Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:57 +0000Mission Complete: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey Is Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-tomorrows-livestream-rosetta-crashing-comet-180960638/In the early hours of the morning, Rosetta crashed into comet 67P in styleThu, 29 Sep 2016 16:09:42 +0000Doggonit: Genes That Make Fido Human Friendly Also Linked to Mental Disordershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-make-dogs-and-humans-so-close-could-cause-mental-problems-pups-180960652/Dogs’ diversity could make them vulnerable to disorders similar to OCD and autismFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:57 +0000Should Californians Stress Out About the New Earthquake Advisory?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-californians-stress-out-about-new-earthquake-advisory-180960659/Here's what you need to knowFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:12:44 +0000Why Iceland’s Biggest City Turned Off Its Lights for One Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-icelands-biggest-city-turned-its-lights-one-night-180960655/Reykjavik decided to pause in the dark to witness one of Earth’s most beautiful phenomenaFri, 30 Sep 2016 15:15:36 +0000Our Galactic Neighborhood Is Bigger Than Scientists Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-part-milky-way-bigger-scientists-thought-180960647/Goodbye spur, hello spiral armFri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Whoops—Dams and Reservoirs Release Tons of Greenhouse Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whoops-dams-and-reservoirs-release-tons-greenhouse-gases-180960645/New study shows reservoirs are actually a major source of carbon emissionsThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:47:55 +0000The Search for Buddy the Kidnapped Penguin Continueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-buddy-kidnapped-penguin-continues-180960639/Two students stole and released an endangered African penguin from an Oceanarium. The problem is Buddy doesn't have the skills to surviveThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:28:41 +0000Sorry, Stargazers: There’s No Way to See This Weekend’s Black Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sorry-stargazers-theres-no-way-see-weekends-black-moon-180960630/It’s just a trumped-up nickname for a new moonWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:03:56 +0000Over 180 Countries Just Approved a Ban on Pangolin Traffickinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-180-countries-just-approved-ban-pangolin-trafficking-180960625/It’s a big win for a weird little creatureWed, 28 Sep 2016 17:11:12 +0000Welcome the First "Three-Parent" Baby Into the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-first-three-parent-baby-into-world-180960624/Fertility doctor John Zhang and his team transplanted DNA from one egg to another to prevent a fatal mitochondrial diseaseWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:45:15 +0000You, Too, Could Own a Copy of the Voyager Golden Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-golden-record-re-issued-voyagers-40th-anniversary-180960594/Ozma records is producing a box set of the album sent into the cosmos to reach out to potential extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:27:56 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for Icy Geysers Erupting on Europahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-may-have-spotted-icy-geysers-europa-again-180960596/Possible water plumes could give researchers a way to study Jupiter’s moon without drillingTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:37 +0000Nine in Ten People Worldwide Breathe Dangerous Air Every Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nine-ten-people-worldwide-breathe-dangerous-air-every-day-180960595/The WHO just released the most detailed air pollution report ever—and the results are soberingTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:35:32 +0000Scientists Catch Schrödinger’s Cat on Camerahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-catch-schrodingers-cat-camera-180960583/No cats were harmed in the making of this scienceTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:42:35 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows How Cats Spread Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-study-details-spread-cats-around-world-180960573/Felines spread in two waves including moving around Europe on Viking ships, according to researchersTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:50:15 +0000China Switches on the World's Largest Radio Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-switches-worlds-largest-radio-telescope-first-time-180960591/Measuring 1,640 feet across, the massive device will scour the skies for signs of life and new galaxiesMon, 26 Sep 2016 19:09:43 +0000Chinese Malls Are Filled With Sad Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-malls-are-filled-sad-animals-180960575/As cities spread, so do depressing mall zoosMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:43:34 +0000NASA Didn’t Change Your Astrological Sign, Blame It on Earth's Wobbly Rotationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-didnt-change-your-astrological-sign-stars-did-180960584/Astrology