Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:26:40 +0000Check Out New Pictures of Saturn From Cassini’s Latest Orbithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-new-pictures-saturn-cassinis-latest-orbit-180961360/New images of the ringed planet herald the spacecraft’s demiseThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:26:40 +0000Thousands of Snow Geese Die at Abandoned Pit Minehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-montana-lakes-kills-hundreds-and-maybe-thousands-snow-geese-180961356/Despite attempts to scare them away, thousands of geese landed on the acidic Berkeley Pit, which is full of toxic heavy metalsThu, 08 Dec 2016 18:14:30 +0000This 99-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Tail Trapped in Amber Hints at Feather Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-adds-new-dimensions-tale-dinosaur-feathers-180961355/The rare specimen provides new insights into how feathers came to beThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:37:12 +0000How a Goggle-Wearing Parrot Could Help Future Robots Flyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-goggle-wearing-parrot-flying-through-lasers-could-help-robots-fly-180961336/By flying through a haze and lasers, Obi the parrotlet helped researchers figure out how much lift birds produceThu, 08 Dec 2016 15:10:22 +0000Scientists Discover Cosmic Dust in the Grime of City Guttershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-pull-cosmic-dust-out-city-gutters-180961339/Usually only found in remote locations, a dedicated amateur scientist combed through pounds of urban debris to recover these space specksThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:44:25 +0000Bare Down There? New Study Suggests You’re More Susceptible to STIs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bare-down-there-new-study-suggests-youre-more-susceptible-stis-180961337/Your pubic preferences could be linked to your sexual health Thu, 08 Dec 2016 13:10:43 +0000Sleep-Deprived Drivers Can Be as Dangerous as Drunk Ones http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-deprived-people-drive-badly-drunk-ones-180961341/Getting by on even slightly less sleep could put you at risk Thu, 08 Dec 2016 12:50:30 +0000People at the 1904 World's Fair Paid Half the Price of Admission for a Box of Cotton Candyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/people-worlds-fair-paid-half-admission-box-cotton-candy-180961332/Celebrating cotton candy's sugary, innovative goodnessWed, 07 Dec 2016 16:37:58 +0000Scientists Finally Spot Giant, Slimy Sea Blob First Found Over a Century Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snotty-sea-blob-missing-century-rediscovered-180961329/Discovered in 1899, the creature recently popped up in Monterey BayWed, 07 Dec 2016 15:37:47 +0000You May Not Have Rhythm, But Your Eyeballs Sure Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-may-not-have-rhythm-your-eyeballs-sure-do-180961306/Tracking eye movement gives researchers a peek into how the brain reacts to musicTue, 06 Dec 2016 16:26:07 +0000Archeologists Discover Nearly 2,000-Year-Old Pet Cemetery in Egypthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archeologists-discover-ancient-pet-cemetery-egypt-180961292/Containing 100 lovingly positioned creatures, the site suggests that the ancients could have valued their companion animals as much as we doTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:52:46 +0000Hawaii Faces Down Nearly Three Feet of Snowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-snowing-hawaii-three-feet-180961294/And more of the white stuff is on its way to the Big Island’s tallest peaks Mon, 05 Dec 2016 20:44:24 +0000Construction Workers Uncover Ancient Elephant Bones Under L.A.’s Subwayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-workers-found-ancient-elephant-bones-while-working-ls-subway-180961278/But it won’t slow the metro downMon, 05 Dec 2016 16:16:45 +0000Listen to This Holly, Jolly (and a Little Creepy) A.I.-Penned Christmas Songhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-holly-jolly-ai-generated-christmas-song-180961248/A neural network at the University of Toronto wrote a holiday ditty based on an image of a Christmas treeMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Meet the Newly Discovered Pollinators Under the Sea http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-bees-underwater-pollination-180961277/The tiny crustaceans are challenging previous assumptions about how plants grow underwater Mon, 05 Dec 2016 12:00:00 +0000Massive Cluster of Sinkholes Found Deep in China’s Mountainous Northwesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-sinkhole-cluster-found-deep-chinas-mountainous-northwest-180961269/The network of pockmarks is packed with old-growth forests and giant flying squirrelsFri, 02 Dec 2016 20:28:26 +0000Remembering Barney Clark, Whose Ethically Questionable Heart Transplant Advanced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-barney-clark-whose-ethically-questionable-heart-transplant-advanced-science-180961271/Three decades ago, a dentist agreed to receive the first artificial heart. And then things went downhillFri, 02 Dec 2016 16:22:39 +0000Could Magic Mushrooms One Day Help Cancer Patients Face Down Death?