas-180963001/A changing climate may make iconic breaks disappearFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:56:56 +0000Check Out These Rare Color Images of World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-rare-color-images-world-war-ii-180962997/The photos are part of a new book from the Imperial War Museums which includes many images published for the first timeFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:24:12 +0000Although Less Deadly Than Crinolines, Bustles Were Still a Pain in the Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/although-less-deadly-crinolines-bustles-were-still-pain-behind-180962919/“The woman with a bustle can never sit down in a natural position,” one 1880s doctor wroteFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:21:18 +0000A New Museum in Sweden Is All About Failurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-museum-sweden-all-about-failure-180962995/Visit the many examples of products that were short-sighted, short-lived or just sillyFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:16:21 +0000A Tale of Two White Houseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tale-two-white-houses-180962940/The Confederacy had its own White House—two, actuallyFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Massasoit, Chief Who Signed Treaty With the Pilgrims, To Be Reburiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massasoit-chief-who-signed-treaty-pilgrims-be-reburied-180962928/After a 20-year search, members of the Wampanoag Nation have collected his remains from museumsFri, 21 Apr 2017 15:33:33 +0000Germany Will Research Stasi Art Seizureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-will-research-stasi-art-seizures-180962916/The Nazis weren’t the only group that looted German treasuresFri, 21 Apr 2017 14:38:43 +0000Fire Poles Saved Time, But They Also Injured Firefightershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-poles-saved-time-they-also-injured-firefighters-180962923/Many fire departments across the country have phased out the poleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000Watch Scientists Freeze and Shake the James Webb Space Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-webb-telescope-successor-hubble-getting-ready-launch-180962989/The largest space telescope ever built has a few last tests to passFri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ocean Currents Are Sweeping Billions of Tiny Plastic Bits to the Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-arctic-ocean-suffering-plastic-pollution-180962985/Currents are acting like a conveyor belt for plastic, dumping the bits in pristine northern watersFri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000SeaWorld Announces Birth of Last Orca Bred in Captivity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seaworld-announces-birth-last-orca-bred-captivity-180962984/The calf's mother was pregnant when SeaWorld cancelled its controversial breeding programThu, 20 Apr 2017 19:32:25 +0000Almost Half of Natural World Heritage Sites Are Threatened by Criminal Activityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/almost-half-natural-world-heritage-sites-are-threatened-criminal-activity-180962980/A WWF report found that illegal poaching, logging, and fishing impacts 45 percent of the designated locationsThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:55:30 +0000Billie Holiday’s Label Wouldn’t Touch 'Strange Fruit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billie-holidays-label-wouldnt-touch-strange-fruit-180962910/The emotive song about lynching in the American South is both a classic and a warningThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Researchers Work to Take the Bias Out Of Facial Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-bias-out-facial-reconstruction-180962964/Instead of relying on European-centric data sets, researchers used a global database to help image a 13,600-year-old woman from ThailandThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000Social Networks May Give Runners a Motivational Leg Up to Hit the Pavementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exercise-contagious-social-media-pavement-180962968/Friends' running habits may have more influence on your workouts than you might thinkThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:57 +0000Salty Food Might Make You Drink Less, Not Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-food-might-make-you-drink-less-not-more-180962960/You can thank a future trip to Mars for a surprising new theory on how salt affects the body Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:24:09 +0000Jaw-Dropping Video Shows Blue Whale Chowing Down on Krillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cool-video-shows-blue-whale-nomming-krill-180962974/A drone captured the giant cetaceans plowing through krill clouds to get their fillThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:09:45 +0000Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn't Have Sherlock Holmeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/edgar-allan-poe-invented-detective-story-180962914/C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's main character, was the first genius detectiveThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Chance of Another El Niño Is Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chance-another-el-nino-rising-180962963/As the year presses on, the likelihood of another wacky winter has grownThu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000John Adams Was the United States’ First Ambassador as Well as Its Second President