Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenTue, 23 Jan 2018 20:41:19 +0000After Heavy Criticism, German City's Exhibition on Jewish Art Dealer Is Back Onhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-warning-german-city-cancels-jewish-art-dealer-exhibition-180967331/Officials said the previously cancelled show will be put on view in a “more complete and revised form” at a later dateTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000SpaceX Successfully Launches a Fully Recycled Mission to the Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-attempts-first-fully-recycled-mission-space-station-180967474/A previously flown rocket will launch a previously flown spacecraft to the space stationFri, 08 Dec 2017 23:03:40 +0000Meteorite Hunters Recover Fragments of Fireball That Exploded Over Michiganhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meteor-hunters-recover-fragments-michigans-fireball-180967923/Amateurs and professionals comb snowy landscapes for shards of the exploded meteorTue, 23 Jan 2018 20:41:19 +0000Why Did Alaska's Big Quake Lead to a Tiny Tsunami?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-aks-big-quake-lead-tiny-tsunami-180967922/Geophysics, plate tectonics and the vast ocean all determine how severe a tsunami may beTue, 23 Jan 2018 19:59:27 +0000Scholars Decipher One of the Last Encrypted Dead Sea Scrollshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholars-decipher-one-last-un-decoded-dead-sea-scrolls-180967917/The text sheds light on an unusual Jewish calendar Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:07:20 +0000Why a Collection of Simone de Beauvoir’s Love Letters Was Just Sold to Yalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collection-simone-de-beauvoirs-love-letters-sold-yale-180967909/The 112 letters were written to filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who had a seven-year relationship with the French philosopherTue, 23 Jan 2018 17:53:49 +0000Simply Exhaling May Spread Fluhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hold-your-breath-flu-virus-may-be-airborne-180967907/A new study suggests the virus is found in tiny airborne particles that can be released while breathingTue, 23 Jan 2018 17:27:38 +0000This Recently Discovered 1,700-Year-Old Mouth Harp Can Still Hold a Tunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-found-1700-year-old-mouth-harp-180967832/The mouth harp, found in Siberia’s Altai Republic, produces music when you strike or pluck it with a fingerTue, 23 Jan 2018 16:55:37 +0000Scythian Prince's Sprawling Tomb Found in the "Siberian Valley of the Kings" https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/princes-sprawling-tomb-siberian-valley-kings-180967889/A summer dig unearthed what may be the oldest and largest tomb left behind by the ancient nomadic culture in southern SiberiaMon, 22 Jan 2018 22:08:03 +0000Researchers Uncover Ancient Greek Island's Complex Plumbing Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metalworking-shops-and-drainage-pipes-found-ancient-greek-pyramid-180967898/Excavations show the settlement of Dhaskalio at the pilgrimage site Keros was a sophisticated urban center Mon, 22 Jan 2018 20:35:28 +0000New Study Suggests Lifestyle Shapes Our Ability to Name Odorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lifestyle-ability-odors-180967900/In the Malay Peninsula, researchers compared the vocabulary of the Semaq Beri hunter-gathering population and the Semelai, who are horticulturalistsMon, 22 Jan 2018 19:00:31 +0000In Stellar Tribute, Astronauts Teach "Lost Lessons" From Educator Who Died on <em>Challenger</em>https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-prepare-teach-christa-mcauliffes-lost-lessons-space-station-180967904/Christa McAliffe had planned to teach the lessons during her 1986 trip to space. Now, two astronauts will finally carry out the planMon, 22 Jan 2018 15:48:19 +0000Trove of Rare Stephen King Books Destroyed in Floodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-rare-stephen-king-books-destroyed-flood-180967893/The author said he was ‘horrified’ to hear about the lossFri, 19 Jan 2018 22:27:37 +0000Does the Moon's Phase Cause Earthquakes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-moon-cause-earthquakes-study-says-no-1-180967896/One researcher offers a succinct answerFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:08 +0000Archaeologists Could Be Close to Finding the Tomb of King Tut's Wifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-could-close-tomb-king-tuts-wife-180967858/After Tut's death, Ankhesenamun might have wed the Pharaoh Ay, and there's a possibility she's buried near him in the Valley of the MonkeysFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:05:42 +0000Thailand Drops Charges Against Historian Who Questioned the Facts Around Historic 16th-Century Duelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thailand-drops-charges-against-historian-facts-duel-180967881/Sulak Sivaraksa cast doubt on whether the legendary King Naresuan had really defeated an adversary while riding an elephantFri, 19 Jan 2018 16:50:34 +0000Behold Hubble's Best Image of a Distant Galaxy Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-captures-best-image-distant-galaxy-yet-180967862/The galaxy is roughly 13.3 billion light years away, and formed just 500 million years after the universe beganFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:54:12 +0000Astronomers Spy a Black Hole's Double 'Burp'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spy-black-holes-double-burp-180967867/New observations suggest that black holes cycle between activity and restFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:15:16 +0000The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Mattershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minister-loneliness-appointed-united-kingdom-180967883/Tracey Crouch will oversee the government's efforts to tackle "the sad reality of modern life"Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:11:38 +0000Marmots Live Longer When They Are Antisocialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marmots-live-longer-when-they-are-antisocial-180967888/The critters live an average of two years longer when they shirk social interactionsFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:00 +0000These Billboards Could Be the First to Feature Immersive Virtual Reality Drawingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-and-real-blend-new-la-billboard-art-exhibition-180967837/Tandem billboards on Sunset Boulevard play host to a fascinating new public art installationThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:53:50 +00002017 Was Another Really Hot Year (Even Without El Niño)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-climate-continues-warm-2017-180967886/Last year joins list of top three hottest ever recorded, according to multiple new reportsThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:17:24 +0000World's Largest Underwater Cave System Discovered in Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-180967880/The 215-mile sunken freshwater labyrinth is a trove of ancient Maya artifactsThu, 18 Jan 2018 21:14:44 +0000Over 200,000 Endangered Antelope Suddenly Die Thanks to ... Weird Weather?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herds-endangered-antelope-die-hours-when-unusual-weather-triggers-disease-180967876/A change in humidity seems to have triggered bacteria that led to widespread death of the creaturesThu, 18 Jan 2018 15:42:35 +0000Meteor Explodes With a Brilliant Flash Over Michigan https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meteor-explodes-brilliant-flash-over-michigan-180967861/The blast caused shook the ground and likely scattered small hunks of space rock in the regionWed, 17 Jan 2018 18:37:06 +0000Are Rats Innocent of Spreading the Black Plague?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-rats-innocent-spreading-black-plague-180967855/Human pests like fleas and lice may be responsible for spreading the pandemic that devastated Medieval EuropeWed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:43 +0000Why Holding in a Sneeze Can Be Dangeroushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-hold-it-halted-sneeze-rips-hole-mans-throat-180967847/A 34-year-old man squeezed while holding nose closed, leading to a tear in his throat and a stay in the hospitalWed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Newly Identified Vincent van Gogh Drawings Go on Display https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-van-gogh-drawings-go-display-180967853/The two works were drawn during the artist’s formative years in ParisTue, 16 Jan 2018 21:02:08 +0000France Says ‘Au Revoir’ to the Word ‘Smartphone’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-au-revoir-word-smartphone-180967845/Hoping to prevent English tech vocabulary from entering the French language, officials have suggested ‘mobile multifunction’ as an alternativeTue, 16 Jan 2018 20:06:01 +0000World's Fifth-Largest Diamond Found in Lesothohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-fifth-largest-diamond-found-lesotho-180967844/The 910-carat gem is a D-color, type-IIa stone, meaning it is completely colorless and has no visible impuritiesTue, 16 Jan 2018 18:43:42 +0000Possible Remains of ‘Lost’ Monastery Discovered in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/possible-remains-lost-monastery-discovered-scotland-180967838/The elusive monastery