Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00:23 +0000Americans Are Using Less Water Than We Did in 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peak-water-was-decades-ago-americans-are-using-less-water-we-did-1970-180953437/Peak water was decades agoFri, 21 Nov 2014 20:00:23 +0000In the U.S., Few Heavy Drinkers Are Actually Alcoholicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/few-heavy-drinkers-are-actually-alcoholics-us-180953433/About 90 percent of people who drink excessively—more than eight drinks a week for women, 15 for men—are not alcohol dependentFri, 21 Nov 2014 18:15:21 +0000A Tapeworm Crawled Around In This Man's Brain for Years http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tapeworm-crawled-around-mans-brain-years-180953430/Studying the extracted parasite might help others avoid a similar infestation Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:42:00 +0000The Rotational Energy of Black Holes Spits Out Powerful Particle Streamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-holes-spin-might-create-high-energy-jets-center-galaxies-180953426/Researchers are getting closer to answering some heavy questions about how supermassive black holes workFri, 21 Nov 2014 15:12:03 +0000This New Video of the Earth Is the Best Ever Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-released-video-earth-best-ever-made-180953423/The video was made with images taken by a Russian satellite Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:28:50 +0000America to Same-Sex Couples: Sure, You Can Have Legal Rights, Just Don't Kiss in Front of Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/america-same-sex-couples-sure-you-can-have-legal-rights-just-dont-kiss-front-us-180953421/Americans are in favor of granting legal rights like property inheritance to same-sex couples. They aren't as in favor of public displays of affection.Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:05:31 +0000Having a Complicated Job Might Help Protect Memory Later in Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/having-complicated-job-might-help-protect-memory-later-life-180953409/Regardless of your starting IQ, mental function seems to increase or decrease depending on whether your job was challenging or menial Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:39:48 +0000City-Sized Landslides Happened in the Past And Can Happen Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/city-sized-landslides-happened-past-and-can-happen-again-180953406/Utah has a new claim to fame: it was the site of the world's largest known landslide Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:47:14 +0000We’ve Put a Worm’s Mind in a Lego Robot's Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-put-worms-mind-lego-robot-body-180953399/A wheeled Lego robot may not look like a worm, but it "thinks" like one after programmers gave it the neuron connections in a C. elegans roundwormWed, 19 Nov 2014 19:43:49 +0000The Philae Spacecraft Confirmed the Presence of Organic Molecules on the Comet it Landed On http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philae-spacecraft-confirmed-presence-organic-molecules-comet-it-landed-180953379/Researchers hope the finding sheds light on how organic molecules might have first arrived on Earth Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:54:40 +0000300+ Species Just Joined the List of Threatened Plants And Animals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-300-species-just-joined-list-plants-and-animals-threatened-extinction-180953364/Overfishing, overhunting and habitat loss drove many of the new additions Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:52:51 +0000Neurologists Lost Track of Part of the Human Brain And Just Re-Discovered Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neurologists-lost-track-part-human-brain-and-just-re-discovered-it-180953359/The major pathway in the brain wasn’t exactly missing, but science literature appeared to have forgotten about it until nowTue, 18 Nov 2014 18:45:58 +0000People Tend to Run Marathons Before Big Birthdayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/people-run-marathons-right-big-birthdays-180953356/The search for achievement and meaning at the end of a decade increases suicide and cheating, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 17:55:04 +0000Bed Bugs Can Transmit the Chagas Disease Parasite http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bed-bugs-not-just-kissing-bugs-can-transmit-chagas-disease-parasite-180953350/The parasite is usually associated with Latin and South America, but was recently found throughout Louisiana, tooTue, 18 Nov 2014 14:00:41 +0000Some Plants Eavesdrop (And Steal) Via an Underground Fungal Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-plants-steal-resources-other-plants-using-underground-fungal-network-180953344/An underground network can be used for friendly communication—or for evil Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:30:50 +0000Antarctic Seals Keep Trying to Have Sex With Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-seals-keep-trying-have-sex-penguins-180953349/This isn’t the first time a fur seal has attempted to copulate with a king penguin and scientists think that more seals are learning the behaviorMon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:24 +0000Physicists Explain Why Coffee Is More Prone to Spills Than Beerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-explain-why-coffee-more-prone-spills-beer-180953346/It all comes down to the foam Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:50:44 +0000We Fall in Love With Space Robots Because They Act Like Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-fall-love-space-robots-because-they-act-animals-180953342/Like pets, wires and chips can appear to act with intention Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:46:01 +0000Philae Is Now Asleephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/update-comet-chasing-philae-bounced-twice-and-didnt-quite-stick-landing-180953333/The lander’s solar panels aren’t getting enough light and the batteries will die, but we already have some fantastic images and dataSat, 15 Nov 2014 02:14:24 +0000Lack of Sleep Seems to Be More Deadly for Firefighters Than Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lack-sleep-seems-be-more-deadly-fire-fighters-fire-180953331/Sleep disorders are rampant among firefighters, and the majority do not seek treatment Fri, 14 Nov 2014 18:21:40 +0000Bullying Pays Off For Chimp Dadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bullying-pays-chimp-dads-180953329/For male chimps, the meaner you are, the more offspring you have Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:35:01 +0000Playing With Smartphones Isn't Going to Damage Toddlershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/relax-parentsplaying-smartphone-isnt-going-damage-your-toddler-180953326/Tablets and TVs can be both good and bad for your childFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:30:15 +0000First Ever Experimental Drug Trials on Ebola Patients to Begin Next Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-experimental-drug-trials-ebola-patients-begin-next-month-180953325/Three potential Ebola drugs are being fast tracked to trials in west AfricaFri, 14 Nov 2014 14:28:43 +0000Mind Control Turns Mouse Genes On and Off And Could Treat Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mind-control-turns-mouse-genes-and-could-offer-new-way-treat-diseases-180953323/An innovative experiment in mice shows how scientists could develop medications that dispense with the power of thoughtThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:37:06 +0000Giant, Slow-Moving Sharks Are Secretly Everywherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-slow-moving-sharks-are-secretly-everywhere-180953320/We know very little about Greenland sharks, including the extent of their range, but what we do know is intriguingThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:12:57 +0000More Evidence That There's a Connection Between a Person's Gut Bacteria And Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-grows-gut-bacteria-brain-connection-180953317/Bacteria can affect your brain, but it's still too early to do much with the informationThu, 13 Nov 2014 17:17:47 +0000Californians Will Soon Be Swimming in Fukushima-Irradiated Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fukushima-radiation-nears-california-dont-worry-levels-are-harmless-180953308/Radiation took two-and-a-half years to make it across the ocean—but don't worry, the levels of radiation are harmlessWed, 12 Nov 2014 19:38:32 +0000What Do Glaciers Say When They Sing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glaciers-sing-seismic-rumble-and-listening-could-be-useful-180953305/Glaciers make some curious soundsWed, 12 Nov 2014 18:11:24 +0000Comet 67P Has a Welcome Song for Rosetta And Philaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-has-welcome-song-rosetta-and-philae-180953303/A successful touchdown after the comet chase is just the herald of more discoveries to come, including the cause of the comet's strange songWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:47:04 +0000This Is Your Brain on Ideashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-ideas-180953301/Momentarily tuning out the world seems to be a requirement for tapping into an insightful ideaWed, 12 Nov 2014 16:29:01 +0000China's Climate Promises: Necessary, But Not Sufficienthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-climate-promises-necessary-not-sufficient-180953300/The new U.S. and Chinese climate goals are important, but they're not enough to stop the problemWed, 12 Nov 2014 15:32:33 +0000Beyond Owls And Larks: There Are Four Types of Sleepershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beyond-owls-and-larks-there-are-four-types-sleepers-180953298/The two new groups include people who are rather energetic all day and others who are lethargicTue, 11 Nov 2014 20:44:14 +0000A Single Smelly Compound Sparks Carnivores' Lust for Bloodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/single-smelly-compound-sparks-carnivores-lust-blood-180953294/When given scented wooden blocks soaked in this single chemical, captive carnivores go wildTue, 11 Nov 2014 19:34:41 +0000How Cats Transformed From Wild Animals to Cuddly Companions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-biological-tweaks-allowed-cats-transform-wild-animals-cuddly-companions-180953292/Genetically, there's not that much separating feline pets from jungle beasts Tue, 11 Nov 2014 17:00:55 +0000Tomorrow, a Man-made Spacecraft Will Land On a Comet for the First Time, Everhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosetta-mission-set-make-history-tomorrow-landing-comet-180953291/The action starts bright and earlyTue, 11 Nov 2014 15:52:29 +0000Can’t Clap to the Beat? You Might be Beat-Deafhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cant-clap-beat-you-might-be-beat-deaf-180953286/For some people, tapping their foot to the beat is a challenge at a fundamental levelMon, 10 Nov 2014 19:52:42 +0000Researchers Are Examining a 9,000-Year-Old Bison Mummyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-examining-9000-year-old-extinct-bison-mummy-180953284/The well-mummified specimen of a steppe bison, a now-extinct species that lived in the Ice Age, has intact organs Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:34:38 +0000What If There Are Parallel Universes Jostling Ours? