Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 28 Apr 2017 19:26:26 +0000Why Mother and Baby Humpback Whales Whisper to One Anotherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mother-and-baby-humpback-whales-whisper-one-another-180963058/The quiet communication helps them avoid killer whales and randy male humpbacksFri, 28 Apr 2017 19:26:26 +0000Scientists Extract DNA From Ancient Humans Out of Cave Dirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-pulls-ancient-human-dna-out-cave-soil-180963084/The new technique promises to transform the study of the hominid family tree Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:38:59 +0000The Secret Behind Bioluminescent Mushrooms’ Magic Glowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-secret-behind-bioluminescent-mushrooms-magic-glow-180963065/Scientists use chemistry to account for an astonishing phenomenonThu, 27 Apr 2017 16:16:57 +0000Dog Genome Project Reveals Secrets of Canine Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-genome-project-reveals-secrets-canine-family-tree-180963053/Researchers have been barking up the same tree for over 20 yearsThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:56:52 +0000Cassini Sends Back First Images From Its Saturn Diveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-sends-back-images-its-first-saturn-dive-180963068/The stream of raw images include new pictures of the strange hexagonal storm swirling around its north poleThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:42:01 +0000Cassini Makes a Daring Divehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-makes-daring-dive-180963054/The spacecraft is out of contact as it begins a series of dramatic orbits between Saturn and its ringsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:53:55 +0000“The Scream” Might Have Been Inspired By a Rare Type of Cloudhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scream-might-have-been-inspired-rare-kind-cloud-180963052/Did mother-of-pearl clouds stoke a painter's angst? Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:02:55 +0000Remarkable New Evidence for Human Activity in North America 130,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-evidence-human-activity-north-america-130000-years-ago-180963046/Researchers say prehistoric mastodon bones bear human-made markingsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:16 +0000This Caterpillar Can Eat Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-waxworms-can-digest-plastic-180963028/The find could lead to new techniques for breaking down our ever-growing plastic wasteWed, 26 Apr 2017 16:08:39 +0000Time-Lapse Video Captures the Breathtaking Glow of Hawaii's Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-film-lets-you-revel-spectacular-night-sky-180963038/<i>Skyglow</i> allows you to revel in an increasingly rare sight: a starry nightWed, 26 Apr 2017 14:55:51 +0000Scientists Didn't Believe in Meteorites Until 1803http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1803-rain-rocks-helped-establish-existence-meteorites-180963017/The l'Aigle meteorite fall involved more than 3,000 pieces of rock and numerous witnesses, and it changed everythingWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:15:00 +0000The "Hobbits" Could Be Much Older Than Once Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hobbits-could-be-much-older-once-thought-180963012/The Flores hobbits' ancestor may have ventured out of Africa much earlier than previously thoughtTue, 25 Apr 2017 19:35:20 +0000Hundreds of Thousands of Babies Will Receive World’s First Malaria Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-thousands-babies-receive-worlds-first-malaria-vaccine-180963013/The pilot program will focus on Kenya, Ghana and Malawi—countries at the center of the global malaria crisisTue, 25 Apr 2017 15:22:07 +0000Meet the Successor to Hubble That Will Peer Through Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-space-telescopes-successor-will-peer-through-time-180962988/NASA’s next giant space telescope is due to launch next yearTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:16:56 +0000Astronaut Peggy Whitson Breaks NASA Record for Most Days in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-peggy-whitson-breaks-record-most-days-space-180963010/She has spent 534 cumulative days (and counting) in orbitMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:02:50 +0000Amateur Skywatchers Spot New Atmospheric Phenomenonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amateur-skywatchers-spot-entirely-new-atmospheric-phenomenon-180963009/Its name is Steve, and it’s more common than you might thinkMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:38:09 +0000People Have Been Using Big Data Since the 1600shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-have-been-using-big-data-1600s-180962949/A humble hatmaker was among the first to compile data on how Londoners lived—and diedMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:02:39 +0000Naked Mole-Rats Can Survive for 18 Minutes Without Oxygenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naked-mole-rats-can-survive-18-minutes-without-oxygen-180963002/Just when you thought the wrinkly creatures couldn’t get any strangerMon, 24 Apr 2017 14:08:33 +0000California May Lose Popular Surfing Spots to Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-may-lose-popular-surfing-spots-rising-seas-180963001/A changing climate may make iconic breaks disappearFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:56:56 +0000Watch Scientists Freeze and Shake the James Webb Space Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-webb-telescope-successor-hubble-getting-ready-launch-180962989/The largest space telescope ever built has a few last tests to