Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenWed, 14 Nov 2018 20:43:02 +0000Preserving the Home of Selma Heraldo, Neighbor and Friend of Louis Armstronghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/preserving-home-selma-heraldo-neighbor-and-friend-louis-armstrong-180970699/Heraldo bequeathed her home to the Louis Armstrong House Museum, which plans to renovate the property with the help of a sizable city grantTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:18:12 +0000Man-Eating Tigress Killed in India, Lured by Calvin Klein Colognehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mens-cologne-caught-man-eating-tigress-180970498/Indian officials say the hunters initially attempted tranquilizing the animal, but killed her, reportedly in self-defense, in the endTue, 09 Oct 2018 18:11:05 +0000Time to Get Jiggily With it, Fat Bear Week Is Upon Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-jiggly-it-fat-bear-week-has-begun-180970458/Your vote will determine which fish-chomping ursine competitor in Katmai National Park and Preserve is the chubbiest cubby of them allWed, 03 Oct 2018 19:09:36 +0000Heatwaves May Dramatically Reduce Insect Fertilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heatwaves-may-dramatically-reduce-insect-fertility-180970819/Sperm production dropped by nearly three-quarters among male beetles exposed to lab-induced temperature increasesWed, 14 Nov 2018 20:43:02 +0000This Dino-Era Bird Was as Advanced as Modern Species. So Why Did It Disappear?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dino-era-bird-flew-well-modern-species-so-why-did-it-disappear-180970817/An enantiornithine fossil found in the western U.S. sat in storage for 25 years before it was officially described Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:20:05 +0000DNA Analysis Offers Insights on Origins of Extinct Jamaican Monkeyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-offers-insights-origins-extinct-jamaican-monkey-180970815/The unusual creature had few teeth, rodent-like legs, a squat body and a slow-paced lifestyleWed, 14 Nov 2018 17:03:28 +0000Wes Anderson's Curatorial Debut With Juman Malouf Transforms Vienna Museum Into One of Filmmaker's Dollhouseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wes-andersons-curatorial-debut-sees-vienna-museum-transformed-cabinet-curiosities-180970761/The filmmaker and Malouf, an illustrator, designer and novelist, co-curated the new exhibition, which pulls from the Kunsthistorisches' vast collectionWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:59:33 +0000How the Los Angeles Zoo Prepares Its Animals to Face Natural Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-angeles-zoo-prepares-animals-natural-disasters-180970773/The institution sprung into action late last week, evacuating birds and some smaller primates before firefighters contained a nearby blaze in Griffith ParkWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:08:24 +0000Deaf Moths May Use Their ‘Fur’ To Avoid Hungry Batshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deaf-moths-may-use-their-fur-avoid-hungry-bats-180970799/Fur-like scales on the insects’ thoraxes absorb the echoes of bat calls, according to new researchWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:22:24 +0000Massive Shark Nursery Found Off the West Coast of Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-shark-nursery-found-near-ireland-180970795/Thousands of eggs and hundreds of catsharks were spotted during a deep sea coral reef survey 200 miles west of the islandWed, 14 Nov 2018 14:41:21 +0000Listen in on Orca Chatter with a New Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-orca-chatter-new-app-180970793/The team behind the app hopes that citizen scientists will help experts locate struggling southern resident killer whales Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Juno's Latest Photo of Jupiter Is Breathtakinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/junos-latest-photo-jupiter-breathtaking-180970792/The image, processed from JunoCam's raw data, shows storms and winds in the planet's Northern Temperate BeltTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:52:03 +0000Soon, the Average Human Will Be Taller, Heavier. That Will Lead to Increased Food Demandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/near-future-average-human-projected-be-taller-heavier-leading-increased-food-demand-180970791/Between 1975 and 2014, average adult grew 1.3 percent taller and 14 percent heavier, triggering 6.1 percent uptick in energy consumptionTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:05:10 +0000Why This Aretha Franklin Documentary Took 46 Years to Make it to Theatershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aretha-franklin-documentary-coming-theaters-46-years-after-it-was-filmed-180970775/The documentary was long beset by technical and legal woes, but Franklin’s family members recently gave it their blessingTue, 13 Nov 2018 15:55:59 +0000A Gurgling ‘Mud Pot’ Is Crawling Across Southern Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gurgling-mud-pot-crawling-across-southern-california-180970787/Scientists don’t know why the muddy spring is moving, but it poses a threat to the infrastructure in its pathMon, 12 Nov 2018 20:48:43 +0000Tomb Full of Sacred Cats and Beetles Found in Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-full-cats-and-scarab-found-egypt-180970786/The recently opened tomb in the Saqqara necropolis included gilded feline statues and extremely rare mummified scarab beetlesMon, 12 Nov 2018 19:15:54 +0000100 Years of Hollywood History Lost as California Inferno Destroys Paramount Ranchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-years-hollywood-history-lost-california-inferno-razes-paramount-ranch-180970785/The ranch's Western Town served as the one of the sets of popular HBO drama 'Westworld'Mon, 12 Nov 2018 18:14:04 +0000Letter Shows Einstein’s Prescient Concerns About ‘Dark Times’ in Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/letter-shows-einsteins-prescient-concerns-about-dark-times-germany-180970783/In 1922, after fleeing Berlin out of fear for his safety, Einstein wrote to his sister about his new ‘reclusive’ lifeMon, 12 Nov 2018 18:00:40 +0000This Rare Warbler Is Three Species in Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-bird-three-species-one-180970781/A warbler discovered in Pennsylvania is the offspring of a hybrid female and a male from a completely different genusMon, 12 Nov 2018 17:31:04 +0000Where Did Earth’s Water Originate? Solar Nebula, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-earths-water-originate-solar-nebula-study-suggests-180970780/Researchers say the hydrogen contained in these clouds of gas and dust contributed to formation of one out of every 100 water molecules found on EarthMon, 12 Nov 2018 16:44:03 +0000It's True: Ancient Gauls Embalmed the Severed Heads of Their Enemieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-true-ancient-gauls-embalmed-severed-heads-their-enemies-180970762/Chemical analysis shows that ancient accounts of the warriors preserving heads using pine resin are accurateMon, 12 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Gravity Map Reveals Tectonic Secrets Beneath Antartica's Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravity-map-reveals-what-lies-beneath-antarticas-ice-180970769/Satellite data shows East and West Antarctica have very different geologic historiesFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:24:23 +0000Listen to the Moment the Guns Fell Silent Ending World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-moment-guns-fell-silent-ending-world-war-i-180970772/A new exhibit at the Imperial War Museum uses seismic data collected during the war to recreate the moment the Armistice went into effectFri, 09 Nov 2018 20:01:25 +0000This Week Has Offered a Slew of Insights on the Western Hemisphere’s First Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/week-has-offered-slew-insights-western-hemispheres-first-humans-180970768/Studies reveal rapid yet uneven movement south in at least three migratory waves, complicating story of the Americas' settlementFri, 09 Nov 2018 19:07:06 +0000Did a Huge Solar Storm Detonate Deep Sea Mines During the Vietnam War?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-huge-solar-storm-detonate-mines-during-vietnam-war-180970771/Dozens of underwater devices seemed to explode without cause in 1972Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:30:25 +0000Why Colorado Had to Vote This Week to Abolish Slavery in All Formshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorado-votes-abolish-slavery-all-forms-180970764/Previously, the state’s constitution made an exception for slavery as a punishment for convicted criminalsFri, 09 Nov 2018 18:29:15 +0000This Veterans Day, Visit America’s Top Military Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/veterans-day-visit-americas-top-military-sites-180970748/A new book offers a guide to the museums, bases and once-secret locations that reveal America’s complex military historyFri, 09 Nov 2018 17:21:47 +0000The Mystery of Ancient Dolphins’ Super-Long Snoutshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-ancient-dolphins-hyper-long-snouts-180970763/A new study suggests the extinct cetaceans used their snouts to hit and stun prey, much as swordfish doThu, 08 Nov 2018 21:51:29 +0000This Is What Happens Inside a Beatboxer's Mouth When They Performhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-beatboxing-inside-180970758/MRI scans of vocal percussionists show that beatboxing takes the vocal tract beyond human languageThu, 08 Nov 2018 18:47:50 +0000British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing Lessonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-doctors-may-soon-prescribe-art-music-dance-singing-lessons-180970750/Campaign is expected to launch across the entire U.K. by 2023Thu, 08 Nov 2018 18:05:11 +0000Babies Share Same Laugh Patterns as Chimpanzeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/babies-share-same-laugh-patterns-chimpanzees-180970757/Unlike adults, who tend to laugh while exhaling, infants let giggles loose while both inhaling and exhalingThu, 08 Nov 2018 17:15:18 +0000Ancient Ape Was Just the Size