Smart News | Smithsonian feed for Smart NewsenThu, 26 May 2016 18:47:52 +0000The U.S. Nuclear Program Still Uses Eight-Inch Floppy Disks change takes forever to boot up Thu, 26 May 2016 18:47:52 +0000Rome Is Looking for People to Adopt Famous, Falling-Apart Sites in Rome, pony up some cash for cultural preservation Thu, 26 May 2016 18:16:31 +0000Tune Into the Smashing Sounds of Large Hadron Collider Data in Real Time made by groundbreaking physicsThu, 26 May 2016 17:40:00 +0000Surf Legend Builds Artificial Wave That Could Bring Surfing to the Masses World Surf League just bought Kelly Slater's artificial wave technology, a move that could bring surfing to places like NebraskaThu, 26 May 2016 17:22:16 +0000The Longest, Deepest Train Tunnel in the World Is About to Open goes straight through the base of the AlpsThu, 26 May 2016 14:58:38 +0000Dozens of Rare Documents From American History Just Sold at Auction copies of the 13th Amendment and the Emancipation Proclamation just sold for millionsThu, 26 May 2016 13:43:07 +0000Doctors Diagnose Diseases of Subjects in Two Famous Paintings doctor will frame you nowThu, 26 May 2016 13:14:18 +0000Poverty Linked to DNA Changes That Could Lead to Mental Illness a better understanding of the biomarkers of lower socieconomic status help raise kids out of poverty? Wed, 25 May 2016 18:57:16 +0000Research Reveals More Complete Picture of the Devastation Wrought by the Black Death examining pottery remains in over 50 rural settlements, archaeologists now better understand the extent that the population was wiped out by the plagueWed, 25 May 2016 16:11:29 +0000A Painting Georgia O’Keeffe Wanted Destroyed Is on Display for the First Time in Nearly 60 Years’Keeffe’s watercolor returns to the town where she painted itWed, 25 May 2016 15:16:26 +0000This Startup Wants to Open the 2020 Olympics With a Man-Made Meteor Shower the only thing better than fireworks be fireworks launched from space?Wed, 25 May 2016 14:50:32 +0000An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Histories ads posted by slave owners reveal details of life under slaveryWed, 25 May 2016 13:30:00 +0000These Are America’s Most Well-Read Cities your bookish burg make's list? Wed, 25 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fake Blood and All, the Next-Gen Veggie Burger Is Set to Debut at Whole Foods creations of pea proteins and beet pulp, Beyond Meat hopes to mimic beef as closely as possibleTue, 24 May 2016 20:37:24 +0000Gan Bei! Chinese Brewed Beer 5,000 Years Ago analyzed deposits on ancient pots and jugs to find out Chinese brewers made sophisticated barley beers 1,000 years earlier than thoughtTue, 24 May 2016 20:16:14 +0000Young Adults Are More Likely to Live at Home Than With Significant Others Mom's basement the battlefield for a new social groundswell? Tue, 24 May 2016 20:03:14 +0000Bug Poop Is Turning the Taj Mahal Green make matters worse, constant cleaning is damaging the monument’s delicate marbleTue, 24 May 2016 19:33:02 +0000Five Fascinating Details About the Media Mogul Who May Have Written “Mary Had a Little Lamb” that Sarah Josepha Hale went, success was sure to goTue, 24 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Where Red Birds Get Their Vibrant Hues studies identify the same gene that makes red birds crimson—and perhaps helps them shed toxins, tooMon, 23 May 2016 19:44:19 +0000Auschwitz Museum Finds Victim's Jewelry in False-Bottomed Mug women’s ring made of gold and a necklace was carefully wrapped in a piece of canvasMon, 23 May 2016 19:21:05 +0000Four People Have Died on Everest in as Many Days mountain's terrible toll has set the 2016 climbing season off to a rocky start Mon, 23 May 2016 18:20:00 +0000Houston Opens Up Its Huge "Underground Cathedral" to Visitors haunting 1920's city reservoir full of 25-foot columns and shafts of light is now open to the public Mon, 23 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000India’s Space Agency Just Launched a Mini Space Shuttle small step towards a cheaper space programMon, 23 May 2016 17:27:29 +0000When It Rains in Boston, the Sidewalks Reveal Poetry spray paint creates hidden poems on Beantown’s streetsMon, 23 May 2016 16:40:00 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sight once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000Female WWII Pilots Can Now Be Buried at Arlington National Cemetery years later, WASPs have won one last battleMon, 23 May 2016 16:01:35 +0000A Giant Flock of Pigeons Is Lighting up New York’s Night Sky show is meant to illustrate that pigeons aren't rats with wingsMon, 23 May 2016 14:42:52 +0000Geoarchaeologist Proposes There Was a "World War Zero" an alliance among the "Luwians" have helped caused the collapse of eastern Mediterranean civilizations 3,200 years ago?Fri, 20 May 2016 19:10:28 +0000The "Antibiotic Apocalypse" Is Upon Us: Five Ways We Can Turn Things Around diseases kill 700,000 people per year, but a new report shows all hope is not lostFri, 20 May 2016 18:56:39 +0000Nile Crocodiles Have Moved to Florida "unusual" crocodilians turned out to be more closely related to South African crocs than American onesFri, 20 May 2016 18:32:26 +0000The World's Longest Pizza Took 250 Chefs More Than Six Hours to Make surprise, the record-holding pie was created in NaplesFri, 20 May 2016 16:00:00 +0000Five of the Most Iconic State Sandwiches a state sandwich is hard workFri, 20 May 2016 15:34:43 +0000Say Goodbye to a Historic El Niño and Hello to La Niña are looking ripe for the cooler climate pattern to take over in the PacificFri, 20 May 2016 14:26:12 +0000Conservationists Are Worried That “Finding Dory” Could Be Bad for Exotic Fish and Dory make for problematic petsFri, 20 May 2016 13:46:20 +0000An Archive of Native Americans Portraits Taken a Century Ago Spurs Further Exploration S. Curtis' photography is famous, but contemporary Native American artists go beyond stereotypes Fri, 20 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Computer Algorithm Transforms Movies Into Breathtaking Works of Art neural networks can make any moving image into a masterpiece from Picasso to van Gogh Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000"Sleeping" Birch