Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Melting Sea Ice Forces Walruses Ashore in Earliest Gathering Yet Observedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaska-walruses-forced-ashore-earlier-180964572/As ice melts, the Pacific walruses are losing their icy resting platforms Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Scientific Reason You Should Add a Splash of Water to Your Whiskeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-says-add-little-water-your-scotch-180964562/A computer simulation shows that diluting whiskey brings flavor molecules to the surface, improving the aroma and taste of the tippleMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This 'Extinct' Penguin Likely Never Existed in the First Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-penguin-actually-never-existed-first-place-180964556/DNA analysis helps untangle the species behind a jumble of bone fragmentsMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Find Record 2.7-Million-Year-Old Ice Core in Antarctica http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-27-million-year-old-ice-core-antarctica-180964566/It may offer a frosty relic from the beginning of the ice ageFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:02:46 +0000Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms' Mysterious Chemical Compoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-unlock-magic-mushrooms-mysterious-chemical-compound-180964552/A new study has uncovered the enzymatic pathways that allow 'shrooms to make psilocybinFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:25:53 +0000ISS Astronauts Get a Sweet Taste of Real Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-astronauts-will-get-some-real-ice-cream-180964558/The latest shipment to the station includes some frozen goodness for the crewFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:46:00 +0000AI Is Edging Into the Art World in Psychedelic Wayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ai-making-music-and-art-180964515/The team at Google is using neural networks to create tools that they hope will inspire and channel creativityFri, 18 Aug 2017 15:31:30 +0000What a 6,000-Year-Old Knee Can Teach Us About Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/knee-arthritis-old-problem-s-much-more-common-today-180964529/By studying bones dating back thousands of years, researchers find that the disease may not be just a part of getting oldThu, 17 Aug 2017 19:04:18 +0000A Triplet of Corpse Flowers Will Soon Release Their Stench in D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-corpse-flowers-prepare-bloom-dc-180964518/If you can't make it to D.C., you can still catch the action (smell free) via live streamThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:30:47 +0000Chemist Hazel Bishop's Lipstick Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemist-hazel-bishops-lipstick-wars-180964501/Bishop said her advantage in coming up with cosmetics was that, unlike male chemists, she actually used themThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000The Romance of Fermat's Last Theoremhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-romance-fermats-last-theorem-180964509/Fermat left a lot of theorems lying around. Mathematicians proved them all–except oneThu, 17 Aug 2017 14:05:03 +0000Elusive Butterfly Spotted in Scotland For the First Time in 133 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-butterfly-spotted-scotland-first-time-133-years-180964528/The white-letter hairstreak has come under threat due to an outbreak of Dutch elm diseaseThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Brilliantly White Moose Photographed in Swedenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brilliantly-white-moose-photographed-sweden-1-180964526/It took a local politician three years to finally capture a video of the elusive ghostly creatureThu, 17 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Artists Can Now Buy One of the World’s Blackest Blacks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artists-can-now-get-their-hands-worlds-blackest-paint-180964512/Singularity Black is not the blackest hue out there, but it is the darkest color currently available to the general publicWed, 16 Aug 2017 16:13:53 +0000Watch Free Live Streams of Outer Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/free-live-streams-outer-space-are-now-available-your-viewing-pleasure-180964476/The astronomy website Slooh has lifted the paywall on footage from its telescopesTue, 15 Aug 2017 17:55:30 +0000Napoleon's Lifelong Interest in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napoleons-lifelong-interest-science-180964485/Napoleon was a Frenchman of his time, which means he was interested in how science could do good–he just took it farther than mostTue, 15 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Lion Saved from Syrian Zoo Gives Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lion-saved-syrian-zoo-gives-birth-180964503/Just