Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Most Mountains Don't Come With Pointy Peaks mountains actually get wider as you go upFri, 22 May 2015 18:15:37 +0000Found: A Galaxy That Shines With the Light of Over 300 Trillion Suns very hungry black hole at the center of WISE J224607.57-052635.0 emits an incredible amount of lightFri, 22 May 2015 15:32:33 +0000Did Mars Steal its Moons From the Asteroid Belt? still aren’t sure where the odd little moons came from, but they have ideasFri, 22 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Beginner's Guide to the Santa Barbara Oil Spill efforts are underway at Refugio State Beach after more than 100,000 gallons of crude oil spilledFri, 22 May 2015 13:59:35 +0000How Jumping Spiders See in Color agile arachnids see in three color channels, and they can actually see more colors than humans can Fri, 22 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Atheists Remind People of Death research shows that atheists trigger death-related thoughtsFri, 22 May 2015 12:30:00 +0000Research Confirms Fears that Deepwater Horizon Spill Contributed to Dolphin Deaths bottlenose dolphins stranded in the Gulf of Mexico had lesions linked to petroleum exposureFri, 22 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000There's a Spacecraft Cemetery in the Pacific middle of the Pacfic Ocean is one of the two places spacecrafts are laid to rest Thu, 21 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000How Chemistry Gives New York City Bagels an Edge it really all in the water? Thu, 21 May 2015 16:00:05 +0000Texans Die of Tuberculosis and Other Insights From the CDC’s Distinctive Death Map Centers of Disease Control and Prevention compiled a list of the most common unusual deaths in every stateThu, 21 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000When People Want an Upgrade They Tend to Break and Lose Their Old Gadgets call it the "Must-Have Effect"Thu, 21 May 2015 13:00:00 +000021,000 Gallons of Oil Just Spilled Near Santa Barbara underwater pipeline was the culprit for a crude oil spill in the PacificWed, 20 May 2015 15:42:30 +0000Meet Your New Favorite Dinosaur: The Velociraptor's Cousin keen sense of smell gave this dino an edgeTue, 19 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000Engineered Yeast Could Open up a DIY Painkiller Market modified microbes could also make cheaper and better opiatesTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000No, It's Not Really Raining Spiders in Australia arachnids are simply catching a ride on the wind Tue, 19 May 2015 12:42:17 +0000Asteroid Impacts Once Made the Earth's Oceans Boil for A Whole Year had it rough back thenMon, 18 May 2015 18:42:12 +0000Satellite Data Underestimated how Fast Sea Levels Were Rising oceans are rising faster than scientists thought.Mon, 18 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000Researchers are Trying to Harness the Power of Music for Unconscious Patients the depths of the unconscious brain has thus far uncovered more mysteries than answersMon, 18 May 2015 15:51:33 +0000Twitter is Helping Scientists Spot More Northern Lights new study shows the power of social media to pinpoint where and when auroras occurSun, 17 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Science on a Shoestring: How Cuba’s Researchers Survived the Embargo normalized U.S.-Cuban relations make science easier in the once-isolated country? Sat, 16 May 2015 14:00:00 +0000Scientists Flew a Jet Plane Into a Thunderstorm to Study Antimatter got a little too close and saw something unexpectedSat, 16 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000How the Animal got its Head brain fossils show how early animals evolved heads.Fri, 15 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Europe Once Had Bison, and now They're Making a Comeback like their American cousins, the bison needed help after their numbers were decimated by habitat loss and huntingFri, 15 May 2015 11:33:53 +0000Scientists Are Stopping Malaria With Viagra can help boost the spleen’s ability to filter out infected blood cellsThu, 14 May 2015 15:18:11 +0000Malaysia Airlines Search Team Finds Sunken Ship Instead no sign of the missing Flight 370.Thu, 14 May 2015 14:01:21 +0000In the Future, We Might Take Sunscreen in Pill Form discovery in some fish suggests that sunblocking chemicals could be ingested rather than slathered onWed, 13 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Revealing the Deep Secrets of Deepwater Waves hope their study of 1,600-foot underwater waves can help improve climate modelingWed, 13 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Researchers Create Chicken Embryos With Dinosaur-Like Faces seeking to understand how birds