Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 30 Nov 2015 17:12:43 +0000Which Countries Are Most Open to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions? new study shows large gaps between concern about climate change and the willingness to actMon, 30 Nov 2015 17:12:43 +0000Happy Birthday to Schrödinger’s Cat the 80 years since Erwin Schrödinger first outlined a quantum mechanics thought experiment involving a cat, the feline’s popularity has only grownSun, 29 Nov 2015 12:00:03 +0000Hypnotize Yourself With a Slow-Motion Fire Tornado hot, it's coolWed, 25 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Chocolate Fountains are Great for Physics Lessons, delicious physicsWed, 25 Nov 2015 17:51:31 +0000This Gross-looking Worm Gives Clues About Humans' Ability to Breathe and Talk share about 70 percent of their genome with the lowly acorn worm, according to recent researchWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:24:07 +0000Tennessee Locals Spot Half-Mile-Long Spider Webs baby spiders are making some residents of North Memphis cringeTue, 24 Nov 2015 19:02:51 +0000A New Rose Is Part Plant, Part Color-Changing Machine has never looked so prettyTue, 24 Nov 2015 18:27:45 +0000This Visualization of the World’s Carbon Emissions Is Chillingly Beautiful NASA simulation shows how carbon dioxide movesTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Many Ways to "Dance Your Ph.D" again, researchers get creative in a yearly dance competition to explain their Ph.D. thesis workTue, 24 Nov 2015 13:01:00 +0000Northern White Rhinos Now Number Three 41-year-old Nola died this week, leaving only three northern white rhinos left in the worldMon, 23 Nov 2015 18:01:10 +0000Introducing Smeagol the Eyeless Arachnid newly discovered cave-dwelling daddy longlegs resembles the fictional Tolkien characterMon, 23 Nov 2015 17:15:00 +0000A Gothic Chapel Is Transformed Into a Spectacular Sky at the ceiling has never been so inspiring Fri, 20 Nov 2015 17:00:47 +0000The NIH Lets Its Last Research Chimps Go 50 remaining chimpanzees are headed to sanctuaries to enjoy retirementFri, 20 Nov 2015 14:45:04 +0000A Tadpole’s Perspective and More "Life Through a Lens" Images the images from winners of the Royal Society's photography contestThu, 19 Nov 2015 21:07:54 +0000Five Things to Know About the Genetically Engineered Salmon Approved by the FDA seafood or "Frankenfish"? Thu, 19 Nov 2015 18:51:16 +0000A Drone Encounters Two Eagles, and the Birds Win pair of arial predators snatched a photographer's drone from the skies of AustriaThu, 19 Nov 2015 18:18:23 +0000Look to the Skies This Month for the Pleiades Star Cluster Seven Sisters will shine bright from dusk till dawn for the rest of NovemberThu, 19 Nov 2015 15:06:16 +0000This Parasite Is Really a Micro-Jellyfish along its evolution this jellyfish-turned-parasite got really strangeThu, 19 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000Five Things to Know about Kissing Bugs and Chagas Disease disease-causing parasite spread by biting bugs has spread beyond the tropical worldWed, 18 Nov 2015 19:40:54 +0000This Is How Bats Can Land Upside Down spin like ice skaters to stick their landingWed, 18 Nov 2015 18:33:31 +0000Domestication Saved the Pumpkin (and Squash) pumpkin in that holiday pie wouldn't be here today without domesticationWed, 18 Nov 2015 16:29:43 +0000The Last Wild Horses Are Rebounding From Extinction years of breeding programs, the last truly wild horses returnTue, 17 Nov 2015 18:39:15 +0000Watch the Philae Lander's Bouncing Touch Down on Comet 67P year after its crash-landing, researchers reflect on the unexpected successes of the missionMon, 16 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000A London Zoo Wants to Hypnotize Away Your Fear of Spiders program turns what phobics perceive as terrifying threats into fuzzy friendsMon, 16 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0000A Victoria’s Secret Perfume Works Great as Mosquito Repellent scent named “Bombshell” is almost as good as DEETMon, 16 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000History and Culture of the 1960s to 1980s Is Disintegrating With the Tapes That Recorded It But a new test and a bit of chemistry can help preserve the pastMon, 16 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000A New Earth-Sized Planet Is Getting Astronomers Riled Up could be a rare opportunity for scientists to study an exoplanet’s atmosphereFri, 13 Nov 2015 17:14:13 +0000Cougars Are Returning to the Midwest