Smart News | smithsonianmag.comhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 24 Sep 2021 20:53:51 +0000Smuggled Gilgamesh Dream Tablet Returns to Iraqhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobby-lobby-forfeits-rare-gilgamesh-tablet-smuggled-iraq-180978314/Forfeited by Hobby Lobby in July, the ancient artifact will be repatriated in a ceremony held at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American IndianThu, 29 Jul 2021 17:53:26 +0000More Than 40 Million Acres of Land Have Burned in Siberiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/siberian-wildfires-are-larger-globes-total-blazes-year-combined-180978433/Russia has seen an increasing severity of wildfires in recent years due to rising summer temperatures and a historic droughtMon, 16 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000La Palma Island Volcanic Eruption Sends Lava Flowing to Residential Buildingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/la-palma-island-volcano-eruption-sends-lava-flowing-to-residential-buildings-180978761/The eruption engulfed 410 acres of land and destroyed about 350 homesFri, 24 Sep 2021 20:53:51 +0000With Ropes and Nets, Fishing Fleets Contribute Significantly to Microplastic Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fishing-fleets-contribute-significantly-to-microplastic-pollution-study-says-180978760/Synthetic ropes release 'substantial amount' of plastic particles into the sea during each use, according to new researchFri, 24 Sep 2021 20:30:52 +0000Covid-19 Surpasses 1918 Flu to Become Deadliest Pandemic in American Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-covid-19-pandemic-is-considered-the-deadliest-in-american-history-as-death-toll-surpasses-1918-estimates-180978748/But national population numbers have tripled since then. Influenza killed one in 150 Americans, while one in 500 people have died from the coronavirusFri, 24 Sep 2021 19:46:00 +0000Prehistoric Footprints Push Back Timeline of Humans' Arrival in North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/footprint-study-is-best-evidence-yet-that-humans-lived-in-ice-age-north-america-180978757/Found in New Mexico, the fossilized impressions date to between 21,000 and 23,000 years ago, a new study suggestsFri, 24 Sep 2021 16:49:48 +0000National Cathedral to Replace Confederate-Themed Stained Glass With Art Dedicated to Racial Justicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/window-kerry-marshall-washington-cathedral-confederacy-stonewall-lee-180978743/Artist Kerry James Marshall will create two new windows for the historic Washington, D.C. churchFri, 24 Sep 2021 15:33:52 +0000See Stunning Undersea Images That Showcase Our Blue Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stunning-undersea-images-that-celebrate-the-blue-planet-180978759/From reef sharks to bioluminescent squid, the Ocean Photography Award highlights the wonders and perils of life in the seaFri, 24 Sep 2021 15:24:59 +0000Why a String Quartet Set Sail on a Giant Violin in Venice's Grand Canalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-a-string-quartet-set-sail-on-a-giant-violin-in-venices-grand-canal-180978752/Local artist Livio De Marchi views the wooden replica as a symbol of the Italian city's rebirth following Covid-19Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:28:13 +0000Birds Flocked to Pandemic-Silenced Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-flocked-to-pandemic-silenced-cities-180978750/From ruby-throated hummingbirds to bald eagles, a new study finds our feathered friends thrived in quieter urban habitatsThu, 23 Sep 2021 18:10:59 +0000Got Arachnophobia? There's an App for Thathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/got-arachnophobia-theres-an-app-for-that-180978749/Smartphone app helps fearful individuals overcome phobia of spidersThu, 23 Sep 2021 18:07:35 +0000The Maya Built This Monumental Pyramid Out of Volcanic Rockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-maya-built-this-monumental-pyramid-out-of-volcanic-rock-180978745/New research cites the colossal construction as evidence of the civilization's rapid recovery from a devastating eruptionThu, 23 Sep 2021 16:40:13 +0000Ancient Egyptian Tools Used in Worship of the Goddess Hathor Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-tools-used-in-worship-of-the-goddess-hathor-discovered-180978744/The find also includes works of art, as well as a bath with running waterThu, 23 Sep 2021 15:55:28 +0000Mexico's Ancient Inhabitants Moved Land and Bent Rivers to Build Teotihuacánhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-engineers-moved-land-and-bent-rivers-to-build-teotihuacan-180978735/Architects of the Mesoamerican city transformed the landscape in ways that continue to impact modern development today, a new study findsThu, 23 Sep 2021 13:24:30 +0000The Best Place to Watch Monarch Butterflies Migrate Might Be This Little California Beach Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/like-tourists-monarch-butterflies-skip-the-snow-by-staying-at-california-beach-180978738/Thousands of western monarchs migrate to Pismo Beach each fall to escape winter cold, but climate change threatens the species' survivalWed, 22 Sep 2021 21:09:13 +0000To Understand Neanderthal Night-Hunting Methods, Scientists Caught Thousands of Birds With Their Bare Hands in Spanish Caveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-simulated-neanderthal-behaviors-by-catching-birds-with-their-bare-hands-180978737/Researchers captured more than 5,000 birds to learn how our now-extinct ancestors foraged for foodWed, 22 Sep 2021 19:27:37 +0000California Firefighters Race to Protect Giant Sequoia Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-races-to-protect-historically-significant-trees-from-wildfires-180978736/Officials say the historically significant trees were thankfully unscathed by recent blazesWed, 22 Sep 2021 18:57:31 +0000Ancient City's Destruction by Exploding Space Rock May Have Inspired Biblical Story of Sodomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/destruction-of-city-by-space-rock-may-have-inspired-biblical-story-of-sodom-180978734/Around 1650 B.C.E., the Bronze Age city of Tall el-Hammam was wiped out by a blast 1,000 times more powerful than the atomic bomb used at HiroshimaWed, 22 Sep 2021 16:38:49 +0000107-Year-Old Japanese Sisters Are the World's Oldest Identical Twinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/107-year-old-japanese-sisters-are-the-oldest-identical-twins-to-ever-live-180978731/Umeno Sumiyama and Koume Kodama were born on the island of Shodoshima on November 5, 1913Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:29:04 +0000First Edition of Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' Sells for Record-Breaking $1.17 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-edition-of-mary-shelleys-frankenstein-breaks-records-at-auction-180978724/A rare copy of the iconic Gothic novel is now the most expensive printed work by a woman sold at auctionWed, 22 Sep 2021 12:27:58 +0000NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Will Launch Into Orbit in Decemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-james-webb-space-telescope-will-launch-into-orbit-early-winter-180978727/Once in space, the observatory will travel to a location one million miles from EarthTue, 21 Sep 2021 20:08:06 +0000Lab-Grown Coffee Passes Taste Testhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cultured-coffee-produced-in-the-lab-passes-taste-test-180978730/Finnish researchers brew batch using a bioreactor for a more sustainable, climate-conserving java cropTue, 21 Sep 2021 18:00:30 +0000DNA Analysis Rewrites Ancient History of Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-ancestors-came-from-three-ancient-groups-180978725/A new study suggests the island's modern populations trace their ancestry to three distinct groups, not two as previously proposedTue, 21 Sep 2021 16:41:05 +0000Pfizer Says Covid-19 Vaccine Safe and Effective for Kids Ages 5 to 11https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pfizer-says-covid-19-vaccine-safe-and-effective-for-kids-ages-5-to-11-180978726/FDA authorization could come as early as OctoberTue, 21 Sep 2021 15:33:15 +0000This Bioartificial Organ Could One Day Save 'Millions' Living With Kidney Disordershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-bioartificial-organ-could-one-day-save-millions-suffering-kidney-disorders-180978721/Scientists won a $650,000 prize for the successful demonstration of the prototypeTue, 21 Sep 2021 13:53:31 +0000FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Covid-19 Booster for Older and High-Risk Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-advisory-panel-recommends-covid-19-booster-for-older-and-high-risk-americans-180978722/The committee says most Americans don’t need a booster shot just yetTue, 21 Sep 2021 13:52:46 +0000Marie Antoinette's Diamond Bracelets Are Going Up for Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marie-antoinettes-diamond-bracelets-are-going-up-for-auction-180978723/The jewels carry an estimate of $2 to $4 million but may fetch a far higher priceTue, 21 Sep 2021 12:19:56 +0000Baroque Masterpiece Spent Six Decades Hidden in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baroque-masterpiece-spent-six-decades-hidden-in-plain-sight-180978718/Art historian Tom Ruggio was visiting a church in New York when he spotted the long-overlooked religious paintingTue, 21 Sep 2021 12:18:34 +0000Fossilized Footprints Reveal an Ancient Elephant Nursery in Spainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossilized-footprints-reveal-an-ancient-elephant-nursery-in-spain-180978720/Straight-tusked elephants as young as two months old trampled around the area with their mothersMon, 20 Sep 2021 21:13:40 +0000Unvaccinated Individuals Are 11 Times More Likely to Die From Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unvaccinated-individuals-are-11-times-more-likely-to-die-from-covid-19-than-those-who-are-vaccinated-180978714/Multiple CDC studies suggest that vaccines against Covid-19 remain highly effective against severe complications from the virusMon, 20 Sep 2021 20:29:19 +0000Trove of Unseen Photos Documents Indigenous Culture in 1920s Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-of-unseen-photos-documents-indigenous-culture-in-1920s-alaska-180978713/New exhibition and book feature more than 100 images captured by Edward Sherriff Curtis for his seminal chronicle of Native American lifeMon, 20 Sep 2021 17:00:00 +0000Mass Graves of 13th-Century Crusaders Reveal Brutality of Medieval Warfarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mass-graves-of-13th-century-crusaders-reveal-brutality-of-medieval-warfare-180978712/Found in Lebanon, the 25 soldiers' remains bear unhealed wounds from stabbing, slicing and blunt force traumaMon, 20 Sep 2021 15:45:00 +0000Newly Identified Vincent van Gogh Drawing Goes on View for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-identified-vincent-van-gogh-drawing-goes-on-view-for-the-first-time-180978711/The Dutch Impressionist created the pencil sketch in 1882Mon, 20 Sep 2021 14:23:42 +0000Female Spiders' Maternal Instincts Captured in 99-Million-Year-Old Amberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-spiders-maternal-instincts-captured-in-99-million-year-old-amber-180978699/Four amber pieces are the earliest evidence of maternal care in spidersFri, 17 Sep 2021 22:00:00 +0000Some Experts Say Most Vaccinated Americans Don't Need Booster Shot Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-experts-say-most-vaccinated-americans-dont-need-booster-shot-yet-180978698/A new analysis concludes vaccines still offer substantial protection against Covid-19Fri, 17 Sep 2021 22:00:00 +0000New Zealand Kids Discovered This Fossil of New Giant Penguin Species on a Field Triphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-discover-fossil-of-new-giant-penguin-species-180978707/Paleontologists say the bird would have been roughly the size of a ten-year-old childFri, 17 Sep 2021 20:13:19 +0000Kansas Boy's Bug Collection Garners Blue Ribbon at State Fair—and Federal Investigationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-project-garners-blue-ribbon-at-state-fairand-federal-investigation-180978700/The student’s science project included a spotted lanternfly, an invasive species, that officials did not yet know reached the stateFri, 17 Sep 2021 18:47:18 +0000Rediscovered Medieval Manuscript Offers New Twist on Arthurian Legendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-medieval-manuscript-offers-new-twist-on-arthurian-legend-180978705/The 13th-century pages, found by chance at a British library, show a different side of Merlin, the magician who advised Camelot's kingFri, 17 Sep 2021 18:29:08 +0000Lions and Tigers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo Test Positive for Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lions-and-tigers-at-the-smithsonians-national-zoo-test-positive-for-covid-19-180978703/The public is unlikely to contract the virus from the big cats, officials sayFri, 17 Sep 2021 15:51:53 +0000These 200,000-Year-Old Hand and Footprints Could Be the World's Earliest Cave Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-200000-year-old-hand-and-footprints-could-be-the-worlds-oldest-cave-art-180978702/Found at a hot spring on the Tibetan Plateau, the impressions were likely left by hominin childrenFri, 17 Sep 2021 15:15:00 +0000The Sights and Sounds of the Sea Have Inspired American Artists for Generationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-sights-and-sounds-of-the-sea-have-inspired-american-artists-for-generations-180978697/Exhibition spotlights crashing waves, maritime voyages and seafaring vessels painted by Georgia O'Keeffe, Normal Rockwell and Jacob LawrenceFri, 17 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000These Images Reveal Nature in Microscopic Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-images-reveal-nature-in-microscopic-detail-180978692/Nikon’s Small World Photography Contest offers at up-close look at slime molds, insect wings, neurons and moreThu, 16 Sep 2021 20:07:33 +0000Life-Size Camel Sculptures in Saudi Arabia Are Older Than Stonehenge, Pyramids of Gizahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-camel-sculptures-in-saudi-arabia-are-older-than-stonehenge-pyramids-of-giza-180978693/New research suggests the animal reliefs date to between 7,000 and 8,000 years agoThu, 16 Sep 2021 17:02:08 +0000Centuries-Old Pottery Could Reveal When the Crow Arrived in Wyominghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-pottery-could-reveal-when-the-crow-arrived-in-wyoming-180978691/Radiocarbon dating of ceramics found at Medicine Lodge Archaeological Site may offer new insights on the region's Indigenous historyThu, 16 Sep 2021 15:55:56 +0000Ornate Medieval Shield Looted by the Nazis Will Be Returned to the Czech Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ceremonial-medieval-shield-looted-by-the-nazis-will-return-to-czech-republic-180978688/Created in the 16th century, the intricately decorated piece of armor was once owned by Archduke Franz FerdinandThu, 16 Sep 2021 13:15:00 +0000Rat Carcasses Wash Ashore in New York City After Hurricane Idahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rat-carcasses-wash-ashore-in-new-york-city-after-hurricane-ida-180978686/Flood waters from record rainfall overwhelmed the rodents and forced them out of their homesWed, 15 Sep 2021 19:28:58 +0000Researchers Potty Trained Young Cows, a Promising Measure to Reduce Greenhouse Gaseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-potty-trained-young-cows-a-promising-measure-to-reduce-greenhouse-gases-180978687/One cow pees up to eight gallons a day; training them is easy, and capturing and treating the waste could make a differenceWed, 15 Sep 2021 19:28:28 +0000Missouri Cave Filled With Ancient Artwork Sold Against Osage Nation's Wisheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-cave-picture-osage-nation-auction-180978627/The Native American tribe had hoped to preserve and protect the site, which may be associated with the Mississippian cultureWed, 15 Sep 2021 16:47:53 +0000Met Gala Asks What Is American Fashion—and Who Gets to Define It?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-gala-2021-american-fashion-costume-institute-180978660/From inaugural poet Amanda Gorman to pop star Billie Eilish, here's how stars interpreted this year's themeWed, 15 Sep 2021 15:12:37 +0000Stonehenge Is Undergoing Repairs for the First Time in Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stonehenge-repairs-decades-monument-180978630/Threatened by erosion, outdated restorations and climate change, the monument’s megaliths are in need of extensive conservationWed, 15 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000Bruce the Parrot Uses Tools to Survive Despite a Broken Beakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bruce-the-parrot-uses-tools-to-survive-180978645/Missing his upper beak, an alpine parrot in New Zealand uses small pebbles for preeningTue, 14 Sep 2021 20:18:45 +0000These Scientists Plan to Fully Resurrect a Woolly Mammoth Within the Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-scientists-plan-to-fully-resurrect-a-woolly-mammoth-within-the-decade-180978655/A company has raised $15 million to bring the species back from extinction using gene editing technologyTue, 14 Sep 2021 19:01:22 +0000For the First Time in 133 Years, a New Species of Boa Was Discovered in the Dominican Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-new-species-boa-century-discovered-dominican-republic-180978638/The small snake may be one of the smallest boas in the worldTue, 14 Sep 2021 17:44:13 +0000Archaeologists Discover Trove of Artifacts at Site of 19th-Century Alabama Tavernhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-alabama-popes-tavern-civil-war-2-180978626/During the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate armies used the building as a hospital and command centerTue, 14 Sep 2021 16:01:17 +0000What Do These Extinct Plants Smell Like?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-plants-resurrecting-sublime-synthetic-biology-180978659/A multidisciplinary collaboration resurrects three types of flora lost due to 20th-century colonialismTue, 14 Sep 2021 14:58:21 +0000New Backpack Deploys Airbags to Protect Bicycle Riders in Accidentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-backpack-deploys-airbags-to-protect-bicycle-riders-in-accidents-180978644/Electronic sensors detect fall from bike and inflate football-style shoulder pads for upper-torso protectionMon, 13 Sep 2021 17:46:37 +0000Remains of Likely Human Sacrifice Victim Found in Foundation of Korean Palacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-sacrifice-korea-gyeongju-silla-180978625/The young woman died in her 20s during the fourth century C.E.Mon, 13 Sep 2021 16:36:24 +0000Heavy Metals Give Ants a Powerful Bitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heavy-metals-give-ants-powerful-bite-180978654/A combination of metal atoms and natural proteins is the secret behind the super-strong jaws, claws and stingers of some tiny animalsMon, 13 Sep 2021 16:05:00 +0000Hollowed-Out, 4,000-Year-Old Tree Trunk Coffin Discovered in Golf Course Pondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollowed-out-4000-year-old-tree-trunk-coffin-discovered-in-golf-course-pond-180978678/The rare Bronze Age sarcophagus contained human remains, an ax and plant beddingMon, 13 Sep 2021 14:11:18 +0000Scientists Complete the First Map of the World's Coral Reefshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-first-map-worlds-coral-reefs-180978676/Nearly 100,000 square miles of the organism have been charted in high detail to create a tool for conservationists to