Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:51 +0000A Swarm of Comets Around an Alien Star Hints at Our Solar System's Youth comets fall in two groups — one older and one younger — and have to contend with the orbit of a gas giantThu, 23 Oct 2014 17:02:51 +0000Lose Ice in Alaska, See Temperatures Spike By 7°C puts the goal of keeping temperature rises below 2°C to shame Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:25:19 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Disappeared Way More Quickly This Year deforestation is even worse than you thinkThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:34:38 +0000Sea Coral Makes Excellent Human Bone Grafts’s porous structure, with some chemical tweaks, is the perfect place for new bone and tissue to growThu, 23 Oct 2014 14:24:40 +0000Like Ants, Small Backpackers Are Adept at Carrying Proportionally Heavier Loads weight a person or animal can carry does not increase uniformly with size Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:42:24 +0000You Don’t Even Want to Know About All the Stuff Living on Your Eyeball eyes can't escape the microbiomeWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:29:21 +0000This Glacier in Iceland Is Fighting to Stay Alive Falljökull glacier has cut off its lower reaches but the upper portion is advancing once againTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:32:20 +0000Plants Can Sense When Insects Are Eating Them can sense munching vibrations that insects make, and respond accordingly with heightened defensesTue, 21 Oct 2014 19:19:28 +0000To Find Out How Healthy Whales Are, Send in the Drones custom-built drone got close enough to whales to capture individuals' distinctive markingsTue, 21 Oct 2014 17:24:50 +0000Nose Cells Transplanted to a Paralyzed Man’s Spine Let Him Walk Once Again cells from the nose can promote the regeneration of nerve cellsTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:47:22 +0000Prozac Doesn't Make Birds Happy on Prozac lose their appetite and libido Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:16:54 +0000The White House Just Asked Scientists to Stop Trying to Make Diseases More Deadly funding is being suspended, and anyone who's already been paid to do such work is being asked to stop.Mon, 20 Oct 2014 16:37:55 +0000A Very Ancient Group of Jawed Fish Were Having Surprisingly Intimate Intercourse fish later ditched this clumsy method in favor of external fertilizationMon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:06 +0000The Milky Way is Stealing Other Galaxies’ Gases dwarf galaxies around the Milky Way are missing their hydrogenFri, 17 Oct 2014 18:03:30 +0000Your Microbes Get Jet Lagged, Too bacteria's circadian rhythm is disrupted, they become worse at their jobs Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:41:27 +0000This Weekend, Astronomers Get Their Best Ever Look at an Oort Cloud Object at the Oort cloud is like looking back in time—a superpower hampered by the fact that the Oort cloud is very, very, very, very far awayThu, 16 Oct 2014 16:04:03 +0000There's a Scientific Reason Why Self-Harm Makes Some People Feel Better same part of the brain that handles physical distress also deals with emotionsThu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:49 +0000Wind Power is Actually Cheaper Than Coal, Nuclear and Gas you consider the downstream consequences, coal becomes a lot more expensiveWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:09:29 +0000This Google Glass Owner Only Took His Device Off to Sleep And Shower when he checked into rehab, he couldn't stop touching his right templeWed, 15 Oct 2014 16:10:01 +0000Zooplankton and Krill "Pee" Helps Determine Ocean Chemistry marine life's expelled ammonia fuels important chemical reactions Tue, 14 Oct 2014 19:00:17 +0000Now We're Crowdfunding Ebola Research? leading Ebola researcher is turning to the crowd for more fundingTue, 14 Oct 2014 15:51:40 +0000Giant Icebergs Used to Ram Up Against Florida,000 years ago, icebergs carved up the ocean floor off the Miami coastMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:43:41 +0000The Science of Why Toothpaste Makes Food Taste Funny toothpaste's foaming actionMon, 13 Oct 2014 15:11:55 +0000Amazing Artifacts From the History of Science Are Going Up for Auction if only we all had infinite moneyFri, 10 Oct 2014 20:43:33 +0000Exoplanet Has Winds That Blow at the Speed of Sound wouldn't be a great place to liveFri, 10 Oct 2014 16:50:00 +0000Here's One Very Good Reason to Drill Deep Into an Active Fault hope to install instruments at the fault to observe changes in the earth at depthThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:49:15 +0000Why Is Antarctic Sea Ice at a 35-Year High? really knows, but they have some thoughtsThu, 09 Oct 2014 17:14:55 +0000Bionic Hands Partially Restore Users' Sense of Touch hand's sensors communicate directly with the wearer's nerves Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:45:32 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Woman With a Transplanted Uterus Gave Birth