is not a scienceMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Watch Acoustic Holograms Create Complex Shapes and Levitate Dropletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/holograms-produced-sound-waves-first-time-180960563/These mesmarizing effects are created using only a plastic 3-D printed plate and speakerMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000New Movie Posters Turn Scientists Into Superheroes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-posters-turn-research-scientists-superheroes-180960532/The Center for Infectious Disease Research recasts the fight against disease in a series of movie and comic book-style postersMon, 26 Sep 2016 14:43:34 +0000This Music Was Composed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/music-was-composed-climate-change-180960560/Dying forests make magnificently melancholy listeningFri, 23 Sep 2016 17:43:55 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows Aboriginal Australians Are the World's Oldest Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-tests-suggest-aboriginal-australians-have-oldest-society-planet-180960569/The group was the first to split after a single wave of migration out of Africa took place between 51,000 and 72,000 years ago, study showsFri, 23 Sep 2016 15:05:28 +0000Mexican Police Raid Sawmills to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexican-police-raid-sawmills-protect-monarch-habitat-180960556/Federal authorities closed down seven illegal logging operations near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in MichoacánThu, 22 Sep 2016 17:07:48 +0000Water Bear Genes Could Help Protect Space Explorers From Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-how-water-bear-genes-could-protect-space-explorers-radiation-180960547/A protein produced by tardigrades, a group of microscopic but hardy creatures, protects and repairs DNA damaged by X-raysWed, 21 Sep 2016 19:40:19 +0000Extreme Birdwatching Is a Thing, and This Could Be Its Greatest Year Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extreme-birdwatching-thing-and-could-be-its-greatest-year-ever-180960536/Thank El Niño for a Big Year that's bashing previous recordsWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:22:52 +0000Blind People Can Use Visual Areas of the Brain to Solve Math Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-solving-math-problems-blind-people-can-use-visual-areas-their-brain-180960537/The brain is a highly adaptable organWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:08:22 +0000France Waves 'Au Revoir' to Plastic Tablewarehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-waves-au-revoir-plastic-tableware-180960533/If it doesn't come from biological sources, the country's new motto is "just say <i>non</i>" Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:33:44 +0000Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Pluto Has That Icy Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figured-out-why-pluto-has-heart-180960530/The dwarf planet’s geography, atmosphere and chemistry helped form its most famous featureTue, 20 Sep 2016 19:01:06 +0000Scientists Puzzle Over Unusual Mammoth Skull Unearthed in the Channel Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unearthed-mammoth-skull-raises-ton-questions-1-180960528/The well-preserved fossil doesn't neatly fit in with other examples of the speciesTue, 20 Sep 2016 18:42:51 +0000A Brief History of America’s Complicated Relationship With Wild Horseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-americas-complicated-relationship-horses-180960493/The iconic symbol of the Wild West has a tangled and controversial storyTue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Record-Breaking Lightning Strikes Force Redefinition of the Thunderbolthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/longest-thunderbolt-ever-recorded-rewrites-definition-lightning-180960508/A 199.5-mile-long streak captured the title for world's longest and a 7.74-second blast won world's brightestMon, 19 Sep 2016 20:17:13 +0000Stalking Down Answers: Why Are Some Redwoods White?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stalking-down-answers-why-albino-redwoods-are-white-180960512/The mysterious pale trees many not just be odd genetic mutations, a new study findsMon, 19 Sep 2016 18:31:28 +0000Augmented Reality Art Imagines What Could Be Seattle’s Weird, Bleak Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/augmented-reality-art-imagines-what-could-beseattles-weird-bleak-future-180960403/Artist envisions mutant flowers and drone-like seaweed that may one day take over a post-climate change SeattleMon, 19 Sep 2016 15:24:37 +0000This Weekend's Stargazing Triple Threat: Harvest Moon, Eclipse and Possible Supermoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harvest-moon-possible-supermoon-and-eclipse-make-stargazers-delight-180960486/This will be the last harvest moon eclipse until 2024Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:14:52 +0000Obama Declares the First Atlantic Ocean National Marine Monumenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-declares-first-atlantic-ocean-national-marine-monument-180960478/With the announcement of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Obama solidifies his