help save themFri, 10 Sep 2021 19:12:12 +0000Amateur Treasure Hunter Discovers Trove of Sixth-Century Gold Jewelryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-denmark-discovers-trove-sixth-century-gold-jewelry-180978640/Found in Denmark, most of the 22 objects are bracteates, or medallions inscribed with mystical symbolsFri, 10 Sep 2021 19:11:46 +0000Biden Administration Announces Vaccine Mandate That Will Affect More Than 80 Million American Workershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/presidents-mandate-seeks-vaccinate-80-million-workers-180978623/The strict policies have been implemented to combat the resurging Covid-19 pandemic Fri, 10 Sep 2021 19:09:32 +0000Thousands of Years of Inbreeding May Have Saved This Flightless Parrot From Extinction https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kakaps-small-genetic-pool-may-have-saved-it-extinction-180978624/The Kākāpō had fewer mutations in its genome despite a small genetic pool and long history of isolation due to a previous near-extinction eventFri, 10 Sep 2021 18:56:20 +0000Looted Maqdala Treasures Returned to Ethiopia After 150 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-foundation-returns-maqdala-treasures-looted-ethiopia-180978622/A nonprofit foundation purchased the objects, which were seized by British troops in 1868, with the aim of restituting themFri, 10 Sep 2021 16:42:27 +0000Richmond Removes Robert E. Lee Statue, Largest Confederate Sculpture in the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richmond-virginia-removes-major-monument-confederacy-180978619/Workers sawed the controversial monument into pieces before transporting it to an undisclosed Virginia storage facilityFri, 10 Sep 2021 14:48:39 +0000Hand-Carved, 400,000-Year-Old Bone Tool Used for Smoothing Leather Found in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-hand-carved-bone-tool-upends-historical-timeline-180978617/Found near Rome, the utensil is 100,000 years older than previous finds of this kindFri, 10 Sep 2021 11:15:00 +0000Ancient Predator With Massive Helmet-Like Shell Unearthed in Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-predator-massive-helmet-shell-unearthed-canada-180978616/The creature was one of the earliest known large predators on EarthFri, 10 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000Researchers Unearth a Nearly 900-Year-Old Church in England https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unearth-medieval-church-england-180978610/Experts made the find ahead of construction of HS2, a controversial, high-speed railway system set to connect much of Great BritainThu, 09 Sep 2021 19:34:01 +0000Polished, 5,500-Year-Old Stone Balls Found in Neolithic Scottish Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polished-stone-balls-found-5500-year-old-scottish-tomb-180978615/The rare artifacts were probably used as both weapons and symbols of powerThu, 09 Sep 2021 17:28:13 +0000Listen to Ripper the Duck Say 'You Bloody Fool!'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-ripper-duck-say-you-bloody-fool-180978613/New research highlights the rare trait of vocal learning among animals with examples of musk ducks imitating human speech and other noisesThu, 09 Sep 2021 17:14:34 +0000Monument to Indigenous Women Will Replace Columbus Statue in Mexico Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monument-indigenous-women-will-replace-columbus-statue-mexico-city-180978609/Named after the Nahuatl word for "water," the sculpture will depict a member of the Mesoamerican Olmec civilizationThu, 09 Sep 2021 14:13:55 +0000World's Largest Carbon Capture Plant Opens in Icelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-carbon-capture-plant-opens-iceland-180978620/'Orca' will use geothermal energy to pull thousands of metric tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and pump it undergroundThu, 09 Sep 2021 12:30:00 +0000These Free Online Resources Tell the Story of 9/11 and Its Aftermathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learn-more-about-september-11-attacks-through-these-free-online-resources-180978601/Browse 12 archives, databases and portals that help users deepen their understanding of the attacksThu, 09 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000NASA's Perseverance Rover Successfully Obtains First Martian Rock Samplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-perseverance-rover-successfully-obtains-first-martian-rock-sample-180978607/The sample is stored inside an airtight titanium tube that will be sent back to Earth in a future mission in the early 2030sWed, 08 Sep 2021 19:54:31 +0000Israeli Study Finds Third Shot Provides Significant Boost in Covid-19 Immunityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/third-shot-provides-significant-boost-covid-19-immunity-180978611/Israeli study finds infection rate drops dramatically with third Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinationWed, 08 Sep 2021 18:54:57 +0000How Tall Was Michelangelo? Surprisingly Short, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michelangelo-may-have-been-giant-art-world-was-he-actually-tall-real-life-180978600/New analysis of the artist's (probable) shoes indicates that he stood 5 feet 2 inches tallWed, 08 Sep 2021 18:50:48 +0000Louisiana's Poverty Point Earthworks Show Early Native Americans Were 'Incredible Engineers'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-native-americans-were-incredible-engineers-180978605/A new study finds that enormous mounds and concentric earthen ridges were built in a matter of monthsWed, 08 Sep 2021 17:20:02 +0000More Than a Third of Shark Species Are Now Threatened With Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-one-third-shark-species-are-threatened-extinction-180978602/Overfishing, habitat loss and climate change are behind the 'desperate' declineWed, 08 Sep 2021 11:30:00 +0000Federally Protected Black Vultures May Be 'Eating Cows Alive' in the Midwesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-vultures-may-be-eating-cows-alive-and-farmers-are-requesting-permits-legally-shoot-them-180978598/Farmers are seeking permits to cull any raptors harming their livestock, but experts say reports of vicious attacks are exaggeratedTue, 07 Sep 2021 18:42:17 +0000Fall Armyworms Are Attacking Lawns and Crops on 'Unprecedented' Scalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-armyworms-attacking-lawns-crops-unprecedented-scale-180978596/These bug battalions turn grass yards from green to brown in less than 48 hoursTue, 07 Sep 2021 18:16:11 +0000First Museum Dedicated to American Arts and Crafts Movement Opens in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-american-arts-and-crafts-movement-opens-florida-180978594/Proponents of the artistic philosophy pushed back against industrial production and embraced handcraftsmanshipTue, 07 Sep 2021 16:20:27 +0000This Tiny, Endangered Fish Stopped Construction of a Federal Dam in 1975. Now, the Species Has Finally Recoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-fish-stopped-construction-dam-no-longer-endangered-180978568/The snail darter is no longer in threat of extinction and can be removed from the Endangered Species ListTue, 07 Sep 2021 15:17:18 +0000Trove of 239 Rare Gold Coins Discovered in Walls of French Mansionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-239-rare-gold-coins-discovered-walls-french-mansion-180978575/Renovators discovered a hidden box and pouch stuffed with rare gold coins, minted during the reigns of French Kings Louis XIII and Louis XIV Tue, 07 Sep 2021 14:55:32 +0000Mickalene Thomas' Dazzling Collages Reclaim Black Women's Bodieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-four-part-exhibition-celebrates-black-women-using-vintage-collages-180978588/A four-part exhibition premiering this fall showcases the contemporary artist's multimedia portrayals of Black femininityTue, 07 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000Scientists Discover Tiny Tardigrades Trot Around Like Insectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tardigrades-trot-around-insects-180978580/The microscopic organism's gait may have evolved to adapt to unpredictable terrainsFri, 03 Sep 2021 19:30:00 +0000Antibiotic Resistance Found Deep in Forests of Scandinaviahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antibiotic-resistance-found-deep-forests-scandinavia-180978582/A DNA analysis of wild brown bear teeth shows that the global health threat has spread to remote areas of SwedenFri, 03 Sep 2021 19:25:09 +0000Hurricane Ida Damages Whitney Plantation, Only Louisiana Museum to Focus on the Enslavedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-ida-damages-whitney-plantation-180978577/The historic site will remain closed indefinitely as staff assess the destruction and make repairsFri, 03 Sep 2021 16:47:58 +0000Iconic Portrait of French Chemist and His Wife Once Looked Entirely Differenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jacques-louis-david-portrait-once-carried-entirely-different-meaning-conservators-find-180978564/Jacques-Louis David's 1789 painting originally depicted Antoine and Marie Anne Lavoisier as wealthy elites, not modern scientistsFri, 03 Sep 2021 15:01:39 +0000Scientists Discover What May Be the World's Northernmost Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-set-foot-worlds-northernmost-island-180978566/Researchers thought they had set foot on a known island, but island hunters pointed out that reported coordinates revealed a special findFri, 03 Sep 2021 11:00:00 +0000Mass Graves in Ukraine Hold Thousands of Victims of Stalin's Great Purgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-unearth-stalin-era-mass-grave-ukraine-180978570/In the late 1930s, the Soviet secret police buried some 5,000 to 8,000 people at a newly excavated site in OdessaFri, 03 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000Remains of 9,000-Year-Old Beer Found