Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 15 Nov 2018 17:21:09 +0000Man-Eating Tigress Killed in India, Lured by Calvin Klein Colognehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-mens-cologne-caught-man-eating-tigress-180970498/Indian officials say the hunters initially attempted tranquilizing the animal, but killed her, reportedly in self-defense, in the endTue, 09 Oct 2018 18:11:05 +0000Time to Get Jiggily With it, Fat Bear Week Is Upon Ushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-jiggly-it-fat-bear-week-has-begun-180970458/Your vote will determine which fish-chomping ursine competitor in Katmai National Park and Preserve is the chubbiest cubby of them allWed, 03 Oct 2018 19:09:36 +0000Orangutans Are the Only Non-Human Primates Capable of ‘Talking’ About the Pasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/orangutans-are-only-non-human-primates-capable-talking-about-past-180970827/Mothers waited several minutes before alerting offspring to potential predators, pointing toward capacity for displaced referencingThu, 15 Nov 2018 17:21:09 +0000Heatwaves May Dramatically Reduce Insect Fertilityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/heatwaves-may-dramatically-reduce-insect-fertility-180970819/Sperm production dropped by nearly three-quarters among male beetles exposed to lab-induced temperature increasesWed, 14 Nov 2018 20:43:02 +0000This Dino-Era Bird Was as Advanced as Modern Species. So Why Did It Disappear?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dino-era-bird-flew-well-modern-species-so-why-did-it-disappear-180970817/An enantiornithine fossil found in the western U.S. sat in storage for 25 years before it was officially described Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:20:05 +0000DNA Analysis Offers Insights on Origins of Extinct Jamaican Monkeyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-analysis-offers-insights-origins-extinct-jamaican-monkey-180970815/The unusual creature had few teeth, rodent-like legs, a squat body and a slow-paced lifestyleWed, 14 Nov 2018 17:03:28 +0000How the Los Angeles Zoo Prepares Its Animals to Face Natural Disastershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/los-angeles-zoo-prepares-animals-natural-disasters-180970773/The institution sprung into action late last week, evacuating birds and some smaller primates before firefighters contained a nearby blaze in Griffith ParkWed, 14 Nov 2018 16:08:24 +0000Deaf Moths May Use Their ‘Fur’ To Avoid Hungry Batshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deaf-moths-may-use-their-fur-avoid-hungry-bats-180970799/Fur-like scales on the insects’ thoraxes absorb the echoes of bat calls, according to new researchWed, 14 Nov 2018 15:22:24 +0000Massive Shark Nursery Found Off the West Coast of Irelandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-shark-nursery-found-near-ireland-180970795/Thousands of eggs and hundreds of catsharks were spotted during a deep sea coral reef survey 200 miles west of the islandWed, 14 Nov 2018 14:41:21 +0000Listen in on Orca Chatter with a New Apphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/listen-orca-chatter-new-app-180970793/The team behind the app hopes that citizen scientists will help experts locate struggling southern resident killer whales Wed, 14 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Juno's Latest Photo of Jupiter Is Breathtakinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/junos-latest-photo-jupiter-breathtaking-180970792/The image, processed from JunoCam's raw data, shows storms and winds in the planet's Northern Temperate BeltTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:52:03 +0000Soon, the Average Human Will Be Taller, Heavier. That Will Lead to Increased Food Demandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/near-future-average-human-projected-be-taller-heavier-leading-increased-food-demand-180970791/Between 1975 and 2014, average adult grew 1.3 percent taller and 14 percent heavier, triggering 6.1 percent uptick in energy consumptionTue, 13 Nov 2018 17:05:10 +0000A Gurgling ‘Mud Pot’ Is Crawling Across Southern Californiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gurgling-mud-pot-crawling-across-southern-california-180970787/Scientists don’t know why the muddy spring is moving, but it poses a threat to the infrastructure in its pathMon, 12 Nov 2018 20:48:43 +0000This Rare Warbler Is Three Species in Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-bird-three-species-one-180970781/A warbler discovered in Pennsylvania is the offspring of a hybrid female and a male from a completely different genusMon, 12 Nov 2018 17:31:04 +0000Where Did Earth’s Water Originate? Solar Nebula, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/where-did-earths-water-originate-solar-nebula-study-suggests-180970780/Researchers say the hydrogen contained in these clouds of gas and dust contributed to formation of one out of every 100 water molecules found on EarthMon, 12 Nov 2018 16:44:03 +0000Gravity Map Reveals Tectonic Secrets Beneath Antartica's Icehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gravity-map-reveals-what-lies-beneath-antarticas-ice-180970769/Satellite data shows East and West Antarctica have very different geologic historiesFri, 09 Nov 2018 21:24:23 +0000This Week Has Offered a Slew of Insights on the Western Hemisphere’s First Humanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/week-has-offered-slew-insights-western-hemispheres-first-humans-180970768/Studies reveal rapid yet uneven movement south in at least three migratory waves, complicating story of the Americas' settlementFri, 09 Nov 2018 19:07:06 +0000Did a Huge Solar Storm Detonate Deep Sea Mines During the Vietnam War?