Smart News | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenWed, 14 Apr 2021 12:15:00 +0000Activist Group Will Return Stolen Confederate Monument—After Converting It Into a Toilethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-just-took-confederate-monument-confederate-cemeteryand-theyre-threatening-turn-it-toilet-180977441/"White Lies Matter" had pledged to deliver the stone chair intact if the United Daughters of the Confederacy displayed a specific bannerWed, 07 Apr 2021 20:32:31 +0000Entirely Digital Artwork Sells for Record-Breaking $69 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/entirely-digital-artwork-just-sold-major-auction-first-time-180977039/The sale marks the third-highest auction price achieved by a living artistThu, 18 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Japan Will Release Fukushima Nuclear Plant Wastewater Into Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-will-release-fukushima-nuclear-plant-wastewater-ocean-180977505/Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the site is running out of space to store tritium-containing wastewater Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:15:00 +0000Discarded Covid-19 Masks and Plastic Gloves Are Killing Wildlife https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/covid-19-ppe-entangling-and-killing-wildlife-180977502/Biologists are finding single-use items are entrapping and entangling animals all over the globeWed, 14 Apr 2021 11:15:00 +0000These Out-of-Focus Paintings Put a Contemporary Spin on Traditional Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-out-focus-paintings-put-contemporary-spin-traditional-portraiture-180977498/A new exhibition in London showcases the Miaz Brothers' radical subversion of Old Master classicsWed, 14 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Used A.I. to Recreate a Landscape Hidden Beneath a Picasso Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-scientists-used-ai-reconstruct-hidden-picasso-painting-180977492/Physical reconstructions of the early 20th-century depiction of Barcelona are now on sale for $11,111.11 eachTue, 13 Apr 2021 20:29:13 +0000Baroque Painting Almost Sold for €1,500 May Be a Caravaggio Worth Millionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-government-bans-sale-possible-caravaggio-180977487/Spanish authorities halted the sale after identifying "sufficient stylistic and documentary evidence" linking the work to the Old MasterTue, 13 Apr 2021 19:02:37 +0000Why Was This Mummified 17th-Century Bishop Buried With a Fetus?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-17th-century-bishop-buried-fetus-180977500/The stillborn baby was likely the grandson of Peder Winstrup, whose well-preserved remains have been the subject of much studyTue, 13 Apr 2021 16:51:35 +0000Record-Breaking 16-Foot-Long Sawfish Washes Ashore in the Florida Keyshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/record-breaking-sawfish-washes-ashore-florida-keys-180977490/In a rare occurrence, a second 12-foot-long juvenile sawfish was found dead on a different beach in the state during the same weekTue, 13 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000After a Fiery Display, SpaceX Debris Landed on a Washington Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-fiery-display-spacex-debris-landed-washington-farm-180977494/Officials are also investigating whether a cylindrical object that washed ashore in Oregon may also be from the SpaceX rocket boosterTue, 13 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Stones Hint at Possible 600-Mile Dinosaur Migration From Wisconsin to Wyominghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stones-hint-600-mile-dinosaur-migrations-180977493/Some 150 million years ago, prehistoric plant-eaters may have carried the rocks in their bellies to aid digestionTue, 13 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Drawing on Their Escapes From the Nazis, These Artists Became Celebrated Cartoonistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-on-their-escapes-from-the-nazis-these-artists-became-celebrated-cartoonists-180977486/A groundbreaking female comic book artist, a MAD magazine star and a counterfeiter-turned-illustrator share the floor in an exhibit in New York CityMon, 12 Apr 2021 17:05:58 +000017th-Century Coins Found in a Fruit Grove May Solve a 300-Year-Old Pirate Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-coins-found-fruit-grove-solve-pirate-mystery-180977401/Amateur historian Jim Bailey was mystified by the Arabic writing on the discovered lootMon, 12 Apr 2021 16:39:04 +0000NASA Reveals Spectacular New Hubble Telescope Image of the Veil Nebulahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/nasa-reveals-spectacular-new-hubble-telescope-image-veil-nebula-180977455/Advanced processing techniques brought out finer details of the nebula’s filaments and delicate threads of translucent ionized gasMon, 12 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Detect X-Rays Radiating From Uranushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-detect-x-rays-radiating-planet-uranus-180977442/The beams could be scattered light from the Sun, fluorescence from Uranus's rings, or produced by auroras on the ice giantMon, 12 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000More Than 50 Orcas Hunt and Kill Blue Whale Off Australian Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-50-orcas-hunt-and-kill-blue-whale-australian-coast-180977482/This is one of just a handful of times that orcas have ever been recorded killing a blue whaleMon, 12 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Trove of Treasures, From Gold Skull Ring to Tudor Coins, Unearthed in Waleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-detectorists-have-unearthed-nine-treasures-wales-1-180977475/The macabre jewelry is a unique example of "memento mori" art, which aimed to remind viewers of their mortalityMon, 12 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Gorillas Beat Their Chests to Communicate With Each Otherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/gorillas-beat-their-chests-communicate-each-other-180977477/The larger male apes have lower frequencies in their pounds and may use chest-beating to signal their social status, strength, and size to others Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Hundreds of Centuries-Old Trees Felled to Rebuild Notre-Dame's Iconic Spirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dozens-century-old-oak-trees-felled-rebuild-notre-dame-cathedrals-iconic-spire-180977481/French authorities cut down some 1,000 historic oaks as part of the Paris cathedral's ambitious reconstruction processMon, 12 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 3,000-Year-Old 'Lost Golden City'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-3400-year-old-egyptian-city-180977471/Hailed as one of the country's most significant finds in a century, the site dates to a time of political, religious and artistic changeFri, 09 Apr 2021 19:52:31 +0000New Measurements of Muons Might Rewrite Particle Physics https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiment-hints-unknown-physics-180977468/The gap between theoretical predictions and the experimental measurements isn’t a full-blown discovery yet Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:32:05 +0000How Prince Philip Modernized—and Fought to Preserve—the Monarchyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prince-philip-modernizedand-fought-preserve-monarchy-180977479/The U.K.'s longest-serving royal consort died Friday at age 99Fri, 09 Apr 2021 18:16:43 +0000Five Things to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist—the Biggest Art Theft in Modern Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-isabella-stewart-gardner-art-heist-180977448/In 1990, two thieves made off with a $500 million cache of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and more. Three decades later, the works remain missingFri, 09 Apr 2021 18:08:32 +0000Evacuations Ongoing After 'Explosive Eruption' on Caribbean Island https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evacuations-ongoing-after-explosive-eruption-caribbean-island-180977476/Seismic activity on the island of St. Vincent prompted mandatory evacuations hours before the eruption startedFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:52:23 +0000Climate Change Linked to Increase in Arctic Lightning Strikeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-linked-increase-arctic-lightning-strikes-180977444/A warming climate makes Arctic lightning possible, and resulting wildfires release immense amounts of carbon from the permafrost Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:35:05 +0000Vandals Deface 'Irreplaceable' Native American Rock Carvings in Georgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-destroyed-1000-year-old-indigenous-art-georgias-chattahoochee-national-forest-180977453/The unknown criminals painted the 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in bright colors and scratched their surfaces beyond recognitionThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:50:42 +0000Study Finds Rat Poison in Dead Eagles From Across the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-rat-poison-dead-eagles-across-us-180977457/More than 82 percent of 133 eagles tested had so-called anticoagulant rodenticides in their bodiesThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:41:30 +0000To Fight Climate Change With Trees, America Needs More Seedlingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seedling-shortage-could-hamper-bids-fight-climate-change-trees-180977446/New research estimates the U.S. would need to double production to meet its reforestation goalsThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:19:22 +0000Virtual Tour Restores Baalbek's Stunning Roman Temples to Their Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-ancient-temples-lebanon-180977451/The free online experience allows users to toggle between views of the ancient Lebanese city today and as it appeared in 215 A.D.Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:24:32 +0000How Los Angeles Plans to Preserve the City's Black Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-angeles-push-preserve-black-cultural-heritage-180977445/Just 3 percent of L.A.'s historic landmarks commemorate African American history. A new three-year project hopes to change thatThu, 08 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Newly Discovered Gainsborough Portrait Reveals Likeness of Overlooked Composerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-portrait-acclaimed-british-painter-thomas-gainsborough-resurfaces-180977443/The acclaimed British artist's painting of Czech musician Antonín Kammel may be worth upward of $1.3 millionWed, 07 Apr 2021 17:46:38 +0000Is This 4,000-Year-Old Bronze Age Slab the Oldest Known Map in Europe?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-slab-oldest-known-map-europe-180977439/New research suggests the stone, first discovered in 1900, may have represented the territory of an ancient kingWed, 07 Apr 2021 16:32:34 +0000New Fissure in Iceland Volcano Prompts Evacuation of Touristshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fissure-iceland-volcano-prompts-evacuation-tourists-180977433/Scientists re-evaluated the safety of the eruption site after a new fissure began spewing steam and lava a half-mile from the original cratersWed, 07 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Contagious Yawning May Keep Lion Prides in Synchttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contagious-yawning-may-help-prides-lions-sync-180977429/A study finds after yawning together, lions were 11 times more likely to copy the actions of the individual that yawned firstWed, 07 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Explorers Survey World's Deepest Known Shipwreckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorers-survey-worlds-deepest-known-shipwreck-american-destroyer-uss-johnston-180977413/The American destroyer U.S.S. Johnston sank on October 25, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippine SeaWed, 07 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000This Artemisia Gentileschi Painting Spent Centuries Hidden From Public Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-museum-recently-added-artemisia-gentileschi-work-its-collection-180977427/The 17th-century portrait of Lucretia is set to go on view at the Getty Museum in Los AngelesWed, 07 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Ingenuity Helicopter Survives Its First Night Alone on Mars https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ingenuity-mars-helicopter-reaches-first-milestone-it-survives-first-night-red-planet-alone-and-prepares-test-flights-180977428/On April 3, 2021, the spacecraft launched from the Perseverance rover and successfully landed on the red planetTue, 06 Apr 2021 19:44:45 +0000WHO Releases Results of First Investigation Into the Origin of Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/key-takeaways-who-report-origin-covid-19-180977423/The virus was most likely first spread from a wild animal, possibly bats, to an unknown intermediate animal, possibly farm animals, and then to humans Tue, 06 Apr 2021 19:15:16 +0000Why Egypt Paraded 22 Ancient Pharaohs Through the Streets of Cairohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-egypt-paraded-22-ancient-pharaohs-through-streets-cairo-180977430/Officials organized the lavish, made-for-TV event in hopes of revitalizing the country's tourism industryTue, 06 Apr 2021 19:06:33 +0000Listen to the First Song Ever Recorded on This Ancient, Harp-Like Instrumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-sound-ancient-indian-instrument-180977426/Tharun Sekar, a luthier based in southern India, has painstakingly recreated the long-lost yazhTue, 06 Apr 2021 16:42:51 +0000How a Stint in Hamburg Helped Catapult the Beatles to Superstardomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-beatles-memorabilia-sale-180977408/A trove of letters and photographs associated with the band's time in Germany is set to go up for auction next monthTue, 06 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Dolphins Spotted in Venice's Grand Canal—for Real This Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dolphins-spotted-venices-grand-canal-real-time-180977403/The coast guard and a rescue organization took about two hours to guide the cetaceans out of the canalMon, 05 Apr 2021 17:47:34 +0000Hear a 16th-Century Concert Recreated by a 'Musical Time Machine'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musical-time-machine-recreates-16th-century-concert-180977406/Researchers modeled the acoustics of Linlithgow Palace in Scotland to transport listeners back to a 1512 performanceMon, 05 Apr 2021 17:25:36 +0000A Very Angry Octopus Goes Viral After Lashing Out at an Australian Touristhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angriest-octopus-goes-viral-180977414/A video posted to social media captures the cephalopod's arm-flinging attack Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:16:00 +0000Study of Narwhal Tusks Reveals a Swiftly Changing Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-narwhal-tusks-reveals-swiftly-changing-arctic-180977402/Chemical analysis of ten tusks shows shifting diets and increasing levels of mercury as climate change warms the polar regionMon, 05 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Get Lost in the Sauce With a Brand New Pasta Shape, Cascatelli https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-lost-sauce-and-sink-your-teeth-new-pasta-shape-cascatelli-180977399/The ruffled, waterfall-inspired noodle resembles a combination of mafaldine and bucatini Fri, 02 Apr 2021 19:05:27 +0000Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Highly Effective at Preventing Covid-19 Infections in Adolescentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pfizerbiontech-announces-results-covid-19-vaccine-trial-adolescents-180977393/In a study of 2,260 children age 12 to 15, no vaccinated kids contracted the virusFri, 02 Apr 2021 18:34:04 +0000Crystals Found in Kalahari Desert Challenge Assumptions About Where in Africa Human Culture Arosehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crystals-found-in-kalahari-desert-challenge-assumptions-about-where-in-africa-human-culture-arose-180977398/The 105,000-year-old items may have held religious meaningFri, 02 Apr 2021 17:44:03 +0000How Studying Lemur Hibernation Could Make Long-Distance Space Travel Easier One Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/researchers-are-discovering-secrets-hibernating-lemurs-180977392/As humans' closest hibernating relative, learning from the critters could also make emergency surgery safer and inform metabolic disease researchFri, 02 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Las Vegas Was Inundated by 46 Million Grasshoppers on a Single Night in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/las-vegas-was-inundated-46-million-grasshoppers-single-night-2019-180977395/A new study says the horde of insects was drawn to the Vegas Strip by its famously bright lightsFri, 02 Apr 2021 11:45:00 +0000Mississippi Returns Hundreds of Native Americans' Remains to Chickasaw Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/native-american-remains-kept-storage-years-repatriated-mississippis-chickasaw-nation-180977394/Decades after their bones were placed in storage, the state has repatriated the remains of 403 Indigenous ancestorsFri, 02 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Holds Piece of Wright Brothers Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-helicopter-ingenuity-holds-piece-wright-brothers-history-180977381/Secured under Ingenuity's solar panels is a stamp-sized swatch of fabric from the Wright FlyerThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:17:54 +0000Medieval Jews in England Kept Kosher Laws, New Research Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-jews-england-kept-kosher-laws-new-finds-show-180977389/An 800-year-old trash dump in Oxford reveals adherence to Jewish dietary codesThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:03:30 +0000New Atomic Clocks May Someday Redefine the Length of a Secondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-atomic-clocks-hone-length-second-180977387/Researchers used three atomic clocks to measure time accurately down to the quadrillionth of a percentThu, 01 Apr 2021 15:11:38 +0000A Swindler Almost Sold These Forged 'Masterpieces' for $14.7 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/con-artist-almost-sold-these-forged-paintings-147-million-black-market-180977385/Spanish authorities halted the sale of the three works, which were falsely attributed to El Greco, Modigliani and GoyaThu, 01 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000How Space Travel Shrank Astronaut Scott Kelly's Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-space-travel-shrank-astronaut-scott-kellys-heart-180977382/While in orbit, the adaptable muscle doesn't need to combat gravity to pump bloodThu, 01 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Dollhouse-Sized Exhibition Will Showcase Mini Creations by Art-World Giantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dollhouse-sized-exhibition-will-show-tiny-artworks-leading-contemporary-artists-180977380/A new show at the Pallant House Gallery in England features pint-sized works by Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and moreWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:49:53 +0000CDC Study of Vaccinated Frontline Workers Shows Covid-19 Shots Effectively Prevent Infection, Not Just Symptomshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-study-front-line-workers-shows-covid-19-vaccines-90-percent-effective-180977376/The vaccinated group of participants saw 90 percent fewer cases than if they had not been vaccinatedWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:23:19 +0000NOAA's Weather Forecasting System Just Got a Major Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noaa-launches-major-update-forecasting-system-180977377/The new version of the Global Forecast System could give Americans in the path of a hurricane an additional 36 hours to prepare compared to the old modelWed, 31 Mar 2021 17:13:11 +0000Mummified Parrots Found in Chile Suggest Vast Pre-Hispanic Trade Networkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pre-columbian-llama-caravans-transported-exotic-birds-across-andes-180977379/People in South America likely kept the birds as exotic pets whose feathers were prized for their use in headdresses and hatsWed, 31 Mar 2021 16:06:23 +0000How a New Digital Archive Preserves—and Protects—Indigenous Folk Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-digital-archive-showcases-collection-alternative-healing-methods-180977374/UCLA's database features hundreds of thousands of entries detailing traditional healing practicesWed, 31 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A Puzzling Brain Disease Is Killing Black Bears in the Western United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puzzling-illness-killing-bears-western-us-180977375/Some animals showing signs of a neurological disorder had brain inflammation, but the cause is still unknownTue, 30 Mar 2021 19:12:00 +0000These Iron Age Swedish Warriors Were Laid to Rest on Luxurious Feather Beddinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-swedish-warriors-laid-rest-feather-bedding-1-180977373/Researchers say the various types of bird feathers used may hold symbolic significanceTue, 30 Mar 2021 17:58:03 +0000How Alice Neel's Revolutionary Portraits Put People First https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-alice-neels-paintings-put-people-first-180977358/A new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art features 100 of the American artist's paintings, drawings and watercolorsTue, 30 Mar 2021 14:16:36 +0000Thanks to a Genetic Mutation, These French Rabbits Prefer Handstands to Bunny Hops https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-mutation-replaces-bunny-hops-handstands-180977365/The unusually acrobatic sauteur d’Alfort rabbits were first discovered in France in 1935Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000You Can Now Explore the Louvre's Entire Collection Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louvre-puts-entire-collection-online-redoubles-efforts-track-looted-art-180977367/A new digital database features 480,000 works from the Paris museum's holdingsTue, 30 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000The Colossal Container Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Has Been Freedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/mega-shipping-container-stuck-suez-canal-now-free-180977362/With the help of high tides, tugboats were finally able to yank the vessel looseMon, 29 Mar 2021 21:19:10 +0000Why U.S. Approval of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Longhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revised-astrazeneca-data-show-its-covid-19-vaccine-76-percent-effective-180977356/An unprecedented public exchange with a data review board is the latest of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine’s hurdlesMon, 29 Mar 2021 17:15:52 +00003,200-Year-Old Mural of Knife-Wielding Spider God Found in Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/Local farmers accidentally destroyed 60 percent of the shrine complex that houses the ancient Cupisnique paintingMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:16:34 +0000Is This the Face of King Tut's Father, Pharaoh Akhenaten?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-used-facial-reconstruction-technology-reveal-king-tuts-fathers-face-180977349/New 3-D reconstruction visualizes what KV55, a mummy long thought to be the ancient Egyptian ruler, may have looked likeMon, 29 Mar 2021 15:27:15 +0000Experiments Find Gene Key to the Human Brain's Large Sizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-find-gene-key-human-brains-large-size-180977357/The single gene identified by the study may be what makes human brains three times larger than our closest great ape relatives at birthMon, 29 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem's Historic Manhattan Apartmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-tour-gloria-steinems-historic-nyc-apartment-online-180977354/In honor of her 87th birthday, the speaker and activist is (digitally) welcoming visitors into her homeMon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Like Humans and Mammals, Octopuses May Have Two Stages of Sleephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/octopuses-have-two-stages-sleep-similar-mammals-180977353/Scientists do not know if octopuses dream in color, but they do change color while sleepingFri, 26 Mar 2021 21:40:27 +0000Burrowing Bunnies in Wales Unearth Trove of Prehistoric Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-tools-uncovered-wales-bunnies-180977350/Rabbits on Skokholm Island discovered Stone Age tools and fragments of a Bronze Age cremation urnFri, 26 Mar 2021 15:34:47 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Now Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It Absorbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-rainforest-now-emits-more-greenhouse-gases-it-absorbs-180977347/Climate change and deforestation have transformed the ecosystem into a net source of planet-warming gases instead of a carbon sinkFri, 26 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Why Bald Eagle Populations Soared in the Last Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bald-eagle-populations-have-skyrocketed-last-decade-180977342/In 1963, only 417 breeding pairs remained, but 71,400 active couples were recorded as of 2019Fri, 26 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Graves of Enslaved People Discovered on Founding Father's Delaware Plantationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-enslaved-people-discovered-former-delaware-plantation-180977346/A signee of the U.S. Constitution, John Dickinson enslaved as many as 59 men, women and children at one timeFri, 26 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How a Sweeping Survey in NYC Redefines What It Means to Make 'Latinx' Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/el-museo-del-barrios-estamos-bien-exhibition-shows-museums-first-nationwide-survey-latinx-artists-180977335/A new triennial at El Museo del Barrio features a wide range of works by 42 artists and collectivesFri, 26 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Hawai'i Is Officially the Best Place on Earth to See Rainbows, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/hawaii-best-place-earth-view-rainbows-heres-why-180977327/The geographic location and topography of the islands create beautiful viewsThu, 25 Mar 2021 19:58:24 +0000How Modern Researchers Are Trying to Recreate a Long-Lost Fabrichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-work-revive-beloved-dhaka-muslin-fabric-180977339/Dhaka muslin was immensely popular for millennia, but the secrets of its creation faded from memory by the early 20th centuryThu, 25 Mar 2021 19:19:39 +0000How Did This Walrus Get to Wales?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-walrus-get-wales-180977329/The same walrus might have stopped briefly in Denmark and Ireland Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:26:21 +0000New Book Details the Lives of Vincent van Gogh's Sisters Through Their Lettershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-lives-van-goghs-sisters-through-their-letters-180977325/The missives reveal that the Impressionist artist's family paid for his younger sibling's medical care by selling 17 of his paintingsThu, 25 Mar 2021 16:09:55 +0000Pioneering Victorian Suffragist's Unseen Watercolor Paintings Are Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paintings-prominent-feminist-activist-are-going-sale-180977324/Seven landscape scenes by 19th-century British social reformer Josephine Butler are headed to the auction blockThu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Capture Swirling Magnetic Fields in New Image of Black Holehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-black-hole-image-gets-magnetic-makeover-180977326/The updated picture adds polarization, revealing new details of the stunning cosmic phenomenonWed, 24 Mar 2021 16:50:03 +0000Step Into the Pages of 'Goodnight Moon' With This Enchanting Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-pages-goodnight-moon-180977323/On view at Fort Makers in NYC, the show features 14 artists' reimagined interpretations of objects from the beloved children's bookWed, 24 Mar 2021 16:25:31 +0000This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/New findings about the 12,500-year-old Shigir Idol have major implications for the study of prehistoryWed, 24 Mar 2021 15:09:30 +0000Czech Chimpanzees Use Video Calls to Fight Lockdown Blues https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/czech-chimpanzees-use-zoom-fight-lockdown-blues-180977318/Zookeepers at Safari Park Dvůr Králové and a zoo in Brno set up daily video calls for their chimpanzeesWed, 24 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000This Map Shows You the Odds of Finding a New Species in Your Neighborhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-life-leads-where-undiscovered-species-may-be-hiding-180977312/The 'Map of Life' predicts where undiscovered birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals could be found around the worldWed, 24 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Researchers Discover Ruins of Maryland's Earliest Colonial Site, a 386-Year-Old Forthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-discover-remains-st-marys-fort-180977310/A team used ground-penetrating radar to identify the outlines of a defensive outpost at the St. Mary's settlementWed, 24 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000See Astonishing Milky Way Mosaic Image That Took 12 Years to Createhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astonishing-milky-way-mosaic-took-12-years-create-180977319/A Finnish astrophotographer created the 1.7 gigapixel image by stitching together photos with a total exposure time of roughly 1,250 hoursWed, 24 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Was This Ornament of a Knight Emerging From a Snail Shell a 'Medieval Meme'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/700-year-old-snail-man-ornament-was-part-medieval-meme-180977311/The unusual image "may be a satirical reference to cowardly or non-chivalric behavior of