Smart News History & Archaeology | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-history-archaeology/RSS feed for Smart News History & ArchaeologyenTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:33:30 +0000More Than 5,000 Objects of Espionage Are Coming to the Spy Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-museum-gets-trove-cool-artifacts-180964944/The trove of cool artifacts comes from the world's largest private collection of spycraftTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:33:30 +0000Why The Pap Test Could Also Be Called the Stern Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pap-test-could-also-be-called-stern-test-180964893/Elizabeth Stern played a vital role in cervical cancer testing and treatmentTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:20:00 +0000Man Who Saved the World From Nuclear Annihilation Dies at 77http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-saved-world-nuclear-annihilation-dies-77-180964934/In 1983, Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov kept his cool and reported a U.S. missile strike as a false alarm, preventing a massive counterstrikeMon, 18 Sep 2017 19:28:48 +0000Three Things to Know About Francesca Caccini, the Renaissance Musical Genius You’ve Never Heard Ofhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francesca-caccini-sixteenth-century-musical-genius-youve-never-heard-180964884/The first female opera composer, Caccini worked for the super-rich-and-powerful Medici familyMon, 18 Sep 2017 14:31:56 +0000Brazil Investigates Alleged Murders of "Uncontacted" Amazon Tribe Membershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-miners-murder-uncontacted-tribe-members-brazil-180964901/Gold miners were heard in a bar talking about killing 10 indigenous people in the remote Javari ValleyFri, 15 Sep 2017 16:54:29 +0000House Where Lincoln Died to Close for Renovationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-where-lincoln-died-close-renovations-180964902/The Petersen House, across the street from Ford's Theatre, will undergo preservation work to keep it as a museum of the president's final momentsThu, 14 Sep 2017 20:11:21 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals the History of Zero Is Older Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/An ancient text called the Bakhshali manuscript has bumped zero’s origin story back by 500 yearsThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:50:47 +0000Rare Roman Cavalry Swords And Toys Unearthed Along Hadrian's Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-cavalry-swords-and-toys-unearthed-along-hadrians-wall-180964863/The newly discovered artifacts are the latest discovery at Vindolanda, once a remote outpost of the Roman empireThu, 14 Sep 2017 15:01:30 +0000How President William McKinley’s Assassination Led to the Modern Secret Servicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-president-william-mckinleys-assassination-led-modern-secret-service-180964868/Before McKinley's death, the president didn't have one united protective squadThu, 14 Sep 2017 13:49:47 +0000‘Spinster’ and ‘Bachelor’ Were, Until 2005, Official Terms for Single Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-spinster-and-bachelor-come-180964879/Being single is hard enough without these pejoratives.Thu, 14 Sep 2017 13:20:00 +0000Christopher Columbus Monument Defaced in Central Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-monument-defaced-central-park-180964883/Vandals covered the statue’s hands in red paint and wrote “Hate will not be tolerated” on its base Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:23:47 +0000Henry Bliss, America’s First Pedestrian Fatality, Was Hit By an Electric Taxihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henry-bliss-americas-first-pedestrian-fatality-was-hit-electric-taxi-180964852/The driver was arrested but released after hitting BlissWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:48:26 +0000A Brief History of Chocolate in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-chocolate-united-states-180964827/Eating chocolate is a relatively new innovationWed, 13 Sep 2017 16:01:34 +0000How 'Mortal Kombat' Changed Video Gameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mortal-kombat-changed-video-games-180964835/According to one of its creators, the infamously gory game got caught up in a transitional moment in video gamingWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:16:53 +0000How the Nauga and its Fictional Friends Helped Make Synthetic Fabric Cuddlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nauga-belgian-velcro-and-other-synthetic-creatures-180964811/What started out as an advertising ploy turned into a low-key cultural phenomenonTue, 12 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Everyone Went on a Wild Goose Chase Looking for the Planet Vulcanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-everyone-went-wild-goose-chase-looking-planet-vulcan-180964822/The idea of a ninth planet in the Solar System would resolve a mathematical conundrum about Mercury–only problem is, it wasn't thereTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:04:43 +0000Here's What