Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 11 Feb 2016 18:07:04 +0000Here's Why It's So Hard to Smash a Cockroachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-its-so-hard-smash-cockroach-180958125/Scientists chased and crushed cockroaches—and their results could one day save lives Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:07:04 +0000Check Out These Vintage Computer Viruses at the Malware Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-vintage-computer-viruses-malware-museum-180958090/Relive the horror of watching your computer catch a ‘90s-era virusThu, 11 Feb 2016 14:57:06 +0000NASA Went Retro With Their New Space Travel Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-went-retro-with-their-new-space-travel-posters-180958086/Travel to the world of tomorrow—today! Wed, 10 Feb 2016 20:00:03 +0000Take 360-Degree Tours of Mars and the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-360-degree-tours-mars-and-moon-180958085/Earth's neighbors have never seemed so tantalizingly closeWed, 10 Feb 2016 17:19:30 +0000How Children’s Imaginations Inspired This Cool Schoolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-childrens-imaginations-inspired-this-cool-school-180958079/A new Danish kindergarten was envisioned by the way a child might draw a houseWed, 10 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know About Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-gravitational-waves-180958077/The internet is abuzz with rumors of a big announcement—here are a few things you should know to decipher the newsTue, 09 Feb 2016 19:02:50 +0000Michelangelo May Have Had Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michelangelo-may-have-had-arthritis-180958056/Researchers used old portraits and letters to study the master's hands Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:30:00 +0000This Company Just Ditched Artificial Food Dyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/company-just-ditched-artificial-food-dyes-180958076/The food of the future won’t necessarily look less fake—but its ingredient list mightTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:43:29 +0000Watch a Japanese Volcano Put on a Spectacular Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-japanese-volcano-put-spectacular-show-180958068/Lightning and lava? No biggieMon, 08 Feb 2016 17:37:03 +0000A New Experimental Fusion Reactor Powers Up in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-experimental-fusion-reactor-powers-germany-180958058/The reactor's first test was brief but successfulMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:56:00 +0000U.S Panel Deems "Three Parent Babies" Ethical to Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-panel-deems-three-parent-babies-ethical-test-180958057/Mitochondrial replacement therapy could help prevent genetic diseasesMon, 08 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Only Known Jaguar in America Was Finally Caught on Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-known-jaguar-america-finally-caught-video-180958060/“El Jefe” made a rare appearance in ArizonaFri, 05 Feb 2016 20:30:08 +0000Here's the Latest on Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-latest-penguins-180958052/From invasive "fairies" to huddling chicks, penguins are the perfect pick-me-upFri, 05 Feb 2016 17:00:17 +0000Infants Can See Things That Adults Cannothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infants-can-see-things-adults-cannot-180958036/Over time, our brains start filtering out details deemed unimportantFri, 05 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Women "Catch" Yawns More Easily Than Menhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/women-catch-yawns-more-easily-men-180958044/Researchers sneakily observed thousands of interactions to see if gender made a difference in the contagiousness of yawningThu, 04 Feb 2016 20:04:33 +0000Jurassic-Era Insect Looks Just Like a Modern Butterflyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-era-insect-looks-just-modern-butterflies-180958040/Jurassic "butterflies" helped pollinate ancient plants millions of years before the butterfly even existedThu, 04 Feb 2016 19:35:21 +0000Venus Flytraps Know How to Counthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-flytraps-know-how-count-180958017/Figuring out when to chomp is as easy as one, two, three, four, fiveThu, 04 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out This Scale Replica of The International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-scale-replica-international-space-station-180957989/Pretend you’re in orbit without ever leaving the groundThu, 04 Feb 2016 12:30:00 +0000A Chin-Stroking Mystery: Why Are Humans the Only Animals With Chins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chin-stroking-mystery-why-are-humans-ony-animals-with-chins-180957997/It's an evolutionary