Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +0000Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterraneanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venomous-lionfish-invade-mediterranean-180959616/A 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 Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-wings-dating-back-age-dinosaurs-found-frozen-amber-180959599/The 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 Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-windfall-under-californias-drought-stricken-central-valley-180959590/Though 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 Heliumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-found-huge-reservoir-much-needed-helium-180959592/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" Vegetableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-will-soon-taste-martian-vegetable-180959579/After 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 Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescope-gets-another-five-years-life-180959583/These 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 Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perfume-smells-comet-180959574/Yum?Mon, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Watch Scientists Make Their Own Lavahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-scientists-make-their-own-lava-180959560/Basaltic 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. Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-60-years-mountaineer-and-pilot-determine-highest-peaks-us-arctic-180959555/Glaciologist 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 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spixs-macaw-thought-extinct-wild-videoed-brazil-180959576/Captured 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landfill-surprises-scientists-12-million-year-old-whale-fossils-180959566/The 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 Awardshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teen-sex-and-flesh-eating-maggot-studies-receive-2016-golden-goose-awards-180959559/Both quirky and important, these studies went against the grainMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Some Genes Remain "Alive" for Days After the Body Dieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-genes-remain-alive-days-after-body-dies-180959552/Studies 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 Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-cat-can-see-night-because-dinosaurs-180959520/Mammals 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 Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-environmental-activists-reaches-all-time-high-180959528/At 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.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/editing-human-genes-may-begin-years-end-us-180959532/The 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 Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-strengthens-case-wet-ocean-beneath-plutos-surface-180959534/Features 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 Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-mapped-how-california-rises-and-falls-around-its-most-famous-fault-180959529/Scientists 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 Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/event-wiped-out-dinosaurs-nearly-did-mammals-well-180959521/New 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 Environmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trader-joes-agreed-fix-its-fridges-environment-180959524/The 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 Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-sperm-whale-alive-today-may-have-descended-same-female-180959519/An 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 Sectorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-brexit-would-mean-for-uks-arts-sciences-and-other-sectors-180959516/Exiting 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-look-what-happens-brain-when-music-causes-chills-180959481/The 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 Tomatohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contentious-history-cherry-tomato-180959420/The salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Meet Three of Earth's Tiny Celestial Buddieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-guide-earths-other-moons-1-180959468/A 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 Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-horde-giant-crabs-amass-australian-coast-180959463/Hundreds. Of thousands. Of crabs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000India Gives Go-Ahead for Farmers to Cull "Vermin"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-gives-go-ahead-farmers-cull-vermin-180959460/The 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 Postershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-retro-mars-recruitment-posters-180959453/Farmers, 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-tagging-along-behind-earth-lost-puppy-180959459/It's our very own “quasi-moon”Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-may-have-found-fatal-flaw-dream-building-space-elevator-180959417/Carbon 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 Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-will-happen-when-juno-gets-jupiter-180959454/It all goes down July 4Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:48:18 +0000New Agreement Will Help Protect the Amazon Basinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-agreement-will-protect-amazon-basin-180959450/Earth's largest tropical rainforest just got a slew of new allies Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:25:00 +0000Cats Are Adorable Physicistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-are-adorable-physicists-180959435/Beneath 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'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/submersible-maps-wreck-andrea-doria-180959436/Researchers 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 Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-waves-strike-twice-180959438/Scientists announce the second detection of gravitational wavesWed, 15 Jun 2016 20:16:24 +0000This Jupiter-Sized Planet Is the Largest Found Orbiting Two Sunshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-sized-planet-largest-found-orbiting-two-suns-180959407/Any 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 Milestonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-carbon-dioxide-levels-surpass-long-feared-milestone-180959405/Say 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 Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spy-two-supernovae-june-night-sky-180959400/After 