Smart News Science | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenThu, 22 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000Highly Invasive Jumping Worms Have Spread to 15 Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/highly-invasive-jumping-worms-have-spread-15-us-states-180977566/The invertebrate depletes topsoil of nutrients and makes it difficult for fungi and plants to growThu, 22 Apr 2021 15:00:00 +0000New Fossils Suggest Tyrannosaurs May Have Hunted in Packs https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fossils-suggest-tyrannosaurs-may-have-hunted-packs-180977568/Researchers say the trove of four or five specimens found in southern Utah challenges the assumption that these predators were solitaryThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Otters at Georgia Aquarium Test Positive for Coronavirushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/otters-georgia-aquarium-test-positive-coronavirus-180977563/The Asian small-clawed otters may have caught the virus from an asymptomatic staff memberThu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Rediscovered Coffee Species Boosts Crop's Climate Resilience Without Sacrificing Tastehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rediscovered-coffee-species-boosts-crops-climate-resilience-without-sacrificing-taste-180977558/The rare, wild species was well-received by taste-testers and can grow in much higher temperatures than the most commonly cultivated varietiesWed, 21 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Experience a Day in the Life of a Wild Wolf, as Seen in Stunning Collar-Cam Footagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/camera-collar-captures-first-ever-montage-wild-wolf-fishing-180977553/A perfect summer adventure for a wolf in Minnesota seems to be spent fishing and napping Wed, 21 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Raindrops Are Surprisingly Similar on Other Planets https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/raindrops-are-surprisingly-similar-other-planets-180977552/Whether they are made of water, methane or liquid iron, raindrops' size and shape are limited by the same equations Wed, 21 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000New-Growth Alaskan Forests May Store More Carbon After Wildfireshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/alaskan-forests-regenerating-after-fire-may-store-more-carbon-180977544/Researchers find forests are regrowing with more deciduous trees, which are more resistant to burning and may eventually store 160 percent more carbonTue, 20 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Humans Have Altered 97 Percent of Earth's Land Through Habitat and Species Losshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-have-altered-97-percent-earths-land-through-habitat-and-species-loss-180977542/The study, which did not include Antarctica, also identified opportunities to restore up to 20 percent of land ecosystemsTue, 20 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes First Historic Test Flight on Another Planethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-mars-helicopter-completes-first-historic-test-flight-another-planet-180977538/NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirmed Ingenuity's successful lift off into the Martian sky after receiving data from the Perseverance roverMon, 19 Apr 2021 20:05:40 +0000In All of Time, 2.5 Billion Tyrannosaurus Rexes Have Roamed Earthhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-estimate-25-billion-total-tyrannosaurus-rex-roamed-earth-180977529/The study used calculations based on body size and metabolism rate to estimate out how many dinosaurs lived throughout the species existenceMon, 19 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Fireball Illuminates Skies Across East Coast of Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fireball-illuminates-skies-across-east-coast-florida-180977517/The asteroid fragment weighed 900 pounds and hit Earth's atmosphere at 38,000 miles per hour Fri, 16 Apr 2021 19:44:04 +0000NASA Considers Commercial Reality TV Show That Aims to Send One Lucky Civilian to Spacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasa-considers-filming-reality-show-competition-international-space-station-more-space-commercialization-emerges-180977511/'Space Hero' founders hope the series, which may launch as early as 2023, will encourage interest in privatized space travel Fri, 16 Apr 2021 19:33:05 +0000A Prehistoric Flying Creature Nicknamed 'Monkeydactyl' May Have Climbed Trees Using Opposable Thumbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monkeydactyl-may-have-climbed-using-opposable-thumbs-180977531/The newly described Jurassic pterosaur may be the oldest animal known to possess opposable thumbsFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:29:05 +0000Unique Bone Structure Helped Long-Necked Pterosaurs Fly https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-bone-structure-helped-long-necked-pterosaurs-fly-180977521/Bicycle wheel-like spokes connected the vertebrae’s central column to its outer surface, offering serious strengthFri, 16 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000This Ant Can Shrink and Regrow Its Brainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ant-can-shrink-and-regrow-its-brain-180977522/Indian jumping ants shrink their brains when they become their colony’s queen, but they can also grow the brain back if they quit the