Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:08 +0000SpaceX Successfully Launches a Fully Recycled Mission to the Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spacex-attempts-first-fully-recycled-mission-space-station-180967474/A previously flown rocket will launch a previously flown spacecraft to the space stationFri, 08 Dec 2017 23:03:40 +0000Does the Moon's Phase Cause Earthquakes?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/does-moon-cause-earthquakes-study-says-no-1-180967896/One researcher offers a succinct answerFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:08 +0000Behold Hubble's Best Image of a Distant Galaxy Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hubble-captures-best-image-distant-galaxy-yet-180967862/The galaxy is roughly 13.3 billion light years away, and formed just 500 million years after the universe beganFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:54:12 +0000Astronomers Spy a Black Hole's Double 'Burp'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spy-black-holes-double-burp-180967867/New observations suggest that black holes cycle between activity and restFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:15:16 +0000The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Mattershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/minister-loneliness-appointed-united-kingdom-180967883/Tracey Crouch will oversee the government's efforts to tackle "the sad reality of modern life"Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:11:38 +0000Marmots Live Longer When They Are Antisocialhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marmots-live-longer-when-they-are-antisocial-180967888/The critters live an average of two years longer when they shirk social interactionsFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:00 +00002017 Was Another Really Hot Year (Even Without El Niño)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-climate-continues-warm-2017-180967886/Last year joins list of top three hottest ever recorded, according to multiple new reportsThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:17:24 +0000World's Largest Underwater Cave System Discovered in Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-underwater-cave-system-discovered-mexico-180967880/The 215-mile sunken freshwater labyrinth is a trove of ancient Maya artifactsThu, 18 Jan 2018 21:14:44 +0000Over 200,000 Endangered Antelope Suddenly Die Thanks to ... Weird Weather?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herds-endangered-antelope-die-hours-when-unusual-weather-triggers-disease-180967876/A change in humidity seems to have triggered bacteria that led to widespread death of the creaturesThu, 18 Jan 2018 15:42:35 +0000Meteor Explodes With a Brilliant Flash Over Michigan https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meteor-explodes-brilliant-flash-over-michigan-180967861/The blast caused shook the ground and likely scattered small hunks of space rock in the regionWed, 17 Jan 2018 18:37:06 +0000Are Rats Innocent of Spreading the Black Plague?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-rats-innocent-spreading-black-plague-180967855/Human pests like fleas and lice may be responsible for spreading the pandemic that devastated Medieval EuropeWed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:43 +0000Why Holding in a Sneeze Can Be Dangeroushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-hold-it-halted-sneeze-rips-hole-mans-throat-180967847/A 34-year-old man squeezed while holding nose closed, leading to a tear in his throat and a stay in the hospitalWed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Dino Had a Rainbow of Shiny Feathershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-was-iridescent-crow-180967841/The fossilized creature was likely a blend of hummingbird and crowTue, 16 Jan 2018 15:23:17 +0000Citizen Scientists Discover an Unusual Five-Planet Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-science-uncovers-unusual-resonant-five-planet-system-180967834/Users looking through data on Exoplanet Explorers flagged four sub-Neptune planets orbiting a distant star called K2-138Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:29:39 +0000Scientists' Gender May Influence the Results of Experimentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-gender-can-influence-results-experiments-180967835/A review of past research has found that subjects respond differently to male and female testersMon, 15 Jan 2018 20:43:15 +0000Scientist Autopsy the Aftermath of the Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption of the Last Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-undersea-volcanos-unusual-eruption-180967827/In 2012, miles of floating rock appeared in the Pacific. Now, scientists have studied the Havre seamount eruption that caused the mysterious pumice 'raft'Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:57:54 +0000Take a Breathtaking Trip Through the Orion Nebula in NASA's New Videohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-trip-through-orion-nebula-nasas-awesome-video-1-180967825/Combining visible and infrared imagery, the new video takes viewers deep into the star nurseryMon, 15 Jan 2018 15:28:59 +0000Huge Deposits of Ice Found Just Beneath Mars’ Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-deposits-ice-found-just-beneath-mars-surface-180967826/Erosion has exposed eight sites of enormous quantities of water iceFri, 12 Jan 2018 19:38:08 +0000New Clues to the Origins of the Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-are-getting-closer-understanding-mysterious-fast-radio-bursts-space-180967807/New analysis suggests that the bursts originate near massive black holes or