Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenFri, 28 Apr 2017 17:47:29 +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 +0000Collector Finds Live 19th-Century Cannonballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antiques-collector-finds-19th-century-cannon-ball-prompting-neighborhood-evacuation-180962992/A fuse appeared to be attached to the explosive deviceFri, 21 Apr 2017 20:08:29 +0000Check Out These Rare Color Images of World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-rare-color-images-world-war-ii-180962997/The photos are part of a new book from the Imperial War Museums which includes many images published for the first timeFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:24:12 +0000Although Less Deadly Than Crinolines, Bustles Were Still a Pain in the Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/although-less-deadly-crinolines-bustles-were-still-pain-behind-180962919/“The woman with a bustle can never sit down in a natural position,” one 1880s doctor wroteFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:21:18 +0000A Tale of Two White Houseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tale-two-white-houses-180962940/The Confederacy had its own White House—two, actuallyFri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Massasoit, Chief Who Signed Treaty With the Pilgrims, To Be Reburiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massasoit-chief-who-signed-treaty-pilgrims-be-reburied-180962928/After a 20-year search, members of the Wampanoag Nation have collected his remains from museumsFri, 21 Apr 2017 15:33:33 +0000Germany Will Research Stasi Art Seizureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-will-research-stasi-art-seizures-180962916/The Nazis weren’t the only group that looted German treasuresFri, 21 Apr 2017 14:38:43 +0000Fire Poles Saved Time, But They Also Injured Firefightershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-poles-saved-time-they-also-injured-firefighters-180962923/Many fire departments across the country have phased out the poleFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:20:00 +0000Billie Holiday’s Label Wouldn’t Touch 'Strange Fruit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billie-holidays-label-wouldnt-touch-strange-fruit-180962910/The emotive song about lynching in the American South is both a classic and a warningThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Researchers Work to Take the Bias Out Of Facial Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-bias-out-facial-reconstruction-180962964/Instead of relying on European-centric data sets, researchers used a global database to help image a 13,600-year-old woman from ThailandThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000Without Edgar Allan Poe, We Wouldn't Have Sherlock Holmeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/edgar-allan-poe-invented-detective-story-180962914/C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's main character, was the first genius detectiveThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000John Adams Was the United States’ First Ambassador as Well as Its Second President http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-adams-was-united-states-first-ambassador-well-its-second-president-180962891/Adams's house in the Hague was the first-ever U.S. EmbassyWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Sealed Files of the United Nations War Crimes Commission Will Finally See Light of Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sealed-files-un-crimes-commission-finally-see-light-180962942/The massive archive has already revealed that war crimes charges against Hitler were drawn up as early as 1944Wed, 19 Apr 2017 14:28:28 +0000New Technique Shows San Rock Art Is 5,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-shows-san-rock-art-5000-years-old-180962948/Using a highly refined form of carbon dating, researchers were able to date the pigments in art in Botswana, Lesotho and South AfricaWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:56:56 +0000Mummies and More Than 1,000 Statues Found in Egyptian Tombhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummies-and-more-1000-statues-found-egyptian-tomb-180962941/The treasure was buried near LuxorTue, 18 Apr 2017 20:36:07 +0000Builders Find Remains of Five Archbishops of Canterburyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/builders-find-remains-five-archbishops-canterbury-180962920/Turns out the vault in which they were buried wasn't destroyed by flood after all Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:04:49 +0000The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and Some Other Guyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/midnight-ride-paul-revere-and-some-other-guys-180962866/The midnight ride wasn’t so much a solo operation as it was a relayTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:18:27 +0000Ancient Architectural Science is Coming to a Renowned Indian Engineering Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-architectural-science-coming-renowned-indian-engineering-school-180962936/Principles of alignment with the sun and magnetic fields in vastu shastra stretch back 8,000 yearsTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:02:41 +0000 A Look Back at the 1925 Woman’s World Fairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-back-1925-womans-world-fair-180962883/After the success of the Chicago World's Fair, women made their own eventTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:58:29 +0000“Are Women Animals?” Asked One 19th-Century Letter Writerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-women-animals-asked-one-19th-century-letter-writer-180962859/If women couldn't have the rights of full human beings, "An Earnest Englishwoman" asked, could they at least have as many legal protections as animals?Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Story of Hollywood's Most Famous Lionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mgms-first-lion-didnt-roar-180962852/Actually, there have been five of themMon, 17 Apr 2017 14:52:08 +0000Ireland May End Its Historic Good Friday Alcohol Banhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ireland-may-end-its-historic-good-friday-alcohol-ban-180962909/The 1927 prohibition restricted the sale of booze on Good Friday, Christmas Day and St. Patrick’s DayFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:21:19 +0000Last Surviving Animals of Mosul Zoo Transported to Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-arts-culture/last-surviving-animals-mosul-zoo-transported-safety-180962898/Lula the bear and Simba the lion have been evacuated to a wildlife shelter in JordanFri, 14 Apr 2017 17:01:09 +0000The Curious History of the White House Easter Egg Rollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-history-white-house-easter-egg-roll-180962842/Thousands of families enter the lottery each year to take part in this White House traditionFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:13:52 +0000This 1000-Mile Long Storm Showed the Horror of Life in the Dust Bowlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-mile-long-storm-showed-horror-life-dust-bowl-180962847/In the American history of extreme weather events, ‘Black Sunday’ sticks outFri, 14 Apr 2017 14:22:51 +0000What We Know About the CIA's Midcentury Mind-Control Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-we-know-about-cias-midcentury-mind-control-project-180962836/Project MKUltra began on this day in 1953 and continued for yearsThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Tournament Scrabble Dictionary Contains More Than A Hundred Slurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tournament-scrabble-dictionary-contains-more-hundred-slurs-180962839/One woman first raised the issue of the Scrabble dictionary containing offensive words in the 1990sThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Movie Palaces Let Everyday Americans Be Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-palaces-let-everyday-americans-be-royalty-180962824/They were an important part of the studio system that flourished until the late 1940sWed, 12 Apr 2017 15:04:12 +0000The First Manned Space Flight Was the Rocket Designer’s Victory as Much as Yuri Gagarin’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-manned-space-flight-was-rocket-designers-victory-much-or-more-yuri-gagarins-180962822/Sergei Korolev designed the entire Soviet rocket program. But nobody knew his name until after he diedWed, 12 Apr 2017 13:10:00 +0000The Met Will Finally Integrate Some Native American Art Into Its American Winghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-will-finally-integrate-some-native-american-art-its-american-wing-180962860/Until now, indigenous art has lived in its own sectionTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:01:32 +0000This Patented Smoking Deterrent Made Little Coughing Noiseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/patented-smoking-deterrent-made-little-coughing-noises-180962805/ The history of smoking cessation aids has a few funny detours like this oneTue, 11 Apr 2017 16:41:46 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-syrian-refugee-also-one-archaeologys-most-important-finds-180962843/King Idrimi is getting digitized and his autobiography is as relevant as everTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Bizarre Story of Saddam Hussein’s Failed “Supergun”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-saddam-husseins-failed-supergun-180962820/It was called “Big Babylon” and it was originally supposed to fire satellites into orbitTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Marine Le Pen Denies State’s Role in Deporting French Jews During WWIIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-le-pen-denies-states-role-deporting-french-jews-during-wwii-180962849/Approximately 13,000 Jews were arrested by French authorities in July of 1942Mon, 10 Apr 2017 20:42:56 +0000Japan Will Allow Its Schools to Use a Controversial 19th-Century Imperial Texthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-will-allow-its-school-controversial-19th-century-imperial-text-180962825/The educational edict was banned after World War II for serving military and nationalistic purposesMon, 10 Apr 2017 19:24:01 +0000The Eighteenth-Century Founder of Homeopathy Said His Treatments Were Better Than Bloodlettinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-eighteenth-century-founder-homeopathy-think-his-theory-medicine-worked-180962794/Samuel Hahnemann was trying to fix the unscientific field of medicineMon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000The ASPCA’s Founder Was Known as “The Great Meddler”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspcas-founder-was-known-great-meddler-180962792/Although Bergh's efforts to prevent animal cruelty weren't well-received by all, the ASPCA did change how animals were seen