Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenThu, 20 Sep 2018 16:05:22 +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 +0000Kidnapper Crustaceans Use Tiny Mollusks as Unwitting Shieldshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kidnapper-crustaceans-use-sea-snails-unwitting-shields-180970293/Amphipods wear the so-called sea angels, which secrete chemicals that keep certain predators at bay, like backpacks Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:43:51 +0000Cannibalism, Roller Coasters and Self-Colonoscopies in the News? It's Ig Nobel Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cannibalism-roller-coasters-and-self-colonoscopies-top-ig-nobel-prizes-180970292/The satirical awards celebrate some of the strangest scientific research Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:51:52 +0000Her 3,000-Year-Old Bones Showed Unusual Signs of Wear. It Turns Out, She Was a Master Ceramicisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/After analyzing the woman’s skeleton, researchers unlocked her past as an ancient Greek artisanFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:50:37 +0000How Much Plastic Does It Take To Kill a Sea Turtle?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-plastic-does-it-take-kill-sea-turtle-180970290/A new study suggests one piece of plastic has a 22 percent chance of killing a turtle that eats it, and 14 pieces will kill halfFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:21:34 +0000Record-Breaking Distance Runner Diane Leather Never Let Lack of Opportunity Slow Her Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-distance-runner-diane-leather-has-died-85-180970287/The first woman to run a mile in less than five minutes has died at age 85Fri, 14 Sep 2018 16:36:41 +0000Before There Was Streaming, the Victorians Had "Magic Lanterns"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/New research finds these early image projectors, which brought world landmarks, fairytale favorites to life, were a regular part of middle-class lifeFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:40:53 +0000World Hunger Is on the Rise for the Third Year in a Rowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-hunger-rise-third-year-row-180970281/A new report warns that war and increased natural disasters from climate change are beginning to reverse gains made in recent decadesThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:52:48 +0000Military Invests in 'Molar Mic' That Can Route Calls Through Your Teethhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-invests-molar-mic-communications-180970284/Too lazy to pick up the phone? Open wide... this new device latches onto your chompers to transmit sound via the cranial bonesThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:15:57 +0000Five Ways Cultural Institutions, Landmarks and Zoos Are Prepping for Hurricane Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-ways-souths-cultural-institutions-landmarks-are-preparing-hurricane-florence-180970283/Many museums are closing their doors, while zoos and aquariums are moving their animals indoorsThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:14:52 +0000Traces of 13,000-Year-Old Beer Found in Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-13000-year-old-beer-found-israel-180970282/According to the authors of a new study, the discovery marks the earliest-known evidence of beer production among ancient peoples Thu, 13 Sep 2018 17:09:42 +0000Experts Are Searching for a 19th-Century Philosopher’s Strange Memorial Ringshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-searching-19th-century-philosophers-strange-memorial-rings-180970273/Jeremy Bentham requested that rings containing locks of his hair be sent to 26 people. He also wanted his body to be put on display Thu, 13 Sep 2018 15:38:09 +0000Cornelius Wasn’t the Only Gurlitt Sibling to Inherit Nazi-Looted Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cornelius-wasnt-only-gurlitt-sibling-inherit-nazi-looted-art-180970270/Nicoline Benita Renate Gurlitt received 18 works from her father’s trove of stolen art, and four of these works were just returned to their rightful ownersThu, 13 Sep 2018 14:25:06 +0000Here's How Hundreds of Baby Penguins Became Mummified in Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-Hundreds-Penguin-Chicks-Became-Mummified-Antarctica-180970277/A new study posits that ‘extreme climatic anomalies’ caused the penguins to become mummified in two mass die-offs hundred of years agoThu, 13 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000FDA Cracks Down on Underage Use of E-Cigaretteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fd-cracks-down-underage-use-e-cigarettes-180970275/FDA's largest enforcement action to date gave warnings and fines to 1,300 retailers and requested plans to prevent teen vaping from five manufacturersWed, 12 Sep 2018 20:54:42 +0000British Museum Traces History of Dissent From Ancient Egypt to Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-traces-history-dissent-ancient-egypt-today-180970258/'I Object: Ian Hislop’s Search for Dissent' span centuries, continentsWed, 12 Sep 2018 20:07:27 +0000Fungi Call Oil Paintings, Cockroach Guts Home Sweet Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungi-call-oil-paintings-cockroach-home-180970274/Scientists say they have identified a fungus species that could aid the fight against plastic pollutionWed, 12 Sep 2018 18:56:57 +0000What to Know About California's Commitment to 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2045https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-commits-100-percent-clean-energy-2045-180970262/The bold legislation was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this weekWed, 12 Sep 2018 17:20:54 +0000Chimps and Toddlers Use Same Gestures to Get Attentionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-and-toddlers-share-same-gesture-language-180970272/A new study shows 12 to 24 month old children and chimps use 46 of the same movements to communicate, including stomping, pointing and clappingWed, 12 Sep 2018 16:59:54 +0000Bloomsbury Group’s Countryside Hub Opens to Visitors Year-Roundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bloomsbury-groups-countryside-hub-opens-visitors-year-round-180970216/A new expansion has helped the Charleston Museum overcome conservation and space concerns that once forced it to shut down during winterWed, 12 Sep 2018 16:58:05 +0000What Was “Eye Cream” Doing in a 2,200-Year-Old Tomb in West Turkey?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-eye-cream-doing-2200-year-old-aizanoi-tomb-180970266/The find was discovered in a cemetery located in the ancient city of AizanoiTue, 11 Sep 2018 19:30:22 +0000New Species of Translucent, Gelatinous Fish Discovered in the Deep Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-translucent-gelatinous-fish-discovered-deep-sea-180970259/Sadly, after evolving to survive at such extreme depths, these snailfish “melt rapidly” when brought to the surfaceTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:46:28 +0000How This Popular Garden Plant May Spread Parasites That Harm Monarchshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-popular-garden-plant-may-spread-monarch-parasite-180970257/Non-native tropical milkweed encourage year-round monarch populations which harbor a deadly parasite for the imperiled insectTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:20:08 +0000Excavations at Medieval Vyborg Castle Reveal Secrets of "Hidden" Passagewayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-game-board-unearthed-hidden-chamber-medieval-vyborg-castle-180970246/The finds include a game board etched into the surface of a clay brick that was likely used to play a variation of the strategy game nine men’s morrisTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:03:55 +00002,000-Foot-Long Plastic Catcher Released to Aid Cleanup of Great Pacific Garbage Patchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-foot-long-plastic-catcher-released-aid-cleanup-great-pacific-garbage-patch-180970256/Skeptics argue the device will endanger marine wildlife, exacerbate existing pollution problemsTue, 11 Sep 2018 15:30:23 +0000Wind and Solar Farms Could Bring the Rains Down in Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wind-and-solar-farms-could-bring-rains-down-africa-180970254/Scientists believe solar panels and windmills will both bolster renewable energy sources and change the landscape of the immense Sahara desertTue, 11 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Decades After Being Passed Over for a Nobel, Jocelyn Bell Burnell Gets Her Duehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decades-after-being-passed-over-nobel-jocelyn-bell-burnell-gets-her-due-180970248/Honored with a Special Breakthrough Prize, the astrophysicist says she'll use the winnings to fund scholarships to support today's outsiders in the fieldMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:34:09 +0000The Catch of the Day Is a 10,000-Year-Old Gigantic Deer Skullhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catch-day-7-foot-tall-deer-180970247/Last week, Irish fishermen pulled up the skull and horns of an extinct great elk, which could have 12-foot-wide antlersMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:47:09 +0000Was Mona Lisa's Enigmatic Smile Caused by a Thyroid Condition?