Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenMon, 25 Sep 2017 20:19:11 +0000Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Six National Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-monuments-recommendations-handful-boundary-changes-180964628/The review, which has been leaked, also suggests changes in uses and/or management of several other monumentsThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:14:37 +0000Man Dresses Up Like a Car Seat for Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/driverless-car-revealed-be-psychological-test-180964432/After a dramatic confrontation with the costumed driver, it turns out it was all a testThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Triplet of Corpse Flowers Will Soon Release Their Stench in D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-corpse-flowers-prepare-bloom-dc-180964518/If you can't make it to D.C., you can still catch the action (smell free) via live streamThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:30:47 +0000Explore the High Fashion of Explorationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-fashion-exploration-180964946/From the Arctic to the Moon, a new exhibit shows how the outfits of exploration have impacted the outfits of the runwayMon, 25 Sep 2017 20:19:11 +0000NASA Dedicates New Facility to Katherine Johnson, the Pioneering Mathematician of ‘Hidden Figures’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-dedicates-new-facility-katherine-johnson-pioneering-mathematician-hidden-figures-180965012/'I think they're crazy,' the 99-year-old jokingly said of the honor Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:53:04 +0000Museum Devoted to Street Art Opens in Berlinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-street-art-opens-berlin-180964917/The façade of the five-story building is covered in large muralsMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:22 +0000Hubble Spots Strange Pair of Space Rocks in the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-object-binary-asteroid-and-comet-one-1-180965002/The duo, dubbed 288P, may help scientists better understand asteroid evolutionMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:22:45 +0000Check Out This Awesome Trilobite Corn Mazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-awesome-trilobite-corn-maze-180964997/The elaborate Wisconsin maze honors the state's geologic historyMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:07:39 +0000How The U.S. Won the Race to Circumnavigate the Globe by Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-us-won-race-circumnavigate-globe-air-180964977/The first round-the-world flight was an achievement but also a surpriseMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Ambitious Young Sculptor Gave Us A Lincoln For the Capitolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-young-sculptor-gave-us-lincoln-capitol-180964974/Vinnie Ream was the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the U.S. governmentMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Amidst Heated Criticism, Queer Art Exhibition Is Shuttered in Brazil http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-heated-criticism-queer-art-exhibition-shuttered-brazil-180964910/Protestors accused the exhibit of promoting pedophilia, bestiality, pornography and blasphemyMon, 25 Sep 2017 14:22:36 +0000Pop-up Monuments Ask What 21st-Century Public Memorials Should Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pop-monuments-ask-what-21st-century-public-memorials-should-be-180965003/A collective of artists adds new, thought-provoking works to Philadelphia's parks and plazasFri, 22 Sep 2017 19:53:02 +0000How a Satellite Just Used Earth Like a Slingshothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-satellite-used-earth-slingshot-today-180965005/On its way to study an asteroid for clues about the origins of life, OSIRIS-REx got a little boost from Earth's gravityFri, 22 Sep 2017 19:10:26 +0000Four Incredible Facts About Sea Ottershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4-facts-about-incredible-sea-otters-180965004/We thought you otter know theseFri, 22 Sep 2017 19:06:17 +0000Why Some Woolly Rhinos Grew Ribs on Their Neckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woolly-rhinos-grew-ribs-their-necks-possible-sign-their-impending-demise-180964996/These misplaced ribs don't grow unless something unusual is going on in the gene poolFri, 22 Sep 2017 18:46:12 +0000New York City Could Finally Lose Its Prohibition-era Dancing Rulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-could-finally-lose-its-prohibition-era-dancing-rule-180964998/The infamous "Cabaret Law" is rooted in racismFri, 22 Sep 2017 18:12:02 +0000Maori Translation of ‘Moana’ Is a Hit in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maori-translation-moana-hit-new-zealand-180964958/Experts hope the film will spark a renewed interest in the Maori language Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:26:19 +0000New Exhibit Imagines the Buildings New York Could've Hadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-buildings-new-york-couldve-had-180964990/From a gigantic airport, to an urbanized Ellis Island, the show reveals the many fascinating ideas for New York City that never made it off the pageFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:48:04 +0000Scientists Identify the Genes That Paint Butterfly Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-paint-butterfly-wings-180964960/Using genetic editing, scientists isolated just two genes that play a major role in making butterfly wings as pretty as they areFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:02:15 +0000Help Find Historic Cartoons in World War I-era Newspapershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-find-world-war-i-era-comics-and-political-cartoons-180964987/The crowd-sourcing effort is the first project in a new digital workspace that aims to make the Library of Congress' vast resources more accessibleFri, 22 Sep 2017 15:53:38 +0000Those Little Birds On The Backs Of Rhinos Actually Drink Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/those-little-birds-backs-rhinos-actually-drink-blood-180964912/You think that’s ticks they’re eating? Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:39:37 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About the Amazing Cassowaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-facts-cassowary-180964963/They may look pretty scary, but they’re actually pretty coolFri, 22 Sep 2017 14:31:03 +0000The Amazing, Portable, Edible Ice Cream Conehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-portable-edible-ice-cream-cone-180964939/Unlike foods that came before it, ice cream in a cone could be eaten on the go–without a spoonFri, 22 Sep 2017 14:30:00 +0000Even Without a Brain, Jellyfish Still Need to Sleephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-without-brain-jellyfish-still-need-sleep-180964988/These simple, ancient creatures show just how deeply rooted sleep may be in the animal kingdomFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Wild Bison Was Spotted in Germany for the First Time in Two Centuries. Then It Was Shothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-wild-bison-spotted-two-centuries-germany-shot-180964986/As conservationists work to restore the once mighty European bison, they must face misunderstandings from concerned citizensFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Study Offers Glimmer of Hope for Sea Turtleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-sea-turtle-populations-are-bouncing-back-180964980/Turtle numbers are on the rise in many areas of the globe, but the endangered species still needs helpFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Gene Editing of Embryos Gives Insight Into Basic Human Biologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/careful-gene-editing-human-embryos-reveals-basic-biology-insight-180964979/A genetic tool allows researchers to disable a gene key to human development in a closely regulated experimentThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:51:53 +0000Exceptionally Preserved Ancient Ships Discovered in the Black Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-fleet-ancient-ships-discovered-black-sea-180964978/Since 2015, the Maritime Archaeological Project expedition has uncovered 60 wrecks, covering 2,500 years of maritime historyThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:33:16 +0000Farhad Moshiri, Dubbed ‘the Middle East’s Andy Warhol,’ Gets First Major U.S. Exhibition http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farhad-moshiri-dubbed-middle-easts-andy-warhol-gets-first-major-us-exhibition-180964932/A selection of the pop artist's significant works will be displayed, fittingly, at the Andy Warhol Museum in PittsburghThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:09:51 +0000Did Lager Beer Originate In South America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-lager-beer-originate-south-america-180964962/Residue from 1,000-year-old pots suggests people in Patagonia were fermenting beverages with lager yeast well before the BavariansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:51:34 +0000The Civil War Draft Riots Brought Terror to New York’s Streetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-draft-riots-brought-terror-new-yorks-streets-180964905/This dark event remains the largest civil insurrection—the Civil War itself aside—in American historyThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Our Search for Waldohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-search-waldo-180964909/'Where's Waldo' was first published on this day 30 years agoThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000J.R.R. Tolkien Gave the World His Childhood Fascination With Dragons in 'The Hobbit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smaug-dragons-deep-roots-real-mythology-180964935/The dragon Smaug--who debuted in <I>The Hobbit</I> 80 years ago today, was inspired by his early reading of mythologyThu, 21 Sep 2017 13:45:00 +0000Discovery of Porpoise Bones at Medieval Site Mystifies Archaeologistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-porpoise-bones-medieval-site-mystifies-archaeologists-180964961/The remains were found inside a grave at a religious retreat once occupied by monksThu, 21 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Barn Owls Do Not Suffer From Age-Related Hearing Loss, Study Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barn-owls-do-not-suffer-age-related-hearing-loss-study-shows-180964969/Owls ranging in age from two to 23 were able to respond equally well to auditory cuesWed, 20 Sep 2017 20:53:28 +0000Intact WWI German U-Boat Found Off the Coast of Belgiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intact-wwi-german-u-boat-found-near-belgium-180964965/It's possible that 23 bodies remain inside the main cabin of the submarine, which likely hit a mineWed, 20 Sep 2017 20:27:41 +0000The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-biggest-and-smallest-vertebrates-face-greatest-extinction-risk-180964957/Harvesting and habitat degradation are largely to blameWed, 20 Sep 2017 16:46:26 +0000The Story of Muckraker Upton Sinclair’s Dramatic Campaign for Governor of Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-muckraker-upton-sinclairs-dramatic-campaign-governor-california-180964897/Sinclair was as famous in his day as any movie-star candidate who came laterWed, 20 Sep 2017 14:30:18 +0000Is Animal Hoarding a Distinct Mental Disorder?