opponents," says curator Beverly NenkTue, 23 Mar 2021 17:48:58 +0000Seaweed-Fed Cows Burp Less Planet-Warming Methane https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seaweed-fed-cows-burp-less-planet-warming-methane-180977296/Researchers report an 82 percent reduction in methane emissions in cows fed 1.5 to 3 ounces of seaweed a day for 21 weeksTue, 23 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +00003,000-Year-Old Gold Mask, Silk Linked to Enigmatic Civilization Found in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-3000-year-old-chinese-artifacts-180977294/The state of Shu left behind few written records. A trove of 500 newly excavated objects may offer insights on the mysterious kingdomTue, 23 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000New Jersey Estate Owned by Napoleon's Older Brother Set to Become State Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-king-spain-once-dwelled-new-jersey-now-his-estate-will-become-public-park-180977289/In 1815, exiled Spanish king Joseph Bonaparte fled to the U.S., where he lived in luxury on a sprawling, 60-acre estateTue, 23 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Icelandic Volcano Erupts After 6,000 Years of Dormancyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/icelandic-peninsula-experiences-volcanic-eruption-after-6000-years-dormancy-180977291/It was the first eruption in southwestern Iceland in nearly 800 yearsMon, 22 Mar 2021 20:21:43 +0000Seafloor Trawl Fishing May Release as Much Carbon as Air Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bottom-trawl-fishing-releases-huge-amounts-carbon-180977288/A new study finds the carbon released when bottom trawlers stir up the seafloor is equal to the emissions of the entire aviation industryMon, 22 Mar 2021 19:27:30 +0000New Theory Suggests 'Oumuamua Is a Nitrogen Ice Pancakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-theory-suggests-oumuamua-nitrogen-ice-pancake-180977293/When the interstellar visitor swept around the sun, it got a speed boost, probably because some of the ice vaporizedMon, 22 Mar 2021 19:14:41 +0000Rare Bronze Bull Sacrificed to Zeus Found at Site of the Ancient Olympic Gameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-archaeologists-find-3000-year-old-bronze-bull-180977290/The 3,000-year-old figurine was probably a votive offering made at the Greek god's altar in OlympiaMon, 22 Mar 2021 15:40:55 +0000Discovery of a 95-Million-Year-Old 'Eagle Shark' Fossil Makes Waves https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-95-million-year-old-eagle-shark-fossil-makes-waves-180977285/The ancient creature likely used its six-foot-wide wingspan to move with 'underwater flight'Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Researchers Are Investigating Why Marine Animals Swim in Perplexing Circles https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-animals-swim-circles-researchers-may-have-figured-out-why-180977284/Sea creatures may exhibit the spiraling behavior to navigate the ocean, for mating rituals, or to track preyMon, 22 Mar 2021 11:05:00 +0000The Little-Known Story of Violet Gibson, the Irish Woman Who Shot Mussolinihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1926-irish-woman-shot-benito-mussolini-and-almost-altered-history-forever-180977286/A free radio documentary tells the tale of the long-overlooked individual who nearly killed the Italian dictator in 1926Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Trove of Early Yayoi Kusama Works to Go on Public View for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beginning-her-career-yayoi-kusama-donated-11-works-her-doctor-now-they-may-sell-14-million-180977271/The Japanese artist gifted the pieces, which will be exhibited ahead of a May auction, to her doctor as thanks for free medical careFri, 19 Mar 2021 19:18:31 +0000Largest Dust Storm in More Than a Decade Blanketed China This Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-dust-storm-over-decade-blankets-china-180977287/Air quality readings in Beijing reached dangerous levels while residents were urged to stay indoorsFri, 19 Mar 2021 19:01:48 +0000The Newseum's Iconic First Amendment Tablet Is Headed to Philadelphiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-first-amendment-tablet-moves-philadelphia-180977283/Weighing in at 50 tons, the marble slab previously adorned the facade of the now-shuttered journalism museum in D.C.Fri, 19 Mar 2021 16:55:47 +0000Study Shows Fingerprint Ridges Play Key Role in Sense of Touchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-fingerprint-ridges-play-key-role-sense-touch-180977279/Experiments show that our fingertips’ finely tuned sensitivity maps onto the whorled ridges of our printsFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000Mars' Missing Water Might Be Hiding in Its Minerals https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-missing-water-might-be-hiding-its-minerals-180977270/New research estimates how much water was absorbed into the mineral makeup of Mars' crust Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000'Ghost Forests' May Become More Common as Sea Levels Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghost-forests-expand-their-reach-sea-levels-continue-rise-180977277/East Coast woodlands are left parched as brackish water encroaches on landscapesFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000New Project Reimagines the U.S.' First Antislavery Newspaper, the 'Emancipator'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antislavery-newspaper-boston-university-globe-180977273/A joint initiative from Boston University and the "Boston Globe" revamps a 19th-century abolitionist publication for 21st-century research about raceFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000For the First Time in 75 Years, a New Invasive Species of Mosquito Was Found in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-invasive-species-mosquito-florida-might-spread-180977278/Last year, entomologists in the state found 121 Aedes scapularis mosquitoes, which can carry yellow feverThu, 18 Mar 2021 18:17:28 +0000Rare Ancient Tool Found in Australia May Have Been Made With Kangaroo Bonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-bone-tool-found-australia-180977274/The rare find is helping archaeologists piece together Indigenous technologies used thousands of years agoThu, 18 Mar 2021 17:07:32 +0000Scientists Make Tiny Lab-Grown Tear Glands Cryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-make-tiny-lab-grown-tear-glands-cry-180977267/The tear-producing organoids researchers created could one day help relieve medical conditions that cause dry eyes Thu, 18 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000For the First Time, Paleontologists Unearth Fossil of Non-Avian Dinosaur Incubating a Nest of Eggshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/unearthed-dinosaur-fossil-found-incubating-nest-eggs-180977264/The find is the first evidence that oviraptorosaurs—also called 'egg thief lizards'—were nurturing to their youngThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:40:00 +0000Don't Just Look at These Paintings—Smell Them Too, Says New Dutch Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hague-exhibition-invite-visitors-smell-art-180977262/"Scent dispensers" will emit odors fragrant and foul to evoke 17th-century EuropeThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Fire at 16th-Century Mexican Church Prompts Debate Over How to Protect Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-sixteenth-century-church-mexico-burns-down-sparks-debate-about-cultural-heritage-180977266/Critics argue that a lack of preservation funding contributed to the devastating lossThu, 18 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Archaeologists Uncover a 1,300-Year-Old Skeleton of a Maya Diplomat https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-1300-year-old-skeleton-maya-diplomat-180977259/The remains revealed that the government official was wealthy as an adult, but he had a difficult childhood Wed, 17 Mar 2021 20:26:03 +0000Russian Scientists Sink Giant Deepwater Neutrino Telescope Into World's Largest Freshwater Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/spherical-neutrino-observatory-submerged-underwater-worlds-largest-freshwater-lake-180977252/In the depths of Lake Baikal, the observatory is designed to detect nature's ghost particlesWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:44:16 +0000Scientists May Have Discovered How the Ancient Greeks' 'First Computer' Tracked the Cosmoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-illuminates-how-antikythera-mechanism-first-computer-may-have-functioned-180977257/Researchers proposed a new theoretical model for the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2,000-year-old device used to chart the universeWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:10:44 +0000Sending DNA From Earth's 6.7 Million Species to the Moon to Safeguard Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sending-dna-earths-67-million-species-moon-safeguard-life-180977256/Researchers propose constructing a 'lunar ark' to provide our planet with a 'reset button' in the event of a world-ending catastrophe Wed, 17 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Analysis of 6,200-Year-Old Grave Raises New Questions About Neolithic Massacrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/6200-year-old-mass-grave-suggests-evidence-indiscriminate-killing-180977249/Researchers in Croatia extracted DNA from 38 victims of a fifth-millennium B.C. mass killingWed, 17 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Twin Birth Rates Have Soared Globally in the Last Three Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/twinning-twin-rates-have-increased-globally-last-three-decades-180977243/The trend is a result of women deciding to have children later in life and the use of medically assisted reproduction methodsTue, 16 Mar 2021 18:24:15 +0000Dozens of Dead Sea Scroll Fragments Found in Israeli Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dead-sea-scroll-fragments-decades-found-cave-180977251/The pieces of parchments are the first of their kind discovered during archaeological excavations in 60 yearsTue, 