Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Reexamining Fossils Revealed a New Dinosaur Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reexamining-old-fossils-unveils-new-dinosaur-species-180953473/A distinct species of Pentaceratops was hiding in a museum's fossil collectionWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism Is Even Older Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-astronomical-calculator-even-older-we-thought-180953472/This ancient astronomical calculator is now dated to 205 B.C. and is 1,000 years more advanced than anything else found from that timeWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000How NASA Censored Dirty-Mouthed Astronautshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nasa-censored-dirty-mouthed-astronauts-180953470/NASA really didn't want astronauts swearing on airWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:23 +0000Pardoned Turkeys Spend a Night in a Hotel Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pardoned-turkeys-spend-night-hotel-first-180953469/After an evening in a $350 hotel room, today President Obama will spare the birds from the butcher's blockWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:26:44 +0000Heroin Use Is on the Rise Again, Thanks to Suburban White Usershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heroin-rise-again-us-thanks-suburban-white-users-180953464/OxyContin is heroin's new gateway drug, experts say Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:48:36 +0000A Dutch Actress Is Journeying to the South Pole on a Tractorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-actress-journeying-south-pole-tractor-180953462/She pays tribute to great polar expeditions of the past and carries the dreams of thousands with herTue, 25 Nov 2014 19:04:57 +0000Butter And Olive Oil Prices Spikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-about-become-much-less-tasty-butter-and-olive-oil-prices-spike-180953460/The world is about to become much less tasty Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:48:41 +0000One Hummingbird's Unusual Flight: From Minnesota to Texas, on a Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-hummingbird-got-lost-minnesota-anonymous-bird-lover-flew-it-down-texas-180953457/Rufous hummingbirds have no business being in St. Paul amid freezing temperatures Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000America's Offshore Wind Production Is About to Go Bighttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-offshore-wind-production-about-go-big-180953458/A new federal land lease will open the door to a surge in offshore wind developmentTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:29:35 +0000The Black Sea Devil, a Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish, Filmed for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-deep-sea-anglerfish-called-black-seadevil-has-been-filmed-first-time-180953454/Fewer than half a dozen anglerfish have ever been recorded swimming in their undersea habitatMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:41:06 +0000The Space Station Just Got an Experimental ISSpresso Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-station-just-got-their-experimental-isspresso-machine-180953446/Mmm, space coffeeMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:10:39 +0000We Weigh the Most on Mondayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-are-heaviest-mondays-and-heres-why-180953447/The weekend’s excesses can pack on a few extra pounds, but routine during the week tends to strip them away againMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:00:28 +0000An Ancient Egyptian Spellbook Has Been Translatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-spellbook-has-been-translated-180953443/It's like the researchers have never seen a horror movieMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:07 +0000Nicaragua Is Going Ahead With a Massive Canal That Will Bisect the Countryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nicaragua-going-ahead-massive-canal-will-bisect-country-180953440/According to experts, the project will likely wreak havoc on both Nicaraguans and the country's environmentMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:37:12 +0000A Simple Way to Reduce Car Crashes: Start the High School Day Later http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simple-way-reduce-car-crashes-start-high-school-day-later-180953435/A later roll-call time for teens also means improved health, mood, and grades Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000Americans Are Using Less Water Than We Did in 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peak-water-was-decades-ago-americans-are-using-less-water-we-did-1970-180953437/Peak water was decades agoFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00:23 +0000Light Therapy May Work on Chronic Mood Disorders, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-therapy-may-work-more-season-affective-disorder-180953431/Sitting under fake sun could help heal chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, tooFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:25:54 +0000After the Storm: Floods of Dumped Milk And Melting Snow in Western New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-consequences-buffalos-storm-include-dumping-milk-and-flood-risk-180953434/More than five feet of snow, and up to eight in some places, over such as short time period is a lot to deal withFri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:31 +0000In the U.S., Few Heavy Drinkers Are Actually Alcoholicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-heavy-drinkers-are-actually-alcoholics-us-180953433/About 90 percent of people who drink excessively—more than eight drinks a week for women, 15 for men—are not alcohol dependentFri, 21 Nov 2014 18:15:21 +0000A Tapeworm Crawled Around In This Man's Brain for Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tapeworm-crawled-around-mans-brain-years-180953430/Studying the extracted parasite might help others avoid a similar infestation Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:00 +0000One Idea to Get to Mars: Fill the Walls of a Spaceship With Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-idea-get-mars-fill-spaceships-walls-water-180953428/The insulation from radiation would also be drinkable Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:02 +0000How One Crop Allowed Humans to Conquer the Himalaya http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-crop-allowed-humans-conquer-himalaya-180953427/Hardy barley enabled us to survive at altitudes that were previously beyond reach Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:48:09 +0000The Rotational Energy of Black Holes Spits Out Powerful Particle Streamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-holes-spin-might-create-high-energy-jets-center-galaxies-180953426/Researchers are getting closer to answering some heavy questions about how supermassive black holes workFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:12:03 +0000This New Video of the Earth Is the Best Ever Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-released-video-earth-best-ever-made-180953423/The video was made with images taken by a Russian satellite Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:28:50 +0000America to Same-Sex Couples: Sure, You Can Have Legal Rights, Just Don't Kiss in Front of Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-same-sex-couples-sure-you-can-have-legal-rights-just-dont-kiss-front-us-180953421/Americans are in favor of granting legal rights like property inheritance to same-sex couples. They aren't as in favor of public displays of affection.Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:05:31 +0000How to Fold a World Record-Setting Paper Airplanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fold-world-record-setting-paper-airplane-180953417/The secret lies in the design, but having a football quarterback on hand to throw the plane might help you break recordsThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:54 +0000How Small Volcanoes May Have Helped Slow Global Warminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/small-volcanos-might-be-cooling-down-earth-180953416/Ash reflects heat back into space Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:45:48 +0000Millennials Are Different, Just Not the Way You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millennials-are-different-just-not-way-you-think-180953414/Young adults today are more optimistic despite facing more economic strain than the previous two generationsThu, 20 Nov 2014 18:14:19 +0000Now a Person Can Scramble Up a Wall Just Like a Geckohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scale-glass-wall-material-inspired-gecko-feet-180953411/Or use the same material to catch wayward space trashThu, 20 Nov 2014 17:46:50 +0000Having a Complicated Job Might Help Protect Memory Later in Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/having-complicated-job-might-help-protect-memory-later-life-180953409/Regardless of your starting IQ, mental function seems to increase or decrease depending on whether your job was challenging or menial Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:39:48 +0000Astronauts Nap on the Launchpad While Waiting for a Ride to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-astronauts-nap-launchpad-while-waiting-ride-space-180953408/There's not much to do while NASA goes through its pre-launch checks Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:57:36 +0000City-Sized Landslides Happened in the Past And Can Happen Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-sized-landslides-happened-past-and-can-happen-again-180953406/Utah has a new claim to fame: it was the site of the world's largest known landslide Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:47:14 +0000We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-put-worms-mind-lego-robot-body-180953399/A wheeled Lego robot may not look like a worm, but it "thinks" like one after programmers gave it the neuron connections in a C. elegans roundwormWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:43:49 +0000India Once Released 25,000 Flesh-Eating Turtles Into the Gangeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-government-once-released-25000-flesh-eating-turtles-ganges-river-180953384/A plan to clean up corpses failed due to lack of planning Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:05 +0000The Philae Spacecraft Confirmed the Presence of Organic Molecules on the Comet it Landed On http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-spacecraft-confirmed-presence-organic-molecules-comet-it-landed-180953379/Researchers