Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:13:21 +0000Prince Charles Will Battle Squirrels Using Contraceptives and a Lot of Nutellahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-prince-charles-battling-squirrels-using-contraceptives-and-lot-nutella-180962302/North American gray squirrels are decimating native red squirrels in the British Isles, leading to a new plan to reduce the population of invasive mammalsMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:13:21 +0000Great Barrier Reef Braces for Another Massive Bleaching Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-barrier-reef-braces-another-massive-bleaching-event-180962305/After the worst die-off in the reef's history in 2016, scientists are worried that high sea temperatures will affect the area againMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:08:37 +0000Texas Approves Pesticide Targeting Wild Pigshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/texas-poison-targeting-wild-pigs-180962298/But hunters and conservationists are concerned that other animals will be exposed to the toxinFri, 24 Feb 2017 20:44:40 +0000Rivers in the Atmosphere Converge to Give California a Huge Downpourhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rivers-atmosphere-converge-give-california-downpour-180962288/All aboard the Pineapple ExpressFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:03:45 +0000This Eighteenth-Century Robot Actually Used Breathing to Play the Flutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eighteenth-century-robot-actually-used-breathing-play-flute-180962214/It was one of a trio of automata that had functions like living creaturesFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000You Can Still Buy Pig-Hair Toothbrusheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-still-buy-pig-hair-toothbrushes-180962216/There's an argument for it, given all the environmental destruction causes by plastic onesFri, 24 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Syria Just Made a Major Seed Bank Deposithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-just-made-major-seed-bank-deposit-180962274/Seeds from 49,000 types of crops will be backed up in Svalbard once more Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:57:30 +0000New Map Highlights Bee Population Declines Across the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-highlights-bee-population-declines-across-us-180962268/As wild bee populations continue to fall, new research identifies counties that will be hit the hardestThu, 23 Feb 2017 17:27:37 +0000How Do You Pick a Lemur Out of a Lineup? This Software Makes the Leaphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-pick-lemur-out-lineup-software-makes-leap-180962251/Facial recognition software can identify individuals, helping researchers conserve the endangered primateWed, 22 Feb 2017 18:15:19 +0000The Country’s Most Famous Bald Eagle Pair Just Laid Another Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/countrys-most-famous-bald-eagle-pair-just-laid-another-egg-180962243/To the delight of millions of online viewers, the nesting eagles at the U.S. National Arboretum welcomed a new egg to their nestTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:20:09 +0000The Inventors of Upcycling Published Their Manifesto In a Plastic Book. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inventors-upcycling-published-their-idea-plastic-book-why-180962182/You might have heard the term in relation to crafting, but it means a lot moreTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +0000Old Particle Accelerator Tech Might Be Just What the Doctor Orderedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-particle-accelerator-tech-might-be-just-what-doctor-ordered-180962175/Shortages of important supplies for nuclear medicine has researchers looking for answers on how to produce technetium-99Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Mining Exploration Begins in Michigan's Porcupine Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mining-exploration-begins-michigans-porcupine-mountains-180962108/Michigan is divided over a mining company's plans to drill for copper in a beloved state parkFri, 17 Feb 2017 20:54:21 +0000Check Out Yosemite's “Firefall” Illusion Light Up El Capitanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-yosemites-firefall-illusion-light-el-capitan-180962230/The firefall is back this year, and it’s just as spectacular as everFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:46:46 +0000Organic Material Found on Ceres Hints at Potential for Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/organic-material-found-chilly-ceres-180962227/Scientists are fired up about these building blocks of lifeFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:14:16 +0000Another El Niño Could Be On Its Way http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-el-nino-could-be-its-way-180962200/There’s a 40 percent chance of the pattern later this year Fri, 17 Feb 2017 16:18:19 +0000Dubai Will Get Self-Flying Taxis This Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dubai-will-get-self-flying-taxis-year-180962189/Bypass traffic with the taxi of the future Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:00:00 +0000Yellow Fever Outbreak in Congo and Angola Finally Comes to an Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellow-fever-outbreak-congo-and-angola-finally-comes-end-180962215/After