Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000This Huge, Gooey Blob Could Be a Clutch of Squid Eggs blob was the size of a car...and completely baffling to a group of diversTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000No One Knew This Plant Existed Until It Was Posted to Facebook's the emoji for "scientific discovery"? Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milk all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Pluto maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Trees white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalism bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadas’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancing yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Pluto long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune System amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushima odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth former combusion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Meal contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Month’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Space’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Bones video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Ago discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fake at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiers ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths? investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S. are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Hands suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Around study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plague recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Name Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expected so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germany mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013 sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Fault to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violence has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bug used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbacks visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeek French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japan eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellite researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work? not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Cool the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Got the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Francisco was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plague ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Up Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Is Country Air Really Better Than City Air? scientist thinks it’s because of toxic plant chemicals Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000Smelling a Fish May Improve Critical Thinking Skills research shows that gross smells can foster a healthy sense of distrustThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:12:01 +0000After the Dinosaurs Died, Earth Experienced the Age of Fish fossil record shows how ray-finned fishes took over the planet's oceansThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where Should Humans Land on Mars? NASA Wants to Hear Your Suggestions October, the agency will hear proposals on where to put a Mars baseThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Many Craters Are There On Earth? as many as you might thinkTue, 30 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Travel Inside a Human Heart With This Video informative video shows off a research team’s simulation of the beating heartTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:33:02 +0000See Three of Saturn’s Moons Pose in a Family Photo in orbit, Cassini captures a stunning shot of three crescents Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Scientists Want to Flood the Grand Canyon sediment flowing through the canyon, it loses sandbars vital to the river ecosystemMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:03:05 +0000The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soon could receive artificial blood transfusions as early as 2017Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000That Time a Mushroom Coral Ate a Sea Slug observed the rare event off the coast of ThailandFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:59:33 +0000Jumping Worms Have Invaded Wisconsin wriggling worm is becoming a problem in the MidwestFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:52:31 +0000Urine (Not Chlorine) Causes Red Eyes in Pools spreads the word about the peril of pee in poolsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Pet Goldfish Released into the Wild Are Getting Really Huge goldfish are trouble for native fishFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000Racehorse Speed Hasn’t Peaked Yet how will horses fare in the race to get faster?Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000Mustard Is A Product Of Evolutionary Warfare Between Plants And Caterpillars produce mustard oils to fight off pests in a chemical conflict that’s been waged for millions of yearsThu, 25 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Lakes on Saturn’s Moon are Really Sinkholes Filled With Liquid Methane and Ethane and changeable lakes might form just as certain water-filled lakes do on EarthThu, 25 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Genetically Modified Sheep was Sent to a Slaughter House and Sold for Meat lamb came from a agricultural research lab and was equipped with a jellyfish gene Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Can Hookworms Cure Hayfever? But we need to learn a lot more about them before they hit pharmacy shelvesTue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +000016 Million Years Ago This Giant Bat Walked the Jungles of New Zealand new fossil gives clues to just how long ago bats arrived on the islandsTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Mystery of the Failed Chlamydia Vaccine the 1960s, a vaccine for chlamydia made patients more susceptible to chlamydia. Now scientists know whyMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do Scientists Weigh a Supermassive Black Hole? new method puts the mass of one black hole at 140 million times the mass of our SunMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Venus (Probably) Has Active Volcanoes they’re (probably) erupting! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:00 +0000Colorado Hopes This Asian Wasp Can Save its Trees are hoping to use one non-native species to fight another, more destructive oneMon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Pickle A Day May Keep Your Anxiety At Bay food appears to calm the nerves of the socially challengedMon, 22 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brain it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachers match DNA in seized tusks to elephant dung to map where poaching is taking placeMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:17:32 +000070-Year-Old Tree Cut Down in NYC Will be Cloned and Planted Again of Astoria, Queens asked an arborist for help when a beloved neighborhood tree got the axMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:09:46 +0000Here Are The Animals That Are the Best at Pretending to Be Poop caterpillars change their posture to look like bird dung, and they’re not aloneFri, 19 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippines creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water columnFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Does it Really Mean to Be 99 Percent Chimp? video breaks down our statistical similarity to chimpanzeesFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is Why Developing an HIV Vaccine is Really Hard three decades researchers have been working to protect against the tricky virus Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:47:00 +0000How Will Climate Change Affect National Park Attendance? new analysis of the effect of global warming on tourism has things heating up in some areas, staying lukewarm in othersFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:41:21 +0000Louisiana's Bears Are Making a Comeback state thinks the bears are doing well enough to merit removal from protected status. Others disagreeThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Could the Sounds of Cod Having Sex Save a Species (and an Economy)? on “spawning haystacks” is helping fishermen make more money and biologists preserve a floundering fish populationWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:46 +0000Some African Countries Are Trying to Use Science to Make Homophobic Laws, Now African Scientists are Pushing Back African countries have tried to use science to justify laws that criminalize homosexualityWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:31 +0000Forget Llamas and Lions, Flamingos Are the Best Escape Artists pink birds are tougher than they lookWed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bears are Eating Dolphins, Probably Thanks to Climate Change warmer winter lured a pod of white-beaked dolphins north but then ice trapped them, sealing their fate as a polar bear's mealTue, 16 Jun 2015 18:23:42 +0000Comet Lander Philae Wakes Up From Nap"Are you there, Rosetta? It's me Philae"Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Dinosaurs (Probably) Never Saw the Grand Canyon canyon likely didn't exist in time to be a hang out for giant lizardsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Saturn’s Rings Extend Farther Than Thought — Nearly 4 Million Miles From the Planet outermost ring is dark and dustyFri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behold the Weird Beauty of Mold aren’t quite sure why mold comes in so many colorsThu, 11 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Lose's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000How to Build the Perfect Campfire confirms that the best way to build a campfire really is the best way to build a campfireThu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000West African Chimps Regularly Drink Alcoholic Palm Sap over 17 years show this isn’t just an experiment for the apesThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Computer Runs on Water new class of computers takes advantage of the physical properties of waterWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:57:28 +0000Here's What Happens When You Culture the Bacteria on an Eight-Year-Old’s Hand of cooties growTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Meet the Mites That Live on Your Face microscopic organisms live and die on your faceTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:56:55 +0000Visit the Pacific’s Deepest Hydrothermal Vents With Underwater Robots spotted the vents nearly 12,500 feet beneath the surface during an expedition mapping the floor of the Pescadero BasinFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000There’s no Sound Evidence That Placenta Eating is a Good Idea scientific literature is skimpy and the organ’s biology indicates there might be reasons to abstainFri, 05 Jun 2015 17:43:45 +0000NASA Will Lose Contact With Mars for 14 Days This Month conjunction with the sun will cause a two-week pause in commands to NASA Mars missionsFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:27:31 +0000Stop Calling Flibanserin "Female Viagra" the FDA weighs the merits of a new drug to boost female libido, it's clear this is not a little blue pill for womenFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:10:41 +0000Mini Beavers Once Roamed Oregon of a squirrel-sized from in eastern Oregon may be related to modern beaversFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Yes, Lions Will Hunt Humans if Given the Chance tragic attack at a South AFrican park serves as a reminder that lions are predators and humans are preyFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000Chimpanzees Can Learn to Cook a microwave-like tool, chimpanzees become chefsThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Listen to the Dulcet Purr of a Wolf Spider seduce females by making leaves vibrateWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Tallest Muir Woods Redwood Is Way Younger Than Scientists Expected dating studies show the tree is only 777 years oldWed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Washing Clothes in Cold Water You're doing it wrongMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Perfumers Are Analyzing the Stench of Toilets warning: Toilet chemistry is not for the faint of stomachMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000