Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 20 Jul 2018 20:04:41 +0000Egyptian Authorities Open Sealed Ptolemaic-Era Sarcophagushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ptolemaic-sarcophagus-discovered-alexandria-egypt-180969551/Rampant speculation about what was inside the black granite tomb has swirled since the relic was first discovered at a building site in AlexandriaThu, 05 Jul 2018 17:33:00 +0000New Evidence Smashes Assumptions of Crushing Death for Pompeii Skeletonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-man-crushed-stone-block-uncovered-pompeii-180969208/Researchers found the intact skull of the skeleton that made headlines for being pinned beneath a giant stone blockThu, 31 May 2018 15:27:10 +0000First Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt in 40 Years Will Take Place This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-yellowstone-grizzly-hunt-40-years-could-take-place-next-fall-180969161/In a controversial move, Wyoming will allow a limited take of the once-endangered speciesWed, 23 May 2018 20:53:20 +0000Doubts Swirl Over Claims of Gold-Filled Russian Shipwreckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doubts-swirl-claims-gold-shipwreck-180969715/It is far from certain that the <i>Dmitrii Donskoi</i> would have—or could have— carried such a huge hoard of goldFri, 20 Jul 2018 20:04:41 +0000One Million British Botanical Treasures Will Be Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-one-million-british-botanical-treasures-set-digitization-exhibition-180969670/Artifacts in the sprawling collection include a Chilean potato plant collected by Charles Darwin and 18th-century lavenderFri, 20 Jul 2018 19:43:49 +0000New York Museum Sorts Through Its Collections to Highlight 15 "Rebel Women" of the 1800shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-exhibition-honors-19th-century-female-activists-witch-wall-street-mrs-satan-180969685/Museum of the City of New York's latest exhibition puts the spotlight on these 19th-century women who defied Victorian idealsFri, 20 Jul 2018 18:42:56 +0000Climate Change Is Responsible for These Rare High-Latitude Cloudshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-responsible-these-rare-high-latitude-clouds-180969712/A study shows that methane emissions are responsible for the increase of noctilucent clouds, which glow eerily at nightFri, 20 Jul 2018 18:29:09 +0000This Lake Tells the Story of Ecuador’s Decimated Indigenous Quijo Civilizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lake-tells-story-ecuadors-decimated-indigenous-quijo-groups-180969705/In 1541, roughly 35,000 Quijos lived in the valley. By the 1580s, they had vanished, leaving little evidence of their existence behindFri, 20 Jul 2018 16:48:02 +0000Archaeologists Find 2,000-Year-Old Wooden Bowl, Strands of Hair in Northern Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-2000-year-old-wooden-bowl-strands-hair-northern-scotland-180969713/The Iron Age artifacts were sealed in a subterranean chamber of the Cairns Broch, a tower-like stone structureFri, 20 Jul 2018 16:42:04 +0000An Early Christian Church May Have Been Found in Romehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-christian-church-may-have-been-found-rome-180969707/The structure, inlaid with beautiful colored marble, was built around the time that Christianity began to gain widespread acceptance Fri, 20 Jul 2018 14:24:19 +0000Chicago Says Goodbye to Its Last Tiny Waterfallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-says-goodbye-its-last-tiny-waterfall-180969706/Niagara, it was notThu, 19 Jul 2018 20:59:58 +0000Remains of 95 African-American Forced Laborers Found in Texashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-95-african-american-forced-laborers-found-texas-180969703/The deceased are believed to have been among thousands of black prisoners who were put to work as part of a post-Civil War “convict-leasing system"Thu, 19 Jul 2018 20:08:51 +0000Tree Shrews Love Hot Peppers Because They Don't Feel the Burnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-shrews-peppers-feel-the-burn-180969702/A genetic mutation prevents Chinese tree shrews from feeling the heat of capsaicin, making them the only other mammal besides humans that enjoys hot foodsThu, 19 Jul 2018 18:09:15 +0000Welcome to the Meghalayan Age, the Latest Stage in Earth’s 4.54-Billion-Year Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-meghalayan-age-latest-stage-earths-454-billion-year-history-180969699/Geologists say the stage began 4,200 years ago, when a global mega-drought devastated agricultural societiesThu, 19 Jul 2018 17:09:59 +0000Plans for the Emanuel Nine Memorial Unveiled https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-emanuel-ame-memorial-unveiled-180969671/The monument to the nine black parishioners slain in Charleston in 2015 will include two wing-like benches that arc around a marble fountainWed, 18 Jul 2018 20:55:12 +0000Combing Through the Fishy Origins of Human Hairhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fishy-origins-of-human-hair-180969688/New research from UVA suggests the first vertebrates to colonize dry land carried scaly souvenirs with themWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:09:38 +0000Jupiter Officially Has 12 New Moonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-officially-has-12-new-moons-180969684/The new satellites are mostly tiny and include one oddball that is on a collision course with some of the 78 other moons orbiting the planetWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:04:12 +0000NYC Fireboat Rebranded in Vibrant Dazzle Camouflage to Commemorate WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-fireboat-rebranded-vibrant-dazzle-camouflage-commemorate-wwi-180969683/Vessels cloaked in clashing colors, patterns attempted to confuse U-boat commanders by distorting their perception of a ship’s speed, size and locationWed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:58 +0000Indian Supreme Court Orders Government to Restore the Taj Mahal — or Demolish Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-supreme-court-restore-taj-mahal-or-demolish-it-180969668/After the government failed to file plans for restoring the monument, which is discolored by bug poo and pollution, the court has demanded actionTue, 17 Jul 2018 21:01:11 +0000DNA Analysis Confirms Authenticity of Romanovs' Remainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-confirms-authenticity-remains-attributed-romanovs-180969674/Will Russia's fallen royal family finally receive a full burial from the Orthodox Church?Tue, 17 Jul 2018 19:57:49 +0000Babies’ Cries May Predict What They Will Sound Like as Adultshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/babies-cries-may-predict-what-they-will-sound-adults-180969669/A new study has found that vocal pitch arises very early in lifeTue, 17 Jul 2018 19:46:27 +0000Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Bread Baked Before Advent of Agriculture https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-evidence-bread-baked-advent-agriculture-180969667/The bread, which was found in northeast Jordan, dates back about 14,400 years and likely resembled modern-day wrapsTue, 17 Jul 2018 16:31:10 +0000Professor Discovers ‘Lost’ Stanley Kubrick Screenplayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/professor-discovers-lost-stanley-kubrick-screenplay-180969660/Kubrick wrote the script for <i>Burning Love</i> in 1956, but the film never made it to the big screenTue, 17 Jul 2018 15:31:52 +0000This Is What Robotic Art Looks Like in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-what-robotic-art-2018-180969656/The 2018 RobotArt competition fielded more than 100 submissions entered by 19 teams from all over the worldTue, 17 Jul 2018 14:49:06 +0000Preserved Māori Head Returns to New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-museum-returns-preserved-maori-head-new-zealand-180969634/The sacred items were once widely collected by Europeans. In recent years, New Zealand has worked to secure the repatriation of these ancestral remainsMon, 16 Jul 2018 21:02:33 +0000Drought Reveals Giant, 4,500-Year-Old Irish Hengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-giant-4500-year-old-irish-henge-180969650/The circular structure in the Boyne Valley was discovered by drone photographers searching for signs