Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Pigs Aren't Quite as Domesticated as People Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigs-are-mix-several-wild-populations-and-not-domesticated-thought-180956456/Researchers partially unravel the complexity of domesticated swine geneticsTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Scientists Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt as Fasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-invented-ice-cream-doesnt-melt-fast-180956459/It involves a protein that some bacteria use as a kind of protectant coatingTue, 01 Sep 2015 16:42:49 +0000Chicago’s Corpse Flower Is Kind of a Disappointmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicagos-corpse-flower-kind-disappointment-180956454/After failing to bloom as planned, horticulturists had to force "Spike" openTue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:15 +0000Once Again, Thousands of Walruses Have Been Forced Ashore in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-again-thousands-walruses-have-been-forced-ashore-alaska-180956449/When the animals can’t find sea ice to rest on, they haul themselves ashore in crowded massesMon, 31 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Some Sexually Transmitted Microbes Might Be Good for Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-sexually-transmitted-microbes-might-actually-be-good-180956446/There’s a whole lot of bacteria and viruses that pass from person to person, using any means they can findMon, 31 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Marine Biologists Find Rare Nautilus For The First Time In 30 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-biologist-stumbles-rare-nautilus-first-time-30-years-180956445/The “Crusty Nautilus” was believed to have gone extinct.Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000What Does Neuroscience Know About Meditation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-neuroscience-does-know-about-meditation-180956435/ There are still many unknowns, but the practice seems to improves attention and memoryFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Meth Lab Injuries Are Increasinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meth-lab-injuries-are-increasing-180956432/Makeshift laboratories can cause burns, respiratory problemsFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Studies With Shorter Titles Are Cited More Oftenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/studies-shorter-titles-are-cited-more-often-180956430/Pithier titles may lead to greater impact factors.Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000African Wildlife May Be Acquiring Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From Nearby Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-wildlife-may-be-acquiring-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-nearby-humans-180956429/The finding points to ways that 'superbugs' might spreadFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Some Brands Are Labeling Products “GMO-free” Even if They Don’t Have Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-brands-are-labeling-products-gmo-free-even-if-they-dont-have-genes-180956421/More companies are paying to label their food as non-GMO, whether they need it or not.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Soon, Red Fireworks Might Not Contain Carcinogens Anymorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/soon-red-fireworks-might-not-contain-carcinogens-anymore-180956419/Scientists discover alternative to cancer-causing chemicals that give red fireworks their color.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Grand Canyon is Full of Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-full-mercury-180956406/Researchers find high levels of mercury and selenium in plants and animals along the Colorado RiverThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:26:22 +0000Drought Could Kill Off Many of the West Coast’s Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-could-kill-many-west-coasts-fish-180956405/Fisheries managers are already struggling with low water and disease brought by warmthThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:53 +0000Breeding Pandas Is Incredibly Hardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/breeding-pandas-insanely-hard-1-180956401/The National Zoo's newborn panda twins are practically miracles.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:46:19 +0000Putting Eyeballs on Billboards Might Help Stop Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-eyeballs-billboards-might-help-stop-crime-180956394/The feeling of being watched makes human change their behavior, even if it comes from a poster.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000A Manhattan-Sized Glacier Chunk Just Broke Off in Greenlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manhattan-sized-glacier-chunk-just-broke-greenland-180956391/Glacial calving creates monster icebergsWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:49:20 +0000There’s Now Whiskey On the ISShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-whiskey-iss-180956390/(But astronauts can't drink it)Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:54 +0000Fossilized Poop is Rare, Fossilized Poop Inside a Fossilized Dinosaur is Even Rarerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-jurassic-pterosaur-contains-possible-poop-180956375/Fossilized feces are always interesting, and researchers may have just found an extra special exampleMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000See, in Slow Motion, how Ladybugs Fit Wings Inside Their Spotted red Shellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-how-ladybugs-fit-wings-inside-their-spotted-red-shells-180956366/A view of the insects that is rarely seenFri, 21 Aug 2015 20:00:00 +0000Biologists Have Spotted the First Wolf Pack in California in 100 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biologists-have-spotted-first-wolf-pack-california-100-years-180956362/Two adults and five pups make up the newly-named Shasta PackFri, 21 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000Over 14,000 Miles of America's Coastline is Covered in Concretehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-warning-against-concrete-coated-beaches-180956359/14 percent of America’s coastline is coated in concrete — and that could actually be really bad Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:41:48 +0000Ancient Diamonds Came From Seawater and Future Diamonds Might Come From The Air http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-diamonds-came-seawater-future-diamonds-might-come-air-180956357/Cloudy diamonds give some scientists new clues to how they formed underground, others find ways to make them out of thin air.