Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 28 Jul 2016 18:19:54 +0000Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islands creature stumped the team and could be a new speciesWed, 27 Jul 2016 18:56:43 +0000Scientists Find New Type of Antibiotics Hiding in the Human Nose 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 Music<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 Hot The giant storm pipes out temperatures over 2,400 degrees FahrenheitThu, 28 Jul 2016 16:09:10 +0000How to Spot Added Sugars's all in the wordingThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:14 +0000New Species of Beaked Whale Discovered in Alaska 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 Twitter 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 Online 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 Bald 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 Earth 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 Colors 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 Road 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 Rats 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 Data more microfilmMon, 25 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Researcher Discovers First Written Evidence of Laws of Friction in Leonardo Da Vinci's Notebooks 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 Smartphone more guessing passwordsFri, 22 Jul 2016 17:35:25 +0000Horrifying Sculpture Depicts a Human Evolved to Survive a Car Crash 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 Safety armor may have developed for more than safetyFri, 22 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000New Brain Map Doubles Number of Known Regions 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 Nectar 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 3D 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 Leather 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 Hit with the help of a ball-throwing robotWed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000Likely Norovirus Outbreak Strikes the GOP Convention’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 Hours 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 Fault 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 System anyone home?Tue, 19 Jul 2016 17:10:36 +0000Keep Your Eyes to the Sky for the Delta Aquarid Meteors This Month late-July meteor shower heralds the popular PerseidsMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:48:11 +0000Five Things to Know About the New GMO Labeling Bill 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 List count 'em allFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:06:42 +0000Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Library’s a gardener’s fragrant fantasyFri, 15 Jul 2016 13:53:20 +0000Did Rembrandt Have Help With His Most Famous Paintings? 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 Eye 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"'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 Hardwired 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’s the deepest look into the nebula ever seen beforeWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:20:00 +0000The Secret Life of Urban Hedgehogs 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 Jokes 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 Faster lightning, go greased lightningMon, 11 Jul 2016 11:00:00 +0000Mission to Mariana Trench Records Dozens of Crazy Deep Sea Creatures <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? 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 Life, we hardly knew youThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:40:00 +0000New Study Calls the Reliability of Brain Scan Research Into Question 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 Why piles of rubbish could be transported by ocean currents or recent floodsWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:38:11 +0000Check Out the Best Illusions of 2016 your brain with these contest-winning mind-bendersWed, 06 Jul 2016 18:00:59 +0000Melting Arctic Ice Might Mean Faster Internet for Some dwindling ice has an unexpected benefit: more underwater cablesTue, 05 Jul 2016 19:38:47 +0000This Is What Jupiter Sounds Like as Juno bursts into the gas giant’s magnetosphereTue, 05 Jul 2016 17:20:29 +0000The FDA Just Declared War on Cookie Dough sweet spoons, hello food safetyThu, 30 Jun 2016 20:33:24 +0000Climate Change Could Devastate Penguin Populations by Century's End 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 Auroras’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 Day just a click, you can help astronomers learn more about two nearby asteroidsThu, 30 Jun 2016 13:48:57 +0000Venomous Lionfish Invade the Mediterranean recent survey shows that the fish have colonized Cyprus and may continue to spreadWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:25:05 +000099-Million-Year-Old Bird Wings Found Encased in Amber rare fossils from the age of the dinosaurs look a lot like modern-day bird wingsTue, 28 Jun 2016 21:14:22 +0000"Water Windfall" Discovered Under California's Drought-Stricken Central Valley the aquifer could help with the current and future droughts, researchers caution getting too greedy with the resourceTue, 28 Jun 2016 19:29:04 +0000Scientists