You Need to Know About the Mysterious Voynich Manuscripthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6-things-know-about-mysterious-voynich-manuscript-180964847/The book has been confounding scholars, cryptologists and sleuths for centuries Tue, 12 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Kingdom Goldsmith's Tomb Discovered in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-kingdom-goldsmiths-tomb-discovered-egypt-180964840/The tomb of Amenemhat and his wife Amenhotep includes a statue of the couple, mummies, statues and funerary masksMon, 11 Sep 2017 19:23:58 +0000Why 30,000 People Came Out to See a Swedish Singer Arrive in New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-30000-people-came-out-see-swedish-singer-arrive-new-york-180964793/Most of them had never even heard Jenny Lind singMon, 11 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000This High-Ranking Viking Warrior Was a Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/DNA analysis shows that the elaborate grave of what appears to be a Viking officer was a real-life shieldmaidenMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:51:54 +0000Amateur Archaeologists Find ‘Most Exciting’ Roman Mosaic in Britainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-archaeologists-find-most-exciting-roman-mosaic-britain-180964828/The mosaic tells the story of Bellerophon, a mythical hero who defeats the fearsome ChimeraMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:50:52 +0000Before She Was an Etiquette Authority, Emily Post Was a Road Warriorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/she-was-etiquette-authority-emily-post-was-road-warrior-180964806/Post didn't drive herself, but she laid claim to her own authority on the road in other waysMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:03:29 +0000The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Codehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roots-computer-code-lie-telegraph-code-180964782/Émile Baudot, born a year after the first long-distance telegraph message was sent, helped advance the technologyMon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Dallas Gets Go-Ahead to Remove Robert E. Lee Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-gets-go-ahead-remove-robert-e-lee-statue-180964825/A federal judge has lifted a restraining order that briefly halted the planned removalFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:46:53 +0000Now You Can Read the Earliest-Known Latin Commentary on the Gospels in Englishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-latin-commentary-gospels-translated-english-first-time-180964804/The commentary of Italian bishop Fortunatianus of Aquileia was lost for 1,500 years before it was rediscovered in 2012Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:10:00 +0000 More Than a Century Later, This Texas Hurricane Remains America’s Deadliest Natural Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-later-texas-hurricane-remains-americas-deadliest-natural-disaster-180964733/The Great Galveston Hurricane helped the city of Houston to rise to prominenceFri, 08 Sep 2017 13:54:03 +0000This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great... Grandfatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nineteenth-century-genealogist-argued-norse-god-odin-was-george-washingtons-great-great-great-grandfather-180964742/Albert Welles's ideas about whiteness were a reflection of his time, and would be continued into the futureFri, 08 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000In the 19th Century, You Wouldn’t Want to be Put on the Treadmillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-you-wouldnt-want-be-put-treadmill-180964716/This grueling nineteenth-century punishment was supposed to provide a torturous lesson about hard workThu, 07 Sep 2017 16:50:22 +0000There Are Museums For Everything–Even Salamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-museums-everythingeven-salami-180964721/Take a tour of a few places showcasing this international favoriteThu, 07 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Brush up on Your Ancient Akkadian With New Online Dictionaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brush-your-akkadian-new-online-dictionary-180964725/The dead language was once the dominant tongue in MesopotamiaThu, 07 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Harvard Law School Marks Ties to Slavery in New Plaquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-law-school-marks-ties-slavery-new-plaque-180964784/Isaac Royall, Jr., who helped found the school in 1817, was a prosperous slaveholder Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:37:36 +0000Ruins of a Roman City Found Off the Coast of Tunisiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ruins-roman-city-found-underwater-180964738/The city destroyed by a 4th-century tsunami is rediscoveredWed, 06 Sep 2017 17:15:14 +0000The Bizarre Story of Piggly Wiggly, the First Self-Service Grocery Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-piggly-wiggly-first-self-service-grocery-store-180964708/What's in a name?Wed, 06 Sep 2017 15:56:06 +0000Discovery of