Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000Eau de Death: Perfumer Develops Scents Based on Dead Loved Oneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-your-dead-loved-one-180955106/A French perfumer is attempting to harness the emotional power of scent Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000Hawk Found in Vancouver “Wins” Most Polluted Bird in the World Awardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawk-found-vancouver-wins-most-polluted-bird-world-award-180955103/The "flameproof" bird's liver was full of flame retardant chemicals Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000The Hubble Space Telescope Has Been In Space for 25 Years, Here's What it Has Seenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-has-been-space-25-years-180955094/The telescope has sent back some real beauties Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Gene Editing in Human Embryos Ignites Controversyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gene-editing-human-embryos-ignites-controversy-180955087/Chinese researchers have published the results of using a new gene-editing tool on human embryosThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:42 +0000Scientists Clash Over Stegosaurus Sexinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-clash-over-stegosaurus-sexing-180955084/A new paper is causing controversy with claims that dinosaurs’ sex can be determined by their bonesThu, 23 Apr 2015 17:46:55 +0000Watch A Dangerous Yet Lovely Volcano Erupt in Chile http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unexpectedly-lovely-volcano-erupt-chile-180955083/Calbuco volcano springs to life after more than 40 years of dormancyThu, 23 Apr 2015 14:31:33 +0000Even an Isolated Amazonian Tribe’s Microbes Are Antibiotic Resistanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-isolated-amazonian-tribes-microbes-are-antibiotic-resistant-180955076/The finding of antibiotic resistance in people who have never taken antibiotics highlights how hard it will be to combat superbugsWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:36:06 +0000A Record-Breaking Clock Won’t Lose a Second For Another 15 Billion Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/record-breaking-clock-wont-lose-second-another-15-billion-years-180955072/Strontium atomic clocks could eventually help scientists map the Earth’s shapeWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000FBI Admits Pseudoscientific Hair Analysis Used in Hundreds of Cases http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/FBI-Admits-Pseudoscientific-Hair-Analysis-Used-in-Hundreds-of-Cases-180955070/Nearly 3,000 cases included testimony about hair matches, a technique that has been debunkedWed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000Cognitive Scientists Question a Journal's Gender Balancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-cognitive-science-ought-be-more-inclusive-say-cognitive-scientists-180955068/A major journal publishes a special issue with a striking lack of women authors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:30:00 +0000This is What An Underwater Volcano Sounds Like http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-underwater-volcano-sounds-180955067/Decoding the noises of magma and bubbles will help scientists study explosions from afar Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:53 +0000There Might Really Be a Planet X, Lurking Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-planets-beyond-pluto-180955060/The far reaches of our own solar system could contain worlds undiscovered. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:30:00 +0000This Is Why You Like to Cry In the Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-cry-shower-180955056/Hot, steamy, sad Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ice Scientists of the Future Will Study Glaciers That No Longer Exist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-ice-scientists-will-study-glaciers-no-longer-exist-180955055/Glaciologists are stocking up on ice cores to ensure a future for their fieldTue, 21 Apr 2015 16:34:38 +0000Does That Button Really Work, Or Is It a Placebo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-button-really-workor-it-placebo-180955054/Fake buttons are more common than you might think Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:50:04 +0000Dawn Spacecraft Sends First Color Images of Cereshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dawn-spacecraft-sends-us-images-ceres-color-180955051/Red and blue tell the tale of a dwarf planet covered in rock and iceMon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000Why Astronomers Are Fighting Back Against Robotic Lawnmowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronomers-are-fighting-back-against-robotic-lawnmowers-180955048/It’s a feud fueled by radio frequencies Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s How to Avoid Losing Half of Earth’s Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-avoid-losing-half-earths-species-180955033/Basically, don’t stop trying to halt extinctionFri, 17 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000Hormones Show Dogs Don’t Just Think of Us As Providers of Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hormones-show-dogs-dont-just-think-us-food-bringers-180955030/When dogs and humans share long looks, a chemical involved in social bonding surges through their bodiesFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:30:08 +0000The Messenger Probe Will Soon Crash Into Mercury http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/messenger-will-soon-crash-mercury-180955027/As NASA's probe runs out of propellant, it will crash into the planet’s surface at 8,750 MPHFri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:59 +0000Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-syrias-protecting-seeds-its-war-180955026/When civil war broke out in Syria, scientists saved more than 80 percent of a priceless trove of seedsFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:24 +0000Learn the Secrets of Ape’s Sleeping Habitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learn-secrets-apes-sleeping-habits-180955021/Apes sleep better and longer than other primatesThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:35 +0000Mysterious "Fairy" Circles Share Qualities With Human Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/qualities-strange-fairy-circles-namibia-share-your-skin-180955020/Researchers noticed that the pattern of Namibia's "fairy" circles strongly resembles that of skin cell growthThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:08 +0000Better HIV Prevention Could Be Leading to Higher Syphilis Rateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/better-hiv-prevention-could-be-leading-higher-syphilis-rates-180955016/Syphilis rates increased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:15:33 +0000What If Job Interviews Were Automated? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-if-job-interviews-were-automated-180955015/New study shows that computers can predict how applicants will do at interviewsThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:58 +0000Putting Hummingbirds to the Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-hummingbirds-test-180955014/One hummingbird, 20 MPH wind, 1000 frames per secondThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:46:28 +0000Scientists Take a Crack at Explaining That Knuckle-Popping Noisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-crack-explaining-knuckle-popping-noise-180955013/A new study takes a closer look to explain the mechanism behind the sound when we crack our jointsThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:46 +0000Maybe the World's Loneliest Whale Isn't So Isolated, After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/maybe-worlds-loneliest-whale-isnt-so-isolated-after-all-180955005/Some evidence indicates that the singer of a higher-pitched whale song may not be aloneWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00:40 +0000Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Hunt With Toolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-chimps-more-likely-males-hunt-tools-180955004/A new study investigates the social and hunting behaviors of Fongoli chimpanzeesWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:18 +0000Painkillers Might Also Dull Your Emotionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painkillers-might-also-dull-your-emotions-180955003/A study shows Tylenol could affect emotional evaluations, but judging the meaning of that finding is toughWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:06 +0000Forget Fake Meat…How About Fake Milk? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-fake-meathow-about-fake-milk-180954996/Move over, soy—a group of bio-hackers is trying to turn snippets of DNA into milk-producing yeastWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:07 +0000SpaceX Didn’t Land Its Rocket http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-didnt-land-its-rocket-180954995/The third time was not a charm for the Falcon 9Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:46:20 +0000Fish Can Adjust Gender Balance in Face of Rising Temperatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-can-adjust-gender-balance-face-rising-temperatures-180954985/Warmer waters mean fewer female reef fish. But, over generations, populations can restore the balance.Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:30:37 +0000Escape From the Black Hole’s Abyss!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escape-black-holes-abyss-180954983/An object called G2—previously believed to be a gas cloud—narrowly slipped from the clutches of a supermassive black holeTue, 14 Apr 2015 15:30:18 +0000Rover May Have Found a Water Source for Humans on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-may-have-found-water-source-humans-mars-180954978/Data collected from the Curiosity rover suggests liquid water could be harvested from Martian soilMon, 13 Apr 2015 19:04:29 +0000Here Are the Places Most at Risk of a Volcanic Explosionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-places-most-risk-volcanic-explosion-180954972/New research will help countries prepare Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:30:48 +0000Ocean Acidification Could Have Driven Earth’s Biggest Mass Extinction http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-acidification-could-have-driven-earths-biggest-extinction-event-180954938/Study shows the world's oceans were dangerously acidic during the Permian Extinction EventFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000Changes in California’s Roadkill Linked to State’s Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/changes-californias-roadkill-linked-states-drought-180954926/The California Roadkill Observation System studies wildlife by mapping out crowd-sourced roadkill sightings Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:30:45 +0000Here’s Why the Dutch Are So Tall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-dutch-are-so-tall-180954930/A new study shows natural selection is alive and well in the Netherlands Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:30:44 +0000Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Largest Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-worlds-largest-telescope-pause-180954921/Native Hawai'ian activists say the volcano-top project is damaging sacred lands Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000This Little Kid Discovered a Dinosaur http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-kid-discovered-dinosaur-180954923/A rare nodosaur has been found in Texas...by a little boyThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:08 +0000Study Suggests Thinking Less Is Key to Faster Learninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-thinking-less-key-faster-learning-180954917/New research shows sometimes our own brains get in the way of acquiring new skillsThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:30:03 +0000Here's Why You Wince at Wasabi http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-receptor-wasabi-180954914/The structure will help researchers understand pain— and create drugs that could suppress it. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:46:23 +0000Lady Wolf Spiders Use Silk to Flirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-lady-spiders-flirt-silk-180954911/Counter to the common wisdom, it’s not just males that do the pursuing Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:30:50 +0000The Sun Has Seasons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-has-seasons-180954907/And you thought it was just "hot" Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:15:07 +0000Drones to Plant 1 Billion Seeds in a Year (Hopefully)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drones-plant-1-billion-seeds-year-hopefully-180954903/Reforestation by machines is cool, but it won’t save the planet Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:00:57 +000070 Percent of Western Canada’s Glaciers Will Disappear by 2100http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-percent-western-canadas-glaciers-will-disappear-2100-180954900/And that’s the conservative side of scientists’ ice melt projectionsTue, 07 Apr 2015 15:30:46 +0000Yet Another Reason Not to Smoke: It Gives Superbugs Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yet-another-reason-not-smoke-it-gives-superbugs-superpowers-180954901/Antibiotic resistant bacteria even more resistant in the presence of cigarette smokeTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:45:55 +0000Amazonian Hallucinogen Could Be an Antidepressanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazonian-hallucinogen-could-be-antidepressant-180954898/Drinking Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea, could change the concentration serotonin in the brainTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:28:53 +0000At Night, Fish Communicate With Special Calls, Whistles and Gruntshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-swimming-night-communicate-distinct-calls-whistles-and-grunts-180954889/Dropping a hydrophone into an underwater cave helps researchers make sense of the dinMon, 06 Apr 2015 19:13:32 +0000Urchins Could Be the Next Victim of Sea Star Wasting Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urchins-could-be-next-victim-sea-star-wasting-disease-180954880/The virus that has struck out Pacific sea star populations could now be affecting their Echinoderm cousins Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:25 +0000Male Mice Sing Sexy Songs to Woo Femaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-mice-sing-sexy-songs-woo-females-180954885/New research shows that mice can change their mating songs according to context Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:50:07 +0000Here’s How Europeans Quickly Evolved Lighter Skinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-europeans-quickly-evolved-lighter-skin-180954874/Darker skinned people lived in Europe until fairly recentlyFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000A Sixth Sense Could Help the Blind "See"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixth-sense-could-help-blind-see-180954866/In a new study, blind rats could get around by directly incorporating geomagnetic information Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:00:49 +0000Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse Will Be The Shortest This Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturdays-lunar-eclipse-will-be-shortest-century-180954867/Will you spot this weekend's "blood moon"? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:22:29 +0000Test Tube Burgers Get a $324,989 Price Cuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/test-tube-burgers-get-324989-price-cut-180954865/The scientists behind lab-grown meat think they can soon offer it at a price most of us can actually affordFri, 03 Apr 2015 14:15:24 +0000UV Light Reveals the Colors of Fossil Shellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uv-light-reveals-colors-fossil-shells-180954841/Patterns made visible help a researcher discover 13 new species of ancient cone snailsThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:49:25 +0000California’s Drought Is Changing the Way Bay-Area Water Tastes And Smellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-drought-changing-way-bay-area-water-tastes-and-smells-180954836/The Bay Area’s water is still safe to use, but drought is causing a noxious algae bloom to affect tap waterThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:37:26 +0000Why the ESA’s Astronauts Train Underground http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-esas-astronauts-train-underground-180954835/The European Space Agency is applying protocols from the International Space Station in cavesThu, 02 Apr 2015 15:01:11 +0000Found: The Bacteria That Are Making You Stinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-bacteria-s-making-you-stink-180954821/Scientists have finally discovered the culprit behind smelly armpitsWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:58 +0000Scientists Predict Obesity Rates by Examining Sewage Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-predict-obesity-rates-examining-sewage-microbes-180954819/The microbial makeup of a city's sewage can indicate its population's physiqueWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0000Men and Women See Things Differently (No, Literally)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/men-and-women-see-things-differently-literally-180954815/Color perception may actually have something to do with genderTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:36 +0000As We Get Older We Get More Tolerant of Discordant Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-get-older-we-get-more-tolerant-discordant-music-180954813/Hearing loss isn’t the only thing that changes our music perception as we ageTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:22:24 +0000Population Growth Can Warm a City As Much As Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/population-growth-can-warm-city-much-climate-change-180954812/Urbanization in California's Central Valley could raise local temperatures an extra one to two degrees CelciusTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:51 +0000Turns Out Urine Isn’t Actually Sterilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turns-out-urine-isnt-actually-sterile-180954809/New research debunks the myth that urine doesn’t contain bacteria…and calls traditional lab techniques into question Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:53 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasty-medieval-remedy-kills-mrsa-180954808/An ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000Pandas Actually Hang Out Togetherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/previously-thought-reclusive-study-shows-pandas-actually-hang-out-together-180954804/GPS tracking data sheds light on giant pandas secretive societiesMon, 30 Mar 2015 19:34:48 +0000Crossing Your Fingers Could Reduce Pain (No Lie) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crossing-your-fingers-could-reduce-pain-no-lie-180954800/Researchers find the spatial arrangement of our digits affects the sensations they feelMon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000A Tired Brain Could Actually Be More Creativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tired-brain-could-actually-be-more-creative-one-180954802/The wandering thoughts brought on by fatigue can lead to insightMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:27 +0000It Doesn’t Matter How Much Time Parents Spend With Their Kidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-doesnt-matter-how-much-time-parents-spend-their-kids-180954799/New research shows no link between amount of time spent with children and emotional, behavioral, or academic outcomesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:11:45 +0000How 'Waves' Rippling Through Bird Flocks Help Them Escape Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-waves-rippling-through-bird-flocks-help-them-escape-predators-180954792/Starlings are known for their coordinated movements and a common study animal for researchers seeking to explain such behaviorMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:13:19 +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 +0000