Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenTue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-eye-contact-makes-you-squirm-180952889/Catching someone else's eye makes us more self conscious about our bodies Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:09:48 +0000Which of 2013’s Many Natural Disasters Can We Blame on Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/which-2013s-many-natural-disasters-can-we-blame-climate-change-180952888/The ongoing California drought may, or may not, be due to climate changeTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:17:32 +0000Wildlife Around the World Has Declined by About 50 Percent Since 1970http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildlife-around-world-has-declined-about-50-percent-1970-180952887/Fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-sneaking-bob-dylan-lyrics-their-writing-180952877/Everyone likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Is How the Milky Way Will Endhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-milky-way-will-end-180952852/A computer simulation shows how the Milky Way will collide with AndromedaFri, 26 Sep 2014 13:30:03 +0000The USDA Approved a New GM Crop to Deal With Problems Created by the Old GM Cropshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/usda-approved-new-gm-crop-deal-problem-created-old-gm-crops-180952850/Weeds became resistant to the herbicide partner of older genetically modified cropsThu, 25 Sep 2014 19:00:00 +0000Scientists Plan to Kill Off the American West's Tumbleweedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/infectious-plan-eradicate-tumbleweed-180952844/Two species of fungus from Russia could be the bane of America's tumbleweedThu, 25 Sep 2014 18:32:59 +0000Water Vapor Found on Small, Cloudless, Hot Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/water-vapor-found-cloudless-hot-planet-180952843/NASA announced yesterday that water vapor had been detected on exoplanet HAT-P-11bThu, 25 Sep 2014 17:04:20 +0000People Get Separation Anxiety When Parted From Their Phoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-get-separation-anxiety-when-parted-their-phones-180952837/Separating college students from their smartphones can cause anxiety, especially for those who use their phones a lotThu, 25 Sep 2014 13:16:23 +0000How Bird Migrations Show Up Beautifully on Doppler Radarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-doppler-radar-can-track-bird-migrations-180952834/Large groups of birds taking off around sunset typically show up as circles that grow and disperseWed, 24 Sep 2014 18:35:42 +0000As Many As 3 Million Americans Could Soon Be Threatened by Sea Level Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mapping-sea-level-rise-threat-180952830/Across the world, 650 million people could be at riskWed, 24 Sep 2014 16:15:45 +0000India's Space Agency Made It to Mars on the First Tryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indias-space-agency-made-it-mars-their-first-try-180952829/India's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last nightWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000Norway Is Paying Liberia To Stop Deforestationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/norway-paying-liberia-stop-deforestation-180952824/Norway is promising Liberia $150 million to stop cutting down trees by 2020Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:06:51 +0000Thousands of Strange Green Balls Appeared Overnight on a Beach in Australia http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-strange-green-balls-appeared-overnight-beach-australia-180952811/Scientists believe that the balls are actually extremely rare algae congregations called marimo Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:14:57 +0000Why We Shouldn't Worry About Growing Plants With Recycled Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plants-grown-recycled-water-180952805/Trace amounts of common pharmaceuticals show up in crops grown with recycled water, but not as much as you'd think Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:46:21 +0000Waking Up During Anesthesia Can Have Long-Lasting Effectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/psychological-effects-waking-anesthesia-180952796/Half of people who reported waking up from anesthesia suffered lasting psychological traumaMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:28:21 +0000Scientists Have Basically No Idea How Many Cells Are in the Human Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-basically-no-idea-how-many-cells-are-human-body-180952800/Is it 5 trillion or 500 trillion? Who knows.