of a House Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-ape-was-just-size-house-cat-180970751/12.5 million-year-old teeth found in Kenya belonged to a species that ate leaves, but was likely outcompeted by an explosion of monkeysThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Experts Are Troubled by a Viral Video of a Baby Bear’s Mountain Climbhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-experts-are-troubled-viral-video-baby-bears-mountain-climb-180970753/The cub and its mother appear to have been disturbed by the drone that shot the footage Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:26:12 +0000Chicago Cancels Sale of Kerry James Marshall's 'Knowledge and Wonder'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-cancels-sale-important-piece-african-american-public-art-180970737/The site-specific mural, featuring black children and adults gazing at the marvels of the universe, will not go up for auction following intense criticismWed, 07 Nov 2018 19:32:32 +0000The Physics of a Perfect Pizzahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-work-out-equation-cooking-best-pizza-pie-180970749/It takes just the right amount of heat and conduction to turn dough into the perfect Roman Margherita pizzaWed, 07 Nov 2018 19:10:48 +0000Australian Rivers Are Contaminated With Pharmaceuticals. That's Bad News For Platypuses, Study Sayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/analysis-australian-aquatic-animals-reveals-traces-more-60-pharmaceuticals-180970746/The team found evidence of human medications in every insect tested, including those from national park previously believed to be free of contaminantsWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:17:24 +0000Sweden’s Disgusting Food Museum Is Not for the Faint of Stomachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swedens-disgusting-food-museum-not-faint-stomach-180970735/But the museum isn’t trying to make visitors lose their lunch; instead, it hopes to highlight the cultural subjectivity of food Wed, 07 Nov 2018 17:42:35 +000010,000 Years of British History to Be Unearthed in Excavations in Advance of Planned Rail Linehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-planned-rail-line-yields-trove-archaeological-treasures-spanning-10000-years-british-history-180970739/Initial finds include hunter-gatherer site on outskirts of London, Wars of the Roses battlefield, Industrial Revolution burial guardWed, 07 Nov 2018 16:05:21 +0000This Remote Control Vest Trains Rescue Dogs Using Flashlightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vest-makes-search-and-rescue-dogs-remote-control-180970734/By aiming little spots of light, handlers can direct their fearless doggos through disaster areasTue, 06 Nov 2018 19:38:36 +0000How a Flightless Bird Ended Up on an Island 1,550 Miles Away From Any Mainlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-flightless-bird-ended-remote-atlantic-island-180970709/New genetic analysis suggests the bird did not walk to Inaccessible Island, as scientists in the past suggestedTue, 06 Nov 2018 19:13:06 +0000Exhibition Re-Examines Modernism’s Black Modelshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-black-maid-manets-olympia-tells-us-about-modernisms-models-180970708/Curator Denise Murrell looks at the unheralded black women featured in some of art history’s masterpiecesTue, 06 Nov 2018 18:26:26 +0000Did Rampant Inbreeding Contribute to Early Humans’ High Rate of Skeletal Deformities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rampant-inbreeding-may-have-contributed-early-humans-high-rate-skeletal-abnormalities-180970733/Researcher identified 75 skeletal or dental defects in sample of just 66 sets of ancient remainsTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:48:33 +0000Recently Unearthed Roman Latrine Was Full of Dirty Jokeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-latrine-was-full-dirty-jokes-180970705/Mosaics uncovered in a Roman bathroom in modern-day Turkey reminds us that bathroom humor has ancient rootsTue, 06 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Parts of the Ocean Floor Are Disintegrating—And It's Our Faulthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parts-ocean-floor-are-disintegrating-180970706/A new study has found that calcium carbonate on the sea floor is dissolving too quickly in an effort to keep up with excess carbon dioxide Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:52:11 +0000Researchers Can Now Monitor Whales Via Satellitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-can-now-monitor-whales-satellite-180970703/The latest high resolution satellites can pick out whales surfacing in huge swaths of ocean, which will aid in conservationMon, 05 Nov 2018 21:35:08 +0000Llama Antibodies May Be the Key to Flu Preventionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/llama-antibodies-may-be-key-flu-prevention-180970704/Researchers have created a llama-inspired mega protein capable of neutralizing 59 different strains of influenzaMon, 05 Nov 2018 19:53:11 +0000Ambitious Project to Sequence Genomes of 1.5 Million Species Kicks Offhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-project-sequence-genomes-15-million-species-kicks-180970697/The Earth BioGenome Project promises to revolutionize biologyMon, 05 Nov 2018 17:50:03 +0000This Petite Cat Is the World's Deadliest. Mini-Series 'Super Cats' Shows You Whyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/petite-cat-worlds-deadliest-killing-more-prey-single-night-leopard-does-six-months-180970695/The African black-footed cat weighs roughly 200 times less than the average lion, but it has a predation success rate of 60 percentMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Legacy of Jane Fortune, Champion of Forgotten Women Artists, Lives on in New Initiativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legacy-jane-fortune-champion-forgotten-female-artists-lives-space-their-own-180970689/'A Space of Their Own' aims to build comprehensive digital database of 15th- to 19th-century women artistsFri, 02 Nov 2018 19:36:10 +0000The Milky Way Ate One of Its Neighbors 10 Billion Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/milky-way-ate-one-its-friends-10-billion-years-ago-180970696/Star data shows we gobbled up a galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus about 1/4 the size of the Milky Way, leaving behind telltale signs of the mergerFri, 02 Nov 2018 17:45:39 +0000Louis Cha, "Master" of Kung-Fu Novels, Has Died at 94https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-answer-tolkien-and-rowling-louis-cha-has-died-94-180970688/Under the pen-name Jin Yong, the writer published 14 seminal books that defined the entire wuxia genre and sold more than 300 million copiesFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:34:08 +0000How a Japanese Island Quietly Disappearedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-island-quietly-disappeared-180970694/Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, as the island is called, may have been eroded by wind and ice floesFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:29:02 +0000Toothy Medieval Sea Monster Remains Found in Londonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothy-medieval-sea-monster-remains-found-london-180970692/The lamprey, a jawless fish that uses its teeth to hook onto the flesh of prey, was a favorite delicacy amongst British royals past and presentFri, 02 Nov 2018 15:11:37 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Given Birds Their Colorful, Speckled Eggshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-given-birds-their-colorful-speckled-eggs-180970687/A new analysis of fossilized eggshells suggests diversely patterned eggs evolved much earlier than previously believedThu, 01 Nov 2018 17:05:39 +0000Your Appendix May Be Starting Point for Parkinson's Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/appendix-may-be-starting-point-parkinsons-disease-180970685/Those who have the organ removed have a 20 percent less chance of developing the disease, which is related to protein found in the appendix and the brainThu, 01 Nov 2018 16:56:55 +0000Researchers Unearth Glass Labyrinth Created by Underwater Volcanic Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unearth-glass-labyrinth-created-underwater-volcanic-eruption-180970672/The unusual formation is situated nearly three miles below the ocean's surface—a distance greater than Mount Rainier's height above sea levelThu, 01 Nov 2018 14:54:52 +0000Students Unearth 6,000-Year-Old Stone Axe at Mount Vernonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-unearth-6000-year-old-stone-axe-mount-vernon-180970684/The tool, which was likely used for cutting or carving wood rather than as a weapon, was crafted during 4000 B.C.Thu, 01 Nov 2018 14:50:29 +0000Why Fall Color Has Been So Meh in Parts of the U.S. This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-fall-color-has-been-so-meh-parts-us-year-180970677/A hot fall and excess rain robbed much of the East Coast of its annual leaf showThu, 01 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000Venice Museums Re-Open After the City's Worst Flood in a Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-museums-re-open-after-citys-worst-flood-decade-180970682/How Venice and its cultural institutions will battle rising sea levels in the future is a larger questionThu, 01 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000There's a Pokémon Go-Inspired App for Catholicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pokemon-go-inspired-app-catholics-sends-players-search-saints-180970628/The Pope was reportedly impressed by the new gameThu, 01 Nov 2018 10:00:00 +0000Sylvia Plath’s Last Letters Paint Visceral Portrait of Her Marriage, Final Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-volume-sylvia-plaths-last-letters-paints-visceral-portrait-her-marriage-final-years-180970671/A new volume of her correspondence highlights the poet's whimsical, sensual and intellectual sidesWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:30:22 +0000Kepler Space Telescope, Revealer of New Worlds, Officially Shuts Down After Historic Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-space-telescope-revealed-thousands-new-worlds-has-died-180970673/Launched in 2009, Kepler discovered thousands of new exoplanets before finally running out of fuel earlier this monthWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:08:24 +0000Neanderthals Breathed With Powerful Lungs, 3-D Reconstruction Shows https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-chest-shape-may-have-given-neanderthals-their-powerful-lungs-180970674/The new study has found that Neanderthals' chests were not larger in volume than those of modern humans, contrary to popular beliefWed, 31 Oct 2018 17:17:36 +0000Are Classical Music Performances Speeding Up?