Smart News Travel | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-travel/RSS feed for Smart News TravelenThu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000An Astrobiologist Is Already Fighting For Martian Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astrobiologist-already-fighting-martian-independence-180956422/Should colonists on the Red Planet be free from Earth’s influence from the get-go?Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Big Ben is Running Fast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-ben-running-fast-180956409/Or is it slow? Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Grand Canyon is Full of Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-full-mercury-180956406/Researchers find high levels of mercury and selenium in plants and animals along the Colorado RiverThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:26:22 +0000Utah's Winged Monster Rock Painting Isn’t A Monster at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winged-monster-utah-rock-art-isnt-monster-all-180956373/The picture shows a collection of figures, none of which have wingsMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Follow a Piece of Luggage on a Rollercoaster Ride Through the Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/follow-airport-luggage-where-it-goes-after-check--180956342/One bag's journey through Amsterdam’s Schiphol AirportThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Tourists Will Soon Be Able to Sleep Over at Versailleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-will-soon-be-able-sleep-over-versailles-180956337/Let them eat cake (at a five-star hotel)Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:03:26 +0000Go to the Moon for Less than $10,000! One Catch: Dead People Onlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-moon-less-10000-one-catch-dead-people-only-180956309/It’s the cheapest option yet for choosing the Moon as a final resting placeTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:46:39 +0000Why Airplane Seats Come With Barf Bagshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-airplane-seats-come-barf-bags-180956307/One of the last remaining luxuries of airplane travelTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:25:59 +0000Disney Will Add Star Wars Themed Lands to California and Florida Theme Parks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/disney-building-star-wars-lands-180956297/The 14-acre expansion will feature battles and the Millennium FalconMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:33:33 +0000How a Hellish Road Trip Revolutionized American Highwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1919-ike-took-hellish-road-trip-across-us-180956284/Quicksand, food rationing, and embarrassment may have prompted Ike to push for a better highway systemFri, 14 Aug 2015 18:05:00 +0000The European Space Agency Wants to Build a Moon Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-wants-build-moon-village-180956275/Someday soon, the hot new European vacation spot could have a great view of the planet EarthFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000Falcons Can’t Fly Without Passports in the United Arab Emirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/falcons-get-passports-stamp-out-smuggling-180956231/ID documents are helping stamp out smuggling for the prized birdsWed, 12 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Russia Might Own the North Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-might-own-north-pole-180956208/Thanks to global warming, Russia has claimed a new ocean in the ArcticTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Don't Balancing Boulders Fall During Earthquakes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-precariously-posed-boulders-withstand-earthquakes-180956206/The interaction of nearby fault lines may lessen ground shaking around some balancing rocks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000This is the First Known Photo of the Smithsonian Castlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-celebrates-169th-birthday-image-castles-construction-180956212/On the Smithsonian's 169th birthday, a glimpse into the iconic Castle's constructionMon, 10 Aug 2015 14:39:00 +0000Austin Just Sidestepped a Brawl Over BBQ Smokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-mess-texas-barbecue-180956177/Don't mess with Texas...barbecue Fri, 07 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Swiss Troops Stormed France in the Name of Cheese (and Cows)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-army-sent-troops-france-save-cheese-and-cows-180956189/Thirsty cows + torrid heat = trouble between nationsFri, 07 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Blueberries: A Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-decade-world-blueberry-production-has-tripled-180956173/The world's commercial blueberries all have their roots in New JerseyThu, 06 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000He Designed the Sydney Opera House...But Wasn't Even Invited to its Openinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architect-sydney-opera-house-wasnt-invited-opening-180956175/Somehow, an inexperienced architect and a mismanaged project still produced one of the world's most iconic buildingsThu, 06 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Feeling Small in the Face of Nature Makes People More Generoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awe-yeah-feeling-small-face-nature-makes-people-more-generous-180956170/Awe, yeahThu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Was the Turducken of Border Disputeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-turducken-border-disputes-180956161/Dahala Khagrabari (#51) used to be a piece of India inside Bangladesh, inside India, inside BangladeshWed, 05 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Parks Service Just Added Four New National Historic Landmarkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parks-service-just-added-four-new-national-historic-landmarks-180956160/Masonic memorials, bison jumps and parksTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:13:00 +0000The Middle East Just Lived Through One of the Hottest Days in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/middle-east-literally-feels-oven-right-now-180956154/An Iranian city logged a 165-degree heat index last week as temperatures continue to boilTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Astronauts Have Some Weird Pre-Launch Traditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-pre-launch-traditions-180956151/Rituals are important when you're about to rocket into spaceTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Maine Brewers Are Selling Lobster-Infused Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-brewing-lobster-infused-beer-180956115/Because of course they areFri, 31 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way Back...to the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-subway-technology-1930s-180956111/America's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Minnesota's Disappearing Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-waterfall-enters-chasm-and-then-disappears-180956105/Half a river is missing in the Judge C.R. Magney State ParkThu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Times Square’s Iconic Billboards May Be Illegalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-squares-iconic-billboards-may-be-illegal-180956091/Bright lights, big city, breaking the lawWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In Mexico, a Gritty Neighborhood Has Become a 65,000-Square-Foot Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-street-artists-brighten-rough-neighborhood-65000-square-foot-mural-180956090/A hillside in Pachuca gets a psychedelic makeoverTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-turkey-find-enormous-gooey-blob-realize-its-squid-eggs-180956089/The blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Venezuela Is About to Run Out of Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venezuela-about-run-out-beer-180956069/Strict import laws could make Venezuela's taps dry up in just a few weeksTue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Officials Had to Use A Snowplow to Reclaim a Bridge in Iowa Swarmed by Mayflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowplow-was-needed-reclaim-bridge-iowa-swarmed-mayflies-180956063/An unusually large emergence of aquatic insects created temporarily hazardous conditionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slow-mo-lightning-strangely-artistic-180956035/Hypnotize yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Root Beer Is For Adults Again http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-edge-craft-breweries-put-hard-root-beer-tap-180956008/This is not your soda fountain’s root beerThu, 23 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-has-no-statues-real-women-180955973/Could a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000A New York City Airport is Building a Luxury Terminal Just for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-airport-building-luxury-terminal-just-animals-180955975/Pets and livestock will soon travel in high style through JFKWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sand-even-grosser-ocean-water-180955968/New research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000There’s Now Wifi on Mount Fuji http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-wifi-mount-fuji-180955907/Hiking boots. Water bottle. Laptop? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Did Nobody Notice Five Million Pounds of Rock Fall Off Half Dome?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hordes-yosemite-tourists-failed-notice-fall-5-million-pounds-rock-half-dome-180955897/The park is always changing, but this time nobody realized itWed, 15 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-just-established-three-new-national-monuments-covering-over-million-acres-180955895/Art, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Washington D.C. Just Got a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-takes-visitors-beach-180955861/A giant ball pit exhibit allows National Building Museum visitors to experience an indoor oceanThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Russian Government is Teaching its Citizens Selfie Safety http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-government-teaching-selfie-safety-180955856/A rash of injuries while taking selfies prompted the new campaign Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unescos-newest-world-heritage-sites-are-vineyards-180955850/Bordeaux, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is What Happened When an Australian City Gave Trees Email Addresses http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-when-australian-city-gave-trees-email-addresses-180955851/Trees get fan mail and even write back to Melburnian residentsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:24:42 +0000There’s Still (Filthy, Disgusting, Not-Yet-Melted) Snow in Boston Right Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-still-filthy-disgusting-not-yet-melted-snow-boston-summer-180955848/The detritus of Boston’s most severe winter ever has yet to melt away Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:33 +0000Despite Their Industrious Reputation, Some Ants Are Super Lazyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/despite-their-industrious-rep-some-ants-are-super-lazy-180955841/Research suggests that some worker ants excel at inactivityWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000There’s More Bourbon in Kentucky Right now Than any Other Time in the Last 40 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-more-bourbon-kentucky-right-now-last-40-years-180955829/Whiskey lovers, take note: the state currently boasts 5.7 million barrels of aging bourbonTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:49:06 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Gothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-great-barrier-reef-sea-turtles-eye-view-180955820/See the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000