hours after reaching its new home following a daring rescue, the lion gave birth to a healthy cubMon, 14 Aug 2017 19:17:46 +0000How Do Goldfish Survive Winter? They Make Alcoholhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-how-goldfish-produce-alcohol-180964502/A mutant enzyme allows goldfish and carp to live in low oxygen ponds by turning toxic lactic acid into ethanol Mon, 14 Aug 2017 18:57:35 +0000Is This Baby Animal the Last Common Ancestor of Humans and Apes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-animal-may-be-last-common-ancestor-humans-and-apes-180964469/The 13-million-year-old skull found in Kenya combines early ape and gibbon-like features Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:50:50 +0000Exceptional Fossils Show Ancient Winged Mammals May Have Glided Above the Dinosaurshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammal-ancestors-were-gliding-above-dinosaurs-180964465/The discovery of two flying squirrel-like fossils suggest mammal diversity began earlier than previously thoughtThu, 10 Aug 2017 20:05:47 +0000 Catch the Perseid Meteor Shower's Fiery Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storms-bright-moon-likely-interfere-perseids-meteor-shower-180964464/Though the moon will partially obscure the normally dazzling sight, the shower's peak is still worth a peekThu, 10 Aug 2017 19:14:58 +0000Aspirin's Four-Thousand-Year Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-aspirin-180964329/It's 2000 B.C. and you have a headache. Grab the willow barkThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Horizon's Next Target Is an Oddly Shaped Asteroidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-next-target-funny-looking-asteroid-180964454/New data shows that MU69 is less than 20 miles long and may actually be two asteroids orbiting one anotherThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Man Dresses Up Like a Car Seat for Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/driverless-car-revealed-be-psychological-test-180964432/After a dramatic confrontation with the costumed driver, it turns out it was all a testThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000America's Fancy Pet Food Addiction Is a Big Problem for the Environmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-fancy-pet-food-addiction-contributing-climate-change-180964363/American pets have been increasingly served up prime cuts of meat, but this food comes at a costThu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Lights Are Driving Bats From Their Belfrieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lights-are-driving-bats-their-belfries-180964449/The trend of pointing floodlights at churches in Sweden has driven some long-eared bat colonies out of their historic roostsWed, 09 Aug 2017 20:32:45 +0000Survey Finds Most People Are Biased Against Atheists, Including Atheistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-strong-bias-against-atheists-around-world-180964382/The findings revealed that the bias was strongest in more religious countries including the United States, United Arab Emirates and IndiaWed, 09 Aug 2017 16:14:04 +0000This Obscure Fishing Book is One of the Most Reprinted English Books Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obscure-fishing-book-one-most-reprinted-english-books-ever-180964320/'The Compleat Angler' is much more than an instruction manual on fishing. It's a Walden-like meditation on nature and friendshipWed, 09 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Send a Birthday Message to Voyager 1, Humanity's Most Distant Travelerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/send-goodwill-message-voyager-1-180964393/To mark its 40th anniversary, NASA is asking for your help crafting a messageWed, 09 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Chantek, an Orangutan Who Knew Sign Language, Has Died at 39http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chantek-orangutan-who-knew-sign-language-has-died-39-180964390/The ape was raised by an anthropologist who taught him to clean his room, use the toilet and bargain for cheeseburgers Tue, 08 Aug 2017 20:13:09 +0000The CIA Experimented On Animals in the 1960s Too. Just Ask ‘Acoustic Kitty’http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cia-experimented-animals-1960s-too-just-ask-acoustic-kitty-180964313/Turns out that cats really don't take direction wellTue, 08 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Storm as Big as Earth Is Stirring Up Neptune's Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storm-big-earth-found-neptunes-equator-180964352/Astronomers aren't sure if the 5,600-mile-wide storm will peter out or if a deep vortex will keep it churningTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:45:26 +0000Is One A Number? According to ‘Mathematicks Made Easie,' Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-number-according-mathematicks-made-easie-yes-180964318/The