Trees Rest Their Branches at Night laser scans of trees in Finland and Austria, researchers tracked interesting arboreal behavior Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000Get Ready for the “Summer of Hamilton” new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society focuses on the "$10 Founding Father"Thu, 19 May 2016 16:48:49 +0000Brewery Introduces Edible, Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings Brewery's new packaging is made of beer byproducts and can be eaten by sea lifeThu, 19 May 2016 16:44:06 +0000New Report Says Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe—But It's Complicated National Academies of Science looked at over 900 studies on GMOs. Here are the five things you need to know Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:54 +0000Curators Are Preserving Graffiti Scrawled By WWI Conscientious Objectors cell walls at Richmond Castle are still covered in drawings and notesThu, 19 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Story of the Komagata Maru Is a Sad Mark on Canada’s Past Prime Minister Trudeau’s decision to formally apologize is so significantThu, 19 May 2016 13:20:37 +0000The Red Planet and Summer Triangle Will Soon Shine Bright is swooping closer to the Earth this week while the Summer Triangle rises in the skyWed, 18 May 2016 17:47:33 +0000Thousands of People Are Trying to Save BBC’s Recipe Archive measures may nix the broadcaster's online recipe databaseWed, 18 May 2016 17:03:30 +0000Listen to Robert Frost Read His Poems offer a chance to really listen to the meaning behind classics like "The Road Not Taken"Wed, 18 May 2016 16:10:43 +0000Can Wine Made Without Grapes Match the Real Thing? San Francisco start-up is trying to create synthetic wine—just by mixing together the right ingredientsWed, 18 May 2016 16:00:42 +0000Amateur Divers Find Huge Cache of Bronze Artifacts in Israel National Park divers discover a Roman shipwreck full of rare bronze statues, coins and other artifacts in Caesarea National ParkWed, 18 May 2016 14:16:30 +0000It’s Lamprey Breeding Time in Britain bloodsucking fish are returning rivers that were once too polluted for them to live inWed, 18 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000Climate Fight Moves From the Streets to the Courts actions by both youth and state attorneys are making climate change a legal issue, not just an environmental causeTue, 17 May 2016 18:58:31 +0000British Barber Proposes Beard Tax by historical examples, Antony Kent wants men to pay a 100-pound fee to rock a bushy beardTue, 17 May 2016 18:15:31 +0000This Latin Thesaurus Has Been in Progress Since 1894 are still working on the letter "N"Tue, 17 May 2016 17:05:02 +0000Rare Beaked Whale Washes Ashore in Australia unusual teeth, the young female offers researchers a chance to study an elusive cetaceanTue, 17 May 2016 16:51:02 +0000Baby Bison Euthanized After Tourists Try to "Save" It't touch the wildlifeTue, 17 May 2016 15:56:22 +0000A Brief History of Taking Books Along for the Ride books, will travelTue, 17 May 2016 15:28:08 +0000Why You Might Start Seeing Disney And Other Brands in National Parks rules on donor recognition could allow corporate sponsors to fund items within National ParksMon, 16 May 2016 18:03:23 +0000Astronomers Recreate Ancient Skies to Date a Nearly 2,600-Year-Old Greek Poem narrow down the dates for when the lonely poet Sappho wrote "Midnight Poem"Mon, 16 May 2016 16:23:11 +0000Wander About an Art Installation Inspired by the Large Hadron Collider from scienceMon, 16 May 2016 15:40:35 +0000China Will Start Publicly Shaming Tourists Who Graffiti Mount Everest nothing but footprintsMon, 16 May 2016 14:53:09 +0000Massive Effort Underway to Recover More Than 700 Migrants Drowned at Sea scientists hope to use DNA to identify the remainsMon, 16 May 2016 14:44:29 +0000NASA Finally Caught This Crazy Space Weather in Action interactions between the Earth and the Sun’s magnetic fields drive explosive space weatherFri, 13 May 2016 20:36:11 +0000These Temporary Tattoos Can Help ID a Food Allergy, the tattoo is inspired by historical Japanese printsFri, 13 May 2016 18:08:56 +0000Meet the Man Who Helped Define How Science Fiction Looks renowned cartoonist Jean Giraud had a hand in some of science fiction’s most iconic filmsFri, 13 May 2016 17:07:43 +0000For the First Time in 150 Years, Anyone Can Buy One of the World’s Rarest Teas straight to the sourceFri, 13 May 2016 16:22:40 +0000See Mercury's Landscape in Stunning Detail new map of the planet's surface captures the depths of craters and the peaks of volcanic mountainsFri, 13 May 2016 16:04:54 +0000Why "The Royal Oak" Is a Popular Pub Name in the U.K. story goes back to the English Civil Wars and a prince on the runFri, 13 May 2016 15:43:15 +0000Chinese Cops Are Temporarily Patrolling the Streets of Rome and Milan new experimental program put international police at Italy's tourist hubs to help the influx of Chinese travelersThu, 12 May 2016 18:32:12 +0000Madame de Pompadour's Legacy as a Patron of Arts Is Often Overlooked new exhibit explores the creative works of one of history's most famous mistressesThu, 12 May 2016 16:38:15 +0000Help London's Science Museum Bring Britain's First Robot Back to Life impressed crowds in the 1920's by standing up, bowing, and shooting sparks from his teethThu, 12 May 2016 15:45:13 +0000During the Cold War, the Air Force Dropped an Unarmed Nuke on South Carolina, none of the Gregg family of Mars Bluff were seriously hurt, not even the catThu, 12 May 2016 14:47:59 +0000Mice Show How the Zika Virus Can Cause Birth Defects new study offers the first experimental evidence of the virus crossing the placenta and damaging fetal brainsThu, 12 May 2016 10:00:00 +000050,000-Year-Old Axe Shows Australians Were at The Cutting Edge of Technology polished stone chip is the earliest-known example of a ground-edge axe yetWed, 11 May 2016 17:59:20 +0000Central Park Opens Up Its "Secret Sanctuary" for 80 Years, the Park recently announced it will open the restored Hallett Nature Sanctuary to vistorsWed, 11 May 2016 16:37:53 +0000A Dalit Man Dug His Own Well When He Was Denied Water During a Drought’s “untouchables” still face