Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:02:03 +0000Allergy Treatments Could Someday Start Before You Are Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/allergy-treatments-could-start-you-are-born-180954432/Studies in mice are showing that it might be possible treat disorders that have a genetic basis during pregnancyFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:02:03 +0000The Dawn Spacecraft Is About to Reach Its Next Destination—the Dwarf Planet Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-should-soon-answer-what-ceres-bright-spots-are-180954427/We might just learn what the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet are—and much moreFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:58 +0000Statisticians Reveal the Best Place to Wait Out a Zombie Apocalypsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statisticians-reveal-best-place-wait-out-zombie-apocalypse-180954426/You’ll want to head for the Rocky MountainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:26 +0000Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-live-antarctic-penguin-post-office-180954425/Applications soar at post office in Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:32 +0000Sharks Have Scary-Good Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sharks-have-scary-good-memories-180954421/New research on one species reveals an astounding ability to learn complex tricks and remember them for at least a yearFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:05:27 +0000Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bees-have-problems-false-memories-too-180954415/Bumblebees gravitate toward unfamiliar flowers that merge two patterns they know—a classic error of long term memoryThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:16:33 +0000How One Doctor Proposes to Conduct the First Human Head Transplant http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-doctor-proposes-conduct-first-human-head-transplant-180954416/An Italian neuroscientists says that the surgery could be ready in as few as two years, but the scientific community remains very skepticalThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000Watch the Sunset from Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sunset-mars-180954412/Opportunity rover helps capture a hauntingly blue view of nightfall on the Red PlanetThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:33 +0000Tiny Bits of Plastic May Be Clogging Up Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-bits-plastic-may-be-clogging-corals-180954407/Researchers find that microplastic pollution has become a new threat to the health of ocean reefsWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:30:36 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-scientists-used-paint-numbers-technique-create-first-image-mars-180954406/Scientists used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000Determine Your Ideal Eyelash Length With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/determine-your-ideal-eyelash-length-science-180954405/How the “one-third rule” protects your eyes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:45:00 +0000The Population of a Rare Leopard Has Nearly Doubledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-population-nearly-doubles-180954404/A new census shows that there are now at least 57 elusive Amur leopards in RussiaWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:16:43 +0000Meet the Man Who Can Taste Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-man-who-can-taste-words-180954397/For some, taste mixes with other sense—a form of synesthesia that isn't as common as experiencing the colors of wordsTue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:54 +0000Alaska’s Freshwater Is Draining Into the Sea at an Astounding Ratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskas-freshwater-draining-sea-astounding-rate-180954396/Satellite data shows that snow and glacial melt are partially to blame for an annual freshwater output 1.5 times that of Mississippi RiverTue, 24 Feb 2015 17:30:21 +0000This Mysterious Plant Doesn’t Have Time for Junk DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-doesnt-have-time-junk-dna-180954394/Utricularia gibba has less DNA, but more genesTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:17 +0000How 16th Century Trade Made Fire Ants an Early Global Invaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-16th-century-trade-made-fire-ants-early-global-invader-180954393/By inadvertently stowing away in Spanish ships, one pesky little insect quickly spread throughout much of the worldTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000The World’s Sea Creatures Have Gotten Biggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-sea-creatures-have-gotten-bigger-180954385/A new study reveals evolution in the ocean appears to favor larger animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 18:03:13 +0000See the Winter of Our Discontent…From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winter-your-discontent-space-180954382/NASA photo of the eastern United States confirms it’s really, really cold out there Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:38:47 +0000Antarctic Sea Ice Sets A New Record, But the Climate is Still Changinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-new-record-climate-still-changing-180954366/Climate change deniers, sit back downThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:11 +0000Contaminated Doctors’ Scopes May Have Spread a Superbug to Almost 180 Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contaminated-doctors-scopes-may-have-spread-superbug-almost-180-patients-180954362/A drug-resistant bacteria usually found in the gut has infected seven people and contributed to two deathsThu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:38 +0000Fat Is a Texture, Not a Taste…For Now http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fat-texture-not-taste-now-180954360/Scientists predict fat will join