Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:11:33 +0000Interior Secretary Recommends Shrinking Six National Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/national-monuments-recommendations-handful-boundary-changes-180964628/The review, which has been leaked, also suggests changes in uses and/or management of several other monumentsThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:14:37 +0000Scientists Spot the Spark From Ancient Collision of Neutron Starshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weve-finally-spotted-two-neutron-stars-violently-merging-180965273/The chirp and flash from the event offers clues to the origin of Earth's precious metalsMon, 16 Oct 2017 16:11:33 +0000Scientists Peek Across the Galaxy to the "Dark Side" of the Milky Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-getting-their-first-good-look-other-side-milky-way-180965263/Until now, researchers haven't been able to map half of the galaxy we call homeFri, 13 Oct 2017 20:11:17 +0000Stinking Rich: Swiss Sewage Contains $1.8 Million in Goldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-sewage-full-gold-apparently-180965245/But don't start digging through the country's sewer sludge just yetThu, 12 Oct 2017 19:17:33 +0000A Mysteriously Massive Hole in Antarctic Ice Has Returnedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/return-massive-ice-hole-antarctica-has-baffled-scientists-180965246/These holes are thought to be crucial elements of the currents driving the world's oceans, and after 40 years, one has formed againThu, 12 Oct 2017 18:17:05 +0000Watch First Video of Sand Cat Kittens Romping in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/video-captures-african-sand-cat-kittens-first-time-180965236/The elusive kittens were documented sitting under a bush in the Moroccan Sahara last AprilThu, 12 Oct 2017 17:46:26 +0000Massive Green Squash Smashes Record for World's Largesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/behold-worlds-largest-green-squash-180965237/Joe Jutras' 2118-pound squash makes him the first person to earn the record for largest pumpkin, longest gourd and heaviest squashThu, 12 Oct 2017 15:31:59 +0000World's Largest Radio Telescope Spies Its First Pulsarshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-massive-radio-telescope-already-finding-pulsars-180965239/Still in its trial run, the China's FAST radio telescope has already identified two new pulsars and perhaps a dozen moreThu, 12 Oct 2017 14:21:27 +0000The Man Who Invented Nitroglycerin Was Horrified By Dynamitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/man-who-invented-nitroglycerin-was-horrified-dynamite-180965192/Alfred Nobel–yes, that Nobel–commercialized it, but inventor Asciano Sobrero thought nitroglycerin was too destructive to be usefulThu, 12 Oct 2017 10:00:00 +0000Geologists Map the Plumbing Beneath Yellowstone's Old Faithful Geyserhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seeing-beneath-old-faithful-180965230/Without turning over a stone, geologists imaged the subsurface supply for this iconic geyserWed, 11 Oct 2017 15:04:52 +0000Researchers Sniff Out the Genes Behind the Smell of the World's Stinkiest Fruithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-sequence-genome-worlds-stinkiest-fruit-180965195/The DNA of the durian, it turns out, is very complex and optimized for producing a wretched stenchWed, 11 Oct 2017 14:12:52 +0000Anthrax Outbreak May Have Caused Mass Die-off of Hippos in Namibiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anthrax-outbreak-may-have-caused-mass-die-hippos-namibia-180965200/More than 100 hippos have been found dead over the past weekWed, 11 Oct 2017 13:24:36 +0000The Elusive Songbird Species That Likely Never Existedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-songbird-species-likely-never-existed-180965154/After fruitless hunts for a Liberian songbird, DNA analysis suggests that the species is not newTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:27:24 +0000Sooty Bird Feathers Reveal a Century of Coal Emissions Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-dirty-birds-can-teach-us-about-climate-change-180965189/A story of pollution hides in the grime of museums' birds specimensTue, 10 Oct 2017 20:08:10 +0000Jane Squire and the Longitude Warshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jane-squire-and-longitude-wars-180965143/The sixteenth-century debate over how to determine longitude had a lot of participants—and one womanTue, 10 Oct 2017 13:00:00 +0000The UK May Implement a Near-Total Ban on Its Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-may-implement-near-total-ban-its-ivory-trade-180965169/Though the ivory trade was banned internationally in 1990, the UK permits the sale of items crafted before 1947Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:56:49 +0000Stunning Video Captures Humpback Whales Catching Fish With Nets of Bubbleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-video-captures-humpback-whales-fishing-bubbles-180964984/It's a complicated but ingenious way to catch a mealMon, 09 Oct 2017 17:23:05 +0000How a 1604 Supernova Presented a Challenge to Astronomershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-1604-supernova-presented-challenge-astronomers-180965138/The supernova provided proof to Galileo, Kepler and others that the heavens were not fixed–although they were wrong about what caused the bright starMon, 09 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000New Species of Fly Found Breeding on Central Park Duck Droppingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-fly-found-breeding-central-park-duck-droppings-180965118/The creatures are likely drawn to the area by the high concentrations of duck poopFri, 06 Oct 2017 19:36:38 +0000More Than 30 Years Since Their Discovery, Prions