Smart News | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenTue, 15 Jan 2019 21:15:45 +0000Joshua Tree National Park Closes Due to Damage to Namesake Trees https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goverment-shutdown-taking-toll-national-parks-180971149/Many national parks remain understaffed during the government shutdown while instances of vandalism and destruction riseWed, 02 Jan 2019 17:28:14 +0000Toto's 'Africa' Will Play Forever—Or at Least Until the Next Windstorm—in the Namib Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/song-africa-will-play-forever-or-until-next-windstorm-namibian-desert-180971269/An art installation is playing an endless loop of the 1982 earworm in an undisclosed location in the desert along Africa's southwest coastTue, 15 Jan 2019 21:15:45 +0000‘Bouncing’ Baby Orca Spotted Among Endangered Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bouncing-new-calf-spotted-among-endangered-orca-population-180971268/Researchers hope the new baby will reverse an unfortunate trend that has seen no southern resident orca calves survive over the past three yearsTue, 15 Jan 2019 20:45:00 +0000Why the Nation of Georgia Wants to Make Wine on Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-nation-georgia-wants-make-wine-mars-180971267/Researchers there are looking for grape varieties that can grow in Martian soil and survive high radiation and carbon monoxideTue, 15 Jan 2019 20:20:27 +0000Rome's Mayor Says Coins Tossed Into Rome’s Trevi Fountain Will Still Go to Poorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coins-tossed-romes-trevi-fountain-still-go-to-poor-180971262/Controversy erupted earlier this week about who was getting the funds from the 18th-century masterpieceTue, 15 Jan 2019 19:04:22 +0000DNA Pioneer James Watson Loses Honorary Titles Over Racist Commentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-pioneer-james-watson-loses-honorary-titles-over-racist-comments-180971266/The renowned scientist has a long history of controversial commentary on not only race, but issues spanning gender, religion and sexualityTue, 15 Jan 2019 18:21:36 +0000Restored Mughal Gardens Bloom Once More Along Agra's Riverfronthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restored-mugal-gardens-bloom-along-agras-riverfront-180971258/Two of the 44 original historic gardens and structures have been rescued in an ambitious conservation projectTue, 15 Jan 2019 15:35:35 +0000College Basketball Player Lends a Limb to Armless Roman Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/college-basketball-player-lends-arm-limbless-roman-statue-180971247/The 6-foot-9 forward for North Carolina State University posed for a 3-D reconstruction of the sculpture’s missing armMon, 14 Jan 2019 19:30:36 +0000Celebrate the Art of Scrapbooking With This New York Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-exhibition-celebrates-art-everyday-scrapbook-180971233/The show at the Walther Collection Project Space features more than 20 volumes filled with quotidian images, scribbled notes and miscellaneous ephemeraMon, 14 Jan 2019 18:25:09 +0000A Hawaiian Snail Named George, Believed to Be the Last of His Species, Has Diedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaiian-snail-named-george-believed-be-last-his-species-has-died-180971256/His death highlights a larger concern: Scientists estimate that 90 percent of terrestrial snail diversity on the Hawaiian Islands has been lostMon, 14 Jan 2019 18:10:14 +0000Scientists Predict Sun Will One Day Turn Into Giant Crystal Ballhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-our-dying-sun-will-turn-massive-cosmic-crystal-180971255/New observations of white dwarfs confirm theory that the star remnants transition into solid structures as they coolMon, 14 Jan 2019 17:56:18 +0000Pack of Wild Dogs in Texas Carry DNA of Nearly Extinct Red Wolf https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-canines-carry-dna-red-wolf-long-believed-extinct-180971252/ Red wolves were declared extinct in the wild in 1980, but a new study suggests the species’ DNA lives on in a pack of Texan caninesMon, 14 Jan 2019 16:37:35 +0000The Vatican’s New Track Team Includes Priests, Nuns and a Scholarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vaticans-new-track-team-includes-priests-nuns-and-scholar-180971243/The team dreams of competing in the Olympics, though that might be a ‘long shot,’ says its presidentMon, 14 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Easter Island Statues May Have Marked Sources of Fresh Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-statues-may-have-marked-sources-fresh-water-180971244/A spatial analysis of the island's moai and ahu seem to line up with ancient wells and coastal freshwater seepsFri, 11 Jan 2019 22:08:41 +0000Remembering "Godmother of Title IX" Bernice Sandlerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/godmother-title-ix-bernice-sandler-180971246/Sandler, often known as "Bunny," played an important role in creating the landmark legislationFri, 11 Jan 2019 21:30:39 +0000When Choosing a Mate, These Female Birds Prefer Brains Over Beauty or Brawn https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-budgies-choosing-mates-prioritize-smarts-over-beauty-brawn-180971242/After observing initially scorned male budgies performing complex cognitive tasks, females shifted mating preferencesFri, 11 Jan 2019 21:17:30 +0000The Government Shutdown Is Affecting FDA Food Inspections—but Don’t Panichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/government-shutdown-affecting-fda-food-inspections-dont-panic-180971248/FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the agency will resume scheduling inspections of ‘high risk’ foods next weekFri, 11 Jan 2019 21:09:41 +0000Egyptian Schoolboy's 1,800-Year-Old Lesson to Go on Displayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptian-schoolboys-1800-year-old-lesson-go-display-180971234/The British Library took the exercise out of storage as part of an upcoming exhibition on the history of writingFri, 11 Jan 2019 19:35:46 +0000Very Naughty Kitty Slashed 17th-Century Portrait https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/very-naughty-kitty-slashed-17th-century-portrait-180971237/Apparently Padme is not a fan of Baroque artist John Michael Wright Fri, 11 Jan 2019 18:01:05 +0000Oysters Open and Close Their Shells as the Moon Wanes and Waxeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oysters-sync-lunar-cycle-180971230/A new study suggests the mollusks may widen and narrow their shells depending on movement of plankton, which shifts with the lunar cycle Thu, 10 Jan 2019 22:08:35 +0000Brazil Dissolves Its Ministry of Culturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazils-new-government-has-dissolved-countrys-culture-ministry-180971236/The change is part of a rash of reforms by new Brazilian president Jair BolsonaroThu, 10 Jan 2019 20:59:07 +0000Burials Suggest Icelandic Vikings Had a Thing for Stallionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/burials-show-icelandic-vikings-had-thing-stallions-180971195/Adding some insight into their little-known funerary practices, DNA analyses confirm that sacrificial stallions were buried in Viking gravesThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:59:22 +0000Blue Pigments in Medieval Woman’s Teeth Suggest She Was a Highly Skilled Artisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-pigments-medieval-womans-teeth-suggest-she-was-highly-skilled-artist-180971232/A new study posits the woman was licking brushes covered with pigments of lapis lazuli, a rare and expensive stone used to decorate illuminated manuscriptsThu, 10 Jan 2019 19:42:10 +0000This App Tracks Breathing to Identify Opioid Overdoses Before They Turn Deadlyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/app-tracks-breathing-identify-opioid-overdoses-they-turn-deadly-180971229/Second Chance transforms smartphones into sonar systems, tracking users’ breathing and sending for help if a potential overdose is detectedThu, 10 Jan 2019 18:39:32 +0000Why British Lawmakers Are Fighting Over a Bust of Oliver Cromwellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-british-lawmakers-are-fighting-over-bust-oliver-cromwell-180971193/It started in the fall of 2017Thu, 10 Jan 2019 16:22:40 +0000Planet Hunter TESS Is Already Spotting Hundreds of Crazy New Worldshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planet-hunter-tess-already-spotting-crazy-new-worlds-180971202/The first data from the space telescope's mission tallies more than 200 potential planets, including some just 50 light-years awayWed, 09 Jan 2019 22:25:33 +0000An Iguana Species Last Documented by Charles Darwin Has Been Reintroduced to a Galápagos Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iguana-last-documented-charles-darwin-has-been-reintroduced-galapagos-island-180971209/The