Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:43:38 +0000After Fans Rallied Around App, Windows Announces It Will Save Microsoft Painthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/windows-announced-it-will-save-microsoft-paint-180964180/The classic Windows program responsible for so many wobbly works is getting a new home in the Windows StoreMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:00:59 +0000Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-photo-allegedly-shows-amelia-earhart-japanese-captivity-180963964/A History Channel special claims that a National Archives photo shows the pilot sitting on a dock in the Pacific, but experts are skeptical Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:51:04 +0000NASA Launch Will Dot the Sky With Colorful Cloudshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-will-make-colorful-clouds-near-sunset-tonight-180963652/No, it's not aliens or a massive conspiracy plot—just a space-age study of the atmosphereMon, 12 Jun 2017 18:09:43 +0000Famous Shriveled Toe Returned to Yukon Barhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-shriveled-toe-stolen-yukon-bar-180963791/The key ingredient in the Sourtoe Cocktail, the dried-out digit was mailed back on ThursdayThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Newseum Ditches Headlines for a Day Without News http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newseum-ditches-headlines-day-without-news-180963570/It’s a stark reminder of the journalists who've died doing their jobs Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:57:58 +0000Trace Amounts of Pesticide Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trace-amounts-pesticide-found-ben-jerrys-ice-cream-180964220/But don't have a cowWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:43:38 +0000Auschwitz Museum Announces First Traveling Exhibition of Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/auschwitz-museum-announces-first-international-exhibition-artifacts-180964209/More than 1,150 objects make up the exhibition, which will travel to 14 cities in Europe and North AmericaWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:18:32 +0000Yes, Sperm Counts Have Been Steadily Declining—But Don’t Freeze Your Sperm Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sperm-counts-have-dropped-half-just-40-years-180964210/The study is a striking reminder of how much science has to learn about these little wrigglersWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:15:35 +0000Museum Offers $15,000 Per Character to Decipher Oracle Bone Scripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-offers-15000-letter-deciphering-oracle-bones-180964213/The inscriptions offer detailed information about the Shang Dynasty, but researchers need help to read themWed, 26 Jul 2017 18:28:11 +0000200 Objects Damaged After Lightning Sets Fire to French Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-objects-damaged-after-lightning-sets-fire-french-museum-180964211/Three paintings on loan from the Louvre are among the destroyed worksWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:59:19 +0000Interact With the First 3-D Scan of the Rosetta Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interact-first-3-d-scan-rosetta-stone-180964205/The British Museum's model lets users get a close-up view of the precious relicWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:22:23 +0000 The First Pet Position in the Trump White House Will Remain Open—for Meowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-pet-post-trump-white-house-open-meow-180964200/Animals have served as companions and ambassadors for presidents dating back to George WashingtonWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:08:07 +0000Roomba Wants to Sell Maps of Your Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-smart-vacuums-could-sell-maps-our-homes-180964206/Data from these robovacs could assist in the development of other 'smart home' devicesWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:32:36 +0000A Brief History of American Dead Letter Officeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-american-dead-letter-offices-180964133/The United States postal system was established on this day in 1775, and mail started going "dead" very soon afterWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0000Vatican Shuts Off Its Historic Fountains in Midst of Scorching Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-shuts-its-historic-fountains-midst-scorching-drought-180964201/It is the first time that authorities can remember being forced to take such a stepWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:19:35 +0000This 1943 “Hellish Cloud” Was the Most Vivid Warning of LA’s Smog Problems to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1943-hellish-cloud-was-most-vivid-warning-las-smog-problems-come-180964119/Southern California–and LA in particular–continue to struggle with smogWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-facts-about-carl-jung-180964112/He thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologistWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Video Game Parodies What it Means to Be an Art World Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-game-no-formula-art-world-success-180964162/On Passpartout: The Starving Artist, you do everything from virtually impress collectors to dine on wine and baguettesWed, 26 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Last Orca Born at SeaWorld Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-orca-born-seaworld-dies-180964204/The three-month-old creature succumbed to a case of pneumonia, according to the park Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Disease Found in 99 Percent of Brains Donated by NFL Familieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cte-found-99-percent-brains-donated-nfl-families-180964202/The degenerative brain disease develops after repeated concussions or blows to the headTue, 25 Jul 2017 20:07:03 +0000Meaty Secrets Behind the Record-Setting, 1,774-Pound Burgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-gonna-need-bigger-bun-secrets-1774-pound-burger-180964197/The beefy behemoth was recently bestowed the title of world's largest commercially available burgerTue, 25 Jul 2017 19:08:11 +0000The Unlikely Bromance Between Henry Ford and Mohandas Gandhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlikely-bromance-between-henry-ford-and-mohandas-gandhi-180964106/Both men had complicated ideologies but bonded over pacifismTue, 25 Jul 2017 17:21:19 +0000Underwater Robot Spots Possible Melted Nuclear Fuel in Fukushima Reactorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-may-have-taken-first-photos-melted-nuclear-fuel-fukushima-180964193/Identifying the location of the fuel is a vital step in the decontamination processTue, 25 Jul 2017 17:18:41 +0000Facing an Uncertain Future, a Jane Austen Landmark Seeks the Public’s Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facing-uncertain-future-jane-austen-landmark-seeks-publics-help-180964179/Chawton House, which was once owned by Austen’s brother, has launched a crowdfunding campaign after losing the support of its main beneficiary Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:48:48 +0000Small Alaska Town Mourns Loss of Stubbs the Cat, Beloved Honorary Mayorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-alaskan-cat-mayor-dies-180964188/Stubbs reigned with a light paw and a loyal followingTue, 25 Jul 2017 14:54:59 +0000Water May Lurk Beneath the Moon's Surfacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/below-surface-moon-may-be-wet-180964184/The surprising abundance of water could help future lunar settlers survive in the barren landscapeTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Dizzy History of Carousels Begins With Knightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dizzy-history-carousels-begins-knights-180964100/Practice makes perfect–but nobody said it couldn't be funTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000World's Oldest Smiley Face May Decorate a Hittite Jughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-found-hittite-jug-180964177/Researchers did not notice the cheery, 3,700-year-old expression until they restored the ceramicMon, 24 Jul 2017 19:25:22 +0000Snooty, World's Oldest Captive Manatee, Dies in Accidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snooty-worlds-oldest-captive-manatee-dies-180964167/The 69-year-old sea cow was the mascot for the South Florida MuseumMon, 24 Jul 2017 18:30:05 +0000Forgotten Warhol Silkscreen Found in Alice Cooper’s Storage Lockerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-warhol-silkscreen-found-alice-coopers-storage-locker-180964171/The shock rocker acquired and then forgot about the work amid a “swirl of drugs and drinking”Mon, 24 Jul 2017 17:23:21 +0000Buckingham Palace Remembers Princess Diana With New Exhibithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckingham-palace-remembers-princess-diana-with-new-exhibit-180964150/Many of the objects on display were selected by Diana's sonsMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:27:39 +0000Found: New Species of Ocean Sunfish, the World’s Largest Bony Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-ocean-sunfish-worlds-largest-bony-fish-discovered-180964149/After identifying genetic traces of the creature, one researcher spent years searching for the aquatic beastMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:08:15 +0000The British Library Will Release Two New Books Inspired by “Harry Potter”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-library-will-release-two-new-books-inspired-harry-potter-180964143/The editions are companions to an upcoming exhibition at the library, which will display rare artifacts related to J.K. Rowling’s magical universeMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:14:33 +0000Explore the International Space Station With Google Street Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-international-space-station-now-just-google-search-away-180964159/An astronaut and Google mapped the ISS for Street View with a DSLR and a lot of patienceMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Meet 10 Depression-Era Photographers Who Captured the Struggle of Rural Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-photographers-charged-documenting-depression-era-america-farm-security-administration-180964123/Two women and eight men were sent out with their cameras in 1930s America. What they brought back was an indelible record of a period of struggleMon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Apollo 11 Moon Rock Bag Sells for $1.8 Million in Controversial Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-used-apollo-11-sells-18-million-controversial-auction-180964153/NASA waged an unsuccessful legal battle to retrieve the bag, which contains traces of lunar dust, from a private collectionFri, 21 Jul 2017 19:21:53 +0000Was This Famous Lincoln Letter Written by His Secretary?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-abe-lincolns-most-famous-letter-written-his-secretary-180964145/After a century of rumors, textual analysis suggests the Bixby letter sent to a grieving mother was penned by John HayFri, 21 Jul 2017 18:27:17 +0000George W. Bush’s Paintings of World Leaders to Go On Display at Conservative Conference http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-w-bushs-paintings-world-leaders-go-display-conservative-conference-180964111/The former president’s “Art of Leadership” series features portraits of Merkel, Blair, Putin and other influential politicians Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:27:01 +0000Newly Released Documents Reveal Churchill’s Efforts to Suppress Details of Nazi Plothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-released-documents-reveal-churchills-efforts-suppress-details-nazi-plot-180964131/The British leader did not want the public to know about a Nazi plan to kidnap Edward VIIIFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:56:28 +0000Vietnam Commits to Shut Down Bear Bile Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vietnam-agrees-end-trade-bear-bile-180964130/Though the new agreement is promising, the practice remains prevalent throughout China and southeast AsiaFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:34:51 +0000Was the First Battle of Bull Run Really ‘The Picnic Battle’? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-first-battle-bull-run-really-picnic-battle-180964084/Yep. But it was anything but frivolousFri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Humans Have Produced Nine Billion Tons of Plastic and Countinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-are-burying-earth-under-billions-tons-plastic-180964125/Over half of that material was created in the last decadeThu, 20 Jul 2017 20:26:03 +0000Feeling Bleu: Champion Cheddars Nabbed From English Ag Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-bleu-champion-cheddars-nabbed-english-ag-show-180964121/Wyke Farms is offering a reward for the return of its champion and reserve champion cheddars stolen from the Yeovil Show in SomersetThu, 20 Jul 2017 19:02:06 +0000Humans May Have Ventured Into Australia 20,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-were-australia-20000-years-earlier-thought-180964120/High-tech dating of sediments at an Australian rock shelter offers insights into ancient human migrationThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:58:03 +0000Agatha Christie’s Fiery Letters Offer New Glimpse Into the Queen of Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/agatha-christies-fiery-letters-display-crime-writing-festival-180964097/The author was not a fan of pink or Pekingese dogs Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:32:39 +0000Why 'Paradise Lost' Is Translated So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-paradise-lost-translated-so-much-180964137/New book shows the enduring power of the epic poem has made it spread across dozens of languages and hundreds of yearsThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:24:12 +0000Thousands of Mysterious Yellow "Sponges" Wash Up On French Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-mysterious-yellow-sponges-have-washed-french-coast-180964117/Though experts were initially stumped, the substance has now been identifiedThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:05 +0000The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-self-cleaning-home-was-essentially-floor-ceiling-dishwasher-180964115/Frances Gabe, who died late last year, channeled her frustration with housework into a futuristic design to end the drudgery of cleaningThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:11 +0000Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debunking-mechanical-turk-helped-set-edgar-allan-poe-path-mystery-writing-180964059/Like many others, Poe was certain the machine couldn't be playing chess under its own powerThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000From Melting Clocks to Lollipops, Salvador Dalí Left His Mark on the Visual Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salvador-dalis-time-candy-business-180964050/The Surrealist artist's "pure, vertical, mystical love of cash" led him to advertisingThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000'Twilight Zone' Enters the Stage Dimensionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twilight-zone-enters-stage-dimension-180964096/London theater will adapt the iconic television series to capture "American nightmares" past and presentWed, 19 Jul 2017 21:31:35 +0000What Makes Fido So Friendly? It Could Be Genetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-dog-loves-you-because-genes-180964110/Mutations in several genes linked to hypersocial behavior in people may have helped along canine domesticationWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:12 +0000Lost Manuscripts From Composer of “The Planets” Found in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-manuscripts-composer-planets-found-new-zealand-180964104/No one is sure how the handwritten scores by Gustav Holst ended up in the archives of the Bay of Plenty SymphoniaWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:41:41 +0000Nine-Year-Old Accidentally Discovers a Stegomastodon Fossil in New Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-year-old-accidentally-discovers-stegomastodon-fossil-new-mexico-180964103/Jude Sparks was hiking in the desert when he tripped over the ancient creature’s skullWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:51:02 +0000New Study Has a Bone to Pick With Dog Domestication Findingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dogs-were-domesticated-once-40000-years-ago-180964101/Contrary to past research, a new DNA study suggests fido was only tamed onceWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:03:21 +0000Only One Woman Who Was at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention Lived to See Women Win the Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-one-woman-who-was-seneca-falls-lived-see-women-win-vote-180964044/Charlotte Woodward Pierce was a teenager at the Seneca Falls convention for women's rights. She was 91 when women finally went to vote in 1920Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of England’s Nine-Day Queenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-englands-nine-day-queen-180964042/Jane Grey never wanted to be queen, and in the end, she died for itWed, 19 Jul 2017 13:14:59 +0000The Fierce T. Rex Was a Walker Not a Sprinterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fierce-t-rex-was-walker-not-sprinter-180964094/A good pair of running shoes could help you escape the formidable beast, study findsTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:57:32 +0000"Space Archaeologists" to Examine the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-archeologists-examine-international-space-station-180964092/Using millions of photos and documents, researchers will reconstruct life on the ISS to see how visitors interact with their tools and each otherTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:37:18 +0000Found: 200-Year-Old Cannonball From French and Indian Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/potentially-live-cannonball-french-and-indian-war-found-quebec-city-180964093/Potentially still live, the incendiary device has been moved to a safe location to be neutralizedTue, 18 Jul 2017 18:55:32 +0000What Is the Key to Predict Animal Speed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/formula-explains-why-mid-sized-animals-are-fastest-180964090/The biggest animals aren't always the fastestTue, 18 Jul 2017 18:19:19 +0000Adorable Drone Helps Document Experiments on the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-drone-helps-document-experiments-international-space-station-180964091/Cute as a button, the Int-Ball is taking over astronauts’ photographic dutiesTue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00:46 +0000Champion of the Black Community Is Given Her Rightful Due in Richmondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/champion-black-community-rightful-due-richmond-180964079/Maggie L. Walker fought segregation her whole life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Now her statue towers over the Virginia cityTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:56:40 +0000Bones Recovered From Wreckage of WWII Plane May Belong to Missing Airmenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-may-have-been-uncovered-wreckage-wwii-plane-180964081/If researchers can confirm their identity, the long-lost crewmembers may finally receive a proper burialTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:48:55 +0000Five Things to Know About Bath, Jane Austen’s Home and Inspirationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-bath-jane-austens-home-and-inspiration-180964036/Two hundred years after her death, Bath hasn't forgotten about Jane AustenTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +0000The Story of the First Manned Expedition to the Sunken Wreck of the ‘Titanic’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-manned-expedition-sunken-wreck-titanic-180964021/The manned exploration in 1986 brought back the first high-quality images of the ship since it sankTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:55:00 +0000Take a Trip Around Pluto and Charon With These New Animationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nasa-animations-let-you-orbit-pluto-and-charon-180964083/Two years after its fly-by, NASA releases maps and videos made with data from New HorizonsTue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Civil War Hero's Long-Lost Sword Was Hiding in an Attichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-gould-shaws-civil-war-sword-found-attic-180964076/Union Colonel Robert Gould Shaw led the legendary the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first official black military units in the United StatesMon, 17 Jul 2017 21:14:34 +0000Remembering the Brilliant Maryam Mirzakhani, the Only Woman to Win a Fields Medalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-female-fields-medal-winner-maryam-mirzakhani-dies-age-40-180964078/The Stanford professor investigated the mathematics of curved surfaces, writing many groundbreaking papersMon, 17 Jul 2017 19:07:29 +0000Why Censors Are Targeting Winnie-the-Pooh in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-censors-are-targeting-winnie-the-pooh-china-180964075/Social media users have compared the honey-loving bear to Chinese President Xi JinpingMon, 17 Jul 2017 18:25:01 +0000How a Groundbreaking Interior Designer Helped Jackie O. Change the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-american-shabby-chic-helped-design-jackie-o-white-house-180964072/Sister Parish is credited with creating American country style, a recognizable and quirky mix of old and newMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:52:37 +0000Text an Emoji and the SFMOMA Will Respond with a Picture of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/text-emoji-and-sfmoma-will-respond-picture-art-180964071/A new text messaging service lets users explore the museum’s vast collectionMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:17:21 +0000Disneyland's Terrible First Day Didn't Stop the Crowds From Cominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disneylands-terrible-first-day-didnt-stop-crowds-coming-180964013/Nothing was ready. But by the end of the first week, more than 100,000 people had visitedMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000At 100, Andrew Wyeth Still Brushes People the Right (and Wrong) Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andrew-wyeth-brushes-180964045/The centennial of his birth offers galleries and critics the opportunity to reconsider one of America's most famous paintersMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000How to Kill Nature's Most Indestructible Creaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-kill-tardigrade-180964069/Only the boiling away of Earth's oceans could bring about the extinction of these tiny water bearsFri, 14 Jul 2017 20:44:53 +0000Graveyard of “Giants” Found in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graveyard-giants-found-china-180963976/Many of the 5,000 year-old skeletons measured 5' 9'' or longer, making the Neolithic humans exceptionally tall for that periodFri, 14 Jul 2017 18:35:43 +0000Lioness Spotted Nursing a Leopard Cub in Tanzaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lioness-seen-nursing-leopard-cub-tanzania-180964067/It is the first time that a wild cat has been observed "adopting" another species—but the interaction may not have a happy endFri, 14 Jul 2017 18:19:39 +0000Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Can Plan for the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-apes-ravens-can-plan-future-180964065/The birds were able to choose and hold onto a tool that could unlock an eventual rewardFri, 14 Jul 2017 17:58:07 +0000Revolutionary Black Artists of the Civil Rights Era Get Exhibition in the UKhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-era-art-gets-its-first-exhibition-uk-180964043/"Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power" features iconic works alongside pieces that have long been overlooked by the mainstreamFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:36:38 +0000How One Quest for the Northwest Passage Ended at the Icy Mouth of Disappointment Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-quest-northwest-passage-ended-mouth-disappointment-river-180964005/The Mackenzie River, as it's know today, is North America's second-largest river system–but it wasn't what its namesake was looking forFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ex-NASA Engineer Builds World's Largest Super Soakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ex-nasa-engineer-builds-worlds-largest-super-soaker-180964056/More than a mere toy, this water gun can slice through glass and watermelonsFri, 14 Jul 2017 15:49:48 +0000Sixty Years After Its Discovery, a Hut in Scotland Has Been Linked to St. Columbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/Radiocarbon dating has proved that the site could have been built and used during the lifetime of the revered saintFri, 14 Jul 2017 15:23:33 +0000How Hoop Skirts Led to Tape Measureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hoop-skirts-led-tape-measures-180963995/Eighteenth-century ladies would recognize some things about the modern contractor’s toolFri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Store Video Clip in DNA of Living Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-encoded-living-dna-first-time-180964058/This first could lead to health-monitoring molecular recorders inside cellsFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:23:51 +0000The Biggest Trial of the 1920s Continues to Resonatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biggest-trial-1920s-continues-resonate-180964001/Sacco and Vanzetti were on trial for their Italianness and their political leanings as much as for their alleged crimesFri, 14 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000WWII Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Sells for $51,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-enigma-machine-found-flea-market-sells-51000-180964053/The legendary coding machine was first unearthed by a mathematician with a careful eye who purchased it for roughly $114Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:30:06 +0000Watch the Sri Lankan Navy Rescue an Elephant Stranded at Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sri-lankan-navy-rescues-elephant-was-stranded-sea-180964057/It took 12 hours for a team of navy personnel, divers and wildlife officials to pull the creature back to shoreThu, 13 Jul 2017 19:11:28 +0000How Fire Ants Build Incredible Writhing Towershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fire-ants-build-incredible-writhing-towers-180964055/Using X-rays, researchers find simple rules