Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:29:23 +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 +0000Hive Mind: A Swarm of Microprobes Could Tell Us More About Jupiter http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hive-mind-swarm-microprobes-could-tell-us-more-about-jupiter-180954036/The miniature probes will gather atmospheric data before bursting into flames Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:30:10 +0000Impressed by a Big Truck’s Beefy Rev? It Could Be an Illusionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impressed-big-trucks-beefy-rev-it-could-be-illusion-180954038/Fake engine noise is a reality for today’s more efficient trucks Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:38 +0000The 61 Tattoos of Ötzi, the 5,300-Year-Old “Iceman”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/61-tattoos-otzi-5300-year-old-iceman-180954035/Scientists have mapped the body art of one of archeology’s biggest super stars in hopes to better understand the role tattoos played in early civilizationTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:24:39 +0000Pollutants Are Making Polar Bears' Penis Bones More Likely to Breakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollutants-are-making-polar-bears-penis-bones-more-likely-break-180954034/An industrial chemical contaminating the Arctic is further threatening a species already facing dire challengesTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:40:12 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-stories-capture-10000-year-old-climate-history-180954030/Aboriginal 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 1840http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-continuously-functioning-battery-1840-180954028/A 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 Blizzardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-map-track-snowfall-and-social-media-buzz-around-northeast-blizzard-180954025/Weather 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 Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-solved-footage-long-lost-silent-sherlock-holmes-180954027/William 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 Colosseumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/please-find-your-seats-evidence-seating-plan-discovered-colosseum-180954023/Restoration 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 Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-easy-make-people-healthy-foodjust-rewire-their-brains-180954026/A 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, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-assyrian-soldiers-were-haunted-war-too-180954022/A 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 Scoutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/book-began-boy-scouts-180954012/How 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 Anxietyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwin-may-have-experienced-extreme-anxiety-180954017/Many 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 Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-people-have-patterns-their-tongues-look-maps-180954014/The condition is harmless and fairly commonFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Close-Ups Reveal Goosebumps And Very Little Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-close-ups-reveal-goosebumps-and-very-little-ice-180954013/Rosetta 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 Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-better-memory-30-years-go-sleep-now-180954011/Catching some ZZZs today could help your memory stay fresh into old ageFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000Is Orange Juice More Nutritious? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orange-juice-more-nutritious-180954010/New research challenges the assumption that fruit trumps juiceFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:54 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manners-silent-movies-180954009/Vintage slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thinking-about-death-might-help-you-appreciate-surrealistic-art-180954006/Two 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, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-isnt-only-dogs-cats-may-pick-your-emotional-cues-too-180954007/New 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 Livehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gmos-need-artificial-compounds-live-address-one-technologys-problems-180954001/It’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 Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-live-under-antarcticas-ice-shelf-where-it-seems-they-shouldnt-survive-180954000/Biologists 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 Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turings-secret-notebook-could-fetch-millions-auction-180953996/The 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 Sizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-helps-uncover-genetic-variants-influence-brain-size-180953994/A 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 Riskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angry-tweets-help-twitter-detect-heart-disease-risk-180953995/New 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 Epoxyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-beard-fell-and-was-glued-back-epoxy-180953992/Clumsy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000Finally! A Tire That Will Never Go Flathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finally-tire-will-never-go-flat-180953991/The 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 Tissueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-blood-rejuvenates-older-tissues-180953990/Experiments 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 Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-spouses-personality-can-help-you-get-ahead-work-180953989/Tests 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 Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hibernation-teaches-us-about-treating-alzheimers-disease-180953982/Scientists 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 Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-cant-feel-fear-180953988/Damage 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 Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sharks-prefer-salt-water-180953985/New 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 Jokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-woman-america-receive-md-was-admitted-med-school-joke-180953978/When 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 Footballshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-deflated-footballs-180953983/Could 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 Gospelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/papyrus-found-mummy-mask-may-be-oldest-known-copy-gospel-180953962/Questions 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 Sewagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-dollars-worth-gold-and-silver-lurk-sewage-180953960/A 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 Beginshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-speed-video-shows-when-smell-rain-begins-180953958/Now 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 Actionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-catch-mysterious-burst-energy-action-180953956/It'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 Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wine-future-could-be-aged-underwater-180953955/A 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 Clappinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-state-union-address-way-shorter-less-clapping-180953954/In 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-tigers-be-coming-back-brink-180953952/Could 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 Varyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speed-light-can-vary-180953949/By 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 Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-test-out-tiny-robots-meant-travel-inside-human-body-180953937/The 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-power-provides-about-many-jobs-coal-industry-does-us-180953938/Estimates 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 Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commercial-hives-might-be-saving-crops-theyre-killing-wild-bees-180953934/Diseases 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 Doorstophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3500-year-old-dagger-or-really-great-doorstop-180953923/One 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 Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tighty-whities-first-hit-market-80-years-ago-today-180953930/Even 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 Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-magnetic-field-draws-sea-turtles-their-nests-180953926/Loggerhead 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 Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4th-time-1997-we-all-just-lived-through-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180953925/2014 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-deaf-people-could-soon-hearthrough-their-tongues-180953921/Prototype retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-one-missing-mars-probe-still-intact-180953920/High-res 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 Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spacex-rocket-crash-really-looked-180953919/New