Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:49:05 +0000Did Vikings Bury Their Dead in Clothing Bearing the Arabic Word for "Allah"?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-vikings-buried-their-dead-clothing-bearing-arabic-word-allah-180965262/While contact between Vikings and Muslim cultures is well documented, the interpretation of the 10th-century burial cloth has been called into questionFri, 13 Oct 2017 18:29:14 +0000Five Things to Know About Net Neutralityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-net-neutrality-180967317/The Dec. 14 vote will decide whether to reverse the landmark 2015 regulations placed on Internet service providersWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:49:05 +0000Ratko Mladic, Known as the ‘Butcher of Bosnia,’ Found Guilty of War Crimes and Genocidehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ratko-mladic-known-butcher-bosnia-found-guilty-war-crimes-and-genocide-180967314/A United Nations court found that Mladic had directed the murders of thousands of Muslims in the 1990sWed, 22 Nov 2017 20:06:33 +0000Mars' Streaks of Flowing Water May Actually Be Sandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-streaks-flowing-water-may-actually-be-sand-180967312/Scientists have debated for years if—and how much—water could exist on the Red PlanetWed, 22 Nov 2017 18:41:38 +0000The Pilgrims Weren't the First to Celebrate Thanksgivinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pilgrims-werent-first-celebrate-thanksgiving-180967310/Virginia has a claim to an earlier Christian Thanksgiving celebrationWed, 22 Nov 2017 17:50:55 +0000Found: A Rare White Crocodile in Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-rare-white-crocodile-australia-180967304/Its name is PearlWed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Male Humpback Dolphins Woo Mates By Presenting Sponges as Giftshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dolphins-woo-mates-presenting-sponges-and-wearing-them-hats-180967298/They also use "wingmen" and occasionally sport the sponges as hats—but researchers aren't sure just how much game they really haveWed, 22 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Self-Taught Rocket Scientist Will Launch From California This Weekendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/self-taught-rocket-scientist-will-launch-over-california-town-weekend-180967303/Mike Hughes built his homemade rocket in an effort to "prove" the Earth is flat. He also plans to run for governorTue, 21 Nov 2017 21:55:05 +0000Blue Whales Have a Secret Feeding Weapon: Ambidextrousnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambidextrousness-may-be-blue-whales-secret-feeding-weapon-180967299/Though they tend to favor their right side, blue whales can switch to 'left-handedness' while hunting Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:40:14 +0000What Did Virginia’s Jamestown Colonists Eat?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-did-virginias-jamestown-colonists-eat-180967301/So far, researchers have found remains of horses, rats and snakes in a well that dates back to the Starving TimeTue, 21 Nov 2017 20:32:00 +0000You Can't Get Closer to Picasso's "Guernica" Than This 436-Gigabyte Imagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-cant-get-closer-picassos-guernica-436-gigabyte-image-180967294/The new "Rethinking Guernica" website also includes 2,000 documents and photos charting the painting's 80-year historyTue, 21 Nov 2017 20:26:37 +0000100 Stolen John Lennon Items Found in Berlinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-stolen-john-lennon-items-found-berlin-180967292/The trove of memorabilia, which was stolen from Yoko Ono, includes Lennon’s diaries, glasses and handwritten music scoresTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:56:13 +0000Skeleton of a Massive Extinct Sea Cow Found on Siberian Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-extince-sea-cow-skeleton-found-siberian-island-180967291/Remains of the Steller's sea cow shed light on one of the first animals that taught humans about extinction Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:34:33 +0000Why Do We Call TV Watchers ‘Viewers’?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-we-call-tv-watchers-viewers-180967293/It all goes back to a quirky BBC subcommittee working in the 1930s to change the English languageTue, 21 Nov 2017 18:28:09 +0000"Lost" 17th-Century Portrait by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo Found in a Welsh Castlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bartolome-esteban-murillos-17th-century-portrait-was-considered-lost-then-it-was-found-welsh-castle-180967290/The portrait, which depicts a Spanish writer and historian, has now been added to a Murillo exhibition in New YorkTue, 21 Nov 2017 16:13:40 +0000The Peculiar Story of the Witch of Wall Streethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peculiar-story-hetty-green-aka-witch-wall-street-180967258/Walking the streets in black clothes and making obscene amounts of money, Hetty Green was one of the Gilded Age's many charactersTue, 21 Nov 2017 15:51:18 +0000 Voltaire: Enlightenment Philosopher and Lottery Scammerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/voltaire-enlightenment-philosopher-and-lottery-scammer-180967265/The French government was trying to raise money by running a bond lottery, but a group of intellectuals had other ideasTue, 21 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000Watch This Year's Hurricanes Swirl Across the Globe in New NASA Visualizationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-2017s-hurricanes-swirl-across-globe-nasa-visualization-180967284/Scientists combined supercomputer simulations with satellite data tracking particles of sea salt, dust and smoke to create the mesmerizing graphicTue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Your Brain Swells—Then Deflates—While You Learnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-swells-and-then-deflates-when-you-learn-180967274/Researchers hypothesize that the brain "auditions" various cells that form, but only keeps the best of the bestTue, 21 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000How Clogs Damaged the Feet of 19th-Century Dutch Famers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-clogs-damaged-feet-19th-century-dutch-famers-180967275/A study of 132 skeletons revealed bone chips associated with a rare condition Mon, 20 Nov 2017 21:32:45 +0000The First Interstellar Object Seen Buzzing by Earth Is Pretty Weirdhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-details-released-first-interstellar-object-cross-our-solar-system-180967277/Roughly the size of a football field, the object is roughly 10 times longer than it is wideMon, 20 Nov 2017 21:22:40 +0000Keystone XL Pipeline Clears Major Obstacle for Constructionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keystone-xl-pipeline-moves-ahead-nebraska-180967280/The move is the latest development in the long history of the controversial pipelineMon, 20 Nov 2017 20:29:53 +0000The First Thanksgiving Parades Were Riotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-thanksgiving-parades-were-riots-180967256/The Fantastics parades were occasions of sometimes-violent revelryMon, 20 Nov 2017 14:59:29 +0000This Rock Art May Be the Earliest Depiction of Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/8000-year-old-rock-carvings-may-be-earliest-depiction-domesticated-dogs-180967266/The carvings are between 8,000 and 9,000 years old and hint that the creatures may already be heading toward domesticationMon, 20 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Rare Photograph of Billy the Kid Found at a Flea Markethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-rare-photograph-billy-kid-180967259/The tintype image was purchased for $10 but might be worth millionsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:40:51 +0000Presidents From Lincoln to FDR Kept the Thanksgiving Tradition Goinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanksgiving-endures-because-abraham-lincoln-180967254/Lincoln started the process of making it a federal holiday in 1863, crystallizing something that had been around since the days of the PilgrimsFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:24:06 +0000In Attempt to Contact Intelligent Life, Group Sends Musical Signal Toward Planet GJ 273b https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-just-phoned-et-group-sends-musical-signal-toward-planet-gj-273-b-180967260/Though the chances are slim, the team hopes this latest transmission is just the first of manyFri, 17 Nov 2017 19:16:12 +0000Scientists Search for the Most Dangerous Places to Be a Sharkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tool-tracks-interaction-sharks-and-fishing-boats-180967247/In a bid to stop the populations from dwindling, scientists are turning to big dataFri, 17 Nov 2017 17:13:53 +0000The Historic Tail of the Weeki Wachee Mermaidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-tail-weeki-wachee-mermaids-180967209/You can even learn to “mermaid” yourself, if the fancy takes youFri, 17 Nov 2017 16:05:00 +0000Happy 100th Birthday to Marshmallow-Topped Sweet Potato Casserolehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-100-birthday-marshmallow-sweet-potato-180967245/Sweet potato pudding has been a part of American cuisine for a centuryFri, 17 Nov 2017 15:38:29 +0000Newly Discovered Raymond Chandler Story Skewers U.S. Healthcare Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-raymond-chandler-story-skewers-us-healthcare-system-180967253/It’s titled ‘It’s All Right – He Only Died’Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:24:58 +0000How a New Accent Overturned BBC Tradition and Messed With the Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-north-england-voice-overturned-bbc-tradition-180967208/A man with the name of Wilfred Pickles brought regional dialect to the BBC as part of an anti-Nazi-propaganda strategyFri, 17 Nov 2017 14:40:00 +0000Final Piece of Hidden Magritte Masterpiece Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/final-piece-hidden-magritte-masterpiece-found-180967252/X-rays have revealed the last bit of "La Pose Enchantee," which the artist cut up and reused in the early 1930sFri, 17 Nov 2017 13:58:25 +0000Why Critics Are Skeptical about the Record-Smashing $450 Million da Vincihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-painting-sells-record-breaking-450-million-180967246/While the sale of "Salvator Mundi" has generated a considerable amount of excitement, there are doubts about its authenticityThu, 16 Nov 2017 20:10:33 +0000What Makes Bridges Wobble? Your Awkward Walkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-funny-walk-makes-bridges-wobble-180967202/A new study asks: How many people does it takes to set a pedestrian bridge a-swaying?Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:07:19 +0000Lawsuit Seeks "Personhood" for Three Connecticut Elephantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawsuit-contends-three-elephants-are-legal-persons-180967240/An animal advocacy group has filed a petition requesting that the elephants be removed from a traveling zooThu, 16 Nov 2017 19:46:22 +0000These Fall Exhibitions Explore the Origins of Judy Chicago's "Dinner Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-fall-exhibitions-explore-origins-judy-chicagos-dinner-party-180967157/Brooklyn Museum and National Museum of Women in the Arts revisit the artist's celebration of unrecognized women, female bodyThu, 16 Nov 2017 17:19:22 +0000For a Few Decades in the 18th Century, Women and African-Americans Could Vote in New Jerseyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-black-people-and-women-lost-vote-new-jersey-180967186/Then some politicians got angryThu, 16 Nov 2017 16:20:00 +0000The Real-Life Story of Maria von Trapp https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-story-maria-von-trapp-180967182/'The Sound of Music' was based on the true story of her life, but took a few libertiesThu, 16 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000Leonid Meteor Shower Will Streak Through Skies This Weekendhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-ready-leonid-meteor-shower-weekend-180967235/Expect 10 to 25 shooting stars per hour as the planet passes through the debris of comet Tempel-TuttleWed, 15 Nov 2017 19:24:28 +0000Earth-Sized Planet Detected Just 11 Light Years Awayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-has-new-planetary-friend-living-nice-neighborhood-180967233/Orbiting the star Ross 128, our new planetary neighbor is thought to be temperate, with days up to a balmy 68 degrees FahrenheitWed, 15 Nov 2017 18:06:31 +0000New Portrait of Lord Nelson Found, Scars and Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-portrait-lord-nelson-found-scars-and-all-180967205/One of many Nelson portraits by Leonardo Guzzardi, the painting has been restored to include his war wounds Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:43:16 +0000Pictish Carving of Large-Nosed Warrior Found in Scotlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pictish-carving-large-nosed-warrior-found-scotland-180967091/The carving may have marked the property of a high-ranking individual Wed, 15 Nov 2017 15:58:26 +0000How the 1970s Created Recycling As We Know Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1970s-created-recycling-we-know-it-180967179/People recycled before then, but for different reasonsWed, 15 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000Oldest Evidence of Wine Making Found in Georgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-wine-making-found-georgia-180967199/The discovery of grape residues on pottery suggest Neolithic people had a taste for wine 8,000 years agoTue, 14 Nov 2017 18:19:04 +0000The Story of the Sperry Top-Siderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-sperry-top-sider-180967175/Paul A. Sperry's innovative boat shoes were inspired by his dogTue, 14 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000A Year Before His Presidential Debate, JFK Foresaw How TV Would Change Politicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jfk-had-say-about-tv-politics-180967172/Television's first iconic president was remarkably prescient on the subject of TVTue, 14 Nov 2017 13:57:00 +0000U.S. Hate Crimes Ticked Upward in 2016https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-hate-crimes-ticked-upward-2016-180967196/The latest FBI stats show a 4.6 percent rise, but crimes may be underreported by a factor of 50Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:48:08 +0000Global Carbon Emissions on the Rise After Three-Year Pausehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-carbon-emissions-set-rise-after-three-year-pause-180967193/An uptick in China and U.S. coal use is expected to make 2017 the year of greatest emissions yetMon, 13 Nov 2017 18:26:43 +0000Rare Roman Sundial Uncovered in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-roman-sundial-uncovered-italy-1-180967171/Commissioned by a local politician, it sheds light on the relationship between Rome and its outlying territoriesMon, 13 Nov 2017 18:18:01 +0000This Film Version of 'Treasure Island' Gave Us Our Image of Pirateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/film-version-treasure-island-gave-us-our-image-pirates-180967149/Avast, you lubbers!Mon, 13 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000Students Allied Themselves With Robin Hood During This Anti-McCarthyism Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-allied-themselves-robin-hood-during-1950s-anti-mccarthyism-movement-180967156/The students of the Green Feather Movement caused an on-campus controversy at Indiana UniversityMon, 13 Nov 2017 15:30:00 +0000Conservationists Give New Life to 350-Year-Old Map of Australia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conservationists-give-new-life-350-year-old-map-australia-180967184/Created in 1663, the map reflects early knowledge of a mysterious continentMon, 13 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Wounds Heal Faster During the Day Than at Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-cut-yourself-night-heres-why-180967180/A new study suggests that you should consider staying away from sharp objects at nightFri, 10 Nov 2017 21:25:51 +0000Russian Local Discovers Frozen Remains of Extinct Cave Lion Cubhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-local-discovers-frozen-remains-extinct-cave-lion-cub-180967183/The lion died up to 50,000 years ago, but was found perfectly preserved in the frosty groundFri, 10 Nov 2017 19:03:02 +0000Dinosaurs Might Be Alive Today If the Asteroid Had Hit Another Locationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-might-be-alive-today-if-asteroid-had-hit-another-location-180967181/Only a fraction of the Earth’s surface contained the right amount of hydrocarbons to trigger the mass extinction, a new study saysFri, 10 Nov 2017 18:41:12 +0000Archivist Captures New York’s Bygone Past Through Home Movies, Historical Footage https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-landscapes-captures-new-yorks-bygone-past-through-home-movies-archival-footage-180967165/Rick Prelinger seeks to capture ephemeral portraits of city lifeFri, 10 Nov 2017 18:22:58 +0000 In the Early Years of the AIDS Epidemic, Families Got Help From an Unlikely Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-years-aids-epidemic-families-got-help-unlikely-source-180967144/'An Early Frost' was a made-for-TV movie with a purpose beyond entertainmentFri, 10 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000How the Trial and Death of Henry Wirz Shaped Post-Civil War Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-trial-and-death-henry-wirz-shaped-post-civil-war-america-180967139/A monument to Wirz still stands not far from the Confederate prison camp he commandedFri, 10 Nov 2017 15:20:00 +0000Five Things To Know About the New Louvre Abu Dhabihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-louvre-abu-dhabi-180967164/It boasts an impressive rooftop, 55 buildings and a collection of more than 600 artworks—but it has been mired in controversy from the startFri, 10 Nov 2017 14:49:48 +0000Five Things To Know About Liliuokalani, the Last Queen of Hawaiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-liliuokalani-last-queen-hawaii-180967155/The queen, who was deposed by a coup led by American sugar planters, died 100 years ago, but is by no means forgottenFri, 10 Nov 2017 13:57:51 +0000A "Zombie" Star Is Refusing to Diehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-star-refusing-die-180967174/The supernova has been flaring for more than 600 days—and it may be the second time that the star has explodedThu, 09 Nov 2017 20:41:23 +0000Chopin’s Preserved Heart May Offer Clues About His Deathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chopins-preserved-heart-may-offer-clues-about-his-death-180967168/Scientists who recently examined the organ have suggested that Chopin died of complications from tuberculosisThu, 09 Nov 2017 20:18:43 +0000Take in the Surreal Beauty of Jupiter in These Incredible New Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-probe-takes-incredible-jupiter-images-during-latest-fly--180967167/NASA released the raw data earlier this week, allowing the public to process the beautiful imagesThu, 09 Nov 2017 19:07:48 +0000EPA Approves Use of Lab-Grown Mosquitoes in the Battle Against Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lab-grown-mosquitoes-are-epas-newest-disease-fighting-weapon-180967151/The bacterium-infected mosquitoes will be released in 20 states and D.C. to curb growing mosquito populationsThu, 09 Nov 2017 16:17:11 +0000Like Condensed Milk? Try the ‘Meat Biscuit’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/condensed-milk-try-meat-biscuit-180967095/The meat biscuit was a practical idea but Gail Borden, also the inventor of condensed milk, never made it workThu, 09 Nov 2017 14:30:00 +0000Three Things to Know About Benjamin Banneker's Pioneering Careerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-astronomer-benjamin-bannekers-pioneering-career-180967136/Banneker was a successful almanac-maker and self-taught student of mathematics and astronomyThu, 09 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000The True Story of the German-Jewish High Jumper Who Was Barred From the Berlin Olympicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/true-story-german-jewish-high-jumper-who-was-barred-berlin-olympics-180967154/A new Olympic Channel documentary explores Margaret Lambert's stunted path to Olympic glory—and her resilience in the face of persecution Wed, 08 Nov 2017 21:06:38 +0000Scientists Trained Sheep to Recognize Faces of Emma Watson, Barack Obamahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-sheep-have-learned-recognize-faces-emma-watson-barack-obama-180967153/Baaa-rack Obama, if you willWed, 08 Nov 2017 19:58:00 +0000Pop-Up VR Museum to Bring Dutch and Flemish Masterpieces to the Masseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inside-pop-vr-museum-bringing-rembrandt-dutch-and-flemish-masterpieces-art-lovers-180967106/The Kremer Museum was imagined up after its creators grew disillusioned with constraints associated with showcasing a collection in a physical buildingWed, 08 Nov 2017 19:24:14 +0000Astronomers Spot One of the Oldest Galaxies in the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-have-discovered-one-oldest-objects-universe-180967145/The dusty, star-forming galaxy is 12.8 billion years oldWed, 08 Nov 2017 19:02:07 +0000Syria Joins the Paris Agreement—the U.S. Now Stands Alone in Oppositionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syria-announces-plan-join-paris-agreement-180967150/The announcement comes on the heels of Nicaragua agreeing to the accordsWed, 08 Nov 2017 18:14:08 +0000Barnes Foundation Launches Digital Gallery of Its Amazing Art Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barnes-foundation-launches-digital-gallery-its-amazing-impressionist-and-early-modern-collection-180967108/Historically infamous for being inaccessible to the public, the foundation has now published images of almost half of its collection onlineWed, 08 Nov 2017 18:05:21 +0000A Union Captain Nearly Dragged the British Into the Civil War In 1861https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/during-civil-war-us-almost-went-war-britain-too-180967094/As if the country didn't have enough to worry aboutWed, 08 Nov 2017 15:00:00 +0000Composer Kurt Weill's Long-Forgotten “Song of the White Cheese" Discovered in Berlin Archivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-song-composer-kurt-weill-180967140/Listen to the 1931 ditty, which had gone unnoticed in the collection of a little-known actressWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Hermann Rorschach’s Artistic Obsession Led to His Famous Test https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hermann-rorschachs-artistic-obsession-led-his-famous-test-180967088/Rorschach's high school nickname was "Kleck," which means "inkblot" in GermanWed, 08 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Masterpiece of Greek Art Found in the Griffin Warrior Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/masterpiece-greek-art-found-griffin-warrior-tomb-180967141/The engraving on the Pylos Combat Agate is so tiny and intricate that it changes our understanding of what the ancient Greeks could produceTue, 07 Nov 2017 21:01:25 +0000Central Park Has No Monuments Dedicated to Real Women. That's About to Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-monuments-real-women-thats-about-to-change-180967142/The future site was dedicated during the state's centennial of women's suffrage; the State of New York also will build two statues of suffrage leadersTue, 07 Nov 2017 20:10:00 +0000Critically Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Dies After Capture in Latest Rescue Efforthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/critically-endangered-vaquita-porpoise-dies-after-capture-180967143/Conservationists are attemping a risky last-ditch plan to move the remaining creatures to a sanctuary in the Gulf of CaliforniaTue, 07 Nov 2017 19:50:38 +0000When the Dinos Went Away, Mammals Came Out (in Daylight) to Playhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-dinosaurs-went-away-mammals-came-out-play-180967138/While it's challenging to imply one caused the other, a new study shows that mammals came into the light of day soon after the dinos disappearedTue, 07 Nov 2017 18:39:52 +0000Germany’s Central Bank Funds Investigation Into Its Nazi Tieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germanys-central-bank-funds-investigation-its-nazi-ties-180967134/Researchers have already uncovered a damning letter from one of the bank's former presidentsTue, 07 Nov 2017 18:10:31 +0000 When Enslaved People Commandeered a Ship and Hightailed it to Freedom in the Bahamashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slave-revolt-ended-128-enslaved-people-free-bahamas-180967070/It's been called the most