help the ants raise each other up, which could be useful in roboticsThu, 13 Jul 2017 18:56:07 +0000London Tube Scraps “Ladies and Gentlemen” Announcementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-tube-scraps-ladies-and-gentlemen-announcements-180964052/Officials say they want all passengers to feel welcome on the UndergroundThu, 13 Jul 2017 18:13:35 +0000Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo Dies at Age 61http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-dies-180964051/The human rights activist spent his final years in Chinese custodyThu, 13 Jul 2017 17:31:16 +0000Astronomers Find the Smallest Star Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-find-smallest-star-so-far-180964033/The faint orb is just a smidgen bigger than Saturn and around 2,000 to 3,000 times dimmer than our own sunThu, 13 Jul 2017 16:07:28 +0000Kermit the Frog Gets a New Voice for the First Time in 27 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kermit-frog-gets-new-voice-first-time-27-years-180964041/Steve Whitmire, who voiced Kermit since Jim Henson’s death in 1990, has departed from the MuppetsThu, 13 Jul 2017 14:48:47 +0000John Dee’s Life Shows Science’s Magical Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-dees-life-shows-sciences-magical-roots-180963985/His life shows a time when science and magic intersected–even for scientistsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +0000Stunning Images Capture First Close-Up With Jupiter's Great Red Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peering-great-red-spot-180964037/Take a peek at the solar system's largest stormWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:31:06 +0000Diverse Splendor of Birds on Display in Audubon Photo Competition http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diverse-splendor-birds-display-audubon-photo-competition-180964032/100 of the top submissions can now be viewed onlineWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:32 +0000World's Oldest Figurative Art is Now an Official World Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/The new Unesco world heritage site spans six caves located in the Swabian Alps in GermanyWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:16 +0000Delaware-Sized Iceberg Breaks Off Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delaware-sized-iceberg-breaks-antarctica-180964034/'Whopper' of an iceberg weighs more than one trillion metric tons—and has been threatening to make the break for yearsWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:42:50 +0000Buckminster Fuller Was Good at Ideas, Terrible at Car Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckminster-fuller-was-good-ideas-terrible-car-design-180963983/Fuller held more than 30 patents during his life, but many of his ideas didn't make it off the page–or not for longWed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Asmara, the Capital of Eritrea, Named World Heritage Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asmara-capital-eritrea-named-world-heritage-site-180964014/Eritrean officials lobbied for the designation in a bid to reform their country’s isolationist imageWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:43:51 +0000Thank Sherlock Holmes for the Phrase 'Smoking Gun'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-smoking-guns-180964027/From its origins to modern day, the favorite cliché of detectives and journalists everywhere refuses to kick the bucketWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:11:53 +0000Space-Bound Humans Bring Fungus Aboard—And the Stowaways Could Cause Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fighting-space-fungus-180964017/Microscopic life is everywhere, but it could be dangerous for future astronauts bound for MarsWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Anti-Slavery Jewelry Shows the Social Concerns (and the Technology) of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anti-slavery-jewelry-shows-social-concerns-and-technology-its-time-180963975/The 'Wedgwood Slave Medallion' was the first modern piece of protest jewelryWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Martin Luther King and Gandhi Weren’t the Only Ones Inspired By Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/martin-luther-king-and-gandhi-werent-only-ones-inspired-thoreaus-civil-disobedience-180963972/Thoreau's essay became a cornerstone of 20th-century protestWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Cache of Roman Messages Found Near Hadrian's Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-messages-found-roman-fort-along-hadrians-wall-180964012/The 25 well-preserved wooden tablets include a soldier's request for time offTue, 11 Jul 2017 20:09:58 +0000New Jersey Museum Discovers Stash of Madeira from 1796http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-jersey-museum-discovers-stash-madeira-1796-180964008/Liberty Hall Museum owns the wine and will decide if anyone will be allowed to sample the Revolutionary libationTue, 11 Jul 2017 18:23:19 +0000Vatican Vetoes Gluten-Free Communion Wafershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-vetoes-gluten-free-communion-wafers-180964009/It’s a sticky issue for Catholics with celiac disease or other gluten sensitivities Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:25:36 +0000Watch How (Slowly) News of the Declaration of Independence Spread in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/breaking-declaration-independence-180964004/Before social media, TV, radio and even telegraphs, news of America's independence took a long time to reach some AmericansTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:31:47 +0000The Amazing Story of the First All-Women North Pole Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/podcast-recounts-amazing-story-first-all-women-north-pole-expedition-180963996/Answering an ad in a newspaper, 20 amateur explorers attempted to ski from Arctic Canada to the top of the worldTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:15:04 +0000The Bowdlers Wanted to Clean Up Shakespeare, Not Become a Byword for Censorshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bowdlers-wanted-clean-shakespeare-not-become-byword-censorship-180963945/Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler started out with relatively noble intentionsTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Strong Plant Defenses Made These Hungry Caterpillars Eat Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hungry-hungry-cannibals-180964000/When left with the choice of nasty-tasting plants or each other, the choice is clear for the beet armyworm caterpillarTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:38:23 +0000Genetically Modified Moth May Soon Be Coming to New York Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-moth-approved-release-new-york-180963998/The move is an attempt to limit crop damage by the diamondback moth Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Online Map Charts Massacres of Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/online-map-charts-massacres-indigenous-australians-180963971/European settlers waged more than 150 attacks against Aboriginal groups along the country’s east coast, resulting in the deaths of some 6,000 people Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Unknown Raphael Paintings Discovered in the Vaticanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-raphael-paintings-discovered-vatican-180963999/Restoration work in the Hall of Constantine uncovered two allegorical figures that Raphael appears to have painted before his untimely death in 1520Mon, 10 Jul 2017 20:23:43 +0000Forgotten Children’s Book by Maurice Sendak Will Be Published in 2018http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-childrens-book-maurice-sendak-will-be-published-2018-180963994/The "Where the Wild Things Are" author collaborated on the manuscript with long-time friend Arthur YorinksMon, 10 Jul 2017 18:23:39 +0000Early Sketches From Famed English Painter Found Hidden in Royal Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-sketches-famed-english-painter-found-hidden-royal-library-180963991/Discovered mislabeled in a Windsor Castle book, the drawings are the work of a young Thomas GainsboroughMon, 10 Jul 2017 16:37:28 +0000The Tin Man Is a Reminder of L. Frank Baum’s Onetime Oil Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tin-man-reminder-l-frank-baums-oil-career-180963950/Baum had a number of careers before he hit it big with 'The Wizard of Oz'Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:51:43 +0000France May Say ‘Au Revoir’ to Fossil-Fueled Vehicles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-non-fossil-fueled-vehicles-180963981/It’s a bid to dramatically reduce the country’s carbon emissions Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:30:51 +0000Stunning Images Capture Rare Pale Tiger in Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-rare-pale-tiger-photographed-india-180963980/An unusual genetic combination likely led to the creature's exceptionally light colorationFri, 07 Jul 2017 18:42:29 +0000Sheila Michaels, the Feminist Who Made ‘Ms.’ Mainstream, Has Died at 78http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheila-michaels-feminist-who-made-ms-mainstream-has-died-78-180963982/The activist championed “Ms.” as a title that would allow women to be seen independently of their marital status Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:42:25 +0000Today We Use Lasers For Almost Everything. But They Took a Long Time to Seem Usefulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/today-we-use-lasers-almost-everything-they-took-long-time-seem-useful-180963956/After the first laser was built in 1960, it took a long time before laser products were on the mass marketFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:30:00 +0000Surf Through Newly Digitized Images to See Rome’s Ever-Changing History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-images-document-romes-ever-changing-history-180963979/The Eternal City is always evolving. Now, a new web resource shows howFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:04:29 +0000This Unremembered US-France 'Quasi War' Shaped Early America’s Foreign Relationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unremembered-us-france-quasi-war-shaped-early-americas-foreign-relations-180963862/America wasn't officially at war with France between 1798 and 1800, but tell that to the U.S. NavyFri, 07 Jul 2017 14:04:17 +0000Take a Look at the Patents Behind Sliced Breadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-patents-behind-sliced-bread-180963870/It took a surprising amount of technological know-how to make the bread that birthed the expressionFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:41:26 +0000This 1797 Impeachment Has Never Been Fully Resolvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1797-impeachment-has-never-been-fully-resolved-180963926/Can an impeached senator be tried? Who knows! Let’s unpack this constitutional questionFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:40:07 +0000Mexico City Dig Uncovers Traces of Aztec Resistance to Spain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-dig-uncovers-traces-aztec-resistance-spain-180963970/For residents of Tenochtitlan, rebellion didn’t just happen on the battlefieldThu, 06 Jul 2017 18:32:19 +0000Hobby Lobby Hands Over 5,500 Illegally Imported Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobby-lobby-hands-over-5500-illegally-imported-artifacts-180963969/In 2010, the arts-and-crafts retailer purchased thousands of cultural artifacts smuggled from IraqThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:22:44 +0000Deep-Water Corals Glow for Their Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-water-corals-glow-their-lives-180963967/New research sheds light on the secrets of fluorescent coral reefs Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:53:38 +0000Mars Surface May Be Too Toxic for Microbial Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-surface-may-be-toxic-bacteria-180963966/The combination of UV radiation and perchlorates common on Mars could be deadly for bacteriaThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:39:42 +0000A Brief History of People Running Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-people-running-across-america-180963858/Fictional character Forrest Gump wasn’t the only one to do it, not by a long shotThu, 06 Jul 2017 14:29:09 +0000Humans May Have Bred With Neanderthals Much Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-left-africa-and-bred-neanderthals-over-200000-years-ago-180963951/DNA from a Neanderthal femur is offering new clues to ancient interactionsWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:47:59 +0000High-Status Indigenous Family Brought Back to Life With Digital Reconstruction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-family-brought-back-life-digital-reconstruction-180963921/Some 3,700 years ago, the relatives were given elaborate burials along the coast of British ColumbiaWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:03:48 +0000Utah Just Did Away With Liquor-Hiding “Curtains” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-just-did-away-liquor-hiding-curtains-180963949/As liquor laws loosen, the “Zion Curtain” may become a thing of the pastWed, 05 Jul 2017 19:28:56 +0000France's Simone Veil Will Become the Fifth Woman Buried in the Panthéonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simone-veil-will-become-fifth-woman-buried-pantheon-180963947/It