in the United StatesMon, 10 Apr 2017 15:13:02 +0000New Study Fleshes Out the Nutritional Value of Human Meathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-cannibals-did-not-eat-humans-nutrition-study-says-180962823/The caloric value of the human body is surprisingly low compared to other prehistoric food optionsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:46:12 +0000The Quest to Better Describe the Scent of Old Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-quest-better-describe-scent-old-books-180962819/Describing a unique smell just got easier thanks to a pair of olfactory detectivesFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:13:32 +0000New Pyramid Discovered in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pyramid-discovered-egypt-180962813/Earlier this week the interior structure of pyramid was uncovered at the Dahshur Necropolis, home to some of Egypt's earliest pyramidsFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:50:57 +0000This Swashbuckling Botanist Changed America’s Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swashbuckling-botanist-changed-americas-landscapes-180962763/Not always for the betterFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:11:15 +0000Smithsonian and Library of Congress Purchase Rare 1860s Photo of Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-library-of-congress-rare-1860s-photo-harriet-tubman-180962818/Part of an album of 44 photos of prominent abolitionists, the unique photo was recently acquired at auctionFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:44:16 +0000How Some Breweries Survived Prohibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-some-breweries-survived-prohibition-180962754/It mostly involved playing to their non-alcoholic strengthsFri, 07 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000Moths Are Nibbling Away at England’s Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-are-nibbling-away-englands-heritage-sites-180962816/Let “Operation Clothes Moths” commenceThu, 06 Apr 2017 19:28:41 +0000Artifacts Found in Indonesian Cave Show Complexities of Ice Age Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-found-indonesian-cave-show-complex-ice-age-culture-180962787/Pendants and buttons as well as carvings suggest the inhabitants of Wallacea were as advanced as Europeans during the Ice AgeThu, 06 Apr 2017 17:37:54 +0000Only 30 Dutch Wooden Shoe Makers Remainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-30-dutch-wooden-shoe-makers-remain-180962804/The traditional trade is in troubleThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:19:42 +0000The Secretary of the Interior Once Banned Rock Bands From the National Mallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secretary-interior-once-banned-rock-bands-national-mall-180962735/James Watt, who was outed from office in the early 1980s, said the only songs he knew were 'The Star Spangled Banner' and 'Amazing Grace'Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Once Upon a Time, Exploding Billiard Balls Were An Everyday Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-upon-time-exploding-billiard-balls-were-everyday-thing-180962751/It was a side effect of no longer making them from ivoryThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:41:25 +0000Your Alaskan Cruise is Possible Because Canada Blew Up an Underwater Mountainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-almost-1400-tons-explosives-blow-underwater-mountain-peak-canada-180962732/People predicted tsunamis and an earthquake, but nothing particularly bad happenedWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:45:56 +0000Found: One of the Oldest North American Settlementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-north-american-settlements-found-180962750/The discovery of the 14,000-year-old village in Canada lends credence to the theory that humans arrived in North America from the coastWed, 05 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000130 Years Ago, Men Against Women's Suffrage Put Susanna Salter’s Name on the Ballothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/130-years-ago-men-against-womens-suffrage-put-susanna-salters-name-ballot-180962727/Boy, were they sorry.Tue, 04 Apr 2017 17:54:05 +0000London's Parliament Square Will Get Its First Statue of a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-parliament-square-will-get-its-first-statue-woman-180962760/Suffragist leader Millicent Garrett Fawcett will join the ranks of 11 statesmen who have been honored with monuments thereTue, 04 Apr 2017 16:48:09 +0000Arsenic and Old Tastes Made Victorian Wallpaper Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-wallpaper-got-its-gaudy-colors-poison-180962709/Victorians were obsessed with vividly-colored wallpaper, which is on-trend for this year–though arsenic poisoning is never in styleMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000Before Velcro’s Patent Expired, It Was a Niche Product Most People Hadn’t Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/velcros-patent-expired-it-was-niche-product-most-people-hadnt-heard-180962701/The hook-and-loop tape's moment in the sun came after others were free to copy itMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000How 148 Tornadoes in One Day in 1974 Changed Emergency Preparednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-148-tornadoes-one-day-1974-changed-emergency-preparedness-180962706/The “super outbreak” flattened towns and killed and