Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenThu, 11 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +000078 Years Ago Today, BBC Aired the First Science Fiction Television Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/78-years-ago-today-bbc-aired-first-science-fiction-television-program-180958126/And no, it wasn’t 'Doctor Who'Thu, 11 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Here's Why It's So Hard to Smash a Cockroachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-its-so-hard-smash-cockroach-180958125/Scientists chased and crushed cockroaches—and their results could one day save lives Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:07:04 +0000Congress Won’t Pay For Official Portraits Anymorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/congress-wont-pay-official-portraits-anymore-180958101/The government will stop using taxpayer dollars to immortalize lawmakers in the traditional fashionThu, 11 Feb 2016 17:00:00 +0000Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-vintage-computer-viruses-malware-museum-180958090/Relive the horror of watching your computer catch a ‘90s-era virusThu, 11 Feb 2016 14:57:06 +0000NASA Went Retro With Their New Space Travel Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-went-retro-with-their-new-space-travel-posters-180958086/Travel to the world of tomorrow—today! Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:00:03 +0000Take 360-Degree Tours of Mars and the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-360-degree-tours-mars-and-moon-180958085/Earth's neighbors have never seemed so tantalizingly closeWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:19:30 +0000Glow to This Flickering Tribute to Neonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glow-to-this-flickering-tribute-to-neon-180958084/The past shines at the Museum of Neon Art in Southern CaliforniaWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:06:03 +0000How Children’s Imaginations Inspired This Cool Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-childrens-imaginations-inspired-this-cool-school-180958079/A new Danish kindergarten was envisioned by the way a child might draw a houseWed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000You Too Can Own a Portrait of a Dog Dressed as a Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-too-can-own-portrait-dog-dressed-person-180958080/Dog art auctions put the spotlight on man’s best friendWed, 10 Feb 2016 14:43:47 +0000A Brief History of Post Office Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-post-office-cats-180958061/Mail used to come with a side of meowTue, 09 Feb 2016 20:02:07 +0000Five Things to Know About Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-gravitational-waves-180958077/The internet is abuzz with rumors of a big announcement—here are a few things you should know to decipher the newsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:02:50 +0000Michelangelo May Have Had Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michelangelo-may-have-had-arthritis-180958056/Researchers used old portraits and letters to study the master's hands Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000This Company Just Ditched Artificial Food Dyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-just-ditched-artificial-food-dyes-180958076/The food of the future won’t necessarily look less fake—but its ingredient list mightTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:43:29 +0000Zika Virus May Spell Trouble for the Rio Olympic Gameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zika-virus-may-spell-trouble-rio-olympic-games-180958070/U.S Olympic Committee officials suggest that athletes concerned about Zika stay on the sidelines this yearTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:12:27 +0000Board of Sexism in Chess? Check Out These New Exhibitionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/board-of-sexism-in-chess-check-out-these-new-exhibitions-180958069/The World Chess Hall of Fame is showcasing the power of its womenMon, 08 Feb 2016 21:11:25 +0000Julia Child's Provence Kitchen Will Serve Up New Meals as a Cook's Retreathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/julia-childs-provence-kitchen-will-serve-up-new-meals-as-a-cooking-retreat-180958062/An American couple has a vision to preserve and continue the legacy of the famous chefMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:51:36 +0000Watch a Japanese Volcano Put on a Spectacular Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-japanese-volcano-put-spectacular-show-180958068/Lightning and lava? No biggieMon, 08 Feb 2016 17:37:03 +0000Check Out These X-Rays of Flowers From the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-x-rays-flowers-1930s-180958065/Dain L. Tasker’s radiographs depict delicate flowers from the inside outMon, 08 Feb 2016 16:56:56 +0000A New Experimental Fusion Reactor Powers Up in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-experimental-fusion-reactor-powers-germany-180958058/The reactor's first test was brief but successfulMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:56:00 +0000U.S Panel Deems "Three Parent Babies" Ethical to Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-panel-deems-three-parent-babies-ethical-test-180958057/Mitochondrial replacement therapy could help prevent genetic diseasesMon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Only Known Jaguar in America Was Finally Caught on Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-known-jaguar-america-finally-caught-video-180958060/“El Jefe” made a rare appearance in ArizonaFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:30:08 +0000Photographs Document Some of the First Black Women to Serve With the U.S. Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographs-document-some-of-the-first-black-women-serve-us-navy-180958049/Black women were not allowed to join WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) until 1944Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:18:15 +0000This Biotech Company Is Growing Meatballs in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biotech-company-growing-meatballs-lab-180958051/In just a few years, lab-grown meat might make it to the marketFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:30:00 +0000British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-monks-discovered-curry-recipe-200-year-old-cookbook-180957979/The Portuguese brought the dish to Europe when they began colonizing IndiaFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:04:19 +0000Which States Have the Fastest Talkers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figured-out-which-states-talk-fastest-and-which-slowest-180958033/Next time you hear, "this call may be recorded," an analytics firm could be analyzing every wordFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:33:50 +0000Here's the Latest on Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-latest-penguins-180958052/From invasive "fairies" to huddling chicks, penguins are the perfect pick-me-upFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:17 +0000A Museum Courtyard Will Be Taken Over by a Colorful Webhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-courtyard-will-be-taken-over-colorful-web-180958048/“Weaving the Courtyard” will bring a kaleidoscopic of color to MoMA PS1Fri, 05 Feb 2016 16:30:00 +0000Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infants-can-see-things-adults-cannot-180958036/Over time, our brains start filtering out details deemed unimportantFri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Women "Catch" Yawns More Easily Than Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-catch-yawns-more-easily-men-180958044/Researchers sneakily observed thousands of interactions to see if gender made a difference in the contagiousness of yawningThu, 04 Feb 2016 20:04:33 +0000Jurassic-Era Insect Looks Just Like a Modern Butterflyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-era-insect-looks-just-modern-butterflies-180958040/Jurassic "butterflies" helped pollinate ancient plants millions of years before the butterfly even existedThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:35:21 +0000Snow White Wasn’t the First Disney Princesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snow-white-wasnt-first-disney-princess-180958043/Dwarfs, meet PersephoneThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:33:16 +0000Mountain Dew Once Had Ties to Moonshinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mountain-dew-had-ties-moonshine-once-upon-time-180957978/The original soda named Mountain Dew was supposed to be a whiskey accompaniment Thu, 04 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000A Trumpet Retrieved From a World War II Shipwreck Could Still Hold Its Owner’s DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trumpet-retrieved-world-war-ii-shipwreck-could-still-hold-its-owners-dna-180958037/Conservators are trying to identify the sailor who once played itThu, 04 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000This Company Transforms Indian Taxicabs Into Original Artworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-transforms-indian-taxicabs-original-artworks-180958030/Intricately designed fabrics help taxi drivers stand out from the crowdThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000What It Feels Like to Don a Skintight Virtual Reality Suit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-it-feels-don-skintight-virtual-reality-suit-180957988/Though it sounds a little weird, it might be the future of virtual realityThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Venus Flytraps Know How to Counthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-flytraps-know-how-count-180958017/Figuring out when to