Smart News | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smart-news/RSS feed for Smart NewsenFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:52:48 +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 +0000Tortoise Defends His Lady in a Super Slow Chasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tortoise-defends-his-lady-human-super-slow-chase-180954715/Here’s what happens when you interrupt two giant reptiles just trying to get in a bit of quality time togetherMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:30:38 +0000Found: A Secret Nazi Hideaway in the Heart of an Andean Junglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-secret-nazi-hideaway-heart-andean-jungle-180954716/Hints of a dark Nazi history found in ArgentinaMon, 23 Mar 2015 22:20:21 +0000Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/got-allergies-air-pollution-could-be-blame-3-180954709/New research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responsesMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:20:07 +0000What’s Causing This Village’s Weird Sleeping Sickness Epidemic?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-villages-weird-sleeping-sickness-epidemic-180954711/About a quarter of residents in a small town in Kazakhstan have fallen into a deep sleep for days at a time—and no one knows whyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:45:20 +0000530 Years Later, Richard III Gets a Royal Reburial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/530-years-later-richard-iii-gets-royal-reburial-180954699/The king’s remains, which were found buried beneath a Leicester parking lot, will be reinterred this week Mon, 23 Mar 2015 15:09:40 +0000Trouble Remembering Passwords? Charles Dickens May Be Able Helphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trouble-remembering-passwords-charles-dickens-may-be-able-help-180954698/A programmer has devised a creative “password generation scheme” using <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:30:23 +0000The Rules of Wrinkling, From Brain Folds to Pumpkin Ridgeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rules-wrinkling-can-explain-everything-brain-folds-ridges-pumpkins-180954690/Creases, ridges, folds and "delaminated buckles" are all different forms of wrinklingFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:00:56 +0000Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-proteins-not-dna-reveal-ancestry-huge-south-american-mammals-180954685/The huge rhino-like animal and trunked llama-like animal posed a mystery until nowFri, 20 Mar 2015 18:20:35 +0000Every Year Spring Gets 30 Seconds Shorterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-year-spring-gets-30-seconds-shorter-180954688/But the good news is that summer will be that much longer thanks to some peculiarities in how the Earth moves Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:22:44 +0000Numbers Don’t Lie: The CD Really Is Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/numbers-dont-lie-cd-really-dead-180954684/Streaming revenues surpass CD revenues for the first time ever Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:29:13 +0000There's a Good Reason Why People Really Hate Paying Their Taxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-people-really-hate-paying-their-taxes-180954680/In a word: corporations Fri, 20 Mar 2015 15:30:36 +0000Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-solar-eclipse-looked-space-180954681/As they orbited the earth, a satellite and an astronaut captured another side of the sun's disappearing actFri, 20 Mar 2015 14:39:34 +0000Drones Are Teaching Falcons How to Hunthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-are-teaching-falcons-how-hunt-180954678/One of the newest training techniques used by falconers could eventually help conservation efforts to save the birds’ preyFri, 20 Mar 2015 13:55:39 +0000Mars Gets a 'Northern Lights’ Show Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-gets-northern-lights-show-too-180954677/Earth isn't the only planet that sees auroras Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:30:22 +0000We’re Taking All the Water Out of the Ground And Causing Sea Levels to Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-taking-all-water-out-ground-and-causing-sea-levels-rise-180954676/Pumping water out of aquifers at the rate we do doesn’t just threaten the water supply, it also exacerbates the effects of climate changeThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000It's Hard to Protect Arctic Mammals When We Don’t Know How Many Live Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protecting-arctic-mammals-tricky-because-we-dont-know-how-many-live-there-180954675/Only a handful of animal populations are well counted — leaving researchers in the dark about how threatened the others areThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Too Much Tech Could Be Causing Nearsightedness…But Not in the Way You Might Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/too-much-tech-could-be-causing-nearsightedness-not-way-you-might-think-180954656/Forget eye strain—too much time indoors could cause myopiaThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:29 +0000Beetle Species, Weirdly, Almost Never Go Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beetle-species-are-insanely-resistant-extinction-180954660/The world is disproportionately filled with beetles—now, a new study suggests that’s because few species have ever been wiped outThu, 19 Mar 2015 17:15:19 +0000Wikipedia Editing Shows That Different Countries Have Different Sets of Interestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wikipedia-editing-shows-different-countries-have-different-sets-interests-180954643/New analysis shows that interests are local, not global Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:40:25 +0000You Can Thank the Ancient Maya for Your Grocery Store’s Papayahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-thank-ancient-maya-your-grocery-stores-papaya-180954642/New research suggests the Mesoamerican civilization was responsible for first cultivating the hermaphrodite version of the plant favored by growers Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:00:47 +0000Could Your Browser Make You a Better Employee?