Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:18 +0000This Dying Star Is the Coldest Place We’ve Found in the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dying-star-coldest-place-weve-found-universe-180953695/The Boomerang Nebula is just one degree above absolute zeroFri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:18 +0000Advanced Prosthetics Help a Dog Run And a Man Move Robotic Arms With His Mind http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/advanced-prosthetics-help-dog-run-and-man-move-robotic-arms-his-mind-180953693/Two recent stories showcase the latest advances in prosthetics and the lives they have changedFri, 19 Dec 2014 19:58:59 +0000Oil Companies Are Pausing Plans to Drill the Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-companies-are-struggling-plans-drill-arctic-180953688/Drilling the Arctic is hard, and with oil prices flagging, it may not be worth itFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:50:41 +0000At 26,700 Feet, This Is the Deepest-Swimming Fish Knownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/26700-feet-deepest-swimming-fish-known-180953684/Researchers found a new fish in the depths of the Mariana TrenchFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:51 +0000Introverts Give Their Extroverted Colleagues Bad Performance Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introverts-give-their-extroverted-colleagues-bad-performance-reviews-180953676/Studies of students show that extroverts don’t get rewarded for being outgoing when introverts are judgingFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:21 +0000Teachers Can Control Who the Cool Kids Arehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teachers-control-kids-popularity-seating-charts-180953680/Children nestled in the center of the classroom are deemed the coolest Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:01 +0000The Oldest Olive Oil Ever Found Is 8,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-olive-oil-ever-found-its-8000-years-old-180953678/Chemical analyses unveil traces of olive oil in ancient Israeli potteryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:06 +0000"White Christmas" Is Actually the Saddest Christmas Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-christmas-actually-saddest-christmas-song-180953675/The season would have reminded composer Irving Berlin of his young son who died Christmas Day in 1928Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:30:25 +0000Architects Analyze Kevin McCallister's "Home Alone" Booby Trapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/architects-analyze-kevin-mcallisters-home-alone-booby-traps-180953674/Overanalyze Home Alone in every way possible — and it still stands up, all these years laterThu, 18 Dec 2014 18:00:23 +0000Myth Busted: Americans Don’t Gain 10 Pounds Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/myth-busted-americans-dont-gain-10-lbs-over-holidays-180953673/It’s more like oneThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:04 +0000Congratulations, Humanity! We're Living Six Years Longer Than We Did in 1990, on Averagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/congratulations-humanity-were-living-six-years-longer-we-did-1990-average-180953672/Global life expectancy is increasing, especially in the developing worldThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:45:23 +0000Wisdom, the World's Oldest Albatross, Laid an Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-worlds-oldest-albatross-laid-egg-180953671/This is about the 35th time Wisdom has been a mother-to-be Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:37 +0000You Eat Millions...Even Billions!...of Microbes Every Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-eat-millionseven-billions-microbes-every-day-180953669/Yes, plenty of live microorganisms lurk in your yogurt, but they are everywhere else as wellThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:59 +0000After WWII, Scientists Conducted Deadly Tests With an Unexploded Nuclear Bomb Corehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-wwii-scientists-conducted-deadly-tests-unexploded-nuclear-bomb-core-180953668/Physicist Richard Feynman called the tests "tickling the tail of a sleeping dragon"Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:50:05 +0000Get Set Up With a Family in NYC for Christmashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-set-family-nyc-christmas-180953667/Don’t be sad at the prospect of spending the holiday alone, a popular photoblog will match you up with a familyThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:15:32 +0000Even A/C Can't Keep Our Economies From Slacking Off on Hot Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-c-cant-keep-our-economies-slacking-hot-days-180953665/As global warming turns up the temperature on the planet, it's going to be tougher to get anything doneWed, 17 Dec 2014 21:54:50 +0000Vinyl Producers Can’t Keep Up With Hipsters’ Demandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vinyl-producers-cant-keep-hipsters-demands-180953663/Vinyl is cool again, but will it last?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:58:18 +0000Back When Americans Could Travel Freely to Cuba, Here's What It Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-time-americans-could-travel-freely-cuba-heres-what-it-looked-180953661/The U.S. broke off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1960Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:31:02 +0000Now We Know Where Fat Goes When We Lose Weighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-where-fat-goes-when-we-lose-weight-180953659/We breathe it outWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:05:36 +0000The Cutest Climate Change Culprits: Arctic Ground Squirrelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutest-climate-change-culprit-arctic-ground-squirrels-180953657/By digging burrows in permafrost, Arctic ground squirrels help destabilize the vast stores of carbon in the soilWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:43:15 +0000America's Best Butter Is Handchurned in Vermonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-best-butter-handchurned-vermont-180953656/The price for perfection is $49 per poundWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:23:00 +0000When Sperm Meets Egg, Zinc Sparks Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-sperm-meets-egg-zinc-sparks-fly-180953642/Billions of tiny zinc particles explode from the surface of mammalian eggs when a sperm cell touches down Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:49:34 +0000The Turing Test of Computer Intelligence Is Too Easyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turing-test-computer-intelligence-too-easy-test-would-look-computer-creativity-180953640/To better test our computer programs’ intelligence, we should to ask them for stories and drawingsTue, 16 Dec 2014 19:31:40 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/Ancient Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Making Dead People's Pulses Beat Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/making-dead-peoples-pulses-beat-again-180953624/A new device can transform 150-year-old printed representations of heart beats into actual sound Tue, 16 Dec 2014 16:03:04 +0000Now the Danes Have Staked a Claim for the North Pole, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-danes-have-staked-their-claim-north-pole-too-180953626/The ultimate decision over who controls the North Pole will come down to the United NationsTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:52 +0000Pollution Is Turning the Taj Mahal Brownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollution-turning-taj-mahal-brown-180953620/Workers must periodically cover the Taj Mahal in clay to remove the pollutants stuck to its marble wallsMon, 15 Dec 2014 21:51:59 +0000You Wobble Like No Other Person on the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-wobble-no-other-person-planet-180953619/Analysis of the frame movements in footage from head-mounted cameras is just as unique as a fingerprintMon, 15 Dec 2014 19:41:10 +0000A Better Way Than Torture to Obtain Information: Acting Friendlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-better-way-get-information-torture-180953616/Friendly methods get information from suspects faster and more reliably, oh and they don't violate human rightsMon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:43 +0000If You Looked Out the Window While Returning From Space, Here’s What You’d Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-you-looked-out-window-while-returning-space-heres-what-youd-see-180953613/The bright glow of friction in Earth's atmosphereMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:47:22 +0000There Are Probably Just Five Northern White Rhinos Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-theres-probably-just-five-northern-white-rhinos-left-world-180953612/The death of a captive rhino at the San Diego Zoo brings the species closer to imminent extinction Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:58 +0000China Just Opened the World's Largest Water Diversion Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-just-sent-first-flows-through-largest-water-diversion-project-world-180953607/An unprecedented engineering project sends water to China’s parched NorthFri, 12 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000Bad Hangover? Blame It (Partly) On Your Parentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-hangover-blame-it-partly-your-parents-180953606/Susceptibility to hangovers is partly due to geneticsFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:31:27 +0000Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/killing-wolves-actually-leads-more-livestock-death-180953605/On the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple pictureFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:49:36 +0000Found: The Wreckage of the SS City of Rio de Janeiro, the “Bay Area’s Titanic”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-wreckage-ss-city-rio-de-janeiro-bay-areas-titanic-180953604/The maritime disaster was the worst in Bay Area historyFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:57:18 +0000NASA Could Actually Get a Budget Boost Next Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-could-actually-get-budget-boost-next-year-180953602/The pending budget will give NASA even more money than they asked forFri, 12 Dec 2014 17:07:30 +0000The Library for Magicians Is Taking Appointments http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/library-magicians-taking-appointments-180953601/The Conjuring Arts Research Center in New York City houses some of the world's rarest books on the art of deceptionFri, 12 Dec 2014 15:00:34 +0000Chances Are Your Supermarket Tomatoes Were Picked By Mexican Workers Living in Terrible Conditionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chances-are-your-supermarket-tomatoes-were-picked-mexican-workers-living-terrible-conditions-180953600/An investigation reveals practices in Mexican farm labor camps that resemble slaveryFri, 12 Dec 2014 14:20:23 +0000Christmas Research Papers Tackle Goofy Problems in Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christmas-research-papers-tackle-goofy-problems-practice-medicine-180953593/The British Medical Journal's holiday issue includes an investigation of old magazines in waiting rooms and finds that men can be idiotsThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:35 +0000In the Past 40 Years, 105 City Neighborhoods Gentrified; 2,000 Slipped Further Into Povertyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-40-years-105-city-neighborhoods-gentrified-2000-slipped-further-poverty-180953594/America's Move Toward Concentrated PovertyThu, 11 Dec 2014 20:15:44 +0000Scientists Finally Figure Out the “Big Bang” of Bird Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figure-out-big-bang-bird-evolution-180953586/The genomes of 45 birds contributed to the most in-depth bird evolutionary tree ever created Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000Backpackers Walk Across a Completely Clear Frozen Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/backpackers-walk-across-completely-clear-frozen-lake-180953590/A cool video raises the question: Why is most ice cloudy?Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000More Americans Are Pro-Gun Than Pro-Gun Controlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-americans-are-pro-gun-pro-gun-control-180953591/Americans prioritize gun rights over gun control for the first time in at least 20 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:21:34 +0000Superbugs Could Become a Top Cause of Death by 2050http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superbugs-could-become-top-cause-death-2050-180953588/If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people than cancer by 2050Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:43:20 +0000Conserving Tigers Could Hurt Leopards http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conserving-tigers-could-hurt-leopards-180953585/When one predator returns, another can be displaced Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:13:13 +0000The Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Is a 'Moon Shot'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-save-louisianas-coastline-are-built-shaky-scientific-ground-180953580/The plan involves moving silt from upstream down into the delta—but no one knows if there's actually enoughWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:48:22 +0000By Absorbing Smells From Its Food, This Fish Gets Scent Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/absorbing-smells-its-food-fish-gets-scent-camouflage-180953579/The harlequin filefish is a master of camoufalgeWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:23:50 +0000You've Never Seen Nerve Endings Like These http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youve-never-seen-nerve-endings-these-180953575/Scientists produce the most detailed images of nerve endings ever madeWed, 10 Dec 2014 16:57:27 +0000Typhoons Saved 13th Century Japan From Invasionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/typhoons-saved-13th-century-japan-mongol-invasion-180953573/Geologic evidence supports historic accounts of the great "Kamikaze" of 1274 and 1281Wed, 10 Dec 2014 15:30:24 +0000A Volcano on Cape Verde Is Wiping Out Whole Townshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fogo-volcano-wiping-out-whole-towns-180953574/An eruption at the Pico do Fogo volcano has forced 1,200 people to evacuateWed, 10 Dec 2014 15:02:48 +0000Online Students Give Better Reviews to Professors They Think Are Malehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/online-college-students-give-better-evaluations-if-they-think-their-professors-are-male-180953572/Even if the teachers were actually women, if the students thought they were men, the bias stuck Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:39:24 +0000Curiosity Rover’s Mars Crater May Have Cradled Large Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curiosity-rovers-mars-crater-may-have-cradled-large-lakes-180953568/Signs of water on Mars aren’t new, but now scientists think water may have been there for a long timeTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:46:28 +0000TGI Fridays Has Dispatched Mistletoe-Carrying Drones in Restaurantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tgi-fridays-has-dispatched-mistletoe-carrying-drones-restaurants-180953567/There's already been one collision between drone and humanTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:30:09 +0000These Adorable Robot Toys Teach Kids How to Codehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-adorable-robot-toys-teach-kids-how-code-180953566/The two bots using a basic visual language, and they are just one way to introduce children to computer programmingTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:11:49 +0000Most Vegetarians Lapse After Only a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-vegetarians-lapse-after-only-year-180953565/The vast majority of vegetarians return to eating meatTue, 09 Dec 2014 16:43:32 +0000The First Piece of Code Written by an American Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-becomes-coder-chief-after-trying-his-hand-computer-programming-180953564/The President participated in an introductory coding workshop as part of Computer Science Education WeekTue, 09 Dec 2014 15:33:33 +0000Dreams Are Slow-Motionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dreams-are-slow-motion-180953563/Lucid dreamers are offering insight into the sleeping mindTue, 09 Dec 2014 14:58:50 +0000Body Cameras Help Policehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/body-cameras-help-police-more-will-be-needed-help-citizens-180953560/An in-depth investigation of five cities using police body cameras highlights what the technology addresses and what it doesn’tMon, 08 Dec 2014 18:53:37 +0000Norwegian Nobel Winners Release Their Inner Avant-Garde Musicianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norwegian-nobel-winners-are-using-their-moment-fame-release-their-inner-avant-garde-musician-180953558/Nobel laureates in Physiology or Medicine repurposed a Norse folk tune for a science lecture Mon, 08 Dec 2014 18:30:39 +0000California's Ongoing Drought Is Its Worst in 1,200 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-ongoing-drought-its-worst-1200-years-180953557/Tree ring records unveil the severity of California's droughtMon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:44 +0000Someone Walked Off With a Picasso From a Miami Beach Art Festivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-walked-picasso-miami-beach-art-festival-180953554/An $85,000 silver plate went missing late last weekMon, 08 Dec 2014 16:00:10 +0000The Science of the Red Sea's Partinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-red-seas-parting-180953553/It is physically and scientifically possible for a body of water to partMon, 08 Dec 2014 15:31:32 +0000Queen Victoria Dreamed Up the White Wedding Dress in 1840http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/queen-victoria-sparked-white-wedding-dress-trend-1840-180953550/For most people, wearing a white wedding dress wasn't really a thing until the 1950sMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:30:41 +0000That Detox Diet Is Not Going to Rid Your Body of Toxinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-detox-diet-not-going-rid-your-body-toxins-180953548/It doesn't matter how many pureed veggies you drink, they won't vaporize those mysterious "poisons" you've heard aboutFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:35:27 +0000It’s Possible to See Exoplanets Without Schmancy Equipmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-possible-see-exoplanets-without-fancy-equipment-180953549/A cheap DSLR and some light computer processing can unveil far off exoplanetsFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:26:27 +0000Like Underwater Jedi, Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Other Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underwater-jedis-electric-eels-can-remotely-control-other-fishes-180953547/Electric eels can shock prey into both revealing their positions and freezing in placeFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:05:53 +0000Creep Through Albert Einstein’s Love Lettershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creep-through-albert-einsteins-love-letters-180953545/The Digital Einstein archive offers a look into the great physicist's writingsFri, 05 Dec 2014 18:14:28 +0000A Successful First Flight For NASA's Orion Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/successful-first-flight-nasas-orion-spacecraft-180953546/American spaceflight enters a new eraFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:37:16 +0000Listen to the Sounds of a Dying Coral Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-dying-coral-reef-180953543/Healthy coral reefs produce a medley of sounds that ocean creatures use as homing beacons Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:49:51 +0000Found in "Penny Papers" from the 1800s, A Lost Walt Whitman Poemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-penny-papers-1800s-lost-walt-whitman-poem-180953542/A professor at the University of Nebraska stumbled upon an ode to Whitman’s contemporary William Cullen BryantFri, 05 Dec 2014 15:00:30 +0000Humpback Whales in the Arabian Sea Have Been Isolated for 70,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humpback-whales-arabian-sea-have-been-isolated-their-friends-70000-years-180953540/Conservationists want this particular population of humpbacks to be classified as critically endangered Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:30:34 +0000Bats Have Specific Brains Cells for Tracking Their Location While in Flighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/specific-brain-cells-help-bats-keep-track-where-they-are-while-flying-180953537/Humans likely carry the same kind of cells in our own brainsThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:17:14 +0000Let Wildlife Recordings From the 1930s Take You Back to Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/let-wildlife-recordings-1930s-take-you-back-nature-180953533/Hear African wildlife from the 1930s with the British Library's nature sound archivesThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:38:18 +0000Goodbye CAPTCHA: Just Click a Box to Prove You're Not a Robothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-captcha-now-all-we-have-do-click-box-prove-were-not-robots-180953531/Google is getting rid of spam bots and annoying squiggly