Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibal now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequences ramificiations of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationist few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Away deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollution have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Danger the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kind mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeles needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland? spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Sky scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Films film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worse offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactic a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi) flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York City unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explains photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalists kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrations across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raids“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Rover chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humps camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debut its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatures a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mouse a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarctica Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Tornadoes Are Now Ganging Up in the United States are not increasing in numbers but they are clustering more often, a bizarre pattern that has meteorologists stumpedThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Force is Acting on Saturn’s “Death Star” Moon, cratered Mimas is wobbling way more than it should be, hinting that it might contain either an oddly shaped core or a subsurface oceanThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home? biohazard sites can be a tough job, but the hardest microbe to wash away may not be what you thinkThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:40 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossils their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fossils 15 is National Fossil Day—here are some of the best places in America to take a trip back in geological timeWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:12:42 +0000These Extreme Desert Nomads Set Records for Migrating Birds banded stilts use mysterious cues to know when to head toward ephemeral lakes in the country’s otherwise dry interior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:00 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seas a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Event the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hope Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutionsFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:34 +0000The Potential Dark Side of Nobel-Winning LEDs: Pest Problems white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebratesThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:30:00 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratosphere to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Rock (Art) of Ages: Indonesian Cave Paintings Are 40,000 Years Old paintings of animals and hand stencils in Sulawesi, Indonesia, seem to be as old as similar cave art in EuropeWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Watch the Smithsonian's Age of Humans Symposium at the National Museum of Natural History, this event features speeches and panelists discussing a new age: the AnthropoceneWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:19:01 +0000See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable futureWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworks the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimos Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigines traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancer mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineering Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Base does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Five Surprises That Emerged From Monarch Butterfly Genomes 101 butterfly genomes has revealed a few of the monarch's secrets, including some keys to its epic annual migrationThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:56:48 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statement bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000On the Hunt for the World's Most Spectacular Sky Show Randall Hyman journeys north to Tromsø, Norway, in search of the northern lightsWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:46 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predators diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneity geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humans Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heard director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How Climate Change May Have Shaped Human Evolution is building that past climate change may have forged some of the defining traits of humanityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:16 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record? Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000Make Cities Explode in Size With These Interactive Maps Los Angeles to Lagos, see how megacities have been taking over the planet during the past 100 yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:18 +0000Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planet deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:31 +0000Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age? are living in the Anthropocene. But no one can agree when it started or how human activity will be preservedTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:50 +0000Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earth key moments in Earth’s transformative history as continents drift and climate fluctuates over 4.6 billion yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:02 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphones at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000Five Wild Ways to Get a Drink in the Desert moisture farmers of Tatooine could take a few tips from these projects for harvesting water out of thin airThu, 25 Sep 2014 15:22:23 +0000Can't Make It to the Moon? Head to Arizona Instead 1967, the United States Geological Survey turned an old volcano into a lunar training ground for astronautsThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:30:12 +0000What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest's Iconic Salmon? fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why We Must Explore the Sea Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Brain’s Amazing Ability to Re-Map Your Body only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous systemTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Caterpillars Beware: Venom Won’t Protect You From Clueless Baby Birds birds will dumbly peck at anything that crawls their way—even if it winds up teaching them a painful lessonTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare) Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill youMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:22 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicorn doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000