Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenWed, 25 Apr 2018 20:20:00 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA's New Planet-Hunting Satellite will scan the skies in search of the next crop of exoplanetsMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:04:03 +0000This “Mutant Enzyme” Breaks Down Plastic's definitely cool—but probably won’t solve our plastics problemWed, 25 Apr 2018 20:20:00 +0000Watch This 3D Snowflake Model Melt Over and Over Again's not only mesmerizing, it could help researchers predict the hazards of wet snowWed, 25 Apr 2018 19:31:13 +0000New Star Map Could Change Everything We Know About the Milky Way map includes 1.7 billion stars and is already revealing new details about star evolution and the formation of our galaxyWed, 25 Apr 2018 18:00:20 +0000The EPA Declared That Burning Wood Is Carbon Neutral. It's Actually a Lot More Complicated are five things to know about the controversial change Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:53:16 +0000These Are the Cities With the Worst Air Pollution than 4 in 10 Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a new reportTue, 24 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Giant, Intact Egg of the Extinct Elephant Bird Found in Buffalo Museum than 40 such eggs are held in public collections todayMon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:07 +0000A Surprising Way Dogs Are Similar to Humans share more than snuggles and and a love of walks; canines and humans have similar gut microbiotaMon, 23 Apr 2018 19:19:14 +0000'Exploding' Ant Ruptures Its Own Body to Defend Its Nest's the ultimate act of self-sacrificeFri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:27 +0000Murder Most Fowl: Forensic Scan Shows the Legendary Oxford Dodo Was Shot scans shows lead scattered across the back of the skull of what is believed to be the taxidermied remains of the dodo brought to BritainFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:19 +0000Colony of Beautiful, Doomed Purple Octopuses Found Off Costa Rica of unidentified cephalopods were found nursing their eggs near a deep-sea ventFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:50:45 +00002016 Ocean Heatwave Killed 30 Percent of the Great Barrier Reef with a 2017 temperature spike, half of the 2 billion corals on the reef have died since 2015 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:57:28 +0000'Staggering' Damage to Florida’s Everglades Remains in the Wake of Hurricane Irma Researchers found gaps in 40 percent of the forest canopy in aerial images taken before and after the stormFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000Human Cell Atlas Releases First Major Data Set information includes data from over half a million immune cells from human cord blood and bone marrow Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:06:17 +0000Once Rare Nectar-Feeding Bat Removed From U.S. Endangered Species List move is a first for bat speciesThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:21:51 +0000An Unexpected Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Sunday space rock is one of the largest ever to come in such close proximity to our planetWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:41:10 +0000Diamonds Trapped in Strange Meteorite Came From Solar System's Earliest Planets in the diamonds could only have formed within a planet the size of Mercury or MarsWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:03:51 +0000How to Catch a Glimpse of This Weekend's Lyrid Meteor Shower are expected to be favorable, and experts say the shower might produce as many as 18 meteors every hourTue, 17 Apr 2018 21:00:32 +0000How Giant’s Causeway Formed Its Spectacular Array of Columns recreated the process behind the formation's near-perfect hexagonal columnsTue, 17 Apr 2018 14:46:11 +0000Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Cap discovery could provide insights about life in extreme environments, and help in the search for extraterrestrial lifeMon, 16 Apr 2018 13:07:51 +0000Sci-Fi and Snakes Rule in New Official Names for Features on Pluto's Largest Moon and Mercury Kubrick and Octavia Butler are among the figures honoredMon, 16 Apr 2018 12:32:28 +0000Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photos 2013, nearly 1,400 of the normally solitary filter feeders had a party off the coast of southern New EnglandFri, 13 Apr 2018 20:19:43 +0000Bridget the Bearded Lioness Has Died at the Oklahoma City Zoo 18-year-old lioness suddenly began growing a mane last year, baffling her caretakersFri, 13 Apr 2018 18:28:24 +0000Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals Lands on Endangered Reptiles List’s Mary River turtle was a popular pet in the 1960s and 70s, but raids of the animal’s nests have driven it towards