Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Scientists Use "The Moth Radio Hour" to Create Brain Atlas a functional MRI, scientists created a visual dictionary to show how areas of the brain process languageFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Astronomers Deploy a Laser System for a Clearer View of the Skies new four-laser system at the Paranal Observatory will help the massive telescope compensate for atmospheric turbulenceFri, 29 Apr 2016 14:05:00 +0000Ancient Arabic Text Shines Light on Massive Supernova new look at records from an ancient astronomer yields insights into one of the brighest supernovas ever seen from EarthFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:46:10 +0000Eating Toxic Algae Might Make Some Plankton Act Drunk it may seem funny, it could have serious environmental consequencesFri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burial Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Had Great Eyesight and a Droopy Head weighed as much as two elephants but had a brain the size of a limeWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:26 +0000Hubble Spies a Tiny Moon Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemake solar system still has plenty of surprisesWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:10:37 +0000Japanese Priests Collected Almost Seven Centuries of Climate Data records from "citizen scientists" in Japan and Finland give researchers centuries of data on ice conditionsWed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:03 +0000Audubon Pranked Fellow Naturalist by Making Up Fake Rodents with naturalist and houseguest Constantine Rafinesque, John J. Audubon dreamed up 28 non-existent speciesWed, 27 Apr 2016 14:32:03 +0000"Shark Vision" Shines Light on Biofluorescent Species a specially designed filter, divers uncovered the glowing patterns on the skin of catsharksTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:46:59 +0000Take in the Beauty of This Gravity Web That Connects Galaxies Across the Universe new simulation visualizes how distant galaxies might be connectedTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:40:00 +0000Thirty Years Later, a Gigantic Arch Is Set to Cover Chernobyl New Safe Confinement is one of history’s most ambitious engineering projects—and it comes not a moment too soonTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:16:08 +0000Fire Devastates New Delhi's National Museum of Natural History late night blaze guts one of India's favorite museums, destroying valuable collections and exhibitsTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:02 +0000Explore 300 Terabytes of CERN Data Now Free to Download’s latest data dump includes raw information from the Large Hadron ColliderMon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:01 +0000This “Sweaty” Billboard Kills Mosquitoes gimmick or Zika-fighting innovation?Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:46:44 +0000Bed Bugs Are Picky About Certain Colors don’t buy new sheets just yetMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:08:22 +0000Marijuana Advocates Want to Establish a Standard Unit of Highness’s the weed equivalent to an alcoholic drink?Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:53 +0000The Hubble Scoped This Space Bubble Just in Time For Its Birthday Hubble Telescope has been in orbit for 26 yearsFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:00:40 +0000Damien Hirst's Artworks May Leak Formaldehyde Gas does art end and hazard begin?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:40:02 +000021 Million Years Ago, Monkeys May Have Floated to North America on Rafts teeth in Panama show monkeys made it to Central America, probably on floating mats of vegetationThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Indonesia’s “Death Zoo” Got Its Grisly Reputation Rama the tiger’s demise prompt action at a zoo known for its filthy, overcrowded conditions?