Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Why Food Experts Are Warning Not to Burn Your Toast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-food-experts-are-warning-brits-not-burn-their-toast-180961890/Is it time to bid brown toast farewell?Mon, 23 Jan 2017 20:55:05 +0000Did Neanderthals Like Pretty Rocks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-neanderthals-pretty-rocks-180961865/An 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 Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-sonic-boom-light-180961887/A 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 Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-non-browning-gmo-apples-will-go-sale-next-month-180961875/The 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 Baconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/otzi-icemans-last-meal-included-goat-bacon-180961885/Analysis 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 Girlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-parent-technique-used-infertile-couple-first-time-180961870/The 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 Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-was-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180961868/Never 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 Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dark-matter-clouds-could-be-sucking-gas-distant-galaxies-180961851/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dueling-theories-cause-fairy-circles-180961854/New 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 Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herd-oryx-once-extinct-wild-grows-180961844/Hunting 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 Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hearing-flashes-light-may-be-much-more-common-thought-180961850/Once 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 Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colo-worlds-first-gorilla-born-captivity-dead-180961837/The miracle baby turned matriarch was 60 years old Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:29:49 +0000Scores of Dolphins Are Stranded in the Evergladeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scores-dolphins-are-stranded-everglades-1-180961833/So far, at least 82 false killer whales have diedTue, 17 Jan 2017 19:13:29 +0000Scientists Spot Massive Wave in Venus' Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-was-there-giant-wave-venuss-atmosphere-180961827/The 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-produces-coldest-object-earth-1-180961816/Researchers 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 Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-dont-do-so-well-space-180961817/The 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 Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-mishaps-spacex-gets-back-orbit-180961812/After 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-tries-fails-launch-tiny-rocket-180961811/Sending 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 Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/escaped-exotic-birds-could-save-threatened-species-harm-local-ones-180961805/Though 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trojan-woman-skeleton-shows-first-recorded-maternal-infection-180961799/Bacterial 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 Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-ruby-seadragon-has-been-caught-camera-first-time-180961804/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orca-moms-might-go-menopause-because-their-daughters-180961803/Competition could explain this evolutionary mysteryFri, 13 Jan 2017 20:35:11 +0000A Physicist Figured Out the Best Way to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-has-figured-out-best-way-get-ketchup-out-bottle-180961641/Tapping the “57” has nothing to do with itFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:14:51 +0000Turmeric May Be Tasty, But It’s Not a Cure-Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turmeric-may-taste-good-its-not-cure-all-180961786/New study shoots down the trendy “remedy”Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Tiny Cone-Shaped Creature Gets a Twig on the Tree of Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-cone-shaped-creature-gets-twig-tree-life-180961783/Hyoliths 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 Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-cryonic-preservation-fifty-years-180961788/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 Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-got-glimpse-two-galaxies-colliding-180961760/A beautiful look at a violent eventThu, 12 Jan 2017 17:20:51 +0000Why Puppies Love Baby Talkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-puppies-love-baby-talk-180961755/New 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 Toxichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/warming-oceans-could-make-seafood-favorites-more-toxic-180961748/New study links rising temperatures to dangerous toxinsWed, 11 Jan 2017 18:27:30 +0000Earth's Moon Could Be Made From 20 Mini Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-moon-could-be-made-20-mini-moons-180961749/Our 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-toddy-medicinal-drink-might-actually-work-180961714/On 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 Yesterdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sneaky-asteroid-buzzed-earth-yesterday-180961742/The 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-brain-used-recognize-faces-continues-grow-throughout-life-180961723/That is, at least until you hit 30Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:33:20 +0000Catch a Star Exploding in Action in 2022http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploding-star-will-light-sky-2022-180961730/Just 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 Astronauthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-will-finally-welcome-a-black-astronaut-180961725/In 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 Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctica-about-spawn-one-largest-icebergs-recorded-history-180961720/Its 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 Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-announced-two-new-missions-shelved-others-180961712/Though 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 Tomatilloshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossils-reveal-tomatillos-are-older-scientists-thought-180961710/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-backs-noaas-disputed-ocean-temperature-data-180961697/An 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 Constellationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radio-bursts-traced-dwarf-galaxy-auriga-constellation-180961691/Knowing 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 Mesenteryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-new-organ-human-body-180961658/Scientists 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 Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-cats-now-cover-998-percent-australia-180961680/The fluffy murderbeasts pose a major threat to wildlifeWed, 04 Jan 2017 18:23:47 +0000It Just Got Harder to Give Antibiotics to Farm Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-just-got-harder-give-antibiotics-farm-animals-180961638/New regulations take aim at antibiotic resistanceWed, 04 Jan 2017 12:00:00 +0000Ancient Teeth Show That Dinosaurs Took a Long Time to Hatchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-teeth-show-dinosaurs-took-months-hatch-180961634/Dino 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 Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-orca-missing-and-believed-dead-180961635/Over a century old, "Granny" hasn't been spotted since early OctoberTue, 03 Jan 2017 18:04:48 +0000Why Michigan Banned Banning Plastic Bagshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-michigan-banned-banning-plastic-bags-180961630/A 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-spot-cognitive-decline-famous-artists-brushstrokes-180961625/Could 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 Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fireworks-not-your-thing-then-look-out-comet-new-years-eve-180961618/With 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 Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/year-national-parks-180961615/From 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 Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-has-banned-ivory-trade-180961614/By 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-panda-dies-180961612/He was a prolific panda papaFri, 30 Dec 2016 19:02:05 +0000We Will Have to Endure 2016 One Second Longer Than an Average Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-will-last-one-second-longer-usual-180961608/It’s not giving up the ghost quite yetFri, 30 Dec 2016 17:59:00 +0000The Story of the Real Canary in a Coal Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-real-canary-coal-mine-180961570/Used until just 30 years ago, the humble canary was an important part of British mining historyFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:46:23 +0000Rains Transform Australia's Uluru National Park Into a Waterfall Wonderlandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rains-transform-australias-uluru-waterfall-wonderland-1-180961602/Record storms flooded roads and swelled rivers near the park's iconic natural featureThu, 29 Dec 2016 19:27:24 +0000Obama Administration Designates Two New National Monumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-administration-designates-two-new-national-monuments-180961595/Bears Ears in Utah will span 1.3 million acres while Gold Butte in Nevada will protect 300,000 acresThu, 29 Dec 2016 18:41:54 +0000Residents Claim Ivy League College Polluted Water With Dead Lab Rodentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/residents-claim-ivy-league-college-polluted-their-water-dead-lab-rodents-180961582/Burial of lab animals in the ‘60s and ‘70s have been linked to groundwater contamination in Hanover, New HampshireThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:39:06 +0000What Have the World’s Oldest Mummies Kept Under Wraps?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-oldest-mummies-get-ct-scan-180961578/Researchers are making digital reconstructions of the 7,000-year-old bodies, which face rapid deterioration from microbesThu, 29 Dec 2016 15:39:35 +0000Researchers Record Trillions of Migrating Insects Swarming Through the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-radar-and-blimps-unveil-massive-insect-migrations-180961573/Though bugs make up a large amount of biomass, little was known about their migrating habits, until nowThu, 29 Dec 2016 14:12:27 +0000Chinese Officials Seize 3.1 Tons of Pangolin Scaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/customs-seizure-shines-spotlight-pangolin-worlds-most-trafficked-animal-180961580/The record-breaking bust shines a spotlight on the plight of the pangolinWed, 28 Dec 2016 18:31:33 +0000Just Months After Its Discovery, the X-Ray Was in Use in Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctors-immediately-started-using-x-ray-after-its-discovery-180961566/The public was also fascinated by the fact it was possible to take pictures of somebody’s insidesWed, 28 Dec 2016 15:05:23 +0000Five Things to Know About Boundary-Breaking Astronomer Vera Rubin http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-boundary-breaking-astronomer-vera-rubin-180961574/Her observations confirmed the theory of dark matter, and her activism helped open science to more women Tue, 27 Dec 2016 18:22:53 +0000Cheetah Populations Plummet as They Race Toward Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-shows-cheetah-numbers-have-crashed-180961571/Hunting, habitat loss and the pet trade have reduced the fastest land animal to roughly 7,100 individualsTue, 27 Dec 2016 15:59:51 +0000Researchers "Translate" Bat Talk. Turns Out, They Argue—A Lothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-translate-bat-talk-and-they-argue-lot-180961564/A machine learning algorithm helped decode the squeaks Egyptian fruit bats make in their roost, revealing that they "speak" to one another as individualsFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:36:57 +0000Park Service May Boost Wolf Pack on Isle Royalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/park-service-may-boost-wolf-pack-isle-royale-180961562/The NPS has proposed a plan to