Smart News | Smithsonian feed for Smart NewsenMon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:48 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate History groups from coast to coast describe walking to places that are now islands Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:48 +0000The Mystery of the Continuously Functioning Battery From 1840 battery at the University of Oxford has been incessantly ringing two bells for 175 years—but no one knows exactly why it’s lasted so longMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:07:10 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzard alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000Mystery Solved: Footage From a Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Is Found Gillette is responsible for how we see Sherlock Holmes—but the loss of his single silent film was an unsolved mysteryMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:42 +0000Evidence of a Seating Plan Discovered at the Colosseum efforts reveal the red-painted numbers that would help ancient Romans find their status-dictated seatsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:03 +0000It’s Easy to Make People Like Healthy Food…Just Rewire Their Brains new study imaged brains of women of different weights and found dramatic differences in how their brains responded to foodMon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:14 +0000Ancient Assyrian Soldiers Were Haunted by War, Too new study finds evidence of trauma experienced by soldiers returning home from combat over 3,000 years ago Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000How One 138-Page Book Inspired the Creation of the Boy Scouts a little military textbook evolved into a movement that would captivate generations of young menMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:30:17 +0000Darwin May Have Experienced Extreme Anxiety attempts have been made to diagnose Darwin’s illness, here’s a well-argued possibilityFri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:24 +0000Some People Have Patterns on Their Tongues That Look Like Maps condition is harmless and fairly commonFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Close-Ups Reveal Goosebumps And Very Little Ice is watching for changes as the double-lobed comet approaches the sunFri, 23 Jan 2015 18:39:47 +0000Want a Better Memory in 30 Years? Go to Sleep Now some ZZZs today could help your memory stay fresh into old ageFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000Is Orange Juice More Nutritious? research challenges the assumption that fruit trumps juiceFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:54 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Death new studies indicate that thoughts about death can influence how we perceive artFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:17 +0000It Isn’t Only Dogs; Cats May Pick Up on Emotional Cues, Too research shows that, like babies and dogs, our feline friends look to us for clues on how to react to new situationsFri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:55 +0000These New GMOs Need Artificial Compounds to Live’s genetic engineering with the safety onThu, 22 Jan 2015 19:46:47 +0000Fish Live Under Antarctica’s Ice Shelf, Where It Seems They Shouldn’t Survive expected the seafloor under a glacier to be nearly barren, until life swam into viewThu, 22 Jan 2015 18:41:08 +0000Turing’s Secret Notebook Is Up for Auction notebooks offer a glimpse into the mind of a codebreaker Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:30:08 +0000Neuroscientists Found Eight Genes That Govern Human Brain Size consortium of neuroscientists compared medical data from over 30,000 people and found genetic mutations that may cause parts of the brain to be smallerThu, 22 Jan 2015 17:25:17 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Risk research shows that Twitter can detect not just viruses, but long-term public health problems Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:44 +0000King Tut’s Beard Fell Off...And Was Glued Back on With Epoxy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000Finally! A Tire That Will Never Go Flat Tweel went into commercial production in November, recently got picked up by John Deere and may soon be rolling towards youThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:03 +0000Young Blood Rejuvenates Older Tissues in surgically joined lab animals that share blood have inspired anti-aging hopes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:39:51 +0000Your Spouse’s Personality Can Help You Get Ahead at Work on married couples reveal that conscientiousness in a spouse is the most helpful trait if you want promotions and successWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:32:31 +0000What Hibernation Teaches Us About Treating Alzheimer’s Disease find that a brain-protecting protein produced when the body cools may have major implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative disordersWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:09 +0000This Woman Can’t Feel Fear from a rare genetic condition appears to have knocked out the "fear center" in her brainWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:40:52 +0000Here’s Why Sharks Prefer Salt Water research shows that sharks sink in fresh waterWed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:56 +0000The First Woman in America to Receive an M.D. Was Admitted to Med School as a Joke the students at Geneva Medical College voted in jest to admit a woman, they unwittingly paved the way for Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing careerWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:31:04 +0000The Science Behind Deflated Footballs failure to inflate give a team a strategic advantage? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:43:55 +0000Papyrus Found in a Mummy Mask May Be the Oldest Known Copy of a Gospel surround the reported discovery of an ancient scrap of the Gospel of MarkWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:46 +0000Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Lurk in Sewage city with one million people could have $13 million worth of metals in sewage sludgeTue, 20 Jan 2015 20:40:02 +0000High-Speed Video Shows When The Smell of Rain Begins we can see exactly how raindrops create petrichor, the name given to smells kicked up by light rainTue, 20 Jan 2015 19:08:30 +0000Astronomers Catch a Mysterious Burst of Energy in Action's the first time scientists have observed the strange radio pulse as it happenedTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:17 +0000The Wine of the Future Could Be Aged Underwater historic shipwreck inspired a new way to age wineTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000The First State of the Union Address: Way Shorter, Way Less Clapping his First Annual Message to Congress, George Washington outlined the country’s most pressing issues and kicked off a flexible annual traditionTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:34:14 +0000India's Tiger Population Grew Almost 60 Percent Since 2008 tigers be coming back from the brink? India now counts 2,226 of the big catsTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:13:41 +0000The Speed of Light Can Vary manipulating the structure of light pulses, scientists managed to slow down some photons and challenge textbook wisdomTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:44:30 +0000Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Body first test of micro-machines on a living mouse marks a breakthrough in the field of nano-roboticsMon, 19 Jan 2015 20:30:51 +0000Solar Power Provides About As Many Jobs As the Coal Industry in the U.S. might even give solar and edge in the jobs department, but is that a good thing?Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:06:17 +0000Commercial Hives Might Be Saving Crops, But They're Killing Wild Bees known to affect commercial bees are having a troubling impact on the wild populationMon, 19 Jan 2015 18:33:08 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstop man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Tighty-Whities First Hit the Market 80 Years Ago Today a blizzard couldn’t dampen the excitement from the release of the first pair of men’s briefs on this day in 1935 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:57:04 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Draws Sea Turtles to Their Nests turtles remember the magnetic fingerprint of the beach where they were bornMon, 19 Jan 2015 13:38:28 +0000For the 4th Time Since 1997, We All Just Lived Through the Hottest Year Ever Recorded beats out previous record holders even without El Niño’s warming powersFri, 16 Jan 2015 18:55:58 +0000Deaf People Could Soon Hear... Through Their Tongues retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intact images of Mars' surface identify a long-missing probe and suggests that bad luck—rather than human error—caused the lossFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:55:09 +0000What the SpaceX Rocket Crash Really Looked Like images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountry things can happen when you combine WWII military surplus, innovative thinking and a bunch of beavers in need of a new homeFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Read Through Early Drafts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches website gives you a peek into the mind of one of America’s most powerful oratorsFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:44 +0000Not Exercising Is Worse for You Than Being Obese large-scale study estimates that twice as many deaths can be chalked up to lack of exercise than can be blamed on being obeseThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:54:41 +0000Fish Sperm Might Be the Secret to Recycling Rare Earth Elements scientists have uncovered an unlikely source to aid in the extraction and recycling of rare earth metalsThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:30:29 +0000Emphasizing Natural Brilliance Might Keep Women Away From Certain Fields in science prompted researchers to look into other fields — such as philosophy and economics — as well to find a causeThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:08:43 +0000Two New Studies Posit At Least Two New Planets Out Beyond Pluto may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagious at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonely conservators work to restore and protect America’s gray wolf population, one wide-ranging male has finally found a pack to call his ownThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:55 +0000Toystory the Bull Fathered 500,000 Cows Before He Died, a Wisconsin “dream bull,” had more than half a million offspring at last count and is the stuff of legend. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:16:10 +0000Two Climbers Made It Up El Capitan Via an Impossibly Vertical Wall took just three weeks for Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen to make free-climbing historyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:30:16 +0000The Doctor Who Introduced the Virtues of Hand Washing Died of an Infection sad fate: Ignes Semmelweis, a maternity doctor who fought for hospital sanitation, died of sepsisThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:19:54 +0000These Photos From a Lunar Orbiter Could Be Abstract Art distant view of the Moon from Earth is nice, but these close-ups are amazingWed, 14 Jan 2015 22:01:18 +0000Iowa GMO Banana Trial Halted volunteers were supposed to one whole GMO banana each — but so far they have eat zeroWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:41:37 +0000What's the Best Place to Live? It May Depend on Your Personality you'll thrive in some neighborhoods (and feel miserable in others)Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:45:32 +0000One Orangutan Has Learned to Sound Just Like Us defies scientists’ former assumption that great apes just couldn’t learn new callsWed, 14 Jan 2015 16:07:12 +0000Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennyson British Library is fighting time and budget constraints to save its vast collection of audio recordingsWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:07 +0000Listen to Newly Discovered Bowhead Whale Songs songs have been elusive, but researchers managed to record 12 unique songs using hydrophonesWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:27:04 +0000Some Bat Colonies Might Be Beating White-Nose Syndrome few recent discovering on the strange fungus wiping out North American bat colonies give reason to hopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:45:35 +0000America's Goats Are Concentrated in Texas 2012, famers reported more than 2 million goats living in the U.S.