Smart News | Smithsonian feed for Smart NewsenFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:29:23 +0000This Treehouse Has It All fence boards, given new life, help Jay Nelson create dwellings that blend with natureFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:29:23 +0000Centuries of Poison-Laced Water Gave These People a Tolerance to Arsenic citizens of a remote village in the Andes have a genetic adaptation that allows them to quickly process high levels of arsenic, a new study showsFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:58 +0000Gear Up for a Scorcher of a Year: El Niño Has Officially Arrived’s later than usual and weak, but definitely hereFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:45:09 +0000This Is Next-Level Origami dancing cranes to protective structures, origami is popping up in science and techFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:04:03 +0000UN: Destroying the Ancient City of Nimrud Was a “War Crime” outcry after ISIS razes 3,000-year-old archaeological site with bulldozersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:12:57 +0000Dawn Has Arrived at Ceres connection confirms that the spacecraft is in orbit around the dwarf planetFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:48:50 +0000St. Barts Is Like the Galapagos for Linguistic Diversity the glitz of tourism, St. Barts natives speak in unique varieties of FrenchThu, 05 Mar 2015 19:15:06 +0000Ringling Brothers Is Phasing Out Its Elephant Act years of fielding controversy and claims of abuse, “The Greatest Show on Earth” will soon be retiring its trained elephants for goodThu, 05 Mar 2015 18:45:22 +0000NASA’s Next Space Robot Was Inspired by a Baby’s Toy the Super Ball Bot, a flexible robot that could explore new planets Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:18 +0000Metal Rain Could Explain Why the Earth Made of Different Stuff Than the Moon new study shows that iron-rich asteroids could have vaporized when they hit the early EarthThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:43 +0000U.S. Heroin Overdose Rate Nearly Quadruples prescription painkillers become more difficult to abuse, the face of heroin addiction is changing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:30:29 +0000Who's Inside the Lead Coffin Found Near Richard III? mysterious identity of a female skeleton discovered in a coffin-within-a-coffin stumps archeologistsThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:03:28 +0000Rain Took This Fruit Bat's Happy Away, a Banana Gave it Back Australia-dwelling flying fox needed rescue after rains drove it to search for foodThu, 05 Mar 2015 15:00:25 +0000Should People Be Allowed to Boat Through Yellowstone? and recreational paddlers are split on whether to open up remaining National Parks waterways to boatersThu, 05 Mar 2015 14:30:09 +0000The First Photos of Free-Falling Snowflakes Reveal Their Imperfections in mid-air often produce ice crystal aggregates, rather than single symmetrical flakesWed, 04 Mar 2015 19:00:37 +0000This Might Be Why Handshaking Evolved new study shows that shaking hands is a covert way for us to unconsciously sniff out each other’s chemical signalsWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:15:42 +0000Microsoft Billionaire Finds Enormous Sunken Japanese Battleship Allen used his megayacht to locate the long-lost ship, which has been missing since World War IIWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:02 +0000There’s a Competition to Be the Last to Hear About the Super Bowl Winner’s hard to last past Monday morningWed, 04 Mar 2015 17:30:00 +0000A Paralyzed Woman Operated a Flight Simulator Using Only Her Thoughts implanted in the brain are shown to enable those with quadriplegia to achieve amazing featsWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:50:21 +0000Officials Figure Out What Was Making Louisville Stink musty smell permeating the city can be blamed on a naturally-occurring chemical largely responsible for the smell of dirtWed, 04 Mar 2015 15:30:17 +0000Mars Rover Is Out of Commission (For Now) circuit halts Curiosity in its tracks Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:06 +0000A Beefalo Invasion Is Causing Trouble in the Grand Canyon of the hybrid animals are drying up water resources and messing with the ecosystem, eliciting calls for cullingWed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:59 +0000Vigilantes in Quito Have A Mission to Correct Graffiti Artists' Spelling and Grammar is important, the group says to explain their illicit copyediting dutiesTue, 03 Mar 2015 19:00:12 +0000Are Climate Change And the Conflict in Syria Connected? new study shows a link between the nation’s recent unrest and a major drought spurred on by global warmingTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:30:17 +0000This Could Be the Tiniest Organism on Earth capture an image of ultra-small bacteriaTue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:29 +0000Bet You Didn’t Know About the Earth’s "Second Moon" astronomers didn’t realize it was following the Earth until 1997Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50:41 +0000Chilean Volcano Erupts in the Early Morning 9,000-foot volcano spewed ash, smoke and lava high into the airTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:36:24 +0000The Real Smokey Bear Has A New Biography’s officially licensed by the Forest Service and written from Smokey’s point of viewTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:20:26 +0000Amazing Ruins of a Long Lost City Discovered in Honduras scientific expedition into the depths of the Honduran rain forest discovered a lost cityTue, 03 Mar 2015 14:15:31 +0000Grave Robbers Once Held Charlie Chaplin’s Body For Ransom after his death, thieves stole the actor’s body in hopes of a $600,000 payout; it didn’t turn out as they had hopedMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:30:00 +0000Americans Can’t Agree on What Shapes Health research shows that Americans think a broad variety of factors can make us sickMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:00:37 +0000The Fourth Tallest Man-made Structure Isn’t a Building at All towers and power station chimneys are some less well-known record-breakers in the history of super-tall structuresMon, 02 Mar 2015 17:30:47 +0000How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy tank-like creatures are the only animals besides us known to carry leprosyMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:45:12 +0000Someone Found Chris Hadfield’s Flight Suit in a Thrift Store astronaut isn’t sure how his suit made its way to a Toronto second-hand shopMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:37 +0000Popular Music Changed the Most in 1964 use genomic data to show how pop music evolves Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:30:14 +0000It's Now Legal to Book a Cruise to Cuba Canadian cruise line is allowing Americans to legally book a trip around CubaMon, 02 Mar 2015 15:01:14 +0000Allergy Treatments Could Someday Start Before You Are Born in mice are showing that it might be possible treat disorders that have a genetic basis during pregnancyFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:02:03 +0000Victor Hugo Also Created Dramatic Pen and Ink Drawings sketches, many done with pen and ink, are almost modern and surrealFri, 27 Feb 2015 19:39:54 +0000The Great Goldfish Swallowing Craze of 1939 Never Really Ended Harvard undergrad’s $10 bet set off a sensation among college students that still echoes on the Internet todayFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:48:46 +0000The Dawn Spacecraft Is About to Reach Its Next Destination—the Dwarf Planet Ceres might just learn what the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet are—and much moreFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:58 +0000Statisticians Reveal the Best Place to Wait Out a Zombie Apocalypse’ll want to head for the Rocky MountainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:26 +0000Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office? soar at post office in Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:32 +0000Sharks Have Scary-Good Memories research on one species reveals an astounding ability to learn complex tricks and remember them for at least a yearFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:05:27 +0000How 1960s Mouse Utopias Led to Grim Predictions for Future of Humanity Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Adultery Is Now Legal in South Korea years after the passage of a morality law, spouses can’t be prosecuted for extramarital affairsThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:15:34 +0000The FCC Just Voted to Preserve Net Neutrality passes “Preserving the Open Internet” rules by 3-2 voteThu, 26 Feb 2015 18:09:11 +0000This Is How New Words Enter the Vernacular of ASL, photobomb and five-second rule all have signs in progressThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:22 +0000Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memories gravitate toward unfamiliar flowers that merge two patterns they know—a classic error of long term memoryThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:16:33 +0000How One Doctor Proposes to Conduct the First Human Head Transplant Italian neuroscientists says that the surgery could be ready in as few as two years, but the scientific community remains very skepticalThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000Germans Brace for the Re-Release of ‘Mein Kampf’ Hitler’s 90-year-old manifesto too dangerous to be on bookshelves? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:45:21 +0000Watch the Sunset from Mars rover helps capture a hauntingly blue view of nightfall on the Red PlanetThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:33 +0000Tiny Bits of Plastic May Be Clogging Up Corals find that microplastic pollution has become a new threat to the health of ocean reefsWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:30:36 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Mars used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000The First African American Senator Was Sworn in 145 Years Ago Today R. Revels made history when, amid the tensions of Reconstruction, he became a senator from MississippiWed, 25 Feb 2015 16:15:10 +0000Determine Your Ideal Eyelash Length With Science the “one-third rule” protects your eyes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:45:00 +0000The Population of a Rare Leopard Has Nearly Doubled new census shows that there are now at least 57 elusive Amur leopards in RussiaWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:16:43 +0000Young People Mistrust Government So Much They Aren’t Running for Office advancing age of Congress isn’t just due to reelection ratesWed, 25 Feb 2015 14:36:07 +0000Forget the Race to the Moon. These Rovers Will Race on the Moon.'s going to be a pretty slow race, howeverTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:30:49 +0000See Shipping Traffic Move Through Straits Around the World visualization shows a week’s worth of vessel movementTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:31 +0000Meet the Man Who Can Taste Words some, taste mixes with other sense—a form of synesthesia that isn't as common as experiencing the colors of wordsTue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:54 +0000Alaska’s Freshwater Is Draining Into the Sea at an Astounding Rate data shows that snow and glacial melt are partially to blame for an annual freshwater output 1.5 times that of Mississippi RiverTue, 24 Feb 2015 17:30:21 +0000Amsterdam Is Out of Bike Parking city will create 40,000 new bike parking spaces by 2030Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:51:27 +0000This Mysterious Plant Doesn’t Have Time for Junk DNA gibba has less DNA, but more genesTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:17 +0000How 16th Century Trade Made Fire Ants an Early Global Invader inadvertently stowing away in Spanish ships, one pesky little insect quickly spread throughout much of the worldTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000The Russian Village Entirely Populated by Tightrope Walkers circus-skill tradition goes back so far in tiny Tsovkra-1 that no one knows quite how or why it started—but it may end before longTue, 24 Feb 2015 14:30:19 +0000Modern Cities Grow the Same Way As Ancient Ones find that despite time and location, the productivity of settlements grows faster than their populationsMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:47 +0000The 18th Century Fur Trade Polluted Lake Superior's Shore With Mercury That's Never Gone Away area’s elevated mercury levels aren’t healthy for fish, birds or humansMon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:45 +0000The World’s Sea Creatures Have Gotten Bigger new study reveals evolution in the ocean appears to favor larger animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 18:03:13 +0000Save the Birds By Embarrassing Your Cat cats in colorful collars may be one key to preventing them from effectively preying on birds and other small animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 16:30:06 +0000Found: One Lost Sherlock Holmes Story was in the attic, my dear WatsonMon, 23 Feb 2015 15:15:08 +0000See the Winter of Our Discontent…From Space photo of the eastern United States confirms it’s really, really cold out there Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:38:47 +0000For the Kennedys' Virginia Home, Jackie Had Ideas About Every Detail, Down to the Guest Room Ashtrays drew inspiration from French magazines and colors from Colonial AmericaFri, 20 Feb 2015 20:21:09 +0000Legend Says the Ankerwycke Yew Witnessed the Magna Carta's Signing tree on the bank of the River Thames may be 2,000 years oldFri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:43 +0000Neanderthals Divvied Up Chores by Sex research on Neanderthal teeth shows differing gender roles Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:03:13 +0000Should You Speculate in Flower Bulbs? over, real estate—there’s a new bubble in snowdrop bulbsFri, 20 Feb 2015 15:23:11 +0000Some Ancient Egyptians Had State-Sponsored Healthcare who built royal tombs enjoyed sick days, designated physicians and rationed medicine—all paid by the stateFri, 20 Feb 2015 14:30:15 +0000Antarctic Sea Ice Sets A New Record, But the Climate is Still Changing change deniers, sit back downThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:11 +0000President Obama Announces a Trio of New National Monuments sites include a historic neighborhood in Chicago, a former internment camp in Hawaii and a canyon in ColoradoThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:34:15 +0000Contaminated Doctors’ Scopes May Have Spread a Superbug to Almost 180 Patients drug-resistant bacteria usually found in the gut has infected seven people and contributed to two deathsThu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:38 +0000Fat Is a Texture, Not a Taste…For Now predict fat will join the other primary tastes within ten yearsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:30:10 +00002014 Was National Parks’ Most-Visited Year Ever year broke records with over 292 million visitsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:00:29 +0000Everest Climbers Now Prohibited From Taking One Deadly Route announces that the Khumbu Icefall, where 16 sherpa were killed last year, is now off-limitsThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:08:43 +0000Is That Pill a Placebo? This Program Can Tell, Even If You Can't new algorithm could make it faster and less expensive to develop new painkillers Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:51 +0000These Glass Sculptures Were Inspired By the New York City Ballet artist wanted to convey that "all of your memories are stuck inside your bone marrow" and make them visibleThu, 19 Feb 2015 15:00:17 +0000Ants Have Designated Toilet Areas in Their Nests new study shows that black garden ants have a relatively meticulous protocol for when nature calls Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:14 +0000Divers Discover Graveyard Filled With Giant Lemur Skeletons Madagascar cave is packed with the bones of extinct speciesThu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000LED Skylights Perfectly Mimic Natural Sunlight lights fool human brains and camera eyesWed, 18 Feb 2015 20:00:39 +0000Snails’ Teeth Beats Spider Silk As Nature’s Strongest Material discovery makes sense: Mollusks use these teeth to excavate rocks while they feedWed, 18 Feb 2015 19:22:38 +0000Found: A New Tool in the Fight Against HIV approach offers “vaccine-like” protection against HIV Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:27 +0000How “Learned Deafness” Might be Letting Noise Pollution Win world may be noisier than ever but one scientist warns that our attempts to blot out the sound may cost us dearlyWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:06 +0000Only 1 in 4 Americans Would Take a Free Space Flight are still skeptical about some aspects of space travelWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:30:02 +0000An Underwater Field of Weird Metal Balls Is a Key to Both Past And Future huge deposit of manganese nodules beneath the Atlantic might be a potential source of highly prized rare earth metalsWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:00:26 +0000This Teeny Chair Can Assemble Itself tiny prototype developed at MIT marks one of the first steps into a world where we’ll never need an Allen wrench againWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:30:24 +0000See the Swoops of Seagulls’ Flight Patterns video effects shows more than an hours worth of seagull flight as curling pathsWed, 18 Feb 2015 14:16:02 +0000Grizzlies in Yellowstone Are Already Waking Up weather has drawn at least one bear out of hibernation and in search of foodTue, 17 Feb 2015 20:14:29 +0000Is DNA the Solution for Permanent Data Storage? study uses “synthetic fossils” to store data for the ages Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:42 +0000A Computer Can Tell Real Jackson Pollocks From Fakes Pollacks really are distinguishable from random splatters of paint—there's now software to prove itTue, 17 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000São Paulo is Running Low on Water will happen when Brazil’s taps go dry? Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:45:59 +0000The Cold May Have Cost Penguins Most of Their Taste Buds genetic analysis shows that penguins can’t taste sweet or bitter, and scientists think sub-zero temps may be to blameTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:44 +0000The Inventor Who Has Developed a Sweet-Smelling "Fart Pill" eccentric French man wants to take the guilt out of gas with a tablet designed to make farts smell like flowers, ginger or chocolate Tue, 17 Feb 2015 13:30:17 +0000Is Our Universe Supersymmetric? hope the rebooted Large Hadron Collider could find supersymmetric particles—the next frontier of particle physicsMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:30:30 +0000Stars Have Womb Siblings baby stars, still gestating in their parental gas cloud, move together - for now at leastMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:21 +0000Get Ready for a Taste of the Byzantine Empire’s Favorite Wine hope the discovery of 1,500-year-old grape seeds may help resurrect the historically famous “Wine of the Negev”Mon, 16 Feb 2015 19:21:42 +0000"Presidents’ Day" Doesn't Actually Exist what furniture stores and car dealerships tell you, officially, we’re really just celebrating George Washington’s birthdayMon, 16 Feb 2015 16:30:05 +0000George Washington Used Legal Loopholes to Avoid Freeing His Slaves of his slaves fled to New Hampshire to escape becoming a wedding presentMon, 16 Feb 2015 15:16:13 +000019th-Century Sexual Advice: No Sex Before Meals rest of the tips are even farther from any sort of modern scientific basisFri, 13 Feb 2015 21:17:50 +0000Britain’s First Driverless Car Stays on the Sidewalk car's 15 mile-per-hour speed limit keeps things safeFri, 13 Feb 2015 19:42:21 +0000Jailing People Has Little Effect on Crime Levels some point, the data indicates, more people in prison doesn’t translate to fewer crimesFri, 13 Feb 2015 18:15:54 +0000Teachers Give Lower Math Scores to Girls’ unconscious beliefs in the aptitude of boys over girls come out when grading math testsFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:55:47 +0000Men Care More About Having Fancy Kitchens Than Women Do survey of prospective homebuyers reverses certain stereotypes about gendered desiresFri, 13 Feb 2015 15:03:30 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Too movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000Lack of Snow Forced the Iditarod to Move Its Track of starting in Willow, Alaska, this year, the race will start 300 miles north in FairbanksThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:33:38 +0000City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Bees pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:45:58 +0000Can Antiquities Looting in Syria Be Stopped? Islamic State is selling antiquities to fund their fight, now a secretive group is trying to protect those cultural treasuresThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Tourist Trash Has Changed the Color of Yellowstone’s Morning Glory Pool have found proof of what caused a hot spring’s drastic color modification—it's people, of courseThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:45:34 +0000Who’s Digging Up Hadrian’s Wall? diggers with metal detectors are threatening a priceless archaeological siteThu, 12 Feb 2015 16:15:37 +0000Hypnotize Yourself With a Record-Breaking Traditional Dance synchronized dance won a group of 5,211 Indian women a Guinness World RecordThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:30:20 +0000The Group That’s Been Celebrating Lincoln’s Birth for Almost 150 Years Lincoln Association of Jersey City claims it has the longest record of celebrating Lincoln’s legacy Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:16:07 +0000A Scientist And a Slime Mold Are Set To Play a Duet blob-like creatures’ movements inspired a composer to create a way for slime mold to play the piano Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:45:13 +0000New Guidelines on Cholesterol: Eggs Are Ok, Butter's Still Bad have long pushed for the change since for most, cholesterol isn't the demon we thought it wasWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:20:12 +0000Imagine Dinosaurs Tripping on Psychedelics could have happened.