Smart News Science | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:26:40 +0000Sweeping DNA Survey Highlights Vikings' Surprising Genetic Diversity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-reveals-vikings-surprising-genetic-diversity-180975865/A new study suggests Viking identity didn't always equate to Scandinavian ancestryFri, 18 Sep 2020 16:26:40 +0000A New Solar Cycle Promises Calm Space Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-solar-cycle-promises-calm-space-weather-180975859/Experts say the sun’s next decade will likely feature a low number of events like solar flares that can disrupt power grids and satellitesFri, 18 Sep 2020 14:36:48 +0000You Can Buy This T. Rex Skeleton—for a Hefty Pricehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-buy-t-rex-skeleton-hefty-price-180975847/Paleontology enthusiasts with an extra $8 million lying around can bid on Stan, a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex Thu, 17 Sep 2020 17:24:01 +0000Ice Age Cave Bear Found Preserved in Permafrost on Siberian Island https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-age-cave-bear-found-preserved-siberian-permafrost-180975835/According to preliminary analysis, the bear is between 22,000 and 39,500 years oldThu, 17 Sep 2020 16:41:25 +0000Thousands of Migrating Birds Drop Dead Across Southwestern U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-migrating-birds-drop-dead-across-southwestern-us-180975828/Researchers aren’t sure what’s causing the mass die-off impacting birds flying south for the winterThu, 17 Sep 2020 16:19:24 +0000New Report Details Impacts of Covid-19 Pandemic on Global Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-report-details-impacts-covid-19-pandemic-global-health-180975822/The annual Gates Foundation report assesses global progress toward the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals Wed, 16 Sep 2020 20:22:07 +0000West Coast Wildfire Smoke Reported as Far East as the Netherlandshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/western-wildfire-smoke-travels-across-country-180975821/Hazy skies covered the United States and parts of Europe this week as jet streams pushed fumes eastwardWed, 16 Sep 2020 19:36:24 +0000Humans Wiped Out Two-Thirds of the World’s Wildlife in 50 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-wiped-out-two-thirds-worlds-wildlife-50-years-180975824/Threats to global biodiversity are also threats to humans, experts warnWed, 16 Sep 2020 19:01:25 +0000Trees Are Growing Fast and Dying Young Due to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trees-are-growing-fast-and-dying-young-due-climate-change-180975819/Rapid growth reduces the capacity of forests to absorb and store carbon dioxideWed, 16 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Woodpeckers’ Bloody Wars Draw Crowdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-woodpeckers-bloody-wars-draw-crowd-180975804/Acorn woodpeckers will fight to the death to control the finest habitat and new research finds up to 30 non-combatants will pull up a branch to watchTue, 15 Sep 2020 17:38:22 +0000These Sea Anemones Grow Limbs When They Eathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-sea-anemones-grow-limbs-when-they-eat-180975802/The starlet sea anemone is the first known species to translate food into limbsTue, 15 Sep 2020 17:26:36 +0000New Section of Petrified Forest Uncovered on Wales Beach After Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-section-petrified-forest-uncovered-wales-beach-after-storm-180975803/The petrified forest in Borth appears in a myth written in the oldest surviving Welsh manuscript Tue, 15 Sep 2020 16:50:04 +0000In Clouds on Venus, New Potential for Microbial Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-venus-astronomers-have-new-evidence-consider-180975798/Astronomers have detected a chemical in Venus’ atmosphere that signifies life on Earth. Could it mean the same on Venus?Mon, 14 Sep 2020 18:14:16 +0000Study Finds Ten Species of Fish That May Have a Secret Talent for Walking on Landhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-ten-species-fish-may-have-secret-talent-walking-land-180975792/The strange fish may help researchers envision the gaits of Earth’s first terrestrial vertebratesMon, 14 Sep 2020 16:50:21 +0000Mapping Technology Reveals Channels of Warm Water Under Florida-Sized Glacierhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mapping-technology-reveals-channels-warm-water-under-florida-sized-glacier-180975797/The new research will inform computer models of how quickly the glacier is meltingMon, 14 Sep 2020 16:43:57 +0000Space Mice Return to Earth, Mighty as Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-mice-return-earth-mighty-ever-180975788/Their space voyage provides new insights for treating muscle and bone lossFri, 11 