Smart News Science | Smithsonian feed for Smart News ScienceenFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:08 +0000SpaceX Successfully Launches a Fully Recycled Mission to the Space Station previously flown rocket will launch a previously flown spacecraft to the space stationFri, 08 Dec 2017 23:03:40 +0000Does the Moon's Phase Cause Earthquakes? researcher offers a succinct answerFri, 19 Jan 2018 18:58:08 +0000Behold Hubble's Best Image of a Distant Galaxy Yet galaxy is roughly 13.3 billion light years away, and formed just 500 million years after the universe beganFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:54:12 +0000Astronomers Spy a Black Hole's Double 'Burp' observations suggest that black holes cycle between activity and restFri, 19 Jan 2018 15:15:16 +0000The U.K. Now Has a "Minister for Loneliness." Here's Why It Matters Crouch will oversee the government's efforts to tackle "the sad reality of modern life"Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:11:38 +0000Marmots Live Longer When They Are Antisocial critters live an average of two years longer when they shirk social interactionsFri, 19 Jan 2018 14:39:00 +00002017 Was Another Really Hot Year (Even Without El Niño) year joins list of top three hottest ever recorded, according to multiple new reportsThu, 18 Jan 2018 22:17:24 +0000World's Largest Underwater Cave System Discovered in Mexico 215-mile sunken freshwater labyrinth is a trove of ancient Maya artifactsThu, 18 Jan 2018 21:14:44 +0000Over 200,000 Endangered Antelope Suddenly Die Thanks to ... Weird Weather? change in humidity seems to have triggered bacteria that led to widespread death of the creaturesThu, 18 Jan 2018 15:42:35 +0000Meteor Explodes With a Brilliant Flash Over Michigan blast caused shook the ground and likely scattered small hunks of space rock in the regionWed, 17 Jan 2018 18:37:06 +0000Are Rats Innocent of Spreading the Black Plague? pests like fleas and lice may be responsible for spreading the pandemic that devastated Medieval EuropeWed, 17 Jan 2018 15:56:43 +0000Why Holding in a Sneeze Can Be Dangerous 34-year-old man squeezed while holding nose closed, leading to a tear in his throat and a stay in the hospitalWed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Dino Had a Rainbow of Shiny Feathers fossilized creature was likely a blend of hummingbird and crowTue, 16 Jan 2018 15:23:17 +0000Citizen Scientists Discover an Unusual Five-Planet Solar System looking through data on Exoplanet Explorers flagged four sub-Neptune planets orbiting a distant star called K2-138Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:29:39 +0000Scientists' Gender May Influence the Results of Experiments review of past research has found that subjects respond differently to male and female testersMon, 15 Jan 2018 20:43:15 +0000Scientist Autopsy the Aftermath of the Largest Underwater Volcanic Eruption of the Last Century 2012, miles of floating rock appeared in the Pacific. Now, scientists have studied the Havre seamount eruption that caused the mysterious pumice 'raft'Mon, 15 Jan 2018 19:57:54 +0000Take a Breathtaking Trip Through the Orion Nebula in NASA's New Video visible and infrared imagery, the new video takes viewers deep into the star nurseryMon, 15 Jan 2018 15:28:59 +0000Huge Deposits of Ice Found Just Beneath Mars’ Surface has exposed eight sites of enormous quantities of water iceFri, 12 Jan 2018 19:38:08 +0000New Clues to the Origins of the Mysterious Fast Radio Bursts From Space analysis suggests that the bursts originate near massive black holes or neutron starsFri, 12 Jan 2018 15:31:09 +0000The Oldest Known Butterflies Existed Before Flowers new study raises intriguing questions about the evolutionary trajectory of butterflies and mothsThu, 11 Jan 2018 20:49:21 +0000Heatwave Kills Hundreds of Flying Fox Pups in Australia temperatures hot enough to melt asphalt, the searing heat "boiled" the tiny creaturesThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:42:07 +0000Scientists Shine New Light on the Blackest Black Feathers of paradise feathers boast a unique structure that traps 99.95 percent of incoming lightThu, 11 Jan 2018 15:02:35 +0000What Went Wrong With the Launch of the Secretive