gigFri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Last Two Giraffes Rescued From a Disappearing Island in Kenyahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/last-two-giraffes-rescued-disappearing-island-kenya-180977512/The land mass was once a peninsula in Lake Baringo, but rising waters turned it into a muddy islandThu, 15 Apr 2021 17:53:54 +0000Airborne Microplastics 'Now Spiral Around the Globe' https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-airborne-microplastics-now-spiral-around-globe-180977510/Researchers find the tiny synthetic particles can stay aloft for nearly a week and travel large distances in the windThu, 15 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Researchers Turn Spider Webs Into Musichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-turn-spider-webs-music-180977506/The eerie compositions offer humans an approximation of how spiders experience their surroundings through vibrationsWed, 14 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Japan Will Release Fukushima Nuclear Plant Wastewater Into Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/japan-will-release-fukushima-nuclear-plant-wastewater-ocean-180977505/Ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the site is running out of space to store tritium-containing wastewater Wed, 14 Apr 2021 12:15:00 +0000Discarded Covid-19 Masks and Plastic Gloves Are Killing Wildlife https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/covid-19-ppe-entangling-and-killing-wildlife-180977502/Biologists are finding single-use items are entrapping and entangling animals all over the globeWed, 14 Apr 2021 11:15:00 +0000Record-Breaking 16-Foot-Long Sawfish Washes Ashore in the Florida Keyshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/record-breaking-sawfish-washes-ashore-florida-keys-180977490/In a rare occurrence, a second 12-foot-long juvenile sawfish was found dead on a different beach in the state during the same weekTue, 13 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000After a Fiery Display, SpaceX Debris Landed on a Washington Farmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-fiery-display-spacex-debris-landed-washington-farm-180977494/Officials are also investigating whether a cylindrical object that washed ashore in Oregon may also be from the SpaceX rocket boosterTue, 13 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Stones Hint at Possible 600-Mile Dinosaur Migration From Wisconsin to Wyominghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/stones-hint-600-mile-dinosaur-migrations-180977493/Some 150 million years ago, prehistoric plant-eaters may have carried the rocks in their bellies to aid digestionTue, 13 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000NASA Reveals Spectacular New Hubble Telescope Image of the Veil Nebulahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/nasa-reveals-spectacular-new-hubble-telescope-image-veil-nebula-180977455/Advanced processing techniques brought out finer details of the nebula’s filaments and delicate threads of translucent ionized gasMon, 12 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Scientists Detect X-Rays Radiating From Uranushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-detect-x-rays-radiating-planet-uranus-180977442/The beams could be scattered light from the Sun, fluorescence from Uranus's rings, or produced by auroras on the ice giantMon, 12 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000More Than 50 Orcas Hunt and Kill Blue Whale Off Australian Coasthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/more-50-orcas-hunt-and-kill-blue-whale-australian-coast-180977482/This is one of just a handful of times that orcas have ever been recorded killing a blue whaleMon, 12 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Gorillas Beat Their Chests to Communicate With Each Otherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/gorillas-beat-their-chests-communicate-each-other-180977477/The larger male apes have lower frequencies in their pounds and may use chest-beating to signal their social status, strength, and size to others Mon, 12 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000New Measurements of Muons Might Rewrite Particle Physics https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiment-hints-unknown-physics-180977468/The gap between theoretical predictions and the experimental measurements isn’t a full-blown discovery yet Fri, 09 Apr 2021 19:32:05 +0000Evacuations Ongoing After 'Explosive Eruption' on Caribbean Island https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evacuations-ongoing-after-explosive-eruption-caribbean-island-180977476/Seismic activity on the island of St. Vincent prompted mandatory evacuations hours before the eruption startedFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:52:23 +0000Climate Change Linked to Increase in Arctic Lightning Strikeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-linked-increase-arctic-lightning-strikes-180977444/A warming climate makes Arctic lightning possible, and resulting wildfires release immense amounts of carbon from the permafrost Fri, 09 Apr 2021 13:35:05 +0000Study Finds Rat Poison in Dead Eagles From Across the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-finds-rat-poison-dead-eagles-across-us-180977457/More than 82 percent of 133 eagles tested had so-called anticoagulant rodenticides in their bodiesThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:41:30 +0000To Fight Climate