Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenWed, 21 Jun 2017 20:34:30 +0000Camera Film Reveals Images of the Mount St. Helens Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-contained-images-mount-st-helens-eruption-180963789/A photographer developed the film found at a Goodwill, revealing images of the ash plume from the 1980 eruption that killed 57Wed, 21 Jun 2017 20:34:30 +0000This 3,000-Year-Old Wooden Toe Shows Early Artistry of Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-secrets-ancient-cairo-toe-180963783/Crafted from leather and wood, the ancient Egyptian prosthesis was was adjusted to precisely fit its wearer's foot Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:34:27 +0000The Peculiar Story of Giraffes in 1400s Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peculiar-story-giraffes-medieval-china-180963737/During China's short-lived golden age of exploration, two giraffes came to the imperial courtWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peep-gallery-historic-selfies-180963726/People have been photographing themselves almost since the dawn of the technologyWed, 21 Jun 2017 13:40:41 +0000Trove of Nazi Artifacts Found in Secret Room of Argentina Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-nazi-artifacts-found-secret-room-argentina-home-180963768/A bust of Hitler, a knife with Nazi markings and a medical device for measuring heads were among the objects uncovered by authorities Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:30:41 +0000A Century After Sinking, This Storied Ship Will Remain Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/century-after-sinking-this-storied-ship-will-remain-underwater-180963727/The <i>McCulloch</i> was the largest cutter of its day and sank in 1917 after colliding with a passenger ship in heavy fogTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:48:20 +0000Lizzie Borden Didn’t Kill Her Parents (Maybe)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lizzie-borden-didnt-kill-her-parents-maybe-180963721/Borden was acquitted of the crime on this day in 1893, but no one else was ever chargedTue, 20 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Oxford Is Digitizing UK's World War I Memorabiliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-digitizing-uks-world-war-i-memorabilia-180963755/The Lest We Forget Project is asking people to bring in letters, photos and objects from the Great War to be recorded for a free online databaseTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:19:32 +0000Offensive Terms Are No Longer Exempt From Trademark Protectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/offensive-terms-are-no-longer-exempt-trademark-protection-180963760/A Supreme Court ruling affirms a reclaimed slurMon, 19 Jun 2017 20:33:10 +0000Remains of Thriving Trade City Found in Ethiopia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-thriving-trade-city-found-ethiopia-180963757/The archaeological excavation at Harlaa suggests the region was a hub for Islamic communities in AfricaMon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:33 +0000More People Are Forcibly Displaced Than Ever Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-people-are-displaced-ever-180963752/New UN report paints a grim picture of the world’s refugees and migrantsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:59:33 +0000Nobody Is Sure Why they Call It a ‘Martini’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobody-sure-why-they-call-it-martini-180963715/Tastes just as good, thoughMon, 19 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000On World Sauntering Day, Take a Walkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-sauntering-day-take-walk-180963712/It's good for youMon, 19 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Traditional Polynesian Vessel to Complete Round-the-World Journeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traditional-polynesian-vessel-complete-round-world-journey-180963734/The Hōkūleʻa’s crew did not use any modern navigational devices, instead relying on the stars, waves, and clouds to guide themFri, 16 Jun 2017 18:58:08 +0000This Father’s Day, Check Out Furniture Made by Abraham Lincoln’s Much-Maligned Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fathers-day-check-out-furniture-made-abraham-lincolns-much-maligned-dad-180963741/Thomas Lincoln was a master craftsman—and a man history has misrepresentedFri, 16 Jun 2017 17:55:52 +0000Meet the Rogue Women Astronauts of the 1960s Who Never Flewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-american-women-who-trained-space-1960s-180963704/But they passed the same tests the male astronauts did—and, yes, in high heelsFri, 16 Jun 2017 15:25:02 +0000Happy Bloomsday! Too Bad James Joyce Would Have Hated Thishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-bloomsday-too-bad-james-joyce-would-have-hated-180963695/Joyce infamously disliked the idea of being memorializedFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Australia to Return Remains of Japan's Indigenous Ainu Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-return-remains-indigenous-japanese-group-180963697/In the early 20th century, an anthropologist excavated the remains and sent them overseasThu, 15 Jun 2017 17:06:17 +0000Why the Library of Congress Thinks Your Favorite Meme Is Worth Preserving http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-of-congress-meme-preserve-180963705/Webcomics and Web Cultures Archives are documenting online cultureThu, 15 Jun 2017 15:10:09 +0000350 Years Ago, A Doctor Performed the First Human Blood Transfusion. A Sheep Was Involvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/350-years-ago-doctor-performed-first-human-blood-transfusion-sheep-was-involved-180963631/Early