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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Mammals Have a Monopoly On Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammals-monopoly-milk-180956072/It all started with an eggTue, 28 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000There's Flowing Ice on Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-flowing-ice-on-pluto-180956071/And maybe an underground oceanTue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Here’s How a Strange Phenomenon Called ‘Hair Ice’ Forms on Dead Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-strange-phenomenon-called-hair-ice-forms-dead-trees-180956059/The white ice filaments look a lot like cotton candyMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Franklin’s Doomed Arctic Expedition Ended in Gruesome Cannibalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/franklins-doomed-arctic-expedition-ended-gruesome-cannibalism-180956054/New bone analysis suggests crew resorted to eating flesh, then marrowMon, 27 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000This Fungus Eats the Butts off Cicadashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-funky-fungus-some-cicadas-dont-have-butts-180956037/It’s totally not a big deal, though Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000This Video of Lightning in Slow Motion is Strangely Entrancinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/slow-mo-lightning-strangely-artistic-180956035/Hypnotize yourself with lightning at 2,000 frames per secondMon, 27 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000New Horizons Snaps a Final Shot of Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-horizons-snaps-shot-pluto-its-rear-view-180956060/So long, dwarf planet! Fri, 24 Jul 2015 20:17:08 +0000Your Pupils May Expand When You Daydream http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-pupils-may-expand-when-you-daydream-180956030/But researchers aren’t totally sure why or how the two are connectedFri, 24 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Brain-Eating Amoebas May Kill You With Help from Your Own Immune Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-eating-amoebas-may-kill-you-help-your-own-immune-system-180956023/The amoeba’s presence in the brain triggers swelling that may do more harm than goodFri, 24 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Don’t Freak Out Over the Funky Flowers That Appeared Near Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-freak-out-over-funky-flowers-appeared-near-fukushima-180956021/The odd appearance is due to a plant disorder called fasciationFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Explosion at a National Lab is Being Linked to Meth http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explosion-nist-lab-being-linked-meth-180956018/A former combusion research lab seems to have been used for a very different purpose: cooking methamphetamineFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:51:55 +0000Great Appetizers Can Spoil the Main Mealhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-appetizers-can-spoil-main-meal-180956015/The contrast is keyThu, 23 Jul 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Plant Calls to Bats So They Will Poop in it http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-pitcher-plants-call-bats-get-their-poo-180956014/Specially shaped reflectors bounce back the squeaks of echolocating batsThu, 23 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Researchers are Fitting Rhinos With Hidden Horn Cameras http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rhinos-hidden-horn-cameras-could-serve-poaching-surveillance-system-180956013/One non-profit wants to outfit the animals with cameras and heart rate monitors to save them Thu, 23 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000Watch Wildfire Smoke from Alaska and Canada Envelop the Arctic http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-wildfire-smoke-alaska-and-canada-circle-arctic-180956003/Here’s why that’s badThu, 23 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000The Oldest Bald Eagle in the U.S. Was Killed by a Car Last Monthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-bald-eagle-us-was-hit-car-180955970/Here’s to you, 629-03142 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000See the Algerian Sahara From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-algerian-sahara-space-180955962/It’s pretty spectacularTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Think Ocean Water is Gross? Sand Is Way Grosser http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-sand-even-grosser-ocean-water-180955968/New research shows that microbes take longer to decay in sand than at seaTue, 21 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000An Internet Billionaire Just Pledged $100 Million to Search for Extraterrestrial Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/internet-billionaire-just-pledged-100-million-find-extraterrestrial-life-180955966/More telescope time, better equipment could help scientists figure out what’s out thereTue, 21 Jul 2015 12:13:28 +0000In L.A. There’s a Warehouse Filled with Whale Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/industrial-l-theres-warehouse-filled-bones-whales-180955960/A video offers a tour of the Whale Warehouse, which holds a large part of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's marine mammal collectionMon, 20 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Fossilized Animal Sperm Comes From a Worm That Lived 50 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-fossilized-animal-sperm-comes-worm-lived-50-million-years-ago-180955956/The discovery points to a new way that microscopic critters might be preserved in the fossil recordMon, 20 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Makes Some Screams Scarier Than Others? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-figures-out-how-make-scream-scary-180955953/Shrieks of fear share sound qualities with car alarmsMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:17:52 +0000Of Course Some People Think NASA's Pluto Pictures Are Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/course-some-people-think-pluto-pictures-are-fake-180955949/Or at least doctored to exclude evidence of alien life.Mon, 20 Jul 2015 12:37:12 +0000Divers Turn to Robots for Help Scouring the Pacific for Long-Lost WWII Soldiershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robots-and-divers-scour-pacific-long-lost-wwii-soldiers-180955947/An ongoing effort to recover those missing in action teams military historians, volunteers and scientistsFri, 17 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What’s the Deal With Wine Baths?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-deal-wine-baths-180955945/Chemists investigate the science behind the hypeFri, 17 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Is a Pentaquark and Why Are Physicists so Excited About It? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-heck-pentaquark-180955942/For fifty years scientists have thought they existed, and now they finally have proofFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:30:00 +0000A Deadly Fungus is Eating the Scales off Snakes in the Eastern U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deadly-fungus-eating-scales-snakes-eastern-us-180955938/Researchers are still not sure why the fungus, usually content to live on dead animals, is now infecting living snakesFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000In Some Ways, Human Hands Are More Primitive Than Chimp Handshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-ways-human-hands-are-more-primitive-chimp-hands-180955936/Study suggests our common ancestor had humanlike hands Fri, 17 Jul 2015 12:33:45 +0000These Worms Hitchhike in the Belly of Slugs To Get Aroundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hitchhiking-worms-use-slugs-transportation-180955908/New study shows that worm their way into slug guts and feces to travel long distancesFri, 17 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Feeding Prairie Dogs Peanut Butter Could Help Save Ferrets from the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-feeding-prairie-dogs-peanut-butter-could-help-stop-plague-and-save-ferrets-180955937/The recovery of black-footed ferrets is threatened by plagueThu, 16 Jul 2015 19:15:00 +0000What Makes Day Old Water Taste Funny? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whats-stale-glass-water-180955926/It might be full of microbes and carbon dioxide, but a leftover glass of water is still (probably) safe to drinkWed, 15 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Some People Have More Bellybutton Lint Than Others http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-some-people-have-more-bellybutton-lint-others-180955898/The secret is on your stomachWed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Pluto Got Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-pluto-got-its-name-180955912/New Horizons carries an instrument named for Venetia Burney, the 11-year-old girl who named PlutoTue, 14 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Horizons Probe Reveals That Pluto is Bigger Than Expectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dwarf-planet-pluto-bigger-expected-180955909/But so far it still won’t be considered a "planet"Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:01:17 +0000A Squirrel Virus May Have Killed Three Squirrel Breeders in Germanyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-virus-carried-squirrels-kill-three-people-germany-possibly-180955896/A mysterious set of deaths seem to be linked to the rodentsMon, 13 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Heroin Use in the United States Increased 150 Percent Between 2007 and 2013http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-midst-heroin-epidemic-180955893/Cheap sources and painkiller addiction are contributing factorsMon, 13 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000Lyme Disease is Spreading, and It's People's Faulthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-humans-are-paving-way-lyme-diseases-spread-180955905/Thanks to climate change and human population growth, cases have been on the rise for decadesMon, 13 