Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Some People Have Patterns on Their Tongues That Look Like Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-people-have-patterns-their-tongues-look-maps-180954014/The condition is harmless and fairly commonFri, 23 Jan 2015 19:43:59 +0000Rosetta’s Comet Close-Ups Reveal Goosebumps And Very Little Icehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rosettas-comet-close-ups-reveal-goosebumps-and-very-little-ice-180954013/Rosetta is watching for changes as the double-lobed comet approaches the sunFri, 23 Jan 2015 18:39:47 +0000Want a Better Memory in 30 Years? Go to Sleep Nowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/want-better-memory-30-years-go-sleep-now-180954011/Catching some ZZZs today could help your memory stay fresh into old ageFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000Is Orange Juice More Nutritious? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orange-juice-more-nutritious-180954010/New research challenges the assumption that fruit trumps juiceFri, 23 Jan 2015 17:00:54 +0000It Isn’t Only Dogs; Cats May Pick Up on Emotional Cues, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-isnt-only-dogs-cats-may-pick-your-emotional-cues-too-180954007/New research shows that, like babies and dogs, our feline friends look to us for clues on how to react to new situationsFri, 23 Jan 2015 14:20:55 +0000Fish Live Under Antarctica’s Ice Shelf, Where It Seems They Shouldn’t Survivehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-live-under-antarcticas-ice-shelf-where-it-seems-they-shouldnt-survive-180954000/Biologists expected the seafloor under a glacier to be nearly barren, until life swam into viewThu, 22 Jan 2015 18:41:08 +0000Neuroscientists Found Eight Genes That Govern Human Brain Sizehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-data-helps-uncover-genetic-variants-influence-brain-size-180953994/A consortium of neuroscientists compared medical data from over 30,000 people and found genetic mutations that may cause parts of the brain to be smallerThu, 22 Jan 2015 17:25:17 +0000Angry Tweets Help Twitter Detect Heart Disease Riskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angry-tweets-help-twitter-detect-heart-disease-risk-180953995/New research shows that Twitter can detect not just viruses, but long-term public health problems Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:44 +0000Young Blood Rejuvenates Older Tissueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/young-blood-rejuvenates-older-tissues-180953990/Experiments in surgically joined lab animals that share blood have inspired anti-aging hopes Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:39:51 +0000Your Spouse’s Personality Can Help You Get Ahead at Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-spouses-personality-can-help-you-get-ahead-work-180953989/Tests on married couples reveal that conscientiousness in a spouse is the most helpful trait if you want promotions and successWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:32:31 +0000What Hibernation Teaches Us About Treating Alzheimer’s Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-hibernation-teaches-us-about-treating-alzheimers-disease-180953982/Scientists find that a brain-protecting protein produced when the body cools may have major implications for the treatment of neurodegenerative disordersWed, 21 Jan 2015 20:00:09 +0000This Woman Can’t Feel Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-cant-feel-fear-180953988/Damage from a rare genetic condition appears to have knocked out the "fear center" in her brainWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:40:52 +0000Here’s Why Sharks Prefer Salt Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sharks-prefer-salt-water-180953985/New research shows that sharks sink in fresh waterWed, 21 Jan 2015 18:51:56 +0000The First Woman in America to Receive an M.D. Was Admitted to Med School as a Jokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-woman-america-receive-md-was-admitted-med-school-joke-180953978/When the students at Geneva Medical College voted in jest to admit a woman, they unwittingly paved the way for Elizabeth Blackwell’s trailblazing careerWed, 21 Jan 2015 17:31:04 +0000The Science Behind Deflated Footballshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-deflated-footballs-180953983/Could failure to inflate give a team a strategic advantage? Wed, 21 Jan 2015 15:43:55 +0000Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold And Silver Lurk in Sewagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-dollars-worth-gold-and-silver-lurk-sewage-180953960/A city with one million people could have $13 million worth of metals in sewage sludgeTue, 20 Jan 2015 20:40:02 +0000High-Speed Video Shows When The Smell of Rain Beginshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-speed-video-shows-when-smell-rain-begins-180953958/Now we can see exactly how raindrops create petrichor, the name given to smells kicked up by light rainTue, 20 Jan 2015 19:08:30 +0000Astronomers Catch a Mysterious Burst of Energy in Actionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-catch-mysterious-burst-energy-action-180953956/It's