Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenWed, 29 Jun 2016 20:27:41 +0000Space: News and Features About Astronomy and Spaceflight your daily fix of astronomy and spaceflight, from and Air&Space magazineWed, 29 Jun 2016 20:27:41 +0000Fraises Des Bois, the Best Strawberry You’ve Never Had strawberries are big, perfectly red, perfectly heart-shaped, and perfectly flavorless—at least compared with what they could beWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:30:41 +0000Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversity, wildfires and other human disturbances lead to species die-offs Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:50 +0000Shooting Penguins in the Falkland Islands to Save Them Neil Ever Osborn hopes that his work helps save the speciesWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Home series of three photo essays explore how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Residents of This Louisiana Island Are America's First "Climate Refugees" the sea levels rise, these photos provide a big picture view of a place losing the battle against climate changeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Sharks and Humans: A Love-Hate Story short history of our relationship with the ocean’s most intimidating fish Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:23:51 +0000No, a Mitochondrial "Eve" Is Not the First Female in a Species latest story about a sperm whale “Eve” shows how people misunderstand the evolutionary term. Fear not: we can clarify.Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:12:38 +0000Childhood Leukemia Was Practically Untreatable Until Dr. Don Pinkel and St. Jude Hospital Found a Cure half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishmentTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:24 +0000History Forgot This Rogue Aristocrat Who Discovered Dinosaurs and Died Penniless fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopsca was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be kingTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:19 +0000Mama Bears Use Humans To Keep Their Cubs Safe mating season, humans might stress female bears out, but male bears stress them out moreMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Stop 'Naming and Shaming' Polluted Cities. It Doesn't Work calling out 'Most polluted cities' sometimes backfiresMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Podcast: "Warm Regards" and the Challenge of Humanizing Climate Change Eric Holthaus and others seek the bright side of an often gloomy conversationMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:52 +0000“Weak Lensing” Helps Astronomers Map the Mass of the Universe making galaxies a little bit brighter, it points the way to elusive galaxies and lets us detect that most mysterious of substances: dark matterMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:43:12 +0000Some Ancient Insects Wore the Exoskeletons of Other Bugs to Disguise Themselves amber specimens show that insects have been mastering the art of disguise for 100 million yearsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:05:17 +0000These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossils you pee on them, sometimes you’re just trying to get away from other paleontologists. Here are the discovery stories scientists won’t tell youFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:09:27 +0000Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Lives disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogensFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We're Giving People 20 Percent Doses of the Yellow Fever Vaccine stores in Africa have repeatedly been depleted. The WHO's decision to allow mini-doses reflects a precarious—and cyclical—shortageWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:32:34 +0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeon, was the last passenger pigeon to ever flyWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Global Price of Invasive Species U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to loseTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:47:51 +0000This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and moreTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:25:55 +0000Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans could be the key to where our water came from, and what that means for finding life on other planetsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:07:03 +0000Will Medicine Survive the Anthropocene? to ten percent of major drugs contain plant-derived ingredients, but a warming world could put those—and other medicines—at riskMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What Makes Moons and Planets Round?http://www.smithsonianmag.com Your questions, answeredMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:47:39 +0000Podcast: On the Way to Peak Phosphorus this episode of Generation Anthropocene, we dive into one of the most underappreciated elements on the periodic tableFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:45:05 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invited artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000From Lack Of Diversity To Lack Of Funding, Seed Banks Face a World Of Challenges banks are meant to protect biodiversity, yet they themselves are in need of protectionFri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Mike Collins on the Moon, Mars and Handling Apollo Hoaxershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com"I’ll see a nice moon, and say, 'Hey, that looks good.' Then I’ll say, 'Oh shit, I went up there one time!'"Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:19:43 +0000Sadly, “Ankylosaur Fight Club” Is Probably Wishful Thinking armor may have had more to do with communication than combatThu, 16 Jun 2016 15:09:50 +0000The World's First Camels Roamed...South Dakota? Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animalsThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:22:27 +0000Hunting Lost Worlds in Wyoming's Bighorn Basin geology tour with Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and Will Clyde, a geology professor at University of New HampshireWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:53:54 +0000Rare 'Family Guy' Mammal Dads Give Us All Something to Strive For’s give a Father’s Day shout-out to mammal dads who put family first—and benefit themselves as wellWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:45:23 +0000How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independence blood-sucking insect has played a leading role in the rise and fall of empires throughout historyWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:34:49 +0000Diamond Planets Might Have Hosted Earliest Life new study pushes back the earliest date that extraterrestrial life might, maybe, could appear; if so, it'd be on planets made of diamondWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:26:10 +0000With Her Ultrasound Broadcast on Facebook, the Zoo's Orangutan Is Confirmed Pregnant female named Batang should deliver her new infant in mid-SeptemberTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:20:46 +0000The Frog Kamasutra Gains a Chapter, Thanks to Camera-Wielding Biologists newly described sexual position for frogs could mean one giant leap for frog conservationistsTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:15 +0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Crater happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini...all of itMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:12 +0000Even in 'Pristine' National Parks, the Air's Not Clear cleaning it up might take centuriesMon, 13 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airborne a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well?Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:10:10 +0000Iceland Carbon Capture Project Quickly Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Stone than 95 percent of gas injected into the ground precipitated out as harmless carbonate, scientists calculateThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:01:00 +0000Smithsonian's Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America's Native Flora life and legacy of renowned Smithsonian illustrator Mary Vaux Walcott goes beyond the works that she createdThu, 09 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Podcast: How Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Thousands of Years Ago have been the dominant species for longer than thoughtWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:00:41 +0000Way More Fish Can Make Their Own Light Than We Thought evolved a whopping 27 separate times among finned fishes living in the open oceanWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:01:37 +0000The “Hobbit” Lineage May Be Much Older Than Previously Thought new find hints that the short-statured hominins could have been living in Indonesia over a half a million years earlier than previous estimatesWed, 08 Jun 2016 17:01:00 +0000The World's First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortunes have decoded more writing on the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism and found it may have an astrological purposeWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika's Spread? is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers' behavior.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:29 +0000The Rise of Ocean Optimism news of little wins for the environment fuels hope.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Since the Late Pleistocene Humans Were Already Radically Transforming the Earth new study suggests that trying to return habitats to a non human-impacted environment might not be realistic Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Spacecraft Just Measured Movement Less Than the Width of an Atom successful results pave the way for a future mission that could detect low-frequency gravity wavesTue, 07 Jun 2016 16:42:49 +0000How Would You React If We Discovered Alien Life? weigh in on what the detection of other life forms might mean to the human raceTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:27:06 +0000Science Proves Electric Eels Can Leap From Water to Attack confirm the curious case of eels striking animals above the water's surfaceMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortages aim to identify truly "water stressed" areas and help policy-makers better plan for the futureMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:37:49 +0000Even in the Most Polluted Cities, You Can Exercise Outdoors (A Little) new model finds that the health benefits of outdoor exercise can outweigh the hazards of air pollution.Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:55:37 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbage whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museum's hard to look, and hard to look away, at this unique, and medically valuable, collection of wax blisters, hives and soresFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:23:28 +0000An Elegant Tool Called Squidpop That Scientists Want to Crowdsource device is so easy to use, researchers are asking for a “squidpop blitz” for World Oceans DayFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:25 +0000In This Jurassic Boneyard, It's Not Size That Counts rich cache of fossils in Colorado is valuable not for the big dino bones but the relatively tiny fossils that are still being dug up.Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:04:04 +0000Urchin Sunscreen and Other Ways Animals Beat the Burn have come up with a variety of ways to protect themselves from the sunThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hunt for High-Energy Photons Takes Place From a Mountaintop in Mexico new telescope built from water tanks might help answer some of the biggest questions in astronomyThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:36:34 +0000Podcast: What Our Garbage Can Teach Us this episode of Generation Anthropocene, tracking trash and why there's so much garbage on the moon.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Malaria, Zika and Dengue Could Meet Their Match in Mosquito-Borne Bacteria common bacteria that infects mosquitoes seems to prevent them from carrying more deadly diseases.Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Fire, who typically consider fire to be a destructive force, are now finding that it can be useful as tool of discoveryTue, 31 May 2016 17:26:31 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Reality a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000Guy Consolmangno, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, on Balancing Church With the Cosmos MIT graduate speaks to how he ended up studying the stars for the Catholic ChurchTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:23 +0000Spelunking in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com for life on other planets? You're going to have to go deep.Sun, 29 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breeds a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000Does Snot Help Dolphins Echolocate? cetaceans can perform acoustic gymnastics, but how they produce ultrasonic noises has long eluded scientistsThu, 26 May 2016 14:33:03 +0000This Coral Restoration Technique Is 'Electrifying' a Balinese Village technique is also changing attitudes and inspiring locals to preserve their natural treasuresWed, 25 May 2016 18:23:22 +0000Welcome to the Meerkat's World of Competitive Eating vying for dominance, meerkats increase their food intake to bulk up and maintain their place on the social pecking orderWed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Listening In on Alienshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com we broaden our search, will we hear extraterrestrials? $100 million says yes.Wed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Three Ways to Test if Something Is Truly Solid Gold a stolen Kentucky Derby trophy from 1924 is uncovered, a series of tests are used to determine its authenticityTue, 24 May 2016 16:39:41 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization? new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sight