Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 13 Sep 2019 21:23:37 +0000Common Pesticides Delay Songbird Migration, Trigger Significant Weight Losshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/common-pesticides-delay-songbird-migration-trigger-significant-weight-loss-180973130/Within six hours of ingesting a high dose of pesticide, sparrows lost six percent of their body weight and 17 percent of their fat stores Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:23:37 +0000Rats Learned to Play Hide and Seek to Help Study the Brainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rats-learned-play-hide-and-seek-help-study-brain-180973128/The animals squeaked and jumped for joy during the game, a sign that they enjoy play just as much as humansFri, 13 Sep 2019 18:18:14 +0000Study Reveals Lost Continent Demolished by Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-lost-continent-demolished-europe-180973120/Painstaking research recreates the history of Greater Adria, which slipped under the Eurasian plate 120 million years agoFri, 13 Sep 2019 16:17:21 +00001.7-Million-Year-Old Rhino Tooth Provides Oldest DNA Data Ever Studiedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/million-year-old-rhino-tooth-provides-oldest-dna-data-180973117/Researchers read the proteins preserved in the tooth enamel of an ancient rhino, a trick that may allow them to sequence fossils millions of years oldThu, 12 Sep 2019 16:52:08 +0000Ghost Crabs Use Teeth in Their Stomachs to Ward Off Predatorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghost-crabs-use-teeth-their-stomachs-ward-predators-180973109/The crustaceans produce guttural growls when danger nearsThu, 12 Sep 2019 16:14:49 +0000Astronomers Spot a Comet That Likely Came From a Different Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/object-flying-through-our-solar-system-likely-interstellar-space-180973114/After 'Oumuamua, the newly detected rock is just the second known object to visit from interstellar spaceThu, 12 Sep 2019 15:53:25 +0000Found: A Hub Where Humpback Whales Share Their Songshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-hub-where-humpback-whales-share-their-songs-180973116/A new study has found that whales from diverse locations gather at the Kermadec Islands, where they seem to transmit unique dittiesThu, 12 Sep 2019 14:32:36 +0000Prehistoric Farmers' Teeth Show Humans Were Drinking Animal Milk 6,000 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-farmers-teeth-show-humans-were-drinking-animal-milk-6000-years-ago-180973101/A new study suggests Neolithic Britons processed raw milk to reduce its lactose contentWed, 11 Sep 2019 18:58:03 +0000This London Gallery Is Working to Be One of the World's Most Accessible Museumshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/london-gallery-worlds-most-accessible-museum-180973105/The Wellcome Collection's latest permanent exhibition focuses on design features and curatorial approaches suggested by individuals with disabilitiesWed, 11 Sep 2019 17:48:19 +0000Massive 'Ice Dragon' Ruled the Skies Above Ancient Albertahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-dragon-ruled-skies-above-ancient-alberta-180973104/The newly described pterosaur with a wingspan over 30-feet was one of the largest flying creatures to ever existWed, 11 Sep 2019 17:14:35 +0000A Rare Harvest 'Micromoon' Will Light Up the Sky on Friday the 13thhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-harvest-micromoon-will-light-sky-friday-13th-180973103/The United States hasn’t experienced a nation-wide full moon on this superstitious date since 2000Wed, 11 Sep 2019 16:25:24 +0000Hundreds of Ancient Footprints Reveal a Snapshot of Neanderthal Family Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-footprints-show-neanderthals-family-life-180973093/A group of 257 footprints in Normandy come from 10 to 13 people, mostly children scampering around near the beachTue, 10 Sep 2019 18:59:21 +0000How Antarctica’s Only Native Insect Survives the Freezing Temperatureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-antarcticas-only-insect-resident-survives-freezing-temperatures-180973087/Antarctic midges rely on a process known as rapid cold hardening to protect against the southernmost continent’s harsh conditionsTue, 10 Sep 2019 18:21:04 +0000American Becomes First to Visit the Five Deepest Spots in World's Oceanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/american-descends-five-deepest-spots-worlds-oceans-180973094/Victor Vescovo recently concluded his Five Deeps Expedition, piloting a custom-built submarine to the deepest trenches on EarthTue, 10 Sep 2019 16:14:58 +0000Hurricane Dorian Unearths Civil War Cannonballs at South Carolina Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-dorian-unearths-civil-war-cannonballs-south-carolina-beach-180973095/At first, the couple who discovered the pair of cannonballs thought they'd simply stumbled upon a rockTue, 10 Sep 2019 16:12:50 +0000Climate Change Has