passFri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000Ocean Currents Are Sweeping Billions of Tiny Plastic Bits to the Arctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-arctic-ocean-suffering-plastic-pollution-180962985/Currents are acting like a conveyor belt for plastic, dumping the bits in pristine northern watersFri, 21 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000SeaWorld Announces Birth of Last Orca Bred in Captivity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seaworld-announces-birth-last-orca-bred-captivity-180962984/The calf's mother was pregnant when SeaWorld cancelled its controversial breeding programThu, 20 Apr 2017 19:32:25 +0000Almost Half of Natural World Heritage Sites Are Threatened by Criminal Activityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/almost-half-natural-world-heritage-sites-are-threatened-criminal-activity-180962980/A WWF report found that illegal poaching, logging, and fishing impacts 45 percent of the designated locationsThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:55:30 +0000Researchers Work to Take the Bias Out Of Facial Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-bias-out-facial-reconstruction-180962964/Instead of relying on European-centric data sets, researchers used a global database to help image a 13,600-year-old woman from ThailandThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:59:51 +0000Social Networks May Give Runners a Motivational Leg Up to Hit the Pavementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exercise-contagious-social-media-pavement-180962968/Friends' running habits may have more influence on your workouts than you might thinkThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:22:57 +0000Salty Food Might Make You Drink Less, Not Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-food-might-make-you-drink-less-not-more-180962960/You can thank a future trip to Mars for a surprising new theory on how salt affects the body Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:24:09 +0000Jaw-Dropping Video Shows Blue Whale Chowing Down on Krillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cool-video-shows-blue-whale-nomming-krill-180962974/A drone captured the giant cetaceans plowing through krill clouds to get their fillThu, 20 Apr 2017 13:09:45 +0000The Chance of Another El Niño Is Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chance-another-el-nino-rising-180962963/As the year presses on, the likelihood of another wacky winter has grownThu, 20 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000 Watch a Large Asteroid Streak Through the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-large-asteroid-streak-through-skies-tonight-180962958/Only a small telescope will be neededWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:16:15 +0000After Centuries of Searching, Scientists Finally Find the Mysterious Giant Shipworm Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-shipworm-finally-found-after-180962944/The three-foot long creature has long eluded scientists, but they finally got a closer lookWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:19:43 +0000This Frog’s Slime Kills Flu Viruseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frogs-slime-kills-flu-viruses-180962950/But don’t go kissing frogs just yetWed, 19 Apr 2017 11:00:00 +0000How Low Can Life Go? New Study Suggests Six Miles Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-could-exist-six-miles-below-earths-surface-180962861/Evidence of life from below a mud volcano hints at life beneath the crustTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:22:21 +0000Scientists Want to Freeze and Pulverize Your Old Computershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/need-get-rid-your-old-computer-scientists-want-freeze-and-pulverize-it-180962938/E-waste is a growing problem worldwide, but a new method could help take a byte out of the issueTue, 18 Apr 2017 16:22:12 +0000NASA Spots New Crack in Greenland Glacierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-spots-new-crack-greenland-glacier-180962921/Is the Petermann Glacier getting ready to rupture again?Mon, 17 Apr 2017 20:37:03 +0000Dingo Wins Competition for World’s Most Interesting Genomehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dingo-wins-worlds-most-interesting-genome-competition-180962922/The desert dingo beat out an explosive beetle, a pit viper and pink pigeon to win a grant to have its genome sequencedMon, 17 Apr 2017 20:16:42 +0000California’s Lush Super Bloom Is Even More Stunning From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-lush-super-bloom-looks-beautiful-space-180962913/Satellite images captured an explosion of flowers stretching across California’s desert hills Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:15:54 +0000Meet DeeDee, the Solar System's Newest Dwarf Planet (Maybe)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-deedee-solar-systems-newest-dwarf-planet-maybe-180962906/Though the tiny icy orb meets all the criteria, it has yet to receive the official designationFri, 14 Apr 2017 18:47:08 +0000This Ant Species Rescues Wounded Comrades on the Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ant-species-rescues-comrades-battlefield-180962905/Though it may be counterintuitive, a new study suggests saving the injured benefits the colony more than leaving them for deadFri, 14 Apr 2017 16:34:25 +0000NASA Detects Microbe-Friendly Food Spouting From Saturn's Moon Enceladushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-announces-saturns-moon-enceledus-produces-energy-could-support-life-180962901/The Cassini spacecraft has detected the ingredients for life in sprays from the icy worldThu, 13 Apr 2017 20:12:02 +0000Black Marble Photo Shows Off Earth's Darker Sidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-marble-photo-shows-earth-its-darkest-180962899/The composite shot could one day help scientists make the most of the night skyThu, 13 Apr 2017 18:11:15 +0000A Penguin Colony's Rise and Fall, Recorded in Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/poo-tells-story-how-volcano-keeps-wiping-out-penguins-180962892/A nearby volcano has decimated the gentoo colony on Ardley Island three timesThu, 13 Apr 2017 17:36:42 +0000Mars Has Metal in Its Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-has-metallic-atmosphere-180962886/Metallic ions have a permanent presence in the red planet’s atmosphere—kind of like on EarthThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:09:10 +0000NASA Puts Earth Up for Adoptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-puts-earth-adoption-180962888/Pockmarks, wrinkles, and allThu, 13 Apr 2017 14:20:24 +0000Scientists Capture Beautiful, Explosive Collision of Young Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-beautiful-explosive-collision-young-stars-180962854/The high-resolution images could hold clues about the early stages of star formationWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:18:04 +0000“Great Cold Spot” Discovered on Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-cold-spot-discovered-jupiter-180962870/The ancient storm was hiding in plain sightWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:59:12 +0000Take a Peek at the Auroras on Uranushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/photos-reveal-auroras-uranus-180962862/This composite image gives the best view yet of the seventh planet's atmospheric lights and ringTue, 11 Apr 2017 20:35:47 +0000Scientists Think Comb Jellies May Have Come Before All Other Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-comb-jellies-may-have-come-all-other-animals-180962858/Sorry, sponges—there’s a new oldest ancestor in townTue, 11 Apr 2017 19:25:07 +0000Orcas Are Killed in Front of Tourists, Now Caribbean Nation Wrangles With Whaling Lawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-orcas-are-killed-front-tourists-caribbean-nation-wrangles-over-whaling-180962838/The prime minister of St. Vincent will introduce legislation to outlaw orca hunting Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:03:05 +000013,000-Year-Old Fillings Were “Drilled” With Stone and Packed With Tarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-filling-made-stone-age-dentist-180962845/You can't handle the toothTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:24:43 +0000Huge New Spider Species Discovered in Mexican Cavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-new-spider-species-discovered-mexican-cave-180962848/<i>Califorctenus cacachilensis</i> is the width of a softball and represents a new genus of arachnidsTue, 11 Apr 2017 14:06:29 +0000New Survey Estimates Earth Has 60,065 Tree Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-has-60065-tree-species-180962830/Researchers from Botanic Gardens Conservation International compiled the list, finding that at least 10,000 tree species are at risk of extinctionTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Eighteenth-Century Founder of Homeopathy Said His Treatments Were Better Than Bloodlettinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-eighteenth-century-founder-homeopathy-think-his-theory-medicine-worked-180962794/Samuel Hahnemann was trying to fix the unscientific field of medicineMon, 10 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000New Study Fleshes Out the Nutritional Value of Human Meathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-cannibals-did-not-eat-humans-nutrition-study-says-180962823/The caloric value of the human body is surprisingly low compared to other prehistoric food optionsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:46:12 +0000Hubble Snags Splendid Snapshot of Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-snags-splendid-snapshot-jupiter-180962832/The perfect photographic conditions make for a grand view of the gas giantFri, 07 Apr 2017 17:56:58 +0000Atmosphere Detected Around an Earth(ish)-Sized Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-atmosphere-detected-around-earth-sized-planet-1-180962829/Just 39 light years away, GJ 1132b is 1.4 times the Earth's radius and has an atmosphere that may be composed of steam or methane Fri, 07 Apr 2017 17:46:22 +0000The Quest to Better Describe the Scent of Old Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-quest-better-describe-scent-old-books-180962819/Describing a unique smell just got easier thanks to a pair of olfactory detectivesFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:13:32 +0000South Africa to Legalize Domestic Rhino Horn Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/south-africa-legalize-domestic-rhino-horn-trade-180962817/A court ruling overturns a 2009 ban, a move that conservationists worry will increase poachingFri, 07 Apr 2017 14:49:57 +0000Why Do So Many Hollywood Villains Have Skin Conditions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/screen-villains-have-bad-skin-which-promotes-stereotypes-180962811/A new study cautions that the scars and warts that afflict many movie villains could contribute to social stigmasThu, 06 Apr 2017 16:42:13 +0000Coal-Fueled Power Plants Linked to Lower Birth Weights in Tennessee Valleyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coal-fueled-power-plants-linked-lower-birth-weights-tennessee-valley-180962785/When nuclear power plants pressed pause, coal stepped in—and birth weights began to declineThu, 06 Apr 2017 15:47:44 +0000Web-Slinging Snails Discovered on Sunken Shiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/web-slinging-snail-discovered-sunken-ship-180962810/Scientists