chomp is as easy as one, two, three, four, fiveThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out This Scale Replica of The International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-scale-replica-international-space-station-180957989/Pretend you’re in orbit without ever leaving the groundThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:30:00 +0000France Is Paving More Than 600 Miles of Road With Solar Panelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-paving-more-600-miles-road-solar-panels-180958035/In five years, France hopes the panels will supply power to 5 million peopleThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Water Bottle Refills Itself From Moisture in the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-bottle-refills-itself-from-moisture-air-180957986/The Fontus is a gadget for adventurers and potentially a way to help people living regions where water is scarceWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:33:52 +0000Read About Drama, Politics, Breakfast in These Newly Digitized Colonial Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Read-About-Drama-Politics-Breakfast-in-These-Newly-Digitized-Colonial-Documents-180958029/An ambitious Harvard University project brings history to life, archiving nearly half a million documents onlineWed, 03 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Adventure Through the Water Cycle With NASA's New Comic Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adventure-through-water-cycle-nasas-new-comic-book-180958027/The comic brings whimsy and fun into the story of the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite missionWed, 03 Feb 2016 19:18:05 +0000Archaeologists Discovered a Roman Fresco Beneath the Streets of Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discovered-roman-fresco-beneath-streets-london-180958028/This ornate, hand-painted wall was once considered to be the height of fashion in LondiniumWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:45:57 +0000A Historic Conservation Agreement Will Protect Canada’s Great Bear Rainforesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-conservation-agreement-will-protect-canadas-great-bear-rainforest-180958025/It's a victory for First Nations, loggers, and environmentalistsWed, 03 Feb 2016 15:32:40 +0000The Original Cat Video Returns to Times Squarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-cat-video-returns-to-times-square-180958021/All month long, Times Square will be under the gaze of a familiar, indifferent kittenWed, 03 Feb 2016 13:30:00 +0000Archeologists Find a Rare 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Funerary Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-find-rare-4500-year-old-egyptian-funerary-boat-180958020/The watercraft is so well preserved that it still has the pegs, ropes and plant fibers that once held it togetherTue, 02 Feb 2016 21:02:24 +0000A Short History of Groundhog Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-history-groundhog-day-180958018/Punxsutawney Phil is part of a tradition with roots that extend back thousands of yearsTue, 02 Feb 2016 20:11:38 +0000Digital Projections Show the Vivid Colors That Once Decorated an Egyptian Templehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-projections-show-the-vivid-colors-that-once-decorated-an-egyptian-temple-180958008/The Metropolitan Museum of Art is adding a bright flourish to the Temple of DendurTue, 02 Feb 2016 19:35:41 +0000These Stunning Fractals Are Made of Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-stunning-fractals-are-made-snow-180958012/Snow artist Simon Beck uses his own two snowshoe-clad feet to create these masterpiecesTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:00 +0000100,000 Travelers Were Stranded at a Chinese Train Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100000-travelers-were-stranded-chinese-train-station-180958016/And you thought your holiday commute was badTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:45:00 +0000A Chin-Stroking Mystery: Why Are Humans the Only Animals With Chins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chin-stroking-mystery-why-are-humans-ony-animals-with-chins-180957997/It's an evolutionary conundrum and scientists are still divided over the answerTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:17:04 +0000Take a Course on Taco Literacy at the University of Kentuckyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-course-taco-literacy-university-kentucky-180957995/Yes, the homework is deliciousMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:35:19 +0000This Library System Is Willing to Forgive Your Fine…Just This Oncehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-system-willing-forgive-your-fine-just-once-180958007/Library scofflaws take note: Amnesty programs are gaining steam throughout the U.S.Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:08:47 +0000British Scientists Get Permission to Genetically Modify Human Embryos for Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-scientists-get-permission-genetically-modify-human-embryos-research-180958004/The scientists plan to use genetic engineering techniques to study infertilityMon, 01 Feb 2016 19:07:19 +0000Lavishly Illustrated Medieval Playing Cards Flouted the Church and Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lavishly-illustrated-medieval-playing-cards-flouted-church-and-law-180957994/Secular and religious officials alike frowned on card playing in Europe's Middle AgesMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:48:14 +0000The Moon's Tidal Forces May Affect How Much It Rainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/phases-moon-may-affect-how-much-it-rains-180958001/The higher the moon, the lower the chance of rainMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:09:40 +0000GoPro-Armed Vultures Capture Lima’s Trash Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gopro-armed-vultures-capture-limas-trash-problems-180957987/By sniffing out illegal dumps, the watchful buzzards will hopefully inspire action to clean up the city's streetsMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:09:09 +0000Williams-Sonoma’s Founder Is Getting His Own Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/williams-sonomas-founder-getting-his-own-museum-180957982/The museum will feature the 4,000-plus pieces of cookware that the kitchenware impresario donated upon his death Fri, 29 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +000044 Years Ago, Shirley Chisholm Became the First Black Woman to Run For Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/44-years-ago-shirley-chisholm-became-the-first-black-woman-to-run-for-president-180957975/Chisholm saw her campaign as a necessary "catalyst for change"Fri, 29 Jan 2016 19:34:33 +0000Stalin May Have Studied Mao’s Poop in a Secret Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stalin-may-have-studied-maos-poop-secret-lab-180957980/Get a whiff of this stranger-than-fiction story of political paranoia and Soviet scienceFri, 29 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000The First Person of Native American Descent Was Elected to the U.S. Senate 109 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/The-First-Person-of-Native-American-Descent-Was-Elected-to-the-US-Senate-109-Years-Ago-Today-180957893/Charles Curtis, who would go on to become Herbert Hoover's vice president, left behind a problematic legacyFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:39:41 +0000At Least 17 Sperm Whales Washed Up on North Sea Shoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/least-17-sperm-whales-wash-up-north-sea-shores-180957972/The cause of the cetacean tragedy is still a mysteryFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:13:02 +0000Colonial America Depended on the Enslavement of Indigenous Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colonial-america-depended-enslavement-indigenous-people-180957900/The role of enslaving Native Americans in early American history is often overlookedFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Cats May Have Been Domesticated Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180957960/But only one ended up as the house catFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000The Curious History of The International Flat Earth Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-history-international-flat-earth-society-180957969/The recent resurgence of this ancient idea reminds us that flat Earth believers have a long historyFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Step Inside a Dalí Painting at This Virtual Reality Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-inside-dali-painting-virtual-reality-exhibit-180957967/Surrealism meets real life in an exploration of a Dalí masterworkThu, 28 Jan 2016 20:03:18 +0000Five Things to Know About the Iowa Caucuseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-iowa-caucuses-180957966/The Hawkeye State knows its way around political chaos Thu, 28 Jan 2016 18:20:00 +0000British People Are Building Highways for Hedgehogs Through Their Yardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-people-are-building-highways-hedgehogs-through-their-yards-180957956/Hedgehog populations in England have declined since the 1970s due urban and suburban developmentThu, 28 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here Are the World's Most Corrupt Countrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-worlds-most-corrupt-countries-180957952/Corruption is everywhere, but some nations are more corrupt than others Wed, 27 Jan 2016 22:02:03 +0000Construction Crews Discover Mammoth Bones Beneath an Oregon Football Stadiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-crews-discover-mammoth-bones-beneath-oregon-football-stadium-180957958/10,000-year-old