legacy as an ocean guardianThu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:47 +0000Earliest Evidence of Indigo Dye Found at Ancient Peruvian Burial Sitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-evidence-indigo-dye-found-ancient-peruvian-burial-site-180960477/The dyed fabrics represent the earliest known use of indigo in the world, predating Egyptian samples by about 1,600 yearsThu, 15 Sep 2016 19:44:00 +0000People Feel More Tipsy if Their Friends Are Already Drunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-feel-more-drunk-if-their-friends-are-tipsy-too-180960454/Understanding perceived levels of intoxication could help cities combat disorderly conductThu, 15 Sep 2016 16:13:14 +0000Resupply Helps Trapped Arctic Scientists Scare Off Polar Bear "Siege"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/resupply-helps-trapped-arctic-scientists-scare-polar-bears-siege-180960471/With sea ice cover at record lows, polar bear conflict with humans becomes more commonThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:40:14 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Breathtaking Details of Our Rapidly Changing Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dancing-mayflies-bring-home-win-top-nature-photo-contest-180960439/Winning photos capture moments of stark change in the natural world in the Royal Society’s second annual contestWed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:00 +0000Behold a Billion Stars in This Stunning New Map of the Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-just-mapped-billion-stars-galaxy-180960465/Generated from Gaia satellite data, this stellar new map is the most complete chart of our galaxy to dateWed, 14 Sep 2016 20:48:03 +0000This Camera Uses Radiation to Read Closed Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-uses-radiation-read-closed-books-180960417/No need to open a book to read past its coverWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:10:00 +0000Understanding the Controversy Behind the Dakota Access Pipelinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/understanding-controversy-behind-dakota-access-pipeline-180960450/What to know as protesters and the oil company continue to clashWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:00:13 +0000New xkcd Comic Masterfully Shows How Climate Has Changed Through Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-comic-masterfully-shows-how-climate-has-changed-through-time-180960451/Scroll through 20,000 years of humorously illustrated climate dataWed, 14 Sep 2016 14:31:41 +0000 Sugar Study Draws Attention to Food Industry’s Sour Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-food-companies-bias-health-research-180960440/Food industries have long opened their wallets to snag a piece of the science pie Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:32:13 +0000Second Ship From Sir John Franklin's 19th-Century Expedition Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-ship-sir-john-franklins-19th-century-expedition-found-180960437/Two years and a day after its sister ship was discovered, Canadian researchers find the H.M.S. <i>Terror</i>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:51:28 +0000What Does Science Say About the Five-Second Rule? It’s Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-science-say-about-five-second-rule-its-complicated-180960434/The real world is a lot more nuanced than this simple rule reflectsTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:54 +0000Watch E.coli Evolve Before Your Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-ecoli-evolve-your-eyes-180960418/This is how antibiotic resistance happensTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:22:23 +0000Fish Industry On the Hook for Rampant Mislabeling of Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-fish-are-often-caught-mislabeled-and-end-food-180960413/A new report identifies rampant fraud in the seafood industryMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:36:47 +0000A Starchy Sixth Sense Could Explain Why Humans Love Carbshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starchy-sixth-sense-could-explain-why-humans-love-carbs-180960376/Our tongues may be even more sensitive than once thoughtMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:55:15 +0000There Are Four Giraffe Species—Not Just Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-four-giraffe-species-not-just-one-180960411/The downside to this revelation: several of the new species are critically endangeredMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:21:52 +0000This Slo-Mo Sneeze Video Shows Just How Far Spray Clouds Can Spreadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slo-mo-video-shows-just-how-big-sneeze-clouds-can-get-180960257/Gross as it may be, by mapping the ejected sneeze droplets, researchers hope to better control the spread of diseaseMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000Thousands of Toilets Submerged in NY Harbor Go From Bathroom Throne to Oyster Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-dumping-thousands-toilets-new-york-harbor-bring-back-its-oysters-180960394/It’s much too soon to eat them, thoughMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:28:35 +0000These Stunning Images Capture the Unseen