Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000Tampa and Dubai May Be Due for Extreme "Grey Swan" Hurricanes new model combines historical data and physical modeling to find the risks of catastrophic storms in unexpected placesMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Redrew the Gulf Coast storms here are nothing new, human influence helped Katrina make Louisiana’s ecological problems worseFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases? researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000It's a Boy! The Panda Cub Was Fathered by the National Zoo's Tian Tian (Video) scientists say that their newly developed genetic test determined the sex of the pandaFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:55:01 +0000Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Results massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Life May Have Spread Through the Galaxy Like a Plague alien life is distributed in a pattern that mirrors epidemics, it could be strong support for the theory of panspermiaThu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:19 +0000Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solved famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humansThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canal Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Updated: One of the National Zoo's Panda Cubs Has Died Zoo announced on August 26 that the smaller of its newborn twin panda cubs has diedWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 +0000Death By Fungus, and Other Fun Facts About Fungal Friends and Foes Generation Anthropocene episode highlights oft overlooked organisms that may help us better understand human impactsWed, 26 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:03 +0000Panda Update: Giant Panda Mom Mei Xiang Won't Exchange Care of Cubs cub is receiving infant formula and fluids from Zoo veterinariansTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:27 +0000Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticidesMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:39 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking the Temperature of the First Warmblooded Fish can the opah tell us about the deep blue seaMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homelandMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000Want a Satisfying Sex Life? Try Being a Better Parent suggest that splitting childcare duties often produces happier, more sexually satisfied couplesSun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000BREAKING: A Panda Cub is Born at the National Zoo (Video) 17-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang gives birthSat, 22 Aug 2015 20:09:57 +0000Modern Humans Have Become Superpredators other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more full-grown adultsThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg? may be doing their one-legged tree pose to stay warm or just because it's comfortableThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:42:15 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnets metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Panda Cub (Or Is It Bamboo?) Detected in Mei Xiang's Ultrasound pandas is complicated and frustrating. The Zoo's female Giant Panda has delivered two healthy cubs in the past ten yearsWed, 19 Aug 2015 21:06:59 +0000Gliding Spiders Found Falling From Tropical Trees spiders that live in the rainforest strike a Superman pose to take control of their free-fallsTue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassos the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles, which catches the local pufferfish by surpriseTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:25:31 +0000How a Farming Project in Brazil Turned Into a Social and Ecological Tragedy week's Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at Rondônia, a textbook tale of how not to set up sustainable land useTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:00:53 +0000Lice That Can Resist Drugs Have Infested Half the States in the U.S. pests that can survive common drugstore treatments have been found in at least 25 states so farTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How, and Why, Do Astronomers Take Pictures of Exoplanets? latest snapshot of a Jupiter-like world hints at the potential for seeing more diverse planets in direct imagesFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:16:07 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillers scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000Why Tens of Thousands of Toxic Mines Litter the U.S. West spill in Colorado's Animas River highlights the problem of wastewater building up in abandoned minesThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Drought chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the wallsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tropical Octopus Definitely Mates Beak-to-Beak Pacific striped octopus couples engage in a host of behaviors unheard of among other octopuses Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Happened When a Disaster Preparedness Expert Was Caught in an Earthquake this Generation Anthropocene podcast, geologist Anne Sanquini gives her first-hand account of April's disaster in NepalTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:20 +0000Why the Nepal Earthquake Was Especially Bad for Cultural Sites major quake sparked a resonance in the basin that made taller buildings more likely to toppleThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Get Prune Fingers? researchers say that, like tire treads, our fingers and toes could get better traction in wet conditionsThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:33:50 +0000Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West? seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the rangeThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Hotter Climate May Boost Conflict, From Shootings to Wars this episode of Generation Anthropocene, scientists explore the link between rising temperatures and aggressionThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Physics Drove the Design of the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japan gun-like design of the Little Boy bomb was effectively the last of its kindWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:15:17 +0000How Time, Space and Authority Figures Influence Your Moral Judgment study of how people respond to outrageous acts suggests that our sense of crime and punishment is surprisingly flexibleTue, 04 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Curly Hair Science Is Revealing How Different Locks React to Heat mechanical engineer tackles the understudied problem of how to style curls without frying hairTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:42:54 +0000Visit the World's Most Amazing Old-Growth Forests are some of the best places to hug centuries-old treesTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:37:06 +0000Young Picky Eaters May Be More Anxious and Depressed eating in kids is common but not always harmless—it may be a sign of longer-lasting psychological problemsMon, 03 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +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 +0000