Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-gold-nanoparticles-let-scientists-remote-control-brain-180954789/It’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Japan Is Building a 40-foot Wall to Stop Tsunamishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-building-40-foot-wall-stop-tsunamis-180954790/But the expensive, extensive wall might not be high enoughFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:08 +0000Major Science Publisher Admits “Fabricated” Peer Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-science-publisher-admits-fabricated-peer-reviews-retracts-papers-180954782/But are BioMed Central’s retractions just the tip of the iceberg? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:16 +0000Why Craigslist Users Are Flocking to Police Departments http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-craigslist-users-are-flocking-police-departments-180954778/New “safe lot” programs aim to make buying and selling goods saferFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:30:34 +0000How a Stinging Swarm of Bees Can Save a Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-stinging-swarm-bees-can-save-life-180954767/Bee venom might be a potent medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s More About the Drug Behind Indiana’s HIV Epidemichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-more-about-drug-behind-indianas-hiv-epidemic-180954780/Illegal use of Opana, or oxymorphone, is fueling a public health crisis in Scott County, Ind.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:48 +0000Hundreds of Car-Sized Fossil Amphibians Found in a Mass Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothed-car-sized-ancient-amphibians-found-mass-grave-180954768/The huge creature is related to modern-day newts, salamanders and frogsFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:14 +0000Watch Two of the World’s Newest Bald Eagles in the Nesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-two-worlds-newest-bald-eagles-nest-180954773/Sneak a peek into a bald eagle abode where the next fine-feathered generation just emergedFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:04:23 +0000The Navajo Nation Will Have the First Junk Food Tax in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-will-have-first-junk-food-tax-us-180954766/The Navajo National Council approved a 2 percent increase in sales tax on foods like pastries, fried foods, desserts, chips and sodaThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:49:30 +0000Why Would Cooling Rice Make it Less Caloric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-would-cooling-rice-make-it-less-caloric-1-180954765/Scientists suggest a new way to prepare rice that they say could help slow the worldwide obesity epidemicThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA’s Twin Study May Never Be Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-nasas-twin-study-ever-see-light-day-180954762/Privacy concerns could stymie NASA’s study of Scott and Mark KellyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:08 +0000New Census Data Shows Fastest-Growing Areashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-census-data-shows-fastest-growing-areas-180954758/Florida, Texas post big gains in 2013-2014 statisticsThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:40:20 +0000Perfectly Pudgy Newborn Hippo Arrives at the San Diego Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-pudgy-newborn-hippo-arrives-san-diego-zoo-180954757/Welcome to the world, tiny, adorable river horse!Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:26:26 +0000Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproducedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-grown-2000-year-old-seed-has-reproduced-180954746/Age doesn’t have much on this rare piece of greenery sprouted from a seed discovered in an ancient Israeli siteThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000An Asteroid Boulder Will Be A Stepping Stone on the Journey to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-boulder-will-be-stepping-stone-journey-mars-180954752/NASA announces details in its plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbitWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:57:09 +0000That Time an Astronaut Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich To Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-when-astronaut-smuggled-corned-beef-sandwich-space-180954749/The sandwich was a joke but its crumbs proved to be too much — for politicians, not for the missionWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:04:02 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tampons-might-one-day-help-detect-cancer-180954744/New research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Mozambique has “Kitten-Sized” Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mozambique-has-kitten-sized-rats-trained-sniff-out-tuberculosis-180954745/Highly trained rodents are helping doctors better diagnose TB in a region hard hit by the deadly diseaseWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:45:34 +0000Want to Live Longer? Don’t Sleep So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-live-longer-dont-sleep-so-much-180954743/New research links longer sleep duration with a shorter lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:40 +0000Why Forecasters Were Once Banned From Using the Word “Tornado”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-forecasters-were-once-banned-using-word-tornado-180954742/Before meteorologists developed reliable prediction techniques, the t-word was off the tableWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:30:01 +0000Here’s How Music Really Could Soothe Your Soul http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-music-really-could-sooth-your-soul-180954738/A leading scholar theorizes that music developed as an evolutionary adaptation to help us deal with the contradictory nature of lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:30:11 +0000Largest Asteroid Crater Ever Discovered Underground in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-asteroid-crater-ever-discovered-underground-australia-180954731/Deep in Earth’s mantle, scientists find evidence of a colossal impact that could reveal new information about Earth’s historyTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:35:30 +0000How Bad Is California’s Drought? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bad-californias-drought-180954733/Hint: it’s pretty badTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-made-our-solar-system-weird-180954730/The gas giant just had to throw its mass aroundTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:30:09 +0000Here’s Why Your Eyes Seem to Be Wired 'Backward'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-your-eyes-seem-be-wired-backward-180954729/Light has to pass through nerve cells to get to the rods and cones, but that order is no mistakeTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:45:27 +0000Make Your Mark on Pluto by Helping Name Its Featureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/make-your-mark-pluto-helping-name-its-features-180954727/The New Horizons team is asking the public for help labeling the maps of Pluto and one of its moonsTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:27 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-navy-designed-new-diving-suit-180954726/New design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000Half of All Local Council Positions in France Will Be Held by Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-all-local-council-positions-france-will-be-held-women-180954721/Joint tickets with men and women running together will lead to councils balanced by genderTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:45:28 +0000This 13-Year-Old Girl Just Finished One of the World's Hardest Rock Climbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-year-old-girl-just-finished-one-worlds-hardest-rock-climbs-180954720/Ashima Shiraishi scaled Spain's 'Open Your Mind Direct' in about ten minutes after a few days working on the projectTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:30:17 +0000Tortoise Defends His Lady in a Super Slow Chasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tortoise-defends-his-lady-human-super-slow-chase-180954715/Here’s what happens when you interrupt two giant reptiles just trying to get in a bit of quality time togetherMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:30:38 +0000Found: A Secret Nazi Hideaway in the Heart of an Andean Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-secret-nazi-hideaway-heart-andean-jungle-180954716/Hints of a dark Nazi history found in ArgentinaMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:20:21 +0000Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/got-allergies-air-pollution-could-be-blame-3-180954709/New research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responsesMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:20:07 +0000What’s Causing This Village’s Weird Sleeping Sickness Epidemic?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-villages-weird-sleeping-sickness-epidemic-180954711/About a quarter of residents in a small town in Kazakhstan have fallen into a deep sleep for days at a time—and no one knows whyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:45:20 +0000530 Years Later, Richard III Gets a Royal Reburial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/530-years-later-richard-iii-gets-royal-reburial-180954699/The king’s remains, which were found buried beneath a Leicester parking lot, will be reinterred this week Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:09:40 +0000Trouble Remembering Passwords? Charles Dickens May Be Able Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trouble-remembering-passwords-charles-dickens-may-be-able-help-180954698/A programmer has devised a creative “password generation scheme” using <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:30:23 +0000The Rules of Wrinkling, From Brain Folds to Pumpkin Ridgeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rules-wrinkling-can-explain-everything-brain-folds-ridges-pumpkins-180954690/Creases, ridges, folds and "delaminated buckles" are all different forms of wrinklingFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:00:56 +0000Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-proteins-not-dna-reveal-ancestry-huge-south-american-mammals-180954685/The huge rhino-like animal and trunked llama-like animal posed a mystery until nowFri, 20 Mar 2015 18:20:35 +0000Every Year Spring Gets 30 Seconds Shorterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-year-spring-gets-30-seconds-shorter-180954688/But the good news is that summer will be that much longer thanks to some peculiarities in how the Earth moves Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:22:44 +0000Numbers Don’t Lie: The CD Really Is Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/numbers-dont-lie-cd-really-dead-180954684/Streaming revenues surpass CD revenues for the first time ever Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:29:13 +0000There's a Good Reason Why People Really Hate Paying Their Taxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-people-really-hate-paying-their-taxes-180954680/In a word: corporations Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:30:36 +0000Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-solar-eclipse-looked-space-180954681/As