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Why So Few Scientists Are Studying the Causes of Gun Violencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-still-cant-study-causes-gun-violence-180955884/Congress has prohibited funds for research advocating gun control since 1996Mon, 13 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Do You Give an Iberian Lynx a Pregnancy Test? Use an Assassin Bughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-give-iberian-lynx-pregnancy-test-use-assassin-bug-180955879/Researchers used the insects to keep tabs on population growth in the threatened speciesFri, 10 Jul 2015 15:27:18 +0000How Air Pollution Makes Floods Worse http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-air-pollution-makes-floods-worse-180955870/A better understanding of how aerosols interact with weather could lead to better flood forecasts, fewer floodsThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:44:47 +0000Playing Tetris Could Stop Traumatic Memories from Becoming Flashbackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/playing-tetris-could-stop-traumatic-memories-becoming-flashbacks-180955862/The visually stimulating game seems to lessen the blow of disturbing events when they are recalledThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:30:00 +0000Frustrated with Shark Week, This Year Biologists Celebrated Jacques Cousteau with #JacquesWeekhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frustrated-shark-week-biologists-celebrate-jacques-cousteau-jacquesweek-180955875/The French explorer and conservationist had a very different take on ocean lifeThu, 09 Jul 2015 14:00:00 +0000Researchers Just Found a Surprising Stash of Dinosaur Eggshells in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-stash-dinosaur-eggshells-japan-180955860/The eggs belonged to a slew of different species and represent the first nesting site discovered in JapanThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:48 +0000Here’s What the Sun Looks Like Through an X-Ray Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-what-sun-looks-when-viewed-x-ray-telescope-180955857/All of the wonder of Earth’s closest star, none of the retinal damageThu, 09 Jul 2015 13:52:21 +0000This Pac-Man Spacecraft Will Devour a Satellitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pac-man-spacecraft-will-devour-swiss-satellite-180955846/Swiss researchers are designing a tiny satellite to eat their defunct cube satellite and clean up space junkWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:13:18 +0000Do Shark Repellents Really Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/do-shark-repellents-really-work-180955843/Mostly not, not even the one made by Julia ChildWed, 08 Jul 2015 12:30:00 +0000Adidas Just Made a Running Shoe Out of Ocean Trash http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runners-get-ready-wear-garbage-your-feet-adidas-has-new-ocean-trash-shoe-180955831/The apparel company recently released a prototype that incorporates recycled ocean plasticWed, 08 Jul 2015 10:57:53 +0000Researchers Are Trying to Genetically Engineer Cows to Stay Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-genetically-engineered-cows-fight-climate-change-180955821/As the planet warms, researchers are trying to engineer a cow that can beat the heatMon, 06 Jul 2015 16:30:00 +0000Researchers Strapped a Go-Pro to a Sea Turtle, and Here’s What They Gothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-great-barrier-reef-sea-turtles-eye-view-180955820/See the Great Barrier Reef from a turtle's viewMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:49:46 +0000In 1950, the U.S. Released a Bioweapon in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1950-us-released-bioweapon-san-francisco-180955819/This was one of hundreds of bioweapon simulations carried out in the 1950s and 1960sMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:37:28 +0000These Two Mutations Turned Not-so-Deadly Bacteria Into the Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-two-mutations-turned-not-so-deadly-bacteria-mass-murdering-one-180955816/The ancestor of the bacterium responsible for the Black Plague isn’t nearly as deadlyMon, 06 Jul 2015 14:29:25 +0000Meet the Doctor Who Convinced America to Sober Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-colonial-doctor-changed-medical-views-alcohol-180955813/Meet Benjamin Rush, father of the temperance movement, signer of the Declaration of IndependenceMon, 06 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Is Country Air Really Better Than City Air?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-country-air-better-city-air-180955803/One scientist thinks it’s because of toxic plant chemicals Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:35:09 +0000Smelling a Fish May Improve Critical Thinking Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fishy-smells-may-improve-critical-thinking-skills-180955799/New research shows that gross smells can foster a healthy sense of distrustThu, 02 Jul 2015 15:12:01 +0000After the Dinosaurs Died, Earth Experienced the Age of Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-dinosaurs-died-earth-experienced-age-fish-180955791/The fossil record shows how ray-finned fishes took over the planet's oceansThu, 02 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Where Should Humans Land on Mars? NASA Wants to Hear Your Suggestionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-should-humans-land-mars-180955794/In October, the agency will hear proposals on where to put a Mars baseThu, 02 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000How Many Craters Are There On Earth? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-many-craters-are-earth-180955771/Not as many as you might thinkTue, 30 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Travel Inside a Human Heart With This Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/travel-inside-human-heart-video-180955757/An informative video shows off a research team’s simulation of the beating heartTue, 30 Jun 2015 18:33:02 +0000See Three of Saturn’s Moons Pose in a Family Photo http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-three-saturns-moons-pose-family-photo-180955754/While in orbit, Cassini captures a stunning shot of three crescents Tue, 30 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Here’s Why Scientists Want to Flood the Grand Canyon http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-why-scientists-flood-grand-canyon-180955729/Without sediment flowing through the canyon, it loses sandbars vital to the river ecosystemMon, 29 Jun 2015 14:03:05 +0000The First Human Clinical Trial of Synthetic Blood Will Begin Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fake-blood-will-go-clinical-trial-uk-180955721/People could receive artificial blood transfusions as early as 2017Fri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000That Time a Mushroom Coral Ate a Sea Slughttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/time-mushroom-coral-ate-sea-slug-180955714/Researchers observed the rare event off the coast of ThailandFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:59:33 +0000Jumping Worms Have Invaded Wisconsinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jumping-worms-invade-wisconsin-180955724/A wriggling worm is becoming a problem in the MidwestFri, 26 Jun 2015 17:52:31 +0000Urine (Not Chlorine) Causes Red Eyes in Poolshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urine-not-chlorine-causes-red-eyes-pools-180955712/CDC spreads the word about the peril of pee in poolsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Pet Goldfish Released into the Wild Are Getting Really Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pet-goldfish-released-wild-are-getting-really-huge-180955710/Monster goldfish are trouble for native fishFri, 26 Jun 2015 12:30:00 +0000Racehorse Speed Hasn’t Peaked Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/racehorse-speed-hasnt-peaked-yet-180955707/But how will horses fare in the race to get faster?Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000Mustard Is A Product Of Evolutionary Warfare Between Plants And Caterpillarshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mustard-product-evolutionary-warfare-between-plants-and-caterpillars-180955697/Plants produce mustard oils to fight off pests in a chemical conflict that’s been waged for millions of yearsThu, 25 Jun 2015 19:30:00 +0000Lakes on Saturn’s Moon are Really Sinkholes Filled With Liquid Methane and Ethanehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lakes-saturns-moon-are-really-sinkholes-filled-liquid-methane-and-ethane-180955690/Strange and changeable lakes might form just as certain water-filled lakes do on EarthThu, 25 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Genetically Modified Sheep was Sent to a Slaughter House and Sold for Meathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-lamb-accidentally-sold-market-paris-180955684/The lamb came from a agricultural research lab and was equipped with a jellyfish gene Wed, 24 Jun 2015 13:30:00 +0000Can Hookworms Cure Hayfever?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-hookworms-cure-hayfever-180955516/Maybe. But we need to learn a lot more about them before they hit pharmacy shelvesTue, 23 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +000016 Million Years Ago This Giant Bat Walked the Jungles of New Zealandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-fossil-walking-bat-new-zealand-180955672/A new fossil gives clues to just how long ago bats arrived on the islandsTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000The Mystery of the Failed Chlamydia Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/why-1960s-chlamydia-vaccines-made-people-more-susceptible-chlamydia-180955652/In the 1960s, a vaccine for chlamydia made patients more susceptible to chlamydia. Now scientists know whyMon, 22 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Do Scientists Weigh a Supermassive Black Hole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heres-how-scientists-weigh-supermassive-black-hole-180955658/A new method puts the mass of one black hole at 140 million times the mass of our SunMon, 22 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Venus (Probably) Has Active Volcanoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/venus-probably-has-active-volcanoes-180955659/And they’re (probably) erupting! Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:40:00 +0000Colorado Hopes This Asian Wasp Can Save its Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wasp-china-might-kill-beetles-killing-denvers-trees-180955660/Researchers are hoping to use one non-native species to fight another, more destructive oneMon, 22 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Pickle A Day May Keep Your Anxiety At Bayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pickle-day-may-keep-your-anxiety-bay-180955661/Fermented food appears to calm the nerves of the socially challengedMon, 22 Jun 2015 15:15:00 +0000Some 19th-Century Physicians Thought Music Could Infect the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/19th-century-physicians-thought-music-was-disease-180955662/When it comes to music in the brain, medicine has come a long wayMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:45:00 +0000How Elephant Poop is Helping Nab Ivory Poachershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elephant-poop-helping-nab-ivory-poachers-180955664/Scientists match DNA in seized tusks to elephant dung to map where poaching is taking placeMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:17:32 +000070-Year-Old Tree Cut Down in NYC Will be Cloned and Planted Againhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-year-old-tree-cut-down-nyc-will-be-cloned-and-planted-again-180955665/Residents of Astoria, Queens asked an arborist for help when a beloved neighborhood tree got the axMon, 22 Jun 2015 14:09:46 +0000Here Are The Animals That Are the Best at Pretending to Be Poophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/some-animals-masquerade-poop-180955640/Moth caterpillars change their posture to look like bird dung, and they’re not aloneFri, 19 Jun 2015 20:00:00 +0000More than 100 New Marine Species Were Just Discovered in the Philippineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-100-new-marine-critters-were-just-discovered-philippines-180955642/The creatures hail from a rarely before explored region of the ocean's water columnFri, 19 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000What Does it Really Mean to Be 99 Percent Chimp?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-does-being-99-percent-chimp-mean-180955645/This video breaks down our statistical similarity to chimpanzeesFri, 19 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000This is Why Developing an HIV Vaccine is Really Hardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-developing-hiv-vaccine-hard-180955651/For three decades researchers have been working to protect against the tricky virus Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:47:00 +0000How Will Climate Change Affect National Park Attendance?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-will-climate-change-affect-national-parks-180955628/A new analysis of the effect of global warming on tourism has things heating up in some areas, staying lukewarm in othersFri, 19 Jun 2015 16:41:21 +0000Louisiana's Bears Are Making a Comebackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louisianas-bears-are-making-comeback-180955613/The state thinks the bears are doing well enough to merit removal from protected status. Others disagreeThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Could the Sounds of Cod Having Sex Save a Species (and an Economy)? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-sounds-cod-having-sex-save-species-and-economy-180955619/Spying on “spawning haystacks” is helping fishermen make more money and biologists preserve a floundering fish populationWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:46 +0000Some African Countries Are Trying to Use Science to Make Homophobic Laws, Now African Scientists are Pushing Backhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/africans-scientists-speak-out-against-homophobic-laws-180955579/Some African countries have tried to use science to justify laws that criminalize homosexualityWed, 17 Jun 2015 17:46:31 +0000Forget Llamas and Lions, Flamingos Are the Best Escape Artists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-flamingos-excellent-zoo-escape-artists-180955612/The pink birds are tougher than they lookWed, 17 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Polar Bears are Eating Dolphins, Probably Thanks to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-are-eating-dolphins-probably-thanks-climate-change-180955608/A warmer winter lured a pod of white-beaked dolphins north but then ice trapped them, sealing their fate as a polar bear's mealTue, 16 Jun 2015 18:23:42 +0000Comet Lander Philae Wakes Up From Naphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/comet-lander-philae-wakes-nap-180955599/"Are you there, Rosetta? It's me Philae"Tue, 16 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Dinosaurs (Probably) Never Saw the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-probably-never-saw-grand-canyon-180955577/The canyon likely didn't exist in time to be a hang out for giant lizardsFri, 12 