team of scientists predicts that the big cat could establish new breeding populations in Arkansas and Missouri in the next 25 yearsFri, 13 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Many Genes Does a Body Need? about 15 percent of the human genome or 3,230 genes—that we know of Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:56:01 +0000Mars' Gravity Is Slowly Shredding Its Moon Phobos grooves on the moon's surface are an early sign of Phobos' grim fateWed, 11 Nov 2015 18:32:00 +0000This Ear Was Made With Vincent Van Gogh's DNA secrets have been whispered into this creepy, living copy of the most famous ear in art history? Tue, 10 Nov 2015 17:04:07 +0000Fossils Show Ancient Rats Were the Size of a Small Dog our ancient ancestors likely ate themTue, 10 Nov 2015 13:30:00 +0000How to Fossilize a Brain new study shows that brains can can fossilize like bonesMon, 09 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Could Climate Change Mean Less Sex and Fewer Babies? if it does, perhaps that's not a bad thingMon, 09 Nov 2015 17:30:00 +0000How Language Evolved from Climate and Terrain shouting words into the wind, what sounds make it through?Mon, 09 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr, Hollywood Star Turned Scientist beauty had brains—after all, she invented the tech behind Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPSMon, 09 Nov 2015 16:20:00 +0000Sleepwalkers Might Not Feel Pain, at Least Until They Wake up day, sleepwalkers may suffer chronic pain, but by night they can jump through windows without feeling a thingMon, 09 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Antares Spacecraft Explosion in Horrifyingly Beautiful Detail photos show the grim (yet beautiful) blastFri, 06 Nov 2015 18:57:55 +0000Watch 30 Minutes of Mesmerizing, Ultra-HD Sun's Solar Dynamics Observatory stares at the sun so you don't have toFri, 06 Nov 2015 16:32:44 +0000New Insights Behind the Sand Dunes That Swallowed a Boy have confirmed that fungus-ridden trees are to blameFri, 06 Nov 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Man Got Cancer from a Tapeworm very strange case challenges some assumptions about parasitesFri, 06 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Culprits Behind Mysterious Mass Antelope Deaths Finally Exposed than half of the world's endangered saiga antelopes died suddenly on the Central Asian steppes last springThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:15:00 +0000A Minecraft World Built for Exploring Chemicals new world, called MolCraft, is a virtual chemistry museumThu, 05 Nov 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Scientist Live-Tweets Cheetah Hunts nature in all its beauty, viciousness, hilarity and boredomThu, 05 Nov 2015 17:27:14 +0000New Fossils Show Ostrich-like Dinosaurs Sported a Coat of Plumage of ancient feathers and skin still clung to the exquisitely preserved fossilsWed, 04 Nov 2015 20:17:28 +0000Weak Skeletons May Have Spelled the End for Mammoths results suggest that weak bones made the beasts more susceptible to human huntersWed, 04 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000Orion's Return, Falling Fireballs and Other Treats in November's Night Skies constellation rises as the Leonid and Taurid Meteor Showers returnTue, 03 Nov 2015 19:30:00 +0000What is Happening to Antarctica's Ice Sheets parts of Antarctica get icier, others are on the verge of collapseTue, 03 Nov 2015 17:16:18 +0000Coywolves are Taking Over Eastern North America are not 'shy wolves'—they are coyote-wolf hybrids (with some dog mixed in) and now number in the millionsTue, 03 Nov 2015 16:27:50 +0000Why the Sands of Many Dunes Sing, Boom, and Even Burp to Marco Polo's tales, it's not because they're full of mysterious spiritsTue, 03 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000Tiny Ancient Skeleton Redefines the Split Between Monkeys and Apes last common ancestor of all apes may have been smaller than previously thoughtMon, 02 Nov 2015 17:14:39 +0000Wyoming Has a Crack Problem (And It’s Not What You Think) mysterious tear in the ground is the state's new social media star and a testament to the fast fury of Mother NatureMon, 02 Nov 2015 15:50:28 +0000Mexico’s Navy is Battling Seaweed Along the Caribbean Coast of seaweed are blanketing beaches around the Caribbean Sea and the government is calling everyone to armsMon, 02 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000Russia Wants to Send Monkeys to Mars and Women to the Moon Russian space agency