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:23:41 +0000Mars Just Got a New Robotic Explorerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-just-got-new-robotic-explorer-180952794/NASA's MAVEN orbiter dropped into orbit last nightMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:26 +0000The Risks of Fire Around Chernobylhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drought-overtakes-chernobyl-forest-fires-threaten-distribute-fresh-batch-radiation-across-europe-180952791/Radioactive forest litter that has accumulated for the past 28 years could fuel massive blazes in the futureMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:32:02 +0000Dreams Escalate in Weirdness As the Night Wears Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dreams-escalate-weirdness-night-wears-180952782/Early in the night our dreams are grounded in reality, but by the end, anything goes Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:01:05 +0000The Physics of Slipping on a Banana Peel, And Other Weird, Ig Nobel Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-slipping-banana-peel-and-other-weird-science-honored-ig-nobel-awards-180952787/Banana peels may be the secret to better prostheticsFri, 19 Sep 2014 18:05:07 +0000A Fuzzy Little Genet Is Hitching Rides on Rhinos and Buffalo, And No One Can Figure Out Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-one-knows-why-this-fuzzy-little-genet-is-riding-around-backs-rhinos-and-buffalo-south-africa-180952757/Camera traps exposed the secret world of a rhino-riding genet Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:50:15 +0000Even People With Locked-In Syndrome Respond to Hitchcock Movieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-people-locked-syndrome-hitchcock-movies-180952749/The brain of a patient in a vegetative state responded to a movie the same way as healthy peopleThu, 18 Sep 2014 17:52:37 +0000The World Experienced Record-Breaking Weather This Augusthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/august-was-record-breaking-hot-180952747/Last month was the warmest August on record since record-keeping beganThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:44:38 +0000Human Activities Aren't the Cause of Chimpanzees' Murderous Tendencieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-among-chimpanzees-not-caused-humans-180952744/A new study shows that humans are not responsible for murder amongst Chimpanzees Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:10:48 +0000Artificial Sweeteners May Be Screwing Up How Your Body Handles Sugarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificial-sweeteners-may-be-screwing-how-your-body-handles-sugar-180952746/By affecting gut microbes, artificial sweeteners may be messing with your metabolismThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:01:31 +0000Russian Spy Satellite Breaks Apart Over Rockieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-spy-satellite-breaks-apart-over-rockies-180952737/A streak of light seen in the skies earlier this month was likely a spy satellite breaking upThu, 18 Sep 2014 13:38:45 +0000We Evolved Unique Human Faces So We Could Tell One Another Aparthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-evolved-unique-human-faces-so-we-could-tell-one-another-apart-180952730/Human face shape is more variable than other parts of the body Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:29:15 +0000Carrion Beetles Were the First Caring Parentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carrion-beetles-were-first-caring-parents-180952726/Flesh-eating beetles that lived 125 million years ago set the stage for modern parenting Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:25:47 +0000Chinese Sturgeon Is on the Brink of Extinction After 140 Million Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-sturgeon-brink-extinction-after-140-million-years-180952715/Last year, the sturgeon didn’t reproduce at all in the wildTue, 16 Sep 2014 19:25:08 +0000At MIT, a Robot Cheetah Is Sprinting—And Leaping—Across Campushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mit-robot-cheetahs-are-sprinting-across-campus-180952717/MIT's robot cheetah may not be the only one in Boston—but it can leapTue, 16 Sep 2014 18:37:31 +0000Mindlessly Vegging Out Is Good for You, But Only If You Don’t Guilt Yourself for Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mindlessly-vegging-out-good-you-only-if-you-dont-guilt-yourself-it-180952716/Relaxing only works if you let yourself do itTue, 16 Sep 2014 17:05:11 +0000Half As Many Small Children Died Last Year As Did in 1990http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-many-small-children-died-last-year-did-1990-180952712/The global mortality rate for children under five is continuing to dropTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:24:41 +0000Libya’s Parliament Is Living on a Greek Ferryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/libyas-parliament-living-greek-ferry-180952701/Unrest in Libya has forced the government to take to the seasTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:25 +0000Schizophrenia Might Actually Be Eight Different Disordershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/schizophrenia-might-actually-be-eight-different-disorders-180952711/The finding could help researchers devise more effective treatments that are tailored for individual patients Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:06:44 +0000The Average Prisoner Only Gets Two Visits While They Are Incarcerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/average-prisoner-only-gets-two-visits-while-they-are-incarcerated-180952706/Prisoners who receive