Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenTue, 30 Aug 2016 20:19:19 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-world-anthropocene-180960241/Some 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 Eathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/heres-food-wrapper-you-can-eat-180960287/Made 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-dimple-180960272/Michael 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 Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/slow-earthquakes-are-thing-180960248/Slow 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/i-am-officially-in-love-with-cockroaches-180960274/And after you read this, you will be tooMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:09 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/father-modern-geology-youve-never-heard-180960203/James 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 Longerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/dog-aging-project-wants-help-your-pet-live-longer-180960263/Biologists 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-anthropologists-just-solve-millions-year-old-mystery-Lucy-death-180960276/Researchers 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 Wastehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/garbage-can-teach-us-lot-about-food-waste-180960254/A 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 Forecasterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/ibms-watson-takes-yet-another-job-weather-forecaster-180960264/The 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 Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-five-lions-take-down-a-giraffe/Free 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/yellowstone-fish-die-off-glimpse-climate-future-180960259/This 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 Farmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-up-close-personal-with-americas-first-offshore-wind-farm-180960251/The 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 Parkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/john-rockefeller-grand-teton-national-park/When 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 Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/national-parks-service-centennial-100th-anniversary-nps100-photography-nature-180959721/2016 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 Differencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-maya-bloodletting-tools-or-kitchen-knives-how-archaeologists-tell-difference-1-180960232/New 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 Astronomershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-give-black-and-latino-astronomers-foundation-reach-stars-180960213/Astronomy 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 Mighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-green-wall-stop-desertification-not-so-much-180960171/The 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 Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-your-food-taste-too-healthy-just-add-scent-180960223/How 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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/national-parks-are-preparing-climate-change-using-tool-military-used-plan-nuclear-war-180960209/Federal 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 Boatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-simple-fixes-could-save-thousands-birds-year-fishing-boats-180959982/Changes 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 Storehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-beary-happy-first-birthday-bei-bei-unbearably-cute-celebrations-180960199/America'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 Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-pretended-be-doctor-ran-worlds-fair-attraction-saved-lives-thousands-premature-babies-180960200/Martin 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 Cheetahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-know-should-study-bugs-but-omg-a-baby-cheetah-180960186/In 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 Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-talk-their-eggsand-song-might-help-their-babies-deal-climate-change-180960168/Embryonic 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 Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/man-claims-worlds-largest-collection-dinosaurs-180960130/Randy Knol's stunning array chronicles our evolving knowledge about the prehistoric beastsThu, 18 Aug 2016 15:43:24 +0000The Rise of the Modern Sportswomanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-modern-sportswoman-180960174/Women 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 Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrating-100-years-protecting-birds-180960169/The 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 Convincinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robotics-good-girls-some-still-need-convincing-180960131/The 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 Outwittedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/give-it-sneaky-male-fish-lady-fish-have-you-outwitted-180960148/Female 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 Collectionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-species-ancient-river-dolphin-discovered-exctinct-millions-years-ago-180960146/Sometimes, 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 Extincthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-secret-refuge-for-elk-thought-to-be-extinct/As 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 Potentialhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cosmic-lensing-explained-180960136/How 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 Worldshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-seeks-out-secret-history-other-worlds-180960074/Maria 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 Survivorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-afghani-deer-survives-two-major-wars-ultimate-survivor-180960107/Researchers 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-moon-formation-theory-also-raises-questions-about-early-earth-180960077/A 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 Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-microbe-coated-seeds-could-help-us-thrive-dark-dry-future-180960096/A 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 Ablazehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-storm-nearly-set-cold-war-ablaze-180960106/How 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 Airporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/honey-bees-are-crucial-employees-at-this-airport/A 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 Uphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ridiculously-ancient-greenland-sharks-are-older-united-states-180960101/The 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 Betterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/google-thinks-these-20-teenagers-could-change-our-world-for-better-180960097/These 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, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/soil-has-microbiome-too-180960088/The 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 Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-real-way-komodo-dragons-kill-prey/Komodo 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 Rockshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/go-deep-5-places-earth-see-seriously-old-rocks-180960010/See 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 Fromhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/perseid-meteor-shower-looks-even-more-beautiful-if-you-know-where-it-comes-180960082/Each 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-animals-predict-earthquakes-180960079/Humans 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-seconds-hours-weeks-after-dino-killing-asteroid-hit-earth-180960032/The Cretaceous forecast: Tsunamis, a deadly heat pulse, and massive cooling.Tue, 09 Aug 2016 14:00:00 +0000Opening the Space Race to the Entire Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/opening-space-race-entire-world-180960045/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-is-this-lizard-doing-push-ups/Draco 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 Vikingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/todays-smooth-running-horses-may-owe-their-genetics-vikings-180960055/Scientists 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-transforming-national-parks-iconic-animals-and-plants-180960046/Dramatic 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seismic-slowdowns-could-warn-impending-earthquakes-180960049/An "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 Condorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mercury-laden-sea-lion-carcasses-are-trouble-californias-coastal-condors-180960043/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-we-overvaluing-reef-sharks-180960041/How 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radioactive-cold-war-military-base-will-soon-emerge-greenlands-melting-ice-180960036/They 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 Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/death-valley-one-of-the-most-extreme-places/In 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threats-are-converging-indochinese-leopard-and-nobody-knows-180960030/These 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 Extinctionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologist-paul-olsen-searches-truth-behind-mass-extinctions-180959976/From 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 Doorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-garbage-patches-might-have-exit-doors-180960023/Garbage 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-is-a-rattlesnakes-rattle-actually-made-of/Each 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 Doeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-wolf-or-common-coyote-it-shouldnt-matter-it-does-180959994/The 