Sep 2020 19:46:30 +0000See Where Brilliant Fall Foliage Will Peak Across the Country in This Maphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-predicts-years-brilliant-fall-foliage-180975774/An interactive map predicts when the orange, red and yellow hues of autumn will brighten up the countrysideFri, 11 Sep 2020 19:04:38 +0000Hummingbirds in the Andes Go to Chilly Extremes for a Good Night’s Sleep https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hummingbirds-andes-go-chilly-extremes-good-nights-sleep-180975767/The longer a bird spent in a state of torpor, the less body mass it lost overnight Fri, 11 Sep 2020 16:49:28 +0000A Rare Planet Might Be Hiding in This Oddly Shaped, Triple-Star System https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-planet-might-be-hiding-oddly-shaped-triple-star-system-180975763/Two new studies explain why GW Orionis, a rare triple-star system 1,300 light years away, looks so misshapenFri, 11 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Photographs Capture Eerie Skies That Cloaked the Bay Area in an Orange Glowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orange-skies-loom-over-bay-area-fires-burn-across-california-180975766/Smoke from more than 20 major fires burning in the surrounding region shrouded the city through the morning hoursThu, 10 Sep 2020 20:37:26 +0000Scientists Tested Out the World's Largest Digital Camera on a Piece of Broccoli https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-bound-space-telescope-takes-3200-megapixel-photos-180975758/Soon, it’ll photograph the cosmos. But first, scientists used it to snap a highly-detailed picture of an ordinary vegetableThu, 10 Sep 2020 17:37:46 +0000'Zombie Fires' May Have Sparked Record High Carbon Emissions in the Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/arctic-wildfires-have-already-emitted-more-carbon-entirety-2019-180975747/Increasing temperatures due to climate change and wildfires may be propelling the region into a fiery new normalWed, 09 Sep 2020 20:56:39 +0000Parasitic Plant Waits for Host’s Signal Before Flowering https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parasitic-plant-waits-hosts-signal-flowering-180975750/Dodders grow into tangled masses of leafless tendrils also called wizard’s net and strangleweedWed, 09 Sep 2020 19:04:41 +0000How Redlining Made City Neighborhoods Hotterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-redlining-made-city-neighborhoods-hotter-180975754/A growing body of research highlights the connection between systemic discrimination and the local climateWed, 09 Sep 2020 17:31:04 +0000On Hot Days, Asphalt Can Release as Much Air Pollution as Carshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hot-days-asphalt-may-release-much-air-pollution-cars-180975756/During heat waves, pavement can reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit, which unleashes harmful particles into the airWed, 09 Sep 2020 16:39:37 +0000Why Is the Moon Covered in Rust? Even Scientists Are Stumped by This Metal Mysteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-moon-covered-rust-even-scientists-are-stumped-metal-mystery-180975736/Without oxygen and water, how is the substance Wed, 09 Sep 2020 11:00:00 +0000Take Free, Online College Classes Featuring Anthony Fauci and Other Covid-19 Expertshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/learn-about-covid-19-free-online-classes-mit-purdue-and-more-180975737/MIT’s class includes live-streamed lectures on Tuesday mornings and Purdue's self-paced course offers a certificate in contact tracingTue, 08 Sep 2020 20:50:44 +0000With a Simple Piece of Paper, Engineers Create Self-Powered, Wireless Keyboardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-next-digital-tablet-could-be-made-paper-180975727/Scientists at Purdue University have found a way to make a piece of paper digitally interactiveFri, 04 Sep 2020 19:58:42 +0000Face Shields and Valved Masks Don't Fully Stop the Spread of Aerosolshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/face-shields-and-valved-masks-dont-stop-spread-aerosols-180975728/A new visualization shows how droplets from a cough or sneeze escape around the sides of a plastic face shield Fri, 04 Sep 2020 17:12:06 +0000Microfibers From Blue Jeans Are Polluting Arctic Oceanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/miniscule-fibers-blue-jeans-are-polluting-arctic-oceans-180975729/Researchers found that bits of denim are much more prevalent in our oceans than previously thoughtFri, 04 Sep 2020 16:22:17 +0000How to Weigh a Dinosaurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-you-weigh-dinosaur-180975714/A new study reveals the proper technique to weigh these extinct creaturesThu, 03 Sep 2020 18:50:17 +0000World’s Deepest Freshwater Cave Is Twice as Deep as Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-deepest-freshwater-cave-twice-deep-previously-thought-180975712/New research shows the Hranice Abyss in the Czech Republic is 3,280 feet deep Wed, 02 Sep 2020 21:04:36 +0000Andromeda's Halo of Gases Is Bumping Up Against Our Own, Scientists Say https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andromedas-halo-gases-butting-against-our-own-scientists-say-180975707/Researchers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope mapped the gaseous halo that surrounds the Andromeda GalaxyWed, 02 Sep 2020 19:44:25 +0000Thought to Be Extinct, New Guinea’s Singing Dogs Found Alive in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-guineas-singing-dogs-found-alive-wild-180975704/A new genetic study confirms that the unique dogs, thought to be extinct in the wild, still exist outside of human care Wed, 02 Sep 2020 19:11:31 +0000Sleep Experts Make the Case Against Daylight Saving Time https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experts-make-case-against-daylight-saving-time-180975706/The American Academy of Sleep Medicine called for the abolishment of seasonal time changes last weekWed, 02 Sep 2020 16:14:57 +0000A Mini Version of Britain's Royal Hedge Maze Is No Match for Amoebashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uks-oldest-hedge-maze-no-match-amoebas-180975697/The study demonstrates how cells navigate the human body to provide immunity or carry messagesTue, 01 Sep 2020 18:21:10 +0000Hibernation May Be a 250-Million-Year-Old Survival Trickhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hibernation-may-be-250-million-year-old-trick-180975695/Paleontologists studying this strange creature’s tusks say they’ve found evidence the animal slowed its metabolism during hard timesTue, 01 Sep 2020 15:20:33 +0000A Cable Snapped, and the Arecibo Observatory Went Dark. Here’s Why That Matters https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cable-snapped-and-arecibo-observatory-went-dark-heres-why-matters-180975688/An accident in the middle of the night damaged one of the world’s most important observatories—and scientists still don’t know what caused itMon, 31 Aug 2020 19:41:30 +0000Why This 'Unicorn Baby Dinosaur' Is the 'Cutest,' 'Weirdest' Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-d-scans-dinosaur-embryos-skull-reveal-unexpected-features-180975687/The tiny sauropod had a horn on its snout and forward-facing eyes, unlike its adult counterparts Mon, 31 Aug 2020 16:48:05 +0000University of Arizona Stops a Covid-19 Outbreak by Following the Feceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/university-arizona-stops-covid-19-outbreak-following-feces-180975684/After wastewater monitoring detected the virus in a dorm’s sewage, the school discovered and quarantined two asymptomatic infections Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Project Precisely How Cold the Last Ice Age Washttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ice-age-temperature-science-how-cold-180975674/Researchers used models and data from fossilized plankton to determine the global average temperature at the timeFri, 28 Aug 2020 20:06:42 +0000How to Spot Elusive 'Jellyfish Sprites' Dancing in the Sky During a Thunderstormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-elusive-jellyfish-sprites-thunderstorm-180975677/The large red flashes of light only last for millisecondsFri, 28 Aug 2020 19:38:33 +0000Russia Declassifies Video From 1961 of Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Detonatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-declassifies-video-1961-largest-hydrogen-bomb-ever-detonated-180975669/The blast was over 3,000 times bigger than the bomb that destroyed HiroshimaFri, 28 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0000Painting Wind Turbine Blades Black Help Birds Avoid Deadly Collisionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/black-wind-turbine-blades-help-birds-avoid-deadly-collisions-180975668/A recent study found the simple intervention reduced bird mortality by 72 percentThu, 27 Aug 2020 16:26:48 +0000Wild Polio Eradicated in 47 African Countries https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-polio-eradicated-who-africa-180975665/Experts announced Tuesday that the disease, which can cause paralysis and death in young children, has been virtually eliminated from the continentThu, 27 Aug 2020 15:49:57 +0000Hubble Snapshots Reveal That Comet Neowise Survived Its Trip Around the Sunhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-snapshots-reveal-comet-neowise-survived-its-trip-around-sun-180975659/A close-up taken in August shows the 11,000-mile-wide cloud of dust and gas that shrouds the cometWed, 26 Aug 2020 17:03:21 +0000First Wolverine Family Makes a Home in Mount Rainier National Park in 100 