Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-gold-nanoparticles-let-scientists-remote-control-brain-180954789/It’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Major Science Publisher Admits “Fabricated” Peer Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-science-publisher-admits-fabricated-peer-reviews-retracts-papers-180954782/But are BioMed Central’s retractions just the tip of the iceberg? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:16 +0000How a Stinging Swarm of Bees Can Save a Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-stinging-swarm-bees-can-save-life-180954767/Bee venom might be a potent medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s More About the Drug Behind Indiana’s HIV Epidemichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-more-about-drug-behind-indianas-hiv-epidemic-180954780/Illegal use of Opana, or oxymorphone, is fueling a public health crisis in Scott County, Ind.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:48 +0000Hundreds of Car-Sized Fossil Amphibians Found in a Mass Gravehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothed-car-sized-ancient-amphibians-found-mass-grave-180954768/The huge creature is related to modern-day newts, salamanders and frogsFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:14 +0000Why Would Cooling Rice Make it Less Caloric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-would-cooling-rice-make-it-less-caloric-1-180954765/Scientists suggest a new way to prepare rice that they say could help slow the worldwide obesity epidemicThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA’s Twin Study May Never Be Publishedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-nasas-twin-study-ever-see-light-day-180954762/Privacy concerns could stymie NASA’s study of Scott and Mark KellyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:08 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tampons-might-one-day-help-detect-cancer-180954744/New research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Mozambique has “Kitten-Sized” Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mozambique-has-kitten-sized-rats-trained-sniff-out-tuberculosis-180954745/Highly trained rodents are helping doctors better diagnose TB in a region hard hit by the deadly diseaseWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:45:34 +0000Want to Live Longer? Don’t Sleep So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-live-longer-dont-sleep-so-much-180954743/New research links longer sleep duration with a shorter lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:40 +0000Largest Asteroid Crater Ever Discovered Underground in Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-asteroid-crater-ever-discovered-underground-australia-180954731/Deep in Earth’s mantle, scientists find evidence of a colossal impact that could reveal new information about Earth’s historyTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:35:30 +0000How Bad Is California’s Drought? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bad-californias-drought-180954733/Hint: it’s pretty badTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weirdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-made-our-solar-system-weird-180954730/The gas giant just had to throw its mass aroundTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:30:09 +0000Here’s Why Your Eyes Seem to Be Wired 'Backward'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-your-eyes-seem-be-wired-backward-180954729/Light has to pass through nerve cells to get to the rods and cones, but that order is no mistakeTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:45:27 +0000Make Your Mark on Pluto by Helping Name Its Featureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/make-your-mark-pluto-helping-name-its-features-180954727/The New Horizons team is asking the public for help labeling the maps of Pluto and one of its moonsTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:27 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-navy-designed-new-diving-suit-180954726/New design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000Got Allergies? Air Pollution Could Be to Blamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/got-allergies-air-pollution-could-be-blame-3-180954709/New research suggests that ozone and nitrogen dioxide can alter allergens, creating more potent immune responsesMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:20:07 +0000What’s Causing This Village’s Weird Sleeping Sickness Epidemic?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-villages-weird-sleeping-sickness-epidemic-180954711/About a quarter of residents in a small town in Kazakhstan have fallen into a deep sleep for days at a time—and no one knows whyMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:45:20 +0000Mystery Mammals' Ancestry Was Revealed by Proteins, Not DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-proteins-not-dna-reveal-ancestry-huge-south-american-mammals-180954685/The huge rhino-like animal and trunked llama-like animal posed a mystery until nowFri, 20 Mar 2015 18:20:35 +0000Every Year Spring Gets 30 Seconds Shorterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-year-spring-gets-30-seconds-shorter-180954688/But the good news is that summer will be that much longer thanks to some peculiarities in how the Earth moves Fri, 20 Mar 2015 17:22:44 +0000Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Looked Like From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-solar-eclipse-looked-space-180954681/As they orbited the earth, a satellite and an astronaut captured another side of the sun's disappearing actFri, 20 Mar 2015 14:39:34 +0000Mars Gets a 'Northern Lights’ Show Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-gets-northern-lights-show-too-180954677/Earth isn't the only planet that sees auroras Thu, 19 Mar 2015 19:30:22 +0000We’re Taking All the Water Out of the Ground