almost 1,000 confirmed cases of the disease, the WHO has declared outbreak overThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:31:18 +0000Seagrasses Reduce Bacteria in Polluted Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seagrasses-reduce-bacteria-polluted-waters-180962177/A new study suggests the mesmerizing fields could be important for the health of humans and sea creatures alikeThu, 16 Feb 2017 19:00:00 +0000This Ancient Reptile Gave Birth to Live Offspringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-reptile-gave-birth-live-offspring-180962199/Rather than laying eggs like its modern bird and croc relatives this creature gave birth to live babiesThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:51:45 +0000New Report Cautiously Supports Some Gene Editing of Embryoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-very-cautiously-supports-some-gene-editing-embryos-180962184/A new report suggests that editing embryos to cure some genetic diseases may be permissableWed, 15 Feb 2017 21:13:55 +0000Check Out NASA's Three Options for the 2020 Mars Rover Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-nasas-three-options-2020-mars-rover-landing-180962187/Scientists have narrowed down potential sites for the next rover to set wheel on the red planetWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:41:05 +0000New Claims Prove the Henrietta Lacks Controversy Is Far From Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claims-henrietta-lacks-controversy-far-from-over-180962185/The family of the woman who changed science forever is seeking compensationWed, 15 Feb 2017 20:01:35 +0000Superspreaders Caused Much of the 2014 Ebola Epidemic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superspreaders-caused-much-2014s-ebola-epidemic-180962171/Just three percent of infected people caused two thirds of overall infections Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:47:37 +0000This Sexist 1920s Toy is Part of the Reason for the Women in STEM Gap http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sexist-1920s-toy-part-reason-women-stem-gap-180962094/Boys got Erector Sets. Girls got this stellar consolation prizeWed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:00 +0000Winning Nature Photos Capture Triumph and Turmoil in the Animal Kingdomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-winning-nature-photos-world-press-photo-competition-180962162/From poaching to panda recovery, the winners of the World Press Photo competition chronicle human interactions with natureTue, 14 Feb 2017 19:03:46 +0000Surprising Levels of Pollution Found in the Depths of the Mariana Trenchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-deep-sea-creatures-are-poisoned-human-pollutants-180962170/Even deep-sea creatures can't escape pollutantsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:52:21 +0000Despite Dam Danger, California’s Still In a Drought http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/despite-dam-danger-californias-still-drought-180962161/Look beneath the surface for an unresolved water crisis Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:41:43 +0000Genome Mapping Could Lead to Cheaper and More Abundant Quinoahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genome-mapping-could-lead-cheaper-more-abundant-quinoa-180962155/New data on the "superfood" could help breed varieties that require less processing and can thrive in poor soil conditionsMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:09:09 +0000Why This Squid Has One Giant and One Tiny Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-squid-has-one-giant-and-one-tiny-eye-180962150/The creature’s mismatched eyes help it survive in the ocean depthsMon, 13 Feb 2017 18:10:31 +0000New Self-Sustaining “Wheat” Could Change the Farming Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-self-sustaining-wheat-could-change-farming-industry-180962101/It’s called Salish Blue, and it’s more than a science experimentMon, 13 Feb 2017 16:23:51 +0000Hundreds of Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand’s Farewell Spithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-pilot-whales-stranded-new-zealands-farewell-spit-180962138/Up to 300 have died and volunteers are scrambling to get the remaining creatures back in the waterFri, 10 Feb 2017 17:45:29 +0000A Quarter of the World’s Saiga Antelope Are Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quarter-worlds-saiga-antelope-are-dead-180962087/A virus is decimating an already fragile species Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:19:01 +0000Bison Back in Banff After 130 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bison-back-banff-after-130-years-180962093/Parks Canada released 16 of the wooly ungulates in the national park in a pilot project to re-establish the speciesThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:45:59 +0000Mark Twain Museum Battles Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mark-twain-museum-battles-mold-180962070/A malfunctioning HVAC system led to mold contaminating 5,000 artifacts in a storage room, which will be restored over the next four monthsThu, 09 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Discovered a Gigantic, 300,000-Year-Old Landslide Under the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discovered-gigantic-300000-year-old-landslide-under-ocean-180962083/Long ago, an almost