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Saturn’s Rings Extend Farther Than Thought — Nearly 4 Million Miles From the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-rings-extend-farther-thought-nearly-4-million-miles-planet-180955576/The outermost ring is dark and dustyFri, 12 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Behold the Weird Beauty of Moldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-weird-beauty-mold-180955562/Scientists aren’t quite sure why mold comes in so many colorsThu, 11 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Here's How Claw Machines Are Rigged to Make Sure You Losehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/claw-machines-have-long-been-designed-steal-your-money-180955565/That's why simply grabbing a prize is so deceptively difficultThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000How to Build the Perfect Campfirehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-build-perfect-campfire-180955564/Science confirms that the best way to build a campfire really is the best way to build a campfireThu, 11 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000West African Chimps Regularly Drink Alcoholic Palm Saphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-african-chimps-regularly-drink-alcoholic-palm-sap-180955561/Observations over 17 years show this isn’t just an experiment for the apesThu, 11 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000This Computer Runs on Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/computer-runs-water-180955558/A new class of computers takes advantage of the physical properties of waterWed, 10 Jun 2015 15:57:28 +0000Here's What Happens When You Culture the Bacteria on an Eight-Year-Old’s Handhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-happens-when-you-culture-bacteria-eight-year-olds-hand-180955528/Lots of cooties growTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Meet the Mites That Live on Your Facehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-mites-live-your-face-180955523/These microscopic organisms live and die on your faceTue, 09 Jun 2015 12:56:55 +0000Visit the Pacific’s Deepest Hydrothermal Vents With Underwater Robotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/visit-pacifics-deepest-hydrothermal-vents-underwater-robots-180955515/Researchers spotted the vents nearly 12,500 feet beneath the surface during an expedition mapping the floor of the Pescadero BasinFri, 05 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000There’s no Sound Evidence That Placenta Eating is a Good Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-no-real-evidence-placenta-eating-good-idea-180955514/The scientific literature is skimpy and the organ’s biology indicates there might be reasons to abstainFri, 05 Jun 2015 17:43:45 +0000NASA Will Lose Contact With Mars for 14 Days This Month http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-prepping-months-communications-blackout-mars-180955509/A conjunction with the sun will cause a two-week pause in commands to NASA Mars missionsFri, 05 Jun 2015 15:27:31 +0000Stop Calling Flibanserin "Female Viagra"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-flibanserin-isnt-female-viagra-180955506/As the FDA weighs the merits of a new drug to boost female libido, it's clear this is not a little blue pill for womenFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:10:41 +0000Mini Beavers Once Roamed Oregonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mini-beavers-once-roamed-oregon-180955487/Fossils of a squirrel-sized from in eastern Oregon may be related to modern beaversFri, 05 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Yes, Lions Will Hunt Humans if Given the Chancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-lion-killing-tourist-south-africa-isnt-surprising-180955512/The tragic attack at a South AFrican park serves as a reminder that lions are predators and humans are preyFri, 05 Jun 2015 06:00:00 +0000Chimpanzees Can Learn to Cook http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimpanzees-can-learn-cook-180955497/Given a microwave-like tool, chimpanzees become chefsThu, 04 Jun 2015 17:30:00 +0000Listen to the Dulcet Purr of a Wolf Spiderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-dulcet-purr-wolf-spider-180955482/Males seduce females by making leaves vibrateWed, 03 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000The Tallest Muir Woods Redwood Is Way Younger Than Scientists Expectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tallest-muir-woods-redwood-777-years-young-180955481/New dating studies show the tree is only 777 years oldWed, 03 Jun 2015 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Washing Clothes in Cold Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/case-washing-clothes-cold-water-180955459/Laundry: You're doing it wrongMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000These Perfumers Are Analyzing the Stench of Toiletshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-chemicals-give-toilets-their-stench-180955453/Fair warning: Toilet chemistry is not for the faint of stomachMon, 01 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000