Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:46:24 +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 +0000Ex-Nazis Received Social Security Payments From Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ex-nazis-received-social-security-payments-america-180953091/Dozens of former Nazis are suspected of collecting millions in Social Security in return for exiting the countryMon, 20 Oct 2014 17:01:34 +0000The White House Just Asked Scientists to Stop Trying to Make Diseases More Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-just-asked-scientists-stop-trying-make-diseases-more-deadly-180953092/New funding is being suspended, and anyone who's already been paid to do such work is being asked to stop.Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:55 +0000Even West Africans Who Don't Catch Ebola Are Being Hurt By the Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-west-africans-who-dont-catch-ebola-are-being-hurt-disease-180953090/Ebola's toll is more than just a body count Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:28:57 +0000A Very Ancient Group of Jawed Fish Were Having Surprisingly Intimate Intercoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internal-fertilization-might-have-first-evolved-primitive-fish-180953089/Many fish later ditched this clumsy method in favor of external fertilizationMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:06 +0000The Milky Way is Stealing Other Galaxies’ Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/milky-way-stealing-other-galaxies-gases-180953084/Little dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way are missing their hydrogenFri, 17 Oct 2014 18:03:30 +0000Denver Police Stoke a New Halloween Fear—Pot-Laced Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-halloween-fear-pot-candy-1-180953082/You really think people are going to give marijuana away?Fri, 17 Oct 2014 16:21:55 +0000Arts Degrees: Not Entirely Worthlesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arts-degrees-not-entirely-worthless-180953079/Recent graduates of arts degrees report high job satisfaction and employment numbersFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:52:23 +0000General Lori Robinson Takes Charge of the Pacific as Air Force’s First Female Major Command Leaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/general-lori-robinson-takes-charge-pacific-air-forces-first-female-major-command-leader-180953077/Robinson joins the short list of female four-star generalsFri, 17 Oct 2014 15:04:20 +0000Your Microbes Get Jet Lagged, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-microbes-get-jet-lagged-too-180953076/When bacteria's circadian rhythm is disrupted, they become worse at their jobs Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:27 +0000This Umbrella Creates an Air “Force Field” to Keep Rain Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/umbrella-creates-air-force-field-keep-rain-away-180953073/The umbrellas are still in the testing phase but are expected to ship out by next December Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:38:00 +0000Parents Could Be On the Hook for What Their Irresponsible Kid Does on Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hey-parents-you-might-soon-be-hook-what-your-dumb-kid-does-facebook-180953068/A court case in Georgia says parents can be liable for their kids Facebook behaviorThu, 16 Oct 2014 17:31:16 +0000In Australia, Curiosity® Really Will Kill Feral Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-curiosity-really-will-kill-feral-cats-180953064/Don't feel too bad for the cats, though: they kill millions of birds and little mammals every dayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:48:57 +0000This Weekend, Astronomers Get Their Best Ever Look at an Oort Cloud Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekend-astronomers-get-their-best-ever-look-oort-cloud-object-180953065/Looking at the Oort cloud is like looking back in time—a superpower hampered by the fact that the Oort cloud is very, very, very, very far awayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:03 +0000Ellis Island Is Opening an Abandoned Hospital to the Public for the First Time in 60 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ellis-island-allowing-public-view-its-abandoned-hospital-first-time-60-years-180953063/There are 29 abandoned buildings in all, several of which visitors can exploreThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:36:47 +0000There's a Scientific Reason Why Self-Harm Makes Some People Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-reason-why-self-harm-makes-some-people-feel-better-180953062/The same part of the brain that handles physical distress also deals with emotionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:49 +0000This Photographer Set Out on a Quest to Rediscover the World's Lost Species of Frogs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photographer-set-out-quest-rediscover-worlds-lost-species-frogs-180953061/Some of the subjects are new to science, others haven't been seen in 15 to 160 yearsThu, 16 Oct 2014 13:18:40 +0000Unbelievable Reactions People Have Had to the Ebola Outbreakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unbelievable-reactions-people-have-had-ebola-outbreak-180953056/For some, the disease is a chance to make money; for others, it brings out racism Wed, 15 Oct 2014 18:54:37 +0000Wind Power is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Nuclear and Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wind-power-actually-cheaper-coal-nuclear-and-gas-180953055/Once you consider the downstream consequences, coal becomes a lot more expensiveWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:09:29 +0000This Google Glass Owner Only Took His Device Off to Sleep And Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-glass-owner-only-took-his-device-sleep-and-shower-180953053/And when he checked into rehab, he couldn't stop touching his right templeWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:10:01 +0000“Arming the Rebels” Has Pretty Much Never Workedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arming-rebels-has-pretty-much-never-worked-180953054/Guns and training, but no on-the-ground support, doesn't amount to muchWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:25:29 +0000In an Effort to Stop Poaching, Namibia Will Remove All of Its Rhinos’ Hornshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/effort-stop-poaching-namibia-will-remove-all-its-rhinos-horns-180953052/That extreme measure will likely not be enough to stop the killing, however, so the country is also bolstering its anti-poaching patrols Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:16 +0000All the Things a Hacker Can Find Out About You on Public Wifihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/all-things-hacker-can-find-out-about-you-public-wifi-180953051/Your vacation, your job, your passwordsWed, 15 Oct 2014 14:05:49 +0000Watch Adorable Meerkat And Otter Live Streams, Help Combat Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/streaming-meerkats-effort-test-tech-180953031/Google and the London Zoo have teamed up to offer live streams of animals in an effort to test conservation techTue, 14 Oct 2014 19:35:26 +0000Zooplankton and Krill "Pee" Helps Determine Ocean Chemistryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zooplankton-and-krill-pee-helps-determine-ocean-chemistry-180953034/Tiny marine life's expelled ammonia fuels important chemical reactions Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000How Endangered Snails Are Endangering Hawaiian Public Radiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-endangered-snails-ruined-hawaiian-public-radio-180953010/The mating season of protected snails delay radio repairs during pledge season Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:09:01 +0000In the U.K., Posting Nude Pictures of Another Person Is About to Become a Jailable Offensehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-laws-uk-would-send-revenge-porn-sharers-jail-many-us-states-its-still-legal-jennifer-lawrence-photos-180953008/This year, 28 states introduced or proposed legislation pertaining to revenge porn, though many are still pending Tue, 14 Oct 2014 16:29:34 +0000Now We're Crowdfunding Ebola Research?