Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Scientists Use "The Moth Radio Hour" to Create Brain Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-moth-radio-hour-create-brain-atlas-180958960/Using a functional MRI, scientists created a visual dictionary to show how areas of the brain process languageFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Astronomers Deploy a Laser System for a Clearer View of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-deploy-laser-system-aid-stargazing-180958946/A new four-laser system at the Paranal Observatory will help the massive telescope compensate for atmospheric turbulenceFri, 29 Apr 2016 14:05:00 +0000Ancient Arabic Text Shines Light on Massive Supernovahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-arabic-text-shines-light-massive-supernova-180958942/A new look at records from an ancient astronomer yields insights into one of the brighest supernovas ever seen from EarthFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:46:10 +0000Eating Toxic Algae Might Make Some Plankton Act Drunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eating-toxic-algae-might-make-some-plankton-act-drunk-180958948/Though it may seem funny, it could have serious environmental consequencesFri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Had Great Eyesight and a Droopy Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-dinosaur-species-had-great-eyesight-and-droopy-head-180958933/Sarmientosaurus weighed as much as two elephants but had a brain the size of a limeWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:26 +0000Hubble Spies a Tiny Moon Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-discovered-new-moon-hiding-kuiper-belt-180958934/Our solar system still has plenty of surprisesWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:10:37 +0000Japanese Priests Collected Almost Seven Centuries of Climate Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-priests-collected-almost-seven-centuries-climate-data-180958929/Historic records from "citizen scientists" in Japan and Finland give researchers centuries of data on ice conditionsWed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:03 +0000Audubon Pranked Fellow Naturalist by Making Up Fake Rodentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/audubon-pranked-fellow-naturalist-making-fake-rodents-180958907/Annoyed with naturalist and houseguest Constantine Rafinesque, John J. Audubon dreamed up 28 non-existent speciesWed, 27 Apr 2016 14:32:03 +0000"Shark Vision" Shines Light on Biofluorescent Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-shark-vision-record-neon-species-180958919/Using a specially designed filter, divers uncovered the glowing patterns on the skin of catsharksTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:46:59 +0000Take in the Beauty of This Gravity Web That Connects Galaxies Across the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/web-gravity-connect-galaxies-across-universe-180958918/A new simulation visualizes how distant galaxies might be connectedTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:40:00 +0000Thirty Years Later, a Gigantic Arch Is Set to Cover Chernobylhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-years-later-gigantic-arch-set-cover-chernobyl-180958915/The New Safe Confinement is one of history’s most ambitious engineering projects—and it comes not a moment too soonTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:16:08 +0000Fire Devastates New Delhi's National Museum of Natural Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-devastates-new-delhis-national-museum-natural-history-180958914/A late night blaze guts one of India's favorite museums, destroying valuable collections and exhibitsTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:02 +0000Explore 300 Terabytes of CERN Data Now Free to Downloadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-scientists-now-have-300-terabytes-cern-data-explore-180958895/CERN’s latest data dump includes raw information from the Large Hadron ColliderMon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:01 +0000This “Sweaty” Billboard Kills Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sweaty-billboard-kills-mosquitoes-180958893/Gross gimmick or Zika-fighting innovation?Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:46:44 +0000Bed Bugs Are Picky About Certain Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bed-bugs-are-picky-about-certain-colors-180958891/But don’t buy new sheets just yetMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:08:22 +0000Marijuana Advocates Want to Establish a Standard Unit of Highnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marijuana-advocates-want-establish-standard-unit-highness-180958873/What’s the weed equivalent to an alcoholic drink?Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:53 +0000The Hubble Scoped This Space Bubble Just in Time For Its Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-scoped-space-bubble-just-time-its-birthday-180958874/The Hubble Telescope has been in orbit for 26 yearsFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:00:40 +0000Damien Hirst's Artworks May Leak Formaldehyde Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/damien-hirsts-artworks-may-leak-formaldehyde-gas-180958862/Where does art end and hazard begin?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:40:02 +000021 Million Years Ago, Monkeys May Have Floated to North America on Raftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-may-have-come-north-america-rafts-180958864/Fossil teeth in Panama show monkeys made it to Central America, probably on floating mats of vegetationThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Indonesia’s “Death Zoo” Got Its Grisly Reputationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-indonesias-death-zoo-got-its-grisly-reputation-180958865/Will Rama the tiger’s demise prompt action at a zoo known for its filthy, overcrowded conditions?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:43:48 +0000Three People Hit With Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-people-have-been-hit-criminal-charges-over-flint-water-crisis-180958857/Two state officials and a city employee are the first to be charged in connection with the Flint water crisisThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:15:04 +0000Mass Bleaching Destroys Swaths of the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mass-bleaching-decimates-great-barrier-reef-180958850/Surveys show that 55 percent of reefs surveyed were severely affected by high water temperatures, with half of those expected to dieWed, 20 Apr 2016 19:09:42 +0000More Than Half of All Americans Breathe Polluted Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-half-all-americans-breathe-polluted-air-180958849/166 million people a year are exposed to air that’s too dangerous to breatheWed, 20 Apr 2016 18:26:07 +0000Every City Has a Unique Microbial “Fingerprint”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-city-has-unique-microbial-fingerprint-180958842/From architecture to microbes, every city is differentWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:05:37 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness and Ego?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-insects-have-consciousness-ego-180958824/The brains of insects are similar to a structure in human brains, which could show a rudimentary form of consciousnessTue, 19 Apr 2016 18:23:26 +0000Watch Earth's Atmosphere Brilliantly Light Up From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-earth-atmosphere-brilliantly-light-up-space-180958817/The glow isn't from an aurora, it's a phenomena called airglowTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:53:02 +0000Vaccine Switch Marks a New (and Hopefully Last) Stage in the Battle With Poliohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vaccine-switch-marks-new-stage-battle-polio-180958810/Over the weekend, health officials began replacing the current polio vaccination in an effort to wipe out one of three strains of the virusMon, 18 Apr 2016 17:54:51 +0000The Northeast Prepares for Swarms of Cicadas This Springhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/northeast-prepares-swarms-cicadas-spring-180958806/Billions of red-eyed cicadas will emerge from the earth in much of the northeast this spring, part of a 17-year-cycleMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:45:00 +0000Your Body Could One Day Be a Computer Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-body-could-one-day-be-computer-display-180958807/Forget screen time—a new technology is all about skin timeMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:17:24 +0000Scientists Catalog Creatures in Every Corner of Los Angeleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-catalog-creatures-every-corner-los-angeles-180958798/In a huge citizen science project, scientists are turning to an urban environment to seek out biodiversityMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000Your High-End Perfume Is Likely Part Whale Mucushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-high-end-perfume-likely-part-whale-mucus-180958767/A single pound of "whale vomit" can be worth tens of thousands of dollarsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:52:19 +0000Scientists Discovered Exoplanets More Than 70 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-actually-discovered-exoplanets-over-70-years-earlier-than-thought-180958753/A 1917 glass plate discovered in an observatory archive records the first evidence of exoplanetsThu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:53 +0000Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unprecedented-massive-swarm-crabs-scuttling-along-ocean-floor-180958740/Marine biologists say this behavior has never been seen beforeWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking and Billionaire Announce Project to Send Tiny Probes