Shrunk Sweden’s Highest Peakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-has-shrunk-swedens-highest-peak-180973092/The southern peak of the Kebnekaise mountain has been deemed shorter than its northern counterpart for the first time since measurements began in 1880Tue, 10 Sep 2019 15:54:50 +0000Wolves Gave Tibetan Mastiffs Their Mountaineering Geneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-gave-tibetan-mastiffs-their-mountaineering-genes-180973071/The big, shaggy dogs of the Himalayas are 50 percent more efficient at transporting hemoglobin than lowland poochesMon, 09 Sep 2019 17:55:11 +0000Monster Invasive Tumbleweed Is Outgrowing Its Parent Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monster-hybrid-tumbleweed-out-growing-its-parent-species-180973072/Scientists once thought the hybrid <i>Salsola ryanii</i> would not be able to survive the hot, dry conditions of the West. They were wrongMon, 09 Sep 2019 17:00:15 +0000India Locates Lost Lunar Lander but Struggles to Reestablish Contacthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/india-locates-lost-lunar-lander-struggles-reestablish-contact-180973069/The Vikram spacecraft went offline minutes before it was scheduled to touch down near the south pole of the moonMon, 09 Sep 2019 11:00:00 +0000Astronomers Puzzle Over Short-Lived Glowing Green Light Burstshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-puzzle-over-blob-x-rays-winked-and-out-existence-180973062/The ultra luminous X-rays lasted about 10 days in the aptly named Fireworks galaxyFri, 06 Sep 2019 19:37:25 +0000Baby Sea Turtles’ Fossilized Tracks Found in South Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-sea-turtles-fossilized-tracks-found-south-africa-180973063/Researchers recorded trackways left by relatives of modern loggerhead and leatherback turtlesFri, 06 Sep 2019 17:30:47 +0000A Huge Underwater Observatory Has Vanished Without a Tracehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-underwater-observatory-has-vanished-without-trace-180973058/The instrument, located off Germany’s Baltic coast, cost more than $330,000. But its data was ‘priceless,’ one expert saidFri, 06 Sep 2019 15:34:09 +0000Michigan Plants 1,000 ‘Happy Little Trees’ in Honor of Bob Rosshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/michigan-plants-1000-happy-little-trees-honor-bob-ross-180973057/Hundreds of volunteers replaced damaged and diseased trees with the saplings, which are grown by prison inmatesFri, 06 Sep 2019 15:16:09 +0000Ancient Worm Died in Its Tracks, Shedding Light on Animal Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-worm-died-its-tracks-shedding-light-animal-movement-180973049/The 550 million-year-old fossil shows familiar animals evolved before the Cambrian ExplosionFri, 06 Sep 2019 15:02:01 +0000A Rooster Named Maurice Can Keep on Crowing, French Court Rules https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rooster-named-maurice-can-keep-crowing-french-court-rules-180973051/‘Maurice has won a battle for the whole of France,” the bird’s owner saidThu, 05 Sep 2019 16:41:26 +0000Wildfires Are Destroying Bolivia's Rock Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfires-are-destroying-bolivias-rock-art-180973048/Blazes set by farmers hoping to clear land for agriculture pose a threat to archaeological sites across the South American countryThu, 05 Sep 2019 15:10:57 +0000Squirrels Eavesdrop on Birds to Check if Danger Has Passedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/squirrels-eavesdrop-birds-see-if-danger-has-passed-180973047/New study suggests eastern grays exposed to predators' calls resume normal activities more quickly after tuning in to birds’ casual chatterThu, 05 Sep 2019 15:02:01 +0000Could This New Mineral Be From a Destroyed Planet's Core?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-natural-mineral-found-meteorite-destroyed-planets-core-180973042/Grains of new mineral, edscottite, were found in the Wedderburn meteorite, which was originally collected in Australia in 1951Wed, 04 Sep 2019 20:48:31 +0000Hurricane Dorian Batters the Bahamas Before Barreling Along the U.S. Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-dorian-batters-bahamas-barreling-along-us-coast-180973045/The storm caused historic damage in the Caribbean islands, where it hovered for some 48 hoursWed, 04 Sep 2019 19:18:06 +0000Moonlight Helps White Barn Owls Stun Their Preyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moonlight-helps-white-barn-owls-stun-their-prey-180973043/Researchers were surprised to find that brilliant white plumage, which makes the owls more visible at night, did not impact the birds' ability to huntWed, 04 Sep 2019 19:13:19 +0000Dog Breeding Has Changed Pooches’ Brainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dog-breeding-has-changed-pooches-brains-180973038/A new study has found that key anatomical differences in dogs’ brains are linked to the behaviors they were bred to performTue, 03 Sep 2019 20:46:28 +0000China