Smart News | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:42:32 +0000Arsonist Confesses to Starting Nantes Cathedral Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-arson-french-cathedral-destroys-organ-stained-glass-180975369/The July 18 blaze, which inflicted less damage than the devastating April 2019 inferno at Notre-Dame, destroyed the French church's organ, stained glassTue, 21 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000After Retiring Its Racist Name, D.C. Football Team Announces Temporary Monikerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-football-team-will-retire-its-racist-name-180975281/A new title will be announced once trademark issues are resolvedMon, 13 Jul 2020 13:28:42 +0000Perseid Meteor Shower Reaches Peak Starting Tonighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseids-meteor-shower-reaches-peak-starting-tonight-180975532/The early mornings of August 11, 12 and 13 are the best times to view the annual summer 'shooting star' displayMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:42:32 +0000Sole-Searching, Shoe-Swiping Fox Caught in Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fox-snags-and-stores-more-100-shoes-180975528/The crafty urban dweller built a colorful collection of footwear dominated by CrocsMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:02:07 +0000Whiskey Salvaged From 79-Year-Old Scottish Shipwreck Is Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whiskey-1941-shipwreck-auction-180975523/A commercial diver recovered the intact bottle of spirits—which is no longer safe for consumption—in 1987Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:37:20 +0000The Forecast on Jupiter Is Cloudy With a Chance of 'Mushballs'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-describes-jupiters-wild-weather-180975525/New research describes the gas giant's wild weatherMon, 10 Aug 2020 16:32:52 +0000Amber Fossil Shows 'Hell Ant' Was Unlike Anything Alive Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-shows-hell-ant-was-unlike-anything-alive-today-180975522/The 99-million-year-old ant had scythe-like jaws that swung upward to pin prey against a horn-like head appendageMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Scientists Use Moon as Mirror in Hunt for Extraterrestrial Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-moon-mirror-hunt-extraterrestrial-life-180975521/The Hubble Telescope captured reflections of ultraviolet light to test for ozone layersMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Centuries-Old 'Wine Windows' Open for Business in Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-windows-florence-medieval-disease-180975517/A low-risk alternative to curbside pickup, the portals may have helped fight an outbreak of bubonic plague in the 1630sMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Wreck of U-Boat Sunk Off English Coast During WWI Explored for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwi-u-boat-wreck-explored-first-time-180975518/Researchers used deep-sea scanning to learn more about the German submarine's history Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:39:38 +0000Ancient Artisans in Arabia, the Americas Invented Same Technology Independentlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-tech-invented-separately-america-and-arabia-served-different-purposes-180975503/New research suggests stone fluting served different purposes in the two regionsFri, 07 Aug 2020 16:59:50 +0000These Life-Size, Animatronic Dinosaurs Are Heading to New Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-animatronic-dinosaurs-sale-180975502/Yesterday, an auction house in Canada offloaded more than 50 robotic reptiles in a unique online saleFri, 07 Aug 2020 15:22:55 +0000Amid Reckoning on Public Art, Statue of Black 'Everywoman' Unveiled in Londonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpture-black-woman-london-thomas-price-public-art-180975497/Thomas J. Price's nine-foot-tall "Reaching Out" celebrates black culture and rejects monumentalismFri, 07 Aug 2020 14:17:01 +0000In Cities and Farms, Disease-Carrying Animals Thrivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cities-and-farms-disease-carrying-animals-thrive-180975499/When humans dominate wild land, disease-carrying animals take over and biodiversity suffersFri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Satellites Spy Poop-Stained Ice, Revealing New Emperor Penguin Colonieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-spy-poop-stained-ice-revealing-new-emperor-penguin-colonies-180975500/Researchers found eight new colonies, but all were small and located in parts of Antarctica predicted to be ravaged by climate changeFri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0000This Australian App Is Like 'Shazam' for Spiders and Snakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-app-shazam-spiders-and-snakes-180975489/New AI tool will help users identify venomous species Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:39:59 +0000This Might Be the Best Stargazing Spot on Earth, According to Scientistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-best-stargazing-spot-earth-according-scientists-180975494/A frigid hill near Antarctica’s South Pole has all the qualifications to be a superior telescope site, researchers say Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:36:59 +0000Study Identifies Site Where Crusader King Richard the Lionheart Defeated Saladinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-locate-site-famous-battle-third-crusade-180975490/In September 1191, the English monarch's forces secured victory over the sultan's army at the Battle of ArsufThu, 06 Aug 2020 15:53:17 +0000You Could Own an Abandoned Cold War Missile Site in North Dakotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-buy-abandoned-cold-war-missile-site-north-dakota-180975487/The 50-acre fixer-upper has potential as a tourist attraction or a pandemic bunkerThu, 06 Aug 2020 14:16:37 +0000The Untold Story of Jewish Resistance During the Holocausthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-holocaust-exhibition-tells-jewish-resistance-inside-180975486/A new exhibition at the Wiener Holocaust Library in London showcases accounts of resiliency and defianceThu, 06 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Wild Bees Are Worth $1.5 Billion for Six U.S. Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-bees-are-worth-15-billion-six-us-crops-180975488/Study also finds that crop yields are often limited by a lack of pollinatorsWed, 05 Aug 2020 18:12:59 +0000Ancient Rome's Finest Glass Was Actually Made in Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romes-finest-glass-was-made-egypt-180975482/Researchers used chemical analysis to determine the origins of the empire's crystal-clear glassWed, 05 Aug 2020 16:38:27 +0000When This Beetle Gets Eaten by a Frog, It Heads for the 'Back Door'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-beetle-gets-eaten-frog-it-forces-its-way-out-back-door-180975484/New research details how this Japanese water beetle travels through the bowels of its predator to emerge out the other end, alive and unharmed Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:36:56 +0000In Pursuit of the Perfect Photo, Tourist Accidentally Breaks Sculpture's Toeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-toes-italy-sculpture-break-180975478/Authorities have identified the inadvertent vandal as an Austrian man who was in northern Italy on a birthday celebration tripWed, 05 Aug 2020 15:10:57 +0000Kerry James Marshall's New Paintings Consider Blackness and Audubon’s Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kerry-james-marshall-audubon-legacy-180975481/New series explores black erasure in art and John James Audubon’s own racial identityWed, 05 Aug 2020 14:25:51 +0000Inca Llama Carving Recovered From Depths of Lake Titicacahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-incan-offering-discovered-intact-180975477/The well-preserved artifact was likely used in a sacred ritualWed, 05 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Americans Plant Mysterious Seeds Despite Government Warningshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-plant-mysterious-seeds-despite-government-warnings-180975479/The USDA urges people not to plant unsolicited seeds they receive. Evidence suggests the packages are part of a scam designed to boost online salesTue, 04 Aug 2020 18:34:26 +0000Explore the Newly Digitized Diaries and Letters of Marian Anderson https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-newly-digitized-diaries-and-letters-marian-anderson-180975469/Penn Libraries' online portal includes more than 2,500 artifacts related to the famed opera singerTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:56:21 +0000Scientists Capture First Murder Hornet in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-first-murder-hornet-washington-state-180975470/It’s a step in the direction of eliminating the invasive species, experts say Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:23:53 +0000This Giant Prehistoric Owl Was an Actual Cannibalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-owl-was-giant-and-cannibal-180975468/Fossils found in the Ecuadorian Andes suggest the creature was a formidable predatorTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:08:13 +0000The Penn Museum Moves Collection of Enslaved People's Skulls Into Storagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-outcry-penn-museum-removes-skulls-enslaved-people-public-view-180975466/Per a statement, the Philadelphia institution is actively working to ensure the bones' "repatriation or reburial"Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:21:48 +0000Rare Chinese Vase Found in Pet-Filled Home Sells for $9 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-vase-sells-more-9-million-180975465/The 18th-century artifact was made in a style specific to the Qianlong dynastyMon, 03 Aug 2020 18:20:38 +0000How Ancient Monsoons and Tectonic Shifts Shaped This Flowering Mountain Hotspot https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ancient-monsoons-and-tectonic-shifts-shaped-flowering-mountain-hotspot-180975464/The stunning biodiversity of alpine plants in China’s Hengduan Mountains can be traced back 30 million years, according to a new study Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:22:38 +0000Lead From Notre-Dame Fire Discovered in Parisian Beehiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-notre-dame-fire-discovered-parisian-beehives-180975461/The findings indicate that honey can provide important evidence of environmental pollution, scientists say Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:39:49 +0000This A.I. Can Recognize Individual Birds of the Same Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-can-recognize-individual-birds-same-species-180975460/Humans can’t reliably tell birds of the same species apart, limiting our ability to study their behavior, but the new A.I. is 90 percent accurateMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:48:31 +0000This Medieval Potion Kills Stubborn Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-potion-kills-stubborn-bacteria-180975459/"Bald’s eyesalve" is effective against numerous strains of bacteria—and could help treat diabetic foot and leg ulcersMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:44:52 +0000Cape Cod Island Opens to the Public for the First Time in 300 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cape-cod-island-open-public-first-time-300-years-180975457/When Sipson Island went on the luxury real estate market in 2018, locals saw an opportunity for conservationFri, 31 Jul 2020 19:44:24 +0000Anglerfish Drop Their Immune Defenses to Find Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Anglerfish-Drop-Their-Immune-Defenses-to-Find-Love-180975458/Male anglerfish are major clingers. To avoid mistaking mates as foreign tissue, the deep sea couples lost part of their immune system in evolutionFri, 31 Jul 2020 19:26:43 +0000Civil War-Era Vaccination Kits Yield New Clues About History of Smallpox Vaccine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacinnation-smallpox-civil-war-180975428/Researchers were able to sequence the genomes of five smallpox vaccines used by doctors in the 1860s Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:01:18 +0000Study Suggests Bones Preserved in Peat Bogs May Be at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peat-bogs-arent-preserving-ancient-bones-well-they-used-180975449/Per the paper, archaeologists need to act quickly to recover organic material trapped in the wetlands before specimens degradeFri, 31 Jul 2020 18:31:53 +0000This Marsupial Sabertooth Was No Killer Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marsupial-saber-tooth-was-no-killer-cat-180975442/Long fangs caused many to assume Thylacosmilus was a slashing predator, but new research suggests it was a scavenger with a preference for leftoversFri, 31 Jul 2020 17:31:21 +0000Archaeologists Pinpoint Origins of Stonehenge's Mysterious Megalithshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origin-stonehenges-massive-boulders-revealed-180975450/A new study used chemical analysis to determine that the 20-ton boulders came from the West Woods, some 15 miles awayFri, 31 Jul 2020 16:43:04 +0000Trees Live for Thousands of Years, but Can They Cheat Death? Not Quitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trees-live-thousands-years-can-they-cheat-death-180975433/A new paper suggests that though humans may not notice, even the longest-lived trees are dying a little each dayThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:45:59 +0000Explore Centuries of Brooklyn's History With These Newly Digitized Mapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-historical-brooklyn-these-newly-digitized-maps-180975447/The Brooklyn Historical Society recently launched a portal featuring almost 1,500 documents dating back to the 17th centuryThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:13:44 +0000Here Are Three Things the Perseverence Rover Will Do When It Gets to Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-things-look-forward-when-perseverance-reaches-mars-180975446/NASA's newest space robot will build on the goals of previous missions to find out whether life ever existed on the Red PlanetThu, 30 Jul 2020 17:32:41 +0000CT Scans Reveal Miniature Mummies' Surprising Contentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pair-mini-mummies-contain-non-human-remains-180975443/One appears to hold the skeleton of a bird, while the other contains a tightly packed lump of grain and mudThu, 30 Jul 2020 16:31:20 +0000See Two Giant Exoplanets Orbit a Distant Star in This Rare Image https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-two-giant-exoplanets-orbit-distant-star-rare-image-180975444/Researchers used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to capture the image Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:13:16 +0000Nursing Home Residents Recreate Iconic Album Covers During Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residents-uk-seniors-home-recreate-iconic-album-covers-180975440/Seniors in the U.K. staged photoshoots inspired by Elvis Presley, Madonna, David Bowie and other musiciansThu, 30 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Why 'Pandemic Shaming' Is Bad for Public Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pandemic-shaming-bad-public-health-180975425/Empathy may go further than annoyance when encouraging people to change their risky behavior Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:59:32 +0000How the Australian Finger Lime Could Save American Citrushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-australian-finger-lime-could-save-american-citrus-180975434/Scientists found the gene that makes finger limes impervious to a disease turning oranges green and bitterWed, 29 Jul 2020 19:31:28 +0000Art Historian Identifies the Spot Where Vincent van Gogh Painted His Final Work https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-art-historian-discovered-exactly-where-van-gogh-painted-his-final-work-180975438/The Dutch artist died 130 years ago todayWed, 29 Jul 2020 18:29:05 +0000Woolly Mammoth Skeleton With Intact Ligaments Found in Siberian Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammoth-remains-intact-ligaments-emerge-siberian-lake-180975431/Part of the extinct animal's foot was recovered from the water with well-preserved, millennia-old soft tissueWed, 29 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Neanderthals May Have Been More Sensitive to Pain Than Most Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-may-have-been-more-sensitive-pain-most-humans-180975424/Modern humans with this Neanderthal-inherited gene report 7 percent more pain than other peopleWed, 29 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000You Could Be the Next Owner of Ireland's 'Most Haunted House'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/loftus-hall-irelands-most-haunted-house-sale-180975429/Local legend claims that the devil visited Loftus Hall, now on sale for $2.87 million, during the 18th centuryTue, 28 Jul 2020 20:07:13 +0000New Research Reveals the Transatlantic Slave Trade's Genetic Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-brutal-genetic-legacy-slave-trade-180975423/Scientists investigated whether genetic data collected from 50,000 volunteers lined up with historical shipping manifestsTue, 28 Jul 2020 18:39:57 +000014,000-Year-Old Fossilized Poop Among Oldest Traces of Humans in North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-poop-among-oldest-traces-humans-north-america-180975426/Researchers recently confirmed that the ancient dung was indeed produced by humans, and not by animals Tue, 28 Jul 2020 16:19:16 +0000Reef Sharks Are in Serious Danger of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reef-sharks-are-serious-danger-extinction-says-new-study-180975427/Researchers found that the sharks are 'functionally extinct' in 20 percent of coral reefs surveyed Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:34:45 +0000Astronomy Offers Fresh Look at Vermeer's 'View of Delft'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/Analysis of sunlight and shadows suggests the