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parallel-universes-might-jostle-against-our-own-180953277/It could explain a lot of weird, quantum physicsFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:30:03 +0000Large Dinosaurs Had a Nesting Strategy to Avoid Breaking Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-dinosaurs-had-nesting-strategy-avoid-breaking-eggs-180953276/Oviaptorosaurs likely kept their eggs in open nests—more like bird than crocodiles—but needed to arrange their eggs carefullyFri, 07 Nov 2014 20:00:44 +0000Scientists Figured Out How to Make People "Feel" an Otherworldly Presencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-induce-neurological-seance-180953272/Feeling like a ghost or an angel is near is likely caused by a blip in how our brain processes self awareness and our sense of place in spaceFri, 07 Nov 2014 17:00:04 +0000Arctic Squirrels Use Steroids to Bulk Up But Don’t Suffer the Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-squirrels-bulk-hibernation-steroids-dont-suffer-consequences-180953266/Fat alone couldn’t get these squirrels through hibernation in burrows that get almost as chilly as -10 degrees FahrenheitFri, 07 Nov 2014 16:00:32 +0000The Foolproof Way to Fix a Wobbly Tablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/foolproof-way-fix-wobbly-table-180953264/Solving life's challenges one at a time—with math!Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:02:37 +0000The International Space Station Just Avoided a Collision With Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/international-space-station-just-avoided-gravity-disaster-180953265/A four-minute maneuver by a docked, unmanned European spacecraft pushed the ISS out of the path of a hand-sized chuck of space debrisThu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:57 +0000Even Climate Scientists Are Getting Depressed by Our Lack of Progresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-climate-scientists-are-getting-depressed-our-lack-progress-180953252/Anxiety about the changing environment isn’t just affecting you and professionals are working to understand itWed, 05 Nov 2014 18:32:51 +0000Humans Outnumber Rats in NYC http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/number-rats-new-york-city-isnt-even-close-number-humans-180953247/There's actually about one rat for every four people Wed, 05 Nov 2014 17:10:57 +0000What Happens When Western And Traditional Chinese Medicine Mergehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/increasing-number-doctors-are-trying-reconcile-traditional-chinese-medicine-and-western-medicine-180953246/These two treatment philosophies were previously seen as being diametrically opposed, but some experts think the systems can complement each anotherWed, 05 Nov 2014 15:02:10 +0000Should We Use Satellites to Keep an Eye on Remote Amazonian Tribes? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/should-we-use-satellites-keep-eye-remote-amazonian-tribes-180953240/Satellite monitoring could help keep tabs on indigenous people without invasive visits to their remote homes Wed, 05 Nov 2014 14:00:00 +0000Scratching an Itch Soothes, But Then Your Brain Makes it Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scratching-itch-soothes-then-your-brain-makes-it-worse-180953243/Pain overrides itchiness temporarily but neurotransmitters released to cope with that pain reactivate the itch neuronsTue, 04 Nov 2014 19:18:45 +0000Left-Handed People Have Less Specialized Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/left-handed-people-have-less-specialized-brains-180953238/Diversity means flexibility, even if being left-handed can be super annoyingTue, 04 Nov 2014 17:31:57 +0000A Horse Racing Favorite Died Minutes After Completing the Melbourne Cuphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horse-racing-favorite-died-minutes-after-completing-melbourne-cup-180953235/Admire Rakti wasn't even the only horse to die at the racesTue, 04 Nov 2014 15:53:09 +0000Fanged Deer Not Extinct, Still Roaming the Mountains of Afghanistanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fanged-deer-not-extinct-still-roaming-mountains-afghanistan-180953228/The Kashmir musk deer was last spotted in 1948 but now researchers report five recent sightingsMon, 03 Nov 2014 18:09:35 +0000Get Down With This Year’s "Dance Your PhD" Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-down-years-dance-your-phd-winners-180953224/Acrobatic human tornadoes and pair-dancing inertial confinement fusion implosions are among this year's favorites Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:14:58 +0000Rovers Disguised as Baby Penguins Can Quietly Infiltrate Penguin Colonieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rovers-disguised-penguins-can-quietly-infiltrate-and-monitor-colonies-those-birds-180953222/Normally wary penguins seem unfazed when there's a smartly dressed robot in their midst Mon, 03 Nov 2014 15:47:15 +0000It’s Still Possible to Stop the Worst of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-still-possible-stop-worst-climate-change-180953221/Say so long to fossil fuelsMon, 03 Nov 2014 15:01:15 +0000Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Just Crashed in Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virgin-galactics-spaceshiptwo-just-crashed-california-180953218/The private spaceflight company was testing a new fuel for their experimental spaceshipFri, 31 Oct 2014 19:38:37 +0000Did the Gladiators Drink an Energy Drink Made of Ash?