successful slave rebellion in U.S. historyTue, 07 Nov 2017 17:00:00 +0000The Third-Term Controversy That Gave the Republican Party Its Symbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/third-term-controversy-gave-republican-party-its-symbol-180967079/The elephant and the donkey as symbols for America's biggest political parties date back to the 1800s and this controversyTue, 07 Nov 2017 16:00:00 +0000Three Quirky Facts About Marie Curiehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-quirky-facts-about-marie-curie-180967075/In honor of her 150th birthday, let's review a few lesser-known pieces of her personal historyTue, 07 Nov 2017 15:12:14 +0000Hundreds of Sea Turtles Found Dead Off the Coast of El Salvadorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-sea-turtles-found-dead-el-salvador-180967105/Authorities aren't sure what caused the die-off, but a prime suspect is a toxic algal bloomTue, 07 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000Our Nearest Neighbor Might Harbor Its Own Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-nearest-neighbor-may-have-its-own-solar-system-180967103/New data from Proxima Centauri shows it has a ring of cold dust—a sign that many planets may orbit the distant starMon, 06 Nov 2017 19:53:08 +0000Brazil Begins Effort to Plant 73 Million Trees in the Amazonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazil-begins-effort-plant-73-million-trees-amazon-180967086/The experiment in reforestation involves spreading native seeds instead of planting saplingsMon, 06 Nov 2017 17:55:42 +0000200 Artifacts of Witchcraft Cast a Spell in Cornell's “The World Bewitch’d” https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-features-200-items-cornells-witchcraft-collection-180967073/The exhibit, full of manuscripts, photographs and posters, highlights the history of witchcraft in EuropeMon, 06 Nov 2017 15:47:45 +0000John Philip Sousa Feared ‘The Menace of Mechanical Music’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-philip-sousa-feared-menace-mechanical-music-180967063/Wonder what he’d say about SpotifyMon, 06 Nov 2017 14:10:00 +0000Found: A New Species of Orangutan https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-new-species-orangutan-180967083/But it's thought to be already critically endangeredFri, 03 Nov 2017 19:13:25 +0000The Ozone Hole Is the Smallest It's Been in 30 Years—But We Can't Take Credithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ozone-hole-smallest-30-years-though-humanity-cant-take-credit-180967082/Warming in the stratosphere has kept away ozone-killing chemicals, reducing annual thinning for the last two yearsFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:54:32 +0000Most Antiquities Sold Online Are Fake or Illegalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-antiquities-sold-online-are-fake-or-illegal-180967062/Social media and ISIS have combined to flood the web with thousands of questionable artifactsFri, 03 Nov 2017 17:52:01 +0000Clues for Earthquake Prediction May Be Hiding in Earth's Molten Corehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-earths-molten-core-power-earthquake-cycle-180967054/Researchers propose that irregularities in the core's rotation could spawn clusters of major quakesFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:18:49 +0000Harriet Tubman’s Canadian Church Is Struggling to Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harriet-tubmans-canadian-church-struggling-survive-180967061/The Salem Chapel in St. Catharines, Ontario, is in desperate need of repairsFri, 03 Nov 2017 16:10:36 +0000The Poetic Tale of Literary Outlaw Black Barthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poetic-tale-literary-outlaw-black-bart-180965356/Stagecoach robber Charles Bole took the inspiration for his pseudonym from pulp fictionFri, 03 Nov 2017 15:48:13 +0000This Sea Slug Has a Crafty Way of Getting Super-Sized Meals https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-slug-has-crafty-way-getting-super-sized-meals-180967072/These colorful creatures prefer to feast on prey that has just eatenFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Watch the Winners of the 2017 Dance Your Ph.D. Competitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-winners-2017-dance-your-phd-competition-180967068/From sea stars to mathematical braids, scientists translate their work into hot moves and killer choreographyFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Corals Seem to Like the "Taste" of Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coral-eats-plastic-because-it-tastes-good-180967047/Corals are attracted to the material not for its coloring, but for one of its many chemicalsFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Can a Sandwich Be Intellectual Property?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-sandwich-be-intellectual-property-180965359/This is the story of a patent war over PB&JFri, 03 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Stopping the Aging Process May Be Mathematically Impossiblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stopping-aging-process-mathematically-impossible-180967046/Researchers find that removing low-functioning cells can slow aging—but allows cancer cells to proliferateThu, 02 Nov 2017 19:35:26 +0000Noisy Colonies Help Bat Babies Learn Different Dialectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noisy-colonies-help-bat-babies-learn-different-dialects-180967051/A new study has found that baby bats mimic the vocalizations that surround them Thu, 02 Nov 2017 19:32:54 +0000Four-Horned Giraffe Ancestor Unearthed in Spainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-specie-rewrites-giraffe-family-tree-180967059/The fossil is an unusually complete individual of an ancient giraffid speciesThu, 02 Nov 2017 19:16:30 +0000Envisioning Vermeer, Master of Genre Painting, at the National Gallery of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/envisioning-vermeer-master-genre-painting-national-gallery-art-180967043/Exhibition explores the Dutch artist's connections with his contemporariesThu, 02 Nov 2017 19:03:18 +0000Storm Ophelia Unearthed an Ancient Skeleton in Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storm-ophelia-unearthed-ancient-skeleton-ireland-180965365/Some of the skeleton’s skin was still preservedThu, 02 Nov 2017 18:13:43 +0000What Does Post-9/11 Art Mean? Imperial War Museum Explores the Question in 'Age of Terror'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imperial-war-museums-age-terror-exhibition-examines-art-post-911-world-180967057/Works by Ai Weiwei, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Coco Fusco respond to contemporary violence and conflictThu, 02 Nov 2017 17:26:18 +0000Why Saudi Arabia Giving a Robot Citizenship Is Firing People Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saudi-arabia-gives-robot-citizenshipand-more-freedoms-human-women-180967007/Saudi Arabia’s newest citizen is a robot named Sophia and she already has more rights than human women who live in the countryThu, 02 Nov 2017 16:17:31 +0000Archaeologists Date Pre-Hispanic Puerto Rican Rock Art for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-date-puerto-rican-rock-art-first-time-180967050/A new analysis looks at the thousands of images found in caves on Mona Island, a spiritual hub for the Taino cultureThu, 02 Nov 2017 15:31:32 +0000Jupiter's Auroras Are Surprisingly Out of Synchttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-auroras-arent-same-wavelength-180967035/X-ray bursts from the poles are expected to line up, but the south is regular while the north produces haphazard burstsThu, 02 Nov 2017 14:07:56 +0000New York City Is Asking Its Residents for Input on Controversial Statueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-survey-quell-controversy-surrounding-new-yorks-monuments-180967039/A seven-question survey allows respondents to propose action regarding existing works, suggest new monumentsThu, 02 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Australia Will Ban Climbing Uluru, a Sacred Indigenous Site, in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-ban-climbing-uluru-rock-sacred-indigenous-site-180967044/The long-awaited move honors Anangu beliefs, which hold that ancestral beings reside inside the rockWed, 01 Nov 2017 18:40:16 +0000The Public Can Finally See Works From the Infamous Nazi-Looted Art Trovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/works-nazi-looted-art-trove-will-be-publicly-displayed-first-time-180967020/Two exhibitions are exploring the treasures and context behind the cache of "degenerate" art uncovered in a Munich apartment in 2012Wed, 01 Nov 2017 18:15:00 +0000Revisiting the Myth of Mata Hari, From Sultry Spy to Government Scapegoat https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revisiting-myth-mata-hari-sultry-spy-government-scapegoat-180967013/One hundred years after her death, a new exhibit is putting the spotlight on the dancer’s life and legacyWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:26:15 +0000 This New Zealand Island’s Pigeon Mail Stamps Are Still Prizedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-islands-pigeon-mail-stamps-are-still-prized-180965342/Pigeons carried correspondence between Great Barrier Island and the New Zealand mainland for about a decade in the early 20th centuryWed, 01 Nov 2017 16:14:45 +0000America's Oldest Museum of Black Culture Started in a Living Roomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-oldest-museum-black-culture-started-living-room-180965354/The DuSable Museum of African American History was founded by Margaret Taylor-Burroughs, born on this day in 1915Wed, 01 Nov 2017 15:54:45 +0000Now You Can Read the Stamp-Sized Story That May Have Inspired Virginia Woolf's "Orlando"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniature-book-penned-virginia-woolfs-lover-and-muse-published-first-time-180967036/Vita Sackville-West's hero predates and mirrors Woolf's androgynous time-travelerWed, 01 Nov 2017 14:20:32 +0000The Creator of Sherlock Holmes Was, Like Many Victorians, Fascinated by Mormonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-arthur-conan-doyle-fascinated-mormons-180965353/The first story featuring iconic detective Sherlock Holmes, 'A Study in Scarlet,' was published on this day in 1887—and set in Mormon UtahWed, 01 Nov 2017 14:03:00 +0000Why Did Dozens of Octopuses Crawl Onto a Beach in Wales?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-dozens-octopuses-crawl-beach-wales-180967040/Scientists aren’t sure, but recent storms or burgeoning populations might be to blameWed, 01 Nov 2017 13:00:00 +0000Growing Ice Cracks Force Shutdown of Antarctic Research Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crack-closes-antarctic-research-station-second-winter-180967028/The British Antarctic Survey's Halley VI research station will close for the second year due to cracking of the iceWed, 01 Nov 2017 10:00:00 +0000Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots Found Hidden Beneath Another Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/portrait-mary-queen-scots-found-hidden-beneath-another-painting-180967009/The politically dangerous work was painted over by Adrian Vanson two year after the queen's executionTue, 31 Oct 2017 21:03:28 +0000Dennis Banks, Native American Civil Rights Warrior, Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dennis-banks-native-american-civil-rights-warrior-has-died-180967037/He rose to national attention after spearheading a 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee, South DakotaTue, 31 Oct 2017 20:31:19 +0000Roman Mosaic, Long Used as a Coffee Table, Returned To Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-mosaic-long-used-coffee-table-returned-italy-180966968/The mosaic hails from a “pleasure ship” built by the notorious emperor Caligula Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:27:28 +0000Understanding the Doping Controversy That's Hit Sled Dog Racinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doping-controversy-comes-sled-dog-racing-180966937/Four-time Iditarod champion Dallas Seavey's dogs tested positive for banned substances, but Seavey claims it was sabotageTue, 31 Oct 2017 18:28:50 +0000Linda Nochlin, Pioneering Feminist Art Historian, Has Died https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/linda-nochlin-pioneering-feminist-art-historian-has-died-180967018/Nochlin is best known for a 1971 essay theorizing that social institutions—and not a lack of talent—held women back in the art worldTue, 31 Oct 2017 17:41:21 +0000An