Beauty of Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-stunning-photos-are-made-booze-180960380/Drink to the magic of polarized light microscopy Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:05:16 +0000DNA from 17th-Century Teeth Confirms Cause of London’s Great Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-17th-century-teeth-confirms-cause-londons-great-plague-180960405/Skeletons excavated from a mass grave during London’s Crossrail project yield new clues about the ancient mysteryFri, 09 Sep 2016 18:44:52 +0000Your Brain Is Full of Magnetic Minerals, and You Might Not Like the Reason Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-full-magnets-and-you-might-not-reason-why-180960353/Blame air pollution for the microscopic minerals that go up your nose and into your nogginThu, 08 Sep 2016 16:35:18 +0000Watch OSIRIS-REx Head to the Cosmos to Grab a Scoop of Asteroid Dusthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/osiris-rex-prepares-grab-cup-asteroid-dust-180960345/Today, NASA will launch the spacecraft which will travel to the nearby asteroid BennuThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:38:56 +0000Delayed InSight Mission to Mars Slated to Launch in 2018http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delayed-insight-mission-mars-slated-launch-1-180960383/With redesigned equipment, scientists hope to unearth how the Red Planet came to beWed, 07 Sep 2016 19:46:20 +0000Explore Skulls and Artifacts From a 16th-Century Warshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/website-lets-anyone-study-skulls-and-artifacts-16th-century-warship-180960352/The <i>Mary Rose</i> was the pride of Henry VIII’s fleet before it sank at seaWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:10:22 +0000Remembering the Tasmanian Tiger, 80 Years After It Became Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-tasmanian-tiger-80-years-after-it-became-extinct-180960358/Today, the animal’s memory is alive and well in AustraliaWed, 07 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered but Are Still in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-pandas-are-no-longer-endangered-are-still-danger-180960349/They aren't the only ones in trouble: the state of the great apes is more dire than everTue, 06 Sep 2016 17:29:10 +0000After Two Years of Searching, Comet Lander Philae Finally Foundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-searching-comet-lander-philae-finally-found-180960350/Photographs of the small probe come just weeks before the mission ends with Rosetta’s comet touchdownTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:45:47 +0000Awesome New Maps Show Alaska in High-Resolution Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awesome-new-maps-show-alaska-high-resolution-detail-180960344/The ArcticDEMs are the first set of detailed elevation maps of the Great White NorthTue, 06 Sep 2016 15:46:43 +0000Identical Twin Puppies Confirmed for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/identical-twin-puppies-confirmed-first-time-180960326/Two Irish wolfhounds from South Africa shared the same placenta and have the same genetic makeupTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:58:04 +0000Mosquito Sprayers Accidentally "Nuke" Millions of Bees in South Carolinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquito-sprayers-accidentally-nuke-bees-south-carolina-180960341/After reports of four new Zika cases, Dorchester County aerial sprayed insecticide, destroying several beekeeping operationsFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:31:59 +0000Two Pterosaur Finds Are Helping to Untangle Their Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-pterosaur-species-rewrite-history-flying-dinos-180960305/An intact skull and a pint-sized species offer clues to how these creatures evolvedFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:00:06 +0000Streams Around Baltimore Are Flush With Amphetamineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/streams-around-baltimore-are-getting-contaminated-meth-180960309/So many people are sending drugs down the drain, increasing amounts are ending up in waterwaysFri, 02 Sep 2016 16:26:06 +0000The Science Behind Hawaii's Double Hurricanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-hawaiis-double-hurricane-180960310/Having two cyclones in the ocean is not rare, but when they get too close to each other things can get crazyThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:01:46 +0000Scientists Think They Could Have Found Earth’s Oldest Fossilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/scientists-think-theyve-found-earths-oldest-fossil-180960307/Was a young Earth old enough to support life 3.7 billion years ago? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:04:46 +0000Deadly Fungal Infections Are Growing Antibiotic Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungal-infections-are-getting-worse-they-become-drug-resistant-180960283/Fungicides used in agriculture may be impacting the effectiveness of some medicinesWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:54:56 +0000Unnerving Find: Cells That Control Goosebumps and Nipple Erectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-nerves-controls-goosebumps-and-nipple-erections-180960290/A new study documents eight new types of nerve cells, including ones that control sweating and blood flowWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:10:00 +0000The U.S. Government Is Buying Tons of Eggs and Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-government-buying-tons-eggs-and-cheese-180960296/A Depression-Era program is helping bail out America’s egg and dairy farmersWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:29:00 +0000That "Strong" SETI Signal Probably Isn't Alienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seti-signal-doesnt-necessarily-mean-weve-found-aliens-180960292/Sorry folks, E.T. is still not phoning homeTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:16:20 +0000Crew From NASA's Yearlong Mars Simulation Finally Emerges From the Domehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-year-long-hawaiian-mars-simulation-over-180960288/Would-be Martians say aloha to a challenging experiment Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:09:31 +0000Rare Dodo Composite Skeleton Goes On Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-dodo-skeleton-goes-sale-180960269/A British auction house is selling one of only a dozen known dodo skeletons, put together by a collector from the bones of several birds Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:15:31 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Hiding Another Massive Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-barrier-reef-has-been-hiding-another-massive-reef-180960279/The iconic coral reef sits above an even deeper oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 19:11:53 +0000Rare Great White Shark Nursery Discovered Off the Coast of New Yorkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-white-shark-nursery-discovered-near-new-york-180960278/Researchers find North Atlantic great whites spend their first 20 years in the waters off Montauk, Long IslandMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:24:22 +0000Mesmerizing Animation Shows Potential Animal Escape Routes in a Warming Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mesmerizing-animation-shows-where-animals-going-survive-climate-change-180960253/"Migrations in Motion" models the journeys over 2,900 species may take to find new habitatsMon, 29 Aug 2016 13:40:30 +0000Discovery of a New Class of Galaxies Challenges Our Understanding of How Galaxy Formation Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-of-a-new-class-of-galaxies-challenges-our-understanding-of-how-galaxy-formation-works-180960265/Dragonfly 44 near the Coma cluster has the same mass as the Milky Way but only 1 percent of the visible matterFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-fishermen-caught-650-pound-sturgeon-180960256/Nicknamed “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wildFri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Playing the Bagpipes Can Literally Kill Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-bagpipes-can-literally-kill-you-180960227/Known as “Bagpipe Lung,” the reaction can wreak havoc on your respiratory systemFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000Calling All Conspiracy Theorists: Alaska's "Mind-Control Lab" Is Hosting an Open Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-alaska-research-lab-are-holding-open-house-dispel-conspiracy-theories-180960255/Depending on who you ask, HAARP can control minds, weather, and even earthquakesThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:28:34 +0000Coffee Consumption Could Be In Your Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coffee-consumption-could-be-your-genes-180960252/A new study shows a genetic variation in caffeine metabolism may lead some to drink a little less joeThu, 25 Aug 2016 18:52:26 +0000This Robot Is Soft and Squishy Inside and Out—No Wires or Batteries Necessaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-robot-no-wires-or-batteries-180960250/"Octobot" uses a deceptively simple fuel source and inspiration from the depths of the seaThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:05 +0000Astronomers Have Discovered an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Our Cosmic Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-have-discovered-earth-exoplanet-our-cosmic-backyard-180960242/But what would potential life look like on this planetary neighbor?Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:29:29 +0000At 75 Pounds, This Could Be the World's Largest Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-it-takes-make-massive-pearl-180960228/The Filipino fisherman found the massive gem over a decade ago and kept it as a good luck charmWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:46:54 +0000The Geology Behind Italy’s Catastrophic Quakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geology-behind-italys-catastrophic-quake-180960233/A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the Apennine Mountains—and given the region’s geology, that’s no surpriseWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:01:48 +0000After Two Years, Lost NASA Spacecraft Phones Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-lost-nasa-spacecraft-phones-home-180960221/Using the Deep Space Network, mission control has reestablished contact with the solar observatory