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-were-crowdfunding-ebola-research-180953011/One leading Ebola researcher is turning to the crowd for more fundingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:40 +0000Twitter Payments Will Put Hashtag Activists on the Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twitter-payments-will-put-hashtag-activists-spot-180953009/Maybe it's time to actually #DoSomethingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:16:16 +0000Here's What Happens When a Hawk And a Drone Fight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-happens-when-hawk-and-drone-fight-180953006/This raptor was not ok with a quadcopter fronting on its turf Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:27:55 +0000New Jersey Encourages Hunters to Add Bear to Menuhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-jersey-encourages-hunters-add-bear-menu-180953003/New Jersey is hoping more hunters will take advantage of bear seasonMon, 13 Oct 2014 18:57:32 +0000"Vampire Grave" in Bulgaria Holds a Skeleton With a Stake Through Its Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vampire-grave-bulgaria-holds-skeleton-stake-through-its-heart-180953004/The skeleton likely fell victim to vampire hysteria that gripped Eastern Europe until relatively recently Mon, 13 Oct 2014 18:27:13 +0000Robot Ships And Pepper Spray—the Latest in Pirate-Fighting Techhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-ships-and-pepper-spray-latest-pirate-fighting-tech-180953000/New technology developments are looking to combat piracy and terrorism on the high seasMon, 13 Oct 2014 17:07:24 +0000Giant Icebergs Used to Ram Up Against Florida http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-icebergs-used-ram-against-florida-180953002/21,000 years ago, icebergs carved up the ocean floor off the Miami coastMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000The Science of Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Funnyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-why-toothpaste-makes-food-taste-funny-180953001/Blame toothpaste's foaming actionMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:55 +0000Amazing Artifacts From the History of Science Are Going Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-artefacts-history-science-are-going-auction-180952998/Now if only we all had infinite moneyFri, 10 Oct 2014 20:43:33 +0000This Comedy Club Charges By the Laughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barcelona-comedy-club-charges-laugh-180952996/In Barcelona, a comedy club is keeping tabs on its patrons' laughs with facial recognition technologyFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:52:57 +0000Rare Photo of Robert E. Lee's Slave Acquired by National Park Service http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-photo-robert-e-lees-slave-acquired-national-park-service-180952994/The photograph of Selina Gray and her children sold on eBay for $700Fri, 10 Oct 2014 18:37:45 +0000Exoplanet Has Winds That Blow at the Speed of Soundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exoplanet-has-winds-blow-speed-sound-180952993/WASP-43b wouldn't be a great place to liveFri, 10 Oct 2014 16:50:00 +0000Instead of Growing Meat in a Lab, Why Not Make It Out of Plants?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/instead-growing-meat-lab-why-not-make-it-out-plants-180952985/"Plant blood" is the secret behind the I-can't-believe-it-isn't-meat company, Impossible Foods Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:58:07 +0000Here's One Very Good Reason to Drill Deep Into an Active Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drilling-active-fault-new-zealand-180952986/Scienctists hope to install instruments at the fault to observe changes in the earth at depthThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:49:15 +0000Why Is Antarctic Sea Ice at a 35-Year High?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-antarctic-sea-ice-35-year-high-180952987/Nobody really knows, but they have some thoughtsThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:55 +0000More Americans Speak Arabic at Home Than Italian or Polishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-americans-speak-arabic-home-italian-or-polish-180952982/21 percent of Americans speak another language at home Thu, 09 Oct 2014 16:13:08 +0000Bionic Hands Partially Restore Users' Sense of Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bionic-hands-partially-restore-users-sense-touch-180952983/The hand's sensors communicate directly with the wearer's nerves Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:45:32 +0000Google Maps an Oasis in the Desert From the Back of a Camelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-camel-view-maps-oasis-desert-180952984/The desert is not the best place for a Street View carThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:08:35 +0000Paisley Caves Added to National Register Of Historic Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paisley-caves-added-national-register-historic-places-180952979/One of the earliest sites of evidence for human occupation of North AmericaThu, 09 Oct 2014 13:35:43 +0000The Fake Story of a Blond Child Bride Made This the Most Visited Blog in Norwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-story-blond-child-bride-made-most-visited-blog-norway-180952977/The campaign is meant to increase awareness and also is seeking sponsors of individual girlsWed, 08 Oct 2014 18:29:26 +0000Shipwreck Probably Not Santa Mariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shipwreck-probably-not-santa-maria-180952974/Shipwreck found off the coast of Haiti is probably not Santa MariaWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:58 +0000Thomas Duncan, Dallas' Ebola Patient, Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thomas-duncan-dallas-ebola-patient-has-died-180952976/The total cost of fighting Ebola could push $32 billionWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:04:25 +0000People Will Give Away Their Personal Information for an Actual Cookiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-will-give-away-their-personal-information-actual-cookie-180952975/I'll take two oatmeal raisin and a high risk of identity theftWed, 08 Oct 2014 15:28:31 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Woman With a Transplanted Uterus Gave Birth to a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-ever-woman-transplanted-uterus-gave-birth-baby-180952973/Two more women with transplanted uteruses are due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, tooWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:51:52 +0000Each Day, 50 Percent of America Eats a Sandwichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/each-day-50-percent-america-eats-sandwich-180952972/About 20 percent of our daily sodium intake is delivered between two slices of breadWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:17:17 +0000How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-exactly-does-exercise-help-your-brain-180952965/Well-trained muscles could be protecting the body from an imbalance of chemicals that lead to depression Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:36:54 +0000Descendants of a Real Aunt Jemima Are Suing the Brand Bearing Her Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/descendants-real-aunt-jemima-are-suing-brand-bearing-her-name-180952964/Aunt Jemima’s image and character have a troubled pastTue, 07 Oct 2014 18:40:07 +0000Some Surgery Is No Better Than Sham “Placebo” Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-surgery-no-better-sham-placebo-surgery-180952963/The placebo effect isn't just for pillsTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:32:43 +0000Cancer Spreads Through Our Bodies at Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cancer-spreads-through-our-bodies-night-180952962/This could mean that therapies delivered after dark might be more effective Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:59:32 +0000Do We Doodle Because We Speak?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-doodle-because-we-must-180952960/Scribbling and sketching aren’t just practices to idle time away, but a more fundamental indication of our need for languageTue, 07 Oct 2014 16:05:21 +0000ISIS Is Cutting Off Water to Uncooperative Villageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-cutting-water-uncooperative-villages-180952959/In parched Syria and Iraq, water is a weaponTue, 07 Oct 2014 15:27:18 +0000Columbus Day Is Now Indigenous People’s Day in Seattle And Minneapolishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/columbus-day-now-indigenous-peoples-day-seattle-and-minneapolis-180952958/Some cities seek to change the second Monday in October to a more politically correct, inclusive holiday Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:13:10 +0000What Will It Take For Someone to Run A Marathon in Under Two Hours?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-will-it-take-someone-run-marathon-under-two-hours-180952957/Course design, genetics, training and luck all have a hand in this gameTue, 07 Oct 2014 14:05:57 +0000Scientists Figure Out Why Mozzarella Is the Perfect Pizza Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figure-out-why-mozzarella-perfect-pizza-cheese-180952956/It's all about the elasticity, moisture and oil contentTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:44:44 +0000Why Kinshasa in the 1920s Was the Perfect Place for HIV to Go Globalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-kinshasa-1920s-was-perfect-place-hiv-go-global-180952953/Railways, a booming population and many sex workers created ideal conditions for the virus to spreadMon, 06 Oct 2014 18:41:17 +0000How the Isolation of Space Messes with Your Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-isolation-space-messes-your-mind-180952952/Long-term missions must deal with hallucinations, boredom and the silent treatment between crew members Mon, 06 Oct 2014 17:32:34 +0000The Grand Canyon Will Not Be Mined for Uranium http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-will-not-be-mined-uranium-180952950/Uranium mining will be banned for the next 20 years on nearly 1 million acres of land near the Grand Canyon Mon, 06 Oct 2014 16:56:17 +0000The Park Service Wants to Cull 900 of Yellowstone's 4,900 Buffalohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/park-service-wants-cull-900-yellowstones-4900-buffalo-180952951/The Park Service will be killing bison that stray from the parkMon, 06 Oct 2014 16:25:40 +0000Many of the Same Brain Regions Are Activated When Mothers Look at Their Pets or Their Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-same-brain-regions-are-activated-when-mothers-look-their-pets-or-their-children-180952946/It seems that maternal attachment does not discriminate between species Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:20:14 +0000Your Cheat Sheet to the 2014 Nobel Prizeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cheat-sheet-2014-nobel-prizes-180952947/Just enough to catch upMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:06:21 +0000The Tibetan Plateau is Getting a High-Tech Array of Weather Sensors http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tibetan-plateau-getting-high-tech-array-weather-sensors-1-180952944/The massive research effort will help predict the increasingly unpredictable Indian monsoons as the climate changesFri, 03 Oct 2014 20:55:26 +0000Whaler Makes History as the First Female in Her Community to Harpoon a Whalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whaler-makes-history-first-female-her-community-harpoon-whale-180952940/The 31-year old struck the whale near the end of the fall season for Alaska's bowhead subsistence huntersFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:43:37 +0000Satellite Observations Revealed Thousands of New Mountains Right Here on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-observations-revealed-thousands-new-mountains-right-here-earth-180952939/There are thousands of mountains dotting the sea floorFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:28:46 +0000What Actually Happens to People Who Are Hit by Lightning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-actually-happens-people-who-are-hit-lightning-180952937/A lifetime of chronic health issuesFri, 03 Oct 2014 17:23:49 +0000Could Climate Change Affect the Number of Boys and Girls Born?