Found a Huge Reservoir of Much-Needed Helium is used in everything from particle accelerators to MRI machines, and a dearth of the gas has long plagued researchersTue, 28 Jun 2016 17:13:21 +0000Researchers Will Soon Get Their First Taste of "Martian" Vegetables testing them for heavy metals, the scientists will eat vegetables grown in simulated Martian soil later this weekTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:13:24 +0000Breathtaking Images to Celebrate the Hubble Space Telescope Getting Another Five Years of Life amazing views are just a selection of the beautiful images the craft has captured over the yearsTue, 28 Jun 2016 14:40:00 +0000This Perfume Smells Like a Comet, 27 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Watch Scientists Make Their Own Lava rock and a lot of heat equals a homegrown brew that’s as beautiful as it is dangerousMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000After 60 Years, An Expedition Determines Highest Peaks in U.S. Arctic Matt Nolan and ski mountaineer Kit DesLauriers tested a new mapping system to end uncertainty about the highest mountain in the Brooks RangeMon, 27 Jun 2016 17:10:00 +0000Spix’s Macaw, Star of “Rio,” Spotted in the Wild for the First Time in 15 Years in a backlit cellphone video, the sighting gives conservationists hope for the survival of Brazil's little blue birdsMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:24:35 +0000Landfill Surprises Scientists With 12-Million-Year-Old Whale Fossils fossilized remains of a sperm whale were discovered in a newly cleared area of an Orange County landfillMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:39:03 +0000Researchers Studying "Teen Sex" and Flesh-Eating Maggots Win 2016 Golden Goose Awards quirky and important, these studies went against the grainMon, 27 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Some Genes Remain "Alive" for Days After the Body Dies in animals show that even when a creature has ceased to live, some genes are still busy doing their thingFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Mammals May Have Dinosaurs to Thank for Their Night Vision most likely developed a new pathway to night vision to avoid the jaws of dinos and other daytime predatorsThu, 23 Jun 2016 17:50:00 +0000Murder of Environmental Activists Reaches All-Time High least 185 environmental activists were murdered in 2015, according to a new reportThu, 23 Jun 2016 16:15:41 +0000Editing of Human Genes May Begin by Year’s End in the U.S. first-ever trial of CRISPR in the U.S. will test if it's safe to edit T cells in cancer patientsThu, 23 Jun 2016 13:23:29 +0000New Evidence Strengthens the Case for Pluto's Underground Ocean on the dwarf planet's smooth surface suggest that not all is frozen on that tiny, distant worldWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:52:17 +0000Land Around the Infamous San Andreas Fault Is on the Move mapped how California rises and falls around its most famous faultWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:23:22 +0000The Event that Wiped out Dinosaurs Also Nearly Did in the Mammals estimates suggest a measly seven percent of mammals survived the extinctionWed, 22 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Trader Joe's Agrees to Fix Its Fridges for the Environment retailer just agreed to a pricey settlement with the Environmental Protection AgencyTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:44:29 +0000Every Sperm Whale Alive Today May Have Descended From the Same Female 80,000-year-old "Eve" was the mother of all modern sperm whales—literallyTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:40:00 +0000What Brexit Would Mean for U.K.'s Arts, Sciences and Other Sectors the European Union could have far ranging consequences for industries throughout the United KingdomTue, 21 Jun 2016 17:19:53 +0000What Happens in the Brain When Music Causes Chills? brains of people who get chills when the right song comes on are wired differently than othersMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:46:07 +0000The Contentious History of the Cherry Tomato salad topper has a long and fraught historyMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:50:55 +0000Meet Three of Earth's Tiny Celestial Buddies handful of quasi-satellites, mini-moons and Trojan asteroids tag along with Earth as it whizzes around the sunMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:08:43 +0000Watch a Horde of Giant Crabs Amass Off of the Australian Coast Of thousands. Of crabs. Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000India Gives Go-Ahead for Farmers to Cull "Vermin" cull will include a range of animals deemed troublesome to people—including rhesus monkeys and wild boar in some placesFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:24:00 +0000Check Out NASA's Retro Mars Recruitment Posters, teachers, surveyors and engineers will all be needed in the envisaged Mars settlementFri, 17 Jun 2016 14:50:00 +0000Scientists Spot Tiny Asteroid Tagging Along Behind The Earth's our very own “quasi-moon”Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:30:00 +0000A New Hitch in the Plan for Building a Space Elevator nanotubes may not be as strong as scientists once thoughtFri, 17 Jun 2016 11:00:00 +0000Here’s What Will Happen When Juno Gets to Jupiter all goes down July 4Thu, 16 Jun 2016 19:48:18 +0000New Agreement Will Help Protect the Amazon Basin's largest tropical rainforest just got a slew of new allies Thu, 16 Jun 2016 17:25:00 +0000Cats Are Adorable Physicists that fluffy exterior lies a shrewd understanding of how the world worksThu, 16 Jun 2016 14:33:30 +0000New Footage Shows Rapid Breakdown of Shipwreck 'Andrea Doria' visited the remains of the Italian luxury liner in a submersible to figure out how quickly wrecks deteriorateThu, 16 Jun 2016 13:21:52 +0000Gravitational Waves Strike Twice announce the second detection of gravitational wavesWed, 15 Jun 2016 20:16:24 +0000This Jupiter-Sized Planet Is the Largest Found Orbiting Two Suns orbiting moons could be habitable—but scientists have yet to spot themTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:39:37 +0000Earth’s Carbon Dioxide Levels Surpass Long-Feared Milestone goodbye to 400 ppm—and hello to Earth's new atmospheric realityTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:03:02 +0000Spy Two Supernovae in June's Night Sky millions of years, their light is finally bright enough to see from EarthTue, 14 Jun 2016 18:26:14 +0000Herring Spawn in Hudson River Tributary for the First Time in 85 Years herring are spawning in Wynants Kill tributary after one of the many dams along the Hudson was removedTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:37:09 +0000Egg Producers Pledge More Humane Fate for Male Chicks technology could make “maceration” go the way of the dodoMon, 13 Jun 2016 18:39:12 +0000Grand Canyon Turns Down Its Lights to Become a Dark Sky Park gazers, rejoice—the skies above the Grand Canyon will never lose their sparkleFri, 10 Jun 2016 17:09:59 +0000Extremeophile Worms Discovered Living in Toxic Colorado Cave Cave in Steamboat Springs is home to a new species of blood-red worm capable of living in a cave full of hydrogen sulfideThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:38:34 +0000Here’s How the Pacific NW Is Preparing for “The Big One”’s the mother of all disaster drills for what could be the worst disaster in American historyThu, 09 Jun 2016 15:01:21 +0000The Four Newest Elements Now Have Names have proposed names for the newest additions to the Periodic TableWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:39:37 +0000This Tropical Fish Can Be Taught to Recognize Human Faces study trained fish to spit at human facesWed, 08 Jun 2016 19:17:13 +0000Researchers Discover World's Tallest Known Tropical Tree in Sabah's "Lost World" 293.6-foot endangered yellow meranti tree on the island of Borneo was discovered by scanning its forestsWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:15:35 +0000Bison Fossils Offer Clues to Track Human Migration Into the Americas analysis of bison fossils show that people likely migrated down the Pacific coast and not through the Rocky MountainsTue, 07 Jun 2016 19:09:17 +0000The Marshall Islands Are Becoming Less Nuclear new study finds that the abandoned nuclear test sites aren't much more radioactive than Central Park Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:07:23 +0000Turkey Sunk an Airplane to Turn It Into a Reef Airbus jumbo jet will soon become home to all sorts of sea lifeMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:49:59 +0000Baby Fish Prefer Plastic Over Natural Food perch gorge themselves on microplastics, which seems to be stunting growth and affecting natural instinctsMon, 06 Jun 2016 17:31:50 +0000X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book bindingMon, 06 Jun 2016 15:56:56 +0000A Rare Blind Salamander’s Eggs Are Finally Hatching have waited with bated breath for monthsFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:52:47 +0000This "Lost Underwater City" Was Actually Made by Microbes these formations may not be evidence of a lost city, they show off some intriguing chemistryThu, 02 Jun 2016 23:01:00 +0000Ruff News: Man’s Best Friend May Have Been Domesticated Twice did Fido come from? It’s complicatedThu, 02 Jun 2016 20:40:44 +0000King Tut’s Dagger Was Made From a Meteorite spectroscopy lays a decades-long metal mystery to restThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:15:59 +0000The U.S. Just Announced an Unprecedented Ban on African Ivory tighter rules help reduce global demand? Thu, 02 Jun 2016 16:34:49 +0000Thailand’s Controversial "Temple Tigers" Are Finally Free officials found nearly 140 captive tigers as well as 40 dead cubs kept in freezers at the self-proclaimed sanctuaryWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:54:59 +0000New Evidence Shows Peppered Moths Changed Color in Sync With the Industrial Revolution used “jumping genes” as a time machine to track down changes in moths’ appearanceWed, 01 Jun 2016 18:07:49 +0000Vladimir Nabokov’s Butterfly Drawings Take Flight in This New Book little-known fact: The author of “Lolita” was also an avid lepidopteristWed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000Are the Fancy New Curling Brooms Fair? Robots and Lasers Will Help Figure It Out “Frankenbrooms” are causing tension amongst the world's curlersTue, 31 May 2016 19:48:04 +0000Bumblebees Detect a Flower's Electric Buzz With Their Fuzz the tiny hairs that cover their bodies, bees can tap into the weak electric field in the atmosphere Tue, 31 May 2016 19:05:10 +0000