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-wolverine-family-makes-home-mount-rainier-national-park-100-years-180975654/A trio of wolverines—a mom and two kits—were spotted on camera traps in the parkWed, 26 Aug 2020 16:51:25 +0000College Students Unearth Massive Triceratops Skullhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/undergraduates-unearth-massive-triceratops-skull-180975653/On an annual summer fossil collecting trip, the undergraduates struck it big in South DakotaWed, 26 Aug 2020 16:36:22 +0000Fallen Boulder at the Grand Canyon Reveals Prehistoric Reptile Footprintshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fallen-boulder-grand-canyon-reveals-ancient-footprints-180975646/313 million years ago, two reptilian creatures crept over this boulder's surfaceTue, 25 Aug 2020 19:10:09 +0000Wildfire Burns California’s Oldest State Park—but Most Redwoods Should Recover Soonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wildfire-burns-californias-oldest-state-park-most-redwoods-should-recover-soon-180975647/However, the park lost its historic core infrastructure, including headquarters, amphitheater and campgroundsTue, 25 Aug 2020 19:04:43 +0000Researchers Use Algae to Make Biodegradable Flip-Flopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-use-algae-make-biodegradable-flip-flops-180975645/The shoes break down in about 18 weeks under the right conditionsTue, 25 Aug 2020 18:04:25 +0000This 15-Foot Ichthyosaur Died With a 13-Foot Meal in Its Stomachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/15-foot-ichthyosaur-died-13-foot-meal-its-stomach-180975633/The shocking size of the marine predator’s quarry may force paleontologists to rethink the marine reptile’s role in the Triassic ecosystemMon, 24 Aug 2020 17:38:47 +0000Scientists 'Digitally Unwrap' Ancient Egyptian Animal Mummieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-digitally-unwrap-ancient-egyptian-animal-mummies-180975628/Detailed scanning technology provides a detailed look at a kitten, cobra and birdFri, 21 Aug 2020 19:31:19 +0000In California, More Acres Have Burned in the 2020 Fire Season Than in All of 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-more-acres-have-burned-2020-all-2019-180975629/Over 500,000 acres have burned in California, sparked by dry lightning storms and an extreme heat waveFri, 21 Aug 2020 18:39:04 +0000Desert Moss Beats Heat by Growing Under Quartz Crystalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/desert-moss-beats-heat-growing-under-quartz-crystals-180975624/Researchers find the translucent rocks keep the moss moist while letting just enough light pass through its milky interiorFri, 21 Aug 2020 16:32:44 +0000Covid-19 Reaches Mink Farms in Utahhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/covid-19-reaches-mink-farms-utah-180975605/Veterinarians have confirmed five cases in U.S. minks, but suspect the actual number is higherThu, 20 Aug 2020 19:31:54 +0000Painting Eyes on Cow Butts Could Save Cattle and Lion Liveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/painting-eyes-cow-butts-could-save-cow-and-lion-lives-180975601/The four-year study in Botswana found cattle with eye marks painted on their behinds were less likely to be killed by predators Thu, 20 Aug 2020 18:51:27 +0000Scientists Shot Lasers at a Lunar Orbiter for a Decade. Then, One Bounced Back https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-shot-lasers-moon-decade-then-one-bounced-back-180975585/The success might help scientists troubleshoot problems with a data-collection project that dates back to the Apollo era Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:13:22 +0000Death Valley Hits a Blistering 130 Degrees, Potentially Setting New Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-valley-hits-blistering-130-degrees-potentially-setting-new-record-180975593/If confirmed, this scorcher would be the hottest temperature recorded on Earth since at least 1931Wed, 19 Aug 2020 19:03:43 +0000Grey Reef Sharks Hunt With the Same Group for Years—but Don't Call Them Friendshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grey-reef-sharks-spend-their-days-reef-proximity-associates-180975595/They're more like reef proximity associatesWed, 19 Aug 2020 18:57:25 +0000Coalition Calls for Naming Heat Waves Like Hurricaneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coalition-calls-naming-heat-waves-hurricanes-180975586/The group’s climate and health experts say naming and categorizing extreme heat events could save livesTue, 18 Aug 2020 19:40:54 +0000Invasive Spotted Lanternflies Reach Eight New Jersey Counties https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/invasive-spotted-lanternflies-reach-eight-new-jersey-counties-180975584/The insect is an 'excellent hitchhiker,' says the New Jersey Department of AgricultureTue, 18 Aug 2020 16:21:14 +0000In a New Record, 11 Named Storms Have Already