Claims Lunar Rover Found a Gel-Like Substance on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-claims-lunar-rover-found-lustrous-gel-substance-moon-180973032/Experts suspect the material may be glass created during a meteorite impactTue, 03 Sep 2019 18:07:37 +0000The Last 14 Loa Water Frogs Had to Be Rescued From Their Natural Habitathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-14-loa-water-frogs-had-be-rescued-their-natural-habitat-180973023/The lone Chilean stream where the frogs live had been dried up by illegal water extractionFri, 30 Aug 2019 18:06:32 +0000Medication Mix-Up Leaves 17 Children Suffering From ‘Werewolf Syndrome’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medication-mix-leaves-17-children-suffering-werewolf-syndrome-180973022/Thanks to distribution error at Spanish laboratory, anti-baldness medication was sold as acid reflux treatmentFri, 30 Aug 2019 16:34:05 +0000Wildlife Trade Conference Imposes Near-Total Ban on Sending Wild African Elephants to Zooshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildlife-trade-conference-imposes-near-total-ban-sending-wild-african-elephants-zoos-180973015/A loophole continues to allow the practice in “exceptional circumstances”Thu, 29 Aug 2019 17:25:57 +0000Parasite Spread by House Cats Is Killing California’s Sea Ottershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parasite-spread-house-cats-killing-californias-sea-otters-180973014/To counter the parasite's spread, cat owners should keep their pets indoor and dispose of feline feces in the trash rather than the toilet or outdoorsThu, 29 Aug 2019 16:59:21 +0000Glass Models of Decaying Fruit Set to Go on View After Two Decades in Storagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/glass-models-decaying-fruit-set-go-view-after-two-decades-storage-180973009/Designed to serve as teaching tools, the delicate glassware reveals the ravages of such diseases as peach leaf curl, pear scab and gray moldThu, 29 Aug 2019 06:00:00 +0000To Clean Up Everest, Nepal Is Banning Single-Use Plastics on the Mountain https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bid-clean-everest-nepal-banning-single-use-plastics-mountain-180973005/Earlier this year, volunteers collected three metric tons of garbage from the famed landmarkWed, 28 Aug 2019 18:24:14 +0000Listen to the Sounds of Succulents at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-sounds-succulents-brooklyn-botanic-garden-180973004/An ongoing installation encourages visitors to interact with prickly cacti, palm plants and potted succulentsWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:59:56 +0000Hawaii's Rapture Reef Was Flattened by Last Year's Hurricane Walakahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-years-hurricane-flattened-one-hawaiis-most-beautiful-coral-reefs-180973008/The first NOAA survey since the Category 3 storm hit found the coral reef in Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument was demolishedWed, 28 Aug 2019 16:25:58 +0000Astronomers Name Five of Jupiter's New Moons https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-philophrosyne-five-jupiters-new-moons-get-names-180972998/A contest earlier this year helped determine the names of the new moons—all named after lovers or offspring of the god Jupiter, aka ZeusTue, 27 Aug 2019 20:00:57 +0000These Caterpillars Can Detect Color Using Their Skin, Not Their Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-caterpillars-can-detect-color-using-their-skin-180972996/In experiments, peppered moth caterpillars successfully camouflaged themselves even when blindfoldedTue, 27 Aug 2019 16:51:23 +0000Remembering Liane Russell, the Geneticist Who Studied Radiation's Harmful Effects on Embryoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-liane-russell-geneticist-who-studied-radiations-harmful-effects-embryos-180972991/Russell’s pioneering research led to careful guidelines for administering radiological procedures to women of child-bearing age Mon, 26 Aug 2019 17:15:22 +0000Turquoise-Tinted Tarantula Discovered in Sri Lankahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turquoise-tinted-tarantula-discovered-sri-lanka-180972990/The species is only the second member of its genus ever found in the South Asian countryMon, 26 Aug 2019 16:55:21 +0000Eggs Successfully Collected from the Last Two Northern White Rhinoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eggs-successfully-collected-last-two-northern-white-rhinos-180972982/Advances in fertility science will hopefully allow researchers to implant embryos of the species into surrogate southern white rhinosFri, 23 Aug 2019 17:19:27 +0000Florida Authorities Investigate a Disorder Affecting Panthers' Ability to Walkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florida-authorities-investigate-disorder-affecting-panthers-ability-walk-180972981/The crippling condition appears to hamper the big cats’ back leg coordinationFri, 23 Aug 2019 16:18:53 +0000Three Things to Know About the