Galápagos land iguana on Santiago Island was decimated by invasive animals like cats, dogs and pigsWed, 09 Jan 2019 21:46:28 +0000What Llama-Poop-Eating Mites Tell Us About the Rise and Fall of the Inca Empirehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-llama-poop-eating-mites-tell-us-about-rise-and-fall-inca-empire-180971206/Lake-dwelling mite populations boomed at the height of the Andean civilization but dropped following the arrival of Spanish conquistadorsWed, 09 Jan 2019 20:35:33 +0000Sorry, the Mona Lisa Is Not Looking at Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-mona-lisa-not-looking-you-180971207/A new study suggests the famous painting's eyes don't follow viewers around the room but are looking off to their right insteadWed, 09 Jan 2019 19:27:47 +0000Why Scientists Want to Engineer Spicy Tomatoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-want-engineer-spicy-tomatoes-180971201/With genetic tinkering, the fruits may offer an easy source of capsaicin, the beneficial compound that gives peppers their heatWed, 09 Jan 2019 17:57:37 +0000The National Inventors Hall of Fame Announces Its 2019 Inducteeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-inventors-hall-fame-announces-2019-inductees-180971200/Joseph Lee, inventor of the automatic bread and breadcrumb makers, was posthumously honored alongside 18 other men and womenWed, 09 Jan 2019 16:53:56 +0000Dragonflies Embark on an Epic, Multi-Generational Migration Each Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dragonfly-undertakes-epic-multi-generational-migration-each-year-180971190/Monarch butterflies aren't the only migratory marathoners in North AmericaWed, 09 Jan 2019 16:32:06 +0000Scientists Identify Gene Pattern That Makes Some Animals Monogamoushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/patterns-genetic-activity-may-play-role-animal-monogamy-180971192/A new study has found that 24 genes show similar activity in the brain tissue of five species that stick with one mate at a timeTue, 08 Jan 2019 20:13:25 +0000The Getty Digitizes More Than 6,000 Photos From the Ottoman Erahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-has-digitized-more-6000-photos-ottoman-era-180971186/The images date to the 19th and 20th centuries, the waning days of the once-powerful empireTue, 08 Jan 2019 18:53:26 +0000A Lot of American Adults Have Food Allergies—and a Lot Mistakenly Think They Dohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lot-american-adults-have-food-allergiesand-lot-mistakenly-think-they-do-180971182/A new study found that 19 percent of adults believe they had a food allergy, but only 10 percent have symptoms consistent with the condition Tue, 08 Jan 2019 18:42:00 +0000Did Charles Darwin Have Lyme Disease?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-charles-darwin-have-lyme-disease-180971189/New study attributes British naturalist's persistent poor health to tick-borne diseaseTue, 08 Jan 2019 18:37:35 +0000Rochester's 150-Year-Old Historical Society Hit Hard by Lack of Funding https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rochesters-150-year-old-historical-society-hit-hard-lack-funding-180971176/The institution, which houses such precious relics as clothing worn by Susan B. Anthony, has furloughed its staff and suspended its programming Tue, 08 Jan 2019 15:32:14 +0000Loss-of-Confidence Project Aims to Foster Culture of Self-Correction in the Scientific Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-acadamics-can-self-correct-their-own-research-180971184/Psychologists can submit a statement on how they lost confidence in one of their own findings to help end the stigma around admitting errorsTue, 08 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000Best Photos From China's Far Side Moon Landinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-lands-first-probe-far-side-moon-180971172/The Chang'e-4 probe and its rover, Yutu-2, are the first spacecraft to land on the little-explored lunar regionMon, 07 Jan 2019 22:46:26 +0000Threatened Bluefin Tuna Sells for Record $3 Million in New Year's Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/threatened-bluefin-tuna-sells-record-3-million-new-years-sale-180971181/The 612-pound fish will go to a sushi restaurant, but without intervention the prized species will not be on the plate for much longerMon, 07 Jan 2019 19:46:33 +0000London’s Feminist Library Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-feminist-library-lives-180971183/A successful crowdfunding campaign saved the institution from closure and is financing its move to a new spaceMon, 07 Jan 2019 19:33:56 +0000Found: Sailboat From Teen's Abandoned Round-the-World Attempthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sailboat-teens-abandoned-round-world-attempt-found-8-years-later-180971175/Abby Sunderland's boat was dismasted in the Indian Ocean in 2010 during her controversial bid to become the youngest to circumnavigate the world soloMon, 07 Jan 2019 18:07:33 +0000New AI Camera Helps Conservationists Spot Elephant Poachers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ai-camera-helps-conservationists-spot-elephant-poachers-180971180/TrailGuard AI uses machine learning to sort through images in real-time and identify relevant threatsMon, 07 Jan 2019 17:32:22 +0000How to Enjoy a Medieval Feast at Borthwick Castle, Former Refuge of Mary, Queen of Scotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-night-only-you-can-enjoy-medieval-feast-borthwick-castle-former-refuge-mary-queen-scots-180971174/The special event is timed to coincide with the U.K. release of the Stuart queen's latest biopicMon, 07 Jan 2019 16:46:32 +0000Some Hummingbirds Evolved Bills That Make Them Better at Fighting—but Worse at Feedinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-hummingbirds-have-evolved-bills-make-them-better-fightingand-worse-feeding-180971173/A new study adds complexity to the notion that hummingbirds are ‘all about drinking efficiently from flowers,’ as one researcher puts itFri, 04 Jan 2019 21:54:48 +0000Heavily Abridged ‘Slave Bible’ Removed Passages That Might Encourage Uprisingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heavily-abridged-slave-bible-removed-passages-might-encourage-uprisings-180970989/The rare artifact is the focus of a new exhibition at the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C.Fri, 04 Jan 2019 20:00:59 +0000Basquiat Painting Has Hidden Black-Light Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/basquiat-painting-has-hidden-blacklight-images-180971167/An art conservator found the arrows on an untitled 1981 work and believes there may be more "secret" imagery hidden away on other worksFri, 04 Jan 2019 18:56:07 +0000World’s Tiniest Tic-Tac-Toe Game Is Made of DNA Tileshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-tic-tac-toe-game-made-dna-tiles-180971170/Brought to you by the creators of the mini 'Mona Lisa', the game offers a dynamic, rather than static, way to manipulate microscopic structuresFri, 04 Jan 2019 18:04:58 +0000Archaeologists Identify Oldest Known Human Burial in Lower Central Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-identify-oldest-known-human-burial-lower-central-america-180971166/The unusually muscular young woman was buried in what is now Nicaragua nearly 6,000 years agoFri, 04 Jan 2019 17:39:17 +0000New York City Has Banned Plastic Foam Containershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-has-banned-plastic-foam-containers-180971169/Single-use foam products 'cannot be recycled in a manner that is economically feasible, environmentally effective, and safe for employees,' the city saidThu, 03 Jan 2019 21:34:19 +0000'Dry January' Has Benefits All Year Longhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dry-january-has-benefits-all-year-long-180971163/A new survey suggests the alcohol-free challenge reduces consumption for months afterwardThu, 03 Jan 2019 20:12:02 +0000Archaeologists Find First-Known Temple of ‘Flayed Lord’ in Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/temple-flayed-lord-found-mexico-180971165/While the rituals associated with the site may not be entirely clear, identifying the ruins of a temple to the deity Xipe Tóte is an important discoveryThu, 03 Jan 2019 19:26:23 +0000He Was on Duty When the Ship Sank. Two Decades Later, the ROV Pilot Aids in Its Explorationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwrecked-vessel-has-become-hotbed-undersea-life-180971162/You can now explore a 3-D model of the wreck of the <i>American Heritage</i>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 18:07:23 +0000Richard Overton, Nation's Oldest Living Combat Veteran, Dies at 112https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-overton-united-states-oldest-living-wwii-veteran-dies-112-180971152/The beloved World War II vet didn't let old age stop him from enjoying his 12 daily cigars, whiskey-spiked coffee and butter pecan ice creamThu, 03 Jan 2019 17:42:01 +0000Two Women Make History by Entering One of India’s Holiest Siteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-women-make-history-entering-one-indias-holiest-sites-180971154/This is the first time that women have been able to enter the Sabarimala temple since India’s Supreme Court overturned a ban that denied them accessThu, 03 Jan 2019 16:21:45 +0000Was the World's Oldest Person Ever Actually Her 99-Year-Old Daughter?