text at the same timeThu, 04 Dec 2014 15:26:35 +0000A Wayward Boat And Other Disruptions Delay Test of NASA's Newest Spaceshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wayward-boat-and-other-problems-disrupt-test-nasas-newest-spaceship-180953529/Orion's quest for space will have to wait until tomorrowThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:52:35 +0000A Worm’s Gut Could Help Dispose of Plastic Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plastic-loving-bacteria-worms-gut-could-help-break-down-our-pollution-problem-180953528/Microbes found in the guts of waxworms like to feast on polyethyleneThu, 04 Dec 2014 14:34:16 +0000Tour the Great Wide World of Mushroom Cloud Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-great-wide-world-mushroom-cloud-imagery-180953523/Nuclear testing yielded far more, and more diverse, images of mushroom clouds than those that are commonly shownWed, 03 Dec 2014 20:00:52 +0000The Fracking Boom Could Burn Out Decades Before It's Supposed Tohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/overenthusiastic-shale-gas-estimates-may-be-setting-world-fracking-crash-180953521/Overenthusiastic shale gas estimates may be setting the world up for a fracking crashWed, 03 Dec 2014 18:02:27 +0000Half the Cells in This Mouse’s Brain Are Humanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-cells-mouses-brain-are-human-180953520/Researchers implanted immature human brain cells in mouse pups, which then grew and replaced nearly half the mice's own cellsWed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:37 +0000The Largest Manmade Block Ever Was Just Discovered in Lebanon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-manmade-block-ever-carved-was-just-discovered-lebanon-180953518/The block was never used, likely because it was too big to transport Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:30:28 +0000Welcome to the Next Era of NASA Spaceflight...to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-next-era-nasa-spaceflight-mars-180953519/NASA's long-distance crew capsule, Orion, will get its first test flight tomorrowWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:03:26 +0000Public Bathroom Bacteria: Not as Gross as You'd Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bathrooms-are-full-same-types-bacteria-and-theyre-not-worrisome-180953517/Public restrooms are of no more of a health risk than your own homeWed, 03 Dec 2014 15:17:22 +0000MIT Is Giving Its Students Bitcoinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mit-giving-its-students-bitcoin-180953512/Researchers interested in studying how people use Bitcoin are handing out $100 worth of the currency to whoever wants itWed, 03 Dec 2014 14:34:45 +0000Richard III’s DNA Analysis Reveals Cuckoldry in the Familyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iiis-dna-analysis-reveals-cuckoldry-family-180953514/Researchers can trace the monarch’s maternal lineage to modern relatives, but not the male sideTue, 02 Dec 2014 20:32:39 +0000HIV's Ability to Cause AIDS Is Weakeninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hiv-changing-and-its-ability-cause-aids-weakening-180953511/A combination of advanced treatments and viral evolution are slowing virus’ reproduction Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:15 +0000Hollywood Asked for Freeway Noise Barriers Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-studios-and-hollywood-bowl-asked-freeway-noise-barriers-first-180953510/It only makes sense that the problem of road noise cropped up in Los AngelesTue, 02 Dec 2014 18:39:12 +0000Most College Students Don’t Graduate on Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-college-students-dont-graduate-time-180953509/The vast majority of students take more than 4 years to earn a bachelor's degreeTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:43:52 +0000A Major Galapagos Conservation Foundation Is Running Out of Cashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-galapagos-conservation-foundation-running-out-cash-180953503/A fight over selling souvenirs on the Galapagos is threatening conservation effortsTue, 02 Dec 2014 16:00:17 +0000Manhattan Insects Eat the Equivalent of 60,000 Hot Dogs Each Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insects-manhattan-eat-equivalent-60000-hot-dogs-each-year-180953507/Millions of urban insects act as efficient, largely unnoticed garbage disposals Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:06 +0000Do Social Media Death Threats Count as Real Threats Or Just as Venting?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-social-media-death-threats-count-real-threats-or-just-digital-venting-180953506/The Supreme Court is weighting the complex issue of free speech onlineTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:45:36 +0000James Watson Will Be the First Nobel Laureate to Sell His Medallion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/james-watson-will-be-first-nobel-laureate-history-sell-his-medallion-180953504/But his racist comments have created a surge of pushbackTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:22:15 +0000The White House Is Going Digital With Its Holiday Decorationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-going-digital-its-holiday-decorations-180953499/Robot dogs, an interactive holiday card and crowd-sourced light shows are a few of the new additions Mon, 01 Dec 2014 19:18:53 +0000Russia Has Its Own Classic Version of an Animated Winnie-the-Poohhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-version-winnie-pooh-different-also-classic-180953496/Three short films produced from 1969 through 1972 follow the adventures of A.A. Milne's charactersMon, 01 Dec 2014 18:21:14 +0000New Amsterdam's First Laws: Drink Less, Fight Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-laws-new-amsterdam-city-went-become-new-york-180953493/New Amsterdam was controlled by the Dutch from 1624 to 1664Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:46:20 +0000Why Do Families Move for Men's, But Not Women's, Careers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-families-move-mens-not-womens-careers-180953490/Men choose jobs that are less flexible in locationMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:15:13 +0000Older People’s Brains Notice More But Filter Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/older-peoples-brains-notice-more-filter-less-180953487/A small study shows that elderly people notice patterns even when those patterns aren’t usefulMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:29:54 +0000Girl Scouts Can Now Sell Cookies Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/girl-scout-cookies-sales-are-going-digital-first-time-180953492/But you'll still need to interact with a real, live Girl Scout to gain digital access to their cookiesMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:08:58 +0000Computers Write Novels Faster Than You Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computers-write-novels-faster-you-do-180953491/Silicon chips don't suffer writer's blockMon, 01 Dec 2014 14:34:58 +0000There's an Airbnb for Fields in Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-airbnb-fields-180953486/In the U.K., you can rent a field for weddings, concerts, sports matches or simply your own enjoyment Fri, 28 Nov 2014 19:00:49 +0000Experts Have No Idea Who This Roman God Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-have-no-idea-who-roman-god-found-turkey-180953485/A recently unearthed carving combines Roman and Mesopotamian elements but may represent a god from an even earlier timeFri, 28 Nov 2014 18:29:37 +0000A 15-Minute Test to Diagnose Ebola Is Going Into Use in West Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15-minute-test-rapidly-diagnose-ebola-going-testing-west-africa-180953484/Speeding up detection would help everyone get where they need to beFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:57 +0000This Computer From 1949 Runs on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-1949-runs-water-180953482/Computers at the time didn’t have displays; one economics student created a visualization using water-filled tanks and tubesFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:15:43 +0000NASA Is Turning Black Friday Into "Black Hole Friday"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-coopting-black-friday-teach-you-about-black-holes-instead-180953481/Because, in the end, even great savings won't save you from a singularityFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:13 +0000A Nurse Describes the Smell of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nurse-describes-smell-civil-war-180953478/The overpowering stink of blood and decaying flesh can surprise even trained soldiersFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:00:05 +0000Just in Time for Black Friday, San Francisco Passed the First Ever Retail Worker Bill of Rightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-black-friday-san-francisco-passed-first-ever-retail-worker-bill-rights-180953480/San Francisco's retail staff will have more stable hours and the possibility to work overtimeFri, 28 Nov 2014 15:08:24 +0000Soon Enough No One Will Remember Bill Clinton http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-years-no-one-will-remember-bill-clinton-180953479/People mostly remember first and recent US presidents, forgetting almost all the ones that came betweenFri, 28 Nov 2014 14:39:42 +0000Will Mandatory Calorie Counts Rain on Cinnabon's 8,300-Rolls-Per-Hour Thanksgiving Parade?