the first time scientists have observed the strange radio pulse as it happenedTue, 20 Jan 2015 17:38:17 +0000India's Tiger Population Grew Almost 60 Percent Since 2008 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-tigers-be-coming-back-brink-180953952/Could tigers be coming back from the brink? India now counts 2,226 of the big catsTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:13:41 +0000The Speed of Light Can Varyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/speed-light-can-vary-180953949/By manipulating the structure of light pulses, scientists managed to slow down some photons and challenge textbook wisdomTue, 20 Jan 2015 14:44:30 +0000Scientists Test Out Tiny Robots Meant to Travel Inside a Human Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-test-out-tiny-robots-meant-travel-inside-human-body-180953937/The first test of micro-machines on a living mouse marks a breakthrough in the field of nano-roboticsMon, 19 Jan 2015 20:30:51 +0000Commercial Hives Might Be Saving Crops, But They're Killing Wild Beeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commercial-hives-might-be-saving-crops-theyre-killing-wild-bees-180953934/Diseases known to affect commercial bees are having a troubling impact on the wild populationMon, 19 Jan 2015 18:33:08 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Draws Sea Turtles to Their Nestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-magnetic-field-draws-sea-turtles-their-nests-180953926/Loggerhead turtles remember the magnetic fingerprint of the beach where they were bornMon, 19 Jan 2015 13:38:28 +0000For the 4th Time Since 1997, We All Just Lived Through the Hottest Year Ever Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4th-time-1997-we-all-just-lived-through-hottest-year-ever-recorded-180953925/2014 beats out previous record holders even without El Niño’s warming powersFri, 16 Jan 2015 18:55:58 +0000Deaf People Could Soon Hear... Through Their Tongues http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-deaf-people-could-soon-hearthrough-their-tongues-180953921/Prototype retainer could be a more cost-effective alternative to cochlear implants Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:52:26 +0000Found: One Missing Mars Probe, Still Intacthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-one-missing-mars-probe-still-intact-180953920/High-res images of Mars' surface identify a long-missing probe and suggests that bad luck—rather than human error—caused the lossFri, 16 Jan 2015 15:55:09 +0000What the SpaceX Rocket Crash Really Looked Likehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-spacex-rocket-crash-really-looked-180953919/New images show Falcon 9’s dramatic crash landing Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:49:32 +0000Not Exercising Is Worse for You Than Being Obesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/not-exercising-worse-you-being-obese-180953914/A large-scale study estimates that twice as many deaths can be chalked up to lack of exercise than can be blamed on being obeseThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:54:41 +0000Fish Sperm Might Be the Secret to Recycling Rare Earth Elementshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-sperm-might-be-secret-recycling-key-component-smartphones-180953910/Japanese scientists have uncovered an unlikely source to aid in the extraction and recycling of rare earth metalsThu, 15 Jan 2015 19:30:29 +0000Two New Studies Posit At Least Two New Planets Out Beyond Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-could-be-unknown-planets-beyond-pluto-180953909/We may not be done learning about our own solar systemThu, 15 Jan 2015 18:40:51 +0000Shivers Could Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catching-cold-why-shivers-could-be-contagious-180953907/Looking at a chilly person could make you cold, tooThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:45:00 +0000World's Loneliest Wolf Is No Longer So Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-loneliest-wolf-no-longer-so-lonely-180953908/As conservators work to restore and protect America’s gray wolf population, one wide-ranging male has finally found a pack to call his ownThu, 15 Jan 2015 17:19:55 +0000Toystory the Bull Fathered 500,000 Cows Before He Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bye-bye-bull-who-fathered-500000-cows-180953903/Toystory, a Wisconsin “dream bull,” had more than half a million offspring at last count and is the stuff of legend. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 16:16:10 +0000The Doctor Who Introduced the Virtues of Hand Washing Died of an Infectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doctor-who-introduced-virtues-hand-washing-died-infection-180953901/A sad fate: Ignes Semmelweis, a maternity doctor who fought for hospital sanitation, died of sepsisThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:19:54 +0000Iowa GMO Banana Trial Haltedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iowa-trial-halted-anyone-ate-gmo-banana-180953896/Twelve volunteers were supposed to one whole GMO banana each — but so far they have eat zeroWed, 14 Jan 2015 18:41:37 +0000What's the Best Place to Live? It May Depend on Your Personalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-best-place-live-it-may-depend-your-personality-180953892/Why you'll thrive in some neighborhoods (and feel miserable in others)Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:45:32 +0000One Orangutan Has Learned to Sound Just Like Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orangutan-sounds-us-180953891/This defies scientists’ former assumption that great apes just couldn’t learn new callsWed, 14 Jan 2015 16:07:12 +0000Listen to Newly Discovered Bowhead Whale Songshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-newly-discovered-bowhead-whale-songs-180953887/Bowhead songs have been elusive, but researchers managed to record 12 unique songs using hydrophonesWed, 14 Jan 2015 14:27:04 +0000Some Bat Colonies Might Be Beating White-Nose Syndromehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-bat-colonies-might-be-recovering-white-nose-180953886/A few recent discovering on the strange fungus wiping out North American bat colonies give reason to hopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 19:45:35 +0000Some Microbes Can Eat And Breathe Electricityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microbes-breathe-and-eat-electricity-make-us-re-think-what-life-180953883/How many ways can life exist? Some recently discovered microbes can live on a cathode, apparently without the need for a carbon food-sourceTue, 13 Jan 2015 18:39:08 +0000Your Computer Knows You Better Than Your Mom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-computer-knows-you-better-your-mom-180953879/Why machines can predict your personality more accurately than your family or friendsTue, 13 Jan 2015 16:00:05 +0000Ancient Dogs Likely Arrived in America Thousands of Years After Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-dogs-likely-arrived-north-america-thousands-years-after-humans-180953877/New research on dog DNA shows that they migrated to the new world much later than initially thoughtTue, 13 Jan 2015 14:20:17 +0000Separate People From Their Phones, And They Perform Less Wellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/putting-down-phone-can-make-you-dumber-180953873/Here's what happens when you're parted from your smartphoneMon, 12 Jan 2015 19:21:38 +0000Planes Fly Too Fast for Birds to Dodgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/planes-fly-too-fast-birds-dodge-180953859/New research shows that birds are not adept at avoiding obstacles at such high speedsFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:55:17 +0000A Museum’s Butterfly Emerged Half Male, Half Femalehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/museums-butterfly-emerged-half-male-half-female-180953856/The rarity is like a natural experiment that tells scientists how genes and hormones interact to produce different sexesFri, 09 Jan 2015 17:00:04 +0000U.S. Air Force Builds New Radar for Space Junkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-air-force-builds-new-radar-space-junk-180953855/It’s called Space Fence and should help us track the estimated 500,000 pieces of debris that orbit EarthFri, 09 Jan 2015 16:10:33 +0000Monkeys Can Learn to Recognize Themselves in the Mirrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeys-can-learn-recognize-themselves-mirror-180953848/Generations of monkeys had tried and failed a classic test of intelligence, but the fault may have been in the way humans thought of the testThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:01:33 +0000The Art of Vaccinationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gates-foundation-reveals-artwork-new-campaign-vaccines-180953835/The Art of Saving a Life is connected to a fundraising effort for an international group working to eradicate disease through vaccinations Thu, 08 Jan 2015 16:00:20 +00002015 Will Be One Second Longer Than 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2015-will-be-one-second-longer-2014-180953834/Because the Earth is rotating more slowly than the tick of our atomic clocks, says the International Earth Rotation ServiceThu, 08 Jan 2015 15:00:34 +0000Visit Kepler's Exoplanets—And Don't Worry About the Natives (At Least for Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-keplers-exoplanetsand-dont-worry-about-natives-least-now-180953833/NASA has made a set of travel posters themed to exoplanets while a nonprofit searches for life among themThu, 08 Jan 2015 14:22:59 +0000Fossils Show How Flying Fish Started to Glidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossils-show-how-flying-fish-gained-their-ability-glide-180953830/In the quest to avoid being eaten, some fish took a leap into the open airWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:31:35 +0000Jurassic Park May Have Been Right—Some Dinosaurs Hunted in Packshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jurassic-park-may-have-been-rightsome-dinosaurs-hunted-packs-180953831/The film inspired paleontologists to discover the truth about dinos, including whether raptors were social huntersWed, 07 Jan 2015 20:04:00 +0000Scientists Can Tell How Old a Star Is by Observing How Fast It Spinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-can-tell-how-old-star-observing-how-fast-it-spins-180953824/A newly proven method can pinpoint the age of stars with at least 90% accuracy Wed, 07 Jan 2015 17:32:38 +0000Insecticide-Treated Nets May Create Super Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insecticide-treated-nets-help-fight-malaria-may-also-create-super-mosquitoes-180953823/Two species of mosquitos have interbred, giving rise to hybrids that can resist the most potent weapons used against themWed, 07 Jan 2015 16:45:02 +0000An Albino Dolphin Was Spotted Off the Coast of Floridahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/albino-dolphin-was-spotted-coast-florida-180953821/It is only the 15th albino dolphin sighting recorded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationWed, 07 Jan 2015 15:15:36 +0000There is A Scientific Reason That Cold Weather Could Cause Coldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-scientific-reason-cold-weather-could-cause-colds-180953817/The rhinovirus that most commonly causes colds likes chillier temperatures, where the host's immune system doesn't fare so wellTue, 06 Jan 2015 19:55:35 +0000This Is the World’s Largest Dump Truck http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-dump-truck-and-its-hybrid-180953812/The mega Earth-mover is hard at work digging a coal mine in RussiaTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:35:00 +0000Five Years of Night Shift Work Elevate a Person's Risk of Deathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-more-reason-sing-night-shift-blues-180953810/Working inconsistent hours is bad for your health, according to researchers who studied 75,000 U.S. nurses Tue, 06 Jan 2015 15:00:25 +0000How a 200-Year-Old Whale Might Help Us Live Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-200-year-old-whale-might-help-us-live-longer-180953813/Scientists have sequenced the genome of the world’s oldest-living mammal in search of the keys to longevity Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Same Guy Keeps Spending Insane Amounts of Money to Buy Japan’s First Tuna of the Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/same-guy-keeps-spending-insane-amounts-money-buy-japans-first-tuna-season-180953811/This year, he bought it for $37,500—which he considered cheapTue, 06 Jan 2015 14:06:34 +0000Bears Munching on Ants Indirectly Help Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bears-munching-ants-indirectly-help-plants-180953803/A link uncovered by a graduate student shows that plants have bears to thank for trimming them of ants — and another pesky speciesMon, 05 Jan 2015 19:21:24 +0000Monarchs May Soon Land on the Endangered Species Listhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monarchs-may-soon-land-endangered-species-list-180953802/Scientists fear that the butterfly’s population will continue to drop due to the loss of the its food sourceMon, 05 Jan 2015 18:03:43 +0000Disco Clams Are Flashyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/disco-clam-stops-predators-pizazz-180953801/Their orange lips twinkle in a particularly funky displayMon, 05 Jan 2015 16:44:15 +0000NASA Uses X-Rays to Find Out Why the Sun Is So Hothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-x-rayed-sun-find-out-why-its-so-hot-180953798/The image will help scientists decide whether mini-flares make the sun's atmosphere hotter than the surface itselfMon, 05 Jan 2015 14:39:00 +0000Ring in 2015 With the Quadrantid Meteor Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ring-2015-quadrantid-meteor-shower-180953791/The annual Quadrantid meteor shower peaks this weekendFri, 02 Jan 2015 17:01:47 +0000This Exotic Frog Skips the Eggs, Gives Birth to Live Tadpoles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exotic-frog-skips-eggs-gives-birth-live-tadpoles-180953788/The species is one of just a handful of frogs that use internal fertilization, and the only one found that births tadpoles Fri, 02 Jan 2015 15:38:09 +0000Where the Buffalo Roam: Illinoishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-buffalo-roam-illinois-180953786/American bison are back in Illinois for the first time in 200 years Fri, 02 Jan 2015 14:00:23 +0000Lawyers With Less-Masculine Sounding Voices Are More Likely to Win in Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lawyers-less-masculine-sounding-voices-are-more-likely-win-court-180953782/Unfortunately, there's probably little we can do to change this bias Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:07 +0000NASA's Opportunity Rover Has Developed Robot Dementiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-opportunity-rover-has-developed-robot-dementia-180953783/A problem with Opportunity's hardware means it only has short-term memoryWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:31:36 +0000The First 2014 Ebola Victim Likely Caught It by Playing Around a Bat Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-2014-ebola-victim-likely-caught-disease-playing-around-bat-tree-180953775/Evidence builds that insect-eating bats are natural reservoirs for the disease Wed, 31 Dec 2014 17:42:29 +0000Venus Was Once Awash in Oceans of