Formed in the Atlantichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-record-11-named-storms-have-formed-atlantic-180975577/Forecasters now estimate that 2020’s Atlantic hurricane season could see up to 25 named stormsMon, 17 Aug 2020 19:32:08 +0000Microscopically, Crocodile Tears Look Sort of Like Our Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-tears-arent-so-different-birds-180975572/Humans are the only species known to cry in response to emotional turmoil, but a new study finds reptile and avian tears aren't so differentMon, 17 Aug 2020 18:29:55 +0000This Frog Mates With Two Females in an Unusual Love Trianglehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frog-mates-two-females-once-180975563/Relationships like these are rare among amphibians, scientists say Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:48:35 +0000Structural Complexity Gives This Fruit Its Metallic Blue Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-cause-fruits-metallic-blue-color-180975562/The super blue viburnum fruit gets its hue not just from blue pigment, but from the structure of its fat Fri, 14 Aug 2020 18:16:40 +000030-Foot 'Terror Crocodile' Ambushed Dinosaurs at Water’s Edgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/30-foot-terror-crocodile-ambushed-dinosaurs-waters-edge-180975561/Study says the five-ton extinct reptiles had teeth the size of bananasFri, 14 Aug 2020 17:15:02 +0000How Will Amazon’s Planned Satellite Megaconstellation Impact the Night Sky? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazons-planned-network-3236-satellites-worrying-astronomers-180975560/The company plans to launch 3,236 satellites, but astronomers are worried about possible ramificationsFri, 14 Aug 2020 16:48:38 +0000Record-Breaking 60,000 Flamingos Flock to Southern Francehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flamingos-france-southern-marsh-record-180975539/More than 50,000 adults and 12,000 babies were counted in aerial photos, suggesting a record-breaking year for the pink birdsThu, 13 Aug 2020 19:37:17 +0000NASA Mission Shows Dwarf Planet Ceres Is Geologically Activehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-mission-shows-dwarf-planet-ceres-geologically-active-180975553/Seven studies of data from the Dawn spacecraft’s final orbit makes the case for liquid under the dwarf planet's surfaceThu, 13 Aug 2020 19:09:57 +0000The Secret Behind New Insect Repellent's Potent Punch Is Found in Grapefruithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grapefruit-scent-wards-insects-and-safe-enough-eat-180975552/The EPA just approved nootkatone, a chemical found in grapefruit and cedars that kills and repels ticks, mosquitoes and other insectsThu, 13 Aug 2020 17:13:55 +0000The Physics of Why Hot Water Sometimes Freezes Faster Than Cold Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-experiment-shows-why-sometimes-hot-water-cools-faster-cold-water-180975543/For decades, physicists have debated whether the phenomenon exists and how to study it Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:22:11 +0000Drop in Emissions During COVID Will Have 'No Effect' on Climatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drop-emissions-during-covid-will-have-negligible-effects-climate-180975542/Heavy investment in renewable energy is mandatory to significantly cool the planet, scientists say Wed, 12 Aug 2020 18:02:50 +0000Deep-Sea Microbes Exert the Least Amount of Energy Possible to Survivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-microbes-exert-least-amount-energy-possible-survive-180975535/Giving a whole new meaning to doing the “bare minimum” Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000The Scientific Reason Why Razors Don't Stay Sharp for Longhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-razors-are-dull-within-weeks-according-science-180975534/When soft hair hits the blade’s weak points, it causes the metal to chip apartTue, 11 Aug 2020 18:33:35 +0000Study Reveals This Mysterious, Super Long-Necked Triassic Reptile Was a Marine Hunterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-mysterious-super-long-necked-triassic-reptile-was-marine-hunter-180975533/The creature’s neck was stiff like a giraffe’s and was nearly three times the length of its torsoTue, 11 Aug 2020 16:58:47 +0000How an Algorithm Draws Unexpected Connections Between Works of Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-algorithm-creates-unlikely-pairings-classic-art-180975529/Given a starting image, the artificial intelligence can identify objects that match its colors, textures and themes Tue, 11 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Perseid Meteor Shower Reaches Peak Starting Tonighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseids-meteor-shower-reaches-peak-starting-tonight-180975532/The early mornings of August 11, 