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-climate-change-affect-number-boys-and-girls-born-180952935/Whether boy babies outnumber girl babies could be influenced by war, temperature and other stress factorsFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:50:11 +0000A Second Baby Thought Cured of HIV Relapsed When Taken Off Antiviral Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-baby-thought-cured-hiv-relapsed-when-taken-antiviral-drugs-180952934/Antiretroviral drugs can control, but not cure, HIV in childrenFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:04:09 +0000Ukrainian Protesters Are Auctioning Off the Nose of a Massive Lenin Statuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ukraines-anti-russian-protesters-are-hacking-and-selling-bits-vladimir-lenin-180952932/Lenin's ears are also, reportedly, up for grabsFri, 03 Oct 2014 14:42:28 +0000One Human Year Does Not Equal Seven Dog Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-human-year-does-not-equal-seven-dog-years-180952929/No one knows where the dog years myth came from, but experts agree that it's simply not true Fri, 03 Oct 2014 13:41:39 +0000The Only Primate With a Toxic Bite Might Have Evolved to Mimic Cobrashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-primate-toxic-bite-might-have-evolved-mimic-cobras-180952926/Slow lorises have snake-like markings, postures and a hiss that all resemble the speckled cobraThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:10:43 +0000Cheetahs Spend 90 Percent of Their Days Sitting Around http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheetahs-spend-90-percent-their-day-sitting-around-180952919/When human presence forces cheetahs to expend more energy, however, it put the animals' survival at riskThu, 02 Oct 2014 18:05:51 +0000See Depression-Era Photos from Your Hometownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-depression-era-photos-your-hometown-180952924/Thousands of images collected to document rural life from 1934 to 1944 are available to peruse online through an interactive projectThu, 02 Oct 2014 17:23:40 +0000The Man in the Moon Was Made By Radioactivity, Not Meteorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-moon-was-made-radioactivity-not-meteors-1-180952923/Differential cooling caused by radioactive material in the crust caused one of the Moon's most distinctive featuresThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:44:58 +0000How the Humble Hydra Lives, As Far as We Know, Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humble-hydra-lives-far-we-know-forever-180952917/Hydra don't seem to die of old age. But why?Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:19:36 +0000Archaeologists Think They’ve Found the Dungeon Where Dracula Was Kepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-think-theyve-found-dungeon-where-dracula-was-kept-180952913/Vlad the Impaler was likely held captive in Turkey's Tokat CastleThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:42:25 +0000The Aral Sea Is Pretty Much Gonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aral-sea-pretty-much-gone-180952914/The fourth largest lake in the world is less than a tenth of its former sizeThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:22:02 +0000Pollution From Hawaii Is Giving Sea Turtles Gross, Deadly Tumorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollution-hawaiis-farms-and-cities-causing-sea-turtles-get-deadly-tumors-180952912/Nitrogen runoff gets into the turtles' food and causes tumors on their faces, flippers and organs Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:35:48 +0000Enough Ice Has Melted in Antarctica to Alter the Earth’s Gravityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enough-ice-has-melted-antarctica-alter-earths-gravity-180952910/The gravity loss is tiny but indicates big changes in ice coverageWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:45:25 +0000Apollo-Era Data Is Helping Scientists Look for Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/apollo-era-data-helping-scientists-look-gravitational-waves-180952905/Seismometers that were placed on the moon during the Apollo program collected data that is being used by physicists todayWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:55:38 +0000Movie Theaters Boycott Netflix’s First Feature Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-theaters-balk-change-boycott-netflixs-first-feature-film-180952906/AMC, Regal, Carmike and Cinemark thumb their nose at Netflix's upcoming sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:32:28 +0000Nearly 6,000 Migrants Have Died Along the Mexico-U.S. Border Since 2000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-6000-migrants-have-died-along-mexico-us-border-2000-180952904/More than 40,000 migrants have died around the worldWed, 01 Oct 2014 15:49:42 +000035,000 Walruses Are Crowding Onto One Alaskan Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lacking-sea-ice-35000-walruses-crowd-alaskan-beach-180952902/Some animals have already been killed on the beach, most likely by stampedes Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:19:31 +0000Thank Soil Microbes for White Truffles’ Heavenly Aromahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-soil-microbes-white-truffles-heavenly-aroma-1-180952898/Bacteria produce the signature smell that truffle-sniffing dogs and pigs pick up onWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:28:07 +0000One Very Old Canoe Could Help Explain How Polynesian Sailors Colonized New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-old-new-zealand-canoe-gives-insight-polynesian-travel-180952895/New climate analysis and a very old canoe help researchers understand how the Polynesians got aroundTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:15:37 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-eye-contact-makes-you-squirm-180952889/Catching someone else's eye makes us more self conscious about our bodies Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Mike the Chicken Lived for 18 Months Without a Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mike-chicken-lived-18-months-without-head-180952891/In 1945, a decapitation gone awry gave birth to Miracle MikeTue, 30 Sep 2014 17:45:53 +0000To Detect Bombs Before They're Used, Sweden Is Looking at Its Sewershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunting-down-bomb-makers-stockholms-sewers-180952890/The EU's Emphasis Project is designed to detect people manufacturing IED'sTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:38:04 +0000Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-2013s-many-natural-disasters-can-we-blame-climate-change-180952888/The ongoing California drought may, or may not, be due to climate changeTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:17:32 +0000Wildlife Around the World Has Declined by About 50 Percent Since 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildlife-around-world-has-declined-about-50-percent-1970-180952887/Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Blood Vessels Left Imprint on 2,000 Year Old Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blood-vessels-left-imprint-2000-year-old-mummy-180952882/An Egyptian mummy's skull contains the imprint of blood vessels surrounding its brain Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:05:07 +0000What Should the Price of Visiting Wilderness Be?