Fires Blazing Across the Amazon Rainforesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-things-know-about-fires-sweeping-through-amazon-rainforest-180972962/Experts say the majority of blazes were set by farmers hoping to clear land for agricultural endeavorsThu, 22 Aug 2019 21:10:02 +0000Practice Will Make You Better, but Maybe Not the Besthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/practice-will-make-you-better-maybe-not-best-180972961/A study replicating the basis of the '10,000 hour rule' suggests that factors besides practice hours determine the skills of elite musicians Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:34:44 +0000500-Year-Old Inca Mummy Repatriated to Boliviahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/500-year-old-inca-mummy-repatriated-bolivia-180972966/Dubbed Ñusta, or 'Princess,' the mummy represents the first archaeologically significant set of remains to be repatriated to the Andean countryThu, 22 Aug 2019 17:38:59 +0000New Species of Stegosaurus Unearthed in Mountains of Moroccohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-stegosaurus-fossil-unearthed-mountains-morocco-180972949/The new fossil suggests the dinos were around longer and roamed farther than previously believedThu, 22 Aug 2019 15:18:23 +0000Astronomers Spy the Surface of an Airless, Mercury-Like Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spy-surface-airless-mercury-world-180972954/The rocky exoplanet orbits an M dwarf star, leading scientists to question whether such environments could support atmospheres and lifeWed, 21 Aug 2019 19:39:42 +0000California Will Build the Largest Wildlife Crossing in the Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-will-build-largest-wildlife-crossing-world-180972947/The overpass will provide safe passage for mountain lions, coyotes, deer, lizards, snakes and other wild animals crossing the 101 FreewayWed, 21 Aug 2019 16:15:32 +0000Plague-Infected Prairie Dogs Cause Parks to Close Near Denverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plague-infected-prairie-dogs-close-parks-near-denver-180972937/Prairie dog burrows are being dusted with insecticide to stop the spread of the disease transmitted via fleasWed, 21 Aug 2019 15:35:17 +0000The Term ‘Museum’ May Be Getting Redefinedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-are-divided-over-proposed-redefinition-museum-180972943/But experts are divided on the proposed new definitionTue, 20 Aug 2019 18:05:55 +0000Hurricanes Are Making This Spider Species More Aggressivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricanes-are-making-spider-species-more-aggressive-180972936/The new findings have broader implications for understanding extreme weather events’ effects on animal behaviorTue, 20 Aug 2019 16:46:24 +0000Could Goats Help Solve Portugal’s Wildfire Crisis?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/could-goats-help-solve-portugals-wildfire-crisis-180972933/About 11,000 goats are involved in a pilot program to help reduce overgrowth that fuels forest firesMon, 19 Aug 2019 21:28:27 +0000See the Face of Hilda, a Toothless Iron Age Druid Womanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-face-hilda-toothless-iron-age-druid-woman-180972931/A Scottish university student has recreated Hilda's likeness out of waxMon, 19 Aug 2019 19:31:43 +0000A Beloved Baby Dugong Has Died After Ingesting Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beloved-baby-dugong-has-died-after-ingesting-plastic-pollution-180972927/The orphaned marine mammal became an internet sensation after images of her nuzzling human caretakers went viralMon, 19 Aug 2019 15:46:45 +0000Ice Age Humans Likely Played Major Role in Cave Bears’ Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-age-humans-likely-played-major-role-cave-bears-extinction-180972923/Researchers have long debated whether human activity or climate change precipitated the species' demiseFri, 16 Aug 2019 19:33:01 +0000Two Male Penguins in Berlin Join Long Line of Same-Sex Pairs to Adopt an Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-male-penguins-berlin-join-long-line-same-sex-pairs-adopt-egg-180972924/Skipper and Ping have happily nurtured everything from rocks to fish before zookeepers let them incubate an eggFri, 16 Aug 2019 18:57:43 +0000Interspecies Breeding Is Responsible for Some Squirrels’ Black Coloringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/interspecies-breeding-responsible-some-squirrels-black-coloring-180972921/Color-changing mutation originated in fox squirrels but spread to eastern gray squirrels via matingFri, 16 Aug 2019 16:10:41 +0000Were Neanderthals Getting Surfer's Ear From Diving for Seafood?