Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:20 +0000Smithsonian Curator Weighs In on Photo That Allegedly Shows Amelia Earhart in Japanese Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-photo-allegedly-shows-amelia-earhart-japanese-captivity-180963964/A History Channel special claims that a National Archives photo shows the pilot sitting on a dock in the Pacific, but experts are skeptical Wed, 05 Jul 2017 21:51:04 +0000Why Does NOAA Still Send Pilots Into Hurricanes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-noaa-still-send-pilots-hurricanes-180964135/The first “Hurricane Hunter” flight was a bet, but today they’re an essential part of risk managementThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:20 +0000America Has Been Struggling With the Metric System For Almost 230 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-has-been-struggling-metric-system-almost-230-years-180964147/The United States is the one of the world's only holdouts at this point, but it could have been the first country outside of France to adopt the systemThu, 27 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Auschwitz Museum Announces First Traveling Exhibition of Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/auschwitz-museum-announces-first-international-exhibition-artifacts-180964209/More than 1,150 objects make up the exhibition, which will travel to 14 cities in Europe and North AmericaWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:18:32 +0000Museum Offers $15,000 Per Character to Decipher Oracle Bone Scripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-offers-15000-letter-deciphering-oracle-bones-180964213/The inscriptions offer detailed information about the Shang Dynasty, but researchers need help to read themWed, 26 Jul 2017 18:28:11 +0000Interact With the First 3-D Scan of the Rosetta Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interact-first-3-d-scan-rosetta-stone-180964205/The British Museum's model lets users get a close-up view of the precious relicWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:22:23 +0000 The First Pet Position in the Trump White House Will Remain Open—for Meowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-pet-post-trump-white-house-open-meow-180964200/Animals have served as companions and ambassadors for presidents dating back to George WashingtonWed, 26 Jul 2017 17:08:07 +0000A Brief History of American Dead Letter Officeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-american-dead-letter-offices-180964133/The United States postal system was established on this day in 1775, and mail started going "dead" very soon afterWed, 26 Jul 2017 15:20:00 +0000This 1943 “Hellish Cloud” Was the Most Vivid Warning of LA’s Smog Problems to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1943-hellish-cloud-was-most-vivid-warning-las-smog-problems-come-180964119/Southern California–and LA in particular–continue to struggle with smogWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About Carl Junghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-fascinating-facts-about-carl-jung-180964112/He thought he was two people (sort of) and more things you didn't know about the pioneering psychologistWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Unlikely Bromance Between Henry Ford and Mohandas Gandhihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlikely-bromance-between-henry-ford-and-mohandas-gandhi-180964106/Both men had complicated ideologies but bonded over pacifismTue, 25 Jul 2017 17:21:19 +0000The Dizzy History of Carousels Begins With Knightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dizzy-history-carousels-begins-knights-180964100/Practice makes perfect–but nobody said it couldn't be funTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000World's Oldest Smiley Face May Decorate a Hittite Jughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-smiley-face-found-hittite-jug-180964177/Researchers did not notice the cheery, 3,700-year-old expression until they restored the ceramicMon, 24 Jul 2017 19:25:22 +0000Meet 10 Depression-Era Photographers Who Captured the Struggle of Rural Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-photographers-charged-documenting-depression-era-america-farm-security-administration-180964123/Two women and eight men were sent out with their cameras in 1930s America. What they brought back was an indelible record of a period of struggleMon, 24 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Was This Famous Lincoln Letter Written by His Secretary?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-abe-lincolns-most-famous-letter-written-his-secretary-180964145/After a century of rumors, textual analysis suggests the Bixby letter sent to a grieving mother was penned by John HayFri, 21 Jul 2017 18:27:17 +0000Newly Released Documents Reveal Churchill’s Efforts to Suppress Details of Nazi Plothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-released-documents-reveal-churchills-efforts-suppress-details-nazi-plot-180964131/The British leader did not want the public to know about a Nazi plan to kidnap Edward VIIIFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:56:28 +0000Was the First Battle of Bull Run Really ‘The Picnic Battle’? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-first-battle-bull-run-really-picnic-battle-180964084/Yep. But it was anything but frivolousFri, 21 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Humans May Have Ventured Into Australia 20,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-were-australia-20000-years-earlier-thought-180964120/High-tech dating of sediments at an Australian rock shelter offers insights into ancient human migrationThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:58:03 +0000The First Self-Cleaning Home Was Essentially a 'Floor-to-Ceiling Dishwasher'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-self-cleaning-home-was-essentially-floor-ceiling-dishwasher-180964115/Frances Gabe, who died late last year, channeled her frustration with housework into a futuristic design to end the drudgery of cleaningThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:53:11 +0000Debunking the Mechanical Turk Helped Set Edgar Allan Poe on the Path to Mystery Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debunking-mechanical-turk-helped-set-edgar-allan-poe-path-mystery-writing-180964059/Like many others, Poe was certain the machine couldn't be playing chess under its own powerThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000From Melting Clocks to Lollipops, Salvador Dalí Left His Mark on the Visual Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salvador-dalis-time-candy-business-180964050/The Surrealist artist's "pure, vertical, mystical love of cash" led him to advertisingThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Lost Manuscripts From Composer of “The Planets” Found in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-manuscripts-composer-planets-found-new-zealand-180964104/No one is sure how the handwritten scores by Gustav Holst ended up in the archives of the Bay of Plenty SymphoniaWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:41:41 +0000Nine-Year-Old Accidentally Discovers a Stegomastodon Fossil in New Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-year-old-accidentally-discovers-stegomastodon-fossil-new-mexico-180964103/Jude Sparks was hiking in the desert when he tripped over the ancient creature’s skullWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:51:02 +0000Only One Woman Who Was at the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention Lived to See Women Win the Votehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-one-woman-who-was-seneca-falls-lived-see-women-win-vote-180964044/Charlotte Woodward Pierce was a teenager at the Seneca Falls convention for women's rights. She was 91 when women finally went to vote in 1920Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Tragic Story of England’s Nine-Day Queenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tragic-story-englands-nine-day-queen-180964042/Jane Grey never wanted to be queen, and in the end, she died for itWed, 19 Jul 2017 13:14:59 +0000Found: 200-Year-Old Cannonball From French and Indian Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/potentially-live-cannonball-french-and-indian-war-found-quebec-city-180964093/Potentially still live, the incendiary device has been moved to a safe location to be neutralizedTue, 18 Jul 2017 18:55:32 +0000Champion of the Black Community Is Given Her Rightful Due in Richmondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/champion-black-community-rightful-due-richmond-180964079/Maggie L. Walker fought segregation her whole life in the former capital of the Confederacy. Now her statue towers over the Virginia cityTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:56:40 +0000Bones Recovered From Wreckage of WWII Plane May Belong to Missing Airmenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-may-have-been-uncovered-wreckage-wwii-plane-180964081/If researchers can confirm their identity, the long-lost crewmembers may finally receive a proper burialTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:48:55 +0000Five Things to Know About Bath, Jane Austen’s Home and Inspirationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-bath-jane-austens-home-and-inspiration-180964036/Two hundred years after her death, Bath hasn't forgotten about Jane AustenTue, 18 Jul 2017 14:10:00 +0000The Story of the First Manned Expedition to the Sunken Wreck of the ‘Titanic’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-manned-expedition-sunken-wreck-titanic-180964021/The manned exploration in 1986 brought back the first high-quality images of the ship since it sankTue, 18 Jul 2017 13:55:00 +0000Civil War Hero's Long-Lost Sword Was Hiding in an Attichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-gould-shaws-civil-war-sword-found-attic-180964076/Union Colonel Robert Gould Shaw led the legendary the 54th Massachusetts Regiment, one of the first official black military units in the United StatesMon, 17 Jul 2017 21:14:34 +0000Why Censors Are Targeting Winnie-the-Pooh in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-censors-are-targeting-winnie-the-pooh-china-180964075/Social media users have compared the honey-loving bear to Chinese President Xi JinpingMon, 17 Jul 2017 18:25:01 +0000How a Groundbreaking Interior Designer Helped Jackie O. Change the White Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-american-shabby-chic-helped-design-jackie-o-white-house-180964072/Sister Parish is credited with creating American country style, a recognizable and quirky mix of old and newMon, 17 Jul 2017 15:52:37 +0000Disneyland's Terrible First Day Didn't Stop