http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-adams-was-united-states-first-ambassador-well-its-second-president-180962891/Adams's house in the Hague was the first-ever U.S. EmbassyWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Sealed Files of the United Nations War Crimes Commission Will Finally See Light of Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sealed-files-un-crimes-commission-finally-see-light-180962942/The massive archive has already revealed that war crimes charges against Hitler were drawn up as early as 1944Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:28:28 +0000 Watch a Large Asteroid Streak Through the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-large-asteroid-streak-through-skies-tonight-180962958/Only a small telescope will be neededWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:16:15 +0000New Technique Shows San Rock Art Is 5,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-shows-san-rock-art-5000-years-old-180962948/Using a highly refined form of carbon dating, researchers were able to date the pigments in art in Botswana, Lesotho and South AfricaWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:56:56 +0000After Centuries of Searching, Scientists Finally Find the Mysterious Giant Shipworm Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-shipworm-finally-found-after-180962944/The three-foot long creature has long eluded scientists, but they finally got a closer lookWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:19:43 +0000This Frog’s Slime Kills Flu Viruseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frogs-slime-kills-flu-viruses-180962950/But don’t go kissing frogs just yetWed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000Mummies and More Than 1,000 Statues Found in Egyptian Tombhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummies-and-more-1000-statues-found-egyptian-tomb-180962941/The treasure was buried near LuxorTue, 18 Apr 2017 20:36:07 +0000A Minnesota Home Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Is For Sale, Original Furniture And Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-home-designed-frank-lloyd-wright-sale-original-furniture-and-all-180962946/Everything from the floor color to the light fixtures is as the architect designed itTue, 18 Apr 2017 18:53:23 +0000Builders Find Remains of Five Archbishops of Canterburyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/builders-find-remains-five-archbishops-canterbury-180962920/Turns out the vault in which they were buried wasn't destroyed by flood after all Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:04:49 +0000How Low Can Life Go? New Study Suggests Six Miles Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-could-exist-six-miles-below-earths-surface-180962861/Evidence of life from below a mud volcano hints at life beneath the crustTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:22:21 +0000Scientists Want to Freeze and Pulverize Your Old Computershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/need-get-rid-your-old-computer-scientists-want-freeze-and-pulverize-it-180962938/E-waste is a growing problem worldwide, but a new method could help take a byte out of the issueTue, 18 Apr 2017 16:22:12 +0000The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Some Other Guyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/midnight-ride-paul-revere-and-some-other-guys-180962866/The midnight ride wasn’t so much a solo operation as it was a relayTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:18:27 +0000Ancient Architectural Science is Coming to a Renowned Indian Engineering Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-architectural-science-coming-renowned-indian-engineering-school-180962936/Principles of alignment with the sun and magnetic fields in vastu shastra stretch back 8,000 yearsTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:02:41 +0000 A Look Back at the 1925 Woman’s World Fairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-back-1925-womans-world-fair-180962883/After the success of the Chicago World's Fair, women made their own eventTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:58:29 +0000NASA Spots New Crack in Greenland Glacierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-spots-new-crack-greenland-glacier-180962921/Is the Petermann Glacier getting ready to rupture again?Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:37:03 +0000Dingo Wins Competition for World’s Most Interesting Genomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dingo-wins-worlds-most-interesting-genome-competition-180962922/The desert dingo beat out an explosive beetle, a pit viper and pink pigeon to win a grant to have its genome sequencedMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:16:42 +0000“Are Women Animals?” Asked One 19th-Century Letter Writerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-women-animals-asked-one-19th-century-letter-writer-180962859/If women couldn't have the rights of full human beings, "An Earnest Englishwoman" asked, could they at least have as many legal protections as animals?Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Story of Hollywood's Most Famous Lionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mgms-first-lion-didnt-roar-180962852/Actually, there have been five of themMon, 17 Apr 2017 14:52:08 +0000California’s Lush Super Bloom Is Even More Stunning From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-lush-super-bloom-looks-beautiful-space-180962913/Satellite images captured an explosion of flowers stretching across California’s desert hills Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:15:54 +0000Meet DeeDee, the Solar System's Newest Dwarf Planet (Maybe)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-deedee-solar-systems-newest-dwarf-planet-maybe-180962906/Though the tiny icy orb meets all the criteria, it has yet to receive the official designationFri, 14 Apr 2017 18:47:08 +0000Ireland May End Its Historic Good Friday Alcohol Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ireland-may-end-its-historic-good-friday-alcohol-ban-180962909/The 1927 prohibition restricted the sale of booze on Good Friday, Christmas Day and St. Patrick’s DayFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:21:19 +0000This Ant Species Rescues Wounded Comrades on the Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ant-species-rescues-comrades-battlefield-180962905/Though it may be counterintuitive, a new study suggests saving the injured benefits the colony more than leaving them for deadFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:34:25 +0000The Curious History of the White House Easter Egg Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-history-white-house-easter-egg-roll-180962842/Thousands of families enter the lottery each year to take part in this White House traditionFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000Aromatic New Museum Celebrates the Art and History of Perfumehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aromatic-new-museum-celebrates-art-and-history-perfume-180962900/From the ancient Egyptians to Elizabeth Taylor, the Grand Musée du Parfum tells the story of fragranceFri, 14 Apr 2017 15:05:39 +0000This 1000-Mile Long Storm Showed the Horror of Life in the Dust Bowlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-mile-long-storm-showed-horror-life-dust-bowl-180962847/In the American history of extreme weather events, ‘Black Sunday’ sticks outFri, 14 Apr 2017 14:22:51 +0000This Free Laundromat Has a Famous Sponsor: the Popehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/free-laundromat-has-famous-sponsor-pope-180962896/Rome’s homeless people will be able to do their laundry on the Vatican’s dimeThu, 13 Apr 2017 20:43:11 +0000NASA Detects Microbe-Friendly Food Spouting From Saturn's Moon Enceladushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-announces-saturns-moon-enceledus-produces-energy-could-support-life-180962901/The Cassini spacecraft has detected the ingredients for life in sprays from the icy worldThu, 13 Apr 2017 20:12:02 +0000Black Marble Photo Shows Off Earth's Darker Sidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-marble-photo-shows-earth-its-darkest-180962899/The composite shot could one day help scientists make the most of the night skyThu, 13 Apr 2017 18:11:15 +0000Fashion Made From Cow Poo Wins Innovation Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fashion-made-cow-poo-wins-innovation-award-180962882/Mestic looks to manure to produce bioplastic, paper and fashion-forward textilesThu, 13 Apr 2017 17:45:04 +0000A Penguin Colony's Rise and Fall, Recorded in Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poo-tells-story-how-volcano-keeps-wiping-out-penguins-180962892/A nearby volcano has decimated the gentoo colony on Ardley Island three timesThu, 13 Apr 2017 17:36:42 +0000Mars Has Metal in Its Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-has-metallic-atmosphere-180962886/Metallic ions have a permanent presence in the red planet’s atmosphere—kind of like on EarthThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:09:10 +0000What We Know About the CIA's Midcentury Mind-Control Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-we-know-about-cias-midcentury-mind-control-project-180962836/Project MKUltra began on this day in 1953 and continued for yearsThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Slumber With Skeletons at This New York Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slumber-skeletons-new-york-museum-180962884/Whales, mummies and adults are invited to a special sleepoverThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:46:28 +0000Digital Tombstone Brings the Dead Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-tombstone-brings-dead-back-life-180962881/Death is eternal—but cemeteries are changing with the timesThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:30:00 +0000NASA Puts Earth Up for Adoptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-puts-earth-adoption-180962888/Pockmarks, wrinkles, and allThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:20:24 +0000The Tournament Scrabble Dictionary Contains More Than A Hundred Slurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tournament-scrabble-dictionary-contains-more-hundred-slurs-180962839/One woman first raised the issue of the Scrabble dictionary containing offensive words in the 1990sThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Capture Beautiful, Explosive Collision of Young Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-beautiful-explosive-collision-young-stars-180962854/The high-resolution images could hold clues about the early stages of star formationWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:18:04 +0000“Great Cold Spot” Discovered on Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-cold-spot-discovered-jupiter-180962870/The ancient storm was hiding in plain sightWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:59:12 +0000This Artificial Neural Network Generates Absurd Pickup Lineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-neural-network-generates-absurd-pickup-lines-180962880/But the technology probably won't be able to land you a date anytime soonWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:28:07 +0000Movie Palaces Let Everyday Americans Be Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-palaces-let-everyday-americans-be-royalty-180962824/They