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-had-lots-surfers-ear-suggesting-they-were-seafood-180972917/The bony growths appear after repeated exposure to cold water and were found on half of the Neanderthal skulls examinedThu, 15 Aug 2019 20:03:49 +0000F.D.A. Approves New Treatment for Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-approves-new-treatment-deadliest-strain-tuberculosis-180972916/The drug regimen involves just five pills taken orally for a duration of six monthsThu, 15 Aug 2019 17:06:57 +0000Here's How That Internet-Famous 'Fish Tube' Workshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/yes-salmon-cannon-funny-its-also-sorely-needed-conservation-tool-180972905/The cheap, efficient pneumatic tubes may be a good solution for helping salmon and other migratory species move past damsThu, 15 Aug 2019 16:53:15 +0000A Human-Sized Penguin Once Waddled Through New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-sized-penguin-once-waddled-through-new-zealand-180972904/The leg bones of Crossvallia waiparensis suggest it was more than five feet tall and weighed up to 176 poundsWed, 14 Aug 2019 19:22:28 +0000One Concussion-Free Football Season Can Still Damage Players’ Brainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-concussion-free-football-season-can-still-damage-players-brains-180972902/A new study found that more than two-thirds of subjects experienced a decrease in structural integrity of the brain by the end of the college seasonWed, 14 Aug 2019 17:49:52 +0000Researchers Have Finally Found an Effective Treatment for Ebolahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-have-finally-found-effective-treatment-ebola-180972899/Two treatments have been found to reliably help patients resist the deadly virus—just nine months after a clinical trial beganWed, 14 Aug 2019 11:00:00 +0000Rare Lightning Strikes Detected 300 Miles From North Polehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-lightning-strikes-detected-300-miles-north-pole-180972891/Cool temps, low moisture and a stable atmosphere usually prevent thunderstorms from developing in the ArcticTue, 13 Aug 2019 19:52:09 +0000Trump Administration Overhauls How the Endangered Species Act Is Enforcedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trump-administration-has-overhauled-endangered-species-act-180972890/Critics say that the new rules limit much-needed protections for at-risk wildlife Tue, 13 Aug 2019 16:31:47 +0000A Banana-Destroying Fungus Has Arrived in the Americashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/banana-destroying-fungus-has-arrived-americas-180972892/The so-called Panama disease targets bananas’ vascular systems to prevent fruit from growingTue, 13 Aug 2019 15:49:57 +0000Astronauts Test Out Their Sleek New SpaceX Flight Suits https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-test-out-their-new-flight-suits-180972882/The SpaceX designed pressure suits are more form fitting and maneuverable than the Space Shuttle's orange suitsMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:18:26 +0000How Did the World’s Largest Frog Get So Big? Possibly by Building Its Own Pondshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-worlds-largest-frog-get-so-big-possibly-building-its-own-ponds-180972884/A new study documents the unique nest-building habits of the Goliath frogMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:09:51 +0000Researchers Think They Know Why Cats Eat Grasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-cats-eat-grass-180972885/Contrary to popular belief, grass only occasionally makes cats vomitMon, 12 Aug 2019 18:07:23 +0000The U.S. Loses a Football Field-Sized Patch of Nature Every 30 Secondshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-loses-football-field-sized-patch-nature-every-30-seconds-180972881/A new report outlines the benefits offered by preserving 30 percent of the country’s remaining natural land and oceans by 2030Mon, 12 Aug 2019 16:08:54 +0000Archaeologists Uncover Evidence of an Ancient High-Altitude Human Dwellinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/found-earliest-evidence-high-altitude-home-humans-180972878/A trove of artifacts have surfaced in Ethiopia’s Bale Mountains, at a rocky site more than 11,000 feet above sea levelFri, 09 Aug 2019 17:17:46 +0000Fossil Trees Reveal the Oldest Known Forest in Asiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossil-trees-reveal-oldest-known-forest-asia-180972877/The grove of lycopsid trees is 365 million years old and covers 2.7 million square feetFri, 09 Aug 2019 16:32:23 +0000The Scientists Who Stared at Gullshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beachgoers-should-stare-down-aggressive-gulls-protect-their-cheese-fries-180972851/A new study suggests that watching the birds as they approach will slow them down or scare them offThu, 08 Aug 2019 20:47:18 +0000Why Scientists Are Making Vodka in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-scientists-are-making-vodka-chernobyl-exclusion-zone-180972853/It’s perfectly safe to drink, according to a new reportThu, 08 Aug 2019 18:14:49 +0000A Crashed Spacecraft Might Have Put Earth's Most Indestructible Organisms on the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/crashed-spacecraft-might-have-put-water-bears-moon-180972840/The