once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000This Guy Got Himself Stung 1,000 Times For Science—Here’s What He Learned new book reveals what it’s like to be stung by nearly 100 species of insect, and some of the secrets of things that stingMon, 23 May 2016 14:47:00 +0000Scorpions Choose Their Mates by Dancing With Them a female scorpion chooses a mate, she must test the strength of her potential suitor. The only way to be certain it's the right match is to danceMon, 23 May 2016 14:22:05 +0000Siddhartha Mukherjee Follows Up Biography of Cancer With “An Intimate History” of Genetics The Pulitzer Prize winner calls his latest not a sequel, but a prequel to his bestsellerMon, 23 May 2016 13:59:14 +0000Some Words About ‘Some Words’http://www.smithsonianmag.com astronauts’ preferred term for “instructions”Mon, 23 May 2016 13:08:06 +0000Australia Used to be a Haven for Giant Penguins single species, the little penguin, is left on Aussie shores todayMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Two New Discoveries Add to a Horned Dino Revolution years ago, there were about 23 horned dinosaurs. Today, the count has more than tripledFri, 20 May 2016 15:06:33 +0000Mars Weather Forecast Calls for Massive Dust Storms -- Here's Why dust storms on Mars, lasting for months, may be linked to the motion of the Red Planet around the solar system.Thu, 19 May 2016 18:36:37 +0000What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It? search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get thereThu, 19 May 2016 14:39:51 +0000Podcast: All About Rare Earth Elements, the 'Vitamins' Of Modern Society this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn about rare earth elements (which aren't really that rare) and why they're so prized.Thu, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Magnificent Leaf Homes Woven by Australian Green Ants ants build their grand nests out of leaves, which they pull and join together with silk. Amazingly, this silk is produced by their newborn larvaeWed, 18 May 2016 20:17:42 +0000How Much Does it Really Cost (the Planet) to Make a Penny? that copper and zinc for a coin most people throw away--what's the sustainable solution?Wed, 18 May 2016 17:38:12 +0000The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commando central Africa, a former Israeli military trainer and his team are deploying battle-tested tactics to stop the runaway slaughter of elephantsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000What's the Best Way to Help the Amazon's Indigenous People? a pioneering computer model save the rainforest's residents from our best intentions?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet? new theory links their fate to a meat-heavy regimenWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?! gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacán chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilizationWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brain*Does busyness boost cognition, or do people with better cognition tend to keep busy? Tue, 17 May 2016 20:00:00 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier? of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Radiation Remains a Problem for Any Mission to Mars have yet to find ways to protect astronauts from cosmic rays and solar radiationTue, 17 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Images a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Underwater Finds Reveal Humans’ Long Presence in North America tools and mastodon remains help show that the Americas were peopled more than 14,000 years agoFri, 13 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000When the Arctic Gets Warmer, It Also Affects a Tropical Ecosystem Thousands of Miles Away spring arrives earlier in far northern Russia, red knots get smaller—and have trouble in their African winter homesThu, 12 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusetts linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000Ancient Spacedust Reveals Surprising Twist in Evolution of Earth’s Early Atmosphere fossil meteorites are providing new insights about how our ancient atmosphere evolved into its current stateWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Sea human activities encroach on remote oceans, scientists work to map the denizens of the deepWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Black Sea Is Dying, and War Might Push it Over the Edge by six countries, all with their own agendas, the massive body of water is at risk of becoming another casualty of regional strifeWed, 11 May 2016 15:19:14 +0000The World’s Carnivorous Bats Are Emerging From the Dark evolved multiple times among these mysterious species, yet all of the winged carnivores share similar physiological fixesTue, 10 May 2016 23:01:00 +0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontology Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in historyTue, 10 May 2016 17:10:26 +0000The Science Behind Nature's Patterns new book explores the physical and chemical reasons behind incredible visual structures in the living and non-living worldTue, 10 May 2016 14:27:39 +0000This Photographer Shoots Sharks to Save Them he’s not creating movie posters, Michael Muller swims among the oceanic predators, capturing stunning imagesTue, 10 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashion deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decadesTue, 10 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Weirdo Ancient Marine Reptile Had a Vacuum-Shaped Head probably slurped up plant material from the seafloorMon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleep, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed restFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +000010 Things Science Says About Being a Mom in 2016 one, a nurturing mother can help her child's brain growFri, 06 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed? people once believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist had a different ideaFri, 06 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Species Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000Your Skin’s Microbial Inhabitants Might Stick Around, Even If You Wash tiny ecosystem is surprisingly stable from months to years, study revealsThu, 05 May 2016 17:56:00 +0000Crushing Pressures Start to Reveal the Truth About Earth's Core makes up the bulk of our planet's core. But now, researchers are getting closer to figuring out what else swirls at the center of the EarthThu, 05 May 2016 12:16:51 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Words can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflage assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflageTue, 03 May 2016 20:06:46 +0000Describing Someone as “Birdbrained” Is Misguided, Unless You’re Talking About Emus new book about birds explores how birds thinkTue, 03 May 2016 18:21:31 +0000How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthier"Sick building syndrome" and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate changeMon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000