Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Hackers Have Figured Out How to Control Smart Rifleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smart-sniper-rifle-vulnerable-hacking-180956118/With the right code, hackers can control guns from afarFri, 31 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Australian Cities Pass Cat Curfewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-cities-pass-cat-curfews-180956120/Fluffy little murderbeasts may soon be kept under lock and keyFri, 31 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Experimental Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection in Trial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experimental-ebola-vaccine-gives-100-protection-trial-180956128/An unusual trial design helped prove the vaccine safe and effective in less than a yearFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:55:00 +0000We Crave Comfort Food to Feel Less Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-crave-comfort-food-feel-less-alone-180956119/This is why you can't stop eating corndogsFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Maine Brewers Are Selling Lobster-Infused Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maine-brewing-lobster-infused-beer-180956115/Because of course they areFri, 31 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000NYC Subway Technology Goes Way Back...to the 1930shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-subway-technology-1930s-180956111/America's busiest subway system relies on vintage machinesFri, 31 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Super-Dense Galaxies Are Bursting With Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-dense-galaxies-bursting-with-stars-180956117/Life in these systems would have trouble starting, but the night skies would be spectacular to beholdFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Philae Proves There's More to Comets Than Dust and Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-lander-comet-isnt-snowball-180956126/The lander found organic compounds on comet 67PFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Florida Divers Dig Up $1 Million in Sunken Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-dig-1-million-sunken-treasure-180956112/Treasure hunters find 300-year-old coins from a Spanish fleet off the Florida coastThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:00 +0000"Happy Birthday to You" Could Soon Have Its Day in the Public Domainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-you-might-start-hearing-happy-birthday-you-tv-soon-180956109/One of the most popular songs in the world could soon be free to singThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Minnesota's Disappearing Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-waterfall-enters-chasm-and-then-disappears-180956105/Half a river is missing in the Judge C.R. Magney State ParkThu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Muggles, Rejoice: Quidditch is Becoming a Serious Sport http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quidditch-game-harry-potter-becoming-serious-sport-180956108/The Harry Potter-inspired game is now played by more than 300 teams around the worldThu, 30 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Only Four Northern White Rhinos Are Left on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-four-northern-white-rhinos-remain-180956106/One of the species' last females died this weekThu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bully or Bystander? It Could Be in the Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bully-or-bystander-genes-180956104/New study says bullying may be nature, not nurtureThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +000070 Years Ago, a B-25 Bomber Crashed Into the Empire State Buildinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/july-1945-b-25-bomber-crashed-empire-state-building-180956103/14 people died in the accidentThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Kids Can Build Their Own Lego Prostheticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-can-build-their-own-lego-prosthetics-180956098/Prototype system brings a bit of fun to prostheticsThu, 30 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Queen Guitarist Brian May is Now a New Horizons Science Collaboratorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-team-got-little-help-queen-guitarist-brian-may-180956073/As new images were transmitted from Pluto, the rock-star-turned-astrophysicist rubbed shoulders with his heroesWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Plant Murders Bugs and Decorates Itself With Their Dead Bodies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plant-murders-bugs-and-decorates-itself-dead-bodies-180956087/Talk about a roundabout defense strategyWed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here's What Caused a Catastrophic Virgin Galactic Crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co-pilots-error-caused-virgin-galactic-crash-says-ntsb-180956101/Investigators say space plane didn’t have enough safeguardsWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Go Ahead, Wise Guy: Sarcasm Makes People More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-ahead-wise-guy-sarcasm-makes-people-more-creative-180956092/It’s science, duhWed, 29 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Listen to Dr. Kevorkian's Jazz-Funk Albumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-jack-kevorkians-jazz-album-180956097/The man called "Dr. Death" created a complex and surprising body of artistic workWed, 29 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: Why Puddles Don't Go On Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-puddles-explains-why-they-spread-out-then-stop-180956094/The picture of proper puddle behavior had a few missing piecesWed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Times Square’s Iconic Billboards May Be Illegalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-squares-iconic-billboards-may-be-illegal-180956091/Bright lights, big city, breaking the lawWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In Mexico, a Gritty Neighborhood Has Become a 65,000-Square-Foot Muralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-street-artists-brighten-rough-neighborhood-65000-square-foot-mural-180956090/A hillside in Pachuca gets a psychedelic makeoverTue, 28 Jul 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-turkey-find-enormous-gooey-blob-realize-its-squid-eggs-180956089/The blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-knew-plant-existed-until-it-was-posted-facebook-180956084/What's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammals-monopoly-milk-180956072/It all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-flowing-ice-on-pluto-180956071/And maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Venezuela Is About to Run Out of Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venezuela-about-run-out-beer-180956069/Strict import laws could make Venezuela's taps dry up in just a few weeksTue, 28 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Drones Are Getting in the Way of Firefighters Combating Wilderness Blazeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-are-preventing-firefighters-combating-wilderness-blazes-180956064/Firefighters need to take to the air to fight fires, but sometimes that air is just too crowdedMon, 27 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Officials Had to Use A Snowplow to Reclaim a Bridge in Iowa Swarmed by Mayflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowplow-was-needed-reclaim-bridge-iowa-swarmed-mayflies-180956063/An unusually large emergence of aquatic insects created temporarily hazardous conditionsMon, 27 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Climate Change Might Break Carbon Datinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-might-break-carbon-dating-180956062/Fossil fuel emissions mess with the ratio of carbon isotopes in the atmosphereMon, 27 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-strange-phenomenon-called-hair-ice-forms-dead-trees-180956059/The white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Who Were the First People to Eat Chickens?