Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-mysterious-purple-orb-channel-islands-180959933/The creature stumped the team and could be a new speciesWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:56:43 +0000Discovery of a New Class of Galaxies Challenges Our Understanding of How Galaxy Formation Workshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-of-a-new-class-of-galaxies-challenges-our-understanding-of-how-galaxy-formation-works-180960265/Dragonfly 44 near the Coma cluster has the same mass as the Milky Way but only 1 percent of the visible matterFri, 26 Aug 2016 16:49:29 +0000Canadian Fishermen Caught Fabled 650-Pound, Century-Old Sturgeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-fishermen-caught-650-pound-sturgeon-180960256/Nicknamed “Pig Nose,” the fish was quickly released back into the wildFri, 26 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Playing the Bagpipes Can Literally Kill Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-bagpipes-can-literally-kill-you-180960227/Known as “Bagpipe Lung,” the reaction can wreak havoc on your respiratory systemFri, 26 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000Calling All Conspiracy Theorists: Alaska's "Mind-Control Lab" Is Hosting an Open Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-alaska-research-lab-are-holding-open-house-dispel-conspiracy-theories-180960255/Depending on who you ask, HAARP can control minds, weather, and even earthquakesThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:28:34 +0000Coffee Consumption Could Be In Your Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coffee-consumption-could-be-your-genes-180960252/A new study shows a genetic variation in caffeine metabolism may lead some to drink a little less joeThu, 25 Aug 2016 18:52:26 +0000This Robot Is Soft and Squishy Inside and Out—No Wires or Batteries Necessaryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-robot-no-wires-or-batteries-180960250/"Octobot" uses a deceptively simple fuel source and inspiration from the depths of the seaThu, 25 Aug 2016 17:56:05 +0000Astronomers Have Discovered an Earth-Sized Exoplanet in Our Cosmic Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-have-discovered-earth-exoplanet-our-cosmic-backyard-180960242/But what would potential life look like on this planetary neighbor?Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:29:29 +0000At 75 Pounds, This Could Be the World's Largest Pearlhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-it-takes-make-massive-pearl-180960228/The Filipino fisherman found the massive gem over a decade ago and kept it as a good luck charmWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:46:54 +0000The Geology Behind Italy’s Catastrophic Quakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geology-behind-italys-catastrophic-quake-180960233/A magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook the Apennine Mountains—and given the region’s geology, that’s no surpriseWed, 24 Aug 2016 16:01:48 +0000After Two Years, Lost NASA Spacecraft Phones Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-two-years-lost-nasa-spacecraft-phones-home-180960221/Using the Deep Space Network, mission control has reestablished contact with the solar observatory STEREO-B Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:59:02 +0000Fifty Years Ago, This Photo Captured the First View of Earth From the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fifty-years-ago-this-photo-captured-first-view-of-earth-from-the-moon-180960222/And Earth’s view of itself changed foreverTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:00:21 +0000Here's a Panoramic Glimpse of the Curiosity Rover's Next Destinationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-panoramic-glimpse-curiosity-rovers-next-destination-180960212/Welcome to Murray Buttes. You are now free to rove about the landscapeMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:50:00 +0000Celebrating at Least 1,075 Years, This Pine Could Be Europe's Oldest Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/celebrating-least-1075-years-pine-could-be-europes-oldest-tree-180960210/The Bosnian pine stands in a forest of ancient trees in the Pindus MountainsMon, 22 Aug 2016 17:34:53 +0000Summer Heat Turns This Siberian Lake Bright Pinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-heat-turning-siberian-lake-pink-180960206/And it's not the only oneMon, 22 Aug 2016 15:30:00 +0000Tree Rings Help Circle in on Dating Pre-History Eventshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-rings-help-circle-dating-pre-history-events-180960180/Solar flares create spikes in the Carbon-14 of woody plants that can provide anchor years for more accurate dating of artifactsMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:25:02 +0000Scientists Have Found The Most Efficient Way to Hold a Coffee Mughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-most-efficient-way-hold-coffee-mug-180960185/Drinking it is a different storyMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000Soon Everyone Will Be Able to Read NASA-Funded Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-making-it-easier-check-out-research-its-funding-180960172/Get ready for a lot more space scienceMon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Science Officially Debunks Chemtrails, But the Conspiracy Will Likely Live Onhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-officially-debunks-chemtrails-conspiracy-live-180960139/A panel of 77 atmospheric scientists and geochemists weigh in on the controversial streaks in the sky Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Complete T. Rex Skull Found in Montanahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-t-rex-skull-makes-its-way-seattle-museum-180960197/The "Tufts-Love skull" will be cleaned and put on display at the Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:45:45 +0000Does Climate Change Fuel Floods? It’s Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-climate-change-fuel-floods-its-complicated-180960183/Here’s why that question is hard to answerFri, 19 Aug 2016 14:43:38 +0000Ginormous Goldfish Are Invading Australian Rivershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ginormous-goldfish-are-invading-australian-rivers-180960177/Abandoned by their owners, the fish run rampant and impact the environmentThu, 18 Aug 2016 18:17:30 +0000This 340-Million-Year-Old Ocean Crust Could Date Back to Pangaeahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bit-seafloor-discovered-mediterranean-180960153/Researchers believe they've found the world's oldest ocean crustWed, 17 Aug 2016 16:54:44 +0000Adorable Stubby Squid Found Off the Coast of Southern Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adorable-stubby-squid-found-southern-california-180960160/Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus happened across a particularly cute stubby squidWed, 17 Aug 2016 14:33:48 +0000Eerie Video Shows How Coral Bleacheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eerie-video-shows-how-coral-bleaches-180960151/Time-lapse video captures the coral's convulsions while it expels the algae that give it colorTue, 16 Aug 2016 17:51:26 +0000Part of Your Suntan Comes From Photons That Are Billions of Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/part-your-suntan-comes-photons-are-billions-years-old-180960135/Thank bodies from beyond the galaxy for a bit of that golden glowMon, 15 Aug 2016 18:44:44 +0000Look Out New Yorkers: Hot Weather Makes Roaches Take to the Skieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-weather-makes-roaches-take-skies-180960134/Ew ew ew ew ewMon, 15 Aug 2016 17:58:00 +0000This Deadly Plant Virus Attracts Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-virus-makes-diseased-plants-attractive-bumblebees-180960113/The cucumber mosaic virus alters the scent of tomato plants to attract more bees to their ailing hosts Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:38:48 +0000First Humans Entered the Americas Along the Coast, Not Through the Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-colonized-americas-along-coast-not-through-ice-180960103/Evidence mounts against the traditional story of early human migration through an ice corridorThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:42:54 +0000Fertility Problems for Man's Best Friend Could Spell Trouble for Manhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fertility-problems-mans-best-friend-could-spell-trouble-men-180960099/Dog sperm quality has decreased likely from household chemical exposureThu, 11 Aug 2016 18:20:00 +0000Cupping Isn't the Only Strange Tactic Olympic Athletes Use to Get a Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-weird-things-olympic-athletes-do-win-180960086/Those painful cupping "hickies" are only the start—athletes go to great lengths to gain an edgeThu, 11 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Taiwan's Yehliu Geopark Is Like Disneyland for Rock Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/taiwans-yehliu-geopark-is-like-disneyland-for-rock-lovers-180960060/These mushroom-like mounds are some of the country's greatest geological treasuresWed, 10 Aug 2016 16:51:57 +0000Explore Far Out Views From Mars' Surface With Over 1,000 New Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-far-out-views-with-1000-photos-mars-surface-180960080/It's the Martian "magic hour"Wed, 10 Aug 2016 14:35:36 +0000When It Comes to West Nile Virus, Atlanta's Cardinals May Be Our Feathered Saviorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-it-comes-to-west-nile-virus-atlantas-cardinals-may-be-our-feathered-saviors-180960076/New research suggests the bright red birds are viral “super-suppressors”Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover the Blue Whirl, a New Type of Flamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-blue-whirl-new-type-flame-180960078/Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are scary, but a new clean-burning, controlled version could help clean oil spillsTue, 09 Aug 2016 19:41:11 +0000Humans Still Threaten Endangered Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-still-threaten-endangered-condors-180960059/Thanks to industrial byproducts and pesticides, birds face more contamination than their cousins inlandTue, 09 Aug 2016 16:53:33 +0000Cute Sand Cat Spotted for the First Time in a Decade in the United Arab Emirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cute-desert-cat-spotted-first-time-decade-united-arab-emirates-180960057/Researchers set out to photograph the elusive cat to help create a conservation plan for the endangered felineMon, 08 Aug 2016 20:24:56 +0000Bookworms, Rejoice: You May Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bookworms-rejoice-you-may-live-longer-180960052/In a new study, readers showed "a survival advantage" over those who don't ever crack open a book Mon, 08 Aug 2016 17:19:53 +0000Research Reveals How and Why Sunflowers Turn Their Golden Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-how-and-why-sunflowers-turn-their-golden-heads-180960042/A new study shows sunflowers have an internal clock and face east to keep bees and other insects happyFri, 05 Aug 2016 18:30:24 +0000Does a Massive Flood Confirm China's Creation Myth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-flood-may-confirm-chinas-creation-myth-180960037/Evidence shows a cataclysmic flood occurred along the Yellow River 3,200 years agoFri, 05 Aug 2016 17:23:50 +0000Look Up! The Perseid Meteor Shower Is Going to Be a Doozy This Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/look-perseid-meteor-shower-going-be-doozy-year-180960026/The number of shooting stars could double this yearFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:34:25 +0000An Insect Could Make Ash Baseball Bats a Thing of the Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insect-making-ash-bats-part-baseballs-past-180960027/The invasive emerald ash borer is threatening the forests where Rawlings and Louisville Sluggers come from, putting the bats in jeopardyFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Take a Spin Around Mars in NASA’s New Rover Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-spin-around-mars-nasas-new-rover-game-180960033/Tour the Red Planet without the risk of a multi-million dollar crashFri, 05 Aug 2016 11:30:00 +0000 World’s Climate Hit Extremes, Shattered Multiple Records in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-broke-multiple-climate-records-180960025/From rising temperatures and ocean levels to record greenhouse gas levels, 2015 was a rough year for planet EarthThu, 04 Aug 2016 16:32:56 +0000EU Releases Its First Invasive Species Blacklisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eu-release-first-invasives-species-blacklist-180960008/Gray squirrels, raccoons and crayfish were among the prohibited speciesWed, 03 Aug 2016 19:48:56 +0000The First Private Lunar Landing Was Just Approvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-private-lunar-landing-was-just-approved-180960007/Moon Express will head to Earth’s nearest neighbor in 2017Wed, 03 Aug 2016 18:33:02 +0000California’s Joshua Trees Are Under Threathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-joshua-trees-are-under-threat-180959991/Climate change could decimate the iconic tree for future generationsWed, 03 Aug 2016 14:42:41 +0000This Duck-Billed Dinosaur Had a Rare Case of Arthritishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-dinosaur-fossil-had-bad-case-arthritis-180959995/Nothing like a bum legWed, 03 Aug 2016 13:19:00 +0000Future Deep Sea Mining Sites Are Bursting With Rare Marine Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-deep-sea-mining-sites-are-full-new-ocean-species-180959981/The area is full of rare metals, but a new study shows it's a hub for deep-sea diversity, tooTue, 02 Aug 2016 16:20:00 +0000Forget the Hive, Now Wild Bees Can Check in to These Swanky Hotelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-hive-wild-bees-can-check-these-swanky-hotels-180959987/Don't six-legged guests also deserve the best bang for their buzz?Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:50:59 +0000Going Home Sick? Your Substitute Could Spread Disease More Widely http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/substitute-workers-could-make-workplace-illness-worse-180959979/Though it may seem counterintuitive, bringing in a sub isn’t necessarily the best solution Tue, 02 Aug 2016 15:40:00 +0000Explore Some of the World's Deepest Blue Holeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-worlds-deepest-blue-holes-180959977/The Dragon Hole in the South China Sea is now the "world's deepest" underwater sinkhole. Learn why these geologic wonders form in oceans around the globeTue, 02 Aug 2016 15:19:38 +0000The Evolutionary Reason Why Women Orgasmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-female-orgasm-might-be-evolutionary-leftover-180959973/New research suggests the female orgasm is tied to ovulation, not reproductionMon, 01 Aug 2016 20:25:46 +0000How Engineers Got a Vinyl Record to Play in the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-engineers-got-vinyl-record-play-stratosphere-180959974/Fittingly, it took notes from Carl SaganMon, 01 Aug 2016 18:51:46 +0000A New Installation Turns the L.A. River Into Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-installation-turns-l-river-art-180959965/The river’s surreal landscape is the perfect place to make a statement about water useMon, 01 Aug 2016 17:21:20 +0000Summer Produce Could Last Longer With These Five New Technologieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/summer-produce-could-last-longer-these-five-new-technologies-180959960/Scientists seek solutions to slow the inevitable process of decompositionMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:25:32 +0000Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-found-new-type-antibiotics-hiding-human-nose-180959951/This whiff of success could be just the beginning of many new antibioticsThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:19:54 +0000The Cosmos Sings in This Fusion of Astrophysics and Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/the-cosmos-sings-in-this-fusion-of-astrophysics-and-music-180959907/<i>The Hubble Cantata</i> brings the stars down to earthThu, 28 Jul 2016 17:25:39 +0000Jupiter’s Great Red Spot Is Also Red Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-great-red-spot-also-red-hot-180959949/ The giant storm pipes out temperatures over 2,400 degrees FahrenheitThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:10 +0000How to Spot Added Sugarshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-added-sugars-180959932/It's all in the wordingThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:14 +0000New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-whale-discovered-alaska-180959945/DNA analysis and a washed up corpse confirm this a new dark-colored species of beaked whaleThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Track the Whereabouts of This Rare White Whale on Twitterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/just-look-twitter-follow-rare-white-whale-180959931/These beautiful creatures have long delighted those lucky enough to catch a glimpseThu, 28 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Skip the Stench: Watch Three Massive Corpse Flowers Bloom Onlinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/skip-stench-watch-three-massive-corpse-flowers-bloom-online-180959914/These tropical flowers only bloom once every four to five yearsWed, 27 Jul 2016 16:30:56 +0000Sadly, Eating Curry Probably Won't Keep You From Going Baldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sadly-eating-curry-probably-wont-keep-you-from-going-bald-180959895/A new survey sponsored by wigmakers equates correlation with causationWed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Behold LUCA, the Last Universal Common Ancestor of Life on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-luca-last-universal-common-ancestor-life-earth-180959915/New discoveries suggest life likely descends from the inhospitable environment of deep sea ventsTue, 26 Jul 2016 18:14:40 +0000Stunning Images Capture Peacock Spiders’ Flashy Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stunning-images-capture-peacock-spiders-flashy-colors-180959877/Beautiful and acrobatic, these tiny, vibrant creatures shake their tail fuzz in elaborate mating dancesTue, 26 Jul 2016 16:50:00 +0000Ancient "Poop Sticks" Offer Clues to the Spread of Disease Along the Silk Roadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-poop-sticks-offer-clues-spread-disease-along-silk-road-180959900/The parasites found within the 2,000-year-old-feces smeared on bamboo suggest more than commodities made the tripTue, 26 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000For Kiwis' Sake New Zealand Declares War on Ratshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-just-declared-war-rats-180959903/The country unveils an ambitious plan to protect its national birdMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:33:05 +0000NASA Is Finally Digitizing the Viking Mission's 40-Year-Old Datahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-finally-digitizing-data-gathered-40-years-ago-viking-mission-180959901/No more microfilmMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-discovers-first-written-evidence-laws-friction-leonardo-da-vincis-notebooks-180959889/A scientific breakthrough was dismissed as