scientists thought that the perceived qualities of an animal—a lamb’s purity, for instance—could be transmitted to humans in blood formThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Climate Change, and Cod, Are Causing One Heck of a Lobster Boom in Maine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-causing-one-heck-lobster-boom-maine-180963664/The complex relationships between humans, lobster, and cod are creating boom times--for nowThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:34:35 +0000Germany Moves Forward with Controversial Monument to Reunificationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-controversial-monument-reunification-180963573/The German Memorial to Freedom and Unity has a fraught history Thu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Three Very Modern Uses For A Nineteenth-Century Text Generatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-very-modern-uses-nineteenth-century-text-generator-180963654/Andrey Markov was trying to understand poems with math when he created a whole new field of probability studiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:23:48 +0000In a Fit of 1940s Optimism, Greyhound Proposed a Fleet of Helicopter Buseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fit-1940s-optimism-greyhound-proposed-fleet-helicopter-buses-180963613/"Greyhound Skyways" would have turned major cities into bustling helicopter hubsWed, 14 Jun 2017 13:37:44 +0000How Sheep's Blood Helped Disprove This Wacky Nineteenth-Century Theory of Illnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pasteur-anthrax-vaccine-180963609/Scientists didn't understand that bacteria caused disease, but then enter Louis PasteurTue, 13 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000Crowdfunding Project Aims to Put 200 Holocaust Diaries Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crowdfunding-project-aims-put-200-holocaust-diaries-online-180963693/Eyewitness accounts bring the brutal chapter in history to lifeTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:23:36 +0000After 130 Years, Lost Natural Wonder May Have Been Rediscovered in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-natural-wonder-may-have-been-rediscovered-new-zealand-180963657/It was believed the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed in an eruption, but research suggests they are buried under ash and mudTue, 13 Jun 2017 15:06:31 +0000Ancient Mask Challenges Theories on Origin of Metalworking in South Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mask-challenges-theories-origin-metalworking-south-america-180963630/The 3,000-year-old mask found in Argentina suggests that advanced metallurgy may not have been born in PeruMon, 12 Jun 2017 19:56:45 +0000Massive Wooden Fire Monument Is Older Than Stonehengehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-wooden-fire-monument-older-stonehenge-180963642/Carbon dating shows that the site dates back to 3300 B.C.Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:01:30 +0000Puerto Rico Will Seek Statehood Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puerto-rico-will-seek-statehood-again-180963655/Successful referendum sets the stage for another statehood bidMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:53:02 +0000In 1913, One Gluttonous Pupper Changed the Course of Animation Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1913-one-gluttonous-pupper-changed-course-animation-history-180963593/Years before "Steamboat Willie," this animated dog hammed it up onscreenMon, 12 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000When Franklin Delano Roosevelt Served Hot Dogs to a Kinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-franklin-delano-roosevelt-served-hot-dogs-king-180963589/ A king had never visited a president at home before, but by all accounts they got along fineMon, 12 Jun 2017 13:15:00 +0000257-Year-Old Coloring Book Rediscovered in St. Louishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/257-year-old-coloring-book-rediscovered-st-louis-180963745/The Florist contains 60 drawings, and recommends watercolor pigments like “gall-stone brown”Mon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Indonesia’s Trying to Figure Out How Many Islands It Containshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesias-trying-figure-out-how-many-islands-it-contains-180963606/And it’s really complicatedFri, 09 Jun 2017 18:50:43 +0000Google Digitizes 3,000 Years of Fashion Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-digitizes-3000-years-fashion-history-180963633/The massive "We Wear Culture Project" includes 30,000 online artifacts from over 180 institutionsFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:45:56 +0000Prehistoric Native American Site Discovered Off the California Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-native-american-site-discovered-off-california-coast-180963616/Sophisticated stone tools date back thousands of yearsFri, 09 Jun 2017 15:53:58 +0000What Hattie McDaniel Said About Her Oscar-Winning Career Playing Racial Stereotypeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hattie-mcdaniel-said-about-her-oscar-winning-career-playing-racial-stereotypes-180963575/Hattie McDaniel saw herself as a groundbreaker for black AmericansFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:15:00 +0000Gigantic Aztec Temple Unearthed in Mexico City http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gigantic-aztec-temple-unearthed-mexico-city-180963629/It was built in tribute to the wind godFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The "Nobel Prize Sperm Bank" Was Racist. It Also Helped Change the