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-were-first-people-eat-chickens-180956057/A find in Israel shows evidence of chicken consumption from as early as 400 B.C.E.Mon, 27 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/franklins-doomed-arctic-expedition-ended-gruesome-cannibalism-180956054/New bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-funky-fungus-some-cicadas-dont-have-butts-180956037/It’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slow-mo-lightning-strangely-artistic-180956035/Hypnotize yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000These Drones Hunt Whale Snot http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-drones-specialize-whale-snot-180956034/Snotbots will make mucus collection less stressful for whalesMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Carrot Liqueur Could Be Coming to a Cocktail Near Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carrot-liqueur-could-be-coming-cocktail-near-you-180956065/What’s Next?! Kale?! Sat, 25 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First Malaria Vaccine Could Be Released Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-malaria-vaccine-could-be-released-soon-180956066/The vaccine isn’t as effective as hoped however, and needs several more approvalsSat, 25 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-snaps-shot-pluto-its-rear-view-180956060/So long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals One of the Oldest Known Copies of the Quranhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-oldest-copy-quran-180956036/Manuscript fragments found in U.K. library were written between 568 and 645Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:41:02 +0000A List of All the Times People Have Tried to Build a Working Tricorderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-times-weve-tried-build-working-tricorder-180956033/Star Trek-style scanning has been a bit more complicated than expected Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:19:43 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-pupils-may-expand-when-you-daydream-180956030/But researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-eating-amoebas-may-kill-you-help-your-own-immune-system-180956023/The amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Bakers Are Still Searching for the Perfect Egg Replacementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bakers-are-searching-perfect-egg-understudy-180956019/Egg prices are hitting record highs, raising demand for substitutesFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-freak-out-over-funky-flowers-appeared-near-fukushima-180956021/The odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explosion-nist-lab-being-linked-meth-180956018/A former combustion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Listen to 98 hours of Shakespeare’s Poems and Plays Performed by Great Actorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-98-hours-shakespeares-poems-and-plays-performed-great-actors-180956007/The playlist includes the voices of Edith Evans, Dylan Thomas, Orson Welles and Sir Ian McKellenFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:41 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-appetizers-can-spoil-main-meal-180956015/The contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-pitcher-plants-call-bats-get-their-poo-180956014/Specially shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Are People Still Using Asbestos? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-asbestos-still-used-even-though-health-concerns-were-raised-century-ago-180956011/The story holds parallels with that of the tobacco industryThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhinos-hidden-horn-cameras-could-serve-poaching-surveillance-system-180956013/One non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Root Beer Is For Adults Again http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-edge-craft-breweries-put-hard-root-beer-tap-180956008/This is not your soda fountain’s root beerThu, 23 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-wildfire-smoke-alaska-and-canada-circle-arctic-180956003/Here’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000 The International Olympic Committee Just Rescued Its Priceless Video Archivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-olympic-committee-just-rescued-its-priceless-audiovisual-archive-180956000/Seven years and 100,000 hours of work later, the IOC’s archive has been digitized and preservedThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000The NSA Has a Summer Camp for Cyberspies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nsa-has-summer-camp-cyberspies-180955999/43 camps nationwide teach teens white hat hacking skills Thu, 23 Jul 2015 14:24:07 +0000You Can Pay for This Transylvanian Music Festival in Blood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transylvanian-music-festival-trades-blood-tickets-180955985/Dracula would totally approve of this payment systemWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Central Park Has 22 Statues of Historical Figures. Every Single One is a Man.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/central-park-has-no-statues-real-women-180955973/Could a crusade to bring historic women into the park change the face of the city?Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:28:49 +0000After 21 Years, the U.S. Has Snagged a Coveted Math Competition Victoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-21-years-us-has-snagged-coveted-math-victory-180955974/Two decades later, American students grab brag-worthy math titleWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:13:25 +0000A New York City Airport is Building a Luxury Terminal Just for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-airport-building-luxury-terminal-just-animals-180955975/Pets and livestock will soon travel in high style through JFKWed, 22 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bald-eagle-us-was-hit-car-180955970/Here’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-algerian-sahara-space-180955962/It’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sand-even-grosser-ocean-water-180955968/New research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-billionaire-just-pledged-100-million-find-extraterrestrial-life-180955966/More telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In the 1960s, One Man Took Washington D.C.’s Rat Problem Into His Own Hands, Literallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1960s-julius-hobson-took-dcs-rat-problem-his-own-hands-180955961/And challenged the city’s race and wealth divide in the processTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/industrial-l-theres-warehouse-filled-bones-whales-180955960/A video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here’s What Steam-Powered Cars Were Like Before the Combustion Enginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-steam-cars-were-combustion-engine-won-180955959/The Doble brothers’ built a beautiful steam car in 1924 but mismanagement kept it from being a financial sucessMon, 20 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Someone Stole the Skull of ‘Nosferatu’ Director F.W. Murnauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-stole-skull-nosferatu-director-fw-murnau-180955958/Thieves left behind traces of wax, suggesting occult practices might be at play here Mon, 20 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-fossilized-animal-sperm-comes-worm-lived-50-million-years-ago-180955956/The discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000150 Years Ago, a Fire in P.T. Barnum's Museum Boiled Two Whales Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pt-barnums-bizarre-museum-burned-ground-1865-180955955/Attracting tourists and locals alike, the museum mixed freakshow performers with educational collectionsMon, 20 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-figures-out-how-make-scream-scary-180955953/Shrieks of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000One Man Packed and Shipped Over 700 Pounds of Boston Snow This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-man-packed-and-shipped-more-700-pounds-boston-snow-year-180955951/But they refused to ship snow to anyone in Massachusetts Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:13:20 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/course-some-people-think-pluto-pictures-are-fake-180955949/Or at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robots-and-divers-scour-pacific-long-lost-wwii-soldiers-180955947/An ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-deal-wine-baths-180955945/Chemists investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Archeologists Have Found 2,000 Ancient Golden Spirals and They Have No Idea What They Arehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-found-almost-2000-gold-spiral-objects-bronze-age-180955943/The meaning or purpose behind the spirals is unclear, but they probably were part of a ritual Fri, 17 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-heck-pentaquark-180955942/For fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-fungus-eating-scales-snakes-eastern-us-180955938/Researchers are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Statue of Liberty Arrived in New York in 350 Pieceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statue-liberty-arrived-350-pieces-180955920/Luckily, she also came with an instruction manualFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:36:15 