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mona-lisa-may-have-had-thyroid-disorder-180970245/Doctor theorizes that the sitter's lank hair, weak smile and yellowing skin point to post-pregnancy hypothyroidismMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:27:24 +0000Your Hysterical Tweet About That Spider in Your Sink Could Prove Useful for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-twitter-pics-study-spiders-ants-and-birds-180970237/A new study suggests mining social media for phenology data is fairly reliable and could assist researchers tracking how rapidly the world is changingMon, 10 Sep 2018 16:43:00 +0000What Ötzi the Iceman’s Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practiceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-otzi-icemans-tattoos-reveal-about-copper-age-medical-practices-180970244/New study argues that the 5,300-year-old Iceman’s community boasted surprisingly advanced health care techniquesMon, 10 Sep 2018 15:58:33 +0000Artificial Intelligence Can Now Decipher Medieval Graffiti (Cat Sketches and All)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-intelligence-can-now-decipher-medieval-graffiti-180970222/Researchers sought to decipher the 11th-century graffiti adorning the walls of St. Sophia’s Cathedral in KievMon, 10 Sep 2018 14:42:51 +0000In the Last Decade, Four Birds Went Extinct and Four More Are Likely Gonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-says-last-decade-4-birds-went-extinct-and-4-more-are-likely-gone-180970226/Habitat loss is the main culprit in killing off the birds, including Spix's macaw, the star of the popular 2011 film <i>Rio</i>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000See the Electrifying Art Lighting up This Year's LUMA Projection Arts Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electrying-art-lights-fantastic-luma-180970227/The Binghamton visual arts festival is the only one in the U.S. to focus exclusively on projection mappingFri, 07 Sep 2018 18:11:18 +0000Astronomers Spot Galactic Wind From Early Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spot-galactic-wind-early-universe-180970233/The ejection of molecular gas from a galaxy 12 billion light-years away may have kept an early galaxy from burning out too quicklyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:05 +0000Five Things We've Learned Since Brazil’s Devastating National Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/Local students and Wikipedia are spearheading campaigns to preserve the museum’s digital legacyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:01 +0000Bighorn Sheep and Moose Learn Migration Then Pass Knowledge on to Next Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bighorn-sheep-moose-must-learn-migrate-then-pass-knowledge-next-generation-180970235/Hooved animals known as ungulates rely on generational lessons to guide seasonal migration, locate high-quality vegetationFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:24:29 +0000How Did These Hostage Children End Up Buried With Elite Germanic Warriors?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-germanic-warriors-adopt-hostage-children-180970230/Analysis of remains in a high status grave shows that not all of the deceased were directly related, raising questions about why they were buried togetherFri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Jupiter's Magnetic Field Is Super Weird and Has Two South Poleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-magnetic-field-super-weird-and-has-two-south-poles-180970223/Analysis of data from the Juno probe shows the giant planet's field is much different from our own and suggests it has a dissolved coreFri, 07 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Oral History Suggests Māori Proverbs on Bird Extinction Mirrored Fears of Indigenous Group’s Own Declinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/The moa, a giant flightless bird, served as symbol of extinction and reflection of Māori fears over encroaching European presenceThu, 06 Sep 2018 20:13:31 +0000Traces of 7,200-Year-Old Cheese Found in Croatia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-7200-year-old-cheese-found-croatia-180970224/A new study posits that cheese production may have helped ancient farmers expand into EuropeThu, 06 Sep 2018 19:26:59 +0000Madrid’s Prado Museum Will Spotlight Pioneering Duo of Female Renaissance Artistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madrids-prado-museum-will-spotlight-pioneering-duo-female-renaissance-artists-180970214/Lavinia Fontana is widely considered the first professional female artist, while Sofonisba Anguissola served as Philip II of Spain’s court painter Thu, 06 Sep 2018 16:48:19 +0000Now You Can View the Travel Sketchbooks of Françoise Gilot, Artist and Inspiration to Picassohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/francoise-gilot-artist-and-inspiration-picasso-has-published-her-travel-sketchbooks-180970199/The sketches were made in the '70s and '80s, during Gilot’s journeys abroadThu, 06 Sep 2018 14:21:27 +0000Japan Takes Tiny First Step Toward Space Elevatorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-tiny-first-step-toward-space-elevator-180970212/Two mini-satellites will test elevator motion in space as part of research for an elevator between Earth and low orbitWed, 05 Sep 2018 20:59:03 +0000Can Napoleon’s Defeat at Waterloo Be Traced to a Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-napoleons-defeat-waterloo-be-traced-volcanic-eruption-indonesia-180970211/A new study posits that an 1815 eruption caused inclement weather that, according to some theories, led to Napoleon's defeatWed, 05 Sep 2018 20:11:24 +0000Russia Says Hole in International Space Station Was Drilledhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-drilled-hole-international-space-station-180970208/Authorities are unsure whether tiny hole in a Soyuz capsule was created in a production facility on the ground or on board the ISSWed, 05 Sep 2018 19:38:03 +0000Fish Are Friends, Not (Always) Food: Meet the World’s First Omnivorous Shark Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-are-friends-not-always-food-meet-worlds-first-omnivorous-shark-species-180970205/Bonnethead sharks enjoy a diet of up to 60 percent seagrass, as well as crab, shrimp, snails and bonyfishWed, 05 Sep 2018 15:57:00 +0000After 13-Year Chase, F.B.I. Nabs Pair of Dorothy's Ruby Slippershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbi-nabs-dorothys-ruby-slippers-after-13-years-run-180970196/The shoes were stolen from the Judy Garland Museum in 2005 and were recently recovered in MinneapolisTue, 04 Sep 2018 20:58:11 +0000Greek Farmer Stumbles Onto 3,400-Year-Old Tomb Hidden Below His Olive Grovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greek-farmer-stumbles-3400-year-old-tomb-hidden-below-his-olive-grove-180970197/The Crete local was trying to park his vehicle when he accidentally unearthed the ancient Minoan graveTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:44:32 +0000Why Brazil's National Museum Fire Was a Devastating Blow to South America's Cultural Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifacts-destroyed-brazil-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970194/The collection of more than 20 million artifacts included the oldest fossil found in the Americas and a trove of indigenous literatureTue, 04 Sep 2018 19:38:43 +000087 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/87-elephants-found-dead-near-botswana-sanctuary-180970192/A report attributed the killings to a “poaching frenzy”Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:40:46 +0000Genome Reveals When Opium Poppy Became a Painkillerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genome-reveals-when-opium-poppy-180970191/A combination of two genes over 7.8 million years ago was the first step to producing morphine and other narcotic compoundsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:35:14 +0000Remains of One of the First Theaters to Perform Shakespeare’s Plays Will Open to the Public After 400 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-one-first-theaters-perform-shakespeares-plays-will-open-public-after-400-years-180970188/Excavations at the site have also unearthed a large complex that was built around the theater Fri, 31 Aug 2018 19:41:35 +0000British Aristocrat Commissions 180-Foot Monument Celebrating Elizabeth II’s Reignhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-aristocrat-commissions-180-foot-monument-celebrating-elizabeth-iis-reign-180970185/The Third Viscount Devonport has chosen sculptor Simon Hitchens to bring the Elizabeth Landmark to lifeFri, 31 Aug 2018 19:26:22 +0000Gene Editing Treats Muscular Dystrophy in Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-editing-treats-muscular-dystrophy-dogs-180970184/CRISPR gene editing has relieved symptoms of a canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in four puppies, raising hope for humansFri, 31 Aug 2018 17:37:35 +0000See Leonardo da Vinci's Genius Yourself in These Newly Digitized Sketcheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-close-newly-digitized-da-vinci-notebooks-180970183/The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has made ultra high-resolution scans of two codices available onlineFri, 31 Aug 2018 16:02:43 +0000Thousands of Creepy Crawlies Stolen From Philadelphia Insectarium https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-creepy-crawlies-stolen-philadelphia-insectarium-180970182/Police suspect three current or former employees swiped the animals Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:46:03 +0000America’s Lakes Are Losing Their Blue Hue as Waters Shift to Murky Greenish-Brownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-lakes-are-losing-their-blue-hue-waters-shift-murky-greenish-brown-180970180/Over five-year period, the country’s number of blue lakes declined by 18 percent, while murky lakes increased by 12 percentFri, 31 Aug 2018 15:32:21 +0000Newly