Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000NASA Launch Will Dot the Sky With Colorful Clouds Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-will-make-colorful-clouds-near-sunset-tonight-180963652/No, it's not aliens or a massive conspiracy plot—just a space-age study of the atmosphereMon, 12 Jun 2017 18:09:43 +0000Gulf of Mexico "Dead Zone" May Grow to the Size of New Jersey This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gulf-mexico-dead-zone-may-be-size-new-jersey-year-180963799/Shrimp and fish may suffer as excess rain and nutrients produce one of the largest oxygen-poor zones to dateThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Scientists Hatch a New Explanation for How Eggs Get Their Shapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-hatch-new-explanation-how-eggs-get-their-shapes-180963801/Flight ability could explain how eggs are shaped Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Putting Tens of Thousands of Sea Fossils Online http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-putting-tens-thousands-sea-fossils-online-180963792/The Western Interior Seaway is gone, but not forgottenThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:53:32 +0000The Little Brown Bat’s Mighty Talenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-brown-bats-mighty-talent-180963744/Accounting for body size, the little brown bat lives longest of any mammal–but no one knows whyThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000Crafty Killer Whales Are Harassing Alaskan Fishing Boats http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crafty-killer-whales-are-harassing-alaskan-fishing-boats-180963788/Hungry orcas are making off with tens of thousands of pounds of cod and halibutThu, 22 Jun 2017 15:12:20 +0000Puppy Pics May Add Spark to Struggling Relationshipshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puppy-pics-may-add-spark-struggling-relationships-180963794/A new study asked couples to look at photo streams that paired images of their spouses with pictures of poochesThu, 22 Jun 2017 14:55:36 +0000Celebrate the Eclipse With a Color-Shifting Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrate-eclipse-color-shifting-stamp-180963787/Your next letter just got more celestial Wed, 21 Jun 2017 19:57:26 +0000Will You See August's Great Eclipse? This New Tool Helps You Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/simulator-lets-you-know-what-youll-see-during-augusts-great-eclipse-180963718/Just plug in a zip code and the solar simulator will show when the big event will pass overheadWed, 21 Jun 2017 14:13:30 +0000Our Sun Probably Grew Up With a Sibling http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-probably-grew-sibling-180963732/But now its buddy is long goneWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Australian Expedition Dredges Up Crazy Creatures From the Deep Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-expedition-dredges-crazy-creatures-deep-sea-180963777/After a month exploring Australia's deepest ocean, researchers found over 300 new species of toothy, blobby and glowing animalsTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:50:44 +0000Half the World's Population Will Experience Deadly Heat by the End of the Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-world-will-experience-deadly-heat-end-century-180963766/And Arizona is kicking things offTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:49:02 +0000Kepler Finds 219 New Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-finds-219-new-planets-including-ten-could-support-life-180963767/NASA released the final catalog from its planet-hunting telescope, bringing its total up to 4,034 potential planetsTue, 20 Jun 2017 18:02:29 +0000Neural Network Generates Adorable Names for Rescue Guinea Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-generates-adorable-names-rescue-guinea-pigs-180963759/Meet Popchop, Fuzzable, Princess Pow and moreTue, 20 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000Dogs Will Sniff Out Stomach Cancer in New Japanese Trialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-will-sniff-out-stomach-cancer-japanese-trial-180963758/The nose knowsTue, 20 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Female Elk Learn to Give Hunters the Sliphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-elk-learn-give-hunters-slip-180963754/The majestic beasts learn how to outsmart hunters—and even modify their behavior based on the kinds of weapons used to kill them Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:53:31 +0000The Strait That Separates Europe and Asia Turned a Brilliant Turquoisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strait-separates-europe-and-asia-turned-turquoise-180963719/The Bosphorus and Black Sea are even more beautiful thanks to phytoplankton Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:39:45 +0000Meet the Rogue Women Astronauts of the 1960s Who Never Flewhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-american-women-who-trained-space-1960s-180963704/But they passed the same tests the male astronauts did—and, yes, in high heelsFri, 16 Jun 2017 15:25:02 +0000Three New Things Science Says About Dadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-new-things-science-says-about-dads-180963698/Fathers can have a significant effect on their childrenFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Rare Two-Headed Porpoise Found in North Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-two-headed-porpoise-found-north-sea-180963722/Only nine other cases of conjoined cetacean twins have ever been documentedThu, 15 Jun 2017 18:04:23 +0000The Early Birds Might Be Crowding Out the