Zuma Satellite? all is well for the classified Zuma satellite launched from Florida on SundayWed, 10 Jan 2018 14:47:40 +0000Runaway Sprinkles from the Museum of Ice Cream Create ‘Environmental Hazard’ in Miami Beach’s the scoop: officials are worried that the museum’s fake sprinkles will get washed into oceans and eaten by marine creaturesWed, 10 Jan 2018 11:00:00 +0000Climate Change Is Turning Green Sea Turtles Female. That's a Problem 99 percent of turtle hatchlings in northern Australia are female due to increasing sand and sea temperaturesTue, 09 Jan 2018 19:49:51 +000016th-Century Child Mummy Had Oldest Known Case of Hepatitis B thought to suffer from smallpox, the genome of the 500-year-old mummy shows signs of HPBMon, 08 Jan 2018 19:53:56 +0000Toxic Algae Closes Important Maine Shellfish Region unprecedented late-season bloom may be linked to warming waters and could be a preview of things to comeFri, 05 Jan 2018 21:34:01 +0000Administration Proposes Opening Nearly All U.S. Coastlines to Offshore Drilling 90 percent of America's waters will be available for oil and gas drilling under proposed planFri, 05 Jan 2018 20:17:40 +0000Humans Like Helpers, But Bonobos Prefer Bullies new study has found that bonobos gravitate towards characters that push and steal toysFri, 05 Jan 2018 17:58:18 +0000How Peacock Spiders Make Rainbows on Their Backsides adorable arachnids use specialized scales to break light into its component colors to produce some of nature's tiniest rainbowsFri, 05 Jan 2018 15:31:01 +0000Asteroid-Sampling Spacecraft Captures Haunting View of Earth in Space tested its cameras by taking a gorgeous photo of its home planetFri, 05 Jan 2018 14:25:52 +0000UV Light Could Help Stop the Bat-Killing White Nose Syndrome shows the fungus is susceptible to UV light. The problem is getting bats into the tanning bedsThu, 04 Jan 2018 20:56:41 +0000Dust, Not an Alien Megastructure, Likely Causes Strange Winks in Tabby’s Star Brightness extensive observations, researchers can now confidently say: It's not aliensWed, 03 Jan 2018 21:44:29 +0000Meet the Newly Named 86 Stars of the Night Sky new names are drawn from China, Australia, South Africa, Maya, Polynesian and Coptic traditionsWed, 03 Jan 2018 19:59:42 +0000Watch Rare Footage of the Elusive Javan Warty Pig in the Wild destruction and hunting are rapidly driving the "world's ugliest pig" to extinctionWed, 03 Jan 2018 18:10:01 +0000Wisdom the Oldest Known Albatross Is Expecting (Again) Laysan albatross is now 67 years old and is thought to have raised 30 to 35 chicks in her lifetimeWed, 03 Jan 2018 17:21:59 +0000Quadrantid Meteor Shower Kicks Off the New Year annual show is known for producing long-lasting, bright fireballs from asteroid 2003 EH1Tue, 02 Jan 2018 18:02:07 +0000Watch the Supermoon Rise Around the World in Pictures 'super' event was a great excuse to get outside and take in some celestial wonder—even if the moon didn't look all that differentTue, 02 Jan 2018 17:15:03 +0000Amazon Bird Revealed to be Extremely Rare Hybrid Species Golden-crowned manakin is the first-known hybrid bird species found in the Amazon rainforestTue, 02 Jan 2018 16:10:44 +0000Russia Proposes "Luxury Hotel" for the International Space Station NEM-2 module would have four cabins, two bathrooms, exercise equipment, WiFi and a lounge with a 16-inch windowFri, 29 Dec 2017 18:06:30 +0000Five Things to Know About the Recently Changed Migratory Bird Act new rule prevents industry from being prosecuted for killing birds under the 100-year-old conservation lawWed, 27 Dec 2017 17:31:55 +0000It Didn’t Take Very Long For Anesthesia to Change Childbirth unprecedented idea of a painless delivery changed women's livesWed, 27 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000UN Begins Negotiating First Conservation Treaty for the High Seas waters face threats from overfishing, mining, pollution and climate change and the new treaty may help preserve marine biodiversityTue, 26 Dec 2017 20:54:49 +0000The Modern History of Ornithology Starts With This Inquisitive Medieval Emperor II got up to a lot in his lifetimeTue, 26 Dec 2017 14:34:00 +0000This Fierce 508-Million-Year-Old Relative of Scorpions Had Five Jaws and Body Armor new