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-mandatory-calorie-counts-rain-cinnabons-8300-rolls-hour-thanksgiving-parade-180953477/Cinnabon staffs up to cope with the holiday rush for their 880-calorie cinnamon rollsWed, 26 Nov 2014 19:26:58 +0000The 17th-Century Polish Vampire Next Doorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-poland-vampires-werent-boogeymen-out-town-girl-or-boy-next-door-180953476/In 17th century Poland, people pegged as vampires weren't weirdo foreigners but locals who freaked their neighbors outWed, 26 Nov 2014 19:18:47 +0000Lemmings Do Not Explode Or Throw Themselves Off Cliffshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lemmings-do-not-explode-or-throw-themselves-cliffs-180953475/A popular myth about these arctic rodents has its roots in faked documentary footage from DisneyWed, 26 Nov 2014 18:06:34 +0000Reexamining Fossils Revealed a New Dinosaur Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reexamining-old-fossils-unveils-new-dinosaur-species-180953473/A distinct species of Pentaceratops was hiding in a museum's fossil collectionWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Mysterious Antikythera Mechanism Is Even Older Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-astronomical-calculator-even-older-we-thought-180953472/This ancient astronomical calculator is now dated to 205 B.C. and is 1,000 years more advanced than anything else found from that timeWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000How NASA Censored Dirty-Mouthed Astronautshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nasa-censored-dirty-mouthed-astronauts-180953470/NASA really didn't want astronauts swearing on airWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:26:23 +0000Pardoned Turkeys Spend a Night in a Hotel Firsthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pardoned-turkeys-spend-night-hotel-first-180953469/After an evening in a $350 hotel room, today President Obama will spare the birds from the butcher's blockWed, 26 Nov 2014 15:26:44 +0000Heroin Use Is on the Rise Again, Thanks to Suburban White Usershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heroin-rise-again-us-thanks-suburban-white-users-180953464/OxyContin is heroin's new gateway drug, experts say Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:48:36 +0000A Dutch Actress Is Journeying to the South Pole on a Tractorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dutch-actress-journeying-south-pole-tractor-180953462/She pays tribute to great polar expeditions of the past and carries the dreams of thousands with herTue, 25 Nov 2014 19:04:57 +0000Butter And Olive Oil Prices Spikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-about-become-much-less-tasty-butter-and-olive-oil-prices-spike-180953460/The world is about to become much less tasty Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:48:41 +0000One Hummingbird's Unusual Flight: From Minnesota to Texas, on a Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-hummingbird-got-lost-minnesota-anonymous-bird-lover-flew-it-down-texas-180953457/Rufous hummingbirds have no business being in St. Paul amid freezing temperatures Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:41:49 +0000America's Offshore Wind Production Is About to Go Bighttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-offshore-wind-production-about-go-big-180953458/A new federal land lease will open the door to a surge in offshore wind developmentTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:29:35 +0000The Black Sea Devil, a Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish, Filmed for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-deep-sea-anglerfish-called-black-seadevil-has-been-filmed-first-time-180953454/Fewer than half a dozen anglerfish have ever been recorded swimming in their undersea habitatMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:41:06 +0000The Space Station Just Got an Experimental ISSpresso Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-station-just-got-their-experimental-isspresso-machine-180953446/Mmm, space coffeeMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:10:39 +0000We Weigh the Most on Mondayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-are-heaviest-mondays-and-heres-why-180953447/The weekend’s excesses can pack on a few extra pounds, but routine during the week tends to strip them away againMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:00:28 +0000An Ancient Egyptian Spellbook Has Been Translatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-spellbook-has-been-translated-180953443/It's like the researchers have never seen a horror movieMon, 24 Nov 2014 16:40:07 +0000Nicaragua Is Going Ahead With a Massive Canal That Will Bisect the Countryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nicaragua-going-ahead-massive-canal-will-bisect-country-180953440/According to experts, the project will likely wreak havoc on both Nicaraguans and the country's environmentMon, 24 Nov 2014 15:37:12 +0000A Simple Way to Reduce Car Crashes: Start the High School Day Later http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simple-way-reduce-car-crashes-start-high-school-day-later-180953435/A later roll-call time for teens also means improved health, mood, and grades Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:30:54 +0000Americans Are Using Less Water Than We Did in 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peak-water-was-decades-ago-americans-are-using-less-water-we-did-1970-180953437/Peak water was decades agoFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00:23 +0000Light Therapy May Work on Chronic Mood Disorders, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-therapy-may-work-more-season-affective-disorder-180953431/Sitting under fake sun could help heal chronic depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety, tooFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:25:54 +0000After the Storm: Floods of Dumped Milk And Melting Snow in Western New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-consequences-buffalos-storm-include-dumping-milk-and-flood-risk-180953434/More than five feet of snow, and up to eight in some places, over such as short time period is a lot to deal withFri, 21 Nov 2014 18:47:31 +0000In the U.S., Few Heavy Drinkers Are Actually Alcoholicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-heavy-drinkers-are-actually-alcoholics-us-180953433/About 90 percent of people who drink excessively—more than eight drinks a week for women, 15 for men—are not alcohol dependentFri, 21 Nov 2014 18:15:21 +0000A Tapeworm Crawled Around In This Man's Brain for Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tapeworm-crawled-around-mans-brain-years-180953430/Studying the extracted parasite might help others avoid a similar infestation Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:00 +0000One Idea to Get to Mars: Fill the Walls of a Spaceship With Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-idea-get-mars-fill-spaceships-walls-water-180953428/The insulation from radiation would also be drinkable Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:18:02 +0000How One Crop Allowed Humans to Conquer the Himalaya http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-crop-allowed-humans-conquer-himalaya-180953427/Hardy barley enabled us to survive at altitudes that were previously beyond reach Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:48:09 +0000The Rotational Energy of Black Holes Spits Out Powerful Particle Streamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-holes-spin-might-create-high-energy-jets-center-galaxies-180953426/Researchers are getting closer to answering some heavy questions about how supermassive black holes workFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:12:03 +0000This New Video of the Earth Is the Best Ever Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-released-video-earth-best-ever-made-180953423/The video was made with images taken by a Russian satellite Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:28:50 +0000America to Same-Sex Couples: Sure, You Can Have Legal Rights, Just Don't Kiss in Front of Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-same-sex-couples-sure-you-can-have-legal-rights-just-dont-kiss-front-us-180953421/Americans are in favor of granting legal rights like property inheritance to same-sex couples. They aren't as in favor of public displays of affection.Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:05:31 +0000How to Fold a World Record-Setting Paper Airplanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fold-world-record-setting-paper-airplane-180953417/The secret lies in the design, but having a football quarterback on hand to throw the plane might help you break recordsThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:15:54 +0000How Small Volcanoes May Have Helped Slow Global Warminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/small-volcanos-might-be-cooling-down-earth-180953416/Ash reflects heat back into space Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:45:48 +0000Millennials Are Different, Just Not the Way You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millennials-are-different-just-not-way-you-think-180953414/Young adults today are more optimistic despite facing more economic strain than the previous two generationsThu, 20 Nov 2014 18:14:19 +0000Now a Person Can Scramble Up a Wall Just Like a Geckohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scale-glass-wall-material-inspired-gecko-feet-180953411/Or use the same material to catch wayward space trashThu, 20 Nov 2014 17:46:50 +0000Having a Complicated Job Might Help Protect Memory Later in Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/having-complicated-job-might-help-protect-memory-later-life-180953409/Regardless of your starting IQ, mental function seems to increase or decrease depending on whether your job was challenging or menial Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:39:48 +0000Astronauts Nap on the Launchpad While Waiting for a Ride to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-astronauts-nap-launchpad-while-waiting-ride-space-180953408/There's not much to do while NASA goes through its pre-launch checks Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:57:36 +0000City-Sized Landslides Happened in the Past And Can Happen Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-sized-landslides-happened-past-and-can-happen-again-180953406/Utah has a new claim to fame: it was the site of the world's largest known landslide Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:47:14 +0000We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-put-worms-mind-lego-robot-body-180953399/A wheeled Lego robot may not look like a worm, but it "thinks" like one after programmers gave it the neuron connections in a C. elegans roundwormWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:43:49 +0000India Once Released 25,000 Flesh-Eating Turtles Into the Gangeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-government-once-released-25000-flesh-eating-turtles-ganges-river-180953384/A plan to clean up corpses failed due to lack of planning Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:12:05 +0000The Philae Spacecraft Confirmed the Presence of Organic Molecules on the Comet it Landed On http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-spacecraft-confirmed-presence-organic-molecules-comet-it-landed-180953379/Researchers hope the finding sheds light on how organic molecules might have first arrived on Earth Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:54:40 +0000This Company Is Crowdfunding a Mission to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-crowd-funding-mission-moon-180953377/Your reward: a spot in a digital time capsule buried beneath the lunar surfaceWed, 19 Nov 2014 15:42:03 +0000300+ Species Just Joined the List of Threatened Plants And Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-300-species-just-joined-list-plants-and-animals-threatened-extinction-180953364/Overfishing, overhunting and habitat loss drove many of the new additions Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:51 +0000This Archaeology Site Is Guarded by 500 