Smart News Science | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-science/RSS feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 21 Sep 2018 14:52:17 +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 +0000Kidnapper Crustaceans Use Tiny Mollusks as Unwitting Shieldshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/kidnapper-crustaceans-use-sea-snails-unwitting-shields-180970293/Amphipods wear the so-called sea angels, which secrete chemicals that keep certain predators at bay, like backpacks Fri, 14 Sep 2018 19:43:51 +0000Cannibalism, Roller Coasters and Self-Colonoscopies in the News? It's Ig Nobel Seasonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cannibalism-roller-coasters-and-self-colonoscopies-top-ig-nobel-prizes-180970292/The satirical awards celebrate some of the strangest scientific research Fri, 14 Sep 2018 18:51:52 +0000Her 3,000-Year-Old Bones Showed Unusual Signs of Wear. It Turns Out, She Was a Master Ceramicisthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-female-artisan-whose-masterful-ceramics-defied-ancient-greek-gender-norms-180970288/After analyzing the woman’s skeleton, researchers unlocked her past as an ancient Greek artisanFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:50:37 +0000How Much Plastic Does It Take To Kill a Sea Turtle?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-much-plastic-does-it-take-kill-sea-turtle-180970290/A new study suggests one piece of plastic has a 22 percent chance of killing a turtle that eats it, and 14 pieces will kill halfFri, 14 Sep 2018 17:21:34 +0000Before There Was Streaming, the Victorians Had "Magic Lanterns"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/victorian-magic-lanterns-were-19th-century-version-netflix-180970286/New research finds these early image projectors, which brought world landmarks, fairytale favorites to life, were a regular part of middle-class lifeFri, 14 Sep 2018 15:40:53 +0000World Hunger Is on the Rise for the Third Year in a Rowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/world-hunger-rise-third-year-row-180970281/A new report warns that war and increased natural disasters from climate change are beginning to reverse gains made in recent decadesThu, 13 Sep 2018 19:52:48 +0000Five Ways Cultural Institutions, Landmarks and Zoos Are Prepping for Hurricane Florencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-ways-souths-cultural-institutions-landmarks-are-preparing-hurricane-florence-180970283/Many museums are closing their doors, while zoos and aquariums are moving their animals indoorsThu, 13 Sep 2018 18:14:52 +0000Here's How Hundreds of Baby Penguins Became Mummified in Antarcticahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/How-Hundreds-Penguin-Chicks-Became-Mummified-Antarctica-180970277/A new study posits that ‘extreme climatic anomalies’ caused the penguins to become mummified in two mass die-offs hundred of years agoThu, 13 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000FDA Cracks Down on Underage Use of E-Cigaretteshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fd-cracks-down-underage-use-e-cigarettes-180970275/FDA's largest enforcement action to date gave warnings and fines to 1,300 retailers and requested plans to prevent teen vaping from five manufacturersWed, 12 Sep 2018 20:54:42 +0000Fungi Call Oil Paintings, Cockroach Guts Home Sweet Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fungi-call-oil-paintings-cockroach-home-180970274/Scientists say they have identified a fungus species that could aid the fight against plastic pollutionWed, 12 Sep 2018 18:56:57 +0000What to Know About California's Commitment to 100 Percent Clean Energy by 2045https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/california-commits-100-percent-clean-energy-2045-180970262/The bold legislation was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this weekWed, 12 Sep 2018 17:20:54 +0000Chimps and Toddlers Use Same Gestures to Get Attentionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chimps-and-toddlers-share-same-gesture-language-180970272/A new study shows 12 to 24 month old children and chimps use 46 of the same movements to communicate, including stomping, pointing and clappingWed, 12 Sep 2018 16:59:54 +0000New Species of Translucent, Gelatinous Fish Discovered in the Deep Seahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-translucent-gelatinous-fish-discovered-deep-sea-180970259/Sadly, after evolving to survive at such extreme depths, these snailfish “melt rapidly” when brought to the surfaceTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:46:28 +0000How This Popular Garden Plant May Spread Parasites That Harm Monarchshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-popular-garden-plant-may-spread-monarch-parasite-180970257/Non-native tropical milkweed encourage year-round monarch populations which harbor a deadly parasite for the imperiled insectTue, 11 Sep 2018 16:20:08 +00002,000-Foot-Long Plastic Catcher Released to Aid Cleanup of Great Pacific Garbage Patchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/2000-foot-long-plastic-catcher-released-aid-cleanup-great-pacific-garbage-patch-180970256/Skeptics argue the device will endanger marine wildlife, exacerbate existing pollution problemsTue, 11 Sep 2018 15:30:23 +0000Wind and Solar Farms Could Bring the Rains Down in Africahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wind-and-solar-farms-could-bring-rains-down-africa-180970254/Scientists believe solar panels and windmills will both bolster renewable energy sources and change the landscape of the immense Sahara desertTue, 11 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Decades After Being Passed Over for a Nobel, Jocelyn Bell Burnell Gets Her Duehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/decades-after-being-passed-over-nobel-jocelyn-bell-burnell-gets-her-due-180970248/Honored with a Special Breakthrough Prize, the astrophysicist says she'll use the winnings to fund scholarships to support today's outsiders in the fieldMon, 10 Sep 2018 20:34:09 +0000The Catch of the Day Is a 10,000-Year-Old Gigantic Deer Skullhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/catch-day-7-foot-tall-deer-180970247/Last week, Irish fishermen pulled up the skull and horns of an extinct great elk, which could have 12-foot-wide antlersMon, 10 Sep 2018 18:47:09 +0000Your Hysterical Tweet About That Spider in Your Sink Could Prove Useful for Sciencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-use-twitter-pics-study-spiders-ants-and-birds-180970237/A new study suggests mining social media for phenology data is fairly reliable and could assist researchers tracking how rapidly the world is changingMon, 10 Sep 2018 16:43:00 +0000What Ötzi the Iceman’s Tattoos Reveal About Copper Age Medical Practiceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-otzi-icemans-tattoos-reveal-about-copper-age-medical-practices-180970244/New study argues that the 5,300-year-old Iceman’s community boasted surprisingly advanced health care techniquesMon, 10 Sep 2018 15:58:33 +0000In the Last Decade, Four Birds Went Extinct and Four More Are Likely Gonehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/study-says-last-decade-4-birds-went-extinct-and-4-more-are-likely-gone-180970226/Habitat loss is the main culprit in killing off the birds, including Spix's macaw, the star of the popular 2011 film <i>Rio</i>Mon, 10 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Astronomers Spot Galactic Wind From Early Universehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-spot-galactic-wind-early-universe-180970233/The ejection of molecular gas from a galaxy 12 billion light-years away may have kept an early galaxy from burning out too quicklyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:05 +0000Five Things We've Learned Since Brazil’s Devastating National Museum Firehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-are-latest-updates-brazils-devastating-national-museum-fire-180970232/Local students and Wikipedia are spearheading campaigns to preserve the museum’s digital legacyFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:58:01 +0000Bighorn Sheep and Moose Learn Migration Then Pass Knowledge on to Next Generationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/bighorn-sheep-moose-must-learn-migrate-then-pass-knowledge-next-generation-180970235/Hooved animals known as ungulates rely on generational lessons to guide seasonal migration, locate high-quality vegetationFri, 07 Sep 2018 16:24:29 +0000How Did These Hostage Children End Up Buried With Elite Germanic Warriors?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/did-ancient-germanic-warriors-adopt-hostage-children-180970230/Analysis of remains in a high status grave shows that not all of the deceased were directly related, raising questions about why they were buried togetherFri, 07 Sep 2018 12:00:00 +0000Jupiter's Magnetic Field Is Super Weird and Has Two South Poleshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/jupiters-magnetic-field-super-weird-and-has-two-south-poles-180970223/Analysis of data from the Juno probe shows the giant planet's field is much different from our own and suggests it has a dissolved coreFri, 07 Sep 2018 10:00:00 +0000Oral History Suggests Māori Proverbs on Bird Extinction Mirrored Fears of Indigenous Group’s Own Declinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oral-history-suggests-maori-proverbs-bird-extinction-mirrored-fears-indigenous-groups-own-decline-180970225/The moa, a giant flightless bird, served as symbol of extinction and reflection of Māori fears over encroaching European presenceThu, 06 Sep 2018 20:13:31 +0000Japan Takes Tiny First Step Toward Space Elevatorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-take-tiny-first-step-toward-space-elevator-180970212/Two mini-satellites will test elevator motion in space as part of research for an elevator between Earth and low orbitWed, 05 Sep 2018 20:59:03 +0000Can Napoleon’s Defeat at Waterloo Be Traced to a Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-napoleons-defeat-waterloo-be-traced-volcanic-eruption-indonesia-180970211/A new study posits that an 1815 eruption caused inclement weather that, according to some theories, led to Napoleon's defeatWed, 05 Sep 2018 20:11:24 +0000Russia Says Hole in International Space Station Was Drilledhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-drilled-hole-international-space-station-180970208/Authorities are unsure whether tiny hole in a Soyuz capsule was created in a production facility on the ground or on board the ISSWed, 05 Sep 2018 19:38:03 +0000Fish Are Friends, Not (Always) Food: Meet the World’s First Omnivorous Shark Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fish-are-friends-not-always-food-meet-worlds-first-omnivorous-shark-species-180970205/Bonnethead sharks enjoy a diet of up to 60 percent seagrass, as well as crab, shrimp, snails and bonyfishWed, 05 Sep 2018 15:57:00 +000087 Elephants Found Dead Near Botswana Sanctuaryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/87-elephants-found-dead-near-botswana-sanctuary-180970192/A report attributed the killings to a “poaching frenzy”Tue, 04 Sep 2018 17:40:46 +0000Genome Reveals When Opium Poppy Became a Painkillerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genome-reveals-when-opium-poppy-180970191/A combination of two genes over 7.8 million years ago was the first step to producing morphine and other narcotic compoundsTue, 04 Sep 2018 17:35:14 +0000Gene Editing Treats Muscular Dystrophy in Dogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gene-editing-treats-muscular-dystrophy-dogs-180970184/CRISPR gene editing has relieved symptoms of a canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in four puppies, raising hope for humansFri, 31 Aug 2018 17:37:35 +0000Thousands of Creepy Crawlies Stolen From Philadelphia Insectarium https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thousands-creepy-crawlies-stolen-philadelphia-insectarium-180970182/Police suspect three current or former employees swiped the animals Fri, 31 Aug 2018 15:46:03 +0000America’s Lakes Are Losing Their Blue Hue as Waters Shift to Murky Greenish-Brownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americas-lakes-are-losing-their-blue-hue-waters-shift-murky-greenish-brown-180970180/Over five-year period, the country’s number of blue lakes declined by 18 percent, while murky lakes increased by 12 percentFri, 31 Aug 2018 15:32:21 +0000Newly Discovered Hybrid Pythons Are Threatening Florida’s Wildlifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-hybrid-pythons-are-threatening-floridas-wildlife-180970178/A new study has found that some invasive Burmese pythons carry DNA from another snake, which could make them more adaptable—and more dangerousThu, 30 Aug 2018 21:15:25 +0000Monster Galaxy Churns Out 1,000 Times As Many Stars As Our Ownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/monster-galaxy-churns-out-1000-times-many-stars-our-own-180970171/COSMOS-AzTEC-1 is almost 13 billion years old highly organized but unstable and could shed light on galaxy evolutionThu, 30 Aug 2018 19:39:03 +0000New Zealand Penguins Make an Epic, Pointless, Swim to the Southern Oceanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-penguins-make-epic-pointless-swim-southern-ocean-180970174/A new satellite study shows the penguins travel over 4,000 miles to feed, even though their home shores are teeming with foodThu, 30 Aug 2018 17:00:33 +0000Climate Change Likely Iced Neanderthals Out Of Existencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/modern-humans-didnt-kill-neanderthals-weather-did-180970167/Climate records gathered from stalagmites in Romanian caves show two extremely cold dry periods correspond with the disappearance of NeanderthalsWed, 29 Aug 2018 17:52:50 +0000Goats May Prefer Happy Human Faceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/goats-may-prefer-happy-human-faces-180970166/A new study found that goats gravitate towards images of smiling people, suggesting that they can distinguish between human expressionsWed, 29 Aug 2018 17:01:36 +0000Archaeologists Unearth Medieval Game Board During Search for Lost Monasteryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-unearth-medieval-game-board-during-search-lost-monastery-180970161/Scotland's oldest surviving manuscript, the Book of Deer, was written by monks living in the Aberdeenshire monasteryWed, 29 Aug 2018 16:03:29 +0000Meet the Rosehip Neuron: A Newly Discovered Cell in the Human Brainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-rosehip-neuron-newest-cell-human-brain-180970152/The neuron is not found within lab mice, possibly explaining why mouse studies often do not translate to human brainsTue, 28 Aug 2018 20:16:07 +0000DNA of Extinct Cave Bear Lives on in Modern Brown Bearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dna-extinct-cave-bear-lives-modern-brown-bears-180970151/A new genetic study has found that the two species interbredTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:51:22 +0000Lead Poisoning Wasn't a Major Factor in the Mysterious Demise of the Franklin Expeditionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lead-poisoning-wasnt-major-factor-mysterious-demise-franklin-expedition-180970150/Researchers argue that lead exposure occurred prior to the start of the voyage, not during the stranded crew's battle for survivalTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:10:02 +0000Climate Change Could Lead to Nutrient Deficiency for Hundreds of Millionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/climate-change-could-lead-nutrient-deficiency-hundreds-millions-180970149/Carbon dioxide decreases zinc, iron and protein in food crops, which could add millions of people to the billions who don't get enough nutritionTue, 28 Aug 2018 16:06:44 +0000Extinct Baby Horse—Its Skin and Hair Intact—Found in the Siberian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/extinct-baby-horse-its-skin-and-hair-intact-found-siberian-permafrost-180970142/The foal lived between 30,000-40,000 years agoTue, 28 Aug 2018 14:11:45 +0000Sniffer Dogs Represent the Latest Weapon in the Fight Against the Illegal Ivory Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sniffer-dogs-and-new-technology-team-save-elephants-180970143/A new system at Kenya's port of Mombasa allows dogs to detect elephant tusk, rhino horn and other illegal goods with one quick sniffTue, 28 Aug 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Wreck of a WWII Fighter Plane Will Be Unearthed from a Greenland Glacier https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/wreck-wwii-fighter-plane-will-be-unearthed-from-greenland-glacier-180970141/The P-38 fighter is a member of the famed Lost Squadron, which landed on ice caps after running afoul of poor weather in July 1942Tue, 28 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000 Genetic Testing Shows Animal Shelters Often Misidentify Dogs' Breedshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/genetic-testing-shows-animal-shelters-often-misidentify-dogs-breeds-180970136/Shelter staff correctly identified a pup's primary or secondary breed just 67 percent of the timeMon, 27 Aug 2018 18:35:30 +0000Astronomers Say This Reflective Space Sculpture Will Cause Unneeded Light