Carbon Dioxidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-was-once-awash-oceans-co2-180953776/The planet’s pressure and temperature created a supercritical state where carbon dioxide has properties of a liquid and a gasWed, 31 Dec 2014 16:11:23 +0000Travel Spreads Dust Mite Poop All Over The Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-spreads-dust-mite-poop-all-over-world-180953774/Dust mites’ ubiquity comes in part from their ability to digest dead skin cells (which is what makes us allergic to their waste)Wed, 31 Dec 2014 14:14:49 +0000The Science of Why Champagne Popshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-why-champagne-pops-180953772/The American Chemical Society takes a look at the science of champagneTue, 30 Dec 2014 19:04:49 +0000Binge Drinking Suppresses the Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/binge-drinking-suppresses-immune-system-180953769/Binge drinking not only makes people more accident-prone, it impairs their ability to recover from those accidents Tue, 30 Dec 2014 18:11:19 +0000Snowflakes All Fall In One of 35 Different Shapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snowflakes-all-fall-one-35-different-shapes-180953760/The latest categorization of solid precipitation types inspired a cool graphicTue, 30 Dec 2014 15:21:53 +0000Birds Get Drunk And Sing Drunken Songshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-get-drunk-and-sound-it-when-they-sing-180953754/Like humans, birds just don’t sing as well drunk as they do when soberMon, 29 Dec 2014 19:01:05 +0000Live Happier (And More Energy Efficiently) by Sleeping More And Inviting Your Friends Overhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/live-happier-and-more-energy-efficient-sleeping-more-and-inviting-your-friends-over-180953743/Increasing your well being in the new year can also be good for the planet Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:30:33 +0000Examining Martian Meteorites, Scientists Think They’ve Found The Red Planet’s Missing Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/examining-martian-meteorites-scientists-think-theyve-found-red-planets-missing-water-180953744/Mars may have an underground water reservoirFri, 26 Dec 2014 16:54:44 +0000Repeat a Bit of Regular Speech, And It'll Turn Into a Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/repetition-turns-regular-speech-song-180953742/Throw it in a loop, and listen to the musicFri, 26 Dec 2014 15:30:31 +0000Ants Usually Turn Left While Exploringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ants-are-biased-toward-left-turns-when-exploring-180953737/It's a sinister version of human's tendency towards right-handednessFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:30:43 +0000Blind People Can Echolocate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blind-people-can-echolocate-180953734/Echolocation acts as such a close a proxy for vision that it falls victim to the same shortcomings Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:01:51 +0000Why There's a Dangling Thing In Our Throatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/here-are-possible-reasons-we-have-dangling-thing-back-our-throats-180953732/The riddle of the uvula may not be solved yet, but it looks like we have some ideasWed, 24 Dec 2014 18:00:40 +0000Meet The Culprits Behind Bright Lights And Strange Floaters in Your Visionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-culprits-behind-bright-lights-and-strange-floaters-your-vision-180953720/So-called entoptic phenomena remind us that what we see isn’t always a clear view of the world around usWed, 24 Dec 2014 17:30:02 +0000Mercury Was Once Bigger, Then It Shrankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mercury-was-once-bigger-then-it-shrank-180953726/As the planet cooled, it contracted and shut off the surface lava flows about 3.8 billion years agoWed, 24 Dec 2014 17:00:22 +0000There’s More to Frankincense and Myrrh Than Meets the Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemically-theres-lot-more-frankincense-and-myrrh-meets-eye-180953727/Frankincense and myrrh have interesting medicinal propertiesWed, 24 Dec 2014 16:00:36 +0000Get Set For Frequent Flooding In Coastal U.S. Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-set-frequent-flooding-coastal-us-cities-180953716/Sea level rise is increasing the odds of nuisance floodingTue, 23 Dec 2014 17:00:03 +0000Living Under the Threat of Terrorism Might Shorten Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/living-under-threat-terrorism-might-shorten-lives-180953714/Constant fear of terrorist attacks is linked to elevated heart rates, which is a predictor of increased risk of death Tue, 23 Dec 2014 16:20:07 +0000Don’t Give Your Kids Gifts to Show Affectionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-give-your-kids-gifts-show-affection-180953712/Setting up a connection between things and reward early in life primes people to be materialisticTue, 23 Dec 2014 15:07:03 +0000A Bedbug Trap That Might Actually Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/synthetic-pheromones-make-chemical-bed-bug-trap-180953709/Researchers are learning to use bed bugs pheromones against