of hidden Neolithic sitesMon, 16 Jul 2018 20:55:14 +0000Mummification Workshop and Trove of Burial Relics Found in Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummification-workshop-and-trove-burial-relics-found-egypt-180969640/‘We are standing before a goldmine of information,’ one expert saidMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:54:13 +0000Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Have Died in a Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-endangered-black-rhinos-died-their-way-sanctuary-180969638/Preliminary investigation suggests the rhinos died as a result of salt poisoningMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:19:34 +0000Exhibit Reveals Rings From Freud's "Secret Committee"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-reveals-rings-freuds-secret-committee-180969639/The founder of psychoanalysis handed out the rings to students, colleagues and friends who supported and spread his theoriesMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:16:25 +0000Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-hand-evolve-bone-smashing-180969632/Of nearly 40 things Pleistocene people might have done with their hands, getting to yummy marrow requires the most force and dexterityFri, 13 Jul 2018 19:05:42 +0000Man With World's Longest Fingernails Finally Gets a Manicurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-worlds-longest-fingernails-finally-gets-manicure-180969633/After growing out the nails on his left hand for 66 years, Shridhar Chillal has sold the 31 feet of keratin to Ripley's Believe It Or NotFri, 13 Jul 2018 18:47:36 +0000Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Mealhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/he-died-otzi-iceman-ate-greasy-fatty-meal-180969630/A detailed analysis of the mummy’s stomach contents suggests he knew precisely what to eat to survive in harsh Alpine conditions Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:27:21 +0000Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-awesome-new-3d-full-color-x-rays-180969626/The scanner uses technology developed for the Large Hadron ColliderFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:20:59 +0000Researchers Unlock Secrets of Basel Papyrushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unlock-secrets-basel-papyrus-now-identified-late-antiquity-medical-document-180969625/Now identified as a late antiquity medical document, the 2,000-year-old papyrus describes the phenomenon of female "hysterical apnea"Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:06:25 +0000Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenyahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-yellow-bellied-bats-may-have-been-found-kenya-180969623/Genetic analysis of 100 bats revealed two previously unknown lineages Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:49:13 +0000Oldest Stone Tools Outside Africa Unearthed in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-stone-tools-outside-africa-unearthed-china-180969621/Six artifacts date to 2.1 million years ago, potentially rewriting what we know about which species led the migration out of AfricaThu, 12 Jul 2018 20:40:22 +0000Earthquake Reveals 12th-Century Temple Hidden Within Aztec Pyramidhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-reveals-12th-century-temple-hidden-within-aztec-pyramid-180969619/The structure, which lay buried beneath two Aztec temples for centuries, is dedicated to the rain god TlálocThu, 12 Jul 2018 19:07:30 +0000The Justice Department Has Reopened Its Investigation into the Murder of Emmett Tillhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/justice-department-has-reopened-its-investigation-murder-emmett-till-180969618/A report states that the department received “new information” connected to the caseThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:59:03 +0000Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coral-reefs-need-fewer-rats-and-more-bird-poo-180969614/A study of rat-infested islands in the Chagos show that a lack of seabirds--and their guano--degrades surrounding coral ecosystemsThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:13:36 +0000‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/safe-levels-pesticide-still-hamper-bees-memory-and-ability-learn-180969612/Scientists analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 studiesThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:05 +0000The Parisian Bistro Is Disappearinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parisian-bistro-disappearing-180969608/And one bistro owner is on a mission to save themThu, 12 Jul 2018 15:42:57 +0000Take a VR Tour of an Egyptian Queen’s Elaborate Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-vr-tour-egyptian-queens-elaborate-tomb-180969597/The resting place of Queen Nefertari, the favorite wife of Ramses II, is largely closed to visitors, but it can now be explored virtuallyThu, 12 Jul 2018 14:22:51 +0000Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Watershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romans-may-have-hunted-whales-extinction-their-home-waters-180969605/New analysis suggests that right and gray whales were not only once present in the Mediterranean Sea but likely common in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 20:39:14 +0000Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia's Present-Day Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-suggests-contemporary-southeast-asians-derive-ancestry-four-ancient-population-180969603/Researchers sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 yearsWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:11:11 +0000Oldest Greek Fragment of Homer Discovered on Clay Tablethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-greek-fragment-homer-discovered-clay-tablet-180969602/The verses come from the ancient city of Olympia and date to the Roman era Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:33:52 +0000A Heat Wave is Revealing Centuries-Old Sites in Waleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-heatwave-revealing-ancient-sites-wales-180969601/Hot, dry weather creates perfect conditions for crop marks to form above historic settlements Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:22:06 +00007,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-year-old-german-grave-shows-new-side-brutality-180969599/The eight men and one woman bear signs of precisely inflicted blunt force cranial trauma, suggesting they were victims of mass executionWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:03:22 +0000Thousands of Unseen Photos Featuring Andy Warhol and Celebrity Pals to Be Digitizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-unseen-photos-featuring-andy-warhol-and-celebrity-pals-will-be-digitized-featured-exhibition-and-monograph-180969574/The trove of the pop artist’s personal snapshots includes 130,000 frames, which will also be featured in an upcoming show and monographWed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:04 +0000Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Bosonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-more-evidence-higgs-boson-180969595/Analysis of years of data from the Large Hadron Collider shows evidence the particle decays into bottom quarksTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:31 +0000Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pink-was-first-color-life-earth-180969583/Researchers have found bright pink pigments in 1.1 billion year old fossils of cyanobacteria drilled in West AfricaTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:43:18 +0000A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida's Waterwayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algal-bloom-spreading-floridas-waterways-180969586/The bloom started last month in Lake Okeechobee, but has quickly spread to waterways on both coastsTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:27:46 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-particle-accelerator-unearth-tarnished-19th-century-daguerreotype-portraits-180969585/Using an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Lowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pacific-northwest-orca-population-hits-30-year-low-180969582/Declining salmon population, pollution and noise disturbance pose largest threats to the