Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +0000Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterranean recent survey shows that the fish have colonized Cyprus and may continue to spreadWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +000099-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber rare fossils from the age of the dinosaurs look a lot like modern-day bird wingsTue, 28 Jun 2016 21:14:22 +0000"Water Windfall" Discovered Under California's Drought-Stricken Central Valley the aquifer could help with the current and future droughts, researchers caution getting too greedy with the resourceTue, 28 Jun 2016 19:29:04 +0000Scientists Found a Huge Reservoir of Much-Needed Helium is used in everything from particle accelerators to MRI machines, and a dearth of the gas has long plagued researchersTue, 28 Jun 2016 17:13:21 +0000Researchers Will Soon Get Their First Taste of "Martian" Vegetables testing them for heavy metals, the scientists will eat vegetables grown in simulated Martian soil later this weekTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:24 +0000Breathtaking Images to Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope Getting Another Five Years of Life amazing views are just a selection of the beautiful images the craft has captured over the yearsTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:40:00 +0000This Perfume Smells Like a Comet, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Watch Scientists Make Their Own Lava rock and a lot of heat equals a homegrown brew that’s as beautiful as it is dangerousMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000After 60 Years, An Expedition Determines Highest Peaks in U.S. Arctic Matt Nolan and ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers tested a new mapping system to end uncertainty about the highest mountain in the Brooks RangeMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:10:00 +0000Spix’s Macaw, Star of “Rio,” Spotted in the Wild for the First Time in 15 Years in a backlit cellphone video, the sighting gives conservationists hope for the survival of Brazil's little blue birdsMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:24:35 +0000Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfillMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:39:03 +0000Researchers Studying "Teen Sex" and Flesh-Eating Maggots Win 2016 Golden Goose Awards quirky and important, these studies went against the grainMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Some Genes Remain "Alive" for Days After the Body Dies in animals show that even when a creature has ceased to live, some genes are still busy doing their thingFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Mammals May Have Dinosaurs to Thank for Their Night Vision most likely developed a new pathway to night vision to avoid the jaws of dinos and other daytime predatorsThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:50:00 +0000Murder of Environmental Activists Reaches All-Time High least 185 environmental activists were murdered in 2015, according to a new reportThu, 23 Jun 2016 16:15:41 +0000Editing of Human Genes May Begin by Year’s End in the U.S. first-ever trial of CRISPR in the U.S. will test if it's safe to edit T cells in cancer patientsThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:29 +0000New Evidence Strengthens the Case for Pluto's Underground Ocean on the dwarf planet's smooth surface suggest that not all is frozen on that tiny, distant worldWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:52:17 +0000Land Around the Infamous San Andreas Fault Is on the Move mapped how California rises and falls around its most famous faultWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:23:22 +0000The Event that Wiped out Dinosaurs Also Nearly Did in the Mammals estimates suggest a measly seven percent of mammals survived the extinctionWed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Trader Joe's Agrees to Fix Its Fridges for the Environment retailer just agreed to a pricey settlement with the Environmental Protection AgencyTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:44:29 +0000Every Sperm Whale Alive Today May Have Descended From the Same Female 80,000-year-old "Eve" was the mother of all modern sperm whales—literallyTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectors the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills? brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than othersMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:46:07 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomato salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Meet Three of Earth's Tiny Celestial Buddies handful of quasi-satellites, mini-moons and Trojan asteroids tag along with Earth as it whizzes