hope the finding sheds light on how organic molecules might have first arrived on Earth Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:54:40 +0000This Company Is Crowdfunding a Mission to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-crowd-funding-mission-moon-180953377/Your reward: a spot in a digital time capsule buried beneath the lunar surfaceWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:03 +0000300+ Species Just Joined the List of Threatened Plants And Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-300-species-just-joined-list-plants-and-animals-threatened-extinction-180953364/Overfishing, overhunting and habitat loss drove many of the new additions Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:51 +0000This Archaeology Site Is Guarded by 500 Turkish Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-site-guarded-500-turkish-soldiers-180953362/The excavation of a 5,000 year old city on the Turkey-Syrian border continues despite nearby presence of the Islamic State extremistsTue, 18 Nov 2014 19:22:13 +0000Neurologists Lost Track of Part of the Human Brain And Just Re-Discovered Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neurologists-lost-track-part-human-brain-and-just-re-discovered-it-180953359/The major pathway in the brain wasn’t exactly missing, but science literature appeared to have forgotten about it until nowTue, 18 Nov 2014 18:45:58 +0000People Tend to Run Marathons Before Big Birthdayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/people-run-marathons-right-big-birthdays-180953356/The search for achievement and meaning at the end of a decade increases suicide and cheating, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 17:55:04 +0000Outfitting Football Helmets With Magnets Could Reduce Concussionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/outfitting-football-helmets-magnets-could-reduce-concussions-180953355/Strong magnets can repel at least 300 lbs of force, preventing heads from colliding Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:45:51 +0000How to Heat Your House With a Cloud Computer Serverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-cozy-overheated-computer-180953354/A German company is installing servers in homes and offices to recycle heat Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:15:49 +0000Bed Bugs Can Transmit the Chagas Disease Parasite http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bed-bugs-not-just-kissing-bugs-can-transmit-chagas-disease-parasite-180953350/The parasite is usually associated with Latin and South America, but was recently found throughout Louisiana, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:41 +0000Some Plants Eavesdrop (And Steal) Via an Underground Fungal Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-plants-steal-resources-other-plants-using-underground-fungal-network-180953344/An underground network can be used for friendly communication—or for evil Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:30:50 +0000Antarctic Seals Keep Trying to Have Sex With Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-seals-keep-trying-have-sex-penguins-180953349/This isn’t the first time a fur seal has attempted to copulate with a king penguin and scientists think that more seals are learning the behaviorMon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:24 +0000More Than 35 Million People Around the World Are Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-35-million-people-around-world-are-slaves-180953347/People are slaves in every one of the 167 countries investigated in a new report, including the United StatesMon, 17 Nov 2014 19:30:56 +0000Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-explain-why-coffee-more-prone-spills-beer-180953346/It all comes down to the foam Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:50:44 +0000We Fall in Love With Space Robots Because They Act Like Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-fall-love-space-robots-because-they-act-animals-180953342/Like pets, wires and chips can appear to act with intention Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:46:01 +0000How to Live With Hallucinatory “Voices” Without Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-live-hallucinatory-voices-without-drugs-180953337/A European-centered movement is trying to change the perception that hearing voices is badMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:01:11 +0000We're Running Out of Chocolate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-running-out-chocolate-180953340/We're eating so much chocolate that plants can't keep upMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:43:29 +0000Eat More Seaweed (It's Good for You)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eat-seaweed-more-it-good-you-180953338/Foraging for fresh seaweeds gives you option and the best taste according to this Brittany seaweed eaterMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:31:36 +0000Philae Is Now Asleephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/update-comet-chasing-philae-bounced-twice-and-didnt-quite-stick-landing-180953333/The lander’s solar panels aren’t getting enough light and the batteries will die, but we already have some fantastic images and dataSat, 15 Nov 2014 02:14:24 +0000Get Past the Vile Smell: Ginkgo Nuts Are Delicioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-past-vile-smell-ginkgo-nuts-are-delicious-180953336/People have been feasting on these tasty little morsels since at least the 11th centuryFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:14:53 +0000Lack of Sleep Seems to Be More Deadly for Firefighters Than Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lack-sleep-seems-be-more-deadly-fire-fighters-fire-180953331/Sleep disorders are rampant among firefighters, and the majority do not seek treatment Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:21:40 +0000Look How 30 Years of Automation Changed How Crayons Are Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-how-30-years-industrial-automation-changed-how-crayons-are-made-180953330/Thirty years ago, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood showed how people made crayons. Today, crayon-making is a robot's jobFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:08 +0000Bullying Pays Off For Chimp Dadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bullying-pays-chimp-dads-180953329/For male chimps, the meaner you are, the more offspring you have Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:35:01 +0000ISIS Is Making Its Own Currencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-making-its-own-currency-180953327/It's the latest step in the insurgent group's attempt to forge a new stateFri, 14 Nov 2014 16:00:37 +0000Playing With Smartphones Isn't Going to Damage Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relax-parentsplaying-smartphone-isnt-going-damage-your-toddler-180953326/Tablets and TVs can be both good and bad for your childFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:30:15 +0000This Artist Makes E. coli-Shaped Popsicleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-makes-e-coli-shaped-popsicles-180953324/For those who prefer plants to pathogens, there's popsicle cacti, too Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:11 +0000First Ever Experimental Drug Trials on Ebola Patients to Begin Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-experimental-drug-trials-ebola-patients-begin-next-month-180953325/Three potential Ebola drugs are being fast tracked to trials in west AfricaFri, 14 Nov 2014 14:28:43 +0000Mind Control Turns Mouse Genes On and Off And Could Treat Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mind-control-turns-mouse-genes-and-could-offer-new-way-treat-diseases-180953323/An innovative experiment in mice shows how scientists could develop medications that dispense with the power of thoughtThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:37:06 +0000Giant, Slow-Moving Sharks Are Secretly Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-slow-moving-sharks-are-secretly-everywhere-180953320/We know very little about Greenland sharks, including the extent of their range, but what we do know is intriguingThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:12:57 +0000More Evidence That There's a Connection Between a Person's Gut Bacteria And Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-grows-gut-bacteria-brain-connection-180953317/Bacteria can affect your brain, but it's still too early to do much with the informationThu, 13 Nov 2014 17:17:47 +0000Why Charging for Plastic Bags Makes People Give Them Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charging-plastic-bags-makes-people-give-them-180953315/It's all about setting up psychological tripping blocks Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:49:56 +0000Russian Tanks And Troops Are Pouring Into Ukraine, Says NATOhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-tanks-and-troops-are-pouring-ukraine-says-nato-180953313/Unmarked troops and equipment have traveled from Russia to UkraineThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:14:16 +0000Europeans Thought Coffee Was Satanichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-coffee-has-been-called-devil-accused-making-men-impotent-and-rejected-being-inferior-beer-180953309/Until the Pope tried it out and became a fanThu, 13 Nov 2014 14:32:31 +0000Californians Will Soon Be Swimming in Fukushima-Irradiated Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fukushima-radiation-nears-california-dont-worry-levels-are-harmless-180953308/Radiation took two-and-a-half years to make it across the ocean—but don't worry, the levels of radiation are harmlessWed, 12 Nov 2014 19:38:32 +0000North Korea Subsidizes About 70 Schools in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/about-70-schools-japan-are-subsidized-north-korea-180953307/The institutions are a way for ethnic Koreans to connect to their culture but are also targets of criticismWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:57:25 +0000What Do Glaciers Say When They Sing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-sing-seismic-rumble-and-listening-could-be-useful-180953305/Glaciers make some curious soundsWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:11:24 +0000Comet 67P Has a Welcome Song for Rosetta And Philaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-has-welcome-song-rosetta-and-philae-180953303/A successful touchdown after the comet chase is just the herald of more discoveries to come, including the cause of the comet's strange songWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:47:04 +0000This Is Your Brain on Ideashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-ideas-180953301/Momentarily tuning out the world seems to be a requirement for tapping into an insightful ideaWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:29:01 +0000China's Climate Promises: Necessary, But Not Sufficienthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-climate-promises-necessary-not-sufficient-180953300/The new U.S. and Chinese climate goals are important, but they're not enough to stop the problemWed, 12 Nov 2014 15:32:33 +0000Living in Tough Environments Makes People More Prone to Belief in Godhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/living-tough-environments-makes-cultures-more-prone-belief-god-180953296/People living in harsh natural environments are more likely to believe in a tough, moralizing godWed, 12 Nov 2014 14:34:07 +0000Beyond Owls And Larks: There Are Four Types of Sleepershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyond-owls-and-larks-there-are-four-types-sleepers-180953298/The two new groups include people who are rather energetic all day and others who are lethargicTue, 11 Nov 2014 20:44:14 +0000A Single Smelly Compound Sparks Carnivores' Lust for Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/single-smelly-compound-sparks-carnivores-lust-blood-180953294/When given scented wooden blocks soaked in this single chemical, captive carnivores go wildTue, 11 Nov 2014 19:34:41 +0000How Cats Transformed From Wild Animals to Cuddly Companions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-biological-tweaks-allowed-cats-transform-wild-animals-cuddly-companions-180953292/Genetically, there's not that much separating feline pets from jungle beasts Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:00:55 +0000DARPA Wants Flying Drone Carriershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darpa-wants-flying-drone-carriers-180953293/Retrofitting big bombers into drone carriers could make Cold War tech more useful for modern warfareTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:35 +0000Tomorrow, a Man-made Spacecraft Will Land On a Comet for the First Time, Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosetta-mission-set-make-history-tomorrow-landing-comet-180953291/The action starts bright and earlyTue, 11 Nov 2014 15:52:29 +0000Grad Students Carry 40 Percent of All Student Debthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grad-students-carry-40-percent-all-student-debt-180953288/But they make up just 14 percent of enrollment at U.S. universitiesTue, 11 Nov 2014 14:32:19 +0000Can’t Clap to the Beat? You Might be Beat-Deafhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cant-clap-beat-you-might-be-beat-deaf-180953286/For some people, tapping their foot to the beat is a challenge at a fundamental levelMon, 10 Nov 2014 19:52:42 +0000Researchers Are Examining a 9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-examining-9000-year-old-extinct-bison-mummy-180953284/The well-mummified specimen of a steppe bison, a now-extinct species that lived in the Ice Age, has intact organs Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:34:38 +0000A Lost John Steinbeck Short Story Was Rediscovered, Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-john-steinbeck-short-story-was-rediscovered-published-180953283/The short story deals with the racial politics of the mid-20th centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 17:32:53 +000019th Century Concern Trolling: Chess Is “a Mere Amusement of a Very Inferior Character”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-concern-trollingchess-mere-amusement-very-inferior-character-180953281/The writers of Scientific American had some not nice things to say about chessMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:15:39 +0000A Soldier’s Room Has Remained Virtually Untouched Since WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fallen-french-soldiers-bedroom-has-remained-virtually-untouched-he-died-world-war-i-180953280/The home's current owner, however, says he feels little connection to the dead soldierMon, 10 Nov 2014 15:56:20 +0000What If There Are Parallel Universes Jostling Ours? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parallel-universes-might-jostle-against-our-own-180953277/It could explain a lot of weird, quantum physicsFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:30:03 +0000Large Dinosaurs Had a Nesting Strategy to Avoid Breaking Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-dinosaurs-had-nesting-strategy-avoid-breaking-eggs-180953276/Oviaptorosaurs likely kept their eggs in open nests—more like bird than crocodiles—but needed to arrange their eggs carefullyFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:00:44 +0000The World of Personal Computers in the 1980s Was A Wacky, Wonderful Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-personal-computers-1980s-was-wacky-wonderful-place-180953274/You can experience early video games and operating systems yourself through retrocomputing and adsFri, 07 Nov 2014 19:00:26 +0000George Washington Didn’t Have Wooden Teeth—They Were Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-didnt-have-wooden-teeth-they-were-ivory-180953273/Washington's teeth were made of a lot of things, but not woodFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:00:53 +0000Scientists Figured Out How to Make People "Feel" an Otherworldly Presencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-induce-neurological-seance-180953272/Feeling like a ghost or an angel is near is likely caused by a blip in how our brain processes self awareness and our sense of place in spaceFri, 07 Nov 2014 17:00:04 +0000Arctic Squirrels Use Steroids to Bulk Up But Don’t Suffer the Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-squirrels-bulk-hibernation-steroids-dont-suffer-consequences-180953266/Fat alone couldn’t get these squirrels through hibernation in burrows that get almost as chilly as -10 degrees FahrenheitFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:00:32 +0000The Navy SEAL Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Goes Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-seal-who-claims-have-shot-bin-laden-named-himself-180953270/Robert O'Neill says he is the SEAL who killed bin LadenFri, 07 Nov 2014 15:21:48 +0000The Foolproof Way to Fix a Wobbly Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/foolproof-way-fix-wobbly-table-180953264/Solving life's challenges one at a time—with math!Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:02:37 +0000The International Space Station Just Avoided a Collision With Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-just-avoided-gravity-disaster-180953265/A four-minute maneuver by a docked, unmanned European spacecraft pushed the ISS out of the path of a hand-sized chuck of space debrisThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:57 +0000Atari Games That No One Wanted Now Selling for $500 a Pop http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atari-games-no-one-wanted-now-selling-500-pop-180953262/No one wanted Atari's E.T. in 1982, but they want it nowThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:03:32 +0000Smaug the Dragon And Other Unexpected Airport Surprises http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smaug-dragon-and-other-unexpected-airport-surprises-180953259/There's more to the world's airports than newsstands and food courts Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:01:04 +0000Virgin Galactic's Aggressive Plan to Get Back in the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-aggressive-plan-get-back-air-180953260/The company hopes to resume flying with a new ship by summer 2015Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:30:16 +0000How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-word-ok-was-invented-175-years-ago-180953258/OK is an editorial joke run wild Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:00:23 +0000Nearly 400 Journalists Have Been Murdered Over the Past Ten Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-400-journalists-have-been-murdered-over-past-ten-years-180953253/Only ten percent of their killers are ever reprimanded Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:07:42 +0000A Lone Gray Wolf May Have Wandered Into the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lone-gray-wolf-may-have-wandered-grand-canyon-180953254/Officials haven’t confirmed whether the canine is a full-blooded gray wolf, but wolf advocates are pretty convincedWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:00:43 +0000Even Climate Scientists Are Getting Depressed by Our Lack of Progresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-climate-scientists-are-getting-depressed-our-lack-progress-180953252/Anxiety about the changing environment isn’t just affecting you and professionals are working to understand itWed, 05 Nov 2014 18:32:51 +0000Humans Outnumber Rats in NYC http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/number-rats-new-york-city-isnt-even-close-number-humans-180953247/There's actually about one rat for every four people Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:10:57 +0000Guy Fawkes May Be the Root of the Word “Guys”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guy-fawkes-may-be-root-word-guys-180953250/The word's meaning has changed a lot throughout the centuriesWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:09:09 +0000What Happens When Western And Traditional Chinese Medicine Mergehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/increasing-number-doctors-are-trying-reconcile-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-western-medicine-180953246/These two treatment philosophies were previously seen as being diametrically opposed, but some experts think the systems can complement each anotherWed, 05 Nov 2014 15:02:10 +0000Should We Use Satellites to Keep an Eye on Remote Amazonian Tribes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-we-use-satellites-keep-eye-remote-amazonian-tribes-180953240/Satellite monitoring could help keep tabs on indigenous people without invasive visits to their remote homes Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000Scratching an Itch Soothes, But Then Your Brain Makes it Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scratching-itch-soothes-then-your-brain-makes-it-worse-180953243/Pain overrides itchiness temporarily but neurotransmitters released to cope with that pain reactivate the itch neuronsTue, 04 Nov 2014 19:18:45 +0000Left-Handed People Have Less Specialized Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/left-handed-people-have-less-specialized-brains-180953238/Diversity means flexibility, even if being left-handed can be super annoyingTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:31:57 +0000These Giant Circles in the Mideast Are One of the World's Last Mysterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-giant-circles-mideast-are-one-worlds-last-mysteries-180953237/Archaeologists have found more than a dozen ancient circles in Turkey, Syria and Jordan—but don’t know why they were builtTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:48:56 +0000Scotland Is No Longer Home to the World’s Best Whiskyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotland-no-longer-home-worlds-best-whiskys-180953234/When it comes to whisky, Japan, the US and even England now reign supreme Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:17:53 +0000A Horse Racing Favorite Died Minutes After Completing the Melbourne Cuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horse-racing-favorite-died-minutes-after-completing-melbourne-cup-180953235/Admire Rakti wasn't even the only horse to die at the racesTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:53:09 +0000Great Britain Still Has Significant Debt From World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-britain-still-has-significant-debt-world-war-i-180953233/The U.K. is committing itself to paying off a small fraction of that debt next year by issuing new debtTue, 04 Nov 2014 14:43:32 +0000How to Protect the Lincoln Memorial From Crazy Floodinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-protect-lincoln-memorial-crazy-flooding-180953229/The capital city's decades-old system of levees to keep water back during storms and flooding is getting an upgradeMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:39:05 +0000Fanged Deer Not Extinct, Still Roaming the Mountains of Afghanistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fanged-deer-not-extinct-still-roaming-mountains-afghanistan-180953228/The Kashmir musk deer was last spotted in 1948 but now researchers report five recent sightingsMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:09:35 +0000What SpaceShipTwo's Crash Means for Virgin Galactic And Private Spaceflighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spaceshiptwos-crash-means-virgin-galactic-and-private-spaceflight-180953225/Private spaceflight may see tighter federal regulationMon, 03 Nov 2014 16:36:50 +0000Get Down With This Year’s "Dance Your PhD" Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-down-years-dance-your-phd-winners-180953224/Acrobatic human tornadoes and pair-dancing inertial confinement fusion implosions are among this year's favorites Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:14:58 +0000Rovers Disguised as Baby Penguins Can Quietly Infiltrate Penguin Colonieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rovers-disguised-penguins-can-quietly-infiltrate-and-monitor-colonies-those-birds-180953222/Normally wary penguins seem unfazed when there's a smartly dressed robot in their midst Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:47:15 +0000It’s Still Possible to Stop the Worst of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-still-possible-stop-worst-climate-change-180953221/Say so long to fossil fuelsMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:15 +0000Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed in Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-just-crashed-california-180953218/The private spaceflight company was testing a new fuel for their experimental spaceshipFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:38:37 +0000Did the Gladiators Drink an Energy Drink Made of Ash?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-gladiators-drink-energy-drink-made-ash-180953213/Gladiators were getting extra calcium in their dietFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:41:18 +0000We Can Measure How Traffic Vibrates the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-activity-vibrates-earth-and-we-can-measure-it-180953212/Special instruments called geophones help researchers distinguish the signatures of big trucks rumbling down the highway and planes taking offFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:31 +0000Scientists Are Pretty Sure Survivors Can't Transmit Ebola Sexuallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-pretty-sure-ebola-survivors-cant-transmit-virus-through-sex-probably-1-180953210/Research suggests Ebola survivors aren't infectious, but scientists aren't ruling it outFri, 31 Oct 2014 16:14:24 +0000Your Reaction to “Gross” Pictures Can Betray Your Political Beliefshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-reaction-gross-pictures-can-betray-your-political-beliefs-180953206/Liberal and conservative brains show different activity patterns when they look at pictures of things typically thought of as disgustingFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:22 +0000Someone Just Bought an Entire Connecticut Ghost Town for $1.2 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-ghost-town-connecticut-sale-800000-180953205/Johnsonville was once a 62-acre mill villageFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:48 +0000Australia’s Koalas Have Chlamydia, But a New Vaccine Could Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vaccine-could-save-australias-koalas-chlamydia-180953203/The sexually transmitted disease threatens the health of one of Australia’s iconic marsupialsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:42:25 +0000This Newly Forming Planet Will Have Three Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-forming-planet-will-have-three-suns-180953200/A triple-star system has two disks of gas and dust that could form planetsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:12:15 +0000Why Doctors Still Don’t Know What's Causing a Paralysis-Inducing Illness in Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-doctors-still-dont-know-cause-paralysis-inducing-illness-children-180953198/More children are showing up with limb flaccidness than health officials would expect, but the illness remains rare and mysteriousThu, 30 Oct 2014 18:34:55 +0000Scientists Who Traveled to Ebola-Infected Countries Are Being Asked to Skip a Big Tropical Medicine Meetinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-who-have-recently-been-ebola-infected-country-were-asked-not-come-big-upcoming-meeting-about-tropical-medicine-180953196/Researchers from the frontline of the fight against Ebola must cancel their plans to attend an upcoming conference in New Orleans Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:43:09 +0000Researchers Grew Miniature Human Stomachs from Stem Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-grew-mini-human-stomachs-stem-cells-180953197/The tiny lab dish-dwelling organs will help researchers monitor the progression of disease and test new drugsThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:27 +0000Pat Yourself on the Back, America: The U.S. Is Not Freaking Out About Ebola (For the Most Part)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-job-americans-youre-largely-not-freaking-out-about-ebola-us-180953195/Poll numbers show most Americans aren't succumbing to the fear over EbolaThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:10:14 +0000The European Space Agency Has Made the Weirdest Short Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-has-made-weirdest-short-film-advertise-space-mission-180953194/The ESA's advertising Rosetta with a very unusual sci-fi shortThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:45 +0000Aircraft Hunters Think They’ve Found a Scrap of Amelia Earhart’s Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aircraft-hunters-think-theyve-found-scrap-amelia-earharts-plane-180953193/This isn't the first time a seemingly game-changing piece of evidence about Earhart's disappearance has arisen, however Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:13:14 +0000Rainbows Don’t Include Purple Light, So Why Do They Sometimes Seem To?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rainbows-dont-include-purple-light-so-why-do-they-sometimes-seem-180953190/Supernumerary rings, supernumerary rings, supernummringsThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:20:05 +0000Artists In Search of Inspiration Can Now Find Their Muse On a Cargo Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-search-inspiration-can-now-find-thier-muse-cargo-ship-180953189/Container ships now join Amtrak trains, dune shacks and remote islands in the Arctic circle as sights dedicated to artistic pursuitThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:29:26 +0000A Couple’s First Two Kids Make Them Briefly Happier; the Third Not So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birth-couples-first-two-kids-make-them-briefly-happier-third-not-so-much-180953184/Older couples get the most joy from their new addition to the family, teens the least Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:13 +0000This Headline Is Trying to Manipulate You, And It's Workinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-cry-when-you-realize-how-easily-media-can-manipulate-you-180953183/Bad headlines stick with you, even if you read the storyWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:46:21 +0000Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Figure Out What Ails Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-working-pill-can-figure-out-what-ails-you-180953181/Microscopic particles will spy on the cells of your body and look for any disease, including cancerWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:02:45 +0000Giant Tortoises Have Made a Comeback From 15 to 1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-tortoises-have-made-comeback-15-1000-180953180/Española giant tortoises have been reintroduced to Galapagos National Park and are breeding on their own Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:33:15 +0000You’ll Soon Be Able to Talk to London And Manchester’s Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-soon-be-able-talk-london-and-manchesters-statues-180953179/Just scan a tag near the statues with your cell, and they'll call you with a quick first-person history lessonWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:50:37 +0000Ancient Easter Islanders Likely Sailed Back And Forth to South Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-easter-islanders-likely-sailed-back-and-forth-south-america-180953178/The 4,600-mile roundtrip couldn't have been easy—even for people who had already migrated from Polynesia in wooden outrigger canoesWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:12:31 +0000The Antares Rocket Explosion Wasn't Orbital Sciences' First Big Malfunctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antares-rocket-explosion-wasnt-orbital-sciences-first-big-malfunction-180953177/Orbital