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 2018-01-23 15:30 

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Fifty Years Ago, North Korea Captured an American Ship and Nearly Started a Nuclear War...

The provocative incident involving the USS Pueblo was peacefully resolved, in part because of the ongoing Vietnam War...

 2018-01-23 15:07 

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How Dodge City Became a Symbol of Frontier Lawlessness...

Fake news and smoking guns gave the Kansas town its reputation as the ultimate wild west...

 2018-01-23 14:46 

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A Counterintuitive Idea For Treating Severe Depression: Stay Awake...

Doctors are finding that sleep deprivation actually helps lift some people out of depression. Now they want to know why...

 2018-01-23 14:00 

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With Fungi In the Mix, Concrete Can Fill Its Own Cracks...

Adding fungus might be one way to endow concrete with the ability to repair any damage, without the need for human intervention...

 2018-01-23 13:00 

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Rare Footage of FDR Walking With Leg Braces...

FDR contracted polio at the age of 39, which left his legs partially paralyzed. Fearing this would impact his bid for presidency, he came to an agreement with the press: no photos of him walking or getting in and out of cars....

 2018-01-23 12:00 

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This Fighter Jet Turned the Tide During Vietnam's Decisive Tet Offensive...

Fifty years ago, America won this huge battle, but lost the war...

 2018-01-22 21:18 

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Why Americans Are Suddenly Flocking to This Gorgeous Caribbean Island...

Long ignored by U.S. travelers, this French island is finally enjoying its moment in the sun...

 2018-01-22 21:01 

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Probing the Paradoxes of Native Americans in Pop Culture...

A new exhibition picks apart the cultural mythologies surrounding the first "Americans"...

 2018-01-22 20:04 

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How the Civil War Taught Americans the Art of Letter Writing...

Soldiers and their families, sometimes barely literate, wrote to assuage fear and convey love...

 2018-01-22 19:18 

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A Saline Shortage This Flu Season Exposes a Flaw in Our Medical Supply Chain...

Most IV saline bags used in U.S. hospitals are made in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria has shown how troubling it can be to rely on one producer...

 2018-01-22 19:08 

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How a Mother's Depression Shows Up in Her Baby's DNA...

Researchers find that at just 18 months, infants can have cellular damage related to stress...

 2018-01-22 16:19 

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Have Scientists Found a Greener Way To Make Blue Jeans?...

An engineered strain of E. coli bacteria can produce a precursor to synthetic indigo using fewer nasty chemicals than traditional methods...

 2018-01-22 14:40 

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Four Olympic Stadiums with Unexpected Afterlives...

What happens to old Olympics facilities after the medals have all been awarded?...

 2018-01-22 13:00 

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This Priest Witnessed the 9/11 Pentagon Plane Crash...

Father Stephen McGraw has just witnessed Flight 77 crash into the west wall of the Pentagon. Amid the chaos and confusion, and with no concern for his safety, he leaves his car and rushes over to help....

 2018-01-19 22:09 

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Smithsonian Museums Will Remain Open this Weekend, Federal Shutdown or No...

The days ahead may be uncertain, but for the time being, the show goes on...

 2018-01-19 19:34 

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Geology Makes the Mayon Volcano Visually Spectacular—And Dangerously Explosive...

What's going on inside one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes?...

 2018-01-19 17:49 

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Photos Document the Last Remaining Old-Growth Pine Forests of the American South...

In his forthcoming book, photographer Chuck Hemard delves deep into what remains of the longleaf pine forests of his youth...

 2018-01-19 17:11 

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Can Social Media Help Us Spot Vaccine Scares and Predict Outbreaks?...

Tracking public sentiment toward vaccines could allow public health officials to identify and target areas of heightened disease risk...

 2018-01-19 15:41 

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The Great Los Angeles Air Raid Terrified Citizens—Even Though No Bombs Were Dropped...

The WWII "battle" was an example of what happens when the threat of attack feels all too real...

 2018-01-19 14:42 

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Sorry, Guys: Your Y Chromosome May Be Doomed...

But don't worry, men aren't going anywhere...

 2018-01-19 14:00 

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Why Is Some Art So Bad That It's Good?...

Sometimes a work of art is characterized by a string of failures, but nonetheless ends up being a gorgeous freak accident of nature...

 2018-01-19 13:00 

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Why Did the U.S. Sink Captured Japanese Subs After WWII?...

WWII had come to a close, and the U.S. was the first to seize a new class of giant Japanese submarines. The next step was to analyze them quickly and then sink them, before the Russians could learn their secrets....

 2018-01-19 11:00 

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In 1968, When Nixon Said "Sock it To Me" on Laugh-In, TV Was Never Quite the Same Again...

The show's rollicking one-liners and bawdy routines paved the way for Saturday Night Live and other cutting-edge television satire...

 2018-01-18 16:07 

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Sixty Years Ago, Willie O'Ree Broke the NHL's Color Barrier...

A debilitating eye injury and racial epithets weren't enough to derail the player's resolve...

 2018-01-18 15:30 

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The Woman Who Transformed How We Teach Geography...