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000At Last, Make Perfect Popcorn With Science now know why popcorn pops Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000What Makes Some Orca Whales Love a Good Belly Rub? pods have been observed rubbing themselves on rocky beaches; scientists are still working to understand whyWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:59 +0000Nothing Says 'I Love You' Like a Bit of Pocket Change seduced their sweeties with "love tokens"Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:30:36 +0000One-Tenth of Native Mammals in Australia Are Extinct: Blame Cats And Foxes other country on Earth has lost a greater proportion of land mammals over the last two centuries; now, a new study zeros in on the cause Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000Human Languages Skew Positive’re all a bunch of pollyannasWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:20:45 +0000Why 2015 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Good Year for Snowy Owls are tracking the second major snowy owl southern migration in as many years, indicating that the birds’ numbers are still going strongTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:37:34 +0000Farm Animals Could Soon Carry Wi-Fi a few years, shepherds might be monitoring their flocks with networks of wireless sensorsTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:00:20 +0000Now for Sale: Straw Houses new technique for green building—making houses out of straw—actually draws on century-old ideasTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:58:20 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Lynchings Were Even More Common in the South Than Previously Thought group of criminal justice reformers find 700 more lynchings in the segregated South than previously recordedTue, 10 Feb 2015 16:15:18 +0000An Early Copy of the Magna Carta Was Found Forgotten in an Old Scrapbook archivist in England stumbled upon a 715-year-old edition of the charter credited for initiating a new framework of governance Tue, 10 Feb 2015 15:50:45 +0000Here’s How to Build an Igloo your chilly construction itchTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:00:52 +0000Pulsing Stars Flicker in a Pattern Close to the Golden Ratio famed ratio, which shows up in art, architecture and nature, can also be found in spaceTue, 10 Feb 2015 14:30:36 +0000Gene Changes Make Humans’ Sense of Taste Unique ability to eat bitter plants help distinguish us from our ancestors and chimpanzees todayMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:00:35 +0000The Universe’s Oldest Stars Likely Lit Up Way Later Than Once Thought gathered by the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that the universe was dark for about 550 million years after the big bangMon, 09 Feb 2015 18:00:50 +0000Has Facebook Become the Internet? social network’s worldwide reach is leading to some serious confusionMon, 09 Feb 2015 17:26:34 +0000Here’s The Most Expensive Painting Ever Sold Gauguin painting broke the price record this week, selling for nearly $300 millionMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:30:08 +0000Chimpanzees May Have Their Own Form of Bilingualism aren’t the only primates capable of learning new “words” for the same objectMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:47 +0000Neil Armstrong Had a Secret Stash of Moon Stuff“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000The Library of Congress Now Has Rosa Parks’ Personal Letters loan of over 10,000 documents from the Civil Rights icon’s personal life reveals her complexity and inner struggles—as well as one solid pancake recipeMon, 09 Feb 2015 14:16:59 +0000Invasive, Acid-Spraying Ants in Hawaii Are Deforming Native Seabird Chicks ground-dwelling chicks are pestered by invasive ants spraying acidFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:30:39 +0000A Setback for HIV Prevention Trial: Getting People To Take the Medicine didn’t take their preventative medications, even those proven to work, for fear of side effectsFri, 06 Feb 2015 19:58:34 +0000Pigeons' Brains Work Kind of Like Ours small study showed impressive categorizing abilities in three pigeonsFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:59:31 +0000Cards Against Humanity Has a Private Island“Hawaii 2” started as a joke, turned into an island owned by the card game and licensed to its playersFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:30:04 +0000Is This Mummy Dead…Or Meditating? Buddhists claim this well-preserved monk is in a deep meditative stateFri, 06 Feb 2015 17:00:40 +0000Before Agriculture, Human Jaws Were a Perfect Fit for Human Teeth emergence of agricultural practices initiated major changes to the jaw structure of ancient humans, leading to dental problems we still experienceFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:30:44 +0000Starving Sea Lions Are Piling Up on California Beaches's the third year of a crisis that's confusing scientistsFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:29 +0000How Space Travel Can Damage Our Immune Systems finds that living in low-gravity conditions can take a toll that goes far beyond an aversion to dehydrated foods Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:46 +0000Life-Giving Rain Also Spreads Deadly Plant Disease cameras show how leaf flexibility influences raindrop dispersal into the air — along with pathogens picked up from infected plantsThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:45:48 +0000Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responses new technique will help plants survive with less water? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000The Pacific Crest Trail Is So Popular It Needs a New Permit System 50 people per day will be allowed to start thru-hikes from the southern terminus Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:25:01 +0000Notes From Alan Turing’s Code-Breaking Days Found in Roof Insulation rare code-breaking documents include sheets used to calculate settings for the machine working on "Enigma"Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:45:45 +0000A Great Idea: Create an HMS Beagle in LEGO Form to turn this tiny version of a famous ship into a LEGO kit available for all to enjoyThu, 05 Feb 2015 16:29:08 +0000Private Space Investments Will Reach $10 Billion This Year way for money—investors are bullish on space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000This Fake Gulag Will Let You Pretend the Soviets Are Still in Power dogs, harsh guards and brutal imprisonment in a bunker where the USSR never fellThu, 05 Feb 2015 15:26:05 +0000North America’s Trees Create Some of the World's Hottest Forest Fires makes certain forest fires especially destructive? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:51:07 +0000A Green Sea Slug Steals Power From Algae discovery makes this a true plant-animal hybridWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:56:45 +0000Thomas Jefferson Conducted Early Smallpox Vaccine Trials an English doctor discovered a safer kind of immunity, someone had to spread the word to AmericaWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:29:33 +0000Wisconsin is Too Warm for a 66-Foot Ice Tower to Survive conditions likely played a big factor in the crashing demise of a giant ice sculpture intended to last through the winterWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:56:56 +00001 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take a Daily Pill research shows a third of people would trade years of their life to avoid taking daily medsWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:33:11 +0000Why One Nonprofit Wants You to Sell Them Your Poop qualified candidate could make thousands of dollars a year selling their waste to an organization preparing fecal transplants for the ill Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:26 +0000Cockroaches Have Personalities, Too guilty the next time you crush a cockroachWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:07:01 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Is Doing So Badly, Scientist Are Testing Genetic Modification to Help It Survive the health of the Great Barrier Reef declines, scientists are hoping “assisted evolution” might keep its coral aliveWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:59:13 +0000Scientists Identify a “DNA Clock” That May Help Predict Mortality studies on changes to DNA that occur over a lifetime offer insight into an individual’s likelihood of early death Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:45:54 +0000The Taj Mahal Gardens Have a Special Relationship to the Solstice the day the sun climbs the highest in the sky, careful alignments within the gardens and buildings of the beautiful mausoleum appearTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:12:13 +0000Harper Lee is Releasing A Sequel to “To Kill A Mockingbird” in July novel was written before her prize-winning book and tells the story of Scout as an adult, returned to her hometown from New YorkTue, 03 Feb 2015 17:34:38 +0000These Birds Take Turns So No One Gets Too Tired Flying in Formation“Reciprocal altruism” in a migrating flock of birds means that the more exhausting lead position is deliberately and equally shared Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:30:43 +0000Scientists Discover “Reset” Button for Circadian Rhythm a simple reboot turn exhaustion into a thing of the past? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:16:12 +0000This Music Is Made of Embroidery’s what happens when you feed historical cross-stitch through a music boxTue, 03 Feb 2015 15:08:04 +0000Two of the Vatican’s “Ancient” Egyptian Mummies Are 19th Century Fakes once thought to be the remains of children or animals are likely a product of the 1800’s “mummy mania”Tue, 03 Feb 2015 14:01:48 +0000Visit 1940s Chicago With a Film Discovered at a Garage Sale film, produced in around 1945, offers a thorough, fact-filled tour of the cityMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:45:49 +0000There Aren’t Enough Patients for Ebola Drug’s First Clinical Trial developer called a halt after fewer than 10 people had been treated in the trial’s first monthMon, 02 Feb 2015 19:12:38 +0000New Research May Solve a Mystery Behind Shakespeare’s Sonnets first printing of Shakespeare's 154 sonnets was dedicated to a “Mr. WH”—has a scholar finally identified him?Mon, 02 Feb 2015 17:30:51 +0000These Dolphins Mourn Their Dead new study looks into a sad ritual at seaMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:04:57 +0000Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkey’s most elusive wild cat makes a rare daytime appearance Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:34:40 +0000Why We Can Thank Bats for Bedbugs have proven through genetics that bats were the first hosts to the pesky parasite before passing them on to ancient humansMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:30:40 +0000How You Shop Can Reveal Your Identity to Thieves are more easily identified from their shopping patterns than menFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:30:19 +0000Meet the Friendly Virus That Might Actually Be Good For You people carry it, but it doesn’t make you sick and could actually fight against viruses like HIV and EbolaFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:23 +0000What’s Causing California’s Bright Pink Sea Slug Bloom? might be fun to look at, but they're not necessarily good newsFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:32:41 +0000South Korea’s 'Women of the Sea’ Have Free Dived For Abalone Since the 17th Century supported life on the wind-scoured, rocky island of JejuFri, 30 Jan 2015 17:52:15 +0000Scientists Finally Know How Baleen Whales Hear beached whale, a supercomputer, a scientific mystery solved Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000Scientists Try Out 2,300-Year-Old Brain Surgery Techniques conducted by a Siberian research team shed light on the neurosurgical methods evident in three Iron Age skulls Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:29:39 +0000There's a Big Rift in Opinion Between Americans And Scientists study shows that citizens and scientists only agree some of the timeFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:01 +0000Planets Formed Close to Their Stars Are Named for Vulcan, the Roman God of Fire to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, these hot worlds deserve an explanationFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:38:36 +0000The "Friendship 9" Who Sat At A White-Only Lunch Counter Have Been Cleared men who participated in a South Carolina sit-in were sentenced to 30 days hard labor in 1961Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:45:53 +0000The Ohio Measles Outbreak Wasn’t Caused by "Anti-Vaxxers" But by an Amish Traveler the anti-vaccination movement for an uptick in measles is oversimplificationThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:18:08 +0000A 10,000-Year-Old Forest Has Been Discovered, And It's Under Water oak trees found on the bottom of the North Sea represent a prehistoric woodland that likely spanned thousands of acresThu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:54 +0000Why “Expensive” Medicines Might Actually Work Better cost might influence drugs’ benefits Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:13 +0000For the First Time in Almost a Century, a Rare Red Fox Was Seen at Yosemite and “hair snares” could preserve a threatened Sierra speciesThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:30:28 +0000A Newly Discovered Caterpillar Makes a Deadly Fortress of Its Cocoon have found a caterpillar in a Borneo forest that uses toxic tree resin to build an extra-safe home for its metamorphosis Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:48 +0000Are You Binge-Watching Because You're Depressed? new study found that people who were depressed binge-watched TV more—and used TV binges to deal with negative emotions Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:27:35 +0000How Halitosis Became a Medical Condition With a "Cure" breath wasn’t perceived as a medical condition until one company realized that it could help them sell mouthwashThu, 29 Jan 2015 14:39:53 +0000Spiders Spin Electrically Charged Silk To Make It Sticky garden center spider doesn’t put sticky glue on its web; it uses a complex spinning process to build prey-snaring silk threadsWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:49:01 +0000Being Politically Correct Can Actually Boost Creativity mixed-gender groups, being PC makes everyone more comfortable and lets ideas flowWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:15:22 +0000These Five Earth-sized Planets Are Super Old is 11.2 billion years old and its five planets could tell us about planet formation in the early universeWed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:40 +0000Did Archaeologists Just Find Miguel de Cervantes, 400 Years After His Death? centuries-old crypt could hold the answer to the mystery of Cervantes’ missing