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-bach-compositions-suggests-classical-music-performances-are-speeding-180970667/For Johann Sebastian Bach's 333rd birthday, a team looked at recordings of the composer's work over the last 50 yearsWed, 31 Oct 2018 15:37:49 +0000New National Monument in Kentucky Honors Black Civil War Troopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-monument-kentucky-honors-black-civil-war-troops-180970668/Over 10,000 African-American troops mustered at Camp Nelson, which also offered refuge for their enslaved wives and childrenTue, 30 Oct 2018 20:54:58 +0000Never-Before-Seen Colony of 1,000 Brooding Octopuses Found Off California Coast https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-colony-1000-brooding-octopuses-found-california-180970664/The deep sea creatures are raising their eggs on the Davidson Seamount in Monterey Bay National Marine SanctuaryTue, 30 Oct 2018 19:31:31 +0000Is This the Bag That Held Sir Walter Raleigh's Mummified Head?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-held-sir-walter-raleighs-mummified-head-180970656/Legend has it his wife retained his embalmed head. But while the sack dates to the correct era and was found in his son's home, scholars are not convincedTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:42:04 +0000China Reverses Its Ban on the Use of Rhino and Tiger Parts in Medicine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-reverses-its-ban-use-rhino-and-tiger-parts-medicine-180970665/Conservationists worry that the decision will further imperil threatened speciesTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:39:48 +0000Cacao Was First Cultivated in South America, Not Mexico and Central Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cacao-was-first-cultivated-south-america-not-mexico-and-central-america-180970663/New study pinpoints birth of chocolate to some 5,300 years ago, or nearly 1,500 years earlier than previously believedTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:27:44 +0000This Halloween, a Social Experiment Will Allow Internet Users to Control the Actions of a Real Personhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/halloween-mit-hosting-creepy-social-experiment-allows-internet-users-control-real-person-180970653/MIT Media Laboratory's BeeMe is the love child of ‘Black Mirror’ and psychologist Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiments on free will and obedienceTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:22:33 +0000Forced to Close by Civil War, the National Museum of Damascus Re-Opens Its Doorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forced-close-civil-war-national-museum-damascus-re-opens-its-doors-180970652/The museum’s collections were among 300,000 artifacts hidden by officials as violence spread in SyriaTue, 30 Oct 2018 14:18:51 +0000A Polio-Like Illness Is Causing Paralysis in Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polio-illness-causing-paralysis-children-180970657/Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, remains very rare, but cases have been peaking every other year since 2014Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:17:36 +0000Was the Vikings' Secret to Success Industrial-Scale Tar Production?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vikings-secret-weapon-was-industrial-scale-tar-180970651/Evidence suggests that the ability to mass-produce tar bolstered their trade repertoire and allowed them to waterproof and seal their iconic longships Mon, 29 Oct 2018 20:16:33 +0000See L.A.'s Strangest Sculpture Shine Bright Once Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ls-strangest-sculpture-shining-bright-once-again-180970624/Built in the 1970s, the Triforium was designed to sync light and music but the costly venture was ahead of its timeMon, 29 Oct 2018 18:29:18 +0000These Are the United States’ 18 Most Dangerous Volcanoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-united-states-18-most-dangerous-volcanoes-180970650/Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea, Washington’s Mount St. Helens top the list, which forecasts eruptions' potential impact on people, property, infrastructureMon, 29 Oct 2018 17:31:09 +0000Developers and Preservationists Clash Over Underground Railroad Stophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/developers-and-preservationists-clash-over-underground-railroad-stop-180970643/Opponents say a plan to build 67 townhomes near Hovenden House and Abolitionist Hall outside Philadelphia will destroy the area's heritage spaceMon, 29 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000See Rare Footage of the Elusive, Ethereal Dumbo Octopus https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-rare-footage-elusive-ethereal-dumbo-octopus-180970645/A team of researchers spotted the creature thousands of feet below sea level with the help of a remotely operated vehicleFri, 26 Oct 2018 19:18:32 +0000Christie's Is First to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligence, But What Does That Mean?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-first-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-what-does-mean-180970642/Paris-based art collective Obvious’ ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ sold for $432,500, nearly 45 times its initial estimateFri, 26 Oct 2018 18:46:45 +0000Hanging Out in Space Deforms Brain Tissue, New Cosmonaut Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hanging-out-space-alters-brain-tissues-180970641/While gray matter shrinks, cerebrospinal fluid increases. What's more: These changes do not completely resolve once back on Earth.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:48:59 +0000Man Arrested for Trying to Steal an Original Copy of the Magna Cartahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-arrested-trying-steal-rare-copy-magna-carta-180970640/The suspect was apprehended after taking a hammer to a glass case containing the 13th-century documentFri, 26 Oct 2018 17:30:59 +0000The Woman Who Invented the Green Bean Casserolehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-dorcas-reilly-inventor-green-bean-casserole-180970635/Dorcas Reilly, who came up with the iconic American dish in the 1950s, has died at 92Fri, 26 Oct 2018 16:25:31 +0000The Grand Canyon’s Oldest Footprints Are 310 Million Years Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyons-oldest-footprints-are-310-million-years-old-180970638/Researcher Stephen Rowland says the creature that left the tracks was "doing a funny little side-walking step, line-dance kind of thing"Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:22:46 +0000Art Institute of Chicago Now Offers Open Access to 44,313 Images (and Counting)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-institute-chicago-now-offers-open-access-44313-images-and-counting-its-collections-180970633/Now you can view the museum’s masterpieces without taking a flight to ChicagoFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:26:28 +0000Meet Africa's Newest Crocodile Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-africas-newest-crocodile-species-180970634/The African slender-snouted crocodile has been split into two species and both of them are critically endangeredFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder In Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-faces-antarctica-attempted-murder-charge-180970632/Earlier this month a researcher stabbed another individual at Bellinghausen Station after suffering an "emotional breakdown"Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:31:11 +0000Lavender’s Lovely Smell Soothes Anxious Behavior in Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lavenders-lovely-smell-may-be-key-its-soothing-effects-180970631/In mice, at least, lavender may also be as effective at combating anxiety as commonly-prescribed medicationsThu, 25 Oct 2018 17:01:54 +0000Crafty New Caledonian Crows Can Assemble Toolshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-caledonian-crows-can-assemble-compound-tools-180970630/The brainy birds successfully navigated feat previously accomplished by just two other species: humans and chimpsThu, 25 Oct 2018 16:02:35 +0000Major European Institutions Will 'Loan' Looted Artifacts to New Nigerian Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-european-institutions-will-loan-looted-artifacts-new-nigerian-museum-180970619/During an 1897 raid, the British army plundered 4,000 artifacts from the kingdom of BeninThu, 25 Oct 2018 13:55:48 +0000 Supreme Court Orders Pause in Landmark Climate Change Case Led By Youthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-orders-pause-landmark-climate-change-case-180970626/21 children and young people are suing the United States government over policies they say contribute to climate change Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:58:49 +0000The Commando Who Foiled Hitler's Atomic Ambitions Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commando-who-foiled-hitlers-atomic-ambitions-has-died-180970618/Norwegian resistance fighter Joachim Ronneberg led the raid that destroyed stock of "heavy water" Hitler needed to produce weapons-grade plutoniumWed, 24 Oct 2018 17:23:41 +0000Oldest Intact Shipwreck Discovered in the Black Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-intact-shipwreck-discovered-black-sea-180970622/The Greek merchant vessel similar to those found on ancient pottery was carbon dated to 400 B.C. Wed, 24 Oct 2018 16:03:50 +0000The Results Are In...These Are America’s "Most-Beloved" Novels, Says PBShttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-americas-top-10-favorite-novels-180970580/More than 4 million people voted, securing top honors for Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird' in the Great American Read initiativeWed, 24 Oct 2018 15:47:08 +0000A Lioness Killed the Father of Her Cubs in Rare Attack at Indianapolis Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lioness-killed-father-her-cubs-rare-attack-indianapolis-zoo-180970621/Prior to the incident, 12-year-old Zuri had never shown signs of aggression toward 10-year-old NyackWed, 24 Oct 2018 15:42:09 +0000Museum of the Bible Acknowledges Five of Its Dead Sea Scrolls Are Forgerieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-museum-bibles-treasured-dead-sea-scrolls-are-forgeries-180970617/Analysis suggests nearly one-third of the museum's 16 scrolls are fakes, and study of the remaining fragments may yield similar resultsTue, 23 Oct 2018 21:13:32 +0000Salty Water Under the Surface of Mars Could Have Enough Oxygen for Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-water-under-surface-mars-could-have-enough-o2-life-180970616/New models suggest subsurface water could absorb enough oxygen to support microbial communities and even things like spongesTue, 23 Oct 2018 18:45:29 +0000Spain's Push to Remove Franco's Remains From the Valley of the Fallenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spain-hopes-remove-francos-remains-civil-war-memorial-180970606/Congress approved the government decree to move the fascist dictator from his spot in the civil war mausoleum, but obstacles remainTue, 23 Oct 2018 18:22:01 +0000World’s Longest Sea Bridge Opens Amid Controversy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-sea-bridge-opens-amid-controversy-180970605/More than 275 workers were injured during the construction of the bridge, which connects Hong Kong, Macau and China Tue, 23 Oct 2018 17:55:26 +0000 A Rare Sighting of the ‘Headless Chicken Monster’ of the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-sighting-headless-chicken-monster-180970615/The strange sea cucumber, spotted in the Southern Ocean, has only been captured on video once beforeTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:54:43 +0000Microplastics Found in Human Poop for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microplastics-found-lurking-human-stool-first-time-180970613/The pesky particles were present in all eight stool samples gathered for pilot studyTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:33:32 +0000Employer Who Pushed Van Gogh to New Career Path Revealed in Studio Photohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-fired-vincent-van-gogh-his-only-steady-art-world-job-180970604/An 1870s photograph of Charles Obach, one-time manager of the London Goupil Gallery branch, was found in the National Portrait Gallery's collectionsTue, 23 Oct 2018 14:33:39 +0000Raye Montague, a Barrier-Breaking Naval Ship Designer, Has Died at 83https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raye-montague-barrier-breaking-naval-ship-designer-has-died-83-180970608/Despite facing racism and sexism at nearly every turn, Montague produced the first computer-made Navy warship design Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:52:14 +0000Europe's First Dogs Disappeared After Neolithic Farmers Arrived With Their Own Pupshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-farmers-brought-their-doggos-them-europe-180970603/Genetic analysis shows ancient canines from the Near East slowly replaced indigenous dog populations of that periodMon, 22 Oct 2018 17:13:08 +0000Canadian Doctors Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Museum Visits as Treatmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-doctors-will-soon-be-able-prescribe-museum-visits-180970599/ An afternoon of art may offer serotonin mood boost, welcome distraction from chronic painMon, 22 Oct 2018 15:21:40 +0000At Behest of Derek Jeter, Marlins Park's Much-Ballyhooed Statue "Homer" Is Going, Going, Gonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divisive-sculpture-be-removed-miamis-marlins-park-derek-jeters-request-180970595/The artist is not pleasedMon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Curious Collection of Historic Oddities Reunited in Horace Walpole's Neo-Gothic Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horace-walpoles-curious-collection-historic-oddities-goes-view-his-former-home-180970589/See more than 150 artifacts originally on view in the estate during the 1700sMon, 22 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Norway Apologizes for Persecuting WWII "German Girls"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-apologizes-persecuting-wwii-german-girls-180970592/Women who consorted with Nazi soldiers were attacked, shunned and deported after the warFri, 19 Oct 2018 19:55:55 +0000This Little Fish Was Nomming on Flesh 150 Million Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-fish-was-nomming-flesh-150-million-years-ago-180970588/The Jurassic-era species found in southern Germany had jaws and teeth like a piranha and likely nipped off the fins of other fish Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:40:04 +0000Why Are Japan’s Cherry Blossom Trees Blooming in Fall?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-japans-cherry-blossom-trees-blooming-fall-180970590/Two typhoons followed by warm weather may have triggered Japan’s iconic trees to blossom months ahead of schedule Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:00:04 +0000A Fond Farewell to the Original Big Birdhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voice-big-bird-and-oscar-grouch-retiring-after-50-years-180970581/For five decades, puppeteer Carroll Spinney pioneered the roles of Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on "Sesame Street." Now, he says, it's time to step downFri, 19 Oct 2018 16:20:53 +0000United States Drops 21 Spots in Global Life Expectancy Rankings https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-drops-21-places-global-life-expectancy-rankings-180970585/By 2040, an average American's lifespan is projected to rise from 78.7 to 79.8 years, an increase of just 1.1 yearsFri, 19 Oct 2018 14:59:11 +0000Library of Congress Digitizes Its Huge Trove of Teddy Roosevelt Papers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-digitizes-its-huge-trove-teddy-roosevelt-papers-180970583/Among the thousands of documents is a letter containing the first use of the president’s famed maxim: ‘Speak softly and carry a big stick’Fri, 19 Oct 2018 14:34:25 +0000Pando, One of the World’s Largest Organisms, Is Dyinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pano-one-worlds-largest-organisms-dying-180970579/Mule deer and cattle are eating saplings before the clonal grove can regenerateThu, 18 Oct 2018 17:07:11 +0000Remote South Atlantic Islands Are Flooded With Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-south-atlantic-islands-are-flooded-plastic-180970578/In less than ten years, plastic pollution around St. Helena, East Falkland and Ascension Islands has increased tenfold, and 100 times in the last 30 yearsThu, 18 Oct 2018 16:31:54 +0000Chinese City Wants to Launch Fake Moon to Illuminate Its Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-city-wants-launch-fake-moon-illuminate-its-streets-180970576/Proposed satellite would cover 6- to 50-mile wide stretch of Chengdu with light eight times brighter than that of the real moonThu, 18 Oct 2018 15:35:32 +0000A Case of Mistaken Sea Monster Identityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bits-baby-snout-rewrite-history-sea-monsters-180970568/Re-analysis of Kansas fossils show they come from a newborn Tylosaurus, which were born without their tell-tale toothy snoutsThu, 18 Oct 2018 13:02:52 +0000Beautifully Painted Shrine Emerges From the Ashes of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beautifully-painted-shrine-emerges-ashes-pompeii-180970573/The remnants of a garden, a pool and an altar with traces of burnt offerings were also foundThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000To Mourn Beloved, 17-Year-Old Cat, Artist Made Genre-Spanning, Star-Studded Tribute Album https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-star-musicians-contributed-tribute-album-artists-deceased-cat-180970571/Pharrell, Bono, Laurie Anderson, Michael Stipe, The National and others penned songs for Souris, artist Sophie Calle's animal companionThu, 18 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rising Seas Pose Imminent Threat to Dozens of Historical Sites Across the Mediterraneanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-seas-pose-imminent-threat-dozens-historical-sites-across-mediterranean-180970567/Venetian canals, Phoenician port city of Tyre and Croatia’s Old City of Dubrovnik are amongst the sites at risk of flooding, erosionWed, 17 Oct 2018 18:36:43 +0000Urban Rats Enjoy Richer, More Reliable Diet Than Their Rural Counterpartshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urban-rats-enjoy-richer-more-reliable-diet-their-rural-counterparts-180970570/Researchers analyzed the remains of 86 brown rats that roamed Toronto between 1790 and 1890Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:00:55 +00002,000-Year-Old Stone Inscription Is Earliest to Spell Out 'Jerusalem'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-ancient-stone-inscription-unusual-spelling-jerusalem-180970513/In ancient times, a shorthand spelling was typically usedWed, 17 Oct 2018 17:48:01 +0000You'll Be Able to Watch Rembrandt’s Most Ambitious Work Be Restored In-Person—or Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-rembrandts-most-ambitious-work-will-be-view-museum-galleryand-online-180970565/Experts at the Rijksmuseum estimate the process of conserving “The Night Watch” is expected to take several yearsWed, 17 Oct 2018 17:47:27 +0000Same-Sex Penguin Couple Take a Crack at Incubating an Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/same-sex-penguin-couple-take-crack-incubating-egg-180970569/Sphen and Magic (or ‘Sphengic’) seem to be doing quite well at caring for their foster baby-to-beWed, 17 Oct 2018 17:19:11 +0000British Army Revives Monuments Men to Salvage Art in War-Torn Countrieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-army-revives-monuments-men-hopes-salvaging-art-war-torn-countries-180970563/The 15-person squad, formed to combat loss of cultural