By blending education and activism, Zonia Baber made geography a means of uniting—not conquering—the globe...

 2018-01-18 14:55 

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From Helping Shut-Ins to Sisterly Advice, Mail-Order Magazines Did More Than Just Sell Things...

The cheap monthly publications that flooded rural homes offered more than just advertising—they also provided companionship...

 2018-01-18 14:00 

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Could AI One Day Detect the Flu...Before You Even Feel Sick?...

New research into the subtle facial signs of illness could one day help train artificial intelligence systems to scan for infections...

 2018-01-18 13:00 

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Why Nancy Reagan's Sense of Style Wasn't Appreciated...

Like Jackie and Dolley before her, Nancy Reagan brought her own unique style to the White House. But economic times were tough, and what was seen as stylish in one era was now viewed as extravagant....

 2018-01-17 21:35 

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The TV Show 'Black Lightning' Gives the Superhero World a Jolt of Social Justice...

For the protagonist of WB's new comic book show, community and family come first...

 2018-01-17 20:40 

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This Tiny French Archipelago Became America's Alcohol Warehouse During Prohibition...

Before the 21st amendment was ratified, remote islands off Canada's Newfoundland province floated on a sea of whiskey and wine...

 2018-01-17 17:49 

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The True Story of "The Assassination of Gianni Versace"...

Did the designer meet his killer seven years earlier?...

 2018-01-17 14:00 

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Electric Eels Inspire A New Type of Battery...

Researchers took a cue from the electric eel to create a soft, foldable battery that could one day power devices like pacemakers...

 2018-01-17 13:00 

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A Doomed Aircraft Is Left to Fly Until It Runs Out of Fuel...

Learjet 35 was a doomed plane, flying miles off course and with passengers and crew presumed dead. All that could be done now was to wait for the plane to run out of fuel - but where would it crash?...

 2018-01-16 22:08 

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Here's My Problem With the Google Arts & Culture Face-Matching App...

Kim Sajet, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, offers ideas to make it better...

 2018-01-16 20:23 

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What the Batmobile Tells Us About the American Dream...

Fans of DC Comics will go batty for this new installation at the National Museum of American History...

 2018-01-16 13:30 

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How Drugged-Up Shellfish Help Scientists Understand Human Pollution...

These involuntary medicine-guzzlers have much tell us about the consequences of pharmaceutical waste...

 2018-01-16 13:00 

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Intense Footage of Kamikaze Attacks During WWII...

On April 6, 1944, U.S. marines faced a battle unlike any they had faced before: the Japanese intentionally crashed over 1,900 planes in suicide kamikaze dives on them....

 2018-01-15 13:00 

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Yes, Putting an Emergency Oxygen Mask on First Is Vital...

Investigators looking into the October 25, 1999 crash of Learjet 35 were faced with a puzzling question: If the supplemental oxygen was working, why didn't the crew use their masks as soon as they ran into trouble?...

 2018-01-12 21:32 

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Sixty-Five Years Later, the Queen Recalls Her Coronation...

New Smithsonian Channel special has rare Queen Elizabeth II interview and offers a closeup of the Crown Jewels...

 2018-01-12 20:51 

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Deeply Grieving MLK's Death, Activists Shaped a Campaign of Hurt and Hope...

At Resurrection City, an epic 1968 demonstration on the National Mall in Washington D.C., protesters defined the next 50 years of activism...

 2018-01-12 20:13 

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Seven Must-See Museums in South Korea...

Get cultured while youre in the country for the Winter Olympics...

 2018-01-12 17:22 

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This Theologian Helped MLK See the Value of Nonviolence...

Minister, theologian and mystic Howard Thurman had a profound influence on Rev. Martin Luther King Jr....

 2018-01-12 15:32 

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How Proteins Helped Scientists Read Between the Lines of a 1630 Plague Death Registry...

New tech reveals bacterial contamination, what scribes were eating and how many rats were around...

 2018-01-12 15:00 

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What America's First Cookbook Says About Our Country and Its Cuisine...

An 18th-century kitchen guide taught Americans how to eat simply but sumptuously...

 2018-01-12 14:00 

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Ten Myths About the 1918 Flu Pandemic...

The greatest pandemic in history was 100 years ago but many of us still get the basic facts wrong...

 2018-01-12 13:00 

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The Amazing Adaptation That Keeps Tamarin Numbers Up...

Golden lion tamarins have evolved a clever way to keep their population size steady in the face of predation. They almost always give birth to twins....

 2018-01-11 21:05 

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This World Heritage Site in Japan Is One of the Snowiest Places on the Planet...

And you thought Boston got a lot of snow...

 2018-01-11 21:04 

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The True History of Luke Skywalker's Monastic Retreat...

A Smithsonian Librarian delves into centuries of maps and manuscripts to discover ancient stories of this sacred place and sanctuary...

 2018-01-11 19:38 

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Madagascar's Ancient 'Pelican Spiders' Are As Striking As They Are Strange...

New research offers an in-depth look at the island's fascinating spider scene...

 2018-01-11 19:07 

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The Animal Cost of War...

Even low-level human conflict can drive dramatic wildlife declines...

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