Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000One Girl's Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracin Treacy was the namesake for a breakthrough medicationTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wrong biology shows that taste receptors aren't nearly as simple as that cordoned-off model would lead you to believeTue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Sacrificing Fake Caterpillars in the Name of Science insects are helping ecologists figure out why bugs are more likely to become meals near the equatorTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaos tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years agoTue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Too portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’s noses are especially attuned to picking up odors in bananas, urine and human bloodMon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivory trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen woodMon, 22 May 2017 13:56:09 +0000How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes sound horrifying and look worse. A Smithsonian researcher is investigating the cause of these grotesque skin lesions Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:01 +0000What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answer DNA techniques let us see animals in finer and finer gradients, the old definition is falling apartFri, 19 May 2017 13:47:40 +0000How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Good Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modelingThu, 18 May 2017 16:03:44 +0000How America Can Help Save a Non-American Species: The Mighty Giraffe aren't native to the U.S. But listing them as an endangered species could offer them much-needed protectionThu, 18 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoo different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteWed, 17 May 2017 20:35:56 +0000How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindset humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beveragesWed, 17 May 2017 17:22:12 +0000To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real-Life Video Game techniques weren't working for the raven-ravaged reptile. So researchers got creative Tue, 16 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Before President Trump prepares to send miners back to work, a near-obsolete illness is once again ravaging coal countryTue, 16 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beauty experiencing the beauty of an object could require conscious thought, vindicating the ideas of Immanuel KantMon, 15 May 2017 18:58:23 +0000Fossils From Ancient Hot Springs Suggest Life May Have Evolved on Land 3.5-billion-year-old rocks could vindicate Darwin's claim that life evolved in "some warm little pond," and not in the oceanThu, 11 May 2017 20:08:33 +0000People Don’t Trust Scientific Research When Companies Are Involved sometimes, they shouldThu, 11 May 2017 19:32:21 +0000Soon, You Could Be Able to Tell if Your Aquarium Fish Was Caught With Cyanide new handheld detector aims to root out this widespread, destructive practice Thu, 11 May 2017 16:20:57 +0000Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Own the stuff of elephant tusks could benefit wildlife conservation and engineering—yet many technical hurdles remain Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:20 +0000These Haunting Photographs Call Attention to Plastic Trash Swirling in the Ocean photographer Mandy Barker explores the beauty and tragedy of marine plankton and plastic wasteWed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Budweiser to Heineken, Alcohol Brands Are Rampant in Hollywood Films the past two decades, even G-rated films have amped up the booze labels Tue, 09 May 2017 18:02:10 +0000 The World Told Through the Eyes of the Ginkgo Tree deciding this ancient plant was worthy of their attention, humans ended up dramatically shaping its evolution Tue, 09 May 2017 16:13:47 +0000Introducing 'Zuul,' an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sore finely preserved fossil sheds new light on the curious tail of armored dinosMon, 08 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000How Smart Were Early Humans? “Neuroarchaeology” Offers Some Answers Brain Imaging Gives Insight Into Early Human MindsMon, 08 May 2017 18:56:57 +0000The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defects the United States escaped a national tragedy in the 1960sMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:50 +0000Racism Harms Children's Health, Survey Finds may not be a disease, exactly. But a growing body of research finds that it has lasting physical and mental effects on its victims Fri, 05 May 2017 19:15:24 +0000A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discovered 18 million years ago, the Caribbean Sea seasonally flooded inland forests, where enormous crocodiles and turtles roamedFri, 05 May 2017 18:32:07 +0000How Electrified Steel Could Suck Toxic Metals From the Ocean a century of strip mining and deforestation, New Caldonia researchers are working to de-contaminate marine watersFri, 05 May 2017 14:39:11 +0000Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic? global disease monitoring network is banking on the idea that healthier wildlife means healthier humans Fri, 05 May 2017 13:18:05 +0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expedition group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeerThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climate collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama aims to rewrite a fraught narrativeWed, 03 May 2017 18:43:56 +0000Footage of the Alarming Moments Before the Everest Avalanche earthquake in Nepal fills hikers on Everest with fear. Once the tremors subside, however, a new threat begins to loom on the horizon: an avalancheWed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How and When Did Saturn Get Those Magnificent Rings? planet's rings are coy when it comes to revealing their age, but astronomers are getting closer Mon, 01 May 2017 14:49:38 +0000Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Shows does it really mean to get our brains on the same wavelength? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:53 +0000How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human livesFri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:50 +0000Using a New Roadmap to Democratize Climate Change new tool aims to bypass governments and put the power of climate action in the people’s handsFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Grand Unified Theory of Pooping you and an elephant spend the same amount of time on the johnThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:44:35 +0000Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue! still-controversial conservation technique will never be a species' panacea. But it might provide a crucial stop-gapThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:02:23 +0000 How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havoc in this episode of <i>Generation Anthropocene</i>: The case of U.S. Navy ships, beached whales and deadly sonar pings Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Them young couple hiking in a Himalayan valley are caught in the middle of an earthquake that sets off a giant avalancheThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Remarkable New Evidence for Human Activity in North America 130,000 Years Ago say prehistoric mastodon bones bear human-made markingsWed, 26 Apr 2017 17:00:16 +0000Bones of the Hawaiian Petrel Open Up a Window Into the Birds' Changing Diet fishing may play a role in the shiftWed, 26 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Multiple Concussions May Have Sped Hemingway's Demise, a Psychiatrist Argues troubled author may have suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, the disease that plagues modern football playersTue, 25 Apr 2017 16:26:48 +0000In the Early 20th Century, the Department of Tropical Research Was Full of Glamorous Adventure new exhibition features 60 works by artists the New York Zoological Society department hired to help communicate field biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:11:52 +0000How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries DNA helps biologists track rare, elusive species. It could usher in a revolution for conservation biologyTue, 25 Apr 2017 14:03:39 +0000Why We Need To Start Listening To Insects may not think of the buzz and whine of insects as musical, but the distinctive pitch of mosquito wingbeats could tell us how to fight malariaTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:34:00 +0000Bye Bye Cassini, the Tenacious Space Probe That Revealed Saturn’s Secrets two decades, the sophisticated probe has brought us insights into space weather and water on distant worldsMon, 24 Apr 2017 17:59:33 +0000The Remarkable Return of Sea Otters to Glacier Bay do apex predators recover from human oppression. These otters are an exceptionFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +0000Is #Hashtagging Your Environment on Instagram Enough to Save It? data might help pinpoint key ecosystems—or make conservation a popularity contestFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Filmmakers Distill Science for the Big Screen new film <i>Amazon Adventure</i> turns decades of research into 45 minutes of visual majestyFri, 21 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Ocean Is Running Out of Fish. Here's the Alarming Math on reporting, the ocean has long appeared to offer an infinite bounty of fish. But research paints a grim picture, with annual catch on a declineFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Australia's Salt Ponds Look Like Beautiful, Abstract Art From Above Taking to the sky to show how industry shapes the earthThu, 20 Apr 2017 18:11:45 +0000Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpsesThu, 20 Apr 2017 16:53:42 +0000The Naturalist Who Inspired Ernest Hemingway and Many Others to Love the Wilderness W.H. Hudson wrote one of the 20th century’s greatest memoirs after a fever rekindled visions of his childhood.Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:02:42 +0000Exoplanet Discovery Arrives in Time for New Telescope Technology call LHS 1140b one of the "best targets" for hunting liquid water with NASA's James Webb Space TelescopeWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:52:48 +0000Man-Eating Lions of Tsavo Did Indeed Eat People, Teeth Reveal clues confirm some rumors about the ravenous cats of Tsavo, while also raising new questionsWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:39:36 +0000Medieval Medical Books Could Hold the Recipe for New Antibiotics team of medievalists and scientists look back to history—including a 1,000-year-old eyesalve recipe—for cluesWed, 19 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisance mainstay of Western culture, the free-roaming stallions are now a force to be reckoned withTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Why I Take Fake Pills Surprising new research shows that placebos still work even when you know they’re not realTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Tree Nut Allergies May Be Massively Overdiagnosed don’t go for the jar of almond butter just yetTue, 18 Apr 2017 14:20:54 +0000The Secret Massacre of Millions of Seahorses of seahorses meet their doom each year as by-catch in a fisherman’s net. Less-charming fish may share the same fateTue, 18 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Seduced By a Rare Parrot can conservationists learn from New Zealand’s official “spokesbird,” a YouTube celebrity who tries to mate with people’s heads?Thu, 13 Apr 2017 17:58:24 +0000Scientists Can Tell What Fish Live Where Based On DNA in the Water new study of the Hudson River estuary tracked spring migration of ocean fish by collecting water samplesThu, 13 Apr 2017 15:31:46 +0000Gut Check: Mandrills Sniff Poop to Avoid Peers With Parasites have documented one of the first instances of social avoidance in a non-human animalThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Ants Became the World’s Best Fungus Farmers climate change may have spurred a revolution in ant agriculture, Smithsonian researchers findWed, 12 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000Why Are We So Obsessed With Dead Bodies?<i>Body Worlds</i> taps into a long, fraught history of humans displaying the deceased for "science"Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:29:36 +0000The Environmental Price of Dams some conservationists are demolishing dams in the name of rivers and fish Mon, 10 Apr 2017 19:20:20 +0000Monkeys May Recognize False Beliefs—Knocking Over Yet Another Pillar of Human Cognition may be aware of the minds of others—yet another remarkable finding about the cognitive abilities of non-human animalsFri, 07 Apr 2017 18:58:27 +0000This Feminist Psychologist-Turned-Rock-Star Led a Full Life of Resistance Weisstein fought against the idea of women as objects in both the fields of psychology and rock 'n rollFri, 07 Apr 2017 15:29:38 +0000Two Litters of Adorable Cheetah Cubs Born in One Week's cheetah conservation program welcomes the springtime births after careful planning Fri, 07 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Poaching Isn't the Cheetah's Only Problem isolate the rare cats with roads and fences—which can be as devastating as hunting them outrightThu, 06 Apr 2017 14:02:48 +0000Liberals and Conservatives Read Totally Different Books About Science good news: Everyone likes dinosaursWed, 05 Apr 2017 17:48:39 +0000The Science Behind Your Cheap Wine advances in bottling, fermenting and taste-testing are democratizing a once-opaque liquidTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:48:57 +0000The Bittersweet Story of Vanilla, less than 1 percent of vanilla flavoring comes from the vanilla flower. Is that a good thing?Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:56:47 +0000Future of Conservation Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:40:46 +0000Take a Walk on the Bright Side at the First Smithsonian Earth Optimism Summit an antidote to doom and gloom, a conference on Earth Day weekend, takes a look all the good that is being done Fri, 31 Mar 2017 19:11:11 +0000Why Small Animals Are Huge for Conservation The tiniest of creatures keep the fabric of our world together, but are often overlookedFri, 31 Mar 2017 16:27:38 +0000Feuding Iguanas and Giant Rodents Rule This Cuban Island the Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, two species have managed to co-exist in not-quite-harmonyFri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Let Us Now Praise the Invention of the Microscope scientists wielded this revolutionary tool to study the invisible world of microbes, and even their own semen Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:09:06 +0000Unlike Dolphins, Sea Otters That Use Tools Are Not Closely Related in otters is a very old behavior Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:59:01 +0000Lionfish Are a Plague. Can Training Sharks to Eat Them Work?, which are native to the Indo-Pacific but were accidentally introduced to the Caribbean, are decimating native fish speciesThu, 30 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000What Really Made Primate Brains So Big? new study suggests that fruit, not social relationships, could be the main driver of larger brainsWed, 29 Mar 2017 20:21:27 +0000MIT Mathematician Develops an Algorithm to Help Treat Diabetes key to managing the disease, which afflicts 29 million people in the U.S., might be in big dataTue, 28 Mar 2017 19:53:37 +0000See the World’s Largest Collection of Fluorescent Rocks get glowing in this mine's Rainbow TunnelTue, 28 Mar 2017 16:10:43 +0000When I Say "You" But Really Mean "Me" some cases, the use of the second-person pronoun could help us put distance between ourselves and negative emotionsTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:11:19 +0000Meet Eight Species That Are Bending the Rules of Reproduction up your mating life with relationship tips from rock lizards, sharks and water fleasTue, 28 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000Fascinating: How Transparent Glass Frogs Mate, the female collects water from a leaf in order to hydrate the eggs inside her. then releases them for the male to fertilizeMon, 27 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000