Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleep, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed restFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +000010 Things Science Says About Being a Mom in 2016 one, a nurturing mother can help her child's brain growFri, 06 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed? people once believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist had a different ideaFri, 06 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Species Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000Your Skin’s Microbial Inhabitants Might Stick Around, Even If You Wash tiny ecosystem is surprisingly stable from months to years, study revealsThu, 05 May 2016 17:56:00 +0000Crushing Pressures Start to Reveal the Truth About Earth's Core makes up the bulk of our planet's core. But now, researchers are getting closer to figuring out what else swirls at the center of the EarthThu, 05 May 2016 12:16:51 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Words can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflageTue, 03 May 2016 20:06:46 +0000Describing Someone as “Birdbrained” Is Misguided, Unless You’re Talking About Emus new book about birds explores how birds thinkTue, 03 May 2016 18:21:31 +0000How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthier"Sick building syndrome" and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate changeMon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmos author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dad who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasure an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Town dioxide rightly gets the attention in the climate change debate. But here are four more gases that can wreck our atmosphere.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:19:04 +0000Early Microscopes Revealed a New World of Tiny Living Things cloth merchant turned a device for checking his wares into an instrument fit for scienceWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportions technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakesTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanity the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Steps at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Species mammoths and other varieties may have been intermingling, DNA analyses showMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shining Light on Brazil’s Secret Coral Reef massive, previously unstudied reef is unlike any other known on Earth Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicated a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer aboutFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever See lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predatorsThu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:53 +0000You Can’t Sleep While Traveling Because Your Brain Acts Like a Dolphin’s the first night in a new place, half your brain stays awake to watch out for dangerThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like? temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of droughtThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountains profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of AppalachiaThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:37:46 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Consideration new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlands the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mysteryWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:31:22 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000 at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brain neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Your Questions for Astronaut Tom Jones, Answered a sampling of what we can learn from those who have been to spaceWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Deadly Cunning of the Black Widow's Color Scheme did the spider evolve to have that crimson hourglass on its back?Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek" trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers? nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Job cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Mars's innovative deputy administrator Dava Newman explains just how close we are to sending astronauts far, far awayWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Avalanches on Comets May Help Make the Icy Bodies Visible rocks may have lit up Comet Hartley 2, allowing its discovery in 1986Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real? are arguing about whether they can trust this untested—and potentially untestable—ideaTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:59:19 +0000For Baboons, a Tough Childhood Can Lead to a Short Life that grow up under tough conditions don’t live as long as those that have it easyTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:45:20 +0000These Stunning Satellite Images Turn Earth Into Art images illustrate the brutal beauty geologic processes carve into our planetTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:45:03 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novel science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000Life in the Cosmos: Special Report the mysteries of the universeMon, 18 Apr 2016 22:17:33 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Come director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +0000A Steady Diet of Seabird Chicks Makes Island Mice Huge no predators or competition, rodents can eat baby birds aliveMon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breeds odd fruits, veggies and animals show the vanishing diversity of our foodMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:34:42 