in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-9000-year-old-beer-found-china-180978563/The lightly fermented beverage contained rice, tubers and fungiThu, 02 Sep 2021 19:43:09 +0000Scientists Create First 3-D Printed Wagyu Beefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-first-3-d-printed-wagyu-beef-180978565/The cultured cut matches the texture and marbling of the famous Japanese meat Thu, 02 Sep 2021 18:56:49 +0000Turkish Archaeologists Unearth Headless Statue of Greek Health Goddesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-headless-statue-grecian-health-goddess-western-turkey-180978555/Researchers found the figure in a 5,000-year-old site called Aizanoi, which is also home to a temple dedicated to ZeusThu, 02 Sep 2021 11:45:00 +0000Art Exhibition Gives New Meaning to the Phrase 'My Kid Could've Done That'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/my-kid-could-do-that-art-contemporary-children-parents-180978560/Curator Will Cooper and his 5-year-old daughter, Astrid, invited 15 British artists and their children to contribute original artworksThu, 02 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000'God of Death' Whale Was Scourge of Land and Sea 43 Million Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/god-death-whale-was-scourge-sea-and-land-43-million-years-ago-180978561/The prehistoric mammal possessed a powerful jaw and likely had a raptor-like feeding styleWed, 01 Sep 2021 19:47:47 +0000Female Hummingbirds Masquerade as Males to Avoid Harassmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-hummingbirds-masquerade-males-avoid-harassment-180978559/One-fifth of female white-necked jacobins sport flashy male-like plumage, which may help them access more foodWed, 01 Sep 2021 19:33:28 +0000Without Predators, Cannibalistic Cane Toads Eat Their Young—and It's Rapidly Accelerating the Species' Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-australian-cane-toads-are-more-cannibalistic-their-south-american-counterparts-180978558/Hatchlings in Australia have halved their vulnerable growth stage to avoid becoming their pal's next mealWed, 01 Sep 2021 18:21:14 +0000Why Were These Neolithic People Buried With Urns on Their Heads and Feet?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neolithic-skeletons-show-odd-burial-practice-transylvania-180978556/Found in Transylvania, the 6,000-year-old vessels may have once held provisions for the afterlifeWed, 01 Sep 2021 16:31:22 +0000The Poetry and Passion of Joan Mitchell's Abstract Expressionist Paintingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-work-joan-mitchell-who-painted-abstract-landscapes-memory-180978551/A traveling exhibition will unite 80 works by the acclaimed artist, who thrived in 1950s New York despite widespread sexismWed, 01 Sep 2021 14:41:17 +0000World War II Bunker Discovered Inside Ruins of Roman Forthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-uncover-world-war-ii-bunker-within-roman-fort-180978547/Nazi soldiers built the shelter during the German occupation of Alderney, an island in the English ChannelWed, 01 Sep 2021 10:30:00 +0000Leaded Gasoline Use in Vehicles Has Now Officially Ended Worldwidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worldwide-use-leaded-gasoline-vehicles-now-completely-phased-out-180978549/A refinery in Algeria used the world's last stockpile of the fuel Tue, 31 Aug 2021 21:01:05 +0000Fossil Fuel–Free 'Green' Steel Produced for the First Time https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-steel-produced-first-time-180978550/A Swedish consortium delivered the first batch of the metal—made using 'green' hydrogen—to an automobile manufacturer for truck productionTue, 31 Aug 2021 18:09:50 +0000Female Octopuses Throw Things at Male Harassers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-octopuses-throw-things-male-harassers-180978548/Scientists observed common Sydney octopuses launching shells and silt at particularly annoying individualsTue, 31 Aug 2021 17:34:20 +0000See When Fall Foliage Will Peak With This Interactive Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scope-out-best-leaf-peeping-interactive-map-180978546/County-by-county predictions reveal when to catch the most brilliant autumnal colorsTue, 31 Aug 2021 16:58:09 +0000Neolithic Monument Linked to King Arthur Is Older Than Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/an-ancient-monument-associated-with-King-Arthur-is-Older-than-Stonehenge-180978541/New research suggests Arthur's Stone was built around 3700 B.C.E. as part of an intricate ceremonial landscapeTue, 31 Aug 2021 14:42:54 +0000Hurricane Ida Destroys New Orleans Jazz Landmark Dubbed Louis Armstrong's 'Second Home'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-ida-fells-new-orleans-jazz-landmark-second-home-louis-armstrong-180978540/The historic Karnofsky Tailor Shop and Residence collapsed on Sunday after water pooled on its roofTue, 31 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000See a Spotted Lanternfly? Squash It, Officials Sayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-spotted-lanternfly-squash-it-officials-say-180978545/The invasive insect poses a huge threat to agriculture and trees in the Northeast United StatesMon, 30 Aug 2021 19:51:02 +0000Hurricane Ida Slams Louisiana Coast on the 16th Anniversary of Katrinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-ida-leaves-1-million-people-blackout-180978544/The Category 4 hurricane made landfall in southeastern Louisiana midday Sunday, causing extensive flooding and power outagesMon, 30 Aug 2021 19:08:34 +0000Entomologists Eradicated the First Asian Giant 'Murder' Hornet Nest of 2021https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/entomologists-eradicated-first-asian-giant-murder-hornet-nest-2021-180978543/The hive was located just two miles from where officials found another nest in 2020Mon, 30 Aug 2021 18:36:35 +0000Remains of Lithuanian Synagogue Destroyed by Nazis and Soviets Unearthedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-lithuanian-synagogue-destroyed-nazis-and-soviets-unearthed-180978542/Excavations uncovered the Great Synagogue of Vilna's Torah ark, impressive staircases, a raised prayer platform and moreMon, 30 Aug 2021 17:26:43 +0000Did the Nazis Use This Uranium Cube in Their Failed Nuclear Program?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nazis-might-have-used-uranium-cube-their-failed-nuclear-program-180978537/New research may help the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory confirm the identity of a mysterious object in its collectionsMon, 30 Aug 2021 16:54:21 +0000Aztec Pictograms Are the First Written Records of Earthquakes in the Americashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-code-earthquakes-pictograms-180978534/New analysis of the 16th-century "Codex Telleriano-Remensis" reveals 12 references to the natural disastersMon, 30 Aug 2021 14:43:17 +0000Why the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Called Comirnatyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meaning-behind-pfizerbiontechs-vaccine-moniker-comirnaty-180978535/The vaccine is pronounced koe-mir'-na-tee and represents a mash-up of words related to the coronavirus pandemicMon, 30 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Australian Farmer Expresses Grief With 'Sheep Art' Heart https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-farmer-expresses-grief-sheep-art-heart-180978536/The sheepherder couldn't attend his aunt's funeral, so he made her a huge heart out of hundreds of sheep—and captured it all from above using drone footageFri, 27 Aug 2021 20:05:05 +0000Wasp Nest Glows Green Under UV Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasp-nest-glows-green-under-uv-light-180978533/Silk fibers give the nest its radiant a neon hueFri, 27 Aug 2021 19:55:26 +0000Near-Complete Pterosaur Skeleton Obtained in Police Raid Reveals Stunning Details About the Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/near-complete-pterosaur-skeleton-reveals-secrets-reptiles-lifestyle-180978527/The winged reptile's anatomical features hint that it may have foraged around like a chicken and flown short distances to escape predatorsFri, 27 Aug 2021 19:43:48 +0000New Analysis Reveals Vesuvius Victims' Diverse Dietshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-and-women-ate-different-diets-ancient-roman-town-180978532/Isotope ratios show that men and women in the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum had different dietary habitsFri, 27 Aug 2021 17:44:52 +0000Starting Next Summer, Day-Trippers Will Have to Pay to Enter Venicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venice-start-charging-entry-fee-install-turnstiles-reign-tourists-180978529/To combat overcrowding, the Italian city is set to charge non-overnight visitors an entry fee of €3 to €10Fri, 27 Aug 2021 16:15:34 +0000Rare Impressionist Landscapes Found in Storage Unit Could Sell for $60,000https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-impressionist-paul-henry-paintings-storage-unit-180978528/Created by artist Paul Henry, the oil paintings depict the Irish countrysideFri, 27 Aug 2021 14:18:15 +0000As Mysterious Avian Illness Fades, Some States Give All-Clear to Feed Birds Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-illness-fades-some-states-give-all-clear-feed-birds-again-180978530/It's okay to feed songbirds again in many states, though scientists still don't know what caused this mysterious illnessFri, 27 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Johnson & Johnson Says Extra Shot Gives Promising Immune Boosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/johnson-johnson-says-extra-shot-gives-promising-immune-boost-180978526/Those who got the one-shot Covid-19 vaccine could benefit from a booster after eight months, according to the companyFri, 27 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Follow a Couple's Daring Escape From