the other primary tastes within ten yearsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:30:10 +0000Is That Pill a Placebo? This Program Can Tell, Even If You Can'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pill-placebo-program-can-tell-even-if-you-cant-180954355/A new algorithm could make it faster and less expensive to develop new painkillers Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:51 +0000Ants Have Designated Toilet Areas in Their Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-do-their-business-colony-shared-toilets-180954354/A new study shows that black garden ants have a relatively meticulous protocol for when nature calls Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:14 +0000Divers Discover Graveyard Filled With Giant Lemur Skeletons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-discover-underground-graveyard-filled-giant-lemur-skeletons-180954342/A Madagascar cave is packed with the bones of extinct speciesThu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000Snails’ Teeth Beats Spider Silk As Nature’s Strongest Materialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spider-silk-loses-top-spot-natures-strongest-material-snails-teeth-180954346/The discovery makes sense: Mollusks use these teeth to excavate rocks while they feedWed, 18 Feb 2015 19:22:38 +0000Found: A New Tool in the Fight Against HIVhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-new-candidate-fight-against-hiv-180954344/New approach offers “vaccine-like” protection against HIV Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:27 +0000How “Learned Deafness” Might be Letting Noise Pollution Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-learned-deafness-might-be-letting-noise-pollution-win-180954343/The world may be noisier than ever but one scientist warns that our attempts to blot out the sound may cost us dearlyWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:06 +0000Only 1 in 4 Americans Would Take a Free Space Flight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-1-4-would-take-free-space-flight-180954340/Americans are still skeptical about some aspects of space travelWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:30:02 +0000An Underwater Field of Weird Metal Balls Is a Key to Both Past And Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-metal-balls-discovered-ocean-floor-may-be-tech-companies-dream-180954339/A huge deposit of manganese nodules beneath the Atlantic might be a potential source of highly prized rare earth metalsWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:00:26 +0000Finally, the First Fish Ever Is Taken Off the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/after-22-years-oregon-minnow-graduates-endangered-species-list-180954338/The recovery of a tiny fish signals good news for area waterways and proof that, when heeded, protective measures can make a differenceWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:01 +0000Grizzlies in Yellowstone Are Already Waking Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grizzlies-yellowstone-are-already-waking-180954335/Warm weather has drawn at least one bear out of hibernation and in search of foodTue, 17 Feb 2015 20:14:29 +0000Is DNA the Solution for Permanent Data Storage? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-solution-permanent-data-storage-180954315/New study uses “synthetic fossils” to store data for the ages Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:42 +0000The Cold May Have Cost Penguins Most of Their Taste Budshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-may-have-cost-penguins-most-their-taste-buds-1-180954293/Recent genetic analysis shows that penguins can’t taste sweet or bitter, and scientists think sub-zero temps may be to blameTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:44 +0000Is Our Universe Supersymmetric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-universe-supersymmetric-180954284/Scientists hope the rebooted Large Hadron Collider could find supersymmetric particles—the next frontier of particle physicsMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:30:30 +0000Stars Have Womb Siblingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stars-have-womb-siblings-180954288/Four baby stars, still gestating in their parental gas cloud, move together - for now at leastMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:21 +0000Teachers Give Lower Math Scores to Girlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teachers-give-lower-scores-math-when-they-know-theyre-grading-girls-180954253/Teachers’ unconscious beliefs in the aptitude of boys over girls come out when grading math testsFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:55:47 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/technology-interstellar-helping-scientists-understand-black-holes-180954249/The movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-bees-are-actually-more-diverse-country-bees-180954244/Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:45:58 +0000Tourist Trash Has Changed the Color of Yellowstone’s Morning Glory Poolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourist-trash-has-changed-color-yellowstones-morning-glory-pool-180954239/Researchers have found proof of what caused a hot spring’s drastic color modification—it's people, of courseThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:45:34 +0000Imagine Dinosaurs Tripping on Psychedelicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-were-psychedelics-180954221/It could have happened.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000At Last, Make Perfect Popcorn With Science http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-make-perfect-popcorn-science-180954218/Physicists now know why popcorn pops Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000What Makes Some Orca Whales Love a Good Belly Rub? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-some-orca-whales-love-good-belly-rub-180954219/Some pods have been observed rubbing themselves on rocky beaches; scientists are still working to understand whyWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:59 +0000One-Tenth of Native Mammals in Australia Are Extinct: Blame Cats And Foxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-tenth-australias-native-mammals-have-gone-extinct-over-last-200-years-180954216/No other country on Earth has lost a greater proportion of land mammals over the last two centuries; now, a new study zeros in on the cause Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000Human Languages Skew Positive http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-languages-skew-positive-were-all-bunch-pollyannas-180954210/We’re all a bunch of pollyannasWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:20:45 +0000Why 2015 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Good Year for Snowy Owlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-2015-shaping-be-another-good-year-snowy-owls-180954207/Ornithologists are tracking the second major snowy owl southern migration in as many years, indicating that the birds’ numbers are still going strongTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:37:34 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-bells-play-seismic-shifts-180954198/Watch as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Pulsing Stars Flicker in a Pattern Close to the Golden Ratiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pulsing-stars-flicker-pattern-close-golden-ratio-180954195/The famed ratio, which shows up in art, architecture and nature, can also be found in spaceTue, 10 Feb 2015 14:30:36 +0000Gene Changes Make Humans’ Sense of Taste Uniquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-changes-make-humans-sense-taste-unique-180954191/Our ability to eat bitter plants help distinguish us from our ancestors and chimpanzees todayMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:00:35 +0000The Universe’s Oldest Stars Likely Lit Up Way Later Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-oldest-stars-likely-lit-way-later-once-thought-180954186/Data gathered by the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that the universe was dark for about 550 million years after the big bangMon, 09 Feb 2015 18:00:50 +0000Chimpanzees May Have Their Own Form of Bilingualismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimpanzees-may-have-their-own-form-bilingualism-180954183/Humans aren’t the only primates capable of learning new “words” for the same objectMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:47 +0000Neil Armstrong Had a Secret Stash of Moon Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrong-had-secret-stash-moon-stuff-180954182/“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000Invasive, Acid-Spraying Ants in Hawaii Are Deforming Native Seabird Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-ants-hawaii-are-deforming-native-seabird-chicks-180954176/The ground-dwelling chicks are pestered by invasive ants spraying acidFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:30:39 +0000A Setback for HIV Prevention Trial: Getting People To Take the Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/setback-hiv-prevention-drug-trial-getting-people-take-medicine-180954175/Women didn’t take their preventative medications, even those proven to work, for fear of side effectsFri, 06 Feb 2015 19:58:34 +0000Pigeons' Brains Work Kind of Like Ourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigeons-brains-work-kind-ours-180954174/A small study showed impressive categorizing abilities in three pigeonsFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:59:31 +0000Before Agriculture, Human Jaws Were a Perfect Fit for Human Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dawn-farming-changed-our-mouths-worst-180954167/The emergence of agricultural practices initiated major changes to the jaw structure of ancient humans, leading to dental problems we still experienceFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:30:44 +0000Starving Sea Lions Are Piling Up on California Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starving-sea-lions-are-piling-california-beaches-180954169/It's the third year of a crisis that's confusing scientistsFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:29 +0000How Space Travel Can Damage Our Immune Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-Space-Travel-Can-Damage-Our-Immune-Systems-180954164/Research finds that living in low-gravity conditions can take a toll that goes far beyond an aversion to dehydrated foods Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:46 +0000Life-Giving Rain Also Spreads Deadly Plant Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-giving-rain-also-spreads-deadly-plant-disease-180954162/High-speed cameras show how leaf flexibility influences raindrop dispersal into the air — along with pathogens picked up from infected plantsThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:45:48 +0000Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-program-plants-be-more-drought-tolerant-180954159/Which new technique will help plants survive with less water? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000Private Space Investments Will Reach $10 Billion This Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/private-space-investments-will-reach-10-billion-year-180954156/Make way for money—investors are bullish on space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000North America’s Trees Create Some of the World's Hottest Forest Fireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-americas-tree-species-give-us-some-biggest-hottest-forest-fires-world-180954152/What makes certain forest fires especially destructive? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:51:07 +0000A Green Sea Slug Steals Power From Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-sea-slug-steals-photosynthesizing-power-algae-it-eats-180954147/The discovery makes this a true plant-animal hybridWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:56:45 +00001 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take a Daily Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1-3-would-rather-die-early-take-daily-pill-180954141/New research shows a third of people would trade years of their life to avoid taking daily medsWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:33:11 +0000Why One Nonprofit Wants You to Sell Them Your Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-nonprofit-wants-you-sell-them-your-poop-180954142/A qualified candidate could make thousands of dollars a year selling their waste to an organization preparing fecal transplants for the ill Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:26 +0000Cockroaches Have Personalities, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroaches-have-personalities-too-180954140/Feel guilty the next time you crush a cockroachWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:07:01 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Is Doing So Badly, Scientist Are Testing Genetic Modification to Help It Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-considers-genetically-altering-coral-help-it-survive-climate-change-180954139/As the health of the Great Barrier Reef declines, scientists are hoping “assisted evolution” might keep its coral aliveWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:59:13 +0000Scientists Identify a “DNA Clock” That May Help Predict Mortalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-dna-clock-may-help-predict-mortality-180954135/New studies on changes to DNA that occur over a lifetime offer insight into an individual’s likelihood of early death Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:45:54 +0000These Birds Take Turns So No One Gets Too Tired Flying in Formationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-birds-take-turns-so-no-one-gets-too-tired-flying-formation-180954131/“Reciprocal altruism” in a migrating flock of birds means that the more exhausting lead position is deliberately and equally shared Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:30:43 +0000Scientists Discover “Reset” Button for Circadian Rhythm http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-reset-button-circadian-rhythm-180954130/Could a simple reboot turn exhaustion into a thing of the past? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:16:12 +0000These Dolphins Mourn Their Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dolphins-mourn-their-dead-180954117/A new study looks into a sad ritual at seaMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:04:57 +0000Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-cat-caught-cameraattacking-monkey-180954116/Africa’s most elusive wild cat makes a rare daytime appearance Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:34:40 +0000Why We Can Thank Bats for Bedbugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-can-thank-bats-bedbugs-180954114/Scientists have proven through genetics that bats were the first hosts to the pesky parasite before passing them on to ancient humansMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:30:40 +0000How You Shop Can Reveal Your Identity to Thieveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-you-shop-can-reveal-your-identity-thieves-180954109/Women are more easily identified from their shopping patterns than menFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:30:19 +0000Meet the Friendly Virus That Might Actually Be Good For Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-friendly-virus-might-actually-be-good-you-180954107/Many people carry it, but it doesn’t make you sick and could actually fight against viruses like HIV and EbolaFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:23 +0000What’s Causing California’s Bright Pink Sea Slug Bloom?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-californias-bright-pink-sea-slug-bloom-180954105/They might be fun to look at, but they're not necessarily good newsFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:32:41 +0000Scientists Finally Know How Baleen Whales Hearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-know-how-baleen-whales-hear-180954099/A beached whale, a supercomputer, a scientific mystery solved Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000There's a Big Rift in Opinion Between Americans And Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-big-rift-between-americans-and-scientists-180954098/New study shows that citizens and scientists only agree some of the timeFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:01 +0000Planets Formed Close to Their Stars Are Named for Vulcan, the Roman God of Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planets-formed-close-their-stars-are-named-vulcan-roman-god-fire-180954092/Closer to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, these hot worlds deserve an explanationFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:38:36 +0000The Ohio Measles Outbreak Wasn’t Caused by "Anti-Vaxxers" But by an Amish Travelerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ohio-measles-outbreak-wasnt-caused-anti-vaxxers-amish-traveler-180954090/Blaming the anti-vaccination movement for an uptick in measles is oversimplificationThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:18:08 +0000A 10,000-Year-Old Forest Has Been Discovered, And It's Under Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-forest-has-been-discoveredunder-water-180954089/Ancient oak trees found on the bottom of the North Sea represent a prehistoric woodland that likely spanned thousands of acresThu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:54 +0000Why “Expensive” Medicines Might Actually Work Better http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-expensive-medicines-might-actually-work-better-180954088/Perceived cost might influence drugs’ benefits Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:13 +0000For the First Time in Almost a Century, a Rare Red Fox Was Seen at Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-yosemite-national-park-spotted-rare-red-fox-180954086/Cameras and “hair snares” could preserve a threatened Sierra speciesThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:30:28 +0000A Newly Discovered Caterpillar Makes a Deadly Fortress of Its Cocoon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-caterpillar-makes-deadly-fortress-its-cocoon-180954085/Scientists have found a caterpillar in a Borneo forest that uses toxic tree resin to build an extra-safe home for its metamorphosis Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:48 +0000Are You Binge-Watching Because You're Depressed? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-your-binge-watching-habit-could-leave-you-depressed-180954084/A new study found that people who were depressed binge-watched TV more—and used TV binges to deal with negative emotions Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:27:35 +0000Spiders Spin Electrically Charged Silk To Make It Stickyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-spin-electrically-charged-silk-make-it-sticky-180954064/The garden center spider doesn’t put sticky glue on its web; it uses a complex spinning process to build prey-snaring silk threadsWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:49:01 +0000These Five Earth-sized Planets Are Super Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neighboring-earth-sized-planets-are-super-old-180954058/Kepler-444 is 11.2 billion years old and its five planets could tell us about planet formation in the early universeWed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:40 +0000Sugar Is Causing Girls to Get Their Periods Soonerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sugar-causing-girls-get-their-periods-sooner-180954055/Why shunning soda might help reduce premature puberty ratesWed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:01 +0000Did Fishermen Find Evidence of an Unknown Group of Primitive Humans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-fishermen-find-evidence-unknown-group-primitive-humans-180954054/A fossilized jawbone pulled from the seafloor near Taiwan may be from an ancient type of hominin new to science Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:59 +000023 Kids’ Peanut Allergies Were Cured, At Least Temporarilyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/23-kids-peanut-allergies-were-cured-180954053/A probiotic may be the key to fighting allergies to peanut proteinsWed, 28 Jan 2015 15:35:59 +0000Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-men-who-left-huge-genetic-legacies-likes-genghis-khan-180954052/A new study shows that 10 other men founded large Y-chromosome lineagesWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:29 +0000Hive Mind: A Swarm of Microprobes Could Tell Us More About Jupiter http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hive-mind-swarm-microprobes-could-tell-us-more-about-jupiter-180954036/The miniature probes will gather atmospheric data before bursting into flames Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:30:10 +0000Pollutants Are Making Polar Bears' Penis Bones More Likely to Breakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollutants-are-making-polar-bears-penis-bones-more-likely-break-180954034/An industrial chemical contaminating the Arctic is further threatening a species already facing dire challengesTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:40:12 +0000The Mystery of the Continuously Functioning Battery From 1840http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-continuously-functioning-battery-1840-180954028/A battery at the University of Oxford has been incessantly ringing two bells for 175 years—but no one knows exactly why it’s lasted so longMon, 26 Jan 2015 18:07:10 +0000Use This Map to Track the Snowfall and Social Media Buzz Around the Northeast Blizzardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/use-map-track-snowfall-and-social-media-buzz-around-northeast-blizzard-180954025/Weather alerts and media streams can keep you up to date on the full extent of the nor'easterMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:57:07 +0000It’s Easy to Make People Like Healthy Food…Just Rewire Their Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-easy-make-people-healthy-foodjust-rewire-their-brains-180954026/A new study imaged brains of women of different weights and found dramatic differences in how their brains responded to foodMon, 26 Jan 2015 15:30:14 +0000Some People Have Patterns on Their Tongues That Look Like Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-people-have-patterns-their-tongues-look-maps-180954014/The condition is harmless and fairly commonFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Close-Ups Reveal Goosebumps And Very Little Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-close-ups-reveal-goosebumps-and-very-little-ice-180954013/Rosetta is watching for changes as the double-lobed comet approaches the sunFri, 23 Jan 2015 18:39:47 +0000Want a Better Memory in 30 Years? Go to Sleep Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-better-memory-30-years-go-sleep-now-180954011/Catching some ZZZs today could help your memory stay fresh into old ageFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000Is Orange Juice More Nutritious? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orange-juice-more-nutritious-180954010/New research challenges the assumption that fruit trumps juiceFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:54 +0000It Isn’t Only Dogs; Cats May Pick Up on Emotional Cues, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-isnt-only-dogs-cats-may-pick-your-emotional-cues-too-180954007/New research shows that, like babies and dogs, our feline friends look to us for clues on how to react to new situationsFri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:55 +0000Fish Live Under Antarctica’s Ice Shelf, Where It Seems They Shouldn’t Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-live-under-antarcticas-ice-shelf-where-it-seems-they-shouldnt-survive-180954000/Biologists expected the seafloor under a glacier to be nearly barren, until life swam into viewThu, 22 Jan 2015 18:41:08 +0000Neuroscientists Found Eight Genes That Govern Human Brain Sizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-helps-uncover-genetic-variants-influence-brain-size-180953994/A consortium of neuroscientists compared medical data from over 30,000 people and found genetic mutations that may cause parts of the brain to be smallerThu, 22 Jan 2015 17:25:17 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Riskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angry-tweets-help-twitter-detect-heart-disease-risk-180953995/New research shows that Twitter can detect not just viruses, but long-term public health problems Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:44 +0000Young Blood Rejuvenates Older Tissueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-blood-rejuvenates-older-tissues-180953990/Experiments in surgically joined lab animals that share blood have inspired anti-aging hopes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:39:51 +0000Your Spouse’s Personality Can Help You Get Ahead at Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-spouses-personality-can-help-you-get-ahead-work-180953989/Tests on married couples reveal that conscientiousness in a spouse is the most helpful trait if you want promotions and successWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:32:31 +0000What Hibernation Teaches Us About Treating Alzheimer’s Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hibernation-teaches-us-about-treating-alzheimers-disease-180953982/Scientists find that a brain-protecting protein produced when the body cools may have major implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative disordersWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:09 +0000This Woman Can’t Feel Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-cant-feel-fear-180953988/Damage from a rare genetic condition appears to have knocked out the "fear center" in her brainWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:40:52 +0000Here’s Why Sharks Prefer Salt Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sharks-prefer-salt-water-180953985/New research shows that sharks sink in fresh waterWed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:56 +0000The First Woman in America to Receive an M.D. Was Admitted to Med School as a Jokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-woman-america-receive-md-was-admitted-med-school-joke-180953978/When the students at Geneva Medical College voted in jest to admit a woman, they unwittingly paved the way for Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing careerWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:31:04 +0000The Science Behind Deflated Footballshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-deflated-footballs-180953983/Could failure to inflate give a team a strategic advantage? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:43:55 +0000Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Lurk in Sewagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-dollars-worth-gold-and-silver-lurk-sewage-180953960/A city with one million people could have $13 million worth of metals in sewage sludgeTue, 20 Jan 2015 20:40:02 +0000High-Speed Video Shows When The Smell of Rain Beginshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-speed-video-shows-when-smell-rain-begins-180953958/Now we can see exactly how raindrops create petrichor, the name given to smells kicked up by light rainTue, 20 Jan 2015 19:08:30 +0000Astronomers Catch a Mysterious Burst of Energy in Actionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-catch-mysterious-burst-energy-action-180953956/It's the first time scientists have observed the strange radio pulse as it happenedTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:17 +0000India's Tiger Population Grew Almost 60 Percent Since 2008 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-tigers-be-coming-back-brink-180953952/Could tigers be coming back from the brink? India now counts 2,226 of the big catsTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:13:41 +0000The Speed of Light Can Varyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speed-light-can-vary-180953949/By manipulating the structure of light pulses, scientists managed to slow down some photons and challenge textbook wisdomTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:44:30 +0000Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-test-out-tiny-robots-meant-travel-inside-human-body-180953937/The first test of micro-machines on a living mouse marks a breakthrough in the field of nano-roboticsMon, 19 Jan 2015 20:30:51 +0000Commercial Hives Might Be Saving Crops, But They're Killing Wild Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commercial-hives-might-be-saving-crops-theyre-killing-wild-bees-180953934/Diseases known to affect commercial bees are having a troubling impact on the wild populationMon, 19 Jan 2015 18:33:08 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Draws Sea Turtles to Their Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-magnetic-field-draws-sea-turtles-their-nests-180953926/Loggerhead turtles remember the magnetic fingerprint of the beach where they were bornMon, 19 Jan 2015 13:38:28 +0000For the 4th Time Since 1997, We All Just Lived Through the Hottest Year Ever Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4th-time-1997-we-all-just-lived-through-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180953925/2014 beats out previous record holders even without El Niño’s warming powersFri, 16 Jan 2015 18:55:58 +0000Deaf People Could Soon Hear... Through Their Tongues http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-deaf-people-could-soon-hearthrough-their-tongues-180953921/Prototype retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-one-missing-mars-probe-still-intact-180953920/High-res images of Mars' surface identify a long-missing probe and suggests that bad luck—rather than human