Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:27 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA's New Planet-Hunting Satellitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-planet-hunting-satellite-ready-launch-180968804/TESS will scan the skies in search of the next crop of exoplanetsMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:04:03 +0000U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall Collection Will Get Its First State-Commissioned Statue of a Black Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-capitols-statuary-hall-collection-will-get-its-first-statue-black-american-180968545/A statue of educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune will replace a statue of a Confederate generalWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000San Francisco Votes to Remove Statue with Racist Depiction of Native Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-francisco-votes-remove-statue-racist-depiction-native-americans-180968372/The monument shows a Mexican vaquero and Franciscan monk towering over a Native American manWed, 07 Mar 2018 16:59:19 +0000First American Project by Desert Modernism Architect to be Rebuilt in Palm Springshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-american-project-desert-modernism-architect-be-rebuilt-palm-springs-180968177/It will join the rest of Albert Frey's workFri, 23 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000'Exploding' Ant Ruptures Its Own Body to Defend Its Nesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploding-ant-ruptures-its-own-body-defend-its-nest-180968857/It's the ultimate act of self-sacrificeFri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:27 +0000Murder Most Fowl: Forensic Scan Shows the Legendary Oxford Dodo Was Shothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-most-fowl-forensic-scan-shows-legendary-oxford-dodo-was-shot-180968854/Micro-CT scans shows lead scattered across the back of the skull of what is believed to be the taxidermied remains of the dodo brought to BritainFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:19 +0000Colony of Beautiful, Doomed Purple Octopuses Found Off Costa Ricahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colony-beautiful-doomed-purple-octopuses-found-costa-rica-180968858/Hundreds of unidentified cephalopods were found nursing their eggs near a deep-sea ventFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:50:45 +0000Cache of Benjamin Franklin's Original Manuscripts—Doodles and All—Gets Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/benjamin-franklins-paper-go-digital-180968848/The Library of Congress recently released approximately 8,000 letters, drafts and documents from the founding fatherFri, 20 Apr 2018 17:04:34 +00002016 Ocean Heatwave Killed 30 Percent of the Great Barrier Reefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-ocean-heatwave-killed-30-percent-great-barrier-reef-180968844/Combined with a 2017 temperature spike, half of the 2 billion corals on the reef have died since 2015 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:57:28 +0000'Staggering' Damage to Florida’s Everglades Remains in the Wake of Hurricane Irmahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-images-reveal-staggering-damage-floridas-everglades-wake-hurricane-irma-180968830/ Researchers found gaps in 40 percent of the forest canopy in aerial images taken before and after the stormFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000Eleven Never-Before-Seen Artworks Found in the Walls of Jame Castle's Househttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eleven-new-artworks-found-walls-jame-castles-house-180968834/The renowned Idaho Outsider artist was known for squirreling his drawings and sculptures away in the walls and ceiling of his Boise homeFri, 20 Apr 2018 15:50:36 +0000This Medieval Man Used a Knife as a Prosthetic Limbhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-man-used-knife-prosthetic-limb-180968837/The man’s skeleton bears signs of frequent ‘biomechanical force,’ according to a new studyFri, 20 Apr 2018 14:30:00 +0000Taiwan Is Now Home to the World's Largest Performing Arts Centerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-now-has-largest-performing-arts-center-world-180968833/The National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts encompasses five performance centers and spans 1.5 million square feetFri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +00004,500 Newly Discovered Fragments Help Piece Together Massive Psamtik I Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fragments-pharaoh-statue-deliberately-destroyed-found-egypt-180968789/The pieces gave researchers a better idea of the size and shape of the colossusFri, 20 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Hans Asperger ‘Actively Assisted’ Nazi Eugenics Policies, Study Claimshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hans-asperger-actively-assisted-nazi-eugenics-policies-study-claims-180968845/Historian Herwig Czech has uncovered evidence revealing that the renowned doctor sent children to a notorious ‘euthanasia’ clinicThu, 19 Apr 2018 20:24:10 +0000Human Cell Atlas Releases First Major Data Sethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-cell-atlas-releases-first-major-data-set-180968831/The information includes data from over half a million immune cells from human cord blood and bone marrow Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:06:17 +0000Pocket-Sized Exhibition Shows Museum Experience Is Not One Size Fits Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-photographer-created-portable-pocket-sized-museum-180968778/Dayanita Singh's 'Museum Bhavan' won the coveted Infinity Award this month for offering the public a way to intimately and innovatively interact with artThu, 19 Apr 2018 17:06:32 +0000Once Rare Nectar-Feeding Bat Removed From U.S. Endangered Species Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nectar-feeding-bat-species-becomes-first-be-removed-endangered-list-180968829/The move is a first for bat speciesThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:21:51 +0000The Last of the Queen’s Corgi Dynasty Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-queens-corgis-has-died-180968836/RIP, WillowWed, 18 Apr 2018 21:11:57 +0000Ulysses S. Grant's 1849 Home in Detroit May Be Restoredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/detroit-may-restore-ulysses-s-grants-1849-home-180968796/The house he rented as a young officer is now boarded up and full of trash on the site of the former Michigan state fairgroundsWed, 18 Apr 2018 19:26:52 +0000An Unexpected Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Sundayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-flew-earth-unexpectedly-sunday-180968818/The space rock is one of the largest ever to come in such close proximity to our planetWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:41:10 +0000One of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Earliest Middle-Earth Stories Will Be Published as a Novelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-jrr-tolkiens-earliest-middle-earth-stories-will-be-published-novel-summer-180968798/The author wanted to transform 'The Fall of Gondolin' into a book, but never finished the text before his deathWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:28:36 +0000Diamonds Trapped in Strange Meteorite Came From Solar System's Earliest Planetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diamonds-trapped-strange-meteorite-came-solar-systems-earliest-planets-180968821/Impurities in the diamonds could only have formed within a planet the size of Mercury or MarsWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:03:51 +0000This 13 Year Old Helped Find Viking Treasure In Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirteen-year-old-finds-viking-treasure-germany-180968817/The silver jewelry and coins date to the reign of King Harald Bluetooth and may have been deposited during his flight from DenmarkWed, 18 Apr 2018 14:52:37 +0000Public Sculpture in Tennessee Will Memorialize Lynching Victimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planned-public-sculpture-tennessee-honors-1906-innocent-lynching-victim-180968813/Chattanooga confronts its history with a planned memorial to a young black man named Ed Johnson who was murdered by a white lynch mob in 1906Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000How to Catch a Glimpse of This Weekend's Lyrid Meteor Showerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-years-lyrid-meteor-shower-180968815/Conditions are expected to be favorable, and experts say the shower might produce as many as 18 meteors every hourTue, 17 Apr 2018 21:00:32 +0000Why Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer Win Is History-Makinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curator-weighs-kendrick-lamars-historic-pulitzer-win-180968823/Smithsonian curator Dwandalyn Reece calls the award an important “recognition of the cultural, musical influence of hip-hop and rap"Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:56:52 +0000Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Casket Rediscovered in Former Wine Cellar https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poet-samuel-taylor-coleridges-casket-rediscovered-former-wine-cellar-180968811/Parishioners at St. Michael's Church in Highgate hope to refurbish the crypt after identifying where exactly Coleridge's final resting place wasTue, 17 Apr 2018 18:04:31 +0000How Giant’s Causeway Formed Its Spectacular Array of Columnshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reveal-how-giants-causeway-was-formed-180968806/Scientists recreated the process behind the formation's near-perfect hexagonal columnsTue, 17 Apr 2018 14:46:11 +0000Check Out the World’s Largest Archive Digitally Preserving At-Risk Heritage Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-launches-digitally-preserve-risk-heritage-sites-around-world-180968799/Open Heritage features 27 sites in 18 countries with more locations to be added in the futureMon, 16 Apr 2018 16:20:02 +0000Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Caphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-isolated-hyper-salty-lakes-world-found-under-canadian-ice-cap-180968782/The discovery could provide insights about life in extreme environments, and help in the search for extraterrestrial