Unexploded WWII Bomb Forces Massive Evacuation in Frankfurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frankfurt-evacuates-60000-people-due-unexploded-wwii-bomb-180964741/On Sunday, residents living within a mile of the site left their homes while the 4,000-pound "Blockbuster" was defusedTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:22:30 +0000Lost Languages Discovered in One of the World's Oldest Continuously Run Librarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-languages-found-manuscripts-egyptian-monastery-180964698/The centuries-old texts were erased, and then written over, by monks at Saint Catherine’s Monastery in EgyptTue, 05 Sep 2017 17:47:53 +0000Why Peter the Great Established a Beard Taxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tsar-peter-great-established-beard-tax-180964693/Between 1697-1698, the tsar visited Europe in disguise to learn about shipbuilding and Western culture. His verdict? ShaveTue, 05 Sep 2017 16:32:50 +0000Freddie Mercury, Musical Genius and Stamp Collectorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freddie-mercury-musical-genius-and-stamp-collector-180964702/The singer-songwriter's childhood stamp album offers an insight to his characterTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:57:05 +0000 A Generation Before ‘On the Road,’ This Classic Championed the American Road Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/generation-road-classic-championed-american-road-trip-180964699/‘Free Air’ was a classic of the interwar generationTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:20:00 +0000Experiments Show How Neanderthals Made the First Gluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-show-how-neanderthals-made-first-glue-180964718/Archaeologists tested three methods the early hominins could have used to get tar from birch barkFri, 01 Sep 2017 18:07:12 +0000Long Before Siri, Emma Nutt's Voice Was on the Other End of the Linehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-siri-emma-nutts-voice-was-other-end-line-180964651/She was the first female telephone operator. Before her, telephone operators were teenaged boys. That didn't go so wellFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:38:42 +0000The 1919 Black Sox Baseball Scandal Was Just One of Manyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-black-sox-baseball-scandal-wasnt-first-180964673/They say baseball "lost its innocence" after 1919, but betting and other improper behavior was rampant in early-20th-century baseballFri, 01 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover Italy's Oldest Wine in Sicilian Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-italians-have-been-making-wine-6000-years-180964701/Residue from pots found in a Sicilian cave show grape wine was produced 3,000 years earlier than thoughtThu, 31 Aug 2017 20:44:23 +0000Skeleton Stolen From Underwater Cave in Mexico Was One of Americas' Oldesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-skeleton-was-one-americas-oldest-180964682/A new study shows that the human remains looted in 2012 are more than 13,000 years oldThu, 31 Aug 2017 17:36:57 +0000The First Syphilis Cure Was the First 'Magic Bullet'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syphilis-cure-magic-bullet-180964644/The term 'magic bullet' once just meant a targeted drugThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:44 +0000Courageous WWII Spy Jeannie Rousseau Has Died at 98http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-spy-jeannie-rousseau-has-died-98-180964677/Using charm and cunning, she helped uncover Nazi plans to build deadly V-1 and V-2 rocketsWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:17:19 +0000The Grave of "China's Shakespeare" Has Been Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-chinas-shakespeare-has-been-found-180964676/One of 42 Ming-era graves unearthed in Fuzhou is believed to belong to Tang Xianzu, who penned 'The Peony Pavilion'Wed, 30 Aug 2017 19:46:11 +0000Medieval Graveyards Unearth London’s Violent Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-graveyards-reveal-londons-violent-past-180964652/A new analysis of hundreds of ancient skulls shows how often violent trauma affected the poor and the richWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:34:51 +0000The Vacuum Cleaner Was Harder to Invent Than You Might Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacuum-cleaner-was-harder-invent-you-might-think-180964631/The original vacuum cleaner required a number of improvements before becoming the household staple it is todayWed, 30 Aug 2017 17:50:50 +0000New Letters Show Alan Turing Wasn't a Fan of the U.S.A.