ancient Greeks, and people for almost 2,000 years after them, argued over whether one was a numberTue, 08 Aug 2017 13:20:00 +0000William R. Maples Popularized Forensic Anthropology Long Before CSIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/william-r-maples-popularized-forensic-anthropology-long-csi-180964317/Maples worked on a number of high-profile cases that helped to bring the field of forensic anthropology to prominenceMon, 07 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000Amid Soaring Produce Prices, Indian City Launches “State Bank of Tomato”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amidst-soaring-produce-prices-indian-city-launches-state-bank-tomato-180964319/The bank began as a tongue-in-cheek protest, but residents are taking it seriously Mon, 07 Aug 2017 13:29:20 +0000The Sun's Core Spins Roughly Four Times Faster Than Its Surfacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/things-move-faster-and-hotter-core-sun-180964308/Satellite data lets scientists peer into the depths of our star, uncovering hints to its formationMon, 07 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Was the "Sleeping Dragon" Dinosaur a Red Head?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-sleeping-dragon-dinosaur-red-head-180964321/A new study suggests the perfectly preserved armored nodosaur camoflauged itself against marauding meat-eatersFri, 04 Aug 2017 19:16:36 +0000Five Things to Know About the Latest Gene Editing Breakthroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-embryo-editing-research-180964312/While it's not the first case of genetically modifying human embryos, the study has reignited a long-running controversyThu, 03 Aug 2017 18:17:44 +0000Bepob Over Here Nitwit: Study Identifies the Funniest Words in the English Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bepob-over-here-nitwit-study-finds-funniest-words-english-language-180964297/Participants rated 4,997 random words on how funny they were, with Booty, Booby, Egghead and Twerp making the top 12Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:18:08 +0000What Did the Ancestor of All Flowers Look Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancestor-all-flowers-looks-remarkably-familiar-180964295/Tracing back the genetic tree of flowering plants millions of years, scientists recreate the predecessor of Earth's flowersWed, 02 Aug 2017 17:47:08 +0000Aging Chimps Show Signs of Alzheimer's Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimp-brains-show-first-evidence-non-human-alzheimers-180964291/Long been thought unique to humans, a new study suggests that our close ancestors exhibit some of the hallmarks of the illnessWed, 02 Aug 2017 17:13:56 +0000Why JFK Kept a Coconut Shell in the Oval Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-jfk-kept-coconut-shell-white-house-desk-180964263/During this week in 1943, a 26-year-old Kennedy and his crew were marooned on a deserted island and then rescued thanks to two daring menWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:22:40 +0000The First US Census Only Asked Six Questionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-us-census-only-asked-six-questions-180964234/America’s founders agreed that the census was important, but it wasn’t longWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000New Study Gives Hope to Victims of Chronic Fatigue Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-finally-gets-cause-180964290/Immune system imbalances may lie behind this crippling illness—a discovery that could lead to more effective treatments in the futureWed, 02 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Tiny, Bulbous-Nosed Shark Glows in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-big-nosed-mini-shark-glow-dark-180964284/After 17 years of study, scientists finally confirm that the oddball creature is a new speciesTue, 01 Aug 2017 19:01:47 +0000The World Wide Web Was Almost Known as “The Mesh” http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-wide-web-was-almost-known-mesh-180964242/The inventor of the World Wide Web had a few different name ideasTue, 01 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +0000Why Salmon Sperm DNA Could Revolutionize Sunscreenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-salmon-sperm-dna-could-revolutionize-sunscreen-180964265/A thin layer of the genetic material seems to effectively block the sun's rays and becomes more effective over timeTue, 01 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Thieves Steal Solid Gold Lunar Lander Model From Armstrong Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thieves-steal-solid-gold-lunar-lander-armstrong-museum-180964262/The five-inch model was created by Cartier as tribute from French newspaper readers to the Apollo 11 astronautMon, 31 Jul 2017 17:57:38 +0000Potential Ingredients for Life Found on Saturn's Moon Titanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-bolster-case-habitability-titan-180964258/But