Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagious spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tails show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases? events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Time discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brain outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Bird fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caves new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteria scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Food aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to California's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell? all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar System the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internet lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell? humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accident Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shell 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World" the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Too suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Century new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usual the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching? fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Trade new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americans DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handedness discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Spores medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpacks Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dad're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicine years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Other Diseases under strict protection see the most benefit in shielding people from illness and infectionMon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer? director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climate of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Dark insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible? the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceans shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossils sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evil who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brains on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink? exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinese nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Craters impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After All data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royalty horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Males direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moons the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Strip of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000Migrating Monarch Butterflies Might Actually Take to the Highway pollinators get a trans-continental right of wayMon, 01 Jun 2015 19:10:19 +0000Big African Animals Are Pickier Eaters Than We Imagined the surprise of ecologists, plant-eaters manage to coexist on the savanna by each choosing different favorite foods Mon, 01 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000How "Meat Banks" Are Helping Farmers Preserve Precious Livestock sperm and tissue are being stored to protect commercial animals and help save rare heritage breedsMon, 01 Jun 2015 15:00:16 +0000Smithsonian to Receive Artifacts From Sunken 18th-Century Slave Ship Found Off the Coast of South Africa 1794, the Portuguese slave ship São José wrecked with 400 slaves aboard; iron ballast and a wooden pulley from that ship will come to Washington, D.C.Sun, 31 May 2015 14:36:11 +0000Warmer Waters Are Making Pacific Typhoons Stronger of storm data show that tropical cyclones in the Pacific are getting more intense as ocean temperatures riseFri, 29 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000See a Bubbly Nebula, an Artistic Earth and Other Spacey Treats celebratory star nest and a painterly view of home feature among our picks for this week's best space picturesFri, 29 May 2015 17:23:53 +0000To Make Lobster Fisheries More Sustainable, Scientists Attempt to Decode Crustacean DNA the battle escalates to combat illegal fishing, Smithsonian scientists offer up a possible genetic tool Thu, 28 May 2015 15:57:47 +0000Instead of Being Swallowed by a Mine, This Arctic Town is Moving people of Kiruna are moving their entire town brick-by-brickThu, 28 May 2015 15:48:12 +0000The Many Ways Baby Talk Gives Infant Brains a Boost a higher vocabulary to mastering mouth motion, the lilting babble seems to play a key role in helping babies process languageThu, 28 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Will Really Happen When San Andreas Unleashes the Big One? major earthquake will cause plenty of destruction along the West Coast, but it won’t look like it does in the moviesThu, 28 May 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Happens When You Get a Concussion?'s scary what we don't know about the lasting effects after a knock to the nogginThu, 28 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000Investigating the Case of the Earliest Known Murder Victim 430,000-year-old skull discovered in a Spanish cave bears evidence of deliberate, lethal blunt force trauma Wed, 27 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Instruments Will Help NASA Figure Out If Life Can Thrive on Europa space agency has announced the suite of experiments that will fly on a mission to the icy moon of JupiterTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000UPDATE: Second Critically Endangered Tortoise Hatches from a Cracked Egg get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctic waters are eating away at protective ice shelves, letting glaciers flow into the seaThu, 21 May 2015 18:00:34 +0000These Sparrows Sing to the Beat of Their Own Drum sparrows amp up their tunes with acoustic beak taps synchronized with chirps Wed, 20 May 2015 18:02:04 +0000One Man's Lifelong Pursuit of Pluto is About to Get Real the New Horizons spacecraft races by the quasi-planetary body, Alan Stern will have finally met his matchWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?'s famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation—and ourselves?Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakes powerful earthquake in Italy killed hundreds of people—and set in motion a legal battle and scientific debate that has kept seismologists on edgeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Chins? most distinctive human feature might be that bony protrusion that made Jay Leno famousWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Stone Tools Yet Discovered Are Unearthed in Kenya million-year-old artifacts predate the human genus Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:02 +0000The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modern research indicates why the slithery beast's body appears pretty much as it did 110 million years agoWed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh? hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 22:44:19 +0000Vampire Healing: Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Bones's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderlyTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competition in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +0000Dark Globs, a Salty Moon and More of This Week's Stellar Wonders star clusters and Europa in a can feature in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 15 May 2015 20:47:23 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have? age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000El Niño Is Here, But It Can’t Help Parched California (For Now) national agencies have confirmed that the natural phenomenon has arrived, but not in time to bring much-needed rains in the WestThu, 14 May 2015 18:25:50 +0000Rare Quartet of Quasars Found in the Early Universe quirky set of extremely bright black holes challenges theories for how the cosmos reached its current structureThu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius? physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Watch These Ants Hurl Themselves Out of Death Traps With Their Mouths least one trap-jaw ant species has coopted its exceptionally strong mandibles to escape its nemesis, the ferocious antlionWed, 13 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Life new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000A Lopsided Supernova, Orbital Espresso and More Cosmic Wonders exploding star reveals its secrets and an astronaut takes a coffee break in this week's best space picturesFri, 08 May 2015 20:05:57 +0000Your Online Dating Profile Picture Affects Whether People Trust You is linked to trust, but the responses are very different between men and womenFri, 08 May 2015 19:00:00 +000010 New Things Science Says About Being a Mom as, how much time she spends with her child doesn’t matter as much as we think Fri, 08 May 2015 16:18:51 +0000How the Giant "Cosmic Navel" Formed in Utah unique landform in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is essentially one of the biggest potholes on EarthWed, 06 May 2015 19:49:54 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreants crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000