were an important part of the studio system that flourished until the late 1940sWed, 12 Apr 2017 15:04:12 +0000The First Manned Space Flight Was the Rocket Designer’s Victory as Much as Yuri Gagarin’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-manned-space-flight-was-rocket-designers-victory-much-or-more-yuri-gagarins-180962822/Sergei Korolev designed the entire Soviet rocket program. But nobody knew his name until after he diedWed, 12 Apr 2017 13:10:00 +0000One Million Internet Users Created This Piece of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-million-internet-users-created-piece-art-180962867/Contributions range from the juvenile to bizarre to strangely beautifulTue, 11 Apr 2017 20:44:48 +0000Take a Peek at the Auroras on Uranushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photos-reveal-auroras-uranus-180962862/This composite image gives the best view yet of the seventh planet's atmospheric lights and ringTue, 11 Apr 2017 20:35:47 +0000Scientists Think Comb Jellies May Have Come Before All Other Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-comb-jellies-may-have-come-all-other-animals-180962858/Sorry, sponges—there’s a new oldest ancestor in townTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:25:07 +0000The Met Will Finally Integrate Some Native American Art Into Its American Winghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-will-finally-integrate-some-native-american-art-its-american-wing-180962860/Until now, indigenous art has lived in its own sectionTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:01:32 +0000This Patented Smoking Deterrent Made Little Coughing Noiseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/patented-smoking-deterrent-made-little-coughing-noises-180962805/ The history of smoking cessation aids has a few funny detours like this oneTue, 11 Apr 2017 16:41:46 +0000Orcas Are Killed in Front of Tourists, Now Caribbean Nation Wrangles With Whaling Lawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-orcas-are-killed-front-tourists-caribbean-nation-wrangles-over-whaling-180962838/The prime minister of St. Vincent will introduce legislation to outlaw orca hunting Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:03:05 +000013,000-Year-Old Fillings Were “Drilled” With Stone and Packed With Tarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-filling-made-stone-age-dentist-180962845/You can't handle the toothTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:24:43 +0000Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-new-spider-species-discovered-mexican-cave-180962848/<i>Califorctenus cacachilensis</i> is the width of a softball and represents a new genus of arachnidsTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:06:29 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/King Idrimi is getting digitized and his autobiography is as relevant as everTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Bizarre Story of Saddam Hussein’s Failed “Supergun”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-saddam-husseins-failed-supergun-180962820/It was called “Big Babylon” and it was originally supposed to fire satellites into orbitTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Graffiti Grudge Goes to Federal Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graffiti-grudge-goes-federal-court-180962846/5Pointz was once an international graffiti icon. Now, aerosol artists are fighting the developer who tore it downTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Survey Estimates Earth Has 60,065 Tree Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-has-60065-tree-species-180962830/Researchers from Botanic Gardens Conservation International compiled the list, finding that at least 10,000 tree species are at risk of extinctionTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marine Le Pen Denies State’s Role in Deporting French Jews During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-le-pen-denies-states-role-deporting-french-jews-during-wwii-180962849/Approximately 13,000 Jews were arrested by French authorities in July of 1942Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:42:56 +0000Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Texthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-will-allow-its-school-controversial-19th-century-imperial-text-180962825/The educational edict was banned after World War II for serving military and nationalistic purposesMon, 10 Apr 2017 19:24:01 +0000The Eighteenth-Century Founder of Homeopathy Said His Treatments Were Better Than Bloodlettinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-eighteenth-century-founder-homeopathy-think-his-theory-medicine-worked-180962794/Samuel Hahnemann was trying to fix the unscientific field of medicineMon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000The ASPCA’s Founder Was Known as “The Great Meddler”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspcas-founder-was-known-great-meddler-180962792/Although Bergh's efforts to prevent animal cruelty weren't well-received by all, the ASPCA did change how animals were seen in the United StatesMon, 10 Apr 2017 15:13:02 +0000New Study Fleshes Out the Nutritional Value of Human Meathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-cannibals-did-not-eat-humans-nutrition-study-says-180962823/The caloric value of the human body is surprisingly low compared to other prehistoric food optionsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:46:12 +0000Hubble Snags Splendid Snapshot of Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-snags-splendid-snapshot-jupiter-180962832/The perfect photographic conditions make for a grand view of the gas giantFri, 07 Apr 