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-questions-age-worlds-oldest-woman-180971153/Jeanne Calment made history when she died at the age of 122 in 1997, but a new investigation claims her daughter actually assumed her identity in 1934Wed, 02 Jan 2019 21:54:54 +0000Could These Fossils Push Back the History of Flowers?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-pushes-history-flowers-180971090/A study analyzing 200 tiny flowers from 174 million years ago suggests angiosperms were around during the Jurassic, but paleobotanists are skepticalWed, 02 Jan 2019 19:51:26 +0000See Ten Lusty Cane Toads Latch Onto a Powerless Pythonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-10-lusty-cane-toads-latch-powerless-python-180971151/The toads, which are invasive in Australia, have been known to try and mate with everything from human hands to rotting mangoesWed, 02 Jan 2019 18:16:05 +0000Remembering Nancy Grace Roman, Trailblazing Astronomer Known as ‘Mother of the Hubble’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-nancy-grace-roman-trailblazing-astronomer-known-mother-hubble-180971147/She worked on and advocated for the space telescope, which changed our view of the universe Wed, 02 Jan 2019 17:47:56 +0000London Archaeologists Unearth Subterranean Georgian-Era Ice Storehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-archaeologists-unearth-subterranean-georgian-ice-store-180971146/The entrance to the cavernous chamber, which was used to hold ice before the advent of modern refrigeration, was covered up following the BlitzWed, 02 Jan 2019 17:18:50 +0000Swamp Cancer Kills Seven of Chincoteague’s Beloved Wild Ponieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swamp-cancer-kills-seven-chincoteagues-beloved-wild-ponies-180971148/The deadly infection leaves itchy lesions clustered across victims' bodiesWed, 02 Jan 2019 16:49:26 +0000Submersible Is First to Reach Bottom of Atlantic Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/private-submarine-first-reach-bottom-atlantic-ocean-180971144/U.S. equity-firm founder piloted the craft to the bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench, in a bid to reach the deepest spot in each of the world's oceansWed, 02 Jan 2019 16:30:41 +0000Your Christmas Tree May Be Turned Into Mouthwash One Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-day-your-christmas-tree-may-be-turned-mouthwash-180971133/A new sustainable chemical process can turn pine needles into a chemical feedstock for paint, food sweeteners, mouthwash and other productsMon, 31 Dec 2018 20:09:06 +0000Why We Want to Squeeze Cute, Little Thingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-want-squeeze-cute-little-things-180971143/The response is called ‘cute aggression,’ and a new study suggests it tempers an overwhelming response in the brainMon, 31 Dec 2018 19:44:02 +0000First Right Whale Calf in Two Years Spotted Off Florida Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-right-whale-calf-two-years-spotted-florida-coast-180971142/A mother and calf were recently sighted along with several possibly pregnant endangered North Atlantic right whalesMon, 31 Dec 2018 18:57:27 +0000Scientists Cracked Themselves Up With a Study That Found Parachutes Are No More Effective Than Empty Backpackshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-cracked-themselves-study-found-parachutes-are-no-more-effective-empty-backpacks-180971119/Always read the fine printMon, 31 Dec 2018 18:42:39 +0000These New Beetle Species Are Named After the ‘Game of Thrones’ Dragonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-new-beetle-species-are-named-after-game-thrones-180971141/Daenerys Targaryen's dragons—Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion—provided the inspiration for these three beetles' new namesMon, 31 Dec 2018 17:48:18 +0000One of the World’s Rarest Birds Has Been Reintroduced to the Wild in Madagascarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-worlds-rarest-birds-has-been-reintroduced-wild-madagascar-180971138/The 21 Madagascar pochards seem to be faring well in their new homeMon, 31 Dec 2018 16:41:23 +0000Laser Scan Reveals Fate of Nazi U-Boat Sunk Near Outer Banks Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laser-scan-reveals-fate-wwii-u-boat-sunk-near-outer-banks-coast-180971132/The July 15, 1942, sinking of submarine U-576 resulted in the deaths of all 45 men onboardMon, 31 Dec 2018 16:18:22 +0000Ring in the New Year With Dazzling Total Lunar Eclipse of a Supermoonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-new-year-dazzling-supermoon-180971137/The celestial show will be visible on the East Coast around 12:12 a.m. on January 21, 2019Fri, 28 Dec 2018 22:07:27 +0000Images Show Landslide Likely Caused Indonesian Tsunamihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/images-show-landslide-likely-caused-indonesian-tsunami-180971136/Radar images appear to show the southwestern flank of the Anak Krakaktau volcano sheared off into the seaFri, 28 Dec 2018 20:51:28 +0000Digital Trove of Typographical Artifacts Set to Launch in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/digital-trove-typographical-artifacts-set-launch-2019-180971120/The Letterform Archive's online database features book jackets, posters, brochures and miscellaneous ephemera dating between 1844 and 2016Fri, 28 Dec 2018 18:41:48 +0000Electric Arc Caused New York Skyline to Glow Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-glow-lights-new-york-skyline-180971135/No, it wasn’t an alien invasion Fri, 28 Dec 2018 17:58:11 +0000New Animal Overpass Is Already Protecting Critters in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-overpass-already-protecting-animals-washington-state-180971124/The bridge over Interstate 90 is the first of 20 that will allow animals to cross the busy roadway and connects wildlife in the North and South CascadesFri, 28 Dec 2018 17:02:50 +0000Remembering Sister Wendy Beckett, Beloved Nun Who Made Art Accessible https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-sister-wendy-beckett-beloved-nun-who-made-art-accessible-180971125/A surprising rise to fame catapulted her into television stardom, where she used her platform to share artistic masterpieces with the publicFri, 28 Dec 2018 15:10:02 +0000Museum to Be Built at Site of Nazi-Occupied France’s First Concentration Camp https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-built-site-nazi-occupied-frances-first-concentration-camp-set-open-2020-180971126/Some 16,000 Jews were detained at Pithiviers and neighboring Beaune-la-Rolande before being sent to death campsFri, 28 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Simcha Rotem, Who Fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, Has Died at 94https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simcha-rotem-who-fought-warsaw-ghetto-uprising-has-died-94-180971118/Rotem helped survivors of the rebellion flee through the sewersThu, 27 Dec 2018 19:52:07 +0000Preserved Horse, Saddled, Harnessed and Ready to Flee, Found in Villa Outside Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-commanders-horse-found-pompeii-villa-180971114/Archaeologists found ornamental pieces of a harness and saddle, suggesting the horse was ready to ride when the volcano blew its topThu, 27 Dec 2018 18:54:41 +0000Adventurer Completes First Solo, Human-Powered Trek Across Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-first-cross-antarctica-using-only-human-power-1-180971123/It took Colin O'Brady 53 days to drag a sled 921 miles from the Ronne to the Ross Ice ShelfThu, 27 Dec 2018 18:52:39 +0000Highly Anticipated Academy Museum of Motion Pictures Announces Its Coming Attractionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-first-major-movie-museum-announces-inaugural-exhibitions-180971113/The long-delayed museum dedicated to filmmaking teases its inaugural exhibitionsThu, 27 Dec 2018 15:41:55 +0000A German Grocery Chain Is Selling First-Of-Its-Kind "No-Kill" Eggshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-no-kill-eggs-are-now-available-berlin-supermarkets-180971117/Every year, billions of male chicks are euthanized by the egg and poultry industry, but new tech could end the chick cullingThu, 27 