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-hoarding-distinct-disorder-180964952/There are many differences between people that hoard objects and those that collect crittersWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Researchers Want to Revive These 30 Antique English Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-want-revive-these-30-antique-english-words-180964949/The public can vote on their favorite from a list including hugger-mugger, rouzy-bouzy, nickum and sillytonianTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:48:07 +0000Celebrate 150 Years of the Illustrator Who Brought Children's Books to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-reshaped-illustration-180964954/Arthur Rackham's work defined the style of his era and beyondTue, 19 Sep 2017 20:27:08 +0000Scotland's Oldest Remaining Snow Patch Expected to Soon Disappearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-oldest-snow-patch-will-disappear-week-180964950/Known as 'The Sphinx,' the icy spot on the mountain Braeriach hasn't completely melted for 11 yearsTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:24:14 +0000Look Into the Creepy-Cute Eyes of This Reconstructed, 500-Million-Year-Old Creaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-sculptures-depict-half-billion-year-old-creature-180964943/The depictions of Agnostus pisiformis are part of comprehensive review of the Cambrian-era arthropodTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:04:26 +0000More Than 5,000 Objects of Espionage Are Coming to the Spy Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-museum-gets-trove-cool-artifacts-180964944/The trove of cool artifacts comes from the world's largest private collection of spycraftTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:33:30 +0000Why The Pap Test Could Also Be Called the Stern Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pap-test-could-also-be-called-stern-test-180964893/Elizabeth Stern played a vital role in cervical cancer testing and treatmentTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:20:00 +0000Ancient Space Debris Created Hottest Temperature Yet Recorded on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-space-debris-created-hottest-temperature-recorded-earth-180964942/By studying the minerals at a Canadian crater, researchers learn the rocks were nearly half as hot as the sunTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Opening Warm Champagne Leads to a Pop of Bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/opening-warm-champagne-leads-pop-blue-180964937/This flash of color is caused by the same process that colors the sky with its blue huesTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Octopus 'City' Found Off the Coast of Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/octopus-city-observed-180964936/Expected to live as loners, gloomy octopuses may actually live in groups bustling with activityTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Stunning 'Field of Light' Surrounds Iconic Australian Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/field-light-surrounds-iconic-australian-rock-180964906/As the Sun sets at Uluru, a landscape of lit glass flowers awakensMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:57:06 +0000Man Who Saved the World From Nuclear Annihilation Dies at 77http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-saved-world-nuclear-annihilation-dies-77-180964934/In 1983, Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov kept his cool and reported a U.S. missile strike as a false alarm, preventing a massive counterstrikeMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:28:48 +0000How Strong Is a Zap From an Electric Eel? Shockingly Stronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electric-eel-shocks-are-very-strong-180964907/A biologist learns an eel's power first hand, allowing himself to be repeatedly shocked in the name of scienceMon, 18 Sep 2017 17:27:08 +0000Long Thought Extinct, Javan Tiger May Have Been Spotted in Indonesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/island-tiger-thought-extinct-may-have-been-spotted-180964920/Last sighted in 1976, many are hopeful that the Javan tiger still livesMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:05 +0000Three Things to Know About Francesca Caccini, the Renaissance Musical Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francesca-caccini-sixteenth-century-musical-genius-youve-never-heard-180964884/The first female opera composer, Caccini worked for the super-rich-and-powerful Medici familyMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:31:56 +0000San Diego Is Dousing Its Streets With Bleach to Contain Hepatitis A Outbreakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diego-dousing-its-streets-bleach-contain-hepatitis-outbreak-180964900/The outbreak is primarily affecting the city’s homeless populationFri, 15 Sep 2017 20:29:10 +0000Liquid Cats, Didgeridoo Research and More From the 2017 Ig Nobel Prizeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ig-nobel-prizes-recognize-humorous-real-research-180964916/A parody of the prestigious Nobel Prizes, the awards celebrate research that makes people laugh, then thinkFri, 15 Sep 2017 20:02:46 +0000Two Rare White Giraffes Filmed in Kenyahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-rare-white-giraffes-filmed-kenya-180964903/The leucistic mother and baby were filmed by local rangers in AugustFri, 15 Sep 2017 17:29:57 +0000Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Diving Into Google's Huge Latino Art and History Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-huge-digital-collection-latino-art-and-history-180964913/It features more than 2,500 new works and 69 new exhibits Fri, 15 Sep 2017 17:23:30 +0000Brazil Investigates Alleged Murders of "Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe Membershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-miners-murder-uncontacted-tribe-members-brazil-180964901/Gold miners were heard in a bar talking about killing 10 indigenous people in the remote Javari ValleyFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:54:29 +0000House Where Lincoln Died to Close for Renovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-lincoln-died-close-renovations-180964902/The Petersen House, across the street from Ford's Theatre, will undergo preservation work to keep it as a museum of the president's final momentsThu, 14 Sep 2017 20:11:21 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals the History of Zero Is Older Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/An ancient text called the Bakhshali manuscript has bumped zero’s origin story back by 500 yearsThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:50:47 +0000What Cassini's Daring Dives Have Taught Us About Saturnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-weve-learned-so-far-cassinis-final-dives-180964895/Before the probe's final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, here’s a look back at what we’ve learned so farThu, 14 Sep 2017 17:59:18 +0000Rare Roman Cavalry Swords And Toys Unearthed Along Hadrian's Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-cavalry-swords-and-toys-unearthed-along-hadrians-wall-180964863/The newly discovered artifacts are the latest discovery at Vindolanda, once a remote outpost of the Roman empireThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:01:30 +0000Why Bacteria in Space Are Surprisingly Tough to Killhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bacteria-space-are-harder-kill-180964887/Learning how space changes microbes might help fight antibiotic resistance here on EarthThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:29:03 +0000How President William McKinley’s Assassination Led to the Modern Secret Servicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-president-william-mckinleys-assassination-led-modern-secret-service-180964868/Before McKinley's death, the president didn't have one united protective squadThu, 14 Sep 2017 13:49:47 +0000How Do Giraffes Stay So Cool? Perhaps the Secret Is a Long Neckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-giraffes-stay-so-cool-those-necks-180964890/Those long, thin necks may be used to shade their skin from the hot African SunThu, 14 Sep 2017 13:45:36 +0000‘Spinster’ and ‘Bachelor’ Were, Until 2005, Official Terms for Single Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-spinster-and-bachelor-come-180964879/Being single is hard enough without these pejoratives.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0000Since It's 2017, New Broadway Play Plans to Keep Up With the Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-2017-new-broadway-play-plans-keep-news-180964876/From the creator of 'House of Cards,' 'The Parisian Woman' plans to capture the political zeitgeist of the momentThu, 14 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000400 Children May Be Buried in Mass Grave at Notorious Scottish Orphanagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/400-children-may-be-buried-mass-grave-notorious-scottish-orphanage-180964841/Death certificates indicate that the children died of illness, malnutrition and blunt force trauma Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:55:27 +0000Researchers Find 98-Million-Year-Old Horned Vampire Ant Encased in Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-horned-vampire-ant-lived-alongside-dinosaurs-180964886/A newly described species of Hell Ant impaled its tiny victims on its reinforced horn and may have slurped up their bug blood Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:35:41 +0000Christopher Columbus Monument Defaced in Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-monument-defaced-central-park-180964883/Vandals covered the statue’s hands in red paint and wrote “Hate will not be tolerated” on its base Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:23:47 +0000Tattoo Ink May Stain Your Lymph Nodeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tattoos-can-be-much-more-skin-deep-180964881/But more research is needed to determine whether this is actually a bad thingWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:08:32 +0000Celebrate Cassini's Historic Voyage in Eight Incredible Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-life-pictures-180964871/After 13 years of exploration, one of NASA's most successful probes will crash into Saturn's atmosphereWed, 13 Sep 2017 19:36:42 +0000What to Know About Iconic Gay Rights Activist Edith Windsorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iconic-lgbt-activist-edith-windsor-has-died-88-180964878/The trailblazing activist has died at age 88Wed, 13 Sep 2017 19:03:17 +0000Settlement Reached in Bananas “Selfie Monkey” Lawsuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/settlement-reached-bananas-selfie-monkey-lawsuit-180964867/Prior to the settlement, the courts had been tasked with deciding whether or not U.S. copyright law applies to animalsWed, 13 Sep 2017 18:09:45 +0000Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Hit By an Electric Taxihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henry-bliss-americas-first-pedestrian-fatality-was-hit-electric-taxi-180964852/The driver was arrested but released after hitting BlissWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:48:26 +0000This Algorithm Generates Crazy and Terrifying Disease Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/algorithm-can-generate-new-disease-names-180964814/A new neural network makes lists of diseases we thankfully don't haveWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:06:00 +0000A Brief History of Chocolate in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/Eating chocolate is a relatively new innovationWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:01:34 +0000Man Poisons Himself by Taking Apricot Kernels to Treat Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/natural-health-treatment-poisons-man-180964870/Many believe these seeds can fight cancer, but there's no scientific evidence to back up the claimWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:30:51 +0000How 'Mortal Kombat' Changed Video Gameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mortal-kombat-changed-video-games-180964835/According to one of its creators, the infamously gory game got caught up in a transitional moment in video gamingWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:16:53 +0000Palestinian Museum's First Exhibit Openshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/palestinian-museums-first-exhibit-opens-180964649/In four sections, 'Jerusalem Lives' uses a variety of mediums to look at Jerusalem's history, political status and daily lifeWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:42:12 +0000'We Shall Overcome' Verse Now in the Public Domainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copyright-struck-down-we-shall-overcome-180964865/A judge recently struck down the copyright for the first verse of the iconic Civil Rights songWed, 13 Sep 2017 14:37:45 +0000Damage From Hurricane Irma Can Be Seen From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-show-how-hurricane-irma-devastated-landscapes-caribbean-180964864/Caribbean islands that were once lush and green now appear sickly and brownTue, 12 Sep 2017 20:14:23 +0000Rocket Powered by Recycled Tires and Hope Launches in the U.K.