to Nearest Star Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stephen-hawking-and-billionaire-announce-project-send-tiny-probes-nearest-star-system-180958745/Yuri Milner is investing 100 million dollars in research to develop a swarm of tiny probes for a mission to Alpha CentauriTue, 12 Apr 2016 22:57:21 +0000Human Diseases May Have Doomed the Neanderthalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-diseases-may-have-doomed-neanderthals-180958735/Stomach ulcers, herpes, ringworm and other tropical diseases may have all contributed to the Neanderthal demiseTue, 12 Apr 2016 16:10:54 +0000Can Great Apes Be Vaccinated Against Ebola and Other Diseases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-trying-vaccinate-great-apes-against-ebola-and-other-diseases-180958725/Vaccinations could be the best defense against devastating population dropsTue, 12 Apr 2016 14:26:33 +0000Radioactive Boars Rampage Around Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-boars-rampage-around-fukushima-180958722/A boom in the wild boar population is causing problems for farmers near the site of the 2011 nuclear disasterTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poor’s Life Expectancy Varies Based on Where They Livehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poors-life-expectancy-varies-based-where-they-live-180958719/The life expectancy gap between New York and Gary, Indiana is over four yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:12 +0000After Decades of Decline, Tiger Populations Could Be on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-decades-decline-tiger-populations-are-starting-rise-180958720/Though the latest numbers seem hopeful, the majestic creatures are not out of the woods yetMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:26:45 +0000Isaac Newton Used This Recipe in His Hunt to Make a Philosopher’s Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isaac-newton-used-recipe-his-hunt-make-philosophers-stone-180958709/The recently publicized document was kept in a private collection for many yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:07:42 +0000The Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Entered Emergency Modehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-planet-hunting-telescope-emergency-mode-180958716/The probe suddenly went into a safe mode for unknown reasons last weekMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:39:10 +0000Researchers Piece Together Ancient Plesiosaur Attackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-piece-together-ancient-plesiosaur-attack-180958704/After examining bite marks on a 70-million-year old diving bird, researchers figure out who tried to have it for dinnerFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:57:24 +0000Humans and Neanderthals May Have Had Trouble Making Male Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-had-trouble-making-male-babies-180958701/The Neanderthal Y chromosome hasn't persisted in modern humansFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:58 +0000Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supermassive-black-holes-may-be-more-common-previously-thought-180958688/Astronomers have found a huge black hole in a "cosmic backwater," opening the possiblity there could be many more in the universeThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:24:13 +0000Pig Heart Beat for Over Two Years in Baboon's Bellyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pig-heart-beat-over-two-years-baboon-belly-180958686/Researchers take big step forward in the quest to develop cross-species organ transplantsThu, 07 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000Radioactive Isotopes in The Oceans May Be Remnants of Ancient Supernovaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-isotopes-oceans-may-have-come-nearby-supernovae-180958687/Cosmic dust may have altered life on Earth as we know itThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:47:09 +0000Three Things to Know About the Newly-Discovered State of Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-newly-discovered-state-matter-180958680/There’s more to matter than just solids, liquids and gasesWed, 06 Apr 2016 18:49:34 +0000Green Sea Turtles Are No Longer Endangered in Florida and Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-sea-turtles-come-endangered-list-florida-mexico-180958677/Decades of conservation efforts have led authorities to downgrade the turtles to threatened, though many challenges still remainWed, 06 Apr 2016 17:21:29 +0000Sneak a Peek at the Multi-Million Dollar Meteorites Soon up for Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sneak-peek-multi-million-dollar-meteorite-soon-sale-180958622/Christie's is auctioning off dozens of rare and important meteorites, including pieces of the rock that exploded over Russia in 2013Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Eco-Celebrity Crane Inspires Wetland Protection