Still Fascinate, Terrify and Mystify Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prions-are-fascinating-terrifying-and-still-mysterious-180965125/Figuring out what they were was just the beginning of a field of research into prions and prion diseases that's still growingFri, 06 Oct 2017 13:20:00 +0000Using 18th-Century Writings and Illustrations, Scientists Model an Ancient Magnetic Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modeling-ancient-solar-storm-180965132/The vibrant aurora lit up the night sky over the city of Kyoto, Japan, some 250 years agoThu, 05 Oct 2017 19:56:37 +0000An October Harvest Moon Rises Tonighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-october-harvest-moon-rises-tonight-180965137/The full moon closest to the equinox rises soon after sunset, casting a glow early evening that helps farmers bring in their cropsThu, 05 Oct 2017 18:01:31 +0000This Wandering Concrete Sphere Will Track the Movements of the Arctic Circlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-giant-concrete-sphere-will-move-50-feet-each-year-180965095/On a small Icelandic island, a massive piece of art will track Earth's wobble in spaceWed, 04 Oct 2017 20:30:59 +0000Method for Capturing the Smallest Details of Life Nabs Chemistry Nobelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemistry-nobel-prize-honors-microscopic-innovation-180965115/With cryo-electron microscopy, tiny living molecules can be seen in their natural statesWed, 04 Oct 2017 16:55:14 +0000Revel in the Big Details of Tiny Things With These Prize-Winning Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-photographs-microscopic-world-180965104/Skin cells, tape worms and fuzzy mold are among this years top photosWed, 04 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Scientists Decide Which Animal Genomes to Sequencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-scientists-decide-which-animal-genomes-sequence-180965101/There are an estimated 8.7 million species on Earth–it's unlikely scientists will ever sequence them allWed, 04 Oct 2017 13:05:00 +0000Could a Magnetic Shield Protect Earth From Space Weather?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reseachers-suggest-we-build-magnetic-shield-around-earth-180965100/A bad geomagnetic storm would fry the electric grid and cripple civilization for years—a space shield is cheap by comparisonTue, 03 Oct 2017 19:15:51 +0000Controversial Hawaiian Telescope Gets State Approvalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/controversial-telescope-gets-building-permit-hawaii-180965089/The long-delayed Thirty Meter Telescope on Mauna Kea faces opposition from native Hawaiian groups and environmentalistsTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:46:37 +0000Three Scientists Behind the Detection of Gravitational Waves Awarded Nobel Prize in Physicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-wave-detection-earns-nobel-prize-physics-180965094/The trio is the leading force behind the massive pair of detectors that can measures ripples in the fabric of space-time smaller than the width of a protonTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:25:18 +0000The Irish Cardiologist Whose Invention Saved LBJhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/irish-cardiologist-whose-invention-saved-lbj-180965080/Frank Pantridge miniaturized the defibrillator, making it portableTue, 03 Oct 2017 16:04:26 +0000Just a Few Species Make Up Most of Earth's Food Supply. And That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinction-threatens-foods-we-eat-180965081/The looming threat of extinction from climate change makes the lack of diversity in the world's food supplies a dangerous prospectMon, 02 Oct 2017 16:48:37 +0000Nobel Prize Awarded to Three Scientists Who Mapped the Body's Internal Clockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-recognizes-mapping-bodys-internal-clock-180965086/Circadian rhythms dictate the daily patterns of life on Earth, and understanding these patterns is crucial to overall healthMon, 02 Oct 2017 15:36:03 +0000The Hollywood Star Who Confronted the AIDS 'Silent Epidemic'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hollywood-star-who-confronted-aids-silent-epidemic-180965059/Rock Hudson died of AIDS-related complications on this day in 1985Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Discover One Last Image From the Rosetta Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-discover-one-last-hidden-image-rosetta-mission-180965074/The probe sent partial data for the photo before it crash landed on a comet September 30, 2016Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:46:53 +0000Celiac Sufferers May Soon Have Better Bread Options Thanks to Genetically Modified Wheathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetically-modified-wheat-may-create-better-bread-option-people-celiac-disease-180965065/Researchers successfully removed 90 percent of the genes that code for the gluten proteins that trigger adverse symptomsMon, 02 Oct 2017 14:00:25 +0000The Perks and Pitfalls of Being a Nobel Laureate: Early Mornings, Performance Anxietyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perks-and-pitfalls-being-nobel-laureate-early-mornings-performance-anxiety-180965042/On the plus side, at UC Berkeley you get free parkingMon, 02 Oct 2017 13:33:54 +0000The 2011 Tsunami Flushed Hundreds of Japanese Species Across the Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-tsunami-flushed-280-species-across-ocean-180965082/After the Fukushima disaster, a surprising number of coastal creatures survived a multi-year journey by clinging to floating debrisFri, 29 Sep 2017 20:06:53 +0000Diver Explores Beautiful Blue Hole Hidden in Plain Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-blue-hole-discovered-great-barrier-reef-180965072/After