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:43:48 +0000Three People Hit With Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisis state officials and a city employee are the first to be charged in connection with the Flint water crisisThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:15:04 +0000Mass Bleaching Destroys Swaths of the Great Barrier Reef show that 55 percent of reefs surveyed were severely affected by high water temperatures, with half of those expected to dieWed, 20 Apr 2016 19:09:42 +0000More Than Half of All Americans Breathe Polluted Air million people a year are exposed to air that’s too dangerous to breatheWed, 20 Apr 2016 18:26:07 +0000Every City Has a Unique Microbial “Fingerprint” architecture to microbes, every city is differentWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:05:37 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness and Ego? brains of insects are similar to a structure in human brains, which could show a rudimentary form of consciousnessTue, 19 Apr 2016 18:23:26 +0000Watch Earth's Atmosphere Brilliantly Light Up From Space glow isn't from an aurora, it's a phenomena called airglowTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:53:02 +0000Vaccine Switch Marks a New (and Hopefully Last) Stage in the Battle With Polio the weekend, health officials began replacing the current polio vaccination in an effort to wipe out one of three strains of the virusMon, 18 Apr 2016 17:54:51 +0000The Northeast Prepares for Swarms of Cicadas This Spring of red-eyed cicadas will emerge from the earth in much of the northeast this spring, part of a 17-year-cycleMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:45:00 +0000Your Body Could One Day Be a Computer Display screen time—a new technology is all about skin timeMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:17:24 +0000Scientists Catalog Creatures in Every Corner of Los Angeles a huge citizen science project, scientists are turning to an urban environment to seek out biodiversityMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000Your High-End Perfume Is Likely Part Whale Mucus single pound of "whale vomit" can be worth tens of thousands of dollarsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:52:19 +0000Scientists Discovered Exoplanets More Than 70 Years Earlier Than Thought 1917 glass plate discovered in an observatory archive records the first evidence of exoplanetsThu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:53 +0000Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floor biologists say this behavior has never been seen beforeWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking and Billionaire Announce Project to Send Tiny Probes to Nearest Star System Milner is investing 100 million dollars in research to develop a swarm of tiny probes for a mission to Alpha CentauriTue, 12 Apr 2016 22:57:21 +0000Human Diseases May Have Doomed the Neanderthals ulcers, herpes, ringworm and other tropical diseases may have all contributed to the Neanderthal demiseTue, 12 Apr 2016 16:10:54 +0000Can Great Apes Be Vaccinated Against Ebola and Other Diseases? could be the best defense against devastating population dropsTue, 12 Apr 2016 14:26:33 +0000Radioactive Boars Rampage Around Fukushima boom in the wild boar population is causing problems for farmers near the site of the 2011 nuclear disasterTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poor’s Life Expectancy Varies Based on Where They Live life expectancy gap between New York and Gary, Indiana is over four yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:12 +0000After Decades of Decline, Tiger Populations Could Be on the Rise the latest numbers seem hopeful, the majestic creatures are not out of the woods yetMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:26:45 +0000Isaac Newton Used This Recipe in His Hunt to Make a Philosopher’s Stone recently publicized document was kept in a private collection for many yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:07:42 +0000The Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Entered Emergency Mode probe suddenly went into a safe mode for unknown reasons last weekMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:39:10 +0000Researchers Piece Together Ancient Plesiosaur Attack examining bite marks on a 70-million-year old diving bird, researchers figure out who tried to have it for dinnerFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:57:24 +0000Humans and Neanderthals May Have Had Trouble Making Male Babies Neanderthal Y chromosome hasn't persisted in modern humansFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:58 +0000Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Previously Thought have found a huge black hole in a "cosmic backwater," opening the possiblity there could be many more in the universeThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:24:13 +0000Pig Heart Beat for Over Two Years in Baboon's Belly take big step forward in the quest to develop cross-species organ transplantsThu, 07 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000Radioactive Isotopes in The Oceans May Be Remnants of Ancient Supernovae dust may have altered life on Earth as we know itThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:47:09 +0000Three Things to Know About the Newly-Discovered State of Matter’s more to matter than just solids, liquids and gasesWed, 06 Apr 2016 18:49:34 +0000Green Sea Turtles Are No Longer Endangered in Florida and Mexico of conservation efforts have led authorities to downgrade the turtles to threatened, though many challenges still remainWed, 06 Apr 2016 17:21:29 +0000Sneak a Peek at the Multi-Million Dollar Meteorites Soon up for Sale's is auctioning off dozens of rare and important meteorites, including pieces of the rock that exploded over Russia in 2013Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Eco-Celebrity Crane Inspires Wetland Protection in Taiwan endangered Siberian crane that has made Taiwan home is inspiring locals to protect the wetlandsTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:20:00 +0000NOAA Just Moved to Protect Puny Fish a new ban is a big deal for the ocean's tiniest creaturesTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:20:00 +0000Don’t Worry: Eating Quinoa Doesn't Hurt Peruvian Farmers new study shows that the grain helps rather than hurtsFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:03:51 +0000White-Nose Syndrome Detected in Bats West of the Rockies for the First Time fungal disease, which has devastated bat populations in the Eastern U.S., has now shown up in Washington stateFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:09:09 +0000What's Over the Horizon? These New Maps Will Show You Woodruff's line of sight maps show what you're facing from any coastline in the worldFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:32 +0000Researchers Make Cyborg Beetles a Reality with microprocessor-equipped backpacks, scientists can control the beetle's steps via remote controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:35:24 +0000NASA Scientists Are Trying to Make Medicine Onboard the ISS are sending fungi to the space station to see what pharmaceuticals astronauts can brewWed, 30 Mar 2016 19:20:00 +0000305-Million-Year-Old Fossil Helps Unravel the Spider's Evolutionary Web spider look-alike shows what separates modern spiders from their ancient eight-legged cousinsWed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:54 +0000Amateur Astronomers Capture an Asteroid or Comet Colliding With Jupiter object recently exploded in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planetWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:33:06 +0000Dog Owners Beware, DNA in Dog Poop Could Be Used to Track You Down Chicago apartment building is trying out a new scheme to catch four-legged offenders and their humansWed, 30 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Genetically Pure Bison Will Return to Montana After 100 Years in Exile week, the Blackfeet Tribe will receive 89 buffalo calves that descended from Montana stock in a Canadian National ParkTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:30:50 +0000New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Rise updated earthquake hazard map shows seven million more Americans are at risk of quakesTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:10:28 +0000Future Moon Bases Might Be Built in Underground Lava Tubes carved out by ancient lava could shelter astronauts from the hazards of moon lifeTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:49:35 +0000Tesla vs. Edison Is a Video Game That Will Literally Shock You the 'War of the Currents'Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000Rhinos Will Be Airlifted to Australia to Avoid Poachers new project is flying rhinos from South Africa to Australia to create a "biological insurance policy" against increased poachingMon, 28 Mar 2016 18:05:23 +0000The Secret Behind Your Favorite Coffee Could Be Yeast find three unique strains of yeast that help ferment coffee and cacao beans and may give the treats their unique flavorsMon, 28 Mar 2016 17:09:16 +0000Genes of Ancestral Peanuts May Help Feed the World have sequenced the genome of peanuts and its ancient cousins, which could lead to disease and drought-resistant varietiesMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:54:09 +0000Alaska’s Most Active Volcano Is at It Again Volcano spews ash 20,000 feet into the air, and scientists