Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hundreds-galaxies-were-found-hiding-behind-our-milky-way-180958078/The objects may help explain why our galaxy and its neighbors are hurtling towards a seemingly blank zone called the Great AttractorTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000Looking for Life Beyond Earth? Watch Out for Steam Bath Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/looking-life-beyond-earth-watch-out-steam-bath-planets-180958075/Simulations show that water and CO2 can be a surprisingly deadly combo on some unfortunate worldsTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Sleepy Suspects Are Way More Likely to Falsely Confess to a Crimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sleepy-suspects-are-way-more-likely-falsely-confess-crime-180958073/In a study, almost 70 percent of sleep-deprived people admitted to something they didn't doTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:10:27 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-kiss-180958059/According to philematology, or the science for the study of kissing, romance has little to do with itMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000Meet the Dogs Sniffing Out Whale Poop for Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-dogs-sniffing-out-whale-poop-science-180958050/Inspired by drug-detection programs, these canines scour the sea for samples that aid in conservation researchMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000One in Four U.S. Deer Is Infected With Malariahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-in-four-deer-infected-malaria-180958046/Scientists suspect the undetected blood parasite has been present in the animals ever since they arrived across the Bering Land Bridge Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:02:01 +0000Why Polar Bears Like to Wrestle in the Winterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-polar-bears-like-to-wrestle-in-the-winter/Polar bears enjoy a good wrestle. It's an activity which reinforces social ties and may help get them in shape for the hunting season aheadThu, 04 Feb 2016 18:14:33 +0000How Can Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-viruses-like-zika-cause-birth-defects-180958038/While the link between Zika and microcephaly is uncertain, similar diseases show how the virus might be affecting infantsThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:45:47 +0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-tomato-juice-tastes-better-at-37000-feet/e are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:00 +0000These Birds Spend Winter Practicing Their Love Songs for the Ladieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-spend-winter-practicing-their-love-songs-ladies-180958032/Some migratory species may spend their time in Africa getting ready to woo mates in the springWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:57:48 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongoliahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-why-sky-burials-are-vanishing-mongolia-180958022/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000The World's Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-megacities-are-making-dengue-deadlier-180958009/Outbreaks are more common now thanks to bigger cities and more places for mosquitoes to liveTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:45 +0000Five Ways to Fight Wildlife Crime in the Digital Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/five-ways-fight-wildlife-crime-digital-age-180957959/From GPS-tagged eggs to smartphone apps, these emerging technologies could help give endangered species a chance at survivalTue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Pilotinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/science-and-tradition-are-resurrecting-lost-art-wave-piloting-180958005/Can Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Your Cosmetics May Be Killing a Popular Aphrodisiac: Oystershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-cosmetics-may-be-killing-popular-aphrodisiac-oysters-180958006/Microplastics from beauty products and other sources affected oysters’ ability to reproduce in laboratory experimentsMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Does Having a C-Section Alter Baby's First Microbiome?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-having-c-section-alter-babys-first-microbiome-180958002/A study of cesarean babies swabbed with birth canal fluids suggests that some newborns may be missing out on helpful microbesMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-martian-cauliflower-may-be-latest-hint-alien-life-180957981/Unusual silica formations spotted by a NASA rover look a lot like structures formed by microbes around geysers on EarthMon, 01 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-funeral-future-help-heal-environment-180957953/A traditional ten-acre cemetery holds enough embalming fluid to fill a small swimming pool. But there may be a greener wayMon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Trollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/prehistoric-buzz-shark-has-modern-day-hero-artist-ray-troll-180957923/How an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-babylonians-were-using-geometry-centuries-earlier-thought-180957965/Ancient astronomers were tracking planets using math believed to have first appeared in 14th-century EuropeThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Here's How You Squeeze the Biggest Dinosaur Into a New York City Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-you-squeeze-biggest-dinosaur-new-york-city-museum-180957955/A team of specialists had to get creative to mount a towering Titanosaur inside the American Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000There's a Secret World Under the Snow, and It's in Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/secret-world-under-snow-trouble-180957946/How do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everythingWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:49:12 +0000The Challenger Disaster Put an End to NASA’s Plan to Send Civilians Into Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/challenger-disaster-put-end-nasas-plans-send-civilians-space-180957922/On the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy, a look back at