Dutch masterpiece portrays the city around 8 a.m. in early September 1659 or 1658Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Crack the Mathematical Mystery of Stingless Bees' Spiral Honeycombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stingless-bees-build-spiral-honeycombs-grow-crystals-180975405/The waxy architectural wonders seem to grow like crystalsTue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Olivia de Havilland, Star of Hollywood's Golden Age, Dies at 104https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olivia-de-havilland-star-hollywoods-golden-age-dies-104-180975419/The actress is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Melanie Hamilton in "Gone With the Wind"Mon, 27 Jul 2020 19:49:48 +0000Police Confiscate Roman Amphorae Found Stashed in Spanish Seafood Shophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-amphorae-found-spanish-seafood-shop-180975410/The store owner's son allegedly discovered the 13 clay vessels on fishing trips and brought them back as decorationsMon, 27 Jul 2020 16:26:18 +0000New Evidence Suggests Ancient Crocodiles Swam From Africa to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-ancient-crocodiles-swam-africa-america-180975415/The prehistoric reptiles would have gotten some help from ocean currents Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:02:24 +0000See Jean-Michel Basquiat Masterpieces Up Close in This Online Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-jean-michel-basquiat-masterpieces-close-online-exhibit-180975416/The virtual experience spotlights a 2019 show that included around 70 works by the artistMon, 27 Jul 2020 15:24:52 +0000How Do Dogs Find Their Way Home? They Might Sense Earth's Magnetic Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-lassie-find-timmy-all-those-times-it-may-have-been-magnetic-180975414/Our canine companions aren't the only animals that may be capable of magnetoreceptionMon, 27 Jul 2020 14:57:59 +0000Former Nazi Concentration Camp Guard Convicted as Accessory in 5,230 Murdershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-convicts-former-ss-guard-juvenile-court-180975411/Defendant Bruce Dey, now 93, oversaw prisoners at Stutthof in Poland from August 1944 to April 1945Mon, 27 Jul 2020 14:25:55 +0000The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle's New Hockey Team Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-new-hockey-team-dubbed-kraken-180975407/NHL fans, meet the Seattle Kraken—named for a mythical beast that may have been inspired by the very real giant squidFri, 24 Jul 2020 18:16:32 +0000Sierra Club Grapples With Founder John Muir’s Racismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sierra-club-grapples-founder-john-muirs-racism-180975404/The organization calls out Muir’s racist statements and pledges to diversify leadership and deepen environmental justice initiativesFri, 24 Jul 2020 17:26:56 +0000A New London Tube Map Will Highlight Women and Nonbinary Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-london-tube-map-names-women-and-nonbinary-people-who-made-history-180975403/Co-organizers Emma Watson and Reni Eddo-Lodge drew inspiration from a 2016 project centered on the New York City subwayFri, 24 Jul 2020 14:29:45 +0000Can You Help Identify This Museum's Mystery Artifacts?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-museum-needs-help-identifying-mystery-objects-180975393/A Manchester-based science institution has a backlog of unusual objects in need of classificationFri, 24 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Archaeology Student Finds Viking Trading Post in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-student-finds-viking-trading-post-norway-180975391/Artifacts unearthed at the site include jewelry, coins and pieces of silverFri, 24 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Rich Americans’ Homes Have 25% Larger Carbon Footprints Than Low-Income Householdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rich-americans-homes-have-25-larger-carbon-footprint-low-income-households-180975395/The researchers calculated the carbon emissions of 93 million U.S. homes during the year 2015 and analyzed the results by income and locationFri, 24 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000Will Mass Transit Recover From the Pandemic? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-will-public-transit-recover-pandemic-180975398/Financial losses from low ridership and unexpectedly low sales tax revenue threaten the future of public transportationThu, 23 Jul 2020 17:56:41 +0000Abandoned Artwork Discovered Beneath Pablo Picasso Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picasso-abandoned-painting-discovery-180975386/The artist, who regularly reused canvases, covered a neoclassical still life with a Cubist oneThu, 23 Jul 2020 14:41:18 +0000Did the Ancient Greeks Design Temples With Accessibility in Mind?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-greeks-design-temples-accessibility-mind-180975392/Study suggests ramps found at ancient sites may have been used by people with disabilities, but some scholars remain skepticalThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Protections for Grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Area Upheld in Courthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-news-bears-protections-grizzlies-greater-yellowstone-area-upheld-court-180975390/For over a decade, the protected status of grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act has been under fireThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Centuries-Old Paintings Help Researchers Track Food Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/Art inadvertently documents the domestication of carrots, wheat, watermelon and other culinary delightsThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover What May Be 37 Active Volcanoes on Venushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-what-may-be-37-active-volcanoes-venus-180975382/Scientists had long assumed Venus' volcanoes were dormant, but a new study suggests the inhospitable planet has 37 active volcanoesThu, 23 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000See Our Sun’s Surface in Unprecedented Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-our-suns-surface-unprecedented-detail-180975380/NASA and the European Space Agency released the closest images ever taken of our sunWed, 22 Jul 2020 17:15:20 +0000Scientists Accidentally Bred a School of 'Sturddlefish'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-accidentally-bred-school-sturddlefish-180975375/Researchers mixed paddlefish sperm with sturgeon eggs because the fish seemed too dissimilar to form a hybrid Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:26:14 +0000See Archaeological Treasures Unearthed by U.K. Residents During Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-residents-make-archaeological-discoveries-lockdown-180975379/Finds include a Neolithic arrowhead, a snake-shaped belt hook and shards of Roman potteryWed, 22 Jul 2020 15:50:22 +0000New Research Suggests Bloodletting, Pneumonia Killed Raphaelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raphael-died-respiratory-infection-and-bloodletting-180975384/The artist failed to disclose his late-night outings to physicians, leading them to misdiagnose his illnessWed, 22 Jul 2020 14:30:57 +0000Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Seeks Its First Artist-in-Residencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-be-first-artist-residence-historic-green-wood-cemetery-180975377/Green-Wood is the final resting place of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Louis Comfort Tiffany, among othersWed, 22 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Yosemite Sewage Tests Positive for Coronavirushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yosemite-sewage-tests-positive-coronavirus-180975371/Test results suggest there were dozens of visitors carrying the novel coronavirus in the park over the Fourth of July weekendTue, 21 Jul 2020 19:30:24 +0000Centuries-Old Gardening Hoes Made of Bison Bone Found in Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gardening-hoes-made-bison-scapulae-found-canada-180975372/The tools provide evidence that the region's Indigenous population practiced agriculture pre-European contactTue, 21 Jul 2020 16:41:41 +0000You Can Now Explore All 48,000 Panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aids-memorial-quilt-now-online-180975370/The commemorative quilt weighs 54 tons and spans 1.2 million square feetTue, 21 Jul 2020 15:09:29 +0000Rock Dust Could Be Farming's Next Climate Solutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rock-dust-climate-180975363/The process, called enhanced weathering, could remove 2 billion tons of CO2 from the air while fertilizing soilTue, 21 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000World Methane Emissions Hit New Highhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-methane-emissions-hit-new-high-180975362/Agriculture and fossil fuels drive a surge in global emissions of the powerful greenhouse gasMon, 20 Jul 2020 18:55:47 +0000Beetles Wearing Tiny, Robotic Camera