Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenMon, 15 Sep 2014 19:25:54 +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 +0000Two Maya Cities Found in Mexican Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-mayan-cities-found-mexican-jungle-180952481/One of the sites was re-discovered after being lost for decades Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:00:51 +0000New Analysis Suggests Utah’s Famous Rock Art Is Surprisingly Recenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-analysis-suggests-utahs-famous-rock-art-surprisingly-recent-180952482/The impressive Barrier Canyon Style images hold clues to the identity of their mysterious paintersTue, 26 Aug 2014 18:07:31 +0000NASA Has Very Likely Captured the First Space Dust From Beyond Our Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacecraft-nabbed-first-dust-specks-beyond-our-solar-system-180952480/A handful of rocky particles could tell us about the birth of our Sun and its planetsTue, 26 Aug 2014 17:02:07 +0000Public Health Orgs Are Weighing In on E-Cigaretteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/varied-opinions-e-cigarettes-health-organizations-180952477/The AHA is neutral on e-cigarettes in U.S., but the WHO wants to ban them indoorsTue, 26 Aug 2014 16:17:58 +0000Dear Americans: You Don’t Understand What the Burger King-Tim Hortons Merger Means to Canadianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dear-americans-you-dont-understand-what-burger-king-tim-hortons-merger-means-canadians-180952479/Tim Hortons is a core component of the amorphous "Canadian identity"Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:46:31 +0000Tasmanian Sheep May Be Wooliest In Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tasmanian-sheep-may-be-wooliest-world-180952476/Shaun the sheep might beat out the previous champ, Shrek, as the world's wooliest sheepTue, 26 Aug 2014 13:21:02 +0000Fully Functional Thymus Grown In Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fully-functional-thymus-grown-mouse-180952474/Growing organs for human transplant is still a long way off, but this study is still a step forwardMon, 25 Aug 2014 18:16:45 +0000Oregon Animals Now Have Some Basic Rights Formerly Reserved for Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oregon-animals-now-have-some-basic-rights-formerly-reserved-humans-180952475/Crimes against animals can't be lumped all together—each animal victim has to be recognized individuallyMon, 25 Aug 2014 18:02:46 +0000The Forest Service Is Running Out of Money to Fight Fireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forest-service-running-out-money-fight-fires-180952465/Firefighting and prevention costs now blaze through 51 percent of the U.S. Forest Service budget, compared to 17 percent in 1995Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:15:35 +0000Gas, Probably Methane, Is Seeping From 570 Sites off the East Coast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gas-probably-methane-seeping-570-sites-east-coast-1-180952471/A new study shows that we might find additional sources of methane in places we least expected itMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:39:47 +0000A New Way to See Earthquakes: Peoples’ Fitness Trackershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-way-see-effects-earthquakes-peoples-fitness-trackers-180952464/Yesterday's Napa earthquake woke people upMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:50:30 +0000A Separate Outbreak of Ebola Emerges in the Congohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/separate-outbreak-ebola-emerges-congo-180952461/Researchers think the Ebola outbreak is independent of the one in West AfricaMon, 25 Aug 2014 14:14:25 +0000For the First Time, America's Public School Students Will be Mostly Minoritieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-americas-public-school-students-will-be-mostly-minorities-180952459/White kids will represent less than half the public school population this yearFri, 22 Aug 2014 18:46:12 +0000Corals And Fish Can Tell a Bad Reef When They Smell Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corals-and-fish-can-tell-bad-reef-when-they-smell-it-180952456/New research indicates that young marine species can be picky about where they choose to settleFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:46:07 +0000Bitcoin May Get a Whole Lot More Useful Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ebay-owned-mobile-currency-company-thinking-about-accepting-bitcoin-180952457/An eBay-owned company—that runs payments systems for AirBnB & Uber—is thinking about accepting BitcoinFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:43:02 +0000Scientists Are Actually Talking About Building Giant Space Lasers to Control the Weatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-actually-talking-about-building-giant-space-lasers-control-weather-180952455/This is what happens when you refuse to do things the easy wayFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:36:50 +0000New Jersey Will Test Solar-Powered Commuting Pods Straight Out of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commuting-solar-power-will-be-tested-new-jersey-180952453/The new form of transportation looks like it came here from the futureFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:32:39 +0000Women Now Outnumber Adolescent Boys in the Gamer Community http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-now-outnumber-adolescent-boys-gamer-community-180952452/Smartphones likely explain the sudden spike in the number of female gamers Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:44:10 +0000Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elephant-poachers-also-targeting-vultures-180952450/Vultures are being targeted by elephant poachers in AfricaFri, 22 Aug 2014 13:55:13 +0000Someone, Somewhere Is Still Emitting A Whole Load of Ozone-Depleting Chemicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-somewhere-still-emitting-whole-load-ozone-depleting-chemicals-180952449/Emissions of carbon tetrachrloride are still 30% of peak emissionsThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:35:39 +0000How British Soldiers’ Gear Has Changed Over the Last 1,000 Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-british-soldiers-gear-has-changed-over-last-1000-years-180952442/Photographer Thom Atkinson traces the evolution of wooden spears to sniper rifles Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:21:04 +0000Give Someone a Virtual Avatar and They Adopt Stereotype Behaviorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/give-someone-virtual-avatar-and-they-adopt-stereotype-behavior-180952441/People behave differently depending on the appearance of their digital avatarThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:03 +0000People in the Stone Age Were Fans of Escargothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-stone-age-were-fans-escargot-180952444/A new study pushes back the date of land snails being consumed in the Mediterranean Thu, 21 Aug 2014 17:16:13 +0000Tuberculosis Probably Hitched A Ride To America on Sealshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tuberculosis-probably-hitched-ride-america-seals-180952434/A new study finds that TB is not only younger than we thought, but it also spread in weird waysThu, 21 Aug 2014 16:05:33 +0000Geckos Can Control the Movement of Their Toe Hairshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geckos-change-angles-their-toe-hairs-cling-walls-let-go-180952427/Geckos take advantage of van der Waals forces to run across ceilings, but a simple shift allows them to drop to the groundThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:38 +0000Scientists Are Hacking Tomatoes To Make Them Keep Growing All Night Longhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-hacking-tomatoes-make-them-grow-through-night-180952430/Geneticists are working to circumvent the tomato's circadian rhythmThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:24:39 +0000Some Zoo Grass Is Electrifiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-zoo-grass-electrified-180952420/Some zoo landscaping is designed to keep the animals within their cages, not for them to interact withThu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:59 +0000You Can Now Inherit Someone’s Facebook Accounthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-inherit-someones-facebook-account-180952417/When you die in Delaware, you no longer need to die online. Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:37:06 +0000Why You Look Like Your Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-look-your-dog-180952414/It's all in the eyesWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:18:32 +0000Give Teens Access to Birth Control and, Amazingly, the Teen Pregnancy Rate Dropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/give-teens-access-birth-control-and-amazingly-teen-pregnancy-rate-drops-180952416/Colorado pins its dropping teen pregnancy rate on improved access to birth controlWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:05:18 +0000Demand for Renewable Energy Is Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/demand-renewable-energy-real-180952392/But the industry still has a few hitches to work out—like solar panels burning birdsWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:11 +0000The Marines Have Equipment Stashed In Norwegian Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marines-have-equipment-stashed-norwegian-caves-180952411/The Marines are storing tanks and other large equipment in large caves in NorwayWed, 20 Aug 2014 14:52:28 +0000Computer Scientists Hack Michigan Traffic Lights To Show Glaring Security Flawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-scientists-hack-michigan-traffic-lights-show-glaring-security-flaws-180952412/Three major weaknesses make traffic lights used in almost all U.S. states prone to attacks Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:19:09 +0000The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-hour-rule-not-real-180952410/The biggest meta-analysis of research to date indicates that practice does not make perfectWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:39:39 +0000Help NASA Out by Looking at Beautiful Pictures of Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-nasa-out-looking-beautiful-pictures-space-180952407/NASA wants your help identifying astronauts' photos of the earthWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:11:07 +0000This Gorge Is Living Its Life on Fast-Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-gorge-will-disappear-50-years-180952380/A quickly carved river gorge may disappear in just a few decades Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:33 +0000ICYMI: July Was Really, Really Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icymi-july-was-really-really-hot-180952394/This past July was the fourth hottest on recordTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:52:47 +0000Imagine Living on Mars In One of These Structureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-living-spaces-mars-might-actually-look-180952390/You could call an acropolis, pyramid or beehive home Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:35:39 +0000How You Type Your Password Could Be Its Own Security Measurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-password-might-not-just-be-your-password-how-you-type-it-180952387/Your phone could learn your typing behavior and use that to keep itself safe from intrudersTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:03:07 +0000One of Iceland’s Volcanoes Is Rumblinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-icelands-volcanoes-rumbling-180952386/It looks like another one of Iceland's volcanoes is ready to eruptTue, 19 Aug 2014 15:17:48 +0000Facebook Users Want Help Distinguishing Satire From Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facebook-thinks-its-users-need-help-distinguishing-satire-reality-180952385/A special label could indicate whether content posted on Facebook is in jest Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:38:47 +0000Scientists’ Underwater Microphones Monitored By Militarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-underwater-microphones-monitored-militaries-180952382/NEPTUNE is used for hunting whale songs, but Canada and the US worry it could be used for other purposesTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:42:18 +0000Before He Died, Richard III Lived Largehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/richard-iii-feasted-menagerie-wild-birds-two-years-preceding-his-death-180952381/Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief lifeTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:14:26 +0000200-Year-Old Alcohol Found in Shipwreck Is Still Drinkablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/200-year-old-alcohol-found-shipwreck-still-drinkable-180952373/Researchers found the liquid, originally thought to be mineral water, was actually over-aged boozeMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:20:08 +0000An American Tribe Wants a German Museum to Return Native American Scalpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-tribes-want-german-collectors-return-native-american-scalps-180952374/The German Museums Association says that scalps are not subject to the same ethical guidelines that govern other human remains Mon, 18 Aug 2014 18:06:34 +0000Can We Clean Up the Next Oil Spill With Magnets?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-we-clean-next-oil-spill-magnets-180952375/A new technique may help during the next oil spillMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:29:16 +0000Watch How Jim Henson Animated Jazz With Tiny, Dancing Strips of Paperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-lost-jim-henson-jazz-visualization-papercut-animation-180952372/Jim Henson had a soft spot for jazzMon, 18 Aug 2014 15:33:53 +0000How an American Missionary Helped Capture the First Panda Given to the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-american-missionary-helped-captured-first-panda-given-us-180952369/"Missionaries sometimes have to tackle strange and unusual jobs," David Graham wrote.Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:59:57 +0000This Weird, 500 Million-Year-Old Spiky Worm With Legs Actually Has a Descendanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-500-million-year-old-spiky-worm-legs-actually-has-descendant-180952370/Modern-day velvet worms' jaws are repurposed former claws Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:32:03 +0000Tokyo Has Built Disaster Preparedness Into the Fabric of the Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-has-built-disaster-preparedness-fabric-city-180952366/Refuge parks stocked with food and water are ready for the next disasterFri, 15 Aug 2014 18:14:18 +0000How to Charm Worms Out of the Groundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-charm-worms-out-ground-180952364/The art of worm gruntingFri, 15 Aug 2014 16:36:10 +0000Why Are People Afraid of Colgate Total Toothpaste?