Bookmarks (206)

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    One Hundred Years Ago, Northern Ireland's 'Unholy War' Resulted in a Deadly Summer

    In July 1921, an outburst of sectarian violence in Belfast claimed 16 lives on the eve...

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    Eat Like an Armenian with These Tips from a Local Guide

    Did you know that Armenian culture is heavily gastro-centric? Any occasion, be it happy or sad,...

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    'The Green Knight' Adopts a Medieval Approach to 'Modern' Problems

    A new film starring Dev Patel as Gawain feels more like a psychological thriller than a...

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    At the Pageant of the Masters, Famous Works of Art Come to Life

    For nearly a century, a volunteer cast has recreated visual masterpieces on stage in Laguna Beach,...

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    Five Ways Humans Evolved to Be Athletes

    An archaeologist explores how our prowess in sport has deep roots in evolution

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    Tyrannosaurs Dominated Their Cretaceous Ecosystems

    Studies of body size and bite force show that the predators, from babies to adults, filled...

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    A Small Town in Ohio Is Home to the World's Only Cardboard Boat Museum

    For nearly 30 years, New Richmond has hosted the International Cardboard Boat Regatta, a high-spirited race...

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    The Incredible Story of Lesbian Activists Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon

    After first meeting in 1950, the couple was instrumental in founding the nation’s first organization for...

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    This Sponge Fossil May Be the Earliest Record of Animal Life

    The 890-million-year-old relic predates periods of extreme cold and the planet’s second oxygenation spike

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    The Quest to Build a Functional, Energy-Efficient Refrigerator That Works in Space

    Designed and tested by Purdue University engineers, this new appliance would lengthen the shelf life of...

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    How Indigenous Ecological Knowledge Offers Solutions to California’s Wildfires

    “We need to reintegrate Indigenous traditional ecological knowledge and cultural and prescribed burning into our landscape,”...

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    Seagrass Is Harmed by Noise Pollution

    The plant may not have ears, but that doesn’t stop sound from causing serious damage to...

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    Reaching Out to Those Behind Bars

    Learn how the Anacostia Community Museum redesigned its acclaimed exhibition "Men of Change" as a digital...

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    How Wheaties Became the 'Breakfast of Champions'

    Images of Olympians and other athletes on boxes helped the cereal maintain a competitive edge

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    New Project Aims to Create Most Detailed 3-D Map of the Universe

    An instrument named “DESI” will chart up to 40 million galaxies, ten times more than any...

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    This Graphic Artist's Olympic Pictograms Changed Urban Design Forever

    Having lived through Germany's Nazi regime, Otl Aicher went on to pioneer democratic design

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    Why Australia's Trash Bin–Raiding Cockatoos Are the 'Punks of the Bird World'

    The birds can bust open garbage lids—and the behavior is catching on fast, which could be...

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    The History of the World's First Cruise Ship Built Solely for Luxurious Travel

    At the turn of the 20th century, a German Jewish shipping executive had an innovative idea...

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    The Tokyo Summer Olympics: Smithsonian's Guide to the Games

    Prepare yourself for the Tokyo Olympics with this comprehensive guide to the history, science, arts and...

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    When Claims of 'Discoveries' in the Amazon Ring False

    When news broke worldwide of an incredible find in Colombia, local experts and guides say their...

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    Why Papua New Guinea's Highlanders Differ Physically From Those Living Near Sea Level

    New research shows villagers living at high altitude are shorter, have higher lung capacity and have...

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    For 60 Years, Indigenous Alaskans Have Hosted Their Own Olympics

    Athletes at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics in Fairbanks test their mettle in events like the blanket...

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    Seven Bizarre Moths to Celebrate National Moth Week

    With thousands of species of moths worldwide, each with unique characteristics, check out these unusual specimens...

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    Olympian Babe Didrikson Cleared the Same Hurdles Women Athletes Face Today

    The star track and field athlete of the 1930s boisterously challenged gender expectations with her record-setting...

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    What the Medieval Olympics Looked Like

    The Middle Ages didn't kill the Games, as international sporting competitions thrived with chariot races and...

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    Solving a 100-Year-Old Mystery About a Pigeon

    Science determines the most famous pigeon in World War I history was not a female, but...

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    These Moths Are So Gorgeous They 'Put Butterflies to Shame'

    To celebrate National Moth Week, bask in the beautiful variety of these oft-overlooked insects

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    The 'Protest' Olympics That Never Came to Be

    A leftist response to the 1936 Games being held in Nazi Germany, the proposed competition was...

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    New Study Suggests Cannabis' Wild Ancestors Likely Came from China

    The analysis identifies East Asia as a potential source of genetic diversity for the growing market...

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    The Strangely Scientific Endeavor of Making Ice Cream

    Ice cream's texture is the result of the same processes that govern concepts like forest recovery,...

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    Has the Pandemic Put an End to the SAT and ACT?

    Many colleges and universities stopped requiring the tests during Covid, and it is unclear if they...

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    10 Things You Didn't Know About Flamingos

    There's more to these birds than their bright pink feathers; get to know these delightfully unusual...

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    Jeff Bezos Gifts Historic $200 Million to the Smithsonian

    The Amazon founder's gift—the largest since the Institution was created in 1846—will support the Air and...

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    New Study Shows Dogs Don't Return the Favor After Strangers Feed Them

    A new lab experiment reveals pooches don’t pay humans back with a treat after the canines...

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    The Many Myths of the Term 'Anglo-Saxon'

    Two medieval historians tackle the misuse of a phrase that was rarely used by its supposed...

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    When Tuberculosis Patients Quarantined Inside Kentucky's Mammoth Cave

    In the early 1840s, believing the air was therapeutic, Kentucky doctor John Croghan ran a consumption...

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    Cooking Up History with the National Museum of American History and Smithsonian Associates

    Cooking Up History programs share fresh insights into American culture past and present through the lens...

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    The Day Germany's First Jet Fighter Soared Into History

    Allied pilots were surprised by the aircraft's speed and armament; but it was a case of...

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    Giant New Predators Killing Imperiled Albatrosses

    Videos show southern giant petrels killing Gough Island’s beautiful endangered seabirds

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    West African Scientists Are Leading the Science Behind a Malaria Vaccine

    Researchers in Mali have been working for decades on the treatment that's now in the final...

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    Other Mammals, Not Dinosaurs, Kept Our Ancestors Down

    The asteroid impact that ended the Cretaceous gave our mammalian ancestors, the therians, an edge over...

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    Unraveling the Colonialist Myths of Nova Scotia

    Planners saw the region as a blank space ripe for transformation: the perfect canvas for imperial...

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    Meet the Reef Expert Collecting Environmental Time Capsules

    Collecting DNA in waters worldwide can help scientists figure out which places are the most important...

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    The Science of Predicting When Bluffs in Southern California Will Collapse

    Researchers are using lidar to better understand the erosional forces that cause oceanfront cliffs to crumble

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    Sparking Excitement About STEM Through Exposure to Career Pathways

    Ask a child to draw a scientist, and research says they’ll often draw an older, usually...

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    How Yellowstone Was Saved by a Teddy Roosevelt Dinner Party and a Fake Photo in a Gun Magazine

    Chilling photos of slain buffalo in Yellowstone Park helped pass an act outlining punishment for poaching...