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rocket-powered-recycled-tires-and-hope-launches-uk-180964859/With a successful test of the Skybolt 2 rocket, Starchaser Industries takes a step towards sending tourists into spaceTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:12:44 +0000How the Nauga and its Fictional Friends Helped Make Synthetic Fabric Cuddlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nauga-belgian-velcro-and-other-synthetic-creatures-180964811/What started out as an advertising ploy turned into a low-key cultural phenomenonTue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Art Monet Ownedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-monet-owned-180964833/A new exhibit looks inside the mind of this influential Impressionist through the lens of the works he collectedTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:30:00 +0000Why Everyone Went on a Wild Goose Chase Looking for the Planet Vulcanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-everyone-went-wild-goose-chase-looking-planet-vulcan-180964822/The idea of a ninth planet in the Solar System would resolve a mathematical conundrum about Mercury–only problem is, it wasn't thereTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:04:43 +0000To Save Australia's Ecosystem, Ecologists Say Eat Kangarooshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/save-australias-ecosystem-ecologists-say-eat-kangaroos-180964846/With a soaring population, the iconic marsupials are overwhelming other species and may soon run out of foodTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:52:20 +0000Cargo Ships May Double Lightning Strikes in Their Pathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Cargo-Ships-Double-Lightning-Strikes-Their-Path-180964844/Ship exhaust impacts cloud formation, which may influence lightning over busy shipping lanesTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:05:04 +0000Here's What You Need to Know About the Mysterious Voynich Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/The book has been confounding scholars, cryptologists and sleuths for centuries Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Kingdom Goldsmith's Tomb Discovered in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-kingdom-goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-egypt-180964840/The tomb of Amenemhat and his wife Amenhotep includes a statue of the couple, mummies, statues and funerary masksMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:23:58 +0000How a "Snowman" Lasted the Entire Summer In Chicagohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowman-lasted-entire-summer-chicago-180964823/The icy Fischli/Weiss art installation on top of the Art Institute survived the swelter of the Windy City and will go on display next in San FranciscoMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:24:50 +0000Why 30,000 People Came Out to See a Swedish Singer Arrive in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-30000-people-came-out-see-swedish-singer-arrive-new-york-180964793/Most of them had never even heard Jenny Lind singMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This High-Ranking Viking Warrior Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/DNA analysis shows that the elaborate grave of what appears to be a Viking officer was a real-life shieldmaidenMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:51:54 +0000Amateur Archaeologists Find ‘Most Exciting’ Roman Mosaic in Britainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/The mosaic tells the story of Bellerophon, a mythical hero who defeats the fearsome ChimeraMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:50:52 +0000Before She Was an Etiquette Authority, Emily Post Was a Road Warriorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/she-was-etiquette-authority-emily-post-was-road-warrior-180964806/Post didn't drive herself, but she laid claim to her own authority on the road in other waysMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:03:29 +0000The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Codehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roots-computer-code-lie-telegraph-code-180964782/Émile Baudot, born a year after the first long-distance telegraph message was sent, helped advance the technologyMon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000West Coast Monarch Butterflies Flutter Toward Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-coast-monarch-butterflies-are-close-extinction-180964829/Since 1981, the butterfly's numbers have declined 97 percent according to a new surveyFri, 08 Sep 2017 20:43:44 +0000Denver Airport...Where the Bison Might Soon Roamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denver-airport-considers-opening-space-bison-180964797/Flyers through this large airport could be greeted by America's official mammalFri, 08 Sep 2017 19:34:06 +0000Got Writer's Block? Try Listening to Happy Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-tune-may-make-you-more-creative-180964813/A new study suggests that an upbeat tune can boost creativityFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:34:21 +0000Two Centuries of Dinosaur Art Come Alive in This Gorgeous New Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-beautiful-history-dinosaur-art-180964712/<i>Paleoart</i> traces historic depictions of T. rex, mastodons and other ancient creatures through an artistic lens Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:24:32 +0000Swiss Chocolatiers Introduce New Type of Chocolate—Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-insta-stories-ready-swiss-chocolatiers-introduce-new-pink-chocolate-180964821/Called ‘ruby chocolate,’ its creators claim the concoction contains no red coloring Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:18:13 +0000Dallas Gets Go-Ahead to Remove Robert E. Lee Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-gets-go-ahead-remove-robert-e-lee-statue-180964825/A federal judge has lifted a restraining order that briefly halted the planned removalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:46:53 +0000Pluto's Surface Features Get Their First Official Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plutos-surface-gets-its-first-official-names-180964817/The International Astronomical Union approved 14 dark and heroic names for the erstwhile planetFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:37:46 +0000Now You Can Read the Earliest-Known Latin Commentary on the Gospels in Englishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-latin-commentary-gospels-translated-english-first-time-180964804/The commentary of Italian bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia was lost for 1,500 years before it was rediscovered in 2012Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:10:00 +0000New Book Unearths the Earliest Sketch of Winnie-the-Poohhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-unearths-earliest-sketch-winnie-pooh-180964807/The rotund little drawing, based on E.H. Shepard's son's teddy bear Growler, was found in a pile of the artist's 'rubbish'Fri, 08 Sep 2017 15:07:23 +0000 More Than a Century Later, This Texas Hurricane Remains America’s Deadliest Natural Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-later-texas-hurricane-remains-americas-deadliest-natural-disaster-180964733/The Great Galveston Hurricane helped the city of Houston to rise to prominenceFri, 08 Sep 2017 13:54:03 +0000This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great... Grandfatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nineteenth-century-genealogist-argued-norse-god-odin-was-george-washingtons-great-great-great-grandfather-180964742/Albert Welles's ideas about whiteness were a reflection of his time, and would be continued into the futureFri, 08 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Kate Millett, Pioneering Feminist Author, Has Died at 82http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kate-millett-pioneering-feminist-author-has-died-82-180964810/Her book 'Sexual Politics' was a defining text of second-wave feminism Thu, 07 Sep 2017 20:19:19 +0000Harvey's Next Danger: Massive Mosquito Cloudshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harveys-next-disaster-giant-clouds-mosquitoes-180964786/Standing water is breeding billions of post-hurricane mosquitoes, which could transmit diseases like the West Nile VirusThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:40:53 +0000Washington National Cathedral Will Remove Windows Honoring Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Leehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-national-cathedral-will-remove-windows-honoring-stonewall-jackson-and-robert-e-lee-180964802/Officials said the windows are "an obstacle to worship in a sacred space"Thu, 07 Sep 2017 17:11:07 +0000In the 19th Century, You Wouldn’t Want to be Put on the Treadmillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-you-wouldnt-want-be-put-treadmill-180964716/This grueling nineteenth-century punishment was supposed to provide a torturous lesson about hard workThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:50:22 +0000This Algorithm Can Tell How Much Pain You're Inhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reading-pain-computer-180964795/Doctors may soon measure pain with an appThu, 07 Sep 2017 14:43:42 +0000There Are Museums For Everything–Even Salamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-museums-everythingeven-salami-180964721/Take a tour of a few places showcasing this international favoriteThu, 07 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Brush up on Your Ancient Akkadian With New Online Dictionaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brush-your-akkadian-new-online-dictionary-180964725/The dead language was once the dominant tongue in MesopotamiaThu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Gesundheit! African Wild Dogs Sneeze to Vote on Group Decisions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gesundheit-african-wild-dogs-sneeze-vote-group-decisions-180964796/A new study found that the more the pooches sneeze, the more likely they are to set off on a huntThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Brain-like Blob Found in Canadian Pondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-blob-found-canadian-pond-180964747/The rarely seen creature, which is a type of bryozoan, is comprised of thousands of tiny organisms Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000NASA Captures Strongest Solar Flare in a Decadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-produces-biggest-solar-flare-decade-180964794/This morning, the sun emitted two X-class flares, disrupting GPS and radio signalsWed, 06 Sep 2017 21:13:43 +0000How to Busk the London Undergroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-license-busk-london-underground-180964727/It's a lucrative gig, but it means passing a strenuous process of auditions to find the very best subway musiciansWed, 06 Sep 2017 19:52:32 +00002.8 Million Stars Sparkle in This Incredible Image of the Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/incredible-image-shows-28-million-stars-milky-way-180964785/The Gaia star surveyor captured a densely packed area near the center of the galaxyWed, 06 Sep 2017 19:49:01 +0000Harvard Law School Marks Ties to Slavery in New Plaquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-law-school-marks-ties-slavery-new-plaque-180964784/Isaac Royall, Jr., who helped found the school in 1817, was a prosperous slaveholder Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:37:36 +0000Ruins of a Roman City Found Off the Coast of Tunisiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruins-roman-city-found-underwater-180964738/The city destroyed by a 4th-century tsunami is rediscoveredWed, 06 Sep 2017 17:15:14 +0000How Zika Virus Could Be Used to Fight Brain Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-zika-virus-can-fight-brain-cancer-180964746/The same properties that make Zika virus devastating to fetal brains could be turned against cancer cellsWed, 06 Sep 2017 17:12:11 +0000The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-piggly-wiggly-first-self-service-grocery-store-180964708/What's in a name?Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:56:06 +0000Canada Completes World's Longest Hiking Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-connects-its-14000-mile-long-great-trail-180964737/After 25 years and millions of dollars, the coast-to-coast hiking, biking and paddling trail has an official routeTue, 05 Sep 2017 20:00:00 +0000Discovery of Unexploded WWII Bomb Forces Massive Evacuation in Frankfurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frankfurt-evacuates-60000-people-due-unexploded-wwii-bomb-180964741/On Sunday, residents living within a mile of the site left their homes while the 4,000-pound "Blockbuster" was defusedTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:22:30 +0000Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-languages-found-manuscripts-egyptian-monastery-180964698/The centuries-old texts were erased, and then written over, by monks at Saint Catherine’s Monastery in EgyptTue, 05 Sep 2017 17:47:53 +0000Why Peter the Great Established a Beard Taxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tsar-peter-great-established-beard-tax-180964693/Between 1697-1698, the tsar visited Europe in disguise to learn about shipbuilding and Western culture. His verdict? ShaveTue, 05 Sep 2017 16:32:50 +0000Freddie Mercury, Musical Genius and Stamp Collectorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freddie-mercury-musical-genius-and-stamp-collector-180964702/The singer-songwriter's childhood stamp album offers an insight to his characterTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:57:05 +0000Prize-Winning Images Capture Birds in All Their Feathered Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prize-winning-images-capture-birds-feathered-glory-180964720/The Best Bird Photographer of the Year Awards displays the dynamic lives of the amazing avianTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:49:13 +0000 A Generation Before ‘On the Road,’ This Classic Championed the American Road Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/generation-road-classic-championed-american-road-trip-180964699/‘Free Air’ was a classic of the interwar generationTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Experiments Show How Neanderthals Made the First Gluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-show-how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-180964718/Archaeologists tested three methods the early hominins could have used to get tar from birch barkFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:07:12 +0000Notre-Dame Is in Desperate Need of Repairshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-desperate-need-repairs-180964719/The archbishop of Paris has launched a fundraising campaign in the hopes of saving the historic structureFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:40:21 +0000Why Are Some Leaves Massive and Others Minuscule?