the most visitors, however, tend to do the best after they are released Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:25:54 +0000Leatherback Sea Turtles Can Measure Sunlight Through Their Skullshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/leatherback-sea-turtles-can-measure-sunlight-through-their-skulls-180952703/The anatomical skylight allows the turtles to synch up with the seasons Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:08:22 +0000This Is Where Rosetta's Lander Will Touch Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/landing-site-chosen-comet-rosetta-lander-180952698/The Philae lander will touch down at "Site J" In NovemberMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:59 +0000New Study: Blame Defective Wells for Fracking Leakshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-defective-wells-not-drilling-or-injecting-fluid-earth-cause-water-contamination-fracking-operations-180952695/Fixing shoddy wells could mean making fracking safer for the environmentMon, 15 Sep 2014 15:24:05 +0000This Map Shows Where All That Carbon Dioxide Is Coming Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-shows-where-all-carbon-dioxide-coming-180952687/Global carbon emissions have an obvious biasFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:34:44 +0000Sinking At Icelandic Volcano Has Scientists Worried About Possible Eruptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sinking-icelandic-volcano-has-scientists-worried-about-possible-eruption-180952686/Movement within Bardarbunga's caldera has researchers watching the volcano closely Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:04:15 +0000Detroit's Dumps Are Slowly Being Reclaimed By Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/detroits-dumps-are-slowly-being-reclaimed-nature-180952676/Some illegal dumping grounds in Detroit are being repopulated by hardy plantsFri, 12 Sep 2014 14:37:59 +0000A 24-Year-Old Woman Just Discovered She's Had a Hole in Her Brain Her Entire Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/24-year-old-woman-china-just-discovered-she-has-lived-her-entire-life-hole-her-brain-180952682/This rare care demonstrates just how incredibly adaptive the human brain is Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:02:28 +0000Fish Eat Mammals on the Regularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-eat-mammals-pretty-regular-basis-180952669/A new study indicates that in some ecosystems, mammals are a fairly normal foodstuff for fish Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:35:25 +0000Saturn Is Making (And Destroying) Mini-Moons All The Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturn-making-and-destroying-mini-moons-all-time-180952661/Saturn's F ring is a little moon factoryWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:21:08 +0000Deadly Chinese Earthquake May Have Been Man-Madehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-chinese-earthquake-may-have-been-man-made-180952660/More than 600 people died in the August 3 Yunnan earthquakeWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:17:35 +0000When We're Lonely, Inanimate Faces Come Alivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-were-feeling-lonely-our-minds-project-illusion-life-inanimate-faces-180952657/Our minds are less particular about the source of comfort when we are craving contact with othersWed, 10 Sep 2014 14:35:12 +0000Enterovirus 68, a Rare Virus, Is Spreading Among Kids in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/enterovirus-d68-infections-are-spreading-among-kids-us-180952655/The CDC reports that patients with the respiratory disease are showing up in hospitals across the countryWed, 10 Sep 2014 13:20:16 +0000The World's Carbon Sinks May Be Running Out of Roomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planet-may-be-losing-its-ability-cope-all-our-carbon-dioxide-emissions-180952650/The Earth's biosphere may be absorbing less carbon than it used toTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:45:03 +0000Why Networking Can Make You Feel Dirtyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-networking-can-make-you-feel-dirty-180952642/Pursuing relationships to forward your career aspirations triggers a sense of moral disgust Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:56:36 +0000Napa Earthquake Turned Dry Creeks Wet Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/napa-earthquake-turned-dry-creeks-wet-again-180952643/"Miracle water" wets some of California's dried streams Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:42:25 +0000Assumed Asteroid Remnant Leaves Crater in Nicaraguahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-passed-close-earth-and-left-little-bit-behind-180952638/A small rock from a passing asteroid left a crater in NicaraguaMon, 08 Sep 2014 18:01:17 +0000Cockatoos Learn to Use Tools by Watching Each Otherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockatoos-learn-use-tools-watching-each-other-180952636/With a teacher, Goffin cockatoo learn to use new tools more quickly Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:58:21 +0000Why Environmentalists Should Keep