Fertility Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-sperm-bank-was-racist-it-also-helped-change-fertility-industry-180963569/The Repository for Germinal Choice was supposed to produce super-kids from the sperm of white high achieversFri, 09 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Two Centuries Ago, These Ill-Fated Laborers Attempted to Overthrow the British Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-pentrich-revolution-be-commemorated-england-180963611/In 1817, the tragic Pentrich Revolution was short and brutalThu, 08 Jun 2017 19:47:25 +0000Mail Delivery By Rocket Never Took Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mail-delivery-rocket-never-took-180963557/Although the Postmaster General was on board with the idea of missile mail, the Navy was ultimately less interestedThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:10:00 +0000Domestic Rice Was Grown in China 9,400 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/domestic-rice-grown-china-9400-years-ago-180963567/A new study offers evidence that prehistoric villages in the area of Shangshan were growing half-domesticated riceWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:00:57 +0000When the Niagara River Crushed a Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-niagara-crushed-power-plant-180963549/A cascade of rock slides left Schoellkopf Power Station's three generators in ruins and killed one workerWed, 07 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000See 17th-Century England Through the Eyes of One of the First Modern Travel Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-1600s-england-through-eyes-one-first-travel-writers-180963536/Celia Fiennes traveled and wrote about her adventures—including a bit of life adviceWed, 07 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Man's Gunshot Wound Gave Scientists a Window Into Digestionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grisly-story-human-guinea-pig-alexis-st-martin-180963520/The relationship between St. Martin and the doctor who experimented on him was ethically dubious at bestTue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Researchers Catalogue the Grisly Deaths of Soldiers in the Thirty Years' Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-catalogue-grisly-deaths-soldiers-thirty-years-war-180963531/The 47 bodies were found in a mass grave from the Battle of Lützen, one of the turning points in the devastating conflictTue, 06 Jun 2017 15:16:35 +0000Meet the Daredevil Parachutist Who Tested the First Nylon Parachute 75 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-daredevil-parachutist-who-tested-duponts-first-nylon-parachute-180963527/Adeline Gray was just 24, but she was already an experienced parachutist and a trained pilotTue, 06 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Dylan Finally Delivers on Nobel Prize Lecture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dylan-finally-delivers-nobel-prize-lecture-180963572/The reclusive singer-songwriter muses on literature and music in characteristic styleMon, 05 Jun 2017 17:38:32 +0000Restored Roman Catacombs Reveal Stunning Frescoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-roman-catacombs-reveal-stunning-frescoes-180963532/Centuries of grime have been removed from two chambers of the Domitilia catacombs, exposing images of fourth-century RomeMon, 05 Jun 2017 15:42:12 +0000Meet Pedro the “Voder,” the First Electronic Machine to Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pedro-voder-first-electronic-machine-talk-180963516/Pedro was an experiment in reproducing speech electronically, but took on a kind of life of its ownMon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000There's Something Fishy About the Ketchup You Put On Your Burgershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ketchup-fishy-origins-180963511/The red stuff that Americans eat on their French Fries doesn't look much like the 'kôechiap' it's based onMon, 05 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Snoop Inside Thoreau's Journals at This New Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everyday-life-henry-david-thoreau-180963529/It's your chance to get up-close and personal with the philosopher-poet’s possessionsFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:26:52 +0000Cat Left a Pawprint in a 2,000-Year-Old Roman Roof Tilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-left-pawprint-2000-year-old-roman-roof-tile-180963556/While excavating a highway in Lincolnshire UK, archaeologists found thousands of artifacts, including tiles with dog, cat and deer printsFri, 02 Jun 2017 16:40:21 +0000Why Does Every American Graduation Play ‘Pomp and Circumstance’?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-american-graduation-play-pomp-and-circumstance-180963504/The song was written for a British king’s coronation and its name is a Shakespeare reference. What gives?Fri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:45 +0000Why Was Maine the First State to Try Prohibition?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-first-state-try-prohibition-180963503/The groundbreaking "Maine law" laid the groundwork for other states to experiment with temperance lawsFri, 02 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000The First Artificial Skating Rinks Looked Pretty But Smelled Terriblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-artificial-skating-rinks-looked-pretty-smelled-terrible-180963486/Before the technology to reliably freeze water existed, the first rinks used pig fat and saltsFri, 02 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Is Light Pollution Really Pollution?