Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Google’s Driverless Car Got Confused By A Cyclisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/googles-driverless-car-got-confused-cyclist-180956465/It just wants to protect soft, perishable humans.Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Comedy Group Wants To Build a Wall To Keep Burners out of the Bay Areahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-wants-build-wall-keep-burners-out-bay-area-180956471/The ban would apply to people armed with glowsticks and art cars alike.Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:41:04 +0000See How the Plague Swept Through London http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-plague-swept-through-london-180956475/New research shows that during mass burials, bodies were given more respect than previously thoughtTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:38:18 +0000Legendary Nazi Gold Train Might Exist After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legendary-nazi-gold-train-might-exist-after-all-180956464/Polish culture minister is “99 percent sure” the train has been foundTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:30:00 +0000The History of the Bloody Mary Meat Strawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-meat-straw-bloody-mary-180956461/The straw is one potential upgrade to drink known for its penchant for carrying a little extra protein, among other thingsTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:04:47 +0000Pigs Aren't Quite as Domesticated as People Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigs-are-mix-several-wild-populations-and-not-domesticated-thought-180956456/Researchers partially unravel the complexity of domesticated swine geneticsTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Scientists Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt as Fasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-invented-ice-cream-doesnt-melt-fast-180956459/It involves a protein that some bacteria use as a kind of protectant coatingTue, 01 Sep 2015 16:42:49 +0000A Toilet Museum is Opening in Japan http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toilet-museum-opening-japan-180956455/It’s a love story to the lavatoryTue, 01 Sep 2015 16:01:57 +0000Chicago’s Corpse Flower Is Kind of a Disappointmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicagos-corpse-flower-kind-disappointment-180956454/After failing to bloom as planned, horticulturists had to force "Spike" openTue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:15 +0000Denali, Ongtupqa, and Other Native American Names for Landmarkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-obama-officially-renames-north-americas-tallest-mountain-denali-180956458/Mount McKinley was recently renamed Denali, but it's not the only one with a Native American nameTue, 01 Sep 2015 13:34:09 +0000U.S. Court Says A Chicken Sandwich Can’t Be Copyrightedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-court-says-chicken-sandwich-cant-be-copyrighted-180956452/Man claims intellectual property theft for putting chicken on a bun.Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Glistening Egyptian Blue Pigment Was Forgotten then Losthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glistening-egyptian-blue-pigment-was-forgotten-then-lost-180956451/It may be the oldest artificial pigmentMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000The American West is Full of Old Mines Threatening to Pollute Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wests-waterways-have-long-struggled-pollution-old-mines-180956450/Lessons can be learned from the recent spill in the Animas RiverMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Once Again, Thousands of Walruses Have Been Forced Ashore in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-again-thousands-walruses-have-been-forced-ashore-alaska-180956449/When the animals can’t find sea ice to rest on, they haul themselves ashore in crowded massesMon, 31 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000These Century-Old Stone "Tsunami Stones" Dot Japan’s Coastlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-warnings-against-tsunamis-dot-japans-coastline-180956448/"Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."Mon, 31 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Some Sexually Transmitted Microbes Might Be Good for Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-sexually-transmitted-microbes-might-actually-be-good-180956446/There’s a whole lot of bacteria and viruses that pass from person to person, using any means they can findMon, 31 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Marine Biologists Find Rare Nautilus For The First Time In 30 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-biologist-stumbles-rare-nautilus-first-time-30-years-180956445/The “Crusty Nautilus” was believed to have gone extinct.Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Denmark’s Earliest Kings Were Also Pirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denmarks-earliest-kings-were-also-pirates-180956439/Viking piracy laid the groundwork for the Danish monarchyMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:46:32 +0000Neanderthals Had Houses With Hot Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-had-houses-hot-water-180956438/Not bad for a cavemanMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:39:13 +0000Here’s Every Nuclear Detonation Ever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-every-nuclear-detonation-ever-180956437/Watch all 2,153 nuclear detonations since 1945 in this bleak visualizationMon, 31 Aug 2015 12:33:56 +0000Confused Construction Workers Tore Down an Ancient Tomb and Replaced it With a Picnic Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/confused-construction-workers-tore-down-ancient-tomb-and-replaced-it-picnic-table-180956433/Is the tomb's picnic table-like appearance to blame? Fri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000What Does Neuroscience Know About Meditation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-neuroscience-does-know-about-meditation-180956435/ There are still many unknowns, but the practice seems to improves attention and memoryFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Meth Lab Injuries Are Increasinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meth-lab-injuries-are-increasing-180956432/Makeshift laboratories can cause burns, respiratory problemsFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Studies With Shorter Titles Are Cited More Oftenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/studies-shorter-titles-are-cited-more-often-180956430/Pithier titles may lead to greater impact factors.Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000African Wildlife May Be Acquiring Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From Nearby Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-wildlife-may-be-acquiring-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-nearby-humans-180956429/The finding points to ways that 'superbugs' might spreadFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000These Drum Pants Might Help People Who Can’t Speakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drum-pants-might-help-people-who-cant-speak-communicate-180956428/An electronic drum kit could give a voice to some people who can’t talk.Fri, 28 Aug 2015 13:08:27 +0000An Astrobiologist Is Already Fighting For Martian Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astrobiologist-already-fighting-martian-independence-180956422/Should colonists on the Red Planet be free from Earth’s influence from the get-go?Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Some Brands Are Labeling Products “GMO-free” Even if They Don’t Have Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-brands-are-labeling-products-gmo-free-even-if-they-dont-have-genes-180956421/More companies are paying to label their food as non-GMO, whether they need it or not.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Soon, Red Fireworks Might Not Contain Carcinogens Anymorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soon-red-fireworks-might-not-contain-carcinogens-anymore-180956419/Scientists discover alternative to cancer-causing chemicals that give red fireworks their color.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000During Prohibition, Vintners Sold "Wine Bricks" Rather Than Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ingenious-brick-helped-wine-industry-survive-prohibition-180956412/Dissolve, ferment, enjoyThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000New York City Might Get a Climate Change Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-will-have-climate-change-museum-180956411/The museum will be the first of its kind in the U.S.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:15:00 +0000Big Ben is Running Fast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-ben-running-fast-180956409/Or is it slow? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Woman Just Found a Message in a Bottle From a Century-old Experimenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacation-goer-spots-message-bottle-century-old-experiment-180956407/A German tourist spotted the bottle, which had been intended to measure deep ocean currentsThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:45:00 +0000The Grand Canyon is Full of Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-full-mercury-180956406/Researchers find high levels of mercury and selenium in plants and animals along the Colorado RiverThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:26:22 +0000Drought Could Kill Off Many of the West Coast’s Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-could-kill-many-west-coasts-fish-180956405/Fisheries managers are already struggling with low water and disease brought by warmthThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:53 +0000Breeding Pandas Is Incredibly Hardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/breeding-pandas-insanely-hard-1-180956401/The National Zoo's newborn panda twins are practically miracles.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:46:19 +0000Execution Ballads Once Spread the News of Punishment to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/execution-ballads-once-spread-news-punishment-public-180956397/The grisly tunes deliberately pull on emotions to discourage crimeWed, 26 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Putting Eyeballs on Billboards Might Help Stop Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-eyeballs-billboards-might-help-stop-crime-180956394/The feeling of being watched makes human change their behavior, even if it comes from a poster.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Utah Has the First Tar Sands Mine in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-has-first-tar-sands-mine-us-180956393/The mine will operate on land in the Book Cliffs areaWed, 26 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Manhattan-Sized Glacier Chunk Just Broke Off in Greenlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manhattan-sized-glacier-chunk-just-broke-greenland-180956391/Glacial calving creates monster icebergsWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:49:20 +0000There’s Now Whiskey On the ISShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-whiskey-iss-180956390/(But astronauts can't drink it)Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:54 +0000Psychopaths Might Be Immune to Contagious Yawninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pyschopaths-might-be-immune-contagious-yawning-180956386/The less empathetic someone is, the less likely they are to yawn back.Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:30:00 +0000"Full Blood Resurrection" and Other Gaming Terms Are Entering Chinese Vernacularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/full-blood-resurrection-and-other-gaming-terms-are-entering-chinese-vernacular-180956389/As online gaming is so popular in China, it’s changing the way people talk.Tue, 25 Aug 2015 12:30:00 +00003D Printing Molten Glass Is Beautifulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3d-printing-molten-glass-beautiful-180956385/The innovation comes out of the Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyTue, 25 Aug 2015 11:59:45 +0000ISIS Recently Blew Up an Ancient Temple in Palmyrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-blew-ancient-temple-palmyra-180956383/The temple of Baalshamin was over 2,000 years oldMon, 24 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000How a Single Wedding Ring Led to a $6 Billion Gold Hoax http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wedding-ring-led-6-billion-gold-hoax-180956380/People really wanted to believe there were 13 million pounds of gold there for the taking Mon, 24 Aug 2015 16:40:13 +0000Two Men Say They’ve Found a Mythical Train of Nazi Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-say-theyve-found-mythical-train-nazi-gold-180956376/Treasure hunters have searched for it since the end of World War II, but it may have never existed in the first placeMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Fossilized Poop is Rare, Fossilized Poop Inside a Fossilized Dinosaur is Even Rarerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-jurassic-pterosaur-contains-possible-poop-180956375/Fossilized feces are always interesting, and researchers may have just found an extra special exampleMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Utah's Winged Monster Rock Painting Isn’t A Monster at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winged-monster-utah-rock-art-isnt-monster-all-180956373/The picture shows a collection of figures, none of which have wingsMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000There’s a Conference in the U.K. All About Werewolves Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-conference-uk-all-about-werewolves-180956370/Wolf-to-human transformations in literature and history and their significance take the stageMon, 24 Aug 2015 12:39:28 +0000See, in Slow Motion, how Ladybugs Fit Wings Inside Their Spotted red Shellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-how-ladybugs-fit-wings-inside-their-spotted-red-shells-180956366/A view of the insects that is rarely seenFri, 21 Aug 2015 20:00:00 +0000Biologists Have Spotted the First Wolf Pack in California in 100 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biologists-have-spotted-first-wolf-pack-california-100-years-180956362/Two adults and five pups make up the newly-named Shasta PackFri, 21 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000A 15-Foot-Tall, 250-Pound Inflatable Ball Got Loose in Toledo, Ohiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-giant-red-ball-run-wild-180956360/Sounds like the inspiration for a Pixar movie.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:58:29 +0000Over 14,000 Miles of America's Coastline is Covered in Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-warning-against-concrete-coated-beaches-180956359/14 percent of America’s coastline is coated in concrete — and that could actually be really bad Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:41:48 +0000Japan’s Subways Now Have Drunk-Spotting Camerashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japans-subways-have-drunk-spotting-cameras-180956358/A pilot program seeks to save drunken passengers from the dangers of busy train tracksFri, 21 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000Ancient Diamonds Came From Seawater and Future Diamonds Might Come From The Air http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-diamonds-came-seawater-future-diamonds-might-come-air-180956357/Cloudy diamonds give some scientists new clues to how they formed underground, others find ways to make them out of thin air.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:38:44 +0000For A Better-Tasting Tomato, Dip It In Hot Water Before Sticking It In The Fridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-tasting-tomato-dip-it-hot-water-sticking-it-fridge-180956353/A simple chemical trick could make supermarket tomatoes taste way better.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Story of the Butterfly That Got Adopted by A Red Anthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-butterfly-got-adopted-red-ant-180956352/With unexpected infanticide and toxic chemicals, it’s a story loved by allFri, 21 Aug 2015 13:42:31 +0000Grimy City Buildings Re-Pollute the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grimy-city-buildings-re-pollute-air-180956349/Filthy urban surfaces “breathe” pollutants when they’re exposed to sunThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000Russia Wants Rachmaninoff’s Remains Back http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-wants-rachmaninoffs-remains-back-180956350/Should a composer who abandoned his home forever be returned there 72 years after his death? Thu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Burning Man is Currently Infested With Biting, Stinky Desert Bugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burning-man-infested-biting-stinky-desert-bugs-180956351/The plague of insects is really harshing the vibeThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:34:48 +0000American Vegetarianism Has a Religious Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-vegetarianism-had-religious-upbringing-180956346/Thank the creators of corn flakes and graham crackers for veggie burgers and not-dogsThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Human Bones Found Near Pennsylvania Highway Could Be From the 1918 Fluhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-bones-found-near-pennsylvania-highway-could-be-1918-flu-pandemic-180956344/Roadside construction reveals mass gravesiteThu, 20 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Follow a Piece of Luggage on a Rollercoaster Ride Through the Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/follow-airport-luggage-where-it-goes-after-check--180956342/One bag's journey through Amsterdam’s Schiphol AirportThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Medieval Chastity Belts Are a Mythhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chastity-belts-are-myth-180956341/People probably chuckled just as much then about the idea as they do todayThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Banksy May Be Opening A Dystopian Disneyland Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banksy-may-be-opening-theme-park-180956340/The elusive street artist’s take on Disneyland is chock-full of dystopiaThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:34:55 +0000Americans Used to Eat Robin Pie and Calf’s Foot Jellyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-used-eat-robin-pie-and-calfs-foot-jelly-all-time-180956339/A food historian points out some forgotten favoritesThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:31:49 +0000Hummingbird Tongues Are Pumps, Not Strawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hummingbird-tongues-are-pumps-not-straws-180956338/A tiny, quick pump mechanism lets birds slurp up nectar at a rate of 14 licks per secondThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:25:51 +0000Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Sleep Over at Versailleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-will-soon-be-able-sleep-over-versailles-180956337/Let them eat cake (at a five-star hotel)Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:03:26 +0000Scientists Just Identified a Pinkie That’s Almost 2 Million Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-just-identified-pinkie-s-almost-2-million-years-old-180956335/And it could be a major evolutionary breakthroughWed, 19 Aug 2015 16:01:01 +0000Black Holes Might Catapult Rogue Supernovas Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-holes-might-catapult-rogue-supernovas-space-180956334/Like being fired from a slingshot at 4.5 million miles an hourWed, 19 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This is a Robot Taking a Leisurely, Terrifying Walk in the Woods http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-walking-woods-180956314/Mechanical humanoid robots have never been so relaxedWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000The First Two Female Army Rangers Are About to Graduatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-two-female-army-rangers-are-about-graduate-180956312/After completing a grueling course, two women have proved they have what it takes to join the Army's bestWed, 19 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Plants Might Move with the Moon Just as the Oceans Do with Tideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-move-moon-just-oceans-do-tides-180956311/One researcher calls it the "leaftide"Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:30:25 +0000Go to the Moon for Less than $10,000! One Catch: Dead People Onlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-moon-less-10000-one-catch-dead-people-only-180956309/It’s the cheapest option yet for choosing the Moon as a final resting placeTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:46:39 +0000Why Airplane Seats Come With Barf Bagshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-airplane-seats-come-barf-bags-180956307/One of the last remaining luxuries of airplane travelTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:25:59 +0000Elizabeth II Isn’t England’s Longest-Ruling Monarch Just Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elizabeth-ii-isnt-englands-longest-ruling-monarch-yet-180956306/But she's about to set a royal recordTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:24:22 +0000This Pesticide Doesn’t Kill Spiders, But It Does Mess With Their Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pesticide-doesnt-kill-spiders-it-does-mess-their-heads-180956295/Just because a chemical isn’t lethal doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous to other insectsTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:39:42 +0000Drone Racing Wants to Become a Professional Sporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watching-drone-races-riding-shotgun-fighter-jet-180956302/The Drone Racing League just got $1 million from Miami Dolphins owner Stephen RossTue, 18 Aug 2015 14:30:55 +0000Future Antibiotics for Humans Could Come From Ant Fungus Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-antibiotics-humans-could-come-ant-fungus-gardens-180956300/A unique symbiotic relationship exists between leaf-cutter ants, fungi and bacteriaMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:40:29 +0000Why Satellites Are a Biologist's Best Friendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-make-measuring-biodiversity-look-easy-180956294/From tracking penguins to coral reefs, satellites are changing the way scientists study ecology Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Is Chocolate Milk the Next Sports Drink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chocolate-milk-next-sports-drink-180956293/It all comes down to cowsMon, 17 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Why Humans Love Things That Fit into Other Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-things-fit-together-perfectly-are-so-satisfying-180956287/There's comfort in unexpected orderMon, 17 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000When Will the Next Solar Superflare Hit Earth? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-next-solar-superflare-hit-earth-180956288/The year 2209 just got a lot scarierMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Lightning Strikes Can Change Rocks' Atomic Structurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightning-strikes-deform-rocks-atomic-level-180956285/New research suggests that rock crystals melt under the intense force and heat of lightningMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Cadavers Are Teaching Doctors to Be More Empathetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/med-schools-are-teaching-empathy-dead-their-students-learn-180956279/By getting to know the person behind the cadaver, new doctors are honing the skills they'll use on living patientsMon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000A New Cooking Oil Can Be Reused 80 Timeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-cooking-oil-reused-eighty-times-180956280/Could it make for better French fries and disrupt a worldwide black market at the same time? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000The Color White Has a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/color-white-dark-past-180956274/From race to wealth to cleanliness, the color's connotations have a long historyFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000How a Hellish Road Trip Revolutionized American Highwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-ike-took-hellish-road-trip-across-us-180956284/Quicksand, food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Ike to push for a better highway systemFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:05:00 +0000Would You Pass This 1910 Museum Curator Test? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/questions-every-museum-man-should-be-able-deal-1910-180956283/Don't know how to steer a canoe? Instant failFri, 14 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Modern Life Could Be Making Dementia More Commonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-getting-dementia-more-and-earlier-ever-180956281/Dementia is affecting people more and earlier than ever before — but is pollution the culprit? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The European Space Agency Wants to Build a Moon Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-wants-build-moon-village-180956275/Someday soon, the hot new European vacation spot could have a great view of the planet EarthFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Lived (and Died) Among Ancient Daisieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-lived-and-died-among-ancient-daisies-180956273/<i>Triceratops</i> loves me, <i>Triceratops</i> loves me not...Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000It's Strangely Difficult to Measure Big Explosionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-we-measure-explosions-180956271/But is it time for a makeover? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Infectious Tropical Diseases Are Returning to Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-tropical-diseases-are-returning-america-180956269/Climate, geography and economy are just a few risk factorsFri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Killed Over 134,000 Endangered Antelopes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bacteria-carried-ticks-may-have-killed-saiga-antelope-kazah-steppe-180956267/Experts are closer to an answerThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:30:00 +0000The World's Oldest Multicolor Printed Book Was Too Fragile to Read...Until Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-multicolor-printed-book-180956262/The 1633 book has now been digitizedThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Coffee Makes Some People Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-and-how-does-coffee-make-some-people-poop-180956261/It's not the caffeineThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:22:00 +0000Watch a Robot Evolvehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-robot-evolve-180956260/It's the mother of all robotsThu, 13 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Animation Is Made of Embroideryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laborious-embroidery-animation-brings-passover-folk-song-life-180956256/It took a year and a half to create a short film using "embroidermation" Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-coral-disease-spreads-across-oceans-180956255/Researchers still haven't cracked the mystery of "white syndrome"Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:14:00 +0000Could a Door in King Tut's Tomb Lead to Nefertiti?