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-magic-mushrooms-one-day-help-cancer-patients-face-down-death-180961264/Two new studies show the promise of psilocybin for patients with anxiety and depression Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:56:12 +0000India Inches Closer to Creating World's Largest River Networkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/project-would-create-worlds-largest-river-network-india-180961245/The plan to interlink rivers would connect up to 30 rivers via 30 canals and 3,000 damsThu, 01 Dec 2016 18:56:53 +0000Watch 32 Years of Our Changing Planet Unfold With Google Timelapsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/google-earths-new-tools-shows-32-years-changing-planet-180961251/A satellite-eye’s-view of growing cities and climate changeWed, 30 Nov 2016 19:45:55 +0000Was the Speed of Light Even Faster in the Early Universe?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/was-speed-light-even-faster-early-universe-180961233/Physicists propose a way to test if light exceeded Einstein's constant just after the Big BangWed, 30 Nov 2016 17:26:46 +0000In Its Final Hurrah, Cassini Will Swoop Past Saturn’s Ringshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-about-swoop-past-saturns-rings-final-hurrah-180961228/The craft will take one last look at the ringed planet before diving into its depthsTue, 29 Nov 2016 20:10:36 +0000Researchers Find Word Optimism Is Linked to National Miseryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-link-national-misery-negative-language-180961212/Even Pollyanna changes her tune in times of war and economic hardshipTue, 29 Nov 2016 17:46:20 +0000Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeling-down-scientists-say-cooking-and-baking-may-help-you-feel-better-180961223/A little creativity each day goes a long wayTue, 29 Nov 2016 16:01:23 +0000NASA Wants to Know What to Do With Its Astronaut Poohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-asks-public-what-it-should-do-astronaut-poo-180961211/The Space Poo Challenge is offering $30,000 for a system that can keep an astronaut clean and dry for 144 hours in a space suitMon, 28 Nov 2016 20:58:52 +0000Coconut Crab's Pinch Among the Strongest in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coconut-crab-among-strongest-pinch-world-180961215/The unusual crustacean's pincer rivals the bite of a lionMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:39:19 +0000The Sticky Science Behind the Deadly Boston Molasses Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-boston-molasses-disaster-was-so-deadly-180961209/Nearly 100 years after the massive molasses tank ruptured, scientists are finally sussing out how this tragedy occurredMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:06:20 +0000This Massive Martian Field of Ice Could Fill Lake Superiorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-martian-ice-deposit-could-fill-lake-superior-180961208/The frosty deposit could be a lifeline for future human explorers on the Red PlanetWed, 23 Nov 2016 20:57:47 +0000Stargazers Help Track Down a Freshly Fallen Meteorite in Western Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stargazers-help-scientists-find-freshly-fallen-meteorite-180961207/A network of cameras and smartphone apps are helping Australian researchers hunt for space rocksWed, 23 Nov 2016 20:05:24 +0000New Doping Tests Are Turning Past Runners-Up Into Olympic Medalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/doping-tests-turning-past-runners-up-into-olympic-medalists-180961205/Over 75 medal winners from the 2008 and 2012 games have been busted for doping, scrambling the Olympic record booksWed, 23 Nov 2016 18:59:52 +0000Head Transplant Patient Will Use Virtual Reality to Smooth Transition to New Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-reality-system-developed-head-transplant-patients-180961198/The controversial surgical procedure is currently scheduled for next yearWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000This "Perfume" for Toilets Could Help Improve Sanitation Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toilet-perfume-could-help-improve-sanitation-across-globe-180961176/The odor-masking scent could help convince people to choose latrines and prevent pollution of waterways with wasteWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Do Astronauts Eat on Thanksgiving? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-do-astronauts-eat-thanksgiving-180961197/It’s not as bad as you might think Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:29:36 +0000New Technology Shows Fetuses From the Inside Using Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technology-shows-fetuses-inside-using-virtual-reality-180961193/It's a view that could change prenatal careTue, 22 Nov 2016 18:04:58 +0000Adopt a Piece of Space Junk and Learn About Its Dangershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adopt-piece-space-junk-and-learn-about-its-dangers-180961190/An amusing project about a very real problemTue, 22 Nov 2016 15:42:27 +0000Homeopathic Remedies Now Require Disclaimers Saying They're Not Scientifichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/homeopathic-remedies-now-require-disclaimers-saying-they-are-not-scientific-180961183/The FTC recently announced a policy requiring alternative treatment labels to acknowledge the