lifeMon, 16 Apr 2018 13:07:51 +0000Sci-Fi and Snakes Rule in New Official Names for Features on Pluto's Largest Moon and Mercuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/features-mercury-plutos-largest-moon-officially-named-180968794/Stanley Kubrick and Octavia Butler are among the figures honoredMon, 16 Apr 2018 12:32:28 +0000Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biggest-gathering-mysterious-basking-sharks-found-aerial-photo-study-180968793/In 2013, nearly 1,400 of the normally solitary filter feeders had a party off the coast of southern New EnglandFri, 13 Apr 2018 20:19:43 +0000Large Cache of Texts May Offer Insight Into One of Africa's Oldest Written Languageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cache-ancient-inscriptions-africas-oldest-written-languages-180968786/Archaeologists in Sudan have uncovered the largest assemblage of Meroitic inscriptions to dateFri, 13 Apr 2018 20:05:30 +0000Bridget the Bearded Lioness Has Died at the Oklahoma City Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bridget-bearded-lioness-has-died-oklahoma-city-zoo-180968792/The 18-year-old lioness suddenly began growing a mane last year, baffling her caretakersFri, 13 Apr 2018 18:28:24 +0000Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals Lands on Endangered Reptiles Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-haired-turtle-breathes-through-its-genitals-lands-endangered-reptiles-list-180968788/Australia’s Mary River turtle was a popular pet in the 1960s and 70s, but raids of the animal’s nests have driven it towards extinction Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:07:32 +0000Watch: The First Trailer for 'Mary Shelley' Explores the Many Inspirations for 'Frankenstein' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-first-trailer-mary-shelley-180968791/The biopic will follow Mary Wollstonecraft's scandalous teenage romance with the older Percy Bysshe Shelley and the events that shaped her most famous bookFri, 13 Apr 2018 16:40:26 +0000Ocean Current That Keeps Europe Warm Is Weakeninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-current-keeps-europe-warm-weakening-180968784/Two new studies show the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation has decreased 15 to 20 percent over the last 150 yearsFri, 13 Apr 2018 14:12:25 +0000Dead Sperm Whale Had 64 Pounds of Trash in Its Digestive Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dead-sperm-whale-had-64-pounds-trash-its-digestive-system-180968776/The juvenile sperm whale was found in the Murcia region of Spain, and its death has spurred a local campaign to combat plastic pollutionThu, 12 Apr 2018 19:01:44 +0000What Causes the Cringe-Inducing Sound of Knuckle Cracking?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-causes-sound-cracking-knuckles-scientists-have-finally-figured-it-out-180968642/A new study suggests the sound comes from the collapse of bubbles that form in the fluid-filled spaces of the jointsThu, 12 Apr 2018 18:45:51 +0000Americans Believe Holocaust Education Is Important, But Survey Finds Gaps in Their Knowledgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-believe-holocaust-education-important-have-gaps-their-knowledge-holocaust-history-180968783/The poll found that a substantial number of Americans were unaware of basic facts about the HolocaustThu, 12 Apr 2018 18:23:01 +0000Antarctic Research Ship to Search for Wreck of Shackleton's 'Endurance'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-research-ship-will-search-wreck-shackletons-endurance-180968780/The ship sunk in pack ice in 1915, setting off one of exploration's most epic survival talesThu, 12 Apr 2018 17:32:08 +0000The Hottest Place to Play Retro Handheld Computer Games? Try the Internet Archive https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-archive-preserving-playable-versions-retro-handheld-games-180968762/A new project hopes to save vintage technology before it is gone forever by preserving playable versions of your favorite old-school gamesThu, 12 Apr 2018 16:51:51 +0000Norwegian Trees Still Bear Evidence of a World War II German Battleshiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-evidence-germanys-world-war-ii-battleship-norwegian-trees-180968772/A chemical fog used to camouflage the ship impacted the trees, limiting ring developmentThu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Wanted: $17,500 Rock Lifted From Yoko Ono Installationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-search-woman-who-stole-17500-rock-yoko-ono-installation-180968757/The rock was part of the ongoing interactive piece 'Yoko Ono: The Riverbed'Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-nasa-photos-sale-180968725/The 1,500 press images up for sale cover the agency's manned missions from 1961 to 1972Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:27:08 +0000These Are America's Ten Most Endangered Rivershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/report-lists-americas-ten-most-endangered-rivers-1-180968771/Mining and flood control projects are the main threats to waterways, according to the new reportWed, 11 Apr 2018 20:12:11 +0000USGS Shares Archival Photo of Rare Domed Lava Fountainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/usgs-shares-archival-photo-rare-domed-lava-fountain-180968773/The unusual phenomenon occurred in the midst of a five-year eruption on Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcanoWed, 11 Apr 2018 19:36:32 +0000Researchers Are Tracing Wabanaki Canoe Routes in New Brunswick https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-mapping-first-nations-ancient-canoe-routes-new-brunswick-180968678/The First Nation routes were ancient “highways” that traversed rivers, creeks and streamsWed, 11 Apr 2018 18:28:29 +0000The Sprawling Legacy of Isao Takahata, Co-Founder of Studio Ghiblihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-isao-takahata-co-founder-studio-ghibli-180968759/Here are five things to know about the visionary Japanese director who died on April 5 at the age of 82Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:23:27 +0000Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expressive-eyebrows-may-have-given-humans-evolutionary-edge-180968752/A new study explores why ancient humans had pronounced brow ridges, and why they eventually lost themTue, 10 Apr 2018 20:16:43 +0000Germany’s New Dachshund Museum Is Not Just for the Dogs https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-new-dachshund-museum-not-just-dogs-180968692/The Dackelmuseum is stuffed with 4,500 sausage dog-related itemsTue, 10 Apr 2018 20:04:33 +0000‘Our Bodies, Ourselves,’ the Revolutionary Feminist Health Book, Will No Longer Print New Editionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-bodies-ourselves-revolutionary-feminist-health-book-will-no-longer-print-new-editions-180968729/In the 1970s, the book promoted nonjudgemental discussions about women’s sexual and reproductive healthTue, 10 Apr 2018 19:46:15 +0000This Ancient Reptile Was One of the Most Massive Creatures That Ever Livedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ichthyosaur-was-one-largest-creatures-ever-existed-180968751/A fossil jawbone found in England suggests the 'sea monster' was nearly the size of a blue whaleTue, 10 Apr 2018 19:45:30 +0000NASA Sends Human Sperm to the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-sent-sperm-international-space-station-180968723/Astronauts will study how microgravity affects the motility of the little swimmersTue, 10 Apr 2018 16:24:36 +0000London Museum Says It's Willing to Return Looted Ethiopian Artifacts on Long-Term Loanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-museum-says-it-willing-return-looted-ethiopian-artifacts-long-term-loan-180968699/A new exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum grapples with Britain's seizure of cultural treasures during the 1868 Battle of MaqdalaMon, 09 Apr 2018 21:59:01 +0000Keystone Pipeline Leak Was Twice as Big as Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keystone-pipeline-leak-was-twice-big-previously-thought-180968722/A representative of TransCanada Corp., which owns the pipeline, says the leak spilled 9,700 barrels of oil into South Dakota farmland Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:15:00 +0000Now You Too Can Eat Off of Judy Chicago's Famous Feminist Dinnerwarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-you-too-can-eat-judy-chicagos-famous-feminist-dinnerware-180968701/Reproductions of four plate designs from "The Dinner Party" are available for the first timeMon, 09 Apr 2018 20:09:33 +0000Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Oneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puffin-beaks-are-fluorescent-and-theyre-not-only-ones-180968724/Scorpions, stick insects and caterpillars are among the many critters that glow under UV light Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:48:46 +0000This Colorful Exhibition Was Made for Instagramhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youre-going-want-instagram-installation-pantone-colors-180968703/Artist CJ Hendry's latest house-like installation assigned each room a distinct colorMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:16:31 +0000If a Cosmic Bubble Destroys the Universe, Scientists Now Know When It'll Happenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-now-know-when-cosmic-death-bubble-may-destroy-universe-180968687/Don't panic yet; the end won't be for at least 10 octodecillion years, if it happens at allMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:15:51 +0000Simulation Suggests Viking Sunstones of Legend Could Have Workedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simulation-suggest-legendary-viking-sunstones-could-have-worked-180968710/If they existed, the crystals—used to locate the sun's position on cloudy days—could have helped Vikings sail to far away placesMon, 09 Apr 2018 16:16:48 +0000Fossilized 'Sea Monster' Found Pregnant With Eight Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/180-million-year-old-sea-monster-was-carrying-eight-babies-180968712/The fossil provides the earliest evidence of ichthyosaur embryos from the UKMon, 09 Apr 2018 15:58:18 +0000Humans Have Wreaked Havoc on Walden Pondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-details-man-made-damage-done-walden-pond-180968700/A new study details the intensity of