Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 27 Feb 2017 19:13:21 +0000Prince Charles Will Battle Squirrels Using Contraceptives and a Lot of Nutella 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 Event 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 Pigs 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 Downpour aboard the Pineapple ExpressFri, 24 Feb 2017 17:03:45 +0000This Eighteenth-Century Robot Actually Used Breathing to Play the Flute 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 Toothbrushes'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 Deposit 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. 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 Leap 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 Egg 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? 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 Ordered 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 Mountains 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 Capitan 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 Life are fired up about these building blocks of lifeFri, 17 Feb 2017 18:14:16 +0000Another El Niño Could Be On Its Way’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 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 End 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 Waters 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 Offspring 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 Embryos 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 Landing 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 Over 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 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 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 Kingdom 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 Trench deep-sea creatures can't escape pollutantsTue, 14 Feb 2017 17:52:21 +0000Despite Dam Danger, California’s Still In a Drought beneath the surface for an unresolved water crisis Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:41:43 +0000Genome Mapping Could Lead to Cheaper and More Abundant Quinoa 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 Eye 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 Industry’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 Spit 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 virus is decimating an already fragile species Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:19:01 +0000Bison Back in Banff After 130 Years 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 Mold 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 Ocean 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 Night 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 Legs 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 Tigers 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 Earth “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 Again 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 Skies 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 Skin 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 Waste 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 Years 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 Reactors 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? 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 Origins and her husband, Louis Leakey, were a paleoanthropology power coupleMon, 06 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Science Is Falling Woefully Behind in Testing New Chemicals 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 Proteins 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 Death 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? 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 Little book was a turning point for the environmental movementFri, 03 Feb 2017 15:26:53 +0000Diet Deficiency Can Lead to Cannibal Hamsters 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 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 Worked 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 Ocean 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 Did 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 Insects sticky spit snatches snacks, study showsWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:39:40 +0000Astronaut Twin Study Shows How Hard Space Is on the Body 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 Years 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 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 Physics 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 Ancestor 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 Order 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 Stuff 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 Reef 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 Sites 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 Out 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 Time hybrid embryos are the first step in interspecies organ transplantsFri, 27 Jan 2017 18:53:36 +0000‘Aspartame Causes Cancer' Was a Classic Internet Hoax 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 Satellite a word: wowThu, 26 Jan 2017 17:10:38 +0000Robo-Dermatologist Diagnoses Skin Cancer With Expert Accuracy 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 2017 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 Spiders 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 Earth 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 Thought 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 it time to bid brown toast farewell?Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Did Neanderthals Like Pretty Rocks? 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 Light 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 Month 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 Bacon 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 Girl 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 Recorded 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 Galaxies 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 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 Wild 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 Light 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 Dead miracle baby turned matriarch was 60 years old Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:49 +0000Scores of Dolphins Are Stranded in the Everglades far, at least 82 false killer whales have diedTue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:29 +0000Scientists Spot Massive Wave in Venus' Atmosphere 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 Earth 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 Space 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 Landing 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 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 Species 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 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 Wild 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 could explain this evolutionary mysteryFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:35:11 +0000A Physicist Figured Out the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle the “57” has nothing to do with itFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000Turmeric May Be Tasty, But It’s Not a Cure-All study shoots down the trendy “remedy”Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Life 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 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 Galaxies beautiful look at a violent eventThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:51 +0000Why Puppies Love Baby Talk 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 Toxic study links rising temperatures to dangerous toxinsWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:27:30 +0000Earth's Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moons 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 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 Yesterday 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 Life is, at least until you hit 30Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:33:20 +0000Catch a Star Exploding in Action in 2022 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 Astronaut 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 Antarctica 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 Others 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 Tomatillos 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 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 Constellation 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 Mesentery 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 Australia fluffy murderbeasts pose a major threat to wildlifeWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:23:47 +0000It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals regulations take aim at antibiotic resistanceWed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Teeth Show That Dinosaurs Took a Long Time to Hatch 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 Dead a century old, "Granny" hasn't been spotted since early OctoberTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:04:48 +0000Why Michigan Banned Banning Plastic Bags 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 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 Eve 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 Parks 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 Trade 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 was a prolific panda papaFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:05 +0000We Will Have to Endure 2016 One Second Longer Than an Average Year’s not giving up the ghost quite yetFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Mine until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000