bones were hiding just ten feet beneath the endzoneWed, 27 Jan 2016 20:49:24 +0000Rare White Giraffe Survived Her First Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-white-giraffe-survived-her-first-year-180957942/The 15-month old calf has so far survived possible predation from lions, leopards, hyenas and human poachersWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:38 +0000This Is the Winning Design for the New World War I Memorialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winning-design-new-world-war-i-memorial-180957949/One hundred years later, WWI will finally get a large-scale memorial in Washington, D.C.Wed, 27 Jan 2016 17:02:20 +0000Argentina Battles a Plague of Locusts, Surging After Mild Wintershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/argentina-battles-plague-locusts-surging-after-mild-winters-180957944/Farmers and officials are racing to get massive swarms under controlWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:11:40 +0000You Can Get an Antarctic Passporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-get-antarctic-passport-180957936/Pledge your loyalty to the southernmost continent—and to the ideals of peace, equality and sustainabilityWed, 27 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Beloved Giant Turtle Dies, Leaving Only Three Alive on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-giant-turtle-dies-leaving-three-alive-earth-180957940/The recent death of Cu Rua pushes the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jan 2016 21:01:38 +0000The Doomsday Clock's Hands Will Stay Put for Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doomsday-clocks-hands-will-stay-put-180957939/Experts agree—when it comes to nuclear weapons and climate change, it's still three minutes until midnightTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:30:00 +0000China’s Lantern Makers Are Gearing Up for the New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-lantern-makers-are-gearing-new-year-180957935/Delicate, bright and iconic, China's lanterns symbolize celebration and good luckTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:45:00 +0000This Cabin Could be the World’s Smallest Palacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cabin-could-be-worlds-smallest-palace-180957918/Be it ever so humble, Peter the Great once briefly called it homeTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000These Levitating Bonsai Will Brighten Your Home With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-levitating-bonsai-brighten-your-home-science-180957930/A workshop in Japan created tiny Bonsai plants that float with the help of magnetsTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:49:13 +0000These Drawings of Historic Places Were Just Honored by the Library of Congresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drawings-historic-places-were-just-honored-library-congress-180957929/Step back in time with architectural drawings of buildings steeped in historyTue, 26 Jan 2016 16:15:00 +0000After Nearly 50 Years, Niagara Falls Might Soon Run Dry Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/niagara-falls-might-soon-run-dry-and-not-first-time-180957932/Repairing a set of 115-year-old bridges may require shutting off the rush of water that usually flows over the fallsTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Egyptian Museum Employees Face Fines for Botched Repair on King Tut's Maskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-museum-employees-face-fines-botched-repair-king-tuts-mask-180957928/An accident knocked the beard off the boy king's distinctive mask, prompting a hasty repairTue, 26 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Antarctic Explorer Dies 30 Miles Short of Goalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-explorer-dies-30-miles-short-goal-180957931/Henry Worsley nearly crossed Antarctica, unaidedMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:56:29 +0000Visit New York’s Guggenheim Museum Without Leaving Your Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-new-yorks-guggenheim-museum-without-leaving-your-house-180957926/It's easier than ever to immerse yourself in the iconic, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed museumMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:45:00 +0000Zebra Stripes Might Not Be Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zebra-stripes-might-not-be-camouflage-180957927/The animals’ distinctive appearance is still a beautiful mysteryMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:32:48 +0000New Way to Wean Calves Leaves Them Happier and Healthierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-way-wean-calves-leaves-them-happier-healthier-180957919/Lowering stress on the animals may also have economic benefitsMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:17:56 +0000Listen to J.R.R. Tolkien Read Songs and Poems from 'The Lord of the Rings'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-jrr-tolkien-read-songs-and-poems-em-lord-ringsem-180957916/A rare recording captures the famed author's voiceMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:32:22 +0000Archaeologists Finally Know What Happened at This Brutal Reform Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-finally-know-what-happened-brutal-reform-school-180957911/The Florida School for Boys did anything but rehabilitate its studentsMon, 25 Jan 2016 18:16:59 +0000A Prison Camp in Montenegro Is Now Becoming a Luxury Resorthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-war-prison-in-montenegro-now-becoming-luxury-resort-180957906/The tiny Mamula island once held more than 2,300 prisoners during World War IIMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Nellie Bly's Record-Breaking Trip Around the World Was, to Her Surprise, A Racehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nellie-blys-record-breaking-trip-around-world-was-to-her-surprise-race-180957910/In 1889, the intrepid journalist under took her voyage, mainly by steamship and train, unknowingly competing against a reporter from a rival publicationMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:44:52 +0000Describe Your Coffee With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/describe-your-coffee-with-science-180957915/There's an art—and a lot of science—to a consistent cup of coffeeMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000There Are Now More Americans Over Age 100 and They're Living Longer Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-more-americans-over-age-100-now-and-they-are-living-longer-180957914/Scientists are still trying to understand the longevity secrets of those most advanced in ageFri, 22 Jan 2016 20:30:35 +0000Are We Living in the Plastic Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-we-living-plastic-age-180957817/Scientists argue that this material may best define our current period within the AnthropoceneFri, 22 Jan 2016 17:12:14 +0000You Can Help Build the World’s First Go-Go Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-build-worlds-first-go-go-archive-180957903/Librarians are calling for the preservation of Washington, D.C.'s iconic musical genreFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:45:00 +0000These Little-Known Photographs Put an Eerie Face on Child Laborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-known-photographs-put-eerie-face-child-labor-180957896/Unpublished photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine make a haunting case against the conditions experienced by many working children in the early 20th centuryThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:30:00 +0000Scientists Rediscover a Tree Frog Thought to Be Extinct for Over a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-rediscover-tree-frog-thought-extinct-over-century-180957902/Last seen in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog is alive and (mostly) well in IndiaThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:07:19 +0000See the World Like a Paleolithic Cave Dweller With This Replica of the Lascaux Cave Paintingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-the-world-like-a-paleolithic-cave-dweller-with-this-replica-lascaux-cave-paintings-180957897/Go back in time with the help of some talented French artistsThu, 21 Jan 2016 20:06:43 +0000Inside Iran’s Budding Video Game Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-irans-budding-video-game-industry-180957856/The Iranian video game industry, shaped around piracy and economic sanctions, is slowly growingThu, 21 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000It's Official: 2015 Was the Hottest Year in Over a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-official-2015-was-hottest-year-over-century-180957898/A strong El Niño helped global temperatures reach new highsThu, 21 Jan 2016 18:40:55 +0000How a Russian Space Mirror Briefly Lit Up the Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-russian-space-mirror-briefly-lit-night-180957894/In 1993, the 65-foot-diameter satellite, called Znamya, briefly lit the Earth like a giant orbiting night lightThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:52:28 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for a Planet Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-stacks-planet-beyond-pluto-180957885/A new paper provides the strongest evidence yet for a real Planet XWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:54:59 +0000Missouri Mathematicians Discover New Prime Numberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-mathematicians-discover-new-prime-number-180957881/At more than 22 million digits, it’s the longest prime yetWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:40:11 +0000One of the Most Popular