spotting the feature while perusing Google maps, a marine biologist set out to experience and capture it in all its cerulean gloryFri, 29 Sep 2017 16:24:58 +0000This May Be the Oldest Traces of Life Yet Foundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-evidence-life-found-canadian-rocks-180965061/Bits of graphite, 3.95 billion years old, suggest life was churning away soon after Earth's formationFri, 29 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Panda Habitat Is Severely Fragmented, Placing Pandas at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellites-show-panda-habitat-increasingly-fragmented-180965029/Despite recent habitat improvements, roads and development are isolating panda populationsThu, 28 Sep 2017 17:56:18 +0000"Lost Continent" Rises Again With New Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-continent-rises-again-new-expedition-180965051/Zealandia sank beneath ocean tens of millions of years ago, but scientists are pulling up remnants of it to study how it used to beThu, 28 Sep 2017 16:48:32 +0000Wolf Pups Spotted Near Rome for the First Time in Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wolf-pups-spotted-near-rome-first-time-decades-180965052/The animals were once hunted to the brink of extinction, but are now recovering Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:44:46 +0000Experimental Treatment Partially Awakens Man in Vegetative Statehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experimental-treatment-partially-awakens-man-vegetative-state-180965034/Scientists are hopeful but cautious about the initial results of the testThu, 28 Sep 2017 14:27:33 +0000Scientists Detect Fourth Gravitational Wave, Homing in on an Ancient Black Hole Collisionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravitational-waves-detected-again-180965046/By triangulating measurements, scientists could soon detect these once elusive energy bursts on a weekly basis with greater precision than ever beforeWed, 27 Sep 2017 20:41:58 +0000Botanic Gardens May Be Endangered Species' Best Bethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/botanic-gardens-are-best-bet-endangered-species-180965040/Survey shows the institutions preserve one third of Earth's plant life and 40 percent of endangered plant speciesWed, 27 Sep 2017 18:12:30 +0000Meet California’s New State Dinosaurhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-augustynolophus-morrisi-californias-new-state-dinosaur-180965038/The herbivorous creature last tromped across the state roughly 66 million years agoWed, 27 Sep 2017 17:47:41 +0000Massive Iceberg Breaks Off From Antarctic Glacierhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-iceberg-breaks-antarctic-glacier-180965032/The chunk of ice is roughly four times the size of ManhattanWed, 27 Sep 2017 16:31:31 +0000This Jumble of Writhing Sticks Is Actually a Bizarre Parasitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-creature-likely-creepy-parasite-180965009/Observed flailing around in Taiwan, this so-called 'alien' turns out to be a horsehair wormWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:17:49 +0000Watch a Dinosaur Opera at New York's American Museum of Natural Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-opera-all-about-dinosaur-art-180965026/Sink your teeth into the family friendly “Rhoda and the Fossil Hunt” Wed, 27 Sep 2017 15:14:59 +0000A Sixteenth-Century Hot Date Might Include a Trip to the Dissecting Theaterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sixteenth-century-hot-date-might-include-trip-dissecting-theater-180964999/Anatomy theaters were an early site for science as spectacleWed, 27 Sep 2017 15:05:00 +0000In Vitro Fertilization Was Once As Controversial As Gene Editing is Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vitro-fertilization-was-once-controversial-cloning-today-180964989/The scientists who pioneered it were regarded as pariahs, even within their own universitiesWed, 27 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Lots of Sweet Potatoes Could’ve Made Easter Island a Bustling Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/easter-island-couldve-been-fairly-crowded-180965020/A new agricultural analysis of the island finds that the crop could have supported more than 17,000 peopleTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:03:21 +0000NASA Dedicates New Facility to Katherine Johnson, the Pioneering Mathematician of ‘Hidden Figures’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-dedicates-new-facility-katherine-johnson-pioneering-mathematician-hidden-figures-180965012/'I think they're crazy,' the 99-year-old jokingly said of the honor Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:53:04 +0000Hubble Spots Strange Pair of Space Rocks in the Night Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strange-object-binary-asteroid-and-comet-one-1-180965002/The duo, dubbed 288P, may help scientists better understand asteroid evolutionMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:22:45 +0000Check Out This Awesome Trilobite Corn Mazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-awesome-trilobite-corn-maze-180964997/The elaborate Wisconsin maze honors the state's geologic historyMon, 25 Sep 2017 15:07:39 +0000How a Satellite Just Used Earth Like a Slingshothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-satellite-used-earth-slingshot-today-180965005/On its way to study an asteroid for clues about the origins of life, OSIRIS-REx got a little boost from Earth's gravityFri, 22 Sep 2017 19:10:26 +0000Four Incredible Facts About Sea Ottershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4-facts-about-incredible-sea-otters-180965004/We thought you otter know theseFri, 22 Sep 2017 19:06:17 +0000Why Some Woolly Rhinos Grew Ribs on Their Neckshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woolly-rhinos-grew-ribs-their-necks-possible-sign-their-impending-demise-180964996/These misplaced ribs don't grow unless something unusual is going on in the gene poolFri, 22 Sep 2017 18:46:12 +0000Scientists Identify the Genes That Paint Butterfly Wingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genes-paint-butterfly-wings-180964960/Using genetic editing, scientists isolated just two genes that play a major role in making butterfly wings as pretty as they areFri, 22 Sep 2017 16:02:15 +0000Those Little Birds On The Backs Of Rhinos Actually Drink Bloodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/those-little-birds-backs-rhinos-actually-drink-blood-180964912/You think that’s ticks they’re eating? Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:39:37 +0000Five Fascinating Facts About the Amazing Cassowaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-facts-cassowary-180964963/They may look pretty scary, but they’re actually pretty coolFri, 22 Sep 2017 14:31:03 +0000Even Without a Brain, Jellyfish Still Need to Sleephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/even-without-brain-jellyfish-still-need-sleep-180964988/These simple, ancient creatures show just how deeply rooted sleep may be in the animal kingdomFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000A Wild Bison Was Spotted in Germany for the First Time in Two Centuries. Then It Was Shothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-wild-bison-spotted-two-centuries-germany-shot-180964986/As conservationists work to restore the once mighty European bison, they must face misunderstandings from concerned citizensFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000New Study Offers Glimmer of Hope for Sea Turtleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-sea-turtle-populations-are-bouncing-back-180964980/Turtle numbers are on the rise in many areas of the globe, but the endangered species still needs helpFri, 22 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Gene Editing of Embryos Gives Insight Into Basic Human Biologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/careful-gene-editing-human-embryos-reveals-basic-biology-insight-180964979/A genetic tool allows researchers to disable a gene key to human development in a closely regulated experimentThu, 21 Sep 2017 17:51:53 +0000Did Lager Beer Originate In South America?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-lager-beer-originate-south-america-180964962/Residue from 1,000-year-old pots suggests people in Patagonia were fermenting beverages with lager yeast well before the BavariansThu, 21 Sep 2017 16:51:34 +0000The Science Behind Our Search for Waldohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-search-waldo-180964909/'Where's Waldo' was first published on this day 30 years agoThu, 21 Sep 2017 14:00:00 +0000Barn Owls Do Not Suffer From Age-Related Hearing Loss, Study Showshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/barn-owls-do-not-suffer-age-related-hearing-loss-study-shows-180964969/Owls ranging in age from two to 23 were able to respond equally well to auditory cuesWed, 20 Sep 2017 20:53:28 +0000The World’s Biggest and Smallest Animals Face Greatest Risk of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-biggest-and-smallest-vertebrates-face-greatest-extinction-risk-180964957/Harvesting and habitat degradation are largely to blameWed, 20 Sep 2017 16:46:26 +0000Is Animal Hoarding a Distinct Mental Disorder?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/animal-hoarding-distinct-disorder-180964952/There are many differences between people that hoard objects and those that collect crittersWed, 20 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scotland's Oldest Remaining Snow Patch Expected to Soon Disappearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/britains-oldest-snow-patch-will-disappear-week-180964950/Known as 'The Sphinx,' the icy spot on the mountain Braeriach hasn't completely melted for 11 yearsTue, 19 Sep 2017 18:24:14 +0000Look Into the Creepy-Cute Eyes of This Reconstructed, 500-Million-Year-Old Creaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/silicon-sculptures-depict-half-billion-year-old-creature-180964943/The depictions of Agnostus pisiformis are part of comprehensive review of the Cambrian-era arthropodTue, 19 Sep 2017 15:04:26 +0000Why The Pap Test Could Also Be Called the Stern Testhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-pap-test-could-also-be-called-stern-test-180964893/Elizabeth Stern played a vital role in cervical cancer testing and treatmentTue, 19 Sep 2017 14:20:00 +0000Ancient Space Debris Created Hottest Temperature Yet Recorded on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-space-debris-created-hottest-temperature-recorded-earth-180964942/By studying the minerals at a Canadian crater, researchers learn the rocks were nearly half as hot as the sunTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Opening Warm Champagne Leads to a Pop of Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/opening-warm-champagne-leads-pop-blue-180964937/This flash of color is caused by the same process that colors the sky with its blue huesTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Octopus 'City' Found Off the Coast of Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/octopus-city-observed-180964936/Expected to live as loners, gloomy octopuses may actually live in groups bustling with activityTue, 19 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000How Strong Is a Zap From an Electric Eel? Shockingly Stronghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/electric-eel-shocks-are-very-strong-180964907/A biologist learns an eel's power first hand, allowing himself to be repeatedly shocked in the name of scienceMon, 18 Sep 2017 