is an exceptional honor reserved for esteemed French citizensWed, 05 Jul 2017 17:43:02 +0000Why Ancient Roman Concrete Is So Stronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancient-roman-concrete-so-strong-180963946/A rare chemical reaction strengthens it even today—and that could help threatened coastal communitiesWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:59:22 +0000Sally Hemings Gets Her Own Room at Monticellohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sally-hemings-gets-her-own-room-monticello-180963944/A renovation at Thomas Jefferson's estate will give the slave he likely fathered at least six children with a display in what may have been her quartersWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:37:35 +0000Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-astronomer-understood-stars-looking-earth-180963851/Andrew Ellicott Douglass's theory of sunspots and climate was wrong, but he still pioneered the science of tree-ring datingWed, 05 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000"Corpse Hotels" Are in Demand in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corpse-hotels-are-demand-japan-180963924/Crematoria are too busy, so a new type of business stepped in to make the wait more comfortableWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:35:05 +0000Mexico Will Use Dolphins to Herd the Endangered Vaquita to Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-use-dolphins-track-down-worlds-most-endangered-porpoise-180963908/Mine-hunting dolphins will help researchers transfer the remaining creatures into marine sanctuaries Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:26:05 +0000New Website Tracks Paintings Provenance from Brush to Gallery Wall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-tracks-paintings-brush-gallery-wall-180963915/<i>Mapping Paintings</i> makes it easier to figure out an artwork’s chain of ownershipWed, 05 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Was the First Major News Article on HIV/AIDS http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-first-major-news-article-hivaids-180963913/The epidemic’s early days were perplexing and terrifying Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:15:07 +0000Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-library-seeks-help-transcribing-magical-manuscripts-180963911/Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible onlineMon, 03 Jul 2017 20:14:18 +0000AI Project Produces New Styles of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-system-produces-new-styles-art-180963912/Researchers let two neural networks critique each other to create the imagesMon, 03 Jul 2017 19:30:03 +0000Aztec "Skull Tower" Contains Remains of Women and Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-skull-tower-contains-remains-women-and-children-180963905/The tzompantli were once believed to only contain the skulls of conquered male warriorsMon, 03 Jul 2017 18:01:20 +0000Is Jupiter the "Star" in Lord Byron's Famous Poem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-says-he-has-identified-star-lord-byrons-famous-poem-180963909/According to astronomer Donald Olson, the brilliant star described in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is actually a planetMon, 03 Jul 2017 17:15:55 +0000Someone Was Actually Trying to Build a Casino Three Miles From the Gettysburg Battle Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-was-actually-trying-build-casino-three-miles-gettysburg-battle-site-180963904/A local businessman said the casino would bring jobs and money to the historic region–but other locals said gaming would irrevocably change GettysburgMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:37:34 +0000Suggested Alternative Dates for Independence Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suggested-alternative-dates-independence-day-180963845/The reason Independence Day is on July 4 isn’t very robustMon, 03 Jul 2017 13:10:00 +0000Sony Will Start Pressing Vinyl Records After a 28-Year Hiatushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sony-will-start-pressing-vinyl-records-after-28-year-hiatus-180963901/The company stopped producing vinyl records in 1989Mon, 03 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Major "Clean Coal" Project in Mississippi Shuts Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-clean-coal-project-mississippi-shut-down-180963898/Billions over budget and three years behind, the Kemper County coal gasification project will now produce electricity using natural gasMon, 03 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Beautiful Species Could Be Trouble for Native Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beautiful-species-could-be-trouble-native-birds-180963899/Analysis shows that the parasitic pin-tailed whydah could impact native birds in the Caribbean, Hawaii and the southern U.S.Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000Cheers To This Spanish Town's Annual Wine Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheers-spanish-towns-annual-wine-battle-180963896/The boozy event has its roots in a 13th century land disputeFri, 30 Jun 2017 17:41:44 +0000Geek Out to This Asteroid Day Livestreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geek-out-asteroid-day-livestream-180963891/For 24 hours a YouTube channel will host discussions on space rocks and their potential impacts on Earth Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:38:51 +00003-D Reconstruction Reveals Face of 500-Year-Old Irishmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-reconstruction-reveals-face-500-year-old-irishman-180963886/The image offers a rare portrait of an ordinary DublinerFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:19:51 +0000The Crazy Story of the 1946 Bikini Atoll Nuclear Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-story-1946-bikini-atoll-nuclear-tests-180963833/They were the first time that a nuclear weapon had been deployed since the 1945 attacks on JapanFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:01:03 +0000Lincoln's Signature Laid the Groundwork for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lincolns-signature-laid-groundwork-national-park-system-180963826/The "Yo-Semite Valley" was made a California state park on this day in 1864, but it quickly became a national parkFri, 30 Jun 2017 14:17:37 +0000Phone Booths Are Back in Times Square—And This Time, They’re Telling Immigrant Stories http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/phone-booths-are-back-times-squareand-time-theyre-telling-immigrant-stories-180963879/<i>Once Upon a Place</i> features the oral histories of 70 immigrantsFri, 30 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Former Paris Stock Exchange To Be Transformed into Art Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-paris-stock-exchange-be-transformed-art-museum-180963878/The renovation will be so remarkable, according to the lead architect, it will cure Brexit-induced malaise Thu, 29 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000Neanderthals May Have Used Toothpicks to Treat Aching Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-treat-aching-teeth-180963883/A Neanderthal living in what is now Croatia and wore grooves in his or her teeth trying to soothe the painThu, 29 Jun 2017 19:26:04 +0000Two Thirds of Southern Resident Orca Pregnancies Fail http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-thirds-southern-resident-orca-pregnancies-fail-180963884/But now scientists think they know why Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:59:55 +0000Harry Potter Sparks Illegal Owl Trade in Indonesia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harry-potter-sparks-illegal-owl-trade-indonesia-180963881/Hedwig made quite the impression—but her popularity is hurting real-life birdsThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:33:18 +0000Unprecedented Carved Skulls Discovered at a Stone Age Temple in Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-temple-shows-evidence-stone-age-skull-cult-180963877/Three carved skull fragments from Gobekli Tepe offer tantalizing hints about the lives of Neolithic peopleThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:30:00 +0000Global Fishing Fleets Waste Ten Percent of Catchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-fishing-fleet-wastes-ten-percent-its-catch-180963865/Every year, fisheries waste ten million tons of fish—enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming poolsThu, 29 Jun 2017 16:39:22 +0000Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn't Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-water-bottles-may-have-exposed-native-americans-toxic-chemicals-180963875/Researchers replicated a bottle-making process used by indigenous groups of the California Channel Islands to test toxic chemicalsThu, 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000One in Three American Pets Is Pudgyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/news-flash-your-cat-fat-180963866/Is your kitty curvaceous? It's not the only oneThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:13:11 +0000Three Ways the Interstate System Changed Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-ways-interstate-system-changed-america-180963815/The idea of a national highway system stretches back to the 1930s but wasn't put into place until the midcenturyThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:32:40 +0000The First Printed Fried Chicken Recipe in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-printed-fried-chicken-recipe-america-180963854/A white Virginian woman named Mary Randolph was the first to publish it, but fried chicken's Southern history is deeper than 'The Virginia Housewife'Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:53:00 +0000These Beautiful Medieval Wafer Presses Are Where Waffles Come Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-beautiful-medieval-wafer-presses-are-where-waffles-come-180963809/Leggo my flat, fancy EggoThu, 29 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0000Rare Colonial Court Documents Found on eBay http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-colonial-court-documents-found-ebay-180963864/Thanks to a historian’s spidey sense, they’re now housed in a New York archiveThu, 29 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Boaty McBoatface Completes Its First Missionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boaty-mcboatface-completes-its-first-mission-180963863/The little submarine named by the Internet investigated the icy deep waters of Antarctica's Orkney ChannelWed, 28 Jun 2017 19:06:33 +0000Plague Infects Three People in New Mexico http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plague-infects-three-people-new-mexico-180963861/The deadly disease can be spread by household pets Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:56:19 +0000Michael Bond, Creator of Paddington Bear, Dies at 91http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michael-bond-creator-paddington-bear-dies-91-180963860/The author's stories about a plucky, marmalade-loving bear sold more than 35 million copies worldwideWed, 28 Jun 2017 17:20:16 +0000There's a New Island Off the Coast of North Carolinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-island-outer-banks-just-time-summer-180963859/"Shelly Island" is a mile long and 300 yards wide, but it's hard to say how long it'll be aroundWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:57:25 +0000Researchers Find Ancient Extinction Event Among Large Marine Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-extinction-event-found-among-old-school-sea-mammals-180963852/More than a third of large ocean-dwelling species disappeared roughly 2 million years agoWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:51:31 +0000Americans Caught ‘Victoria Fever’ For The British Queen’s 1838 Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-caught-victoria-fever-british-queens-1838-coronation-180963802/Such delicacies as 'Victoria soap' could be bought in America as a souvenir of the occasionWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Species of Amazon Parrot Discovered in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-amazon-parrot-discovered-mexico-180963853/Researchers say that only 100 blue-winged Amazons, which have distinctive markings and a unique call, exist in the wildWed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Detailed Images of a Distant Star Hold Clues to Its Ultimate Fatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/images-betelgeuse-are-best-pictures-star-so-far-180963849/Sitting some 640 light years from our planet, the star Betelgeuse is on the verge of supernovaWed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Watch a 100-foot-tall Giant Sequoia Get Transplanted in Boisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-movers-transplant-100-foot-tall-giant-sequoia-boise-180963848/A gift from John Muir, the beloved tree was transferred to a local park by St. Luke's Medical Center so the facility can expandTue, 27 Jun 2017 19:25:08 +0000A Dog From 3rd Century Rome Was Discovered During Subway Excavationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/The canine’s skeleton and other artifacts were preserved in a fire, offering a window on Ancient Roman lifeTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:40:54 +0000Unesco-Protected Reefs Could Be Destroyed by 2100 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-protected-reefs-could-be-destroyed-2100-180963844/Over 70 percent of world heritage reefs