Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 23 Aug 2019 18:08:58 +0000The Washington Monument Will Reopen in Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-monument-will-reopen-september-180972754/The discovery of contaminated soil pushed the timeline back for repairsMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:05:09 +0000Watch the Apollo 11 Anniversary Show That Was Projected Onto the Washington Monumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-sized-apollo-11-rocket-will-be-projected-washington-monument-commemorate-50th-anniversary-moon-landing-180972590/The immersive experience combined full-motion projection-mapping artwork and archival footageWed, 10 Jul 2019 15:51:49 +0000Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Slain Activist, Showed How Museums Can Raise Up Their Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-sadie-roberts-joseph-founder-louisiana-african-american-museum-ruled-homicide-180972659/Baton Rouge police described the museum founder, whose death has been ruled a homicide, as a 'tireless advocate of peace'Tue, 16 Jul 2019 18:59:52 +0000London's 'Eiffel Tower' Is Still Losing Moneyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-eiffel-tower-still-losing-money-180972985/Built for the 2012 Olympic Games, the ArcelorMittal Orbit has not turned into the tourist attraction it was expected to becomeFri, 23 Aug 2019 18:08:58 +0000Eggs Successfully Collected from the Last Two Northern White Rhinoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eggs-successfully-collected-last-two-northern-white-rhinos-180972982/Advances in fertility science will hopefully allow researchers to implant embryos of the species into surrogate southern white rhinosFri, 23 Aug 2019 17:19:27 +0000New Stained Glass Is Coming to Germany’s Oldest Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gerhard-richter-set-design-stained-glass-germanys-oldest-monastery-180972986/Gerhard Richter is set to design a trio of windows for the Benedictine Tholey AbbeyFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:43:37 +0000Florida Authorities Investigate a Disorder Affecting Panthers' Ability to Walkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florida-authorities-investigate-disorder-affecting-panthers-ability-walk-180972981/The crippling condition appears to hamper the big cats’ back leg coordinationFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:18:53 +0000Three Things to Know About the Fires Blazing Across the Amazon Rainforesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-fires-sweeping-through-amazon-rainforest-180972962/Experts say the majority of blazes were set by farmers hoping to clear land for agricultural endeavorsThu, 22 Aug 2019 21:10:02 +0000Practice Will Make You Better, but Maybe Not the Besthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/practice-will-make-you-better-maybe-not-best-180972961/A study replicating the basis of the '10,000 hour rule' suggests that factors besides practice hours determine the skills of elite musicians Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:34:44 +0000500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Boliviahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-inca-mummy-repatriated-bolivia-180972966/Dubbed Ñusta, or 'Princess,' the mummy represents the first archaeologically significant set of remains to be repatriated to the Andean countryThu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:59 +0000The Titanic Is Being Reclaimed by the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/titanic-being-reclaimed-sea-180972963/The first manned survey of the ship in 14 years reveals parts of the vessel have rusted away, including the crow's nest, captain's quarters and poop deckThu, 22 Aug 2019 16:26:56 +0000New Species of Stegosaurus Unearthed in Mountains of Moroccohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-stegosaurus-fossil-unearthed-mountains-morocco-180972949/The new fossil suggests the dinos were around longer and roamed further than previously believedThu, 22 Aug 2019 15:18:23 +0000Documentary Explores Pioneering Woman Director Written Out of Film Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/documentary-explores-pioneering-woman-director-written-out-film-history-180972956/Alice Guy-Blaché directed more than 1,000 films including the world's first narrative film, but was expunged from the story of cinemaThu, 22 Aug 2019 14:56:21 +0000Astronomers Spy the Surface of an Airless, Mercury-Like Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spy-surface-airless-mercury-world-180972954/The rocky exoplanet orbits an M dwarf star, leading scientists to question whether such environments could support atmospheres and lifeWed, 21 Aug 2019 19:39:42 +0000Bronx Exhibition Spotlights Alvin Baltrop, Photographer Who Documented Manhattan’s Underground Queer Communityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronx-exhibition-spotlights-alvin-baltrop-photographer-who-documented-manhattans-underground-queer-community-180972955/Baltrop took thousands of snapshots at New York's West Side Piers between 1975 and 1986Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:15:32 +0000California Will Build the Largest Wildlife Crossing in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-will-build-largest-wildlife-crossing-world-180972947/The overpass will provide safe passage for mountain lions, coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes and other wild animals crossing the 101 FreewayWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:15:32 +0000Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Cause Parks to Close Near Denverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plague-infected-prairie-dogs-close-parks-near-denver-180972937/Prairie dog burrows are being dusted with insecticide to stop the spread of the disease transmitted via fleasWed, 21 Aug 2019 15:35:17 +0000Longest Running Web Cam Goes Offline This Monthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/longest-running-web-cam-goes-offline-month-180972946/The camera has been recording San Francisco’s fog for 25 yearsWed, 21 Aug 2019 14:26:06 +0000The Term ‘Museum’ May Be Getting Redefinedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-divided-over-proposed-redefinition-museum-180972943/But experts are divided on the proposed new definitionTue, 20 Aug 2019 18:05:55 +0000Early Sketches From 'The Little Prince' Found in Swiss Collectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-sketches-little-prince-found-swiss-collection-180972942/A folder includes images from the beloved book by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as well as a love letter written to his wife, Consuelo de Saint ExupéryTue, 20 Aug 2019 17:43:21 +0000Hurricanes Are Making This Spider Species More Aggressivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricanes-are-making-spider-species-more-aggressive-180972936/The new findings have broader implications for understanding extreme weather events’ effects on animal behaviorTue, 20 Aug 2019 16:46:24 +0000Could Goats Help Solve Portugal’s Wildfire Crisis?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-goats-help-solve-portugals-wildfire-crisis-180972933/About 11,000 goats are involved in a pilot program to help reduce overgrowth that fuels forest firesMon, 19 Aug 2019 21:28:27 +00003-D Map to Digitize Part of Carlsbad Caverns Down to the Millimeterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-map-capture-35-miles-carlsbad-caverns-down-millimeter-180972932/The National Parks Service is also compiling a modern cultural history of the cavernsMon, 19 Aug 2019 20:48:52 +0000See the Face of Hilda, a Toothless Iron Age Druid Womanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-face-hilda-toothless-iron-age-druid-woman-180972931/A Scottish university student has recreated Hilda's likeness out of waxMon, 19 Aug 2019 19:31:43 +0000Paris Basement Used as WWII Resistance Headquarters Transformed Into Museum Centerpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paris-basement-used-wwii-resistance-headquarters-transformed-museum-centerpiece-180972930/The soon-to-open museum also explores the lives of Resistance leaders Jean Moulin and General LeclercMon, 19 Aug 2019 18:04:11 +0000A Beloved Baby Dugong Has Died After Ingesting Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-baby-dugong-has-died-after-ingesting-plastic-pollution-180972927/The orphaned marine mammal became an internet sensation after images of her nuzzling human caretakers went viralMon, 19 Aug 2019 15:46:45 +0000Ice Age Humans Likely Played Major Role in Cave Bears’ Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-age-humans-likely-played-major-role-cave-bears-extinction-180972923/Researchers have long debated whether human activity or climate change precipitated the species' demiseFri, 16 Aug 2019 19:33:01 +0000The Ohio State University Seeks to Trademark 'The' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ohio-state-university-seeks-trademark-180972925/This article is about an articleFri, 16 Aug 2019 19:02:37 +0000Two Male Penguins in Berlin Join Long Line of Same-Sex Pairs to Adopt an Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-male-penguins-berlin-join-long-line-same-sex-pairs-adopt-egg-180972924/Skipper and Ping have happily nurtured everything from rocks to fish before zookeepers let them incubate an eggFri, 16 Aug 2019 18:57:43 +0000New Rules Could Determine Who Gets to Climb Everesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-rules-could-determine-who-gets-climb-everest-180972926/Nepali officials propose new requirements for obtaining a permit to climb the world's tallest mountainFri, 16 Aug 2019 17:56:52 +0000Interspecies Breeding Is Responsible for Some Squirrels’ Black Coloringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interspecies-breeding-responsible-some-squirrels-black-coloring-180972921/Color-changing mutation originated in fox squirrels but spread to eastern gray squirrels via matingFri, 16 Aug 2019 16:10:41 +0000Thanks to the Hopper Hotel Experience, You Can Now Spend a Night at the Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-edward-hopper-hotel-experience-you-can-now-spend-night-museum-180972922/The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will host guests in a 3-D recreation of Edward Hopper's 1957 painting, 'Western Motel'Fri, 16 Aug 2019 15:10:02 +0000Were Neanderthals Getting Surfer's Ear From Diving for Seafood?