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:15:42 +0000Some Microbes Can Eat And Breathe Electricity many ways can life exist? Some recently discovered microbes can live on a cathode, apparently without the need for a carbon food-sourceTue, 13 Jan 2015 18:39:08 +0000Mummy Feces Solve the Mystery of How Verona's Most Powerful Man Died deep for the secret behind a medieval warlord's mysterious deathTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000A Museum in England Is Hiding a Forgery Among Its Masterpieces South London gallery is asking its patrons to identify the fake in order to spark discussion about how and why we appreciate the artTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:30:43 +0000Your Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mom machines can predict your personality more accurately than your family or friendsTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000Ancient Dogs Likely Arrived in America Thousands of Years After Humans research on dog DNA shows that they migrated to the new world much later than initially thoughtTue, 13 Jan 2015 14:20:17 +0000Separate People From Their Phones, And They Perform Less Well's what happens when you're parted from your smartphoneMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:21:38 +0000Two Men Tried To Cure Schizophrenia by Removing Their Patients’ Intestines Holmes and Henry Cotton were separated by a generation, but both thought that mental illness arose from toxins produced within the bodyMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:02:00 +0000How a Single Penny Became Worth More Than $2 Million years ago, few would pay $1 million for a coin—no matter how rare. That's changing.Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:06:41 +0000Oil Companies First Built Pipelines in the 1860s; They've Been Contested Ever Since the 19th century, reformers were happy to have oil come out of the ground—but they objected to the way oil companies controlled itMon, 12 Jan 2015 16:30:52 +0000It Was Only 83 Years Ago That America Elected Its First Female Senator year, a record number of women are serving in Congress; Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first ever in the SenateMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:09:20 +0000Come for the Giant Rock, Stay for the UFO History Van Tassel believed he could communicate with aliensFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:30:59 +0000Early Food Safety Workers Tested Poisons by Eating Them were hailed as heroes and even had a songFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:00:37 +0000It’s Cheaper to Make Diabetes Test Strips of Silk Than of Paper in India handloom weavers and abundant silk hold the key for an innovative solutionFri, 09 Jan 2015 18:25:13 +0000Planes Fly Too Fast for Birds to Dodge research shows that birds are not adept at avoiding obstacles at such high speedsFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:55:17 +0000A Museum’s Butterfly Emerged Half Male, Half Female rarity is like a natural experiment that tells scientists how genes and hormones interact to produce different sexesFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000U.S. Air Force Builds New Radar for Space Junk’s called Space Fence and should help us track the estimated 500,000 pieces of debris that orbit EarthFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:10:33 +0000Europe's Great Gothic Cathedrals Weren't Built Just of Concrete designers and builders of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals weren't actually so innovativeFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:15:29 +0000The 1887 Blizzard That Changed the American Frontier Forever blizzard hit the western open range, causing the “Great Die Up” and transforming America’s agricultural historyFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:30:42 +0000Monkeys Can Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror of monkeys had tried and failed a classic test of intelligence, but the fault may have been in the way humans thought of the testThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:01:33 +000060 Years Ago, the First African-American Soloist Sang at the Met Opera Anderson performed as the fortuneteller Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in MascheraThu, 08 Jan 2015 19:05:43 +0000The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years 1918 flu pandemic gets all the headlines, but the malady is thought to have first appeared in the 16th century—and possibly earlierThu, 08 Jan 2015 17:04:17 +0000The Art of Vaccinations Art of Saving a Life is connected to a fundraising effort for an international group working to eradicate disease through vaccinations Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:20 +0000Ellis Island Isn’t to Blame for Your Family’s Name Change long-standing myth obscures the truth behind the Americanization of some European namesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:30:06 +00002015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014 the Earth is rotating more slowly than the tick of our atomic clocks, says the International Earth Rotation ServiceThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:00:34 +0000Visit Kepler's Exoplanets—And Don't Worry About the Natives (At Least for Now) has made a set of travel posters themed to exoplanets while a nonprofit searches for life among themThu, 08 Jan 2015 14:22:59 +0000Fossils Show How Flying Fish Started to Glide the quest to avoid being eaten, some fish took a leap into the open airWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:31:35 +0000Jurassic Park May Have Been Right—Some Dinosaurs Hunted in Packs film inspired paleontologists to discover the truth about dinos, including whether raptors were social huntersWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:04:00 +0000Scientists Can Tell How Old a Star Is by Observing How Fast It Spins newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:32:38 +0000Insecticide-Treated Nets May Create Super Mosquitoes species of mosquitos have interbred, giving rise to hybrids that can resist the most potent weapons used against themWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:02 +0000A Test Tube in Michigan Holds the Air From Thomas Edison's Death Room famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000An Albino Dolphin Was Spotted Off the Coast of Florida is only the 15th albino dolphin sighting recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:15:36 +0000What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule in Boston have just cracked open a brass box originally buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel AdamsWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:33:07 +0000There is A Scientific Reason That Cold Weather Could Cause Colds rhinovirus that most commonly causes colds likes chillier temperatures, where the host's immune system doesn't fare so wellTue, 06 