the damage to this beloved locationMon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Used Drones to Find New Ancient Drawings in Peru https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-use-drones-capture-images-ancient-drawings-peru-180968716/About 50 new examples of the Nazca lines had been hiding in plain sightFri, 06 Apr 2018 21:48:10 +0000"Lost" Feminist Dinner Set Goes on Public Display for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-feminist-dinner-set-public-display-first-time-180968645/The 50-plate "Famous Women Dinner Set" by Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant includes portraits of the well-known and the overlookedFri, 06 Apr 2018 20:47:07 +0000Herpes Is Kind of Beautiful, On the Molecular Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herpes-kind-beautiful-molecular-level-180968714/This detailed visualization of the herpes virus is a step toward finding new treatmentsFri, 06 Apr 2018 20:19:56 +0000Ancient Statue Destroyed by ISIS Resurrected in London—With a Twisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-destroyed-isis-resurrected-londons-trafalgar-square-twist-180968636/Iraqi-American artist Michael Rakowitz has created a reproduction of the statue using 10,500 date syrup cansFri, 06 Apr 2018 18:54:08 +0000The Center of the Milky Way May Be Chock-Full of Black Holeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/center-milky-way-may-be-chock-full-black-holes-180968697/Researchers spotted about a dozen black holes lurking at our galactic center—and there may be up to 10,000 moreFri, 06 Apr 2018 18:46:38 +00001924 Film That Anticipates the Holocaust Found and Restoredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1924-film-anticipates-holocaust-found-and-restored-180968654/A collector found a complete copy of the film at a flea market in Paris in 2015Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:47:40 +0000‘Zombie-Like’ Raccoons Are Terrorizing Youngstown, Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-raccoons-are-terrorizing-city-youngstown-ohio-180968704/Sadly, the critters’ strange behavior can likely be ascribed to a serious illnessFri, 06 Apr 2018 16:48:26 +0000400-Year-Old Painting by Dutch Master Found in Iowa Storage Room https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/400-year-old-dutch-masterpiece-found-iowa-storage-room-180968684/Otto van Veen's "Apollo and Venus" was likely hidden away by the Des Moines Women's Club for showing too much skinThu, 05 Apr 2018 20:44:36 +0000India Is Building the World’s Tallest Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-build-worlds-tallest-statue-180968690/The monument will stand nearly 600 feet tall and it honors India’s first deputy prime minister, Sardar Vallabhbhai PatelThu, 05 Apr 2018 19:43:19 +0000Sesame Place Becomes First Theme Park to Be Designated a Certified Autism Centerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sesame-place-improving-accessibility-kids-autism-180968679/The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards announced the honor on World Autism DayThu, 05 Apr 2018 16:19:31 +0000The F.B.I. Helped a Museum Learn the Identity of a 4,000-Year-Old Severed Head https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fbi-helped-museum-learn-identify-4000-year-old-severed-head-180968674/Cutting-edge DNA analysis revealed the mummified head belonged to Djehutynakht, a governor in Middle Kingdom Egypt, and not his wife as some believedThu, 05 Apr 2018 15:19:28 +0000How Do Tiny Chicks Crack Out of Their Eggs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nanoscale-changes-keep-eggshells-strong-let-chicks-escape-180968656/The secret is in the egg shells' nanostructureThu, 05 Apr 2018 13:46:04 +0000Chilling Out in Hot Springs May Help Japan's Snow Monkeys Reduce Stresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilling-out-hot-springs-may-help-japans-snow-monkeys-reduce-stress-180968686/A new study found that bathing in the springs is linked to lower levels of a metabolite associated with stressThu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rare Case of ‘Coffin Birth’ Seen in Medieval Gravehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-case-coffin-birth-seen-medieval-grave-180968612/The pregnant woman's remains may also suggest that she underwent cranial surgery due to a life-threatening complicationThu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000New Statue Immortalizes Mary Thomas, Who Led a Revolt Against Danish Colonial Rulehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denmark-unveils-monument-queen-mary-thomas-who-led-revolt-against-danish-colonial-rule-180968661/It is the city’s first public monument to a black womanWed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rare Tiny T. Rex Unearthed in Montanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossil-could-prove-or-disprove-existence-tiny-t-rex-180968639/Researchers are yet unsure if the creature is a baby dino or an example of the contentious <i>Nanotyrannus</i>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Unseen Illustrations by J.R.R. Tolkien Are Coming to Oxfordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-exhibition-reveals-unseen-illustrations-jrr-tolkien-180968595/“Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth,” opening at the Bodleian libraries this summer, will include manuscripts, letters, maps and artworkWed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Anti-Apartheid Crusader Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Dies at 81https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winnie-madikizela-mandela-has-passed-away-81-180968657/The activist who died Monday in Johannesburg after a prolonged illness left behind a polarizing legacy in South AfricaTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:53:27 +0000Oil Spill in Colombia Kills 2,400 Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-spill-colombia-has-killed-2400-animals-180968653/The spill also damaged 1,000 tree species and caused adverse health effects in residents of the affected areasTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:28:41 +000050 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/50-rare-dinosaur-footprints-found-scottish-island-180968666/The prints date to the Middle Jurassic period, which has yielded relatively few dinosaur fossilsTue, 03 Apr 2018 19:49:48 +0000Meet Icarus, The Most Distant Star Yet Detectedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-icarus-most-distant-star-ever-detected-180968667/The blue supergiant lies 9 billion light-years away Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:49:00 +0000More than 150 Years Later, Canada Exonerates Six Indigenous Chiefs Hanged in 1864https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-exonerates-six-indigenous-chiefs-hanged-1864-180968606/Prime Minister Justin Trudeau affirmed that the chiefs had acted in ‘war, not murder’ when they attacked white settlers who had encroached on their landTue, 03 Apr 2018 16:33:49 +0000Why Orange Snow Fell Over Eastern Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-orange-snow-falling-eastern-europe-180968633/It had to do with storms in North AfricaMon, 02 Apr 2018 18:47:39 +0000Johan van Hulst, Who Helped Save Hundreds of Children During the Holocaust, Has Died at 107https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johan-van-hulst-who-helped-save-hundreds-children-during-holocaust-has-died-107-180968647/He hid young Holocaust victims in the school where he taught, saving them from near certain deathMon, 02 Apr 2018 17:52:47 +0000China's Tiangong-1 Finally Crashes Back to Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-tiangong-1-finally-lands-back-earth-180968650/Most of the craft likely burned up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphereMon, 02 Apr 2018 15:47:29 +0000Centuries-Old Shipwreck Washes Up in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-shipwreck-washes-florida-180968629/The 48-foot section of ship's hull was found last week at South Ponte Vedra BeachMon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Satellite Images Reveal 81 Pre-Hispanic Settlements in the Amazonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-reveal-81-pre-hispanic-settlements-amazon-180968626/The discovery adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests settlements in the Amazon were far more wide-ranging than scholars once thoughtMon, 02 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000California Coffee Companies Must Display Cancer Warning Label, Judge Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-coffee-companies-must-display-cancer-warning-label-judge-rules-180968641/Despite the ruling, the links between coffee and cancer remain unclearFri, 30 Mar 2018 19:35:06 +0000North Dakota Makes a Push for a Teddy Roosevelt Presidential Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-dakota-makes-push-teddy-roosevelt-presidential-library-180968618/The towns of Dickinson and Medora are raising money in hopes of establishing a library and museum to the 26th president who once ranched in the areaFri, 30 Mar 2018 19:11:47 +0000Never Realized 17th-Century Fresco Will Be Digitally Recreated at French Châteauhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fresco-never-realized-will-be-digitally-recreated-french-castle-180968623/The masterpiece was originally planned by the great French painter Charles Le BrunFri, 30 Mar 2018 17:25:17 +0000Scientists Thought All Galaxies Had Dark Matter, but They Just Found One Without Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/galaxy-without-dark-matter-shakes-astronomy-180968628/The find defies the assumption that the mysterious matter is necessary for galaxy formation Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:08:16 +0000VR Installation of Crossing U.S.