injured thousands, all with little warning and in the space of 24 hoursMon, 03 Apr 2017 13:22:11 +0000How Agent Orange Turned This American Small Town Into a Toxic Waste-Ridden Deathtraphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-beach-was-founded-newspaper-promo-demolished-toxic-waste-ridden-ghost-town-180962693/“Walking into the houses, many of them were like people had just simply stood up, walked out and never come back”Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000National Park Service Seeks Public Help in Death Valley Fossil Thefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-seeks-public-help-in-death-valley-fossil-theft-180962741/Fossilized footprints, which had been left in a lakebed by ancient mammals and birds, have been swiped Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:51:16 +0000WWII Marine Buried at Arlington, 73 Years After His Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-marine-buried-arlington-73-years-after-his-death-180962729/Harry K. Tye's body went missing after the 1943 Battle of Tarawa. Decades later, his remains were discovered and returned home.Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:29:24 +0000Gold Miners Kept Their Sourdough Starters Alive By Cuddling Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-miners-kept-their-sourdough-starters-alive-cuddling-them-180962689/San Francisco-area miners used sourdough starters as a replacement for commercial leavening agentsFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:01:00 +0000Happy 159th Birthday to the Modern Pencilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-159th-birthday-modern-pencil-180962656/The patent for this supremely convenient invention didn't last longThu, 30 Mar 2017 18:04:15 +0000This 'Brilliant' Pioneering Psychologist Never Got a Ph.D....Technicallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brilliant-psychologist-phd-technically-180962648/Despite "the most brilliant examination" Harvard had ever seen, the school didn't grant degrees to women at the timeThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:53:40 +0000Corrosion Could Bring a Premature End to This Legendary Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corrosion-could-bring-premature-end-this-legendary-ship-180962582/New report sounds the alarm on the RMS Queen MaryThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:21:11 +0000Coca-Cola’s Creator Said the Drink Would Make You Smarterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coca-colas-creator-said-drink-would-make-you-smarter-180962665/Like the wine and cocaine drink that preceded it, Coca-Cola was first marketed as a brain tonicWed, 29 Mar 2017 17:52:21 +0000N.W.A., NPR Among This Year’s National Recording Registry Inductees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nw-npr-among-years-national-recording-registry-inductees-180962713/The latest class of 25 also includes Judy Garland and Vin ScullyWed, 29 Mar 2017 16:12:57 +0000 Before 1929, Nobody Thought the President Needed a Telephone in his Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1929-nobody-thought-president-needed-telephone-his-office-180962646/Herbert Hoover got a phone in the Oval Office over fifty years after the White House first got a switchboardWed, 29 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Budweiser Clydesdales’ First Gig Was the End of Prohibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/budweiser-clydesdaless-first-gig-was-end-prohibition-180962672/August Busch, born on this day in 1899, came up with the concept of the Budweiser Clydesdales to celebrate the repeal of anti-liquor lawsTue, 28 Mar 2017 18:28:01 +0000Ancient Egyptian Shroud Gets New Life After Rediscovery in Scottish Museum Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-egyptian-shroud-rediscovered-scottish-museum-180962684/The shroud, which dates to Egypt's Roman period, is etched with a hieroglyphic inscription and "unusual" art Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:14:43 +0000This 17th-Century Anatomist Made Art Out of Bodieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-anatomist-made-art-out-bodies-180962677/Using human bodies in this way still happens–and it’s controversialTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:23 +0000How Detroit Went from Motor City to the Arsenal of Democracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-detroit-was-arsenal-democracy-180962620/Detroit already had car manufacturing capability: that turned into war production capability in the early 1940sTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Guillotine's Namesake Was Against Capital Punishmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joseph-guillotin-opposed-capital-punishment-180962630/And contrary to popular myth, he died of natural causes, not by beheadingTue, 28 Mar 2017 13:20:00 +0000Naval Base Believed to Have Been Used in the Legendary Battle of Salamis Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naval-base-used-legendary-battle-salamis-found-180962666/Researchers have discovered the harbor in Salamis' Ampelakia Bay where the Greek fleet prepared to battle the much larger Persian navyTue, 28 Mar 2017 12:45:21 +0000George Orwell Wrote '1984' While Dying of Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-wrote-1984-while-dying-tuberculosis-180962608/Orwell, like thousands around the globe today, struggled with tuberculosis for many years before finally succumbing to the diseaseFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:11:12 +0000This Eccentric 19th-Century Transportation Magnate May Have Inspired Jules Vernehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eccentric-19th-century-transportation-magnate-may-have-inspired-jules-verne-180962605/George Francis Train traveled around the world three times in his increasingly weird lifeFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:21:47 +0000Hundreds of Liquor Bottles, Downed by British Soldiers during WWI, Found in Israelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-liquor-bottles-downed-british-soldiers-during-wwi-found-israel-180962655/For nine months, the troops waited for orders to advance into Jerusalem. And while they waited, they drankFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Website Documents 100 Years of Japanese Animationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-documents-100-years-japanese-animation-180962662/From propaganda to experimental cartoons, these films showcase the early days of a national art formFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Facial Reconstruction of Medieval Man Sheds Light on England’s “Ordinary Poor”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-reconstruction-medieval-man-sheds-light-englands-ordinary-poor-180962634/"Context 958" lived a harsh life and died destituteThu, 23 Mar 2017 19:55:01 +0000San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-people-south-africa-issue-code-ethics-researchers-180962615/This much-studied population is the first indigenous people of Africa to develop such guidelinesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:29 +0000This Innovator Thought Elevators Should Be Roundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-passenger-elevator-was-built-four-years-after-first-elevator-shaft-180962598/Peter Cooper thought that round would be the most efficient shape for elevators, and requested an elevator shaft designed accordinglyThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:43:49 +0000Newly Discovered Color Movies Show Herbert Hoover’s Softer Side http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-color-movies-show-herbert-hoovers-softer-side-180962633/From Hooverball to White House frolics, you've never seen the staid president quite like thisThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:58:42 +0000Mathematician Emmy Noether Should Be Your Herohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emmy-noether-should-be-your-hero-180962591/She revolutionized mathematics, and then was forgotten because she was a womanThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Mime Who Saved Kids From the Holocausthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mime-who-saved-kids-holocaust-180962533/Marcel Marceau is history’s most famous mime, but before that, he was a member of the French ResistanceWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000The First Saxophone Was Made of Woodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-saxophone-made-of-wood-180962541/ The instrument was patented by–you guessed it–Adolphe Sax, on this day in 1846Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Tour Company Offers (Very Expensive) Dives to 'Titanic' Wreckagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-company-offers-very-expensive-dives-titanic-wreckage-180962607/For a mere $105,129 per person, thrill-seekers can explore the ruins of the ill-fated shipWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000One of Christianity's Holiest Sites Gets Its Grand Unveilinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christianity-site-grand-unveiling-180962619/A team of 50 experts spent nine months cleaning and reinforcing the shrine that is believed to be above Jesus' tombWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Crusader Shipwreck, Likely From the Siege of Acre, Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusader-shipwreck-siege-acre-discovered-180962597/The boat in the Bay of Haifa included ceramics and a stash of gold coinsTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:15:02 +0000This Art Deco Office Tower Was the Master Work of 'The Architect of Detroit'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-deco-office-tower-was-master-work-detroits-architect-180962524/Although Kahn designed numerous buildings and factories, this is the one that’s come to define his workTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Puppets (and Puppeteers) Are Still Importanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppets-puppeteers-importart-180962529/Puppets aren't just children's toys, as this look into the Smithsonian's collection showsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:20:00 +0000France’s Famous High School Exam Will Soon Feature Its First Woman Author http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frances-famous-high-school-exam-will-soon-feature-its-first-woman-author-180962595/Madame da La Fayette will infuse a much-needed POV into France’s literary curriculumTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Chef Boyardee Was A Real Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chef-boyardee-was-real-person-180962514/What’s more: Hector Boiardi was a respected chef who even helped cater Woodrow Wilson’s second weddingMon, 20 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000White Southerners Said “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Was