Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:08 +0000In This New Portrait, George Washington Trades His Curls for a Man Bun http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-george-washington-trades-his-curls-man-bun-180961715/The first president turns hipster at a new D.C. restaurantFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:05:25 +0000Eugene Cernan: The Last Man on the Moon and So Much Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eugene-cernan-was-more-just-last-astronaut-moon-180961830/His experience helped make spaceflight saferTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:02:08 +0000This Altar Cloth Might Have Been Elizabeth I’s Skirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/altar-cloth-might-be-elizabeth-is-skirt-180961756/It belonged to a parish church for centuriesTue, 17 Jan 2017 20:00:12 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was a Middle-Aged Widow Named Silence Dogood (And a Few Other Women)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklin-was-middle-aged-widow-named-silence-dogood-and-few-other-women-180961781/The founding father wrote letters in the voice of female pseudonyms throughout his lifeTue, 17 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Cuban Cartoonist Drew the Cold War for MAD Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cuban-cartoonist-drew-cold-war-mad-magazine-180961787/The Black Spy and the White Spy have been chasing each other around in <i>MAD</i> Magazine for 56 yearsTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Austrian Town Seeks Professional Hermithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/austrian-town-seeks-professional-hermit-180961819/The beautiful locale makes up for the spartan lifestyle expected of successful applicantsTue, 17 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Necklace Similar to One Owned by Anne Frank Found at Nazi Death Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-similar-one-owned-anne-frank-found-nazi-death-camp-180961810/Researchers say the remarkable find likely belonged to another victim who may have known Frank and her familyMon, 16 Jan 2017 18:54:12 +0000In 1957, The U.S. Flew a Jet Around the World to Prove it Could Drop a Nuclear Bomb Anywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1957-us-flew-jet-around-world-prove-it-could-drop-nuclear-bomb-anywhere-180961769/The B-52 bomber that made the flight was part of a new bomber class that was still proving its worthMon, 16 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000Some States Celebrate MLK Day and Robert E. Lee’s Birthday on the Same Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-celebrate-mlk-day-and-robert-e-lees-birthday-same-day-180961772/Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday in January since the federal holiday was first observed in 1986Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New $100 Coin Features First-Ever African-American Lady Libertyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-100-coin-features-first-ever-african-american-lady-liberty-180961806/She'll put a new face on a familiar allegoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 22:05:39 +0000New National Monuments Highlight Reconstruction and Civil Rights Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-monuments-highlight-reconstruction-and-civil-rights-history-180961796/President Obama designated three Southern sites critical to sharing that storyFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:20:59 +0000Since First Successfully Used 75 Years Ago, Ejection Seats Have Saved Thousands http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-successfully-used-75-years-ago-ejection-seats-have-saved-thousands-180961744/The faster an airplane is moving, the harder it is to get out of: that's why ejection seats are so importantFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Write Inside Mark Twain’s Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-write-inside-mark-twains-library-180961790/Commune with Clemens in his historic homeFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:40:21 +0000Bruce Springsteen Is Getting His Own Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-springsteen-getting-his-own-archive-180961758/A new center will celebrate the glory days of Boss and other American musical iconsFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-cryonic-preservation-fifty-years-180961788/Today, we still have no idea if the process will ever produce resultsThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:08 +0000Harriet Tubman Is Getting Her Own National Historical Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubman-getting-her-own-national-historical-park-180961784/The park will tell the story of Tubman’s later years Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:17:19 +0000Why a Glass Penny Cost One Collector Over $70,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-glass-penny-cost-one-collector-over-70000-180961763/The prototype was part of a short-lived attempt to take the copper out of one-cent coinsThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:36:19 +0000Why Some Women Campaigned Against The Vote For Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-women-campaigned-against-vote-women-180961738/Although it seems counter-intuitive now, some women had reasons for not wanting the voteThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000People Have Tried to Make U.S. Cigarette Warning Labels More Graphic for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cigarette-warning-labels-more-graphic-180961721/On this day in 1964, the surgeon general officially said that smoking causes cancer. But warning labels in America still don't show its effects Wed, 11 Jan 2017 17:20:00 +0000State Department Apologizes for the "Lavender Scare"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/state-department-apologizes-lavender-scare-180961746/For decades, the agency purged gay and lesbian workers believing their sexual orientation made them security risksTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:47:29 +0000The Legendary Reporter Who Broke the Beginning of World War II Is Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-legendary-reporter-who-broke-the-beginning-of-world-war-ii-is-dead-180961741/Clare Hollingworth redefined the role of war correspondent Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:13:45 +0000The Parking Garage Where Deep Throat Spilled the Beans on Watergate Is Being Torn Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parking-garage-where-deep-throat-spilled-beans-watergate-being-torn-down-180961733/Demolition is scheduled for early this yearTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:56:49 +0000This Three-Wheeled, Battery-Powered Plastic Car-Bike Was a Giant Flop in 1985http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-wheeled-battery-powered-plastic-car-bike-was-giant-flop-1980s-180961685/But today, some have asked if Sir Clive Sinclair was just ahead of his timeTue, 10 Jan 2017 15:55:00 +0000John D. Rockefeller Was the Richest Person To Ever Live. Periodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-d-rockefeller-richest-person-ever-live-period-180961705/Standard Oil, his company, is one of the biggest reasons we have anti-monopoly lawsTue, 10 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000One of California’s Iconic “Tunnel Trees” Has Fallenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-californias-iconic-tunnel-trees-has-fallen-180961726/The Pioneer Cabin Tree was likely hundreds of years oldMon, 09 Jan 2017 21:03:41 +0000New York State Once Introduced an Anti-Flirting Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-state-once-introduced-anti-flirting-bill-180961687/The law aimed to crack down on public displays of affection of all kindsMon, 09 Jan 2017 20:15:58 +0000The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-will-finally-welcome-a-black-astronaut-180961725/In May 2018, flight engineer Jeanette J. Epps will begin her mission on the ISSMon, 09 Jan 2017 18:58:55 +0000The Inventor of the Telegraph Was Also America’s First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-telegraph-was-also-americas-first-photographer-180961683/The daguerreotype craze took over New York in the mid-nineteenth centuryMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:35:33 +0000Remembering Joan of Arc, the Original Nasty Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-joan-arc-original-nasty-woman-180961709/The Maid of Orleans and her holy voices were in many ways too different to liveMon, 09 Jan 2017 07:00:00 +0000There Are Only Two Shakers Left in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-only-two-shakers-left-world-180961701/One of America’s oldest religious sects still survivesFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:41:40 +0000The Market Crash That Cost Newton a Fortunehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/market-crash-cost-newton-fortune-180961655/The esteemed scientist wasn't the only one to fall for the first investment bubbleFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:40:00 +0000A Coal Fire May Have Helped Sink the 'Titanic'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fire-may-have-helped-sink-titanic-180961699/A new documentary claims the <i>Titanic</i>’s hull was weakened before it struck an icebergThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:43:06 +0000Advice for Drivers From Dorothy Levitt, the Pre-War Racing Record Breaker You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advice-drivers-dorothy-levitt-pre-war-racecar-record-breaker-youve-never-heard-180961659/Levitt’s story is proof that women were in auto racing almost from the start, and she has some ideas for other driversThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000We Can Thank Harry Truman for TV Politicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-can-thank-harry-truman-tv-politics-180961642/Truman was the first president to regularly appear on televisionThu, 05 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Adlai Stevenson Stopped Russian Interference in the 1960 Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-adlai-stevenson-stopped-russian-interference-1960-election-180961681/The Soviets offered the former presidential candidate propaganda support if he ran in 1960, an offer he politely declinedWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:50:45 +0000After