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000Amateur Explorers Are Using High-Res Satellite Images to Search for Genghis Khan's Tomb explorers used ultra-high resolution satellite images to help search for the grave of one of the world’s most powerful rulersTue, 06 Jan 2015 17:56:15 +0000This Is the World’s Largest Dump Truck mega Earth-mover is hard at work digging a coal mine in RussiaTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:35:00 +0000Five Years of Night Shift Work Elevate a Person's Risk of Death inconsistent hours is bad for your health, according to researchers who studied 75,000 U.S. nurses Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:25 +0000How a 200-Year-Old Whale Might Help Us Live Longer have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest-living mammal in search of the keys to longevity Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Same Guy Keeps Spending Insane Amounts of Money to Buy Japan’s First Tuna of the Season year, he bought it for $37,500—which he considered cheapTue, 06 Jan 2015 14:06:34 +0000Model Your New Year’s Resolutions After Marilyn Monroe’s in 1955 actress wrote that she wanted to "keep looking around me — only much more so"Mon, 05 Jan 2015 19:52:08 +0000Bears Munching on Ants Indirectly Help Plants link uncovered by a graduate student shows that plants have bears to thank for trimming them of ants — and another pesky speciesMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:21:24 +0000Two Climbers Are Free-Climbing One of Yosemite's Hardest Routes athletes are halfway through an impressive 32-pitch climb up El Capitan's Dawn WallMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:04:02 +0000Monarchs May Soon Land on the Endangered Species List fear that the butterfly’s population will continue to drop due to the loss of the its food sourceMon, 05 Jan 2015 18:03:43 +0000Disco Clams Are Flashy orange lips twinkle in a particularly funky displayMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:44:15 +0000The Second Divorce in Colonial America Happened Today in 1643 Massachusetts Bay Colony Puritans weren’t as conservative as you may have thoughtMon, 05 Jan 2015 15:55:06 +0000NASA Uses X-Rays to Find Out Why the Sun Is So Hot image will help scientists decide whether mini-flares make the sun's atmosphere hotter than the surface itselfMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:39:00 +0000Create Your Very Own False Memories by Lying on Facebook brain is notoriously poor at recalling past events, and social media just makes it worseFri, 02 Jan 2015 19:41:22 +0000Watch How Farm Machines Shake Down Almond Trees grows 80 percent of the world’s almonds, for nowFri, 02 Jan 2015 19:21:41 +0000Pedophiles Seem to Make Up a Huge Chunk of Anonymized Web Traffic bulk of Dark Web traffic seems to flow to child pornography sitesFri, 02 Jan 2015 18:08:14 +0000Ring in 2015 With the Quadrantid Meteor Shower annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekendFri, 02 Jan 2015 17:01:47 +0000We Used to Recycle Drugs From Patients' Urine extracted from a patient's urine could be reusedFri, 02 Jan 2015 16:00:47 +0000This Exotic Frog Skips the Eggs, Gives Birth to Live Tadpoles species is one of just a handful of frogs that use internal fertilization, and the only one found that births tadpoles Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:38:09 +0000This Art Studio Nurtures Talent in People on the Autism Spectrum York City's Pure Visions Arts provides an art and exhibition space for around 40 creative people with autism Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:30:48 +0000Where the Buffalo Roam: Illinois bison are back in Illinois for the first time in 200 years Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:00:23 +0000Don’t Make Hoppin’ John for New Year's Without Heirloom Beans original dish didn’t use black-eyed peas, plus the rice and bacon you have is probably wrongWed, 31 Dec 2014 20:00:37 +0000Cloud Seeding Study Suggests We Could Boost Rain And Snow by 15 Percent comparing the effect of cloud seeding generators on snowfall in two nearby mountain ranges, researchers think a program might helpWed, 31 Dec 2014 19:30:24 +0000Lawyers With Less-Masculine Sounding Voices Are More Likely to Win in Court, there's probably little we can do to change this bias Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:07 +0000NASA's Opportunity Rover Has Developed Robot Dementia problem with Opportunity's hardware means it only has short-term memoryWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:31:36 +0000If the Earth’s Orbit Stopped We Would Have About A Month To Contemplate Our Doom, this is just a thought experimentWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:09:18 +0000The First 2014 Ebola Victim Likely Caught It by Playing Around a Bat Tree builds that insect-eating bats are natural reservoirs for the disease Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:42:29 +0000Big News Stories of 2014 That Aren't Going Away just have so much to look forward toWed, 31 Dec 2014 17:00:48 +0000Venus Was Once Awash in Oceans of Carbon Dioxide planet’s pressure and temperature created a supercritical state where carbon dioxide has properties of a liquid and a gasWed, 31 Dec 2014 16:11:23 +0000Travel Spreads Dust Mite Poop All Over The World mites’ ubiquity comes in part from their ability to digest dead skin cells (which is what makes us allergic to their waste)Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:14:49 +0000What's the Best Method For Preventing School Attacks? new type of glass designed to keep gunmen out of school raises the question of whether defense is being prioritized over prevention Tue, 30 Dec 2014 21:07:53 +0000The Science of Why Champagne Pops American Chemical Society takes a look at the science of champagneTue, 30 Dec 2014 19:04:49 +0000Binge Drinking Suppresses the Immune System drinking not only makes people more accident-prone, it impairs their ability to recover from those accidents Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:11:19 +0000More Than 3,000 People Have Died of Ebola in the Past Two Months viral outbreak doesn't appear to be slowing Tue, 30 Dec 2014 17:00:26 +0000Nearly 40 Byzantine Shipwrecks Were Recently Unearthed in Turkey exceptionally well-preserved ships offer new insight into ship-building history Tue, 30 Dec 2014 16:37:03 +0000Americans 'Returned' Around $3.6 Billion Worth of Stolen Goods This Holiday Season of dollars worth of "gift returns" are actually stolen goodsTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:07:50 +0000Snowflakes All Fall In One of 35 Different