daily discriminationWed, 11 May 2016 15:14:01 +0000Five Things to Know About the Diamond Sutra, the World’s Oldest Dated Printed Book over 1,100 years ago, a Chinese copy of the Diamond Sutra at the British Library is one of the most intriguing documents in the worldWed, 11 May 2016 13:58:00 +0000Kepler Discovers More Than 1,000 New Exoplanets space telescope is still alive and kickingTue, 10 May 2016 20:54:05 +0000New Polymer Successfully Smooths Wrinkles "second skin" tightens wrinkles and could be used to cover wounds as well as deliver medicationsTue, 10 May 2016 17:20:40 +0000Wasting Disease Clears Way for Young Sea Stars, for Now or not the devastated populations are on the road to recovery remains uncertainTue, 10 May 2016 17:03:15 +0000Early Rembrandt Found in Basement Goes On Display painting is one of five in a series about the senses that the Dutch master created as a teenagerTue, 10 May 2016 15:47:56 +0000Leprosy Threatens U.K. Red Squirrel Populations have launched a new study to try to save the furry rodentsTue, 10 May 2016 14:58:43 +0000Victoria Woodhull Ran for President Before Women Had the Right to Vote 1872 campaign platform focused on women’s rights and sexual freedomTue, 10 May 2016 14:35:52 +0000The Bison Is Now the Official Mammal of the United States big beasts are the first official mammals recognized by the federal governmentMon, 09 May 2016 20:07:42 +0000Will Luxembourg Lead the Race for Space Mining? tiny nation announced its private industry partners for asteroid miningMon, 09 May 2016 19:03:09 +0000Brawny American Lobsters Are Muscling in on Their European Cousins wants to ban live American lobsters for fear they will out-claw their ownMon, 09 May 2016 17:13:58 +0000Kenya Moves to Shut Down the World's Largest Refugee Camp the weekend, Kenya announced plans to shut the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, which house hundreds of thousands of Somali refugeesMon, 09 May 2016 16:40:59 +0000Video Calls Are Replacing In-Person Visits at Some Prisons some companies, bans on in-person prison visits mean big businessMon, 09 May 2016 15:36:31 +0000Super 8 Said Farewell to Its Kitschy Motel Art With a Gallery Show mediocre art off in styleMon, 09 May 2016 14:52:34 +0000What Caused the 2011 D.C. Earthquake? thinning mantle led to the 5.8 magnitude shake in the Southeast, and more may be in storeMon, 09 May 2016 14:28:36 +0000Scientific A-Team Plans to Reconstruct Leonardo da Vinci's Genome historians, geneticists and other researchers are working together to compile the great artist's DNA Mon, 09 May 2016 13:58:11 +0000Want to Browse Some National Park Maps? There’s a Site For That you guess the most popular map?Mon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fossil Hunters Uncover 71-Million-Year-Old Trove in Antarctica a plane flight, boat ride, helicopter lift and a lot of hiking, the scientists returned with a massive cache of fossilsFri, 06 May 2016 18:24:18 +0000Build Your Own Library at the First-Ever Little Library Festival book-sharing stations have popped up all across the United StatesFri, 06 May 2016 17:57:07 +0000A Modernist Sculpted Ceiling Was Uncovered in a U-Haul Showroom Isamu Noguchi work is being shown once againFri, 06 May 2016 16:26:56 +0000These Little-Known Nuns Helped Map the Stars century later, the identities of women who mapped over 481,000 stars are finally knownFri, 06 May 2016 15:43:57 +0000Australians Make Beer Out of Belly Button Lint's 7 Cent Brewery will debut a Belgian-style Witbier later this month brewed using yeast strains cultivated from its founders' navelsFri, 06 May 2016 14:21:31 +0000 'The Shining' Looks to Raise Hairs and Octaves in Its Opera Debut Minnesota Opera will debut its take on the horror novel in a new production by Pulitzer-prize winning composer Paul MoravecThu, 05 May 2016 19:23:46 +0000The Oldest Species May Win in the Race to Survive Climate Change's survival of the fittest, and the oldest may be the fittest, new study saysThu, 05 May 2016 19:07:13 +0000Why Making “Derby-Pie” Might Land You a Lawsuit Kentucky Derby’s traditional dessert has a tangled legal historyThu, 05 May 2016 18:32:41 +0000Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Its Wild Animals food and water shortages, the country hopes to save it's wildlifeThu, 05 May 2016 17:41:52 +0000Say Au Revoir to France's Foie Gras (Only For a Bit) flu fuels foie gras fearsThu, 05 May 2016 16:41:36 +0000NASA Announces World's New Lightning Hotspot electric capital tops the charts with lightning storms 297 nights per yearThu, 05 May 2016 14:35:00 +0000Meet Mary Kies, America’s First Woman to Become a Patent Holder plus bonnets equal a historic firstThu, 05 May 2016 14:15:50 +0000Virtual Reality Film Will Simulate Anne Frank’s Hiding Place'Anne' will give audiences a sense of what it was like to be in the "Secret Annex"Wed, 04 May 2016 19:39:08 +0000Why Are Chilean Beaches Covered With Dead Animals? waters have turned the country's once-pristine coast into a putrid sightWed, 04 May 2016 19:35:03 +0000For The First Time in a Decade, Watch Mercury Cross the Sun's Face week's transit of Mercury is one of the major astronomical events of the yearWed, 04 May 2016 17:48:09 +0000A Brief History of Lee Harvey Oswald's Connection to Cuba over 50 years, conspiracy theorists have linked JFK’s assassin to Fidel Castro’s CubaWed, 04 May 2016 16:50:53 +0000The U.S. Has a Massive Cheese Surplus 1.19 billion pounds of cached cheeseWed, 04 May 2016 15:45:56 +0000Marines Are Investigating the Identity of a Flag Raiser in the Iconic Iwo Jima Photo historians have called into question the identity of a soldier in Joe Rosenthal's 1945 Pulitzer prize-winning imageTue, 03 May 2016 19:49:27 +0000Mountaineers Have Discovered the Bodies of Alex Lowe and David Bridges climbers died in an avalanche on Shishapangma in 1999Tue, 03 May 2016 18:24:59 +0000Yellowstone’s Most Famous Bear Is Dead shot “Scarface”?Tue, 03 May 2016 18:20:00 +0000A Historic Cathedral in New York City Goes up in Flames Cathedral of St. Sava caught fire just hours after the Orthodox congregation celebrated EasterTue, 03 May 2016 15:55:11 +0000Boiling Water Could Explain Mysterious Dark Streaks on