Pieces of Street Art in Brooklyn Is Coming Down http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-of-the-most-popular-pieces-of-street-art-in-brooklyn-is-coming-down-180957873/“Love Letter Brooklyn” will soon be gone foreverWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:03:36 +0000Overfishing Has Been Even Worse Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/overfishing-has-been-even-worse-than-we-thought-180957871/Official counts previously overlooked fish as bycatch, small-scale fishing and illegal fishingWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:57:40 +0000Seattle Is Seeking a Writer to Work on a Bridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattle-seeking-writer-work-bridge-180957869/Free studio space in a bridge tower is up for grabsWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:45:00 +0000Don't Miss This Month's Rare Planetary Alignmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-this-months-rare-planetary-alignment-180957874/Five planets will appear together in the sky—all visible to the naked eye Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000NASA Captures Mesmerizing Video of Cascading Magnetic Arches on the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-captures-mesmerizing-video-cascading-magnetic-arches-sun-180957872/Swirling magnetic waves triggered spectacular explosions on the sun’s surfaceTue, 19 Jan 2016 20:46:31 +0000Syrian Refugees Are Recreating Demolished Monuments in Miniaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syrian-refugees-are-recreating-demolished-monuments-miniature-180957862/These artists are recapturing the iconic landmarks destroyed by militantsTue, 19 Jan 2016 19:45:00 +0000How a Hidden Figure Emerged From One of Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hidden-figure-emerged-from-one-of-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180957867/Modern imaging reveals the approximately 500-year-old sketchTue, 19 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +00001,500-Year-Old Prosthetic Foot Discovered in Austriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-prosthetic-foot-discovered-austria-180957863/The skeleton of a middle-aged man may have been missing a lower limb but in its place researchers found a wooden 'foot' Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:30:49 +0000Chauvet Cave Paintings Could Depict a 37,000-Year-Old Volcanic Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chauvet-cave-paintings-could-depict-year-old-volcanic-eruption-180957861/Mysterious paintings in the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” led researchers to new evidence of ancient volcanic activityTue, 19 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Signs of Food Allergies Might Be in Newborns' Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/signs-food-allergies-might-be-newborns-blood-180957855/Overactive immune cells could prime the immune system to attack normally harmless molecules found in foodTue, 19 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Painting of John Dee, Astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, Contains a Hidden Ring of Skullshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/a-painting-of-john-dee-astrologer-to-queen-elizabeth-i-contains-a-hidden-ring-of-skulls-180957860/The life and work of John Dee contained a strange mix of science and magicMon, 18 Jan 2016 21:03:12 +0000Check Out the First Flower Grown in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-first-flower-grown-space-180957859/It was a close call for this brilliant orange zinniaMon, 18 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Here’s What Military Rations From Around the World Are Made Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-military-rations-around-world-are-made-180957854/From bibimbap to beansMon, 18 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000Only Five Works From the Gurlitt Art Nest Have Been Confirmed As Art Stolen By Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ony-five-works-from-the-gurlitt-art-nest-have-been-confirmed-as-art-stolen-by-nazis-180957847/A task force took two years and nearly $2 million to investigate more than 1,200 pieces found in a Munich apartmentMon, 18 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000Sunday's SpaceX Landing Didn't Exactly Go as Plannedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sundays-spacex-landing-didnt-exactly-go-planned-180957858/Jason-3 made it to orbit—but the company's Falcon 9 rocket didn't make it back to Earth in one pieceMon, 18 Jan 2016 16:59:45 +0000Vietnam Turns to DNA to Identify the Remains of Those Lost in the Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vietnam-turns-dna-identify-remains-those-lost-war-180957813/Technological advances in DNA analysis will make this massive effort possibleMon, 18 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Half of NASA's Newest Astronaut Class Are Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-nasa-newest-astronaut-class-wmeon-180957850/38 years after NASA hired its first female astronauts, four women are training to go to MarsMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:30:00 +0000Move Over Hackers, Squirrels Are the Power Grid's Greatest Foehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/move-over-hackers-squirrels-power-grid-greatest-foe-180957834/Cyberattacks may loom large in peoples' minds, but these fluffy rodents are the ones actually taking down the gridMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Turn at the Flippers This Weekend at the World’s Largest Pinball Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-turn-flippers-this-weekend-the-worlds-largest-pinball-museum-180957835/So you didn't win the lottery: why not try your hand at a game of pinball? Fri, 15 Jan 2016 20:30:00 +0000The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed Tests the Limits of Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brightest-supernova-ever-observed-tests-limits-physics-180957843/This explosion blazes about 570 billion times brighter than our Sun, according to researchersFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:24:25 +0000Juno Is Now Humanity’s Furthest-Flung Solar-Powered Crafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-now-humanitys-furthest-flung-solar-powered-craft-180957842/Armed with over 18,000 solar cells, the Jupiter orbiter is taking solar-fueled space exploration to new lengthsFri, 15 Jan 2016 18:44:50 +0000This Postmodern Art Captures a Tiny Moment of Hope During Romania’s Communist Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/postmodern-art-captures-tiny-moment-hope-during-romanias-communist-years-180957821/Learn about Romania's “unfrozen years” at Bucharest’s Postmodernism MuseumFri, 15 Jan 2016 15:45:00 +0000Meet the Winner of Architecture's Most Prestigious Prizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-winner-architectures-most-prestigious-prize-180957818/Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena is the 2016 Pritzker Architecture Prize laureateFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Virtually Climb Mount Everest From Your Living Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-virtually-climb-mount-everest-your-living-room-180957832/A new virtual reality experience allows users delve into the world of Everest and scale the beast firsthandFri, 15 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Rare Winter Hurricane Is Making a Beeline for the Azoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-winter-hurricane-making-beeline-azores-180957829/Alex is the first January Atlantic hurricane to form in almost 80 yearsThu, 14 Jan 2016 21:24:16 +0000Get a Big View of the World’s Largest Miniature Train Sethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-street-view-worlds-largest-miniature-train-set-180957815/All aboard the Cute Train to TinytownThu, 14 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000 Star Light, Star Bright, Here's Why the Heavens Look Brighter Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/star-light-star-bright-heres-why-heavens-look-brighter-tonight-180957805/It’s not just because the air is clearerThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:40:00 +0000Here's Why Nobody Made It Up Mount Everest Last Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobody-scaled-mount-everest-last-year-180957812/For the first time in over four decades, red tape and poor conditions prevented any climbers from conquering the mountainThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:18:43 +0000Was the "Wow!" Signal From Aliens or a Comet Flyby?