Backpacks Give Bugs-Eye View of the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beetles-camera-backpack-180975341/The wireless, lightweight and steerable device expands the possibilities for miniature camerasMon, 20 Jul 2020 17:45:59 +0000Evidence of Enormous Temples Found at Northern Ireland's Navan Forthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-huge-temples-found-irelands-navan-fort-180975364/Non-invasive survey reveals traces of Iron Age religious structures, early medieval royal residencesMon, 20 Jul 2020 16:39:22 +0000The Andean Condor Can Soar 100 Miles Without Flappinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andean-condor-can-soar-100-miles-without-flapping-180975342/The impressively efficient flight was recorded during a new study of the giant scavenger’s aerial prowessMon, 20 Jul 2020 13:00:00 +0000You Could Help Curate This Ambitious Timeline of Food Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/food-timeline-180975359/The family of Lynne Olver, the librarian who launched the online portal in 1999, needs help keeping her legacy aliveFri, 17 Jul 2020 20:43:34 +0000Why It's Unsettling That Anything Could Be Cake, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-its-unsettling-anything-could-be-cake-180975360/Psychologists explain why the disconnect between expectations and reality is both amusing and uncomfortableFri, 17 Jul 2020 20:04:21 +0000This Ancient Greek Shipwreck Is Now an Underwater Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-greek-shipwreck-opens-undersea-museum-180975352/The Peristera, a cargo vessel loaded with thousands of amphorae, sank in the Aegean Sea around 500 B.C.Fri, 17 Jul 2020 17:44:50 +0000How to See Five Planets in the Night Sky This Weekendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-see-five-planets-night-sky-weekend-180975358/Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible during the early morning hours on July 19Fri, 17 Jul 2020 16:18:01 +0000New Research Reveals Surprising Origins of Egypt's Hyksos Dynastyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-foreign-takeover-ancient-egypt-was-uprising-not-invasion-180975354/An analysis of ancient tooth enamel suggests the enigmatic ancients were immigrants, not invadersFri, 17 Jul 2020 15:54:13 +0000Llama Cells Could Help Scientists Create a COVID-19 Treatmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/llamas-covid-19-treatment-180975324/Scientists are re-engineering llama antibodies to neutralize the virusFri, 17 Jul 2020 12:00:00 +0000How Many Hot Dogs Can a Person Eat in Ten Minutes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-hot-dogs-can-you-eat-ten-minutes-180975335/83 hot dogs might be the human limit—but only after specific training to stretch the stomachFri, 17 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000This Website Highlights Views Outside Windows Across the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/window-swap-180975334/The WindowSwap project provides a virtual travel opportunity for those sheltering in place amid the COVID-19 pandemicThu, 16 Jul 2020 19:02:50 +0000Do These 10,000-Year-Old Flint Artifacts Depict Human Figures?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-flint-objects-may-be-human-figurines-180975325/Archaeologists say the objects' grooves evoke the hips and the narrowing of the neck around the shouldersThu, 16 Jul 2020 17:14:34 +0000California, Texas and Florida Emerge as COVID-19 Hotspotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-texas-and-florida-emerge-covid-19-hotspots-180975316/Combined, the three states accounted for nearly 20 percent of the world's new cases on earlier this weekThu, 16 Jul 2020 15:29:24 +0000In a Rare Sighting, Wayward Beluga Spotted Off San Diegohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wayward-beluga-spotted-san-diego-180975322/The whale was seen thousands of miles south of its usual habitat, the farthest south the species has ever been seenThu, 16 Jul 2020 15:11:00 +0000Massachusetts' Plimoth Plantation Will Change Its Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massachusetts-plimoth-plantation-change-its-name-180975323/The new moniker will incorporate the Mashpee Wampanoag name for the region: PatuxetThu, 16 Jul 2020 14:54:41 +0000North Atlantic Right Whales Now Listed as 'Critically Endangered'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/right-whales-now-listed-critically-endangered-180975315/Just about 400 of the whales survive in the wild, and they continue to die at an alarming rate Thu, 16 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Aztec Palace and House Built by Hernán Cortés Unearthed in Mexico Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-palace-unearthed-180975319/The Spanish conquistador's home stood on the site of the razed royal residenceWed, 15 Jul 2020 19:44:45 +0000Wild Bison to Roam Britain for First Time in Thousands of Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-bison-roam-britain-first-time-millennia-180975313/A small herd of four European bison will be released into a woodland in southeastern England in spring 2022Wed, 15 Jul 2020 18:20:01 +00001.4-Million-Year-Old Ax Made of Hippo Bone Found in Ethiopiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14-million-year-old-hippo-bone-hand-axe-found-ethiopia-180975314/Thought to have been made by Homo erectus, the implement adds range and sophistication to the bipedal hominin's toolkitWed, 15 Jul 2020 16:35:30 +0000See Birds Dive, Splash and Play in These Prize-Winning Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-birds-dive-splash-sing-audubon-award-photography-birding-180975309/Stunning images by amateurs and professionals took center stage in the 2020 Audubon Photography AwardsWed, 15 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000NASA Warns of 'Active' Atlantic Hurricane and Amazon Fire Seasons https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-warns-active-atlantic-hurricane-and-amazon-fire-seasons-180975305/Forecasts show high risk of fires and hurricanes, in part due to warmer than average sea surface temperatures Tue, 14 Jul 2020 18:54:02 +0000Iron Age Murder Victim's Skeleton Found in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-iron-age-murder-victim-and-more-uncovered-english-farm-180975308/The man was buried with his hands bound together at the waistTue, 14 Jul 2020 18:24:08 +0000Window-Mounted Device Could Keep Out City Noisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/window-mounted-device-could-keep-out-city-noise-180975304/A microphone outside the window measures the incoming noise so that an array of two dozen speakers can cancel it out Tue, 14 Jul 2020 16:18:50 +0000Millennia-Old Rock Art in Israel Offers Window Into Lost Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4000-year-old-rock-art-israel-offers-window-lost-culture-180975306/The carvings depict animals, geometric designs and what may be a human faceTue, 14 Jul 2020 14:53:47 +0000Hawaiian Chief's Cloak and Helmet Repatriated After 241 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloak-helmet-hawaii-captain-cook-180975298/A New Zealand museum initially returned the artifacts, given to Captain James Cook in 1779, on a long-term loan in 2016Tue, 14 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Giant Extinct Dolphin May Have Hunted Other Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-extinct-dolphin-may-have-hunted-other-whales-180975302/The nearly 16-foot species may have been an apex predator like modern killer whales, researchers sayTue, 14 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Turkey Controversially Converts Hagia Sophia From Museum Into Mosquehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-turns-hagia-sophia-museum-mosque-drawing-criticism-180975300/The move has attracted criticism from Unesco, Pope Francis, the Russian Orthodox Church and othersMon, 13 Jul 2020 18:09:39 +0000Images Offer a Rare Glimpse of Cross River Gorillas With Their Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-images-cross-river-gorillas-babies-captured-nigeria-180975296/The photos show a group of the animals, which were once presumed extinct, with infants of varying ages—a promising sign for the subspecies Mon, 13 Jul 2020 16:20:12 +0000Earth Could Hit Critical Climate Threshold in Next Five Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-could-hit-key-climate-threshold-next-five-years-180975290/Report: 20 percent chance that one of the next five years will see annual global temperatures rise to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levelsMon, 13 Jul 2020 16:00:07 +0000How the U.S. Got Caught Under a 'Heat Dome'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-us-got-caught-under-heat-dome-180975294/The high-pressure system is causing days on end of unusually hot weather across most of the continental U.S.Mon, 13 Jul 2020 15:50:20 +0000In Ancient Kazakhstan, Nomadic Herders Kept Their Toothless Pet Cat Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-years-ago-nomadic-herders-kept-their-toothless-pet-cat-alive-180975292/An assessment of the 1,000-year-old feline's bones suggest it wouldn’t have been able to survive without human