the Crowds From Cominghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disneylands-terrible-first-day-didnt-stop-crowds-coming-180964013/Nothing was ready. But by the end of the first week, more than 100,000 people had visitedMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:45:00 +0000Graveyard of “Giants” Found in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graveyard-giants-found-china-180963976/Many of the 5,000 year-old skeletons measured 5' 9'' or longer, making the Neolithic humans exceptionally tall for that periodFri, 14 Jul 2017 18:35:43 +0000How One Quest for the Northwest Passage Ended at the Icy Mouth of Disappointment Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-quest-northwest-passage-ended-mouth-disappointment-river-180964005/The Mackenzie River, as it's know today, is North America's second-largest river system–but it wasn't what its namesake was looking forFri, 14 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Sixty Years After Its Discovery, a Hut in Scotland Has Been Linked to St. Columbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-years-after-its-discovery-hut-scotland-has-been-linked-st-columba-180964048/Radiocarbon dating has proved that the site could have been built and used during the lifetime of the revered saintFri, 14 Jul 2017 15:23:33 +0000How Hoop Skirts Led to Tape Measureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hoop-skirts-led-tape-measures-180963995/Eighteenth-century ladies would recognize some things about the modern contractor’s toolFri, 14 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Biggest Trial of the 1920s Continues to Resonatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biggest-trial-1920s-continues-resonate-180964001/Sacco and Vanzetti were on trial for their Italianness and their political leanings as much as for their alleged crimesFri, 14 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000WWII Enigma Machine Found at Flea Market Sells for $51,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-enigma-machine-found-flea-market-sells-51000-180964053/The legendary coding machine was first unearthed by a mathematician with a careful eye who purchased it for roughly $114Thu, 13 Jul 2017 19:30:06 +0000Imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo Dies at Age 61http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-peace-prize-winner-liu-xiaobo-dies-180964051/The human rights activist spent his final years in Chinese custodyThu, 13 Jul 2017 17:31:16 +0000John Dee’s Life Shows Science’s Magical Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-dees-life-shows-sciences-magical-roots-180963985/His life shows a time when science and magic intersected–even for scientistsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +0000World's Oldest Figurative Art is Now an Official World Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-figurative-art-now-world-treasure-180964035/The new Unesco world heritage site spans six caves located in the Swabian Alps in GermanyWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:16 +0000Buckminster Fuller Was Good at Ideas, Terrible at Car Designhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buckminster-fuller-was-good-ideas-terrible-car-design-180963983/Fuller held more than 30 patents during his life, but many of his ideas didn't make it off the page–or not for longWed, 12 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Asmara, the Capital of Eritrea, Named World Heritage Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asmara-capital-eritrea-named-world-heritage-site-180964014/Eritrean officials lobbied for the designation in a bid to reform their country’s isolationist imageWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:43:51 +0000Thank Sherlock Holmes for the Phrase 'Smoking Gun'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-smoking-guns-180964027/From its origins to modern day, the favorite cliché of detectives and journalists everywhere refuses to kick the bucketWed, 12 Jul 2017 15:11:53 +0000This Anti-Slavery Jewelry Shows the Social Concerns (and the Technology) of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anti-slavery-jewelry-shows-social-concerns-and-technology-its-time-180963975/The 'Wedgwood Slave Medallion' was the first modern piece of protest jewelryWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Martin Luther King and Gandhi Weren’t the Only Ones Inspired By Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/martin-luther-king-and-gandhi-werent-only-ones-inspired-thoreaus-civil-disobedience-180963972/Thoreau's essay became a cornerstone of 20th-century protestWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Cache of Roman Messages Found Near Hadrian's Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-messages-found-roman-fort-along-hadrians-wall-180964012/The 25 well-preserved wooden tablets include a soldier's request for time offTue, 11 Jul 2017 20:09:58 +0000New Jersey Museum Discovers Stash of Madeira from 1796http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-jersey-museum-discovers-stash-madeira-1796-180964008/Liberty Hall Museum owns the wine and will decide if anyone will be allowed to sample the Revolutionary libationTue, 11 Jul 2017 18:23:19 +0000Watch How (Slowly) News of the Declaration of Independence Spread in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/breaking-declaration-independence-180964004/Before