Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Most Mountains Don't Come With Pointy Peakshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-mountains-dont-come-pointy-peaks-180955378/Some mountains actually get wider as you go upFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Found: A Galaxy That Shines With the Light of Over 300 Trillion Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-universe-brighter-300-trillion-suns-180955382/A very hungry black hole at the center of WISE J224607.57-052635.0 emits an incredible amount of lightFri, 22 May 2015 15:32:33 +0000Did Mars Steal its Moons From the Asteroid Belt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/debate-mars-moons-were-they-stolen-asteroid-belt-or-not-180955376/Scientists still aren’t sure where the odd little moons came from, but they have ideasFri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Beginner's Guide to the Santa Barbara Oil Spillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/everything-you-need-know-about-santa-barbara-oil-spill-180955380/Cleanup efforts are underway at Refugio State Beach after more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilledFri, 22 May 2015 13:59:35 +0000How Jumping Spiders See in Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-jumping-spiders-see-color-180955368/The agile arachnids see in three color channels, and they can actually see more colors than humans can Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Atheists Remind People of Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/atheists-remind-people-death-180955370/New research shows that atheists trigger death-related thoughtsFri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Research Confirms Fears that Deepwater Horizon Spill Contributed to Dolphin Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-confirms-fears-bp-spill-contributed-dolphin-deaths-180955375/Dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had lesions linked to petroleum exposureFri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000There's a Spacecraft Cemetery in the Pacifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-spacecraft-cemetery-pacific-180955338/The middle of the Pacfic Ocean is one of the two places spacecrafts are laid to rest Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000How Chemistry Gives New York City Bagels an Edgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-chemistry-gives-new-york-bagels-edge-180955362/Is it really all in the water? Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:05 +0000Texans Die of Tuberculosis and Other Insights From the CDC’s Distinctive Death Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-you-are-more-likely-die-tuberculosis-any-other-state-180955360/The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention compiled a list of the most common unusual deaths in every stateThu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000When People Want an Upgrade They Tend to Break and Lose Their Old Gadgetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-people-want-upgrade-they-tend-break-and-lose-their-old-gadgets-180955359/Researchers call it the "Must-Have Effect"Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 +000021,000 Gallons of Oil Just Spilled Near Santa Barbarahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/21000-gallons-oil-spilled-near-santa-barbara-180955356/An underwater pipeline was the culprit for a crude oil spill in the PacificWed, 20 May 2015 15:42:30 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Dinosaur: The Velociraptor's Cousinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/velociraptors-cousin-was-even-more-frightening-180955340/A keen sense of smell gave this dino an edgeTue, 19 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/engineered-yeast-could-open-diy-painkiller-market-180955334/The modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000No, It's Not Really Raining Spiders in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-its-not-really-raining-spiders-australia-180955327/The arachnids are simply catching a ride on the wind Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:17 +0000Asteroid Impacts Once Made the Earth's Oceans Boil for A Whole Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-impacts-once-made-earths-oceans-boil-whole-year-180955332/Life had it rough back thenMon, 18 May 2015 18:42:12 +0000Satellite Data Underestimated how Fast Sea Levels Were Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-data-underestimated-how-fast-sea-levels-are-rising-180955309/The oceans are rising faster than scientists thought.Mon, 18 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Researchers are Trying to Harness the Power of Music for Unconscious Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-trying-understand-power-music-unconscious-patients-180955313/Plumbing the depths of the unconscious brain has thus far uncovered more mysteries than answersMon, 18 May 2015 15:51:33 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/twitters-helping-scientists-spot-more-northern-lights-180955272/A new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Science on a Shoestring: How Cuba’s Researchers Survived the Embargohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-shoestring-how-cubas-researchers-survived-embargo-180955273/Will normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Flew a Jet Plane Into a Thunderstorm to Study Antimatterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-flew-jet-plane-thunderstorm-study-antimatter-180955279/They got a little too close and saw something unexpectedSat, 16 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How the Animal got its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-animal-got-its-head-180955260/Ancient brain fossils show how early animals evolved heads.Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Europe Once Had Bison, and now They're Making a Comeback http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-bison-are-making-comeback-after-century-180955269/Just like their American cousins, the bison needed help after their numbers were decimated by habitat loss and huntingFri, 15 May 2015 11:33:53 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-stopping-malaria-its-tracks-viagra-180955259/Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Malaysia Airlines Search Team Finds Sunken Ship Insteadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/malaysia-airlines-searchers-find-sunken-ship-instead-180955256/Still no sign of the missing Flight 370.Thu, 14 May 2015 14:01:21 +0000In the Future, We Might Take Sunscreen in Pill Formhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-produce-their-own-sunscreen-180955245/A discovery in some fish suggests that sunblocking chemicals could be ingested rather than slathered onWed, 13 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Revealing the Deep Secrets of Deepwater Waves http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-enormous-waves-under-ocean-180955243/Scientists hope their study of 1,600-foot underwater waves can help improve climate modelingWed, 13 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Researchers Create Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur-Like Faces http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicken-embryos-get-dino-snouts-thanks-biological-tinkering-180955250/Researchers seeking to understand how birds got their beaks turned back the evolutionary clock just a tadWed, 13 May 2015 06:30:00 +0000Another Big Earthquake Has Hit Nepalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-big-earthquake-wracks-nepal-180955235/Second major quake hits as the country still struggles to recover from the last one.Tue, 12 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Watch the Sun Set on Mars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sun-set-mars-180955226/Curiosity takes its first color pictures of a Martian sunsetTue, 12 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Spider Feeds Her Babies by Vomiting up Her Own Gutshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spider-feeds-her-babies-vomiting-her-own-guts-180955224/Nothing says love like feeding your intestines to your childrenMon, 11 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000Most American Babies are Born in the Morninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-american-babies-are-born-morning-180955223/Medical interventions may determine time of birth, says new study.Mon, 11 May 2015 13:59:08 +0000Turning the American Chestnut into a GMO Might be the Only Way to Save ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wheat-genes-could-save-american-chestnut-180955216/Adding wheat genes could help the tree fight off blightSun, 10 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Why Old Chocolate Turns Whitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-show-why-old-chocolate-turns-white-180955217/Liquid fat turns out to be the culpritSat, 09 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dogs are Still the Best Way to Find a Corpsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-smelling-dogs-are-best-finding-corpses-180955210/Man’s best friend is better than any machine when it comes to finding dead bodies.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First GMO Is 8,000 Years Old http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gmo-8000-years-old-180955199/Scientists find that bacteria modified DNA in sweet potatoes millennia agoThu, 07 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Goofy Looking Ocean Sunfish Are Actually Active Swimmers and Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-sunfish-are-actually-active-swimmers-and-predators-180955177/The idea that these giant fish are lazy is just wrongWed, 06 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000CDC Says Ebola Survivors Should Keep Using Condoms Indefinitelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-says-ebola-survivors-should-keep-using-condoms-180955168/The virus may survive in semen longer than originally thoughtTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Most Surgery Outcomes Aren’t Trackedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/99-percent-surgery-outcomes-arent-tracked-180955161/New analysis finds only 153 clinical registries nationwideMon, 04 May 2015 15:00:49 +0000A Piranha Was Just Found in an Arkansas Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piranhas-been-found-arkansas-lake-180955163/The sharp-toothed fish was likely a pet gone rogue Mon, 04 May 2015 14:24:34 +0000Researchers Come Closer to Making Everyone a Universal Blood Donorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-can-change-blood-type-o-universal-donor-180955153/The approach uses an enzyme to snip off the parts of blood cells that can prove problematic Fri, 01 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000Poop Eating Vampire Squids Aren't Actually Squids at All http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-long-lived-poop-eating-vampire-squid-make-good-parents-180955149/The