Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenTue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirm someone else's eye makes us more self conscious about our bodies Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change? ongoing California drought may, or may not, be due to climate changeTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:17:32 +0000Wildlife Around the World Has Declined by About 50 Percent Since 1970, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writing likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Is How the Milky Way Will End computer simulation shows how the Milky Way will collide with AndromedaFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:30:03 +0000The USDA Approved a New GM Crop to Deal With Problems Created by the Old GM Crops became resistant to the herbicide partner of older genetically modified cropsThu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Scientists Plan to Kill Off the American West's Tumbleweeds species of fungus from Russia could be the bane of America's tumbleweedThu, 25 Sep 2014 18:32:59 +0000Water Vapor Found on Small, Cloudless, Hot Planet announced yesterday that water vapor had been detected on exoplanet HAT-P-11bThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:04:20 +0000People Get Separation Anxiety When Parted From Their Phones college students from their smartphones can cause anxiety, especially for those who use their phones a lotThu, 25 Sep 2014 13:16:23 +0000How Bird Migrations Show Up Beautifully on Doppler Radar groups of birds taking off around sunset typically show up as circles that grow and disperseWed, 24 Sep 2014 18:35:42 +0000As Many As 3 Million Americans Could Soon Be Threatened by Sea Level Rise the world, 650 million people could be at riskWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:45 +0000India's Space Agency Made It to Mars on the First Try's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last nightWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000Norway Is Paying Liberia To Stop Deforestation is promising Liberia $150 million to stop cutting down trees by 2020Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:06:51 +0000Thousands of Strange Green Balls Appeared Overnight on a Beach in Australia believe that the balls are actually extremely rare algae congregations called marimo Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:14:57 +0000Why We Shouldn't Worry About Growing Plants With Recycled Water amounts of common pharmaceuticals show up in crops grown with recycled water, but not as much as you'd think Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:46:21 +0000Waking Up During Anesthesia Can Have Long-Lasting Effects of people who reported waking up from anesthesia suffered lasting psychological traumaMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:28:21 +0000Scientists Have Basically No Idea How Many Cells Are in the Human Body it 5 trillion or 500 trillion? Who knows.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:23:41 +0000Mars Just Got a New Robotic Explorer's MAVEN orbiter dropped into orbit last nightMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:26 +0000The Risks of Fire Around Chernobyl forest litter that has accumulated for the past 28 years could fuel massive blazes in the futureMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:02 +0000Dreams Escalate in Weirdness As the Night Wears On in the night our dreams are grounded in reality, but by the end, anything goes Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:01:05 +0000The Physics of Slipping on a Banana Peel, And Other Weird, Ig Nobel Science peels may be the secret to better prostheticsFri, 19 Sep 2014 18:05:07 +0000A Fuzzy Little Genet Is Hitching Rides on Rhinos and Buffalo, And No One Can Figure Out Why traps exposed the secret world of a rhino-riding genet Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:50:15 +0000Even People With Locked-In Syndrome Respond to Hitchcock Movies brain of a patient in a vegetative state responded to a movie the same way as healthy peopleThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:52:37 +0000The World Experienced Record-Breaking Weather This August month was the warmest August on record since record-keeping beganThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:44:38 +0000Human Activities Aren't the Cause of Chimpanzees' Murderous Tendencies new study shows that humans are not responsible for murder amongst Chimpanzees Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:10:48 +0000Artificial Sweeteners May Be Screwing Up How Your Body Handles Sugar affecting gut microbes, artificial sweeteners may be messing with your metabolismThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:01:31 +0000Russian Spy Satellite Breaks Apart Over Rockies streak of light seen in the skies earlier this month was likely a spy satellite breaking upThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:45 +0000We Evolved Unique Human Faces So We Could Tell One Another Apart face shape is more variable than other parts of the body Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:29:15 +0000Carrion Beetles Were the First Caring Parents beetles that lived 125 million years ago set the stage for modern parenting Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:47 +0000Chinese Sturgeon Is on the Brink of Extinction After 140 Million Years year, the sturgeon didn’t reproduce at all in the wildTue, 16 Sep 2014 19:25:08 +0000At MIT, a Robot Cheetah Is Sprinting—And Leaping—Across Campus's robot cheetah may not be the only one in Boston—but it can leapTue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:31 +0000Mindlessly Vegging Out Is Good for You, But Only If You Don’t Guilt Yourself for It only works if you let yourself do itTue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:11 +0000Half As Many Small Children Died Last Year As Did in 1990 global mortality rate for children under five is continuing to dropTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:24:41 +0000Libya’s Parliament Is Living on a Greek Ferry in Libya has forced the government to take to the seasTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:25 +0000Schizophrenia Might Actually Be Eight Different Disorders finding could help researchers devise more effective treatments that are tailored for individual patients Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:06:44 +0000The Average Prisoner Only Gets Two Visits While They Are Incarcerated who receive the most visitors, however, tend to do the best after they are released Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:25:54 +0000Leatherback Sea Turtles Can Measure Sunlight Through Their Skulls anatomical skylight allows the turtles to synch up with the seasons Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:22 +0000This Is Where Rosetta's Lander Will Touch Down Philae lander will touch down at "Site J" In NovemberMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:59 +0000New Study: Blame Defective Wells for Fracking Leaks shoddy wells could mean making fracking safer for the environmentMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:05 +0000This Map Shows Where All That Carbon Dioxide Is Coming From carbon emissions have an obvious biasFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:34:44 +0000Sinking At Icelandic Volcano Has Scientists Worried About Possible Eruption within Bardarbunga's caldera has researchers watching the volcano closely Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:15 +0000Detroit's Dumps Are Slowly Being Reclaimed By Nature illegal dumping grounds in Detroit are being repopulated by hardy plantsFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:37:59 +0000A 24-Year-Old Woman Just Discovered She's Had a Hole in Her Brain Her Entire Life rare care demonstrates just how incredibly adaptive the human brain is Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:02:28 +0000Fish Eat Mammals on the Regular new study indicates that in some ecosystems, mammals are a fairly normal foodstuff for fish Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:35:25 +0000Saturn Is Making (And Destroying) Mini-Moons All The Time's F ring is a little moon factoryWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:21:08 +0000Deadly Chinese Earthquake May Have Been Man-Made than 600 people died in the August 3 Yunnan earthquakeWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:17:35 +0000When We're Lonely, Inanimate Faces Come Alive minds are less particular about the source of comfort when we are craving contact with othersWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:35:12 +0000Enterovirus 68, a Rare Virus, Is Spreading Among Kids in the U.S. CDC reports that patients with the respiratory disease are showing up in hospitals across the countryWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:20:16 +0000The World's Carbon Sinks May Be Running Out of Room Earth's biosphere may be absorbing less carbon than it used toTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:45:03 +0000Why Networking Can Make You Feel Dirty relationships to forward your career aspirations triggers a sense of moral disgust Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:56:36 +0000Napa Earthquake Turned Dry Creeks Wet Again"Miracle water" wets some of California's dried streams Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:42:25 +0000Assumed Asteroid Remnant Leaves Crater in Nicaragua small rock from a passing asteroid left a crater in NicaraguaMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:01:17 +0000Cockatoos Learn to Use Tools by Watching Each Other a teacher, Goffin cockatoo learn to use new tools more quickly Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:58:21 +0000Why Environmentalists Should Keep Quiet About Geoengineering it seems like there's a technological fix, people lose interest in helpingFri, 05 Sep 2014 19:05:29 +0000Rare, Red Mammoth Hair Found on Californian Artichoke Farm mammoths roamed Western North America thousands of years ago, and now we have a better idea of what they looked likeFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:10 +0000Once Mexico Had a Wealth of Corn; Now It's Left With a Genetically Boring Monocrop lack of diversity does not bode well for food sustainability and economics in light of climate change Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:40:02 +0000Turns Out We Live in the Laniakea Galactic Supercluster another line to your celestial address: Astronomers just found out we live in the Laniakea Galactic SuperclusterThu, 04 Sep 2014 18:06:04 +0000Meet Dreadnought, Largest Dinosaur In The World is the largest dinosaur in the world to be scientifically described Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:15:42 +0000More Evidence That Arctic Warming Is Behind the Weak Polar Vortex lay out how melting sea ice may destabilize the Arctic atmospheric circulationWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:09:26 +0000The Brain Will Go to Amazing, Sometimes Scary Lengths to Preserve Its Self-Constructed Narrative life narrative gives meaning to chaosWed, 03 Sep 2014 16:45:23 +0000Flowering Plants Appeared in Forest Canopies Just a Few Million Years After Dinosaurs Went Extinct new study gives scientists some more insight into the weird history of flowering plantsWed, 03 Sep 2014 14:31:05 +0000Extreme Drought in New Mexico Cost a 650-Year-Old Tree Its Life 7-foot-tall douglas fir named Yoda managed to weather many a drought over the centuries, but not this last one Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:17:35 +0000Action Movies