Bees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-birds-might-be-crowding-out-bees-180963717/As humans expand, nesting space contracts—and competition heats upThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:51:25 +0000Endangered Balkan Lynx Kitten Photographed for the First Time in a Decadehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-balkan-lynx-kitten-photographed-first-time-decade-180963709/There are less than 50 of these critically endangered cats left in the wildThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:26:20 +0000350 Years Ago, A Doctor Performed the First Human Blood Transfusion. A Sheep Was Involvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/350-years-ago-doctor-performed-first-human-blood-transfusion-sheep-was-involved-180963631/Early scientists thought that the perceived qualities of an animal—a lamb’s purity, for instance—could be transmitted to humans in blood formThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Two Myths and One Truth About Wind Turbineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-myths-and-one-truth-about-wind-turbines-180963626/From the cost of turbines to one U.S. senator's suggestion that "wind is a finite resource" Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:35:19 +0000Climate Change Cuts Climate Change Study Shorthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-cuts-climate-change-study-short-180963707/Ironic? Yes. But it could be a new reality for scientists Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:42:22 +0000Art Installation Recreates the Smell of Cities Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-installation-recreates-smell-cities-around-world-180963696/The Pollution Pod project emphasizes the unequal air quality divide between rich and poor citiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:44:59 +0000Three Very Modern Uses For A Nineteenth-Century Text Generatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-very-modern-uses-nineteenth-century-text-generator-180963654/Andrey Markov was trying to understand poems with math when he created a whole new field of probability studiesWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:23:48 +0000Jupiter Could Be the Solar System's Oldest Residenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-solar-systems-oldest-resident-180963692/The early former may have set up just the right conditions for Earth to take shapeWed, 14 Jun 2017 15:03:45 +0000What Space-Faring Flatworms Can Teach Us About Human Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-space-faring-flatworms-can-teach-about-human-health-180963658/Their experiment had some weird results—and could one day help humans thrive in microgravity and back here on EarthTue, 13 Jun 2017 20:07:23 +0000How Sheep's Blood Helped Disprove This Wacky Nineteenth-Century Theory of Illnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pasteur-anthrax-vaccine-180963609/Scientists didn't understand that bacteria caused disease, but then enter Louis PasteurTue, 13 Jun 2017 19:44:16 +0000We May Live in a Massive Cosmic Voidhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-grows-we-live-giant-cosmic-void-180963639/If the universe were a block of Swiss cheese, the Milky Way would sit within one of the cheesy holesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:54:57 +0000Eagles Adopt—Not Attack—a Red-Tailed Hawk Chickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eagles-adopt-red-tailed-hawk-chick-british-columbia-180963661/Bird lovers are watching with bated breath to see if the eagles will keep feeding the little guy or turn him into dinnerTue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Wolves and Dogs Both Have a Sense of Fairnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-and-dogs-both-have-sense-fairness-180963638/But wolves seem to take inequity much more seriously than dogsMon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000This 115-Million-Year-Old Mushroom Is the Oldest Fossilized Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/115m-year-old-mushroom-oldest-fossilized-fungus-180963634/Preserved against all odds, the tiny mushroom sprung up when dinosaurs still ruled the landsFri, 09 Jun 2017 17:44:12 +0000Seeds May Use Tiny "Brains" to Decide When to Germinatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seeds-use-tiny-brains-decide-when-germinate-180963625/Two clumps of cells send hormone signals to each other to help determine when the time has come to sproutFri, 09 Jun 2017 14:51:08 +0000Researchers Use Particle Accelerator to Peek Inside Fossilized Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-particle-accelerator-look-inside-ancient-poo-180963604/This new method could reveal just what dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures ateFri, 09 Jun 2017 11:00:00 +0000The "Nobel Prize Sperm Bank" Was Racist. It Also Helped Change the Fertility Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-sperm-bank-was-racist-it-also-helped-change-fertility-industry-180963569/The Repository for Germinal Choice was supposed to produce super-kids from the sperm of white high achieversFri, 09 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000Catastrophic Coastal Floods Could Become Much More Likelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catastrophic-coastal-floods-could-become-much-more-likely-180963610/A new study predicts a median 40-fold increase in flood frequency by 2050Thu, 08 Jun 2017 16:28:39 +0000T. Rex Was Likely Covered in Scales, Not Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/t-rex-skin-was-not-covered-feathers-study-says-180963603/The research dispels theories that the fearsome dino boasted a feathery plumeThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:36:12 