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 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herring-spawn-hudson-river-tributary-after-first-many-dam-removals-180959396/River 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 Chickshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egg-producers-pledge-more-humane-fate-male-chicks-180959394/Better 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 Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyon-dims-lights-become-dark-sky-park-180959377/Star 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 Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/clumps-extremeophile-worms-discovered-living-toxic-colorado-cave-180959349/Sulphur 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”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-pacific-nw-preparing-big-one-180959354/It’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 Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-newest-elements-now-have-names-180959350/Scientists 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 Faceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-fish-can-be-taught-recognize-human-faces-180959340/New 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"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-worlds-tallest-known-tropical-tree-sabahs-lost-world-180959344/A 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 Americashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-bison-track-migration-humans-americas-180959334/DNA 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 Nuclearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marshall-islands-are-becoming-less-nuclear-180959332/A 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 Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turkey-turning-airplane-reef-180959323/An 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 Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-fish-prefer-plastic-over-natural-foods-180959320/Larval 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 Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/x-rays-reveal-hidden-library-spines-early-books-180959317/Researchers 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 Hatchinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-blind-salamanders-eggs-are-finally-hatching-180959300/Biologists have waited with bated breath for monthsFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:52:47 +0000This "Lost Underwater City" Was Actually Made by Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-underwater-city-was-actually-made-microbes-180959299/Though 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 Twicehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mans-best-friend-may-have-been-domesticated-twice-180959297/Where did Fido come from? It’s complicatedThu, 02 Jun 2016 20:40:44 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteoritehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-tuts-dagger-was-made-meteorite-180959294/X-ray 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 Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-just-announced-unprecedented-ban-african-ivory-180959291/Will tighter rules help reduce global demand? Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:34:49 +0000Thailand’s Controversial "Temple Tigers" Are Finally Freehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thailands-controversial-tinder-tigers-are-finally-free-180959283/Thai 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 Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-peppered-moths-changed-color-sync-industrial-revolution-180959282/Scientists 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 Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vladimir-nabokovs-butterfly-drawings-take-flight-new-book-180959264/A 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 Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-using-robots-study-fancy-new-curling-brooms-180959263/So-called “Frankenbrooms” are causing tension amongst the world's curlersTue, 31 May 2016 19:48:04 +0000Bumblebees Detect a Flower's Electric Buzz With Their Fuzzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-detect-flowers-electric-buzz-their-fuzz-180959270/Using 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 Semicircleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-built-mysterious-stalagmite-semicircles-180959257/But why?Fri, 27 May 2016 15:53:21 +0000Five Landmarks Threatened by Climate Change http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-landmarks-threatened-climate-change-180959248/Will 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 Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tune-smashing-sound-large-hadron-collider-data-real-time-180959240/Grooves made by groundbreaking physicsThu, 26 May 2016 17:40:00 +0000Poverty Linked to DNA Changes That Could Lead to Mental Illnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poverty-changes-dna-linked-mental-illness-180959235/Could 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 Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-adults-are-more-likely-live-home-significant-others-180959223/Is Mom's basement the battlefield for a new social groundswell? Tue, 24 May 2016 20:03:14 +0000Bug Poop Is Turning the Taj Mahal Greenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bug-poop-turning-taj-mahal-green-180959222/To make matters worse, constant cleaning is damaging the monument’s delicate marbleTue, 24 May 2016 19:33:02 +0000Where Red Birds Get Their Vibrant Hueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-red-birds-get-their-vibrant-hues-180959211/Two 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 Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-people-have-died-everest-many-days-180959209/The 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 Shuttlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-space-agency-just-launched-small-reusable-model-space-shuttle-180959208/One 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antibiotic-apocalypse-upon-us-five-ways-we-can-turn-things-around-1-180959188/Antibiotic-resistant 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 Floridahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nile-crocodiles-have-moved-florida-180959189/Three "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 Niñahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/say-goodbye-historic-el-nino-get-ready-welcome-la-nina-180959178/Conditions 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 Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conservationists-are-worried-finding-dory-could-be-bad-exotic-fish-180959179/Nemo