conundrum and scientists are still divided over the answerTue, 02 Feb 2016 17:17:04 +0000British Scientists Get Permission to Genetically Modify Human Embryos for Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/british-scientists-get-permission-genetically-modify-human-embryos-research-180958004/The scientists plan to use genetic engineering techniques to study infertilityMon, 01 Feb 2016 19:07:19 +0000The Moon's Tidal Forces May Affect How Much It Rainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/phases-moon-may-affect-how-much-it-rains-180958001/The higher the moon, the lower the chance of rainMon, 01 Feb 2016 17:09:40 +0000Stalin May Have Studied Mao’s Poop in a Secret Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stalin-may-have-studied-maos-poop-secret-lab-180957980/Get a whiff of this stranger-than-fiction story of political paranoia and Soviet scienceFri, 29 Jan 2016 18:15:00 +0000At Least 17 Sperm Whales Washed Up on North Sea Shoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/least-17-sperm-whales-wash-up-north-sea-shores-180957972/The cause of the cetacean tragedy is still a mysteryFri, 29 Jan 2016 17:13:02 +0000The Curious History of The International Flat Earth Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curious-history-international-flat-earth-society-180957969/The recent resurgence of this ancient idea reminds us that flat Earth believers have a long historyFri, 29 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Rare White Giraffe Survived Her First Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-white-giraffe-survived-her-first-year-180957942/The 15-month old calf has so far survived possible predation from lions, leopards, hyenas and human poachersWed, 27 Jan 2016 18:21:38 +0000Argentina Battles a Plague of Locusts, Surging After Mild Wintershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/argentina-battles-plague-locusts-surging-after-mild-winters-180957944/Farmers and officials are racing to get massive swarms under controlWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:11:40 +0000Beloved Giant Turtle Dies, Leaving Only Three Alive on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-giant-turtle-dies-leaving-three-alive-earth-180957940/The recent death of Cu Rua pushes the Yangtze giant soft-shell turtle to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jan 2016 21:01:38 +0000The Doomsday Clock's Hands Will Stay Put for Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doomsday-clocks-hands-will-stay-put-180957939/Experts agree—when it comes to nuclear weapons and climate change, it's still three minutes until midnightTue, 26 Jan 2016 19:30:00 +0000Zebra Stripes Might Not Be Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zebra-stripes-might-not-be-camouflage-180957927/The animals’ distinctive appearance is still a beautiful mysteryMon, 25 Jan 2016 19:32:48 +0000Describe Your Coffee With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/describe-your-coffee-with-science-180957915/There's an art—and a lot of science—to a consistent cup of coffeeMon, 25 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000There Are Now More Americans Over Age 100 and They're Living Longer Than Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-more-americans-over-age-100-now-and-they-are-living-longer-180957914/Scientists are still trying to understand the longevity secrets of those most advanced in ageFri, 22 Jan 2016 20:30:35 +0000Are We Living in the Plastic Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-we-living-plastic-age-180957817/Scientists argue that this material may best define our current period within the AnthropoceneFri, 22 Jan 2016 17:12:14 +0000Scientists Rediscover a Tree Frog Thought to Be Extinct for Over a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-rediscover-tree-frog-thought-extinct-over-century-180957902/Last seen in 1870, Jerdon’s tree frog is alive and (mostly) well in IndiaThu, 21 Jan 2016 21:07:19 +0000It's Official: 2015 Was the Hottest Year in Over a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-official-2015-was-hottest-year-over-century-180957898/A strong El Niño helped global temperatures reach new highsThu, 21 Jan 2016 18:40:55 +0000How a Russian Space Mirror Briefly Lit Up the Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-russian-space-mirror-briefly-lit-night-180957894/In 1993, the 65-foot-diameter satellite, called Znamya, briefly lit the Earth like a giant orbiting night lightThu, 21 Jan 2016 17:52:28 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for a Planet Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-stacks-planet-beyond-pluto-180957885/A new paper provides the strongest evidence yet for a real Planet XWed, 20 Jan 2016 20:54:59 +0000Missouri Mathematicians Discover New Prime Numberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missouri-mathematicians-discover-new-prime-number-180957881/At