Innovative Science Articles on our Bog| Smith Journal

Building with Ants

Thursday November 26, 2015

Think ants are just insects? Wrong. According to these scientists, they're a mysterious substance that's both a solid and a liquid. And they could hold the key to designing disaster-proof buildings.

Darwin's Fight Club

Thursday November 19, 2015

According to new research, humans may have evolved hands specifically so we could punch people. Thumbs down.

Shroom with a View

Friday October 30, 2015

Forget dinosaurs: 420 million years ago, giant mushrooms ruled the earth.

Life after Chernobyl

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Thirty years on, wildlife is making a comeback in Chernobyl. In fact, it's never been in better shape. But the reason why mightn't be good news for humanity.

The Tree of 40 Fruits

Thursday October 01, 2015

Tired of trees that only grow one type of fruit? Botanical artist Sam Van Aken has created a tree that can grow 40 different fruits at once – and it’s as beautiful as it is delicious.

Australian man Terry Tao might just be the greatest mathematician in the world – and he's not afraid to spout some pretty far-out ideas. This New York Times portrait makes for fascinating reading.

Musical Cars

Thursday August 06, 2015

As cars become quieter, it will be harder to hear them coming. One designer has come up with a solution: turn them into the greatest band the world has ever seen.

A Visual Guide to Food Additives

Monday August 03, 2015

A new book puts everyday food additives under the microscope to demystify the weird alchemy that goes into making them. (And, if nothing else, to show how cool they look.)

Touchy Feely Holograms

Wednesday July 29, 2015

Japanese scientists have invented a touchable hologram, bringing our sci-fi fantasies one step closer to reality.

Farming Underground

Tuesday July 28, 2015

A sprawling WWII bomb shelter in London has been transformed into the world's first urban underground farm. And it might just change the future of food.

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