Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:49:37 +0000Mission Complete: Rosetta's 12 Year Journey Is Over the early hours of the morning, Rosetta crashed into comet 67P in styleThu, 29 Sep 2016 16:09:42 +0000Pediatricians Switch Up Screen Time Rules for Tots say there’s no “one size fits all” approach to introducing kids to technologyMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:49:37 +0000American Scientists Took the First Photo of Earth From Space Using Nazi Rockets years ago, researchers at White Sands Missile Base strapped a movie camera to a V2 rocket to get a bird's-eye view of our planet Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:27:44 +0000Scientists Hijacked Tobacco Plants to Make Malaria Drugs promising new advance could make the world's best anti-malarial drug more widely availableMon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Just Discovered a Missing Link Between San Francisco’s Faults of California's most active fault lines appear to be a 118-mile-long fault insteadFri, 21 Oct 2016 19:13:40 +0000London's Natural History Museum Selects Best Wildlife Photos of the Year crows in the local park, to fish in the Pacific and lions in Africa, this year's images show the variety and beauty of life on earthFri, 21 Oct 2016 19:00:14 +0000Scientists Stumble on a New Way to Tackle Carbon Emissions: Turn It Into Alcohol surprising new use for nanotechnology essentially reverses combustionFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:21:22 +0000This Breathtaking Map Traces Hydrogen Throughout the Milky Way have made the most detailed map of our home galaxy’s hydrogen currently possibleThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:56:42 +0000Neanderthals May Have Given Us Both Good Genes and Nasty Diseases analysis shows ancient hominds transmitted genes that may have helped us adapt quicker to Europe and Asia. They also gave us HPV.Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:01:51 +0000First Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska's Denali National Park found four small fragments of dino fossils, proving the acidic soil 70 million years ago could have preserved bonesThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:06:56 +0000Schiaparelli Mars Lander Likely Crashed on Descent European Space Agency lost contact with the Schiaparelli probe after it jettisoned its heat shield and deployed its parachuteThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:32 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War I blooms help the world commemorate a bloody warThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +0000Cave Paintings Help Unravel the Mystery of the ‘Higgs Bison' hybrid bovine has been a missing link in the ancestral tree of modern European bisonWed, 19 Oct 2016 19:19:53 +000010,000 Scrotum Frogs Found Dead Near Lake Titicaca 10,000 of the world's largest water frogs were found dead along the Coata River, a tributary of the heavily polluted lakeWed, 19 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Did a Comet Set Off Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago? glass beads found in New Jersey and Bermuda suggest this dramatic warming period began with an impactTue, 18 Oct 2016 18:41:32 +0000Goodbye, Jia Jia: World's Oldest Captive Panda Dies at Age 38 her long life, Jia Jia helped the dwindling number of pandas bounce backTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:36:22 +0000Hungry for Morel Mushrooms? Head to Yosemite turns out that the shriveled shrooms love forests ravaged by fireTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:19:27 +0000Uranus May Have Been Hiding Two Moons spotted ripples in the planet's rings, which may be tracks left from two tiny moonsTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:56:04 +0000Countries Agree to Cut Harmful Refrigerants: What You Need to Know the weekend, nearly 200 nations agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a super greenhouse gas used in air conditioners and refrigerators Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:26:48 +0000Five Things to Know About the Schiaparelli Probe Heading for a Touchdown on Mars lot is riding on the European Space Agency’s first Mars landerMon, 17 Oct 2016 16:29:00 +0000Craters Are Forming on the Moon Faster Than Anyone Predicted research digs into the changes on the pockmarked lunar surfaceMon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Creating an Atlas of Human Cells Human Cell Atlas will boldly go where science, surprisingly, hasn’t gone beforeMon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000There Are Ten Times as Many Galaxies as Previously Thought these latest estimates, two trillion galaxies are scattered throughout the vast universeFri, 14 Oct 2016 19:43:38 +0000Commercial Modules