16 Mar 2021 18:24:14 +0000Unusual Exoplanet Might Be Regrowing Its Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unusual-exoplanet-might-be-growing-its-second-atmosphere-180977254/Remnants of the first atmosphere trapped under the planet’s thin crust might escape through volcanic eruptionsTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:18:27 +0000Philadelphia Skyscrapers Turn Lights Off to Save Migrating Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philadelphia-skyscrapers-turn-lights-save-migrating-birds-180977246/A new program aimed at reducing deadly collisions with buildings for migrating birds is set to begin on April 1Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000'Underwater Roombas' Scan Southern California Coast for DDT Barrelshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-robots-kick-start-ddt-ocean-floor-clean-south-californian-coast-180977237/Hundreds of tons of the toxic chemical have likely littered the ocean floor near Santa Catalina Island for decadesTue, 16 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Archaeologists Discover Traces of Early Christian Community in Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-christian-ruins-egypt-180977241/Active between the fourth and eighth centuries A.D., the vast site housed multiple churches, monastic cells and other structuresTue, 16 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A New Sculpture in Brooklyn Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-sculpture-brooklyn-honors-ruth-bader-ginsburg-180977245/The statue, unveiled to coincide with Women's History Month, is dedicated to the late Supreme Court justiceTue, 16 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000This Snail's Venom Mimics Pheromones to Lure Prey With Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snails-venom-mimics-pheromones-lure-prey-sex-180977244/The mini mollusk may use a 'siren call' strategy to entice marine worms out of hidingMon, 15 Mar 2021 19:44:38 +0000Ruins of Medieval Palace Found Beneath English Retiree's Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-palace-discovered-below-mans-back-garden-180977242/Beginning in the 13th century, the castle in Somerset County served as a residence for local bishopsMon, 15 Mar 2021 16:22:15 +0000Growing an Ounce of Pot Indoors Can Emit as Much Carbon as Burning a Full Tank of Gashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/growing-ounce-pot-indoors-can-emit-much-carbon-burning-full-tank-gas-180977240/In some parts of the United States, the growing cannabis industry is responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +00003-D Reconstructions Reveal the Faces of Two Medieval Dukeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/Researchers used a variety of techniques to visualize what Czech rulers Spytihněv I and Vratislav I might have looked likeMon, 15 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How Did This Grasshopper End Up Trapped in a Vincent van Gogh Painting?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-grasshopper-end-trapped-van-gogh-painting-180977227/New research offers insights on "Olive Trees" (1889), including the story of the hapless insect trapped on its thickly painted surfaceMon, 15 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Remembering the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Ten Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-10-years-later-180977239/The 9.0-magnitude earthquake in 2011 remains the largest in Japan's recorded history Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:44:41 +0000This 17th-Century Cookbook Contained a Vicious Attack on Oliver Cromwell's Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cookbook-was-vicious-attack-oliver-cromwells-wife-180977233/The Cromwell Museum has republished a text first issued by the English Lord Protector's enemies as propagandaFri, 12 Mar 2021 18:10:58 +0000World War II Couple's Love Letters Found Beneath British Hotel's Floorboardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wartime-love-letters-discovered-underneath-floorboards-uk-180977226/Workers discovered a trove of wartime artifacts, including chocolate wrappers, cigarette packets and correspondenceFri, 12 Mar 2021 15:16:53 +0000Mars' Perseverance Landing Site Named After Science Fiction Author Octavia E. Butlerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/illustrious-science-fiction-author-octavia-e-butler-honored-perseverance-rover-landing-site-180977223/The Jezero crater location has been named 'Octavia E. Butler Landing' in honor of the late literary giantFri, 12 Mar 2021 14:46:05 +0000Officials Say Invasive Zebra Mussels Are Hiding in Aquarium Decor Sold Across U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-say-invasive-zebra-mussels-are-hiding-aquarium-decor-sold-across-us-180977225/Pet stores in 21 states recall items after reports of the destructive bivalves lurking in moss ballsFri, 12 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Silver Diadem Found in Spain May Point to Bronze Age Woman's Political Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-female-ruler-wearing-rare-diadem-180977220/Researchers say the crown—and the trove of ornate objects buried alongside it—could have belonged to a female ruler of La ArgarFri, 12 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Eleven-Year-Old Boy Discovers Ancient Fertility Amulet in Israeli Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-amulet-israel-180977217/The 2,500-year-old ceramic figurine was likely created to provide protection and promote conceptionThu, 11 Mar 2021 20:54:15 +0000Songbirds Are Spreading a Deadly Disease at Birdfeeders https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbirds-are-spreading-deadly-disease-birdfeeders-180977222/Pine siskins, a type of finch, can spread salmonella bacteria when they poop on the high-traffic platformsThu, 11 Mar 2021 20:15:04 +0000A Medieval Woman Wore This 'Birthing Girdle' to Protect Herself During Laborhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-medieval-women-used-birthing-belts-180977207/Researchers found traces of bodily fluids, as well as milk and other materials associated with pregnancy, on the ten-foot long parchmentThu, 11 Mar 2021 17:31:45 +0000For the First Time in Its 200-Year History, the Rijksmuseum Features Women Artists in 'Gallery of Honour'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rijksmuseum-will-display-work-women-artists-its-gallery-honour-first-time-180977209/The Amsterdam institution is spotlighting works by Dutch Golden Age painters Judith Leyster, Gesina ter Borch and Rachel RuyschThu, 11 Mar 2021 15:55:03 +0000Satellite Imagery Shows Northern California Kelp Forests Have Collapsedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-imagery-shows-northern-california-kelp-forests-have-collapsed-180977214/Researchers say they're not sure these iconic coastal ecosystems will be able to make a comeback anytime soonThu, 11 Mar 2021 12:35:00 +0000Rare Meteorite Found in U.K. Driveway Could Hold Secrets of the Early Solar System https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-meteorite-found-uk-driveway-could-hold-secrets-early-solar-system-180977212/Thousands of people spotted the fireball on February 28, and more fragments may still be scattered in Gloucestershire Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000A Rare Astronomical Phenomenon of Three Planets Aligning Occurs This Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-astronomical-phenomenon-three-planets-aligning-occurred-week-180977211/Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are visible in the pre-dawn sky this week, along with a crescent moonWed, 10 Mar 2021 18:02:02 +0000Hazelnut Shell Sheds Light on Life in Scotland More Than 10,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hazelnut-shell-reveals-human-life-scotland-more-10000-years-ago-180977210/Amateur archaeologists discovered the shell, along with evidence from an Iron Age structure, in 2019Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:53:21 +0000San Diego Zoo's Great Apes Receive First Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine for Animals https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-apes-san-diego-zoo-are-first-receive-experimental-animal-covid-19-vaccine-180977202/Five bonobos and four orangutans were treated with a synthetic form of the virus Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:47:02 +0000Sea Slug's Decapitated Head Crawls Around Before Regrowing a Bodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-slugs-decapitated-head-crawls-around-regrowing-body-180977205/Researchers think that lopping off its own noggin could help the critter rid itself of parasitesWed, 10 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000To Study Night-Shining Clouds, NASA Used Its 'Super Soaker' Rocket to Make a Fake Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/nasa-created-wispy-glowing-clouds-study-their-formation-180977190/In summer months above the North and South Poles, glowing clouds occasionally form naturally at sunset under the right conditionsWed, 10 Mar 2021 12:45:00 +0000Five Rarely Seen Frida Kahlo Artworks United for Dallas Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-five-rarely-seen-paintings-frida-kahlo-180977201/The show features lesser-known paintings and drawings, most of which date to the end of the iconic Mexican artist's lifeWed, 10 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Was This Helmet Worn by an Ancient Greek Soldier During the Persian Wars?