Discovered Hybrid Pythons Are Threatening Florida’s Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-hybrid-pythons-are-threatening-floridas-wildlife-180970178/A new study has found that some invasive Burmese pythons carry DNA from another snake, which could make them more adaptable—and more dangerousThu, 30 Aug 2018 21:15:25 +0000Monster Galaxy Churns Out 1,000 Times As Many Stars As Our Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monster-galaxy-churns-out-1000-times-many-stars-our-own-180970171/COSMOS-AzTEC-1 is almost 13 billion years old highly organized but unstable and could shed light on galaxy evolutionThu, 30 Aug 2018 19:39:03 +0000Hidden Medieval Door Leading to Smugglers’ Caves Discovered Underneath Scottish Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-medieval-door-leading-smugglers-caves-discovered-underneath-scottish-castle-180970172/Culzean Castle, a towering fortress overlooking the cliffs of Ayrshire, sits atop a labyrinthine network allegedly used by smugglers, ghosts and fugitivesThu, 30 Aug 2018 19:29:20 +0000Helsinki's New Subterranean Art Museum Opens Its Doorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinkis-new-subterranean-art-museum-opens-its-doors-180970176/The Amos Rex Museum is located beneath Lasipalatsi, a 1930s shopping center known as the ‘Glass Palace’Thu, 30 Aug 2018 19:15:47 +0000Archaeologists Open One of Many Mass Graves From the Spanish Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-open-one-mass-graves-spanish-civil-war-180970175/The excavation comes amid a push to deal more openly with a difficult chapter of Spain’s historyThu, 30 Aug 2018 17:25:56 +0000New Zealand Penguins Make an Epic, Pointless, Swim to the Southern Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-penguins-make-epic-pointless-swim-southern-ocean-180970174/A new satellite study shows the penguins travel over 4,000 miles to feed, even though their home shores are teeming with foodThu, 30 Aug 2018 17:00:33 +0000An Immersive Art Installation Will Temporarily Resurrect the Berlin Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/immersive-art-installation-will-temporarily-resurrect-berlin-wall-180970168/This fall, event organizers plan on constructing a pseudo-city within a block of Berlin in order to emulate life in an unfamiliar countryWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:46:59 +0000Sold: A Pocket Watch From the Titanic, Adorned with Hebrew Lettershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-watch-titanic-adorned-hebrew-letters-180970169/The watch belonged to Sinai Kantor, a Russian immigrant who died when the ship went downWed, 29 Aug 2018 19:36:36 +0000Climate Change Likely Iced Neanderthals Out Of Existencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-humans-didnt-kill-neanderthals-weather-did-180970167/Climate records gathered from stalagmites in Romanian caves show two extremely cold dry periods correspond with the disappearance of NeanderthalsWed, 29 Aug 2018 17:52:50 +0000Goats May Prefer Happy Human Faceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goats-may-prefer-happy-human-faces-180970166/A new study found that goats gravitate towards images of smiling people, suggesting that they can distinguish between human expressionsWed, 29 Aug 2018 17:01:36 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Medieval Game Board During Search for Lost Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/Scotland's oldest surviving manuscript, the Book of Deer, was written by monks living in the Aberdeenshire monasteryWed, 29 Aug 2018 16:03:29 +0000J.R.R. Tolkien's Final Posthumous Book Is Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jrr-tolkiens-final-posthumous-book-published-180970164/The author tinkered with and rewrote <em>The Fall of Gondolin</em>, one of his first tales of Middle-earth, many times during his careerWed, 29 Aug 2018 15:57:25 +0000Ancient City of Palmyra, Gravely Damaged by ISIS, May Reopen Next Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-palmyra-gravely-damaged-isis-may-reopen-next-year-1-180970160/Between 2015 and 2017, militants wreaked havoc on the site’s ancient treasures Wed, 29 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Rosehip Neuron: A Newly Discovered Cell in the Human Brainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-rosehip-neuron-newest-cell-human-brain-180970152/The neuron is not found within lab mice, possibly explaining why mouse studies often do not translate to human brainsTue, 28 Aug 2018 20:16:07 +000063 Works By Austrian Expressionist Egon Schiele Are at the Center of the Latest Nazi-Looted Art Disputehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/63-works-austrian-expressionist-egon-schiele-are-center-latest-nazi-looted-art-dispute-180970155/The German Lost Art Foundation removed the artworks from its database, suggesting they were saved by a collector's relatives rather than seized by NazisTue, 28 Aug 2018 18:59:26 +0000DNA of Extinct Cave Bear Lives on in Modern Brown Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-extinct-cave-bear-lives-modern-brown-bears-180970151/A new genetic study has found that the two species interbredTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:51:22 +0000Lead Poisoning Wasn't a Major Factor in the Mysterious Demise of the Franklin Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/Researchers argue that lead exposure occurred prior to the start of the voyage, not during the stranded crew's battle for survivalTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:10:02 +0000Climate Change Could Lead to Nutrient Deficiency for Hundreds of Millionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-lead-nutrient-deficiency-hundreds-millions-180970149/Carbon dioxide decreases zinc, iron and protein in food crops, which could add millions of people to the billions who don't get enough nutritionTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:06:44 +0000Extinct Baby Horse—Its Skin and Hair Intact—Found in the Siberian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-baby-horse-its-skin-and-hair-intact-found-siberian-permafrost-180970142/The foal lived between 30,000-40,000 years agoTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:11:45 +0000Sniffer Dogs Represent the Latest Weapon in the Fight Against the Illegal Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sniffer-dogs-and-new-technology-team-save-elephants-180970143/A new system at Kenya's port of Mombasa allows dogs to detect elephant tusk, rhino horn and other illegal goods with one quick sniffTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Wreck of a WWII Fighter Plane Will Be Unearthed from a Greenland Glacier https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-wwii-fighter-plane-will-be-unearthed-from-greenland-glacier-180970141/The P-38 fighter is a member of the famed Lost Squadron, which landed on ice caps after running afoul of poor weather in July 1942Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Silver Coins Lead to One of the Earliest Roman Sites in Yorkshirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silver-coins-lead-one-earliest-roman-sites-yorkshire-180970138/The dig site found by metal detectorists 3 years ago appears to be a high-status homestead that once had two villasMon, 27 Aug 2018 19:09:11 +0000 Genetic Testing Shows Animal Shelters Often Misidentify Dogs' Breedshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-testing-shows-animal-shelters-often-misidentify-dogs-breeds-180970136/Shelter staff correctly identified a pup's primary or secondary breed just 67 percent of the timeMon, 27 Aug 2018 18:35:30 +0000Neil Simon, Prolific Playwright and Giant of Broadway, Has Died at 91https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-simon-prolific-playwright-and-giant-broadway-has-died-91-180970137/He wrote more than 30 comedic plays, among them ‘Barefoot in the Park’ and ‘The Odd Couple’ Mon, 27 Aug 2018 18:07:01 +0000Drone Captures First Images of an Uncontacted Amazon Tribehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-captures-first-images-uncontacted-amazon-tribe-180970135/Officials say images like these can help them learn how to better protect Brazil’s indigenous people Fri, 24 Aug 2018 20:54:44 +0000Hemp Makes a Return to George Washington's Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hemp-makes-return-george-washingtons-farm-180970131/The first crop of industrial hemp grown in centuries was recently harvested at Mount VernonFri, 24 Aug 2018 20:14:55 +0000Astronomers Say This Reflective Space Sculpture Will Cause Unneeded Light Pollution. The Artist Argues Otherwisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-say-trevor-paglens-reflective-space-sculpture-will-generate-unnecessary-light-pollution-artist-argues-otherwise-180970128/‘Orbital Reflector,’ a 100-foot long, diamond-shaped balloon, aims to inspire humans to gaze up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonderFri, 24 Aug 2018 19:18:08 +0000Like a Reverse Atlantis, This Legendary Harbor Ended When Its Sea Route Dried Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-sea-levels-changing-environment-doomed-legendary-pisan-harbor-180970132/Researchers believe the changing environment doomed ‘Portus Pisanus,’ a harbor once considered lost to timeFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:01:56 +0000'Hunger Stones' With Ominous Messages Emerge in Drought-Parched Czech River https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunger-stones-emerge-drought-parched-czech-river-180970130/The stones recorded low water levels dating back to the 1600s and warn of impending hardships Fri, 24 Aug 2018 17:04:25 +0000Americans Have a Surprisingly Large Appetite for Giraffe Partshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-have-surprisingly-large-appetite-giraffe-parts-180970126/An investigation shows 40,000 giraffe products representing 4,000 of the endangered animals have been legally imported over the last decadeFri, 24 Aug 2018 15:26:23 +0000Elusive “Unicorn” Plant Spotted in Maine for the First Time in 131 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-unicorn-plant-spotted-maine-first-time-131-years-180970121/The state’s Department of Agriculture has documented around 300 flowering unicorn root stemsThu, 23 Aug 2018 19:43:59 +0000Fall Down the Rabbit Hole With the New York Public Library's Instagram Version of Classic Taleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-reimagines-classic-books-instagram-generation-180970118/Featured texts include ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,’ ‘The Metamorphosis’ and ‘The Yellow Wallpaper'Thu, 23 Aug 2018 18:35:42 +0000Why Hawaiian Hurricanes Are So Rarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-hawaiian-hurricanes-so-rare-180970116/The islands are usually protected by their remoteness and a stable high pressure system, which has gone wonky in the last yearThu, 23 Aug 2018 18:11:38 +0000Like Humans, Some Birds Blush to Communicatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-some-birds-blush-communicate-180970117/Blue-and-yellow macaws are capable of the feathered equivalents of facial expressions, new research showsThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:42:55 +0000Meet Denisova 11: First Known Hybrid Homininhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-denisova-11-first-known-interspecies-hominin-180970114/The 13-year-old girl’s mother was a Neanderthal while her father was a DenisovanThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:19:51 +0000North Carolina Votes to Keep Three Confederate Monuments at the State Capitolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-carolina-votes-keep-three-confederate-monuments-state-capitol-180970115/The state’s historical commission said it was bound by a 2015 law that restricts the relocation of statues on public property Thu, 23 Aug 2018 16:58:53 +0000Newly Discovered Turtle Ancestors Chomped With Beaks But Bore No Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-turtle-ancestors-chomped-beaks-bore-no-shells-180970111/A 228-million-year-old fossil fills gaps in the tale of turtle evolution—and raises a few questionsThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:25:23 +0000Shuttered Amid Protests Last Year, Queer Art Exhibition Reopens in Riohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queer-art-exhibition-shuttered-amid-protests-last-year-reopens-rio-180970088/A successful crowdfunding campaign helped bring “Queermuseu” back to life Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:24:41 +0000Air Pollution Is Stealing a Year of Life From People Around the Globe https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/air-pollution-stealing-year-life-people-around-globe-180970112/Tiny particles that contribute to lung disease, strokes and heart attacks are robbing Americans of 4 months and over 1.8 years of life elsewhere Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:18:22 +0000After 116 Years, Animal Crackers Have Been Freed From Their Circus Cageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-116-years-animal-crackers-have-been-freed-their-cages-180970110/A new redesign of the iconic treats shows animals walking across a savannaWed, 22 Aug 2018 20:31:24 +0000STEVE the Purple Beam of Light Is Not An Aurora After Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-purple-steve-not-aurora-180970095/In a second study of mysterious phenomena, researchers discovered that solar particles hitting the ionosphere do not power the violet, vertical streaksWed, 22 Aug 2018 20:15:47 +0000Suspected Nazi Camp Guard Deported to Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suspected-nazi-camp-guard-deported-germany-180970102/Fourteen years after being stripped of his citizenship, Germany finally takes in Jakiw Palij, who was trained by the SS at TrawnikiWed, 22 Aug 2018 19:40:44 +0000Archaeological Dig at Australian Metro Station Unearths 1,000 Human Teethhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeological-dig-australian-metro-station-unearths-1000-human-teeth-180970100/A local dentist probably flushed the molars down the toilet or discarded them with his trashWed, 22 Aug 2018 19:03:40 +0000113 Sea Turtles Have Been Found Dead on a Mexico Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/113-sea-turtles-have-been-found-dead-mexico-beach-180970099/Officials are still investigating the cause of the die-offWed, 22 Aug 2018 18:51:08 +0000New Nanotech Returns Henry VIII's Favorite Warship to Its Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-nanotechnology-henry-viiis-favorite-warship-facelift-180970098/Researchers used tiny magnetic particles to remove the iron ions responsible for the wooden vessel’s decayWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:47:12 +0000Ancient Mayan Clearcutting Still Impacts Carbon in Soil Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-mayan-clearcutting-still-impacts-soil-carbon-today-180970089/Even 1,000 years after a forest regrows, the soil beneath still won't hold as much carbon as it once could, a new study suggestsTue, 21 Aug 2018 20:09:28 +0000Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-will-be-first-auction-house-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-180970086/Christie's will sell the work from Paris-based art collective Obvious, which created ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ with the machine-learning algorithm GANTue, 21 Aug 2018 19:54:06 +0000Scientists Begin Unveiling the Secrets of the Mummies in the Alexandria 'Dark Sarcophagus'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-learning-more-about-inhabitants-dark-sarcophagus-180970085/The massives stone coffin found in July contains a woman and two men, including one who survived brain surgeryTue, 21 Aug 2018 18:38:00 +0000Poster From One of the Earliest Public Movie Screenings Is Heading to Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poster-one-earliest-public-movie-screenings-heading-auction-180970067/The artwork advertised the Lumière brothers’ pioneering CinématographeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:44:59 +0000There’s a Scientific Explanation for Why Adults Are More Likely to Tolerate Leafy Greenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-explanation-why-adults-are-more-likely-tolerate-leafy-greens-180970081/Just eat your veggies: Salivary proteins adapt to bitter tastes, making them more palatable over timeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:30:37 +0000Protestors Pulled Down a Confederate Statue at the University of North Carolinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protestors-toppled-confederate-statue-university-north-carolina-180970082/“Silent Sam,” as the monument is known, had been a source of controversy for decadesTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:29:58 +0000Found: A Forgotten Stretch of the Berlin Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-forgotten-stretch-berlin-wall-180970078/It formed an outer defensive barrier that stopped East Germans from getting close to the main wallTue, 21 Aug 2018 15:55:44 +0000A 2,000-Year-Old Golden Horse Head Suggests Romans Actually Got Along Wth German 'Barbarians'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/The sculpture fragment suggests Romans lived peacefully alongside Germans until a decisive defeat at the Battle of Teutoburg ForestTue, 21 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan Left a Legacy of a More Interventionist United Nationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-un-secretary-general-kofi-annan-has-died-180970076/The Ghanian diplomat, who died this past weekend, reshaped the mission of the U.N. during a lifelong career as a civil servantMon, 20 Aug 2018 20:19:51 +0000Many Roman Children Suffered From Vitamin D Deficiencyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-roman-children-suffered-rickets-new-study-has-found-180970074/New research suggests rickets was common long before the Industrial Revolution, when pollution blocked out sunlightMon, 20 Aug 2018 19:27:15 +0000This Fish Outlived Dinosaurs But Oil and Gas Drilling May Threaten Its Survivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/energy-development-could-threaten-south-africas-dino-fish-180970073/Oil exploration is set to begin near the habitat of the critically endangered coelacanth, a type of fish that has survived over 400 million yearsMon, 20 Aug 2018 17:37:11 +0000What the Deaths of More Than 300 Reindeer Teach Us About the Circle of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-deaths-more-300-reindeer-teach-us-about-circle-life-180970072/ In an isolated corner of Norwegian plateau, carcasses of reindeer felled by lightning are spawning new plant lifeMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:27:55 +0000Egyptian Papyrus Reveals This Old Wives' Tale Is Very Old Indeedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-papyrus-reveals-old-wives-tale-very-very-old-indeed-180970066/The "Wheat and Barley" pregnancy test described in a recently translated medical text has been practiced for thousands of yearsMon, 20 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Are Excavating Sheffield Castle, One-Time Prison of Mary, Queen of Scotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-begins-sheffield-castle-one-time-prison-mary-queen-scots-180970065/The Scottish queen spent 14 years imprisoned at the medieval