Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000Ollie the Bobcat Is Back at the Zoo and Off the Streets of Washington, D.C. Zoo bobcat ends her city sojourn Mon, 30 Jan 2017 22:15:39 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpox deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Riches a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Star newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000To Save Giraffes, We May Need to Put Our Necks Out populations plummeting, researchers race to understand a beloved but enigmatic animalWed, 22 Feb 2017 16:37:12 +0000Poignant Panda Moments in These Last Photos of Bao Bao National Zoo sends its much-loved giant panda home to ChinaWed, 22 Feb 2017 00:56:34 +0000The Real Reason the Turtle Learned to Hide its Head Will Surprise You retract their heads for protection, but new research suggests that ability evolved for an entirely different reasonTue, 21 Feb 2017 19:09:43 +0000A New Age of Discovery Is Happening Right Now in the Remote Forests of Suriname’s explorers and scientists are identifying new species at a rate that would’ve amazed Charles DarwinTue, 21 Feb 2017 17:14:07 +0000Twelve Years Ago, the Kyoto Protocol Set the Stage for Global Climate Change Policy predecessor of today’s Paris Agreement got us one step closer to an international plan of action on climate changeFri, 17 Feb 2017 19:03:18 +0000This Hinged Skull Helps Dragonfish Eat Prey Bigger Than Its Head have discovered the world's only group of fish that has this unbelievable abilityFri, 17 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000This Wild Pig Has Fangs That Can Pierce Its Own Skull male babirusa's canines are an evolutionary mystery: They never stop growingFri, 17 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Biologist Defies Gravity (and Glass Ceilings) to Document the Effects of Climate Change one of five American women in this role, Heather Wilson blends aviation and birds to bolster climate change recordsThu, 16 Feb 2017 20:53:41 +0000“Are We Alone in the Universe?” Winston Churchill's Lost Extraterrestrial Essay Says No famed British statesman approached the question of alien life with a scientist's mindThu, 16 Feb 2017 15:47:46 +0000How to FedEx a Giant Panda February 21, the United States says #ByeByeBaoBaoThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:10:35 +0000Why the Assassin Bug More Than Lives Up to Its Name assassin bug's deadly proboscis is both sword and siphon. It uses its sharp nose to pierce and inject toxins into its victimsThu, 16 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Do Insects Do in Winter? winter comes, most bugs either migrate or time travel. But some get far more creativeWed, 15 Feb 2017 18:39:35 +0000A Great White Can Go Through 20,000 Teeth in Its Lifetime a great white shark's 300 serrated teeth are an amazing hunting adaptation, what's even more amazing is their replaceabilityWed, 15 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Demystifying the Love Lives of Pandas experts weigh in on panda porn, panda Viagra and other biological mythsTue, 14 Feb 2017 16:48:26 +0000Could This Tiny Drone Covered in Sticky Goop Do the Work of Bees?, it may not replace bees. But it's a fun project nonethelessTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fall in Love With Cannibalism This Valentine's Day your red wine and chocolate hearts with another delicious accompaniment: cannibalism, in the form of a new bookTue, 14 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Here's How the Strongest Insect on the Planet Fights beetles, as their name suggests, are immensely strong for their sizeTue, 14 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Are Oysters an Aphrodisiac?, if you think soMon, 13 Feb 2017 20:12:57 +0000The History and Science Behind Your Terrible Breath mouth-stink has been dousing the flames of passion for millennia. Why haven’t we come up with a cure?Mon, 13 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Extraordinary Life Cycle of a Hornet Colony a hornet queen lays hundreds of eggs, her workers set about feeding the larvae chewed-up prey. With tiny waists, the workers can't digest solid foodMon, 13 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000It’s Easy to Fall in Love With a Panda. But Do They Love Us Back? admire them, but have no illusions. Pandas are solitary creatures Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:00:00 +0000Here's Why You Should Never Kiss a Toad scientist at Smithsonian's Tropical Research Institute helped catalog everything known about toxins in the skins of endangered frogs and toadsFri, 10 Feb 2017 16:39:36 +0000How Astrophysicists Found a Black Hole Where No One Else Could new method could help scientists peer inside universe's densest star clusters to find undiscovered black holesFri, 10 Feb 2017 14:46:59 +0000Contraceptive Gel Called the “IUD For Men” Makes It Through Monkey Trials aims to make contraception for men as easy and effective as IUDs have for womenWed, 08 Feb 2017 20:27:16 +0000Where Did the FDA Come From, And What Does It Do? unglamorous origins, the federal agency has risen to ensure the safety of everything from lasers to condoms Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:23:24 +0000The Hagfish Is the Slimy Sea Creature of Your Nightmares hagfish is a slime-emitting ocean-dweller that's remained unchanged for 300 million years--and it shows. It has a skull (but no spine)Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Geology Has to Say About Building a 1,000-Mile Border Wall to erecting a marble palace or high-steepled church, a wall may seem relatively straightforward—it isn’tTue, 07 Feb 2017 20:03:52 +0000These Four Black Women Inventors Reimagined the Technology of the Home designating the realm of technology as 'male,' we overlook key inventions that took place