Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000A Rocket Blessing and a Cubist Planet Are Among These Celestial Sights sends off the one-year crew and a Saturn probe gets artistic in our picks for this week's best space-related picturesFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkit hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island? the man who climbed to the top and took these stunning shotsFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 +0000Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africa seals only consume the viscera, though, which may be why this particular type of predation took ecologists by surpriseFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceania many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Fishing Bans Create a Glimmer of Hope on the Great Barrier Reef reserves have helped commercially important species bounce back, but the reef still faces some serious threatsThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much? jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruit plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:57:09 +0000Cast Your Vote for Britain’s National Bird online campaign is asking the public to choose from a list of ten finalists whittled down by birders and conservationistsThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitats 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and There's a Lot We Can Learn From It aggressive tumors in pets may lead to better treatments for the nastiest forms of the disease in peopleWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:29:24 +0000Watch Highlights From the Smithsonian's "Age of Humans" Symposium on the science, economics and innovations of climate change spoke at this one-day event in Washington, D.C.Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:05:21 +0000This Solar-Powered Plane is Currently Circumnavigating the World 17,000 solar cells in its wing and tail, the aircraft relies solely on sunshine to keep its motors runningMon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000Five Must-Read Books About Earth Robert M. Hazen selects works spanning genres that offer insights into our planet's history and inner workingsMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:57:12 +0000Stay Away From Packs of Hungry Lionfish giant pectoral fins and colorful stripes, the lionfish is an imposing underwater predator. What's even more intimidating is how it huntsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:50:28 +0000Rice Can Help Save Salmon If Farms Are Allowed to Flood Nigiri Project aims to restore the beloved fish by cutting a notch in a California levee and letting some floodplains return to natureMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:19:50 +0000Modern Marijuana Is Often Laced With Heavy Metals and Fungus and recreational marijuana use is increasingly legal—but do consumers know what they're smoking? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000A Rainbow Eclipse and X-Ray Fireworks Are Among These Cosmic Treats solar eclipse painted the cloudy U.K. skies and an explosion rocked a stellar corpse in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:03:30 +0000These Bats Use Sonar to Jam the Signals of Their Rivals hungry Mexican free-tails sabotage the competitionThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Returning Farmland to the Wild Help Bumblebees in Crisis? if only a small percentage of current farmland became wild meadows, it could bring populations back to previous levelsThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Rising Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Trickiest Part of a Penis Transplant? Finding a Donor doctors who announced the first successful procedure last week had a particularly difficult time finding willing organ donorsThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:05:54 +0000Could a Bra Actually Detect Breast Cancer? thermodynamic sensors, the iTBra could one day screen for breast cancer, but experts are waryThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:02:10 +0000Electric Cars Can Make Cities Cooler's not just the flash and style, either—electric engines emit less heat than gas ones and could combat the urban heat island effectThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Best Places to See Nature After Dark sun may power most of our world—but some things come alive only at nightThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000Before There Were Crocodiles, There Was the "Carolina Butcher" newly discovered crocodilian ancestor was a nine-foot-tall predator that stood on its hind legsThu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000Severe Solar Storm Paints the Sky Green on St. Patrick's Day burst of particles from the sun is hitting our atmosphere and lighting up the night as far south as IllinoisTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:03:02 +0000Politicians Are More Persuasive During Interactive Town Hall Meetings given a chance at direct persuasion, most politicians are surprisingly good at changing our mindsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Alien Color Catalog May Help Us Spot Life on Other Planets digital library of reflectance spectra from microbes could be a powerful tool for spotting signs of extraterrestrialsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Is three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000A Solar Flare and a Volcano Blizzard Are Among These Stellar Shots X-class explosion and a snowy satellite image feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Mar 2015 18:20:25 +0000From Auto-Tune to Motor Oil, Pi Helps Power the World than just a famously never-ending number, pi has a knack for appearing in the mathematical formulas we use every dayFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:26:53 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Facts you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do People Get Phobias? origins of irrational fearsThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:40 +0000Humans