social media, TV, radio and even telegraphs, news of America's independence took a long time to reach some AmericansTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:31:47 +0000The Amazing Story of the First All-Women North Pole Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/podcast-recounts-amazing-story-first-all-women-north-pole-expedition-180963996/Answering an ad in a newspaper, 20 amateur explorers attempted to ski from Arctic Canada to the top of the worldTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:15:04 +0000The Bowdlers Wanted to Clean Up Shakespeare, Not Become a Byword for Censorshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bowdlers-wanted-clean-shakespeare-not-become-byword-censorship-180963945/Thomas and Henrietta Bowdler started out with relatively noble intentionsTue, 11 Jul 2017 16:00:00 +0000Online Map Charts Massacres of Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/online-map-charts-massacres-indigenous-australians-180963971/European settlers waged more than 150 attacks against Aboriginal groups along the country’s east coast, resulting in the deaths of some 6,000 people Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Tin Man Is a Reminder of L. Frank Baum’s Onetime Oil Careerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tin-man-reminder-l-frank-baums-oil-career-180963950/Baum had a number of careers before he hit it big with 'The Wizard of Oz'Mon, 10 Jul 2017 14:51:43 +0000Sheila Michaels, the Feminist Who Made ‘Ms.’ Mainstream, Has Died at 78http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheila-michaels-feminist-who-made-ms-mainstream-has-died-78-180963982/The activist championed “Ms.” as a title that would allow women to be seen independently of their marital status Fri, 07 Jul 2017 17:42:25 +0000Today We Use Lasers For Almost Everything. But They Took a Long Time to Seem Usefulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/today-we-use-lasers-almost-everything-they-took-long-time-seem-useful-180963956/After the first laser was built in 1960, it took a long time before laser products were on the mass marketFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:30:00 +0000Surf Through Newly Digitized Images to See Rome’s Ever-Changing History http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-digitized-images-document-romes-ever-changing-history-180963979/The Eternal City is always evolving. Now, a new web resource shows howFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:04:29 +0000This Unremembered US-France 'Quasi War' Shaped Early America’s Foreign Relationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unremembered-us-france-quasi-war-shaped-early-americas-foreign-relations-180963862/America wasn't officially at war with France between 1798 and 1800, but tell that to the U.S. NavyFri, 07 Jul 2017 14:04:17 +0000Take a Look at the Patents Behind Sliced Breadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-patents-behind-sliced-bread-180963870/It took a surprising amount of technological know-how to make the bread that birthed the expressionFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:41:26 +0000This 1797 Impeachment Has Never Been Fully Resolvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1797-impeachment-has-never-been-fully-resolved-180963926/Can an impeached senator be tried? Who knows! Let’s unpack this constitutional questionFri, 07 Jul 2017 13:40:07 +0000Mexico City Dig Uncovers Traces of Aztec Resistance to Spain http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-city-dig-uncovers-traces-aztec-resistance-spain-180963970/For residents of Tenochtitlan, rebellion didn’t just happen on the battlefieldThu, 06 Jul 2017 18:32:19 +0000Hobby Lobby Hands Over 5,500 Illegally Imported Artifactshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobby-lobby-hands-over-5500-illegally-imported-artifacts-180963969/In 2010, the arts-and-crafts retailer purchased thousands of cultural artifacts smuggled from IraqThu, 06 Jul 2017 17:22:44 +0000A Brief History of People Running Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-people-running-across-america-180963858/Fictional character Forrest Gump wasn’t the only one to do it, not by a long shotThu, 06 Jul 2017 14:29:09 +0000High-Status Indigenous Family Brought Back to Life With Digital Reconstruction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-family-brought-back-life-digital-reconstruction-180963921/Some 3,700 years ago, the relatives were given elaborate burials along the coast of British ColumbiaWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:03:48 +0000Utah Just Did Away With Liquor-Hiding “Curtains” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/utah-just-did-away-liquor-hiding-curtains-180963949/As liquor laws loosen, the “Zion Curtain” may become a thing of the pastWed, 05 Jul 2017 19:28:56 +0000France's Simone Veil Will Become the Fifth Woman Buried in the Panthéonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simone-veil-will-become-fifth-woman-buried-pantheon-180963947/It is an exceptional honor reserved for esteemed French citizensWed, 05 Jul 2017 17:43:02 +0000Sally Hemings Gets Her Own Room at Monticellohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sally-hemings-gets-her-own-room-monticello-180963944/A renovation at Thomas Jefferson's estate will give the slave he likely fathered