Slavery in the Antebellum Southhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-astonishing-story-couples-escape-slavery-180978525/A new short film from SCAD chronicles the lives of Ellen and William Craft, who disguised themselves to find freedom in 1848Thu, 26 Aug 2021 15:33:03 +0000Moderna to Begin Human Trials for Two Experimental HIV Vaccineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moderna-begin-human-trials-two-experimental-hiv-vaccines-180978521/The vaccines are mRNA based, like the biotech company's Covid-19 vaccineThu, 26 Aug 2021 15:21:32 +0000Newly Digitized Freedmen's Bureau Records Help Black Americans Trace Their Ancestryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-database-helps-descendants-enslaved-research-their-ancestors-180978522/Genealogists, historians and researchers can now peruse more than 3.5 million documents from the Reconstruction-era agencyThu, 26 Aug 2021 14:04:37 +0000Grizzly Bear Territories in Canada Match Maps of Indigenous Language Familieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mind-blowing-bond-between-bears-and-indigenous-groups-canada-180978523/DNA analysis shows a distinct relationship between three distinct groups of grizzlies and Indigenous populations with different languagesThu, 26 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Israeli Investigators Seize Ancient Coins Looted From Archaeological Sites https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/authorities-israel-seize-ancient-gold-coins-looted-archaeological-sites-180978516/The stolen artifacts were found in the Bnei Brak home of an individual suspected of antiquities traffickingThu, 26 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Europe's Extreme Floods Are 'Up to Nine Times More Likely' Because of Climate Change https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-extreme-floods-nine-times-more-likely-because-climate-change-180978519/July's heavy rains were made more severe by human-caused warming Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:02:27 +00001,800-Year-Old Flower Bouquets Found in Tunnel Beneath Teotihuacán Pyramidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-year-old-flower-bouquets-found-below-temple-teotihuacan-180978518/The well-preserved plants were likely used in a ritual ceremonyWed, 25 Aug 2021 16:37:38 +0000Construction in Poland Reveals Graves of 18th-Century Plague Victimshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/workers-unearth-remains-18th-century-grave-plague-victims-180978510/The Great Northern War plague outbreak peaked between roughly 1708 and 1712Wed, 25 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000World War II Veteran Reunites With Italian Children He Almost Shot in 1944https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwii-veteran-italy-bologna-children-reunion-memory-180978508/Martin Adler encountered the three siblings, who were hiding in a wicker basket, while he was searching for Nazi soldiersWed, 25 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Explore Stunning 360-Degree Panoramic Views of Mars in New NASA Videohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-red-planet-stunning-footage-captured-curiosity-mars-rover-180978512/Captured by NASA's Curiosity rover, the footage takes viewers on a tour of the fourth planet from the sun's surfaceTue, 24 Aug 2021 18:57:21 +0000Baby Bats Babble—Just Like Human Infantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-bats-babblejust-human-infants-180978513/Both species make similar sounds as they develop language skills at an early ageTue, 24 Aug 2021 18:31:41 +0000Giant Tortoise Stuns Scientists by Eating a Baby Birdhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-tortoise-stuns-scientists-eating-bird-180978511/In a first, researchers in the Seychelles document the large reptile stalking and devouring a chick Tue, 24 Aug 2021 17:59:08 +00001,500-Year-Old Skeletons Found Locked in Embrace in Chinese Cemeteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-chinese-skeletons-found-locked-embrace-180978509/The couple was probably buried during the Northern Wei period, when Buddhism was taking hold in the regionTue, 24 Aug 2021 17:39:37 +0000Remains of Nazi Massacre Victims Discovered in Poland's 'Death Valley'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-mass-grave-polands-death-valley-180978505/In January 1945, German forces murdered around 500 Polish resistance fighters in a forest near the village of ChojniceTue, 24 Aug 2021 16:33:49 +0000Performer Josephine Baker to Be First Black Woman Buried at Paris' Panthéonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/josephine-baker-will-be-reinterred-pantheon-frances-highest-honor-180978506/The talented entertainer, activist and spy will be the fifth woman accorded one of France's highest honorsTue, 24 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Pfizer's Covid-19 Vaccine Becomes First to Receive Full FDA Approvalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pfizer-first-coronavirus-vaccine-receive-full-fda-approval-180978504/The authorization comes less than four months after the company filed for official licensing and may boost the public's confidence in the vaccine efficacyMon, 23 Aug 2021 19:22:46 +0000Planting Trees Encourages Cloud Formation—and Efficiently Cools the Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-trees-mean-more-clouds-and-more-cooling-study-says-180978503/New study examines cooling effect of clouds produced by deciduous forests under pressures of climate change Mon, 23 Aug 2021 18:15:15 +0000This Eighth-Grade Class Wants to Clear the Name of an Accused Salem 'Witch'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-convicted-witchcraft-salem-might-be-pardoned-328-years-later-180978487/Elizabeth Johnson Jr. was sentenced to death in 1693 but escaped execution after receiving a reprieve from Massachusetts' governorMon, 23 Aug 2021 17:51:26 +0000Rattlesnakes Fool Humans Into Thinking They're Nearby With This Sound-Warping Trickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rattlesnakes-trick-humans-thinking-theyre-close-180978502/A new study reveals the snakes change the speed of their rattles to appear closer than they areMon, 23 Aug 2021 16:52:27 +0000Byzantine-Era Wine Press, Gold Coin Found Near Tel Avivhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/byzantine-era-wine-press-gold-coin-found-near-tel-aviv-180978501/The 1,400-year-old currency shows Golgotha, identified as the site of Jesus's crucifixion, on one of its sidesMon, 23 Aug 2021 16:12:11 +0000Chuck Close, Artist Whose Photorealist Portraits Captivated America, Dies at 81https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hyperrealist-painter-chuck-close-has-died-age-81-180978491/The painter, who faced accusations of sexual harassment later in life, continuously changed his artistic styleMon, 23 Aug 2021 15:24:19 +0000The Secret World of a Termite's Gut Revealed in Award-Winning Videohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-world-termites-gut-revealed-award-winning-video-180978489/The footage shows the symbiotic relationship between a termite and the protists that help digest their foodMon, 23 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Just Like Humans, Lonely Fruit Flies Eat More, Sleep Lesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lonely-fruit-flies-eat-more-sleep-lessjust-humans-180978492/The insects are hardwired to consume lots of food and avoid rest as a way of coping with lonelinessFri, 20 Aug 2021 19:24:27 +0000Unlike Humans, Cuttlefish Have Sharp Memories Even in Old Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cuttlefish-have-sharp-memories-even-old-age-180978488/The cephalopods remember when, where and what they ate until days before deathFri, 20 Aug 2021 18:08:22 +0000Lost Monastery Run by Early Medieval Queen Discovered in Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-monastery-run-anglo-saxon-queen-discovered-180978485/Cynethryth ruled alongside her husband, King Offa of Mercia, during the seventh century C.E.Fri, 20 Aug 2021 15:44:25 +0000Ancient Christian Settlement in Egypt Shows Evidence of Urban Planninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-christian-settlement-egypt-shows-evidence-advanced-urban-planning-180978486/Dated to the sixth century C.E., the Marea complex boasted public baths and a hospitalFri, 20 Aug 2021 14:58:32 +0000'World's Worst Invasive Weed' Sold at Many U.S. Garden Centershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-worst-invasive-weed-sold-us-garden-centers-180978481/Banned by federal and state regulators, many invasive plants are still being sold at garden centers, nurseries and online retailers nationwideFri, 20 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000New Education Center Dedicated to Anne Frank Debuts in South Carolinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anne-frank-house-set-open-partner-site-south-carolina-180978482/The space is the Amsterdam-based Anne Frank House's only official outpost in North AmericaFri, 20 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Rare Albino Alligators Hatch at Florida Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-albino-alligators-hatch-florida-zoo-180978479/The pair of white and pink hatchlings lack their species' usual dark coloration Thu, 19 Aug 2021 19:28:12 +0000Mini Brains Grown From Stem Cells Developed Light-Sensitive, Eye-Like Featureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-brains-grown-stem-cells-developed-eyes-can-sense-light-180978478/Understanding how eyes develop can help researchers pinpoint how to treat early retinal diseases Thu, 19 Aug 2021 18:15:02 +0000The Rise and Fall of Tudor England's Scandalous Boleyn Familyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-tudor-englands-scandalous-boleyn-family-180978480/A new documentary offers a more sympathetic view of Henry VIII's second wife, Anne Boleyn, and her inner