around the sunMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:08:43 +0000Watch a Horde of Giant Crabs Amass Off of the Australian Coast Of thousands. Of crabs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000India Gives Go-Ahead for Farmers to Cull "Vermin" cull will include a range of animals deemed troublesome to people—including rhesus monkeys and wild boar in some placesFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Retro Mars Recruitment Posters, teachers, surveyors and engineers will all be needed in the envisaged Mars settlementFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:50:00 +0000Scientists Spot Tiny Asteroid Tagging Along Behind The Earth's our very own “quasi-moon”Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevator nanotubes may not be as strong as scientists once thoughtFri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What Will Happen When Juno Gets to Jupiter all goes down July 4Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:48:18 +0000New Agreement Will Help Protect the Amazon Basin's largest tropical rainforest just got a slew of new allies Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:25:00 +0000Cats Are Adorable Physicists that fluffy exterior lies a shrewd understanding of how the world worksThu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:30 +0000New Footage Shows Rapid Breakdown of Shipwreck 'Andrea Doria' visited the remains of the Italian luxury liner in a submersible to figure out how quickly wrecks deteriorateThu, 16 Jun 2016 13:21:52 +0000Gravitational Waves Strike Twice announce the second detection of gravitational wavesWed, 15 Jun 2016 20:16:24 +0000This Jupiter-Sized Planet Is the Largest Found Orbiting Two Suns orbiting moons could be habitable—but scientists have yet to spot themTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:39:37 +0000Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels Surpass Long-Feared Milestone goodbye to 400 ppm—and hello to Earth's new atmospheric realityTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:03:02 +0000Spy Two Supernovae in June's Night Sky millions of years, their light is finally bright enough to see from EarthTue, 14 Jun 2016 18:26:14 +0000Herring Spawn in Hudson River Tributary for the First Time in 85 Years herring are spawning in Wynants Kill tributary after one of the many dams along the Hudson was removedTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:37:09 +0000Egg Producers Pledge More Humane Fate for Male Chicks technology could make “maceration” go the way of the dodoMon, 13 Jun 2016 18:39:12 +0000Grand Canyon Turns Down Its Lights to Become a Dark Sky Park gazers, rejoice—the skies above the Grand Canyon will never lose their sparkleFri, 10 Jun 2016 17:09:59 +0000Extremeophile Worms Discovered Living in Toxic Colorado Cave Cave in Steamboat Springs is home to a new species of blood-red worm capable of living in a cave full of hydrogen sulfideThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:38:34 +0000Here’s How the Pacific NW Is Preparing for “The Big One”’s the mother of all disaster drills for what could be the worst disaster in American historyThu, 09 Jun 2016 15:01:21 +0000The Four Newest Elements Now Have Names have proposed names for the newest additions to the Periodic TableWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:39:37 +0000This Tropical Fish Can Be Taught to Recognize Human Faces study trained fish to spit at human facesWed, 08 Jun 2016 19:17:13 +0000Researchers Discover World's Tallest Known Tropical Tree in Sabah's "Lost World" 293.6-foot endangered yellow meranti tree on the island of Borneo was discovered by scanning its forestsWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:15:35 +0000Bison Fossils Offer Clues to Track Human Migration Into the Americas analysis of bison fossils show that people likely migrated down the Pacific coast and not through the Rocky MountainsTue, 07 Jun 2016 19:09:17 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclear new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Turkey Sunk an Airplane to Turn It Into a Reef Airbus jumbo jet will soon become home to all sorts of sea lifeMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:49:59 +0000Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Natural Food perch gorge themselves on microplastics, which seems to be stunting growth and affecting natural instinctsMon, 06 Jun 2016 17:31:50 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Rare Blind Salamander’s Eggs Are Finally Hatching have waited with bated breath for monthsFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:52:47 +0000This "Lost Underwater City" Was Actually Made by Microbes these formations may not be evidence of a lost city, they show off some intriguing chemistryThu, 02 Jun 2016 23:01:00 +0000Ruff News: Man’s Best Friend May Have Been Domesticated Twice did Fido come from? It’s complicatedThu, 02 Jun 2016 20:40:44 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000The U.S. Just Announced an Unprecedented Ban on African Ivory tighter rules help reduce global demand? Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:34:49 +0000Thailand’s Controversial "Temple Tigers" Are Finally Free officials found nearly 140 captive tigers as well as 40 dead cubs kept in freezers at the self-proclaimed sanctuaryWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:54:59 +0000New Evidence Shows Peppered Moths Changed Color in Sync With the Industrial Revolution used “jumping genes” as a time machine to track down changes in moths’ appearanceWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:07:49 +0000Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Book little-known fact: The author of “Lolita” was also an avid lepidopteristWed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Are the Fancy New Curling Brooms Fair? Robots and Lasers Will Help Figure It Out “Frankenbrooms” are causing tension amongst the world's curlersTue, 31 May 2016 19:48:04 +0000Bumblebees Detect a Flower's Electric Buzz With Their Fuzz the tiny hairs that cover their bodies, bees can tap into the weak electric field in the atmosphere Tue, 31 May 2016 19:05:10 +0000Neanderthals Built Mysterious Stalagmite Semicircles why?Fri, 27 May 2016 15:53:21 +0000Five Landmarks Threatened by Climate Change a warming planet destroy humankinds' most precious cultural treasures? Fri, 27 May 2016 13:52:43 +0000Tune Into the Smashing Sounds of Large Hadron Collider Data in Real Time made by groundbreaking physicsThu, 26 May 2016 17:40:00 +0000Poverty Linked to DNA Changes That Could Lead to Mental Illness a better understanding of the biomarkers of lower socieconomic status help raise kids out of poverty? Wed, 25 May 2016 18:57:16 +0000Young Adults Are More Likely to Live at Home Than With Significant Others Mom's basement the battlefield for a new social groundswell? Tue, 24 May 2016 20:03:14 +0000Bug Poop Is Turning the Taj Mahal Green make matters worse, constant cleaning is damaging the monument’s delicate marbleTue, 24 May 2016 19:33:02 +0000Where Red Birds Get Their Vibrant Hues studies identify the same gene that makes red birds crimson—and perhaps helps them shed toxins, tooMon, 23 May 2016 19:44:19 +0000Four People Have Died on Everest in as Many Days mountain's terrible toll has set the 2016 climbing season off to a rocky start Mon, 23 May 2016 18:20:00 +0000India’s Space Agency Just Launched a Mini Space Shuttle small step towards a cheaper space programMon, 23 May 2016 17:27:29 +0000The "Antibiotic Apocalypse" Is Upon Us: Five Ways We Can Turn Things Around diseases kill 700,000 people per year, but a new report shows all hope is not lostFri, 20 May 2016 18:56:39 +0000Nile Crocodiles Have Moved to Florida "unusual" crocodilians turned out to be more closely related to South African crocs than American onesFri, 20 May 2016 18:32:26 +0000Say Goodbye to a Historic El Niño and Hello to La Niña are looking ripe for the cooler climate pattern to take over in the PacificFri, 20 May 2016 14:26:12 +0000Conservationists Are Worried That “Finding Dory” Could Be Bad for Exotic Fish and Dory make for problematic petsFri, 20 May 2016 13:46:20 +0000"Sleeping" Birch Trees Rest Their Branches at Night laser scans of trees in Finland and Austria, researchers tracked interesting arboreal behavior Fri, 20 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000Brewery Introduces Edible, Biodegradable Six-Pack Rings Brewery's new packaging is made of beer byproducts and can be eaten by sea lifeThu, 19 May 2016 16:44:06 +0000New Report Says Genetically Engineered Crops Are Safe—But It's Complicated National Academies of Science looked at over 900 studies on GMOs. Here are the five things you need to know Thu, 19 May 2016 15:56:54 +0000The Red Planet and Summer Triangle Will Soon Shine Bright is swooping closer to the Earth this week while the Summer Triangle rises in the skyWed, 18 May 2016 17:47:33 +0000It’s Lamprey Breeding Time in Britain bloodsucking fish are returning rivers that were once too polluted for them to live inWed, 18 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000Climate Fight Moves From the Streets to the Courts actions by both youth and state attorneys are making climate change a legal issue, not just an environmental causeTue, 17 May 2016 18:58:31 +0000Rare Beaked Whale Washes Ashore in Australia unusual teeth, the young female offers researchers a chance to study an elusive cetaceanTue, 17 May 2016 16:51:02 +0000Baby Bison Euthanized After Tourists Try to "Save" It't touch the wildlifeTue, 17 May 2016 15:56:22 +0000Astronomers Recreate