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Japan to Launch Commercial Whaling Operations This Summerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-will-launch-commercial-whaling-operations-summer-180971115/The country has announced that it is leaving the International Whaling CommissionWed, 26 Dec 2018 21:05:15 +0000Nearly One-Third of Americans Sleep Fewer Than Six Hours Per Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/almost-one-third-americans-sleep-fewer-six-hours-night-180971116/The survey reflects a worrying trend of national sleep deprivation, specifically among African-American and Hispanic respondentsWed, 26 Dec 2018 19:46:45 +0000This Bronze Age Regicide May Be World’s Oldest-Known Political Murderhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bronze-age-regicide-may-be-worlds-oldest-known-political-murder-180971107/The prince of Helmsdorf’s skeleton revealed three brutal injuries, including one that suggests he knew his killer and attempted to fend off the attackWed, 26 Dec 2018 17:44:56 +0000Google Virtual Tour Preserves Collections Destroyed in Brazil Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-virtual-tour-preserves-collections-destroyed-brazil-museum-fire-180971109/Back in 2016, the tech giant had begun working to digitize the museum’s collectionsWed, 26 Dec 2018 15:29:04 +0000Tate Britain's Female-Led Exhibition Is a Hopeful Sign of What's to Comehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tate-britain-will-revamp-free-galleries-highlight-womens-contributions-modern-art-180971079/Will 2019 be the year more women artists get shown in art museums?Wed, 26 Dec 2018 15:15:09 +0000The Titles of These AI-Generated Christmas Carols Are Pure Cinnamon Hollybellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/titles-these-ai-generated-christmas-carols-are-pure-cinnamon-hollybells-180971106/&#127926; We wish you a Merry Jinglelog &#127926;Fri, 21 Dec 2018 21:13:15 +0000All Hail the Renaissance of Artemisia Gentileschihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-national-gallery-unveils-restored-artemisia-gentileschi-portrait-180971091/The London National Gallery unveiled a restored portrait of the Baroque painter and announced a 2020 retrospective dedicated to the artistFri, 21 Dec 2018 20:01:53 +0000Tourists Are Getting Too Close to Volcanoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourists-are-getting-too-close-and-personal-volcanoes-180971102/Visitors to Iceland's volcanoes are ignoring the rules, many to get the perfect selfieFri, 21 Dec 2018 19:17:29 +0000The U.S. Finally Made Lynching a Federal Crimehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-200-failed-attempts-us-has-made-lynching-federal-crime-180971092/The Justice for Victims of Lynching Act was unanimously approved in the SenateFri, 21 Dec 2018 19:07:30 +0000What Is a Shark Tooth Doing in the Neck of a Flying Pterosaur?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-shark-tooth-doing-neck-flying-pterosaur-180971104/A new study suggests that the winged reptile fell prey to a hungry predator lurking in the waterFri, 21 Dec 2018 17:58:59 +0000A New Snake Species Was Found in Another Snake’s Stomachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-snake-species-was-found-another-snakes-stomach-180971100/The so-called “mysterious dinner snake” represents not only a new species, but an entirely new genusFri, 21 Dec 2018 17:28:52 +0000Germany to Compensate Child Refugees Who Escaped the Nazis on the Kindertransport to Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-will-pay-child-refugees-who-escaped-nazis-kindertransport-britain-180971078/The program brought an estimated 10,000 Jewish children from Nazi-controlled Europe to safety in Great BritainFri, 21 Dec 2018 16:02:16 +0000DNA Can Help Repatriate the Remains of Aboriginal Australianshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-can-help-repatriate-stolen-remains-aboriginal-australians-180971089/A new study was able to match genetic material of ancient remains to the DNA of living Aboriginal communities Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:52:52 +0000Cardinals in Different Regions Could Actually Be Distinct Species, Their Songs Suggesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cardinals-different-regions-could-be-distinct-species-180971084/Populations of the ubiquitous red bird have different calls and genetics in the American southwestThu, 20 Dec 2018 16:12:18 +0000After a Murderous Rise to the Top, a Naked Mole-Rat Queen Reigns Supremehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-zoos-naked-mole-rat-colony-finally-crowns-its-queen-180971083/Mole-rat monarch asserted dominance by giving birth to three pups on Monday morning—all hail her majestyThu, 20 Dec 2018 15:21:51 +0000When Do Children Give Up on Santa?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-give-santa-age-8-adults-still-want-believe-180971063/A preview of a new international study explores when kids stop believing and how, after the jig is up, it impacted them psychologicallyWed, 19 Dec 2018 21:13:47 +0000Christmas Card Addressed to Bletchley Codebreakers Discoveredhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-christmas-card-sent-mi6-boss-sister-bletchley-codebreakers-rediscovered-180971062/The lost holiday message features the only known photograph of operatives’ September 1938 meeting, the enigmatic “Captain Ridley’s shooting party”Wed, 19 Dec 2018 19:32:30 +0000Cliquey Adriatic Dolphins May Have Strategies for Avoiding Each Otherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cliquey-adriatic-dolphins-may-have-strategies-avoiding-each-other-180971076/You can’t swim with usWed, 19 Dec 2018 18:59:55 +0000Past Global Flood Shows Antarctica's Ice Is More Fragile Than We Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-global-flood-shows-antarticas-ice-more-fragile-than-we-thought-180971075/Data indicates the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed after a small rise in temperature, meaning sea level could rise faster than predictedWed, 19 Dec 2018 18:54:54 +0000Found: The Earliest Cinematic Depiction of a Black Couple Kissinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-earliest-cinematic-depiction-black-couple-kissing-180971065/The recently surfaced 19th-century nitrate print has been inducted into the Library of CongressWed, 19 Dec 2018 17:28:04 +0000Man Convicted of Poaching Ordered to Watch ‘Bambi’ Monthly While in Jailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-convicted-poaching-ordered-watch-bambi-monthly-while-jail-180971069/David Berry Jr. of Missouri was implicated in a multi-year hunting operation that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of deerWed, 19 Dec 2018 15:26:26 +0000Looks From 'The Favourite' Go on Display in Queen Anne's Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/costumes-favourite-go-display-queen-annes-home-180971054/See the elaborate dresses and outfits inspired by the monarch's 18th-century court at Kensington PalaceTue, 18 Dec 2018 21:49:27 +0000A Dracula Ant's Snapping Jaw Is the Fastest Known Appendage in the Animal Kingdomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dracula-ants-snapping-jaws-are-fastest-known-appendage-any-animal-180971061/A new study found that the ant can snap its mandibles at a speed of up to 200 miles per hour—5,000 times faster than the blink of an eyeTue, 18 Dec 2018 19:11:37 +0000Meet Farout, the Solar System's Most Distant Minor Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-farout-solar-systems-most-distant-minor-planet-180971060/Observations suggest the object is 300 miles in diameter, pinkish-red and 3.5 times as far away from the sun as PlutoTue, 18 Dec 2018 18:49:14 +0000With Cornerstone Set, Mosul's Landmark al-Nuri Mosque Begins Rebuilding Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iraq-rebuilding-historic-mosque-destroyed-isis-180971055/The start of physical reconstruction of the historic mosque and its iconic leaning minaret was marked in a ceremony on SundayTue, 18 Dec 2018 16:42:56 +0000Trove of Well-Preserved Dinosaur Footprints Unearthed Along Sussex Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-well-preserved-dinosaur-footprints-unearthed-along-sussex-coast-180971059/Researchers discovered more than 85 fossilized footprints left by at least seven prehistoric speciesTue, 18 Dec 2018 15:48:50 +0000New Digital Archive Provides Critical Record of Egon Schiele's Body of Workhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-explore-digital-archive-egon-schieles-work-180971053/Online catalogue raisonné features over 400 paintings, graphics, sketchbooks and sculptures, with additional drawings, watercolors set to be added in 2019Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:39:13 +0000It's the Bicentennial of 'Silent