Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:19:54 +0000Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-mysterious-purple-orb-channel-islands-180959933/The creature stumped the team and could be a new speciesWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:56:43 +0000Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-new-type-antibiotics-hiding-human-nose-180959951/This 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 Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-cosmos-sings-in-this-fusion-of-astrophysics-and-music-180959907/<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 Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-great-red-spot-also-red-hot-180959949/ The giant storm pipes out temperatures over 2,400 degrees FahrenheitThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:10 +0000How to Spot Added Sugarshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-added-sugars-180959932/It's all in the wordingThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:14 +0000New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-whale-discovered-alaska-180959945/DNA 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 Twitterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/just-look-twitter-follow-rare-white-whale-180959931/These 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 Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skip-stench-watch-three-massive-corpse-flowers-bloom-online-180959914/These 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 Baldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sadly-eating-curry-probably-wont-keep-you-from-going-bald-180959895/A 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-luca-last-universal-common-ancestor-life-earth-180959915/New 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 Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stunning-images-capture-peacock-spiders-flashy-colors-180959877/Beautiful 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 Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-poop-sticks-offer-clues-spread-disease-along-silk-road-180959900/The 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 Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-just-declared-war-rats-180959903/The 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 Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-finally-digitizing-data-gathered-40-years-ago-viking-mission-180959901/No more microfilmMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-first-written-evidence-laws-friction-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180959889/A 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 Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-want-3d-print-copies-dead-mans-fingers-unlock-his-smartphone-180959883/No more guessing passwordsFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:25 +0000Horrifying Sculpture Depicts a Human Evolved to Survive a Car Crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrifying-sculpture-depicts-human-evolved-survive-car-crash-180959878/Once 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 Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-turtle-got-shell-180959872/Its armor may have developed for more than safetyFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Brain Map Doubles Number of Known Regionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-brain-map-doubles-known-number-regions-180959869/Neurologists 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 Nectarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-primates-prefer-little-booze-their-nectar-180959852/Two 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 3Dhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-apollo-11-3d-180959853/For 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 Leatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alexander-mcqueen-being-turned-leather-180959837/The 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 Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-have-finally-figured-out-why-knuckleballs-are-so-hard-hit-180959826/All with the help of a ball-throwing robotWed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Likely Norovirus Outbreak Strikes the GOP Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-norovirus-outbreak-gop-convention-180959841/It’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 Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-plants-record-50-million-trees-24-hours-180959839/More 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 Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tides-trigger-tiny-earthquakes-along-san-andreas-fault-180959833/The 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 Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-just-found-104-new-planets-outside-our-solar-system-180959834/Is anyone home?Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:36 +0000Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keep-your-eyes-peeled-delta-aquarid-meteors-month-180959812/The late-July meteor shower heralds the popular PerseidsMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:48:11 +0000Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-gmo-labeling-bill-180959821/Congress 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 Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-300-years-collecting-ecologist-finally-make-list-amazons-12000-trees-180959815/Gotta count 'em allFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:42 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-inside-new-yorks-nearly-secret-botanical-library-180959813/It’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/A 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 Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mice-windows-their-brains-watching-movies-could-change-everything-180959808/By 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"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-need-panic-over-chinas-spiraling-space-lab-180959810/It'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 Hardwiredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-travel-amazon-learn-musical-taste-not-hardwired-180959804/Members 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-images-inside-orion-nebula-reveal-failed-stars-and-planet-sized-objects-180959796/It’s the deepest look into the nebula ever seen beforeWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000The Secret Life of Urban Hedgehogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-life-urban-hedgehogs-180959745/Though 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 Jokeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/code-got-us-moon-full-jokes-pop-culture-and-shakespeare-180959754/Published 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 Fasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swordfish-secrete-oil-may-let-them-swim-faster-180959723/Greased lightning, go greased lightningMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mission-mariana-trench-records-dozens-crazy-deep-sea-creatures-180959690/The <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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-goats-puppies-and-horses-have-common-180959711/Goats 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-will-eventually-go-up-in-flames-to-protect-theoretical-alien-life-180959713/Juno, we hardly knew youThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:40:00 +0000New Study Calls the Reliability of Brain Scan Research Into Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-calls-reliability-brain-scan-research-question-180959715/Three 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 Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hong-kong-beaches-are-swamped-trash-and-no-one-knows-why-180959701/The piles of rubbish could be transported by ocean currents or recent floodsWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:38:11 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-best-illusions-2016-180959703/Baffle your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Melting Arctic Ice Might Mean Faster Internet for Somehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-arctic-ice-might-mean-faster-internet-some-180959689/The dwindling ice has an unexpected benefit: more underwater cablesTue, 05 Jul 2016 19:38:47 +0000This Is What Jupiter Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jupiter-sounds-180959686/Listen as Juno bursts into the gas giant’s magnetosphereTue, 05 Jul 2016 17:20:29 +0000The FDA Just Declared War on Cookie Doughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-war-cookie-dough-180959664/Goodbye sweet spoons, hello food safetyThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:33:24 +0000Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-devastate-penguin-colonies-180959662/Loss 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 Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-auroras-are-best-light-shows-solar-system-180959660/Jupiter’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 Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-scientists-track-space-rocks-asteroid-day-180959617/With just a click, you can help astronomers learn more about two nearby asteroidsThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:57 +0000Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterraneanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venomous-lionfish-invade-mediterranean-180959616/A recent survey shows that the fish have colonized Cyprus and may continue to spreadWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +000099-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-wings-dating-back-age-dinosaurs-found-frozen-amber-180959599/The rare fossils from the age of the dinosaurs look a lot like modern-day bird wingsTue, 28 Jun 2016 21:14:22 +0000"Water Windfall" Discovered Under California's Drought-Stricken Central Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-windfall-under-californias-drought-stricken-central-valley-180959590/Though the aquifer could help with the current and future droughts, researchers caution getting too greedy with the resourceTue, 28 Jun 2016 19:29:04 +0000Scientists Found a Huge Reservoir of Much-Needed Heliumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-found-huge-reservoir-much-needed-helium-180959592/Helium is used in everything from particle accelerators to MRI machines, and a dearth of the gas has long plagued researchersTue, 28 Jun 2016 17:13:21 +0000Researchers Will Soon Get Their First Taste of "Martian" Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-will-soon-taste-martian-vegetable-180959579/After testing them for heavy metals, the scientists will eat vegetables grown in simulated Martian soil later this weekTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:24 +0000Breathtaking Images to Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope Getting Another Five Years of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-gets-another-five-years-life-180959583/These amazing views are just a selection of the beautiful images the craft has captured over the yearsTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:40:00 +0000This Perfume Smells Like a Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-comet-180959574/Yum?Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Watch Scientists Make Their Own Lavahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-scientists-make-their-own-lava-180959560/Basaltic rock and a lot of heat equals a homegrown brew that’s as beautiful as it is dangerousMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000After 60 Years, An Expedition Determines Highest Peaks in U.S. Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-60-years-mountaineer-and-pilot-determine-highest-peaks-us-arctic-180959555/Glaciologist Matt Nolan and ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers tested a new mapping system to end uncertainty about the highest mountain in the Brooks RangeMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:10:00 +0000Spix’s Macaw, Star of “Rio,” Spotted in the Wild for the First Time in 15 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spixs-macaw-thought-extinct-wild-videoed-brazil-180959576/Captured in a backlit cellphone video, the sighting gives conservationists hope for the survival of Brazil's little blue birdsMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:24:35 +0000Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landfill-surprises-scientists-12-million-year-old-whale-fossils-180959566/The fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfillMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:39:03 +0000Researchers Studying "Teen Sex" and Flesh-Eating Maggots Win 2016 Golden Goose Awardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-sex-and-flesh-eating-maggot-studies-receive-2016-golden-goose-awards-180959559/Both quirky and important, these studies went against the grainMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Some Genes Remain "Alive" for Days After the Body Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-genes-remain-alive-days-after-body-dies-180959552/Studies in animals show that even when a creature has ceased