inconceivable amount of sand shifted, changing the surface of the sea floorThu, 09 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Comet, Eclipse and a Full Moon Will Light Up the Skies Friday Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-eclipse-and-full-moon-light-friday-night-180962086/There will be a lot going on in the night sky, including a pass by the green comet 45P/Honda-Mrkos-PajdušákováWed, 08 Feb 2017 19:46:00 +0000These Spectacularly Preserved Trilobite Fossils Come Complete With Guts, Gills and Legshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-study-spectacularly-preserved-trilobite-fossils-complete-guts-gills-legs-180962079/The 478-million-year-old creatures could help explain a series of mysterious fossilized tracksWed, 08 Feb 2017 18:31:44 +0000Meet the Cincinnati Zoo's Three Newborn Malayan Tigershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-cincinnati-zoos-three-newborn-malayan-tigers-180962082/The adorable balls of fur could help the zoo diversify their tiger gene poolWed, 08 Feb 2017 17:57:03 +0000Only 30 of the World’s Most Adorable Porpoise Are Left on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-30-worlds-most-adorable-porpoise-are-left-earth-180962056/As “the panda of the sea” hurtles toward extinction, scientists stage a last-ditch effort to save the speciesWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:36:53 +0000Mutiny in Space: Why These Skylab Astronauts Never Flew Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mutiny-space-why-these-skylab-astronauts-never-flew-again-180962023/In 1973, it was the longest space mission — 84 days in the stars. But at some point the astronauts just got fed upWed, 08 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Blazing Green Meteor Lights Up Midwest Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-meteor-lights-midwest-180962074/Early Monday morning, the fireball buzzed Wisconsin before breaking up over Lake MichiganWed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:16 +0000New Species of Fish-Scaled Gecko Can (Literally) Jump Out of Its Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-new-species-gecko-tear-away-scales-180962067/The creature sloughs its skin when predators attack, leaving it looking like a raw chicken tenderTue, 07 Feb 2017 22:13:48 +0000Japan Plans to Make Olympic Medals Out of Electronic Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-will-make-olympic-medals-out-recycled-electronics-180962036/Organizers hope to reclaim gold, silver and copper from the used electronics for the 2020 gamesTue, 07 Feb 2017 18:02:47 +0000A Martian Volcano May Have Continuously Erupted for Billions of Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/martian-volcano-may-have-continuously-erupted-billions-years-180962068/A space rock found in Northwest Africa provides new clues to volcanic activity on MarsTue, 07 Feb 2017 16:12:11 +0000Scientists Measure Highest Radiation Levels Yet Inside Fukushima's Damaged Reactorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fukushima-reactor-shows-highest-radiation-level-initial-meltdown-180962050/The latest measurements are over seven times the previously measured high—enough to fry a robot in two hoursMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:04:52 +0000Why Was Babe Ruth So Good At Hitting Home Runs? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-babe-ruth-so-good-hitting-home-runs-180961998/People have been using science on the Great Bambino since the 1920sMon, 06 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Mary Leakey’s Husband (Sort of) Took Credit For Her Groundbreaking Work On Humanity’s Originshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mary-leakeys-husband-sort-took-credit-her-groundbreaking-work-humanitys-origins-180961991/Leakey and her husband, Louis Leakey, were a paleoanthropology power coupleMon, 06 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Science Is Falling Woefully Behind in Testing New Chemicalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-falling-woefully-behind-testing-new-chemicals-180962027/Over 10 million new chemicals are synthesized each year, but with little funding science can't keep upFri, 03 Feb 2017 20:01:00 +0000Meaty Finds: Two Studies Claim to Have Isolated Dinosaur Proteinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-claim-discovery-proteins-dinosaur-bones-180962000/Scientists have long thought soft tissues couldn't survive over millennia—but new research suggests that isn't the caseFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:11:16 +0000These 12,000-Year-Old Prostate Stones Likely Led to One Prehistoric Man’s Painful Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-12000-year-old-prostate-stones-likely-led-one-prehistoric-mans-painful-death-180962034/The walnut-sized stones were found inside a skeleton buried in modern-day SudanFri, 03 Feb 2017 18:09:00 +0000Are "Education Genes" on the Decline?