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-had-lots-surfers-ear-suggesting-they-were-seafood-180972917/The bony growths appear after repeated exposure to cold water and were found on half of the Neanderthal skulls examinedThu, 15 Aug 2019 20:03:49 +0000F.D.A. Approves New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-approves-new-treatment-deadliest-strain-tuberculosis-180972916/The drug regimen involves just five pills taken orally for a duration of six monthsThu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:57 +0000Here's How That Internet-Famous 'Fish Tube' Workshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yes-salmon-cannon-funny-its-also-sorely-needed-conservation-tool-180972905/The cheap, efficient pneumatic tubes may be a good solution for helping salmon and other migratory species move past damsThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:53:15 +0000See Scrap of Cloth Believed to Be From Elizabeth I’s Only Surviving Dresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrap-cloth-representing-elizabeth-is-only-surviving-dress-set-go-view-180972919/The fabric, set to go on view, was previously used as an altar cloth in a small village churchThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:50:00 +0000Imaging Reveals Leonardo da Vinci Wrestled With the Composition of 'The Virgin of the Rocks'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/imaging-reveals-leonardo-wrestled-composition-virgin-rocks-180972918/Two underdrawings detected using high-tech imaging techniques show he altered the figures twice before paintingThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:45:08 +0000At-Risk Indigenous Languages Spotlighted on New Google Earth Platformhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-risk-indigenous-languages-new-google-earth-platform-180972896/The new initiative features recordings of native languages from around the globeThu, 15 Aug 2019 15:54:17 +0000A 17th-Century Ode to Salads Is Heading to Auctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-ode-salads-heading-auction-180972909/'Acetaria' celebrates the healthful benefits of meatless dining Thu, 15 Aug 2019 10:00:00 +0000A Human-Sized Penguin Once Waddled Through New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-sized-penguin-once-waddled-through-new-zealand-180972904/The leg bones of Crossvallia waiparensis suggest it was more than five feet tall and weighed up to 176 poundsWed, 14 Aug 2019 19:22:28 +0000People Aren't Happy About Their Increasingly Brief Encounters With the ‘Mona Lisa’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louvre-visitors-are-angry-over-increasingly-brief-encounters-mona-lisa-180972908/The problem stems from the masterpiece's temporary relocation to a different wing of the museumWed, 14 Aug 2019 18:08:38 +0000One Concussion-Free Football Season Can Still Damage Players’ Brainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-concussion-free-football-season-can-still-damage-players-brains-180972902/A new study found that more than two-thirds of subjects experienced a decrease in structural integrity of the brain by the end of the college seasonWed, 14 Aug 2019 17:49:52 +0000A Sorceress's Kit Was Discovered in the Ashes of Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorceresss-kit-was-discovered-ashes-pompeii-180972907/The box of small trinkets was likely used to perform fertility and love rituals and to look for omens about birth and pregnancyWed, 14 Aug 2019 17:04:48 +0000Researchers Have Finally Found an Effective Treatment for Ebolahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-have-finally-found-effective-treatment-ebola-180972899/Two treatments have been found to reliably help patients resist the deadly virus—just nine months after a clinical trial beganWed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Polehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-lightning-strikes-detected-300-miles-north-pole-180972891/Cool temps, low moisture and a stable atmosphere usually prevent thunderstorms from developing in the ArcticTue, 13 Aug 2019 19:52:09 +0000Notre-Dame Restoration Delayed Due to Lead Poisoning Concernshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notre-dame-restoration-delayed-due-lead-poisoning-concerns-180972895/Work is set to continue next week with more stringent safety protocols, decontamination unitsTue, 13 Aug 2019 17:00:09 +0000Trump Administration Overhauls How the Endangered Species Act Is Enforcedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trump-administration-has-overhauled-endangered-species-act-180972890/Critics say that the new rules limit much-needed protections for at-risk wildlife Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:31:47 +0000A Banana-Destroying Fungus Has Arrived in the Americashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banana-destroying-fungus-has-arrived-americas-180972892/The so-called Panama disease targets bananas’ vascular systems to prevent fruit from growingTue, 13 Aug 2019 15:49:57 +0000Welsh Man Is First to Walk the Length of the Yangtze Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welsh-man-first-walk-length-yangtze-river-180972893/Adventurer Ash Dykes took over a year to walk from the river's source in Tibet to its mouth in ShanghaiTue, 13 Aug 2019 15:21:47 +0000Astronauts Test Out Their Sleek New SpaceX Flight Suits https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-test-out-their-new-flight-suits-180972882/The SpaceX designed pressure suits are more form fitting and maneuverable than the Space Shuttle's orange suitsMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:18:26 +0000How Did the World’s Largest Frog Get So Big? Possibly by Building Its Own Pondshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-worlds-largest-frog-get-so-big-possibly-building-its-own-ponds-180972884/A new study documents the unique nest-building habits of the Goliath frogMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:09:51 +0000Researchers Think They Know Why Cats Eat Grasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-cats-eat-grass-180972885/Contrary to popular belief, grass only occasionally makes cats vomitMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:07:23 +0000The U.S. Loses a Football Field-Sized Patch of Nature Every 30 Secondshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-loses-football-field-sized-patch-nature-every-30-seconds-180972881/A new report outlines the benefits offered by preserving 30 percent of the country’s remaining natural land and oceans by 2030Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:08:54 +0000J.D. Salinger’s Work Is Coming to E-Readers for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jd-salingers-work-coming-e-readers-first-time-180972883/The author’s longtime publishing company will release four e-books in AugustMon, 12 Aug 2019 14:51:59 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwellinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-earliest-evidence-high-altitude-home-humans-180972878/A trove of artifacts have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, at a rocky site more than 11,000 feet above sea levelFri, 09 Aug 2019 17:17:46 +0000Fossil Trees Reveal the Oldest Known Forest in Asiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-trees-reveal-oldest-known-forest-asia-180972877/The grove of lycopsid trees is 365 million years old and covers 2.7 million square feetFri, 09 Aug 2019 16:32:23 +0000There Is Going to Be a 'Moby-Dick' Musicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-going-be-moby-dick-musical-180972880/Broadway powerhouses Dave Malloy and Rachel Chavkin recently previewed the performance under the whale at the American Museum of Natural HistoryFri, 09 Aug 2019 15:21:37 +0000Cleopatra May Have Once Smelled Like This Recreated Perfumehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/may-be-what-cleopatra-smelled-180972854/A team sought to replicate ancient Egypt's