Pollution. The Artist Argues Otherwisehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/astronomers-say-trevor-paglens-reflective-space-sculpture-will-generate-unnecessary-light-pollution-artist-argues-otherwise-180970128/‘Orbital Reflector,’ a 100-foot long, diamond-shaped balloon, aims to inspire humans to gaze up at the night sky with a renewed sense of wonderFri, 24 Aug 2018 19:18:08 +0000Like a Reverse Atlantis, This Legendary Harbor Ended When Its Sea Route Dried Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rising-sea-levels-changing-environment-doomed-legendary-pisan-harbor-180970132/Researchers believe the changing environment doomed ‘Portus Pisanus,’ a harbor once considered lost to timeFri, 24 Aug 2018 18:01:56 +0000Americans Have a Surprisingly Large Appetite for Giraffe Partshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/americans-have-surprisingly-large-appetite-giraffe-parts-180970126/An investigation shows 40,000 giraffe products representing 4,000 of the endangered animals have been legally imported over the last decadeFri, 24 Aug 2018 15:26:23 +0000Elusive “Unicorn” Plant Spotted in Maine for the First Time in 131 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/elusive-unicorn-plant-spotted-maine-first-time-131-years-180970121/The state’s Department of Agriculture has documented around 300 flowering unicorn root stemsThu, 23 Aug 2018 19:43:59 +0000Why Hawaiian Hurricanes Are So Rarehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-hawaiian-hurricanes-so-rare-180970116/The islands are usually protected by their remoteness and a stable high pressure system, which has gone wonky in the last yearThu, 23 Aug 2018 18:11:38 +0000Like Humans, Some Birds Blush to Communicatehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/humans-some-birds-blush-communicate-180970117/Blue-and-yellow macaws are capable of the feathered equivalents of facial expressions, new research showsThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:42:55 +0000Meet Denisova 11: First Known Hybrid Homininhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-denisova-11-first-known-interspecies-hominin-180970114/The 13-year-old girl’s mother was a Neanderthal while her father was a DenisovanThu, 23 Aug 2018 17:19:51 +0000Newly Discovered Turtle Ancestors Chomped With Beaks But Bore No Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-discovered-turtle-ancestors-chomped-beaks-bore-no-shells-180970111/A 228-million-year-old fossil fills gaps in the tale of turtle evolution—and raises a few questionsThu, 23 Aug 2018 15:25:23 +0000Air Pollution Is Stealing a Year of Life From People Around the Globe https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/air-pollution-stealing-year-life-people-around-globe-180970112/Tiny particles that contribute to lung disease, strokes and heart attacks are robbing Americans of 4 months and over 1.8 years of life elsewhere Thu, 23 Aug 2018 15:18:22 +0000STEVE the Purple Beam of Light Is Not An Aurora After Allhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/big-purple-steve-not-aurora-180970095/In a second study of mysterious phenomena, researchers discovered that solar particles hitting the ionosphere do not power the violet, vertical streaksWed, 22 Aug 2018 20:15:47 +0000113 Sea Turtles Have Been Found Dead on a Mexico Beachhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/113-sea-turtles-have-been-found-dead-mexico-beach-180970099/Officials are still investigating the cause of the die-offWed, 22 Aug 2018 18:51:08 +0000New Nanotech Returns Henry VIII's Favorite Warship to Its Former Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/thanks-nanotechnology-henry-viiis-favorite-warship-facelift-180970098/Researchers used tiny magnetic particles to remove the iron ions responsible for the wooden vessel’s decayWed, 22 Aug 2018 17:47:12 +0000Ancient Mayan Clearcutting Still Impacts Carbon in Soil Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-mayan-clearcutting-still-impacts-soil-carbon-today-180970089/Even 1,000 years after a forest regrows, the soil beneath still won't hold as much carbon as it once could, a new study suggestsTue, 21 Aug 2018 20:09:28 +0000Christie's Will Be the First Auction House to Sell Art Made by Artificial Intelligencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/christies-will-be-first-auction-house-sell-art-made-artificial-intelligence-180970086/Christie's will sell the work from Paris-based art collective Obvious, which created ‘Portrait of Edmond Belamy’ with the machine-learning algorithm GANTue, 21 Aug 2018 19:54:06 +0000There’s a Scientific Explanation for Why Adults Are More Likely to Tolerate Leafy Greenshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-scientific-explanation-why-adults-are-more-likely-tolerate-leafy-greens-180970081/Just eat your veggies: Salivary proteins adapt to bitter tastes, making them more palatable over timeTue, 21 Aug 2018 16:30:37 +0000A 2,000-Year-Old Golden Horse Head Suggests Romans Actually Got Along Wth German 'Barbarians'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sculpted-horse-head-complicates-legendary-roman-conquest-german-barbarians-180970077/The sculpture fragment suggests Romans lived peacefully alongside Germans until a decisive defeat at the Battle of Teutoburg ForestTue, 21 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000This Fish Outlived Dinosaurs But Oil and Gas Drilling May Threaten Its Survivalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/energy-development-could-threaten-south-africas-dino-fish-180970073/Oil exploration is set to begin near the habitat of the critically endangered coelacanth, a type of fish that has survived over 400 million yearsMon, 20 Aug 2018 17:37:11 +0000What the Deaths of More Than 300 Reindeer Teach Us About