they orbited the earth, a satellite and an astronaut captured another side of the sun's disappearing actFri, 20 Mar 2015 14:39:34 +0000Drones Are Teaching Falcons How to Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-are-teaching-falcons-how-hunt-180954678/One of the newest training techniques used by falconers could eventually help conservation efforts to save the birds’ preyFri, 20 Mar 2015 13:55:39 +0000Mars Gets a 'Northern Lights’ Show Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-gets-northern-lights-show-too-180954677/Earth isn't the only planet that sees auroras Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:30:22 +0000We’re Taking All the Water Out of the Ground And Causing Sea Levels to Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-taking-all-water-out-ground-and-causing-sea-levels-rise-180954676/Pumping water out of aquifers at the rate we do doesn’t just threaten the water supply, it also exacerbates the effects of climate changeThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000It's Hard to Protect Arctic Mammals When We Don’t Know How Many Live Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protecting-arctic-mammals-tricky-because-we-dont-know-how-many-live-there-180954675/Only a handful of animal populations are well counted — leaving researchers in the dark about how threatened the others areThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Too Much Tech Could Be Causing Nearsightedness…But Not in the Way You Might Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/too-much-tech-could-be-causing-nearsightedness-not-way-you-might-think-180954656/Forget eye strain—too much time indoors could cause myopiaThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:29 +0000Beetle Species, Weirdly, Almost Never Go Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beetle-species-are-insanely-resistant-extinction-180954660/The world is disproportionately filled with beetles—now, a new study suggests that’s because few species have ever been wiped outThu, 19 Mar 2015 17:15:19 +0000Wikipedia Editing Shows That Different Countries Have Different Sets of Interestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wikipedia-editing-shows-different-countries-have-different-sets-interests-180954643/New analysis shows that interests are local, not global Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:40:25 +0000You Can Thank the Ancient Maya for Your Grocery Store’s Papayahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-thank-ancient-maya-your-grocery-stores-papaya-180954642/New research suggests the Mesoamerican civilization was responsible for first cultivating the hermaphrodite version of the plant favored by growers Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:00:47 +0000Could Your Browser Make You a Better Employee?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-your-browser-make-you-better-employee-180954640/The answer could be yes…if you use Firefox or ChromeThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:15:46 +0000U.K. to Create the World’s Largest Continuous Marine Reservehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-will-make-worlds-largest-continuous-marine-reserve-180954637/The immaculate waters around the storied Pitcairn Islands are to be protected from illegal fishing and mining effortsThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:30:55 +0000American Bugs Almost Wiped Out France’s Wine Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-bugs-almost-wiped-out-frances-wine-industry-180954619/When the Great French Wine Blight hit in the mid 1800s, the culprit turned out to be a pest from the New World that would forever alter wine productionThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000'The Stars and Sun Are Everywhere’: 50 Years of Spacewalkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stars-and-sun-are-everywhere-50-years-spacewalks-180954620/Today marks five decades since cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first human to walk in spaceWed, 18 Mar 2015 19:07:32 +0000Chimps Will Work Harder to Get Their Favorite Foodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-will-work-harder-get-their-favorite-foods-180954618/An experimental setup shows that chimps will travel farther to get a more preferred rewardWed, 18 Mar 2015 19:00:27 +0000Watching Cooking Shows Could Make You Fathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watching-cooking-shows-could-make-you-fat-180954617/Put down the remote—new research links cooking shows, higher BMIWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:45:13 +0000The Oldest Known Ancient Roman Fort Has Been Discovered in Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-ancient-roman-fort-has-been-discovered-italy-180954616/Researchers use laser scanners to identify a Roman military camp that may have initiated the settlement of the modern Italian city of TriesteWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:09:48 +0000Parasites Linked to Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parasites-linked-cannibalism-180954615/A tiny creature makes shrimp more likely to eat their ownWed, 18 Mar 2015 14:34:59 +0000People Ate Pork in the Middle East Until 1,000 B.C.—What Changed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-ate-pork-middle-east-until-1000-bcwhat-changed-180954614/A new study investigates the historical factors leading up to the emergence of pork prohibitionWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000How an Early 19th Century Journalist Took Lincoln to Task for Travel Reimbursementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-early-18th-century-journalist-took-lincoln-task-travel-reimbursement-180954613/Lincoln was a congress member at the time but not the only one charging too much for travelTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:40:56 +0000Remote Controlled Bug-Bots Could be First Responders of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-controlled-bug-bots-could-be-first-responders-future-180954606/Scientists studying how beetles steer themselves in flight gather research that may have implications far beyond understanding bug biologyTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:15:09 +0000Why are Dead Geese Falling From the Sky in Idaho? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-dead-geese-falling-sky-idaho-180954604/Over 2,000 birds have been felled by fast-moving avian choleraTue, 17 Mar 2015 17:06:12 +0000Did Stonehenge Hold Up a Giant Stage?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-monoliths-hold-giant-stage-altar-1-180954600/A new theory poses that the prehistoric structure could have been something like an “ancient Mecca on stilts”Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:41 +0000Watch a Drone Explore the World’s Largest Cave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-drone-explore-worlds-largest-cave-180954603/Vietnam’s Son Doong cave is a magnificent not-so-microcosmTue, 17 Mar 2015 14:25:12 +0000Science Is Still Unclear About the Evolutionary Origin of the Anushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-still-unclear-about-evolutionary-origin-anus-180954595/A newly published scientific review attempts to “get to the bottom” of how animals acquired what some might call the most indecent part of the body Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:30:32 +0000A Special Facility in England Keeps the World’s Chocolate Safehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-facility-england-keeps-worlds-chocolate-safe-180954594/The cocoa tree is very sensitive to disease and pests, so someone checks every plant bound for international tradeMon, 16 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000Here’s How to Lay Claim to a Brand New Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-lay-claim-brand-new-island-180954592/It’s pretty complicated (surprise!)Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:00:33 +0000The Children’s Book That Caused Japan’s Raccoon Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childrens-book-behind-japans-raccoon-problem-180954577/When the story of one man’s childhood pet raccoon became a hit in 1970s Japan, it heralded a biological invasion still troubling the country todayMon, 16 Mar 2015 17:30:10 +0000Will 2015 Be the Best Mushroom Year Ever? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-2015-be-best-mushroom-year-ever-180954575/Canada braces itself for the biggest morel mushroom harvest in world history Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:15:03 +0000There’s Finally Free Wifi in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-finally-free-wifi-cuba-180954574/Cuba becomes more connectedMon, 16 Mar 2015 15:15:30 +0000The First Green Beer Was Made With Laundry Whitener http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-green-beer-was-made-laundry-whitener-180954573/Before food coloring, St. Patrick’s Day’s most festive brew got its hue from a different kind of dyeMon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:10 +0000Slime Mold Has an Uncannily Accurate Sense of Where Rome Built Its Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-network-roman-roads-could-be-revealed-slime-mold-180954569/The strange organisms are remarkably good at mapping the most efficient route from place to place—and that's exactly what roads doMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:37 +0000Scientists Have Been Studying Two Fake Human Pheromones for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-been-studying-two-fake-human-pheromones-decades-180954567/Two chemicals provided by a perfume company appear in a 1991 research paper and side-track years of work on human pheromonesFri, 13 Mar 2015 20:27:02 +0000There’s an Invader in the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-street-art-international-space-station-180954563/An Invader mosaic has found its way to space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:34 +0000Would You Pass Thomas Edison’s Employment Test? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-pass-thomas-edisons-employment-test-180954562/Probably not. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Did the Age of Humans Begin in 1610?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-age-humans-begin-1610-180954566/Debate over when the Anthropocene began is starting to narrow in on a few dates — 1610, when the Old World met the New, is one promising candidateFri, 13 Mar 2015 17:49:42 +0000Did a Recent Expedition Really Discover a “Lost City” in Honduras? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-recent-expedition-really-discover-lost-city-honduras-180954559/Controversy surrounds the recent announcement of a re-discovered ancient settlement in the jungles of Central AmericaFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000Now the Turing Test Goes Visualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-turing-test-goes-visual-180954554/A proposed test would have computer programs not only pick out what is in a photo but what is happeningFri, 13 Mar 2015 14:00:26 +0000Adorable Monkey New to Science Identified in Threatened Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-monkey-new-science-identified-threatened-rainforest-180954524/Researchers in the Brazilian rainforest describe a previously undocumented species of titi monkey whose habitat faces man-made threatsFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:37 +0000Neanderthal Jewelry Is Just as Fiercely Cool as You'd Imaginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-jewelry-just-fiercely-cool-you-imagine-180954553/A re-examination of a cave find indicates that the early human species sported eagle talons like some kind of prehistoric punk rockersThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:14 +0000When Breathtaking Rock Billboards Dominated the Sunset Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-breathtaking-rock-billboards-dominated-sunset-strip-180954545/A new exhibition showcases the Sunset Strip's "rock 'n' roll billboards"Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:30:44 +0000A Hint That a Saturnian Moon Could Have Hydrothermal Vents—And Support Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prospects-are-looking-even-better-life-saturns-moon-180954552/Grains of silica from Saturn’s magnetosphere likely came from Enceladus and may mean the moon has hydrothermal ventsThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:27:33 +0000Sorry, ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake...No Circus Maximus for You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-ben-hur-remakeno-circus-maximus-you-180954547/Rome blocks the remake from filming at the historic stadiumThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:10 +0000Scary Lobster-Like Fossil Was Once One of the Earth's Largest Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scary-lobster-fossil-shows-how-arthropods-may-have-developed-legs-180954546/One of the earliest arthropods was giant, weird-looking—and played a big role in the course of evolutionary historyThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:05:46 +0000This is How Earth Welcomed Back Soyuz http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-earth-welcomed-back-soyuz-180954544/Not a bad re-entry after months on the International Space Station Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:40:02 +0000We Now Have a Toll of All the Whales Killed by Hunting in the Last Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-now-have-toll-all-whales-killed-hunting-last-century-180954537/The whaling industry killed nearly 3 million for their oil, researchers estimate. But the true total is likely higher.Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:01:29 +0000The Desire to Conform Starts In Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/desire-conform-starts-toddlers-180954535/Apes don’t have this problem — if they know the answer to a puzzle, they’ll do it, regardless of what their friends might thinkWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:30:31 +0000Celebrating the Women of the Supreme Court With LEGOshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-women-supreme-court-legos-180954536/What better way to hail the female trailblazers of the bench than miniaturizing them into tiny toys?Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:36 +0000Who’s Beheading Animals in Sacramento? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-beheading-animals-sacramento-180954533/Officials can’t figure out who’s behind a bizarre rash of animal mutilations in California’s capitalWed, 11 Mar 2015 17:30:18 +00001,800 Studies Later, Scientists Conclude Homeopathy Doesn’t Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-studies-later-scientists-conclude-homeopathy-doesnt-work-180954534/A major Australian study debunks homeopathy—againWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:45:40 +0000The Galaxy May Be Way Bigger Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/galaxy-may-be-way-bigger-we-thought-180954532/New data analysis suggests that the Milky Way may be 50-percent larger than previously believedWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:04:07 +0000How the Sugar Industry Influenced Dental Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sugar-industry-influenced-dental-research-180954530/Newly uncovered “sugar papers” reveal that the sugar lobby played a major role in 1970s dental public health policies Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:00:48 +0000We Finally Know How Chameleons Change Their Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-finally-know-how-chameleons-change-their-color-180954527/Chameleons' secret involves tiny crystals under their skin Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:04:16 +0000When Even the Simplest Word Looks Weird And Wrong You Have Wordnesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-even-simplest-word-looks-weird-and-wrong-you-have-wordnesia-180954539/We don’t really know why it happens, but at least there is a term for itWed, 11 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000Our Brains Hate Waiting So We Sped Up Everything Elsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-world-getting-faster-because-our-brain-hates-waiting-180954519/Sidewalk rage, road rage and anger at slow-loading web pages are all part of our evolutionary inheritanceTue, 10 Mar 2015 18:00:23 +0000One of the Oldest Known Animals Is This Tiny, Ancient Spongehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-known-animals-tiny-ancient-sponge-180954523/A new fossil find pushes back the start of the evolution of multicellular animalsTue, 10 Mar 2015 17:19:55 +0000Catch a Glimpse of the Zodiacal Light Show This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catch-glimpse-zodiacal-light-show-month-180954518/For some in the northern hemisphere, a celestial treat sometimes referred to as “false dusk” is lighting up the nightTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:30:03 +0000London’s Congestion Pricing Plan Is Saving Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-controversial-traffic-reduction-plan-saving-lives-180954516/By charging $17.34 for a trip downtown during peak hours, London has reduced traffic fatalities by 40 percentTue, 10 Mar 2015 15:30:53 +0000Why’s Wikimedia Suing the NSA? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whys-wikipedia-suing-nsa-180954514/Wikimedia Foundation joins Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others to protest mass surveillance onlineTue, 10 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000Saving the World’s Oldest Mummies From Rot in a Warmer, Wetter Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saving-worlds-oldest-mummies-rotting-warmer-wetter-world-180954513/Why are the ancient bodies of the Chinchorro people stored in a Chilean museum rapidly degrading into black ooze?Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:00:14 +0000China’s Smog Might Be to Blame for the East Coast’s Rough Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-smog-might-be-blame-east-coasts-rough-winter-180954510/A NASA visualization shows how particles from East Asia can swirl into Pacific storms—a source of precipitation for the U.S. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:41:34 +0000How Long Do Cultural References Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-long-do-cultural-references-last-180954509/Not foreverMon, 09 Mar 2015 17:00:18 +0000The Loud Noise of Melting Glaciers May Actually Be Good for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-loud-noises-melting-glaciers-good-animals-180954508/Melting glacier ice has been found to the loudest noise in the ocean—what does that mean for marine animals?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:30:49 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dick-tracy-invented-smartwatch-180954506/The detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000Here’s What Music Specially Composed for Your Cat Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-music-specially-composed-your-cat-sounds-180954503/Research shows that cats prefer “species-specific” with frequencies and tempos that mimic the sounds of purring and birdsMon, 09 Mar 2015 15:30:24 +0000Can You Draw the Apple Logo From Memory? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-you-draw-apple-logo-memory-180954505/New research shows you probably can’tMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:49:45 +0000These Moths Remember Where They Mated for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-moths-remember-where-they-mated-first-time-180954502/The locale of the African cotton leafworm moth’s first experience pairing up forms its future preferences, a new study shows Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:30:38 +0000This Treehouse Has It Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-reclaimed-redwood-treehouse-among-redwood-trees-180954494/Salvaged fence boards, given new life, help Jay Nelson create dwellings that blend with natureFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:29:23 +0000Centuries of Poison-Laced Water Gave These People a Tolerance to Arsenichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-poison-laced-water-gave-these-people-tolerance-arsenic-180954491/Some citizens of a remote village in the Andes have a genetic adaptation that allows them to quickly process high levels of arsenic, a new study showsFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:58 +0000Gear Up for a Scorcher of a Year: El Niño Has Officially Arrivedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gear-scorcher-year-el-nino-has-officially-arrived-180954492/It’s later than usual and weak, but definitely hereFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:45:09 +0000This Is Next-Level Origamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/next-level-origami-180954490/From dancing cranes to protective structures, origami is popping up in science and techFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:04:03 +0000UN: Destroying the Ancient City of Nimrud Was a “War Crime” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-destroying-ancient-city-nimrud-was-war-crime-180954489/Global outcry after ISIS razes 3,000-year-old archaeological site with bulldozersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:12:57 +0000Dawn Has Arrived at Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-has-arrived-ceres-180954488/Downlink connection confirms that the spacecraft is in orbit around the dwarf planetFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:48:50 +0000St. Barts Is Like the Galapagos for Linguistic Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caribbean-island-galapagos-linguistic-diversity-180954481/Beyond the glitz of tourism, St. Barts natives speak in unique varieties of FrenchThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:06 +0000Ringling Brothers Is Phasing Out Its Elephant Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ringling-brothers-phasing-out-its-elephant-act-180954482/After years of fielding controversy and claims of abuse, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will soon be retiring its trained elephants for goodThu, 05 Mar 2015 18:45:22 +0000NASA’s Next Space Robot Was Inspired by a Baby’s Toyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-next-space-robot-was-inspired-babys-toy-180954479/Meet the Super Ball Bot, a flexible robot that could explore new planets Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:18 +0000Metal Rain Could Explain Why the Earth Made of Different Stuff Than the Moon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-rain-could-explain-why-earth-made-different-stuff-moon-180954478/A new study shows that iron-rich asteroids could have vaporized when they hit the early EarthThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:43 +0000U.S. Heroin Overdose Rate Nearly Quadruples http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-overdose-rate-nearly-quadruples-180954477/As prescription painkillers become more difficult to abuse, the face of heroin addiction is changing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:30:29 +0000Who's Inside the Lead Coffin Found Near Richard III?