Five Cheetah Cubs Born at Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Viewers can watch mom Rosalie care for her five newborn cheetah cubs on a live streaming webcam. Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Cheetahs Rosalie and Nick are excited to announce the birth of quintuplets. The proud parents welcomed five healthy cheetah cubs on October 12 at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) in Front Royal, Virginia, reports Jane Recker […]

Merck Asks FDA to Authorize Promising Covid-19 Pill

The new antiviral pill could help unburden hospitals in states with low vaccination rates. NurPhoto via Getty Images Earlier this week pharmaceutical company Merck announced it has submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use of what could be the first-ever pill to treat Covid-19. Because the antiviral drug can be delivered […]

Western Drought Drives Decline in Hydroelectric Power Generation

But when severe drought and extreme heat collide, as they have this year, states like California that rely heavily on hydropower can be forced to buy extra power to meet demand, which tends to spike when temperatures soar. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images The drought facing much of the American West is hurting the region’s […]

Why a New Plaque Next to Oxford’s Cecil Rhodes Statue Is So Controversial

Rhodes left Oxford’s Oriel College around $17 million in today’s money. FlickrDelusions via Flickr under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 The University of Oxford’s Oriel College has installed a plaque identifying 19th-century politician and diamond-mining magnate Cecil Rhodes as a “committed British colonialist.” Placed beside a much-debated statue of Rhodes, the plaque immediately came under fire from […]

Chicago’s Great Fire, 150 Years Later

Chicago’s Great Fire sparked on October 8, 1871 and raged for more than 24 hours.  Chicago History Museum, ICHi-002954 On a hot fall night in 1871, the O’Leary family awoke in a panic. Somehow, a blaze had sparked in their DeKoven Street barn, a small building tucked next to an alley in their southwest Chicago neighborhood. […]

Humans’ Earliest Evidence of Tobacco Use Uncovered in Utah

While the seeds do not indicate how the ancient humans used tobacco, researchers suspect that tobacco leaves, stems, and other plants may have been twisted together and chewed or sucked and the seeds were discarded or spit out. D. DUKE ET AL/NATURE HUMAN BEHAVIOR 2021 Within the mudflats of the Great Salt Lake Desert in […]

Powerful Immune System Response May Be Behind ‘Covid Toes’

Increased immunity from vaccines and previous infections could be a reason behind the drop in cases of “Covid toes.” (Pictured: Nurse Sandra Lindsay—the first person to receive vaccine in the USA on December 14, 2020— receives COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine booster in New York on October 6, 2021.) Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images […]

This Interactive Map Lets Users Explore England’s Hidden Archaeological Landscape

The free online map highlights sites spanning prehistoric times to the modern era, including this Roman fort next to Hadrian’s Wall. Dave MacLeod / Historic England From Roman ruins to Cold War bunkers, England is home to countless hidden archaeological landscapes spanning thousands of years. Now, writes Harriet Sherwood for the Guardian, an interactive map published […]

1,500-Year-Old Winery Found in Israel

Each of the five wine presses covered about 2,400 square feet. Yaniv Berman / Israel Antiquities Authority A newly uncovered winery in central Israel made some of the Mediterranean’s best wine of the Byzantine-era, at a clip of more than a half-million gallons per year, archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) say. “The proportions here are […]

A.I. Digitally Resurrects Trio of Lost Gustav Klimt Paintings

Two of the newly colorized paintings: Jurisprudence (left) and Medicine (right) Courtesy Google Arts and Culture Austrian painter Gustav Klimt created some of his best-known masterpieces during his so-called Golden Phase. Spanning the first decade of the 20th century, this period saw the artist produce such works as The Kiss (1908), a sensual scene of two lovers […]

A Peek Behind the Curtain of Hirshhorn’s Largest Artwork Ever

Roger Catlin Museums Correspondent When the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden decided to embark in its first extensive exterior renovation in its more than five-decade history, the plan was to dress up a construction site that would be up for at least eight months. Museum officials turned to Swiss artist Nicolas Party to envision a […]

Five Things to Know About NASA’s Lunar Rover ‘VIPER’

Corryn Wetzel Daily Correspondent The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover dubbed VIPER is headed to the moon’s south pole in late 2023 to search for resources that could sustain future human settlements in space. The NASA rover will travel to areas of the lunar surface that have never seen sunlight to map and analyze concentrations […]

A Monumental Portrait of NASA Astronaut Stephanie Wilson Crops Up in Atlanta

Jennifer Nalewicki Travel Correspondent While most artists measure their artworks in inches, Stan Herd measures his in acres. For the past 40 years, the Kansas-based artist has been using farmland, pastures, grassy fields and any other large swaths of open land as his canvas, creating massive earthworks that are best seen from the sky, including […]

Underwater Museum Allows Divers to Explore Shipwrecks From the Battle of Gallipoli

Divers can explore the wrecks of 14 warships, including the HMS Majestic and HMS Triumph. Directorate of Gallipoli Historic Site Ready to take a deep dive into history—literally? Scuba divers can now explore the hulks of British and French ships sunk off the coast of Turkey during World War I’s Gallipoli Campaign. Tourism officials have transformed the century-old wrecks […]