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-wow-signal-aliens-comet-flyby-180957810/The 1977 blast from space is often cited as our best evidence of alien contact, but a news study suggests it may have just been cometsThu, 14 Jan 2016 15:21:30 +0000These UFO-Like Buildings Are a Space-Age Tourist's Dreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ufo-buildings-are-space-age-tourists-dream-180957809/The future is now—follow this tour of UFO architecture found all around the world Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Are the American Library Association's Picks for Best Children's Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Check-Out-the-American-Library-Associations-Picks-For-Best-Childrens-Literature-180957801/Meet the 2016 Caldecott and Newbery Award winners, among othersWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Check Out a Medical Pop-Up Book From the 17th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-medical-pop-up-book-from-17th-century-180957803/Early movable books were geared towards informing adults not entertaining childrenWed, 13 Jan 2016 17:49:00 +0000Archaeologists Find World’s Oldest Tea in the Tomb of a Han Dynasty Emperorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-worlds-oldest-tea-tomb-han-dynasty-emperor-180957790/No word on how it tastes, though it probably made a good cup 2,150 years agoWed, 13 Jan 2016 16:27:45 +0000The Ku Klux Klan Didn’t Always Wear Hoodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ku-klux-klan-didnt-always-wear-hoods-180957773/The white hood and robe is just the most popular of a variety of costumes used by the hate groupWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Queen Elizabeth I Held England’s First Official Lottery 450 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queen-elizabeth-i-held-englands-first-official-lottery-nearly-450-years-180957804/The lucky winner took home a prize that included not just money, but also fancy dishware and tapestriesWed, 13 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Incandescent Light Bulbs May Have a Bright Future After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/incandescent-lightbulbs-may-have-bright-future-after-all-180957800/Nanotechnology could turn the inefficient bulbs’ weakness into a strengthTue, 12 Jan 2016 19:51:18 +0000The French Castle That May Have Inspired "Sleeping Beauty" Is Filled With Creepy Mannequinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-castle-may-have-inspired-sleeping-beauty-filled-creepy-mannequins-180957797/In honor of Charles Perrault's birthday, explore the Chateau d'UsseTue, 12 Jan 2016 18:40:06 +0000New York Village Votes to Keep Official Seal Depicting a White Settler Strangling a Native Americanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-village-votes-keep-official-seal-depicting-white-settler-strangling-a-native-american-180957792/It's a story that might as well have been ripped from a plotline on "Parks and Recreation"Tue, 12 Jan 2016 17:31:36 +0000Watch 100 Drones Dance Their Way to a World Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-drones-dance-their-way-world-record-180957791/The swarm recently took to the skies to Beethoven's Fifth SymphonyTue, 12 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +0000Pennsylvania Libraries Will Let You Check Out a Ukulelehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pennsylvania-libraries-will-let-you-check-out-ukulele-180957772/Read, strum, repeatTue, 12 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000How David Bowie Helped Shape Science Fiction as We Know Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-david-bowie-helped-shape-science-fiction-we-know-it-180957774/From “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” Bowie gave voice to the anxiety of science fictionMon, 11 Jan 2016 21:02:33 +0000Geneticists Figured Out How Animals Get Their White Spotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geneticists-figured-out-how-animals-get-their-white-spots-180957770/The answer could help people with certain genetic conditions and diseasesMon, 11 Jan 2016 19:02:22 +0000Scientists Are Trying to Get in Touch With Philae One Last Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-trying-get-touch-philae-one-last-time-180957769/As Comet 67P hurtles further and further away, it's taking the 'little lander that could' along with it Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Museums Are Helping People With Memory Losshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-museums-are-helping-people-memory-loss-180957768/Serving the community means changing museum offerings for guests with Alzheimer's Mon, 11 Jan 2016 17:58:48 +0000Microbe Cells Don't Outnumber Your Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbe-cells-dont-outnumber-your-own-180957762/For years people have cited the ten-to-one ratio, with microbes dominating human cells, but that number is probably wrong, according to recent researchMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:35:13 +0000There’s a 1,500-Year-Old Farming Village Beneath a Norwegian Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-1500-year-old-farming-village-beneath-norwegian-airport-180957764/An airport expansion gives archaeologists the chance to dig for historical treasures in a pre-Viking settlementMon, 11 Jan 2016 15:14:29 +0000This Ancient City Was Three Times Bigger Than Archaeologists Suspectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-was-three-times-bigger-archaeologists-suspected-180957759/Will Crete's tourist boom threaten the archaeological treasures of Knossos? Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Thank Neanderthals for Your Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-neanderthals-your-immune-system-180957761/Genes inherited from our ancient cousins may have helped fight off diseaseFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:04:32 +0000How a Nearly Successful Slave Revolt Was Intentionally Lost to Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-anniversary-1811-louisiana-slave-revolt-180957760/More than 500 slaves fought for their freedom in this oft-overlooked rebellionFri, 08 Jan 2016 20:01:22 +0000Mumbai Is Getting a Museum Designed For and About Its Slumshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Mumbai-is-Getting-a-Museum-Designed-For-and-About-Its-Slums-180957757/But is a museum showcasing objects created by slum residents ethical or exploitative?Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Wrecking Ballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-wrecking-ball-180957752/The instrument of destruction was popular in the 1950s and '60s but is now a rare creature on the demolition siteFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:30:00 +0000What's Inside this Artistic Capsule Headed to the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-inside-this-artistic-capsule-headed-to-the-moon-180957749/See how these artists captured a portrait of humanity in just six ouncesFri, 08 Jan 2016 17:15:00 +00004.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Found in the Australian Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billion-year-old-meteorite-found-australian-desert-180957750/This 3.7 pound rock could help scientists learn about Earth's originsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:18:45 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Dug Trenches to Woo Mateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-dug-trenches-woo-mates-180957748/Ancient grooves discovered in Colorado suggest dinos had bird-like mating ritualsFri, 08 Jan 2016 15:30:00 +0000Old, Dense Star Clusters Might Be the Place to Look for Complex Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-dense-star-clusters-might-be-place-look-alien-life-180957746/The age and density of globular star clusters could give alien life both the time and resources necessary to brew complex societyFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:52:43 +0000Instead of Cheesy Pickup Lines, 19th-Century Americans Gave Out Calling Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-cheesy-pickup-lines-19th-century-americans-gave-out-calling-cards-180957743/Consider it the Victorian-era version of OKCupidFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Remnants of a Whaling Disaster Have Been Discovered off the Coast of Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remnants-of-a-whaling-disaster-were-discovered-coast-alaska-180957745/A catastrophe wiped out an entire whaling fleet 144 years ago, now researchers have found some of the wrecks' remainsFri, 08 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Grief May Not Make Artists Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grief-may-not-make-artists-better-180957744/New research shows that bummed-out artists aren't necessarily better ones Fri, 08 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Prestigious Comics Festival Comes Under Fire For Excluding, Then Denying Existence of, Women Creatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prestigious-comics-festival-comes-under-fire-for-excluding-then-denying-existence-of-women-creators-180957739/The Angoulême International Comics Festival drops its shortlist for its top award after more than half its nominees withdrew their names in protestThu, 07 Jan 2016 18:45:00 +0000Grab Your Fork and Travel Back in Time With These Old USDA Dietary Guidelineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-back-time-these-old-usda-dietary-guidelines-180957741/Wheels, pyramids and plates—dietary recommendations have come a long way in the last centuryThu, 07 Jan 2016 17:56:03 +0000The New York Public Library Just Made More Than 180,000 Items Available Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-just-made-more-than-180000-items-available-online-180957725/Instant gratification for curious mindsThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shakespeare’s First Folio Goes on Tour in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shakespeares-first-folio-goes-tour-us-180957736/Rare copies of the tome, containing 36 of the Bard’s plays, will visit every state for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000The London Zoo Is Making its Annual Headcount This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-zoo-making-its-annual-headcount-week-180957731/Ensuring every animal is present and accounted forThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Trained Monitor Lizards Not to Chow Down on Poisonous Toadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-trained-monitor-lizards-not-chow-down-poisonous-toads-180957730/And they did it by feeding them smaller and less-poisonous toadsThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Ancient Grain May Have Helped Humans Become Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-ancient-grain-may-have-helped-humans-become-farmers-180957546/Millet's short growing season and low water needs might also benefit a modern world stressed by climate changeThu, 07 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Popular Brain Game Maker Luminosity Faces a Fine for False Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-brain-game-maker-luminosity-faces-fine-false-advertising-180957732/The science doesn’t back up the claims that playing memory and attention games can prevent mental declineWed, 06 Jan 2016 20:17:13 +0000What’s the Difference Between an A-Bomb and an H-Bomb?