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-people-afraid-colgate-total-toothpaste-180952362/Bloomberg reports that customers are abandoning Colgate's Total brand because it contains triclosanFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:52:39 +0000Ultraviolet Camera Reveals the Secret Price of Sunbathinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ultraviolet-camera-reveals-secret-price-sunbathing-180952363/Some of the damage done to your skin by UV rays is hard to seeFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:05:43 +0000You Can Visit A Cave Where the Ancient Maya Sacrificed Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-visit-cave-where-mayans-sacrificed-humans-180952359/In Belize, the Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is an eerie experience for visitorsFri, 15 Aug 2014 14:14:00 +0000America’s Tumbleweeds Are Actually Russian Invadershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-tumbleweeds-are-actually-russian-invaders-180952360/Some say the tumbleweed's takeover of the American West was the most aggressive weed invasion in our country's history Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:33:34 +0000Our Personalities Are Most Stable in Mid-Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-personalities-are-most-stable-mid-life-180952352/In some ways, our 80-year-old selves mirror our 20-year-old selves Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:34:56 +0000The Latest Commercial Satellite Can See a Dinner Plate from Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/latest-commercial-satellite-can-see-dinner-plate-space-1-180952357/DigitalGlobe's WorldView-3 has a resolution of just over nine inchesThu, 14 Aug 2014 17:32:59 +0000Boko Haram Has Displaced 400,000 People, Even As the Nigerian Military Fights Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nigerian-military-pushing-back-thousands-continue-flee-boko-haram-180952353/The situation in Nigeria has only been getting worseThu, 14 Aug 2014 16:43:35 +0000Outlook For Great Barrier Reef Not So Greathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/outlook-great-barrier-reef-not-so-great-180952349/The five year state of the reef reports paints a gloomy picture for the natural wonder Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:50:55 +0000The First Ancient Egyptian Mummies Might Have Appeared 1,500 Years Earlier Than Egyptologists Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ancient-egyptians-mummies-might-have-appeared-1500-years-earlier-egyptologists-thought-180952351/Egyptians were embalming their dead as far back as 4,100 B.C.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:26:37 +0000Using Sweat To Power Devices Isn’t Far Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/using-sweat-power-devices-isnt-far-180952348/An intense workout at the gym could one day not only recharge your batteries, but your phone's tooThu, 14 Aug 2014 14:01:34 +0000Why Everyone From Conservationists to Yao Ming to Andrew Cuomo Supports Banning Ivory Saleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-conservationists-yao-ming-think-we-should-completely-ban-ivory-sales-180952347/Because of corruption and laundering, any system of legal ivory trade threatens the continued existence of elephants Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:29:25 +0000Seagrass Meadows Are Disappearing at the Same Rate as Rainforestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seagrass-meadows-disappearing-same-rate-rainforests-180952344/These underwater habitats are important for several species of sea lifeWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:53:41 +0000Is It Wise to Build a Zoo Without Cages?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-wise-build-zoo-without-cages-180952345/Being able to mingle with the animals sounds nice, but is it?Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:09:02 +0000Starting Tonight, You Can Roam the Tate Museum After Hours, Via Robothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/control-robots-roaming-tate-museum-night-180952342/Spend a virtual night at the museum with robots Wed, 13 Aug 2014 16:37:25 +0000The Salmon Cannon Is One Way of Helping Fish Get Over a Damhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salmon-canon-one-way-helping-fish-get-over-dam-180952341/Making salmon and other fish momentarily airborne is an efficient way of allowing them to clear obstacles, some innovators think Wed, 13 Aug 2014 15:56:42 +0000The NSA Seems to Have a Leaker Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nsa-seems-have-leaker-problem-180952340/Signs point to there being more than one NSA leakerWed, 13 Aug 2014 15:09:53 +0000This Female Mathematician Just Became the First Woman to Ever Win the Fields Medal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-mathematician-just-became-first-woman-ever-win-fields-medal-180952339/The Fields Medal is mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel PrizeWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:46:30 +0000Crawfish Can Convert Blood Cells into Neuronshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crawfish-can-convert-blood-cells-neurons-180952337/This neat invertebrate trick could help researchers eventually figure out how to do the same for human cells Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:05:51 +0000How Plants Could Clean Up Abandoned Mines—And Extract Metal in the Processhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-extract-metals-ground-using-plants-180952335/Some groups are researching how plants can be used to clean up dangerous metals from the groundWed, 13 Aug 2014 13:34:49 +0000Here's What the Real People Robin Williams Portrayed Had to Say About Himhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-real-people-who-robin-williams-portrayed-had-say-about-him-180952328/Robin Williams played a number of real people throughout his careerTue, 12 Aug 2014 18:50:33 +0000Hummus and Goat Cheese Are Out; Ramen and Brussels Sprouts Are In http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hummus-and-goat-cheese-are-out-ramen-and-brussels-sprouts-are-180952330/Food trends, as revealed by the New York Times' coverageTue, 12 Aug 2014 17:59:17 +0000WHO Says ZMapp Is Ethical; Too Bad There's None Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-says-zmapp-ethical-too-bad-theres-none-left-180952329/Small supplies of the drug bring up a whole host of other ethical dilemmas Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:04:29 +0000Here's What the Newly Sequenced Cat Genome Might Tell Us http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-newly-sequenced-cat-genome-might-tell-us-180952323/In addition to teaching us more about kitties themselves, the cat genome could shed light on human disease Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:43:02 +0000Baby Panda Triplets Born In Chinese Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-panda-triplets-born-chinese-zoo-180952326/At 15 days old, the panda cubs are still vulnerable, but are doing well so farTue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:06 +0000The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseids-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-180952324/Watch the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle burn up in the atmosphereTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:50:07 +0000A New, Potentially Deadly Species of Jellyfish Was Discovered Floating Around Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-potentially-deadly-species-jellyfish-was-discovered-floating-around-australia-180952322/The new species' sting can cause Irukandji syndrome, which sometimes leads to stroke and heart failure Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:15:27 +0000Iceland’s Naming Laws Prevented a 10-Year-Old From Getting a Passporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelands-naming-laws-prevent-10-year-old-getting-passport-180952319/Iceland's rules for naming children are getting a lot of attention after a few high-profile cases Mon, 11 Aug 2014 17:56:06 +0000Watch How the Cultural Hubs of Civilization Have Shifted Over Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tracking-migration-notable-people-shows-shifting-cultural-hubs-civilization-180952317/A study follows the births and deaths of notable peopleMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:20:39 +0000Lack of Workplace Support Keeps Women Out of Engineering Careers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lack-workplace-support-keeps-women-out-engineering-careers-180952316/Aspiring female engineers say that they perceive little chance of advancing in their field Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:55:27 +0000Are Hard Foods Healthier? In Your Mind, Maybehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-hard-foods-healthier-your-mind-maybe-180952310/New research shows that texture plays a large role in how we see the nutritional value of food Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:15:12 +0000There Aren't Just Dog People And Cat People; There Are Dog Countries And Cat Countrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-map-dog-people-vs-cat-people-1-180952313/Dogs and cats are not equally popular worldwideMon, 11 Aug 2014 15:36:48 +0000Watch Video From NASA’s "Flying Saucer" Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-video-nasas-flying-saucer-test-180952308/The LDSD test on June 28 went well, and more tests are expected to run next yearMon, 11 Aug 2014 15:09:10 +0000RIP, World’s Oldest Eelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rip-worlds-oldest-eel-180952306/The eel, 155, passed away in a Swedish well late last week Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:44:09 +0000Joe McConaughy Just Set a New Pacific Crest Trail Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/joe-mcconaughy-just-set-new-pacific-crest-trail-record-180952304/He finished all 2,660 miles, from Mexico and Canada, in 53 days, 6 hours and 37 minutesMon, 11 Aug 2014 11:54:51 +0000Some Who Suffer from PTSD Never Get Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-who-suffer-ptsd-never-get-better-180952301/As many as 11 percent of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD still suffer from the disorderFri, 08 Aug 2014 18:42:22 +0000Evidence Shows Neanderthals Ate Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-shows-neanderthals-ate-birds-180952300/Squab was apparently on the neanderthal menu for over 40,000 years in Gibraltar Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:37:56 +0000Irbil, the Iraqi City the US Is Now Defending, Is One of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Places in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irbil-iraqi-city-us-now-defending-one-oldest-continuously-inhabited-places-world-180952298/Irbil, Iraq, has a long, long, long historyFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:55:30 +0000It's a Wrap! The Forest Service Is Wrapping Historic Structures To Protect Them From Wildfireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-wrap-forest-service-wrapping-historic-structures-protect-them-wildfires-2-180952289/Similar protective covering is used as emergency shelters by firefighters Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:37:42 +0000Losing Weight Makes People Healthy—But Not Necessarily Happyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dropping-pounds-key-health-not--necessarily-happiness-180952296/The relationship between losing weight and being happy is not at all straightforward Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:02:19 +0000The World's Longest Horse Race Is Going on Right Now in Mongoliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-longest-horserace-going-now-mongolia-180952295/With wild horses, broken bones and treacherous terrain, this isn't a steeplechase Fri, 08 Aug 2014 13:41:46 +0000Hawaii Braces for Two Hurricanes—Its First in 22 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaii-braces-back-back-hurricanes-first-22-years-180952290/Hawaii doesn't see direct hits from hurricanes very oftenThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:51:07 +0000Who's Better at Pokémon, Anarchist Twitch Players or a Betta Fish? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-better-pokemon-anarchist-twitch-players-or-betta-fish-180952282/Anarchy seems to be more effective than a fish, so farThu, 07 Aug 2014 17:08:54 +0000The World’s First Climate Change Refugees Were Granted Residency in New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-first-climate-change-refugees-were-just-granted-residency-new-zealand-180952279/A Tuvalese family said they can't go home because of climate change Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:45:44 +000035 Years Later, Some Khmer Rouge Leaders Convicted of Crimes Against Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/35-years-later-some-khmer-rouge-leaders-convicted-crimes-against-humanity-180952280/The genocidal Khmer Rouge revolution took place from 1975 to 1979Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:10:05 +0000This Is Why the Park Service Banned Drones—One Just Crashed Into a Famous Hot Springhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellowstone-crash-why-park-service-banned-drones-180952276/This is why we can't have nice thingsThu, 07 Aug 2014 14:51:22 +0000If a Monkey Takes a Photo, No One Owns Copyrighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-owns-copyright-wikipedia-monkeys-self-portrait-180952275/The contested photo likely belongs to neither monkey nor man, but to the public domain Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:50:02 +0000The Rise and Fall of PBRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rise-and-fall-pbr-beer-180952273/How Pabst Blue Ribbon lost its cool Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:29:21 +0000Jump on Massive Trampolines in a Giant Cavern in Waleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-jump-massive-underground-trampolines-wales-180952250/This sounds like fun: jumping on trampolines 180 feet above the floor of a giant cavernThu, 07 Aug 2014 14:16:00 +0000Barcelona's Turning Its Old Olympic Stadium Into a Virtual Reality Themeparkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planned-virtual-reality-theme-park-lets-you-race-olympian-180952269/At Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, you can race a virtual OlympianThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:15:41 +0000This Hacker Can Mimic a Car Key Fobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hacker-can-mimic-car-key-fob-180952271/If you put a computer in it, hackers can get inWed, 06 Aug 2014 18:39:05 +0000Humanity’s Legacy Might Be The Holes We Leave Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humanitys-legacy-might-be-holes-we-leave-behind-180952266/The last remnants of human civilizations might be the holes we carve into the earthWed, 06 Aug 2014 17:33:30 +0000Here's One Alternative to Having Your Password Stolen by Russian Hackershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-one-alternative-having-your-password-stolen-russian-hackers-180952268/Log in just by clicking your favorite spots on a mapWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:53:59 +0000One Aspirin a Day Helps Keep Cancer Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspirin-day-keeps-cancer-away-180952265/According to the largest analysis conducted to date, daily doses of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of getting some common cancers Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:38:00 +0000The Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone Is the Size of a Small Statehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dead-zone-size-connecticut-gulf-waters-180952260/The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone actually shrunk this year—but it's still the size of ConnecticutWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:05:27 +0000Thousands of Iraqi Refugees Are Trapped Without Food or Water on Mountains Surrounded by Militiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-iraqi-refugees-are-trapped-without-food-or-water-mountains-surrounded-militia-180952259/Delivering help by land or air is impossible, humanitarian aid experts say Wed, 06 Aug 2014 14:20:09 +0000Rosetta Satellite Is the First to Ever Orbit a Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosetta-satellite-first-ever-orbit-comet-180952258/It's been a long trip, but Rosetta has finally reached its destinationWed, 06 Aug 2014 13:56:45 +0000This Mathematical Equation Predicts Momentary Happinesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mathematical-equation-predicts-momentary-happiness-180952257/Keeping your expectations low, it seems, is key to achieving fleeting satisfaction Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:08:04 +0000When Scientists, Social Media, and the Kardashians Collidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-scientists-social-media-and-kardashians-collide-180952255/A commentary published in a scientific journal sparks a heated debate amongst scientistsTue, 05 Aug 2014 18:46:33 +0000We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-dont-need-huge-breakthrough-make-renewable-energy-viable-it-already-180952254/The idea that renewable energy can't handle the load is a myth, says Amory LovinsTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:36:13 +0000The Flores "Hobbit" Might Not Be a New Species at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flores-hobbit-might-not-be-new-species-all-ancient-person-down-syndrome-180952253/A long-standing debate on the original findings has been reignited Tue, 05 Aug 2014 16:05:12 +0000Explore Native Alaskan Stories As a Young Iñupiaq Girl in This New Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-game-lets-you-explore-native-alaskan-stories-young-inupiaq-girl-180952252/Never Alone draws on the art, stories and culture of Alaskan InuitTue, 05 Aug 2014 15:30:15 +0000With an Untested New Drug, Two Ebola Patients Are Experiencing "Miraculous" Recoveryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/untested-new-drug-possibly-delivers-miraculous-recovery-two-ebola-patients-180952251/The drug, however, was not "top secret," as some outlets have reported Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:54:43 +0000Copenhagen Might Install a Giant, Energy-Gathering Duck in Its Harbor http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/copenhagen-might-install-giant-solar-energy-gathering-duck-its-harbor-180952249/The duck would be both a tourist attraction and a means of helping the city become carbon-neutral by 2025 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:08:02 +0000Bake Sales And Girl Scout Cookies Are Out; Bowl-a-Thons Are In http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bake-sales-and-girl-scout-cookies-are-out-bowl-thons-are-180952246/The then-and-nows of kids' food-related fundraising Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:33:51 +0000Scientists Can Now Eavesdrop By Watching a Soundless Video of a Glass of Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-now-eavesdrop-you-reverse-engineering-video-glass-water-180952247/Sound is pressure, pressure causes motion and motion shows up on filmMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:33:44 +0000Civil War Battlefields Are Overrun With Deerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunters-desired-civil-war-battlefields-overrun-deer-180952244/The Parks Department is going to spend $1.8 million to have hunters cull themMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:10:36 +0000There’s an Easy (And Tasty) Way to Measure the Speed of Light at Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-easy-and-tasty-way-measure-speed-light-home-180952245/You can make surprisingly accurate calculations using chocolate and a microwaveMon, 04 Aug 2014 16:37:18 +0000Here's How Astronomers Actually Find Planets in Other Solar Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easy-explanation-how-astronomers-find-planets-other-solar-systems-180952243/Astronomers have found 1,741 exoplanets. But how, exactly?Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:31:00 +0000Fish Oil Could Be a Modern-Day Snake Oilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-oil-could-be-modern-day-snake-oil-180952241/The premise that fish oil is good for your heart is based on questionable dataMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:50:21 +00001970s Redux: Lake Erie Is So Polluted, Toledo's Drinking Water Was Cut Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toledos-water-supply-was-contaminated-toxins-algae-180952242/An algae bloom in Lake Erie leaves hundreds of thousands without fresh drinking waterMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:14:07 +0000These Diaries, of Poet Siegfried Sassoon, Capture the Chaos of WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wwi-poets-diaries-now-available-online-180952240/Siegfried Sassoon's poems captured life in the trenches of WWIMon, 04 Aug 2014 13:43:31 +0000Send Your Pets’ Remains To Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/send-your-pets-remains-space-180952237/A new service offers to launch your pet's ashes into spaceFri, 01 Aug 2014 18:30:48 +0000Quentin Tarantino And Judd Apatow Agree: Kodak Film Can't Disappear—They Need Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-directors-are-helping-try-save-kodak-180952235/Some of Hollywood's most famous directors are pressing studios to buy Kodak film—before it's too lateFri, 01 Aug 2014 18:02:36 +0000Mummies From Around the World Had Hardened Arterieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummies-around-world-had-heart-disease-180952233/Mummies from cultures across the globe have one thing in common—plaque in their arteriesFri, 01 Aug 2014 17:41:47 +0000Sometimes Bumblebees Just Want to Do Their