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Bird Coexisted With Dinosaurs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/99-million-year-old-bird-coexisted-dinosaurs-180963615/The tiny bird is a big find for paleontologistsThu, 08 Jun 2017 14:01:07 +0000Three Things to Know About the Coral Triangle, the Ocean's Biodiversity Hot Spothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-coral-triangle-180963561/At more than a billion acres of ocean, the Coral Triangle is one of the world's biggest and most important marine regionsThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:36:49 +0000Researchers Discover a Planet That's As Hot As a Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-planet-s-hot-star-180963588/It's daytime temperatures clock in at a scorching 7,800 degrees FahrenheitTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:01:54 +0000This Man's Gunshot Wound Gave Scientists a Window Into Digestionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grisly-story-human-guinea-pig-alexis-st-martin-180963520/The relationship between St. Martin and the doctor who experimented on him was ethically dubious at bestTue, 06 Jun 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Common Are Food Allergies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-common-are-food-allergies-180963562/Roughly 3.6 percent of Americans have at least one food allergy or intolerance, study saysTue, 06 Jun 2017 14:43:52 +0000One of Malaysia's Last Sumatran Rhinos Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-malaysias-last-sumatran-rhinos-has-died-180963568/After performing emergency surgery on Puntung, experts realized that the abscess was caused by cancerMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:53:28 +0000Ancient Methane Explosions Rocked the Arctic Ocean at the End of the Last Ice Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/receding-glaciers-led-methane-explosions-seafloor-180963545/As retreating ice relieved seafloor pressures, trapped methane burst through to the water column, study saysMon, 05 Jun 2017 16:17:30 +0000Meet Pedro the “Voder,” the First Electronic Machine to Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-pedro-voder-first-electronic-machine-talk-180963516/Pedro was an experiment in reproducing speech electronically, but took on a kind of life of its ownMon, 05 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000How America Stacks Up When It Comes to Greenhouse Gas Emissionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-America-stacks-up-greenhouse-gas-emissions-180963560/Hint: We're not number one, but we're closeFri, 02 Jun 2017 18:58:57 +0000Humans Polluted the Air Much Earlier Than Previously Thought http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-polluted-air-much-earlier-previously-thought-180963528/Ice cores suggest that humans have been polluting the air with lead for at least 2,000 yearsFri, 02 Jun 2017 17:27:22 +0000First Commercial Carbon-Capture Plant Goes Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-commercial-carbon-capture-plant-goes-online-180963526/The plant will collect 900 tons of carbon a year, piping it into a nearby greenhouse to boost vegetable growthThu, 01 Jun 2017 19:08:25 +0000Is Light Pollution Really Pollution?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-pollution-really-pollution-180963474/As countries grow richer, light pollution gets worse–but some are fighting to change thatThu, 01 Jun 2017 16:30:28 +0000Three Incredible Natural Areas Nominated for the World Heritage Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-incredible-natural-areas-nominated-world-heritage-list-180963444/Areas in Tibet, Argentina and West Africa are likely to receive international protection for their rare plants, animals and natural beautyThu, 01 Jun 2017 15:22:02 +0000This Glass Frog’s Heart Is Visible Through Its Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-frog-has-heart-glass-180963514/The new species of frog has a transparent underside, offering a glimpse of its beating heart insideThu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000"Faceless" Fish Found off the Coast of Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-dredge-faceless-fish-australia-180963510/The rare creature was dredged up from some 13,000 feet below the surfaceThu, 01 Jun 2017 10:00:00 +0000See the Gulf of Mexico's Seafloor Like Never Before With This 1.4-Billion-Pixel Maphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-gulf-mexico-never-before-billion-pixel-map-180963459/Made from data collected from 200 proprietary maps from oil and gas companies, the new image has a resolution 16 times greater than the next best mapWed, 31 May 2017 19:26:42 +0000Democratic Republic of Congo Approves Ebola Vaccine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/democratic-republic-congo-approves-ebola-vaccine-180963512/It’s the newest tool in health workers’ arsenal against the contagious virusWed, 31 May 2017 18:16:23 +0000NASA Hopes to "Touch the Sun" With a Newly Named Probehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-solar-probe-gets-new-name-180963508/The craft will travel within 4 million miles of the sun's surfaceWed, 31 May 2017 17:02:02 +0000Watch a Partial Solar Eclipse From Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-partial-solar-eclipse-space-180963500/It's a preview of even more spectacular things to comeWed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000A Lonely Snail With an Unusual Shell Strikes Out in Lovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jeremy-lonely-snail-unusual-shell-strikes-out-love-180963429/Researchers brought Jeremy two potential partners who went on to mate with each