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-gladiators-drink-energy-drink-made-ash-180953213/Gladiators were getting extra calcium in their dietFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:41:18 +0000We Can Measure How Traffic Vibrates the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-activity-vibrates-earth-and-we-can-measure-it-180953212/Special instruments called geophones help researchers distinguish the signatures of big trucks rumbling down the highway and planes taking offFri, 31 Oct 2014 17:00:31 +0000Scientists Are Pretty Sure Survivors Can't Transmit Ebola Sexuallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-pretty-sure-ebola-survivors-cant-transmit-virus-through-sex-probably-1-180953210/Research suggests Ebola survivors aren't infectious, but scientists aren't ruling it outFri, 31 Oct 2014 16:14:24 +0000Your Reaction to “Gross” Pictures Can Betray Your Political Beliefshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-reaction-gross-pictures-can-betray-your-political-beliefs-180953206/Liberal and conservative brains show different activity patterns when they look at pictures of things typically thought of as disgustingFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:27:22 +0000Australia’s Koalas Have Chlamydia, But a New Vaccine Could Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-vaccine-could-save-australias-koalas-chlamydia-180953203/The sexually transmitted disease threatens the health of one of Australia’s iconic marsupialsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:42:25 +0000This Newly Forming Planet Will Have Three Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-forming-planet-will-have-three-suns-180953200/A triple-star system has two disks of gas and dust that could form planetsFri, 31 Oct 2014 13:12:15 +0000Scientists Who Traveled to Ebola-Infected Countries Are Being Asked to Skip a Big Tropical Medicine Meetinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-who-have-recently-been-ebola-infected-country-were-asked-not-come-big-upcoming-meeting-about-tropical-medicine-180953196/Researchers from the frontline of the fight against Ebola must cancel their plans to attend an upcoming conference in New Orleans Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:43:09 +0000Researchers Grew Miniature Human Stomachs from Stem Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-grew-mini-human-stomachs-stem-cells-180953197/The tiny lab dish-dwelling organs will help researchers monitor the progression of disease and test new drugsThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:18:27 +0000Pat Yourself on the Back, America: The U.S. Is Not Freaking Out About Ebola (For the Most Part)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-job-americans-youre-largely-not-freaking-out-about-ebola-us-180953195/Poll numbers show most Americans aren't succumbing to the fear over EbolaThu, 30 Oct 2014 17:10:14 +0000Rainbows Don’t Include Purple Light, So Why Do They Sometimes Seem To?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rainbows-dont-include-purple-light-so-why-do-they-sometimes-seem-180953190/Supernumerary rings, supernumerary rings, supernummringsThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:20:05 +0000A Couple’s First Two Kids Make Them Briefly Happier; the Third Not So Muchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birth-couples-first-two-kids-make-them-briefly-happier-third-not-so-much-180953184/Older couples get the most joy from their new addition to the family, teens the least Wed, 29 Oct 2014 16:29:13 +0000This Headline Is Trying to Manipulate You, And It's Workinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youll-cry-when-you-realize-how-easily-media-can-manipulate-you-180953183/Bad headlines stick with you, even if you read the storyWed, 29 Oct 2014 15:46:21 +0000Giant Tortoises Have Made a Comeback From 15 to 1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-tortoises-have-made-comeback-15-1000-180953180/Española giant tortoises have been reintroduced to Galapagos National Park and are breeding on their own Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:33:15 +0000The Antares Rocket Explosion Wasn't Orbital Sciences' First Big Malfunctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antares-rocket-explosion-wasnt-orbital-sciences-first-big-malfunction-180953177/Orbital Sciences has lost some of NASA's gear before, because going to space is really, really hardWed, 29 Oct 2014 01:29:45 +0000Found: Millions of Gallons of Missing Oil From Deepwater Horizonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-found-millions-gallons-missing-oil-deepwater-horizon-180953173/Oil