-Mexico Border Comes to Nation's Capitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-experience-crossing-us-mexico-border-opens-washington-dc-180968610/"Carne y Arena," by Academy Award-winning Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Iñárritu, will run in D.C. through AugustFri, 30 Mar 2018 16:50:14 +0000Chilean Government Investigates Whether the Atacama Mummy Was Illegally Exhumed https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-government-investigating-whether-alien-skeleton-was-illegally-exhumed-180968630/Outraged at the recent DNA analysis of the child, the Chilean science community calls for ethical evaluations of the workFri, 30 Mar 2018 14:57:38 +0000Oldest Known Human Footprints in North America Discovered on Canada’s Pacific Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-known-footprints-discovered-canadas-pacific-coast-180968632/In a new paper, archaeologists describe 29 footprints that date to the end of the last ice ageFri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Baby Sea Turtles Spotted on Mumbai Beach for the First Time in 20 Years https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-sea-turtles-20-years-born-mumbai-beach-180968622/Though conservationists are celebrating the apparent success, the creatures may not be as rare as once believedThu, 29 Mar 2018 15:37:44 +0000Mummy Found Inside 2,500-Year-Old ‘Empty’ Coffinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-human-remains-inside-2500-year-old-empty-coffin-180968616/The coffin had been listed as empty for nearly 160 years while stored at the University of Sydney’s museumThu, 29 Mar 2018 14:18:39 +0000Scientists May Have Identified a New Human Organhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-may-have-identified-new-human-organ-180968621/It is called the interstitium, and it consists of fluid-filled cavities that can be found throughout the bodyWed, 28 Mar 2018 18:55:11 +0000Why Washington State Is Phasing Out Atlantic Salmon Farminghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-state-bans-atlantic-salmon-farming-180968600/The move will bring an end to three decades of non-native fish farming in the regionWed, 28 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Linda Brown, at the Center of Brown v. Board of Education, Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/linda-brown-center-brown-v-board-education-has-died-180968608/After being refused enrollment at an all-white school in Topeka, Kansas, Brown's court case led to the historic Supreme Court ruling that ended segregationTue, 27 Mar 2018 20:18:55 +0000Why Are Whales So Massive? It's All About Energyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whales-are-so-big-so-they-dont-get-cold-180968599/Marine mammal size is a delicate balance between chowing down and chilly watersTue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30:24 +0000A Male Orca and Its Mother Worked Together to Kill a Newborn Calfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-orca-and-its-mother-worked-together-kill-newborn-calf-180968590/It is the first time that infanticide has been observed among killer whalesTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:56:02 +0000NASA Clean Room Storing Meteorite Samples Is Contaminated With Fungihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-room-storing-samples-space-contaminated-fungus-180968589/Contamination of the not-so-clean room could meddle with resultsTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Rare Image of Early Female Pharaoh Found in University Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-image-pharoah-found-university-collection-180968587/After her reign, Hatshepsut was expunged from Egyptian history, but a carving of her likeness has turned up in Swansea UniversityMon, 26 Mar 2018 21:24:00 +0000First Museum Committed to Sharing the Stories of Historically Black Colleges Openshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-dedicated-historically-black-colleges-opens-washington-dc-180968586/The HBCU Museum in Washington, D.C., launched March 9 and has plans to expand to a second location in AtlantaMon, 26 Mar 2018 20:05:15 +0000Was the FBI Searching for Lost Civil War Gold in Pennsylvania?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-searching-lost-civil-war-gold-180968581/The agency was recently seen excavating a site where, according to some Elk County locals, a missing shipment of gold bars was buriedMon, 26 Mar 2018 18:33:06 +0000Why This Elephant in India Is Blowing Smokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-elephant-india-blowing-smoke-180968592/It's likely the puffing pachyderm is eating ash-covered charcoal as a form of self-medication to flush out toxinsMon, 26 Mar 2018 18:12:50 +0000Bottle of 2,000-Year-Old Rice Wine Found in Chinese Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bottle-2000-year-old-wine-chinese-tomb-180968582/The bronze jug was dated around the late Warring States time period and the Qin DynastyMon, 26 Mar 2018 17:44:20 +0000Elusive Deep-Sea Anglerfish Seen Mating for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-footage-captures-mating-behavior-elusive-deep-sea-anglerfish-180968584/The male clamps down onto his female partner, their tissue and circulatory systems fusing together for lifeMon, 26 Mar 2018 14:43:45 +0000Archaeologists Trace ‘Lost Settlements’ of 1692 Glencoe Massacre https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-trace-remains-of-lost-settlements-of-1692-Glencoe-massacre-180968570/A team of researchers is in search of clues into the slaughter of members of the MacDonald clanMon, 26 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Researchers Solve the Mystery of the Atacama 'Alien' Mummyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-alien-skeleton-found-chile-was-likely-result-genetic-mutations-180968576/The unusual skeleton sparked rampant speculation, but DNA is helping scientists tease apart the true taleFri, 23 Mar 2018 19:39:10 +0000Pioneering Black Journalist Les Payne Has Died at Age 76https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pioneering-black-journalist-les-payne-has-died-180968583/The fearless Pulitzer Prize-winning <i>Newsday</i> reporter and editor, who was a founding member of NABJ, paved the way for journalists of colorFri, 23 Mar 2018 18:54:04 +0000The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Much Larger and Chunkier Than We Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-pacific-garbage-patch-larger-and-chunkier-we-thought-180968580/A new study shows the patch is not just microplastics. Fishing gear and large pieces make up 92 percent of the trashFri, 23 Mar 2018 17:12:49 +0000A Violent Volcanic Eruption Immortalized in Medieval Poem May Have Spurred Iceland’s Adoption of Christianityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/violent-volcanic-eruption-may-have-spurred-icelands-adoption-christianity-180968566/A new study looks for traces of the devastating volcanic event in a poem composed in approximately 961 A.D.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:26 +0000Underground Railroad Safe House Discovered in Philadelphiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underground-railroad-safe-house-discovered-philadelphia-180968572/Preservationists say they have identified the home of famed black abolitionist William Still, who offered refuge to hundreds of freedom seekersFri, 23 Mar 2018 16:28:15 +0000Looking Back at Curiosity’s 2,000 Martian Days on the Red Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looking-back-curiositys-2000-days-mars-180968565/The rover has taken incredible images and made wild discoveries since landing in 2012Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:04:13 +0000Dinosaur Horns Were For Making Love, Not Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/triceratops-horns-were-mostly-loving-not-fighting-180968568/The elaborate horns and frills were more likely for attracting mates than fighting off enemiesThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:27:53 +0000Wreck of U.S.S. Juneau Discovered in the Solomon Islandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-uss-juneau-discovered-solomon-islands-180968556/The ship was known as the grave of the five Sullivan Brothers who died aboard it during the Battle of GuadalcanalThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:05:51 +0000Pesticides Have Led to a ‘Catastrophic’ Decline in France’s Bird Populationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pesticides-have-led-catastrophic-decline-frances-bird-populations-180968562/The chemicals have decimated the insects that birds rely on for foodThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:23:11 +000070,000 Years Ago, a Passing Star Shook Up Our Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/passing-star-shook-solar-systems-comets-70000-years-ago-180968564/The red dwarf likely came within on light-year of the sun, altering the course of some asteroids and cometsThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:04:28 +0000Library of Congress Adds ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘My Girl’ to National Recording Registryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-adds-sound-music-my-girl-national-recording-registry-180968560/Each year since 2002, 25 recordings that impacted American culture are chosen for inclusion in the growing database. Read about the class of 2017Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:20:50 +0000Larry Kwong, Gifted Athlete Who Broke NHL's Color Barrier, Dies at 94https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/larry-kwong-first-player-asian-heritage-skate-nhl-has-died-94-180968557/Kwong, the first athlete of Asian heritage to play in an NHL game, battled racism and discrimination as he made a name for himself on the iceWed, 21 Mar 2018 20:15:21 +0000Scientists Brew a Hoppy Beer Without the Hopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoppy-beer-without-hops-scientists-created-it-180968553/Hops are expensive and require lots of water to grow, so researchers tried to recreate the distinctive tasteWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:40:00 +0000New Exhibition Unfolds the "Bizarre" Stories Behind Centuries-Old Pigmentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cow-urine-just-one-many-strange-ingredients-centuries-old-pigments-180968549/Cow urine is one of many strange ingredients included in the University of Manchester's new show exploring the history and chemistry of artists' palettesWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:29:16 +0000Landmark Exhibition Takes You Inside the Exuberant, Diverse World of the Fatimid Dynastyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landmark-exhibition-inside-diverse-world-fatimid-dynasty-180968522/Toronto’s Aga Khan Museum brings together 87 pieces from collections across the globeWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:48:48 +0000Cockroach Genome Shows Why They Are Impossible to Killhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroach-genome-shows-why-they-are-impossible-kill-180968554/The massive genome includes code for neutralizing toxins, regrowing limbs and a thousand genes for detecting food and chemicalsWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:44:13 +0000Graphene Hair Dye Is Gentle on Your Locks. But Is It Safe?