microscopic tardigrades were part of a lunar library sent aboard the Beresheet lander that crashed last AprilWed, 07 Aug 2019 19:26:45 +0000This Chonky Ancient Bird Is the World’s Largest Known Parrothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chonky-ancient-bird-worlds-largest-known-parrot-180972841/Discovered in New Zealand, the bird has been dubbed ‘Squawkzilla’Wed, 07 Aug 2019 18:53:05 +0000Toxic Pesticides Are Driving Insect ‘Apocalypse’ in the U.S., Study Warnshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-pesticides-are-driving-us-insect-apocalypse-study-warns-180972839/The country's agricultural landscape is now 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 25 years agoWed, 07 Aug 2019 15:29:12 +0000Last Month Was the Hottest July in Recorded Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/data-confirms-july-was-hottest-month-ever-180972824/The EU's weather satellites show the global average was 0.072 higher than July 2016, the previous record holderTue, 06 Aug 2019 20:04:04 +0000It Will Take New Zealand 50 Million Years to Recover Its Lost Bird Biodiversityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-will-take-new-zealand-50-million-years-recover-its-lost-bird-biodiversity-180972827/Half of the country’s unique avian taxa have gone extinct since humans came to the islandTue, 06 Aug 2019 18:18:41 +0000Fossils Reveal Why Coyotes Outlived Saber-Toothed Catshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fossils-reveal-why-coyotes-outlived-saber-toothed-cats-180972826/Contrary to popular belief, carnivorous cats and canines probably didn't hunt the same limited pool of preyTue, 06 Aug 2019 16:54:53 +0000Eating Even One Piece of Plastic Has Health Consequences for Baby Seabirdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eating-even-one-piece-plastic-has-health-consequences-seabird-chicks-180972809/A study of fleshy-footed shearwater babies found plastic increased their cholesterol, impacted their kidneys and disrupted normal growthMon, 05 Aug 2019 20:20:20 +0000After 30 Years, a South African Dinosaur Is Identified as a New Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-30-years-south-african-dinosaur-identified-new-species-180972810/The fossil, held for decades at the University of Witwatersrand, was previously thought to belong to the most common dinosaur species in South AfricaMon, 05 Aug 2019 19:03:12 +0000Greenland Lost 12.5 Billion Tons of Ice in a Single Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/greenland-lost-record-breaking-125-billion-tons-ice-single-day-180972808/The amount of ice collectively lost last Wednesday and Thursday would be enough to cover Florida in almost five inches of waterMon, 05 Aug 2019 17:03:09 +0000Nevada Has a Massive New Dark Sky Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nevada-has-giant-new-dark-sky-sanctuary-180972798/The night skies at 100,000-acre Massacre Ridge are some of the starriest in the worldFri, 02 Aug 2019 19:00:45 +0000Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/would-you-buy-extinct-volcano-180972795/The U.K.’s Posbury Clump may not have the snazziest of names, but the site boasts a rich history—and is available for around $60,700Fri, 02 Aug 2019 18:41:12 +0000New 3-D Map Shows Milky Way's Big Twisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-3d-map-shows-milky-ways-big-twist-180972797/By mapping the distance of Cepheid stars, researchers reveal that our galaxy is warpedFri, 02 Aug 2019 18:38:51 +0000Turtle Embryos May Be Able to Influence Their Sex by Moving Around Inside the Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turtle-embryos-may-be-able-influence-their-sex-moving-around-inside-egg-180972796/When embryos found the so-called 'Goldilocks' temperature zone, sex selection was randomized, producing a nearly even split between males and femalesFri, 02 Aug 2019 15:28:29 +0000Artificially Conceived Southern White Rhino Offers Hope for Critically Endangered Cousinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/artificially-conceived-southern-white-rhino-offers-hope-critically-endangered-cousin-180972793/Scientists are working to bring northern white rhinos back from the brink by using southern females as surrogate mothersThu, 01 Aug 2019 19:27:40 +0000There Are ‘At Most’ 19 Vaquitas Left in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/there-are-most-19-vaquitas-left-wild-180972791/An alarming new study documents the continued decline of the critically endangered porpoise—but it may still be possible to save the speciesThu, 01 Aug 2019 16:39:26 +0000Male Black Widow Spiders Find Potential Mates by Following Other Suitors’ Trailshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-black-widow-spiders-find-potential-mates-following-other-suitors-trails-180972786/Although this strategy may seem counterintuitive, researchers say speedy tracking is an important factor in successful courtshipThu, 01 Aug 2019 16:19:00 +0000Rare, Mosquito-Borne Virus Found in Several