Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000Eclipse 2017: In Pursuit of Totalityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eclipse-2017-pursuit-totality-180964563/You’ve made plans, packed bags, obtained glasses. Here's what to read to fully appreciate this event in all its gloryFri, 18 Aug 2017 17:30:48 +0000What Humpback Whales Can Teach Us About Compassionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-humpback-whales-teach-us-compassion-180964545/Are these orca-fighting, seal-saving good Samaritans really just in it for themselves?Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This New Mexico Petroglyph Might Reveal an Ancient Solar Eclipsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-new-mexico-petroglyph-represent-ancient-eclipse-180964542/In 1097, a Pueblo artist may have etched a rare celestial event into the rock for all of posterityThu, 17 Aug 2017 16:37:31 +0000How Insect Poop Could Solve All Our Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-insect-poop-could-solve-problems-180964527/Bugs use their feces for weapons, navigation and gardening. Can we tap into this poop party?Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Is Why Taking Fish Medicine Is Truly a Bad Ideahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/here-are-reasons-you-shouldnt-take-fish-antibiotics-180964523/Those who misuse aquatic antibiotics are playing a dangerous game with their health, doctors and veterinarians say Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:12:45 +0000Does Climate Change Cause Extreme Weather Events?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-climate-change-cause-extreme-weather-events-180964506/It's a challenge to attribute any one storm or heat wave to climate change, but scientists are getting closer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:51:39 +0000The Big Unsexy Problem With Tiger Selfieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/the-big-unsexy-problem-with-tiger-selfies-180964489/Why drugging and caging the cats for Tinder photos is even more messed up than it soundsTue, 15 Aug 2017 13:12:00 +0000This Newly Excavated Underground Tunnel Reveals How 83 German Officers Escaped a World War II Prison Camphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/newly-excavated-underground-tunnel-reveals-german-officers-escaped-ww2-prison-camp-180964471/The POWs burrowed to freedom from a Welsh encampment in 1945Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:38:42 +0000Scientists Are Using This Collection of Wood Samples to Combat Illegal Logging http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/scientists-are-using-collection-wood-samples-combat-illegal-logging-180964305/Archie F. Wilson loved wood enough to amass the country’s premiere private collection. Now scientists are using it as a weapon against illegal loggingFri, 11 Aug 2017 13:02:22 +0000Underwater Robot Labs Monitor Toxins http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/underwater-robot-labs-monitor-toxins-180964387/The labs have been deployed in Lake Erie, where blooms of toxic algae have made water undrinkable in past years. Thu, 10 Aug 2017 17:21:06 +0000The Deadly Grizzly Bear Attacks That Changed the National Park Service Foreverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/deadly-grizzly-bear-attacks-changed-national-park-service-forever-180964462/Visitors to Glacier National Park had long conditioned the predators to seek food from humans, making the maulings somewhat inevitableThu, 10 Aug 2017 15:00:50 +0000How a Tree and Its Moth Shaped the Mojave Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tree-and-its-moth-shaped-mojave-desert-180964452/The partnership between the Joshua tree and the yucca moth may be key to understanding how plants and insects co-evolveThu, 10 Aug 2017 14:00:00 +0000Benjamin Franklin Mocked Eclipse Astrology to Elevate Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/benjamin-franklin-mocked-eclipse-astrology-elevate-science-180964453/The founding father used his almanacs to promote a scientific understanding of celestial events—often with withering humor Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Scholar Follows a Trail of Dead Mice and Discovers a Lesson in Why Museum Collections Matterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/trail-dead-mice-scholar-discovers-lesson-why-museum-collections-matter-180964365/A former Smithsonian curator authors a new book, <i>Inside the Lost Museum</i> Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0000Camel Spiders Are Fast, Furious and Horrifically Fascinatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/camel-spiders-are-fast-furious-and-horrifically-fascinating-180964439/Yet another mystery about these arachnids: Why are they so intent on mass-murdering ants?Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:09:17 +0000Did Scientists Just Unveil the Biggest Dinosaur of All Time?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-scientists-just-unveil-biggest-dinosaur-all-time-180964443/The jury's still out—but if you can get over the size contest, far more fascinating patterns about these giants emerge Wed, 09 Aug 2017 14:18:19 +0000Conservationists Hatch a Kiwi Cutie-Pie http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-conservationists-hatch-cutie-pie-kiwi-180964421/For an endangered species, every kiwi countsWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Your Body Reacts to Stresshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-your-body-when-youre-stressed-180964357/ A little tension can keep you on your toes. Too much can break down the systemWed, 09 Aug 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fly Guts Are Helping Researchers Catalog the Rainforest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fly-guts-help-researchers-catalog-rainforest-180964347/These tiny, buzzing lab assistants provide scientists with a treasure trove of conservation dataMon, 07 Aug 2017 16:35:12 +0000How the Narwhal Got Its Tuskhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-narwhal-got-its-tusk-180964331/ According to Inuit storytelling tradition, the narwhal was once an evil stepmother, who wove her hair into a tuskMon, 07 Aug 2017 14:53:47 +0000Is This Where Humanity Decided to Settle Down?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/is-this-where-humanity-decided-to-settle-down/Plant analysis of ancient wild cereals from Göbekli Tepe reveal a remarkable similarity to modern strainsMon, 07 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Blueprint for Genetically Engineering a Super Coralhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blueprint-engineering-super-coral-180964309/Why some researchers are proposing a drastic measure to save a threatened ecosystemThu, 03 Aug 2017 15:06:15 +0000How One Brave Spider Floated Thousands of Miles to Colonize a New Continenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-one-spider-floated-thousands-miles-colonize-new-continent-180964299/Improbably, new genetic analysis shows that trapdoor spiders may have ridden ocean currents from Africa to AustraliaWed, 02 Aug 2017 19:02:18 +0000To Understand the Elusive Musk Ox, Researchers Must Become Its Worst Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/understand-elusive-muskox-researchers-must-become-creatures-worst-fear-180964287/How posing as a grizzly helps one biologist grasp the threats facing this ancient beastWed, 02 Aug 2017 14:28:08 +0000Smithsonian Scientists Are Using Algae to Revitalize America’s Waterwayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-scientists-are-using-algae-revitalize-americas-waterways-180964293/Walter Adey’s algal turf scrubber filters pollutants to clean waterWed, 02 Aug 2017 13:34:12 +0000Could We See Glow-in-the-Dark Aliens From Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-aliens-glowed-could-we-see-them-earth-180964261/Extraterrestrial life might make its own light to protect itself from harmful radiationTue, 01 Aug 2017 15:37:16 +0000How One Bad Science Headline Can Echo Across the Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-bad-science-headlines-echo-across-internet-180964259/Recent articles claiming birth control causes “transgender" fish show how science communication can mislead—even when it relies on factsMon, 31 Jul 2017 18:09:01 +0000Are Humans to Blame for the Disappearance of Earth’s Fantastic Beasts? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happened-worlds-most-enormous-animals-180964255/100,000 years ago, giant sloths, wombats and cave hyenas roamed the world. What drove them all extinct?Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Holy Guacamole: How the Hass Avocado Conquered the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/holy-guacamole-how-hass-avocado-conquered-world-180964250/Why one California postman's delicious mistake now graces toast and tacos from California to New ZealandFri, 28 Jul 2017 17:17:48 +0000Guess What? Space is Full of Boozehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/space-has-been-totally-wasted-180964248/We’ll toast to thatFri, 28 Jul 2017 14:42:26 +0000Eclipse Hunters Looking for a Clear View Should Thank the Weather Service That Came Out of the Civil Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/american-eclipse-180963421/New book chronicles how a nascent weather service rose from the ashes of the Civil WarThu, 27 Jul 2017 17:04:22 +0000Ten Things We've Learned about Sharks Since Last Shark Week http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-things-weve-learned-about-sharks-last-year-180964221/In