remains Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:30:54 +0000Sugar Is Causing Girls to Get Their Periods Sooner shunning soda might help reduce premature puberty ratesWed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:01 +0000Did Fishermen Find Evidence of an Unknown Group of Primitive Humans? fossilized jawbone pulled from the seafloor near Taiwan may be from an ancient type of hominin new to science Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:59 +000023 Kids’ Peanut Allergies Were Cured, At Least Temporarily probiotic may be the key to fighting allergies to peanut proteinsWed, 28 Jan 2015 15:35:59 +0000Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan's new study shows that 10 other men founded large Y-chromosome lineagesWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:29 +0000Women Were Key to WWII Code-Breaking at Bletchley Park operators and mathematicians play a greater role in the history of computers and code-breaking than most realizeTue, 27 Jan 2015 19:02:43 +0000Mostly the Old And Ill Ate Breakfast Until the Rise of the Working Man disdained the meal, few ate it in the Middle Ages, but most eat breakfast nowTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:06:33 +0000Hive Mind: A Swarm of Microprobes Could Tell Us More About Jupiter miniature probes will gather atmospheric data before bursting into flames Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:30:10 +0000Impressed by a Big Truck’s Beefy Rev? It Could Be an Illusion engine noise is a reality for today’s more efficient trucks Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:00:38 +0000The 61 Tattoos of Ötzi, the 5,300-Year-Old “Iceman” have mapped the body art of one of archeology’s biggest super stars in hopes to better understand the role tattoos played in early civilizationTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:24:39 +0000Pollutants Are Making Polar Bears' Penis Bones More Likely to Break industrial chemical contaminating the Arctic is further threatening a species already facing dire challengesTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:40:12 +0000Australian Stories Capture 10,000-Year-Old Climate History groups from coast to coast describe walking to places that are now islands Mon, 26 Jan 2015 19:10:48 +0000The Mystery of the Continuously Functioning Battery From 1840 battery at the University of Oxford has been incessantly ringing two bells for 175 years—but no one knows exactly why it’s lasted so longMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:07:10 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzard alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000Mystery Solved: Footage From a Long-Lost Silent Sherlock Holmes Is Found Gillette is responsible for how we see Sherlock Holmes—but the loss of his single silent film was an unsolved mysteryMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:30:42 +0000Evidence of a Seating Plan Discovered at the Colosseum efforts reveal the red-painted numbers that would help ancient Romans find their status-dictated seatsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:00:03 +0000It’s Easy to Make People Like Healthy Food…Just Rewire Their Brains new study imaged brains of women of different weights and found dramatic differences in how their brains responded to foodMon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:14 +0000Ancient Assyrian Soldiers Were Haunted by War, Too new study finds evidence of trauma experienced by soldiers returning home from combat over 3,000 years ago Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000How One 138-Page Book Inspired the Creation of the Boy Scouts a little military textbook evolved into a movement that would captivate generations of young menMon, 26 Jan 2015 14:30:17 +0000Darwin May Have Experienced Extreme Anxiety attempts have been made to diagnose Darwin’s illness, here’s a well-argued possibilityFri, 23 Jan 2015 20:14:24 +0000Some People Have Patterns on Their Tongues That Look Like Maps condition is harmless and fairly commonFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Close-Ups Reveal Goosebumps And Very Little Ice is watching for changes as the double-lobed comet approaches the sunFri, 23 Jan 2015 18:39:47 +0000Want a Better Memory in 30 Years? Go to Sleep Now some ZZZs today could help your memory stay fresh into old ageFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000Is Orange Juice More Nutritious? research challenges the assumption that fruit trumps juiceFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:54 +0000How to Mind Your Manners at Silent Movies slides give an etiquette lesson to obnoxious silent movie audiencesFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:35 +0000To Appreciate Surrealistic Art, Think About Death new studies indicate that thoughts about death can influence how we perceive artFri, 23 Jan 2015 15:00:17 +0000It Isn’t Only Dogs; Cats May Pick Up on Emotional Cues, Too research shows that, like babies and dogs, our feline friends look to us for clues on how to react to new situationsFri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:55 +0000These New GMOs Need Artificial Compounds to Live’s genetic engineering with the safety onThu, 22 Jan 2015 19:46:47 +0000Fish Live Under Antarctica’s Ice Shelf, Where It Seems They Shouldn’t Survive expected the seafloor under a glacier to be nearly barren, until life swam into viewThu, 22 Jan 2015 18:41:08 +0000Turing’s Secret Notebook Is Up for Auction notebooks offer a glimpse into the mind of a codebreaker Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:30:08 +0000Neuroscientists Found Eight Genes That Govern Human Brain Size consortium of neuroscientists compared medical data from over 30,000 people and found genetic mutations that may cause parts of the brain to be smallerThu, 22 Jan 2015 17:25:17 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Risk research shows that Twitter can detect not just viruses, but long-term public health problems Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:44 +0000King Tut’s Beard Fell Off...And Was Glued Back on With Epoxy curators won’t admit who’s behind the irreparable repair Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:07:50 +0000Finally! A Tire That Will Never Go Flat Tweel went into commercial production in November, recently got picked up by John Deere and may soon be rolling towards youThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:03 +0000Young Blood Rejuvenates Older Tissues in surgically joined lab animals that share blood have inspired anti-aging hopes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:39:51 +0000Your Spouse’s Personality Can Help You Get Ahead at Work on married couples reveal that conscientiousness in a spouse is the most helpful trait if you want promotions and successWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:32:31 +0000What Hibernation Teaches Us About Treating Alzheimer’s Disease find that a brain-protecting protein produced when the body cools may have major implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative disordersWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:09 +0000This Woman Can’t Feel Fear from a rare genetic condition appears to have knocked out the "fear center" in her brainWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:40:52 +0000Here’s Why Sharks Prefer Salt Water research shows that sharks sink in fresh waterWed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:56 +0000The First Woman in America to Receive an M.D. Was Admitted to Med School as a Joke the students at Geneva Medical College voted in jest to admit a woman, they unwittingly paved the way for Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing careerWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:31:04 +0000The Science Behind Deflated Footballs failure to inflate give a team a strategic advantage? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:43:55 +0000Papyrus Found in a Mummy Mask May Be the Oldest Known Copy of a Gospel surround the reported discovery of an ancient scrap of the Gospel of MarkWed, 21 Jan 2015 14:32:46 +0000Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Lurk in Sewage city with one million people could have $13 million worth of metals in sewage sludgeTue, 20 Jan 2015 20:40:02 +0000High-Speed Video Shows When The Smell of Rain Begins we can see exactly how raindrops create petrichor, the name given to smells kicked up by light rainTue, 20 Jan 2015 19:08:30 +0000Astronomers Catch a Mysterious Burst of Energy in Action's the first time scientists have observed the strange radio pulse as it happenedTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:17 +0000The Wine of the Future Could Be Aged Underwater historic shipwreck inspired a new way to age wineTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000The First State of the Union Address: Way Shorter, Way Less Clapping his First Annual Message to Congress, George Washington outlined the country’s most pressing issues and kicked off a flexible annual traditionTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:34:14 +0000India's Tiger Population Grew Almost 60 Percent Since 2008 tigers be coming back from the brink? India now counts 2,226 of the big catsTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:13:41 +0000The Speed of Light Can Vary manipulating the structure of light pulses, scientists managed to slow down some photons and challenge textbook wisdomTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:44:30 +0000Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Body first test of micro-machines on a living mouse marks a breakthrough in the field of nano-roboticsMon, 19 Jan 2015 20:30:51 +0000Solar Power Provides About As Many Jobs As the Coal Industry in the U.S. might even give solar and edge in the jobs department, but is that a good thing?Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:06:17 +0000Commercial Hives Might Be Saving Crops, But They're Killing Wild Bees known to affect commercial bees are having a troubling impact on the wild populationMon, 19 Jan 2015 18:33:08 +0000This 3,500-Year-Old Dagger Made a Really Great Doorstop man’s doorstop is another man’s rare, ancient artifact Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:30:34 +0000Tighty-Whities First Hit the Market 80 Years Ago Today a blizzard couldn’t dampen the excitement from the release of the first pair of men’s briefs on this day in 1935 Mon, 19 Jan 2015 13:57:04 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Draws Sea Turtles to Their Nests turtles remember the magnetic fingerprint of the beach where they were bornMon, 19 Jan 2015 13:38:28 +0000For the 4th Time Since 1997, We All Just Lived Through the Hottest Year Ever Recorded beats out previous record holders even without El Niño’s warming powersFri, 16 Jan 2015 18:55:58 +0000Deaf People Could Soon Hear... Through Their Tongues retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intact images of Mars' surface identify a long-missing probe and suggests that bad luck—rather than human error—caused the lossFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:55:09 +0000What the SpaceX Rocket Crash Really Looked Like images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Beavers Once Parachuted into Idaho’s Backcountry things can happen when you combine WWII military surplus, innovative thinking and a bunch of beavers in need of a new homeFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:02:00 +0000Read Through Early Drafts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Speeches website gives you a peek into the mind of one of America’s most powerful oratorsFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:44 +0000Not Exercising Is Worse for You Than Being Obese large-scale study estimates that twice as many deaths can be chalked up to lack of exercise than can be blamed on being obeseThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:54:41 +0000Fish Sperm Might Be the Secret to Recycling Rare Earth Elements scientists have uncovered an unlikely source to aid in the extraction and recycling of rare earth metalsThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:30:29 +0000Emphasizing Natural Brilliance Might Keep Women Away From Certain Fields in science prompted researchers to look into other fields — such as philosophy and economics — as well to find a causeThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:08:43 +0000Two New Studies Posit At Least Two New Planets Out Beyond Pluto may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagious at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonely conservators work to restore and protect America’s gray wolf population, one wide-ranging male has finally found a pack to call his ownThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:55 +0000Toystory the Bull Fathered 500,000 Cows Before He Died, a Wisconsin “dream bull,” had more than half a million offspring at last count and is the stuff of legend. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:16:10 +0000Two Climbers Made It Up El Capitan Via an Impossibly Vertical Wall took just three weeks for Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgensen to make free-climbing historyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:30:16 +0000The Doctor Who Introduced the Virtues of Hand Washing Died of an Infection sad fate: Ignes Semmelweis, a maternity doctor who fought for hospital sanitation, died of sepsisThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:19:54 +0000These Photos From a Lunar Orbiter Could Be Abstract Art distant view of the Moon from Earth is nice, but these close-ups are amazingWed, 14 Jan 2015 22:01:18 +0000Iowa GMO Banana Trial Halted volunteers were supposed to one whole GMO banana each — but so far they have eat zeroWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:41:37 +0000What's the Best Place to Live? It May Depend on Your Personality you'll thrive in some neighborhoods (and feel miserable in others)Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:45:32 +0000One Orangutan Has Learned to Sound Just Like Us defies scientists’ former assumption that great apes just couldn’t learn new callsWed, 14 Jan 2015 16:07:12 +0000Save the Voices of Tolkien, Joyce And Tennyson British Library is fighting time and budget constraints to save its vast collection of audio recordingsWed, 14 Jan 2015 15:00:07 +0000Listen to Newly Discovered Bowhead Whale Songs songs have been elusive, but researchers managed to record 12 unique songs using hydrophonesWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:27:04 +0000Some Bat Colonies Might Be Beating White-Nose Syndrome few recent discovering on the strange fungus wiping out North American bat colonies give reason to hopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:45:35 +0000America's Goats Are Concentrated in Texas 2012, famers reported more than 2 million goats living in the U.S.Tue, 13 Jan 2015 19:15:42 +0000Some Microbes Can Eat And Breathe Electricity many ways can life exist? Some recently discovered microbes can live on a cathode, apparently without the need for a carbon