that life likely wouldn't look like what we're used to here on EarthMon, 31 Jul 2017 15:58:05 +0000Half of Our Atoms May Come From Other Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-our-atoms-are-intergalactic-180964254/According to computer simulations, large galaxies may grow by sucking in matter smaller star clusters expelFri, 28 Jul 2017 19:51:58 +0000Astronaut Captures 'Awesome Sauce' of Aurora From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-captures-awesome-sauce-aurora-space-180964228/Humans have been amazed for millennia by these atmospheric eventsFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:42:06 +0000The Scientific Feat That Birthed the Blue Chrysanthemumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-produce-blue-mums-first-time-180964231/In a world first, scientists engineered the flowers to take on an azure hueThu, 27 Jul 2017 20:51:52 +0000Why Are Tardigrades the World's Hardiest Creature? DNA Offers Clueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tardigrades-turn-out-not-be-dna-thieves-180964236/They may be tiny, but don't let their stubby stature fool youThu, 27 Jul 2017 20:39:46 +0000Why Does NOAA Still Send Pilots Into Hurricanes?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-noaa-still-send-pilots-hurricanes-180964135/The first “Hurricane Hunter” flight was a bet, but today they’re an essential part of risk managementThu, 27 Jul 2017 14:30:20 +0000America Has Been Struggling With the Metric System For Almost 230 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-has-been-struggling-metric-system-almost-230-years-180964147/The United States is the one of the world's only holdouts at this point, but it could have been the first country outside of France to adopt the systemThu, 27 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Trace Amounts of Pesticide Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trace-amounts-pesticide-found-ben-jerrys-ice-cream-180964220/But don't have a cowWed, 26 Jul 2017 20:43:38 +0000Yes, Sperm Counts Have Been Steadily Declining—But Don’t Freeze Your Sperm Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sperm-counts-have-dropped-half-just-40-years-180964210/The study is a striking reminder of how much science has to learn about these little wrigglersWed, 26 Jul 2017 19:15:35 +0000This 1943 “Hellish Cloud” Was the Most Vivid Warning of LA’s Smog Problems to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1943-hellish-cloud-was-most-vivid-warning-las-smog-problems-come-180964119/Southern California–and LA in particular–continue to struggle with smogWed, 26 Jul 2017 14:30:00 +0000Last Orca Born at SeaWorld Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-orca-born-seaworld-dies-180964204/The three-month-old creature succumbed to a case of pneumonia, according to the park Wed, 26 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Disease Found in 99 Percent of Brains Donated by NFL Familieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cte-found-99-percent-brains-donated-nfl-families-180964202/The degenerative brain disease develops after repeated concussions or blows to the headTue, 25 Jul 2017 20:07:03 +0000Underwater Robot Spots Possible Melted Nuclear Fuel in Fukushima Reactorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robot-may-have-taken-first-photos-melted-nuclear-fuel-fukushima-180964193/Identifying the location of the fuel is a vital step in the decontamination processTue, 25 Jul 2017 17:18:41 +0000Water May Lurk Beneath the Moon's Surfacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/below-surface-moon-may-be-wet-180964184/The surprising abundance of water could help future lunar settlers survive in the barren landscapeTue, 25 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Snooty, World's Oldest Captive Manatee, Dies in Accidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snooty-worlds-oldest-captive-manatee-dies-180964167/The 69-year-old sea cow was the mascot for the South Florida MuseumMon, 24 Jul 2017 18:30:05 +0000Found: New Species of Ocean Sunfish, the World’s Largest Bony Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-ocean-sunfish-worlds-largest-bony-fish-discovered-180964149/After identifying genetic traces of the creature, one researcher spent years searching for the aquatic beastMon, 24 Jul 2017 16:08:15 +0000Explore the International Space Station With Google Street Viewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-international-space-station-now-just-google-search-away-180964159/An astronaut and Google mapped the ISS for Street View with a DSLR and a lot of patienceMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0000Apollo 11 Moon Rock Bag Sells for $1.8 Million in Controversial Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-used-apollo-11-sells-18-million-controversial-auction-180964153/NASA waged an unsuccessful legal battle to retrieve the bag, which contains traces of lunar