Relied on Rainforest Riches 12,000 Years Earlier Than Thought remains suggest that prehistoric people in Sri Lanka may have eaten monkeys and other forest speciesThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Fecal Fermentation and Electronic Pills May Help Decipher Gut Gases intestinal gases have been linked with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer, so tracking them might explain the connectionThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000The World is Full of Circles honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +0000How Lions Choose Their Prey"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plainsWed, 11 Mar 2015 19:18:22 +0000Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearing researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whalesWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Water Drops Leap Off Gecko Skin Thanks to Tiny Spines hydrophobic structures on gecko skin encourage dewdrops to be swept away by the wind or to collide and shoot off one another like pool balls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:01:00 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayers viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Good venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartet red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000These Dragonflies Helped an Astronomer Find Ghostly New Galaxies Yale scientist set out to capture the insect's full lifecycle and ended up discovering hidden wonders of the cosmosFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leaders their reproductive years are done, females take on new roles as wise survival guidesThu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000How Praying Mantises Can Jump Faster Than the Blink of an Eye slow-mo videos capture juvenile mantises as they corkscrew through the air and precisely land their target Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Photo Contest the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000Oldest Human Fossil Unearthed in Ethiopia about 2.8 million years old, the Ledi jaw may belong to "the stem for the Homo genus," according to its discoverersWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000While the U.S. East Shivers, Unusual Heat Stirs Trouble Across the Globe dog-sled races and restless grizzly bears serve as reminders that global warming is still at work Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Can a Gorilla Really Get Drunk From Bamboo? photographer was punched by an allegedly drunk gorilla—but wildlife biologists are crying foulTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:22:21 +0000Just Another #ManicureMonday for Women Scientists and Their Dirty Nails a Smithsonian researcher, Monday is a day to honor the women in science and other uses for nail polishMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Hole ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beach England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neck visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear? exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000The Weird World of Standard Reference Materials, From Peanut Butter to Whale Blubber the full story behind a $761 jar of peanut butter and other exorbitantly priced everyday objects used by scientists Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Plague Pandemic May Have Been Driven by Climate, Not Rats bacteria responsible for the Black Death were reintroduced to Europe multiple times, possibly due to the changing climate Mon, 23 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000These Stellar Wonders Include a Red Aurora and a Billowing Black Hole light show over Montana and an eruption snapped by a satellite feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 20 Feb 2015 19:19:43 +0000Mark World Pangolin Day With a New Video About the Quirky Creatures about this animal underdog is climbing, yet an estimated 10,000 pangolins still fell victim to the illegal wildlife trade last year Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Why Killer Whales Belong in the Ocean, Not SeaWorld A former orca trainer makes the case against the theme parkThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Are QR Codes Safe and Other Questions From Our Readers You asked, we answeredThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Crocodile Hunter's Family Shares His Controversial Approach to Studying the Crocs Steve Irwin's wife and kids are feeding the debate over keeping animals in captivity Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaska Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United StatesThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Who Can Save the Grand Canyon? holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasureThu, 19 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What's the Deepest Hole Ever Dug? answer to the question, says a Smithsonian researcher, is more about why we dig, than how low you can goThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:59:31 +0000Send Atomic Clocks to Space to Find Gravitational Waves new breed of the hyper-accurate clocks could help scientists detect the elusive ripples in space-time faster and cheaperThu, 19 Feb 2015 16:04:45 +0000Hunger Makes You Buy More Stuff, Even If It's Not Food you're shopping at the mall or online, having the munchies will compel you to purchase extraneous thingsWed, 18 Feb 2015 17:00:33 +0000Midnight Snacking Is Bad for Your Brain in mice show that misaligned eating patterns can mess with the brain's ability to form memories and learn new tasksTue, 17 Feb 2015 15:42:45 +0000Ultra-Cheap Microscopes Could Save Millions of Lives are designing portable microscopes that cost just a few dollars to makeTue, 17 Feb 2015 14:09:56 +0000Luna Moths’ Gorgeous Wings Throw Off Bat Attacks twin tails at the end of moth wings garble bats’ sonar cries, causing the winged predators to miss the tasty markMon, 16 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000Would You Like to Grow Color-Changing Flowers? Colorado company