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 2018-09-21 15:42 

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What Can Satellite Imagery Tell Us About Obesity in Cities?...

A new AI can figure out which elements of the built environment might influence a city's obesity rate...

 2018-09-21 14:16 

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What Does Hell Look Like?...

A new book imagines how the underworld may appear with these illustrations...

 2018-09-21 13:00 

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A Vintage Take on High Fashion Showcases the Beauty of a Stitch in Time...

Photographer Cathleen Naundorf mined Chanel's archives for a majestic new book...

 2018-09-21 12:00 

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Philadelphia Threw a WWI Parade That Gave Thousands of Onlookers the Flu...

The city sought to sell bonds to pay for the war effort, while bringing its citizens together during the infamous pandemic...

 2018-09-20 21:01 

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Ecstasy Turns Antisocial Octopuses Into Lovestruck Cuddle Buddies—Just Like Us...

The genetic and neurological similarities between octopuses and humans shed light on how creatures became social beings...

 2018-09-20 18:27 

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Should the Nobel Prizes Take a Year Off?...

An award designed to go to those who benefit all humanity has a history of prejudice and controversy...

 2018-09-20 17:40 

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How the Remnants of Human Poop Could Help Archaeologists Study Ancient Populations...

Undigested molecules persist in soil for hundreds or even thousands of years, acting as biomarkers that show the ebbs and flows of bygone civilizations...

 2018-09-20 16:54 

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How the History of Merit Badges Is Also a Cultural History of the United States...

Over the years, scouting has encouraged boys and girls to be prepared for the world around them...

 2018-09-20 16:17 

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Is All Still Quiet on the Western Front?...

A hundred years after the "war to end all wars" ended, a journey to the front lines of World War I reveals the poignant battles and their tragic legacies...

 2018-09-20 16:00 

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Zooming In on Petra...

How digital archaeologists are using drones and cutting-edge cameras to recreate the spectacular 2,000-year-old ruins in Jordan...

 2018-09-20 15:00 

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What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped Rotating? and More Questions From our Readers...

You asked, we answered...

 2018-09-20 15:00 

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The Whitney Flame Topaz Smolders in Vibrant Red...

A new gemstone at the Natural History Museum is already igniting wonder in viewers...

 2018-09-20 14:00 

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Sean Scully's Artworks Are a Study in Color, Horizon and Life's Sorrows...

With a return to the Hirshhorn following his 1995 retrospective, Scully presents his sublime Landlines series...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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The Original Meanings of the "American Dream" and "America First" Were Starkly Different From How We Use Them Today...

A new book from historian Sarah Churchwell examines the etymologies of two ubiquitous phrases...

 2018-09-20 12:00 

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Norway's Newest Ships Give a Glimpse Into the Future of Sustainable Seafaring...

The country is using oil and gas riches to engineer emission-free vessels...

 2018-09-19 18:31 

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Over 1,500 Museums Across the U.S. Will Open Their Doors for Free This Saturday...

Museums and zoos across the country are letting visitors in admission-free. Here are some highlights....

 2018-09-19 18:05 

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These "Robotic Skins" Turn Everyday Objects Into Robots...

A team at Yale University has developed flexible robotic sheets that can make just about anything move...

 2018-09-19 15:00 

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The Afterlife of Beetlejuice...

The...

 2018-09-19 14:00 

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The Latest on the Kickstarter Campaign to Conserve Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit...

As a new biopic blasts off, the protective suit worn by the 'First Man' on the moon is readied for its star turn...

 2018-09-18 15:42 

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Traveling the World Was Never the Same Once the Boeing 747 Debuted...

Wave goodbye to the beloved jet that took us to new heights...

 2018-09-18 15:40 

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The Artist Who Made Coloring Books Cool for Adults Returns With a New Masterpiece...

Johanna Basford, whose fanciful, hand-drawn illustrations launched a worldwide craze, is back with flying colors...

 2018-09-18 15:00 

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Why Is the Snowy Owl Disappearing?...

These birds, once a feature of the far north as reliable as ice, are becoming less and less common...

 2018-09-18 14:42 

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Why 'Little Women' Endures 150 Years Later...

The author of a new book about the classic says the 19th-century novel contains life lessons for all, especially for boys...

 2018-09-17 18:39 

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Genetic Skin Graft Helps Mice Kick Cocaine Habit...

A new treatment using CRISPR helps reduce cocaine cravings in mice, and it may be able to treat human addiction in the future...

 2018-09-17 18:02 

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How Midwestern Suffragists Won the Vote by Attacking Immigrants...

Women fighting for the ballot were vocal about believing that German men were less worthy of citizenship than themselves...

 2018-09-17 16:05 

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Massive, Awe-Inspiring Sculptures Dot the Former Yugoslavian Countryside...

In his new book, photographer Jonathan "Jonk" Jimenez seeks out unique monuments commemorating Yugoslav's National Liberation Struggle...