Sciences has lost some of NASA's gear before, because going to space is really, really hardWed, 29 Oct 2014 01:29:45 +0000Found: Millions of Gallons of Missing Oil From Deepwater Horizonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-found-millions-gallons-missing-oil-deepwater-horizon-180953173/Oil that sank to the seafloor left a ring the size of Rhode IslandTue, 28 Oct 2014 19:14:15 +0000What Appears to Be a Complete Mammoth Skeleton Was Discovered in an Idaho Ditchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-appears-be-complete-mammoth-skeleton-was-discovered-idaho-ditch-180953171/A nearby reservoir has just covered the fossil in water, however, postponing the excavation Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:46:47 +0000America's Finally Getting Its First Permanent Cat Cafehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-cafes-are-real-and-popping-around-america-180953172/Cappuccino and a Siamese, pleaseTue, 28 Oct 2014 17:08:49 +0000Reminder: Keep Your Boat AWAY From NASA's Rocket Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reminder-keep-your-boat-away-nasas-rocket-launches-180953167/A mission to the ISS was cancelled because of a wayward boatTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:24:30 +0000The Pope Would Like You to Accept Evolution And the Big Banghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pope-would-you-accept-evolution-and-big-bang-180953166/The Roman Catholic Church is pro evolution and Big Bang, but with a twistTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:32 +0000Lava Is Poised to Consume Some Homes in Hawaii http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lava-poised-consume-some-homes-hawaii-180953165/Lava is creeping across the Big Island's Puna district at a rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hourTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:21:24 +0000We're Terrible at Distinguishing Real And Fake Schools of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-terrible-distinguishing-real-and-fake-schools-fish-180953162/You can test your fish school savviness in a free online game created by scientistsTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:56:43 +0000When Becoming a Man Means Sticking Your Hand Into a Glove of Antshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazilian-tribe-becoming-man-requires-sticking-your-hand-glove-full-angry-ants-180953156/Young men must subject themselves to a ritual involving bullet ant-filled gloves not once but 20 times Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:56:33 +0000Do You Make Better Decisions When Hungry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-you-make-better-decisions-when-hungry-180953157/Results from tests on university students contradict the notion that hunger makes you impulsive, instead it might make you intuitiveMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:43:26 +0000A Zoo Python Had Six Babies in a "Virgin Birth"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zoo-python-had-six-babies-virgin-birth-180953154/The 20-foot-long reptile hadn't had a chance to meet a mate, but she still laid 61 eggsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:28:31 +0000Newsflash: Technology Cannot Guarantee a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newsflash-technology-cannot-guarantee-baby-180953150/The unregulated egg freezing industry is profitable for those involved, but prone to failure for those looking to get pregnantMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:35:06 +0000Your Cat Has No Idea What You Want And Is Kind of Scared of Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cat-has-no-idea-what-you-want-and-kind-scared-you-180953152/Cats don't do social skillsMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:07:32 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Smells Really, Really Badhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-smells-really-really-bad-1-180953149/If you could breathe in space, you wouldn't want to breathe this airMon, 27 Oct 2014 14:27:09 +0000How the Gates Foundation Is Making Cassava the Next Cornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-gates-foundation-making-cassava-next-corn-180953142/Sophisticated plant breeding techniques (but no GMOs) and lots of money are aimed at improving this staple crop of the tropicsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000 40 Percent of Adult Internet Users Have Been Harassed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/40-adult-internet-users-have-been-harassed-online-180953143/Harassment runs rampant onlineFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:12 +0000Stone Age Shelter in Peru is the Oldest, Highest Human Settlementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-shelter-peru-oldest-highest-human-settlement-180953139/Researchers found campfires and rock art at nearly 14,700 feet, suggesting ancient people lived high just 2,000 years after they reached South AmericaFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:14 +0000How to Grow a Giant Pumpkinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-grow-giant-pumpkin-180953140/Science!Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:52:08 +0000Antarctic Explorer’s Journal Found In Melting Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-explorers-journal-found-melting-ice-180953138/George Murray Levick served as a photographer, zoologist and surgeon with the North PartyFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:11 +0000Invaders From Cuba Force Florida Lizards to Quickly Evolve (Or Get Out)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-cuban-lizards-force-florida-lizards-quickly-evolve-or-else-get-out-180953136/In just 15 years, green anoles changed their behavior and evolved bigger, stickier toes to escape alien competitors Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:43:56 +0000Build a Cloud Chamber for Cheap And See Particles From Outer Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/build-your-own-cloud-chamber-cheap-and-see-particles-outer-space-180953135/A simple device lets you see cosmic rays' effects with your own eyesFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:36 +0000Male Great Bustards Eat Poison to Look Sexier for the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-great-bustards-eat-poison-look-sexier-ladies-180953131/The toxic compound can kill mammals - including humans - but helps the birds rid themselves of pests Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:31 +0000Vibrating Micro-Bubbles Let Drugs Sneak Across the Blood-Brain Barrierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vibrating-micro-bubbles-let-drugs-sneak-patients-brains-180953132/Ultrasound technology and micro-bubbles together have pried open one of the most resistant barriers in the bodyThu, 23 Oct 2014 19:04:10 +0000Quarrying for Marble Looks Unrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quarrying-marble-looks-unreal-180953129/A film excerpt follows the boss at an open-pit marble quarry in Carrara, Italy Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:18 +0000 From Lightning on Jupiter to Apollo 13's Call for Help, Hear Some of NASA's Greatest Recordingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightning-jupiter-apollo-13s-call-help-hear-some-nasas-greatest-recordings-180953128/An audio archive captures some iconic moments of space historyThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:43:20 +0000A Swarm of Comets Around an Alien Star Hints at Our Solar System's Youthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarm-comets-around-alien-star-tell-us-about-our-solar-systems-early-years-180953127/The comets fall in two groups — one older and one younger — and have to contend with the orbit of a gas giantThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:51 +0000This Awesome Synthesizer Turns the Weather Into Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awesome-synthesizer-turns-weather-song-180953126/Hear the pitter-patter of rain in a new wayThu, 23 Oct 2014 16:08:41 +0000Lose Ice in Alaska, See Temperatures Spike By 7°Chttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lose-ice-alaska-see-temperatures-spike-7c-180953125/This puts the goal of keeping temperature rises below 2°C to shame Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:25:19 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Disappeared Way More Quickly This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-rainforest-disappeared-way-more-quickly-year-180953123/Widespread deforestation is even worse than you thinkThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:38 +0000Sea Coral Makes Excellent Human Bone Graftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-coral-makes-excellent-human-bone-grafts-180953121/Coral’s porous structure, with some chemical tweaks, is the perfect place for new bone and tissue to growThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:24:40 +0000Wreckage of a Nazi U-Boat Was Found Off the Coast of North Carolina http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreckage-nazi-u-boat-was-found-coast-north-carolina-180953122/A freighter lost in that skirmish was also discovered in the "graveyard of the Atlantic"Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:24:24 +0000Why Hawaii Cares About a Massive Tsunami That Hit Centuries Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-tsunami-hit-hawaii-centuries-ago-and-scientists-are-just-understanding-how-scary-it-was-180953118/About 500 years ago, a 30-foot tsunami caused by a 9.0-magnitude quake in the Aleutian Islands slammed into HawaiiWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000Like Ants, Small Backpackers Are Adept at Carrying Proportionally Heavier Loadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-small-backpackers-are-adept-carrying-proportionally-heavier-loads-180953115/The weight a person or animal can carry does not increase uniformly with size Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:42:24 +0000Newest King Tut Theory: He Suffered Severe Disorders From Inbreedinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newest-king-tut-theory-he-suffered-severe-disorders-due-inbreeding-180953113/Problems included a club foot that prevented him from walking unaided Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:05 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-dont-even-want-know-about-all-stuff-living-your-eyeball-180953112/Even eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-all-women-computer-science-1-180953111/The low numbers of female computer science majors may have roots in the mid-1980s and the rise of personal computersWed, 22 Oct 2014 13:40:03 +0000This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glacier-iceland-fighting-stay-alive-180953107/The Falljökull glacier has cut off its lower reaches but the upper portion is advancing once againTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:32:20 +0000Plants Can Sense When Insects Are Eating Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-know-when-youre-eating-them-180953106/Plants can sense munching vibrations that insects make, and respond accordingly with heightened defensesTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:19:28 +0000To Find Out How Healthy Whales Are, Send in the Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-custom-built-drone-spy-whale-health-180953103/A custom-built drone got close enough to whales to capture individuals' distinctive markingsTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:24:50 +0000Finally, a Working (Though Limited) Hoverboard!