Are Coming to the International Space Station. But You Can't Visit Anytime Soon, slow steps for private spaceflightFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:42:06 +0000Antarctic Fossil Suggests Ancient Birds Honked Not Sang analysis of two fossils provides the first evidence of ancient noisemakers Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Many of NASA's Recent Successes Actually Date Back to the Bush Administration leaps, launches and grand plans for the futureThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:56:53 +0000Say Hello to Our Solar System’s Newest Dwarf Planet the dwarf planet could help in the search for Planet NineThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:45:03 +0000Feeding Silkworms Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Makes Super-Tough Silk diet rich in graphene or carbon nanotubes causes the creatures to produce a fiber twice as strong as normal silkThu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Athletes Rejoice: Study Shows Sex Before Competitions Is Probably Fine's no evidence that getting down and dirty before sporting events has negative effects—and it may have benefitsTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:40:54 +0000Five Things to Know About Ada Lovelace “Countess of Computing” didn’t just create the world’s first computer program—she foresaw a digital futureTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:16:39 +0000Major Martian Dust Storms Might Soon Envelope the Red Planet plus for meteorologists but perhaps bad news for roversTue, 11 Oct 2016 15:15:51 +0000 New Study Highlights Coke and Pepsi's Uncomfortable Links to Health Organizations five years, the two soda companies sponsored at least 96 health and medical groupsTue, 11 Oct 2016 13:48:33 +0000New Sanctuary for Rare and Fluffy Wildcats to Open in Siberia their numbers dwindle, the poofy Pallas’ Cats will finally get their own protected parkMon, 10 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +0000Bumblebees Are Tiny Teachers fuzzy, buzzy creatures are capable of more than you might thinkFri, 07 Oct 2016 16:57:42 +0000 Why Those Headlines About Rising Food Costs Are So Confusing's more to the storyFri, 07 Oct 2016 15:23:04 +0000"Extinct" Variety of Tree Rediscovered at Queen's Palace in Scotland Wentworth elms identified at Holyroodhouse escaped Dutch elm disease, which destroyed millions of other treesThu, 06 Oct 2016 19:12:24 +0000Have Humans Hit Their Maximum Lifespan? say 115 years old is the ceiling for most of us—with a few outliers able to live a bit longerThu, 06 Oct 2016 18:58:16 +0000October Skies Herald Meteor Showers Throughout the Month Draconid and Orionid meteor showers will streak across night skies this monthThu, 06 Oct 2016 16:33:24 +0000Conservationists Butt Heads With U.S. Government Over Red Wolf Repopulation Program judge recently ordered the Fish and Wildlife Service to let the endangered wolves stay where they areThu, 06 Oct 2016 15:06:31 +0000Cod May Have Regional "Accents" That Could Spawn Trouble When Breeding fish communication could help scientists learn more about the impact of underwater noise pollutionThu, 06 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded for Big Advancements in Ultra-Tiny Machines winning trio created the building blocks of nanomachines that have the potential to revolutionize many fields of science and industryWed, 05 Oct 2016 15:00:11 +0000Botswana Unexpectedly Reverses Course on Ivory Trade southern African nation now supports protection for the animals instead of limited sales of ivoryTue, 04 Oct 2016 18:36:50 +0000Here’s What Scientists Found in Hawaii’s Mysterious “Twilight Zone” coral reefs reveal their secrets in a study two decades in the makingTue, 04 Oct 2016 17:43:24 +0000Nobel Physics Prize Goes to Exploration of Exotic Matter, Explained in Bagels probed superconductors and superfluids, launching the ongoing hunt for strange phases of matterTue, 04 Oct 2016 16:29:54 +0000Researchers Just Discovered One of the Largest Dinosaur Footprints Ever Found in the Gobi desert, the tracks of the titanosaur show that the beast certainly lived up to its nameTue, 04 Oct 2016 14:28:54 +0000Adiós, Toughie: The Last Known Rabb’s Fringe-Limbed Tree Frog Dies in Atlanta his discovery in 2005, Toughie the frog has been the face of amphibian extinctionTue, 04 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000Campsite Places Humans in Argentina 14,000 Years Ago at the site Arroyo Seco 2 include stone tools and evidence that humans were hunting giant sloths, giant armadillos and extinct horse speciesMon, 03 Oct 2016 19:57:03 +0000Vibrant Lightning Sprites Spark Above Hurricane Matthew photographer’s good eye captures an elusive phenomenonMon, 03 Oct 2016 18:31:33 +0000Watch This Faux Flower Bloom Thanks to Shape-Shifting