were damaged during the recent bleaching eventTue, 27 Jun 2017 16:42:19 +0000Chase August’s Solar Eclipse Aboard This Special Flighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-flight-will-chase-augusts-solar-eclipse-180963840/Alaska Airlines will give away one coveted seat on the chartered flight Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:44:52 +0000The Latest Bleaching Event May Be Over, But Reefs Are Still in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worst-coral-bleaching-event-record-may-be-over-180963835/Places like Guam and Hawaii could soon face more hot waterTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:30:09 +0000Robert Oppenheimer’s Career Ended Long After the Bang, With a Whimperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-oppenheimers-career-ended-long-after-bang-whimper-180963805/The rivalry between Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer ended both their careersTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Three Big Ableist Myths About the Life of Helen Kellerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-big-ableist-myths-about-life-helen-keller-180963793/The simple story that's usually told about her today reflects cultural biases that have nothing to do with her actual lifeTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +0000NYC Unveils Design for New Monument to the LGBT Communityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-unveils-design-new-monument-lgbt-community-180963837/The monument will be built in the Hudson River Park, a historic LGBT siteTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000Documents Show Chile Foiled Nazi Plot to Attack Panama Canal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-foiled-nazi-plot-attack-panama-canal-documents-show-180963836/Files released by Chile's Investigations Police show a special unit busted two Nazi spy rings in South America Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Figured Out How the Sun Shoots Plasma Jets http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-sun-shoots-plasma-jets-180963832/Neutral particles are behind spicules’ spectacular show Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:45:41 +0000A Broadway Production of ‘1984’ Is Making Audiences Faint and Vomithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/broadway-production-1984-making-audiences-faint-and-vomit-180963834/Blood spatter, electrocution and strobe lights are all part of the experienceMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000Magnetic Field Around Uranus Are a Chaotic Messhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uranus-magnetic-field-opens-and-closes-every-day-180963830/Using data from the Voyager 2 mission, researchers have modeled Uranus's off-kilter magnetosphereMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:12:25 +0000Yemen's Deadly Cholera Crisis is the Worst in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yemen-faces-cholera-crisis-180963827/More than 200,000 cases have been reported in a country racked by civil war Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:35:08 +0000Three Horrifying Pre-FDA Cosmeticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-horrifying-pre-fda-cosmetics-180963775/From mercury-loaded face cream to mascara that left you blindMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:09:49 +0000Creating a Full Palette of Blueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creating-full-palette-blues-180963790/How the discovery of a new metal helped to change painting foreverMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Lock Dating to Revolutionary War Period Found at Michigan Forthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-dating-revolutionary-war-period-found-michigan-fort-180963822/The 250-year-old lock was unearthed in a fur trader's house at Michilimackinac FortMon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where the Myth of JFK's 'Jelly Donut' Mistake Came Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-everybody-think-jfk-said-im-jelly-donut-180963779/The misinterpretation didn't arise until years after his deathMon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Asia’s First Major LGBTQ Exhibition to Launch in Taipei http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asias-first-major-lgbtq-exhibition-launch-taipei-180963781/The groundbreaking <i>Spectrosynthesis</i> is united by a single theme: the spectrum of lightFri, 23 Jun 2017 19:17:55 +0000Hordes of Gelatinous “Sea Pickles” Are Invading the West Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hordes-sea-pickles-are-clogging-west-coast-180963811/Usually a rare creature, no one yet knows the reason for the influx of the light-emitting creaturesFri, 23 Jun 2017 18:49:59 +0000New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-iconic-phutukawa-tree-may-have-roots-australia-180963818/Fossils belonging to the pōhutukawa’s ancient ancestors were found on the coast of Tasmania Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:05 +0000Explore Ancient British Isles Hill Forts with a New Online Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-british-isles-hill-forts-using-new-online-atlas-180963803/The atlas lists over 4,000 of the structures that dot the landscape, used as gathering spots for Bronze and Iron Age BritonsFri, 23 Jun 2017 17:26:06 +0000Yellowstone Grizzly to Be Removed From Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellowstone-grizzly-be-removed-endangered-species-list-180963816/Their numbers have grown from 136 animals in 1975 to roughly 700 todayFri, 23 Jun 2017 15:52:16 +0000Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau Created New Orleans’ Midsummer Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voodoo-priestess-marie-laveau-created-new-orleans-midsummer-festival-180963750/Mardi Gras may be the city's biggest party, but St. John's Eve is its most important religious festivalFri, 23 Jun 2017 14:05:00 +0000The Stylish Flamingo Hotel Shaped the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stylish-flamingo-hotel-shaped-las-vegas-strip-180963753/The Flamingo, still operating today, is the oldest hotel on the StripFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +0000Choreographer Bob Fosse Is the Forgotten Author of Modern Musicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/choreographer-bob-fosse-forgotten-author-modern-musicals-180963746/Fosse's signature style influenced everything from Michael Jackson to today's musicalsFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000New Badges Will Make Today's Girl Scouts Tomorrow's Cybersleuthshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-badges-todays-girl-scouts-tomorrow-cybersleuths-180963804/Camping and cookie sales are just the tip of the iceberg for modern scoutsFri, 23 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000London Exhibit Showcases Powerful Artwork Created by Teenage Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-exhibit-showcases-artwork-teenage-refugees-180963785/“All I Left Behind. All I Will Discover” includes pieces by 80 teens who fled to the UKThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:27:19 +0000Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri Destroyed by ISIS Militantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosuls-great-mosque-al-nuri-destroyed-militants-180963806/The 12th-century mosque’s leaning minaret was one of Mosul’s most recognizable landmarksThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:25:16 +0000Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone" May Grow to the Size of New Jersey This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gulf-mexico-dead-zone-may-be-size-new-jersey-year-180963799/Shrimp and fish may suffer as excess rain and nutrients produce one of the largest oxygen-poor zones to dateThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Scientists Hatch a New Explanation for How Eggs Get Their Shapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-hatch-new-explanation-how-eggs-get-their-shapes-180963801/Flight ability could explain how eggs are shaped Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-putting-tens-thousands-sea-fossils-online-180963792/The Western Interior Seaway is gone, but not forgottenThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:53:32 +0000LGBTQ History Comes Out of the Shadows in New U.K. Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lgbt-history-come-out-shadows-new-exhibition-180963769/<i>Gay UK</i> tells the stories of people once subject to oppressive anti-gay lawsThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:23:22 +0000The Little Brown Bat’s Mighty Talenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-brown-bats-mighty-talent-180963744/Accounting for body size, the little brown bat lives longest of any mammal–but no one knows whyThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crafty-killer-whales-are-harassing-alaskan-fishing-boats-180963788/Hungry orcas are making off with tens of thousands of pounds of cod and halibutThu, 22 Jun 2017 15:12:20 +0000Puppy Pics May Add Spark to Struggling Relationshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppy-pics-may-add-spark-struggling-relationships-180963794/A new study asked couples to look at photo streams that paired images of their spouses with pictures of poochesThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:55:36 +0000Hebrew Inscription Ordering Wine Found on Ancient Pottery Shardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-calling-wine-found-ancient-pottery-shard-180963780/The shard was discovered in the 1960s and studied extensively, but researchers did not see a faded message on its reverse sideThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:34:43 +0000Camera Film Reveals Images of the Mount St. Helens Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-contained-images-mount-st-helens-eruption-180963789/A photographer developed the film found at a Goodwill, revealing images of the ash plume from the 1980 eruption that killed 57Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:34:30 +0000Celebrate the Eclipse With a Color-Shifting Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-eclipse-color-shifting-stamp-180963787/Your next letter just got more celestial Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:57:26 +0000This 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Shows Early Artistry of Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-secrets-ancient-cairo-toe-180963783/Crafted from leather and wood, the ancient Egyptian prosthesis was was adjusted to precisely fit its wearer's foot Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:34:27 +0000The Peculiar Story of Giraffes in 1400s Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peculiar-story-giraffes-medieval-china-180963737/During China's short-lived golden age of exploration, two giraffes came to the imperial courtWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Will You See August's Great Eclipse? This New Tool Helps You Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simulator-lets-you-know-what-youll-see-during-augusts-great-eclipse-180963718/Just plug in a zip code and the solar simulator will show when the big event will pass overheadWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:30 +0000Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peep-gallery-historic-selfies-180963726/People have been photographing themselves almost since the dawn of the technologyWed, 21 Jun 2017 13:40:41 +0000Our Sun Probably Grew Up With a Sibling http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-probably-grew-sibling-180963732/But now its buddy is long goneWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000UK Charity Calls On Developers to Save At-Risk Buildings http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-charity-calls-developers-save-risk-buildings-180963592/The ‘Up My Street’ catalogue profiles 100 historic properties in desperate need of repairWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Australian Expedition Dredges Up Crazy Creatures From the Deep Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-expedition-dredges-crazy-creatures-deep-sea-180963777/After a month exploring Australia's deepest ocean, researchers found over 300 new species of toothy, blobby and glowing animalsTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:50:44 +0000Andy Warhol’s First Self-Portrait Is Headed to Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andy-warhols-first-self-portrait-headed-auction-180963714/The artist transformed a photo booth image into a vibrant, turquoise printTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:33:13 +0000Half the World's Population Will Experience Deadly Heat by the End of the Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-world-will-experience-deadly-heat-end-century-180963766/And Arizona is kicking things offTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:49:02 +0000132-Year-Old Lobster Earns a Pardon from the Pothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/132-year-old-lobster-earns-pardon-pot-180963771/Louie, a 22-pound crustacean born during the Cleveland administration, returned to the sea after 20 years living at Peter's Clam BarTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:37:05 +0000Kepler Finds 219 New Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-finds-219-new-planets-including-ten-could-support-life-180963767/NASA released the final catalog from its planet-hunting telescope, bringing its total up to 4,034 potential planetsTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:02:29 +0000Trove of Nazi Artifacts Found in Secret Room of Argentina Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-nazi-artifacts-found-secret-room-argentina-home-180963768/A bust of Hitler, a knife with Nazi markings and a medical device for measuring heads were among the objects uncovered by authorities Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:30:41 +0000A Century After Sinking, This Storied Ship Will Remain Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-after-sinking-this-storied-ship-will-remain-underwater-180963727/The <i>McCulloch</i> was the largest cutter of its day and sank in 1917 after colliding with a passenger ship in heavy fogTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:48:20 +0000Lizzie Borden Didn’t Kill Her Parents (Maybe)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lizzie-borden-didnt-kill-her-parents-maybe-180963721/Borden was acquitted of the crime on this day in 1893, but no one else was ever chargedTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Oxford Is Digitizing UK's World War I Memorabiliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-digitizing-uks-world-war-i-memorabilia-180963755/The Lest We Forget Project is asking people to bring in letters, photos and objects from the Great War to be recorded for a free online databaseTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:19:32 +0000Neural Network Generates Adorable Names for Rescue Guinea Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-generates-adorable-names-rescue-guinea-pigs-180963759/Meet Popchop, Fuzzable, Princess Pow and moreTue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000Dogs Will Sniff Out Stomach Cancer in New Japanese Trialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-will-sniff-out-stomach-cancer-japanese-trial-180963758/The nose knowsTue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Offensive Terms Are No Longer Exempt From Trademark Protectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/offensive-terms-are-no-longer-exempt-trademark-protection-180963760/A Supreme Court ruling affirms a reclaimed slurMon, 19 Jun 2017 20:33:10 +0000Remains of Thriving Trade City Found in Ethiopia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/The archaeological excavation at Harlaa suggests the region was a hub for Islamic communities in AfricaMon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:33 +0000Female Elk Learn to Give Hunters the Sliphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-elk-learn-give-hunters-slip-180963754/The majestic beasts learn how to outsmart hunters—and even modify their behavior based on the kinds of weapons used to kill them Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:31 +0000More People Are Forcibly Displaced Than Ever Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-people-are-displaced-ever-180963752/New UN report paints a grim picture of the world’s refugees and migrantsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:59:33 +0000Renewables Generated Ten Percent of U.S. Energy In Marchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/renewables-generated-10-us-energy-march-180963735/Longer days, stronger wind and reduced electricity demand helped green energy break double digits for the first timeMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:43:42 +0000Nobody Is Sure Why they Call It a ‘Martini’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobody-sure-why-they-call-it-martini-180963715/Tastes just as good, thoughMon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Tasty Art Installation Lets Visitors Pick Their Own Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tasty-art-installation-lets-visitors-pick-their-own-fruit-180963731/At the Stoneview Nature Center in Los Angeles, fruit trees are arranged according to the colors of the rainbowMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000On World Sauntering Day, Take a Walkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-sauntering-day-take-walk-180963712/It's good for youMon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Oregon Becomes First State to Issue Gender Non-Binary ID Cardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oregon-becomes-first-state-issue-gender-non-binary-id-cards-180963739/Those who do not identify as male or female will be able to select “X” for non-specified gender when applying for IDsFri, 16 Jun 2017 20:05:51 +0000Traditional Polynesian Vessel to Complete Round-the-World Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/The Hōkūleʻa’s crew did not use any modern navigational devices, instead relying on the stars, waves, and clouds to guide themFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:58:08 +0000This Father’s Day, Check Out Furniture Made by Abraham Lincoln’s Much-Maligned Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fathers-day-check-out-furniture-made-abraham-lincolns-much-maligned-dad-180963741/Thomas Lincoln was a master craftsman—and a man history has misrepresentedFri, 16 Jun 2017 17:55:52 +0000The Strait That Separates Europe and Asia Turned a Brilliant Turquoisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strait-separates-europe-and-asia-turned-turquoise-180963719/The Bosphorus and Black Sea are even more beautiful thanks to phytoplankton Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:39:45 +0000Meet the Rogue Women Astronauts of the 1960s Who Never Flewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-american-women-who-trained-space-1960s-180963704/But they passed the same tests the male astronauts did—and, yes, in high heelsFri, 16 Jun 2017 15:25:02 +0000Three New Things Science Says About Dadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-new-things-science-says-about-dads-180963698/Fathers can have a significant effect on their childrenFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Happy Bloomsday! Too Bad James Joyce Would Have Hated Thishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-bloomsday-too-bad-james-joyce-would-have-hated-180963695/Joyce infamously disliked the idea of being memorializedFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Canada's New Two-Dollar Coins Glow in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-putting-glow-dark-toonies-circulation-180963711/The two-dollar coins celebrate the nation's 150th anniversary and include a scene with Northern Lights that really glowThu, 15 Jun 2017 19:14:10 +0000San Francisco Is Creating Its Own Governors Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-francisco-creating-its-own-governors-island-180963724/Treasure Island will turn into a major cultural destination under new, multi-billion dollar planThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:21:59 +0000Rare Two-Headed Porpoise Found in North Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-two-headed-porpoise-found-north-sea-180963722/Only nine other cases of conjoined cetacean twins have ever been documentedThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:04:23 +0000Australia to Return Remains of Japan's Indigenous Ainu Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-return-remains-indigenous-japanese-group-180963697/In the early 20th century, an anthropologist excavated the remains and sent them overseasThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:06:17 +0000Why the Library of Congress Thinks Your Favorite Meme Is Worth Preserving http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-of-congress-meme-preserve-180963705/Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives are documenting online cultureThu, 15 Jun 2017 15:10:09 +0000The Early Birds Might Be Crowding Out the Bees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-birds-might-be-crowding-out-bees-180963717/As humans expand, nesting space contracts—and competition heats upThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:51:25 +0000Endangered Balkan Lynx Kitten Photographed for the First Time in a Decadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-balkan-lynx-kitten-photographed-first-time-decade-180963709/There are less than 50 of these critically endangered cats left in the wildThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:26:20 +0000350 Years Ago, A Doctor Performed the First Human Blood Transfusion. A Sheep Was Involvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/350-years-ago-doctor-performed-first-human-blood-transfusion-sheep-was-involved-180963631/Early scientists thought that the perceived qualities of an animal—a lamb’s purity, for instance—could be transmitted to humans in blood formThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Two Myths and One Truth About Wind Turbineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-myths-and-one-truth-about-wind-turbines-180963626/From the cost of turbines to one U.S. senator's suggestion that "wind is a finite resource" Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:35:19 +0000Climate Change, and Cod, Are Causing One Heck of a Lobster Boom in Maine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-causing-one-heck-lobster-boom-maine-180963664/The complex relationships between humans, lobster, and cod are creating boom times--for nowThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:34:35 +0000Germany Moves Forward with Controversial Monument to Reunificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-controversial-monument-reunification-180963573/The German Memorial to Freedom and Unity has a fraught history Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Climate Change Cuts Climate Change Study Shorthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-cuts-climate-change-study-short-180963707/Ironic? Yes. But it could be a new reality for scientists Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:42:22 +0000Library of Congress Names Tracy K. Smith As New Poet Laureate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-names-tracy-k-smith-new-poet-laureate-180963708/Smith previously won a Pulitzer Prize for her work, which is by turns philosophical, fantastical and deeply personal Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:39:14 +0000Art Installation Recreates the Smell of Cities Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-installation-recreates-smell-cities-around-world-180963696/The Pollution Pod project emphasizes the unequal air quality divide between rich and poor citiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:44:59 +0000Three Very Modern Uses For A Nineteenth-Century Text Generatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-very-modern-uses-nineteenth-century-text-generator-180963654/Andrey Markov was trying to understand poems with math when he created a whole new field of probability studiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:23:48 +0000First House Designed by Antoni Gaudí to Open as a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-house-designed-antoni-gaudi-open-museum-180963637/The vibrant Casa Vicens was an early hallmark of Gaudí’s unique styleWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:02:45 +0000Jupiter Could Be the Solar System's Oldest Residenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-solar-systems-oldest-resident-180963692/The early former may have set up just the right conditions for Earth to take shapeWed, 14 Jun 2017 15:03:45 +0000A Bear and Her Cubs Took Over Vlad the Impaler’s Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bear-and-her-cubs-took-over-vlad-impalers-castle-180963701/Romania’s Poenari Castle was shut down to visitors after authorities had “close encounters” with the creaturesWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:36:51 +0000In a Fit of 1940s Optimism, Greyhound Proposed a Fleet of Helicopter Buseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fit-1940s-optimism-greyhound-proposed-fleet-helicopter-buses-180963613/"Greyhound Skyways" would have turned major cities into bustling helicopter hubsWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:37:44 +0000What Space-Faring Flatworms Can Teach Us About Human Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-space-faring-flatworms-can-teach-about-human-health-180963658/Their experiment had some weird results—and could one day help humans thrive in microgravity and back here on EarthTue, 13 Jun 2017 20:07:23 +0000How Sheep's Blood Helped Disprove This Wacky Nineteenth-Century Theory of Illnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pasteur-anthrax-vaccine-180963609/Scientists didn't understand that bacteria caused disease, but then enter Louis PasteurTue, 13 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000Crowdfunding Project Aims to Put 200 Holocaust Diaries Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crowdfunding-project-aims-put-200-holocaust-diaries-online-180963693/Eyewitness accounts bring the brutal chapter in history to lifeTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:23:36 +0000New Report Ranks Easiest and Hardest Places to Be a Kidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-ranks-easiest-and-hardest-places-be-kid-180963662/Save the Children compares 172 countries based on factors like child mortality rates and adolescent birth ratesTue, 13 Jun 2017 17:15:38 +0000After 130 Years, Lost Natural Wonder May Have Been Rediscovered in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-natural-wonder-may-have-been-rediscovered-new-zealand-180963657/It was believed the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed in an eruption, but research suggests they are buried under ash and mudTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:31 +0000We May Live in a Massive Cosmic Voidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-grows-we-live-giant-cosmic-void-180963639/If the universe were a block of Swiss cheese, the Milky Way would sit within one of the cheesy holesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:54:57 +0000Eagles Adopt—Not Attack—a Red-Tailed Hawk Chickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eagles-adopt-red-tailed-hawk-chick-british-columbia-180963661/Bird lovers are watching with bated breath to see if the eagles will keep feeding the little guy or turn him into dinnerTue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000En Garde! (Nonviolent) Dueling Will Soon Be Legal in Canadahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/en-garde-dueling-will-soon-be-legal-canada-180963653/The government is ridding the Criminal Code of obsolete laws—like ones that prohibit dueling and witchcraftMon, 12 Jun 2017 20:38:18 +0000Ancient Mask Challenges Theories on Origin of Metalworking in South Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mask-challenges-theories-origin-metalworking-south-america-180963630/The 3,000-year-old mask found in Argentina suggests that advanced metallurgy may not have been born in PeruMon, 12 Jun 2017 19:56:45 +0000Massive Wooden Fire Monument Is Older Than Stonehengehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/Carbon dating shows that the site dates back to 3300 B.C.