is associated with the Book of Deer, which contains the oldest-surviving examples of Scottish Gaelic writingTue, 16 Jan 2018 17:41:48 +0000Massive Data Project Will Help People Identify Enslaved Ancestorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-data-project-will-connect-info-slaves-and-their-descendants-180967836/Michigan State's 'Enslaved: The People of the Historic Slave Trade' will combine available historical data on slavery into one searchable hubTue, 16 Jan 2018 16:50:39 +0000Newly Discovered Dino Had a Rainbow of Shiny Feathershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-was-iridescent-crow-180967841/The fossilized creature was likely a blend of hummingbird and crowTue, 16 Jan 2018 15:23:17 +0000Citizen Scientists Discover an Unusual Five-Planet Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-science-uncovers-unusual-resonant-five-planet-system-180967834/Users looking through data on Exoplanet Explorers flagged four sub-Neptune planets orbiting a distant star called K2-138Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:29:39 +0000Scientists' Gender May Influence the Results of Experimentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-gender-can-influence-results-experiments-180967835/A review of past research has found that subjects respond differently to male and female testersMon, 15 Jan 2018 20:43:15 +0000Scientist Autopsy the Aftermath of the Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption of the Last Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-undersea-volcanos-unusual-eruption-180967827/In 2012, miles of floating rock appeared in the Pacific. Now, scientists have studied the Havre seamount eruption that caused the mysterious pumice 'raft'Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:57:54 +0000Take a Breathtaking Trip Through the Orion Nebula in NASA's New Videohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-trip-through-orion-nebula-nasas-awesome-video-1-180967825/Combining visible and infrared imagery, the new video takes viewers deep into the star nurseryMon, 15 Jan 2018 15:28:59 +0000Arthur Miller’s Vast Archive Comes to the University of Texas at Austinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-texas-acquires-arthur-millers-vast-archive-180967818/The collection includes a wealth of material, from theatrical manuscripts to personal memorabiliaFri, 12 Jan 2018 20:28:29 +0000Huge Deposits of Ice Found Just Beneath Mars’ Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-deposits-ice-found-just-beneath-mars-surface-180967826/Erosion has exposed eight sites of enormous quantities of water iceFri, 12 Jan 2018 19:38:08 +0000New Clues to the Origins of the Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-are-getting-closer-understanding-mysterious-fast-radio-bursts-space-180967807/New analysis suggests that the bursts originate near massive black holes or neutron starsFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:31:09 +0000The Oldest Known Butterflies Existed Before Flowers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-butterflies-existed-flowers-180967805/A new study raises intriguing questions about the evolutionary trajectory of butterflies and mothsThu, 11 Jan 2018 20:49:21 +0000Meet Riley, the Puppy Training to Sniff Out Bugs in Boston's Museum of Fine Artshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-museum-training-puppy-sniff-out-art-chewing-insects-180967804/The Weimaraner will inspect incoming artwork for beetles, moths and other critters that can damage museum collectionsThu, 11 Jan 2018 19:04:31 +0000York Minister's Massive Medieval Stained-Glass Window Restored to Its Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/york-minsters-massive-great-east-windoow-finishes-10-year-restoration-180967797/Conservators spent some 92,400 hours cleaning and protecting the great east window's 311 panelsThu, 11 Jan 2018 17:27:56 +0000Heatwave Kills Hundreds of Flying Fox Pups in Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heatwave-kills-hundreds-flying-fox-pups-australia-180967795/With temperatures hot enough to melt asphalt, the searing heat "boiled" the tiny creaturesThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:42:07 +0000Scientists Shine New Light on the Blackest Black Feathershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-shine-new-light-birds-super-black-feathers-180967796/Birds of paradise feathers boast a unique structure that traps 99.95 percent of incoming lightThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:02:35 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Figure Out How to Play This Ancient Roman Board Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-still-dont-really-know-how-play-ancient-roman-board-game-180967778/Found in a grave in Slovakia in 2006, it is one of Europe's best-preserved ancient gaming boardsWed, 10 Jan 2018 17:43:56 +0000What Went Wrong With the Launch of the Secretive Zuma Satellite?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-went-wrong-launching-secretive-zuma-satellite-180967786/Not all is well for the classified Zuma satellite launched from Florida on SundayWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:47:40 +0000Runaway Sprinkles from the Museum of Ice Cream Create ‘Environmental Hazard’ in Miami Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runaway-sprinkles-museum-ice-cream-create-environmental-hazard-miami-beach-180967785/Here’s the scoop: officials are worried that the museum’s fake sprinkles will get washed into oceans and eaten by marine creaturesWed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000New York Directive Restricts Inmates’ Literature Optionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-directive-restricts-inmates-literature-options-180967779/A pilot directive affecting three New York State prisons stipulates that inmates can only receive packages from six approved vendorsTue, 09 Jan 2018 21:51:49 +0000Climate Change Is Turning Green Sea Turtles Female. That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-producing-too-many-female-sea-turtles-180967780/Over 99 percent of turtle hatchlings in northern Australia are female due to increasing sand and sea temperaturesTue, 09 Jan 2018 19:49:51 +0000 Rare Scraps of Paper Unearthed in the Sludge of Famed Pirate Shiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-shows-pirates-liked-read-about-sailing-expeditions-180967775/The 300-year-old fragments found in Blackbeard's flagship show someone on board was likely literate and interested in sea storiesTue, 09 Jan 2018 19:40:42 +0000After More Than 90 Years, Looted Mummy Parts Repatriated to Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-parts-repatriated-egypt-90-years-after-being-looted-180967760/The skull and two hands were illegally acquired by a tourist in 1927 and were confiscated from an antiquities dealerTue, 09 Jan 2018 16:03:00 +0000These Letters Tell the Inside Story of Mary, Queen of Scots’ Imprisonmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-letters-tell-inside-story-mary-queen-scots-imprisonment-180967762/A collection of 43 letters relating to the latter years of the queen’s confinement was recently donated to the British LibraryMon, 08 Jan 2018 20:35:34 +000016th-Century Child Mummy Had Oldest Known Case of Hepatitis Bhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childs-mummy-rewrites-history-hepatitis-b-180967776/Long thought to suffer from smallpox, the genome of the 500-year-old mummy shows signs of HPBMon, 08 Jan 2018 19:53:56 +0000250,000 Circus Items Donated to Illinois State Universityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/250000-circus-items-donated-illinois-state-university-180967724/The donation includes clown props, photos, posters and costumesMon, 08 Jan 2018 18:05:32 +0000New Website Explores the Women in Architecture Your History Books Didn't Teach You Abouthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-highlights-accomplishments-little-known-female-architects-180967700/'Pioneering Women of American Architecture' features in-depth profiles of unsung architects who made significant contributions to the fieldMon, 08 Jan 2018 16:44:40 +0000Toxic Algae Closes Important Maine Shellfish Regionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algae-closes-important-maine-shellfish-region-180967753/The unprecedented late-season bloom may be linked to warming waters and could be a preview of things to comeFri, 05 Jan 2018 21:34:01 +0000Administration Proposes Opening Nearly All U.S. Coastlines to Offshore Drillinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/administration-proposes-opening-nearly-all-us-coastlines-offshore-drilling-180967763/Over 90 percent of America's waters will be available for oil and gas drilling under proposed planFri, 05 Jan 2018 20:17:40 +0000Humans Like Helpers, But Bonobos Prefer Bullieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlike-humans-bonobos-show-preference-bullies-180967759/A new study has found that bonobos gravitate towards characters that push and steal toysFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:58:18 +0000How Peacock Spiders Make Rainbows on Their Backsideshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-how-super-cute-peacock-spiders-make-rainbows-their-tummies-180967744/The adorable arachnids use specialized scales to break light into its component colors to produce some of nature's tiniest rainbowsFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:31:01 +0000Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Captures