Change With Trees, America Needs More Seedlingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seedling-shortage-could-hamper-bids-fight-climate-change-trees-180977446/New research estimates the U.S. would need to double production to meet its reforestation goalsThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:19:22 +0000New Fissure in Iceland Volcano Prompts Evacuation of Touristshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-fissure-iceland-volcano-prompts-evacuation-tourists-180977433/Scientists re-evaluated the safety of the eruption site after a new fissure began spewing steam and lava a half-mile from the original cratersWed, 07 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Contagious Yawning May Keep Lion Prides in Synchttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/contagious-yawning-may-help-prides-lions-sync-180977429/A study finds after yawning together, lions were 11 times more likely to copy the actions of the individual that yawned firstWed, 07 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Explorers Survey World's Deepest Known Shipwreckhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explorers-survey-worlds-deepest-known-shipwreck-american-destroyer-uss-johnston-180977413/The American destroyer U.S.S. Johnston sank on October 25, 1944, during the Battle of Leyte Gulf in the Philippine SeaWed, 07 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Ingenuity Helicopter Survives Its First Night Alone on Mars https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ingenuity-mars-helicopter-reaches-first-milestone-it-survives-first-night-red-planet-alone-and-prepares-test-flights-180977428/On April 3, 2021, the spacecraft launched from the Perseverance rover and successfully landed on the red planetTue, 06 Apr 2021 19:44:45 +0000WHO Releases Results of First Investigation Into the Origin of Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/key-takeaways-who-report-origin-covid-19-180977423/The virus was most likely first spread from a wild animal, possibly bats, to an unknown intermediate animal, possibly farm animals, and then to humans Tue, 06 Apr 2021 19:15:16 +0000Dolphins Spotted in Venice's Grand Canal—for Real This Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dolphins-spotted-venices-grand-canal-real-time-180977403/The coast guard and a rescue organization took about two hours to guide the cetaceans out of the canalMon, 05 Apr 2021 17:47:34 +0000A Very Angry Octopus Goes Viral After Lashing Out at an Australian Touristhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/angriest-octopus-goes-viral-180977414/A video posted to social media captures the cephalopod's arm-flinging attack Mon, 05 Apr 2021 17:16:00 +0000Study of Narwhal Tusks Reveals a Swiftly Changing Arctichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-narwhal-tusks-reveals-swiftly-changing-arctic-180977402/Chemical analysis of ten tusks shows shifting diets and increasing levels of mercury as climate change warms the polar regionMon, 05 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Get Lost in the Sauce With a Brand New Pasta Shape, Cascatelli https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/get-lost-sauce-and-sink-your-teeth-new-pasta-shape-cascatelli-180977399/The ruffled, waterfall-inspired noodle resembles a combination of mafaldine and bucatini Fri, 02 Apr 2021 19:05:27 +0000Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Is Highly Effective at Preventing Covid-19 Infections in Adolescentshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pfizerbiontech-announces-results-covid-19-vaccine-trial-adolescents-180977393/In a study of 2,260 children age 12 to 15, no vaccinated kids contracted the virusFri, 02 Apr 2021 18:34:04 +0000How Studying Lemur Hibernation Could Make Long-Distance Space Travel Easier One Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/researchers-are-discovering-secrets-hibernating-lemurs-180977392/As humans' closest hibernating relative, learning from the critters could also make emergency surgery safer and inform metabolic disease researchFri, 02 Apr 2021 12:30:00 +0000Las Vegas Was Inundated by 46 Million Grasshoppers on a Single Night in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/las-vegas-was-inundated-46-million-grasshoppers-single-night-2019-180977395/A new study says the horde of insects was drawn to the Vegas Strip by its famously bright lightsFri, 02 Apr 2021 11:45:00 +0000Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Holds Piece of Wright Brothers Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-helicopter-ingenuity-holds-piece-wright-brothers-history-180977381/Secured under Ingenuity's solar panels is a stamp-sized swatch of fabric from the Wright FlyerThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:17:54 +0000New Atomic Clocks May Someday Redefine the Length of a Secondhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-atomic-clocks-hone-length-second-180977387/Researchers used three atomic clocks to measure time accurately down to the quadrillionth of a percentThu, 01 Apr 2021 15:11:38 +0000How Space Travel Shrank Astronaut Scott Kelly's Hearthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-space-travel-shrank-astronaut-scott-kellys-heart-180977382/While in orbit, the adaptable muscle doesn't need to combat gravity to pump bloodThu, 01 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000CDC Study of Vaccinated Frontline Workers Shows Covid-19 Shots Effectively Prevent