Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonian feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Like U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbled Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Found: The Wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, the “Bay Area’s Titanic” maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasion evidence supports historic accounts of the great "Kamikaze" of 1274 and 1281Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:24 +0000The Science of the Red Sea's Parting is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Letters Digital Einstein archive offers a look into the great physicist's writingsFri, 05 Dec 2014 18:14:28 +0000Tour the Great Wide World of Mushroom Cloud Imagery testing yielded far more, and more diverse, images of mushroom clouds than those that are commonly shownWed, 03 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000The Largest Manmade Block Ever Was Just Discovered in Lebanon block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000Richard III’s DNA Analysis Reveals Cuckoldry in the Family can trace the monarch’s maternal lineage to modern relatives, but not the male sideTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:32:39 +0000Hollywood Asked for Freeway Noise Barriers First only makes sense that the problem of road noise cropped up in Los AngelesTue, 02 Dec 2014 18:39:12 +0000New Amsterdam's First Laws: Drink Less, Fight Less Amsterdam was controlled by the Dutch from 1624 to 1664Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:46:20 +0000Experts Have No Idea Who This Roman God Is recently unearthed carving combines Roman and Mesopotamian elements but may represent a god from an even earlier timeFri, 28 Nov 2014 18:29:37 +0000This Computer From 1949 Runs on Water at the time didn’t have displays; one economics student created a visualization using water-filled tanks and tubesFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:15:43 +0000A Nurse Describes the Smell of the Civil War overpowering stink of blood and decaying flesh can surprise even trained soldiersFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:00:05 +0000Soon Enough No One Will Remember Bill Clinton mostly remember first and recent US presidents, forgetting almost all the ones that came betweenFri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:42 +0000The 17th-Century Polish Vampire Next Door 17th century Poland, people pegged as vampires weren't weirdo foreigners but locals who freaked their neighbors outWed, 26 Nov 2014 19:18:47 +0000Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism Is Even Older Than We Thought ancient astronomical calculator is now dated to 205 B.C. and is 1,000 years more advanced than anything else found from that timeWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000How NASA Censored Dirty-Mouthed Astronauts really didn't want astronauts swearing on airWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:23 +0000An Ancient Egyptian Spellbook Has Been Translated's like the researchers have never seen a horror movieMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:07 +0000How One Crop Allowed Humans to Conquer the Himalaya barley enabled us to survive at altitudes that were previously beyond reach Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:48:09 +0000India Once Released 25,000 Flesh-Eating Turtles Into the Ganges plan to clean up corpses failed due to lack of planning Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:05 +0000This Archaeology Site Is Guarded by 500 Turkish Soldiers excavation of a 5,000 year old city on the Turkey-Syrian border continues despite nearby presence of the Islamic State extremistsTue, 18 Nov 2014 19:22:13 +0000Europeans Thought Coffee Was Satanic the Pope tried it out and became a fanThu, 13 Nov 2014 14:32:31 +000019th Century Concern Trolling: Chess Is “a Mere Amusement of a Very Inferior Character” writers of Scientific American had some not nice things to say about chessMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:15:39 +0000A Soldier’s Room Has Remained Virtually Untouched Since WWI home's current owner, however, says he feels little connection to the dead soldierMon, 10 Nov 2014 15:56:20 +0000George Washington Didn’t Have Wooden Teeth—They Were Ivory's teeth were made of a lot of things, but not woodFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:00:53 +0000The Navy SEAL Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Goes Public O'Neill says he is the SEAL who killed bin LadenFri, 07 Nov 2014 15:21:48 +0000Guy Fawkes May Be the Root of the Word “Guys” word's meaning has changed a lot throughout the centuriesWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:09:09 +0000These Giant Circles in the Mideast Are One of the World's Last Mysteries have found more than a dozen ancient circles in Turkey, Syria and Jordan—but don’t know why they were builtTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:48:56 +0000Great Britain Still Has Significant Debt From World War I U.K. is committing itself to paying off a small fraction of that debt next year by issuing new debtTue, 04 Nov 2014 14:43:32 +0000Someone Just Bought an Entire Connecticut Ghost Town for $1.2 Million was once a 62-acre mill villageFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:48 +0000Aircraft Hunters Think They’ve Found a Scrap of Amelia Earhart’s Plane isn't the first time a seemingly game-changing piece of evidence about Earhart's disappearance has arisen, however Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:13:14 +0000Ancient Easter Islanders Likely Sailed Back And Forth to South America 4,600-mile roundtrip couldn't have been easy—even for people who had already migrated from Polynesia in wooden outrigger canoesWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:12:31 +0000Stone Age Shelter in Peru is the Oldest, Highest Human Settlement found campfires and rock art at nearly 14,700 feet, suggesting ancient people lived high just 2,000 years after they reached South AmericaFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:14 +0000Wreckage of a Nazi U-Boat Was Found Off the Coast of North Carolina freighter lost in that skirmish was also discovered in the "graveyard of the Atlantic"Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:24:24 +0000Newest King Tut Theory: He Suffered Severe Disorders From Inbreeding included a club foot that prevented him from walking unaided Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:05 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeball eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000Ex-Nazis Received Social Security Payments From America of former Nazis are suspected of collecting millions in Social Security in return for exiting the countryMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000