more than 22 million digits, it’s the longest prime yetWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:40:11 +0000Overfishing Has Been Even Worse Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/overfishing-has-been-even-worse-than-we-thought-180957871/Official counts previously overlooked fish as bycatch, small-scale fishing and illegal fishingWed, 20 Jan 2016 16:57:40 +0000Don't Miss This Month's Rare Planetary Alignmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-miss-this-months-rare-planetary-alignment-180957874/Five planets will appear together in the sky—all visible to the naked eye Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:00:00 +0000NASA Captures Mesmerizing Video of Cascading Magnetic Arches on the Sunhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-captures-mesmerizing-video-cascading-magnetic-arches-sun-180957872/Swirling magnetic waves triggered spectacular explosions on the sun’s surfaceTue, 19 Jan 2016 20:46:31 +0000Signs of Food Allergies Might Be in Newborns' Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/signs-food-allergies-might-be-newborns-blood-180957855/Overactive immune cells could prime the immune system to attack normally harmless molecules found in foodTue, 19 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out the First Flower Grown in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-first-flower-grown-space-180957859/It was a close call for this brilliant orange zinniaMon, 18 Jan 2016 20:00:00 +0000Sunday's SpaceX Landing Didn't Exactly Go as Plannedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sundays-spacex-landing-didnt-exactly-go-planned-180957858/Jason-3 made it to orbit—but the company's Falcon 9 rocket didn't make it back to Earth in one pieceMon, 18 Jan 2016 16:59:45 +0000Half of NASA's Newest Astronaut Class Are Womenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-nasa-newest-astronaut-class-wmeon-180957850/38 years after NASA hired its first female astronauts, four women are training to go to MarsMon, 18 Jan 2016 12:30:00 +0000The Brightest Supernova Ever Observed Tests the Limits of Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brightest-supernova-ever-observed-tests-limits-physics-180957843/This explosion blazes about 570 billion times brighter than our Sun, according to researchersFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:24:25 +0000Juno Is Now Humanity’s Furthest-Flung Solar-Powered Crafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-now-humanitys-furthest-flung-solar-powered-craft-180957842/Armed with over 18,000 solar cells, the Jupiter orbiter is taking solar-fueled space exploration to new lengthsFri, 15 Jan 2016 18:44:50 +0000A Rare Winter Hurricane Is Making a Beeline for the Azoreshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-winter-hurricane-making-beeline-azores-180957829/Alex is the first January Atlantic hurricane to form in almost 80 yearsThu, 14 Jan 2016 21:24:16 +0000 Star Light, Star Bright, Here's Why the Heavens Look Brighter Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/star-light-star-bright-heres-why-heavens-look-brighter-tonight-180957805/It’s not just because the air is clearerThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:40:00 +0000Here's Why Nobody Made It Up Mount Everest Last Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobody-scaled-mount-everest-last-year-180957812/For the first time in over four decades, red tape and poor conditions prevented any climbers from conquering the mountainThu, 14 Jan 2016 16:18:43 +0000Was the "Wow!" Signal From Aliens or a Comet Flyby?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-wow-signal-aliens-comet-flyby-180957810/The 1977 blast from space is often cited as our best evidence of alien contact, but a news study suggests it may have just been cometsThu, 14 Jan 2016 15:21:30 +0000Incandescent Light Bulbs May Have a Bright Future After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/incandescent-lightbulbs-may-have-bright-future-after-all-180957800/Nanotechnology could turn the inefficient bulbs’ weakness into a strengthTue, 12 Jan 2016 19:51:18 +0000Geneticists Figured Out How Animals Get Their White Spotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geneticists-figured-out-how-animals-get-their-white-spots-180957770/The answer could help people with certain genetic conditions and diseasesMon, 11 Jan 2016 19:02:22 +0000Scientists Are Trying to Get in Touch With Philae One Last Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-trying-get-touch-philae-one-last-time-180957769/As Comet 67P hurtles further and further away, it's taking the 'little lander that could' along with it Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000Microbe Cells Don't Outnumber Your Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbe-cells-dont-outnumber-your-own-180957762/For years people have