killer whales’ survivalTue, 10 Jul 2018 17:41:48 +0000Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-eastern-quolls-are-born-mainland-australia-first-time-50-years-180969578/Three of the feisty marsupials, which had been reintroduced to the wild, were found with joeys in their pouchesTue, 10 Jul 2018 16:35:53 +0000Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-debate-do-zebra-stripes-keep-cool-180969581/Researchers from Hungary and Sweden investigated whether black and white stripes are actually better at keeping the heat at bayTue, 10 Jul 2018 15:51:29 +0000This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patientshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beer-was-developed-breast-cancer-patients-180969571/A Czech brewery's Mamma Beer is alcohol free and slightly sweet to help overcome the metallic taste of "chemo mouth"Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:30:49 +0000The EU Mulls Ditching Daylight Saving Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europe-mulls-ditching-daylight-saving-time-180969572/The European Commission is polling citizens about whether the 28-nation bloc should keep springing forward and falling back each yearMon, 09 Jul 2018 19:15:01 +0000Starbucks Vows to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020. How Will the Oceans Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starbucks-vows-ditch-plastic-straws-2020-180969573/Straws make up a small portion of ocean waste, but banning straws can be an important first step to cutting down on other plastics Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:40:09 +0000Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners' Dietary Habitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unseal-danish-latrines-180969570/The Danish finds reveal their owners’ rich diet of fish and meat, fruits, spices—and the presence of parasites, including tapeworms and roundwormsMon, 09 Jul 2018 17:16:30 +0000Rare Photographs Put Focus on Egyptians Who Worked Alongside Carter to Excavate Tutankhamun's Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-photographs-featuring-tutankhamuns-tomb-now-display-cambridge-180969565/Harry Burton’s 3,400 snapshots document rich array of artifacts, unseen Egyptians who contributed to the Egyptologist Howard Carter's great discoveryMon, 09 Jul 2018 16:45:57 +0000Australian Reptiles And a Toad Named After Gollum on Latest Endangered Species Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-reptiles-and-toad-named-after-gollum-included-endangered-species-update-180969562/The IUCN Red List shows Oz's reptiles are in trouble as well as flying foxes, a Jamaican rodent and a New Guinea butterflyFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:27:48 +0000Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smarthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-brain-circuitry-might-explain-why-parrots-are-so-smart-180969566/Their bird brains are not bird-brainedFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:00:45 +0000Anne Frank’s Family Tried to Escape to the United States, New Research Showshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anne-franks-family-tried-flee-united-states-new-research-shows-180969564/They were held back by war, restrictive immigration policies and bureaucratic red tapeFri, 06 Jul 2018 18:21:58 +0000New "Immunobiotic" Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-immunobiotic-could-treat-antibiotic-resistant-superbugs-180969560/The drug, which combines antibiotics and the body's immune system, shows promise in early stages of testingFri, 06 Jul 2018 17:21:53 +0000European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-european-dogs-devastated-indigenous-american-pup-populations-180969561/Disease, cultural change wiped out pre-contact populations, leaving no trace of ancient dogs’ DNA in modern counterpartsFri, 06 Jul 2018 16:20:47 +0000Rare Landscape Attributed to Lucian Freud Discovered Underneath Another Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-landscape-attributed-lucian-freud-discovered-beneath-painting-artists-friend-180969552/Freud's friend, the little-known artist Tom Wright appears to have recycled a canvas that was left unfinished by the famed portraitistFri, 06 Jul 2018 14:51:15 +0000Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society's Photo Contesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peep-winners-audubon-photo-contest-180969556/You'll want to tweet these.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:05:12 +0000Two Florence Museums Are Tracing the City's 500-Year Connection to Islamic Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joint-exhibition-shows-florence-medici-familys-connections-islamic-world-180969553/The Uffizi explores East-West interactions between the 15th and 17th centuries; the Bargello features donations from 19th- and 20th-century collectorsThu, 05 Jul 2018 20:43:01 +0000With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhinohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-one-step-closer-resurrecting-northern-white-rhino-180969549/Hybrid embryos were created using northern rhinos’ frozen sperm, southern rhinos’ eggsThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:58:48 +0000Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-toddler-was-home-ground-and-trees-180969548/The foot of a 2.5-year-old Austrolopithecus afarensis shows it had a grippy big toe that let it cling to its mom and climb tree trunksThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:42:34 +0000Stock Photo Agencies Agree to Pull ‘Unnatural’ Images of Primateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stock-photo-agencies-agree-pull-unnatural-images-primates-180969541/PETA had lobbied against images that perpetuate harmful misconceptions about the animalsThu, 05 Jul 2018 14:43:48 +0000A Research Ship Is Hunting Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-ship-hunting-meteorite-fragments-coast-washington-180969534/The research ship E/V Nautilus is combing through samples and sediment hoping to recover the first space rock from the ocean floorTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:24:19 +0000How a "Sultry" Statue of Liberty Cost the U.S. Post Office More Than $3.5 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sultry-statue-liberty-cost-post-office-35-million-180969539/A sculptor was awarded millions in royalties after the USPS accidentally used an image of his Las Vegas replica on a 2010 postage stampTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:13:20 +0000Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-mapped-koala-genome-unlocks-secrets-marsupials-diet-susceptibility-chlamydia-180969525/The cuddly creatures can survive on a diet of high-toxin eucalyptus leaves thanks to detoxifying genesTue, 03 Jul 2018 17:33:02 +0000Arsenic-Laced Books Discovered in University Libraryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arsenic-laced-books-discovered-university-library-180969527/During the Victorian era, the toxin was commonly found hidden in wallpaper, paints and dyes Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:37 +0000A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.'s Supply of Beer and Crumpetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carbon-dioxide-shortage-threatening-uks-supply-beer-and-crumpets-180969533/The food industry uses carbon dioxide in several ways, including packaging and meat processing Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:17 +0000New Spider Species Discovered In Indiana Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-spider-species-discovered-indiana-cave-180969513/The translucent sheet-weaving spider shows that scientists haven't yet found everything in our own backyardTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:18:19 +0000Automata History Comes Alive in the 'Marvellous Mechanical Museum'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/automata-move-clockwork-marvellous-mechanical-museum-180969514/The new exhibition at Compton Verney features a Fabergé elephant with swinging trunk and a gigantic kinetic sculpture by Rowland EmettMon, 02 Jul 2018 20:05:29 +0000Viking Archaeological Site and Others Earn World Heritage Statushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-archeological-site-and-others-earn-world-heritage-status-180969496/The trading center of Hedeby and