Quiet About Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-environmentalists-should-keep-quiet-about-geoengineering-180952629/If it seems like there's a technological fix, people lose interest in helpingFri, 05 Sep 2014 19:05:29 +0000Rare, Red Mammoth Hair Found on Californian Artichoke Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-mammoth-hair-found-californian-artichoke-farm-180952624/Columbian mammoths roamed Western North America thousands of years ago, and now we have a better idea of what they looked likeFri, 05 Sep 2014 16:15:10 +0000Once Mexico Had a Wealth of Corn; Now It's Left With a Genetically Boring Monocrophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/once-mexico-had-wealth-corn-now-its-left-genetically-boring-monocrop-180952617/This lack of diversity does not bode well for food sustainability and economics in light of climate change Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:40:02 +0000Turns Out We Live in the Laniakea Galactic Superclusterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-laniakea-galactic-supercluster-means-astronomers-just-added-another-item-your-address-180952616/Add another line to your celestial address: Astronomers just found out we live in the Laniakea Galactic SuperclusterThu, 04 Sep 2014 18:06:04 +0000Meet Dreadnought, Largest Dinosaur In The Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-dreadnought-largest-dinosaur-world-180952612/Dreadnought is the largest dinosaur in the world to be scientifically described Thu, 04 Sep 2014 17:15:42 +0000More Evidence That Arctic Warming Is Behind the Weak Polar Vortexhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-evidence-arctic-warming-behind-weak-polar-vortex-180952601/Scientists lay out how melting sea ice may destabilize the Arctic atmospheric circulationWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:09:26 +0000The Brain Will Go to Amazing, Sometimes Scary Lengths to Preserve Its Self-Constructed Narrativehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-will-go-amazing-sometimes-scary-lengths-preserve-its-self-constructed-narrative-180952593/Your life narrative gives meaning to chaosWed, 03 Sep 2014 16:45:23 +0000Flowering Plants Appeared in Forest Canopies Just a Few Million Years After Dinosaurs Went Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flowering-plants-appeared-forest-canopies-58-million-years-ago-180952590/A new study gives scientists some more insight into the weird history of flowering plantsWed, 03 Sep 2014 14:31:05 +0000Extreme Drought in New Mexico Cost a 650-Year-Old Tree Its Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extreme-drought-new-mexico-cost-650-year-old-tree-its-life-180952592/The 7-foot-tall douglas fir named Yoda managed to weather many a drought over the centuries, but not this last one Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:17:35 +0000Action Movies Encourage Charged-Up Viewers to Overeathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/action-movies-encourage-charged-viewers-overeat-180952589/People watching action flicks ate nearly twice as much as those viewing a talk show Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:56:01 +0000Icelandic Volcano Is Erupting Spectacularly (And Relatively Quietly) http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icelandic-volcano-erupting-spectacularly-and-relatively-quietly-180952588/The eruption, currently spewing lava fountains, could go on for a yearTue, 02 Sep 2014 18:39:12 +0000Radioactive Boars Are Roaming Around Germany http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/radioactive-boars-are-roaming-around-germany-180952586/The boar's meat is too contaminated from Chernobyl's radiation to be fit for human consumption Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:31:07 +0000The Surprisingly Complicated Reason Why Stars Look Like They Have Pointshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/surprisingly-complicated-reason-why-stars-seem-have-points-180952587/Stars are star-shaped because of imperfection in our eyesTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:37:42 +0000RIP Sexy Space Geckoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rip-sexy-space-geckos-180952583/The five geckos sent to space have all diedTue, 02 Sep 2014 15:30:40 +0000Ghostly Neutrinos Created in the Heart of the Sun Are Finally Detectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghostly-particles-created-heart-sun-finally-detected-180952573/This is the most direct evidence supporting researchers’ ideas about how the Sun is poweredFri, 29 Aug 2014 18:01:09 +0000Ebola Drug ZMapp Cured 18 Monkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ebola-drug-zmapp-miracle-cure-monkeys-180952564/How well the drug works in humans, however, isn't so clearFri, 29 Aug 2014 17:43:45 +0000Your House’s Germs Are Yours, And They’ll Follow You If You Movehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-houses-germs-are-yours-and-theyll-follow-you-if-you-move-180952553/Your house is laced with microbes shed by your bodyFri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:12 +0000This Is Your Brain on Your