Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ollie-bobcat-back-zoo-off-streets-washington-dc-180961978/National Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-really-turned-sahara-desert-green-oasis-wasteland-180962668/10,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balanceFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-take-end-international-killer-whale-capture-180962627/The West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from overFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:07:14 +0000Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elephants-can-afford-to-be-picky-about-this/A single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruitsFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/now-you-can-measure-male-fertility-smartphone-app-180962657/A new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000This Echolocating Dormouse Could Reveal the Origins of One of Nature’s Coolest Superpowershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/echolocating-dormouse-shows-how-much-learn-about-one-natures-coolest-superpowers-180962647/Mice, moths and even humans use clicks and echoes to "see" the world around themThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:20 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-zebrafish-teach-us-cure-blindness-180962626/By learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thrivinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-10-daily-tons-of-ant-poop-keep-this-rain/The soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from?Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-generation-interplanetary-rovers-crawling-toward-stars-180962625/These four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar SystemWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:43 +0000What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-dung-beetles-can-teach-us-sex-differences-180962622/ When it comes to sex appeal, it's not all in your genes (it's also in your proteins!)Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:11 +0000How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-did-sabercats-use-their-fangs-180962604/We’ve barely scratched the surface of how this charismatic cat utilized its dental cutleryTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:04:06 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Residehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/darwin-loved-cliffs-newfoundland-500-million-years-old-180962472/Step back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biggest-tree-canopy-planet-stretches-across-five-acres-180962470/In remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hawaii-startling-lava-fields-home-new-ecoystems-180962476/These stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-king-kong-should-have-been-blue-whale-180962603/King Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco": How Dinosaurs Get Their Nameshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/t-rex-pantydraco-how-dinosaurs-get-their-names-180962602/The best monikers are “a way to link science and imagination.” Others are just obviousMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:28:03 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enoughhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coral-reefs-now-face-deep-water-dead-zones-as-if-climate-change-were-not-enough-180962587/A Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unmasking-the-mad-bomber-180962469/When James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smithsonian-researchers-bringing-oryx-back-wild-180962480/Reintroducing the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dian-fosseys-gorilla-skulls-are-scientific-treasures-and-symbol-her-fight-180962564/At a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-planets-get-their-names-180962577/Sorry, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000How Climate Helped Shape Your Nosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-changed-shape-your-nose-180962567/New research shows how the width of our nasal passages is literally shaped by the air we breatheThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:14 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bold-illustrations-celebrate-incredible-contributions-women-science-180962560/A designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMRhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-begin-gently-probe-science-behind-asmr-180962550/Once a mysterious Internet phenomenon, "tingleheads" are starting to get real scientific attentionThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:21:05 +0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Fryinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-desert-oryx-stops-its-brain-from-frying/How does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanismThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Going to Venushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/case-for-going-to-venus-180962534/Sending a probe to Earth’s lifeless twin could help us understand how life rises—and falls—on faraway planetsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:40:53 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-a-red-rose-isnt-enchanted-how-long-can-it-last-180962451/A Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marianne North's Obsession with the Carnivorous Pitcher Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/marianne-norths-obsession-with-the-carnivor/Painter Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the worldTue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do Male Birds Take on Larger Predators? Maybe Just to Impress the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/male-birds-who-mob-predators-may-not-be-heroes-we-think-180962500/Some mobbing behavior may be less about survival, and more about sexual selectionMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:46:00 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-daily-images-entire-earth-will-change-way-we-look-it-180962467/With more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-humans-invented-numbersand-how-numbers-reshaped-our-world-180962485/Anthropologist Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Championshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-can-train-your-brain-memory-champion-still-forget-your-car-keys-180962496/Boosting your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brainMon, 13 Mar 2017 13:26:20 +0000What Lions Look for in the Perfect Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-lions-look-for-in-the-perfect-prey/For lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring downMon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Why Is Itching So Contagious?