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:38:44 +0000For A Better-Tasting Tomato, Dip It In Hot Water Before Sticking It In The Fridgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-tasting-tomato-dip-it-hot-water-sticking-it-fridge-180956353/A simple chemical trick could make supermarket tomatoes taste way better.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Story of the Butterfly That Got Adopted by A Red Anthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-butterfly-got-adopted-red-ant-180956352/With unexpected infanticide and toxic chemicals, it’s a story loved by allFri, 21 Aug 2015 13:42:31 +0000Grimy City Buildings Re-Pollute the Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grimy-city-buildings-re-pollute-air-180956349/Filthy urban surfaces “breathe” pollutants when they’re exposed to sunThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000Hummingbird Tongues Are Pumps, Not Strawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hummingbird-tongues-are-pumps-not-straws-180956338/A tiny, quick pump mechanism lets birds slurp up nectar at a rate of 14 licks per secondThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:25:51 +0000Black Holes Might Catapult Rogue Supernovas Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-holes-might-catapult-rogue-supernovas-space-180956334/Like being fired from a slingshot at 4.5 million miles an hourWed, 19 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Plants Might Move with the Moon Just as the Oceans Do with Tideshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-move-moon-just-oceans-do-tides-180956311/One researcher calls it the "leaftide"Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:30:25 +0000This Pesticide Doesn’t Kill Spiders, But It Does Mess With Their Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pesticide-doesnt-kill-spiders-it-does-mess-their-heads-180956295/Just because a chemical isn’t lethal doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous to other insectsTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:39:42 +0000Future Antibiotics for Humans Could Come From Ant Fungus Gardenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-antibiotics-humans-could-come-ant-fungus-gardens-180956300/A unique symbiotic relationship exists between leaf-cutter ants, fungi and bacteriaMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:40:29 +0000Why Satellites Are a Biologist's Best Friendhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-make-measuring-biodiversity-look-easy-180956294/From tracking penguins to coral reefs, satellites are changing the way scientists study ecology Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Is Chocolate Milk the Next Sports Drink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chocolate-milk-next-sports-drink-180956293/It all comes down to cowsMon, 17 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Today, Cassini Will Say Goodbye to Saturn’s Moon Dionehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/today-cassini-will-say-goodbye-saturns-moon-dione-180956298/It's curtains for the NASA mission's close relationship with the satelliteMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:57:30 +0000When Will the Next Solar Superflare Hit Earth? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-next-solar-superflare-hit-earth-180956288/The year 2209 just got a lot scarierMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Lightning Strikes Can Change Rocks' Atomic Structurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lightning-strikes-deform-rocks-atomic-level-180956285/New research suggests that rock crystals melt under the intense force and heat of lightningMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Cadavers Are Teaching Doctors to Be More Empathetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/med-schools-are-teaching-empathy-dead-their-students-learn-180956279/By getting to know the person behind the cadaver, new doctors are honing the skills they'll use on living patientsMon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Modern Life Could Be Making Dementia More Commonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-getting-dementia-more-and-earlier-ever-180956281/Dementia is affecting people more and earlier than ever before — but is pollution the culprit? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The European Space Agency Wants to Build a Moon Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-space-agency-wants-build-moon-village-180956275/Someday soon, the hot new European vacation spot could have a great view of the planet EarthFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Lived (and Died) Among Ancient Daisieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-lived-and-died-among-ancient-daisies-180956273/<i>Triceratops</i> loves me, <i>Triceratops</i> loves me not...Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000It's Strangely Difficult to Measure Big Explosionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-we-measure-explosions-180956271/But is it time for a makeover? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Infectious Tropical Diseases Are Returning to Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-tropical-diseases-are-returning-america-180956269/Climate, geography and economy are just a few risk factorsFri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Killed Over 134,000 Endangered Antelopes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bacteria-carried-ticks-may-have-killed-saiga-antelope-kazah-steppe-180956267/Experts are closer to an answerThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:30:00 +0000Why Coffee Makes Some People Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-and-how-does-coffee-make-some-people-poop-180956261/It's not the caffeineThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:22:00 +0000Watch a Robot Evolvehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-robot-evolve-180956260/It's the mother of all robotsThu, 13 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-coral-disease-spreads-across-oceans-180956255/Researchers still haven't cracked the mystery of "white syndrome"Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:14:00 +0000Scientists Are Still Baffled by Monarch Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/actually-scientists-know-little-about-migration-monarch-butterflies-180956230/When it comes to declining winter butterfly populations, something just doesn't add upWed, 12 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Watch the Perseids Peak This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-perseids-peak-week-180956229/Summer's stunning meteor shower is sure to please stargazersWed, 12 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Modern Milk is Kind of Miraculoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-countries-milk-spoils-different-speeds-180956211/...at least in the USATue, 11 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Inside a Dutch Police Academy...for Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rats-are-training-help-dutch-police-patrol-180956221/Cigarette-sniffing rats are creating new job opportunities for their fellow rodentsTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Do Animals Find Food? The Answer's in Their Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-pupil-shape-can-tell-us-about-animals-diet-180956220/Pupil shape provides differing advantages to those who crave the hunt and those who hide Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Russia Might Own the North Polehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-might-own-north-pole-180956208/Thanks to global warming, Russia has claimed a new ocean in the ArcticTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teenage-girls-have-been-revolutionizing-language-16th-century-180956216/They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500sMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000Search Engines Can Sway Undecided Votershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-engine-sway-undecided-voters-180956219/New research uncovers "the search engine effect" and its potential to influence election outcomesMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved to Be Moved by Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enjoy-art-thank-evolution-180956209/New research shows that while people respond to art for very different reasons, the ability to be moved in the first place is universalMon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why Don't Balancing Boulders Fall During Earthquakes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-precariously-posed-boulders-withstand-earthquakes-180956206/The interaction of nearby fault lines may lessen ground shaking around some balancing rocks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Next for the Animas River? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-next-animas-river-180956217/Cleanup efforts are underway at the river, which turned a bright orange-yellow after a catastrophic chemical spillMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Health Effects of the Atom Bomb Are Still Being Studiedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bombings-hiroshima-and-nagasaki-still-inform-health-today-180956185/Studies of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors influence worldwide radiation standards, even 70 years laterThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Astronauts Fill Out Customs Forms, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-customs-forms-180956181/Read Buzz Aldrin's expense report and customs form from his Apollo 11 mission to the moonThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lessonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-renaissance-painting-can-tell-us-about-modern-watermelons-180956155/Hint: it's in the watermelonThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Feeling Small in the Face of Nature Makes People More Generoushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/awe-yeah-feeling-small-face-nature-makes-people-more-generous-180956170/Awe, yeahThu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Breathtaking Space GIF Gives Earth a New Perspective of the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-satellites-view-moon-passing-front-earth-180956174/NASA's EPIC camera took the image a million miles from EarthWed, 05 Aug 2015 19:10:00 +0000Why This Chicken is Black From Comb to Feathers to Muscleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-chicken-black-comb-feathers-muscles-180956171/The Ayam Cemani is the Goth of the chicken worldWed, 05 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Physics of a UFC Fighter so Fast, She Might Just Be Bionichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ronda-rousey-so-fast-she-might-be-superhuman-180956167/Two words: kinetic energyWed, 05 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Glaciers Are Retreating Faster Than Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-are-retreating-faster-before-180956158/The