Nearly 70 Years, the India-Pakistan Partition Gets a Museum http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-nearly-70-years-india-pakistan-partition-gets-museum-180961682/The Partition Museum is unrelenting in its portrayal of a brutal eraWed, 04 Jan 2017 19:22:06 +0000On This Day in 1847, a Texas Ranger Walked Into Samuel Colt’s Shop and Said, Make Me a Six-Shooterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1847-texas-ranger-walked-samuel-colts-shop-and-said-make-me-six-shooter-180961621/Samuel Colt was a clever marketer as well as a talented inventorWed, 04 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Topsy the Elephant Was a Victim of Her Captors, Not Thomas Edisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/topsy-elephant-was-victim-her-captors-not-really-thomas-edison-180961611/Many believe Edison killed Topsy to prove a point, but some historians argue otherwiseWed, 04 Jan 2017 14:05:00 +0000Germany’s Controversial New Version of ‘Mein Kampf’ Is Now a Bestseller http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-controversial-new-version-mein-kampf-now-bestseller-180961637/Once kept under lock and key, the book is now available in a critical editionTue, 03 Jan 2017 19:18:18 +0000Happy Birthday to Hollywood’s First Chinese-American Star http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-birthday-hollywoods-first-chinese-american-star-180961606/She was a leading lady, but racism held her career backTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First-Known Photograph of the White House Was Taken by an Immigranthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-known-photograph-white-house-was-taken-immigrant-180961629/John Plumbe, Jr. was one of America’s first rockstar photographersTue, 03 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000People Mailed Dimes 'By The Truck Load' to FDR's White House to Cure Poliohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-mailed-dimes-truck-load-fdrs-white-house-cure-polio-180961594/He was America’s first and only president with a visible—and known—disabilityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000"Comfort Woman" Statue Stokes Old Tensions Between Japan and South Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-woman-statue-stokes-old-tensions-between-japan-and-south-korea-180961628/She’s a silent reminder of the plight of hundreds of thousands of women forced into sexual slavery by Japan during World War IITue, 03 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Notes Indicate Nixon Interfered With 1968 Peace Talkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-indicate-nixon-interfered-1968-peace-talks-180961627/Documents from aide seem to confirm long-time speculation that Nixon tried to scuttle a Vietnam peace deal to help his presidential campaignMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:39:52 +0000This Catastrophic Polar Journey Resulted in One of the Best Adventure Books Ever Writtenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-worst-journey-world-180961589/Apsley Cherry-Garrard's travel memoir is still the one to beat, and not only because it features penguinsMon, 02 Jan 2017 20:33:05 +0000If Isaac Asimov Had Named The Smartphone, He Might Have Called It The “Pocket Computer Mark II” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-isaac-asimov-had-named-smartphone-he-might-have-called-it-pocket-computer-mark-ii-180961588/The sci-fi author correctly predicted a number of innovations that have come to passMon, 02 Jan 2017 15:28:16 +0000The World Finally Knows How Leaders Reacted to Margaret Thatcher’s Resignationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-finally-knows-how-leaders-reacted-margaret-thatchers-resignation-180961620/The Iron Lady glistens in newly released papers about her last years as Prime MinisterFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:48:30 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000Meet the Men Behind Saturday Morning's Most Memorable Cartoonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-men-behind-saturday-mornings-most-memorable-cartoons-180961596/Zoinks! Hanna-Barbera once dominated kids’ Saturday schedulesFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:58:01 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-real-canary-coal-mine-180961570/Used until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000Residents Claim Ivy League College Polluted Water With Dead Lab Rodentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residents-claim-ivy-league-college-polluted-their-water-dead-lab-rodents-180961582/Burial of lab animals in the ‘60s and ‘70s have been linked to groundwater contamination in Hanover, New HampshireThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:39:06 +0000Lawyer Wants to Make Harper Lee’s Hometown a Haven for Tourists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyer-wants-make-harper-lees-hometown-haven-tourists-180961584/Monroeville, Alabama, could change with a proposed Harper Lee TrailThu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:34 +0000What Have the World’s Oldest Mummies Kept Under Wraps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-mummies-get-ct-scan-180961578/Researchers are making digital