careMon, 13 Jul 2020 15:22:15 +0000FBI Raids Northern Michigan Home Linked to Suspected Art Forgery Ring https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-raids-northern-michigan-home-suspected-art-forgery-ring-180975291/Paintings formerly attributed to Gertrude Abercrombie, Ralston Crawford and George Ault are now thought to be fakesMon, 13 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000What a New Supreme Court Decision Means for Native American Sovereigntyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotus-rules-much-eastern-oklahoma-native-reservation-180975289/The landmark ruling upholds the sanctity of treaties between the United States and American Indians—to a certain pointFri, 10 Jul 2020 19:36:38 +0000How to Watch Comet Neowise's Spectacular Show https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-watch-comet-neowises-spectacular-show-180975287/Until mid-August, the comet will be bright enough to spot with the naked eyeFri, 10 Jul 2020 17:02:23 +0000New Research Suggests Humans Invented String at Least 120,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-humans-invented-string-least-120000-years-ago-180975286/Marks found on ancient shells indicate that they were laced together to create necklacesFri, 10 Jul 2020 15:45:15 +0000Hummingbirds Learn to Count to Find Their Favorite Flowers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hummingbirds-learn-count-find-their-favorite-flowers-180975285/Researchers found that wild rufous hummingbirds could remember which flower in a sequence held nectar Fri, 10 Jul 2020 14:13:01 +0000Volcanic Island's Explosive Growth Creates New Landhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcanic-islands-explosive-growth-creates-new-land-180975284/The Japanese island of Nishinoshima has added 500 feet to its coastline in less than a monthFri, 10 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Tesla's Patents, Einstein's Letters and an Enigma Machine Are Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teslas-patents-einsteins-letters-and-enigma-machine-auction-180975283/Christie's Eureka! sale features personal and academic objects owned by 20th-century scientistsFri, 10 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Digitally Reconstruct Thomas Becket's Razed Canterbury Cathedral Shrinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-digitally-reconstruct-thomas-beckets-lost-canterbury-cathedral-shrine-180975280/The model, centered around the medieval saint's golden casket, is now available to view onlineThu, 09 Jul 2020 17:09:47 +0000Giant Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs May Have Evolved From This Four-Inch-Tall Reptilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-dinosaurs-and-pterosaurs-may-have-evolved-four-inch-tall-reptile-180975272/In Madagascar some 237 million years ago, the tiny <em>Kongonaphon kely</em> was chasing down insects on two legsThu, 09 Jul 2020 15:48:30 +0000The Far-Reaching Consequences of Siberia's Climate-Change-Driven Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/siberian-wildfires-cause-record-pollution-send-smoke-us-180975275/Smoke from the blazes is now reaching the West Coast of the United StatesThu, 09 Jul 2020 15:20:06 +0000Snail Shells Date England's Cerne Abbas Giant to Medieval, Not Prehistoric, Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snail-shells-reveal-englands-180-foot-cerne-abbas-giant-not-prehistoric-180975274/Researchers are conducting additional testing aimed at confirming the chalk figure's age and originsThu, 09 Jul 2020 15:02:00 +0000National Gallery of Art Acquires Its First Painting by a Native American Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jaune-quick-see-smith-national-gallery-native-american-180975270/Jaune Quick-to-See Smith's work addresses questions of identity and appropriationThu, 09 Jul 2020 13:05:28 +0000Experts Aren’t Sure Why Botswana's Elephants Are Dying by the Hundreds https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-arent-sure-why-botswana-elephants-dying-hundreds-180975267/After being slowed by the global pandemic, tests are now underwayThu, 09 Jul 2020 12:45:35 +0000How Did the Norman Conquest Change English Cuisine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-norman-conquest-england-ate-more-pork-180975268/After the invasion of 1066, pork and possibly chicken spiked in popularityWed, 08 Jul 2020 16:10:30 +0000This AR Artwork Reimagines Historical Spaces Across the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ar-artwork-rethinks-historical-spaces-180975263/Nancy Baker Cahill's red, white and blue "Liberty Bell" rings over sites in six major citiesWed, 08 Jul 2020 14:27:12 +0000This Worm-Like Amphibian May Pack a Venomous Bite https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worm-amphibian-may-pack-venomous-bite-180975266/A new study suggests that legless burrowers called caecilians may be the first known amphibian to have venom glands in their mouthsWed, 08 Jul 2020 14:00:00 +0000Beavers Are Accelerating Climate Change in Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beavers-are-accelerating-climate-change-alaska-180975260/As the Arctic warms, the furry animals are moving in—and redevelopingWed, 08 Jul 2020 13:30:00 +0000Explore a 5,000-Year-Old Welsh Tomb Recreated in Minecraft https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-5000-year-old-welsh-tomb-recreated-minecraft-180975265/The virtual world now boasts a cube-based recreation of Bryn Celli Ddu in its heydayWed, 08 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000An Underwater Cave Once Hosted the Americas' Oldest Known Ocher Minehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-ocher-mine-western-hemisphere-found-underwater-cave-180975258/Humans have valued the rich red pigment for hundreds of thousands of yearsTue, 07 Jul 2020 15:53:23 +0000Canada’s White-Throated Sparrows Are Changing Their Tunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadas-white-throated-sparrows-are-changing-their-tune-180975259/The new song is catching on and spreading across the country at an unprecedented speedTue, 07 Jul 2020 14:48:23 +0000Meet Augie, the 20-Year-Old Golden Retriever Who Might Have Just Set an Age Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-augie-golden-retriever-who-might-have-just-set-record-180975253/The doggo's recent birthday may be an all-timer for her breedTue, 07 Jul 2020 14:30:00 +0000How the Uffizi Gallery Is Highlighting Black Figures in Renaissance Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uffizi-gallery-highlight-black-figures-renaissance-art-180975256/Each Saturday, the Florentine museum will release a new educational video on TikTok and FacebookTue, 07 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000New Swine Flu Strain With Pandemic Potential Isn’t Cause for Alarmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-flu-virus-pandemic-potential-isnt-cause-alarm-180975252/The findings are a reminder not to forget about seasonal viruses, but also shows that virus surveillance systems workMon, 06 Jul 2020 19:50:49 +0000Divers Find 16th-Century Shipwreck Off Coast of Northern Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16th-century-italian-shipwreck-found-near-portofino-180975248/The vessel may be the "Santo Spirito & Santa Maria di Loreto," which sank in the vicinity in 1579Mon, 06 Jul 2020 16:37:12 +0000As Segway Retires, Its Inventor Gears Up to Grow Organshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/segway-retires-its-inventor-gears-grow-organs-180975254/Dean Kamen, inventor of the soon-to-be obsolete Segway, has assembled a team to mass-produce human organs for transplantMon, 06 Jul 2020 15:29:29 +0000Second Brazilian Museum Fire in Two Years Sparks Calls for Reformhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-natural-history-museum-destroyed-fire-180975249/Authorities are assessing the damage caused by a June 15 blaze at the Natural History Museum and Botanical Garden in Belo HorizonteMon, 06 Jul 2020 15:23:48 +0000Headless Sea Lions Are Washing Up in British Columbiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/headless-sea-lions-are-washing-british-columbia-180975247/Biologists and local beachgoers who have encountered the decapitated marine mammals suggest humans may be to blameMon, 06 Jul 2020 13:30:00 +0000Why Scholars Are Skeptical of Claimed Rediscovery of Lost Frida Kahlo Masterpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dealer-claims-he-located-lost-frida-kahlo-masterpiece-experts-are-skeptical-180975245/"The Wounded Table," a 1940 work by the Mexican painter, disappeared 65 years agoMon, 06 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000NASA Needs Your Help Designing a 'Lunar Loo'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-needs-your-help-designing-lunar-loo-180975246/Entries need to balance size, weight, functionality in microgravity and lunar gravity—and, of course, user experience Mon, 06 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Whale Sharks Have Tiny Teeth on Their Eyeballshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-sharks-have-tiny-teeth-their-eyeballs-180975240/The 'dermal denticles' probably help protect the eyes of these gentle giants, scientists say Mon, 06 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000Why Did the Maya Abandon the Ancient City of Tikal?