Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 22 May 2015 18:37:28 +0000Watch a Baby Bee Go From Wriggly Larvae to Adult in Just Over a Minutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-baby-bee-grow-just-over-minute-180955386/From larvae to adult thanks to the magic of timelapse photographyFri, 22 May 2015 18:37:28 +0000 This Beer Was Brewed to Save Sea Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beer-brewed-save-sea-stars-180955385/A new ale sends some proceeds to research on sea star wasting syndromeFri, 22 May 2015 18:16:21 +0000Most Mountains Don't Come With Pointy Peakshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-mountains-dont-come-pointy-peaks-180955378/Some mountains actually get wider as you go upFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Once Helped Clear an Innocent Man of Murderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sir-arthur-conan-doyle-investigates-180955379/On his birthday, revist the mystery author's most famous caseFri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Cyber-archeology May be the Way to Remember Artifacts Destroyed by Militantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cyber-archeology-may-be-way-preserve-artifacts-destroyed-militants-180955384/Digitally saving 3D models is the only way to offset some lost cultural artifacts Fri, 22 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Found: A Galaxy That Shines With the Light of Over 300 Trillion Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-universe-brighter-300-trillion-suns-180955382/A very hungry black hole at the center of WISE J224607.57-052635.0 emits an incredible amount of lightFri, 22 May 2015 15:32:33 +0000There Will Be an Extra Week of Summer This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-will-be-extra-week-summer-year-180955381/Cultural summer ensures 106 days of fun in the sunFri, 22 May 2015 14:50:48 +0000Did Mars Steal its Moons From the Asteroid Belt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debate-mars-moons-were-they-stolen-asteroid-belt-or-not-180955376/Scientists still aren’t sure where the odd little moons came from, but they have ideasFri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Beginner's Guide to the Santa Barbara Oil Spillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everything-you-need-know-about-santa-barbara-oil-spill-180955380/Cleanup efforts are underway at Refugio State Beach after more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilledFri, 22 May 2015 13:59:35 +0000How Jumping Spiders See in Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-jumping-spiders-see-color-180955368/The agile arachnids see in three color channels, and they can actually see more colors than humans can Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Humans May Have Domesticated Dogs Tens of Thousands of Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-domesticated-dogs-24000-years-earlier-thought-180955374/Genetic analysis from an ancient wolf show just how complicated dog evolution wasFri, 22 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Atheists Remind People of Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atheists-remind-people-death-180955370/New research shows that atheists trigger death-related thoughtsFri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000After Two Years On the Job, Women’s Confidence Plummetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-job-womens-confidence-plummets-180955373/New research shows dropping levels of ambition and confidence for mid-career womenFri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Research Confirms Fears that Deepwater Horizon Spill Contributed to Dolphin Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-confirms-fears-bp-spill-contributed-dolphin-deaths-180955375/Dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had lesions linked to petroleum exposureFri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000Vikings Didn't Just Raid, They Traded Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-vikings-tried-trade-then-resorted-pillaging-180955377/Reindeer artifacts found at Medieval market sites suggest the famed raiders tried the merchant thing firstFri, 22 May 2015 07:00:00 +0000There's a Spacecraft Cemetery in the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-spacecraft-cemetery-pacific-180955338/The middle of the Pacfic Ocean is one of the two places spacecrafts are laid to rest Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000How Chemistry Gives New York City Bagels an Edgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-chemistry-gives-new-york-bagels-edge-180955362/Is it really all in the water? Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:05 +0000There’s a Hospital for Statues in Argentina http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-hospital-statues-argentina-180955365/When the going gets tough for Buenos Aires statues, they head to a statue-only hospital for a bit of TLCThu, 21 May 2015 15:54:27 +0000Texans Die of Tuberculosis and Other Insights From the CDC’s Distinctive Death Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-you-are-more-likely-die-tuberculosis-any-other-state-180955360/The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention compiled a list of the most common unusual deaths in every stateThu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000When People Want an Upgrade They Tend to Break and Lose Their Old Gadgetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-people-want-upgrade-they-tend-break-and-lose-their-old-gadgets-180955359/Researchers call it the "Must-Have Effect"Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000This New Tower Gives Scientists a Bird's Eye View of the Amazonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tallest-structure-south-america-give-scientists-eyes-amazon-180955342/It pairs with a similar tower in Siberia to observe changes in the Earth's atmosphereThu, 21 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000Jerusalem is Running Out of Room for the Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jerusalem-running-out-room-dead-180955358/A new project looks to save space by building modern catacombsWed, 20 May 2015 16:30:00 +000021,000 Gallons of Oil Just Spilled Near Santa Barbarahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/21000-gallons-oil-spilled-near-santa-barbara-180955356/An underwater pipeline was the culprit for a crude oil spill in the PacificWed, 20 May 2015 15:42:30 +0000Is This a Portrait of Shakespeare? One Historian Says Yes, Many Say Nohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historian-have-found-portrait-shakespeare-made-while-he-lived-180955353/Many experts doubt whether the engraving found in a 400-year old book is actually the Bard himselfWed, 20 May 2015 15:29:33 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Dinosaur: The Velociraptor's Cousinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/velociraptors-cousin-was-even-more-frightening-180955340/A keen sense of smell gave this dino an edgeTue, 19 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000A Malaysian Farm is Playing Classical Music to its Chickens http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/malaysian-farm-uses-classical-music-healthier-chickens-180955337/Drug-free chickens roam in a barn filled with tunes from MozartTue, 19 May 2015 17:42:09 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engineered-yeast-could-open-diy-painkiller-market-180955334/The modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Space Plane Will Launch This Week http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-space-plane-will-launch-week-180955335/Though much of the X-37B's mission is top secret, details are emerging about experiments that will go into orbit with the unmanned craftTue, 19 May 2015 14:25:31 +0000Will Your Doctor One Day Pay You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-your-doctor-one-day-pay-you-180955317/New research shows that incentive-based health programs really do workTue, 19 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000These Scientists Want to Unleash an Army of Caterpillars to Destroy Cocaine Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cocaine-eating-moths-could-be-new-weapon-drug-war-180955307/Colombian scientists say the insect could replace cocaine-killing herbicides.Tue, 19 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000No, It's Not Really Raining Spiders in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-its-not-really-raining-spiders-australia-180955327/The arachnids are simply catching a ride on the wind Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:17 +0000Postal Workers Are Bitten By Dogs Nearly 6,000 Times Per Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/postal-workers-are-bitten-dogs-nearly-6000-times-year-180955330/Los Angeles, Houston lead the list of cities with the most dog attacks Mon, 18 May 2015 19:00:00 +0000Asteroid Impacts Once Made the Earth's Oceans Boil for A Whole Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-impacts-once-made-earths-oceans-boil-whole-year-180955332/Life had it rough back thenMon, 18 May 2015 18:42:12 +0000How Angry AI Will Train Telemarketers to Handle Angry Real Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angry-ai-will-train-telemarketers-handle-real-people-180955308/The robot apocalypse will come with the howling fury of an angry customer service call.Mon, 18 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Satellite Data Underestimated how Fast Sea Levels Were Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-data-underestimated-how-fast-sea-levels-are-rising-180955309/The oceans are rising faster than scientists thought.Mon, 18 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000This 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton May Belong to the Man That Brought Leprosy to Britainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1500-year-old-skeleton-may-be-man-brought-leprosy-britain-180955312/Modern techniques show that the young man was in his 20s and likely ScandinavianMon, 18 May 2015 15:59:25 +0000Researchers are Trying to Harness the Power of Music for Unconscious Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-trying-understand-power-music-unconscious-patients-180955313/Plumbing the depths of the unconscious brain has thus far uncovered more mysteries than answersMon, 18 May 2015 15:51:33 +0000Mysterious Shipwreck Reveals how the Spanish Built Their Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-spanish-shipwreck-reveals-how-they-built-their-boats-180955310/Search for Captain Morgan’s fleet turns up treasure trove of Spanish cargoMon, 18 May 2015 05:00:00 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twitters-helping-scientists-spot-more-northern-lights-180955272/A new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Feral Donkeys Saved a Lost Hiker’s Life in Death Valley http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-burros-saved-lost-hikers-life-death-valley-180955271/But not everyone loves shaggy wild donkeysSun, 17 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000Science on a Shoestring: How Cuba’s Researchers Survived the Embargohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-shoestring-how-cubas-researchers-survived-embargo-180955273/Will normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Flew a Jet Plane Into a Thunderstorm to Study Antimatterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-flew-jet-plane-thunderstorm-study-antimatter-180955279/They got a little too close and saw something unexpectedSat, 16 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How the Animal got its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-animal-got-its-head-180955260/Ancient brain fossils show how early animals evolved heads.Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here's How Video Game Designers Give Voices to Imaginary Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-video-game-designers-make-artificial-creatures-sound-real-180955268/All they need are digital vocal cords, voice box and mouthFri, 15 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Europe Once Had Bison, and now They're Making a Comeback http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-bison-are-making-comeback-after-century-180955269/Just like their American cousins, the bison needed help after their numbers were decimated by habitat loss and huntingFri, 15 May 2015 11:33:53 +0000A Recall Has Led to a Black Market for Blue Bell Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/recall-has-led-black-market-ice-cream-180955257/Ice cream fans are rushing to cash in on a cult favoriteThu, 14 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-stopping-malaria-its-tracks-viagra-180955259/Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Malaysia Airlines Search Team Finds Sunken Ship Insteadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/malaysia-airlines-searchers-find-sunken-ship-instead-180955256/Still no sign of the missing Flight 370.Thu, 14 May 2015 14:01:21 +0000Stop Calling it Bird Flu: World Health Organization Calls for More Care in Naming Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-health-organization-calls-more-care-naming-diseases-180955251/New naming guidelines issued to avoid stigmatizing communities.Thu, 14 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Alaska is Growing a Plant the Soviet Military Used in Secret Experimentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaska-growing-herb-soviet-military-used-secret-experiments-180955252/Golden root, or Rhodiola rosea, is also popular in Siberian folk medicineThu, 14 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Do You Figure out Where the Very Center of the United States Is?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-centers-united-states-180955253/Three different places have laid claim to the title since 1901.Thu, 14 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000A Third of Animal Mummies Contain no Animals at Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-animal-mummies-are-just-bundles-rags-180955247/Researchers discover ancient Egyptians peddled fake animal mummies.Wed, 13 May 2015 17:45:38 +0000Scientists Investigate a Medieval Mass Grave Under a French Supermarkethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-investigate-medieval-mass-grave-under-french-supermarket-180955248/Renovation work uncovered hundreds of individuals, perhaps all killed by disease at the same timeWed, 13 May 2015 17:40:24 +0000Happy Birthday to Inge Lehmann, the Woman Who Discovered Earth's Inner Corehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-birthday-inge-lehmann-180955246/Pioneering geologist used earthquakes to unravel the mystory of the Earth’s coreWed, 13 May 2015 16:39:06 +0000In the Future, We Might Take Sunscreen in Pill Formhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-produce-their-own-sunscreen-180955245/A discovery in some fish suggests that sunblocking chemicals could be ingested rather than slathered onWed, 13 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000This Company is Turning Holocaust Survivor Interviews into Hologramshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-holographic-holocaust-survivors-may-bear-witness-180955244/Researchers are using new technology to keep Holocaust testimonies aliveWed, 13 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000In Three Years the Freedom Tower Will no Longer be America's Tallest Building http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/move-over-freedom-towersoon-there-will-be-new-hemispheres-tallest-building-180955238/New York's Nordstrom Tower will be 1,795 feet tallWed, 13 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Revealing the Deep Secrets of Deepwater Waves http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-enormous-waves-under-ocean-180955243/Scientists hope their study of 1,600-foot underwater waves can help improve climate modelingWed, 13 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000How Snow Keeps the World’s Most Powerful Space Telescope Squeaky Cleanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-snow-keeps-worlds-most-powerful-space-telescope-squeaky-clean-180955236/CO2 snowflakes are being tested for use with Hubble’s successorWed, 13 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Computers Are Learning About Art Faster than Art Historianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computers-are-getting-better-identifying-artists-art-historians-are-180955241/An algorithm took just a few months to draw connections between artists that scholars have been working on for yearsWed, 13 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000Picasso Painting Breaks Auction Record by $37 Million http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/picasso-painting-sells-record-breaking-price-auction-180955242/"Women of Algiers (Version O)" fetched nearly $180 millionWed, 13 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Create Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur-Like Faces http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicken-embryos-get-dino-snouts-thanks-biological-tinkering-180955250/Researchers seeking to understand how birds got their beaks turned back the evolutionary clock just a tadWed, 13 May 2015 06:30:00 +0000Another Big Earthquake Has Hit Nepalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-big-earthquake-wracks-nepal-180955235/Second major quake hits as the country still struggles to recover from the last one.Tue, 12 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000New York State Forms Emergency Task Force to Protect Manicuristshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-state-forms-emergency-task-force-protect-manicurists-180955234/State authorities spurred into action by New York Times expose uncovering health risks and wage theft in New York City’s nail salonsTue, 12 May 2015 12:58:35 +0000Watch the Sun Set on Mars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sun-set-mars-180955226/Curiosity takes its first color pictures of a Martian sunsetTue, 12 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000The White House is Mostly a Reconstruction of the Originalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-mostly-reconstruction-original-180955229/The mansion may have been built over 200 years ago, but its skeleton was redone in the early 1950sTue, 12 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Archivists Are Uncovering Lost Mark Twain Stories http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archivists-uncover-stash-lost-mark-twain-stories-180955225/Digital archives reveal Samuel Clemens, struggling journalistMon, 11 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Spider Feeds Her Babies by Vomiting up Her Own Gutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spider-feeds-her-babies-vomiting-her-own-guts-180955224/Nothing says love like feeding your intestines to your childrenMon, 11 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000Most American Babies are Born in the Morninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-american-babies-are-born-morning-180955223/Medical interventions may determine time of birth, says new study.Mon, 11 May 2015 13:59:08 +0000Turning the American Chestnut into a GMO Might be the Only Way to Save ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wheat-genes-could-save-american-chestnut-180955216/Adding wheat genes could help the tree fight off blightSun, 10 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Why Old Chocolate Turns Whitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-show-why-old-chocolate-turns-white-180955217/Liquid fat turns out to be the culpritSat, 09 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Starbucks Moves its Bottled Water Operations Out of California’s Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-getting-called-out-starbucks-moves-its-bottling-operations-out-californias-drought-180955218/Bottling water in California might not be a great idea, but many companies still do itSat, 09 May 2015 13:54:34 +0000‘Captain Kidd’s Treasure’ Has Finally Been Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captain-kidds-treasure-has-been-discovered-deep-180955214/Archaeologist hope their discovery of a 121-pound bar of silver is just the beginningFri, 08 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000The Last Wooly Mammoths Died Isolated and Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-wooly-mammoths-died-isolated-and-alone-180955208/Genome sequencing shows severe inbreeding contributed to the mammoths’ extinction.Fri, 08 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000How to Crash a Drone, Safelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-need-learn-how-crash-land-safely-180955209/It’s time to teach drones how to safely land in an emergency.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Dogs are Still the Best Way to Find a Corpsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-smelling-dogs-are-best-finding-corpses-180955210/Man’s best friend is better than any machine when it comes to finding dead bodies.