reconstructions of the 7,000-year-old bodies, which face rapid deterioration from microbesThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:39:35 +0000Five Years Ago, This Island Nation Lost an Entire Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-time-zones-make-work-worse-180961569/On this day in 2011, Samoa switched sides of the international date line for the second time, losing December 30 in the process. Here's whyThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:36:08 +0000Navajo Nation Library Wants to Digitally Preserve Thousands of Hours of Oral Historieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-library-wants-digitally-preserve-thousands-hours-oral-histories-180961576/The library is looking for help protecting its tapesWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:21:23 +0000Just Months After Its Discovery, the X-Ray Was in Use in Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctors-immediately-started-using-x-ray-after-its-discovery-180961566/The public was also fascinated by the fact it was possible to take pictures of somebody’s insidesWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:05:23 +0000Five Things to Know About Boundary-Breaking Astronomer Vera Rubin http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-boundary-breaking-astronomer-vera-rubin-180961574/Her observations confirmed the theory of dark matter, and her activism helped open science to more women Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:22:53 +0000You Can Hear Hagia Sophia’s Sublime Acoustics Without a Trip to Istanbulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-hear-hagia-sophias-sublime-acoustics-without-trip-istanbul-180961563/Stanford scientists have digitally created the building’s unique sound, taking listeners back to the Middle AgesTue, 27 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Northwest’s Earliest “Garden” Discovered in British Columbiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/northwests-earliest-garden-discovered-british-columbia-180961560/The 3,800-year-old stone platform was used to cultivate wapato—wild water potatoes—a staple crop for many North American peoplesFri, 23 Dec 2016 17:30:44 +0000Why Do People Tell Ghost Stories on Christmas?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-ghost-stories-go-christmas-180961547/Christmas ghost stories are a tradition going back much farther than "A Christmas Carol"Fri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Celebrate Christmas With the First Voice Ever Broadcast in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-voice-space-had-christmasy-message-180961541/Eisenhower kicked off the space race with a goodwill wishThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:07:43 +0000Someday, Maybe We’ll Have Hanukkah in Julyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-well-have-hanukkah-july-180961538/Hanukkah and Christmas fall on the same day this year because not everyone follows the same calendarThu, 22 Dec 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Year Marks the 50th Kwanzaahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-marks-50th-kwanzaa-180961532/The week-long holiday is a celebration of African-American cultureThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:01:00 +0000New Yorkers’ Post-Election Post-its Will Be Preserved http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorkers-post-election-post-its-will-be-preserved-180961534/<i>Subway Therapy</i> captured a city's outpouring of emotion. Now, the notes New Yorkers left behind will be archivedWed, 21 Dec 2016 19:50:19 +0000The Crazy Tricks Early Filmmakers Used To Fake Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-tricks-early-filmmakers-used-fake-snow-180961522/Cornflakes, flour and, uh, asbestos were all used in early moviesWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:03:00 +0000Why Crossword Puzzles Are Still Mostly Written By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-crossword-puzzles-are-still-mostly-written-humans-180961518/Computers can write sports articles, replace stock brokers and help diagnose patients. But they can’t write good crosswordsWed, 21 Dec 2016 14:45:00 +0000Poland Has Lifted Its Media Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-has-lifted-media-ban-180961520/It’s the latest in an ongoing saga about press freedoms in the populist-led countryWed, 21 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Strange Story of the Westinghouse Atom Smasherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-story-westinghouse-atom-smasher-180961515/The giant bulb was an important part of early American nuclear history. Now it’s part of a miniature railroadTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:10:25 +0000The Long, Rich, Boozy History of Eggnoghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-rich-boozy-history-eggnog-180961511/This December, we’re exploring the drink’s storied historyTue, 20 Dec 2016 14:20:31 +0000Anne Frank May Not Have Been Betrayed http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anne-frank-may-not-have-been-betrayed-180961505/New evidence suggests the family was not specifically targeted, but rather discovered during an investigation related to illegal