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ways-human-hands-are-more-primitive-chimp-hands-180955936/Study suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Aroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hitchhiking-worms-use-slugs-transportation-180955908/New study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-feeding-prairie-dogs-peanut-butter-could-help-stop-plague-and-save-ferrets-180955937/The recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000Public Drinking Fountains Are Disappearing, and That's a Bad Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-thinking-public-drinking-fountains-are-gross-problem-180955931/Bottling water divorces people from caring about keeping public water supply cleanThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:51:29 +0000Australians Are Building a Skyscraper Inspired by Beyoncéhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australians-are-building-skyscraper-inspired-beyonce-1-180955902/Architects envision a rippling structure that takes a page from the singer’s famous lookThu, 16 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-stale-glass-water-180955926/It might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Explore This Map of 13 Centuries' Worth of English Metaphorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/projects-maps-13-centuries-metaphors-english-language-180955925/How long ago did English speakers start linking chickens with fearfulness?Wed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Could This Shrub Overthrow the Mighty Rubber Tree?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rubber-trees-domination-rubber-production-may-soon-end-180955923/Researchers are working to make a shrub found in southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico a viable natural rubber alternativeWed, 15 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-some-people-have-more-bellybutton-lint-others-180955898/The secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000There’s Now Wifi on Mount Fuji http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-wifi-mount-fuji-180955907/Hiking boots. Water bottle. Laptop? Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Did Nobody Notice Five Million Pounds of Rock Fall Off Half Dome?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hordes-yosemite-tourists-failed-notice-fall-5-million-pounds-rock-half-dome-180955897/The park is always changing, but this time nobody realized itWed, 15 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000What to Expect From Harper Lee’s Long-Lost Second Novel http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scout-finch-rides-rails-first-chapter-harper-lees-long-lost-second-novel-180955890/Controversy still surrounds the release of <i>Go Set a Watchman</i>Tue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pluto-got-its-name-180955912/New Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000San Diego’s First Comic-Con Was Held in a Basementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diegos-first-comic-con-was-held-basement-180955891/The original fan gathering only attracted 145 peopleTue, 14 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Here’s What the First Lady Has to Do if She Wants to Redecoratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-first-lady-decides-redecorate-180955889/A few throw pillows and a touch of new paint? No way.Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dwarf-planet-pluto-bigger-expected-180955909/But so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-virus-carried-squirrels-kill-three-people-germany-possibly-180955896/A mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-midst-heroin-epidemic-180955893/Cheap sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Why Was One of Hollywood's First Female Film Directors, Dorothy Arzner, Forgotten?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1920s-dorothy-arzner-paved-way-female-directors-today-180955904/Arzner directed 20 feature films Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humans-are-paving-way-lyme-diseases-spread-180955905/Thanks to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Has the Internet Finally Killed the Greeting Card? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/has-internet-officially-killed-greeting-card-180955888/Companies like Hallmark are experiencing hard times as social media and ecards gain steamMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-still-cant-study-causes-gun-violence-180955884/Congress has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Conservationists Want You to Stop Building Rock Pileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stacking-rocks-wilderness-no-good-180955880/Cairns have a long history and purpose, one that newer stacks sometimes subvertMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:32:07 +0000Obama Just Established Three New National Monuments Covering Over a Million Acreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-just-established-three-new-national-monuments-covering-over-million-acres-180955895/Art, fossils and natural beautyMon, 13 Jul 2015 12:26:36 +0000Ever Heard of the Bontebok? It’s an African Animal Humans Nearly Destroyed, Then Savedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ever-heard-bontebok-its-one-african-animal-humans-nearly-destroyed-then-saved-180955885/Part of this conservation success story relies on the bontebok’s inability to jumpFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000When This Photographer Got Sick, He Started Taking Beautiful Photos of Painkillers and Tears http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-snaps-microscopic-images-painkillers-and-tears-180955886/The extreme closeups were one way for the photographer to understand what he was takingFri, 10 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-give-iberian-lynx-pregnancy-test-use-assassin-bug-180955879/Researchers used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000Real-life Vampires Exist, but They Are Scared to Admit Their Practices to Doctorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-life-vampires-exist-they-are-scared-admit-their-practices-doctors-180955877/Even vampires need non-judgmental help sometimesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:23:44 +0000Cannabis is Being Used to Build Homes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cannabis-being-used-build-homes-180955872/“Hempcrete” turns weed into building materialsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How to Make a Record Out of a Tortilla http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-make-record-out-tortilla-180955871/Yes, it’s edibleThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:57:53 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-air-pollution-makes-floods-worse-180955870/A better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Washington D.C. Just Got a 10,000 Square Foot Ball Pithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-takes-visitors-beach-180955861/A giant ball pit exhibit allows National Building Museum visitors to experience an indoor oceanThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-could-stop-traumatic-memories-becoming-flashbacks-180955862/The visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frustrated-shark-week-biologists-celebrate-jacques-cousteau-jacquesweek-180955875/The French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stash-dinosaur-eggshells-japan-180955860/The eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-sun-looks-when-viewed-x-ray-telescope-180955857/All of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000The Russian Government is Teaching its Citizens Selfie Safety http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-government-teaching-selfie-safety-180955856/A rash of injuries while taking selfies prompted the new campaign Thu, 09 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000People Who Bring Their Own Grocery Bags are More Likely to Buy Junk Food http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-who-bring-their-own-grocery-bags-are-more-likely-buy-junk-food-180955855/It’s all about perceived virtueThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000In South Africa, People Painted with Cow Milk Long Before They Domesticated Cattlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-africa-people-painted-milk-cattle-were-domesticated-180955852/The need to hunt wild cow relatives would have made this paint valuableThu, 09 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000Why Is there Wine on the UNESCO World Heritage List?