the Circle of Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-deaths-more-300-reindeer-teach-us-about-circle-life-180970072/ In an isolated corner of Norwegian plateau, carcasses of reindeer felled by lightning are spawning new plant lifeMon, 20 Aug 2018 16:27:55 +0000The FDA Has Approved the First Generic EpiPen Alternativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fda-has-approved-first-generic-epipen-alternative-180970064/The new product will offer a more affordable alternative to a life-saving drugFri, 17 Aug 2018 17:21:17 +0000Sequencing of Wheat Genome Could Lead to a Breadier Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sequencing-wheat-genome-could-lead-lead-breadier-future-180970063/It took 200 scientists 13 years to finally figure out the complex genome of the important grain Fri, 17 Aug 2018 16:40:05 +0000Light-Reactive Bacteria Create Miniature 'Mona Lisa' Replicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/light-reactive-bacteria-can-function-paint-living-building-blocks-180970062/Researchers transformed swimming bacteria into replica of the da Vinci masterpiece, morphing likenesses of Albert Einstein, Charles DarwinFri, 17 Aug 2018 16:19:37 +0000How Hungry Baby Urchins Are Saving Hawaii's Reefshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-hungry-baby-urchins-are-saving-hawaiis-reefs-180970059/They helped eat through invasive algae that was suffocating corals in Kāne'ohe BayFri, 17 Aug 2018 13:45:52 +0000Egyptians Cracked Recipe for Embalming Resin Well Before Time of the Pharaohshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/egyptians-created-mummies-thousand-years-earlier-thought-180970052/A new analysis shows that the Egyptian mummies were being made long before 2600 B.C.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 19:44:27 +0000Magnets Help Keep Sharks Out of Fish Trapshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/magnets-help-keep-sharks-out-fish-traps-180970048/Adding cheap magnets to the traps reduced shark and ray bycatch by a third and increased fish hauls by just as much, according to a new studyThu, 16 Aug 2018 19:43:25 +0000Children Are Susceptible to Robot Peer Pressure, Study Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/children-are-susceptible-robot-peer-pressure-study-suggests-180970047/When robots provided incorrect answers in social conformity test, children tended to follow their leadThu, 16 Aug 2018 18:33:20 +0000Oldest Cheese Ever Found in Egyptian Tombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-cheese-ever-egyptian-tomb-180970051/Italian researchers also found traces of disease-causing bacteria in what they believe is probably extremely aged cheese.Thu, 16 Aug 2018 17:48:21 +0000You Can Now Watch the Whitechapel Fatberg's Decay on Livestreamhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-livestream-decay-whitechapel-fatberg-180970018/The toxic clump of sewage oil and waste housed at the Museum of London has, so far, changed colors, ‘sweated,’ hatched flies and grown yellow pustulesThu, 16 Aug 2018 15:16:41 +0000Physics Reveals How to Break Spaghetti Cleanly In Twohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/physics-reveals-how-break-spaghetti-two-clean-pieces-180970017/Our collective culinary nightmare is overThu, 16 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000See Shells of Sea Spuds on the Seashorehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/See-Shells-of-Sea-Spuds-Seashore-180970028/Hundreds of "sea potatoes"—actually the empty shells of a species of sea urchin—mysteriously washed up on Cornish beach last weekendWed, 15 Aug 2018 22:07:48 +0000Sleep Deprivation May Cause Infectious Loneliness https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sleep-deprivation-may-cause-infectious-loneliness-180970013/A new study found that sleepless nights can make you—and the people around you—feel more socially withdrawnWed, 15 Aug 2018 20:26:52 +0000Researchers Suggest Big Toe Was Last Part of Foot to Evolvehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-suggest-big-toe-was-last-part-foot-evolve-180970012/Early hominins' big toes were equipped for life on the ground and in the treesWed, 15 Aug 2018 19:13:12 +0000Why Astronomers Want to Look for Earth's Mini-Moonshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-astronomers-want-look-earths-mini-moons-180970011/A new, powerful telescope in Chile will be able to detect tiny asteroid chunks circling our planet, which could be a goldmine for researchersWed, 15 Aug 2018 18:19:39 +0000Tools Offer More Complex, Cooperative Picture of Easter Island Societyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/tools-suggest-easter-island-society-didnt-collapse-180970003/Basalt axes from one quarry area indicate cooperation between clans, not warfare over resources as previously hypothesizedWed, 15 Aug 2018 17:04:42 +0000A French Theme Park Taught Crows To Pick Up Trashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/french-theme-park-taught-crows-pick-trash-180969996/Park hopes that its avian garbage collectors will encourage humans to properly discard their rubbish Tue, 14 Aug 2018 18:35:14 +0000Animal Fat Found in Clay Pottery Reveals How Ancient People Adapted to Droughthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/traces-animal-fat-found-clay-pottery-reveal-how-catalhoyuk-settlement-survived-extreme-drought-180969994/Neolithic farmers switched from cattle to goat herding, abandoned communal dwellings for smaller households to adjust to new climateTue, 14 Aug 2018 18:14:45 +0000Rare Desert Pterosaur Fossil Discovered in Utahhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-desert-pterosaur-fossil-discovered-utah-180969995/The rare Triassic fossil is the most complete early pterosaur ever found, and