at least six children with a display in what may have been her quartersWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:37:35 +0000Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-astronomer-understood-stars-looking-earth-180963851/Andrew Ellicott Douglass's theory of sunspots and climate was wrong, but he still pioneered the science of tree-ring datingWed, 05 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000New Website Tracks Paintings Provenance from Brush to Gallery Wall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-tracks-paintings-brush-gallery-wall-180963915/<i>Mapping Paintings</i> makes it easier to figure out an artwork’s chain of ownershipWed, 05 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Was the First Major News Article on HIV/AIDS http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-first-major-news-article-hivaids-180963913/The epidemic’s early days were perplexing and terrifying Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:15:07 +0000Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscriptshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-library-seeks-help-transcribing-magical-manuscripts-180963911/Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible onlineMon, 03 Jul 2017 20:14:18 +0000Aztec "Skull Tower" Contains Remains of Women and Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-skull-tower-contains-remains-women-and-children-180963905/The tzompantli were once believed to only contain the skulls of conquered male warriorsMon, 03 Jul 2017 18:01:20 +0000Someone Was Actually Trying to Build a Casino Three Miles From the Gettysburg Battle Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-was-actually-trying-build-casino-three-miles-gettysburg-battle-site-180963904/A local businessman said the casino would bring jobs and money to the historic region–but other locals said gaming would irrevocably change GettysburgMon, 03 Jul 2017 15:37:34 +0000Suggested Alternative Dates for Independence Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suggested-alternative-dates-independence-day-180963845/The reason Independence Day is on July 4 isn’t very robustMon, 03 Jul 2017 13:10:00 +00003-D Reconstruction Reveals Face of 500-Year-Old Irishmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-reconstruction-reveals-face-500-year-old-irishman-180963886/The image offers a rare portrait of an ordinary DublinerFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:19:51 +0000The Crazy Story of the 1946 Bikini Atoll Nuclear Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-story-1946-bikini-atoll-nuclear-tests-180963833/They were the first time that a nuclear weapon had been deployed since the 1945 attacks on JapanFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:01:03 +0000Lincoln's Signature Laid the Groundwork for the National Park Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lincolns-signature-laid-groundwork-national-park-system-180963826/The "Yo-Semite Valley" was made a California state park on this day in 1864, but it quickly became a national parkFri, 30 Jun 2017 14:17:37 +0000Neanderthals May Have Used Toothpicks to Treat Aching Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-treat-aching-teeth-180963883/A Neanderthal living in what is now Croatia and wore grooves in his or her teeth trying to soothe the painThu, 29 Jun 2017 19:26:04 +0000Unprecedented Carved Skulls Discovered at a Stone Age Temple in Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-temple-shows-evidence-stone-age-skull-cult-180963877/Three carved skull fragments from Gobekli Tepe offer tantalizing hints about the lives of Neolithic peopleThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:30:00 +0000Drinking From Ancient Water Bottles Didn't Hurt Indigenous People—Making Them Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-water-bottles-may-have-exposed-native-americans-toxic-chemicals-180963875/Researchers replicated a bottle-making process used by indigenous groups of the California Channel Islands to test toxic chemicalsThu, 29 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Three Ways the Interstate System Changed Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-ways-interstate-system-changed-america-180963815/The idea of a national highway system stretches back to the 1930s but wasn't put into place until the midcenturyThu, 29 Jun 2017 14:32:40 +0000The First Printed Fried Chicken Recipe in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-printed-fried-chicken-recipe-america-180963854/A white Virginian woman named Mary Randolph was the first to publish it, but fried chicken's Southern history is deeper than 'The Virginia Housewife'Thu, 29 Jun 2017 13:53:00 +0000These Beautiful Medieval Wafer Presses Are Where Waffles Come Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-beautiful-medieval-wafer-presses-are-where-waffles-come-180963809/Leggo my flat, fancy EggoThu, 29 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +0000Rare Colonial Court Documents Found on eBay http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-colonial-court-documents-found-ebay-180963864/Thanks to a historian’s spidey sense, they’re now housed in a New York archiveThu, 29 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Americans Caught ‘Victoria Fever’ For The British Queen’s 1838 Coronationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-caught-victoria-fever-british-queens-1838-coronation-180963802/Such