Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 19 Jul 2018 20:59:58 +0000First Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt in 40 Years Will Take Place This Fall a controversial move, Wyoming will allow a limited take of the once-endangered speciesWed, 23 May 2018 20:53:20 +0000Chicago Says Goodbye to Its Last Tiny Waterfall, it was notThu, 19 Jul 2018 20:59:58 +0000Tree Shrews Love Hot Peppers Because They Don't Feel the Burn genetic mutation prevents Chinese tree shrews from feeling the heat of capsaicin, making them the only other mammal besides humans that enjoys hot foodsThu, 19 Jul 2018 18:09:15 +0000Welcome to the Meghalayan Age, the Latest Stage in Earth’s 4.54-Billion-Year History say the stage began 4,200 years ago, when a global mega-drought devastated agricultural societiesThu, 19 Jul 2018 17:09:59 +0000Combing Through the Fishy Origins of Human Hair research from UVA suggests the first vertebrates to colonize dry land carried scaly souvenirs with themWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:09:38 +0000Jupiter Officially Has 12 New Moons new satellites are mostly tiny and include one oddball that is on a collision course with some of the 78 other moons orbiting the planetWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:04:12 +0000NYC Fireboat Rebranded in Vibrant Dazzle Camouflage to Commemorate WWI cloaked in clashing colors, patterns attempted to confuse U-boat commanders by distorting their perception of a ship’s speed, size and locationWed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:58 +0000Babies’ Cries May Predict What They Will Sound Like as Adults new study has found that vocal pitch arises very early in lifeTue, 17 Jul 2018 19:46:27 +0000Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Bread Baked Before Advent of Agriculture bread, which was found in northeast Jordan, dates back about 14,400 years and likely resembled modern-day wrapsTue, 17 Jul 2018 16:31:10 +0000This Is What Robotic Art Looks Like in 2018 2018 RobotArt competition fielded more than 100 submissions entered by 19 teams from all over the worldTue, 17 Jul 2018 14:49:06 +0000Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Have Died in a Sanctuary investigation suggests the rhinos died as a result of salt poisoningMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:19:34 +0000Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine? nearly 40 things Pleistocene people might have done with their hands, getting to yummy marrow requires the most force and dexterityFri, 13 Jul 2018 19:05:42 +0000Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Meal detailed analysis of the mummy’s stomach contents suggests he knew precisely what to eat to survive in harsh Alpine conditions Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:27:21 +0000Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rays scanner uses technology developed for the Large Hadron ColliderFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:20:59 +0000Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenya analysis of 100 bats revealed two previously unknown lineages Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:49:13 +0000Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo study of rat-infested islands in the Chagos show that a lack of seabirds--and their guano--degrades surrounding coral ecosystemsThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:13:36 +0000‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 studiesThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:05 +0000Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Waters analysis suggests that right and gray whales were not only once present in the Mediterranean Sea but likely common in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 20:39:14 +0000Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia's Present-Day Population sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 yearsWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:11:11 +00007,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutality eight men and one woman bear signs of precisely inflicted blunt force cranial trauma, suggesting they were victims of mass executionWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:03:22 +0000Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Boson of years of data from the Large Hadron Collider shows evidence the particle decays into bottom quarksTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:31 +0000Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earth have found bright pink pigments in 1.1 billion year old fossils of cyanobacteria drilled in West AfricaTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:43:18 +0000A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida's Waterways bloom started last month in Lake Okeechobee, but has quickly spread to waterways on both coastsTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:27:46 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraits an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Low salmon population, pollution and noise disturbance pose largest threats to the killer whales’ survivalTue, 10 Jul 2018 17:41:48 +0000Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Years of the feisty marsupials, which had been reintroduced to the wild, were found with joeys in their pouchesTue, 10 Jul 2018 16:35:53 +0000Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool? from Hungary and Sweden investigated whether black and white stripes are actually better at keeping the heat at bayTue, 10 Jul 2018 15:51:29 +0000This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patients Czech brewery's Mamma Beer is alcohol free and slightly sweet to help overcome the metallic taste of "chemo mouth"Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:30:49 +0000Starbucks Vows to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020. How Will the Oceans Change? make