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-itching-so-contagious-180962484/Scientists figure out how compulsive scratching spreads in mice, and maybe humansFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:06 +0000Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Atehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/delving-neanderthal-dental-plaque-understand-how-they-lived-and-ate-180962449/The plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humansThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:23 +0000Adorable Ground Squirrels Playing in Sweltering Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/adorable-ground-squirrels-playing-in-swelter/Ground squirrels in the Kalahari have devised a remarkable method to guarantee portable shade: they use their tails as umbrellasThu, 09 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-layers-stunning-pink-coralline-algae-holds-secrets-climates-past-180962436/Unseen and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jacques-cinq-mars-bluefish-caves-scientific-progress-180962410/The story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progressWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:48:52 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-social-media-give-sharks-better-reputation-180962411/A nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/toxic-truth-mardi-gras-beads-180962431/ Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New OrleansWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10:12 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-smithsonian-scientists-retrace-mysterious-circumstances-1866-death-180962417/Did the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000Democrats Are For Mars, Republicans Are For The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/moon-2026-180962344/The presidents' dream of "American footprints on distant worlds" means different things to different peopleTue, 07 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000To Understand Exotic Exoplanets, We Should Start in our Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/how-venus-could-help-us-understand-new-trappist-1-planets-180962267/Venus is the perfect laboratory for understanding what makes a planet habitable Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:40:33 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/new-exhibition-explores-science-and-math-childrens-book-illustrations-180962389/The 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-track-first-time-one-rarest-songbirds-its-yearlong-migration-180962390/The journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-soap-opera-virus-felled-hundreds-students-portugal-180962383/The “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000Incredible: A Cheetah Sprints to Catch a Springbokhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-cheetah-sprints-to-catch-a-spr/A cheetah mother caring for her cubs stumbles across an opportunity too good to pass up: a herd of springbok, grazing casually nearbyMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pristine-untouched-amazonian-rainforest-was-actually-shaped-humans-180962378/Over thousands of years, native people played a strong role in molding the ecology of this vast wildernessFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:18 +0000How Albert Einstein Used His Fame to Denounce American Racism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-celebrity-scientist-albert-einstein-used-fame-denounce-american-racism-180962356/The world-renowned physicist was never one to just stick to the scienceFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:08:24 +0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-male-seahorse-give-birth/Male seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one timeFri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-astronomer-who-took-on-most-advanced-science-180962142/Astronomer Maria Cunitz might not be such an anomaly, were other women given the same educational opportunities Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:50:23 +0000Human Pollution May Be Fertilizing The Oceans. That’s Not a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-pollution-may-be-fertilizing-oceans-not-good-180962346/Our iron emissions from coal and steel may be fuelling ocean life, and trapping carbon in the processThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-begin-colonizing-other-planets-who-should-be-in-charge-180962331/The biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’tWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:00:42 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-will-modern-moon-mission-look-like-180962317/NASA’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-make-art-objects-invisible-naked-eye-180962309/Sophisticated microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Baboons Are Ruthless Reproducershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/baboons-are-ruthless-reproducers-180962299/These monkeys do whatever it takes to pass on their genes, including killing others’ offspringTue, 28 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-pointillism-long-seurat-ancient-artists-chiseled-mammoths-out-dots-180962306/Newly discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politics-viewing-polar-bears-180962303/Tourists flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-can-learn-play-soccer-score-one-insect-intelligence-180962292/Small as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-neanderthal-dna-still-influences-our-genes-today-180962285/Far from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Expertshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-mind-wandering-can-be-so-miserable-according-happiness-experts-180962265/We still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-elk-calves-are-undetectable-to-yellowsto/In Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpoxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-17th-century-Europe-might-rewritten-history-smallpox-180962114/The deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eo-wilson-urges-tomorrows-scientists-seek-earths-undiscovered-riches-180962241/In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-spot-seven-earth-sized-exoplanets-around-nearby-dwarf-star-180962255/This newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-giraffes-put-our-necks-out-180962128/With populations plummeting, researchers race to understand a beloved but enigmatic animalWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:12 +0000Poignant Panda Moments in These Last Photos of Bao Baohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poignant-panda-moments-these-last-photos-bao-bao-180962245/The National Zoo sends its much-loved giant panda home to ChinaWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000The Real Reason the Turtle Learned to Hide its Head Will