cited the ten-to-one ratio, with microbes dominating human cells, but that number is probably wrong, according to recent researchMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:35:13 +00004.5 Billion-Year-Old Meteorite Found in the Australian Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/billion-year-old-meteorite-found-australian-desert-180957750/This 3.7 pound rock could help scientists learn about Earth's originsFri, 08 Jan 2016 16:18:45 +0000Old, Dense Star Clusters Might Be the Place to Look for Complex Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-dense-star-clusters-might-be-place-look-alien-life-180957746/The age and density of globular star clusters could give alien life both the time and resources necessary to brew complex societyFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:52:43 +0000The London Zoo Is Making its Annual Headcount This Weekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-zoo-making-its-annual-headcount-week-180957731/Ensuring every animal is present and accounted forThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Trained Monitor Lizards Not to Chow Down on Poisonous Toadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-trained-monitor-lizards-not-chow-down-poisonous-toads-180957730/And they did it by feeding them smaller and less-poisonous toadsThu, 07 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Ancient Grain May Have Helped Humans Become Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-ancient-grain-may-have-helped-humans-become-farmers-180957546/Millet's short growing season and low water needs might also benefit a modern world stressed by climate changeThu, 07 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Popular Brain Game Maker Luminosity Faces a Fine for False Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-brain-game-maker-luminosity-faces-fine-false-advertising-180957732/The science doesn’t back up the claims that playing memory and attention games can prevent mental declineWed, 06 Jan 2016 20:17:13 +0000What’s the Difference Between an A-Bomb and an H-Bomb?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-difference-between-bomb-and-h-bomb-180957726/Why North Korea’s alleged nuclear test is drawing skepticism and fear alikeWed, 06 Jan 2016 18:52:34 +0000New Street Lamps Lure Mosquitoes With Fake Human Scentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-street-lamps-and-orchids-lure-mosquitoes-fake-human-scents-180957723/Lighting the way in the fight against mosquitosWed, 06 Jan 2016 14:30:00 +0000Tiny Chameleon’s Tongue Can Beat the Fastest Sports Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-chameleons-tongue-can-beat-fastest-sports-car-180957721/The Rosette-nosed Pygmy Chameleon can launch its tongue toward prey at 8,500 feet per secondWed, 06 Jan 2016 13:30:00 +0000This Image of the Universe Captures Its Immensityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/image-universe-captures-immensity-180957710/Comets, planets, galaxies and the cosmic web crowd together in this portrait of everything knownTue, 05 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Hawaii’s Humpback Whales Have Gone Missinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaiis-humpback-whales-have-gone-missing-180957703/Scientists expect about 10,000 whales to visit Hawaii's tropical waters this winter—but they're taking their timeMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:30:00 +0000Four New Elements Are Added to the Periodic Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-new-elements-are-added-periodic-table-180957705/Superheavy elements round out the seventh row of the periodic tableMon, 04 Jan 2016 18:00:02 +0000D.C. Is Banning Plastic Foam in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dc-banning-plastic-foam-2016-180957697/Say adios to polystyrene takeout containersThu, 31 Dec 2015 16:35:22 +0000Long-Lost Photos of Eclipses and Stars Found in an Observatory Basementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-photos-eclipses-and-stars-found-observatory-basement-180957690/The stash of old negatives includes a 97-year-old copy of the photo that helped confirm the Theory of RelativityThu, 31 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Introducing the First Dengue Fever Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-first-dengue-fever-vaccine-180957689/Three countries have already approved the vaccineThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:30:00 +0000Night Sky Wonders to Ring in the New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/night-sky-wonders-ring-new-year-180957688/The star Sirius is high in the sky, and comet Catalina is at its brightestThu, 31 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Year's El Niño Looks Menacingly Familiarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-el-nino-looks-menacingly-familiar-180957687/The world is