is working to genetically engineer petunias that change colors throughout the daySat, 14 Feb 2015 16:28:34 +0000These Spacey Treats Include a Galactic Smiley Face and an Interstellar Rose lucky lens and a pair of mismatched star twins feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Feb 2015 17:34:12 +0000What Physics Tells Us About Making the Perfect Chocolate carbon, the treat can take on many crystalline forms, so a master chocolatier must know how to temper it in just the right wayFri, 13 Feb 2015 16:08:06 +0000What We Know About the Earliest History of Chocolate’ve learned things that could help today’s artisan chocolatiers improve their tradeThu, 12 Feb 2015 20:02:37 +0000The Western U.S. Could Soon Face the Worst Megadrought in a Millennium models predict that the region will be drier than the droughts that likely caused ancient Native Americans to abandon their pueblo citiesThu, 12 Feb 2015 19:00:00 +0000How to Save the Chocolate Tree Without Sacrificing Flavor, disease and climate change are threatening cocoa, but a new breed of clones could keep the treat abundant and tastyThu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Dogs Can Tell Whether You’re Making a Happy or Mad Face the first time, science shows that a non-human animal can recognize the emotional state of another species Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:00:00 +0000Help for the Brokenhearted: Wearable, Biosynthetic and 'Beatless' Artificial Hearts hybrids and continuous-flow technologies are helping people survive devastating heart failureThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:07:07 +0000Blood Clots, Liver Cells and Bird Flu Are Surprisingly Beautiful Under a Microscope brightly-colored micrographs and scans in a new book, <i>Science is Beautiful</i>, answer big questions about the human bodyThu, 12 Feb 2015 15:00:00 +0000Healers Once Prescribed Chocolate Like Aspirin ancient Mesoamerica to Renaissance Europe, the modern confectionary treat has medical roots Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000Let Oysters Get Sick to Clean Up the Chesapeake delicious oyster you love to slurp might be the best bet for clearing away pollutantsWed, 11 Feb 2015 19:06:38 +0000Ducks Help Explain How We Feel All the Feels sensitive nerves in duck bills are offering clues to the way we experience the sense of touchWed, 11 Feb 2015 16:03:14 +0000Brains Make Decisions the Way Alan Turing Cracked Codes mathematical tool developed during World War II operates in a similar way to brains weighing the reliability of informationWed, 11 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000You Wouldn't Have Chocolate Without Invisible Flies and Extreme Yeast takes a wild and temperamental menagerie to bring the beloved candy to store shelves. Bon appétit!Wed, 11 Feb 2015 13:52:22 +0000The Rich and Flavorful History of Chocolate in Space vacuum-sealed pudding to Blue Bell ice cream, astronauts have been taking the treat into orbit since the dawn of the space ageTue, 10 Feb 2015 17:42:52 +0000How Long Will You Live? Ask Your Friends medical personality quiz started in the 1930s shows how your best pals may know more about your health than you doTue, 10 Feb 2015 15:57:32 +0000The World of Chocolate within the Smithsonian and in the broader world, the story of chocolate has many fascinating morselsMon, 09 Feb 2015 21:22:37 +0000Spanish Conquest of the Incas Caused Air Pollution to Spike sample of Peruvian ice has revealed a surge in pollution linked to mining that wasn't exceeded until the Industrial RevolutionMon, 09 Feb 2015 20:00:00 +0000A Feisty Capt. James T. Kirk Checks in on the Starship "Enterprise" the model for the TV show "Star Trek" was removed for conservation, the 83-year-old actor William Shatner weighed inMon, 09 Feb 2015 16:36:50 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does a Satellite Stay Up? a Harvard-Smithsonian researcher who monitors all the satellites and explains why they rarely fall Fri, 06 Feb 2015 21:30:34 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Moon Parade and a Naked Nebula giants and newly seen stars are among our picks for the week's best space-related imagesFri, 06 Feb 2015 20:43:22 +0000New Satellite Network Launching This Year Aims to Improve Weather Forecasting a network of compact, low-cost weather satellites with smartphone-like internals, startup Spire plans to make future forecasts a lot more reliableFri, 06 Feb 2015 18:57:21 +0000Scientists Have Imaged the Base of a Tectonic Plate discovery of a slippery layer off the coast of New Zealand could help explain plate movementWed, 04 Feb 2015 18:00:00 +0000New Exhibit Showcases the Power of Light in Our Everyday Lives open-source show "LIGHT: Beyond the Bulb" crosses disciplines to show the many ways photonics has improved our livesTue, 03 Feb 2015 19:15:27 +0000Saving Money is Great, but Saving the Chesapeake Bay Will Be Even Better Miller's “off the shelf” technology may answer complicated questions about rising CO2 and ocean acidificationTue, 03 Feb 2015 18:18:33 +0000Old Male Bustards Have Less Desirable Sperm birds don’t just lose their female-wooing prowess as they age, but also their ability to sire healthy chicks Tue, 03 Feb 2015 16:00:00 +0000Toenail Physics Explains Why Big Toes Are More Likely to Suffer Ingrown Nails delicate balancing act between stresses of growth and adhesion can help demystify some painful nail disordersMon, 02 Feb 2015 16:58:44 +0000Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley Martian vistas to glowing red nebulae, check out our picks for the best space images of the weekFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:24:41 +0000Nope, We Have Not Detected Gravitational Waves (Yet) news from teams studying the early universe says the signal hailed as our first peek at space-time ripples really is just dustFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:16:31 +0000Climate Change Is Altering the Global Heat Engine help explain why storms will become fewer in number but stronger in intensity as the planet warmsThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000