dust, from a private collectionFri, 21 Jul 2017 19:21:53 +0000Vietnam Commits to Shut Down Bear Bile Farmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vietnam-agrees-end-trade-bear-bile-180964130/Though the new agreement is promising, the practice remains prevalent throughout China and southeast AsiaFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:34:51 +0000Humans Have Produced Nine Billion Tons of Plastic and Countinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-are-burying-earth-under-billions-tons-plastic-180964125/Over half of that material was created in the last decadeThu, 20 Jul 2017 20:26:03 +0000Thousands of Mysterious Yellow "Sponges" Wash Up On French Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-mysterious-yellow-sponges-have-washed-french-coast-180964117/Though experts were initially stumped, the substance has now been identifiedThu, 20 Jul 2017 17:11:05 +0000What Makes Fido So Friendly? It Could Be Genetichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-dog-loves-you-because-genes-180964110/Mutations in several genes linked to hypersocial behavior in people may have helped along canine domesticationWed, 19 Jul 2017 19:45:12 +0000New Study Has a Bone to Pick With Dog Domestication Findingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dogs-were-domesticated-once-40000-years-ago-180964101/Contrary to past research, a new DNA study suggests fido was only tamed onceWed, 19 Jul 2017 18:03:21 +0000The Fierce T. Rex Was a Walker Not a Sprinterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fierce-t-rex-was-walker-not-sprinter-180964094/A good pair of running shoes could help you escape the formidable beast, study findsTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:57:32 +0000"Space Archaeologists" to Examine the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-archeologists-examine-international-space-station-180964092/Using millions of photos and documents, researchers will reconstruct life on the ISS to see how visitors interact with their tools and each otherTue, 18 Jul 2017 19:37:18 +0000What Is the Key to Predict Animal Speed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/formula-explains-why-mid-sized-animals-are-fastest-180964090/The biggest animals aren't always the fastestTue, 18 Jul 2017 18:19:19 +0000Adorable Drone Helps Document Experiments on the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-drone-helps-document-experiments-international-space-station-180964091/Cute as a button, the Int-Ball is taking over astronauts’ photographic dutiesTue, 18 Jul 2017 17:00:46 +0000Take a Trip Around Pluto and Charon With These New Animationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nasa-animations-let-you-orbit-pluto-and-charon-180964083/Two years after its fly-by, NASA releases maps and videos made with data from New HorizonsTue, 18 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Remembering the Brilliant Maryam Mirzakhani, the Only Woman to Win a Fields Medalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-female-fields-medal-winner-maryam-mirzakhani-dies-age-40-180964078/The Stanford professor investigated the mathematics of curved surfaces, writing many groundbreaking papersMon, 17 Jul 2017 19:07:29 +0000How to Kill Nature's Most Indestructible Creaturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-kill-tardigrade-180964069/Only the boiling away of Earth's oceans could bring about the extinction of these tiny water bearsFri, 14 Jul 2017 20:44:53 +0000Lioness Spotted Nursing a Leopard Cub in Tanzaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lioness-seen-nursing-leopard-cub-tanzania-180964067/It is the first time that a wild cat has been observed "adopting" another species—but the interaction may not have a happy endFri, 14 Jul 2017 18:19:39 +0000Like Humans and Apes, Ravens Can Plan for the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-apes-ravens-can-plan-future-180964065/The birds were able to choose and hold onto a tool that could unlock an eventual rewardFri, 14 Jul 2017 17:58:07 +0000Scientists Store Video Clip in DNA of Living Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/movie-encoded-living-dna-first-time-180964058/This first could lead to health-monitoring molecular recorders inside cellsFri, 14 Jul 2017 12:23:51 +0000Watch the Sri Lankan Navy Rescue an Elephant Stranded at Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sri-lankan-navy-rescues-elephant-was-stranded-sea-180964057/It took 12 hours for a team of navy personnel, divers and wildlife officials to pull the creature back to shoreThu, 13 Jul 2017 19:11:28 +0000How Fire Ants Build Incredible Writhing Towershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-fire-ants-build-incredible-writhing-towers-180964055/Using X-rays, researchers find simple rules help the ants raise each other up, which could be useful in roboticsThu, 13 Jul 2017 18:56:07 +0000Astronomers Find the Smallest