Shapes latest categorization of solid precipitation types inspired a cool graphicTue, 30 Dec 2014 15:21:53 +00002014 Was Actually One of the Safer Years to Fly year saw a few prominent disasters, but 2014 was, unfortunately, nothing out of the ordinaryMon, 29 Dec 2014 19:52:43 +0000Birds Get Drunk And Sing Drunken Songs humans, birds just don’t sing as well drunk as they do when soberMon, 29 Dec 2014 19:01:05 +0000This New Year's Eve, Don't Drink and Walk home is dangerous, tooMon, 29 Dec 2014 18:02:24 +0000Americans Love Cheesy Art most searched for artists, according to one website, run the gamut from classic masters to Duck Stamp contest winnersMon, 29 Dec 2014 17:46:58 +0000Argentina Has a Superstition That Seventh Sons Will Turn into Werewolves the president adopts them, however, the seventh sons are spared from their werewolf fate Mon, 29 Dec 2014 15:59:20 +0000Tesla's New Car Can Go From Boston to Baltimore on a Single Charge charge can carry the Tesla Roadster up to 400 miles Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:00:54 +0000Live Happier (And More Energy Efficiently) by Sleeping More And Inviting Your Friends Over your well being in the new year can also be good for the planet Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:30:33 +0000Examining Martian Meteorites, Scientists Think They’ve Found The Red Planet’s Missing Water may have an underground water reservoirFri, 26 Dec 2014 16:54:44 +0000Repeat a Bit of Regular Speech, And It'll Turn Into a Song it in a loop, and listen to the musicFri, 26 Dec 2014 15:30:31 +0000Scientifically Accurate 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' Is Still Charming aren't diamonds at all—they're giant balls of gasFri, 26 Dec 2014 15:00:32 +0000Ants Usually Turn Left While Exploring's a sinister version of human's tendency towards right-handednessFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:30:43 +0000A Few Things You Can Do With Unneeded Presents first challenge is saying thank you for something you can’t use, but here’s some ideas about what to do nextFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:57 +0000Blind People Can Echolocate acts as such a close a proxy for vision that it falls victim to the same shortcomings Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:01:51 +0000In Catalonia a Christmas Log Delivers Presents in An Unusual Way Tió de Nadal, the log is decorated with a smiling face and fed until Christmas, but that’s not the strangest part of the traditionWed, 24 Dec 2014 18:30:37 +0000Why There's a Dangling Thing In Our Throats riddle of the uvula may not be solved yet, but it looks like we have some ideasWed, 24 Dec 2014 18:00:40 +0000Meet The Culprits Behind Bright Lights And Strange Floaters in Your Vision entoptic phenomena remind us that what we see isn’t always a clear view of the world around usWed, 24 Dec 2014 17:30:02 +0000Mercury Was Once Bigger, Then It Shrank the planet cooled, it contracted and shut off the surface lava flows about 3.8 billion years agoWed, 24 Dec 2014 17:00:22 +0000CBS Executives Thought 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' Would Fail wasn't much CBS executives liked about the Christmas specialWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:30:40 +0000There’s More to Frankincense and Myrrh Than Meets the Eye and myrrh have interesting medicinal propertiesWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:00:36 +0000How Candy Canes Are Made by Hand made sweets are still crafted in specialty shopsWed, 24 Dec 2014 15:46:05 +0000Satellite Photos Show Hundreds of Syrian Heritage Sites Damaged In Ongoing Fighting new satellite photos show the extent of the damageTue, 23 Dec 2014 19:32:37 +0000Canada’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks’ Days Are Numbered Thanks to Climate Change rinks are already open for fewer days in the year than they were just a decade ago Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:00:12 +0000Never Mind Mars, What About a Trip to Venus First?'s a serious proposal to send astronauts to a floating cloud city in Venus's atmosphere before heading to MarsTue, 23 Dec 2014 18:27:02 +0000Get Set For Frequent Flooding In Coastal U.S. Cities level rise is increasing the odds of nuisance floodingTue, 23 Dec 2014 17:00:03 +0000Living Under the Threat of Terrorism Might Shorten Lives fear of terrorist attacks is linked to elevated heart rates, which is a predictor of increased risk of death Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:20:07 +0000These Two Guys Recreate Famous Paintings Using Only Office Supplies and a Phone cranks out slapstick renditions of works ranging from "American Gothic" to "Girl with the Pearl Earring" Tue, 23 Dec 2014 15:45:13 +0000Don’t Give Your Kids Gifts to Show Affection up a connection between things and reward early in life primes people to be materialisticTue, 23 Dec 2014 15:07:03 +0000Pittsburgh Has a Huge Collection of Relics Anthony’s Chapel contains the largest number of relics outside of the Vatican Tue, 23 Dec 2014 14:00:38 +0000A Bedbug Trap That Might Actually Work are learning to use bed bugs pheromones against themMon, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:20 +0000Truffles Have a THC-like Substance in Them produces a euphoric smell that likely evolved as a way to trick animals into eating them Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:55:51 +0000Fossil Hunting Is Best After Big Storms’s storms unearthed treasures along beaches and in foothills including a Megolodon tooth and a Steller’s sea cow ribsMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:30:53 +0000By Keeping Poachers Out, Mine Fields Give Endangered Animals Somewhere to Hide heavily-mined Iran-Iraq border is a sanctuary for the Persian leopardMon, 22 Dec 2014 16:45:57 +0000Argentinian Orangutan Is "Non-Human Person," Says Court in the zoo impinges on her freedomMon, 22 Dec 2014 16:00:13 +0000Why a Tanzanian Village Chased Six Elephants Off a Cliff all animal killings are linked to the illegal wildlife tradeMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:30:15 +0000One Conversation Can Change Same-Sex Marriage Opponents’ Minds change their stance after a face-to-face conversation with a gay or lesbian person hoping to get marriedMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:26 +0000This New Lizard Species Evolved in a Lab novel reptile shows that hybrids can indeed lead to viable species, but not by the normal reproductive route Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:15:45 +0000This Dying Star Is the Coldest Place We’ve Found in the Universe Boomerang Nebula is