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-difference-between-bomb-and-h-bomb-180957726/Why North Korea’s alleged nuclear test is drawing skepticism and fear alikeWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:52:34 +0000Chinese Capitalists Built a Gigantic, Golden Statue of Chairman Maohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-capitalists-built-gigantic-golden-statue-chairman-mao-180957724/Like the Chairman's legacy, this 121-foot statue is hard to ignoreWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:05:12 +0000The Second Amendment Protects Knives as Long as They’re Not Made For Cookinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2nd-amendment-protects-knives-long-theyre-not-made-cooking-180957718/The Washington Supreme Court does consider things like police batons, billy clubs, dirks and switchblades as “arms”Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:15:00 +0000New Street Lamps Lure Mosquitoes With Fake Human Scentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-street-lamps-and-orchids-lure-mosquitoes-fake-human-scents-180957723/Lighting the way in the fight against mosquitosWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Create Your Own Delightful, Excessive Version of 18th-Century Women’s Hairstyleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/create-delightful-excessive-versions-18th-century-womens-hairstyles-online-180957720/A museum’s interactive tool gives the powdered styles of the French Court of the 1700s some fierce competitionWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Tiny Chameleon’s Tongue Can Beat the Fastest Sports Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-chameleons-tongue-can-beat-fastest-sports-car-180957721/The Rosette-nosed Pygmy Chameleon can launch its tongue toward prey at 8,500 feet per secondWed, 06 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Revolutionary War Era Ship Found at Hotel Construction Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revolution-era-ship-found-hotel-construction-site-180957713/The scuttled ship could reveal new details about how American colonists built their boatsTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:57:51 +0000You Can Only See a Fraction of These Publicly Owned British Artworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-only-see-fraction-these-publicly-owned-british-artworks-180957707/Parliament official says thousands of government-owned artworks belong in a galleryTue, 05 Jan 2016 18:20:52 +0000This Image of the Universe Captures Its Immensityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/image-universe-captures-immensity-180957710/Comets, planets, galaxies and the cosmic web crowd together in this portrait of everything knownTue, 05 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Sculpture of Abraham Lincoln’s Hand Has Been Stolen From an Illinois Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpture-abraham-lincolns-hand-has-been-stolen-from-illinois-museum-180957706/The 150-year-old plaster art piece went missing sometime before December 11Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Meet the New National Ambassador for Young People's Literaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-new-national-ambassador-for-young-peoples-literature-180957702/The Library of Congress' decision to appoint graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang to the post reflects a growing acceptance of comic booksMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Hawaii’s Humpback Whales Have Gone Missinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaiis-humpback-whales-have-gone-missing-180957703/Scientists expect about 10,000 whales to visit Hawaii's tropical waters this winter—but they're taking their timeMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000Four New Elements Are Added to the Periodic Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-new-elements-are-added-periodic-table-180957705/Superheavy elements round out the seventh row of the periodic tableMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:00:02 +0000Get Excited for This Year's Space-Themed Stampshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-excited-this-years-space-themed-stamps-180957700/The Postal Service honors NASA’s New Horizons Mission and Star Trek's premiereMon, 04 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Expert Has Figured Out the Real-Life Location of Vermeer’s “Little Street” Paintinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expert-has-figured-out-real-life-location-vermeers-little-street-painting-180957696/The painter probably had a personal connection with the house that figures prominently in the painting.Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Here’s Why New York Celebrates New Year’s Eve by Dropping a Ballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-we-celebrate-new-years-eve-dropping-ball-180957698/New Year’s Eve wasn’t always a riotous partyThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:51:11 +0000Ring in the New Year by Dressing Up as a Bearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-new-year-dressing-up-bear-180957695/Romania's famed bear dance scares away winterThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:32:30 +0000West Coast Drought Uncovers Remnants of a Long-Sunken Oregon Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-coast-drought-uncovers-remnants-long-sunken-oregon-town-180957691/Historic low water levels revealed remains of a town beneath Detroit LakeThu, 31 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000D.C. Is Banning Plastic Foam in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dc-banning-plastic-foam-2016-180957697/Say adios to polystyrene takeout containersThu, 31 Dec 2015 16:35:22 +0000Explore America’s History With These Richly Interactive Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-americas-history-with-these-rich-interactive-maps-180957686/“American Panorama” delves into the social, political and economic movements that define this countryThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:30:00 +0000Long-Lost Photos of Eclipses and Stars Found in an Observatory Basementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-photos-eclipses-and-stars-found-observatory-basement-180957690/The stash of old negatives includes a 97-year-old copy of the photo that helped confirm the Theory of RelativityThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Introducing the First Dengue Fever Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-first-dengue-fever-vaccine-180957689/Three countries have already approved the vaccineThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Night Sky Wonders to Ring in the New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/night-sky-wonders-ring-new-year-180957688/The star Sirius is high in the sky, and comet Catalina is at its brightestThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Year's El Niño Looks Menacingly Familiarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-el-nino-looks-menacingly-familiar-180957687/The world is bracing for record rains and droughts Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:47:08 +0000Caffeine Junkies, Rejoice! Coffee Just Got Cheaperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Caffeine-Junkies-Rejoice-Coffee-Just-Got-Cheaper-180957670/A global surplus of coffee is causing bean prices to bottom out Wed, 30 Dec 2015 18:44:45 +0000Copenhagen Has a Cemetery for Homeless Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copenhagen-has-cemetery-homeless-people-180957669/But proper burials for indigent individuals remain few and far betweenWed, 30 Dec 2015 17:04:43 +0000What Should People Do With Food Waste? Make Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-should-people-do-food-waste-make-beer-180957663/Craft beers are getting creativeWed, 30 Dec 2015 16:15:00 +0000Replicas of a Temple Nearly Destroyed by ISIS Are Coming to New York and Londonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/replicas-temple-nearly-destroyed-isis-are-coming-new-york-and-london-180957668/A surviving archway from Palmyra will be recreated as a symbol of defianceWed, 30 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Adult Coloring Books Were Popular (and Subversive) in the 1960shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adult-coloring-books-were-popular-and-subversive-1960s-180957666/Coloring books made fun of corporate culture, conspiracy theorists and Communist fearsTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:00:00 +0000Gonorrhea Is Developing Antibiotic Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gonorrhea-developing-antibiotic-resistance-180957665/And public health officials are scared of what comes nextTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:30:50 +0000This Is What a Massive Methane Leak Looks Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-massive-methane-leak-looks-180957664/A leak is spewing millions of tons of the invisible gas into the skies above Los AngelesTue, 29 Dec 2015 17:18:07 +0000People's Brain Chemistry May Reveal the Hour of Their Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peoples-brain-chemistry-can-betray-hour-their-death-180957662/The tiny biological clocks ticking away inside the body stop when life