strange-looking animals have a very different reproductive strategy than other cephalopods Fri, 01 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Nepal Earthquake Made Mt. Everest an Inch Shorterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earthquake-nepal-raised-kathmandu-and-lowered-mt-everest-180955143/Satellite data gives the first results for the way the land moved during the quakeFri, 01 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Even Ocean Creatures Struggle With Light Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-is-messing-ocean-ecosystems-180955142/Artificial lights are disrupting the lives of underwater animalsThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Today The Messenger Spacecraft Will Crash Into Mercuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/messenger-crashes-mercury-today-180955141/After years of exciting observations and stunning pictures of Mercury, the spacecraft has run out of fuelThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:12:09 +0000Most Countries Have No Plans For When Antibiotics Stop Working http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-countries-have-no-plans-when-antibiotics-stop-working-180955135/World Health Organization sounds the alarm on “one of the biggest threats to the future of global health” Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000It’s Official: Rubella Has Been Eradicated From the Americashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-official-rubella-has-been-eradicated-americas-180955137/Health officials confirm that rubella no longer originates in North or South AmericaThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:19:01 +0000People Are Too Optimistic About How Much Optimism Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-are-too-optimistic-about-how-much-optimism-matters-180955133/Looking on the bright side doesn’t actually make dark things brightThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Find Life in Antarctica’s Blood Red Fallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-life-antarcticas-blood-falls-180955128/The underground microbes could help scientists detect life on other planets.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Time a Space Observatory Was Mistaken for a Second Moon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/13-hours-week-earth-had-new-moon-180955126/For 13 hours, the space observatory Gaia was misidentified as a natural satellite orbiting EarthWed, 29 Apr 2015 18:57:41 +0000Penguins May Use Poop to Melt Snow From Breeding Sites Before They Get it Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penguins-may-use-poo-melt-snow-breeding-sites-180955120/The observation comes from analyzing thousands of images captured by remote cameras trained on penguin colonies on the Antarctic PeninsulaWed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000Vatican Science Academy Urges Government Action on Climate Change to Protect Poor http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vatican-urges-climate-change-action-protect-poor-180955115/Pope Francis will issue proclamation in wake of recent summit Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:59:06 +0000Eau de Death: Perfumer Develops Scents Based on Dead Loved Oneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-your-dead-loved-one-180955106/A French perfumer is attempting to harness the emotional power of scent Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000Hawk Found in Vancouver “Wins” Most Polluted Bird in the World Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawk-found-vancouver-wins-most-polluted-bird-world-award-180955103/The "flameproof" bird's liver was full of flame retardant chemicals Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000The Hubble Space Telescope Has Been In Space for 25 Years, Here's What it Has Seenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-has-been-space-25-years-180955094/The telescope has sent back some real beauties Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Gene Editing in Human Embryos Ignites Controversyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gene-editing-human-embryos-ignites-controversy-180955087/Chinese researchers have published the results of using a new gene-editing tool on human embryosThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:42 +0000Scientists Clash Over Stegosaurus Sexinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-clash-over-stegosaurus-sexing-180955084/A new paper is causing controversy with claims that dinosaurs’ sex can be determined by their bonesThu, 23 Apr 2015 17:46:55 +0000Watch A Dangerous Yet Lovely Volcano Erupt in Chile http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unexpectedly-lovely-volcano-erupt-chile-180955083/Calbuco volcano springs to life after more than 40 years of dormancyThu, 23 Apr 2015 14:31:33 +0000Even an Isolated Amazonian Tribe’s Microbes Are Antibiotic Resistanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-isolated-amazonian-tribes-microbes-are-antibiotic-resistant-180955076/The finding of antibiotic resistance in people who have never taken antibiotics highlights how hard it will be to combat superbugsWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:36:06 +0000A Record-Breaking Clock Won’t Lose a Second For Another 15 Billion Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-clock-wont-lose-second-another-15-billion-years-180955072/Strontium atomic clocks could eventually help scientists map the