that sank to the seafloor left a ring the size of Rhode IslandTue, 28 Oct 2014 19:14:15 +0000What Appears to Be a Complete Mammoth Skeleton Was Discovered in an Idaho Ditchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-appears-be-complete-mammoth-skeleton-was-discovered-idaho-ditch-180953171/A nearby reservoir has just covered the fossil in water, however, postponing the excavation Tue, 28 Oct 2014 17:46:47 +0000Lava Is Poised to Consume Some Homes in Hawaii http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lava-poised-consume-some-homes-hawaii-180953165/Lava is creeping across the Big Island's Puna district at a rate of about 10 to 15 yards per hourTue, 28 Oct 2014 14:21:24 +0000We're Terrible at Distinguishing Real And Fake Schools of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/were-terrible-distinguishing-real-and-fake-schools-fish-180953162/You can test your fish school savviness in a free online game created by scientistsTue, 28 Oct 2014 13:56:43 +0000Newsflash: Technology Cannot Guarantee a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newsflash-technology-cannot-guarantee-baby-180953150/The unregulated egg freezing industry is profitable for those involved, but prone to failure for those looking to get pregnantMon, 27 Oct 2014 15:35:06 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Smells Really, Really Badhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-smells-really-really-bad-1-180953149/If you could breathe in space, you wouldn't want to breathe this airMon, 27 Oct 2014 14:27:09 +0000 40 Percent of Adult Internet Users Have Been Harassed Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/40-adult-internet-users-have-been-harassed-online-180953143/Harassment runs rampant onlineFri, 24 Oct 2014 17:58:12 +0000How to Grow a Giant Pumpkinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-grow-giant-pumpkin-180953140/Science!Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:52:08 +0000Invaders From Cuba Force Florida Lizards to Quickly Evolve (Or Get Out)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-cuban-lizards-force-florida-lizards-quickly-evolve-or-else-get-out-180953136/In just 15 years, green anoles changed their behavior and evolved bigger, stickier toes to escape alien competitors Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:43:56 +0000Build a Cloud Chamber for Cheap And See Particles From Outer Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/build-your-own-cloud-chamber-cheap-and-see-particles-outer-space-180953135/A simple device lets you see cosmic rays' effects with your own eyesFri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:36 +0000Male Great Bustards Eat Poison to Look Sexier for the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-great-bustards-eat-poison-look-sexier-ladies-180953131/The toxic compound can kill mammals - including humans - but helps the birds rid themselves of pests Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:22:31 +0000A Swarm of Comets Around an Alien Star Hints at Our Solar System's Youthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarm-comets-around-alien-star-tell-us-about-our-solar-systems-early-years-180953127/The comets fall in two groups — one older and one younger — and have to contend with the orbit of a gas giantThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:51 +0000Lose Ice in Alaska, See Temperatures Spike By 7°Chttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lose-ice-alaska-see-temperatures-spike-7c-180953125/This puts the goal of keeping temperature rises below 2°C to shame Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:25:19 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Disappeared Way More Quickly This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-rainforest-disappeared-way-more-quickly-year-180953123/Widespread deforestation is even worse than you thinkThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:38 +0000Sea Coral Makes Excellent Human Bone Graftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-coral-makes-excellent-human-bone-grafts-180953121/Coral’s porous structure, with some chemical tweaks, is the perfect place for new bone and tissue to growThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:24:40 +0000Like Ants, Small Backpackers Are Adept at Carrying Proportionally Heavier Loadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-small-backpackers-are-adept-carrying-proportionally-heavier-loads-180953115/The weight a person or animal can carry does not increase uniformly with size Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:42:24 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeballhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-dont-even-want-know-about-all-stuff-living-your-eyeball-180953112/Even eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glacier-iceland-fighting-stay-alive-180953107/The Falljökull glacier has cut off its lower reaches but the upper portion is advancing once againTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:32:20 +0000Plants Can Sense When Insects Are Eating Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-know-when-youre-eating-them-180953106/Plants can sense munching vibrations that insects make, and respond accordingly with heightened defensesTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:19:28 +0000To Find Out How