Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The $10 Million Race to Invent Star Trek's Tricorder Trek's fictional tricorder is far from becoming a reality. But a $10 million prize from the XPRIZE Foundation is hoping to motivate inventorsFri, 23 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Return of the Great American Jaguar story of tracking a legendary feline named El Jefe through the Arizona mountainsThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:53:27 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000To Save the Woodrat, Conservationists Have to Deal With an Invasive Species First: House Cats an island in Florida, a rare wild rodent faces a dangerous, feline threatThu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:08 +0000Paleontologists Probe the Bonehead that Foreshadowed Domed Dinos striking skull shape evolved at least twice. But what was its purpose?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000Junkie Ants Show That Insects Can Be Addicts, Too researchers got a non-mammal hooked on drugs for the first timeWed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:00 +0000Astronauts Tell All About Their One Year on “Mars” an unprecedented simulation, NASA learned that its astronauts are a bunch of overachieversWed, 21 Sep 2016 20:41:36 +0000Male Widow Spiders Prefer Younger Ladies—So They Don’t Get Eaten strategy means they live to mate again, upending assumptions about these arachnidsTue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000The Moral Cost of Cats bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats "once and for all"Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:00:11 +0000Migratory Birds May Come Programmed With a Genetic Google Maps hybrid avians inherit some mixed directional messagesTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Visiting Melting Glaciers Can Be Profound. But Is It Morally Wrong? to weigh the moral costs of your climate change tourTue, 20 Sep 2016 13:11:36 +0000Is It Too Late to Save Red Sea Sharks? anti-fishing laws virtually unenforced, sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia are being fished to death Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:02:52 +0000Ancient Oyster Shells Are Windows to the Past thousands of soap-dish-sized Rosetta stones, the shells can reveal clues about the past—if you know what you’re looking forFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0000Why Rare Hawaiian Monk Seals Are Lining Up to Get Their Shots devastating disease, researchers are vaccinating a wild marine mammal for the first timeFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:32:35 +0000Life Bounced Back After the Dinosaurs Perished devastation was immediate, catastrophic and widespread, but plants and mammals were quick to take overFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:31:56 +0000Timelapse Footage of a Giant Caterpillar Weaving Its Cocoon six weeks, luna moth caterpillars gorge themselves on the leaves of the marula tree. Then, when they're ready, they instinctively weave giant cocoonsFri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000In Defense of Studying City Rats By placing a taboo on researching these “disease sponges,” we leave ourselves at their mercyThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:31:25 +0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches? dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000UPDATE: Meet the National Zoo's Latest Bouncing Baby—an Orangutan (New Video) historical birth of a male Bornean orangutan, the first in 25 years, took place in Washington, D.C.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:00:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does the World Look to the Color Blind? people who are color blind can see colors, they just have trouble distinguishing between specific kindsTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:28:50 +0000Cave Formations Carry Clues About Ancient Earthquakes have found that stalagmites can help determine if and when a region was struck by an earthquake.Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:26:36 +0000Oklahoma Just Had Its Biggest Quake Ever, and There May Be More to Come's recent string of earthquakes are something new for the stateMon, 12 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Expert Fills in the Missing Science Behind the Movie “Sully” ornithologist Carla Dove shares her story of analyzing the bird remains or “snarge” scraped from the engines of flight 1549Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:44:40 +0000Can We Save Mars From Ourselves? we travel to Earth-like worlds, contamination may be inevitableFri, 09 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatchesFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Send Astronauts to Space new book documents the lives and accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battlesThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:45:34 +0000The Story of a Resurrected Antiviral Could Hold Lessons for Combating Zika Stanford scientists used two genetic screening techniques in tandem to unravel the mystery of a discarded antiviralThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:32 +0000The Future of Energy: Special Report new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 07 Sep 2016 20:32:33 +0000Astrophysicist Mario Livio on the Intersection of Art and Science scientist considers both a response to the vastness of the universeWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:47:36 +0000Captive Komodo Dragons Share Their Teeming Microbiome with Their Environment, Just Like Us could be the perfect model for studying host-microbe interactionsWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside a Remarkable Repository that Supplies Eagle Parts to Native Americans and Science repository, which has long provided feathers to tribes for traditional uses, also helps bird conservation researchersTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dogs Know When You're Praising Them. That Doesn't Mean They Understand Human Speech dose of caution with the results of an intriguing new studyFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:20:05 +0000How the Next Generation of Mars Rovers will Search for Signs of Life Mars 2020 rover doesn’t even have a name yet—but it already has an ambitious goalFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:15:04 +0000SpaceX Explosion Sets Back Launch Date, Hopeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com Falcon 9 blow up may be a sign that Elon Musk is moving too fastFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000 Solving the Mystery of the Milky Way’s Missing Mass