strongholdFri, 17 Aug 2018 18:31:28 +0000'Baroque's Leading Lady' Artist Michaelina Wautier Finally Gets Retrospectivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antwerp-hosts-first-retrospective-dedicated-baroque-artist-michaelina-wautier-180970055/The 17th-century painter mastered an array of genres at a time when most female artists were consigned to painting flowersFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:25:27 +0000The FDA Has Approved the First Generic EpiPen Alternativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-has-approved-first-generic-epipen-alternative-180970064/The new product will offer a more affordable alternative to a life-saving drugFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:21:17 +0000Sequencing of Wheat Genome Could Lead to a Breadier Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sequencing-wheat-genome-could-lead-lead-breadier-future-180970063/It took 200 scientists 13 years to finally figure out the complex genome of the important grain Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:40:05 +0000Light-Reactive Bacteria Create Miniature 'Mona Lisa' Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-reactive-bacteria-can-function-paint-living-building-blocks-180970062/Researchers transformed swimming bacteria into replica of the da Vinci masterpiece, morphing likenesses of Albert Einstein, Charles DarwinFri, 17 Aug 2018 16:19:37 +0000Taiwan Unveils Its First Statue Honoring ‘Comfort Women’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-unveils-its-first-statue-honoring-comfort-women-180970053/The monument has sparked diplomatic tensions with JapanFri, 17 Aug 2018 15:34:39 +0000How Hungry Baby Urchins Are Saving Hawaii's Reefshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hungry-baby-urchins-are-saving-hawaiis-reefs-180970059/They helped eat through invasive algae that was suffocating corals in Kāne'ohe BayFri, 17 Aug 2018 13:45:52 +0000Egyptians Cracked Recipe for Embalming Resin Well Before Time of the Pharaohshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptians-created-mummies-thousand-years-earlier-thought-180970052/A new analysis shows that the Egyptian mummies were being made long before 2600 B.C.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:44:27 +0000Magnets Help Keep Sharks Out of Fish Trapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magnets-help-keep-sharks-out-fish-traps-180970048/Adding cheap magnets to the traps reduced shark and ray bycatch by a third and increased fish hauls by just as much, according to a new studyThu, 16 Aug 2018 19:43:25 +0000Children Are Susceptible to Robot Peer Pressure, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-are-susceptible-robot-peer-pressure-study-suggests-180970047/When robots provided incorrect answers in social conformity test, children tended to follow their leadThu, 16 Aug 2018 18:33:20 +0000Oldest Cheese Ever Found in Egyptian Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-cheese-ever-egyptian-tomb-180970051/Italian researchers also found traces of disease-causing bacteria in what they believe is probably extremely aged cheese.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:48:21 +0000Crime-Fighting Art Expert Helps Bring Stolen Buddha Statue Back to India https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buddha-statue-returned-india-57-years-after-it-was-stolen-180970019/The statue comes home 57 years ago after being stolenThu, 16 Aug 2018 16:49:35 +0000You Can Now Watch the Whitechapel Fatberg's Decay on Livestreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-livestream-decay-whitechapel-fatberg-180970018/The toxic clump of sewage oil and waste housed at the Museum of London has, so far, changed colors, ‘sweated,’ hatched flies and grown yellow pustulesThu, 16 Aug 2018 15:16:41 +0000Physics Reveals How to Break Spaghetti Cleanly In Twohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-reveals-how-break-spaghetti-two-clean-pieces-180970017/Our collective culinary nightmare is overThu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Swiss Institute Reimagines Duchamp’s Readymades for the Modern Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-institute-reimagines-duchamps-readymades-modern-world-180970002/The exhibition asks visitors to revisit the objects in their daily life that are often taken for granted Thu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000See Shells of Sea Spuds on the Seashorehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/See-Shells-of-Sea-Spuds-Seashore-180970028/Hundreds of "sea potatoes"—actually the empty shells of a species of sea urchin—mysteriously washed up on Cornish beach last weekendWed, 15 Aug 2018 22:07:48 +0000Sleep Deprivation May Cause Infectious Loneliness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-deprivation-may-cause-infectious-loneliness-180970013/A new study found that sleepless nights can make you—and the people around you—feel more socially withdrawnWed, 15 Aug 2018 20:26:52 +0000Researchers Suggest Big Toe Was Last Part of Foot to Evolvehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-suggest-big-toe-was-last-part-foot-evolve-180970012/Early hominins' big toes were equipped for life on the ground and in the treesWed, 15 Aug 2018 19:13:12 +0000Why Astronomers Want to Look for Earth's Mini-Moonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronomers-want-look-earths-mini-moons-180970011/A new, powerful telescope in Chile will be able to detect tiny asteroid chunks circling our planet, which could be a goldmine for researchersWed, 15 Aug 2018 18:19:39 +0000Tools Offer More Complex, Cooperative Picture of Easter Island Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tools-suggest-easter-island-society-didnt-collapse-180970003/Basalt axes from one quarry area indicate cooperation between clans, not warfare over resources as previously hypothesizedWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:04:42 +0000View the Uffizi’s Ancient Treasures From Afar, in 3D https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/view-uffizis-ancient-treasures-afar-3d-180970007/A new website has digitized 300 objects from the Florence gallery’s Greek and Roman collectionWed, 15 Aug 2018 14:56:33 +0000How an Artist Is Rebuilding a Baghdad Library Destroyed During the Iraq Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-hopes-rebuild-baghdad-library-destroyed-during-iraq-war-180969979/“168:01,” an installation now on view at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto, encourages visitors to donate books to the University of Baghdad Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000A French Theme Park Taught Crows To Pick Up Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-theme-park-taught-crows-pick-trash-180969996/Park hopes that its avian garbage collectors will encourage humans to properly discard their rubbish Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:35:14 +0000Animal Fat Found in Clay Pottery Reveals How Ancient People Adapted to Droughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-animal-fat-found-clay-pottery-reveal-how-catalhoyuk-settlement-survived-extreme-drought-180969994/Neolithic farmers switched from cattle to goat herding, abandoned communal dwellings for smaller households to adjust to new climateTue, 14 Aug 2018 18:14:45 +0000Missouri Exhibition Explores the Centuries-Old Specter of ‘Fake News’ https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-exhibition-explores-centuries-old-specter-fake-news-180969980/Curator considers three categories of 'fake news': error, hoax and truths deemed falseTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:40:21 +0000Pocket-Sized Bible Returns to Canterbury Cathedral After 500 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pocket-sized-bible-returns-canterbury-cathedral-after-500-years-180969949/The volume was lost after Henry VIII ordered the dissolution of the cathedral’s monasteryTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:33:56 +0000Rare Desert Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in Utahhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-desert-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-utah-180969995/The rare Triassic fossil is the most complete early pterosaur ever found, and gives new insight into the evolution of the first flying vertebratesTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:06:50 +0000Fog Sculptures Are Enshrouding Boston's Historic Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fog-sculptures-are-enshrouding-bostons-historic-parks-180969984/Artist Fujiko Nakaya brings five fog installations to life to mark the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's 20th anniversaryTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:26:57 +0000U.K. Heat Wave Triggers Rare Flamingos to Lay Eggs for the First Time in 15 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-heat-wave-triggers-rare-flamingos-lay-eggs-first-time-15-years-180969986/None of the eggs were fertile, but conservation officials have hatched a plan to encourage the flamingos to breed againMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:17:16 +0000Hundreds of Newly Found Poems Reveal the Devastation of the U.K.’s ‘Cotton Famine’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-newly-found-poems-reveal-devastation-uks-cotton-famine-180969966/When the American Civil War crippled England’s cotton industry, impoverished workers turned to poetry to convey their plightMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:11:05 +0000Laziness May Have Contributed to the Decline of Homo Erectushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laziness-may-have-contributed-downfall-homo-erectus-180969983/Researchers