boost the wolf population on the island where currently only two inbred canines remainFri, 23 Dec 2016 19:20:02 +0000This Historical Figure Wore the Label "Snowflake" With Pridehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-historical-figure-wore-the-label-snowflake-with-pride-180961551/Wilson Bentley became the first person to photograph a single snowflake in 1885Fri, 23 Dec 2016 15:56:50 +0000The Volcano That May Have Killed Off the Neanderthals Is Stirring Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volcano-maybe-killed-neanderthals-stirring-once-again-180961549/Responsible for Europe's largest eruption, the volcano is showing signs of another pending explosionFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:36:13 +0000The Fight to Save Thousands of Heirloom Apple Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-trying-clone-thousands-heirloom-apple-varieties-180961374/There’s more to apples than the supermarket selection may suggestFri, 23 Dec 2016 14:00:00 +0000Mineral Baths May Have Given Stradivari Their Signature Sound http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mineral-baths-may-have-given-stradivari-their-signature-sound-180961531/Turns out the famous violins really are different from modern instrumentsThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:28:55 +0000Celebrate Christmas With the First Voice Ever Broadcast in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-voice-space-had-christmasy-message-180961541/Eisenhower kicked off the space race with a goodwill wishThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:07:43 +0000Snow Falls in the Sahara for the First Time Since 1979http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snow-falls-sahara-first-time-1979-180961545/A cold snap in the Algerian city of Ain Sefra led to a snowfall that covered the area's distinctive orange dunesThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:44:54 +0000Massive Survey Catalogues the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-survey-catalogues-night-sky-180961533/Over four years, the Pan-STARRS telescope collected 2 petabytes of photos of the night sky, creating the most complete astronomical atlas yetThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Picks for This Year's Best Images of Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-nasas-favorite-earth-images-past-year-180961519/From sunsets to city lights, the images capture the beauty of our ever-changing planetWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:42:17 +0000Obama and Trudeau Protect Millions of Acres From Drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-and-canada-ban-oil-drilling-most-arctic-180961524/But questions remain about the permanency of the act in the arcticWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:14:20 +0000Unidentified Complex Sound From Earth's Deepest Trench May Be New Whale Callhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unidentified-complex-call-coming-earths-deepest-trench-180961516/Known as the Western Pacific Biotwang, researchers believe it may be a previously unrecoreded call from a dwarf minke whaleTue, 20 Dec 2016 18:15:07 +0000Meet the Klingon Newt, Ziggy Stardust Snake—Two of the 163 New Species Discovered in the Mekonghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-klingon-newt-ziggy-startdust-snake-and-163-new-species-mekong-180961514/A new reports details the dozens of new animal and plant species scientists found in Southeast Asia's Greater Mekong in 2015Tue, 20 Dec 2016 17:42:45 +0000The Strange Story of the Westinghouse Atom Smasherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-story-westinghouse-atom-smasher-180961515/The giant bulb was an important part of early American nuclear history. Now it’s part of a miniature railroadTue, 20 Dec 2016 17:10:25 +0000Why Do Flashing Images Cause Seizures? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-flashing-images-cause-seizures-180961504/For people with epilepsy, a flashing screen can be more than a passing annoyanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:35:17 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Mysterious Ghost Shark Gliding Through the Deephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-rare-footage-mysterious-ghost-shark-gliding-through-deep-180961501/Researchers spotted the grey-blue creature off the coast of California—far from its usual haunts in the Southern hemisphereMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:47:57 +0000Scientists Discover the Oldest-known Pool of Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-just-discovered-oldest-known-pool-water-180961491/But you wouldn’t want to drink from itMon, 19 Dec 2016 17:24:32 +0000Most Expensive Science Book Sells for $3.7 Millionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-expensive-science-book-sells-37-million-180961488/An anonymous buyer paid triple the estimated sale price for this first-edition copyFri, 16 Dec 2016 19:00:04 +0000The Pokémon GO Craze Had Health Benefits—For a Little Whilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pokemon-go-craze-had-health-benefits-little-while-180961486/Though avid players walked about 11 extra minutes per day, the boost only lasted around six weeksFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:35:12 +0000The Long, Adorable History of Pandas in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/history-pandas-america-180961492/Su Lin was the first giant panda to come to America, landing in San Francisco 80 years agoFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:26:26 +0000Caesarean Births Could Be Affecting Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caesarean-births-could-be-affecting-evolution-180961316/But it’s too soon to know for sureFri, 16 Dec 2016 17:59:34 +0000Six New Deep Sea Creatures Just Discovered at Site Slated for Underwater Mininghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-new-species-sea-creatures-discovered-region-slated-underwater-mining-180961480/Seafloor hot springs are rife with lifeFri, 16 Dec 2016 16:12:51 +0000Think Your Job Is Depressing? Try Being an Airline Pilothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/airline-pilots-are-really-depressed-180961475/New study suggests pilots are more depressed than the average AmericanFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:23:55 +0000Sixty-Two-Foot Wave Sets New Recordhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixty-story-wave-sets-new-record-180961468/A sensor in the North Atlantic detected a set of waves averaging over six stories tall, setting a new record for a buoy-measured waveThu, 15 Dec 2016 19:09:37 +0000Fossil Footprints Show Movements of Our Early Ancestorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-footprints-show-movements-our-earliest-ancestors-180961471/The trace fossils found in Tanzania spurred a debate about how early hominids livedThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:31:54 +0000Never Fear, an Oceanic Asteroid Impact Wouldn’t Cause Apocalyptic Tidal Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-impact-ocean-wouldnt-cause-apocalyptic-tidal-waves-180961451/But it could have long-term effects on the climateThu, 15 Dec 2016 18:11:33 +0000Scientist Warns We're Unprepared for a Comet Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-warns-were-unprepared-comet-strike-180961446/NASA researcher Joseph Nuth proposes that we build and store two spacecraft to deal with potential comet or asteroid strikesThu, 15 Dec 2016 16:08:12 +0000Grab Your Sweaters: The Polar Vortex Is Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grab-your-sweaters-polar-vortex-back-180961448/The atmospheric phenomenon will pack a chilly one-two punch this weekWed, 14 Dec 2016 19:37:10 +0000 Prize-Winning Videos Capture Mesmerizing, Microscopic Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-winners-worlds-smallest-photo-competition-180961444/Everything looks cooler when it's viewed through the lens of a microscopeWed, 14 Dec 2016 18:07:15 +000021st Century Cures Act Tackles Postpartum Depressionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/obama-signs-new-legislation-tackles-postpartum-depression-180961359/The new legislation includes grants to help diagnose and treat this prevalent issueTue, 13 Dec 2016 23:30:00 +0000New Rule Will Crack Down on Fraudulent Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-rule-crack-down-fraudulent-fish-180961399/The Seafood Import Monitoring Program will require fish to be traced from the ocean to the U.S. in an attempt to stop illegal seafoodTue, 13 Dec 2016 16:30:19 +0000The Full Moon May Dull the Dazzle of this Year's Geminid Meteor Shower—But You Can Still Catch a Glimpsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geminid-meteor-shower-peaks-180961396/With just the right timing, stargazers could catch a few of the sparkling streaksTue, 13 Dec 2016 15:25:13 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Having Another Baby http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-66-year-old-albatross-having-another-baby-180961400/Old age hasn’t slowed down the prolific bird Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:08:57 +0000Methane Levels Have Surged, and Scientists Don’t Know Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/methane-levels-have-surged-and-scientists-dont-know-why-180961398/As Earth heads toward climate crisis, the pressure is on to learn more about CH4Mon, 12 Dec 2016 20:56:18 +0000Japan Testing "Space Tether" to Knock Junk Out of Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-testing-space-tether-knocks-junk-out-orbit-180961386/The KITE experiment will use a half-mile long cable to guide some of the 500,000 chunks of space junk out of orbitMon, 12 Dec 2016 18:20:53 +0000U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for the First Time in 23 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-life-expectancy-drops-first-time-23-years-180961376/While it only decreased by 0.1 percent overall, eight of the top ten causes of death all saw increases in 2015Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:30:17 +0000Giraffes Silently Slip Onto the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giraffes-silently-slip-endangered-species-list-180961372/Years of habitat destruction and poaching have reduced giraffe numbers by 30 percent, placing them in the vulnerable category for the first timeFri, 09 Dec 2016 18:38:51 +0000America’s Only Known Jaguar May Not Be Alone Anymorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-only-known-jaguar-may-not-be-alone-anymore-180961373/Perhaps "El Jefe" isn't so lonely after all Fri, 09 Dec 2016 18:00:59 +0000Someone Paid $46,000 for a Bunch of Mold http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-paid-46000-bunch-mold-180961362/Its discovery was an accident, but this scientific sample changed the course of medicine forever Fri, 09 Dec 2016 17:36:41 +0000Leaded Gas Was a Known Poison the Day It Was Inventedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leaded-gas-poison-invented-180961368/For most of the mid-twentieth century, lead gasoline was considered normal. But lead is a poison, and burning it has had dire consequencesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:30:48 +0000Check Out New Pictures of Saturn From Cassini’s Latest Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-new-pictures-saturn-cassinis-latest-orbit-180961360/New images of the ringed planet herald the spacecraft’s demiseThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:26:40 +0000Thousands of Snow Geese Die at Abandoned Pit Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-montana-lakes-kills-hundreds-and-maybe-thousands-snow-geese-180961356/Despite attempts to scare them away, thousands of geese landed on the acidic Berkeley Pit, which is full of toxic heavy metalsThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:14:30 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber Hints at Feather Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-adds-new-dimensions-tale-dinosaur-feathers-180961355/The rare specimen provides new insights into how feathers came to beThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:37:12 +0000How a Goggle-Wearing Parrot Could Help Future Robots Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-goggle-wearing-parrot-flying-through-lasers-could-help-robots-fly-180961336/By flying through a haze and lasers, Obi the parrotlet helped researchers figure out how much lift birds produceThu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000Scientists Discover Cosmic Dust