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-inside-lead-coffin-found-near-richard-iii-180954476/The mysterious identity of a female skeleton discovered in a coffin-within-a-coffin stumps archeologistsThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:03:28 +0000Rain Took This Fruit Bat's Happy Away, a Banana Gave it Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-took-fruit-bats-happy-away-banana-gave-it-back-180954473/An Australia-dwelling flying fox needed rescue after rains drove it to search for foodThu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:25 +0000Should People Be Allowed to Boat Through Yellowstone? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-people-be-allowed-boat-through-yellowstone-180954466/Conservationists and recreational paddlers are split on whether to open up remaining National Parks waterways to boatersThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:09 +0000The First Photos of Free-Falling Snowflakes Reveal Their Imperfectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-photos-free-falling-snowflakes-reveal-their-imperfections-180954471/Collisions in mid-air often produce ice crystal aggregates, rather than single symmetrical flakesWed, 04 Mar 2015 19:00:37 +0000This Might Be Why Handshaking Evolvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-why-handshaking-evolved-180954472/A new study shows that shaking hands is a covert way for us to unconsciously sniff out each other’s chemical signalsWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:15:42 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microsoft-billionaire-finds-enormous-sunken-japanese-battleship-180954468/Paul Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000There’s a Competition to Be the Last to Hear About the Super Bowl Winnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-competition-see-who-hears-about-super-bowl-winner-last-180954467/It’s hard to last past Monday morningWed, 04 Mar 2015 17:30:00 +0000A Paralyzed Woman Operated a Flight Simulator Using Only Her Thoughtshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paralyzed-woman-operated-flight-simulator-using-only-her-thoughts-180954469/Electrodes implanted in the brain are shown to enable those with quadriplegia to achieve amazing featsWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:50:21 +0000Officials Figure Out What Was Making Louisville Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-figure-out-what-was-making-louisville-stink-180954464/A musty smell permeating the city can be blamed on a naturally-occurring chemical largely responsible for the smell of dirtWed, 04 Mar 2015 15:30:17 +0000Mars Rover Is Out of Commission (For Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-rover-out-commission-now-180954465/Short circuit halts Curiosity in its tracks Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:06 +0000A Beefalo Invasion Is Causing Trouble in the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beefalo-invasion-causing-trouble-grand-canyon-180954458/Hundreds of the hybrid animals are drying up water resources and messing with the ecosystem, eliciting calls for cullingWed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:59 +0000Vigilantes in Quito Have A Mission to Correct Graffiti Artists' Spelling and Grammarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vigilantes-quito-have-mission-correct-graffiti-artists-spelling-and-grammar-180954452/Meaning is important, the group says to explain their illicit copyediting dutiesTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:00:12 +0000Are Climate Change And the Conflict in Syria Connected?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-climate-change-may-have-do-conflict-syria-180954453/A new study shows a link between the nation’s recent unrest and a major drought spurred on by global warmingTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:30:17 +0000This Could Be the Tiniest Organism on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-tiniest-organism-earth-180954451/Scientists capture an image of ultra-small bacteriaTue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:29 +0000Bet You Didn’t Know About the Earth’s "Second Moon"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bet-you-didnt-know-about-earths-second-moon-180954455/Even astronomers didn’t realize it was following the Earth until 1997Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50:41 +0000Chilean Volcano Erupts in the Early Morninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-volcano-could-prompt-20000-evacuations-180954449/The 9,000-foot volcano spewed ash, smoke and lava high into the airTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:36:24 +0000The Real Smokey Bear Has A New Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-smokey-bear-has-new-biography-180954444/It’s officially licensed by the Forest Service and written from Smokey’s point of viewTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:20:26 +0000Amazing Ruins of a Long Lost City Discovered in Hondurashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-ruins-long-lost-city-discovered-honduras-180954447/A scientific expedition into the depths of the Honduran rain forest discovered a lost cityTue, 03 Mar 2015 14:15:31 +0000Grave Robbers Once Held Charlie Chaplin’s Body For Ransomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-robbers-once-held-charlie-chaplins-body-ransom-180954443/Months after his death, thieves stole the actor’s body in hopes of a $600,000 payout; it didn’t turn out as they had hopedMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:30:00 +0000Americans Can’t Agree on What Shapes Health http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-cant-agree-what-shapes-health-180954441/New research shows that Americans think a broad variety of factors can make us sickMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:00:37 +0000The Fourth Tallest Man-made Structure Isn’t a Building at All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fourth-tallest-man-made-structure-isnt-building-all-180954442/TV towers and power station chimneys are some less well-known record-breakers in the history of super-tall structuresMon, 02 Mar 2015 17:30:47 +0000How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-armadillos-can-spread-leprosy-180954440/These tank-like creatures are the only animals besides us known to carry leprosyMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:45:12 +0000Someone Found Chris Hadfield’s Flight Suit in a Thrift Store http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-found-chris-hadfields-flight-suit-thrift-store-180954439/The astronaut isn’t sure how his suit made its way to a Toronto second-hand shopMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:37 +0000Popular Music Changed the Most in 1964http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-music-changed-most-1964-180954438/Scientists use genomic data to show how pop music evolves Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:30:14 +0000It's Now Legal to Book a Cruise to Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-legally-book-cruise-cuba-180954437/A Canadian cruise line is allowing Americans to legally book a trip around CubaMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:01:14 +0000Allergy Treatments Could Someday Start Before You Are Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/allergy-treatments-could-start-you-are-born-180954432/Studies in mice are showing that it might be possible treat disorders that have a genetic basis during pregnancyFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:02:03 +0000Victor Hugo Also Created Dramatic Pen and Ink Drawingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victor-hugo-also-created-dramatic-pen-and-ink-drawings-180954431/The sketches, many done with pen and ink, are almost modern and surrealFri, 27 Feb 2015 19:39:54 +0000The Great Goldfish Swallowing Craze of 1939 Never Really Endedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-goldfish-swallowing-craze-1939-180954429/A Harvard undergrad’s $10 bet set off a sensation among college students that still echoes on the Internet todayFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:46 +0000The Dawn Spacecraft Is About to Reach Its Next Destination—the Dwarf Planet Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-should-soon-answer-what-ceres-bright-spots-are-180954427/We might just learn what the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet are—and much moreFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:58 +0000Statisticians Reveal the Best Place to Wait Out a Zombie Apocalypsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statisticians-reveal-best-place-wait-out-zombie-apocalypse-180954426/You’ll want to head for the Rocky MountainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:26 +0000Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-live-antarctic-penguin-post-office-180954425/Applications soar at post office in Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:32 +0000Sharks Have Scary-Good Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sharks-have-scary-good-memories-180954421/New research on one species reveals an astounding ability to learn complex tricks and remember them for at least a yearFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:05:27 +0000How 1960s Mouse Utopias Led to Grim Predictions for Future of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mouse-utopias-1960s-led-grim-predictions-humans-180954423/John Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Adultery Is Now Legal in South Korea http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheating-now-legal-south-korea-180954414/62 years after the passage of a morality law, spouses can’t be prosecuted for extramarital affairsThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:34 +0000The FCC Just Voted to Preserve Net Neutralityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/net-neutrality-vote-180954418/FCC passes “Preserving the Open Internet” rules by 3-2 voteThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:09:11 +0000This Is How New Words Enter the Vernacular of ASLhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-words-enter-vernacular-asl-180954419/Selfie, photobomb and five-second rule all have signs in progressThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:22 +0000Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bees-have-problems-false-memories-too-180954415/Bumblebees gravitate toward unfamiliar flowers that merge two patterns they know—a classic error of long term memoryThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:16:33 +0000How One Doctor Proposes to Conduct the First Human Head Transplant http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-doctor-proposes-conduct-first-human-head-transplant-180954416/An Italian neuroscientists says that the surgery could be ready in as few as two years, but the scientific community remains very skepticalThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000Germans Brace for the Re-Release of ‘Mein Kampf’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-brace-re-release-mein-kampf-180954413/Is Hitler’s 90-year-old manifesto too dangerous to be on bookshelves? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:45:21 +0000Watch the Sunset from Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sunset-mars-180954412/Opportunity rover helps capture a hauntingly blue view of nightfall on the Red PlanetThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:33 +0000Tiny Bits of Plastic May Be Clogging Up Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-bits-plastic-may-be-clogging-corals-180954407/Researchers find that microplastic pollution has become a new threat to the health of ocean reefsWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:30:36 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-scientists-used-paint-numbers-technique-create-first-image-mars-180954406/Scientists used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000The First African American Senator Was Sworn in 145 Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-african-american-senator-was-sworn-145-years-ago-today-180954403/Hiram R. Revels made history when, amid the tensions of Reconstruction, he became a senator from MississippiWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:15:10 +0000Determine Your Ideal Eyelash Length With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/determine-your-ideal-eyelash-length-science-180954405/How the “one-third rule” protects your eyes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:45:00 +0000The Population of a Rare Leopard Has Nearly Doubledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-population-nearly-doubles-180954404/A new census shows that there are now at least 57 elusive Amur leopards in RussiaWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:16:43 +0000Young People Mistrust Government So Much They Aren’t Running for Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-people-seem-mistrust-government-so-much-they-arent-running-office-180954402/The advancing age of Congress isn’t just due to reelection ratesWed, 25 Feb 2015 14:36:07 +0000Forget the Race to the Moon. These Rovers Will Race on the Moon.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/privately-built-rovers-will-race-surface-moon-180954398/It's going to be a pretty slow race, howeverTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:30:49 +0000See Shipping Traffic Move Through Straits Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-shipping-traffic-move-through-straits-around-world-180954399/A visualization shows a week’s worth of vessel movementTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:31 +0000Meet the Man Who Can Taste Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-man-who-can-taste-words-180954397/For some, taste mixes with other sense—a form of synesthesia that isn't as common as experiencing the colors of wordsTue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:54 +0000Alaska’s Freshwater Is Draining Into the Sea at an Astounding Ratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskas-freshwater-draining-sea-astounding-rate-180954396/Satellite data shows that snow and glacial melt are partially to blame for an annual freshwater output 1.5 times that of Mississippi RiverTue, 24 Feb 2015 17:30:21 +0000Amsterdam Is Out of Bike Parkinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amsterdam-out-bike-parking-180954395/The city will create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:51:27 +0000This Mysterious Plant Doesn’t Have Time for Junk DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-doesnt-have-time-junk-dna-180954394/Utricularia gibba has less DNA, but more genesTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:17 +0000How 16th Century Trade Made Fire Ants an Early Global Invaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-16th-century-trade-made-fire-ants-early-global-invader-180954393/By inadvertently stowing away in Spanish ships, one pesky little insect quickly spread throughout much of the worldTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000The Russian Village Entirely Populated by Tightrope Walkershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-village-entirely-populated-tightrope-walkers-180954391/The circus-skill tradition goes back so far in tiny Tsovkra-1 that no one knows quite how or why it started—but it may end before longTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:30:19 +0000Modern Cities Grow the Same Way As Ancient Oneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trend-shared-both-modern-and-ancient-cities-180954389/Scientists find that despite time and location, the productivity of settlements grows faster than their populationsMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:47 +0000The 18th Century Fur Trade Polluted Lake Superior's Shore With Mercury That's Never Gone Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historical-fur-trade-blame-high-mercury-levels-lake-superior-shore-180954388/The area’s elevated mercury levels aren’t healthy for fish, birds or humansMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:45 +0000The World’s Sea Creatures Have Gotten Biggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-sea-creatures-have-gotten-bigger-180954385/A new study reveals evolution in the ocean appears to favor larger animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 18:03:13 +0000Save the Birds By Embarrassing Your Cathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/save-birds-embarrassing-your-cat-180954383/Outfitting cats in colorful collars may be one key to preventing them from effectively preying on birds and other small animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:30:06 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-one-lost-sherlock-holmes-story-180954381/It was in the attic, my dear WatsonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:15:08 +0000See the Winter of Our Discontent…From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winter-your-discontent-space-180954382/NASA photo of the eastern United States confirms it’s really, really cold out there Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:38:47 +0000For the Kennedys' Virginia Home, Jackie Had Ideas About Every Detail, Down to the Guest Room Ashtrayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jackies-notes-while-designing-virginia-home-jfk-even-specify-guest-room-ashtrays-180954375/She drew inspiration from French magazines and colors from Colonial AmericaFri, 20 Feb 2015 20:21:09 +0000Legend Says the Ankerwycke Yew Witnessed the Magna Carta's Signinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/legend-says-ankerwycke-yew-witnessed-signing-magna-carta-180954373/The tree on the bank of the River Thames may be 2,000 years oldFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:43 +0000Neanderthals Divvied Up Chores by Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-divvied-chores-sex-180954369/New research on Neanderthal teeth shows differing gender roles Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:13 +0000Should You Speculate in Flower Bulbs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-you-speculate-snowdrops-180954368/Move over, real estate—there’s a new bubble in snowdrop bulbsFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:11 +0000Some Ancient Egyptians Had State-Sponsored Healthcarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ancient-egyptians-had-state-sponsored-healthcare-180954361/Craftsmen who built royal tombs enjoyed sick days, designated physicians and rationed medicine—all paid by the stateFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:30:15 +0000Antarctic Sea Ice Sets A New Record, But the Climate is Still Changinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-new-record-climate-still-changing-180954366/Climate change deniers, sit back downThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:11 +0000President Obama Announces a Trio of New National Monuments http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/president-obama-announces-trio-new-national-monuments-180954365/The sites include a historic neighborhood in Chicago, a former internment camp in Hawaii and a canyon in ColoradoThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:34:15 +0000Contaminated Doctors’ Scopes May Have Spread a Superbug to Almost 180 Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contaminated-doctors-scopes-may-have-spread-superbug-almost-180-patients-180954362/A drug-resistant bacteria usually found in the gut has infected seven people and contributed to two deathsThu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:38 +0000Fat Is a Texture, Not a Taste…For Now http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fat-texture-not-taste-now-180954360/Scientists predict fat will join the other primary tastes within ten yearsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:30:10 +00002014 Was National Parks’ Most-Visited Year Ever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2014-was-national-parks-most-visited-year-ever-180954358/Last year broke records with over 292 million visitsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:29 +0000Everest Climbers Now Prohibited From Taking One Deadly Routehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everest-climbers-now-prohibited-one-deadly-route-180954357/Nepal announces that the Khumbu Icefall, where 16 sherpa were killed last year, is now off-limitsThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:08:43 +0000Is That Pill a Placebo? This Program Can Tell, Even If You Can'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pill-placebo-program-can-tell-even-if-you-cant-180954355/A new algorithm could make it faster and less expensive to develop new painkillers Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:51 +0000These Glass Sculptures Were Inspired By the New York City Ballethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-ballet-inspires-sandwiched-glass-sculptures-dancing-figures-180954350/The artist wanted to convey that "all of your memories are stuck inside your bone marrow" and make them visibleThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:00:17 +0000Ants Have Designated Toilet Areas in Their Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-do-their-business-colony-shared-toilets-180954354/A new study shows that black garden ants have a relatively meticulous protocol for when nature calls Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:14 +0000Divers Discover Graveyard Filled With Giant Lemur Skeletons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-discover-underground-graveyard-filled-giant-lemur-skeletons-180954342/A Madagascar cave is packed with the bones of extinct speciesThu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000LED Skylights Perfectly Mimic Natural Sunlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/led-skylights-perfectly-mimic-natural-sunlight-180954348/The lights fool human brains and camera eyesWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:00:39 +0000Snails’ Teeth Beats Spider Silk As Nature’s Strongest Materialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spider-silk-loses-top-spot-natures-strongest-material-snails-teeth-180954346/The discovery makes sense: Mollusks use these teeth to excavate rocks while they feedWed, 18 Feb 2015 19:22:38 +0000Found: A New Tool in the Fight Against HIVhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-new-candidate-fight-against-hiv-180954344/New approach offers “vaccine-like” protection against HIV Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:27 +0000How “Learned Deafness” Might be Letting Noise Pollution Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-learned-deafness-might-be-letting-noise-pollution-win-180954343/The