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-letters-show-alan-turing-wasnt-fan-us-180964662/The groundbreaking mathematician and computer scientist who spent 2 years at Princeton wrote that he 'detests America' in newly found documents Wed, 30 Aug 2017 16:33:12 +0000The Case Thurgood Marshall Never Forgothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-thurgood-marshall-never-forgot-180964637/Fifty years ago today, Thurgood Marshall became a Supreme Court justice. He kept telling the story of the Groveland FourWed, 30 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000Get Your Hamilton Fix With This New Trove of Digitized Documentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-hamilton-fix-new-trove-digitized-documents-180964667/The Library of Congress has uploaded 12,000 items relating to the 'ten-dollar Founding Father without a father'Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Remains of 19th-Century Chinese Laborers Found at a Pyramid in Peruhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-19th-century-chinese-laborers-found-pyramid-peru-180964647/Between 1849 and 1874, more than 100,000 workers traveled from China to Peru, where they faced discrimination and abuseTue, 29 Aug 2017 16:54:07 +0000Chop Suey: An American Classichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chop-suey-american-classic-180964610/Nobody really knows exactly where this dish came from, but it's not ChinaTue, 29 Aug 2017 14:48:15 +0000Ancient Babylonian Tablet May Hold Earliest Examples of Trigonometry http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origins-trigonometry-may-lie-ancient-tablet-180964640/If true, it would mean the ancient culture figured out this mathematical field more than a millennia before its known creationMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:35:10 +0000The Farmboy Who Invented Television http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmboy-who-invented-television-while-plowing-180964607/The inventor of television’s career presages many of the good and bad things about Silicon ValleyMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +0000How Mary Hemingway and JFK Got Ernest Hemingway’s Legacy Out of Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mary-hemingway-and-jfk-got-ernest-hemingways-legacy-out-cuba-180964593/1961, the year Hemingway died, was a complicated year for U.S.-Cuba relationsFri, 25 Aug 2017 15:25:30 +0000The Father of Modern Chemistry Proved Respiration Occurred by Freezing a Guinea Pighttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-modern-chemistry-proved-respiration-occurred-freezing-guinea-pig-180964596/Where he got the guinea pig from remains a mysteryFri, 25 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Amateur Radio Operators Are Watching Hurricane Harveyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-amateur-radio-operators-are-watching-hurricane-harvey-180964632/Ham radio underwent a resurgence in the United States after Hurricane KatrinaThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:16:11 +0000Interactive Map Tracks Ireland’s Mysterious Naked Sculptureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-map-tracks-irelands-mysterious-naked-sculptures-180964597/Sheela-na-Gigs, which appear to depict elderly women exposing exaggerated genitals, have long fascinated scholars and amateur historians Thu, 24 Aug 2017 17:41:06 +0000Bite Into the Whys Behind State Fair Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bite-whys-behind-state-fair-food-180964568/This American institution has changed a lot, but some things remain just the sameThu, 24 Aug 2017 15:46:48 +0000Why the Can Opener Wasn't Invented Until Almost 50 Years After the Canhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-can-opener-wasnt-invented-until-almost-50-years-after-can-180964590/The first 'can opener' was a hammer and chiselThu, 24 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Rayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fannie-farmer-was-original-rachael-ray-180964564/Farmer was the first prominent figure to advocate scientific cookery. Her cookbook remains in print to this dayWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:32 +0000This Lab Replicates Weapons to Reveal Stone Age Feats of Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-replicates-weapons-early-feats-north-american-engineering-180964077/A Kent State archaeologist is testing the innovative engineering of the Clovis people, one of the earliest communities to inhabit North AmericaWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:03:56 +0000The Six-Day Hostage Standoff That Gave Rise to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-day-hostage-standoff-gave-rise-stockholm-syndrome-180964537/Although it is widely known, 'Stockholm syndrome' is not recognized by the APAWed, 23 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Short-Lived State of Franklinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-short-lived-state-franklin-180964541/Several counties in what is today Tennessee tried to form their own independent stateWed, 23 Aug 2017 13:30:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Details of Portrait Once Hidden Under Vesuvius' Ashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-details-portrait-once-hidden-under-vesuvius-ash-180964592/Using X-ray fluorescence, researchers have mapped the pigments used on a crumbling painting in HerculaneumTue, 22 Aug 2017 21:03:53 +0000The Mysterious Motives Behind the Theft of ‘The Scream’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-motives-behind-theft-scream-180964531/Two versions of ‘The Scream’ have been stolen and recovered in NorwayTue, 22 Aug 2017 13:35:56 +0000University of Texas at Austin Removes Three Confederate Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-texas-austin-removes-confederate-statues-180964578/Gregory L. Fenves, the president of the university, says the monuments “have become symbols of modern white supremacy and neo-Nazism” Mon, 21 Aug 2017 21:59:20 +0000After 72 Years, Wreck of USS Indianapolis Found, Closing Chapter on Tragic Talehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-uss-indianapolis-discovered-180964580/After the ship was sunk by a Japanese torpedo, surviving crew members had to battle dehydration, exposure and deadly shark attacksMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:02:34 +0000How America’s First Adding Machine is Connected to ‘Naked Lunch’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-americas-first-adding-machine-connected-naked-lunch-180964534/William Seward Burroughs (no, not that one) was the first man to invent a commercially practical calculatorMon, 21 Aug 2017 15:04:03 +0000One of the World’s Most Famous Hospitals Was Originally a Makeshift Tornado Relief Clinichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-most-famous-hospitals-was-originally-tornado-relief-clinic-180964520/You could say the first Mayo Clinic was a dance hall that had been converted into a makeshift field hospitalMon, 21 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000How the Silk Road Created the Modern Applehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-silk-road-created-modern-apple-180964521/A genetic study shows how wild Kazakhstan apples disbursed by traders combined with other wild species to create today's popular fruitMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Oldest Surviving Photograph of a U.S. President Has Surfacedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-original-photo-us-president-be-auctioned-180964565/The 1843 daguerreotype of John Quincy Adams was discovered by a descendant of Vermont Representative Horace EverettFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:16:34 +0000Statue of Roger B. Taney Removed From Maryland State House http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-roger-b-taney-removed-maryland-state-house-180964561/Taney, the fifth chief justice of the Supreme Court, wrote the majority opinion in the infamous Dred Scott caseFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:06:27 +0000England’s Witch Trials Were Lawfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/englands-witch-trials-were-lawful-180964514/It might seem like collective madness today, but the mechanisms for trying witches in England were enshrined in lawFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:26 +0000The Science of Soft Servehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-soft-serve-180964516/It's just like regular ice cream–with a few big differencesFri, 18 Aug 2017 14:19:12 +0000Part of Henry VIII's Birthplace Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-henry-viiis-birthplace-discovered-180964553/Workers uncovered two rooms of Greenwich Palace while building a visitors center at the Old Royal Naval College in LondonFri, 18 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000U.S. Veteran Returns Flag to Family of Dead Japanese Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-veteran-returns-flag-family-dead-japanese-soldier-180964544/Marvin Strombo took the flag from the body of Sadao Yasue during the Battle of Saipan, but promised that he would one day return itThu, 17 Aug 2017 21:06:43 +0000Thirty Years Ago, People Tried to Save the World By Meditatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-years-ago-people-tried-save-world-meditating-180964548/Believers in the Harmonic Convergence traveled to places like Chaco Canyon and Stonehenge to welcome aliens, the resurrected Maya and wait for world peaceThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:47:06 +0000Chemist Hazel Bishop's Lipstick Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemist-hazel-bishops-lipstick-wars-180964501/Bishop said her advantage in coming up with cosmetics was that, unlike male chemists, she actually used themThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Romance of Fermat's Last Theoremhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-romance-fermats-last-theorem-180964509/Fermat left a lot of theorems lying around. Mathematicians proved them all–except oneThu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:03 +0000Silver Composition in Coins Confirms the Story of the Rise of Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-composition-coins-confirms-story-rise-rome-180964513/Lead isotopes in Roman coins reveal the defeat of Carthage financed Rome's expansion throughout the MediterraneanWed, 16 Aug 2017 19:55:46 +0000Baltimore Quietly Removes Four Confederate Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baltimore-quietly-removes-four-confederate-monuments-180964522/Mayor Catherine Pugh said the statues “needed to come down”Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:04:35 +0000Once Plundered by Thieves, Ancient Cave Reopens with 3-D Replicas of