and Dory make for problematic petsFri, 20 May 2016 13:46:20 +0000"Sleeping" Birch Trees Rest Their Branches at Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleeping-birch-trees-rest-their-branches-night-180959175/Using 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 Ringshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brewery-introduces-edible-biodegrable-six-pack-rings-180959172/Saltwater 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 Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-says-genetically-engineered-crops-are-safe-but-its-complicated-180959169/The 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 Brighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/red-planet-and-summer-triangle-shine-bright-tonight-180959151/Mars 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 Britainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-lamprey-breeding-time-britain-180959138/The 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 Courtshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-fight-moves-streets-courts-180959100/Recent 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 Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-beaked-whale-washes-ashore-australia-180959139/Sporting 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" Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-bison-euthanized-after-tourists-try-save-it-180959142/Don't touch the wildlifeTue, 17 May 2016 15:56:22 +0000Astronomers Recreate Ancient Skies to Date a Nearly 2,600-Year-Old Greek Poemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-recreate-ancient-skies-date-nearly-2600-year-old-greek-poem-180959135/Researchers 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 Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-effort-underway-recover-700-migrants-drowned-sea-180959112/Forensic scientists hope to use DNA to identify the remainsMon, 16 May 2016 14:44:29 +0000NASA Finally Caught This Crazy Space Weather in Actionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-watched-fundamental-part-space-weather-action-180959113/The 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 Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-mercurys-landscape-stunning-detail-180959096/A 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 Defectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mice-show-how-zika-virus-can-cause-birth-defects-180959059/A 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 Exoplanetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-discovered-more-1000-new-exoplanets-180959049/The space telescope is still alive and kickingTue, 10 May 2016 20:54:05 +0000New Polymer Successfully Smooths Wrinkleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-polymer-successfully-smooths-wrinkles-180959044/This "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 Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasting-disease-clears-way-young-sea-stars-now-180959034/Whether 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 Populationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leprosy-threatens-red-squirrel-populations-uk-180959039/Researchers 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 Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bison-now-official-mammal-united-states-180958921/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/will-luxembourg-lead-race-space-mining-180959031/The 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 Cousinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brawny-american-lobsters-are-muscling-their-european-cousins-180959027/Sweden 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-caused-dc-earthquake-2011-180959019/A 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 Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-hunters-uncover-17-million-year-old-trove-antarctica-180959018/After 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 Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-little-known-nuns-helped-map-stars-180959012/A 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 Linthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australians-make-beer-out-belly-button-lint-180958999/Melbourne'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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-species-may-win-race-survive-climate-change-180959011/It'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 Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zimbabwe-selling-animals-cope-epic-drought-180959010/Facing 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-banning-foie-gras-bit-180959006/Fowl flu fuels foie gras fearsThu, 05 May 2016 16:41:36 +0000NASA Announces World's New Lightning Hotspothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-announce-worlds-new-lightning-hot-spot-180958994/The 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-chilean-beaches-covered-dead-animals-180958998/Warm 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 Facehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-time-decade-mercury-crossing-face-sun-180958986/Next 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 Surplushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-has-massive-cheese-surplus-180958985/Imagine 1.19 billion pounds of cached cheeseWed, 04 May 2016 15:45:56 +0000Yellowstone’s Most Famous Bear Is Deadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yellowstones-most-famous-bear-dead-180958980/Who shot “Scarface”?Tue, 03 May 2016 18:20:00 +0000Boiling Water Could Explain Mysterious Dark Streaks on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boiling-water-could-explain-mysterious-dark-streaks-mars-180958976/Researchers 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 Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/between-bleaching-and-boats-floridas-coral-reefs-are-struggling-survive-180958974/The 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 Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nepal-celebrates-two-years-free-rom-rhino-poaching-180958970/Increased 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 Trenchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-researchers-spot-mysterious-jellyfish-near-mariana-trench-180958961/The glowing jellyfish was previously unknown to scienceMon, 02 May 2016 16:37:27 +0000Eerie Footage of Over 100 Tons of Burning Ivory http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eerie-footage-over-100-tons-burning-ivory-180958967/The 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 Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meteors-streak-skies-week-thanks-halleys-comet-180958898/Don't miss this annual showMon, 02 May 2016 15:23:39 +0000