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graphene-works-hair-dye-doesnt-chemically-damage-hair-according-new-study-180968547/Unlike traditional hair dyes, graphene coats the hair surface without chemically altering itWed, 21 Mar 2018 15:37:34 +0000Flu Skies: How Influenza Might Spread On a Planehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-maps-how-flu-virus-moves-around-plane-180968541/A new study suggests the chances of contracting a sick passenger's flu virus is surprisingly lowWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Some People "Hear" Silent GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-people-hear-silent-gifs-180968537/This week, researchers published their findings on the largest study to date on the phenomenon, which is called visually evoked auditory response or vEARWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Kids Are Drawing Women Scientists More Often Than They Did Decades Ago https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-are-drawing-female-scientists-more-often-they-did-decades-ago-180968548/But analysis of studies over the past 50 years show that sketches of male scientists still dominateTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:54:21 +0000Investigators on Lookout for 314 Items Stolen From Carnegie Library’s Rare Books Roomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/314-stolen-items-carnegie-librarys-rare-books-room-worth-5-million-180968538/A first edition of Isaac Newton’s “Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica” was among the items takenTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:53:12 +0000Tennessee Votes to Keep Polk's Grave Where It Is. For Nowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tennessee-votes-keep-polks-grave-where-it-now-180968544/A resolution to move the grave from the capitol grounds in Nashville to one of his boyhood homes failed by one voteTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:36:51 +0000Become a Nicer, Gentler Neighbor With This Trailer for a Documentary About Mister Rogershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/become-nicer-gentler-neighbor-trailer-documentary-about-mister-rogers-180968546/To mark the late children's television visionary's 90th birthday, Focus Features teases a clip of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?"Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:12:15 +00002,000-Year-Old Mosaics Unearthed Under Florida Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-mosaics-buried-under-florida-art-museum-now-under-restoration-180968526/The relics came from ancient Antioch and were buried by museum officials in 1989 for storage purposes Tue, 20 Mar 2018 17:08:18 +0000Monument to a Historic Black Woman Will Replace Racist Statue in Pittsburghhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pittsburgh-replace-racist-statue-monument-black-woman-180968524/A city task force is asking the public to help decide who should be honoredTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:08:19 +0000Artifacts Stolen in Massive Archaeological Theft Recovered in Canterburyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-stolen-artifacts-recovered-canterbury-180968525/Police have recovered most of the 2,000 coins, bones, beads and other items lifted from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust in JanuaryTue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Found: 30,000 Photographs by the ‘Russian Vivian Maier’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-photographs-russian-vivian-maier-found-180968520/The photographer’s daughter stumbled upon the photo-films in the family atticTue, 20 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Nearly 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan Sets New Guinness Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9-hour-rainbow-sets-new-guinness-record-180968527/Last November, researchers recorded more than 10,000 photos and videos documenting the long-lasting weather phenomenonMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:09:24 +0000Investigators Crack Down on Fraudulent Native American Jewelryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigators-crack-down-fraudulent-native-american-jewelry-180968514/In April, Albuquerque jewelry dealer Nael Ali is set to be sentenced under the 1935 Indian Arts and Crafts ActMon, 19 Mar 2018 20:34:39 +0000See Classic Sculptures Reimagined With Prosthetic Limbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disability-rights-advocates-give-prosthetic-limbs-classic-sculptures-paris-180968456/The aid organization Handicap International outfitted statues in France with prosthetic limbs to raise awareness about the global need for prosthesesMon, 19 Mar 2018 17:17:10 +0000Casanova Is Getting a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/casanova-get-his-own-museum-180968501/The womanizer and Enlightenment polymath will be memorialized with an interactive museum in Venice opening April 2Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:14:51 +0000Britain’s Prehistoric Coastline Uncovered in West London https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-prehistoric-coastline-uncovered-west-london-180968516/Excavators found a black clay-like material that formed about 56 million years ago, marking the location of an ancient coastlineMon, 19 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Hear the Sounds of Volcanic Thunder Recorded For First Time Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-record-sounds-volcanic-thunder-first-time-ever-180968509/The sounds were captured twice during two eruptions of Alaska's Bogoslof volcano in 2017Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:56:28 +000015th-Century Pot of Gold (and Silver) Found in the Netherlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15th-century-pot-gold-and-silver-found-netherlands-180968515/Archaeologists say the coins can shed light on a little-known period of Dutch historyFri, 16 Mar 2018 17:03:31 +0000UN Report Finds Finland Is the Happiest Country in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finland-happiest-country-world-180968510/In the 2018 World Happiness Report, Finland scored high on six key variables Fri, 16 Mar 2018 16:27:04 +0000The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-cute-eastern-quoll-returns-mainland-australia-180968513/Wiped out by a mystery disease and non-native foxes, the spotted, cat-sized predator is being reintroduced in Booderee National ParkFri, 16 Mar 2018 15:45:00 +0000Study Finds Microplastics in More than 90 Percent of Tested Water Bottleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-microplastics-more-90-percent-tested-water-bottles-2-180968507/But the effects of microplastics on human health are far from clearFri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Study Reveals Pythons Take Care of Their Offspring, For a Little Whilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-pythons-take-care-their-offsping-little-while-180968500/The southern African python wraps around its eggs to keep them warm and does the same for its snakelets during the first weeks of lifeThu, 15 Mar 2018 19:59:37 +0000High-Powered X-Rays Reveal What's Beneath 11th-Century Religious Texthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-high-powered-x-rays-reveal-scan-text-beneath-11th-century-religious-text-180968492/The hidden text is a translation of ancient Greek medical philosopher Galen's writingThu, 15 Mar 2018 18:38:23 +0000NASA Plans to Send High-Definition Video of Mars to Earth With Lasershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-soon-be-able-see-high-definition-video-mars-180968498/In 2022, NASA will launch the Psyche mission, carrying sophisticated communication technologyThu, 15 Mar 2018 17:47:25 +0000A Slave Cemetery May Have Been Discovered at a Plantation Near Annapolishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slave-cemetery-may-have-been-discovered-plantation-near-annapolis-180968496/Archaeologists have found possible grave markers, and cadaver dogs have indicated the presence of human remainsThu, 15 Mar 2018 17:38:55 +0000Sculpture of ‘Zombie Boy’ Fleshes Out London's Science Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-science-museum-commissions-zombie-boy-sculpture-new-medical-gallery-180968470/A giant sculpture of artist and model Rick Genest, who has covered himself in tattoos of the inside of his body, will debut in its new Medicine GalleriesThu, 15 Mar 2018 14:49:18 +0000Scientists Create a Super-White Coating, with Help from a Super-White Beetlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-super-white-coating-help-super-white-beetle-180968488/The Cyphochilus beetle’s scales boast intricate networks of chitin, a molecule that reflects light with high efficiency Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:29:04 +0000Sunshine Sheds Light on 17th-Century Mystery Painting At Hearst Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sunshine-helps-id-mystery-painting-hearst-castle-180968457/Two bright-eyed guides found an abbreviation and inscription leading to Spanish painter Bartolomé Pérez de la DehesaWed, 14 Mar 2018 19:43:42 +00003,600-Year-Old Tomb Found Next to Canaanite Palace Might Contain Remains of Royal Family https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3600-year-old-tomb-found-next-canaanite-palace-might-contain-remains-royal-family-180968487/Archaeologists have been searching the site of Megiddo for more than 100 yearsWed, 14 Mar 2018 19:01:54 +0000Earthlings: There's No Need to Freak Out About Tonight's Solar Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-model-shows-how-risk-our-grid-geomagnetic-storms-180968489/Expect small disruptions to satellite communications and minor surges in the power grid. Find out how USGS predicts effects of geomagnetic stormsWed, 14 Mar 2018 18:53:40 +0000Stephen Hawking, the Expansive Cosmologist Who Shone Light on the Universe, Has Died at 76https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-stephen-hawking-has-died-180968486/The