delicacies as 'Victoria soap' could be bought in America as a souvenir of the occasionWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Dog From 3rd Century Rome Was Discovered During Subway Excavationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-3rd-century-dog-found-rome-180963846/The canine’s skeleton and other artifacts were preserved in a fire, offering a window on Ancient Roman lifeTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:40:54 +0000Robert Oppenheimer’s Career Ended Long After the Bang, With a Whimperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-oppenheimers-career-ended-long-after-bang-whimper-180963805/The rivalry between Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer ended both their careersTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Three Big Ableist Myths About the Life of Helen Kellerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-big-ableist-myths-about-life-helen-keller-180963793/The simple story that's usually told about her today reflects cultural biases that have nothing to do with her actual lifeTue, 27 Jun 2017 13:35:00 +0000Documents Show Chile Foiled Nazi Plot to Attack Panama Canal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-foiled-nazi-plot-attack-panama-canal-documents-show-180963836/Files released by Chile's Investigations Police show a special unit busted two Nazi spy rings in South America Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Three Horrifying Pre-FDA Cosmeticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-horrifying-pre-fda-cosmetics-180963775/From mercury-loaded face cream to mascara that left you blindMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:09:49 +0000Creating a Full Palette of Blueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creating-full-palette-blues-180963790/How the discovery of a new metal helped to change painting foreverMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Lock Dating to Revolutionary War Period Found at Michigan Forthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lock-dating-revolutionary-war-period-found-michigan-fort-180963822/The 250-year-old lock was unearthed in a fur trader's house at Michilimackinac FortMon, 26 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Where the Myth of JFK's 'Jelly Donut' Mistake Came Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-everybody-think-jfk-said-im-jelly-donut-180963779/The misinterpretation didn't arise until years after his deathMon, 26 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Explore Ancient British Isles Hill Forts with a New Online Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-british-isles-hill-forts-using-new-online-atlas-180963803/The atlas lists over 4,000 of the structures that dot the landscape, used as gathering spots for Bronze and Iron Age BritonsFri, 23 Jun 2017 17:26:06 +0000Voodoo Priestess Marie Laveau Created New Orleans’ Midsummer Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voodoo-priestess-marie-laveau-created-new-orleans-midsummer-festival-180963750/Mardi Gras may be the city's biggest party, but St. John's Eve is its most important religious festivalFri, 23 Jun 2017 14:05:00 +0000The Stylish Flamingo Hotel Shaped the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stylish-flamingo-hotel-shaped-las-vegas-strip-180963753/The Flamingo, still operating today, is the oldest hotel on the StripFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:40:00 +0000Choreographer Bob Fosse Is the Forgotten Author of Modern Musicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/choreographer-bob-fosse-forgotten-author-modern-musicals-180963746/Fosse's signature style influenced everything from Michael Jackson to today's musicalsFri, 23 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000Mosul’s Great Mosque of al-Nuri Destroyed by ISIS Militantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosuls-great-mosque-al-nuri-destroyed-militants-180963806/The 12th-century mosque’s leaning minaret was one of Mosul’s most recognizable landmarksThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:25:16 +0000Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-putting-tens-thousands-sea-fossils-online-180963792/The Western Interior Seaway is gone, but not forgottenThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:53:32 +0000LGBTQ History Comes Out of the Shadows in New U.K. Exhibitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lgbt-history-come-out-shadows-new-exhibition-180963769/<i>Gay UK</i> tells the stories of people once subject to oppressive anti-gay lawsThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:23:22 +0000The Little Brown Bat’s Mighty Talenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-brown-bats-mighty-talent-180963744/Accounting for body size, the little brown bat lives longest of any mammal–but no one knows whyThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Hebrew Inscription Ordering Wine Found on Ancient Pottery Shardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-calling-wine-found-ancient-pottery-shard-180963780/The shard was discovered in the 1960s and studied extensively, but researchers did not see a faded message on its reverse sideThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:34:43 +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 +0000