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Australia Is Drifting So Fast GPS Can't Keep Up

A significant correction must be made by the end of the year for navigation technology to keep working smoothly.<p>Australia is not quite where you think it is. The continent has shifted by 4.9 feet since the last adjustment was made to GPS coordinates in 1994, reports the <i>New York Times</i>.<p>All of the …

Earth Science

Mysterious Shark Killer (Partially) Identified

Scientists have discovered a surprising culprit behind a rash of shark strandings in California and elsewhere, but many questions remain.<p>The leopard shark was still alive when it washed ashore on a San Francisco Bay mudflat a few hundred feet south of the runway of the San Francisco International …

San Francisco Bay

A School In Canada Has Canceled Mother's Day Celebrations

An elementary school in Canada has canceled Mother's Day celebrations due to diversity, inclusivity, and so students without traditional families do …

Mom With Postpartum Depression Shows The Reality Of Having A Mental Illness

For women like Kathy DiVincenzo, navigating motherhood while dealing with postpartum depression is not easy. So she had a photo shoot to show what …

Mental Health

Are children more socialized because of Internet?

Introduction:<p>It is necessary to consider the socializing potential of Internet, which is indeed huge and impressive in the present context. The …

Do Hand Sanitizers Really Cut Down on Illness?

<b>Q.</b> <b>With the recent increase in use of sanitizers (hand lotions, wipes for supermarket carts, etc.) has there been any real impact on transmission of colds, flu or other diseases?</b><p><b>A.</b> The short answer is no one knows, because no one has studied whether hand sanitizers have cut down on the number of …

Personal Hygiene

‘Dinosaur Mummy’ Emerges From the Oil Sands of Alberta

The animal probably died as it lived — defying predators with its heavy armor and size — and after 110 million years, its face remains frozen in a ferocious reptilian glare.<p>How the animal, a land-dwelling, plant-eating nodosaur, died is not known, but somehow its body ended up at the bottom of an …

Dinosaurs

Ancient Burial Chamber Uncovered in Egypt, With 17 Mummies ... So Far

Archaeological workers in Egypt unearthed an ancient human burial site with at least 17 intact mummies near the Nile Valley city of Minya, according to news agency reports.<p>The mummies, discovered at a depth of about 25 feet, are believed to be the bodies of priests and officials, The Associated …

Archaeology

NASA Denies Trump’s Request to Send Astronauts Past the Moon on New Rocket

When NASA launches its new big rocket for the first time — more than a year and a half from now, at the earliest — there will be no astronauts along for the ride.<p>In February, at the request of the Trump administration, NASA began studying whether it was possible to add crew for the first flight of …

Space Exploration

For Liberals, Is It Time to Move to Norway?

Whenever a Republican gets elected president, it is a standard reflex for die-hard liberals and progressives to wring their hands and moan about moving to Canada or Europe.<p>For those of us who have lived abroad — when I was 19, I moved with my girlfriend to her grandmother’s house in Norway, fleeing …

George W. Bush

Effects of Global Warming

The signs of global warming are everywhere and more complex than climbing temperatures.<p>The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. Since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased between 1.1 and 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6 to 0.9 degrees Celsius)–even more in sensitive …

Global Warming

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Using the plant like scaffolding, scientists built a mini version of a working heart, which may one day aid in tissue regeneration.<p>Scientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.<p>Their …

Biomedical Engineering

Behind the Scenes of China's Over-the-Top Wedding Shoots

As China modernizes and sees a rising middle class weddings have become big business, and a way for couples to show off both their wealth and their personality.<p>A few years ago, photographer Guillaume Herbaut was in Shanghai to report on its “love market,” a park where parents gather to play …

Weddings

6 Fierce Animal Moms That Go to Extremes For Their Young

For Mother's Day, we take a look at some of nature's dedicated mamas—which even includes octopuses and spiders.<p>Traditional Mother’s Day cards don’t usually say “You’re a total badass, Mom.”<p>But maybe they should.<p>Giving birth isn’t for sissies, after all—and some mothers go to extremes raising their …

Zoology

Can You Pack a Mummified Head in Your Carry-On? Ask TSA.

Traveling can be a real headache, but the TSA's cheeky Instagram account is here to help.<p>U.S. airlines carried approximately 823 million passengers in 2016—an all-time high. But before a passenger can board a plane, each is required to undergo a rigorous inspection process carried out by the …

Social Media

A Brief History of Children Sent Through the Mail

<i>Editor's Note, December 21, 2016 Listen to the Smithsonian perspective on this story from the Smithsonian’s new podcast, Sidedoor. Listen to the</i> …

U.S. Postal Service

Researchers Find Mysterious Purple Orb in the Channel Islands

Channel Islands National Park is a popular day trip from Los Angeles; hundreds of thousands of people make the venture every year. But the …

Christmas Trees

An Upcoming Art Exhibition Caters to Canine Critics

Besotted dog owners go to great lengths for their four-legged friends. They put them up in luxury hotels, build them nifty contraptions, and send …

Art

Two New Species of Googly-Eyed Tarsiers Discovered in Indonesia

Researchers have discovered two new species of tarsiers—a type of tiny, giant-eyed primate—on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia. As Bruno Vander …

Extinction