Stolen Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-plundered-thieves-ancient-cave-reopens-3-d-replicas-stolen-fossils-180964455/It took multiple attempts—and two broken printers—to get the recreations rightWed, 16 Aug 2017 15:53:28 +0000Napoleon's Lifelong Interest in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napoleons-lifelong-interest-science-180964485/Napoleon was a Frenchman of his time, which means he was interested in how science could do good–he just took it farther than mostTue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000If You Think ‘Bambi’ Seems Too Mature For Kids, You’re Not Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-you-think-bambi-seems-too-mature-kids-youre-not-wrong-180964450/The popular novel was even a Book-of-the-Month Club selectionTue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Florence Harding, Not Eleanor Roosevelt, May Have Created the Modern First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florence-harding-roosevelt-modern-first-lady-180964486/She did things her own way, and helped to set a precedent for the First Ladies who followed herTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000Big Ben to Fall Silent During Four-Year Renovation Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-ben-fall-silent-during-four-year-renovation-project-180964505/It is the longest time that Big Ben has been paused during its 157-year history Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Untouched, Century-Old Fruitcake Found In Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immaculate-century-old-fruitcake-found-antarctica-180964504/Even generations of penguins refused to touch the concoction believed to have been brought south by the Terra Nova ExpeditionTue, 15 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Months Before Pearl Harbor, Churchill and Roosevelt Held a Secret Meeting of Alliancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/months-pearl-harbor-churchill-and-roosevelt-secret-meeting-180964435/The two leaders met in a warship off the coast of northern Canada to talk strategyMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:21:33 +0000WWII Anti-Fascist Film Goes Viral After Charlottesvillehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-anti-fascist-film-goes-viral-after-charlottesville-180964495/“Don’t Be A Sucker,” which was released in 1943, urged viewers to take a stand against divisive, prejudicial rhetoricMon, 14 Aug 2017 18:33:04 +0000‘Casey at the Bat’ Leaves a Lot of Unanswered Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/casey-bat-leaves-lot-unanswered-questions-180964383/Was there a Casey? Where did he strike out? Does it really matter? Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:56:22 +0000A Brief History of Trans-Atlantic Balloon Crossingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-trans-atlantic-balloon-crossings-180964360/Fifteenth time’s the charm, evidentlyFri, 11 Aug 2017 16:31:11 +0000Alcatraz Wasn't Always 'Uncle Sam's Devil's Island'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alcatraz-devils-island-180964364/Though it was a prison for more than a century, it didn't become the famous maximum-security penitentiary until 1934Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:05:00 +0000New Analysis Indicates Early Britons Engaged in Ritualistic Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engravings-indicate-ritualistic-cannibalism-cheddar-gorge-180964468/A zigzag pattern on an arm bone indicates around 15,000 years ago, humans in Britain may have consumed others as part of a funeral riteThu, 10 Aug 2017 19:43:43 +0000The Bizarre Story of 'Vasa,' the Ship That Keeps On Givinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-story-vasa-ship-keeps-giving-180964328/'Vasa' sunk in front of horrified onlookers on this day in 1628, claiming 30 livesThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:30:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Louvre's Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-louvres-history-180964326/The home of the Mona Lisa has a history that's almost 1000 years longThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:01:00 +0000Aspirin's Four-Thousand-Year Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/It's 2000 B.C. and you have a headache. Grab the willow barkThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Army To Return Remains of Three Native Boys Who Died at Assimilation Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-army-return-remains-three-native-boys-who-died-assimilation-school-180964448/The Carlisle Indian Industrial School was founded by a military officer who wanted to “kill the Indian … [and] save the man in him” Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:29:10 +0000This Obscure Fishing Book is One of the Most Reprinted English Books Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obscure-fishing-book-one-most-reprinted-english-books-ever-180964320/'The Compleat Angler' is much more than an instruction manual on fishing. It's a Walden-like meditation on nature and friendshipWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Eighty Years Later, Two Exhibits Confront the "Degenerate