Plastic developed a new polymer that changes shape over time, which could lead to a new class of medical implantsMon, 03 Oct 2016 17:00:00 +0000Hear the Recreated Voice of Ötzi the Iceman CT scans of the Neolithic man's vocal tract, Italian researchers have approximated the way he pronounced his vowelsMon, 03 Oct 2016 16:33:19 +0000Japanese Scientist Wins Nobel Prize for Discovering How Cells Cannibalize Worn Out Parts stripping old engine parts awayMon, 03 Oct 2016 15:09:09 +0000Doggonit: Genes That Make Fido Human Friendly Also Linked to Mental Disorders’ diversity could make them vulnerable to disorders similar to OCD and autismFri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:57 +0000Should Californians Stress Out About the New Earthquake Advisory?'s what you need to knowFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:12:44 +0000Why Iceland’s Biggest City Turned Off Its Lights for One Night decided to pause in the dark to witness one of Earth’s most beautiful phenomenaFri, 30 Sep 2016 15:15:36 +0000Our Galactic Neighborhood Is Bigger Than Scientists Once Thought spur, hello spiral armFri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Whoops—Dams and Reservoirs Release Tons of Greenhouse Gases study shows reservoirs are actually a major source of carbon emissionsThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:47:55 +0000The Search for Buddy the Kidnapped Penguin Continues students stole and released an endangered African penguin from an Oceanarium. The problem is Buddy doesn't have the skills to surviveThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:28:41 +0000Sorry, Stargazers: There’s No Way to See This Weekend’s Black Moon’s just a trumped-up nickname for a new moonWed, 28 Sep 2016 19:03:56 +0000Over 180 Countries Just Approved a Ban on Pangolin Trafficking’s a big win for a weird little creatureWed, 28 Sep 2016 17:11:12 +0000Welcome the First "Three-Parent" Baby Into the World doctor John Zhang and his team transplanted DNA from one egg to another to prevent a fatal mitochondrial diseaseWed, 28 Sep 2016 16:45:15 +0000You, Too, Could Own a Copy of the Voyager Golden Record records is producing a box set of the album sent into the cosmos to reach out to potential extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Sep 2016 15:27:56 +0000Evidence Stacks Up for Icy Geysers Erupting on Europa water plumes could give researchers a way to study Jupiter’s moon without drillingTue, 27 Sep 2016 17:04:37 +0000Nine in Ten People Worldwide Breathe Dangerous Air Every Day WHO just released the most detailed air pollution report ever—and the results are soberingTue, 27 Sep 2016 16:35:32 +0000Scientists Catch Schrödinger’s Cat on Camera cats were harmed in the making of this scienceTue, 27 Sep 2016 15:42:35 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows How Cats Spread Around the World spread in two waves including moving around Europe on Viking ships, according to researchersTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:50:15 +0000China Switches on the World's Largest Radio Telescope 1,640 feet across, the massive device will scour the skies for signs of life and new galaxiesMon, 26 Sep 2016 19:09:43 +0000Chinese Malls Are Filled With Sad Animals cities spread, so do depressing mall zoosMon, 26 Sep 2016 18:43:34 +0000NASA Didn’t Change Your Astrological Sign, Blame It on Earth's Wobbly Rotation is not a scienceMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:50:00 +0000Watch Acoustic Holograms Create Complex Shapes and Levitate Droplets mesmarizing effects are created using only a plastic 3-D printed plate and speakerMon, 26 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000New Movie Posters Turn Scientists Into Superheroes Center for Infectious Disease Research recasts the fight against disease in a series of movie and comic book-style postersMon, 26 Sep 2016 14:43:34 +0000This Music Was Composed by Climate Change forests make magnificently melancholy listeningFri, 23 Sep 2016 17:43:55 +0000New DNA Analysis Shows Aboriginal Australians Are the World's Oldest Society group was the first to split after a single wave of migration out of Africa took place between 51,000 and 72,000 years ago, study showsFri, 23 Sep 2016 15:05:28 +0000Mexican Police Raid Sawmills to Protect Monarch Butterfly Habitat authorities closed down seven illegal logging operations near the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in MichoacánThu, 22 Sep 2016 17:07:48 +0000Water Bear Genes Could Help Protect Space Explorers From Radiation protein produced by tardigrades, a group of microscopic but hardy creatures, protects and repairs DNA damaged by X-raysWed, 21 Sep 2016 19:40:19 +0000Extreme Birdwatching Is a Thing, and This Could Be Its Greatest Year Ever El Niño for a Big Year that's bashing previous recordsWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:22:52 +0000Blind People Can Use Visual Areas of the Brain to Solve Math Problems brain is a highly adaptable organWed, 21 Sep 2016 15:08:22 +0000France Waves 'Au Revoir' to Plastic Tableware it doesn't come from biological sources, the country's new motto is "just say <i>non</i>" Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:33:44 +0000Scientists Finally Figured Out Why Pluto Has That Icy Heart dwarf planet’s geography, atmosphere and chemistry helped form its most famous featureTue, 20 Sep 2016 19:01:06 +0000Scientists Puzzle Over Unusual Mammoth Skull Unearthed in the Channel Islands well-preserved fossil doesn't neatly fit in with other examples of the speciesTue, 20 Sep 2016 18:42:51 +0000A Brief History of America’s Complicated Relationship With Wild Horses iconic symbol of the Wild West has a tangled and controversial storyTue, 20 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000Record-Breaking Lightning Strikes Force Redefinition of the Thunderbolt 199.5-mile-long streak captured the title for world's longest and a 7.74-second blast won world's brightestMon, 19 Sep 2016 20:17:13 +0000Stalking Down Answers: Why Are Some Redwoods White? mysterious pale trees many not just be odd genetic mutations, a new study findsMon, 19 Sep 2016 18:31:28 +0000Augmented Reality Art Imagines What Could Be Seattle’s Weird, Bleak Future envisions mutant flowers and drone-like seaweed that may one day take over a post-climate change SeattleMon, 19 Sep 2016 15:24:37 +0000This Weekend's Stargazing Triple Threat: Harvest Moon, Eclipse and Possible Supermoon will be the last harvest moon eclipse until 2024Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:14:52 +0000Obama Declares the First Atlantic Ocean National Marine Monument the announcement of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, Obama solidifies his legacy as an ocean guardianThu, 15 Sep 2016 20:05:47 +0000Earliest Evidence of Indigo Dye Found at Ancient Peruvian Burial Site dyed fabrics represent the earliest known use of indigo in the world, predating Egyptian samples by about 1,600 yearsThu, 15 Sep 2016 19:44:00 +0000People Feel More Tipsy if Their Friends Are Already Drunk perceived levels of intoxication could help cities combat disorderly conductThu, 15 Sep 2016 16:13:14 +0000Resupply Helps Trapped Arctic Scientists Scare Off Polar Bear "Siege" sea ice cover at record lows, polar bear conflict with humans becomes more commonThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:40:14 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Breathtaking Details of Our Rapidly Changing World photos capture moments of stark change in the natural world in the Royal Society’s second annual contestWed, 14 Sep 2016 23:01:00 +0000Behold a Billion Stars in This Stunning New Map of the Milky Way from Gaia satellite data, this stellar new map is the most complete chart of our galaxy to dateWed, 14 Sep 2016 20:48:03 +0000This Camera Uses Radiation to Read Closed Books need to open a book to read past its coverWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:10:00 +0000Understanding the Controversy Behind the Dakota Access Pipeline to know as protesters and the oil company continue to clashWed, 14 Sep 2016 15:00:13 +0000New xkcd Comic Masterfully Shows How Climate Has Changed Through Time through 20,000 years of humorously illustrated climate dataWed, 14 Sep 2016 14:31:41 +0000 Sugar Study Draws Attention to Food Industry’s Sour Secret industries have long opened their wallets to snag a piece of the science pie Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:32:13 +0000Second Ship From Sir John Franklin's 19th-Century Expedition Found years and a day after its sister ship was discovered, Canadian researchers find the H.M.S. <i>Terror</i>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:51:28 +0000What Does Science Say About the Five-Second Rule? It’s Complicated real world is a lot more nuanced than this simple rule reflectsTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:28:54 +0000Watch E.coli Evolve Before Your Eyes is how antibiotic resistance happensTue, 13 Sep 2016 16:22:23 +0000Fish Industry On the Hook for Rampant Mislabeling of Species new report identifies rampant fraud in the seafood industryMon, 12 Sep 2016 18:36:47 +0000A Starchy Sixth Sense Could Explain Why Humans Love Carbs tongues may be even more sensitive than once thoughtMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:55:15 +0000There Are Four Giraffe Species—Not Just One downside to this revelation: several of the new species are critically endangeredMon, 12 Sep 2016 16:21:52 +0000This Slo-Mo Sneeze Video Shows Just How Far Spray Clouds Can Spread as it may be, by mapping the ejected sneeze droplets, researchers hope to better