world may be noisier than ever but one scientist warns that our attempts to blot out the sound may cost us dearlyWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:06 +0000Only 1 in 4 Americans Would Take a Free Space Flight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-1-4-would-take-free-space-flight-180954340/Americans are still skeptical about some aspects of space travelWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:30:02 +0000An Underwater Field of Weird Metal Balls Is a Key to Both Past And Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-metal-balls-discovered-ocean-floor-may-be-tech-companies-dream-180954339/A huge deposit of manganese nodules beneath the Atlantic might be a potential source of highly prized rare earth metalsWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:00:26 +0000This Teeny Chair Can Assemble Itselfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chair-designed-assemble-itself-180954336/A tiny prototype developed at MIT marks one of the first steps into a world where we’ll never need an Allen wrench againWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:30:24 +0000See the Swoops of Seagulls’ Flight Patternshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-swoops-seagulls-flight-patterns-180954337/Special video effects shows more than an hours worth of seagull flight as curling pathsWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:16:02 +0000Grizzlies in Yellowstone Are Already Waking Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grizzlies-yellowstone-are-already-waking-180954335/Warm weather has drawn at least one bear out of hibernation and in search of foodTue, 17 Feb 2015 20:14:29 +0000Is DNA the Solution for Permanent Data Storage? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-solution-permanent-data-storage-180954315/New study uses “synthetic fossils” to store data for the ages Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:42 +0000A Computer Can Tell Real Jackson Pollocks From Fakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-computer-can-differentiate-between-real-jackson-pollocks-and-fakes-180954300/Genuine Pollacks really are distinguishable from random splatters of paint—there's now software to prove itTue, 17 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000São Paulo is Running Low on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sao-paulo-running-low-water-180954294/What will happen when Brazil’s taps go dry? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:45:59 +0000The Cold May Have Cost Penguins Most of Their Taste Budshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-may-have-cost-penguins-most-their-taste-buds-1-180954293/Recent genetic analysis shows that penguins can’t taste sweet or bitter, and scientists think sub-zero temps may be to blameTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:44 +0000The Inventor Who Has Developed a Sweet-Smelling "Fart Pill" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventor-whos-developed-sweet-smelling-fart-pill-180954289/One eccentric French man wants to take the guilt out of gas with a tablet designed to make farts smell like flowers, ginger or chocolate Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:30:17 +0000Is Our Universe Supersymmetric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-universe-supersymmetric-180954284/Scientists hope the rebooted Large Hadron Collider could find supersymmetric particles—the next frontier of particle physicsMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:30:30 +0000Stars Have Womb Siblingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stars-have-womb-siblings-180954288/Four baby stars, still gestating in their parental gas cloud, move together - for now at leastMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:21 +0000Get Ready for a Taste of the Byzantine Empire’s Favorite Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-ready-taste-byzantine-empires-favorite-wine-180954287/Scientists hope the discovery of 1,500-year-old grape seeds may help resurrect the historically famous “Wine of the Negev”Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:21:42 +0000"Presidents’ Day" Doesn't Actually Existhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/presidents-day-myth-180954285/Despite what furniture stores and car dealerships tell you, officially, we’re really just celebrating George Washington’s birthdayMon, 16 Feb 2015 16:30:05 +0000George Washington Used Legal Loopholes to Avoid Freeing His Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-used-legal-loopholes-avoid-freeing-his-slaves-180954283/One of his slaves fled to New Hampshire to escape becoming a wedding presentMon, 16 Feb 2015 15:16:13 +000019th-Century Sexual Advice: No Sex Before Mealshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-sexual-advice-no-sex-meals-180954279/The rest of the tips are even farther from any sort of modern scientific basisFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:17:50 +0000Britain’s First Driverless Car Stays on the Sidewalkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-first-driverless-car-stays-sidewalk-180954277/The car's 15 mile-per-hour speed limit keeps things safeFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:42:21 +0000Jailing People Has Little Effect on Crime Levelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jailing-people-has-little-effect-crime-levels-180954274/At some point, the data indicates, more people in prison doesn’t translate to fewer crimesFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:15:54 +0000Teachers Give Lower Math Scores to Girlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teachers-give-lower-scores-math-when-they-know-theyre-grading-girls-180954253/Teachers’ unconscious beliefs in the aptitude of boys over girls come out when grading math testsFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:55:47 +0000Men Care More About Having Fancy Kitchens Than Women Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-care-more-about-having-fancy-kitchens-women-180954251/A survey of prospective homebuyers reverses certain stereotypes about gendered desiresFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/technology-interstellar-helping-scientists-understand-black-holes-180954249/The movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000Lack of Snow Forced the Iditarod to Move Its Trackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iditarod-had-move-track-due-lack-snow-180954246/Instead of starting in Willow, Alaska, this year, the race will start 300 miles north in FairbanksThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:33:38 +0000City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-bees-are-actually-more-diverse-country-bees-180954244/Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:45:58 +0000Can Antiquities Looting in Syria Be Stopped?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-antiquities-looting-syria-be-stopped-180954242/The Islamic State is selling antiquities to fund their fight, now a secretive group is trying to protect those cultural treasuresThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Tourist Trash Has Changed the Color of Yellowstone’s Morning Glory Poolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourist-trash-has-changed-color-yellowstones-morning-glory-pool-180954239/Researchers have found proof of what caused a hot spring’s drastic color modification—it's people, of courseThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:45:34 +0000Who’s Digging Up Hadrian’s Wall? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-digging-hadrians-wall-180954235/Rogue diggers with metal detectors are threatening a priceless archaeological siteThu, 12 Feb 2015 16:15:37 +0000Hypnotize Yourself With a Record-Breaking Traditional Dance http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hypnotize-yourself-record-breaking-traditional-dance-180954234/This synchronized dance won a group of 5,211 Indian women a Guinness World RecordThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:30:20 +0000The Group That’s Been Celebrating Lincoln’s Birth for Almost 150 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-s-been-celebrating-lincolns-birth-almost-150-years-180954233/The Lincoln Association of Jersey City claims it has the longest record of celebrating Lincoln’s legacy Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:16:07 +0000A Scientist And a Slime Mold Are Set To Play a Duethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-and-slime-mold-are-set-play-duet-180954225/The blob-like creatures’ movements inspired a composer to create a way for slime mold to play the piano Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:45:13 +0000New Guidelines on Cholesterol: Eggs Are Ok, Butter's Still Badhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-guidelines-could-reflect-changing-view-cholesterol-180954223/Experts have long pushed for the change since for most, cholesterol isn't the demon we thought it wasWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:20:12 +0000Imagine Dinosaurs Tripping on Psychedelicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-were-psychedelics-180954221/It could have happened.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000At Last, Make Perfect Popcorn With Science http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-make-perfect-popcorn-science-180954218/Physicists now know why popcorn pops Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000What Makes Some Orca Whales Love a Good Belly Rub? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-some-orca-whales-love-good-belly-rub-180954219/Some pods have been observed rubbing themselves on rocky beaches; scientists are still working to understand whyWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:59 +0000Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like a Bit of Pocket Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nothing-says-i-love-you-bit-pocket-change-180954217/Victorians seduced their sweeties with "love tokens"Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 +0000One-Tenth of Native Mammals in Australia Are Extinct: Blame Cats And Foxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-tenth-australias-native-mammals-have-gone-extinct-over-last-200-years-180954216/No other country on Earth has lost a greater proportion of land mammals over the last two centuries; now, a new study zeros in on the cause Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000Human Languages Skew Positive http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-languages-skew-positive-were-all-bunch-pollyannas-180954210/We’re all a bunch of pollyannasWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:20:45 +0000Why 2015 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Good Year for Snowy Owlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-2015-shaping-be-another-good-year-snowy-owls-180954207/Ornithologists are tracking the second major snowy owl southern migration in as many years, indicating that the birds’ numbers are still going strongTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:37:34 +0000Farm Animals Could Soon Carry Wi-Fihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farm-animals-near-future-could-carry-wi-fi-180954206/In a few years, shepherds might be monitoring their flocks with networks of wireless sensorsTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:00:20 +0000Now for Sale: Straw Houseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-straw-homes-future-eco-friendly-building-180954204/One new technique for green building—making houses out of straw—actually draws on century-old ideasTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:58:20 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-bells-play-seismic-shifts-180954198/Watch as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Lynchings Were Even More Common in the South Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lynchings-were-even-more-common-south-previously-thought-180954200/A group of criminal justice reformers find 700 more lynchings in the segregated South than previously recordedTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:15:18 +0000An Early Copy of the Magna Carta Was Found Forgotten in an Old Scrapbook http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-copy-magna-carta-was-forgotten-old-scrapbook-180954199/An archivist in England stumbled upon a 715-year-old edition of the charter credited for initiating a new framework of governance Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:50:45 +0000Here’s How to Build an Igloo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-build-igloo-180954196/Scratch your chilly construction itchTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:52 +0000Pulsing Stars Flicker in a Pattern Close to the Golden Ratiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pulsing-stars-flicker-pattern-close-golden-ratio-180954195/The famed ratio, which shows up in art, architecture and nature, can also be found in spaceTue, 10 Feb 2015 14:30:36 +0000Gene Changes Make Humans’ Sense of Taste Uniquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-changes-make-humans-sense-taste-unique-180954191/Our ability to eat bitter plants help distinguish us from our ancestors and chimpanzees todayMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:00:35 +0000The Universe’s Oldest Stars Likely Lit Up Way Later Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-oldest-stars-likely-lit-way-later-once-thought-180954186/Data gathered by the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that the universe was dark for about 550 million years after the big bangMon, 09 Feb 2015 18:00:50 +0000Has Facebook Become the Internet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/has-facebook-become-internet-180954185/The social network’s worldwide reach is leading to some serious confusionMon, 09 Feb 2015 17:26:34 +0000Here’s The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-most-expensive-painting-ever-sold-180954184/A Gauguin painting broke the price record this week, selling for nearly $300 millionMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:30:08 +0000Chimpanzees May Have Their Own Form of Bilingualismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimpanzees-may-have-their-own-form-bilingualism-180954183/Humans aren’t the only primates capable of learning new “words” for the same objectMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:47 +0000Neil Armstrong Had a Secret Stash of Moon Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrong-had-secret-stash-moon-stuff-180954182/“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000The Library of Congress Now Has Rosa Parks’ Personal Lettershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-congress-now-has-rosa-parks-personal-letters-and-photos-180954181/The loan of over 10,000 documents from the Civil Rights icon’s personal life reveals her complexity and inner struggles—as well as one solid pancake recipeMon, 09 Feb 2015 14:16:59 +0000Invasive, Acid-Spraying Ants in Hawaii Are Deforming Native Seabird Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-ants-hawaii-are-deforming-native-seabird-chicks-180954176/The ground-dwelling chicks are pestered by invasive ants spraying acidFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:30:39 +0000A Setback for HIV Prevention Trial: Getting People To Take the Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/setback-hiv-prevention-drug-trial-getting-people-take-medicine-180954175/Women didn’t take their preventative medications, even those proven to work, for fear of side effectsFri, 06 Feb 2015 19:58:34 +0000Pigeons' Brains Work Kind of Like Ourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigeons-brains-work-kind-ours-180954174/A small study showed impressive categorizing abilities in three pigeonsFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:59:31 +0000Cards Against Humanity Has a Private Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cards-against-humanity-has-private-island-180954171/“Hawaii 2” started as a joke, turned into an island owned by the card game and licensed to its playersFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:30:04 +0000Is This Mummy Dead…Or Meditating?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-deador-trance-180954170/Some Buddhists claim this well-preserved monk is in a deep meditative stateFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:00:40 +0000Before Agriculture, Human Jaws Were a Perfect Fit for Human Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dawn-farming-changed-our-mouths-worst-180954167/The emergence of agricultural practices initiated major changes to the jaw structure of ancient humans, leading to dental problems we still experienceFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:30:44 +0000Starving Sea Lions Are Piling Up on California Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starving-sea-lions-are-piling-california-beaches-180954169/It's the third year of a crisis that's confusing scientistsFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:29 +0000How Space Travel Can Damage Our Immune Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-Space-Travel-Can-Damage-Our-Immune-Systems-180954164/Research finds that living in low-gravity conditions can take a toll that goes far beyond an aversion to dehydrated foods Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:46 +0000Life-Giving Rain Also Spreads Deadly Plant Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-giving-rain-also-spreads-deadly-plant-disease-180954162/High-speed cameras show how leaf flexibility influences raindrop dispersal into the air — along with pathogens picked up from infected plantsThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:45:48 +0000Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-program-plants-be-more-drought-tolerant-180954159/Which new technique will help plants survive with less water? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000The Pacific Crest Trail Is So Popular It Needs a New Permit Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pacific-crest-trail-so-popular-it-needs-a-new-permit-system-180954161/Only 50 people per day will be allowed to start thru-hikes from the southern terminus Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:25:01 +0000Notes From Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Days Found in Roof Insulationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-alan-turings-code-breaking-days-found-roof-insulation-180954158/The rare code-breaking documents include sheets used to calculate settings for the machine working on "Enigma"Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:45:45 +0000A Great Idea: Create an HMS Beagle in LEGO Formhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwins-hms-beaglenow-adorable-lego-form-180954157/Vote to turn this tiny version of a famous ship into a LEGO kit available for all to enjoyThu, 05 Feb 2015 16:29:08 +0000Private Space Investments Will Reach $10 Billion This Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/private-space-investments-will-reach-10-billion-year-180954156/Make way for money—investors are bullish on space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000This Fake Gulag Will Let You Pretend the Soviets Are Still in Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-gulag-will-let-you-pretend-soviets-are-still-power-180954153/Barking dogs, harsh guards and brutal imprisonment in a bunker where the USSR never fellThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:26:05 +0000North America’s Trees Create Some of the World's Hottest Forest Fireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-americas-tree-species-give-us-some-biggest-hottest-forest-fires-world-180954152/What makes certain forest fires especially destructive? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:51:07 +0000A Green Sea Slug Steals Power From Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-sea-slug-steals-photosynthesizing-power-algae-it-eats-180954147/The discovery makes this a true plant-animal hybridWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:56:45 +0000Thomas Jefferson Conducted Early Smallpox Vaccine Trialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thomas-jefferson-conducted-early-smallpox-vaccine-trials-180954146/When an English doctor discovered a safer kind of immunity, someone had to spread the word to AmericaWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:29:33 +0000Wisconsin is Too Warm for a 66-Foot Ice Tower to Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisconsin-too-warm-66-foot-ice-tower-survive-180954145/Weather conditions likely played a big factor in the crashing demise of a giant ice sculpture intended to last through the winterWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:56:56 +00001 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take a Daily Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1-3-would-rather-die-early-take-daily-pill-180954141/New research shows a third of people would trade years of their life to avoid taking daily medsWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:33:11 +0000Why One Nonprofit Wants You to Sell Them Your Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-nonprofit-wants-you-sell-them-your-poop-180954142/A qualified candidate could make thousands of dollars a year selling their waste to an organization preparing fecal transplants for the ill Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:26 +0000Cockroaches Have Personalities, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroaches-have-personalities-too-180954140/Feel guilty the next time you crush a cockroachWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:07:01 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Is Doing So Badly, Scientist Are Testing Genetic Modification to Help It Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-considers-genetically-altering-coral-help-it-survive-climate-change-180954139/As the health of the Great Barrier Reef declines, scientists are hoping “assisted evolution” might keep its coral aliveWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:59:13 +0000Scientists Identify a “DNA Clock” That May Help Predict Mortalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-dna-clock-may-help-predict-mortality-180954135/New studies on changes to DNA that occur over a lifetime offer insight into an individual’s likelihood of early death Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:45:54 +0000The Taj Mahal Gardens Have a Special Relationship to the Solstice http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taj-mahal-gardens-have-special-solstice-relationship-180954136/On the day the sun climbs the highest in the sky, careful alignments within the gardens and buildings of the beautiful mausoleum appearTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:12:13 +0000Harper Lee is Releasing A Sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird” in Julyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harper-lee-releasing-sequel-kill-mockingbird-july-180954133/The novel was written before her prize-winning book and tells the story of Scout as an adult, returned to her hometown from New YorkTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:34:38 +0000These Birds Take Turns So No One Gets Too Tired Flying in Formationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-birds-take-turns-so-no-one-gets-too-tired-flying-formation-180954131/“Reciprocal altruism” in a migrating flock of birds means that the more exhausting lead position is deliberately and equally shared Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:30:43 +0000Scientists Discover “Reset” Button for Circadian Rhythm http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-reset-button-circadian-rhythm-180954130/Could a simple reboot turn exhaustion into a thing of the past? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:16:12 +0000This Music Is Made of Embroideryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-made-embroidery-180954129/Here’s what happens when you feed historical cross-stitch through a music boxTue, 03 Feb 2015 15:08:04 +0000Two of the Vatican’s “Ancient” Egyptian Mummies Are 19th Century Fakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-vaticans-ancient-egyptian-mummies-are-19th-century-fakes-180954128/Specimens once thought to be the remains of children or animals are likely a product of the 1800’s “mummy mania”Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:01:48 +0000Visit 1940s Chicago With a Film Discovered at a Garage Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-1940s-chicago-film-discovered-garage-sale-180954123/The film, produced in around 1945, offers a thorough, fact-filled tour of the cityMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:45:49 +0000There Aren’t Enough Patients for Ebola Drug’s First Clinical Trialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-arent-enough-patients-ebola-drugs-first-clinical-trial-180954122/The developer called a halt after fewer than 10 people had been treated in the trial’s first monthMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:12:38 +0000New Research May Solve a Mystery Behind Shakespeare’s Sonnetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-may-solve-mystery-behind-shakespeares-sonnets-180954119/The first printing of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets was dedicated to a “Mr. WH”—has a scholar finally identified him?Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:30:51 +0000These Dolphins Mourn Their Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dolphins-mourn-their-dead-180954117/A new study looks into a sad ritual at seaMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:04:57 +0000Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-cat-caught-cameraattacking-monkey-180954116/Africa’s most elusive wild cat makes a rare daytime appearance Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:34:40 +0000Why We Can Thank Bats for Bedbugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-can-thank-bats-bedbugs-180954114/Scientists have proven through genetics that bats were the first hosts to the pesky parasite before passing them on to ancient humansMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:30:40 +0000How You Shop Can Reveal Your Identity to Thieveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-you-shop-can-reveal-your-identity-thieves-180954109/Women are more easily identified from their shopping patterns than menFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:30:19 +0000Meet the Friendly Virus That Might Actually Be Good For Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-friendly-virus-might-actually-be-good-you-180954107/Many people carry it, but it doesn’t make you sick and could actually fight against viruses like HIV and EbolaFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:23 +0000What’s Causing California’s Bright Pink Sea Slug Bloom?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-californias-bright-pink-sea-slug-bloom-180954105/They might be fun to look at, but they're not necessarily good newsFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:32:41 +0000South Korea’s 'Women of the Sea’ Have Free Dived For Abalone Since the 17th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-koreas-women-sea-have-free-dived-abalone-17th-century-180954103/Diving supported life on the wind-scoured, rocky island of JejuFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:15 +0000Scientists Finally Know How Baleen Whales Hearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-know-how-baleen-whales-hear-180954099/A beached whale, a supercomputer, a scientific mystery solved Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000Scientists Try Out 2,300-Year-Old Brain Surgery Techniqueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-try-out-2300-year-old-brain-surgery-techniques-180954100/Experiments conducted by a Siberian research team shed light on the neurosurgical methods evident in three Iron Age skulls Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000There's a Big Rift in Opinion Between Americans And Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-big-rift-between-americans-and-scientists-180954098/New study shows that citizens and scientists only agree some of the timeFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:01 +0000Planets Formed Close to Their Stars Are Named for Vulcan, the Roman God of Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planets-formed-close-their-stars-are-named-vulcan-roman-god-fire-180954092/Closer to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, these hot worlds deserve an explanationFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:38:36 +0000The "Friendship 9" Who Sat At A White-Only Lunch Counter Have Been Cleared http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friendship-9-who-sat-white-only-lunch-counter-have-been-cleared-180954091/The men who participated in a South Carolina sit-in were sentenced to 30 days hard labor in 1961Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:45:53 +0000The Ohio Measles Outbreak Wasn’t Caused by "Anti-Vaxxers" But by an Amish Travelerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ohio-measles-outbreak-wasnt-caused-anti-vaxxers-amish-traveler-180954090/Blaming the anti-vaccination movement for an uptick in measles is oversimplificationThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:18:08 +0000A 10,000-Year-Old Forest Has Been Discovered, And It's Under Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-forest-has-been-discoveredunder-water-180954089/Ancient oak trees found on the bottom of the North Sea represent a prehistoric woodland that likely spanned thousands of acresThu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:54 +0000Why “Expensive” Medicines Might Actually Work Better http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-expensive-medicines-might-actually-work-better-180954088/Perceived cost might influence drugs’ benefits Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:13 +0000For the First Time in Almost a Century, a Rare Red Fox Was Seen at Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-yosemite-national-park-spotted-rare-red-fox-180954086/Cameras and “hair snares” could preserve a threatened Sierra speciesThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:30:28 +0000A Newly Discovered Caterpillar Makes a Deadly Fortress of Its Cocoon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-caterpillar-makes-deadly-fortress-its-cocoon-180954085/Scientists have found a caterpillar in a Borneo forest that uses toxic tree resin to build an extra-safe home for its metamorphosis Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:48 +0000Are You Binge-Watching Because You're Depressed? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-your-binge-watching-habit-could-leave-you-depressed-180954084/A new study found that people who were depressed binge-watched TV more—and used TV binges to deal with negative emotions Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:27:35 +0000How Halitosis Became a Medical Condition With a "Cure"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marketing-campaign-invented-halitosis-180954082/Bad breath wasn’t perceived as a medical condition until one company realized that it could help them sell mouthwashThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:53 +0000Spiders Spin Electrically Charged Silk To Make It Stickyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-spin-electrically-charged-silk-make-it-sticky-180954064/The garden center spider doesn’t put sticky glue on its web; it uses a complex spinning process to build prey-snaring silk threadsWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:49:01 +0000Being Politically Correct Can Actually Boost Creativityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/being-politically-correct-can-actually-boost-creativity-180954061/In mixed-gender groups, being PC makes everyone more comfortable and lets ideas flowWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:15:22 +0000These Five Earth-sized Planets Are Super Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neighboring-earth-sized-planets-are-super-old-180954058/Kepler-444 is 11.2 billion years old and its five planets could tell us about planet formation in the early universeWed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:40 +0000Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-archaeologists-just-find-miguel-de-cervantes400-years-after-fact-180954057/A centuries-old crypt could hold the answer to the mystery of Cervantes’ missing remains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:54 +0000Sugar Is Causing Girls to Get Their Periods Soonerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sugar-causing-girls-get-their-periods-sooner-180954055/Why shunning soda might help reduce premature puberty ratesWed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:01 +0000Did Fishermen Find Evidence of an Unknown Group of Primitive Humans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-fishermen-find-evidence-unknown-group-primitive-humans-180954054/A fossilized jawbone pulled from the seafloor near Taiwan may be from an ancient type of hominin new to science Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:59 +000023 Kids’ Peanut Allergies Were Cured, At Least Temporarilyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/23-kids-peanut-allergies-were-cured-180954053/A probiotic may be the key to fighting allergies to peanut proteinsWed, 28 Jan 2015 15:35:59 +0000Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-men-who-left-huge-genetic-legacies-likes-genghis-khan-180954052/A new study shows that 10 other men founded large Y-chromosome lineagesWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:29 +0000Women Were Key to WWII Code-Breaking at Bletchley Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-were-key-code-breaking-bletchley-park-180954044/Female operators and mathematicians play a greater role in the history of computers and code-breaking than most realizeTue, 27 Jan 2015 19:02:43 +0000Mostly the Old And Ill Ate Breakfast Until the Rise of the Working Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mostly-old-and-ill-ate-breakfast-until-rise-working-man-180954041/Romans disdained the meal, few ate it in the Middle Ages, but most eat breakfast nowTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:06:33 +0000