extinction Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:07:32 +0000Ocean Current That Keeps Europe Warm Is Weakening new studies show the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation has decreased 15 to 20 percent over the last 150 yearsFri, 13 Apr 2018 14:12:25 +0000Dead Sperm Whale Had 64 Pounds of Trash in Its Digestive System juvenile sperm whale was found in the Murcia region of Spain, and its death has spurred a local campaign to combat plastic pollutionThu, 12 Apr 2018 19:01:44 +0000What Causes the Cringe-Inducing Sound of Knuckle Cracking? new study suggests the sound comes from the collapse of bubbles that form in the fluid-filled spaces of the jointsThu, 12 Apr 2018 18:45:51 +0000Norwegian Trees Still Bear Evidence of a World War II German Battleship chemical fog used to camouflage the ship impacted the trees, limiting ring developmentThu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trash 1,500 press images up for sale cover the agency's manned missions from 1961 to 1972Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:27:08 +0000These Are America's Ten Most Endangered Rivers and flood control projects are the main threats to waterways, according to the new reportWed, 11 Apr 2018 20:12:11 +0000USGS Shares Archival Photo of Rare Domed Lava Fountain unusual phenomenon occurred in the midst of a five-year eruption on Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcanoWed, 11 Apr 2018 19:36:32 +0000Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edge new study explores why ancient humans had pronounced brow ridges, and why they eventually lost themTue, 10 Apr 2018 20:16:43 +0000This Ancient Reptile Was One of the Most Massive Creatures That Ever Lived fossil jawbone found in England suggests the 'sea monster' was nearly the size of a blue whaleTue, 10 Apr 2018 19:45:30 +0000NASA Sends Human Sperm to the International Space Station will study how microgravity affects the motility of the little swimmersTue, 10 Apr 2018 16:24:36 +0000Keystone Pipeline Leak Was Twice as Big as Previously Thought representative of TransCanada Corp., which owns the pipeline, says the leak spilled 9,700 barrels of oil into South Dakota farmland Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:15:00 +0000Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Ones, stick insects and caterpillars are among the many critters that glow under UV light Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:48:46 +0000If a Cosmic Bubble Destroys the Universe, Scientists Now Know When It'll Happen't panic yet; the end won't be for at least 10 octodecillion years, if it happens at allMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:15:51 +0000Fossilized 'Sea Monster' Found Pregnant With Eight Babies fossil provides the earliest evidence of ichthyosaur embryos from the UKMon, 09 Apr 2018 15:58:18 +0000Humans Have Wreaked Havoc on Walden Pond new study details the intensity of the damage to this beloved locationMon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Herpes Is Kind of Beautiful, On the Molecular Level detailed visualization of the herpes virus is a step toward finding new treatmentsFri, 06 Apr 2018 20:19:56 +0000The Center of the Milky Way May Be Chock-Full of Black Holes spotted about a dozen black holes lurking at our galactic center—and there may be up to 10,000 moreFri, 06 Apr 2018 18:46:38 +0000‘Zombie-Like’ Raccoons Are Terrorizing Youngstown, Ohio, the critters’ strange behavior can likely be ascribed to a serious illnessFri, 06 Apr 2018 16:48:26 +0000How Do Tiny Chicks Crack Out of Their Eggs? secret is in the egg shells' nanostructureThu, 05 Apr 2018 13:46:04 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA’s Supersonic X-Plane $247.5 million aircraft could revive supersonic flight for civiliansThu, 05 Apr 2018 13:33:57 +0000Chilling Out in Hot Springs May Help Japan's Snow Monkeys Reduce Stress new study found that bathing in the springs is linked to lower levels of a metabolite associated with stressThu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rare Tiny T. Rex Unearthed in Montana are yet unsure if the creature is a baby dino or an example of the contentious <i>Nanotyrannus</i>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Oil Spill in Colombia Kills 2,400 Animals spill also damaged 1,000 tree species and caused adverse health effects in residents of the affected areasTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:28:41 +000050 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Island prints date to the Middle Jurassic period, which has yielded relatively few dinosaur fossilsTue, 03 Apr 2018 19:49:48 +0000Meet Icarus, The Most Distant Star Yet Detected blue supergiant lies 9 billion light-years away Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:49:00 +0000Why Orange