suggest early humans pursued “least-effort strategies” when crafting tools, collecting resources Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:21:40 +0000Algae and Coral Have Been BFFs Since the Dinosaur Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/algae-and-coral-have-been-bffs-dinosaur-age-180969978/A new study shows that the relationship between coral polyps and zooxanthellae that produces colorful coral reefs began 160 million years agoMon, 13 Aug 2018 17:07:46 +0000After 100 Years, Roald Amundsen's Polar Ship Returns to Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-100-years-roald-amundsens-polar-ship-maud-returns-norway-180969973/<i>Maud</i>, which sunk in Arctic Canada in 1930, was floated across the Atlantic to its new home in a museum in VollenMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:20:23 +0000First US-Based World War II Master’s Degree Program Will Launch in Januaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-world-war-ii-masters-degree-program-will-launch-january-180969971/The online graduate program is a collaboration between Arizona State University and the National World War II Museum in New OrleansMon, 13 Aug 2018 16:02:10 +0000Mysterious, Plant-Like Fossil May Have Been One of the Earliest Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-fossil-may-have-been-one-earliest-animals-180969974/New research suggests that soft-bodied organisms called Ediacarans may have been related to an animal of the Cambrian eraMon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Citizen Scientists Show Black Widows Creeping North In Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-scientists-show-black-widows-creeping-north-canada-180969970/Study shows online observations can help researchers refine the range maps of many species overlooked by field biologistsMon, 13 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Researcher Finds Earlier Birth Date for Langston Hugheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-finds-earlier-birth-date-langston-hughes-180969969/It has long been believed that the famed poet was born in 1902, but his name appears in newspaper articles from 1901Fri, 10 Aug 2018 18:24:04 +0000Did This Couple Steal a $160 Million de Kooning?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photograph-offers-link-between-retired-couple-and-160-million-stolen-de-kooning-180969963/The Thanksgiving snapshot places Jerry and Rita Alter in Tucson, Arizona, just a day before the 1985 heistFri, 10 Aug 2018 17:34:05 +0000Greenland's Vikings Got Wealthy Off Walrus Tuskshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenland-vikings-got-wealthy-walrus-tusks-180969962/New DNA study reveals how the Norse Greenlanders cornered the market on ivory in EuropeFri, 10 Aug 2018 16:59:40 +0000Why Humans Are the Only Primates Capable of Talkinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-humans-only-primates-capable-talking-180969968/New study suggests ape vocalizations vary according to neural abilities, not vocal anatomyFri, 10 Aug 2018 16:44:11 +0000This New Zealand Natural Wonder Is Probably Gone for Goodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-natural-wonder-probably-gone-good-180969947/A new study reconfirms that the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed by a volcano in 1886 and can't be dug upFri, 10 Aug 2018 15:39:13 +0000A Unique Enzyme Gives Bermuda Fireworms Their Glowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-enzyme-gives-bermuda-fireworms-their-bioluminescent-glow-180969961/A new study reveals the secret to the invertebrates’ dazzling mating ritual Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:27:05 +0000Historian Asserts That Leonardo’s Assistant Painted Majority of 'Salvator Mundi' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxford-scholar-challenges-salvator-mundi-attribution-arguing-leonardos-assistant-painted-majority-work-180969948/The Oxford research fellow names Bernardino Luini as main artist, believes da Vinci only painted between five to 20 percent of the paintingThu, 09 Aug 2018 20:24:23 +0000Fire Closes Yosemite Valley Indefinitelyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-closes-yosemite-valley-indefinitely-180969958/Smoke and flames from the Ferguson Fire have closed the roads to the National Park's most popular attraction at the height of tourist seasonThu, 09 Aug 2018 18:28:22 +0000Why Roman Emperors Were More Likely to Be Assassinated During Droughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-roman-emperors-more-likely-be-assassinated-during-droughts-180969957/Low rainfall leads to poor harvests, starving troops, more mutinies and higher risk of regicideThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:10 +0000The Eruption on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Is Simmering Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eruption-hawaiis-kilauea-volcano-simmering-down-180969942/But experts caution that violent activity could start again at any moment Wed, 08 Aug 2018 20:12:31 +0000Ocean Acidification Is Frying Fish's Sense of Smellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-acidification-frying-fishs-sense-smell-180969944/By the end of the century, the ocean is predicted to become two-and-a-half times more acidic, which is bad news for sea life.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:50:44 +0000Captured Elephants Die Up to Seven Years Sooner Than Those Bred in Captivity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captured-elephants-die-seven-years-sooner-those-bred-captivity-180969943/Myanmar's wild-captured elephants exhibited median lifespan three to seven years shorter than that of captive-born creaturesWed, 08 Aug 2018 18:31:32 +0000Why This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Promises to Be Especially Dazzlinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekends-perseid-meteor-shower-promises-put-show-year-180969945/Thanks to the moon’s conspicuous absence, those looking up at peak viewing hours will see 60-70 shooting stars every hourWed, 08 Aug 2018 17:20:25 +0000What the Fox Genome Tells Us About Domestication https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/what-fox-genome-tells-us-about-domestication-180969931/After only a few decades of domestic breeding, friendly foxes have social behavior woven into their genes Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:40:29 +0000Scorched Earth from Ireland Fire Illuminates WWII-Era Signhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfire-reveals-wwii-era-sign-irish-coastline-180969929/The site is one of more than 80 ‘Éire markings’ that proclaimed Ireland’s neutrality during the warWed, 08 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Memorial Sign to Emmett Till Was Defaced With Four Bullet Holeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memorial-murdered-boy-emmett-till-has-been-shot-again-180969928/This is the third time the marker of the African-American boy’s brutal torture and murder in Mississippi in 1955 has been vandalized Wed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Meet the Fish That Grows Up in Just 14 Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-fish-grows-just-14-days-180969926/The turquoise killifish, which lives in ephemeral pools in Mozambique, progresses from embryo to sexual maturity faster than any other vertebrateWed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Blood-Sucking Invasive Tick Species Spreading Across United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-tick-invading-united-states-180969927/The Asian long-horned tick has not yet been found to harbor deadly pathogens, but it poses serious risks to animalsTue, 07 Aug 2018 20:45:44 +0000Ten Picassos Discovered Amid Tehran Museum’s Hidden Collection of Western Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-picassos-discovered-amid-tehran-museums-hidden-collection-western-art-180969899/The Picassos will be included in a major exhibition of works that have been held in storage since Iran’s 1979 revolutionTue, 07 Aug 2018 16:55:07 +0000Joël Robuchon, the World's Most Michelin-Starred Chef Who Transformed the Mashed Potatohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chef-century-joel-robuchon-potato-180969892/The French chef turned the focus of fine cuisine toward simplicity and flavorTue, 07 Aug 2018 14:07:11 +0000Hospital Superbug May Be Developing Tolerance to Hand Sanitizers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hospital-superbug-may-be-developing-tolerance-hand-sanitizers-180969890/Australian researchers have found that a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is able to survive after being exposed to alcohol solutionsTue, 07 Aug 2018 13:03:20 +0000Why Small Dogs Go Above and Beyond to Mark Their Territoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-your-dogs-peeing-technique-reveals-about-its-size-180969887/Tinier males tend to lift their legs at higher angles, perhaps to exaggerate size and competitive abilityTue, 07 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000CO2 Levels Reached an 800,000-year High in 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co2-levels-reached-800000-year-high-2017-180969888/That's just one of many sobering facts about our changing world in the "State of the Climate in 2017" report released late last weekMon, 06 Aug 2018 20:53:51 +0000Authorities Raze Ai Weiwei’s Beijing Studiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-raze-ai-weiweis-beijing-studio-180969891/The contemporary art giant is known for his caustic criticism of the Chinese governmentMon, 06 Aug 2018 19:48:27 +0000New Virginia Monument Will Pay Tribute to Hundreds of Historic Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-virginia-monument-will-pay-tribute-hundreds-historic-women-180969812/The monument features 12 bronze statues and a wall etched with 400 additional names of women who played an important role in shaping Virginia's historyMon, 06 Aug 2018 18:42:06 +0000Birds Can Learn "Foreign" Languages to Stay Safehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-can-learn-foreign-language-stay-safe-180969869/The superb fairywren was able to learn a new alarm call just by listening to the warnings of other speciesMon, 06 Aug 2018 18:00:32 +0000Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get 'Em While They’re Hot! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popcorn-powered-robots-get-em-while-theyre-hot-180969889/In an attempt to harness the power of pop, researchers went against the grain to push the boundaries of this staple starchMon, 06 Aug 2018 17:36:02 +0000Why Did the Welsh Bury Their Dead at Stonehenge?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-welsh-bury-their-dead-stonehenge-180969874/Study suggests cremated remains found at the site belong to outsiders who may have brought stones from Welsh quarry, aided monument’s constructionMon, 06 Aug 2018 16:45:41 +0000After Being Stolen in Baby Stroller, Miss Helen the Shark Is Back at San Antonio Aquarium https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-being-stolen-baby-stroller-miss-helen-shark-back-san-antonio-aquarium-180969872/Two men and one woman are suspected of swiping Miss Helen in a planned heist Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:03:20 +0000New Semi-Autobiographical Hemingway Story Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-hemingway-story-published-180969873/"A Room On the Garden Side" was written in 1956 and takes place during the liberation of Paris in 1944Fri, 03 Aug 2018 19:55:19 +0000New York Public Library Acquires Unpublished Chapter of Malcolm X’s Autobiographyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-public-library-acquires-unpublished-chapter-malcolm-xs-autobiography-180969871/The public is just weeks away from being able to view these “lost” worksFri, 03 Aug 2018 19:01:34 +0000Have Researchers Unraveled the Six-Decade Mystery of a Kansas Museum Portrait?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unravel-six-decade-mystery-kansas-museum-portrait-180969862/The team believes it has identified the rightful artist behind ‘Mrs. Thomas Pelham,’ a nearly life-size portrait depicting an 18th-century aristocratFri, 03 Aug 2018 16:35:30 +0000Rare Home Movies Show the Private Lives of the Rooseveltshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-home-movies-show-private-lives-roosevelts-180969861/The 16mm film depicts the first couple picnicking, boating, and socializing with their friends, family and advisorsThu, 02 Aug 2018 20:24:43 +0000Did George Orwell Pick Up TB During the Spanish Civil War?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-may-have-picked-tb-during-spanish-civil-war-180969807/A new technique was able to pull tuberculosis bacteria and morphine residue from a letter the author sent in 1938, ten years befor his diagnosisThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:43:16 +0000An Australian City Beats Dengue Fever Using Special Mosquitoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-city-beats-dengue-fever-using-special-mosquitoes-180969857/There has not been a case of the disease in Townsville for four years after the release of insects carrying a naturally occurring bacteriaThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:55:01 +0000Why Island Birds Have Bigger Brains Than Their Mainland Counterpartshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-island-birds-have-bigger-brains-their-mainland-counterparts-180969854/Researchers measured the brain sizes of 11,554 birds, including representatives of 110 island-dwelling species and 1,821 continental speciesThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:43:33 +0000This Year’s Fields Medal Winners Include a Kurdish Refugee and a 30-Year-Old Professorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-fields-medal-winners-include-kurdish-refugee-and-30-year-old-professor-180969810/Peter Scholze, Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Akshay Venkatesh named recipients of award often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematicsWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:58:16 +0000Death Valley Scorches Its Own Record for the Hottest Month in Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-valley-scorches-its-own-record-hottest-month-history-180969808/Temperatures averaged a blistering 108.1 degrees Fahrenheit for the month of JulyWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:37:25 +0000Statistics Offer Answer to Decades-Long Dispute Over Authorship of Beatles Hithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statistics-offer-answer-decades-long-dispute-over-authorship-beatles-hit-180969804/Researchers say there is less than a one in 50 chance that Paul McCartney composed the melody of "In My Life"Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:09:02 +0000The Science Behind California's "Fire Tornado"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-california-fire-tornado-180969803/The spinning mass of smoke filmed near Redding, California, is much taller, wider and lasted longer than average fire whirlsWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:02:41 +0000Lemurs Smear Bugs on Their Privates to Ward Off Infectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lemurs-smear-bugs-their-privates-ward-infection-180969805/Lathering up with orange goo from millipede guts might relieve infections, expel parasites in lemursWed, 01 Aug 2018 16:49:24 +0000New Map Chronicles Three Decades of Surface Mining in Central Appalachiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-chronicles-three-decades-surface-mining-appalachia-180969794/The data shows about 1.5 million acres of forest have been affected by surface and mountaintop mining since the 1970sWed, 01 Aug 2018 16:42:37 +0000These Chilean Mummies Were Buried in Mercury-Laced Red Clothinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-chilean-mummies-were-buried-mercury-laced-red-clothing-180969792/The Cerro Esmeralda site, where two human sacrifices were buried, shows traces of cinnabar, a toxic pigmentWed, 01 Aug 2018 14:24:14 +0000Cologne Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of Germany’s Oldest Known Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cologne-archaeologists-unearth-foundations-germanys-oldest-library-180969795/The library, which was built between 150 and 200 C.E., held an estimated 20,000 ancient scrollsTue, 31 Jul 2018 19:28:36 +0000World's Largest King Penguin Colony Suffers an 85 Percent Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-king-penguin-colony-suffers-85-percent-crash-180969791/The Morne du Tamaris Colony on Île aux Cochons has dropped from 2 million to 200,000 birds over 30 yearsTue, 31 Jul 2018 17:23:54 +000024,000 Documents Detailing Life of Landscape Architect Frederick Law Olmsted Now Available Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/24000-documents-detailing-life-landscape-architect-frederick-law-olmsted-now-available-online-180969788/Collection includes journals, personal correspondence detailing development of Biltmore estate, U.S. Capitol grounds and the Chicago World's FairTue, 31 Jul 2018 15:55:25 +0000A New Exhibition Is Here to Spice Up Your Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-here-spice-your-life-180969775/Do you really, really, really wanna see it?Tue, 31 Jul 2018 15:16:41 +0000Can Scientists Save an Endangered Marsupial by Breeding Out Its Taste for Poisonous Toads?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-scientists-save-endangered-marsupial-breeding-out-its-taste-poisonous-toads-180969786/Some northern quolls do not eat deadly cane toads. New research suggests their aversion is an inherited traitTue, 31 Jul 2018 14:13:00 +0000Remains of Tuskegee Airman Found in Austria https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tuskegee-airman-found-austria-180969787/Researchers and archaeologists have recovered the remains of distinguished flyer Lawrence E. Dickson whose plane crashed during a mission in 1944Tue, 31 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Introducing the Scutoid, Geometry's Newest Shapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-the-scutoid-geometry-180969784/The scutoid allows skin cells to remain packed tightly together even over curved surfacesMon, 30 Jul 2018 19:53:02 +0000Ancient Roundworms Allegedly Resurrected From Russian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roundworms-allegedly-resurrected-russian-permafrost-180969782/Skeptics cite possibility of ancient samples’ contamination by contemporary organismsMon, 30 Jul 2018 17:18:40 +0000Art, Science and Religion Blend in Exhibition Honoring Illustrator Orra White Hitchcockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-science-and-religion-exhibition-honoring-illustrator-orra-white-hitchcock-180969778/ Orra’s paintings and drawings depict the natural world in colorful detailMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:30:02 +0000Why Gala Dalí—Muse, Model and Artist—Was More Than Just Salvador’s Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-gala-dalimuse-model-and-artistwas-more-just-salvadors-wife-180969776/Barcelona exhibition draws on 315 artifacts to unravel the myths behind central surrealist figureMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Initiative Is Loaning Artwork Back to the Communities They're Most Associated With