analysis of <em>Habelia optata</em> could help us understand the history of modern arthropodsFri, 22 Dec 2017 20:15:25 +0000How Baby Sea Turtles on Treadmills Can Help Researchers Understand Wild Turtle Survival doubt it's adorable, but the study offers clues into the impact of disorienting light pollution on the reptiles' healthFri, 22 Dec 2017 19:14:14 +0000 In the 1930s, This Natural History Curator Discovered a Living Fossil–Well, Sort of Courtenay-Latimer was convinced she'd found something special in a pile of fish, but it took some time for her discovery to be recognizedFri, 22 Dec 2017 15:04:00 +0000Scientists Record the Thunderous Call of the Loudest Known Fish Gulf corvina’s collective mating call is so powerful that it can damage the hearing of sea lions and dolphinsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000England Has Its Own Pod of Dolphins discover that the group of 28 animals are actually local residents, not just visitorsFri, 22 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Vandals Shatter 115-Million-Year Old Dino Track in Australia to be from a rare polar dinosaur, the damage was discovered by a school class visiting Bunurong Marine National ParkThu, 21 Dec 2017 17:28:44 +0000NASA Unveils Finalists for Its Next New Frontiers Mission 2025, the agency will either try to grab a piece of a comet or send a space-helicopter drone to the surface of Saturn's moon TitanWed, 20 Dec 2017 22:18:20 +0000Millions of Historic Images Pay Tribute to the Diversity of Life on Earth in the infinitely strange wonder of our planet with these gorgeous biodiversity galleriesWed, 20 Dec 2017 16:40:35 +0000At 3.5 Billion Years Old, Are These the Oldest Fossils? new analysis of this decades-old find suggests that they were indeed once biological life—but not all are convincedWed, 20 Dec 2017 15:46:57 +0000NIH Lifts Ban on Funding High-Risk Virus Research viruses could help prepare the U.S. for future pandemics, but it could also risk starting the next outbreakTue, 19 Dec 2017 20:41:56 +0000Unusual Interstellar Visitor Could Be Shard of Ice new study of ‘Oumuamua suggests it's water ice covered with 20 inches of dry carbon compoundsTue, 19 Dec 2017 17:48:22 +0000Researchers Whack Fake Skulls to Learn About Neolithic Weapons the ‘Thames Beater’ used to kill? Four crushed model skulls say yesTue, 19 Dec 2017 16:52:19 +0000Award Winning Images Capture the Goofiness of the Animal Kingdom these masterpieces in animal sillinessMon, 18 Dec 2017 13:00:00 +0000Shadows of Saturn's Rings Mess With Its Upper Atmosphere Cassini probe's final swoops through the rings found that they impact the planet's ionosphereFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:51:50 +0000Dinosaurs Were Around Before Saturn Had Rings from the Cassini space probe suggests that the rings may be as young as 150 million years oldFri, 15 Dec 2017 20:34:56 +0000New Map Reveals What Lies Below Greenland's Ice map of 'naked' Greenland is the most detailed yet and can help in refining climate predictionsFri, 15 Dec 2017 19:10:43 +0000Five Things to Know About French Enlightenment Genius Émilie du Châtelet was brilliant and unconventional, but her life had a tragic endFri, 15 Dec 2017 18:18:17 +0000How the Arrival of One Bird Brought $223,000 to a Pennsylvanian Town rare black-backed oriole showed up outside Reading, Pennsylvania, and birdwatchers flocked to the sceneFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:55:37 +0000How the Rapidly Changing Shape of This New Island Could Teach Us About Mars Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai has lasted longer than it should, and the processes that formed the island are of interest to NASAFri, 15 Dec 2017 17:13:03 +0000The Physics Behind the Layers in Your Latte lattes are a cool trick, but the science of why it happens could help in manufacturing and even studying the oceanFri, 15 Dec 2017 16:22:28 +0000Birdwatch for Science This Holiday Season outdoors for the Audubon's annual Christmas Bird CountFri, 15 Dec 2017 15:44:11 +0000These Places Are Actually The Middle of Nowhere "poles of inaccessibility" are among the world's most remote placesFri, 15 Dec 2017 14:04:50 +0000George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Time’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illnessThu, 14 Dec 2017 14:53:43 +000099-Million-Year-Old Tick That Feasted on Dino Blood Found Trapped in Amber, there's no DNA left. But the find does provide the first strong evidence that the parasites preyed on dinosaursWed, 13 Dec 2017 21:41:09 +0000This Giant Penguin Was the Size of a Human ancient mega-penguins waddled around New Zealand some 60 million years agoWed, 13 Dec 2017 16:20:02 +0000What Lurks Below Jupiter’s Great Red Spot? results from the Juno spacecraft are helping to unlock the secrets of this centuries-old stormTue, 12 Dec 2017 19:10:00 +0000Charles Darwin’s Grandfather Was Famous for His Poems About Plant Sex Darwin’s poetics influenced his grandson’s vision of natureTue, 12 Dec 2017 16:03:23 +0000This 1940s Solar House Powered Innovation and Women in STEM far back as the 1940s, people were worried about running out of fuel. The sun seemed like a feasible alternativeTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:10:00 +0000Why Pantone's Color of the Year Is the Shade of Science 18-3838 Ultra Violet is a deep saturated purple, but it doesn't hold a candle to true ultravioletTue, 12 Dec 2017 15:00:44 +0000Millions of Migrating Red Crabs Are Coming to Google Street View crustaceans are making their brief annual appearance on Australia's Christmas Island Tue, 12 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Earth's Mysterious Hum Recorded in the Deep Sea for the First Time discovery could help unlock the planet's deepest secretsMon, 11 Dec 2017 21:28:53 +0000You Don't Have to Have Synesthesia to "Hear" This Silent Gif we perceive the world is the result of the complex intertwining of illusion, synesthesia, and suggestionMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:37:59 +0000Sign the Stars Anywhere on Earth With the First International Astronomy Dictionary For Deaf Communities encyclopedic list includes more than 40 space terms ranging from the Moon to exoplanetMon, 11 Dec 2017 20:16:16 +0000New Species of Extinct Marsupial Lion Deepens Their Fierce Family Tree dog-sized animal adds more diversity to the history of Australia's largest predatorMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Gaze Into a 530-Million-Year-Old Eye, the Oldest Yet Discovered on an Estonian trilobite, the eye once processed 100 "pixels" of informationMon, 11 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Narwhals Have a Strange Stress Response the creatures are frightened, they both flee and freezeFri, 08 Dec 2017 18:52:20 +0000Air Pollution May Diminish the Benefits of Exercise might want to rethink that walk along the smoggy roadwayFri, 08 Dec 2017 17:48:30 +0000How Robots Left the Lab and Started Helping Humans were the size of refrigerators--or larger--but robots were on their wayFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:42:29 +0000Newly Discovered Swimming Dinosaur Is Delightfully Bizarre cartoonish creature blends characteristics of velociraptors, penguins, swans, and ducksFri, 08 Dec 2017 15:10:36 +0000Little Foot, the Most Complete Australopithecus Fossil, Goes on Display 20 years of excavation and cleaning, the 3.67-million year old hominin is ready for her closeupFri, 08 Dec 2017 14:51:36 +0000Scientists Need Your Help Rescuing 100-Year-Old Weather Records new citizen-science project needs volunteers to digitize decades of temperature, rain and barometric data from across western EuropeThu, 07 Dec 2017 21:26:12 +0000Scientists Discover Ancient Black Hole From the Dawn of the Universe some 13.1 billion light years away, the find offers a window into the early universeThu, 07 Dec 2017 20:57:02 +0000Five Things to Know About the Redrawn National Monuments president is reducing two massive National Monuments by millions of acres. Read the context behind the decision and what to expect going forwardWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:59:40 +0000Winding Ice Age Cave Discovered Beneath Montreal cave stretches for more than 600 feet and splinters off into a number of different passagewaysWed, 06 Dec 2017 19:06:07 +0000Satellite Images Show Frightening Intensity of California Wildfires plumes of smoke can be seen blowing