Healthy Whales Are, Send in the Droneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-custom-built-drone-spy-whale-health-180953103/A custom-built drone got close enough to whales to capture individuals' distinctive markingsTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:24:50 +0000Nose Cells Transplanted to a Paralyzed Man’s Spine Let Him Walk Once Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nose-cells-transplanted-paralyzed-mans-spine-let-him-walk-once-again-180953098/Specialized cells from the nose can promote the regeneration of nerve cellsTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:47:22 +0000Prozac Doesn't Make Birds Happyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prozac-doesnt-make-birds-happy-180953097/Birds on Prozac lose their appetite and libido Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:54 +0000The White House Just Asked Scientists to Stop Trying to Make Diseases More Deadlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-house-just-asked-scientists-stop-trying-make-diseases-more-deadly-180953092/New funding is being suspended, and anyone who's already been paid to do such work is being asked to stop.Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:55 +0000A Very Ancient Group of Jawed Fish Were Having Surprisingly Intimate Intercoursehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internal-fertilization-might-have-first-evolved-primitive-fish-180953089/Many fish later ditched this clumsy method in favor of external fertilizationMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:06 +0000The Milky Way is Stealing Other Galaxies’ Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/milky-way-stealing-other-galaxies-gases-180953084/Little dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way are missing their hydrogenFri, 17 Oct 2014 18:03:30 +0000Your Microbes Get Jet Lagged, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-microbes-get-jet-lagged-too-180953076/When bacteria's circadian rhythm is disrupted, they become worse at their jobs Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:27 +0000This Weekend, Astronomers Get Their Best Ever Look at an Oort Cloud Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekend-astronomers-get-their-best-ever-look-oort-cloud-object-180953065/Looking at the Oort cloud is like looking back in time—a superpower hampered by the fact that the Oort cloud is very, very, very, very far awayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:03 +0000There's a Scientific Reason Why Self-Harm Makes Some People Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-reason-why-self-harm-makes-some-people-feel-better-180953062/The same part of the brain that handles physical distress also deals with emotionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:49 +0000Wind Power is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Nuclear and Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wind-power-actually-cheaper-coal-nuclear-and-gas-180953055/Once you consider the downstream consequences, coal becomes a lot more expensiveWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:09:29 +0000This Google Glass Owner Only Took His Device Off to Sleep And Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-glass-owner-only-took-his-device-sleep-and-shower-180953053/And when he checked into rehab, he couldn't stop touching his right templeWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:10:01 +0000Zooplankton and Krill "Pee" Helps Determine Ocean Chemistryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zooplankton-and-krill-pee-helps-determine-ocean-chemistry-180953034/Tiny marine life's expelled ammonia fuels important chemical reactions Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000Now We're Crowdfunding Ebola Research?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-were-crowdfunding-ebola-research-180953011/One leading Ebola researcher is turning to the crowd for more fundingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:40 +0000Giant Icebergs Used to Ram Up Against Florida http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-icebergs-used-ram-against-florida-180953002/21,000 years ago, icebergs carved up the ocean floor off the Miami coastMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000The Science of Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Funnyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-why-toothpaste-makes-food-taste-funny-180953001/Blame toothpaste's foaming actionMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:55 +0000Amazing Artifacts From the History of Science Are Going Up for Auctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-artefacts-history-science-are-going-auction-180952998/Now if only we all had infinite moneyFri, 10 Oct 2014 20:43:33 +0000Exoplanet Has Winds That Blow at the Speed of Soundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exoplanet-has-winds-blow-speed-sound-180952993/WASP-43b wouldn't be a great place to liveFri, 10 Oct 2014 16:50:00 +0000Here's One Very Good Reason to Drill Deep Into an Active Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drilling-active-fault-new-zealand-180952986/Scienctists hope to install instruments at the fault to observe changes in the earth at depthThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:49:15 +0000Why Is Antarctic Sea Ice at a 35-Year High?