Surprise Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-reason-turtle-learned-hide-its-head-180962233/Turtles retract their heads for protection, but new research suggests that ability evolved for an entirely different reasonTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:09:43 +0000A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Surinamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-age-discovery-happening-right-now-forests-suriname-180962118/Today’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles DarwinTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:14:07 +0000Twelve Years Ago, the Kyoto Protocol Set the Stage for Global Climate Change Policyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/twelve-years-ago-kyoto-protocol-set-stage-global-climate-change-policy-180962229/The predecessor of today’s Paris Agreement got us one step closer to an international plan of action on climate changeFri, 17 Feb 2017 19:03:18 +0000This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hinged-skull-allows-dragonfish-eat-prey-bigger-its-head-180962063/Scientists have discovered the world's only group of fish that has this unbelievable abilityFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Wild Pig Has Fangs That Can Pierce Its Own Skullhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-wild-pig-has-fangs-that-can-pierce-its/A male babirusa's canines are an evolutionary mystery: They never stop growingFri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Biologist Defies Gravity (and Glass Ceilings) to Document the Effects of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-woman-who-blends-flying-and-biology-180962207/As one of five American women in this role, Heather Wilson blends aviation and birds to bolster climate change recordsThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:53:41 +0000“Are We Alone in the Universe?” Winston Churchill's Lost Extraterrestrial Essay Says No http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/winston-churchill-question-alien-life-180962198/The famed British statesman approached the question of alien life with a scientist's mindThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:46 +0000How to FedEx a Giant Pandahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-fedex-giant-panda-180962191/On February 21, the United States says #ByeByeBaoBaoThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:35 +0000Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Namehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-the-assassin-bug-more-than-lives-up-to-i/The assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. It uses its sharp nose to pierce and inject toxins into its victimsThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Do Insects Do in Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-do-insects-do-winter-180962183/When winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some get far more creativeWed, 15 Feb 2017 18:39:35 +0000A Great White Can Go Through 20,000 Teeth in Its Lifetimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-great-white-can-go-through-20000-teeth-in/While a great white shark's 300 serrated teeth are an amazing hunting adaptation, what's even more amazing is their replaceabilityWed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Demystifying the Love Lives of Pandashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/only-thing-harder-finding-love-human-finding-love-panda-180962165/Reproductive experts weigh in on panda porn, panda Viagra and other biological mythsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:26 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-tiny-drone-covered-sticky-goop-do-work-bees-180962157/Well, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fall in Love With Cannibalism This Valentine's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fall-in-love-cannibalism-180962156/Pair your red wine and chocolate hearts with another delicious accompaniment: cannibalism, in the form of a new bookTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-how-the-strongest-insect-on-the-plane/Hercules beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their sizeTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/are-oysters-aphrodisiac-180962148/Sure, if you think soMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breathhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/halitosis-horrors-how-bad-breath-became-americas-worst-nightmare-180962104/Persistent mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colonyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-extraordinary-life-cycle-of-a-hornet-colony/After a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid foodMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000It’s Easy to Fall in Love With a Panda. But Do They Love Us Back?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-easy-fall-love-panda-do-they-love-us-back-180962106/Keepers admire them, but have no illusions. Pandas are solitary creatures Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heres-why-you-should-never-kiss-toad-180962048/A scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toadsFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:39:36 +0000How Astrophysicists Found a Black Hole Where No One Else Couldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-astrophysicists-found-black-hole-where-no-one-else-could-180962110/A new method could help scientists peer inside universe's densest star clusters to find undiscovered black holesFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:59 +0000Contraceptive Gel Called the “IUD For Men” Makes It Through Monkey Trialshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/men-dont-have-reversible-contraceptive-iud-soon-they-could-180962089/Vasalgel aims to make contraception for men as easy and effective as IUDs have for womenWed, 08 Feb 2017 20:27:16 +0000Where Did the FDA Come From, And What Does It Do?