a useless doodle—until nowFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:00:56 +0000Police Request 3D-Printed Copy of a Dead Man’s Fingers to Unlock His Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/police-want-3d-print-copies-dead-mans-fingers-unlock-his-smartphone-180959883/No more guessing passwordsFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:25 +0000Horrifying Sculpture Depicts a Human Evolved to Survive a Car Crashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/horrifying-sculpture-depicts-human-evolved-survive-car-crash-180959878/Once you’ve seen it, you can’t unsee itFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Why the Turtle Grew a Shell—It's More Than Safetyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-turtle-got-shell-180959872/Its armor may have developed for more than safetyFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Brain Map Doubles Number of Known Regionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-brain-map-doubles-known-number-regions-180959869/Neurologists have found 97 new areas in the brain and expect to add even moreThu, 21 Jul 2016 19:34:08 +0000Study Shows Primates Prefer a Little Booze With Their Nectarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-primates-prefer-little-booze-their-nectar-180959852/Two prosimian primates, the aye-aye and slow loris, show a preference for sugar-water with a higher alcohol contentWed, 20 Jul 2016 17:13:19 +0000Explore the Apollo 11 Command Module in 3Dhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-apollo-11-3d-180959853/For the first time, you can peek inside the craft that enabled “one giant leap for mankind”Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:43:09 +0000Alexander McQueen Is Being Turned Into Leatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alexander-mcqueen-being-turned-leather-180959837/The late designer's DNA is part of a bizarre experiment in fashion ethicsWed, 20 Jul 2016 13:53:08 +0000Physicists May Have Finally Figured Out Why Knuckleballs Are So Hard to Hithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-have-finally-figured-out-why-knuckleballs-are-so-hard-hit-180959826/All with the help of a ball-throwing robotWed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Likely Norovirus Outbreak Strikes the GOP Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-norovirus-outbreak-gop-convention-180959841/It’s a short-lived bug with explosive—and contagious—resultsTue, 19 Jul 2016 20:44:23 +0000India Plants a Record 50 Million Trees in 24 Hourshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indian-plants-record-50-million-trees-24-hours-180959839/More than 800,000 volunteers planted saplings in public spaces in the state of Uttar Pradesh hoping to reduce greenhouse gases and reforest the countrysideTue, 19 Jul 2016 19:24:08 +0000Tides Trigger Tiny Earthquakes Along the San Andreas Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tides-trigger-tiny-earthquakes-along-san-andreas-fault-180959833/The spring tides trigger small tremors deep in the fault, revealing the fault's structureTue, 19 Jul 2016 17:51:23 +0000Kepler Just Found 104 New Planets Outside of Our Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-just-found-104-new-planets-outside-our-solar-system-180959834/Is anyone home?Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:36 +0000Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keep-your-eyes-peeled-delta-aquarid-meteors-month-180959812/The late-July meteor shower heralds the popular PerseidsMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:48:11 +0000Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-new-gmo-labeling-bill-180959821/Congress just passed a bill requiring GMO labeling, but it's not as straightforward as you might thinkFri, 15 Jul 2016 18:33:27 +0000Browse Though the Amazon's 12,000 Tree Species in This New Master Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-300-years-collecting-ecologist-finally-make-list-amazons-12000-trees-180959815/Gotta count 'em allFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:42 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Libraryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/go-inside-new-yorks-nearly-secret-botanical-library-180959813/It’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-rembrandt-have-help-180959809/A new study suggests the old master also knew his opticsFri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Mice Watching "Touch of Evil" Teach Scientists About the Mind's Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mice-windows-their-brains-watching-movies-could-change-everything-180959808/By tracking mice neurons, scientists hope to understand consciousness Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000No, China's Tiangong-1 Will Not "Rain Molten Metal Down Onto Earth"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-need-panic-over-chinas-spiraling-space-lab-180959810/It's