STEREO-B Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:02 +0000Fifty Years Ago, This Photo Captured the First View of Earth From the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fifty-years-ago-this-photo-captured-first-view-of-earth-from-the-moon-180960222/And Earth’s view of itself changed foreverTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:21 +0000Here's a Panoramic Glimpse of the Curiosity Rover's Next Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-panoramic-glimpse-curiosity-rovers-next-destination-180960212/Welcome to Murray Buttes. You are now free to rove about the landscapeMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:50:00 +0000Celebrating at Least 1,075 Years, This Pine Could Be Europe's Oldest Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-least-1075-years-pine-could-be-europes-oldest-tree-180960210/The Bosnian pine stands in a forest of ancient trees in the Pindus MountainsMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:34:53 +0000Summer Heat Turns This Siberian Lake Bright Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-heat-turning-siberian-lake-pink-180960206/And it's not the only oneMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:30:00 +0000Tree Rings Help Circle in on Dating Pre-History Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-rings-help-circle-dating-pre-history-events-180960180/Solar flares create spikes in the Carbon-14 of woody plants that can provide anchor years for more accurate dating of artifactsMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:25:02 +0000Scientists Have Found The Most Efficient Way to Hold a Coffee Mughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-most-efficient-way-hold-coffee-mug-180960185/Drinking it is a different storyMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Soon Everyone Will Be Able to Read NASA-Funded Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-making-it-easier-check-out-research-its-funding-180960172/Get ready for a lot more space scienceMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Science Officially Debunks Chemtrails, But the Conspiracy Will Likely Live Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-officially-debunks-chemtrails-conspiracy-live-180960139/A panel of 77 atmospheric scientists and geochemists weigh in on the controversial streaks in the sky Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Complete T. Rex Skull Found in Montanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-t-rex-skull-makes-its-way-seattle-museum-180960197/The "Tufts-Love skull" will be cleaned and put on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:45:45 +0000Does Climate Change Fuel Floods? It’s Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-climate-change-fuel-floods-its-complicated-180960183/Here’s why that question is hard to answerFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:43:38 +0000Ginormous Goldfish Are Invading Australian Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ginormous-goldfish-are-invading-australian-rivers-180960177/Abandoned by their owners, the fish run rampant and impact the environmentThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:17:30 +0000This 340-Million-Year-Old Ocean Crust Could Date Back to Pangaeahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bit-seafloor-discovered-mediterranean-180960153/Researchers believe they've found the world's oldest ocean crustWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:54:44 +0000Adorable Stubby Squid Found Off the Coast of Southern Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-stubby-squid-found-southern-california-180960160/Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus happened across a particularly cute stubby squidWed, 17 Aug 2016 14:33:48 +0000Eerie Video Shows How Coral Bleacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eerie-video-shows-how-coral-bleaches-180960151/Time-lapse video captures the coral's convulsions while it expels the algae that give it colorTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:51:26 +0000Part of Your Suntan Comes From Photons That Are Billions of Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-your-suntan-comes-photons-are-billions-years-old-180960135/Thank bodies from beyond the galaxy for a bit of that golden glowMon, 15 Aug 2016 18:44:44 +0000Look Out New Yorkers: Hot Weather Makes Roaches Take to the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-weather-makes-roaches-take-skies-180960134/Ew ew ew ew ewMon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:00 +0000This Deadly Plant Virus Attracts Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-virus-makes-diseased-plants-attractive-bumblebees-180960113/The cucumber mosaic virus alters the scent of tomato plants to attract more bees to their ailing hosts Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:38:48 +0000First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-colonized-americas-along-coast-not-through-ice-180960103/Evidence mounts against the traditional story of early human migration through an ice corridorThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:42:54 +0000Fertility Problems for Man's Best Friend Could Spell Trouble for Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fertility-problems-mans-best-friend-could-spell-trouble-men-180960099/Dog