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ship-unearthed-ancient-greek-helmet-near-israel-180977200/Found in Haifa Bay, Israel, in 2007, the bronze headgear boasts an intricate, peacock-like patternTue, 09 Mar 2021 20:58:13 +0000CDC Releases Guidelines for People Vaccinated Against Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-releases-guidelines-people-vaccinated-against-covid-19-180977203/The rules allow small gatherings with other vaccinated people or visits to a single household of unvaccinated people Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:44:51 +0000Explore 200 Years of Tattoo History With This New Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-brings-readers-centuries-tattoo-history-180977198/Celebrated tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher shows off designs from around the world in images from his private collectionTue, 09 Mar 2021 17:42:44 +0000Climate Change Lays Waste to Butterflies Across American Westhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-lays-waste-butterflies-across-american-west-180977192/Study documents declines across hundreds of species over recent decades, and finds years featuring warmer, drier autumns are particularly deadlyTue, 09 Mar 2021 13:30:00 +0000New A.I. Tool Makes Historic Photos Move, Blink and Smilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-program-deep-nostalgia-revives-old-portraits-180977173/The algorithm matches pre-recorded video with the photo depending on the subject's pose and applies natural facial movements to the imageTue, 09 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Researchers Uncover Remains of Polish Nuns Murdered by Soviets During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-skeletons-catholic-nuns-who-were-murdered-russian-soldiers-wwii-180977184/As the Red Army pushed the Nazis out of Poland in 1945, soldiers engaged in brutal acts of repression against civiliansTue, 09 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Wildfire Smoke Is More Damaging to Respiratory Health Than Other Sources of Air Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-highlights-unique-dangers-wildfire-smoke-pollution-180977191/Smoke exposure was associated with more hospital admissions than equivalent amounts of non-wildfire emissionsTue, 09 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Explore the Newly Digitized Archive of Alexander Calder, Famed 'Sculptor of Air'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-digitized-archive-alexander-calder-famed-sculptor-air-180977189/A new online trove from the Calder Foundation offers fans endless avenues to learn about the artist's life and workTue, 09 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Storms Reveal Two Historic Shipwrecks on England's Eastern Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-reveal-two-shipwrecks-englands-suffolk-coast-180977188/Archaeologists have only gotten a “tantalizing glimpse” of the vessels, which are currently inaccessible due to Covid-19 restrictionsMon, 08 Mar 2021 17:44:39 +0000These Worms Have No Eyes, but They Avoid the Color Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-worms-have-no-eyes-they-avoid-color-blue-180977175/When a scientist noticed that blind nematodes avoid bacteria that make blue toxin, he wondered if they took color into accountMon, 08 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Contractors Discover Forgotten Medieval Tunnel Beneath Welsh Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electricians-discover-secret-medieval-tunnels-180977169/The passageway runs along a brook near Tintern Abbey, a 12th-century monastery on the border between Wales and EnglandMon, 08 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000First Ever Space Hurricane Spotted in Earth's Upper Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-space-hurricane-spotted-earths-upper-atmosphere-180977176/The 600-mile-wide swirling cloud of charged particles rained down electrons from several hundred miles above the North Pole Fri, 05 Mar 2021 21:01:16 +0000NASA's Parker Solar Probe Snaps Luminous Photo of Venushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-parker-solar-probe-snaps-luminous-photo-venus-180977153/The image revealed unknown capabilities of the imaging instrument, WISPR, aboard the Parker Solar Probe and more insight into the planet's atmosphereFri, 05 Mar 2021 20:28:18 +0000Authorities Recover Intricate Renaissance Armor Stolen From the Louvre in 1983https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intricate-renaissance-armor-stolen-40-years-ago-recovered-police-180977170/An appraiser's quick thinking helped recover the treasures, which vanished from the Paris museum 38 years agoFri, 05 Mar 2021 19:26:33 +0000Is This 2,000-Year-Old Egyptian Burial Site the World's Oldest Pet Cemetery?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptians-took-good-care-their-pets-180977172/Excavations show how humans treated cats, dogs and monkeys in first- and second-century EgyptFri, 05 Mar 2021 18:16:16 +0000Nearly Six-Foot-Long Glowing Shark Discovered in Deep Sea Off New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-six-foot-glowing-shark-discovered-deep-sea-new-zealand-180977163/The kitefin shark is one of three species of glowing sharks described in a new paperFri, 05 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Oldest Known Mummification Manual Reveals How Egyptians Embalmed the Facehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-papyrus-demystifies-embalming-techniques-180977147/Prior to the find, researchers had only identified two ancient texts detailing the enigmatic preservation processFri, 05 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000An Unexploded WWII Bomb Was (Safely) Detonated in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unexploded-bomb-wwii-was-safely-detonated-england-180977146/Routine construction work near the University of Exeter unearthed the 2,204-pound device in late FebruaryFri, 05 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Cuttlefish Show Impressive Ability to Exert Self-Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cuttlefish-show-impressive-ability-exert-self-control-180977154/The clever cephalopods ignored so-so food for up to 130 seconds in order to get their favorite snack, live grass shrimp Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:35:09 +0000Archaeologists Solve Mystery of 5,600-Year-Old Skull Found in Italian Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-solve-mystery-stone-age-head-cave-180977149/Natural forces moved a Stone Age woman's bones through the cavern over timeThu, 04 Mar 2021 17:20:00 +0000Most People Don't Know When to Stop Talking, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-conversations-dont-end-when-we-want-them-180977143/A new study finds folks are pretty bad at guessing whether to wrap up a chat or keep talkingThu, 04 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How the 'Ecstatic Joy of Nature' Unites Vincent van Gogh and David Hockneyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-exhibition-explores-connections-between-david-hockney-and-vincent-van-gogh-180977136/Houston exhibition marks the first time the famed artists have been shown side by side in an American museumThu, 04 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Forgotten Last Supper Scene Linked to Renaissance Master Titian Spent Century Hidden in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/church-found-undiscovered-painting-titians-workshop-180977137/Researchers spotted the artist's signature, among other clues to the 16th-century painting's provenance, on the canvasThu, 04 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Watch First Time-Lapse Footage of a Rare Moonflower Cactus Blossominghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-moonflower-cactus-blossom-first-ever-time-lapse-footage-180977139/The rare Amazonian cactus blooms only once a year for 12 hours Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:53:30 +0000University Building Identified as One of the U.S.' First Schools for Black Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-finds-18th-century-school-building-free-and-enslaved-black-school-children-180977127/The Williamsburg Bray School educated around 400 free and enslaved students between 1760 and 1774Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:57:44 +0000Long-Lost Babbler Bird Documented in Borneo for the First Time in Over 170 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-babbler-rediscovered-borneo-after-over-170-years-180977141/The animal was last recorded between 1843 and 1848, when a scientist collected the first and only museum specimen Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:45:52 +0000Smithsonian's 'Futures' Exhibition to Feature Virgin Hyperloop's Record-Breaking Transportation Pod https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonians-futures-exhibition-feature-virgin-hyperloops-record-breaking-transportation-pod-180977129/Virgin Hyperloop's Pegasus vehicle will be on display for viewers to take a closer look at its interior this fall Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:56:38 +0000How Researchers Are Reading Centuries-Old Letters Without Opening Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-and-algorithms-let-scientists-read-letters-without-unfolding-them-180977138/A new technique enables scholars to unlock the secrets of long-sealed missivesWed, 03 Mar 2021 17:36:39 +0000Another Long-Lost Jacob Lawrence Painting Resurfaces in Manhattanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-long-lost-jacob-lawrence-painting-turns-manhattan-180977130/Inspired by the recent discovery of a related panel, a nurse realized that the missing artwork had hung in her house for decadesWed, 03 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000This Bird Mimics an Entire Flock to Woo Femaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-mimics-entire-flock-woo-females-180977134/When mating, male lyrebirds reproduce a cacophony of calls usually reserved for when predator is nearbyWed, 03 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Another Valuable Tool Against Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-authorizes-johnson-johnson-vaccine-heres-why-every-covid-19-vaccine-helps-180977122/New vaccines increase the total supply and meet the needs of different communitiesTue, 02 Mar 2021 20:00:44 +0000Hunters Killed 82% More Wolves Than Quota Allowed in Wisconsin https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunters-kill-82-more-wolves-quota-allowed-wisconsin-180977132/The state’s Department of Natural Resources granted permits to about 1,500 hunters to kill 119 wolves, but 216 were shotTue, 02 Mar 2021 19:34:59 +0000Major Donation to MoMA Spotlights a Century of Women Photographershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moma-receives-donation-100-photographs-women-artists-180977128/Newly