Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 19 Jul 2018 20:59:58 +0000First Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt in 40 Years Will Take Place This Fallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-yellowstone-grizzly-hunt-40-years-could-take-place-next-fall-180969161/In a controversial move, Wyoming will allow a limited take of the once-endangered speciesWed, 23 May 2018 20:53:20 +0000Chicago Says Goodbye to Its Last Tiny Waterfallhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chicago-says-goodbye-its-last-tiny-waterfall-180969706/Niagara, it was notThu, 19 Jul 2018 20:59:58 +0000Tree Shrews Love Hot Peppers Because They Don't Feel the Burnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tree-shrews-peppers-feel-the-burn-180969702/A genetic mutation prevents Chinese tree shrews from feeling the heat of capsaicin, making them the only other mammal besides humans that enjoys hot foodsThu, 19 Jul 2018 18:09:15 +0000Welcome to the Meghalayan Age, the Latest Stage in Earth’s 4.54-Billion-Year Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/welcome-meghalayan-age-latest-stage-earths-454-billion-year-history-180969699/Geologists say the stage began 4,200 years ago, when a global mega-drought devastated agricultural societiesThu, 19 Jul 2018 17:09:59 +0000Combing Through the Fishy Origins of Human Hairhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fishy-origins-of-human-hair-180969688/New research from UVA suggests the first vertebrates to colonize dry land carried scaly souvenirs with themWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:09:38 +0000Jupiter Officially Has 12 New Moonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiter-officially-has-12-new-moons-180969684/The new satellites are mostly tiny and include one oddball that is on a collision course with some of the 78 other moons orbiting the planetWed, 18 Jul 2018 19:04:12 +0000NYC Fireboat Rebranded in Vibrant Dazzle Camouflage to Commemorate WWIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nyc-fireboat-rebranded-vibrant-dazzle-camouflage-commemorate-wwi-180969683/Vessels cloaked in clashing colors, patterns attempted to confuse U-boat commanders by distorting their perception of a ship’s speed, size and locationWed, 18 Jul 2018 16:45:58 +0000Babies’ Cries May Predict What They Will Sound Like as Adultshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/babies-cries-may-predict-what-they-will-sound-adults-180969669/A new study has found that vocal pitch arises very early in lifeTue, 17 Jul 2018 19:46:27 +0000Archaeologists Discover Evidence of Bread Baked Before Advent of Agriculture https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-evidence-bread-baked-advent-agriculture-180969667/The bread, which was found in northeast Jordan, dates back about 14,400 years and likely resembled modern-day wrapsTue, 17 Jul 2018 16:31:10 +0000This Is What Robotic Art Looks Like in 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/this-what-robotic-art-2018-180969656/The 2018 RobotArt competition fielded more than 100 submissions entered by 19 teams from all over the worldTue, 17 Jul 2018 14:49:06 +0000Eight Endangered Black Rhinos Have Died in a Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/eight-endangered-black-rhinos-died-their-way-sanctuary-180969638/Preliminary investigation suggests the rhinos died as a result of salt poisoningMon, 16 Jul 2018 18:19:34 +0000Did the Human Hand Evolve as a Lean Mean Bone-Smashing Machine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-hand-evolve-bone-smashing-180969632/Of nearly 40 things Pleistocene people might have done with their hands, getting to yummy marrow requires the most force and dexterityFri, 13 Jul 2018 19:05:42 +0000Before He Died, Ötzi the Iceman Ate a Greasy, Fatty Mealhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/he-died-otzi-iceman-ate-greasy-fatty-meal-180969630/A detailed analysis of the mummy’s stomach contents suggests he knew precisely what to eat to survive in harsh Alpine conditions Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:27:21 +0000Check Out These Awesome New 3D, Full-Color X-Rayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/check-out-these-awesome-new-3d-full-color-x-rays-180969626/The scanner uses technology developed for the Large Hadron ColliderFri, 13 Jul 2018 17:20:59 +0000Two New Yellow-Bellied Bats May Have Been Found in Kenyahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-new-yellow-bellied-bats-may-have-been-found-kenya-180969623/Genetic