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-your-browser-make-you-better-employee-180954640/The answer could be yes…if you use Firefox or ChromeThu, 19 Mar 2015 15:15:46 +0000U.K. to Create the World’s Largest Continuous Marine Reservehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-will-make-worlds-largest-continuous-marine-reserve-180954637/The immaculate waters around the storied Pitcairn Islands are to be protected from illegal fishing and mining effortsThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:30:55 +0000American Bugs Almost Wiped Out France’s Wine Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-bugs-almost-wiped-out-frances-wine-industry-180954619/When the Great French Wine Blight hit in the mid 1800s, the culprit turned out to be a pest from the New World that would forever alter wine productionThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000'The Stars and Sun Are Everywhere’: 50 Years of Spacewalkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stars-and-sun-are-everywhere-50-years-spacewalks-180954620/Today marks five decades since cosmonaut Alexey Leonov became the first human to walk in spaceWed, 18 Mar 2015 19:07:32 +0000Chimps Will Work Harder to Get Their Favorite Foodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-will-work-harder-get-their-favorite-foods-180954618/An experimental setup shows that chimps will travel farther to get a more preferred rewardWed, 18 Mar 2015 19:00:27 +0000Watching Cooking Shows Could Make You Fathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watching-cooking-shows-could-make-you-fat-180954617/Put down the remote—new research links cooking shows, higher BMIWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:45:13 +0000The Oldest Known Ancient Roman Fort Has Been Discovered in Italyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-ancient-roman-fort-has-been-discovered-italy-180954616/Researchers use laser scanners to identify a Roman military camp that may have initiated the settlement of the modern Italian city of TriesteWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:09:48 +0000Parasites Linked to Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parasites-linked-cannibalism-180954615/A tiny creature makes shrimp more likely to eat their ownWed, 18 Mar 2015 14:34:59 +0000People Ate Pork in the Middle East Until 1,000 B.C.—What Changed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-ate-pork-middle-east-until-1000-bcwhat-changed-180954614/A new study investigates the historical factors leading up to the emergence of pork prohibitionWed, 18 Mar 2015 13:30:36 +0000How an Early 19th Century Journalist Took Lincoln to Task for Travel Reimbursementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-early-18th-century-journalist-took-lincoln-task-travel-reimbursement-180954613/Lincoln was a congress member at the time but not the only one charging too much for travelTue, 17 Mar 2015 19:40:56 +0000Remote Controlled Bug-Bots Could be First Responders of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-controlled-bug-bots-could-be-first-responders-future-180954606/Scientists studying how beetles steer themselves in flight gather research that may have implications far beyond understanding bug biologyTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:15:09 +0000Why are Dead Geese Falling From the Sky in Idaho? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-dead-geese-falling-sky-idaho-180954604/Over 2,000 birds have been felled by fast-moving avian choleraTue, 17 Mar 2015 17:06:12 +0000Did Stonehenge Hold Up a Giant Stage?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-stonehenges-monoliths-hold-giant-stage-altar-1-180954600/A new theory poses that the prehistoric structure could have been something like an “ancient Mecca on stilts”Tue, 17 Mar 2015 15:30:41 +0000Watch a Drone Explore the World’s Largest Cave http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-drone-explore-worlds-largest-cave-180954603/Vietnam’s Son Doong cave is a magnificent not-so-microcosmTue, 17 Mar 2015 14:25:12 +0000Science Is Still Unclear About the Evolutionary Origin of the Anushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-still-unclear-about-evolutionary-origin-anus-180954595/A newly published scientific review attempts to “get to the bottom” of how animals acquired what some might call the most indecent part of the body Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:30:32 +0000A Special Facility in England Keeps the World’s Chocolate Safehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-facility-england-keeps-worlds-chocolate-safe-180954594/The cocoa tree is very sensitive to disease and pests, so someone checks every plant bound for international tradeMon, 16 Mar 2015 18:30:49 +0000Here’s How to Lay Claim to a Brand New Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-lay-claim-brand-new-island-180954592/It’s pretty complicated (surprise!)Mon, 16 Mar 2015 18:00:33 +0000The Children’s Book That Caused Japan’s Raccoon Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childrens-book-behind-japans-raccoon-problem-180954577/When the story of one man’s childhood pet raccoon became a hit in 1970s Japan, it heralded a biological invasion still troubling the country todayMon, 16 Mar 2015 17:30:10 +0000Will 2015 Be the Best Mushroom Year Ever? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-2015-be-best-mushroom-year-ever-180954575/Canada braces itself for the biggest morel mushroom harvest in world history Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:15:03 +0000There’s Finally Free Wifi in Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-finally-free-wifi-cuba-180954574/Cuba becomes more connectedMon, 16 Mar 2015 15:15:30 +0000The First Green Beer Was Made With Laundry Whitener http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-green-beer-was-made-laundry-whitener-180954573/Before food coloring, St. Patrick’s Day’s most festive brew got its hue from a different kind of dyeMon, 16 Mar 2015 14:15:10 +0000Slime Mold Has an Uncannily Accurate Sense of Where Rome Built Its Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hidden-network-roman-roads-could-be-revealed-slime-mold-180954569/The strange organisms are remarkably good at mapping the most efficient route from place to place—and that's exactly what roads doMon, 16 Mar 2015 13:30:37 +0000Scientists Have Been Studying Two Fake Human Pheromones for Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-been-studying-two-fake-human-pheromones-decades-180954567/Two chemicals provided by a perfume company appear in a 1991 research paper and side-track years of work on human pheromonesFri, 13 Mar 2015 20:27:02 +0000There’s an Invader in the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-street-art-international-space-station-180954563/An Invader mosaic has found its way to space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:34 +0000Would You Pass Thomas Edison’s Employment Test? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-pass-thomas-edisons-employment-test-180954562/Probably not. Fri, 13 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Did the Age of Humans Begin in 1610?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-age-humans-begin-1610-180954566/Debate over when the Anthropocene began is starting to narrow in on a few dates — 1610, when the Old World met the New, is one promising candidateFri, 13 Mar 2015 17:49:42 +0000Did a Recent Expedition Really Discover a “Lost City” in Honduras? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-recent-expedition-really-discover-lost-city-honduras-180954559/Controversy surrounds the recent announcement of a re-discovered ancient settlement in the jungles of Central AmericaFri, 13 Mar 2015 15:00:07 +0000Now the Turing Test Goes Visualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-turing-test-goes-visual-180954554/A proposed test would have computer programs not only pick out what is in a photo but what is happeningFri, 13 Mar 2015 14:00:26 +0000Adorable Monkey New to Science Identified in Threatened Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-monkey-new-science-identified-threatened-rainforest-180954524/Researchers in the Brazilian rainforest describe a previously undocumented species of titi monkey whose habitat faces man-made threatsFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:37 +0000Neanderthal Jewelry Is Just as Fiercely Cool as You'd Imaginehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthal-jewelry-just-fiercely-cool-you-imagine-180954553/A re-examination of a cave find indicates that the early human species sported eagle talons like some kind of prehistoric punk rockersThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:14 +0000When Breathtaking Rock Billboards Dominated the Sunset Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-breathtaking-rock-billboards-dominated-sunset-strip-180954545/A new exhibition showcases the Sunset Strip's "rock 'n' roll billboards"Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:30:44 +0000A Hint That a Saturnian Moon Could Have Hydrothermal Vents—And Support Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prospects-are-looking-even-better-life-saturns-moon-180954552/Grains of silica from Saturn’s magnetosphere likely came from Enceladus and may mean the moon has hydrothermal ventsThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:27:33 +0000Sorry, ‘Ben-Hur’ Remake...No Circus Maximus for You http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-ben-hur-remakeno-circus-maximus-you-180954547/Rome blocks the remake from filming at the historic stadiumThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:10 +0000Scary Lobster-Like Fossil Was Once One of the Earth's Largest Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scary-lobster-fossil-shows-how-arthropods-may-have-developed-legs-180954546/One of the earliest arthropods was giant, weird-looking—and played a big role in the course of evolutionary historyThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:05:46 +0000This is How Earth Welcomed Back Soyuz http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-earth-welcomed-back-soyuz-180954544/Not a bad re-entry after months on the International Space Station Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:40:02 +0000We Now Have a Toll of All the Whales Killed by Hunting in the Last Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-now-have-toll-all-whales-killed-hunting-last-century-180954537/The whaling industry killed nearly 3 million for their oil, researchers estimate. But the true total is likely higher.Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:01:29 +0000The Desire to Conform Starts In Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/desire-conform-starts-toddlers-180954535/Apes don’t have this problem — if they know the answer to a puzzle, they’ll do it, regardless of what their friends might thinkWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:30:31 +0000Celebrating the Women of the Supreme Court With LEGOshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-women-supreme-court-legos-180954536/What better way to hail the female trailblazers of the bench than miniaturizing them into tiny toys?Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:36 +0000Who’s Beheading Animals in Sacramento? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-beheading-animals-sacramento-180954533/Officials can’t figure out who’s behind a bizarre rash of animal mutilations in California’s capitalWed, 11 Mar 2015 17:30:18 +00001,800 Studies Later, Scientists Conclude Homeopathy Doesn’t Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-studies-later-scientists-conclude-homeopathy-doesnt-work-180954534/A major Australian study debunks homeopathy—againWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:45:40 +0000The Galaxy May Be Way Bigger Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/galaxy-may-be-way-bigger-we-thought-180954532/New data analysis suggests that the Milky Way may be 50-percent larger than previously believedWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:04:07 +0000How the Sugar Industry Influenced Dental Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sugar-industry-influenced-dental-research-180954530/Newly uncovered “sugar papers” reveal that the sugar lobby played a major role in 1970s dental public health policies Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:00:48 +0000We Finally Know How Chameleons Change Their Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-finally-know-how-chameleons-change-their-color-180954527/Chameleons' secret involves tiny crystals under their skin Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:04:16 +0000When Even the Simplest Word Looks Weird And Wrong You Have Wordnesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-even-simplest-word-looks-weird-and-wrong-you-have-wordnesia-180954539/We don’t really know why it happens, but at least there is a term for itWed, 11 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000Our Brains Hate Waiting So We Sped Up Everything Elsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-world-getting-faster-because-our-brain-hates-waiting-180954519/Sidewalk rage, road rage and anger at slow-loading web pages are all part of our evolutionary inheritanceTue, 10 Mar 2015 18:00:23 +0000One of the Oldest Known Animals Is This Tiny, Ancient Spongehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-known-animals-tiny-ancient-sponge-180954523/A new fossil find pushes back the start of the evolution of multicellular animalsTue, 10 Mar 2015 17:19:55 +0000Catch a Glimpse of the Zodiacal Light Show This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catch-glimpse-zodiacal-light-show-month-180954518/For some in the northern hemisphere, a celestial treat sometimes referred to as “false dusk” is lighting up the nightTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:30:03 +0000London’s Congestion Pricing Plan Is Saving Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-controversial-traffic-reduction-plan-saving-lives-180954516/By charging $17.34 for a trip downtown during peak hours, London has reduced traffic fatalities by 40 percentTue, 10 Mar 2015 15:30:53 +0000Why’s Wikimedia Suing the NSA? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whys-wikipedia-suing-nsa-180954514/Wikimedia Foundation joins Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others to protest mass surveillance onlineTue, 10 Mar 2015 14:45:56 +0000Saving the World’s Oldest Mummies From Rot in a Warmer, Wetter Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saving-worlds-oldest-mummies-rotting-warmer-wetter-world-180954513/Why are the ancient bodies of the Chinchorro people stored in a Chilean museum rapidly degrading into black ooze?Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:00:14 +0000China’s Smog Might Be to Blame for the East Coast’s Rough Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-smog-might-be-blame-east-coasts-rough-winter-180954510/A NASA visualization shows how particles from East Asia can swirl into Pacific storms—a source of precipitation for the U.S. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:41:34 +0000How Long Do Cultural References Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-long-do-cultural-references-last-180954509/Not foreverMon, 09 Mar 2015 17:00:18 +0000The Loud Noise of Melting Glaciers May Actually Be Good for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-loud-noises-melting-glaciers-good-animals-180954508/Melting glacier ice has been found to the loudest noise in the ocean—what does that mean for marine animals?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:30:49 +0000How Dick Tracy Invented the Smartwatch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dick-tracy-invented-smartwatch-180954506/The detective’s two-way wrist radio paved the way for the Apple Watch and other wearablesMon, 09 Mar 2015 16:03:13 +0000Here’s What Music Specially Composed for Your Cat Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-music-specially-composed-your-cat-sounds-180954503/Research shows that cats prefer “species-specific” with frequencies and tempos that mimic the sounds of purring and birdsMon, 09 Mar 2015 15:30:24 +0000Can You Draw the Apple Logo From Memory? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-you-draw-apple-logo-memory-180954505/New research shows you probably can’tMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:49:45 +0000These Moths Remember Where They Mated for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-moths-remember-where-they-mated-first-time-180954502/The locale of the African cotton leafworm moth’s first experience pairing up forms its future preferences, a new study shows Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:30:38 +0000This Treehouse Has It Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-reclaimed-redwood-treehouse-among-redwood-trees-180954494/Salvaged 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 Arsenichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-poison-laced-water-gave-these-people-tolerance-arsenic-180954491/Some 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 Arrivedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gear-scorcher-year-el-nino-has-officially-arrived-180954492/It’s later than usual and weak, but definitely hereFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:45:09 +0000This Is Next-Level Origamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/next-level-origami-180954490/From 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” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-destroying-ancient-city-nimrud-was-war-crime-180954489/Global outcry after ISIS razes 3,000-year-old archaeological site with bulldozersFri, 06 Mar 2015 15:12:57 +0000Dawn Has Arrived at Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-has-arrived-ceres-180954488/Downlink 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 Diversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caribbean-island-galapagos-linguistic-diversity-180954481/Beyond 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 Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ringling-brothers-phasing-out-its-elephant-act-180954482/After 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 Toyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-next-space-robot-was-inspired-babys-toy-180954479/Meet 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-rain-could-explain-why-earth-made-different-stuff-moon-180954478/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-overdose-rate-nearly-quadruples-180954477/As 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whos-inside-lead-coffin-found-near-richard-iii-180954476/The 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 Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-took-fruit-bats-happy-away-banana-gave-it-back-180954473/An 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? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-people-be-allowed-boat-through-yellowstone-180954466/Conservationists 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 Imperfectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-photos-free-falling-snowflakes-reveal-their-imperfections-180954471/Collisions in mid-air often produce ice crystal aggregates, rather than single symmetrical flakesWed, 04 Mar 2015 19:00:37 +0000This Might Be Why Handshaking Evolvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-why-handshaking-evolved-180954472/A 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 Battleshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microsoft-billionaire-finds-enormous-sunken-japanese-battleship-180954468/Paul 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 Winnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-competition-see-who-hears-about-super-bowl-winner-last-180954467/It’s hard to last past Monday morningWed, 04 Mar 2015 17:30:00 +0000A Paralyzed Woman Operated a Flight Simulator Using Only Her Thoughtshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paralyzed-woman-operated-flight-simulator-using-only-her-thoughts-180954469/Electrodes 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 Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-figure-out-what-was-making-louisville-stink-180954464/A 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-rover-out-commission-now-180954465/Short circuit halts Curiosity in its tracks Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:06 +0000A Beefalo Invasion Is Causing Trouble in the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beefalo-invasion-causing-trouble-grand-canyon-180954458/Hundreds 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 Grammarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vigilantes-quito-have-mission-correct-graffiti-artists-spelling-and-grammar-180954452/Meaning 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-climate-change-may-have-do-conflict-syria-180954453/A 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-tiniest-organism-earth-180954451/Scientists capture an image of ultra-small bacteriaTue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:29 +0000Bet You Didn’t Know About the Earth’s "Second Moon"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bet-you-didnt-know-about-earths-second-moon-180954455/Even astronomers didn’t realize it was following the Earth until 1997Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50:41 +0000Chilean Volcano Erupts in the Early Morninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-volcano-could-prompt-20000-evacuations-180954449/The 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 Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/real-smokey-bear-has-new-biography-180954444/It’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 Hondurashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-ruins-long-lost-city-discovered-honduras-180954447/A 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 Ransomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grave-robbers-once-held-charlie-chaplins-body-ransom-180954443/Months 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-cant-agree-what-shapes-health-180954441/New 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fourth-tallest-man-made-structure-isnt-building-all-180954442/TV 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 Leprosyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-armadillos-can-spread-leprosy-180954440/These 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-found-chris-hadfields-flight-suit-thrift-store-180954439/The 