Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000Is Country Air Really Better Than City Air? scientist thinks it’s because of toxic plant chemicals Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000Smelling a Fish May Improve Critical Thinking Skills research shows that gross smells can foster a healthy sense of distrustThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:12:01 +0000After the Dinosaurs Died, Earth Experienced the Age of Fish fossil record shows how ray-finned fishes took over the planet's oceansThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where Should Humans Land on Mars? NASA Wants to Hear Your Suggestions October, the agency will hear proposals on where to put a Mars baseThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Many Craters Are There On Earth? as many as you might thinkTue, 30 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Travel Inside a Human Heart With This Video informative video shows off a research team’s simulation of the beating heartTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:33:02 +0000See Three of Saturn’s Moons Pose in a Family Photo in orbit, Cassini captures a stunning shot of three crescents Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Scientists Want to Flood the Grand Canyon sediment flowing through the canyon, it loses sandbars vital to the river ecosystemMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:03:05 +0000The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soon could receive artificial blood transfusions as early as 2017Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000That Time a Mushroom Coral Ate a Sea Slug observed the rare event off the coast of ThailandFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:59:33 +0000Jumping Worms Have Invaded Wisconsin wriggling worm is becoming a problem in the MidwestFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:52:31 +0000Urine (Not Chlorine) Causes Red Eyes in Pools spreads the word about the peril of pee in poolsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Pet Goldfish Released into the Wild Are Getting Really Huge goldfish are trouble for native fishFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000Racehorse Speed Hasn’t Peaked Yet how will horses fare in the race to get faster?Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000Mustard Is A Product Of Evolutionary Warfare Between Plants And Caterpillars produce mustard oils to fight off pests in a chemical conflict that’s been waged for millions of yearsThu, 25 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Lakes on Saturn’s Moon are Really Sinkholes Filled With Liquid Methane and Ethane and changeable lakes might form just as certain water-filled lakes do on EarthThu, 25 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Genetically Modified Sheep was Sent to a Slaughter House and Sold for Meat lamb came from a agricultural research lab and was equipped with a jellyfish gene Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Can Hookworms Cure Hayfever? But we need to learn a lot more about them before they hit pharmacy shelvesTue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +000016 Million Years Ago This Giant Bat Walked the Jungles of New Zealand new fossil gives clues to just how long ago bats arrived on the islandsTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Mystery of the Failed Chlamydia Vaccine the 1960s, a vaccine for chlamydia made patients more susceptible to chlamydia. Now scientists know whyMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do Scientists Weigh a Supermassive Black Hole? new method puts the mass of one black hole at 140 million times the mass of our SunMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Venus (Probably) Has Active Volcanoes they’re (probably) erupting! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:00 +0000Colorado Hopes This Asian Wasp Can Save its Trees are hoping to use one non-native species to fight another, more destructive oneMon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Pickle A Day May Keep Your Anxiety At Bay food appears to calm the nerves of the socially challengedMon, 22 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brain it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers match DNA in seized tusks to elephant dung to map where poaching is taking placeMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:17:32 +000070-Year-Old Tree Cut Down in NYC Will be Cloned and Planted Again of Astoria, Queens asked an arborist for help when a beloved neighborhood tree got the axMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:09:46 +0000Here Are The Animals That Are the Best at Pretending to Be Poop caterpillars change their posture to look like bird dung, and they’re not aloneFri, 19 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippines creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water columnFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Does it Really Mean to Be 99 Percent Chimp? video breaks down our statistical similarity to chimpanzeesFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is Why Developing an HIV Vaccine is Really Hard three decades researchers have been working to protect against the tricky virus Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:47:00 +0000How Will Climate Change Affect National Park Attendance? new analysis of the effect of global warming on tourism has things heating up in some areas, staying lukewarm in othersFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:41:21 +0000Louisiana's Bears Are Making a Comeback state thinks the bears are doing well enough to merit removal from protected status. Others disagreeThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Could the Sounds of Cod Having Sex Save a Species (and an Economy)? on “spawning haystacks” is helping fishermen make more money and biologists preserve a floundering fish populationWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:46 +0000Some African Countries Are Trying to Use Science to Make Homophobic Laws, Now African Scientists are Pushing Back African countries have tried to use science to justify laws that criminalize homosexualityWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:31 +0000Forget Llamas and Lions, Flamingos Are the Best Escape Artists pink birds are tougher than they lookWed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bears are Eating Dolphins, Probably Thanks to Climate Change warmer winter lured a pod of white-beaked dolphins north but then ice trapped them, sealing their fate as a polar bear's mealTue, 16 Jun 2015 18:23:42 +0000Comet Lander Philae Wakes Up From Nap"Are you there, Rosetta? It's me Philae"Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Dinosaurs (Probably) Never Saw the Grand Canyon canyon likely didn't exist in time to be a hang out for giant lizardsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Saturn’s Rings Extend Farther Than Thought — Nearly 4 Million Miles From the Planet outermost ring is dark and dustyFri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behold the Weird Beauty of Mold aren’t quite sure why mold comes in so many colorsThu, 11 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Lose's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000How to Build the Perfect Campfire confirms that the best way to build a campfire really is the best way to build a campfireThu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000West African Chimps Regularly Drink Alcoholic Palm Sap over 17 years show this isn’t just an experiment for the apesThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Computer Runs on Water new class of computers takes advantage of the physical properties of waterWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:57:28 +0000Here's What Happens When You Culture the Bacteria on an Eight-Year-Old’s Hand of cooties growTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Meet the Mites That Live on Your Face microscopic organisms live and die on your faceTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:56:55 +0000Visit the Pacific’s Deepest Hydrothermal Vents With Underwater Robots spotted the vents nearly 12,500 feet beneath the surface during an expedition mapping the floor of the Pescadero BasinFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000There’s no Sound Evidence That Placenta Eating is a Good Idea scientific literature is skimpy and the organ’s biology indicates there might be reasons to abstainFri, 05 Jun 2015 17:43:45 +0000NASA Will Lose Contact With Mars for 14 Days This Month conjunction with the sun will cause a two-week pause in commands to NASA Mars missionsFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:27:31 +0000Stop Calling Flibanserin "Female Viagra" the FDA weighs the merits of a new drug to boost female libido, it's clear this is not a little blue pill for womenFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:10:41 +0000Mini Beavers Once Roamed Oregon of a squirrel-sized from in eastern Oregon may be related to modern beaversFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Yes, Lions Will Hunt Humans if Given the Chance tragic attack at a South AFrican park serves as a reminder that lions are predators and humans are preyFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000Chimpanzees Can Learn to Cook a microwave-like tool, chimpanzees become chefsThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Listen to the Dulcet Purr of a Wolf Spider seduce females by making leaves vibrateWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Tallest Muir Woods Redwood Is Way Younger Than Scientists Expected dating studies show the tree is only 777 years oldWed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Washing Clothes in Cold Water You're doing it wrongMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Perfumers Are Analyzing the Stench of Toilets warning: Toilet chemistry is not for the faint of stomachMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Swiss Cheese Has Holes, it's not gas from bacteria Fri, 29 May 2015 17:30:00 +000060 NASA Scientists are Trying to Build a Better Parachute Supreme Council of Parachute Experts wants to construct a parachute that can help a heavier craft land on MarsFri, 29 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000A New Strain of Canine Flu Is on the Rise cases of dog flu pop up in 13 states Fri, 29 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000Half of the World’s Saiga Antelopes Are Dead From a Mysterious Disease already endangered antelope started dying in the thousands this monthThu, 28 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000Scientists Just Mummified a Human Leg to Test Ancient Egyptian Techniques took 208 days for Swiss scientists to mummify a fresh leg using natronThu, 28 May 2015 17:10:23 +0000Is the Curiosity Rover Behind Weird Methane Readings on Mars? debate over methane is causing a stink among scientistsWed, 27 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000What Was Life Like for a Girl in the Bronze Age? of a 3,400-year-old burial traces the life story of a Bronze Age femaleWed, 27 May 2015 17:13:09 +0000Watch a Volcanic Island Form in the Red Sea troughs and earthquake swarms gave rise to two new islands near YemenWed, 27 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Ancient Carnivores Had a Taste for Neanderthal Meat link bite marks on a Neanderthal skull to the fangs of an ancient big catTue, 26 May 2015 15:14:34 +0000How Will Climate Change Impact Plankton? global plankton survey aims to help us understand how the tiny organisms that live at the ocean surface will fare in a warming worldTue, 26 May 2015 12:26:31 +0000Most Mountains Don't Come With Pointy Peaks mountains actually get wider as you go upFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Found: A Galaxy That Shines With the Light of Over 300 Trillion