Snow Fell Over Eastern Europe had to do with storms in North AfricaMon, 02 Apr 2018 18:47:39 +0000China's Tiangong-1 Finally Crashes Back to Earth of the craft likely burned up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphereMon, 02 Apr 2018 15:47:29 +0000California Coffee Companies Must Display Cancer Warning Label, Judge Rules the ruling, the links between coffee and cancer remain unclearFri, 30 Mar 2018 19:35:06 +0000Scientists Thought All Galaxies Had Dark Matter, but They Just Found One Without It find defies the assumption that the mysterious matter is necessary for galaxy formation Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:08:16 +0000Chilean Government Investigates Whether the Atacama Mummy Was Illegally Exhumed at the recent DNA analysis of the child, the Chilean science community calls for ethical evaluations of the workFri, 30 Mar 2018 14:57:38 +0000Oldest Known Human Footprints in North America Discovered on Canada’s Pacific Coast a new paper, archaeologists describe 29 footprints that date to the end of the last ice ageFri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Baby Sea Turtles Spotted on Mumbai Beach for the First Time in 20 Years conservationists are celebrating the apparent success, the creatures may not be as rare as once believedThu, 29 Mar 2018 15:37:44 +0000Mummy Found Inside 2,500-Year-Old ‘Empty’ Coffin coffin had been listed as empty for nearly 160 years while stored at the University of Sydney’s museumThu, 29 Mar 2018 14:18:39 +0000Scientists May Have Identified a New Human Organ is called the interstitium, and it consists of fluid-filled cavities that can be found throughout the bodyWed, 28 Mar 2018 18:55:11 +0000Why Washington State Is Phasing Out Atlantic Salmon Farming move will bring an end to three decades of non-native fish farming in the regionWed, 28 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Why Are Whales So Massive? It's All About Energy mammal size is a delicate balance between chowing down and chilly watersTue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30:24 +0000A Male Orca and Its Mother Worked Together to Kill a Newborn Calf is the first time that infanticide has been observed among killer whalesTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:56:02 +0000NASA Clean Room Storing Meteorite Samples Is Contaminated With Fungi of the not-so-clean room could meddle with resultsTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why This Elephant in India Is Blowing Smoke's likely the puffing pachyderm is eating ash-covered charcoal as a form of self-medication to flush out toxinsMon, 26 Mar 2018 18:12:50 +0000Elusive Deep-Sea Anglerfish Seen Mating for the First Time male clamps down onto his female partner, their tissue and circulatory systems fusing together for lifeMon, 26 Mar 2018 14:43:45 +0000Researchers Solve the Mystery of the Atacama 'Alien' Mummy unusual skeleton sparked rampant speculation, but DNA is helping scientists tease apart the true taleFri, 23 Mar 2018 19:39:10 +0000The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Much Larger and Chunkier Than We Thought new study shows the patch is not just microplastics. Fishing gear and large pieces make up 92 percent of the trashFri, 23 Mar 2018 17:12:49 +0000A Violent Volcanic Eruption Immortalized in Medieval Poem May Have Spurred Iceland’s Adoption of Christianity new study looks for traces of the devastating volcanic event in a poem composed in approximately 961 A.D.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:26 +0000Looking Back at Curiosity’s 2,000 Martian Days on the Red Planet rover has taken incredible images and made wild discoveries since landing in 2012Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:04:13 +0000Dinosaur Horns Were For Making Love, Not War elaborate horns and frills were more likely for attracting mates than fighting off enemiesThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:27:53 +0000Pesticides Have Led to a ‘Catastrophic’ Decline in France’s Bird Populations chemicals have decimated the insects that birds rely on for foodThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:23:11 +000070,000 Years Ago, a Passing Star Shook Up Our Solar System red dwarf likely came within on light-year of the sun, altering the course of some asteroids and cometsThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:04:28 +0000Scientists Brew a Hoppy Beer Without the Hops are expensive and require lots of water to grow, so researchers tried to recreate the distinctive tasteWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:40:00 +0000Cockroach Genome Shows Why They Are Impossible to Kill massive genome includes code for neutralizing toxins, regrowing limbs and a thousand genes for detecting food and chemicalsWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:44:13 +0000Graphene Hair Dye Is Gentle on Your Locks. But Is It Safe? traditional hair dyes, graphene coats the hair surface without chemically altering itWed, 21 Mar 2018 15:37:34 +0000Flu Skies: How Influenza Might Spread On a Plane new study suggests the chances of contracting a sick passenger's flu virus is surprisingly lowWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Some People "Hear" Silent GIFs week, researchers published their findings on the largest study to date on the phenomenon, which is called visually evoked auditory response or vEARWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Kids Are Drawing Women Scientists More Often Than They Did Decades Ago analysis of studies over the past 50 years show that sketches of male scientists still dominateTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:54:21 +0000Nearly 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan Sets New Guinness Record November, researchers recorded more than 10,000 photos and videos documenting the long-lasting weather phenomenonMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:09:24 +0000Hear the Sounds of Volcanic Thunder Recorded For First Time Ever sounds were captured twice during two eruptions of Alaska's Bogoslof volcano in 2017Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:56:28 +0000The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australia out by a mystery disease and non-native foxes, the spotted, cat-sized predator is being reintroduced in Booderee National ParkFri, 16 Mar 2018 15:45:00 +0000Study Finds Microplastics in More than 90 Percent of Tested Water Bottles the effects of microplastics on human health are far from clearFri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Study Reveals Pythons Take Care of Their Offspring, For a Little While southern African python wraps around its eggs to keep them warm and does the same for its snakelets during the first weeks of lifeThu, 15 Mar 2018 19:59:37 +0000Scientists Create a Super-White Coating, with Help from a Super-White Beetle Cyphochilus beetle’s scales boast intricate networks of chitin, a molecule that reflects light with high efficiency Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:29:04 +0000Earthlings: There's No Need to Freak Out About Tonight's Solar Storm small disruptions to satellite communications and minor surges in the power grid. Find out how USGS predicts effects of geomagnetic stormsWed, 14 Mar 2018 18:53:40 +0000Stephen Hawking, the Expansive Cosmologist Who Shone Light on the Universe, Has Died at 76 world's favorite ambassador of science was one of the greatest minds in physicsWed, 14 Mar 2018 16:57:51 +0000If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetic new study found that 10 percent of differences in humans’ ability to empathize can be attributed to genetic variations Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:34:54 +0000See the Founder of Modern Neuroscience's Unique Way of Looking at the Inner Workings of the Brain Through Art meets science in the first U.S. traveling exhibition of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s sketchesTue, 13 Mar 2018 16:47:37 +0000Purple Haze: Alien Atmospheres Recreated In the Lab combining various gases with plasma, researchers are learning about the haze around distant planetsTue, 13 Mar 2018 14:28:50 +0000Major Study Finds Antidepressants Work, But May Have Limitations meta-analysis of existing trials suggests that the drugs are mostly effective on a short-term basis for patients suffering from acute depressionMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:52:36 +0000This Swiss Town Is Protecting Its Glacier With a Blanket a high-tech solution might be on the wayMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:30:09 +0000These Curious Spiders Evolved the Same Way Over and Over and Over Again new study suggests the stick spider evolved the same way in multiple different placesMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Genetics Behind Why Some People "See" Sound and "Hear" Color find several genes that regulate the wiring for synesthesia in the brainMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Two Antarctic Penguins Took an Adorable ‘Selfie’ were investigating a camera belonging to an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic DivisionFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:32:16 +0000Five Things to Know About China's Falling Space Station one, it's exceedingly unlikely to cause you harmFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:13:39 +0000Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamond diamond acted as a container, keeping a piece of calcium silicate perovskite stable as it moved towards the Earth’s surfaceFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:04:40 +0000New Juno Data Gives Unprecedented Glimpse Beneath Jupiter's Stormy Shell massive planet's storm go much deeper than previously suspected and its interior rotates nearly as a solid massThu, 08 Mar 2018 22:21:53 +0000Huge Chunks of Blue Ice Appear on Lake Michigan's Straits of Mackinac ice isn't actually blue, it just appears that way because of how light is reflected on itThu, 08 Mar 2018 18:16:30 +0000Tens of Thousands of Sea Creatures Wash Up on UK Shores Following Freezing Weather of starfish, crab, mussels and lobsters collected along the North Sea coastThu, 08 Mar 2018 16:36:34 +0000After 150 Years, This Bizarre Plant Was Rediscovered in Malaysia<em>Thismia neptunis</em> spends most of its life underground, only making a rare appearance to bloom Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Striking Mars Image Shows Strange Boulder Piles and Undulating Sand Dunes the image looks otherworldly, the likely processes behind these oddities also happen on Earth Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Lifts Ban on the Import of African Elephant Trophies U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said that it will now evaluate big-game permits on a ‘case-by-case basis’Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:39:22 +0000Why Doesn’t This Toad Have a Face? graduate student and herpetologist turns to Twitter for answersTue, 06 Mar 2018 17:56:56 +0000No, Your Nose Isn't as Big as That Selfie Makes It Seem you take a selfie from just 12 inches away, it may make your nose look 30 percent biggerTue, 06 Mar 2018 16:27:54 +0000127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Development baby enantiornithe had a soft sternum and likely could not flyTue, 06 Mar 2018 15:30:08 +0000Termites Are Moving in With Cockroaches, Taxonomically wood-munching critters are technically just social roachesMon, 05 Mar 2018 18:33:06 +0000Scientists Study ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in Hopes of Finding How Vermeer Painted His Masterpiece enigmatic work was last examined—and restored—in 1994Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:40:25 +0000Scientists Discover "Super-Colony" of 1.5 Million Adélie Penguins in Images From Space other areas of the Antarctic, the black and white birds are in decline—but on the Danger Islands, they thrive Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:17:54 +0000The World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies two individuals of the subspecies remain in the worldFri, 02 Mar 2018 18:25:40 +0000The Mystery of the Sex-Changing Striped Maple Trees, trees can be male or female. And sometimes they switch it upFri, 02 Mar 2018 16:47:02 +0000New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japan adorable microscopic critter has a unique leg fold and lays unusual eggsThu, 01 Mar 2018 20:35:05 +0000Astronomers May Have Just Detected the Universe's First Stars long-sought radio signal indicates the first stars began burning 180 million years after the initial Big BangThu, 01 Mar 2018 18:43:51 +0000Some of Earth's Deep Sea Microbes Could Survive on Saturn's Moon methane-producing archaea survived simulations of Enceladus' extreme conditions, hinting at the possibility of similar extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:38:46 +00004G Coverage Bound for the Moon in 2019 private moon mission scheduled for next year will use an ultra-compact network to beam back live images of the lunar surfaceWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:09:10 +0000As Oceans Warm, King Penguins' Food Moves Farther Away. That's a Problem already treacherous journey for nourishment will get increasingly challenging for penguins in the years ahead Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:58:55 +0000Global Seed Vault Gets Its Millionth Donation and a $13 Million Update in 1998, the vault safeguards the world’s food storage in case of a global disasterWed, 28 Feb 2018 17:25:19 +0000A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Help canine wouldn't have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticismWed, 28 Feb 2018 15:44:41 +0000Blame Tailgaters for Your Traffic Woes an equal distance between cars ahead and behind may eliminate "phantom" traffic jamsWed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Big Sur's Glowing Waves George Krieger captured the unusual scene in vivid detailTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:50:15 +0000Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted at Alabama Bird Feeder bird's distinctive coloration may be caused by a genetic mutation or a health issueTue, 27 Feb 2018 18:29:38 +0000Order Makes Cities Easy to Navigate—It May Also Make Them Hotter and statistics can describe how building patterns relate to cities' tendency to hold heatTue, 27 Feb 2018 17:42:47 +0000