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-really-pollution-180963474/As countries grow richer, light pollution gets worse–but some are fighting to change thatThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:30:28 +0000Researchers Analyze Burial of Ancient Celtic Princehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-analyze-burial-ancient-celtic-prince-180963515/French researchers are looking at the construction, composition and origin of artifacts found with the 2,500-year-old skeletonThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:21:14 +0000What Do They Call a Quarter Pounder With Cheese in Casablanca? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-they-call-quarter-pounder-cheese-casablanca-180963468/McDonalds has been international for 50 years now... and its restaurants have learned how to blend in to the local sceneThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:07:00 +0000New Online Database Catalogues 20,000 Threatened Archaeological Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-database-catalogues-20000-threatened-archaeological-sites-180963451/The Endangered Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa Database includes an interactive map and a detailed search functionThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Interactive Map Shows the History of Presidential Travelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-map-shows-history-presidential-travel-180963475/President Trump's first foreign trip follows a long line of international visits by heads of stateWed, 31 May 2017 18:43:02 +0000Footage of Early 20th-Century Explorations Now Available Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/footage-early-20th-century-explorations-now-available-online-180963484/The UK’s Royal Geographical Society has digitized its archival footage of historic expeditions Wed, 31 May 2017 16:17:22 +0000No U.S. President Has Ever Died in May and Other Weird Trivia About Presidential Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-us-president-has-ever-died-may-and-other-weird-facts-about-presidential-lives-180963434/Presidential lives are scrutinized for meaning, even when none is readily apparentWed, 31 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Scholars Rediscover Forgotten Edith Wharton Playhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-rediscover-forgotten-edith-wharton-play-180963497/“The Shadow of a Doubt” had been overshadowed by over 100 years of historyWed, 31 May 2017 15:38:37 +0000Amid Controversy, Minneapolis Museum Removes Sculpture Based on Execution of 38 Dakota Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amid-controversy-minneapolis-museum-removes-sculpture-based-execution-38-dakota-men-180963501/Members of the Dakota community say that the sculpture trivializes a painful chapter of their history Wed, 31 May 2017 14:01:40 +0000The First Declaration of Independence Drafted in the 13 Colonies Was (Probably) a Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-declaration-independence-drafted-13-colonies-was-probably-hoax-180963467/Although some are still very invested in the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, the scholarly community maintains it was never realWed, 31 May 2017 13:50:00 +0000Samuel Pepys Was England's First Bloggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-first-blogger-180963432/The famed blogger—okay, diarist—told historians so much about 17th-century daily life in England, but he could have told us so much moreWed, 31 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the First Female Photographer Changed the Way the World Sees Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-book-first-female-photographer-go-display-180963479/The groundbreaking photo book by Anna Atkins, a 19th-century British botanist, is going on display in the NetherlandsTue, 30 May 2017 19:38:39 +0000Three Mile Island to Shutter Its Doors in 2019http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-mile-island-shutter-doors-2019-180963495/It’s been nearly 40 years since the nuclear power plant partially melted downTue, 30 May 2017 18:14:12 +0000Former Panamanian Dictator Manuel Noriega Dies at 83http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-panamanian-dictator-manuel-noriega-dies-83-180963496/He had been serving a 20-year prison sentence for corruption and murderTue, 30 May 2017 17:48:49 +0000The Powerful Story Behind Glacier Bay National Park's New Totem Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-gets-two-new-totem-poles-180963470/They're 20-foot-tall symbols of a slowly healing riftTue, 30 May 2017 16:44:57 +0000A Tiny Church Sits On Britain's Oldest Site of Continuous Worshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-church-england-sits-sacred-pagan-ground-experts-say-180963449/When a 4,000-year-old wooden post was found near the church, it suggested that area was used for ritual purposes since the late Neolithic periodTue, 30 May 2017 15:49:27 +0000The Eight Assassination Attempts on Queen Victoria Just Made Her More Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-assassination-attempts-queen-victoria-just-made-her-more-powerful-180963428/People kept trying to kill Queen Victoria. She kept looking better and betterTue, 30 May 2017 12:40:00 +0000Venice Has Been Married to the Sea for Over a Thousand Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-has-been-married-sea-over-thousand-years-180963370/Happy anniversary, you crazy kidsFri, 26 May 2017 16:05:00 +0000Why Food Smells So Good When It’s Browninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-smells-so-good-when-its-browning-180963364/A complex chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction is responsibleFri, 26 May 2017 15:10:00 +0000The Centuries-Long