 2018-09-14 20:11 

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How the Smithsonian Prepares for Hurricanes and Flooding...

An emergency command center is ready for activation and the National Zoo could move animals into bunkers...

 2018-09-14 18:16 

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How Wireless Water-to-Air Communication Could Revolutionize Marine Research...

Solving a longstanding puzzle, MIT researchers have developed a way of sending signals from underwater to airborne devices...

 2018-09-14 15:26 

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These Robotic Pants Could Help Some Disabled People Walk Again...

'The Right Trousers' combine soft artificial muscles and electric stimulation to get people moving...

 2018-09-13 19:01 

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How to Become a Cheesehead...

You can make your own iconic Cheesehead hat for this year's football season at the Foamation factory in Milwaukee...

 2018-09-13 18:05 

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Scientists Can Predict When Birds Will Migrate Up to a Week in Advance...

A new forecasting model using years of bird migration data and weather radar could help us protect migrating birds from harm...

 2018-09-13 11:00 

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The Senator Who Stood Up to Joseph McCarthy When No One Else Would...

Margaret Chase Smith was the first woman to serve both the House and the Senate and always defended her values, even when it meant opposing her party...

 2018-09-12 18:00 

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The Maya Captured, Traded and Sacrificed Jaguars and Other Large Mammals...

New archeological findings suggest the Maya city state Copan dealt in a robust jaguar trade...

 2018-09-12 17:00 

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Stone Age Markings May Be the Oldest Drawing Ever Discovered...

The crosshatch symbol was made with a red ochre utensil more than 70,000 years ago...

 2018-09-12 15:55 

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Hirshhorn Curator Explains the Significance of the Huge Marcel Duchamp Donation...

Washington D.C. art lovers Aron and Barbara Levine promise 50 important works to the museum...

 2018-09-12 15:50 

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The Lost Children of the Lidice Massacre...

The Nazis arbitrarily slaughtered the Czech villagers, angering the world, even as Europe's Jews faced similar fates in concentration camps...

 2018-09-12 13:01 

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These Teen Birds Love Sleeping In, Too...

A new study suggests young grassland songbirds postpone fledging in order to mooch off mom and dad as long as they can...

 2018-09-12 13:00 

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Nuclear Technology May Help Bring Early Mammal Evolution Into Focus...

Using a neutron scanner at Los Alamos, paleontologists are generating high-resolution imagery of early mammal fossils...

 2018-09-11 19:27 

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Ketamine Works as a Fast-Acting Antidepressant, But the Full Effects Are Still Unknown...

A new study suggests that ketamine activates the brain's opioid receptors, complicating its use to treat clinical depression...

 2018-09-11 18:28 

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Teaching Drones to Sniff Out Toxic Air...

Swarms of the flying devices, using sensors and AI, will learn to find and track harmful gases...

 2018-09-11 17:01 

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Don't Be Surprised if a Woman Sings to You in the Hirshhorn's Sculpture Garden...

The Smithsonian's first purchase of a performance art piece is happening now, but the artist requests no photos, please...

 2018-09-10 20:28 

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How Virtual Reality and Sideline Brain Scans Could Help Diagnose Concussions...

Determining if an athlete or soldier has a concussion often depends on what they tell you, but new technologies could provide a more objective approach...

 2018-09-10 18:59 

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Tracking Down the Origins of Cystic Fibrosis in Ancient Europe...

CF is the most common genetic disease among Caucasians, and how it became so widespread is something of a mystery...

 2018-09-10 15:54 

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How Center Pivot Irrigation Brought the Dust Bowl Back to Life...

Crop circles saved the Great Plains when farmer Frank Zybach invented a new sprinkler system in the 1940s...

 2018-09-10 13:00 

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An Eyewitness Account of Pinochet's Coup 45 Years Ago...

Smithsonian ethnomusicologist Dan Sheehy poignantly recalls the brutal outcome of a nation divided...

 2018-09-10 12:00 

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Rare WWII Submarine Dog Fight Turns Deadly...

On February 9, 1945, two submarines are poised to engage in a direct, underwater confrontation. It's the first - and only - underwater submarine dog fight in recorded naval history....

 2018-09-07 17:22 

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How Scientists Can Learn About Human Behavior From Closed-Circuit TV...

While researchers used to rely on interviews and experiments, raw video reveals subtle, previously hidden reactions...

 2018-09-07 17:08 

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Diving Deep to Reveal the Microbial Mysteries of Lost City...

An expedition sets out this week to explore a field of hydrothermal vents in the deep Atlantic, one of the most extreme ecosystems on the planet...

 2018-09-07 15:15 

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Check Out These 10 Must-See Fall Exhibits...

Underwater artifacts and Winnie the Pooh take center stage at these new museum exhibits this fall...

 2018-09-07 14:43 

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Climb a 35-Foot Human Tower Through the Lens of a Photographer...

Casteller and photographer Alex Nebot documents the fascinating Catalan sport of stacking people into elaborate towers...

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