bracing for record rains and droughts Wed, 30 Dec 2015 19:47:08 +0000Gonorrhea Is Developing Antibiotic Resistancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gonorrhea-developing-antibiotic-resistance-180957665/And public health officials are scared of what comes nextTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:30:50 +0000This Is What a Massive Methane Leak Looks Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-massive-methane-leak-looks-180957664/A leak is spewing millions of tons of the invisible gas into the skies above Los AngelesTue, 29 Dec 2015 17:18:07 +0000People's Brain Chemistry May Reveal the Hour of Their Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peoples-brain-chemistry-can-betray-hour-their-death-180957662/The tiny biological clocks ticking away inside the body stop when life ends, leaving a timestamp of sortsTue, 29 Dec 2015 16:45:58 +0000A Giant Squid Visits a Japanese Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-squid-visits-japanese-harbor-180957658/These denizens of the deep usually lurk between 2,000 to 3,000 feet below the surfaceMon, 28 Dec 2015 20:45:00 +0000Russia Scraps Space Agency for a State-Run Corporationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-scraps-space-agency-state-run-corporation-180957656/ Russia's federal space agency will soon be no moreMon, 28 Dec 2015 19:45:00 +0000Jettison Through Nearly 60 Years of Space Junk Accumulationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jettison-through-nearly-60-years-space-junk-accumulation-180957653/People have been leaving a mess out in Earth's orbitMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:45:00 +0000A New Species of Shark Gives a Hat Tip to Both Jaws and Ninjashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-shark-gives-hat-tip-both-jaws-and-ninjas-180957639/Some lucky kids got to name this gnarly-looking fishThu, 24 Dec 2015 16:00:22 +0000China’s Lunar Rover Discovered a New Kind of Moon Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-lunar-rover-discovered-new-kind-moon-rock-180957638/The Yutu Rover has discovered a type of basalt unlike anything else ever found on the moonThu, 24 Dec 2015 15:37:14 +0000Washington State Has Released up to 3,200 Inmates Early Thanks to Computer Glitchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-state-has-released-3200-inmates-early-thanks-computer-glitch-180957636/The software bug has been miscalculating release dates for 13 yearsWed, 23 Dec 2015 22:00:01 +0000Here's Why NASA Had to Postpone a 2016 Mission to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-nasa-postponed-2016-mission-mars-insight-180957631/A leak in a key instrument on board the InSight lander means the team will have to wait for the next launch window in 2018Wed, 23 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Meet the World’s Most Threatened Christmas Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-worlds-most-threatened-christmas-trees-180957622/Some conifers' survival is endangered by disease, deforestation and competition Wed, 23 Dec 2015 13:30:48 +0000In Nature, Virgin Births Are Pretty Common http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nature-virgin-births-are-pretty-common-180957619/Fish do it, bugs do it, even some species of snakes do itWed, 23 Dec 2015 12:00:53 +0000The FDA Lifted a Lifetime Ban on Gay and Bisexual Men Giving Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-lifted-lifetime-ban-gay-and-bisexual-men-giving-blood-180957617/Or did it?Tue, 22 Dec 2015 19:00:00 +0000They’re Back: Supposedly Extinct Sea Snakes Have Been Found in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theyre-back-supposedly-extinct-sea-snakes-have-been-found-australia-180957611/Nearly 15 years later and about 1,000 miles away from the last sighting, the snakes could be making a comebackTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:43:01 +0000Scientists Are Searching for Space Chemicals That Could Never Exist on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-searching-space-chemicals-could-never-exist-earth-180957595/Bizarre chemicals in deep space could help explain the origins of lifeTue, 22 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000SpaceX's Rocket Stuck the Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-stuck-landing-its-rocket-180957612/During the first Falcon 9 launch in six months, the first stage booster rocket make a neat u-turn in air and a clean landing on the groundTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:50 +0000Not All Rainbows Have Every Color http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-all-rainbows-have-every-color-180957605/Depending on the angle of the sun, ROY G. BIV don't all necessarily appearTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:10:01 +0000Lions Get More Protection From the Endangered Species Acthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lions-get-more-protection-endangered-species-act-180957601/Americans will still be able to hunt in some regions, but bringing trophies home will be harderMon, 21 Dec 2015 20:49:37 +0000In Parts of China, Clean Air Costs Extrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parts-china-clean-air-comes-price-180957594/People are being charged for fresh airMon, 21 Dec 2015 18:00:49 +0000This Weekend's Southern Lights Were Nothing Short of Spectacularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekends-southern-lights-were-nothing-short-spectacular-180957598/The Northern Hemisphere hasn't yet cornered the market for glorious auroraeMon, 21 Dec 2015 17:24:37 +0000How Do Hardworking Hummingbirds Keep Cool?