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:01:30 +0000Puerto Rico Will Seek Statehood Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puerto-rico-will-seek-statehood-again-180963655/Successful referendum sets the stage for another statehood bidMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:53:02 +0000In 1913, One Gluttonous Pupper Changed the Course of Animation Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1913-one-gluttonous-pupper-changed-course-animation-history-180963593/Years before "Steamboat Willie," this animated dog hammed it up onscreenMon, 12 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Franklin Delano Roosevelt Served Hot Dogs to a Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-franklin-delano-roosevelt-served-hot-dogs-king-180963589/ A king had never visited a president at home before, but by all accounts they got along fineMon, 12 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +0000257-Year-Old Coloring Book Rediscovered in St. Louishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/257-year-old-coloring-book-rediscovered-st-louis-180963745/The Florist contains 60 drawings, and recommends watercolor pigments like “gall-stone brown”Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Wolves and Dogs Both Have a Sense of Fairnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-and-dogs-both-have-sense-fairness-180963638/But wolves seem to take inequity much more seriously than dogsMon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Chinese City Institutes One-Dog Policyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-city-institutes-one-dog-policy-180963641/Officials in Qingdao say they are trying to limit the amount of disturbance caused by an ever-growing pooch populationFri, 09 Jun 2017 19:56:44 +0000Indonesia’s Trying to Figure Out How Many Islands It Containshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesias-trying-figure-out-how-many-islands-it-contains-180963606/And it’s really complicatedFri, 09 Jun 2017 18:50:43 +0000Google Digitizes 3,000 Years of Fashion Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-digitizes-3000-years-fashion-history-180963633/The massive "We Wear Culture Project" includes 30,000 online artifacts from over 180 institutionsFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:45:56 +0000This 115-Million-Year-Old Mushroom Is the Oldest Fossilized Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/115m-year-old-mushroom-oldest-fossilized-fungus-180963634/Preserved against all odds, the tiny mushroom sprung up when dinosaurs still ruled the landsFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:44:12 +0000First-Ever Roma Cultural Institution Opens in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-roma-cultural-institution-opens-europe-180963620/It’s a step toward cultural inclusion for Europe’s largest minority groupFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:19:19 +0000Prehistoric Native American Site Discovered Off the California Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-native-american-site-discovered-off-california-coast-180963616/Sophisticated stone tools date back thousands of yearsFri, 09 Jun 2017 15:53:58 +0000Seeds May Use Tiny "Brains" to Decide When to Germinatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seeds-use-tiny-brains-decide-when-germinate-180963625/Two clumps of cells send hormone signals to each other to help determine when the time has come to sproutFri, 09 Jun 2017 14:51:08 +0000What Hattie McDaniel Said About Her Oscar-Winning Career Playing Racial Stereotypeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hattie-mcdaniel-said-about-her-oscar-winning-career-playing-racial-stereotypes-180963575/Hattie McDaniel saw herself as a groundbreaker for black AmericansFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +0000Gigantic Aztec Temple Unearthed in Mexico City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gigantic-aztec-temple-unearthed-mexico-city-180963629/It was built in tribute to the wind godFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Researchers Use Particle Accelerator to Peek Inside Fossilized Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-particle-accelerator-look-inside-ancient-poo-180963604/This new method could reveal just what dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures ateFri, 09 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000The "Nobel Prize Sperm Bank" Was Racist. It Also Helped Change the Fertility Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-sperm-bank-was-racist-it-also-helped-change-fertility-industry-180963569/The Repository for Germinal Choice was supposed to produce super-kids from the sperm of white high achieversFri, 09 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Two Centuries Ago, These Ill-Fated Laborers Attempted to Overthrow the British Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-pentrich-revolution-be-commemorated-england-180963611/In 1817, the tragic Pentrich Revolution was short and brutalThu, 08 Jun 2017 19:47:25 +0000This Museum Was the World’s Most-Visited in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-was-worlds-most-visited-2016-180963624/According to a new report ranking the most popular international museumsThu, 08 Jun 2017 18:56:50 +0000This Tool Makes it Easy to Compare Art From Different Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tool-makes-it-easy-compare-art-different-museums-180963584/IIIF frees images from the confines of individual websites Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:34:03 +0000Catastrophic Coastal Floods Could Become Much More Likelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catastrophic-coastal-floods-could-become-much-more-likely-180963610/A new study predicts a median 40-fold increase in flood frequency by 2050Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:28:39 +0000T. Rex Was Likely Covered in Scales, Not Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/t-rex-skin-was-not-covered-feathers-study-says-180963603/The research dispels theories that the fearsome dino boasted a feathery plumeThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:36:12 +0000Mail Delivery By Rocket Never Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mail-delivery-rocket-never-took-180963557/Although the Postmaster General was on board with the idea of missile mail, the Navy was ultimately less interestedThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Bird Coexisted With Dinosaurs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/99-million-year-old-bird-coexisted-dinosaurs-180963615/The tiny bird is a big find for paleontologistsThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:01:07 +0000Three Things to Know About the Coral Triangle, the Ocean's Biodiversity Hot Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-coral-triangle-180963561/At more than a billion acres of ocean, the Coral Triangle is one of the world's biggest and most important marine regionsThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:36:49 +0000Dr. Seuss Museum Opens in Massachusettshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dr-seuss-museum-opens-massachusetts-180963577/The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss features a life-sized Wump of Gump, a recreation of Sala-ma-Sond, and replicas of the author’s childhood hauntsThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Sliver of Saint’s Brain Stolen From Italian Basilica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relic-saints-brain-stolen-italian-basilica-180963601/Police are looking for the person or persons who swiped the sacred relic from the Don Bosco Basilica Thu, 08 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Wyoming Town Was Put Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-wyoming-town-was-put-auction-180963586/The bulk of the little hamlet was recently sold for $500,000Wed, 07 Jun 2017 18:48:41 +0000Florence Cracks Down on Picnicking Sightseers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florence-cracks-down-picnicking-sightseers-180963585/You can still eat in the city—but don’t do it on the white marble steps of the Basilica di Santa CroceWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:15:05 +0000Got Food Waste? Get Some Maggotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maggots-may-be-our-solution-food-waste-180963558/In just a few hours, these tiny crawlers can eat more than their weight in foodWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:00:15 +0000Anthony Burgess' Legendary Dictionary of Slang Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anthony-burgess-legendary-dictionary-slang-lives-180963591/The author and linguist gave up the book after realizing how enormous the task of keeping up with slang would beWed, 07 Jun 2017 17:21:34 +0000China Turns On the World's Largest Floating Solar Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-launches-largest-floating-solar-farm-180963587/Floating on a lake over a collapsed coal mine, the power station in Anhui province can produce 40 megawatts of energyWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:29:21 +0000Domestic Rice Was Grown in China 9,400 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/domestic-rice-grown-china-9400-years-ago-180963567/A new study offers evidence that prehistoric villages in the area of Shangshan were growing half-domesticated riceWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:00:57 +0000When the Niagara River Crushed a Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-niagara-crushed-power-plant-180963549/A cascade of rock slides left Schoellkopf Power Station's three generators in ruins and killed one workerWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000See 17th-Century England Through the Eyes of One of the First Modern Travel Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-1600s-england-through-eyes-one-first-travel-writers-180963536/Celia Fiennes traveled and wrote about her adventures—including a bit of life adviceWed, 07 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover a Planet That's As Hot As a Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-planet-s-hot-star-180963588/It's daytime temperatures clock in at a scorching 7,800 degrees FahrenheitTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:01:54 +0000Abused Animals in Connecticut Get Their Own Legal Advocateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/abused-animals-connecticut-get-courtroom-advocates-180963571/Last week, for the first time, a lawyer testified in court on behalf of abused pit bullsTue, 06 Jun 2017 17:42:20 +0000Professor Helps Bust Italian Art Theft Ringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/professor-helps-bust-italian-art-theft-ring-180963563/The professor noticed that a rare manuscript had been stamped with the seal of the Royal Library of Turin, leading him to believe that it had been stolenTue, 06 Jun 2017 16:34:20 +0000This Man's Gunshot Wound Gave Scientists a Window Into Digestionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grisly-story-human-guinea-pig-alexis-st-martin-180963520/The relationship between St. Martin and the doctor who experimented on him was ethically dubious at bestTue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Researchers Catalogue the Grisly Deaths of Soldiers in the Thirty Years' Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-catalogue-grisly-deaths-soldiers-thirty-years-war-180963531/The 47 bodies were found in a mass grave from the Battle of Lützen, one of the turning points in the devastating conflictTue, 06 Jun 2017 15:16:35 +0000How Common Are Food Allergies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-common-are-food-allergies-180963562/Roughly 3.6 percent of Americans have at least one food allergy or intolerance, study saysTue, 06 Jun 2017 14:43:52 +0000Meet the Daredevil Parachutist Who Tested the First Nylon Parachute 75 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-daredevil-parachutist-who-tested-duponts-first-nylon-parachute-180963527/Adeline Gray was just 24, but she was already an experienced parachutist and