ration couponsTue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Charles Dickens Wrote "A Christmas Carol"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charles-dickens-wrote-christmas-carol-180961507/The beloved story sold 6,000 copies in its first week in print and 15,000 in its first yearMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:30:11 +0000Presidents Can Be Impeached Because Benjamin Franklin Thought It Was Better Than Assassination http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-presidents-can-be-impeached-because-benjamin-franklin-thought-it-was-better-assassination-180961500/The founding fathers struggled with the idea of whether the top leader should be impeachableMon, 19 Dec 2016 16:46:28 +0000New Database Helps Families ID People Who Died Crossing the Borderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-database-helps-families-id-people-who-died-crossing-border-180961482/<i>I Have a Name/Yo Tengo Nombre</i> offers a devastating glimpse of those who are gone—and a glimmer of hope to those who want to find themMon, 19 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000On This Day, The Black Box Proved Its Worthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-black-box-proved-its-worth-180961484/The Park Slope plane crash was a tragedy, but it proved the importance of the flight data recorderFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:31:27 +0000The Long, Adorable History of Pandas in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-pandas-america-180961492/Su Lin was the first giant panda to come to America, landing in San Francisco 80 years agoFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:26:26 +0000Dutch Court Rules Crimean Artifacts on Loan Will Return to Ukrainehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crimean-artifacts-on-loan-ukraine-180961483/Following Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, Ukraine's government asked that the artifacts be returned to KievFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:03:04 +0000Pinball Is Finally Legal Again in This Indiana Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pinball-finally-legal-again-indiana-city-180961472/Kokomo, Indiana, has reversed a 61-year-old ban on the game Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:40:31 +0000Why Do We Love Period Dramas So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-love-period-drama-180961474/Gone With The Wind, the highest-grossing period drama ever, premiered on this day in 1939Thu, 15 Dec 2016 19:14:26 +0000Researchers Found a Long-Lost Christmas Song http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-found-long-lost-christmas-song-180961465/"Crown Winter With Green" has some serious archival cred—and a sad story to tell Thu, 15 Dec 2016 18:42:52 +0000The CIA Is Celebrating Its Cartography Division’s 75th Anniversary by Sharing Declassified Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-celebrating-its-cartography-divisions-75th-anniversary-declassified-maps-180961419/Decades of once-secret maps are now freely available onlineThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:13:40 +0000Ever Wonder Who Invented The Tea Bag? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-wonder-who-invented-tea-bag-180961469/Its two competing origin stories are linked by one thing: convenienceThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:36:31 +000075 Years Ago, the Secretary of the Navy Falsely Blamed Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/75-years-ago-secretary-navy-blamed-japanese-americans-pearl-harbor-180961417/The baseless accusation sparked the road to the infamous internment campsThu, 15 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Astronomer and Alchemist Tycho Brahe Died Full of Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-and-alchemist-tycho-brahe-died-full-gold-180961447/The shiny element was important to Renaissance scientists. Very importantWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:52:02 +0000Pope’s New Nativity Scene Raises Awareness of Worldwide Refugee Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popes-new-nativity-scene-raises-awareness-worldwide-refugee-crisis-180961415/It's a lavish display complete with a plea for racial tolerance Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:29:08 +0000The Paleo Diet May Need a Rewrite, Ancient Humans Feasted on a Wide Variety of Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paleo-diet-may-need-a-rewrite-ancient-humans-feasted-wide-variety-plants-180961402/Archaeologists in Israel have counted 55 species of plant foods a an early hominid site on Lake HulaWed, 14 Dec 2016 16:06:41 +0000One of the First Female Rock Critics Battled Sexism and Obscurity To Document the 1970shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-ellen-willis-feminist-rock-critic-who-was-there-everything-1-180961413/Willis was The New Yorker’s first pop music critic, but to her, everything was open for criticismWed, 14 Dec 2016 14:20:00 +0000Thumbnail Reveals the Final Days of Franklin Expedition Explorerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thumbnail-reveals-final-days-franklin-expedition-explorer-180961406/A synchrotron micro-x-ray sheds new light