worry that their presence spells trouble for threatened coral reefsThu, 06 Apr 2017 15:18:30 +0000How Caribou Baby Monitors Could Save a Dying Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-caribou-baby-monitors-could-save-dying-species-180962800/Scientists hope camera collars with GPS will unravel a deadly mysteryThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:54:14 +0000Slo-Mo Footage Shows How Scorpions Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slo-mo-footage-shows-how-scorpions-strike-180962803/Using high speed cameras, researchers uncovered the defensive patterns used by scorpions, including the super-fast death stalkerThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:13:18 +0000Watch SpaceX's Recycled Rocket Stick Its Landinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-spacexs-recycled-rocket-stick-its-landing-180962799/The reused Falcon 9 booster rocket may usher in an era of cheaper and more frequent trips into spaceWed, 05 Apr 2017 15:38:02 +0000Europe’s Only Known Cavefish Discovered in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-only-known-cavefish-discovered-germany-180962786/Genetic analyses suggest that the cave loach speedily adapted to its lightless habitatWed, 05 Apr 2017 14:36:26 +0000Now Everyone Can Track Yosemite’s Bears Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-website-lets-nature-enthusiasts-track-yosemites-bears-180962793/The park is displaying delayed GPS data on a new website to stop curious humans from scouting out the creatures in real timeWed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000France Wants You to Lie on Your Back for 60 Days in the Name of Space Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/france-wants-you-lie-your-back-60-days-name-space-research-180962788/But only if you’re a man Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +000030-Million-Year-Old Tick Full of Monkey Blood Found in Ancient Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-fossilized-mammal-blood-found-amber-encased-tick-180962784/Scientists think the tick was plucked from a primate before being dropped in a puddle of sticky tree resinTue, 04 Apr 2017 19:41:56 +0000Brief Vending Machine Delay Helps People Make Better Snack Choiceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-vending-machine-delay-helps-people-make-better-snack-choices-180962764/When a vending machine withheld junky snacks for 25 seconds, people were slightly more likely to choose a healthier optionTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:07:30 +0000Proposed Test Heats Up the Debate on Solar Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/proposed-test-stirs-debate-solar-geoengineering-180962745/Harvard scientists are moving ahead with plans to investigate using particles to reflect some of the sun's radiationTue, 04 Apr 2017 14:16:35 +0000Manatees Move From Endangered to Threatenedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/manatee-moves-endangered-threaten-180962758/But conservationists say the species still faces significant threatsMon, 03 Apr 2017 18:30:47 +0000These Tropical Fish Have Opioids in Their Fangshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-tropical-fish-have-opioids-their-fangs-180962759/The point isn’t to relieve pain—it’s to killMon, 03 Apr 2017 17:59:58 +0000How 148 Tornadoes in One Day in 1974 Changed Emergency Preparednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-148-tornadoes-one-day-1974-changed-emergency-preparedness-180962706/The “super outbreak” flattened towns and killed and injured thousands, all with little warning and in the space of 24 hoursMon, 03 Apr 2017 13:22:11 +0000How Agent Orange Turned This American Small Town Into a Toxic Waste-Ridden Deathtraphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/times-beach-was-founded-newspaper-promo-demolished-toxic-waste-ridden-ghost-town-180962693/“Walking into the houses, many of them were like people had just simply stood up, walked out and never come back”Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Japanese Fleet Killed Over 300 Whales This Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-fleet-killed-over-300-whales-season-180962746/The creatures were supposedly collected for the sake of researchFri, 31 Mar 2017 17:30:15 +0000Gold Miners Kept Their Sourdough Starters Alive By Cuddling Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gold-miners-kept-their-sourdough-starters-alive-cuddling-them-180962689/San Francisco-area miners used sourdough starters as a replacement for commercial leavening agentsFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:01:00 +0000Nanocars Will Race Across (a Very, Very Tiny Bit of) Francehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gentlemen-start-your-molecules-180962736/Ladies and gentlemen, start your moleculesFri, 31 Mar 2017 15:27:44 +0000Researchers Spot Giant, Deep-Sea Octopus Munching on an Unusual Snackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-spot-rare-octopus-eating-unusual-snack-180962734/The cephalopod was chowing down on a jellyfish—long thought unimportant in the food webFri, 31 Mar 2017 14:29:17 +0000The Campaign Is On to Save the Natural History Collections of a Louisiana Universityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-evicts-its-natural-history-collection-180962730/The school is displacing millions of specimens in favor of a new trackThu, 30 Mar 2017 19:00:18 +0000Watch a Baby Bald Eagle Hatch in Real Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-baby-bald-eagle-hatch-real-time-180962728/Things are getting serious for the world's most famous bald eaglesThu, 30 Mar 2017 16:52:21 +0000New Device Allows Paralyzed Man to Move His Arm With His Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-device-allows-paralyzed-man-move-his-arm-and-hand-180962715/The brain implant bypasses the patient's injured spinal cord, allowing him to eat and drink on his ownWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:58:32 +0000NASA Launches the Galaxy’s Most Glorious Space Databasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-launches-galaxys-most-glorious-space-database-180962712/Now you can easily peruse more than 140,000 of the agency's photos, videos and visualizationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 19:24:06 +0000U.S. Heroin Use Has Risen Dramatically Since 2001http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-heroin-use-rose-dramatically-180962710/White males under 45 are most likely to report using the drug Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:00:33 +0000Can Playing Tetris Block Traumatic Memories?