most famous perfumes based on residue found in old bottlesFri, 09 Aug 2019 13:57:34 +0000The Scientists Who Stared at Gullshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beachgoers-should-stare-down-aggressive-gulls-protect-their-cheese-fries-180972851/A new study suggests that watching the birds as they approach will slow them down or scare them offThu, 08 Aug 2019 20:47:18 +0000Per Favore, Do Not Sit on the Spanish Stepshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/favore-do-not-sit-spanish-steps-180972875/Plop down on the landmark and you might find yourself hit with a €250 fineThu, 08 Aug 2019 20:41:27 +0000Why Scientists Are Making Vodka in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-are-making-vodka-chernobyl-exclusion-zone-180972853/It’s perfectly safe to drink, according to a new reportThu, 08 Aug 2019 18:14:49 +0000This Bread Was Made Using 4,500-Year-Old Egyptian Yeasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bread-was-made-using-4500-year-old-egyptian-yeast-180972842/After extracting the dormant yeast from cooking vessels, an amateur gastroegyptologist used ancient grains to recreate an Old Kingdom loafThu, 08 Aug 2019 17:24:13 +0000A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth's Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crashed-spacecraft-might-have-put-water-bears-moon-180972840/The microscopic tardigrades were part of a lunar library sent aboard the Beresheet lander that crashed last AprilWed, 07 Aug 2019 19:26:45 +0000This Chonky Ancient Bird Is the World’s Largest Known Parrothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chonky-ancient-bird-worlds-largest-known-parrot-180972841/Discovered in New Zealand, the bird has been dubbed ‘Squawkzilla’Wed, 07 Aug 2019 18:53:05 +0000A Beyoncé Portrait Is Coming to the Smithsonian National Portrait Galleryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyonce-portrait-coming-smithsonian-national-portrait-gallery-180972844/The image appeared in <i>Vogue</i>’s 2018 September issue and was shot by the photographer Tyler MitchellWed, 07 Aug 2019 17:17:07 +0000San Francisco Is Getting a Monument to Maya Angelouhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-francisco-getting-monument-maya-angelou-180972831/The city’s arts commission is expected to choose one of three proposed designs this weekWed, 07 Aug 2019 16:35:25 +0000Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Insect ‘Apocalypse’ in the U.S., Study Warnshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-pesticides-are-driving-us-insect-apocalypse-study-warns-180972839/The country's agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years agoWed, 07 Aug 2019 15:29:12 +0000Last Month Was the Hottest July in Recorded Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/data-confirms-july-was-hottest-month-ever-180972824/The EU's weather satellites show the global average was 0.072 higher than July 2016, the previous record holderTue, 06 Aug 2019 20:04:04 +0000Toni Morrison, ‘Beloved’ Author Who Cataloged the African-American Experience, Dies at 88https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toni-morrison-beloved-author-who-catalogued-african-american-experience-dies-88-180972833/'She changed the whole cartography of black writing,' says Kinshasha Holman Conwill of the National Museum of African American History and CultureTue, 06 Aug 2019 19:28:20 +0000It Will Take New Zealand 50 Million Years to Recover Its Lost Bird Biodiversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-will-take-new-zealand-50-million-years-recover-its-lost-bird-biodiversity-180972827/Half of the country’s unique avian taxa have gone extinct since humans came to the islandTue, 06 Aug 2019 18:18:41 +0000Fossils Reveal Why Coyotes Outlived Saber-Toothed Catshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossils-reveal-why-coyotes-outlived-saber-toothed-cats-180972826/Contrary to popular belief, carnivorous cats and canines probably didn't hunt the same limited pool of preyTue, 06 Aug 2019 16:54:53 +0000Nine Newly Discovered Proust Stories to Be Publishedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-newly-discovered-proust-stories-be-published-180972825/The works were slated to be part of the French author's first collection of poems and stories, but were cut for unknown reasonsTue, 06 Aug 2019 14:43:26 +0000Remembering Dorothy Toy, a Dazzling Asian-American Tap Dance Starhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-dorothy-toy-dazzling-asian-american-dance-star-180972819/She and her dance partner Paul Wing appeared together as stars of stage and screen, but they were not immune to prejudicial attitudesMon, 05 Aug 2019 20:38:00 +0000Eating Even One Piece of Plastic Has Health Consequences for Baby Seabirdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eating-even-one-piece-plastic-has-health-consequences-seabird-chicks-180972809/A study of fleshy-footed shearwater babies found plastic increased their cholesterol, impacted their kidneys and disrupted normal growthMon, 05 Aug 2019 20:20:20 +0000After 30 Years, a South African Dinosaur Is Identified as a New Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-30-years-south-african-dinosaur-identified-new-species-180972810/The fossil, held for decades at the University of Witwatersrand, was previously thought to belong to the most common dinosaur species in South AfricaMon, 05 Aug 2019 19:03:12 +0000Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in a Single Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenland-lost-record-breaking-125-billion-tons-ice-single-day-180972808/The amount of ice collectively lost last Wednesday and Thursday would be enough to cover Florida in almost five inches of waterMon, 05 Aug 2019 17:03:09 +0000Future Graffiti Additions to Prague’s John Lennon Wall Will Be Strictly Regulatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-graffiti-additions-pragues-john-lennon-wall-will-be-strictly-regulated-180972816/Local authorities are introducing security measures in response to vandalism, obscene graffitiMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:52:11 +0000New England 'Vampire' Was Likely a Farmer Named Johnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-englands-mystery-vampire-was-likely-farmer-named-john-180972815/In 1990, archaeologists discovered a corpse that had been disturbed during the Great New England Vampire PanicMon, 05 Aug 2019 16:50:04 +0000Miami Museum Launches Exhibition Exclusively on Instagram https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miami-museum-launches-exhibition-instagram-180972794/Over eight weeks, 'Joyous Dystopia' is posting digital works by eight different artistsMon, 05 Aug 2019 14:15:13 +0000The Six Wives of Henry VIII Are Coming to Broadwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thoroughly-modern-musical-about-henry-viiis-six-wives-coming-broadway-180972799/In 'Six,' the Tudor queens get a chance to share their side of the storyMon, 05 Aug 2019 13:20:47 +0000Why John Dillinger’s Relatives Want to Exhume His Bodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-john-dillingers-relatives-want-exhume-his-body-180972801/They suspect that the man killed by federal agents in 1934 was not, in fact, the outlaw, but a Dillinger expert dismisses the theory as 'total nonsense'Fri, 02 Aug 2019 19:38:11 +0000Nevada Has a Massive New Dark Sky Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nevada-has-giant-new-dark-sky-sanctuary-180972798/The night skies at 100,000-acre Massacre Ridge are some of the starriest in the worldFri, 02 Aug 2019 19:00:45 +0000Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-buy-extinct-volcano-180972795/The U.K.’s Posbury Clump may not have the snazziest of names, but the site boasts a rich history—and is available for around $60,700Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:41:12 +0000New 3-D Map Shows Milky Way's Big Twisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-3d-map-shows-milky-ways-big-twist-180972797/By mapping the distance of Cepheid stars, researchers reveal that our galaxy is warpedFri, 02 Aug 2019 18:38:51 +0000Fragment of 'The Rose Thorn,' a Poem About a Talking Vulva, Dated to the 1300shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-talking-vulva-poem-dates-1300s-180972775/The section of the erotic Medieval fantasy was found in the binding of book in Austria's Melk monasteryFri, 02 Aug 2019 16:59:56 +0000Turtle Embryos May Be Able to Influence Their Sex by Moving Around Inside the Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turtle-embryos-may-be-able-influence-their-sex-moving-around-inside-egg-180972796/When embryos found the so-called 'Goldilocks' temperature zone, sex selection was randomized, producing a nearly even split between males and femalesFri, 02 Aug 2019 15:28:29 +0000Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificially-conceived-southern-white-rhino-offers-hope-critically-endangered-cousin-180972793/Scientists are working to bring northern white rhinos back from the brink by using southern females as surrogate mothersThu, 01 Aug 2019 19:27:40 +0000This Ancient Roman Souvenir Stylus Is Inscribed With a Corny Jokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roman-souvenir-stylus-inscribed-corny-joke-180972792/Loosely translated, the message reads, ‘I went to Rome and all I got you was this stylus’Thu, 01 Aug 2019 17:59:14 +0000There Are ‘At Most’ 19 Vaquitas Left in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-most-19-vaquitas-left-wild-180972791/An alarming new study documents the continued decline of the critically endangered porpoise—but it may still be possible to save the speciesThu, 01 Aug 2019 16:39:26 +0000Male Black Widow Spiders Find Potential Mates by Following Other Suitors’ Trailshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-black-widow-spiders-find-potential-mates-following-other-suitors-trails-180972786/Although this strategy may seem counterintuitive, researchers say speedy tracking is an important factor in successful courtshipThu, 01 Aug 2019 16:19:00 +0000A Steinbeck Story About a Chef and His Cat Has Been Published in English for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/steinbeck-story-about-chef-and-his-cat-has-been-published-english-first-time-180972776/The author wrote 'The Amiable Fleas' in 1954, for the French newspaper <i>Le Figaro</i>Thu, 01 Aug 2019 15:56:16 +0000Rare, Mosquito-Borne Virus Found in Several Chickens in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sentinel-chickens-detect-brain-infecting-virus-florida-180972772/The only way to prevent eastern equine encephalitis virus, which causes brain-swelling and has a high mortality rate, is to avoid mosquito bitesThu, 01 Aug 2019 15:06:27 +0000This Iron Age Celtic Woman Was Buried in a Hollowed-Out Tree Trunkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-celtic-woman-was-buried-hollowed-out-tree-trunk-180972773/The woman performed little physical labor during her lifetime and enjoyed a rich diet of starchy and sweetened foodsWed, 31 Jul 2019 18:06:24 +0000More Than 200 Reindeer Starved to Death in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-200-reindeer-starved-death-norway-180972770/Scientists think climate change is to blameWed, 31 Jul 2019 16:55:28 +0000Researchers Document First Known Case of Dolphin Mom Adopting Whale Calfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-document-first-known-instance-dolphin-mom-adopting-whale-calf-180972769/The melon-headed male whale actively competed for his adoptive mother's attention, repeatedly shoving his bottlenose dolphin sister out of the wayWed, 31 Jul 2019 16:49:44 +0000New Markers in Atlanta Aim to Put Confederate Monuments in Contexthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-markers-atlanta-aim-put-confederate-monuments-context-180972767/The city is installing the historical markers next to four of its most prominent Confederate memorialsWed, 31 Jul 2019 15:35:15 +0000Why the Much-Publicized Mission to Find Amelia Earhart's Plane Is Likely to Come Up Emptyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorer-who-discovered-titanic-searching-amelia-earharts-plane-smithsonian-curator-doesnt-think-hell-find-it-180972762/The explorer who discovered the 'Titanic' is searching for the lost aviator. A Smithsonian curator doesn’t think he’ll find it.Wed, 31 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Family Realizes Long-Forgotten Portrait Was Painted by Famed Nigerian Artist Ben Enwonwuhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/family-realizes-long-forgotten-portrait-their-mother-was-painted-nigerian-artist-ben-enwonwu-180972764/Last year, a similarly rediscovered portrait by Enwonwu sold for $1.6 million, setting an auction record for Nigerian Modernist artTue, 30 Jul 2019 21:26:59 +0000Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours—a New Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ethiopia-plants-350-million-trees-12-hours-180972760/The government claims that volunteers at 1,000 sites participated in the coordinated reforestation effortsTue, 30 Jul 2019 20:01:45 +0000To Remember the Chicago Race Riot of 1919, Commemoration Project Looks to Public Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-years-ago-red-summer-race-riots-gripped-america-180972763/The Windy City was just one place that went up in flames that summerTue, 30 Jul 2019 19:49:44 +0000The Library of Congress Needs Your Help Transcribing Suffragist Papershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-needs-your-help-transcribing-suffragist-papers-1-180972677/Nearly 16,000 pages of diaries, letters, speeches and other documents are available on the library’s crowdsourcing platformTue, 30 Jul 2019 19:33:08 +0000Swarms of Grasshoppers Invading Las Vegas Are Visible on Radarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarms-grasshoppers-invading-las-vegas-are-visible-radar-180972761/Experts say the insects are migrating north in response to unusually heavy rainfall in the regionTue, 30 Jul 2019 16:42:54 +0000The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-experiencing-its-worst-wildfire-season-record-180972749/Arctic infernos released 50 megatons of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of Sweden’s total annual emissions—into the atmosphere in June aloneMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:49:04 +0000Traces of WWII Veteran’s Doomed Final Flight May Have Been Located in the Chesapeake Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-wwii-veterans-doomed-final-flight-potentially-found-chesapeake-bay-180972755/Few definitive traces of either the pilot or his plane have materialized since the 1945 crashMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:36:01 +0000Due to Repeated Vandalism, Emmett Till Memorial to Be Replaced With Bulletproof Signhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emmett-till-memorial-be-replaced-bulletproof-sign-due-repeated-vandalism-180972753/Most recently, three University of Mississippi students were suspended from their fraternity after posing in front of the sign with gunsMon, 29 Jul 2019 18:02:15 +0000Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized With 2,200 Pounds of Butterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2200-pounds-butter-memorializes-apollo-11-mission-180972750/A buttery Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, along with a couple cows, are on display at the Ohio State FairMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:46:01 +0000Drawing Found in Thrift Store Turns Out to Be an Original Egon Schielehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-found-thrift-store-turns-out-be-original-egon-schiele-180972740/The work, on display as part of an exhibit at Galerie St. Etienne, is expected to sell for between $100,000 to $200,000Fri, 26 Jul 2019 20:42:46 +0000Sixteen Black Rhinos Successfully Relocated to eSwatini https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16-black-rhinos-successfully-relocated-eswatini-180972742/The critically endangered animals had been living in South Africa, where poaching threats are highFri, 26 Jul 2019 20:20:05 +0000Baltimore Museum of Art, Home to Largest Matisse Collection, Will Open Center Dedicated to Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baltimore-museum-home-largest-matisse-collection-will-open-center-dedicated-artist-180972741/The gallery’s Matisse holdings encompass more than 1,200 paintings, sculptures, drawings and printsFri, 26 Jul 2019 20:02:20 +0000Viking Woman Warrior May Have Been Slavichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-woman-warrior-was-actually-poland-180972739/A new analysis of female Viking warriors suggests one found in Denmark was actually from the area of present-day PolandFri, 26 Jul 2019 19:35:28 +0000Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense of Touchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-hand-restores-wearers-sense-touch-180972737/The prosthetic enabled a test subject to pick up an egg without cracking it, send a text message, peel a banana and hold his wife's handFri, 26 Jul 2019 16:15:32 +0000Empty-Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/empty-nester-loons-adopt-mallard-chick-northern-wisconsin-180972736/For two months the duckling has learned to eat fish, dive and just hang out on on mom and dad's backsFri, 26 Jul 2019 16:08:31 +0000A Statue in the U.K. Had to Be Moved Because It Was Too Popularhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-english-moors-had-be-moved-because-it-was-too-popular-180972733/Visitors flocked to see ‘Seated Figure’ by the artist Sean Henry—and damaged the surrounding landscape of the North York Moors in the processFri, 26 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000From Baked Dormouse to Carbonized Bread, 300 Artifacts Show What Romans Atehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibit-spotlights-roman-delicacies-baked-dormouse-carbonized-bread-180972731/The show features frescoes, preserved fruit, cooking utensils and vessels recovered from PompeiiFri, 26 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000Deep-Sea Snail Builds Its Own Ironclad Suit of Armor. But Even That Can't Protect It From Ocean Mininghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-snail-iron-shell-first-creature-declared-endangered-ocean-mining-180972727/The sea pangolin only lives by a few hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean, which