Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:32 +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 +0000The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Baking baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cakeTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:15 +0000Need to Fix a Heart Attack? Try Photosynthesis plant-like creatures into a rat's heart can jumpstart the recovery process, study findsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:15:00 +0000How Cats Conquered the World use 9,000 years of feline genetics to chart their global rise to powerMon, 19 Jun 2017 15:19:48 +0000Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Clima Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:29 +0000Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather App was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical trainingFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:19 +0000Why These Vegetarian Monkeys Have Sharp Predator Teeth the Ethiopian highlands, native Geladas have impressive canines despite being grass eaters. The reason is simple: The males need to defend themselvesFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUD decades of being shunned by women and doctors alike, this T-shaped device is enjoying a new surge of popularityThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingers virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branchesThu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathers explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True?, books and poetry have made predictions about a future that could be rapidly approachingWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000Ancient DNA Could Unravel the Mystery of Prehistoric European Migration research pinpoints the geographic origins of ancient Eurasians, showing how the continent’s population changedWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:32:58 +0000You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbes that they’ve tallied up American feces, researchers are turning to the other half of the microbial equation: foodWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000This Human Feature Gives Squirrel Monkeys Their Precise Grip monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprintsWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000When We Go to Mars, Will We Have a Real-Life HAL 9000 With Us? generations of NASA scientists were inspired by an evil Hollywood supercomputerTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:45:35 +0000Tarzan's Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree's Ability to Bear Fruit With lowered fruit production, fewer seeds are dispersed to grow new treesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Don't Be Jealous of These Oyster-Slurping Beach Monkeys macaques spend much of the day frolicking on tropical sands and taking a dip in the ocean to cool offTue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Who Owns Antarctica's Pristine Oceans? humans finally stopped squabbling and protected one of the world's most pristine marine areas Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:14:18 +0000Michael Bloomberg Wants to Solve Climate Change From the "Bottom Up" Washington deadlocks, the former New York City mayor believes that cities, businesses and people are the best hope for saving the environmentMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:10:13 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future? the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000Five Big Questions About How to Forge Humanity’s Future's still a lot unanswered when it comes to coping with a warming planetMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:04 +0000This Group Believes in Making Artwork as a Response to Climate Change association of artists, youth and social entrepreneurs asks people around the world to create anti-pollution masksMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:50:33 +0000These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand the Future of the Planet curator Joanna Marsh highlights contemporary artists whose practices are conscious-raising and problem-solving Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:30:02 +0000Seven Books Worth Reading to Change the Conversation About Climate Change scientist Nancy Knowlton selects some of her favorite picks off her bookshelfMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:20:54 +0000We Asked: Are You Optimistic About the Earth’s Future? at and around the Smithsonian offered their answers to this challenging queryMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:10:27 +0000Not All Trash Is Created Equal 2025, the regions of the world that produce the most waste—and what they're producing—will have shifted dramaticallyMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:05:35 +0000Antlers Are Miraculous Face Organs That Could Benefit Human Health’s so much more to deer antlers than fighting and impressing the ladiesMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:39:59 +0000These Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine to Stay Hydrated themselves are important sources of water in outer space. With the help of a special centrifuge, their urine is distilled, then processedMon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses? monkeys may look ridiculous to us, but they are in fact perfectly adapted to their swamp surroundingsFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought—But Mysteries Remain fossil discovery alters the accepted narrative of when humans evolved and how they spread through AfricaThu, 08 Jun 2017 17:11:46 +0000The Science Behind the Discovery of the Oldest Homo Sapien need both genetics and anthropology to solve the mysteries of human origins, says a researcher on the teamWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:50:04 +0000The Long, Winding Tale of Sperm Science why it's finally headed in the right directionWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000A Pioneering Force of Harlequin Frogs Set Out to Help Save Their Species with tiny transmitters, these frogs are released to face the challenging chytrid fungus that decimated their populationsTue, 06 Jun 2017 20:01:13 +0000How Your Brain Recognizes All Those Faces home in on one section at a time, researchers reportTue, 06 Jun 2017 15:14:12 +0000Forget What You've Heard About the Pee Cure, Here's How to Really Fix a Jellyfish Sting studied what to do and what not to do when stung by a jellyfish. The result? Folk remedies are bad.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:47:15 +0000This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwater the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its taskTue, 06 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Hear Two Even More Ancient Black Holes Collide this point, detecting ripples in the fabric of space-time is practically commonplaceThu, 01 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Safer Digs for Tortoises Put a Damper on Their Love Lives new genetic study surprised scientists who learned the males were not breedingThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:30:18 +0000What the Heck Is a Hellbender—And How Can We Make More of Them? the Saint Louis Zoo decided to invest in this slimy, surprisingly adorable amphibianThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:11:51 +0000Ancient Mummies Finally Give Up Their Genetic Secrets with new DNA techniques, scientists have extracted genetic sequences from preserved EgyptiansWed, 31 May 2017 21:41:33 +0000How Polar Bears Became the Dragons of the North maps depicting the “white bears” say more about our own fears and fantasies than about the predators themselvesWed, 31 May 2017 17:15:09 +0000How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNA The chemistry behind this protective lotion reflects a modern understanding of the danger of ultraviolet rays Wed, 31 May 2017 16:15:18 +0000What a Vampire Bat Can Teach Us About the Economics of Friendship Smithsonian scientist says important lessons about making friends and sharing can be learned from these blood-sucking creatures Wed, 31 May 2017 14:45:42 +0000Oldest Cancer Case in Central America Discovered young teen, who died 700 years ago, likely suffered pain in the right arm as the tumor grew and expanded through the boneTue, 30 May 2017 18:26:45 +0000How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecraft budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save moneyTue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Hidden Dangers of Road Salt clears our roads, but also spells danger for fish, moose—and sometimes humansFri, 26 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Future of Zero-Gravity Living Is Here predict there will be thousands of us living and working in space. Our correspondent takes off to see what that feels likeThu, 25 May 2017 14:59:30 +0000The Key to Protecting Life on Earth May Be Barcoding It easier way to read DNA is helping scientists tease apart species and ecosystems in nuanced waysThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Mastiffs Became the World’s Top Dogs large, furry dogs of Tibet took an evolutionary shortcut millenia ago Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked? by the digital fortunes of Silicon Valley, biotech companies are brazenly setting out to “cure” agingWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Which of Your Favorite Superheroes Is Destroying the Earth? the carbon footprints of your favorite comic book heroes, from Batman to Jessica JonesWed, 24 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000One Girl's Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracin Treacy was the namesake for a breakthrough medicationTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wrong biology shows that taste receptors aren't nearly as simple as that cordoned-off model would lead you to believeTue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Sacrificing Fake Caterpillars in the Name of Science insects are helping ecologists figure out why bugs are more likely to become meals near the equatorTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaos tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years agoTue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Too portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s noses are especially attuned to picking up odors in bananas, urine and human bloodMon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivory trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen woodMon, 22 May 2017 13:56:09 +0000How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes sound horrifying and look worse. A Smithsonian researcher is investigating the cause of these grotesque skin lesions Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:01 +0000What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answer DNA techniques let us see animals in finer and finer gradients, the old definition is falling apartFri, 19 May 2017 13:47:40 +0000How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Good Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modelingThu, 18 May 2017 16:03:44 +0000How America Can Help Save a Non-American Species: The Mighty Giraffe aren't native to the U.S. But listing them as an endangered species could offer them much-needed protectionThu, 18 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteWed, 17 May 2017 20:35:56 +0000How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beveragesWed, 17 May 2017 17:22:12 +0000To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real-Life Video Game techniques weren't working for the raven-ravaged reptile. So researchers got creative Tue, 16 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before President Trump prepares to send miners back to work, a near-obsolete illness is once again ravaging coal countryTue, 16 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beauty experiencing the beauty of an object could require conscious thought, vindicating the ideas of Immanuel KantMon, 15 May 2017 18:58:23 +0000Fossils From Ancient Hot Springs Suggest Life May Have Evolved on Land 3.5-billion-year-old rocks could vindicate Darwin's claim that life evolved in "some warm little pond," and not in the oceanThu, 11 May 2017 20:08:33 +0000People Don’t Trust Scientific Research When Companies Are Involved sometimes, they shouldThu, 11 May 2017 19:32:21 +0000Soon, You Could Be Able to Tell if Your Aquarium Fish Was Caught With Cyanide new handheld detector aims to root out this widespread, destructive practice Thu, 11 May 2017 16:20:57 +0000Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Own the stuff of elephant tusks could benefit wildlife conservation and engineering—yet many technical hurdles remain Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:20 +0000These Haunting Photographs Call Attention to Plastic Trash Swirling in the Ocean photographer Mandy Barker explores the beauty and tragedy of marine plankton and plastic wasteWed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Budweiser to Heineken, Alcohol Brands Are Rampant in Hollywood Films the past two decades, even G-rated films have amped up the booze labels Tue, 09 May 2017 18:02:10 +0000 The World Told Through the Eyes of the Ginkgo Tree deciding this ancient plant was worthy of their attention, humans ended up dramatically shaping its evolution Tue, 09 May 2017 16:13:47 +0000Introducing 'Zuul,' an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sore finely preserved fossil sheds new light on the curious tail of armored dinosMon, 08 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000How Smart Were Early Humans? “Neuroarchaeology” Offers Some Answers Brain Imaging Gives Insight Into Early Human MindsMon, 08 May 2017 18:56:57 +0000The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defects the United States escaped a national tragedy in the 1960sMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:50 +0000Racism Harms Children's Health, Survey Finds may not be a disease, exactly. But a growing body of research finds that it has lasting physical and mental effects on its victims Fri, 05 May 2017 19:15:24 +0000A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discovered 18 million years ago, the Caribbean Sea seasonally flooded inland forests, where enormous crocodiles and turtles roamedFri, 05 May 2017 18:32:07 +0000How Electrified Steel Could Suck Toxic Metals From the Ocean a century of strip mining and deforestation, New Caldonia researchers are working to de-contaminate marine watersFri, 05 May 2017 14:39:11 +0000Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic? global disease monitoring network is banking on the idea that healthier wildlife means healthier humans Fri, 05 May 2017 13:18:05 +0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expedition group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeerThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climate collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama aims to rewrite a fraught narrativeWed, 03 May 2017 18:43:56 +0000Footage of the Alarming Moments Before the Everest Avalanche earthquake in Nepal fills hikers on Everest with fear. Once the tremors subside, however, a new threat begins to loom on the horizon: an avalancheWed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How and When Did Saturn Get Those Magnificent Rings? planet's rings are coy when it comes to revealing their age, but astronomers are getting closer Mon, 01 May 2017 14:49:38 +0000Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Shows does it really mean to get our brains on the same wavelength? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:53 +0000How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human livesFri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:50 +0000Using a New Roadmap to Democratize Climate Change new tool aims to bypass governments and put the power of climate action in the people’s handsFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Grand Unified Theory of Pooping you and an elephant spend the same amount of time on the johnThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:44:35 +0000Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue! still-controversial conservation technique will never be a species' panacea. But it might provide a crucial stop-gapThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:02:23 +0000 How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havoc in this episode of <i>Generation Anthropocene</i>: The case of U.S. Navy ships, beached whales and deadly sonar pings Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Them young couple hiking in a Himalayan valley are caught in the middle of an earthquake that sets off a giant avalancheThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000