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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 +0000Scientists Use "The Moth Radio Hour" to Create Brain Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-moth-radio-hour-create-brain-atlas-180958960/Using a functional MRI, scientists created a visual dictionary to show how areas of the brain process languageFri, 29 Apr 2016 18:50:38 +0000Astronomers Deploy a Laser System for a Clearer View of the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-deploy-laser-system-aid-stargazing-180958946/A new four-laser system at the Paranal Observatory will help the massive telescope compensate for atmospheric turbulenceFri, 29 Apr 2016 14:05:00 +0000Ancient Arabic Text Shines Light on Massive Supernovahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-arabic-text-shines-light-massive-supernova-180958942/A new look at records from an ancient astronomer yields insights into one of the brighest supernovas ever seen from EarthFri, 29 Apr 2016 13:46:10 +0000Eating Toxic Algae Might Make Some Plankton Act Drunkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eating-toxic-algae-might-make-some-plankton-act-drunk-180958948/Though it may seem funny, it could have serious environmental consequencesFri, 29 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000Over 9,000 Years Later, Kennewick Man Will Be Given a Native American Burialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-9000-years-later-kennewick-man-will-be-given-native-american-burial-180958947/Five Native American nations will join together to bury his remainsThu, 28 Apr 2016 20:15:21 +0000Newly Discovered Dinosaur Species Had Great Eyesight and a Droopy Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-dinosaur-species-had-great-eyesight-and-droopy-head-180958933/Sarmientosaurus weighed as much as two elephants but had a brain the size of a limeWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:49:26 +0000Hubble Spies a Tiny Moon Orbiting Dwarf Planet Makemakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-discovered-new-moon-hiding-kuiper-belt-180958934/Our solar system still has plenty of surprisesWed, 27 Apr 2016 18:10:37 +0000Japanese Priests Collected Almost Seven Centuries of Climate Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-priests-collected-almost-seven-centuries-climate-data-180958929/Historic records from "citizen scientists" in Japan and Finland give researchers centuries of data on ice conditionsWed, 27 Apr 2016 16:07:03 +0000Audubon Pranked Fellow Naturalist by Making Up Fake Rodentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/audubon-pranked-fellow-naturalist-making-fake-rodents-180958907/Annoyed with naturalist and houseguest Constantine Rafinesque, John J. Audubon dreamed up 28 non-existent speciesWed, 27 Apr 2016 14:32:03 +0000"Shark Vision" Shines Light on Biofluorescent Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-shark-vision-record-neon-species-180958919/Using a specially designed filter, divers uncovered the glowing patterns on the skin of catsharksTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:46:59 +0000Take in the Beauty of This Gravity Web That Connects Galaxies Across the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/web-gravity-connect-galaxies-across-universe-180958918/A new simulation visualizes how distant galaxies might be connectedTue, 26 Apr 2016 17:40:00 +0000Thirty Years Later, a Gigantic Arch Is Set to Cover Chernobylhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-years-later-gigantic-arch-set-cover-chernobyl-180958915/The New Safe Confinement is one of history’s most ambitious engineering projects—and it comes not a moment too soonTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:16:08 +0000Fire Devastates New Delhi's National Museum of Natural Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-devastates-new-delhis-national-museum-natural-history-180958914/A late night blaze guts one of India's favorite museums, destroying valuable collections and exhibitsTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:00:02 +0000Explore 300 Terabytes of CERN Data Now Free to Downloadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-scientists-now-have-300-terabytes-cern-data-explore-180958895/CERN’s latest data dump includes raw information from the Large Hadron ColliderMon, 25 Apr 2016 17:06:01 +0000This “Sweaty” Billboard Kills Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sweaty-billboard-kills-mosquitoes-180958893/Gross gimmick or Zika-fighting innovation?Mon, 25 Apr 2016 15:46:44 +0000Bed Bugs Are Picky About Certain Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bed-bugs-are-picky-about-certain-colors-180958891/But don’t buy new sheets just yetMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:08:22 +0000Marijuana Advocates Want to Establish a Standard Unit of Highnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marijuana-advocates-want-establish-standard-unit-highness-180958873/What’s the weed equivalent to an alcoholic drink?Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:25:53 +0000The Hubble Scoped This Space Bubble Just in Time For Its Birthdayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-scoped-space-bubble-just-time-its-birthday-180958874/The Hubble Telescope has been in orbit for 26 yearsFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:00:40 +0000Damien Hirst's Artworks May Leak Formaldehyde Gashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/damien-hirsts-artworks-may-leak-formaldehyde-gas-180958862/Where does art end and hazard begin?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:40:02 +000021 Million Years Ago, Monkeys May Have Floated to North America on Raftshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-may-have-come-north-america-rafts-180958864/Fossil teeth in Panama show monkeys made it to Central America, probably on floating mats of vegetationThu, 21 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000How Indonesia’s “Death Zoo” Got Its Grisly Reputationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-indonesias-death-zoo-got-its-grisly-reputation-180958865/Will Rama the tiger’s demise prompt action at a zoo known for its filthy, overcrowded conditions?Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:43:48 +0000Three People Hit With Criminal Charges Over Flint Water Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-people-have-been-hit-criminal-charges-over-flint-water-crisis-180958857/Two state officials and a city employee are the first to be charged in connection with the Flint water crisisThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:15:04 +0000Mass Bleaching Destroys Swaths of the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mass-bleaching-decimates-great-barrier-reef-180958850/Surveys show that 55 percent of reefs surveyed were severely affected by high water temperatures, with half of those expected to dieWed, 20 Apr 2016 19:09:42 +0000More Than Half of All Americans Breathe Polluted Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-half-all-americans-breathe-polluted-air-180958849/166 million people a year are exposed to air that’s too dangerous to breatheWed, 20 Apr 2016 18:26:07 +0000Every City Has a Unique Microbial “Fingerprint”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/every-city-has-unique-microbial-fingerprint-180958842/From architecture to microbes, every city is differentWed, 20 Apr 2016 14:05:37 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness and Ego?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-insects-have-consciousness-ego-180958824/The brains of insects are similar to a structure in human brains, which could show a rudimentary form of consciousnessTue, 19 Apr 2016 18:23:26 +0000Watch Earth's Atmosphere Brilliantly Light Up From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-earth-atmosphere-brilliantly-light-up-space-180958817/The glow isn't from an aurora, it's a phenomena called airglowTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:53:02 +0000Vaccine Switch Marks a New (and Hopefully Last) Stage in the Battle With Poliohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vaccine-switch-marks-new-stage-battle-polio-180958810/Over the weekend, health officials began replacing the current polio vaccination in an effort to wipe out one of three strains of the virusMon, 18 Apr 2016 17:54:51 +0000The Northeast Prepares for Swarms of Cicadas This Springhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/northeast-prepares-swarms-cicadas-spring-180958806/Billions of red-eyed cicadas will emerge from the earth in much of the northeast this spring, part of a 17-year-cycleMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:45:00 +0000Your Body Could One Day Be a Computer Displayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-body-could-one-day-be-computer-display-180958807/Forget screen time—a new technology is all about skin timeMon, 18 Apr 2016 16:17:24 +0000Scientists Catalog Creatures in Every Corner of Los Angeleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-catalog-creatures-every-corner-los-angeles-180958798/In a huge citizen science project, scientists are turning to an urban environment to seek out biodiversityMon, 18 Apr 2016 11:00:00 +0000Your High-End Perfume Is Likely Part Whale Mucushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-high-end-perfume-likely-part-whale-mucus-180958767/A single pound of "whale vomit" can be worth tens of thousands of dollarsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:52:19 +0000Scientists Discovered Exoplanets