Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000Tampa and Dubai May Be Due for Extreme "Grey Swan" Hurricaneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tampa-and-dubai-may-be-due-extreme-grey-swan-hurricanes-180956453/A new model combines historical data and physical modeling to find the risks of catastrophic storms in unexpected placesMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Redrew the Gulf Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-hurricane-katrina-redrew-gulf-coast-180956444/While storms here are nothing new, human influence helped Katrina make Louisiana’s ecological problems worseFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-new-nanomaterial-reduce-greenhouse-gases-180956423/Berkeley researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000It's a Boy! The Panda Cub Was Fathered by the National Zoo's Tian Tian (Video)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-boy-panda-cub-was-fathered-national-zoos-tian-tian-video-180956436/Zoo scientists say that their newly developed genetic test determined the sex of the pandaFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:55:01 +0000Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Resultshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-replicated-100-psychology-studies-and-fewer-half-got-same-results-180956426/The massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Life May Have Spread Through the Galaxy Like a Plaguehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/life-may-have-spread-through-galaxy-plague-180956425/If alien life is distributed in a pattern that mirrors epidemics, it could be strong support for the theory of panspermiaThu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:19 +0000Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/knut-polar-bears-mysterious-death-finally-solved-180956414/The famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humansThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-indigenous-group-battling-construction-nicaragua-canal-180956418/The Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Updated: One of the National Zoo's Panda Cubs Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-panda-cub-has-died-180956417/The Zoo announced on August 26 that the smaller of its newborn twin panda cubs has diedWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 +0000Death By Fungus, and Other Fun Facts About Fungal Friends and Foeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/death-fungus-and-other-fun-facts-about-fungal-friends-and-foes-180956416/This Generation Anthropocene episode highlights oft overlooked organisms that may help us better understand human impactsWed, 26 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/at-the-smithsonian/when-do-pandas-get-their-eye-patches/A panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:03 +0000Panda Update: Giant Panda Mom Mei Xiang Won't Exchange Care of Cubshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/panda-update-giant-panda-mom-mei-xiang-wont-exchange-care-cubs-180956396/Smaller cub is receiving infant formula and fluids from Zoo veterinariansTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:27 +0000Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greenerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/winemakers-are-building-houses-bats-make-vineyards-greener-180956381/Attracting the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticidesMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:39 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/true-story-kudzu-vine-ate-south-180956325/A naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking the Temperature of the First Warmblooded Fishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/taking-temperature-first-warmblooded-fish-180956327/What can the opah tell us about the deep blue seaMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mouthguard-measure-concussions-180956328/Professional football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-white-bear-key-saving-canadian-rainforest-180956330/The white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homelandMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/the-21st-century-life-list-180956324/Something for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-maps-show-severe-impact-hurricane-katrina-new-orleans-180956364/Where does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000Want a Satisfying Sex Life? Try Being a Better Parenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/want-satisfying-sex-life-try-being-better-parent-180956372/Data suggest that splitting childcare duties often produces happier, more sexually satisfied couplesSun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000BREAKING: A Panda Cub is Born at the National Zoo (Video)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/breaking-zoo-reports-female-giant-panda-mei-xiang-cub-birth-video-180956374/The 17-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang gives birthSat, 22 Aug 2015 20:09:57 +0000Modern Humans Have Become Superpredatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-humans-have-become-superpredators-180956348/Most other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more full-grown adultsThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-flamingos-stand-one-leg-180956323/Flamingos may be doing their one-legged tree pose to stay warm or just because it's comfortableThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:42:15 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/physicists-built-wormhole-magnets-180956345/The metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Panda Cub (Or Is It Bamboo?) Detected in Mei Xiang's Ultrasoundhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/panda-cub-bamboo-detected-mei-xiang-ultrasound-zoo-180956301/Breeding pandas is complicated and frustrating. The Zoo's female Giant Panda has delivered two healthy cubs in the past ten yearsWed, 19 Aug 2015 21:06:59 +0000Gliding Spiders Found Falling From Tropical Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gliding-spiders-found-falling-tropical-trees-180956320/Flat-bodied spiders that live in the rainforest strike a Superman pose to take control of their free-fallsTue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/mesmerizing-pufferfish-twirling-in-bubble-l/In the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles, which catches the local pufferfish by surpriseTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:25:31 +0000How a Farming Project in Brazil Turned Into a Social and Ecological Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-farming-project-brazil-turned-social-and-ecological-tragedy-180956310/This week's Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at Rondônia, a textbook tale of how not to set up sustainable land useTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:00:53 +0000Lice That Can Resist Drugs Have Infested Half the States in the U.S.