Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenWed, 25 Apr 2018 20:20:00 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA's New Planet-Hunting Satellitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-planet-hunting-satellite-ready-launch-180968804/TESS will scan the skies in search of the next crop of exoplanetsMon, 16 Apr 2018 18:04:03 +0000This “Mutant Enzyme” Breaks Down Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-accidentally-create-mutant-enzyme-can-break-down-plastic-180968881/It's definitely cool—but probably won’t solve our plastics problemWed, 25 Apr 2018 20:20:00 +0000Watch This 3D Snowflake Model Melt Over and Over Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-has-produced-first-3d-model-melting-snowflake-180968663/It's not only mesmerizing, it could help researchers predict the hazards of wet snowWed, 25 Apr 2018 19:31:13 +0000New Star Map Could Change Everything We Know About the Milky Wayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-star-catalogue-will-change-everything-we-know-about-milky-way-180968891/The map includes 1.7 billion stars and is already revealing new details about star evolution and the formation of our galaxyWed, 25 Apr 2018 18:00:20 +0000The EPA Declared That Burning Wood Is Carbon Neutral. It's Actually a Lot More Complicatedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/epa-declares-burning-wood-carbon-neutral-180968880/Here are five things to know about the controversial change Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:53:16 +0000These Are the Cities With the Worst Air Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-worst-cities-air-pollution-180968871/More than 4 in 10 Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution, according to a new reportTue, 24 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Giant, Intact Egg of the Extinct Elephant Bird Found in Buffalo Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giant-intact-egg-extinct-elephant-bird-found-buffalo-museum-180968850/Fewer than 40 such eggs are held in public collections todayMon, 23 Apr 2018 19:35:07 +0000A Surprising Way Dogs Are Similar to Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-suggests-dogs-may-be-better-subjects-research-human-nutrition-180968842/We share more than snuggles and and a love of walks; canines and humans have similar gut microbiotaMon, 23 Apr 2018 19:19:14 +0000'Exploding' Ant Ruptures Its Own Body to Defend Its Nesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploding-ant-ruptures-its-own-body-defend-its-nest-180968857/It's the ultimate act of self-sacrificeFri, 20 Apr 2018 20:07:27 +0000Murder Most Fowl: Forensic Scan Shows the Legendary Oxford Dodo Was Shothttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/murder-most-fowl-forensic-scan-shows-legendary-oxford-dodo-was-shot-180968854/Micro-CT scans shows lead scattered across the back of the skull of what is believed to be the taxidermied remains of the dodo brought to BritainFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:55:19 +0000Colony of Beautiful, Doomed Purple Octopuses Found Off Costa Ricahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/colony-beautiful-doomed-purple-octopuses-found-costa-rica-180968858/Hundreds of unidentified cephalopods were found nursing their eggs near a deep-sea ventFri, 20 Apr 2018 18:50:45 +00002016 Ocean Heatwave Killed 30 Percent of the Great Barrier Reefhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2016-ocean-heatwave-killed-30-percent-great-barrier-reef-180968844/Combined with a 2017 temperature spike, half of the 2 billion corals on the reef have died since 2015 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:57:28 +0000'Staggering' Damage to Florida’s Everglades Remains in the Wake of Hurricane Irmahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-images-reveal-staggering-damage-floridas-everglades-wake-hurricane-irma-180968830/ Researchers found gaps in 40 percent of the forest canopy in aerial images taken before and after the stormFri, 20 Apr 2018 16:00:00 +0000Human Cell Atlas Releases First Major Data Sethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-cell-atlas-releases-first-major-data-set-180968831/The information includes data from over half a million immune cells from human cord blood and bone marrow Thu, 19 Apr 2018 19:06:17 +0000Once Rare Nectar-Feeding Bat Removed From U.S. Endangered Species Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nectar-feeding-bat-species-becomes-first-be-removed-endangered-list-180968829/The move is a first for bat speciesThu, 19 Apr 2018 15:21:51 +0000An Unexpected Asteroid Buzzed by Earth Last Sundayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-flew-earth-unexpectedly-sunday-180968818/The space rock is one of the largest ever to come in such close proximity to our planetWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:41:10 +0000Diamonds Trapped in Strange Meteorite Came From Solar System's Earliest Planetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/diamonds-trapped-strange-meteorite-came-solar-systems-earliest-planets-180968821/Impurities in the diamonds could only have formed within a planet the size of Mercury or MarsWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:03:51 +0000How to Catch a Glimpse of This Weekend's Lyrid Meteor Showerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-spot-years-lyrid-meteor-shower-180968815/Conditions are expected to be favorable, and experts say the shower might produce as many as 18 meteors every hourTue, 17 Apr 2018 21:00:32 +0000How Giant’s Causeway Formed Its Spectacular Array of Columnshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reveal-how-giants-causeway-was-formed-180968806/Scientists recreated the process behind the formation's near-perfect hexagonal columnsTue, 17 Apr 2018 14:46:11 +0000Super Salty Lakes Found Deep Below Canadian Ice Caphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-isolated-hyper-salty-lakes-world-found-under-canadian-ice-cap-180968782/The discovery could provide insights about life in extreme environments, and help in the search for extraterrestrial lifeMon, 16 Apr 2018 13:07:51 +0000Sci-Fi and Snakes Rule in New Official Names for Features on Pluto's Largest Moon and Mercuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/features-mercury-plutos-largest-moon-officially-named-180968794/Stanley Kubrick and Octavia Butler are among the figures honoredMon, 16 Apr 2018 12:32:28 +0000Massive Gathering of Mysterious Basking Sharks Found in Aerial Photoshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/biggest-gathering-mysterious-basking-sharks-found-aerial-photo-study-180968793/In 2013, nearly 1,400 of the normally solitary filter feeders had a party off the coast of southern New EnglandFri, 13 Apr 2018 20:19:43 +0000Bridget the Bearded Lioness Has Died at the Oklahoma City Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bridget-bearded-lioness-has-died-oklahoma-city-zoo-180968792/The 18-year-old lioness suddenly began growing a mane last year, baffling her caretakersFri, 13 Apr 2018 18:28:24 +0000Turtle That Breathes Through Its Genitals Lands on Endangered Reptiles Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/green-haired-turtle-breathes-through-its-genitals-lands-endangered-reptiles-list-180968788/Australia’s Mary River turtle was a popular pet in the 1960s and 70s, but raids of the animal’s nests have driven it towards extinction Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:07:32 +0000Ocean Current That Keeps Europe Warm Is Weakeninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-current-keeps-europe-warm-weakening-180968784/Two new studies show the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation has decreased 15 to 20 percent over the last 150 yearsFri, 13 Apr 2018 14:12:25 +0000Dead Sperm Whale Had 64 Pounds of Trash in Its Digestive Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dead-sperm-whale-had-64-pounds-trash-its-digestive-system-180968776/The juvenile sperm whale was found in the Murcia region of Spain, and its death has spurred a local campaign to combat plastic pollutionThu, 12 Apr 2018 19:01:44 +0000What Causes the Cringe-Inducing Sound of Knuckle Cracking?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-causes-sound-cracking-knuckles-scientists-have-finally-figured-it-out-180968642/A new study suggests the sound comes from the collapse of bubbles that form in the fluid-filled spaces of the jointsThu, 12 Apr 2018 18:45:51 +0000Norwegian Trees Still Bear Evidence of a World War II German Battleshiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-find-evidence-germanys-world-war-ii-battleship-norwegian-trees-180968772/A chemical fog used to camouflage the ship impacted the trees, limiting ring developmentThu, 12 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000These Rare NASA Photos Were Saved From the Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-nasa-photos-sale-180968725/The 1,500 press images up for sale cover the agency's manned missions from 1961 to 1972Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:27:08 +0000These Are America's Ten Most Endangered Rivershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/report-lists-americas-ten-most-endangered-rivers-1-180968771/Mining and flood