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-leaves-are-ginormous-and-others-are-tiny-180964715/Researchers have found that the rainfall, sunshine and the threat of frost or overheating set the maximum size for leavesFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:23:31 +0000Why Internet Ads Are Taking Over New Zealand's Real-Life Wild Spaceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-internet-ads-are-taking-over-new-zealands-real-life-wild-spaces-180964711/‘People who liked this also like...'Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:42:23 +0000Could These Nearby Earth-Sized Exoplanets Harbor Liquid Water?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearby-earth-sized-exoplanets-could-hold-water-180964710/Analysis of the TRAPPIST-1 stellar system shows that several of its planets have the right conditions for liquid waterFri, 01 Sep 2017 15:00:44 +0000Long Before Siri, Emma Nutt's Voice Was on the Other End of the Linehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-siri-emma-nutts-voice-was-other-end-line-180964651/She was the first female telephone operator. Before her, telephone operators were teenaged boys. That didn't go so wellFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:38:42 +0000The 1919 Black Sox Baseball Scandal Was Just One of Manyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-black-sox-baseball-scandal-wasnt-first-180964673/They say baseball "lost its innocence" after 1919, but betting and other improper behavior was rampant in early-20th-century baseballFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000European Summit to Discuss the Return of Looted West African Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-museums-discuss-returning-looted-african-art-180964555/Treasures taken by a British invasion in 1897 could return to Nigeria as a permanent exhibitionThu, 31 Aug 2017 20:53:17 +0000Researchers Discover Italy's Oldest Wine in Sicilian Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-italians-have-been-making-wine-6000-years-180964701/Residue from pots found in a Sicilian cave show grape wine was produced 3,000 years earlier than thoughtThu, 31 Aug 2017 20:44:23 +0000Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Novels Got Steamrolledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/terry-pratchetts-unfinished-novels-got-steamrolled-180964691/Literally. Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:46:22 +0000Skeleton Stolen From Underwater Cave in Mexico Was One of Americas' Oldesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-skeleton-was-one-americas-oldest-180964682/A new study shows that the human remains looted in 2012 are more than 13,000 years oldThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:36:57 +0000First Gene Therapy Treatment Approved in U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gene-therapy-treatment-approved-us-180964692/By modifying a person's own immune cells, the treatment can effectively target leukemia cellsThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:13:43 +0000Astronomers Detect 15 Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts From a Distant Galaxyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-detect-15-mysterious-fast-radio-bursts-180964684/The new cosmic blasts may help researchers finally figure out what's producing the energy in spaceThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:40:58 +0000How Getting Fish Hooked on Drugs Could Help Fight Opioid Addictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-getting-fish-addicted-drugs-could-help-opioid-epidemic-180964678/Zebra fish and humans have similar pathways of addiction, which may make them ideal test subjects for addiction studiesThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:09:29 +0000The First Syphilis Cure Was the First 'Magic Bullet'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syphilis-cure-magic-bullet-180964644/The term 'magic bullet' once just meant a targeted drugThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:44 +0000Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-spy-jeannie-rousseau-has-died-98-180964677/Using charm and cunning, she helped uncover Nazi plans to build deadly V-1 and V-2 rocketsWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:17:19 +0000Colorado Construction Crew Unearths 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops Fossilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/triceratops-skeleton-found-construction-workers-180964679/While Thornton’s new Public Safety Facility, the crew happened upon a rare findWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:00:21 +0000The Grave of "China's Shakespeare" Has Been Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-chinas-shakespeare-has-been-found-180964676/One of 42 Ming-era graves unearthed in Fuzhou is believed to belong to Tang Xianzu, who penned 'The Peony Pavilion'Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:46:11 +0000Medieval Graveyards Unearth London’s Violent Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-graveyards-reveal-londons-violent-past-180964652/A new analysis of hundreds of ancient skulls shows how often violent trauma affected the poor and the richWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:34:51 +0000Despite Harvey's Wrath, This 1,000-Year Old Tree Still Stands Tallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-oak-tree-texas-stays-firmly-rooted-despite-harvey-1-180964671/The Big Tree has survived at least 40 hurricanesWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:25:13 +0000Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seabirds-use-their-sense-smell-navigate-open-water-180964674/A new study suggests shearwaters follow their nose homeWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:00:18 +0000The Vacuum Cleaner Was Harder to Invent Than You Might Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacuum-cleaner-was-harder-invent-you-might-think-180964631/The original vacuum cleaner required a number of improvements before becoming the household staple it is todayWed, 30 Aug 2017 17:50:50 +0000A Neural Network Attempted to Write the Next Game of Thrones Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-writing-next-game-thrones-book-us-180964668/Impatient readers can quench their thirst with the awkward, yet fascinating, prose of a neural network trained on George R.R. MartinWed, 30 Aug 2017 17:15:04 +0000New Letters Show Alan Turing Wasn't a Fan of the U.S.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-letters-show-alan-turing-wasnt-fan-us-180964662/The groundbreaking mathematician and computer scientist who spent 2 years at Princeton wrote that he 'detests America' in newly found documents Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:33:12 +0000The Author of ‘Frankenstein’ Also Wrote a Post-Apocalyptic Plague Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/author-frankenstein-also-wrote-post-apocalyptic-plague-novel-180964641/‘The Last Man’ was derided in its time for being too grim, but today it would fit in with a growing genre of dystopian fictionWed, 30 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Case Thurgood Marshall Never Forgothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-thurgood-marshall-never-forgot-180964637/Fifty years ago today, Thurgood Marshall became a Supreme Court justice. He kept telling the story of the Groveland FourWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000Get Your Hamilton Fix With This New Trove of Digitized Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-hamilton-fix-new-trove-digitized-documents-180964667/The Library of Congress has uploaded 12,000 items relating to the 'ten-dollar Founding Father without a father'Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-intersectionality-video-breaks-down-basics-180964665/The National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the long legacy of women who shaped the feminist sociological theoryTue, 29 Aug 2017 21:28:13 +0000This Texas Museum Was Devastated by Ike. Here's How It Prepared For Harveyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-texas-art-museum-prepared-hurricane-harvey-180964661/The Galveston Arts Center sustained heavy losses when Hurricane Ike hit Texas in 2008. This time around, staff members were readyTue, 29 Aug 2017 20:28:29 +0000Last Person Executed as a Witch in Europe Gets a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-witch-executed-europe-gets-museum-180964633/Beheaded in 1782, Anna Göldi fell victim to a system that prized the views of powerful men over justiceTue, 29 Aug 2017 19:10:00 +0000Another Danger of the Harvey Flood: Floating Fire Antshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harveys-other-danger-fire-ants-180964657/The stinging insects are floating around Texas floodwaters in giant matsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:32:20 +0000Remains of 19th-Century Chinese Laborers Found at a Pyramid in Peruhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-19th-century-chinese-laborers-found-pyramid-peru-180964647/Between 1849 and 1874, more than 100,000 workers traveled from China to Peru, where they faced discrimination and abuseTue, 29 Aug 2017 16:54:07 +0000Chop Suey: An American Classichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chop-suey-american-classic-180964610/Nobody really knows exactly where this dish came from, but it's not ChinaTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:48:15 +0000A Mysterious Chemical Cloud Descended on the British Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-chemical-cloud-descended-british-coast-180964643/150 people were treated for stinging eyes, irritated throats and vomitingMon, 28 Aug 2017 18:10:37 +0000Watch Gentoo Penguins Hunting From a Bird's Eye Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penguin-cams-are-unlocking-mystery-open-ocean-calls-180964611/New footage is helping researchers untangle the meaning behind these tuxedo-clad birds' callsMon, 28 Aug 2017 17:32:32 +0000Ancient Babylonian Tablet May Hold Earliest Examples of Trigonometry http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origins-trigonometry-may-lie-ancient-tablet-180964640/If true, it would mean the ancient culture figured out this mathematical field more than a millennia before its known creationMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:35:10 +0000The Farmboy Who Invented Television http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmboy-who-invented-television-while-plowing-180964607/The inventor of television’s career presages many of the good and bad things about Silicon ValleyMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +0000Texas University Invites Fans to Scour George R.R. Martin’s Archives for Plot Clueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-university-invites-fans-scour-george-rr-martins-archives-180964638/The author's vast collection is stored in Texas A&M’s Cushing LibraryFri, 25 Aug 2017 20:45:13 +0000In Pakistan, Arsenic-Laced Groundwater Puts 60 Million People at Riskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pakistan-arsenic-laced-groundwater-puts-60-million-people-risk-180964636/Most live in the Indus River ValleyFri, 25 Aug 2017 19:24:29 +0000Relive the Great American Eclipse With Art That's Out of This Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remember-solar-eclipse-interactive-art-180964634/The site-specific Wyoming exhibit uses the occasion of the Sun going dark over a small resort town to reckon with commercial tourism and historyFri, 25 Aug 2017 17:33:12 +0000Why Horses and Their Ilk Are the Only One-Toed Animals Still Standinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-how-horses-ended-only-one-toe-180964618/Early horses had 15 toes, but life on the plains led to a stronger center toe, leading to life on four hoovesFri, 25 Aug 2017 16:12:00 +0000How Mary Hemingway and JFK Got Ernest Hemingway’s Legacy Out of Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mary-hemingway-and-jfk-got-ernest-hemingways-legacy-out-cuba-180964593/1961, the year Hemingway died, was a complicated year for U.S.