17:27:08 +0000Long Thought Extinct, Javan Tiger May Have Been Spotted in Indonesiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/island-tiger-thought-extinct-may-have-been-spotted-180964920/Last sighted in 1976, many are hopeful that the Javan tiger still livesMon, 18 Sep 2017 15:48:05 +0000San Diego Is Dousing Its Streets With Bleach to Contain Hepatitis A Outbreakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/san-diego-dousing-its-streets-bleach-contain-hepatitis-outbreak-180964900/The outbreak is primarily affecting the city’s homeless populationFri, 15 Sep 2017 20:29:10 +0000Liquid Cats, Didgeridoo Research and More From the 2017 Ig Nobel Prizeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ig-nobel-prizes-recognize-humorous-real-research-180964916/A parody of the prestigious Nobel Prizes, the awards celebrate research that makes people laugh, then thinkFri, 15 Sep 2017 20:02:46 +0000Two Rare White Giraffes Filmed in Kenyahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-rare-white-giraffes-filmed-kenya-180964903/The leucistic mother and baby were filmed by local rangers in AugustFri, 15 Sep 2017 17:29:57 +0000Carbon Dating Reveals the History of Zero Is Older Than Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dating-ancient-indian-text-gives-new-timeline-history-zero-180964896/An ancient text called the Bakhshali manuscript has bumped zero’s origin story back by 500 yearsThu, 14 Sep 2017 19:50:47 +0000What Cassini's Daring Dives Have Taught Us About Saturnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-weve-learned-so-far-cassinis-final-dives-180964895/Before the probe's final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere, here’s a look back at what we’ve learned so farThu, 14 Sep 2017 17:59:18 +0000Why Bacteria in Space Are Surprisingly Tough to Killhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bacteria-space-are-harder-kill-180964887/Learning how space changes microbes might help fight antibiotic resistance here on EarthThu, 14 Sep 2017 14:29:03 +0000How Do Giraffes Stay So Cool? Perhaps the Secret Is a Long Neckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-do-giraffes-stay-so-cool-those-necks-180964890/Those long, thin necks may be used to shade their skin from the hot African SunThu, 14 Sep 2017 13:45:36 +0000Researchers Find 98-Million-Year-Old Horned Vampire Ant Encased in Amberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/metal-horned-vampire-ant-lived-alongside-dinosaurs-180964886/A newly described species of Hell Ant impaled its tiny victims on its reinforced horn and may have slurped up their bug blood Wed, 13 Sep 2017 20:35:41 +0000Tattoo Ink May Stain Your Lymph Nodeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tattoos-can-be-much-more-skin-deep-180964881/But more research is needed to determine whether this is actually a bad thingWed, 13 Sep 2017 20:08:32 +0000Celebrate Cassini's Historic Voyage in Eight Incredible Imageshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cassini-life-pictures-180964871/After 13 years of exploration, one of NASA's most successful probes will crash into Saturn's atmosphereWed, 13 Sep 2017 19:36:42 +0000This Algorithm Generates Crazy and Terrifying Disease Nameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/algorithm-can-generate-new-disease-names-180964814/A new neural network makes lists of diseases we thankfully don't haveWed, 13 Sep 2017 17:06:00 +0000Man Poisons Himself by Taking Apricot Kernels to Treat Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/natural-health-treatment-poisons-man-180964870/Many believe these seeds can fight cancer, but there's no scientific evidence to back up the claimWed, 13 Sep 2017 15:30:51 +0000Damage From Hurricane Irma Can Be Seen From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-images-show-how-hurricane-irma-devastated-landscapes-caribbean-180964864/Caribbean islands that were once lush and green now appear sickly and brownTue, 12 Sep 2017 20:14:23 +0000Rocket Powered by Recycled Tires and Hope Launches in the U.K.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rocket-powered-recycled-tires-and-hope-launches-uk-180964859/With a successful test of the Skybolt 2 rocket, Starchaser Industries takes a step towards sending tourists into spaceTue, 12 Sep 2017 19:12:44 +0000Why Everyone Went on a Wild Goose Chase Looking for the Planet Vulcanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-everyone-went-wild-goose-chase-looking-planet-vulcan-180964822/The idea of a ninth planet in the Solar System would resolve a mathematical conundrum about Mercury–only problem is, it wasn't thereTue, 12 Sep 2017 15:04:43 +0000To Save Australia's Ecosystem, Ecologists Say Eat Kangarooshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/save-australias-ecosystem-ecologists-say-eat-kangaroos-180964846/With a soaring population, the iconic marsupials are overwhelming other species and may soon run out of foodTue, 12 Sep 2017 13:52:20 +0000Cargo Ships May Double Lightning Strikes in Their Pathhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/Cargo-Ships-Double-Lightning-Strikes-Their-Path-180964844/Ship exhaust impacts cloud formation, which may influence lightning over busy shipping lanesTue, 12 Sep 2017 12:05:04 +0000This High-Ranking Viking Warrior Was a Womanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/high-ranking-viking-warrior-was-woman-180964831/DNA analysis shows that the elaborate grave of what appears to be a Viking officer was a real-life shieldmaidenMon, 11 Sep 2017 15:51:54 +0000The Roots of Computer Code Lie in Telegraph Codehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/roots-computer-code-lie-telegraph-code-180964782/Émile Baudot, born a year after the first long-distance telegraph message was sent, helped advance the technologyMon, 11 