got their beaks turned back the evolutionary clock just a tadWed, 13 May 2015 06:30:00 +0000Another Big Earthquake Has Hit Nepal major quake hits as the country still struggles to recover from the last one.Tue, 12 May 2015 13:30:00 +0000Watch the Sun Set on Mars takes its first color pictures of a Martian sunsetTue, 12 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Spider Feeds Her Babies by Vomiting up Her Own Guts says love like feeding your intestines to your childrenMon, 11 May 2015 14:30:00 +0000Most American Babies are Born in the Morning interventions may determine time of birth, says new study.Mon, 11 May 2015 13:59:08 +0000Turning the American Chestnut into a GMO Might be the Only Way to Save it wheat genes could help the tree fight off blightSun, 10 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000X-Rays Reveal Why Old Chocolate Turns White fat turns out to be the culpritSat, 09 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dogs are Still the Best Way to Find a Corpse’s best friend is better than any machine when it comes to finding dead bodies.Fri, 08 May 2015 16:00:00 +0000The First GMO Is 8,000 Years Old find that bacteria modified DNA in sweet potatoes millennia agoThu, 07 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000Goofy Looking Ocean Sunfish Are Actually Active Swimmers and Predators idea that these giant fish are lazy is just wrongWed, 06 May 2015 12:00:00 +0000CDC Says Ebola Survivors Should Keep Using Condoms Indefinitely virus may survive in semen longer than originally thoughtTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Most Surgery Outcomes Aren’t Tracked analysis finds only 153 clinical registries nationwideMon, 04 May 2015 15:00:49 +0000A Piranha Was Just Found in an Arkansas Lake sharp-toothed fish was likely a pet gone rogue Mon, 04 May 2015 14:24:34 +0000Researchers Come Closer to Making Everyone a Universal Blood Donor approach uses an enzyme to snip off the parts of blood cells that can prove problematic Fri, 01 May 2015 17:00:00 +0000Poop Eating Vampire Squids Aren't Actually Squids at All strange-looking animals have a very different reproductive strategy than other cephalopods Fri, 01 May 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Nepal Earthquake Made Mt. Everest an Inch Shorter data gives the first results for the way the land moved during the quakeFri, 01 May 2015 11:00:00 +0000Even Ocean Creatures Struggle With Light Pollution lights are disrupting the lives of underwater animalsThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Today The Messenger Spacecraft Will Crash Into Mercury years of exciting observations and stunning pictures of Mercury, the spacecraft has run out of fuelThu, 30 Apr 2015 17:12:09 +0000Most Countries Have No Plans For When Antibiotics Stop Working Health Organization sounds the alarm on “one of the biggest threats to the future of global health” Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:30:00 +0000It’s Official: Rubella Has Been Eradicated From the Americas officials confirm that rubella no longer originates in North or South AmericaThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:19:01 +0000People Are Too Optimistic About How Much Optimism Matters on the bright side doesn’t actually make dark things brightThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Find Life in Antarctica’s Blood Red Falls underground microbes could help scientists detect life on other planets.Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Time a Space Observatory Was Mistaken for a Second Moon 13 hours, the space observatory Gaia was misidentified as a natural satellite orbiting EarthWed, 29 Apr 2015 18:57:41 +0000Penguins May Use Poop to Melt Snow From Breeding Sites Before They Get it On observation comes from analyzing thousands of images captured by remote cameras trained on penguin colonies on the Antarctic PeninsulaWed, 29 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000Vatican Science Academy Urges Government Action on Climate Change to Protect Poor Francis will issue proclamation in wake of recent summit Tue, 28 Apr 2015 16:59:06 +0000Eau de Death: Perfumer Develops Scents Based on Dead Loved Ones French perfumer is attempting to harness the emotional power of scent Mon, 27 Apr 2015 15:26:10 +0000Hawk Found in Vancouver “Wins” Most Polluted Bird in the World Award "flameproof" bird's liver was full of flame retardant chemicals Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000The Hubble Space Telescope Has Been In Space for 25 Years, Here's What it Has Seen telescope has sent back some real beauties Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:30:00 +0000Gene Editing in Human Embryos Ignites Controversy