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-legislation-would-make-visiting-wilderness-areas-us-more-expensive-180952876/If passed, HR 5204 could introduce widespread fees for entering formerly free public landsMon, 29 Sep 2014 18:33:22 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-sneaking-bob-dylan-lyrics-their-writing-180952877/Everyone likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Drone Could Live on Your Wrist And Help You Take Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soon-you-could-take-selfies-wearable-drone-180952874/Holding a camera at arms length is so passe Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:28:47 +0000The CIA Has Its Own High-Security Starbuckshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-has-its-own-high-security-starbucks-180952872/Even spies need their morning coffee Mon, 29 Sep 2014 16:41:17 +0000Japan's Mount Ontake Erupted Suddenly Over the Weekendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unfortunate-japanese-hikers-experienced-dangers-exploring-volcano-180952870/36 hikers are feared dead; because of toxic gas, rescue operations have been suspendedMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:13:44 +0000Anyone Can Make Up Their Own Weird Or Random Holidayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anyone-can-make-their-own-weird-or-random-holiday-180952869/Case in point: Today is International Coffee Day as well as National Poisoned Blackberries DayMon, 29 Sep 2014 14:53:37 +0000 Boston Just Found a Time Capsule That No One Knows How to Openhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boston-just-found-time-capsule-no-one-knows-how-open-180952864/The 113-year-old copper box is inside a golden lion statue's headFri, 26 Sep 2014 18:48:13 +0000African-American Girls Are More Likely To Be Suspended Or Expelledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-american-girls-are-more-likely-be-suspended-or-expelled-180952863/Among other measures that illustrate education barriers, African American girls are twice as likely to be held back a gradeFri, 26 Sep 2014 17:56:37 +0000The Housing Recovery Isn't Helping the Families the Crash Hurt Mosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/housing-recovery-isnt-helping-families-crash-hurt-most-180952860/The housing crash hurt lower income families mostFri, 26 Sep 2014 16:26:12 +0000Who Can Use Drones This Week?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drone-round-who-can-use-drones-week-180952859/Movies and deliveries are moving on up, while fines and bans go into effect in parksFri, 26 Sep 2014 15:37:53 +0000Ten Percent of Americans Drink Half the Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ten-percent-americans-drink-half-booze-180952857/America has a lot of moderate drinkers, and a few really heavy onesFri, 26 Sep 2014 14:17:38 +0000This Is How the Milky Way Will Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-milky-way-will-end-180952852/A computer simulation shows how the Milky Way will collide with AndromedaFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:30:03 +0000The USDA Approved a New GM Crop to Deal With Problems Created by the Old GM Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/usda-approved-new-gm-crop-deal-problem-created-old-gm-crops-180952850/Weeds became resistant to the herbicide partner of older genetically modified cropsThu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Scientists Plan to Kill Off the American West's Tumbleweedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-plan-eradicate-tumbleweed-180952844/Two species of fungus from Russia could be the bane of America's tumbleweedThu, 25 Sep 2014 18:32:59 +0000Using Natural Gas Will Only Delay Renewable Energyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-natural-gas-will-only-delay-renewable-energy-180952851/Analysis of a range of climate policies reveals that a gas boom might lead to only a slight reduction in emissions Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:29:32 +0000New Marine Robots Could One Day Patrol the Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-marine-robots-could-one-day-patrol-oceans-1-180952848/How do you keep an eye on the oceans? With robotsThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:38:31 +0000Water Vapor Found on Small, Cloudless, Hot Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-vapor-found-cloudless-hot-planet-180952843/NASA announced yesterday that water vapor had been detected on exoplanet HAT-P-11bThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:04:20 +0000Wolf Hunting Made Illegal Again in Wyoming http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolf-hunting-made-illegal-again-wyoming-180952841/A federal judge called the state’s management plan inadequate, though wolf numbers and genetics are still strongThu, 25 Sep 2014 15:39:58 +0000More Women Have Reproduced Than Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/through-history-more-women-have-reproduced-men-180952840/A new study shows that more women than men have contributed to the human gene poolThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:45:12 +0000Bubbles of Plasma in Space May Have Cost U.S. Lives in Afghanistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bubbles-plasma-space-may-have-cost-us-lives-afghanistan-180952835/New analysis reveals that unusual space weather may have scrambled radio signals and sent a rescue mission awryThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:03:55 +0000People Get Separation Anxiety When Parted From Their Phoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-get-separation-anxiety-when-parted-their-phones-180952837/Separating college students from their smartphones can cause anxiety, especially for those who use their phones a lotThu, 25 Sep 2014 13:16:23 +0000How Bird Migrations Show Up Beautifully on Doppler Radarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-doppler-radar-can-track-bird-migrations-180952834/Large groups of birds taking off around sunset typically show up as circles that grow and disperseWed, 24 Sep 2014 18:35:42 +0000Visitors to Emperor Augustus' Home Can Now See the Same Frescos He Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visitors-rome-can-now-see-emperor-augustus-frescos-180952831/Just in time for the 2,000th anniversary of Augustus' death, new wings of Augustus' home are opened Wed, 24 Sep 2014 17:59:43 +0000As Many As 3 Million Americans Could Soon Be Threatened by Sea Level Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mapping-sea-level-rise-threat-180952830/Across the world, 650 million people could be at riskWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:45 +0000Americans See Scientists As Smart, But Not Trustworthyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-think-scientists-know-what-theyre-talking-about-they-dont-trust-them-180952828/Scientists, along with lawyers and engineers, are viewed as competent but lacking in warmth Wed, 24 Sep 2014 15:49:44 +0000A New MIT Challenge: Hack the Breast Pumphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-mit-challenge-hack-breast-pump-180952825/Last weekend, MIT's Media Lab hosted the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" HackathonWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:42:58 +0000India's Space Agency Made It to Mars on the First Tryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-space-agency-made-it-mars-their-first-try-180952829/India's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last nightWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000Norway Is Paying Liberia To Stop Deforestationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-paying-liberia-stop-deforestation-180952824/Norway is promising Liberia $150 million to stop cutting down trees by 2020Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:06:51 +0000The Waters Around Malaysia, Not Somalia, Are the World’s Worst for Pirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waters-around-malaysia-not-somalia-are-worlds-worst-pirates-180952827/More than 40 percent of pirate attacks over the last two decades took place in Southeast Asia Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:24:03 +0000New Apps Tell You How Obsessed You Are With Checking Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-apps-tell-you-how-obsessed-you-are-checking-your-phone-180952818/Information is powerTue, 23 Sep 2014 16:48:51 +000020 Years Later, "Shawshank Redemption" Has Made This Former Prison a Tourist Attractionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/20-years-later-shawshank-redemption-has-made-former-prison-tourist-attraction-180952816/The Ohio State Reformatory now draws 80,000 tourists a year Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:52:31 +0000Canada and Australia Don’t Want To Play Along With U.N. Climate Summithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-and-australia-dont-want-play-along-un-climate-summit-180952815/Political leaders from Canada and Australia, along with a few others, are skipping the U.N. climate summit todayTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:26:26 +0000Thousands of Strange Green Balls Appeared Overnight on a Beach in Australia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-strange-green-balls-appeared-overnight-beach-australia-180952811/Scientists believe that the balls are actually extremely rare algae congregations called marimo Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:14:57 +0000A New Search Engine For Metaphorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-search-engine-metaphors-180952810/Yossarian offers a new way of searching for inspiration online Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:21:32 +0000Meet the Teen Winners of Google's Science Fair http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-teen-winners-googles-science-fair-180952812/A flying fruit fly-inspired robot and a bacterial solution for world hunger are among the three winners Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:34:11 +0000How Conversations Around Campfire Might Have Shaped Human Cognition And Culturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/late-night-conversations-around-fire-might-have-shaped-early-human-cognition-and-culture-180952790/We can perhaps thank campfire story time for getting us where we are todayMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:05:08 +0000Why We Shouldn't Worry About Growing Plants With Recycled Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-grown-recycled-water-180952805/Trace amounts of common pharmaceuticals show up in crops grown with recycled water, but not as much as you'd think Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:46:21 +0000Waking Up During Anesthesia Can Have Long-Lasting Effectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/psychological-effects-waking-anesthesia-180952796/Half of people who reported waking up from anesthesia suffered lasting psychological traumaMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:28:21 +0000Scientists Have Basically No Idea How Many Cells Are in the Human Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-basically-no-idea-how-many-cells-are-human-body-180952800/Is it 5 trillion or 500 trillion? Who knows.