analysis of 100 bats revealed two previously unknown lineages Fri, 13 Jul 2018 14:49:13 +0000Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/coral-reefs-need-fewer-rats-and-more-bird-poo-180969614/A study of rat-infested islands in the Chagos show that a lack of seabirds--and their guano--degrades surrounding coral ecosystemsThu, 12 Jul 2018 17:13:36 +0000‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/safe-levels-pesticide-still-hamper-bees-memory-and-ability-learn-180969612/Scientists analyzed data from more than 100 experiments detailed in 23 studiesThu, 12 Jul 2018 16:47:05 +0000Romans May Have Hunted Whales to Extinction in Their Home Watershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/romans-may-have-hunted-whales-extinction-their-home-waters-180969605/New analysis suggests that right and gray whales were not only once present in the Mediterranean Sea but likely common in the regionWed, 11 Jul 2018 20:39:14 +0000Ancient DNA Offers Insight on Origins of Southeast Asia's Present-Day Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-suggests-contemporary-southeast-asians-derive-ancestry-four-ancient-population-180969603/Researchers sequenced 26 genomes using DNA samples dating as far back as 8,000 yearsWed, 11 Jul 2018 19:11:11 +00007,000-Year-Old German Grave Shows New Side of Neolithic Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/7000-year-old-german-grave-shows-new-side-brutality-180969599/The eight men and one woman bear signs of precisely inflicted blunt force cranial trauma, suggesting they were victims of mass executionWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:03:22 +0000Researchers Find More Evidence for the Higgs Bosonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-find-more-evidence-higgs-boson-180969595/Analysis of years of data from the Large Hadron Collider shows evidence the particle decays into bottom quarksTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:55:31 +0000Pink Was the First Color of Life on Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pink-was-first-color-life-earth-180969583/Researchers have found bright pink pigments in 1.1 billion year old fossils of cyanobacteria drilled in West AfricaTue, 10 Jul 2018 19:43:18 +0000A Toxic Algal Bloom Is Spreading in Florida's Waterwayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toxic-algal-bloom-spreading-floridas-waterways-180969586/The bloom started last month in Lake Okeechobee, but has quickly spread to waterways on both coastsTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:27:46 +0000Particle Accelerator Reveals Hidden Faces in Damaged 19th-Century Daguerreotype Portraitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-used-particle-accelerator-unearth-tarnished-19th-century-daguerreotype-portraits-180969585/Using an experimental X-ray fluorescence process, researchers mapped contours of the plates and produced digital copies of images previously lost to timeTue, 10 Jul 2018 18:07:04 +0000Pacific Northwest Orca Population Hits 30-Year-Lowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pacific-northwest-orca-population-hits-30-year-low-180969582/Declining salmon population, pollution and noise disturbance pose largest threats to the killer whales’ survivalTue, 10 Jul 2018 17:41:48 +0000Endangered Eastern Quolls Are Born on Mainland Australia for the First Time in 50 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/endangered-eastern-quolls-are-born-mainland-australia-first-time-50-years-180969578/Three of the feisty marsupials, which had been reintroduced to the wild, were found with joeys in their pouchesTue, 10 Jul 2018 16:35:53 +0000Settling a Heated Debate—Do Zebra Stripes Keep These Animals Cool?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heated-debate-do-zebra-stripes-keep-cool-180969581/Researchers from Hungary and Sweden investigated whether black and white stripes are actually better at keeping the heat at bayTue, 10 Jul 2018 15:51:29 +0000This Beer Was Developed For Breast Cancer Patientshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beer-was-developed-breast-cancer-patients-180969571/A Czech brewery's Mamma Beer is alcohol free and slightly sweet to help overcome the metallic taste of "chemo mouth"Mon, 09 Jul 2018 20:30:49 +0000Starbucks Vows to Ditch Plastic Straws by 2020. How Will the Oceans Change?