Suns very hungry black hole at the center of WISE J224607.57-052635.0 emits an incredible amount of lightFri, 22 May 2015 15:32:33 +0000Did Mars Steal its Moons From the Asteroid Belt? still aren’t sure where the odd little moons came from, but they have ideasFri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Beginner's Guide to the Santa Barbara Oil Spill efforts are underway at Refugio State Beach after more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilledFri, 22 May 2015 13:59:35 +0000How Jumping Spiders See in Color agile arachnids see in three color channels, and they can actually see more colors than humans can Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Atheists Remind People of Death research shows that atheists trigger death-related thoughtsFri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Research Confirms Fears that Deepwater Horizon Spill Contributed to Dolphin Deaths bottlenose dolphins stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had lesions linked to petroleum exposureFri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000There's a Spacecraft Cemetery in the Pacific middle of the Pacfic Ocean is one of the two places spacecrafts are laid to rest Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000How Chemistry Gives New York City Bagels an Edge it really all in the water? Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:05 +0000Texans Die of Tuberculosis and Other Insights From the CDC’s Distinctive Death Map Centers of Disease Control and Prevention compiled a list of the most common unusual deaths in every stateThu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000When People Want an Upgrade They Tend to Break and Lose Their Old Gadgets call it the "Must-Have Effect"Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 +000021,000 Gallons of Oil Just Spilled Near Santa Barbara underwater pipeline was the culprit for a crude oil spill in the PacificWed, 20 May 2015 15:42:30 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Dinosaur: The Velociraptor's Cousin keen sense of smell gave this dino an edgeTue, 19 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Market modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000No, It's Not Really Raining Spiders in Australia arachnids are simply catching a ride on the wind Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:17 +0000Asteroid Impacts Once Made the Earth's Oceans Boil for A Whole Year had it rough back thenMon, 18 May 2015 18:42:12 +0000Satellite Data Underestimated how Fast Sea Levels Were Rising oceans are rising faster than scientists thought.Mon, 18 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Researchers are Trying to Harness the Power of Music for Unconscious Patients the depths of the unconscious brain has thus far uncovered more mysteries than answersMon, 18 May 2015 15:51:33 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lights new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Science on a Shoestring: How Cuba’s Researchers Survived the Embargo normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Flew a Jet Plane Into a Thunderstorm to Study Antimatter got a little too close and saw something unexpectedSat, 16 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How the Animal got its Head brain fossils show how early animals evolved heads.Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Europe Once Had Bison, and now They're Making a Comeback like their American cousins, the bison needed help after their numbers were decimated by habitat loss and huntingFri, 15 May 2015 11:33:53 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Malaysia Airlines Search Team Finds Sunken Ship Instead no sign of the missing Flight 370.Thu, 14 May 2015 14:01:21 +0000In the Future, We Might Take Sunscreen in Pill Form discovery in some fish suggests that sunblocking chemicals could be ingested rather than slathered onWed, 13 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Revealing the Deep Secrets of Deepwater Waves hope their study of 1,600-foot underwater waves can help improve climate modelingWed, 13 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Researchers Create Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur-Like Faces seeking to understand how birds got their beaks turned back the evolutionary clock just a tadWed, 13 May 2015 06:30:00 +0000Another Big Earthquake Has Hit Nepal major quake hits as the country still struggles to recover from the last one.Tue, 12 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Watch the Sun Set on Mars takes its first color pictures of a Martian sunsetTue, 12 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Spider Feeds Her Babies by Vomiting up Her Own Guts says love like feeding your intestines to your childrenMon, 11 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000Most American Babies are Born in the Morning interventions may determine time of birth, says new study.Mon, 11 May 2015 13:59:08 +0000Turning the American Chestnut into a GMO Might be the Only Way to Save it wheat genes could help the tree fight off blightSun, 10 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Why Old Chocolate Turns White fat turns out to be the culpritSat, 09 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dogs are Still the Best Way to Find a Corpse’s best friend is better than any machine when it comes to finding dead bodies.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First GMO Is 8,000 Years Old find that bacteria modified DNA in sweet potatoes millennia agoThu, 07 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Goofy Looking Ocean Sunfish Are Actually Active Swimmers and Predators idea that these giant fish are lazy is just wrongWed, 06 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000CDC Says Ebola Survivors Should Keep Using Condoms Indefinitely virus may survive in semen longer than originally thoughtTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000