Squabble Over Who Owns Ellis Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-long-squabble-over-who-owns-ellis-island-180963348/It's actually the federal government, but don't tell New York or New JerseyFri, 26 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000Three Ways Bill "Bojangles" Robinson Changed Dance Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bill-robinson-king-of-tap-180963332/Robinson worked throughout his career to make life better for black performersThu, 25 May 2017 18:01:28 +0000This Art Was Made from JFK’s Cape Cod Home http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-was-made-jfks-cape-cod-home-180963443/The Hyannis Port house was the stuff of family legend. Now it’s the source of new artThu, 25 May 2017 17:23:20 +0000This Long, Violent Border Dispute Between Colonial Maryland and Pennsylvania is Why We Have the Mason-Dixon Linehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-violent-border-dispute-between-colonial-maryland-and-pennsylvania-eventually-required-king-step-180963333/Cresap's War was a conflict that didn't get fully settled for almost 50 yearsThu, 25 May 2017 13:14:00 +0000Fifth-Century Remains May Be Evidence of Human Sacrifice in Ancient Koreahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5th-century-remains-may-be-evidence-human-sacrifice-ancient-korea-180963344/Two bodies were found under the walls of a castle, leading some experts to believe that they were sacrificed to ensure the building did not crumble Wed, 24 May 2017 16:22:24 +0000'Mary Had a Little Lamb' Is Based on a True Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-had-little-lamb-based-true-story-180963330/As a child, Mary Sawyer rescued a lamb. Then it followed her to school one dayWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000The 1870s Dairy Lobby Turned Margarine Pink So People Would Buy Butterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1870s-dairy-lobby-turned-margarine-pink-so-people-would-buy-butter-180963328/Margarine or butter? The question has deep roots, and you shouldn't even ask it in WisconsinTue, 23 May 2017 13:40:00 +0000When the Nazis Took Belgium, Tintin's Creator Drew Pro-Regime Propagandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-nazis-took-belgium-tintins-creator-drew-pro-regime-propaganda-180963321/Hergé's politics have been the subject of debate over the yearsMon, 22 May 2017 17:22:56 +0000A Brief History of White House Weddingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-white-house-weddings-180963318/Seventeen weddings have taken place in the White House—the last in 1994Mon, 22 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-women-crowdfunded-radium-marie-curie-180963305/The element was hard to get and extremely expensive but essential for Curie's cancer researchFri, 19 May 2017 14:23:00 +0000The Icelandic Translation of 'Dracula' Is Actually a Different Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelandic-translation-dracula-actually-different-book-180963346/The mysteries of this Gothic classic aren't over yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:34:00 +0000Good News, Everybody! Someone Once Patented Plans For Keeping A Severed Head Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-news-everybody-someone-once-patented-plans-keeping-severed-head-alive-180963290/It was what's called a "prophetic patent"—one that isn't real yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000More Than 300,000 Unaccompanied Children Migrated Alone in 2015 and 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-300000-unaccompanied-children-migrated-alone-2015-and-2016-180963361/A new report details the risks faced by minors who flee their home countries Thu, 18 May 2017 17:25:14 +0000Here’s How FDR Explained Making Electricity Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-fdr-explained-making-electricity-public-180963286/"My friends, my policy is as radical as the Constitution of the United States," he saidThu, 18 May 2017 17:10:00 +0000Beads Made From Meteorite Reveal Ancient Trade Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beads-made-meteorite-show-ancient-trade-network-180963343/Researchers have confirmed iron beads in Illinois come from a Minnesota meteorite, supporting a theory called the Hopewell Interaction SphereThu, 18 May 2017 16:43:17 +0000See the Civil War Through the Lens of Its First Photographerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-civil-war-through-mathew-bradys-lens-180963271/Mathew Brady and the photographers he hired were the first to photograph a war zoneThu, 18 May 2017 15:20:00 +0000One Man Invented Two of the Deadliest Substances of the 20th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-man-two-deadly-substances-20th-century-180963269/Thomas Midgley Jr.'s inventions have had an outsize impact—not all of it good—on humankindThu, 18 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000First-Ever Federal Transgender Hate Crime Sentence Handed Down http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-federal-transgender-hate-crime-sentence-handed-down-180963336/Mercedes Williamson’s killer was prosecuted in the absence of a Mississippi state law protecting trans people against hate crimes Wed, 17 May 2017 18:08:10 +000072-Year-Old Love Letter Returned to WWII Veteranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/72-year-old-love-letter-returned-wwii-sailor-180963324/The letter, which had never reached its intended recipient, was found during renovations of a New Jersey homeTue, 16 May 2017 18:45:04 +0000The Witch of Agnesihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-agnesi-180963221/A mistranslation led to the unusual name of this mathematical conceptTue, 16 