Star Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-find-smallest-star-so-far-180964033/The faint orb is just a smidgen bigger than Saturn and around 2,000 to 3,000 times dimmer than our own sunThu, 13 Jul 2017 16:07:28 +0000John Dee’s Life Shows Science’s Magical Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/john-dees-life-shows-sciences-magical-roots-180963985/His life shows a time when science and magic intersected–even for scientistsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:45:00 +0000Stunning Images Capture First Close-Up With Jupiter's Great Red Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peering-great-red-spot-180964037/Take a peek at the solar system's largest stormWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:31:06 +0000Diverse Splendor of Birds on Display in Audubon Photo Competition http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diverse-splendor-birds-display-audubon-photo-competition-180964032/100 of the top submissions can now be viewed onlineWed, 12 Jul 2017 20:08:32 +0000Delaware-Sized Iceberg Breaks Off Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/delaware-sized-iceberg-breaks-antarctica-180964034/'Whopper' of an iceberg weighs more than one trillion metric tons—and has been threatening to make the break for yearsWed, 12 Jul 2017 18:42:50 +0000Space-Bound Humans Bring Fungus Aboard—And the Stowaways Could Cause Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fighting-space-fungus-180964017/Microscopic life is everywhere, but it could be dangerous for future astronauts bound for MarsWed, 12 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000Strong Plant Defenses Made These Hungry Caterpillars Eat Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hungry-hungry-cannibals-180964000/When left with the choice of nasty-tasting plants or each other, the choice is clear for the beet armyworm caterpillarTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:38:23 +0000Genetically Modified Moth May Soon Be Coming to New York Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-moth-approved-release-new-york-180963998/The move is an attempt to limit crop damage by the diamondback moth Tue, 11 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000France May Say ‘Au Revoir’ to Fossil-Fueled Vehicles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-says-non-fossil-fueled-vehicles-180963981/It’s a bid to dramatically reduce the country’s carbon emissions Fri, 07 Jul 2017 19:30:51 +0000Stunning Images Capture Rare Pale Tiger in Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-rare-pale-tiger-photographed-india-180963980/An unusual genetic combination likely led to the creature's exceptionally light colorationFri, 07 Jul 2017 18:42:29 +0000Today We Use Lasers For Almost Everything. But They Took a Long Time to Seem Usefulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/today-we-use-lasers-almost-everything-they-took-long-time-seem-useful-180963956/After the first laser was built in 1960, it took a long time before laser products were on the mass marketFri, 07 Jul 2017 16:30:00 +0000Deep-Water Corals Glow for Their Lives http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-water-corals-glow-their-lives-180963967/New research sheds light on the secrets of fluorescent coral reefs Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:53:38 +0000Mars Surface May Be Too Toxic for Microbial Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-surface-may-be-toxic-bacteria-180963966/The combination of UV radiation and perchlorates common on Mars could be deadly for bacteriaThu, 06 Jul 2017 15:39:42 +0000Humans May Have Bred With Neanderthals Much Earlier Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-may-have-left-africa-and-bred-neanderthals-over-200000-years-ago-180963951/DNA from a Neanderthal femur is offering new clues to ancient interactionsWed, 05 Jul 2017 20:47:59 +0000Why Ancient Roman Concrete Is So Stronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-ancient-roman-concrete-so-strong-180963946/A rare chemical reaction strengthens it even today—and that could help threatened coastal communitiesWed, 05 Jul 2017 16:59:22 +0000Why an Astronomer Turned to Trees to Try to Solve a Celestial Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-astronomer-understood-stars-looking-earth-180963851/Andrew Ellicott Douglass's theory of sunspots and climate was wrong, but he still pioneered the science of tree-ring datingWed, 05 Jul 2017 15:00:00 +0000Mexico Will Use Dolphins to Herd the Endangered Vaquita to Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-use-dolphins-track-down-worlds-most-endangered-porpoise-180963908/Mine-hunting dolphins will help researchers transfer the remaining creatures into marine sanctuaries Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:26:05 +0000This Was the First Major News Article on HIV/AIDS http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-first-major-news-article-hivaids-180963913/The epidemic’s early days were