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-huge-solar-storm-detonate-mines-during-vietnam-war-180970771/Dozens of underwater devices seemed to explode without cause in 1972Fri, 09 Nov 2018 18:30:25 +0000The Mystery of Ancient Dolphins’ Super-Long Snoutshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mystery-ancient-dolphins-hyper-long-snouts-180970763/A new study suggests the extinct cetaceans used their snouts to hit and stun prey, much as swordfish doThu, 08 Nov 2018 21:51:29 +0000This Is What Happens Inside a Beatboxer's Mouth When They Performhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-look-beatboxing-inside-180970758/MRI scans of vocal percussionists show that beatboxing takes the vocal tract beyond human languageThu, 08 Nov 2018 18:47:50 +0000Babies Share Same Laugh Patterns as Chimpanzeeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/babies-share-same-laugh-patterns-chimpanzees-180970757/Unlike adults, who tend to laugh while exhaling, infants let giggles loose while both inhaling and exhalingThu, 08 Nov 2018 17:15:18 +0000Ancient Ape Was Just the Size of a House Cathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-ape-was-just-size-house-cat-180970751/12.5 million-year-old teeth found in Kenya belonged to a species that ate leaves, but was likely outcompeted by an explosion of monkeysThu, 08 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000Why Experts Are Troubled by a Viral Video of a Baby Bear’s Mountain Climbhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-experts-are-troubled-viral-video-baby-bears-mountain-climb-180970753/The cub and its mother appear to have been disturbed by the drone that shot the footage Wed, 07 Nov 2018 21:26:12 +0000The Physics of a Perfect Pizzahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physicist-work-out-equation-cooking-best-pizza-pie-180970749/It takes just the right amount of heat and conduction to turn dough into the perfect Roman Margherita pizzaWed, 07 Nov 2018 19:10:48 +0000Australian Rivers Are Contaminated With Pharmaceuticals. That's Bad News For Platypuses, Study Sayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/analysis-australian-aquatic-animals-reveals-traces-more-60-pharmaceuticals-180970746/The team found evidence of human medications in every insect tested, including those from national park previously believed to be free of contaminantsWed, 07 Nov 2018 18:17:24 +0000This Remote Control Vest Trains Rescue Dogs Using Flashlightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vest-makes-search-and-rescue-dogs-remote-control-180970734/By aiming little spots of light, handlers can direct their fearless doggos through disaster areasTue, 06 Nov 2018 19:38:36 +0000How a Flightless Bird Ended Up on an Island 1,550 Miles Away From Any Mainlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-flightless-bird-ended-remote-atlantic-island-180970709/New genetic analysis suggests the bird did not walk to Inaccessible Island, as scientists in the past suggestedTue, 06 Nov 2018 19:13:06 +0000Did Rampant Inbreeding Contribute to Early Humans’ High Rate of Skeletal Deformities?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rampant-inbreeding-may-have-contributed-early-humans-high-rate-skeletal-abnormalities-180970733/Researcher identified 75 skeletal or dental defects in sample of just 66 sets of ancient remainsTue, 06 Nov 2018 17:48:33 +0000Parts of the Ocean Floor Are Disintegrating—And It's Our Faulthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/parts-ocean-floor-are-disintegrating-180970706/A new study has found that calcium carbonate on the sea floor is dissolving too quickly in an effort to keep up with excess carbon dioxide Mon, 05 Nov 2018 21:52:11 +0000Researchers Can Now Monitor Whales Via Satellitehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-can-now-monitor-whales-satellite-180970703/The latest high resolution satellites can pick out whales surfacing in huge swaths of ocean, which will aid in conservationMon, 05 Nov 2018 21:35:08 +0000Llama Antibodies May Be the Key to Flu Preventionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/llama-antibodies-may-be-key-flu-prevention-180970704/Researchers have created a llama-inspired mega protein capable of neutralizing 59 different strains of influenzaMon, 05 Nov 2018 19:53:11 +0000Ambitious Project to Sequence Genomes of 1.5 Million Species Kicks Offhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ambitious-project-sequence-genomes-15-million-species-kicks-180970697/The Earth BioGenome Project promises to revolutionize biologyMon, 05 Nov 2018 17:50:03 +0000This Petite Cat Is the World's Deadliest. Mini-Series 'Super Cats' Shows You Whyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/petite-cat-worlds-deadliest-killing-more-prey-single-night-leopard-does-six-months-180970695/The African black-footed cat weighs roughly 200 times less than the average lion, but it has a predation success rate of 60 percentMon, 05 Nov 2018 11:00:00 +0000The Milky Way Ate One of Its Neighbors 10 Billion Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/milky-way-ate-one-its-friends-10-billion-years-ago-180970696/Star data shows we gobbled up a galaxy called Gaia-Enceladus about 1/4 the size of the Milky Way, leaving behind telltale signs of the mergerFri, 02 Nov 2018 17:45:39 +0000How a Japanese Island Quietly Disappearedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japanese-island-quietly-disappeared-180970694/Esanbe Hanakita Kojima, as the island is called, may have been eroded by wind and ice floesFri, 02 Nov 2018 16:29:02 +0000Toothy Medieval Sea Monster Remains Found in Londonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/toothy-medieval-sea-monster-remains-found-london-180970692/The lamprey, a jawless fish that uses its teeth to hook onto the flesh of prey, was a favorite delicacy amongst British royals past and presentFri, 02 Nov 2018 15:11:37 +0000Dinosaurs May Have Given Birds Their Colorful, Speckled Eggshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dinosaurs-may-have-given-birds-their-colorful-speckled-eggs-180970687/A new analysis of fossilized eggshells suggests diversely patterned eggs evolved much earlier than previously believedThu, 01 Nov 2018 17:05:39 +0000Your Appendix May Be Starting Point for Parkinson's Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/appendix-may-be-starting-point-parkinsons-disease-180970685/Those who have the organ removed have a 20 percent less chance of developing