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-genes-associated-education-are-declining-180961836/People in Iceland with genes associated with educational attainment are having fewer children, which may be affecting the population's smartsFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:37:12 +0000Rachel Carson Wrote Silent Spring (Partly) Because of the Author of Stuart Littlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rachel-carson-wrote-silent-spring-partly-because-author-stuart-little-180961962/The book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000Diet Deficiency Can Lead to Cannibal Hamstershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corn-diet-turns-french-hamsters-cannibals-180961987/A new study may explain why the rodents are declining in western EuropeThu, 02 Feb 2017 19:57:11 +0000Watch a Lava "Firehose" Spew Out of a Hawaiian Cliff http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-hot-lava-spewing-out-hawaiian-cliff-180962019/Kilauea is putting on a spectacularly scorching show Thu, 02 Feb 2017 17:21:44 +0000The Father of Canning Knew His Process Worked, But Not Why It Workedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-canning-knew-his-process-worked-not-why-it-worked-180961960/Nicolas Appert was trying to win a hefty prize offered by the French armyThu, 02 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Researchers Think They've Found a Mini Continent in the Indian Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-minerals-suggests-lost-micro-contienent-indian-ocean-180962002/The island of Mauritius sits on a sunken piece of earth's crust torn apart by plate tectonicsThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:49:51 +0000Lie Detectors Don’t Work as Advertised and They Never Didhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lie-detectors-dont-work-advertised-and-they-never-did-180961956/Barred from use in U.S. court, lie detectors are still used today in other parts of the legal systemThu, 02 Feb 2017 14:50:42 +0000Special Spit Helps Frogs Get a Grip on Insectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/special-spit-helps-frogs-get-grip-insects-180962003/Secretly sticky spit snatches snacks, study showsWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:39:40 +0000Astronaut Twin Study Shows How Hard Space Is on the Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-twin-study-shows-how-hard-space-body-180962006/The study’s first results suggest that space travel can cause changes on the molecular levelWed, 01 Feb 2017 19:05:47 +0000One of America’s First Female Pediatricians Saved Lives for 74 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-long-long-career-pediatrician-dr-leila-denmark-180961934/Dr. Leila Denmark lived to be 114, and practiced medicine for three quarters of a centuryWed, 01 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000NASA Releases Spectacular New Snapshots of Saturn’s Rings http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-spectacular-new-snapshots-saturns-rings-180961997/Millions of moonlets appear to be tucked inside the debris that famously circles the planetWed, 01 Feb 2017 15:24:26 +0000Museum Displays the Weasel that Brought Down Particle Physicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museum-displays-weasel-brought-down-particle-physics-180961969/A stone marten that disrupted the Large Hadron Collider in November goes on display in Rotterdam in an exhibit about human-animal mishapsWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Bag-Like, Big-Mouthed Sea Creature Could Be Earliest Human Ancestorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bag-big-mouthed-sea-creature-could-be-earliest-human-ancestor-180961992/This minute wriggly sea blob could represent some of the earliest steps along the path of evolutionTue, 31 Jan 2017 21:04:37 +0000This 100-Million-Year-Old Insect Trapped in Amber Defines New Orderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-order-insect-found-trapped-ancient-amber-180961968/These now-extinct creatures are thought to have been able to secrete a chemical repellant and rotate their heads 180 degreesTue, 31 Jan 2017 17:55:00 +0000Scotch Tape Can Create X-Rays, and More You Didn't Know About The Sticky Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-you-didnt-know-about-scotch-tape-180961914/People have used it to repair everything from curtains to ceilingsTue, 31 Jan 2017 16:21:26 +0000Underwater Images Give First Glimpse of Newly Discovered Brazilian Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-first-images-once-brazilian-reef-180961976/The Amazon Reef once shocked scientists. Now, for the first time, we know what it looks likeTue, 31 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Humans Threaten Over 100 Precious Natural Heritage Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-threaten-over-100-precious-natural-heritage-sites-180961971/Forest loss and humans' footprint are endangering the very sites humans want to preserveMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:05:21 +0000Did an Earthquake Make Mount Everest Shorter? New Expedition Aims to Find Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expedition-will-measure-whether-earthquake-shrunk-everest-180961913/India and Nepal both plan to determine if the 2015 earthquake that devastated Nepal caused the world's highest peak to lose an inchMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Human-Pig Chimeras Created for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-pig-chimeras-created-first-time-180961953/The hybrid embryos are the first step in interspecies organ transplantsFri, 27 Jan 2017 18:53:36 +0000‘Aspartame Causes Cancer' Was a Classic Internet Hoaxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspartame-causes-cancer-was-classic-fake-news-180961880/The aspartame myth goes back to a letter circulating on the '90s internetFri, 27 Jan 2017 14:45:44 +0000Check