otherWed, 31 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000These Sustainable Sneakers Are Made Using Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-sustainable-sneakers-were-made-algae-180963483/The shoes’ manufacturers harvest harmful algal blooms and turn the goo into footwearWed, 31 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000How the First Female Photographer Changed the Way the World Sees Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photo-book-first-female-photographer-go-display-180963479/The groundbreaking photo book by Anna Atkins, a 19th-century British botanist, is going on display in the NetherlandsTue, 30 May 2017 19:38:39 +0000Three Mile Island to Shutter Its Doors in 2019http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-mile-island-shutter-doors-2019-180963495/It’s been nearly 40 years since the nuclear power plant partially melted downTue, 30 May 2017 18:14:12 +0000Why Seed Beetles Are Caught in a "Sexual Arms Race"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-seed-beetles-are-caught-sexual-arms-race-180963465/The strange spiky penis of the cowpea beetle seems to drive the evolution of both male and female beetlesTue, 30 May 2017 17:26:53 +0000Monkeys in Bali Swipe Tourists’ Belongings and Barter Them for Snackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-bali-swipe-tourists-belongings-and-barter-them-snacks-180963485/The behavior seems to have become a “cultural tradition” among local group of long-tailed macaquesTue, 30 May 2017 15:32:56 +0000Why Food Smells So Good When It’s Browninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-smells-so-good-when-its-browning-180963364/A complex chemical reaction called the Maillard Reaction is responsibleFri, 26 May 2017 15:10:00 +0000Supercomputers Create Breathtaking Simulations of Spiral Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supercomputers-create-beautiful-simulations-spiral-galaxies-180963462/The simulations took months of modeling to complete—and the results can help scientists learn about the formation of galaxiesFri, 26 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000New Views of Jupiter Offer Up Marvel and Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-view-jupiter-just-got-lot-different-180963473/From stunning polar images to weird aurorae, the gas giant is even weirder than we thoughtFri, 26 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Zealand Sent a 3D-Printed Rocket to Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-sent-3d-printed-rocket-space-180963463/Will the Electron usher in a new era for satellites? Thu, 25 May 2017 18:49:32 +0000Learning to Read May Reshape Adult Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learning-read-may-reshape-adult-brains-180963461/How literacy changed the bodies of a group of Indian adults Thu, 25 May 2017 17:24:03 +0000How Do Flamingos Stay Stable On One Leg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-explores-how-flamingos-stay-stable-one-leg-180963440/They're actually more stable standing on one leg than they are on twoThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Hospitals Have a Big Problem: Baking Sodahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hospitals-have-big-problem-baking-soda-180963439/It's common in kitchens, but a nationwide shortage is endangering more than baked goodsThu, 25 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Why Did Whales Get So Massive?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-whales-got-so-gosh-darned-big-180963441/The answer is a tale of massive proportionsWed, 24 May 2017 20:20:50 +0000Sherpas Evolved to Live and Work at Altitude http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sherpas-evolved-live-and-work-altitude-180963438/The Nepali ethnic group handles oxygen more efficiently, allowing them to more easily live in the mountainsWed, 24 May 2017 17:46:08 +0000Researchers Create Color Images With Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bacteria-make-color-images-180963430/The art is done by inserting 18 genes into E. coliWed, 24 May 2017 16:00:11 +0000Controversial Study Claims Apes and Human Ancestors Split in Southern Europehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-study-claims-apes-and-human-ancestors-split-southern-europe-180963426/Researchers believe these 7.2-million-year-old teeth have a lot to say about human evolutionTue, 23 May 2017 19:56:13 +0000This 3.3-Million-Year-Old Hominin Toddler Was Kind of Like Us http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-hominin-toddler-was-kind-us-180963424/Analysis of the ancient spine reveals tantalizing similarities—and questions about human evolutionTue, 23 May 2017 18:12:19 +0000Why Scientists Sent Mouse Sperm to the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-sent-mouse-sperm-international-space-station-180963419/Back on Earth, a pile of new pups proves that mouse DNA can survive spaceTue, 23 May 2017 16:40:29 +0000The “Alien Megastructure” Star Is Acting Up Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-megastructure-star-acting-again-180963411/A large dip in the star's brightness suggests something massive is orbiting the fiery bodyTue, 23 May 2017 15:11:48 +0000Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Earth Twinkles From Space http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figured-out-why-earth-twinkles-space-180963404/Horizontal ice makes the planet sparkle and shineTue, 23 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Take a Virtual Swim Through Five Marine Sanctuarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-swim-through-five-marine-sanctuaries-180963334/From sunken ships to schools of fish, the new 360-degree, VR images are