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finally-working-though-limited-hoverboard-180953101/If you have a huge aluminum or copper sheet, this hoverboad looks pretty funTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:26:45 +0000Nose Cells Transplanted to a Paralyzed Man’s Spine Let Him Walk Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nose-cells-transplanted-paralyzed-mans-spine-let-him-walk-once-again-180953098/Specialized cells from the nose can promote the regeneration of nerve cellsTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:47:22 +0000Prozac Doesn't Make Birds Happyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prozac-doesnt-make-birds-happy-180953097/Birds on Prozac lose their appetite and libido Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:54 +0000The Case for Sending Women to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-sending-women-mars-180953096/Because women are smaller than men, they're cheaper to send into spaceTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:33 +0000Ex-Nazis Received Social Security Payments From Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ex-nazis-received-social-security-payments-america-180953091/Dozens of former Nazis are suspected of collecting millions in Social Security in return for exiting the countryMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000The White House Just Asked Scientists to Stop Trying to Make Diseases More Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-just-asked-scientists-stop-trying-make-diseases-more-deadly-180953092/New funding is being suspended, and anyone who's already been paid to do such work is being asked to stop.Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:55 +0000Even West Africans Who Don't Catch Ebola Are Being Hurt By the Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-west-africans-who-dont-catch-ebola-are-being-hurt-disease-180953090/Ebola's toll is more than just a body count Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:57 +0000A Very Ancient Group of Jawed Fish Were Having Surprisingly Intimate Intercoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internal-fertilization-might-have-first-evolved-primitive-fish-180953089/Many fish later ditched this clumsy method in favor of external fertilizationMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:06 +0000The Milky Way is Stealing Other Galaxies’ Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/milky-way-stealing-other-galaxies-gases-180953084/Little dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way are missing their hydrogenFri, 17 Oct 2014 18:03:30 +0000Denver Police Stoke a New Halloween Fear—Pot-Laced Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-halloween-fear-pot-candy-1-180953082/You really think people are going to give marijuana away?Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:21:55 +0000Arts Degrees: Not Entirely Worthlesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arts-degrees-not-entirely-worthless-180953079/Recent graduates of arts degrees report high job satisfaction and employment numbersFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:52:23 +0000General Lori Robinson Takes Charge of the Pacific as Air Force’s First Female Major Command Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/general-lori-robinson-takes-charge-pacific-air-forces-first-female-major-command-leader-180953077/Robinson joins the short list of female four-star generalsFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:04:20 +0000Your Microbes Get Jet Lagged, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-microbes-get-jet-lagged-too-180953076/When bacteria's circadian rhythm is disrupted, they become worse at their jobs Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:27 +0000This Umbrella Creates an Air “Force Field” to Keep Rain Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/umbrella-creates-air-force-field-keep-rain-away-180953073/The umbrellas are still in the testing phase but are expected to ship out by next December Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +0000Parents Could Be On the Hook for What Their Irresponsible Kid Does on Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hey-parents-you-might-soon-be-hook-what-your-dumb-kid-does-facebook-180953068/A court case in Georgia says parents can be liable for their kids Facebook behaviorThu, 16 Oct 2014 17:31:16 +0000In Australia, Curiosity® Really Will Kill Feral Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-curiosity-really-will-kill-feral-cats-180953064/Don't feel too bad for the cats, though: they kill millions of birds and little mammals every dayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:48:57 +0000This Weekend, Astronomers Get Their Best Ever Look at an Oort Cloud Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekend-astronomers-get-their-best-ever-look-oort-cloud-object-180953065/Looking at the Oort cloud is like looking back in time—a superpower hampered by the fact that the Oort cloud is very, very, very, very far awayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:03 +0000Ellis Island Is Opening an Abandoned Hospital to the Public for the First Time in 60 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ellis-island-allowing-public-view-its-abandoned-hospital-first-time-60-years-180953063/There are 29 abandoned buildings in all, several of which visitors can exploreThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:36:47 +0000There's a Scientific Reason Why Self-Harm Makes Some People Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-reason-why-self-harm-makes-some-people-feel-better-180953062/The same part of the brain that handles physical distress also deals with emotionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:49 +0000This Photographer Set Out on a Quest to Rediscover the World's Lost Species of Frogs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-set-out-quest-rediscover-worlds-lost-species-frogs-180953061/Some of the subjects are new to science, others haven't been seen in 15 to 160 yearsThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:18:40 +0000Unbelievable Reactions People Have Had to the Ebola Outbreakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unbelievable-reactions-people-have-had-ebola-outbreak-180953056/For some, the disease is a chance to make money; for others, it brings out racism Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:54:37 +0000Wind Power is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Nuclear and Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wind-power-actually-cheaper-coal-nuclear-and-gas-180953055/Once you consider the downstream consequences, coal becomes a lot more expensiveWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:09:29 +0000This Google Glass Owner Only Took His Device Off to Sleep And Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-glass-owner-only-took-his-device-sleep-and-shower-180953053/And when he checked into rehab, he couldn't stop touching his right templeWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:10:01 +0000“Arming the Rebels” Has Pretty Much Never Workedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arming-rebels-has-pretty-much-never-worked-180953054/Guns and training, but no on-the-ground support, doesn't amount to muchWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:25:29 +0000In an Effort to Stop Poaching, Namibia Will Remove All of Its Rhinos’ Hornshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/effort-stop-poaching-namibia-will-remove-all-its-rhinos-horns-180953052/That extreme measure will likely not be enough to stop the killing, however, so the country is also bolstering its anti-poaching patrols Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:16 +0000All the Things a Hacker Can Find Out About You on Public Wifihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-things-hacker-can-find-out-about-you-public-wifi-180953051/Your vacation, your job, your passwordsWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:49 +0000Watch Adorable Meerkat And Otter Live Streams, Help Combat Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/streaming-meerkats-effort-test-tech-180953031/Google and the London Zoo have teamed up to offer live streams of animals in an effort to test conservation techTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:35:26 +0000Zooplankton and Krill "Pee" Helps Determine Ocean Chemistryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zooplankton-and-krill-pee-helps-determine-ocean-chemistry-180953034/Tiny marine life's expelled ammonia fuels important chemical reactions Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000How Endangered Snails Are Endangering Hawaiian Public Radiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-endangered-snails-ruined-hawaiian-public-radio-180953010/The mating season of protected snails delay radio repairs during pledge season Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:09:01 +0000In the U.K., Posting Nude Pictures of Another Person Is About to Become a Jailable Offensehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-laws-uk-would-send-revenge-porn-sharers-jail-many-us-states-its-still-legal-jennifer-lawrence-photos-180953008/This year, 28 states introduced or proposed legislation pertaining to revenge porn, though many are still pending Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:29:34 +0000Now We're Crowdfunding Ebola Research?