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 2018-12-10 15:25 

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Google's New AI Is a Master of Games, But How Does It Compare to the Human Mind?...

After building AlphaGo to beat the world's best Go players, Google DeepMind built AlphaZero to take on the world's best machine players...

 2018-12-10 13:00 

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Eight Dazzling Toy Train Displays to Get You in the Holiday Spirit...

From Dallas to New York City, these mighty miniatures will delight even the biggest Scrooge...

 2018-12-07 20:56 

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The Ten Best Children's Books of 2018...

Our picks deliver feminist history, folklore reimagined and an adventurous romp through awe-inspiring destinations...

 2018-12-07 18:25 

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China Launches First Mission to Land on the Far Side of the Moon...

Not glimpsed by humanity until 1959, the surface of the far side of the Moon has never been visited before...

 2018-12-07 15:44 

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Inside the Story of John Allen Chau's Ill-Fated Trip to a Remote Island...

Questions abound about the ethics of the missionary's trip and what will happen next...

 2018-12-06 19:13 

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When the Street Light First Came to London, Disaster Ensued...

First introduced 150 years ago, the device was meant to prevent accidents—but then it caused one...

 2018-12-06 16:18 

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The Ten Best Science Books of 2018...

These titles explore the wide-ranging implications of new discoveries and experiments, while grounding them in historical context...

 2018-12-06 13:00 

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The True Story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I...

Josie Rourke's film sees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie transform from allies into rivals, but in actuality, the queens' relationship was far more complex...

 2018-12-05 18:29 

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Like Whales and Dolphins, Prehistoric 'Fish Lizards' Kept Warm With Blubber...

A new analysis of a pristine ichthyosaur fossil reveals that the prehistoric marine reptile had a layer of insulating fatty tissue...

 2018-12-05 16:41 

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The First Criminal Trial That Used Fingerprints As Evidence...

Thomas Jennings used a freshly painted railing to flee a murder scene but unwittingly left behind something that would change detective work forever...

 2018-12-05 16:32 

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The Somber History of the Presidential Funeral Train...

This grand tradition has allowed Americans across the country to pay their respects to the chief executive...

 2018-12-05 14:23 

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This Sculptor Imagines Brain Waves in 3D...

Julia Buntaine Hoel depicts the electrical activity of the brain in Wave(s), on display at Smithsonian's...

 2018-12-04 17:04 

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Ear Tubes May Finally Get an Upgrade...

Harvard researchers have invented a new device that might mean fewer visits to the surgeon for kids with chronic ear infections...

 2018-12-04 15:19 

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The Strange Nature of the First Printed Illustration of a Sloth...

As described by a 16th-century French missionary, the South American 'little bear' with the face of 'a baby' was introduced to Europe...

 2018-12-04 11:00 

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The Complicated History of the Human and Elephant Relationship...

With the new exhibition, "Game Change," Smithsonian Libraries delves into 150 years of hunting and conservation...

 2018-12-03 17:08 

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Asteroid Sample-Return Mission Arrives to Collect Primordial Rocks of the Solar System...

As the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid Bennu, scientists on the ground prepare for a new bounty of planetary samples...

 2018-12-03 15:23 

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What's New, and What's Not, in the Reported Birth of the CRISPR Babies...

Editing human DNA, either in embryos or in cells that are reintroduced to the body, had come a long way before Lulu and Nana were born...

 2018-12-01 13:28 

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Looking Back at George H.W. Bush's Lifelong Career of Public Service...

The former President, dead at 94 years old, was noteworthy for his "humanity and decency," says a Smithsonian historian...

 2018-11-30 19:10 

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Seven Must-See New Museum Exhibits to Marvel at This Winter...

From fancy lights to Wes Anderson aesthetics, these new exhibits explore artists, history and fun...

 2018-11-30 17:04 

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As Port Cities Dredge Deeper to Accommodate Growing Cargo Ships, the Risk of Inland Flooding May Rise...

By smoothing and deepening waterways, the hydrodynamics of estuaries and rivers can be dramatically changed to invite in the sea...

 2018-11-30 14:35 

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The Best Books of 2018...

In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 50 titles released this year...

 2018-11-30 11:00 

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History's Selfies: Looking at Artists Looking at Themselves...

National Portrait Gallery closes out 50-year anniversary celebration after widening the view to include more women, diverse backgrounds and emerging media...

 2018-11-29 19:26 

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Smithsonian.com's Chief Digital Officer Shares His Favorite Books of the Year...