12 and 13 are the best times to view the annual summer 'shooting star' displayMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:42:32 +0000Sole-Searching, Shoe-Swiping Fox Caught in Germanyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fox-snags-and-stores-more-100-shoes-180975528/The crafty urban dweller built a colorful collection of footwear dominated by CrocsMon, 10 Aug 2020 20:02:07 +0000The Forecast on Jupiter Is Cloudy With a Chance of 'Mushballs'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-describes-jupiters-wild-weather-180975525/New research describes the gas giant's wild weatherMon, 10 Aug 2020 16:32:52 +0000Amber Fossil Shows 'Hell Ant' Was Unlike Anything Alive Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amber-fossil-shows-hell-ant-was-unlike-anything-alive-today-180975522/The 99-million-year-old ant had scythe-like jaws that swung upward to pin prey against a horn-like head appendageMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:30:00 +0000Scientists Use Moon as Mirror in Hunt for Extraterrestrial Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-moon-mirror-hunt-extraterrestrial-life-180975521/The Hubble Telescope captured reflections of ultraviolet light to test for ozone layersMon, 10 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000These Life-Size, Animatronic Dinosaurs Are Heading to New Homeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/life-size-animatronic-dinosaurs-sale-180975502/Yesterday, an auction house in Canada offloaded more than 50 robotic reptiles in a unique online saleFri, 07 Aug 2020 15:22:55 +0000In Cities and Farms, Disease-Carrying Animals Thrivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cities-and-farms-disease-carrying-animals-thrive-180975499/When humans dominate wild land, disease-carrying animals take over and biodiversity suffersFri, 07 Aug 2020 11:00:00 +0000Satellites Spy Poop-Stained Ice, Revealing New Emperor Penguin Colonieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-spy-poop-stained-ice-revealing-new-emperor-penguin-colonies-180975500/Researchers found eight new colonies, but all were small and located in parts of Antarctica predicted to be ravaged by climate changeFri, 07 Aug 2020 10:00:00 +0000This Australian App Is Like 'Shazam' for Spiders and Snakeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-app-shazam-spiders-and-snakes-180975489/New AI tool will help users identify venomous species Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:39:59 +0000This Might Be the Best Stargazing Spot on Earth, According to Scientistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/might-be-best-stargazing-spot-earth-according-scientists-180975494/A frigid hill near Antarctica’s South Pole has all the qualifications to be a superior telescope site, researchers say Thu, 06 Aug 2020 18:36:59 +0000Wild Bees Are Worth $1.5 Billion for Six U.S. Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wild-bees-are-worth-15-billion-six-us-crops-180975488/Study also finds that crop yields are often limited by a lack of pollinatorsWed, 05 Aug 2020 18:12:59 +0000When This Beetle Gets Eaten by a Frog, It Heads for the 'Back Door'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/when-beetle-gets-eaten-frog-it-forces-its-way-out-back-door-180975484/New research details how this Japanese water beetle travels through the bowels of its predator to emerge out the other end, alive and unharmed Wed, 05 Aug 2020 16:36:56 +0000Americans Plant Mysterious Seeds Despite Government Warningshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-plant-mysterious-seeds-despite-government-warnings-180975479/The USDA urges people not to plant unsolicited seeds they receive. Evidence suggests the packages are part of a scam designed to boost online salesTue, 04 Aug 2020 18:34:26 +0000Scientists Capture First Murder Hornet in Washington Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-capture-first-murder-hornet-washington-state-180975470/It’s a step in the direction of eliminating the invasive species, experts say Tue, 04 Aug 2020 15:23:53 +0000This Giant Prehistoric Owl Was an Actual Cannibalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-owl-was-giant-and-cannibal-180975468/Fossils found in the Ecuadorian Andes suggest the creature was a formidable predatorTue, 04 Aug 2020 15:08:13 +0000How Ancient Monsoons and Tectonic Shifts Shaped This Flowering Mountain Hotspot https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ancient-monsoons-and-tectonic-shifts-shaped-flowering-mountain-hotspot-180975464/The stunning biodiversity of alpine plants in China’s Hengduan Mountains can be traced back 30 million years, according to a new study Mon, 03 Aug 2020 16:22:38 +0000Lead From Notre-Dame Fire Discovered in Parisian Beehiveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-notre-dame-fire-discovered-parisian-beehives-180975461/The