Infection, Not Just Symptomshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-study-front-line-workers-shows-covid-19-vaccines-90-percent-effective-180977376/The vaccinated group of participants saw 90 percent fewer cases than if they had not been vaccinatedWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:23:19 +0000NOAA's Weather Forecasting System Just Got a Major Updatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/noaa-launches-major-update-forecasting-system-180977377/The new version of the Global Forecast System could give Americans in the path of a hurricane an additional 36 hours to prepare compared to the old modelWed, 31 Mar 2021 17:13:11 +0000A Puzzling Brain Disease Is Killing Black Bears in the Western United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/puzzling-illness-killing-bears-western-us-180977375/Some animals showing signs of a neurological disorder had brain inflammation, but the cause is still unknownTue, 30 Mar 2021 19:12:00 +0000This Insect Has Plant DNA in Its Genomehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/insect-has-plant-dna-its-genome-180977366/Whiteflies have a gene only found in plants that appears to allow the tiny insects to withstand plants’ chemical defensesTue, 30 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Thanks to a Genetic Mutation, These French Rabbits Prefer Handstands to Bunny Hops https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-mutation-replaces-bunny-hops-handstands-180977365/The unusually acrobatic sauteur d’Alfort rabbits were first discovered in France in 1935Tue, 30 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000The Colossal Container Ship Stuck in the Suez Canal Has Been Freedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/mega-shipping-container-stuck-suez-canal-now-free-180977362/With the help of high tides, tugboats were finally able to yank the vessel looseMon, 29 Mar 2021 21:19:10 +0000Why U.S. Approval of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccine Is Taking So Longhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/revised-astrazeneca-data-show-its-covid-19-vaccine-76-percent-effective-180977356/An unprecedented public exchange with a data review board is the latest of AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine’s hurdlesMon, 29 Mar 2021 17:15:52 +0000Experiments Find Gene Key to the Human Brain's Large Sizehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/experiments-find-gene-key-human-brains-large-size-180977357/The single gene identified by the study may be what makes human brains three times larger than our closest great ape relatives at birthMon, 29 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Like Humans and Mammals, Octopuses May Have Two Stages of Sleephttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/octopuses-have-two-stages-sleep-similar-mammals-180977353/Scientists do not know if octopuses dream in color, but they do change color while sleepingFri, 26 Mar 2021 21:40:27 +0000The Amazon Rainforest Now Emits More Greenhouse Gases Than It Absorbshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazon-rainforest-now-emits-more-greenhouse-gases-it-absorbs-180977347/Climate change and deforestation have transformed the ecosystem into a net source of planet-warming gases instead of a carbon sinkFri, 26 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Why Bald Eagle Populations Soared in the Last Decadehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bald-eagle-populations-have-skyrocketed-last-decade-180977342/In 1963, only 417 breeding pairs remained, but 71,400 active couples were recorded as of 2019Fri, 26 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Hawai'i Is Officially the Best Place on Earth to See Rainbows, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/hawaii-best-place-earth-view-rainbows-heres-why-180977327/The geographic location and topography of the islands create beautiful viewsThu, 25 Mar 2021 19:58:24 +0000How Did This Walrus Get to Wales?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-walrus-get-wales-180977329/The same walrus might have stopped briefly in Denmark and Ireland Thu, 25 Mar 2021 18:26:21 +0000Scientists Capture Swirling Magnetic Fields in New Image of Black Holehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-black-hole-image-gets-magnetic-makeover-180977326/The updated picture adds polarization, revealing new details of the stunning cosmic phenomenonWed, 24 Mar 2021 16:50:03 +0000Czech Chimpanzees Use Video Calls to Fight Lockdown Blues https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/czech-chimpanzees-use-zoom-fight-lockdown-blues-180977318/Zookeepers at Safari Park Dvůr Králové and a zoo in Brno set up daily video calls for their chimpanzeesWed, 24 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000This Map Shows You the Odds of Finding a New Species in Your Neighborhoodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/map-life-leads-where-undiscovered-species-may-be-hiding-180977312/The 'Map of Life' predicts where undiscovered birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals could be found around the worldWed, 24 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000See Astonishing Milky Way Mosaic Image That Took 12 Years to Createhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astonishing-milky-way-mosaic-took-12-years-create-180977319/A Finnish astrophotographer created the 1.7 gigapixel image by stitching together photos with a total exposure