the disease, which is related to protein found in the appendix and the brainThu, 01 Nov 2018 16:56:55 +0000Researchers Unearth Glass Labyrinth Created by Underwater Volcanic Eruptionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-unearth-glass-labyrinth-created-underwater-volcanic-eruption-180970672/The unusual formation is situated nearly three miles below the ocean's surface—a distance greater than Mount Rainier's height above sea levelThu, 01 Nov 2018 14:54:52 +0000Why Fall Color Has Been So Meh in Parts of the U.S. This Yearhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-fall-color-has-been-so-meh-parts-us-year-180970677/A hot fall and excess rain robbed much of the East Coast of its annual leaf showThu, 01 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000Kepler Space Telescope, Revealer of New Worlds, Officially Shuts Down After Historic Missionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kepler-space-telescope-revealed-thousands-new-worlds-has-died-180970673/Launched in 2009, Kepler discovered thousands of new exoplanets before finally running out of fuel earlier this monthWed, 31 Oct 2018 18:08:24 +0000Neanderthals Breathed With Powerful Lungs, 3-D Reconstruction Shows https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-chest-shape-may-have-given-neanderthals-their-powerful-lungs-180970674/The new study has found that Neanderthals' chests were not larger in volume than those of modern humans, contrary to popular beliefWed, 31 Oct 2018 17:17:36 +0000Never-Before-Seen Colony of 1,000 Brooding Octopuses Found Off California Coast https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/massive-colony-1000-brooding-octopuses-found-california-180970664/The deep sea creatures are raising their eggs on the Davidson Seamount in Monterey Bay National Marine SanctuaryTue, 30 Oct 2018 19:31:31 +0000China Reverses Its Ban on the Use of Rhino and Tiger Parts in Medicine https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/china-reverses-its-ban-use-rhino-and-tiger-parts-medicine-180970665/Conservationists worry that the decision will further imperil threatened speciesTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:39:48 +0000Cacao Was First Cultivated in South America, Not Mexico and Central Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cacao-was-first-cultivated-south-america-not-mexico-and-central-america-180970663/New study pinpoints birth of chocolate to some 5,300 years ago, or nearly 1,500 years earlier than previously believedTue, 30 Oct 2018 18:27:44 +0000This Halloween, a Social Experiment Will Allow Internet Users to Control the Actions of a Real Personhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/halloween-mit-hosting-creepy-social-experiment-allows-internet-users-control-real-person-180970653/MIT Media Laboratory's BeeMe is the love child of ‘Black Mirror’ and psychologist Stanley Milgram’s notorious experiments on free will and obedienceTue, 30 Oct 2018 16:22:33 +0000A Polio-Like Illness Is Causing Paralysis in Childrenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polio-illness-causing-paralysis-children-180970657/Acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, remains very rare, but cases have been peaking every other year since 2014Mon, 29 Oct 2018 21:17:36 +0000These Are the United States’ 18 Most Dangerous Volcanoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-united-states-18-most-dangerous-volcanoes-180970650/Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea, Washington’s Mount St. Helens top the list, which forecasts eruptions' potential impact on people, property, infrastructureMon, 29 Oct 2018 17:31:09 +0000See Rare Footage of the Elusive, Ethereal Dumbo Octopus https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/see-rare-footage-elusive-ethereal-dumbo-octopus-180970645/A team of researchers spotted the creature thousands of feet below sea level with the help of a remotely operated vehicleFri, 26 Oct 2018 19:18:32 +0000Christie's Is First to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligence, But What Does That Mean?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-first-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-what-does-mean-180970642/Paris-based art collective Obvious’ ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ sold for $432,500, nearly 45 times its initial estimateFri, 26 Oct 2018 18:46:45 +0000Hanging Out in Space Deforms Brain Tissue, New Cosmonaut Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hanging-out-space-alters-brain-tissues-180970641/While gray matter shrinks, cerebrospinal fluid increases. What's more: These changes do not completely resolve once back on Earth.Fri, 26 Oct 2018 17:48:59 +0000The Grand Canyon’s Oldest Footprints Are 310 Million Years Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/grand-canyons-oldest-footprints-are-310-million-years-old-180970638/Researcher Stephen Rowland says the creature that left the tracks was "doing a funny little side-walking step, line-dance kind of thing"Fri, 26 Oct 2018 15:22:46 +0000Meet Africa's Newest Crocodile Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-africas-newest-crocodile-species-180970634/The African slender-snouted crocodile has been split into two species and both of them are critically endangeredFri, 26 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000Russian Researcher Charged With Attempted Murder In Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/russian-faces-antarctica-attempted-murder-charge-180970632/Earlier this month a researcher stabbed another individual at Bellinghausen Station after suffering an "emotional breakdown"Thu, 25 Oct 2018 19:31:11 +0000Lavender’s Lovely Smell Soothes Anxious Behavior in Micehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lavenders-lovely-smell-may-be-key-its-soothing-effects-180970631/In mice, at least, lavender may also be as effective at combating anxiety as commonly-prescribed medicationsThu, 25 Oct 2018 17:01:54 +0000Crafty New Caledonian Crows Can Assemble Toolshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-caledonian-crows-can-assemble-compound-tools-180970630/The