Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Pigs Aren't Quite as Domesticated as People Once Thought partially unravel the complexity of domesticated swine geneticsTue, 01 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Scientists Invented Ice Cream That Doesn’t Melt as Fast involves a protein that some bacteria use as a kind of protectant coatingTue, 01 Sep 2015 16:42:49 +0000Chicago’s Corpse Flower Is Kind of a Disappointment failing to bloom as planned, horticulturists had to force "Spike" openTue, 01 Sep 2015 15:57:15 +0000Once Again, Thousands of Walruses Have Been Forced Ashore in Alaska the animals can’t find sea ice to rest on, they haul themselves ashore in crowded massesMon, 31 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Some Sexually Transmitted Microbes Might Be Good for You’s a whole lot of bacteria and viruses that pass from person to person, using any means they can findMon, 31 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Marine Biologists Find Rare Nautilus For The First Time In 30 Years “Crusty Nautilus” was believed to have gone extinct.Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000What Does Neuroscience Know About Meditation? There are still many unknowns, but the practice seems to improves attention and memoryFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:30:00 +0000Meth Lab Injuries Are Increasing laboratories can cause burns, respiratory problemsFri, 28 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Studies With Shorter Titles Are Cited More Often titles may lead to greater impact factors.Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000African Wildlife May Be Acquiring Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria From Nearby Humans finding points to ways that 'superbugs' might spreadFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000Some Brands Are Labeling Products “GMO-free” Even if They Don’t Have Genes companies are paying to label their food as non-GMO, whether they need it or not.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000Soon, Red Fireworks Might Not Contain Carcinogens Anymore discover alternative to cancer-causing chemicals that give red fireworks their color.Thu, 27 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Grand Canyon is Full of Mercury find high levels of mercury and selenium in plants and animals along the Colorado RiverThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:26:22 +0000Drought Could Kill Off Many of the West Coast’s Fish managers are already struggling with low water and disease brought by warmthThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:22:53 +0000Breeding Pandas Is Incredibly Hard National Zoo's newborn panda twins are practically miracles.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 15:46:19 +0000Putting Eyeballs on Billboards Might Help Stop Crime feeling of being watched makes human change their behavior, even if it comes from a poster.Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000A Manhattan-Sized Glacier Chunk Just Broke Off in Greenland calving creates monster icebergsWed, 26 Aug 2015 13:49:20 +0000There’s Now Whiskey On the ISS astronauts can't drink it)Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:45:54 +0000Fossilized Poop is Rare, Fossilized Poop Inside a Fossilized Dinosaur is Even Rarer feces are always interesting, and researchers may have just found an extra special exampleMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:30:00 +0000See, in Slow Motion, how Ladybugs Fit Wings Inside Their Spotted red Shells view of the insects that is rarely seenFri, 21 Aug 2015 20:00:00 +0000Biologists Have Spotted the First Wolf Pack in California in 100 Years adults and five pups make up the newly-named Shasta PackFri, 21 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000Over 14,000 Miles of America's Coastline is Covered in Concrete percent of America’s coastline is coated in concrete — and that could actually be really bad Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:41:48 +0000Ancient Diamonds Came From Seawater and Future Diamonds Might Come From The Air diamonds give some scientists new clues to how they formed underground, others find ways to make them out of thin air.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:38:44 +0000For A Better-Tasting Tomato, Dip It In Hot Water Before Sticking It In The Fridge simple chemical trick could make supermarket tomatoes taste way better.Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Story of the Butterfly That Got Adopted by A Red Ant unexpected infanticide and toxic chemicals, it’s a story loved by allFri, 21 Aug 2015 13:42:31 +0000Grimy City Buildings Re-Pollute the Air urban surfaces “breathe” pollutants when they’re exposed to sunThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:30:00 +0000Hummingbird Tongues Are Pumps, Not Straws tiny, quick pump mechanism lets birds slurp up nectar at a rate of 14 licks per secondThu, 20 Aug 2015 12:25:51 +0000Black Holes Might Catapult Rogue Supernovas Into Space being fired from a slingshot at 4.5 million miles an hourWed, 19 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Plants Might Move with the Moon Just as the Oceans Do with Tides researcher calls it the "leaftide"Wed, 19 Aug 2015 12:30:25 +0000This Pesticide Doesn’t Kill Spiders, But It Does Mess With Their Heads because a chemical isn’t lethal doesn’t mean it’s not dangerous to other insectsTue, 18 Aug 2015 15:39:42 +0000Future Antibiotics for Humans Could Come From Ant Fungus Gardens unique symbiotic relationship exists between leaf-cutter ants, fungi and bacteriaMon, 17 Aug 2015 18:40:29 +0000Why Satellites Are a Biologist's Best Friend tracking penguins to coral reefs, satellites are changing the way scientists study ecology Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Is Chocolate Milk the Next Sports Drink? all comes down to cowsMon, 17 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Today, Cassini Will Say Goodbye to Saturn’s Moon Dione's curtains for the NASA mission's close relationship with the satelliteMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:57:30 +0000When Will the Next Solar Superflare Hit Earth? year 2209 just got a lot scarierMon, 17 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Lightning Strikes Can Change Rocks' Atomic Structure research suggests that rock crystals melt under the intense force and heat of lightningMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Cadavers Are Teaching Doctors to Be More Empathetic getting to know the person behind the cadaver, new doctors are honing the skills they'll use on living patientsMon, 17 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Modern Life Could Be Making Dementia More Common is affecting people more and earlier than ever before — but is pollution the culprit? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The European Space Agency Wants to Build a Moon Village soon, the hot new European vacation spot could have a great view of the planet EarthFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:10:00 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Lived (and Died) Among Ancient Daisies<i>Triceratops</i> loves me, <i>Triceratops</i> loves me not...Fri, 14 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000It's Strangely Difficult to Measure Big Explosions is it time for a makeover? Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why Infectious Tropical Diseases Are Returning to America, geography and economy are just a few risk factorsFri, 14 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000What Killed Over 134,000 Endangered Antelopes? are closer to an answerThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:30:00 +0000Why Coffee Makes Some People Poop's not the caffeineThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:22:00 +0000Watch a Robot Evolve's the mother of all robotsThu, 13 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Disease Is Killing Corals still haven't cracked the mystery of "white syndrome"Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:14:00 +0000Scientists Are Still Baffled by Monarch Migration it comes to declining winter butterfly populations, something just doesn't add upWed, 12 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Watch the Perseids Peak This Week's stunning meteor shower is sure to please stargazersWed, 12 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Modern Milk is Kind of Miraculous least in the USATue, 11 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Inside a Dutch Police Academy...for Rats rats are creating new job opportunities for their fellow rodentsTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Do Animals Find Food? The Answer's in Their Eyes shape provides differing advantages to those who crave the hunt and those who hide Tue, 11 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000Russia Might Own the North Pole to global warming, Russia has claimed a new ocean in the ArcticTue, 11 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500sMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:45:00 +0000Search Engines Can Sway Undecided Voters research uncovers "the search engine effect" and its potential to influence election outcomesMon, 10 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved to Be Moved by Art research shows that while people respond to art for very different reasons, the ability to be moved in the first place is universalMon, 10 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why Don't Balancing Boulders Fall During Earthquakes? interaction of nearby fault lines may lessen ground shaking around some balancing rocks Mon, 10 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Next for the Animas River? efforts are underway at the river, which turned a bright orange-yellow after a catastrophic chemical spillMon, 10 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The Health Effects of the Atom Bomb Are Still Being Studied of Hiroshima and Nagasaki survivors influence worldwide radiation standards, even 70 years laterThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Astronauts Fill Out Customs Forms, Too Buzz Aldrin's expense report and customs form from his Apollo 11 mission to the moonThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Renaissance Painting of Fruit Holds a Modern-Day Science Lesson it's in the watermelonThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Feeling Small in the Face of Nature Makes People More Generous, yeahThu, 06 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Breathtaking Space GIF Gives Earth a New Perspective of the Moon's EPIC camera took the image a million miles from EarthWed, 05 Aug 2015 19:10:00 +0000Why This Chicken is Black From Comb to Feathers to Muscles Ayam Cemani is the Goth of the chicken worldWed, 05 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Physics of a UFC Fighter so Fast, She Might Just Be Bionic words: kinetic energyWed, 05 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000Glaciers Are Retreating Faster Than Before future of Earth's glaciers is unsettling at bestTue, 04 Aug 2015 19:30:00 +0000The Middle East Just Lived Through One of the Hottest Days in History Iranian city logged a 165-degree heat index last week as temperatures continue to boilTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:15:00 +0000Why Super-Small Black Holes Haven’t Destroyed the Universe probably won'tTue, 04 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Why Primatologists Love Collecting Poop's intel inside monkey feces — in the form of DNAMon, 03 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do U.S. Carbon Emissions Rank Internationally?'s complicatedMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:05:00 +0000How NASA Dealt With Images of an Alien Planet in the 1960s alien planet was Mars and the process was just a bit simpler than it is todayMon, 03 Aug 2015 17:00:00 +0000Why the International Olympic Committee is Worried About Water Quality in Rio and bacteria may threaten swimmers in the 2016 summer gamesMon, 03 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000The Science Behind Dogs' Goofy Greetings do dogs go nuts when their owners get home? The answers lie in their DNA and brainsMon, 03 Aug 2015 14:20:00 +0000Kids With Autism Can Read Emotions Through Body Language new study challenges the misconception that kids with the disorder lack empathyMon, 03 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Robotic Insect Can Jump on Water Because it’s coolMon, 03 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Australian Cities Pass Cat Curfews little murderbeasts may soon be kept under lock and keyFri, 31 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Experimental Ebola Vaccine Gives 100 Percent Protection in Trial unusual trial design helped prove the vaccine safe and effective in less than a yearFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:55:00 +0000We Crave Comfort Food to Feel Less Alone is why you can't stop eating corndogsFri, 31 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000These Super-Dense Galaxies Are Bursting With Stars in these systems would have trouble starting, but the night skies would be spectacular to beholdFri, 31 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Philae Proves There's More to Comets Than Dust and Ice lander found organic compounds on comet 67PFri, 31 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Minnesota's Disappearing River a river is missing in the Judge C.R. Magney State ParkThu, 30 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Only Four Northern White Rhinos Are Left on Earth of the species' last females died this weekThu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bully or Bystander? It Could Be in the Genes study says bullying may be nature, not nurtureThu, 30 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Queen Guitarist Brian May is Now a New Horizons Science Collaborator new images were transmitted from Pluto, the rock-star-turned-astrophysicist rubbed shoulders with his heroesWed, 29 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Plant Murders Bugs and Decorates Itself With Their Dead Bodies about a roundabout defense strategyWed, 29 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Go Ahead, Wise Guy: Sarcasm Makes People More Creative’s science, duhWed, 29 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: Why Puddles Don't Go On Forever picture of proper puddle behavior had a few missing piecesWed, 29 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggs blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebook's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milk all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Pluto maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Trees white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalism bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadas’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancing yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Pluto long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune System amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushima odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth former combustion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Meal contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Month’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Space’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Bones video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Ago discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fake at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiers ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths? investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S. are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Hands suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Around study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plague recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Name Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expected so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germany mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013 sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Fault to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violence has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bug used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbacks visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeek French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japan eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellite researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work? not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Cool the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Got the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Francisco was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plague ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Up Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000