Haunting View of Earth in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-sampling-spacecraft-captures-haunting-view-earth-lost-space-180967735/OSIRIS-REx tested its cameras by taking a gorgeous photo of its home planetFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:25:52 +0000This Is the Largest Known Prime Number Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-prime-number-we-know-180967739/The newly discovered prime is 23 million digits longThu, 04 Jan 2018 21:46:57 +0000UV Light Could Help Stop the Bat-Killing White Nose Syndromehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uv-light-could-be-cure-bat-decimating-disease-180967741/Research shows the fungus is susceptible to UV light. The problem is getting bats into the tanning bedsThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:56:41 +0000Indian Jewels Swiped From Venice Museum in “Movie-Worthy" Heisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-jewels-swiped-venice-museum-brazen-heist-180967743/The thieves reportedly deactivated the alarm system and walked off with the goods in broad daylightThu, 04 Jan 2018 19:34:07 +0000Why Americans Missed Out on Public Domain Day (Again)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-miss-out-public-domain-day-again-180967699/Aleister Crowley, Dorothy Parker, and René Magritte joined the public domain in 2018, but not in the United StatesThu, 04 Jan 2018 18:30:38 +0000India to Cap Number of Taj Mahal Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-cap-number-taj-mahal-visitors-1-180967738/Spurred by safety and conservation concerns, officials plan to limit the number of domestic tourists to 40,000 per dayThu, 04 Jan 2018 17:13:34 +0000Big Data Traces the World's Most Distinctive Musical Traditionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-reveals-worlds-most-distinctive-musical-traditions-180967685/An analysis of 8,200 recordings from 137 nations shows nations in sub-Saharan Africa have the most unique rhythms and melodiesThu, 04 Jan 2018 16:28:03 +0000Dust, Not an Alien Megastructure, Likely Causes Strange Winks in Tabby’s Star Brightnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-megastructure-thoroughly-ruled-out-around-tabbys-star-180967730/After extensive observations, researchers can now confidently say: It's not aliensWed, 03 Jan 2018 21:44:29 +0000Meet the Newly Named 86 Stars of the Night Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-give-86-stars-official-names-world-cultures-180967725/The new names are drawn from China, Australia, South Africa, Maya, Polynesian and Coptic traditionsWed, 03 Jan 2018 19:59:42 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Elusive Javan Warty Pig in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-camera-trap-worlds-ugliest-pig-180967701/Habitat destruction and hunting are rapidly driving the "world's ugliest pig" to extinctionWed, 03 Jan 2018 18:10:01 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Expecting (Again)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-worlds-oldest-wild-bird-expecting-age-67-180967718/The Laysan albatross is now 67 years old and is thought to have raised 30 to 35 chicks in her lifetimeWed, 03 Jan 2018 17:21:59 +0000China Brings an End to Its Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-brings-end-its-ivory-trade-1-180967688/The country is believed to have been one of the world’s largest markets for ivory productsWed, 03 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Quadrantid Meteor Shower Kicks Off the New Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quadrantid-meteor-shower-kicks-new-year-180967683/The annual show is known for producing long-lasting, bright fireballs from asteroid 2003 EH1Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:02:07 +0000Watch the Supermoon Rise Around the World in Pictureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-supermoon-rise-around-world-pictures-180967682/The 'super' event was a great excuse to get outside and take in some celestial wonder—even if the moon didn't look all that differentTue, 02 Jan 2018 17:15:03 +0000Amazon Bird Revealed to be Extremely Rare Hybrid Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-bird-revealed-be-extremely-rare-hybrid-species-180967664/The Golden-crowned manakin is the first-known hybrid bird species found in the Amazon rainforestTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:10:44 +0000Rose Marie's Sprawling Legacy as Told Through the Artifacts She Left Behindhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curator-rose-marie-sprawling-legacy-180967679/The late actress sang for mobsters, toured New York nightclubs and wisecracked her way through a career that spanned nine decadesFri, 29 Dec 2017 22:25:48 +00002,000-Year-Old Texts Reveal the First Emperor of China’s Quest for Eternal Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-year-old-texts-reveal-first-emperor-chinas-quest-eternal-life-180967671/Qin Shihuang issued an executive order demanding that his subjects search for an immortality elixirFri, 29 Dec 2017 20:01:57 +0000Speak Now: Reward for Biggest Art Heist in History Gets Cut in Half on New Year'shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fess-now-reward-biggest-art-heist-history-gets-cut-half-new-years-180967675/The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hoped the $10 million reward would shake loose new clues in the 27-year-old crimeFri, 29 Dec 2017 19:14:33 +0000Russia Proposes "Luxury Hotel" for the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-proposes-luxury-hotel-international-space-station-180967674/The NEM-2 module would have four cabins, two bathrooms, exercise equipment, WiFi and a lounge with a 16-inch windowFri, 29 Dec 2017 18:06:30 +0000Cache of Newly Digitized Travel Photographs Will Transport You to 1900s Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-photos-early-20th-century-tourism-california-180967667/Travelers William and Grace McCarthy really got around, and in nearly 3,000 photos, they captured a unique view of San Francisco, Tahoe and YosemiteFri, 29 Dec 2017 16:59:53 +0000The YMCA First Opened Gyms to Train Stronger Christianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ymca-first-opened-gyms-train-stronger-christians-180967665/Physical fitness was a secondary goal for the movementFri, 29 Dec 2017 15:20:00 +0000Madame de Pompadour Was Far More Than a ‘Mistress’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/madame-de-pompadour-was-far-more-mistress-180967662/Even though she was a keen politicker and influential patron, she’s been historically overlooked Fri, 29 Dec 2017 14:01:00 +000030,000 Shards of Historic Stained Glass Found in Westminster Abbey's Attichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30000-shards-historic-stained-glass-found-westminster-abbeys-attic-180967663/The glass and other trash was excavated from depressions in the vaulted ceiling and are being made into new windows for the AbbeyFri, 29 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Find Gate to Headquarters of Famed “Ironclad” Sixth Legion in Northern Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-discoveries-unearthed-roman-legion-camp-near-armageddon-180967654/Inscriptions on the find imply the gate could be part of a dedication or it could list the names of the legion's commanders or war heroesThu, 28 Dec 2017 21:10:43 +0000Belgium Ends Telegram Service After 171 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/belgium-ends-telegram-service-after-171-years-180967660/The end of Belgian telegrams isn’t the end of the service across the world, but it’s getting closeThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:59:38 +0000Tomb Door Engraved with Menorah Discovered in Israelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tomb-door-engraved-menorah-discovered-israel-180967647/The artifact tells the story of the three major religious groups that have occupied Tiberias over the centuriesThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:23:05 +0000Don Hogan Charles, Who Captured the Civil Rights Movement, Has Died at 79https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/don-hogan-charles-photographer-who-captured-civil-rights-movement-has-died-79-180967645/In 1964, Charles became the first black photographer hired by the <i>New York Times</i>Thu, 28 Dec 2017 18:35:42 +0000This Time-Saving Patent Paved the Way for the Modern Dishwasherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-saving-patent-paved-way-modern-dishwasher-180967656/Josephine Cochran just wanted to stop having broken dishesThu, 28 Dec 2017 15:50:00 +0000The True Story of Mrs. Alford's Nitroglycerin Factoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-mrs-alfords-nitroglycerin-factory-180967653/Mary Alford remains the only woman known to own a dynamite and nitroglycerin factoryThu, 28 Dec 2017 14:40:00 +0000White House Magnolia Tree Planted by Andrew Jackson Will Be Cut Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-magnolia-tree-planted-andrew-jackson-be-cut-down-180967657/Despite multiple attempts to save it, the tree is in bad shapeThu, 28 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Limited Number of Critically Ill Evacuated from Besieged Syrian Regionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limited-number-critically-ill-are-evacuated-besieged-syrian-region-180967652/29 people have been approved for evacuation from eastern Ghouta, but hundreds more are in desperate need of medical careWed, 27 Dec 2017 19:11:10 +0000Five Things to Know About the Recently Changed Migratory Bird Acthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-recently-changes-migratory-bird-act-180967646/A new rule prevents industry from being prosecuted for killing birds under the 100-year-old conservation lawWed, 27 Dec 2017 17:31:55 +0000The Library of Congress Will Stop Archiving Twitterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-will-stop-archiving-twitter-180967651/Because tweets have become too long and too numerous, the Library will only archive tweets of 'historic value"Wed, 27 Dec 2017 16:43:39 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-didnt-take-very-long-anesthesia-change-childbirth-180967636/The unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Radical Prohibitionist Carry A. Nationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-radical-prohibitionist-carry-nation-180967627/Nation was convinced she was on a mission from GodWed, 27 Dec 2017 14:12:00 +0000UN Begins Negotiating First Conservation Treaty for the High Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-begins-negotiating-first-conservation-treaty-high-seas-180967644/International waters face threats from overfishing, mining, pollution and climate change and the new treaty may help preserve marine biodiversityTue, 26 Dec 2017 20:54:49 +0000How 21st-Century Technology Is Shedding Light on a 2nd-Century Egyptian Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-imaging-technique-revealed-secrets-ancient-portrait-180967633/Researchers at UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have pioneered a technology that goes behind the scenes of a centuries-old artistic processTue, 26 Dec 2017 17:08:46 +0000Remembering Mamie ‘Peanut’ Johnson, the First Woman to Take the Mound as a Major-League Pitcherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mamie-peanut-johnson-first-female-pitcher-negro-leagues-has-died-82-180967642/The Negro Leagues trailblazer has died at 82. Barred from trying out for a segregated female league, she made her mark playing alongside menTue, 26 Dec 2017 15:47:16 +0000The Modern History of Ornithology Starts With This Inquisitive Medieval Emperorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-history-ornithology-starts-inquisitive-medieval-emperor-180967623/Frederick II got up to a lot in his lifetimeTue, 26 Dec 2017 14:34:00 +0000How Charles II Used Art to Bolster Britain’s Struggling Monarchyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-charles-ii-used-art-bolster-britains-wounded-monarchy-180967522/A new exhibit at the Queen’s Gallery in London features more than 200 items from the collection of the “Merry Monarch”Tue, 26 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000'Sesame Street' to Create a Show for Syrian Refugee Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sesame-street-receives-100-million-grant-create-show-syrian-refugee-children-180967640/A $100 million MacArthur grant will fund the important project, which will feature characters and narratives developed specifically for its unique audienceFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:23:02 +0000This Fierce 508-Million-Year-Old Relative of Scorpions Had Five Jaws and Body Armorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fierce-508-million-year-old-relative-insects-had-five-jaws-and-body-armor-180967641/A new analysis of <em>Habelia optata</em> could help us understand the history of modern arthropodsFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:15:25 +0000Found: The Site of One of Australia’s Oldest Pubshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-site-one-australias-oldest-pubs-180967538/Nearby, archaeologists discovered the remains of a 19th-century hut once occupied by convictsFri, 22 Dec 2017 19:45:37 +0000How Baby Sea Turtles on Treadmills Can Help Researchers Understand Wild Turtle Survivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-sea-turtles-swimsuits-and-treadmills-merry-christmas-180967639/No doubt it's adorable, but the study offers clues into the impact of disorienting light pollution on the reptiles' healthFri, 22 Dec 2017 19:14:14 +0000After Mysteriously Disappearing in WWI, Australia's First Submarine Finally Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-australias-first-submarine-discovered-papua-new-guinea-180967635/The craft disappeared during in heavy haze early in the warFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:40:53 +0000Archaeologists Discover 500 Artifacts from 18th-Century British Coffeehouse https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-500-artifacts-18th-century-british-coffeehouse-180967609/Among the finds were cups, saucers, sugar bowls, coffee tins and an impressive collection of teapotsFri, 22 Dec 2017 17:32:50 +0000 In the 1930s, This Natural History Curator Discovered a Living Fossil–Well, Sort of https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1930s-curator-discovered-living-fossil-well-sort-180967616/Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was convinced she'd found something special in a pile of fish, but it took some time for her discovery to be recognizedFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:04:00 +0000Manhattan DA Launches First Antiquities Trafficking Unithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manhattan-da-launches-first-antiquities-trafficking-unit-180967607/The unit will investigate the uptick in looted artifacts flooding the antiquities marketFri, 22 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Record the Thunderous Call of the Loudest Known Fishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-recording-loudest-known-fish-180967631/The Gulf corvina’s collective mating call is so powerful that it can damage the hearing of sea lions and dolphinsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000England Has Its Own Pod of Dolphinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/england-gets-its-own-pod-dolphins-just-time-christmas-1-180967630/Researchers discover that the group of 28 animals are actually local residents, not just visitorsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Listen to Alan Turing's First Computer-Generated Christmas Carols https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-alan-turings-first-computer-generated-christmas-carols-180967624/In 1951, the BBC played two carols from Turing's computer, which have now been recreated by New Zealand researchersFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Memphis Removes Two Confederate Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memphis-removes-two-confederate-statues-180967622/One was dedicated to Jefferson Davis, the other to Nathan Bedford Forrest Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:13:02 +0000President Lincoln’s Last Christmashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-lincolns-last-christmas-180967617/The character of American Christmas changed as a result of the Civil WarThu, 21 Dec 2017 18:02:32 +0000Vandals Shatter 115-Million-Year Old Dino Track in Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-smash-115-million-year-old-dino-track-australia-180967620/Believed to be from a rare polar dinosaur, the damage was discovered by a school class visiting Bunurong Marine National ParkThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:28:44 +0000Zora Neale Hurston’s Study of the Last Known U.S. Slave to Be Published in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zora-neale-hurstons-study-last-known-us-slave-be-published-2018-180967613/Cudjo Lewis was captured and transported to the U.S. in 1860. After regaining his freedom five years later, he went on to help establish African TownThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:02:29 +0000The Most Notorious Poet in 18th Century America Was An Enslaved Teenager You've Never Heard Ofhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-notorious-poet-18th-century-america-was-enslaved-teenager-youve-never-heard-180967610/Phyllis Wheatley was a prodigy, but her ultimate fate reflects the gross racial disparities of 1700s AmericaThu, 21 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Marshmallow-Topped Hot Chocolate Will Keep You Warm This Long Solstice Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshmallow-topped-hot-chocolate-will-keep-you-warm-long-solstice-night-180967614/Marshmallows and hot chocolate each have a long history, but their union only dates back about a centuryThu, 21 Dec 2017 14:58:44 +0000NASA Unveils Finalists for Its Next New Frontiers Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-unveils-finalists-its-next-new-frontiers-mission-180967615/In 2025, the agency will either try to grab a piece of a comet or send a space-helicopter drone to the surface of Saturn's moon TitanWed, 20 Dec 2017 22:18:20 +0000How Industrial Espionage Started America's Cotton Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-industrial-espionage-started-americas-cotton-revolution-180967608/To the British, Samuel Slater was ‘Slater the traitor,’ but to the Americans, he was the father of the American industrial revolutionWed, 20 Dec 2017 19:37:06 +0000Millions of Historic Images Pay Tribute to the Diversity of Life on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-historic-images-pay-tribute-diversity-life-earth-180967603/Bask in the infinitely strange wonder of our planet with these gorgeous biodiversity galleriesWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:40:35 +0000At 3.5 Billion Years Old, Are These the Oldest Fossils?