control the spread of diseaseMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:50:00 +0000Thousands of Toilets Submerged in NY Harbor Go From Bathroom Throne to Oyster Home’s much too soon to eat them, thoughMon, 12 Sep 2016 15:28:35 +0000These Stunning Images Capture the Unseen Beauty of Booze to the magic of polarized light microscopy Mon, 12 Sep 2016 15:05:16 +0000DNA from 17th-Century Teeth Confirms Cause of London’s Great Plague excavated from a mass grave during London’s Crossrail project yield new clues about the ancient mysteryFri, 09 Sep 2016 18:44:52 +0000Your Brain Is Full of Magnetic Minerals, and You Might Not Like the Reason Why air pollution for the microscopic minerals that go up your nose and into your nogginThu, 08 Sep 2016 16:35:18 +0000Watch OSIRIS-REx Head to the Cosmos to Grab a Scoop of Asteroid Dust, NASA will launch the spacecraft which will travel to the nearby asteroid BennuThu, 08 Sep 2016 14:38:56 +0000Delayed InSight Mission to Mars Slated to Launch in 2018 redesigned equipment, scientists hope to unearth how the Red Planet came to beWed, 07 Sep 2016 19:46:20 +0000Explore Skulls and Artifacts From a 16th-Century Warship <i>Mary Rose</i> was the pride of Henry VIII’s fleet before it sank at seaWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:10:22 +0000Remembering the Tasmanian Tiger, 80 Years After It Became Extinct, the animal’s memory is alive and well in AustraliaWed, 07 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0000Giant Pandas Are No Longer Endangered but Are Still in Danger aren't the only ones in trouble: the state of the great apes is more dire than everTue, 06 Sep 2016 17:29:10 +0000After Two Years of Searching, Comet Lander Philae Finally Found of the small probe come just weeks before the mission ends with Rosetta’s comet touchdownTue, 06 Sep 2016 16:45:47 +0000Awesome New Maps Show Alaska in High-Resolution Detail ArcticDEMs are the first set of detailed elevation maps of the Great White NorthTue, 06 Sep 2016 15:46:43 +0000Identical Twin Puppies Confirmed for the First Time Irish wolfhounds from South Africa shared the same placenta and have the same genetic makeupTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:58:04 +0000Mosquito Sprayers Accidentally "Nuke" Millions of Bees in South Carolina reports of four new Zika cases, Dorchester County aerial sprayed insecticide, destroying several beekeeping operationsFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:31:59 +0000Two Pterosaur Finds Are Helping to Untangle Their Family Tree intact skull and a pint-sized species offer clues to how these creatures evolvedFri, 02 Sep 2016 19:00:06 +0000Streams Around Baltimore Are Flush With Amphetamines many people are sending drugs down the drain, increasing amounts are ending up in waterwaysFri, 02 Sep 2016 16:26:06 +0000The Science Behind Hawaii's Double Hurricane two cyclones in the ocean is not rare, but when they get too close to each other things can get crazyThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:01:46 +0000Scientists Think They Could Have Found Earth’s Oldest Fossil a young Earth old enough to support life 3.7 billion years ago? Wed, 31 Aug 2016 21:04:46 +0000Deadly Fungal Infections Are Growing Antibiotic Resistance used in agriculture may be impacting the effectiveness of some medicinesWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:54:56 +0000Unnerving Find: Cells That Control Goosebumps and Nipple Erections new study documents eight new types of nerve cells, including ones that control sweating and blood flowWed, 31 Aug 2016 16:10:00 +0000The U.S. Government Is Buying Tons of Eggs and Cheese Depression-Era program is helping bail out America’s egg and dairy farmersWed, 31 Aug 2016 15:29:00 +0000That "Strong" SETI Signal Probably Isn't Aliens folks, E.T. is still not phoning homeTue, 30 Aug 2016 21:16:20 +0000Crew From NASA's Yearlong Mars Simulation Finally Emerges From the Dome Martians say aloha to a challenging experiment Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:09:31 +0000Rare Dodo Composite Skeleton Goes On Sale British auction house is selling one of only a dozen known dodo skeletons, put together by a collector from the bones of several birds Mon, 29 Aug 2016 19:15:31 +0000The Great Barrier Reef Has Been Hiding Another Massive Reef iconic coral reef sits above an even deeper oneMon, 29 Aug 2016 19:11:53 +0000Rare Great White Shark Nursery Discovered Off the Coast of New York find North Atlantic great whites spend their first 20 years in the waters off Montauk, Long IslandMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:24:22 +0000Mesmerizing Animation Shows Potential Animal Escape Routes in a Warming World"Migrations in Motion" models the journeys over 2,900 species may take to find new habitatsMon, 29 Aug 2016 13:40:30 +0000