has announced plans for space missions through 2029Mon, 02 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000African Vultures Could Go Extinct Within the Next Century, poison and collisions with wind turbines are killing these important scavengersMon, 02 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000People Who Believe in Ghosts Are More Fearful Overall research finds a link between paranormal beliefs and fears of things like natural disastersFri, 30 Oct 2015 17:45:00 +0000The World’s Driest Desert Is in Breathtaking Bloom historic rains, Atacama, Chile is exploding with vibrant wildflowersFri, 30 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000Ice Age Cave Lion Cubs and a Look Back at Permafrost Mummies recent find in Siberia is the latest on a list of well-preserved Ice Age mammalsThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:49:26 +0000A Forgotten Piece of Space Junk is Headed for Earth object could be a lost piece of a rocket dating back to the Apollo missionsWed, 28 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000Genetically Edited Hercules Dogs Can Pack on Extra Muscles use a natural mutation that produces extra muscle to tweak dogs genesTue, 27 Oct 2015 18:57:19 +00005 Things to Know About the WHO’s Statement on Red Meat and Cancer's announcement created widespread confusion for carnivoresTue, 27 Oct 2015 16:31:28 +0000Drones Captured These 'Killer' Whale Family Portraits just beautiful, these photos show that raising killer whale calves is a family affairTue, 27 Oct 2015 14:30:17 +0000Comet Lovejoy is One Boozy Space Rock greenish comet that lit up the sky last January releases as much alcohol as 500 bottles of wine every second during its peakMon, 26 Oct 2015 13:46:40 +0000Adding Faint Scents to Healthy Food Could Make it Taste Better of salty food may be all it takes to make low-salt items deliciousFri, 23 Oct 2015 19:41:04 +000092 Percent of Possible Earth Twins Have Yet to Be Born young universe promises trillions of more planets to comeFri, 23 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Mysterious Case of the Adirondacks Sugar Maple trees are on the decline, but why?Thu, 22 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000Sesame Street Just Welcomed Its First Autistic Muppet“Julia” is geared towards raising awareness and acceptanceThu, 22 Oct 2015 17:31:08 +0000Instead of Eyelids, This Fish Retracts Its Eyeballs giant guitarfish can pull its eyes nearly 1.6 inches inside its headThu, 22 Oct 2015 14:53:27 +0000An Asteroid Will Buzz by Earth on Halloween't worry—it won't interrupt your Halloween plansWed, 21 Oct 2015 20:03:56 +0000Sunscreen May Be Destroying Coral Reefs a tiny amount of a common chemical in sunscreen can bleach and break delicate coralWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:10:54 +0000Did Life on Earth Really Start 4.1 Billion Years Ago? Not So Fast’t rewrite the Earth’s history just yetTue, 20 Oct 2015 20:44:35 +0000The Orionid Meteor Shower and Rare Planetary “Dance” Make This a Lucky Week for Stargazers’s what the night sky has to offer this weekTue, 20 Oct 2015 17:04:12 +0000The Search For Elusive Neutrinos in Antarctica Generates Massive Amounts of Data IceCube observatory at the South Pole collects roughly 36 terabytes of data a year in the search for 'special' neutrinosTue, 20 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000Venomous Sea Snake Washes Up on California Beach, and El Niño May Be to Blame lost sea snake isn’t the only problem the California can expect to face during a strong El Niño yearMon, 19 Oct 2015 19:30:58 +0000Where Do Hallucinations Come From? It May Just Be What You've Seen may be our brains overriding what is there with what it expects to see, according to new researchMon, 19 Oct 2015 18:37:50 +0000New Video of Floating Blobs of Fizzy Water in Space is the best place to figure out why raindrops are roundMon, 19 Oct 2015 15:45:00 +0000Stunning New Views of Enceladus, Saturn's 6th-Largest Moon new flyby has revealed a spidery network of cracks crisscrossing its northern poleMon, 19 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000Why a Denmark Zoo Publicly Dissected a Lion zookeepers say it is an educational opportunityFri, 16 Oct 2015 20:17:26 +0000When You Space Out, Parts of Your Brain go to Sleep drowsiness might mean you’re already drifting offFri, 16 Oct 2015 19:30:38 +0000Prosthetics Could Soon Have a Sense of Touch technology suprisingly inspired by Darth VaderFri, 16 Oct 2015 18:19:29 +0000See at