Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000How Colombia's Failed Peace Treaty Could Wreak Havoc on Its Diversity-Rich Ecosystemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-colombias-failed-peace-treaty-could-wreak-havoc-diverse-ecosystems-180960983/A potential influx of legal and illegal mining leaves the country's megadiverse landscapes—and the communities who depend on them—in jeopardyFri, 04 Nov 2016 16:05:47 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sexism-sucks-everybody-science-confirms-180961178/Adhering to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Mindshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/A new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-scientist-helped-revolutionize-climate-science-didnt-get-credit-180961291/Eunice Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tunneling-clam-bedeviled-humans-sank-ships-conquered-oceans-180961288/ The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry Abouthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-may-be-suffering-lingering-impacts-pollutants-banned-nearly-40-years-ago-180961276/A new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-science-2016-180961274/Take a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-art-meets-science-books-2016-180961237/Eight sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-really-killed-off-the-woolly-mammoth/What caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Suckedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-baleen-whales-had-teeth-and-they-sucked-180961252/No offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/nasas-unusual-giant-air-cargo-transport-plane/The Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-remember-more-than-we-think-180961219/New research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fishermanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proposed-new-marine-reserve-system-offers-rosy-outlook-lobster-fisher-180961169/With the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-technique-brings-color-electron-microscope-images-cells-180961188/Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-this-mother-tick-lay-1500-eggs/The birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Malehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/polar-bear-mom-protects-her-cubs-from-hungry-male/As they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/getting-bottom-how-apes-think-180961151/Great apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dinosaurs-got-so-huge-180961150/Those species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remarkable-comeback-przewalski-horse-180961142/Once nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-muscles-could-transform-lives-some-military-veterans-180961173/From pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-book-clarifies-butters-spread-and-chronicles-its-wars-margarine-180961165/The story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-should-humans-care-if-were-sixth-mass-extinction-180961168/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/stunning-slo-mo-footage-of-hummingbirds-hovering/The hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Heart Hardens, Biologicallyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-heart-hardens-biologically-180961163/With age and injury, the soft tissues of the heart can turn to bone. Can this deadly process be reversed?Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:21:20 +0000The Foxfire Diamond Bedazzles as Smithsonian's Newest Rock Starhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/foxfire-diamond-bedazzles-smithsonians-newest-rock-star-180961064/The largest gem-quality diamond ever found in North America glows bright blue in the darkFri, 18 Nov 2016 19:02:46 +0000Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sidedoor-smithsonian-podcast-180961115/Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experienceFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:28:57 +0000This Whale Sculpture Was Modeled After a Beached Orcahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/whale-sculpture-was-modeled-after-beached-orca-180961155/Canadian artist Ken Hall built <em>Legacy</em> based on 3D scans of the skeleton of Hope, an orca that died on the coast of Washington in 2002Fri, 18 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Director David Lynch Wants Schools to Teach Transcendental Meditation to Reduce Stresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/peacemaker-david-lynch-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-education-180961126/The acclaimed filmmaker has become the champion of the practice that's now been adopted by thousands of kidsThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Without These Whistleblowers, We May Never Have Known the Full Extent of the Flint Water Crisishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/whistleblowers-marc-edwards-and-leeanne-walters-winner-smithsonians-social-progress-ingenuity-award-180961125/A concerned mother and a renowned scientist spearheaded the investigation that exposed the dangers lurking in the water supply of the Michigan cityThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Meet the Team of Scientists Who Discovered Gravitational Waveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/wave-catchers-ligo-team-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-physical-sciences-180961124/This year, the geniuses behind LIGO announced that they had finally found what Albert Einstein had predicted a century agoThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Need a New Organ? Surgeon Anthony Atala Sees a Future Where You Can Simply Print It Outhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/miracle-maker-anthony-atala-winner-smithsonian-ingenuity-awards-2016-life-sciences-180961121/When you can order a new body part online, you’ll have this doctor to thankThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/The Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Is Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin the Future of Space Exploration?