its surrounding wall are considered one of the most significant Viking sites in Northern EuropeMon, 02 Jul 2018 19:26:51 +0000New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/New-website-amsterdam-history-artifacts-180969497/The recovered items span thousands of years, and include coins, cell phones, dentures and moreMon, 02 Jul 2018 17:13:41 +0000The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Monthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centurys-longest-lunar-eclipse-180969498/Including phases where the moon is partially masked, the event will last nearly four hours totalMon, 02 Jul 2018 16:04:03 +0000Neolithic Roadway, Possibly a Ritual Site, Discovered in England https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neolithic-trackway-possibly-ritual-site-discovered-england-180969493/Archaeologists also found the skull of an extinct ox that is 2,000 years older than the trackwayMon, 02 Jul 2018 12:00:00 +0000Germany's "Stonehenge" Reveals Evidence of Human Sacrificehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-stonehenge-reveals-evidence-human-sacrifice-180969491/Archaeologists uncovered the remains of 10 women and children who may have been sacrificed at the Pömmelte enclosure, a 4,300-year-old Neolithic circleFri, 29 Jun 2018 19:55:34 +0000Daisy Kadibil’s Story of Escape Called Attention to the "Stolen Generations" of Aboriginal Australianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/daisy-kadibil-aboriginal-australian-who-escaped-assimilation-camp-has-died-95-180969489/Kadibil, who died at the age of 95, had her incredible odyssey recounted in the acclaimed 2002 film ‘Rabbit-Proof Fence’Fri, 29 Jun 2018 18:14:18 +0000Study Suggests There's No Limit on Longevity, But Getting Super Old Is Still Toughhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-theres-no-limit-longevity-getting-super-old-still-tough-180969488/After the age of 105, the odds of dying plateau, meaning it's possible to live beyond the current record of 123 yearsFri, 29 Jun 2018 17:07:09 +0000The Man Who Believed Nudity Should Be a Civil Righthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turner-v-stokes-leader-nudist-movement-has-died-90-180969475/Turner V. Stokes, who died on Saturday at the age of 90, advocated for nudists' ability to go about sans clothingFri, 29 Jun 2018 16:41:15 +0000How Inca Mummies Helped a Soccer Player Who Was Banned from the World Cuphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-inca-mummies-helped-soccer-player-who-was-banned-world-cup-180969486/Paolo Guerrero failed a drug test, but insists he never took cocaine. Three ancient mummies are lending credence to his caseFri, 29 Jun 2018 14:39:28 +0000How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/belize-reef-beats-endangered-list-180969485/An oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco's endangered world heritage sites listThu, 28 Jun 2018 18:43:47 +0000Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Ballshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-galaxy-really-greasy-and-smells-moth-balls-180969483/A new study estimates that a quarter to half the carbon in interstellar space is in the form of greasy aliphatic carbonThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:16:01 +0000Newly Discovered Footage Offers Rare Glimpse of FDR Walkinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-footage-offers-rare-glimpse-fdr-walking-180969484/Stricken with polio at the age of 39, Roosevelt did not like to be photographed as he struggled to walkThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:10:35 +0000Now That the Smog Has Lifted, Astronomy Returns to London's Royal Observatoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-smog-has-lifted-astronomy-returns-londons-royal-observatory-180969467/A new telescope that filters out light pollution and interference will watch the stars from the site constructed in 1675Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000A Nesting Bird Nearly Derailed a Canadian Music Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nesting-bird-nearly-derailed-canadian-music-festival-1-180969470/The brooding killdeer laid its eggs on a patch of cobblestone where the main stage of Ottawa’s Bluesfest was supposed to be set upWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Restorationist Botches 16th-Century Spanish Statue of Sainthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-george-restorationists-botch-500-year-old-spanish-statue-saint-180969471/Reports indicate a local priest hired an art teacher to restore the polychromatic wooden statue, with cartoonish resultsWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:07:37 +0000David Goldblatt, the South African Photographer Who Documented Life Under Apartheid, Has Died at 87https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/david-goldblatt-south-african-photographer-who-documented-life-under-apartheid-has-died-1-180969453/He did not rush to the frontlines of violent events, but instead photographed everyday scenes of racial discrimination Wed, 27 Jun 2018 16:46:56 +0000Flight Attendants May Face Increased Risk for Many Cancers, Study Findshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flight-attendants-may-face-increased-risk-many-cancers-study-finds-180969448/Flight attendants are exposed to a number of possible or probable cancer-causing factorsWed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000Route 66 and 10 Other Sites That Made the 2018 "Most Endangered Historic Places" Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/route-66-and-ten-other-sites-listed-endangered-180969449/The National Trust for Historic Preservation's annual list is outTue, 26 Jun 2018 19:41:54 +0000Is This Painted Tile Da Vinci’s Earliest Known Work?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painted-tile-da-vincis-earliest-known-work-180969445/Two Italian scholars believe the tile was painted by the Renaissance master in 1471, but other experts are not convincedTue, 26 Jun 2018 18:13:30 +0000Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-cats-eat-million-australian-reptiles-day-180969447/A new study shows cats snack on 258 reptile species, and could push some to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:30:10 +0000Why the Skeleton of the "Irish Giant" Could Be Buried at Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-skeleton-irish-giant-could-be-buried-sea-180969443/Activists want the bones of Charles Byrne to be buried according to his wishesTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:08:20 +0000Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Has Been Found in Humans for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquito-borne-keystone-virus-has-been-found-humans-first-time-180969442/But the virus may have been infecting people for much longer than scientists realizedMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:44:27 +0000The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-water-droplets-go-plink-180969440/Microphones and high-speed cameras show that what happens when a water droplet hits water is surprisingly complicatedMon, 25 Jun 2018 17:45:21 +0000Interactive, Digital Art Museum Opens in Tokyohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interactive-digital-art-museum-opens-tokyo-180969439/Touch digital birds, sip flower tea and more at the world's largest digital art museumMon, 25 Jun 2018 14:49:01 +0000Extinct Gibbon Species Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-gibbon-species-discovered-2000-year-old-chinese-tomb-180969433/It's believed the species represents a new genera of apes that may have died out just 300 years agoFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:30:19 +0000Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer's Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childhood-virus-may-have-role-alzheimers-disease-180969432/A study of 1,000 brains found two common types of herpes viruses were more prevalent in those suffering from the dementia-inducing diseaseFri, 22 Jun 2018 16:13:15 +0000Take a 3D Tour Through Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin Westhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-through-frank-lloyd-wrights-taliesin-west-180969425/New state-of-the-art scans allow virtual visits to the architect's winter home and gives conservators detailed blueprintsThu, 21 Jun 2018 