brainy birds successfully navigated feat previously accomplished by just two other species: humans and chimpsThu, 25 Oct 2018 16:02:35 +0000 Supreme Court Orders Pause in Landmark Climate Change Case Led By Youthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/supreme-court-orders-pause-landmark-climate-change-case-180970626/21 children and young people are suing the United States government over policies they say contribute to climate change Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:58:49 +0000A Lioness Killed the Father of Her Cubs in Rare Attack at Indianapolis Zoohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lioness-killed-father-her-cubs-rare-attack-indianapolis-zoo-180970621/Prior to the incident, 12-year-old Zuri had never shown signs of aggression toward 10-year-old NyackWed, 24 Oct 2018 15:42:09 +0000Salty Water Under the Surface of Mars Could Have Enough Oxygen for Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/salty-water-under-surface-mars-could-have-enough-o2-life-180970616/New models suggest subsurface water could absorb enough oxygen to support microbial communities and even things like spongesTue, 23 Oct 2018 18:45:29 +0000 A Rare Sighting of the ‘Headless Chicken Monster’ of the Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-sighting-headless-chicken-monster-180970615/The strange sea cucumber, spotted in the Southern Ocean, has only been captured on video once beforeTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:54:43 +0000Microplastics Found in Human Poop for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/microplastics-found-lurking-human-stool-first-time-180970613/The pesky particles were present in all eight stool samples gathered for pilot studyTue, 23 Oct 2018 16:33:32 +0000Raye Montague, a Barrier-Breaking Naval Ship Designer, Has Died at 83https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raye-montague-barrier-breaking-naval-ship-designer-has-died-83-180970608/Despite facing racism and sexism at nearly every turn, Montague produced the first computer-made Navy warship design Mon, 22 Oct 2018 20:52:14 +0000Europe's First Dogs Disappeared After Neolithic Farmers Arrived With Their Own Pupshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-farmers-brought-their-doggos-them-europe-180970603/Genetic analysis shows ancient canines from the Near East slowly replaced indigenous dog populations of that periodMon, 22 Oct 2018 17:13:08 +0000Canadian Doctors Will Soon Be Able to Prescribe Museum Visits as Treatmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-doctors-will-soon-be-able-prescribe-museum-visits-180970599/ An afternoon of art may offer serotonin mood boost, welcome distraction from chronic painMon, 22 Oct 2018 15:21:40 +0000This Little Fish Was Nomming on Flesh 150 Million Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/little-fish-was-nomming-flesh-150-million-years-ago-180970588/The Jurassic-era species found in southern Germany had jaws and teeth like a piranha and likely nipped off the fins of other fish Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:40:04 +0000Why Are Japan’s Cherry Blossom Trees Blooming in Fall?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-japans-cherry-blossom-trees-blooming-fall-180970590/Two typhoons followed by warm weather may have triggered Japan’s iconic trees to blossom months ahead of schedule Fri, 19 Oct 2018 19:00:04 +0000United States Drops 21 Spots in Global Life Expectancy Rankings https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-drops-21-places-global-life-expectancy-rankings-180970585/By 2040, an average American's lifespan is projected to rise from 78.7 to 79.8 years, an increase of just 1.1 yearsFri, 19 Oct 2018 14:59:11 +0000Pando, One of the World’s Largest Organisms, Is Dyinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pano-one-worlds-largest-organisms-dying-180970579/Mule deer and cattle are eating saplings before the clonal grove can regenerateThu, 18 Oct 2018 17:07:11 +0000Remote South Atlantic Islands Are Flooded With Plastichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remote-south-atlantic-islands-are-flooded-plastic-180970578/In less than ten years, plastic pollution around St. Helena, East Falkland and Ascension Islands has increased tenfold, and 100 times in the last 30 yearsThu, 18 Oct 2018 16:31:54 +0000Chinese City Wants to Launch Fake Moon to Illuminate Its Streetshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-city-wants-launch-fake-moon-illuminate-its-streets-180970576/Proposed satellite would cover 6- to 50-mile wide stretch of Chengdu with light eight times brighter than that of the real moonThu, 18 Oct 2018 15:35:32 +0000A Case of Mistaken Sea Monster Identityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bits-baby-snout-rewrite-history-sea-monsters-180970568/Re-analysis of Kansas fossils show they come from a newborn Tylosaurus, which were born without their tell-tale toothy snoutsThu, 18 Oct 2018 13:02:52 +0000Rising Seas Pose Imminent Threat to Dozens of Historical Sites Across the Mediterraneanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-seas-pose-imminent-threat-dozens-historical-sites-across-mediterranean-180970567/Venetian canals, Phoenician port city of Tyre and Croatia’s Old City of Dubrovnik are amongst the sites at risk of flooding, erosionWed, 17 Oct 2018 18:36:43 +0000Urban Rats Enjoy Richer, More Reliable Diet Than Their Rural Counterpartshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/urban-rats-enjoy-richer-more-reliable-diet-their-rural-counterparts-180970570/Researchers analyzed the remains of 86 brown rats that roamed Toronto between 1790 and 1890Wed, 17 Oct 2018 18:00:55 +0000Same-Sex Penguin Couple Take a Crack at Incubating an Egghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/same-sex-penguin-couple-take-crack-incubating-egg-180970569/Sphen and Magic (or ‘Sphengic’) seem to be doing quite well at caring for their foster baby-to-beWed, 17 Oct 2018 17:19:11 +0000Male Gorillas That Babysit End Up With Larger Brood of