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000West Coast Monarch Butterflies Flutter Toward Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/west-coast-monarch-butterflies-are-close-extinction-180964829/Since 1981, the butterfly's numbers have declined 97 percent according to a new surveyFri, 08 Sep 2017 20:43:44 +0000Denver Airport...Where the Bison Might Soon Roamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/denver-airport-considers-opening-space-bison-180964797/Flyers through this large airport could be greeted by America's official mammalFri, 08 Sep 2017 19:34:06 +0000Got Writer's Block? Try Listening to Happy Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/happy-tune-may-make-you-more-creative-180964813/A new study suggests that an upbeat tune can boost creativityFri, 08 Sep 2017 18:34:21 +0000Two Centuries of Dinosaur Art Come Alive in This Gorgeous New Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-beautiful-history-dinosaur-art-180964712/<i>Paleoart</i> traces historic depictions of T. rex, mastodons and other ancient creatures through an artistic lens Fri, 08 Sep 2017 18:24:32 +0000Swiss Chocolatiers Introduce New Type of Chocolate—Pinkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-your-insta-stories-ready-swiss-chocolatiers-introduce-new-pink-chocolate-180964821/Called ‘ruby chocolate,’ its creators claim the concoction contains no red coloring Fri, 08 Sep 2017 17:18:13 +0000Pluto's Surface Features Get Their First Official Nameshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/plutos-surface-gets-its-first-official-names-180964817/The International Astronomical Union approved 14 dark and heroic names for the erstwhile planetFri, 08 Sep 2017 16:37:46 +0000 More Than a Century Later, This Texas Hurricane Remains America’s Deadliest Natural Disasterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-century-later-texas-hurricane-remains-americas-deadliest-natural-disaster-180964733/The Great Galveston Hurricane helped the city of Houston to rise to prominenceFri, 08 Sep 2017 13:54:03 +0000This Nineteenth-Century Genealogist Argued Norse God Odin Was George Washington’s Great-Great-Great... Grandfatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nineteenth-century-genealogist-argued-norse-god-odin-was-george-washingtons-great-great-great-grandfather-180964742/Albert Welles's ideas about whiteness were a reflection of his time, and would be continued into the futureFri, 08 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Harvey's Next Danger: Massive Mosquito Cloudshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harveys-next-disaster-giant-clouds-mosquitoes-180964786/Standing water is breeding billions of post-hurricane mosquitoes, which could transmit diseases like the West Nile VirusThu, 07 Sep 2017 17:40:53 +0000This Algorithm Can Tell How Much Pain You're Inhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/reading-pain-computer-180964795/Doctors may soon measure pain with an appThu, 07 Sep 2017 14:43:42 +0000Gesundheit! African Wild Dogs Sneeze to Vote on Group Decisions https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gesundheit-african-wild-dogs-sneeze-vote-group-decisions-180964796/A new study found that the more the pooches sneeze, the more likely they are to set off on a huntThu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000Brain-like Blob Found in Canadian Pondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/brain-blob-found-canadian-pond-180964747/The rarely seen creature, which is a type of bryozoan, is comprised of thousands of tiny organisms Thu, 07 Sep 2017 10:00:00 +0000NASA Captures Strongest Solar Flare in a Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sun-produces-biggest-solar-flare-decade-180964794/This morning, the sun emitted two X-class flares, disrupting GPS and radio signalsWed, 06 Sep 2017 21:13:43 +00002.8 Million Stars Sparkle in This Incredible Image of the Milky Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/incredible-image-shows-28-million-stars-milky-way-180964785/The Gaia star surveyor captured a densely packed area near the center of the galaxyWed, 06 Sep 2017 19:49:01 +0000How Zika Virus Could Be Used to Fight Brain Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-zika-virus-can-fight-brain-cancer-180964746/The same properties that make Zika virus devastating to fetal brains could be turned against cancer cellsWed, 06 Sep 2017 17:12:11 +0000Discovery of Unexploded WWII Bomb Forces Massive Evacuation in Frankfurthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/frankfurt-evacuates-60000-people-due-unexploded-wwii-bomb-180964741/On Sunday, residents living within a mile of the site left their homes while the 4,000-pound "Blockbuster" was defusedTue, 05 Sep 2017 19:22:30 +0000Prize-Winning Images Capture Birds in All Their Feathered Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prize-winning-images-capture-birds-feathered-glory-180964720/The Best Bird Photographer of the Year Awards displays the dynamic lives of the amazing avianTue, 05 Sep 2017 15:49:13 +0000Why Are Some Leaves Massive and Others Minuscule?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-leaves-are-ginormous-and-others-are-tiny-180964715/Researchers have found that the rainfall, sunshine and the threat of frost or overheating set the maximum size for leavesFri, 01 Sep 2017 17:23:31 +0000Could These Nearby Earth-Sized Exoplanets Harbor Liquid Water?