circleThu, 19 Aug 2021 18:04:19 +0000Golden Fur in Dogs Evolved Two Million Years Ago, Long Before Domesticationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coat-color-patterns-modern-canines-originated-ancient-canid-180978467/Five coat color variations in domestic canines emerged from an ancient ancestor Thu, 19 Aug 2021 17:21:04 +0000Watch a Bolt of Lightning Strike the Washington Monumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightning-strikes-washington-monument-180978472/The iconic obelisk remains temporarily closed as workers repair an electronic access system damaged by the stormThu, 19 Aug 2021 14:11:58 +0000You Can Now Explore an Underwater Sculpture Museum in the Mediterraneanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-museum-has-created-underwater-forest-mediterranean-180978469/Artist Jason deCaires Taylor placed 93 statues of people and plants in a submerged "forest" off the coast of CyprusThu, 19 Aug 2021 13:20:46 +0000During the Pandemic, Home Field Advantage Has Lost Its Edgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/homefield-advantage-falls-ill-during-covid-19-180978475/Fewer fans means fewer goals and fewer wins for host teams in European soccerThu, 19 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000California Drought Hits World's Top Almond Producerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-drought-hits-worlds-top-almond-producer-180978470/Extreme heat and a limited water supply are jeopardizing the future of the $6 billion industry Wed, 18 Aug 2021 19:21:53 +0000Israeli Tour Guide on Camping Trip Discovers 1,700-Year-Old Coinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camping-trip-leads-discovery-1700-year-old-coins-israel-180978464/The cache of currency, melded together over the centuries, weighs 13 poundsWed, 18 Aug 2021 16:13:22 +0000Roman Priest's Exceptionally Well-Preserved Remains Found in Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-most-well-preserved-human-remains-pompeii-date-180978455/Marcus Venerius Secundio died in his 60s decades before Mount Vesuvius' eruption in 79 C.E.Wed, 18 Aug 2021 15:29:58 +0000Saturn's Seismic Activity Makes Waves in Its Iconic Ringshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-seismic-activity-makes-waves-its-own-rings-180978459/Scientists uncover new insight into the planet's core based on observations of its rippling ringsWed, 18 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Thieves Attempt to Steal a Monet From a Dutch Museum—but Drop It Mid-Escapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-attempt-steal-monet-dutch-museum-drop-it-mid-escape-180978458/The would-be robbers tried to take an 1871 landscape by the French Impressionist from the Zaans Museum in ZaandamWed, 18 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000New Barbie Dolls Honor Covid-19 Frontline Medical Workers From Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mattel-honors-global-frontline-medical-workers-barbie-dolls-180978454/The series of dolls honor six women who developed Covid-19 vaccines, studied the virus, worked in hospitals, and moreTue, 17 Aug 2021 19:35:48 +0000U.S. Will Soon Recommend Covid-19 Booster Shot 8 Months After 2nd Dose for Most Americans https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-recommend-booster-shot-8-months-after-2nd-dose-180978457/The decision comes after mounting evidence that coronavirus vaccine efficacy wanes over timeTue, 17 Aug 2021 19:11:05 +0000 'Blue' Hydrogen May Not Be a Very 'Green' Energy Source After Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-hydrogen-20-worse-burning-coal-study-states-180978451/Climate scientists conclude this so-called clean alternative has a 20 percent larger carbon footprint than natural gas and coal when used for heatTue, 17 Aug 2021 18:05:31 +0000Eight-Foot-Tall, 1,600-Year-Old Statue of Pagan Deity Found in Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1600-year-old-wooden-idol-found-ireland-180978453/The well-preserved wooden sculpture may have been part of a ritual site where animal sacrifices were carried outTue, 17 Aug 2021 16:40:10 +0000Church Where MLK Launched His Civil Rights Career to Become a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mlk-church-museum-grant-alabama-civil-rights-bus-boycott-180978446/The young pastor assumed a leadership role in the Montgomery bus boycott during a 1955 meeting at Mt. Zion AME Zion ChurchTue, 17 Aug 2021 14:19:39 +0000Wildfire Smoke Linked to Covid-19 Cases and Deaths in the Westhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfire-smoke-linked-covid-19-cases-and-deaths-west-180978450/Thousands of coronavirus cases and hundreds of deaths may be attributable to the particulate matter in wildfire smokeTue, 17 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000The First Living Asian Giant 'Murder' Hornet of 2021 Has Been Found in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-2021-live-sighting-invasive-asian-giant-hornets-confirmed-washington-state-180978447/The sighting was reported two miles from where officials found a nest in October 2020Mon, 16 Aug 2021 19:41:34 +0000Banksy Murals in England Defaced, Removed Just Days After Appearinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banksy-murals-england-defaced-removed-just-days-after-appearing-180978449/Vandals targeted two scenes in the street artist’s latest series. Local officials covered up two othersMon, 16 Aug 2021 17:49:43 +0000In 2182, It Could Be Cloudy With a Chance of Asteroid https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/close-no-cigar-bennu-asteroid-2182-180978440/Scientists calculate Bennu will come close, but will most likely miss Earth in about 160 yearsMon, 16 Aug 2021 17:33:16 +0000Traces of Lead Found in 5,000-Year-Old Human Remainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-has-been-getting-humans-bones-5000-years-180978444/A new study details the link between lead production and the metal's presence in bones buried at a Roman cemeteryMon, 16 Aug 2021 16:26:59 +0000Will the Mystery of 'Salvator Mundi' Ever Be Solved?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-documentary-delves-sale-salvator-mundi-180978431/A new documentary, "The Lost Leonardo," explores the dramatic history of a purported Renaissance masterpieceMon, 16 Aug 2021 14:31:16 +0000FDA and CDC Authorize Covid-19 Booster Shot for Some Immunocompromised Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-authorizes-covid-19-booster-shot-some-immunocompromised-people-180978439/Certain transplant recipients, cancer patients and others can soon get a third dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccineFri, 13 Aug 2021 19:21:55 +00005,000-Year-Old Wooden Stakes Discovered at Neolithic Site in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/5000-year-old-wood-found-preserved-orkney-ceremonial-center-180978430/Excavations at Orkney's Ness of Brodgar revealed two prehistoric pieces of timberFri, 13 Aug 2021 16:12:46 +0000Are Peas in Common Dog Foods Contributing to Canine Heart Disease?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-peas-common-dog-foods-contributing-canine-heart-disease-180978429/At this time, the FDA is not advocating that pet owners discontinue using any specific brand. But studying legumes may lead scientists to the root causeFri, 13 Aug 2021 11:45:00 +0000Pop-Up Exhibition Brings Masterpieces From London's National Gallery Outdoorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/open-air-exhibition-england-displays-reproductions-old-master-paintings-1-180978425/An open-air display in Trafalgar Square features more than 20 life-size reproductions of works by Vincent van Gogh, Titian and moreFri, 13 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Bonobos and Chimps Appear to Have 'Hello' and 'Goodbye' Greetingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bonobos-and-chimps-appear-have-hello-and-goodbye-greetings-180978428/Like humans, these apes share salutations to start and end interactionsThu, 12 Aug 2021 19:18:54 +0000Did Officials in Roman Britain Throw Condemned Prisoners to the Lions?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artifact-suggests-romans-may-have-used-lions-public-executions-britain-180978422/A key handle unearthed in Leicester suggests executions in imperial colonies involved wild animalsThu, 12 Aug 2021 18:31:45 +0000Trove of Nazi Artifacts Found Stashed in Wall of German Househttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-teacher-finds-nazi-cache-inside-wall-german-house-180978419/Likely hidden as the Allies advanced on the city at the end of WWII, the cache includes gas masks, a revolver and boxes of documentsThu, 12 Aug 2021 15:56:20 +0000Why King Khufu's Solar Boat Is on the Move After 4,600 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypts-ancient-king-khufus-boat-moved-pyramids-giza-new-grand-egyptian-museum-180978413/Officials transported the pharaoh's wooden ship from the Pyramids of Giza to its new home at the Grand Egyptian MuseumThu, 12 Aug 2021 14:40:01 +0000Three Volcanoes Are Erupting Simultaneously in Alaskahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-volcanoes-are-erupting-simultaneously-alaska-180978417/Scientists continue to monitor activity in Aleutians, other U.S. sitesThu, 12 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Fecal Transplants May Reverse Brain Aging in Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fecal-transplants-may-reverse-brain-aging-mice-180978416/Older rodents showed improved cognition and behavior after receiving a microbiome refresh from younger rodentsWed, 11 Aug 2021 19:45:07 +0000Overlooked Section of Hadrian's Wall Discovered Beneath Busy Newcastle Streethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forgotten-section-hadrians-wall-discovered-beneath-busy-newcastle-street-180978415/Routine work in the English city revealed a ten-foot stretch of the barrier that once marked the Roman Empire's