to live, some genes are still busy doing their thingFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Mammals May Have Dinosaurs to Thank for Their Night Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cat-can-see-night-because-dinosaurs-180959520/Mammals most likely developed a new pathway to night vision to avoid the jaws of dinos and other daytime predatorsThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:50:00 +0000Murder of Environmental Activists Reaches All-Time Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-environmental-activists-reaches-all-time-high-180959528/At least 185 environmental activists were murdered in 2015, according to a new reportThu, 23 Jun 2016 16:15:41 +0000Editing of Human Genes May Begin by Year’s End in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/editing-human-genes-may-begin-years-end-us-180959532/The first-ever trial of CRISPR in the U.S. will test if it's safe to edit T cells in cancer patientsThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:29 +0000New Evidence Strengthens the Case for Pluto's Underground Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-strengthens-case-wet-ocean-beneath-plutos-surface-180959534/Features on the dwarf planet's smooth surface suggest that not all is frozen on that tiny, distant worldWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:52:17 +0000Land Around the Infamous San Andreas Fault Is on the Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-mapped-how-california-rises-and-falls-around-its-most-famous-fault-180959529/Scientists mapped how California rises and falls around its most famous faultWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:23:22 +0000The Event that Wiped out Dinosaurs Also Nearly Did in the Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/event-wiped-out-dinosaurs-nearly-did-mammals-well-180959521/New estimates suggest a measly seven percent of mammals survived the extinctionWed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Trader Joe's Agrees to Fix Its Fridges for the Environmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trader-joes-agreed-fix-its-fridges-environment-180959524/The retailer just agreed to a pricey settlement with the Environmental Protection AgencyTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:44:29 +0000Every Sperm Whale Alive Today May Have Descended From the Same Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-sperm-whale-alive-today-may-have-descended-same-female-180959519/An 80,000-year-old "Eve" was the mother of all modern sperm whales—literallyTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-brexit-would-mean-for-uks-arts-sciences-and-other-sectors-180959516/Exiting the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-look-what-happens-brain-when-music-causes-chills-180959481/The brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than othersMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:46:07 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomatohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contentious-history-cherry-tomato-180959420/The salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Meet Three of Earth's Tiny Celestial Buddieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-guide-earths-other-moons-1-180959468/A handful of quasi-satellites, mini-moons and Trojan asteroids tag along with Earth as it whizzes around the sunMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:08:43 +0000Watch a Horde of Giant Crabs Amass Off of the Australian Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-horde-giant-crabs-amass-australian-coast-180959463/Hundreds. Of thousands. Of crabs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000India Gives Go-Ahead for Farmers to Cull "Vermin"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-gives-go-ahead-farmers-cull-vermin-180959460/The cull will include a range of animals deemed troublesome to people—including rhesus monkeys and wild boar in some placesFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Retro Mars Recruitment Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-retro-mars-recruitment-posters-180959453/Farmers, teachers, surveyors and engineers will all be needed in the envisaged Mars settlementFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:50:00 +0000Scientists Spot Tiny Asteroid Tagging Along Behind The Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-tagging-along-behind-earth-lost-puppy-180959459/It's our very own “quasi-moon”Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-may-have-found-fatal-flaw-dream-building-space-elevator-180959417/Carbon nanotubes may not be as strong as scientists once thoughtFri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What Will Happen When Juno Gets to Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-will-happen-when-juno-gets-jupiter-180959454/It all goes down July 4Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:48:18 +0000New Agreement Will Help Protect the Amazon Basinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-agreement-will-protect-amazon-basin-180959450/Earth's largest tropical rainforest just got a slew of new allies Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:25:00 +0000Cats Are Adorable Physicistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-are-adorable-physicists-180959435/Beneath that fluffy exterior lies a shrewd understanding of how the world worksThu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:30 +0000New Footage Shows Rapid Breakdown of Shipwreck 'Andrea Doria'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/submersible-maps-wreck-andrea-doria-180959436/Researchers visited the remains of the Italian luxury liner in a submersible to figure out how quickly wrecks deteriorateThu, 16 Jun 2016 13:21:52 +0000Gravitational Waves Strike Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-waves-strike-twice-180959438/Scientists announce the second detection of gravitational wavesWed, 15 Jun 2016 20:16:24 +0000This Jupiter-Sized Planet Is the Largest Found Orbiting Two Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-sized-planet-largest-found-orbiting-two-suns-180959407/Any orbiting moons could be habitable—but scientists have yet to spot themTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:39:37 +0000Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels Surpass Long-Feared Milestonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-carbon-dioxide-levels-surpass-long-feared-milestone-180959405/Say goodbye to 400 ppm—and hello to Earth's new atmospheric realityTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:03:02 +0000Spy