Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islands creature stumped the team and could be a new speciesWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:56:43 +0000Discovery of a New Class of Galaxies Challenges Our Understanding of How Galaxy Formation Works 44 near the Coma cluster has the same mass as the Milky Way but only 1 percent of the visible matterFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeon “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wildFri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Playing the Bagpipes Can Literally Kill You as “Bagpipe Lung,” the reaction can wreak havoc on your respiratory systemFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000Calling All Conspiracy Theorists: Alaska's "Mind-Control Lab" Is Hosting an Open House on who you ask, HAARP can control minds, weather, and even earthquakesThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:28:34 +0000Coffee Consumption Could Be In Your Genes new study shows a genetic variation in caffeine metabolism may lead some to drink a little less joeThu, 25 Aug 2016 18:52:26 +0000This Robot Is Soft and Squishy Inside and Out—No Wires or Batteries Necessary"Octobot" uses a deceptively simple fuel source and inspiration from the depths of the seaThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:05 +0000Astronomers Have Discovered an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Our Cosmic Backyard what would potential life look like on this planetary neighbor?Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:29:29 +0000At 75 Pounds, This Could Be the World's Largest Pearl Filipino fisherman found the massive gem over a decade ago and kept it as a good luck charmWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:46:54 +0000The Geology Behind Italy’s Catastrophic Quake magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the Apennine Mountains—and given the region’s geology, that’s no surpriseWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:01:48 +0000After Two Years, Lost NASA Spacecraft Phones Home the Deep Space Network, mission control has reestablished contact with the solar observatory STEREO-B Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:02 +0000Fifty Years Ago, This Photo Captured the First View of Earth From the Moon Earth’s view of itself changed foreverTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:21 +0000Here's a Panoramic Glimpse of the Curiosity Rover's Next Destination to Murray Buttes. You are now free to rove about the landscapeMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:50:00 +0000Celebrating at Least 1,075 Years, This Pine Could Be Europe's Oldest Tree Bosnian pine stands in a forest of ancient trees in the Pindus MountainsMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:34:53 +0000Summer Heat Turns This Siberian Lake Bright Pink it's not the only oneMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:30:00 +0000Tree Rings Help Circle in on Dating Pre-History Events flares create spikes in the Carbon-14 of woody plants that can provide anchor years for more accurate dating of artifactsMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:25:02 +0000Scientists Have Found The Most Efficient Way to Hold a Coffee Mug it is a different storyMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Soon Everyone Will Be Able to Read NASA-Funded Research ready for a lot more space scienceMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Science Officially Debunks Chemtrails, But the Conspiracy Will Likely Live On panel of 77 atmospheric scientists and geochemists weigh in on the controversial streaks in the sky Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Complete T. Rex Skull Found in Montana "Tufts-Love skull" will be cleaned and put on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:45:45 +0000Does Climate Change Fuel Floods? It’s Complicated’s why that question is hard to answerFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:43:38 +0000Ginormous Goldfish Are Invading Australian Rivers by their owners, the fish run rampant and impact the environmentThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:17:30 +0000This 340-Million-Year-Old Ocean Crust Could Date Back to Pangaea believe they've found the world's oldest ocean crustWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:54:44 +0000Adorable Stubby Squid Found Off the Coast of Southern California aboard the E/V Nautilus happened across a particularly cute stubby squidWed, 17 Aug 2016 14:33:48 +0000Eerie Video Shows How Coral Bleaches video captures the coral's convulsions while it expels the algae that give it colorTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:51:26 +0000Part of Your Suntan Comes From Photons That Are Billions of Years Old bodies from beyond the galaxy for a bit of that golden glowMon, 15 Aug 2016 18:44:44 +0000Look Out New Yorkers: Hot Weather Makes Roaches Take to the Skies ew ew ew ewMon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:00 +0000This Deadly Plant Virus Attracts Bees cucumber mosaic virus alters the scent of tomato plants to attract more bees to their ailing hosts Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:38:48 +0000First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Ice mounts against the traditional story of early human migration through an ice corridorThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:42:54 +0000Fertility Problems for Man's Best Friend Could Spell Trouble for Man sperm quality has decreased likely from household chemical exposureThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:20:00 +0000Cupping Isn't the Only Strange Tactic Olympic Athletes Use to Get a Boost painful cupping "hickies" are only the start—athletes go to great lengths to gain an edgeThu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark Is Like Disneyland for Rock Lovers mushroom-like mounds are some of the country's greatest geological treasuresWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:51:57 +0000Explore Far Out Views From Mars' Surface With Over 1,000 New Photos's the Martian "magic hour"Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:35:36 +0000When It Comes to West Nile Virus, Atlanta's Cardinals May Be Our Feathered Saviors research