just one degree above absolute zeroFri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:18 +0000Advanced Prosthetics Help a Dog Run And a Man Move Robotic Arms With His Mind recent stories showcase the latest advances in prosthetics and the lives they have changedFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +0000Oil Companies Are Pausing Plans to Drill the Arctic the Arctic is hard, and with oil prices flagging, it may not be worth itFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:50:41 +0000At 26,700 Feet, This Is the Deepest-Swimming Fish Known found a new fish in the depths of the Mariana TrenchFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:51 +0000Introverts Give Their Extroverted Colleagues Bad Performance Reviews of students show that extroverts don’t get rewarded for being outgoing when introverts are judgingFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:21 +0000Teachers Can Control Who the Cool Kids Are nestled in the center of the classroom are deemed the coolest Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:01 +0000The Oldest Olive Oil Ever Found Is 8,000 Years Old analyses unveil traces of olive oil in ancient Israeli potteryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:06 +0000"White Christmas" Is Actually the Saddest Christmas Song season would have reminded composer Irving Berlin of his young son who died Christmas Day in 1928Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:25 +0000Architects Analyze Kevin McCallister's "Home Alone" Booby Traps Home Alone in every way possible — and it still stands up, all these years laterThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:23 +0000Myth Busted: Americans Don’t Gain 10 Pounds Over the Holidays’s more like oneThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:04 +0000Congratulations, Humanity! We're Living Six Years Longer Than We Did in 1990, on Average life expectancy is increasing, especially in the developing worldThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:45:23 +0000Wisdom, the World's Oldest Albatross, Laid an Egg is about the 35th time Wisdom has been a mother-to-be Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:37 +0000You Eat Millions...Even Billions!...of Microbes Every Day, plenty of live microorganisms lurk in your yogurt, but they are everywhere else as wellThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:59 +0000After WWII, Scientists Conducted Deadly Tests With an Unexploded Nuclear Bomb Core Richard Feynman called the tests "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon"Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:05 +0000Get Set Up With a Family in NYC for Christmas’t be sad at the prospect of spending the holiday alone, a popular photoblog will match you up with a familyThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:32 +0000Even A/C Can't Keep Our Economies From Slacking Off on Hot Days global warming turns up the temperature on the planet, it's going to be tougher to get anything doneWed, 17 Dec 2014 21:54:50 +0000Vinyl Producers Can’t Keep Up With Hipsters’ Demands is cool again, but will it last?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:58:18 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Like U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Now We Know Where Fat Goes When We Lose Weight breathe it outWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:05:36 +0000The Cutest Climate Change Culprits: Arctic Ground Squirrels digging burrows in permafrost, Arctic ground squirrels help destabilize the vast stores of carbon in the soilWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:43:15 +0000America's Best Butter Is Handchurned in Vermont price for perfection is $49 per poundWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:00 +0000When Sperm Meets Egg, Zinc Sparks Fly of tiny zinc particles explode from the surface of mammalian eggs when a sperm cell touches down Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:49:34 +0000The Turing Test of Computer Intelligence Is Too Easy better test our computer programs’ intelligence, we should to ask them for stories and drawingsTue, 16 Dec 2014 19:31:40 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbled Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Making Dead People's Pulses Beat Again new device can transform 150-year-old printed representations of heart beats into actual sound Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:03:04 +0000Now the Danes Have Staked a Claim for the North Pole, Too ultimate decision over who controls the North Pole will come down to the United NationsTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:52 +0000Pollution Is Turning the Taj Mahal Brown must periodically cover the Taj Mahal in clay to remove the pollutants stuck to its marble wallsMon, 15 Dec 2014 21:51:59 +0000You Wobble Like No Other Person on the Planet of the frame movements in footage from head-mounted cameras is just as unique as a fingerprintMon, 15 Dec 2014 19:41:10 +0000A Better Way Than Torture to Obtain Information: Acting Friendly methods get information from suspects faster and more reliably, oh and they don't violate human rightsMon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:43 +0000If You Looked Out the Window While Returning From Space, Here’s What You’d See bright glow of friction in Earth's atmosphereMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:47:22 +0000There Are Probably Just Five Northern White Rhinos Left death of a captive rhino at the San Diego Zoo brings the species closer to imminent extinction Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:58 +0000China Just Opened the World's Largest Water Diversion Project unprecedented engineering project sends water to China’s parched NorthFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000Bad Hangover? Blame It (Partly) On Your Parents to hangovers is partly due to geneticsFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:31:27 +0000Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deaths the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple pictureFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:49:36 +0000Found: The Wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, the “Bay Area’s Titanic” maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000NASA Could Actually Get a Budget Boost Next Year pending budget will give NASA even more money than they asked forFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:07:30 +0000The Library for Magicians Is Taking Appointments Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York