an ambitious plan to put the rest of us into orbitWed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Brain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-scans-could-identify-kids-risk-depression-180957934/Knowing who's at risk before the disease strikes could make preventative treatments possibleTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:48:46 +0000As the Arctic Erodes, Archaeologists Are Racing to Protect Ancient Treasureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arctic-erodes-archaeologists-are-racing-protect-ancient-treasures-180957933/Once locked in frozen Alaskan dirt, Iñupiat artifacts are being lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can find themTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000Journey to the Center of Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/journey-center-earth-180957912/Drill deep into the mysteries of our home planet, from the surface all the way down to the coreMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Decades-Long Quest to Drill Into Earth's Mantle May Soon Hit Pay Dirthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decades-long-quest-drill-earths-mantle-may-soon-hit-pay-dirt-180957908/Geologists have had to contend with bad luck, budget cuts and the race to the moon in their efforts to drill deep into our planetMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:59:00 +0000The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Neededhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/us-could-switch-mostly-renewable-energy-no-batteries-needed-180957925/Better electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar powerMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-can-elephants-jump-180957921/The question is why would an animal weighing up to 16,000 pounds need to jump?Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:02 +0000Where Are All the Aliens? Taking Shelter From the Universe's Radiationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-are-all-aliens-taking-shelter-universes-radiation-180957901/Earlier life-forms across the cosmos may have faced thousands to millions of times the cosmic ray dose that we do todayFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevatorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/people-are-still-trying-build-space-elevator-180957877/Though key players have distanced themselves from the concept, a new film examines the continuing draw behind the sci-fi stapleThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:38:25 +0000These Unusual American Ants Never Get Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-unusual-american-ants-never-get-old-180957887/<em>P. dentata</em> ants are among the very few species to show no signs of deterioration as they ageThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Ancient, Brutal Massacre May Be the Earliest Evidence of Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-brutal-massacre-may-be-earliest-evidence-war-180957884/Even nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years agoWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:35:30 +0000Humble Magnesium Could Be Powering Earth's Magnetic Fieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humble-magnesium-could-be-powering-earths-magnetic-field-180957883/The common element could have been driving the planet's dynamo for billions of yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:07:11 +0000How to Modernize the Wood Stove and Help Save the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-modernize-wood-stove-and-help-save-planet-180957866/The humble wood stove is getting a high-tech makeover, and may be going greenTue, 19 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000When Will We Reach the End of the Periodic Table?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-will-we-reach-end-periodic-table-180957851/Even with new elements in hand, scientists are struggling to predict the future of the iconic chemical roadmapTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:51:10 +0000Dozens of Insects and Spiders May Live in Every Room of Your Househttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dozens-insects-and-spiders-may-live-every-room-your-house-180957853/A survey of 50 North Carolina homes turned up just five rooms that were completely free of arthropodsTue, 19 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Social Contact Helps Beneficial Gut Bacteria Spreadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/social-contact-helps-beneficial-gut-bacteria-spread-180957845/A study of chimp poop suggests that social animals share a collective microbiome that might help regulate healthFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Dakota Badlands Used to Host Sabertoothed Pseudo-Cat Battleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dakota-badlands-used-host-wild-sabertoothed-pseudo-cat-battles-180957841/The region was once home to a plethora of catlike creatures called nimravids, and fossils show they were an especially fractious breedFri, 15 Jan 2016 17:48:50 +0000Humans Were in the Arctic 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-were-arctic-10000-years-earlier-thought-180957819/Distinctive cut marks on a Siberian mammoth represent the first known evidence of human hunters this far northThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Astronomers Have Found the Brightest Supernova Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/astronomers-found-brightest-supernova-yet-180957820/The powerful blast is so weird that it could be a whole new kind of star explosionThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/life-and-rocks-may-have-co-evolved-on-earth-180957807/A Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark lifeWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:17:46 +0000For the World’s Wetlands, It May Be Sink or Swim. Here’s Why It Mattershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/worlds-wetlands-it-may-be-sink-or-swim-heres-why-it-matters-180957808/One of the world’s most long-studied marshes has revealed a wealth of information, but it continues to perplex and intrigue the scientists who analyze itWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:01 +0000The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ozone-hole-was-super-scary-what-happened-it-180957775/When the ozone hole was discovered, it became a worldwide sensation. Thirty years later, what's become of it?Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:46:34 +0000The Burning Truth Behind an E-Waste Dump in Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/burning-truth-behind-e-waste-dump-africa-180957597/Ending the toxic smoke rising from an iconic dump in Ghana will take more than curbing Western wasteWed, 13 Jan 2016 15:32:39 +0000What Landing a Rover on Mars Teaches You About Leadership and Teamworkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/what-landing-rover-mars-teaches-you-about-leadership-teamwork-180957751/In his new book, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner shares his insights on how to inspire people to make the impossible possibleMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:37:24 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-is-wind-180957763/Whether arriving on a gentle breeze or a stiff gale, air moves like water responding to high and low pressures around the EarthMon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Living Bacteria Are Riding Earth's Air Currentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-bacteria-are-riding-earths-air-currents-180957734/The high-flying microbes can travel across the globe, spreading disease or even changing climatesMon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Air Pollution Goes Back Way Further Than You Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/air-pollution-goes-back-way-further-you-think-180957716/Thousands of years ago, humans were adding lead fumes and other pollutants to the airMon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking Thinks We Can Solve a Major Black Hole Mystery With Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stephen-hawking-thinks-we-can-solve-major-black-hole-mystery-hair-180957753/No toupees needed, though. The "hairs" in question are minute changes in spacetime at the fringes of black holesFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Atomic Age Ushered In the Anthropocene, Scientists Sayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-anthropocene-officially-thing-180957742/Geoscientists have concluded that the Age of Humans officially began at the start of the nuclear age.Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:20 +0000The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/iceman-stomach-bugs-clues-ancient-human-migration-180957738/DNA analysis of the mummy's pathogens may reveal when and how Ötzi's people came to the Italian AlpsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/spiral-shaped-coral-reef-sculpture-is-collapsing-or-recovering-180957676/Artist Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000These Photographs Show the Bleak New Home for the White Stork: A Landfillhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-elegant-white-storks-new-nest-is-carved-in-garbage-180957675/Dutch wildlife photographer Jasper Doest followed the path of the white stork's migration route, forever altered by human activityThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:37 +0000Foot Fluids Work in Surprising Ways to Help Insects Stick to Wallshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/foot-fluids-work-surprising-ways-help-insects-stick-walls-180957674/Long though to boost bug stickiness, the fluid may instead help insects mold to contours and make quick exitsThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:17:05 +0000Does Icy Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? New Horizons Offers New Clueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-icy-pluto-have-hidden-ocean-new-horizons-offers-new-clues-180957737/Data from the NASA probe are helping to build a solid case for a liquid ocean inside the tiny, distant worldThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Leopard Sharks Navigate With Their Noseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/leopard-sharks-navigate-their-noses-180957729/After being kidnapped and dropped off at sea, the sharks picked up on olfactory cues to find their way back homeWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/journey-oldest-cave-paintings-world-180957685/The discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How Canoes Are Saving Lives and Restoring Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-canoes-are-saving-lives-and-restoring-spirit-180957712/Native maritime communities are rediscovering their heritage by learning how to craft and paddle together aboard the ancient dugout vessels of their pastWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:34:24 +0000The Early History of Autism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/early-history-autism-america-180957684/A surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil WarWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:27:18 +000014 Fun Facts About Parrotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-parrots-180957714/#7: They taste with the roofs of their mouthsTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:25:23 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-are-horoscopes-still-thing-180957701/No, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproducehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biomedical-science-studies-are-shockingly-hard-reproduce-180957708/Limited access to research details and a culture that emphasizes breakthroughs are undermining the credibility of scienceMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:21:21 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/our-top-ten-videos-2015-180957659/From Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on Smithsonian.com this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Heartshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-color-changing-mutant-has-three-hearts/The cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterfulTue, 29 Dec 2015 19:15:32 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-sneeze-180957634/Whether you sneeze because of a cold, or after sex or a good meal or in sunlight, the good old Achoo is the body's way of ridding itself of irritantsTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:25 +0000Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cool-science-stories-you-may-have-missed-2015-180957647/Quantum spookiness, a