heritage in the Middle East, will specialize in art crime, engineering and archaeologyTue, 16 Oct 2018 19:26:24 +0000Male Gorillas That Babysit End Up With Larger Brood of Their Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gorilla-babysitting-180970562/Male gorillas that participated in child-rearing were also more successful breedersTue, 16 Oct 2018 18:17:04 +0000Rare Viking Ship Burial Found in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-ship-burial-found-norwegian-farm-field-180970560/Ground-penetrating radar detected the remains of a 66-foot long boat along with the traces other burial mounds and five longhousesTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:59:02 +0000Thanks to Climate Change, Beer Will Go the Way of Bees, Chocolate and Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-lead-widespread-beer-shortages-180970561/It’s not the most severe impact of rising temperatures, but the lack of a cold one on a hot day could "add insult to injury," says a new studyTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:37:43 +0000What Did Elizabeth I Actually Look Like? This Artist Has a Suggestionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-elizabeth-i-actually-look-artist-has-suggestion-180970553/Mat Collishaw’s ‘Mask of Youth’ presents realistic depiction of the Tudor queen, explores her savvy command of public personaTue, 16 Oct 2018 16:32:28 +0000Earth Lost 2.5 Billion Years’ Worth of Evolutionary History in Just 130,000 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-lost-25-billion-years-worth-evolutionary-history-just-130000-years-180970558/Even if humans curbed destructive actions within next 50 years, it would take between five to seven million years for mammal biodiversity to fully recoverTue, 16 Oct 2018 16:11:07 +0000Spooky Poster for 'The Mummy' Poised to Take Back Title of World's Most Expensive Movie Posterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spooky-poster-1932s-mummy-poised-smash-auction-records-180970554/The relic from Hollywood’s golden age of horror is expected to surpass auction record set by fellow horror film poster from the 1930s last yearTue, 16 Oct 2018 15:23:18 +0000Rare Book Library Summons Tales of World's Oldest Monstershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-tales-worlds-oldest-monsters-180970471/The monsters have arrived at Toronto's Thomas Fisher Rare Book LibraryMon, 15 Oct 2018 20:34:00 +0000136,000 Varieties of Rice Are Now Protected in Perpetuityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/136000-rice-varieties-are-now-protected-perpetuity-180970552/An annual $1.4 million funding grant will allow the International Rice Research Institute to help develop drought, heat- and flood-resistant rice varietiesMon, 15 Oct 2018 19:46:06 +0000From Obscurity, Hilma af Klint Is Finally Being Recognized as a Pioneer of Abstract Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guggenheim-spotlights-swedish-spiritualist-hilma-af-klint-europes-little-known-first-abstract-artist-180970530/Before the modernists, the Swedish painter's monumental canvases featured free-wheeling swirls, mysterious symbols, pastel paletteMon, 15 Oct 2018 19:00:04 +0000This Humongous Fungus Is as Massive as Three Blue Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mushroom-massive-three-blue-whales-180970549/A new estimate suggests this mushroom is 2,500 Years Old and Weighs 440 tonsMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:40:59 +0000This Ancient 10-Year-Old Received a ‘Vampire Burial’ to Prevent Return From the Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-10-year-old-received-vampire-burial-prevent-return-dead-180970550/The malaria-stricken Roman child was buried in the ominously named Cemetery of the Babies with a stone inserted into its mouthMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:15:03 +0000You Could Be Identified Through a Genealogy Database—Even If Your DNA Hasn’t Been Testedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-be-identified-through-genealogy-databaseeven-if-your-dna-hasnt-been-tested-180970532/New study finds that approximately 60 percent of people of European-descent in the U.S. can be matched to a third cousin or closerMon, 15 Oct 2018 13:58:32 +0000Twenty Years After His Brutal Murder, Matthew Shepard Will Be Buried at the Washington National Cathedralhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/matthew-shepard-be-buried-washington-national-cathedral-20-years-after-his-brutal-murder-180970529/Shepard has endured as a symbol of violent hate crimes against LGBTQ peopleFri, 12 Oct 2018 19:20:04 +0000Mary Borden's Forgotten World War I Ballad to Mark Centenary of Armistice Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-poets-forgotten-world-war-i-ballad-will-be-recognized-centenary-armistice-day-180970525/The heiress, poet and activist funded and oversaw military field hospitals during both world wars, penned series of sonnets inspired by wartime experiencesFri, 12 Oct 2018 18:05:44 +0000Growing Up Surrounded by Books Could Have Powerful, Lasting Effect on the Mindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/growing-surrounded-books-may-bolster-skills-later-life-180970523/A new study suggests that exposure to large home libraries may have a long-term impact on proficiency in three key areas Fri, 12 Oct 2018 16:45:07 +0000Largest Ever Study of Chinese People’s Genetics Reveals Insights on Migration Patterns, Diet, Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-ever-study-chinese-peoples-genetics-reveals-insights-migration-patterns-diet-disease-180970528/Scientists analyzed DNA samples from 141,431 pregnant Chinese women, or roughly 1/10,000 of the country’s populationFri, 12 Oct 2018 15:53:41 +0000The Average Person Can Recognize 5,000 Faceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/average-person-can-recognize-5000-faces-180970527/But some participants in a recent study were able to recall as many as 10,000 facesFri, 12 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000You Thought Modern Life Was Bad. This Neanderthal Child Was Eaten By a Giant Birdhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poor-neanderthal-child-was-eaten-giant-bird-180970524/It's not known if the bird killed the child or scavenged its remains, but finger bones found in Poland show they went through a bird's digestive tractThu, 11 Oct 2018 19:44:33 +0000The Future Is Female for San Francisco’s Public Art Scenehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-franciscos-public-art-will-now-immortalize-more-women-180970508/A new ordinance means that at least 30 percent of new public art will depict notable women of history, beginning with Maya AngelouThu, 11 Oct 2018 18:49:46 +0000If a Moon Has a Moon, Is Its Moon Called a Moonmoon?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-moon-could-host-moonmoon-if-moonmoons-are-thing-180970520/A new study suggests it's possible some moons could have moons and the internet wants to give them a name—but scientists have yet to actually find one Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:51:38 +0000Hurricane Michael Could Worsen—or Alleviate—Florida’s Toxic Red Tide Outbreakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-michael-could-worsenor-alleviatefloridas-toxic-red-tide-outbreak-180970521/Experts describe conflicting scenarios that alternately find the state’s poisonous algal bloom either weakening offshore or spreading inlandThu, 11 Oct 2018 17:11:02 +0000Astronauts Survive Emergency Landing After Russian Rocket Launch Failshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-survive-emergency-landing-after-russian-rocket-launch-fails-180970519/The two crew members landed safely in Kazakhstan after aborting the spaceflight to conduct a high-speed reentry procedure Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:03:11 +0000Mount Vesuvius Boiled Its Victims' Blood and Caused Their Skulls to Explodehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-vesuvius-boiled-its-victims-blood-and-caused-their-skulls-explode-180970504/A new study of residue on skeletons from the 79 A.D. eruption indicates Herculaneum was hit with a 400 to 900 degree pyroclastic flowWed, 10 Oct 2018 18:35:26 +0000How Siberian Huskies Get Their Piercing Blue Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-siberian-huskies-get-their-piercing-blue-eyes-180970507/A new study suggests that the defining trait is linked to a unique genetic mutationWed, 10 Oct 2018 18:00:09 +0000How Salty Fish Helped the Maya of Belize Bolster Their Economyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maya-belize-bolstered-their-economy-salty-fish-180970499/A new study suggests that workshops on the coast of Belize were not only producing salt, but also preserving animal meatWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:56:28 +0000Polar Bears May Soon Feast on Whale Carcasses. Global Warming is to Blame.