Earth’s shapeWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000FBI Admits Pseudoscientific Hair Analysis Used in Hundreds of Cases http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/FBI-Admits-Pseudoscientific-Hair-Analysis-Used-in-Hundreds-of-Cases-180955070/Nearly 3,000 cases included testimony about hair matches, a technique that has been debunkedWed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000Cognitive Scientists Question a Journal's Gender Balancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-cognitive-science-ought-be-more-inclusive-say-cognitive-scientists-180955068/A major journal publishes a special issue with a striking lack of women authors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:30:00 +0000This is What An Underwater Volcano Sounds Like http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-underwater-volcano-sounds-180955067/Decoding the noises of magma and bubbles will help scientists study explosions from afar Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:53 +0000There Might Really Be a Planet X, Lurking Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-planets-beyond-pluto-180955060/The far reaches of our own solar system could contain worlds undiscovered. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:30:00 +0000This Is Why You Like to Cry In the Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-cry-shower-180955056/Hot, steamy, sad Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ice Scientists of the Future Will Study Glaciers That No Longer Exist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-ice-scientists-will-study-glaciers-no-longer-exist-180955055/Glaciologists are stocking up on ice cores to ensure a future for their fieldTue, 21 Apr 2015 16:34:38 +0000Does That Button Really Work, Or Is It a Placebo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-button-really-workor-it-placebo-180955054/Fake buttons are more common than you might think Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:50:04 +0000Dawn Spacecraft Sends First Color Images of Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-sends-us-images-ceres-color-180955051/Red and blue tell the tale of a dwarf planet covered in rock and iceMon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000Why Astronomers Are Fighting Back Against Robotic Lawnmowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronomers-are-fighting-back-against-robotic-lawnmowers-180955048/It’s a feud fueled by radio frequencies Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s How to Avoid Losing Half of Earth’s Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-avoid-losing-half-earths-species-180955033/Basically, don’t stop trying to halt extinctionFri, 17 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000Hormones Show Dogs Don’t Just Think of Us As Providers of Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hormones-show-dogs-dont-just-think-us-food-bringers-180955030/When dogs and humans share long looks, a chemical involved in social bonding surges through their bodiesFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:30:08 +0000The Messenger Probe Will Soon Crash Into Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/messenger-will-soon-crash-mercury-180955027/As NASA's probe runs out of propellant, it will crash into the planet’s surface at 8,750 MPHFri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:59 +0000Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-syrias-protecting-seeds-its-war-180955026/When civil war broke out in Syria, scientists saved more than 80 percent of a priceless trove of seedsFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:24 +0000Learn the Secrets of Ape’s Sleeping Habitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learn-secrets-apes-sleeping-habits-180955021/Apes sleep better and longer than other primatesThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:35 +0000Mysterious "Fairy" Circles Share Qualities With Human Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/qualities-strange-fairy-circles-namibia-share-your-skin-180955020/Researchers noticed that the pattern of Namibia's "fairy" circles strongly resembles that of skin cell growthThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:08 +0000Better HIV Prevention Could Be Leading to Higher Syphilis Rateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-hiv-prevention-could-be-leading-higher-syphilis-rates-180955016/Syphilis rates increased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:15:33 +0000What If Job Interviews Were Automated? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-if-job-interviews-were-automated-180955015/New study shows that computers can predict how applicants will do at interviewsThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:58 +0000Putting Hummingbirds to the Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-hummingbirds-test-180955014/One hummingbird, 20 MPH wind, 1000 frames per secondThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:46:28 +0000Scientists Take a Crack at Explaining That Knuckle-Popping Noisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-crack-explaining-knuckle-popping-noise-180955013/A new study takes a closer look to explain the mechanism behind the sound when we crack our jointsThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:46 +0000Maybe the World's Loneliest Whale Isn't So Isolated, After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maybe-worlds-loneliest-whale-isnt-so-isolated-after-all-180955005/Some evidence indicates that the singer of a higher-pitched whale song may not be aloneWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00:40 +0000Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Hunt With Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-chimps-more-likely-males-hunt-tools-180955004/A new study investigates the social and hunting behaviors of Fongoli chimpanzeesWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:18 +0000Painkillers Might Also Dull Your Emotionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painkillers-might-also-dull-your-emotions-180955003/A study shows Tylenol could affect emotional evaluations, but judging the meaning of that finding is toughWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:06 +0000Forget Fake Meat…How About Fake Milk? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-fake-meathow-about-fake-milk-180954996/Move over, soy—a group of bio-hackers is trying to turn snippets of DNA into milk-producing yeastWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:07 +0000SpaceX Didn’t Land Its Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-didnt-land-its-rocket-180954995/The third time was not a charm for the Falcon 9Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:46:20 +0000Fish Can Adjust Gender Balance in Face of Rising Temperatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-can-adjust-gender-balance-face-rising-temperatures-180954985/Warmer waters mean fewer female reef fish. But, over generations, populations can restore the balance.Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:30:37 +0000Escape From the Black Hole’s Abyss!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-black-holes-abyss-180954983/An object called G2—previously believed to be a gas cloud—narrowly slipped from the clutches of a supermassive black holeTue, 14 Apr 2015 15:30:18 +0000Rover May Have Found a Water Source for Humans on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-may-have-found-water-source-humans-mars-180954978/Data collected from the Curiosity rover suggests liquid water could be harvested from Martian soilMon, 13 Apr 2015 19:04:29 +0000Here Are the Places Most at Risk of a Volcanic Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-places-most-risk-volcanic-explosion-180954972/New research will help countries prepare Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:30:48 +0000Ocean Acidification Could Have Driven Earth’s Biggest Mass Extinction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-acidification-could-have-driven-earths-biggest-extinction-event-180954938/Study shows the world's oceans were dangerously acidic during the Permian Extinction EventFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000Changes in California’s Roadkill Linked to State’s Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/changes-californias-roadkill-linked-states-drought-180954926/The California Roadkill Observation System studies wildlife by mapping out crowd-sourced roadkill sightings Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:30:45 +0000Here’s Why the Dutch Are So Tall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-dutch-are-so-tall-180954930/A new study shows natural selection is alive and well in the Netherlands Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:30:44 +0000Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Largest Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-worlds-largest-telescope-pause-180954921/Native Hawai'ian activists say the volcano-top project is damaging sacred lands Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000This Little Kid Discovered a Dinosaur http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-kid-discovered-dinosaur-180954923/A rare nodosaur has been found in Texas...by a little boyThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:08 +0000Study Suggests Thinking Less Is Key to Faster Learninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-thinking-less-key-faster-learning-180954917/New research shows sometimes our own brains get in the way of acquiring new skillsThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:30:03 +0000Here's Why You Wince at Wasabi http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-receptor-wasabi-180954914/The structure will help researchers understand pain— and create drugs that could suppress it. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:46:23 +0000Lady Wolf Spiders Use Silk to Flirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-lady-spiders-flirt-silk-180954911/Counter to the common wisdom, it’s not just males that do the pursuing Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:30:50 +0000The Sun Has Seasons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-has-seasons-180954907/And you thought it was just "hot" Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:15:07 +0000Drones to Plant 1 Billion Seeds in a Year (Hopefully)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-plant-1-billion-seeds-year-hopefully-180954903/Reforestation by machines is cool, but it won’t save the planet Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:00:57 +000070 Percent of Western Canada’s Glaciers Will Disappear by 2100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-percent-western-canadas-glaciers-will-disappear-2100-180954900/And that’s the conservative side of scientists’ ice melt projectionsTue, 07 Apr 2015 15:30:46 +0000Yet Another Reason Not to Smoke: It Gives