ends, leaving a timestamp of sortsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:45:58 +0000Ancient Pompeii Is Alive Again as Italian Officials Unveil Six Restored Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Ancient-Pompeii-is-Alive-Again-as-Italian-Officials-Unveil-Six-Restored-Ruins-180957660/The “Grand Pompeii Project” helps to preserve the dwellingsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000France Is Making Thousands of Vichy-Era Documents Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-making-thousands-vichy-era-documents-public-180957661/Archives regarding the Vichy regime’s collaboration with the Nazis made “freely accessible”Tue, 29 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Giant Squid Visits a Japanese Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-squid-visits-japanese-harbor-180957658/These denizens of the deep usually lurk between 2,000 to 3,000 feet below the surfaceMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:45:00 +0000After 70 Years, Japan and South Korea Settle Dispute Over Wartime Sex Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-70-years-japan-and-south-korea-settle-dispute-over-wartime-sex-slaves-180957654/Even with this agreement in place, many are still seeking a better resolutionMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:22:53 +0000Russia Scraps Space Agency for a State-Run Corporationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-scraps-space-agency-state-run-corporation-180957656/ Russia's federal space agency will soon be no moreMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:45:00 +0000India's Newest Internet Sensation: Cow Dung Pattieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Indias-Newest-Internet-Sensation-Cow-Dung-Patties-180957650/For recent migrants to the country's booming megacities, nothing says nostalgia like a pile of cow pooMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:15:00 +0000Jettison Through Nearly 60 Years of Space Junk Accumulationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jettison-through-nearly-60-years-space-junk-accumulation-180957653/People have been leaving a mess out in Earth's orbitMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:45:00 +0000Through This New Crowdfunding Site, a Lucky Few Can Make a Living Just by ... Livinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Through-This-New-Crowdfunding-Site-A-Lucky-Few-Can-Make-a-Living-Just-By-Living-180957649/Participants make around $1,100 a month—just for being aliveMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:13:14 +0000France Has a Power Plant Fueled by Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-has-power-plant-fueled-cheese-180957642/Of course they doThu, 24 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Craft Brewers Are Desperate for Beer Canshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/craft-brewers-are-desperate-beer-cans-180957640/Artisanal beverages are so popular that makers face a can shortage Thu, 24 Dec 2015 17:00:55 +0000This Pen Can Draw Electrical Circuitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pen-can-draw-electrical-circuits-180957641/A silver salt based ink lets users draw any circuit they can dreamThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:16:37 +0000A New Species of Shark Gives a Hat Tip to Both Jaws and Ninjashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-shark-gives-hat-tip-both-jaws-and-ninjas-180957639/Some lucky kids got to name this gnarly-looking fishThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:00:22 +0000China’s Lunar Rover Discovered a New Kind of Moon Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-lunar-rover-discovered-new-kind-moon-rock-180957638/The Yutu Rover has discovered a type of basalt unlike anything else ever found on the moonThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:37:14 +0000What Exactly Was the Christmas Star?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-exactly-was-christmas-star-180957637/The Star of Bethlehem may not have actually been a starThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:00:20 +0000Washington State Has Released up to 3,200 Inmates Early Thanks to Computer Glitchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-state-has-released-3200-inmates-early-thanks-computer-glitch-180957636/The software bug has been miscalculating release dates for 13 yearsWed, 23 Dec 2015 22:00:01 +0000Listen to Bob Dylan Read “’Twas the Night Before Christmas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-bob-dylan-read-twas-night-christmas-180957632/A favorite voice interprets a classicWed, 23 Dec 2015 20:30:30 +0000Tied Up in Knots? Call a Yarn Detanglerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tied-knots-call-yarn-detangler-180957633/A niche group of knitters specializes in wrangling disobedient skeinsWed, 23 Dec 2015 18:00:14 +0000It Took Israeli Authorities Months to Identify This Strange, Gold Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-israeli-authorities-months-identify-strange-gold-object-180957625/Ancient artifact or back massager?Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:30:01 +0000Virginians Can Now Legally Smile for Their Licenseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virginians-can-now-legally-smile-their-licenses-180957630/That trip to the DMV is about to get a little less awful Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:05 +0000Here's Why NASA Had to Postpone a 2016 Mission to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-nasa-postponed-2016-mission-mars-insight-180957631/A leak in a key instrument on board the InSight lander means the team will have to wait for the next launch window in 2018Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Oysters Could Save Staten Island From the Next Hurricane Sandyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oysters-could-save-staten-island-next-hurricane-sandy-180957626/A living breakwater could prevent future flooding while cleaning polluted watersWed, 23 Dec 2015 16:36:39 +0000Meet the World’s Most Threatened Christmas Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-worlds-most-threatened-christmas-trees-180957622/Some conifers' survival is endangered by disease, deforestation and competition Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:48 +0000This Hearing Test Can Be Taken Over the Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearing-test-can-be-taken-over-phone-180957624/Though it doesn't replace a visit to a doctor, researchers hope it will persuade more people to seek helpWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Archivists Are Trying to Preserve Paris’ Post-Attack Memorialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archivists-are-trying-preserve-paris-post-attack-memorials-180957621/Future generations will know how Parisians responded to attacks in their cityWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:25 +0000Sensors Designed for Prosthetic Hands Could Lead to New Textile Standardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sensors-designed-prosthetic-hands-could-lead-new-textile-standards-180957607/Haptic sensors might help figure out if thread count really mattersWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Nature, Virgin Births Are Pretty Common http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nature-virgin-births-are-pretty-common-180957619/Fish do it, bugs do it, even some species of snakes do itWed, 23 Dec 2015 12:00:53 +0000The FDA Lifted a Lifetime Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men Giving Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-lifted-lifetime-ban-gay-and-bisexual-men-giving-blood-180957617/Or did it?Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000They’re Back: Supposedly Extinct Sea Snakes Have Been Found in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theyre-back-supposedly-extinct-sea-snakes-have-been-found-australia-180957611/Nearly 15 years later and about 1,000 miles away from the last sighting, the snakes could be making a comebackTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:43:01 +0000Scientists Are Searching for Space Chemicals That Could Never Exist on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-searching-space-chemicals-could-never-exist-earth-180957595/Bizarre chemicals in deep space could help explain the origins of lifeTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000SpaceX's Rocket Stuck the Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-stuck-landing-its-rocket-180957612/During the first Falcon 9 launch in six months, the first stage booster rocket make a neat u-turn in air and a clean landing on the groundTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:50 +0000Nicholas Cage Returned a Stolen Dino Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nicholas-cage-and-case-stolen-tyrannosaurus-skull-180957614/The actor paid $270,000 for the skull of one of T. rex's cousinsTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:30:46 +0000Not All Rainbows Have Every Color http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-all-rainbows-have-every-color-180957605/Depending on the angle of the sun, ROY G. BIV don't all necessarily appearTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:10:01 +0000Catalonian Nativity Scenes Feature a Man Pooping in the Manger Scene’s Cornerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalonian-nativity-scenes-feature-man-pooping-mangers-corner-180957610/Kids also celebrate Christmas by beating a log until it poops out treatsTue, 22 Dec 2015 16:30:28 +0000Lions Get More Protection From the Endangered Species Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lions-get-more-protection-endangered-species-act-180957601/Americans will still be able to hunt in some regions, but bringing trophies home will be harderMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:49:37 +0000A Brief History of Figgy Puddinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-figgy-pudding-180957600/The dense, spicy dish has been giving good cheer for centuriesMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:00:31 +0000A New San Francisco Overpass Could Be Bedecked With Demonic-Looking Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-san-francisco-overpass-could-be-bedecked-demonic-looking-cats-180957599/"Catbridge": Unnerving or adorable? Mon, 21 Dec 2015 18:30:29 +0000In Parts of China, Clean Air Costs Extrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parts-china-clean-air-comes-price-180957594/People are being charged for fresh airMon, 21 Dec 2015 18:00:49 +0000This Weekend's Southern Lights Were Nothing Short of Spectacularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekends-southern-lights-were-nothing-short-spectacular-180957598/The Northern Hemisphere hasn't yet cornered the market for glorious auroraeMon, 21 Dec 2015 17:24:37 +0000Montenegro Will Get a Women’s-Only Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/montenegro-will-get-womens-only-art-museum-180957592/The museum was proposed by feminist punk collective Pussy RiotFri, 18 Dec 2015 21:00:03 +0000How Do Hardworking Hummingbirds Keep Cool?