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-may-confirm-worlds-oldest-fossils-180967596/A new analysis of this decades-old find suggests that they were indeed once biological life—but not all are convincedWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:46:57 +0000 The Weird Story of the FBI and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-story-fbi-and-its-wonderful-life-180967587/The film supposedly had Communistic tendenciesWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:05:16 +0000NIH Lifts Ban on Funding High-Risk Virus Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nih-removes-funding-ban-high-risk-virus-research-180967598/Manipulating viruses could help prepare the U.S. for future pandemics, but it could also risk starting the next outbreakTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:41:56 +0000‘120 Days of Sodom', Marquis de Sade's Depraved Opus, Declared a French National Treasure https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/120-days-sodom-marquis-de-sades-depraved-opus-declared-french-national-treasure-180967594/Officials sought to prevent the manuscript from being sold at an upcoming auctionTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:15:22 +0000How Swimsuits Became Fashion Itemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-swimsuits-became-fashion-items-180967583/Rose Marie Reid's vision for beachwear helped shape the modern swimsuitTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:48 +0000First Center for Empathy and Art Launched in Minneapolishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-center-empathy-and-art-launched-minneapolis-180967567/The center will bring together researchers, artists, historians and philosophers to learn how art museums can promote empathy and understandingTue, 19 Dec 2017 18:49:31 +0000Unusual Interstellar Visitor Could Be Shard of Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unusual-object-could-be-shard-interstellar-ice-180967593/A new study of ‘Oumuamua suggests it's water ice covered with 20 inches of dry carbon compoundsTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:48:22 +0000For the First Time, Inuit Artists Will Represent Canada at the Venice Biennale https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-inuit-artists-will-represent-canada-venice-biennale-180967566/The Isuma collective is a video production company run by Indigenous artists of the Canadian ArcticTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:02:08 +0000Researchers Whack Fake Skulls to Learn About Neolithic Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-whack-fake-skulls-learn-about-neolithic-weapons-180967563/Was the ‘Thames Beater’ used to kill? Four crushed model skulls say yesTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:52:19 +0000How Mark Twain’s Hatred of Suspenders Drove Him to Inventhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mark-twains-hatred-suspenders-drove-him-invent-180967577/Under his given name, Samuel Clemens, Twain held several patentsTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:45:16 +0000Federal Court Strikes Down Ban on ‘Scandalous’ Trademarkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-court-strikes-down-ban-scandalous-trademarks-180967582/The game-changing case centered on a clothing brand with a cheekTue, 19 Dec 2017 15:27:50 +0000How 1950s America Shaped ‘The Nutcracker’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1950s-america-shaped-nutcracker-180967570/It took the marketing insight of a Russian choreographer to make it all happenMon, 18 Dec 2017 16:30:00 +000012 Facts About ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/12-facts-about-12-days-christmas-180967569/Amaze and astound your loved ones with these pieces of carol triviaMon, 18 Dec 2017 15:40:27 +0000Award Winning Images Capture the Goofiness of the Animal Kingdomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winners-comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-are-here-brighten-your-day-180967551/Enjoy these masterpieces in animal sillinessMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Shadows of Saturn's Rings Mess With Its Upper Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shadows-saturns-rings-mess-its-upper-atmosphere-180967521/The Cassini probe's final swoops through the rings found that they impact the planet's ionosphereFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:51:50 +0000Dinosaurs Were Around Before Saturn Had Ringshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-probably-older-saturns-rings-180967565/Data from the Cassini space probe suggests that the rings may be as young as 150 million years oldFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:34:56 +0000Movie Theaters Will Be Legal in Saudi Arabia Again After 35 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-theaters-are-legal-saudi-arabia-again-after-35-years-180967523/The first cinemas are expected to be open by March 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:59:27 +0000New Map Reveals What Lies Below Greenland's Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naked-map-greenland-helps-understanding-ice-loss-180967562/This map of 'naked' Greenland is the most detailed yet and can help in refining climate predictionsFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:10:43 +0000Dive Through More Than 1,000 Dalí Paintings Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalogue-1000-dali-paintings-now-available-online-180967543/Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation's complete catalogue raisonné, which spans from 1910 to 1983, is sheer surrealist eye candyFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:01:55 +0000The Cinema Museum, Housed in the Workhouse Where Charlie Chaplin Spent His Formative Years, Is Under Threathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/campaign-hopes-save-workhouse-where-charlie-chaplin-spent-unhappy-childhood-180967548/The property will go up for sale in 2018Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:23:26 +0000Five Things to Know About French Enlightenment Genius Émilie du Châtelethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/She was brilliant and unconventional, but her life had a tragic endFri, 15 Dec 2017 18:18:17 +0000How the Arrival of One Bird Brought $223,000 to a Pennsylvanian Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-single-bird-brought-220000-pennsylvania-town-180967527/The rare black-backed oriole showed up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, and birdwatchers flocked to the sceneFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:37 +0000Inside the First Museum in Iran Devoted to a Female Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iran-opens-first-museum-honoring-female-artist-180967549/The new museum houses 50 works by the acclaimed artist Monir Shahroudy FarmanfarmaianFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:15:01 +0000How the Rapidly Changing Shape of This New Island Could Teach Us About Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-new-island-teaching-us-about-earth-volcanoes-and-water-mars-180967537/Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai has lasted longer than it should, and the processes that formed the island are of interest to NASAFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:13:03 +0000The Physics Behind the Layers in Your Lattehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-behind-layers-your-latte-180967546/Layered lattes are a cool trick, but the science of why it happens could help in manufacturing and even studying the oceanFri, 15 Dec 2017 16:22:28 +0000Birdwatch for Science This Holiday Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birdwatch-science-holiday-season-180967559/Get outdoors for the Audubon's annual Christmas Bird CountFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:44:11 +0000The FDA Used to Have People Whose Job Was to Taste Teahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-used-have-people-whose-job-was-taste-tea-180967545/Literally, that was itFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:58:39 +0000These Places Are Actually The Middle of Nowherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-places-are-actually-middle-nowhere-180967544/These "poles of inaccessibility" are among the world's most remote placesFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:04:50 +0000Here's Why Pearls No Longer Cost a Fortunehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pearls-cost-fortune-180967540/Coming up with ways to lower the price of pearls—either through culturing or by out-right fakery—took centuriesThu, 14 Dec 2017 15:22:27 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/He’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +000099-Million-Year-Old Tick That Feasted on Dino Blood Found Trapped in Amberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tick-feasted-dino-blood-found-trapped-amber-180967539/Sorry, there's no DNA left. But the find does provide the first strong evidence that the parasites preyed on dinosaursWed, 13 Dec 2017 21:41:09 +0000What to Know About the Removal of 44 Artworks from Catalan's Museum of Lleidahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/removal-44-artworks-catalan-museum-sparks-protests-180967493/The fate of the works has become a point of contention in Catalonia’s bitter push for independenceWed, 13 Dec 2017 18:55:47 +0000The Magical Mind of Gabriel García Márquez