Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000How Colombia's Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystems potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country's megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardyFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:05:47 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirms to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Minds new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexism Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Ocean The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry About new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016 a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016 sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth? caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Sucked offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human' research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fisherman the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cells at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggs birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Male they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Think apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the World horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Huge species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientist fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horse nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veterans pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarine story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction? this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Heart Hardens, Biologically age and injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Can this deadly process be reversed?Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:21:20 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Star largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcast from the Institution told in an innovative audio experienceFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:28:57 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orca artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stress acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisis concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waves year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Out you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruins Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration? one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint? stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resortThu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Pull of an Icy “Heart” Sent Pluto’s Poles Wandering New Horizons data, scientists determine that the erstwhile planet has a more dynamic past than we thought Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Winemakers are Turning to the Ancient Sport of Falconry to Tackle Pests Valley vintners are finding this tried-and-true deterrent more effective than modern technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 14:41:52 +0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescope Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East AsiaWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James Gates Sees No Conflict Between Science and Religion“I got used to the idea that questions had answers.”Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:07:28 +0000Preserve and Protect: How Paleontologists Care for Their Long-Dead, High-Maintenance Stars collections are where the science of paleontology truly lives. Valuable dino bones must be treated accordinglyMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:09 +0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Pro, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanksMon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Chemical Weapons Dumped in the Ocean After World War II Could Threaten Waters Worldwide worried should we be? Chemists are racing the clock to find outFri, 11 Nov 2016 15:43:18 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem? by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thought 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years awayFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Tickling Giggly Rats Can Tell Us About the Brain laughter manifests in a surprising region of the cerebral cortexThu, 10 Nov 2016 19:33:36 +0000A New Wireless Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Monkeys Walk. Humans Could Be Next. small step for monkeys, one potential leap for humans Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:01:24 +0000Fossilized Dinos Are Bones Turned to Stone—But Sometimes, Part of the Original Dino Survives fossilized skeleton is a unique snowflake. We now know that some contain biological bits of tooth and clawWed, 09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flightWed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantis mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexesTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants—Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Toll dating finds that almost all trafficked ivory comes from animals killed less than three years before their tusks hit the marketMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:24:23 +0000Extinction or Evolution? The Answer Isn't Always Clear same factors that kill off some species cause others to evolve at lightning speedMon, 07 Nov 2016 18:59:06 +0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Ago 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodonMon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Everyone Poops. Some Animals Eat It. Why? feces can benefit not only the health and microbiomes of some animals, but also their environmentsFri, 04 Nov 2016 17:52:33 +0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweet Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn to bananasFri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Smoking a Pack a Day for a Year Leaves 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cell quantify just how bad smoking is for you, molecularlyThu, 03 Nov 2016 21:08:44 +0000This Spike-Crested Lizard Drinks From Sand With Its Skin thirsty, thorny devils of Australia's deserts can’t quench their thirst with tongues aloneThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:18:17 +0000A New Report Says We're Hunting the World's Mammals to Death. What Can Be Done? are multifaceted and region-specific, but conservation researchers have some ideasWed, 02 Nov 2016 20:25:01 +0000What Have We Learned From Probing Pluto So Far?http://www.smithsonianmag.com Horizons has finally sent down all its data from the fly-by. Here's what we knowWed, 02 Nov 2016 19:01:40 +0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why? Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take offWed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees global study finds they can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answersTue, 01 Nov 2016 20:49:26 +0000Facebook Might Help You Live Longer, According to Facebook Researchers depends on whether online social ties strengthen real-world social ties, which are known to be good for your healthTue, 01 Nov 2016 17:53:03 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Species scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkhole 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile programTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Explore Haunting Relics of Death With New Photography Book fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Hollywood Has Nothing on These Real Life Halloween Horror Shows, chest-exploding, zombie-making fiends: They're all around us Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:27:30 +0000Science Explains Why Chocolate Should be Savored, Not Scarfed other molecular secrets to digest while you're digestingFri, 28 Oct 2016 13:47:15 +0000A Bizarre “Swimming with Tuna” Attraction Puts Australia’s Controversial Aquaculture in the Spotlight this an opportunity for conservation education, or another example of the government bending to Big Tuna?Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:51:25 +0000These Sea Creatures Have a Secret Superpower: Invisibility Cloaks have found that some crustaceans have just the trick for hiding from predatorsThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:31 +0000Humans May Have Hunted Cave Lions to Extinction—For Throw Rugs cave lions: We're so, so sorry.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Change's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000How White Lies Snowball Into Full-On Deception brain scans, researchers find evidence that bad feelings associated with lying lessen over timeTue, 25 Oct 2016 19:25:35 +0000How a Genetically Engineered Virus Could Help the Brain Fight Alcohol Cravings drinking can change the brain to make cravings worse. Can gene therapy change it back? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:47 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Longest You Can Hold Your Breath? dive into the science shows it is possible to override the system Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:59 +0000The Bee That Breaks Your Heart are hard-pressed to get protection as endangered species. Can one fuzzy anomaly beat the odds?Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:39 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeys Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birdsTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biography visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spiders spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod communityMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Books PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machine mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000Wacky, Wonderful, Wild Hops Could Transform the Watered-Down Beer Industry diversity of hops reflects a diversity of tastes and traditions that are part of an extraordinary evolution in beerThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:09 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Club card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clayThu, 20 Oct 2016 16:40:07 +0000Six Places on Earth That Scientists Say Look Like Other Planets eerie resemblance these locales have to Mars and beyond has attracted researchers for yearsThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Monkeys Unintentionally Make Stone Age Tools, But Don't See the Point observe a “unique” human behavior in wild animals Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:52 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Red the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Can Resource Scarcity Really Explain a History of Human Violence? from thousands of California burial sites suggests that a lack of resources causes violence. But that conclusion may be too simplisticWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:27 +0000Fur Real: Scientists Have Obsessed Over Cats for Centuries of the best feline-focused studies shed light on our relationship with these vampire-hunting, sexy-bodied killersTue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 +0000How Bats Ping On the Wing—And Look Cute Doing It reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving preyTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:34 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Program Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000Meet an Environmental Activist and an Artist Who Share a Passion for “Trashion” man's trash suit is another woman's work of artFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:38:02 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happen volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax? has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000Doing Laundry Can Be Deadly for Clams, Mollusks and Other Marine Animals your wardrobe carefully—the lives of sea animals may depend on itThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:02:09 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane? with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000The History and Future of the Once-Revolutionary Taxidermy Diorama their heyday, these dead animal displays were virtual reality machinesTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:22:39 +0000Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird zoo's cassowary “still has that mysterious aura about her—that prehistoric, dinosaur-walking-through-the-rainforest-quality."Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:39:56 +0000