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 1964http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-music-changed-most-1964-180954438/Scientists 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 Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-legally-book-cruise-cuba-180954437/A 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 Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/allergy-treatments-could-start-you-are-born-180954432/Studies 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 Drawingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victor-hugo-also-created-dramatic-pen-and-ink-drawings-180954431/The 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 Endedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-goldfish-swallowing-craze-1939-180954429/A 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 Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-should-soon-answer-what-ceres-bright-spots-are-180954427/We 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 Apocalypsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statisticians-reveal-best-place-wait-out-zombie-apocalypse-180954426/You’ll want to head for the Rocky MountainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:26 +0000Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-live-antarctic-penguin-post-office-180954425/Applications soar at post office in Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:32 +0000Sharks Have Scary-Good Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sharks-have-scary-good-memories-180954421/New 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 Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mouse-utopias-1960s-led-grim-predictions-humans-180954423/John Calhoun studied behavior during overcrowding in mice and ratsThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:15:22 +0000Adultery Is Now Legal in South Korea http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheating-now-legal-south-korea-180954414/62 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 Neutralityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/net-neutrality-vote-180954418/FCC 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 ASLhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-new-words-enter-vernacular-asl-180954419/Selfie, photobomb and five-second rule all have signs in progressThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:45:22 +0000Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bees-have-problems-false-memories-too-180954415/Bumblebees 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-doctor-proposes-conduct-first-human-head-transplant-180954416/An 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’ http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/germans-brace-re-release-mein-kampf-180954413/Is Hitler’s 90-year-old manifesto too dangerous to be on bookshelves? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 15:45:21 +0000Watch the Sunset from Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sunset-mars-180954412/Opportunity 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 Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-bits-plastic-may-be-clogging-corals-180954407/Researchers 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 Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-scientists-used-paint-numbers-technique-create-first-image-mars-180954406/Scientists 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 Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-african-american-senator-was-sworn-145-years-ago-today-180954403/Hiram 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 Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/determine-your-ideal-eyelash-length-science-180954405/How the “one-third rule” protects your eyes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:45:00 +0000The Population of a Rare Leopard Has Nearly Doubledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-population-nearly-doubles-180954404/A 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 Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-people-seem-mistrust-government-so-much-they-arent-running-office-180954402/The 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/privately-built-rovers-will-race-surface-moon-180954398/It's going to be a pretty slow race, howeverTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:30:49 +0000See Shipping Traffic Move Through Straits Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-shipping-traffic-move-through-straits-around-world-180954399/A visualization shows a week’s worth of vessel movementTue, 24 Feb 2015 19:06:31 +0000Meet the Man Who Can Taste Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-man-who-can-taste-words-180954397/For 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 Ratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskas-freshwater-draining-sea-astounding-rate-180954396/Satellite 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 Parkinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amsterdam-out-bike-parking-180954395/The 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 DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-doesnt-have-time-junk-dna-180954394/Utricularia gibba has less DNA, but more genesTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:17 +0000How 16th Century Trade Made Fire Ants an Early Global Invaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-16th-century-trade-made-fire-ants-early-global-invader-180954393/By 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 Walkershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-village-entirely-populated-tightrope-walkers-180954391/The 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 +0000