City houses some of the world's rarest books on the art of deceptionFri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:34 +0000Chances Are Your Supermarket Tomatoes Were Picked By Mexican Workers Living in Terrible Conditions investigation reveals practices in Mexican farm labor camps that resemble slaveryFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:20:23 +0000Christmas Research Papers Tackle Goofy Problems in Medicine British Medical Journal's holiday issue includes an investigation of old magazines in waiting rooms and finds that men can be idiotsThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:35 +0000In the Past 40 Years, 105 City Neighborhoods Gentrified; 2,000 Slipped Further Into Poverty's Move Toward Concentrated PovertyThu, 11 Dec 2014 20:15:44 +0000Scientists Finally Figure Out the “Big Bang” of Bird Evolution genomes of 45 birds contributed to the most in-depth bird evolutionary tree ever created Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000Backpackers Walk Across a Completely Clear Frozen Lake cool video raises the question: Why is most ice cloudy?Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000More Americans Are Pro-Gun Than Pro-Gun Control prioritize gun rights over gun control for the first time in at least 20 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:21:34 +0000Superbugs Could Become a Top Cause of Death by 2050 left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people than cancer by 2050Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:43:20 +0000Conserving Tigers Could Hurt Leopards one predator returns, another can be displaced Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:13:13 +0000The Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Is a 'Moon Shot' plan involves moving silt from upstream down into the delta—but no one knows if there's actually enoughWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:48:22 +0000By Absorbing Smells From Its Food, This Fish Gets Scent Camouflage harlequin filefish is a master of camoufalgeWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:23:50 +0000You've Never Seen Nerve Endings Like These produce the most detailed images of nerve endings ever madeWed, 10 Dec 2014 16:57:27 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasion evidence supports historic accounts of the great "Kamikaze" of 1274 and 1281Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:24 +0000A Volcano on Cape Verde Is Wiping Out Whole Towns eruption at the Pico do Fogo volcano has forced 1,200 people to evacuateWed, 10 Dec 2014 15:02:48 +0000Online Students Give Better Reviews to Professors They Think Are Male if the teachers were actually women, if the students thought they were men, the bias stuck Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:39:24 +0000Curiosity Rover’s Mars Crater May Have Cradled Large Lakes of water on Mars aren’t new, but now scientists think water may have been there for a long timeTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:46:28 +0000TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurants's already been one collision between drone and humanTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:09 +0000These Adorable Robot Toys Teach Kids How to Code two bots using a basic visual language, and they are just one way to introduce children to computer programmingTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:11:49 +0000Most Vegetarians Lapse After Only a Year vast majority of vegetarians return to eating meatTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:43:32 +0000The First Piece of Code Written by an American President President participated in an introductory coding workshop as part of Computer Science Education WeekTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:33:33 +0000Dreams Are Slow-Motion dreamers are offering insight into the sleeping mindTue, 09 Dec 2014 14:58:50 +0000Body Cameras Help Police in-depth investigation of five cities using police body cameras highlights what the technology addresses and what it doesn’tMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:53:37 +0000Norwegian Nobel Winners Release Their Inner Avant-Garde Musicians laureates in Physiology or Medicine repurposed a Norse folk tune for a science lecture Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:30:39 +0000California's Ongoing Drought Is Its Worst in 1,200 Years ring records unveil the severity of California's droughtMon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:44 +0000Someone Walked Off With a Picasso From a Miami Beach Art Festival $85,000 silver plate went missing late last weekMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000The Science of the Red Sea's Parting is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Queen Victoria Dreamed Up the White Wedding Dress in 1840 most people, wearing a white wedding dress wasn't really a thing until the 1950sMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:30:41 +0000That Detox Diet Is Not Going to Rid Your Body of Toxins doesn't matter how many pureed veggies you drink, they won't vaporize those mysterious "poisons" you've heard aboutFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:35:27 +0000It’s Possible to See Exoplanets Without Schmancy Equipment cheap DSLR and some light computer processing can unveil far off exoplanetsFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:26:27 +0000Like Underwater Jedi, Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Other Fish eels can shock prey into both revealing their positions and freezing in placeFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:05:53 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Letters Digital Einstein archive offers a look into the great physicist's writingsFri, 05 Dec 2014 18:14:28 +0000A Successful First Flight For NASA's Orion Spacecraft spaceflight enters a new eraFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:37:16 +0000Listen to the Sounds of a Dying Coral Reef coral reefs produce a medley of sounds that ocean creatures use as homing beacons Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:49:51 +0000Found in "Penny Papers" from the 1800s, A Lost Walt Whitman Poem professor at the University of Nebraska stumbled upon an ode to Whitman’s contemporary William Cullen BryantFri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:30 +0000Humpback Whales in the Arabian Sea Have Been Isolated for 70,000 Years want this particular population of humpbacks to be classified as critically endangered Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:30:34 +0000Bats Have Specific