are being targeted by deep-sea minersThu, 25 Jul 2019 20:54:00 +0000Cowboy Boots Purchased in the U.S. Played Part in Pangolins’ Declinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cowboy-boots-purchased-us-played-part-pangolins-decline-180972728/Before 2000, imported pangolin skins were widely used in the production of exotic leather accessoriesThu, 25 Jul 2019 20:01:37 +0000The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made of Recycled Materialshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-2020-olympic-medals-will-be-made-recycled-materials-180972726/The design for the medals, created by Junichi Kawanishi, were unveiled this weekThu, 25 Jul 2019 16:39:27 +0000Hebrew Inscription Emerges From Ruins of the Great Synagogue of Vilnahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hebrew-inscription-emerges-ruins-great-synagogue-vilna-180972725/Other finds from a recent excavation include a prayer book and 200 gold coinsWed, 24 Jul 2019 20:56:15 +0000Couture Covering 96 Years of Fashion Is Coming to the Met's Costume Institutehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mets-costume-institute-will-exhibit-fashions-donated-little-known-couture-collector-180972721/A little-known couture collector has gifted the museum 165 items drawn from her collection of approximately 15,000 piecesWed, 24 Jul 2019 19:24:06 +0000Heading to the Beach? Beware the Fecal Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heading-beach-beware-fecal-bacteria-180972720/A new report found that more than 2,600 sites in the U.S. and Puerto Rico were “potentially unsafe” for at least one day in 2018 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:37:06 +0000Laugh Tracks Make Bad Jokes Funnier, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ha-ha-study-shows-laugh-tracks-make-dad-jokes-funnier-180972718/The bursts of audience laughter hated by TV critics do induce laughter, meaning the sit-com giggles are here to stayWed, 24 Jul 2019 17:25:30 +0000Why Archaeologists and Volcanologists Are Clashing Over Excavations at Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-archaeologists-and-volcanologists-are-clashing-over-excavations-pompeii-180972716/Volcanologist Roberto Scandone argues that enthusiasm for archaeology has yielded an “act of vandalism to volcanology”Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:35:48 +0000Investigation Identifies Nazi-Looted Art Later Ransacked From Hitler’s Headquartershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/investigation-identifies-400-still-missing-works-art-looted-hitlers-headquarters-180972714/Near the end of WWII, Munich civilians plundered food, liquor, furnishings and some 700 works of art, most of which wer stolen property, from the FührerbauTue, 23 Jul 2019 20:19:20 +0000Why Florida Crocs Are Thriving Outside a Nuclear Power Planthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florida-crocs-are-thriving-outside-nuclear-power-plant-180972712/But is the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station the reptilian utopia that it seems? Tue, 23 Jul 2019 19:36:13 +0000Unhatched Bird Embryos Communicate With Siblings by Vibrating Their Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unhatched-birds-communicate-siblings-vibrating-their-shells-180972711/Baby seabirds exposed to nestmates' warnings exhibit behavioral and physiological adaptations designed to help avoid predatorsTue, 23 Jul 2019 19:17:22 +0000It Took Two Years for Global Experts to ID This Little Shard of Roman Glasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-took-two-years-id-little-shard-roman-glass-180972713/The rare blue-green glass was unearthed at the Chedworth Roman Villa in the U.K. Tue, 23 Jul 2019 18:16:48 +0000Plaque Memorializes First Icelandic Glacier Lost to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plaque-memorializes-first-icelandic-glacier-lost-climate-change-180972710/In 2014, the Okjökull was declared dead after dwindling from over 5 square miles to a mound of "dead ice"Tue, 23 Jul 2019 17:14:45 +0000Judy Chicago Retrospective to Look Beyond ‘The Dinner Party’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-judy-chicago-retrospective-will-look-beyond-dinner-party-180972706/The largest exhibition of Chicago's work to date at the de Young Museum in San Francisco will highlight the diversity of the artist’s oeuvre Mon, 22 Jul 2019 20:51:12 +0000London Signs Up as First 'National Park City'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-signs-first-national-park-city-180972705/The city has commited to upping its greenspace to 50 percent and making the urban landscape healthier, greener and more beautiful by 2050Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:38:17 +0000This New Shark Species Looks Like a Tiny Sperm Whalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-shark-species-looks-like-tiny-sperm-whale-180972704/The 5.5-inch-long <em>Mollisquama mississippiensis</em>—one of only two pocket shark specimens known to science—also glows in the darkMon, 22 Jul 2019 17:44:39 +0000The World's Northernmost Permanent Settlement Set a Record High Temperaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-northerly-permanent-settlement-set-record-high-temperature-180972702/The military installation of Alert on Ellesmere Island, 600 miles from the North Pole, hit 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit last weekMon, 22 Jul 2019 16:35:51 +0000Wolves and Bears Are Being Returned to a Rare Patch of Ancient Woodland in Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-and-bears-are-being-returned-rare-patch-ancient-woodland-britain-180972670/The Bristol Zoological Society is launching an animal exhibit that will see the predators share a U.K. habitat for the first time in 1,000 yearsMon, 22 Jul 2019 15:45:59 +0000The California Condor Nearly Went Extinct. Now, the 1000th Chick of a Recovery Program Has Hatched.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-condor-nearly-went-extinct-now-1000th-chick-recovery-program-has-hatched-180972698/“When we confirmed it…it was just this feeling of overwhelming joy,” one wildlife expert saidMon, 22 Jul 2019 12:55:33 +0000New Species of Giant Flying Squirrel Discovered in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-giant-flying-squirrel-discovered-china-180972693/Weighing 3 to 4 pounds, the Mount Gaoligong flying squirrel was recently found in Yunnan provinceMon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Atlanta Museum’s ‘Dating’ App Matches Visitors With Artworkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-new-dating-app-matches-visitors-artwork-180972674/The High Museum of Art creates tour routes based on users' likesFri, 19 Jul 2019 19:13:38 +0000The Charles Dickens Museum Acquires ‘Lost’ Portrait of the Author as a Young Manhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dickens-museum-acquires-lost-portrait-author-young-man-180972694/The 1843 painting by Margaret Gillies surfaced at an auction in South Africa in 2017Fri, 19 Jul 2019 18:49:17 +0000Minnesota and Wisconsin Are Beefing About Who Has More Lakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-and-wisconsin-are-beefing-about-who-has-more-lakes-180972697/Minnesota, obviously, is the winner, but it turns out there is no actual, technical definition of what constitutes a lakeFri, 19 Jul 2019 18:32:04 +0000Swarms of Flying Ants Overtaking Great Britain Show Up as Rain on Radarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarms-flying-ants-overtaking-great-britain-show-rain-radar-180972686/Once a year, the winged insects take to the skies and engage in mating ritualsFri, 19 Jul 2019 14:42:05 +0000The First Investigation Into the Allied Waterloo Field Hospital Is Unearthing Cannonballs—and Limbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/limbs-and-cannonballs-unearthed-waterloo-field-hospital-180972685/The dig, conducted by military veterans and service members, suggests just how close Napoleon's forces might have come to victory in the epic battleThu, 18 Jul 2019 20:36:02 +0000New Investigation Answers Pressing Question: Whatever Happened to All of Bob Ross’ Paintings?