Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Why Food Experts Are Warning Not to Burn Your Toast it time to bid brown toast farewell?Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Did Neanderthals Like Pretty Rocks? unusual rock in a cave inhabited by Neanderthals in Croatia suggests the hominids may have picked up interesting stonesMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:40:42 +0000Scientists Capture a "Sonic Boom" of Light new, ultra-fast camera recorded the phenomenon for the first timeMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:21:18 +0000The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Month new Arctic apples take weeks (rather than minutes) to turn brownMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:41:18 +0000Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Included Goat Bacon of the 5,300-year-old mummy's stomach contents shows he ate dry-cured meat from a mountain ibexMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:28:21 +0000Second "Three-Parent" Baby Born. This Time, It's a Girl baby was produced through a controversial technique that requires implanting a fertilized nucleus into a donor eggThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:57:01 +00002016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recorded in modern memory has the Earth's surface and sea temperature been so highThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:52 +0000Dark Matter Could Be Destroying Distant Galaxies mysterious substance may suck gas from the galaxies—and a gasless galaxy is a dead galaxyThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:58:46 +0000Dueling Theories on the Cause of “Fairy Circles” Could Both Be Right research brings together competing concepts to describe how the mysterious features formWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:03:28 +0000Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wild wiped out wild populations of the scimitar-horned creatures, but breeding programs are helping them make a comeback Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:23 +0000One in Five People May Be Able to "Hear" a Flash of Light thought to be a rare condition, some forms of synesthesia may be fairly commonWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:43:44 +0000Colo, the World's First Gorilla Born in Captivity, Is Dead miracle baby turned matriarch was 60 years old Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:49 +0000Scores of Dolphins Are Stranded in the Everglades far, at least 82 false killer whales have diedTue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:29 +0000Scientists Spot Massive Wave in Venus' Atmosphere 6,200-mile long bow-shaped wrinkle may have been caused by gravity wavesTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:03 +0000Scientists Make the Coldest Object on Earth cooled a tiny aluminum drum almost to absolute zero and think they can go even furtherTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Fish Don’t Do So Well in Space International Space Station’s resident fish shed light on life in microgravityMon, 16 Jan 2017 21:08:26 +0000SpaceX Gets Back in Orbit: Watch Its Latest Rocket's Remarkable Landing successfully deploying ten satellites into orbit, the rocket's first stage adeptly landed on a floating platformMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:58:02 +0000Japan Tries (and Fails) to Launch a Tiny Rocket teensy satellites into space isn’t just an experiment in cute—it's an effort to reduce the cost of sending tech into spaceMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:19 +0000How Escaped Exotic Pet Birds Could Help Save Threatened Species usually seen as a threat to local populations, these escapees could also help in the recovery of creatures in troubleMon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:13 +0000Remains From 800-Year-Old "Trojan Woman" Record Early Maternal Infection nodes on the skeleton and DNA from her fetus show the woman likely died from an infection of her placentaMon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch the First Footage of the Rare Ruby Seadragon Alive in the Wild sneaky critter has never been seen in its natural habitat beforeFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:08 +0000Orca Moms Might Go Into Menopause Because of Their Daughters could explain this evolutionary mysteryFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:35:11 +0000A Physicist Figured Out the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle the “57” has nothing to do with itFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000Turmeric May Be Tasty, But It’s Not a Cure-All study shoots down the trendy “remedy”Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Life have confused scientists for 175 years, but researchers have finally worked out a few of their close relativesThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:24:57 +0000The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Today, we still have no idea if the process will ever produce resultsThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:08 +0000New Hubble Image Captures the Collision of Two Galaxies beautiful look at a violent eventThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:51 +0000Why Puppies Love Baby Talk research shows puppies respond strongly to high-pitched chatter, but most adult dogs could care lessWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:15:19 +0000Warming Oceans Could Make These Seafood Favorites Toxic study links rising temperatures to dangerous toxinsWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:27:30 +0000Earth's Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moons celestial buddy could have formed after multiple impacts—not one giant smash upWed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:43 +0000The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you're sick or notWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Sneaky Asteroid Buzzed By Earth Yesterday space rock passed by at about half the distance between our planet and the moonTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:29:32 +0000The Part of Your Brain That