breathtaking Mon, 22 May 2017 19:48:26 +0000Has Hillary Step on Mount Everest Collapsed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/has-hillary-step-mount-everest-collapsed-180963406/A British mountaineer says yes, but authorities in Nepal have denied his assertionsMon, 22 May 2017 18:49:03 +0000New App Makes It Easier to Colorize Old Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-app-joins-ai-and-artists-colorize-old-photos-180963396/The software combines human input and a sophisticated neural network to make historical images popMon, 22 May 2017 16:35:25 +0000Now You Too Can Own a Piece of Space Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/original-engraver-reproducing-replicas-iconic-pioneer-10-plaque-180963363/The engraver who inscribed Carl Sagan's and Frank Drake's 1973 message to extraterrestrials is now taking ordersMon, 22 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Pringles: Snacktime Hero or Recycling Villain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pringles-tubes-come-with-side-environmental-destruction-180963385/The UK Recycling Association speaks out against hard-to-recycle productsFri, 19 May 2017 18:29:21 +0000Chasing Waterfalls? Head to Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chasing-waterfalls-head-yosemite-180963386/Don’t stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to—recent snowmelt is fueling spectacular fallsFri, 19 May 2017 17:28:39 +0000The Origami-Like Folds of Ladybug Wings Could Lead to Better Umbrellashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/folding-ladybug-wings-could-lead-better-solar-panels-and-umbrellas-180963329/Scientists have finally figured out how ladybugs fold their wingsFri, 19 May 2017 17:18:46 +0000Piece of the Meteorite That Struck a Woman Sells for More Than Its Weight in Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/piece-meteor-hit-woman-sells-more-price-gold-180963262/About the size of a dime, the fraction of the space rock fetched $7,500 at auctionFri, 19 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000A Human-Made "Bubble" of Radio Waves Could Be Shielding Earth From Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-activity-changing-space-too-180963369/Very Low Frequency radio waves have created a protective bubble around the planetFri, 19 May 2017 15:12:19 +0000When Women Crowdfunded Radium For Marie Curiehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-women-crowdfunded-radium-marie-curie-180963305/The element was hard to get and extremely expensive but essential for Curie's cancer researchFri, 19 May 2017 14:23:00 +0000Good News, Everybody! Someone Once Patented Plans For Keeping A Severed Head Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-news-everybody-someone-once-patented-plans-keeping-severed-head-alive-180963290/It was what's called a "prophetic patent"—one that isn't real yetFri, 19 May 2017 13:03:00 +0000American Trees are Shifting West http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-trees-are-shifting-west-180963367/For 86 common species, northwest seems to be best. But why? Thu, 18 May 2017 19:35:46 +0000New Zealand’s Yellow-Eyed Penguins May Be in Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealands-yellow-eyed-penguins-may-be-trouble-180963340/A new study estimates that the beloved birds could disappear locally within 25 yearsThu, 18 May 2017 18:53:58 +0000Wild Orangutans Can Breastfeed for Over Eight Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-orangutans-can-breastfeed-over-eight-years-180963358/The primates take a while to wean their youngThu, 18 May 2017 17:16:03 +0000Iceland's Volcano and Earthquake Museum is Devoted to the Country's "Epic" Geology http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelands-volcano-and-earthquake-museum-devoted-countrys-epic-geology-180963312/The Lava Center is surrounded by three volcanoesThu, 18 May 2017 15:28:13 +0000One Man Invented Two of the Deadliest Substances of the 20th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-man-two-deadly-substances-20th-century-180963269/Thomas Midgley Jr.'s inventions have had an outsize impact—not all of it good—on humankindThu, 18 May 2017 14:05:00 +0000Cocaine Is Destroying Forests in Central Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cocaine-destroying-forests-central-america-180963338/Once-forested lands are being used in money laundering operationsWed, 17 May 2017 20:12:43 +0000T. Rex Ants Found Alive for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/t-rex-ants-found-alive-first-time-and-theyre-kind-wimpy-180963345/It is not nearly as formidable as its namesakeWed, 17 May 2017 19:58:24 +0000Mice With 3D-Printed Ovaries Successfully Give Birthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/functional-3d-printed-ovary-transplanted-mice-180963337/The gelatin-scaffold ovary could one day help restore endocrine function in young cancer patients and treat infertilityWed, 17 May 2017 19:17:45 +0000The Witch of Agnesihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/witch-agnesi-180963221/A mistranslation led to the unusual name of this mathematical conceptTue, 16 May 2017 18:16:01 +0000Glue Made of Mussel Slime Could Prevent Scarringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glue-made-mussel-slime-could-prevent-scarring-180963326/The glue, infused with a version of the protein decorin, healed wounds in rats, giving them skin with hair follicles and oil glands instead of scar tissueTue, 16 May 2017 17:36:15 +0000New Drone Footage Shows One Way Narwhals Use Their Tuskshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-narwhals-have-tusks-drone-footage-confirms-one-theory-180963320/The narwhals were observed using their signature appendages to hit and