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whatever-happened-all-bob-ross-paintings-180972672/The artist produced almost 30,000 paintings over the course of his lifetimeThu, 18 Jul 2019 19:47:00 +0000Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/georgia-beachgoers-help-save-pod-stranded-pilot-whales-180972684/All but three of the animals that swam too close to shore made it back to the sea aliveThu, 18 Jul 2019 18:44:41 +0000Chimps Bond Over Movies, Just Like Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-bond-over-movies-just-us-180972682/After watching video clips together, chimps and bonobos were more sociable than those that watched the movies aloneThu, 18 Jul 2019 16:54:51 +0000Magma Lurks Below This ‘Extinct’ Volcano in Romaniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magma-lurks-below-extinct-romanian-volcano-180972681/Rocks in the upper crust beneath Ciomadul are, on average, 15 percent molten, with some areas reaching as high as 45 percentThu, 18 Jul 2019 15:02:56 +0000This Material May Make Human Habitation on Mars Possiblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/material-may-make-human-habitation-mars-possible-180972667/Silica aerogel traps heat and allows light in while blocking ultraviolet radiation, making it a good candidate for building human settlementsThu, 18 Jul 2019 14:35:23 +0000Egypt Opens Its ‘Bent Pyramid’ for the First Time in More Than 50 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egypt-opens-its-bent-pyramid-first-time-50-years-180972673/The pyramid may represent an important step in a pharaoh’s quest to build the ‘perfect’ pyramidWed, 17 Jul 2019 21:52:12 +0000Yosemite Gets Its Historic Place Names Backhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yosemite-gets-its-historic-place-names-back-180972671/A settlement with a former concessions operator means Camp Curry, the Ahwahnee Hotel and other iconic sites can use their original names againWed, 17 Jul 2019 18:43:09 +0000Tate Acquires Archive of Works by Little-Known Surrealist Ithell Colquhounhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-acquires-archive-works-little-known-surrealist-ithell-colquhoun-180972665/The collection, featuring some 5,000 sketches, drawings and commercial artworks, promises to instigate a 're-evaluation of her whole career'Wed, 17 Jul 2019 17:41:08 +0000Divers Encounter a Human-Size Jellyfish Off the Coast of Englandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-encounter-human-size-jellyfish-coast-england-180972669/Barrel jellyfish typically grow to a length of up to 3 feet, but this one measured closer to 5 feet longWed, 17 Jul 2019 17:27:34 +0000Did Stonehenge’s Builders Use Lard to Move Its Boulders Into Place?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-builders-use-lard-move-stonehenge-boulders-place-180972662/Animal fat residue found on ceramic vessels suggests the ancient Britons who built the monument greased their wooden sledges with lardTue, 16 Jul 2019 20:48:29 +0000This Street in Wales Is Officially the World’s Steepesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/street-wales-officially-worlds-steepest-180972663/Ffordd Pen Llech, a winding road in the historic town of Harlech, has claimed the Guinness World Record—but not everyone is happy about itTue, 16 Jul 2019 20:14:32 +0000South Dakota's City of Presidents Unveils Obama Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-statue-added-south-dakotas-city-presidents-180972660/The new life-size bronze depicts the 44th president waving to the crowd and holding his daughter Sasha's handTue, 16 Jul 2019 18:16:04 +0000Study Finds Insects Can Experience Chronic Pain https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insects-can-experience-chronic-pain-study-finds-180972656/Injured fruit flies still experience nerve pain after healing, a finding that could lead the way to more non-opioid pain medicationsTue, 16 Jul 2019 17:56:22 +0000Alan Turing Will Be the New Face of Britain’s £50 Notehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alan-turing-will-be-new-face-britains-50-note-180972661/Persecuted at the end of his life, the British mathematician and code-breaker is now widely admired as a father of computer scienceTue, 16 Jul 2019 17:47:11 +0000Neil Armstrong’s Restored Spacesuit Put Back on Display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrongs-restored-spacesuit-put-back-display-smithsonians-national-air-and-space-museum-180972654/The spacesuit, which Armstrong wore when he walked on the moon during Apollo 11, is available for public viewing and as a 3-D model onlineTue, 16 Jul 2019 14:13:55 +0000Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/audubon-photography-award-winners-show-breathtaking-beauty-wild-birds-180972651/The 10th installment of the competition featured two new categories Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:00:00 +0000First Moon-Forming Disk Detected Swirling Around an Exoplanethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-moon-forming-disk-found-swirling-around-exoplanet-180972642/Telescope observations suggest that a cloud of gas and dust around a planet 370 light-years away may be coalescing into planet-sized moonsMon, 15 Jul 2019 20:20:35 +0000A Literary Vandal Is Ripping Pages Out of Books and Putting Them Back on Shelveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/literary-vandal-ripping-pages-out-books-and-putting-them-back-shelves-180972648/The so-called 'book ripper' has targeted more than 100 volumes at a library and charity bookshop in the English town of Herne BayMon, 15 Jul 2019 18:57:09 +0000One of the Largest Subspecies of Giraffes Is Declared Endangeredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-largest-subspecies-giraffes-declared-endangered-180972647/Once the largest of nine subspecies, Masai giraffe numbers have dropped by an estimated 50 percent in the last 30 yearsMon, 15 Jul 2019 18:35:20 +0000Nina Simone’s Childhood Home Is Under Threat. This Campaign Aims to Save Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-campaign-hopes-save-nina-simones-childhood-home-180972644/The National Trust is hoping to preserve the North Carolina house where Simone first learned to play pianoMon, 15 Jul 2019 17:59:50 +0000This Poker-Playing A.I. Knows When to Hold 'Em and When to Fold 'Emhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poker-playing-ai-knows-when-hold-em-when-fold-em-180972643/Pluribus won an average of around $5 per hand, or $1,000 per hour, when playing against five human opponentsMon, 15 Jul 2019 16:34:49 +0000140 Million Years Ago, a Bird-Like Dinosaur Swallowed a Lizard Whole. Here's Why Its Final Meal Is Exciting Researchershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-dinosaur-ate-lizard-and-revealed-entire-ecosystem-180972640/The lizard is a piece of a complex ancient food web being pieced together in northeast ChinaMon, 15 Jul 2019 10:00:00 +0000A Nellie Bly Memorial Is Coming to Roosevelt Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nellie-bly-memorial-planned-site-asylum-she-investigated-180972635/The journalist famously wrote a six-part exposé cataloging the 10 days she spent at an asylum on Blackwell’s IslandFri, 12 Jul 2019 17:39:25 +0000This Prehistoric Bird Had Weirdly Long Toeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-bird-had-weirdly-long-toes-180972637/Researchers think the newly described 'Elektorornis chenguangi' used its special digits to scoop insects out of treesFri, 12 Jul 2019 17:29:09 +0000Mussels' Sticky Threads Could Inspire Ways to Clean Up Oil Spills, Purify Water and Morehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mussels-sticky-threads-could-clean-oil-spills-pollution-and-even-generate-energy-180972636/A new review shows the sticky threads the bivalves used to cling to rocks could have lot of potential engineering applications Fri, 12 Jul 2019 16:42:32 +0000See a Python Swallow a Crocodile Wholehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-python-swallow-crocodile-whole-180972631/A kayaker captured the gruesome photographs while exploring a swamp in Queensland, AustraliaFri, 12 Jul 2019 14:30:00 +0000This 210,000-Year-Old Skull May Be the Oldest Human Fossil Found in Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/210000-skull-may-be-oldest-human-fossil-found-europe-180972629/A new study could shake up the accepted timeline of Homo Sapiens’ arrival on the continent—though not all experts are on boardThu, 11 Jul 2019 20:55:46 +0000Little, Transparent Fish Show Sleep Is at Least 450 Million Years Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-little-fish-show-sleep-least-450-million-years-old-180972625/Imaging of sleeping zebrafish reveal their pattern of Zzz's is similar to that of mammals and other animals, meaning snoozing has been around a long timeThu, 11 Jul 2019 19:51:23 +0000Remains of Napoleonic General Believed to Have Been Found in Russian Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-napoleonic-general-found-russian-park-180972628/Charles Étienne Gudin, whose name appears on the Arc de Triomphe, was hit by a cannonball during the Battle of ValutinoThu, 11 Jul 2019 19:38:33 +0000Pompeii Is Home to Multiple Undetonated World War II Bombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pompeii-home-multiple-undetonated-world-war-ii-bombs-180972626/A statement by the Archaeological Museum of Pompeii assures the public that there is 'no risk for visitors'Thu, 11 Jul 2019 18:22:11 +0000Thanks to Light Pollution, We're Losing Nemohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/losing-nemo-light-pollution-can-prevent-clownfish-eggs-hatching-180972623/In trials, light-exposed eggs hatched normally as soon as scientists removed an overhead LED designed to simulate artificial light conditionsThu, 11 Jul 2019 15:38:23 +0000New National Marine Sanctuary Will Protect Maryland’s ‘Ghost Fleet’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-national-marine-sanctuary-will-protect-marylands-ghost-fleet-180972619/Hundreds of abandoned vessels have merged with the environment in Mallows BayThu, 11 Jul 2019 13:42:11 +0000California's Drought Killed Almost 150 Million Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-californias-drought-killed-almost-150-million-trees-180972591/The forests were too