Chickens in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sentinel-chickens-detect-brain-infecting-virus-florida-180972772/The only way to prevent eastern equine encephalitis virus, which causes brain-swelling and has a high mortality rate, is to avoid mosquito bitesThu, 01 Aug 2019 15:06:27 +0000This Iron Age Celtic Woman Was Buried in a Hollowed-Out Tree Trunkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/iron-age-celtic-woman-was-buried-hollowed-out-tree-trunk-180972773/The woman performed little physical labor during her lifetime and enjoyed a rich diet of starchy and sweetened foodsWed, 31 Jul 2019 18:06:24 +0000More Than 200 Reindeer Starved to Death in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-200-reindeer-starved-death-norway-180972770/Scientists think climate change is to blameWed, 31 Jul 2019 16:55:28 +0000Researchers Document First Known Case of Dolphin Mom Adopting Whale Calfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-document-first-known-instance-dolphin-mom-adopting-whale-calf-180972769/The melon-headed male whale actively competed for his adoptive mother's attention, repeatedly shoving his bottlenose dolphin sister out of the wayWed, 31 Jul 2019 16:49:44 +0000Ethiopia Plants 350 Million Trees in 12 Hours—a New Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ethiopia-plants-350-million-trees-12-hours-180972760/The government claims that volunteers at 1,000 sites participated in the coordinated reforestation effortsTue, 30 Jul 2019 20:01:45 +0000Swarms of Grasshoppers Invading Las Vegas Are Visible on Radarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarms-grasshoppers-invading-las-vegas-are-visible-radar-180972761/Experts say the insects are migrating north in response to unusually heavy rainfall in the regionTue, 30 Jul 2019 16:42:54 +0000The Arctic Is Experiencing Its Worst Wildfire Season on Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-experiencing-its-worst-wildfire-season-record-180972749/Arctic infernos released 50 megatons of carbon dioxide—the equivalent of Sweden’s total annual emissions—into the atmosphere in June aloneMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:49:04 +0000Traces of WWII Veteran’s Doomed Final Flight May Have Been Located in the Chesapeake Bayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-wwii-veterans-doomed-final-flight-potentially-found-chesapeake-bay-180972755/Few definitive traces of either the pilot or his plane have materialized since the 1945 crashMon, 29 Jul 2019 19:36:01 +0000Apollo 11 Mission Memorialized With 2,200 Pounds of Butterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2200-pounds-butter-memorializes-apollo-11-mission-180972750/A buttery Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, along with a couple cows, are on display at the Ohio State FairMon, 29 Jul 2019 16:46:01 +0000Sixteen Black Rhinos Successfully Relocated to eSwatini https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/16-black-rhinos-successfully-relocated-eswatini-180972742/The critically endangered animals had been living in South Africa, where poaching threats are highFri, 26 Jul 2019 20:20:05 +0000Robotic Hand Restores Wearer’s Sense of Touchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/robotic-hand-restores-wearers-sense-touch-180972737/The prosthetic enabled a test subject to pick up an egg without cracking it, send a text message, peel a banana and hold his wife's handFri, 26 Jul 2019 16:15:32 +0000Empty-Nester Loons Adopt a Mallard Chick in Northern Wisconsinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/empty-nester-loons-adopt-mallard-chick-northern-wisconsin-180972736/For two months the duckling has learned to eat fish, dive and just hang out on on mom and dad's backsFri, 26 Jul 2019 16:08:31 +0000Deep-Sea Snail Builds Its Own Ironclad Suit of Armor. But Even That Can't Protect It From Ocean Mininghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-snail-iron-shell-first-creature-declared-endangered-ocean-mining-180972727/The sea pangolin only lives by a few hydrothermal vents in the Indian Ocean, which are being targeted by deep-sea minersThu, 25 Jul 2019 20:54:00 +0000Cowboy Boots Purchased in the U.S. Played Part in Pangolins’ Declinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cowboy-boots-purchased-us-played-part-pangolins-decline-180972728/Before 2000, imported pangolin skins were widely used in the production of exotic leather accessoriesThu, 25 Jul 2019 20:01:37 +0000The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Medals Will Be Made of Recycled Materialshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tokyo-2020-olympic-medals-will-be-made-recycled-materials-180972726/The design for the medals, created by Junichi Kawanishi, were unveiled this weekThu, 25 Jul 2019 16:39:27 +0000Heading to the Beach? Beware the Fecal Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heading-beach-beware-fecal-bacteria-180972720/A new report found that more than 2,600 sites in the U.S. and