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-can-block-traumatic-memories-study-says-180962704/New research suggests that the engaging, visual-spatial nature of the game may disrupt the formation "intrusive memories"Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:36:57 +0000Mice Have Called Human Houses Home for 15,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-been-mouse-house-15000-years-180962694/Even before the dawn of agriculture, house mice plagued homesWed, 29 Mar 2017 13:39:53 +0000Panther Kittens Spotted in Florida Give Hope for Their Species' Survivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kitten-pics-show-florida-panther-expanding-north-180962697/Trail cameras caught a mother panther trailed by two kittensWed, 29 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000This 17th-Century Anatomist Made Art Out of Bodieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/17th-century-anatomist-made-art-out-bodies-180962677/Using human bodies in this way still happens–and it’s controversialTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:51:23 +0000Your Monthly Menstrual Cycle, Reenacted on a Microchiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-hacked-living-tissue-and-microchips-create-working-menstrual-cycle-180962683/Bodies are complicated, but they’re no match for persistent bioengineersTue, 28 Mar 2017 15:42:20 +0000Largest-Known Dinosaur Footprint Discovered in Western Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-known-dinosaur-footprint-discovered-western-australia-180962680/The print was among twenty-one types left behind 130 million years agoMon, 27 Mar 2017 18:36:36 +0000Researchers Turn Spinach Leaves Into Beating Heart Tissueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-turn-spinach-leaves-potential-heart-patches-180962678/These living leaves could eventually become patches for the human heartMon, 27 Mar 2017 17:36:01 +0000Another Use for Viagra: Curing Hamster Jet Lag http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/another-use-viagra-curing-hamster-jet-lag-180962613/It works—but only for hamsters (and maybe people) traveling eastMon, 27 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Nearly Two-Thirds of Cancer-Causing Mutations Are Unavoidable, Study Claimshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-two-thirds-cancer-causing-mutations-are-unavoidable-study-claims-180962673/But it's complicated—and the medical community is not in agreement about the new findingsMon, 27 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Charter Flight Takes Passengers to See the Southern Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flight-takes-passengers-see-southern-lights-180962670/The first "Flight to the Lights" took 130 skygazers to get up close with the Aurora AustralisFri, 24 Mar 2017 19:34:56 +0000This Couple Just Donated Their Collection of More Than a Million Insectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/couple-just-donated-their-collection-more-million-insects-180962671/The O’Briens have carried on a decades-long love affair with the critters—and each otherFri, 24 Mar 2017 18:56:46 +0000This New Man-Made Sun Is 10,000 Times More Intense Than Sunlight on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-man-made-sun-10000-times-more-intense-sunlight-earth-180962667/It’s a bright idea that just might help humans create solar fuel Fri, 24 Mar 2017 17:42:20 +0000Trump Administration Approves Construction of Keystone XL Pipelinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trump-administration-approves-construction-keystone-xl-pipeline-180962669/Supporters say that the pipeline will bolster job development in the U.S., but opponents worry about the project's environmental impactFri, 24 Mar 2017 17:18:55 +0000Cloud Atlas Adds First New "Species" in Almost 70 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cloud-atlas-adds-first-new-species-almost-70-years-180962654/The update includes 12 new cloud-related features, including volatus clouds, contrails, and wave-like asperitas discovered by citizen scientistsFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:37:04 +0000Mount Etna’s Fiery Eruptions Are Visible From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-etnas-fiery-eruptions-are-visible-space-180962659/Astronaut Thomas Pesquet captured an image of the volcano's glowing lavaFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:54:43 +0000New Study Restructures the Dinosaur Family Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-rewrites-dinosaur-family-tree-180962650/Detailed analysis of dino fossils suggests that <i>Tyrannosaurus</i> and its relatives may be on the wrong side of the treeFri, 24 Mar 2017 13:25:42 +0000After Intense Downpour, Superblooming California Has a Problemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superblooming-saturated-california-has-new-problem-180962660/In a word: weeds Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Blind