Own Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sometimes-bumblebees-just-want-do-their-own-thing-180952234/Bumblebees are strong communicators, but they don't always listenFri, 01 Aug 2014 15:42:18 +0000Suicide Risk Could Soon Be Predicted Through a Blood Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/suicide-risk-could-soon-be-predicted-through-blood-test-180952232/Elevated levels of stress-related chemicals in the body seem to correlate with suicide Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:04:35 +0000How Big Were Romans' Feet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-size-shoes-did-romans-wear-180952227/A bioarchaeologist proposes one method to answer that questionFri, 01 Aug 2014 14:21:04 +0000The Microbes That Make Cheese Taste Good Are Surprisingly Universalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbes-give-cheese-all-over-world-its-deliciousness-are-surprisingly-universal-180952231/Just a dozen different types of bacteria and fungi tend to dominate all different cheese types Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:09:42 +0000Tiny Propeller Is 100 Times Smaller Than A Red Blood Cellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-propeller-100-times-smaller-red-blood-cell-180952230/Boldly going where no machine has gone beforeFri, 01 Aug 2014 13:43:44 +0000Why Is Anyone Opposed to Reintroducing American Bison to the Wild?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-people-are-opposed-reintroducing-american-bison-wild-180952223/The government wants to release some of Yellowstone's bison to the wildThu, 31 Jul 2014 18:03:46 +0000Antibiotic Resistant “Nightmare Bacteria” Have Escaped the Hospitalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antibiotic-resistant-nightmare-bacteria-have-escaped-hospital-180952220/Infections with carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae aren't always tied to the healthcare systemThu, 31 Jul 2014 17:20:20 +0000With Wildfire Still Burning in Yosemite, Sequoias, At Least, Are Safehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfire-still-burning-yosemite-national-park-180952221/Up and down the West Coast, extraordinary fire seasons are becoming more common—and making climate change worseThu, 31 Jul 2014 16:28:10 +0000Blame Climate Change for Australia’s 30-Year Long Dry Spellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blame-climate-change-australias-30-year-long-dry-spell-180952217/Human-induced climate change is driving a drop in rainfall across southern AustraliaThu, 31 Jul 2014 16:00:38 +0000Lady Worms, Beware: Pick the Wrong Mate, End Up Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picking-wrong-mate-comes-extra-high-stakes-lady-worms-180952212/Sperm from the wrong species of worm will eat through a female worm's innards Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:29:35 +0000The Difficulty of Burying Ebola's Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ebola-outbreak-so-bad-sierra-leone-emergency-quarantine-180952218/No one knows how long Ebola viruses can live in the body of a victimThu, 31 Jul 2014 14:57:23 +0000For the First Time in 300 Years, a New Permanent Sculpture Will Grace Versailleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-new-permanent-sculpture-grace-versailles-300-years-180952210/A fountain sculpture being installed on the grounds is intended to be the first permanent addition to the collection in centuriesThu, 31 Jul 2014 14:08:49 +0000This Deep-Sea Octopus Tended Her Eggs For More Than Four Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-octopus-egg-tending-duties-last-over-four-years-180952213/It appears that the octopus mom also largely refrained from eating over those 53 months Thu, 31 Jul 2014 13:35:34 +0000In 1665, a British Warship Mysteriously Blew Up—And Soon We Might Know Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/figuring-out-why-london-blew-itself-180952209/349 years ago, the warship The London exploded in the Thames Estuary. Now archaeologists are trying to figure out whyWed, 30 Jul 2014 19:22:22 +0000The Last Crew Member Who Dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-crew-member-who-dropped-atomic-bomb-hiroshima-died-180952206/Theodore "Dutch" Van Kirk said he never regretted his involvement in the bombing Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:29:10 +0000If Certain Couples in Yemen Choose to Divorce, Their Siblings Must Get a Divorce, Too http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-certain-couples-yemen-choose-divorce-their-sibling-must-get-divorce-too-180952205/"Swap" marriages dictate that both marriage vows and divorces must be evenly shared between siblings of two familiesWed, 30 Jul 2014 16:17:23 +0000Natural Chocolate Is Actually a Reddish Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/natural-chocolate-actually-reddish-color-180952207/Chocolate didn't turn brown until chemists got their hands on itWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:53:18 +0000Sardines Take 400 Times Less Fuel To Catch Than Shrimphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sardines-take-400-times-less-fuel-catch-shrimp-180952201/Your shrimp cocktail is secretly a major waste of fossil fuelWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:31:09 +0000If You’re Feeling Stressed After Work, Skip the TVhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-youre-feeling-stressed-after-work-best-skip-tv-180952204/People who arrived home stressed and then watched TV or played video games wound up feeling guilty about those activities Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:06:01 +0000Rare Half-Albino Redwood Tree Is Safe, For Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-half-albino-redwood-tree-be-saved-instead-chopped-down-180952200/One rare, half-albino redwood in California was slated to be chopped down, but local outcry has saved itWed, 30 Jul 2014 13:20:44 +0000Don’t Bank on Groundwater to Fight Off Western Drought—It's Drying Out, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-bank-groundwater-fight-western-drought-its-drying-out-too-180952195/Water losses in the west have been dominated by dwindling groundwater suppliesTue, 29 Jul 2014 16:51:24 +0000Researchers Crack the Code of First Impressionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-crack-code-first-impressions-180952193/Mathematics identifies the subtle facial features that influence how we judge others Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:35:58 +0000The Average American Household Lost a Third of Its Net Worth During the Recessionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/average-american-household-lost-third-their-net-worth-during-recession-180952191/A new study shows how much, exactly, the 2008 recession contributed to rising inequality in AmericaTue, 29 Jul 2014 15:16:36 +0000DDT Is Still Killing Birds in Michiganhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ddt-still-killing-birds-michigan-180952190/DDT was banned in the United States more than 40 years ago, but it's still killing birds in a town in MichiganTue, 29 Jul 2014 14:52:27 +0000Meet One of the Last Bornean Elders Who Still Makes Traditional Poison Dart Blowpipes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-one-last-bornean-elders-who-still-makes-traditional-poison-dart-blowpipes-180952189/It takes two days of constant drilling by hand to create a single pipe, which can be used to hunting