announced gift of 100 works by 76 artists runs the gamut from photojournalism to experimental imagesTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:33:23 +0000Why Medium-Sized Dinosaurs Are Often Missing From the Fossil Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ravenous-teens-may-explain-fossil-records-missing-medium-sized-dinos-180977125/Study suggests huge carnivores like T. rex may have occupied the ecological roles of medium-sized predators as juvenilesTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:09:26 +0000Rare Birmingham Jail Logbook Pages Signed by MLK Resurface After Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/signatures-martin-luther-king-jr-preserved-ledger-birmingham-jail-sell-auction-180977121/Two sheets of paper from the Alabama prison where the activist penned a famous 1963 letter sold at auction for more than $130,000Tue, 02 Mar 2021 16:04:42 +0000'Miraculously' Well-Preserved Ceremonial Chariot Found at Villa Outside of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-unique-ceremonial-vehicle-near-pompeii-180977117/The carriage's intricate decorations include metal medallions depicting satyrs, nymphs and cupidsTue, 02 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000Climate Change May Have Aided Dinosaurs' Journey From South America to Greenlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-may-have-aided-herbivores-journey-south-america-greenland-180977120/A shift in CO2 levels millions of years ago made conditions on Earth milder, allowing herbivores, like sauropodomorphs, to migrate to GreenlandMon, 01 Mar 2021 20:08:51 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of Failed Designs, From the DeLorean to Google Glasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-exhibition-devoted-flops-180977118/An online exhibition showcases 40 creative flops, including a curvy ping-pong table and a doll dubbed Little Miss No-NameMon, 01 Mar 2021 18:04:36 +0000Newly Restored Pompeiian Frescoes Capture Hunting Scenes in Vivid Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-restored-pompeiian-frescoes-capture-hunting-scene-vivid-detail-180977116/Researchers used a laser to clean the ancient artworks before retouching their faded sectionsMon, 01 Mar 2021 15:29:31 +0000Dust Storms on Mars May Sparkle and Glow at Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dust-storms-mars-put-tiny-electrical-show-180977113/Martian dust clouds may create miniature statically-charged sparks, which could help researchers further understand the planet's atmosphere Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Porcelain Bowl Bought at Yard Sale for $35 Could Sell at Auction for $500,000https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-bowl-someone-bought-yard-sale-35-could-sell-500000-180977109/The blue-and-white vessel is a rare Ming dynasty dish dated to the early 15th centuryMon, 01 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at Age 70https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-wild-bird-hatches-chick-age-70-180977114/Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, was first banded by scientists on a remote North Pacific atoll in 1956Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:18:29 +0000Why the Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Will Be Different for Kidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-different-kids-180977107/Pfizer expects to release the first data about vaccine efficacy and safety in adolescents by this summerFri, 26 Feb 2021 18:28:28 +0000Remnants of Tenth-Century Buddhist Monastery Found in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-monastery-found-india-180977111/The excavation uncovered statues of the Buddha and Tara, a prominent bodhisattvaFri, 26 Feb 2021 17:52:44 +0000Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attackhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curators-discuss-artworks-damaged-violent-capitol-attacks-180977103/Rioters vandalized six sculptures and two paintings, in addition to smashing windows, breaking furniture and spraying graffitiFri, 26 Feb 2021 16:04:42 +0000Rare Vincent van Gogh Landscape Will Go on View to the Public for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sothebys-selling-10-million-van-gogh-painting-hasnt-been-publicly-displayed-180977100/Housed in a private collection for the past century, the 1887 painting of a Parisian windmill is set to go on auction next monthFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000One-Third of Freshwater Fish Species Are at Risk of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-studies-chart-decline-freshwater-fish-180977106/Humans have severely damaged more than half of the world’s riversFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:05:00 +0000Turtles Caught in Disastrous Oil Spill Treated With Mayonnaisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turtles-caught-disastrous-oil-spill-are-treated-mayonnaise-180977102/The tar-covered animals were given the condiment to flush out their digestive systemsThu, 25 Feb 2021 18:24:16 +0000Tomb Painting Known as Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Depict Extinct Goose Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4600-year-old-egyptian-painting-may-show-extinct-goose-180977101/Only two of the three kinds of birds found in the 4,600-year-old artwork correspond to existing kinds of animalsThu, 25 Feb 2021 18:04:35 +0000The U.S. Removed Over 160 Confederate Symbols in 2020—but Hundreds Remainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-removed-over-160-confederate-symbols-2020-more-700-remain-180977096/Following mass protests against racial injustice, watchdog group records new push to remove racist monuments from public spacesThu, 25 Feb 2021 15:20:15 +0000How Forming 'Fairy Circles' May Help Salt Marshes Adapt to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transient-fairy-circles-may-give-clues-how-adaptable-salt-marsh-ecosystems-are-climate-change-180977095/The transient rings' secret to survival may be their ability to shape-shift based on nutrient availabilityThu, 25 Feb 2021 13:05:00 +0000Remnants of Iron Age Settlement, Roman Villa Found in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-archaeological-dig-reveals-details-about-life-iron-age-180977090/Excavations in Oxfordshire revealed traces of at least 15 ancient roundhouses and a dwelling dated to the third or fourth century A.D.Thu, 25 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000How the Brainless Slime Mold Stores Memorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-brainless-slime-mold-stores-memories-180977097/New research finds the organism can remember the location of food by altering the diameter of the creeping tendrils it uses to explore its surroundingsWed, 24 Feb 2021 20:23:41 +0000How to Keep Up With NASA's Perseverance Rover as It Explores Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-keep-perseverance-it-explores-mars-180977087/Follow along as the new rover sends incredible data and images back to EarthWed, 24 Feb 2021 20:07:30 +0000Anonymous Artist Installs Bust of York, Enslaved Explorer Who Accompanied Lewis and Clark, in Portland Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anonymous-artist-installs-bust-black-explorer-portland-180977094/The monument replaces a statue of conservative editor Harvey Scott that was toppled last OctoberWed, 24 Feb 2021 19:13:52 +0000New Online Portal Chronicles the Culinary Legacy of the African Diasporahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-free-online-library-dedicated-west-africas-food-traditions-180977076/"Feast Afrique," a digital tool created by food historian Ozoz Sokoh, features nearly 200 texts spanning 1828 to the presentWed, 24 Feb 2021 16:24:16 +0000Dogs May Be More Self-Aware Than Experts Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canines-may-have-more-self-awareness-how-their-paws-take-space-180977081/In a new study, canines recognized how their bodies took up space and moved to complete a taskWed, 24 Feb 2021 14:10:00 +0000This Bouncing African Mammal Glows Under UV Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bouncing-african-mammal-glows-under-uv-light-180977086/Springhares are the latest in a flurry of furry creatures that scientists have discovered are biofluorescentWed, 24 Feb 2021 13:05:00 +0000Who Scribbled This Cryptic Graffiti on 'The Scream'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-wrote-cryptic-graffiti-edvard-munchs-scream-180977075/New research suggests that the painting's artist, Edvard Munch, wrote the secret message around 1895Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +000017,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Painting Is Oldest-Known Australian Rock Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17000-year-old-kangaroo-painting-oldest-known-australian-rock-art-180977079/Researchers were able to date the painting using a new technique involving wasps' nestsTue, 23 Feb 2021 20:15:03 +0000How Magazines Helped Shape American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-magazines-shaped-us-history-180977069/Explore 300 years of the periodical in an encyclopedic exhibition opening at the Grolier Club in New York City Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:33:03 +0000Perseverance Rover Shares Its First Video and Audio of Mars https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseverance-rover-shares-its-first-video-and-audio-mars-180977078/The Curiosity rover landed the same way in 2012 but the engineers who designed the system hadn’t seen it in action until nowTue, 23 Feb 2021 17:35:35 +0000Did an Ancient Magnetic Field Reversal Cause Chaos for Life on Earth 42,000 Years Ago? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-magnetic-field-reversal-cause-chaos-life-earth-180977072/The study links new, detailed data about Earth’s atmosphere to a series of unfortunate events that occurred around the same time Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:15:00 +0000Oil Spill Off Israeli Coast Covers Beaches and Wildlife in Tarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-spill-israeli-coast-covers-beaches-and-wildlife-tar-180977071/Authorities are searching for the ship responsible for the unreported spill Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:45:00 +0000Rare Yellow Penguin Photographed for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-penguin-captivates-world-its-rare-dandelion-colored-plumage-180977070/The Antarctic bird has leucism, meaning its feathers do not contain melanin needed to produce black pigmentTue, 23 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Viking Jewelryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-metal-detectorist-discovers-hoard-1000-year-old-viking-artifacts-180977066/Buried on the Isle of Man around 950 A.D., the artifacts include a gold arm ring and a silver broochMon, 22 Feb 2021 20:45:43 +0000Construction at Israeli Safari Park Unearths 1,800-Year-Old Sarcophagihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-1800-year-old-sarcophagi-may-have-held-husband-and-wife-180977068/First found 25 years ago, the limestone coffins—adorned with Greco-Roman symbols—were subsequently forgottenMon, 22 Feb 2021 17:35:39 +0000Archaeologists Discover 12th-Century Bathhouse Hidden in Spanish Tapas Bar https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bar-owners-discover-12th-century-bathhouse-during-renovations-180977058/The Seville establishment's owners uncovered traces of the historic structure while conducting renovationsMon, 22 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Elizabeth Ann Is the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elizabeth-ann-first-cloned-black-footed-ferret-180977065/The creature, the first cloned endangered species native to North America, could provide the fragile population with desperately needed genetic diversity Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000Yosemite's 'Firefall' Natural Wonder Illuminates El Capitan Through the End of Februaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yosemites-firefall-natural-wonder-illuminates-el-capitan-week-180977062/Under the right conditions, viewers will have a short window of 10 minutes each evening to experience the glowing fallsFri, 19 Feb 2021 22:08:23 +0000Volunteers Scramble to Save Thousands of Sea Turtles Following Polar Vortex in Texashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/volunteers-save-thousands-sea-turtles-hypothermic-shock-lone-star-states-arctic-freeze-180977049/As of last Wednesday, at least 3,500 sea turtles have been rescued from freezing waters in the midst record-breaking winter storm Fri, 19 Feb 2021 21:19:34 +0000How Winter Storm Uri Impacted the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-winter-storm-uri-has-impacted-us-180977055/The Arctic blast has swept across the Lower 48, bringing record cold temperatures and interruptions to electricity and water servicesFri, 19 Feb 2021 21:03:37 +0000Mansion of Woman Falsely Blamed for 1871 Great Chicago Fire Is Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/house-woman-blamed-1871-great-chicago-fire-saleand-it-comes-fire-hydrant-180977060/Mrs. O'Leary's son built the house for her after the disaster. Now, the property is on the market—and it comes with a fire hydrantFri, 19 Feb 2021 20:48:43 +0000Historic British Mansion Fights Moths With Tiny Parasitic Wasps https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-british-mansion-fights-moths-tiny-parasitic-wasps-180977061/The moths eat wool and silk, putting historic artifacts—like a tapestry gifted to the house by Catherine the Great—at risk Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:40:26 +0000New Study Knocks Theory of Planet Nine's Existence Out of Orbithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-knocks-ninth-planets-theoretical-existence-orbit-180977040/It was previously thought the object's gravitational pull was responsible for the strange orbits of six dwarf planets that whiz beyond Neptune Fri, 19 Feb 2021 20:17:43 +0000This Fungus Makes Convincing Fake Flowers From Scratchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungus-makes-convincing-fake-flowers-scratch-180977050/The yellow, flower-shaped growths lure in pollinator insects to spread the fungus’ sporesFri, 19 Feb 2021 19:41:33 +0000How the Louvre Is Protecting Its Cultural Treasures Against Extreme Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-louvre-protecting-its-cultural-treasures-against-extreme-weather-180977063/Spurred by flooding linked to climate change, the Paris museum is relocating a third of its collection to a new conservation centerFri, 19 Feb 2021 19:33:04 +0000Did Early Britons Sport Mullets and Mustaches?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-britons-wear-mustaches-and-mullets-180977059/A first-century figurine found in England may reveal the ancient roots of a much-maligned hairstyleFri, 19 Feb 2021 19:16:08 +0000Florida Archaeologists Find 29 Unmarked Graves at Site of Razed Black Cemeteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graves-lost-african-american-burial-ground-discovered-florida-180977051/Authorities moved the historically African American burial ground to make way for a high school and city pool in the 1950sFri, 19 Feb 2021 12:15:00 +0000Trove of Presidential Memorabilia, From Washington's Hair to JFK's Sweater, Is Up for Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-presidential-collectiblesincluding-lock-abraham-lincolns-hair-and-john-f-kennedys-harvard-sweaterare-auction-180977045/RR Auction is offering a collection of nearly 300 artifacts, including a signed photo of Abraham Lincoln and a pen used by FDRThu, 18 Feb 2021 20:58:46 +0000NASA's Perseverance Rover Lands on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-perseverance-rover-lands-mars-180977044/The technically complex landing marks the fifth successful U.S. bid to reach the Martian surfaceThu, 18 Feb 2021 19:56:16 +0000Aboriginal Australians Dined on Moths 2,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moths-used-food-australia-2000-years-ago-180977048/The discovery of an ancient grindstone containing traces of the insect confirms long-held Indigenous oral traditionThu, 18 Feb 2021 18:00:35 +0000These Cockroaches Mate for Life. Their Secret? Mutual Sexual Cannibalismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/monogamous-cockroaches-may-benefit-mutual-sexual-cannibalism-180977028/Both males and females will munch on each other’s wings after sex, a behavior that may encourage lifelong partnershipThu, 18 Feb 2021 13:30:00 +0000Mysterious Sponges Live on a Boulder Under 3,000 Feet of Antarctic Ice https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-sponges-live-boulder-under-3000-feet-antarctic-ice-180977031/When scientists aiming to collect a sediment sample were stopped by a boulder, they found unexpected life insteadThu, 18 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000CT Scans Suggest Egyptian Pharaoh Was Brutally Executed on the Battlefieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ct-scan-shows-pharaoh-was-brutally-murdered-battlefield-180977036/During the 16th century B.C., multiple Hyksos soldiers assaulted the captive Seqenenre-Taa-II, inflicting serious facial and head injuriesWed, 17 Feb 2021 21:24:52 +0000New Microflyers Could Soar in the Atmosphere's Most Mysterious Layer https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-microflyers-could-levitate-atmospheres-most-mysterious-layer-180977041/The mesosphere is too dense for satellites to orbit there, but too thin for planes and balloons to fly Wed, 17 Feb 2021 20:55:09 +0000Meet Farfarout, the Most Distant Object in the Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-farfarout-most-distant-object-solar-system-180977033/The new planetoid unseats Farout, which held the title for about two yearsWed, 17 Feb 2021 20:20:27 +00002,000-Year-Old Figurine of Roman Love God Cupid Found in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-cupid-figurine-found-uk-180977038/Archaeologists say the petite statue, discovered ahead of construction of highway, may have been a religious offeringWed, 17 Feb 2021 17:11:54 +00001,000-Year-Old Bavarian Frescoes Depict Life and Beheading of John the Baptisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-bavarian-frescoes-depict-life-and-beheading-john-baptist-180977030/The paintings, which adorn the Augsburg Cathedral in southern Germany, are among the oldest of their kind in northern EuropeWed, 17 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000To Protect Local Wildlife, Feed Your Cat Meatier Mealshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meat-dense-diet-and-increased-playtime-shrinks-felines-urge-hunt-180977016/Well-fed felines brought 36 percent fewer kills back home—if allowed outsideWed, 17 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Pigs Can Learn to Play Video Games When Tempted by Treatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigs-can-learn-play-video-games-if-tempted-treats-180977018/The four swine in the study always wanted to be the first at the computer each dayTue, 16 Feb 2021 20:33:01 +0000Bones Venerated as St. James the Younger's Don't Belong to the Apostle, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supposed-bones-st-james-younger-may-belong-someone-else-180977024/Researchers dated the femur fragments to between 214 and 340 A.D.—at least 160 years after the saint's lifetimeTue, 16 Feb 2021 20:25:48 +0000Researchers Use Whale Calls to Probe Undersea Geologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-whale-calls-probe-undersea-geology-180977022/The study finds that fin whale songs are powerful enough to reverberate through the Earth’s crust, allowing scientists to study its thickness and structureTue, 16 Feb 2021 20:18:18 +0000World's Oldest 'Industrial-Scale' Brewery Found in Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-industrial-scale-brewery-found-egypt-180977026/Located in an ancient necropolis, the 5,000-year-old facility was capable of producing up to 5,900 gallons of beer at a timeTue, 16 Feb 2021 17:57:05 +0000Explore Every Stitch of the Famed Bayeux Tapestry Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-medieval-masterpiece-bayeux-tapestry-stunning-detail-180977020/Viewers can peruse a high-resolution image of the 224-foot medieval masterpiece, which chronicles the 1066 conquest of EnglandTue, 16 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000