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:23:41 +0000Mars Just Got a New Robotic Explorerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-just-got-new-robotic-explorer-180952794/NASA's MAVEN orbiter dropped into orbit last nightMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:26 +0000The Risks of Fire Around Chernobylhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-overtakes-chernobyl-forest-fires-threaten-distribute-fresh-batch-radiation-across-europe-180952791/Radioactive forest litter that has accumulated for the past 28 years could fuel massive blazes in the futureMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:02 +0000Dreams Escalate in Weirdness As the Night Wears Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dreams-escalate-weirdness-night-wears-180952782/Early in the night our dreams are grounded in reality, but by the end, anything goes Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:01:05 +0000The Physics of Slipping on a Banana Peel, And Other Weird, Ig Nobel Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-slipping-banana-peel-and-other-weird-science-honored-ig-nobel-awards-180952787/Banana peels may be the secret to better prostheticsFri, 19 Sep 2014 18:05:07 +0000One of the U.K.'s Most Extraordinary Artifacts Was Likely Made by Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-were-likely-metal-workers-prehistoric-england-180952773/The intricate work found on a dagger in 1808 was likely done by childrenFri, 19 Sep 2014 17:10:20 +0000There’s a Black Market in Africa for Ebola Survivors’ Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-black-market-africa-ebola-survivors-blood-180952778/Using survivors' blood is an unproven treatment optionFri, 19 Sep 2014 16:42:56 +0000Three Short Answers to Why Alibaba's Worth So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-short-answers-why-alibabas-worth-so-much-1-180952768/Alibaba just raised $21.8 billion during its initial public offeringFri, 19 Sep 2014 15:46:28 +0000This Skeleton Couple Has Been Holding Hands for 700 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skeleton-couple-has-been-holding-hands-700-years-180952762/The couple's remains are just one of the discoveries recently made in the "lost chapel" of St. MorrellFri, 19 Sep 2014 14:27:42 +0000A Fuzzy Little Genet Is Hitching Rides on Rhinos and Buffalo, And No One Can Figure Out Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-knows-why-this-fuzzy-little-genet-is-riding-around-backs-rhinos-and-buffalo-south-africa-180952757/Camera traps exposed the secret world of a rhino-riding genet Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:50:15 +0000With Record Turnout In Referendum, Scotland Votes Nohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-turnout-referendum-scotland-votes-no-180952759/In a close race, Scotland decides to stay a part of the United KingdomFri, 19 Sep 2014 12:09:30 +0000Huge Structure in Israel Older Than Pyramidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-structure-israel-older-pyramids-180952748/The crescent-shaped stone pile may once have been a border marker Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:30:51 +0000Even People With Locked-In Syndrome Respond to Hitchcock Movieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-people-locked-syndrome-hitchcock-movies-180952749/The brain of a patient in a vegetative state responded to a movie the same way as healthy peopleThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:52:37 +0000The World Experienced Record-Breaking Weather This Augusthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/august-was-record-breaking-hot-180952747/Last month was the warmest August on record since record-keeping beganThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:44:38 +0000Human Activities Aren't the Cause of Chimpanzees' Murderous Tendencieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-among-chimpanzees-not-caused-humans-180952744/A new study shows that humans are not responsible for murder amongst Chimpanzees Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:10:48 +0000Artificial Sweeteners May Be Screwing Up How Your Body Handles Sugarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-sweeteners-may-be-screwing-how-your-body-handles-sugar-180952746/By affecting gut microbes, artificial sweeteners may be messing with your metabolismThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:01:31 +0000 The US Is Trying to Expedite Sunscreen Innovationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-trying-expedite-sunscreen-innovation-180952741/Sunscreen is currently subject to an approval process similar to that of new pharmaceuticals Thu, 18 Sep 2014 15:07:31 +0000Australian Intelligence: ISIS Was Planning a Beheading in Sydneyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isis-had-been-planning-behead-random-person-middle-sydney-180952743/In response, the Australian authorities conducted what they say is the country's largest counterterrorism raid everThu, 18 Sep 2014 14:36:08 +0000The Waters Around San Francisco Conceal a Graveyard of Historic Shipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waters-around-san-francisco-conceal-graveyard-historic-ships-180952740/Hundreds of wrecks, potentially, await discovery and exploration Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:04:28 +0000Russian Spy Satellite Breaks Apart Over Rockieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-spy-satellite-breaks-apart-over-rockies-180952737/A streak of light seen in the skies earlier this month was likely a spy satellite breaking upThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:45 +0000Richard III Suffered Severe Head Wounds in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iii-suffered-severe-head-wounds-battle-180952736/Analysis of the skeleton revels that he was likely not wearing a helmet when he died Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:53:52 +0000Law Enforcement Can Now Search for Faces, Not Just Fingerprintshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fbis-facial-recognition-project-now-operational-180952729/The Next Generation Identification system is an upgrade from the Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System used todayWed, 17 Sep 2014 17:14:57 +0000SpaceX and Boeing Will Be NASA Astronauts’ New Ride Come 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-and-boeing-will-be-nasa-astronauts-new-ride-come-2017-180952734/Commercial companies could take over as early as 2017Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:43 +0000Why It Makes Sense to Send the US Military to Fight Ebola in Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-it-makes-sense-send-us-military-fight-ebola-africa-180952732/The military may have capabilities others do notWed, 17 Sep 2014 15:30:07 +0000Saudi Arabia Makes MERS Preparations for Hajjhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saudi-arabia-makes-mers-preparations-hajj-180952731/MERS has killed over 300 people in the past two yearsWed, 17 Sep 2014 14:51:27 +0000We Evolved Unique Human Faces So We Could Tell One Another Aparthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-evolved-unique-human-faces-so-we-could-tell-one-another-apart-180952730/Human face shape is more variable than other parts of the body Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:29:15 +0000Carrion Beetles Were the First Caring Parentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carrion-beetles-were-first-caring-parents-180952726/Flesh-eating beetles that lived 125 million years ago set the stage for modern parenting Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:47 +0000Chinese Sturgeon Is on the Brink of Extinction After 140 Million Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-sturgeon-brink-extinction-after-140-million-years-180952715/Last year, the sturgeon didn’t reproduce at all in the wildTue, 16 Sep 2014 19:25:08 +0000At MIT, a Robot Cheetah Is Sprinting—And Leaping—Across Campushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mit-robot-cheetahs-are-sprinting-across-campus-180952717/MIT's robot cheetah may not be the only one in Boston—but it can leapTue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:31 +0000Mindlessly Vegging Out Is Good for You, But Only If You Don’t Guilt Yourself for Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mindlessly-vegging-out-good-you-only-if-you-dont-guilt-yourself-it-180952716/Relaxing only works if you let yourself do itTue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:11 +0000Half As Many Small Children Died Last Year As Did in 1990http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-many-small-children-died-last-year-did-1990-180952712/The global mortality rate for children under five is continuing to dropTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:24:41 +0000Libya’s Parliament Is Living on a Greek Ferryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/libyas-parliament-living-greek-ferry-180952701/Unrest in Libya has forced the government to take to the seasTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:25 +0000Schizophrenia Might Actually Be Eight Different Disordershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/schizophrenia-might-actually-be-eight-different-disorders-180952711/The finding could help researchers devise more effective treatments that are tailored for individual patients Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:06:44 +0000The Average Prisoner Only Gets Two Visits While They Are Incarcerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/average-prisoner-only-gets-two-visits-while-they-are-incarcerated-180952706/Prisoners who receive the most visitors, however, tend to do the best after they are released Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:25:54 +0000Leatherback Sea Turtles Can Measure Sunlight Through Their Skullshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leatherback-sea-turtles-can-measure-sunlight-through-their-skulls-180952703/The anatomical skylight allows the turtles to synch up with the seasons Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:22 +0000Programmers Are Creating a Way for Your Phone to Get Online Even When Data Is Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/programmers-are-building-way-access-internet-your-phone-when-data-goes-down-180952702/The Cosmos Browser uses text messages to browse the webMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:31:21 +0000This Is Where Rosetta's Lander Will Touch Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landing-site-chosen-comet-rosetta-lander-180952698/The Philae lander will touch down at "Site J" In NovemberMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:59 +0000New Study: Blame Defective Wells for Fracking Leakshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-defective-wells-not-drilling-or-injecting-fluid-earth-cause-water-contamination-fracking-operations-180952695/Fixing shoddy wells could mean making fracking safer for the environmentMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:05 +0000America: The Land of the (Romantically) Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-land-romantically-free-180952697/For the first time on record, more Americans are single than marriedMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:03:26 +0000Russia Is Building a New Military Base in the Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-building-new-military-base-arctic-180952691/The cold war over the Arctic continuesFri, 12 Sep 2014 18:58:52 +0000How Many Left-Over Mine-Resistant Vehicles Did Your School Get From the Military?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-left-over-mraps-did-your-school-get-military-180952689/School police forces also get used military gearFri, 12 Sep 2014 17:20:22 +0000This Map Shows Where All That Carbon Dioxide Is Coming Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-shows-where-all-carbon-dioxide-coming-180952687/Global carbon emissions have an obvious biasFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:34:44 +0000Sinking At Icelandic Volcano Has Scientists Worried About Possible Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sinking-icelandic-volcano-has-scientists-worried-about-possible-eruption-180952686/Movement within Bardarbunga's caldera has researchers watching the volcano closely Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:15 +0000Weird Ways People Have Tried To Stop Lavahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-ways-people-have-tried-stop-lava-180952685/People living near volcanoes have tried a lot of different methods to redirect lava flowsFri, 12 Sep 2014 15:29:34 +0000Detroit's Dumps Are Slowly Being Reclaimed By Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/detroits-dumps-are-slowly-being-reclaimed-nature-180952676/Some illegal dumping grounds in Detroit are being repopulated by hardy plantsFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:37:59 +0000This Website Wants to Make Your Major Life Decisions for Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/website-wants-make-your-major-life-decisions-you-180952681/The site could help people who just want their decisions validated or who honestly have no idea what to do with themselves Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:09:11 +0000A High-Tech, Strength-Boosting Exoskeleton Doesn't Have to Be Heavyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightweight-exosuit-developed-harvard-180952684/The next generation of exoskeletons may be less bulky than Iron ManFri, 12 Sep 2014 13:37:05 +0000A 24-Year-Old Woman Just Discovered She's Had a Hole in Her Brain Her Entire Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/24-year-old-woman-china-just-discovered-she-has-lived-her-entire-life-hole-her-brain-180952682/This rare care demonstrates just how incredibly adaptive the human brain is Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:02:28 +0000The International Space Station Is Getting Its Own 3-D Printerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-getting-its-own-3-d-printer-180952678/Researchers are hoping their 3-D printer will work in microgravityThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:05:10 +0000This Is How the Internet Reacted to Two Planes Crashing Into the WTC on 9/11/01http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-internet-reacted-two-planes-crashing-wtc-91101-180952675/The Metafilter page discussing 9/11 is still onlineThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:29:27 +0000Delay-Plagued Virgin Galactic Finds Itself Delayed, Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delay-plagued-virgin-galactic-finds-itself-delayed-again-180952674/It will be hard for Virgin Galactic to fly by 2015 without a fully tested rocket engineThu, 11 Sep 2014 16:13:34 +0000Dog Movies Create Ten-Year Spikes in Breeds' Popularity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movies-featuring-certain-breeds-dogs-create-ten-year-spikes-popularity-those-pets-180952668/"Lassie" alone led to a 40 percent increase in the number of border collies that families adopted Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:52:49 +0000Fish Eat Mammals on the Regularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-eat-mammals-pretty-regular-basis-180952669/A new study indicates that in some ecosystems, mammals are a fairly normal foodstuff for fish Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:35:25 +0000Libraries Are Great at Lending All Sorts of Things—Not Just Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/checking-out-tools-and-telescopes-local-libraries-180952662/Lending libraries are now lending more than books Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:19:35 +0000Women Get More Politically Engaged When Their Senator Is Also Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-get-more-politically-engaged-when-their-senate-representative-also-female-180952667/Women no longer lag far behind men in political savvy when they have a female leader to look toward Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:37:22 +0000The Social Media Fight Between the U.S. and ISIS Is Weirder Than You'd Imaginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/social-media-fight-between-us-and-isis-weirder-youd-imagine-180952663/The U.S. has decided to fight propaganda with propaganda Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:21:13 +0000Crowns, Beheadings, Rebellions—Bone Up on the History of Scottish Independence Before Next Week's Referendumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historical-roots-scotlands-referendum-180952659/A vote that could change the direction of Scotland's future is a little over a week awayWed, 10 Sep 2014 17:51:02 +0000Saturn Is Making (And Destroying) Mini-Moons All The Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturn-making-and-destroying-mini-moons-all-time-180952661/Saturn's F ring is a little moon factoryWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:21:08 +0000Deadly Chinese Earthquake May Have Been Man-Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-chinese-earthquake-may-have-been-man-made-180952660/More than 600 people died in the August 3 Yunnan earthquakeWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:17:35 +0000When We're Lonely, Inanimate Faces Come Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-were-feeling-lonely-our-minds-project-illusion-life-inanimate-faces-180952657/Our minds are less particular about the source of comfort when we are craving contact with othersWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:35:12 +0000Sir John Franklin’s Doomed Ship Just Turned Up in the Arctic After 170 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-john-franklins-doomed-ship-just-turned-arctic-after-170-years-180952658/The two ships disappeared in 1846 during a British expedition trying to map the Northwest PassageWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:54:01 +0000Enterovirus 68, a Rare Virus, Is Spreading Among Kids in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enterovirus-d68-infections-are-spreading-among-kids-us-180952655/The CDC reports that patients with the respiratory disease are showing up in hospitals across the countryWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:20:16 +0000Summer Vacation Is Actually About City Kids, Not Farm Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-vacation-actually-about-city-kids-not-farm-kids-180952654/If school breaks were really scheduled around farming needs, then kids would be in the classroom during the summer months Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:50:07 +0000In the Summer, Helsinki's Buildings Are Cooled by an Underground Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/helsinki-cooled-underground-lake-180952646/Underneath a park in Helsinki, Finland is a lake used to cool