May 2017 18:16:01 +0000A Little History of American Kindergartenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-history-american-kindergartens-180963263/Songs, blocks and snack time (and don't forget a nap)Tue, 16 May 2017 16:49:43 +0000Newly Digitized Archives Reveal the Inner Lives of Artists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-archives-reveal-inner-lives-artists-180963313/The Delaware Art Museum just put 500 rare documents online Mon, 15 May 2017 18:50:46 +0000How a German Mathematician Took Responsibility for an Ancient Peruvian Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-german-mathematician-took-responsibility-ancient-peruvian-artifact-180963217/Maria Reiche lived in a shack in the desert with the Nazca Lines for 40 yearsMon, 15 May 2017 16:48:27 +0000Chinese Tomb Murals Paint Colorful Picture of 1000-Year-Old Fashionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-tomb-murals-paint-colorful-picture-1000-year-old-fashions-180963173/Racks of vibrant clothing and tables laden with fineries are depicted on the walls of the Liao Dynasty tombMon, 15 May 2017 16:47:51 +0000The First “Chocolate Chip” Was a Molasses Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-chocolate-chip-was-molasses-candy-180963206/The name "chocolate chip" goes back much farther than the Toll House cookiesMon, 15 May 2017 14:10:00 +0000With This One Quotable Speech, Teddy Roosevelt Changed the Way America Thinks About Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-teddy-roosevelt-changed-conservation-forever-180963258/In a speech at the start of the 1908 Conference of Governors, Roosevelt changed the national conversation about resource useMon, 15 May 2017 12:49:00 +0000Egyptian Princess May Have Been Buried in Newly Discovered Pyramidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-princess-may-have-been-buried-newly-discovered-pyramid-180963288/An inscription suggests that the tomb once belonged to a pharaoh’s daughter Fri, 12 May 2017 18:26:31 +0000Spain's Parliament Votes to Exhume a Dead Dictatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spain-will-exhume-dead-dictator-180963284/Franco’s reign of terror is over—but Spaniards are still making sense of his legacyFri, 12 May 2017 17:52:31 +0000Apple Pie Is Not All That Americanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/Neither apples nor the pie originally came from America, but Americans have made this dish their ownFri, 12 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Second Life of Henri IV’s Severed Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-life-henri-ivs-severed-head-180963174/Whether it's lying in the grave or sitting in a Paris bank vault, the monarch's cranium has been the subject of much debate since his untimely demiseFri, 12 May 2017 15:44:35 +0000First Evidence of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Garden Found in Luxorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-evidence-ancient-egyptian-funerary-garden-found-luxor-180963252/Researchers have theorized that lettuce and palm trees were once planted there to honor the dead Fri, 12 May 2017 14:27:14 +0000Why Does Every Tourist Attraction Sell Fudge? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-tourist-attraction-sell-fudge-180963152/One thing that places as different as Niagara Falls, Disneyland and Ellis Island have in common? FudgeFri, 12 May 2017 12:55:00 +0000Witness the Document that Set the Trail of Tears in Motionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witness-document-set-trail-tears-motion-180963270/The Indian Removal Act is on display at the National Archives through June 14Fri, 12 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Hear a 20-Year-Old John F. Kennedy Speakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-20-year-old-john-f-kennedy-speak-180963267/Archivist have recently digitized a clip from a 1937 public speaking course, believed to be the oldest recording of the presidentThu, 11 May 2017 20:36:20 +0000This Island Can Only Be Visited by Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/island-can-only-be-visited-men-180963245/Okinoshima will soon become a Unesco world heritage site—but tradition bans women from its shoresThu, 11 May 2017 19:55:41 +0000American Journalists Used Nazi-Provided Photos During World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-journalists-used-nazi-provided-photos-during-world-war-ii-180963259/A new report reveals more details about the Associated Press’ secret deal with the Third ReichThu, 11 May 2017 18:38:21 +0000Songwriter Irving Berlin’s Interfaith Marriage Caused 1920s Gossiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songwriter-irving-berlins-interfaith-marriage-caused-1920s-gossip-180963148/The songwriter made headlines when he and writer Ellin Mackay got married against her millionaire father's wishesThu, 11 May 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why People Love Southern Gothic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-people-love-southern-gothic-180963145/From the 19th century to S-Town, it’s a compelling genre that’s as flawed as its most grotesque charactersThu, 11 May 2017 14:03:00 +0000This Infamous 19th-Century Birth Control Pamphlet Got Its Writer Imprisoned http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-birth-control-pamphlet-got-its-writer-imprisoned-180963140/Charles Knowlton did three months hard labor and was fined $50Wed, 10 May 2017 15:10:51 +0000Tomatoes Have Legally Been Vegetables Since 1893http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-supreme-court-maintains-tomato-vegetable-180963133/Okay, so it's technically a fruit. But we don't eat it like oneWed, 10 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000“Lost” 