scientists have discovered a huge cloud of super hot gas expanding from the middle of our galaxyThu, 01 Sep 2016 19:05:02 +0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Death giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stakeThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:26:25 +0000Melting Glaciers Are Wreaking Havoc on Earth's Crust levels are dropping, earthquakes and volcanoes are waking up, and even the earth's axis is moving—all because of melting iceThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park System conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000The Quest to Build the First Robotic Vagina reproductive tract is a biological miracle, and researchers are trying to recreate itWed, 31 Aug 2016 18:31:23 +0000Where in the World Is the Anthropocene? geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove itTue, 30 Aug 2016 20:19:19 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eat from milk protein, it not only keeps food from spoiling, but it also could keep a lot of plastic out of landfillsTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:51 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Dimple? Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens and all those celeb dimples to die for? Just a result of a double zygomaticus major muscleTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:19:05 +0000Slow Earthquakes Are a Thing earthquakes regularly move more earth than deadly fast quakes, but no one feels a thingTue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000I Am Officially in Love With Cockroaches after you read this, you will be tooMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:09 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Age Hutton was a leading light of his time, but is rarely talked about todayMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:33:36 +0000The Dog Aging Project Wants to Help Your Pet Live Longer at the University of Washington are launching a long-term study that involves testing medications that could enhance dogs' life spansMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000Did Anthropologists Just Solve the 3-Million-Year-Old Mystery of Lucy’s Death? think they've reconstructed the fatal plunge and last terrifying seconds of the hominin's lifeMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:29:48 +0000Garbage Can Teach Us a Lot About Food Waste novel and slightly gross study aims to fill in gaps in our understanding of Americans' food wasteFri, 26 Aug 2016 19:26:15 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecaster integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffe from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caughtFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:08 +0000The Massive Yellowstone Fish Die-Off: A Glimpse Into Our Climate Future? unprecedented kill reveals why we need to keep rivers resilientThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:35:16 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farm newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Park millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000From Our Photo Contest: Soak Up the Beauty of America's National Parks marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. Enjoy these standout images submitted by our photo communityThu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Difference techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomers has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hopeTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:48 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scent scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Change agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Simple Fixes Could Save Thousands of Birds a Year From Fishing Boats as basic as adding a colorful streamer to commercial longline fishing boats could save thousands of seabirds a yearMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Store's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at All Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000Scientists Know They Should Really Study Important Bugs but OMG a Baby Cheetah conservation science, the cutest animals still get all the attentionThu, 18 Aug 2016 20:08:17 +0000Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change learning—things birds pick up from their parents while still in the egg—may play a bigger role than imagined.Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them All Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswoman have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wings U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000Give it Up, Sneaky Males: These Lady Fish Have You Outwitted ocellated wrasses have developed a surprising trick to control who fathers their offspringTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:02:53 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collections, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extinct many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Long After Einstein, Cosmic Lensing Reaches Its Full Potential Hubble is taking advantage of Einstein’s theories to study the most distant galaxiesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:34:04 +0000This Scientist Seeks Out the Secret History of Other Worlds Zuber has spent her career enabling discoveries beyond Earth. She says the best is yet to comeMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor feared the endangered ungulate had gone locally extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:08:38 +0000New Moon-Formation Theory Also Raises Questions About Early Earth new model of the impact that created the moon might upend theories about earth, tooFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Future Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablaze radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airport colony of 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine pollution levelsFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Ridiculously Long-Lived Sharks Are Older Than the United States, and Still Living It Up lifespans of these marine methuselahs may double those of oldest living tortoises, a creative dating method finds Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:00:03 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Better kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Soil Has a Microbiome, Too unique mix of microbes in soil has a profound effect on which plants thrive and which ones dieThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Prey dragons aren't physically built to chase after their preyThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Go Deep: 5 Places on Earth to See Seriously Old Rocks geology "in action"—or at least as action-packed as rocks can be—at these five spotsWed, 10 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Perseid Meteor Shower Looks Even More Beautiful When You Know Where It Comes From streak across the sky is a fragment of the original material of our solar systemWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Happened in the Seconds, Hours, Weeks After the Dino-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth? Cretaceous forecast: Tsunamis, a deadly heat pulse, and massive cooling.