-Cuba relationsFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:25:30 +0000Canadian Town’s Swastika-Adorned Anchor Causes Anger and Confusion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-towns-swastika-adorned-anchor-causes-anger-and-confusion-180964617/The anchor appears to predate the Nazi era, but an activist says it should nevertheless be removed from a public parkFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:24:03 +0000The Father of Modern Chemistry Proved Respiration Occurred by Freezing a Guinea Pighttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-modern-chemistry-proved-respiration-occurred-freezing-guinea-pig-180964596/Where he got the guinea pig from remains a mysteryFri, 25 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Amateur Radio Operators Are Watching Hurricane Harveyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-amateur-radio-operators-are-watching-hurricane-harvey-180964632/Ham radio underwent a resurgence in the United States after Hurricane KatrinaThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:16:11 +0000This Is the Best Image of a Star Beyond Our Solar System (Yet)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-image-star-so-far-raises-new-mysteries-180964620/A detailed convection map of the red supergiant Antares is spectacular, but it also shows we don't know everything that's going onThu, 24 Aug 2017 19:09:25 +0000Thousands of Invasive Salmon Escape From Farm in Pacific Northwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-invasive-salmon-escape-farm-pacific-northwest-180964619/Officials are urging fishers to catch the salmon in the waters off WashingtonThu, 24 Aug 2017 18:47:51 +0000Interactive Map Tracks Ireland’s Mysterious Naked Sculptureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-map-tracks-irelands-mysterious-naked-sculptures-180964597/Sheela-na-Gigs, which appear to depict elderly women exposing exaggerated genitals, have long fascinated scholars and amateur historians Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:41:06 +0000Could Astronauts Harvest Nutrients From Their Waste?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-urine-could-make-vitamins-and-tools-astronauts-180964614/A new study suggests that modified yeast feeding on human waste can make useful byproducts for long missions in spaceThu, 24 Aug 2017 16:53:56 +0000Bite Into the Whys Behind State Fair Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bite-whys-behind-state-fair-food-180964568/This American institution has changed a lot, but some things remain just the sameThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:46:48 +0000Australian Zoo Asks For Help Naming Rare White Koalahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-zoo-asks-help-naming-rare-white-koala-180964615/Among the suggestions thus far are “Tofu” and “Daenerys”Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:57:53 +0000Woman Wins $417 Million in Lawsuit Tying Baby Powder to Ovarian Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-wins-417-million-lawsuit-tying-baby-powder-ovarian-cancer-180964603/But the association between talc and cancer continues to be debated by the scientific community Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:41:35 +0000Why the Can Opener Wasn't Invented Until Almost 50 Years After the Canhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-can-opener-wasnt-invented-until-almost-50-years-after-can-180964590/The first 'can opener' was a hammer and chiselThu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000PSA: Do Not Place Your Child in an 800-Year-Old Coffinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/psa-do-not-place-your-child-800-year-old-coffin-180964609/A sarcophagus on display at the Prittlewell Priory Museum in England was damaged when visitors did just thatWed, 23 Aug 2017 20:35:49 +0000German Abstract Art Pioneer K.O. Götz Dies at 103http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-abstract-art-pioneer-ko-gotz-dies-103-180964608/His broad strokes and large-scale paintings helped re-establish Germany as post-war cultural hubWed, 23 Aug 2017 20:02:50 +0000A Decade Ago, the Hashtag Reshaped the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decade-ago-hashtag-reshaped-internet-180964605/From humble origins, this ancient punctuation mark has gained new life as a symbol to connect us all on social mediaWed, 23 Aug 2017 18:12:10 +0000Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Rayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fannie-farmer-was-original-rachael-ray-180964564/Farmer was the first prominent figure to advocate scientific cookery. Her cookbook remains in print to this dayWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:32 +0000This Enzyme Is Why Onions Make You Cryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-figure-out-onion-enzyme-makes-you-cry-180964325/Figuring out the how the tear-inducing fumes form could give surprising insights into our own human proteinsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:36:46 +0000This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/A Kent State archaeologist is testing the innovative engineering of the Clovis people, one of the earliest communities to inhabit North AmericaWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:03:56 +0000Violent Snowstorms May Rack the Martian Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/violent-snowstorms-could-rack-martian-night-180964599/Simulations show how the water snow falling on Mars may fall much differently than we're used to here on EarthWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:34 +0000The Six-Day Hostage Standoff That Gave Rise to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-day-hostage-standoff-gave-rise-stockholm-syndrome-180964537/Although it is widely known, 'Stockholm syndrome' is not recognized by the APAWed, 23 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-short-lived-state-franklin-180964541/Several counties in what is today Tennessee tried to form their own independent stateWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Details of Portrait Once Hidden Under Vesuvius' Ashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/Using X-ray fluorescence, researchers have mapped the pigments used on a crumbling painting in HerculaneumTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:03:53 +0000It May Rain Diamonds Inside Neptune and Uranushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-raining-diamonds-inside-neptune-and-uranus-180964589/Scientists have finally simulated the long-proposed shower of gemsTue, 22 Aug 2017 19:11:16 +0000Photo Competition Highlights Splendor of Earth’s Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-ant-sneaky-octopus-photo-competition-highlights-splendor-earths-ecosystems-180964591/The winning and commended images of BMC Ecology’s fifth annual photo contest are now available onlineTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:14:17 +0000Meet Florence, the Giant Asteroid That Will Buzz by Earth This Septemberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-florence-giant-asteroid-will-pass-earth-september-180964583/The 2.7-mile-long, near-Earth object will give astronomers a chance to study the asteroid up closeTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:30:46 +0000Indian Court Grants Woman Divorce Over Husband’s Refusal to Install a Household Toilethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-court-grants-woman-divorce-over-husbands-refusal-install-household-toilet-180964582/Relieving oneself in open fields is common practice in many parts of India, but the government is trying to change thatTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:16:25 +0000The Mysterious Motives Behind the Theft of ‘The Scream’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-motives-behind-theft-scream-180964531/Two versions of ‘The Scream’ have been stolen and recovered in NorwayTue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:56 +0000How Microscopic Algae Kick-Started Life As We Know Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-oceans-algae-and-huge-snowball-led-complex-life-180964567/Some 650 million years ago, algae took over the seas, which may have been a needed spark in the formation of complex lifeTue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000University of Texas at Austin Removes Three Confederate Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-texas-austin-removes-confederate-statues-180964578/Gregory L. Fenves, the president of the university, says the monuments “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism” Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:59:20 +0000What Should You Do With Your Used Eclipse Glasses?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-should-you-do-your-used-eclipse-glasses-180964584/There are several options, including recycling, upcycling and donating them to children in the path of the next eclipseMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:48:01 +0000New Exhibit Captures Nearly Eight Decades of Protest Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looking-back-how-artists-have-protested-new-exhibit-180964585/The show incorporates the various ways artists have responded to the politics and social problems of their times since the 1940sMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:47:44 +0000After 72 Years, Wreck of USS Indianapolis Found, Closing Chapter on Tragic Talehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-uss-indianapolis-discovered-180964580/After the ship was sunk by a Japanese torpedo, surviving crew members had to battle dehydration, exposure and deadly shark attacksMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:02:34 +0000Stunning Photos Capture the Solar Eclipse Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-photos-solar-eclipse-across-america-180964579/This stellar phenomenon delighted millions today as it transited across the United StatesMon, 21 Aug 2017 16:22:42 +0000The Best Ways to Watch the Eclipse Online (No Viewing Glasses Required)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-ways-watch-eclipse-online-180964577/Don't worry if you can't make it to the path of totality. These unique livestreams have you coveredMon, 21 Aug 2017 15:45:18 +0000How America’s First Adding Machine is Connected to ‘Naked Lunch’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-americas-first-adding-machine-connected-naked-lunch-180964534/William Seward Burroughs (no, not that one) was the first man to invent a commercially practical calculatorMon, 21 Aug 2017 15:04:03 +0000This Russian Monument Honors the Humble Lab Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-statue-honoring-laboratory-mice-gains-renewed-popularity-180964570/A peculiar Russian monument praises the scientific achievements of a tiny mammal Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Virginia Museum's Historic Artmobile Will Hit the Road Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virginia-museum-fine-arts-will-re-launch-its-historic-artmobile-180964442/The original artmobile cruised through the state between 1953 and 1994, carrying immensely valuable masterworks in towMon, 21 Aug 2017 14:31:35 +0000One of the World’s Most Famous Hospitals Was Originally a Makeshift Tornado Relief Clinichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-most-famous-hospitals-was-originally-tornado-relief-clinic-180964520/You could say the first Mayo Clinic was a dance hall that had been converted into a makeshift field hospitalMon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the Silk Road Created the Modern Applehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-silk-road-created-modern-apple-180964521/A genetic study shows how wild Kazakhstan apples disbursed by traders combined with other wild species to create today's popular fruitMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Melting Sea Ice Forces Walruses Ashore in Earliest Gathering Yet Observedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaska-walruses-forced-ashore-earlier-180964572/As ice melts, the Pacific walruses are losing their icy resting platforms Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Scientific Reason You Should Add a Splash of Water