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/starbucks-vows-ditch-plastic-straws-2020-180969573/Straws make up a small portion of ocean waste, but banning straws can be an important first step to cutting down on other plastics Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:40:09 +0000Archaeologists Unseal 17th-Century Danish Latrines to Discover Copenhageners' Dietary Habitshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unseal-danish-latrines-180969570/The Danish finds reveal their owners’ rich diet of fish and meat, fruits, spices—and the presence of parasites, including tapeworms and roundwormsMon, 09 Jul 2018 17:16:30 +0000Australian Reptiles And a Toad Named After Gollum on Latest Endangered Species Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-reptiles-and-toad-named-after-gollum-included-endangered-species-update-180969562/The IUCN Red List shows Oz's reptiles are in trouble as well as flying foxes, a Jamaican rodent and a New Guinea butterflyFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:27:48 +0000Unique Brain Circuitry Might Explain Why Parrots Are So Smarthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-brain-circuitry-might-explain-why-parrots-are-so-smart-180969566/Their bird brains are not bird-brainedFri, 06 Jul 2018 20:00:45 +0000New "Immunobiotic" Could Treat Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-immunobiotic-could-treat-antibiotic-resistant-superbugs-180969560/The drug, which combines antibiotics and the body's immune system, shows promise in early stages of testingFri, 06 Jul 2018 17:21:53 +0000European Dogs Devastated Indigenous American Pup Populations https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-european-dogs-devastated-indigenous-american-pup-populations-180969561/Disease, cultural change wiped out pre-contact populations, leaving no trace of ancient dogs’ DNA in modern counterpartsFri, 06 Jul 2018 16:20:47 +0000Peep the Stunning Winners of the Audubon Society's Photo Contesthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/peep-winners-audubon-photo-contest-180969556/You'll want to tweet these.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 14:05:12 +0000With Hybrid Embryo, Scientists Are One Step Closer to Saving the Northern White Rhinohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-one-step-closer-resurrecting-northern-white-rhino-180969549/Hybrid embryos were created using northern rhinos’ frozen sperm, southern rhinos’ eggsThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:58:48 +0000Ancient Toddler Was at Home on the Ground and in the Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-toddler-was-home-ground-and-trees-180969548/The foot of a 2.5-year-old Austrolopithecus afarensis shows it had a grippy big toe that let it cling to its mom and climb tree trunksThu, 05 Jul 2018 16:42:34 +0000A Research Ship Is Hunting Meteorite Fragments Off the Coast of Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-ship-hunting-meteorite-fragments-coast-washington-180969534/The research ship E/V Nautilus is combing through samples and sediment hoping to recover the first space rock from the ocean floorTue, 03 Jul 2018 19:24:19 +0000Newly Mapped Koala Genome Unlocks Secrets of Marsupial’s Diet, Susceptibility to Chlamydiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-mapped-koala-genome-unlocks-secrets-marsupials-diet-susceptibility-chlamydia-180969525/The cuddly creatures can survive on a diet of high-toxin eucalyptus leaves thanks to detoxifying genesTue, 03 Jul 2018 17:33:02 +0000A Carbon Dioxide Shortage Is Threatening the U.K.'s Supply of Beer and Crumpetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/carbon-dioxide-shortage-threatening-uks-supply-beer-and-crumpets-180969533/The food industry uses carbon dioxide in several ways, including packaging and meat processing Tue, 03 Jul 2018 17:32:17 +0000New Spider Species Discovered In Indiana Cavehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-spider-species-discovered-indiana-cave-180969513/The translucent sheet-weaving spider shows that scientists haven't yet found everything in our own backyardTue, 03 Jul 2018 14:18:19 +0000New Website Unearths Amsterdam’s History Via 700,000 Artifacts Spanning 5,000 Years https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/New-website-amsterdam-history-artifacts-180969497/The recovered items span thousands of years, and include coins, cell phones, dentures and moreMon, 02 Jul 2018 17:13:41 +0000The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Monthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/centurys-longest-lunar-eclipse-180969498/Including