gives new insight into the evolution of the first flying vertebratesTue, 14 Aug 2018 17:06:50 +0000Fog Sculptures Are Enshrouding Boston's Historic Parkshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fog-sculptures-are-enshrouding-bostons-historic-parks-180969984/Artist Fujiko Nakaya brings five fog installations to life to mark the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's 20th anniversaryTue, 14 Aug 2018 14:26:57 +0000U.K. Heat Wave Triggers Rare Flamingos to Lay Eggs for the First Time in 15 Yearshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/uk-heat-wave-triggers-rare-flamingos-lay-eggs-first-time-15-years-180969986/None of the eggs were fertile, but conservation officials have hatched a plan to encourage the flamingos to breed againMon, 13 Aug 2018 19:17:16 +0000Laziness May Have Contributed to the Decline of Homo Erectushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/laziness-may-have-contributed-downfall-homo-erectus-180969983/Researchers suggest early humans pursued “least-effort strategies” when crafting tools, collecting resources Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:21:40 +0000Algae and Coral Have Been BFFs Since the Dinosaur Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/algae-and-coral-have-been-bffs-dinosaur-age-180969978/A new study shows that the relationship between coral polyps and zooxanthellae that produces colorful coral reefs began 160 million years agoMon, 13 Aug 2018 17:07:46 +0000Mysterious, Plant-Like Fossil May Have Been One of the Earliest Animalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mysterious-plant-fossil-may-have-been-one-earliest-animals-180969974/New research suggests that soft-bodied organisms called Ediacarans may have been related to an animal of the Cambrian eraMon, 13 Aug 2018 14:00:00 +0000Citizen Scientists Show Black Widows Creeping North In Canadahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/citizen-scientists-show-black-widows-creeping-north-canada-180969970/Study shows online observations can help researchers refine the range maps of many species overlooked by field biologistsMon, 13 Aug 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Humans Are the Only Primates Capable of Talkinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-are-humans-only-primates-capable-talking-180969968/New study suggests ape vocalizations vary according to neural abilities, not vocal anatomyFri, 10 Aug 2018 16:44:11 +0000This New Zealand Natural Wonder Is Probably Gone for Goodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-zealand-natural-wonder-probably-gone-good-180969947/A new study reconfirms that the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed by a volcano in 1886 and can't be dug upFri, 10 Aug 2018 15:39:13 +0000A Unique Enzyme Gives Bermuda Fireworms Their Glowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/unique-enzyme-gives-bermuda-fireworms-their-bioluminescent-glow-180969961/A new study reveals the secret to the invertebrates’ dazzling mating ritual Thu, 09 Aug 2018 20:27:05 +0000Fire Closes Yosemite Valley Indefinitelyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/fire-closes-yosemite-valley-indefinitely-180969958/Smoke and flames from the Ferguson Fire have closed the roads to the National Park's most popular attraction at the height of tourist seasonThu, 09 Aug 2018 18:28:22 +0000Why Roman Emperors Were More Likely to Be Assassinated During Droughtshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-were-roman-emperors-more-likely-be-assassinated-during-droughts-180969957/Low rainfall leads to poor harvests, starving troops, more mutinies and higher risk of regicideThu, 09 Aug 2018 17:00:10 +0000Ocean Acidification Is Frying Fish's Sense of Smellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ocean-acidification-frying-fishs-sense-smell-180969944/By the end of the century, the ocean is predicted to become two-and-a-half times more acidic, which is bad news for sea life.Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:50:44 +0000Captured Elephants Die Up to Seven Years Sooner Than Those Bred in Captivity https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/captured-elephants-die-seven-years-sooner-those-bred-captivity-180969943/Myanmar's wild-captured elephants exhibited median lifespan three to seven years shorter than that of captive-born creaturesWed, 08 Aug 2018 18:31:32 +0000Why This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower Promises to Be Especially Dazzlinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/weekends-perseid-meteor-shower-promises-put-show-year-180969945/Thanks to the moon’s conspicuous absence, those looking up at peak viewing hours will see 60-70 shooting stars every hourWed, 08 Aug 2018 17:20:25 +0000What the Fox Genome Tells Us About Domestication https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/what-fox-genome-tells-us-about-domestication-180969931/After only a few decades of domestic breeding, friendly foxes have social behavior woven into their genes Wed, 08 Aug 2018 15:40:29 +0000Meet the Fish That Grows Up in Just 14 Dayshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/meet-fish-grows-just-14-days-180969926/The turquoise killifish, which lives in ephemeral pools in Mozambique, progresses from embryo to sexual maturity faster than any other vertebrateWed, 08 Aug 2018 10:00:00 +0000Blood-Sucking Invasive Tick Species Spreading Across United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-species-tick-invading-united-states-180969927/The Asian long-horned tick has not yet been found to harbor deadly pathogens, but it poses serious risks to animalsTue, 07 Aug 2018 20:45:44 +0000Hospital Superbug May Be Developing Tolerance to Hand Sanitizers