Favorite Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-brain-your-favorite-song-180952511/When people listen to music they enjoy, their brains drift into a resting daydream, regardless of the genreThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:18:20 +0000Walking in Formation Makes Men Feel More Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walking-formation-makes-men-feel-more-powerful-180952507/Men who walk in lockstep see outsiders as less threateningThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:29 +0000Whale-Watching Can Actually Be Harmful To Whaleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-watching-can-actually-be-harmful-whales-180952496/Ecotourism can give people a closer look at wildlife, but in the case of whales, it could also harm the wildlife they're looking atWed, 27 Aug 2014 19:17:13 +0000The Moon Smells Like Gunpowderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moon-smells-gunpowder-180952494/The smell of the Moon is not just the smell of spaceWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:13:03 +0000What's Replacing Coal In Europe? Imported Wood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-replacing-coal-europe-imported-wood-180952483/In trying to meet renewable goals, Europe is relying on wood from forests in the Southern United StatesWed, 27 Aug 2014 13:46:36 +0000NASA Has Very Likely Captured the First Space Dust From Beyond Our Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacecraft-nabbed-first-dust-specks-beyond-our-solar-system-180952480/A handful of rocky particles could tell us about the birth of our Sun and its planetsTue, 26 Aug 2014 17:02:07 +0000Fully Functional Thymus Grown In Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fully-functional-thymus-grown-mouse-180952474/Growing organs for human transplant is still a long way off, but this study is still a step forwardMon, 25 Aug 2014 18:16:45 +0000Gas, Probably Methane, Is Seeping From 570 Sites off the East Coast http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gas-probably-methane-seeping-570-sites-east-coast-1-180952471/A new study shows that we might find additional sources of methane in places we least expected itMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:39:47 +0000Corals And Fish Can Tell a Bad Reef When They Smell Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/corals-and-fish-can-tell-bad-reef-when-they-smell-it-180952456/New research indicates that young marine species can be picky about where they choose to settleFri, 22 Aug 2014 17:46:07 +0000Scientists Are Actually Talking About Building Giant Space Lasers to Control the Weatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-actually-talking-about-building-giant-space-lasers-control-weather-180952455/This is what happens when you refuse to do things the easy wayFri, 22 Aug 2014 16:36:50 +0000Elephant Poachers Also Targeting Vultureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elephant-poachers-also-targeting-vultures-180952450/Vultures are being targeted by elephant poachers in AfricaFri, 22 Aug 2014 13:55:13 +0000Give Someone a Virtual Avatar and They Adopt Stereotype Behaviorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/give-someone-virtual-avatar-and-they-adopt-stereotype-behavior-180952441/People behave differently depending on the appearance of their digital avatarThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:02:03 +0000Tuberculosis Probably Hitched A Ride To America on Sealshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tuberculosis-probably-hitched-ride-america-seals-180952434/A new study finds that TB is not only younger than we thought, but it also spread in weird waysThu, 21 Aug 2014 16:05:33 +0000Geckos Can Control the Movement of Their Toe Hairshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geckos-change-angles-their-toe-hairs-cling-walls-let-go-180952427/Geckos take advantage of van der Waals forces to run across ceilings, but a simple shift allows them to drop to the groundThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:57:38 +0000Scientists Are Hacking Tomatoes To Make Them Keep Growing All Night Longhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-hacking-tomatoes-make-them-grow-through-night-180952430/Geneticists are working to circumvent the tomato's circadian rhythmThu, 21 Aug 2014 15:24:39 +0000Why You Look Like Your Doghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-you-look-your-dog-180952414/It's all in the eyesWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:18:32 +0000Computer Scientists Hack Michigan Traffic Lights To Show Glaring Security Flawshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-scientists-hack-michigan-traffic-lights-show-glaring-security-flaws-180952412/Three major weaknesses make traffic lights used in almost all U.S. states prone to attacks Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:19:09 +0000The 10,000 Hour Rule Is Not Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/10000-hour-rule-not-real-180952410/The biggest meta-analysis of research to date indicates that practice does not make perfectWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:39:39 +0000Help NASA Out by Looking