lack of scientific founding of their claimsTue, 22 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mercury's Newly-Discovered "Great Valley" Puts Earth's Grand Canyon to Shamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/valley-twice-big-grand-canyon-found-mercury-180961180/The vast scar across the tiny planet is remarkable in itself—but it also reveals that Mercury may still be tectonically activeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:42:37 +0000New York’s Upper West Side Has Its Own Whale http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-yorks-upper-west-side-has-its-own-whale-180961177/The mammal is on what seems to be an epic tour of Manhattan Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:11:17 +0000Florida Officials Will Release Genetically Modified Mosquitoes to Fight Zika http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florida-officials-will-release-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-fight-zika-180961175/The Florida Keys are the latest front on the war against the virusMon, 21 Nov 2016 19:30:52 +0000Researchers Dive Into the Science of London's Deadly Foghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rearchers-figure-out-science-behind-londons-deadly-fog-180961138/In 1952, up to 12,000 people died when acidic fog covered the city of London. A new study explains why it happenedMon, 21 Nov 2016 15:21:11 +0000New Technique Could Supercharge Crop Productionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-technique-boosts-photosynthesis-crops-180961159/Proteins inserted into tobacco plants improved yields by up to 20 percentFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:36:23 +0000Australia Moves Millimeters In Tune With the Seasons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-moves-millimeters-tune-seasons-180961157/A new study shows how far-off weather patterns affect the continent down under Fri, 18 Nov 2016 16:39:22 +0000How Bird Poop Could Help Keep the Arctic Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bird-poop-helps-keep-arctic-cool-180961129/Researchers have discovered that ammonia produced from tons of seabird guano helps form low lying clouds that can partially block sunlightThu, 17 Nov 2016 19:40:15 +0000CRISPR Gene Editing Used to Treat Patient for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crispr-gene-editing-used-treat-patient-first-time-180961136/Chinese scientists injected a cancer patient with T-cells modified to attack tumor cellsThu, 17 Nov 2016 18:43:10 +0000Lend Me Your Ears: A Tale of Evolution From a 5,310-Year-Old Corn Cobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lend-me-your-ears-tale-evolution-from-year-old-corn-cob-180961133/Corn has come a long way since its grassy beginningsThu, 17 Nov 2016 17:07:56 +0000Collection of Fossilized Poo Certified as World's Largesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/collection-fossilized-poo-certified-worlds-largest-180961134/George Frandsen's 1,200-piece coprolite collection earns the Florida man a spot in Guinness World RecordsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:10:28 +0000A Brief History of the Racketeer Nickelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brief-history-racketeer-nickel-180961066/A fraudulent 5-cent piece dug up in Deadwood may not be very valuable, but its story is worth its weight in goldThu, 17 Nov 2016 14:37:16 +0000Global Emissions Plateaued for Three Consecutive Years. That Doesn't Mean We Can Relax.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-emissions-flatlined-three-consecutive-years-thats-doesnt-mean-relax-180961109/Several recent studies provided a glimmer of hope, but these developments alone won't halt climate changeWed, 16 Nov 2016 19:28:53 +0000Why the U.S. Government Brought Nazi Scientists to America After World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-us-government-brought-nazi-scientists-america-after-world-war-ii-180961110/As the war came to a close, the U.S. government was itching to get ahold of the German wartime technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 16:44:37 +0000What Cell Phone Grime Reveals About Lifestylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cell-phone-grime-reveals-about-lifestyle-180961104/Chemical traces left on cell phones show what people eat, what drugs they take and even what cosmetics they useWed, 16 Nov 2016 14:35:23 +0000Meet the Zeptosecond, the Smallest Slice of Time Yet Recordedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicists-record-smallest-slice-time-yet-180961085/Using an two types of lasers, researchers measured the ejection of helium electrons with previously unheard of precisionTue, 15 Nov 2016 19:39:48 +0000Why Scientists Are Psyched About a River-Crossing Pantherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-are-psyched-about-river-crossing-panther-180961103/This big cat is the first female thought to enter the area in over 40 years Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:50:15 +0000Scientists May Have Figured Out How to Make Poison Ivy Itch Lesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-may-have-figured-out-how-make-poison-ivy-itch-less-180961076/Researchers identify a protein associated with itchy rash in miceMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:50:10 +0000Why Seabirds Eat So