up a small portion of ocean waste, but banning straws can be an important first step to cutting down on other plastics Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:40:09 +0000Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners' Dietary Habits Danish finds reveal their owners’ rich diet of fish and meat, fruits, spices—and the presence of parasites, including tapeworms and roundwormsMon, 09 Jul 2018 17:16:30 +0000Australian Reptiles And a Toad Named After Gollum on Latest Endangered Species Update IUCN Red List shows Oz's reptiles are in trouble as well as flying foxes, a Jamaican rodent and a New Guinea butterflyFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:27:48 +0000Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smart bird brains are not bird-brainedFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:00:45 +0000New "Immunobiotic" Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs drug, which combines antibiotics and the body's immune system, shows promise in early stages of testingFri, 06 Jul 2018 17:21:53 +0000European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations, cultural change wiped out pre-contact populations, leaving no trace of ancient dogs’ DNA in modern counterpartsFri, 06 Jul 2018 16:20:47 +0000Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society's Photo Contest'll want to tweet these.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:05:12 +0000With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhino embryos were created using northern rhinos’ frozen sperm, southern rhinos’ eggsThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:58:48 +0000Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Trees foot of a 2.5-year-old Austrolopithecus afarensis shows it had a grippy big toe that let it cling to its mom and climb tree trunksThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:42:34 +0000A Research Ship Is Hunting Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washington research ship E/V Nautilus is combing through samples and sediment hoping to recover the first space rock from the ocean floorTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:24:19 +0000Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydia cuddly creatures can survive on a diet of high-toxin eucalyptus leaves thanks to detoxifying genesTue, 03 Jul 2018 17:33:02 +0000A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.'s Supply of Beer and Crumpets food industry uses carbon dioxide in several ways, including packaging and meat processing Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:17 +0000New Spider Species Discovered In Indiana Cave translucent sheet-weaving spider shows that scientists haven't yet found everything in our own backyardTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:18:19 +0000New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years recovered items span thousands of years, and include coins, cell phones, dentures and moreMon, 02 Jul 2018 17:13:41 +0000The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month phases where the moon is partially masked, the event will last nearly four hours totalMon, 02 Jul 2018 16:04:03 +0000Study Suggests There's No Limit on Longevity, But Getting Super Old Is Still Tough the age of 105, the odds of dying plateau, meaning it's possible to live beyond the current record of 123 yearsFri, 29 Jun 2018 17:07:09 +0000How Inca Mummies Helped a Soccer Player Who Was Banned from the World Cup Guerrero failed a drug test, but insists he never took cocaine. Three ancient mummies are lending credence to his caseFri, 29 Jun 2018 14:39:28 +0000How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered List oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco's endangered world heritage sites listThu, 28 Jun 2018 18:43:47 +0000Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Balls new study estimates that a quarter to half the carbon in interstellar space is in the form of greasy aliphatic carbonThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:16:01 +0000Now That the Smog Has Lifted, Astronomy Returns to London's Royal Observatory new telescope that filters out light pollution and interference will watch the stars from the site constructed in 1675Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000A Nesting Bird Nearly Derailed a Canadian Music Festival brooding killdeer laid its eggs on a patch of cobblestone where the main stage of Ottawa’s Bluesfest was supposed to be set upWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Flight Attendants May Face Increased Risk for Many Cancers, Study Finds attendants are exposed to a number of possible or probable cancer-causing factorsWed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Day new study shows cats snack on 258 reptile species, and could push some to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:30:10 +0000Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Has Been Found in Humans for the First Time the virus may have been infecting people for much longer than scientists realizedMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:44:27 +0000The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’ and high-speed cameras show that what happens when a water droplet hits water is surprisingly complicatedMon, 25 Jun 2018 17:45:21 +0000Extinct Gibbon Species Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tomb's believed the species represents a new genera of apes that may have died out just 300 years agoFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:30:19 +0000Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer's Disease study of 1,000 brains found two common types of herpes viruses were more prevalent in those suffering from the dementia-inducing diseaseFri, 22 Jun 2018 16:13:15 +0000Actually, T. Rex Probably Couldn't Stick Out Its Tongue tongues of bird-like dinosaurs and pterosaurs, however, may have been more mobileThu, 21 