Two Supernovae in June's Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-two-supernovae-june-night-sky-180959400/After millions of years, their light is finally bright enough to see from EarthTue, 14 Jun 2016 18:26:14 +0000Herring Spawn in Hudson River Tributary for the First Time in 85 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herring-spawn-hudson-river-tributary-after-first-many-dam-removals-180959396/River herring are spawning in Wynants Kill tributary after one of the many dams along the Hudson was removedTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:37:09 +0000Egg Producers Pledge More Humane Fate for Male Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egg-producers-pledge-more-humane-fate-male-chicks-180959394/Better technology could make “maceration” go the way of the dodoMon, 13 Jun 2016 18:39:12 +0000Grand Canyon Turns Down Its Lights to Become a Dark Sky Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-dims-lights-become-dark-sky-park-180959377/Star gazers, rejoice—the skies above the Grand Canyon will never lose their sparkleFri, 10 Jun 2016 17:09:59 +0000Extremeophile Worms Discovered Living in Toxic Colorado Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clumps-extremeophile-worms-discovered-living-toxic-colorado-cave-180959349/Sulphur Cave in Steamboat Springs is home to a new species of blood-red worm capable of living in a cave full of hydrogen sulfideThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:38:34 +0000Here’s How the Pacific NW Is Preparing for “The Big One”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-pacific-nw-preparing-big-one-180959354/It’s the mother of all disaster drills for what could be the worst disaster in American historyThu, 09 Jun 2016 15:01:21 +0000The Four Newest Elements Now Have Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-newest-elements-now-have-names-180959350/Scientists have proposed names for the newest additions to the Periodic TableWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:39:37 +0000This Tropical Fish Can Be Taught to Recognize Human Faceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-fish-can-be-taught-recognize-human-faces-180959340/New study trained fish to spit at human facesWed, 08 Jun 2016 19:17:13 +0000Researchers Discover World's Tallest Known Tropical Tree in Sabah's "Lost World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-worlds-tallest-known-tropical-tree-sabahs-lost-world-180959344/A 293.6-foot endangered yellow meranti tree on the island of Borneo was discovered by scanning its forestsWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:15:35 +0000Bison Fossils Offer Clues to Track Human Migration Into the Americashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bison-track-migration-humans-americas-180959334/DNA analysis of bison fossils show that people likely migrated down the Pacific coast and not through the Rocky MountainsTue, 07 Jun 2016 19:09:17 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshall-islands-are-becoming-less-nuclear-180959332/A new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Turkey Sunk an Airplane to Turn It Into a Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-turning-airplane-reef-180959323/An Airbus jumbo jet will soon become home to all sorts of sea lifeMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:49:59 +0000Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Natural Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-fish-prefer-plastic-over-natural-foods-180959320/Larval perch gorge themselves on microplastics, which seems to be stunting growth and affecting natural instinctsMon, 06 Jun 2016 17:31:50 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-hidden-library-spines-early-books-180959317/Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Rare Blind Salamander’s Eggs Are Finally Hatchinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-blind-salamanders-eggs-are-finally-hatching-180959300/Biologists have waited with bated breath for monthsFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:52:47 +0000This "Lost Underwater City" Was Actually Made by Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-underwater-city-was-actually-made-microbes-180959299/Though these formations may not be evidence of a lost city, they show off some intriguing chemistryThu, 02 Jun 2016 23:01:00 +0000Ruff News: Man’s Best Friend May Have Been Domesticated Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mans-best-friend-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180959297/Where did Fido come from? It’s complicatedThu, 02 Jun 2016 20:40:44 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteoritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-dagger-was-made-meteorite-180959294/X-ray spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000The U.S. Just Announced an Unprecedented Ban on African Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-just-announced-unprecedented-ban-african-ivory-180959291/Will tighter rules help reduce global demand? Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:34:49 +0000Thailand’s Controversial "Temple Tigers" Are Finally Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thailands-controversial-tinder-tigers-are-finally-free-180959283/Thai officials found nearly 140 captive tigers as well as 40 dead cubs kept in freezers at the self-proclaimed sanctuaryWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:54:59 +0000New Evidence Shows Peppered Moths Changed Color in Sync With the Industrial Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-peppered-moths-changed-color-sync-industrial-revolution-180959282/Scientists used “jumping genes” as a time machine to track down changes in moths’ appearanceWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:07:49 +0000Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vladimir-nabokovs-butterfly-drawings-take-flight-new-book-180959264/A little-known fact: The author of “Lolita” was also an avid lepidopteristWed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Are the Fancy New Curling Brooms Fair? Robots and Lasers Will Help Figure It Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-using-robots-study-fancy-new-curling-brooms-180959263/So-called “Frankenbrooms” are causing tension amongst the world's curlersTue, 31 May 2016 19:48:04 +0000Bumblebees Detect a Flower's Electric Buzz With Their Fuzzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-detect-flowers-electric-buzz-their-fuzz-180959270/Using the tiny hairs that cover their bodies, bees can tap into the weak electric field in the atmosphere Tue, 31 May 2016 19:05:10 +0000