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 Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/richer-homes-are-also-richer-biodiversity-180960001/Scientists find that wealthier neighborhoods sport a greater diversity of bugsWed, 03 Aug 2016 16:44:23 +0000Solving a Mystery of Mammoth Proportionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solving-mystery-mammoth-proportions-180959992/Dwindling 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 Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neuroscientist-wants-tell-you-whats-wrong-your-brain-1-180959985/Dean 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 Habitablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-universe-becoming-more-habitable-180959972/The 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 Secrethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-frogs-pull-curtain-benefits-mating-secret-180959969/Smithsonian'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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/burning-trash-solution-our-garbage-woes-or-are-advocates-just-blowing-smoke-180959924/Some 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 Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/deep-dive-submarine-new-species-scorpionfish-Is-discovered-180959934/A 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 Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/saving-water-old-fashioned-way-180959917/Across 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 Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-sleek-sexy-cars-were-all-inspired-fish-180959966/You’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 Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bulldogs-are-dangerously-unhealthy-there-may-not-be-enough-diversity-their-genes-save-them-180959963/How we loved this dog into a genetic bindFri, 29 Jul 2016 16:26:02 +0000To Uncover Earth’s Origins, Scientists Must Look Beyond Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uncover-earths-origins-scientists-must-look-beyond-it-180959948/Missions 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/space-radiation-may-lead-heart-disease-180959950/Apollo 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/space/must-all-molecules-life-be-left-handed-or-right-handed-180959956/They are on Earth, but life on other planets could play by different rulesThu, 28 Jul 2016 19:56:36 +0000Podcast: The Weird, Wild, Endangered Solenodonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-weird-wild-endangered-solenodon-180959940/The 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 Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-regulate-incredible-promise-and-profound-power-gene-drive-technology-180959941/An 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 Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/barrow-alaska-northernmost-climate-change-photojournalism-featured-photographer-180959655/Florencia 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. Stingrayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hammerhead-vs-stingray/A 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/nasas-glorious-ruins-180959888/A 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 Olympicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-extreme-ways-people-are-fighting-zika-2016-rio-olympics-180959912/Donning 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 Threathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forced-closer-humans-crocodiles-face-their-greatest-existential-threat-180959908/These 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, Strongerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-miraculous-microbes-help-us-evolve-better-faster-stronger-180959909/Invisible 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/turning-art-divination-help-people-process-their-climate-anxiety-180959898/A 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 Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-world-glacier-microbes-has-outsized-impact-global-climate-180959817/Microbes 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nervous-system-democracy-or-dictatorship-180959887/ Except when it's an oligarchy. Or a democracy. Or all three.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Podcast: Our Food, Our Selveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-our-food-our-selves-180959879/Food 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 Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-are-honey-chasers-best-friend-180959871/The 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-jaws-fueled-jurassic-herbivore-boom-180959868/Teeth, not flowers, might be the key to the duckbills’ successThu, 21 Jul 2016 14:47:25 +0000The Enduring Climate Legacy of Mauna Loahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enduring-climate-legacy-mauna-loa-180959859/Sixty 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.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/quiet-force-behind-apollo-180957788/A 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 Popularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/untangling-origins-parasites-180959842/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/were-ants-worlds-first-farmers-180959840/A 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 Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-things-a-hammerheads-nose-can-do/A 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)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-wrong-way-make-tadpole-180959824/Marsupial 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”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-chemicals-us-are-still-innocent-until-proven-guilty-180959818/A 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 Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/philippines-island-unique-mammals-180959823/The 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 Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-literally-reshaped-planet-180959814/Dinos 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 Cutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/defying-stereotypes-ducklings-are-clever-they-are-cute-180959806/Newborn 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-todays-whales-get-so-big-180959801/More 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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arm-day-gym-apparently-not-thing-newly-discovered-tiny-armed-dino-180959797/Turns 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, Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-you-put-price-tag-nature-actually-yes-180959678/Here'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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-schemes-aim-pay-save-species-will-they-work-180959759/Programs 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 Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-buy-mountain-moon-180959692/A 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 Spillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oil-spill-cleanup-illusion-180959783/Six 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 Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides 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 Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleo-pets-make-fossil-hunting-less-lonely-180959749/In 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 Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More 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 Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shrinking-keystone-180959748/Starfish 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?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-does-anybody-care-about-arctic-anymore-180959741/This 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 Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-and-how-to-see-bears-alaska-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959451/Attacks 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 Phasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/study-says-earths-plate-tectonics-may-be-just-phase-180959705/New 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 Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sorry-tiger-dudes-your-ladies-are-faking-it-2-180959731/India’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 Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/awkward-robots-show-how-tails-propelled-first-land-walkers-new-heights-180959717/A 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 Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-telescopes-are-time-machines-jwst-will-take-us-furthest-back-yet-180959710/The 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'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-kim-stanley-robinson-says-either-youre-environmentalist-or-youre-not-paying-attention-180959700/Award-winning 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 Destroyerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-young-jupiter-acted-both-protector-and-destroyer-180959695/Like a boisterous older sibling, the gas giant both beat up and protected young EarthWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:46:37 +0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-brown-bears-are-misunderstood/Historically 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 Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed 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 Practitionershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-refugees-pose-unique-challenge-mental-health-practitioners-180959676/As 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 Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-official-we-are-now-orbit-around-jupiter-180959684/After a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbitTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:48:16 +0000