Much Plastichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-seabirds-eat-plastic-180961056/A new study suggests that algae growing on plastic in the oceans makes it smell like dinnerMon, 14 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000It’s Back: La Niña Has Returned http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-back-la-nina-has-returned-180961073/What the phenomenon may mean for winter weatherFri, 11 Nov 2016 19:39:15 +0000The Biggest Supermoon in 68 Years Will Leave You “Moonstruck”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/next-weeks-supermoon-will-be-biggest-next-18-years-180961068/It hasn't been this close since 1948 and won't be again for the next 18 yearsFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Forget Nature’s Majesty. These Photos Show Wildlife’s Goofy Sidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/forget-natures-majesty-these-photos-show-wildlifes-goofy-side-180961063/Check out the winners of the 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsFri, 11 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Is the Endangered Species List Missing Hundreds of Species of Birds?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-species-list-missing-hundreds-birds-180961058/A new study suggests the IUCN's methods are underestimating the risks to many species, but the organization say the research is flawedThu, 10 Nov 2016 18:02:40 +0000New Delhi Scrambles to Curb Record Smog http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-delhi-scrambles-curb-record-smog-180961054/Will the measures be enough to help the smoke-choked city improve air quality? Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:04:25 +0000Why Humans Don't Have More Neanderthal DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-why-humans-dont-have-more-neanderthal-dna-180961047/The mutations humans acquired from Neanderthals are slowly being purged from the genome overtimeThu, 10 Nov 2016 14:39:01 +0000Researchers Are Recording New York to Make it Quieterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-are-recording-new-york-make-it-quieter-180961038/A high-tech aural map could reduce noise nuisances throughout the city Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Military Tests Brain Stimulation to Sharpen Mental Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/military-tests-brain-stimulation-improve-members-mental-skills-180961039/Could electrodes one day replace pill bottles in the theatre of war? Thu, 10 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Four American Cities Voted for Taxes on Soda Last Nighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/four-american-cities-voted-taxes-soda-last-night-180961048/One step forward in tackling obesity in AmericaWed, 09 Nov 2016 19:02:36 +0000Naturally Formed Snowballs Cover Beaches in Siberiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/natural-snowballs-cover-beaches-siberia-180961036/Thousands have washed up on an 11-mile stretch of shore of the Gulf of ObWed, 09 Nov 2016 14:34:21 +0000American TV Watchers Spend Over a Year of Their Life Channel Surfinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-can-take-year-your-life-find-something-watch-tv-180961026/As options of shows and ways to watch them increase, so does the time it takes to find something to watchTue, 08 Nov 2016 17:08:44 +0000These Places Have the Nation’s Worst Roads http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-places-have-nations-worst-roads-180961027/Bumps and potholes are par for the course on more than two-thirds of America’s roads Mon, 07 Nov 2016 20:17:34 +0000R.I.P., Dave the U.K.'s Largest Earthwormhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rip-dave-uks-largest-earthworm-180961025/Measuring 16 inches long and weighing an ounce, the worm pulled from a Cheshire garden has become a prized specimen at the Natural History MuseumMon, 07 Nov 2016 20:15:00 +0000Why Certain Songs Get Stuck in Our Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earworm-begone-study-explores-why-certain-songs-get-stuck-our-heads-180961016/A survey of 3,000 people reveals that the most common earworms share a fast tempo, unusual intervals and simple rhythmMon, 07 Nov 2016 15:08:17 +0000Canada Can’t Figure Out Why the Ocean Floor Is Beepinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canada-cant-figure-out-why-ocean-floor-beeping-180961022/A mysterious sound has baffled residents of a far-flung hamletMon, 07 Nov 2016 14:56:51 +0000Hanging Out With Friends Makes Chimps Less Stressedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hanging-out-friends-makes-chimps-less-stressed-180960996/We all need somebody to lean onFri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Most Lithium in the Universe Is Forged in Exploding Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-lithium-universe-forged-exploding-stars-180961009/The recurring explosions of white dwarf stars produce the vast majority of this important elementFri, 04 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000Stunning Images Capture the Carina Nebula's "Pillars of Destruction"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/telescope-captures-stunning-images-pillars-destruction-carina-nebula-180961003/Caught by ESO's Very Large Telescope, the ten pillars of gas and dust are a hazy star