warn pilots to steer clearMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:22:31 +0000Controversial Texas Rattlesnake Roundup Nets Largest Catch to Date of the world’s largest rattlesnake roundup bagged nearly 25,000 pounds of rattlers this yearFri, 25 Mar 2016 18:36:32 +0000"Missing Link" Cave Fish Walks Like a Salamander fish that wiggles up waterfalls may help researchers understand how life shifted from water to landFri, 25 Mar 2016 17:30:00 +0000UPDATE: The Tribeca Film Festival Changes Course, Will Not Screen Film About the Discredited Anti-Vaxx Movement controversy shows the film isn't immune to unfounded fears about vaccinationFri, 25 Mar 2016 16:23:59 +0000The London Underground Has Its Own Mosquito Subspecies a bite out of this strange evolutionary exampleFri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Cure for Lower Back Pain? Mindfulness and Therapy stress relief and cognitive behaviorial therapy work better than conventional treatments in patient trialsThu, 24 Mar 2016 18:32:40 +0000Ancient Volcanoes May Have Shifted the Moon’s Poles deposits point to the moon’s old polesThu, 24 Mar 2016 17:53:23 +0000New NASA Images Shed Light on Ceres’ Bright Spots the dwarf planet serves up fresh mysteriesWed, 23 Mar 2016 19:12:56 +0000Prairie Dogs: The Fiercest Killers in the West study reveals white-tailed prairie dogs attack and kill ground squirrels with no provocationWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:55 +0000An Oregon Port Is Using Inflatable Air Dancers to Scare Off Pesky Sea Lions car dealership staple is now a marine mammal scarecrowTue, 22 Mar 2016 19:35:54 +0000Massive Bleaching Event Hits the Great Barrier Reef ocean temperatures have impacted large swaths of the Great Barrier Reef in the last month, part of a worldwide coral die-offTue, 22 Mar 2016 19:10:33 +0000NASA Spies a Supernova’s First Shockwave spot the first flash of a distant supernova in visible lightTue, 22 Mar 2016 18:30:00 +0000Climate Change Makes For Tastier Wine warming + wine grapes = true love…for nowTue, 22 Mar 2016 16:47:04 +0000Two New Flower Species Were Discovered Online naturalists didn’t know one another—but that didn’t keep them from discovering two new magnolias togetherMon, 21 Mar 2016 18:15:00 +0000A Pair of Comets Are Making a Record-Breaking Pass by Earth is the closest a comet has come in 246 yearsMon, 21 Mar 2016 17:15:20 +0000How Malaria Gave Us Mauve diseases and coal tar have a lot to do with brightly-colored clothingMon, 21 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Storks Move to a Trashy Neighborhood storks in Portugal and Spain are forgoing thier annual migration to Africa to pig out in landfillsFri, 18 Mar 2016 19:53:43 +0000Five New Things We Learned About Pluto This Week new set of studies paints Pluto as a weirder planet than scientists once thoughtFri, 18 Mar 2016 19:29:42 +0000New Study Details Interbreeding of Ancient Humans With Evolutionary Cousins analysis shows multiple periods of inbreeding—trysts that may have given ancient humans the genetic tools they needed to surviveFri, 18 Mar 2016 18:55:09 +0000Washington D.C. Welcomes a New Baby Bald Eagle one chick hatched, there’s another still to comeFri, 18 Mar 2016 13:44:16 +0000Geometric Shapes Inspire New, Stretchy Materials designs drawn from Islamic art could help make materials that stretch in new waysThu, 17 Mar 2016 20:21:57 +0000SeaWorld Is Shutting Down Its Orca Breeding Program the orcas currently living in its parks will remain there for the rest of their livesThu, 17 Mar 2016 17:34:10 +0000A New Species of Butterfly Was Hiding in Plain Sight Tanana Arctic could be a rare butterfly hybrid—and it’s the first such find in nearly 30 yearsThu, 17 Mar 2016 15:01:41 +0000NASA’s Starting a Fire in Space will flames react in microgravity? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000CSI Sephora: New Technique Helps Identifiy Lipstick Brands From Crime Scenes refine the way forensic technicians collect and analyze lipstick evidenceWed, 16 Mar 2016 16:07:40 +0000How a College Student Led the WikiProject Women Scientists Temple-Wood's Women Scientist project is writing female researchers back into the conversationTue, 15 Mar 2016 17:07:07 +0000Hundreds of Right Whales Are Returning to Cape Cod have passed since the endangered species regularly frequented Cape Cod BayTue, 15 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Find Life on Mars Blasts Off European Space Agency kicks off its ExoMars project to look for methane