in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eco-celebrity-crane-inspires-wetland-protection-taiwan-180958666/An endangered Siberian crane that has made Taiwan home is inspiring locals to protect the wetlandsTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:20:00 +0000NOAA Just Moved to Protect Puny Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noaa-just-moved-protect-puny-fish-180958661/Why a new ban is a big deal for the ocean's tiniest creaturesTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:20:00 +0000Don’t Worry: Eating Quinoa Doesn't Hurt Peruvian Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-eating-quinoa-helps-peruvian-farmers-180958639/A new study shows that the grain helps rather than hurtsFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:03:51 +0000White-Nose Syndrome Detected in Bats West of the Rockies for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-nose-syndrome-detected-bats-west-rockies-first-time-180958637/The fungal disease, which has devastated bat populations in the Eastern U.S., has now shown up in Washington stateFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:09:09 +0000What's Over the Horizon? These New Maps Will Show Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-over-horizon-new-maps-show-you-180958633/Andy Woodruff's line of sight maps show what you're facing from any coastline in the worldFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:32 +0000Researchers Make Cyborg Beetles a Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-make-cyborg-beetles-reality-180958631/Outfitted with microprocessor-equipped backpacks, scientists can control the beetle's steps via remote controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:35:24 +0000NASA Scientists Are Trying to Make Medicine Onboard the ISShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-scientists-are-trying-make-medicine-onboard-iss-180958612/Scientists are sending fungi to the space station to see what pharmaceuticals astronauts can brewWed, 30 Mar 2016 19:20:00 +0000305-Million-Year-Old Fossil Helps Unravel the Spider's Evolutionary Webhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-helps-unravel-spiders-evolutionary-web-180958614/The spider look-alike shows what separates modern spiders from their ancient eight-legged cousinsWed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:54 +0000Amateur Astronomers Capture an Asteroid or Comet Colliding With Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-astronomers-capture-asteroid-comet-colliding-jupiter-180958607/The object recently exploded in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planetWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:33:06 +0000Dog Owners Beware, DNA in Dog Poop Could Be Used to Track You Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-owners-beware-dna-dog-poop-could-used-track-you-down-180958596/A Chicago apartment building is trying out a new scheme to catch four-legged offenders and their humansWed, 30 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Genetically Pure Bison Will Return to Montana After 100 Years in Exilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-pure-bison-return-montana-after-100-years-exile-180958597/Next week, the Blackfeet Tribe will receive 89 buffalo calves that descended from Montana stock in a Canadian National ParkTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:30:50 +0000New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-usgs-map-shows-man-made-earthquakes-rise-180958595/This updated earthquake hazard map shows seven million more Americans are at risk of quakesTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:10:28 +0000Future Moon Bases Might Be Built in Underground Lava Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-moon-bases-might-be-built-underground-lava-tubes-180958590/Caverns carved out by ancient lava could shelter astronauts from the hazards of moon lifeTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:49:35 +0000Tesla vs. Edison Is a Video Game That Will Literally Shock Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tesla-vs-edison-now-video-game-180958564/Fight the 'War of the Currents'Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000Rhinos Will Be Airlifted to Australia to Avoid Poachershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhinos-flying-australia-avoid-poachers-180958587/A new project is flying rhinos from South Africa to Australia to create a "biological insurance policy" against increased poachingMon, 28 Mar 2016 18:05:23 +0000The Secret Behind Your Favorite Coffee Could Be Yeasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-behind-your-favorite-coffee-yeast-180958583/Researchers find three unique strains of yeast that help ferment coffee and cacao beans and may give the treats their unique flavorsMon, 28 Mar 2016 17:09:16 +0000Genes of Ancestral Peanuts May Help Feed the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-ancestral-peanuts-may-help-develop-new-varieties-180958576/Researchers