animals Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:01:20 +0000This Monet Isn't the Real Thing—But It's Awfully Closehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nanoprinters-can-duplicate-great-artworks-microscale-precision-180952187/Nanoprinters can duplicate great artwork with remarkable precisionTue, 29 Jul 2014 13:28:44 +0000Pollution Beat People to the South Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-beat-humans-south-pole-lead-pollution-180952181/Before people ever made it to the South Pole, a pollutant had beaten us thereMon, 28 Jul 2014 19:29:54 +0000Don't Worry Mr. Nixon, the National Zoo's Pandas Figured Out How to Have Sexhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-mr-nixon-national-zoos-pandas-figured-out-how-have-sex-180952180/President Nixon wanted to make sure Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing had enough time to "learn the ropes"Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:18:15 +0000It Will Soon Be Legal (Again) To Unlock Your Phonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-will-soon-be-legal-again-unlock-your-phone-180952178/A new law expected to go into effect soon will make it legal to unlock your phoneMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:03:33 +0000How a Flock of 400 Flying Birds Manages to Turn in Just Half a Secondhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-flock-400-flying-birds-manages-turn-just-half-second-180952175/The birds' patterns of movement are surprisingly similar to that of superfluid helium Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:08:43 +0000Saharan Dust Helped Build the Bahamashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saharan-dust-helped-build-bahama-islands-180952173/Minerals blown off the Sahara fuel the microbes that undergird the Bahaman ecosystemMon, 28 Jul 2014 13:15:00 +0000This Guy Simultaneously Raised a Chimp and a Baby in Exactly the Same Way To See What Would Happen http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/guy-simultaneously-raised-chimp-and-baby-exactly-same-way-see-what-would-happen-180952171/When treated as a human the baby chimp acted like one, until her physiology and development held her back Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:00:00 +0000Texas Just Started Building the Largest Carbon Capture Facility Ever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-building-largest-carbon-capture-facility-ever-180952169/The plant will soak up most of the emissions from its coal-fired power productionFri, 25 Jul 2014 19:35:03 +0000These Sexy Geckos are Lost in Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sexy-geckos-are-lost-space-180952166/These lizards have been accidentally left to fornicate all alone among the starsFri, 25 Jul 2014 19:05:28 +0000A Wyoming Cave Full Of Ice Age Animal Bones is Finally Being Opened To Scientists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wyoming-cave-full-pleistocene-animals-lions-finally-opened-scientists-180952168/After being closed for three decades, a remote sinkhole full of ancient bones will be opened to researchersFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:47:21 +0000Schadenfreude is a Childish Emotionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/schadenfreude-childish-emotion-180952163/Even two-year-olds find the twisted joy in others' painFri, 25 Jul 2014 17:06:13 +0000That Weird Siberian Hole Has a Twinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-permafrost-creates-weird-phenomena-these-two-holes-siberia-180952160/Melting permafrost can change the land in really strange—and sometimes dangerous—waysFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:51:11 +0000This Market Along the Burma-China Border Is a Veritable Noah’s Ark of Critically Endangered Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/market-along-burma-china-border-veritable-noahs-ark-critically-endangered-animals-180952162/Photographer Alex Hofford exposed the extent of the wildlife trade openly taking place at this infamous market Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:11:31 +0000Your Dog Might Be Jealoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-dog-might-be-jealous-other-dogs-180952156/How much is that green-eyed doggy in the window? Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:51:24 +0000Shale Oil May be Making Railroad Oil Transport More Dangeroushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volatile-shale-oil-making-railroad-oil-transport-more-dangerous-180952155/The rise of shale oil and longer shipping distances have spurred railroad regulators' push to update oil carsThu, 24 Jul 2014 19:12:51 +0000Cycle Through History on the Iron Curtain Trailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cycle-through-history-iron-curtain-trail-180952153/The trail stretches 4,225 miles from the Barents to the Black Sea Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:02:33 +0000Creepy Internet-Style Tracking and Targeting Analytics Are Moving into Real Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cameras-and-heat-sensors-track-customers-new-make-store-180952149/A company is using cameras and heat sensors to track people in their storeThu, 24 Jul 2014 17:31:07 +0000Moose Spit is Antifungalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moose-spit-antifungal-180952154/Moose may use their antifungal saliva to keep the fungus on their favorite foods in checkThu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:17 +0000Lasers Make a Fiber Optic Cable Out of Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cables-made-thin-air-could-transport-signals-hard-reach-places-180952145/Just like a fiber optic cable, without the physical cable Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:19:20 +0000Another Horribly Botched Execution Reveals Ongoing Flaws in Lethal Drug Cocktailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-horribly-botched-execution-reveals-ongoing-flaws-lethal-drug-cocktails-180952152/The execution of Arizona inmate Joseph Wood took nearly two hours Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:51:14 +0000Playing Outside Enhances Kids’ Love of Nature and Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-outside-enhances-chinese-elementary-kids-love-nature-and-animals-180952150/Exposure to the great outdoors could also influence kids' ideas about the importance of conservationThu, 24 Jul 2014 13:35:51 +0000Science Proves That Kids' Eyes Really Are Bigger Than Their Stomachshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-proves-kids-eyes-really-are-bigger-their-stomachs-180952148/Adults around the world uniformly clean their plates at dinner time, but not kids Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:20:29 +0000Papa Mongooses Learn Not to Try So Hard When Raising Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/papa-mongooses-learn-not-try-so-hard-when-raising-babies-180952138/If father mongooses push themselves to extremes raising young, then they won't work as hard the next time around Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:22:20 +0000Japan’s Massive Indoor Farm Produces 10,000 Heads of Fresh Lettuce Every Day http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japans-indoor-farm-supplies-10000-heads-fresh-lettuce-every-day-180952142/The innovative farming solution could help cut down on food wasteWed, 23 Jul 2014 18:08:28 +0000Archaeologists Are Excavating the Battleground that Inspired 'The Last