Out Breathtaking Images From NOAA’s Newest Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-first-images-worlds-most-advanced-weather-satellite-180961925/In a word: wowThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:10:38 +0000Robo-Dermatologist Diagnoses Skin Cancer With Expert Accuracyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robo-dermatologist-diagnoses-skin-cancer-expert-accuracy-180961924/A neural network can recognize and categorize skin lesions as well as MDs and may lead to a cancer-screening mobile appThu, 26 Jan 2017 16:28:33 +0000One of These Five Finalists Could Make It to the Moon in 2017http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-these-five-finalists-could-make-it-moon-2017-180961918/The clock is ticking for a trip to the moon and a $20 million prize Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:28:19 +0000Australian Zoo Calls for Public Help Collecting One of the World's Deadliest Spidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zoo-wants-public-collect-one-worlds-deadliest-spiders-180961909/With antivenin in short supply and funnel-web spider activity higher than average, Reptile Park needs a handWed, 25 Jan 2017 17:27:38 +0000Ancient Asteroid Collision Is Still Raining Space Rocks Down on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-asteroid-collision-still-raining-meteorites-earth-180961902/A new study shows that today's meteorites considerably differ from those of the ancient pastWed, 25 Jan 2017 15:19:55 +0000More Women Die of Cervical Cancer Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-women-die-cervical-cancer-previously-thought-180961901/Past studies significantly underestimated cervical cancer deaths—and racial disparities Tue, 24 Jan 2017 20:26:16 +0000Why Food Experts Are Warning Not to Burn Your Toast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-experts-are-warning-brits-not-burn-their-toast-180961890/Is it time to bid brown toast farewell?Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Did Neanderthals Like Pretty Rocks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-neanderthals-pretty-rocks-180961865/An unusual rock in a cave inhabited by Neanderthals in Croatia suggests the hominids may have picked up interesting stonesMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:40:42 +0000Scientists Capture a "Sonic Boom" of Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-sonic-boom-light-180961887/A new, ultra-fast camera recorded the phenomenon for the first timeMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:21:18 +0000The First Non-Browning GMO Apples Slated to Hit Shelves Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-non-browning-gmo-apples-will-go-sale-next-month-180961875/The new Arctic apples take weeks (rather than minutes) to turn brownMon, 23 Jan 2017 18:41:18 +0000Ötzi the Iceman's Last Meal Included Goat Baconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/otzi-icemans-last-meal-included-goat-bacon-180961885/Analysis of the 5,300-year-old mummy's stomach contents shows he ate dry-cured meat from a mountain ibexMon, 23 Jan 2017 17:28:21 +0000Second "Three-Parent" Baby Born. This Time, It's a Girlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-parent-technique-used-infertile-couple-first-time-180961870/The baby was produced through a controversial technique that requires implanting a fertilized nucleus into a donor eggThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:57:01 +00002016 Was the Hottest Year Ever Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-was-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180961868/Never in modern memory has the Earth's surface and sea temperature been so highThu, 19 Jan 2017 18:08:52 +0000Dark Matter Could Be Destroying Distant Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dark-matter-clouds-could-be-sucking-gas-distant-galaxies-180961851/The mysterious substance may suck gas from the galaxies—and a gasless galaxy is a dead galaxyThu, 19 Jan 2017 16:58:46 +0000Dueling Theories on the Cause of “Fairy Circles” Could Both Be Right http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dueling-theories-cause-fairy-circles-180961854/New research brings together competing concepts to describe how the mysterious features formWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:03:28 +0000Second Group of the Once-Extinct African Oryx to Be Released Into the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herd-oryx-once-extinct-wild-grows-180961844/Hunting wiped out wild populations of the scimitar-horned creatures, but breeding programs are helping them make a comeback Wed, 18 Jan 2017 20:19:23 +0000One in Five People May Be Able to "Hear" a Flash of Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearing-flashes-light-may-be-much-more-common-thought-180961850/Once thought to be a rare condition, some forms of synesthesia may be fairly commonWed, 18 Jan 2017 19:43:44 +0000Colo, the World's First Gorilla Born in Captivity, Is Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colo-worlds-first-gorilla-born-captivity-dead-180961837/The miracle baby turned matriarch was 60 years old Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:49 +0000Scores of Dolphins Are Stranded in the Evergladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scores-dolphins-are-stranded-everglades-1-180961833/So far, at least 82 false killer whales have diedTue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:29 +0000Scientists Spot Massive Wave in Venus' Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-there-giant-wave-venuss-atmosphere-180961827/The 6,200-mile long bow-shaped wrinkle may have been caused by gravity wavesTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:03:03 +0000Scientists Make the Coldest Object on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-produces-coldest-object-earth-1-180961816/Researchers cooled a tiny aluminum drum almost to absolute zero and think they can go even furtherTue, 17 Jan 2017 16:00:00 +0000Fish Don’t Do So Well in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-dont-do-so-well-space-180961817/The International Space Station’s resident fish shed light on life in microgravityMon, 16 Jan 2017 21:08:26 +0000SpaceX Gets Back in Orbit: Watch Its Latest Rocket's Remarkable Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-mishaps-spacex-gets-back-orbit-180961812/After successfully deploying ten satellites into orbit, the rocket's first stage adeptly landed on a floating platformMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:58:02 +0000Japan Tries (and Fails) to Launch a Tiny Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-tries-fails-launch-tiny-rocket-180961811/Sending teensy satellites into space isn’t just an experiment in cute—it's an effort to reduce the cost of sending tech into spaceMon, 16 Jan 2017 19:07:19 +0000How Escaped Exotic Pet Birds Could Help Save Threatened Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escaped-exotic-birds-could-save-threatened-species-harm-local-ones-180961805/Though usually seen as a threat to local populations, these escapees could also help in the recovery of creatures in troubleMon, 16 Jan 2017 16:20:13 +0000Remains From 800-Year-Old "Trojan Woman" Record Early Maternal Infection http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/Bacterial nodes on the skeleton and DNA from her fetus show the woman likely died from an infection of her placentaMon, 16 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Watch the First Footage of the Rare Ruby Seadragon Alive in the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-ruby-seadragon-has-been-caught-camera-first-time-180961804/The sneaky critter has never been seen in its natural habitat beforeFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:15:08 +0000Orca Moms Might Go Into Menopause Because of Their Daughters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orca-moms-might-go-menopause-because-their-daughters-180961803/Competition could explain this evolutionary mysteryFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:35:11 +0000A Physicist Figured Out the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-has-figured-out-best-way-get-ketchup-out-bottle-180961641/Tapping the “57” has nothing to do with itFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000Turmeric May Be Tasty, But It’s Not a Cure-Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turmeric-may-taste-good-its-not-cure-all-180961786/New study shoots down the trendy “remedy”Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-cone-shaped-creature-gets-twig-tree-life-180961783/Hyoliths have confused scientists for 175 years, but researchers have finally worked out a few of their close relativesThu, 12 Jan 2017 20:24:57 +0000The First Cryonic Preservation Took Place Fifty Years Ago Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-cryonic-preservation-fifty-years-180961788/Today, we still have no idea if the process will ever produce resultsThu, 12 Jan 2017 19:29:08 +0000New Hubble Image Captures the Collision of Two Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-got-glimpse-two-galaxies-colliding-180961760/A beautiful look at a violent eventThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:51 +0000Why Puppies Love Baby Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-puppies-love-baby-talk-180961755/New research shows puppies respond strongly to high-pitched chatter, but most adult dogs could care lessWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:15:19 +0000Warming Oceans Could Make These Seafood Favorites Toxichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warming-oceans-could-make-seafood-favorites-more-toxic-180961748/New study links rising temperatures to dangerous toxinsWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:27:30 +0000Earth's Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-moon-could-be-made-20-mini-moons-180961749/Our celestial buddy could have formed after multiple impacts—not one giant smash upWed, 11 Jan 2017 16:05:43 +0000The Hot Toddy: A “Medicinal” Drink That Might Actually Work http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-toddy-medicinal-drink-might-actually-work-180961714/On National Hot Toddy Day, warm up with this tasty drink, whether you're sick or notWed, 11 Jan 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Sneaky Asteroid Buzzed By Earth Yesterdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sneaky-asteroid-buzzed-earth-yesterday-180961742/The space rock passed by at about half the distance between our planet and the moonTue, 10 Jan 2017 19:29:32 +0000The Part of Your Brain That Recognizes Faces Continues Growing Later in Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-brain-used-recognize-faces-continues-grow-throughout-life-180961723/That is, at least until you hit 30Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:33:20 +0000Catch a Star Exploding in Action in 2022http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploding-star-will-light-sky-2022-180961730/Just five years from now a pair of stars are predicted to merge, forming a glittery and bright new point in the skyTue, 10 Jan 2017 17:59:20 +0000The International Space Station Will Finally Welcome a Black Astronauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-will-finally-welcome-a-black-astronaut-180961725/In May 2018, flight engineer Jeanette J. Epps will begin her mission on the ISSMon, 09 Jan 2017 18:58:55 +0000An Iceberg Larger Than Rhode Island Is Poised to Break From Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctica-about-spawn-one-largest-icebergs-recorded-history-180961720/Its break from the ice shelf could spell trouble for the frozen expanseFri, 06 Jan 2017 20:16:03 +0000NASA Just Announced Two New Missions, But Shelved Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-announced-two-new-missions-shelved-others-180961712/Though the new missions have exciting prospects, some scientists aren’t thrilled by the decisionFri, 06 Jan 2017 17:11:30 +0000Researchers Uncover Fossils of 52-Million-Year-Old Tomatilloshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossils-reveal-tomatillos-are-older-scientists-thought-180961710/The pair of ancient fruits suggest that the nightshade group to which they belong is much older than scientists once thoughtFri, 06 Jan 2017 16:42:47 +0000New Study Confirms There Was No Global Warming Hiatus http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-backs-noaas-disputed-ocean-temperature-data-180961697/An independent evaluation of NOAA's disputed data further supports the steady upward march of temperaturesFri, 06 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts Traced to Dwarf Galaxy in the Auriga Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radio-bursts-traced-dwarf-galaxy-auriga-constellation-180961691/Knowing where they originate will help researchers understand what creates the mysterious high-energy signalsThu, 05 Jan 2017 17:32:39 +0000Meet Your Newest Organ: The Mesenteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-organ-human-body-180961658/Scientists are calling for an upgrade in classification of this vital gut membraneWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:59:23 +0000Feral Cats Now Cover 99.8 Percent of Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-cats-now-cover-998-percent-australia-180961680/The fluffy murderbeasts pose a major threat to wildlifeWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:23:47 +0000It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-just-got-harder-give-antibiotics-farm-animals-180961638/New regulations take aim at antibiotic resistanceWed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Teeth Show That Dinosaurs Took a Long Time to Hatchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-teeth-show-dinosaurs-took-months-hatch-180961634/Dino embryos may have developed slowly over several months, making them more susceptible to global catastrophesTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:42:23 +0000World’s Oldest-Known Orca Is Missing and Believed Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-orca-missing-and-believed-dead-180961635/Over a century old, "Granny" hasn't been spotted since early OctoberTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:04:48 +0000Why Michigan Banned Banning Plastic Bagshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-michigan-banned-banning-plastic-bags-180961630/A new state law prevents cities and counties from restricting use of plastic bags or disposable cups and utensilsMon, 02 Jan 2017 21:37:41 +0000Scientists Spot Cognitive Decline in Famous Artists’ Brushstrokes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-cognitive-decline-famous-artists-brushstrokes-180961625/Could paintings hold clues to Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases?Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:30:39 +0000Fireworks Not Your Thing? Then Look Out For a Comet on New Year’s Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fireworks-not-your-thing-then-look-out-comet-new-years-eve-180961618/With a telescope in hand, you can watch a comet zoom past the Earth tomorrow nightFri, 30 Dec 2016 20:19:07 +0000The Year in National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From people stealing baby bison and Yosemite trademarks to epic blooms in Death Valley, 2016 has been an eventful centennial year for the NPSFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:51:42 +0000China Has Banned the Ivory Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-banned-ivory-trade-180961614/By the end of 2017, the world’s largest ivory market will be closedFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:11:22 +0000Goodbye, Pan Pan: World’s Oldest Male Panda Dies http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-panda-dies-180961612/He was a prolific panda papaFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:05 +0000We Will Have to Endure 2016 One Second Longer Than an Average Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-will-last-one-second-longer-usual-180961608/It’s not giving up the ghost quite yetFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-real-canary-coal-mine-180961570/Used until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000