Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenTue, 30 Aug 2016 20:19:19 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Craters impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerMon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:36 +0000Where in the World Is the Anthropocene? geologists believe we’ve entered a new era. Now they have to search for the rocks that prove itTue, 30 Aug 2016 20:19:19 +0000Here's a Food Wrapper You Can Eat from milk protein, it not only keeps food from spoiling, but it also could keep a lot of plastic out of landfillsTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:30:51 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Dimple? Jordan, Vanessa Hudgens and all those celeb dimples to die for? Just a result of a double zygomaticus major muscleTue, 30 Aug 2016 14:19:05 +0000Slow Earthquakes Are a Thing earthquakes regularly move more earth than deadly fast quakes, but no one feels a thingTue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000I Am Officially in Love With Cockroaches after you read this, you will be tooMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:09 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Age Hutton was a leading light of his time, but is rarely talked about todayMon, 29 Aug 2016 16:33:36 +0000The Dog Aging Project Wants to Help Your Pet Live Longer at the University of Washington are launching a long-term study that involves testing medications that could enhance dogs' life spansMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:33:25 +0000Did Anthropologists Just Solve the 3-Million-Year-Old Mystery of Lucy’s Death? think they've reconstructed the fatal plunge and last terrifying seconds of the hominin's lifeMon, 29 Aug 2016 15:29:48 +0000Garbage Can Teach Us a Lot About Food Waste novel and slightly gross study aims to fill in gaps in our understanding of Americans' food wasteFri, 26 Aug 2016 19:26:15 +0000IBM’s Watson Takes On Yet Another Job, as a Weather Forecaster integration of the supercomputer and weather stations around the world could have a huge impact on global industryFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:46:15 +0000Incredible: Five Lions Take Down a Giraffe from their mother's care, five young lions must fend for, and feed, themselves. Their first challenge: a giant giraffe who refuses to be caughtFri, 26 Aug 2016 14:12:08 +0000The Massive Yellowstone Fish Die-Off: A Glimpse Into Our Climate Future? unprecedented kill reveals why we need to keep rivers resilientThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:35:16 +0000Getting Up Close and Personal With America’s First Offshore Wind Farm newly-erected turbines off of Block Island may signal the future of American wind powerThu, 25 Aug 2016 19:17:23 +0000How One Millionaire's Promise Led to a National Park millionaire John D. Rockefeller Jr. first visited Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1926, he vowed to preserve the awe-inspiring landThu, 25 Aug 2016 14:59:44 +0000From Our Photo Contest: Soak Up the Beauty of America's National Parks marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service. Enjoy these standout images submitted by our photo communityThu, 25 Aug 2016 10:30:00 +0000Ancient Maya Bloodletting Tools or Common Kitchen Knives? How Archaeologists Tell the Difference techniques for identifying the tools of sacrifice sharpen our understanding of the ritualWed, 24 Aug 2016 20:25:19 +0000Why the Universe Needs More Black and Latino Astronomers has one of the worst diversity rates of any scientific field. This Harvard program is trying to change that Tue, 23 Aug 2016 18:32:44 +0000The “Great Green Wall” Didn’t Stop Desertification, but it Evolved Into Something That Might multibillion-dollar effort to plant a 4,000-mile-long wall of trees hit some snags along the way, but there's still hopeTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:51:48 +0000Food Tasting Too Healthy? Just Add Scent scientists use smell to trick tastebuds—and brainsTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:11:02 +0000How the National Parks Are Playing the Game of “What If” to Prepare for Climate Change agencies are starting to embrace scenario planning, a tool developed by the military to plan for thermonuclear warMon, 22 Aug 2016 14:33:38 +0000These Simple Fixes Could Save Thousands of Birds a Year From Fishing Boats as basic as adding a colorful streamer to commercial longline fishing boats could save thousands of seabirds a yearMon, 22 Aug 2016 13:20:00 +0000A Beary Happy First Birthday to Bei Bei. Unbearably Cute Celebrations Are in Store's sweetheart celebrates his birthday this weekend at the National ZooFri, 19 Aug 2016 20:24:51 +0000The Man Who Ran a Carnival Attraction That Saved Thousands of Premature Babies Wasn't a Doctor at