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Germans and Americans Agree That They're Allies, Disagree On Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-americans-disagree-why-theyre-allies-180955213/A new survey shows differing opinions on foreign policy and the importance of historical eventsFri, 08 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Seventy Years Ago Today, Queen Elizabeth Secretly Partied with Commoners http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-years-ago-future-queen-did-conga-commoners-celebrate-v-e-day-180955212/Before she became Elizabeth II, the then-princess slipped into London's streets incognito to celebrate Europe's victory over GermanyFri, 08 May 2015 14:36:39 +0000Here’s How to Fight Wearing 15th Century Armorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-fight-wearing-15th-century-armor-180955204/ Experts demonstrate some moves in a video while wearing full suits of plate armorFri, 08 May 2015 14:25:16 +0000John Quincy Adams Once Approved an Expedition to the Center of the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-quincy-adams-said-yes-expedition-center-earth-180955203/He believed a man who said the Earth was hollowThu, 07 May 2015 18:34:35 +0000A Streak in the Sky: Photographer Captures an Incredible Time-lapse Image of the Moon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moon-trail-180955200/Janne Voutilainen's photo took nearly 40 minutes to shootThu, 07 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Here's How to Make Harper Lee’s Crackling Cornbread http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-and-writers-cookbook-1961-has-harper-lees-crackling-cornbread-180955194/The recipe is offered with a side serving of dry witThu, 07 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Ancient Pit Home Unearthed in a Salt Lake City Suburbhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-pit-home-unearthed-salt-lake-city-suburb-180955198/Spear points and other artifacts found in the 1,500-year-old homeThu, 07 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Was the Loch Ness Monster Inspired by Earthquakes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-loch-ness-monster-inspired-earthquakes-180955195/Just one of many monsters that might have geological origins.Thu, 07 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First GMO Is 8,000 Years Old http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gmo-8000-years-old-180955199/Scientists find that bacteria modified DNA in sweet potatoes millennia agoThu, 07 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Probiotics Exist Thanks to a Man Who Drank Cholerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-man-who-drank-cholera-your-yogurt-180955197/One man’s obsession with the immune system led to today’s probiotic fadThu, 07 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Reading Harry Potter Might Make You a Better Personhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reading-harry-potter-might-make-you-better-person-180955196/Young readers who identify with the Boy Who Lived may grow up to be more tolerant.Thu, 07 May 2015 14:26:01 +0000Labyrinths in Prisons and Hospitals Might Actually Help People Relaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/labyrinths-prisons-and-hospitals-might-actually-help-people-relax-180955190/Labyrinths are experiencing a revivalThu, 07 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000SpaceX’s Capsule Has an Emergency Eject Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacexs-capsule-has-safety-eject-get-away-rocket-if-launch-goes-wrong-180955187/The spaceflight company hits another milestone in tests of its Dragon 2 and Falcon 9 systems Thu, 07 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Here's How NASA is Keeping The Satellites Around Mars From Running Into Each Other http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-drawing-crowd-satellites-180955183/NASA is beefing up traffic monitoring as more satellites enter orbit around the red planet.Wed, 06 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Why People Call Apartments 'Pads'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-we-call-apartments-pads-180955185/The slang term has a sordid pastWed, 06 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Very First Self-Driving Semi Truck Has Hit the Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-theres-self-driving-semi-road-180955184/The Freightliner Inspiration is the first commercially-licensed autonomous truckWed, 06 May 2015 15:24:23 +0000Goofy Looking Ocean Sunfish Are Actually Active Swimmers and Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-sunfish-are-actually-active-swimmers-and-predators-180955177/The idea that these giant fish are lazy is just wrongWed, 06 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Mystery of What Venus de Milo Was Once Holdinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-printing-offers-guess-what-venus-de-milo-might-have-been-holding-180955176/A distaff, thread and spindle could have been held in her upraised arms and would have been appropriate for the goddess of love Wed, 06 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Two French Towns Are Battling Over a Saint’s Remainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-french-towns-are-battling-over-saints-remains-180955174/Should Saint Bernadette be laid to rest in the town she made famous…or the one she chose to live in?Tue, 05 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Silk Road Never Really Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silk-road-didnt-really-exist-180955172/China is attempting to turn away from its isolated past with an immense new infrastructure projectTue, 05 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000How to Become a Fossil in Five Easy Steps http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-easy-steps-becoming-fossil-180955167/Tricks to preserving your bones for future archaeologistsTue, 05 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000CDC Says Ebola Survivors Should Keep Using Condoms Indefinitelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-says-ebola-survivors-should-keep-using-condoms-180955168/The virus may survive in semen longer than originally thoughtTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Department of Justice Says it’s Time to Reevaluate the Stingray Phone-Tracking Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/department-justice-says-its-time-reevaluate-stingray-180955171/New report says agency to take a look into cell phone snooping.Tue, 05 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000This African Plant Leads the Way to Diamond Depositshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-plant-shows-where-diamonds-can-be-found-180955165/A palm-like plant seems to grow only on top of diamond-rich deposits called kimberlite pipesTue, 05 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000This is How Bombardier Beetles Fire Explosives From Their Buttshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/machine-gun-bug-180955150/The beetls have a special chamber in their abdomens where they mix together chemicals to produce an explosive reactionTue, 05 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000You Can See South Korea’s Seaweed Farms From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-koreas-seaweed-farms-can-be-seen-space-180955155/Seaweed farms offer a sustainable source of vegetable proteinTue, 05 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Most Surgery Outcomes Aren’t Trackedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/99-percent-surgery-outcomes-arent-tracked-180955161/New analysis finds only 153 clinical registries nationwideMon, 04 May 2015 15:00:49 +0000A Piranha Was Just Found in an Arkansas Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piranhas-been-found-arkansas-lake-180955163/The sharp-toothed fish was likely a pet gone rogue Mon, 04 May 2015 14:24:34 +0000Germany Just Opened a Nazi Museum in the Party's Former Headquarters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germany-just-opened-nazi-museum-180955154/70 years later, Munich's mayor says the city is ready to "face up to its Nazi past" Fri, 01 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Researchers Come Closer to Making Everyone a Universal Blood Donorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-can-change-blood-type-o-universal-donor-180955153/The approach uses an enzyme to snip off the parts of blood cells that can prove problematic Fri, 01 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000Poop Eating Vampire Squids Aren't Actually Squids at All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-long-lived-poop-eating-vampire-squid-make-good-parents-180955149/The strange-looking animals have a very different reproductive strategy than other cephalopods Fri, 01 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000Curling, Baking, Typos: How This Year’s Kentucky Derby Contenders Got Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curling-baking-typos-how-years-kentucky-derby-contenders-got-their-names-180955152/What’s in a name? A lot, if you want to tackle the Triple CrownFri, 01 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Group of Scientists That Keeps Lenin’s 90-Year-Old Corpse Freshhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-scientists-keeps-lenins-90-year-old-corpse-fresh-180955151/90 years later, Vladimir Lenin’s body is still maintained by a Russian labFri, 01 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Report Suggests Top Psychologists Worked With the C.I.A. on Torture Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/top-psychologists-worked-cia-torture-program-180955147/Newly-published emails reveal secret collaboration between the A.P.A. and Bush AdministrationFri, 01 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Here's Why The Italian Army is Growing Weedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/italian-army-getting-weed-business-180955148/They want to lower the price of medicinal marijuana by growing their ownFri, 01 May 2015 13:18:59 +0000The Nepal Earthquake Made Mt. Everest an Inch Shorterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-nepal-raised-kathmandu-and-lowered-mt-everest-180955143/Satellite data gives the first results for the way the land moved during the quakeFri, 01 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Even Ocean Creatures Struggle With Light Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-is-messing-ocean-ecosystems-180955142/Artificial lights are disrupting the lives of underwater animalsThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Today The Messenger Spacecraft Will Crash Into Mercuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/messenger-crashes-mercury-today-180955141/After years of exciting observations and stunning pictures of Mercury, the spacecraft has run out of fuelThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:12:09 +0000The U.S. Military Has Developed Self-Steering Bulletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-military-develops-self-steering-bullets-180955139/Hi-tech