in the domestic sphereTue, 07 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Birds Struggle to Keep Their Marriages in Rapidly Changing Urban Environments whether to get divorced is a complex calculation, even for birdsMon, 06 Feb 2017 20:36:35 +0000Ten Fun Facts About Falcons, the Birds the Atlanta Falcons prepare to play in the Super Bowl, learn about the remarkable raptors behind the nameFri, 03 Feb 2017 21:15:43 +0000Before “Hidden Figures,” NASA’s Human Computers Had Their Own Rock Operahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com Johnson’s inspirational story hit the Baltimore stage in 2015, thanks to another space scientistFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:51:43 +0000Scientists Now Know Exactly How Lead Got Into Flint's Water report points blames corrosion and warns that fixing lead poisoning nationwide will require more work than we hopedFri, 03 Feb 2017 19:05:35 +0000How Vampire Bats Suck Blood for 30 Minutes Unnoticed to a local anesthetic in their spit, vampire bats are able to drink blood from their prey without being detectedFri, 03 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Ocean Preserves Keep Fishing Boats Away from Grey Reef Sharks tracked hundreds of reef sharks to find that massive marine refuges can work—with one caveatThu, 02 Feb 2017 16:29:16 +0000Meet the Echidna, an Incredible, Fire-Proof Spiny Anteater echidna, or spiny anteater, is a marvel of defensive self-preservation, from its impenetrable spikes to its ability to breathe through bushfiresThu, 02 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Inside Every Frog's Mouth Is a Sticky, Grabby Bullet frog tongues—and some human ones!—in the name of scienceWed, 01 Feb 2017 20:15:33 +0000Can Eagle-Eyed Artificial Intelligence Help Prevent Children From Going Blind? learning pinpoints cataracts more accurately than humans, and could help prevent this form of vision loss in childrenWed, 01 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000A Coconut Octopus Uses Tools to Snatch a Crab octopuses are among the most intelligent invertebrates around: They use tools, carry their shelters around for when they need themWed, 01 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Scientist and a Reef-Diving Grandmother Team Up in Discovery of New Hermit Crab new species of hermit crab is named to honor her 7-year-old granddaughter MollyTue, 31 Jan 2017 18:37:17 +0000The Story of the Astrolabe, the Original Smartphone times likely paved the way for this multifunctional device, conceptual ancestor to the iPhone 7Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:06 +0000Humans May Have Arrived in North America 10,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought 24,000-year-old horse jawbone is helping rewrite our understanding of human habitation on the continentTue, 31 Jan 2017 15:18:08 +0000This Terrifying Worm Snatches Fish from the Ocean Floor strikers, also known as bobbit worms, are primitive-looking creatures that lack eyes, or even a brainTue, 31 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Canadian Scientists Explain Exactly How Their Government Silenced Science wasn’t just climate research. Rock snot, sharks and polar bears: All were off-limits during the Harper administrationMon, 30 Jan 2017 19:14:17 +0000Why Paleontologists Should Love Meat-Eaters… Particularly the ones that feasted on human flesh. Thanks, guys!Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000The Carnivorous Plant That Feasts on Mice the carnivorous cravings of most flesh-eating plants are limited to small insects, one exception is the pitcher plantMon, 30 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000By Age Six, Girls Have Already Stopped Thinking of Their Gender as 'Brilliant''re more likely to assume that someone who is 'very, very smart' is male, new research findsFri, 27 Jan 2017 19:50:04 +0000Changing Climate, Not Humans, Killed Australia’s Massive Mammals that mass extinction could help us predict what today’s human-wrought climate change may bringThu, 26 Jan 2017 20:00:00 +0000The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Glory’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?Thu, 26 Jan 2017 18:26:56 +0000The Zoo's Baby Seal Is Cute and Cuddly, But Don't Be Fooled National Zoo's seal-breeding program has another gray seal pup success Thu, 26 Jan 2017 17:33:48 +0000A Puff Adder Swallowing a Rat Is Something You Can't Unsee A puff adder has just bitten a rat, injecting it with enough venom to finish it off. The next step is to swallow it wholeThu, 26 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Legacy of the Apollo 1 Disaster years after a fire killed three astronauts and temporarily grounded U.S. space exploration, a new exhibit honors the fallen crewWed, 25 Jan 2017 18:55:44 +0000For Scientists, Chunks of Whale Earwax Can Be Biological Treasure Troves are waxing poetic about these unusual oceanic core samples found in the ears of cetaceansWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Komodo Dragons Can Taste Their Prey From Miles Away Komodo dragon's strongest sensory organ is its deeply forked tongue. It acts as a meal detector that samples the air for dead or dying animalsWed, 25 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Can Turn This Gecko-Inspired Gripping Device On or Off With the Flick of a Light mighty lizard inspires yet another innovation that could prove a boon to robotics and manufacturingTue, 24 Jan 2017 18:27:13 +0000How Victorian Gender Norms Shaped the Way We Think About Animal Sex No, females aren't always choosy and males don't always get aroundTue, 24 Jan 2017 17:25:08 +0000Incredible: A Gaboon Viper Strikes a Bird in Slo-Mo vipers don't have the fastest strike in the snake world--but they don't need to be faster than other snakes, just their preyTue, 24 