have sequenced the genome of peanuts and its ancient cousins, which could lead to disease and drought-resistant varietiesMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:54:09 +0000Alaska’s Most Active Volcano Is at It Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskas-most-active-volcano-is-it-again-180958582/Pavlof Volcano spews ash 20,000 feet into the air, and scientists warn pilots to steer clearMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:22:31 +0000Controversial Texas Rattlesnake Roundup Nets Largest Catch to Datehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-texas-rattlesnake-roundup-nets-largest-catch-date-180958575/One of the world’s largest rattlesnake roundup bagged nearly 25,000 pounds of rattlers this yearFri, 25 Mar 2016 18:36:32 +0000"Missing Link" Cave Fish Walks Like a Salamanderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-link-cave-fish-walks-salamander-180958569/A fish that wiggles up waterfalls may help researchers understand how life shifted from water to landFri, 25 Mar 2016 17:30:00 +0000UPDATE: The Tribeca Film Festival Changes Course, Will Not Screen Film About the Discredited Anti-Vaxx Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-is-tribeca-film-festival-screening-film-about-discredited-anti-vaxx-movement-180958570/The controversy shows the film isn't immune to unfounded fears about vaccinationFri, 25 Mar 2016 16:23:59 +0000The London Underground Has Its Own Mosquito Subspecieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-underground-has-its-own-mosquito-subspecies-180958566/Take a bite out of this strange evolutionary exampleFri, 25 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Cure for Lower Back Pain? Mindfulness and Therapyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cure-lower-back-pain-mindfulness-therapy-180958561/Mindfulness-based stress relief and cognitive behaviorial therapy work better than conventional treatments in patient trialsThu, 24 Mar 2016 18:32:40 +0000Ancient Volcanoes May Have Shifted the Moon’s Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-volcanoes-may-have-shifted-moons-poles-180958562/Ice deposits point to the moon’s old polesThu, 24 Mar 2016 17:53:23 +0000New NASA Images Shed Light on Ceres’ Bright Spotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-nasa-images-shed-light-ceres-bright-spots-180958544/Yet the dwarf planet serves up fresh mysteriesWed, 23 Mar 2016 19:12:56 +0000Prairie Dogs: The Fiercest Killers in the Westhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prairie-dogs-fiercest-killers-west-180958543/New study reveals white-tailed prairie dogs attack and kill ground squirrels with no provocationWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:55 +0000An Oregon Port Is Using Inflatable Air Dancers to Scare Off Pesky Sea Lionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oregon-port-using-inflatable-air-dancers-scare-pesky-sea-lions-180958532/The car dealership staple is now a marine mammal scarecrowTue, 22 Mar 2016 19:35:54 +0000Massive Bleaching Event Hits the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-bleaching-event-hits-great-barrier-reef-180958535/Warm ocean temperatures have impacted large swaths of the Great Barrier Reef in the last month, part of a worldwide coral die-offTue, 22 Mar 2016 19:10:33 +0000NASA Spies a Supernova’s First Shockwavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-spies-supernovas-first-shockwave-180958536/Astronomers spot the first flash of a distant supernova in visible lightTue, 22 Mar 2016 18:30:00 +0000Climate Change Makes For Tastier Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-makes-tastier-wine-180958534/Global warming + wine grapes = true love…for nowTue, 22 Mar 2016 16:47:04 +0000Two New Flower Species Were Discovered Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-flower-species-were-discovered-online-180958519/These naturalists didn’t know one another—but that didn’t keep them from discovering two new magnolias togetherMon, 21 Mar 2016 18:15:00 +0000A Pair of Comets Are Making a Record-Breaking Pass by Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pair-comets-are-making-record-breaking-pass-earth-180958515/This is the closest a comet has come in 246 yearsMon, 21 Mar 2016 17:15:20 +0000How Malaria Gave Us Mauvehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-malaria-gave-us-mauve-180958427/Tropical diseases and coal tar have a lot to do with brightly-colored clothingMon, 21 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Storks Move to a Trashy Neighborhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/storks-move-trashy-neighborhood-180958465/White storks in Portugal and Spain are forgoing thier annual migration to Africa to pig out in landfillsFri, 18 Mar 2016 19:53:43 +0000Five New Things We Learned About Pluto This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-new-things-we-Learned-about-pluto-week-180958487/A new set of studies paints Pluto as a weirder planet than scientists