Superbugs Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yet-another-reason-not-smoke-it-gives-superbugs-superpowers-180954901/Antibiotic resistant bacteria even more resistant in the presence of cigarette smokeTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:45:55 +0000Amazonian Hallucinogen Could Be an Antidepressanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazonian-hallucinogen-could-be-antidepressant-180954898/Drinking Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea, could change the concentration serotonin in the brainTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:28:53 +0000At Night, Fish Communicate With Special Calls, Whistles and Gruntshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-swimming-night-communicate-distinct-calls-whistles-and-grunts-180954889/Dropping a hydrophone into an underwater cave helps researchers make sense of the dinMon, 06 Apr 2015 19:13:32 +0000Urchins Could Be the Next Victim of Sea Star Wasting Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urchins-could-be-next-victim-sea-star-wasting-disease-180954880/The virus that has struck out Pacific sea star populations could now be affecting their Echinoderm cousins Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:25 +0000Male Mice Sing Sexy Songs to Woo Femaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-mice-sing-sexy-songs-woo-females-180954885/New research shows that mice can change their mating songs according to context Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:50:07 +0000Here’s How Europeans Quickly Evolved Lighter Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-europeans-quickly-evolved-lighter-skin-180954874/Darker skinned people lived in Europe until fairly recentlyFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000A Sixth Sense Could Help the Blind "See"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixth-sense-could-help-blind-see-180954866/In a new study, blind rats could get around by directly incorporating geomagnetic information Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:00:49 +0000Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse Will Be The Shortest This Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturdays-lunar-eclipse-will-be-shortest-century-180954867/Will you spot this weekend's "blood moon"? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:22:29 +0000Test Tube Burgers Get a $324,989 Price Cuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/test-tube-burgers-get-324989-price-cut-180954865/The scientists behind lab-grown meat think they can soon offer it at a price most of us can actually affordFri, 03 Apr 2015 14:15:24 +0000UV Light Reveals the Colors of Fossil Shellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uv-light-reveals-colors-fossil-shells-180954841/Patterns made visible help a researcher discover 13 new species of ancient cone snailsThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:49:25 +0000California’s Drought Is Changing the Way Bay-Area Water Tastes And Smellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-drought-changing-way-bay-area-water-tastes-and-smells-180954836/The Bay Area’s water is still safe to use, but drought is causing a noxious algae bloom to affect tap waterThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:37:26 +0000Why the ESA’s Astronauts Train Underground http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-esas-astronauts-train-underground-180954835/The European Space Agency is applying protocols from the International Space Station in cavesThu, 02 Apr 2015 15:01:11 +0000Found: The Bacteria That Are Making You Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bacteria-s-making-you-stink-180954821/Scientists have finally discovered the culprit behind smelly armpitsWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:58 +0000Scientists Predict Obesity Rates by Examining Sewage Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-predict-obesity-rates-examining-sewage-microbes-180954819/The microbial makeup of a city's sewage can indicate its population's physiqueWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0000Men and Women See Things Differently (No, Literally)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-and-women-see-things-differently-literally-180954815/Color perception may actually have something to do with genderTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:36 +0000As We Get Older We Get More Tolerant of Discordant Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-get-older-we-get-more-tolerant-discordant-music-180954813/Hearing loss isn’t the only thing that changes our music perception as we ageTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:22:24 +0000Population Growth Can Warm a City As Much As Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/population-growth-can-warm-city-much-climate-change-180954812/Urbanization in California's Central Valley could raise local temperatures an extra one to two degrees CelciusTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:51 +0000Turns Out Urine Isn’t Actually Sterilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turns-out-urine-isnt-actually-sterile-180954809/New research debunks the myth that urine doesn’t contain bacteria…and calls traditional lab techniques into question Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:53 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasty-medieval-remedy-kills-mrsa-180954808/An ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000Pandas Actually Hang Out Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/previously-thought-reclusive-study-shows-pandas-actually-hang-out-together-180954804/GPS