People’s Brains Rewire Themselves to Enhance Other Senseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blind-peoples-brains-rewire-themselves-enhance-other-senses-180962653/New study finds marked differences between the brains of blind and sighted peopleThu, 23 Mar 2017 17:30:04 +0000San People of South Africa Issue Code of Ethics for Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-people-south-africa-issue-code-ethics-researchers-180962615/This much-studied population is the first indigenous people of Africa to develop such guidelinesThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:02:29 +0000Ancient Crustacean Named After David Attenboroughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-crustacean-named-after-david-attenborough-180962640/The name, ‘Cascolus ravitis,’ is an allusion to the legacy of the beloved naturalistThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:48:55 +0000Wildfires Have Already Charred Over 2 Million Acres This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-have-charred-over-2-million-acres-year-180962635/The fire season has gotten off to its fastest start in over a decade, with massive grass fires charring the southwest and plains statesThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:42:42 +0000Mathematician Emmy Noether Should Be Your Herohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/emmy-noether-should-be-your-hero-180962591/She revolutionized mathematics, and then was forgotten because she was a womanThu, 23 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Flirtatious 100-Million-Year-Old Damselflies Found Frozen in Amberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-100-million-year-old-insects-were-just-trying-get-it-180962632/Scientists are learning about how insects evolved from their ancient come-hither danceThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:56:45 +0000Watch Declassified Nuclear Bomb Tests Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/declassified-nuclear-bomb-tests-online-180962566/Weapons physicist Greg Sprigg has spent five years declassifying, digitizing and reanalyzing film of the U.S.'s 210 open air nuclear detonationsWed, 22 Mar 2017 19:48:17 +0000This Magnetic Map Shows Earth as You’ve Never Seen It Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magnetic-map-shows-earth-youve-never-seen-it-180962612/Behold a new, super high-res view of Earth’s magnetic fieldTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:03:56 +0000Mars May Have Had a Ring in the Past and Could Have One in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-may-have-had-ring-past-and-may-have-one-again-180962609/The red planet's moon may have broken apart into a ring of debris and reformed several times over the planet's historyTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:46:50 +0000The Sea Turtle That Ate 915 Coins Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-turtle-ate-915-coins-has-died-180962611/Her death comes two weeks after vets tried to save her life with a seven-hour surgeryTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:55:09 +0000Chile Designates 11 Million Acres of Land as National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chile-adding-11-million-acres-national-parks-180962592/Spurred by the donation of 1 million acres of privately owned land, the country is adding five parks to its systemMon, 20 Mar 2017 17:14:53 +0000Repeat Bleaching Destroys Massive Swaths of the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-says-huge-swathe-great-barrier-reef-victim-climate-change-180962565/Rising ocean temperatures have taken a toll on the World Heritage Area Mon, 20 Mar 2017 15:50:46 +0000How the Remarkable Tardigrade Springs Back to Life after Drying Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-bears-turn-glass-survive-decade-drying-out-180962578/A particular protein helps these these tiny critters survive dehydration for over a decade at a timeMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:35:18 +0000High-Pressure Pockets Cause Fiery Blast at Mount Etnahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-pressure-pockets-cause-fiery-blast-mount-etna-180962584/Ten people were injured in the surprise blastFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:21:48 +0000At 1.6 Billion Years Old, These Fossils Could Be the Oldest Complex Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/old-algae-fossil-complex-life-multicellular-180962554/Three types of ancient red algae-like fossils captivate scientists, but many questions remainFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:06:56 +0000Don’t Get Too Excited About That Viral Goldfish “Wheelchair”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-get-too-excited-about-viral-goldfish-wheelchair-1-180962571/The contraption, though surely built with the best intentions, may do more harm than good.Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:32:05 +0000Doctors Warn That Climate Change Makes People Sickhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-makes-people-sick-doctors-warn-180962561/Medical associations join forces to sound the alarm on climate change and human healthThu, 16 Mar 2017 17:34:42 +0000Check Out the Most Detailed Tornado Simulation So Farhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-most-detailed-tornado-simulation-so-far-180962542/A supercomputer created a simulation of the F5 "El Reno" tornado which devastated part of Oklahoma in 2011Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:19:32 +0000The Idea of Surgeons Washing Their Hands is Only 150 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/idea-sterilizing-surgical-instruments-only-150-years-old-180962498/The world of surgery before that was much grosser and less effectiveThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Spiders Eat Up to 800 Million Tons of Prey Each Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spiders-eat-800-million-tons-prey-each-year-study-says-180962544/For comparison, whales eat up to 500 million tons annuallyThu, 16 Mar 2017 14:46:32 +0000The First Description of Allergies Was Published On This Day in 1844http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1844-doctor-hay-fever-invented-allergies-180962494/John Bostock was a British doctor suffering from what he called “summer catarrh”Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Contest Winners Capture the Eerie Beauty of Medical Imageryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contest-winners-capture-eerie-beauty-medical-imagery-180962553/From stained mice placenta to an implant in the eye, this year's Wellcome Image Award recipients highlight the beauty of scienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:45:42 +0000Researchers Find the First Naturally Fluorescent Frog Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-first-fluorescent-frog-species-180962538/The polka-dot tree frog emits a blue-green glow under UV light, which is an unusual feature for land-dwelling crittersWed, 15 Mar 2017 18:48:43 +0000China Approves Massive National Park to Protect Its Last Big Catshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-approves-national-park-protect-its-last-big-cats-180962522/The 5,600-square-mile reserve along the Russian border will safeguard rare Amur leopards and Siberian TigersWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:28:36 +0000Scientists Successfully Grow Potatoes in Mars-Like Soilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-successfully-grow-potatoes-mars-soils-180962528/Can potatoes grow on the red planet? The International Potato Center is on the caseWed, 15 Mar 2017 15:40:54 +0000What Killed Northern Australia’s Mangroves?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-killed-northern-australias-mangroves-180962520/Last year’s massive die-off was the largest ever observedTue, 14 Mar 2017 19:56:19 +0000Why Did This Australian Lake Turn Bright Pink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-australian-lake-turn-bright-pink-180962512/Hot weather, scant rainfall and high salt levels have created a perfect storm for pinknessTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:31:20 +0000NASA Spots India's Long-Lost Lunar Orbiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-finally-found-lost-lunar-orbiter-180962521/Chandrayaan-1 had been missing for eight yearsTue, 14 Mar 2017 17:20:31 +0000Is Winter Storm Stella a "Weather Bomb"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winter-storm-stella-weather-bomb-180962519/The storm battering the northeastern U.S. is expected to undergo "bombogenesis." Just what does that mean?Tue, 14 Mar 2017 16:56:55 +0000Scientists Spot Hundreds of Humpback Whales Feeding in Massive Groupshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humback-whales-form-unprecedented-supergroups-south-africa-180962509/The normally solitary creatures gathered off the southwestern coast of South Africa, puzzling researchersMon, 13 Mar 2017 20:15:46 +0000Take a Virtual Trip to the International Space Station http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-virtual-trip-international-space-station-180962501/New VR simulation turns you into an orbiting astronaut Mon, 13 Mar 2017 17:08:34 +0000The Bizarre Beliefs of Astronomer Percival Lowellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-beliefs-astronomer-percival-lowell-180962432/Lowell's theories were treated with skepticism even in his own lifetimeMon, 13 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000Are Fast Radio Bursts from Alien Spacecraft? It's Unlikely, but Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-fast-radio-bursts-alien-spacecraft-its-unlikely-possible-180962493/A new paper raises the (distant) possibility that the unusual high-energy bursts from the cosmos are from intergalactic shipsFri, 10 Mar 2017 19:10:54 +0000Dogs Use Deception to Get Treats, Study Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-use-deception-get-treats-study-shows-180962492/When a human partner withheld tasty snacks, the dogs got sneakyFri, 10 Mar 2017 18:35:46 +0000One of Saturn's Moons is Making Astronomers Hungryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-moon-pan-making-astronomers-hungry-180962488/New images of the tiny moon are drawing comparisons to a ravioli, empanadas, walnuts, hamburgers...nom, nom, nomFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:22:55 +0000Ancient Brain Training Technique Can Boost Memoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-brain-training-can-boost-memory-180962465/Participants who practiced the Memory Palace method for 40 days showed changes in brain activity and improved memory months laterFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:12:26 +0000Bumblebees May Smell Each Other's Footprints to Keep Track of Flowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bumblebees-may-smell-each-others-footprints-track-flowers-180962445/In a new study, bumblebees were able to discriminate the foot odor left behind by their nestmates, strange bees and themselvesThu, 09 Mar 2017 18:47:33 +0000Why (Part of) the International Space Station Will Soon Be the Coldest Place in the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-international-space-station-will-soon-be-coldest-place-universe-180962439/An icebox-like lab will help scientists get a grip on a phenomenon that’s hard to spot on Earth Wed, 08 Mar 2017 20:59:32 +0000Next-Gen Lightning Tracker Photographs Storms From Space in Stunning Detailhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-releases-first-images-its-next-gen-lighting-tracker-180962438/Part