Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Poland Is Searching For the Last Living Auschwitz Guardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poland-searching-last-living-auschwitz-guards-180961977/New database lays out details of the SS guards and commanders who carried out some of history's most terrible crimesTue, 31 Jan 2017 14:58:02 +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 +0000New McDonalds Has a Cool Design Element: an Ancient Roman Road http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mcdonalds-has-cool-design-element-ancient-roman-road-180962289/Have a bit of history with that Happy Meal Mon, 27 Feb 2017 18:26:27 +0000Listen to the Sounds of Sacred Spaces Around the World http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-sacred-spaces-around-world-180962290/A new project documents, then remixes, religious and spiritual sounds Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000When Freud Met Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-freud-met-jung-180962301/The meeting of the minds happened 110 years agoMon, 27 Feb 2017 16:10:53 +0000This Supreme Court Justice Was a KKK Memberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-justice-was-kkk-member-180962254/Even after the story came out in 1937, Hugo Black went on to serve as a member of the Supreme Court into the 1970sMon, 27 Feb 2017 14:35:00 +0000Byron Was One of the Few Prominent Defenders of the Ludditeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byron-was-one-few-prominent-defenders-luddites-180962248/Years later he even wrote them a poem, “Song for the Luddites”Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This African-American Artist’s Cartoons Helped Win World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-american-artists-cartoons-helped-win-world-war-ii-180962279/Charles Alston knew how to turn art into motivationMon, 27 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Eighteenth-Century Robot Actually Used Breathing to Play the Flutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eighteenth-century-robot-actually-used-breathing-play-flute-180962214/It was one of a trio of automata that had functions like living creaturesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Still Buy Pig-Hair Toothbrusheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-still-buy-pig-hair-toothbrushes-180962216/There's an argument for it, given all the environmental destruction causes by plastic onesFri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Weird Story of “The Man They Couldn’t Hang” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-man-they-couldnt-hang-180962210/John ‘Babbacombe’ Lee’s life and almost-death are matters of speculationFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:06:38 +0000That Time the U.S. Government Won an Oscarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/that-time-us-government-won-oscar-180962277/Today, the award is kept on permanent display in the National ArchivesThu, 23 Feb 2017 21:48:45 +0000Japan Is Getting a Ninja Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-getting-ninja-museum-180962264/Officials hope the iconic warriors can sneak more tourism into the countryThu, 23 Feb 2017 19:44:39 +0000A Graduate Student Just Discovered a Lost Work of Fiction by Walt Whitmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graduate-student-discovered-lost-work-fiction-walt-whitman-180962260/The serialized novella was first published anonymously in 1852Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:12:04 +0000Tootsie Rolls Were WWII Energy Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tootsie-rolls-were-wwii-energy-bars-180962202/The candies were included in rations because they stayed fresh for a long timeThu, 23 Feb 2017 14:24:23 +0000Watch the Oldest-Known Surviving Film by an African-American Directorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-oldest-known-surviving-film-african-american-director-180962035/<i>Within Our Gates</i> was Oscar Micheaux’s response to a racist classicThu, 23 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Stolen ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Gate Returns to Dachau http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-arbeit-macht-frei-gate-returns-dachau-180962252/The identity of the thieves remains a mysteryWed, 22 Feb 2017 19:47:18 +0000The Secret Student Group That Stood Up to the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-secret-student-group-stood-up-nazis-180962250/The White Rose was short-lived, but its words were hard to ignoreWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:41:01 +0000The U.S. Forcibly Detained Native Alaskans During World War II http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-forcibly-detained-native-alaskans-during-world-war-ii-180962239/In the name of safety, Aleuts were held against their will under intolerable conditions in internment campsWed, 22 Feb 2017 17:28:36 +0000Here’s How To Make the Margarita’s (Possible) Predecessor, the Daisyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-margaritas-possible-predecessor-daisy-180962192/This cocktail has its roots in the nineteenth century, and some of its first recipes are made with brandy, not tequilaWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:30:00 +0000With Tens of Thousands Facing Starvation, Famine Is Declared in Parts of South Sudan http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-facing-starvation-declared-parts-of-sudan-180962242/One