Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 21 Apr 2017 18:08:37 +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 +0000What Really Turned the Sahara Desert From a Green Oasis Into a Wasteland?,000 years ago, this iconic desert was unrecognizable. A new hypothesis suggests that humans may have tipped the balanceFri, 24 Mar 2017 16:19:52 +0000What Will It Take to End International Killer Whale Capture? West may have rejected whale captivity, but the painful relationship between humans and orcas is far from overFri, 24 Mar 2017 14:07:14 +0000Elephants Can Afford to Be Picky About This Kind of Fruit single marula tree can provide up to 1.5 tons of fruit each season--as much as 90,000 fruitsFri, 24 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Now You Can Measure Male Fertility With a Smartphone App new device helps men monitor their sperm count from the comfort of their own homeThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:44:31 +0000This Echolocating Dormouse Could Reveal the Origins of One of Nature’s Coolest Superpowers, moths and even humans use clicks and echoes to "see" the world around themThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:14:20 +0000Could the Tiny Zebrafish Teach Us to Cure Blindness? learning how zebrafish regenerate their retinas, researchers could figure out how to help humans do the sameThu, 23 Mar 2017 13:33:32 +0000Why 10 Daily Tons of Ant Poop Keep This Rainforest Thriving soil in the rainforests of Barro Colorado is packed with nutrients, but where does it come from?Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000A New Generation of Interplanetary Rovers Is Crawling Toward the Stars four-legged, wheel-less robots will explore asteroids and the frigid outer worlds of our Solar SystemWed, 22 Mar 2017 17:12:43 +0000What Dung Beetles Can Teach Us About Sexual Difference When it comes to sex appeal, it's not all in your genes (it's also in your proteins!)Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:56:11 +0000How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?’ve barely scratched the surface of how this charismatic cat utilized its dental cutleryTue, 21 Mar 2017 18:04:06 +0000Darwin Would Have Loved the Cliffs of Newfoundland, Where 500-Million-Years-Old Fossils Reside back in time half a billion years to a world of mysterious sea creatures that would have thrilled DarwinTue, 21 Mar 2017 16:19:51 +0000The Biggest Tree Canopy on the Planet Stretches Across Nearly Five Acres remote India, a visit to Thimmamma Marrimanu offers a spectacular lesson in the vital coexistence of living thingsTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:46:54 +0000Hawaii's Must-See Lava Flows Are Home to New, Startling Ecosystems stunning volcanoes are creating new islands of evolutionTue, 21 Mar 2017 15:40:00 +0000How Big Can a Land Animal Get? Kong's biggest enemy isn’t humans—it’s the laws of physicsTue, 21 Mar 2017 12:34:07 +0000From “T. Rex” to “Pantydraco": How Dinosaurs Get Their Names best monikers are “a way to link science and imagination.” Others are just obviousMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:28:03 +0000Coral Reefs Now Face Deep Water Dead Zones, As If Climate Change Were Not Enough Smithsonian scientist says there may be a greater prevalence of undocumented oxygen-starved deep coastal watersMon, 20 Mar 2017 19:22:26 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomber James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000Smithsonian Researchers Are Bringing the Oryx Back to the Wild the species back to north-central Africa shows early signs of successMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000Dian Fossey’s Gorilla Skulls Are Scientific Treasures and a Symbol of Her Fight a new Smithsonian exhibition, the skulls of “Limbo” and “Green Lady” have a story to tellFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:51:00 +0000How Do New Planets Get Their Names?, Planet McPlanetface: Asteroids, moons and other celestial bodies go through a strict set of international naming guidelinesFri, 17 Mar 2017 16:40:16 +0000How Climate Helped Shape Your Nose research shows how the width of our nasal passages is literally shaped by the air we breatheThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:43:14 +0000These Bold Illustrations Celebrate the Incredible Contributions of Women in Science designer's touch brings the achievements and faces of female pioneers to a wider audienceThu, 16 Mar 2017 19:11:58 +0000How Researchers Are Beginning to Gently Probe the Science Behind ASMR a mysterious Internet phenomenon, "tingleheads" are starting to get real scientific attentionThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:21:05 +0000How the Desert Oryx Stops Its Brain From Frying does the desert-dwelling oryx survive a body temperature that would kill other mammals? The answer lies in a panting mechanismThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Case for Going to Venus a probe to Earth’s lifeless twin could help us understand how life rises—and falls—on faraway planetsWed, 15 Mar 2017 17:40:53 +0000The Beast's Enchanted Rose Lasted a Decade. How Long Can a Real One Last? Smithsonian expert says the film's was undoubtedly a hybrid tea roseTue, 14 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Marianne North's Obsession with the Carnivorous Pitcher Plant Marianne North's obsession with local Borneo vegetation led her to one of the most unusual and rare plants in the worldTue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do Male Birds Take on Larger Predators? Maybe Just to Impress the Ladies mobbing behavior may be less about survival, and more about sexual selectionMon, 13 Mar 2017 17:46:00 +0000How Daily Images of the Entire Earth Will Change the Way We Look At It more satellites than any other company, Planet Labs gives environmental researchers daily dataMon, 13 Mar 2017 14:46:44 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our World Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000Neuroscientists Unlock the Secrets of Memory Champions your ability to remember lists, from facts to faces, is a matter of retraining your brainMon, 13 Mar 2017 13:26:20 +0000What Lions Look for in the Perfect Prey lions hunting buffalo in the Manyeleti, calculation is always at play: An adult male buffalo may be harder to bring downMon, 13 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas” true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Why Is Itching So Contagious? figure out how compulsive