Art" Purgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibits-confront-degenerate-art-80-years-later-180964359/In 1937, the Nazis confiscated modernist art from museums and put it up for ridicule in an exhibit that still reverberates todayTue, 08 Aug 2017 18:28:16 +0000This Is What Global Dissent Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-projects-maps-sounds-global-dissent-180964361/A new project maps almost 200 recordings taken in 27 different countries over the past 26 yearsTue, 08 Aug 2017 15:14:30 +0000The CIA Experimented On Animals in the 1960s Too. Just Ask ‘Acoustic Kitty’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-experimented-animals-1960s-too-just-ask-acoustic-kitty-180964313/Turns out that cats really don't take direction wellTue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Is One A Number? According to ‘Mathematicks Made Easie,' Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-number-according-mathematicks-made-easie-yes-180964318/The ancient Greeks, and people for almost 2,000 years after them, argued over whether one was a numberTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000This Taiwanese Museum Just Digitized Its Massive Collection of Chinese Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwanese-museum-just-digitized-its-massive-collection-chinese-art-180964257/70,000 images are available for download via the National Palace Museum's website Mon, 07 Aug 2017 20:42:35 +0000America's Oldest Coal-Powered Steamboat Chugs Alonghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-oldest-coal-powered-steamboat-chugs-along-180964356/After a two-year restoration, the 109-year-old Sabino is ready to sail for many years to comeMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:45:00 +0000William R. Maples Popularized Forensic Anthropology Long Before CSIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/william-r-maples-popularized-forensic-anthropology-long-csi-180964317/Maples worked on a number of high-profile cases that helped to bring the field of forensic anthropology to prominenceMon, 07 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Cuddly Tail of Guide Dogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guide-dog-tail-180964302/Dogs have been assisting blind humans for a very long time, but the arrangement only became formal recentlyMon, 07 Aug 2017 13:10:00 +0000DNA Analysis Sheds Light on the Mysterious Origins of the Ancient Greeks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-sheds-light-mysterious-origins-ancient-greeks-180964314/Scholars have long puzzled over the ancestry of the Minoans and Myceneans, two important Bronze Age cultures Fri, 04 Aug 2017 19:12:46 +0000Fire Breaks Out at Historic Tokyo Fish Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-breaks-out-historic-tokyo-fish-market-180964322/As Tsukiji Market faces an uncertain future, a fire torches several stores at the edge of the century-old landmarkFri, 04 Aug 2017 17:44:08 +0000How the Bristol Sessions Created Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bristol-sessions-created-country-music-180964277/Ninety years ago, a yodeller named Jimmie Rodgers laid down two of the tracks he would be remembered for Fri, 04 Aug 2017 16:03:31 +0000Telephones Were Silenced for One Minute After Alexander Graham Bell Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telephones-were-silenced-one-minute-after-alexander-graham-bell-died-180964296/By the time Bell died, he had moved on to other inventions. But the telephone made a huge mark on American societyFri, 04 Aug 2017 14:30:00 +0000This 1814 Beer Flood Killed Eight Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1814-beer-flood-killed-eight-people-180964256/More than a hundred thousand gallons of beer burst onto the streets of London when a vat brokeFri, 04 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Discover a "Little Pompeii" in Eastern Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-little-pompeii-eastern-france-180964311/Fires in a Roman neighborhood in Sainte-Colombe helped preserve ancient homes, shops and artifactsThu, 03 Aug 2017 18:23:59 +0000Human Artifacts Found at 46 Ancient Lakes in the Arabian Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-artifacts-found-46-ancient-lakes-arabian-desert-180964303/The finds add to evidence that a wetter "Green Arabia" was an important stop in the migration of early humansThu, 03 Aug 2017 17:15:42 +0000“Corduroy Road” From Civil War Era Found in Michigan http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corduroy-road-civil-war-era-found-michigan-180964229/Used to stabilize swampy pathways, corduroy roads are among the earliest types of manufactured thoroughfaresThu, 03 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Byzantine Wine Press Found in Israeli Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-wine-press-found-israeli-desert-180964243/Its fermentation pool could hold 6,500 liters of the good stuffWed, 02 Aug 2017 21:13:03 +0000Aboriginal Rangers Uncover Trove of Rock Art in Northern Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rangers-fighting-fires-uncover-aboriginal-rock-art-180964276/Hundreds of examples of art dating back centuries were found by rangers while they were