across the Pacific Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:49:41 +0000Is Your Champagne Good? Listen to the Bubbles for Clues may be able to <em>hear</em> a high-quality bubblyWed, 06 Dec 2017 15:47:05 +0000Royal Society Photo Contest Winners Capture Drama and Wonder of the Natural World Antarctic ice to eclipses and killer whales, the images unveil nature's strange and sometimes surreal beautyTue, 05 Dec 2017 16:26:44 +0000Geminid Meteor Shower Will Blaze Across Skies you stay up to catch the show?Tue, 05 Dec 2017 15:29:31 +0000DNA Code Gets Two New Synthetic Letters—And Uses Them to Create a New Protein hope the advance is a step toward producing a range of new compounds, including designer drugs and biofuelsMon, 04 Dec 2017 20:56:31 +0000Your Oldest Ancestor Was Probably Sponge Like new study may settle a long-running debate about which creature was the first to evolve from a universal common animal ancestorMon, 04 Dec 2017 17:23:33 +0000Rare Amur Leopard Call Gets Caught on Tape footage of the cat making its distinctive roar offers a glimpse into the endangered species' behaviorMon, 04 Dec 2017 15:54:00 +0000Super Pictures Capture This Year's Only Visible Supermoon you missed last night's celestial show, these images feature our lunar orb in all its gloryMon, 04 Dec 2017 14:51:17 +0000Mammoth Remains Unearthed at Michigan Farm, Hint at Ancient Human Butchering have found 40 additional bones, including the skull, tusks and teeth of an ice age creatureMon, 04 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0000Chilean Telescope Takes Deepest Look Into the Cosmos Yet the process, researchers discovered 72 new galaxies and details on 1,600 moreMon, 04 Dec 2017 11:00:00 +0000Cache of 120-Million-Year-Old Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Found in China of the eggs contained embryonic remains, offering unprecedented insight into the pterosaur’s early life phases Fri, 01 Dec 2017 19:46:26 +0000Earthworms Reproduce in Faux Mars Soil For the First Time vital component of healthy Earth gardens, scientists are testing their resilience in the harsh Red Planet environmentFri, 01 Dec 2017 18:03:28 +0000Winston Churchill Imagined the Lab-Grown Hamburger he was off about the year when it would be createdFri, 01 Dec 2017 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Record-Breaking Fish That Lives 26,000 Feet Under the Sea creature is a type of snailfish, and has adapted to survive crushing pressuresThu, 30 Nov 2017 16:17:44 +0000Most "Yeti" Evidence Is Actually From Brown Bears results dispel the idea of these mythical beasts while providing clues to the ancestry of the elusive Himalayan and Tibetan bearsThu, 30 Nov 2017 15:35:52 +0000This Dinosaur Was Much Fuzzier Than Scientists Once Thought new analysis shows the extent of ancient bird-like dino's fluffThu, 30 Nov 2017 14:00:00 +0000Three-Mile Wide Asteroid Will Zoom by Earth This December it will still be about 6.4 million miles awayWed, 29 Nov 2017 17:43:51 +0000This Neural Network Can (Maybe) Start a Novel Better Than You the end of NaNoWriMo draws near, take a look at one researcher's effort to help find that perfect first lineWed, 29 Nov 2017 14:13:46 +0000Are Alien Microbes Clinging to the International Space Station? Probably Not report out of Russia claims extraterrestrial bacteria has been found on the space station, but there's plenty of room for doubtTue, 28 Nov 2017 20:58:58 +0000Three Medical Breakthroughs That Can Be Traced Back to a Tragic Nightclub Fire hundred ninety-two people died as a result of the horrifying fire, an unprecedented death toll that led physicians to make unprecedented innovationsTue, 28 Nov 2017 15:07:54 +0000Our Cloud Names Come From a 1700s Amateur Meteorologist Howard's nomenclature inspired writers as well as scientistsTue, 28 Nov 2017 14:45:00 +0000The Geology of Bali's Simmering Agung Volcano high viscosity magma of stratovolcanoes like Agung makes them extremely explosive—and potentially deadlyMon, 27 Nov 2017 20:35:35 +0000Mexico Establishes Largest Marine Protected Area in North America nation will fully protect 57,000 square miles around the Revillagigedo Islands from fishing and resource extractionFri, 24 Nov 2017 18:30:00 +0000