scratching spreads in mice, and maybe humansFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:33:06 +0000Scientists Delve Into Neanderthal Dental Plaque to Understand How They Lived and Ate plaque that coated Neanderthal teeth is shedding new light on how our ancestors ate, self-medicated and interacted with humansThu, 09 Mar 2017 16:22:23 +0000Adorable Ground Squirrels Playing in Sweltering Heat squirrels in the Kalahari have devised a remarkable method to guarantee portable shade: they use their tails as umbrellasThu, 09 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000In Its Layers, This Stunning Pink Coralline Algae Holds Secrets of Climates Past and unsung for centuries, these underwater species of coralline algae are providing scientists with an unparalleled new archive of informationWed, 08 Mar 2017 21:25:38 +0000What Happens When an Archaeologist Challenges Mainstream Scientific Thinking? story of Jacques Cinq-Mars and the Bluefish Caves shows how toxic atmosphere can poison scientific progressWed, 08 Mar 2017 19:48:52 +0000Can Social Media Give Sharks a Better Reputation? nonprofit called Ocearch is naming tagged sharks and giving them Twitter and Instagram accounts to ease fears and aid in conservationWed, 08 Mar 2017 17:59:14 +0000The Toxic Truth Behind Mardi Gras Beads Every year, 25 million pounds of plastic beads made by Chinese factory workers get dumped on the streets of New OrleansWed, 08 Mar 2017 16:10:12 +0000Two Smithsonian Scientists Retrace the Mysterious Circumstances of an 1866 Death and Change History the 19th-century naturalist Robert Kennicott die of his own hand?Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:40:32 +0000Democrats Are For Mars, Republicans Are For The Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com presidents' dream of "American footprints on distant worlds" means different things to different peopleTue, 07 Mar 2017 22:06:50 +0000To Understand Exotic Exoplanets, We Should Start in our Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com is the perfect laboratory for understanding what makes a planet habitable Tue, 07 Mar 2017 21:40:33 +0000A New Exhibition Explores the Science and Math in Children's Book Illustrations 29 artworks on display capture the wonder in nature, engineering and discoveriesTue, 07 Mar 2017 15:33:26 +0000Scientists Track, For the First Time, One of the Rarest Songbirds on Its Yearlong Migration journey of the Kirtland’s warbler is discovered thanks to a combination of the latest tiny technology and centuries-old solar location methodsMon, 06 Mar 2017 21:02:22 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugal “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000Incredible: A Cheetah Sprints to Catch a Springbok cheetah mother caring for her cubs stumbles across an opportunity too good to pass up: a herd of springbok, grazing casually nearbyMon, 06 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Supposedly Pristine, Untouched Amazon Rainforest Was Actually Shaped By Humans thousands of years, native people played a strong role in molding the ecology of this vast wildernessFri, 03 Mar 2017 20:28:18 +0000How Albert Einstein Used His Fame to Denounce American Racism world-renowned physicist was never one to just stick to the scienceFri, 03 Mar 2017 15:08:24 +0000Watch a Male Seahorse Give Birth to Hundreds of Babies seahorses are the ones who carry children and give birth. And when they do, they can produce up to 2,000 babies at one timeFri, 03 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The 17th-Century Lady Astronomer Who Took Measure of the Stars Maria Cunitz might not be such an anomaly, were other women given the same educational opportunities Thu, 02 Mar 2017 15:50:23 +0000Human Pollution May Be Fertilizing The Oceans. That’s Not a Good Thing iron emissions from coal and steel may be fuelling ocean life, and trapping carbon in the processThu, 02 Mar 2017 14:00:00 +0000When Humans Begin Colonizing Other Planets, Who Should Be in Charge? biggest threat humans pose to other worlds is what we don’t know—or what we think we know, but don’tWed, 01 Mar 2017 16:00:42 +0000What's Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moon’s Orion will combine vintage tech with massive advances in computing power and electronics we've made since 1972Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:12:00 +0000Scientists Make Art From Objects Invisible to the Naked Eye microscopes, satellites and other instruments can create stunning images in experts’ handsTue, 28 Feb 2017 17:08:23 +0000Baboons Are Ruthless Reproducers monkeys do whatever it takes to pass on their genes, including killing others’ offspringTue, 28 Feb 2017 14:00:00 +0000Prehistoric Pointillism? Long Before Seurat, Ancient Artists Chiseled Mammoths Out of Dots discovered 38,000-year-old cave art predates the French post-Impressionist art formMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:59:22 +0000The Politics of Viewing Polar Bears flock to this coastal Alaskan town to photograph the vulnerable icons—raising hairy ethical questionsMon, 27 Feb 2017 18:37:27 +0000Bees Can Learn to Play “Soccer.” Score One for Insect Intelligence as they are, bumblebee brains are surprisingly capable of mastering novel, complex tasks Fri, 24 Feb 2017 18:44:56 +0000How Ancient Neanderthal DNA Still Influences Our Genes Today from being silent remnants, Neanderthal genes play a profound role in how modern human genes are expressed Fri, 24 Feb 2017 16:06:36 +0000Why Mind Wandering Can Be So Miserable, According to Happiness Experts still don’t know why our minds seem so determined to exit the present moment, but researchers have a few ideasFri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:08 +0000Why Elk Calves Are Undetectable to Yellowstone's Wolves Yellowstone, elk calves are left unprotected by their herd and are the easiest prey for wolves to catch. Luckily, the newborns have no scentFri, 24 Feb 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Child From 17th-Century Europe Might Have Rewritten the History of Smallpox deadly scourge goes back for centuries, but how many?Thu, 23 Feb 2017 16:00:00 +0000E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Riches a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of lifeWed, 22 Feb 2017 21:10:12 +0000Scientists Spot Seven Earth-Sized Planets Orbiting a Nearby Star newly discovered solar system presents the best opportunity yet to study potentially habitable worlds, NASA scientists reportWed, 22 Feb 2017 20:14:28 +0000