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    SMART NEWSPast ImperfectCan Greece and the U.K. Finally Broker a Deal to Return the Elgin Marbles to Athens?New talks raise old questions about the ancient Parthenon sculptures The Parthenon sculptures are also known as the Elgin Marbles.Photo by David Cl...
    HISTORYThe Civil War Drastically Reshaped How Americans Deal With Death. Will the Pandemic?Around 750,000 people died during the conflict—2.5 percent of the country’s population at the timeLast September, an installation of almost 700,000 white flag...
    SMART NEWSMan Ray’s Iconic Portrait of Kiki de Montparnasse Is Now the Most Expensive Photo Ever Sold at AuctionThe Surrealist and Dada artist superimposed violin f-holes on his muse’s backMan Ray,Le Violon dIngres(1924).Courtesy of Christie'sN...
    SMART NEWSUnlocking the Secrets of the ‘Clotilda,’ the Last Known Slave ShipArchaeological divers spent 10 days evaluating the sunken ship in the Mobile River, and took samples for possible traces of DNAThe Clotilda has been at the bottom of t...
    SMART NEWSThe ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ Is Coming Back—Without Circus AnimalsAfter seemingly closing for good five years ago, Ringing Bros. and Barnum & Bailey will launch a new, more modern show in 2023 Tiger tamer Alexander Lacey gets his tig...
    HISTORYWhat Makes the Library of Congress a Monument to DemocracyThe world’s largest book repository has expanded far beyond its original scope to include sound recordings and digitized collectionsThe Great Hall boasts works by nearly 50 American painters...
    In 1953, Edmund Hillary and his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay became the first people to scale Mount Everest. The summit is still seeing historic firsts nearly 70 years later. The latest trailblazers belong to the Full Circle Everest expedition, the first a...
    An early Air Force definition for the term UFO from the 1950s characterizes it as “any airborne object which by performance, aerodynamic characteristics, or unusual features, does not conform to any presently known aircraft or missile type, or which canno...
    Physicians have always had a distinctive physical profile, from their white coats to the stethoscope slung around their neck or tucked in a pocket. But one accessory seems to be a relic of old Three Stooges shorts and stock photos—the weird metal disc wor...
    In 1977, Joani Blank opened a small sex shop called Good Vibrations in San Francisco’s Mission District. The store allowed customers to purchase sex toys in a friendly, shame-free environment—which was far from common practice at the time—and plenty of ea...