nursery 7,500 light years awayThu, 03 Nov 2016 18:24:53 +0000Astronomers Just Watched an Asteroid Skim Through Earth’s Shadowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-just-watched-asteroid-skim-through-earths-shadow-180961001/The short video was tricky to shootThu, 03 Nov 2016 16:49:22 +0000Six-Lane Highway Threatens Nigeria's Last Rainforestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/six-lane-highway-threatens-nigerias-last-rainforests-180960997/A proposed project in Cross River State would cut through protected areas and threaten endangered species like the Cross River gorillaWed, 02 Nov 2016 19:11:14 +0000Oil Drilling Could Be to Blame for Devastating 1933 California Quake and Othershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-drilling-may-have-caused-some-20th-century-quakes-la-180960986/Human-induced earthquakes could be much older than once thoughtWed, 02 Nov 2016 16:10:09 +0000Canary Islands Selected as Alternative Spot for the Thirty Meter Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thirty-meter-telescope-might-end-canary-islands-instead-hawaii-180960982/This alternate fate could help smooth tensions over the embattled instrumentWed, 02 Nov 2016 13:21:21 +0000How Giant Rats Could Stop Illegal Wildlife Trade From Squeaking Byhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-giant-rats-could-fight-illegal-wildlife-trade-180960925/The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently awarded grants for some innovative ways to combat wildlife tradeTue, 01 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000A Fish Prized Among King Henry's III's Court Could Soon Swim Back Into British Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kings-favorite-fish-could-soon-return-british-waters-180960976/Fish passes will allow shad to finally return to their historic spawning groundsMon, 31 Oct 2016 19:49:28 +0000Space Makes Astronauts Grow Taller, But It Also Causes Back Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-makes-astronauts-grow-taller-and-also-backs-180960922/The inches gained during long stays in space don't stick around once the adventurers return to EarthMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:46:45 +0000World's Largest Marine Sanctuary Declared Off Coast of Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-marine-reserve-declared-antarctica-180960943/The 25 parties to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources voted to protect 600,000 square miles of the Ross SeaFri, 28 Oct 2016 19:12:15 +0000Swifts Spend Nearly a Year on the Winghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/swifts-spend-most-year-wing-180960939/The tiny birds spend about ten months of the year in the air almost without a breakFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:52:38 +0000 133-Million-Year-Old Pebble Discovered to Be First Fossilized Dinosaur Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-first-bit-fossilized-dinosaur-brain-180960941/Found on a beach in England, the small fossil contains blood vessel, cortex and part of the membrane that surrounds the brainFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:32:13 +0000Scientists Find That Frankenstein’s Monster Could Have Wiped Out Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-frankensteins-monster-could-have-wiped-out-humanity-180960936/Thank goodness his creator never finished his proposed girlfriendFri, 28 Oct 2016 16:00:00 +0000New Patch Could Help Reduce Peanut Allergieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-patch-could-help-reduce-peanut-allergies-180960930/A new study shows that a transdermal patch delivering tiny doses of peanut protein could help allergy sufferers tolerate larger exposure to peanutsFri, 28 Oct 2016 15:34:22 +0000New Method Could Store Massive Amounts of Data in Diamond Defectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-diamonds-store-data-180960932/Scientists use lasers to probe the gem's flaws, creating data storage that could potentially last foreverThu, 27 Oct 2016 19:05:35 +0000Genetic Sleuthing Clears “Patient Zero” of Blame for U.S. AIDS Epidemichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-long-blamed-bringing-aids-us-didnt-180960929/Scientists debunk the myth of the man once thought to have brought the virus to the statesThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:59:46 +0000The Swirling Storm Above Saturn’s North Pole Changed Colorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swirling-storm-saturns-north-pole-has-switched-colors-180960927/The years-long shift may be a sign of changing seasonsThu, 27 Oct 2016 15:13:50 +0000How Hacking Neural Networks Can Help Amputees Flawlessly Crack an Egghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-crack-code-how-brain-distinguishes-intensity-touch-180960916/By tapping into the body's nervous system, researchers could create touch-sensitive prostheticsWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000Jive to the Academic Beat With This Year's "Dance Your Ph.D." Winnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winners-annual-dance-your-phd-competition-announced-180960921/Sometimes explaining complex scientific research requires a cow doing the worm, glittering e. coli and an immune cell with a killer plie Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:20:53 +0000Magnificent Millipede Has 414 Legs and Four Peniseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-has-414-legs-and-4-penises-180960913/Meet <i>Illacme tobini,</i> a newly described species of millipede discovered in a cave in Sequoia National Park Tue, 25 Oct 2016 20:57:44 +0000Dragged-Out Drought May Make for Fainter Fall Foliagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fall-may-seem-duller-year-due-drought-180960904/Parched conditions in New England equal milder colors Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:55:27 +0000Two-Million-Year-Old Jaw Has a Lot to Say About the Origins of Human Handednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-right-handed-human-fossils-say-about-their-brains-180960906/Scientists have discovered one of the earliest examples of handedness in an ancient humanTue, 25 Oct 2016 18:00:26 +0000Pediatricians Switch Up Screen Time Rules for Totshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pediatricians-switch-how-limit-screen-time-tots-180960882/Doctors say there’s no “one size fits all” approach to introducing kids to technologyMon, 24 Oct 2016 17:49:37 +0000American Scientists Took the First Photo of Earth From Space Using Nazi Rockets http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/70-years-ago-today-nazi-rockets-and-american-scientists-took-first-photo-earth-space-180960890/70 years ago, researchers at White Sands Missile Base strapped a movie camera to a V2 rocket to get a bird's-eye view of our planet Mon, 24 Oct 2016 16:27:44 +0000Scientists Hijacked Tobacco Plants to Make Malaria Drugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-figured-out-how-hijack-tobacco-plants-make-malaria-drugs-180960877/A promising new advance could make the world's best anti-malarial drug more widely availableMon, 24 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Just Discovered a Missing Link Between San Francisco’s Faultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-finds-two-faults-san-francisco-are-actually-one-180960881/Two of California's most active fault lines appear to be a 118-mile-long fault insteadFri, 21 Oct 2016 19:13:40 +0000London's Natural History Museum Selects Best Wildlife Photos of the Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/londons-natural-history-museum-selects-best-wildlife-photos-year-180960878/From crows in the local park, to fish in the Pacific and lions in Africa, this year's images show the variety and beauty of life on earthFri, 21 Oct 2016 19:00:14 +0000Scientists Stumble on a New Way to Tackle Carbon Emissions: Turn It Into Alcoholhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-stumble-new-way-tackle-carbon-emissions-turn-it-alcohol-180960834/A surprising new use for nanotechnology essentially reverses combustionFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:21:22 +0000This Breathtaking Map Traces Hydrogen Throughout the Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-leads-way-milky-ways-hydrogen-atoms-180960873/Scientists have made the most detailed map of our home galaxy’s hydrogen currently possibleThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:56:42 +0000Neanderthals May Have Given Us Both Good Genes and Nasty Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-studies-show-neanderthals-gave-us-some-good-genes-and-nasty-diseases-180960870/DNA analysis shows ancient hominds transmitted genes that may have helped us adapt quicker to Europe and Asia. They also gave us HPV.Thu, 20 Oct 2016 19:01:51 +0000First Dinosaur Fossils Discovered in Alaska's Denali National Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-dinosaur-fossils-discovered-denali-national-park-180960867/Paleontologists found four small fragments of dino fossils, proving the acidic soil 70 million years ago could have preserved bonesThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:06:56 +0000Schiaparelli Mars Lander Likely Crashed on Descenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/european-mars-lander-likely-crashed-descent-180960866/The European Space Agency lost contact with the Schiaparelli probe after it jettisoned its heat shield and deployed its parachuteThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:00:32 +0000How the Poppy Came to Symbolize World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-poppy-came-symbolize-world-war-i-180960836/Red blooms help the world commemorate a bloody warThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:26:25 +0000Cave Paintings Help Unravel the Mystery of the ‘Higgs Bison'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cave-art-helped-dig-new-animal-species-180960833/The hybrid bovine has been a missing link in the ancestral tree of modern European bisonWed, 19 Oct 2016 19:19:53 +000010,000 Scrotum Frogs Found Dead Near Lake Titicacahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scrotum-frogs-found-dead-lake-titicaca-180960835/Over 10,000 of the world's largest water frogs were found dead along the Coata River, a tributary of the heavily polluted lakeWed, 19 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Did a Comet Set Off Global Warming 56 Million Years Ago?