A.I. Bot Named "Shelley" Is Generating Spooky Stories on Twitterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/i-bot-named-shelley-generating-spooky-stories-twitter-180967026/And you're invited to collaborate on her very weird talesTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:33:25 +0000Unpublished Harper Lee Letters Purchased at Auction Share Intimate Reflectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unpublished-harper-lee-letters-go-auction-180966967/The letters from the <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i> scribe include remembrances of Hollywood celebrities, a bit of history and some sassTue, 31 Oct 2017 16:09:47 +0000Celebrate Halloween With These Unsettling Sounds From Outer Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-halloween-these-unsettling-sounds-outer-space-180967023/NASA's new SoundCloud playlist captures the sounds of planets, comets and plasma wavesTue, 31 Oct 2017 15:38:20 +0000Spiders Give You the Heebie Jeebies? You Might Be Born With That Fearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-babies-are-creeped-out-spiders-and-snakes-180967011/New research shows that even babies are creeped out by these wriggly crittersTue, 31 Oct 2017 14:49:21 +0000A Short History of the Crosswalkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/short-history-crosswalk-180965339/Pedestrian crosswalks and roads have a complicated relationshipTue, 31 Oct 2017 14:35:18 +0000In Emotional Homecoming, Smithsonian Repatriates 24 Sets of Human Remainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-repatriates-24-sets-human-remains-alaskan-community-180966927/Collected by an anthropologist in 1931, the National Museum of Natural History returned the bones to the village of IgiugigTue, 31 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Carbon Dioxide Levels Reached Record High in 2016https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carbon-dioxide-levels-reached-record-high-2016-180967006/World Meteorological Organization reports that current atmospheric CO2 concentrations are at their highest level in 800,000 yearsMon, 30 Oct 2017 17:22:40 +0000Thirty-Three Migratory Species Get New Protectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-three-migratory-species-get-new-protections-180967005/Among the newly protected creatures are lions, chimpanzees, giraffes and whale sharksMon, 30 Oct 2017 17:00:50 +0000Zombie Movies Are Never Really About Zombieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-movies-are-never-really-about-zombies-180965321/Zombies have offered a way to work out cultural fears about everything from race to climate changeMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:20:00 +0000How New Printing Technology Gave Witches Their Familiar Silhouettehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-printing-technology-gave-witches-their-familiar-silhouette-180965331/Popular media helped give witches their imageMon, 30 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Getting to the Roots of "Plant Horror"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getting-roots-plant-horror-180965323/From the serious—pod people—to the farcical—”feed me, feed me!”—this genre has produced some strange stuffMon, 30 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Trump Declares the Opioid Crisis a Public Health Emergency. What Does That Mean?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trump-declares-opioid-crisis-public-health-emergency-180966998/Critics say that his plan falls short of the drastic—and costly—effort required to effectively combat the crisis Fri, 27 Oct 2017 17:47:00 +0000The Comic Artists Who Inspired Roy Lichtenstein Aren't Too Thrilled About Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comics-behind-roy-lichtenstein-180966994/Lichtenstein's use of comic art and styles made him one of America's most famous pop artists, but some have comic artists have a bad taste in their mouthsFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0000These Two Small Letters Heralded the Beginning of Online Communicationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-small-letters-heralded-beginning-online-communication-180965327/Their message is far more profound in retrospect than it was at the timeFri, 27 Oct 2017 13:10:00 +0000Watch This RoboBee Surge From Water to Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-robobee-surge-water-sky-180966995/Researcher hope that someday similar robots could help with everything from biological monitoring to search and rescueFri, 27 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Unearth Near-Complete Marine Reptile Fossil in Indiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/surprising-discovery-near-complete-marine-reptile-fossil-india-180966993/Palaeontologists have unearthed the remains of an ichthyosaur, a prehistoric creature more frequently seen in North America and Europe Fri, 27 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Out-of-This-World Facts for International Observe the Moon Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-international-observe-moon-night-five-fun-facts-our-celestial-buddy-180966991/This Saturday, people around the world will be gazing up at the glowing orb in the skyFri, 27 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Even Without Ears, Oysters Can Hear Our Noise Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earless-oysters-can-still-hear-our-noise-pollution-180966990/Study shows that certain frequencies of noise cause oysters to clam upFri, 27 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Are Viking Squirrels to Blame for Infecting England with Leprosy?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-viking-squirrels-brought-leprosy-england-180966986/It's possible, say researchers who found that medieval strains of the disease may have come to Great Britain in the rodents' fur and meatThu, 26 Oct 2017 20:27:22 +0000The History of Mincemeat Pies, from the Crusades to Christmashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crusades-christmas-history-mincemeat-pies-180966981/Mentioned by Shakespeare, allegedly banned by Puritans, and enjoyed by many still, these traditional treats have a long history in English cuisineThu, 26 Oct 2017 19:01:46 +0000This Ancient Skull May Have Belonged to The World's Oldest Tsunami Victimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skull-may-be-oldest-known-tsunami-victim-180966982/A new study says Papua New Guinea's Aitape skull is from someone who died in a massive ocean wave 6,000 years agoThu, 26 Oct 2017 18:57:39 +0000Rare Mariner’s Astrolabe Found in Shipwreck Near Omanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mariners-astrolabe-found-shipwreck-near-oman-2-180966980/Contrary to some reports, it may not be the earliest-known marine navigational tool—but it's still a spectacular findThu, 26 Oct 2017 18:24:57 +0000The National Park Service Is Proposing Entrance Fee Increases at Select Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-park-service-proposing-entrance-fee-increases-select-parks-180966969/The NPS says it need to address a maintenance backlog, and has opened the proposal up to a 30-day public comment periodWed, 25 Oct 2017 21:37:29 +0000The Boston Public Library Is Digitizing 200,000 Vintage Recordingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-public-library-will-digitize-200000-vintage-recordings-180966931/With the help of the Internet Archive, the recordings from the Sound Archives Collection will one day be available for free streaming and downloadWed, 25 Oct 2017 20:18:13 +0000Pablo Neruda Did Not Die of Cancer, Raising the Possibility He Was Murderedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pablo-neruda-did-not-die-cancer-raising-possibility-he-was-murdered-180966924/The Nobel-prize winning Chilean poet died 2 weeks after the brutal Pinochet regime took power in his countryWed, 25 Oct 2017 19:55:58 +0000Einstein's Maxims on Life Fetch $1.8 Million at Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/einsteins-brief-maxims-life-sell-18-million-180966964/The notes were given as a tip to a Tokyo bellboy in 1922Wed, 25 Oct 2017 19:39:00 +0000This Artist Is Crowdsourcing "Singing" Sand From Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-crowdsourcing-sand-around-world-recreate-sound-singing-deserts-180966966/Amsterdam-based artist Lotte Geeven is making sand symphonies for a public artwork debuting next springWed, 25 Oct 2017 19:29:05 +000020 Years Ago, an Iconically Quirky St. Louis Museum Openedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/20-years-ago-iconically-quirky-st-louis-museum-opened-180966962/A veritable playhouse of salvaged materials and crafted objects, the City Museum has entertained the young and young at heart for two decadesWed, 25 Oct 2017 18:54:47 +0000Bacterial Infections Spread in Storm-Ravaged Puerto Rico and Texashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bacterial-infections-spread-storm-ravaged-puerto-rico-and-texas-180966938/In the wake of Hurricanes Maria and Harvey, bacterial infections threaten communities struggling to rebuildWed, 25 Oct 2017 17:34:27 +0000Shrews Shrink Their Skulls and Brains for the Winterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shrews-skull-and-brain-shrink-winter-1-180966922/The tiny animal have some surprising reactions to the changing seasonsWed, 25 Oct 2017 16:04:47 +0000Ancient Trees "Ripped Their Skeletons Apart" To Growhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-trees-ripped-their-skeletons-apart-grow-180966925/Cross-sections of 374-million-year-old tree trunks revealed a complex web of woody strands that split and repaired themselvesWed, 25 Oct 2017 14:38:04 +0000Surprising Footage Captures Arctic Jellyfish Lurking Under the Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-rare-arctic-jellyfish-lurking-under-ice-180966926/The creatures were previously thought not tough enough to survive the harsh wintersWed, 25 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Need Your Help Peeping on the Lugworm’s Weird Mating Habitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-help-peep-lugworms-weird-mating-habits-180966919/UK scientists are recruiting volunteers to look for the critters’ “sperm pools”Tue, 24 Oct 2017 20:44:18 +0000Google Earth Leads to Discovery of 400 Stone "Gates" in Saudi Arabiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earth-leads-discovery-400-stone-gates-saudi-arabia-180965364/Amateur researchers first came across the rock structures in 2004. Four years later, after seeing them again on Google Earth, they decided to investigateTue, 24 Oct 2017 19:58:22 +0000Archaeologists Discover Trove of Cuneiform Tablets in Northern Iraqhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-cuneiform-tablets-northern-iraq-180966923/Many of the 93 artifacts were unbaked and badly worn, making reading and translating the tablets a lengthy taskTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:58:20 +0000The Acoustics of Ancient Greek Theaters Aren't What They Used to Behttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/acoustics-ancient-greek-theaters-may-no-longer-be-so-great-180965360/The sound quality in ancient times was likely much better than it is todayTue, 24 Oct 2017 16:29:25 +0000How Mosquitoes Sneak Away After Feasting on Your Bloodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mosquitoes-sneak-away-after-feasting-your-blood-180965362/Special wingbeats and long legs help mosquitoes take off without getting smushedTue, 24 Oct 2017 16:28:13 +0000This Gallery Is Dedicated to Coal Miners' Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mining-art-gallery-opens-uk-town-180965348/The Mining Art Gallery showcases works created by the thousands of miners who've lived and worked in the Great Northern CoalfieldTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:50:42 +0000Stephen Hawking's PhD Thesis Goes Online, Crashing Internet Servershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stephen-hawkings-phd-thesis-goes-online-180966918/After less than a day on the internet, it racked up 60,000 downloadsTue, 24 Oct 2017 15:22:06 +0000The Search for Habitable Worlds Just Got a Boosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-model-helps-search-habitable-worlds-180966917/More realistic simulations of the atmosphere of far-flung planets are helping researchers sort out the best candidates for possible lifeTue, 24 Oct 2017 14:59:55 +0000How Boris Pasternak Won and Lost the Nobel Prizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-boris-pasternak-won-and-lost-nobel-prize-180965368/Today