Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000How Earthquakes and Volcanoes Reveal the Beating Heart of the Planet Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program has stitched together a visual archive of the world’s earthquakes and volcanoes Tue, 04 Oct 2016 17:16:45 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Club card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000Madagascar's Mangroves: The Ultimate Giving Trees already use the trees for food, fuel and building materials. Now they're burning them to make lime clayThu, 20 Oct 2016 16:40:07 +0000Six Places on Earth That Scientist Say Look Like Other Planets eerie resemblance these locales have to Mars and beyond has attracted researchers for yearsThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000Wild Inside the National Zoo: The Future of Maned Wolves three years of being paired, maned wolves Echo and Zayda produce two new pups at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteThu, 20 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Wild Monkeys Unintentionally Make Stone Age Tools, But Don't See the Point observe a “unique” human behavior in wild animals Wed, 19 Oct 2016 19:23:52 +0000Looking at Nature Through Infrared Film Will Have You Seeing Red the world on a whole different spectrumWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:11 +0000How Scorpion Venom Is Helping Doctors Treat Cancer injected into the body, Tumor Paint lights up cancers. The drug could lead to a new class of therapeuticsWed, 19 Oct 2016 16:18:11 +0000Can Resource Scarcity Really Explain a History of Human Violence? from thousands of California burial sites suggests that a lack of resources causes violence. But that conclusion may be too simplisticWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:48:27 +0000Fur Real: Scientists Have Obsessed Over Cats for Centuries of the best feline-focused studies shed light on our relationship with these vampire-hunting, sexy-bodied killersTue, 18 Oct 2016 19:19:07 +0000How Bats Ping On the Wing—And Look Cute Doing It reveal how bats turn echolocation signals into a 3-D image of moving preyTue, 18 Oct 2016 17:31:34 +0000Big Data Just Got Bigger as IBM's Watson Meets the Encyclopedia of Life NSF grant marries one of the world's largest online biological archives with IBM's cognitive computing and Georgia Tech's moduling and simulationTue, 18 Oct 2016 14:15:07 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Program Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000Meet an Environmental Activist and an Artist Who Share a Passion for “Trashion” man's trash suit is another woman's work of artFri, 14 Oct 2016 17:38:02 +0000Predicting Chaos: New Sensors Sniff Out Volcanic Eruptions Before They Happen volcanologists brave lung-singeing fumes to monitor eruptions with cutting-edge sensorsThu, 13 Oct 2016 19:12:52 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What’s the Point of Earwax? has a job to do; but many are not hearing the messageThu, 13 Oct 2016 18:38:50 +0000Doing Laundry Can Be Deadly for Clams, Mollusks and Other Marine Animals your wardrobe carefully—the lives of sea animals may depend on itThu, 13 Oct 2016 17:02:09 +0000How Artists, Mad Scientists and Speculative Fiction Writers Made Spaceflight Possible new book chronicles spaceflight’s centuries-long journey from dream to realityThu, 13 Oct 2016 15:21:57 +0000Can We Capture Energy From a Hurricane? with power, massive storms may be another conduit for renewable energyWed, 12 Oct 2016 15:13:55 +0000The History and Future of the Once-Revolutionary Taxidermy Diorama their heyday, these dead animal displays were virtual reality machinesTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:22:39 +0000Behind the Scenes at the National Zoo With the World’s Most Dangerous Bird zoo's cassowary “still has that mysterious aura about her—that prehistoric, dinosaur-walking-through-the-rainforest-quality."Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:39:56 +0000With Deformed Frogs and Fish, a Scientist-Artist Explores Ecological Disaster and Hope 20-year retrospective of Brandon Ballengée's artwork explores humans' connection to cold-blooded creaturesFri, 07 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Yellowstone Scientists Really Combat Invasive Species cutthroat trout are on the brink of extinction as invasive lake trout continue to eat themFri, 07 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000No, I Don’t Need a Flu Shot: I’m an Alpha Female spotted hyenas, like humans, social wealth equals better healthThu, 06 Oct 2016 20:07:08 +0000A Hungry Snake Finds a Whole Colony of Sociable Weavers in close proximity to each other has a lot of advantages for sociable weaversThu, 06 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000How Drones in the Sky Unlock Secrets of the Sea are using aerial technology to track coastal erosion, map coral reefs and even give whales a breathalyzerWed, 05 Oct 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Strange Reappearance of the Once-Vanished Green Sea Turtle's a conservation biology riddle wrapped in a mystery inside a hard shellTue, 04 Oct 2016 14:52:06 +0000North America Used to Have its Very Own Hyena giggly beasts didn’t just roam Africa and the Middle East. They were right