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-may-soon-feast-whale-carcasses-global-warming-blame-180970506/This scavenging strategy saved sleuths of bears in the past, but it’s not sustainable as temperatures climb at unprecedented ratesWed, 10 Oct 2018 16:44:54 +0000Jenny Saville Takes Title of Most Expensive Living Female Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jenny-saville-becomes-most-expensive-living-female-artist-180970497/Her 1992 nude self-portrait "Propped" sold for $12.4 million. But the record-breaking price lags behind the amount paid to the men's holder of the titleTue, 09 Oct 2018 18:58:07 +0000How Fish Farms Can Use Facial Recognition to Survey Sick Salmonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-will-be-used-monitor-fish-faces-180970493/A Norwegian aquaculture company plans to combat sea lice and other problems by monitoring individual salmon in a high-tech fish farmsTue, 09 Oct 2018 18:42:16 +0000Tulsa to Search for Mass Graves From the Race Massacre of 1921https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tulsa-will-look-mass-graves-1921-race-massacre-180970479/During the pogrom, a white mob killed an estimated 300 black Tulsans. According to eyewitnesses, the dead are buried in unmarked mass graves in GreenwoodTue, 09 Oct 2018 17:37:29 +0000Dogs Are Smart, But Not Exceptionalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-are-smart-not-exceptionally-so-180970495/A new study has found that a host of similar animals match, or even exceed dogs’ intellectual abilities Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:05:03 +0000The World Was Just Issued 12-Year Ultimatum On Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-was-just-issued-12-year-ultimatum-climate-change-180970489/Leading climate scientists paint dire portrait of years to come if we maintain carbon-emission status quoMon, 08 Oct 2018 20:39:14 +0000New Law Puts Shetland on the Map—and Outside of a Boxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-law-puts-shetland-mapand-outside-box-180970490/Cartographers had previously been in the habit of representing the Scottish islands inside a box because they are located so far from the mainlandMon, 08 Oct 2018 20:36:14 +0000We Haven't Been Zapped Out Of Existence Yet, So Other Dimensions Are Probably Super Tiny https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-continued-existence-means-other-dimensions-are-probably-super-tiny-180970487/In theory, other dimensions aren't big enough to form black holes and consume our universe or it would have happened already Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:02:40 +0000This Yellowstone Geyser Spat Out a Pacifier From 1930s—And Lots of Other Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decades-trash-spurt-out-yellowstone-geyser-180970488/Park officials found items like a cement block, coins, aluminum cans and a pacifier from the 1930s Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:26:53 +0000Watch This $1.4 Million Banksy Painting Shred Itself As Soon As It's Soldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-14-million-bansky-painting-shred-itself-soon-it-sold-180970486/The street artist hid a built-in shredder in the frame of the artwork when he created it in 2006Mon, 08 Oct 2018 16:47:06 +0000Sans Forgetica is the Typeface You Won't Forgethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sans-forgetica-trippy-new-typeface-could-help-readers-remember-what-they-read-180970485/This “memory-boosting” font is stylized with a left-leaning slant and gaps in each letter meant to encourage your eyes to linger longerMon, 08 Oct 2018 15:36:54 +0000Saturn's Rings Rain Organic Compounds Into Its Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-rings-rain-organic-compounds-its-atmosphere-180970475/The Cassini probe's final flybys show that 22,000 pounds of material per second drops from the rings into the planet's ionosphereFri, 05 Oct 2018 21:01:02 +0000Ancient Precursor to Pumpkin Spice Latte? Archaeologists Uncover Earliest Human Use of Nutmeghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-pumpkin-spice-archaeologists-uncover-earliest-use-nutmeg-180970478/Shards of ancient ceramics on Pulau Ay reveal nutmeg's early historyFri, 05 Oct 2018 20:56:23 +0000Eight-Year-Old Girl Finds Iron Age Sword in Swedish Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-year-old-girl-finds-iron-age-sword-swedish-lake-180970482/She's no King Arthur, but locals are calling Saga Vanecek the "Queen of Sweden." To that we say, long live Saga!Fri, 05 Oct 2018 20:10:35 +0000Prehistoric Sharks Chowed Down on Pterosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-sharks-chowed-down-pterosaurs-180970476/Even 83 million years ago, top carnivores considered wings a tasty treatFri, 05 Oct 2018 19:22:42 +0000Two Activists Fighting Against Sexual Violence in Wartime Are This Year's Nobel Peace Prize Recipientshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-peace-prize-awarded-two-activists-fighting-against-sexual-violence-wartime-180970477/Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad are recognized for working to bring healing to victims, accountability to perpetrators and greater visibility to the publicFri, 05 Oct 2018 18:40:08 +0000Residue of Opium Poppy Found in Bronze Age Juglethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residue-opium-poppy-found-bronze-age-juglet-180970469/Whether the opium was consumed or used as oil for perfume or for anointing remains unclearFri, 05 Oct 2018 14:37:00 +0000Astronomers Find What May Be First Exomoon—And It's an Absolute Unithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-find-what-may-be-first-exo-moon-180970465/Astronomers suspect that there's Neptune-sized celestial body trailing an exoplanet about 8,000 light years Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:53:17 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of Wolf Hall, Where Henry VIII Fell for Jane Seymourhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-foundations-wolf-hall-tudor-estate-where-henry-viii-fell-jane-seymour-180970464/The team’s finds include a network of Tudor-era brick sewers, the foundations of two towers and ornate tilesThu, 04 Oct 2018 19:10:54 +0000Birds Are Acting Erratically in Minnesota. Blame It on the Alcohol.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-are-acting-erratically-minnesota-blame-it-alcohol-180970468/The birds have been feasting on fermented berries, leading to all manner of drunken antics and fowl play, including flying under the influence.Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:44:14 +0000How African Elephants Get Their Wrinkleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-African-Elephants-Get-Their-Wrinkles-180970463/The animal's crevice-filled skin helps keep it cool and shares a surprising set of similarities with the human skin disease ichthyosis vulgarisThu, 04 Oct 2018 15:20:49 +0000Finally, a Native American Exhibition in the Met's American Winghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-native-american-art-will-be-staged-mets-american-wing-first-time-180970457/91 of the objects on display were gifted to the museum on the condition that they be contextualized within the framework of America's art historyThu, 04 Oct 2018 14:03:28 +0000Australia is on Track to Eliminate Cervical Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-track-eliminate-cervical-cancer-180970461/A new study predicts that by 2028, there will be fewer than four new cervical cancer cases per 100,000 Australian women Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:31:27 +0000Brazil’s National Museum Launches Rebuilding Efforts with Temporary Exhibition of Surviving Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazils-national-museum-launches-rebuilding-efforts-temporary-exhibition-surviving-collection-180970455/Stabilization work must be completed before experts can assess extent of damage to museum’s collection of more than 20 million artifactsWed, 03 Oct 2018 18:15:05 +0000Researchers Studied Cute Pictures of Baby Giraffes to Learn About Their Spotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giraffes-inherit-their-spots-their-mamas-180970456/A new study shows giraffes' iconic puzzle-piece markings aren't random, and the size and shape may help little ones survive their first months of lifeWed, 03 Oct 2018 16:48:02 +0000Landmark Exhibition Brings Victor Hugo’s Forgotten Drawings Into Focushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-show-highlights-victor-hugos-forgotten-drawings-180970434/The famed French author produced some 4,000 brooding, tempestuous artworks during his lifetimeWed, 03 Oct 2018 14:46:54 +0000Three Evolutionary Scientists Share This Year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-evolutionary-scientists-share-years-nobel-prize-chemistry-180970453/Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter employed principles seen in evolution to develop proteins that tackle global chemical problemsWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:13:50 +0000This Art Exhibition Is Guaranteed to Make You Weephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/im-totally-not-crying-new-art-exhibit-guaranteed-make-you-weep-180970450/Tania Bruguera's new show at London's Tate Modern includes a room spritzed with an organic compound to stimulate "forced empathy"Wed, 03 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Nobels Notoriously Overlook Women Physicists. Donna Strickland's Win Puts That Disparity into the Spotlighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-physics-awarded-woman-first-time-55-years-180970451/Nobel committee recognizes three physicists in total, all of whom contributed to advancing laser technologyTue, 02 Oct 2018 22:58:27 +0000In the Search for Aliens, We've Only Analyzed a Small Pool in the Cosmic Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-aliens-weve-only-examined-cosmic-hot-tub-180970447/A new study estimates how much of outer space we've scoured for other life and finds we haven't exactly taken a deep diveTue, 02 Oct 2018 18:36:24 +0000Sloths Don't Just Live in Slow-Mo, They Can Put Their Metabolism On Pausehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sloths-can-temporarily-shut-down-their-metabolism-180970446/Unlike most mammals, sloths don't use vast amounts of energy when it's hot, instead opting to slow down and conserve power, more like birds or reptilesTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:58:35 +0000Now We Don't Have to Unravel Mummies to Study Them at a Cellular Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ct-technology-helps-scientists-unravel-mummies-secrets-180970443/Phase-contrast imaging enabled researchers to non-invasively examine a mummified hand's blood vessels, skin layers and connective tissueTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:38:09 +0000An Unknown Ancient Civilization in India Carved This Rock Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unknown-ancient-civilization-india-carved-strange-hilltop-rock-art-180970441/Hikers are cataloging the petroglyphs in the western part of Maharashtra stateTue, 02 Oct 2018 13:14:50 +0000Two Scientists Earn Nobel for Discovering a New Pillar in Cancer Therapyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-scientists-earn-nobel-discovering-new-pillar-cancer-therapy-180970438/The award recognizes work that figured out how to encourage the immune system to fight cancerMon, 01 Oct 2018 19:48:49 +0000World's Largest Forest Antelope Photographed in Uganda for First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-antelope-photographed-uganda-first-time-180970437/The lowland bongo and other mammal species were recorded during the first camera trap survey of Semuliki National Park Mon, 01 Oct 2018 18:43:43 +0000Watch the Strongest Indoor Magnetic Field Blast Doors of Tokyo Lab Wide Openhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strongest-indoor-magnetic-field-blows-doors-tokyo-lab-180970436/The unexpectedly large 1,200 tesla boom could help researchers explore quantum physics and help in the quest for nuclear fusionMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:16:42 +0000Westminster Abbey’s Newest Window Was Designed by David Hockney—on an iPadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/westminster-abbeys-newest-window-was-designed-david-hockney-ipad-180970427/It was commissioned in celebration of Elizabeth II’s reignMon, 01 Oct 2018 15:54:59 +000021 Years After Fire, Shroud of Turin Chapel Restored to Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shroud-turins-chapel-restored-after-fire-21-years-ago-180970432/The space, originally designed by priest and mathematician Guarino Guarini, includes a spectacular and intricate wood and marble domeMon, 01 Oct 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Met’s Latest Show Traces Armenia’s Cultural Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mets-latest-show-traces-armenias-cultural-evolution-180970431/<i>Armenia!