world's favorite ambassador of science was one of the greatest minds in physicsWed, 14 Mar 2018 16:57:51 +0000Polls Are Still As Accurate As They Were 75 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polls-are-still-accurate-they-were-75-years-ago-180968467/A new study shows polling is not undergoing a collapse despite what conventional wisdom might suggestWed, 14 Mar 2018 15:50:20 +0000Ancient Humans Weathered the Toba Supervolcano Just Finehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-humans-weathered-toba-supervolcano-just-fine-180968479/New studies suggest the largest eruption in the last 2 million years didn't push humanity to the edge of extinction as previously hypothesizedWed, 14 Mar 2018 15:17:50 +0000For the Third Year in a Row, This City Was Tapped as America’s Happiesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naples-florida-americas-happiest-city-third-year-row-180968474/The area’s success may be due, in part, to the fact that it is home to a large number of older AmericansWed, 14 Mar 2018 14:51:52 +0000If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-youre-empathetic-it-might-be-genetic-180968466/A new study found that 10 percent of differences in humans’ ability to empathize can be attributed to genetic variations Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:34:54 +0000Pointy-Headed Medieval Skulls in Germany May Have Been Bulgarian 'Treaty Brides'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pointy-headed-skulls-germany-180968464/Researchers have wondered for years about the strangely shaped skulls found in Western EuropeTue, 13 Mar 2018 17:51:18 +0000See the Founder of Modern Neuroscience's Unique Way of Looking at the Inner Workings of the Brain Through Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-showcases-art-father-modern-neuroscience-180968433/Art meets science in the first U.S. traveling exhibition of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s sketchesTue, 13 Mar 2018 16:47:37 +0000To Save Cannonballs on Henry VIII's Flagship, Researchers Looked to X-ray Techhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-x-rays-preserve-cannonballs-found-famous-tudor-ship-180968440/The more than 1200 cannonballs found on <i>The Mary Rose</i> are facing a major problem—corrosionTue, 13 Mar 2018 15:17:22 +0000Purple Haze: Alien Atmospheres Recreated In the Lab https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/purple-haze-alien-atmospheres-recreated-lab-180968460/By combining various gases with plasma, researchers are learning about the haze around distant planetsTue, 13 Mar 2018 14:28:50 +0000Kalman Aron Used His Art to Survive the Holocausthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kalman-aron-who-used-his-art-survive-holocaust-has-died-93-180968442/The artist and survivor sketched portraits of Nazi officers in exchange for extra food and blankets. His death at 93 was confirmed by his son, David AronTue, 13 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Major Study Finds Antidepressants Work, But May Have Limitationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-study-finds-antidepressants-work-may-have-limitations-180968452/A meta-analysis of existing trials suggests that the drugs are mostly effective on a short-term basis for patients suffering from acute depressionMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:52:36 +0000New Study Finds Fake News Spreads Faster and Deeper Than Verified Stories on Twitterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-news-spreads-faster-and-deeper-verified-stories-180968443/Looking at 126,000 stories sent by ~3 million people, researchers found that humans, not bots, were primarily responsible for the spread of disinformationMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:31:45 +0000This Swiss Town Is Protecting Its Glacier With a Blankethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-town-glacier-blanket-180968451/But a high-tech solution might be on the wayMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:30:09 +0000These Curious Spiders Evolved the Same Way Over and Over and Over Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genus-spiders-moved-hawaii-and-evolved-15-different-species-180968446/A new study suggests the stick spider evolved the same way in multiple different placesMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Genetics Behind Why Some People "See" Sound and "Hear" Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-begin-unravel-how-some-people-see-sound-and-hear-color-180968374/Researchers find several genes that regulate the wiring for synesthesia in the brainMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Two Antarctic Penguins Took an Adorable ‘Selfie’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-antarctic-penguins-took-adorable-selfie-180968445/They were investigating a camera belonging to an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic DivisionFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:32:16 +0000Five Things to Know About China's Falling Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-chinese-space-station-wont-crush-your-house-180968438/For one, it's exceedingly unlikely to cause you harmFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:13:39 +0000The ‘Mona Lisa’ May Leave the Louvre for the First Time in 44 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mona-lisa-may-leave-louvre-first-time-44-years-180968425/France’s culture minister said she is ‘seriously considering’ sending da Vinci’s masterpiece on a tour of the countryFri, 09 Mar 2018 19:20:12 +0000500-Year-Old Pistol Part Could Shed Light on Colorado’s Spanish Colonial Past https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-pistol-part-sheds-light-colorados-spanish-colonial-past-180968379/The pistol part was found during an excavation several years ago by the Museums of Western Colorado’s Western Investigations TeamFri, 09 Mar 2018 19:00:39 +0000Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/never-seen-mineral-found-inside-diamond-180968431/The diamond acted as a container, keeping a piece of calcium silicate perovskite stable as it moved towards the Earth’s surfaceFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:04:40 +0000Get a "Hot Ticket" to Send Your Name to the Sunhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-will-touch-sun-and-now-you-can-go-along-ride-180968423/Sign up to have your name placed on a microchip that will travel on board the Parker Solar ProbeFri, 09 Mar 2018 16:09:33 +0000Rare 1906 San Francisco Earthquake Footage Found at Flea Markethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-san-francisco-earthquake-footage-found-flea-market-180968416/The nine-minute Miles brothers film reel shows the devastation that the powerful quake wroughtFri, 09 Mar 2018 15:00:00 +0000To Help Identify Migrants Who Died Along Border, Art Class Reconstructs Their Faceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-identify-migrants-who-died-along-border-art-class-reconstructs-their-faces-180968343/When DNA analysis and dental exams aren’t possible, facial reconstruction is a last-resort to identifying remainsFri, 09 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000New Juno Data Gives Unprecedented Glimpse Beneath Jupiter's Stormy Shellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-giving-us-glimpse-under-jupiters-stormy-shell-180968421/The massive planet's storm go much deeper than previously suspected and its interior rotates nearly as a solid massThu, 08 Mar 2018 22:21:53 +0000How Conflict in the Balkans Is Screwing Up Europe's Clockshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-conflict-balkans-screwing-europes-clocks-180968429/Kosovo and Serbia's clash over energy dropped the oscillation of the Euro grid, making clocks run as much as six minutes behindThu, 08 Mar 2018 20:11:29 +00007,000-Year-Old Native American 'Bog Burial' Found Off the Coast of Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-year-old-native-american-bog-burial-found-coast-florida-180968345/Experts have identified the remains of at least six individuals, and suspect there are many more bodies to be foundThu, 08 Mar 2018 19:18:51 +0000Huge Chunks of Blue Ice Appear on Lake Michigan's Straits of Mackinachttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-chunks-blue-ice-appear-lake-michigans-straits-mackinac-180968417/Blue ice isn't actually blue, it just appears that way because of how light is reflected on itThu, 08 Mar 2018 18:16:30 +0000New Historic Marker Highlights Nathan Bedford Forrest's Ties to the Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-historic-marker-highlights-nathan-bedford-forrests-ties-slave-trade-180968419/An earlier marker only noted the Confederate general, widely believed to be the Ku Klux Klan's first leader, became wealthy from his ‘business enterprises’Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:36:42 +0000Tens of Thousands of Sea Creatures Wash Up on UK Shores Following Freezing Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freezing-stormy-weather-causes-one-uks-biggest-mass-strandings-record-180968373/Piles of starfish, crab, mussels and lobsters collected along the North Sea coastThu, 08 Mar 2018 16:36:34 +0000After 150 Years, This Bizarre Plant Was Rediscovered in Malaysiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-plant-not-seen-150-years-found-sarawak-180968413/<em>Thismia neptunis</em> spends most of its life underground, only making a rare appearance to bloom Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Striking Mars Image Shows Strange Boulder Piles and Undulating Sand Duneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-image-reveals-mysterious-piles-boulders-180968388/Though the image looks otherworldly, the likely processes behind these oddities also happen on Earth Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Lifts Ban on the Import of African Elephant Trophieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-lifts-ban-import-african-elephant-trophies-180968415/The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said that it will now evaluate big-game permits on a ‘case-by-case basis’Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:39:22 +0000Wreck of Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. <i>Lexington</i> Found 76 Years After It Was Scuttled in Battlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-aircraft-carrier-uss-lexington-found-2-miles-down-180968371/The ship was sunk by an American destroyer so it couldn't be captured in the Battle of Coral Sea, considered to be the first carrier battle in historyWed, 07 Mar 2018 18:25:19 +0000131-Year-Old Message in a Bottle Found on Australian Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/131-year-old-message-bottle-found-australian-beach-180968381/The oldest yet found, the relic was thrown into the Indian Ocean by German sailors conducting an experimentWed, 07 Mar 2018 14:30:00 +0000Winnie-the-Pooh Returns to the Big Screen in a New Teaser Trailerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winnie-pooh-returns-new-movie-trailer-180968377/A live-action film of the iconic tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff hits theaters this summerTue, 06 Mar 2018 20:27:01 +0000Why Doesn’t This Toad Have a Face? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-doesnt-toad-have-face-180968363/A graduate student and herpetologist turns to Twitter for answersTue, 06 Mar 2018 17:56:56 +0000No, Your Nose Isn't as Big as That Selfie Makes It Seemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-selfies-are-lying-you-180968340/If you take a selfie from just 12 inches away, it may make your nose look 30 percent biggerTue, 06 Mar 2018 16:27:54 +0000127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/127-million-year-old-fossil-shows-how-prehistoric-baby-birds-developed-180968369/The baby enantiornithe had a soft sternum and likely could not flyTue, 06 Mar 2018 15:30:08 +0000Five Things to Know About Roger Bannister, the First Person to Break the 4-Minute Milehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-roger-bannister-first-person-break-four-minute-mile-180968344/The Oxford medical student, who died on March 3 at age 88, broke what was believed to be an impossible recordMon, 05 Mar 2018 19:54:33 +0000Termites Are Moving in With Cockroaches, Taxonomicallyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/termites-are-moving-cockroaches-taxonomically-180968332/The wood-munching critters are technically just social roachesMon, 05 Mar 2018 18:33:06 +0000This May Be the World’s Largest Family Treehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-family-tree-stretches-back-five-centuries-180968334/Using more than 86 million profiles from Geni.com, researchers created a database that links 13 million people Mon, 05 Mar 2018 18:11:12 +0000Watch the Teaser Trailer for the Mary Poppins Sequel Starring Lin-Manuel Miranda and Emily Blunthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-teaser-trailer-mary-poppins-sequel-starring-lin-manuel-miranda-and-emily-blunt-180968342/The highly anticipated reboot hits theaters in DecemberMon, 05 Mar 2018 17:52:49 +0000Scientists Study ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in Hopes of Finding How Vermeer Painted His Masterpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-closer-look-girl-pearl-earring-180968335/The enigmatic work was last examined—and restored—in 1994Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:40:25 +0000Earliest Figural Tattoos Discovered on 5,000-Year-Old Mummieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-figural-tattoos-discovered-5000-year-old-mummies-180968321/The markings include a bull, a sheep and a mysterious ‘S’ motifMon, 05 Mar 2018 15:55:46 +0000Earliest Images of Breast Cancer Found in Renaissance Paintingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ealiest-images-breast-cancer-found-renaissance-paintings-180968325/The signs of illness in the paintings illustrate that breast cancer is not just a modern maladyFri, 02 Mar 2018 21:43:33 +0000Scientists Discover "Super-Colony" of 1.5 Million Adélie Penguins in Images From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adelie-penguin-super-colony-found-after-scientists-look-space-images-180968326/In other areas of the Antarctic, the black and white birds are in decline—but on the Danger Islands, they thrive Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:17:54 +0000These Were America’s Most-Visited National Parks in 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-americas-most-popular-national-parks-2017-180968320/Of the National Park Service's 417 sites, 385 keep track of their park visitorsFri, 02 Mar 2018 20:35:31 +0000The World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-not-looking-bright-last-male-northern-white-rhino-180968329/Only two individuals of the subspecies remain in the worldFri, 02 Mar 2018 18:25:40 +0000Study Shows Little Change Since Kerner Commission Reported on Racism 50 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-little-change-segregation-and-poverty-over-last-fifty-years-180968317/An update to the landmark study finds there is now more poverty and segregation in AmericaFri, 02 Mar 2018 17:17:48 +0000The Mystery of the Sex-Changing Striped Maple Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/injuries-can-trigger-male-trees-turning-female-study-finds-180968299/Yes, trees can be male or female. And sometimes they switch it upFri, 02 Mar 2018 16:47:02 +0000Dubai Wants to DNA Test Its Millions of Residents to Prevent Genetic Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dubai-wants-dna-test-all-its-residents-prevent-diseases-they-happen-180968314/The ambitious plan is part of its Dubai 10X Initiative to improve health in the cityFri, 02 Mar 2018 13:49:39 +0000New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tardigrade-species-found-parking-lot-japan-180968315/The adorable microscopic critter has a unique leg fold and lays unusual eggsThu, 01 Mar 2018 20:35:05 +0000Long-Lost Monet, Sent Away for Safekeeping Before WWII, Found in Louvre Storagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-monet-discovered-storage-space-louvre-180968305/The painting was acquired by Japanese art collector Kōjirō​ ​Matsukata in the 1920s. It will go on view at the National Museum of Western Art in 2019Thu, 01 Mar 2018 19:59:47 +0000Astronomers May Have Just Detected the Universe's First Starshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-detect-universes-first-stars-created-during-cosmic-dawn-180968312/A long-sought radio signal indicates the first stars began burning 180 million years after the initial Big BangThu, 01 Mar 2018 18:43:51 +0000Rubens’ Sprawling Castle in the Belgian Countryside Is on the Markethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rubens-sprawling-castle-belgian-countryside-market-180968263/The famed Flemish painter redesigned the castle in Flemish Renaissance styleThu, 01 Mar 2018 15:57:40 +0000World’s Largest Digital Art Display Will Go Live This Fall in Chicagohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-digital-art-display-will-go-live-fall-chicago-180968284/Art deco landmark Merchandise Mart will be lit up across nearly 3 acres of its river-facing façadeThu, 01 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000A Space Hotel Could Be Coming Soon to Skies Near Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-hotel-it-could-happen-near-future-180968248/Bigelow Aerospace wants to launch two inflatable modules for a space habit as early as 2021Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:00:00 +0000Charlottesville Must Remove Tarps from Confederate Statues, Judge Sayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charlottesville-must-remove-tarps-confederate-statues-judge-says-180968300/Two statues were covered in the wake of last year’s deadly rallies to mark a period of mourningWed, 28 Feb 2018 21:43:25 +0000Some of Earth's Deep Sea Microbes Could Survive on Saturn's Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-earths-deep-sea-creatures-could-survive-saturns-moon-180968301/A methane-producing archaea survived simulations of Enceladus' extreme conditions, hinting at the possibility of similar extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:38:46 +0000Rediscovered Salvador Dalí Painting Goes on Displayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-salvador-dali-painting-goes-display-new-york-180968287/The work, authenticated by Dalí scholar Nicolas Descharnes, was stored in private collections for the past 75 yearsWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:11:40 +0000These Tiny Works of Art Depict a Disappearing Way of Life in Hong Konghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-art-show-depicts-disappearing-way-life-hong-kong-180968214/Hong Kong's largest miniature art exhibition featured 52 dioramas made by 19 artistsWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:38:47 +00004G Coverage Bound for the Moon in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cell-coverage-comes-moon-180968298/A private moon mission scheduled for next year will use an ultra-compact network to beam back live images of the lunar surfaceWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:09:10 +0000As Oceans Warm, King Penguins' Food Moves Farther Away. That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-penguins-face-threats-due-climate-change-180968280/The already treacherous journey for nourishment will get increasingly challenging for penguins in the years ahead Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:58:55 +0000Global Seed Vault Gets Its Millionth Donation and a $13 Million Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-seed-vault-hit-one-million-mark-donation-gets-13-million-upgrade-180968267/Built in 1998, the vault safeguards the world’s food storage in case of a global disasterWed, 28 Feb 2018 17:25:19 +0000One Man's Search to Find the Families of the "Deportees" in the Famous Woody Guthrie Songhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/author-uncovers-stories-deportees-famouse-woody-guthrie-song-180968285/Seventy years after the 1948 crash, Tim Hernandez is bringing new recognition to the 28 unidentified "braceros" who died when the plane blew upWed, 28 Feb 2018 16:15:08 +0000A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-puppy-may-have-been-cared-paleolithic-humans-180968282/The canine wouldn't have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticismWed, 28 Feb 2018 15:44:41 +0000Blame Tailgaters for Your Traffic Woeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blame-tailgaters-your-traffic-woes-180968281/Keeping an equal distance between cars ahead and behind may eliminate "phantom" traffic