suggests the bright red birds are viral “super-suppressors”Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flame occurring fire tornadoes are scary, but a new clean-burning, controlled version could help clean oil spillsTue, 09 Aug 2016 19:41:11 +0000Humans Still Threaten Endangered Condors to industrial byproducts and pesticides, birds face more contamination than their cousins inlandTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:53:33 +0000Cute Sand Cat Spotted for the First Time in a Decade in the United Arab Emirates set out to photograph the elusive cat to help create a conservation plan for the endangered felineMon, 08 Aug 2016 20:24:56 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longer a new study, readers showed "a survival advantage" over those who don't ever crack open a book Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:19:53 +0000Research Reveals How and Why Sunflowers Turn Their Golden Heads new study shows sunflowers have an internal clock and face east to keep bees and other insects happyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:30:24 +0000Does a Massive Flood Confirm China's Creation Myth? shows a cataclysmic flood occurred along the Yellow River 3,200 years agoFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:23:50 +0000Look Up! The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going to Be a Doozy This Year number of shooting stars could double this yearFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:34:25 +0000An Insect Could Make Ash Baseball Bats a Thing of the Past invasive emerald ash borer is threatening the forests where Rawlings and Louisville Sluggers come from, putting the bats in jeopardyFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Spin Around Mars in NASA’s New Rover Game the Red Planet without the risk of a multi-million dollar crashFri, 05 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000 World’s Climate Hit Extremes, Shattered Multiple Records in 2015 rising temperatures and ocean levels to record greenhouse gas levels, 2015 was a rough year for planet EarthThu, 04 Aug 2016 16:32:56 +0000EU Releases Its First Invasive Species Blacklist squirrels, raccoons and crayfish were among the prohibited speciesWed, 03 Aug 2016 19:48:56 +0000The First Private Lunar Landing Was Just Approved Express will head to Earth’s nearest neighbor in 2017Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:33:02 +0000California’s Joshua Trees Are Under Threat change could decimate the iconic tree for future generationsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:42:41 +0000This Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had a Rare Case of Arthritis like a bum legWed, 03 Aug 2016 13:19:00 +0000Future Deep Sea Mining Sites Are Bursting With Rare Marine Species area is full of rare metals, but a new study shows it's a hub for deep-sea diversity, tooTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:20:00 +0000Forget the Hive, Now Wild Bees Can Check in to These Swanky Hotels't six-legged guests also deserve the best bang for their buzz?Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:50:59 +0000Going Home Sick? Your Substitute Could Spread Disease More Widely it may seem counterintuitive, bringing in a sub isn’t necessarily the best solution Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:40:00 +0000Explore Some of the World's Deepest Blue Holes Dragon Hole in the South China Sea is now the "world's deepest" underwater sinkhole. Learn why these geologic wonders form in oceans around the globeTue, 02 Aug 2016 15:19:38 +0000The Evolutionary Reason Why Women Orgasm research suggests the female orgasm is tied to ovulation, not reproductionMon, 01 Aug 2016 20:25:46 +0000How Engineers Got a Vinyl Record to Play in the Stratosphere, it took notes from Carl SaganMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:51:46 +0000A New Installation Turns the L.A. River Into Art river’s surreal landscape is the perfect place to make a statement about water useMon, 01 Aug 2016 17:21:20 +0000Summer Produce Could Last Longer With These Five New Technologies seek solutions to slow the inevitable process of decompositionMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:25:32 +0000Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nose whiff of success could be just the beginning of many new antibioticsThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:19:54 +0000The Cosmos Sings in This Fusion of Astrophysics and Music<i>The Hubble Cantata</i> brings the stars down to earthThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:39 +0000Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Also Red Hot The giant storm pipes out temperatures over 2,400 degrees FahrenheitThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:10 +0000How to Spot Added Sugars's all in the wordingThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:14 +0000New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered in Alaska analysis and a washed up corpse confirm this a new dark-colored species of beaked whaleThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Track the Whereabouts of This Rare White Whale on Twitter beautiful creatures have long delighted those lucky enough to catch a glimpseThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Skip the Stench: Watch Three Massive Corpse Flowers Bloom Online tropical flowers only bloom once every four to five yearsWed, 27 Jul 2016 16:30:56 +0000Sadly, Eating Curry Probably Won't Keep You From Going Bald new survey sponsored by wigmakers equates correlation with causationWed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Behold LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor of Life on Earth discoveries suggest life likely descends from the inhospitable environment of deep sea ventsTue, 26 Jul 2016 18:14:40 +0000Stunning Images Capture Peacock Spiders’ Flashy Colors and acrobatic, these tiny, vibrant creatures shake their tail fuzz in elaborate mating dancesTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:50:00 +0000Ancient "Poop Sticks" Offer Clues to the Spread of Disease Along the Silk Road parasites found within the 2,000-year-old-feces smeared on bamboo suggest more than commodities made the tripTue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000For