phases where the moon is partially masked, the event will last nearly four hours totalMon, 02 Jul 2018 16:04:03 +0000Study Suggests There's No Limit on Longevity, But Getting Super Old Is Still Toughhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-theres-no-limit-longevity-getting-super-old-still-tough-180969488/After the age of 105, the odds of dying plateau, meaning it's possible to live beyond the current record of 123 yearsFri, 29 Jun 2018 17:07:09 +0000How Inca Mummies Helped a Soccer Player Who Was Banned from the World Cuphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-inca-mummies-helped-soccer-player-who-was-banned-world-cup-180969486/Paolo Guerrero failed a drug test, but insists he never took cocaine. Three ancient mummies are lending credence to his caseFri, 29 Jun 2018 14:39:28 +0000How the Belize Barrier Reef Beat the Endangered Listhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/belize-reef-beats-endangered-list-180969485/An oil drilling moratorium, development restrictions and fishing reform has helped the 200-mile-reef come off Unesco's endangered world heritage sites listThu, 28 Jun 2018 18:43:47 +0000Our Galaxy Is Really Greasy and Smells Like Moth Ballshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-galaxy-really-greasy-and-smells-moth-balls-180969483/A new study estimates that a quarter to half the carbon in interstellar space is in the form of greasy aliphatic carbonThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:16:01 +0000Now That the Smog Has Lifted, Astronomy Returns to London's Royal Observatoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/now-smog-has-lifted-astronomy-returns-londons-royal-observatory-180969467/A new telescope that filters out light pollution and interference will watch the stars from the site constructed in 1675Thu, 28 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000A Nesting Bird Nearly Derailed a Canadian Music Festivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nesting-bird-nearly-derailed-canadian-music-festival-1-180969470/The brooding killdeer laid its eggs on a patch of cobblestone where the main stage of Ottawa’s Bluesfest was supposed to be set upWed, 27 Jun 2018 20:13:29 +0000Flight Attendants May Face Increased Risk for Many Cancers, Study Findshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/flight-attendants-may-face-increased-risk-many-cancers-study-finds-180969448/Flight attendants are exposed to a number of possible or probable cancer-causing factorsWed, 27 Jun 2018 12:00:32 +0000Australian Feral Cats Eat More Than a Million Reptiles Per Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/feral-cats-eat-million-australian-reptiles-day-180969447/A new study shows cats snack on 258 reptile species, and could push some to the brink of extinctionTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:30:10 +0000Mosquito-Borne Keystone Virus Has Been Found in Humans for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquito-borne-keystone-virus-has-been-found-humans-first-time-180969442/But the virus may have been infecting people for much longer than scientists realizedMon, 25 Jun 2018 20:44:27 +0000The Physics Behind a Leaky Faucet’s Maddening ‘Plink’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-figure-out-why-water-droplets-go-plink-180969440/Microphones and high-speed cameras show that what happens when a water droplet hits water is surprisingly complicatedMon, 25 Jun 2018 17:45:21 +0000Extinct Gibbon Species Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-gibbon-species-discovered-2000-year-old-chinese-tomb-180969433/It's believed the species represents a new genera of apes that may have died out just 300 years agoFri, 22 Jun 2018 18:30:19 +0000Childhood Virus May Have a Role in Alzheimer's Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/childhood-virus-may-have-role-alzheimers-disease-180969432/A study of 1,000 brains found two common types of herpes viruses were more prevalent in those suffering from the dementia-inducing diseaseFri, 22 Jun 2018 16:13:15 +0000Actually, T. Rex Probably Couldn't Stick Out Its Tonguehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/many-dinosaurs-including-trex-may-have-been-unable-stick-out-their-tongues-180969429/The tongues of bird-like dinosaurs and pterosaurs, however, may have been more mobileThu, 21 Jun 2018 20:36:39 +0000China's Plastic Ban Will Flood Us With Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinas-plastic-ban-will-flood-us-trash-180969423/New study reports China's ban on importing foreign plastic could cripple global recycling programs and lead to 111 million tons of homeless plasticThu, 21 Jun 2018 17:55:25 +0000Cocaine in the Water Is Hurting River Eelshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-cocaine-water-harms-european-eels-180969421/When researchers exposed eels to the illicit drug, the animals became hyperactive and suffered muscle damageWed, 20 Jun 2018 20:42:09 +0000Study Suggests Dolphins and Some Whales Grieve Their Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-suggests-dolphins-and-some-whales-grieve-their-dead-180969414/An analysis of 78 instances of cetaceans paying attention to their dead suggests grief may be part of being a highly social animalWed, 20 Jun 2018 17:08:42 +0000A Towering, Toxic Plant That Causes Burns and Blindness Has Appeared in Virginiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/towering-toxic-plant-causes-burns-and-blindness-has-appeared-virginia-180969412/The giant hogweed, an invasive species, is more typically seen in the NortheastTue, 19 Jun 2018 21:12:14 +0000Teeming Manta Ray Nursery Discovered in the Gulf of Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-manta-ray-nursery-discovered-gulf-mexico-180969410/Almost all of the rays in the area are rarely seen juveniles, which can reach wingspans of 23 feet when they grow upTue, 19 Jun 2018 19:27:03 +0000This Ancient Panda Skull Belongs to a Previously Unknown Lineagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-panda-skull-belongs-previously-unknown-lineage-180969402/The fossilized skull represents a panda line that split from today’s fluffy creatures 183,000 years agoTue, 19 Jun 2018 16:36:19 +0000The Large Hadron Collider Is Getting A Huge Power Boosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/large-hadron-collider-getting-huge-power-boost-180969394/A multi-year upgrade will lead to up to 10 times the collisions, and perhaps the discovery of mysterious new particlesTue, 19 Jun 2018 12:59:51 +0000Before Soaring Through the Air, Tiny Crab Spiders Study the Windhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tiny-crab-spiders-soar-through-air-first-they-study-wind-180969391/A recent study sheds new light on spider flightMon, 18 Jun 2018 19:31:30 +0000Bacteria in Ancient Teeth Push Back Origins of the Bubonic Plaguehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-teeth-push-back-origins-bubonic-plague-180969304/The deadly disease may have been transmitted to humans at least 800 years earlier than previously believed Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:04:10 +0000The UK's Hedgehogs (and Other Mammals) Are In Dangerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uks-hedgehogs-and-other-mammals-are-danger-180969385/The island nation's mammal populations have seen a steep decline in the last two decades, with hedgehog numbers decreasing by two-thirdsFri, 15 Jun 2018 18:38:24 +0000A Message From Stephen Hawking Is On Its Way to a Black Holehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/message-stephen-hawking-its-way-black-hole-180969382/After his ashes were interred at Westminster Abbey, a musical composition and "message of hope" were broadcast toward 1A 0620-00, the nearest black holeFri, 15 Jun 2018 16:54:59 +0000Antarctic Ice Loss Has Tripled Over the Past Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antarctic-ice-loss-has-tripled-over-past-decade-180969373/Since 1992, the continent has lost more than 3.3 trillion tons of ice, triggering a quarter-inch rise in global sea levelsThu, 14 Jun 2018 19:19:35 +0000Massive, 'Unprecedented' Dust Storm Puts Mars Rover at Risk https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unprecedented-dust-storm-puts-mars-rover-risk-180969374/Engineers have not received any transmissions from the Opportunity rover since SundayThu, 14 Jun 2018 18:43:54 +0000Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-record-sounds-elusive-narwhal-180969371/<i>Skreee---click----whirrr.