million more are “on the brink” of famineWed, 22 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Albania Wants to Show Off Its Shipwreckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albania-wants-show-its-ship-wrecks-180962181/From 6th century B.C. Greek cargo ships to WWII wrecks, the Balkan nation is hoping to boost tourism by highlighting its underwater archaeologyTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:32:54 +0000President Trump Visits the African American History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-trump-visits-african-american-history-and-culture-180962238/Museum director Lonnie Bunch and Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton led the president and his entourage on a tour of the new museumTue, 21 Feb 2017 18:35:22 +0000Girl Scouting Was Once Segregatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scouting-was-once-segregated-180962208/Though the Girl Scouts of the USA initially declared itself a space for all girls, the reality was different for girls of colorTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:50:36 +0000The First Telephone Book Had Fifty Listings and No Numbershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-telephone-book-had-fifty-listings-and-no-numbers-180962173/It came out less than two years after Alexander Graham Bell invented the deviceTue, 21 Feb 2017 16:11:07 +0000Old Particle Accelerator Tech Might Be Just What the Doctor Orderedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-particle-accelerator-tech-might-be-just-what-doctor-ordered-180962175/Shortages of important supplies for nuclear medicine has researchers looking for answers on how to produce technetium-99Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Was Once Patented http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statute-liberty-was-once-patented-180962158/Reading the original patent documents can help us learn more about this history of this American iconFri, 17 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Wooden Running Machine Was Your Fixie’s Great-Great Grandpahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wooden-running-machine-was-your-fixies-great-great-grandpa-180962152/The draisine was invented as a potential replacement for the horse during a shortageFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:10:00 +0000American Girl Announces Boy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-girl-announces-boy-180962193/The toy titan’s newest doll is a boy named Logan Thu, 16 Feb 2017 19:19:15 +0000Five Cool Finds From Google Arts & Culture's Presidents' Day Collectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-finds-google-presidents-day-collection-180962206/The platform is sharing more than 2,000 items steeped in political historyThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:08:06 +0000The Pioneer of Graphic Adventure Games Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1980s-roberta-williams-brought-graphic-adventure-games-home-180962160/Mystery House was the first home computer game ever to include graphics as well as textThu, 16 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000“9-1-1” Has Meant “Help, Please” For 49 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9-1-1-has-meant-help-please-49-years-180962143/The first 911 call ever placed came from the small town of Haleyville, AlabamaThu, 16 Feb 2017 14:20:00 +0000Pentagon Investigates Missing Sailors from the U.S.S. Turnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pentagon-investigates-missing-sailors-uss-turner-180962172/After the ship exploded in New York Harbor in 1944, 136 sailors were classified as missing, but new research suggests some were buried on Long IslandWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:01:59 +0000New Claims Prove the Henrietta Lacks Controversy Is Far From Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claims-henrietta-lacks-controversy-far-from-over-180962185/The family of the woman who changed science forever is seeking compensationWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:01:35 +0000The Aww-Inspiring Origins of Clifford the Big Red Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aww-origins-clifford-dog-180962099/Norman Bridwell, Clifford’s creator, was also a lot like his creationWed, 15 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Important (and Cutest) Teddy Bear Moments of the Past 114 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-most-important-and-cutest-teddy-bear-moments-past-114-years-180962140/The American toy was introduced in 1903, and almost immediately made its markWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:30:00 +0000This Sexist 1920s Toy is Part of the Reason for the Women in STEM Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sexist-1920s-toy-part-reason-women-stem-gap-180962094/Boys got Erector Sets. Girls got this stellar consolation prizeWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000How a Pompeiian Bakery Became This Year's Hot Date Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pompeiian-bakery-became-years-hot-date-destination-180962169/The romance never dies at the House of the Chaste LoversTue, 14 Feb 2017 18:18:08 +0000How to Make an Authentic Civil War Valentinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-make-authentic-civil-war-valentine-180962090/Handmade Valentine cards were popularized (and commercialized) in the U.S. during the Civil War yearsTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Rare Photographs Could Show Paul Gauguin in Tahitihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photographs-show-paul-gaugin-in-tahiti-180962112/The newly discovered photos are from the summer of 1896Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:55:45 +0000When Some 1920s Garbage Was Mistaken for an Ancient Artifacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-garbage-or-ancient-artifact-probably-1920s-garbage-180962081/The "Coso Artifact" was fuel for those who want to believe that the truth is out thereMon, 13 Feb 2017 15:17:45 +0000Somalia’s New President Is an American Citizen. How Did That Happen?