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-were-crowdfunding-ebola-research-180953011/One leading Ebola researcher is turning to the crowd for more fundingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:40 +0000Twitter Payments Will Put Hashtag Activists on the Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twitter-payments-will-put-hashtag-activists-spot-180953009/Maybe it's time to actually #DoSomethingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:16:16 +0000Here's What Happens When a Hawk And a Drone Fight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-hawk-and-drone-fight-180953006/This raptor was not ok with a quadcopter fronting on its turf Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:27:55 +0000New Jersey Encourages Hunters to Add Bear to Menuhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-jersey-encourages-hunters-add-bear-menu-180953003/New Jersey is hoping more hunters will take advantage of bear seasonMon, 13 Oct 2014 18:57:32 +0000"Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vampire-grave-bulgaria-holds-skeleton-stake-through-its-heart-180953004/The skeleton likely fell victim to vampire hysteria that gripped Eastern Europe until relatively recently Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:27:13 +0000Robot Ships And Pepper Spray—the Latest in Pirate-Fighting Techhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-ships-and-pepper-spray-latest-pirate-fighting-tech-180953000/New technology developments are looking to combat piracy and terrorism on the high seasMon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:24 +0000Giant Icebergs Used to Ram Up Against Florida http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-icebergs-used-ram-against-florida-180953002/21,000 years ago, icebergs carved up the ocean floor off the Miami coastMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000The Science of Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Funnyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-why-toothpaste-makes-food-taste-funny-180953001/Blame toothpaste's foaming actionMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:55 +0000Amazing Artifacts From the History of Science Are Going Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-artefacts-history-science-are-going-auction-180952998/Now if only we all had infinite moneyFri, 10 Oct 2014 20:43:33 +0000This Comedy Club Charges By the Laughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barcelona-comedy-club-charges-laugh-180952996/In Barcelona, a comedy club is keeping tabs on its patrons' laughs with facial recognition technologyFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:52:57 +0000Rare Photo of Robert E. Lee's Slave Acquired by National Park Service http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photo-robert-e-lees-slave-acquired-national-park-service-180952994/The photograph of Selina Gray and her children sold on eBay for $700Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:37:45 +0000Exoplanet Has Winds That Blow at the Speed of Soundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exoplanet-has-winds-blow-speed-sound-180952993/WASP-43b wouldn't be a great place to liveFri, 10 Oct 2014 16:50:00 +0000Instead of Growing Meat in a Lab, Why Not Make It Out of Plants?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-growing-meat-lab-why-not-make-it-out-plants-180952985/"Plant blood" is the secret behind the I-can't-believe-it-isn't-meat company, Impossible Foods Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:07 +0000Here's One Very Good Reason to Drill Deep Into an Active Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drilling-active-fault-new-zealand-180952986/Scienctists hope to install instruments at the fault to observe changes in the earth at depthThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:49:15 +0000Why Is Antarctic Sea Ice at a 35-Year High?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-antarctic-sea-ice-35-year-high-180952987/Nobody really knows, but they have some thoughtsThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:55 +0000More Americans Speak Arabic at Home Than Italian or Polishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-americans-speak-arabic-home-italian-or-polish-180952982/21 percent of Americans speak another language at home Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:13:08 +0000Bionic Hands Partially Restore Users' Sense of Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bionic-hands-partially-restore-users-sense-touch-180952983/The hand's sensors communicate directly with the wearer's nerves Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:45:32 +0000Google Maps an Oasis in the Desert From the Back of a Camelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-camel-view-maps-oasis-desert-180952984/The desert is not the best place for a Street View carThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:08:35 +0000Paisley Caves Added to National Register Of Historic Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paisley-caves-added-national-register-historic-places-180952979/One of the earliest sites of evidence for human occupation of North AmericaThu, 09 Oct 2014 13:35:43 +0000The Fake Story of a Blond Child Bride Made This the Most Visited Blog in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-story-blond-child-bride-made-most-visited-blog-norway-180952977/The campaign is meant to increase awareness and also is seeking sponsors of individual girlsWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:29:26 +0000Shipwreck Probably Not Santa Mariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-probably-not-santa-maria-180952974/Shipwreck found off the coast of Haiti is probably not Santa MariaWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:58 +0000Thomas Duncan, Dallas' Ebola Patient, Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thomas-duncan-dallas-ebola-patient-has-died-180952976/The total cost of fighting Ebola could push $32 billionWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:04:25 +0000People Will Give Away Their Personal Information for an Actual Cookiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-will-give-away-their-personal-information-actual-cookie-180952975/I'll take two oatmeal raisin and a high risk of identity theftWed, 08 Oct 2014 15:28:31 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Woman With a Transplanted Uterus Gave Birth to a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-ever-woman-transplanted-uterus-gave-birth-baby-180952973/Two more women with transplanted uteruses are due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, tooWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:51:52 +0000Each Day, 50 Percent of America Eats a Sandwichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/each-day-50-percent-america-eats-sandwich-180952972/About 20 percent of our daily sodium intake is delivered between two slices of breadWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:17:17 +0000How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-exactly-does-exercise-help-your-brain-180952965/Well-trained muscles could be protecting the body from an imbalance of chemicals that lead to depression Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:36:54 +0000Descendants of a Real Aunt Jemima Are Suing the Brand Bearing Her Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/descendants-real-aunt-jemima-are-suing-brand-bearing-her-name-180952964/Aunt Jemima’s image and character have a troubled pastTue, 07 Oct 2014 18:40:07 +0000Some Surgery Is No Better Than Sham “Placebo” Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-surgery-no-better-sham-placebo-surgery-180952963/The placebo effect isn't just for pillsTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:32:43 +0000Cancer Spreads Through Our Bodies at Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cancer-spreads-through-our-bodies-night-180952962/This could mean that therapies delivered after dark might be more effective Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:59:32 +0000Do We Doodle Because We Speak?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-doodle-because-we-must-180952960/Scribbling and sketching aren’t just practices to idle time away, but a more fundamental indication of our need for languageTue, 07 Oct 2014 16:05:21 +0000ISIS Is Cutting Off Water to Uncooperative Villageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-cutting-water-uncooperative-villages-180952959/In parched Syria and Iraq, water is a weaponTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:27:18 +0000Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle And Minneapolishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/columbus-day-now-indigenous-peoples-day-seattle-and-minneapolis-180952958/Some cities seek to change the second Monday in October to a more politically correct, inclusive holiday Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:13:10 +0000What Will It Take For Someone to Run A Marathon in Under Two Hours?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-will-it-take-someone-run-marathon-under-two-hours-180952957/Course design, genetics, training and luck all have a hand in this gameTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:05:57 +0000Scientists Figure Out Why Mozzarella Is the Perfect Pizza Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figure-out-why-mozzarella-perfect-pizza-cheese-180952956/It's all about the elasticity, moisture and oil contentTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:44:44 +0000Why Kinshasa in the 1920s Was the Perfect Place for HIV to Go Globalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-kinshasa-1920s-was-perfect-place-hiv-go-global-180952953/Railways, a booming population and many sex workers created ideal conditions for the virus to spreadMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:41:17 +0000How the Isolation of Space Messes with Your Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-isolation-space-messes-your-mind-180952952/Long-term missions must deal with hallucinations, boredom and the silent treatment between crew members Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:32:34 +0000The Grand Canyon Will Not Be Mined for Uranium http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-will-not-be-mined-uranium-180952950/Uranium mining will be banned for the next 20 years on nearly 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:56:17 +0000The Park Service Wants to Cull 900 of Yellowstone's 4,900 Buffalohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/park-service-wants-cull-900-yellowstones-4900-buffalo-180952951/The Park Service will be killing bison that stray from the parkMon, 06 Oct 2014 16:25:40 +0000Many of the Same Brain Regions Are Activated When Mothers Look at Their Pets or Their Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-same-brain-regions-are-activated-when-mothers-look-their-pets-or-their-children-180952946/It seems that maternal