future of Earth's glaciers is unsettling at bestTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000The Middle East Just Lived Through One of the Hottest Days in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/middle-east-literally-feels-oven-right-now-180956154/An Iranian city logged a 165-degree heat index last week as temperatures continue to boilTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Why Super-Small Black Holes Haven’t Destroyed the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/somehow-tiny-black-holes-dont-make-universe-collapse-180956148/And probably won'tTue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Primatologists Love Collecting Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-primatologists-love-collecting-poop-180956139/There's intel inside monkey feces — in the form of DNAMon, 03 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do U.S. Carbon Emissions Rank Internationally?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-us-carbon-emissions-rank-internationally-180956142/It's complicatedMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:05:00 +0000How NASA Dealt With Images of an Alien Planet in the 1960shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-nasa-dealt-images-alien-planet-mars-1960s-180956140/The alien planet was Mars and the process was just a bit simpler than it is todayMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the International Olympic Committee is Worried About Water Quality in Riohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rios-polluted-waters-may-make-olympic-swimmers-sick-180956141/Viruses and bacteria may threaten swimmers in the 2016 summer gamesMon, 03 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Dogs' Goofy Greetingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-dogs-go-nuts-when-reunited-their-owners-180956136/Why do dogs go nuts when their owners get home? The answers lie in their DNA and brainsMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:20:00 +0000Kids With Autism Can Read Emotions Through Body Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-autism-can-read-emotions-body-language-180956137/A new study challenges the misconception that kids with the disorder lack empathyMon, 03 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Robotic Insect Can Jump on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-robotic-insect-jump-water-180956131/Why? Because it’s coolMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Australian Cities Pass Cat Curfewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-cities-pass-cat-curfews-180956120/Fluffy little murderbeasts may soon be kept under lock and keyFri, 31 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Experimental Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection in Trial http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experimental-ebola-vaccine-gives-100-protection-trial-180956128/An unusual trial design helped prove the vaccine safe and effective in less than a yearFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:55:00 +0000We Crave Comfort Food to Feel Less Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-crave-comfort-food-feel-less-alone-180956119/This is why you can't stop eating corndogsFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000These Super-Dense Galaxies Are Bursting With Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-dense-galaxies-bursting-with-stars-180956117/Life in these systems would have trouble starting, but the night skies would be spectacular to beholdFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Philae Proves There's More to Comets Than Dust and Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-lander-comet-isnt-snowball-180956126/The lander found organic compounds on comet 67PFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Minnesota's Disappearing Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minnesota-waterfall-enters-chasm-and-then-disappears-180956105/Half a river is missing in the Judge C.R. Magney State ParkThu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Only Four Northern White Rhinos Are Left on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-four-northern-white-rhinos-remain-180956106/One of the species' last females died this weekThu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bully or Bystander? It Could Be in the Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bully-or-bystander-genes-180956104/New study says bullying may be nature, not nurtureThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Queen Guitarist Brian May is Now a New Horizons Science Collaboratorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-team-got-little-help-queen-guitarist-brian-may-180956073/As new images were transmitted from Pluto, the rock-star-turned-astrophysicist rubbed shoulders with his heroesWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Plant Murders Bugs and Decorates Itself With Their Dead Bodies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plant-murders-bugs-and-decorates-itself-dead-bodies-180956087/Talk about a roundabout defense strategyWed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Go Ahead, Wise Guy: Sarcasm Makes People More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-ahead-wise-guy-sarcasm-makes-people-more-creative-180956092/It’s science, duhWed, 29 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: Why Puddles Don't Go On Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-puddles-explains-why-they-spread-out-then-stop-180956094/The picture of proper puddle behavior had a few missing piecesWed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-turkey-find-enormous-gooey-blob-realize-its-squid-eggs-180956089/The blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-knew-plant-existed-until-it-was-posted-facebook-180956084/What's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammals-monopoly-milk-180956072/It