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/rocketeer-jeff-bezos-winner-smithsonians-technology-ingenuity-award-180961119/No one had ever launched, landed and relaunched a rocket into space until the company's historic achievementThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000Why Do Insects Hate the Smell of Peppermint?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-insects-hate-the-smell-of-peppermint/The stick bug primarily depends on its camouflage to avoid predators. But when enemies get too close, this insect deploys peppermint as a last resortThu, 17 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Pull of an Icy “Heart” Sent Pluto’s Poles Wanderinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/plutos-icy-heart-poles-wandered-180961111/Using New Horizons data, scientists determine that the erstwhile planet has a more dynamic past than we thought Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Winemakers are Turning to the Ancient Sport of Falconry to Tackle Pestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/falcon-edge-why-wineries-are-turning-tried-and-true-way-rid-vineyards-pests-180961106/Napa Valley vintners are finding this tried-and-true deterrent more effective than modern technologyWed, 16 Nov 2016 14:41:52 +0000Behold: The World's Largest Radio Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/behold-the-worlds-largest-radio-telescope/The Atacama Large Millimeter Array, located in the Atacama Desert, is the product of a 20-year global effort by Europe, North America, and East AsiaWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Theoretical Physicist Sylvester James Gates Sees No Conflict Between Science and Religionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-theoretical-physicist-sylvester-james-gates-sees-no-conflict-between-science-and-religion-180961090/“I got used to the idea that questions had answers.”Tue, 15 Nov 2016 18:07:28 +0000Preserve and Protect: How Paleontologists Care for Their Long-Dead, High-Maintenance Starshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/preserve-and-protect-how-paleontologists-care-their-long-dead-charges-180961071/Fossil collections are where the science of paleontology truly lives. Valuable dino bones must be treated accordinglyMon, 14 Nov 2016 17:06:09 +0000Reptiles Can't Fly. But This One Glides Like a Prohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/reptiles-cant-fly-but-this-one-glides-like/Draco, a type of lizard that lives in trees in Southeast Asia, has evolved flaps of skin on its flanksMon, 14 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Chemical Weapons Dumped in the Ocean After World War II Could Threaten Waters Worldwidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decaying-weapons-world-war-II-threaten-waters-worldwide-180961046/How worried should we be? Chemists are racing the clock to find outFri, 11 Nov 2016 15:43:18 +0000Could These College Inventors Tackle the Global Pesticide Problem?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-these-college-inventors-tackle-global-pesticide-problem-180961060/Developed by a team of University of Virgnia students, AgroSpheres break down pesticide residues on crops hours after they are appliedFri, 11 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000ALMA Reveals Planets Born Earlier Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/alma-reveals-planets-born-earlier-than-we-th_1/In 2014, astronomer David Wilmer aimed the ALMA Array at a young star 450 light years awayFri, 11 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Tickling Giggly Rats Can Tell Us About the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ticklish-rats-get-giggles-when-theyre-good-mood-180961061/Their laughter manifests in a surprising region of the cerebral cortexThu, 10 Nov 2016 19:33:36 +0000A New Wireless Brain Implant Helps Paralyzed Monkeys Walk. Humans Could Be Next.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wireless-brain-computer-network-helps-paralyzed-monkeys-walk-humans-could-be-next-180961049/One small step for monkeys, one potential leap for humans Wed, 09 Nov 2016 22:01:24 +0000Fossilized Dinos Are Bones Turned to Stone—But Sometimes, Part of the Original Dino Surviveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fossilized-dinos-are-bones-turned-stone-sometimes-part-original-dino-survives-180961042/Every fossilized skeleton is a unique snowflake. We now know that some contain biological bits of tooth and clawWed, 09 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Surprising Reason Birds First Grew Feathers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-surprising-reason-birds-first-grew-feath/When birds first grew feathers 150 million years ago, their function was not necessarily to help with flightWed, 09 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Watch a Bombardier Beetle Mace a Praying Mantishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-a-bombardier-beetle-mace-a-praying-mantis/Praying mantises are adept at ambushing their prey with their specialized legs and swift reflexesTue, 08 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Most Ivory for Sale Comes From Recently Killed Elephants—Suggesting Poaching Is Taking Its Tollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-ivory-sale-today-comes-recently-killed-elephants-180961032/Carbon dating finds that almost all trafficked ivory comes from animals killed less than three years before their tusks hit the marketMon, 07 Nov 2016 21:24:23 +0000Extinction or Evolution? The Answer Isn't Always Clearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extinction-evolution-its-complicated-180961023/The same factors that kill off some species cause others to evolve at lightning speedMon, 07 Nov 2016 18:59:06 +0000The Incredible Reptiles That Flew 200 Million Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-incredible-reptiles-that-flew-200-millio/A 200-million-year-old fossil reveals the amazing body structure of a reptilian creature known as the dimorphodonMon, 07 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Everyone Poops. Some Animals Eat It. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyone-poops-some-animals-eat-it-why-180961020/Consuming feces can benefit not only the health and microbiomes of some animals, but also their environmentsFri, 04 Nov 2016 17:52:33 +0000Puerto Rico's #1 Crop Isn't Sugar, But It's Still Sweethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/puerto-ricos-1-crop-isnt-sugar-but-its/Puerto Rico's agricultural economy was once dominated by sugar plantations. Today, the same fields hold everything from corn to bananasFri, 04 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000 Smoking a Pack a Day for a Year Leaves 150 Mutations in Every Lung Cellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smoking-pack-day-year-leaves-150-mutations-every-lung-cell-180961014/Researchers quantify just how bad smoking is for you, molecularlyThu, 03 Nov 2016 21:08:44 +0000This Spike-Crested Lizard Drinks From Sand With Its Skin http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spiky-lizard-drinks-sand-its-skin-180961002/The thirsty, thorny devils of Australia's deserts can’t quench their thirst with tongues aloneThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:18:17 +0000A New Report Says We're Hunting the World's Mammals to Death. What Can Be Done?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-we-do-about-report-says-we-are-hunting-worlds-mammals-death-180961000/Solutions are multifaceted and region-specific, but conservation researchers have some ideasWed, 02 Nov 2016 20:25:01 +0000What Have We Learned From Probing Pluto So Far?http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/pluto-so-far-180960990/New Horizons has finally sent down all its data from the fly-by. Here's what we knowWed, 02 Nov 2016 19:01:40 +0000Griffon Vultures Depend on the Sun to Fly. Why?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/griffon-vultures-depend-on-the-sun-to-fly-why_1/The Griffon vulture is one of the largest vulture species. Because of its giant stature, it uses an immense amount of energy to take offWed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Why Public Health Researchers Are Looking to Urban Trees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-public-health-researchers-are-looking-urban-trees-180960985/A global study finds they can help cool cities and reduce air pollution—for less money than high-tech answersTue, 01 Nov 2016 20:49:26 +0000Facebook Might Help You Live Longer, According to Facebook Researchershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/facebook-use-might-help-you-live-longer-according-facebook-researchers-180960979/It depends on whether online social ties strengthen real-world social ties, which are known to be good for your healthTue, 01 Nov 2016 17:53:03 +0000Robot Shellfish May Tell Us About Climate Change's Impact on Marine Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/robot-shellfish-may-tell-us-about-climate-changes-impact-on-marine-species-180960977/Climate scientists at Northeastern University have developed "robomussels" with sensors to track temperatures in mussel bedsTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Puerto Rican Telescope Was Built in a Massive Sinkholehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-puerto-rican-telescope-was-built-in-a-m/In 1958, the Pentagon wanted to build a 1,000-foot-long telescope for its ballistic missile programTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000Explore Haunting Relics of Death With New Photography Bookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/new-photography-book-collects-relics-death-brings-cold-comfort-living-180960955/Placenta-wiping fetuses are only the tip of the frightbergMon, 31 Oct 2016 18:25:43 +0000Hollywood Has Nothing on These Real Life Halloween Horror Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-life-demogorgon-and-7-other-real-life-halloween-beasts-180960942/Face-unfurling, chest-exploding, zombie-making fiends: They're all around us Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:27:30 +0000Science Explains Why Chocolate Should be Savored, Not Scarfedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-delicious-things-know-about-chocolate-180960894/And other molecular secrets to digest while you're digestingFri, 28 Oct 2016 13:47:15 +0000A Bizarre “Swimming with Tuna” Attraction Puts Australia’s Controversial Aquaculture in the Spotlighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bizarre-swimming-with-tuna-puts-australia-aquaculture-in-spotlight-180960933/Is this an opportunity for conservation education, or another example of the government bending to Big Tuna?Thu, 27 Oct 2016 18:51:25 +0000These Sea Creatures Have a Secret Superpower: Invisibility Cloaks http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tiny-sea-creatures-invisibility-cloak-possibly-spheres-180960926/Scientists have found that some crustaceans have just the trick for hiding from predatorsThu, 27 Oct 2016 16:31:31 +0000Humans May Have Hunted Cave Lions to Extinction—For Throw Rugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-may-have-hunted-cave-lions-extinction-throw-rugs-180960915/Dear cave lions: We're so, so sorry.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:00:00 +0000How Virtual Reality Can Help Us Feel the Pain of Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-virtual-reality-can-help-us-feel-pain-climate-change-180960918/It's hard to comprehend the concept of oceans getting more acidic. Unless you become the coral.Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:02:57 +0000How White Lies Snowball Into Full-On Deceptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-white-lies-snowball-full-out-deception-180960909/Using brain scans, researchers find evidence that bad feelings associated with lying lessen over timeTue, 25 Oct 2016 19:25:35 +0000How a Genetically Engineered Virus Could Help the Brain Fight Alcohol Cravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetically-engineered-virus-could-reduce-alcohol-cravings-180960910/Heavy drinking can change the brain to make cravings worse. Can gene therapy change it back? Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:54:47 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Longest You Can Hold Your Breath? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-longest-you-can-hold-your-breath-180960905/A dive into the science shows it is possible to override the system Tue, 25 Oct 2016 18:50:59 +0000The Bee That Breaks Your Heart http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bee-that-breaks-your-heart-180960900/Insects are hard-pressed to get protection as endangered species. Can one fuzzy anomaly beat the odds?Tue, 25 Oct 2016 15:16:39 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Prehistoric Kickboxing Killer Turkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/prehistoric-kickboxing-killer-turkeys/Unlike Jurassic Park's lizard-like creatures, real raptors had feathers and looked a lot more like their closest relatives -- birdsTue, 25 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the 2016 MacArthur Genius Award Recipient Lauren Redniss Is Rethinking Biographyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-2016-macarthur-genius-award-recipient-lauren-redniss-rethinking-biography-180960879/The visual biographer of Marie and Pierre Curie turns to her next subject, weather, lightning and climate changeMon, 24 Oct 2016 15:59:49 +0000Yes, Spiders Eat Spidershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/yes-spiders-eat-spiders/Portia spiders, known for their remarkable intelligence, have some of the most astonishing hunting skills in the arthropod communityMon, 24 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate Dino Month With Three New Dinosaur Bookshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-dino-month-three-new-dinosaur-books-180960557/From PhDs to 4th graders, something for everyoneFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:42:19 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-math-build-ultimate-taffy-machine-180960849/A mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000Wacky, Wonderful, Wild Hops Could Transform the Watered-Down Beer Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-and-history-hops-180960846/The diversity of hops reflects a diversity of tastes and traditions that are part of an extraordinary evolution in beerThu, 20 Oct 2016 19:05:09 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Clubhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-card-carrying-member-first-moon-flights-club-180960817/My card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-giving-trees-madagascar-180960865/Locals already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clayThu, 20 Oct 2016 16:40:07 +0000Six Places on Earth That Scientists Say Look Like Other Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/otherworldly-places-on-earth-180960693/The eerie resemblance these locales have to Mars and beyond has attracted researchers for yearsThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/future-of-maned-wolves-national-zoo/After three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Monkeys Unintentionally Make Stone Age Tools, But Don't See the Pointhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wild-monkeys-unintentionally-make-stone-age-tools-180960837/Scientists observe a “unique” human behavior in wild animals Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:52 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Redhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/looking-nature-through-infrared-film-seeing-red-180960777/See the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scorpion-venom-is-helping-doctors-treat-cancer-180960815/When injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Can Resource Scarcity Really Explain a History of Human Violence?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-resource-scarcity-explain-a-history-of-human-violence-180960832/Data from thousands of California burial sites suggests that a lack of resources causes violence. But that conclusion may be too simplisticWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:27 +0000Fur Real: Scientists Have Obsessed Over Cats for Centurieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-not-just-you-scientists-worship-cats-too-180960816/Ten of the best feline-focused studies shed light on our relationship with these vampire-hunting, sexy-bodied killersTue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 +0000How Bats Ping On the Wing—And Look Cute Doing Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bats-echolocation-signals-3D-180960791/Researchers reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving preyTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:34 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ibms-watson-meets-encyclopedia-life-under-new-grant-180960772/An NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bizarre-tale-middle-easts-first-space-program-180960808/In Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000Meet an Environmental Activist and an Artist Who Share a Passion for “Trashion”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-mans-trash-suit-another-womans-work-art-180960792/One man's trash suit is another woman's work of artFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:38:02 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-sensors-sniff-out-volcanic-eruptions-they-happen-180960768/How volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-whats-point-earwax-180960749/Earwax has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000Doing Laundry Can Be Deadly for Clams, Mollusks and Other Marine Animalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pick-your-wardrobe-carefully-lives-clams-and-mussels-may-depend-it-180960761/Pick your wardrobe carefully—the lives of sea animals may depend on itThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:02:09 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-artists-mad-scientists-and-speculative-fiction-writers-made-spaceflight-possible-180960561/A new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-we-capture-energy-hurricane-180960750/Loaded with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000The History and Future of the Once-Revolutionary Taxidermy Dioramahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ode-once-revolutionary-taxidermy-display-180960707/In their heyday, these dead animal displays were virtual reality machinesTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:22:39 +0000Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behind-scenes-national-zoo-worlds-most-dangerous-bird-180960704/The zoo's cassowary “still has that mysterious aura about her—that prehistoric, dinosaur-walking-through-the-rainforest-quality."Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:39:56 +0000