to Your Whiskeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-says-add-little-water-your-scotch-180964562/A computer simulation shows that diluting whiskey brings flavor molecules to the surface, improving the aroma and taste of the tippleMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This 'Extinct' Penguin Likely Never Existed in the First Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-penguin-actually-never-existed-first-place-180964556/DNA analysis helps untangle the species behind a jumble of bone fragmentsMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Reach Out and Touch This Virtual Reality Art Installationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-technology-will-let-art-rotate-through-small-gallery-180964480/"The Sands," currently on view at Essex Flowers, projects elaborate creations in a physically empty spaceFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:29:26 +0000Scientists Find Record 2.7-Million-Year-Old Ice Core in Antarctica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-27-million-year-old-ice-core-antarctica-180964566/It may offer a frosty relic from the beginning of the ice ageFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:02:46 +0000Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Disassembled Childhood Home Is for Sale... on eBayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-beecher-stowes-childhood-home-sale-ebay-180964559/It has yet to receive any bidsFri, 18 Aug 2017 19:19:50 +0000Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms' Mysterious Chemical Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-unlock-magic-mushrooms-mysterious-chemical-compound-180964552/A new study has uncovered the enzymatic pathways that allow 'shrooms to make psilocybinFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:25:53 +0000Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfacedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-original-photo-us-president-be-auctioned-180964565/The 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams was discovered by a descendant of Vermont Representative Horace EverettFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:16:34 +0000Statue of Roger B. Taney Removed From Maryland State House http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-roger-b-taney-removed-maryland-state-house-180964561/Taney, the fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott caseFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:06:27 +0000ISS Astronauts Get a Sweet Taste of Real Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-astronauts-will-get-some-real-ice-cream-180964558/The latest shipment to the station includes some frozen goodness for the crewFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:46:00 +0000Catch the Museum Floating Through the Chicago Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-will-float-through-chicago-month-180964481/On a converted barge, the Floating Museum reflects on Chicago's industrial past and cultural presentFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:09:27 +0000AI Is Edging Into the Art World in Psychedelic Wayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ai-making-music-and-art-180964515/The team at Google is using neural networks to create tools that they hope will inspire and channel creativityFri, 18 Aug 2017 15:31:30 +0000England’s Witch Trials Were Lawfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-witch-trials-were-lawful-180964514/It might seem like collective madness today, but the mechanisms for trying witches in England were enshrined in lawFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:26 +0000The Science of Soft Servehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-soft-serve-180964516/It's just like regular ice cream–with a few big differencesFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:12 +0000Part of Henry VIII's Birthplace Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-henry-viiis-birthplace-discovered-180964553/Workers uncovered two rooms of Greenwich Palace while building a visitors center at the Old Royal Naval College in LondonFri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000U.S. Veteran Returns Flag to Family of Dead Japanese Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-veteran-returns-flag-family-dead-japanese-soldier-180964544/Marvin Strombo took the flag from the body of Sadao Yasue during the Battle of Saipan, but promised that he would one day return itThu, 17 Aug 2017 21:06:43 +0000Thirty Years Ago, People Tried to Save the World By Meditatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-years-ago-people-tried-save-world-meditating-180964548/Believers in the Harmonic Convergence traveled to places like Chaco Canyon and Stonehenge to welcome aliens, the resurrected Maya and wait for world peaceThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:06 +0000What a 6,000-Year-Old Knee Can Teach Us About Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/knee-arthritis-old-problem-s-much-more-common-today-180964529/By studying bones dating back thousands of years, researchers find that the disease may not be just a part of getting oldThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:04:18 +0000German Art Museum Tackles Legacy of Colonialismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-museum-first-germany-tackle-colonial-legacy-180964484/Looking hard at its own collection, Kunsthalle Bremen aims to challenge the racism of colonialism that persists todayThu, 17 Aug 2017 18:34:01 +0000Yayoi Kusama Secretly Built a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yayoi-kusama-secretly-built-museum-180964533/Opening October 1, the Tokyo museum will showcase art and archives from the visionary avant-garde Japanese artistThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:48:22 +0000Chemist Hazel Bishop's Lipstick Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemist-hazel-bishops-lipstick-wars-180964501/Bishop said her advantage in coming up with cosmetics was that, unlike male chemists, she actually used themThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000You Can Own Mark Twain's Connecticut Farmhousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/connecticut-farmhouse-owned-mark-twain-sale-185-million-180964517/The author gifted the property to his daughter in 1909. Not long after, tragedy struckThu, 17 Aug 2017 15:38:50 +0000The Romance of Fermat's Last Theoremhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-romance-fermats-last-theorem-180964509/Fermat left a lot of theorems lying around. Mathematicians proved them all–except oneThu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:03 +0000Elusive Butterfly Spotted in Scotland For the First Time in 133 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-butterfly-spotted-scotland-first-time-133-years-180964528/The white-letter hairstreak has come under threat due to an outbreak of Dutch elm diseaseThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Brilliantly White Moose Photographed in Swedenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brilliantly-white-moose-photographed-sweden-1-180964526/It took a local politician three years to finally capture a video of the elusive ghostly creatureThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/Lead isotopes in Roman coins reveal the defeat of Carthage financed Rome's expansion throughout the MediterraneanWed, 16 Aug 2017 19:55:46 +0000Baltimore Quietly Removes Four Confederate Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baltimore-quietly-removes-four-confederate-monuments-180964522/Mayor Catherine Pugh said the statues “needed to come down”Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:04:35 +0000Artists Can Now Buy One of the World’s Blackest Blacks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-can-now-get-their-hands-worlds-blackest-paint-180964512/Singularity Black is not the blackest hue out there, but it is the darkest color currently available to the general publicWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:13:53 +0000Once Plundered by Thieves, Ancient Cave Reopens with 3-D Replicas of Stolen Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/It took multiple attempts—and two broken printers—to get the recreations rightWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:53:28 +0000Cloth Smuggled Out of Syrian Prison Bears Witness to Atrocities Wrought by the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloth-smuggled-out-syrian-prison-heads-us-holocaust-museum-180964467/The U.S. Holocaust Museum has received the cloth scraps, which bears the names of 82 inmates written in chicken bones, rust, and bloodTue, 15 Aug 2017 18:26:46 +0000Watch Free Live Streams of Outer Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/free-live-streams-outer-space-are-now-available-your-viewing-pleasure-180964476/The astronomy website Slooh has lifted the paywall on footage from its telescopesTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:55:30 +0000Prince Now Has His Own Shade of Purplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prince-earns-his-own-shade-purple-180964510/The Pantone Color Institute has debuted “Love Symbol #2,” a deep purple based on the late star's custom-made piano Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:48:10 +0000Napoleon's Lifelong Interest in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napoleons-lifelong-interest-science-180964485/Napoleon was a Frenchman of his time, which means he was interested in how science could do good–he just took it farther than mostTue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000If You Think ‘Bambi’ Seems Too Mature For Kids, You’re Not Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-you-think-bambi-seems-too-mature-kids-youre-not-wrong-180964450/The popular novel was even a Book-of-the-Month Club selectionTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Florence Harding, Not Eleanor Roosevelt, May Have Created the Modern First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florence-harding-roosevelt-modern-first-lady-180964486/She did things her own way, and helped to set a precedent for the First Ladies who followed herTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000Big Ben to Fall Silent During Four-Year Renovation Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-ben-fall-silent-during-four-year-renovation-project-180964505/It is the longest time that Big Ben has been paused during its 157-year history Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Untouched, Century-Old Fruitcake Found In Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immaculate-century-old-fruitcake-found-antarctica-180964504/Even generations of penguins refused to touch the concoction believed to have been brought south by the Terra Nova ExpeditionTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Months Before Pearl Harbor, Churchill and Roosevelt Held a Secret Meeting of Alliancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/months-pearl-harbor-churchill-and-roosevelt-secret-meeting-180964435/The two leaders met in a warship off the coast of northern Canada to talk strategyMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:21:33 +0000Lion Saved from Syrian Zoo Gives Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lion-saved-syrian-zoo-gives-birth-180964503/Just hours after reaching its new home following a daring rescue, the lion gave birth to a healthy cubMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:17:46 +0000How Do Goldfish Survive Winter? They Make Alcoholhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-how-goldfish-produce-alcohol-180964502/A mutant enzyme allows goldfish and carp to live in low oxygen ponds by turning toxic lactic acid into ethanol Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:57:35 +0000WWII Anti-Fascist Film Goes Viral After Charlottesvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-anti-fascist-film-goes-viral-after-charlottesville-180964495/“Don’t Be A Sucker,” which was released in 1943, urged viewers to take a stand against divisive, prejudicial rhetoricMon, 14 Aug 2017 18:33:04 +0000World's Oldest Man, a Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 113http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-man-holocaust-survivor-dies-113-180964492/Candy maker Yisrael Kristal survived Auschwitz and celebrated his bar mitzvah 100 years after turning 13Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:21:53 +0000‘Casey at the Bat’ Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/casey-bat-leaves-lot-unanswered-questions-180964383/Was there a Casey? Where did he strike out? Does it really matter? Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:56:22 +0000A Virtual Exhibit Unites Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-exhibit-reuniting-van-goghs-sunflowers-180964479/The global collaboration features five of the six surviving canvasesFri, 11 Aug 2017 20:36:06 +0000Cremation Rates Reach All-Time High in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cremation-rates-reach-all-time-high-us-180964478/The practice has surpassed burial rates for the second year in a rowFri, 11 Aug 2017 19:01:38 +0000Ruth Pfau, "Mother of Leprosy Patients," Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruth-pfau-mother-teresa-pakistan-has-died-180964477/Over five decades, the German-born physician and nun treated thousand of patients and got the leprosy epidemic under control in PakistanFri, 11 Aug 2017 17:04:01 +0000A Brief History of Trans-Atlantic Balloon Crossingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-trans-atlantic-balloon-crossings-180964360/Fifteenth time’s the charm, evidentlyFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:31:11 +0000Two ‘Lost’ Alberto Giacometti Drawings Found in Antique Dealer’s Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-lost-alberto-giacometti-drawings-found-antique-dealers-collection-180964472/The works were “buried under piles of dust-covered antiques, paintings and drawings”Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Alcatraz Wasn't Always 'Uncle Sam's Devil's Island'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alcatraz-devils-island-180964364/Though it was a prison for more than a century, it didn't become the famous maximum-security penitentiary until 1934Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:05:00 +0000Georgia College Gifted Farm Where Flannery O'Connor Composed Southern Gothichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farm-where-flannery-oconnor-composed-southern-gothic-donated-180964458/The author's alma mater will take over and maintain the Savannah-born author's final homeFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This "Tissue" Paper Is Made From Real Tissuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bioactive-paper-could-help-repair-injured-muscle-and-organs-180964445/Made from powdered organs, the flexible paper could be used as a sophisticated bandage during surgeryFri, 11 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Is This Baby Animal the Last Common Ancestor of Humans and Apes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-animal-may-be-last-common-ancestor-humans-and-apes-180964469/The 13-million-year-old skull found in Kenya combines early ape and gibbon-like features Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:50:50 +0000Exceptional Fossils Show Ancient Winged Mammals May Have Glided Above the Dinosaurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammal-ancestors-were-gliding-above-dinosaurs-180964465/The discovery of two flying squirrel-like fossils suggest mammal diversity began earlier than previously thoughtThu, 10 Aug 2017 20:05:47 +0000New Analysis Indicates Early Britons Engaged in Ritualistic Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engravings-indicate-ritualistic-cannibalism-cheddar-gorge-180964468/A zigzag pattern on an arm bone indicates around 15,000 years ago, humans in Britain may have consumed others as part of a funeral riteThu, 10 Aug 2017 19:43:43 +0000 Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower's Fiery Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-bright-moon-likely-interfere-perseids-meteor-shower-180964464/Though the moon will partially obscure the normally dazzling sight, the shower's peak is still worth a peekThu, 10 Aug 2017 19:14:58 +0000New Art Exhibit Remembers Trashy Tabloid Culture of 2000shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-art-exhibit-remembers-trashy-tabloid-culture-2000s-180964327/The Brooklyn show highlights art inspired by the age when celebrity scandals and gossip reigned supremeThu, 10 Aug 2017 18:32:26 +0000Tate Modern’s Modigliani Exhibition Ventures Into Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-moderns-modigliani-exhibition-ventures-virtual-reality-180964310/The upcoming retrospective couples works by the famed modernist with the museum's first VR experienceThu, 10 Aug 2017 17:26:02 +0000The Centuries-Old Tradition of Military Quilting Is Getting Its First Exhibition in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quilts-made-soldiers-go-display-first-time-180964215/The display celebrates the art and craft of soldiers at war and offers insight into life in the militaryThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:45:28 +0000The Bizarre Story of 'Vasa,' the Ship That Keeps On Givinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/'Vasa' sunk in front of horrified onlookers on this day in 1628, claiming 30 livesThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Louvre's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-louvres-history-180964326/The home of the Mona Lisa has a history that's almost 1000 years longThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:00 +0000Aspirin's Four-Thousand-Year Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/It's 2000 B.C. and you have a headache. Grab the willow barkThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Horizon's Next Target Is an Oddly Shaped Asteroidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-next-target-funny-looking-asteroid-180964454/New data shows that MU69 is less than 20 miles long and may actually be two asteroids orbiting one anotherThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Fancy Pet Food Addiction Is a Big Problem for the Environmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-fancy-pet-food-addiction-contributing-climate-change-180964363/American pets have been increasingly served up prime cuts of meat, but this food comes at a costThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Lights Are Driving Bats From Their Belfrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lights-are-driving-bats-their-belfries-180964449/The trend of pointing floodlights at churches in Sweden has driven some long-eared bat colonies out of their historic roostsWed, 09 Aug 2017 20:32:45 +0000U.S. Army To Return Remains of Three Native Boys Who Died at Assimilation Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-army-return-remains-three-native-boys-who-died-assimilation-school-180964448/The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was founded by a military officer who wanted to “kill the Indian … [and] save the man in him” Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:29:10 +0000The German Language Adds 5,000 New Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-language-adds-5000-new-words-180964394/The latest edition of the Duden dictionary includes <i>tindern,</i> or online dating, and <i>postfaktisch</i>, meaning post-truthWed, 09 Aug 2017 17:03:40 +0000Survey Finds Most People Are Biased Against Atheists, Including Atheistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-strong-bias-against-atheists-around-world-180964382/The findings revealed that the bias was strongest in more religious countries including the United States, United Arab Emirates and IndiaWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:14:04 +0000This Obscure Fishing Book is One of the Most Reprinted English Books Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obscure-fishing-book-one-most-reprinted-english-books-ever-180964320/'The Compleat Angler' is much more than an instruction manual on fishing. It's a Walden-like meditation on nature and friendshipWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Send a Birthday Message to Voyager 1, Humanity's Most Distant Travelerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/send-goodwill-message-voyager-1-180964393/To mark its 40th anniversary, NASA is asking for your help crafting a messageWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Chantek, an Orangutan Who Knew Sign Language, Has Died at 39http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chantek-orangutan-who-knew-sign-language-has-died-39-180964390/The ape was raised by an anthropologist who taught him to clean his room, use the toilet and bargain for cheeseburgers Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:13:09 +0000Eighty Years Later, Two Exhibits Confront the "Degenerate Art" Purgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibits-confront-degenerate-art-80-years-later-180964359/In 1937, the Nazis confiscated modernist art from museums and put it up for ridicule in an exhibit that still reverberates todayTue, 08 Aug 2017 18:28:16 +0000This Is What Global Dissent Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-projects-maps-sounds-global-dissent-180964361/A new project maps almost 200 recordings taken in 27 different countries over the past 26 yearsTue, 08 Aug 2017 15:14:30 +0000The CIA Experimented On Animals in the 1960s Too. Just Ask ‘Acoustic Kitty’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-experimented-animals-1960s-too-just-ask-acoustic-kitty-180964313/Turns out that cats really don't take direction wellTue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Storm as Big as Earth Is Stirring Up Neptune's Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storm-big-earth-found-neptunes-equator-180964352/Astronomers aren't sure if the 5,600-mile-wide storm will peter out or if a deep vortex will keep it churningTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:45:26 +0000Is One A Number? According to ‘Mathematicks Made Easie,' Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-number-according-mathematicks-made-easie-yes-180964318/The ancient Greeks, and people for almost 2,000 years after them, argued over whether one was a numberTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000Two Pierogi Festivals Face Off Over Trademarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-pierogi-festivals-face-over-trademark-180964355/It’s an epic battle for dumpling dominationTue, 08 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000This Taiwanese Museum Just Digitized Its Massive Collection of Chinese Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwanese-museum-just-digitized-its-massive-collection-chinese-art-180964257/70,000 images are available for download via the National Palace Museum's website Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:42:35 +0000Brooklyn Museum’s ‘Legacy of Lynching’ Exhibition Confronts Racial Terrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brooklyn-museums-legacy-lynching-exhibition-confronts-racial-terror-180964288/Video testimony and research findings supplement selections from the museum’s holdings Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:08:17 +0000America's Oldest Coal-Powered Steamboat Chugs Alonghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-oldest-coal-powered-steamboat-chugs-along-180964356/After a two-year restoration, the 109-year-old Sabino is ready to sail for many years to comeMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:45:00 +0000William R. Maples Popularized Forensic Anthropology Long Before CSIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/william-r-maples-popularized-forensic-anthropology-long-csi-180964317/Maples worked on a number of high-profile cases that helped to bring the field of forensic anthropology to prominenceMon, 07 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Amid Soaring Produce Prices, Indian City Launches “State Bank of Tomato”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-soaring-produce-prices-indian-city-launches-state-bank-tomato-180964319/The bank began as a tongue-in-cheek protest, but residents are taking it seriously Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:29:20 +0000The Cuddly Tail of Guide Dogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-dog-tail-180964302/Dogs have been assisting blind humans for a very long time, but the arrangement only became formal recentlyMon, 07 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +0000What Does the Architecture of Anime Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-architecture-anime-180964304/A new exhibit brings together the creative design behind some of the most iconic cyberpunk anime filmsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Sun's Core Spins Roughly Four Times Faster Than Its Surfacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/things-move-faster-and-hotter-core-sun-180964308/Satellite data lets scientists peer into the depths of our star, uncovering hints to its formationMon, 07 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Was the "Sleeping Dragon" Dinosaur a Red Head?