Their Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gorilla-babysitting-180970562/Male gorillas that participated in child-rearing were also more successful breedersTue, 16 Oct 2018 18:17:04 +0000Rare Viking Ship Burial Found in Norwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/viking-ship-burial-found-norwegian-farm-field-180970560/Ground-penetrating radar detected the remains of a 66-foot long boat along with the traces other burial mounds and five longhousesTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:59:02 +0000Thanks to Climate Change, Beer Will Go the Way of Bees, Chocolate and Coffeehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-lead-widespread-beer-shortages-180970561/It’s not the most severe impact of rising temperatures, but the lack of a cold one on a hot day could "add insult to injury," says a new studyTue, 16 Oct 2018 17:37:43 +0000Earth Lost 2.5 Billion Years’ Worth of Evolutionary History in Just 130,000 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earth-lost-25-billion-years-worth-evolutionary-history-just-130000-years-180970558/Even if humans curbed destructive actions within next 50 years, it would take between five to seven million years for mammal biodiversity to fully recoverTue, 16 Oct 2018 16:11:07 +0000136,000 Varieties of Rice Are Now Protected in Perpetuityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/136000-rice-varieties-are-now-protected-perpetuity-180970552/An annual $1.4 million funding grant will allow the International Rice Research Institute to help develop drought, heat- and flood-resistant rice varietiesMon, 15 Oct 2018 19:46:06 +0000This Humongous Fungus Is as Massive as Three Blue Whaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mushroom-massive-three-blue-whales-180970549/A new estimate suggests this mushroom is 2,500 Years Old and Weighs 440 tonsMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:40:59 +0000This Ancient 10-Year-Old Received a ‘Vampire Burial’ to Prevent Return From the Deadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-10-year-old-received-vampire-burial-prevent-return-dead-180970550/The malaria-stricken Roman child was buried in the ominously named Cemetery of the Babies with a stone inserted into its mouthMon, 15 Oct 2018 17:15:03 +0000You Could Be Identified Through a Genealogy Database—Even If Your DNA Hasn’t Been Testedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-could-be-identified-through-genealogy-databaseeven-if-your-dna-hasnt-been-tested-180970532/New study finds that approximately 60 percent of people of European-descent in the U.S. can be matched to a third cousin or closerMon, 15 Oct 2018 13:58:32 +0000Largest Ever Study of Chinese People’s Genetics Reveals Insights on Migration Patterns, Diet, Diseasehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-ever-study-chinese-peoples-genetics-reveals-insights-migration-patterns-diet-disease-180970528/Scientists analyzed DNA samples from 141,431 pregnant Chinese women, or roughly 1/10,000 of the country’s populationFri, 12 Oct 2018 15:53:41 +0000The Average Person Can Recognize 5,000 Faceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/average-person-can-recognize-5000-faces-180970527/But some participants in a recent study were able to recall as many as 10,000 facesFri, 12 Oct 2018 13:00:00 +0000If a Moon Has a Moon, Is Its Moon Called a Moonmoon?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earths-moon-could-host-moonmoon-if-moonmoons-are-thing-180970520/A new study suggests it's possible some moons could have moons and the internet wants to give them a name—but scientists have yet to actually find one Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:51:38 +0000Hurricane Michael Could Worsen—or Alleviate—Florida’s Toxic Red Tide Outbreakhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hurricane-michael-could-worsenor-alleviatefloridas-toxic-red-tide-outbreak-180970521/Experts describe conflicting scenarios that alternately find the state’s poisonous algal bloom either weakening offshore or spreading inlandThu, 11 Oct 2018 17:11:02 +0000Astronauts Survive Emergency Landing After Russian Rocket Launch Failshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronauts-survive-emergency-landing-after-russian-rocket-launch-fails-180970519/The two crew members landed safely in Kazakhstan after aborting the spaceflight to conduct a high-speed reentry procedure Thu, 11 Oct 2018 16:03:11 +0000Mount Vesuvius Boiled Its Victims' Blood and Caused Their Skulls to Explodehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mount-vesuvius-boiled-its-victims-blood-and-caused-their-skulls-explode-180970504/A new study of residue on skeletons from the 79 A.D. eruption indicates Herculaneum was hit with a 400 to 900 degree pyroclastic flowWed, 10 Oct 2018 18:35:26 +0000How Siberian Huskies Get Their Piercing Blue Eyeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-siberian-huskies-get-their-piercing-blue-eyes-180970507/A new study suggests that the defining trait is linked to a unique genetic mutationWed, 10 Oct 2018 18:00:09 +0000Oldest Known Macroscopic Skeletal Organism Was Masquerading as Fossilized Feceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-history-archaeology/oldest-known-macroscopic-skeletal-organism-was-masquerading-fossilized-feces-180970509/Some researchers initially dismissed the remains of Palaeopascichnus lineari as teeny turds from a bygone eraWed, 10 Oct 2018 17:53:11 +0000Polar Bears May Soon Feast on Whale Carcasses. Global Warming is to Blame.