Turkish Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeology-site-guarded-500-turkish-soldiers-180953362/The excavation of a 5,000 year old city on the Turkey-Syrian border continues despite nearby presence of the Islamic State extremistsTue, 18 Nov 2014 19:22:13 +0000Neurologists Lost Track of Part of the Human Brain And Just Re-Discovered Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neurologists-lost-track-part-human-brain-and-just-re-discovered-it-180953359/The major pathway in the brain wasn’t exactly missing, but science literature appeared to have forgotten about it until nowTue, 18 Nov 2014 18:45:58 +0000People Tend to Run Marathons Before Big Birthdayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/people-run-marathons-right-big-birthdays-180953356/The search for achievement and meaning at the end of a decade increases suicide and cheating, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 17:55:04 +0000Outfitting Football Helmets With Magnets Could Reduce Concussionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/outfitting-football-helmets-magnets-could-reduce-concussions-180953355/Strong magnets can repel at least 300 lbs of force, preventing heads from colliding Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:45:51 +0000How to Heat Your House With a Cloud Computer Serverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-cozy-overheated-computer-180953354/A German company is installing servers in homes and offices to recycle heat Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:15:49 +0000Bed Bugs Can Transmit the Chagas Disease Parasite http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bed-bugs-not-just-kissing-bugs-can-transmit-chagas-disease-parasite-180953350/The parasite is usually associated with Latin and South America, but was recently found throughout Louisiana, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:41 +0000Some Plants Eavesdrop (And Steal) Via an Underground Fungal Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-plants-steal-resources-other-plants-using-underground-fungal-network-180953344/An underground network can be used for friendly communication—or for evil Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:30:50 +0000Antarctic Seals Keep Trying to Have Sex With Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-seals-keep-trying-have-sex-penguins-180953349/This isn’t the first time a fur seal has attempted to copulate with a king penguin and scientists think that more seals are learning the behaviorMon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:24 +0000More Than 35 Million People Around the World Are Slaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-35-million-people-around-world-are-slaves-180953347/People are slaves in every one of the 167 countries investigated in a new report, including the United StatesMon, 17 Nov 2014 19:30:56 +0000Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-explain-why-coffee-more-prone-spills-beer-180953346/It all comes down to the foam Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:50:44 +0000We Fall in Love With Space Robots Because They Act Like Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-fall-love-space-robots-because-they-act-animals-180953342/Like pets, wires and chips can appear to act with intention Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:46:01 +0000How to Live With Hallucinatory “Voices” Without Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-live-hallucinatory-voices-without-drugs-180953337/A European-centered movement is trying to change the perception that hearing voices is badMon, 17 Nov 2014 16:01:11 +0000We're Running Out of Chocolate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-running-out-chocolate-180953340/We're eating so much chocolate that plants can't keep upMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:43:29 +0000Eat More Seaweed (It's Good for You)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eat-seaweed-more-it-good-you-180953338/Foraging for fresh seaweeds gives you option and the best taste according to this Brittany seaweed eaterMon, 17 Nov 2014 14:31:36 +0000Philae Is Now Asleephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/update-comet-chasing-philae-bounced-twice-and-didnt-quite-stick-landing-180953333/The lander’s solar panels aren’t getting enough light and the batteries will die, but we already have some fantastic images and dataSat, 15 Nov 2014 02:14:24 +0000Get Past the Vile Smell: Ginkgo Nuts Are Delicioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-past-vile-smell-ginkgo-nuts-are-delicious-180953336/People have been feasting on these tasty little morsels since at least the 11th centuryFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:14:53 +0000Lack of Sleep Seems to Be More Deadly for Firefighters Than Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lack-sleep-seems-be-more-deadly-fire-fighters-fire-180953331/Sleep disorders are rampant among firefighters, and the majority do not seek treatment Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:21:40 +0000Look How 30 Years of Automation Changed How Crayons Are Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-how-30-years-industrial-automation-changed-how-crayons-are-made-180953330/Thirty years ago, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood showed how people made crayons. Today, crayon-making is a robot's jobFri, 14 Nov 2014 17:00:08 +0000Bullying Pays Off For Chimp Dadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bullying-pays-chimp-dads-180953329/For male chimps, the meaner you are, the more offspring you have Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:35:01 +0000ISIS Is Making Its Own Currencyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-making-its-own-currency-180953327/It's the latest step in the insurgent group's attempt to forge a new stateFri, 14 Nov 2014 16:00:37 +0000Playing With Smartphones Isn't Going to Damage Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relax-parentsplaying-smartphone-isnt-going-damage-your-toddler-180953326/Tablets and TVs can be both good and bad for your childFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:30:15 +0000This Artist Makes E. coli-Shaped Popsicleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-makes-e-coli-shaped-popsicles-180953324/For those who prefer plants to pathogens, there's popsicle cacti, too Fri, 14 Nov 2014 15:00:11 +0000First Ever Experimental Drug Trials on Ebola Patients to Begin Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-experimental-drug-trials-ebola-patients-begin-next-month-180953325/Three potential Ebola drugs are being fast tracked to trials in west AfricaFri, 14 Nov 2014 14:28:43 +0000Mind Control Turns Mouse Genes On and Off And Could Treat Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mind-control-turns-mouse-genes-and-could-offer-new-way-treat-diseases-180953323/An innovative experiment in mice shows how scientists could develop medications that dispense with the power of thoughtThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:37:06 +0000Giant, Slow-Moving Sharks Are Secretly Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-slow-moving-sharks-are-secretly-everywhere-180953320/We know very little about Greenland sharks, including the extent of their range, but what we do know is intriguingThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:12:57 +0000More Evidence That There's a Connection Between a Person's Gut Bacteria And Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-grows-gut-bacteria-brain-connection-180953317/Bacteria can affect your brain, but it's still too early to do much with the informationThu, 13 Nov 2014 17:17:47 +0000Why Charging for Plastic Bags Makes People Give Them Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-charging-plastic-bags-makes-people-give-them-180953315/It's all about setting up psychological tripping blocks Thu, 13 Nov 2014 16:49:56 +0000Russian Tanks And Troops Are Pouring Into Ukraine, Says NATOhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-tanks-and-troops-are-pouring-ukraine-says-nato-180953313/Unmarked troops and equipment have traveled from Russia to UkraineThu, 13 Nov 2014 15:14:16 +0000Europeans Thought Coffee Was Satanichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/past-coffee-has-been-called-devil-accused-making-men-impotent-and-rejected-being-inferior-beer-180953309/Until the Pope tried it out and became a fanThu, 13 Nov 2014 14:32:31 +0000Californians Will Soon Be Swimming in Fukushima-Irradiated Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fukushima-radiation-nears-california-dont-worry-levels-are-harmless-180953308/Radiation took two-and-a-half years to make it across the ocean—but don't worry, the levels of radiation are harmlessWed, 12 Nov 2014 19:38:32 +0000North Korea Subsidizes About 70 Schools in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/about-70-schools-japan-are-subsidized-north-korea-180953307/The institutions are a way for ethnic Koreans to connect to their culture but are also targets of criticismWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:57:25 +0000What Do Glaciers Say When They Sing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-sing-seismic-rumble-and-listening-could-be-useful-180953305/Glaciers make some curious soundsWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:11:24 +0000Comet 67P Has a Welcome Song for Rosetta And Philaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-has-welcome-song-rosetta-and-philae-180953303/A successful touchdown after the comet chase is just the herald of more discoveries to come, including the cause of the comet's strange songWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:47:04 +0000This Is Your Brain on Ideashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-ideas-180953301/Momentarily tuning out the world seems to be a requirement for tapping into an insightful ideaWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:29:01 +0000China's Climate Promises: Necessary, But Not Sufficienthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-climate-promises-necessary-not-sufficient-180953300/The new U.S. and Chinese climate goals are important, but they're not enough to stop the problemWed, 12 Nov 2014 15:32:33 +0000Living in Tough Environments Makes People More Prone to Belief in Godhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/living-tough-environments-makes-cultures-more-prone-belief-god-180953296/People living in harsh natural environments are more likely to believe in a tough, moralizing godWed, 12 Nov 2014 14:34:07 +0000Beyond Owls And Larks: There Are Four Types of Sleepershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyond-owls-and-larks-there-are-four-types-sleepers-180953298/The two new groups include people who are rather energetic all day and others who are lethargicTue, 11 Nov 2014 20:44:14 +0000A Single Smelly Compound Sparks Carnivores' Lust for Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/single-smelly-compound-sparks-carnivores-lust-blood-180953294/When given scented wooden blocks soaked in this single chemical, captive carnivores go wildTue, 11 Nov 2014 19:34:41 +0000How Cats Transformed From Wild Animals to Cuddly Companions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-biological-tweaks-allowed-cats-transform-wild-animals-cuddly-companions-180953292/Genetically, there's not that much separating feline pets from jungle beasts Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:00:55 +0000DARPA Wants Flying Drone Carriershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darpa-wants-flying-drone-carriers-180953293/Retrofitting big bombers into drone carriers could make Cold War tech more useful for modern warfareTue, 11 Nov 2014 16:37:35 +0000Tomorrow, a Man-made Spacecraft Will Land On a Comet for the First Time, Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosetta-mission-set-make-history-tomorrow-landing-comet-180953291/The action starts bright and earlyTue, 11 Nov 2014 15:52:29 +0000Grad Students Carry 40 Percent of All Student Debthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grad-students-carry-40-percent-all-student-debt-180953288/But they make up just 14 percent of enrollment at U.S. universitiesTue, 11 Nov 2014 14:32:19 +0000Can’t Clap to the Beat? You Might be Beat-Deafhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cant-clap-beat-you-might-be-beat-deaf-180953286/For some people, tapping their foot to the beat is a challenge at a fundamental levelMon, 10 Nov 2014 19:52:42 +0000Researchers Are Examining a 9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-examining-9000-year-old-extinct-bison-mummy-180953284/The well-mummified specimen of a steppe bison, a now-extinct species that lived in the Ice Age, has intact organs Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:34:38 +0000A Lost John Steinbeck Short Story Was Rediscovered, Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-john-steinbeck-short-story-was-rediscovered-published-180953283/The short story deals with the racial politics of the mid-20th centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 17:32:53 +000019th Century Concern Trolling: Chess Is “a Mere Amusement of a Very Inferior Character”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-concern-trollingchess-mere-amusement-very-inferior-character-180953281/The writers of Scientific American had some not nice things to say about chessMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:15:39 +0000A Soldier’s Room Has Remained Virtually Untouched Since WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fallen-french-soldiers-bedroom-has-remained-virtually-untouched-he-died-world-war-i-180953280/The home's current owner, however, says he feels little connection to the dead soldierMon, 10 Nov 2014 15:56:20 +0000What If There Are Parallel Universes Jostling Ours? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parallel-universes-might-jostle-against-our-own-180953277/It could explain a lot of weird, quantum physicsFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:30:03 +0000Large Dinosaurs Had a Nesting Strategy to Avoid Breaking Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-dinosaurs-had-nesting-strategy-avoid-breaking-eggs-180953276/Oviaptorosaurs likely kept their eggs in open nests—more like bird than crocodiles—but needed to arrange their eggs carefullyFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:00:44 +0000The World of Personal Computers in the 1980s Was A Wacky, Wonderful Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-personal-computers-1980s-was-wacky-wonderful-place-180953274/You can experience early video games and operating systems yourself through retrocomputing and adsFri, 07 Nov 2014 19:00:26 +0000George Washington Didn’t Have Wooden Teeth—They Were Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washington-didnt-have-wooden-teeth-they-were-ivory-180953273/Washington's teeth were made of a lot of things, but not woodFri, 07 Nov 2014 18:00:53 +0000Scientists Figured Out How to Make People "Feel" an Otherworldly Presencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-induce-neurological-seance-180953272/Feeling like a ghost or an angel is near is likely caused by a blip in how our brain processes self awareness and our sense of place in spaceFri, 07 Nov 2014 17:00:04 +0000Arctic Squirrels Use Steroids to Bulk Up But Don’t Suffer the Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-squirrels-bulk-hibernation-steroids-dont-suffer-consequences-180953266/Fat alone couldn’t get these squirrels through hibernation in burrows that get almost as chilly as -10 degrees FahrenheitFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:00:32 +0000The Navy SEAL Who Says He Shot Bin Laden Goes Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-seal-who-claims-have-shot-bin-laden-named-himself-180953270/Robert O'Neill says he is the SEAL who killed bin LadenFri, 07 Nov 2014 15:21:48 +0000The Foolproof Way to Fix a Wobbly Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/foolproof-way-fix-wobbly-table-180953264/Solving life's challenges one at a time—with math!Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:02:37 +0000The International Space Station Just Avoided a Collision With Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-just-avoided-gravity-disaster-180953265/A four-minute maneuver by a docked, unmanned European spacecraft pushed the ISS out of the path of a hand-sized chuck of space debrisThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:57 +0000Atari Games That No One Wanted Now Selling for $500 a Pop http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atari-games-no-one-wanted-now-selling-500-pop-180953262/No one wanted Atari's E.T. in 1982, but they want it nowThu, 06 Nov 2014 18:03:32 +0000Smaug the Dragon And Other Unexpected Airport Surprises http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smaug-dragon-and-other-unexpected-airport-surprises-180953259/There's more to the world's airports than newsstands and food courts Thu, 06 Nov 2014 17:01:04 +0000Virgin Galactic's Aggressive Plan to Get Back in the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-aggressive-plan-get-back-air-180953260/The company hopes to resume flying with a new ship by summer 2015Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:30:16 +0000How the Word “OK” Was Invented 175 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-word-ok-was-invented-175-years-ago-180953258/OK is an editorial joke run wild Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:00:23 +0000Nearly 400 Journalists Have Been Murdered Over the Past Ten Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-400-journalists-have-been-murdered-over-past-ten-years-180953253/Only ten percent of their killers are ever reprimanded Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:07:42 +0000A Lone Gray Wolf May Have Wandered Into the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lone-gray-wolf-may-have-wandered-grand-canyon-180953254/Officials haven’t confirmed whether the canine is a full-blooded gray wolf, but wolf advocates are pretty convincedWed, 05 Nov 2014 19:00:43 +0000Even Climate Scientists Are Getting Depressed by Our Lack of Progresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-climate-scientists-are-getting-depressed-our-lack-progress-180953252/Anxiety about the changing environment isn’t just affecting you and professionals are working to understand itWed, 05 Nov 2014 18:32:51 +0000Humans Outnumber Rats in NYC http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/number-rats-new-york-city-isnt-even-close-number-humans-180953247/There's actually about one rat for every four people Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:10:57 +0000Guy Fawkes May Be the Root of the Word “Guys”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guy-fawkes-may-be-root-word-guys-180953250/The word's meaning has changed a lot throughout the centuriesWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:09:09 +0000What Happens When Western And Traditional Chinese Medicine Mergehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/increasing-number-doctors-are-trying-reconcile-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-western-medicine-180953246/These two treatment philosophies were previously seen as being diametrically opposed, but some experts think the systems can complement each anotherWed, 05 Nov 2014 15:02:10 +0000Should We Use Satellites to Keep an Eye on Remote Amazonian Tribes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-we-use-satellites-keep-eye-remote-amazonian-tribes-180953240/Satellite monitoring could help keep tabs on indigenous people without invasive visits to their remote homes Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000Scratching an Itch Soothes, But Then Your Brain Makes it Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scratching-itch-soothes-then-your-brain-makes-it-worse-180953243/Pain overrides itchiness temporarily but neurotransmitters released to cope with that pain reactivate the itch neuronsTue, 04 Nov 2014 19:18:45 +0000Left-Handed People Have Less Specialized Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/left-handed-people-have-less-specialized-brains-180953238/Diversity means flexibility, even if being left-handed can be super annoyingTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:31:57 +0000These Giant Circles in the Mideast Are One of the World's Last Mysterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-giant-circles-mideast-are-one-worlds-last-mysteries-180953237/Archaeologists have found more than a dozen ancient circles in Turkey, Syria and Jordan—but don’t know why they were builtTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:48:56 +0000Scotland Is No Longer Home to the World’s Best Whiskyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scotland-no-longer-home-worlds-best-whiskys-180953234/When it comes to whisky, Japan, the US and even England now reign supreme Tue, 04 Nov 2014 16:17:53 +0000A Horse Racing Favorite Died Minutes After Completing the Melbourne Cuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horse-racing-favorite-died-minutes-after-completing-melbourne-cup-180953235/Admire Rakti wasn't even the only horse to die at the racesTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:53:09 +0000Great Britain Still Has Significant Debt From World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-britain-still-has-significant-debt-world-war-i-180953233/The U.K. is committing itself to paying off a small fraction of that debt next year by issuing new debtTue, 04 Nov 2014 14:43:32 +0000How to Protect the Lincoln Memorial From Crazy Floodinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-protect-lincoln-memorial-crazy-flooding-180953229/The capital city's decades-old system of levees to keep water back during storms