northwest frontierWed, 11 Aug 2021 19:31:17 +0000Perseverance Rover's First Martian Rock Sample Goes Missinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseverance-rovers-first-martian-rock-sample-goes-missing-180978412/Engineers are working to solve the mystery using data about the sample that the space robot sent back to EarthWed, 11 Aug 2021 17:58:00 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Dagger Linked to Enigmatic Indian Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavation-india-may-hold-clues-ancient-civilization-180978414/A blade found in the state of Tamil Nadu offers new evidence of an urban center that thrived as long as 2,500 years agoWed, 11 Aug 2021 17:10:49 +0000Typhoon Sweeps Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin Sculpture Into the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/typhoon-swept-priceless-yayoi-kusama-sculpture-sea-180978406/Experts on Japan's Naoshima island recovered the damaged artwork and are attempting to restore itWed, 11 Aug 2021 14:27:51 +0000Giant, Dragon-Like, Flying Reptile Fossil Discovered in Australia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-dragon-flying-reptile-fossil-discovered-australia-180978411/A rare specimen reveals a new species of pterosaur with a staggering 23-foot wingspan Wed, 11 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Mysterious Iron Age Burial May Hold Remains of Elite Nonbinary Personhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-test-shows-medieval-person-buried-sword-and-womens-clothing-may-have-been-intersex-180978407/The Finnish grave's occupant likely had Klinefelter syndrome, meaning they were born with an extra copy of the X chromosomeTue, 10 Aug 2021 19:33:12 +0000Major Climate Change Report Warns of 'Code Red for Humanity'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-climate-change-report-warns-code-red-humanity-180978410/Weather disasters are 'going to get worse' unless countries act now to lower emissionsTue, 10 Aug 2021 19:27:25 +0000NASA Is Recruiting Candidates for Year-Long Mars Simulationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-recruiting-candidates-year-long-simulated-mars-mission-180978405/Crew members will live in a 3-D printed habitat called Mars Dune Alpha in Houston, TexasTue, 10 Aug 2021 17:19:28 +0000These Horse-Riding Ancient Nomads Made Astonishing Golden Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ancient-horse-riding-nomads-made-astonishing-art-180978404/An exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge displays ornate Saka treasures discovered in KazakhstanTue, 10 Aug 2021 16:53:44 +0000Near-Perfect Cave Lion Cub Corpse Found in Siberian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/near-perfect-cave-lion-cub-corpse-found-siberian-permafrost-180978403/Scientists discover two mummified cubs estimated to be approximately 28,000 and 43,000 years oldTue, 10 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Italian Museum Uses Cameras to Track How Visitors Engage With Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/while-you-look-art-camera-looks-back-you-180978400/A new A.I. system hopes to help curators determine artworks' "attraction value" and optimize gallery layoutsTue, 10 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000The Dixie Fire Is Now California's Second-Largest in State Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-dixie-fire-becomes-second-largest-states-history-180978399/The historic fire has been raging for less than a month and already scorched nearly half a million acres Mon, 09 Aug 2021 18:49:04 +0000World's Oldest Known Coin Mint Found in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-known-coin-mint-found-china-180978394/The 2,600-year-old site produced highly standardized "spade money," possibly on government ordersMon, 09 Aug 2021 17:34:40 +0000Pioneering Project Explores Motherhood Through the Lens of Designhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philadelphia-museum-chronicles-reproductive-history-new-exhibition-180978389/A new exhibition and book series offers an intimate view of reproductive historyMon, 09 Aug 2021 16:49:37 +0000Sheepshead Fish With Human-Like Teeth Plucked From North Carolina Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheepshead-fish-human-teeth-plucked-north-carolina-coast-180978396/The Atlantic coast swimmer uses its molars to crush the shells of various mollusks and crustaceansMon, 09 Aug 2021 15:33:36 +0000Polar Bears Take Down Walruses by Hurling Rocks and Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-take-down-walruses-hurling-rocks-and-ice-study-says-180978392/New research corroborates Inuit knowledge of the animals cleverly using new toolsMon, 09 Aug 2021 15:16:24 +0000Mysterious Mound at English Manor May Conceal Remains of Medieval Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-mound-english-manor-reveal-medieval-castle-remains-180978390/Archaeologists at Soulton Hall have unearthed sandstone walls and trinkets likely left behind by religious pilgrimsMon, 09 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Squirrels Use Parkour Moves and Savvy to Stick Tricky Landingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/squirrels-use-parkour-moves-and-savvy-stick-tricky-landings-180978391/A new study finds these acrobatic rodents quickly weigh variables like bendy branches to figure out how to safely clear big distances high in the treetopsFri, 06 Aug 2021 18:51:52 +0000What NASA's Technicolor Mosaic Images of the Moon Can Teach Us About the Lunar Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-nasas-stunning-false-color-mosaic-lunar-images-180978386/The vivid hues showcase soil composition and ancient volcanic historyFri, 06 Aug 2021 18:45:18 +0000New Animal Welfare Law Could Drive Up Pork Prices in California—and Nationwidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-animal-welfare-law-could-drive-pork-prices-californiaand-nationwide-180978387/In 2018, Californians overwhelmingly supported Proposition 12, an initiative designed to create humane conditions for farm animalsFri, 06 Aug 2021 17:15:22 +0000Researchers Find Physical Evidence of Earthquake Described in Old Testamenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-evidence-8th-century-bc-earthquake-described-old-testament-180978385/Excavations in Jerusalem revealed damage dating to the eighth century B.C.E., when the natural disaster reportedly took placeFri, 06 Aug 2021 16:45:26 +0000Ancient Olympics' Birthplace Saved as Fires Rage Across Southern Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fires-rage-greece-cultural-heritage-sites-narrowly-avoid-disaster-180978382/A massive heatwave sparked blazes along the Mediterranean, threatening cultural heritage sites and forcing mass evacuationsFri, 06 Aug 2021 15:07:14 +0000Hyenas Hoarded Thousands of Human, Animal Bones in Saudi Arabian Lava Tubehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-extensive-pile-animal-and-human-bones-saudi-arabia-cave-180978375/The huge stockpile includes camel, rodent and cattle remainsFri, 06 Aug 2021 12:30:00 +0000Chipmunks Test Positive for the Bubonic Plague in Several South Lake Tahoe Locationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-lake-tahoe-chipmunks-test-positive-plague-180978379/Officials closed some recreational sites while the areas undergo eradication effortsThu, 05 Aug 2021 19:38:31 +0000In a Spider vs. Snake Battle, These 40 Arachnids Would Defeat and Devour Their Serpentine Foeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-40-spiders-kill-and-eat-snakes-180978380/At least 40 arachnid species kill and eat certain slithering predators, which can be up to 30 times the eight-legged critters' sizeThu, 05 Aug 2021 19:19:16 +0000Permafrost Thaw in Siberia Creates a Ticking 'Methane Bomb' of Greenhouse Gases, Scientists Warnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ticking-timebomb-siberia-thawing-permafrost-releases-more-methane-180978381/In 2020, temperatures in the region rose nearly 11 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, causing the limestone to release ancient methane deposits Thu, 05 Aug 2021 18:50:53 +0000Babylonians Used Applied Geometry 1,000 Years Before Pythagorashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-tablet-shows-babylonians-used-pythagorean-geometry-1000-years-pythagoras-180978376/Calculations inscribed on a clay tablet helped ancient people document property boundaries, new research suggestsThu, 05 Aug 2021 16:07:14 +0000Coronavirus Antibodies Detected in Wild White-Tailed Deer in Several U.S. States https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coronavirus-antibodies-detected-us-wild-deer-180978366/Forty percent of white-tailed deer sampled from four states between January and March 2021 had antibodies from the virus that causes Covid-19Thu, 05 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Amateur Treasure Hunter in England Discovers Early Medieval Sword Pyramidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-treasure-hunter-discovered-medieval-sword-pyramid-mount-180978363/On par with specimens found at nearby Sutton Hoo, the tiny accessory likely helped a lord or king keep their weapon sheathedThu, 05 Aug 2021 11:00:00 +0000Machu Picchu Is Older Than Previously Thought, Radiocarbon Dating Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radiocarbon-dating-reveals-machu-picchu-older-previously-thought-180978360/New research indicates that the Inca settlement was in continuous use from at least 1420 to 1530Thu, 05 Aug 2021 10:30:00 +0000Climate Change Poised to Push Emperor Penguins to the Brink of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-poised-push-emperor-penguins-brink-extinction-180978367/Study estimates 98 percent of colonies will be quasi-extinct by 2100 unless the world drastically reduces its greenhouse gas emissionsWed, 04 Aug 2021 19:35:06 +0000Seafood Prices Soar Amid Supply Chain Issues and Worker Shortagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seafood-prices-soar-amid-supply-chain-issues-and-worker-shortage-180978369/As demand for fish rises, restaurants are slammed with employment losses, port congestion, lack of product, rising costs and shipment snagsWed, 04 Aug 2021 18:10:53 +0000Rare Boundary Stone Dated to Emperor Claudius' Reign Unearthed in Romehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-boundary-stone-dated-emperor-claudius-reign-unearthed-rome-180978362/The 2,000-year-old travertine slab marked the sacred outer limits of the ancient cityWed, 04 Aug 2021 16:38:54 +00002,400-Year-Old Baskets Still Filled With Fruit Found in Submerged Egyptian Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-2400-year-old-fruit-baskets-underwater-egyptian-city-180978350/Wicker vessels recovered from the ruins of Thônis-Heracleion contain doum nuts and grape seedsWed, 04 Aug 2021 12:30:00 +0000Just 5 Percent of Power Plants Release 73 Percent of Global Electricity Production Emissionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-percent-power-plants-release-73-percent-global-electricity-production-emissions-180978355/Targeting the world's worst emitters could offer disproportionate benefits when it comes to fighting climate changeWed, 04 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000You Could Own a Slice of Princess Diana's Wedding Cakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piece-princess-dianas-wedding-cake-will-go-auction-180978349/The not-so-edible, 40-year-old piece of royal history is expected to fetch more than $300 at auctionWed, 04 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Subsurface 'Lakes' on Mars May Actually Be Frozen Clay Depositshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/subsurface-lakes-mars-could-be-clay-deposits-180978351/After various studies suggesting liquid water may lie underneath the Red Planet's south pole, a new study suggests it instead consists of smectitesTue, 03 Aug 2021 19:07:47 +0000Part of the Apollo 11 Spacecraft May Still Be Orbiting the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-apollo-11-may-still-be-orbiting-moon-180978352/New research suggests the 'Eagle' ascent stage either exploded in space or remains in orbit—but it likely didn't crash land back on the lunar surfaceTue, 03 Aug 2021 18:26:20 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of Artworks Inspired by Efforts to Preserve Plant Biodiversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-shows-seed-banks-work-preserving-biodiversity-180978347/A traveling exhibition showcases five artists whose creations engage with science and ecologyTue, 03 Aug 2021 17:02:17 +0000New Plaque Tells Story of Enslaved People Who Helped Build the White Househttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-plaque-tells-enslaved-people-who-built-white-house-180978342/A marker in Lafayette Square is the first public work to acknowledge these individuals' roles in constructing the presidential mansionTue, 03 Aug 2021 15:25:35 +0000New Maryland Museum Dives Into the Mythology of Mermaidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/descend-depths-ocean-maryland-museum-delves-history-mermaids-180978335/Blending history, pop culture and folklore, the attraction features a Feejee mermaid, original artworks and moreTue, 03 Aug 2021 14:07:49 +0000Stranded Killer Whale Survives With the Help of Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stranded-killer-whale-survives-help-humans-180978345/The whale was spotted stuck among the rocks of an island in Southeast Alaska, but after about six hours on dry land the whale was able to swim offTue, 03 Aug 2021 11:30:00 +0000Rare Snowfall Blankets Cities Across Brazilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-snowfall-blankets-cities-across-brazil-180978339/Some parts of the country are seeing snow for the first time in decades, and its threatening crop productionMon, 02 Aug 2021 19:38:58 +0000Why Beer Coasters Don't Fly Like Frisbeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-behind-tossing-beer-coaster-180978343/Researchers head to the bar to learn why beer mats fly erratically when tossedMon, 02 Aug 2021 18:10:23 +0000Grazing Goats and Sheep Help Uncover Historic Headstones in Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sheep-help-uncover-historic-graves-ireland-180978336/The herbivores snacked on plant overgrowth at an 18th-century graveyard in Cork County, revealing long-hidden burial markersMon, 02 Aug 2021 17:02:17 +0000Trove of Roman Weapons Unearthed at Ancient Settlement in Spainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-archaeologists-have-found-trove-roman-weapons-ancient-settlement-1-180978327/Son Catlar, a Talayotic site on the Balearic Islands, is known for its well-preserved fortificationsMon, 02 Aug 2021 14:38:50 +0000Ancient Roman Shipwreck Loaded With Wine Amphorae Found Off Sicilian Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-ancient-roman-vessel-near-sicily-180978313/The vessel dates to the second century B.C.E.Fri, 30 Jul 2021 19:08:19 +0000Human Genomes Are Surprisingly Cat-Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-genomes-are-surprisingly-cat-like-180978332/Cat genomes are more similar to ours than those of mice and dogs, yet researchers say felines are underutilized in genetic studies of diseaseFri, 30 Jul 2021 18:53:41 +0000'Star Wars'–Like Running Robot Finishes 5K on Two Legshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/star-wars-running-robot-finishes-5k-two-legs-180978331/The untethered bipedal bot made history by completing the outdoor course in 53 minutesFri, 30 Jul 2021 18:19:31 +0000See SpongeBob SquarePants' and Patrick Star's Real-Life Twinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-sea-life-resembling-spongebob-squarepants-and-patrick-star-180978329/The aquatic pals were discovered one mile deep in the Atlantic Ocean during a NOAA expeditionFri, 30 Jul 2021 17:25:50 +0000CDC Reports Several Cases of Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection in Two U.S. Cities https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-reports-outbreaks-drug-resistant-fungal-infection-two-us-cities-180978317/In total, five cases of the fungal infection were resistant to three known classes of antifungal medications Fri, 30 Jul 2021 17:04:41 +0000Widely Mocked London Tourist Attraction Closes Two Days After Openinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/widely-mocked-london-tourist-attraction-closes-two-days-after-opening-180978330/The Marble Arch Mound sought to invigorate a major shopping district in England's capital. Visitors called it a "bad Santa's grotto"Fri, 30 Jul 2021 17:03:30 +0000CDC Internal Report States Covid-19 Delta Variant Is as Contagious as Chickenpoxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-releases-new-mask-guidelines-advising-vaccinated-individuals-use-masks-indoors-areas-high-transmission-rates-180978304/Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors in high transmission areas, which accounts for half the country, according to the agencyFri, 30 Jul 2021 16:31:05 +0000Remains of High-Born Woman and Twin Fetuses Found in 4,000-Year-Old Urnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-high-born-woman-and-her-twin-fetuses-found-4000-year-old-urn-180978328/A new chemical analysis suggests the wealthy mother left her homeland to marry an elite member of the mysterious Vatya cultureFri, 30 Jul 2021 16:08:41 +0000These Millennia-Old Cave Paintings May Be Among India's Oldesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cave-paintings-may-be-among-indias-oldest-180978324/Locals have known about the artworks for generations, but government archaeologists only began documenting them this summerFri, 30 Jul 2021 15:51:05 +0000Study Measuring Earth's Vital Signs Warns of Climate Tipping Pointshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-measuring-earths-vital-signs-warns-climate-tipping-points-180978320/The authors say tropical coral reefs, the Amazon rainforest, and the West Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets may have passed dangerous tipping pointsFri, 30 Jul 2021 12:00:00 +0000Was La Malinche, Indigenous Interpreter for Conquistador Hernán Cortés, a Traitor, Survivor or Icon?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-la-malinche-indigenous-interpreter-conquistador-hernan-cortes-traitor-survivor-or-icon-180978321/A new exhibition at the Denver Art Museum explores the legacy of an enslaved woman who aided Spain's conquest of the AmericasFri, 30 Jul 2021 10:30:00 +0000Dogs Sniff Out Answers to Bat and Bird Fatalities Near Wind Turbines https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-sniff-out-answers-bat-and-bird-fatalities-near-wind-turbines-180978319/Aided by canines, researchers found larger models do not necessarily pose a greater threat to wildlifeThu, 29 Jul 2021 19:56:12 +0000New Video Game Confronts Slavery's Legacy Through a Historical Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-game-lets-players-investigate-legacy-slavery-historical-estate-180978311/"Blackhaven" finds a fictional intern working to uncover a colonial estate's hidden history while facing present-day racismThu, 29 Jul 2021 16:27:55 +0000Mexican Archaeologists Rebury Tunnel Adorned With Aztec Carvings After Losing Fundinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexican-archaeologists-rebury-aztec-tunnel-after-project-loses-funding-180978299/Costs associated with the Covid-19 pandemic have placed the preservation project on an indefinite holdThu, 29 Jul 2021 14:49:31 +0000Sharks' Intestines Spiral Like a Valve Invented by Nikola Teslahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sharks-intestines-spiral-valve-invented-nikola-tesla-180978307/Tesla's ingenious valve promoted a one-way flow of fluid without the need for moving parts, but, it turns out, evolution got there firstThu, 29 Jul 2021 11:00:00 +0000