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/origins-FDA-what-does-it-do-180962054/From unglamorous origins, the federal agency has risen to ensure the safety of everything from lasers to condoms Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:23:24 +0000The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmareshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-hagfish-is-the-slimy-sea-creature-of-you/The hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine)Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vast-geological-challenges-building-border-wall-180962072/Compared to erecting a marble palace or high-steepled church, a wall may seem relatively straightforward—it isn’tTue, 07 Feb 2017 20:03:52 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-four-black-women-inventors-reimagined-technology-home-180962060/By designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Birds Struggle to Keep Their Marriages in Rapidly Changing Urban Environmentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-struggle-keep-their-marriages-rapidly-changing-urban-environments-180962051/Deciding whether to get divorced is a complex calculation, even for birdsMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:36:35 +0000Ten Fun Facts About Falcons, the Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-fun-facts-about-falcons-180962042/As the Atlanta Falcons prepare to play in the Super Bowl, learn about the remarkable raptors behind the nameFri, 03 Feb 2017 21:15:43 +0000Before “Hidden Figures,” NASA’s Human Computers Had Their Own Rock Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/hidden-figures-there-was-rock-opera-about-nasas-human-computers-180961980/Katherine Johnson’s inspirational story hit the Baltimore stage in 2015, thanks to another space scientistFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:51:43 +0000Scientists Now Know Exactly How Lead Got Into Flint's Waterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chemical-study-ground-zero-house-flint-water-crisis-180962030/New report points blames corrosion and warns that fixing lead poisoning nationwide will require more work than we hopedFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:05:35 +0000How Vampire Bats Suck Blood for 30 Minutes Unnoticedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-vampire-bats-suck-blood-30-minutes-unnoticed/Thanks to a local anesthetic in their spit, vampire bats are able to drink blood from their prey without being detectedFri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ocean Preserves Keep Fishing Boats Away from Grey Reef Sharks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-preserves-keep-fishing-boats-away-grey-reef-sharks-180962018/Scientists tracked hundreds of reef sharks to find that massive marine refuges can work—with one caveatThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:29:16 +0000Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/meet-the-echidna-an-incredible-fire-proof-anteater/The echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its ability to breathe through bushfiresThu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inside Every Frog's Mouth Is a Sticky, Grabby Bullethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/frog-tongue-sticky-bullet-180962001/Investigating frog tongues—and some human ones!—in the name of scienceWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:15:33 +0000Can Eagle-Eyed Artificial Intelligence Help Prevent Children From Going Blind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eagle-eyed-ai-doctor-could-nip-cataracts-bud-180961993/Deep learning pinpoints cataracts more accurately than humans, and could help prevent this form of vision loss in childrenWed, 01 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-coconut-octopus-uses-tools-to-snatch-a-crab/Coconut octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need themWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scientist and a Reef-Diving Grandmother Team Up in Discovery of New Hermit Crabhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientist-and-reef-diving-grandmother-team-discovery-new-species-hermit-crab-180961965/A new species of hermit crab is named to honor her 7-year-old granddaughter MollyTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:37:17 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/astrolabe-original-smartphone-180961981/Prosperous times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-arrived-north-america-10000-years-earlier-we-thought-180961957/A 24,000-year-old horse jawbone is helping rewrite our understanding of human habitation on the continentTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:18:08 +0000This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/terrifying-worm-snatches-fish-from-ocean-floor/Sand strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brainTue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Canadian Scientists Explain Exactly How Their Government Silenced Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/canadian-scientists-open-about-how-their-government-silenced-science-180961942/It wasn’t just climate research. Rock snot, sharks and polar bears: All were off-limits during the Harper administrationMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:17 +0000Why Paleontologists Should Love Meat-Eaters http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-paleontologists-should-love-meat-eaters-180961916/… Particularly the ones that feasted on human flesh. Thanks, guys!Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Micehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-carnivorous-plant-that-feasts-on-mice/While the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plantMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000By Age Six, Girls Have Already Stopped Thinking of Their Gender as 'Brilliant'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-six-girls-have-already-stopped-thinking-their-gender-brilliant-180961959/The're more likely to assume that someone who is 'very, very smart' is male, new research findsFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:50:04 +0000Changing Climate, Not Humans, Killed Australia’s Massive Mammals http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/changing-climate-not-humans-killed-australias-massive-mammals-180961911/But that mass extinction could help us predict what today’s human-wrought climate change may bringThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:00:00 +0000The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Gloryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geneticists-quest-return-tomatoes-full-flavored-glory-180961933/We’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:26:56 +0000The Zoo's Baby Seal Is Cute and Cuddly, But Don't Be Fooledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/zoos-baby-seal-cute-cuddly-dont-be-fooled-180961926/The National Zoo's seal-breeding program has another gray seal pup success Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:33:48 +0000A Puff Adder Swallowing a Rat Is Something You Can't Unseehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-puff-adder-swallowing-a-rat-is-something-y/ A puff adder has just bitten a rat, injecting it with enough venom to finish it off. The next step is to swallow it wholeThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Legacy of the Apollo 1 Disasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/legacy-apollo-1-disaster-180961917/Fifty years after a fire killed three astronauts and temporarily grounded U.S. space exploration, a new exhibit honors the fallen crewWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:55:44 +0000