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dual-us-citizen-elected-president-somalia-180962139/After working city, county and state jobs in Buffalo, New York, Mohamed Abdullahi “Farmajo” Mohamed was elected president earlier this weekFri, 10 Feb 2017 21:53:07 +0000Newly Discovered Photo May Depict a Younger Harriet Tubmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-photo-may-depict-younger-harriet-tubman-180962103/The late 1860s carte-de-visite comes from fellow abolitionist Emily Howland's albumFri, 10 Feb 2017 20:15:08 +0000Meet the Historically Accurate Mr. Darcyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-historically-accurate-mr-darcy-180962136/A team of experts on fashion and social culture offer their take on Jane Austen's brooding heroFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:04:11 +0000New Exhibit Reveals 8,000 Years of London's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-reveals-8000-years-londons-history-180962105/The Museum of London Docklands highlights 500 finds unearthed by the Crossrail ProjectFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000World’s Largest Refugee Camp Ordered to Stay Open http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-refugee-camp-ordered-stay-open-180962102/A Kenyan judge called the government's plan to close Dadaab "discriminatory"Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Archive Is Digitizing the History of the Circushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archive-digitizing-history-circus-180962100/In a bid to preserve circus culture, Illinois State University's Milner Library is making more than 300 circus route books available onlineThu, 09 Feb 2017 20:05:09 +0000The Brief 1930s Craze for 'Tom Thumb Golf'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-inventor-mini-golf-called-it-tom-thumb-golf-180962026/Miniature golf courses had been around before, but Garnet Carter gave it a roadside attraction spinThu, 09 Feb 2017 15:33:39 +0000Bison Back in Banff After 130 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bison-back-banff-after-130-years-180962093/Parks Canada released 16 of the wooly ungulates in the national park in a pilot project to re-establish the speciesThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:45:59 +0000Archaeologists Might Have Found Another Dead Sea Scroll Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-might-have-found-another-dead-sea-scroll-cave-180962092/It could be cave number 12Wed, 08 Feb 2017 21:10:19 +0000Fans of Dorothy Parker Can Pay to Wear Her Mink Coathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fans-dorothy-parker-can-pay-wear-her-mink-coat-180962062/It’s all in the name of preservationWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:59:10 +0000The Quest to Save Vincent van Gogh’s Grave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quest-save-vincent-van-goghs-grave-180962028/His final resting place is in disrepair, so fans of the tormented artist are pitching in to save itWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:25:34 +0000Watch the Original 1959 Ad for the First Office-Ready Xerox Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-original-1959-ad-first-office-ready-xerox-machine-180962012/When the Xerox 914 entered offices, the working world changed foreverWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:25:50 +0000Mutiny in Space: Why These Skylab Astronauts Never Flew Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mutiny-space-why-these-skylab-astronauts-never-flew-again-180962023/In 1973, it was the longest space mission — 84 days in the stars. But at some point the astronauts just got fed upWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Little House on the Prairie Was Built on Native American Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-house-prairie-was-built-native-american-land-180962020/Yesterday was Laura Ingalls Wilder's 150th birthday. It's time to take a critical look at her workWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:27:54 +0000British Parliament Is Losing its Wigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-parliament-losing-its-wigs-180962069/They’re itchy, formal—and part of centuries of traditionTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:13:06 +0000Why Romanians Took to the Streets This Weekend http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-romanians-took-streets-weekend-180962053/Up to half a million citizens protested a new decree that would have diminished anti-corruption penaltiesTue, 07 Feb 2017 21:08:37 +0000The Chief Designer of the ‘Titanic’ Saved Everyone He Could as His Ship Went Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chief-designer-titanic-saved-everyone-he-could-his-ship-went-down-180962008/Thomas Andrews had