findings indicate that honey can provide important evidence of environmental pollution, scientists say Mon, 03 Aug 2020 15:39:49 +0000This A.I. Can Recognize Individual Birds of the Same Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-can-recognize-individual-birds-same-species-180975460/Humans can’t reliably tell birds of the same species apart, limiting our ability to study their behavior, but the new A.I. is 90 percent accurateMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:48:31 +0000This Medieval Potion Kills Stubborn Bacteriahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-potion-kills-stubborn-bacteria-180975459/"Bald’s eyesalve" is effective against numerous strains of bacteria—and could help treat diabetic foot and leg ulcersMon, 03 Aug 2020 14:44:52 +0000Anglerfish Drop Their Immune Defenses to Find Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Anglerfish-Drop-Their-Immune-Defenses-to-Find-Love-180975458/Male anglerfish are major clingers. To avoid mistaking mates as foreign tissue, the deep sea couples lost part of their immune system in evolutionFri, 31 Jul 2020 19:26:43 +0000Civil War-Era Vaccination Kits Yield New Clues About History of Smallpox Vaccine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vacinnation-smallpox-civil-war-180975428/Researchers were able to sequence the genomes of five smallpox vaccines used by doctors in the 1860s Fri, 31 Jul 2020 19:01:18 +0000Study Suggests Bones Preserved in Peat Bogs May Be at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peat-bogs-arent-preserving-ancient-bones-well-they-used-180975449/Per the paper, archaeologists need to act quickly to recover organic material trapped in the wetlands before specimens degradeFri, 31 Jul 2020 18:31:53 +0000This Marsupial Sabertooth Was No Killer Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marsupial-saber-tooth-was-no-killer-cat-180975442/Long fangs caused many to assume Thylacosmilus was a slashing predator, but new research suggests it was a scavenger with a preference for leftoversFri, 31 Jul 2020 17:31:21 +0000Archaeologists Pinpoint Origins of Stonehenge's Mysterious Megalithshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origin-stonehenges-massive-boulders-revealed-180975450/A new study used chemical analysis to determine that the 20-ton boulders came from the West Woods, some 15 miles awayFri, 31 Jul 2020 16:43:04 +0000Trees Live for Thousands of Years, but Can They Cheat Death? Not Quitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trees-live-thousands-years-can-they-cheat-death-180975433/A new paper suggests that though humans may not notice, even the longest-lived trees are dying a little each dayThu, 30 Jul 2020 19:45:59 +0000Here Are Three Things the Perseverence Rover Will Do When It Gets to Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/3-things-look-forward-when-perseverance-reaches-mars-180975446/NASA's newest space robot will build on the goals of previous missions to find out whether life ever existed on the Red PlanetThu, 30 Jul 2020 17:32:41 +0000See Two Giant Exoplanets Orbit a Distant Star in This Rare Image https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-two-giant-exoplanets-orbit-distant-star-rare-image-180975444/Researchers used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to capture the image Thu, 30 Jul 2020 16:13:16 +0000Why 'Pandemic Shaming' Is Bad for Public Healthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pandemic-shaming-bad-public-health-180975425/Empathy may go further than annoyance when encouraging people to change their risky behavior Wed, 29 Jul 2020 19:59:32 +0000How the Australian Finger Lime Could Save American Citrushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-australian-finger-lime-could-save-american-citrus-180975434/Scientists found the gene that makes finger limes impervious to a disease turning oranges green and bitterWed, 29 Jul 2020 19:31:28 +0000Woolly Mammoth Skeleton With Intact Ligaments Found in Siberian Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mammoth-remains-intact-ligaments-emerge-siberian-lake-180975431/Part of the extinct animal's foot was recovered from the water with well-preserved, millennia-old soft tissueWed, 29 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Neanderthals May Have Been More Sensitive to Pain Than Most Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-may-have-been-more-sensitive-pain-most-humans-180975424/Modern humans with this Neanderthal-inherited gene report 7 percent more pain than other peopleWed, 29 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000New Research Reveals the Transatlantic Slave Trade's Genetic Legacy https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-brutal-genetic-legacy-slave-trade-180975423/Scientists investigated whether