and flooding is getting an upgradeMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:39:05 +0000Fanged Deer Not Extinct, Still Roaming the Mountains of Afghanistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fanged-deer-not-extinct-still-roaming-mountains-afghanistan-180953228/The Kashmir musk deer was last spotted in 1948 but now researchers report five recent sightingsMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:09:35 +0000What SpaceShipTwo's Crash Means for Virgin Galactic And Private Spaceflighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spaceshiptwos-crash-means-virgin-galactic-and-private-spaceflight-180953225/Private spaceflight may see tighter federal regulationMon, 03 Nov 2014 16:36:50 +0000Get Down With This Year’s "Dance Your PhD" Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-down-years-dance-your-phd-winners-180953224/Acrobatic human tornadoes and pair-dancing inertial confinement fusion implosions are among this year's favorites Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:14:58 +0000Rovers Disguised as Baby Penguins Can Quietly Infiltrate Penguin Colonieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rovers-disguised-penguins-can-quietly-infiltrate-and-monitor-colonies-those-birds-180953222/Normally wary penguins seem unfazed when there's a smartly dressed robot in their midst Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:47:15 +0000It’s Still Possible to Stop the Worst of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-still-possible-stop-worst-climate-change-180953221/Say so long to fossil fuelsMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:15 +0000Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed in Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-just-crashed-california-180953218/The private spaceflight company was testing a new fuel for their experimental spaceshipFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:38:37 +0000Did the Gladiators Drink an Energy Drink Made of Ash?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-gladiators-drink-energy-drink-made-ash-180953213/Gladiators were getting extra calcium in their dietFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:41:18 +0000We Can Measure How Traffic Vibrates the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-activity-vibrates-earth-and-we-can-measure-it-180953212/Special instruments called geophones help researchers distinguish the signatures of big trucks rumbling down the highway and planes taking offFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:31 +0000Scientists Are Pretty Sure Survivors Can't Transmit Ebola Sexuallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-pretty-sure-ebola-survivors-cant-transmit-virus-through-sex-probably-1-180953210/Research suggests Ebola survivors aren't infectious, but scientists aren't ruling it outFri, 31 Oct 2014 16:14:24 +0000Your Reaction to “Gross” Pictures Can Betray Your Political Beliefshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-reaction-gross-pictures-can-betray-your-political-beliefs-180953206/Liberal and conservative brains show different activity patterns when they look at pictures of things typically thought of as disgustingFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:22 +0000Someone Just Bought an Entire Connecticut Ghost Town for $1.2 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-ghost-town-connecticut-sale-800000-180953205/Johnsonville was once a 62-acre mill villageFri, 31 Oct 2014 14:27:48 +0000Australia’s Koalas Have Chlamydia, But a New Vaccine Could Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vaccine-could-save-australias-koalas-chlamydia-180953203/The sexually transmitted disease threatens the health of one of Australia’s iconic marsupialsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:42:25 +0000This Newly Forming Planet Will Have Three Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-forming-planet-will-have-three-suns-180953200/A triple-star system has two disks of gas and dust that could form planetsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:12:15 +0000Why Doctors Still Don’t Know What's Causing a Paralysis-Inducing Illness in Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-doctors-still-dont-know-cause-paralysis-inducing-illness-children-180953198/More children are showing up with limb flaccidness than health officials would expect, but the illness remains rare and mysteriousThu, 30 Oct 2014 18:34:55 +0000Scientists Who Traveled to Ebola-Infected Countries Are Being Asked to Skip a Big Tropical Medicine Meetinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-who-have-recently-been-ebola-infected-country-were-asked-not-come-big-upcoming-meeting-about-tropical-medicine-180953196/Researchers from the frontline of the fight against Ebola must cancel their plans to attend an upcoming conference in New Orleans Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:43:09 +0000Researchers Grew Miniature Human Stomachs from Stem Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-grew-mini-human-stomachs-stem-cells-180953197/The tiny lab dish-dwelling organs will help researchers monitor the progression of disease and test new drugsThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:27 +0000Pat Yourself on the Back, America: The U.S. Is Not Freaking Out About Ebola (For the Most Part)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-job-americans-youre-largely-not-freaking-out-about-ebola-us-180953195/Poll numbers show most Americans aren't succumbing to the fear over EbolaThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:10:14 +0000The European Space Agency Has Made the Weirdest Short Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-has-made-weirdest-short-film-advertise-space-mission-180953194/The ESA's advertising Rosetta with a very unusual sci-fi shortThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:00:45 +0000Aircraft Hunters Think They’ve Found a Scrap of Amelia Earhart’s Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aircraft-hunters-think-theyve-found-scrap-amelia-earharts-plane-180953193/This isn't the first time a seemingly game-changing piece of evidence about Earhart's disappearance has arisen, however Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:13:14 +0000Rainbows Don’t Include Purple Light, So Why Do They Sometimes Seem To?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rainbows-dont-include-purple-light-so-why-do-they-sometimes-seem-180953190/Supernumerary rings, supernumerary rings, supernummringsThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:20:05 +0000Artists In Search of Inspiration Can Now Find Their Muse On a Cargo Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-search-inspiration-can-now-find-thier-muse-cargo-ship-180953189/Container ships now join Amtrak trains, dune shacks and remote islands in the Arctic circle as sights dedicated to artistic pursuitThu, 30 Oct 2014 13:29:26 +0000A Couple’s First Two Kids Make Them Briefly Happier; the Third Not So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birth-couples-first-two-kids-make-them-briefly-happier-third-not-so-much-180953184/Older couples get the most joy from their new addition to the family, teens the least Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:13 +0000This Headline Is Trying to Manipulate You, And It's Workinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-cry-when-you-realize-how-easily-media-can-manipulate-you-180953183/Bad headlines stick with you, even if you read the storyWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:46:21 +0000Google Is Working on a Pill That Can Figure Out What Ails Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-working-pill-can-figure-out-what-ails-you-180953181/Microscopic particles will spy on the cells of your body and look for any disease, including cancerWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:02:45 +0000Giant Tortoises Have Made a Comeback From 15 to 1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-tortoises-have-made-comeback-15-1000-180953180/Española giant tortoises have been reintroduced to Galapagos National Park and are breeding on their own Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:33:15 +0000You’ll Soon Be Able to Talk to London And Manchester’s Statueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-soon-be-able-talk-london-and-manchesters-statues-180953179/Just scan a tag near the statues with your cell, and they'll call you with a quick first-person history lessonWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:50:37 +0000Ancient Easter Islanders Likely Sailed Back And Forth to South Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-easter-islanders-likely-sailed-back-and-forth-south-america-180953178/The 4,600-mile roundtrip couldn't have been easy—even for people who had already migrated from Polynesia in wooden outrigger canoesWed, 29 Oct 2014 13:12:31 +0000The Antares Rocket Explosion Wasn't Orbital Sciences' First Big Malfunctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antares-rocket-explosion-wasnt-orbital-sciences-first-big-malfunction-180953177/Orbital Sciences has lost some of NASA's gear before, because going to space is really, really hardWed, 29 Oct 2014 01:29:45 +0000Found: Millions of Gallons of Missing Oil From Deepwater Horizonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-found-millions-gallons-missing-oil-deepwater-horizon-180953173/Oil that sank to the seafloor left a ring the size of Rhode IslandTue, 28 Oct 2014 19:14:15 +0000What Appears to Be a Complete Mammoth Skeleton Was Discovered in an Idaho Ditchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-appears-be-complete-mammoth-skeleton-was-discovered-idaho-ditch-180953171/A nearby reservoir has just covered the fossil in water, however, postponing the excavation Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:46:47 +0000America's Finally Getting Its First Permanent Cat Cafehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cat-cafes-are-real-and-popping-around-america-180953172/Cappuccino and a Siamese, pleaseTue, 28 Oct 2014 17:08:49 +0000Reminder: Keep Your Boat AWAY From NASA's Rocket Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reminder-keep-your-boat-away-nasas-rocket-launches-180953167/A mission to the ISS was cancelled because of a wayward boatTue, 28 Oct 2014 15:24:30 +0000The Pope Would Like You to Accept Evolution And the Big Banghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pope-would-you-accept-evolution-and-big-bang-180953166/The Roman Catholic Church is pro evolution and Big Bang, but with a twistTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:53:32 +0000Lava Is Poised to Consume Some Homes in Hawaii http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lava-poised-consume-some-homes-hawaii-180953165/Lava is creeping across the Big Island's Puna district at a rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hourTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:21:24 +0000We're Terrible at Distinguishing Real And Fake Schools of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-terrible-distinguishing-real-and-fake-schools-fish-180953162/You can test your fish school savviness in a free online game created by scientistsTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:56:43 +0000When Becoming a Man Means Sticking Your Hand Into a Glove of Antshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brazilian-tribe-becoming-man-requires-sticking-your-hand-glove-full-angry-ants-180953156/Young men must subject themselves to a ritual involving bullet ant-filled gloves not once but 20 times Mon, 27 Oct 2014 18:56:33 +0000Do You Make Better Decisions When Hungry?