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-abandoned-city-tikal-researchers-may-now-know-why-180975242/New research suggests mercury and toxic algae poisoned the settlement's reservoirsThu, 02 Jul 2020 18:29:48 +0000Paris Exhibition Recreates Pompeii's Final Hourshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-ancient-pompeii-new-exhibit-paris-and-online-180975243/Those unable to visit the show in person can access a trove of online resources related to the immersive experienceThu, 02 Jul 2020 16:24:46 +0000Flying Snakes Need to Wriggle Through the Air to Glidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flying-snakes-need-wriggle-glide-180975237/The paradise tree snake flattens its body and swerves in three dimensions to glide through the canopy Thu, 02 Jul 2020 13:30:00 +0000Fish Eggs Can Survive a Journey Through Both Ends of a Duckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-delivery-duck-poop-may-transport-fish-eggs-new-waters-180975230/A new study finds some eggs remain viable even after being eaten and pooped out by waterfowlThu, 02 Jul 2020 12:30:00 +0000Watch This Mesmerizing Time-Lapse of the Sun’s Last Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-mesmerizing-timelapse-suns-last-decade-180975231/NASA released the hour-long video in honor of the ten-year anniversary of its satellite, the Solar Dynamics Observatory Thu, 02 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Renovations at Historic York Guildhall Reveal Human Remains, Roman Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-roman-hairpins-and-more-discovered-under-historic-york-guildhall-180975238/Ongoing work at the 15th-century municipal building has yielded an array of archaeological findsThu, 02 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Roadkill Reduced During Lockdowns, but Traffic Is Increasing Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roadkill-reduced-during-lockdowns-traffic-coming-back-180975226/California, Idaho and Maine saw considerably fewer roadkill deaths in the first few weeks of stay-at-home orders Wed, 01 Jul 2020 18:54:32 +0000Scientists Propose a New Name for Nature in the Time of COVID-19: The 'Anthropause'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-name-nature-time-covid-19-anthropause-180975224/Human travel came to a halt during COVID-19, and scientists argue that this worldwide 'pause' presents a rare opportunity to study our impact on animalsWed, 01 Jul 2020 17:20:58 +0000Record-Breaking Lightning Bolts Spark Excitementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-lightning-bolts-spark-excitement-180975223/Officials confirmed two 'megaflash' lightning bolts in Brazil and Argentina that struck down previous world records Wed, 01 Jul 2020 16:42:22 +0000Archaeologists Unearth 16th-Century Children's Cemetery in Polandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-100-skeletons-mostly-children-found-16th-century-poland-graveyard-180975234/Some of the deceased were buried with coins in their mouths as payment for Charon, ferryman of the underworldWed, 01 Jul 2020 16:05:17 +0000Early Residents of the Pacific Northwest Smoked Smooth Sumachttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pacific-northwest-tribes-smoked-smooth-sumac-1400-years-ago-180975233/Researchers used a new technique to detect the chemical fingerprints of specific plant species in a 1,400-year-old pipe's residueWed, 01 Jul 2020 15:10:19 +0000Newly Discovered Portrait May Be Oldest Known Image of Māori Personhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-portrait-might-be-oldest-known-image-maori-person-180975227/The photo depicts Hemi Pomara, who was kidnapped and "exhibited" by British colonialists in London during the 1840sWed, 01 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Watch Colorful Sunsets on Distant Planets in This NASA Simulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-colorful-sunsets-distant-planets-nasa-simulation-180975219/New models from a NASA scientist show what the sun’s setting might look like on Venus, Uranus and MarsTue, 30 Jun 2020 19:10:04 +0000See the Face of a Man Whose Skull Was Mounted on a Stake 8,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-years-ago-mans-skull-was-mounted-stake-180975218/A forensic artist used 3-D scans of the hunter-gatherer's cranium to envision what he may have looked like in lifeTue, 30 Jun 2020 17:25:31 +0000'Joker' Spider Named After Joaquin Phoenixhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joker-spider-named-after-joaquin-phoenix-180975220/Loureedia phoenixi’s bold red and white abdomen inspired the researchers’ homageTue, 30 Jun 2020 15:40:17 +0000Roman-Era Structures Found Near Sphinx-Lined Egyptian Avenuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-roman-empire-era-structures-under-egyptian-road-180975222/Excavations at Kebbash Road revealed circular ovens, a mud-brick wall and a sandstone wallTue, 30 Jun 2020 15:37:25 +0000Remains Discovered in Parisian Chapel May Belong to Guillotined Aristocratshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-remains-discovered-parisian-chapel-might-have-been-guillotined-nobility-180975215/New research suggests the bodies of nearly 500 nobles beheaded during the Reign of Terror are buried in Chapelle ExpiatoireTue, 30 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000300-Pound, Wombat-Like Creature Once Roamed Australia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/300-pound-wombats-anyone-180975212/Paleontologists describe a new species of extinct Australian marsupial that is most closely related to modern wombats but was the size of a black bearMon, 29 Jun 2020 19:30:19 +0000Heat in Jupiter’s Moon Europa Might Have Made Its Oceans Habitable https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heat-jupiters-moon-europa-might-have-made-its-oceans-habitable-180975214/An upcoming NASA mission will get a closer look at the ocean moon Mon, 29 Jun 2020 18:59:55 +0000How an Alaskan Volcano Is Linked to the Decline of the Roman Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-alaskan-volcano-and-julius-caesar-have-common-180975213/New research suggests Mount Okmok's eruption in 43 B.C. sparked extreme weather halfway across the worldMon, 29 Jun 2020 17:43:41 +0000Disney Will Overhaul Controversial Splash Mountain Ridehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disney-will-completely-reimagine-controversial-splash-mountain-ride-180975198/The attraction, based on the racist 1946 movie "Song of the South," will now celebrate "The Princess and the Frog"Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:22:15 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Trove of Artifacts From 19th-Century Australian Chinatownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-artifacts-brisbanes-first-chinatown-180975203/Chinese immigrants created a community in the Frog's Hollow neighborhood of BrisbaneMon, 29 Jun 2020 14:50:35 +0000Local Man Finds 2,000-Year-Old Roman Lead Ingot in Welsh Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-hunk-roman-lead-found-wales-180975187/Rob Jones' discovery adds a tangible piece of evidence to the history of mining in Roman BritainFri, 26 Jun 2020 16:55:38 +0000Distant Black Hole Collides With a Mysterious Objecthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/distant-black-hole-collides-mysterious-object-180975193/Scientists detect what is either the heaviest known neutron star or the least massive black hole ever recordedFri, 26 Jun 2020 15:50:26 +0000Early Short Story by Louisa May Alcott Published for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-louisa-may-alcotts-earliest-stories-published-first-time-180975190/The "Little Women" author wrote "Aunt Nellie's Diary" in 1849, when she was 17 years oldFri, 26 Jun 2020 15:28:04 +0000NASA Names D.C. Headquarters for 'Hidden Figure' and Engineer Mary Jackson https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-names-dc-headquarters-hidden-figure-and-engineer-mary-jackson-180975183/Jackson may have been the only African American woman aeronautical engineer in the 1950s Fri, 26 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000Temperatures Hit a Sweltering 100.4 Degrees Fahrenheit in Arctic Town https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temperatures-hit-sweltering-1004-degrees-fahrenheit-arctic-town-180975179/The likely record-setting day is the latest development in a blistering heat wave that’s been warming the region and exacerbating wildfires Fri, 26 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000New Digital Archive Explores 133 Years of African American Funeral Programshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-133-years-african-american-funeral-programs-new-digitized-archive-180975185/The online resource offers a veritable treasure trove of information for historians and genealogists Thu, 25 Jun 2020 20:01:04 +0000Rare Hybrid Hawksbill-Green Sea Turtle Released in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-hybrid-hawksbill-green-sea-turtle-released-florida-180975178/The