neutron starsFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:31:09 +0000The Oldest Known Butterflies Existed Before Flowers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-butterflies-existed-flowers-180967805/A new study raises intriguing questions about the evolutionary trajectory of butterflies and mothsThu, 11 Jan 2018 20:49:21 +0000Heatwave Kills Hundreds of Flying Fox Pups in Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heatwave-kills-hundreds-flying-fox-pups-australia-180967795/With temperatures hot enough to melt asphalt, the searing heat "boiled" the tiny creaturesThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:42:07 +0000Scientists Shine New Light on the Blackest Black Feathershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-shine-new-light-birds-super-black-feathers-180967796/Birds of paradise feathers boast a unique structure that traps 99.95 percent of incoming lightThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:02:35 +0000What Went Wrong With the Launch of the Secretive Zuma Satellite?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-went-wrong-launching-secretive-zuma-satellite-180967786/Not all is well for the classified Zuma satellite launched from Florida on SundayWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:47:40 +0000Runaway Sprinkles from the Museum of Ice Cream Create ‘Environmental Hazard’ in Miami Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/runaway-sprinkles-museum-ice-cream-create-environmental-hazard-miami-beach-180967785/Here’s the scoop: officials are worried that the museum’s fake sprinkles will get washed into oceans and eaten by marine creaturesWed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Climate Change Is Turning Green Sea Turtles Female. That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-producing-too-many-female-sea-turtles-180967780/Over 99 percent of turtle hatchlings in northern Australia are female due to increasing sand and sea temperaturesTue, 09 Jan 2018 19:49:51 +000016th-Century Child Mummy Had Oldest Known Case of Hepatitis Bhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childs-mummy-rewrites-history-hepatitis-b-180967776/Long thought to suffer from smallpox, the genome of the 500-year-old mummy shows signs of HPBMon, 08 Jan 2018 19:53:56 +0000Toxic Algae Closes Important Maine Shellfish Regionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algae-closes-important-maine-shellfish-region-180967753/The unprecedented late-season bloom may be linked to warming waters and could be a preview of things to comeFri, 05 Jan 2018 21:34:01 +0000Administration Proposes Opening Nearly All U.S. Coastlines to Offshore Drillinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/administration-proposes-opening-nearly-all-us-coastlines-offshore-drilling-180967763/Over 90 percent of America's waters will be available for oil and gas drilling under proposed planFri, 05 Jan 2018 20:17:40 +0000Humans Like Helpers, But Bonobos Prefer Bullieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unlike-humans-bonobos-show-preference-bullies-180967759/A new study has found that bonobos gravitate towards characters that push and steal toysFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:58:18 +0000How Peacock Spiders Make Rainbows on Their Backsideshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-we-know-how-super-cute-peacock-spiders-make-rainbows-their-tummies-180967744/The adorable arachnids use specialized scales to break light into its component colors to produce some of nature's tiniest rainbowsFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:31:01 +0000Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Captures Haunting View of Earth in Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-sampling-spacecraft-captures-haunting-view-earth-lost-space-180967735/OSIRIS-REx tested its cameras by taking a gorgeous photo of its home planetFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:25:52 +0000UV Light Could Help Stop the Bat-Killing White Nose Syndromehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uv-light-could-be-cure-bat-decimating-disease-180967741/Research shows the fungus is susceptible to UV light. The problem is getting bats into the tanning bedsThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:56:41 +0000Dust, Not an Alien Megastructure, Likely Causes Strange Winks in Tabby’s Star Brightnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alien-megastructure-thoroughly-ruled-out-around-tabbys-star-180967730/After extensive observations, researchers can now confidently say: It's not aliensWed, 03 Jan 2018 21:44:29 +0000Meet the Newly Named 86 Stars of the Night Skyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-give-86-stars-official-names-world-cultures-180967725/The new names are drawn from China, Australia, South Africa, Maya, Polynesian and Coptic traditionsWed, 03 Jan 2018 19:59:42 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Elusive Javan Warty Pig in the Wildhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientist-camera-trap-worlds-ugliest-pig-180967701/Habitat destruction and hunting are rapidly driving the "world's ugliest pig" to extinctionWed, 03 Jan 2018 18:10:01 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Expecting (Again)https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wisdom-worlds-oldest-wild-bird-expecting-age-67-180967718/The Laysan albatross is now 67 years old and is thought to have raised 30 to 35 chicks in her lifetimeWed, 03 Jan 2018 17:21:59 +0000Quadrantid Meteor Shower Kicks Off the New Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/quadrantid-meteor-shower-kicks-new-year-180967683/The annual show is known for producing long-lasting, bright