conducting burn offsWed, 02 Aug 2017 20:15:29 +0000Dig Uncovers Artifacts From One of "Europe's Lost People"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dig-finds-new-artifacts-europes-lost-people-180964289/A archaeological excavation in Burghead Fort has uncovered a longhouse from the Picts, a late Iron Age and early Medieval powerhouseWed, 02 Aug 2017 16:33:03 +0000Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-jfk-kept-coconut-shell-white-house-desk-180964263/During this week in 1943, a 26-year-old Kennedy and his crew were marooned on a deserted island and then rescued thanks to two daring menWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:22:40 +0000The First US Census Only Asked Six Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-us-census-only-asked-six-questions-180964234/America’s founders agreed that the census was important, but it wasn’t longWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +000019th-Century Londoners Walked Under the Thames in This Creepy Tunnelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londoners-walked-under-the-thames-180964251/The Tower Subway tunnel was only seven feet in diameterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000Gen Xers and Millennials Out-Voted Older Generations in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gen-x-and-millennials-out-voted-older-generations-1-180964283/It's the first time the younger generations have beat out Baby Boomers, Silent Generation voters and Greatest Generation votersTue, 01 Aug 2017 21:18:09 +0000Berlin Exhibit Confronts Hitler's Rise to Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlin-exhibit-hitler-rise-power-180964253/Asking 'Hitler--how could it happen,' the exhibit warns the dangers of dictatorshipTue, 01 Aug 2017 20:05:51 +0000The World Wide Web Was Almost Known as “The Mesh” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-wide-web-was-almost-known-mesh-180964242/The inventor of the World Wide Web had a few different name ideasTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000This Dachau Survivor's Harrowing Art Is on Display for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dachau-memorial-site-displays-survivors-harrowing-depictions-camp-life-180964190/Georg Tauber’s paintings detail medical experiments, beatings and eventual liberationMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:03:44 +0000Telegraph Recovered from the Wreck of the 'Lusitania'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telegraph-recovered-wreck-lusitania-180964267/After a botched salvage effort last year, the artifact used to communicate with the engine room has now been brought to the surfaceMon, 31 Jul 2017 20:02:38 +0000Thieves Steal Solid Gold Lunar Lander Model From Armstrong Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-steal-solid-gold-lunar-lander-armstrong-museum-180964262/The five-inch model was created by Cartier as tribute from French newspaper readers to the Apollo 11 astronautMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:57:38 +0000Medieval Manuscripts Are a DNA Smorgasbordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-manuscripts-are-dna-smorgasbord-180964252/Researchers are finding animal DNA in the parchment pages as well as genetic fingerprints from humans (like kissing priests)Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:42:38 +0000The Author of 'Robinson Crusoe' Used Almost 200 Pseudonymshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/daniel-defoe-published-under-almost-200-pseudonyms-180964227/Daniel Defoe honed his pen on political writing before he came to the novelMon, 31 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000What the First Three Patents Say About Early Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-its-first-three-patents-say-about-early-america-180964216/Gunpowder, fertilizer, soap, candles and flour were all important to AmericansMon, 31 Jul 2017 13:20:00 +0000Reasons Why the Royal Navy Bribed Sailors With Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reasons-why-royal-navy-bribed-sailors-booze-180964223/The rum ration existed until 1970Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:07:25 +0000New Excavation Will Examine Germany's Legendary "Founding Battle"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-excavation-will-examine-germanys-legendary-founding-battle-180964235/The dig hopes to find conclusive evidence that Kalkriese is the site of the Battle of Teutoburg ForestFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:59:29 +0000The Columnist Who Shaped Hollywood's Most Destructive Witch Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-columnist-who-shaped-its-most-destructive-witch-hunt-180964208/Billy Wilkerson's complicated legacy has only been recently discussed by the magazine he founded Fri, 28 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Three Things to Know About the Buffalo Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-buffalo-soldiers-180964199/These segregated regiments offered black soldiers a chance to fight for their rightsFri, 28 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +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 +0000