bullets can help snipers hit moving targetsThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Most Countries Have No Plans For When Antibiotics Stop Working http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-countries-have-no-plans-when-antibiotics-stop-working-180955135/World Health Organization sounds the alarm on “one of the biggest threats to the future of global health” Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000Have a Tattoo? The Apple Watch Might Not Work For Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/have-tattoo-maybe-wait-buy-apple-watch-180955136/Some people with wrist ink say the Apple Watch can't detect their skinThu, 30 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000It’s Official: Rubella Has Been Eradicated From the Americashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-official-rubella-has-been-eradicated-americas-180955137/Health officials confirm that rubella no longer originates in North or South AmericaThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:19:01 +0000People Are Too Optimistic About How Much Optimism Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-too-optimistic-about-how-much-optimism-matters-180955133/Looking on the bright side doesn’t actually make dark things brightThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000Paper Airplanes Flew Decades Before Real Ones Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paper-airplanes-flew-decades-real-ones-did-180955129/Kids have been folding paper so it flies since at least the mid-19th centuryThu, 30 Apr 2015 12:30:00 +0000Scientists Find Life in Antarctica’s Blood Red Fallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-life-antarcticas-blood-falls-180955128/The underground microbes could help scientists detect life on other planets.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Time a Space Observatory Was Mistaken for a Second Moon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-hours-week-earth-had-new-moon-180955126/For 13 hours, the space observatory Gaia was misidentified as a natural satellite orbiting EarthWed, 29 Apr 2015 18:57:41 +0000Gender-Neutral Clothes Are Trendy, But Not New — Humans Dressed Similarly for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gender-neutral-clothes-arent-new-humans-dressed-similarly-centuries-180955109/Fashion with distinct looks for men and women is a relatively recent, Western-centric phenomenonWed, 29 Apr 2015 17:20:26 +0000This Interactive Map Shows Nepal Before and After the Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swipe-see-nepal-and-after-earthquake-180955123/New satellite map shows devastation of Nepal from spaceWed, 29 Apr 2015 16:57:32 +0000Laptops of the Future May Not Have Space Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-googles-trying-get-rid-space-bars-180955125/A recent Google patent points to a time when trackpads replace the trusty keyWed, 29 Apr 2015 16:36:12 +0000Friday Knight Fights: Russian MMA Fighters Go Medieval http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/friday-knight-fights-180955124/The duels are so popular with the fans that the company is actively searching for more knights to fill out its ranksWed, 29 Apr 2015 15:39:33 +0000Penguins May Use Poop to Melt Snow From Breeding Sites Before They Get it Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penguins-may-use-poo-melt-snow-breeding-sites-180955120/The observation comes from analyzing thousands of images captured by remote cameras trained on penguin colonies on the Antarctic PeninsulaWed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000Brewmasters Now Using DNA Techniques to Spot Bad Batcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-beer-can-be-spotted-its-dna-180955118/Instead of waiting for bacteria to grow, a quick genetic test can identify problem brewsTue, 28 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000Harnessing the Power of Peer Pressure Could Help Reduce Traffichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peer-pressure-could-help-reduce-traffic-180955117/People are more likely to carpool if they think their peers are doing it tooTue, 28 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Culinary Diplomacy: Why Governments Are Starting Food Trends http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-governments-are-starting-food-trends-180955116/Promoting your country's food is becoming a trendy tactic for nations looking to raise their profile (and tourist revenue)Tue, 28 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Vatican Science Academy Urges Government Action on Climate Change to Protect Poor http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-urges-climate-change-action-protect-poor-180955115/Pope Francis will issue proclamation in wake of recent summit Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:59:06 +0000How "Operation Mummy’s Curse" is Helping Fight Terrorismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-agents-are-fighting-terrorism-tracking-down-missing-mummies-180955113/Selling illicit relics is the third most profitable wing of the black market, after drugs and weaponsTue, 28 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000Lake Michigan is So Clear Right Now its Shipwrecks Are Visible From the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sunken-ships-lake-michigan-are-visible-ghostly-blue-180955108/A Coast Guard patrol spotted the wrecks in shallow waters that are only clear after the lake's ice melts and before summer sediment swirls and algae bloomsMon, 27 Apr 2015 17:42:29 +0000Eau de Death: Perfumer Develops Scents Based on Dead Loved Oneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-your-dead-loved-one-180955106/A French perfumer is attempting to harness the emotional power of scent Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000Nepal Struggles With the Loss of Lives, Cultural Treasures After Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nepal-struggles-loss-cultural-treasures-after-earthquake-180955105/Historic sites were damaged and destroyed in the 7.8 quakeMon, 27 Apr 2015 14:40:50 +0000Hawk Found in Vancouver “Wins” Most Polluted Bird in the World Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawk-found-vancouver-wins-most-polluted-bird-world-award-180955103/The "flameproof" bird's liver was full of flame retardant chemicals Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000SOS! The FAA Gives the Go-Ahead for Emergency Rescue Company to Use Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sos-faa-gives-go-ahead-emergency-rescue-company-use-drones-180955102/A Maine-based search and rescue company is the first of its kind to win FAA approval to experiment with dronesMon, 27 Apr 2015 12:54:54 +0000How Settlers Wiped Out the Caribbean’s Rodents of Unusual Sizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europeans-wiped-out-caribbeans-cat-sized-rats-180955096/The eradication of rice rats in the Lesser Antilles was part of a massive mammal extinction eventFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:52:48 +0000The Hubble Space Telescope Has Been In Space for 25 Years, Here's What it Has Seenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-has-been-space-25-years-180955094/The telescope has sent back some real beauties Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000How a Piano Dropped from a Helicopter Paved the Way For Woodstock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-piano-fell-sky-180955093/The Piano Drop set the stage for the outdoor rock festival Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:46:44 +0000The Mystery of Colorado’s “Book Tosser” Has Been Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-colorados-book-tosser-has-been-solved-180955092/The litterbug blames Amazon, arthritis for his habit of illegally discarding booksFri, 24 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000An Imagined Catalogue of Self-Assembling Furniture http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catalogue-self-assembling-furniture-180955091/The furniture of the future will put itself togetherFri, 24 Apr 2015 14:18:56 +0000Japan Plans a Trip to the Moon by 2018http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-plans-land-moon-2018-180955088/The lander will use information from Japan’s moon-orbiting satellite to stick the landingFri, 24 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Gene Editing in Human Embryos Ignites Controversyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gene-editing-human-embryos-ignites-controversy-180955087/Chinese researchers have published the results of using a new gene-editing tool on human embryosThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:42 +0000Scientists Clash Over Stegosaurus Sexinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-clash-over-stegosaurus-sexing-180955084/A new paper is causing controversy with claims that dinosaurs’ sex can be determined by their bonesThu, 23 Apr 2015 17:46:55 +0000Recently Translated Papyrus Details 1,900-Year-Old Hangover Curehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-papyrus-details-hangover-cure-180955085/Those disappointed by the effectiveness of this 1,900-year old remedy can instead peruse the eye surgery techniques in other ancient textsThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:26:11 +0000Watch A Dangerous Yet Lovely Volcano Erupt in Chile http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unexpectedly-lovely-volcano-erupt-chile-180955083/Calbuco volcano springs to life after more than 40 years of dormancyThu, 23 Apr 2015 14:31:33 +0000Vinyl Presses Struggle to Keep up with the Resurgent Demand for Recordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-vinyl-presses-struggle-keep-resurgent-demand-records-180955077/Only a handful of pressing plants can make records in the U.S. and their machinery is finicky Thu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Even an Isolated Amazonian Tribe’s Microbes Are Antibiotic Resistanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-isolated-amazonian-tribes-microbes-are-antibiotic-resistant-180955076/The finding of antibiotic resistance in people who have never taken antibiotics highlights how hard it will be to combat superbugsWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:36:06 +0000A Record-Breaking Clock Won’t Lose a Second For Another 15 Billion Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-clock-wont-lose-second-another-15-billion-years-180955072/Strontium atomic clocks could eventually help scientists map the Earth’s shapeWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Busted: A Years-Long Bourbon Conspiracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/busted-years-long-bourbon-conspiracy-180955074/Rogue distillery employee suspected to be at the center of a huge bourbon theft ring Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000FBI Admits Pseudoscientific Hair Analysis Used in Hundreds of Cases http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/FBI-Admits-Pseudoscientific-Hair-Analysis-Used-in-Hundreds-of-Cases-180955070/Nearly 3,000 cases included testimony about hair matches, a technique that has been debunkedWed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000Cognitive Scientists Question a Journal's Gender Balancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-cognitive-science-ought-be-more-inclusive-say-cognitive-scientists-180955068/A major journal publishes a special issue with a striking lack of women authors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:30:00 +0000This is What An Underwater Volcano Sounds Like http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-underwater-volcano-sounds-180955067/Decoding the noises of magma and bubbles will help scientists study explosions from afar Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:53 +0000Here’s How Cinnamon is Harvested in Indonesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-cinnamon-harvested-valley-indonesia-180955063/Watch as the inner bark from cinnamon trees is cut and stripped down to create the spiceWed, 22 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000There Might Really Be a Planet X, Lurking Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-planets-beyond-pluto-180955060/The far reaches of our own solar system could contain worlds undiscovered. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:30:00 +0000Lifeless Venus Could Hold the Key to Life on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/questions-how-life-emerged-have-scientists-interested-exploring-venus-180955061/Earth’s sister planet is astonishingly hostile to life, but exactly how it got that way has researchers intriguedTue, 21 Apr 2015 17:25:58 +0000This Is Why You Like to Cry In the Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-cry-shower-180955056/Hot, steamy, sad Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ice Scientists of the Future Will Study Glaciers That No Longer Exist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-ice-scientists-will-study-glaciers-no-longer-exist-180955055/Glaciologists are stocking up on ice cores to ensure a future for their fieldTue, 21 Apr 2015 16:34:38 +0000Does That Button Really Work, Or Is It a Placebo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-button-really-workor-it-placebo-180955054/Fake buttons are more common than you might think Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:50:04 +0000Scientists Want to Use Lasers to Shoot Down Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-want-use-lasers-shoot-down-space-junk-180955052/The idea sounds farfetched, but it may be better than previous solutionsMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:35:55 +0000Dawn Spacecraft Sends First Color Images of Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-sends-us-images-ceres-color-180955051/Red and blue tell the tale of a dwarf planet covered in rock and iceMon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000Why Astronomers Are Fighting Back Against Robotic Lawnmowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronomers-are-fighting-back-against-robotic-lawnmowers-180955048/It’s a feud fueled by radio frequencies Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000An Artist Is Trying To Preserve India’s Fading Street Soundshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artist-trying-preserve-indias-fading-street-sounds-180955043/As shopping malls and suburbs come to Delhi, one woman fights to save the sound of its street vendorsMon, 20 Apr 2015 15:15:00 +0000This Tiny Trackpad Fits on a Fingernailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-fingernail-trackpad-180955039/But why would you actually want one?Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:45:05 +0000Disney's Getting Into 3D-Printing Soft, Cuddly Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disneys-3d-printing-soft-cuddly-things-course-180955040/The world of cartoons is going to get a little realer Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:14 +0000Here’s How to Avoid Losing Half of Earth’s Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-avoid-losing-half-earths-species-180955033/Basically, don’t stop trying to halt extinctionFri, 17 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000Meet the First Donut That Went to Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-first-donut-went-space-180955032/A pair of Swedish brothers launched a tasty pastry into the stratosphere—and filmed the entire rideFri, 17 Apr 2015 18:35:07 +0000Scientists Bombard the Earth With Asteroids to Practice Saving Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-bombard-earth-asteroids-practice-saving-it-180955031/The Planetary Defense Conference doesn’t just have papers and seminars. It also has an asteroid disaster scenario to solve.Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:00:59 +0000Hormones Show Dogs Don’t Just Think of Us As Providers of Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hormones-show-dogs-dont-just-think-us-food-bringers-180955030/When dogs and humans share long looks, a chemical involved in social bonding surges through their bodiesFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:30:08 +0000Levitating Train Breaks Speed Record in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/levitating-train-breaks-speed-record-japan-180955029/This magnetic levitation bullet train is capable of speeds of 366 miles per hour—and possibly moreFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:00:40 +0000Why You Can’t Listen to Radio On Your Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-cant-listen-radio-your-smartphone-180955028/There’s an FM radio on your phone…but you likely can’t use it Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:45:58 +0000The Messenger Probe Will Soon Crash Into Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/messenger-will-soon-crash-mercury-180955027/As NASA's probe runs out of propellant, it will crash into the planet’s surface at 8,750 MPHFri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:59 +0000Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-syrias-protecting-seeds-its-war-180955026/When civil war broke out in Syria, scientists saved more than 80 percent of a priceless trove of seedsFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:24 +0000Droves of Elegant Blue Jellies Wash Up on Pacific Shoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/droves-elegant-blue-jellies-wash-pacific-shores-180955025/Unusually strong winds have pushed Velella velellas, or "by-the-wind sailors," onto West Coast beaches by the thousandsFri, 17 Apr 2015 13:30:39 +0000This Man Plans to Spend a Year Living in a Giant Ball on an Iceberg http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-plans-spend-year-living-giant-ball-iceberg-180955022/Adventurer Alex Bellini wants to watch a Greenland iceberg melt while he dwells in a "survival pod"Thu, 16 Apr 2015 19:15:40 +0000Learn the Secrets of Ape’s Sleeping Habitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learn-secrets-apes-sleeping-habits-180955021/Apes sleep better and longer than other primatesThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:35 +0000Mysterious "Fairy" Circles Share Qualities With Human Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/qualities-strange-fairy-circles-namibia-share-your-skin-180955020/Researchers noticed that the pattern of Namibia's "fairy" circles strongly resembles that of skin cell growthThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:08 +0000"Look Ma, No Hands!" A Rock Climber Scales Cliffs Without Using His Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-ma-no-hands-rock-climber-scales-cliffs-without-using-them-180955017/Famous British rock climber Johnny Dawes puts a twist on his sportThu, 16 Apr 2015 17:40:48 +0000Scientists Are Trying to Figure Out If Humans Can Hibernatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-trying-figure-out-if-humans-can-hibernate-180955018/Studies of hibernators and experiments inducing short-term torpor in humans may answer whether human hibernation is possibleThu, 16 Apr 2015 17:20:18 +0000Better HIV Prevention Could Be Leading to Higher Syphilis Rateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-hiv-prevention-could-be-leading-higher-syphilis-rates-180955016/Syphilis rates increased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:15:33 +0000What If Job Interviews Were Automated? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-if-job-interviews-were-automated-180955015/New study shows that computers can predict how applicants will do at interviewsThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:58 +0000Putting Hummingbirds to the Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-hummingbirds-test-180955014/One hummingbird, 20 MPH wind, 1000 frames per secondThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:46:28 +0000Scientists Take a Crack at Explaining That Knuckle-Popping Noisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-crack-explaining-knuckle-popping-noise-180955013/A new study takes a closer look to explain the mechanism behind the sound when we crack our jointsThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:46 +0000Maybe the World's Loneliest Whale Isn't So Isolated, After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maybe-worlds-loneliest-whale-isnt-so-isolated-after-all-180955005/Some evidence indicates that the singer of a higher-pitched whale song may not be aloneWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00:40 +0000Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Hunt With Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-chimps-more-likely-males-hunt-tools-180955004/A new study investigates the social and hunting behaviors of Fongoli chimpanzeesWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:18 +0000Painkillers Might Also Dull Your Emotionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painkillers-might-also-dull-your-emotions-180955003/A study shows Tylenol could affect emotional evaluations, but judging the meaning of that finding is toughWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:06 +0000Cuba Could Be Removed From the List of Places That Sponsor Terrorismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cuba-be-removed-list-places-sponsor-terrorism-180955000/The U.S. has considered Cuba a sponsor of terrorism since 1982. On Tuesday, President Obama announced plans to change that designation.Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:30:36 +0000Forget Fake Meat…How About Fake Milk? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-fake-meathow-about-fake-milk-180954996/Move over, soy—a group of bio-hackers is trying to turn snippets of DNA into milk-producing yeastWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:07 +0000SpaceX Didn’t Land Its Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-didnt-land-its-rocket-180954995/The third time was not a charm for the Falcon 9Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:46:20 +0000These Magic Toothbrushes Work Without Toothpastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-magic-toothbrushes-work-without-toothpaste-180954988/A new brush—and an old one, too—that don't rely on possibly harmful pastes to make your smile shineTue, 14 Apr 2015 19:00:11 +0000The Pony Express Was Short-Lived And Costlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pony-express-was-short-lived-and-costly-180954986/The service only lasted 18 months, but became an important icon of the WestTue, 14 Apr 2015 16:55:51 +0000Fish Can Adjust Gender Balance in Face of Rising Temperatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-can-adjust-gender-balance-face-rising-temperatures-180954985/Warmer waters mean fewer female reef fish. But, over generations, populations can restore the balance.Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:30:37 +0000Escape From the Black Hole’s Abyss!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-black-holes-abyss-180954983/An object called G2—previously believed to be a gas cloud—narrowly slipped from the clutches of a supermassive black holeTue, 14 Apr 2015 15:30:18 +0000New York City Ran a Slave Market http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-city-ran-slave-market-180954982/New marker will acknowledge the bustling slave trade that helped build New YorkTue, 14 Apr 2015 14:15:45 +0000Tour the Theater Where Lincoln Was Assassinated on Google Street Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tour-theater-where-lincoln-was-assassinated-google-street-view-180954979/150 years later, a new view of Ford’s TheatreTue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000Rover May Have Found a Water Source for Humans on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-may-have-found-water-source-humans-mars-180954978/Data collected from the Curiosity rover suggests liquid water could be harvested from Martian soilMon, 13 Apr 2015 19:04:29 +0000How Rum Helped the U.S. Win Its Independence http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-rum-helped-us-win-its-independence-180954975/Rum may was a key player in America's revolutionary daysMon, 13 Apr 2015 17:38:46 +0000These Were 2014’s Most Challenged Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-were-2014s-most-challenged-books-180954973/Native Americans, Iran and gay penguins top the American Library Association’s Top Ten List of Frequently Challenged BooksMon, 13 Apr 2015 16:30:37 +0000Here Are the Places Most at Risk of a Volcanic Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-places-most-risk-volcanic-explosion-180954972/New research will help countries prepare Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:30:48 +0000Nine Out of Ten Americans Consider Themselves Middle Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-out-10-americans-consider-themselves-middle-class-180954970/In a day and age when teens are tasked with picking multimillion dollar dream homes, it's not hard to see why Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:30:38 +0000A Smart Algorithm Looked at 16 Billion Emails, And Here Is What It Learnedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-scientists-looked-16-billion-emails-and-here-what-they-learned-180954971/When you respond to an email, you mirror the sender's email styleMon, 13 Apr 2015 13:30:04 +0000Sound Waves Could Help Find Elusive Cancer Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sound-waves-could-help-find-elusive-cancer-cells-180954943/Researchers have developed a new device that could help determine the presence of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstreamFri, 10 Apr 2015 19:00:14 +0000How Much Water Does it Take to Grow America's Favorite Foods?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-water-does-it-take-grow-americas-favorite-foods-180954941/From beef to beer, here's how the numbers stack upFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:20:20 +0000What Would Closing the Wage Gap Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-earn-money-nearly-half-families-kids-180954937/The effects for single moms and racial minorities would be particularly significantFri, 10 Apr 2015 17:00:06 +0000Ancient Tech Could Help Solve Lima’s Water Crisis http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-tech-could-help-solve-limas-water-crisis-180954936/Turns out Peru’s Wari people were excellent urban planners...and their 1,500-year-old 'amunas' could soon bring water to LimaFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:30:20 +0000Ocean Acidification Could Have Driven Earth’s Biggest Mass Extinction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-acidification-could-have-driven-earths-biggest-extinction-event-180954938/Study shows the world's oceans were dangerously acidic during the Permian Extinction EventFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000Mountaineers Are Taking a New Route Up Everest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mountaineers-are-taking-new-route-everest-180954935/They’ll forge their path sans sherpas or oxygen tanksFri, 10 Apr 2015 15:30:32 +0000Yes, Facebook is Making You Sadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yes-facebook-making-you-sad-180954934/Stop comparing your life to flattering photos and carefully-crafted status updatesFri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:06 +0000Changes in California’s Roadkill Linked to State’s Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/changes-californias-roadkill-linked-states-drought-180954926/The California Roadkill Observation System studies wildlife by mapping out crowd-sourced roadkill sightings Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:30:45 +0000Here’s Why the Dutch Are So Tall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-dutch-are-so-tall-180954930/A new study shows natural selection is alive and well in the Netherlands Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:30:44 +0000Colorado Lake Teems with Feral Goldfishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colorado-lake-teems-feral-goldfish-180954931/Parks and Wildlife thinks a goldfish owner dumped his pets into a local lake. Now a few years later, the fish swarm the water in thousandsThu, 09 Apr 2015 18:00:27 +0000These Mud Figures Fight Injusticehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-mud-figures-fight-injustice-180954927/“Figures” challenges British austerity policies—and an artist’s physical endurance Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:30:46 +0000Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Largest Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-worlds-largest-telescope-pause-180954921/Native Hawai'ian activists say the volcano-top project is damaging sacred lands Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Northern Europeans Were Not So Sold on Farminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/northern-europeans-were-not-so-sold-farming-180954925/A new study of ancient beads shows “an enduring cultural boundary” between northern and southern Europe during the Neolithic AgeThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:30:33 +0000A Plan for a Robot Who Can Impersonate Your Mom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plan-robot-who-can-impersonate-your-mom-180954922/Google has a patent for artificial intelligence with a personality -- and that patent might not be a good ideaThu, 09 Apr 2015 15:50:37 +0000Court Rules Navy Noise Causes Too Much Harm to Marine Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/court-rules-navy-noise-causes-too-much-harm-marine-mammals-180954920/A federal judge declares the National Marine Fisheries Service did not do its job to protect dolphins and whalesThu, 09 Apr 2015 15:18:33 +0000This Little Kid Discovered a Dinosaur http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-kid-discovered-dinosaur-180954923/A rare nodosaur has been found in Texas...by a little boyThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:08 +0000Study Suggests Thinking Less Is Key to Faster Learninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-thinking-less-key-faster-learning-180954917/New research shows sometimes our own brains get in the way of acquiring new skillsThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:30:03 +0000How Did an Ottoman War Camel End Up in an Austrian Basement?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-ottoman-war-camel-end-austrian-basement-180954916/Archaeologists think they have solved the mysteryWed, 08 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000Here's Why You Wince at Wasabi http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-receptor-wasabi-180954914/The structure will help researchers understand pain— and create drugs that could suppress it. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:46:23 +0000Teen Pregnancies Have Hit an All-Time Lowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-pregnancies-have-hit-all-time-low-180954912/But teens still aren’t opting for the most effective forms of birth control Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:15:37 +0000Lady Wolf Spiders Use Silk to Flirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-lady-spiders-flirt-silk-180954911/Counter to the common wisdom, it’s not just males that do the pursuing Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:30:50 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Fonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-your-new-favorite-font-180954910/Haas Unica, Helvetica’s long-lost sibling, is back after 30 years in obscurity Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:00:10 +0000The Sun Has Seasons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-has-seasons-180954907/And you thought it was just "hot" Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:15:07 +0000Paintings Have Become Increasingly Bluehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paintings-have-become-increasingly-blue-180954909/Move over, orange: modern art is all about hues of blue Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:40:42 +0000Drones to Plant 1 Billion Seeds in a Year (Hopefully)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-plant-1-billion-seeds-year-hopefully-180954903/Reforestation by machines is cool, but it won’t save the planet Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:00:57 +0000Meet a Hermit Crab Who Has Shacked Up in a Legohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-hermit-crab-who-has-shacked-lego-180954902/Weird things can become home sweet home when you are a tiny soft crustaceanTue, 07 Apr 2015 17:15:20 +0000Archaeologists Unfold World's Largest Underground City in Turkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unfold-worlds-largest-underground-city-turkey-180954895/Archaeologists find evidence to believe a site just discovered in 2012 could be a complex subsurface labyrinth Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:36:39 +000070 Percent of Western Canada’s Glaciers Will Disappear by 2100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-percent-western-canadas-glaciers-will-disappear-2100-180954900/And that’s the conservative side of scientists’ ice melt projectionsTue, 07 Apr 2015 15:30:46 +0000Yet Another Reason Not to Smoke: It Gives Superbugs Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yet-another-reason-not-smoke-it-gives-superbugs-superpowers-180954901/Antibiotic resistant bacteria even more resistant in the presence of cigarette smokeTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:45:55 +0000Amazonian Hallucinogen Could Be an Antidepressanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazonian-hallucinogen-could-be-antidepressant-180954898/Drinking Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea, could change the concentration serotonin in the brainTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:28:53 +0000At Night, Fish Communicate With Special Calls, Whistles and Gruntshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-swimming-night-communicate-distinct-calls-whistles-and-grunts-180954889/Dropping a hydrophone into an underwater cave helps researchers make sense of the dinMon, 06 Apr 2015 19:13:32 +0000Cash-Strapped Museums are Selling Their Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cash-strapped-museums-are-selling-their-art-180954886/Faced with budget cuts and debt, museums turn to “deaccessioning” Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:30:33 +0000Urchins Could Be the Next Victim of Sea Star Wasting Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urchins-could-be-next-victim-sea-star-wasting-disease-180954880/The virus that has struck out Pacific sea star populations could now be affecting their Echinoderm cousins Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:25 +0000Male Mice Sing Sexy Songs to Woo Femaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-mice-sing-sexy-songs-woo-females-180954885/New research shows that mice can change their mating songs according to context Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:50:07 +0000Could NASA Stop on the Moon on the Way to Mars?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-nasa-stop-moon-way-mars-180954884/NASA's chief of human exploration thinks we'll need a pit stop en route to the fiery planetMon, 06 Apr 2015 14:15:50 +0000Early Flying Machines Were Just Weirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-flying-machines-were-just-weird-180954877/There’s a reason most designs didn’t stick aroundMon, 06 Apr 2015 13:30:57 +0000High Schoolers Might Code Rather Than Speak Frenchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-schoolers-have-chance-learn-code-instead-foreign-language-180954875/But proponents of foreign language schooling aren’t pleasedFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:15:47 +0000Here’s How Europeans Quickly Evolved Lighter Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-europeans-quickly-evolved-lighter-skin-180954874/Darker skinned people lived in Europe until fairly recentlyFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000Most Plastic Trash Comes From Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-plastic-trash-comes-farms-heres-what-were-trying-do-about-it-180954873/Here's what they're trying to do about itFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:00:46 +0000An Autonomous Car Just Completed a 3,400-Mile Road Triphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/autonomous-car-just-completed-3400-mile-road-trip-180954869/Delphi’s robo-car drove itself across 15 states in just nine daysFri, 03 Apr 2015 17:12:48 +0000A Sixth Sense Could Help the Blind "See"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixth-sense-could-help-blind-see-180954866/In a new study, blind rats could get around by directly incorporating geomagnetic information Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:00:49 +0000Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse Will Be The Shortest This Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturdays-lunar-eclipse-will-be-shortest-century-180954867/Will you spot this weekend's "blood moon"? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:22:29 +0000Test Tube Burgers Get a $324,989 Price Cuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/test-tube-burgers-get-324989-price-cut-180954865/The scientists behind lab-grown meat think they can soon offer it at a price most of us can actually affordFri, 03 Apr 2015 14:15:24 +0000NYC Has So Many Coyotes Living There, They've Started Going to Barshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-york-citys-newest-immigrant-population-coyotes-180954860/New York's urban coyote population is booming — this week, one even ended up on top of a Long Island bar.Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:30:09 +0000A Racing Car Built in 1910 Roars to Life Once Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/racing-car-built-1910-roars-life-once-more-180954843/It was unofficially the fastest car in its time and still impresses todayThu, 02 Apr 2015 19:00:10 +0000A Group of Endangered Orcas Has Gotten Busy Making Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-fourth-birth-three-months-endangered-orcas-are-rise-180954842/Southern Resident killer whales have been on the decline, but new babies bring hope for the futureThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:30:42 +0000UV Light Reveals the Colors of Fossil Shellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uv-light-reveals-colors-fossil-shells-180954841/Patterns made visible help a researcher discover 13 new species of ancient cone snailsThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:49:25 +0000Here’s What the Apostles Ate at the Last Supperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-apostles-ate-last-supper-180954838/Beans, charoset, and unleavened breadThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:00:02 +0000California’s Drought Is Changing the Way Bay-Area Water Tastes And Smellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-drought-changing-way-bay-area-water-tastes-and-smells-180954836/The Bay Area’s water is still safe to use, but drought is causing a noxious algae bloom to affect tap waterThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:37:26 +0000Why the ESA’s Astronauts Train Underground http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-esas-astronauts-train-underground-180954835/The European Space Agency is applying protocols from the International Space Station in cavesThu, 02 Apr 2015 15:01:11 +00003D Printing Could Help Developing Countries Predict Natural Disastershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3d-printing-could-help-developing-countries-predict-natural-disasters-180954830/The development of more affordable, 3D printed equipment could save livesThu, 02 Apr 2015 14:30:29 +0000Houston, We Might Have Some Major Problems Making Babies in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/houston-we-might-have-some-major-problems-making-babies-space-180954828/From risky pregnancies to birth defects to problems with inbreeding, it just seems like a bad ideaThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:30:50 +0000This Onion Will Never Make You Cryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-more-tears-now-theres-gentler-onion-180954826/A Japanese food company has designed an onion that won't make you cryWed, 01 Apr 2015 19:31:47 +0000Growing Plants Have Never Looked So Gruesomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/growing-plants-have-never-looked-so-gruesome-180954825/All it takes is a slight shift of perspective to realize plants are far from inanimateWed, 01 Apr 2015 19:00:05 +0000Isaac Newton’s Laundry List of Sinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isaac-newtons-laundry-list-sin-180954824/The famous physicist kept a catalog of very human transgressions Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:25:39 +0000This Ancient Egyptian Masterpiece Might Be Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-egyptian-masterpiece-might-be-fake-180954822/“Egypt’s Mona Lisa” is likely a shamWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:57:17 +0000Found: The Bacteria That Are Making You Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bacteria-s-making-you-stink-180954821/Scientists have finally discovered the culprit behind smelly armpitsWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:58 +0000There's New Information About Anne Frank's Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anne-frank-probably-died-month-earlier-previously-estimated-180954820/New research challenges the notion that if the Frank sisters had lived a few days more, they’d have survived the warWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:02:40 +0000Scientists Predict Obesity Rates by Examining Sewage Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-predict-obesity-rates-examining-sewage-microbes-180954819/The microbial makeup of a city's sewage can indicate its population's physiqueWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0000There Are Communities of People Who Call Themselves Vampireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-communities-people-who-call-themselves-vampires-180954817/"Their self-described nature begins to manifest around or just after puberty"Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:30:21 +0000Spending Too Much Time on Homework Linked to Lower Test Scoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spending-too-much-time-homework-linked-lower-test-scores-180954814/A new study suggests the benefits to homework peak at an hour a day. After that, test scores decline.Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:20:48 +0000Men and Women See Things Differently (No, Literally)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-and-women-see-things-differently-literally-180954815/Color perception may actually have something to do with genderTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:36 +0000As We Get Older We Get More Tolerant of Discordant Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-get-older-we-get-more-tolerant-discordant-music-180954813/Hearing loss isn’t the only thing that changes our music perception as we ageTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:22:24 +0000Population Growth Can Warm a City As Much As Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/population-growth-can-warm-city-much-climate-change-180954812/Urbanization in California's Central Valley could raise local temperatures an extra one to two degrees CelciusTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:51 +0000Turns Out Urine Isn’t Actually Sterilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turns-out-urine-isnt-actually-sterile-180954809/New research debunks the myth that urine doesn’t contain bacteria…and calls traditional lab techniques into question Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:53 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasty-medieval-remedy-kills-mrsa-180954808/An ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000Pandas Actually Hang Out Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/previously-thought-reclusive-study-shows-pandas-actually-hang-out-together-180954804/GPS tracking data sheds light on giant pandas secretive societiesMon, 30 Mar 2015 19:34:48 +0000Crossing Your Fingers Could Reduce Pain (No Lie) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crossing-your-fingers-could-reduce-pain-no-lie-180954800/Researchers find the spatial arrangement of our digits affects the sensations they feelMon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000A Tired Brain Could Actually Be More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tired-brain-could-actually-be-more-creative-one-180954802/The wandering thoughts brought on by fatigue can lead to insightMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:27 +0000It Doesn’t Matter How Much Time Parents Spend With Their Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-doesnt-matter-how-much-time-parents-spend-their-kids-180954799/New research shows no link between amount of time spent with children and emotional, behavioral, or academic outcomesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:11:45 +0000Why These Stone-Age Farmers Took the Flesh Off Their Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-these-stone-age-farmers-defleshed-their-dead-180954798/New research shows evidence of an early burial rite Mon, 30 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000How 'Waves' Rippling Through Bird Flocks Help Them Escape Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-waves-rippling-through-bird-flocks-help-them-escape-predators-180954792/Starlings are known for their coordinated movements and a common study animal for researchers seeking to explain such behaviorMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:13:19 +0000Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-gold-nanoparticles-let-scientists-remote-control-brain-180954789/It’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Japan Is Building a 40-foot Wall to Stop Tsunamishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-building-40-foot-wall-stop-tsunamis-180954790/But the expensive, extensive wall might not be high enoughFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:56:08 +0000Major Science Publisher Admits “Fabricated” Peer Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-science-publisher-admits-fabricated-peer-reviews-retracts-papers-180954782/But are BioMed Central’s retractions just the tip of the iceberg? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:16 +0000Why Craigslist Users Are Flocking to Police Departments http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-craigslist-users-are-flocking-police-departments-180954778/New “safe lot” programs aim to make buying and selling goods saferFri, 27 Mar 2015 16:30:34 +0000How a Stinging Swarm of Bees Can Save a Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-stinging-swarm-bees-can-save-life-180954767/Bee venom might be a potent medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s More About the Drug Behind Indiana’s HIV Epidemichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-more-about-drug-behind-indianas-hiv-epidemic-180954780/Illegal use of Opana, or oxymorphone, is fueling a public health crisis in Scott County, Ind.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:48 +0000Hundreds of Car-Sized Fossil Amphibians Found in a Mass Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothed-car-sized-ancient-amphibians-found-mass-grave-180954768/The huge creature is related to modern-day newts, salamanders and frogsFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:14 +0000Watch Two of the World’s Newest Bald Eagles in the Nesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-two-worlds-newest-bald-eagles-nest-180954773/Sneak a peek into a bald eagle abode where the next fine-feathered generation just emergedFri, 27 Mar 2015 13:04:23 +0000The Navajo Nation Will Have the First Junk Food Tax in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navajo-nation-will-have-first-junk-food-tax-us-180954766/The Navajo National Council approved a 2 percent increase in sales tax on foods like pastries, fried foods, desserts, chips and sodaThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:49:30 +0000Why Would Cooling Rice Make it Less Caloric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-would-cooling-rice-make-it-less-caloric-1-180954765/Scientists suggest a new way to prepare rice that they say could help slow the worldwide obesity epidemicThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA’s Twin Study May Never Be Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-nasas-twin-study-ever-see-light-day-180954762/Privacy concerns could stymie NASA’s study of Scott and Mark KellyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:08 +0000New Census Data Shows Fastest-Growing Areashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-census-data-shows-fastest-growing-areas-180954758/Florida, Texas post big gains in 2013-2014 statisticsThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:40:20 +0000Perfectly Pudgy Newborn Hippo Arrives at the San Diego Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfectly-pudgy-newborn-hippo-arrives-san-diego-zoo-180954757/Welcome to the world, tiny, adorable river horse!Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:26:26 +0000Tree Grown From 2,000-Year-Old Seed Has Reproducedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-grown-2000-year-old-seed-has-reproduced-180954746/Age doesn’t have much on this rare piece of greenery sprouted from a seed discovered in an ancient Israeli siteThu, 26 Mar 2015 14:00:41 +0000An Asteroid Boulder Will Be A Stepping Stone on the Journey to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-boulder-will-be-stepping-stone-journey-mars-180954752/NASA announces details in its plan to capture an asteroid and bring it into lunar orbitWed, 25 Mar 2015 20:57:09 +0000That Time an Astronaut Smuggled a Corned Beef Sandwich To Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-when-astronaut-smuggled-corned-beef-sandwich-space-180954749/The sandwich was a joke but its crumbs proved to be too much — for politicians, not for the missionWed, 25 Mar 2015 18:04:02 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tampons-might-one-day-help-detect-cancer-180954744/New research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Mozambique has “Kitten-Sized” Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mozambique-has-kitten-sized-rats-trained-sniff-out-tuberculosis-180954745/Highly trained rodents are helping doctors better diagnose TB in a region hard hit by the deadly diseaseWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:45:34 +0000Want to Live Longer? Don’t Sleep So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-live-longer-dont-sleep-so-much-180954743/New research links longer sleep duration with a shorter lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:40 +0000Why Forecasters Were Once Banned From Using the Word “Tornado”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-forecasters-were-once-banned-using-word-tornado-180954742/Before meteorologists developed reliable prediction techniques, the t-word was off the tableWed, 25 Mar 2015 14:30:01 +0000Here’s How Music Really Could Soothe Your Soul http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-music-really-could-sooth-your-soul-180954738/A leading scholar theorizes that music developed as an evolutionary adaptation to help us deal with the contradictory nature of lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:30:11 +0000Largest Asteroid Crater Ever Discovered Underground in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-asteroid-crater-ever-discovered-underground-australia-180954731/Deep in Earth’s mantle, scientists find evidence of a colossal impact that could reveal new information about Earth’s historyTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:35:30 +0000How Bad Is California’s Drought? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bad-californias-drought-180954733/Hint: it’s pretty badTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-made-our-solar-system-weird-180954730/The gas giant just had to throw its mass aroundTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:30:09 +0000Here’s Why Your Eyes Seem to Be Wired 'Backward'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-your-eyes-seem-be-wired-backward-180954729/Light has to pass through nerve cells to get to the rods and cones, but that order is no mistakeTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:45:27 +0000Make Your Mark on Pluto by Helping Name Its Featureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/make-your-mark-pluto-helping-name-its-features-180954727/The New Horizons team is asking the public for help labeling the maps of Pluto and one of its moonsTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:27 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-navy-designed-new-diving-suit-180954726/New design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000Half of All Local Council Positions in France Will Be Held by Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-all-local-council-positions-france-will-be-held-women-180954721/Joint tickets with men and women running together will lead to councils balanced by genderTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:45:28 +0000This 13-Year-Old Girl Just Finished One of the World's Hardest Rock Climbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-year-old-girl-just-finished-one-worlds-hardest-rock-climbs-180954720/Ashima Shiraishi scaled Spain's 'Open Your Mind Direct' in about ten minutes after a few days working on the projectTue, 24 Mar 2015 13:30:17 +0000