Encourage Charged-Up Viewers to Overeat watching action flicks ate nearly twice as much as those viewing a talk show Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:56:01 +0000Icelandic Volcano Is Erupting Spectacularly (And Relatively Quietly) eruption, currently spewing lava fountains, could go on for a yearTue, 02 Sep 2014 18:39:12 +0000Radioactive Boars Are Roaming Around Germany boar's meat is too contaminated from Chernobyl's radiation to be fit for human consumption Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:31:07 +0000The Surprisingly Complicated Reason Why Stars Look Like They Have Points are star-shaped because of imperfection in our eyesTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:37:42 +0000RIP Sexy Space Geckos five geckos sent to space have all diedTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:40 +0000Ghostly Neutrinos Created in the Heart of the Sun Are Finally Detected is the most direct evidence supporting researchers’ ideas about how the Sun is poweredFri, 29 Aug 2014 18:01:09 +0000Ebola Drug ZMapp Cured 18 Monkeys well the drug works in humans, however, isn't so clearFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:43:45 +0000Your House’s Germs Are Yours, And They’ll Follow You If You Move house is laced with microbes shed by your bodyFri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:12 +0000This Is Your Brain on Your Favorite Song people listen to music they enjoy, their brains drift into a resting daydream, regardless of the genreThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:18:20 +0000Walking in Formation Makes Men Feel More Powerful who walk in lockstep see outsiders as less threateningThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:29 +0000Whale-Watching Can Actually Be Harmful To Whales can give people a closer look at wildlife, but in the case of whales, it could also harm the wildlife they're looking atWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:17:13 +0000The Moon Smells Like Gunpowder smell of the Moon is not just the smell of spaceWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:03 +0000What's Replacing Coal In Europe? Imported Wood trying to meet renewable goals, Europe is relying on wood from forests in the Southern United StatesWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:36 +0000NASA Has Very Likely Captured the First Space Dust From Beyond Our Solar System handful of rocky particles could tell us about the birth of our Sun and its planetsTue, 26 Aug 2014 17:02:07 +0000Fully Functional Thymus Grown In Mouse organs for human transplant is still a long way off, but this study is still a step forwardMon, 25 Aug 2014 18:16:45 +0000Gas, Probably Methane, Is Seeping From 570 Sites off the East Coast new study shows that we might find additional sources of methane in places we least expected itMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:39:47 +0000Corals And Fish Can Tell a Bad Reef When They Smell It research indicates that young marine species can be picky about where they choose to settleFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:46:07 +0000Scientists Are Actually Talking About Building Giant Space Lasers to Control the Weather is what happens when you refuse to do things the easy wayFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:36:50 +0000Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultures are being targeted by elephant poachers in AfricaFri, 22 Aug 2014 13:55:13 +0000Give Someone a Virtual Avatar and They Adopt Stereotype Behavior behave differently depending on the appearance of their digital avatarThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:03 +0000Tuberculosis Probably Hitched A Ride To America on Seals new study finds that TB is not only younger than we thought, but it also spread in weird waysThu, 21 Aug 2014 16:05:33 +0000Geckos Can Control the Movement of Their Toe Hairs take advantage of van der Waals forces to run across ceilings, but a simple shift allows them to drop to the groundThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:38 +0000Scientists Are Hacking Tomatoes To Make Them Keep Growing All Night Long are working to circumvent the tomato's circadian rhythmThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:24:39 +0000Why You Look Like Your Dog's all in the eyesWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:18:32 +0000Computer Scientists Hack Michigan Traffic Lights To Show Glaring Security Flaws major weaknesses make traffic lights used in almost all U.S. states prone to attacks Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:19:09 +0000The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Real biggest meta-analysis of research to date indicates that practice does not make perfectWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:39:39 +0000Help NASA Out by Looking at Beautiful Pictures of Space wants your help identifying astronauts' photos of the earthWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:11:07 +0000This Gorge Is Living Its Life on Fast-Forward quickly carved river gorge may disappear in just a few decades Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:33 +0000ICYMI: July Was Really, Really Hot past July was the fourth hottest on recordTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:52:47 +0000One of Iceland’s Volcanoes Is Rumbling looks like another one of Iceland's volcanoes is ready to eruptTue, 19 Aug 2014 15:17:48 +0000Scientists’ Underwater Microphones Monitored By Militaries is used for hunting whale songs, but Canada and the US worry it could be used for other purposesTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:42:18 +0000Can We Clean Up the Next Oil Spill With Magnets? new technique may help during the next oil spillMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:29:16 +0000This Weird, 500 