Night'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silent-night-celebrates-its-bicentennial-180971044/The classic Christmas tune was first composed as a poem, and it was set to music for the first time in the winter of 1818 Mon, 17 Dec 2018 22:31:30 +0000Fentanyl Has Outpaced Heroin as Drug Implicated Most Often in Fatal Overdoseshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fentanyl-has-outpaced-heroin-drug-implicated-most-often-fatal-overdoses-180971050/ In 2016, more than two-thirds of fentanyl-related deaths involved at least one other drugMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:38:18 +0000Shrinking of Utah National Monument May Threaten Bee Biodiversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shrinking-utah-national-monument-may-threaten-bees-180971052/The Grand Staircase-Escalante is home to 660 bee species, 84 of which will live outside of protected land under changesMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:36:32 +0000Archaeologist Reconstructs Ruins of Tiwanaku Temple in Bolivia Using 3-D Printing Technologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crumbling-temple-bolivia-reconstructed-3d-printing-180971047/It was like an ‘elaborate lego set,’ says UC Berkeley's Alexei VranichMon, 17 Dec 2018 18:35:50 +0000Biologists Describe Legendary, Two-Foot-Long Salamander for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-foot-long-salamander-species-has-been-hiding-florida-180971051/The reticulated siren was known locally as a 'leopard eel' until two researchers tracked it down and revealed its true identityMon, 17 Dec 2018 17:58:52 +0000Neanderthal Genes Influence Contemporary Humans’ Skull Shape, Brain Sizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-genes-influence-contemporary-humans-skull-shape-brain-size-180971043/Individuals carrying these ancient ancestors' DNA are more likely to have slightly elongated, rather than rounded, brainsFri, 14 Dec 2018 22:11:11 +0000Solar Probe Sends Back First Image and Data From the Sunhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-probe-sends-back-first-image-and-data-sun-180971042/The Parker Solar Probe survived its first swoop around our star and will get even closer on its next two dozen tripsFri, 14 Dec 2018 21:54:34 +0000Kurt Vonnegut’s Unpublished World War II Scrapbook Reveals Origins of ‘Slaughterhouse-Five’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kurt-vonneguts-unpublished-world-war-ii-scrapbook-reveals-origins-slaughterhouse-five-180971046/Volume features 22 letters from author to his family, photographs of the razed city of Dresden, telegrams and news clippingsFri, 14 Dec 2018 21:07:24 +0000We Finally Know What Sank the U.S.S. San Diego During World War Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-finally-know-what-sank-uss-san-diego-during-world-war-i-180971035/After six visits to the ship and sophisticated modeling, historians have concluded that a German mine sunk the cruiser off the coast of New York in 1918Fri, 14 Dec 2018 20:06:04 +0000Rethinking the Corny History of Maizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rethinking-corny-history-maize-180971038/A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world's most vital crops from Mexico to South AmericaFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:39:02 +0000Washington Governor Proposes Dramatic Plan to Save Dying Orca Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-governor-proposes-dramatic-plan-save-dying-orca-population-180971045/The plan will require $1.1 billion and involve a number of controversial measuresFri, 14 Dec 2018 19:15:17 +0000VR Experience Lets You Join Nellie Bly on Her 72-Day Trip Around the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vr-experience-lets-users-join-nellie-bly-her-72-day-trip-around-world-180971034/The Newseum, Vive collaboration catalogues the intrepid reporter’s record-breaking journeyFri, 14 Dec 2018 17:06:03 +0000Connie Gilchrist Was the Shirley Temple of Victorian Londonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/connie-gilchrist-was-shirley-temple-victorian-london-180970949/The child star captivated audiences and artists alike, served as muse for Lewis Carroll, James McNeill WhistlerFri, 14 Dec 2018 15:35:45 +0000Adelie Penguins Poop So Much, Their Feces Can Be Seen From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-watching-poo-space-revealing-history-antarcticas-penguins-180971031/Satellite images of the Adelie penguin's pink guano shows how their colony size and diet have changed over the last 4 decadesThu, 13 Dec 2018 20:44:49 +0000Cats Have Actually Grown Larger Over Time—Unlike Most Domesticated Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlike-most-domesticated-species-cats-have-actually-grown-larger-over-time-180971029/Between the Viking Age and modern times, felines increased in size by 16 percentThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:04:38 +0000More Than 250 Journalists Are Languishing in Prisons Around the World, Report Sayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-250-journalists-are-languishing-prisons-around-world-180971032/The Committee to Protect Journalists documents the worrying trend it characterizes as the "new normal"Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:17:21 +0000Chicken Bones May Be the Legacy of Our Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicken-bones-may-be-legacy-our-time-180971027/A new study argues that the sheer abundance of chicken consumption, coupled with the strange skeletons of modern chickens, will leave a unique fingerprint Thu, 13 Dec 2018 14:42:52 +0000Arctic Ice Is Retreating and Reindeer Are Going With Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reindeer-populations-have-plummeted-among-other-problems-arctic-180971023/Herds in Canada, the U.S. and Russia have dropped by over half in 20 years—and some may not recoverWed, 12 Dec 2018 22:23:21 +0000The Goddess in the Margarine Tub Is Just One of 1,267 Treasures Found by the British Public in 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goddess-margarine-tub-just-one-treasure-found-british-public-180971026/A new report reveals the pieces voluntarily recorded with the U.K.'s Portable Antiquities Scheme last yearWed, 12 Dec 2018 22:16:12 +0000Straight From a Greenland Fjord, London Installation Sends Dire Message on Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-installs-30-greenlandic-icebergs-london-send-dire-message-climate-change-180971024/Olafur Eliasson’s ‘Ice Watch’ aims to bring viewers into direct confrontation with the devastation wrought by global warmingWed, 12 Dec 2018 20:20:07 +0000Volcanic Lightning Could Help Geologists Monitor Eruptionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcanic-lightning-could-help-geologists-monitor-eruptions-180971021/New study suggests spikes in lightning activity mark key changes during early stages of eruptionsWed, 12 Dec 2018 18:18:48 +0000A City Frog's Love Song Attracts More Mates Than Countryside Croakshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/City-Frogs-Sweet-Serenades-Attract-More-Mates-180970993/Fewer predators and heightened competition for mates allowed urban tungara frogs to add more notes and frills to their calls, with big results Read more: hTue, 11 Dec 2018 21:37:29 +0000Pew Finds Social Media Has Surpassed Print Newspapers as Americans' Main News Sourcehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/survey-finds-social-media-has-surpassed-print-newspapers-americans-main-news-source-180970996/The research center says 20 percent of Americans rely on sites like Facebook, Twitter for news updates, while 16 percent cite print as main news sourceTue, 11 Dec 2018 21:34:47 +0000Arc de Triomphe to Reopen After Being Vandalized During ‘Yellow Vest’ Protestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arc-de-triomphe-reopen-after-being-vandalized-during-yellow-vest-protests-180970994/Demonstrators sprayed the famed monument with graffiti and ransacked its small museum Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:31:35 +0000How Did the ‘Great Dying’ Kill 96 Percent of Earth’s Ocean-Dwelling Creatures?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-great-dying-kill-96-percent-earths-ocean-dwelling-creatures-180970992/Researchers say the prehistoric mass extinction event could mirror contemporary—and future—devastation sparked by global warmingTue, 11 Dec 2018 17:54:18 +0000This New Technique Could Revolutionize the Future of Art Reproductionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-could-revolutionize-future-art-reproduction-180970988/RePaint renders reproductions in color four times closer to the original than the next-best toolTue, 11 Dec 2018 17:48:04 +0000By the End of 2018 More Than Half the World Will Be Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-half-world-went-online-180970987/In the past decade, there's been a huge spike in internet access though that number is beginning to slow downTue, 11 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Create First-Ever Honey Bee Vaccinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-create-first-honey-bee-vaccine-180970985/The compound protects against the American foulbrood disease, but the same technique could lead to protection against other major pathogensMon, 10 Dec 2018 21:41:50 +0000Parrot Genes Reveal Why the Birds Are So Clever, Long-Livedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parrot-genes-reveal-why-birds-are-so-clever-long-lived-180970983/Researchers say the avian creatures are as genetically distant from other birds as humans are from other primatesMon, 10 Dec 2018 19:50:22 +0000How a New Hampshire Museum Is Using Art to Reach Families Affected by the Opioid Crisishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-hampshire-museum-uses-art-reach-families-affected-opioid-crisis-180970978/The 'Art of Hope' initiative encourages participants to draw connections between works of art and their own livesMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:29:25 +0000How to Spot This Year’s Spectacular Geminids Meteor Showerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-years-spectacular-geminids-meteor-shower-180970984/A beautiful celestial display is due to take place starting on the night of December 13Mon, 10 Dec 2018 18:03:39 +0000Scholar Unearths Trove of Anne Sexton’s Forgotten Early Workshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scholar-unearths-trove-anne-sextons-forgotten-early-works-180970933/The four poems and an essay find the confessional poet detailing American life in the 1950s, from skiing to suburban lawn careMon, 10 Dec 2018 16:41:54 +0000Sprawling Museum of Black Civilizations Opens in Senegalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sprawling-museum-black-civilizations-opens-senegal-180970976/The launch comes as Senegal is requesting the repatriation of looted artworks from FranceMon, 10 Dec 2018 15:30:41 +0000New Butterfly Species Named After 17th-Century Female Naturalist https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-butterfly-species-named-after-17th-century-female-naturalist-180970979/Maria Sibylla Merian documented the lifecycles of moths and butterflies with unprecedented accuracyFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:48:38 +0000Forty Years Ago, 12.6 Million Feet of History Went Up in Smokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forty-years-ago-126-million-feet-history-went-smoke-180970977/Remembering the fire at a National Archives film vault that destroyed years worth of flammable nitrate film newsreelsFri, 07 Dec 2018 20:44:03 +0000Fruit Flies First Began Feeding on Our Fresh Produce About 10,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fruit-flies-first-invaded-our-kitchens-about-10000-years-ago-180970974/It turns out the insects love marula fruit found in south-central Africa, which attracted them to human cavesFri, 07 Dec 2018 19:42:08 +0000What Is ‘Life-Affirming’ Coral, Pantone's Color of the Year?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pantones-color-year-life-affirming-coral-180970970/What to know about Pantone 16-1546, the orange shade with a golden undertoneFri, 07 Dec 2018 18:46:03 +0000Recently Deciphered 4,500-Year-Old Pillar Shows First Known Record of a Border Disputehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pillar-first-evidence-neighbors-behaving-badly-180970969/The marble stele, held in the British Museum's collections for 150 years, also includes the first known use of the term “no man’s land”Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:34:34 +0000Researchers Say They’ve Created Universal Cancer Test That Detects Mutating Cells in Just 10 Minuteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-say-theyve-created-universal-cancer-test-detects-mutating-cells-just-10-minutes-180970975/The tool, which is still in early stages of development, can’t identify the specific type of cancer present or gauge the severity of the diseaseFri, 07 Dec 2018 17:50:42 +0000Berlin Exhibition Chronicles Evolution of Christmas Decorations From 19th Century to Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlin-exhibition-chronicles-evolution-christmas-ornaments-19th-century-today-180970968/Selections include swastika-adorned baubles from Nazi Germany, miniature bombs and warships popularized during World War I Fri, 07 Dec 2018 17:08:27 +0000Satellite Data Detects Hundreds of New Sources of Ammonia Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-data-detects-hundreds-new-sources-ammonia-pollution-180970967/Detailed data shows livestock operations and fertilizers plants are major sources of the pollutant Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:29:10 +0000This 68-Year-Old Bird Has Laid Yet Another Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-known-bird-lays-eggagain-180970966/Wisdom the Laysan albatross is believed to be around 68 years old, and she has raised as many as 35 chicksThu, 06 Dec 2018 21:44:54 +0000Woman With Womb Transplanted From Deceased Donor Successfully Gives Birthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-womb-transplanted-deceased-donor-successfully-gives-birth-180970964/Recipient was born without a womb, but thanks to uterine transplant, she was able to deliver a healthy baby girl in December 2017Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:28:16 +0000Newly Discovered Cave Could Be Among Canada's Largesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-cave-could-be-canadas-largest-180970961/The "Sarlacc Pit," as its been informally dubbed, was discovered last spring during a caribou survey in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park Thu, 06 Dec 2018 17:07:22 +0000Charlotte Prodger Claims This Year’s Turner Prize With Film Shot on iPhonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charlotte-prodger-claims-years-turner-prize-film-shot-iphone-180970962/The Glasgow-based artist’s diaristic ‘Bridgit’ examines the fluidity of queer identityWed, 05 Dec 2018 22:08:58 +0000Excessive Vitamin D in Pet Food May Be Making Dogs Sickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excessive-vitamin-d-pet-food-may-be-making-dogs-sick-180970963/A number of brands, including Nutrisca and Natural Life, have issued recalls of certain productsWed, 05 Dec 2018 20:25:45 +0000UNC's 'Silent Sam' Could Be Coming Back to Campus. Here's What to Knowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unc-plans-house-confederate-monument-5-million-building-angering-protestors-180970959/On Monday, the university's Board of Trustees unveiled a controversial proposal to build a "history and education" center to house the Confederate monumentWed, 05 Dec 2018 18:55:31 +0000Crab Fishermen Sue Energy Companies Over Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crab-fishermen-sue-energy-companies-over-climate-change-180970957/The suit alleges that oil firms are responsible for climate change driven algae blooms, which have delayed and shortened recent crab-harvesting seasons Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:39:06 +0000It Only Takes Six Hours for Billions of Plastic Nanoparticles to Accumulate in Sea Scallopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-only-takes-six-hours-billions-plastic-nanoparticles-build-sea-scallops-180970956/The particles accumulated with rapid speed, but it took up to 48 days for them to disappear from the mollusks’ systemsWed, 05 Dec 2018 17:02:27 +0000Found Near the Thames: A Centuries-Old Skeleton, Still Wearing Thigh-High Bootshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-near-thames-centuries-old-skeleton-still-wearing-thigh-high-boots-180970952/The owner of the unusual footwear likely made his living on the waterTue, 04 Dec 2018 21:38:16 +0000Lonesome George the Giant Tortoise's DNA Reveals Cancer-Fighting and Longevity Geneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lonesome-george-giant-tortoise-reveals-cancer-fighting-and-longevity-genes-180970948/The iconic reptile and last Pinta Island tortoise passed in 2012, but a new look at his DNA is helping researchers understand geneticsTue, 04 Dec 2018 21:06:19 +0000No, Wait, This Is the Real Ava, a Bronze Age Woman From the Scottish Highlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-wait-real-ava-bronze-age-woman-scottish-highlands-180970950/New DNA evidence drastically changes the image of the young woman buried in Caithness 4,250 years agoTue, 04 Dec 2018 20:57:26 +0000Thousands of Little-Known Plant Species Are at Risk of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-little-known-plant-species-are-risk-extinction-180970945/When researchers used machine learning to evaluate 150,000 plant species, they found that 10 