sperm quality has decreased likely from household chemical exposureThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:20:00 +0000Cupping Isn't the Only Strange Tactic Olympic Athletes Use to Get a Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-weird-things-olympic-athletes-do-win-180960086/Those painful cupping "hickies" are only the start—athletes go to great lengths to gain an edgeThu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark Is Like Disneyland for Rock Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwans-yehliu-geopark-is-like-disneyland-for-rock-lovers-180960060/These mushroom-like mounds are some of the country's greatest geological treasuresWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:51:57 +0000Explore Far Out Views From Mars' Surface With Over 1,000 New Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-far-out-views-with-1000-photos-mars-surface-180960080/It's the Martian "magic hour"Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:35:36 +0000When It Comes to West Nile Virus, Atlanta's Cardinals May Be Our Feathered Saviorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-it-comes-to-west-nile-virus-atlantas-cardinals-may-be-our-feathered-saviors-180960076/New research suggests the bright red birds are viral “super-suppressors”Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-blue-whirl-new-type-flame-180960078/Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are scary, but a new clean-burning, controlled version could help clean oil spillsTue, 09 Aug 2016 19:41:11 +0000Humans Still Threaten Endangered Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-still-threaten-endangered-condors-180960059/Thanks to industrial byproducts and pesticides, birds face more contamination than their cousins inlandTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:53:33 +0000Cute Sand Cat Spotted for the First Time in a Decade in the United Arab Emirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cute-desert-cat-spotted-first-time-decade-united-arab-emirates-180960057/Researchers set out to photograph the elusive cat to help create a conservation plan for the endangered felineMon, 08 Aug 2016 20:24:56 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookworms-rejoice-you-may-live-longer-180960052/In a new study, readers showed "a survival advantage" over those who don't ever crack open a book Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:19:53 +0000Research Reveals How and Why Sunflowers Turn Their Golden Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-how-and-why-sunflowers-turn-their-golden-heads-180960042/A new study shows sunflowers have an internal clock and face east to keep bees and other insects happyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:30:24 +0000Does a Massive Flood Confirm China's Creation Myth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/Evidence shows a cataclysmic flood occurred along the Yellow River 3,200 years agoFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:23:50 +0000Look Up! The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going to Be a Doozy This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-perseid-meteor-shower-going-be-doozy-year-180960026/The number of shooting stars could double this yearFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:34:25 +0000An Insect Could Make Ash Baseball Bats a Thing of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insect-making-ash-bats-part-baseballs-past-180960027/The invasive emerald ash borer is threatening the forests where Rawlings and Louisville Sluggers come from, putting the bats in jeopardyFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Spin Around Mars in NASA’s New Rover Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-spin-around-mars-nasas-new-rover-game-180960033/Tour the Red Planet without the risk of a multi-million dollar crashFri, 05 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000 World’s Climate Hit Extremes, Shattered Multiple Records in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-broke-multiple-climate-records-180960025/From rising temperatures and ocean levels to record greenhouse gas levels, 2015 was a rough year for planet EarthThu, 04 Aug 2016 16:32:56 +0000EU Releases Its First Invasive Species Blacklisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eu-release-first-invasives-species-blacklist-180960008/Gray squirrels, raccoons and crayfish were among the prohibited speciesWed, 03 Aug 2016 19:48:56 +0000The First Private Lunar Landing Was Just Approvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-private-lunar-landing-was-just-approved-180960007/Moon Express will head to Earth’s nearest neighbor in 2017Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:33:02 +0000California’s Joshua Trees Are Under Threathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-joshua-trees-are-under-threat-180959991/Climate change could decimate the iconic tree for future generationsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:42:41 +0000This Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had a Rare Case of Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-dinosaur-fossil-had-bad-case-arthritis-180959995/Nothing like a bum legWed, 03 Aug 2016 13:19:00 +0000