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-comet-set-global-warming-56-million-years-ago-180960799/Tiny glass beads found in New Jersey and Bermuda suggest this dramatic warming period began with an impactTue, 18 Oct 2016 18:41:32 +0000Goodbye, Jia Jia: World's Oldest Captive Panda Dies at Age 38http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goodbye-jia-jia-worlds-oldest-captive-panda-dies-age-38-180960819/Throughout her long life, Jia Jia helped the dwindling number of pandas bounce backTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:36:22 +0000Hungry for Morel Mushrooms? Head to Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hungry-morel-mushrooms-head-yosemite-180960806/It turns out that the shriveled shrooms love forests ravaged by fireTue, 18 Oct 2016 16:19:27 +0000Uranus May Have Been Hiding Two Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uranus-may-have-two-hidden-moons-180960811/Researchers spotted ripples in the planet's rings, which may be tracks left from two tiny moonsTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:56:04 +0000Countries Agree to Cut Harmful Refrigerants: What You Need to Knowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-kigali-agreement-180960807/Over the weekend, nearly 200 nations agreed to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a super greenhouse gas used in air conditioners and refrigerators Mon, 17 Oct 2016 19:26:48 +0000Five Things to Know About the Schiaparelli Probe Heading for a Touchdown on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-schiaparelli-probe-180960803/A lot is riding on the European Space Agency’s first Mars landerMon, 17 Oct 2016 16:29:00 +0000Craters Are Forming on the Moon Faster Than Anyone Predictedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moon-getting-new-craters-faster-anyone-predicted-180960800/New research digs into the changes on the pockmarked lunar surfaceMon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Creating an Atlas of Human Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-creating-atlas-human-cells-180960794/The Human Cell Atlas will boldly go where science, surprisingly, hasn’t gone beforeMon, 17 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000There Are Ten Times as Many Galaxies as Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-10-times-many-galaxies-previously-thought-180960796/By these latest estimates, two trillion galaxies are scattered throughout the vast universeFri, 14 Oct 2016 19:43:38 +0000Commercial Modules Are Coming to the International Space Station. But You Can't Visit Anytime Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/commercial-modules-are-coming-iss-you-wont-be-able-visit-anytime-soon-180960767/Small, slow steps for private spaceflightFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:42:06 +0000Antarctic Fossil Suggests Ancient Birds Honked Not Sanghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-dinosaurs-sound-birds-new-study-suggests-no-180960766/Recent analysis of two fossils provides the first evidence of ancient noisemakers Fri, 14 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Many of NASA's Recent Successes Actually Date Back to the Bush Administrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-recent-success-date-bush-administration-180960744/Some leaps, launches and grand plans for the futureThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:56:53 +0000Say Hello to Our Solar System’s Newest Dwarf Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/say-hello-our-solar-systems-newest-dwarf-planet-180960758/Spotting the dwarf planet could help in the search for Planet NineThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:45:03 +0000Feeding Silkworms Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene Makes Super-Tough Silkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feeding-caterpillars-carbon-nanotubes-makes-super-tough-silk-180960752/A diet rich in graphene or carbon nanotubes causes the creatures to produce a fiber twice as strong as normal silkThu, 13 Oct 2016 11:00:00 +0000Athletes Rejoice: Study Shows Sex Before Competitions Is Probably Finehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/athletes-rejoice-study-shows-sex-compeitions-probably-not-bad-thing-180960742/There's no evidence that getting down and dirty before sporting events has negative effects—and it may have benefitsTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:40:54 +0000Five Things to Know About Ada Lovelace http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-ada-lovelace-180960745/The “Countess of Computing” didn’t just create the world’s first computer program—she foresaw a digital futureTue, 11 Oct 2016 19:16:39 +0000Major Martian Dust Storms Might Soon Envelope the Red Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-dust-storm-might-soon-blanket-mars-180960734/A plus for meteorologists but perhaps bad news for roversTue, 11 Oct 2016 15:15:51 +0000 New Study Highlights Coke and Pepsi's Uncomfortable Links to Health Organizationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-big-soda-tries-influence-health-organizations-180960731/In five years, the two soda companies sponsored at least 96 health and medical groupsTue, 11 Oct 2016 13:48:33 +0000New Sanctuary for Rare and Fluffy Wildcats to Open in Siberiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sanctuary-rare-fluffy-wildcats-open-sibera-180960727/As their numbers dwindle, the poofy Pallas’ Cats will finally get their own protected parkMon, 10 Oct 2016 11:30:00 +0000