18:56:42 +0000China's Plastic Ban Will Flood Us With Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-plastic-ban-will-flood-us-trash-180969423/New study reports China's ban on importing foreign plastic could cripple global recycling programs and lead to 111 million tons of homeless plasticThu, 21 Jun 2018 17:55:25 +0000New York Is Building a New Monument to Women’s History—And It Wants the Public’s Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-building-new-monument-womens-historyand-it-wants-publics-help-180969424/A new initiative titled She Built NYC is asking New Yorkers to recommend potential subjects for the monumentThu, 21 Jun 2018 17:20:05 +0000Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eelshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cocaine-water-harms-european-eels-180969421/When researchers exposed eels to the illicit drug, the animals became hyperactive and suffered muscle damageWed, 20 Jun 2018 20:42:09 +0000Museum Ties Portraits of the Wealthy to Their Slaveholding Pastshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-ties-portraits-wealthy-their-slave-holding-past-180969416/New signs at the Worcester Art Museum illuminate how wealthy New Englanders benefitted from the slave tradeWed, 20 Jun 2018 20:09:28 +0000Charleston, South Carolina, Formally Apologizes for Its Role in the Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charleston-formally-apologizes-its-role-slave-trade-180969415/Some 40 percent of enslaved Africans entered the country through Charleston Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:12:29 +0000Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dolphins-and-some-whales-grieve-their-dead-180969414/An analysis of 78 instances of cetaceans paying attention to their dead suggests grief may be part of being a highly social animalWed, 20 Jun 2018 17:08:42 +0000A Towering, Toxic Plant That Causes Burns and Blindness Has Appeared in Virginiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/towering-toxic-plant-causes-burns-and-blindness-has-appeared-virginia-180969412/The giant hogweed, an invasive species, is more typically seen in the NortheastTue, 19 Jun 2018 21:12:14 +0000The U.S. Military Has Been in Space From the Beginninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-military-has-been-space-beginning-180969403/While the proposed branch of the armed forces may be controversial, the history of the so-called "Space Force" is longstandingTue, 19 Jun 2018 19:56:42 +0000Teeming Manta Ray Nursery Discovered in the Gulf of Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-manta-ray-nursery-discovered-gulf-mexico-180969410/Almost all of the rays in the area are rarely seen juveniles, which can reach wingspans of 23 feet when they grow upTue, 19 Jun 2018 19:27:03 +0000This Ancient Panda Skull Belongs to a Previously Unknown Lineagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-panda-skull-belongs-previously-unknown-lineage-180969402/The fossilized skull represents a panda line that split from today’s fluffy creatures 183,000 years agoTue, 19 Jun 2018 16:36:19 +0000Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter Returned to Vatican, But Mystery Persistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stolen-copy-christopher-columbus-letter-returned-vatican-180969399/The letter, which had been printed in 1493, was replaced with a convincing fake—and investigators still don’t know who committed the crimeTue, 19 Jun 2018 13:26:10 +0000The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting A Huge Power Boosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-hadron-collider-getting-huge-power-boost-180969394/A multi-year upgrade will lead to up to 10 times the collisions, and perhaps the discovery of mysterious new particlesTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:59:51 +0000Mountaintop Museum Highlights the History of Bond—James Bondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mountaintop-museum-highlights-history-bondjames-bond-180969377/The new 007 Elements museum is built into the top of an Alpine mountain and features a full-size airplane from the movie <i>Spectre</i>Tue, 19 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Windhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-crab-spiders-soar-through-air-first-they-study-wind-180969391/A recent study sheds new light on spider flightMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:31:30 +0000This Town In Kansas Has Its Own Unique Accenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/town-kansas-unique-accent-180969390/Immigration over the last 40 years has all the young people in town speaking English with a slightly Latin feelMon, 18 Jun 2018 18:14:56 +0000Einstein’s Travel Diaries Reveal His Deeply Troubling Views on Racehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/einsteins-travel-diaries-reveal-his-deeply-troubling-views-race-180969387/“It would be a pity if these Chinese supplant all other races,” the iconic scientist writesMon, 18 Jun 2018 14:22:55 +0000Where Did the Aztecs Get Their Turquoise?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aztec-turquoise-was-probably-locally-sourced-180969375/New analysis shows the blue-green mineral found in Aztec art was likely mined in Mexico, not the American Southwest as previously believedFri, 15 Jun 2018 19:45:30 +0000Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plaguehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origins-bubonic-plague-180969304/The deadly disease may have been transmitted to humans at least 800 years earlier than previously believed Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:04:10 +0000The UK's Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Dangerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uks-hedgehogs-and-other-mammals-are-danger-180969385/The island nation's mammal populations have seen a steep decline in the last two decades, with hedgehog numbers decreasing by two-thirdsFri, 15 Jun 2018 18:38:24 +0000The Getty Is Fighting to Keep a Rare Greek Bronzehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-fighting-keep-rare-greek-bronze-180969384/An Italian magistrate has ordered that the statue, which was discovered in the Adriatic Sea by Italian fishermen, be returned to ItalyFri, 15 Jun 2018 17:55:51 +0000A Message From Stephen Hawking Is On Its Way to a Black Holehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-stephen-hawking-its-way-black-hole-180969382/After his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey, a musical composition and "message of hope" were broadcast toward 1A 0620-00, the nearest black holeFri, 15 Jun 2018 16:54:59 +0000Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-ghost-town-sale-180969322/Cerro Gordo was once a lively mining town Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:22:00 +0000Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/Since 1992, the continent has lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, triggering a quarter-inch rise in global sea levelsThu, 14 Jun 2018 19:19:35 +0000Massive, 'Unprecedented' Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unprecedented-dust-storm-puts-mars-rover-risk-180969374/Engineers have not received any transmissions from the Opportunity rover since SundayThu, 14 Jun 2018 18:43:54 +0000Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-record-sounds-elusive-narwhal-180969371/<i>Skreee---click----whirrr.