</i>Thu, 14 Jun 2018 17:05:26 +0000'HALO' Makes Art Out of Subatomic Particle Collisions at Art Baselhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/particle-collisions-transform-kaleidoscopic-light-sound-immersion-art-basel-180969367/The site-specific installation by British artist duo Semiconductor revisits the universe’s first momentsThu, 14 Jun 2018 15:57:16 +0000Astronauts' Footprints May Have Warmed the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronaut-footprint-moon-warming-180969362/"Lost" data from the 1970s helped scientists solve an enduring lunar mysteryThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:48:37 +0000Why Artists Have so Much Trouble Painting Lightninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-artists-have-so-much-trouble-painting-lightning-180969323/A new study compares painted versus photographed depictions of lightning bolts' offshooting branchesThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:46:57 +0000Being Hangry Is Real, But You Can Control Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/being-hangry-real-you-can-control-it-180969357/Hunger elicits similar responses as emotions, but it only turns into "hanger" when people are already primed with negative feelingsWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:37:30 +0000Inca Skull Surgeons Had Better Success Rates Than American Civil War Doctorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/inca-head-crackers-had-better-success-rates-civil-war-surgeons-180969324/Survival rates among later Inca cultures was significantly higher. However, the 19th-century soldiers were facing trauma caused by industrial-age warfareWed, 13 Jun 2018 16:27:16 +0000Introducing a Hairy-Footed Shrimp Named After Bilbo Bagginshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-hairy-footed-shrimp-named-after-bilbo-baggins-180969327/Like its hobbit namesake, Odontonia bagginsi is also quite smallWed, 13 Jun 2018 12:45:00 +0000Something Is Killing Off Africa's Largest Baobab Treeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/something-killing-africas-largest-baobab-trees-180969316/In the last dozen years, four of the 13 largest, and likely oldest, trees have died. Another five are ailingTue, 12 Jun 2018 18:17:53 +0000Space Nanodiamonds Found to Be Source of Some Cosmic Microwave Radiationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/space-nanodiamonds-found-source-microwave-radiation-180969305/The diamond dust in protoplanetary discs may solve a decades-old astronomical mysteryTue, 12 Jun 2018 17:31:32 +0000This Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Fanged, Killer Babieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-sea-creature-fanged-babies-180969301/The discovery of a juvenile <i>Lyrarapax unguispinus</i> fossil reveals that even the tiny terrors had a developed claw-like appendage and sharp teethMon, 11 Jun 2018 19:40:45 +0000Oldest Footprints Show When Life On Earth Got Legshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-footprints-show-when-life-earth-got-legs-180969298/Tiny fossil tracks found in South China firmly date appendages back to the Ediacaran periodMon, 11 Jun 2018 18:16:16 +0000New Gadget Brings Fish Up From the Ocean's "Twilight Zone"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-gadget-brings-fish-twilight-zone-180969300/The portable decompression chamber allows SCUBA-diving scientists to safely collect specimens without them, well, explodingMon, 11 Jun 2018 17:54:45 +0000World's Largest Iceberg Is Melting Away After 18 Years Adrifthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/adios-b-15-worlds-largest-iceberg-melting-away-after-18-years-adrift-180969287/In the last two years, the Jamaica-sized berg began venturing north, melting and splintering into pieces along the wayFri, 08 Jun 2018 20:20:43 +0000The Next Flu Pandemic Might Come From Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/say-it-aint-so-next-flu-pandemic-might-come-dogs-180969289/A new study found two strains of swine flu in sickly pups in ChinaFri, 08 Jun 2018 17:47:03 +0000Why Rattlesnakes Are Just as Dangerous Dead or Alivehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-rattlesnakes-are-just-dangerous-dead-or-alive-180969284/After receiving bite from decapitated Western diamondback, Texas man required 26 doses of antivenomFri, 08 Jun 2018 16:52:17 +0000Jupiter's Lightning Is More Earth-Like Than We Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-lightning-more-frequent-and-more-earth-we-thought-180969280/Juno is providing scientists with new insights into the gas giant's flashes of lightFri, 08 Jun 2018 15:38:27 +0000New Evidence Shows That Humans Could Have Migrated to the Americas Along the Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-evidence-shows-first-americans-could-have-migrated-along-coast-180969217/Dating of rocks and animal bones shows Alaska's coast was glacier free