control projects are the main threats to waterways, according to the new reportWed, 11 Apr 2018 20:12:11 +0000USGS Shares Archival Photo of Rare Domed Lava Fountainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/usgs-shares-archival-photo-rare-domed-lava-fountain-180968773/The unusual phenomenon occurred in the midst of a five-year eruption on Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcanoWed, 11 Apr 2018 19:36:32 +0000Expressive Eyebrows May Have Given Modern Humans an Evolutionary Edgehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/expressive-eyebrows-may-have-given-humans-evolutionary-edge-180968752/A new study explores why ancient humans had pronounced brow ridges, and why they eventually lost themTue, 10 Apr 2018 20:16:43 +0000This Ancient Reptile Was One of the Most Massive Creatures That Ever Livedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ichthyosaur-was-one-largest-creatures-ever-existed-180968751/A fossil jawbone found in England suggests the 'sea monster' was nearly the size of a blue whaleTue, 10 Apr 2018 19:45:30 +0000NASA Sends Human Sperm to the International Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-just-sent-sperm-international-space-station-180968723/Astronauts will study how microgravity affects the motility of the little swimmersTue, 10 Apr 2018 16:24:36 +0000Keystone Pipeline Leak Was Twice as Big as Previously Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/keystone-pipeline-leak-was-twice-big-previously-thought-180968722/A representative of TransCanada Corp., which owns the pipeline, says the leak spilled 9,700 barrels of oil into South Dakota farmland Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:15:00 +0000Puffin Beaks Are Fluorescent, and They’re Not the Only Oneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puffin-beaks-are-fluorescent-and-theyre-not-only-ones-180968724/Scorpions, stick insects and caterpillars are among the many critters that glow under UV light Mon, 09 Apr 2018 19:48:46 +0000If a Cosmic Bubble Destroys the Universe, Scientists Now Know When It'll Happenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/we-now-know-when-cosmic-death-bubble-may-destroy-universe-180968687/Don't panic yet; the end won't be for at least 10 octodecillion years, if it happens at allMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:15:51 +0000Fossilized 'Sea Monster' Found Pregnant With Eight Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/180-million-year-old-sea-monster-was-carrying-eight-babies-180968712/The fossil provides the earliest evidence of ichthyosaur embryos from the UKMon, 09 Apr 2018 15:58:18 +0000Humans Have Wreaked Havoc on Walden Pondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-details-man-made-damage-done-walden-pond-180968700/A new study details the intensity of the damage to this beloved locationMon, 09 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Herpes Is Kind of Beautiful, On the Molecular Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/herpes-kind-beautiful-molecular-level-180968714/This detailed visualization of the herpes virus is a step toward finding new treatmentsFri, 06 Apr 2018 20:19:56 +0000The Center of the Milky Way May Be Chock-Full of Black Holeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/center-milky-way-may-be-chock-full-black-holes-180968697/Researchers spotted about a dozen black holes lurking at our galactic center—and there may be up to 10,000 moreFri, 06 Apr 2018 18:46:38 +0000‘Zombie-Like’ Raccoons Are Terrorizing Youngstown, Ohiohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/zombie-raccoons-are-terrorizing-city-youngstown-ohio-180968704/Sadly, the critters’ strange behavior can likely be ascribed to a serious illnessFri, 06 Apr 2018 16:48:26 +0000How Do Tiny Chicks Crack Out of Their Eggs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nanoscale-changes-keep-eggshells-strong-let-chicks-escape-180968656/The secret is in the egg shells' nanostructureThu, 05 Apr 2018 13:46:04 +0000Five Things to Know About NASA’s Supersonic X-Planehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/five-things-know-about-nasas-newest-x-plane-180968685/The $247.5 million aircraft could revive supersonic flight for civiliansThu, 05 Apr 2018 13:33:57 +0000Chilling Out in Hot Springs May Help Japan's Snow Monkeys Reduce Stresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilling-out-hot-springs-may-help-japans-snow-monkeys-reduce-stress-180968686/A new study found that bathing in the springs is linked to lower levels of a metabolite associated with stressThu, 05 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Rare Tiny T. Rex