fireballs from asteroid 2003 EH1Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:02:07 +0000Watch the Supermoon Rise Around the World in Pictureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-supermoon-rise-around-world-pictures-180967682/The 'super' event was a great excuse to get outside and take in some celestial wonder—even if the moon didn't look all that differentTue, 02 Jan 2018 17:15:03 +0000Amazon Bird Revealed to be Extremely Rare Hybrid Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-bird-revealed-be-extremely-rare-hybrid-species-180967664/The Golden-crowned manakin is the first-known hybrid bird species found in the Amazon rainforestTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:10:44 +0000Russia Proposes "Luxury Hotel" for the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russia-proposes-luxury-hotel-international-space-station-180967674/The NEM-2 module would have four cabins, two bathrooms, exercise equipment, WiFi and a lounge with a 16-inch windowFri, 29 Dec 2017 18:06:30 +0000Five Things to Know About the Recently Changed Migratory Bird Acthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-recently-changes-migratory-bird-act-180967646/A new rule prevents industry from being prosecuted for killing birds under the 100-year-old conservation lawWed, 27 Dec 2017 17:31:55 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/it-didnt-take-very-long-anesthesia-change-childbirth-180967636/The unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000UN Begins Negotiating First Conservation Treaty for the High Seashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/un-begins-negotiating-first-conservation-treaty-high-seas-180967644/International waters face threats from overfishing, mining, pollution and climate change and the new treaty may help preserve marine biodiversityTue, 26 Dec 2017 20:54:49 +0000The Modern History of Ornithology Starts With This Inquisitive Medieval Emperorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-history-ornithology-starts-inquisitive-medieval-emperor-180967623/Frederick II got up to a lot in his lifetimeTue, 26 Dec 2017 14:34:00 +0000This Fierce 508-Million-Year-Old Relative of Scorpions Had Five Jaws and Body Armorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fierce-508-million-year-old-relative-insects-had-five-jaws-and-body-armor-180967641/A new analysis of <em>Habelia optata</em> could help us understand the history of modern arthropodsFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:15:25 +0000How Baby Sea Turtles on Treadmills Can Help Researchers Understand Wild Turtle Survivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-sea-turtles-swimsuits-and-treadmills-merry-christmas-180967639/No doubt it's adorable, but the study offers clues into the impact of disorienting light pollution on the reptiles' healthFri, 22 Dec 2017 19:14:14 +0000 In the 1930s, This Natural History Curator Discovered a Living Fossil–Well, Sort of https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1930s-curator-discovered-living-fossil-well-sort-180967616/Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was convinced she'd found something special in a pile of fish, but it took some time for her discovery to be recognizedFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:04:00 +0000Scientists Record the Thunderous Call of the Loudest Known Fishhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-recording-loudest-known-fish-180967631/The Gulf corvina’s collective mating call is so powerful that it can damage the hearing of sea lions and dolphinsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000England Has Its Own Pod of Dolphinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/england-gets-its-own-pod-dolphins-just-time-christmas-1-180967630/Researchers discover that the group of 28 animals are actually local residents, not just visitorsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Vandals Shatter 115-Million-Year Old Dino Track in Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-smash-115-million-year-old-dino-track-australia-180967620/Believed to be from a rare polar dinosaur, the damage was discovered by a school class visiting Bunurong Marine National ParkThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:28:44 +0000NASA Unveils Finalists for Its Next New Frontiers Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-unveils-finalists-its-next-new-frontiers-mission-180967615/In 2025, the agency will either try to grab a piece of a comet or send a space-helicopter drone to the surface of Saturn's moon TitanWed, 20 Dec 2017 22:18:20 +0000Millions of Historic Images Pay Tribute to the Diversity of Life on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-historic-images-pay-tribute-diversity-life-earth-180967603/Bask in the infinitely strange wonder of our planet with these gorgeous biodiversity galleriesWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:40:35 +0000At 3.5 Billion Years Old, Are These the Oldest Fossils?