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearby-earth-sized-exoplanets-could-hold-water-180964710/Analysis of the TRAPPIST-1 stellar system shows that several of its planets have the right conditions for liquid waterFri, 01 Sep 2017 15:00:44 +0000First Gene Therapy Treatment Approved in U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-gene-therapy-treatment-approved-us-180964692/By modifying a person's own immune cells, the treatment can effectively target leukemia cellsThu, 31 Aug 2017 16:13:43 +0000Astronomers Detect 15 Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts From a Distant Galaxyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-detect-15-mysterious-fast-radio-bursts-180964684/The new cosmic blasts may help researchers finally figure out what's producing the energy in spaceThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:40:58 +0000How Getting Fish Hooked on Drugs Could Help Fight Opioid Addictionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-getting-fish-addicted-drugs-could-help-opioid-epidemic-180964678/Zebra fish and humans have similar pathways of addiction, which may make them ideal test subjects for addiction studiesThu, 31 Aug 2017 15:09:29 +0000The First Syphilis Cure Was the First 'Magic Bullet'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/syphilis-cure-magic-bullet-180964644/The term 'magic bullet' once just meant a targeted drugThu, 31 Aug 2017 14:56:44 +0000Colorado Construction Crew Unearths 66-Million-Year-Old Triceratops Fossilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/triceratops-skeleton-found-construction-workers-180964679/While Thornton’s new Public Safety Facility, the crew happened upon a rare findWed, 30 Aug 2017 21:00:21 +0000Despite Harvey's Wrath, This 1,000-Year Old Tree Still Stands Tallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1000-year-old-oak-tree-texas-stays-firmly-rooted-despite-harvey-1-180964671/The Big Tree has survived at least 40 hurricanesWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:25:13 +0000Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Waterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seabirds-use-their-sense-smell-navigate-open-water-180964674/A new study suggests shearwaters follow their nose homeWed, 30 Aug 2017 18:00:18 +0000Another Danger of the Harvey Flood: Floating Fire Antshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/harveys-other-danger-fire-ants-180964657/The stinging insects are floating around Texas floodwaters in giant matsTue, 29 Aug 2017 17:32:20 +0000A Mysterious Chemical Cloud Descended on the British Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-chemical-cloud-descended-british-coast-180964643/150 people were treated for stinging eyes, irritated throats and vomitingMon, 28 Aug 2017 18:10:37 +0000Watch Gentoo Penguins Hunting From a Bird's Eye Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/penguin-cams-are-unlocking-mystery-open-ocean-calls-180964611/New footage is helping researchers untangle the meaning behind these tuxedo-clad birds' callsMon, 28 Aug 2017 17:32:32 +0000Ancient Babylonian Tablet May Hold Earliest Examples of Trigonometry https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/origins-trigonometry-may-lie-ancient-tablet-180964640/If true, it would mean the ancient culture figured out this mathematical field more than a millennia before its known creationMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:35:10 +0000The Farmboy Who Invented Television https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmboy-who-invented-television-while-plowing-180964607/The inventor of television’s career presages many of the good and bad things about Silicon ValleyMon, 28 Aug 2017 14:20:00 +0000In Pakistan, Arsenic-Laced Groundwater Puts 60 Million People at Riskhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pakistan-arsenic-laced-groundwater-puts-60-million-people-risk-180964636/Most live in the Indus River ValleyFri, 25 Aug 2017 19:24:29 +0000Why Horses and Their Ilk Are the Only One-Toed Animals Still Standinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-how-horses-ended-only-one-toe-180964618/Early horses had 15 toes, but life on the plains led to a stronger center toe, leading to life on four hoovesFri, 25 Aug 2017 16:12:00 +0000The Father of Modern Chemistry Proved Respiration Occurred by Freezing a Guinea Pighttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/father-modern-chemistry-proved-respiration-occurred-freezing-guinea-pig-180964596/Where he got the guinea pig from remains a mysteryFri, 25 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Why Amateur Radio Operators Are Watching Hurricane Harveyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-amateur-radio-operators-are-watching-hurricane-harvey-180964632/Ham radio underwent a resurgence in the United States after Hurricane KatrinaThu, 24 Aug 2017 21:16:11 +0000This Is the Best Image of a Star Beyond Our Solar System (Yet)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-image-star-so-far-raises-new-mysteries-180964620/A detailed convection map of the red supergiant Antares is spectacular, but it also shows we don't know everything that's going onThu, 24 Aug 2017 19:09:25 +0000Thousands of Invasive Salmon Escape From Farm in Pacific Northwesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-invasive-salmon-escape-farm-pacific-northwest-180964619/Officials are urging fishers to catch the salmon in the waters off WashingtonThu, 24 Aug 2017 18:47:51 +0000Could Astronauts Harvest Nutrients From Their Waste?