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000You Wouldn't Want to Cuddle This Giant Prehistoric Otter With a Crushing Bite “badger otter” has some serious teeth, which had mystified paleontologists until nowMon, 23 Jan 2017 15:54:34 +0000Revel in These Wondrous Drawings by the Father of Neuroscience new book and exhibition pay homage to Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s impressive powers of observationMon, 23 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beast dog-like marsupial went extinct 80 years ago, but its preserved brains help us glean how its mind workedThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000Astronomers Get Closer Than Ever to Seeing a Black Hole http://www.smithsonianmag.com know one lurks at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists want to get a peak at its shadowWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:32:06 +0000Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation? want to know if astronauts can hibernate during long spaceflights. First, they need to understand what hibernation isWed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequila a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S.Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny, hunting seabirds has been a distinctive feature of Nordic coastal culture. Should it still be?Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:58:34 +0000How Fluid Dynamics Can Help You Navigate Crowds you plan to be in a seething mass of humans at some point—whether it’s an inauguration or protest thereof—here's how to keep yourself safeTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:33:44 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging? at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino? puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knows scientists find that macaque monkeys, like humans, know the limits of their own memoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparently amphibians may be less equipped to handle modern threats than their sexual counterpartsFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:39 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Here to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerful only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s? flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000These Blind Mice Just Got a Vision Boost Thanks to a New Transplant Technique. Could Blind Humans Be Next? an entire piece of retinal tissue into the eyes of blind mice appears to work better than just transplanting cellsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:50 +0000Your Guide to All Things Anthropocene an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Exploded writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Introducing the Global Effort to Map the Night Sky astronomers around the world are piecing together a patchwork quilt of celestial activityMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Hummingbirds, the World Moves as Fast as They Do research shows how the hummingbird brain allows them to hover and fly preciselyFri, 06 Jan 2017 15:51:43 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth? animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footprints Found at Ancient Hot Springs Could Represent Earliest Settlement of Tibetan Plateau age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on EarthThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000Do Ocean Preserves Actually Work? The U.S. now leads the world in protected marine areas. But are they a scientifically sound strategy? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:56 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secrets marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Research one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000There's a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poaching American biologist wields an innovative weapon against the illegal trade in African ivoryTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:22:02 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Riches, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000English Is the Language of Science. That Isn't Always a Good Thing a bias toward English-language science can result in preventable crises, duplicated efforts and lost knowledgeMon, 02 Jan 2017 17:09:16 +0000Turning Ocean Garbage Into Gold the common plastic water bottle to the shoes of tsunami victims, one recycling organization tries to find a home for all ocean refuseFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:30:09 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000Why Are Endangered Sea Turtles Showing Up Cold and Seemingly Lifeless on Northeastern Shores? the past three decades, scientists have confronted a worsening epidemic of stranded Kemp's ridley sea turtlesThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:50:53 +0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Time a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring.Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Year in Ancient Amber: Prehistoric Feathers, Mushrooms, Lizards and More’s no <i>Jurassic Park,</i> but this treasure trove of new creatures will still transport you to an ancient worldWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:13:32 +0000The Best Way to Protect the World’s Forests? Keep People in Them of kicking indigenous groups out, let them continue to manage these lands effectively, argues a new reportWed, 28 Dec 2016 16:59:13 +0000The Risky Way a Polar Bear Attack Victim Confronts Her Fear Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagineTue, 27 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhood mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 poundsMon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000