researchers have published the results of using a new gene-editing tool on human embryosThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:30:42 +0000Scientists Clash Over Stegosaurus Sexing new paper is causing controversy with claims that dinosaurs’ sex can be determined by their bonesThu, 23 Apr 2015 17:46:55 +0000Watch A Dangerous Yet Lovely Volcano Erupt in Chile volcano springs to life after more than 40 years of dormancyThu, 23 Apr 2015 14:31:33 +0000Even an Isolated Amazonian Tribe’s Microbes Are Antibiotic Resistant finding of antibiotic resistance in people who have never taken antibiotics highlights how hard it will be to combat superbugsWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:36:06 +0000A Record-Breaking Clock Won’t Lose a Second For Another 15 Billion Years atomic clocks could eventually help scientists map the Earth’s shapeWed, 22 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000FBI Admits Pseudoscientific Hair Analysis Used in Hundreds of Cases 3,000 cases included testimony about hair matches, a technique that has been debunkedWed, 22 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000Cognitive Scientists Question a Journal's Gender Balance major journal publishes a special issue with a striking lack of women authors Wed, 22 Apr 2015 15:30:00 +0000This is What An Underwater Volcano Sounds Like the noises of magma and bubbles will help scientists study explosions from afar Wed, 22 Apr 2015 14:16:53 +0000There Might Really Be a Planet X, Lurking Beyond Pluto far reaches of our own solar system could contain worlds undiscovered. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:30:00 +0000This Is Why You Like to Cry In the Shower, steamy, sad Tue, 21 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Ice Scientists of the Future Will Study Glaciers That No Longer Exist are stocking up on ice cores to ensure a future for their fieldTue, 21 Apr 2015 16:34:38 +0000Does That Button Really Work, Or Is It a Placebo? buttons are more common than you might think Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:50:04 +0000Dawn Spacecraft Sends First Color Images of Ceres and blue tell the tale of a dwarf planet covered in rock and iceMon, 20 Apr 2015 18:05:45 +0000Why Astronomers Are Fighting Back Against Robotic Lawnmowers’s a feud fueled by radio frequencies Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s How to Avoid Losing Half of Earth’s Species, don’t stop trying to halt extinctionFri, 17 Apr 2015 19:00:06 +0000Hormones Show Dogs Don’t Just Think of Us As Providers of Food dogs and humans share long looks, a chemical involved in social bonding surges through their bodiesFri, 17 Apr 2015 17:30:08 +0000The Messenger Probe Will Soon Crash Into Mercury NASA's probe runs out of propellant, it will crash into the planet’s surface at 8,750 MPHFri, 17 Apr 2015 15:00:59 +0000Why Syria’s Protecting Seeds From Its War civil war broke out in Syria, scientists saved more than 80 percent of a priceless trove of seedsFri, 17 Apr 2015 14:30:24 +0000Learn the Secrets of Ape’s Sleeping Habits sleep better and longer than other primatesThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:30:35 +0000Mysterious "Fairy" Circles Share Qualities With Human Skin noticed that the pattern of Namibia's "fairy" circles strongly resembles that of skin cell growthThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:08 +0000Better HIV Prevention Could Be Leading to Higher Syphilis Rates rates increased by 13 percent between 2012 and 2013Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:15:33 +0000What If Job Interviews Were Automated? study shows that computers can predict how applicants will do at interviewsThu, 16 Apr 2015 14:45:58 +0000Putting Hummingbirds to the Test hummingbird, 20 MPH wind, 1000 frames per secondThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:46:28 +0000Scientists Take a Crack at Explaining That Knuckle-Popping Noise new study takes a closer look to explain the mechanism behind the sound when we crack our jointsThu, 16 Apr 2015 13:00:46 +0000Maybe the World's Loneliest Whale Isn't So Isolated, After All evidence indicates that the singer of a higher-pitched whale song may not be aloneWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:00:40 +0000Female Chimps More Likely Than Males to Hunt With Tools new study investigates the social and hunting behaviors of Fongoli chimpanzeesWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:18 +0000Painkillers Might Also Dull Your Emotions study shows Tylenol could affect emotional evaluations, but judging the meaning of that finding is toughWed, 15 Apr 2015 18:08:06 +0000Forget Fake Meat…How About Fake Milk? over, soy—a group of bio-hackers is trying to turn snippets of DNA into milk-producing yeastWed, 15 Apr 2015 14:30:07 +0000SpaceX Didn’t Land Its Rocket third time was not a charm for the Falcon 9Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:46:20 +0000Fish Can Adjust Gender Balance in Face of Rising Temperatures waters mean fewer female reef fish. But, over generations, populations can restore the balance.Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:30:37 +0000Escape From the Black Hole’s Abyss! object called G2—previously believed to be a gas cloud—narrowly slipped from the clutches of a supermassive black holeTue, 14 Apr 2015 15:30:18 +0000Rover May Have Found a Water Source for Humans on Mars collected from the Curiosity rover suggests liquid water could be harvested from Martian soilMon, 13 Apr 2015 19:04:29 +0000Here Are the Places Most at Risk of a Volcanic Explosion research will help countries prepare Mon, 13 Apr 2015 15:30:48 +0000Ocean Acidification Could Have Driven Earth’s Biggest Mass Extinction shows the world's oceans were dangerously acidic during the Permian Extinction EventFri, 10 Apr 2015 16:00:12 +0000Changes in California’s Roadkill Linked to State’s Drought California Roadkill Observation System studies wildlife by mapping out crowd-sourced roadkill sightings Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:30:45 +0000Here’s Why the Dutch Are So Tall new study shows natural selection is alive and well in the Netherlands Fri, 10 Apr 2015 13:30:44 +0000Hawaiians Are Protesting Construction of the World’s Largest Telescope Hawai'ian activists say the volcano-top project is damaging sacred lands Thu, 09 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000This Little Kid Discovered a Dinosaur rare nodosaur has been found in a little boyThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:45:08 +0000Study Suggests Thinking Less Is Key to Faster Learning research shows sometimes our own brains get in the way of acquiring new skillsThu, 09 Apr 2015 13:30:03 +0000Here's Why You Wince at Wasabi structure will help researchers understand pain— and create drugs that could suppress it. Wed, 08 Apr 2015 17:46:23 +0000Lady Wolf Spiders Use Silk to Flirt to the common wisdom, it’s not just males that do the pursuing Wed, 08 Apr 2015 16:30:50 +0000The Sun Has Seasons you thought it was just "hot" Wed, 08 Apr 2015 15:15:07 +0000Drones to Plant 1 Billion Seeds in a Year (Hopefully) by machines is cool, but it won’t save the planet Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:00:57 +000070 Percent of Western Canada’s Glaciers Will Disappear by 2100 that’s the conservative side of scientists’ ice melt projectionsTue, 07 Apr 2015 15:30:46 +0000Yet Another Reason Not to Smoke: It Gives Superbugs Superpowers resistant bacteria even more resistant in the presence of cigarette smokeTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:45:55 +0000Amazonian Hallucinogen Could Be an Antidepressant Ayahuasca, a hallucinogenic tea, could change the concentration serotonin in the brainTue, 07 Apr 2015 14:28:53 +0000At Night, Fish Communicate With Special Calls, Whistles and Grunts a hydrophone into an underwater cave helps researchers make sense of the dinMon, 06 Apr 2015 19:13:32 +0000Urchins Could Be the Next Victim of Sea Star Wasting Disease virus that has struck out Pacific sea star populations could now be affecting their Echinoderm cousins Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:00:25 +0000Male Mice Sing Sexy Songs to Woo Females research shows that mice can change their mating songs according to context Mon, 06 Apr 2015 14:50:07 +0000Here’s How Europeans Quickly Evolved Lighter Skin skinned people lived in Europe until fairly recentlyFri, 03 Apr 2015 18:30:15 +0000A Sixth Sense Could Help the Blind "See" a new study, blind rats could get around by directly incorporating geomagnetic information Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:00:49 +0000Saturday’s Lunar Eclipse Will Be The Shortest This Century you spot this weekend's "blood moon"? Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:22:29 +0000Test Tube Burgers Get a $324,989 Price Cut scientists behind lab-grown meat think they can soon offer it at a price most of us can actually affordFri, 03 Apr 2015 14:15:24 +0000UV Light Reveals the Colors of Fossil Shells made visible help a researcher discover 13 new species of ancient cone snailsThu, 02 Apr 2015 17:49:25 +0000California’s Drought Is Changing the Way Bay-Area Water Tastes And Smells Bay Area’s water is still safe to use, but drought is causing a noxious algae bloom to affect tap waterThu, 02 Apr 2015 16:37:26 +0000Why the ESA’s Astronauts Train Underground European Space Agency is applying protocols from the International