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unescos-newest-world-heritage-sites-are-vineyards-180955850/Bordeaux, Champagne wine regions get world heritage designationsWed, 08 Jul 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is What Happened When an Australian City Gave Trees Email Addresses http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-when-australian-city-gave-trees-email-addresses-180955851/Trees get fan mail and even write back to Melburnian residentsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:24:42 +0000There’s Still (Filthy, Disgusting, Not-Yet-Melted) Snow in Boston Right Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-still-filthy-disgusting-not-yet-melted-snow-boston-summer-180955848/The detritus of Boston’s most severe winter ever has yet to melt away Wed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:33 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pac-man-spacecraft-will-devour-swiss-satellite-180955846/Swiss researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-shark-repellents-really-work-180955843/Mostly not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Behold the World’s Tallest Sandcastle, 41 Feet Tallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-worlds-tallest-sandcastle-180955842/The battle for tallest sand structure rages onWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In 1915 a Former Harvard Professor Tried to Blow Up the U.S. Capitolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvard-professor-tried-blow-us-capitol-july-1915-180955836/Driven by anti-war sentiment, he went on to carry out several terrorist attacks in NYC to protest U.S. involvement in WWIWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Despite Their Industrious Reputation, Some Ants Are Super Lazyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/despite-their-industrious-rep-some-ants-are-super-lazy-180955841/Research suggests that some worker ants excel at inactivityWed, 08 Jul 2015 11:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runners-get-ready-wear-garbage-your-feet-adidas-has-new-ocean-trash-shoe-180955831/The apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Look Up: Clouds Could be the Next Movie Screens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clouds-could-be-next-movie-screens-180955849/An abandoned military strategy leads to the first “cloud movie” Wed, 08 Jul 2015 06:00:00 +0000Ultrasonic Fingerprint Readers Can Unlock Phones Even When Your Fingers are Gross and Sweatyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fingertips-unique-sounds-could-be-next-security-measure-electronics-180955833/Experts say ultrasound fingerprint sensors are harder to hackTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:25:21 +0000Researchers Are Using Facial Recognition Software To Save Lionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-software-will-help-lion-conservation-180955832/Software algorithms offer a non-invasive way to track the big catsTue, 07 Jul 2015 16:21:08 +0000Virtual Reality Could Be the Next Big Thing in Charitable Giving http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-could-be-next-big-thing-charitable-giving-180955830/Immersive storytelling brings a bit of sobering reality to would-be donorsTue, 07 Jul 2015 14:15:00 +0000There’s More Bourbon in Kentucky Right now Than any Other Time in the Last 40 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-more-bourbon-kentucky-right-now-last-40-years-180955829/Whiskey lovers, take note: the state currently boasts 5.7 million barrels of aging bourbonTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:49:06 +0000Croquet Was Once the Big Thing at Wimbledonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/croquet-used-be-big-thing-wimbledon-180955828/The club has croquet to thank for its famous lawnsTue, 07 Jul 2015 13:47:06 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-genetically-engineered-cows-fight-climate-change-180955821/As the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Gothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-great-barrier-reef-sea-turtles-eye-view-180955820/See the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1950-us-released-bioweapon-san-francisco-180955819/This was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000This Scorpion-Shaped Robot Will Enter One of Fukushima’s Reactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scorpion-shaped-robot-will-enter-one-fukushimas-reactors-180955817/The nuclear power plant's owners still don't know exactly what is going on inside the three reactors that melted downMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:33:13 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-mutations-turned-not-so-deadly-bacteria-mass-murdering-one-180955816/The ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-colonial-doctor-changed-medical-views-alcohol-180955813/Meet Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Sculpture Meant to Celebrate the Renewal of the Gowanus Canal Just Got Caught on Trash and Sankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-gowanus-canal-dragged-down-sculpture-meant-celebrate-its-renewal-180955812/R.I.P. Harvest Dome 2.0Fri, 03 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000More than 1,200 Miles of China’s Great Wall Have Been Destroyedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/erosion-and-human-damage-have-destroyed-more-1200-miles-chinas-great-wall-180955810/Only a small fraction of the remaining wall is in good conditionFri, 03 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000One of the Earliest Feature Films Was This Italian Adaptation of Dante’s Infernohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-earliest-feature-films-was-italian-adaptation-dantes-inferno-180955805/It's the earliest surviving complete feature-length film, made in 1911Fri, 03 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Almost Half of Black and Latina Scientists Report They’ve Been Mistaken for Administrative Assistants or Janitorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/almost-half-black-and-latina-scientists-report-theyve-been-mistaken-administrative-assistants-or-janitors-180955808/Women of color in science are more likely to experience some forms of bias Fri, 03 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Is Country Air Really Better Than City Air?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-country-air-better-city-air-180955803/One scientist thinks it’s because of toxic plant chemicals Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000A Danish Festival Will Recycle Partiers’ Urine To Make Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/danish-festival-will-recycle-partiers-urine-make-beer-180955801/Gallons of urine will be used to fertilize barley for future festivalgoersThu, 02 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000SpaceX Failure Puts Dozens of Satellites on Holdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-failure-causing-satellite-traffic-jam-earth-180955800/Recent losses have left other SpaceX customers in limboThu, 02 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Smelling a Fish May Improve Critical Thinking Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fishy-smells-may-improve-critical-thinking-skills-180955799/New research shows that gross smells can foster a healthy sense of distrustThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:12:01 +0000For Veterans' Sake, Make A Little Less Noise With Your 4th of July Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/veterans-sake-make-little-less-noise-your-4th-july-fireworks-180955796/Fireworks can trigger PTSD in some veterans, and one organization is trying to raise awarenessThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Boomerang-Shaped Aircraft Could be the First to Fly on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boomerang-shaped-aircraft-could-be-first-fly-mars-180955790/The lightweight glider would search for potential landing spots to be used by a future manned mission to MarsThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000To Better Understand Lava, an Artist and Scientist Make Their Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-understand-lava-artist-and-scientist-make-their-own-180955795/A lab at Syracuse University creates melts basaltic rock in a modified furnaceThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000After the Dinosaurs Died, Earth Experienced the Age of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-dinosaurs-died-earth-experienced-age-fish-180955791/The fossil record shows how ray-finned fishes took over the planet's oceansThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where Should Humans Land on Mars? NASA Wants to Hear Your Suggestionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-should-humans-land-mars-180955794/In October, the agency will hear proposals on where to put a Mars baseThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000In the Future, Grocery Stores May be More Like ATMshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grocery-store-future-180955786/Robots and motion detection expand the idea of what it means to shopWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:12:08 +0000How the Internet Tracked Down the Designer of the Beloved Jazz Paper Cuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-snazzy-jazz-design-paper-cups-come-180955779/Meet Gina, the woman behind the iconic paper cup pattern Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:02:07 +0000How Many Craters Are There On Earth? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-craters-are-earth-180955771/Not as many as you might thinkTue, 30 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000This Beautiful Valley in Turkey is Home to 100 Species of Butterflieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/valley-turkey-home-about-100-species-butterflies-180955756/The valley's remote location keeps the butterflies happy and thrivingTue, 30 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Canned Goods and Cucumber Seeds: Food Banks Are Starting to Give Out Garden Startershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/food-banks-are-teaching-hungry-how-garden-180955770/Canned goods take a backseat to freshly-grown produceTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:49:43 +0000Travel Inside a Human Heart With This Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-inside-human-heart-video-180955757/An informative video shows off a research team’s simulation of the beating heartTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:33:02 +0000Germany is Turning its Old Military Bases Into Nature Reserveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-military-bases-germany-become-nature-reserves-180955755/While downsizing the military, Germany sets aside land for wildlifeTue, 30 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000See Three of Saturn’s Moons Pose in a Family Photo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-three-saturns-moons-pose-family-photo-180955754/While in orbit, Cassini captures a stunning shot of three crescents Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here's How Plastic Toy Dinosaurs are Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-plastic-toy-dinosaurs-are-made-180955753/A series of molds help the toy creators’ vision pop into 3-DTue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000Someone is Still Decapitating Animals in Sacramentohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sacramentos-animal-decapitation-mystery-plot-thickens-180955749/More headless animals (and surveillance video) have been foundTue, 30 Jun 2015 15:42:47 +0000Move Over, Clooney: This Japanese Gorilla is the Internet’s Newest Heartthrobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japans-newest-heartthrob-gorilla-180955747/Shabani’s sexy looks are responsible for a spike in zoo attendanceMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here’s Why Scientists Want to Flood the Grand Canyon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-scientists-flood-grand-canyon-180955729/Without sediment flowing through the canyon, it loses sandbars vital to the river ecosystemMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:03:05 +0000A 93 Year Old Miscalculation Helped Create Today's Western Drought http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-math-helped-create-todays-western-water-crisis-93-years-ago-180955731/How a miscalculation led to modern water shortages in seven Western statesMon, 29 Jun 2015 13:59:27 +0000Scale El Capitan From Your Couch Using Google Street Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scale-el-capitan-google-street-view-180955727/The latest expansion of the Maps project takes users up Yosemite’s iconic climbFri, 26 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-blood-will-go-clinical-trial-uk-180955721/People could receive artificial blood transfusions as early as 2017Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000That Time a Mushroom Coral Ate a Sea Slughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-mushroom-coral-ate-sea-slug-180955714/Researchers observed the rare event off the coast of ThailandFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:59:33 +0000Jumping Worms Have Invaded Wisconsinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jumping-worms-invade-wisconsin-180955724/A wriggling worm is becoming a problem in the MidwestFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:52:31 +0000Urine (Not Chlorine) Causes Red Eyes in Poolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urine-not-chlorine-causes-red-eyes-pools-180955712/CDC spreads the word about the peril of pee in poolsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Summer Jobs May Be a Thing of the Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-jobs-may-be-thing-past-180955711/Fewer than one third of American teens snag summer employmentFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Pet Goldfish Released into the Wild Are Getting Really Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pet-goldfish-released-wild-are-getting-really-huge-180955710/Monster goldfish are trouble for native fishFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000Norway is Building a Highway for Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-has-highway-bees-180955703/The world’s first superhighway for bees sends Oslo bee traffic from east to westFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Racehorse Speed Hasn’t Peaked Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/racehorse-speed-hasnt-peaked-yet-180955707/But how will horses fare in the race to get faster?Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000Mustard Is A Product Of Evolutionary Warfare Between Plants And Caterpillarshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mustard-product-evolutionary-warfare-between-plants-and-caterpillars-180955697/Plants produce mustard oils to fight off pests in a chemical conflict that’s been waged for millions of yearsThu, 25 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Here’s A Map of All the Trees in Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-map-all-trees-california-180955708/Every meter covered by trees shows upThu, 25 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Have Something Rude to Say? Put it on This 2300-Year Old Statue in Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/have-something-rude-say-put-it-2300-year-old-statute-rome-180955704/A cardinal started the tradition of decorating this statue with snarky poems and insultsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:20:00 +0000This Mockumentary Explains the Appeal of Skateboarding to Scared Parents http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mockumentary-explains-appeal-skateboarding-sixties-squares-180955702/“The Devil’s Toy” looks “an epidemic from which no one was secure”: having fun on skateboardsThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:08:44 +0000Lakes on Saturn’s Moon are Really Sinkholes Filled With Liquid Methane and Ethanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lakes-saturns-moon-are-really-sinkholes-filled-liquid-methane-and-ethane-180955690/Strange and changeable lakes might form just as certain water-filled lakes do on EarthThu, 25 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Did an Auction of Hitler’s Art Go Too Far? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-auction-hitlers-art-go-too-far-180955691/A collection of Hitler’s paintings just sold for $450,000Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Used to Wear Dunce Caps to Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-used-wear-dunce-caps-shower-180955694/“Extinguisher caps” were nineteenth-century shower caps Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Murky Tale of John Smith and the Mermaid http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-john-smith-did-not-see-mermaid-1614-180955692/Alexander Dumas probably just made it up Thu, 25 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000An Art Dealer Just Found a Forgotten Monet Pastel Hidden Behind Another Drawinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-dealer-just-found-forgotten-monet-pastel-hidden-behind-another-drawing-180955693/The pastel depicts a lighthouse and jetty near Monet’s childhood homeThu, 25 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000These Are the Most Threatened Historical Places in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-most-threatened-historical-places-america-180955689/The Grand Canyon, The Factory and the A.G. Gaston Motel are just a few of the 11 names on the listWed, 24 Jun 2015 16:58:54 +0000In Sweden the Blood Bank Will Text You When Your Blood is Usedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/social-media-helping-increase-blood-bank-stores-sweden-180955676/Stockholm’s blood bank uses text messages and Facebook posts to remind donors to give againWed, 24 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Catch and Release: This Device Could Help Accidentally Caught Fish Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/device-could-help-accidentally-caught-fish-survive-180955680/The SeaQualizer returns fish safely to the depths of the oceanWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Genetically Modified Sheep was Sent to a Slaughter House and Sold for Meathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-lamb-accidentally-sold-market-paris-180955684/The lamb came from a agricultural research lab and was equipped with a jellyfish gene Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000In Egypt, There Was Once a Tomb Full of Eight Million Dog Mummies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-8-million-dog-mummies-180955679/Devotees of the Ancient Egyptian deity Anubis buried dogs at the necropolis of SaqqaraWed, 24 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Is This a Photograph of Vincent Van Gogh? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-vincent-van-gogh-photograph-1887-180955677/Some scholars think the camera shy artist can be spotted in an image taken by an amateur photographer, while others disagreeWed, 24 Jun 2015 12:41:21 +0000Can Hookworms Cure Hayfever?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-hookworms-cure-hayfever-180955516/Maybe. But we need to learn a lot more about them before they hit pharmacy shelvesTue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Poachers Are Killing Andean Camels for Their Woolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poachers-are-killing-andean-camels-180955674/To meet a growing demand for vicuña wool in Europe and Asia, gangs are massacring herds of the animals in South AmericaTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +000016 Million Years Ago This Giant Bat Walked the Jungles of New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-fossil-walking-bat-new-zealand-180955672/A new fossil gives clues to just how long ago bats arrived on the islandsTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Demand for Sand is so High There are Illegal Sand Mining Operationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/demand-sand-so-high-there-are-illegal-sand-mining-operations-180955669/Only certain kinds of sand can be used in construction and mining it causes problemsTue, 23 Jun 2015 12:33:32 +0000The Mystery of the Failed Chlamydia Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/why-1960s-chlamydia-vaccines-made-people-more-susceptible-chlamydia-180955652/In the 1960s, a vaccine for chlamydia made patients more susceptible to chlamydia. Now scientists know whyMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Creators of Super Mario Drafted The Game on Graph Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creators-super-mario-drafted-game-graph-paper-180955653/The levels were originally planned out one at a time by handMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here’s What People Are Asking Google About Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-climate-change-related-things-people-google-search-around-world-180955654/The visualization reveals what people want to know about the environmentMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000How Do Scientists Weigh a Supermassive Black Hole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-scientists-weigh-supermassive-black-hole-180955658/A new method puts the mass of one black hole at 140 million times the mass of our SunMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Venus (Probably) Has Active Volcanoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-probably-has-active-volcanoes-180955659/And they’re (probably) erupting! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:00 +0000Colorado Hopes This Asian Wasp Can Save its Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasp-china-might-kill-beetles-killing-denvers-trees-180955660/Researchers are hoping to use one non-native species to fight another, more destructive oneMon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Pickle A Day May Keep Your Anxiety At Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pickle-day-may-keep-your-anxiety-bay-180955661/Fermented food appears to calm the nerves of the socially challengedMon, 22 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-physicians-thought-music-was-disease-180955662/When it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elephant-poop-helping-nab-ivory-poachers-180955664/Scientists match DNA in seized tusks to elephant dung to map where poaching is taking placeMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:17:32 +000070-Year-Old Tree Cut Down in NYC Will be Cloned and Planted Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-year-old-tree-cut-down-nyc-will-be-cloned-and-planted-again-180955665/Residents of Astoria, Queens asked an arborist for help when a beloved neighborhood tree got the axMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:09:46 +0000A Poker Contender Entered the Wrong Tournament (and Won Anyway) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poker-contender-entered-wrong-tournament-and-won-anyway-180955637/Christian Pham overcomes an embarrassing mistake to take home some big moneyFri, 19 Jun 2015 20:30:00 +0000Here Are The Animals That Are the Best at Pretending to Be Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-animals-masquerade-poop-180955640/Moth caterpillars change their posture to look like bird dung, and they’re not aloneFri, 19 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000Researchers Have Finally Figured Out How to Stop Lithium Batteries from Spontaneously Combustinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figured-out-how-stop-lithium-batteries-spontaneously-combusting-180955641/Unexpected fires have kept experts cautious about the potential of lightweight batteriesFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-100-new-marine-critters-were-just-discovered-philippines-180955642/The creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water columnFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Does it Really Mean to Be 99 Percent Chimp?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-being-99-percent-chimp-mean-180955645/This video breaks down our statistical similarity to chimpanzeesFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000Juneteenth Didn’t Stop the Enslavement of Black People in Houston http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juneteenth-didnt-stop-enslavement-blacks-houston-180955646/The delayed enforcement of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation still didn’t bring freedom to many black TexansFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000This is Why Developing an HIV Vaccine is Really Hardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-developing-hiv-vaccine-hard-180955651/For three decades researchers have been working to protect against the tricky virus Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:47:00 +0000Napoleon Had a Thing for Rotisserie Chicken http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napoleon-had-thing-rotisserie-chicken-180955649/The military powerhouse ate chicken dinners 24/7 — even as his army starvedFri, 19 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Every Year, Norway Hosts an Oil Cleanup Drillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-year-norway-hosts-oil-cleanup-drill-180955650/The annual release of offshore oil is no accident — it’s a chance to train, test, and prepare for the possibility of a catastrophic oil spillFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:44:15 +0000How Will Climate Change Affect National Park Attendance?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-will-climate-change-affect-national-parks-180955628/A new analysis of the effect of global warming on tourism has things heating up in some areas, staying lukewarm in othersFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:41:21 +0000Andrew Jackson Wasn't Always on the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andrew-jackson-used-be-10-bill-180955633/The controversial president's face has only been on $20 bills since 1928Thu, 18 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Louisiana's Bears Are Making a Comebackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louisianas-bears-are-making-comeback-180955613/The state thinks the bears are doing well enough to merit removal from protected status. Others disagreeThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000History’s Most Creative Paintings, As Picked by a Computerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historys-most-creative-paintings-picked-computer-180955635/Some masters got snubbedThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:07:08 +0000Six "Crew Members" Just Emerged from a Simulated Eight Months on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-crew-members-just-emerged-simulated-eight-months-mars-180955632/They celebrated with a skydiving trip chaperoned by the U.S. Army Parachute TeamThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Etsy Won’t Let Witches Sell Spellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/etsy-wont-let-witches-sell-spells-180955631/The craft site’s ban on metaphysical services stirs up a cauldron of controversyThu, 18 Jun 2015 15:38:57 +0000Michigan Owns 1,500 Shipwrecks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michigan-owns-1500-shipwrecks-180955620/Divers, historians and state officials team up to preserve the state’s underwater heritageThu, 18 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Could the Sounds of Cod Having Sex Save a Species (and an Economy)? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sounds-cod-having-sex-save-species-and-economy-180955619/Spying on “spawning haystacks” is helping fishermen make more money and biologists preserve a floundering fish populationWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:46 +0000Some African Countries Are Trying to Use Science to Make Homophobic Laws, Now African Scientists are Pushing Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/africans-scientists-speak-out-against-homophobic-laws-180955579/Some African countries have tried to use science to justify laws that criminalize homosexualityWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:31 +0000Forget Llamas and Lions, Flamingos Are the Best Escape Artists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-flamingos-excellent-zoo-escape-artists-180955612/The pink birds are tougher than they lookWed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Grants Captive Chimpanzees Endangered Species Status, Prohibiting Most Research on Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-grants-captive-chimpanzees-endangered-species-status-prohibiting-most-research-them-180955610/Captive chimps now have the same protections as wild onesWed, 17 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bears are Eating Dolphins, Probably Thanks to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-are-eating-dolphins-probably-thanks-climate-change-180955608/A warmer winter lured a pod of white-beaked dolphins north but then ice trapped them, sealing their fate as a polar bear's mealTue, 16 Jun 2015 18:23:42 +0000Elon Musk’s Futuristic Hyperloop is Coming to California Next Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-five-mile-futuristic-hyperloop-scheduled-california-next-year-1-180955587/The project isn’t the enormous high-speed rail alternative that Elon Musk orginialy proposed, but it is closeTue, 16 Jun 2015 15:30:00 +0000Excess Embryos: Families Are Now Adopting Unused Embryos Leftover from IVF Treatmentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/families-are-donating-frozen-embryos-left-after-ivf-hopeful-couples-180955581/The practice is relatively new and touches on complicated legal and ethical issuesTue, 16 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Los Alamos’s “Atomic Secretary” Was Never Told What the Manhattan Project Was Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-alamos-atomic-secretary-was-never-told-what-manhattan-project-was-180955606/Dorothy McKibbin coordinated entry of all people and property to the Los Alamos siteTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:33:57 +0000In California, Smart Water Meters Tattle on Wasteful Wayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smart-water-meters-tattle-wasteful-ways-180955605/The internet-connected meters provide nearly real-time feedback on water useTue, 16 Jun 2015 14:25:14 +0000Destroyed Buddha Statues Are Coming Back to Life in Afghanistan as Beautiful 3D Projectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/destroyed-statues-are-coming-back-life-afghanistan-180955601/3D light projections recreate a pair of statues destroyed by the Taliban Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Lions and Tigers are on the Loose After Floods in Tibilisi, Georgiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lions-and-tigers-are-loose-after-floods-tibilisi-180955600/Wild animals escaped a Tibilisi, Georgia zoo when their enclosures were destroyed Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Comet Lander Philae Wakes Up From Naphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-lander-philae-wakes-nap-180955599/"Are you there, Rosetta? It's me Philae"Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Half of All Languages Come From This One Root Tongue. Here’s How it Conquered the Earth.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-how-indo-european-languages-conquered-earth-180955578/Today, three billion people speak Indo-European langaugesTue, 16 Jun 2015 12:15:40 +0000Dinosaurs (Probably) Never Saw the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-probably-never-saw-grand-canyon-180955577/The canyon likely didn't exist in time to be a hang out for giant lizardsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Which Wine Should You Pair With Your Weed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-wine-should-you-pair-your-weed-180955571/Forget the cheese and charcuterie Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Saturn’s Rings Extend Farther Than Thought — Nearly 4 Million Miles From the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-rings-extend-farther-thought-nearly-4-million-miles-planet-180955576/The outermost ring is dark and dustyFri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Worried About the Robot Takeover? Here’s a Video of Robots Falling Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-about-robot-takeover-just-yet-heres-video-robots-falling-over-180955573/It’s like humanoid robots have ended adolescence — awkward clumsiness aboundsFri, 12 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Americans Waste So Much Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-americans-waste-so-much-food-180955569/Spoiler alert: desire for freshness, fear of food poisoning play a role Fri, 12 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Behold the Weird Beauty of Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-weird-beauty-mold-180955562/Scientists aren’t quite sure why mold comes in so many colorsThu, 11 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How Much Water Did Rome’s Aqueducts Really Carry? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-water-did-romes-aqueducts-really-carry-180955568/Not as much as previously thought Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:49:50 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Losehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claw-machines-have-long-been-designed-steal-your-money-180955565/That's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Playmobil Figure of Martin Luther Has Become the Fastest-Selling of All Time http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fastest-selling-playmobil-figure-all-time-coming-america-and-its-not-what-you-might-think-180955560/The first edition of 34,000 figurines sold out in 72 hoursThu, 11 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Google is Trying to Count Calories in Food Pornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-trying-count-calories-food-porn-180955548/All you need is an Instagram photo and an algorithm Thu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000How to Build the Perfect Campfirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-build-perfect-campfire-180955564/Science confirms that the best way to build a campfire really is the best way to build a campfireThu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000West African Chimps Regularly Drink Alcoholic Palm Saphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-african-chimps-regularly-drink-alcoholic-palm-sap-180955561/Observations over 17 years show this isn’t just an experiment for the apesThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Restaurants are Facing an Egg Shortage Thanks to Avian Fluhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restaurants-are-facing-egg-shortage-thanks-avian-flu-180955563/The outbreak, which spread surprisingly fast, hit farms that produce liquid eggsWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:10:05 +0000About 12,200 People Are Erroneously Declared Dead Every Year by the U.S. Governmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/about-12200-people-are-erroneously-declared-dead-every-year-us-government-180955549/Being officially dead because of a typo makes living life difficultWed, 10 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Computer Runs on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-runs-water-180955558/A new class of computers takes advantage of the physical properties of waterWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:57:28 +0000Salty Groundwater is Threatening New Mexico’s Chileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-groundwater-threatening-new-mexicos-chiles-180955559/Drought plus salt equals bad news for a state’s signature cropWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:50:59 +0000This Film Shows a Glimpse of Amelia Earhart Before Her Final Flight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/film-shows-glimpse-amelia-earhart-her-final-flight-180955557/After 70 years in storage, the footage shows the pilot posing for press photographsWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:55:08 +0000Engine Misfire Jolts the ISS, Shifting its Position http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iss-glitch-causes-its-position-change-180955555/Unexpected engine firing on a Soyuz capsule pushed the station into a different orbitWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:21:06 +0000How Non-stick Frying Pans Are Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-non-stick-frying-pans-are-made-180955545/Spinning the pans helps coatings apply evenly and makes the process hypnoticWed, 10 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes at a Tyrannosaurus Rex Dissectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behind-scenes-tyrannosaurus-rex-dissection-180955543/Months of work went into creating a model, life-sized dinosaur for experts to dismember and cut openWed, 10 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Researchers Are Training Robots Using Minecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-training-robots-using-minecraft-180955542/The popular game helps robots learn real-world skillsWed, 10 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Houghton Mifflin Once Sued Another Publisher on Behalf of Hitler and Mein Kampfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/houghton-mifflin-once-sued-another-publisher-behalf-hitler-and-mein-kampf-180955539/Rival versions of the book once vied for American readersTue, 09 Jun 2015 18:58:44 +0000How George Washington Did His Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-george-washington-did-his-hair-180955547/Despite the powder and curls it wasn't a wig at allTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000100-Year-Old Chalkboards, With Drawings Still Intact, Discovered in Oklahoma School http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/100-year-old-chalkboards-drawings-still-intact-discovered-oklahoma-school-180955532/The find includes lessons on pilgrims, math and musicTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here's What Happens When You Culture the Bacteria on an Eight-Year-Old’s Handhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happens-when-you-culture-bacteria-eight-year-olds-hand-180955528/Lots of cooties growTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Auction House is Selling Decades-Old Slices of Royal Wedding Cakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sale-decades-old-slices-cake-180955527/Boxed slices of wedding cakes from British royals are not-so-edible pieces of history Tue, 09 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Meet the Mites That Live on Your Facehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-mites-live-your-face-180955523/These microscopic organisms live and die on your faceTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:56:55 +0000Amateur Women's Baseball Teams Existed as Early as 1866http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-giants-once-had-girls-team-180955519/They typically challenged local a men’s teams to playTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:42:22 +0000This is What it Looks Like When a GoPro Falls From Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-it-looks-when-gopro-falls-space-180955526/SpaceX put a camera in a payload fairing for its Falcon 9 rocketMon, 08 Jun 2015 17:49:39 +0000There's Only One Way to Make a Dark 'n' Stormy Without Breaking the Lawhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/surprising-litigious-history-dark-n-stormy-180955518/The cocktail has a surprising, and litigious history Mon, 08 Jun 2015 14:35:59 +0000The Most Popular Eating Banana Might Soon Go Extinct http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-popular-eating-banana-might-soon-go-extinct-180955517/The Cavendish banana is succumbing to a disease that wiped out its predecessorFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Visit the Pacific’s Deepest Hydrothermal Vents With Underwater Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-pacifics-deepest-hydrothermal-vents-underwater-robots-180955515/Researchers spotted the vents nearly 12,500 feet beneath the surface during an expedition mapping the floor of the Pescadero BasinFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000French Government Plans to Fine Grocery Stores That Throw Away Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-government-plans-fine-grocers-who-throw-away-food-180955504/New regulations require that markets donate extra food or face finesFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000Water Wives: Men in India Marry Extra Women to Fetch Them Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-wives-men-india-marry-extra-women-fetch-them-water-180955511/Parched regions of India depend on women who take on the time-consuming, inconvenient task of obtaining and carrying waterFri, 05 Jun 2015 18:04:02 +0000There’s no Sound Evidence That Placenta Eating is a Good Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-no-real-evidence-placenta-eating-good-idea-180955514/The scientific literature is skimpy and the organ’s biology indicates there might be reasons to abstainFri, 05 Jun 2015 17:43:45 +0000An Oregon Town Tried (and Failed) to Scare Off Sea Lions With a Fake Orcahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oregon-town-tried-and-failed-scare-sea-lions-fake-orca-180955510/“Fake Willy" nearly drowned on its mission to drive sea lions out of Astoria, OregonFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:32:28 +0000NASA Will Lose Contact With Mars for 14 Days This Month http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-prepping-months-communications-blackout-mars-180955509/A conjunction with the sun will cause a two-week pause in commands to NASA Mars missionsFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:27:31 +0000Stop Calling Flibanserin "Female Viagra"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-flibanserin-isnt-female-viagra-180955506/As the FDA weighs the merits of a new drug to boost female libido, it's clear this is not a little blue pill for womenFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:10:41 +0000Mini Beavers Once Roamed Oregonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-beavers-once-roamed-oregon-180955487/Fossils of a squirrel-sized from in eastern Oregon may be related to modern beaversFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000There is an Ikea Museum at the Company’s Headquarters in Swedenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-ikea-museum-companys-headquarters-sweden-180955503/The main focus is Ikea's designs throughout the decadesFri, 05 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000Yes, Lions Will Hunt Humans if Given the Chancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-lion-killing-tourist-south-africa-isnt-surprising-180955512/The tragic attack at a South AFrican park serves as a reminder that lions are predators and humans are preyFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000The Civil War’s Division of North and South is Reflected in Cookbookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/civil-wars-division-north-and-south-apparent-cookbooks-180955492/Naval blockades kept the South starving for salt and other foods, a fact reflected in the recipes of the timeThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Chimpanzees Can Learn to Cook http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimpanzees-can-learn-cook-180955497/Given a microwave-like tool, chimpanzees become chefsThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000In 1938, the NY Times Wrote About a Weird New Food: The Cheeseburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1938-ny-times-wrote-about-weird-new-food-cheeseburger-180955493/Apparently, cheese on meat needed some explanationThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA Will Launch a Flying Saucer Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-will-hopefully-launch-flying-saucer-soon-180955498/Weather has kept the test vehicle, designed to land softly on Mars, grounded for the moment but the launch window is still openThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000Japanese Elevators May Soon Have Toiletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-elevators-may-soon-have-toilets-180955499/Earthquake-trapped travelers could have access to running water in elevatorsThu, 04 Jun 2015 15:41:23 +0000