Million-Year-Old Spiky Worm With Legs Actually Has a Descendant velvet worms' jaws are repurposed former claws Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:32:03 +0000Why Are People Afraid of Colgate Total Toothpaste? reports that customers are abandoning Colgate's Total brand because it contains triclosanFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:52:39 +0000Our Personalities Are Most Stable in Mid-Life some ways, our 80-year-old selves mirror our 20-year-old selves Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:34:56 +0000Outlook For Great Barrier Reef Not So Great five year state of the reef reports paints a gloomy picture for the natural wonder Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:50:55 +0000Seagrass Meadows Are Disappearing at the Same Rate as Rainforests underwater habitats are important for several species of sea lifeWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:53:41 +0000This Female Mathematician Just Became the First Woman to Ever Win the Fields Medal Fields Medal is mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel PrizeWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:46:30 +0000Crawfish Can Convert Blood Cells into Neurons neat invertebrate trick could help researchers eventually figure out how to do the same for human cells Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:05:51 +0000WHO Says ZMapp Is Ethical; Too Bad There's None Left supplies of the drug bring up a whole host of other ethical dilemmas Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:04:29 +0000Here's What the Newly Sequenced Cat Genome Might Tell Us addition to teaching us more about kitties themselves, the cat genome could shed light on human disease Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:43:02 +0000Baby Panda Triplets Born In Chinese Zoo 15 days old, the panda cubs are still vulnerable, but are doing well so farTue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:06 +0000The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle burn up in the atmosphereTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:50:07 +0000A New, Potentially Deadly Species of Jellyfish Was Discovered Floating Around Australia new species' sting can cause Irukandji syndrome, which sometimes leads to stroke and heart failure Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:15:27 +0000Lack of Workplace Support Keeps Women Out of Engineering Careers female engineers say that they perceive little chance of advancing in their field Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:55:27 +0000Are Hard Foods Healthier? In Your Mind, Maybe research shows that texture plays a large role in how we see the nutritional value of food Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:15:12 +0000Watch Video From NASA’s "Flying Saucer" Test LDSD test on June 28 went well, and more tests are expected to run next yearMon, 11 Aug 2014 15:09:10 +0000RIP, World’s Oldest Eel eel, 155, passed away in a Swedish well late last week Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:44:09 +0000Some Who Suffer from PTSD Never Get Better many as 11 percent of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD still suffer from the disorderFri, 08 Aug 2014 18:42:22 +0000Losing Weight Makes People Healthy—But Not Necessarily Happy relationship between losing weight and being happy is not at all straightforward Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:02:19 +0000One Aspirin a Day Helps Keep Cancer Away to the largest analysis conducted to date, daily doses of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of getting some common cancers Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:38:00 +0000The Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone Is the Size of a Small State Gulf of Mexico's dead zone actually shrunk this year—but it's still the size of ConnecticutWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:05:27 +0000Rosetta Satellite Is the First to Ever Orbit a Comet's been a long trip, but Rosetta has finally reached its destinationWed, 06 Aug 2014 13:56:45 +0000This Mathematical Equation Predicts Momentary Happiness your expectations low, it seems, is key to achieving fleeting satisfaction Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:08:04 +0000We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Is idea that renewable energy can't handle the load is a myth, says Amory LovinsTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:36:13 +0000With an Untested New Drug, Two Ebola Patients Are Experiencing "Miraculous" Recovery drug, however, was not "top secret," as some outlets have reported Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:54:43 +0000Scientists Can Now Eavesdrop By Watching a Soundless Video of a Glass of Water is pressure, pressure causes motion and motion shows up on filmMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:33:44 +0000Civil War Battlefields Are Overrun With Deer Parks Department is going to spend $1.8 million to have hunters cull themMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:10:36 +0000There’s an Easy (And Tasty) Way to Measure the Speed of Light at Home can make surprisingly accurate calculations using chocolate and a microwaveMon, 04 Aug 2014 16:37:18 +0000Here's How Astronomers Actually Find Planets in Other Solar Systems have found 1,741 exoplanets. But how, exactly?Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:31:00 +0000Fish Oil Could Be a Modern-Day Snake Oil premise that fish oil is good for your heart is based on questionable dataMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:50:21 +00001970s Redux: Lake Erie Is So Polluted, Toledo's Drinking Water Was Cut Off algae bloom in Lake Erie leaves hundreds of thousands without fresh drinking waterMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:14:07 +0000