Fake Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-southerners-said-uncle-toms-cabin-was-fake-news-180962518/So its author published a “key” to what’s true in the novelMon, 20 Mar 2017 13:22:30 +0000This New Zealand River Just Got the Legal Rights of a Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-river-just-got-legal-rights-person-180962579/It’s the end of more than a century of struggleFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:58:19 +0000L.M. Montgomery’s Ontario Home Will Open As a Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lm-montgomerys-ontario-home-will-open-museum-180962562/While living in the village of Norval, the beloved author enjoyed stunning literary success. But this chapter of her life was tinged with darknessFri, 17 Mar 2017 17:41:53 +0000The World’s First Solar-Powered Satellite is Still Up There After 59 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-solar-powered-satellite-still-there-after-59-years-180962510/This tiny grapefruit-sized satellite will still be up there well into the 2100s if we don’t take it downFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Did Catherine Parr Write a Propaganda Song for Henry VIII?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-katherine-parr-write-propaganda-song-henry-viii-180962552/'Gaude gloriosa Dei mater,' purportedly penned by the king’s sixth wife, will be performed in London for the first time in more than 470 yearsFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:24:12 +0000Washington’s Army Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day to Cure Winter Blues http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washingtons-army-celebrated-st-patricks-day-cure-winter-blues-180962513/Washington declared the day a holiday in an attempt to raise morale and acknowledge the army's many soldiers of Irish descentFri, 17 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Utah Chooses New State Works of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-choosesofficial-works-art-180962540/Ancient rock art and Robert Smithson's “Spiral Jetty” are poised to become state symbolsThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:26:45 +0000The Idea of Surgeons Washing Their Hands is Only 150 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/idea-sterilizing-surgical-instruments-only-150-years-old-180962498/The world of surgery before that was much grosser and less effectiveThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Netflix Will Finish Orson Welles’ Last Film http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netflix-will-finish-orson-welles-last-film-180962535/Will <i>The Other Side of the Wind</i> live up to its iconic reputation? Thu, 16 Mar 2017 15:01:40 +0000The First Description of Allergies Was Published On This Day in 1844http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1844-doctor-hay-fever-invented-allergies-180962494/John Bostock was a British doctor suffering from what he called “summer catarrh”Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Five Things You Didn’t Realize Were Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanitieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-realize-were-funded-national-endowment-humanities-180962531/Since 1965, the agency has bestowed more than 63,000 humanities-related grantsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:45:19 +0000This Patent Was the Hallmark of an Aerosol Whip Cream Empirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/patent-was-hallmark-aerosol-whip-cream-empire-180962455/Aaron “Bunny” Lapin had already made Reddi-Wip a national concern when he finally received the patent for the aerosolizing whip cream nozzleWed, 15 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The First-Ever Blood Bank Opened 80 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-blood-bank-opened-80-years-ago-today-180962486/Its inventor also coined the term "blood bank"Wed, 15 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Thornbury Castle, Honeymoon Spot of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, On Sale for $10.3 millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thornbury-castle-honeymoon-spot-henry-viii-and-anne-boleyn-sale-103-million-180962523/The property boasts boasts 28 bedrooms, sprawling Tudor gardens and restaurant experience in the dungeonsTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:02:11 +0000Why South Korea’s National Archive Uprooted 12 Japanese Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-south-koreas-national-archive-uprooted-12-japanese-trees-180962462/The kaizuka trees represent a long and complicated history with the country's former colonial occupierTue, 14 Mar 2017 16:22:17 +0000The Man Who Dug JFK’s Grave, Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-dug-jfks-grave-twice-180962457/Clifton Pollard dug graves in the Arlington National Cemetery for more than thirty yearsTue, 14 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Worked Feverishly to Excavate Colonial-Era Graves at Philly Construction Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-worked-feverishly-excavate-colonial-era-graves-philly-construction-site-180962505/The First Baptist Cemetery was supposed to have been moved in 1859, but as it turned out many of the graves were left behindTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:13:12 +0000Researchers Float (Unlikely) Theory That Jane Austen Died of Arsenic Poisoninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-float-unlikely-theory-jane-austen-died-arsenic-poisoning-180962506/A