once thoughtFri, 18 Mar 2016 19:29:42 +0000New Study Details Interbreeding of Ancient Humans With Evolutionary Cousinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-details-interbreeding-ancient-humans-evolutionary-cousins-180958486/Genetic analysis shows multiple periods of inbreeding—trysts that may have given ancient humans the genetic tools they needed to surviveFri, 18 Mar 2016 18:55:09 +0000Washington D.C. Welcomes a New Baby Bald Eaglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-dc-welcomes-new-baby-bald-eagle-180958481/With one chick hatched, there’s another still to comeFri, 18 Mar 2016 13:44:16 +0000Geometric Shapes Inspire New, Stretchy Materialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geometric-shapes-inspire-new-stretchy-materials-180958463/Intricate designs drawn from Islamic art could help make materials that stretch in new waysThu, 17 Mar 2016 20:21:57 +0000SeaWorld Is Shutting Down Its Orca Breeding Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seaworld-shutting-down-its-orca-breeding-program-180958473/But the orcas currently living in its parks will remain there for the rest of their livesThu, 17 Mar 2016 17:34:10 +0000A New Species of Butterfly Was Hiding in Plain Sighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-butterfly-was-hiding-plain-sight-180958468/The Tanana Arctic could be a rare butterfly hybrid—and it’s the first such find in nearly 30 yearsThu, 17 Mar 2016 15:01:41 +0000NASA’s Starting a Fire in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-starting-fire-space-180958458/How will flames react in microgravity? Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000CSI Sephora: New Technique Helps Identifiy Lipstick Brands From Crime Sceneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/csi-sephora-new-technique-helps-identify-lipstick-brands-crime-scenes-180958451/Researchers refine the way forensic technicians collect and analyze lipstick evidenceWed, 16 Mar 2016 16:07:40 +0000How a College Student Led the WikiProject Women Scientists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-college-student-led-wikiproject-women-scientists-180958423/Emily Temple-Wood's Women Scientist project is writing female researchers back into the conversationTue, 15 Mar 2016 17:07:07 +0000Hundreds of Right Whales Are Returning to Cape Codhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-right-whales-are-returning-cape-cod-180958406/Decades have passed since the endangered species regularly frequented Cape Cod BayTue, 15 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Find Life on Mars Blasts Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mission-find-life-mars-blasts-180958404/The European Space Agency kicks off its ExoMars project to look for methane and other signs of life in the Martian atmosphereMon, 14 Mar 2016 17:48:29 +0000Recently Discovered Spider Is Named After Physicist Brian Greenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/recently-discovered-spider-named-after-physicist-brian-greene-180958396/About the size of the human palm, the "Brian" spider can swim and hunt fishFri, 11 Mar 2016 20:51:48 +0000With Breathtaking Pictures, Citizen Scientists Help Map Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/with-breathtaking-pictures-citizen-scientists-help-map-auroras-180958385/Social media users help scientists figure out how to accurately forecast geomagnetic eventsFri, 11 Mar 2016 20:20:52 +0000Epic Journey Brings First Elephant to Somalia in 20 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/epic-journey-brings-first-elephant-somalia-20-years-180958381/Meet Morgan, whose 3-week trek shows anti-poaching efforts could be workingFri, 11 Mar 2016 18:37:31 +0000Could Plastic-Gobbling Bacteria Save the Environment?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-plastic-gobbling-bacteria-save-environment-180958386/Japanese scientists discovered a microbe that digests one of the most common plasticsFri, 11 Mar 2016 17:58:23 +0000Meet the BOSS, the Largest Structure in the Universe (So Far)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-boss-largest-structure-universe-180958378/Astronomers recently discovered a wall of galaxies 1 billion light years across, larger than anything else yet identified in the cosmosThu, 10 Mar 2016 18:50:23 +0000NASA Delays the InSight Probe's Voyage to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-delays-insight-probe-voyage-mars-180958376/Originally scheduled for this month, NASA now plans to launch the probe in 2018Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:19:33 +0000How Hydra Rip Open New Mouths at Every Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hydra-rip-open-new-mouths-every-meal-180958372/Scientists finally figured out how the tiny aquatic creature opens its mouth to eatThu, 10 Mar 2016 16:05:15 +0000Found: The Biggest Collection of Ancient Oaks in Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-biggest-collection-ancient-oaks-europe-180958364/The massive, old