Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +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 +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 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/for-scientists-chunks-whale-earwax-can-biological-treasure-troves-180961891/Biologists are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful_1/A Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animalsWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-turn-gecko-inspired-gripping-device-on-off-flick-light-180961895/The mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000How Victorian Gender Norms Shaped the Way We Think About Animal Sex http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/victorian-gender-norms-shaped-how-biologists-think-animal-sex-180961892/ No, females aren't always choosy and males don't always get aroundTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:25:08 +0000Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-a-gaboon-viper-strikes-a-bird-in/Gaboon vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their preyTue, 24 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000You Wouldn't Want to Cuddle This Giant Prehistoric Otter With a Crushing Bitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giant-prehistoric-otter-had-crushing-bite-180961826/The “badger otter” has some serious teeth, which had mystified paleontologists until nowMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:54:34 +0000Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neurosciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/revel-these-wondrous-drawings-father-neuroscience-180961881/A new book and exhibition pay homage to Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s impressive powers of observationMon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-reconstruct-brain-long-extinct-beast-180961878/This dog-like marsupial went extinct 80 years ago, but its preserved brains help us glean how its mind workedThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000Astronomers Get Closer Than Ever to Seeing a Black Hole http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/12_fm2017-mysteries-of-sagittarius-a-180961673/We know one lurks at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists want to get a peak at its shadowWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:32:06 +0000Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-humans-ever-harness-power-hibernation-180961835/Scientists want to know if astronauts can hibernate during long spaceflights. First, they need to understand what hibernation isWed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequilahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-strange-link-between-bats-and-tequila/As a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S.Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutinyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uncertain-future-puffin-dinner-180961829/Historically, hunting seabirds has been a distinctive feature of Nordic coastal culture. Should it still be?Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:58:34 +0000How Fluid Dynamics Can Help You Navigate Crowdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-fluid-dynamics-can-teach-us-about-navigating-crowds-180961823/If you plan to be in a seething mass of humans at some point—whether it’s an inauguration or protest thereof—here's how to keep yourself safeTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:33:44 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-scientists-found-way-to-actually-reduce-effects-aging-180961808/Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-can-a-puff-adder-snake-bite-do-to-a-rhino/A puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wise-monkey-knows-how-little-he-knows-180961807/Japanese scientists find that macaque monkeys, like humans, know the limits of their own memoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparentlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-sex-worth-going-distance-when-youre-salamander-apparently-180961791/Asexual amphibians may be less equipped to handle modern threats than their sexual counterpartsFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:39 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-herbivores-stage-huge-recue-coral-reef-180961753/Tiny parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-morphine-180961774/Thanks to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-mobile-technology-can-help-universities-combat-depression-180961795/Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful/Not only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-humans-dengue-fever-engineer-mosquitoes-180961792/How manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flickering-lights-help-treat-alzheimers-180961762/A flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000These Blind Mice Just Got a Vision Boost Thanks to a New Transplant Technique. Could Blind Humans Be Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-blind-mice-can-now-see-again-are-blind-humans-next-180961759/Transplanting an entire piece of retinal tissue into the eyes of blind mice appears to work better than just transplanting cellsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:50 +0000Your Guide to All Things Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-guide-all-things-anthropocene-180960599/Documenting an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-underwater-spider-has-scuba-tank/The scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Explodedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/day-nimbus-weather-satellie-180961686/The writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Introducing the Global Effort to Map the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-our-night-sky-global-effort-1-180961704/How astronomers around the world are piecing together a patchwork quilt of celestial activityMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Hummingbirds, the World Moves as Fast as They Do http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hummingbirds-world-moves-fast-they-do-180961711/New research shows how the hummingbird brain allows them to hover and fly preciselyFri, 06 Jan 2017 15:51:43 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footprints Found at Ancient Hot Springs Could Represent Earliest Settlement of Tibetan Plateauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/footprints-found-ancient-hot-springs-could-represent-earliest-settlement-tibetan-plateau-180961698/New age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on EarthThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000Do Ocean Preserves Actually Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/momentum-grows-ocean-preserves-how-well-do-they-work-180961690/ The U.S. now leads the world in protected marine areas. But are they a scientifically sound strategy? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:56 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/master-disguise-cystisoma-ocean-reveal-secrets-180961426/A marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000There's a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-tool-fight-against-elephant-poaching-180961425/An American biologist wields an innovative weapon against the illegal trade in African ivoryTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:22:02 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-researchers-scour-worlds-most-dangerous-corners-180961619/Militants, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000English Is the Language of Science. 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