in 1958, the "Doctor Zhivago" author won the Nobel Prize, but the Soviets made sure he never got itMon, 23 Oct 2017 21:02:20 +0000Five Things to Know About the Yellowstone Supervolcanohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-yellowstone-supervolcano-180965345/There's no need to worry: It's unlikely it will blow anytime soonMon, 23 Oct 2017 20:11:12 +0000Chemistry Nerds Rejoice—It's Mole Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemistry-nerds-rejoiceits-mole-day-180965358/Named for a unit of atomic particles, this decades-old quirky holiday seeks to raise enthusiasm for chemistry with cakes, crafts and a lot of bad jokesMon, 23 Oct 2017 17:37:37 +0000Songbook From the 16th-Century Spells Out Samurai Customs, Tactics and Baby Nameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbook-16th-century-spells-out-samurai-customs-tactics-and-baby-names-180965361/The newly translated Japanese text offers kernels of advice to warriors who had yet to face battleMon, 23 Oct 2017 16:55:28 +0000Saber-toothed Cats May Have Co-Existed With Modern Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saber-toothed-cats-may-have-co-existed-modern-humans-180965349/They also share an ancestor will all living catsMon, 23 Oct 2017 15:43:14 +0000Remains of Temple to Ramses II Discovered Near Cairohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-powerful-egyptian-pharaoh-discovered-180965325/The recent find was five years in the makingFri, 20 Oct 2017 21:14:46 +0000One in Six Global Deaths Linked to Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-six-global-deaths-linked-pollution-180965347/A new report suggests that pollution led to the deaths of nine million people in 2015Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:22:00 +0000Roman Theater Uncovered Near Jerusalem's Western Wallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roman-theater-uncovered-near-jerusalems-wailing-wall-180965307/Never finished or used, the small theater has been sought for more than a century by archaeologistsFri, 20 Oct 2017 19:53:21 +0000Thousands of Turkish Frogs Rescued From Smugglershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-turkish-frogs-were-rescued-smugglers-180965344/A delicacy often exported to European countries, frogs are a tightly regulated commodity in the countryFri, 20 Oct 2017 18:54:00 +0000California Becomes First State to Introduce Gender-Neutral Birth Certificateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-becomes-first-state-introduce-gender-neutral-birth-certificates-180965343/The new law also makes it easier for residents to legally change their sex designationFri, 20 Oct 2017 18:42:15 +0000Barack Obama's Letters From Three Decades Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barack-obama-letters-35-years-ago-180965335/As a striving college student and recent graduate, letters by the future president depict a man coming to terms with his identity and futureFri, 20 Oct 2017 18:09:36 +0000Fido's Making That Puppy Face on Purpose—He's Trying to Tell You Somethinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-dogs-use-facial-expressions-bond-us-180965333/A new study suggests dogs use their facial expressions to communicateFri, 20 Oct 2017 17:40:40 +0000Stone Age Britons Feasted While Building Stonehengehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-britons-feasted-hard-while-building-stonehenge-180965324/A new exhibit shows that the builders gorged on animals from as far away as ScotlandFri, 20 Oct 2017 16:48:25 +0000Look Up: The Orionid Meteor Shower Will Streak Through Skies This Weekend https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-orionid-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-180965340/Bits of Halley's Comet are raining down on Earth, and the show will peak in the wee hours of Saturday morningFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:57:50 +00003-D Printed Cycling Bridge Unveiled in the Netherlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printed-cycling-bridge-unveiled-netherlands-180965330/It is reportedly the first-ever civil infrastructure project built with a 3-D printerFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:20:50 +0000These Dummies Gave Us a Crash Course on Auto Safetyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dummies-gave-us-crash-course-auto-safety-180965313/Many of your car's safety features owe a lot to these inanimate peopleFri, 20 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000JFK Faked a Cold to Get Back to Washington During the Cuban Missile Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jfk-faked-cold-get-back-washington-during-cuban-missile-crisis-180965308/The president was in Chicago when he got the news that he needed to make a decisionFri, 20 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Over Three Quarters of Flying Insects Disappear From German Nature Preserveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-preserves-see-76-percent-decline-flying-insects-180965328/A combination of habitat loss, pesticide use and climate change may be behind the dramatic three-decade declineFri, 20 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Declassified Records Show U.S. Knew About, Supported 1965 Massacre in Indonesia https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/declassified-records-show-us-knew-about-supported-1965-massacre-indonesia-180965326/One cable referred to the brutal transition of power as a "fantastic switch"Thu, 19 Oct 2017 19:34:06 +0000Latest AI Teaches Itself to Play Go With No Human Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/latest-ai-teaches-itself-play-games-no-human-help-180965322/DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero taught itself how to play Go, becoming the greatest player in history in just 40 daysThu, 19 Oct 2017 17:31:10 +0000After 149 Years, Thailand's Royal Puppets Dance Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thai-royal-funeral-showcase-lost-puppetry-art-180965315/The ancient art of Hun Luang all but vanished until passionate artisans revived the style in time for the late king’s royal funeralThu, 19 Oct 2017 17:24:27 +0000All But Two Adélie Penguin Chicks Die in "Catastrophic" Breeding Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-two-adelie-penguin-chicks-survive-after-catastrophic-breeding-season-180965319/A WWF official described it as "Tarantino does Happy Feet"Thu, 19 Oct 2017 15:57:41 +0000First 'Negative Emissions' Plant Opens in Iceland, Turning Atmospheric CO2 Into Stonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-negative-emissions-plant-opens-iceland-180965270/The plant's operators hope to halt the warming of the Earth, but many challenges remain for the plan to work on a large scaleThu, 19 Oct 2017 15:41:50 +0000"Lost" Rodin Sculpture Discovered in New Jersey Borough Hallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-rodin-sculpture-discovered-new-jersey-borough-hall-180965314/It took decades for someone to notice the artist’s signature, which was facing the wallThu, 19 Oct 2017 15:31:20 +0000Tragedy and Beauty of Nature on Display in This Year's Best Wildlife Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-2017s-best-wildlife-photos-180965311/The 16 award-winning images range from whimsical birds to the tragic aftermath of a poaching raidThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:42:24 +0000Volcanic Eruptions Could Have Spurred Revolts in Ancient Egypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-volcanic-eruptions-spurred-revolts-ancient-egypt-180965306/A new study comparing eruptions and uprisings looks at how volcanoes meddle with annual Nile floodsThu, 19 Oct 2017 14:03:33 +0000Three Things to Know About Pants-Wearing Mountaineer Annie Smith Peckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-pants-wearing-mountaineer-annie-smith-peck-180965297/Peck wasn’t wealthy and her family, who did have money, didn’t approve of her globe-trotting, mountain-climbing, pants-wearing lifestyle Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000John Z. DeLorean Thought He Was Designing the Car of the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-z-delorean-thought-he-was-designing-car-future-180965302/Instead its almost-instantly out-of-date styling made it a legendThu, 19 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Wolves Work Together While Wild Dogs Do Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-out-score-wild-dogs-when-it-comes-cooperation-180965293/Contrary to popular belief, domestication has made dogs less likely to cooperate to get food than wolvesThu, 19 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About 2017 Man Booker Prize Winner George Saundershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-george-saunders-winner-2017-man-booker-prize-180965309/He becomes the second America to win for his book "Lincoln in the Bardo," an experimental ghost story that explores the grief of the 16th presidentWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:50:49 +0000Now You Can Virtually Visit Quttinirpaaq National Park, One of the Most Remote Places on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-view-records-canadas-most-remote-national-park-180965296/Google Street Views records the wonders of the northerly jewelWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:39:21 +0000The Real-Life Whale That Gave Moby Dick His Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-whale-inspired-moby-dick-180965282/Mocha Dick had encounters with around 100 ships before he was finally killedWed, 18 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +000025 Images Capture at-Risk Heritage Sites of the Latest World Monuments Watchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-monuments-fund-releases-list-25-risk-heritage-sites-180965300/The World Monuments Fund shines a light on landmarks in over 30 countries and territories that are in desperate need of conservationWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:19:08 +0000How Ex-Hurricane Ophelia Turned Skies Red Over the U.Khttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ex-hurricane-hit-ireland-and-turned-skies-red-180965301/In a year of crazy weather, the remnants of the massive storm headed toward the British IslesWed, 18 Oct 2017 15:01:04 +0000How Nicholas Culpeper Brought Medicine to the Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nicholas-culpeper-brought-medicine-people-180965291/His 17th-century text is still in print todayWed, 18 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Worm Hasn't Had Sex in 18 Million Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worm-hasnt-had-sex-18-million-years-180965255/By fusing its chromosomes, the creature could essentially clone itself while still maintaining genetic variationWed, 18 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Curator Talks Barack and Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait Selectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barack-and-michelle-obama-chose-two-compelling-artists-paint-their-official-smithsonian-portraits-180965295/Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald will become the first black artists commissioned to paint a presidential couple for the SmithsonianTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:12:54 +0000The "Unlikely Historians" Who Documented America in Protesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlikely-historians-nypd-who-documented-america-protest-180965271/A new exhibit showcases photos and films that have long been stowed away in a basement at New York Police Department's headquartersTue, 17 Oct 2017 17:12:18 +0000This Groundbreaking Astronaut and Star Trek Fan Is Now Working on Interstellar Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/groundbreaking-astronaut-and-star-trek-fan-now-working-interstellar-travel-180965277/Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, wants us to look beyond EarthTue, 17 Oct 2017 14:29:08 +0000How Margarita Cansino Became Rita Hayworthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-margarita-cansino-became-rita-hayworth-180965275/Hayworth navigated identity, ethnicity and transformation throughout her careerTue, 17 Oct 2017 13:40:00 +0000Genetic Study Shows Skin Color Is Only Skin Deephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-study-shows-skin-color-just-skin-deep-180965261/Genes for both light and dark pigmentation have been in the human gene pool for at least 900,000 yearsTue, 17 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Richard Wilbur, Esteemed Poet and Two-Time Pulitzer Winner, Dies at 96https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-wilbur-esteemed-poet-and-two-time-pulitzer-winner-dies-96-180965278/He championed a formal style in an era dominated by experimental, confessional poetryMon, 16 Oct 2017 21:04:13 +0000Scientists Spot the Spark From Ancient Collision of Neutron Starshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-finally-spotted-two-neutron-stars-violently-merging-180965273/The chirp and flash from the event offers clues to the origin of Earth's precious metalsMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:11:33 +0000The Cardiff Giant Was Just a Big Hoaxhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cardiff-giant-was-just-big-hoax-180965274/Even though it didn't really look much like a petrified person, spectacle-seekers flocked to view itMon, 16 Oct 2017 14:18:12 +0000Mark Twain Liked Cats Better Than Peoplehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-liked-cats-better-people-180965265/Who wouldn't? Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Peek Across the Galaxy to the "Dark Side" of the Milky Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-getting-their-first-good-look-other-side-milky-way-180965263/Until now, researchers haven't been able to map half of the galaxy we call homeFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:11:17 +0000Footage Recalls the Night Madison Square Garden Filled With Nazishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-shows-1939-nazi-rally-madison-square-garden-180965248/A short documentary shows the 20,000-strong rally held by the Nazi-supporting German-American Bund in 1939Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:51:26 +0000Five Things You Didn't Know About the Boy Scouts of Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-you-didnt-know-about-boy-scout-membership-180965254/The Boy Scouts will begin admitting girls next year, just one of many changes the organization has undergone over the yearsFri, 13 Oct 2017 17:53:45 +0000The Navajo Nation Might Lift a Longstanding Ban on Genetic Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-might-lift-longstanding-ban-genetic-research-180965256/A policy written by tribal officials could help alleviate ethical concerns and guide genetic research and data sharingFri, 13 Oct 2017 16:11:14 +0000A Century After WWI, a Victory Garden Sows Seeds of Remembrancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-war-gardens-commemorate-100th-anniversary-wwi-180965251/The Library of Congress is playing host to heirloom vegetables and traditional growing methods that date back to 1917Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:29:20 +0000Why Is Friday the 13th Supposedly Unlucky?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-friday-13th-supposedly-unlucky-180965147/No one really knows–spooky, right? Fri, 13 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000U.S. Pulls Out of Unesco for the Second Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-pulls-out-unesco-second-time-180965252/Citing bias against Israel, the U.S. breaks ties with UN agency it helped foundThu, 12 Oct 2017 21:29:57 +0000Stinking Rich: Swiss Sewage Contains $1.8 Million in Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-sewage-full-gold-apparently-180965245/But don't start digging through the country's sewer sludge just yetThu, 12 Oct 2017 19:17:33 +0000App Aims to be the "Shazam" of the Art Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-aims-be-shazam-art-museum-180965199/With a database of 30 museums worldwide and growing, Smartify can use your phone camera to identify and explain works of artThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:40:40 +0000A Mysteriously Massive Hole in Antarctic Ice Has Returnedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/return-massive-ice-hole-antarctica-has-baffled-scientists-180965246/These holes are thought to be crucial elements of the currents driving the world's oceans, and after 40 years, one has formed againThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:17:05 +0000Watch First Video of Sand Cat Kittens Romping in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-african-sand-cat-kittens-first-time-180965236/The elusive kittens were documented sitting under a bush in the Moroccan Sahara last AprilThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:46:26 +0000Scholar Deciphers 3,200-Year-Old Inscription That Could Shed Light on the "Sea People"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3200-year-old-inscription-lost-language-and-lot-doubt-180965244/But the Luwian language text's unproven provenance calls its authenticity into questionThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:43:43 +0000Massive Green Squash Smashes Record for World's Largesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-worlds-largest-green-squash-180965237/Joe Jutras' 2118-pound squash makes him the first person to earn the record for largest pumpkin, longest gourd and heaviest squashThu, 12 Oct 2017 15:31:59 +0000World's Largest Radio Telescope Spies Its First Pulsarshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-massive-radio-telescope-already-finding-pulsars-180965239/Still in its trial run, the China's FAST radio telescope has already identified two new pulsars and perhaps a dozen moreThu, 12 Oct 2017 14:21:27 +0000The Man Who Invented Nitroglycerin Was Horrified By Dynamitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-nitroglycerin-was-horrified-dynamite-180965192/Alfred Nobel–yes, that Nobel–commercialized it, but inventor Asciano Sobrero thought nitroglycerin was too destructive to be usefulThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Restoration Uncovers Four Figures Hidden in 17th-Century Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-catholic-figures-found-hidden-17th-century-painting-reformation-leaders-180965174/The discovery sheds new light on the painting’s anti-Catholic message Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:35:02 +0000These Were the First Cookbooks Published By Black People in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-first-cookbooks-published-black-people-america-180965175/These cookbooks and domestic guides offer historians a window into the experiences and tastes of black Americans in the 1800sWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:49:16 +0000Reconstructed Auschwitz Letter Reveals Horrors Endured by Forced Laborerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reconstructed-auschwitz-letter-reveals-horrors-endured-forced-laborer-180965238/Marcel Nadjari buried his letter hoping it would one day reach his familyWed, 11 Oct 2017 19:31:07 +0000Records of Residential School Abuse Can Be Destroyed, Canadian Supreme Court Rules https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-supreme-court-rules-records-residential-school-abuse-can-be-destroyed-180965232/The federal government wanted to retain the documents, but survivors said they were promised confidentiality Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:17:06 +0000Why an Irish Stamp Has Reignited a Decades-Old Debate About Che Guevara’s Controversial Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-irish-stamp-honoring-che-guevara-has-controversial-legacy-180965191/The commemorative stamp was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the guerrilla revolutionaryWed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:24 +0000Geologists Map the Plumbing Beneath Yellowstone's Old Faithful Geyserhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seeing-beneath-old-faithful-180965230/Without turning over a stone, geologists imaged the subsurface supply for this iconic geyserWed, 11 Oct 2017 15:04:52 +0000Researchers Sniff Out the Genes Behind the Smell of the World's Stinkiest Fruithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-sequence-genome-worlds-stinkiest-fruit-180965195/The DNA of the durian, it turns out, is very complex and optimized for producing a wretched stenchWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:12:52 +0000How Eleanor Roosevelt and Henrietta Nesbitt Transformed the White House Kitchenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-eleanor-roosevelt-and-henrietta-nesbitt-transformed-white-house-kitchen-180965159/The kitchen was new, but by all accounts it didn't help the cookingWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000There Never Were 57 Varieties of Heinz Ketchup https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-never-were-57-varieties-heinz-ketchup-180965158/The '57' doesn't actually refer to <I>anything</i>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 13:30:00 +0000Anthrax Outbreak May Have Caused Mass Die-off of Hippos in Namibiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anthrax-outbreak-may-have-caused-mass-die-hippos-namibia-180965200/More than 100 hippos have been found dead over the past weekWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:24:36 +0000The Elusive Songbird Species That Likely Never Existedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-songbird-species-likely-never-existed-180965154/After fruitless hunts for a Liberian songbird, DNA analysis suggests that the species is not newTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:27:24 +0000Virtually Explore a World War II Shipwreck in 360 Degreeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-world-war-ii-goes-digital-180965165/High-resolution video and 3D scanning brings the SS <i>Thistlegorm</i> to armchair archaeologists everywhereTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:13:14 +0000Sooty Bird Feathers Reveal a Century of Coal Emissions Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-dirty-birds-can-teach-us-about-climate-change-180965189/A story of pollution hides in the grime of museums' birds specimensTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:08:10 +0000Canoe Churned up by Irma May Date to the 1600shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canoe-churned-irma-may-date-1600s-180965161/Radiocarbon dating shows the dugout canoe found in Cocoa, Florida, has a 50 percent chance of being from 1640 to 1680Tue, 10 Oct 2017 18:58:25 +0000Exhibit Sheds New Light on Renoir's "Luncheon of the Boating Party"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibit-looks-behind-and-beneath-famed-renoir-painting-180965178/More than 130 years after it was completed, "Renoir and Friends" returns to the famed paintingTue, 10 Oct 2017 18:01:54 +0000The Sweet Story of the Berlin Candy Bomberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sweet-story-berlin-candy-bomber-180965156/Gail Halvorsen's efforts made children happy but they also provided the U.S. military with an opportunityTue, 10 Oct 2017 15:53:22 +0000Get Stuck on Band-Aid Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-stuck-band-aid-history-180965157/Small injuries are a commonplace problem, but before the Band-Aid, protecting papercuts and other such wounds was a huge hassleTue, 10 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000Jane Squire and the Longitude Warshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-squire-and-longitude-wars-180965143/The sixteenth-century debate over how to determine longitude had a lot of participants—and one womanTue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The UK May Implement a Near-Total Ban on Its Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-may-implement-near-total-ban-its-ivory-trade-180965169/Though the ivory trade was banned internationally in 1990, the UK permits the sale of items crafted before 1947Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:56:49 +0000Agoraphobic Photographer Captures the World With Some Help From Google Street Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-photography-just-laptop-180965145/A new exhibition shows how Jacqui Kenny has photographed stunning images of the planet without leaving her London homeMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:41:20 +0000Stunning Video Captures Humpback Whales Catching Fish With Nets of Bubbleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-captures-humpback-whales-fishing-bubbles-180964984/It's a complicated but ingenious way to catch a mealMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:23:05 +0000How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1604-supernova-presented-challenge-astronomers-180965138/The supernova provided proof to Galileo, Kepler and others that the heavens were not fixed–although they were wrong about what caused the bright starMon, 09 