dense and temperatures were much higher than in previous droughts, exhausting water supplies and leading to mass die-offsWed, 10 Jul 2019 21:15:29 +0000Consider the Nature of Perception at Olafur Eliasson's New Showhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/olafur-eliassons-newest-show-uses-legos-help-visitors-visualize-cities-future-180972612/Tate Modern retrospective features some 40 works pulled from the artist's decades-long careerWed, 10 Jul 2019 21:06:47 +0000The Volkswagen Beetle Says Auf Wiedersehenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volkswagen-beetle-says-auf-wiedersehen-180972611/The iconic car with a history stretching from Nazi Germany to the Summer of Love stops productionWed, 10 Jul 2019 20:01:46 +0000Goats May Be Able to Tell When Their Buddies Are Feeling Good or Baaadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goats-may-be-able-tell-when-their-buddies-are-feeling-good-or-baaad-180972610/A new study has found that the animals can distinguish between positive and negative vocalizationsWed, 10 Jul 2019 17:40:17 +0000What This Head-Banging, Body-Rolling Cockatoo Teaches Us About the Evolution of Dancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockatoo-helps-illuminate-why-we-dance-180972587/Researchers found internet-famous Snowball has 14 unique moves and five neural traits that lead him to the dancefloorWed, 10 Jul 2019 17:27:43 +0000The 'Chicago Defender,' an Iconic Black Newspaper, to Release Its Last Print Issuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-defender-iconic-black-newspaper-releasing-its-last-print-issue-180972586/The publication will shift its focus to online contentTue, 09 Jul 2019 21:06:43 +0000'Seditious' Pressed Glass Jewel Found in 18th-Century North Carolina Tavernhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-glass-pebble-links-north-carolina-tavern-seditious-colonists-180972585/The bead is imprinted with 'Wilkes and Liberty 45,' a code for those who opposed the policies of George IIITue, 09 Jul 2019 20:26:50 +0000Hundreds of Artifacts Looted From Iraq and Afghanistan to Be Repatriatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-artifacts-looted-iraq-and-afghanistan-repatriated-180972584/The trove, currently stored at the British Museum for safekeeping, includes 4th-century Buddhist sculpture fragments and 154 Mesopotamian cuneiform tabletsTue, 09 Jul 2019 19:15:59 +0000Toxic Algal Bloom Forces Mississippi to Close All Its Mainland Beacheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algal-bloom-forces-mississippi-close-all-its-mainland-beaches-180972583/Experts think nutrient-rich freshwater, diverted into the Gulf of Mexico during recent flooding, is fueling the algae overgrowthTue, 09 Jul 2019 17:05:41 +0000Researchers Develop Plant-Based, Eco-Friendly Method to Produce Tylenolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-develop-eco-friendly-method-synthesizing-tylenol-plants-180972582/Current manufacturing processes rely on coal tar, which is produced using fossil fuelsTue, 09 Jul 2019 16:55:09 +0000Ancient City of Babylon Among New Unesco World Heritage Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-city-babylon-among-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites-180972579/Other additions include ancient metallurgy sites in Burkina Faso, Iceland’s Vatnajökull National Park and eight buildings designed by Frank LLoyd WrightMon, 08 Jul 2019 21:33:26 +0000Bossa Nova Became a Turning Point in Brazilian Culture. João Gilberto Helped Launch Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-bossa-nova-pioneer-joao-gilberto-180972578/The musician, who died at 88, developed the understated style in his sister's bathroom, launching the cool, sophisticated sound to international acclaimMon, 08 Jul 2019 21:11:32 +0000Rare Lava Lake Found on Top of Sub-Antarctic Volcanohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-lava-lake-found-top-sub-antarctic-volcano-180972576/Satellite data located the persistent pool of liquid rock on top of Mt. Michael on Saunders Island, part of the South Sandwich IslandsMon, 08 Jul 2019 20:37:47 +0000Lion of Mosul Statue Brought Back Through 3-D Printed Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printed-replica-ancient-sculpture-destroyed-isis-goes-view-london-180972577/The resurrected sculpture is featured in the Imperial War Museum’s 'Culture Under Attack' exhibition Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:30:27 +0000For the First Time Ever, Temperatures Reached 90 Degrees in Anchoragehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temperatures-reached-90-degrees-anchorage-firs-180972575/Alaska is not a stranger to sweaty summer days, but climate scientists are nevertheless concerned about the recent heatwaveMon, 08 Jul 2019 18:50:15 +0000Last Laugh: 'MAD' Magazine Will Soon Disappear From Newsstands https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-laugh-mad-magazine-will-soon-disappear-newsstands-180972572/The iconic satire publication plans to reprint archival material with new covers, but will stop publishing new issuesMon, 08 Jul 2019 18:00:10 +0000One Climate Crisis Disaster Occurs Every Week, U.N. Official Warns https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-expert-warns-one-climate-crisis-disaster-occurs-every-week-180972573/Governments should prioritize 'adaptation and resilience' measures designed to curb the effects of ongoing lower-impact climate events, experts sayMon, 08 Jul 2019 16:24:54 +0000Thousands of Newly Unearthed Photographs Document Ugandans’ Life Under Idi Aminhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-newly-unearthed-photographs-document-ugandans-life-under-idi-amin-180972533/Around 150 of the images are now on view at the Uganda Museum in KampalaFri, 05 Jul 2019 18:03:39 +0000Ancient Chinese Graves Reveal Evidence of Early Skull Reshapinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-chinese-graves-reveal-evidence-early-skull-reshaping-180972570/Humans may have compressed infants’ soft heads with their hands, bound them between boards or wrapped them tightly in clothFri, 05 Jul 2019 17:35:45 +0000This 33,000-Year-Old Man May Have Been Killed by a Left-Handed Murdererhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/33000-year-old-man-may-have-been-killed-left-handed-murderer-180972571/A new study delves into the puzzling fractures on a Paleolithic skullFri, 05 Jul 2019 17:11:18 +0000Not Even Chemicals Can Stop the Indomitable Cockroachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroaches-are-becoming-increasingly-resistant-pesticides-180972567/A new study suggests it will soon be “almost impossible” to control the insects with chemicals aloneFri, 05 Jul 2019 15:32:41 +0000Satellite Images Reveal the Extent of Chennai’s Water Shortagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-reveal-extent-chennais-water-shortage-180972565/Poor management, groundwater overuse and climate change-driven weather shifts are among the factors driving the crisisFri, 05 Jul 2019 15:12:27 +0000This Little Brazilian Dinosaur Ran Across the Desert on One Toehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-brazilian-dinosaur-ran-across-desert-one-toe-180972555/The recently unearthed dog-sized theropod is a rare example of monodactyl dinosaursWed, 03 Jul 2019 21:24:17 +0000Friendly Baby Dugong Becomes Conservation Symbol in Thailandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friendly-baby-dugong-becomes-conservation-symbol-thailand-180972564/‘Mariam,’ who was found without her mother, has gone viral after images of her nuzzling the experts who care for her started to circulateWed, 03 Jul 2019 20:56:10 +0000The Frick Revives 18th-Century Frescoes Destroyed During World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frick-revives-18th-century-frescoes-destroyed-during-world-war-ii-180972563/A new exhibition unites preparatory paintings, drawings and photographs of Tiepolo’s Palazzo Archinto frescoesWed, 03 Jul 2019 20:20:57 +0000Warhol's Prince Image Doesn't Violate Copyright, Judge Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warhols-prince-image-doesnt-violate-copyright-judge-rules-180972559/Photographer Lynn Goldsmith will be appealing the fair use verdict that found the artist transformed the underlying photograph into something newWed, 03 Jul 2019 19:30:57 +0000Restored Apollo Mission Control Center Brings the Moon Landing Era to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-apollo-mission-control-center-brings-moon-landing-era-life-180972557/Decommissioned in 1992, the site is now open to public toursWed, 03 Jul 2019 17:48:38 +0000A Young Arctic Fox Traveled From Norway to Canada in 76 Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-fox-traveled-norway-canada-76-days-180972558/The animal trekked an average of 28 miles per day, covering a distance of 2,175 miles during her journey from Spitsbergen to Ellesmere IslandWed, 03 Jul 2019 17:42:07 +0000Diary Sheds Light on Deborah Sampson, Who Fought in the Revolutionary Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diary-sheds-light-deborah-sampson-who-fought-revolutionary-war-180972547/Historians agree that Sampson dressed as a man and enlisted in the military, but many details of her extraordinary life remain unclearTue, 02 Jul 2019 21:23:24 +0000Your Old Bra Clasps Can Save Injured Turtleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-old-bra-clasps-can-save-injured-turtles-180972543/The clasps are glued on either side of a shell fracture, then pulled together with a zip tie to stabilize the injury Tue, 02 Jul 2019 21:06:44 +0000Is This the Childhood Home of Lady Jane Grey, England’s Nine-Day Queen?