Shines Through His Newly Digitized Archivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/much-gabriel-garcia-marquezs-archives-are-now-available-online-180967530/The University of Texas has digitized some 27,000 documents from the collection of the acclaimed authorWed, 13 Dec 2017 17:01:35 +0000This Giant Penguin Was the Size of a Humanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-penguin-was-size-human-180967536/The ancient mega-penguins waddled around New Zealand some 60 million years agoWed, 13 Dec 2017 16:20:02 +0000Catch a Rare Viewing of Robert Frost's Cheery, Dreary, Dark Christmas Cardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-frosts-christmas-cards-highlight-creative-power-collaboration-180967532/The poet’s annual Christmas cards, made in compilation with printer Joe Blumenthal, were not necessarily traditional, but they were always beautifulWed, 13 Dec 2017 15:52:26 +0000How One Mycologist Saved France’s Wine (Among Other Things)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-mycologist-saved-frances-wine-among-other-things-180967526/Bordeaux mixture saved many crops besides grapes from fungusWed, 13 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000In Luxor, Two Tombs Dating Back 3,500 Years Unveil Their Secretshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-3500-year-old-tombs-opened-egypt-180967490/They include hundreds of statues and one of the best-preserved wall paintings found in the areaTue, 12 Dec 2017 20:05:26 +0000What Lurks Below Jupiter’s Great Red Spot?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-lurks-below-jupiters-great-red-spot-180967524/New results from the Juno spacecraft are helping to unlock the secrets of this centuries-old stormTue, 12 Dec 2017 19:10:00 +0000Charles Darwin’s Grandfather Was Famous for His Poems About Plant Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-darwins-grandfather-was-famous-his-poems-about-plant-sex-180967517/Erasmus Darwin’s poetics influenced his grandson’s vision of natureTue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:23 +0000This 1940s Solar House Powered Innovation and Women in STEMhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1940s-solar-house-powered-innovation-and-women-stem-180967515/As far back as the 1940s, people were worried about running out of fuel. The sun seemed like a feasible alternativeTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why Pantone's Color of the Year Is the Shade of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pantones-color-year-shade-science-180967516/PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep saturated purple, but it doesn't hold a candle to true ultravioletTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:44 +0000The Un-Christmassy Origin of Gingerbread Houseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-christmassy-origin-gingerbread-houses-180967461/This tradition dates back to the story of Hansel and GretelTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Millions of Migrating Red Crabs Are Coming to Google Street Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-migrating-red-crabs-are-coming-google-street-view-180967486/The crustaceans are making their brief annual appearance on Australia's Christmas Island Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Earth's Mysterious Hum Recorded in the Deep Sea for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-world-hum-recorded-seafloor-first-time-180967487/The discovery could help unlock the planet's deepest secretsMon, 11 Dec 2017 21:28:53 +0000You Don't Have to Have Synesthesia to "Hear" This Silent Gifhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-can-you-hear-silent-gif-180967491/How we perceive the world is the result of the complex intertwining of illusion, synesthesia, and suggestionMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:37:59 +0000Sign the Stars Anywhere on Earth With the First International Astronomy Dictionary For Deaf Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sign-stars-anywhere-earth-international-astronomy-sign-language-dictionary-180967488/The encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanetMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:16 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of a Mysterious Pictish Cave in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-create-3d-model-mysterious-bone-filled-cave-scotland-180967443/Archaeologists have created a 3D model of the fascinating, but hard-to-access Sculptor's CaveMon, 11 Dec 2017 17:49:07 +0000Mamma Mia!: Naples’ Pizza-Making Process Gets Unesco Heritage Statushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naples-pizza-making-process-gets-unesco-heritage-status-2-180967470/The art of <i>pizzaiuolo</i>, as the craft is known, is a cherished tradition that is not easy as pieMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:39:57 +0000A Paper Bag Was the Inspiration for the First Coach Pursehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paper-bag-was-inspiration-first-coach-purse-180967457/Lillian Cahn reached back to her childhood experiences to design the "leather shopping bag" that was the company's first purseMon, 11 Dec 2017 14:30:00 +0000New Species of Extinct Marsupial Lion Deepens Their Fierce Family Treehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossil-deepens-marsupial-lion-family-tree-180967462/The dog-sized animal adds more diversity to the history of Australia's largest predatorMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Gaze Into a 530-Million-Year-Old Eye, the Oldest Yet Discovered https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-look-oldest-known-compound-eye-180967459/Found on an Estonian trilobite, the eye once processed 100 "pixels" of informationMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Remains Tell Stories of Delaware's Earliest Enslavedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-tell-story-delawares-earliest-slaves-180967456/Burials uncovered in Rehoboth Bay give a first-hand account of the hard life faced by those forced to labor on a 17th-century Delaware plantationFri, 08 Dec 2017 20:55:45 +0000Narwhals Have a Strange Stress Responsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/narwhals-strange-stress-response-180967458/When the creatures are frightened, they both flee and freezeFri, 08 Dec 2017 18:52:20 +0000The Profound Loneliness of Greta Garbohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/profound-loneliness-greta-garbo-180967417/Sotheby’s is auctioning off a collection of letters that reveal Garbo’s deep dissatisfaction with her life in HollywoodFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:56:42 +0000Air Pollution May Diminish the Benefits of Exercisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walking-polluted-areas-reduces-benefits-exercise-180967434/You might want to rethink that walk along the smoggy roadwayFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:48:30 +0000Message From the Past Found Inside Spanish Statue of Jesushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-future-found-inside-spanish-statue-jesus-180967425/A local chaplain wanted people from the future to know what crops his region grew, what games they played and what diseases they sufferedFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:16:27 +0000How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-industrial-robot-180967442/Computers were the size of refrigerators--or larger--but robots were on their wayFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:42:29 +0000Toblerone’s Tussle With "Twin Peaks" Chocolate Comes to a Bittersweet Endhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toblerones-tussle-uk-retailer-comes-bittersweet-end-180967453/The grocery chain Poundland is now able to sell its Toblerone copycat, but it had to change the packaging Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:39:41 +0000Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-swimming-dinosaur-delightfully-bizarre-180967454/The cartoonish creature blends characteristics of velociraptors, penguins, swans, and ducksFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:10:36 +0000Little Foot, the Most Complete Australopithecus Fossil, Goes on Displayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-foot-most-complete-australopithecus-fossil-goes-display-180967447/After 20 years of excavation and cleaning, the 3.67-million year old hominin is ready for her closeupFri, 08 Dec 2017 14:51:36 +0000Is This St. Nicolas' Pelvis Bone? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bone-old-enough-be-santa-clauss-pelvis-180967444/Oxford researchers have determined that a bone fragment purportedly from St. Nicholas comes from the same century in which he diedFri, 08 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Need Your Help Rescuing 100-Year-Old Weather Recordshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volunteers-help-rescue-europes-weather-history-180967385/A new citizen-science project needs volunteers to digitize decades of temperature, rain and barometric data from across western EuropeThu, 07 Dec 2017 21:26:12 +0000Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage in Jubilant Votehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-legalizes-same-sex-marriage-jubilant-vote-180967446/The first same-sex weddings will be able to take place as early as January 9Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:08:47 +0000Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From the Dawn of the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-ancient-black-hole-dawn-universe-180967450/Sitting some 13.1 billion light years away, the find offers a window into the early universeThu, 07 Dec 2017 20:57:02 +0000Why Lubaina Himid's Turner Prize Win Is One for the History Bookshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lubaina-himid-oldest-person-and-first-black-woman-win-turner-prize-180967436/The 63-year-old, Zanzibar-born contemporary artist becomes the oldest person and first woman of color to win the prestigious awardThu, 07 Dec 2017 19:51:32 +0000Christine Keeler, the British Model at the Heart of a 1960s Political Scandal, Is Dead at 75https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christine-keeler-british-model-heart-1960s-political-scandal-dead-75-180967437/Keeler had simultaneous relationships with a Conservative politician and a Soviet attaché, prompting concerns that she had revealed British state secretsThu, 07 Dec 2017 18:56:54 +0000How Marie Tussaud Created a Wax Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-marie-tussaud-created-wax-empire-180967356/From France, to Britain, to the world, Tussaud's waxworks endureThu, 07 Dec 2017 17:03:00 +0000Colombia Begins the Christmas Season With These Beautiful Light Displayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colombia-begins-christmas-season-these-beautiful-light-displays-180967423/Día de las Velitas is celebrated on the day before the celebration of the Immaculate ConceptionThu, 07 Dec 2017 15:57:29 +0000The Riveting Story of an American Icon https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-rosie-riveter-got-famous-180967415/Rosie has a surprising historyThu, 07 Dec 2017 14:04:00 +0000Why the Getty Center Is the "Safest Place" For Its Priceless Collection in the Case of Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-getty-center-safest-place-its-priceless-collection-if-disaster-strikes-180967441/As wildfires blaze through Southern California, the Getty's Ron Hartwig explains how the structure was built with fire in mindWed, 06 Dec 2017 22:42:32 +0000Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-redrawn-national-monuments-180967418/The president is reducing two massive National Monuments by millions of acres. Read the context behind the decision and what to expect going forwardWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:59:40 +0000Winding Ice Age Cave Discovered Beneath Montrealhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winding-ice-age-cave-discovered-beneath-montreal-180967424/The cave stretches for more than 600 feet and splinters off into a number of different passagewaysWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:06:07 +0000Satellite Images Show Frightening Intensity of California Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-satellite-images-show-frightening-intensity-california-wildfires-180967433/Thick plumes of smoke can be seen blowing across the Pacific Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:49:41 +0000Is Your Champagne Good? Listen to the Bubbles for Clueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-champagne-good-listen-bubbles-clues-180967430/You may be able to <em>hear</em> a high-quality bubblyWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:47:05 +0000These Are the Most Instagrammed Museums of 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Parisian-Museum-most-instagrammed-2016-180967429/Selfie, selfie, in the feed—which institutions did users of the popular photo sharing site tag as the fairest of all?Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:33:07 +0000You've Seen The Washington Monument. Now See the Other Washington Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dcs-washington-monument-just-one-many-180967411/Unsurprisingly, the obelisk in Washington, D.C. is not the only monument to America's first presidentWed, 06 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Maya Heritage Comes Alive...With Some Help From Google and the British Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-ancient-mayan-sites-through-eyes-alfred-maudslay-180967428/Victorian explorer Alfred Maudslay’s images are now available online for all to seeTue, 05 Dec 2017 22:02:25 +0000New Video Highlights Hidden Cold War Bunker in Swedenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-hidden-cold-war-bunker-mountain-sweden-180967422/Viral footage shows off the site that appears to have been inhabited by Swedish intelligence workersTue, 05 Dec 2017 20:36:51 +0000Indonesia Gets Its First Contemporary Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indonesia-gets-its-first-contemporary-art-museum-180967194/The inaugural exhibition of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara features 90 works by 70 artistsTue, 05 Dec 2017 18:40:44 +0000Walt Disney’s First ‘Princess’ Was A Spunky Four-Year-Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walt-disneys-first-princess-was-spunky-four-year-old-1-180967392/The silent ‘Alice Comedies’ ran from 1924 through 1927, predating MickeyTue, 05 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Sweeping Mumbai Exhibition Tells the Story of India, With Help From the British Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mumbai-exhibit-tells-story-india-help-british-museum-180967370/‘India and the World’ features 124 loans from London and 104 objects from institutions across IndiaTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:45:25 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Drama and Wonder of the Natural Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-dazzling-winners-royal-society-photo-competition-180967408/From Antarctic ice to eclipses and killer whales, the images unveil nature's strange and sometimes surreal beautyTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:26:44 +0000Geminid Meteor Shower Will Blaze Across Skieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geminid-meteor-shower-will-blaze-across-skies-next-week-180967413/Will you stay up to catch the show?Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:31 +0000Civil War Reenactments Were a Thing Even During the Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-war-reenactments-were-thing-even-during-civil-war-180967405/These 'practice battles' are the root of today's Civil War reenactorsTue, 05 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why the Ku Klux Klan Flourished Under Prohibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-racism-flourished-under-prohibition-180967406/The Ku Klux Klan's resurgence in the 1920s is linked to the passage of the Volstead Act in 1920Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:27:45 +0000After 1300 Years Abroad, the Earliest Complete Latin Bible Returns to Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-1300-years-abroad-earliest-complete-latin-bible-returns-england-180967393/The Codex Amiatinus will go on display at the British Library in 2018Tue, 05 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000More than 120 Academics and Artists Call for Removal of Controversial Monuments in New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-120-academics-and-artists-call-removal-controversial-monuments-new-york-180967407/The letter singles out three statues and two commemorative markers honoring contentious historical figuresMon, 04 Dec 2017 22:03:27 +0000DNA Code Gets Two New Synthetic Letters—And Uses Them to Create a New Proteinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-add-two-new-synthetic-letters-dnas-alphabet-180967402/Researchers hope the advance is a step toward producing a range of new compounds, including designer drugs and biofuelsMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:56:31 +0000Pioneering Political Journalist Marianne Means Has Died at Age 83https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marianne-means-pioneering-political-journalist-has-died-83-180967404/The first woman assigned to cover a president's activities on a full-time basis, Means wrote a widely syndicated column about the goings-on in WashingtonMon, 04 Dec 2017 19:37:44 +0000Researchers Investigate What Makes a Poem Popularhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-investigate-what-makes-poem-popular-180967395/A recent study found that vividness of imagery best predicted a poem's aesthetic appealMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:31:15 +0000Your Oldest Ancestor Was Probably Sponge Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-conclude-sponges-were-first-animals-split-family-tree-180967389/A new study may settle a long-running debate about which creature was the first to evolve from a universal common animal ancestorMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:23:33 +0000The Snowmobile Changed How Americans Did Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowmobile-changed-how-americans-did-winter-180967383/As the cold comes in, snowbound communities are tuning up their vehicles and recreationists are making speedy winter plansMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0000Rare Amur Leopard Call Gets Caught on Tapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-call-gets-caught-tape-180967400/New footage of the cat making its distinctive roar offers a glimpse into the endangered species' behaviorMon, 04 Dec 2017 15:54:00 +0000Super Pictures Capture This Year's Only Visible Supermoonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-only-visible-supermoon-rises-sunday-180967371/If