Unearthed in Montanahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossil-could-prove-or-disprove-existence-tiny-t-rex-180968639/Researchers are yet unsure if the creature is a baby dino or an example of the contentious <i>Nanotyrannus</i>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:00:00 +0000Oil Spill in Colombia Kills 2,400 Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-spill-colombia-has-killed-2400-animals-180968653/The spill also damaged 1,000 tree species and caused adverse health effects in residents of the affected areasTue, 03 Apr 2018 20:28:41 +000050 Rare Dinosaur Footprints Found on Scottish Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/50-rare-dinosaur-footprints-found-scottish-island-180968666/The prints date to the Middle Jurassic period, which has yielded relatively few dinosaur fossilsTue, 03 Apr 2018 19:49:48 +0000Meet Icarus, The Most Distant Star Yet Detectedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-icarus-most-distant-star-ever-detected-180968667/The blue supergiant lies 9 billion light-years away Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:49:00 +0000Why Orange Snow Fell Over Eastern Europehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-orange-snow-falling-eastern-europe-180968633/It had to do with storms in North AfricaMon, 02 Apr 2018 18:47:39 +0000China's Tiangong-1 Finally Crashes Back to Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-tiangong-1-finally-lands-back-earth-180968650/Most of the craft likely burned up as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphereMon, 02 Apr 2018 15:47:29 +0000California Coffee Companies Must Display Cancer Warning Label, Judge Ruleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-coffee-companies-must-display-cancer-warning-label-judge-rules-180968641/Despite the ruling, the links between coffee and cancer remain unclearFri, 30 Mar 2018 19:35:06 +0000Scientists Thought All Galaxies Had Dark Matter, but They Just Found One Without Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/galaxy-without-dark-matter-shakes-astronomy-180968628/The find defies the assumption that the mysterious matter is necessary for galaxy formation Fri, 30 Mar 2018 17:08:16 +0000Chilean Government Investigates Whether the Atacama Mummy Was Illegally Exhumed https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chilean-government-investigating-whether-alien-skeleton-was-illegally-exhumed-180968630/Outraged at the recent DNA analysis of the child, the Chilean science community calls for ethical evaluations of the workFri, 30 Mar 2018 14:57:38 +0000Oldest Known Human Footprints in North America Discovered on Canada’s Pacific Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-known-footprints-discovered-canadas-pacific-coast-180968632/In a new paper, archaeologists describe 29 footprints that date to the end of the last ice ageFri, 30 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Baby Sea Turtles Spotted on Mumbai Beach for the First Time in 20 Years https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-sea-turtles-20-years-born-mumbai-beach-180968622/Though conservationists are celebrating the apparent success, the creatures may not be as rare as once believedThu, 29 Mar 2018 15:37:44 +0000Mummy Found Inside 2,500-Year-Old ‘Empty’ Coffinhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-human-remains-inside-2500-year-old-empty-coffin-180968616/The coffin had been listed as empty for nearly 160 years while stored at the University of Sydney’s museumThu, 29 Mar 2018 14:18:39 +0000Scientists May Have Identified a New Human Organhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-may-have-identified-new-human-organ-180968621/It is called the interstitium, and it consists of fluid-filled cavities that can be found throughout the bodyWed, 28 Mar 2018 18:55:11 +0000Why Washington State Is Phasing Out Atlantic Salmon Farminghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-state-bans-atlantic-salmon-farming-180968600/The move will bring an end to three decades of non-native fish farming in the regionWed, 28 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Why Are Whales So Massive? It's All About Energyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whales-are-so-big-so-they-dont-get-cold-180968599/Marine mammal size is a delicate balance between chowing down and chilly watersTue, 27 Mar 2018 17:30:24 +0000A Male Orca and Its Mother Worked Together to Kill a Newborn Calfhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/male-orca-and-its-mother-worked-together-kill-newborn-calf-180968590/It is the first time that infanticide has been observed among killer whalesTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:56:02 +0000NASA Clean Room Storing Meteorite Samples Is Contaminated With Fungihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-room-storing-samples-space-contaminated-fungus-180968589/Contamination of the not-so-clean room could meddle with resultsTue, 27 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why This Elephant in India Is Blowing Smokehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-elephant-india-blowing-smoke-180968592/It's likely the puffing pachyderm is eating ash-covered charcoal as a form of self-medication to flush out toxinsMon, 26 Mar 2018 18:12:50 +0000Elusive Deep-Sea Anglerfish Seen Mating for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-footage-captures-mating-behavior-elusive-deep-sea-anglerfish-180968584/The male clamps down onto his female partner, their tissue and circulatory systems fusing together for lifeMon, 26 Mar 2018 14:43:45 +0000Researchers Solve the Mystery of the Atacama 'Alien' Mummyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-alien-skeleton-found-chile-was-likely-result-genetic-mutations-180968576/The unusual skeleton sparked rampant speculation, but DNA is helping scientists tease apart the true taleFri, 23 Mar 2018 19:39:10 +0000The Great Pacific Garbage Patch Is Much Larger and Chunkier Than We Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-pacific-garbage-patch-larger-and-chunkier-we-thought-180968580/A new study shows the patch is not just microplastics. Fishing gear and large pieces make up 92 percent of the trashFri, 23 Mar 2018 17:12:49 +0000A Violent Volcanic Eruption Immortalized in Medieval Poem May Have Spurred Iceland’s Adoption of Christianityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/violent-volcanic-eruption-may-have-spurred-icelands-adoption-christianity-180968566/A new study looks for traces of the devastating volcanic event in a poem composed in approximately 961 A.D.Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:26 +0000Looking Back at Curiosity’s 2,000 Martian Days on the Red Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/looking-back-curiositys-2000-days-mars-180968565/The rover has taken incredible images and made wild discoveries since landing in 2012Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:04:13 +0000Dinosaur Horns Were For Making Love, Not Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/triceratops-horns-were-mostly-loving-not-fighting-180968568/The elaborate horns and frills were more likely for attracting mates than fighting off enemiesThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:27:53 +0000Pesticides Have Led to a ‘Catastrophic’ Decline in France’s Bird Populationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pesticides-have-led-catastrophic-decline-frances-bird-populations-180968562/The chemicals have decimated the insects that birds rely on for foodThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:23:11 +000070,000 Years Ago, a Passing Star Shook Up Our Solar Systemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/passing-star-shook-solar-systems-comets-70000-years-ago-180968564/The red dwarf likely came within on light-year of the sun, altering the course of some asteroids and cometsThu, 22 Mar 2018 19:04:28 +0000Scientists Brew a Hoppy Beer Without the Hopshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hoppy-beer-without-hops-scientists-created-it-180968553/Hops are expensive and require lots of water to grow, so researchers tried to recreate the distinctive tasteWed, 21 Mar 2018 18:40:00 +0000Cockroach Genome Shows Why They Are Impossible to Killhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cockroach-genome-shows-why-they-are-impossible-kill-180968554/The massive genome includes code for neutralizing toxins, regrowing limbs and a thousand genes for detecting food and chemicalsWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:44:13 +0000Graphene Hair Dye Is Gentle on Your Locks. But Is It Safe?