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000The Sharp Rise and Steep Descent of AOL Instant Messengerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pioneering-aol-instant-messenger-end-180965152/The free instant messaging service introduced millions to the joys of online communication, but it fell behind in the social media ageFri, 06 Oct 2017 20:05:27 +0000New Species of Fly Found Breeding on Central Park Duck Droppingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-fly-found-breeding-central-park-duck-droppings-180965118/The creatures are likely drawn to the area by the high concentrations of duck poopFri, 06 Oct 2017 19:36:38 +0000International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons Wins Nobel Peace Prizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-campaign-abolish-nuclear-weapons-wins-nobel-peace-prize-180965146/The grassroots coalition spearheaded a U.N. treaty to outlaw nuclear arms and hopes to make them taboo, like chemical weaponsFri, 06 Oct 2017 16:24:15 +0000More Than 30 Years Since Their Discovery, Prions Still Fascinate, Terrify and Mystify Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prions-are-fascinating-terrifying-and-still-mysterious-180965125/Figuring out what they were was just the beginning of a field of research into prions and prion diseases that's still growingFri, 06 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000Canada to Replace Holocaust Plaque After Uproarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-replace-holocaust-plaque-after-uproar-180965140/The plaque dedicating the country's new national Holocaust memorial was criticized for making no reference to Jews or anti-SemitismThu, 05 Oct 2017 21:02:42 +0000Using 18th-Century Writings and Illustrations, Scientists Model an Ancient Magnetic Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modeling-ancient-solar-storm-180965132/The vibrant aurora lit up the night sky over the city of Kyoto, Japan, some 250 years agoThu, 05 Oct 2017 19:56:37 +0000An October Harvest Moon Rises Tonighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-october-harvest-moon-rises-tonight-180965137/The full moon closest to the equinox rises soon after sunset, casting a glow early evening that helps farmers bring in their cropsThu, 05 Oct 2017 18:01:31 +0000 ‘Why ‘The Family Circus’ Was Always So Sentimentalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-family-circus-was-always-so-sentimental-180965114/Cartoonist Bil Keane landed on a formula that worked and he stuck to itThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:59:15 +0000What to Know About Literature's Newest Nobel Winner British Novelist Kazuo Ishigurohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-novelist-kazuo-ishiguro-wins-nobel-prize-literature-180965136/The author of <i>The Remains of the Day</i> and seven other books explores themes of memory, time and self-deceptionThu, 05 Oct 2017 15:26:34 +0000Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Cache of Treasures, Hints More May Be Buried at Sitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seven-bronze-statues-may-be-buried-site-antikythera-shipwreck-180965127/The discovery of an ancient bronze arm is a rare archaeological findThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:45:12 +0000Even Colonial Americans Liked Pumpkin Spicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-colonial-americans-liked-pumpkin-spice-180965134/A recipe for pumpkin (or rather, “pompkin”) spice appears in America’s oldest cookbookThu, 05 Oct 2017 14:38:22 +0000People in the 1800s Dreamed of Bicycling on Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-1800s-dreamed-bicycling-water-180965107/Despite numerous patents, nothing really ever came of this fadThu, 05 Oct 2017 13:09:00 +0000The Founder of Primal Scream Therapy Has Died. What Exactly Is Primal Scream Therapy?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/founder-primal-scream-therapy-has-died-what-exactly-180965126/Arthur Janov believed encountering trauma from childhood could help free people from adult neurosesThu, 05 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Investigators Are Turning to Big Data to Find Who Betrayed Anne Frankhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigators-are-using-big-data-analysis-find-out-who-betrayed-anne-frank-180965117/Many experts believe that someone alerted Nazi authorities to the hiding place of Frank and her family, but the culprit has never been determined Wed, 04 Oct 2017 20:47:14 +0000This Wandering Concrete Sphere Will Track the Movements of the Arctic Circlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-giant-concrete-sphere-will-move-50-feet-each-year-180965095/On a small Icelandic island, a massive piece of art will track Earth's wobble in spaceWed, 04 Oct 2017 20:30:59 +0000Turkey Claims It's Found Saint Nicholas' Crypthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-claims-its-found-st-nicholas-crypt-180965116/Archaeologists say the body was not stolen by crusaders in the 11th century and is still located below a church in DemreWed, 04 Oct 2017 20:08:29 +0000Method for Capturing the Smallest Details of Life Nabs Chemistry Nobelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemistry-nobel-prize-honors-microscopic-innovation-180965115/With cryo-electron microscopy, tiny living molecules can be seen in their natural statesWed, 04 Oct 2017 16:55:14 +0000Rome's Colosseum Is Reopening Its Upper Tiers to Visitorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/upper-tiers-colosseum-reopen-public-180965108/For the first time in four decades, the public will be able to enter the top levels of Rome’s amphitheaterWed, 04 Oct 2017 16:39:40 +0000World's Largest Online Database of Jewish Art Preserves At-Risk Heritage Objectshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-database-jewish-art-preserves-risk-heritage-objects-180965103/Take a tour through the Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art, which contains more than 260,000 entries from 41 countriesWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:30:26 +0000Revel in the Big Details of Tiny Things With These Prize-Winning Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-photographs-microscopic-world-180965104/Skin cells, tape worms and fuzzy mold are among this years top photosWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Scientists Decide Which Animal Genomes to Sequencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-scientists-decide-which-animal-genomes-sequence-180965101/There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth–it's unlikely scientists will ever sequence them allWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0000Hemingway's Earliest Piece of Fiction Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hemingways-earliest-piece-fiction-discovered-180965098/The phony travelogue describes a trip from his home in Illinois across the Atlantic to Ireland and ScotlandWed, 04 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000Could a Magnetic Shield Protect Earth From Space Weather?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reseachers-suggest-we-build-magnetic-shield-around-earth-180965100/A bad geomagnetic storm would fry the electric grid and cripple civilization for years—a space shield is cheap by comparisonTue, 03 Oct 2017 19:15:51 +0000Controversial Hawaiian Telescope Gets State Approvalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-telescope-gets-building-permit-hawaii-180965089/The long-delayed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea faces opposition from native Hawaiian groups and environmentalistsTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:46:37 +0000Three Scientists Behind the Detection of Gravitational Waves Awarded Nobel Prize in Physicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-wave-detection-earns-nobel-prize-physics-180965094/The trio is the leading force behind the massive pair of detectors that can measures ripples in the fabric of space-time smaller than the width of a protonTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:25:18 +0000The Irish Cardiologist Whose Invention Saved LBJhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-cardiologist-whose-invention-saved-lbj-180965080/Frank Pantridge miniaturized the defibrillator, making it portableTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000Ancient Statue Damaged by ISIS Resurrected in Damascushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-statue-damaged-isis-resurrected-damascus-180965091/Palmyra's Lion of Al-lāt, as the statue is known, once adorned the temple of a pre-Islamic goddess Tue, 03 Oct 2017 15:05:46 +0000The Most 'Realistic' Civil War Novel Was Written Three Decades After It Endedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-realistic-civil-war-novel-180965077/By an author who wasn't even alive when it occurredTue, 03 Oct 2017 14:51:00 +0000You Can Now Read Five Newly Discovered Kurt Vonnegut Short Storieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-unpublished-vonnegut-short-stories-released-180965084/Written early in the author's careers, the works were recently unearthed in his archivesMon, 02 Oct 2017 20:11:50 +0000In a First, Archival-Quality Performances Are Preserved in DNAhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-rare-music-performances-archived-dna-180965088/Songs by Miles Davis and Deep Purple at the Montreux Jazz Festival will live on in the ultra-compact, long-lasting formatMon, 02 Oct 2017 18:58:03 +0000Germany Celebrates Its First Same-Sex Marriageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-celebrates-its-first-same-sex-marriages-180965087/The country’s marriage equality law, which was passed in June, went into effect on SundayMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:59:24 +0000Just a Few Species Make Up Most of Earth's Food Supply. And That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinction-threatens-foods-we-eat-180965081/The looming threat of extinction from climate change makes the lack of diversity in the world's food supplies a dangerous prospectMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:48:37 +0000Nobel Prize Awarded to Three Scientists Who Mapped the Body's Internal Clockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-recognizes-mapping-bodys-internal-clock-180965086/Circadian rhythms dictate the daily patterns of life on Earth, and understanding these patterns is crucial to overall healthMon, 02 Oct 2017 15:36:03 +0000The Hollywood Star Who Confronted the AIDS 'Silent Epidemic'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-star-who-confronted-aids-silent-epidemic-180965059/Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications on this day in 1985Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover One Last Image From the Rosetta Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-one-last-hidden-image-rosetta-mission-180965074/The probe sent partial data for the photo before it crash landed on a comet September 30, 2016Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:46:53 +0000Celiac Sufferers May Soon Have Better Bread Options Thanks to Genetically Modified Wheathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-wheat-may-create-better-bread-option-people-celiac-disease-180965065/Researchers successfully removed 90 percent of the genes that code for the gluten proteins that trigger adverse symptomsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:25 +0000How a Controversial European Architect Shaped New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-controversial-european-architect-shaped-new-york-180965073/Le Corbusier's ideas arguably helped shape the city more than his own designsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000This 17th-Century "Women's Petition Against Coffee" Probably Wasn't About Women, or Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pro-temperance-women-who-crusaded-against-coffee-180965039/It probably wasn't written by angry, sex-deprived wives–although stranger things have happenedMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Nobel Laureate: Early Mornings, Performance Anxietyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perks-and-pitfalls-being-nobel-laureate-early-mornings-performance-anxiety-180965042/On the plus side, at UC Berkeley you get free parkingMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:33:54 +0000Da Vinci Had a Hand in the "Naked Mona Lisa"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/da-vinci-had-hand-naked-mona-lisa-180965079/A preliminary study suggests the master painter