error—caused the lossFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:55:09 +0000What the SpaceX Rocket Crash Really Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spacex-rocket-crash-really-looked-180953919/New images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Not Exercising Is Worse for You Than Being Obesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-exercising-worse-you-being-obese-180953914/A large-scale study estimates that twice as many deaths can be chalked up to lack of exercise than can be blamed on being obeseThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:54:41 +0000Fish Sperm Might Be the Secret to Recycling Rare Earth Elementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-sperm-might-be-secret-recycling-key-component-smartphones-180953910/Japanese scientists have uncovered an unlikely source to aid in the extraction and recycling of rare earth metalsThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:30:29 +0000Two New Studies Posit At Least Two New Planets Out Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-unknown-planets-beyond-pluto-180953909/We may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catching-cold-why-shivers-could-be-contagious-180953907/Looking at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-loneliest-wolf-no-longer-so-lonely-180953908/As conservators work to restore and protect America’s gray wolf population, one wide-ranging male has finally found a pack to call his ownThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:55 +0000Toystory the Bull Fathered 500,000 Cows Before He Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bye-bye-bull-who-fathered-500000-cows-180953903/Toystory, a Wisconsin “dream bull,” had more than half a million offspring at last count and is the stuff of legend. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:16:10 +0000The Doctor Who Introduced the Virtues of Hand Washing Died of an Infectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctor-who-introduced-virtues-hand-washing-died-infection-180953901/A sad fate: Ignes Semmelweis, a maternity doctor who fought for hospital sanitation, died of sepsisThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:19:54 +0000Iowa GMO Banana Trial Haltedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iowa-trial-halted-anyone-ate-gmo-banana-180953896/Twelve volunteers were supposed to one whole GMO banana each — but so far they have eat zeroWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:41:37 +0000What's the Best Place to Live? It May Depend on Your Personalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-best-place-live-it-may-depend-your-personality-180953892/Why you'll thrive in some neighborhoods (and feel miserable in others)Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:45:32 +0000One Orangutan Has Learned to Sound Just Like Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orangutan-sounds-us-180953891/This defies scientists’ former assumption that great apes just couldn’t learn new callsWed, 14 Jan 2015 16:07:12 +0000Listen to Newly Discovered Bowhead Whale Songshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-bowhead-whale-songs-180953887/Bowhead songs have been elusive, but researchers managed to record 12 unique songs using hydrophonesWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:27:04 +0000Some Bat Colonies Might Be Beating White-Nose Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-bat-colonies-might-be-recovering-white-nose-180953886/A few recent discovering on the strange fungus wiping out North American bat colonies give reason to hopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:45:35 +0000Some Microbes Can Eat And Breathe Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbes-breathe-and-eat-electricity-make-us-re-think-what-life-180953883/How many ways can life exist? Some recently discovered microbes can live on a cathode, apparently without the need for a carbon food-sourceTue, 13 Jan 2015 18:39:08 +0000Your Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-computer-knows-you-better-your-mom-180953879/Why machines can predict your personality more accurately than your family or friendsTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000Ancient Dogs Likely Arrived in America Thousands of Years After Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dogs-likely-arrived-north-america-thousands-years-after-humans-180953877/New research on dog DNA shows that they migrated to the new world much later than initially thoughtTue, 13 Jan 2015 14:20:17 +0000Separate People From Their Phones, And They Perform Less Wellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-down-phone-can-make-you-dumber-180953873/Here's what happens when you're parted from your smartphoneMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:21:38 +0000Planes Fly Too Fast for Birds to Dodgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planes-fly-too-fast-birds-dodge-180953859/New research shows that birds are not adept at avoiding obstacles at such high speedsFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:55:17 +0000A Museum’s Butterfly Emerged Half Male, Half Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-butterfly-emerged-half-male-half-female-180953856/The rarity is like a natural experiment that tells scientists how genes and hormones interact to produce different sexesFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000U.S. Air Force Builds New Radar for Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-air-force-builds-new-radar-space-junk-180953855/It’s called Space Fence and should help us track the estimated 500,000 pieces of debris that orbit EarthFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:10:33 +0000Monkeys Can Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-can-learn-recognize-themselves-mirror-180953848/Generations of monkeys had tried and failed a classic test of intelligence, but the fault may have been in the way humans thought of the testThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:01:33 +0000The Art of Vaccinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gates-foundation-reveals-artwork-new-campaign-vaccines-180953835/The Art of Saving a Life is connected to a fundraising effort for an international group working to eradicate disease through vaccinations Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:20 +00002015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-will-be-one-second-longer-2014-180953834/Because the Earth is rotating more slowly than the tick of our atomic clocks, says the International Earth Rotation ServiceThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:00:34 +0000Visit Kepler's Exoplanets—And Don't Worry About the Natives (At Least for Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-keplers-exoplanetsand-dont-worry-about-natives-least-now-180953833/NASA has made a set of travel posters themed to exoplanets while a nonprofit searches for life among themThu, 08 Jan 2015 14:22:59 +0000Fossils Show How Flying Fish Started to Glidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossils-show-how-flying-fish-gained-their-ability-glide-180953830/In the quest to avoid being eaten, some fish took a leap into the open airWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:31:35 +0000Jurassic Park May Have Been Right—Some Dinosaurs Hunted in Packshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-park-may-have-been-rightsome-dinosaurs-hunted-packs-180953831/The film inspired paleontologists to discover the truth about dinos, including whether raptors were social huntersWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:04:00 +0000Scientists Can Tell How Old a Star Is by Observing How Fast It Spinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-tell-how-old-star-observing-how-fast-it-spins-180953824/A newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:32:38 +0000Insecticide-Treated Nets May Create Super Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insecticide-treated-nets-help-fight-malaria-may-also-create-super-mosquitoes-180953823/Two species of mosquitos have interbred, giving rise to hybrids that can resist the most potent weapons used against themWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:02 +0000An Albino Dolphin Was Spotted Off the Coast of Floridahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albino-dolphin-was-spotted-coast-florida-180953821/It is only the 15th albino dolphin sighting recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:15:36 +0000There is A Scientific Reason That Cold Weather Could Cause Coldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-scientific-reason-cold-weather-could-cause-colds-180953817/The rhinovirus that most commonly causes colds likes chillier temperatures, where the host's immune system doesn't fare so wellTue, 06 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000This Is the World’s Largest Dump Truck http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-dump-truck-and-its-hybrid-180953812/The mega Earth-mover is hard at work digging a coal mine in RussiaTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:35:00 +0000Five Years of Night Shift Work Elevate a Person's Risk of Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-reason-sing-night-shift-blues-180953810/Working inconsistent hours is bad for your health, according to researchers who studied 75,000 U.S. nurses Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:25 +0000How a 200-Year-Old Whale Might Help Us Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-200-year-old-whale-might-help-us-live-longer-180953813/Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest-living mammal in search of the keys to longevity Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Same Guy Keeps Spending Insane Amounts of Money to Buy Japan’s First Tuna of the Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/same-guy-keeps-spending-insane-amounts-money-buy-japans-first-tuna-season-180953811/This year, he bought it for $37,500—which he considered cheapTue, 06 Jan 2015 14:06:34 +0000Bears Munching on Ants Indirectly Help Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bears-munching-ants-indirectly-help-plants-180953803/A link uncovered by a graduate student shows that plants have bears to thank for trimming them of ants — and another pesky speciesMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:21:24 +0000Monarchs May Soon Land on the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monarchs-may-soon-land-endangered-species-list-180953802/Scientists fear that the butterfly’s population will continue to drop due to the loss of the its food sourceMon, 05 Jan 2015 18:03:43 +0000Disco Clams Are Flashyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disco-clam-stops-predators-pizazz-180953801/Their orange lips twinkle in a particularly funky displayMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:44:15 +0000NASA Uses X-Rays to Find Out Why the Sun Is So Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-x-rayed-sun-find-out-why-its-so-hot-180953798/The image will help scientists decide whether mini-flares make the sun's atmosphere hotter than the surface itselfMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:39:00 +0000Ring in 2015 With the Quadrantid Meteor Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-2015-quadrantid-meteor-shower-180953791/The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekendFri, 02 Jan 2015 17:01:47 +0000This Exotic Frog Skips the Eggs, Gives Birth to Live Tadpoles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exotic-frog-skips-eggs-gives-birth-live-tadpoles-180953788/The species is one of just a handful of frogs that use internal fertilization, and the only one found that births tadpoles Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:38:09 +0000Where the Buffalo Roam: Illinoishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-buffalo-roam-illinois-180953786/American bison are back in Illinois for the first time in 200 years Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:00:23 +0000