contested hypothesis says the author’s glasses may offer new insight into her deathMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:35:33 +0000The Teenager Who Patented Earmuffs Kept His Town Employed for 60 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chester-greenwood-invented-earmuffs-or-did-he-180962434/Chester Greenwood became an earmuff tycoon whose factory kept his hometown in businessMon, 13 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000Celebrate Sunshine Week By Transcribing Once Top-Secret Documents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-sunshine-week-transcribing-once-top-secret-documents-180962504/The National Archives wants you…to make documents more accessible to future generations Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:22:20 +0000Two New Exhibitions Celebrate a Long-Lost Painting http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-exhibitions-celebrate-long-lost-painting-180962464/The "Tower of the Blue Horses" is gone, but not forgottenMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:16:44 +0000The Bizarre Beliefs of Astronomer Percival Lowellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-beliefs-astronomer-percival-lowell-180962432/Lowell's theories were treated with skepticism even in his own lifetimeMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Nashville Restaurant Recreates Civil Rights Sit-In Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nashville-restaurant-recreates-civil-rights-sit-site-180962489/The lunch counter where John Lewis and others were arrested will now be part of a soul food eatery and music venue Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Huge Statue of Egyptian Pharaoh Discovered in Cairohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-statue-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-cairo-180962497/It may be a likeness of Ramses II, ancient Egypt's most powerful rulerFri, 10 Mar 2017 21:02:42 +0000Don't Judge the Book-of-the-Month Club By Its Coverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-judge-book-month-club-its-cover-180962382/Although today you might associate its name with staid offerings, the club’s first book was by an openly queer authorFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000During (and After) WWII, Some States Had Year-Round Daylight Saving Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-states-stayed-war-time-after-wwii-ended-180962376/A 1963 'Time Magazine' article called it "a chaos of time"Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Collection of Alexander Hamilton’s Documents Can Now Be Viewed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collection-alexander-hamiltons-documents-can-now-be-viewed-online-180962461/Among them are Hamilton's first report as Secretary of Treasury, and a steamy love letter to his wifeThu, 09 Mar 2017 20:43:54 +0000History Film Forum Hashes Out Truth and Myth in Hollywoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-film-forum-hashes-out-truth-and-myth-hollywood-180962454/The four-day Forum looks into time travel, black America, Poe and other depictions of history in the mediaThu, 09 Mar 2017 19:22:42 +0000Two States Have Gone to Court to Keep the KKK From Adopting a Highwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-political-history-adopt-highway-program-180962365/In 2016, Georgia's Department of Transportation actually put the program on hold so it wouldn't have to respond to the hate group's applicationThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Pollens Found in Grave of Bronze Age Woman Paint Picture of Bygone Scotlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollens-found-grave-bronze-age-woman-paint-picture-bygone-scotland-180962437/But do they shed light on the mystery of the woman’s death?Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:49:22 +000014-Year-Old Boy Discovers Remains of German Fighter Plane and Its Pilothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-year-old-boy-discovers-remains-german-fighter-plane-and-its-pilot-180962447/Daniel Rom Kristiansen was learning about WWII in school when he decided to look for a lost warplaneWed, 08 Mar 2017 22:19:15 +0000The Horrible Fate of John Casor, The First Black Man to be Declared Slave for Life in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrible-fate-john-casor-180962352/Black people in early America weren't slaves. After this lawsuit, they could beWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sonata by Fanny Mendelssohn, Mistakenly Attributed to Her Brother, Premieres Under Her Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sonata-fanny-mendelssohn-mistakenly-attributed-her-brother-premieres-under-her-name-180962429/The Royal College of London performed the Easter Sonata in honor of International Women's DayWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:23:15 +0000The American Garment Workers Who Helped Inspire International Women’s Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-garment-workers-who-helped-inspire-international-womens-day-180962364/Jobs in the garment industry were some of the first to empower women in the industrial workforceWed, 08 Mar 2017 14:03:00 +0000Antonin Scalia’s Papers Find a Home at Harvard Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antonin-scalias-papers-find-home-harvard-law-180962413/The Supreme Court justice left behind a substantial legal and archival legacyTue, 07 Mar 2017 19:44:24 +0000The