Recognizes Faces Continues Growing Later in Life is, at least until you hit 30Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:33:20 +0000Catch a Star Exploding in Action in 2022 five years from now a pair of stars are predicted to merge, forming a glittery and bright new point in the skyTue, 10 Jan 2017 17:59:20 +0000The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronaut May 2018, flight engineer Jeanette J. Epps will begin her mission on the ISSMon, 09 Jan 2017 18:58:55 +0000An Iceberg Larger Than Rhode Island Is Poised to Break From Antarctica break from the ice shelf could spell trouble for the frozen expanseFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:16:03 +0000NASA Just Announced Two New Missions, But Shelved Others the new missions have exciting prospects, some scientists aren’t thrilled by the decisionFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:11:30 +0000Researchers Uncover Fossils of 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatillos pair of ancient fruits suggest that the nightshade group to which they belong is much older than scientists once thoughtFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:42:47 +0000New Study Confirms There Was No Global Warming Hiatus independent evaluation of NOAA's disputed data further supports the steady upward march of temperaturesFri, 06 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Traced to Dwarf Galaxy in the Auriga Constellation where they originate will help researchers understand what creates the mysterious high-energy signalsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:32:39 +0000Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesentery are calling for an upgrade in classification of this vital gut membraneWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:59:23 +0000Feral Cats Now Cover 99.8 Percent of Australia fluffy murderbeasts pose a major threat to wildlifeWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:23:47 +0000It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals regulations take aim at antibiotic resistanceWed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Teeth Show That Dinosaurs Took a Long Time to Hatch embryos may have developed slowly over several months, making them more susceptible to global catastrophesTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:42:23 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Orca Is Missing and Believed Dead a century old, "Granny" hasn't been spotted since early OctoberTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:04:48 +0000Why Michigan Banned Banning Plastic Bags new state law prevents cities and counties from restricting use of plastic bags or disposable cups and utensilsMon, 02 Jan 2017 21:37:41 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000Fireworks Not Your Thing? Then Look Out For a Comet on New Year’s Eve a telescope in hand, you can watch a comet zoom past the Earth tomorrow nightFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:19:07 +0000The Year in National Parks people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000China Has Banned the Ivory Trade the end of 2017, the world’s largest ivory market will be closedFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:11:22 +0000Goodbye, Pan Pan: World’s Oldest Male Panda Dies was a prolific panda papaFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:05 +0000We Will Have to Endure 2016 One Second Longer Than an Average Year’s not giving up the ghost quite yetFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Mine until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderland storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000Obama Administration Designates Two New National Monuments Ears in Utah will span 1.3 million acres while Gold Butte in Nevada will protect 300,000 acresThu, 29 Dec 2016 18:41:54 +0000Residents Claim Ivy League College Polluted Water With Dead Lab Rodents of lab animals in the ‘60s and ‘70s have been linked to groundwater contamination in Hanover, New HampshireThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:39:06 +0000What Have the World’s Oldest Mummies Kept Under Wraps? are making digital reconstructions of the 7,000-year-old bodies, which face rapid deterioration from microbesThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:39:35 +0000Researchers Record Trillions of Migrating Insects Swarming Through the Skies bugs make up a large amount of biomass, little was known about their migrating habits, until nowThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:12:27 +0000Chinese Officials Seize 3.1 Tons of Pangolin Scales record-breaking bust shines a spotlight on the plight of the pangolinWed, 28 Dec 2016 18:31:33 +0000Just Months After Its Discovery, the X-Ray Was in Use in War public was also fascinated by the fact it was possible to take pictures of somebody’s insidesWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:05:23 +0000Five Things to Know About Boundary-Breaking Astronomer Vera Rubin observations confirmed the theory of dark matter, and her activism helped open science to more women Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:22:53 +0000Cheetah Populations Plummet as They Race Toward Extinction, habitat loss and the pet trade have reduced the fastest land animal to roughly 7,100 individualsTue, 27 Dec 2016 15:59:51 +0000Researchers "Translate" Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lot machine learning algorithm helped decode the squeaks Egyptian fruit bats make in their roost, revealing that they "speak" to one another as individualsFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:36:57 +0000Park Service May Boost Wolf Pack on Isle Royale NPS has proposed a plan to boost the wolf population on the island where currently only two inbred canines remainFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:20:02 +0000This Historical Figure Wore the Label "Snowflake" With Pride Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:56:50 +0000The Volcano That May Have Killed Off the Neanderthals Is Stirring Once Again for Europe's largest eruption, the volcano is showing signs of another pending explosionFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:36:13 +0000The Fight to Save Thousands of Heirloom Apple Trees’s more to apples than the supermarket selection may suggestFri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Mineral Baths May Have Given Stradivari Their Signature Sound out the famous violins really are different from modern instrumentsThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:28:55 +0000Celebrate Christmas With the First Voice Ever Broadcast in Space kicked off the space race with a goodwill wishThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:07:43 +0000Snow Falls in the Sahara for the First Time Since 1979 cold snap in the Algerian city of Ain Sefra led to a snowfall that covered the area's distinctive orange dunesThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:44:54 +0000Massive Survey Catalogues the Night Sky four years, the Pan-STARRS telescope collected 2 petabytes of photos of the night sky, creating the most complete astronomical atlas yetThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Picks for This Year's Best Images of Earth sunsets to city lights, the images capture the beauty of our ever-changing planetWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:42:17 +0000Obama and Trudeau Protect Millions of Acres From Drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic questions remain about the permanency of the act in the arcticWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:14:20 +0000Unidentified Complex Sound From Earth's Deepest Trench May Be New Whale Call as the Western Pacific Biotwang, researchers believe it may be a previously unrecoreded call from a dwarf minke whaleTue, 20 Dec 2016 18:15:07 +0000Meet the Klingon Newt, Ziggy Stardust Snake—Two of the 163 New Species Discovered in the Mekong new reports details the dozens of new animal and plant species scientists found in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong in 2015Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:42:45 +0000The Strange Story of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher giant bulb was an important part of early American nuclear history. Now it’s part of a miniature railroadTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:10:25 +0000Why Do Flashing Images Cause Seizures? people with epilepsy, a flashing screen can be more than a passing annoyanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:35:17 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Mysterious Ghost Shark Gliding Through the Deep spotted the grey-blue creature off the coast of California—far from its usual haunts in the Southern hemisphereMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:47:57 +0000Scientists Discover the Oldest-known Pool of Water you wouldn’t want to drink from itMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:24:32 +0000Most Expensive Science Book Sells for $3.7 Million anonymous buyer paid triple the estimated sale price for this first-edition copyFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:00:04 +0000The Pokémon GO Craze Had Health Benefits—For a Little While avid players walked about 11 extra minutes per day, the boost only lasted around six weeksFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:35:12 +0000The Long, Adorable History of Pandas in America Lin was the first giant panda to come to America, landing in San Francisco 80 years agoFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:26:26 +0000Caesarean Births Could Be Affecting Human Evolution it’s too soon to know for sureFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:59:34 +0000Six New Deep Sea Creatures Just Discovered at Site Slated for Underwater Mining hot springs are rife with lifeFri, 16 Dec 2016 16:12:51 +0000Think Your Job Is Depressing? Try Being an Airline Pilot study suggests pilots are more depressed than the average AmericanFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:23:55 +0000Sixty-Two-Foot Wave Sets New Record sensor in the North Atlantic detected a set of waves averaging over six stories tall, setting a new record for a buoy-measured waveThu, 15 Dec 2016 19:09:37 +0000Fossil Footprints Show Movements of Our Early Ancestors trace fossils found in Tanzania spurred a debate about how early hominids livedThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:31:54 +0000Never Fear, an Oceanic Asteroid Impact Wouldn’t Cause Apocalyptic Tidal Waves it could have long-term effects on the climateThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:11:33 +0000Scientist Warns We're Unprepared for a Comet Strike researcher Joseph Nuth proposes that we build and store two spacecraft to deal with potential comet or asteroid strikesThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:08:12 +0000Grab Your Sweaters: The Polar Vortex Is Back atmospheric phenomenon will pack a chilly one-two punch this weekWed, 14 Dec 2016 19:37:10 +0000 Prize-Winning Videos Capture Mesmerizing, Microscopic World looks cooler when it's viewed through the lens of a microscopeWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:07:15 +000021st Century Cures Act Tackles Postpartum Depression new legislation includes grants to help diagnose and treat this prevalent issueTue, 13 Dec 2016 23:30:00 +0000New Rule Will Crack Down on Fraudulent Fish Seafood Import Monitoring Program will require fish to be traced from the ocean to the U.S. in an attempt to stop illegal seafoodTue, 13 Dec 2016 16:30:19 +0000The Full Moon May Dull the Dazzle of this Year's Geminid Meteor Shower—But You Can Still Catch a Glimpse just the right timing, stargazers could catch a few of the sparkling streaksTue, 13 Dec 2016 15:25:13 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Having Another Baby age hasn’t slowed down the prolific bird Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:08:57 +0000Methane Levels Have Surged, and Scientists Don’t Know Why Earth heads toward climate crisis, the pressure is on to learn more about CH4Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:56:18 +0000Japan Testing "Space Tether" to Knock Junk Out of Orbit KITE experiment will use a half-mile long cable to guide some of the 500,000 chunks of space junk out of orbitMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:20:53 +0000U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the First Time in 23 Years it only decreased by 0.1 percent overall, eight of the top ten causes of death all saw increases in 2015Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:30:17 +0000Giraffes Silently Slip Onto the Endangered Species List of habitat destruction and poaching have reduced giraffe numbers by 30 percent, placing them in the vulnerable category for the first timeFri, 09 Dec 2016 18:38:51 +0000America’s Only Known Jaguar May Not Be Alone Anymore "El Jefe" isn't so lonely after all Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:00:59 +0000Someone Paid $46,000 for a Bunch of Mold discovery was an accident, but this scientific sample changed the course of medicine forever Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:36:41 +0000Leaded Gas Was a Known Poison the Day It Was Invented most of the mid-twentieth century, lead gasoline was considered normal. But lead is a poison, and burning it has had dire consequencesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:48 +0000Check Out New Pictures of Saturn From Cassini’s Latest Orbit images of the ringed planet herald the spacecraft’s demiseThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:26:40 +0000Thousands of Snow Geese Die at Abandoned Pit Mine attempts to scare them away, thousands of geese landed on the acidic Berkeley Pit, which is full of toxic heavy metalsThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:14:30 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber Hints at Feather Evolution rare specimen provides new insights into how feathers came to beThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:37:12 +0000How a Goggle-Wearing Parrot Could Help Future Robots Fly flying through a haze and lasers, Obi the parrotlet helped researchers figure out how much lift birds produceThu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000Scientists Discover Cosmic Dust in the Grime of City Gutters only found in remote locations, a dedicated amateur scientist combed through pounds of urban debris to recover these space specksThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:44:25 +0000Bare Down There? New Study Suggests You’re More Susceptible to STIs pubic preferences could be linked to your sexual health Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:10:43 +0000Sleep-Deprived Drivers Can Be as Dangerous as Drunk Ones by on even slightly less sleep could put you at risk Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:30 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candy cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Scientists Finally Spot Giant, Slimy Sea Blob First Found Over a Century Ago in 1899, the creature recently popped up in Monterey BayWed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:47 +0000You May Not Have Rhythm, But Your Eyeballs Sure Do eye movement gives researchers a peek into how the brain reacts to musicTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:07 +0000Archeologists Discover Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Pet Cemetery in Egypt 100 lovingly positioned creatures, the site suggests that the ancients could have valued their companion animals as much as we doTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:46 +0000Hawaii Faces Down Nearly Three Feet of Snow more of the white stuff is on its way to the Big Island’s tallest peaks Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:44:24 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subway it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Listen to This Holly, Jolly (and a Little Creepy) A.I.-Penned Christmas Song neural network at the University of Toronto wrote a holiday ditty based on an image of a Christmas treeMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea tiny crustaceans are challenging previous assumptions about how plants grow underwater Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000Massive Cluster of Sinkholes Found Deep in China’s Mountainous Northwest network of pockmarks is packed with old-growth forests and giant flying squirrelsFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:26 +0000Remembering Barney Clark, Whose Ethically Questionable Heart Transplant Advanced Science decades ago, a dentist agreed to receive the first artificial heart. And then things went downhillFri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:39 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death? new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000India Inches Closer to Creating World's Largest River Network plan to interlink rivers would connect up to 30 rivers via 30 canals and 3,000 damsThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:56:53 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapse satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000Was the Speed of Light Even Faster in the Early Universe? propose a way to test if light exceeded Einstein's constant just after the Big BangWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:26:46 +0000In Its Final Hurrah, Cassini Will Swoop Past Saturn’s Rings craft will take one last look at the ringed planet before diving into its depthsTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:10:36 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Misery Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Better little creativity each day goes a long wayTue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:23 +0000NASA Wants to Know What to Do With Its Astronaut Poo Space Poo Challenge is offering $30,000 for a system that can keep an astronaut clean and dry for 144 hours in a space suitMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:58:52 +0000Coconut Crab's Pinch Among the Strongest in the World unusual crustacean's pincer rivals the bite of a lionMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:39:19 +0000The Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disaster 100 years after the massive molasses tank ruptured, scientists are finally sussing out how this tragedy occurredMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:20 +0000