All Couney carried a secret with him, but the results are unimpeachableFri, 19 Aug 2016 18:28:45 +0000Scientists Know They Should Really Study Important Bugs but OMG a Baby Cheetah conservation science, the cutest animals still get all the attentionThu, 18 Aug 2016 20:08:17 +0000Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change learning—things birds pick up from their parents while still in the egg—may play a bigger role than imagined.Thu, 18 Aug 2016 18:00:00 +0000This Man Claims He Has the World’s Largest Collection of Toy Dinosaurs, and He Loves Them All Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswoman have long fought against the assumption that they are weaker than men, and the battle isn’t over yetThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:18:39 +0000100 Years Later, the First International Treaty to Protect Birds Has Grown Wings U.S. and Canada celebrate the centennial of an agreement recognizing that birds see no bordersThu, 18 Aug 2016 14:03:51 +0000Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing lack of women leaders in STEM creates “a catch-22 death spiral.” Robotics teams try to change thatTue, 16 Aug 2016 18:42:05 +0000Give it Up, Sneaky Males: These Lady Fish Have You Outwitted ocellated wrasses have developed a surprising trick to control who fathers their offspringTue, 16 Aug 2016 15:02:53 +0000 Smithsonian Researchers Uncover Extinct, Ancient River Dolphin Fossil Hiding in Their Own Collections, paleontologists don’t have to go into the field to discover a tantalizing new speciesTue, 16 Aug 2016 14:45:31 +0000A Secret Refuge for Elk Thought to Be Extinct many as 500,000 tule elk once roamed the coast of California, but they were hunted to extinction in the mid-1860s. Or so we thought... Tue, 16 Aug 2016 04:47:53 +0000Long After Einstein, Cosmic Lensing Reaches Its Full Potential Hubble is taking advantage of Einstein’s theories to study the most distant galaxiesMon, 15 Aug 2016 19:34:04 +0000This Scientist Seeks Out the Secret History of Other Worlds Zuber has spent her career enabling discoveries beyond Earth. She says the best is yet to comeMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000Rare Afghan Deer Endures Two Major Wars, Is Ultimate Survivor feared the endangered ungulate had gone locally extinct. The Bactrian deer proved them wrong Mon, 15 Aug 2016 14:08:38 +0000New Moon-Formation Theory Also Raises Questions About Early Earth new model of the impact that created the moon might upend theories about earth, tooFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000These Microbe-Coated Seeds Could Help Us Thrive in a Dark, Dry Future Massachusetts-based startup is prepping for your basic apocalyptic scenarioFri, 12 Aug 2016 13:26:37 +0000The Solar Storm That Nearly Set the Cold War Ablaze radio interference from a 1967 solar storm spooked the U.S. military—and launched space weather forecastingFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:39:30 +0000Why Honey Bees Are Crucial Employees at this Airport colony of 300,000 honey bees lives just south of Frankfurt Airport. By testing the quality of their honey, scientists can determine pollution levelsFri, 12 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000These Ridiculously Long-Lived Sharks Are Older Than the United States, and Still Living It Up lifespans of these marine methuselahs may double those of oldest living tortoises, a creative dating method finds Thu, 11 Aug 2016 18:00:03 +0000Google Thinks These 20 Teenagers Could Change Our World for the Better kids from around the globe have created innovative new technologies, from malaria-testing apps to water-saving agriculture systemsThu, 11 Aug 2016 17:33:56 +0000Soil Has a Microbiome, Too unique mix of microbes in soil has a profound effect on which plants thrive and which ones dieThu, 11 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Real Way Komodo Dragons Kill Prey dragons aren't physically built to chase after their preyThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Go Deep: 5 Places on Earth to See Seriously Old Rocks geology "in action"—or at least as action-packed as rocks can be—at these five spotsWed, 10 Aug 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Perseid Meteor Shower Looks Even More Beautiful When You Know Where It Comes From streak across the sky is a fragment of the original material of our solar systemWed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Animals Predict Earthquakes? cling to the idea that the beasts of the field could help to make earthquakes predictable, but prognosticators they are not Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Happened in the Seconds, Hours, Weeks After the Dino-Killing Asteroid Hit Earth? Cretaceous forecast: Tsunamis, a deadly heat pulse, and massive cooling.