at Beautiful Pictures of Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-nasa-out-looking-beautiful-pictures-space-180952407/NASA wants your help identifying astronauts' photos of the earthWed, 20 Aug 2014 13:11:07 +0000This Gorge Is Living Its Life on Fast-Forwardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwan-gorge-will-disappear-50-years-180952380/A quickly carved river gorge may disappear in just a few decades Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:22:33 +0000ICYMI: July Was Really, Really Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/icymi-july-was-really-really-hot-180952394/This past July was the fourth hottest on recordTue, 19 Aug 2014 16:52:47 +0000One of Iceland’s Volcanoes Is Rumblinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-icelands-volcanoes-rumbling-180952386/It looks like another one of Iceland's volcanoes is ready to eruptTue, 19 Aug 2014 15:17:48 +0000Scientists’ Underwater Microphones Monitored By Militarieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-underwater-microphones-monitored-militaries-180952382/NEPTUNE is used for hunting whale songs, but Canada and the US worry it could be used for other purposesTue, 19 Aug 2014 13:42:18 +0000Can We Clean Up the Next Oil Spill With Magnets?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-we-clean-next-oil-spill-magnets-180952375/A new technique may help during the next oil spillMon, 18 Aug 2014 17:29:16 +0000This Weird, 500 Million-Year-Old Spiky Worm With Legs Actually Has a Descendanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weird-500-million-year-old-spiky-worm-legs-actually-has-descendant-180952370/Modern-day velvet worms' jaws are repurposed former claws Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:32:03 +0000Why Are People Afraid of Colgate Total Toothpaste?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-people-afraid-colgate-total-toothpaste-180952362/Bloomberg reports that customers are abandoning Colgate's Total brand because it contains triclosanFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:52:39 +0000Our Personalities Are Most Stable in Mid-Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-personalities-are-most-stable-mid-life-180952352/In some ways, our 80-year-old selves mirror our 20-year-old selves Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:34:56 +0000Outlook For Great Barrier Reef Not So Greathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/outlook-great-barrier-reef-not-so-great-180952349/The five year state of the reef reports paints a gloomy picture for the natural wonder Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:50:55 +0000Seagrass Meadows Are Disappearing at the Same Rate as Rainforestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seagrass-meadows-disappearing-same-rate-rainforests-180952344/These underwater habitats are important for several species of sea lifeWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:53:41 +0000This Female Mathematician Just Became the First Woman to Ever Win the Fields Medal http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/female-mathematician-just-became-first-woman-ever-win-fields-medal-180952339/The Fields Medal is mathematics' equivalent to the Nobel PrizeWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:46:30 +0000Crawfish Can Convert Blood Cells into Neuronshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crawfish-can-convert-blood-cells-neurons-180952337/This neat invertebrate trick could help researchers eventually figure out how to do the same for human cells Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:05:51 +0000WHO Says ZMapp Is Ethical; Too Bad There's None Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-says-zmapp-ethical-too-bad-theres-none-left-180952329/Small supplies of the drug bring up a whole host of other ethical dilemmas Tue, 12 Aug 2014 17:04:29 +0000Here's What the Newly Sequenced Cat Genome Might Tell Us http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-newly-sequenced-cat-genome-might-tell-us-180952323/In addition to teaching us more about kitties themselves, the cat genome could shed light on human disease Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:43:02 +0000Baby Panda Triplets Born In Chinese Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-panda-triplets-born-chinese-zoo-180952326/At 15 days old, the panda cubs are still vulnerable, but are doing well so farTue, 12 Aug 2014 15:08:06 +0000The Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks Tonighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseids-meteor-shower-peaks-tonight-180952324/Watch the remains of comet Swift-Tuttle burn up in the atmosphereTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:50:07 +0000A New, Potentially Deadly Species of Jellyfish Was Discovered Floating Around Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-potentially-deadly-species-jellyfish-was-discovered-floating-around-australia-180952322/The new species' sting can cause Irukandji syndrome, which sometimes leads to stroke and heart failure Tue, 12 Aug 2014 13:15:27 +0000Lack of Workplace Support Keeps Women Out of Engineering