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lice-can-resist-drugs-have-infested-half-states-us-180956308/Mutated pests that can survive common drugstore treatments have been found in at least 25 states so farTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-sweet-smelling-herb-can-ward-away-mosquitoes-180956291/Traditionally used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How, and Why, Do Astronomers Take Pictures of Exoplanets?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-and-why-do-astronomers-take-pictures-exoplanets-180956282/The latest snapshot of a Jupiter-like world hints at the potential for seeing more diverse planets in direct imagesFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:16:07 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetically-modified-yeast-turns-sugar-painkillers-180956268/Stanford scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000Why Tens of Thousands of Toxic Mines Litter the U.S. West http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-tens-thousands-toxic-mines-litter-us-west-180956265/The spill in Colorado's Animas River highlights the problem of wastewater building up in abandoned minesThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Showerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/see-spectacular-photos-years-perseid-meteor-shower-180956264/The annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Droughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chinese-cave-graffiti-records-centuries-drought-180956259/And chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the wallsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tropical Octopus Definitely Mates Beak-to-Beakhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tropical-octopus-definitely-mates-beak-beak-180956251/Larger Pacific striped octopus couples engage in a host of behaviors unheard of among other octopuses Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Happened When a Disaster Preparedness Expert Was Caught in an Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-when-disaster-preparedness-expert-was-caught-earthquake-180956228/In this Generation Anthropocene podcast, geologist Anne Sanquini gives her first-hand account of April's disaster in NepalTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:20 +0000Why the Nepal Earthquake Was Especially Bad for Cultural Siteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-nepal-earthquake-was-especially-bad-historic-cultural-sites-180956184/The major quake sparked a resonance in the basin that made taller buildings more likely to toppleThu, 06 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Get Prune Fingers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-get-prune-fingers-180956024/Some researchers say that, like tire treads, our fingers and toes could get better traction in wet conditionsThu, 06 Aug 2015 14:33:50 +0000Whatever Happened to the Wild Camels of the American West?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whatever-happened-wild-camels-american-west-180956176/Initially seen as the Army's answer to how to settle the frontier, the camels eventually became a literal beast of burden, with no home on the rangeThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000A Hotter Climate May Boost Conflict, From Shootings to Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hotter-climate-may-boost-conflict-shootings-wars-180956180/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, scientists explore the link between rising temperatures and aggressionThu, 06 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Physics Drove the Design of the Atomic Bombs Dropped on Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-physics-drove-design-atomic-bombs-dropped-japan-180956172/The gun-like design of the Little Boy bomb was effectively the last of its kindWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:15:17 +0000How Time, Space and Authority Figures Influence Your Moral Judgmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-time-space-and-authority-figures-influence-your-moral-judgment-180956163/A study of how people respond to outrageous acts suggests that our sense of crime and punishment is surprisingly flexibleTue, 04 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Curly Hair Science Is Revealing How Different Locks React to Heathttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/curly-hair-science-revealing-how-different-locks-react-heat-180956156/A mechanical engineer tackles the understudied problem of how to style curls without frying hairTue, 04 Aug 2015 16:42:54 +0000Visit the World's Most Amazing Old-Growth Forestshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/amazing-old-growth-forests-world-180956083/Here are some of the best places to hug centuries-old treesTue, 04 Aug 2015 13:37:06 +0000Young Picky Eaters May Be More Anxious and Depressedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/young-picky-eaters-may-be-more-anxious-and-depressed-180956134/Picky eating in kids is common but not always harmless—it may be a sign of longer-lasting psychological problemsMon, 03 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Is at Least Four Billion Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-magnetic-field-least-four-billion-years-old-180956114/Tiny grains of Australian zircon hold evidence that our magnetic shielding was active very soon after the planet formedThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Flowers Changed the World, From Ecosystems to Art Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/A new book by entomologist Stephen Buchmann explores the beautiful and sometimes bizarre history of flowering plantsThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-idaho-180956006/The historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Hamsters Are Optimists When They Live in Comfy Cages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hamsters-are-optimists-when-they-live-comfy-cages-180956095/Pet hamsters that enjoy habitats full of toys and fluffy bedding make more upbeat decisions than those in stark enclosuresTue, 28 Jul 2015 23:01:00 +0000Top Five Myths About Human Kidneyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-myths-about-human-kidneys-180956088/From limiting alcohol consumption to detoxing, many misconceptions circulate about how to keep your kidneys healthyTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-archaeological-research-jamestown-reveals-identities-four-prominent-settlers-discovery-180956028/The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-elephants-and-songbirds-are-helping-humans-communicate-180956086/In this Generation Anthropocene podcast, social animals show scientists how to trace our evolution and improve interactionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:38 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-cells-armed-tiny-lasers-may-help-fight-disease-180956067/The biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/being-neurotic-makes-it-harder-you-remember-things-180956058/Brain scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memoriesFri, 24 Jul 2015 19:23:20 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scrollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/1500-year-old-text-has-been-digitally-resurrected-burned-hebrew-scroll-180956031/Special software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-route-66s-most-fascinating-museums-180955760/Take a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-sound-explian-350-year-old-clock-mystery-180956022/Lab experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-trekking-chile-astronomy-180955798/Chile's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/boa-constrictors-kill-stopping-blood-circulation-180956010/The popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 +0000Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSDhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/over-quarter-million-vietnam-war-veterans-still-have-ptsd-180955997/Forty years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improvingWed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Will We Feed 9 Billion People on Earth of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-will-we-feed-9-billion-people-earth-future-180955998/This week's Generation Anthropocene reveals how seeds on ice and poisonous tubers may offer hope for food securityWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:56 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-search-first-americans-links-amazon-indigenous-australians-180955976/The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Recession, Not Fracking, Drove a Drop in U.S. Carbon Emissionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/recession-not-fracking-drove-drop-us-carbon-emissions-180955972/The switch from coal to natural gas played only a small role in the recent carbon dioxide declineTue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Connect Monkey Brains and Boost Their Thinking Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-connect-monkey-brains-and-boost-their-thinking-power-180955963/Researchers at Duke University have enhanced the mind power of monkeys and rats by linking their brains togetherMon, 20 Jul 2015 19:34:25 +0000Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Healhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/linking-multiple-minds-could-help-damaged-brains-heal-180955965/Monkeys and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and moreMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:02 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flybyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-pictures-give-rare-glimpse-heart-pluto-flyby-180955950/Spanning the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-sex-chromosomes-are-sloppy-dna-swappers-180955946/The genetic bundles that code for males and females can get a little messy when they trade pieces during cell divisionFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-us-righty-or-lefty-180955922/Scientists are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000Behold, the First Closeup Pictures From the Pluto Flyby Are Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behold-first-closeup-pictures-pluto-flyby-are-here-180955934/From fresh-faced moons to ice mountains, these are the visual surprises that hit the ground the day after the Pluto flybyWed, 15 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000Where Will the New Horizons Probe Go After Pluto?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-will-new-horizons-probe-go-after-pluto-180955929/The historic flyby may be over, but the spacecraft should still go on to study even smaller bodies on its path through the Kuiper beltWed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:33 +0000The New Horizons Probe Has Made Its Closest Approach to Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-horizons-probe-has-made-its-closest-approach-pluto-180955918/Mission scientists have received the confirmation signal that the pre-programmed event went as planned and the craft is healthyWed, 15 Jul 2015 02:35:36 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Can We Keep Track of Earth's Invisible Water?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-keep-track-earths-invisible-water-180955914/This week's episode of Generation Anthropocene goes on a deep dive into some of the planet's more mysterious water sourcesTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wildfires Are Happening More Often and in More Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wildfires-are-happening-more-often-and-more-places-180955917/Average fire season length has increased by nearly a fifth in the last 35 years, and the area impacted has doubledTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-dinosaurs-utahs-giant-jurassic-death-pit-180955878/Paleontologists are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-scientists-hope-have-half-worlds-plant-families-on-ice-by-end-summer-180955867/Teaming up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-depicts-just-how-dramatic-mother-earth-can-be-180955866/Iceland, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000Bumblebees Are Getting Squeezed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bumblebees-getting-squeezed-climate-change-180955863/Across North America and Europe, the insects are just not keeping up with shifting temperatures Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Pluto Probe Finds Surprises Ahead of Its Close Encounterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pluto-probe-finds-surprises-ahead-new-horizons-close-encounter-180955864/From dark poles to weird "whales", New Horizons is giving us a taste of the historic science we can expect from its visit to PlutoWed, 08 Jul 2015 21:25:20 +0000Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sixth-century-misery-tied-not-one-two-volcanic-eruptions-180955858/The ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 yearsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-two-scientists-turned-data-sun-into-work-art-180955824/After collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Geography Shaped Societies, From Neanderthals to iPhoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-geography-shaped-societies-neanderthals-iphones-180955837/This weeks' episode of Generation Anthropocene discusses efforts to quantify social development and the cultural retention of the NavajoTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/twenty-wests-leading-water-managers-raft-colorados-yampa-river-180955618/In a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-bacteria-make-underground-cave-shine-gold-and-why-nasa-wants-study-them-180955670/These underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000The Top Five Conversations About Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-conversations-about-earth-age-humans-180955822/The Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophyMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000