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-antarctic-sea-ice-35-year-high-180952987/Nobody really knows, but they have some thoughtsThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:55 +0000Bionic Hands Partially Restore Users' Sense of Touch http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bionic-hands-partially-restore-users-sense-touch-180952983/The hand's sensors communicate directly with the wearer's nerves Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:45:32 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Woman With a Transplanted Uterus Gave Birth to a Babyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-ever-woman-transplanted-uterus-gave-birth-baby-180952973/Two more women with transplanted uteruses are due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, tooWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:51:52 +0000Each Day, 50 Percent of America Eats a Sandwichhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/each-day-50-percent-america-eats-sandwich-180952972/About 20 percent of our daily sodium intake is delivered between two slices of breadWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:17:17 +0000How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-exactly-does-exercise-help-your-brain-180952965/Well-trained muscles could be protecting the body from an imbalance of chemicals that lead to depression Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:36:54 +0000Some Surgery Is No Better Than Sham “Placebo” Surgeryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-surgery-no-better-sham-placebo-surgery-180952963/The placebo effect isn't just for pillsTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:32:43 +0000Cancer Spreads Through Our Bodies at Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cancer-spreads-through-our-bodies-night-180952962/This could mean that therapies delivered after dark might be more effective Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:59:32 +0000Scientists Figure Out Why Mozzarella Is the Perfect Pizza Cheesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figure-out-why-mozzarella-perfect-pizza-cheese-180952956/It's all about the elasticity, moisture and oil contentTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:44:44 +0000Many of the Same Brain Regions Are Activated When Mothers Look at Their Pets or Their Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/many-same-brain-regions-are-activated-when-mothers-look-their-pets-or-their-children-180952946/It seems that maternal attachment does not discriminate between species Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:20:14 +0000Your Cheat Sheet to the 2014 Nobel Prizeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cheat-sheet-2014-nobel-prizes-180952947/Just enough to catch upMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:06:21 +0000The Tibetan Plateau is Getting a High-Tech Array of Weather Sensors http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tibetan-plateau-getting-high-tech-array-weather-sensors-1-180952944/The massive research effort will help predict the increasingly unpredictable Indian monsoons as the climate changesFri, 03 Oct 2014 20:55:26 +0000Satellite Observations Revealed Thousands of New Mountains Right Here on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-observations-revealed-thousands-new-mountains-right-here-earth-180952939/There are thousands of mountains dotting the sea floorFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:28:46 +0000What Actually Happens to People Who Are Hit by Lightning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-actually-happens-people-who-are-hit-lightning-180952937/A lifetime of chronic health issuesFri, 03 Oct 2014 17:23:49 +0000Could Climate Change Affect the Number of Boys and Girls Born?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-climate-change-affect-number-boys-and-girls-born-180952935/Whether boy babies outnumber girl babies could be influenced by war, temperature and other stress factorsFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:50:11 +0000A Second Baby Thought Cured of HIV Relapsed When Taken Off Antiviral Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-baby-thought-cured-hiv-relapsed-when-taken-antiviral-drugs-180952934/Antiretroviral drugs can control, but not cure, HIV in childrenFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:04:09 +0000Cheetahs Spend 90 Percent of Their Days Sitting Around http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cheetahs-spend-90-percent-their-day-sitting-around-180952919/When human presence forces cheetahs to expend more energy, however, it put the animals' survival at riskThu, 02 Oct 2014 18:05:51 +0000The Man in the Moon Was Made By Radioactivity, Not Meteorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-moon-was-made-radioactivity-not-meteors-1-180952923/Differential cooling caused by radioactive material in the crust caused one of the Moon's most distinctive featuresThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:44:58 +0000How the Humble Hydra Lives, As Far as We Know, Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humble-hydra-lives-far-we-know-forever-180952917/Hydra don't seem to die of old age. But why?Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:19:36 +0000The Aral Sea Is Pretty Much Gonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aral-sea-pretty-much-gone-180952914/The fourth largest lake in the world is less than a tenth of its former sizeThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:22:02 +0000Pollution From Hawaii Is Giving Sea Turtles Gross, Deadly Tumorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pollution-hawaiis-farms-and-cities-causing-sea-turtles-get-deadly-tumors-180952912/Nitrogen runoff gets into the turtles' food and causes tumors on their faces, flippers and organs Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:35:48 +0000Enough Ice Has Melted in Antarctica to Alter the Earth’s Gravityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enough-ice-has-melted-antarctica-alter-earths-gravity-180952910/The gravity loss is tiny but indicates big changes in ice coverageWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:45:25 +0000Apollo-Era Data Is Helping Scientists Look for Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/apollo-era-data-helping-scientists-look-gravitational-waves-180952905/Seismometers that were placed on the moon during the Apollo program collected data that is being used by physicists todayWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:55:38 +000035,000 Walruses Are Crowding Onto One Alaskan Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lacking-sea-ice-35000-walruses-crowd-alaskan-beach-180952902/Some animals have already been killed on the beach, most likely by stampedes Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:19:31 +0000Thank Soil Microbes for White Truffles’ Heavenly Aromahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thank-soil-microbes-white-truffles-heavenly-aroma-1-180952898/Bacteria produce the signature smell that truffle-sniffing dogs and pigs pick up onWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:28:07 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-eye-contact-makes-you-squirm-180952889/Catching someone else's eye makes us more self conscious about our bodies Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-2013s-many-natural-disasters-can-we-blame-climate-change-180952888/The ongoing California drought may, or may not, be due to climate changeTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:17:32 +0000Wildlife Around the World Has Declined by About 50 Percent Since 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildlife-around-world-has-declined-about-50-percent-1970-180952887/Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-sneaking-bob-dylan-lyrics-their-writing-180952877/Everyone likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Is How the Milky Way Will Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-milky-way-will-end-180952852/A computer simulation shows how the Milky Way will collide with AndromedaFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:30:03 +0000The USDA Approved a New GM Crop to Deal With Problems Created by the Old GM Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/usda-approved-new-gm-crop-deal-problem-created-old-gm-crops-180952850/Weeds became resistant to the herbicide partner of older genetically modified cropsThu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Scientists Plan to Kill Off the American West's Tumbleweedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-plan-eradicate-tumbleweed-180952844/Two species of fungus from Russia could be the bane of America's tumbleweedThu, 25 Sep 2014 18:32:59 +0000Water Vapor Found on Small, Cloudless, Hot Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-vapor-found-cloudless-hot-planet-180952843/NASA announced yesterday that water vapor had been detected on exoplanet HAT-P-11bThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:04:20 +0000People Get Separation Anxiety When Parted From Their Phoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-get-separation-anxiety-when-parted-their-phones-180952837/Separating college students from their smartphones can cause anxiety, especially for those who use their phones a lotThu, 25 Sep 2014 13:16:23 +0000How Bird Migrations Show Up Beautifully on Doppler Radarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-doppler-radar-can-track-bird-migrations-180952834/Large groups of birds taking off around sunset typically show up as circles that grow and disperseWed, 24 Sep 2014 18:35:42 +0000As Many As 3 Million Americans Could Soon Be Threatened by Sea Level Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mapping-sea-level-rise-threat-180952830/Across the world, 650 million people could be at riskWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:45 +0000India's Space Agency Made It to Mars on the First Tryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-space-agency-made-it-mars-their-first-try-180952829/India's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last nightWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000Norway Is Paying Liberia To Stop Deforestationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-paying-liberia-stop-deforestation-180952824/Norway is promising Liberia $150 million to stop cutting down trees by 2020Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:06:51 +0000Thousands of Strange Green Balls Appeared Overnight on a Beach in Australia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-strange-green-balls-appeared-overnight-beach-australia-180952811/Scientists believe that the balls are actually extremely rare algae congregations called marimo Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:14:57 +0000