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-are-excavating-childhood-home-lady-jane-grey-englands-nine-day-queen-180972546/Stone structures unearthed below the brick ruins of Bradgate House may date to the Tudor periodTue, 02 Jul 2019 20:21:04 +0000A Summer Hailstorm Buried the Mexican City of Guadalajara Under Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-hailstorm-buried-mexican-city-guadalajara-under-ice-180972539/The weekend storm was unusually severe, with drifting caused by a combination of hail and flash floodingTue, 02 Jul 2019 20:02:44 +0000Japan Resumes Commercial Whaling in Its Home Watershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-resumes-commercial-whaling-its-home-waters-180972540/As of yesterday, the whaling fleet had caught 2 minke whales and set a quota of 227 animals for the rest of 2019Tue, 02 Jul 2019 20:00:57 +0000Amazon Deforestation Has Increased Dramatically This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-deforestation-has-increased-dramatically-year-180972542/In May, an area the size of a soccer field was cleared every minuteTue, 02 Jul 2019 19:27:46 +0000Drought Reveals Ancient Palace in Iraqi Reservoirhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-reveals-ancient-palace-iraqi-reservoir-180972530/A team of Iraqi and German archaeologists excavated the rare Mittani structure before it was swallowed by water once more Mon, 01 Jul 2019 20:34:58 +0000A Copper Beech Tree Planted by Theodore Roosevelt Is Being Cut Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copper-beech-tree-planted-theodore-roosevelt-being-cut-down-180972532/But it will not disappear from Sagamore Hill, the president’s beloved family estateMon, 01 Jul 2019 20:19:24 +0000Alabamians, Beware the Wasp ‘Super Nest’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alabamians-beware-wasp-super-nest-180972528/Having survived an unusually mild winter, yellow jacket wasps are building huge nests, sometimes in human spacesMon, 01 Jul 2019 20:02:03 +0000French Village Hits 114.6 Degrees, Setting New National Record https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-village-hits-degrees-setting-new-record-180972527/ Gallargues-le-Montueux reached the milestone during an intense heatwave that gripped Europe last weekMon, 01 Jul 2019 18:03:03 +0000Coffinfish Can Hold Their Breath for Up to Four Minutes on the Ocean Floorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coffinfish-can-hold-their-breath-four-minutes-180972529/This evolutionary adaptation may help the deep-sea dwellers conserve energy or defend against predatorsMon, 01 Jul 2019 16:30:02 +0000Found: An ‘Undisturbed’ Roman Ship Near Cyprushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-undisturbed-roman-ship-near-cyprus-180972522/The vessel is still packed with amphorae, and may testify to Cyprus’ importance in ancient maritime trade routes Mon, 01 Jul 2019 16:02:31 +0000See Maurice Sendak’s Little-Known Designs for the Opera and Ballethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-exhibition-spotlights-maurice-sendaks-little-known-designs-opera-and-ballet-180972517/ A new exhibition at the Morgan Library & Museum explores how the 'Where the Wild Things Are' author pivoted to a career in set and costume designMon, 01 Jul 2019 15:20:01 +0000Hoochie Mama!: An Interactive 'Seinfeld' Experience Is Coming to New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoochie-mama-interactive-seinfeld-museum-coming-new-york-180972520/The attraction will include costumes, sets, a gift shop, yada, yada, yada Fri, 28 Jun 2019 19:07:19 +0000Melvil Dewey’s Name Stripped From Top Library Awardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melvil-deweys-name-stripped-top-library-award-180972514/An American Library Association resolution points to Dewey's history of discriminatory and predatory behaviorFri, 28 Jun 2019 18:31:40 +0000A Fungus Causes Cicadas to Mate Like Crazy, Even After Their Butts Fall Offhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungus-causes-cicadas-mate-crazy-even-after-their-butts-fall-180972519/And now scientists think they know whyFri, 28 Jun 2019 18:09:49 +0000Prehistoric Crocodiles Preferred Plants Over Preyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-crocodiles-would-have-ordered-salad-180972518/A study of croc teeth show many species during the time of the dinos were herbivores and omnivores, not strict meat eatersFri, 28 Jun 2019 17:43:34 +0000NASA’s Dragonfly Mission Will Fly Through the Clouds of Titan, Saturn’s Biggest Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-dragonfly-drone-will-search-origins-life-titan-saturns-biggest-moon-180972515/Over the course of its initial 2.7-year mission exploring Titan, the dual-quadcopter will fly a combined total of more than 108 milesFri, 28 Jun 2019 14:20:37 +0000‘Life’ Magazine’s Earliest Women Photojournalists Step Into Spotlighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-exhibition-spotlights-six-life-magazines-earliest-female-photojournalists-180972513/A new exhibition highlights images by Margaret Bourke-White, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Lisa Larsen, Nina Leen and Hansel MiethThu, 27 Jun 2019 19:39:03 +0000Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remains-30-service-members-killed-wwii-unearthed-tarawa-180972512/The non-profit History Flight discovered the Marines and sailors as part of its decade-long mission to find the 500 men buried on the atollThu, 27 Jun 2019 19:38:47 +0000Astronauts Capture Stunning Image of Volcano Erupting for the First Time in 95 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-capture-stunning-image-volcano-erupting-first-time-95-years-180972511/The ash plumes from Raikoke reach 42,700 feetThu, 27 Jun 2019 18:04:15 +0000Scientists Identify Blue Hues in Fossilized Bird Feathers for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-blue-tones-prehistoric-bird-feathers-first-time-180972510/A new study shows how the shapes of tiny pigment-carrying structures called melanosomes are associated with different colorsThu, 27 Jun 2019 17:48:22 +0000Pioneering Conservation Project Saves Earthquake-Damaged Peruvian Churchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conservation-project-saved-earthquake-damaged-peruvian-church-180972506/The work was part of a larger initiative to retrofit earthen buildings that are vulnerable to seismic activity Thu, 27 Jun 2019 17:20:20 +0000More Than 50 Lakes Found Under Greenland Ice Sheethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-50-lakes-found-under-greenlands-ice-180972509/Prior to the finding, researchers only knew of four bodies of water below the ice sheetThu, 27 Jun 2019 16:31:08 +0000A Remote Scottish Island Needs Help Protecting Its Seaweed-Eating Sheephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-scottish-island-needs-help-protecting-its-seaweed-eating-sheep-180972496/North Ronaldsay is looking to hire a warden to rebuild the dyke that has long kept its sheep on the coastlineThu, 27 Jun 2019 14:00:00 +0000The Louvre Recruited Top Perfumers to Create Scents Inspired by Its Famous Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louvre-recruited-top-perfumers-create-scents-inspired-its-famous-works-art-180972505/The fragrances evoke masterpieces including 'Venus de Milo,' 'The Winged Victory of Samothrace' and 'La Grande Odalisque'Wed, 26 Jun 2019 20:42:38 +0000Archaeologists Are Finding Woodstock Really Did Take On Life of Its Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-find-woodstock-really-did-take-life-its-own-180972504/If it seems weird to survey a site that’s only 50 years old, it is. But it's not as unusual as you’d thinkWed, 26 Jun 2019 20:19:24 +0000How a Toaster-Sized Atomic Clock Could Pave the Way for Deep Space Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-toaster-sized-clock-could-pave-way-deep-space-exploration-180972498/NASA's Deep Space Atomic Clock is now orbiting Earth for a year-long test runWed, 26 Jun 2019 19:09:57 +0000Giant Goldfish Shows Why You Should Never Flush Fish Down the Toilethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-goldfish-caught-wild-shows-why-you-should-never-flush-fish-down-toilet-180972497/ Invasive goldfish threaten the livelihood of native species, growing unchecked by predators and monopolizing habitats’ limited resourcesWed, 26 Jun 2019 16:53:20 +0000Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airman Who Flew in 142 Combat Missions, Dies at 99https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-friend-tuskegee-airman-who-flew-142-combat-missions-dies-99-180972492/The World War II veteran also led Project Blue Book, a classified Air Force investigation of unidentified flying objects, between 1958 and 1963Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:00:00 +0000