</i>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:05:26 +0000'HALO' Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Baselhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/particle-collisions-transform-kaleidoscopic-light-sound-immersion-art-basel-180969367/The site-specific installation by British artist duo Semiconductor revisits the universe’s first momentsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:57:16 +0000Astronauts' Footprints May Have Warmed the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-footprint-moon-warming-180969362/"Lost" data from the 1970s helped scientists solve an enduring lunar mysteryThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:48:37 +0000Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-artists-have-so-much-trouble-painting-lightning-180969323/A new study compares painted versus photographed depictions of lightning bolts' offshooting branchesThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:46:57 +0000How to Hear the Met’s Historic Instruments' Singular Soundshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-streaming-swan-songs-mets-historic-instruments-180969297/New audio recordings by the museum feature roughly 40 instruments, from Ming dynasty lute to the world’s oldest surviving pianoThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:09:18 +0000$2 Million in World War II-Era Cash Found Under Floor of Churchill's Tailorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2-million-world-war-ii-era-cash-hoard-found-during-renovations-180969332/The 30 bundles of £1 and £5 notes were likely stashed away amidst wartime uncertaintyThu, 14 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000The Unheralded Legacy of Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Cottonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-rights-pioneer-dorothy-cotton-has-died-180969361/The late activist helped organize the Birmingham marches and educated the disenfranchised about their constitutional rightsWed, 13 Jun 2018 20:05:46 +0000Why Macedonia's Government Agreed to Change the Country's Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/macedonia-agrees-change-its-name-bringing-end-decades-long-conflict-greece-180969360/The country will now be known as the Republic of North Macedonia, bringing an end to a decades-long conflict with GreeceWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:50:46 +0000How the Brits Refuted Nazi Germany’s ‘Degenerate Art' Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-brits-refuted-nazi-germanys-degenerate-art-exhibition-180969359/The 1938 show celebrated works by German Expressionists, defended artists on world stageWed, 13 Jun 2018 18:07:35 +0000Being Hangry Is Real, But You Can Control Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/being-hangry-real-you-can-control-it-180969357/Hunger elicits similar responses as emotions, but it only turns into "hanger" when people are already primed with negative feelingsWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:37:30 +0000Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inca-head-crackers-had-better-success-rates-civil-war-surgeons-180969324/Survival rates among later Inca cultures was significantly higher. However, the 19th-century soldiers were facing trauma caused by industrial-age warfareWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:27:16 +0000Construction Workers Find Rare Intact Roman Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-find-rare-intact-tomb-rome-180969247/'The Tomb of the Athlete' includes four bodies, a coin, offerings of chicken, rabbit and lamb and strigils, the symbol of Roman sportsmenWed, 13 Jun 2018 14:46:53 +0000Introducing a Hairy-Footed Shrimp Named After Bilbo Bagginshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-hairy-footed-shrimp-named-after-bilbo-baggins-180969327/Like its hobbit namesake, Odontonia bagginsi is also quite smallWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000The Odyssey of the World's Largest Freshwater Pearlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collector-pay-big-bucks-worlds-largest-freshwater-pearl-180969235/The gem, which was was recently bought at auction, was likely found in China in the 1700s and was once owned by Russia's Catherine the GreatTue, 12 Jun 2018 20:23:36 +0000The Clever Way the Easter Island Statues Got Hatshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clever-way-easter-island-statues-got-their-cool-hats-180969253/A new analysis of the 13-ton red stone pukao show the carvings were likely rolled up ramps to the leaning statuesTue, 12 Jun 2018 19:38:06 +0000Something Is Killing Off Africa's Largest Baobab Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/something-killing-africas-largest-baobab-trees-180969316/In the last dozen years, four of the 13 largest, and likely oldest, trees have died. Another five are ailingTue, 12 Jun 2018 18:17:53 +0000Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-nanodiamonds-found-source-microwave-radiation-180969305/The diamond dust in protoplanetary discs may solve a decades-old astronomical mysteryTue, 12 Jun 2018 17:31:32 +0000The V&A Wants Your Help Locating Vintage Mary Quant Designshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/v-turns-public-search-vintage-mary-quant-clothing-180969290/The Welsh fashion designer pioneered high street fashion, popularizing bright patterns, miniskirts and hot pantsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:58:44 +0000Could This Sculpted Head Depict a Little-Known Biblical King?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sculpted-head-depict-little-known-biblical-king-180969302/Archaeologists uncovered the enigmatic two-inch head at Abel Beth Maacah, site of an ancient crossroadsMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:21:28 +0000Step Into Scotland With Immersive AR Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-scotlands-natural-historic-wonders-immersive-ar-app-180969270/Portal AR allows users to traverse Britain’s highest peak, roam the halls of Edinburgh Castle and enjoy whiskey at Highlands distilleryMon, 11 Jun 2018 20:06:36 +0000This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-sea-creature-fanged-babies-180969301/The discovery of a juvenile <i>Lyrarapax unguispinus</i> fossil reveals that even the tiny terrors had a developed claw-like appendage and sharp teethMon, 11 Jun 2018 19:40:45 +0000Oldest Footprints Show When Life On Earth Got Legshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-footprints-show-when-life-earth-got-legs-180969298/Tiny fossil tracks found in South China firmly date appendages back to the Ediacaran periodMon, 11 Jun 2018 18:16:16 +0000New Gadget Brings Fish Up From the Ocean's "Twilight Zone"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-gadget-brings-fish-twilight-zone-180969300/The portable decompression chamber allows SCUBA-diving scientists to safely collect specimens without them, well, explodingMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:54:45 +0000The Archives of Historic Black Newspapers Are Going Digitalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-archives-historic-black-newspapers-180969292/The Obsidian Collection is collaborating with Google Arts & Culture to ensure the journalism is preserved for many years to comeMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:24:53 +0000High-Tech Scanning Shows Picasso's Blue Period Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-tech-scans-show-picassos-blue-period-evolution-180969274/A new study of "La Soupe" reveals it underwent as many as 13 layers of revisionMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:12:30 +0000"Lost" John Coltrane Album to Be Releasedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-john-coltrane-album-be-released-180969291/<i>Both Directions At Once</i> was recorded in 1963 by the classic quartet and reveals Coltrane's journey from melodic standards to avant-garde jazzFri, 08 Jun 2018 20:42:26 +0000World's Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away After 18 Years Adrifthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adios-b-15-worlds-largest-iceberg-melting-away-after-18-years-adrift-180969287/In the last two years, the Jamaica-sized berg began venturing north, melting and splintering into pieces along the wayFri, 08 Jun 2018 20:20:43 +0000At Least 110 Confederate Monuments and Symbols Have Been Removed Since 2015https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/least-110-confederate-monuments-and-symbols-have-been-removed-2015-180969254/But more than 1700 remain, including 772 monuments, more than 300 of which are located in Georgia, North Carolina and VirginiaFri, 08 Jun 2018 19:39:12 +0000The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come From Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/say-it-aint-so-next-flu-pandemic-might-come-dogs-180969289/A new study found two strains of swine flu in sickly pups in ChinaFri, 08 Jun 2018 17:47:03 +0000Why Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-rattlesnakes-are-just-dangerous-dead-or-alive-180969284/After receiving bite from decapitated Western diamondback, Texas man required 26 doses of antivenomFri, 08 Jun 2018 16:52:17 +0000Jupiter's Lightning Is More Earth-Like Than We Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-lightning-more-frequent-and-more-earth-we-thought-180969280/Juno