a trained pilotTue, 06 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Dylan Finally Delivers on Nobel Prize Lecture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dylan-finally-delivers-nobel-prize-lecture-180963572/The reclusive singer-songwriter muses on literature and music in characteristic styleMon, 05 Jun 2017 17:38:32 +0000One of Malaysia's Last Sumatran Rhinos Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-malaysias-last-sumatran-rhinos-has-died-180963568/After performing emergency surgery on Puntung, experts realized that the abscess was caused by cancerMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:53:28 +0000Ancient Methane Explosions Rocked the Arctic Ocean at the End of the Last Ice Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/receding-glaciers-led-methane-explosions-seafloor-180963545/As retreating ice relieved seafloor pressures, trapped methane burst through to the water column, study saysMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:17:30 +0000Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-roman-catacombs-reveal-stunning-frescoes-180963532/Centuries of grime have been removed from two chambers of the Domitilia catacombs, exposing images of fourth-century RomeMon, 05 Jun 2017 15:42:12 +0000Meet Pedro the “Voder,” the First Electronic Machine to Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pedro-voder-first-electronic-machine-talk-180963516/Pedro was an experiment in reproducing speech electronically, but took on a kind of life of its ownMon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000There's Something Fishy About the Ketchup You Put On Your Burgershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ketchup-fishy-origins-180963511/The red stuff that Americans eat on their French Fries doesn't look much like the 'kôechiap' it's based onMon, 05 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000How America Stacks Up When It Comes to Greenhouse Gas Emissionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-America-stacks-up-greenhouse-gas-emissions-180963560/Hint: We're not number one, but we're closeFri, 02 Jun 2017 18:58:57 +0000Tolkien’s Newly Published Book Is Rooted in a Real Love Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tolkiens-newly-published-book-rooted-real-love-story-180963559/The tale of Beren and Lúthien was first conceived in 1917, after an encounter between Tolkien and his wife EdithFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:59:19 +0000Tourists Are Now Banned from Photographing This Swiss Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-village-bans-photographs-180963533/It's a blatant—if somewhat brilliant—press playFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:46:28 +0000Humans Polluted the Air Much Earlier Than Previously Thought http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-polluted-air-much-earlier-previously-thought-180963528/Ice cores suggest that humans have been polluting the air with lead for at least 2,000 yearsFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:27:22 +0000Snoop Inside Thoreau's Journals at This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/It's your chance to get up-close and personal with the philosopher-poet’s possessionsFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:26:52 +0000Cat Left a Pawprint in a 2,000-Year-Old Roman Roof Tilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-left-pawprint-2000-year-old-roman-roof-tile-180963556/While excavating a highway in Lincolnshire UK, archaeologists found thousands of artifacts, including tiles with dog, cat and deer printsFri, 02 Jun 2017 16:40:21 +0000Why Does Every American Graduation Play ‘Pomp and Circumstance’?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-american-graduation-play-pomp-and-circumstance-180963504/The song was written for a British king’s coronation and its name is a Shakespeare reference. What gives?Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:45 +0000Why Was Maine the First State to Try Prohibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-first-state-try-prohibition-180963503/The groundbreaking "Maine law" laid the groundwork for other states to experiment with temperance lawsFri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Artificial Skating Rinks Looked Pretty But Smelled Terriblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-artificial-skating-rinks-looked-pretty-smelled-terrible-180963486/Before the technology to reliably freeze water existed, the first rinks used pig fat and saltsFri, 02 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000First Commercial Carbon-Capture Plant Goes Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-commercial-carbon-capture-plant-goes-online-180963526/The plant will collect 900 tons of carbon a year, piping it into a nearby greenhouse to boost vegetable growthThu, 01 Jun 2017 19:08:25 +0000Is Light Pollution Really Pollution?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-really-pollution-180963474/As countries grow richer, light pollution gets worse–but some are fighting to change thatThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:30:28 +0000Researchers Analyze Burial of Ancient Celtic Princehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-analyze-burial-ancient-celtic-prince-180963515/French researchers are looking at the construction, composition and origin of artifacts found with the 2,500-year-old skeletonThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:21:14 +0000Three Incredible Natural Areas Nominated for the World Heritage Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-incredible-natural-areas-nominated-world-heritage-list-180963444/Areas in Tibet, Argentina and West Africa are likely to receive international protection for their rare plants, animals and natural beautyThu, 01 Jun 2017 15:22:02 +0000What Do They Call a Quarter Pounder With Cheese in Casablanca? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-they-call-quarter-pounder-cheese-casablanca-180963468/McDonalds has been international for 50 years now... and its restaurants have learned how to blend in to the local sceneThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:07:00 +0000New Online Database Catalogues 20,000 Threatened Archaeological Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-database-catalogues-20000-threatened-archaeological-sites-180963451/The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa Database includes an interactive map and a detailed search functionThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Glass Frog’s Heart Is Visible Through Its Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-frog-has-heart-glass-180963514/The new species of frog has a transparent underside, offering a glimpse of its beating heart insideThu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000"Faceless" Fish Found off the Coast of Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-dredge-faceless-fish-australia-180963510/The rare creature was dredged up from some 13,000 feet below the surfaceThu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000See the Gulf of Mexico's Seafloor Like Never Before With This 1.4-Billion-Pixel Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-gulf-mexico-never-before-billion-pixel-map-180963459/Made from data collected from 200 proprietary maps from oil and gas companies, the new image has a resolution 16 times greater than the next best mapWed, 31 May 2017 19:26:42 +0000Interactive Map Shows the History of Presidential Travelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-map-shows-history-presidential-travel-180963475/President Trump's first foreign trip follows a long line of international visits by heads of stateWed, 31 May 2017 18:43:02 +0000Democratic Republic of Congo Approves Ebola Vaccine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/democratic-republic-congo-approves-ebola-vaccine-180963512/It’s the newest tool in health workers’ arsenal against the contagious virusWed, 31 May 2017 18:16:23 +0000NASA Hopes to "Touch the Sun" With a Newly Named Probehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-solar-probe-gets-new-name-180963508/The craft will travel within 4 million miles of the sun's surfaceWed, 31 May 2017 17:02:02 +0000Footage of Early 20th-Century Explorations Now Available Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/footage-early-20th-century-explorations-now-available-online-180963484/The UK’s Royal Geographical Society has digitized its archival footage of historic expeditions Wed, 31 May 2017 16:17:22 +0000No U.S. President Has Ever Died in May and Other Weird Trivia About Presidential Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-us-president-has-ever-died-may-and-other-weird-facts-about-presidential-lives-180963434/Presidential lives are scrutinized for meaning, even when none is readily apparentWed, 31 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Scholars Rediscover Forgotten Edith Wharton Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-rediscover-forgotten-edith-wharton-play-180963497/“The Shadow of a Doubt” had been overshadowed by over 100 years of historyWed, 31 May 2017 15:38:37 +0000Amid Controversy, Minneapolis Museum Removes Sculpture Based on Execution of 38 Dakota Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amid-controversy-minneapolis-museum-removes-sculpture-based-execution-38-dakota-men-180963501/Members of the Dakota community say that the sculpture trivializes a painful chapter of their history Wed, 31 May 2017 14:01:40 +0000The First Declaration of Independence Drafted in the 13 Colonies Was (Probably) a Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-declaration-independence-drafted-13-colonies-was-probably-hoax-180963467/Although some are still very invested in the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the scholarly community maintains it was never realWed, 31 May 2017 13:50:00 +0000Samuel Pepys Was England's First Bloggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-first-blogger-180963432/The famed blogger—okay, diarist—told historians so much about 17th-century daily life in England, but he could have told us so much moreWed, 31 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse From Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-partial-solar-eclipse-space-180963500/It's a preview of even more spectacular things to comeWed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000A Lonely Snail With an Unusual Shell Strikes Out in Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jeremy-lonely-snail-unusual-shell-strikes-out-love-180963429/Researchers brought Jeremy two potential partners who went on to mate with each otherWed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000These Sustainable Sneakers Are Made Using Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-sustainable-sneakers-were-made-algae-180963483/The shoes’ manufacturers harvest harmful algal blooms and turn the goo into footwearWed, 31 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000How the First Female Photographer Changed the Way the World Sees Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-book-first-female-photographer-go-display-180963479/The groundbreaking photo book by Anna Atkins, a 19th-century British botanist, is going on display in the NetherlandsTue, 30 May 2017 19:38:39 +0000Late Fees No Longer Exist at Salt Lake City Libraries http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/late-fees-no-longer-exist-salt-lake-city-libraries-180963480/If you kept a book longer than you should have, you're in luckTue, 30 May 2017 18:14:55 +0000Three Mile Island to Shutter Its Doors in 2019http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-mile-island-shutter-doors-2019-180963495/It’s been nearly 40 years since the nuclear power plant partially melted downTue, 30 May 2017 18:14:12 +0000Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Dies at 83http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-panamanian-dictator-manuel-noriega-dies-83-180963496/He had been serving a 20-year prison sentence for corruption and murderTue, 30 May 2017 17:48:49 +0000Why Seed Beetles Are Caught in a "Sexual Arms Race"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-seed-beetles-are-caught-sexual-arms-race-180963465/The strange spiky penis of the cowpea beetle seems to drive the evolution of both male and female beetlesTue, 30 May 2017 17:26:53 +0000The Powerful Story Behind Glacier Bay National Park's New Totem Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-gets-two-new-totem-poles-180963470/They're 20-foot-tall symbols of a slowly healing riftTue, 30 May 2017 16:44:57 +0000A Tiny Church Sits On Britain's Oldest Site of Continuous Worshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-church-england-sits-sacred-pagan-ground-experts-say-180963449/When a 4,000-year-old wooden post was found near the church, it suggested that area was used for ritual purposes since the late Neolithic periodTue, 30 May 2017 15:49:27 +0000Monkeys in Bali Swipe Tourists’ Belongings and Barter Them for Snackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-bali-swipe-tourists-belongings-and-barter-them-snacks-180963485/The behavior seems to have become a “cultural tradition” among local group of long-tailed macaquesTue, 30 May 2017 15:32:56 +0000The Eight Assassination Attempts on Queen Victoria Just Made Her More Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-assassination-attempts-queen-victoria-just-made-her-more-powerful-180963428/People kept trying to kill Queen Victoria. She kept looking better and betterTue, 30 May 2017 12:40:00 +0000