https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hospital-superbug-may-be-developing-tolerance-hand-sanitizers-180969890/Australian researchers have found that a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is able to survive after being exposed to alcohol solutionsTue, 07 Aug 2018 13:03:20 +0000Why Small Dogs Go Above and Beyond to Mark Their Territoryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/what-your-dogs-peeing-technique-reveals-about-its-size-180969887/Tinier males tend to lift their legs at higher angles, perhaps to exaggerate size and competitive abilityTue, 07 Aug 2018 11:00:00 +0000CO2 Levels Reached an 800,000-year High in 2017https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/co2-levels-reached-800000-year-high-2017-180969888/That's just one of many sobering facts about our changing world in the "State of the Climate in 2017" report released late last weekMon, 06 Aug 2018 20:53:51 +0000Birds Can Learn "Foreign" Languages to Stay Safehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/birds-can-learn-foreign-language-stay-safe-180969869/The superb fairywren was able to learn a new alarm call just by listening to the warnings of other speciesMon, 06 Aug 2018 18:00:32 +0000Popcorn-Powered Robots? Get 'Em While They’re Hot! https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/popcorn-powered-robots-get-em-while-theyre-hot-180969889/In an attempt to harness the power of pop, researchers went against the grain to push the boundaries of this staple starchMon, 06 Aug 2018 17:36:02 +0000Why Did the Welsh Bury Their Dead at Stonehenge?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-did-welsh-bury-their-dead-stonehenge-180969874/Study suggests cremated remains found at the site belong to outsiders who may have brought stones from Welsh quarry, aided monument’s constructionMon, 06 Aug 2018 16:45:41 +0000After Being Stolen in Baby Stroller, Miss Helen the Shark Is Back at San Antonio Aquarium https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/after-being-stolen-baby-stroller-miss-helen-shark-back-san-antonio-aquarium-180969872/Two men and one woman are suspected of swiping Miss Helen in a planned heist Mon, 06 Aug 2018 14:03:20 +0000Did George Orwell Pick Up TB During the Spanish Civil War?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/george-orwell-may-have-picked-tb-during-spanish-civil-war-180969807/A new technique was able to pull tuberculosis bacteria and morphine residue from a letter the author sent in 1938, ten years befor his diagnosisThu, 02 Aug 2018 18:43:16 +0000An Australian City Beats Dengue Fever Using Special Mosquitoeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/australian-city-beats-dengue-fever-using-special-mosquitoes-180969857/There has not been a case of the disease in Townsville for four years after the release of insects carrying a naturally occurring bacteriaThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:55:01 +0000Why Island Birds Have Bigger Brains Than Their Mainland Counterpartshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-island-birds-have-bigger-brains-their-mainland-counterparts-180969854/Researchers measured the brain sizes of 11,554 birds, including representatives of 110 island-dwelling species and 1,821 continental speciesThu, 02 Aug 2018 17:43:33 +0000This Year’s Fields Medal Winners Include a Kurdish Refugee and a 30-Year-Old Professorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/years-fields-medal-winners-include-kurdish-refugee-and-30-year-old-professor-180969810/Peter Scholze, Caucher Birkar, Alessio Figalli and Akshay Venkatesh named recipients of award often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematicsWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:58:16 +0000Death Valley Scorches Its Own Record for the Hottest Month in Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/death-valley-scorches-its-own-record-hottest-month-history-180969808/Temperatures averaged a blistering 108.1 degrees Fahrenheit for the month of JulyWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:37:25 +0000Statistics Offer Answer to Decades-Long Dispute Over Authorship of Beatles Hithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/statistics-offer-answer-decades-long-dispute-over-authorship-beatles-hit-180969804/Researchers say there is less than a one in 50 chance that Paul McCartney composed the melody of "In My Life"Wed, 01 Aug 2018 19:09:02 +0000The Science Behind California's "Fire Tornado"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/science-behind-california-fire-tornado-180969803/The spinning mass of smoke filmed near Redding, California, is much taller, wider and lasted longer than average fire whirlsWed, 01 Aug 2018 19:02:41 +0000Lemurs Smear Bugs on Their Privates to Ward Off Infectionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lemurs-smear-bugs-their-privates-ward-infection-180969805/Lathering up with orange goo from millipede guts might relieve infections, expel parasites in lemursWed, 01 Aug 2018 16:49:24 +0000New Map Chronicles Three Decades of Surface Mining in Central Appalachiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-map-chronicles-three-decades-surface-mining-appalachia-180969794/The data shows about 1.5 million acres of forest have been affected by surface and mountaintop mining since the 1970sWed, 01 Aug 2018 16:42:37 +0000These Chilean Mummies Were Buried in Mercury-Laced Red Clothinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-chilean-mummies-were-buried-mercury-laced-red-clothing-180969792/The Cerro Esmeralda site, where two human sacrifices were buried, shows traces of cinnabar, a toxic pigmentWed, 01 Aug 2018 14:24:14 +0000World's Largest King Penguin Colony Suffers an 85 Percent Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/worlds-largest-king-penguin-colony-suffers-85-percent-crash-180969791/The Morne du Tamaris Colony on Île aux Cochons has dropped from 2 million to 200,000 birds over 30 yearsTue, 31 Jul 2018 17:23:54 +0000Can Scientists Save an Endangered Marsupial by Breeding Out Its Taste for Poisonous Toads?