to a Baby more women with transplanted uteruses are due to give birth in the next couple of weeks, tooWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:51:52 +0000Each Day, 50 Percent of America Eats a Sandwich 20 percent of our daily sodium intake is delivered between two slices of breadWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:17:17 +0000How Exactly Does Exercise Help Your Brain? muscles could be protecting the body from an imbalance of chemicals that lead to depression Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:36:54 +0000Some Surgery Is No Better Than Sham “Placebo” Surgery placebo effect isn't just for pillsTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:32:43 +0000Cancer Spreads Through Our Bodies at Night could mean that therapies delivered after dark might be more effective Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:59:32 +0000Scientists Figure Out Why Mozzarella Is the Perfect Pizza Cheese's all about the elasticity, moisture and oil contentTue, 07 Oct 2014 13:44:44 +0000Many of the Same Brain Regions Are Activated When Mothers Look at Their Pets or Their Children seems that maternal attachment does not discriminate between species Mon, 06 Oct 2014 15:20:14 +0000Your Cheat Sheet to the 2014 Nobel Prizes enough to catch upMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:06:21 +0000The Tibetan Plateau is Getting a High-Tech Array of Weather Sensors massive research effort will help predict the increasingly unpredictable Indian monsoons as the climate changesFri, 03 Oct 2014 20:55:26 +0000Satellite Observations Revealed Thousands of New Mountains Right Here on Earth are thousands of mountains dotting the sea floorFri, 03 Oct 2014 18:28:46 +0000What Actually Happens to People Who Are Hit by Lightning? lifetime of chronic health issuesFri, 03 Oct 2014 17:23:49 +0000Could Climate Change Affect the Number of Boys and Girls Born? boy babies outnumber girl babies could be influenced by war, temperature and other stress factorsFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:50:11 +0000A Second Baby Thought Cured of HIV Relapsed When Taken Off Antiviral Drugs drugs can control, but not cure, HIV in childrenFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:04:09 +0000Cheetahs Spend 90 Percent of Their Days Sitting Around human presence forces cheetahs to expend more energy, however, it put the animals' survival at riskThu, 02 Oct 2014 18:05:51 +0000The Man in the Moon Was Made By Radioactivity, Not Meteors cooling caused by radioactive material in the crust caused one of the Moon's most distinctive featuresThu, 02 Oct 2014 16:44:58 +0000How the Humble Hydra Lives, As Far as We Know, Forever don't seem to die of old age. But why?Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:19:36 +0000The Aral Sea Is Pretty Much Gone fourth largest lake in the world is less than a tenth of its former sizeThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:22:02 +0000Pollution From Hawaii Is Giving Sea Turtles Gross, Deadly Tumors runoff gets into the turtles' food and causes tumors on their faces, flippers and organs Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:35:48 +0000Enough Ice Has Melted in Antarctica to Alter the Earth’s Gravity gravity loss is tiny but indicates big changes in ice coverageWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:45:25 +0000Apollo-Era Data Is Helping Scientists Look for Gravitational Waves that were placed on the moon during the Apollo program collected data that is being used by physicists todayWed, 01 Oct 2014 17:55:38 +000035,000 Walruses Are Crowding Onto One Alaskan Beach animals have already been killed on the beach, most likely by stampedes Wed, 01 Oct 2014 14:19:31 +0000Thank Soil Microbes for White Truffles’ Heavenly Aroma produce the signature smell that truffle-sniffing dogs and pigs pick up onWed, 01 Oct 2014 13:28:07 +0000Why Eye Contact Makes You Squirm 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? 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 1970, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles are disappearing quicklyTue, 30 Sep 2014 14:01:52 +0000Scientists Are Sneaking Bob Dylan Lyrics Into Their Writing likes goofy intra-office rivalries, even scientistsMon, 29 Sep 2014 17:59:27 +0000This Is How the Milky Way Will End 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 Crops 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 Tumbleweeds 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 Planet 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 Phones 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 Radar 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 Rise 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 Try's Mangalyaan orbiter dropped into orbit around Mars last nightWed, 24 Sep 2014 14:27:27 +0000Norway Is Paying Liberia To Stop Deforestation 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 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 Water 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 Effects 