Careers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lack-workplace-support-keeps-women-out-engineering-careers-180952316/Aspiring female engineers say that they perceive little chance of advancing in their field Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:55:27 +0000Are Hard Foods Healthier? In Your Mind, Maybehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-hard-foods-healthier-your-mind-maybe-180952310/New research shows that texture plays a large role in how we see the nutritional value of food Mon, 11 Aug 2014 16:15:12 +0000Watch Video From NASA’s "Flying Saucer" Testhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-video-nasas-flying-saucer-test-180952308/The LDSD test on June 28 went well, and more tests are expected to run next yearMon, 11 Aug 2014 15:09:10 +0000RIP, World’s Oldest Eelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rip-worlds-oldest-eel-180952306/The eel, 155, passed away in a Swedish well late last week Mon, 11 Aug 2014 13:44:09 +0000Some Who Suffer from PTSD Never Get Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-who-suffer-ptsd-never-get-better-180952301/As many as 11 percent of Vietnam veterans diagnosed with PTSD still suffer from the disorderFri, 08 Aug 2014 18:42:22 +0000Losing Weight Makes People Healthy—But Not Necessarily Happyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dropping-pounds-key-health-not--necessarily-happiness-180952296/The relationship between losing weight and being happy is not at all straightforward Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:02:19 +0000One Aspirin a Day Helps Keep Cancer Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/aspirin-day-keeps-cancer-away-180952265/According to the largest analysis conducted to date, daily doses of aspirin significantly reduces the risk of getting some common cancers Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:38:00 +0000The Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone Is the Size of a Small Statehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dead-zone-size-connecticut-gulf-waters-180952260/The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone actually shrunk this year—but it's still the size of ConnecticutWed, 06 Aug 2014 15:05:27 +0000Rosetta Satellite Is the First to Ever Orbit a Comethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosetta-satellite-first-ever-orbit-comet-180952258/It's been a long trip, but Rosetta has finally reached its destinationWed, 06 Aug 2014 13:56:45 +0000This Mathematical Equation Predicts Momentary Happinesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mathematical-equation-predicts-momentary-happiness-180952257/Keeping your expectations low, it seems, is key to achieving fleeting satisfaction Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:08:04 +0000We Don’t Need a Huge Breakthrough to Make Renewable Energy Viable—It Already Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-dont-need-huge-breakthrough-make-renewable-energy-viable-it-already-180952254/The idea that renewable energy can't handle the load is a myth, says Amory LovinsTue, 05 Aug 2014 16:36:13 +0000With an Untested New Drug, Two Ebola Patients Are Experiencing "Miraculous" Recoveryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/untested-new-drug-possibly-delivers-miraculous-recovery-two-ebola-patients-180952251/The drug, however, was not "top secret," as some outlets have reported Tue, 05 Aug 2014 14:54:43 +0000Scientists Can Now Eavesdrop By Watching a Soundless Video of a Glass of Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-now-eavesdrop-you-reverse-engineering-video-glass-water-180952247/Sound is pressure, pressure causes motion and motion shows up on filmMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:33:44 +0000Civil War Battlefields Are Overrun With Deerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunters-desired-civil-war-battlefields-overrun-deer-180952244/The Parks Department is going to spend $1.8 million to have hunters cull themMon, 04 Aug 2014 17:10:36 +0000There’s an Easy (And Tasty) Way to Measure the Speed of Light at Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-easy-and-tasty-way-measure-speed-light-home-180952245/You can make surprisingly accurate calculations using chocolate and a microwaveMon, 04 Aug 2014 16:37:18 +0000Here's How Astronomers Actually Find Planets in Other Solar Systemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easy-explanation-how-astronomers-find-planets-other-solar-systems-180952243/Astronomers have found 1,741 exoplanets. But how, exactly?Mon, 04 Aug 2014 15:31:00 +0000Fish Oil Could Be a Modern-Day Snake Oilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-oil-could-be-modern-day-snake-oil-180952241/The premise that fish oil is good for your heart is based on questionable dataMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:50:21 +00001970s Redux: Lake Erie Is So Polluted, Toledo's Drinking Water Was Cut Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toledos-water-supply-was-contaminated-toxins-algae-180952242/An algae bloom in Lake Erie leaves hundreds of thousands without fresh drinking waterMon, 04 Aug 2014 14:14:07 +0000