turtle will participate in an annual 'race' put on by a Florida-based sea turtle conservation groupThu, 25 Jun 2020 19:07:34 +0000Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Hits Southern Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magnitude-74-earthquake-hits-southern-mexico-180975175/Mexico sits above a complicated system of tectonic plates that makes the region prone to violent temblors Thu, 25 Jun 2020 18:02:26 +0000Newly Excavated Viking Dwelling May Be Oldest Found in Icelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-dwelling-iceland-may-be-oldest-ever-found-180975176/Archaeologists say the settlement, which may have housed a Norse chieftain, dates to roughly 800 A.D.Thu, 25 Jun 2020 15:59:22 +0000For $125,000, You Could Ride a Balloon Into the Stratospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/125000-you-could-ride-balloon-stratosphere-180975168/A new company, Space Perspective, announced its plan for a commercial space craft this weekThu, 25 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Botched Art Restoration Renders Virgin Mary Unrecognizablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-botched-restoration-surfaces-spain-time-virgin-mary-180975170/The failed makeover—one of several to surface in Spain in recent years—has prompted calls for stricter regulation of the fieldThu, 25 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Audience of Plants Roots for Barcelona Opera House on Opening Night https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-2000-plants-root-barcelona-opera-opening-night-180975171/The leafy crowd enjoyed a string quartet's performance of Puccini's "Crisantemi"Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:38:13 +0000Australia’s Fires Sent Smoke 19 Miles Highhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australias-fires-sent-smoke-19-miles-high-180975167/The unprecedented plumes of were carried aloft by smoke-filled thunderclouds and exhibited unusual wind patternsWed, 24 Jun 2020 17:55:02 +0000You Can Help Teach the Curiosity Rover to Drive on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-teach-curiosity-rover-drive-mars-180975166/The rover isn’t quite eight years old, but NASA thinks it’s time that Curiosity becomes more independent Wed, 24 Jun 2020 15:59:05 +0000Archaeologists Discover Enormous Ring of Ancient Pits Near Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-neolithic-pits-discovered-stonehenge-landscape-180975164/The buried shafts may represent the largest prehistoric structure ever found in Great BritainWed, 24 Jun 2020 15:21:30 +0000‘Into the Wild’ Bus Airlifted Out of the Wilderness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-bus-airlifted-out-wilderness-180975165/Dangerous and even deadly pilgrimages to the bus prompted officials to remove the bus due to public safety concernsWed, 24 Jun 2020 14:55:05 +0000Earthquake Swarm Reveals Complex Structure of a California Fault Line https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-swarm-reveals-complex-structure-california-fault-line-180975161/In 2016, fluid broke into the cracks of a fault system, setting off a four-year-long swarm of mini earthquakesWed, 24 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Arizona Faces Wildfires and Evacuations as COVID-19 Cases Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arizona-faces-wildfires-and-evacuations-covid-19-cases-rise-180975158/Arizona has spread out firefighters’ camp sites and relied more on aircraft to fight fires amid the pandemicTue, 23 Jun 2020 16:39:23 +0000Huge Saharan Dust Cloud Could Bring Hazy Skies, Spectacular Sunsets to the United States https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-saharan-dust-cloud-could-bring-hazy-skies-spectacular-sunsets-us-180975157/The large dust cloud has already obscured skies in the Caribbean and will likely reach Gulf Coast states by the middle of this week Tue, 23 Jun 2020 15:59:35 +0000Was Beethoven Black? Probably Not, but These Unsung Composers Werehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-beethoven-black-and-why-might-be-wrong-question-ask-180975159/A music scholar examines the history of the decades-old theory, and what its permanence tells us about who is considered 'canon' in classical musicTue, 23 Jun 2020 15:29:03 +0000Australian Mouse Feared Extinct After Fires Found Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-mouse-feared-extinct-after-fires-found-alive-180975156/Camera traps spotted the endangered smoky mouse in seven different locationsTue, 23 Jun 2020 15:05:04 +0000The Racist Statue of Theodore Roosevelt Will No Longer Loom Over the American Museum of Natural Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-theodore-roosevelt-removed-reexamination-racist-acts-180975154/As plans emerge to remove the controversial figure, the 26th President's legacy remains sullied by his colonialist ideologyTue, 23 Jun 2020 13:00:00 +0000Centuries-Old Hindu Temple Unearthed in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-hindu-temple-unearthed-india-180975160/The 200-year-old structure had been buried by sand for 80 years until local miners rediscovered itTue, 23 Jun 2020 12:30:00 +0000A Construction Project Reveals Whale Bones Beneath a Road in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-project-reveals-whale-bones-beneath-road-scotland-180975146/Thought to have come from a large male sperm whale, they may be remnants of the whaling industry that once operated out of Edinburgh’s portTue, 23 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000See 'The Last Supper' in a New High-Resolution Scan Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-last-supper-new-high-resolution-scan-online-180975153/Based on a copy made by Leonardo da Vinci's pupils, the image will be useful to scholars and the public alikeMon, 22 Jun 2020 16:55:34 +0000Experiment Tricks Mice Into Smelling Things That Aren’t Therehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiment-tricks-mice-smelling-things-arent-there-180975147/Researchers stimulated certain of the mouse’s brain cells in a particular order to produce 'synthetic smells'Mon, 22 Jun 2020 16:15:03 +0000Soap Bubbles Can Pollinate Flowers, but Can They Replace Bees?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soap-bubbles-can-pollinate-flowers-can-they-replace-bees-180975145/New research shows that carefully calibrated soap bubbles cause pear trees to bear fruitMon, 22 Jun 2020 16:06:03 +0000First Soft-Shelled Dinosaur Egg Fossils Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-soft-shelled-dinosaur-eggs-found-180975137/Twin discoveries reveal that some ancient reptiles laid soft-shelled eggs, challenging long-held assumptions in paleontologyMon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000How to Livestream Stonehenge's Summer Solstice Celebrationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-livestream-stonehenges-summer-solstice-celebrations-180975144/Annual event at the Neolithic monument will be broadcast virtually in place of an in-person gatheringFri, 19 Jun 2020 19:49:51 +0000National Archives Locates Handwritten Juneteenth Orderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-archives-locates-handwritten-juneteenth-order-180975143/On June 19, 1865, the decree informed the people of Texas that enslaved individuals were now freeFri, 19 Jun 2020 18:16:21 +0000Rare Giant Squid Washes Onto Shores of South African Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-giant-squid-washes-shores-south-african-beach-180975138/At more than 13 feet long, the creature was probably just 2 years old, scientists say Fri, 19 Jun 2020 17:10:44 +0000DNA Extracted From Ancient 'Irish Pharaoh' May Reveal Royal Incesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5200-year-old-dna-may-reveal-royal-incest-ancient-ireland-180975141/New analysis of elite man buried in Stone Age monument suggests he was the product of either a brother-sister or parent-child pairingFri, 19 Jun 2020 15:57:44 +0000Forgotten Antietam Battlefield Map Shows Locations of Thousands of Graveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-antietam-battlefield-map-shows-locations-hundreds-graves-180975134/The Union and Confederate soldiers buried at the site of the 1862 clash were later moved to nearby cemeteriesFri, 19 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000New Research Suggests We're Living in Historically Unhappy Times https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-suggests-were-living-historically-unhappy-times-180975123/A tool that analyzes tweets and a study from University of Chicago researchers show that Americans' happiness has reached new lows in recent weeksFri, 19 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Bright Patches on Saturn’s Largest Moon Are Dried-Up Lake Bedshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bright-patches-saturns-largest-moon-are-dried-lake-beds-180975121/New study tackles a 20-year-old mystery about Titan, the second-largest moon in the solar systemFri, 19 Jun 2020 10:30:00 +0000Quaker Oats to Retire Aunt Jemima After Acknowledging Brand's Origins as 'Racial