argued for more lifeboats on the ship, but he was rebuffed on the grounds that it would ruin the viewTue, 07 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000A Fanatical Monk Inspired 15th-Century Italians to Burn Their Clothes, Makeup and Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-fanatical-monk-took-over-florence-and-burned-bunch-vanities-180962005/He told Florentines the apocalypse was coming, and to save themselves through self-censorshipTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-babe-ruth-so-good-hitting-home-runs-180961998/People have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Long Shadow of the 1976 Swine Flu Vaccine 'Fiasco'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-shadow-1976-swine-flu-vaccine-fiasco-180961994/Some, but not all, of the hesitance to embrace vaccines can be traced back to this event more than 40 years agoMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Mary Leakey’s Husband (Sort of) Took Credit For Her Groundbreaking Work On Humanity’s Originshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-leakeys-husband-sort-took-credit-her-groundbreaking-work-humanitys-origins-180961991/Leakey and her husband, Louis Leakey, were a paleoanthropology power coupleMon, 06 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Spool of “Holocaust Songs” Found in Mislabelled Containerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spool-holocaust-songs-found-mislabelled-container-180962045/The “Henonville Songs” are being heard for the first time in 70 yearsFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:59:24 +0000LiDAR Scans Reveal Maya Civilization's Sophisticated Network of Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lidar-scans-maya-network-roads-180961995/Detailed aerial images reveal a remarkably ambitious transportation network consisting of 17 roadsFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:39:38 +0000These 12,000-Year-Old Prostate Stones Likely Led to One Prehistoric Man’s Painful Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-12000-year-old-prostate-stones-likely-led-one-prehistoric-mans-painful-death-180962034/The walnut-sized stones were found inside a skeleton buried in modern-day SudanFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:00 +0000This Robotic Silver Swan Has Fascinated Fans for Nearly 250 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-silver-swan-has-fascinated-fans-nearly-250-years-180962024/It preens, fishes and impressesFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:59:21 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Littlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rachel-carson-wrote-silent-spring-partly-because-author-stuart-little-180961962/The book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000WWII Songstress Croons Her Way to Age 100 With a New Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-songress-croons-her-way-age-100-with-new-album-180962022/Dame Vera Lynn "the Forces' Sweetheart" will make the history books with the releaseThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:53:34 +0000The Father of Canning Knew His Process Worked, But Not Why It Workedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-canning-knew-his-process-worked-not-why-it-worked-180961960/Nicolas Appert was trying to win a hefty prize offered by the French armyThu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000This Hell-Raising Suffragist’s Name Will Soon Grace an Oregon Hotelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hell-raising-suffragists-name-will-soon-grace-oregon-hotel-180961963/Abigail Scott Duniway staged a lifelong fight for women's rightsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:00:06 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lie-detectors-dont-work-advertised-and-they-never-did-180961956/Barred from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Meet the Inner Circle That Runs Groundhog Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-normal-guys-wearing-top-hats-and-tuxes-keep-groundhog-day-running-180961954/They've been holding the ceremony in Gobbler’s Knob every year since 1887Thu, 02 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-doodle-sculpts-tribute-pioneering-artist-edmonia-lewis-180962010/Celebrate the first day of Black History Month by getting to know the 19th-century sculptorWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:49:50 +0000The House Where ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ Was Written Is for Sale http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-winnie-pooh-was-written-sale-180961999/The 9.5-acre estate was once home to Christopher Robin and A.A. MilneWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:38:16 +0000One of America’s First Female Pediatricians Saved Lives for 74 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-long-long-career-pediatrician-dr-leila-denmark-180961934/Dr. Leila Denmark lived to be 114, and practiced medicine for three quarters of a centuryWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000How Langston Hughes’s Dreams Inspired MLK’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-langston-hughess-dreams-inspired-mlks-180961929/Langston Hughes wrote about dreams at a time when racism meant that black people’s dreams were silencedWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dig This: Researchers Found a 38,000-Year-Old Engraving in Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/38000-year-old-engraving-oldest-rock-art-france-180961983/Excavated from a rock shelter, the image of an aurochs covered in dots was made by the Aurignacians, the earliest group of modern humans in EuropeTue, 31 Jan 2017 20:44:53 +0000Seventeenth-Century Shopping List Discovered Under Floorboards of Historic English Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seventeenth-century-shopping-list-discovered-under-floorboards-historic-english-home-180961986/Penned in 1633, the “beautifully written” list hints at household life 400 years agoTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:12:04 +0000Boy Scouts Will Allow Transgender Children to Enroll in Boys-Only Programshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-scouts-will-allow-transgender-children-180961982/The decision is thanks to an 8 year old Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:00:18 +0000Scotch Tape Can Create X-Rays, and More You Didn't Know About The Sticky Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-you-didnt-know-about-scotch-tape-180961914/People have used it to repair everything from curtains to ceilingsTue, 31 Jan 2017 16:21:26 +0000A Picture History of One of the World’s Greatest Hot Air Balloonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picture-history-one-worlds-greatest-hot-air-balloons-180961908/Designed by Charles Green, the Great Nassau was big enough to capture the imaginations of an entire countryTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:05:00 +0000One of the Last Links to the Inner Nazi Circle Dies at 106http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joseph-goebbels-former-secretary-died-106-180961972/Brunhilde Pomsel worked with Joseph Goebbels until the final days of the Third ReichMon, 30 Jan 2017 18:31:49 +0000In One 1968 Presentation, This Inventor Shaped Modern Computinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-1968-presentation-inventor-shaped-modern-computing-180961904/Douglas Engelbart’s career was about seeing the possibilities of what computing could do for humanityMon, 30 Jan 2017 16:17:16 +0000Take a Rare Look Inside FDR’s WWII Information Center: The Map Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-rare-look-inside-fdrs-wwi-information-center-map-room-180961900/Long before Google Earth, this was how the president saw the worldMon, 30 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Calculations Reposition the Geographical Center of North Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-calculations-reposition-geographical-center-north-america-1-180961932/After an 90-year-reign, the title moves from Rugby, North Dakota, to the city of Center, in Oliver CountyMon, 30 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Croatian Jews Boycotted This Year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-croatian-jews-boycotted-years-holocaust-remembrance-day-180961958/As neo-fascism grows in Croatia, the country is at a crossroads between denial and realityFri, 27 Jan 2017 20:46:40 +0000Haunting Twitter Account Shares the Fates of the Refugees of the St. Louishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/haunting-twitter-account-shares-the-fates-of-the-refugees-of-st-louis-180961955/In 1939, Cuba and the United States turned back a ship full of German Jews, 254 of whom were later killed during the HolocaustFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:48:27 +0000This Artist Creates Roses From Weapons Left Behind By War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-creates-roses-weapons-left-behind-war-180961927/"Two Roses for Peace" brings together people on both sides of a 1982 conflictFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:00 +0000Happy(?) Birthday to the Father of the Nuclear Navyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-birthday-father-nuclear-navy-180961879/Hyman G. Rickover pushed to nuclearize the Navy's submarines, but admitted he’d rather ‘sink them all’ to protect humanityFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:03:00 +0000Here’s What Happens in a "Comic Book" Drawn by Medieval Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-in-comic-book-drawn-by-medieval-monks-180961922/<i>Psychomachia</i> pits vice against virtue in a battle for human souls Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:50:26 +0000Why Did People Think Steam-Powered Cars Were a Good Idea? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-people-think-steam-powered-cars-were-good-idea-180961872/In the early days, steam cars were as common as gas ones. Why aren’t we driving them today?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000The 'Queen of the Sky' Is Finally Getting Her Duehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bessie-coleman-queen-skies-180961866/On her 125th birthday, we're remembering Bessie Coleman's incredible achievementsThu, 26 Jan 2017 14:30:00 +0000America’s First Immigration Center Was Also an Amusement Park http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-immigration-center-was-also-amusement-park-180961727/Castle Garden went from fort to pleasure grounds to precursor of Ellis Island Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Historians, Government Officials Clash Over Polish History at New Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historians-government-officials-clash-over-polish-history-at-new-museum-180961912/Trapped between nationalism and documentation, a Polish museum grapples with how to tell its storyWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:38:59 +0000This Famous American Clown Was (Probably) a Model for Uncle Samhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/famous-american-clown-was-probably-model-uncle-sam-180961852/Dan Rice was the John Oliver of the mid-nineteenth centuryWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Gung Haggis Fat Choy: This Canadian Celebration Combines Robert Burns Night and Chinese New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gung-haggis-fat-choy-canadian-celebration-combines-robert-burns-night-and-chinese-new-year-180961845/Started by "Toddish McWong" in 1998, the annual dinner has grown and grownWed, 25 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000TV's Longest-Running Soap Opera Was First Broadcast 80 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tvs-longest-running-soap-opera-was-first-broadcast-80-years-ago-180961849/Guiding Light had over 15,700 episodes between radio and televisionWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Mark Twain Fairy Tale Unearthedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mark-twain-fairy-tale-unearthed-180961903/The previously unknown—and unfinished—story was hiding in plain sightWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Finish Separating World's Largest Celtic Coin Hoardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finish-separating-worlds-largest-celtic-coin-hoard-180961896/It took nearly three years to separate the more than 68,000 coinsTue, 24 Jan 2017 20:04:13 +0000This Map Shows Over a Century of Documented Lynchings in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-shows-over-a-century-of-documented-lynchings-in-united-states-180961877/Mapping the history of racial terrorTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:05:26 +0000The Weird, Brief History of the Eskimo Pie Corporationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-short-history-eskimo-pie-corporation-180961840/It was America’s first chocolate-covered ice cream bar, patented on this day in 1922Tue, 24 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000A London Music Hall Hid a Long-Forgotten Storeroom Packed With Condimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-music-hall-hid-long-forgotten-storeroom-packed-condiments-180961745/Construction workers uncovered the tasty trove while excavating its foundationsTue, 24 Jan 2017 14:51:04 +0000Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Included Goat Baconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/otzi-icemans-last-meal-included-goat-bacon-180961885/Analysis of the 5,300-year-old mummy's stomach contents shows he ate dry-cured meat from a mountain ibexMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:28:21 +0000This Necklace Contains All of the World’s Languages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/necklace-contains-all-worlds-languages-180961876/Because cultural preservation never goes out of fashion Mon, 23 Jan 2017 16:46:48 +0000Remembering Paul Robeson, Actor, Sportsman and Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-paul-robeson-actor-sportsman-and-leader-180961834/Among other things, Robeson transformed one of history’s most famous showtunes into a protest song Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Only Time in History When Men on Horseback Captured a Fleet of Ships http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-time-history-when-bunch-men-horseback-captured-naval-fleet-180961824/A Dutch fleet stuck in the ice. A group of French soldiers sent to capture it. What could go wrong? Mon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Grants Give Out Millions to Preserve African-American History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-grants-give-out-millions-preserve-african-american-history-180961848/A $7.5 million grant program will fund 39 projects in over 20 statesThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:22:15 +0000Who Was the Poe Toaster? We Still Have No Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-was-poe-toaster-we-still-have-no-idea-180961820/In Baltimore, they’re keeping the tradition of visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave for his birthday—but without the mysteryThu, 19 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000Iva d'Aquino Toguri Remains the Only U.S. Citizen Convicted of Treason Who Has Ever Been Pardonedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iva-daquino-toguri-remains-only-us-citizen-convicted-treason-who-has-ever-been-pardoned-180961818/She was an American DJ who served six years in prison for her wartime radio broadcasts from JapanThu, 19 Jan 2017 15:26:30 +0000Over 12 Million Pages of CIA Documents Are Now Accessible Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-12-million-pages-cia-documents-are-now-accessible-online-180961846/Coups, clairvoyants, invisible inkWed, 18 Jan 2017 18:03:02 +0000Where We Got the Term “Banana Republic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-we-got-term-banana-republic-180961813/Hint: it’s not a great moment in American historyWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +0000What the First European to Visit Hawaii Thought About Surfershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-first-european-visit-hawaii-thought-about-surfers-180961794/The Europeans were fascinated by Pacific Islanders' comfort in the waterWed, 18 Jan 2017 17:00:00 +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 +0000