buildings in the cityTue, 09 Sep 2014 17:26:01 +0000The World's Carbon Sinks May Be Running Out of Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planet-may-be-losing-its-ability-cope-all-our-carbon-dioxide-emissions-180952650/The Earth's biosphere may be absorbing less carbon than it used toTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:45:03 +0000Newly Discovered Viking Fortress Could Have Been a Launch Point for Invading Englandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-viking-fortress-could-have-been-launching-point-invading-england-180952648/The ring-shaped complex could have been used as a military training groundTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:56:26 +0000A Military Contractor Just Went Ahead And Used an Xbox Controller For Their New Giant Laser Cannonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-contractor-just-went-ahead-and-used-xbox-controller-their-new-giant-laser-cannon-180952647/The army’s new laser cannon is controlled with an Xbox controllerTue, 09 Sep 2014 15:25:34 +0000Peaches Were Domesticated in China 7,500 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peaches-domesticated-china-7500-years-ago-180952640/Preserved peach pits reveal the origins of this sweet fruitTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:37:25 +0000Why Networking Can Make You Feel Dirtyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-networking-can-make-you-feel-dirty-180952642/Pursuing relationships to forward your career aspirations triggers a sense of moral disgust Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:56:36 +0000Napa Earthquake Turned Dry Creeks Wet Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napa-earthquake-turned-dry-creeks-wet-again-180952643/"Miracle water" wets some of California's dried streams Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:42:25 +0000Every Year for the Next 100 Years, Authors Will Write Books That Won't Be Read Until 2114http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-year-next-100-years-authors-will-write-books-wont-be-read-until-2114-180952637/Author Margaret Atwood's new book became the first to go into the century-long time capsule project Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:33:30 +0000Assumed Asteroid Remnant Leaves Crater in Nicaraguahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-passed-close-earth-and-left-little-bit-behind-180952638/A small rock from a passing asteroid left a crater in NicaraguaMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:01:17 +0000Cockatoos Learn to Use Tools by Watching Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockatoos-learn-use-tools-watching-each-other-180952636/With a teacher, Goffin cockatoo learn to use new tools more quickly Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:58:21 +0000The Keeling Curve Gets a Much-Needed Boost from Google's Schmidthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keeling-curve-gets-much-needed-boost-googles-schmidt-180952634/The long-running carbon dioxide monitoring program got a $500,000 grant from the SchmidtsMon, 08 Sep 2014 15:25:25 +0000Case Solved on Jack the Ripper? Not So Fast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-solved-jack-ripper-180952631/An author and a scientist claim to have proven the identity of the notorious 19th century killer, but others say the evidence is lackingMon, 08 Sep 2014 13:20:03 +0000Why Environmentalists Should Keep Quiet About Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-environmentalists-should-keep-quiet-about-geoengineering-180952629/If it seems like there's a technological fix, people lose interest in helpingFri, 05 Sep 2014 19:05:29 +0000High-tech Chopsticks Developed To Combat Food Safety Issues In Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-tech-chopsticks-developed-combat-food-safety-issues-china-180952627/Could utensils be a way to keep consumers safe? Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:22:20 +0000Approximately a Third of Americans Have Been the Victim of Sexual Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/approximately-third-americans-have-been-victim-sexual-violence-180952626/The CDC's latest rape and sexual violence statistics are just as disturbing as everFri, 05 Sep 2014 18:11:40 +0000Rare, Red Mammoth Hair Found on Californian Artichoke Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mammoth-hair-found-californian-artichoke-farm-180952624/Columbian mammoths roamed Western North America thousands of years ago, and now we have a better idea of what they looked likeFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:10 +0000The World Has a Whopping 117 Million Lakes—For Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-has-whopping-117-million-lakes-now-180952623/A new survey catalogs the world's (steadily disappearing) lakesFri, 05 Sep 2014 15:22:33 +0000Once Mexico Had a Wealth of Corn; Now It's Left With a Genetically Boring Monocrophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-mexico-had-wealth-corn-now-its-left-genetically-boring-monocrop-180952617/This lack of diversity does not bode well for food sustainability and economics in light of climate change Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:40:02 +0000500 Years' Worth of Book Illustrations Have Just Been Liberated From Print http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-years-worth-book-illustrations-have-just-been-liberated-print-180952621/The internet's about to get a wealth of illustrations from more than two million booksFri, 05 Sep 2014 14:03:50 +0000In the Marathon du Medoc, Run 26.2 Miles—While Stopping to Drink Wine Along the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marathon-france-involves-drinking-wine-180952615/Like running? Like wine? Why not combine the two? Fri, 05 Sep 2014 13:56:45 +0000Turns Out We Live in the Laniakea Galactic Superclusterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-laniakea-galactic-supercluster-means-astronomers-just-added-another-item-your-address-180952616/Add another line to your celestial address: Astronomers just found out we live in the Laniakea Galactic SuperclusterThu, 04 Sep 2014 18:06:04 +0000“Unschooled” Kids Do Just Fine in Collegehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unschooled-kids-have-few-problems-once-they-hit-college-180952613/Children used to self-directed learning and intellectual freedom can handle the strictures of collegeThu, 04 Sep 2014 17:39:01 +0000Meet Dreadnought, Largest Dinosaur In The Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-dreadnought-largest-dinosaur-world-180952612/Dreadnought is the largest dinosaur in the world to be scientifically described Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:15:42 +0000Home-Cooked Meals Are a Burden on Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-families-home-cooked-meals-range-burdensome-impossible-prepare-180952608/Cash- and time-strapped moms often feel pressured to cook meals for unappreciative kids and men Thu, 04 Sep 2014 16:33:33 +0000Lego Is the Biggest Toy Company in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lego-biggest-toy-company-world-1-180952611/Lego overtook Mattel this year to become the world's most-profitable toy companyThu, 04 Sep 2014 15:43:01 +0000Contribute to an Asteroid Time Capsulehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contribute-asteroid-time-capsule-180952596/NASA wants to know what your predictions are for the future of Solar System explorationThu, 04 Sep 2014 14:41:15 +0000Nine Different Households, Surrounded by a Week's Worth Garbagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-photos-show-families-laying-weeks-worth-their-garbage-180952604/Photographer Gregg Segal wanted to highlight the problems of waste, pollution and overconsumption Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:14:38 +0000Restoration Of Egypt’s Oldest Pyramid May Be Harming ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/restoration-egypts-oldest-pyramid-may-be-harming-it-180952602/Efforts to save the Pyramid of Djoser could be making things worseThu, 04 Sep 2014 13:58:07 +0000More Evidence That Arctic Warming Is Behind the Weak Polar Vortexhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-evidence-arctic-warming-behind-weak-polar-vortex-180952601/Scientists lay out how melting sea ice may destabilize the Arctic atmospheric circulationWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:09:26 +0000This Project Wants to Compost People After They Diehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-wants-compost-people-after-they-die-180952598/A Seattle-based designer aims to introduce a sustainable way of disposing of bodies Wed, 03 Sep 2014 18:11:32 +0000Some Cell Phone Towers Don’t Just Relay Your Call, They Listen Inhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-cell-phone-towers-dont-just-relay-your-call-they-listen-180952595/The surprisingly affordable way to spy on someone's phoneWed, 03 Sep 2014 17:39:35 +0000The Brain Will Go to Amazing, Sometimes Scary Lengths to Preserve Its Self-Constructed Narrativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-will-go-amazing-sometimes-scary-lengths-preserve-its-self-constructed-narrative-180952593/Your life narrative gives meaning to chaosWed, 03 Sep 2014 16:45:23 +0000Dry Grass Hints That Stonehenge Was Once a Whole Circlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dry-grass-indicates-stonehenge-was-once-whole-circle-180952594/Researchers find new evidence about the shape of Stonehenge Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:57:42 +0000Flowering Plants Appeared in Forest Canopies Just a Few Million Years After Dinosaurs Went Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flowering-plants-appeared-forest-canopies-58-million-years-ago-180952590/A