attachment does not discriminate between species Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:20:14 +0000Your Cheat Sheet to the 2014 Nobel Prizeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cheat-sheet-2014-nobel-prizes-180952947/Just enough to catch upMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:06:21 +0000The Tibetan Plateau is Getting a High-Tech Array of Weather Sensors http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tibetan-plateau-getting-high-tech-array-weather-sensors-1-180952944/The massive research effort will help predict the increasingly unpredictable Indian monsoons as the climate changesFri, 03 Oct 2014 20:55:26 +0000Whaler Makes History as the First Female in Her Community to Harpoon a Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whaler-makes-history-first-female-her-community-harpoon-whale-180952940/The 31-year old struck the whale near the end of the fall season for Alaska's bowhead subsistence huntersFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:43:37 +0000Satellite Observations Revealed Thousands of New Mountains Right Here on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-observations-revealed-thousands-new-mountains-right-here-earth-180952939/There are thousands of mountains dotting the sea floorFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:28:46 +0000What Actually Happens to People Who Are Hit by Lightning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-actually-happens-people-who-are-hit-lightning-180952937/A lifetime of chronic health issuesFri, 03 Oct 2014 17:23:49 +0000Could Climate Change Affect the Number of Boys and Girls Born?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-climate-change-affect-number-boys-and-girls-born-180952935/Whether boy babies outnumber girl babies could be influenced by war, temperature and other stress factorsFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:50:11 +0000A Second Baby Thought Cured of HIV Relapsed When Taken Off Antiviral Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-baby-thought-cured-hiv-relapsed-when-taken-antiviral-drugs-180952934/Antiretroviral drugs can control, but not cure, HIV in childrenFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:04:09 +0000Ukrainian Protesters Are Auctioning Off the Nose of a Massive Lenin Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ukraines-anti-russian-protesters-are-hacking-and-selling-bits-vladimir-lenin-180952932/Lenin's ears are also, reportedly, up for grabsFri, 03 Oct 2014 14:42:28 +0000One Human Year Does Not Equal Seven Dog Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-human-year-does-not-equal-seven-dog-years-180952929/No one knows where the dog years myth came from, but experts agree that it's simply not true Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:41:39 +0000The Only Primate With a Toxic Bite Might Have Evolved to Mimic Cobrashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-primate-toxic-bite-might-have-evolved-mimic-cobras-180952926/Slow lorises have snake-like markings, postures and a hiss that all resemble the speckled cobraThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:10:43 +0000Cheetahs Spend 90 Percent of Their Days Sitting Around http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheetahs-spend-90-percent-their-day-sitting-around-180952919/When human presence forces cheetahs to expend more energy, however, it put the animals' survival at riskThu, 02 Oct 2014 18:05:51 +0000See Depression-Era Photos from Your Hometownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-depression-era-photos-your-hometown-180952924/Thousands of images collected to document rural life from 1934 to 1944 are available to peruse online through an interactive projectThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:23:40 +0000The Man in the Moon Was Made By Radioactivity, Not Meteorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-moon-was-made-radioactivity-not-meteors-1-180952923/Differential cooling caused by radioactive material in the crust caused one of the Moon's most distinctive featuresThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:44:58 +0000How the Humble Hydra Lives, As Far as We Know, Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humble-hydra-lives-far-we-know-forever-180952917/Hydra don't seem to die of old age. But why?Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:19:36 +0000Archaeologists Think They’ve Found the Dungeon Where Dracula Was Kepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-think-theyve-found-dungeon-where-dracula-was-kept-180952913/Vlad the Impaler was likely held captive in Turkey's Tokat CastleThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:42:25 +0000The Aral Sea Is Pretty Much Gonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aral-sea-pretty-much-gone-180952914/The fourth largest lake in the world is less than a tenth of its former sizeThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:22:02 +0000Pollution From Hawaii Is Giving Sea Turtles Gross, Deadly Tumorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollution-hawaiis-farms-and-cities-causing-sea-turtles-get-deadly-tumors-180952912/Nitrogen runoff gets into the turtles' food and causes tumors on their faces, flippers and organs Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:35:48 +0000Enough Ice Has Melted in Antarctica to Alter the Earth’s Gravityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enough-ice-has-melted-antarctica-alter-earths-gravity-180952910/The gravity loss is tiny but indicates big changes in ice coverageWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:45:25 +0000Apollo-Era Data Is Helping Scientists Look for Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/apollo-era-data-helping-scientists-look-gravitational-waves-180952905/Seismometers that were placed on the moon during the Apollo program collected data that is being used by physicists todayWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:55:38 +0000Movie Theaters Boycott Netflix’s First Feature Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-theaters-balk-change-boycott-netflixs-first-feature-film-180952906/AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark thumb their nose at Netflix's upcoming sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:32:28 +0000Nearly 6,000 Migrants Have Died Along the Mexico-U.S. Border Since 2000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-6000-migrants-have-died-along-mexico-us-border-2000-180952904/More than 40,000 migrants have died around the worldWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:49:42 +000035,000 Walruses Are Crowding Onto One Alaskan Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lacking-sea-ice-35000-walruses-crowd-alaskan-beach-180952902/Some animals have already been killed on the beach, most likely by stampedes Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:19:31 +0000Thank Soil Microbes for White Truffles’ Heavenly Aromahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-soil-microbes-white-truffles-heavenly-aroma-1-180952898/Bacteria produce the signature smell that truffle-sniffing dogs and pigs pick up onWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:28:07 +0000One Very Old Canoe Could Help Explain How Polynesian Sailors Colonized New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-new-zealand-canoe-gives-insight-polynesian-travel-180952895/New climate analysis and a very old canoe help researchers understand how the Polynesians got aroundTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:37 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-eye-contact-makes-you-squirm-180952889/Catching someone else's eye makes us more self conscious about our bodies Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Mike the Chicken Lived for 18 Months Without a Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mike-chicken-lived-18-months-without-head-180952891/In 1945, a decapitation gone awry gave birth to Miracle MikeTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:45:53 +0000To Detect Bombs Before They're Used, Sweden Is Looking at Its Sewershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunting-down-bomb-makers-stockholms-sewers-180952890/The EU's Emphasis Project is designed to detect people manufacturing IED'sTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:04 +0000Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-2013s-many-natural-disasters-can-we-blame-climate-change-180952888/The ongoing California drought may, or may not, be due to climate changeTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:17:32 +0000Wildlife Around the World Has Declined by About 50 Percent Since 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildlife-around-world-has-declined-about-50-percent-1970-180952887/Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Blood Vessels Left Imprint on 2,000 Year Old Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blood-vessels-left-imprint-2000-year-old-mummy-180952882/An Egyptian mummy's skull contains the imprint of blood vessels surrounding its brain Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:05:07 +0000What Should the Price of Visiting Wilderness Be?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-legislation-would-make-visiting-wilderness-areas-us-more-expensive-180952876/If passed, HR 5204 could introduce widespread fees for entering formerly free public landsMon, 29 Sep 2014 18:33:22 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-sneaking-bob-dylan-lyrics-their-writing-180952877/Everyone likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Drone Could Live on Your Wrist And Help You Take Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soon-you-could-take-selfies-wearable-drone-180952874/Holding a camera at arms length is so passe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:28:47 +0000The CIA Has Its Own High-Security Starbuckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-has-its-own-high-security-starbucks-180952872/Even spies need their morning coffee Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:41:17 +0000Japan's Mount Ontake Erupted Suddenly Over the Weekendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unfortunate-japanese-hikers-experienced-dangers-exploring-volcano-180952870/36 hikers are feared dead; because of toxic gas, rescue operations have been suspendedMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:13:44 +0000Anyone Can Make Up Their Own Weird Or Random Holidayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anyone-can-make-their-own-weird-or-random-holiday-180952869/Case in point: Today is International Coffee Day as well as National Poisoned Blackberries DayMon, 29 Sep 2014 14:53:37 +0000