time of roughly 1,250 hoursWed, 24 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Seaweed-Fed Cows Burp Less Planet-Warming Methane https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/seaweed-fed-cows-burp-less-planet-warming-methane-180977296/Researchers report an 82 percent reduction in methane emissions in cows fed 1.5 to 3 ounces of seaweed a day for 21 weeksTue, 23 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Icelandic Volcano Erupts After 6,000 Years of Dormancyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/icelandic-peninsula-experiences-volcanic-eruption-after-6000-years-dormancy-180977291/It was the first eruption in southwestern Iceland in nearly 800 yearsMon, 22 Mar 2021 20:21:43 +0000Seafloor Trawl Fishing May Release as Much Carbon as Air Travelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bottom-trawl-fishing-releases-huge-amounts-carbon-180977288/A new study finds the carbon released when bottom trawlers stir up the seafloor is equal to the emissions of the entire aviation industryMon, 22 Mar 2021 19:27:30 +0000New Theory Suggests 'Oumuamua Is a Nitrogen Ice Pancakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-theory-suggests-oumuamua-nitrogen-ice-pancake-180977293/When the interstellar visitor swept around the sun, it got a speed boost, probably because some of the ice vaporizedMon, 22 Mar 2021 19:14:41 +0000Discovery of a 95-Million-Year-Old 'Eagle Shark' Fossil Makes Waves https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/discovery-95-million-year-old-eagle-shark-fossil-makes-waves-180977285/The ancient creature likely used its six-foot-wide wingspan to move with 'underwater flight'Mon, 22 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Researchers Are Investigating Why Marine Animals Swim in Perplexing Circles https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/marine-animals-swim-circles-researchers-may-have-figured-out-why-180977284/Sea creatures may exhibit the spiraling behavior to navigate the ocean, for mating rituals, or to track preyMon, 22 Mar 2021 11:05:00 +0000Largest Dust Storm in More Than a Decade Blanketed China This Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/largest-dust-storm-over-decade-blankets-china-180977287/Air quality readings in Beijing reached dangerous levels while residents were urged to stay indoorsFri, 19 Mar 2021 19:01:48 +0000Study Shows Fingerprint Ridges Play Key Role in Sense of Touchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-shows-fingerprint-ridges-play-key-role-sense-touch-180977279/Experiments show that our fingertips’ finely tuned sensitivity maps onto the whorled ridges of our printsFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:15:00 +0000Mars' Missing Water Might Be Hiding in Its Minerals https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mars-missing-water-might-be-hiding-its-minerals-180977270/New research estimates how much water was absorbed into the mineral makeup of Mars' crust Fri, 19 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000'Ghost Forests' May Become More Common as Sea Levels Risehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ghost-forests-expand-their-reach-sea-levels-continue-rise-180977277/East Coast woodlands are left parched as brackish water encroaches on landscapesFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000For the First Time in 75 Years, a New Invasive Species of Mosquito Was Found in Floridahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-invasive-species-mosquito-florida-might-spread-180977278/Last year, entomologists in the state found 121 Aedes scapularis mosquitoes, which can carry yellow feverThu, 18 Mar 2021 18:17:28 +0000Scientists Make Tiny Lab-Grown Tear Glands Cryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-make-tiny-lab-grown-tear-glands-cry-180977267/The tear-producing organoids researchers created could one day help relieve medical conditions that cause dry eyes Thu, 18 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000For the First Time, Paleontologists Unearth Fossil of Non-Avian Dinosaur Incubating a Nest of Eggshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/unearthed-dinosaur-fossil-found-incubating-nest-eggs-180977264/The find is the first evidence that oviraptorosaurs—also called 'egg thief lizards'—were nurturing to their youngThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:40:00 +0000Russian Scientists Sink Giant Deepwater Neutrino Telescope Into World's Largest Freshwater Lakehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/spherical-neutrino-observatory-submerged-underwater-worlds-largest-freshwater-lake-180977252/In the depths of Lake Baikal, the observatory is designed to detect nature's ghost particlesWed, 17 Mar 2021 14:44:16 +0000Sending DNA From Earth's 6.7 Million Species to the Moon to Safeguard Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sending-dna-earths-67-million-species-moon-safeguard-life-180977256/Researchers propose constructing a 'lunar ark' to provide our planet with a 'reset button' in the event of a world-ending catastrophe Wed, 17 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000Twin Birth Rates Have Soared Globally in the Last Three Decadeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/twinning-twin-rates-have-increased-globally-last-three-decades-180977243/The trend is a result of women deciding to have children later in life and the use of medically assisted reproduction methodsTue, 16 Mar 2021 18:24:15 +0000Unusual