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 Body it 5 trillion or 500 trillion? Who knows.Mon, 22 Sep 2014 15:23:41 +0000Mars Just Got a New Robotic Explorer's MAVEN orbiter dropped into orbit last nightMon, 22 Sep 2014 13:57:26 +0000The Risks of Fire Around Chernobyl 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 On 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 Science 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 Why 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 Movies 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 August 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 Tendencies 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 Sugar affecting gut microbes, artificial sweeteners may be messing with your metabolismThu, 18 Sep 2014 16:01:31 +0000Russian Spy Satellite Breaks Apart Over Rockies 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 Apart face shape is more variable than other parts of the body Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:29:15 +0000Carrion Beetles Were the First Caring Parents 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 Years 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 Campus'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 It 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 1990 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 Ferry in Libya has forced the government to take to the seasTue, 16 Sep 2014 16:11:25 +0000Schizophrenia Might Actually Be Eight Different Disorders 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 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 Skulls 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 Down Philae lander will touch down at "Site J" In NovemberMon, 15 Sep 2014 16:01:59 +0000New Study: Blame Defective Wells for Fracking Leaks 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 From carbon emissions have an obvious biasFri, 12 Sep 2014 16:34:44 +0000Sinking At Icelandic Volcano Has Scientists Worried About Possible Eruption 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 Nature 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 Life rare care demonstrates just how incredibly adaptive the human brain is Fri, 12 Sep 2014 13:02:28 +0000Fish Eat Mammals on the Regular 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 Time's F ring is a little moon factoryWed, 10 Sep 2014 16:21:08 +0000Deadly Chinese Earthquake May Have Been Man-Made than 600 people died in the August 3 Yunnan earthquakeWed, 10 Sep 2014 15:17:35 +0000When We're Lonely, Inanimate Faces Come Alive 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. 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 Room Earth's biosphere may be absorbing less carbon than it used toTue, 09 Sep 2014 16:45:03 +0000Why Networking Can Make You Feel Dirty 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 Again"Miracle water" wets some of California's dried streams Tue, 09 Sep 2014 13:42:25 +0000Assumed Asteroid Remnant Leaves Crater in Nicaragua 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 Other a teacher, Goffin cockatoo learn to use new tools more quickly Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:58:21 +0000Why Environmentalists Should Keep Quiet About Geoengineering 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 Farm 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 Monocrop 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 Supercluster 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 World 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 Vortex 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 Narrative 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 Extinct 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 Life 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 Overeat 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) eruption, currently spewing lava fountains, could go on for a yearTue, 02 Sep 2014 18:39:12 +0000Radioactive Boars Are Roaming Around Germany 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 Points are star-shaped because of imperfection in our eyesTue, 02 Sep 2014 16:37:42 +0000RIP Sexy Space Geckos 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 Detected 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 Monkeys 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 Move house is laced with microbes shed by your bodyFri, 29 Aug 2014 16:22:12 +0000This Is Your Brain on Your Favorite Song 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 Powerful who walk in lockstep see outsiders as less threateningThu, 28 Aug 2014 17:24:29 +0000Whale-Watching Can Actually Be Harmful To Whales 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 Gunpowder 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 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 System 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 Mouse 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 new study shows that we might find additional sources of methane in places we least expected itMon, 25 Aug 2014 16:39:47 +0000