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Watch Cargo Ships Skitter Away From Hurricane Irma

Nobody wants to be in the path of this mammoth storm.<p>Modern cargo ships are huge, slow machines that ply the world’s oceans, delivering fuel, raw materials, and products to power the economy.<p>Sailing the seas is dangerous. Thanks to safer ships and weather forecasting, it’s not as dangerous as it …

Hurricanes

Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation?

More comfortable online than out partying, post-Millennials are safer, physically, than adolescents have ever been. But they’re on the brink of a mental-health crisis.<p>One day last summer, around noon, I called Athena, a 13-year-old who lives in Houston, Texas. She answered her phone—she’s had an …

Teens

The Surprisingly Important Role China Played in WWI

In turn, the peace talks that ended the war had an enormous impact on China's future

China

This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea

Those who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say

Medicine

How Arlington National Cemetery Came to Be

One afternoon in May 1861, a young Union Army officer went rushing into the mansion that commanded the hills across the Potomac River from …

The Moral History of Air-Conditioning

Cooling the air was once seen as sinful. Maybe the idea wasn’t entirely wrong. An Object Lesson.<p>Until the 20th century, only the wealthy or dying might have witnessed someone trying to cool the air indoors—even though building a fire to keep warm in the winter would have been perfectly reasonable. …

U.S. Department of Energy

Cats Are Not Medicine

Pets don’t actually make people healthier, according to a new analysis. Ability to own a pet does.<p>Kids who grow up in homes with cats are much less likely to have behavioral issues than kids who grow up in homes without cats.<p>This is according to a divisive statistical analysis thrust upon the world …

Research

A WWII Propaganda Campaign Popularized the Myth That Carrots Help You See in the Dark

During World War II, when sugar was rationed to 8 ounces per adult per week, some vegetable alternatives were introduced. These girls don’t seem too …

Why Do Ticks Spread So Many Diseases?

There's a long list of diseases that you can get from a tick bite, including some that can actually kill you. In fact, the tiny bloodsucking critters …

Disease

Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Science

The founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor

Benjamin Franklin

El Nino's Absence May Fuel a Stormy Hurricane Season

The hurricane season is likely to be extra active this year, thanks to a likely no-show from El Niño.<p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric …

Weather

Why Hospitals Started Displaying Newborn Babies Through Windows

How peering at babies through glass became a feel-good staple of American maternity wards

Babies

Why Hypercolor T-Shirts Were Just a One-Hit Wonder

It was 1991: “Roseanne was on TV, <i>Terminator 2</i> was on the big screen, Color Me Badd was on the radio and Hypercolor t-shirts were on the backs of …

The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads

Before the first disposable sanitary napkin hit the mass market, periods were thought of in a much different way

Women's History

The Art of Teaching the Youngest Students

A Denver child-care provider hopes an in-house training initiative will better prepare educators for a uniquely difficult field.<p>Scattered around a meeting room in groups of three or four, 13 women bent over laptop computers and smartphones, squinting at Colorado’s hundreds of child-care regulations.<p>…

Education

The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking

Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cake

Boston

Take a Peep at This Gallery of Historic Selfies

The first-ever photograph was a still life. But it wasn’t long until people were taking pictures of one another.<p>“Portraits were the most commonly …

Photography

Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Time

Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this July

Travel

Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobiles

During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areas

Great Depression

Hunting for Antibiotics in the World’s Dirtiest Places

“Compost bin. Pig trough. Dog-food bowl. Laptop keyboard.”<p>Ona chilly autumn morning in northwest London, just outside the Euston train station, Adam Roberts stops at the top of an outdoor staircase, looks around for police, and tries to appear inconspicuous. This is harder than it sounds, and not …

Microbiology

Cocaine trafficking is destroying Central America’s forests

Drug trade has stripped Nicaragua of nearly one-third of its woodlands

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail

<i>Editor's Note, December 21, 2016 Listen to the Smithsonian perspective on this story from the Smithsonian’s new podcast, Sidedoor. Listen to the</i> …

Nine Places Where You Can Still See Wheel Tracks from the Oregon Trail

Any child of the 1980s is familiar with the basic skeleton of the Oregon Trail, from the celebrations warranted by a sight of Chimney Rock to the …

Endangered Balkan Lynx Kitten Photographed for the First Time in a Decade

Earlier this month, researchers in Macedonia discovered and photographed a Balkan lynx kitten, the first newborn from that critically endangered …

Wildlife

Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere's Oldest Synagogues

Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of Curaçao

Religion

Everything It Will Take to Get Faster Wi-Fi on Planes

Companies are vying to bring better internet to the skies, but the path to success is almost unbelievably complicated.<p>I bring tidings from the frontier of airplane Wi-Fi. I <i>experienced</i> faster internet with my own two thumbs aboard a 757! I did a series of speed tests and received between 17 and 27 …

Wi-Fi

How We Spend $3,400,000,000,000

Why more than half of America's healthcare spending goes to five percent of patients<p>Last year, America’s total medical costs hit a new record of $3.4 trillion, according to the federal government. That’s about 18 percent of the country’s total GDP, meaning that one out of every six dollars we spent …

Health Care

What If (Almost) Every Gene Affects (Almost) Everything?

Three Stanford scientists have proposed a provocative new way of thinking about genetic variants, and how they affect people’s bodies and health.<p>In 1999, a group of scientists scoured the genomes of around 150 pairs of siblings in an attempt to find genes that are involved in autism. They came up …

DNA

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

When Facebook designed chatbots to negotiate with one another, the bots made up their own way of communicating.<p>A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots’ conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.<p>In the report, researchers at the Facebook …

Artificial Intelligence