themMon, 22 Dec 2014 20:15:20 +0000Truffles Have a THC-like Substance in Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/truffles-have-thc-substance-them-180953705/This produces a euphoric smell that likely evolved as a way to trick animals into eating them Mon, 22 Dec 2014 19:55:51 +0000Fossil Hunting Is Best After Big Stormshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-hunting-best-after-big-storms-180953704/California’s storms unearthed treasures along beaches and in foothills including a Megolodon tooth and a Steller’s sea cow ribsMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:30:53 +0000Why a Tanzanian Village Chased Six Elephants Off a Cliffhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-tanzanian-village-chased-six-elephants-cliff-180953692/Not all animal killings are linked to the illegal wildlife tradeMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:30:15 +0000One Conversation Can Change Same-Sex Marriage Opponents’ Mindshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-conversation-can-change-same-sex-marriage-opponents-minds-180953691/Voters change their stance after a face-to-face conversation with a gay or lesbian person hoping to get marriedMon, 22 Dec 2014 15:00:26 +0000This New Lizard Species Evolved in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-lizard-species-evolved-lab-180953687/The novel reptile shows that hybrids can indeed lead to viable species, but not by the normal reproductive route Mon, 22 Dec 2014 14:15:45 +0000This Dying Star Is the Coldest Place We’ve Found in the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dying-star-coldest-place-weve-found-universe-180953695/The Boomerang Nebula is just one degree above absolute zeroFri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:18 +0000At 26,700 Feet, This Is the Deepest-Swimming Fish Knownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/26700-feet-deepest-swimming-fish-known-180953684/Researchers found a new fish in the depths of the Mariana TrenchFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:51 +0000Introverts Give Their Extroverted Colleagues Bad Performance Reviewshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introverts-give-their-extroverted-colleagues-bad-performance-reviews-180953676/Studies of students show that extroverts don’t get rewarded for being outgoing when introverts are judgingFri, 19 Dec 2014 16:00:21 +0000Teachers Can Control Who the Cool Kids Arehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/teachers-control-kids-popularity-seating-charts-180953680/Children nestled in the center of the classroom are deemed the coolest Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:24:01 +0000The Oldest Olive Oil Ever Found Is 8,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-olive-oil-ever-found-its-8000-years-old-180953678/Chemical analyses unveil traces of olive oil in ancient Israeli potteryFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:38:06 +0000Myth Busted: Americans Don’t Gain 10 Pounds Over the Holidayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/myth-busted-americans-dont-gain-10-lbs-over-holidays-180953673/It’s more like oneThu, 18 Dec 2014 17:29:04 +0000Congratulations, Humanity! We're Living Six Years Longer Than We Did in 1990, on Averagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/congratulations-humanity-were-living-six-years-longer-we-did-1990-average-180953672/Global life expectancy is increasing, especially in the developing worldThu, 18 Dec 2014 16:45:23 +0000Wisdom, the World's Oldest Albatross, Laid an Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-worlds-oldest-albatross-laid-egg-180953671/This is about the 35th time Wisdom has been a mother-to-be Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:37 +0000You Eat Millions...Even Billions!...of Microbes Every Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-eat-millionseven-billions-microbes-every-day-180953669/Yes, plenty of live microorganisms lurk in your yogurt, but they are everywhere else as wellThu, 18 Dec 2014 15:25:59 +0000Even A/C Can't Keep Our Economies From Slacking Off on Hot Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-c-cant-keep-our-economies-slacking-hot-days-180953665/As global warming turns up the temperature on the planet, it's going to be tougher to get anything doneWed, 17 Dec 2014 21:54:50 +0000Now We Know Where Fat Goes When We Lose Weighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-where-fat-goes-when-we-lose-weight-180953659/We breathe it outWed, 17 Dec 2014 17:05:36 +0000The Cutest Climate Change Culprits: Arctic Ground Squirrelshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cutest-climate-change-culprit-arctic-ground-squirrels-180953657/By digging burrows in permafrost, Arctic ground squirrels help destabilize the vast stores of carbon in the soilWed, 17 Dec 2014 16:43:15 +0000When Sperm Meets Egg, Zinc Sparks Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-sperm-meets-egg-zinc-sparks-fly-180953642/Billions of tiny zinc particles explode from the surface of mammalian eggs when a sperm cell touches down Tue, 16 Dec 2014 19:49:34 +0000Why the Pantheon Hasn’t Crumbledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientific-reason-why-pantheon-hasnt-crumbled-180953627/Ancient Roman concrete has some benefits over modern equivalentsTue, 16 Dec 2014 16:43:49 +0000Now the Danes Have Staked a Claim for the North Pole, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-danes-have-staked-their-claim-north-pole-too-180953626/The ultimate decision over who controls the North Pole will come down to the United NationsTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:40:52 +0000You Wobble Like No Other Person on the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-wobble-no-other-person-planet-180953619/Analysis of the frame movements in footage from head-mounted cameras is just as unique as a fingerprintMon, 15 Dec 2014 19:41:10 +0000A Better Way Than Torture to Obtain Information: Acting Friendlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-better-way-get-information-torture-180953616/Friendly methods get information from suspects faster and more reliably, oh and they don't violate human rightsMon, 15 Dec 2014 18:17:43 +0000There Are Probably Just Five Northern White Rhinos Lefthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-theres-probably-just-five-northern-white-rhinos-left-world-180953612/The death of a captive rhino at the San Diego Zoo brings the species closer to imminent extinction Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:58 +0000Bad Hangover? Blame It (Partly) On Your Parentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bad-hangover-blame-it-partly-your-parents-180953606/Susceptibility to hangovers is partly due to geneticsFri, 12 Dec 2014 19:31:27 +0000Killing Wolves Actually Leads to More Livestock Deathshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/killing-wolves-actually-leads-more-livestock-death-180953605/On the surface, killing wolves that kill sheep and cattle seems like a way to control predation, but the data paints a not-so-simple pictureFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:49:36 +0000Christmas Research Papers Tackle Goofy Problems in Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christmas-research-papers-tackle-goofy-problems-practice-medicine-180953593/The British Medical Journal's holiday issue includes an investigation of old magazines in waiting rooms and finds that men can be idiotsThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:35 +0000Scientists Finally Figure Out the “Big Bang” of Bird Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-finally-figure-out-big-bang-bird-evolution-180953586/The genomes of 45 birds contributed to the most in-depth bird evolutionary tree ever created Thu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:44 +0000Backpackers Walk Across a Completely Clear Frozen Lakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/backpackers-walk-across-completely-clear-frozen-lake-180953590/A cool video raises the question: Why is most ice cloudy?Thu, 11 Dec 2014 17:32:28 +0000Superbugs Could Become a Top Cause of Death by 2050http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/superbugs-could-become-top-cause-death-2050-180953588/If left unchecked, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill more people than cancer by 2050Thu, 11 Dec 2014 16:43:20 +0000Conserving Tigers Could Hurt Leopards http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/conserving-tigers-could-hurt-leopards-180953585/When one predator returns, another can be displaced Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:13:13 +0000The Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Is a 'Moon Shot'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plans-save-louisianas-coastline-are-built-shaky-scientific-ground-180953580/The plan involves moving silt from upstream down into the delta—but no one knows if there's actually enoughWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:48:22 +0000By Absorbing Smells From Its Food, This Fish Gets Scent Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/absorbing-smells-its-food-fish-gets-scent-camouflage-180953579/The harlequin filefish is a master of camoufalgeWed, 10 Dec 2014 18:23:50 +0000You've Never Seen Nerve Endings Like These http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/youve-never-seen-nerve-endings-these-180953575/Scientists produce the most detailed images of nerve endings ever madeWed, 10 Dec 2014 16:57:27 +0000Curiosity Rover’s Mars Crater May Have Cradled Large Lakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/curiosity-rovers-mars-crater-may-have-cradled-large-lakes-180953568/Signs of water on Mars aren’t new, but now scientists think water may have been there for a long timeTue, 09 Dec 2014 18:46:28 +0000Dreams Are Slow-Motionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dreams-are-slow-motion-180953563/Lucid dreamers are offering insight into the sleeping mindTue, 09 Dec 2014 14:58:50 +0000California's Ongoing Drought Is Its Worst in 1,200 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/californias-ongoing-drought-its-worst-1200-years-180953557/Tree ring records unveil the severity of California's droughtMon, 08 Dec 2014 17:56:44 +0000That Detox Diet Is Not Going to Rid Your Body of Toxinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/no-detox-diet-not-going-rid-your-body-toxins-180953548/It doesn't matter how many pureed veggies you drink, they won't vaporize those mysterious "poisons" you've heard aboutFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:35:27 +0000It’s Possible to See Exoplanets Without Schmancy Equipmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-possible-see-exoplanets-without-fancy-equipment-180953549/A cheap DSLR and some light computer processing can unveil far off exoplanetsFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:26:27 +0000Like Underwater Jedi, Electric Eels Can Remotely Control Other Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/underwater-jedis-electric-eels-can-remotely-control-other-fishes-180953547/Electric eels can shock prey into both revealing their positions and freezing in placeFri, 05 Dec 2014 19:05:53 +0000A Successful First Flight For NASA's Orion Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/successful-first-flight-nasas-orion-spacecraft-180953546/American spaceflight enters a new eraFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:37:16 +0000Listen to the Sounds of a Dying Coral Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-dying-coral-reef-180953543/Healthy coral reefs produce a medley of sounds that ocean creatures use as homing beacons Fri, 05 Dec 2014 15:49:51 +0000Humpback Whales in the Arabian Sea Have Been Isolated for 70,000 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humpback-whales-arabian-sea-have-been-isolated-their-friends-70000-years-180953540/Conservationists want this particular population of humpbacks to be classified as critically endangered Fri, 05 Dec 2014 14:30:34 +0000Bats Have Specific Brains Cells for Tracking Their Location While in Flighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/specific-brain-cells-help-bats-keep-track-where-they-are-while-flying-180953537/Humans likely carry the same kind of cells in our own brainsThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:17:14 +0000Let Wildlife Recordings From the 1930s Take You Back to Naturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/let-wildlife-recordings-1930s-take-you-back-nature-180953533/Hear African wildlife from the 1930s with the British Library's nature sound archivesThu, 04 Dec 2014 17:38:18 +0000Half the Cells in This Mouse’s Brain Are Humanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/half-cells-mouses-brain-are-human-180953520/Researchers implanted immature human brain cells in mouse pups, which then grew and replaced nearly half the mice's own cellsWed, 03 Dec 2014 17:00:37 +0000Welcome to the Next Era of NASA Spaceflight...to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-next-era-nasa-spaceflight-mars-180953519/NASA's long-distance crew capsule, Orion, will get its first test flight tomorrowWed, 03 Dec 2014 16:03:26 +0000Public Bathroom Bacteria: Not as Gross as You'd Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bathrooms-are-full-same-types-bacteria-and-theyre-not-worrisome-180953517/Public restrooms are of no more of a health risk than your own homeWed, 03 Dec 2014 15:17:22 +0000HIV's Ability to Cause AIDS Is Weakeninghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hiv-changing-and-its-ability-cause-aids-weakening-180953511/A combination of advanced treatments and viral evolution are slowing virus’ reproduction Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:27:15 +0000Manhattan Insects Eat the Equivalent of 60,000 Hot Dogs Each Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/insects-manhattan-eat-equivalent-60000-hot-dogs-each-year-180953507/Millions of urban insects act as efficient, largely unnoticed garbage disposals Tue, 02 Dec 2014 15:25:06 +0000James Watson Will Be the First Nobel Laureate to Sell His Medallion http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/james-watson-will-be-first-nobel-laureate-history-sell-his-medallion-180953504/But his racist comments have created a surge of pushbackTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:22:15 +0000Why Do Families Move for Men's, But Not Women's, Careers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-do-families-move-mens-not-womens-careers-180953490/Men choose jobs that are less flexible in locationMon, 01 Dec 2014 16:15:13 +0000Older People’s Brains Notice More But Filter Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/older-peoples-brains-notice-more-filter-less-180953487/A small study shows that elderly people notice patterns even when those patterns aren’t usefulMon, 01 Dec 2014 15:29:54 +0000A 15-Minute Test to Diagnose Ebola Is Going Into Use in West Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15-minute-test-rapidly-diagnose-ebola-going-testing-west-africa-180953484/Speeding up detection would help everyone get where they need to beFri, 28 Nov 2014 17:45:57 +0000NASA Is Turning Black Friday Into "Black Hole Friday"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-coopting-black-friday-teach-you-about-black-holes-instead-180953481/Because, in the end, even great savings won't save you from a singularityFri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:13 +0000