is providing scientists with new insights into the gas giant's flashes of lightFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:38:27 +0000New Evidence Shows That Humans Could Have Migrated to the Americas Along the Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-first-americans-could-have-migrated-along-coast-180969217/Dating of rocks and animal bones shows Alaska's coast was glacier free around 17,000 years ago, allowing people to move south along the coastThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:55:26 +0000Netherlands Will Welcome Its First Community of 3D-Printed Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/netherlands-set-welcome-worlds-first-functional-3d-printed-house-2019-180969272/Five concrete houses designed to look like “erratic blocks in a green landscape" will populate Eindhoven communityThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:42:47 +0000Sink Your Teeth Into Chicago’s New Hot Dog Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sink-your-teeth-chicagos-new-hot-dog-museum-180969228/The Vienna Beef company is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a meaty display of memorabilia Thu, 07 Jun 2018 18:21:24 +0000Watch Kīlauea’s Lava Flow Into the Ocean, Creating Billowing Clouds of ‘Laze’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-kilaueas-lava-flow-ocean-creating-billowing-clouds-laze-180969275/The interaction between the lava and the water creates a hazardous mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and volcanic glass particlesThu, 07 Jun 2018 17:35:11 +0000"Hidden" Attic in Westminster Abbey Is Opening as a Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-attic-westminster-abbey-opening-museum-180969209/Visitors can view more than 300 relics from the Abbey’s 1,000-year history <i>and</i> peer out at one of the best views in EuropeThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:59:49 +0000What to Know About This Weekend's Centennial British Suffrage Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banners-co-created-female-inmates-be-featured-centennial-british-suffrage-march-180969252/About 45,000 women are expected to participate in four-city procession—projected to be one of the largest collective art events in British historyThu, 07 Jun 2018 15:11:15 +0000Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-six-categories-disgust-180969261/Open sores, body odors and other indicators of possible disease transmission top the list of things that gross us outThu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Earthquakes Rumble Under East Antarctica Much More Frequently Than Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/east-antarctica-experiences-many-more-earthquakes-previously-thought-180969263/A new study reveals that the region trembled with 27 minor earthquakes in 2009 aloneWed, 06 Jun 2018 20:34:49 +0000What Dogs Really Think of Your 'Puppy' Voicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-dogs-really-think-your-puppy-voice-180969262/Dog-directed speech may improve animals' attention skills and strengthen human-pupper bondsWed, 06 Jun 2018 19:47:20 +0000How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-see-world-100-times-more-detail-mice-fruit-flies-180969240/A new review of visual acuity compares the sight of 600 species, from mosquitoes to eaglesWed, 06 Jun 2018 17:32:33 +0000A Mysterious Dinosaur Skeleton Was Auctioned Off to a Private Buyerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-not-happy-about-private-sale-mysterious-dinosaur-skeleton-180969246/And paleontologists are not happy about itWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:35:08 +0000Tate Britain Confronts the Aftershocks of World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-britain-confronts-emotional-physical-aftershocks-world-war-one-180969243/The museum's newest exhibition explores how British, German and French artists struggle to comprehend bloody conflictWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:02:07 +0000Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-planet-or-mass-asteroids-screwing-orbits-our-solar-system-180969245/Researchers investigate alternative explanations for wacky orbits of objects in our solar systemWed, 06 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Miss America Is Ditching Its Swimsuit Competition https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miss-america-ditching-its-swimsuit-competition-180969249/The pageant was founded as a 'bathing beauty' contest. But even in its earlier days, contestants did not always conform to the swimsuit portion happilyTue, 05 Jun 2018 20:41:37 +0000Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Successhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-marshmallow-test-suggests-delayed-gratification-doesnt-equal-success-180969234/Socioeconomic status, family background amongst factors accounting for children's varying levels of self-controlTue, 05 Jun 2018 17:01:34 +0000Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-dies-thailand-80-plastic-bags-its-stomach-180969232/A five-day rescue effort could not save the animal, which started vomiting up pieces of plastic before it diedTue, 05 Jun 2018 13:56:39 +0000Five Things to Know About Guatemala's Deadly Volcanic Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-eruption-guatemala-180969233/The massive blast is affecting nearly 2 million people, and more may still be in storeMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:38:43 +0000New Clues Emerge in Search for Stolen Caravaggio https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/former-mobster-offers-clues-search-stolen-caravaggio-180969231/The nativity scene taken from Sicilian chapel in 1969 may have ended up in SwitzerlandMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:21:48 +0000Holey Swiss: Man Breaks Record in British Downhill Cheese Racehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-breaks-record-british-downhill-cheese-race-180969236/Fromage fiends have been participating in this unusual tradition for centuriesMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:20:28 +0000Why Did Most Massive Bony Fish Behemoths Die Out?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-suggests-theres-no-metabolic-reason-giant-bony-fish-cant-exist-today-180969206/Some researchers suggest metabolism might be to blame, but a new study suggests that's not the caseMon, 04 Jun 2018 18:38:17 +0000This Is America’s Fastest-Growing Cityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-fastest-growing-city-180969215/Census data reveals the cities in the United States experiencing population boomsMon, 04 Jun 2018 17:09:58 +0000This 4,000-Year-Old Jar Contains Italy's Oldest Olive Oilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-jar-contained-italys-oldest-olive-oil-180969226/Traces of oleic and linoleic acid found on a central Italy jar pushes the timeline of the substance in the region back an estimated 700 yearsMon, 04 Jun 2018 16:36:44 +000058 Years Later, Alabama Clears the Records of 29 Black Students Who Protested Segregationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/58-years-later-alabama-clears-records-29-black-students-who-protested-segregation-180969220/The students sat down at the courthouse lunch counter in a non-violent demonstrationMon, 04 Jun 2018 14:33:17 +0000It's True—After Giving Birth, Women's Voices Temporarily Drophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-giving-birth-new-mothers-experience-deeper-more-monotone-voice-180969227/While anecdotal evidence of the phenomenon has existed for some time, this is the first scientific study to look at women's voices after pregnancyFri, 01 Jun 2018 20:24:47 +0000Expert Says He's Found New Clues Into Location of Long-Lost Frida Kahlo Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expert-finds-clue-location-long-lost-frida-kahlo-painting-180969225/‘La Mesa Herida’ was last seen in Poland in 1955Fri, 01 Jun 2018 18:52:19 +0000Huge Blue Whale Sighted in the Red Sea for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-whale-was-spotted-red-sea-first-time-180969223/The massive mammals typically spend their summers in polar waters, but are known to occasionally migrate furtherFri, 01 Jun 2018 18:12:06 +0000Remains of 14th-Century Village in New Zealand Tells Tales of