18th-Century Garden Found at Scottish Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-18th-century-garden-found-scottish-castle-180963179/Archaeologists believed that the garden had been demolished and buried during renovations of the sprawling estateWed, 10 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Eurovision Song Contest Rocks Europe This Week. Here’s How It All Got Startedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eurovision-song-contest-rocks-europe-week-heres-how-it-all-got-started-180963128/It was the idea of the European Broadcasting Union, who wanted to put the relatively new technology of television through its pacesTue, 09 May 2017 18:03:01 +0000Found: Pages From One of the First Books Printed in England http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-pages-one-first-books-printed-england-180963216/A librarian at the University of Reading discovered the 15th-century text buried in a boxTue, 09 May 2017 17:53:48 +0000Thousands of Bodies Rest Under the University of Mississippi Medical Center Campushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-graves-may-be-university-mississippi-medical-center-campus-180963181/The University hopes to remove the bodies and build a memorial and laboratory to study the former insane asylum patients Tue, 09 May 2017 15:41:11 +0000British Parliament Ditches Parchment for Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-ditches-parchment-paper-180963177/But the debate between traditionalists and modernists isn't overMon, 08 May 2017 19:12:53 +0000German Scientists Will Study Brain Samples of Nazi Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-scientists-will-use-brain-samples-learn-more-about-nazi-crimes-180963141/A research society is still coming to grips with its past—and learning more about how the Third Reich targeted people with disabilitiesFri, 05 May 2017 15:17:34 +0000This Unassuming NYC Home is the Legacy of America's First Foodiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unassuming-nyc-home-legacy-americas-first-foodie-180963115/James Beard’s culinary philosophy helped shape American cuisineFri, 05 May 2017 15:10:43 +0000Obamas Unveil Plans for Presidential Library and Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obamas-unveil-plans-his-presidential-library-and-museum-180963149/Located in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side, the former first couple hopes the campus will help revitalize the areaFri, 05 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Rome Is Finally Restoring the Mausoleum of Augustushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rome-finally-restoring-mausoleum-augustus-180963132/Once the tomb of emperors, a project funded by a telecom company hopes to revive the massive monument now covered in trash and weedsThu, 04 May 2017 17:27:38 +0000How Mule Racing Led to Mule Cloninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mule-racing-led-mule-cloning-180963101/It was a huge advance in cloning in the early 2000sThu, 04 May 2017 15:12:06 +0000Shipwreck Identified as Rare Canal Boathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-identified-rare-canal-boat-180963129/Durham boats once fueled trade in the Erie CanalThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit House Finds a Home in Berlinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-house-finds-home-berlin-180963126/Once abandoned and decrepit, the house has been restored overseasThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000"Get Your Kicks" at This Route 66 Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-kicks-route-66-museum-180963097/The Mill Restaurant, which once served hungry travelers, now hosts a shrine to the highway's roadside attractionsWed, 03 May 2017 18:10:43 +0000How Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthraxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-shaving-brushes-gave-world-war-i-soldiers-anthrax-180963125/A new paper looks back on an old epidemic—and raises fresh questions about antique shaving brushesWed, 03 May 2017 18:00:28 +0000Project Is Making 3D Scans of Ancient Handprintshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-making-3d-scans-ancient-handprints-180963103/The Handpas Project is looking to unlock who made the prehistoric art and whyWed, 03 May 2017 17:02:57 +0000Hong Kong’s Tiananmen Square Museum Reopenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hong-kongs-tiananmen-square-museum-reopens-180963105/For some, the museum is the first time they confront information about the 1989 massacreWed, 03 May 2017 14:17:21 +0000The Man Who Invented the First Gas Maskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-first-gas-mask-180963073/John Haldane came up with a rudimentary gas mask to protect Allied troops during WWIWed, 03 May 2017 14:16:18 +0000Benjamin Franklin Was the First to Chart the Gulf Streamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklin-was-first-chart-gulf-stream-180963066/Franklin's cousin, Timothy Folger, knew how the then-unnamed current worked from his days as a whalerTue, 02 May 2017 15:08:56 +0000Music or Animal Abuse? A Brief History of the Cat Pianohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-or-animal-abuse-brief-history-cat-piano-180963056/In the early 1800s, the katzenklavier was hailed as a treatment for distracted peopleTue, 02 May 2017 13:26:34 +0000Model Looms Are Missing Link in China's Textile Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/model-looms-are-missing-link-chinas-textile-history-180962990/Four miniature pattern looms found in a burial in Chengdu show how the Han Dynasty produced cloth to trade on the Silk RoadMon, 01 May 2017 17:08:58 +0000DNA