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hardworking-hummingbirds-keep-cool-180957591/Special “windows” in the feathers covering their tiny bodies prevent overheating while hovering and flyingFri, 18 Dec 2015 20:30:00 +0000Darwin's “Puddle” Could Show How New Species Emerge in Close Quartershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/darwins-puddle-could-show-how-species-emerge-close-quarters-180957589/A genetic study of cichlid fish in a small crater lake seems to support a debated evolutionary conceptFri, 18 Dec 2015 19:40:46 +0000Two Sparkling Meteor Showers Will Bookend the New Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-sparkling-meteor-showers-bookend-new-year-180957583/Sky-watchers should be on the lookout in coming weeks for the Ursid and Quadrantid showersFri, 18 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Parrots Use Pebbles as Tools to Grind up Seashellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-parrots-use-pebbles-tools-grind-seashells-180957584/Polly want a mineral supplement?Fri, 18 Dec 2015 16:52:53 +0000Toxic Algae Blooms in Lake Erie Could Become the New Normal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algae-blooms-lake-erie-could-become-new-normal-180957582/Plans to reduce fertilizer runoff may not be enough to counter the blooms when climate change is taken into accountThu, 17 Dec 2015 21:33:48 +0000Shockingly, Pandas That Like Each Other Have More Babies Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shockingly-pandas-each-other-have-more-babies-together-180957571/The deceptively simple discovery could revolutionize panda breedingThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:00:00 +0000Logbooks From 19th Century Whaling Ships Could Help Climate Change Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/logbooks-19th-century-whaling-ships-could-help-climate-change-scientists-180957576/A new crowdsourcing project lets amateur enthusiasts contribute, tooThu, 17 Dec 2015 16:30:47 +0000Monkeys Like Full Red Lips, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-like-full-red-lips-too-180957565/In snub-nosed monkeys, male lips plump up and redden as they age, likely to signify reproductive availability and social statusThu, 17 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Increasingly Describe Their Research As "Astounding"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-increasingly-describe-their-research-astounding-180957557/The eyebrow-raising finding is just one of several papers published in the British Medical Journal's traditionally lighthearted Christmas issueThu, 17 Dec 2015 13:00:00 +0000Poltergeist and Quijote Are Among the New Approved Names for Alien Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-names-alien-worlds-come-mythology-history-and-fiction-180957556/People in 45 countries submitted ideas for naming exoplanets and their host stars after legends and literatureWed, 16 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000Is Global Warming Changing How Fast the Earth Spins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-warming-changing-how-fast-earth-spins-180957550/New research suggests that as glaciers melt, the planet's axis is shiftingTue, 15 Dec 2015 19:36:16 +0000Four Things to Know About the Paris Climate Dealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-things-know-about-paris-climate-deal-180957547/The strengths and limitations of the roadmap for fighting climate changeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:30:00 +0000These Are the World’s Most Dangerous Emerging Pathogens, According to WHOhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-worlds-most-dangerous-new-pathogens-according-who-180957541/You may not know their names, but health officials are concerned about the epidemic potential of these illnessesTue, 15 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Jakarta Is Building a Gigantic Bird-Shaped Seawallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jakarta-building-gigantic-bird-shaped-seawall-180957536/But will the Great Garuda project be enough to save a sinking city? 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