Letters of Abigail and John Adams Show Their Mutual Respecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letters-abigail-and-john-adams-show-their-mutual-respect-180962347/We still have 1,160 of their letters, written across the years of their marriageTue, 07 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Grey Gardens Estate Is on the Market for $20 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famed-grey-gardens-estate-market-20-million-180962392/All feline tenants have been evictedTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:24:39 +0000Here Are All The Discoveries That Had To Happen Before Two Scientists Could Find DNA’s Structurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-all-discoveries-had-happen-two-scientists-could-find-dnas-structure-180962327/Watson and Crick weren’t the only ones working on the problems of humanity's genes, by a long shotTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000The First Breakfast Cereal, Granula, Had to Be Soaked Before Being Eatenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-breakfast-cereal-granula-had-be-soaked-being-eaten-180962340/Invented by a doctor and health reformer, the brittle cakes were not an instant successTue, 07 Mar 2017 13:10:00 +0000Skeletons Found Under a Florida Wine Shop May Be Some of America’s First Colonistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-early-colonists-unearthed-st-augustine-180962385/The skeletons, found in St. Augustine, Florida, likely date to the first decades of the oldest European settlement in the United StatesMon, 06 Mar 2017 18:55:43 +0000Nosy Researchers Are Sniffing a Vintage Library http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nosy-researchers-are-sniffing-vintage-library-180962380/It’s all an effort to recreate an olfactory landscape of yoreMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:51:46 +0000President James Buchanan Directly Influenced the Outcome of the Dred Scott Decisionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-james-buchanan-directly-influenced-outcome-dred-scott-decision-180962329/He's remembered as a president who tried to unify a fractured nation with little success, doing damage along the wayMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:00:44 +0000Happy 80th Birthday to the First Woman in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-80th-birthday-first-woman-space-180962319/She spent almost three days in space on her first flightMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:45:00 +0000Primary School Students in Scotland Gave Dead Goldfish a Viking Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primary-school-students-scotland-gave-dead-goldfish-viking-burial-180962368/Farewell, Bubbles and FreddyFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:17:54 +0000A Pound Cake Was Originally Made With Four Pounds of Ingredientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pound-cake-was-originally-made-four-pounds-ingredients-180962308/Most Americans today don't bake using pounds and ounces, but cups and teaspoonsFri, 03 Mar 2017 16:31:29 +0000Why Stamps Cost the Same Anywhere in the Countryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stamps-have-cost-same-anywhere-country-march-3-1845-180962314/The Postal Act of 1845 was just the beginning of a process of postal standarization that took many yearsFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:20:00 +0000Oldest-Known Image of Confucius Found in Tomb of Disgraced Emperorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/A hand-painted mirror, decorated with a painting of the philosopher, was discovered in the tomb of short-lived ruler Liu HeThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:32:17 +0000This Short-Lived 1930s Speakeasy Was a Sanctuary for Gay Londonershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-lived-1930s-speakeasy-was-sanctuary-gay-londoners-180962361/And now you can visit a recreationThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:26:18 +0000Lou Reed’s Papers Have Found a Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lou-reeds-papers-have-found-home-180962355/The vicious Velvet Underground frontman will live on at the New York Public LibraryThu, 02 Mar 2017 18:09:03 +0000The Horrors of the 'Great Slave Auction'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrors-great-slave-auction-180962287/The largest sale of enslaved people ever to take place in the U.S. tore families apartThu, 02 Mar 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Decipher Recipe Believed to Treat Medieval Mystichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-decipher-recipe-treat-medieval-mystic-180962336/The find came to light thanks to a multi-spectral analysis on the manuscript of Margery Kempe's autobiographyThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:58:36 +0000Dr. Seuss Had an Imaginary Daughter Named Chrysanthemum-Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chrysanthemum-pearl-was-child-dr-seuss-never-had-180962291/Theodor Seuss Geisel created the character with his first wife, Helen Palmer GeiselThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:33:09 +0000Heirs of Holocaust Victim Invoke New Law in Suit Over Two Schiele Drawingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heirs-holocaust-victim-invoke-new-law-suit-over-two-schiele-drawings-180962330/The family of Fritz Grunbaum claims the works were stolen by NazisThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000