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hardworking-hummingbirds-keep-cool-180957591/Special “windows” in the feathers covering their tiny bodies prevent overheating while hovering and flyingFri, 18 Dec 2015 20:30:00 +0000Darwin's “Puddle” Could Show How New Species Emerge in Close Quartershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwins-puddle-could-show-how-species-emerge-close-quarters-180957589/A genetic study of cichlid fish in a small crater lake seems to support a debated evolutionary conceptFri, 18 Dec 2015 19:40:46 +0000Two Sparkling Meteor Showers Will Bookend the New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-sparkling-meteor-showers-bookend-new-year-180957583/Sky-watchers should be on the lookout in coming weeks for the Ursid and Quadrantid showersFri, 18 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Mother Teresa Will Become an Official Saint http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mother-teresa-will-become-official-saint-180957586/The champion of India's poorest has sprinted to sainthood since her 1997 deathFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:35:23 +0000These Parrots Use Pebbles as Tools to Grind up Seashellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-parrots-use-pebbles-tools-grind-seashells-180957584/Polly want a mineral supplement?Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:52:53 +0000In Japan, Couples Are Still Legally Required to Have the Same Surnamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-couples-are-still-legally-required-have-same-surname-180957580/The Supreme Court upheld a century-old law that was challenged by equal rights activitstsFri, 18 Dec 2015 16:00:27 +0000Toxic Algae Blooms in Lake Erie Could Become the New Normal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algae-blooms-lake-erie-could-become-new-normal-180957582/Plans to reduce fertilizer runoff may not be enough to counter the blooms when climate change is taken into accountThu, 17 Dec 2015 21:33:48 +0000Shockingly, Pandas That Like Each Other Have More Babies Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shockingly-pandas-each-other-have-more-babies-together-180957571/The deceptively simple discovery could revolutionize panda breedingThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Bestselling Books Are Getting Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bestselling-books-are-getting-longer-180957577/But are they getting better? Thu, 17 Dec 2015 17:30:24 +0000Logbooks From 19th Century Whaling Ships Could Help Climate Change Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/logbooks-19th-century-whaling-ships-could-help-climate-change-scientists-180957576/A new crowdsourcing project lets amateur enthusiasts contribute, tooThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:47 +0000Sorry, Treasure Hunters: That Legendary Nazi Gold Train Is a Total Busthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-treasure-hunters-legendary-nazi-gold-train-total-bust-180957573/After months of searching, experts say rumors of a forgotten treasure are just thatThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:00:13 +0000Skaters Turned a 100-Year-Old Church Into a Mural-Covered Skateparkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skaters-turned-100-year-old-church-mural-covered-skatepark-180957572/Talk about holy rollersThu, 17 Dec 2015 15:30:40 +0000The Capitol’s Christmas Tree Is (Partially) Made of Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/capitols-christmas-tree-partially-made-trash-180957568/Marine debris bedecks a 74-foot tree from Alaska Thu, 17 Dec 2015 14:30:09 +0000Monkeys Like Full Red Lips, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-like-full-red-lips-too-180957565/In snub-nosed monkeys, male lips plump up and redden as they age, likely to signify reproductive availability and social statusThu, 17 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Increasingly Describe Their Research As "Astounding"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-increasingly-describe-their-research-astounding-180957557/The eyebrow-raising finding is just one of several papers published in the British Medical Journal's traditionally lighthearted Christmas issueThu, 17 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Watch a NASA Scientist School the Empire on How to Build a Better Death Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-nasa-scientist-school-empire-how-build-better-death-star-180957570/Darth Vader could have saved a few dollars by building it around an asteroidThu, 17 Dec 2015 12:00:07 +0000Utah Will Soon Have an Imaginary Theme Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-will-soon-have-imaginary-theme-park-180957563/In 2016, virtual reality fanatics will step into a VR "VOID" Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:00:57 +0000Rainbow Collars Could Help Keep Cats From Wiping Out Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rainbow-collars-could-help-keep-cats-wiping-out-birds-180957559/This colorful trick may stop Fluffy from murdering local songbirdsWed, 16 Dec 2015 17:07:48 +0000How to Prep Your Pooch to Win Best in Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prep-your-pooch-win-best-show-180957558/Pro-Tip: hope the judge is in a good moodWed, 16 Dec 2015 15:15:49 +0000Poltergeist and Quijote Are Among the New Approved Names for Alien Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-names-alien-worlds-come-mythology-history-and-fiction-180957556/People in 45 countries submitted ideas for naming exoplanets and their host stars after legends and literatureWed, 16 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Dine Behind the Iron Curtain With Soviet Era Recipeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dine-behind-iron-curtain-recipes-soviet-era-180957552/A new cookbook explores a time of food shortages and standardization, colored with some nostalgiaWed, 16 Dec 2015 12:00:18 +0000Is Global Warming Changing How Fast the Earth Spins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-warming-changing-how-fast-earth-spins-180957550/New research suggests that as glaciers melt, the planet's axis is shiftingTue, 15 Dec 2015 19:36:16 +0000Four Things to Know About the Paris Climate Dealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-know-about-paris-climate-deal-180957547/The strengths and limitations of the roadmap for fighting climate changeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000For the First Time in 242 Years, British Tea Will Be Dumped Into the Boston Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-242-years-british-tea-will-be-dumped-boston-harbor-180957549/Drink up, patriots!Tue, 15 Dec 2015 18:00:56 +0000These Old-School Internet Browsers Are Like Real-Life Time Machineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-school-internet-browsers-180957548/A new tool lets you experience the glory—and embarrassment—of the internet of yoreTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:30:23 +0000These Are the World’s Most Dangerous Emerging Pathogens, According to WHOhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-worlds-most-dangerous-new-pathogens-according-who-180957541/You may not know their names, but health officials are concerned about the epidemic potential of these illnessesTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Much Space Do Astronauts Need?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-space-do-astronauts-need-180957543/The answer could help design spacecraft for one day taking people on the months-long trip to MarsTue, 15 Dec 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Many Roads That Lead to Rome, Visualizedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roads-lead-rome-visualized-180957542/Caveat: not all cities named Rome are in ItalyMon, 14 Dec 2015 20:00:41 +0000Traces of San Francisco’s Pre-1906 Earthquake Chinatown Uncovered http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-san-franciscos-pre-earthquake-chinatown-uncovered-180957528/Old sewing machines shed light on an enclave that city officials once tried to eliminateMon, 14 Dec 2015 17:30:47 +0000Jakarta Is Building a Gigantic Bird-Shaped Seawallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jakarta-building-gigantic-bird-shaped-seawall-180957536/But will the Great Garuda project be enough to save a sinking city? Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:36:00 +0000