on the cause that led to one crew member's deathTue, 13 Dec 2016 21:05:12 +0000Preservationists Score Victory at Revolutionary War Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/preservationists-score-victory-revolutionary-war-battlefield-180961410/Most of the Princeton battlefield where Washington’s troops fought will be saved from developmentTue, 13 Dec 2016 19:54:37 +0000People Have Spent Years Trying to Diagnose Mary Todd Lincoln From Beyond the Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-spent-years-trying-diagnose-mary-todd-lincoln-beyond-grave-180961405/Abraham Lincoln's wife has been called a "wildcat," "menstrual" and "bipolar" among other thingsTue, 13 Dec 2016 14:56:10 +0000Explore the Seedy Reality of a London Long Gonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-seedy-reality-london-long-gone-180961350/Charles Booth explored the poorest parts of England’s capital—and changed the way social scientists think about the worldMon, 12 Dec 2016 20:40:03 +0000Reclaiming Nazi-Looted Art Is About to Get Easierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-law-will-make-it-easier-reclaim-nazi-looted-art-180961394/HEAR Act removes legal loopholes that prevented victims of Nazi art plunder to restore what’s rightfully theirsMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:45:55 +0000Silicon Valley Owes Its Success To This Tech Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-valley-owes-its-success-tech-genius-youve-never-heard-180961395/Robert Noyce was one of the founders of Silicon ValleyMon, 12 Dec 2016 19:33:07 +0000The Library of Congress Is Putting Its Map Collection on the Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-putting-its-map-collection-on-the-map-180961380/A new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America will put three major LOC map collections onlineMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:39:53 +0000Why You Should Know Trailblazing Architect Paul Revere Williamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-know-paul-revere-trailblazing-architect-180961378/Almost four decades after his death, the African-American architect whose work came to define Los Angeles gets his due Mon, 12 Dec 2016 17:16:41 +0000The World’s First Motel Was a Luxury Establishment, Not a Divehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-motel-was-luxury-establishment-not-dive-180961384/The first motel was supposed to turn into a chain, but it was quickly overtaken by cheaper competitors. Mon, 12 Dec 2016 15:15:40 +0000Another Weird Facet of America’s Strangest National Park: The Conscience Pilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-weird-aspect-americas-strangest-national-park-conscience-pile-180961377/People mail stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park, but they can't be returned to their original sitesFri, 09 Dec 2016 17:43:28 +0000Someone Paid $46,000 for a Bunch of Mold http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-paid-46000-bunch-mold-180961362/Its discovery was an accident, but this scientific sample changed the course of medicine forever Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:36:41 +0000Leaded Gas Was a Known Poison the Day It Was Inventedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaded-gas-poison-invented-180961368/For most of the mid-twentieth century, lead gasoline was considered normal. But lead is a poison, and burning it has had dire consequencesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:48 +0000Canada Will Put Another Woman on Its Currencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-will-put-another-woman-its-currency-180961363/An early civil rights heroine makes history (again)Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:10 +0000Only One Person Voted Against the United States Entering World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jeanette-rankin-feminist-and-pacifist-never-apologized-voting-against-us-entering-world-war-ii-180961357/Congresswoman Jeanette Rankin's dedication to pacifism sprang from her personal brand of feminismThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:02:27 +0000Help the BBC Close Wikipedia’s Gender Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-bbc-close-wikipedias-gender-gap-180961353/The Beeb’s hosting an edit-a-thon to improve the online encylopedia’s coverage of women Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:07 +0000The Ancient Origins of Apple Ciderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-origins-apple-cider-180960662/The classic fall drink has a boozy history going back thousands of yearsThu, 08 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Thirty-four Years Ago, the First Person Died by Lethal Injection. It Was Controversial Then, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-four-years-ago-first-person-died-lethal-injection-it-was-controversial-then-too-180961343/It was seen as more humane and relatively painless, but that's not certainWed, 07 Dec 2016 20:40:03 +0000Oldest Community of Monks in U.K. Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-community-monks-uk-discovered-180961327/The find was thanks to a community training digWed, 07 Dec 2016 18:17:36 +0000Why There Won’t Be Any Monuments to Fidel Castro in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-there-wont-be-any-monuments-fidel-castro-cuba-180961297/El Comandante had one last dictate Wed, 07 Dec 2016 16:58:35 +0000The Washington Monument Looks Like an Obelisk Because of Egyptomaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-monument-built-egyptomaniacs-180961314/In the 1800s, America was desperate to look like it had been around for a while, so it was adopting old styles. Really oldTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:45:44 +0000Ever Wonder Why Encylopedia Is Sometimes Spelled Encyclopædia?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/encylopedia-used-be-spelled-encyclopaedia-because-letter-english-doesnt-have-anymore-180961328/Scribes added the ash to the Roman alphabet so they could phonetically spell sounds that Latin didn't includeTue, 06 Dec 2016 20:31:08 +0000What Happened to America’s Most Precious Documents After Pearl Harbor? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-americas-most-precious-documents-after-pearl-harbor-180961325/Librarians and archivists made sure the nation’s records didn’t become casualties of World War II Tue, 06 Dec 2016 19:58:46 +0000Gate Stolen From Dachau Concentration Camp Recovered in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gate-stolen-dachau-concentration-camp-recovered-norway-180961317/The metal gate bearing the slogan <i>Arbeit Macht Frei</i>was recently found outside the city of BergenTue, 06 Dec 2016 19:08:00 +0000Researchers Identify Queen Nefertari's Mummified Kneeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-identify-queen-nefertaris-mummified-knees-180961301/Found in 1904, new research confirms the mummified fragments in a Turin museum likely belong to ancient Egypt's beautiful and revered queenTue, 06 Dec 2016 17:16:55 +0000Archeologists Discover Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Pet Cemetery in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/Containing 100 lovingly positioned creatures, the site suggests that the ancients could have valued their companion animals as much as we doTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:46 +0000How Maps Shaped Shakespearehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-maps-shaped-shakespeare-180961194/An exhibition in Boston delves into historical maps to show how the Bard saw the wider world Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:24:58 +0000These Photos Bring the Women’s Movement to Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photos-bring-womens-movement-life-180961283/<i>Catching the Wave</i> dramatizes the large and small moments of second-wave feminism Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:44:11 +0000When Women Weren't Allowed to Go to Harvard, Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Brought Harvard to Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-women-werent-allowed-go-harvard-elizabeth-cabot-agassiz-brought-harvard-them-180961293/Unlike other women's colleges of the day, the Annex was intimately connected with HarvardMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:56:15 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-found-ancient-elephant-bones-while-working-ls-subway-180961278/But it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Goodbye, Barrow, Alaska. Hello, Utqiagvikhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-barrow-alaska-hello-utqiagvik-180961273/The most northerly city has officially reverted back to the Inupiaq name for the settlement on the Arctic seaFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:53:29 +0000There’s a Department of Government Ethics? What Does it Do?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-department-government-ethics-what-does-it-do-180961265/What is the agency weighing in on the incoming administrations potential conflicts of interest?Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:15:43 +0000English Mass Grave Sheds New Light on the Horrors of the Black Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/english-mass-grave-sheds-new-light-black-death-180961268/The burial pit contained 48 skeletons that tested positive for the plagueFri, 02 Dec 2016 18:53:20 +0000Yasir Arafat Museum Opens in Ramallahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yasir-arafat-museum-opens-ramallah-180961226/The three-story building tells the story of the controversial Palestinian leader and includes artifacts like his Nobel Prize and views of his bedroomFri, 02 Dec 2016 15:59:03 +0000Sixty-One Years After Rosa Parks Took a Seat in Montgomery, Protest Is Alive in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/61-years-after-rosa-parks-took-seat-montgomery-protest-alive-america-180961262/The civil rights leader likely would have approved of current activists' workThu, 01 Dec 2016 20:52:18 +0000One Hundred and Three Years Ago Today, Henry Ford Introduced the Assembly Line: His Workers Hated Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-hundred-and-three-years-ago-today-henry-ford-introduced-assembly-line-his-workers-hated-it-180961267/It was seen as one more way the automaker could exert rigid control over his employeesThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:32:55 +0000John Lewis’ Arrest Records Are Finally Uncoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-lewis-arrest-records-are-finally-uncovered-180961255/“Good trouble” led to real consequences for the civil rights agitatorThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:21:11 +0000The 'Flying Scotsman' Made Train History When The Speedometer Hit 100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flying-scotsman-made-train-history-when-speedometer-hit-100-180961257/The first locomotive to hit 100 miles per hour was billed as "The Most Famous Train in the World"Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:52:09 +0000You Can Help Try to Track Down D.B. Cooper’s True Identity by Digging Through FBI Fileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-track-down-db-coopers-true-identity-digging-through-fbi-files-180961254/A crowdsourced project is trying to identify the infamous skyjacker once and for allWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:40:38 +0000Risk-Taker Evel Knievel Was a Big Proponent of Wearing a Helmethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/risk-taker-evel-knievel-was-big-proponent-wearing-helmet-180961246/The daredevil still holds the world record for the most broken bonesWed, 30 Nov 2016 20:24:24 +0000Women Won’t Register for the Draft After All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-wont--register-draft-after-all-180961247/They’re gaining parity within the U.S. military—but women won’t yet be required to register for compulsory service in case of war Wed, 30 Nov 2016 19:20:31 +0000For the Only Person Ever Hit by a Meteorite, the Real Trouble Began Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-person-ever-hit-meteorite-real-trouble-began-later-180961238/The "Hodges meteorite" brought problems to the woman it struck, but good fortune to at least one neighborWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:15:23 +0000Newly Uncovered Ruins Reveal 7,000-Year-Old City in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-uncovered-ruins-reveal-70000-year-old-city-in-egypt-180961235/Ancient huts and tombs could be the final resting places of local elitesWed, 30 Nov 2016 16:05:32 +0000Five Things to Know About the Case That Made Burning the Flag Legal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-case-made-burning-flag-legal-180961229/It’s a grand old flag—here’s why the right to burn it was affirmed in 1989Tue, 29 Nov 2016 21:36:26 +0000How Robert McNamara Came to Regret the War He Escalatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-robert-mcnamara-came-regret-war-he-escalated-180961231/The 'architect of the Vietnam war' never formally apologized, but struggled with its consequences for the rest of his lifeTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:23:38 +0000A Century-Old Boston Christmas Tree Tradition Costs Canadians Big Money http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-old-boston-christmas-tree-tradition-costs-canadians-big-money-180961210/Turns out that Boston’s city Christmas tree is a very valuable gift Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:49:26 +0000Rare 17th-Century Map Found Shoved Up a Chimney Is Restoredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-17th-century-map-found-shoved-chimney-restored-180961217/Nothing like an antique document to block a draftTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Car That Won America's First Auto Race http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-t-came-duryea-wagon-180961218/The zippy roadster won America's first automobile race in 1895 with an average speed of 5 mphMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:50 +0000Researchers Dig Into the Juicy History of Taming the Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-dig-into-juicy-history-taming-turkey-180961192/Archaeologists talk turkey in two recent studiesWed, 23 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Trace 300-Year-Old Lump of Poop to Danish Bishophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-trace-300-year-old-lump-poo-danish-bishop-180961195/The upper class contents of the little nugget suggests it likely belonged to Bishop Jens Bircherod or his wifeWed, 23 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Crocodile Mummy Found Packed With Dozens of Smaller Crocodile Mummieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crocodile-mummy-found-packed-dozens-smaller-crocodile-mummies-180961172/The little critters escaped notice until high-powered modern scanners tackled the mummified remainsMon, 21 Nov 2016 18:00:18 +0000One Hundred Years Ago, the Titanic's Sister Ship Exploded While Transporting Injured WWI Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-years-ago-today-titanics-sister-ship-became-casualty-world-war-i-180961167/Bad luck seemed to follow the White Star Line’s infamous steam linersMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:08:07 +0000What Pilgrims Heard When They Arrived in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-theater-program-brings-back-sacred-sounds-pilgrims-and-native-americans-180961164/They came to America seeking religious freedom, but what did their prayers, and those of the local Native Americans, sound like?Mon, 21 Nov 2016 16:22:02 +0000