stun preyTue, 16 May 2017 16:26:44 +0000This Remote Island Is Covered with 37 Million Pieces of Your Trashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/henderson-island-covered-37-million-pieces-your-trash-180963322/Immaculate no more, the island now looks more like a dump than a pristine paradiseTue, 16 May 2017 15:42:31 +0000Dust May Help, Not Harm, Air Pollution in China http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dust-may-help-not-harm-air-pollution-china-180963314/When it comes to some of Earth’s smoggiest cities, less dust isn’t necessarily betterTue, 16 May 2017 15:13:40 +0000Spectacularly Detailed Armored Dinosaur “Mummy” Makes Its Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mummified-armored-dinosaur-makes-its-debut-1-180963311/A nodosaur found in Alberta includes some of the best preserved dino skin and armor ever foundMon, 15 May 2017 18:32:18 +0000The 400-Year-Old Mystery of These Bullet-Shattering Glass Drops May Finally Be Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-crack-400-year-old-mystery-prince-ruperts-drops-180963308/The tadpole-shaped glass structures can survive a hammer blow but explode if their tail is squeezedMon, 15 May 2017 17:46:46 +0000Did Peckish Christians Make Chickens More Social?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-christianity-made-chickens-more-social-180963261/Religious dietary laws in the Middle Ages could have helped make the fowl less aggressiveMon, 15 May 2017 14:46:01 +0000Latest Fast Radio Burst From Space Adds to Their Mysteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fast-radio-burst-space-adds-mystery-180963285/Researchers trained 11 telescopes on a recent burst's aftermath, but could find no traces of what caused the high energy signalMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Is Australia’s Dingo-Proof Fence Changing the Ecosystem of the Outback?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australias-dingo-proof-fence-changing-ecosystem-outback-180963273/A new study says yes, but it’s complicatedMon, 15 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000This 36-Million-Year-Old Fossil Is a "Missing Link" in Whale Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/missing-link-whale-evolution-discovered-180963287/Discovered in Peru, the new fossil has tiny remnants of hind limbsMon, 15 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ebola Returns to the Democratic Republic of Congohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ebola-returns-democratic-republic-congo-180963280/A single death has been confirmed—now public health officials must keep an outbreak from becoming an epidemicFri, 12 May 2017 15:52:00 +0000The Second Life of Henri IV’s Severed Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-life-henri-ivs-severed-head-180963174/Whether it's lying in the grave or sitting in a Paris bank vault, the monarch's cranium has been the subject of much debate since his untimely demiseFri, 12 May 2017 15:44:35 +0000Ancient Creature Left a 28-Foot Drag Mark After It Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-creature-left-28-foot-drag-mark-after-it-died-180963253/An ammonite found in a German quarry left its mark on its lagoon homeThu, 11 May 2017 16:46:05 +0000Infant Dinosaur Found Still Encased in Its Egg Identified as New Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-orphan-baby-louie-finally-gets-family-180963248/Research suggests that the embryo belongs to the cassowary-like oviraptorosaursWed, 10 May 2017 18:27:24 +0000Historical Pressed Flowers Accidentally Destroyed in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-pressed-flowers-destroyed-australia-180963182/The flowers are “literally irreplaceable”Wed, 10 May 2017 14:40:45 +0000Tomatoes Have Legally Been Vegetables Since 1893http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-supreme-court-maintains-tomato-vegetable-180963133/Okay, so it's technically a fruit. But we don't eat it like oneWed, 10 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Study Challenges the Supremacy of Stradivarius Violinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stradivarius-violins-dont-sound-better-newer-models-study-says-180963222/A French researcher set out to solve a long-standing fiddle riddle: do these infamous violins project sound better than new ones?Wed, 10 May 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ancient Human Cousin May Have Lived Alongside Early Homo Sapienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/primitive-cousin-may-have-lived-africa-early-humans-180963218/ <i>Homo naledi</i> may have been much younger—and more advanced—than previously thoughtTue, 09 May 2017 19:26:37 +0000Deer Caught Gnawing on Human Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deer-caught-gnawing-human-bones-first-time-180963178/For the first time, researchers spotted a white-tailed deer chewing on a rib bone at a body farmMon, 08 May 2017 19:22:57 +0000A Beach Disappeared in Ireland 33 Years Ago—Now It's Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beach-disappeared-ireland-then-came-back-33-years-later-180963175/Dooagh Beach is sandy once moreMon, 08 May 2017 17:28:59 +0000Two New Species of Googly-Eyed Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-big-eyed-tarsiers-discovered-indonesia-180963161/The tiny tree dwellers are the 80th and 81st primates discovered since 2000Mon, 08 May 2017 15:23:56 +0000Activist Will Not Be Jailed for Giving Water to Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/activist-will-not-be-jailed-giving-water-pigs-180963168/Anita Krajnc was charged with mischief after she offered water to pigs being transported to a slaughterhouse Fri, 05 May 2017 19:54:19 +0000Humans Are Making