Exoplanet Might Be Regrowing Its Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unusual-exoplanet-might-be-growing-its-second-atmosphere-180977254/Remnants of the first atmosphere trapped under the planet’s thin crust might escape through volcanic eruptionsTue, 16 Mar 2021 17:18:27 +0000Philadelphia Skyscrapers Turn Lights Off to Save Migrating Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/philadelphia-skyscrapers-turn-lights-save-migrating-birds-180977246/A new program aimed at reducing deadly collisions with buildings for migrating birds is set to begin on April 1Tue, 16 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000'Underwater Roombas' Scan Southern California Coast for DDT Barrelshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/deep-sea-robots-kick-start-ddt-ocean-floor-clean-south-californian-coast-180977237/Hundreds of tons of the toxic chemical have likely littered the ocean floor near Santa Catalina Island for decadesTue, 16 Mar 2021 11:45:00 +0000This Snail's Venom Mimics Pheromones to Lure Prey With Sexhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/snails-venom-mimics-pheromones-lure-prey-sex-180977244/The mini mollusk may use a 'siren call' strategy to entice marine worms out of hidingMon, 15 Mar 2021 19:44:38 +0000Growing an Ounce of Pot Indoors Can Emit as Much Carbon as Burning a Full Tank of Gashttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/growing-ounce-pot-indoors-can-emit-much-carbon-burning-full-tank-gas-180977240/In some parts of the United States, the growing cannabis industry is responsible for significant greenhouse gas emissions Mon, 15 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +00003-D Reconstructions Reveal the Faces of Two Medieval Dukeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/Researchers used a variety of techniques to visualize what Czech rulers Spytihněv I and Vratislav I might have looked likeMon, 15 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Remembering the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Ten Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/remembering-fukushima-nuclear-disaster-10-years-later-180977239/The 9.0-magnitude earthquake in 2011 remains the largest in Japan's recorded history Fri, 12 Mar 2021 18:44:41 +0000Mars' Perseverance Landing Site Named After Science Fiction Author Octavia E. Butlerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/illustrious-science-fiction-author-octavia-e-butler-honored-perseverance-rover-landing-site-180977223/The Jezero crater location has been named 'Octavia E. Butler Landing' in honor of the late literary giantFri, 12 Mar 2021 14:46:05 +0000Officials Say Invasive Zebra Mussels Are Hiding in Aquarium Decor Sold Across U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/officials-say-invasive-zebra-mussels-are-hiding-aquarium-decor-sold-across-us-180977225/Pet stores in 21 states recall items after reports of the destructive bivalves lurking in moss ballsFri, 12 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Songbirds Are Spreading a Deadly Disease at Birdfeeders https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/songbirds-are-spreading-deadly-disease-birdfeeders-180977222/Pine siskins, a type of finch, can spread salmonella bacteria when they poop on the high-traffic platformsThu, 11 Mar 2021 20:15:04 +0000Satellite Imagery Shows Northern California Kelp Forests Have Collapsedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/satellite-imagery-shows-northern-california-kelp-forests-have-collapsed-180977214/Researchers say they're not sure these iconic coastal ecosystems will be able to make a comeback anytime soonThu, 11 Mar 2021 12:35:00 +0000Rare Meteorite Found in U.K. Driveway Could Hold Secrets of the Early Solar System https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-meteorite-found-uk-driveway-could-hold-secrets-early-solar-system-180977212/Thousands of people spotted the fireball on February 28, and more fragments may still be scattered in Gloucestershire Thu, 11 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000A Rare Astronomical Phenomenon of Three Planets Aligning Occurs This Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-astronomical-phenomenon-three-planets-aligning-occurred-week-180977211/Jupiter, Saturn, and Mercury are visible in the pre-dawn sky this week, along with a crescent moonWed, 10 Mar 2021 18:02:02 +0000San Diego Zoo's Great Apes Receive First Experimental Covid-19 Vaccine for Animals https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/great-apes-san-diego-zoo-are-first-receive-experimental-animal-covid-19-vaccine-180977202/Five bonobos and four orangutans were treated with a synthetic form of the virus Wed, 10 Mar 2021 17:47:02 +0000Sea Slug's Decapitated Head Crawls Around Before Regrowing a Bodyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sea-slugs-decapitated-head-crawls-around-regrowing-body-180977205/Researchers think that lopping off its own noggin could help the critter rid itself of parasitesWed, 10 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000To Study Night-Shining Clouds, NASA Used Its 'Super Soaker' Rocket to Make a Fake Onehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smartnews-science/nasa-created-wispy-glowing-clouds-study-their-formation-180977190/In summer months above the North and South Poles, glowing clouds occasionally form naturally at sunset under the right conditionsWed, 10 Mar 2021 12:45:00 +0000CDC Releases Guidelines for