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening the Space Race to the Entire World new era of collaboration and affordable technology has scientists across the globe sending spacecraft into outer spaceTue, 09 Aug 2016 13:34:52 +0000Why Is This Lizard Doing Push-Ups? lizards have an interesting technique of performing upper body workouts to get the attention of their potential matesTue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Today’s Smooth-Running Horses May Owe Their Genetics to the Vikings have determined the likely origin for the "gaitkeeper" gene, which controls gaitedness in horsesMon, 08 Aug 2016 18:23:45 +0000How Climate Change Will Transform the National Parks’ Iconic Animals and Plants changes may force park managers to choose which species will live, and which will dieMon, 08 Aug 2016 16:06:36 +0000Seismic Slowdowns Could Warn of Impending Earthquakes "earthquake machine" in the lab is helping scientists understand what goes on just before a quakeMon, 08 Aug 2016 15:01:00 +0000Mercury-Laden Sea Lion Carcasses Threaten California's Coastal Condors new findings put a wrench in conservation of one of the world's rarest birdsMon, 08 Aug 2016 14:01:00 +0000Humans Have Promoted the Reef Shark to Apex Predator these diverse predators ended up getting all the creditFri, 05 Aug 2016 19:36:04 +0000A Radioactive Cold War Military Base Will Soon Emerge From Greenland’s Melting Ice thought the frozen earth would keep it safely hidden. They were wrongFri, 05 Aug 2016 15:35:46 +0000Death Valley: One of the Most Extreme Places on Earth 1913, temperatures in Death Valley reached a world-record high of 134 degrees FahrenheitFri, 05 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Indochinese Leopard Is Down to Just a Few Lives threatened cats now occupy just 8 percent of their historic range in Cambodia, new population estimate findsThu, 04 Aug 2016 20:09:13 +0000Defying Critics, Paleontologist Paul Olsen Looks for Hidden Answers Behind Mass Extinctions a childhood spent discovering fossils to tangling over questions of ancient life and death, this scientist constantly pushes the boundaries.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 18:03:25 +0000The Ocean's Great Garbage Patches Might Have Exit Doors isn't destined to swirl in the ocean forever; new models show it eventually washes up on shore.Thu, 04 Aug 2016 14:08:03 +0000What Is a Rattlesnake's Rattle Actually Made Of? time rattlesnakes shed their skin, a scale remains behind which, in time, becomes the infamous rattleThu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 +0000Rare Wolf or Common Coyote? It Shouldn't Matter, But It Does concept of species is flawed, but it still has a huge bearing on conservation policyWed, 03 Aug 2016 17:47:10 +0000Richer Homes Are Also Richer in Biodiversity find that wealthier neighborhoods sport a greater diversity of bugsWed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:23 +0000Solving a Mystery of Mammoth Proportions freshwater sealed the demise of the St. Paul woolly mammoths, and could still pose a threat todayTue, 02 Aug 2016 18:09:05 +0000A Neuroscientist Tells You What’s Wrong With Your Brain Burnett’s new book, Idiot Brain, explains why your mind evolved to thwart you Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:48:08 +0000Why the Universe Is Becoming More Habitable universe is far more welcoming to life today than it was when microbes on Earth arose—and will only grow more soMon, 01 Aug 2016 19:50:46 +0000When Frogs Pull the Curtain: The Benefits of Mating in Secret's new curator of frogs explains why some frogs seek privacy when they mateMon, 01 Aug 2016 16:35:50 +0000Is Sustainable Trash-Burning a Load of Rubbish? experts say it lets us get away with producing more and more garbage. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 16:00:00 +0000On a Deep Dive in a Custom-Built Submarine, a New Species of Scorpionfish Is Discovered Smithsonian scientist dives deep to a coral reef and finds much to discoverMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:03:04 +0000Back to Basics: Saving Water the Old-Fashioned Way the world, communities are reviving old ways of saving or storing water—with promising resultsMon, 01 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000These Sleek, Sexy Cars Were All Inspired By Fish’ve heard about the Stingray, but what about the Bionic Boxfish? Fri, 29 Jul 2016 20:11:24 +0000Bulldogs Are Dangerously Unhealthy, But There May Not Be Enough Diversity in Their Genes to Save Them we loved this dog into a genetic bindFri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:02 +0000To Uncover Earth’s Origins, Scientists Must Look Beyond It to study the other planetary bodies in our solar system could help solve the mystery of how our own came to be.Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:32:57 +0000Being a Deep Space Astronaut Could Be Bad for Your Hearthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com astronauts have died from cardiovascular problems at a much higher rate than other astronauts. Why?Thu, 28 Jul 2016 20:13:36 +0000Must the Molecules of Life Always be Left-Handed or Right-Handed? are on Earth, but life on other planets could play by different rulesThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:36 +0000Podcast: The Weird, Wild, Endangered Solenodon solenodon survived the impact that killed the dinosaurs, but after all that, we might be its downfall.Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Regulate the Incredible Promise and Profound Power of Gene Drive Technology evolutionary ecologist argues that cutting-edge genetic research that could lead to species extinction should be handled with careThu, 28 Jul 2016 14:44:00 +0000From Playboy to Polar Bears: A Fashion Photographer’s Journey to Document Climate Science in Northernmost Alaska Mazza Ramsay traveled to Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States, to document life and research on the front lines of climate changeThu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:56 +0000Watch: Hammerhead vs. Stingray hammerhead shark locates a stingray hiding beneath the ocean floor. Unnerved, the stingray makes a dash for freedom—but is it too late?Wed, 27 Jul 2016 18:54:45 +0000Photographing the Glory of Abandoned NASA Launch Padshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com new book captures key sites in space race historyWed, 27 Jul 2016 14:55:14 +0000All the Extremely Absurd Ways People Are Fighting Zika at the Rio Olympics facial masks, wearing Zika-proof uniforms and freezing sperm: Does any of this stuff actually work?Tue, 26 Jul 2016 17:11:05 +0000Forced Closer to Humans, Crocodiles Face Their Greatest Existential Threat armored reptiles have long been considered indestructible, but new threats are shifting the equationTue, 26 Jul 2016 13:45:40 +0000How Miraculous Microbes Help Us Evolve Better, Faster, Stronger yet crucial, our microbial partners add a gene-swapping plot twist to evolutionary theory Tue, 26 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can the Art of Divination Help People Cope With Climate Anxiety? Brooklyn-based artist strives to create emotional connections with the looming threat of climate change.Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:10:39 +0000The Tiny World of Glacier Microbes Has an Outsized Impact on Global Climate living on glaciers collectively cover an area the size of New Hampshire—and they could have a big influence on global climateMon, 25 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Metaphorically Speaking, Your Nervous System is a Dictatorship Except when it's an oligarchy. Or a democracy. Or all three.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Podcast: Our Food, Our Selves is a focal point for understanding broader environmental problems. In this podcast, we learn how food buyers are influenced in surprising ways.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000Forget Bees: This Bird Has the Sweetest Deal With Honey-Seeking Humans effectiveness of the honeyguide call sheds light on why this golden relationship has stuck around so longThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Chew on This: Powerful Jaws Fueled a Jurassic Herbivore Boom, not flowers, might be the key to the duckbills’ successThu, 21 Jul 2016 14:47:25 +0000The Enduring Climate Legacy of Mauna Loa years after a trailblazing climate scientist scaled its heights, the Hawaii-based observatory remains essentialWed, 20 Jul 2016 20:22:37 +0000Meet the Brilliant Apollo Mastermind You’ve Never Heard Of http://www.smithsonianmag.com quiet presence, research engineer Bob Gilruth helped NASA send the first manned spaceflight to the moonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:37 +0000How Parasites Became So Popular new study finds that parasitism evolved independently 223 times. But that number is actually surprisingly lowWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000Were Ants the World's First Farmers? new study shows that a group of ants have been conducting a subsistence type of farming since shortly after the dinosaurs died outWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:10:41 +0000The Incredible Things a Hammerhead's Nose Can Do hammerhead shark is capable of detecting a single drop of fish oil in a body of water equivalent to an Olympic-size swimming poolTue, 19 Jul 2016 03:46:11 +0000There’s No Wrong Way to Make a Tadpole (or Froglet) frogs, “vomit frogs” and foam-spewers reveal the glorious range of frog baby-making techniquesMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:23:06 +0000Why Chemicals in