around 17,000 years ago, allowing people to move south along the coastThu, 07 Jun 2018 18:55:26 +0000Watch Kīlauea’s Lava Flow Into the Ocean, Creating Billowing Clouds of ‘Laze’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-kilaueas-lava-flow-ocean-creating-billowing-clouds-laze-180969275/The interaction between the lava and the water creates a hazardous mix of hydrochloric acid, steam and volcanic glass particlesThu, 07 Jun 2018 17:35:11 +0000Disgusting Things Fall Into Six Gross Categorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/research-reveals-six-categories-disgust-180969261/Open sores, body odors and other indicators of possible disease transmission top the list of things that gross us outThu, 07 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Earthquakes Rumble Under East Antarctica Much More Frequently Than Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/east-antarctica-experiences-many-more-earthquakes-previously-thought-180969263/A new study reveals that the region trembled with 27 minor earthquakes in 2009 aloneWed, 06 Jun 2018 20:34:49 +0000What Dogs Really Think of Your 'Puppy' Voicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-dogs-really-think-your-puppy-voice-180969262/Dog-directed speech may improve animals' attention skills and strengthen human-pupper bondsWed, 06 Jun 2018 19:47:20 +0000How Does Your Vision Compare to Other Critters in the Animal Kingdom?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-see-world-100-times-more-detail-mice-fruit-flies-180969240/A new review of visual acuity compares the sight of 600 species, from mosquitoes to eaglesWed, 06 Jun 2018 17:32:33 +0000A Mysterious Dinosaur Skeleton Was Auctioned Off to a Private Buyerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-are-not-happy-about-private-sale-mysterious-dinosaur-skeleton-180969246/And paleontologists are not happy about itWed, 06 Jun 2018 15:35:08 +0000Is the Mysterious Planet Nine Just a Swarm of Asteroids?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-planet-or-mass-asteroids-screwing-orbits-our-solar-system-180969245/Researchers investigate alternative explanations for wacky orbits of objects in our solar systemWed, 06 Jun 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why Delayed Gratification in the Marshmallow Test Doesn’t Equal Successhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-research-marshmallow-test-suggests-delayed-gratification-doesnt-equal-success-180969234/Socioeconomic status, family background amongst factors accounting for children's varying levels of self-controlTue, 05 Jun 2018 17:01:34 +0000Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/whale-dies-thailand-80-plastic-bags-its-stomach-180969232/A five-day rescue effort could not save the animal, which started vomiting up pieces of plastic before it diedTue, 05 Jun 2018 13:56:39 +0000Five Things to Know About Guatemala's Deadly Volcanic Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-eruption-guatemala-180969233/The massive blast is affecting nearly 2 million people, and more may still be in storeMon, 04 Jun 2018 20:38:43 +0000Why Did Most Massive Bony Fish Behemoths Die Out?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-study-suggests-theres-no-metabolic-reason-giant-bony-fish-cant-exist-today-180969206/Some researchers suggest metabolism might be to blame, but a new study suggests that's not the caseMon, 04 Jun 2018 18:38:17 +0000It's True—After Giving Birth, Women's Voices Temporarily Drophttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-giving-birth-new-mothers-experience-deeper-more-monotone-voice-180969227/While anecdotal evidence of the phenomenon has existed for some time, this is the first scientific study to look at women's voices after pregnancyFri, 01 Jun 2018 20:24:47 +0000Huge Blue Whale Sighted in the Red Sea for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/blue-whale-was-spotted-red-sea-first-time-180969223/The massive mammals typically spend their summers in polar waters, but are known to occasionally migrate furtherFri, 01 Jun 2018 18:12:06 +0000Oldest Lizard Fossil Shows These Reptiles Are The Ultimate Survivorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-lizard-fossil-shows-reptiles-are-ultimate-survivors-180969213/The 250-million-year-old specimen from the Alps suggests that lizards evolved before Earth's largest mass extinction—and thrived after itThu, 31 May 2018 16:54:54 +0000Japan Killed 112 Pregnant Whales in the Name of Scientific Researchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-killed-112-pregnant-whales-name-scientific-research-180969205/The country claims the catch is to obtain a range of data on the creaturesWed, 30 May 2018 18:36:44 +0000Do Mama Stick Insects Get Eaten to Transport Their Eggs?