People Vaccinated Against Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cdc-releases-guidelines-people-vaccinated-against-covid-19-180977203/The rules allow small gatherings with other vaccinated people or visits to a single household of unvaccinated people Tue, 09 Mar 2021 18:44:51 +0000Climate Change Lays Waste to Butterflies Across American Westhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-lays-waste-butterflies-across-american-west-180977192/Study documents declines across hundreds of species over recent decades, and finds years featuring warmer, drier autumns are particularly deadlyTue, 09 Mar 2021 13:30:00 +0000New A.I. Tool Makes Historic Photos Move, Blink and Smilehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ai-program-deep-nostalgia-revives-old-portraits-180977173/The algorithm matches pre-recorded video with the photo depending on the subject's pose and applies natural facial movements to the imageTue, 09 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Wildfire Smoke Is More Damaging to Respiratory Health Than Other Sources of Air Pollutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-highlights-unique-dangers-wildfire-smoke-pollution-180977191/Smoke exposure was associated with more hospital admissions than equivalent amounts of non-wildfire emissionsTue, 09 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000These Worms Have No Eyes, but They Avoid the Color Bluehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-worms-have-no-eyes-they-avoid-color-blue-180977175/When a scientist noticed that blind nematodes avoid bacteria that make blue toxin, he wondered if they took color into accountMon, 08 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000First Ever Space Hurricane Spotted in Earth's Upper Atmospherehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/first-ever-space-hurricane-spotted-earths-upper-atmosphere-180977176/The 600-mile-wide swirling cloud of charged particles rained down electrons from several hundred miles above the North Pole Fri, 05 Mar 2021 21:01:16 +0000NASA's Parker Solar Probe Snaps Luminous Photo of Venushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nasas-parker-solar-probe-snaps-luminous-photo-venus-180977153/The image revealed unknown capabilities of the imaging instrument, WISPR, aboard the Parker Solar Probe and more insight into the planet's atmosphereFri, 05 Mar 2021 20:28:18 +0000Nearly Six-Foot-Long Glowing Shark Discovered in Deep Sea Off New Zealandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/nearly-six-foot-glowing-shark-discovered-deep-sea-new-zealand-180977163/The kitefin shark is one of three species of glowing sharks described in a new paperFri, 05 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Cuttlefish Show Impressive Ability to Exert Self-Control https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cuttlefish-show-impressive-ability-exert-self-control-180977154/The clever cephalopods ignored so-so food for up to 130 seconds in order to get their favorite snack, live grass shrimp Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:35:09 +0000Most People Don't Know When to Stop Talking, According to Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-conversations-dont-end-when-we-want-them-180977143/A new study finds folks are pretty bad at guessing whether to wrap up a chat or keep talkingThu, 04 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Watch First Time-Lapse Footage of a Rare Moonflower Cactus Blossominghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/watch-moonflower-cactus-blossom-first-ever-time-lapse-footage-180977139/The rare Amazonian cactus blooms only once a year for 12 hours Wed, 03 Mar 2021 20:53:30 +0000Long-Lost Babbler Bird Documented in Borneo for the First Time in Over 170 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/long-lost-babbler-rediscovered-borneo-after-over-170-years-180977141/The animal was last recorded between 1843 and 1848, when a scientist collected the first and only museum specimen Wed, 03 Mar 2021 19:45:52 +0000Smithsonian's 'Futures' Exhibition to Feature Virgin Hyperloop's Record-Breaking Transportation Pod https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonians-futures-exhibition-feature-virgin-hyperloops-record-breaking-transportation-pod-180977129/Virgin Hyperloop's Pegasus vehicle will be on display for viewers to take a closer look at its interior this fall Wed, 03 Mar 2021 17:56:38 +0000This Bird Mimics an Entire Flock to Woo Femaleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bird-mimics-entire-flock-woo-females-180977134/When mating, male lyrebirds reproduce a cacophony of calls usually reserved for when predator is nearbyWed, 03 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000FDA Approves Johnson & Johnson Vaccine, Another Valuable Tool Against Covid-19https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-authorizes-johnson-johnson-vaccine-heres-why-every-covid-19-vaccine-helps-180977122/New vaccines increase the total supply and meet the needs of different communitiesTue, 02 Mar 2021 20:00:44 +0000Hunters Killed 82% More Wolves Than Quota Allowed in Wisconsin https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hunters-kill-82-more-wolves-quota-allowed-wisconsin-180977132/The state’s Department of Natural Resources granted permits to about 1,500 hunters to kill 119 wolves, but 216 were shotTue, 02 Mar 2021 19:34:59 +0000Why Medium-Sized Dinosaurs Are Often Missing From the Fossil Recordhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ravenous-teens-may-explain-fossil-records-missing-medium-sized-dinos-180977125/Study suggests huge carnivores like T. rex may have occupied the ecological roles of medium-sized predators as juvenilesTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:09:26 +0000Climate Change May Have Aided Dinosaurs' Journey From South America to Greenlandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-may-have-aided-herbivores-journey-south-america-greenland-180977120/A shift in CO2 levels millions of years ago made conditions on Earth milder, allowing herbivores, like sauropodomorphs, to migrate to GreenlandMon, 01 Mar 2021 20:08:51 +0000Dust Storms on Mars May Sparkle and Glow at Nighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dust-storms-mars-put-tiny-electrical-show-180977113/Martian dust clouds may create miniature statically-charged sparks, which could help researchers further understand the planet's atmosphere Mon, 01 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Oldest Known Wild Bird Hatches Chick at Age 70https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-wild-bird-hatches-chick-age-70-180977114/Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, was first banded by scientists on a remote North Pacific atoll in 1956Fri, 26 Feb 2021 20:18:29 +0000Why the Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout Will Be Different for Kidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-makes-covid-19-vaccine-rollout-different-kids-180977107/Pfizer expects to release the first data about vaccine efficacy and safety in adolescents by this summerFri, 26 Feb 2021 18:28:28 +0000One-Third of Freshwater Fish Species Are at Risk of Extinctionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-studies-chart-decline-freshwater-fish-180977106/Humans have severely damaged more than half of the world’s riversFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:05:00 +0000Turtles Caught in Disastrous Oil Spill Treated With Mayonnaisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/turtles-caught-disastrous-oil-spill-are-treated-mayonnaise-180977102/The tar-covered animals were given the condiment to flush out their digestive systemsThu, 25 Feb 2021 18:24:16 +0000How Forming 'Fairy Circles' May Help Salt Marshes Adapt to Climate Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/transient-fairy-circles-may-give-clues-how-adaptable-salt-marsh-ecosystems-are-climate-change-180977095/The transient rings' secret to survival may be their ability to shape-shift based on nutrient availabilityThu, 25 Feb 2021 13:05:00 +0000How the Brainless Slime Mold Stores Memorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-brainless-slime-mold-stores-memories-180977097/New research finds the organism can remember the location of food by altering the diameter of the creeping tendrils it uses to explore its surroundingsWed, 24 Feb 2021 20:23:41 +0000How to Keep Up With NASA's Perseverance Rover as It Explores Marshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-keep-perseverance-it-explores-mars-180977087/Follow along as the new rover sends incredible data and images back to EarthWed, 24 Feb 2021 20:07:30 +0000Dogs May Be More Self-Aware Than Experts Thoughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/canines-may-have-more-self-awareness-how-their-paws-take-space-180977081/In a new study, canines recognized how their bodies took up space and moved to complete a taskWed, 24 Feb 2021 14:10:00 +0000This Bouncing African Mammal Glows Under UV Lighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bouncing-african-mammal-glows-under-uv-light-180977086/Springhares are the latest in a flurry of furry creatures that scientists have discovered are biofluorescentWed, 24 Feb 2021 13:05:00 +0000Perseverance Rover Shares Its First Video and Audio of Mars https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/perseverance-rover-shares-its-first-video-and-audio-mars-180977078/The Curiosity rover landed the same way in 2012 but the engineers who designed the system hadn’t seen it in action until nowTue, 23 Feb 2021 17:35:35 +0000Did an Ancient Magnetic Field Reversal Cause Chaos for Life on Earth 42,000 Years Ago? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-magnetic-field-reversal-cause-chaos-life-earth-180977072/The study links new, detailed data about Earth’s atmosphere to a series of unfortunate events that occurred around the same time Tue, 23 Feb 2021 13:15:00 +0000Oil Spill Off Israeli Coast Covers Beaches and Wildlife in Tarhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oil-spill-israeli-coast-covers-beaches-and-wildlife-tar-180977071/Authorities are searching for the ship responsible for the unreported spill Tue, 23 Feb 2021 12:45:00 +0000Rare Yellow Penguin Photographed for the First Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/king-penguin-captivates-world-its-rare-dandelion-colored-plumage-180977070/The Antarctic bird has leucism, meaning its feathers do not contain melanin needed to produce black pigmentTue, 23 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Elizabeth Ann Is the First Cloned Black-Footed Ferret https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elizabeth-ann-first-cloned-black-footed-ferret-180977065/The creature, the first cloned endangered species native to North America, could provide the fragile population with desperately needed genetic diversity Mon, 22 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000