new study gives scientists some more insight into the weird history of flowering plantsWed, 03 Sep 2014 14:31:05 +0000Extreme Drought in New Mexico Cost a 650-Year-Old Tree Its Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extreme-drought-new-mexico-cost-650-year-old-tree-its-life-180952592/The 7-foot-tall douglas fir named Yoda managed to weather many a drought over the centuries, but not this last one Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:17:35 +0000Action Movies Encourage Charged-Up Viewers to Overeathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/action-movies-encourage-charged-viewers-overeat-180952589/People watching action flicks ate nearly twice as much as those viewing a talk show Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:56:01 +0000Icelandic Volcano Is Erupting Spectacularly (And Relatively Quietly) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelandic-volcano-erupting-spectacularly-and-relatively-quietly-180952588/The eruption, currently spewing lava fountains, could go on for a yearTue, 02 Sep 2014 18:39:12 +0000Radioactive Boars Are Roaming Around Germany http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-boars-are-roaming-around-germany-180952586/The boar's meat is too contaminated from Chernobyl's radiation to be fit for human consumption Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:31:07 +0000At "Slaves' Hill," Some Workers Ate Better Than Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-copper-miners-werent-actually-slaves-180952585/New research suggests that the workers at copper mines in the Levant were valued workers, not slavesTue, 02 Sep 2014 17:08:38 +0000The Surprisingly Complicated Reason Why Stars Look Like They Have Pointshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/surprisingly-complicated-reason-why-stars-seem-have-points-180952587/Stars are star-shaped because of imperfection in our eyesTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:37:42 +0000A Lost Chapter From Roald Dahl’s "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" Was Just Releasedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-chapter-roald-dahls-charlie-and-chocolate-factory-was-just-released-180952584/The chapter was removed after being deemed "too wild" and subversive Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:02:30 +0000RIP Sexy Space Geckoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rip-sexy-space-geckos-180952583/The five geckos sent to space have all diedTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:40 +0000Neanderthal Carvings in a Gibraltar Cave Reveal Some of Europe's Oldest Known Artworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-carvings-gibraltar-cave-reveal-europes-oldest-known-artwork-180952581/Some argue, however, that Homo sapiens are responsible for the etchings Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:41:22 +0000Ghostly Neutrinos Created in the Heart of the Sun Are Finally Detectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghostly-particles-created-heart-sun-finally-detected-180952573/This is the most direct evidence supporting researchers’ ideas about how the Sun is poweredFri, 29 Aug 2014 18:01:09 +0000Ebola Drug ZMapp Cured 18 Monkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ebola-drug-zmapp-miracle-cure-monkeys-180952564/How well the drug works in humans, however, isn't so clearFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:43:45 +0000This Beach Sculpture Is Modeled After Norwegian Fish Drying Rackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/buildings-arctic-beach-norway-180952551/Norway's SALT festival involves music, sauna's and architectureFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:12:35 +0000Your House’s Germs Are Yours, And They’ll Follow You If You Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-houses-germs-are-yours-and-theyll-follow-you-if-you-move-180952553/Your house is laced with microbes shed by your bodyFri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:12 +0000States with Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/states-medical-marijuana-have-fewer-painkiller-deaths-180952552/Could medical cannabis help prevent the more than 16,500 deaths each year due to opioid overdose? Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:10:06 +0000Someday, Okra Could Help Make Ice Cream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someday-okra-could-help-make-ice-cream-180952520/The slime in okra could make for a natural ice cream stabilizer Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:59:56 +0000Weird Physics Can Make an Invisible Cat Visiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-physics-make-invisible-cat-visible-180952521/These cat pictures are brought to you by quantum entanglement as discussed by Einstein and SchrödingerFri, 29 Aug 2014 13:16:47 +0000Meet the Newly Approved Rocket That Will Take People To Mars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-newly-approved-rocket-will-take-people-mars-180952510/The approval of the Space Launch System is an important step for NASAThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:41:37 +0000This Is Your Brain on Your Favorite Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-your-favorite-song-180952511/When people listen to music they enjoy, their brains drift into a resting daydream, regardless of the genreThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:18:20 +0000The First People to Settle Across North America's Arctic Regions Were Isolated for 4,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isolated-culture-thrived-arctic-4000-years-180952505/New research shows that the first humans in the Arctic lived there for nearly 4,000 yearsThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:22:53 +0000Walking in Formation Makes Men Feel More Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walking-formation-makes-men-feel-more-powerful-180952507/Men who walk in lockstep see outsiders as less threateningThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:29 +0000Researchers Solve the Mystery of Death Valley’s Sailing Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-solve-mystery-death-valleys-sailing-rocks-180952506/A team recorded thin sheets of ice pushing rocks across a desert lake bed, answering a decades-old questionThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:01:43 +0000What Will It Take to Stop Ebola?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-will-it-take-stop-ebola-180952502/The WHO has a plan for stopping the Ebola outbreakThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:28:15 +0000Is This the Most Efficient Way To Build the Pyramids?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-efficient-way-build-pyramids-180952501/A new physics study shows another possible method for how the pyramids of Egypt were constructedThu, 28 Aug 2014 15:15:56 +0000A Few Small Changes Could Make the U.S. Military Trans-Inclusivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-small-changes-could-make-us-military-trans-inclusive-180952498/A new report outlines the logistics of letting the estimated 15,500 transgender individuals already in the military serve openly Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:40:32 +0000Whale-Watching Can Actually Be Harmful To Whaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-watching-can-actually-be-harmful-whales-180952496/Ecotourism can give people a closer look at wildlife, but in the case of whales, it could also harm the wildlife they're looking atWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:17:13 +0000The Secret to Instagram's New Video App Is Already in Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-instagrams-new-video-app-already-your-phone-180952497/The ability to create moving, time-lapse videos is in your hands, thanks to gyroscopesWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:10:44 +0000The Moon Smells Like Gunpowderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moon-smells-gunpowder-180952494/The smell of the Moon is not just the smell of spaceWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:03 +0000Dams Removed On Washington State Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dams-removed-washington-state-river-180952493/The removal of dams on the Elwha river is the largest dam removal to take place Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:06 +0000Hoverbikes Get One Step Closer to Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoverbikes-get-one-step-closer-reality-funded-kickstarter-campaign-180952491/Chris Malloy is raising money on Kickstarter to continue development of his hoverbikeWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:14:13 +0000Even on Social Media, People Keep Quiet About Opposing Viewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-social-media-people-keep-quiet-about-opposing-views-180952492/Only 42 percent of Americans said they were willing to post about a controversial topic online whereas 86 percent said they would talk about it in personWed, 27 Aug 2014 16:40:25 +0000In the U.S., Solar Energy Has More Than Doubled Since Last Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-solar-energy-has-more-doubled-last-year-180952490/Solar voltaic energy is a small, but growing, piece of the American energy pieWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:32:17 +0000What's Replacing Coal In Europe? Imported Wood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-replacing-coal-europe-imported-wood-180952483/In trying to meet renewable goals, Europe is relying on wood from forests in the Southern United StatesWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:36 +0000