percent were likely to qualify for the IUCN Red ListTue, 04 Dec 2018 17:01:24 +0000Evidence Suggests Humans Reached "Roof of the World" 40,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-reached-roof-world-40000-years-ago-180970941/Over 3,000 stone tools show human presence in Tibetan plateau 20,000 years before previously thoughtTue, 04 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Explore Vermeer’s Surviving Paintings, Together After All This Time, in One Virtual Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-virtual-museum-features-all-vermeers-surviving-paintings-180970939/The augmented reality “Meet Vermeer” experience details the Dutch Old Master’s artistic style, life and enduring legacyMon, 03 Dec 2018 21:28:36 +0000U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for Third Year in a Row, Reflecting Rising Drug Overdoses, Suicideshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-life-expectancy-drops-third-year-row-reflecting-rising-drug-overdose-suicide-rates-180970942/Drop represents longest sustained decline in expected lifespan since the tumultuous period of 1915 to 1918Mon, 03 Dec 2018 21:11:17 +0000Dads Also Pass on Mitochondrial DNA, Contrary to Long-Standing Beliefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dads-also-pass-mitochondrial-dna-contrary-long-standing-belief-180970940/A new study, which found paternal mitochondrial DNA in 17 individuals, upends the commonly accepted theory that mtDNA comes exclusively from the motherMon, 03 Dec 2018 19:46:56 +0000This Is How Much Starlight the Universe Has Producedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-starlight-universe-has-produced-180970938/4,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, 000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 photons over 13.7 billion yearsMon, 03 Dec 2018 19:02:08 +0000Rare Photo of Vincent van Gogh Likely Depicts the Artist’s Brotherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photo-vincent-van-gogh-may-actually-depict-artists-brother-180970934/There is only one other known photographic portrait of the artist, who eschewed photographyMon, 03 Dec 2018 17:40:19 +0000Reggae Officially Declared Global Cultural Treasurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reggae-now-global-cultural-treasure-180970932/The music, which emerged from Jamaica in the 1960s, was added to Unesco's global Intangible Cultural Heritage listFri, 30 Nov 2018 20:26:51 +0000200 Whales Have Died in Three Mass Strandings on New Zealand’s Shores https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-whales-have-died-three-mass-strandings-new-zealands-shores-180970931/Experts do not fully understand why whales beach themselves, but the recent incidents do not appear to be linked Fri, 30 Nov 2018 19:46:21 +0000Jumping Spiders Are the Only Arachnids Known to Provide ‘Milk’ For Their Younghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jumping-spiders-are-only-arachnids-known-milk-their-young-180970930/The milk-like nutritious fluid contains four times the protein of cow’s milkFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:55:12 +0000Now Streaming: The Entire Catalogue of "Sesame Street" Songshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sesame-street-re-launches-its-record-label-songs-both-old-and-new-180970927/The show has re-launched its record label with songs both old and newFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:42:48 +0000Listen Live: The First Public Performance of Music by Auschwitz I Men's Orchestra Since the Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reconstructing-music-auschwitz-orchestra-180970915/A University of Michigan scholar unearthed the musical manuscript penned by three Polish prisoners in the archives of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State MuseumFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:35:19 +0000Here's How That Cow Got So Largehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-knickers-the-mega-cow-is-so-mega-180970929/The sad fact is most steers are slaughtered before they reach their full, awesome size, making the Aussie bovine more lucky than freakishFri, 30 Nov 2018 18:15:23 +0000Relive Medieval London’s Bloody Murders With This New Interactive Death Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relive-medieval-londons-bloody-murders-new-interactive-death-map-180970922/The macabre tool features tales of revenge, thwarted love, infanticide—and a urinal that drove a man to murderFri, 30 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Are Fewer People Majoring in History? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-people-major-history-180970913/Since the Great Recession, the number of history majors at colleges and universities has dropped by more than 30 percentThu, 29 Nov 2018 20:05:27 +0000Drug-Resistant Bacteria Found on International Space Station Toilethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drug-resistant-bacteria-found-space-station-toilet-180970920/The bacteria do not currently pose a risk to astronauts, but that could change as the microbes adapt to their environmentThu, 29 Nov 2018 17:42:20 +0000These Wasps Hijack Spiders' Brains And Make Them Do Their Biddinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasp-turns-social-spiders-zombies-build-their-cocoons-real-life-horror-story-180970919/Larvae of the newly discovered species in Ecuador hijacks the spider to build a super-tough incubation chamberThu, 29 Nov 2018 17:32:03 +0000Stone Age Humans Feasted on Caviarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-humans-enjoyed-rich-diet-featuring-caviar-180970918/Researchers used advanced protein analysis to identify traces of carp roe eggs left on a 6,000-year-old clay plotThu, 29 Nov 2018 16:13:26 +0000Modern Humans Emerged As Ancient 'Siberian Unicorns' Died Out—But Their Demise Wasn't Our Faulthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-climate-change-killed-siberian-unicorn-180970911/A new study has found that the ancient rhinoceros went extinct 39,000 years ago—not 100,000 years ago, as experts previously believedWed, 28 Nov 2018 21:22:21 +0000Could a Freeze-Dried Vaccine Spell the End of Polio Worldwide Forever?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freeze-dried-vaccine-could-spell-end-polio-180970907/The vaccine does not require refrigeration, meaning aid workers could get it to children in hard-to-reach regions of the world. So far, it works in mice.Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:36:11 +0000Critically Explore 17th-Century Noblewoman's Little-Known Poems Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-female-aristocrats-little-known-poems-now-available-online-180970910/Hester Pulter’s works detail chaotic political landscape of the English Civil War, scientific discoveries, theological queries, personal strugglesWed, 28 Nov 2018 20:20:10 +0000Researchers Stabbed Slabs of Meat With Cacti Spines to Learn About Puncture Strengthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unravel-secrets-cactis-stabbing-spines-180970906/Barbed spines function much like porcupine quills, drawing on an overlapping shingled design to hook onto victims’ muscle fibersWed, 28 Nov 2018 16:43:24 +0000Ambitious VR Experience Restores 7,000 Roman Buildings, Monuments to Their Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vr-experience-restores-7000-roman-buildings-monuments-their-former-glory-180970901/You can take an aerial tour of the city circa 320 A.D. or stop by specific sites for in-depth explorationWed, 28 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Well-Preserved Female Mummy Found in Elite Egyptian Necropolis https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/well-preserved-female-mummy-found-elite-egyptian-necropolis-180970902/In a first, Egyptian authorities opened the woman’s sarcophagus in front of the international pressTue, 27 Nov 2018 21:59:24 +0000North, South Korea Form Tag Team to Get Traditional Wrestling Unesco Heritage Statushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-and-south-korea-form-wrestling-heritage-tag-team-180970899/The two nations filed a historic joint application to place traditional Korean wrestling on the world cultural heritage listingTue, 27 Nov 2018 21:46:49 +0000India Is Building the World’s Tallest Statue—Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-building-worlds-tallest-statueagain-180970898/The monument of the Hindu god Ram is expected to stand 725 feet tall, and it plays a role in the country’s complex political landscape Tue, 27 Nov 2018 20:45:35 +0000It Takes 1.71 Days to Poop Out a Legohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-takes-171-days-poop-out-lego-180970897/Six intrepid volunteers swallowed the heads of LEGO figurines for the unusual studyTue, 27 Nov 2018 19:12:53 +0000Extreme Weather Is