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/polar-bears-may-soon-feast-whale-carcasses-global-warming-blame-180970506/This scavenging strategy saved sleuths of bears in the past, but it’s not sustainable as temperatures climb at unprecedented ratesWed, 10 Oct 2018 16:44:54 +0000How Fish Farms Can Use Facial Recognition to Survey Sick Salmonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/facial-recognition-will-be-used-monitor-fish-faces-180970493/A Norwegian aquaculture company plans to combat sea lice and other problems by monitoring individual salmon in a high-tech fish farmsTue, 09 Oct 2018 18:42:16 +0000Dogs Are Smart, But Not Exceptionalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dogs-are-smart-not-exceptionally-so-180970495/A new study has found that a host of similar animals match, or even exceed dogs’ intellectual abilities Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:05:03 +0000The World Was Just Issued 12-Year Ultimatum On Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-was-just-issued-12-year-ultimatum-climate-change-180970489/Leading climate scientists paint dire portrait of years to come if we maintain carbon-emission status quoMon, 08 Oct 2018 20:39:14 +0000We Haven't Been Zapped Out Of Existence Yet, So Other Dimensions Are Probably Super Tiny https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/our-continued-existence-means-other-dimensions-are-probably-super-tiny-180970487/In theory, other dimensions aren't big enough to form black holes and consume our universe or it would have happened already Mon, 08 Oct 2018 20:02:40 +0000This Yellowstone Geyser Spat Out a Pacifier From 1930s—And Lots of Other Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decades-trash-spurt-out-yellowstone-geyser-180970488/Park officials found items like a cement block, coins, aluminum cans and a pacifier from the 1930s Mon, 08 Oct 2018 18:26:53 +0000Sans Forgetica is the Typeface You Won't Forgethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sans-forgetica-trippy-new-typeface-could-help-readers-remember-what-they-read-180970485/This “memory-boosting” font is stylized with a left-leaning slant and gaps in each letter meant to encourage your eyes to linger longerMon, 08 Oct 2018 15:36:54 +0000Saturn's Rings Rain Organic Compounds Into Its Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/saturns-rings-rain-organic-compounds-its-atmosphere-180970475/The Cassini probe's final flybys show that 22,000 pounds of material per second drops from the rings into the planet's ionosphereFri, 05 Oct 2018 21:01:02 +0000Prehistoric Sharks Chowed Down on Pterosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/prehistoric-sharks-chowed-down-pterosaurs-180970476/Even 83 million years ago, top carnivores considered wings a tasty treatFri, 05 Oct 2018 19:22:42 +0000Astronomers Find What May Be First Exomoon—And It's an Absolute Unithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-find-what-may-be-first-exo-moon-180970465/Astronomers suspect that there's Neptune-sized celestial body trailing an exoplanet about 8,000 light years Thu, 04 Oct 2018 19:53:17 +0000Birds Are Acting Erratically in Minnesota. Blame It on the Alcohol.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-are-acting-erratically-minnesota-blame-it-alcohol-180970468/The birds have been feasting on fermented berries, leading to all manner of drunken antics and fowl play, including flying under the influence.Thu, 04 Oct 2018 17:44:14 +0000How African Elephants Get Their Wrinkleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-African-Elephants-Get-Their-Wrinkles-180970463/The animal's crevice-filled skin helps keep it cool and shares a surprising set of similarities with the human skin disease ichthyosis vulgarisThu, 04 Oct 2018 15:20:49 +0000Australia is on Track to Eliminate Cervical Cancerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australia-track-eliminate-cervical-cancer-180970461/A new study predicts that by 2028, there will be fewer than four new cervical cancer cases per 100,000 Australian women Wed, 03 Oct 2018 20:31:27 +0000Researchers Studied Cute Pictures of Baby Giraffes to Learn About Their Spotshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/giraffes-inherit-their-spots-their-mamas-180970456/A new study shows giraffes' iconic puzzle-piece markings aren't random, and the size and shape may help little ones survive their first months of lifeWed, 03 Oct 2018 16:48:02 +0000Three Evolutionary Scientists Share This Year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/three-evolutionary-scientists-share-years-nobel-prize-chemistry-180970453/Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter employed principles seen in evolution to develop proteins that tackle global chemical problemsWed, 03 Oct 2018 13:13:50 +0000The Nobels Notoriously Overlook Women Physicists. Donna Strickland's Win Puts That Disparity into the Spotlighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nobel-prize-physics-awarded-woman-first-time-55-years-180970451/Nobel committee recognizes three physicists in total, all of whom contributed to advancing laser technologyTue, 02 Oct 2018 22:58:27 +0000In the Search for Aliens, We've Only Analyzed a Small Pool in the Cosmic Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/search-aliens-weve-only-examined-cosmic-hot-tub-180970447/A new study estimates how much of outer space we've scoured for other life and finds we haven't exactly taken a deep diveTue, 02 Oct 2018 18:36:24 +0000Sloths Don't Just Live in Slow-Mo, They Can Put Their Metabolism On Pausehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sloths-can-temporarily-shut-down-their-metabolism-180970446/Unlike most mammals, sloths don't use vast amounts of energy when it's hot, instead opting to slow down and conserve power, more like birds or reptilesTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:58:35 +0000Now We Don't Have to Unravel Mummies to Study Them at a Cellular Levelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-ct-technology-helps-scientists-unravel-mummies-secrets-180970443/Phase-contrast imaging enabled researchers to non-invasively examine a mummified hand's blood vessels, skin layers and connective tissueTue, 02 Oct 2018 16:38:09 +0000Two Scientists Earn Nobel for Discovering a New Pillar in Cancer Therapyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-scientists-earn-nobel-discovering-new-pillar-cancer-therapy-180970438/The award recognizes work that figured out how to encourage the immune system to fight cancerMon, 01 Oct 2018 19:48:49 +0000World's Largest Forest Antelope Photographed in Uganda for First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-antelope-photographed-uganda-first-time-180970437/The