not spiraling out of control, and even if it was, it wouldn't enter the atmosphere until 2017Thu, 14 Jul 2016 20:09:00 +0000Researchers Travel to the Amazon to Find Out if Musical Taste is Hardwiredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-travel-amazon-learn-musical-taste-not-hardwired-180959804/Members of the Tsimane tribe showed no preference between consonant and dissonate tones, meaning Western music is probably not biologically basedThu, 14 Jul 2016 17:04:56 +0000Breathtaking New Images Capture Failed Stars and Planet-Sized Objects Inside the Orion Nebula http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-images-inside-orion-nebula-reveal-failed-stars-and-planet-sized-objects-180959796/It’s the deepest look into the nebula ever seen beforeWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000The Secret Life of Urban Hedgehogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/secret-life-urban-hedgehogs-180959745/Though city-dwelling hedgehogs have adapted to metropolitan life, some need a little help to thriveTue, 12 Jul 2016 15:36:43 +0000The Code That Sent Apollo 11 to the Moon Just Resurfaced Online and Is Chock-Full of Jokeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/code-got-us-moon-full-jokes-pop-culture-and-shakespeare-180959754/Published on GitHub, the array of in-jokes, pop culture and Shakespeare asides in the comments on the code show the human side of the projectMon, 11 Jul 2016 18:37:27 +0000Self-Lubricating Swordfish Secrete Oil to Swim Fasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swordfish-secrete-oil-may-let-them-swim-faster-180959723/Greased lightning, go greased lightningMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mission-mariana-trench-records-dozens-crazy-deep-sea-creatures-180959690/The <i>Okeanos Explorer</i> has spent three months mapping the seafloor and recording deep sea life in the ocean's depthsMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000What Do Goats, Puppies and Horses Have in Common?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-goats-puppies-and-horses-have-common-180959711/Goats communicate with humans using eye contact, according to a new studyThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:00:00 +0000Juno Will Eventually Go Up in Flames to Protect Theoretical Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-will-eventually-go-up-in-flames-to-protect-theoretical-alien-life-180959713/Juno, we hardly knew youThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:40:00 +0000New Study Calls the Reliability of Brain Scan Research Into Questionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-calls-reliability-brain-scan-research-question-180959715/Three million analyses point to a problem with fMRI brain activity studiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:01:39 +0000Hong Kong Beaches Are Swamped With Trash, and No One Knows Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hong-kong-beaches-are-swamped-trash-and-no-one-knows-why-180959701/The piles of rubbish could be transported by ocean currents or recent floodsWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:38:11 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-best-illusions-2016-180959703/Baffle your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Melting Arctic Ice Might Mean Faster Internet for Somehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/melting-arctic-ice-might-mean-faster-internet-some-180959689/The dwindling ice has an unexpected benefit: more underwater cablesTue, 05 Jul 2016 19:38:47 +0000This Is What Jupiter Sounds Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-jupiter-sounds-180959686/Listen as Juno bursts into the gas giant’s magnetosphereTue, 05 Jul 2016 17:20:29 +0000The FDA Just Declared War on Cookie Doughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-war-cookie-dough-180959664/Goodbye sweet spoons, hello food safetyThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:33:24 +0000Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-devastate-penguin-colonies-180959662/Loss of ice and rising sea temperatures could impact 60 percent of the Adelie penguin colonies in AntarcticaThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:11:02 +0000Catch the Solar System’s Best Light Show With New Images of Jupiter’s Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-auroras-are-best-light-shows-solar-system-180959660/Jupiter’s Auroras Are the Best Light Show in the Solar SystemThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:32:37 +0000Track These Space Rocks From Your Couch on Asteroid Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/help-scientists-track-space-rocks-asteroid-day-180959617/With just a click, you can help astronomers learn more about two nearby asteroidsThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:57 +0000