Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica

Kiona N. Smith

Ars Technica

Tulsa, OK, United States

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Recent:
  • Ars Technica
Past:
  • Forbes
  • Hakai Magazine
  • Gizmodo
  • Washington Post

Recent articles by Kiona:

Ancient “chewing gum” contains a 5,700-year-old genome

The long-dead woman had blue eyes and dark skin, and she was lactose intolerant. → Read More

Neanderthals’ relatives climbed an erupting volcano 350,000 years ago

A new study says footprints in volcanic rock probably belong to Homo heidelbergensis. → Read More

Archaeologists put stone tools through modern engineering tests

Homo habilis knew how to choose the right rock for the job, a new study suggests. → Read More

Ancient poop reveals what happened after the fall of Cahokia

People hunted and raised small farms near the ruins of the ancient city. → Read More

Neanderthals may have been shallow free divers, suggests a new study

Clams were useful as both food and tools. → Read More

X-rays reveal the faded colors of a 1,300-year-old Inca idol

The idol was revered at Pachacamac for 700 years before Spanish conquest. → Read More

Archaeologists unearth gold-lined Mycenaean royal tombs in Greece

The tombs offer insights into Mycenaean culture and trade connections. → Read More

Archaeologists unearth a Bronze Age warrior’s personal toolkit

The find sheds light on where the combatants in the Bronze Age battle came from. → Read More

Alexei Leonov, The First Person To Walk In Space, Is Dead At Age 85

When the first human left the relative safety of a spaceship to walk in space, his father thought he looked like a juvenile delinquent. → Read More

Tuesday’s Google Doodle Honors Addiction Researcher Herbert Kleber

Tuesday’s Google Doodle celebrates the work of psychiatrist Herbert Kleber, one of the first to treat addiction as a medical problem. → Read More

NASA Engineers Revived A Discarded, Decades-Old Instrument For A 2020s Moon Mission

NASA engineers are dusting off a 20-year-old science instrument for a series of upcoming Moon landing missions. → Read More

Friday’s Google Doodle Celebrates Google, But What Does That Mean?

Google is old enough to drink, but what is a “google”, anyway? → Read More

Spanish drought reveals submerged megalithic tomb

A "Spanish Stonehenge" is one of many vanished sites beneath Spain's reservoirs. → Read More

Ancient slag offers insight into the uneven pace of technological advances

The slag heaps of an ancient kingdom show how upheaval fueled technological progress. → Read More

Aquaculture may be the future of seafood, but its past is ancient

A study suggests that people in ancient China started farming carp around 6200 BCE. → Read More

Sunday’s Google Doodle Honors Botanist Ynés Mexía

Botanist Ynés Mexía started studying botany in her 50s, never finished college — and discovered two new genera and several new species of plants on a series of daring expeditions to remote areas of Central and South America. → Read More

Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia

DNA says several people buried in a mass grave after the 1278 attack were related. → Read More

80,000-year-old footprints reveal Neanderthal social life

The group included a surprisingly large number of children compared to adults. → Read More

Denisovan fossil finger points to the timing of Neanderthal evolution

Anthropologists put a finger on differences between Neanderthals and Denisovans. → Read More

Stone tools suggest the first Americans came from Japan

Stone tools at the Cooper's Ferry site resemble tools from Ice Age sites in Japan. → Read More