you missed last night's celestial show, these images feature our lunar orb in all its gloryMon, 04 Dec 2017 14:51:17 +0000Mammoth Remains Unearthed at Michigan Farm, Hint at Ancient Human Butcheringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/Researchers have found 40 additional bones, including the skull, tusks and teeth of an ice age creatureMon, 04 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Memorial to Crazy Horse Has Been Under Construction For Almost 70 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/memorial-crazy-horse-has-been-under-construction-almost-70-years-180967377/But you can still visit the memorial, which is located in South DakotaMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Chilean Telescope Takes Deepest Look Into the Cosmos Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-telescope-takes-deepest-peek-yet-cosmos-180967369/In the process, researchers discovered 72 new galaxies and details on 1,600 moreMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Exhibit of Art by Guantánamo Prisoners Prompts Pentagon Reviewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-art-guantanamo-prisoners-prompts-pentagon-review-180967360/The Department of Defense has halted transfers of artworks by detaineesFri, 01 Dec 2017 21:18:52 +0000Cache of 120-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Found in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-fossilized-pterosaur-eggs-found-china-180967387/Some of the eggs contained embryonic remains, offering unprecedented insight into the pterosaur’s early life phases Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:46:26 +0000Earthworms Reproduce in Faux Mars Soil For the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/key-martian-farming-earthworms-180967386/A vital component of healthy Earth gardens, scientists are testing their resilience in the harsh Red Planet environmentFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:03:28 +0000Archaeologists in California Unearth a Large Sphinx—From the Set of ‘The Ten Commandments’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-california-unearth-large-sphinx-set-ten-commandments-180967376/Director Cecil B. DeMille gave the order for the entire set be buried beneath the sand after shooting on the blockbuster concludedFri, 01 Dec 2017 17:23:00 +000011 Cauldrons Found at Iron Age Settlement in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/11-cauldrons-found-iron-age-settlement-england-180967365/The cauldrons, most of which were buried in a circle, appear to have been used in ceremonial feastsFri, 01 Dec 2017 16:23:18 +0000A Short Picture History of Gas Stationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-picture-history-gas-stations-180967337/Gas stations have evolved a lot from their humble rootsFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:59:12 +0000Winston Churchill Imagined the Lab-Grown Hamburgerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winston-churchill-imagined-lab-grown-hamburger-180967349/But he was off about the year when it would be createdFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Record-Breaking Fish That Lives 26,000 Feet Under the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-record-breaking-fish-lives-26000-feet-under-sea-180967363/The creature is a type of snailfish, and has adapted to survive crushing pressuresThu, 30 Nov 2017 16:17:44 +0000Most "Yeti" Evidence Is Actually From Brown Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-shows-yetis-are-mostly-brown-bears-180967361/The results dispel the idea of these mythical beasts while providing clues to the ancestry of the elusive Himalayan and Tibetan bearsThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:35:52 +0000This Dinosaur Was Much Fuzzier Than Scientists Once Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-was-much-fuzzier-we-thought-180967364/A new analysis shows the extent of ancient bird-like dino's fluffThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Archaeologists Discover Where Julius Caesar Landed in Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-where-julius-caesar-landed-britain-180967359/A large camp along Pegwell Bay is the likely spot where 20,000 Romans landed in 54 B.C.Thu, 30 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000‘Comfort Women’ Statue Prompts Osaka to Cut Ties with San Francisco https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comfort-women-statue-prompts-osaka-cut-ties-san-francisco-180967336/The monument pays tribute to women who were forced to work in Japanese military brothelsWed, 29 Nov 2017 22:08:16 +0000Three-Mile Wide Asteroid Will Zoom by Earth This Decemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-expected-pass-near-earth-december-180967351/But it will still be about 6.4 million miles awayWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:43:51 +0000Ancient Orca Geoglyph Rediscovered in Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-orca-geoglyph-rediscovered-peru-180967338/Found on a hillside in the Palpa desert, the 200-foot image was likely made by peoples of the Paracas and Nazca culturesWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:10:52 +0000Square Dancing is Uniquely Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/square-dancing-uniquely-american-180967329/Like the culture it came from, square dance has roots in European, Native American and African practices Wed, 29 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000 Thank(?) Joseph Shivers For Spandexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-joseph-shivers-spandex-180967335/From Spanx to space suits, spandex has shaped modern garmentsWed, 29 Nov 2017 15:27:38 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-can-maybe-start-novel-better-you-180967300/As the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000Newly Discovered 235-Year-Old Watercolor Shows Off General Washington’s Wartime Tenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-known-wartime-depiction-general-washingtons-headquarters-tent-discovered-180967353/The painting offers a unique glimpse into the Revolutionary WarWed, 29 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000This Artificial Muscle Can Lift 1,000 Times Its Own Weight https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-designed-artificial-muscle-can-lift-1000-times-its-own-weight-180967354/They were inspired by origamiTue, 28 Nov 2017 21:52:10 +0000Mortar Found at "Jesus’ Tomb" Dates to the Constantine Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mortar-found-jesus-tomb-dates-constantine-era-180967345/The new analysis correlates with historical accounts stating that the tomb was discovered by the Romans, under the direction of emperor ConstantineTue, 28 Nov 2017 21:02:55 +0000Are Alien Microbes Clinging to the International Space Station? Probably Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-alien-microbes-clinging-iss-probably-not-180967350/A report out of Russia claims extraterrestrial bacteria has been found on the space station, but there's plenty of room for doubtTue, 28 Nov 2017 20:58:58 +0000Museum Restores North America's Longest Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-restores-longest-painting-north-america-180967348/Completed in 1848, the quarter-mile-long panorama deteriorated after it toured the country on wagons and trainsTue, 28 Nov 2017 19:54:03 +0000A Look Inside China’s Effort to Preserve Historical Mongolian Manuscriptshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-chinas-effort-preserve-historical-mongolian-manuscripts-180967346/Various projects are attempting to digitize the more than 200,000 volumes of Mongolian books and documents in the countryTue, 28 Nov 2017 18:09:37 +0000Three Medical Breakthroughs That Can Be Traced Back to a Tragic Nightclub Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-medical-breakthroughs-can-be-traced-back-tragic-cocoanut-grove-fire-180967323/Four hundred ninety-two people died as a result of the horrifying fire, an unprecedented death toll that led physicians to make unprecedented innovationsTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:07:54 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-cloud-names-come-1700s-amateur-meteorologist-180967321/Luke Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000Behold the Newly Digitized 400-Year-Old Codex Quetzalecatzhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-see-400-year-old-mesoamerican-map-online-180967332/The manuscript dates back to the late 1500s, and was recently acquired by the Library of CongressMon, 27 Nov 2017 21:35:26 +0000The Geology of Bali's Simmering Agung Volcanohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-balis-agung-volcano-dangerous-180967330/The high viscosity magma of stratovolcanoes like Agung makes them extremely explosive—and potentially deadlyMon, 27 Nov 2017 20:35:35 +0000Friction Matches Were a Boon to Those Lighting Fires–Not So Much to Matchmakershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friction-matches-were-boon-those-lighting-firesnot-so-much-matchmakers-180967318/Those who worked in match factories were exposed to white phosphorus, which caused a debilitating and potentially deadly conditionMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:59:47 +0000How WWII Created the Care Packagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wwi-created-care-package-180967315/Technically, the innovation was originally trademarkedMon, 27 Nov 2017 16:03:21 +0000