https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-national-portrait-gallery-sending-50-works-home-180969767/Britain's National Portrait Gallery's 'Coming Home' initiative will loan portraits to the towns and cities most closely associated with their subjectsFri, 27 Jul 2018 19:38:36 +0000How the Scent of Angry Bees Could Protect Elephantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-scent-angry-bees-could-protect-elephants-180969777/A new study shows elephants fear bee pheromones, and this fact could keep the pachyderms out of cropsFri, 27 Jul 2018 18:38:47 +0000Step Inside the World's First Intertidal Art Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-semi-submerged-art-gallery-opens-180969765/Called the "Coralarium," the artwork in the Maldives contains almost 30 coral-covered sculptures that will change with the tidesFri, 27 Jul 2018 18:20:57 +0000Europe Applies Strict Regulations to CRISPR Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europe-applies-strict-regulations-gene-edited-crops-180969774/A court has ruled that plants modified with CRISPR technology are subject to the restrictions of the 2001 GMO DirectiveFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:22:29 +0000Black and Female Circus Artists Take Center Ring in New Museum Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-stories-black-and-female-circus-artists-come-light-new-exhibition-180969766/ “Circus! Show of Shows” at the U.K.’s Weston Park Museum reveals how the circus was shaped by diverse groups of performersFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:14:38 +0000Scientists Baked a "Fossil" in 24 Hourshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-baked-fossil-24-hours-180969770/The simulation could help researchers gain new insight into the fossilization process—without having to wait 10,000 yearsFri, 27 Jul 2018 14:14:09 +0000Black Panther Co-Founder Elbert "Big Man" Howard Dies at 80https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-panther-co-founder-elbert-howard-has-died-80-180969764/Howard was a key Panther organizer and played an important role in community activismThu, 26 Jul 2018 20:17:02 +0000Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Is Now Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosa-parks-detroit-home-now-auction-180969763/Parts of the tiny home where the civil rights activist lived with 17 family members are expected to sell for between $1 and $3 millionThu, 26 Jul 2018 19:11:26 +0000Most of Mars' Dust Comes From One Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-mars-dust-comes-one-special-area-180969762/Erosion of the Medusae Fossae Formation has, over billions of years, likely covered the entire planet in 10 feet of volcanic dustThu, 26 Jul 2018 17:48:14 +0000Why a Female Duck Was Spotted with a Huge Brood of 76 Ducklingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-female-duck-was-spotted-huge-brood-76-ducklings-180969757/Think of it as ducky day careThu, 26 Jul 2018 15:13:15 +0000Library of Congress Puts Spotlight on 440 Snapshots Culled From Archive of 14 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-puts-spotlight-440-snapshots-culled-archive-14-million-180969755/About 300 of the images have been newly digitized, and 200 of these are free for public useThu, 26 Jul 2018 14:23:08 +0000Compelling Evidence Suggests There's a Liquid Lake Beneath Mars' Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-liquid-water-mars-180969756/But do the findings hold water?Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:37:18 +0000Scientists Give New Particle Accelerator the Thumbs Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-give-new-particle-accelerator-thumbs-180969754/The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine endorses the $1 billion Electron-Ion ColliderWed, 25 Jul 2018 19:17:16 +00001,000-Year-Old Handprint From "Europe's Lost People" Discovered In Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-handprint-europes-lost-people-discovered-scotland-180969752/The mark was left by a Pictish coppersmith at Swandro, a site in the Orkney Islands that is quickly washing into the seaWed, 25 Jul 2018 18:01:38 +0000Sold: A Rare Copy of Ada Lovelace’s Groundbreaking Computer Algorithmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-rare-copy-ada-lovelaces-groundbreaking-computer-algorithm-180969753/The manuscript includes Lovelace’s translation of an Italian paper, her copious notes and a formula that is often recognized as the first computer programWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:39:20 +0000‘Amazing Dragon’ Fossils Unearthed in China Rewrite Story of Long-Necked Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-dragon-fossils-unearthed-china-rewrite-story-long-necked-dinosaurs-180969751/The dino family emerged 15 million years earlier than previously thoughtWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:03:33 +0000People Were Messing Around In Texas at Least 2,500 Years Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-were-texas-3000-years-earlier-previously-thought-180969743/Pre-Clovis projectile points and other artifacts at the Gault Site date back 16,000 years ago or even earlier Wed, 25 Jul 2018 14:41:42 +0000Waves of Garbage Are Washing onto a Beach in the Dominican Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waves-garbage-are-washing-beach-dominican-republic-180969747/The trash was pushed onto Montesinos Beach by a recent storm, but environmentalists say the scene is becoming all the more commonTue, 24 Jul 2018 20:55:00 +0000Art Dealer Discovers Six Alleged Willem de Kooning Paintings in New Jersey Storage Lockerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-dealer-discovers-six-alleged-willem-de-kooning-paintings-new-jersey-storage-locker-180969741/Boxes labeled with artist's name were found among the 200 abandoned worksTue, 24 Jul 2018 19:50:25 +0000David Bowie’s First Studio Recording Discovered in a Bread Baskethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/david-bowies-first-studio-recording-discovered-bread-basket-180969739/The demo failed to impress recording executives in the early 1960sTue, 24 Jul 2018 18:40:37 +0000The Andromeda Galaxy Ate The Milky Way's Lost Siblinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andromeda-galaxy-ate-milky-ways-lost-sibling-180969736/New simulations show Andromeda absorbed the large galaxy M32p about 2 billion years ago Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:09:08 +0000Claude Monet's Glazed Biscuit Kitty Cat Returns to the Artist's Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claude-monets-kitty-cat-returns-artists-home-180969727/The terracotta feline was believed to have gone missing after the death of Claude Monet's son MichelTue, 24 Jul 2018 17:19:09 +0000How the Wolf Spider’s Diet May Help Keep the Arctic Coolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wolf-spiders-evolving-diet-keeping-arctic-cool-180969735/As temperatures rise, the spider dines differently, resulting in a cascade of effects in the ArcticTue, 24 Jul 2018 17:16:42 +0000Construction on Rome’s Newest Subway Line Is Revealing a Trove of Ancient Treasureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-romes-newest-subway-line-revealing-trove-ancient-treasures-180969729/Archaeologists have unearthed 2,000-year-old barracks, a military commander’s home and thousands of artifactsTue, 24 Jul 2018 15:11:40 +0000Project to Create Opportunities for Artists Living in Conflict Zoneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-project-creates-opportunities-artists-conflict-zones-180969720/Ruya Maps will stage exhibitions, talks and commissions for artists working in countries often overlooked by the Western marketMon, 23 Jul 2018 20:35:43 +0000See Yves Klein's Experimental Art Take Over the Palatial Blenheim Estatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yves-kleins-sublime-blues-compete-palatial-glory-blenheim-exhibition-180969718/Paintings and sculptures rendered in Klein’s signature blue stand alongside Old Masters, 18th-century baroque stylingsMon, 23 Jul 2018 19:34:06 +0000Rare Footage Shows the Last Surviving Member of an Uncontacted Amazon Tribe https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-footage-shows-last-surviving-member-uncontacted-amazon-tribe-180969728/The man appears healthy, but like other indigenous people of Brazil, his way of life is in dangerMon, 23 Jul 2018 19:09:26 +0000Indigenous Peoples Manage One Quarter of the Globe, Which Is Good News for Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-people-manage-one-quarter-globe-which-good-news-conservation-180969689/Despite making up 5 percent of the world's population, indigenous peoples maintain large swathes of land, two-thirds of which are still in a natural stateMon, 23 Jul 2018 17:35:11 +0000New Clues About Why the Confederate Submarine H.L. Hunley Sankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-clues-about-why-confederate-submarine-hl-hunley-sank-180969724/An emergency keel-block release suggests the crew did not panic, meaning they may have been incapacitated when the sub went downMon, 23 Jul 2018 16:15:47 +0000California Wine Shows Traces of Fukushima Fallouthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-wine-shows-traces-fukushima-fallout-180969726/Although cabernet bottled after the 2011 disaster contains double the amount of pre-Fukushima radiation, researchers say levels pose no health riskMon, 23 Jul 2018 16:14:01 +0000Study Suggests Neanderthals Sparked Their Own Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-neanderthals-sparked-their-own-fire-180969714/Hand-axe wear suggests our hominid cousins used flint and pyrite to unleash Prometheus' giftMon, 23 Jul 2018 14:41:22 +0000