tracking data sheds light on giant pandas secretive societiesMon, 30 Mar 2015 19:34:48 +0000Crossing Your Fingers Could Reduce Pain (No Lie) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crossing-your-fingers-could-reduce-pain-no-lie-180954800/Researchers find the spatial arrangement of our digits affects the sensations they feelMon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000A Tired Brain Could Actually Be More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tired-brain-could-actually-be-more-creative-one-180954802/The wandering thoughts brought on by fatigue can lead to insightMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:27 +0000It Doesn’t Matter How Much Time Parents Spend With Their Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-doesnt-matter-how-much-time-parents-spend-their-kids-180954799/New research shows no link between amount of time spent with children and emotional, behavioral, or academic outcomesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:11:45 +0000How 'Waves' Rippling Through Bird Flocks Help Them Escape Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-waves-rippling-through-bird-flocks-help-them-escape-predators-180954792/Starlings are known for their coordinated movements and a common study animal for researchers seeking to explain such behaviorMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:13:19 +0000Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-gold-nanoparticles-let-scientists-remote-control-brain-180954789/It’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Major Science Publisher Admits “Fabricated” Peer Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-science-publisher-admits-fabricated-peer-reviews-retracts-papers-180954782/But are BioMed Central’s retractions just the tip of the iceberg? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:16 +0000How a Stinging Swarm of Bees Can Save a Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-stinging-swarm-bees-can-save-life-180954767/Bee venom might be a potent medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s More About the Drug Behind Indiana’s HIV Epidemichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-more-about-drug-behind-indianas-hiv-epidemic-180954780/Illegal use of Opana, or oxymorphone, is fueling a public health crisis in Scott County, Ind.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:48 +0000Hundreds of Car-Sized Fossil Amphibians Found in a Mass Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothed-car-sized-ancient-amphibians-found-mass-grave-180954768/The huge creature is related to modern-day newts, salamanders and frogsFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:14 +0000Why Would Cooling Rice Make it Less Caloric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-would-cooling-rice-make-it-less-caloric-1-180954765/Scientists suggest a new way to prepare rice that they say could help slow the worldwide obesity epidemicThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA’s Twin Study May Never Be Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-nasas-twin-study-ever-see-light-day-180954762/Privacy concerns could stymie NASA’s study of Scott and Mark KellyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:08 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tampons-might-one-day-help-detect-cancer-180954744/New research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Mozambique has “Kitten-Sized” Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mozambique-has-kitten-sized-rats-trained-sniff-out-tuberculosis-180954745/Highly trained rodents are helping doctors better diagnose TB in a region hard hit by the deadly diseaseWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:45:34 +0000Want to Live Longer? Don’t Sleep So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-live-longer-dont-sleep-so-much-180954743/New research links longer sleep duration with a shorter lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:40 +0000Largest Asteroid Crater Ever Discovered Underground in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-asteroid-crater-ever-discovered-underground-australia-180954731/Deep in Earth’s mantle, scientists find evidence of a colossal impact that could reveal new information about Earth’s historyTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:35:30 +0000How Bad Is California’s Drought? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bad-californias-drought-180954733/Hint: it’s pretty badTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-made-our-solar-system-weird-180954730/The gas giant just had to throw its mass aroundTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:30:09 +0000Here’s Why Your Eyes Seem to Be Wired 'Backward'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-your-eyes-seem-be-wired-backward-180954729/Light has to pass through nerve cells to get to the rods and cones, but that order is no mistakeTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:45:27 +0000Make Your Mark on Pluto by Helping Name Its Featureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/make-your-mark-pluto-helping-name-its-features-180954727/The New Horizons team is asking the public for help labeling the maps of Pluto and one of its moonsTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:27 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-navy-designed-new-diving-suit-180954726/New design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000