Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:04 +0000Myth Busted: Americans Don’t Gain 10 Pounds Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/myth-busted-americans-dont-gain-10-lbs-over-holidays-180953673/It’s more like oneThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:04 +0000Congratulations, Humanity! We're Living Six Years Longer Than We Did in 1990, on Averagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/congratulations-humanity-were-living-six-years-longer-we-did-1990-average-180953672/Global life expectancy is increasing, especially in the developing worldThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:45:23 +0000Wisdom, the World's Oldest Albatross, Laid an Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-worlds-oldest-albatross-laid-egg-180953671/This is about the 35th time Wisdom has been a mother-to-be Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:37 +0000You Eat Millions...Even Billions!...of Microbes Every Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-eat-millionseven-billions-microbes-every-day-180953669/Yes, plenty of live microorganisms lurk in your yogurt, but they are everywhere else as wellThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:59 +0000Even A/C Can't Keep Our Economies From Slacking Off on Hot Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-c-cant-keep-our-economies-slacking-hot-days-180953665/As global warming turns up the temperature on the planet, it's going to be tougher to get anything doneWed, 17 Dec 2014 21:54:50 +0000Now We Know Where Fat Goes When We Lose Weighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-where-fat-goes-when-we-lose-weight-180953659/We breathe it outWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:05:36 +0000The Cutest Climate Change Culprits: Arctic Ground Squirrelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutest-climate-change-culprit-arctic-ground-squirrels-180953657/By digging burrows in permafrost, Arctic ground squirrels help destabilize the vast stores of carbon in the soilWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:43:15 +0000When Sperm Meets Egg, Zinc Sparks Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-sperm-meets-egg-zinc-sparks-fly-180953642/Billions of tiny zinc particles explode from the surface of mammalian eggs when a sperm cell touches down Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:49:34 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/Ancient Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Now the Danes Have Staked a Claim for the North Pole, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-danes-have-staked-their-claim-north-pole-too-180953626/The ultimate decision over who controls the North Pole will come down to the United NationsTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:52 +0000You Wobble Like No Other Person on the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-wobble-no-other-person-planet-180953619/Analysis of the frame movements in footage from head-mounted cameras is just as unique as a fingerprintMon, 15 Dec 2014 19:41:10 +0000A Better Way Than Torture to Obtain Information: Acting Friendlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-better-way-get-information-torture-180953616/Friendly methods get information from suspects faster and more reliably, oh and they don't violate human rightsMon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:43 +0000There Are Probably Just Five Northern White Rhinos Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-theres-probably-just-five-northern-white-rhinos-left-world-180953612/The death of a captive rhino at the San Diego Zoo brings the species closer to imminent extinction Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:58 +0000Bad Hangover? Blame It (Partly) On Your Parentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-hangover-blame-it-partly-your-parents-180953606/Susceptibility to hangovers is partly due to geneticsFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:31:27 +0000Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/killing-wolves-actually-leads-more-livestock-death-180953605/On the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple pictureFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:49:36 +0000Christmas Research Papers Tackle Goofy Problems in Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christmas-research-papers-tackle-goofy-problems-practice-medicine-180953593/The British Medical Journal's holiday issue includes an investigation of old magazines in waiting rooms and finds that men can be idiotsThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:35 +0000Scientists Finally Figure Out the “Big Bang” of Bird Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figure-out-big-bang-bird-evolution-180953586/The genomes of 45 birds contributed to the most in-depth bird evolutionary tree ever created Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000Backpackers Walk Across a Completely Clear Frozen Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/backpackers-walk-across-completely-clear-frozen-lake-180953590/A cool video raises the question: Why is most ice cloudy?Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000Superbugs Could Become a Top Cause of Death by 2050http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superbugs-could-become-top-cause-death-2050-180953588/If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people than cancer by 2050Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:43:20 +0000Conserving Tigers Could Hurt Leopards http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conserving-tigers-could-hurt-leopards-180953585/When one predator returns, another can be displaced Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:13:13 +0000The Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Is a 'Moon Shot'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-save-louisianas-coastline-are-built-shaky-scientific-ground-180953580/The plan involves moving silt from upstream down into the delta—but no one knows if there's actually enoughWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:48:22 +0000By Absorbing Smells From Its Food, This Fish Gets Scent Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/absorbing-smells-its-food-fish-gets-scent-camouflage-180953579/The harlequin filefish is a master of camoufalgeWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:23:50 +0000You've Never Seen Nerve Endings Like These http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youve-never-seen-nerve-endings-these-180953575/Scientists produce the most detailed images of nerve endings ever madeWed, 10 Dec 2014 16:57:27 +0000Curiosity Rover’s Mars Crater May Have Cradled Large Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curiosity-rovers-mars-crater-may-have-cradled-large-lakes-180953568/Signs of water on Mars aren’t new, but now scientists think water may have been there for a long timeTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:46:28 +0000Dreams Are Slow-Motionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dreams-are-slow-motion-180953563/Lucid dreamers are offering insight into the sleeping mindTue, 09 Dec 2014 14:58:50 +0000California's Ongoing Drought Is Its Worst in 1,200 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-ongoing-drought-its-worst-1200-years-180953557/Tree ring records unveil the severity of California's droughtMon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:44 +0000That Detox Diet Is Not Going to Rid Your Body of Toxinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-detox-diet-not-going-rid-your-body-toxins-180953548/It doesn't matter how many pureed veggies you drink, they won't vaporize those mysterious "poisons" you've heard aboutFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:35:27 +0000It’s Possible to See Exoplanets Without Schmancy Equipmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-possible-see-exoplanets-without-fancy-equipment-180953549/A cheap DSLR and some light computer processing can unveil far off exoplanetsFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:26:27 +0000Like Underwater Jedi, Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Other Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underwater-jedis-electric-eels-can-remotely-control-other-fishes-180953547/Electric eels can shock prey into both revealing their positions and freezing in placeFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:05:53 +0000A Successful First Flight For NASA's Orion Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/successful-first-flight-nasas-orion-spacecraft-180953546/American spaceflight enters a new eraFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:37:16 +0000Listen to the Sounds of a Dying Coral Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-dying-coral-reef-180953543/Healthy coral reefs produce a medley of sounds that ocean creatures use as homing beacons Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:49:51 +0000Humpback Whales in the Arabian Sea Have Been Isolated for 70,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humpback-whales-arabian-sea-have-been-isolated-their-friends-70000-years-180953540/Conservationists want this particular population of humpbacks to be classified as critically endangered Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:30:34 +0000Bats Have Specific Brains Cells for Tracking Their Location While in Flighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/specific-brain-cells-help-bats-keep-track-where-they-are-while-flying-180953537/Humans likely carry the same kind of cells in our own brainsThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:17:14 +0000Let Wildlife Recordings From the 1930s Take You Back to Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/let-wildlife-recordings-1930s-take-you-back-nature-180953533/Hear African wildlife from the 1930s with the British Library's nature sound archivesThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:38:18 +0000Half the Cells in This Mouse’s Brain Are Humanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-cells-mouses-brain-are-human-180953520/Researchers implanted immature human brain cells in mouse pups, which then grew and replaced nearly half the mice's own cellsWed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:37 +0000Welcome to the Next Era of NASA Spaceflight...to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-next-era-nasa-spaceflight-mars-180953519/NASA's long-distance crew capsule, Orion, will get its first test flight tomorrowWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:03:26 +0000Public Bathroom Bacteria: Not as Gross as You'd Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bathrooms-are-full-same-types-bacteria-and-theyre-not-worrisome-180953517/Public restrooms are of no more of a health risk than your own homeWed, 03 Dec 2014 15:17:22 +0000HIV's Ability to Cause AIDS Is Weakeninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hiv-changing-and-its-ability-cause-aids-weakening-180953511/A combination of advanced treatments and viral evolution are slowing virus’ reproduction Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:15 +0000Manhattan Insects Eat the Equivalent of 60,000 Hot Dogs Each Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insects-manhattan-eat-equivalent-60000-hot-dogs-each-year-180953507/Millions of urban insects act as efficient, largely unnoticed garbage disposals Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:06 +0000James Watson Will Be the First Nobel Laureate to Sell His Medallion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/james-watson-will-be-first-nobel-laureate-history-sell-his-medallion-180953504/But his racist comments have created a surge of pushbackTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:22:15 +0000Why Do Families Move for Men's, But Not Women's, Careers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-families-move-mens-not-womens-careers-180953490/Men choose jobs that are less flexible in locationMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:15:13 +0000Older People’s Brains Notice More But Filter Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/older-peoples-brains-notice-more-filter-less-180953487/A small study shows that elderly people notice patterns even when those patterns aren’t usefulMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:29:54 +0000A 15-Minute Test to Diagnose Ebola Is Going Into Use in West Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15-minute-test-rapidly-diagnose-ebola-going-testing-west-africa-180953484/Speeding up detection would help everyone get where they need to beFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:57 +0000NASA Is Turning Black Friday Into "Black Hole Friday"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-coopting-black-friday-teach-you-about-black-holes-instead-180953481/Because, in the end, even great savings won't save you from a singularityFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:13 +0000Reexamining Fossils Revealed a New Dinosaur Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reexamining-old-fossils-unveils-new-dinosaur-species-180953473/A distinct species of Pentaceratops was hiding in a museum's fossil collectionWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000The Black Sea Devil, a Rare Deep-Sea Anglerfish, Filmed for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-deep-sea-anglerfish-called-black-seadevil-has-been-filmed-first-time-180953454/Fewer than half a dozen anglerfish have ever been recorded swimming in their undersea habitatMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:41:06 +0000We Weigh the Most on Mondayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-are-heaviest-mondays-and-heres-why-180953447/The weekend’s excesses can pack on a few extra pounds, but routine during the week tends to strip them away againMon, 24 Nov 2014 18:00:28 +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 +0000