Jun 2018 20:36:39 +0000China's Plastic Ban Will Flood Us With Trash study reports China's ban on importing foreign plastic could cripple global recycling programs and lead to 111 million tons of homeless plasticThu, 21 Jun 2018 17:55:25 +0000Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eels researchers exposed eels to the illicit drug, the animals became hyperactive and suffered muscle damageWed, 20 Jun 2018 20:42:09 +0000Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Dead analysis of 78 instances of cetaceans paying attention to their dead suggests grief may be part of being a highly social animalWed, 20 Jun 2018 17:08:42 +0000A Towering, Toxic Plant That Causes Burns and Blindness Has Appeared in Virginia giant hogweed, an invasive species, is more typically seen in the NortheastTue, 19 Jun 2018 21:12:14 +0000Teeming Manta Ray Nursery Discovered in the Gulf of Mexico all of the rays in the area are rarely seen juveniles, which can reach wingspans of 23 feet when they grow upTue, 19 Jun 2018 19:27:03 +0000This Ancient Panda Skull Belongs to a Previously Unknown Lineage fossilized skull represents a panda line that split from today’s fluffy creatures 183,000 years agoTue, 19 Jun 2018 16:36:19 +0000The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting A Huge Power Boost multi-year upgrade will lead to up to 10 times the collisions, and perhaps the discovery of mysterious new particlesTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:59:51 +0000Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Wind recent study sheds new light on spider flightMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:31:30 +0000Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plague deadly disease may have been transmitted to humans at least 800 years earlier than previously believed Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:04:10 +0000The UK's Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Danger island nation's mammal populations have seen a steep decline in the last two decades, with hedgehog numbers decreasing by two-thirdsFri, 15 Jun 2018 18:38:24 +0000A Message From Stephen Hawking Is On Its Way to a Black Hole his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey, a musical composition and "message of hope" were broadcast toward 1A 0620-00, the nearest black holeFri, 15 Jun 2018 16:54:59 +0000Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decade 1992, the continent has lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, triggering a quarter-inch rise in global sea levelsThu, 14 Jun 2018 19:19:35 +0000Massive, 'Unprecedented' Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk have not received any transmissions from the Opportunity rover since SundayThu, 14 Jun 2018 18:43:54 +0000Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhal<i>Skreee---click----whirrr.</i>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:05:26 +0000'HALO' Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Basel site-specific installation by British artist duo Semiconductor revisits the universe’s first momentsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:57:16 +0000Astronauts' Footprints May Have Warmed the Moon"Lost" data from the 1970s helped scientists solve an enduring lunar mysteryThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:48:37 +0000Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightning new study compares painted versus photographed depictions of lightning bolts' offshooting branchesThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:46:57 +0000Being Hangry Is Real, But You Can Control It elicits similar responses as emotions, but it only turns into "hanger" when people are already primed with negative feelingsWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:37:30 +0000Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctors rates among later Inca cultures was significantly higher. However, the 19th-century soldiers were facing trauma caused by industrial-age warfareWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:27:16 +0000Introducing a Hairy-Footed Shrimp Named After Bilbo Baggins its hobbit namesake, Odontonia bagginsi is also quite smallWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000Something Is Killing Off Africa's Largest Baobab Trees the last dozen years, four of the 13 largest, and likely oldest, trees have died. Another five are ailingTue, 12 Jun 2018 18:17:53 +0000Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiation diamond dust in protoplanetary discs may solve a decades-old astronomical mysteryTue, 12 Jun 2018 17:31:32 +0000This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babies discovery of a juvenile <i>Lyrarapax unguispinus</i> fossil reveals that even the tiny terrors had a developed claw-like appendage and sharp teethMon, 11 Jun 2018 19:40:45 +0000Oldest Footprints Show When Life On Earth Got Legs fossil tracks found in South China firmly date appendages back to the Ediacaran periodMon, 11 Jun 2018 18:16:16 +0000New Gadget Brings Fish Up From the Ocean's "Twilight Zone" portable decompression chamber allows SCUBA-diving scientists to safely collect specimens without them, well, explodingMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:54:45 +0000World's Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away After 18 Years Adrift the last two years, the Jamaica-sized berg began venturing north, melting and splintering into pieces along the wayFri, 08 Jun 2018 20:20:43 +0000The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come From Dogs new study found two strains of swine flu in sickly pups in ChinaFri, 08 Jun 2018 17:47:03 +0000Why Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alive receiving bite from decapitated Western diamondback, Texas man required 26 doses of antivenomFri, 08 Jun 2018 16:52:17 +0000Jupiter's Lightning Is More Earth-Like Than We Thought is providing scientists with new insights into the gas