of the GOES-16 weather satellite, the geosynchronous imager promises to improve storm detection and reveal the secrets of thunderboltsWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:45:50 +0000See the First Video of One of the World's Rarest Whaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-first-video-one-worlds-rarest-whales-180962433/The 46 second clip of several True's beaked whales was taken by students and teachers on a field trip in the Azore Islands in 2013Wed, 08 Mar 2017 18:02:39 +0000Failure at One of These 15,000 American Dams Would Be Fatalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/over-15000-american-dams-threaten-human-lives-180962415/A quiet crisis is afoot as the nation's infrastructure agesTue, 07 Mar 2017 20:00:14 +0000WHO Warns That Pollution Is Killing Millions of Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-warns-pollution-killing-millions-children-180962388/New reports say that one in four deaths of young people under the age of five can be attributed to the environmentTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:02:37 +0000Here Are All The Discoveries That Had To Happen Before Two Scientists Could Find DNA’s Structurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-all-discoveries-had-happen-two-scientists-could-find-dnas-structure-180962327/Watson and Crick weren’t the only ones working on the problems of humanity's genes, by a long shotTue, 07 Mar 2017 16:00:00 +0000When it Comes to Predicting Solar Storms, Space May Not Be the Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-storms-space-not-place-180962408/A new study shows that earth-based observations can get warnings out soonerMon, 06 Mar 2017 23:05:38 +0000This Sea Turtle Ate 11 Pounds of Coinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vets-save-coin-filled-sea-turtle-180962391/Veterinarians removed the 900+ coins from Omsin the turtle's stomach after they noticed she was acting erraticMon, 06 Mar 2017 20:52:37 +0000Nosy Researchers Are Sniffing a Vintage Library http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nosy-researchers-are-sniffing-vintage-library-180962380/It’s all an effort to recreate an olfactory landscape of yoreMon, 06 Mar 2017 17:51:46 +0000NASA Spacecraft Has Close Call With One of Mars’ Moons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-spacecraft-has-close-call-one-mars-moons-180962377/Left unattended, MAVEN and Phobos could have collided Fri, 03 Mar 2017 20:57:13 +0000Genes of the Last Woolly Mammoths Were Riddled with Bad Mutations, Study Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-last-woolly-mammoths-were-riddled-bad-mutations-study-finds-180962381/Before they died out, they lost their sense of smell and suffered from heartburnFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:56:03 +0000New Definition Would Make the Moon and Pluto Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-definition-would-make-moon-and-pluto-planets-180962379/A suggested update to the International Astronomical Union criteria would add over 100 planets to the solar systemFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:28:22 +0000Large Hadron Collider Gets "Open Heart Surgery" http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-hadron-collider-has-open-heart-surgery-180962369/The massive physics experiment in Switzerland is receiving an upgradeFri, 03 Mar 2017 19:03:32 +0000Scientists Think These Skulls May Be New Human Ancestorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-these-skulls-new-human-ancestor-species-180962370/Two fossils combine early human, Neanderthal features Fri, 03 Mar 2017 18:17:31 +0000African Elephants Sleep Just Two Hours Per Day, and Nobody Knows Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/african-elephants-sleep-just-two-hours-day-180962362/That's less than any other animal on recordThu, 02 Mar 2017 20:49:43 +0000NASA Wants the Public to Log In to Help Find Planet 9http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-wants-public-login-find-planet-9-180962359/Citizen scientists can examine photos to help discover a new planet, which recent evidence suggests is hiding at the edge of the solar systemThu, 02 Mar 2017 19:27:36 +0000Tracking Collars Can Lead Poachers Straight to Animals, Scientists Warnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tracking-collars-poachers-animals-scientists-180962345/A study says that the new technology could hurt more than it helpsThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:20:00 +0000Tanning Beds Cause $343 Million in Medical Bills a Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skin-cancers-tanning-beds-cost-us-343-million-each-year-180962333/A new study has calculated the steep cost of a not-so-healthy glow Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:31:13 +0000Scientists Think They’ve Found the Oldest Fossil Ever http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-think-theyve-found-oldest-fossil-ever-180962343/The controversial claim suggests that microbes lived on Earth half a billion years earlier than thought Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:14:06 +0000LEGO Is Making a Women of NASA Sethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lego-making-women-nasa-set-180962338/The toy company selected Maia Weinstock's proposal to celebrate the space agency's female pioneers during its Lego Ideas competitionWed, 01 Mar 2017 19:29:39 +0000Take a Peek at the Mesmerizing "Cosmic Jellyfish"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-peek-mesmerizing-cosmic-jellyfish-180962326/NOAA's research vessel Okeanos Explorer filmed this specimen of Rhopalonematid trachymedusa in the National Marine Sanctuary of American SamoaWed, 01 Mar 2017 17:17:13 +0000