Our own William Allman describes the 2018 titles he found to be the most enjoyable and eye-opening reads...

 2018-11-29 16:42 

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Prehistoric Whale Jaw Bone Sheds Light on the Evolution of Baleen...

Hidden in a museums' collections for years, a fossil provides a link between past and present feeding mechanisms...

 2018-11-29 14:00 

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Stone Tools at Arabian "Crossroads" Present Mysteries of Ancient Human Migration...

Hominins made stone tools in central Arabia 190,000 years ago, and the hand axe technology raises questions about just who they were...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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Who Was Ida O'Keeffe, Georgia's Lesser-Known, But Perhaps More-Talented, Sister?...

The painter who toiled in the shadow of her celebrated sibling is the subject of a new, major exhibition...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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What the Popularity of 'Fortnite' Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Craze...

Long before parents freaked over the ubiquitous video game, they flipped out over another newfangled fad...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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Why Wilbur Wright Deserves the Bulk of the Credit for the First Flight...

A new book advances a controversial theory about the singular contribution that went into the brothers' pioneering achievement...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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Plans for the First E-cigarette Went Up in Smoke 50 Years Ago...

Herbert A. Gilbert invented his...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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If Light Can't Escape Black Holes, How Do We Get Photos of Them... and More Questions From Our Readers...

You asked, we answered...

 2018-11-29 13:00 

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The History of Our Love-Hate Relationship With the Christmas Letter...

How has the...

 2018-11-29 12:30 

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North America's Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolution...

As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agriculture...

 2018-11-28 21:08 

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Scientists Measure the Second With Record-Breaking Precision...

A new generation of optical clocks are becoming ever more reliable as physicists work to redefine time...

 2018-11-28 21:01 

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'Dear Evan Hansen' Recognized as Part of America's Cultural Heritage...

Artifacts from the Broadway musical come to the collections of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History...

 2018-11-28 18:53 

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Why Aren't There Electric Airplanes Yet? It Comes Down to Batteries....

Batteries need to get lighter and more efficient before we use them to power energy-guzzling airplanes...

 2018-11-28 14:39 

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Coral Larvae Cryogenically Frozen and Thawed for the First Time...

Warming oceans are killing the world's reefs, but scientists may have found a way to help them get out of hot water—by putting corals into a deep freeze...

 2018-11-28 13:00 

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Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Again...

One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restored...

 2018-11-28 13:00 

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The Costs of the Confederacy...

In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideology...

 2018-11-28 13:00 

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The Woman Whose Invention Helped Win a War—and Still Baffles Weathermen...

Her work long overlooked, physicist Joan Curran developed technology to conceal aircraft from radar during World War II...

 2018-11-28 11:00 

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Why This Body-Surfing, Sound-Blasting, Cake-Throwing DJ Belongs in a Museum...

Just as his new release tops the charts, Electronic Dance Music DJ Steve Aoki says he is...

 2018-11-27 17:14 

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How Satellites and Big Data Are Predicting the Behavior of Hurricanes and Other Natural Disasters...

Leveraging machine learning could help diminish the damages of storms and wildfires...

 2018-11-27 16:31 

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The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic "Greetings From" Postcards...

Long before Instagram, Americans showed off their travels using Curt Teich's cheery linen postcards....

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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The March for Our Lives Activists Showed Us How to Find Meaning in Tragedy...

After the massacre at a Florida high school, these brave students provided a way forward...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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The Time's Up Initiative Built Upon the Work Done by These Labor Activists...

How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassment...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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What Makes Janelle Mone America's Most Revolutionary Artist...

The musical virtuoso leaves her old persona behind with her third album, Dirty Computer...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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A New Treatment for Blindness Comes From Gene Therapy...

A wife-and-husband research team cracks the code to allow certain patients to see again...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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How John Krasinski Created 'A Quiet Place'...

The actor turned director creates a genre-busting horror movie with a terrifying twist—silence...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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Why Waymo's Fleet of Self-Driving Cars Is Finally Ready for Prime Time...

Your driverless car is already here, thanks to the visionary engineers behind a bold experiment...

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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Tracy K. Smith, America's Poet Laureate, Travels the Country to Ignite Our Imaginations...

Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S....

 2018-11-27 13:00 

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Meet Scott Bolton, the Visionary Behind the NASA Mission to Jupiter...

The Juno project will take on the mysteries of the gas giant that may in turn help us understand our own planet's origins...

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