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-may-confirm-worlds-oldest-fossils-180967596/A new analysis of this decades-old find suggests that they were indeed once biological life—but not all are convincedWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:46:57 +0000NIH Lifts Ban on Funding High-Risk Virus Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nih-removes-funding-ban-high-risk-virus-research-180967598/Manipulating viruses could help prepare the U.S. for future pandemics, but it could also risk starting the next outbreakTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:41:56 +0000Unusual Interstellar Visitor Could Be Shard of Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unusual-object-could-be-shard-interstellar-ice-180967593/A new study of ‘Oumuamua suggests it's water ice covered with 20 inches of dry carbon compoundsTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:48:22 +0000Researchers Whack Fake Skulls to Learn About Neolithic Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-whack-fake-skulls-learn-about-neolithic-weapons-180967563/Was the ‘Thames Beater’ used to kill? Four crushed model skulls say yesTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:52:19 +0000Award Winning Images Capture the Goofiness of the Animal Kingdomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winners-comedy-wildlife-photography-awards-are-here-brighten-your-day-180967551/Enjoy these masterpieces in animal sillinessMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Shadows of Saturn's Rings Mess With Its Upper Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/shadows-saturns-rings-mess-its-upper-atmosphere-180967521/The Cassini probe's final swoops through the rings found that they impact the planet's ionosphereFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:51:50 +0000Dinosaurs Were Around Before Saturn Had Ringshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-probably-older-saturns-rings-180967565/Data from the Cassini space probe suggests that the rings may be as young as 150 million years oldFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:34:56 +0000New Map Reveals What Lies Below Greenland's Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/naked-map-greenland-helps-understanding-ice-loss-180967562/This map of 'naked' Greenland is the most detailed yet and can help in refining climate predictionsFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:10:43 +0000Five Things to Know About French Enlightenment Genius Émilie du Châtelethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-french-enlightenment-genius-emilie-du-chatelet-180967561/She was brilliant and unconventional, but her life had a tragic endFri, 15 Dec 2017 18:18:17 +0000How the Arrival of One Bird Brought $223,000 to a Pennsylvanian Townhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-single-bird-brought-220000-pennsylvania-town-180967527/The rare black-backed oriole showed up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, and birdwatchers flocked to the sceneFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:37 +0000How the Rapidly Changing Shape of This New Island Could Teach Us About Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-one-new-island-teaching-us-about-earth-volcanoes-and-water-mars-180967537/Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai has lasted longer than it should, and the processes that formed the island are of interest to NASAFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:13:03 +0000The Physics Behind the Layers in Your Lattehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-behind-layers-your-latte-180967546/Layered lattes are a cool trick, but the science of why it happens could help in manufacturing and even studying the oceanFri, 15 Dec 2017 16:22:28 +0000Birdwatch for Science This Holiday Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birdwatch-science-holiday-season-180967559/Get outdoors for the Audubon's annual Christmas Bird CountFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:44:11 +0000These Places Are Actually The Middle of Nowherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-places-are-actually-middle-nowhere-180967544/These "poles of inaccessibility" are among the world's most remote placesFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:04:50 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-washingtons-hard-death-shows-limits-medicine-his-time-180967531/He’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +000099-Million-Year-Old Tick That Feasted on Dino Blood Found Trapped in Amberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tick-feasted-dino-blood-found-trapped-amber-180967539/Sorry, there's no DNA left. But the find does provide the first strong evidence that the parasites preyed on dinosaursWed, 13 Dec 2017 21:41:09 +0000This Giant Penguin Was the Size of a Humanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-penguin-was-size-human-180967536/The ancient mega-penguins waddled around New Zealand some 60 million years agoWed, 13 Dec 2017 16:20:02 +0000What Lurks Below Jupiter’s Great Red Spot?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-lurks-below-jupiters-great-red-spot-180967524/New results from the Juno spacecraft are helping to unlock the secrets of this centuries-old stormTue, 12 Dec 2017 19:10:00 +0000Charles Darwin’s Grandfather Was Famous for His Poems About Plant Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/charles-darwins-grandfather-was-famous-his-poems-about-plant-sex-180967517/Erasmus Darwin’s poetics influenced his grandson’s vision of natureTue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:23 +0000This 1940s Solar House Powered Innovation and Women in STEMhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/1940s-solar-house-powered-innovation-and-women-stem-180967515/As far back as the 1940s, people were worried about running out of fuel. The sun seemed like a feasible alternativeTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why Pantone's Color of the Year Is the Shade of Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pantones-color-year-shade-science-180967516/PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep saturated purple, but it doesn't hold a candle to true ultravioletTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:44 +0000Millions of Migrating Red Crabs Are Coming to Google Street Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/millions-migrating-red-crabs-are-coming-google-street-view-180967486/The