Space Station in cavesThu, 02 Apr 2015 15:01:11 +0000Found: The Bacteria That Are Making You Stink have finally discovered the culprit behind smelly armpitsWed, 01 Apr 2015 16:00:58 +0000Scientists Predict Obesity Rates by Examining Sewage Microbes microbial makeup of a city's sewage can indicate its population's physiqueWed, 01 Apr 2015 14:15:00 +0000Men and Women See Things Differently (No, Literally) perception may actually have something to do with genderTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:45:36 +0000As We Get Older We Get More Tolerant of Discordant Music loss isn’t the only thing that changes our music perception as we ageTue, 31 Mar 2015 18:22:24 +0000Population Growth Can Warm a City As Much As Climate Change in California's Central Valley could raise local temperatures an extra one to two degrees CelciusTue, 31 Mar 2015 16:51:51 +0000Turns Out Urine Isn’t Actually Sterile research debunks the myth that urine doesn’t contain bacteria…and calls traditional lab techniques into question Tue, 31 Mar 2015 15:00:53 +0000This Nasty Medieval Remedy Kills MRSA ancient brew could lead to modern-day drugs to fight the superbugTue, 31 Mar 2015 13:45:20 +0000Pandas Actually Hang Out Together tracking data sheds light on giant pandas secretive societiesMon, 30 Mar 2015 19:34:48 +0000Crossing Your Fingers Could Reduce Pain (No Lie) find the spatial arrangement of our digits affects the sensations they feelMon, 30 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000A Tired Brain Could Actually Be More Creative wandering thoughts brought on by fatigue can lead to insightMon, 30 Mar 2015 17:30:27 +0000It Doesn’t Matter How Much Time Parents Spend With Their Kids research shows no link between amount of time spent with children and emotional, behavioral, or academic outcomesMon, 30 Mar 2015 16:11:45 +0000How 'Waves' Rippling Through Bird Flocks Help Them Escape Predators are known for their coordinated movements and a common study animal for researchers seeking to explain such behaviorMon, 30 Mar 2015 14:13:19 +0000Gold Nanoparticles Can Remote Control the Brain’s just the latest twist in nanotech that is using gold as medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 19:30:17 +0000Major Science Publisher Admits “Fabricated” Peer Reviews are BioMed Central’s retractions just the tip of the iceberg? Fri, 27 Mar 2015 18:04:16 +0000How a Stinging Swarm of Bees Can Save a Life venom might be a potent medicineFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:45:00 +0000Here’s More About the Drug Behind Indiana’s HIV Epidemic use of Opana, or oxymorphone, is fueling a public health crisis in Scott County, Ind.Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:29:48 +0000Hundreds of Car-Sized Fossil Amphibians Found in a Mass Grave huge creature is related to modern-day newts, salamanders and frogsFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:21:14 +0000Why Would Cooling Rice Make it Less Caloric? suggest a new way to prepare rice that they say could help slow the worldwide obesity epidemicThu, 26 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000NASA’s Twin Study May Never Be Published concerns could stymie NASA’s study of Scott and Mark KellyThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:49:08 +0000How Tampons Might One Day Help Detect Cancer research suggests tampons could screen for endometrial cancerWed, 25 Mar 2015 17:30:01 +0000Mozambique has “Kitten-Sized” Rats Trained to Sniff Out Tuberculosis trained rodents are helping doctors better diagnose TB in a region hard hit by the deadly diseaseWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:45:34 +0000Want to Live Longer? Don’t Sleep So Much research links longer sleep duration with a shorter lifeWed, 25 Mar 2015 16:00:40 +0000Largest Asteroid Crater Ever Discovered Underground in Australia in Earth’s mantle, scientists find evidence of a colossal impact that could reveal new information about Earth’s historyTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:35:30 +0000How Bad Is California’s Drought? it’s pretty badTue, 24 Mar 2015 18:00:44 +0000Jupiter Made Our Solar System Weird gas giant just had to throw its mass aroundTue, 24 Mar 2015 17:30:09 +0000Here’s Why Your Eyes Seem to Be Wired 'Backward' has to pass through nerve cells to get to the rods and cones, but that order is no mistakeTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:45:27 +0000Make Your Mark on Pluto by Helping Name Its Features New Horizons team is asking the public for help labeling the maps of Pluto and one of its moonsTue, 24 Mar 2015 16:00:27 +0000Here’s Why the Navy Designed a New Diving Suit design spurred by a global helium shortageTue, 24 Mar 2015 15:30:56 +0000