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/can-scientists-save-endangered-marsupial-breeding-out-its-taste-poisonous-toads-180969786/Some northern quolls do not eat deadly cane toads. New research suggests their aversion is an inherited traitTue, 31 Jul 2018 14:13:00 +0000Introducing the Scutoid, Geometry's Newest Shapehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/introducing-the-scutoid-geometry-180969784/The scutoid allows skin cells to remain packed tightly together even over curved surfacesMon, 30 Jul 2018 19:53:02 +0000Ancient Roundworms Allegedly Resurrected From Russian Permafrosthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/ancient-roundworms-allegedly-resurrected-russian-permafrost-180969782/Skeptics cite possibility of ancient samples’ contamination by contemporary organismsMon, 30 Jul 2018 17:18:40 +0000Art, Science and Religion Blend in Exhibition Honoring Illustrator Orra White Hitchcockhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/art-science-and-religion-exhibition-honoring-illustrator-orra-white-hitchcock-180969778/ Orra’s paintings and drawings depict the natural world in colorful detailMon, 30 Jul 2018 13:30:02 +0000How the Scent of Angry Bees Could Protect Elephantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-scent-angry-bees-could-protect-elephants-180969777/A new study shows elephants fear bee pheromones, and this fact could keep the pachyderms out of cropsFri, 27 Jul 2018 18:38:47 +0000Europe Applies Strict Regulations to CRISPR Cropshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/europe-applies-strict-regulations-gene-edited-crops-180969774/A court has ruled that plants modified with CRISPR technology are subject to the restrictions of the 2001 GMO DirectiveFri, 27 Jul 2018 17:22:29 +0000Scientists Baked a "Fossil" in 24 Hourshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-baked-fossil-24-hours-180969770/The simulation could help researchers gain new insight into the fossilization process—without having to wait 10,000 yearsFri, 27 Jul 2018 14:14:09 +0000Most of Mars' Dust Comes From One Placehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/most-mars-dust-comes-one-special-area-180969762/Erosion of the Medusae Fossae Formation has, over billions of years, likely covered the entire planet in 10 feet of volcanic dustThu, 26 Jul 2018 17:48:14 +0000Why a Female Duck Was Spotted with a Huge Brood of 76 Ducklingshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-female-duck-was-spotted-huge-brood-76-ducklings-180969757/Think of it as ducky day careThu, 26 Jul 2018 15:13:15 +0000Compelling Evidence Suggests There's a Liquid Lake Beneath Mars' Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/evidence-liquid-water-mars-180969756/But do the findings hold water?Wed, 25 Jul 2018 20:37:18 +0000Scientists Give New Particle Accelerator the Thumbs Uphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/scientists-give-new-particle-accelerator-thumbs-180969754/The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine endorses the $1 billion Electron-Ion ColliderWed, 25 Jul 2018 19:17:16 +0000Sold: A Rare Copy of Ada Lovelace’s Groundbreaking Computer Algorithmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sold-rare-copy-ada-lovelaces-groundbreaking-computer-algorithm-180969753/The manuscript includes Lovelace’s translation of an Italian paper, her copious notes and a formula that is often recognized as the first computer programWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:39:20 +0000‘Amazing Dragon’ Fossils Unearthed in China Rewrite Story of Long-Necked Dinosaurshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/amazing-dragon-fossils-unearthed-china-rewrite-story-long-necked-dinosaurs-180969751/The dino family emerged 15 million years earlier than previously thoughtWed, 25 Jul 2018 17:03:33 +0000Waves of Garbage Are Washing onto a Beach in the Dominican Republichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/waves-garbage-are-washing-beach-dominican-republic-180969747/The trash was pushed onto Montesinos Beach by a recent storm, but environmentalists say the scene is becoming all the more commonTue, 24 Jul 2018 20:55:00 +0000The Andromeda Galaxy Ate The Milky Way's Lost Siblinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/andromeda-galaxy-ate-milky-ways-lost-sibling-180969736/New simulations show Andromeda absorbed the large galaxy M32p about 2 billion years ago Tue, 24 Jul 2018 18:09:08 +0000How the Wolf Spider’s Diet May Help Keep the Arctic Coolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-wolf-spiders-evolving-diet-keeping-arctic-cool-180969735/As temperatures rise, the spider dines differently, resulting in a cascade of effects in the ArcticTue, 24 Jul 2018 17:16:42 +0000Construction on Rome’s Newest Subway Line Is Revealing a Trove of Ancient Treasureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/construction-romes-newest-subway-line-revealing-trove-ancient-treasures-180969729/Archaeologists have unearthed 2,000-year-old barracks, a military commander’s home and thousands of artifactsTue, 24 Jul 2018 15:11:40 +0000Indigenous Peoples Manage One Quarter of the Globe, Which Is Good News for Conservationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/indigenous-people-manage-one-quarter-globe-which-good-news-conservation-180969689/Despite making up 5 percent of the world's population, indigenous peoples maintain large swathes of land, two-thirds of which are still in a natural stateMon, 23 Jul 2018 17:35:11 +0000