Mars simulate some of the Red Planet's unique features in an Earth-bound chamberTue, 03 May 2016 15:23:25 +0000Between Bleaching and Boats, Florida’s Coral Reefs Are Struggling to Survive reefs are crumbling in acidifying waters and buried from dredging, according to new reportsTue, 03 May 2016 14:48:54 +0000Five Things to Know About Megacities is happening fast—here's what to know about the world's largest citiesMon, 02 May 2016 19:12:41 +0000The First Delivery Drone in the United States Lands a Spot at the Smithsonian Flirtey F3.0 hexacopter touches ground at the National Air and Space MuseumMon, 02 May 2016 17:20:00 +0000Nepal Celebrates Two Years Free From Rhino Poaching education and a law enforcement crackdown has helped the tiny nation keep its rhinos safe for 730 days in a rowMon, 02 May 2016 17:02:13 +0000Deep-Sea Researchers Spot a Mysterious Jellyfish Near The Mariana Trench glowing jellyfish was previously unknown to scienceMon, 02 May 2016 16:37:27 +0000Eerie Footage of Over 100 Tons of Burning Ivory Kenyan government burned tusks from over 6,000 elephants to reduce stockpiles of ivory and raise awareness of poachingMon, 02 May 2016 16:20:00 +0000“New” 2,000-Year-Old Geoglyph Spotted in Peru’s always more to learn about the mysterious Nazca linesMon, 02 May 2016 16:01:22 +0000Meteors Will Streak the Skies This Week Thanks to Halley’s Comet't miss this annual showMon, 02 May 2016 15:23:39 +0000A "Merbot" Retrieved Artifacts From Louis XIV’s Sunken Flagship humanoid diving robot could help researchers explore fragile wrecks from the surface of the seaMon, 02 May 2016 15:09:13 +0000Scientists Use "The Moth Radio Hour" to Create Brain Atlas a functional MRI, scientists created a visual dictionary to show how areas of the brain process languageFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Spanish Ditch Diggers Unearth 1,300 Pounds of Roman Coins near Seville, Spain, found a hoard of 19 amphora filled with mint-condition coins from the third and fourth centuriesFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:34:40 +0000James Monroe’s House Was Way Bigger Than Historians Thought turns out that Highland was more "castle" than "cabin"Fri, 29 Apr 2016 17:51:36 +0000The Swiss Have Made Cheese Since the Iron Age discovery pushes Swiss cheesemaking traditions back millenniaFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:56:04 +0000Astronomers Deploy a Laser System for a Clearer View of the Skies new four-laser system at the Paranal Observatory will help the massive telescope compensate for atmospheric turbulenceFri, 29 Apr 2016 14:05:00 +0000Ancient Arabic Text Shines Light on Massive Supernova new look at records from an ancient astronomer yields insights into one of the brighest supernovas ever seen from EarthFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:46:10 +0000Eating Toxic Algae Might Make Some Plankton Act Drunk it may seem funny, it could have serious environmental consequencesFri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000Unesco: Don’t Worry, Palmyra Is Still Authentic ancient city may have been destroyed, but it is still a treasured cultural siteThu, 28 Apr 2016 17:03:16 +0000A Robot Monk Is Spreading Buddhist Teachings in China adorable robot serves up automated mantrasThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:22:31 +0000Biographer Uncovers Unsigned Feature Article by Harper Lee 'To Kill a Mockingbird' author published a profile of a Kansas investigator in an FBI magazine while helping Truman Capote research 'In Cold Blood'Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:02:58 +0000Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Had Great Eyesight and a Droopy Head weighed as much as two elephants but had a brain the size of a limeWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:26 +0000Hubble Spies a Tiny Moon Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemake solar system still has plenty of surprisesWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:10:37 +0000Japanese Priests Collected Almost Seven Centuries of Climate Data records from "citizen scientists" in Japan and Finland give researchers centuries of data on ice conditionsWed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:03 +0000A German City Installed Traffic Lights For Texters Augsburg, distracted smartphone users don't have to look up to stay safeWed, 27 Apr 2016 15:57:14 +0000A British Store Will Go Quiet For Customers With Autism—people are shoppingWed, 27 Apr 2016 15:03:44 +0000Audubon Pranked Fellow Naturalist by Making Up Fake Rodents with naturalist and houseguest Constantine Rafinesque, John J. Audubon dreamed up 28 non-existent speciesWed, 27 Apr 2016 14:32:03 +0000Prince’s Paisley Park Studios Will Become a Museum la GracelandTue, 26 Apr 2016 20:02:22 +0000"Shark Vision" Shines Light on Biofluorescent Species a specially designed filter, divers uncovered the glowing patterns on the skin of catsharksTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:46:59 +0000Indian Artists Are Protesting a Private Takeover of a Public Art Gallery artists want the Venkatappa Art Gallery to stay publicTue, 26 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Take in the Beauty of This Gravity Web That Connects Galaxies Across the Universe new simulation visualizes how distant galaxies might be connectedTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:40:00 +0000For the First Time, See Two Early Medieval Books Written By Women On Display Together manuscripts detail the authors' experiencesTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:19:14 +0000Thirty Years Later, a Gigantic Arch Is Set to Cover Chernobyl New Safe Confinement is one of history’s most ambitious engineering projects—and it comes not a moment too soonTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:16:08 +0000Fire Devastates New Delhi's National Museum of Natural History late night blaze guts one of India's favorite museums, destroying valuable collections and exhibitsTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:02 +0000An Israeli Brewery Recreated a 2,000-Year-Old Beer brewed as in Biblical timesMon, 25 Apr 2016 18:13:04 +0000Explore 300 Terabytes of CERN Data Now Free to Download’s latest data dump includes raw information from the Large Hadron ColliderMon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:01 +0000'Lost' Medieval Music Performed for the First Time in 1,000 Years and musicians at Cambridge reconstruct songs from 'The Consolation of Philosophy'Mon, 25 Apr 2016 17:01:59 +0000This “Sweaty” Billboard Kills Mosquitoes gimmick or Zika-fighting innovation?Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:46:44 +0000Bed Bugs Are Picky About Certain Colors don’t buy new sheets just yetMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:08:22 +0000Marijuana Advocates Want to Establish a Standard Unit of Highness’s the weed equivalent to an alcoholic drink?Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:53 +0000Oldest Message in a Bottle Ever Found 108-year-old message in a bottle from a British marine researcher washed up on a German beachFri, 22 Apr 2016 17:22:35 +0000Celebrate Earth Day With a Rainbow of Spectacular Photos's palette is unparalleledFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:33:52 +0000The Hubble Scoped This Space Bubble Just in Time For Its Birthday Hubble Telescope has been in orbit for 26 yearsFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:00:40 +0000This Artist Builds Tiny Rooms in Milan’s Forgotten Manholes seemingly whimsical project has a darker meaningFri, 22 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eight Awesome Maps From Stanford's New David Rumsey Map Center collection of 150,000 historic maps merges paper and digital images in new waysFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Beyond Raspberry Berets: What Prince Left Behind portraits to guitars, The Artist’s legacy lives on at the SmithsonianThu, 21 Apr 2016 19:42:03 +0000Damien Hirst's Artworks May Leak Formaldehyde Gas does art end and hazard begin?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:40:02 +000021 Million Years Ago, Monkeys May Have Floated to North America on Rafts teeth in Panama show monkeys made it to Central America, probably on floating mats of vegetationThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Indonesia’s “Death Zoo” Got Its Grisly Reputation Rama the tiger’s demise prompt action at a zoo known for its filthy, overcrowded conditions?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:43:48 +0000For the First Time in 800 Years, Rice and Beans Are Kosher for Passover Jewish Conservative movement relaxes a 13th-century ban on rice, corn and beans during PassoverThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:57:12 +0000Three People Hit With Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisis state officials and a city employee are the first to be charged in connection with the Flint water crisisThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:15:04 +0000It's Official: Harriet Tubman Will Grace the $20 Bill famed Underground Railroad Conductor will appear on the front of the $20 bill, among other changes to U.S. currencyWed, 20 Apr 2016 20:42:13 +0000Mass Bleaching Destroys Swaths of the Great Barrier Reef show that 55 percent of reefs surveyed were severely affected by high water temperatures, with half of those expected to dieWed, 20 Apr 2016 19:09:42 +0000More Than Half of All Americans Breathe Polluted Air million people a year are exposed to air that’s too dangerous to breatheWed, 20 Apr 2016 18:26:07 +0000Palmyra Arch Destroyed by ISIS Rises Again in Central London 3-D photos and computer guided stonecutters, researchers recreated the Triumphal Arch destroyed by the terrorist group last yearWed, 20 Apr 2016 17:34:52 +0000Why Women Bring Their 'I Voted' Stickers to Susan B. Anthony's Grave's a small tribute to a big leader in women's suffrage Wed, 20 Apr 2016 16:36:31 +0000Dutch Divers Found a 17th-Century Dress Buried Under the Sea 400-year-old gown was remarkably well-preservedWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:42:26 +0000Every City Has a Unique Microbial “Fingerprint” architecture to microbes, every city is differentWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:05:37 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness and Ego? brains of insects are similar to a structure in human brains, which could show a rudimentary form of consciousnessTue, 19 Apr 2016 18:23:26 +0000Read Almost 150 Years' Worth of Mexican-American Journalism is in the headlines at the Historic Mexican and Mexican American Press CollectionTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:50:00 +0000Massive Roman Villa Found in British Backyard of the largest and best-preserved Roman homes ever found in Britain was discovered after a family decided they wanted to play ping-pong in their barnTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:55:36 +0000Help First Responders in Ecuador Without Leaving Your Desk satellite imagery of earthquake-stricken areas to help aid agencies decide where to go nextTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:20:00 +0000Watch Earth's Atmosphere Brilliantly Light Up From Space glow isn't from an aurora, it's a phenomena called airglowTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:53:02 +0000Los Angeles’ Skid Row Is Getting a Golf Course’s a hole-in-one for performers with a point to make about gentrificationTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:39:37 +0000Supreme Court Declines to Hear Copyright Challenge to Google Books turning down the case, the Supreme Court made a stand for fair useTue, 19 Apr 2016 14:23:59 +0000A New Exhibition Is All About Underwear a queen's drawers to David Beckham's briefs, The Victoria and Albert Museum gets "Undressed"Tue, 19 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Death Valley Has a Secret Shrine to…Tea a kettle, leave a kettle at this remote junctionTue, 19 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Shackled Skeletons Unearthed in Greece Could Be Remains of Slaughtered Rebels dozen skeletons in shackles may be the followers of Cylon, an Olympic champion who tried to take over Athens in 632 B.C.Mon, 18 Apr 2016 18:48:32 +0000Vaccine Switch Marks a New (and Hopefully Last) Stage in the Battle With Polio