Stereotype'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quaker-oats-will-retire-aunt-jemima-logo-180975127/The breakfast line's rebranding arrives amid widespread protests against systemic racism and police brutalityThu, 18 Jun 2020 19:22:32 +0000U.K. Museum Reimagines Classic Art With Face Maskshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-museum-reimagines-masterpieces-face-masks-180975115/The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge has released greeting cards of six paintings adapted for this "most unusual year"Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:56:07 +0000Nearly 2,000 Black Americans Were Lynched During Reconstructionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-2000-black-americans-were-lynched-during-reconstruction-180975120/A new report brings the number of victims of racial terror killings between 1865 and 1950 to almost 6,500Thu, 18 Jun 2020 15:09:46 +0000Green Glow Detected in Mars' Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-glow-detected-mars-atmosphere-180975113/The emerald light resembles the glow emitted in Earth's atmosphere Thu, 18 Jun 2020 13:30:00 +0000Compared With Hummingbirds, People Are Rather Colorblind https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/compared-hummingbirds-were-all-colorblind-180975111/Experiments reveal the tiny birds can see "non-spectral" colors that blend ultraviolet light with colors humans can see to create distinct hues we can'tThu, 18 Jun 2020 12:00:00 +0000Businesses Can Now Buy Spot, Boston Dynamics' Robotic 'Dog'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/businesses-can-now-buy-spot-boston-dynamics-robotic-dog-180975118/The four-legged robot sells for about $75,000 Thu, 18 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Fisherman Finds Suspected Medieval Statue in Spanish Riverbedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fisherman-discovers-700-year-old-statue-spanish-riverbed-180975114/Researchers think the religious icon, which depicts the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, is about 700 years oldThu, 18 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Activists Try to Remove African Artifact From Paris Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protesters-remove-african-artifact-exhibit-paris-museum-180975110/Protesters demanding the repatriation of looted objects seized a funeral pole on view at the Musée du Quai Branly–Jacques ChiracWed, 17 Jun 2020 18:26:13 +0000Evidence of Early Bow-and-Arrow Hunting Discovered in Sri Lankahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/proposed-earliest-traces-bow-and-arrow-hunting-eurasia-found-sri-lanka-180975112/If confirmed, the 48,000-year-old find will be the oldest known instance of bowhunting outside of AfricaWed, 17 Jun 2020 16:45:21 +0000Lost African American Cemetery Found Under Florida Parking Lothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-african-american-cemetery-re-discovered-under-florida-parking-lot-180975109/The discovery marks the fourth forgotten black graveyard identified in the Tampa Bay area in the past yearWed, 17 Jun 2020 15:13:44 +0000This Sculpture Takes the Great Barrier Reef’s Temperaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpture-takes-great-barrier-reefs-temperature-180975107/'Ocean Siren' changes colors in real time to reflect ocean temperatures at Davies Reef, part of Australia’s ailing Great Barrier ReefWed, 17 Jun 2020 13:00:00 +0000COVID-19 Cases Exceed Eight Million Worldwidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/covid-19-cases-exceed-8-million-worldwide-180975108/The bleak milestone arrives as cases spike in South AmericaWed, 17 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000Tiny, Rare Bone Found in the Hearts of Chimpanzees https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-bone-discovered-chimpanzees-hearts-180975094/Researchers say the bone may be linked to heart disease Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:30:00 +0000Celebrate World Ocean Month With Four Virtual Diveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-world-ocean-month-four-virtual-dives-180975102/Swim with a sea lion, sea turtles, sharks and more in four 360-degree virtual dives created by NOAA Tue, 16 Jun 2020 14:00:00 +0000The Forecast in National Parks Is Cloudy With a Chance of Plastic Rainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloudy-chance-plastic-rain-180975096/New research finds America’s western national parks and wilderness areas receive more than 1,000 tons of plastic rain every yearTue, 16 Jun 2020 13:30:00 +0000Fossil Footprints Suggest Ancient Crocodile Walked on Two Legshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-footprints-suggest-ancient-crocodile-walked-two-legs-180975098/The lumbering crocodylomorph lived during the early Cretaceous period, about 106 million years agoTue, 16 Jun 2020 13:00:00 +0000Drought Reveals Traces of Ancient Roman Structures in Waleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-roman-conquest-revealed-drought-180975101/Archaeologists used aerial photographs to discover previously unknown forts and roads in water-starved fields across the countryTue, 16 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Wreck of John F. Kennedy's World War II Patrol Boat Recoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boat-salvaged-harlem-river-was-likely-commanded-john-f-kennedy-180975100/The future president took over command of PT-59 after his first ship, PT-109, sank in 1943Tue, 16 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000NASA Releases Rainbow-Colored Images of Martian Moon Phoboshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rainbow-colored-mars-moon-phobos-180975092/Scientists say that the brightly colored thermal images, collected by the Mars Odyssey spacecraft, will help them better understand the moon’s originsMon, 15 Jun 2020 17:50:06 +0000Studies Estimate That Lockdowns Slowed COVID-19 Spread and Saved Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/studies-estimate-lockdowns-slowed-covid-19-spread-and-saved-lives-180975089/Experts say the results provide evidence in support of extending these measuresMon, 15 Jun 2020 17:31:48 +000015,000 Years Ago, Humans in Israel Ate Snakes and Lizardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-israel-ate-snakes-and-lizards-15000-years-ago-180975095/Snacking on reptiles may have helped these prehistoric people adapt to living in more permanent settlementsMon, 15 Jun 2020 16:50:10 +0000France Seeks Proposals for Memorial to Victims of Slavery https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-seeks-proposals-paris-memorial-victims-slavery-180975097/Currently, Paris is home to just one significant monument recognizing the country's history of enslavementMon, 15 Jun 2020 15:09:25 +0000Virginia School District Will Use Drones to Deliver Summer Readinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-middle-school-library-delivering-books-drone-180975093/Montgomery County has partnered with Google's Wing service to distribute library booksMon, 15 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000Drone Footage Shows Thousands of Nesting Sea Turtleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-footage-shows-thousands-nesting-sea-turtles-180975087/The roughly 64,000 green sea turtles were photographed off the Great Barrier Reef in Australia at Raine Island, the turtle's largest breeding groundMon, 15 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000China Increases Protections for Pangolinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-increases-protections-pangolins-180975073/The mammal’s keratin scales have been removed from the traditional medicine ingredient listFri, 12 Jun 2020 19:25:59 +0000A Sculptor Made This 15-Foot-Tall Laughing Kookaburra in Lockdownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculptor-made-15-foot-tall-laughing-kookaburra-lockdown-180975084/ Farvardin Daliri in Brisbane, Australia crafted the giant sculpture, which opens its beak and cackles with laughterFri, 12 Jun 2020 19:25:35 +0000Archaeologists Discover Details of Buried Roman City Without Digginghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-radar-uncover-details-buried-roman-city-without-digging-180975090/Ground-penetrating radar revealed Falerii Novi's elaborate architecture, including a bath complex, theater and network of water pipesFri, 12 Jun 2020 17:42:09 +0000Ancient Roman Board Game Found in Norwegian Burial Moundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-board-game-unearthed-norway-180975082/Researchers unearthed a four-sided dice and 18 circular tokensFri, 12 Jun 2020 15:17:26 +0000Christopher Columbus Statues Beheaded, Pulled Down Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christopher-columbus-statues-beheaded-torn-down-180975079/Protesters in three U.S. cities targeted sculptures of the Italian explorer and colonizerFri, 12 Jun 2020 11:30:00 +0000How a Berlin Theater Will Enforce Social Distancinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-how-berlin-theatre-plans-enforce-social-distancing-180975076/The venue removed more than half of its seats to keep audience members safely separatedFri, 12 Jun 2020 11:00:00 +0000