Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +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 +0000Adorable Baby Tortoise Hatchling at the Zoo Signals a Breeding Success Story 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 +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 +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 +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 +0000Rockets and Microphones Reveal the First Images of Thunder acoustic visuals could help us better understand the physical processes that drive lightning strikesTue, 05 May 2015 19:35:01 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onions root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Our Modern Lives Became Infested With Bed Bugs being bitten by the tiny pests, author Brooke Borel set out to learn all she could about her blood-sucking foes Tue, 05 May 2015 13:01:00 +0000Creating Plastic From Greenhouse Gases Technologies is turning carbon emissions into plastic for everyday itemsFri, 01 May 2015 18:24:23 +0000A Trip to Mars Could Give You Brain Damage to cosmic rays may cause defects that would make astronauts lose their curiosity during a missionFri, 01 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Climate Change Will Accelerate Earth's Sixth Mass Extinction pace at which species disappear is picking up as temperatures rise, and things are looking especially troubling in the tropicsThu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Are Cats Domesticated? is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to beThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:30:19 +0000Birds Are in a Tailspin Four Years After Fukushima the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlifeThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Fluffy Little Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wings the size of a sparrow, Yi qi probably glided through Jurassic forests on membrane-covered appendagesWed, 29 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Monkeys Can Hack Each Other’s Grammar’s monkeys add suffixes to alarm calls to indicate specific threats, and Diana monkeys tune in for their own benefitTue, 28 Apr 2015 23:01:00 +0000Meet Chilesaurus, a New Raptor-Like Dinosaur With a Vegetarian Diet seven-year-old and his family found the unusual Jurassic theropod while out for a hike in southern ChileMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Makech, the Bedazzled Beetles Worn as Living Jewelry unusual bugs from the Yucatán have a backstory as colorful as their rhinestone-studded rumpsMon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000To Get Rid of Space Junk, Shoot It Down With Lasers to send debris-targeting craft into orbit are piling up, and one mission may soon start test firing from the space stationFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:22:09 +0000How Scientists Are Monitoring Water Quality With Tampons feminine hygiene products glow under ultra-violet light after absorbing pollutants called optical brightenersFri, 24 Apr 2015 16:11:23 +0000The Heart of the Hawaiian Peoples' Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Kea Hawaiians are not protesting science, but instead are seeking respect for sacred places, and our planetThu, 23 Apr 2015 19:46:35 +0000Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkable uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their mindsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Transforms Beach Trash Into Stunning, Majestic Images Barker didn't have spend too much time on the shores to collect enough debris for her masterpiecesThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Beautiful Drawings by Darwin's Artist-in-Residence the famous HMS Beagle voyage, painter Conrad Martens depicted the sights along the journeyThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrect Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinctionThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000We're Not That Far From Being Able to Grow Human Bones in a Lab company EpiBone could be on the verge of a major breakthroughThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Extreme Makeover: ISS Edition to give the International Space Station a little bit more roomThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Decoding the Deadly Secret of Snake Venom world's animals have developed an incredible variety of venoms. But how?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Giant New Magma Reservoir Found Beneath Yellowstone an eruption is still unlikely, the find improves our understanding of the supervolcano underneath the national parkThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes of the Last Mission to Repair the Hubble Space Telescope Michael Soluri shares an intimate look at the team that saved the iconic observatoryThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:29:01 +0000What Does It Feel Like to Be Invisible? in Sweden were tricked into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the "superpower" seemed to ease social fearsThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrus knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammalThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Genes Make Some People More Attractive to Mosquitoes body odors appear to entice the pesky bloodsuckers—and those smells may be hereditaryWed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Transport Frozen Panda Semen From China, Zoo Officials Went All the Way consulting a "stud book," the Zoo brought a male panda's sperm back to D.C., setting an exciting precedent Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:28:09 +0000170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered (and Tasted) From a Baltic Shipwreck uncorked bubbly goes from notes of wet hair and cheese to something spicy and smoky, enologists reportMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Gulf Oil Spill Isn't Really Over, Even Five Years Later Louisiana scientists reflect on the event and how its lingering effects are continuing to change the Gulf CoastMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000Five Things The Gulf Oil Spill Has Taught Us About the Ocean researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean currentMon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Einstein's Brain Ended Up at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia years after the great scientist's death, his gray matter is on display Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:50 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seas decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movementsThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dog Gazes Hijack the Brain's Maternal Bonding System a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipe reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shape funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimens Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000Earth May Have Become Magnetic After Eating a Mercury-Like Object a sulfur-rich protoplanet could help explain two lingering mysteries in the story of Earth's formationWed, 15 Apr 2015 17:09:54 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquake GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000An Einstein Ring and an Asteroid "Dart" Are Among These Space Stunners lensed galaxy and a mission to manipulate a space rock feature among our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 10 Apr 2015 12:07:06 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Could the Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Ever Erupt? good news is that an eruption there is highly unlikely, but the bad news is that it would be hugeThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:44:46 +0000Inside the Atom Smasher at CERN you can see on a tour of the largest particle collider in the world, now that it's back in actionThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:38:03 +0000Pulling Your Hair Out? It Might Just Help Reverse Baldness hair could be a counterintuitive way to fight balding, according to a study of quorum sensing in rat folliclesThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000200 Years After Tambora, Some Unusual Effects Linger, famine poetry, polar exploration—the "year without a summer" was just the beginningThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Moon Was Formed in a Smashup Between Earth and a Near Twin solving one puzzle of lunar origins has raised another linked to the abundances of tungsten in the primordial bodiesWed, 08 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreas device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000The Race to Protect Frogs from a Deadly Pathogen Gets a Much-Needed Boost new amphibian lab in Panama will help researchers to return charismatic golden frogs to the wildWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After All popular name could be pulled back out of the scientific wastebasket, based on new analysis of dozens of related dinosaursTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000New Dwarf Dragons Have Been Found in the Andes seems that every time herpetologists wander into the Andean cloud forests, they emerge with colorful lizard species in tow Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:22:44 +0000An Easter Typhoon and Galactic Ghosts Are Among These Spacey Visions spy a colossal eye and Hubble sees echoes of quasars past in our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:11:41 +0000Crowds Are Much Smarter Than We Suspected a new book, Michael Bond explores a growing body of research that says people in crowds exercise a collective intelligenceFri, 03 Apr 2015 15:06:05 +0000Like Tiny Scientists, Babies Learn Best By Focusing on Surprising Objects tests suggest that infants learn more about the world around them when they encounter and investigate unexpected phenomenaThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000California Sea Lions Are Starving, But Do They Need Our Help? of just rehabilitating the fuzzy pups, some ecologists say we should be focusing on the underlying troubles of climate change and fish declinesThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000How to Travel by Scent tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000"Wereplant" Releases Its Pollen By the Light of the Full Moon unassuming shrub from the Mediterranean is the first documented case of a plant timing its reproduction to the lunar cycle Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:44:30 +0000Illegal Cocoa Farms Are Driving Out Primates In Ivory Coast national parks and reserves have lost all their primates as people move in to protected regions to farm cacaoWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Elephants Have Male Bonding Rituals, Too her new book, Caitlin O'Connell shows how the interactions of tight-knit bulls can be surprisingly similar to human relationshipsWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:55:33 +0000