Too Much Noise—Even in Protected Areashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-are-making-too-much-noise-protected-areas-180963162/Turns out that protecting natural areas doesn't give animals much peace and quietFri, 05 May 2017 19:25:45 +0000After 200 Years, a Wolf Pack Returns to Denmarkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-200-years-wolf-pack-returns-denmark-180963160/A female wolf has been spotted among a group of males in Jutland Fri, 05 May 2017 19:04:52 +0000How Glaciers Gave Us the Adorable, Handstanding Spotted Skunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-drove-evolution-adorable-spotted-skunk-180963150/DNA tests suggest ancient changes in climate shaped the creatures' evolutionFri, 05 May 2017 17:58:08 +0000Rhino Horn Stolen From the University of Vermonthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhino-horn-poached-university-vermont-180963146/A thief broke in and snatched the horn, which could be worth half a million dollars on the black marketFri, 05 May 2017 15:33:18 +0000German Scientists Will Study Brain Samples of Nazi Victimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/german-scientists-will-use-brain-samples-learn-more-about-nazi-crimes-180963141/A research society is still coming to grips with its past—and learning more about how the Third Reich targeted people with disabilitiesFri, 05 May 2017 15:17:34 +0000U.S. Home Births Aren't As Safe As Many Abroadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-home-births-may-never-be-successful-those-other-countries-180963108/Home birth doesn't have to be a dangerous and deadly proposition–but in the United States, it often isFri, 05 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Urine Luck: Vinegar Is the Best Treatment for a Man O' War Stinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urine-luck-vinegar-best-treatment-man-o-war-sting-180963142/A new study suggests urine, sea water and lemon juice all do more harm than good on painful stingsThu, 04 May 2017 18:30:42 +0000How Mule Racing Led to Mule Cloninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mule-racing-led-mule-cloning-180963101/It was a huge advance in cloning in the early 2000sThu, 04 May 2017 15:12:06 +0000U.K. Killer Whale Contained Staggering Levels of Toxic Chemicalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/body-uk-orca-contained-staggering-levels-toxic-chemical-180963135/Lulu had one of the highest concentrations of PCBs ever recorded in a marine mammalThu, 04 May 2017 14:33:25 +0000Watch Two Cuttlefish Fiercely Battle Over a Matehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-film-brutal-cuttlefish-battle-first-time-180963127/This is the first time researchers caught the creatures locked in a vicious fight in the wildWed, 03 May 2017 18:35:38 +0000How Shaving Brushes Gave World War I Soldiers Anthraxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-shaving-brushes-gave-world-war-i-soldiers-anthrax-180963125/A new paper looks back on an old epidemic—and raises fresh questions about antique shaving brushesWed, 03 May 2017 18:00:28 +0000Scientists Found a Sweet New Way to Measure Pee in Poolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-found-sweet-way-measure-pee-pools-180963124/A common food additive reveals how much urine lurks in the lanesWed, 03 May 2017 17:48:24 +0000Why Morning Glories Could Survive Space Travelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-morning-glories-could-conquer-galaxy-180963109/The seed of the common garden flower could survive long journeys in spaceWed, 03 May 2017 16:16:34 +0000Researchers Read the Genome in the Tea Leaveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teas-genome-published-first-time-180963113/It's massive—four times that of coffeeWed, 03 May 2017 15:26:54 +0000The Man Who Invented the First Gas Maskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-first-gas-mask-180963073/John Haldane came up with a rudimentary gas mask to protect Allied troops during WWIWed, 03 May 2017 14:16:18 +0000Cassini Survives Its Daredevil Plunge Toward Saturnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-survives-its-daredevil-plunge-toward-saturn-180963102/The craft’s first date with the “big empty” went off without a hitchTue, 02 May 2017 17:10:03 +0000Stunning Map Shows Changes in Light at Night Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-shows-fluctuation-night-time-light-patterns-180963100/The satellite images show where the most light is making night skies brightTue, 02 May 2017 16:47:03 +0000Antarctica's Blood Falls Helps Unravel the Inner Workings of Glaciershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarcticas-blood-falls-reveals-inner-workings-glaciers-180963098/A new study maps the path of the water that feeds the falls and explores how water can exist under the iceTue, 02 May 2017 15:30:19 +0000Can Snow Machines Save Swiss Glaciers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-snow-machines-save-swiss-glaciers-180963094/As many as 4,000 could be deployed to insulate ice on MorteratschMon, 01 May 2017 20:24:49 +0000Why New York Schoolchildren Want to Grow a Billion Oystershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-new-york-schoolchildren-want-grow-billion-oysters-180963085/It's a grand attempt to restore a ravaged estuary Mon, 01 May 2017 19:52:52 +0000Endangered Red Wolf Pups Born in Durhamhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-red-wolf-pups-born-durham-180963096/The six puppies are the first born at Museum of Life and Science in 15 years, part of a program to save the wolves which only number about 300Mon, 01 May 2017 18:52:24 +0000Fearing a Smallpox Epidemic, Civil War Troops Tried to