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/graphene-works-hair-dye-doesnt-chemically-damage-hair-according-new-study-180968547/Unlike traditional hair dyes, graphene coats the hair surface without chemically altering itWed, 21 Mar 2018 15:37:34 +0000Flu Skies: How Influenza Might Spread On a Planehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-maps-how-flu-virus-moves-around-plane-180968541/A new study suggests the chances of contracting a sick passenger's flu virus is surprisingly lowWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Some People "Hear" Silent GIFshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-some-people-hear-silent-gifs-180968537/This week, researchers published their findings on the largest study to date on the phenomenon, which is called visually evoked auditory response or vEARWed, 21 Mar 2018 10:00:00 +0000Kids Are Drawing Women Scientists More Often Than They Did Decades Ago https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kids-are-drawing-female-scientists-more-often-they-did-decades-ago-180968548/But analysis of studies over the past 50 years show that sketches of male scientists still dominateTue, 20 Mar 2018 20:54:21 +0000Nearly 9-Hour Rainbow in Taiwan Sets New Guinness Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/9-hour-rainbow-sets-new-guinness-record-180968527/Last November, researchers recorded more than 10,000 photos and videos documenting the long-lasting weather phenomenonMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:09:24 +0000Hear the Sounds of Volcanic Thunder Recorded For First Time Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-record-sounds-volcanic-thunder-first-time-ever-180968509/The sounds were captured twice during two eruptions of Alaska's Bogoslof volcano in 2017Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:56:28 +0000The Super-cute Eastern Quoll Returns to Mainland Australiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/super-cute-eastern-quoll-returns-mainland-australia-180968513/Wiped out by a mystery disease and non-native foxes, the spotted, cat-sized predator is being reintroduced in Booderee National ParkFri, 16 Mar 2018 15:45:00 +0000Study Finds Microplastics in More than 90 Percent of Tested Water Bottleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-microplastics-more-90-percent-tested-water-bottles-2-180968507/But the effects of microplastics on human health are far from clearFri, 16 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Study Reveals Pythons Take Care of Their Offspring, For a Little Whilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-reveals-pythons-take-care-their-offsping-little-while-180968500/The southern African python wraps around its eggs to keep them warm and does the same for its snakelets during the first weeks of lifeThu, 15 Mar 2018 19:59:37 +0000Scientists Create a Super-White Coating, with Help from a Super-White Beetlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-super-white-coating-help-super-white-beetle-180968488/The Cyphochilus beetle’s scales boast intricate networks of chitin, a molecule that reflects light with high efficiency Thu, 15 Mar 2018 13:29:04 +0000Earthlings: There's No Need to Freak Out About Tonight's Solar Stormhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-model-shows-how-risk-our-grid-geomagnetic-storms-180968489/Expect small disruptions to satellite communications and minor surges in the power grid. Find out how USGS predicts effects of geomagnetic stormsWed, 14 Mar 2018 18:53:40 +0000Stephen Hawking, the Expansive Cosmologist Who Shone Light on the Universe, Has Died at 76https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-stephen-hawking-has-died-180968486/The world's favorite ambassador of science was one of the greatest minds in physicsWed, 14 Mar 2018 16:57:51 +0000If You’re Empathetic, It Might Be Genetichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/if-youre-empathetic-it-might-be-genetic-180968466/A new study found that 10 percent of differences in humans’ ability to empathize can be attributed to genetic variations Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:34:54 +0000See the Founder of Modern Neuroscience's Unique Way of Looking at the Inner Workings of the Brain Through Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-showcases-art-father-modern-neuroscience-180968433/Art meets science in the first U.S. traveling exhibition of Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s sketchesTue, 13 Mar 2018 16:47:37 +0000Purple Haze: Alien Atmospheres Recreated In the Lab https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/purple-haze-alien-atmospheres-recreated-lab-180968460/By combining various gases with plasma, researchers are learning about the haze around distant planetsTue, 13 Mar 2018 14:28:50 +0000Major Study Finds Antidepressants Work, But May Have Limitationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-study-finds-antidepressants-work-may-have-limitations-180968452/A meta-analysis of existing trials suggests that the drugs are mostly effective on a short-term basis for patients suffering from acute depressionMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:52:36 +0000This Swiss Town Is Protecting Its Glacier With a Blankethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/swiss-town-glacier-blanket-180968451/But a high-tech solution might be on the wayMon, 12 Mar 2018 18:30:09 +0000These Curious Spiders Evolved the Same Way Over and Over and Over Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genus-spiders-moved-hawaii-and-evolved-15-different-species-180968446/A new study suggests the stick spider evolved the same way in multiple different placesMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Unraveling the Genetics Behind Why Some People "See" Sound and "Hear" Colorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-begin-unravel-how-some-people-see-sound-and-hear-color-180968374/Researchers find several genes that regulate the wiring for synesthesia in the brainMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Two Antarctic Penguins Took an Adorable ‘Selfie’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-antarctic-penguins-took-adorable-selfie-180968445/They were investigating a camera belonging to an expeditioner with the Australian Antarctic DivisionFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:32:16 +0000Five Things to Know About China's Falling Space Stationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dont-worry-chinese-space-station-wont-crush-your-house-180968438/For one, it's exceedingly unlikely to cause you harmFri, 09 Mar 2018 20:13:39 +0000Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/never-seen-mineral-found-inside-diamond-180968431/The diamond acted as a container, keeping a piece of calcium silicate perovskite stable as it moved towards the Earth’s surfaceFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:04:40 +0000New Juno Data Gives Unprecedented Glimpse Beneath Jupiter's Stormy Shellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/juno-giving-us-glimpse-under-jupiters-stormy-shell-180968421/The massive planet's storm go much deeper than previously suspected and its interior rotates nearly as a solid massThu, 08 Mar 2018 22:21:53 +0000Huge Chunks of Blue Ice Appear on Lake Michigan's Straits of Mackinachttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-chunks-blue-ice-appear-lake-michigans-straits-mackinac-180968417/Blue ice isn't actually blue, it just appears that way because of how light is reflected on itThu, 08 Mar 2018 18:16:30 +0000Tens of Thousands of Sea Creatures Wash Up on UK Shores Following Freezing Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/freezing-stormy-weather-causes-one-uks-biggest-mass-strandings-record-180968373/Piles of starfish, crab, mussels and lobsters collected along the North Sea coastThu, 08 Mar 2018 16:36:34 +0000After 150 Years, This Bizarre Plant Was Rediscovered in Malaysiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bizarre-plant-not-seen-150-years-found-sarawak-180968413/<em>Thismia neptunis</em> spends most of its life underground, only making a rare appearance to bloom Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Striking Mars Image Shows Strange Boulder Piles and Undulating Sand Duneshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-image-reveals-mysterious-piles-boulders-180968388/Though the image looks otherworldly, the likely processes behind these oddities also happen on Earth Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000U.S. Lifts Ban on the Import of African Elephant Trophieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-lifts-ban-import-african-elephant-trophies-180968415/The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said that it will now evaluate big-game permits on a ‘case-by-case basis’Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:39:22 +0000Why Doesn’t This Toad Have a Face? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-doesnt-toad-have-face-180968363/A graduate student and herpetologist turns to Twitter for answersTue, 06 Mar 2018 17:56:56 +0000No, Your Nose Isn't as Big as That Selfie Makes It Seemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/your-selfies-are-lying-you-180968340/If you take a selfie from just 12 inches away, it may make your nose look 30 percent biggerTue, 06 Mar 2018 16:27:54 +0000127-Million-Year-Old Baby Bird Fossil Offers Peek Into Ancient Avian Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/127-million-year-old-fossil-shows-how-prehistoric-baby-birds-developed-180968369/The baby enantiornithe had a soft sternum and likely could not flyTue, 06 Mar 2018 15:30:08 +0000Termites Are Moving in With Cockroaches, Taxonomicallyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/termites-are-moving-cockroaches-taxonomically-180968332/The wood-munching critters are technically just social roachesMon, 05 Mar 2018 18:33:06 +0000Scientists Study ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ in Hopes of Finding How Vermeer Painted His Masterpiecehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-take-closer-look-girl-pearl-earring-180968335/The enigmatic work was last examined—and restored—in 1994Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:40:25 +0000Scientists Discover "Super-Colony" of 1.5 Million Adélie Penguins in Images From Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adelie-penguin-super-colony-found-after-scientists-look-space-images-180968326/In other areas of the Antarctic, the black and white birds are in decline—but on the Danger Islands, they thrive Fri, 02 Mar 2018 21:17:54 +0000The World's Last Male Northern White Rhino Dieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/future-not-looking-bright-last-male-northern-white-rhino-180968329/Only two individuals of the subspecies remain in the worldFri, 02 Mar 2018 18:25:40 +0000The Mystery of the Sex-Changing Striped Maple Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/injuries-can-trigger-male-trees-turning-female-study-finds-180968299/Yes, trees can be male or female. And sometimes they switch it upFri, 02 Mar 2018 16:47:02 +0000New Tardigrade Species Found in Parking Lot in Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-tardigrade-species-found-parking-lot-japan-180968315/The adorable microscopic critter has a unique leg fold and lays unusual eggsThu, 01 Mar 2018 20:35:05 +0000Astronomers May Have Just Detected the Universe's First Starshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-detect-universes-first-stars-created-during-cosmic-dawn-180968312/A long-sought radio signal indicates the first stars began burning 180 million years after the initial Big BangThu, 01 Mar 2018 18:43:51 +0000Some of Earth's Deep Sea Microbes Could Survive on Saturn's Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/one-earths-deep-sea-creatures-could-survive-saturns-moon-180968301/A methane-producing archaea survived simulations of Enceladus' extreme conditions, hinting at the possibility of similar extraterrestrial lifeWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:38:46 +00004G Coverage Bound for the Moon in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cell-coverage-comes-moon-180968298/A private moon mission scheduled for next year will use an ultra-compact network to beam back live images of the lunar surfaceWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:09:10 +0000As Oceans Warm, King Penguins' Food Moves Farther Away. That's a Problemhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-penguins-face-threats-due-climate-change-180968280/The already treacherous journey for nourishment will get increasingly challenging for penguins in the years ahead Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:58:55 +0000Global Seed Vault Gets Its Millionth Donation and a $13 Million Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/global-seed-vault-hit-one-million-mark-donation-gets-13-million-upgrade-180968267/Built in 1998, the vault safeguards the world’s food storage in case of a global disasterWed, 28 Feb 2018 17:25:19 +0000A Sickly Paleolithic Pupper Only Survived Because of Human Helphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/14000-year-old-puppy-may-have-been-cared-paleolithic-humans-180968282/The canine wouldn't have been a good hunter, hinting early humans may have loved their pets for more than athleticismWed, 28 Feb 2018 15:44:41 +0000Blame Tailgaters for Your Traffic Woeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blame-tailgaters-your-traffic-woes-180968281/Keeping an equal distance between cars ahead and behind may eliminate "phantom" traffic jamsWed, 28 Feb 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Story Behind Big Sur's Glowing Waveshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-bioluminescent-plankton-made-big-surs-waters-glow-blue-1-180968273/Photographer George Krieger captured the unusual scene in vivid detailTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:50:15 +0000Rare Yellow Cardinal Spotted at Alabama Bird Feederhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-yellow-cardinal-spotted-alabama-bird-feeder-180968261/The bird's distinctive coloration may be caused by a genetic mutation or a health issueTue, 27 Feb 2018 18:29:38 +0000Order Makes Cities Easy to Navigate—It May Also Make Them Hotterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orderly-cities-see-bigger-heat-island-effect-180968242/Physics and statistics can describe how building patterns relate to cities' tendency to hold heatTue, 27 Feb 2018 17:42:47 +0000