perplexing and terrifying Mon, 03 Jul 2017 20:15:07 +0000Is Jupiter the "Star" in Lord Byron's Famous Poem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomer-says-he-has-identified-star-lord-byrons-famous-poem-180963909/According to astronomer Donald Olson, the brilliant star described in Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage is actually a planetMon, 03 Jul 2017 17:15:55 +0000Major "Clean Coal" Project in Mississippi Shuts Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-clean-coal-project-mississippi-shut-down-180963898/Billions over budget and three years behind, the Kemper County coal gasification project will now produce electricity using natural gasMon, 03 Jul 2017 10:00:00 +0000This Beautiful Species Could Be Trouble for Native Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beautiful-species-could-be-trouble-native-birds-180963899/Analysis shows that the parasitic pin-tailed whydah could impact native birds in the Caribbean, Hawaii and the southern U.S.Fri, 30 Jun 2017 20:00:00 +0000Geek Out to This Asteroid Day Livestreamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geek-out-asteroid-day-livestream-180963891/For 24 hours a YouTube channel will host discussions on space rocks and their potential impacts on Earth Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:38:51 +00003-D Reconstruction Reveals Face of 500-Year-Old Irishmanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-reconstruction-reveals-face-500-year-old-irishman-180963886/The image offers a rare portrait of an ordinary DublinerFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:19:51 +0000The Crazy Story of the 1946 Bikini Atoll Nuclear Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crazy-story-1946-bikini-atoll-nuclear-tests-180963833/They were the first time that a nuclear weapon had been deployed since the 1945 attacks on JapanFri, 30 Jun 2017 15:01:03 +0000Neanderthals May Have Used Toothpicks to Treat Aching Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-toothpicks-treat-aching-teeth-180963883/A Neanderthal living in what is now Croatia and wore grooves in his or her teeth trying to soothe the painThu, 29 Jun 2017 19:26:04 +0000Two Thirds of Southern Resident Orca Pregnancies Fail http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-thirds-southern-resident-orca-pregnancies-fail-180963884/But now scientists think they know why Thu, 29 Jun 2017 18:59:55 +0000Harry Potter Sparks Illegal Owl Trade in Indonesia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harry-potter-sparks-illegal-owl-trade-indonesia-180963881/Hedwig made quite the impression—but her popularity is hurting real-life birdsThu, 29 Jun 2017 18:33:18 +0000Global Fishing Fleets Waste Ten Percent of Catchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-fishing-fleet-wastes-ten-percent-its-catch-180963865/Every year, fisheries waste ten million tons of fish—enough to fill 4,500 Olympic-sized swimming poolsThu, 29 Jun 2017 16:39:22 +0000One in Three American Pets Is Pudgyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/news-flash-your-cat-fat-180963866/Is your kitty curvaceous? It's not the only oneThu, 29 Jun 2017 15:13:11 +0000Boaty McBoatface Completes Its First Missionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boaty-mcboatface-completes-its-first-mission-180963863/The little submarine named by the Internet investigated the icy deep waters of Antarctica's Orkney ChannelWed, 28 Jun 2017 19:06:33 +0000Plague Infects Three People in New Mexico http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plague-infects-three-people-new-mexico-180963861/The deadly disease can be spread by household pets Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:56:19 +0000There's a New Island Off the Coast of North Carolinahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-island-outer-banks-just-time-summer-180963859/"Shelly Island" is a mile long and 300 yards wide, but it's hard to say how long it'll be aroundWed, 28 Jun 2017 16:57:25 +0000Researchers Find Ancient Extinction Event Among Large Marine Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-extinction-event-found-among-old-school-sea-mammals-180963852/More than a third of large ocean-dwelling species disappeared roughly 2 million years agoWed, 28 Jun 2017 15:51:31 +0000New Species of Amazon Parrot Discovered in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-amazon-parrot-discovered-mexico-180963853/Researchers say that only 100 blue-winged Amazons, which have distinctive markings and a unique call, exist in the wildWed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Detailed Images of a Distant Star Hold Clues to Its Ultimate Fatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/images-betelgeuse-are-best-pictures-star-so-far-180963849/Sitting some 640 light years from our planet, the star Betelgeuse is on the verge of supernovaWed, 28 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Watch a 100-foot-tall Giant Sequoia Get