and other signs of life in the Martian atmosphereMon, 14 Mar 2016 17:48:29 +0000Recently Discovered Spider Is Named After Physicist Brian Greene the size of the human palm, the "Brian" spider can swim and hunt fishFri, 11 Mar 2016 20:51:48 +0000With Breathtaking Pictures, Citizen Scientists Help Map Auroras media users help scientists figure out how to accurately forecast geomagnetic eventsFri, 11 Mar 2016 20:20:52 +0000Epic Journey Brings First Elephant to Somalia in 20 Years Morgan, whose 3-week trek shows anti-poaching efforts could be workingFri, 11 Mar 2016 18:37:31 +0000Could Plastic-Gobbling Bacteria Save the Environment? scientists discovered a microbe that digests one of the most common plasticsFri, 11 Mar 2016 17:58:23 +0000Meet the BOSS, the Largest Structure in the Universe (So Far) recently discovered a wall of galaxies 1 billion light years across, larger than anything else yet identified in the cosmosThu, 10 Mar 2016 18:50:23 +0000NASA Delays the InSight Probe's Voyage to Mars scheduled for this month, NASA now plans to launch the probe in 2018Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:19:33 +0000How Hydra Rip Open New Mouths at Every Meal finally figured out how the tiny aquatic creature opens its mouth to eatThu, 10 Mar 2016 16:05:15 +0000Found: The Biggest Collection of Ancient Oaks in Europe massive, old trees were hiding in plain sight in the woods of a spectacular mansionThu, 10 Mar 2016 15:45:20 +0000The Marine Corps Plans to Airlift Over 1,000 Desert Tortoises the positive intentions behind relocation, conservationists worry that it will hurt the tortoises more than it helpsThu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Move Over Matt Damon: Scientists Grow Ten Crops In Faux Martian Soil new experiment shows that with a little help, soil on Mars could readily support agricultureWed, 09 Mar 2016 20:56:30 +0000Check Out These Photos From Last Night’s Solar Eclipse of the pacific and Indonesia went dark last night as the moon moved directly between Earth and the sunWed, 09 Mar 2016 17:11:27 +0000Ancient Shipwrecks Offer Clues Into the History of Hurricanes in ancient shipwrecks are helping scientists fill in the gaps of the patchy hurricane recordsTue, 08 Mar 2016 20:25:31 +0000Don't Miss Jupiter Shine Bright Tonight Earth moves between Jupiter and the sun, the gas giant will outshine the starsTue, 08 Mar 2016 16:24:51 +0000Wading Birds 'Pay' Alligators for Their Protection's a give-and-take relationship: alligators may chow down on a few chicks, but they keep predators at bayTue, 08 Mar 2016 15:30:00 +0000Take in the Beauty of Science With This Year's Wellcome Image Award Winners winding brain pathways to sparkling moth scales, these evocative images both teach and amazeTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000The Sky Might Soon Be Flush With Self-Cleaning Bathrooms new Boeing prototype lavatory zaps germs with UV raysTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Chimps May Be Performing Rituals at “Shrine Trees” think that chimps throwing and stacking stones at hollow trees may be evidence of early ritualsMon, 07 Mar 2016 20:42:02 +0000Martian Volcanoes Spewed So Much Lava That the Planet’s Surface Shifted upheaval could explain some of the mysteries of Mars’ strange surfaceMon, 07 Mar 2016 15:49:44 +0000A Solar Eclipse Will Darken Pacific Skies This Week the actual eclipse can only be seen from select locations, don't miss the live stream of the event onlineMon, 07 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000Deep-Sea Robot Spies Ghostly, Unknown Octopus octopus spotted hanging out on the ocean floorMon, 07 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Hubble Spotted the Oldest Galaxy It Has Ever Seen back in time with a glimpse at a galaxy that's 13.4 billion light years awayFri, 04 Mar 2016 18:01:08 +0000Animal Traffickers Use Facebook to Boost Sales’s plenty to dislike about using social media to sell endangered speciesFri, 04 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000Alaska Is Shipping in Snow for This Year’s Iditarod a warm winter make the famous sled race go to the dogs?Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19:03:09 +0000The FDA Will Ban a Common Pesticide is used in about 200 crops like almonds and soybeansWed, 02 Mar 2016 17:08:54 +0000“Baby Hands” on Rock Paintings Were Probably Lizard Prints prints could have held symbolic meaning for Stone Age humansWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:22:25 +0000