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-being-eaten-birds-stick-insects-travel-across-unconnected-lands-180969195/This may explain why the insects, who can't travel far on their own, spread across unconnected landsWed, 30 May 2018 18:14:27 +0000Is Pluto Actually a Mash-up of a Billion Comets?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-think-pluto-made-billions-comets-180969183/Researchers speculate the beloved dwarf planet could actually be a giant cometWed, 30 May 2018 14:27:31 +0000Dinosaurs Had Dandruff, Toohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-had-dandruff-too-180969186/Our ancient feathered friends shed skin in a similar way to modern birds and humansTue, 29 May 2018 18:13:58 +0000Australia Builds World’s Largest Cat-Proof Fence to Protect Threatened Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-builds-worlds-largest-cat-proof-fence-protect-threatened-species-180969193/The country’s feral cats have been linked to the extinction of 20 species Tue, 29 May 2018 16:35:32 +0000Europe’s Oldest Known Tree Discovered in Italyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europes-oldest-known-tree-discovered-italy-180969184/The Heldreich’s pine is 1,230 years oldTue, 29 May 2018 14:57:56 +0000DNA Survey of Life in Loch Ness Will Hunt for Its Monster Residenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-monster-dna-will-help-survey-life-loch-ness-180969151/The goal is to catalog the lake's diversity of life—including any oversized, prehistoric reptilesTue, 29 May 2018 13:00:00 +0000Humans Make Up Just 1/10,000 of Earth's Biomasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-make-110000th-earths-biomass-180969141/Plants make up 80 percent, but human activity chopped that number in half over the last 10,000 yearsFri, 25 May 2018 18:28:13 +0000Hammerhead Flatworms Have Been Quietly Invading France for Two Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hammerhead-flatworms-have-been-quietly-invading-france-two-decades-180969160/And that could spell trouble for the country’s soilsFri, 25 May 2018 16:01:49 +0000Rare Sighting of Small, Critically Endangered Deer Reported in Vietnamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-report-rare-sighting-small-critically-endangered-deer-vietnam-180969169/The camera trap images of two large-antlered muntjacs offer a glimmer of hope for the speciesFri, 25 May 2018 15:05:07 +0000How a Copper Coin Mummified a Baby's Handhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-copper-coin-mummified-babys-hand-180969168/The preemie was buried in a jar in an medieval cemetery with a coin to "pay" for passage into heavenFri, 25 May 2018 14:33:51 +0000Scientists Built the World’s Smallest Househttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-have-built-worlds-smallest-house-180969149/Even a mite wouldn’t fit inside this itty-bitty structureWed, 23 May 2018 15:42:33 +0000Meet NASA's New Dynamic Duo: A Pair of Climate Change-Tracking Satelliteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-launches-satellites-track-water-understand-effects-climate-change-180969138/The pair will measure changes in Earth's gravitational field to monitor melting glaciers, rising seas, droughts and moreTue, 22 May 2018 20:50:48 +0000Astronomers Find Signature From the Universe's Earliest Known Starshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oxygen-helps-astronomers-detect-oldest-stars-yet-180969122/The first lights may have winked to life just 250 million years after the Big BangTue, 22 May 2018 18:25:29 +0000Is This Backwards-Orbiting Asteroid an Interstellar Visitor?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/asteroid-orbiting-wrong-way-may-be-another-interstellar-visitor-180969130/The space rock could have been captured from another star system during the early days of our solar systemTue, 22 May 2018 16:14:22 +0000200,000 Stars Twinkle in First Test Image From NASA’s Planet-Hunting Satellitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-plant-hunter-tess-snaps-first-test-image-and-captures-more-200000-stars-180969128/Once its cameras are calibrated, TESS will capture 400 times as much sky as this test imageMon, 21 May 2018 19:25:16 +0000