Maya city buried in ash and more in this year’s surprising scienceMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:22:48 +0000Tiny Fossils Reveal the Rise of Mammals on Madagascarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-fossils-reveal-rise-mammals-madagascar-180957644/Recent finds are helping paleontologists piece together what happened after dinosaurs vanished from the islandMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-10-stories-2015-180957623/From treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on Smithsonian.com this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-mimic-each-others-expressions-too-180957618/The behavioral findings hint that dogs, like humans, might be capable of their own form of empathyWed, 23 Dec 2015 00:01:00 +0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/are-we-on-the-cusp-of-a-global-volcanic-winter/If a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillionTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:32 +0000Top Nine Ocean Stories That Had Us Talking in 2015http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-nine-ocean-stories-had-us-talking-2015-180957590/From fossil whales to adorable octopuses, here are some of the marine headliners that caught our attention this yearMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:26 +0000Most Oil Needs to Pass Through at Least One of These Tiny Spotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/most-oil-needs-pass-through-one-these-tiny-spots-180957523/Tankers carry millions of barrels a day through tiny chokepoints, which put the surrounding areas at risk of environmental problemsMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:17:44 +0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/unbelievable-footage-of-exploding-plants/Violets, touch me nots and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of eachFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:32:24 +0000Charles Darwin's Famous Finches Could Be Extinct in Half a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/charles-darwins-famous-finches-could-be-extinct-half-century-180957578/The finches on the Galapagos Islands are suffering from a parasitic fly introduced to the islands by humansThu, 17 Dec 2015 22:01:59 +0000Photos and Videos of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Making a Visit to the Vethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/photos-videos-national-zoo-panda-cub-180957579/A check-up reveals that Bei Bei is now a hefty, thriving 18 poundsThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:27:27 +0000We Are Missing At Least 145 Carbon-Bearing Minerals, and You Can Help Find Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/we-are-missing-145-carbon-bearing-mineral-you-can-help-find-them-180957575/The Carbon Mineral Challenge is asking rock enthusiasts around the world to hunt for the undiscovered forms of this common elementThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:09:06 +0000Did John Deere's Best Invention Spark a Revolution or an Environmental Disaster? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/did-john-deeres-best-invention-spark-revolution-or-environmental-disaster-180957080/When Deere created his now-famous steel plow, he created America's breadbasket and set the stage for many of modern farming's environmental problemsThu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:29 +0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/astounding-facts-about-crocodile-eyes/Crocodile's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at nightWed, 16 Dec 2015 21:45:22 +0000Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth's Ecosystems 6,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-caused-major-shift-earths-ecosystems-6000-years-ago-180957566/We upended a pattern held for 300 million years, and that may mean we are causing a new phase in global evolutionWed, 16 Dec 2015 20:46:02 +0000Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-forests-have-outsized-impacts-local-water-180957562/A comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:15:13 +0000Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/airplane-contrails-may-be-creating-accidental-geoengineering-180957561/Dissipating haze from plane exhaust alters how sunlight reaches the Earth and may be unintentionally affecting our climateWed, 16 Dec 2015 18:54:12 +0000A Brief History of the Hunt for Planet Xhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/brief-history-hunt-planet-x-180957551/The flutter over a possible new world beyond Neptune highlights the long, legitimate search for planets in the solar system's fringeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:19:26 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Colors Affect Our Moods?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-do-colors-affect-our-moods-180957504/Whether you are feeling green with envy or you're singing the blues, the link between color and feeling is a highly individual thingTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:11:37 +0000Your Hair Mites Are So Loyal Their DNA Reflects Your Ancestryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-hair-mites-are-so-loyal-their-dna-reflects-your-ancestry-180957545/Mite DNA could hold clues to ancient human migrations and future skin healthMon, 14 Dec 2015 22:10:34 +0000Why Is This Indian Ocean Island a Hot Spot for Shark Attacks?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-this-indian-ocean-island-hot-spot-shark-attacks-180957498/La Réunion has seen way more attacks than its neighbor Mauritius, and scientists are struggling to figure out whyMon, 14 Dec 2015 17:28:25 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Rehabilitated Tiger Has Birthed Cubs in the Wildhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zolushka-has-baby-180957527/In an update from our February cover story, Zolushka found a mate in Siberia and now has two baby tiger cubsMon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Killed These Marine Reptiles Found in a Nevada Ghost Town?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-these-marine-reptiles-found-nevada-ghost-town-180957533/Paleontologists are going high tech to solve the mystery of a mass ichthyosaur death near the old mining town of BerlinMon, 14 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000