the weekend, health officials began replacing the current polio vaccination in an effort to wipe out one of three strains of the virusMon, 18 Apr 2016 17:54:51 +0000The Northeast Prepares for Swarms of Cicadas This Spring of red-eyed cicadas will emerge from the earth in much of the northeast this spring, part of a 17-year-cycleMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:45:00 +0000Your Body Could One Day Be a Computer Display screen time—a new technology is all about skin timeMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:17:24 +0000New York’s Newest Urban Farm Floats barge bursting with vegetables takes to the water this summerMon, 18 Apr 2016 15:04:52 +0000This Perfume Smells Like the Apocalypse bottled blood and thunder to capture the heady scent of the end timesMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:19:23 +0000Scientists Catalog Creatures in Every Corner of Los Angeles a huge citizen science project, scientists are turning to an urban environment to seek out biodiversityMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000Historic Sites of the London Underground Will Soon Open for Visitors Churchill’s blitz bunker and the first underwater tunnel ever builtFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:43:31 +0000Historians Identify 35 Descendants of Leonardo da Vinci historical documents and genealogical detective work, researchers have reconstructed 15 generations of Leonardo's family treeFri, 15 Apr 2016 16:07:28 +0000The Czech Republic Wants to Change Its Name to “Czechia”Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:24:49 +0000A Construction Crew Uncovered the Grave of One of Mexico’s First Catholic Priests 16th-century grave was found at the site of an Aztec templeThu, 14 Apr 2016 19:14:05 +0000Your High-End Perfume Is Likely Part Whale Mucus single pound of "whale vomit" can be worth tens of thousands of dollarsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:52:19 +0000Five Fascinating Places to Visit This Obscura Day<i>Atlas Obscura</i> celebrates all things weird and wonderful worldwide this SaturdayThu, 14 Apr 2016 17:07:12 +0000Lawyers Who Made the Birthday Song Public Domain Take Aim at Civil Rights Anthem group of filmmakers want to remove the copyright from "We Shall Overcome" Thu, 14 Apr 2016 15:32:09 +0000Scientists Discovered Exoplanets More Than 70 Years Earlier Than Thought 1917 glass plate discovered in an observatory archive records the first evidence of exoplanetsThu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:53 +0000A Canadian First Nation Community Is in the Grips of a Suicide Crisis suicide attempts took place in Attawapiskat First Nation on Saturday aloneWed, 13 Apr 2016 18:33:06 +0000New Timeline Zeros in on the Creation of the Chauvet Cave Paintings dates help reconstruct the cave's long historyWed, 13 Apr 2016 18:21:00 +0000Multi-Million Dollar Painting Found in Leaky French Attic may have found a lost Caravaggio masterpiece behind a sealed attic door in their home near ToulouseWed, 13 Apr 2016 16:02:31 +0000These Were 2015’s Most Challenged Books year's list includes S&M, LGBT content...and the Bible. Wed, 13 Apr 2016 15:25:51 +0000Scientists Are Searching Out “Genetic Superheroes” to Cure Diseases of almost 600,000 people, 13 seem to have mutations that prevent deadly diseases from being expressedWed, 13 Apr 2016 14:29:27 +0000The 1873 Colfax Massacre Crippled the Reconstruction Era of the worst incidents of racial violence after the Civil War set the stage for segregationWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floor biologists say this behavior has never been seen beforeWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking and Billionaire Announce Project to Send Tiny Probes to Nearest Star System Milner is investing 100 million dollars in research to develop a swarm of tiny probes for a mission to Alpha CentauriTue, 12 Apr 2016 22:57:21 +0000The U.S. Finally Has a National Monument That Honors Women’s History Constitution Avenue is now one of the women’s movement’s most significant sitesTue, 12 Apr 2016 20:10:51 +0000Machine Learning May Help Determine When the Old Testament Was Written computer algorithms to analyze handwriting, researchers discover citizens of ancient Judah were much more literate than previously thoughtTue, 12 Apr 2016 17:47:29 +0000Human Diseases May Have Doomed the Neanderthals ulcers, herpes, ringworm and other tropical diseases may have all contributed to the Neanderthal demiseTue, 12 Apr 2016 16:10:54 +0000Can Great Apes Be Vaccinated Against Ebola and Other Diseases? could be the best defense against devastating population dropsTue, 12 Apr 2016 14:26:33 +0000Austria May Seize the Home Where Hitler Was Born government doesn't want the apartment complex turning into a Neo-Nazi shrineTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:30:00 +0000Could Virtual Reality Inspire Empathy for Others? reality could allow users to step into someone else's shoes, experiencing things like having migraines or swapping gendersTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Radioactive Boars Rampage Around Fukushima boom in the wild boar population is causing problems for farmers near the site of the 2011 nuclear disasterTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate Beverly Cleary’s 100th Birthday With a Trip to Her Sculpture Garden's creator is even more timeless thanks to Portland's tribute in bronzeTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000New Project Uncovers What Americans Knew About the Holocaust can help historians learn how newspapers in the U.S. documented the persecution of European JewsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:32:18 +0000The Poor’s Life Expectancy Varies Based on Where They Live life expectancy gap between New York and Gary, Indiana is over four yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:12 +0000Museum Building Is Booming in the United States a seven-year period, museums in the U.S. spent around $5 billionMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:31:25 +0000After Decades of Decline, Tiger Populations Could Be on the Rise the latest numbers seem hopeful, the majestic