worked on the drawing called the "Mona Vanna"Mon, 02 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000The 2011 Tsunami Flushed Hundreds of Japanese Species Across the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-tsunami-flushed-280-species-across-ocean-180965082/After the Fukushima disaster, a surprising number of coastal creatures survived a multi-year journey by clinging to floating debrisFri, 29 Sep 2017 20:06:53 +0000Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon Sells for $35 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-mormon-manuscript-purchased-record-35-million-180965075/Adjusting for inflation, Bill Gates’ $30.8 million purchase of Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester in 1994 remains the most expensive manuscript saleFri, 29 Sep 2017 19:49:23 +0000The 1982 Tylenol Terror Shattered American Consumer Innocencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1982-tylenol-terror-led-sealed-packaging-180965019/Seven people lost their lives after taking poisoned Tylenol. The tragedy led to important safety reformsFri, 29 Sep 2017 16:49:34 +0000Diver Explores Beautiful Blue Hole Hidden in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-blue-hole-discovered-great-barrier-reef-180965072/After spotting the feature while perusing Google maps, a marine biologist set out to experience and capture it in all its cerulean gloryFri, 29 Sep 2017 16:24:58 +0000Competition Wants You to Turn Cultural Heritage Into GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-turn-vintage-images-gifs-180965069/The latest round of "GIF It Up" seeks the best GIFs made from public domain prints, photos, paintings and moreFri, 29 Sep 2017 15:39:02 +0000Hugh Hefner's Legacy as Told Through National Portrait Gallery Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hugh-hefners-complicated-legacy-180965068/Three objects explore the complicated and controversial life of the late founder of the Playboy empireFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:39:11 +0000New York Village Changes Controversial Seal Showing a White Settler Wrestling a Native American https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-village-changes-controversial-seal-showing-white-settler-wrestling-native-american-180965060/The seal was widely mocked and criticized after villagers voted against changing it last yearFri, 29 Sep 2017 14:33:13 +0000Why Coco Chanel Created the Little Black Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-coco-chanel-created-lbd-180965024/The style icon created a... well.... style icon in 1926Fri, 29 Sep 2017 13:33:34 +0000Your Mocha is Named After the Birthplace of the Coffee Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-mocha-named-after-birthplace-coffee-trade-180965016/The port city of Mocha, in Yemen, was once a vast coffee marketplaceFri, 29 Sep 2017 13:04:38 +0000This May Be the Oldest Traces of Life Yet Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-life-found-canadian-rocks-180965061/Bits of graphite, 3.95 billion years old, suggest life was churning away soon after Earth's formationFri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Degas' Rare Sculptures Are Stuffed With Wine Corkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/degas-rare-sculptures-are-stuffed-wine-corks-1-180965057/X-rays show the artist fleshed out his wax and clay personal projects with bits and pieces found around the studioFri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Panda Habitat Is Severely Fragmented, Placing Pandas at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-show-panda-habitat-increasingly-fragmented-180965029/Despite recent habitat improvements, roads and development are isolating panda populationsThu, 28 Sep 2017 17:56:18 +0000"Lost Continent" Rises Again With New Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-continent-rises-again-new-expedition-180965051/Zealandia sank beneath ocean tens of millions of years ago, but scientists are pulling up remnants of it to study how it used to beThu, 28 Sep 2017 16:48:32 +0000Wolf Pups Spotted Near Rome for the First Time in Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolf-pups-spotted-near-rome-first-time-decades-180965052/The animals were once hunted to the brink of extinction, but are now recovering Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:44:46 +0000What to Know About the Controversy Surrounding the Chinese Art Exhibit Coming to the Guggenheimhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/questions-animal-cruelty-artistic-freedom-swirl-over-guggenheim-exhibit-180965045/As questions of animal cruelty, artistic freedom swirl, three major works were pulled from "Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World"Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:33:04 +0000Experimental Treatment Partially Awakens Man in Vegetative Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experimental-treatment-partially-awakens-man-vegetative-state-180965034/Scientists are hopeful but cautious about the initial results of the testThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:27:33 +0000Three True Things About Sanitary Engineer Thomas Crapperhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-true-things-about-sanitary-engineer-thomas-crapper-180965008/Thomas Crapper's actual innovation was entirely tangential to the flush toiletThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why You Should Appreciate the Invention of the Bendy Strawhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-appreciate-bendy-straw-180965014/It's the straw that bends, not the personThu, 28 Sep 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Detect Fourth Gravitational Wave, Homing in on an Ancient Black Hole Collisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-waves-detected-again-180965046/By triangulating measurements, scientists could soon detect these once elusive energy bursts on a weekly basis with greater precision than ever beforeWed, 27 Sep 2017 20:41:58 +0000Excavations Begin on Paul Revere's Privyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavations-begin-paul-reveres-privy-180965044/Archaeologists in Boston hope the outhouse will reveal the diet and detritus of the families that lived on the siteWed, 27 Sep 2017 19:24:59 +0000Botanic Gardens May Be Endangered Species' Best Bethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/botanic-gardens-are-best-bet-endangered-species-180965040/Survey shows the institutions preserve one third of Earth's plant life and 40 percent of endangered plant speciesWed, 27 Sep 2017 18:12:30 +0000Meet California’s New State Dinosaurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-augustynolophus-morrisi-californias-new-state-dinosaur-180965038/The herbivorous creature last tromped across the state roughly 66 million years agoWed, 27 Sep 2017 17:47:41 +0000Saudi Women Win the Right to Drivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saudi-women-win-right-drive-180965037/Next June, women in the ultra-patriarchal society will become the last in the world to receive driver's licensesWed, 27 Sep 2017 17:22:26 +0000Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctic Glacierhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-iceberg-breaks-antarctic-glacier-180965032/The chunk of ice is roughly four times the size of ManhattanWed, 27 Sep 2017 16:31:31 +0000This Jumble of Writhing Sticks Is Actually a Bizarre Parasitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-creature-likely-creepy-parasite-180965009/Observed flailing around in Taiwan, this so-called 'alien' turns out to be a horsehair wormWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:17:49 +0000Watch a Dinosaur Opera at New York's American Museum of Natural Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-opera-all-about-dinosaur-art-180965026/Sink your teeth into the family friendly “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:14:59 +0000A Sixteenth-Century Hot Date Might Include a Trip to the Dissecting Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/Anatomy theaters were an early site for science as spectacleWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +0000Jar of Headless Toads Found in Bronze Age Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jar-headless-toads-found-bronze-age-tomb-180965031/Found in Jerusalem, the little hoppers could have been an afterlife snack or a symbol of rejuvenationWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:44:25 +0000In Vitro Fertilization Was Once As Controversial As Gene Editing is Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vitro-fertilization-was-once-controversial-cloning-today-180964989/The scientists who pioneered it were regarded as pariahs, even within their own universitiesWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Drones Reveal Unexplored Ancient Settlement in Iraqi Kurdistanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-reveal-unexplored-ancient-settlement-iraqi-kurdistan-180965028/The settlement was first spotted in declassified Cold War spy images from the 1960sTue, 26 Sep 2017 18:32:57 +0000Africa’s Largest Contemporary Art Museum Opens in Cape Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/africas-largest-contemporary-art-museum-opens-cape-town-180965018/But some critics have questioned whether the institution adequately represents black African artistsTue, 26 Sep 2017 17:46:51 +0000Lots of Sweet Potatoes Could’ve Made Easter Island a Bustling Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-couldve-been-fairly-crowded-180965020/A new agricultural analysis of the island finds that the crop could have supported more than 17,000 peopleTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:03:21 +0000The Modern World Depends on Humble Cementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-world-depends-humble-cement-180964983/Portland cement is a key ingredient in one of the world’s most common materials Tue, 26 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000Watch This AI Turn Sketches into Masterpieceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-ai-turn-sketches-masterpieces-180965007/Trained on the 'history of human art,' this system can transform your scribblesTue, 26 Sep 2017 12:00:00 +0000Explore the High Fashion of Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-fashion-exploration-180964946/From the Arctic to the Moon, a new exhibit shows how the outfits of exploration have impacted the outfits of the runwayMon, 25 Sep 2017 20:19:11 +0000NASA Dedicates New Facility to Katherine Johnson, the Pioneering Mathematician of ‘Hidden Figures’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-dedicates-new-facility-katherine-johnson-pioneering-mathematician-hidden-figures-180965012/'I think they're crazy,' the 99-year-old jokingly said of the honor Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:53:04 +0000Museum Devoted to Street Art Opens in Berlinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-devoted-street-art-opens-berlin-180964917/The façade of the five-story building is covered in large muralsMon, 25 Sep 2017 16:35:22 +0000Hubble Spots Strange Pair of Space Rocks in the Night Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-object-binary-asteroid-and-comet-one-1-180965002/The duo, dubbed 288P, may help scientists better understand asteroid evolutionMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:22:45 +0000Check Out This Awesome Trilobite Corn Mazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-awesome-trilobite-corn-maze-180964997/The elaborate Wisconsin maze honors the state's geologic historyMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:07:39 +0000How The U.S. Won the Race to Circumnavigate the Globe by Airhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-us-won-race-circumnavigate-globe-air-180964977/The first round-the-world flight was an achievement but also a surpriseMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000This Ambitious Young Sculptor Gave Us A Lincoln For the Capitolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-young-sculptor-gave-us-lincoln-capitol-180964974/Vinnie Ream was the first female artist commissioned to create a work of art for the U.S. governmentMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0000Amidst Heated Criticism, Queer Art Exhibition Is Shuttered in Brazil https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-heated-criticism-queer-art-exhibition-shuttered-brazil-180964910/Protestors accused the exhibit of promoting pedophilia, bestiality, pornography and blasphemyMon, 25 Sep 2017 14:22:36 +0000