Puerto Rico were “potentially unsafe” for at least one day in 2018 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 17:37:06 +0000Laugh Tracks Make Bad Jokes Funnier, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ha-ha-study-shows-laugh-tracks-make-dad-jokes-funnier-180972718/The bursts of audience laughter hated by TV critics do induce laughter, meaning the sit-com giggles are here to stayWed, 24 Jul 2019 17:25:30 +0000Why Archaeologists and Volcanologists Are Clashing Over Excavations at Pompeiihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-archaeologists-and-volcanologists-are-clashing-over-excavations-pompeii-180972716/Volcanologist Roberto Scandone argues that enthusiasm for archaeology has yielded an “act of vandalism to volcanology”Wed, 24 Jul 2019 15:35:48 +0000Why Florida Crocs Are Thriving Outside a Nuclear Power Planthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florida-crocs-are-thriving-outside-nuclear-power-plant-180972712/But is the Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station the reptilian utopia that it seems? Tue, 23 Jul 2019 19:36:13 +0000Unhatched Bird Embryos Communicate With Siblings by Vibrating Their Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unhatched-birds-communicate-siblings-vibrating-their-shells-180972711/Baby seabirds exposed to nestmates' warnings exhibit behavioral and physiological adaptations designed to help avoid predatorsTue, 23 Jul 2019 19:17:22 +0000Plaque Memorializes First Icelandic Glacier Lost to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plaque-memorializes-first-icelandic-glacier-lost-climate-change-180972710/In 2014, the Okjökull was declared dead after dwindling from over 5 square miles to a mound of "dead ice"Tue, 23 Jul 2019 17:14:45 +0000This New Shark Species Looks Like a Tiny Sperm Whalehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-shark-species-looks-like-tiny-sperm-whale-180972704/The 5.5-inch-long <em>Mollisquama mississippiensis</em>—one of only two pocket shark specimens known to science—also glows in the darkMon, 22 Jul 2019 17:44:39 +0000The World's Northernmost Permanent Settlement Set a Record High Temperaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-most-northerly-permanent-settlement-set-record-high-temperature-180972702/The military installation of Alert on Ellesmere Island, 600 miles from the North Pole, hit 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit last weekMon, 22 Jul 2019 16:35:51 +0000Wolves and Bears Are Being Returned to a Rare Patch of Ancient Woodland in Britainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolves-and-bears-are-being-returned-rare-patch-ancient-woodland-britain-180972670/The Bristol Zoological Society is launching an animal exhibit that will see the predators share a U.K. habitat for the first time in 1,000 yearsMon, 22 Jul 2019 15:45:59 +0000The California Condor Nearly Went Extinct. Now, the 1000th Chick of a Recovery Program Has Hatched.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-condor-nearly-went-extinct-now-1000th-chick-recovery-program-has-hatched-180972698/“When we confirmed it…it was just this feeling of overwhelming joy,” one wildlife expert saidMon, 22 Jul 2019 12:55:33 +0000New Species of Giant Flying Squirrel Discovered in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-giant-flying-squirrel-discovered-china-180972693/Weighing 3 to 4 pounds, the Mount Gaoligong flying squirrel was recently found in Yunnan provinceMon, 22 Jul 2019 12:00:00 +0000Swarms of Flying Ants Overtaking Great Britain Show Up as Rain on Radarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swarms-flying-ants-overtaking-great-britain-show-rain-radar-180972686/Once a year, the winged insects take to the skies and engage in mating ritualsFri, 19 Jul 2019 14:42:05 +0000Georgia Beachgoers Help Save Pod of Stranded Pilot Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/georgia-beachgoers-help-save-pod-stranded-pilot-whales-180972684/All but three of the animals that swam too close to shore made it back to the sea aliveThu, 18 Jul 2019 18:44:41 +0000Chimps Bond Over Movies, Just Like Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-bond-over-movies-just-us-180972682/After watching video clips together, chimps and bonobos were more sociable than those that watched the movies aloneThu, 18 Jul 2019 16:54:51 +0000Magma Lurks Below This ‘Extinct’ Volcano in Romaniahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magma-lurks-below-extinct-romanian-volcano-180972681/Rocks in the upper crust beneath Ciomadul are, on average, 15 percent molten, with some areas reaching as high as 45 percentThu, 18 Jul 2019 15:02:56 +0000This Material May Make Human Habitation on Mars Possiblehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/material-may-make-human-habitation-mars-possible-180972667/Silica aerogel traps heat and allows light in while blocking ultraviolet radiation, making it a good candidate for building human settlementsThu, 18 Jul 2019 14:35:23 +0000