2017 17:56:58 +0000Atmosphere Detected Around an Earth(ish)-Sized Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-atmosphere-detected-around-earth-sized-planet-1-180962829/Just 39 light years away, GJ 1132b is 1.4 times the Earth's radius and has an atmosphere that may be composed of steam or methane Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:46:22 +0000The Quest to Better Describe the Scent of Old Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-quest-better-describe-scent-old-books-180962819/Describing a unique smell just got easier thanks to a pair of olfactory detectivesFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:13:32 +0000New Pyramid Discovered in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pyramid-discovered-egypt-180962813/Earlier this week the interior structure of pyramid was uncovered at the Dahshur Necropolis, home to some of Egypt's earliest pyramidsFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:50:57 +0000This Swashbuckling Botanist Changed America’s Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swashbuckling-botanist-changed-americas-landscapes-180962763/Not always for the betterFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:11:15 +0000South Africa to Legalize Domestic Rhino Horn Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-africa-legalize-domestic-rhino-horn-trade-180962817/A court ruling overturns a 2009 ban, a move that conservationists worry will increase poachingFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:49:57 +0000Smithsonian and Library of Congress Purchase Rare 1860s Photo of Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-library-of-congress-rare-1860s-photo-harriet-tubman-180962818/Part of an album of 44 photos of prominent abolitionists, the unique photo was recently acquired at auctionFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:44:16 +0000How Some Breweries Survived Prohibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-some-breweries-survived-prohibition-180962754/It mostly involved playing to their non-alcoholic strengthsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000Moths Are Nibbling Away at England’s Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-are-nibbling-away-englands-heritage-sites-180962816/Let “Operation Clothes Moths” commenceThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:28:41 +0000Artifacts Found in Indonesian Cave Show Complexities of Ice Age Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-found-indonesian-cave-show-complex-ice-age-culture-180962787/Pendants and buttons as well as carvings suggest the inhabitants of Wallacea were as advanced as Europeans during the Ice AgeThu, 06 Apr 2017 17:37:54 +0000Why Do So Many Hollywood Villains Have Skin Conditions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/screen-villains-have-bad-skin-which-promotes-stereotypes-180962811/A new study cautions that the scars and warts that afflict many movie villains could contribute to social stigmasThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:42:13 +0000Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-30-dutch-wooden-shoe-makers-remain-180962804/The traditional trade is in troubleThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:19:42 +0000The Secretary of the Interior Once Banned Rock Bands From the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secretary-interior-once-banned-rock-bands-national-mall-180962735/James Watt, who was outed from office in the early 1980s, said the only songs he knew were 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Amazing Grace'Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Coal-Fueled Power Plants Linked to Lower Birth Weights in Tennessee Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fueled-power-plants-linked-lower-birth-weights-tennessee-valley-180962785/When nuclear power plants pressed pause, coal stepped in—and birth weights began to declineThu, 06 Apr 2017 15:47:44 +0000Web-Slinging Snails Discovered on Sunken Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/web-slinging-snail-discovered-sunken-ship-180962810/Scientists worry that their presence spells trouble for threatened coral reefsThu, 06 Apr 2017 15:18:30 +0000Fans Hope to Preserve Jack Kerouac’s Florida Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-hope-preserve-jack-kerouacs-florida-home-180962809/The modest house in St. Petersburg is now for sale, and may be turned into a museum Thu, 06 Apr 2017 15:07:22 +0000How Caribou Baby Monitors Could Save a Dying Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-caribou-baby-monitors-could-save-dying-species-180962800/Scientists hope camera collars with GPS will unravel a deadly mysteryThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:54:14 +0000Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-upon-time-exploding-billiard-balls-were-everyday-thing-180962751/It was a side effect of no longer making them from ivoryThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:41:25 +0000Slo-Mo Footage Shows How Scorpions Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slo-mo-footage-shows-how-scorpions-strike-180962803/Using high speed cameras, researchers uncovered the defensive patterns used by scorpions, including the super-fast death stalkerThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:13:18 +0000The National Spelling Bee Adjusts Its Rules To Prevent Tieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-spelling-bee-adjusts-its-rules-prevent-ties-180962801/Top spellers will be required to take a written test on the final evening of the competitionWed, 05 Apr 2017 18:01:21 +0000Your Alaskan Cruise is Possible Because Canada Blew Up an Underwater Mountainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-almost-1400-tons-explosives-blow-underwater-mountain-peak-canada-180962732/People predicted tsunamis and an earthquake, but nothing particularly bad happenedWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:45:56 +0000This $71.2 Million Diamond Just Set a New World Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/712-million-diamond-just-set-new-world-record-180962789/The flawless stone has a new owner—and a new nameWed, 05 Apr 2017 15:54:56 +0000Watch SpaceX's Recycled Rocket Stick Its Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-spacexs-recycled-rocket-stick-its-landing-180962799/The reused Falcon 9 booster rocket may usher in an era of cheaper and more frequent trips into spaceWed, 05 Apr 2017 15:38:02 +0000Europe’s Only Known Cavefish Discovered in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-only-known-cavefish-discovered-germany-180962786/Genetic analyses suggest that the cave loach speedily adapted to its lightless habitatWed, 05 Apr 2017 14:36:26 +0000Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-north-american-settlements-found-180962750/The discovery of the 14,000-year-old village in Canada lends credence to the theory that humans arrived in North America from the coastWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000Now Everyone Can Track Yosemite’s Bears Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-lets-nature-enthusiasts-track-yosemites-bears-180962793/The park is displaying delayed GPS data on a new website to stop curious humans from scouting out the creatures in real timeWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000France Wants You to Lie on Your Back for 60 Days in the Name of Space Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-wants-you-lie-your-back-60-days-name-space-research-180962788/But only if you’re a man Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Second Doomsday Vault—This One to to Preserve Data—Is Opening in Svalbardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-doomsday-vault-preserve-data-opening-svalbard-180962749/Known as the Arctic World Archive, it will store copies of books, archives and documents on special filmWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +000030-Million-Year-Old Tick Full of Monkey Blood Found in Ancient Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-fossilized-mammal-blood-found-amber-encased-tick-180962784/Scientists think the tick was plucked from a primate before being dropped in a puddle of sticky tree resinTue, 04 Apr 2017 19:41:56 +0000130 Years Ago, Men Against Women's Suffrage Put Susanna Salter’s Name on the Ballothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/130-years-ago-men-against-womens-suffrage-put-susanna-salters-name-ballot-180962727/Boy, were they sorry.Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:54:05 +0000London's Parliament Square Will Get Its First Statue of a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-parliament-square-will-get-its-first-statue-woman-180962760/Suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett will join the ranks of 11 statesmen who have been honored with monuments thereTue, 04 Apr 2017 16:48:09 +0000Sriracha Sauce Is Finally Available in Vietnamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sriracha-sauce-finally-available-vietnam-180962756/What happens when a cult staple heads to another country?Tue, 04 Apr 2017 15:26:11 +0000Brief Vending Machine Delay Helps People Make Better Snack Choiceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-vending-machine-delay-helps-people-make-better-snack-choices-180962764/When a vending machine withheld junky snacks for 25 seconds, people were slightly more likely to choose a healthier optionTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:07:30 +0000Proposed Test Heats Up the Debate on Solar Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/proposed-test-stirs-debate-solar-geoengineering-180962745/Harvard scientists are moving ahead with plans to investigate using particles to reflect some of the sun's radiationTue, 04 Apr 2017 14:16:35 +0000Manatees Move From Endangered to Threatenedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manatee-moves-endangered-threaten-180962758/But conservationists say the species still faces significant threatsMon, 03 Apr 2017 18:30:47 +0000These Tropical Fish Have Opioids in Their Fangshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-tropical-fish-have-opioids-their-fangs-180962759/The point isn’t to relieve pain—it’s to killMon, 03 Apr 2017 17:59:58 +0000Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-wallpaper-got-its-gaudy-colors-poison-180962709/Victorians were obsessed with vividly-colored wallpaper, which is on-trend for this year–though arsenic poisoning is never in styleMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Before Velcro’s Patent Expired, It Was a Niche Product Most People Hadn’t Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/velcros-patent-expired-it-was-niche-product-most-people-hadnt-heard-180962701/The hook-and-loop tape's moment in the sun came after others were free to copy itMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000How 148 Tornadoes in One Day in 1974 Changed Emergency Preparednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-148-tornadoes-one-day-1974-changed-emergency-preparedness-180962706/The “super outbreak” flattened towns and killed and injured thousands, all with little warning and in the space of 24 hoursMon, 03 Apr 2017 13:22:11 +0000How Agent Orange Turned This American Small Town Into a Toxic Waste-Ridden Deathtraphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-beach-was-founded-newspaper-promo-demolished-toxic-waste-ridden-ghost-town-180962693/“Walking