jamsWed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000See Rare Images Depicting Life, Work at the White Househttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-images-depicting-life-work-white-house-being-digitized-180968269/A team of librarians at the White House Historical Association are digitizing 25,000 behind-the-scenes photographs from 1962 to 1987Wed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000Construction Underway on Clock That Will Keep Time for 10,000 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/funded-jeff-bezos-construction-underway-clock-will-keep-time-10000-years-180968253/Funded by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the $42 million mechanical timekeeper will be located inside a mountain in west TexasTue, 27 Feb 2018 20:42:45 +0000The Story Behind Big Sur's Glowing Waveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bioluminescent-plankton-made-big-surs-waters-glow-blue-1-180968273/Photographer George Krieger captured the unusual scene in vivid detailTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:50:15 +0000Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted at Alabama Bird Feederhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-yellow-cardinal-spotted-alabama-bird-feeder-180968261/The bird's distinctive coloration may be caused by a genetic mutation or a health issueTue, 27 Feb 2018 18:29:38 +0000Howardena Pindell Gets Her First Major Museum Surveyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-major-museum-survey-howardena-pindell-opens-week-180968239/The multidisciplinary artist and activist reshaped what art could beTue, 27 Feb 2018 18:14:47 +0000Order Makes Cities Easy to Navigate—It May Also Make Them Hotterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orderly-cities-see-bigger-heat-island-effect-180968242/Physics and statistics can describe how building patterns relate to cities' tendency to hold heatTue, 27 Feb 2018 17:42:47 +0000Stolen Degas Found in Luggage Compartment of French Bushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-degas-found-luggage-compartment-french-bus-180968264/No one claimed the suitcase containing "Les Choristes" stolen from a Marseille Museum in 2009Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:53:52 +0000Is This the Seal of the Prophet Isaiah? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seal-prophet-isaiah-180968255/One archaeologist believes the relic may have belonged to the biblical figure, but there are major problems with her interpretation Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:40:03 +0000‘Frankenstein’ Manuscript Shows the Evolution of Mary Shelley’s Monsterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frankenstein-manuscript-shows-evolution-mary-shelleys-monster-180968240/A British publisher is releasing 1,000 facsimiles of the two notebooks in which Shelly scrawled her iconic novelMon, 26 Feb 2018 17:18:43 +0000Did Cave Acoustics Play a Role in the Development of Language?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-cave-acoustics-play-role-art-and-language-180968252/In a new paper, researchers hypothesize that the location of cave art and sounds early humans heard might be linkedMon, 26 Feb 2018 15:51:04 +0000Why Music Is Not a Universal Languagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-music-not-universal-language-180968245/Physics and culture shape music, but as a recent video essay breaks it down, the results are more varied that most people thinkMon, 26 Feb 2018 15:38:28 +0000Tracking Fishing Vessels Reveals Industry's Toll on the Ocean https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tracking-fishing-vessels-reveals-industrys-toll-ocean-180968250/Satellites and artificial intelligence fill in gaps in global fisheries knowledgeFri, 23 Feb 2018 21:34:21 +0000Turkish Garbage Collectors Curate Their Own Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkish-garbage-collectors-pick-out-their-own-library-180968015/The sanitation workers have already amassed a collection of more than 6,000 booksFri, 23 Feb 2018 19:26:59 +0000How Vampire Bats Can Survive on a Diet of Bloodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-genome-and-gut-bacteria-help-vampire-bats-feast-blood-180968249/Their diet may seem unusual, but a unique genome and gut bacteria help the critters get the nutrients they needFri, 23 Feb 2018 18:39:14 +0000Amateur Astronomer Captures Supernova's First Winks of Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-astronomer-witnesses-birth-supernova-while-testing-new-camera-180968237/Scientists say the chances were less than one in a millionThu, 22 Feb 2018 21:56:11 +0000Scientists Identify New Species of Elusive Deep-Sea Sharkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-new-species-elusive-deep-sea-shark-180968238/DNA analysis has shown that Atlantic-dwelling sixgill sharks are distinct from their relatives in the Indian and Pacific oceansThu, 22 Feb 2018 20:51:33 +0000Ancient DNA Contradicts Historical Narrative of 'Extinct' Caribbean Taíno Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dna-contradicts-historical-narrative-extinct-caribbean-taino-population-180968221/Researchers create Caribbean's first complete ancient human genome, find Taíno genes in living peopleThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:37:48 +0000Oldest Mosaic at Roman Baths Found During Excavationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-mosaic-roman-baths-found-during-excavations-180968231/Mosaics have a long history, but this is considered the oldest at the siteThu, 22 Feb 2018 18:30:21 +0000This Account is Reclaiming the Indigenous Names for Mountains One Geotag at a Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/social-media-can-let-people-know-about-mountains-indigenous-names-180968186/A Navajo climber is leading a social media campaign to spread awareness of the indigenous names of peaksThu, 22 Feb 2018 16:55:59 +0000The Touching Story Behind This Award-Winning Wildlife Imagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/touching-story-behind-award-winning-wildlife-image-180968233/Taken by Jo-Anne McArthur, the photo shows a rescued baby gorilla hugging her caretakerThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:56:05 +0000Is the Fall Equinox the Secret to the Pyramids' Near-Perfect Alignment?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-equinox-secret-pyramids-near-perfect-alignment-180968223/One engineer says yesThu, 22 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000Billy Graham, the Evangelical Pastor Who Preached to Millions, Has Died at 99https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billy-graham-evangelical-pastor-who-preached-millions-has-died-99-180968228/He distinguished himself from other charismatic preachers with his ambition, technological savvy and message of inclusivity Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:17:50 +0000Five Things to Know About SpaceX’s First Internet Satellite Launchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-spacexs-launch-today-180968226/Along with an earth-observing satellite, the company will be testing two of a planned 12,000 internet satellitesWed, 21 Feb 2018 20:57:48 +0000World’s Tallest Wooden Building to Be Built in Tokyohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-are-underway-build-worlds-tallest-wooden-building-tokyo-180968203/Architects are increasingly touting wood as a cleaner alternative to steel, concrete and brickWed, 21 Feb 2018 19:05:03 +0000Thousands of Photographs Created These Hyper-Real Portraits of Historic Buildingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-takes-thousands-detail-shots-create-hyper-real-portraits-historic-buildings-180968183/German artist Markus Brunetti brings a high-tech approach to capturing centuries-old cathedralsWed, 21 Feb 2018 18:44:43 +0000This Vibrant Bacteria Could Be Used to "Grow" Painthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-discovered-real-world-equivalent-photoshops-color-eyedropper-180968227/Researchers genetically manipulated bacteria to produce the iridescent colors seen in peacock feathers, butterfly wingsWed, 21 Feb 2018 18:43:28 +0000Copy of Declaration of Independence, Hidden Behind Wall Paper During the Civil War, Resurfaces in Texashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copy-declaration-independence-hidden-behind-wall-paper-during-civil-war-resurfaces-texas-180968207/The document, which belonged to James Madison, is one of 200 facsimiles commissioned in the 19th centuryWed, 21 Feb 2018 17:20:36 +0000Metal Blends Offer Clues to Picasso Sculptures' Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-team-uses-portable-tools-pursue-provenance-picasso-sculptures-180968208/Analysis of bronze and sheet metal sculptures reveals how, when and where works were castWed, 21 Feb 2018 15:30:00 +0000How Churches Are Improving Wi-Fi Access in Rural Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-churches-rural-england-will-be-outfitted-wifi-180968213/A new program is outfitting places of worship with wireless transmitters and fiber cablesTue, 20 Feb 2018 21:10:16 +0000The Evolution of Jewish Identity Takes Center Stage at Revamped Jewish Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revamped-jewish-museum-examines-evolving-cultural-identity-180968201/The redesigned permanent exhibition highlights a rotating selection of artifacts spanning 4,000 years of historyTue, 20 Feb 2018 20:04:21 +0000First Video of Baby Dumbo Octopus Shows They're Fully Formed From Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-findings-show-dumbo-octopuses-are-fully-formed-birth-180968206/The deep sea creatures, which are named after Disney's floppy-eared elephant, use their giant fins for navigationTue, 20 Feb 2018 14:46:17 +0000Coffee Growing Can Be Good For Birds No Matter What Bean You Choosehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coffee-farms-are-good-birds-other-wildlife-study-finds-180968205/Whether you swing arabica or robusta, your coffee can support biodiversity—as long as it's grown in the shadeTue, 20 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000How Exploding Beetles Can Survive Being Eaten Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-exploding-beetles-cause-japanese-toads-vomit-180968095/Bombardier beetles can escape the stomachs of toads by setting off a powerful chemical reactionTue, 20 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000