a Bee’s Eye Level With 9 Award-Wining Microscopic Photos winners of Nikon’s annual photomicrography competition have an eye for detailFri, 16 Oct 2015 16:45:17 +0000Hunter-Gatherers Sleep Little and Get Up Early ancestors probably didn’t need nine hours of sleep eitherThu, 15 Oct 2015 18:32:15 +0000Can Eggshells Crack the Case of Whether Dinosaurs Ran Hot or Cold? may not be cold or warm blooded, but somewhere in betweenThu, 15 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000High Definition Video of Jupiter Reveals New Weather in the Great Red Spot portrait shows massive storm changing as it shrinksThu, 15 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000Does Ecotourism Hurt or Help? critters get used to tourists, they may be less aware of both predators and poachersWed, 14 Oct 2015 17:00:00 +0000Declassified Spy Maps Show Melting Arctic Ice reveal how climate and politics are heating up in the ArcticWed, 14 Oct 2015 16:25:08 +0000America's in the Midst of a Lobster Boom the lobster catch up sixfold in the last 30 years, can we eat without worry?Wed, 14 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000Learn Physics From Nobel Prizewinner Richard Feynman for Free physicist’s legendary lectures are now available onlineTue, 13 Oct 2015 18:24:40 +0000Watch These Giant Rats Sniff Out Landmines rats can detect TNT decades after it was buriedTue, 13 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Gene Might Be Why Elephants’ Don't Get Cancer large bodies and many cells mean more elephants should be dying of cancer, scientists are trying to figure out why notTue, 13 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000How a Metronome Could Save a Life simple device could help save lives by keeping CPR on the beatMon, 12 Oct 2015 18:07:40 +0000Wet Weather Causes Shortage of Pumpkins (and Pie) summer rains cut pumpkin yields in halfMon, 12 Oct 2015 15:37:31 +0000Here's how NASA Wants to get to Mars unveils roadmap to building a Mars colonyMon, 12 Oct 2015 14:00:00 +0000How the Giraffe Got Its Long Neck: It Happened in Spurts fossils resolve this lengthy debateFri, 09 Oct 2015 16:36:52 +0000The Draconid Meteor Shower Peaks This Week skies and little moonlight make for great meteor watchingThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:40:11 +0000The Past and Present of Mars Look Wetter and Wetter salty streaks of flowing water to an ancient system of rivers and lakes, Mars seems more hospitable to life than previously thoughtThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:20:34 +0000Listen to the Sweet Sounds of Slime Mold artists transform the bioelectricity of microorganisms into songThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:48:24 +0000Another Step Closer to Male Birth Control Pills protein might lead to an oral contraceptive for menWed, 07 Oct 2015 17:44:07 +0000The Increasingly Muddled Origins of Homo Naledi analyses of Homo naledi shows a mosaic of both early and modern human featuresTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:00:00 +0000Feast Your Eyes on an Optical Illusion Cake may be the most delicious optical illusionTue, 06 Oct 2015 16:17:27 +0000What Cyclists Can Learn From Schools of Fish weaker athlete might be able to keep up if they stay to the back of a groupTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000It Wasn’t Just an Asteroid That Killed the Dinosaurs, Epic Volcanoes Helped new study ignites a decades-old debate about what killed the dinosaursTue, 06 Oct 2015 11:00:00 +0000How Nature Inspired the Medicine Nobel Prize Winners to Fight Parasites discoveries saved the lives of millions of people around the worldMon, 05 Oct 2015 21:35:43 +0000Michigan Farmer Stumbles on a Mammoth Skeleton excavated the skeleton, prying the bones from the dark muck of the fieldMon, 05 Oct 2015 18:19:29 +0000Notoriously Durable Styrofoam Could Be Munched by Mealworms in the beetle larvae's guts help break down polystyreneMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:30:00 +0000Why Scientists Are Gathering Seeds From Roadside Sunflowers changes threatens commercial sunflower production, where plants are grown for their oilMon, 05 Oct 2015 12:00:00 +0000For $1,600 You Can Own a Genetically Altered Micropig lab animal to potential petFri, 02 Oct 2015 13:38:07 +0000What Fingerprints Can Reveal About Ancestry as to whether people have European or African lineage may show up in the fine details of their fingers Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:16:20 +0000