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-mysterious-door-tomb-king-tut-lead-nefertiti-180956254/There could be more in Tutanhkamun's burial chamber than meets the eyeWed, 12 Aug 2015 17:10:00 +0000Falcons Can’t Fly Without Passports in the United Arab Emirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/falcons-get-passports-stamp-out-smuggling-180956231/ID documents are helping stamp out smuggling for the prized birdsWed, 12 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Scientists Are Still Baffled by Monarch Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/actually-scientists-know-little-about-migration-monarch-butterflies-180956230/When it comes to declining winter butterfly populations, something just doesn't add upWed, 12 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This is How Bread Takes Shape in Tajikistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/observe-fascinating-traditional-bread-baking-methods-tajikistan-180956213/A poke, a slap, a prized traditionWed, 12 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Watch the Perseids Peak This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-perseids-peak-week-180956229/Summer's stunning meteor shower is sure to please stargazersWed, 12 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Modern Milk is Kind of Miraculoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-countries-milk-spoils-different-speeds-180956211/...at least in the USATue, 11 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000What's Behind China's Professional Tomb Raiding Trend? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-professional-tomb-raiding-problem-180956214/Move over, Lara Croft: raiding tombs is an increasingly viable career in ChinaTue, 11 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Inside a Dutch Police Academy...for Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rats-are-training-help-dutch-police-patrol-180956221/Cigarette-sniffing rats are creating new job opportunities for their fellow rodentsTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Do Animals Find Food? The Answer's in Their Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-pupil-shape-can-tell-us-about-animals-diet-180956220/Pupil shape provides differing advantages to those who crave the hunt and those who hide Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Russia Might Own the North Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-might-own-north-pole-180956208/Thanks to global warming, Russia has claimed a new ocean in the ArcticTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Did Shakespeare Smoke Pot? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-shakespeare-smoke-pot-180956223/Tobacco pipes in the Bard’s backyard may retain traces of cannabis, but some historians remain skeptical Tue, 11 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teenage-girls-have-been-revolutionizing-language-16th-century-180956216/They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500sMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000Search Engines Can Sway Undecided Votershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-engine-sway-undecided-voters-180956219/New research uncovers "the search engine effect" and its potential to influence election outcomesMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved to Be Moved by Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enjoy-art-thank-evolution-180956209/New research shows that while people respond to art for very different reasons, the ability to be moved in the first place is universalMon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why Don't Balancing Boulders Fall During Earthquakes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-precariously-posed-boulders-withstand-earthquakes-180956206/The interaction of nearby fault lines may lessen ground shaking around some balancing rocks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Next for the Animas River? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-next-animas-river-180956217/Cleanup efforts are underway at the river, which turned a bright orange-yellow after a catastrophic chemical spillMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This is the First Known Photo of the Smithsonian Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-celebrates-169th-birthday-image-castles-construction-180956212/On the Smithsonian's 169th birthday, a glimpse into the iconic Castle's constructionMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:39:00 +0000Bats and Balloon Bombs: The Weird Weapons That Could Have Won WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bats-balloon-bombs-world-war-ii-180956203/World War II's lesser-known weapons were ingenious, indeedMon, 10 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Washing Machine of the Future May Use Beads Instead of Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cut-down-water-use-washing-machines-plastic-beads-180956199/A new washing machine cuts down on water use with deep-cleaning polymer beadsMon, 10 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Could This Video Solve One of History's Greatest Art Mysteries? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-surfaces-infamous-gardner-museum-heist-180956197/Footage shows an unknown man entering the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum the night before the infamous robberyFri, 07 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Academics Are Outracing (and Outwitting) ISIShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/academics-outracing-outwitting-isis-180956193/Historians, archaeologists and librarians scramble to save precious cultural capital before it can be sold or destroyed by militantsFri, 07 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Americans Have Always Loved to Hate Presidential Debateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-have-always-loved-hate-presidential-debates-180956196/Audiences are ambivalent — but they still tune inFri, 07 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Steve Jobs is About to Get His Own Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steve-jobs-opera-set-santa-fe-stage-2017-180956182/But will it include a singing Woz? Fri, 07 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Nagasaki Bombing Almost Didn’t Happenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nagasaki-bombing-almost-didnt-happen-180956194/What really happened on the mission to drop the second atomic bombFri, 07 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Austin Just Sidestepped a Brawl Over BBQ Smokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-mess-texas-barbecue-180956177/Don't mess with Texas...barbecue Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Swiss Troops Stormed France in the Name of Cheese (and Cows)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-army-sent-troops-france-save-cheese-and-cows-180956189/Thirsty cows + torrid heat = trouble between nationsFri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Health Effects of the Atom Bomb Are Still Being Studiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bombings-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-still-inform-health-today-180956185/Studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors influence worldwide radiation standards, even 70 years laterThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Blueberries: A Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-decade-world-blueberry-production-has-tripled-180956173/The world's commercial blueberries all have their roots in New JerseyThu, 06 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000He Designed the Sydney Opera House...But Wasn't Even Invited to its Openinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architect-sydney-opera-house-wasnt-invited-opening-180956175/Somehow, an inexperienced architect and a mismanaged project still produced one of the world's most iconic buildingsThu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Astronauts Fill Out Customs Forms, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-customs-forms-180956181/Read Buzz Aldrin's expense report and customs form from his Apollo 11 mission to the moonThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lessonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-renaissance-painting-can-tell-us-about-modern-watermelons-180956155/Hint: it's in the watermelonThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Feeling Small in the Face of Nature Makes People More Generoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awe-yeah-feeling-small-face-nature-makes-people-more-generous-180956170/Awe, yeahThu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Breathtaking Space GIF Gives Earth a New Perspective of the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-satellites-view-moon-passing-front-earth-180956174/NASA's EPIC camera took the image a million miles from EarthWed, 05 Aug 2015 19:10:00 +0000Why This Chicken is Black From Comb to Feathers to Muscleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-chicken-black-comb-feathers-muscles-180956171/The Ayam Cemani is the Goth of the chicken worldWed, 05 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Physics of a UFC Fighter so Fast, She Might Just Be Bionichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ronda-rousey-so-fast-she-might-be-superhuman-180956167/Two words: kinetic energyWed, 05 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000By Keeping Cows From Burping, This Drug Could Slow Down Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keeping-cows-burping-drug-could-slow-down-climate-change-180956166/That cheeseburger may soon be less harmful to the environmentWed, 05 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Balloon or Drone? The Internet's Space Race is Heating Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/balloon-drone-internet-space-race-180956165/Facebook and Google battle to provide the best internet connection from the edge of the atmosphereWed, 05 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Was the Turducken of Border Disputeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-turducken-border-disputes-180956161/Dahala Khagrabari (#51) used to be a piece of India inside Bangladesh, inside India, inside BangladeshWed, 05 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Teen Schools Professor on "No Irish Need Apply" Signshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-schools-professor-no-irish-need-apply-signs-180956162/Armed with a Google search and a theory, a 14-year-old enters the fray on a longstanding historical debateWed, 05 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Glaciers Are Retreating Faster Than Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-are-retreating-faster-before-180956158/The future of Earth's glaciers is unsettling at bestTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000The Parks Service Just Added Four New National Historic Landmarkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parks-service-just-added-four-new-national-historic-landmarks-180956160/Masonic memorials, bison jumps and parksTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:13:00 +0000The Middle East Just Lived Through One of the Hottest Days in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/middle-east-literally-feels-oven-right-now-180956154/An Iranian city logged a 165-degree heat index last week as temperatures continue to boilTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Astronauts Have Some Weird Pre-Launch Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-pre-launch-traditions-180956151/Rituals are important when you're about to rocket into spaceTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000North Korea's Military Still Uses Stealth Planes From the 1940s http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-north-korea-using-stealth-plane-1940s-180956145/The An-2 can hover and fly backwardsTue, 04 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Emojis Could Help People With Food Allergieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emojis-food-allergies-180956150/Bread emoji. Disappointed face emoji.Tue, 04 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Changed Pets' Legal Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/law-takes-pets-more-seriously-after-hurricane-katrina-180956138/The loss of thousands of pets to the hurricane encouraged lawmakers to rethink society’s responsibility to animalsTue, 04 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000A 13th-Century Sword Is Giving Historians a Headachehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swords-inscription-800-year-old-mystery-180956147/The sword's inscription is an 800-year-old mysteryTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Super-Small Black Holes Haven’t Destroyed the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/somehow-tiny-black-holes-dont-make-universe-collapse-180956148/And probably won'tTue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Have Been Talking About Greenhouse Gases for 191 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-talking-about-greenhouse-gases-191-years-180956146/The first explorations of the greenhouse effect began in 1824Mon, 03 Aug 2015 20:54:46 +0000Why Primatologists Love Collecting Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-primatologists-love-collecting-poop-180956139/There's intel inside monkey feces — in the form of DNAMon, 03 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do U.S. Carbon Emissions Rank Internationally?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-us-carbon-emissions-rank-internationally-180956142/It's complicatedMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:05:00 +0000How NASA Dealt With Images of an Alien Planet in the 1960shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nasa-dealt-images-alien-planet-mars-1960s-180956140/The alien planet was Mars and the process was just a bit simpler than it is todayMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the International Olympic Committee is Worried About Water Quality in Riohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rios-polluted-waters-may-make-olympic-swimmers-sick-180956141/Viruses and bacteria may threaten swimmers in the 2016 summer gamesMon, 03 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The United States Once Invaded and Occupied Haitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-invaded-occupied-haiti-180956135/In 1915, American troops began a 19-year, unofficial occupation of the Caribbean nation Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Dogs' Goofy Greetingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-dogs-go-nuts-when-reunited-their-owners-180956136/Why do dogs go nuts when their owners get home? The answers lie in their DNA and brainsMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:20:00 +0000Kids With Autism Can Read Emotions Through Body Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-autism-can-read-emotions-body-language-180956137/A new study challenges the misconception that kids with the disorder lack empathyMon, 03 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Robotic Insect Can Jump on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-robotic-insect-jump-water-180956131/Why? Because it’s coolMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Hackers Have Figured Out How to Control Smart Rifleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smart-sniper-rifle-vulnerable-hacking-180956118/With the right code, hackers can control guns from afarFri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Australian Cities Pass Cat Curfewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-cities-pass-cat-curfews-180956120/Fluffy little murderbeasts may soon be kept under lock and keyFri, 31 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Experimental Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection in Trial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experimental-ebola-vaccine-gives-100-protection-trial-180956128/An unusual trial design helped prove the vaccine safe and effective in less than a yearFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:55:00 +0000We Crave Comfort Food to Feel Less Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-crave-comfort-food-feel-less-alone-180956119/This is why you can't stop eating corndogsFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Maine Brewers Are Selling Lobster-Infused Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-brewing-lobster-infused-beer-180956115/Because of course they areFri, 31 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way Back...to the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-subway-technology-1930s-180956111/America's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Super-Dense Galaxies Are Bursting With Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-dense-galaxies-bursting-with-stars-180956117/Life in these systems would have trouble starting, but the night skies would be spectacular to beholdFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Philae Proves There's More to Comets Than Dust and Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-lander-comet-isnt-snowball-180956126/The lander found organic compounds on comet 67PFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Florida Divers Dig Up $1 Million in Sunken Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-dig-1-million-sunken-treasure-180956112/Treasure hunters find 300-year-old coins from a Spanish fleet off the Florida coastThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +0000"Happy Birthday to You" Could Soon Have Its Day in the Public Domainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-you-might-start-hearing-happy-birthday-you-tv-soon-180956109/One