images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-beavers-parachuted-idahos-backcountry-180953918/Strange 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 Speecheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/read-through-early-drafts-dr-martin-luther-king-jrs-speeches-180953916/One 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 Obesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-exercising-worse-you-being-obese-180953914/A 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 Elementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-sperm-might-be-secret-recycling-key-component-smartphones-180953910/Japanese 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 Fieldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emphasizing-natural-brilliance-might-keep-women-away-certain-fields-180953913/Disparities 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 Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-unknown-planets-beyond-pluto-180953909/We may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catching-cold-why-shivers-could-be-contagious-180953907/Looking at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-loneliest-wolf-no-longer-so-lonely-180953908/As 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 Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bye-bye-bull-who-fathered-500000-cows-180953903/Toystory, 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 Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-climbers-made-it-yosemite-summit-impossibly-vertical-wall-180953902/It 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 Infectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctor-who-introduced-virtues-hand-washing-died-infection-180953901/A 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 Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-contrast-photos-nasas-lunar-orbiter-look-abstract-art-180953897/Our 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 Haltedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iowa-trial-halted-anyone-ate-gmo-banana-180953896/Twelve 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 Personalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-best-place-live-it-may-depend-your-personality-180953892/Why 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 Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orangutan-sounds-us-180953891/This 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 Tennysonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-will-take-60-million-continue-preserving-voices-jrr-tolkien-james-joyce-and-other-valuable-british-sounds-180953890/The 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 Songshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-bowhead-whale-songs-180953887/Bowhead 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 Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-bat-colonies-might-be-recovering-white-nose-180953886/A 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 Texashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-goats-are-concentrated-texas-180953885/In 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 Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbes-breathe-and-eat-electricity-make-us-re-think-what-life-180953883/How 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 Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummy-poop-solves-one-historys-mysteries-180953882/Digging 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 Masterpieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-museum-england-hiding-forgery-among-its-masterpieces-180953881/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-computer-knows-you-better-your-mom-180953879/Why 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 Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dogs-likely-arrived-north-america-thousands-years-after-humans-180953877/New 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 Wellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-down-phone-can-make-you-dumber-180953873/Here'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’ Intestineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-men-tried-cure-schizophrenia-removing-their-patients-intestines-180953875/Bayard 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 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pennys-worth-over-2-million-180953872/Fifteen 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 Sincehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-first-oil-pipelines-180953870/In 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 Senatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hattie-wyatt-caraway-first-woman-elected-us-senate-180953869/This 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 Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ufo-related-history-worlds-biggest-rock-180953862/George Van Tassel believed he could communicate with aliensFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:30:59 +0000Early Food Safety Workers Tested Poisons by Eating Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-food-safety-workers-us-tested-poisons-eating-them-180953864/They 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 Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-its-cheaper-make-diabetes-test-strips-out-silk-rather-paper-india-180953860/Skilled 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 Dodgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planes-fly-too-fast-birds-dodge-180953859/New 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 Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-butterfly-emerged-half-male-half-female-180953856/The 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 Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-air-force-builds-new-radar-space-junk-180953855/It’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 Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-architects-used-iron-build-cathedralsnot-just-concrete-180953849/The 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 Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1887-blizzard-changed-american-frontier-forever-1-180953852/A 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 Mirrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-can-learn-recognize-themselves-mirror-180953848/Generations 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 Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/60-years-ago-first-african-american-soloist-sang-met-opera-180953840/Marian 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flu-has-been-making-people-sick-least-500-years-180953837/The 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 Vaccinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gates-foundation-reveals-artwork-new-campaign-vaccines-180953835/The 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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ellis-island-isnt-blame-your-familys-name-change-180953832/A 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 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-will-be-one-second-longer-2014-180953834/Because 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-keplers-exoplanetsand-dont-worry-about-natives-least-now-180953833/NASA 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 Glidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossils-show-how-flying-fish-gained-their-ability-glide-180953830/In 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 Packshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-park-may-have-been-rightsome-dinosaurs-hunted-packs-180953831/The 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 Spinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-tell-how-old-star-observing-how-fast-it-spins-180953824/A 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 Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insecticide-treated-nets-help-fight-malaria-may-also-create-super-mosquitoes-180953823/Two 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 Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-thomas-edisons-last-breaths-test-tube-180953819/Two famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000An Albino Dolphin Was Spotted Off the Coast of Floridahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albino-dolphin-was-spotted-coast-florida-180953821/It 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 Capsulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-was-found-inside-oldest-american-time-capsule-180953820/Historians 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 Coldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-scientific-reason-cold-weather-could-cause-colds-180953817/The 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 Tombhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-crowdsourcing-find-genghis-khans-tomb-180953816/Amateur 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-dump-truck-and-its-hybrid-180953812/The 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 Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-reason-sing-night-shift-blues-180953810/Working 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 Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-200-year-old-whale-might-help-us-live-longer-180953813/Scientists 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 Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/same-guy-keeps-spending-insane-amounts-money-buy-japans-first-tuna-season-180953811/This year, he bought it for $37,500—which he considered cheapTue, 06 Jan 2015 14:06:34 +0000