here in our backyardMon, 03 Oct 2016 20:29:29 +0000The Animals That Venom Can’t Touch the creatures who look into the face of venomous death and say: Not todayFri, 30 Sep 2016 16:32:10 +0000Move Over, Steel: The High Rises of Tomorrow Are ‘Plyscrapers’, strong and renewable, wood may change how tall buildings are builtFri, 30 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000When It Comes to Mars, SpaceX’s Elon Musk Has More Ambition than NASAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com Musk’s biggest, boldest plan yetThu, 29 Sep 2016 21:32:01 +0000What Living Like Goats and Badgers Can Teach Us About Ourselves Englishmen won the Ig Nobel Prize for eating grass, earthworms and worse in the name of scienceThu, 29 Sep 2016 19:26:36 +0000Mercury Is Tectonically Active, Making It Uniquely Like Earth whole new picture of Mercury's geologic history emerges, showing its crust is being thrust up and its surface is changing over timeThu, 29 Sep 2016 14:32:02 +0000Loud Sounds Can Make Your Drink Seem Stronger scientific reason that clubbing and cocktails go hand in hand—but shouldn't alwaysThu, 29 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: When Did People Start Keeping Pets? human-pet timeline is still being put together, but turns out man’s best friend might also be his oldestWed, 28 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Jacques Cousteau's Grandson Is 3D Printing Coral Reefs Cousteau, descendant of the famous sea explorer, is working on a project to bring 3D printed coral reefs to the Caribbean island of BonaireTue, 27 Sep 2016 14:37:34 +0000How a Couple of Guys Built the Most Ambitious Alien Outreach Project Ever might think it takes vast governmental resources to launch an extraterrestrial communication effort. NopeMon, 26 Sep 2016 19:29:31 +0000Cosmic Call Primer Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:26:34 +0000Annotated Cosmic Call Primer Mon, 26 Sep 2016 19:26:26 +0000The Return of the Great American Jaguar story of tracking a legendary feline named El Jefe through the Arizona mountainsThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:53:27 +0000Why Do We Still Have Morse Code and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answerThu, 22 Sep 2016 18:15:36 +0000To Save the Woodrat, Conservationists Have to Deal With an Invasive Species First: House Cats an island in Florida, a rare wild rodent faces a dangerous, feline threatThu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:08 +0000Paleontologists Probe the Bonehead that Foreshadowed Domed Dinos striking skull shape evolved at least twice. But what was its purpose?Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0000Addict Ants Show That Insects Can Get Hooked on Drugs, Too researchers got a non-mammal hooked on drugs for the first timeWed, 21 Sep 2016 22:00:00 +0000Astronauts Tell All About Their One Year on “Mars” an unprecedented simulation, NASA learned that its astronauts are a bunch of overachieversWed, 21 Sep 2016 20:41:36 +0000Male Widow Spiders Prefer Younger Ladies—So They Don’t Get Eaten strategy means they live to mate again, upending assumptions about these arachnidsTue, 20 Sep 2016 23:00:00 +0000The Moral Cost of Cats bird-loving scientist calls for an end to outdoor cats "once and for all"Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:00:11 +0000Migratory Birds May Come Programmed With a Genetic Google Maps hybrid avians inherit some mixed directional messagesTue, 20 Sep 2016 15:00:00 +0000Visiting Melting Glaciers Can Be Profound. But Is It Morally Wrong? to weigh the moral costs of your climate change tourTue, 20 Sep 2016 13:11:36 +0000Is It Too Late to Save Red Sea Sharks? anti-fishing laws virtually unenforced, sharks off the coast of Saudi Arabia are being fished to death Mon, 19 Sep 2016 15:02:52 +0000Ancient Oyster Shells Are Windows to the Past thousands of soap-dish-sized Rosetta stones, the shells can reveal clues about the past—if you know what you’re looking forFri, 16 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0000Why Rare Hawaiian Monk Seals Are Lining Up to Get Their Shots devastating disease, researchers are vaccinating a wild marine mammal for the first timeFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:32:35 +0000Life Bounced Back After the Dinosaurs Perished devastation was immediate, catastrophic and widespread, but plants and mammals were quick to take overFri, 16 Sep 2016 14:31:56 +0000Timelapse Footage of a Giant Caterpillar Weaving Its Cocoon six weeks, luna moth caterpillars gorge themselves on the leaves of the marula tree. Then, when they're ready, they instinctively weave giant cocoonsFri, 16 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000In Defense of Studying City Rats By placing a taboo on researching these “disease sponges,” we leave ourselves at their mercyThu, 15 Sep 2016 15:31:25 +0000Why Do Giraffes Have Patches? dark patches on a giraffe's body hide an intricate network of blood vessels and glands. These allow blood to flow through them, releasing heat Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000UPDATE: Meet the National Zoo's Latest Bouncing Baby—an Orangutan (New Video) historical birth of a male Bornean orangutan, the first in 25 years, took place in Washington, D.C.Tue, 13 Sep 2016 20:00:05 