genetic data collected from 50,000 volunteers lined up with historical shipping manifestsTue, 28 Jul 2020 18:39:57 +0000Reef Sharks Are in Serious Danger of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reef-sharks-are-serious-danger-extinction-says-new-study-180975427/Researchers found that the sharks are 'functionally extinct' in 20 percent of coral reefs surveyed Tue, 28 Jul 2020 15:34:45 +0000Astronomy Offers Fresh Look at Vermeer's 'View of Delft'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomy-offers-fresh-look-vermeers-view-delft-180975413/Analysis of sunlight and shadows suggests the Dutch masterpiece portrays the city around 8 a.m. in early September 1659 or 1658Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Crack the Mathematical Mystery of Stingless Bees' Spiral Honeycombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stingless-bees-build-spiral-honeycombs-grow-crystals-180975405/The waxy architectural wonders seem to grow like crystalsTue, 28 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000New Evidence Suggests Ancient Crocodiles Swam From Africa to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-ancient-crocodiles-swam-africa-america-180975415/The prehistoric reptiles would have gotten some help from ocean currents Mon, 27 Jul 2020 16:02:24 +0000How Do Dogs Find Their Way Home? They Might Sense Earth's Magnetic Fieldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-lassie-find-timmy-all-those-times-it-may-have-been-magnetic-180975414/Our canine companions aren't the only animals that may be capable of magnetoreceptionMon, 27 Jul 2020 14:57:59 +0000The Legend, the History and the Science Behind Seattle's New Hockey Team Namehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seattles-new-hockey-team-dubbed-kraken-180975407/NHL fans, meet the Seattle Kraken—named for a mythical beast that may have been inspired by the very real giant squidFri, 24 Jul 2020 18:16:32 +0000Sierra Club Grapples With Founder John Muir’s Racismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sierra-club-grapples-founder-john-muirs-racism-180975404/The organization calls out Muir’s racist statements and pledges to diversify leadership and deepen environmental justice initiativesFri, 24 Jul 2020 17:26:56 +0000Can You Help Identify This Museum's Mystery Artifacts?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-museum-needs-help-identifying-mystery-objects-180975393/A Manchester-based science institution has a backlog of unusual objects in need of classificationFri, 24 Jul 2020 11:30:00 +0000Rich Americans’ Homes Have 25% Larger Carbon Footprints Than Low-Income Householdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rich-americans-homes-have-25-larger-carbon-footprint-low-income-households-180975395/The researchers calculated the carbon emissions of 93 million U.S. homes during the year 2015 and analyzed the results by income and locationFri, 24 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000Will Mass Transit Recover From the Pandemic? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-will-public-transit-recover-pandemic-180975398/Financial losses from low ridership and unexpectedly low sales tax revenue threaten the future of public transportationThu, 23 Jul 2020 17:56:41 +0000Protections for Grizzlies in the Greater Yellowstone Area Upheld in Courthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/good-news-bears-protections-grizzlies-greater-yellowstone-area-upheld-court-180975390/For over a decade, the protected status of grizzly bears under the Endangered Species Act has been under fireThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Centuries-Old Paintings Help Researchers Track Food Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-paintings-can-teach-us-about-evolution-food-180975381/Art inadvertently documents the domestication of carrots, wheat, watermelon and other culinary delightsThu, 23 Jul 2020 11:00:00 +0000Researchers Discover What May Be 37 Active Volcanoes on Venushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-what-may-be-37-active-volcanoes-venus-180975382/Scientists had long assumed Venus' volcanoes were dormant, but a new study suggests the inhospitable planet has 37 active volcanoesThu, 23 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0000See Our Sun’s Surface in Unprecedented Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-our-suns-surface-unprecedented-detail-180975380/NASA and the European Space Agency released the closest images ever taken of our sunWed, 22 Jul 2020 17:15:20 +0000Scientists Accidentally Bred a School of 'Sturddlefish'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-accidentally-bred-school-sturddlefish-180975375/Researchers mixed paddlefish sperm with sturgeon eggs because the fish seemed too dissimilar to form a hybrid Wed, 22 Jul 2020 16:26:14 +0000