all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-flowing-ice-on-pluto-180956071/And maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-strange-phenomenon-called-hair-ice-forms-dead-trees-180956059/The white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/franklins-doomed-arctic-expedition-ended-gruesome-cannibalism-180956054/New bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-funky-fungus-some-cicadas-dont-have-butts-180956037/It’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slow-mo-lightning-strangely-artistic-180956035/Hypnotize yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-snaps-shot-pluto-its-rear-view-180956060/So long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-pupils-may-expand-when-you-daydream-180956030/But researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-eating-amoebas-may-kill-you-help-your-own-immune-system-180956023/The amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-freak-out-over-funky-flowers-appeared-near-fukushima-180956021/The odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explosion-nist-lab-being-linked-meth-180956018/A former combustion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-appetizers-can-spoil-main-meal-180956015/The contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-pitcher-plants-call-bats-get-their-poo-180956014/Specially shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhinos-hidden-horn-cameras-could-serve-poaching-surveillance-system-180956013/One non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-wildfire-smoke-alaska-and-canada-circle-arctic-180956003/Here’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bald-eagle-us-was-hit-car-180955970/Here’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sand-even-grosser-ocean-water-180955968/New research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-algerian-sahara-space-180955962/It’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-billionaire-just-pledged-100-million-find-extraterrestrial-life-180955966/More telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/industrial-l-theres-warehouse-filled-bones-whales-180955960/A video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-fossilized-animal-sperm-comes-worm-lived-50-million-years-ago-180955956/The discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-figures-out-how-make-scream-scary-180955953/Shrieks of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/course-some-people-think-pluto-pictures-are-fake-180955949/Or at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robots-and-divers-scour-pacific-long-lost-wwii-soldiers-180955947/An ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-deal-wine-baths-180955945/Chemists investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-heck-pentaquark-180955942/For fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-fungus-eating-scales-snakes-eastern-us-180955938/Researchers are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ways-human-hands-are-more-primitive-chimp-hands-180955936/Study suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Aroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hitchhiking-worms-use-slugs-transportation-180955908/New study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-feeding-prairie-dogs-peanut-butter-could-help-stop-plague-and-save-ferrets-180955937/The recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-stale-glass-water-180955926/It might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-some-people-have-more-bellybutton-lint-others-180955898/The secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pluto-got-its-name-180955912/New Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dwarf-planet-pluto-bigger-expected-180955909/But so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-virus-carried-squirrels-kill-three-people-germany-possibly-180955896/A mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-midst-heroin-epidemic-180955893/Cheap sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humans-are-paving-way-lyme-diseases-spread-180955905/Thanks to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-still-cant-study-causes-gun-violence-180955884/Congress has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-give-iberian-lynx-pregnancy-test-use-assassin-bug-180955879/Researchers used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-air-pollution-makes-floods-worse-180955870/A better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-could-stop-traumatic-memories-becoming-flashbacks-180955862/The visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frustrated-shark-week-biologists-celebrate-jacques-cousteau-jacquesweek-180955875/The French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stash-dinosaur-eggshells-japan-180955860/The eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-sun-looks-when-viewed-x-ray-telescope-180955857/All of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pac-man-spacecraft-will-devour-swiss-satellite-180955846/Swiss researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-shark-repellents-really-work-180955843/Mostly not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runners-get-ready-wear-garbage-your-feet-adidas-has-new-ocean-trash-shoe-180955831/The apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-genetically-engineered-cows-fight-climate-change-180955821/As the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Gothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-great-barrier-reef-sea-turtles-eye-view-180955820/See the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1950-us-released-bioweapon-san-francisco-180955819/This was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-mutations-turned-not-so-deadly-bacteria-mass-murdering-one-180955816/The ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-colonial-doctor-changed-medical-views-alcohol-180955813/Meet Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000