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-sleeping-dragon-dinosaur-red-head-180964321/A new study suggests the perfectly preserved armored nodosaur camoflauged itself against marauding meat-eatersFri, 04 Aug 2017 19:16:36 +0000DNA Analysis Sheds Light on the Mysterious Origins of the Ancient Greeks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-sheds-light-mysterious-origins-ancient-greeks-180964314/Scholars have long puzzled over the ancestry of the Minoans and Myceneans, two important Bronze Age cultures Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:12:46 +0000Fire Breaks Out at Historic Tokyo Fish Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-breaks-out-historic-tokyo-fish-market-180964322/As Tsukiji Market faces an uncertain future, a fire torches several stores at the edge of the century-old landmarkFri, 04 Aug 2017 17:44:08 +0000How the Bristol Sessions Created Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bristol-sessions-created-country-music-180964277/Ninety years ago, a yodeller named Jimmie Rodgers laid down two of the tracks he would be remembered for Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:03:31 +0000A Brooklyn Basketball Court Is Named After Notorious B.I.G.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brooklyn-basketball-court-named-after-notorious-big-despite-objections-180964316/Previous attempts to honor the rapper were stymied by community board members who took offense to Biggie’s lyrics, criminal history and even his weight Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:00:07 +0000Telephones Were Silenced for One Minute After Alexander Graham Bell Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telephones-were-silenced-one-minute-after-alexander-graham-bell-died-180964296/By the time Bell died, he had moved on to other inventions. But the telephone made a huge mark on American societyFri, 04 Aug 2017 14:30:00 +0000This 1814 Beer Flood Killed Eight Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1814-beer-flood-killed-eight-people-180964256/More than a hundred thousand gallons of beer burst onto the streets of London when a vat brokeFri, 04 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000NEH Announces Last Grants for 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neh-announces-last-grants-2017-180964315/Programs for digitization, preservation, education and more are supported with $39.3 million in fundingThu, 03 Aug 2017 20:45:57 +0000Archaeologists Discover a "Little Pompeii" in Eastern Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-little-pompeii-eastern-france-180964311/Fires in a Roman neighborhood in Sainte-Colombe helped preserve ancient homes, shops and artifactsThu, 03 Aug 2017 18:23:59 +0000Five Things to Know About the Latest Gene Editing Breakthroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-embryo-editing-research-180964312/While it's not the first case of genetically modifying human embryos, the study has reignited a long-running controversyThu, 03 Aug 2017 18:17:44 +0000Human Artifacts Found at 46 Ancient Lakes in the Arabian Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-artifacts-found-46-ancient-lakes-arabian-desert-180964303/The finds add to evidence that a wetter "Green Arabia" was an important stop in the migration of early humansThu, 03 Aug 2017 17:15:42 +0000Bepob Over Here Nitwit: Study Identifies the Funniest Words in the English Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bepob-over-here-nitwit-study-finds-funniest-words-english-language-180964297/Participants rated 4,997 random words on how funny they were, with Booty, Booby, Egghead and Twerp making the top 12Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:18:08 +0000“Corduroy Road” From Civil War Era Found in Michigan http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corduroy-road-civil-war-era-found-michigan-180964229/Used to stabilize swampy pathways, corduroy roads are among the earliest types of manufactured thoroughfaresThu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Byzantine Wine Press Found in Israeli Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-wine-press-found-israeli-desert-180964243/Its fermentation pool could hold 6,500 liters of the good stuffWed, 02 Aug 2017 21:13:03 +0000Aboriginal Rangers Uncover Trove of Rock Art in Northern Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rangers-fighting-fires-uncover-aboriginal-rock-art-180964276/Hundreds of examples of art dating back centuries were found by rangers while they were conducting burn offsWed, 02 Aug 2017 20:15:29 +0000Lost Play By J.M. Barrie Discovered in Texas Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-play-peter-pan-author-jm-barrie-discovered-texas-archive-180964294/The newly published <i>Reconstruction of the Crime</i> features comedic detective exploits and audience participationWed, 02 Aug 2017 18:36:25 +0000Can the ‘Textalyzer’ Stop New Yorkers From Texting and Driving?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/textalyzer-may-stop-new-yorkers-texting-and-driving-180964266/The device would allow police to check if phone usage could be to blame for a car crash, but critics have raised privacy concernsWed, 02 Aug 2017 18:30:06 +0000What Did the Ancestor of All Flowers Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancestor-all-flowers-looks-remarkably-familiar-180964295/Tracing back the genetic tree of flowering plants millions of years, scientists recreate the predecessor of Earth's flowersWed, 02 Aug 2017 17:47:08 +0000Aging Chimps Show Signs of Alzheimer's Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimp-brains-show-first-evidence-non-human-alzheimers-180964291/Long been thought unique to humans, a new study suggests that our close ancestors exhibit some of the hallmarks of the illnessWed, 02 Aug 2017 17:13:56 +0000Dig Uncovers Artifacts From One of "Europe's Lost People"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-finds-new-artifacts-europes-lost-people-180964289/A archaeological excavation in Burghead Fort has uncovered a longhouse from the Picts, a late Iron Age and early Medieval powerhouseWed, 02 Aug 2017 16:33:03 +0000New Archival Donations Put Edward Hopper's Life in Sharp Focushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-archival-donations-put-edward-hoppers-life-sharp-focus-180964280/Thousands of drawings, letters and more are coming to the Edward Hopper House and the Whitney MuseumWed, 02 Aug 2017 15:18:14 +0000Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-jfk-kept-coconut-shell-white-house-desk-180964263/During this week in 1943, a 26-year-old Kennedy and his crew were marooned on a deserted island and then rescued thanks to two daring menWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:22:40 +0000The First US Census Only Asked Six Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-us-census-only-asked-six-questions-180964234/America’s founders agreed that the census was important, but it wasn’t longWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +000019th-Century Londoners Walked Under the Thames in This Creepy Tunnelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londoners-walked-under-the-thames-180964251/The Tower Subway tunnel was only seven feet in diameterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Study Gives Hope to Victims of Chronic Fatigue Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-finally-gets-cause-180964290/Immune system imbalances may lie behind this crippling illness—a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments in the futureWed, 02 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Gen Xers and Millennials Out-Voted Older Generations in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gen-x-and-millennials-out-voted-older-generations-1-180964283/It's the first time the younger generations have beat out Baby Boomers, Silent Generation voters and Greatest Generation votersTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:18:09 +0000Berlin Exhibit Confronts Hitler's Rise to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlin-exhibit-hitler-rise-power-180964253/Asking 'Hitler--how could it happen,' the exhibit warns the dangers of dictatorshipTue, 01 Aug 2017 20:05:51 +0000This Tiny, Bulbous-Nosed Shark Glows in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-big-nosed-mini-shark-glow-dark-180964284/After 17 years of study, scientists finally confirm that the oddball creature is a new speciesTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:47 +0000The World Wide Web Was Almost Known as “The Mesh” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-wide-web-was-almost-known-mesh-180964242/The inventor of the World Wide Web had a few different name ideasTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Salmon Sperm DNA Could Revolutionize Sunscreenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-salmon-sperm-dna-could-revolutionize-sunscreen-180964265/A thin layer of the genetic material seems to effectively block the sun's rays and becomes more effective over timeTue, 01 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Dachau Survivor's Harrowing Art Is on Display for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dachau-memorial-site-displays-survivors-harrowing-depictions-camp-life-180964190/Georg Tauber’s paintings detail medical experiments, beatings and eventual liberationMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:03:44 +0000Telegraph Recovered from the Wreck of the 'Lusitania'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telegraph-recovered-wreck-lusitania-180964267/After a botched salvage effort last year, the artifact used to communicate with the engine room has now been brought to the surfaceMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:02:38 +0000Thieves Steal Solid Gold Lunar Lander Model From Armstrong Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-steal-solid-gold-lunar-lander-armstrong-museum-180964262/The five-inch model was created by Cartier as tribute from French newspaper readers to the Apollo 11 astronautMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:57:38 +0000Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-manuscripts-are-dna-smorgasbord-180964252/Researchers are finding animal DNA in the parchment pages as well as genetic fingerprints from humans (like kissing priests)Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:42:38 +0000Potential Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn's Moon Titanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-bolster-case-habitability-titan-180964258/But that life likely wouldn't look like what we're used to here on EarthMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:58:05 +0000The Author of 'Robinson Crusoe' Used Almost 200 Pseudonymshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/daniel-defoe-published-under-almost-200-pseudonyms-180964227/Daniel Defoe honed his pen on political writing before he came to the novelMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000What the First Three Patents Say About Early Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-its-first-three-patents-say-about-early-america-180964216/Gunpowder, fertilizer, soap, candles and flour were all important to AmericansMon, 31 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +0000Reasons Why the Royal Navy Bribed Sailors With Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reasons-why-royal-navy-bribed-sailors-booze-180964223/The rum ration existed until 1970Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:07:25 +0000Legal Fight Over Nazi-Looted Painting Ends After 26 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legal-fight-over-nazi-looted-painting-ends-after-26-years-180964244/Seized 80 years ago as a 'degenerate art,' the heirs of the Paul Klee masterpiece have finally reached a settlement with the city of MunichFri, 28 Jul 2017 20:50:07 +0000Half of Our Atoms May Come From Other Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-our-atoms-are-intergalactic-180964254/According to computer simulations, large galaxies may grow by sucking in matter smaller star clusters expelFri, 28 Jul 2017 19:51:58 +0000New Excavation Will Examine Germany's Legendary "Founding Battle"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-excavation-will-examine-germanys-legendary-founding-battle-180964235/The dig hopes to find conclusive evidence that Kalkriese is the site of the Battle of Teutoburg ForestFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:59:29 +0000Astronaut Captures 'Awesome Sauce' of Aurora From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-captures-awesome-sauce-aurora-space-180964228/Humans have been amazed for millennia by these atmospheric eventsFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:42:06 +0000The Columnist Who Shaped Hollywood's Most Destructive Witch Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-columnist-who-shaped-its-most-destructive-witch-hunt-180964208/Billy Wilkerson's complicated legacy has only been recently discussed by the magazine he founded Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Buffalo Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-buffalo-soldiers-180964199/These segregated regiments offered black soldiers a chance to fight for their rightsFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000