trees were hiding in plain sight in the woods of a spectacular mansionThu, 10 Mar 2016 15:45:20 +0000The Marine Corps Plans to Airlift Over 1,000 Desert Tortoiseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-corps-airlifting-1185-desert-tortoises-new-training-grounds-180958315/Despite the positive intentions behind relocation, conservationists worry that it will hurt the tortoises more than it helpsThu, 10 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Move Over Matt Damon: Scientists Grow Ten Crops In Faux Martian Soilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/move-over-matt-damon-scientists-grow-ten-crops-faux-martian-soil-180958366/A new experiment shows that with a little help, soil on Mars could readily support agricultureWed, 09 Mar 2016 20:56:30 +0000Check Out These Photos From Last Night’s Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-photos-last-nights-solar-eclipse-180958365/Parts of the pacific and Indonesia went dark last night as the moon moved directly between Earth and the sunWed, 09 Mar 2016 17:11:27 +0000Ancient Shipwrecks Offer Clues Into the History of Hurricaneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-shipwrecks-offer-clues-history-hurricanes-180958313/Patterns in ancient shipwrecks are helping scientists fill in the gaps of the patchy hurricane recordsTue, 08 Mar 2016 20:25:31 +0000Don't Miss Jupiter Shine Bright Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-jupiters-shine-bright-tonight-180958305/As Earth moves between Jupiter and the sun, the gas giant will outshine the starsTue, 08 Mar 2016 16:24:51 +0000Wading Birds 'Pay' Alligators for Their Protection http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wading-birds-pay-alligators-protection-180958304/It's a give-and-take relationship: alligators may chow down on a few chicks, but they keep predators at bayTue, 08 Mar 2016 15:30:00 +0000Take in the Beauty of Science With This Year's Wellcome Image Award Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-beauty-science-years-wellcome-image-awards-winners-180958302/From winding brain pathways to sparkling moth scales, these evocative images both teach and amazeTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000The Sky Might Soon Be Flush With Self-Cleaning Bathroomshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-day-plane-bathrooms-could-clean-themselves-180958299/A new Boeing prototype lavatory zaps germs with UV raysTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000Chimps May Be Performing Rituals at “Shrine Trees”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-may-be-performing-rituals-shrine-trees-180958301/Scientists think that chimps throwing and stacking stones at hollow trees may be evidence of early ritualsMon, 07 Mar 2016 20:42:02 +0000Martian Volcanoes Spewed So Much Lava That the Planet’s Surface Shiftedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/martian-volcanoes-spewed-so-much-lava-planets-surface-shifted-180958277/Volcanic upheaval could explain some of the mysteries of Mars’ strange surfaceMon, 07 Mar 2016 15:49:44 +0000A Solar Eclipse Will Darken Pacific Skies This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-eclipse-will-darken-pacific-skies-this-week-180958269/Though the actual eclipse can only be seen from select locations, don't miss the live stream of the event onlineMon, 07 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000Deep-Sea Robot Spies Ghostly, Unknown Octopushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-robot-spies-ghostly-unknown-octopus-180958290/Previously-undiscovered octopus spotted hanging out on the ocean floorMon, 07 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000Hubble Spotted the Oldest Galaxy It Has Ever Seenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-spotted-oldest-galaxy-it-has-ever-seen-180958288/Look back in time with a glimpse at a galaxy that's 13.4 billion light years awayFri, 04 Mar 2016 18:01:08 +0000Animal Traffickers Use Facebook to Boost Saleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-traffickers-facebook-boost-sales-180958273/There’s plenty to dislike about using social media to sell endangered speciesFri, 04 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000Alaska Is Shipping in Snow for This Year’s Iditarodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaska-shipping-snow-years-iditarod-180958265/Could a warm winter make the famous sled race go to the dogs?Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19:03:09 +0000The FDA Will Ban a Common Pesticidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-will-ban-common-pesticide-180958262/Flubendiamide is used in about 200 crops like almonds and soybeansWed, 02 Mar 2016 17:08:54 +0000“Baby Hands” on Rock Paintings Were Probably Lizard Printshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-hands-rock-paintings-were-probably-lizard-prints-instead-180958254/The prints could have held symbolic meaning for Stone Age humansWed, 02 Mar 2016 15:22:25 +0000