lowland bongo and other mammal species were recorded during the first camera trap survey of Semuliki National Park Mon, 01 Oct 2018 18:43:43 +0000Watch the Strongest Indoor Magnetic Field Blast Doors of Tokyo Lab Wide Openhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/strongest-indoor-magnetic-field-blows-doors-tokyo-lab-180970436/The unexpectedly large 1,200 tesla boom could help researchers explore quantum physics and help in the quest for nuclear fusionMon, 01 Oct 2018 16:16:42 +0000Moths Love Sipping the Salty Tears of Sleeping Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-moth-gently-slurp-tears-slumbering-bird-180970430/A researcher in the Amazon happened up on the rare sight in the dead of night while looking for reptiles and amphibiansFri, 28 Sep 2018 17:28:48 +0000Cats Are Surprisingly Bad at Killing Ratshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cats-are-surprisingly-ineffective-keeping-urban-rat-populations-check-180970428/Over a 79-day period, feral felines killed just two rats, instead opting to hunt less challenging preyFri, 28 Sep 2018 16:15:59 +0000Antibiotics May Treat Appendicitis Without Surgeryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antibiotics-could-offer-non-surgical-treatment-appendicitis-180970429/A new study has found that around 60 percent of patients who were treated with antibiotics did not have a recurrence of appendicitis within five yearsFri, 28 Sep 2018 15:29:25 +0000Newly Described Elephant Bird Is the Biggest Yethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-described-elephant-bird-biggest-yet-180970424/A new study is bringing long-overdue scientific rigor to the elephant bird’s family treeThu, 27 Sep 2018 19:22:10 +0000New Fossil Dubbed 'Giant Thunderclap at Dawn' Shows How Big Dinos Went From Two Legs to Fourhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/early-giant-fossils-shows-how-dinos-went-two-legs-four-180970423/A new species discovered in South Africa shows how dinosaurs went from bipedal beasts to four-legged giants like brontosaurusThu, 27 Sep 2018 18:52:25 +0000Neanderthals Used Their Hands for Precision, Not Just Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/neanderthals-used-their-hands-precision-not-just-power-180970422/Researchers suggest that the early human ancestors’ hand usage places them in line with tailors, painters rather than brute-force laborersThu, 27 Sep 2018 16:55:43 +0000Elusive Tree Kangaroo Spotted for First Time in 90 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-tree-kangaroo-spotted-first-time-90-years-180970413/An amateur botanist spotted the Wondiwoi tree kangaroo in the remote mountains of West Papua, New GuineaThu, 27 Sep 2018 15:24:15 +0000Hey Fellow Kids, This Is How You Flip a Water Bottlehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hey-fellow-kids-how-you-flip-water-bottle-180970414/New paper by undergrads illuminates the physics behind the Water Bottle ChallengeThu, 27 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Federal Judge Cancels Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt, Restores Species Protectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/federal-judge-cancels-yellowstone-grizzly-hunt-180970412/The judge found that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service had acted ‘arbitrarily and capriciously’ in removing federal protections for the speciesWed, 26 Sep 2018 17:31:17 +0000World War II Bombing Shockwaves Were Strong Enough to Reach Edge of Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-war-ii-bombing-was-strong-enough-change-ionosphere-180970410/Analysis of radio records in the ionosphere showed that Allied Forces' bombing runs over Germany altered the upper atmosphereWed, 26 Sep 2018 17:01:50 +0000Newly Discovered Neon Fish Species Is Named After Greek Goddess of Lovehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-neon-fish-species-named-after-greek-goddess-love-180970409/Researchers were so entranced by the pink and yellow fish that they failed to spot a sixgill shark swimming just above their headsWed, 26 Sep 2018 15:42:05 +0000This 127-Million-Year-Old Fossil Links Dinosaur and Bird Evolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/127-million-year-old-fossil-links-dinosaur-and-bird-evolution-180970405/The dino-bird hybrid boasts a stubby tail, clawed wings and sharp teeth Tue, 25 Sep 2018 19:21:50 +0000How Implanted Electrodes Helped Paralyzed People Stand and Walk Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/implanted-electrodes-allow-paralyzed-people-walk-180970399/Two new studies demonstrate that epidural stimulation and intensive therapy can help people overcome paralysis from spinal cord injuriesTue, 25 Sep 2018 16:49:32 +0000Gene Drive Technology Eliminates Malaria-Transmitting Mosquito Populationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-drive-technology-eliminates-malaria-transmitting-mosquito-population-180970397/Researchers introduced a sterilization mutation that wiped out lab populations in seven to 11 generationsTue, 25 Sep 2018 15:51:31 +0000Caravaggio May Have Died of Infected Sword Wound, Not Syphilishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/caravaggio-may-have-died-infected-sword-wound-not-syphilis-180970374/The Italian Old Master had a notoriously mercurial temperament and was forced to flee Rome in 1606 after killing his rival in a duelTue, 25 Sep 2018 15:14:53 +0000Newly Discovered Letter Catches Galileo in a 400-Year-Old Liehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-letter-catches-galileo-400-year-lie-180970392/Fearing repercussions of his groundbreaking scientific claims, which flew in the face of church doctrine, the famed astronomer fibbedTue, 25 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Giant Panda Mating Calls Say a Lot About Themhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/Giant-Panda-Mating-Calls-Say-a-Lot-About-Them-180970390/Panda love grunts are packed with information, like size of the potential mate and more, but long distance calls are less reliableMon, 24 Sep 2018 19:12:43 +0000Scientists