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryx a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +0000NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten History to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their dueFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:59:17 +0000Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utah can view ghostly footprints that record prehistoric steps in pale blue stoneFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef May Get a Lot Worse in the Future change could alter temperature patterns in a way that stops corals from preparing for bleaching eventsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Prey hunting, the Peregrine falcon will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its preyTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:05:05 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhino a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Who's Laughing Now? Listeners Can Tell if Laughers are Friends or Not laugh differently with friends, and the reasons may lie deep in our social evolutionMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:08 +0000Lemur Extinctions Are Harmful to Madagascar's Plant Life, Too and trees that once relied on a particular species of lemur to spread their seeds may also be headed for extinction.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurt than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Space Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Down use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living thingsFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:23:13 +0000These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathers feathers meet air in just the right way, birds can create distinctive soundsFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earth trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Waters"Transitional architecture" is both a futuristic solution to sea-level rise and a hearkening back to older ways of livingThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:40:53 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museum images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Is This the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.? acoustic ecologist reveals his findingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:18:54 +0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wings the transformation unfold before your eyesMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:06:55 +0000Human Sacrifices May Lie Behind the Rise of Ancient Social Status practices may have helped the elite keep the lower classes in line, a new study hintsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtles research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000Butterflies Zigzag Wildly for a Reason butterfly's slow wing beat enables it to make rapid and unpredictable changes of direction. Here's why that's such a useful traitFri, 01 Apr 2016 19:19:16 +0000Scientists Are Using Electronic Eggs to Study Vultures sensor-packed egg, developed by a team at Microduino, could lead to clues about the birds' livelihoodFri, 01 Apr 2016 18:02:32 +0000A Firsthand Account of What It Takes to Pilot a Voyaging Canoe Across the Ocean than just a desire to learn, a seat aboard the historic vessel Hōkūle`a requires skill, dedication and well, . . .obsessionThu, 31 Mar 2016 15:26:47 +0000The Best Places in the U.S. to See Spring's Migrating Birds out your binoculars—birds are making their annual trek northThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:30:00 +0000The Lazarus Phenomenon, Explained: Why Sometimes, the Deceased Are Not Dead, Yet does CPR have to do with the curious case of clinically dead patients coming “back to life”?Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:15:30 +0000Stop Making Fun of Tyrannosaurs’ Tiny Arms stubby limbs may seem out of place, but they may have been key to the <i>T. rex’s</i> terrifying biteThu, 31 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000“Hobbits” Disappeared Much Earlier Than Previously Thought the tiny hominins ever coexisted with modern humans, the arrangement apparently didn't last longWed, 30 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Pluto May Have a Wandering Heart enormous impact basin may be slowly traveling across the dwarf planet’s surfaceWed, 30 Mar 2016 16:23:47 +0000Antennae Yield New Clues Into Ant Communication more than a century of study, scientists still have much more to learn about the complex world of ant communicationTue, 29 Mar 2016 23:01:00 +0000The Right Body Language Can Boost Odds of Online Dating Success partners size you up in seconds, and the way you sit or stand mattersMon, 28 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000Why Rockfalls Happen on Beautiful Days in Yosemite drive rocks to expand and contract—until one lovely day when slabs may suddenly fallMon, 28 Mar 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why People Turn to Lemurs and Other Endangered Animals for Dinner in Madagascar close look at trade in bushmeat finds that consumption is common and out in the openFri, 25 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000Call a Dog a Pit Bull and He May Have Trouble Finding a Home labeled as pit bulls at shelters may wait three times longer to be adopted—even when they aren’t actually pit bullsWed, 23 Mar 2016 18:00:00 +0000What's It Like in Space? Ariel Waldman Has the Answers NASA adviser and author of a new book gives some insight on living beyond the Earth's atmosphereWed, 23 Mar 2016 17:52:56 +0000What a Tiny Fish Can Tell Us About How Humans Stood Upright is the root of why our ancestors gained the power to walk on two feet and chimpanzees didn't?Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:13:26 +0000The Extravagant Beauty of Feathers new book spotlights the astonishing diversity of avian plumageWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:54:42 +0000How Do Butterflies Fly and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:30:00 +0000What Elephants, Zebras and Lions Do When They Think No One's Watching stunning results when a photographer uses remote cameras to capture Africa's great beastsWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:05:49 +0000How Much Has the Town Where the Scopes Trial Took Place Evolved Since the 1920s? July, Dayton, Tennessee, celebrates its role in the famous court case with a re-enactment and festivalWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000The "Sistine Chapel of Evolution" Is in New Haven, Connecticut Darwin never visited the Yale museum, but you can, and see for yourself the specimens that he praised as the best evidence for his theoryWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000When Dinosaurs Roamed the (Not Yet) Petrified Forest surprise discoveries at the national park have prompted a complete rethinking about the creatures of the Jurassic EraWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Detection of Gravitational Waves Was a Scientific Breakthrough, but What’s Next? are sitting on top of the world after this monumental discovery and are eager to keep exploring the universeWed, 23 Mar 2016 16:00:00 +0000DIY Cartographers Are Putting Slums on the Literal Map a community makes its way onto a map, it's that much harder to deny, say activists.Mon, 21 Mar 2016 18:30:21 +0000Caves Can Now Help Scientists Trace Ancient Wildfires the chemical clues for fire add an unexpected snarl for researchers using those same caves to track climate changeMon, 21 Mar 2016 16:50:33 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does My Nose Run When It’s Cold? nose knows that runny flows are necessary in the coldMon, 21 Mar 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why You Should Take the Honey Bee Shortage Seriously entire agricultural system relies on the wellbeing of honey bees. And for them to do well, they need diverse vegetation, not just farmlandThu, 17 Mar 2016 16:34:12 +0000What Is a Tully Monster? Scientists Finally Think They Know oddball fossil that puzzled experts for almost 60 years is probably an ancient fish akin to today's bloodsucking lampreysWed, 16 Mar 2016 17:00:00 +0000A New Weapon in the War on Weeds: Flamethrowers used in agriculture, land managers are now wondering whether cooking weeds to death is better than pesticidesWed, 16 Mar 2016 15:34:19 +0000To Scientists' Surprise, Even Nonvenomous Snakes Can Strike at Ridiculous Speeds Texas rat snake was just as much of a speed demon as deadly vipers, challenging long-held notions about snake adaptationsWed, 16 Mar 2016 00:01:00 +0000Astronaut Scott Kelly’s Year of Working Tediously (in Space)http://www.smithsonianmag.com’s not all Star Wars up thereTue, 15 Mar 2016 14:44:25 +0000How to Land a House on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com thought it knew, until an alarming failure last summerTue, 15 Mar 2016 14:43:42 +0000Space 2016: Six Stories to Watchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com From China's moon ambitions to a probe's encounter with Jupiter, these are the events that will be making headlines in 2016Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:42:29 +0000Imagining an Alarming Future at Brazil's Museum of Tomorrow ambitious museum looks at where humankind is headed—and asks how they'll live in a post-climate-change worldTue, 15 Mar 2016 13:27:40 +0000Mysterious Fairy Circles Have Been Found in Western Australia thought to exist only in Namibia, circles spotted 6,200 miles away are helping sort out how these odd features formMon, 14 Mar 2016 19:27:26 +0000The Discovery of a Tiny Tyrannosaur Adds New Insight Into the Origins of T. Rex horse-sized dino species had smarts and a keen sense of smell, setting the stage for the evolution of the enormous predatorMon, 14 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000Twitter May Be Faster Than FEMA Models for Tracking Disaster Damage online activity could provide speedier assessments as disaster unfolds than tools currently used by the government agencyFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000San Andreas May Have Had Help Triggering a Historic Earthquake evidence about a devastating quake in 1812 hints that the San Jacinto fault may be a bigger seismic risk than anyone thoughtFri, 11 Mar 2016 19:00:00 +0000These Watercolor Paintings Actually Include Climate Change Data Pelto, an artist and scientist, incorporates graphs of rising sea levels and soaring temperatures in her artworkFri, 11 Mar 2016 16:01:59 +0000Slo-Mo Footage of a Bumble Bee Dislodging Pollen pollination is a special technique for dislodging pollen from certain types of plants - and bumble bees are among the few species of bee capable of itThu, 10 Mar 2016 22:31:23 +0000A Giant Planetary Smashup May Have Turned Venus Hot and Hellish collision with a large object may have triggered changes deep inside the planet that ultimately affected its atmosphere Thu, 10 Mar 2016 16:57:01 +0000A Taste for Raw Meat May Have Helped Shape Human Evolution tools might have let our ancestors more easily chew and digest meat, which in turn may have changed our teeth and jawsWed, 09 Mar 2016 18:22:14 +0000It Might Be Impossible to Turn Back the Clock on Altered Ecosystems"Rewilding" landscapes to return them to a natural state might sometimes be ineffective and even harmfulTue, 08 Mar 2016 18:50:02 +0000How the Volcanic Islands of the Pacific Came to Be islands are part of a 25,000-mile volcanic chain that runs around the Pacific Ocean, known as the Ring of FireTue, 08 Mar 2016 14:00:00 +0000