of the Mohicans'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/excavating-last-mohicans-site-180952141/For these students, archaeology field school is taking place on a very famous battlefield Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:07:45 +0000Looking Back at NASA's Strange Mobile Lunar Laboratoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-had-plans-geology-lab-moon-180952137/Unfortunately, the odd-looking MOLAB remained earthboundWed, 23 Jul 2014 16:38:43 +000030,000 People In Quarantine After Bubonic Plague Kills One in Chinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bubonic-plague-outbreak-china-leads-quarantine-180952136/Officials in China are taking dramatic precautions to ensure the disease doesn't spreadWed, 23 Jul 2014 15:51:10 +0000Even Toddlers Recognize the Superior Cuteness of Puppies and Kittenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-three-year-olds-can-recognize-adorableness-puppies-and-kittens-180952119/Our notion of cuteness might be hardwired rather than learned Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:43:30 +0000This is What Millions of Mayflies Emerging All At Once Looks Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mayflies-erupt-out-mississippi-swarm-shows-radar-180952120/A massive emergence of mayflies has blanketed parts of the countryWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:46:43 +0000Take a Virtual Reality Trip to the Cambrian Explosion with David Attenboroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coming-soon-virtual-reality-nature-documentaries-180952118/Admit it, virtual reality David Attenborough is something you've always wantedWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:55 +0000Offshore Wind Farms Offer Seals a Smorgasbord of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seals-have-figured-out-offshore-wind-farms-offer-smorgasbord-fish-180952117/Wind farms could intentionally be fashioned into artificial reefs to further increase their value to wildlifeWed, 23 Jul 2014 14:18:23 +0000Early Life May Have Thrived in the Wreckage of a Meteoritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/craters-could-have-sheltered-early-life-180952116/Porous rock created by high impact meteorite strikes make a surprisingly pleasant home for microbesTue, 22 Jul 2014 19:22:41 +0000Circumcision Could Help Stem the Spread of HIVhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/circumcision-could-help-stem-spread-hiv-africa-180952115/Contrary to what researchers previously feared, men who undergo adult circumcision don't engage in overly risky behavior compared to uncircumcised ones Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:12:02 +0000This Grocery Store Will Be Powered By Its Own Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grocery-store-will-run-gas-its-own-waste-180952114/Microbes digest tossed food, belch up electricity-generating methaneTue, 22 Jul 2014 16:33:20 +0000China's Extra Wide Ladies-Only Parking Spaces Sparked a Backlash Over Sexismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-extra-wide-parking-spaces-created-ladies-only-spark-backlash-over-sexism-180952107/The mall that created the women-only spaces meant well, but their reasoning is indicative of a bigger problem Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:08 +0000Without Oceans, Earth-Like Life Probably Can’t Evolve on Other Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/without-oceans-earth-life-probably-cant-evolve-other-planets-180952106/It's not all about the planet's distance from its star, as researchers previously thoughtTue, 22 Jul 2014 14:59:06 +0000Along I-95, 5,000 Years of Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/along-i-95-5000-years-history-180952105/Archaeological excavations along I-95 are digging up the pastTue, 22 Jul 2014 14:40:56 +0000Spider Silk is a Fine-Tuned Alert Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-use-their-silk-phone-line-sorts-180952100/Web fibers can send a wide range of messages Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:51 +000064% Of Surveyed Scientists Have Experienced Harassment During Fieldworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/64-surveyed-scientists-experienced-harassment-during-fieldwork-180952102/Female trainees are particularly vulnerableMon, 21 Jul 2014 17:22:29 +0000Suburban Skunks are on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urban-skunks-are-rise-180952098/Grand Rapids, Michigan, is basically enveloped in a cloud of stinkMon, 21 Jul 2014 16:12:31 +0000This Smart Cat Feeder Uses Facial Recognition to Exclude Greedy Kittieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smart-cat-feeder-uses-facial-recognition-exclude-greedy-pusses-180952097/The feeder tracks each cat's food intake to make sure no one is taking the lion's share Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:20:26 +0000Artist Sends a Bouquet and a Bonsai to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-sends-bouquet-and-bonsai-space-180952094/What happens when you send a Bonsai tree to space? See for yourselfMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:41:17 +0000This 71-Year-Old Just Set a Record With His 1,673th Ascent of Mt. Fujihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/71-year-old-just-set-record-his-1673th-ascent-mt-fuji-180952093/The mountaineer says that now he's ready to tackle Everest Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:12:51 +0000The ESA is on a Mission to Harpoon a Duck-Shaped Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-space-agency-going-harpoon-space-rock-looks-duck-and-ride-it-sun-180952091/As if catching a comet wasn't already hard enoughMon, 21 Jul 2014 14:03:06 +0000The Horrific Downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 Has Echoes in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrific-incident-malaysian-aircraft-has-echoes-history-180952092/Lessons from history hint at what might happen nextFri, 18 Jul 2014 18:42:18 +0000Worms Can Get Drunk, But Not These Mutant Worms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worms-can-get-drunk-not-mutant-worm-180952089/The gene could also, theoretically, be modified in humans to prevent some of the effects of boozeFri, 18 Jul 2014 16:28:06 +0000These Psychologists Think We'd Be Happier If We Talked to Strangers Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-say-strangers-subway-want-chat-not-all-strangers-180952086/Though you should definitely take this on a case-by-case basis.Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:54:42 +0000In Microgravity, Some Snakes Tie Themselves in Knots, Others Attack Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microgravity-some-snakes-tie-themselves-knots-others-attack-themselves-180952084/Some animals just don't know how to deal when gravity goes awayFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:35:25 +0000Researchers are Tracking House Cats with Tiny Harnesses http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-tracking-house-cats-tiny-harnesses-180952083/GPS measurements and collar cameras will tell them where, exactly, kitty goes all dayFri, 18 Jul 2014 15:13:31 +0000Bubble Wrap Can Make Great DIY Test Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bubble-wrap-can-double-test-tubes-180952085/Bubble wrap test tubes could be particularly useful in developing countries Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:35:30 +0000