Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totality’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassion these orca-fighting, seal-saving good Samaritans really just in it for themselves?Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipse 1097, a Pueblo artist may have etched a rare celestial event into the rock for all of posterityThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:37:31 +0000How Insect Poop Could Solve All Our Problems use their feces for weapons, navigation and gardening. Can we tap into this poop party?Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Idea who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:45 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?'s a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfies drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000This Newly Excavated Underground Tunnel Reveals How 83 German Officers Escaped a World War II Prison Camp POWs burrowed to freedom from a Welsh encampment in 1945Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:38:42 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000Underwater Robot Labs Monitor Toxins labs have been deployed in Lake Erie, where blooms of toxic algae have made water undrinkable in past years. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:21:06 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Forever to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Desert partnership between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth may be key to understanding how plants and insects co-evolveThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Science founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matter former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinating another mystery about these arachnids: Why are they so intent on mass-murdering ants?Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:09:17 +0000Did Scientists Just Unveil the Biggest Dinosaur of All Time? jury's still out—but if you can get over the size contest, far more fascinating patterns about these giants emerge Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:18:19 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Body Reacts to Stress A little tension can keep you on your toes. Too much can break down the systemWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tusk According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Is This Where Humanity Decided to Settle Down? analysis of ancient wild cereals from Göbekli Tepe reveal a remarkable similarity to modern strainsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Blueprint for Genetically Engineering a Super Coral some researchers are proposing a drastic measure to save a threatened ecosystemThu, 03 Aug 2017 15:06:15 +0000How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continent, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to AustraliaWed, 02 Aug 2017 19:02:18 +0000To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fear posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beastWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:28:08 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterways Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Could We See Glow-in-the-Dark Aliens From Earth? life might make its own light to protect itself from harmful radiationTue, 01 Aug 2017 15:37:16 +0000How One Bad Science Headline Can Echo Across the Internet articles claiming birth control causes “transgender" fish show how science communication can mislead—even when it relies on factsMon, 31 Jul 2017 18:09:01 +0000Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts?,000 years ago, giant sloths, wombats and cave hyenas roamed the world. What drove them all extinct?Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Holy Guacamole: How the Hass Avocado Conquered the World one California postman's delicious mistake now graces toast and tacos from California to New ZealandFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:17:48 +0000Guess What? Space is Full of Booze’ll toast to thatFri, 28 Jul 2017 14:42:26 +0000Eclipse Hunters Looking for a Clear View Should Thank the Weather Service That Came Out of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com book chronicles how a nascent weather service rose from the ashes of the Civil WarThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:22 +0000Ten Things We've Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week light of Shark Week 2017, here are some revelations about the fearsome fish we’ve made in the past yearThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:40 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Light Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Science intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange partyTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:41 +0000Meet the Supervillain Worm That Gets By With a Little Help From Its Friends deadly nematode and its sidekicks reveal the power of bacterial symbiosisTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:29:52 +0000The Upside of Rotting Carcasses animals dying en masse are crucial to the the Serengeti—and they aren’t the only onesTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivity key is in what we feed them, researchers surmiseMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:38:21 +0000Meet the Man Who Chases Eclipses Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com darkness crosses the planet, whole cities rise up from nothing for a dayMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:59:26 +0000Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyes three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:18:15 +0000When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limits Mitchell, America's first female astronomer, flourished at a time when both sexes “swept the sky”Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:47:27 +0000Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolates up the romance factor, some animals pair amorous advances with tasty giftsThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:28 +0000Could You Crash Into a Black Hole? not, but it’s fun to think aboutWed, 19 Jul 2017 15:43:58 +0000How Human Noise Ruins Parks for Animals and People in America’s most pristine wildernesses, unwanted sound is changing landscapes Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:42:36 +0000As the American Buffalo Declined, Its Symbolism Rose the years, the American buffalo, or bison, has been a symbol of the American frontierMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasers downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Waters these watery depths could transform oceanography. It could also aid deep sea miners looking for profitThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Adorable New Tiger Cub Born at the Zoo Yips at Its Mom on Video The new Sumatran tiger cub signals a success in efforts to save the critically endangered speciesWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:35 +0000The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Off from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museumWed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fear of Humans Can Ripple Through Food Webs and Reshape Landscapes like pumas cower in our presence. And these big cats aren’t the only onesTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation For Modern Astronomy same unease you feel when the moon blots out the sun fueled ancient astronomers to seek patterns in the skiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 18:16:50 +0000Watch: The Panda Cub’s Favorite Game Is Belly Flopping Out of Trees Bei, the nearly two-year-old giant panda shows off his climbing—and falling—skillsMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:54:19 +0000Like Humans, Chimps Learn Behavior From One Another have a range of personalities and the facial expressions to reflect themFri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do We See More Species in Tropical Forests? The Mystery May Finally Be Solved 2.4 million trees showed that predators may help keep the trees at sustainable levels Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:12:42 +0000Forget Dinos: Horseshoe Crabs Are Stranger, More Ancient—And Still Alive Today now evolution’s ultimate survivors may be in danger Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:51:40 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Icon branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugs these light-up lovers, each flash in the night could mean sex or deathMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:05:07 +0000These Fanciful Microbes Need Your Coloring Skills vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a coloring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to lifeFri, 30 Jun 2017 19:08:25 +0000How Fake News Breaks Your Brain attention spans and a deluge of rapid-fire articles on social media form a recipe for fake news epidemicsFri, 30 Jun 2017 17:10:40 +0000Coral Reefs Sound Like Popcorn, and That’s a Good Thing oceans boast a vibrant soundscape, but we may be slowly silencing their symphonies Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Are All The Ways That Land Can Disappear Beneath Your Feet? sinkholes to liquefaction, we look at how solid earth can shrink and elude our graspThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Do Sea Lions Swim, Glide and Sometimes Even Nab Humans? living torpedoes pull themselves through the water using their front flippers, unlike other ocean creaturesThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Vitamin C Be the Cure for Deadly Infections? new protocol that includes this common nutrient could save millions of lives—and has already sparked a raging debate among doctorsTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:33:46 +0000When It Comes to Conservation, Are Ugly Animals a Lost Cause? Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but good marketing can do wonders Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:59:06 +0000Will the Public Ever Get to See the "Dueling Dinosaurs"?’s most spectacular fossil, found by a plucky Montana rancher, is locked up in a secret storage room. Why?Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:18 +0000How Humans Helped Ants Invade the World of globalization brought these warriors to new shores, where certain species spread like wildfireMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:16 +0000The Science Behind the “Abortion Pill” or not, more American women are opting for abortion by medication. We asked doctors: How safe is it?Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:32 +0000How Moonlight Sets Nature's Rhythms luster triggers mating orgies, guides travelers and even can even provoke magical transformationsWed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000