food-sourceTue, 13 Jan 2015 18:39:08 +0000Mummy Feces Solve the Mystery of How Verona's Most Powerful Man Died deep for the secret behind a medieval warlord's mysterious deathTue, 13 Jan 2015 17:00:43 +0000A Museum in England Is Hiding a Forgery Among Its Masterpieces South London gallery is asking its patrons to identify the fake in order to spark discussion about how and why we appreciate the artTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:30:43 +0000Your Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mom machines can predict your personality more accurately than your family or friendsTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000Ancient Dogs Likely Arrived in America Thousands of Years After Humans research on dog DNA shows that they migrated to the new world much later than initially thoughtTue, 13 Jan 2015 14:20:17 +0000Separate People From Their Phones, And They Perform Less Well's what happens when you're parted from your smartphoneMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:21:38 +0000Two Men Tried To Cure Schizophrenia by Removing Their Patients’ Intestines Holmes and Henry Cotton were separated by a generation, but both thought that mental illness arose from toxins produced within the bodyMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:02:00 +0000How a Single Penny Became Worth More Than $2 Million years ago, few would pay $1 million for a coin—no matter how rare. That's changing.Mon, 12 Jan 2015 18:06:41 +0000Oil Companies First Built Pipelines in the 1860s; They've Been Contested Ever Since the 19th century, reformers were happy to have oil come out of the ground—but they objected to the way oil companies controlled itMon, 12 Jan 2015 16:30:52 +0000It Was Only 83 Years Ago That America Elected Its First Female Senator year, a record number of women are serving in Congress; Hattie Wyatt Caraway was the first ever in the SenateMon, 12 Jan 2015 15:09:20 +0000Come for the Giant Rock, Stay for the UFO History Van Tassel believed he could communicate with aliensFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:30:59 +0000Early Food Safety Workers Tested Poisons by Eating Them were hailed as heroes and even had a songFri, 09 Jan 2015 19:00:37 +0000It’s Cheaper to Make Diabetes Test Strips of Silk Than of Paper in India handloom weavers and abundant silk hold the key for an innovative solutionFri, 09 Jan 2015 18:25:13 +0000Planes Fly Too Fast for Birds to Dodge research shows that birds are not adept at avoiding obstacles at such high speedsFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:55:17 +0000A Museum’s Butterfly Emerged Half Male, Half Female rarity is like a natural experiment that tells scientists how genes and hormones interact to produce different sexesFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000U.S. Air Force Builds New Radar for Space Junk’s called Space Fence and should help us track the estimated 500,000 pieces of debris that orbit EarthFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:10:33 +0000Europe's Great Gothic Cathedrals Weren't Built Just of Concrete designers and builders of Europe's great Gothic cathedrals weren't actually so innovativeFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:15:29 +0000The 1887 Blizzard That Changed the American Frontier Forever blizzard hit the western open range, causing the “Great Die Up” and transforming America’s agricultural historyFri, 09 Jan 2015 14:30:42 +0000Monkeys Can Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirror of monkeys had tried and failed a classic test of intelligence, but the fault may have been in the way humans thought of the testThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:01:33 +000060 Years Ago, the First African-American Soloist Sang at the Met Opera Anderson performed as the fortuneteller Ulrica in Verdi’s Un Ballo in MascheraThu, 08 Jan 2015 19:05:43 +0000The Flu Has Been Making People Sick for At Least 500 Years 1918 flu pandemic gets all the headlines, but the malady is thought to have first appeared in the 16th century—and possibly earlierThu, 08 Jan 2015 17:04:17 +0000The Art of Vaccinations Art of Saving a Life is connected to a fundraising effort for an international group working to eradicate disease through vaccinations Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:20 +0000Ellis Island Isn’t to Blame for Your Family’s Name Change long-standing myth obscures the truth behind the Americanization of some European namesThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:30:06 +00002015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014 the Earth is rotating more slowly than the tick of our atomic clocks, says the International Earth Rotation ServiceThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:00:34 +0000Visit Kepler's Exoplanets—And Don't Worry About the Natives (At Least for Now) has made a set of travel posters themed to exoplanets while a nonprofit searches for life among themThu, 08 Jan 2015 14:22:59 +0000Fossils Show How Flying Fish Started to Glide the quest to avoid being eaten, some fish took a leap into the open airWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:31:35 +0000Jurassic Park May Have Been Right—Some Dinosaurs Hunted in Packs film inspired paleontologists to discover the truth about dinos, including whether raptors were social huntersWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:04:00 +0000Scientists Can Tell How Old a Star Is by Observing How Fast It Spins newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:32:38 +0000Insecticide-Treated Nets May Create Super Mosquitoes species of mosquitos have interbred, giving rise to hybrids that can resist the most potent weapons used against themWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:02 +0000A Test Tube in Michigan Holds the Air From Thomas Edison's Death Room famous inventors, one glass tube and a museum mysteryWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:00:18 +0000An Albino Dolphin Was Spotted Off the Coast of Florida is only the 15th albino dolphin sighting recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:15:36 +0000What Was Found Inside the Oldest American Time Capsule in Boston have just cracked open a brass box originally buried in 1795 by Paul Revere and Samuel AdamsWed, 07 Jan 2015 14:33:07 +0000There is A Scientific Reason That Cold Weather Could Cause Colds rhinovirus that most commonly causes colds likes chillier temperatures, where the host's immune system doesn't fare so wellTue, 06 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000Amateur Explorers Are Using High-Res Satellite Images to Search for Genghis Khan's Tomb explorers used ultra-high resolution satellite images to help search for the grave of one of the world’s most powerful rulersTue, 06 Jan 2015 17:56:15 +0000This Is the World’s Largest Dump Truck mega Earth-mover is hard at work digging a coal mine in RussiaTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:35:00 +0000Five Years of Night Shift Work Elevate a Person's Risk of Death inconsistent hours is bad for your health, according to researchers who studied 75,000 U.S. nurses Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:25 +0000How a 200-Year-Old Whale Might Help Us Live Longer have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest-living mammal in search of the keys to longevity Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Same Guy Keeps Spending Insane Amounts of Money to Buy Japan’s First Tuna of the Season year, he bought it for $37,500—which he considered cheapTue, 06 Jan 2015 14:06:34 +0000