Create Immature Human Eggs Out of Blood Cells For the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-create-immature-human-eggs-out-blood-cells-first-time-180970388/The lab-grown eggs were not advanced enough for fertilization, but researchers say this next step in the future of reproduction could arrive soonMon, 24 Sep 2018 17:38:26 +0000Explorers Will Face Dangerous Amounts of Radiation On Their Trip to Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorers-will-face-dangerous-amounts-radiation-their-trip-mars-180970384/New data from the Mars Trace Gas Orbiter shows just the flight there and back alone will expose astronauts to 60 percent the lifetime radiation doseMon, 24 Sep 2018 16:39:20 +0000Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to Reopen Without Molten Lava or Lava Glow https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hawaii-volcanoes-national-park-reopen-without-molten-lava-or-lava-glow-180970380/The lava lake in the Halema‘uma‘u crater is gone and lava flows from Puʻu ʻŌʻō crater have stoppedFri, 21 Sep 2018 20:26:35 +0000The World's Earliest Known Animal May Have Been a Blob-Like Undersea Creaturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-earliest-known-animal-may-have-been-blob-undersea-creature-180970379/Traces of fat found on a 558-million-year-old fossil suggest <em>Dickinsonia</em> was an animal rather than fungus, plant or single-celled protozoaFri, 21 Sep 2018 20:24:30 +0000Praying Mantis Seen Hunting Fish for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/praying-mantis-seen-hunting-fish-first-time-180970376/The ravenous insect repeatedly returned to the hunting site, suggesting praying mantises may be capable of complex learning Fri, 21 Sep 2018 18:08:59 +0000Mosquitoes Are Passing Microplastics Up the Food Chainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mosquitoes-are-passing-microplastics-up-food-chain-180970373/These reviled insects are adding another charge to their rap sheet: ferrying harmful microplastics ingested from contaminated waterFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:52:17 +0000Florence Fall-Out Threatens to Release Waste Stored in Dozens of North Carolina Hog Lagoonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/florence-fall-out-threatens-release-waste-stored-dozens-north-carolina-hog-lagoons-180970360/As of noon Wednesday, the Department of Environmental Quality had identified 21 flooded lagoons actively releasing hog waste into the environmentThu, 20 Sep 2018 19:46:05 +0000The Universe's Strongest Material is a Cosmic Lasagnahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/universes-strongest-material-cosmic-lasagna-180970358/A new study suggests that the "nuclear pasta" found in neutron stars is 10 billion times stronger than steelThu, 20 Sep 2018 19:33:08 +0000Why Washington Mountain Goats Are Being Flown From One National Park to Anotherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/washington-mountain-goats-are-being-flown-one-national-park-another-180970355/Olympic National Park's mountain goats are moving to saltier pasturesThu, 20 Sep 2018 18:39:18 +0000Real Planet Discovered Where Vulcan Home World in "Star Trek" Is Sethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/real-planet-discovered-where-vulcan-home-world-star-trek-set-180970335/"Fascinating, Captain"Wed, 19 Sep 2018 19:54:00 +0000Elon Musk Is Sending a Japanese Billionaire to the Moon, and He’s Taking a Group of Artists With Himhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elon-musk-sending-japanese-billionaire-moon-and-hes-taking-group-artists-him-180970333/Yusaku Maezawa hopes to recruit six to eight artists for the week-long mission, which is expected to launch as early as 2023Wed, 19 Sep 2018 18:10:25 +0000How DNA Testing Could Bring Down Ivory Trade’s Biggest Criminalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-dna-testing-could-bring-down-ivory-trades-biggest-criminals-180970332/Genetic testing exposes three major cartels illegally trafficking ivory out of several African countriesWed, 19 Sep 2018 18:01:00 +0000This Pulsar is Giving Off Weird Infrared Light and We're Not Sure Whyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pulsar-giving-weird-infrared-light-and-were-not-sure-why-180970331/Researchers believe a disk of dust from a supernova or a pulsar wind nebula could explain the strange energy signalWed, 19 Sep 2018 17:57:31 +0000 Five Baby Squirrels Saved From Truly Knotty Predicamenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/baby-squirrels-saved-truly-knotty-predicament-180970320/Five gray tree squirrels in Wisconsin were found with their tails hopelessly knotted together, requiring some help from a wildlife rehabTue, 18 Sep 2018 18:17:21 +0000Human Gene Mutation May Have Paved the Way for Long-Distance Runninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/human-gene-mutation-may-have-paved-way-long-distance-running-180970318/ Mice with engineered versions of the CMAH gene exhibited 30 percent better endurance than those withoutTue, 18 Sep 2018 16:58:45 +0000Gold Miners Unearth 50,000-Year-Old Caribou Calf, Wolf Pup From Canadian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canadian-permafrost-yields-intact-remains-50000-year-old-caribou-calf-wolf-pup-180970301/Both animals' fur, skin and muscle are almost perfectly preservedMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:52:15 +0000Group of Belugas May Have Adopted Young Narwhalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/group-belugas-may-have-adopted-young-narwhal-180970300/The narwhal was seen frolicking with its beluga buddies some 600 miles south of its normal rangeMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:34:40 +0000'It Wasn't Aliens': Solar Observatory That Was Mysteriously Evacuated Will Reopen Tomorrowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/solar-observatory-was-mysteriously-evacuated-will-reopen-tomorrow-180970296/The Sunspot Observatory in New Mexico was closed for ten days due to a 'security threat,' though aliens and solar flares have been ruled outMon, 17 Sep 2018 18:17:00 +0000