Self-Vaccinatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fearing-smallpox-epidemic-civil-war-troops-tried-self-vaccinate-180963039/People knew that inoculation could prevent you from catching smallpox. It was how Civil War soldiers did it that caused problemsMon, 01 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Make Sturdy Bricks From Mars-Like Soilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-make-sturdy-bricks-mars-soils-180963077/Their findings may be a step forward in the mission to build structures on the Red PlanetMon, 01 May 2017 10:00:00 +0000Why Mother and Baby Humpback Whales Whisper to One Anotherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mother-and-baby-humpback-whales-whisper-one-another-180963058/The quiet communication helps them avoid killer whales and randy male humpbacksFri, 28 Apr 2017 19:26:26 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Humans Out of Cave Dirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-pulls-ancient-human-dna-out-cave-soil-180963084/The new technique promises to transform the study of the hominid family tree Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:38:59 +0000The Secret Behind Bioluminescent Mushrooms’ Magic Glowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-secret-behind-bioluminescent-mushrooms-magic-glow-180963065/Scientists use chemistry to account for an astonishing phenomenonThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:16:57 +0000Dog Genome Project Reveals Secrets of Canine Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-genome-project-reveals-secrets-canine-family-tree-180963053/Researchers have been barking up the same tree for over 20 yearsThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:56:52 +0000Cassini Sends Back First Images From Its Saturn Diveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-sends-back-images-its-first-saturn-dive-180963068/The stream of raw images include new pictures of the strange hexagonal storm swirling around its north poleThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:42:01 +0000Cassini Makes a Daring Divehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-makes-daring-dive-180963054/The spacecraft is out of contact as it begins a series of dramatic orbits between Saturn and its ringsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:53:55 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scream-might-have-been-inspired-rare-kind-cloud-180963052/Did mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000Remarkable New Evidence for Human Activity in North America 130,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-evidence-human-activity-north-america-130000-years-ago-180963046/Researchers say prehistoric mastodon bones bear human-made markingsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:16 +0000This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-waxworms-can-digest-plastic-180963028/The find could lead to new techniques for breaking down our ever-growing plastic wasteWed, 26 Apr 2017 16:08:39 +0000Time-Lapse Video Captures the Breathtaking Glow of Hawaii's Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-film-lets-you-revel-spectacular-night-sky-180963038/<i>Skyglow</i> allows you to revel in an increasingly rare sight: a starry nightWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:51 +0000Scientists Didn't Believe in Meteorites Until 1803http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1803-rain-rocks-helped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/The l'Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everythingWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +0000The "Hobbits" Could Be Much Older Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobbits-could-be-much-older-once-thought-180963012/The Flores hobbits' ancestor may have ventured out of Africa much earlier than previously thoughtTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:20 +0000Hundreds of Thousands of Babies Will Receive World’s First Malaria Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-thousands-babies-receive-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine-180963013/The pilot program will focus on Kenya, Ghana and Malawi—countries at the center of the global malaria crisisTue, 25 Apr 2017 15:22:07 +0000Meet the Successor to Hubble That Will Peer Through Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescopes-successor-will-peer-through-time-180962988/NASA’s next giant space telescope is due to launch next yearTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:16:56 +0000Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record for Most Days in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-peggy-whitson-breaks-record-most-days-space-180963010/She has spent 534 cumulative days (and counting) in orbitMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:02:50 +0000Amateur Skywatchers Spot New Atmospheric Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-skywatchers-spot-entirely-new-atmospheric-phenomenon-180963009/Its name is Steve, and it’s more common than you might thinkMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:38:09 +0000People Have Been Using Big Data Since the 1600shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-been-using-big-data-1600s-180962949/A humble hatmaker was among the first to compile data on how Londoners lived—and diedMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:02:39 +0000Naked Mole-Rats Can Survive for 18 Minutes Without Oxygenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naked-mole-rats-can-survive-18-minutes-without-oxygen-180963002/Just when you thought the wrinkly creatures couldn’t get any strangerMon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:33 +0000