Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Is at Least Four Billion Years Old grains of Australian zircon hold evidence that our magnetic shielding was active very soon after the planet formedThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Flowers Changed the World, From Ecosystems to Art Galleries new book by entomologist Stephen Buchmann explores the beautiful and sometimes bizarre history of flowering plantsThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Plant historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Molecule at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Hamsters Are Optimists When They Live in Comfy Cages hamsters that enjoy habitats full of toys and fluffy bedding make more upbeat decisions than those in stark enclosuresTue, 28 Jul 2015 23:01:00 +0000Top Five Myths About Human Kidneys limiting alcohol consumption to detoxing, many misconceptions circulate about how to keep your kidneys healthyTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicate this Generation Anthropocene podcast, social animals show scientists how to trace our evolution and improve interactionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:38 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Disease biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Things scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memoriesFri, 24 Jul 2015 19:23:20 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scroll software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery? experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Sky's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 +0000Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSD years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improvingWed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Will We Feed 9 Billion People on Earth of the Future? week's Generation Anthropocene reveals how seeds on ice and poisonous tubers may offer hope for food securityWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:56 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australians new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Recession, Not Fracking, Drove a Drop in U.S. Carbon Emissions switch from coal to natural gas played only a small role in the recent carbon dioxide declineTue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Connect Monkey Brains and Boost Their Thinking Power at Duke University have enhanced the mind power of monkeys and rats by linking their brains togetherMon, 20 Jul 2015 19:34:25 +0000Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Heal and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and moreMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:02 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuit the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flyby the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappers genetic bundles that code for males and females can get a little messy when they trade pieces during cell divisionFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty? are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000Behold, the First Closeup Pictures From the Pluto Flyby Are Here fresh-faced moons to ice mountains, these are the visual surprises that hit the ground the day after the Pluto flybyWed, 15 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000Where Will the New Horizons Probe Go After Pluto? historic flyby may be over, but the spacecraft should still go on to study even smaller bodies on its path through the Kuiper beltWed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:33 +0000The New Horizons Probe Has Made Its Closest Approach to Pluto scientists have received the confirmation signal that the pre-programmed event went as planned and the craft is healthyWed, 15 Jul 2015 02:35:36 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersect better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Can We Keep Track of Earth's Invisible Water? week's episode of Generation Anthropocene goes on a deep dive into some of the planet's more mysterious water sourcesTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wildfires Are Happening More Often and in More Places fire season length has increased by nearly a fifth in the last 35 years, and the area impacted has doubledTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Be, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000Bumblebees Are Getting Squeezed by Climate Change North America and Europe, the insects are just not keeping up with shifting temperatures Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Pluto Probe Finds Surprises Ahead of Its Close Encounter dark poles to weird "whales", New Horizons is giving us a taste of the historic science we can expect from its visit to PlutoWed, 08 Jul 2015 21:25:20 +0000Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptions ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 yearsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Art collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Geography Shaped Societies, From Neanderthals to iPhones weeks' episode of Generation Anthropocene discusses efforts to quantify social development and the cultural retention of the NavajoTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa River a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Gold underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000The Top Five Conversations About Earth in the Age of Humans Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophyMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tails show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagious spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases? events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brain outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Bird fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteria scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Food aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to California's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell? all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar System the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell? humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accident Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shell 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World" the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Too suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Century new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usual the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching? fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Trade new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americans DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handedness discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Spores medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpacks Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dad're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicine years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Other Diseases under strict protection see the most benefit in shielding people from illness and infectionMon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer? director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Dark insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climate of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible? the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceans shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossils sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evil who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brains on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink? exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinese nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +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 summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After All data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royalty horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Males direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moons the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Strip of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000