Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Projecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-three-results-learned-115-years-citizen-science-audubon-christmas-bird-count-180953677/The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is touted as the world's longest running citizen science project—so what has it taught us?Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-give-best-gifts-according-science-180953686/Researchers are unwrapping the science behind gift giving, from the value of simplicity to the quality of the bow on topFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000Meet William Harvey, a Misunderstood Genius in Human Anatomyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-william-harvey-misunderstood-genius-human-anatomy-180953682/A new video from the World Science Festival tells the story of this medical pioneerFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:32 +0000Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-roman-water-networks-made-empire-vulnerable-180953679/A model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changesFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/europe-great-place-be-large-meat-eater-180953664/In a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/colorado-river-delta-turned-green-after-historic-water-pulse-180953670/The experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000Evotourism: Great Places to Celebrate Evolution Around the Globehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/evotourism-180953631/From lemurs to Neanderthals, here's our latest guide so you can travel the globe to enjoy what Darwin famously called "endless forms most beautiful"Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:26:13 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australia-put-evolution-darwins-mind-180953651/The famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Albertahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/want-excite-inner-dinosaur-fan-pack-bags-for-alberta-180953654/Canada’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-happy-new-year-even-really-mean-180953633/Physicists engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-leatherback-turtle-skylight-head-180953635/How do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Is String Theory About to Unravel?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/string-theory-about-unravel-180953637/Evidence that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-can-see-your-holiday-lights-space-180953648/Scientists can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-ocean-stories-made-waves-2014-180953643/The seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-of-the-most-beautiful-things-in-nature-come-in-the-tiniest-of-packages-180953632/The winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-we-can-learn-digging-secrets-earths-deep-carbon-180953614/Diamond computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-earth-warmed-dramatically-after-one-two-carbon-punch-180953610/A period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Troublehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dangers-winter-darkness-weak-bones-depression-and-heart-trouble-180953611/Long periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/sea-fog-completely-filled-grand-canyon-180953609/Known as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-your-surgeons-jam-probably-classical-or-soft-rock-180953597/British doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bees-and-wasps-britain-have-been-disappearing-more-century-180953587/Changes in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-engineering-will-be-vital-changing-climate-180953584/Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/last-sequential-date-century-121314-fun-math-lovers-180953413/Sequential integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-contains-over-five-trillion-pieces-plastic-weighing-more-250000-tons-180953576/These frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launcheshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/creepy-kitschy-and-geeky-patches-us-spy-satellites-180953562/There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-mistletoe-can-holiday-plant-really-fight-cancer-180953551/In some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-photos-capture-decade-change-earths-poles-180953501/From courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Meltinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-underbelly-west-antarctica-melting-oceans-climate-180953527/Warm currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-does-very-hot-water-sometimes-feel-cold-180953532/The weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-engraving-shell-tools-zigzags-art-java-indonesia-humans-180953522/The early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-can-last-years-dinosaurs-tell-us-about-biodiversity-crisis-today-180953483/Failed ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/geckos-have-surprisingly-strong-death-grip-180953516/Gecko toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-dilemma-facing-romanias-brown-bears-180953502/Around the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientist-behind-jurassic-world-breaks-down-trailer-180953505/We spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-practical-uses-spooky-quantum-mechanics-180953494/Fifty years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geekshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-science-geeks-space-biology-chemistry-180953445/A roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-gifts-2014-nature-lovers-180953459/Smithsonian editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thrivingWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 +0000Shopping on Black Friday Makes You Feel Like a Well-Loved Warriorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shopping-black-friday-makes-you-feel-well-loved-warrior-180953471/A powerful cocktail of social bonding and competitive adventure will compel more than 95 million people to hit the stores on one dayWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:22 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/electric-fence-wards-sharks-180953380/South Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000Why Are You a Picky Eater? Blame Genes, Brains and Breast Milkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-you-picky-eater-blame-genes-brains-and-breast-milk-180953456/The complicated science behind picky eating is giving experts plenty of food for thoughtTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:11 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residuehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physics-whiskys-aesthetically-pleasing-residue-180953451/A photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Chinese Chickens May Have Been Domesticated 10,000 Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/china-may-have-domesticated-chickens-10000-years-ago-180953453/Bones found in ancient farming sites are lending insight into the origins of our favorite fowlMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling "Metro Sapiens"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-are-becoming-city-dwelling-metro-sapiens-180953449/To achieve sustainability, the human species needs to embrace its urban side, argues public health researcher Jason VargoMon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:54 +0000With An Eye To Mars, NASA is Testing its Astronaut Twinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eye-mars-nasa-putting-its-astronaut-twins-work-180953358/Scott and Mark Kelly, the only twins to have traveled in space, are embarking on a mission to help NASA prepare for MarsFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:08 +0000Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-megacities-friend-or-foe-fight-against-climate-change-180953424/Like the people who call them home, cities have the potential for good and bad when it comes to adapting to a warming worldFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-bath-salts-wont-turn-you-into-cannibal-180953418/But now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-thumbs-180953393/There’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-canal-through-central-america-could-have-devastating-consequences-180953394/The ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-intense-photos-lion-tailed-macaques-will-turn-you-conservationist-180953401/A few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mystery-why-dangerous-sand-dune-swallowed-boy-180953404/When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-tiny-killer-causing-millions-sea-stars-waste-away-180953348/The deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-misdrawn-map-put-1400-chimps-and-rare-plant-peril-180953335/Miners and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/third-natural-world-heritage-sites-are-danger-180953328/From the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-some-mammals-kill-babies-own-kind-180953318/Male mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyday-cannibals-and-murderers-los-angeles-180953321/Who needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-heck-are-wallabies-doing-ireland-180953304/Normally spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-babies-surrounded-weapon-parts-found-alaska-180953285/Unearthed at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-dead-zones-are-getting-worse-globally-due-climate-change-180953282/Warmer waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/would-astronauts-survive-interstellar-trip-through-wormhole-180953269/Well, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/summer-nights-some-bats-jam-180953257/Mexican free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bill-nye-risks-not-debating-creationists-180953249/Bill Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-moon-jelly-blooms-tied-new-dock-construction-180953251/A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-islands-may-make-tsunami-danger-worse-180953241/While offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/past-transit-tragedies-point-way-forward-virgin-galactic-180953236/From a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-songs-share-mathematical-hallmarks-human-music-180953227/The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-witches-brews-helped-bring-modern-drugs-market-180953202/Got nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-vampires-arent-bats-bela-lugosi-180953188/From flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-leopard-frog-found-new-york-city-180953182/The unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-important-about-bottom-cargo-ship-180953175/Smithsonian photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Growhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-soil-getting-too-salty-crops-grow-180953163/Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-species-are-evolving-due-changing-climate-180953133/From tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chimps-caught-first-known-nighttime-crop-raids-180953114/“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Roverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/insiders-biography-celebrity-mars-rover-curiosity-180953099/The chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-alpaca-has-no-humps-180953095/The camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000