More Than 70 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-actually-discovered-exoplanets-over-70-years-earlier-than-thought-180958753/A 1917 glass plate discovered in an observatory archive records the first evidence of exoplanetsThu, 14 Apr 2016 15:00:53 +0000Watch a Massive Swarm of Crabs Scuttling Along The Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-unprecedented-massive-swarm-crabs-scuttling-along-ocean-floor-180958740/Marine biologists say this behavior has never been seen beforeWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking and Billionaire Announce Project to Send Tiny Probes to Nearest Star Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stephen-hawking-and-billionaire-announce-project-send-tiny-probes-nearest-star-system-180958745/Yuri Milner is investing 100 million dollars in research to develop a swarm of tiny probes for a mission to Alpha CentauriTue, 12 Apr 2016 22:57:21 +0000Human Diseases May Have Doomed the Neanderthalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-diseases-may-have-doomed-neanderthals-180958735/Stomach ulcers, herpes, ringworm and other tropical diseases may have all contributed to the Neanderthal demiseTue, 12 Apr 2016 16:10:54 +0000Can Great Apes Be Vaccinated Against Ebola and Other Diseases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-trying-vaccinate-great-apes-against-ebola-and-other-diseases-180958725/Vaccinations could be the best defense against devastating population dropsTue, 12 Apr 2016 14:26:33 +0000Radioactive Boars Rampage Around Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-boars-rampage-around-fukushima-180958722/A boom in the wild boar population is causing problems for farmers near the site of the 2011 nuclear disasterTue, 12 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Poor’s Life Expectancy Varies Based on Where They Livehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poors-life-expectancy-varies-based-where-they-live-180958719/The life expectancy gap between New York and Gary, Indiana is over four yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:08:12 +0000After Decades of Decline, Tiger Populations Could Be on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-decades-decline-tiger-populations-are-starting-rise-180958720/Though the latest numbers seem hopeful, the majestic creatures are not out of the woods yetMon, 11 Apr 2016 18:26:45 +0000Isaac Newton Used This Recipe in His Hunt to Make a Philosopher’s Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/isaac-newton-used-recipe-his-hunt-make-philosophers-stone-180958709/The recently publicized document was kept in a private collection for many yearsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:07:42 +0000The Planet-Hunting Kepler Telescope Entered Emergency Modehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-planet-hunting-telescope-emergency-mode-180958716/The probe suddenly went into a safe mode for unknown reasons last weekMon, 11 Apr 2016 15:39:10 +0000Researchers Piece Together Ancient Plesiosaur Attackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-piece-together-ancient-plesiosaur-attack-180958704/After examining bite marks on a 70-million-year old diving bird, researchers figure out who tried to have it for dinnerFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:57:24 +0000Humans and Neanderthals May Have Had Trouble Making Male Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-and-neanderthals-may-have-had-trouble-making-male-babies-180958701/The Neanderthal Y chromosome hasn't persisted in modern humansFri, 08 Apr 2016 16:45:58 +0000Supermassive Black Holes May Be More Common Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supermassive-black-holes-may-be-more-common-previously-thought-180958688/Astronomers have found a huge black hole in a "cosmic backwater," opening the possiblity there could be many more in the universeThu, 07 Apr 2016 19:24:13 +0000Pig Heart Beat for Over Two Years in Baboon's Bellyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pig-heart-beat-over-two-years-baboon-belly-180958686/Researchers take big step forward in the quest to develop cross-species organ transplantsThu, 07 Apr 2016 18:30:00 +0000Radioactive Isotopes in The Oceans May Be Remnants of Ancient Supernovaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-isotopes-oceans-may-have-come-nearby-supernovae-180958687/Cosmic dust may have altered life on Earth as we know itThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:47:09 +0000Three Things to Know About the Newly-Discovered State of Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-newly-discovered-state-matter-180958680/There’s more to matter than just solids, liquids and gasesWed, 06 Apr 2016 18:49:34 +0000Green Sea Turtles Are No Longer Endangered in Florida and Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-sea-turtles-come-endangered-list-florida-mexico-180958677/Decades of conservation efforts have led authorities to downgrade the turtles to threatened, though many challenges still remainWed, 06 Apr 2016 17:21:29 +0000Sneak a Peek at the Multi-Million Dollar Meteorites Soon up for Salehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sneak-peek-multi-million-dollar-meteorite-soon-sale-180958622/Christie's is auctioning off dozens of rare and important meteorites, including pieces of the rock that exploded over Russia in 2013Wed, 06 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Eco-Celebrity Crane Inspires Wetland Protection in Taiwanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eco-celebrity-crane-inspires-wetland-protection-taiwan-180958666/An endangered Siberian crane that has made Taiwan home is inspiring locals to protect the wetlandsTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:20:00 +0000NOAA Just Moved to Protect Puny Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noaa-just-moved-protect-puny-fish-180958661/Why a new ban is a big deal for the ocean's tiniest creaturesTue, 05 Apr 2016 18:20:00 +0000Don’t Worry: Eating Quinoa Doesn't Hurt Peruvian Farmershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-eating-quinoa-helps-peruvian-farmers-180958639/A new study shows that the grain helps rather than hurtsFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:03:51 +0000White-Nose Syndrome Detected in Bats West of the Rockies for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/white-nose-syndrome-detected-bats-west-rockies-first-time-180958637/The fungal disease, which has devastated bat populations in the Eastern U.S., has now shown up in Washington stateFri, 01 Apr 2016 17:09:09 +0000What's Over the Horizon? These New Maps Will Show Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-over-horizon-new-maps-show-you-180958633/Andy Woodruff's line of sight maps show what you're facing from any coastline in the worldFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:52:32 +0000Researchers Make Cyborg Beetles a Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-make-cyborg-beetles-reality-180958631/Outfitted with microprocessor-equipped backpacks, scientists can control the beetle's steps via remote controlFri, 01 Apr 2016 16:35:24 +0000NASA Scientists Are Trying to Make Medicine Onboard the ISShttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-scientists-are-trying-make-medicine-onboard-iss-180958612/Scientists are sending fungi to the space station to see what pharmaceuticals astronauts can brewWed, 30 Mar 2016 19:20:00 +0000305-Million-Year-Old Fossil Helps Unravel the Spider's Evolutionary Webhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-helps-unravel-spiders-evolutionary-web-180958614/The spider look-alike shows what separates modern spiders from their ancient eight-legged cousinsWed, 30 Mar 2016 18:47:54 +0000Amateur Astronomers Capture an Asteroid or Comet Colliding With Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-astronomers-capture-asteroid-comet-colliding-jupiter-180958607/The object recently exploded in the atmosphere of the solar system's largest planetWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:33:06 +0000Dog Owners Beware, DNA in Dog Poop Could Be Used to Track You Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-owners-beware-dna-dog-poop-could-used-track-you-down-180958596/A Chicago apartment building is trying out a new scheme to catch four-legged offenders and their humansWed, 30 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Genetically Pure Bison Will Return to Montana After 100 Years in Exilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-pure-bison-return-montana-after-100-years-exile-180958597/Next week, the Blackfeet Tribe will receive 89 buffalo calves that descended from Montana stock in a Canadian National ParkTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:30:50 +0000New USGS Map Shows Man-Made Earthquakes Are on the Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-usgs-map-shows-man-made-earthquakes-rise-180958595/This updated earthquake hazard map shows seven million more Americans are at risk of quakesTue, 29 Mar 2016 16:10:28 +0000Future Moon Bases Might Be Built in Underground Lava Tubeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-moon-bases-might-be-built-underground-lava-tubes-180958590/Caverns carved out by ancient lava could shelter astronauts from the hazards of moon lifeTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:49:35 +0000Tesla vs. Edison Is a Video Game That Will Literally Shock Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tesla-vs-edison-now-video-game-180958564/Fight the 'War of the Currents'Tue, 29 Mar 2016 12:30:00 +0000