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-you-make-better-decisions-when-hungry-180953157/Results from tests on university students contradict the notion that hunger makes you impulsive, instead it might make you intuitiveMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:43:26 +0000A Zoo Python Had Six Babies in a "Virgin Birth"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zoo-python-had-six-babies-virgin-birth-180953154/The 20-foot-long reptile hadn't had a chance to meet a mate, but she still laid 61 eggsMon, 27 Oct 2014 16:28:31 +0000Newsflash: Technology Cannot Guarantee a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newsflash-technology-cannot-guarantee-baby-180953150/The unregulated egg freezing industry is profitable for those involved, but prone to failure for those looking to get pregnantMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:35:06 +0000Your Cat Has No Idea What You Want And Is Kind of Scared of Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cat-has-no-idea-what-you-want-and-kind-scared-you-180953152/Cats don't do social skillsMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:07:32 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Smells Really, Really Badhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-smells-really-really-bad-1-180953149/If you could breathe in space, you wouldn't want to breathe this airMon, 27 Oct 2014 14:27:09 +0000How the Gates Foundation Is Making Cassava the Next Cornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-gates-foundation-making-cassava-next-corn-180953142/Sophisticated plant breeding techniques (but no GMOs) and lots of money are aimed at improving this staple crop of the tropicsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +0000 40 Percent of Adult Internet Users Have Been Harassed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/40-adult-internet-users-have-been-harassed-online-180953143/Harassment runs rampant onlineFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:12 +0000Stone Age Shelter in Peru is the Oldest, Highest Human Settlementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stone-age-shelter-peru-oldest-highest-human-settlement-180953139/Researchers found campfires and rock art at nearly 14,700 feet, suggesting ancient people lived high just 2,000 years after they reached South AmericaFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:31:14 +0000How to Grow a Giant Pumpkinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-grow-giant-pumpkin-180953140/Science!Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:52:08 +0000Antarctic Explorer’s Journal Found In Melting Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-explorers-journal-found-melting-ice-180953138/George Murray Levick served as a photographer, zoologist and surgeon with the North PartyFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:08:11 +0000Invaders From Cuba Force Florida Lizards to Quickly Evolve (Or Get Out)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-cuban-lizards-force-florida-lizards-quickly-evolve-or-else-get-out-180953136/In just 15 years, green anoles changed their behavior and evolved bigger, stickier toes to escape alien competitors Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:43:56 +0000Build a Cloud Chamber for Cheap And See Particles From Outer Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/build-your-own-cloud-chamber-cheap-and-see-particles-outer-space-180953135/A simple device lets you see cosmic rays' effects with your own eyesFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:36 +0000Male Great Bustards Eat Poison to Look Sexier for the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-great-bustards-eat-poison-look-sexier-ladies-180953131/The toxic compound can kill mammals - including humans - but helps the birds rid themselves of pests Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:31 +0000Vibrating Micro-Bubbles Let Drugs Sneak Across the Blood-Brain Barrierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vibrating-micro-bubbles-let-drugs-sneak-patients-brains-180953132/Ultrasound technology and micro-bubbles together have pried open one of the most resistant barriers in the bodyThu, 23 Oct 2014 19:04:10 +0000Quarrying for Marble Looks Unrealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quarrying-marble-looks-unreal-180953129/A film excerpt follows the boss at an open-pit marble quarry in Carrara, Italy Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:40:18 +0000 From Lightning on Jupiter to Apollo 13's Call for Help, Hear Some of NASA's Greatest Recordingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightning-jupiter-apollo-13s-call-help-hear-some-nasas-greatest-recordings-180953128/An audio archive captures some iconic moments of space historyThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:43:20 +0000A Swarm of Comets Around an Alien Star Hints at Our Solar System's Youthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarm-comets-around-alien-star-tell-us-about-our-solar-systems-early-years-180953127/The comets fall in two groups — one older and one younger — and have to contend with the orbit of a gas giantThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:51 +0000This Awesome Synthesizer Turns the Weather Into Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awesome-synthesizer-turns-weather-song-180953126/Hear the pitter-patter of rain in a new wayThu, 23 Oct 2014 16:08:41 +0000Lose Ice in Alaska, See Temperatures Spike By 7°Chttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lose-ice-alaska-see-temperatures-spike-7c-180953125/This puts the goal of keeping temperature rises below 2°C to shame Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:25:19 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Disappeared Way More Quickly This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-rainforest-disappeared-way-more-quickly-year-180953123/Widespread deforestation is even worse than you thinkThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:38 +0000Sea Coral Makes Excellent Human Bone Graftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-coral-makes-excellent-human-bone-grafts-180953121/Coral’s porous structure, with some chemical tweaks, is the perfect place for new bone and tissue to growThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:24:40 +0000Wreckage of a Nazi U-Boat Was Found Off the Coast of North Carolina http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreckage-nazi-u-boat-was-found-coast-north-carolina-180953122/A freighter lost in that skirmish was also discovered in the "graveyard of the Atlantic"Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:24:24 +0000Why Hawaii Cares About a Massive Tsunami That Hit Centuries Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-tsunami-hit-hawaii-centuries-ago-and-scientists-are-just-understanding-how-scary-it-was-180953118/About 500 years ago, a 30-foot tsunami caused by a 9.0-magnitude quake in the Aleutian Islands slammed into HawaiiWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000Like Ants, Small Backpackers Are Adept at Carrying Proportionally Heavier Loadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-small-backpackers-are-adept-carrying-proportionally-heavier-loads-180953115/The weight a person or animal can carry does not increase uniformly with size Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:42:24 +0000Newest King Tut Theory: He Suffered Severe Disorders From Inbreedinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newest-king-tut-theory-he-suffered-severe-disorders-due-inbreeding-180953113/Problems included a club foot that prevented him from walking unaided Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:10:05 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-dont-even-want-know-about-all-stuff-living-your-eyeball-180953112/Even eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000What Happened to All the Women in Computer Science?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happened-all-women-computer-science-1-180953111/The low numbers of female computer science majors may have roots in the mid-1980s and the rise of personal computersWed, 22 Oct 2014 13:40:03 +0000This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glacier-iceland-fighting-stay-alive-180953107/The Falljökull glacier has cut off its lower reaches but the upper portion is advancing once againTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:32:20 +0000Plants Can Sense When Insects Are Eating Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-know-when-youre-eating-them-180953106/Plants can sense munching vibrations that insects make, and respond accordingly with heightened defensesTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:19:28 +0000To Find Out How Healthy Whales Are, Send in the Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-custom-built-drone-spy-whale-health-180953103/A custom-built drone got close enough to whales to capture individuals' distinctive markingsTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:24:50 +0000Finally, a Working (Though Limited) Hoverboard!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/finally-working-though-limited-hoverboard-180953101/If you have a huge aluminum or copper sheet, this hoverboad looks pretty funTue, 21 Oct 2014 16:26:45 +0000Nose Cells Transplanted to a Paralyzed Man’s Spine Let Him Walk Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nose-cells-transplanted-paralyzed-mans-spine-let-him-walk-once-again-180953098/Specialized cells from the nose can promote the regeneration of nerve cellsTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:47:22 +0000Prozac Doesn't Make Birds Happyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prozac-doesnt-make-birds-happy-180953097/Birds on Prozac lose their appetite and libido Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:54 +0000The Case for Sending Women to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-sending-women-mars-180953096/Because women are smaller than men, they're cheaper to send into spaceTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:22:33 +0000