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does the World Look to the Color Blind? people who are color blind can see colors, they just have trouble distinguishing between specific kindsTue, 13 Sep 2016 14:28:50 +0000Cave Formations Carry Clues About Ancient Earthquakes have found that stalagmites can help determine if and when a region was struck by an earthquake.Mon, 12 Sep 2016 18:26:36 +0000Oklahoma Just Had Its Biggest Quake Ever, and There May Be More to Come's recent string of earthquakes are something new for the stateMon, 12 Sep 2016 14:00:00 +0000Smithsonian Expert Fills in the Missing Science Behind the Movie “Sully” ornithologist Carla Dove shares her story of analyzing the bird remains or “snarge” scraped from the engines of flight 1549Fri, 09 Sep 2016 19:44:40 +0000Can We Save Mars From Ourselves? we travel to Earth-like worlds, contamination may be inevitableFri, 09 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Cameras Capture a Hornet Hatching Up-Close two weeks of encasement, it's time for the larvae, now adult hornets, to leave their silk cocoons. Get an intimate look at the moment one hatchesFri, 09 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Forgotten Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Send Astronauts to Space new book documents the lives and accomplishments of NASA’s black “human computers” whose work was at the heart of the country’s greatest battlesThu, 08 Sep 2016 18:45:34 +0000The Story of a Resurrected Antiviral Could Hold Lessons for Combating Zika Stanford scientists used two genetic screening techniques in tandem to unravel the mystery of a discarded antiviralThu, 08 Sep 2016 15:55:32 +0000The Future of Energy: Special Report new ideas to meet the world's burgeoning need for powerWed, 07 Sep 2016 20:32:33 +0000Astrophysicist Mario Livio on the Intersection of Art and Science scientist considers both a response to the vastness of the universeWed, 07 Sep 2016 16:47:36 +0000Captive Komodo Dragons Share Their Teeming Microbiome with Their Environment, Just Like Us could be the perfect model for studying host-microbe interactionsWed, 07 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Inside a Remarkable Repository that Supplies Eagle Parts to Native Americans and Science repository, which has long provided feathers to tribes for traditional uses, also helps bird conservation researchersTue, 06 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dogs Know When You're Praising Them. That Doesn't Mean They Understand Human Speech dose of caution with the results of an intriguing new studyFri, 02 Sep 2016 15:20:05 +0000How the Next Generation of Mars Rovers will Search for Signs of Life Mars 2020 rover doesn’t even have a name yet—but it already has an ambitious goalFri, 02 Sep 2016 14:15:04 +0000SpaceX Explosion Sets Back Launch Date, Hopeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com Falcon 9 blow up may be a sign that Elon Musk is moving too fastFri, 02 Sep 2016 12:30:00 +0000 Solving the Mystery of the Milky Way’s Missing Mass scientists have discovered a huge cloud of super hot gas expanding from the middle of our galaxyThu, 01 Sep 2016 19:05:02 +0000Two Giant Killer Hornet Colonies Battle to the Death giant killer hornet war is waged between two colonies, and the resources, territories, and survival of a new generation are at stakeThu, 01 Sep 2016 14:26:25 +0000Melting Glaciers Are Wreaking Havoc on Earth's Crust levels are dropping, earthquakes and volcanoes are waking up, and even the earth's axis is moving—all because of melting iceThu, 01 Sep 2016 13:00:00 +0000You Can Thank Scientists for the National Park System conservation research and scientific expeditions laid the groundwork and helped to convince the public national parks were a good ideaThu, 01 Sep 2016 12:44:35 +0000The Quest to Build the First Robotic Vagina reproductive tract is a biological miracle, and researchers are trying to recreate itWed, 31 Aug 2016 18:31:23 +0000Where in the World Is the Anthropocene? 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 Eat 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? 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 Thing 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 after you read this, you will be tooMon, 29 Aug 2016 18:11:09 +0000The Blasphemous Geologist Who Rocked Our Understanding of Earth's Age 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 Longer 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? 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 Waste 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 Forecaster 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 Giraffe 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? 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 Farm 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 Park 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 Parks 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 Difference 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 Astronomers 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 Might 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 Scent 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 Change 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 Boats 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 +0000