creatures are not out of the woods yetMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:26:45 +0000Isaac Newton Used This Recipe in His Hunt to Make a Philosopher’s Stone recently publicized document was kept in a private collection for many yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:07:42 +0000The Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Entered Emergency Mode probe suddenly went into a safe mode for unknown reasons last weekMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:39:10 +0000In "Solomonic Solution," Museum Returns Two Nazi-Looted Artworks to 95-Year-Old Descendant nearly 20 years of fighting, the Leopold Museum in Vienna has agreed to return the watercolorsFri, 08 Apr 2016 19:10:46 +0000Researchers Piece Together Ancient Plesiosaur Attack examining bite marks on a 70-million-year old diving bird, researchers figure out who tried to have it for dinnerFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:57:24 +0000Humans and Neanderthals May Have Had Trouble Making Male Babies Neanderthal Y chromosome hasn't persisted in modern humansFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:58 +0000Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Previously Thought have found a huge black hole in a "cosmic backwater," opening the possiblity there could be many more in the universeThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:24:13 +0000A New Copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio Was Found in a Scottish Library a few hundred copies still surviveThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:01:32 +0000Pig Heart Beat for Over Two Years in Baboon's Belly take big step forward in the quest to develop cross-species organ transplantsThu, 07 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Booker T. Washington Became the First African-American on a U.S. Postage Stamp the time, postage stamps usually depicted white men Thu, 07 Apr 2016 17:58:29 +0000Radioactive Isotopes in The Oceans May Be Remnants of Ancient Supernovae dust may have altered life on Earth as we know itThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:47:09 +0000Celebrate Shakespeare’s Legacy at Hamlet’s Castle, rest, perturbed spirit! A bed awaits at “Elsinore”Thu, 07 Apr 2016 15:54:56 +0000An Italian Senator Wants Kids to Learn About Wine in School bill would add wine classes to elementary school curriculumsThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:41:42 +0000This Mural Honoring Garbage Collectors Covers More Than 50 Buildings in Cairo enormous painting brightens up one of Cairo’s poorest neighborhoodsWed, 06 Apr 2016 19:15:08 +0000Three Things to Know About the Newly-Discovered State of Matter’s more to matter than just solids, liquids and gasesWed, 06 Apr 2016 18:49:34 +0000Green Sea Turtles Are No Longer Endangered in Florida and Mexico of conservation efforts have led authorities to downgrade the turtles to threatened, though many challenges still remainWed, 06 Apr 2016 17:21:29 +0000Researchers Crack Open the Mysterious Plain of Jars 80 years, archeologists get the chance to explore the Laotian plateau dotted with giant stone jarsWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:57:53 +0000The New York Slave Revolt of 1712 Was a Bloody Prelude to Decades of Hardship years ago today, a group of black slaves rose up against white colonists in New YorkWed, 06 Apr 2016 13:30:00 +0000Sneak a Peek at the Multi-Million Dollar Meteorites Soon up for Sale's is auctioning off dozens of rare and important meteorites, including pieces of the rock that exploded over Russia in 2013Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Eco-Celebrity Crane Inspires Wetland Protection in Taiwan endangered Siberian crane that has made Taiwan home is inspiring locals to protect the wetlandsTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:20:00 +0000Neolithic People Were Also Strip Miners are changing how archaeologists think about the Stone AgeTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:59:17 +0000NOAA Just Moved to Protect Puny Fish a new ban is a big deal for the ocean's tiniest creaturesTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:20:00 +0000"New" Rembrandt Created, 347 Years After the Dutch Master's Death painting was created using data from more than 168,000 fragments of Rembrandt’s workTue, 05 Apr 2016 17:49:16 +0000Bullet Helps Revive Lawrence of Arabia's Reputation bullet from a Colt pistol found at the site of one of T.E. Lawrence's most famous battles helps verify the authenticity of his storiesTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:45:15 +0000Horse Poop Helps Unravel the Mystery of Hannibal’s Route Through the Alps have found a large deposit of horse manure in the Col de Traversette pass, likely left by the ancient general's armyTue, 05 Apr 2016 15:34:31 +0000Three Things to Know About Judi Dench's Theater Career acclaimed actor's career spans decadesTue, 05 Apr 2016 15:20:32 +0000Three Surprising Finds from the New Alan Lomax Archive new online database shares more than 17,000 recordings from the folk music archivistTue, 05 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Mummy DNA Reveals About the Spread and Decline of People in the Americas have pieced together how humans spread from Alaska to Argentina and the extent of devastation from the introduction of European diseaseMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:33:23 +0000After 36 Years, Archivists Finally Found the Wright Brothers’ Airplane Patent missing patent was found safe and sound in a Kansas storage facilityMon, 04 Apr 2016 17:44:05 +0000I Scream, You Scream: A Vanilla Ice Cream Shortage Is Looming in time for the summerMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:10:46 +0000Archaeologists Spy New Viking Settlement From Space archaeologists think they may have found a second Viking colony in the AmericasFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:56:48 +0000Don’t Worry: Eating Quinoa Doesn't Hurt Peruvian Farmers new study shows that the grain helps rather than hurtsFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:03:51 +0000Museum Programs Affect Teens for a Lifetime first-of-its-kind