of Ancient Skeleton Linked to Modern Indigenous Peopleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-ancient-skeleton-linked-todays-indigenous-peoples-180962831/A new study has established a genetic link between a 10,300-year-old man and native groups living in the Pacific Northwest todayMon, 01 May 2017 16:44:31 +0000The US Declared “Loyalty Day” in the 1950s to Erase Worker Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-declared-loyalty-day-erase-worker-protest-180963051/Under Eisenhower during the Cold War, "Loyalty Day" was declared to paper over International Workers' DayMon, 01 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Fearing a Smallpox Epidemic, Civil War Troops Tried to Self-Vaccinatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fearing-smallpox-epidemic-civil-war-troops-tried-self-vaccinate-180963039/People knew that inoculation could prevent you from catching smallpox. It was how Civil War soldiers did it that caused problemsMon, 01 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Nude Sculpture of George Washington Is Coming to New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nude-sculpture-george-washington-coming-new-york-180963072/The work was made in preparation for a larger, clothed statue by the Italian artist Antonio Canova Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:47:29 +0000Times Square's Glitzy Look was One Man's Bright Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-square-look-one-man-180963032/Douglas Leigh's ability to imagine new kinds of advertising shaped the signs of the cityFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000Network of WWI Training Tunnels and Trenches Found in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/network-wwi-training-tunnels-and-trenches-found-england-180963055/They were meant to prepare soldiers for gruelling conditions on the frontlines of Belgium and FranceThu, 27 Apr 2017 17:10:38 +0000The Essential I.M. Pei http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/essential-im-pei-180963063/The century-old architect changed the way the world sees itselfThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:42:42 +0000The Tragic Story of the First Ascent of the Matterhornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-first-ascent-matterhorn-180962998/Edward Whymper had tried seven times to reach the top of the Matterhorn. He made it on the eighth try–at great costThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:00:43 +0000Sold: Diary of 28-Year-Old JFKhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-diary-28-year-old-jfk-180963061/Kennedy recorded his impressions of a formative trip through post-War EuropeThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:34:26 +0000What Coconuts Can Tell Us About Escaping Alcatrazhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-coconuts-can-tell-us-about-escaping-alcatraz-180963018/Researchers are using GPS-enabled coconuts to monitor currents to determine if three men could have survived a 1962 escape from "The Rock"Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:22:04 +0000DNA Could Identify the Sailors (Including Women) of the Doomed Franklin Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-extracted-doomed-franklin-expedition-sailors-180963031/New analysis on bone and and tooth fragments will allow researchers to learn more about the ill-fated crewWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:07:58 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scream-might-have-been-inspired-rare-kind-cloud-180963052/Did mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000Scientists Didn't Believe in Meteorites Until 1803http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1803-rain-rocks-helped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/The l'Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everythingWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +0000Cleveland Museum of Art will Return Stolen Roman Sculpture to Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cleveland-museum-art-will-return-stolen-roman-sculpture-italy-180962973/Experts have long voiced concerns about origins of the portraitWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000New Orleans Tears Down Controversial Confederate Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-orleans-tears-down-controversial-confederate-monuments-180963023/A 35-foot obelisk in memory of a white supremacist uprising is no moreTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:57:49 +0000Found: A Second Parchment Copy of the Declaration of Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-parchment-copy-declaration-independence-180963015/Likely commissioned in the 1780s by James Wilson, the handwritten copy's signatory order appears to emphasize national unityTue, 25 Apr 2017 17:50:57 +0000A Civil War Colonel Invented Fracking in the 1860shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-colonel-invented-fracking-1860s-180962979/His first invention was an "oil well torpedo," but it was followed by others Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:42:48 +0000People Have Been Using Big Data Since the 1600shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-been-using-big-data-1600s-180962949/A humble hatmaker was among the first to compile data on how Londoners lived—and diedMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:02:39 +0000'The Outsiders' Was Groundbreaking, But It Didn't Create YA Fictionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-outsiders-didnt-create-ya-fiction-180962967/Many have claimed that “young adult” fiction didn’t exist before S.E. Hinton wrote her cult classic–but it did, sort ofMon, 24 Apr 2017 13:41:56 +0000