giant's flashes of lightFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:38:27 +0000New Evidence Shows That Humans Could Have Migrated to the Americas Along the Coast of rocks and animal bones shows Alaska's coast was glacier free around 17,000 years ago, allowing people to move south along the coastThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:55:26 +0000Watch Kīlauea’s Lava Flow Into the Ocean, Creating Billowing Clouds of ‘Laze’ interaction between the lava and the water creates a hazardous mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and volcanic glass particlesThu, 07 Jun 2018 17:35:11 +0000Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categories sores, body odors and other indicators of possible disease transmission top the list of things that gross us outThu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Earthquakes Rumble Under East Antarctica Much More Frequently Than Thought new study reveals that the region trembled with 27 minor earthquakes in 2009 aloneWed, 06 Jun 2018 20:34:49 +0000What Dogs Really Think of Your 'Puppy' Voice speech may improve animals' attention skills and strengthen human-pupper bondsWed, 06 Jun 2018 19:47:20 +0000How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom? new review of visual acuity compares the sight of 600 species, from mosquitoes to eaglesWed, 06 Jun 2018 17:32:33 +0000A Mysterious Dinosaur Skeleton Was Auctioned Off to a Private Buyer paleontologists are not happy about itWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:35:08 +0000Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids? investigate alternative explanations for wacky orbits of objects in our solar systemWed, 06 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Success status, family background amongst factors accounting for children's varying levels of self-controlTue, 05 Jun 2018 17:01:34 +0000Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomach five-day rescue effort could not save the animal, which started vomiting up pieces of plastic before it diedTue, 05 Jun 2018 13:56:39 +0000Five Things to Know About Guatemala's Deadly Volcanic Eruption massive blast is affecting nearly 2 million people, and more may still be in storeMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:38:43 +0000Why Did Most Massive Bony Fish Behemoths Die Out? researchers suggest metabolism might be to blame, but a new study suggests that's not the caseMon, 04 Jun 2018 18:38:17 +0000It's True—After Giving Birth, Women's Voices Temporarily Drop anecdotal evidence of the phenomenon has existed for some time, this is the first scientific study to look at women's voices after pregnancyFri, 01 Jun 2018 20:24:47 +0000Huge Blue Whale Sighted in the Red Sea for the First Time massive mammals typically spend their summers in polar waters, but are known to occasionally migrate furtherFri, 01 Jun 2018 18:12:06 +0000Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows These Reptiles Are The Ultimate Survivors 250-million-year-old specimen from the Alps suggests that lizards evolved before Earth's largest mass extinction—and thrived after itThu, 31 May 2018 16:54:54 +0000Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Research country claims the catch is to obtain a range of data on the creaturesWed, 30 May 2018 18:36:44 +0000Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs? may explain why the insects, who can't travel far on their own, spread across unconnected landsWed, 30 May 2018 18:14:27 +0000Is Pluto Actually a Mash-up of a Billion Comets? speculate the beloved dwarf planet could actually be a giant cometWed, 30 May 2018 14:27:31 +0000Dinosaurs Had Dandruff, Too ancient feathered friends shed skin in a similar way to modern birds and humansTue, 29 May 2018 18:13:58 +0000Australia Builds World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence to Protect Threatened Species country’s feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species Tue, 29 May 2018 16:35:32 +0000Europe’s Oldest Known Tree Discovered in Italy Heldreich’s pine is 1,230 years oldTue, 29 May 2018 14:57:56 +0000DNA Survey of Life in Loch Ness Will Hunt for Its Monster Resident goal is to catalog the lake's diversity of life—including any oversized, prehistoric reptilesTue, 29 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Humans Make Up Just 1/10,000 of Earth's Biomass make up 80 percent, but human activity chopped that number in half over the last 10,000 yearsFri, 25 May 2018 18:28:13 +0000Hammerhead Flatworms Have Been Quietly Invading France for Two Decades that could spell trouble for the country’s soilsFri, 25 May 2018 16:01:49 +0000Rare Sighting of Small, Critically Endangered Deer Reported in Vietnam camera trap images of two large-antlered muntjacs offer a glimmer of hope for the speciesFri, 25 May 2018 15:05:07 +0000How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby's Hand preemie was buried in a jar in an medieval cemetery with a coin to "pay" for passage into heavenFri, 25 May 2018 14:33:51 +0000Scientists Built the World’s Smallest House a mite wouldn’t fit inside this itty-bitty structureWed, 23 May 2018 15:42:33 +0000Meet NASA's New Dynamic Duo: A Pair of Climate Change-Tracking Satellites pair will measure changes in Earth's gravitational field to monitor melting glaciers, rising seas, droughts and moreTue, 22 May 2018 20:50:48 +0000Astronomers Find Signature From the Universe's Earliest Known Stars first lights may have winked to life just 250 million years after the Big BangTue, 22 May 2018 18:25:29 +0000Is This Backwards-Orbiting Asteroid an Interstellar Visitor? space rock could have been captured from another star system during the early days of our solar systemTue, 22 May 2018 16:14:22 +0000200,000 Stars Twinkle in First Test Image From NASA’s Planet-Hunting Satellite its cameras are calibrated, TESS will capture 400 times as much sky as this test imageMon, 21 May 2018 19:25:16 +0000