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-urine-could-make-vitamins-and-tools-astronauts-180964614/A new study suggests that modified yeast feeding on human waste can make useful byproducts for long missions in spaceThu, 24 Aug 2017 16:53:56 +0000Australian Zoo Asks For Help Naming Rare White Koalahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-zoo-asks-help-naming-rare-white-koala-180964615/Among the suggestions thus far are “Tofu” and “Daenerys”Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:57:53 +0000Woman Wins $417 Million in Lawsuit Tying Baby Powder to Ovarian Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/woman-wins-417-million-lawsuit-tying-baby-powder-ovarian-cancer-180964603/But the association between talc and cancer continues to be debated by the scientific community Thu, 24 Aug 2017 14:41:35 +0000Fannie Farmer Was the Original Rachael Rayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fannie-farmer-was-original-rachael-ray-180964564/Farmer was the first prominent figure to advocate scientific cookery. Her cookbook remains in print to this dayWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:32 +0000This Enzyme Is Why Onions Make You Cryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-finally-figure-out-onion-enzyme-makes-you-cry-180964325/Figuring out the how the tear-inducing fumes form could give surprising insights into our own human proteinsWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:36:46 +0000Violent Snowstorms May Rack the Martian Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/violent-snowstorms-could-rack-martian-night-180964599/Simulations show how the water snow falling on Mars may fall much differently than we're used to here on EarthWed, 23 Aug 2017 15:01:34 +0000It May Rain Diamonds Inside Neptune and Uranushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/its-raining-diamonds-inside-neptune-and-uranus-180964589/Scientists have finally simulated the long-proposed shower of gemsTue, 22 Aug 2017 19:11:16 +0000Photo Competition Highlights Splendor of Earth’s Ecosystemshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-ant-sneaky-octopus-photo-competition-highlights-splendor-earths-ecosystems-180964591/The winning and commended images of BMC Ecology’s fifth annual photo contest are now available onlineTue, 22 Aug 2017 18:14:17 +0000Meet Florence, the Giant Asteroid That Will Buzz by Earth This Septemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-florence-giant-asteroid-will-pass-earth-september-180964583/The 2.7-mile-long, near-Earth object will give astronomers a chance to study the asteroid up closeTue, 22 Aug 2017 17:30:46 +0000How Microscopic Algae Kick-Started Life As We Know Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-oceans-algae-and-huge-snowball-led-complex-life-180964567/Some 650 million years ago, algae took over the seas, which may have been a needed spark in the formation of complex lifeTue, 22 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000What Should You Do With Your Used Eclipse Glasses?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-should-you-do-your-used-eclipse-glasses-180964584/There are several options, including recycling, upcycling and donating them to children in the path of the next eclipseMon, 21 Aug 2017 21:48:01 +0000Stunning Photos Capture the Solar Eclipse Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-photos-solar-eclipse-across-america-180964579/This stellar phenomenon delighted millions today as it transited across the United StatesMon, 21 Aug 2017 16:22:42 +0000The Best Ways to Watch the Eclipse Online (No Viewing Glasses Required)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/best-ways-watch-eclipse-online-180964577/Don't worry if you can't make it to the path of totality. These unique livestreams have you coveredMon, 21 Aug 2017 15:45:18 +0000This Russian Monument Honors the Humble Lab Mousehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-statue-honoring-laboratory-mice-gains-renewed-popularity-180964570/A peculiar Russian monument praises the scientific achievements of a tiny mammal Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Silk Road Created the Modern Applehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-silk-road-created-modern-apple-180964521/A genetic study shows how wild Kazakhstan apples disbursed by traders combined with other wild species to create today's popular fruitMon, 21 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000Melting Sea Ice Forces Walruses Ashore in Earliest Gathering Yet Observedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaska-walruses-forced-ashore-earlier-180964572/As ice melts, the Pacific walruses are losing their icy resting platforms Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Scientific Reason You Should Add a Splash of Water to Your Whiskeyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-says-add-little-water-your-scotch-180964562/A computer simulation shows that diluting whiskey brings flavor molecules to the surface, improving the aroma and taste of the tippleMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000This 'Extinct' Penguin Likely Never Existed in the First Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-penguin-actually-never-existed-first-place-180964556/DNA analysis helps untangle the species behind a jumble of bone fragmentsMon, 21 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Find Record 2.7-Million-Year-Old Ice Core in Antarctica https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-27-million-year-old-ice-core-antarctica-180964566/It may offer a frosty relic from the beginning of the ice ageFri, 18 Aug 2017 20:02:46 +0000Scientists Unlock Magic Mushrooms' Mysterious Chemical Compoundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-unlock-magic-mushrooms-mysterious-chemical-compound-180964552/A new study has uncovered the enzymatic pathways that allow 'shrooms to make psilocybinFri, 18 Aug 2017 18:25:53 +0000ISS Astronauts Get a Sweet Taste of Real Ice Creamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-astronauts-will-get-some-real-ice-cream-180964558/The latest shipment to the station includes some frozen goodness for the crewFri, 18 Aug 2017 16:46:00 +0000AI Is Edging Into the Art World in Psychedelic Wayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-ai-making-music-and-art-180964515/The team at Google is using neural networks to create tools that they hope will inspire and channel creativityFri, 18 Aug 2017 15:31:30 +0000