Turning the Arctic Brown, Signaling Ecosystem’s Inability to Adapt to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extreme-weather-turning-arctic-brown-signaling-ecosystems-inability-adapt-climate-change-180970896/Vegetation affected by extreme warming absorbs up to 50 percent less carbon than healthy green heathlandTue, 27 Nov 2018 17:37:23 +0000Online Portal Reveals Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Creative Processhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-online-portal-reveals-pieter-bruegels-macabre-underdrawings-creative-process-180970889/The project’s launch coincides with a blockbuster Vienna retrospective celebrating the 450th anniversary of the Flemish old master's deathTue, 27 Nov 2018 16:06:14 +0000Berlin's Famous East Side Gallery Protected from Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/berlins-east-side-gallery-protected-development-180970888/The outdoor gallery on a former section of Berlin Wall has been threatened by a building boom in recent yearsTue, 27 Nov 2018 14:27:20 +0000Cats in Literature? It’s a Long Tailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-literature-its-long-tail-180970891/A new exhibition at the British Library explores how cats have inspired—and frightened—writers across the centuries Mon, 26 Nov 2018 21:17:44 +0000Early Mammals Were Thought to Be Small and Unseen in the Age of Dinosaurs. An Elephant-Sized Fossil Complicates That Storyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elephant-size-mammal-cousin-mingled-dinosaurs-180970886/At a time when proto-mammals and other creatures were getting smaller, this dicynodont bulked up with the thunder lizardsMon, 26 Nov 2018 20:00:52 +0000Since Thanksgiving Cold Snap, More Than 200 'Cold-Stunned' Sea Turtles Have Washed Ashore on Cape Codhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-200-cold-stunned-turtles-wash-ashore-cape-cod-180970887/As climate change warms North Atlantic waters, turtles are migrating farther north—but when cold weather hits, some can't make it out of Cape Cod BayMon, 26 Nov 2018 19:02:19 +0000Climate Change Will Cost Taxpayers Billions In Near Future, Federal Report Showshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-offers-stark-assessment-climate-changes-impact-us-180970885/ By 2100, the country’s GDP could shrink by 10 percent, triggering an economic crisis twice as damaging as the Great RecessionMon, 26 Nov 2018 18:33:01 +0000The Leaning Tower of Pisa Has Gotten a Little Straighter https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaning-tower-pisa-has-gotten-little-straighter-180970882/Engineers announced that the famed structure’s tilt has reduced by about 1.5 inchesFri, 23 Nov 2018 19:57:27 +0000Whales Change Their Tune Every Few Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-songs-undergo-cultural-revolutions-180970880/After becoming increasingly complex over a period of years, the songs are ditched in favor of simpler ditties, a new study has foundFri, 23 Nov 2018 18:16:11 +0000Ants Take Sick Days, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-take-sick-days-too-180970881/A new study has found that when some members of the colony are exposed to pathogens, they spend less time in the nest Fri, 23 Nov 2018 17:52:14 +0000Newly Discovered Artifacts Reignite Feud Over Which Town Is Connecticut's Oldesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-artifact-reignite-feud-over-connecticuts-oldest-towns--180970876/Wethersfield and Windsor both date back to the early 17th century, but which came first is a matter of debateFri, 23 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Rapa Nui Representatives Visit British Museum to Discuss Repatriation of Moai Statuehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-museum-hosts-rapa-nui-representatives-discuss-repatriation-easter-island-statue-180970878/The four-ton sculpture was taken from an island temple and gifted to Queen Victoria in 1869Wed, 21 Nov 2018 21:52:06 +0000French Report Recommends the Full Restitution of Looted African Artworkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-report-recommends-full-restitution-looted-african-artworks-180970872/The report was commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron, who has advocated for repatriation Wed, 21 Nov 2018 19:48:55 +0000Brown Recluse Silk Is Stronger Than Steel Because It's Constructed Like a Cablehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brown-recluse-silk-made-cable-180970871/Thousands of nanotendrils come together to form the flat, super-strong spider silkWed, 21 Nov 2018 19:30:44 +0000These Ants Immobilize Prey With Acid Then Drag Them Back to Nest for Dismembermenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-ants-immobilize-prey-acid-drag-back-nest-dismemberment-180970870/Decapitated heads, dismembered limbs litter the floor of <i>Formica archboldi</i> nestsWed, 21 Nov 2018 19:09:27 +0000Facial Recognition Software Is Helping Identify Unknown Figures in Civil War Photographshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-software-helping-identify-unknown-figures-civil-war-photographs-180970863/Civil War Photo Sleuth aims to be the world’s largest, most complete digital archive of identified and unidentified Civil War-era portraitsWed, 21 Nov 2018 18:50:48 +0000Did These Ancient Juglets—Found in a Bronze Age Burial in Israel—Contain Vanilla? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-vanilla-was-first-used-2500-years-earlier-and-half-world-where-we-thought-180970862/The finding suggests vanilla was being used 2,500 years earlier and half a world from where we thought, but vanilla experts are skeptical on the findingsWed, 21 Nov 2018 16:08:50 +0000New Catalogue Describes Everything We’ve Sent Into Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-catalogue-offers-comprehensive-account-artifacts-messages-weve-sent-space-180970861/ Entries include Doritos’ advertisement, Klingon Opera invitation, Beatles songTue, 20 Nov 2018 19:00:20 +0000Your Cat's Tongue Is a Rough, Pink Engineering Marvelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cats-tongue-masterpiece-design-180970859/Researchers have found how spines on the sandpapery tongue keep kitties clean and coolTue, 20 Nov 2018 18:02:14 +0000The Statue of Liberty’s Original Torch Gets a New Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-libertys-original-torch-gets-new-home-180970856/The torch, which was replaced in the 1980s, has been moved to a new museum on Liberty IslandTue, 20 Nov 2018 17:10:35 +0000Paradise's Gold Nugget Museum Falls Victim to Camp Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camp-fire-destroys-paradises-gold-nugget-museum-180970853/The beloved local institution was founded in 1973 to commemorate the town’s prospecting pastTue, 20 Nov 2018 14:55:51 +0000Why Wombats Make Cube-Shaped Poos https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-wombats-make-cube-shaped-poos-180970847/New research shows differences in elasticity in the intestines shapes the poo as it moves throughTue, 20 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Texas Will Finally Teach That Slavery Was Main Cause of the Civil Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-will-finally-teach-slavery-was-main-cause-civil-war-180970851/Slavery has been upgraded to the primary cause in the curriculum, however states' rights and sectionalism will still be taught as "contributing factors"Mon, 19 Nov 2018 21:58:14 +0000Hurricane Harvey Didn’t Stop These Fish From Matinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-harvey-didnt-stop-these-fish-reproducing-180970848/Spotted seatrout engaged in normal spawning patterns as the eye of the storm passed directly over their habitatMon, 19 Nov 2018 21:30:35 +0000Promising Peanut Allergy Treatment Could Become Available in the Near Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peanut-allergy-treatment-could-become-available-near-future-180970849/A new study has found that gradually exposing children to peanut protein could increase their tolerance—though the treatment does not offer a complete cureMon, 19 Nov 2018 20:21:02 +0000Step Into Claude Monet’s World With This Immersive VR Exploration of ‘Water Lilies’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-claude-monets-world-immersive-vr-exploration-water-lilies-180970820/New VR experience whisks participants from Paris museum to Impressionist's Giverny garden and studioMon, 19 Nov 2018 18:03:01 +0000Washboard Abs and Unusual Toes Convince Experts These Sculptures Were Crafted by Michelangelohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculptures-chiseled-abs-unusual-toes-convince-experts-they-were-crafted-michelangelo-180970839/Analysis makes the newly attributed early 16th-century Florentine sculptures the Renaissance giant’s only surviving bronzesMon, 19 Nov 2018 16:04:28 +0000