Ancient Skies to Date a Nearly 2,600-Year-Old Greek Poem narrow down the dates for when the lonely poet Sappho wrote "Midnight Poem"Mon, 16 May 2016 16:23:11 +0000Massive Effort Underway to Recover More Than 700 Migrants Drowned at Sea scientists hope to use DNA to identify the remainsMon, 16 May 2016 14:44:29 +0000NASA Finally Caught This Crazy Space Weather in Action interactions between the Earth and the Sun’s magnetic fields drive explosive space weatherFri, 13 May 2016 20:36:11 +0000See Mercury's Landscape in Stunning Detail new map of the planet's surface captures the depths of craters and the peaks of volcanic mountainsFri, 13 May 2016 16:04:54 +0000Mice Show How the Zika Virus Can Cause Birth Defects new study offers the first experimental evidence of the virus crossing the placenta and damaging fetal brainsThu, 12 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000Kepler Discovers More Than 1,000 New Exoplanets space telescope is still alive and kickingTue, 10 May 2016 20:54:05 +0000New Polymer Successfully Smooths Wrinkles "second skin" tightens wrinkles and could be used to cover wounds as well as deliver medicationsTue, 10 May 2016 17:20:40 +0000Wasting Disease Clears Way for Young Sea Stars, for Now or not the devastated populations are on the road to recovery remains uncertainTue, 10 May 2016 17:03:15 +0000Leprosy Threatens U.K. Red Squirrel Populations have launched a new study to try to save the furry rodentsTue, 10 May 2016 14:58:43 +0000The Bison Is Now the Official Mammal of the United States big beasts are the first official mammals recognized by the federal governmentMon, 09 May 2016 20:07:42 +0000Will Luxembourg Lead the Race for Space Mining? tiny nation announced its private industry partners for asteroid miningMon, 09 May 2016 19:03:09 +0000Brawny American Lobsters Are Muscling in on Their European Cousins wants to ban live American lobsters for fear they will out-claw their ownMon, 09 May 2016 17:13:58 +0000What Caused the 2011 D.C. Earthquake? thinning mantle led to the 5.8 magnitude shake in the Southeast, and more may be in storeMon, 09 May 2016 14:28:36 +0000Fossil Hunters Uncover 71-Million-Year-Old Trove in Antarctica a plane flight, boat ride, helicopter lift and a lot of hiking, the scientists returned with a massive cache of fossilsFri, 06 May 2016 18:24:18 +0000These Little-Known Nuns Helped Map the Stars century later, the identities of women who mapped over 481,000 stars are finally knownFri, 06 May 2016 15:43:57 +0000Australians Make Beer Out of Belly Button Lint's 7 Cent Brewery will debut a Belgian-style Witbier later this month brewed using yeast strains cultivated from its founders' navelsFri, 06 May 2016 14:21:31 +0000The Oldest Species May Win in the Race to Survive Climate Change's survival of the fittest, and the oldest may be the fittest, new study saysThu, 05 May 2016 19:07:13 +0000Drought Forces Zimbabwe to Sell Its Wild Animals food and water shortages, the country hopes to save it's wildlifeThu, 05 May 2016 17:41:52 +0000Say Au Revoir to France's Foie Gras (Only For a Bit) flu fuels foie gras fearsThu, 05 May 2016 16:41:36 +0000NASA Announces World's New Lightning Hotspot electric capital tops the charts with lightning storms 297 nights per yearThu, 05 May 2016 14:35:00 +0000Why Are Chilean Beaches Covered With Dead Animals? waters have turned the country's once-pristine coast into a putrid sightWed, 04 May 2016 19:35:03 +0000For The First Time in a Decade, Watch Mercury Cross the Sun's Face week's transit of Mercury is one of the major astronomical events of the yearWed, 04 May 2016 17:48:09 +0000The U.S. Has a Massive Cheese Surplus 1.19 billion pounds of cached cheeseWed, 04 May 2016 15:45:56 +0000Yellowstone’s Most Famous Bear Is Dead shot “Scarface”?Tue, 03 May 2016 18:20:00 +0000Boiling Water Could Explain Mysterious Dark Streaks on Mars simulate some of the Red Planet's unique features in an Earth-bound chamberTue, 03 May 2016 15:23:25 +0000Between Bleaching and Boats, Florida’s Coral Reefs Are Struggling to Survive reefs are crumbling in acidifying waters and buried from dredging, according to new reportsTue, 03 May 2016 14:48:54 +0000Nepal Celebrates Two Years Free From Rhino Poaching education and a law enforcement crackdown has helped the tiny nation keep its rhinos safe for 730 days in a rowMon, 02 May 2016 17:02:13 +0000Deep-Sea Researchers Spot a Mysterious Jellyfish Near The Mariana Trench glowing jellyfish was previously unknown to scienceMon, 02 May 2016 16:37:27 +0000Eerie Footage of Over 100 Tons of Burning Ivory Kenyan government burned tusks from over 6,000 elephants to reduce stockpiles of ivory and raise awareness of poachingMon, 02 May 2016 16:20:00 +0000Meteors Will Streak the Skies This Week Thanks to Halley’s Comet't miss this annual showMon, 02 May 2016 15:23:39 +0000