Transplanted in Boisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-movers-transplant-100-foot-tall-giant-sequoia-boise-180963848/A gift from John Muir, the beloved tree was transferred to a local park by St. Luke's Medical Center so the facility can expandTue, 27 Jun 2017 19:25:08 +0000Unesco-Protected Reefs Could Be Destroyed by 2100 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unesco-protected-reefs-could-be-destroyed-2100-180963844/Over 70 percent of world heritage reefs were damaged during the recent bleaching eventTue, 27 Jun 2017 16:42:19 +0000Chase August’s Solar Eclipse Aboard This Special Flighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-flight-will-chase-augusts-solar-eclipse-180963840/Alaska Airlines will give away one coveted seat on the chartered flight Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:44:52 +0000The Latest Bleaching Event May Be Over, But Reefs Are Still in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worst-coral-bleaching-event-record-may-be-over-180963835/Places like Guam and Hawaii could soon face more hot waterTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:30:09 +0000Robert Oppenheimer’s Career Ended Long After the Bang, With a Whimperhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robert-oppenheimers-career-ended-long-after-bang-whimper-180963805/The rivalry between Edward Teller and Robert Oppenheimer ended both their careersTue, 27 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Figured Out How the Sun Shoots Plasma Jets http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-sun-shoots-plasma-jets-180963832/Neutral particles are behind spicules’ spectacular show Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:45:41 +0000Magnetic Field Around Uranus Are a Chaotic Messhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uranus-magnetic-field-opens-and-closes-every-day-180963830/Using data from the Voyager 2 mission, researchers have modeled Uranus's off-kilter magnetosphereMon, 26 Jun 2017 19:12:25 +0000Yemen's Deadly Cholera Crisis is the Worst in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yemen-faces-cholera-crisis-180963827/More than 200,000 cases have been reported in a country racked by civil war Mon, 26 Jun 2017 17:35:08 +0000Creating a Full Palette of Blueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/creating-full-palette-blues-180963790/How the discovery of a new metal helped to change painting foreverMon, 26 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Hordes of Gelatinous “Sea Pickles” Are Invading the West Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hordes-sea-pickles-are-clogging-west-coast-180963811/Usually a rare creature, no one yet knows the reason for the influx of the light-emitting creaturesFri, 23 Jun 2017 18:49:59 +0000New Zealand’s Iconic Pōhutukawa Tree May Have Roots in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-iconic-phutukawa-tree-may-have-roots-australia-180963818/Fossils belonging to the pōhutukawa’s ancient ancestors were found on the coast of Tasmania Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:06:05 +0000Yellowstone Grizzly to Be Removed From Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellowstone-grizzly-be-removed-endangered-species-list-180963816/Their numbers have grown from 136 animals in 1975 to roughly 700 todayFri, 23 Jun 2017 15:52:16 +0000Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone" May Grow to the Size of New Jersey This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gulf-mexico-dead-zone-may-be-size-new-jersey-year-180963799/Shrimp and fish may suffer as excess rain and nutrients produce one of the largest oxygen-poor zones to dateThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Scientists Hatch a New Explanation for How Eggs Get Their Shapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-hatch-new-explanation-how-eggs-get-their-shapes-180963801/Flight ability could explain how eggs are shaped Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-putting-tens-thousands-sea-fossils-online-180963792/The Western Interior Seaway is gone, but not forgottenThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:53:32 +0000The Little Brown Bat’s Mighty Talenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-brown-bats-mighty-talent-180963744/Accounting for body size, the little brown bat lives longest of any mammal–but no one knows whyThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crafty-killer-whales-are-harassing-alaskan-fishing-boats-180963788/Hungry orcas are making off with tens of thousands of pounds of cod and halibutThu, 22 Jun 2017 15:12:20 +0000Puppy Pics May Add Spark to Struggling Relationshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppy-pics-may-add-spark-struggling-relationships-180963794/A new study asked couples to look at photo streams that paired images of their spouses with pictures of poochesThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:55:36 +0000