study shows that the effects of arts programs can last well into adulthoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:14:26 +0000White-Nose Syndrome Detected in Bats West of the Rockies for the First Time fungal disease, which has devastated bat populations in the Eastern U.S., has now shown up in Washington stateFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:09:09 +0000What's Over the Horizon? These New Maps Will Show You Woodruff's line of sight maps show what you're facing from any coastline in the worldFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:32 +0000Here are Seven of Zaha Hadid's Most Stunning Structures architect leaves behind an astonishing legacyFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:26 +0000Researchers Make Cyborg Beetles a Reality with microprocessor-equipped backpacks, scientists can control the beetle's steps via remote controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:35:24 +0000How the Associated Press Became Part of the Nazi Propaganda Machine research suggests a backscratch agreement that traded access for controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 15:40:35 +0000Following WWII, New Zealand’s Navy Was Rocked With Peaceful Mutinies than 20 percent of the Royal New Zealand Navy was discharged for protesting low payFri, 01 Apr 2016 14:53:37 +00003,400-Year-Old Necropolis Hints at Ancient Egyptian Life of tombs and a temple were uncovered in an ancient quarryThu, 31 Mar 2016 19:26:40 +0000Chicago Is Getting a Pizza Museum the anchovies: This pop-up is a pizza-lover’s dreamThu, 31 Mar 2016 19:20:00 +0000Tower Lights Will Soon Blink for the Sake of Birds a simple blink, tall towers can go from deadly to bird-friendlyThu, 31 Mar 2016 18:50:00 +0000UC Irvine Becomes the First American Public University To Offer E-Sports Scholarships university jumps into the world of competitive gamingThu, 31 Mar 2016 18:24:05 +0000German Brewery Pulls Beer Accused of Having Nazi and Anti-Immigrant Sentiments“Grenzzaun halbe" referenced the country's debate on whether or not to seal its bordersThu, 31 Mar 2016 16:45:41 +00002,500-Year-Old Monument Could Help Crack the Mysterious Etruscan Language found the inscribed slab near Florence and believe it might hold secrets behind the language of Italy's pre-Roman cultureThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:50:26 +0000NASA Scientists Are Trying to Make Medicine Onboard the ISS are sending fungi to the space station to see what pharmaceuticals astronauts can brewWed, 30 Mar 2016 19:20:00 +0000305-Million-Year-Old Fossil Helps Unravel the Spider's Evolutionary Web spider look-alike shows what separates modern spiders from their ancient eight-legged cousinsWed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:54 +0000Switzerland Will Host the First Cyborg Olympics “Cybathlon” will show what happens when humans and machines collaborateWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:32:49 +0000How Hearst Tried to Stop ‘Citizen Kane' newspaper mogul hated the film more than previously thoughtWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:45:00 +0000Amateur Astronomers Capture an Asteroid or Comet Colliding With Jupiter object recently exploded in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planetWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:33:06 +0000Dog Owners Beware, DNA in Dog Poop Could Be Used to Track You Down Chicago apartment building is trying out a new scheme to catch four-legged offenders and their humansWed, 30 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Library of Congress Will Ditch the Subject Heading “Illegal Aliens” activists are to thank for the changeTue, 29 Mar 2016 19:06:49 +0000Genetically Pure Bison Will Return to Montana After 100 Years in Exile week, the Blackfeet Tribe will receive 89 buffalo calves that descended from Montana stock in a Canadian National ParkTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:30:50 +0000Syrian Troops Find Palmyra's Ancient Ruins In Better Shape Than Expected “Jewel of the Desert” is out of the hands of people who would see its wonders demolishedTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:50:00 +0000New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Rise updated earthquake hazard map shows seven million more Americans are at risk of quakesTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:10:28 +0000Future Moon Bases Might Be Built in Underground Lava Tubes carved out by ancient lava could shelter astronauts from the hazards of moon lifeTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:49:35 +0000This Transgender Archive’s Oldest Artifacts Tell a Story of Courage and Community Digital Transgender Archive was born out of two researchers’ frustration with finding materials by and about transgender peopleTue, 29 Mar 2016 14:40:01 +0000Competitive Book Collecting Is a Thing bibliophiles duke it out in the National Collegiate Book Collecting ContestTue, 29 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tesla vs. Edison Is a Video Game That Will Literally Shock You the 'War of the Currents'Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000An AI-Written Novella Almost Won a Literary Prize short novel co-written by humans and AI passed the first round of a Japanese literary contestMon, 28 Mar 2016 18:53:39 +0000Rhinos Will Be Airlifted to Australia to Avoid Poachers new project is flying rhinos from South Africa to Australia to create a "biological insurance policy" against increased poachingMon, 28 Mar 2016 18:05:23 +0000The Secret Behind Your Favorite Coffee Could Be Yeast find three unique strains of yeast that help ferment coffee and cacao beans and may give the treats their unique flavorsMon, 28 Mar 2016 17:09:16 +0000Genes of Ancestral Peanuts May Help Feed the World have sequenced the genome of peanuts and its ancient cousins, which could lead to disease and drought-resistant varietiesMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:54:09 +0000Alaska’s Most Active Volcano Is at It Again Volcano spews ash 20,000 feet into the air, and scientists warn pilots to steer clearMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:22:31 +0000