</i> features more than 140 artifacts, including gilded reliquaries, illuminated manuscripts, textilesFri, 28 Sep 2018 19:34:05 +0000Local Council Approves Plan to Turn Portion of Battle of Bosworth Site Into Driverless Car Testing Trackhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/local-council-approves-plans-transform-battle-bosworth-field-site-driverless-car-testing-track-180970418/The 1485 clash between Richard III and Henry VII precipitated rise of Tudor dynastyFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:58:43 +0000Moths Love Sipping the Salty Tears of Sleeping Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-moth-gently-slurp-tears-slumbering-bird-180970430/A researcher in the Amazon happened up on the rare sight in the dead of night while looking for reptiles and amphibiansFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:28:48 +0000Cats Are Surprisingly Bad at Killing Ratshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-are-surprisingly-ineffective-keeping-urban-rat-populations-check-180970428/Over a 79-day period, feral felines killed just two rats, instead opting to hunt less challenging preyFri, 28 Sep 2018 16:15:59 +0000Antibiotics May Treat Appendicitis Without Surgeryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antibiotics-could-offer-non-surgical-treatment-appendicitis-180970429/A new study has found that around 60 percent of patients who were treated with antibiotics did not have a recurrence of appendicitis within five yearsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:29:25 +0000People Braved Australia's Western Desert Roughly 45,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-braved-australias-western-desert-45000-years-ago-180970421/Newly dated artifacts from a rock shelter show humans were in the inhospitable Little Sandy Desert at least 10,000 years earlier than previously thoughtFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:25:18 +0000Newly Discovered Letter Sheds Light on Overlooked Suffragette https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letter-sheds-light-overlooked-suffragette-180970381/Annie Kenney, who took part in the movement’s first militant act, wrote to her sister after being released from prisonFri, 28 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Newly Described Elephant Bird Is the Biggest Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-described-elephant-bird-biggest-yet-180970424/A new study is bringing long-overdue scientific rigor to the elephant bird’s family treeThu, 27 Sep 2018 19:22:10 +0000New Fossil Dubbed 'Giant Thunderclap at Dawn' Shows How Big Dinos Went From Two Legs to Fourhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-giant-fossils-shows-how-dinos-went-two-legs-four-180970423/A new species discovered in South Africa shows how dinosaurs went from bipedal beasts to four-legged giants like brontosaurusThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:52:25 +0000Did Murder Help Catalyze Thomas Gainsborough’s Early Career?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-two-murders-catalyze-thomas-gainsboroughs-early-career-180970416/New documentary evidence suggests the famed artist’s uncle and cousin were victims of targeted killingsThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:08:40 +0000Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-their-hands-precision-not-just-power-180970422/Researchers suggest that the early human ancestors’ hand usage places them in line with tailors, painters rather than brute-force laborersThu, 27 Sep 2018 16:55:43 +0000Ancient Comics Line This Roman-Era Tomb in Jordanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-comics-line-roman-era-tomb-jordan-180970400/Some of the nearly 260 figures depicted in the paintings are given speech captions reminiscent of modern comicsThu, 27 Sep 2018 16:39:23 +0000Elusive Tree Kangaroo Spotted for First Time in 90 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-tree-kangaroo-spotted-first-time-90-years-180970413/An amateur botanist spotted the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo in the remote mountains of West Papua, New GuineaThu, 27 Sep 2018 15:24:15 +0000Hey Fellow Kids, This Is How You Flip a Water Bottlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hey-fellow-kids-how-you-flip-water-bottle-180970414/New paper by undergrads illuminates the physics behind the Water Bottle ChallengeThu, 27 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Federal Judge Cancels Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt, Restores Species Protectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-judge-cancels-yellowstone-grizzly-hunt-180970412/The judge found that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service had acted ‘arbitrarily and capriciously’ in removing federal protections for the speciesWed, 26 Sep 2018 17:31:17 +0000World War II Bombing Shockwaves Were Strong Enough to Reach Edge of Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-war-ii-bombing-was-strong-enough-change-ionosphere-180970410/Analysis of radio records in the ionosphere showed that Allied Forces' bombing runs over Germany altered the upper atmosphereWed, 26 Sep 2018 17:01:50 +0000Newly Discovered Neon Fish Species Is Named After Greek Goddess of Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-neon-fish-species-named-after-greek-goddess-love-180970409/Researchers were so entranced by the pink and yellow fish that they failed to spot a sixgill shark swimming just above their headsWed, 26 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000NYC Pop-Up Exhibition Traces Broken Windows Policing’s Tollhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-pop-exhibition-traces-broken-windows-policings-toll-minority-communities-180970401/The show explores how the policing of minor crimes has caused an uptick in racial profiling, particularly targeting African American and Latino communitiesWed, 26 Sep 2018 15:24:57 +0000Historian Identifies Subject of Van Gogh's "Gardener"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historian-identifies-subject-van-goghs-gardener-180970387/The portrait is likely of a day laborer that worked on the grounds of the asylum where the troubled artist stayed near the end of his lifeWed, 26 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000"OK," "Sheeple" Says Scrabble, Which Added 300 New Words to Official Dictionaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrabble-300-words-offical-dictionary-180970398/“For a living language, the only constant is change,” says Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-WebsterTue, 25 Sep 2018 20:31:12 +0000This 127-Million-Year-Old Fossil Links Dinosaur and Bird Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/127-million-year-old-fossil-links-dinosaur-and-bird-evolution-180970405/The dino-bird hybrid boasts a stubby tail, clawed wings and sharp teeth Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:21:50 +0000London’s Lucky Stone—Referenced by Shakespeare, Blake—Set to Return to Rightful Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-lucky-stonereferenced-shakespeare-blakeset-return-rightful-place-180970386/It's been identified as a remnant of an ancient Roman monument, the altar employed in Druidic human sacrifice, even the stone that yielded ExcaliburTue, 25 Sep 2018 17:04:12 +0000How Implanted Electrodes Helped Paralyzed People Stand and Walk Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/implanted-electrodes-allow-paralyzed-people-walk-180970399/Two new studies demonstrate that epidural stimulation and intensive therapy can help people overcome paralysis from spinal cord injuriesTue, 25 Sep 2018 16:49:32 +0000Gene Drive Technology Eliminates Malaria-Transmitting Mosquito Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-drive-technology-eliminates-malaria-transmitting-mosquito-population-180970397/Researchers introduced a sterilization mutation that wiped out lab populations in seven to 11 generationsTue, 25 Sep 2018 15:51:31 +0000Caravaggio May Have Died of Infected Sword Wound, Not Syphilishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caravaggio-may-have-died-infected-sword-wound-not-syphilis-180970374/The Italian Old Master had a notoriously mercurial temperament and was forced to flee Rome in 1606 after killing his rival in a duelTue, 25 Sep 2018 15:14:53 +0000Newly Discovered Letter Catches Galileo in a 400-Year-Old Liehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letter-catches-galileo-400-year-lie-180970392/Fearing repercussions of his groundbreaking scientific claims, which flew in the face of church doctrine, the famed astronomer fibbedTue, 25 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Giant Panda Mating Calls Say a Lot About Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/Giant-Panda-Mating-Calls-Say-a-Lot-About-Them-180970390/Panda love grunts are packed with information, like size of the potential mate and more, but long distance calls are less reliableMon, 24 Sep 2018 19:12:43 +0000Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs Out of Blood Cells For the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-immature-human-eggs-out-blood-cells-first-time-180970388/The lab-grown eggs were not advanced enough for fertilization, but researchers say this next step in the future of reproduction could arrive soonMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:38:26 +0000Glasgow School of Art Will Be Rebuilt, But Construction Could Last Up to a Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glasgow-school-art-will-be-rebuilt-construction-could-last-decade-180970330/In June, an inferno blazed through the Scottish school's historic Mackintosh Building, which was under renovation following a 2014 fireMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:35:34 +0000Explorers Will Face Dangerous Amounts of Radiation On Their Trip to Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorers-will-face-dangerous-amounts-radiation-their-trip-mars-180970384/New data from the Mars Trace Gas Orbiter shows just the flight there and back alone will expose astronauts to 60 percent the lifetime radiation doseMon, 24 Sep 2018 16:39:20 +0000Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Reopen Without Molten Lava or Lava Glow https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaii-volcanoes-national-park-reopen-without-molten-lava-or-lava-glow-180970380/The lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u crater is gone and lava flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater have stoppedFri, 21 Sep 2018 20:26:35 +0000The World's Earliest Known Animal May Have Been a Blob-Like Undersea Creaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-earliest-known-animal-may-have-been-blob-undersea-creature-180970379/Traces of fat found on a 558-million-year-old fossil suggest <em>Dickinsonia</em> was an animal rather than fungus, plant or single-celled protozoaFri, 21 Sep 2018 20:24:30 +0000Jerusalem Museum Untangles History of the Color Blue, From Biblical Hue to Ancient Royaltyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jerusalem-museum-untangles-history-color-blue-biblical-hue-ancient-royalty-180970356/The show inks out the history of the enigmatic sky blue dye known as ‘tekhelet’ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 19:00:07 +0000Praying Mantis Seen Hunting Fish for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/praying-mantis-seen-hunting-fish-first-time-180970376/The ravenous insect repeatedly returned to the hunting site, suggesting praying mantises may be capable of complex learning Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:08:59 +0000Remembering Arthur Mitchell, the Barrier-Breaking Black Ballet Dancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arthur-mitchell-who-broke-barriers-black-ballet-dancers-has-died-84-180970357/Mitchell joined the New York City Ballet in 1955 and later founded the Dance Theater of HarlemFri, 21 Sep 2018 17:29:05 +0000Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquitoes-are-passing-microplastics-up-food-chain-180970373/These reviled insects are adding another charge to their rap sheet: ferrying harmful microplastics ingested from contaminated waterFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:52:17 +0000More Than 700 Lincoln Collectibles Are Set to Go on Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-700-lincoln-collectibles-are-set-go-auction-180970323/Historian Harold Holzer amassed his extraordinary collection of lithographs, prints and assorted Lincolniana over the course of half a centuryFri, 21 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Florence Fall-Out Threatens to Release Waste Stored in Dozens of North Carolina Hog Lagoonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florence-fall-out-threatens-release-waste-stored-dozens-north-carolina-hog-lagoons-180970360/As of noon Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Quality had identified 21 flooded lagoons actively releasing hog waste into the environmentThu, 20 Sep 2018 19:46:05 +0000The Universe's Strongest Material is a Cosmic Lasagnahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-strongest-material-cosmic-lasagna-180970358/A new study suggests that the "nuclear pasta" found in neutron stars is 10 billion times stronger than steelThu, 20 Sep 2018 19:33:08 +0000Why Washington Mountain Goats Are Being Flown From One National Park to Anotherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-mountain-goats-are-being-flown-one-national-park-another-180970355/Olympic National Park's mountain goats are moving to saltier pasturesThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:39:18 +0000American Woman Sets New Bicycle Speed Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-woman-sets-new-bicycle-speed-record-180970329/Cyclist Denise Mueller-Korenek hit 183.932 MPH while drafting behind a drag racer in Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats, besting the previous record of 167 mphThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:05:22 +00005Pointz Graffiti Revived at New Museum of Street Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5pointz-graffiti-revived-new-museum-street-art-180970322/A 20-story stairwell at a Manhattan Hotel brings together the works of street artists who worked at the now-demolished 5Pointz outdoor galleryThu, 20 Sep 2018 14:04:10 +0000Elon Musk Is Sending a Japanese Billionaire to the Moon, and He’s Taking a Group of Artists With Himhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elon-musk-sending-japanese-billionaire-moon-and-hes-taking-group-artists-him-180970333/Yusaku Maezawa hopes to recruit six to eight artists for the week-long mission, which is expected to launch as early as 2023Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:10:25 +0000How DNA Testing Could Bring Down Ivory Trade’s Biggest Criminalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dna-testing-could-bring-down-ivory-trades-biggest-criminals-180970332/Genetic testing exposes three major cartels illegally trafficking ivory out of several African countriesWed, 19 Sep 2018 18:01:00 +0000This Pulsar is Giving Off Weird Infrared Light and We're Not Sure Whyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pulsar-giving-weird-infrared-light-and-were-not-sure-why-180970331/Researchers believe a disk of dust from a supernova or a pulsar wind nebula could explain the strange energy signalWed, 19 Sep 2018 17:57:31 +0000Who’s a Good Archaeologist? Dog Digs Up Trove of Bronze Age Relicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-uncovers-trove-bronze-age-relics-czech-republic-180970324/While on a walk outside a small Czech village, Monty the dog and his owner found nearly two dozen 3,000-year-old artifacts Wed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Why the Legend of Medieval Pope Joan Persistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-coins-suggest-legendary-female-pope-may-have-existed-after-all-180970297/The mythical female pope is back in the news as an academic uses medieval coins to look for physical evidence of her reignWed, 19 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Excavation at Welsh Castle May Shed Light on the Mystery of Henry VII’s Birthplacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-welsh-castle-may-shed-light-mystery-henry-viis-birthplace-180970304/Archaeologists say the Tudor king was likely born in a high-status residence in the castle’s outer wardTue, 18 Sep 2018 19:18:17 +0000 Five Baby Squirrels Saved From Truly Knotty Predicamenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-squirrels-saved-truly-knotty-predicament-180970320/Five gray tree squirrels in Wisconsin were found with their tails hopelessly knotted together, requiring some help from a wildlife rehabTue, 18 Sep 2018 18:17:21 +0000Freddie Oversteegen, Teenage Resistance Fighter Who Assassinated Nazis, Has Died at 92https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freddie-oversteegen-who-assassinated-nazis-teenage-resistance-fighter-has-died-92-180970319/Oversteegen and two other young women used their unassuming charms to ensnare Nazi collaboratorsTue, 18 Sep 2018 17:58:12 +0000Human Gene Mutation May Have Paved the Way for Long-Distance Runninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-gene-mutation-may-have-paved-way-long-distance-running-180970318/ Mice with engineered versions of the CMAH gene exhibited 30 percent better endurance than those withoutTue, 18 Sep 2018 16:58:45 +0000Docs Show Shakespeare's Father Had Legal and Financial Trouble Throughout the Bard's Teen Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/docs-show-shakespeares-father-had-legal-and-financial-trouble-throughout-his-teen-years-180970299/Twenty-one documents found in the U.K.'s National Archives add context to the Bard's feelings toward power and monarchyTue, 18 Sep 2018 15:55:22 +0000Gold Miners Unearth 50,000-Year-Old Caribou Calf, Wolf Pup From Canadian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-permafrost-yields-intact-remains-50000-year-old-caribou-calf-wolf-pup-180970301/Both animals' fur, skin and muscle are almost perfectly preservedMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:52:15 +0000Group of Belugas May Have Adopted Young Narwhalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-belugas-may-have-adopted-young-narwhal-180970300/The narwhal was seen frolicking with its beluga buddies some 600 miles south of its normal rangeMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:34:40 +0000'It Wasn't Aliens': Solar Observatory That Was Mysteriously Evacuated Will Reopen Tomorrowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-observatory-was-mysteriously-evacuated-will-reopen-tomorrow-180970296/The Sunspot Observatory in New Mexico was closed for ten days due to a 'security threat,' though aliens and solar flares have been ruled outMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:17:00 +0000Delacroix, the Visionary Romantic Artist, Gets First Major North American Retrospective https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delacroix-visionary-romantic-artist-gets-his-first-north-american-retrospective-180970291/A new exhibition at the Met features nearly 150 of Delacroix’s paintings, drawings and prints Mon, 17 Sep 2018 17:08:45 +0000