And Causing Sea Levels to Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-taking-all-water-out-ground-and-causing-sea-levels-rise-180954676/Pumping water out of aquifers at the rate we do doesn’t just threaten the water supply, it also exacerbates the effects of climate changeThu, 19 Mar 2015 19:00:08 +0000It's Hard to Protect Arctic Mammals When We Don’t Know How Many Live Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/protecting-arctic-mammals-tricky-because-we-dont-know-how-many-live-there-180954675/Only a handful of animal populations are well counted — leaving researchers in the dark about how threatened the others areThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:30:16 +0000Too Much Tech Could Be Causing Nearsightedness…But Not in the Way You Might Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/too-much-tech-could-be-causing-nearsightedness-not-way-you-might-think-180954656/Forget eye strain—too much time indoors could cause myopiaThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:29 +0000Beetle Species, Weirdly, Almost Never Go Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beetle-species-are-insanely-resistant-extinction-180954660/The world is disproportionately filled with beetles—now, a new study suggests that’s because few species have ever been wiped outThu, 19 Mar 2015 17:15:19 +0000Wikipedia Editing Shows That Different Countries Have Different Sets of Interestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wikipedia-editing-shows-different-countries-have-different-sets-interests-180954643/New analysis shows that interests are local, not global Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:40:25 +0000You Can Thank the Ancient Maya for Your Grocery Store’s Papayahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-thank-ancient-maya-your-grocery-stores-papaya-180954642/New research suggests the Mesoamerican civilization was responsible for first cultivating the hermaphrodite version of the plant favored by growers Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:00:47 +0000U.K. to Create the World’s Largest Continuous Marine Reservehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-will-make-worlds-largest-continuous-marine-reserve-180954637/The immaculate waters around the storied Pitcairn Islands are to be protected from illegal fishing and mining effortsThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:30:55 +0000Chimps Will Work Harder to Get Their Favorite Foodshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-will-work-harder-get-their-favorite-foods-180954618/An experimental setup shows that chimps will travel farther to get a more preferred rewardWed, 18 Mar 2015 19:00:27 +0000Watching Cooking Shows Could Make You Fathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watching-cooking-shows-could-make-you-fat-180954617/Put down the remote—new research links cooking shows, higher BMIWed, 18 Mar 2015 17:45:13 +0000Parasites Linked to Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parasites-linked-cannibalism-180954615/A tiny creature makes shrimp more likely to eat their ownWed, 18 Mar 2015 14:34:59 +0000Remote Controlled Bug-Bots Could be First Responders of the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-controlled-bug-bots-could-be-first-responders-future-180954606/Scientists studying how beetles steer themselves in flight gather research that may have implications far beyond understanding bug biologyTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:15:09 +0000Why are Dead Geese Falling From the Sky in Idaho? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-dead-geese-falling-sky-idaho-180954604/Over 2,000 birds have been felled by fast-moving avian choleraTue, 17 Mar 2015 17:06:12 +0000Science Is Still Unclear About the Evolutionary Origin of the Anushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-still-unclear-about-evolutionary-origin-anus-180954595/A newly published scientific review attempts to “get to the bottom” of how animals acquired what some might call the most indecent part of the body Tue, 17 Mar 2015 13:30:32 +0000There’s an Invader in the International Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-street-art-international-space-station-180954563/An Invader mosaic has found its way to space Fri, 13 Mar 2015 19:00:34 +0000Did the Age of Humans Begin in 1610?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-age-humans-begin-1610-180954566/Debate over when the Anthropocene began is starting to narrow in on a few dates — 1610, when the Old World met the New, is one promising candidateFri, 13 Mar 2015 17:49:42 +0000Adorable Monkey New to Science Identified in Threatened Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-monkey-new-science-identified-threatened-rainforest-180954524/Researchers in the Brazilian rainforest describe a previously undocumented species of titi monkey whose habitat faces man-made threatsFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:37 +0000A Hint That a Saturnian Moon Could Have Hydrothermal Vents—And Support Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prospects-are-looking-even-better-life-saturns-moon-180954552/Grains of silica from Saturn’s magnetosphere likely came from Enceladus and may mean the moon has hydrothermal ventsThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:27:33 +0000Scary Lobster-Like Fossil Was Once One of the Earth's Largest Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scary-lobster-fossil-shows-how-arthropods-may-have-developed-legs-180954546/One of the earliest arthropods was giant, weird-looking—and played a big role in the course of evolutionary historyThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:05:46 +0000This is How Earth Welcomed Back Soyuz http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-earth-welcomed-back-soyuz-180954544/Not a bad re-entry after months on the International Space Station Thu, 12 Mar 2015 13:40:02 +0000The Desire to Conform Starts In Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/desire-conform-starts-toddlers-180954535/Apes don’t have this problem — if they know the answer to a puzzle, they’ll do it, regardless of what their friends might thinkWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:30:31 +00001,800 Studies Later, Scientists Conclude Homeopathy Doesn’t Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1800-studies-later-scientists-conclude-homeopathy-doesnt-work-180954534/A major Australian study debunks homeopathy—againWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:45:40 +0000The Galaxy May Be Way Bigger Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/galaxy-may-be-way-bigger-we-thought-180954532/New data analysis suggests that the Milky Way may be 50-percent larger than previously believedWed, 11 Mar 2015 16:04:07 +0000How the Sugar Industry Influenced Dental Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-sugar-industry-influenced-dental-research-180954530/Newly uncovered “sugar papers” reveal that the sugar lobby played a major role in 1970s dental public health policies Wed, 11 Mar 2015 15:00:48 +0000We Finally Know How Chameleons Change Their Colorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-finally-know-how-chameleons-change-their-color-180954527/Chameleons' secret involves tiny crystals under their skin Wed, 11 Mar 2015 14:04:16 +0000Our Brains Hate Waiting So We Sped Up Everything Elsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-world-getting-faster-because-our-brain-hates-waiting-180954519/Sidewalk rage, road rage and anger at slow-loading web pages are all part of our evolutionary inheritanceTue, 10 Mar 2015 18:00:23 +0000One of the Oldest Known Animals Is This Tiny, Ancient Spongehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-oldest-known-animals-tiny-ancient-sponge-180954523/A new fossil find pushes back the start of the evolution of multicellular animalsTue, 10 Mar 2015 17:19:55 +0000Catch a Glimpse of the Zodiacal Light Show This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catch-glimpse-zodiacal-light-show-month-180954518/For some in the northern hemisphere, a celestial treat sometimes referred to as “false dusk” is lighting up the nightTue, 10 Mar 2015 16:30:03 +0000China’s Smog Might Be to Blame for the East Coast’s Rough Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-smog-might-be-blame-east-coasts-rough-winter-180954510/A NASA visualization shows how particles from East Asia can swirl into Pacific storms—a source of precipitation for the U.S. Mon, 09 Mar 2015 17:41:34 +0000The Loud Noise of Melting Glaciers May Actually Be Good for Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-loud-noises-melting-glaciers-good-animals-180954508/Melting glacier ice has been found to the loudest noise in the ocean—what does that mean for marine animals?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 16:30:49 +0000Can You Draw the Apple Logo From Memory? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-you-draw-apple-logo-memory-180954505/New research shows you probably can’tMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:49:45 +0000These Moths Remember Where They Mated for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-moths-remember-where-they-mated-first-time-180954502/The locale of the African cotton leafworm moth’s first experience pairing up forms its future preferences, a new study shows Mon, 09 Mar 2015 13:30:38 +0000Centuries of Poison-Laced Water Gave These People a Tolerance to Arsenichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centuries-poison-laced-water-gave-these-people-tolerance-arsenic-180954491/Some citizens of a remote village in the Andes have a genetic adaptation that allows them to quickly process high levels of arsenic, a new study showsFri, 06 Mar 2015 18:00:58 +0000Gear Up for a Scorcher of a Year: El Niño Has Officially Arrivedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gear-scorcher-year-el-nino-has-officially-arrived-180954492/It’s later than usual and weak, but definitely hereFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:45:09 +0000This Is Next-Level Origamihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/next-level-origami-180954490/From dancing cranes to protective structures, origami is popping up in science and techFri, 06 Mar 2015 16:04:03 +0000Dawn Has Arrived at Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-has-arrived-ceres-180954488/Downlink connection confirms that the spacecraft is in orbit around the dwarf planetFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:48:50 +0000NASA’s Next Space Robot Was Inspired by a Baby’s Toyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-next-space-robot-was-inspired-babys-toy-180954479/Meet the Super Ball Bot, a flexible robot that could explore new planets Thu, 05 Mar 2015 18:00:18 +0000Metal Rain Could Explain Why the Earth Made of Different Stuff Than the Moon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-rain-could-explain-why-earth-made-different-stuff-moon-180954478/A new study shows that iron-rich asteroids could have vaporized when they hit the early EarthThu, 05 Mar 2015 16:55:43 +0000U.S. Heroin Overdose Rate Nearly Quadruples http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-overdose-rate-nearly-quadruples-180954477/As prescription painkillers become more difficult to abuse, the face of heroin addiction is changing Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:30:29 +0000The First Photos of Free-Falling Snowflakes Reveal Their Imperfectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-photos-free-falling-snowflakes-reveal-their-imperfections-180954471/Collisions in mid-air often produce ice crystal aggregates, rather than single symmetrical flakesWed, 04 Mar 2015 19:00:37 +0000This Might Be Why Handshaking Evolvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-why-handshaking-evolved-180954472/A new study shows that shaking hands is a covert way