Brains Cells for Tracking Their Location While in Flight likely carry the same kind of cells in our own brainsThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:17:14 +0000Let Wildlife Recordings From the 1930s Take You Back to Nature African wildlife from the 1930s with the British Library's nature sound archivesThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:38:18 +0000Goodbye CAPTCHA: Just Click a Box to Prove You're Not a Robot is getting rid of spam bots and annoying squiggly text at the same timeThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:26:35 +0000A Wayward Boat And Other Disruptions Delay Test of NASA's Newest Spaceship's quest for space will have to wait until tomorrowThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:52:35 +0000A Worm’s Gut Could Help Dispose of Plastic Trash found in the guts of waxworms like to feast on polyethyleneThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:34:16 +0000Tour the Great Wide World of Mushroom Cloud Imagery testing yielded far more, and more diverse, images of mushroom clouds than those that are commonly shownWed, 03 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000The Fracking Boom Could Burn Out Decades Before It's Supposed To shale gas estimates may be setting the world up for a fracking crashWed, 03 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000Half the Cells in This Mouse’s Brain Are Human implanted immature human brain cells in mouse pups, which then grew and replaced nearly half the mice's own cellsWed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:37 +0000The Largest Manmade Block Ever Was Just Discovered in Lebanon block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000Welcome to the Next Era of NASA Mars's long-distance crew capsule, Orion, will get its first test flight tomorrowWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:03:26 +0000Public Bathroom Bacteria: Not as Gross as You'd Think restrooms are of no more of a health risk than your own homeWed, 03 Dec 2014 15:17:22 +0000MIT Is Giving Its Students Bitcoin interested in studying how people use Bitcoin are handing out $100 worth of the currency to whoever wants itWed, 03 Dec 2014 14:34:45 +0000Richard III’s DNA Analysis Reveals Cuckoldry in the Family can trace the monarch’s maternal lineage to modern relatives, but not the male sideTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:32:39 +0000HIV's Ability to Cause AIDS Is Weakening combination of advanced treatments and viral evolution are slowing virus’ reproduction Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:15 +0000Hollywood Asked for Freeway Noise Barriers First only makes sense that the problem of road noise cropped up in Los AngelesTue, 02 Dec 2014 18:39:12 +0000Most College Students Don’t Graduate on Time vast majority of students take more than 4 years to earn a bachelor's degreeTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:43:52 +0000A Major Galapagos Conservation Foundation Is Running Out of Cash fight over selling souvenirs on the Galapagos is threatening conservation effortsTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:00:17 +0000Manhattan Insects Eat the Equivalent of 60,000 Hot Dogs Each Year of urban insects act as efficient, largely unnoticed garbage disposals Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:06 +0000Do Social Media Death Threats Count as Real Threats Or Just as Venting? Supreme Court is weighting the complex issue of free speech onlineTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:45:36 +0000James Watson Will Be the First Nobel Laureate to Sell His Medallion his racist comments have created a surge of pushbackTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:22:15 +0000The White House Is Going Digital With Its Holiday Decorations dogs, an interactive holiday card and crowd-sourced light shows are a few of the new additions Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:18:53 +0000Russia Has Its Own Classic Version of an Animated Winnie-the-Pooh short films produced from 1969 through 1972 follow the adventures of A.A. Milne's charactersMon, 01 Dec 2014 18:21:14 +0000New Amsterdam's First Laws: Drink Less, Fight Less Amsterdam was controlled by the Dutch from 1624 to 1664Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:46:20 +0000Why Do Families Move for Men's, But Not Women's, Careers? choose jobs that are less flexible in locationMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:15:13 +0000Older People’s Brains Notice More But Filter Less small study shows that elderly people notice patterns even when those patterns aren’t usefulMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:29:54 +0000Girl Scouts Can Now Sell Cookies Online you'll still need to interact with a real, live Girl Scout to gain digital access to their cookiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:08:58 +0000Computers Write Novels Faster Than You Do chips don't suffer writer's blockMon, 01 Dec 2014 14:34:58 +0000There's an Airbnb for Fields in England the U.K., you can rent a field for weddings, concerts, sports matches or simply your own enjoyment Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:00:49 +0000Experts Have No Idea Who This Roman God Is recently unearthed carving combines Roman and Mesopotamian elements but may represent a god from an even earlier timeFri, 28 Nov 2014 18:29:37 +0000A 15-Minute Test to Diagnose Ebola Is Going Into Use in West Africa up detection would help everyone get where they need to beFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:57 +0000This Computer From 1949 Runs on Water at the time didn’t have displays; one economics student created a visualization using water-filled tanks and tubesFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:15:43 +0000NASA Is Turning Black Friday Into "Black Hole Friday", in the end, even great savings won't save you from a singularityFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:13 +0000A Nurse Describes the Smell of the Civil War overpowering stink of blood and decaying flesh can surprise even trained soldiersFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:00:05 +0000Just in Time for Black Friday, San Francisco Passed the First Ever Retail Worker Bill of Rights Francisco's retail staff will have more stable hours and the possibility to work overtimeFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:08:24 +0000Soon Enough No One Will Remember Bill Clinton mostly remember first and recent US presidents, forgetting almost all the ones that came betweenFri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:42 +0000