Māori Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14th-century-maori-village-found-along-new-zealands-south-pacific-coastline-180969219/The excavation, which unearthed moa bones and stone tools, helps fill a gap for researchersFri, 01 Jun 2018 17:24:21 +0000X-Rays Show That Van Gogh’s Sunflowers Will One Day Wilthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-van-goghs-sunflowers-will-wilt-180969224/A new analysis shows that half of the canvas held in Amsterdam is painted with pigments that darken with exposure to UV lightFri, 01 Jun 2018 16:56:11 +0000The First Phase of San Antonio’s 'Latino High Line' Is Now Open https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-phase-san-antonios-latino-high-line-now-open-180969214/San Pedro Creek became a physical and metaphorical barrier between the city’s white and Latino residents. This project is looking to change thatFri, 01 Jun 2018 15:02:08 +0000Ida O’Keeffe Is Finally Getting Her First Solo Museum Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dallas-exhibition-puts-focus-artwork-georgia-okeeffes-sister-180969210/Georgia O’Keeffe’s younger sister was also an artist, and this fall the Dallas Museum of Art is bringing her work into the spotlightFri, 01 Jun 2018 10:00:00 +0000For the First Time, See Historically Excluded Black Folk Artists at the Methttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-exhibition-features-historically-excluded-group-black-assemblage-artists-180969179/'History Refused to Die' shows off the masterful works made by self-taught artists from the American SouthThu, 31 May 2018 18:25:38 +0000Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows These Reptiles Are The Ultimate Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-lizard-fossil-shows-reptiles-are-ultimate-survivors-180969213/The 250-million-year-old specimen from the Alps suggests that lizards evolved before Earth's largest mass extinction—and thrived after itThu, 31 May 2018 16:54:54 +0000Archaeologists Uncover 20,000-Year-Old Kangaroo Cook Outhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-uncover-20000-year-old-kangaroo-cook-out-180969204/The site in Pilbara is one of many helping to define human movements in AustraliaThu, 31 May 2018 14:00:00 +0000Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-killed-112-pregnant-whales-name-scientific-research-180969205/The country claims the catch is to obtain a range of data on the creaturesWed, 30 May 2018 18:36:44 +0000Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-being-eaten-birds-stick-insects-travel-across-unconnected-lands-180969195/This may explain why the insects, who can't travel far on their own, spread across unconnected landsWed, 30 May 2018 18:14:27 +0000Arlington Cemetery Considers New Rules for Eligibilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arlington-cemetery-considers-new-rules-eligibility-180969196/About 30 burials a day take place at the military cemetery, which is nearing capacityWed, 30 May 2018 17:29:05 +0000Man Attacks Ivan the Terrible Painting, Blames Vodkahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-attacks-ivan-terrible-painting-blames-vodka-180969198/The painting has been a focal point of recent debate around the notorious tsar’s imageWed, 30 May 2018 17:06:18 +0000See Georgia O’Keeffe’s Little-Known Hawaii Paintings Blossom Next to Real Plantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/georgia-okeeffes-little-knwon-hawaii-paintings-blossom-botanical-exhibition-180969177/The show at the New York Botanical Gardens features 300 Hawaiian plant typesWed, 30 May 2018 15:34:25 +0000Is Pluto Actually a Mash-up of a Billion Comets?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-think-pluto-made-billions-comets-180969183/Researchers speculate the beloved dwarf planet could actually be a giant cometWed, 30 May 2018 14:27:31 +0000Exterior Cracks Force Indefinite Closure of the USS Arizona Memorialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cracks-close-uss-arizona-memorial-180969194/Workers are currently assessing the damage to the iconic structure that straddles the sunken shipTue, 29 May 2018 18:19:29 +0000Dinosaurs Had Dandruff, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-had-dandruff-too-180969186/Our ancient feathered friends shed skin in a similar way to modern birds and humansTue, 29 May 2018 18:13:58 +0000Australia Builds World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence to Protect Threatened Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-builds-worlds-largest-cat-proof-fence-protect-threatened-species-180969193/The country’s feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species Tue, 29 May 2018 16:35:32 +0000Europe’s Oldest Known Tree Discovered in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-oldest-known-tree-discovered-italy-180969184/The Heldreich’s pine is 1,230 years oldTue, 29 May 2018 14:57:56 +0000DNA Survey of Life in Loch Ness Will Hunt for Its Monster Residenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-monster-dna-will-help-survey-life-loch-ness-180969151/The goal is to catalog the lake's diversity of life—including any oversized, prehistoric reptilesTue, 29 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000"Holy Grail" of Spanish Treasure Galleons Found Off Colombiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/holy-grail-spanish-treasure-galleons-found-colombia-180969171/The <i>San José</i> went down in 1708 filled with gold, silver and gems now worth billions of dollarsFri, 25 May 2018 19:44:31 +0000Humans Make Up Just 1/10,000 of Earth's Biomasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-make-110000th-earths-biomass-180969141/Plants make up 80 percent, but human activity chopped that number in half over the last 10,000 yearsFri, 25 May 2018 18:28:13 +0000Explore Google's Sweeping Retrospective on Frida Kahlo’s Life and Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-launches-sweeping-retrospective-frida-kahlos-life-and-legacy-180969173/'Faces of Frida' lets visitors interact with paintings, letters, photographs and other artifacts connected to the iconic artistFri, 25 May 2018 16:15:06 +0000Hammerhead Flatworms Have Been Quietly Invading France for Two Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hammerhead-flatworms-have-been-quietly-invading-france-two-decades-180969160/And that could spell trouble for the country’s soilsFri, 25 May 2018 16:01:49 +0000Rare Sighting of Small, Critically Endangered Deer Reported in Vietnamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-report-rare-sighting-small-critically-endangered-deer-vietnam-180969169/The camera trap images of two large-antlered muntjacs offer a glimmer of hope for the speciesFri, 25 May 2018 15:05:07 +0000How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby's Handhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-copper-coin-mummified-babys-hand-180969168/The preemie was buried in a jar in an medieval cemetery with a coin to "pay" for passage into heavenFri, 25 May 2018 14:33:51 +0000New Exhibition Serves Up 150 Years of Canadian Culinary Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-delves-canadas-unique-culinary-history-180969150/'Mixed Messages: Making and Shaping Culinary Culture in Canada' features cookbooks, photos and artifacts from the 1820s to the 1960s Fri, 25 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Seattle’s Iconic Space Needle Unveils New Look After $100 Million Renovationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-iconic-building-unveils-new-look-after-100-million-renovation-180969131/The update allows visitors to experience 360-degree views of the city from the observation deckThu, 24 May 2018 17:34:49 +0000Tape-Removing Gel May Be a Game Changer for Art Restorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tape-removing-gel-may-have-revealed-michelangelo-180969154/The newly developed hydrogel helps dissolve tape adhesive, one of the stickiest challenges for art conservation and restoration expertsThu, 24 May 2018 10:00:00 +0000Zhao Kangmin, the Archaeologist Who Pieced Together China’s Terracotta Warriorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zhao-kangmin-archaeologist-who-pieced-together-chinas-terracotta-warriors-has-died-81-180969153/Kangmin, who died earlier this month, was one of the first archaeologists on the scene when the famed relics were discovered in 1974Wed, 23 May 2018 18:54:17 +0000