for us to unconsciously sniff out each other’s chemical signalsWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:15:42 +0000A Paralyzed Woman Operated a Flight Simulator Using Only Her Thoughtshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paralyzed-woman-operated-flight-simulator-using-only-her-thoughts-180954469/Electrodes implanted in the brain are shown to enable those with quadriplegia to achieve amazing featsWed, 04 Mar 2015 16:50:21 +0000Officials Figure Out What Was Making Louisville Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-figure-out-what-was-making-louisville-stink-180954464/A musty smell permeating the city can be blamed on a naturally-occurring chemical largely responsible for the smell of dirtWed, 04 Mar 2015 15:30:17 +0000Mars Rover Is Out of Commission (For Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-rover-out-commission-now-180954465/Short circuit halts Curiosity in its tracks Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:45:06 +0000Are Climate Change And the Conflict in Syria Connected?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-climate-change-may-have-do-conflict-syria-180954453/A new study shows a link between the nation’s recent unrest and a major drought spurred on by global warmingTue, 03 Mar 2015 18:30:17 +0000This Could Be the Tiniest Organism on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-be-tiniest-organism-earth-180954451/Scientists capture an image of ultra-small bacteriaTue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:29 +0000Bet You Didn’t Know About the Earth’s "Second Moon"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bet-you-didnt-know-about-earths-second-moon-180954455/Even astronomers didn’t realize it was following the Earth until 1997Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:50:41 +0000Chilean Volcano Erupts in the Early Morninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-volcano-could-prompt-20000-evacuations-180954449/The 9,000-foot volcano spewed ash, smoke and lava high into the airTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:36:24 +0000Americans Can’t Agree on What Shapes Health http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-cant-agree-what-shapes-health-180954441/New research shows that Americans think a broad variety of factors can make us sickMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:00:37 +0000How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-armadillos-can-spread-leprosy-180954440/These tank-like creatures are the only animals besides us known to carry leprosyMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:45:12 +0000Someone Found Chris Hadfield’s Flight Suit in a Thrift Store http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-found-chris-hadfields-flight-suit-thrift-store-180954439/The astronaut isn’t sure how his suit made its way to a Toronto second-hand shopMon, 02 Mar 2015 16:00:37 +0000Popular Music Changed the Most in 1964http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popular-music-changed-most-1964-180954438/Scientists use genomic data to show how pop music evolves Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:30:14 +0000Allergy Treatments Could Someday Start Before You Are Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/allergy-treatments-could-start-you-are-born-180954432/Studies in mice are showing that it might be possible treat disorders that have a genetic basis during pregnancyFri, 27 Feb 2015 20:02:03 +0000The Dawn Spacecraft Is About to Reach Its Next Destination—the Dwarf Planet Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-should-soon-answer-what-ceres-bright-spots-are-180954427/We might just learn what the mysterious bright spots on the dwarf planet are—and much moreFri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:58 +0000Statisticians Reveal the Best Place to Wait Out a Zombie Apocalypsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statisticians-reveal-best-place-wait-out-zombie-apocalypse-180954426/You’ll want to head for the Rocky MountainsFri, 27 Feb 2015 15:30:26 +0000Would You Live in an Antarctic Penguin Post Office? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-live-antarctic-penguin-post-office-180954425/Applications soar at post office in Port Lockroy, AntarcticaFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:45:32 +0000Sharks Have Scary-Good Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sharks-have-scary-good-memories-180954421/New research on one species reveals an astounding ability to learn complex tricks and remember them for at least a yearFri, 27 Feb 2015 14:05:27 +0000Like People, Bees Can Be Fooled by False Memorieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bees-have-problems-false-memories-too-180954415/Bumblebees gravitate toward unfamiliar flowers that merge two patterns they know—a classic error of long term memoryThu, 26 Feb 2015 17:16:33 +0000How One Doctor Proposes to Conduct the First Human Head Transplant http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-doctor-proposes-conduct-first-human-head-transplant-180954416/An Italian neuroscientists says that the surgery could be ready in as few as two years, but the scientific community remains very skepticalThu, 26 Feb 2015 16:42:53 +0000Watch the Sunset from Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-sunset-mars-180954412/Opportunity rover helps capture a hauntingly blue view of nightfall on the Red PlanetThu, 26 Feb 2015 14:16:33 +0000Tiny Bits of Plastic May Be Clogging Up Coralshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-bits-plastic-may-be-clogging-corals-180954407/Researchers find that microplastic pollution has become a new threat to the health of ocean reefsWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:30:36 +0000Impatient Scientists Used Paint-By-Numbers Technique to Create the First Image From Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/impatient-scientists-used-paint-numbers-technique-create-first-image-mars-180954406/Scientists