of the most popular songs in the world could soon be free to singThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Minnesota's Disappearing Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-waterfall-enters-chasm-and-then-disappears-180956105/Half a river is missing in the Judge C.R. Magney State ParkThu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Muggles, Rejoice: Quidditch is Becoming a Serious Sport http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quidditch-game-harry-potter-becoming-serious-sport-180956108/The Harry Potter-inspired game is now played by more than 300 teams around the worldThu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Only Four Northern White Rhinos Are Left on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-four-northern-white-rhinos-remain-180956106/One of the species' last females died this weekThu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bully or Bystander? It Could Be in the Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bully-or-bystander-genes-180956104/New study says bullying may be nature, not nurtureThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +000070 Years Ago, a B-25 Bomber Crashed Into the Empire State Buildinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/july-1945-b-25-bomber-crashed-empire-state-building-180956103/14 people died in the accidentThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Kids Can Build Their Own Lego Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-can-build-their-own-lego-prosthetics-180956098/Prototype system brings a bit of fun to prostheticsThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Queen Guitarist Brian May is Now a New Horizons Science Collaboratorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-team-got-little-help-queen-guitarist-brian-may-180956073/As new images were transmitted from Pluto, the rock-star-turned-astrophysicist rubbed shoulders with his heroesWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Plant Murders Bugs and Decorates Itself With Their Dead Bodies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plant-murders-bugs-and-decorates-itself-dead-bodies-180956087/Talk about a roundabout defense strategyWed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here's What Caused a Catastrophic Virgin Galactic Crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co-pilots-error-caused-virgin-galactic-crash-says-ntsb-180956101/Investigators say space plane didn’t have enough safeguardsWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Go Ahead, Wise Guy: Sarcasm Makes People More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-ahead-wise-guy-sarcasm-makes-people-more-creative-180956092/It’s science, duhWed, 29 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Listen to Dr. Kevorkian's Jazz-Funk Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-jack-kevorkians-jazz-album-180956097/The man called "Dr. Death" created a complex and surprising body of artistic workWed, 29 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: Why Puddles Don't Go On Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-puddles-explains-why-they-spread-out-then-stop-180956094/The picture of proper puddle behavior had a few missing piecesWed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Times Square’s Iconic Billboards May Be Illegalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-squares-iconic-billboards-may-be-illegal-180956091/Bright lights, big city, breaking the lawWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In Mexico, a Gritty Neighborhood Has Become a 65,000-Square-Foot Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-street-artists-brighten-rough-neighborhood-65000-square-foot-mural-180956090/A hillside in Pachuca gets a psychedelic makeoverTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-turkey-find-enormous-gooey-blob-realize-its-squid-eggs-180956089/The blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-knew-plant-existed-until-it-was-posted-facebook-180956084/What's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammals-monopoly-milk-180956072/It all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-flowing-ice-on-pluto-180956071/And maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Venezuela Is About to Run Out of Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venezuela-about-run-out-beer-180956069/Strict import laws could make Venezuela's taps dry up in just a few weeksTue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Drones Are Getting in the Way of Firefighters Combating Wilderness Blazeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-are-preventing-firefighters-combating-wilderness-blazes-180956064/Firefighters need to take to the air to fight fires, but sometimes that air is just too crowdedMon, 27 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Officials Had to Use A Snowplow to Reclaim a Bridge in Iowa Swarmed by Mayflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowplow-was-needed-reclaim-bridge-iowa-swarmed-mayflies-180956063/An unusually large emergence of aquatic insects created temporarily hazardous conditionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Climate Change Might Break Carbon Datinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-might-break-carbon-dating-180956062/Fossil fuel emissions mess with the ratio of carbon isotopes in the atmosphereMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-strange-phenomenon-called-hair-ice-forms-dead-trees-180956059/The white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Who Were the First People to Eat Chickens?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-were-first-people-eat-chickens-180956057/A find in Israel shows evidence of chicken consumption from as early as 400 B.C.E.Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/franklins-doomed-arctic-expedition-ended-gruesome-cannibalism-180956054/New bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-funky-fungus-some-cicadas-dont-have-butts-180956037/It’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slow-mo-lightning-strangely-artistic-180956035/Hypnotize yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000These Drones Hunt Whale Snot http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drones-specialize-whale-snot-180956034/Snotbots will make mucus collection less stressful for whalesMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Carrot Liqueur Could Be Coming to a Cocktail Near Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carrot-liqueur-could-be-coming-cocktail-near-you-180956065/What’s Next?! Kale?! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First Malaria Vaccine Could Be Released Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-malaria-vaccine-could-be-released-soon-180956066/The vaccine isn’t as effective as hoped however, and needs several more approvalsSat, 25 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-snaps-shot-pluto-its-rear-view-180956060/So long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-oldest-copy-quran-180956036/Manuscript fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000A List of All the Times People Have Tried to Build a Working Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-times-weve-tried-build-working-tricorder-180956033/Star Trek-style scanning has been a bit more complicated than expected Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:19:43 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-pupils-may-expand-when-you-daydream-180956030/But researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-eating-amoebas-may-kill-you-help-your-own-immune-system-180956023/The amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Bakers Are Still Searching for the Perfect Egg Replacementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bakers-are-searching-perfect-egg-understudy-180956019/Egg prices are hitting record highs, raising demand for substitutesFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-freak-out-over-funky-flowers-appeared-near-fukushima-180956021/The odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explosion-nist-lab-being-linked-meth-180956018/A former combustion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Listen to 98 hours of Shakespeare’s Poems and Plays Performed by Great Actorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-98-hours-shakespeares-poems-and-plays-performed-great-actors-180956007/The playlist includes the voices of Edith Evans, Dylan Thomas, Orson Welles and Sir Ian McKellenFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:41 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-appetizers-can-spoil-main-meal-180956015/The contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-pitcher-plants-call-bats-get-their-poo-180956014/Specially shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Are People Still Using Asbestos? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-asbestos-still-used-even-though-health-concerns-were-raised-century-ago-180956011/The story holds parallels with that of the tobacco industryThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhinos-hidden-horn-cameras-could-serve-poaching-surveillance-system-180956013/One non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Root Beer Is For Adults Again http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-edge-craft-breweries-put-hard-root-beer-tap-180956008/This is not your soda fountain’s root beerThu, 23 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-wildfire-smoke-alaska-and-canada-circle-arctic-180956003/Here’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000 The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-olympic-committee-just-rescued-its-priceless-audiovisual-archive-180956000/Seven years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preservedThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000The NSA Has a Summer Camp for Cyberspies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nsa-has-summer-camp-cyberspies-180955999/43 camps nationwide teach teens white hat hacking skills Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:07 +0000You Can Pay for This Transylvanian Music Festival in Blood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transylvanian-music-festival-trades-blood-tickets-180955985/Dracula would totally approve of this payment systemWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-has-no-statues-real-women-180955973/Could a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000After 21 Years, the U.S. Has Snagged a Coveted Math Competition Victoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-21-years-us-has-snagged-coveted-math-victory-180955974/Two decades later, American students grab brag-worthy math titleWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:13:25 +0000A New York City Airport is Building a Luxury Terminal Just for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-airport-building-luxury-terminal-just-animals-180955975/Pets and livestock will soon travel in high style through JFKWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bald-eagle-us-was-hit-car-180955970/Here’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-algerian-sahara-space-180955962/It’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sand-even-grosser-ocean-water-180955968/New research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-billionaire-just-pledged-100-million-find-extraterrestrial-life-180955966/More telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In the 1960s, One Man Took Washington D.C.’s Rat Problem Into His Own Hands, Literallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1960s-julius-hobson-took-dcs-rat-problem-his-own-hands-180955961/And challenged the city’s race and wealth divide in the processTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/industrial-l-theres-warehouse-filled-bones-whales-180955960/A video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here’s What Steam-Powered Cars Were Like Before the Combustion Enginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-steam-cars-were-combustion-engine-won-180955959/The Doble brothers’ built a beautiful steam car in 1924 but mismanagement kept it from being a financial sucessMon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Someone Stole the Skull of ‘Nosferatu’ Director F.W. Murnauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-stole-skull-nosferatu-director-fw-murnau-180955958/Thieves left behind traces of wax, suggesting occult practices might be at play here Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-fossilized-animal-sperm-comes-worm-lived-50-million-years-ago-180955956/The discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000150 Years Ago, a Fire in P.T. Barnum's Museum Boiled Two Whales Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pt-barnums-bizarre-museum-burned-ground-1865-180955955/Attracting tourists and locals alike, the museum mixed freakshow performers with educational collectionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-figures-out-how-make-scream-scary-180955953/Shrieks of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000One Man Packed and Shipped Over 700 Pounds of Boston Snow This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-man-packed-and-shipped-more-700-pounds-boston-snow-year-180955951/But they refused to ship snow to anyone in Massachusetts Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:13:20 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/course-some-people-think-pluto-pictures-are-fake-180955949/Or at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robots-and-divers-scour-pacific-long-lost-wwii-soldiers-180955947/An ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-deal-wine-baths-180955945/Chemists investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Archeologists Have Found 2,000 Ancient Golden Spirals and They Have No Idea What They Arehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-found-almost-2000-gold-spiral-objects-bronze-age-180955943/The meaning or purpose behind the spirals is unclear, but they probably were part of a ritual Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-heck-pentaquark-180955942/For fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-fungus-eating-scales-snakes-eastern-us-180955938/Researchers are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-arrived-350-pieces-180955920/Luckily, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ways-human-hands-are-more-primitive-chimp-hands-180955936/Study suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Aroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hitchhiking-worms-use-slugs-transportation-180955908/New study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-feeding-prairie-dogs-peanut-butter-could-help-stop-plague-and-save-ferrets-180955937/The recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000Public Drinking Fountains Are Disappearing, and That's a Bad Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-thinking-public-drinking-fountains-are-gross-problem-180955931/Bottling water divorces people from caring about keeping public water supply cleanThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:51:29 +0000Australians Are Building a Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncéhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australians-are-building-skyscraper-inspired-beyonce-1-180955902/Architects envision a rippling structure that takes a page from the singer’s famous lookThu, 16 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-stale-glass-water-180955926/It might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Explore This Map of 13 Centuries' Worth of English Metaphorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/projects-maps-13-centuries-metaphors-english-language-180955925/How long ago did English speakers start linking chickens with fearfulness?Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Could This Shrub Overthrow the Mighty Rubber Tree?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rubber-trees-domination-rubber-production-may-soon-end-180955923/Researchers are working to make a shrub found in southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico a viable natural rubber alternativeWed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-some-people-have-more-bellybutton-lint-others-180955898/The secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000There’s Now Wifi on Mount Fuji http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-wifi-mount-fuji-180955907/Hiking boots. Water bottle. Laptop? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Did Nobody Notice Five Million Pounds of Rock Fall Off Half Dome?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hordes-yosemite-tourists-failed-notice-fall-5-million-pounds-rock-half-dome-180955897/The park is always changing, but this time nobody realized itWed, 15 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000What to Expect From Harper Lee’s Long-Lost Second Novel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scout-finch-rides-rails-first-chapter-harper-lees-long-lost-second-novel-180955890/Controversy still surrounds the release of <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pluto-got-its-name-180955912/New Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000San Diego’s First Comic-Con Was Held in a Basementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diegos-first-comic-con-was-held-basement-180955891/The original fan gathering only attracted 145 peopleTue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Here’s What the First Lady Has to Do if She Wants to Redecoratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-first-lady-decides-redecorate-180955889/A few throw pillows and a touch of new paint? No way.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dwarf-planet-pluto-bigger-expected-180955909/But so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-virus-carried-squirrels-kill-three-people-germany-possibly-180955896/A mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-midst-heroin-epidemic-180955893/Cheap sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Why Was One of Hollywood's First Female Film Directors, Dorothy Arzner, Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-dorothy-arzner-paved-way-female-directors-today-180955904/Arzner directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humans-are-paving-way-lyme-diseases-spread-180955905/Thanks to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Has the Internet Finally Killed the Greeting Card? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/has-internet-officially-killed-greeting-card-180955888/Companies like Hallmark are experiencing hard times as social media and ecards gain steamMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-still-cant-study-causes-gun-violence-180955884/Congress has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Conservationists Want You to Stop Building Rock Pileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stacking-rocks-wilderness-no-good-180955880/Cairns have a long history and purpose, one that newer stacks sometimes subvertMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:32:07 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-just-established-three-new-national-monuments-covering-over-million-acres-180955895/Art, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Savedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-heard-bontebok-its-one-african-animal-humans-nearly-destroyed-then-saved-180955885/Part of this conservation success story relies on the bontebok’s inability to jumpFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000When This Photographer Got Sick, He Started Taking Beautiful Photos of Painkillers and Tears http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-snaps-microscopic-images-painkillers-and-tears-180955886/The extreme closeups were one way for the photographer to understand what he was takingFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-give-iberian-lynx-pregnancy-test-use-assassin-bug-180955879/Researchers used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000Real-life Vampires Exist, but They Are Scared to Admit Their Practices to Doctorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-vampires-exist-they-are-scared-admit-their-practices-doctors-180955877/Even vampires need non-judgmental help sometimesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:23:44 +0000Cannabis is Being Used to Build Homes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cannabis-being-used-build-homes-180955872/“Hempcrete” turns weed into building materialsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How to Make a Record Out of a Tortilla http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-record-out-tortilla-180955871/Yes, it’s edibleThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:57:53 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-air-pollution-makes-floods-worse-180955870/A better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Washington D.C. Just Got a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-takes-visitors-beach-180955861/A giant ball pit exhibit allows National Building Museum visitors to experience an indoor oceanThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-could-stop-traumatic-memories-becoming-flashbacks-180955862/The visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frustrated-shark-week-biologists-celebrate-jacques-cousteau-jacquesweek-180955875/The French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stash-dinosaur-eggshells-japan-180955860/The eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-sun-looks-when-viewed-x-ray-telescope-180955857/All of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000The Russian Government is Teaching its Citizens Selfie Safety http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-government-teaching-selfie-safety-180955856/A rash of injuries while taking selfies prompted the new campaign Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000People Who Bring Their Own Grocery Bags are More Likely to Buy Junk Food http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-who-bring-their-own-grocery-bags-are-more-likely-buy-junk-food-180955855/It’s all about perceived virtueThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000In South Africa, People Painted with Cow Milk Long Before They Domesticated Cattlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-africa-people-painted-milk-cattle-were-domesticated-180955852/The need to hunt wild cow relatives would have made this paint valuableThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unescos-newest-world-heritage-sites-are-vineyards-180955850/Bordeaux, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is What Happened When an Australian City Gave Trees Email Addresses http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-when-australian-city-gave-trees-email-addresses-180955851/Trees get fan mail and even write back to Melburnian residentsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:24:42 +0000There’s Still (Filthy, Disgusting, Not-Yet-Melted) Snow in Boston Right Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-still-filthy-disgusting-not-yet-melted-snow-boston-summer-180955848/The detritus of Boston’s most severe winter ever has yet to melt away Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:33 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pac-man-spacecraft-will-devour-swiss-satellite-180955846/Swiss researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-shark-repellents-really-work-180955843/Mostly not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Behold the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, 41 Feet Tallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180955842/The battle for tallest sand structure rages onWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In 1915 a Former Harvard Professor Tried to Blow Up the U.S. Capitolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-professor-tried-blow-us-capitol-july-1915-180955836/Driven by anti-war sentiment, he went on to carry out several terrorist attacks in NYC to protest U.S. involvement in WWIWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Despite Their Industrious Reputation, Some Ants Are Super Lazyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/despite-their-industrious-rep-some-ants-are-super-lazy-180955841/Research suggests that some worker ants excel at inactivityWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runners-get-ready-wear-garbage-your-feet-adidas-has-new-ocean-trash-shoe-180955831/The apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Look Up: Clouds Could be the Next Movie Screens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clouds-could-be-next-movie-screens-180955849/An abandoned military strategy leads to the first “cloud movie” Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000Ultrasonic Fingerprint Readers Can Unlock Phones Even When Your Fingers are Gross and Sweatyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingertips-unique-sounds-could-be-next-security-measure-electronics-180955833/Experts say ultrasound fingerprint sensors are harder to hackTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:25:21 +0000Researchers Are Using Facial Recognition Software To Save Lionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-software-will-help-lion-conservation-180955832/Software algorithms offer a non-invasive way to track the big catsTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:21:08 +0000Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-could-be-next-big-thing-charitable-giving-180955830/Immersive storytelling brings a bit of sobering reality to would-be donorsTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:15:00 +0000There’s More Bourbon in Kentucky Right now Than any Other Time in the Last 40 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-more-bourbon-kentucky-right-now-last-40-years-180955829/Whiskey lovers, take note: the state currently boasts 5.7 million barrels of aging bourbonTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:49:06 +0000Croquet Was Once the Big Thing at Wimbledonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/croquet-used-be-big-thing-wimbledon-180955828/The club has croquet to thank for its famous lawnsTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:47:06 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-genetically-engineered-cows-fight-climate-change-180955821/As the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Gothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-great-barrier-reef-sea-turtles-eye-view-180955820/See the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1950-us-released-bioweapon-san-francisco-180955819/This was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000This Scorpion-Shaped Robot Will Enter One of Fukushima’s Reactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scorpion-shaped-robot-will-enter-one-fukushimas-reactors-180955817/The nuclear power plant's owners still don't know exactly what is going on inside the three reactors that melted downMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:33:13 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-mutations-turned-not-so-deadly-bacteria-mass-murdering-one-180955816/The ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-colonial-doctor-changed-medical-views-alcohol-180955813/Meet Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000