the U.S. Are Still “Innocent Until Proven Guilty” new chemical bill makes major strides, but doesn’t fix the root problemMon, 18 Jul 2016 16:02:00 +0000Move Over, Madagascar: This Island Has the World’s Greatest Concentration of Unique Mammals majority of them are found nowhere else on Earth, making Luzon is a biological treasure troveFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:42:01 +0000Dinosaurs Literally Reshaped The Planet didn't just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they livedFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000Defying Stereotypes, Ducklings Are as Clever as They Are Cute ducks understand abstract concepts such as sameness and difference with no training whatsoeverThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:03:27 +0000When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big? recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil recordThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:39 +0000Arm Day at the Gym Apparently Not a Thing for Newly Found, Tiny-Armed Dino out <i>T. rex</i> doesn’t have a copyright on those adorably awkward, itty-bitty armsWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:01:14 +0000Can You Put A Price Tag On Nature? Actually, Yes's what happens when you try to account for the monetary value of natureWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000New Schemes Pay You to Save Species—But Will They Work? being set up in the American West are taking a radical new approach: paying landowners to preserve animal habitat.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Research new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon? Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spills years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we're doingTue, 12 Jul 2016 20:02:51 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Wars teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonely the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrificeMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:34:23 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpee than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Tide Shifts Against the Concept of a Keystone Species challenge a key ecological concept, ushering in a slightly-more democratic era for tide pools everywhereFri, 08 Jul 2016 18:29:15 +0000Podcast: Does Anybody Even Care About the Arctic Anymore? week's episode of Warm Regards asks why our coldest region has gotten the cold shoulderFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:10:46 +0000Where and How to (Safely) Bear Watch in Alaska à la <i>Revenant</i> are a statistical blip. An Alaska expert outlines the dos and don'ts of sharing wilderness with the state's 133,000 bearsFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:48:46 +0000Study Says Earth's Plate Tectonics May Be Just a Phase models suggest that earth's plates could grind to a halt in about five billion years.Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Sorry, Tiger Dudes: Your Ladies Are Faking It’s tigresses may be feigning interest in sex as the result of shrinking habitat and overlapping territoriesFri, 08 Jul 2016 12:42:51 +0000Awkward Robots Show How Tails Propelled First Land Walkers to New Heights 3D-printed bot designed to move like amphibious fish suggests that the first land animals needed tails to climb slippery slopesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000If Telescopes Are Time Machines, the JWST Will Take Us the Furthest Back Yet James Webb Space Telescope promises to peer back into the making of the first galaxiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 14:40:49 +0000Podcast: Kim Stanley Robinson Says 'Either You're An Environmentalist, Or You're Not Paying Attention' writer Kim Stanley Robinson discusses sci-fi's role in helping us understand the world.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000How a Young Jupiter Acted as Both Protector and Destroyer a boisterous older sibling, the gas giant both beat up and protected young EarthWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:46:37 +0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstood feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S.Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:49:50 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyard by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000Child Refugees Pose Unique Challenge for Mental Health Practitioners the crisis deepens, mental health experts move from questions of short-term survival to ones of longer-term rehabilitationTue, 05 Jul 2016 14:31:27 +0000It's Official: We Are Now in Orbit Around Jupiter a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbitTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:48:16 +0000