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening the Space Race to the Entire World new era of collaboration and affordable technology has scientists across the globe sending spacecraft into outer spaceTue, 09 Aug 2016 13:34:52 +0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups? lizards have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential matesTue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Today’s Smooth-Running Horses May Owe Their Genetics to the Vikings have determined the likely origin for the "gaitkeeper" gene, which controls gaitedness in horsesMon, 08 Aug 2016 18:23:45 +0000How Climate Change Will Transform the National Parks’ Iconic Animals and Plants changes may force park managers to choose which species will live, and which will dieMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:06:36 +0000Seismic Slowdowns Could Warn of Impending Earthquakes "earthquake machine" in the lab is helping scientists understand what goes on just before a quakeMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:01:00 +0000Mercury-Laden Sea Lion Carcasses Threaten California's Coastal Condors new findings put a wrench in conservation of one of the world's rarest birdsMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:01:00 +0000Humans Have Promoted the Reef Shark to Apex Predator these diverse predators ended up getting all the creditFri, 05 Aug 2016 19:36:04 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth 1913, temperatures in Death Valley reached a world-record high of 134 degrees FahrenheitFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Indochinese Leopard Is Down to Just a Few Lives threatened cats now occupy just 8 percent of their historic range in Cambodia, new population estimate findsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:09:13 +0000Defying Critics, Paleontologist Paul Olsen Looks for Hidden Answers Behind Mass Extinctions a childhood spent discovering fossils to tangling over questions of ancient life and death, this scientist constantly pushes the boundaries.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:03:25 +0000The Ocean's Great Garbage Patches Might Have Exit Doors isn't destined to swirl in the ocean forever; new models show it eventually washes up on shore.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:08:03 +0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of? time rattlesnakes shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattleThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Does concept of species is flawed, but it still has a huge bearing on conservation policyWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:47:10 +0000Richer Homes Are Also Richer in Biodiversity find that wealthier neighborhoods sport a greater diversity of bugsWed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:23 +0000Solving a Mystery of Mammoth Proportions freshwater sealed the demise of the St. Paul woolly mammoths, and could still pose a threat todayTue, 02 Aug 2016 18:09:05 +0000A Neuroscientist Tells You What’s Wrong With Your Brain Burnett’s new book, Idiot Brain, explains why your mind evolved to thwart you Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:08 +0000Why the Universe Is Becoming More Habitable universe is far more welcoming to life today than it was when microbes on Earth arose—and will only grow more soMon, 01 Aug 2016 19:50:46 +0000When Frogs Pull the Curtain: The Benefits of Mating in Secret's new curator of frogs explains why some frogs seek privacy when they mateMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:35:50 +0000Is Sustainable Trash-Burning a Load of Rubbish? experts say it lets us get away with producing more and more garbage. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000On a Deep Dive in a Custom-Built Submarine, a New Species of Scorpionfish Is Discovered Smithsonian scientist dives deep to a coral reef and finds much to discoverMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:03:04 +0000Back to Basics: Saving Water the Old-Fashioned Way the world, communities are reviving old ways of saving or storing water—with promising resultsMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Sleek, Sexy Cars Were All Inspired By Fish’ve heard about the Stingray, but what about the Bionic Boxfish? Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:11:24 +0000Bulldogs Are Dangerously Unhealthy, But There May Not Be Enough Diversity in Their Genes to Save Them we loved this dog into a genetic bindFri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:02 +0000To Uncover Earth’s Origins, Scientists Must Look Beyond It to study the other planetary bodies in our solar system could help solve the mystery of how our own came to be.Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:32:57 +0000Being a Deep Space Astronaut Could Be Bad for Your Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com astronauts have died from cardiovascular problems at a much higher rate than other astronauts. Why?Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:13:36 +0000Must the Molecules of Life Always be Left-Handed or Right-Handed? are on Earth, but life on other planets could play by different rulesThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:36 +0000Podcast: The Weird, Wild, Endangered Solenodon solenodon survived the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but after all that, we might be its downfall.Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Regulate the Incredible Promise and Profound Power of Gene Drive Technology evolutionary ecologist argues that cutting-edge genetic research that could lead to species extinction should be handled with careThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:00 +0000From Playboy to Polar Bears: A Fashion Photographer’s Journey to Document Climate Science in Northernmost Alaska Mazza Ramsay traveled to Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, to document life and research on the front lines of climate changeThu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:56 +0000