crustaceans are making their brief annual appearance on Australia's Christmas Island Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Earth's Mysterious Hum Recorded in the Deep Sea for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-world-hum-recorded-seafloor-first-time-180967487/The discovery could help unlock the planet's deepest secretsMon, 11 Dec 2017 21:28:53 +0000You Don't Have to Have Synesthesia to "Hear" This Silent Gifhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-can-you-hear-silent-gif-180967491/How we perceive the world is the result of the complex intertwining of illusion, synesthesia, and suggestionMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:37:59 +0000Sign the Stars Anywhere on Earth With the First International Astronomy Dictionary For Deaf Communitieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sign-stars-anywhere-earth-international-astronomy-sign-language-dictionary-180967488/The encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanetMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:16 +0000New Species of Extinct Marsupial Lion Deepens Their Fierce Family Treehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossil-deepens-marsupial-lion-family-tree-180967462/The dog-sized animal adds more diversity to the history of Australia's largest predatorMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Gaze Into a 530-Million-Year-Old Eye, the Oldest Yet Discovered https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researcher-look-oldest-known-compound-eye-180967459/Found on an Estonian trilobite, the eye once processed 100 "pixels" of informationMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Narwhals Have a Strange Stress Responsehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/narwhals-strange-stress-response-180967458/When the creatures are frightened, they both flee and freezeFri, 08 Dec 2017 18:52:20 +0000Air Pollution May Diminish the Benefits of Exercisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/walking-polluted-areas-reduces-benefits-exercise-180967434/You might want to rethink that walk along the smoggy roadwayFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:48:30 +0000How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/story-first-industrial-robot-180967442/Computers were the size of refrigerators--or larger--but robots were on their wayFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:42:29 +0000Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarrehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-swimming-dinosaur-delightfully-bizarre-180967454/The cartoonish creature blends characteristics of velociraptors, penguins, swans, and ducksFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:10:36 +0000Little Foot, the Most Complete Australopithecus Fossil, Goes on Displayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-foot-most-complete-australopithecus-fossil-goes-display-180967447/After 20 years of excavation and cleaning, the 3.67-million year old hominin is ready for her closeupFri, 08 Dec 2017 14:51:36 +0000Scientists Need Your Help Rescuing 100-Year-Old Weather Recordshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/volunteers-help-rescue-europes-weather-history-180967385/A new citizen-science project needs volunteers to digitize decades of temperature, rain and barometric data from across western EuropeThu, 07 Dec 2017 21:26:12 +0000Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From the Dawn of the Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-discover-ancient-black-hole-dawn-universe-180967450/Sitting some 13.1 billion light years away, the find offers a window into the early universeThu, 07 Dec 2017 20:57:02 +0000Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monumentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-redrawn-national-monuments-180967418/The president is reducing two massive National Monuments by millions of acres. Read the context behind the decision and what to expect going forwardWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:59:40 +0000Winding Ice Age Cave Discovered Beneath Montrealhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winding-ice-age-cave-discovered-beneath-montreal-180967424/The cave stretches for more than 600 feet and splinters off into a number of different passagewaysWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:06:07 +0000Satellite Images Show Frightening Intensity of California Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-satellite-images-show-frightening-intensity-california-wildfires-180967433/Thick plumes of smoke can be seen blowing across the Pacific Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:49:41 +0000Is Your Champagne Good? Listen to the Bubbles for Clueshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-champagne-good-listen-bubbles-clues-180967430/You may be able to <em>hear</em> a high-quality bubblyWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:47:05 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Drama and Wonder of the Natural Worldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-dazzling-winners-royal-society-photo-competition-180967408/From Antarctic ice to eclipses and killer whales, the images unveil nature's strange and sometimes surreal beautyTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:26:44 +0000Geminid Meteor Shower Will Blaze Across Skieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/geminid-meteor-shower-will-blaze-across-skies-next-week-180967413/Will you stay up to catch the show?Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:31 +0000DNA Code Gets Two New Synthetic Letters—And Uses Them to Create a New Proteinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-add-two-new-synthetic-letters-dnas-alphabet-180967402/Researchers hope the advance is a step toward producing a range of new compounds, including designer drugs and biofuelsMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:56:31 +0000Your Oldest Ancestor Was Probably Sponge Likehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-conclude-sponges-were-first-animals-split-family-tree-180967389/A new study may settle a long-running debate about which creature was the first to evolve from a universal common animal ancestorMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:23:33 +0000Rare Amur Leopard Call Gets Caught on Tapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-leopard-call-gets-caught-tape-180967400/New footage of the cat making its distinctive roar offers a glimpse into the endangered species' behaviorMon, 04 Dec 2017 15:54:00 +0000Super Pictures Capture This Year's Only Visible Supermoonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-only-visible-supermoon-rises-sunday-180967371/If you missed last night's celestial show, these images feature our lunar orb in all its gloryMon, 04 Dec 2017 14:51:17 +0000Mammoth Remains Unearthed at Michigan Farm, Hint at Ancient Human Butcheringhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-mammoth-remains-unearthed-michigan-farm-180967398/Researchers have found 40 additional bones, including the skull, tusks and teeth of an ice age creatureMon, 04 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Chilean Telescope Takes Deepest Look Into the Cosmos Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-telescope-takes-deepest-peek-yet-cosmos-180967369/In the process, researchers discovered 72 new galaxies and details on 1,600 moreMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Cache of 120-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Found in Chinahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hundreds-fossilized-pterosaur-eggs-found-china-180967387/Some of the eggs contained embryonic remains, offering unprecedented insight into the pterosaur’s early life phases Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:46:26 +0000Earthworms Reproduce in Faux Mars Soil For the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/key-martian-farming-earthworms-180967386/A vital component of healthy Earth gardens, scientists are testing their resilience in the harsh Red Planet environmentFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:03:28 +0000Winston Churchill Imagined the Lab-Grown Hamburgerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/winston-churchill-imagined-lab-grown-hamburger-180967349/But he was off about the year when it would be createdFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Record-Breaking Fish That Lives 26,000 Feet Under the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-record-breaking-fish-lives-26000-feet-under-sea-180967363/The creature is a type of snailfish, and has adapted to survive crushing pressuresThu, 30 Nov 2017 16:17:44 +0000Most "Yeti" Evidence Is Actually From Brown Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-shows-yetis-are-mostly-brown-bears-180967361/The results dispel the idea of these mythical beasts while providing clues to the ancestry of the elusive Himalayan and Tibetan bearsThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:35:52 +0000This Dinosaur Was Much Fuzzier Than Scientists Once Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaur-was-much-fuzzier-we-thought-180967364/A new analysis shows the extent of ancient bird-like dino's fluffThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Three-Mile Wide Asteroid Will Zoom by Earth This Decemberhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-expected-pass-near-earth-december-180967351/But it will still be about 6.4 million miles awayWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:43:51 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than Youhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neural-network-can-maybe-start-novel-better-you-180967300/As the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000Are Alien Microbes Clinging to the International Space Station? Probably Nothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/are-alien-microbes-clinging-iss-probably-not-180967350/A report out of Russia claims extraterrestrial bacteria has been found on the space station, but there's plenty of room for doubtTue, 28 Nov 2017 20:58:58 +0000Three Medical Breakthroughs That Can Be Traced Back to a Tragic Nightclub Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-medical-breakthroughs-can-be-traced-back-tragic-cocoanut-grove-fire-180967323/Four hundred ninety-two people died as a result of the horrifying fire, an unprecedented death toll that led physicians to make unprecedented innovationsTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:07:54 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-cloud-names-come-1700s-amateur-meteorologist-180967321/Luke Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000The Geology of Bali's Simmering Agung Volcanohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-balis-agung-volcano-dangerous-180967330/The high viscosity magma of stratovolcanoes like Agung makes them extremely explosive—and potentially deadlyMon, 27 Nov 2017 20:35:35 +0000Mexico Establishes Largest Marine Protected Area in North Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mexico-declares-north-americas-largest-marine-reserve-180967309/The nation will fully protect 57,000 square miles around the Revillagigedo Islands from fishing and resource extractionFri, 24 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +0000