in the Grime of City Guttershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-pull-cosmic-dust-out-city-gutters-180961339/Usually only found in remote locations, a dedicated amateur scientist combed through pounds of urban debris to recover these space specksThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:44:25 +0000Bare Down There? New Study Suggests You’re More Susceptible to STIs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bare-down-there-new-study-suggests-youre-more-susceptible-stis-180961337/Your pubic preferences could be linked to your sexual health Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:10:43 +0000Sleep-Deprived Drivers Can Be as Dangerous as Drunk Ones http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-deprived-people-drive-badly-drunk-ones-180961341/Getting by on even slightly less sleep could put you at risk Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:30 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-worlds-fair-paid-half-admission-box-cotton-candy-180961332/Celebrating cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Scientists Finally Spot Giant, Slimy Sea Blob First Found Over a Century Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snotty-sea-blob-missing-century-rediscovered-180961329/Discovered in 1899, the creature recently popped up in Monterey BayWed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:47 +0000You May Not Have Rhythm, But Your Eyeballs Sure Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-may-not-have-rhythm-your-eyeballs-sure-do-180961306/Tracking eye movement gives researchers a peek into how the brain reacts to musicTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:07 +0000Archeologists Discover Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Pet Cemetery in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/Containing 100 lovingly positioned creatures, the site suggests that the ancients could have valued their companion animals as much as we doTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:46 +0000Hawaii Faces Down Nearly Three Feet of Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-snowing-hawaii-three-feet-180961294/And more of the white stuff is on its way to the Big Island’s tallest peaks Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:44:24 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-found-ancient-elephant-bones-while-working-ls-subway-180961278/But it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Listen to This Holly, Jolly (and a Little Creepy) A.I.-Penned Christmas Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-holly-jolly-ai-generated-christmas-song-180961248/A neural network at the University of Toronto wrote a holiday ditty based on an image of a Christmas treeMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-bees-underwater-pollination-180961277/The tiny crustaceans are challenging previous assumptions about how plants grow underwater Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000Massive Cluster of Sinkholes Found Deep in China’s Mountainous Northwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-sinkhole-cluster-found-deep-chinas-mountainous-northwest-180961269/The network of pockmarks is packed with old-growth forests and giant flying squirrelsFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:26 +0000Remembering Barney Clark, Whose Ethically Questionable Heart Transplant Advanced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-barney-clark-whose-ethically-questionable-heart-transplant-advanced-science-180961271/Three decades ago, a dentist agreed to receive the first artificial heart. And then things went downhillFri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:39 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-magic-mushrooms-one-day-help-cancer-patients-face-down-death-180961264/Two new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000India Inches Closer to Creating World's Largest River Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-would-create-worlds-largest-river-network-india-180961245/The plan to interlink rivers would connect up to 30 rivers via 30 canals and 3,000 damsThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:56:53 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earths-new-tools-shows-32-years-changing-planet-180961251/A satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000Was the Speed of Light Even Faster in the Early Universe?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-speed-light-even-faster-early-universe-180961233/Physicists propose a way to test if light exceeded Einstein's constant just after the Big BangWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:26:46 +0000In Its Final Hurrah, Cassini Will Swoop Past Saturn’s Ringshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-about-swoop-past-saturns-rings-final-hurrah-180961228/The craft will take one last look at the ringed planet before diving into its depthsTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:10:36 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Miseryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-link-national-misery-negative-language-180961212/Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-down-scientists-say-cooking-and-baking-may-help-you-feel-better-180961223/A little creativity each day goes a long wayTue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:23 +0000NASA Wants to Know What to Do With Its Astronaut Poohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-asks-public-what-it-should-do-astronaut-poo-180961211/The Space Poo Challenge is offering $30,000 for a system that can keep an astronaut clean and dry for 144 hours in a space suitMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:58:52 +0000Coconut Crab's Pinch Among the Strongest in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coconut-crab-among-strongest-pinch-world-180961215/The unusual crustacean's pincer rivals the bite of a lionMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:39:19 +0000The Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-boston-molasses-disaster-was-so-deadly-180961209/Nearly 100 years after the massive molasses tank ruptured, scientists are finally sussing out how this tragedy occurredMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:20 +0000