used raw data to create their first image of the red planetWed, 25 Feb 2015 17:00:55 +0000Determine Your Ideal Eyelash Length With Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/determine-your-ideal-eyelash-length-science-180954405/How the “one-third rule” protects your eyes Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:45:00 +0000The Population of a Rare Leopard Has Nearly Doubledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-population-nearly-doubles-180954404/A new census shows that there are now at least 57 elusive Amur leopards in RussiaWed, 25 Feb 2015 15:16:43 +0000Meet the Man Who Can Taste Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-man-who-can-taste-words-180954397/For some, taste mixes with other sense—a form of synesthesia that isn't as common as experiencing the colors of wordsTue, 24 Feb 2015 18:00:54 +0000Alaska’s Freshwater Is Draining Into the Sea at an Astounding Ratehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskas-freshwater-draining-sea-astounding-rate-180954396/Satellite data shows that snow and glacial melt are partially to blame for an annual freshwater output 1.5 times that of Mississippi RiverTue, 24 Feb 2015 17:30:21 +0000This Mysterious Plant Doesn’t Have Time for Junk DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-doesnt-have-time-junk-dna-180954394/Utricularia gibba has less DNA, but more genesTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:45:17 +0000How 16th Century Trade Made Fire Ants an Early Global Invaderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-16th-century-trade-made-fire-ants-early-global-invader-180954393/By inadvertently stowing away in Spanish ships, one pesky little insect quickly spread throughout much of the worldTue, 24 Feb 2015 15:00:59 +0000The World’s Sea Creatures Have Gotten Biggerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-sea-creatures-have-gotten-bigger-180954385/A new study reveals evolution in the ocean appears to favor larger animalsMon, 23 Feb 2015 18:03:13 +0000See the Winter of Our Discontent…From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winter-your-discontent-space-180954382/NASA photo of the eastern United States confirms it’s really, really cold out there Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:38:47 +0000Antarctic Sea Ice Sets A New Record, But the Climate is Still Changinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-sea-ice-sets-new-record-climate-still-changing-180954366/Climate change deniers, sit back downThu, 19 Feb 2015 20:00:11 +0000Contaminated Doctors’ Scopes May Have Spread a Superbug to Almost 180 Patientshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contaminated-doctors-scopes-may-have-spread-superbug-almost-180-patients-180954362/A drug-resistant bacteria usually found in the gut has infected seven people and contributed to two deathsThu, 19 Feb 2015 18:39:38 +0000Fat Is a Texture, Not a Taste…For Now http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fat-texture-not-taste-now-180954360/Scientists predict fat will join the other primary tastes within ten yearsThu, 19 Feb 2015 17:30:10 +0000Is That Pill a Placebo? This Program Can Tell, Even If You Can'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pill-placebo-program-can-tell-even-if-you-cant-180954355/A new algorithm could make it faster and less expensive to develop new painkillers Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:30:51 +0000Ants Have Designated Toilet Areas in Their Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-do-their-business-colony-shared-toilets-180954354/A new study shows that black garden ants have a relatively meticulous protocol for when nature calls Thu, 19 Feb 2015 14:30:14 +0000Divers Discover Graveyard Filled With Giant Lemur Skeletons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/divers-discover-underground-graveyard-filled-giant-lemur-skeletons-180954342/A Madagascar cave is packed with the bones of extinct speciesThu, 19 Feb 2015 14:00:03 +0000Snails’ Teeth Beats Spider Silk As Nature’s Strongest Materialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spider-silk-loses-top-spot-natures-strongest-material-snails-teeth-180954346/The discovery makes sense: Mollusks use these teeth to excavate rocks while they feedWed, 18 Feb 2015 19:22:38 +0000Found: A New Tool in the Fight Against HIVhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-new-candidate-fight-against-hiv-180954344/New approach offers “vaccine-like” protection against HIV Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:30:27 +0000How “Learned Deafness” Might be Letting Noise Pollution Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-learned-deafness-might-be-letting-noise-pollution-win-180954343/The world may be noisier than ever but one scientist warns that our attempts to blot out the sound may cost us dearlyWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:06 +0000Only 1 in 4 Americans Would Take a Free Space Flight http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/only-1-4-would-take-free-space-flight-180954340/Americans are still skeptical about some aspects of space travelWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:30:02 +0000An Underwater Field of Weird Metal Balls Is a Key to Both Past And Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-metal-balls-discovered-ocean-floor-may-be-tech-companies-dream-180954339/A huge deposit of manganese nodules beneath the Atlantic might be a potential source of highly prized rare earth metalsWed, 18 Feb 2015 16:00:26 +0000Finally, the First Fish Ever Is Taken Off the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/after-22-years-oregon-minnow-graduates-endangered-species-list-180954338/The recovery of a tiny fish signals good news for area waterways and proof that, when heeded, protective measures can make a differenceWed, 18 Feb 2015 15:00:01 +0000Grizzlies in Yellowstone Are Already Waking Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grizzlies-yellowstone-are-already-waking-180954335/Warm weather has drawn at least one bear out of hibernation and in search of foodTue, 17 Feb 2015 20:14:29 +0000Is DNA the Solution for Permanent Data Storage? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-solution-permanent-data-storage-180954315/New study uses “synthetic fossils” to store data for the ages Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:31:42 +0000The Cold May Have Cost Penguins Most of Their Taste Budshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cold-may-have-cost-penguins-most-their-taste-buds-1-180954293/Recent genetic analysis shows that penguins can’t taste sweet or bitter, and scientists think sub-zero temps may be to blameTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:00:44 +0000Is Our Universe Supersymmetric? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-universe-supersymmetric-180954284/Scientists hope the rebooted Large Hadron Collider could find supersymmetric particles—the next frontier of particle physicsMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:30:30 +0000Stars Have Womb Siblingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stars-have-womb-siblings-180954288/Four baby stars, still gestating in their parental gas cloud, move together - for now at leastMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:21 +0000Teachers Give Lower Math Scores to Girlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teachers-give-lower-scores-math-when-they-know-theyre-grading-girls-180954253/Teachers’ unconscious beliefs in the aptitude of boys over girls come out when grading math testsFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:55:47 +0000Technology from ‘Interstellar’ Could Be Useful to Scientists, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/technology-interstellar-helping-scientists-understand-black-holes-180954249/The movie’s visual effects are now being used for scientific researchFri, 13 Feb 2015 12:02:28 +0000City Bees Are Actually More Diverse Than Country Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-bees-are-actually-more-diverse-country-bees-180954244/Other pollinators don’t like urban areas as much as rural, but bees live in similar numbers across different landscapesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:45:58 +0000Tourist Trash Has Changed the Color of Yellowstone’s Morning Glory Poolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tourist-trash-has-changed-color-yellowstones-morning-glory-pool-180954239/Researchers have found proof of what caused a hot spring’s drastic color modification—it's people, of courseThu, 12 Feb 2015 18:45:34 +0000Imagine Dinosaurs Tripping on Psychedelicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-were-psychedelics-180954221/It could have happened.Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000At Last, Make Perfect Popcorn With Science http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-make-perfect-popcorn-science-180954218/Physicists now know why popcorn pops Wed, 11 Feb 2015 17:00:17 +0000What Makes Some Orca Whales Love a Good Belly Rub? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-some-orca-whales-love-good-belly-rub-180954219/Some pods have been observed rubbing themselves on rocky beaches; scientists are still working to understand whyWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:15:59 +0000One-Tenth of Native Mammals in Australia Are Extinct: Blame Cats And Foxeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-tenth-australias-native-mammals-have-gone-extinct-over-last-200-years-180954216/No other country on Earth has lost a greater proportion of land mammals over the last two centuries; now, a new study zeros in on the cause Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:00:41 +0000Human Languages Skew Positive http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-languages-skew-positive-were-all-bunch-pollyannas-180954210/We’re all a bunch of pollyannasWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:20:45 +0000Why 2015 Is Shaping Up to Be Another Good Year for Snowy Owlshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-2015-shaping-be-another-good-year-snowy-owls-180954207/Ornithologists are tracking the second major snowy owl southern migration in as many years, indicating that the birds’ numbers are still going strongTue, 10 Feb 2015 19:37:34 +0000These Bells Play Seismic Shifts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-bells-play-seismic-shifts-180954198/Watch as UC Berkeley’s bells play the earth’s “natural frequencies” Tue, 10 Feb 2015 17:00:23 +0000Pulsing Stars Flicker in a Pattern Close to the Golden Ratiohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pulsing-stars-flicker-pattern-close-golden-ratio-180954195/The famed ratio, which shows up in art, architecture and nature, can also be found in spaceTue, 10 Feb 2015 14:30:36 +0000Gene Changes Make Humans’ Sense of Taste Uniquehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-changes-make-humans-sense-taste-unique-180954191/Our ability to eat bitter plants help distinguish us from our ancestors and chimpanzees todayMon, 09 Feb 2015 19:00:35 +0000The Universe’s Oldest Stars Likely Lit Up Way Later Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-oldest-stars-likely-lit-way-later-once-thought-180954186/Data gathered by the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope indicates that the universe was dark for about 550 million years after the big bangMon, 09 Feb 2015 18:00:50 +0000Chimpanzees May Have Their Own Form of Bilingualismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimpanzees-may-have-their-own-form-bilingualism-180954183/Humans aren’t the only primates capable of learning new “words” for the same objectMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:55:47 +0000Neil Armstrong Had a Secret Stash of Moon Stuffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neil-armstrong-had-secret-stash-moon-stuff-180954182/“Lost” Apollo 11 artifacts are now foundMon, 09 Feb 2015 15:15:41 +0000Invasive, Acid-Spraying Ants in Hawaii Are Deforming Native Seabird Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-ants-hawaii-are-deforming-native-seabird-chicks-180954176/The ground-dwelling chicks are pestered by invasive ants spraying acidFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:30:39 +0000A Setback for HIV Prevention Trial: Getting People To Take the Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/setback-hiv-prevention-drug-trial-getting-people-take-medicine-180954175/Women didn’t take their preventative medications, even those proven to work, for fear of side effectsFri, 06 Feb 2015 19:58:34 +0000Pigeons' Brains Work Kind of Like Ourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pigeons-brains-work-kind-ours-180954174/A small study showed impressive categorizing abilities in three pigeonsFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:59:31 +0000Before Agriculture, Human Jaws Were a Perfect Fit for Human Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dawn-farming-changed-our-mouths-worst-180954167/The emergence of agricultural practices initiated major changes to the jaw structure of ancient humans, leading to dental problems we still experienceFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:30:44 +0000Starving Sea Lions Are Piling Up on California Beacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starving-sea-lions-are-piling-california-beaches-180954169/It's the third year of a crisis that's confusing scientistsFri, 06 Feb 2015 16:00:29 +0000How Space Travel Can Damage Our Immune Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-Space-Travel-Can-Damage-Our-Immune-Systems-180954164/Research finds that living in low-gravity conditions can take a toll that goes far beyond an aversion to dehydrated foods Fri, 06 Feb 2015 15:00:46 +0000Life-Giving Rain Also Spreads Deadly Plant Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-giving-rain-also-spreads-deadly-plant-disease-180954162/High-speed cameras show how leaf flexibility influences raindrop dispersal into the air — along with pathogens picked up from infected plantsThu, 05 Feb 2015 18:45:48 +0000Creating Drought-Tolerant Plants By Hacking Their Natural Responseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-program-plants-be-more-drought-tolerant-180954159/Which new technique will help plants survive with less water? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 18:02:13 +0000Private Space Investments Will Reach $10 Billion This Year http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/private-space-investments-will-reach-10-billion-year-180954156/Make way for money—investors are bullish on space Thu, 05 Feb 2015 16:00:02 +0000North America’s Trees Create Some of the World's Hottest Forest Fireshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/north-americas-tree-species-give-us-some-biggest-hottest-forest-fires-world-180954152/What makes certain forest fires especially destructive? Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:51:07 +0000A Green Sea Slug Steals Power From Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-sea-slug-steals-photosynthesizing-power-algae-it-eats-180954147/The discovery makes this a true plant-animal hybridWed, 04 Feb 2015 19:56:45 +00001 in 3 Would Rather Die Early Than Take a Daily Pillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1-3-would-rather-die-early-take-daily-pill-180954141/New research shows a third of people would trade years of their life to avoid taking daily medsWed, 04 Feb 2015 17:33:11 +0000Why One Nonprofit Wants You to Sell Them Your Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-one-nonprofit-wants-you-sell-them-your-poop-180954142/A qualified candidate could make thousands of dollars a year selling their waste to an organization preparing fecal transplants for the ill Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:00:26 +0000Cockroaches Have Personalities, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroaches-have-personalities-too-180954140/Feel guilty the next time you crush a cockroachWed, 04 Feb 2015 16:07:01 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Is Doing So Badly, Scientist Are Testing Genetic Modification to Help It Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-considers-genetically-altering-coral-help-it-survive-climate-change-180954139/As the health of the Great Barrier Reef declines, scientists are hoping “assisted evolution” might keep its coral aliveWed, 04 Feb 2015 14:59:13 +0000Scientists Identify a “DNA Clock” That May Help Predict Mortalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-identify-dna-clock-may-help-predict-mortality-180954135/New studies on changes to DNA that occur over a lifetime offer insight into an individual’s likelihood of early death Tue, 03 Feb 2015 19:45:54 +0000These Birds Take Turns So No One Gets Too Tired Flying in Formationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-birds-take-turns-so-no-one-gets-too-tired-flying-formation-180954131/“Reciprocal altruism” in a migrating flock of birds means that the more exhausting lead position is deliberately and equally shared Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:30:43 +0000Scientists Discover “Reset” Button for Circadian Rhythm http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-reset-button-circadian-rhythm-180954130/Could a simple reboot turn exhaustion into a thing of the past? Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:16:12 +0000These Dolphins Mourn Their Dead http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-dolphins-mourn-their-dead-180954117/A new study looks into a sad ritual at seaMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:04:57 +0000Rare Cat Caught on Camera…Attacking a Monkeyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-cat-caught-cameraattacking-monkey-180954116/Africa’s most elusive wild cat makes a rare daytime appearance Mon, 02 Feb 2015 15:34:40 +0000Why We Can Thank Bats for Bedbugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-we-can-thank-bats-bedbugs-180954114/Scientists have proven through genetics that bats were the first hosts to the pesky parasite before passing them on to ancient humansMon, 02 Feb 2015 14:30:40 +0000How You Shop Can Reveal Your Identity to Thieveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-you-shop-can-reveal-your-identity-thieves-180954109/Women are more easily identified from their shopping patterns than menFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:30:19 +0000Meet the Friendly Virus That Might Actually Be Good For Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-friendly-virus-might-actually-be-good-you-180954107/Many people carry it, but it doesn’t make you sick and could actually fight against viruses like HIV and EbolaFri, 30 Jan 2015 19:00:23 +0000What’s Causing California’s Bright Pink Sea Slug Bloom?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-causing-californias-bright-pink-sea-slug-bloom-180954105/They might be fun to look at, but they're not necessarily good newsFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:32:41 +0000Scientists Finally Know How Baleen Whales Hearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-know-how-baleen-whales-hear-180954099/A beached whale, a supercomputer, a scientific mystery solved Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000There's a Big Rift in Opinion Between Americans And Scientistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-big-rift-between-americans-and-scientists-180954098/New study shows that citizens and scientists only agree some of the timeFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:18:01 +0000Planets Formed Close to Their Stars Are Named for Vulcan, the Roman God of Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planets-formed-close-their-stars-are-named-vulcan-roman-god-fire-180954092/Closer to their stars than Mercury is to the Sun, these hot worlds deserve an explanationFri, 30 Jan 2015 14:38:36 +0000The Ohio Measles Outbreak Wasn’t Caused by "Anti-Vaxxers" But by an Amish Travelerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ohio-measles-outbreak-wasnt-caused-anti-vaxxers-amish-traveler-180954090/Blaming the anti-vaccination movement for an uptick in measles is oversimplificationThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:18:08 +0000A 10,000-Year-Old Forest Has Been Discovered, And It's Under Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-year-old-forest-has-been-discoveredunder-water-180954089/Ancient oak trees found on the bottom of the North Sea represent a prehistoric woodland that likely spanned thousands of acresThu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:54 +0000Why “Expensive” Medicines Might Actually Work Better http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-expensive-medicines-might-actually-work-better-180954088/Perceived cost might influence drugs’ benefits Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:00:13 +0000For the First Time in Almost a Century, a Rare Red Fox Was Seen at Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-yosemite-national-park-spotted-rare-red-fox-180954086/Cameras and “hair snares” could preserve a threatened Sierra speciesThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:30:28 +0000A Newly Discovered Caterpillar Makes a Deadly Fortress of Its Cocoon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-caterpillar-makes-deadly-fortress-its-cocoon-180954085/Scientists have found a caterpillar in a Borneo forest that uses toxic tree resin to build an extra-safe home for its metamorphosis Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:00:48 +0000Are You Binge-Watching Because You're Depressed? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-your-binge-watching-habit-could-leave-you-depressed-180954084/A new study found that people who were depressed binge-watched TV more—and used TV binges to deal with negative emotions Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:27:35 +0000Spiders Spin Electrically Charged Silk To Make It Stickyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-spin-electrically-charged-silk-make-it-sticky-180954064/The garden center spider doesn’t put sticky glue on its web; it uses a complex spinning process to build prey-snaring silk threadsWed, 28 Jan 2015 19:49:01 +0000These Five Earth-sized Planets Are Super Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neighboring-earth-sized-planets-are-super-old-180954058/Kepler-444 is 11.2 billion years old and its five planets could tell us about planet formation in the early universeWed, 28 Jan 2015 18:25:40 +0000Sugar Is Causing Girls to Get Their Periods Soonerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sugar-causing-girls-get-their-periods-sooner-180954055/Why shunning soda might help reduce premature puberty ratesWed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:01 +0000Did Fishermen Find Evidence of an Unknown Group of Primitive Humans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-fishermen-find-evidence-unknown-group-primitive-humans-180954054/A fossilized jawbone pulled from the seafloor near Taiwan may be from an ancient type of hominin new to science Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:26:59 +000023 Kids’ Peanut Allergies Were Cured, At Least Temporarilyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/23-kids-peanut-allergies-were-cured-180954053/A probiotic may be the key to fighting allergies to peanut proteinsWed, 28 Jan 2015 15:35:59 +0000Ten Other Men Left Genetic Legacies So Huge They Rival Genghis Khan'shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/other-men-who-left-huge-genetic-legacies-likes-genghis-khan-180954052/A new study shows that 10 other men founded large Y-chromosome lineagesWed, 28 Jan 2015 14:42:29 +0000