Kiwis' Sake New Zealand Declares War on Rats country unveils an ambitious plan to protect its national birdMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:33:05 +0000NASA Is Finally Digitizing the Viking Mission's 40-Year-Old Data more microfilmMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000Police Request 3D-Printed Copy of a Dead Man’s Fingers to Unlock His Smartphone more guessing passwordsFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:25 +0000Horrifying Sculpture Depicts a Human Evolved to Survive a Car Crash you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee itFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Why the Turtle Grew a Shell—It's More Than Safety armor may have developed for more than safetyFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Brain Map Doubles Number of Known Regions have found 97 new areas in the brain and expect to add even moreThu, 21 Jul 2016 19:34:08 +0000Study Shows Primates Prefer a Little Booze With Their Nectar prosimian primates, the aye-aye and slow loris, show a preference for sugar-water with a higher alcohol contentWed, 20 Jul 2016 17:13:19 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3D the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leather late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000Physicists May Have Finally Figured Out Why Knuckleballs Are So Hard to Hit with the help of a ball-throwing robotWed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Likely Norovirus Outbreak Strikes the GOP Convention’s a short-lived bug with explosive—and contagious—resultsTue, 19 Jul 2016 20:44:23 +0000India Plants a Record 50 Million Trees in 24 Hours than 800,000 volunteers planted saplings in public spaces in the state of Uttar Pradesh hoping to reduce greenhouse gases and reforest the countrysideTue, 19 Jul 2016 19:24:08 +0000Tides Trigger Tiny Earthquakes Along the San Andreas Fault spring tides trigger small tremors deep in the fault, revealing the fault's structureTue, 19 Jul 2016 17:51:23 +0000Kepler Just Found 104 New Planets Outside of Our Solar System anyone home?Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:36 +0000Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Month late-July meteor shower heralds the popular PerseidsMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:48:11 +0000Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Bill just passed a bill requiring GMO labeling, but it's not as straightforward as you might thinkFri, 15 Jul 2016 18:33:27 +0000Browse Though the Amazon's 12,000 Tree Species in This New Master List count 'em allFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:42 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Library’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Mice Watching "Touch of Evil" Teach Scientists About the Mind's Eye tracking mice neurons, scientists hope to understand consciousness Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000No, China's Tiangong-1 Will Not "Rain Molten Metal Down Onto Earth"'s not spiraling out of control, and even if it was, it wouldn't enter the atmosphere until 2017Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:09:00 +0000Researchers Travel to the Amazon to Find Out if Musical Taste is Hardwired of the Tsimane tribe showed no preference between consonant and dissonate tones, meaning Western music is probably not biologically basedThu, 14 Jul 2016 17:04:56 +0000Breathtaking New Images Capture Failed Stars and Planet-Sized Objects Inside the Orion Nebula’s the deepest look into the nebula ever seen beforeWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000The Secret Life of Urban Hedgehogs city-dwelling hedgehogs have adapted to metropolitan life, some need a little help to thriveTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:36:43 +0000The Code That Sent Apollo 11 to the Moon Just Resurfaced Online and Is Chock-Full of Jokes on GitHub, the array of in-jokes, pop culture and Shakespeare asides in the comments on the code show the human side of the projectMon, 11 Jul 2016 18:37:27 +0000Self-Lubricating Swordfish Secrete Oil to Swim Faster lightning, go greased lightningMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatures <i>Okeanos Explorer</i> has spent three months mapping the seafloor and recording deep sea life in the ocean's depthsMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000What Do Goats, Puppies and Horses Have in Common? communicate with humans using eye contact, according to a new studyThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0000Juno Will Eventually Go Up in Flames to Protect Theoretical Alien Life, we hardly knew youThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:40:00 +0000New Study Calls the Reliability of Brain Scan Research Into Question million analyses point to a problem with fMRI brain activity studiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:01:39 +0000Hong Kong Beaches Are Swamped With Trash, and No One Knows Why piles of rubbish could be transported by ocean currents or recent floodsWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:38:11 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016 your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Melting Arctic Ice Might Mean Faster Internet for Some dwindling ice has an unexpected benefit: more underwater cablesTue, 05 Jul 2016 19:38:47 +0000This Is What Jupiter Sounds Like as Juno bursts into the gas giant’s magnetosphereTue, 05 Jul 2016 17:20:29 +0000The FDA Just Declared War on Cookie Dough sweet spoons, hello food safetyThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:33:24 +0000Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End of ice and rising sea temperatures could impact 60 percent of the Adelie penguin colonies in AntarcticaThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:11:02 +0000Catch the Solar System’s Best Light Show With New Images of Jupiter’s Auroras’s Auroras Are the Best Light Show in the Solar SystemThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:32:37 +0000Track These Space Rocks From Your Couch on Asteroid Day just a click, you can help astronomers learn more about two nearby asteroidsThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:57 +0000