into the houses, many of them were like people had just simply stood up, walked out and never come back”Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Japanese Fleet Killed Over 300 Whales This Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-fleet-killed-over-300-whales-season-180962746/The creatures were supposedly collected for the sake of researchFri, 31 Mar 2017 17:30:15 +0000There’s a New World’s Blackest Blackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-worlds-blackest-black-180962748/And it’s really blackFri, 31 Mar 2017 17:11:40 +0000National Park Service Seeks Public Help in Death Valley Fossil Thefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-seeks-public-help-in-death-valley-fossil-theft-180962741/Fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by ancient mammals and birds, have been swiped Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000WWII Marine Buried at Arlington, 73 Years After His Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-marine-buried-arlington-73-years-after-his-death-180962729/Harry K. Tye's body went missing after the 1943 Battle of Tarawa. Decades later, his remains were discovered and returned home.Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:29:24 +0000Gold Miners Kept Their Sourdough Starters Alive By Cuddling Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-miners-kept-their-sourdough-starters-alive-cuddling-them-180962689/San Francisco-area miners used sourdough starters as a replacement for commercial leavening agentsFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:01:00 +0000Nanocars Will Race Across (a Very, Very Tiny Bit of) Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gentlemen-start-your-molecules-180962736/Ladies and gentlemen, start your moleculesFri, 31 Mar 2017 15:27:44 +0000Researchers Spot Giant, Deep-Sea Octopus Munching on an Unusual Snackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-spot-rare-octopus-eating-unusual-snack-180962734/The cephalopod was chowing down on a jellyfish—long thought unimportant in the food webFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:29:17 +0000The Campaign Is On to Save the Natural History Collections of a Louisiana Universityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-evicts-its-natural-history-collection-180962730/The school is displacing millions of specimens in favor of a new trackThu, 30 Mar 2017 19:00:18 +0000Happy 159th Birthday to the Modern Pencilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-159th-birthday-modern-pencil-180962656/The patent for this supremely convenient invention didn't last longThu, 30 Mar 2017 18:04:15 +0000This 'Brilliant' Pioneering Psychologist Never Got a Ph.D....Technicallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brilliant-psychologist-phd-technically-180962648/Despite "the most brilliant examination" Harvard had ever seen, the school didn't grant degrees to women at the timeThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:53:40 +0000Corrosion Could Bring a Premature End to This Legendary Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corrosion-could-bring-premature-end-this-legendary-ship-180962582/New report sounds the alarm on the RMS Queen MaryThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:21:11 +0000Watch a Baby Bald Eagle Hatch in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-baby-bald-eagle-hatch-real-time-180962728/Things are getting serious for the world's most famous bald eaglesThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:52:21 +0000What Kind of Art is the Most Popular?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-kind-art-most-popular-180962733/It's not always in museums—and historic name recognition is starting to matter lessThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:04:38 +0000Museum Devoted to Camille Claudel, Long Overshadowed by Rodin, Opens in Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-camille-claudel-overshadowed-rodin-opens-france-180962718/Her work has long been obscured by her dramatic personal lifeThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:20:02 +0000New Device Allows Paralyzed Man to Move His Arm With His Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-device-allows-paralyzed-man-move-his-arm-and-hand-180962715/The brain implant bypasses the patient's injured spinal cord, allowing him to eat and drink on his ownWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:58:32 +0000NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Databasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-launches-galaxys-most-glorious-space-database-180962712/Now you can easily peruse more than 140,000 of the agency's photos, videos and visualizationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 19:24:06 +0000U.S. Heroin Use Has Risen Dramatically Since 2001http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-use-rose-dramatically-180962710/White males under 45 are most likely to report using the drug Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:33 +0000Coca-Cola’s Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coca-colas-creator-said-drink-would-make-you-smarter-180962665/Like the wine and cocaine drink that preceded it, Coca-Cola was first marketed as a brain tonicWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:52:21 +0000Norway Proposes World's First Mile-Long Tunnel for Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-proposes-mile-long-tunnel-ships-180962711/The tunnel would help ships and ferries avoid rough seas around the Stadlandet Peninsula where 33 people have died since World War IIWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:03:50 +0000