light of Shark Week 2017, here are some revelations about the fearsome fish we’ve made in the past yearThu, 27 Jul 2017 15:32:40 +0000The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-anatomist-who-brought-dead-bodies-light-180964165/Anna Morandi was the brains and the skilled hand of an unusual husband-wife partnershipWed, 26 Jul 2017 13:15:00 +0000Behind the Scenes: Skinning Condors in the Name of Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/behind-the-scenes-skinning-condors-name-science-180964187/One intrepid reporter documents the careful science, artistry and gross factor of a very strange partyTue, 25 Jul 2017 18:25:41 +0000Meet the Supervillain Worm That Gets By With a Little Help From Its Friendshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-supervillain-worm-gets-little-help-its-friends-180964192/This deadly nematode and its sidekicks reveal the power of bacterial symbiosisTue, 25 Jul 2017 16:29:52 +0000The Upside of Rotting Carcasseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/upside-rotting-carcasses-180964183/Large animals dying en masse are crucial to the the Serengeti—and they aren’t the only onesTue, 25 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How to Help Cheetahs Live Longer in Captivityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-cheetahs-hate-captivity-180964166/The key is in what we feed them, researchers surmiseMon, 24 Jul 2017 15:38:21 +0000Meet the Man Who Chases Eclipses Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/making-eclipse-city-180962994/Where darkness crosses the planet, whole cities rise up from nothing for a dayMon, 24 Jul 2017 14:59:26 +0000Meet the Zoo’s Newborn Red Panda Cubs, Who Just Opened Their Eyeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-zoos-newborn-red-panda-cubs-who-just-opened-their-eyes-180964160/The three cubs were born within days of each other at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteFri, 21 Jul 2017 20:18:15 +0000When Girls Studied Planets and the Skies Had No Limitshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-girls-studied-planets-and-the-skies-had-no-limits-180964127/Maria Mitchell, America's first female astronomer, flourished at a time when both sexes “swept the sky”Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:47:27 +0000Why Snail Sex Is Like a Box of Chocolateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/snail-sex-like-box-of-chocolates-180964107/To up the romance factor, some animals pair amorous advances with tasty giftsThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:31:28 +0000Could You Crash Into a Black Hole? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-you-crash-black-hole-180964099/Probably not, but it’s fun to think aboutWed, 19 Jul 2017 15:43:58 +0000How Human Noise Ruins Parks for Animals and Peoplehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-human-noise-ruins-parks-animals-people-180964095/Even in America’s most pristine wildernesses, unwanted sound is changing landscapes Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:42:36 +0000As the American Buffalo Declined, Its Symbolism Rosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/as-the-american-buffalo-declined-its-symbol/Over the years, the American buffalo, or bison, has been a symbol of the American frontierMon, 17 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Cool New Way to Freeze and Unfreeze Zebrafish Embryos Using Gold Nanotechnology and Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cool-new-way-freeze-unfreeze-zebrafish-embryos-gold-nanotechnology-lasers-180964046/The downstream applications could make food cheaper, repair coral reefs and help restore frog populationsThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:05:28 +0000Why The First Complete Map of the Ocean Floor Is Stirring Controversial Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/first-complete-map-ocean-floor-stirring-controversial-waters-180963993/Charting these watery depths could transform oceanography. It could also aid deep sea miners looking for profitThu, 13 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000Adorable New Tiger Cub Born at the Zoo Yips at Its Mom on Videohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sumatran-tiger-cub-born-smithsonians-national-zoo-180964040/ The new Sumatran tiger cub signals a success in efforts to save the critically endangered speciesWed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:35 +0000The Middle East Is a Treasure Trove of Natural Wonders. Now It Has a Museum to Show Them Offhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/israel-open-first-natural-history-museum-middle-east-180963986/Everything from early human skulls to priceless taxidermy relics will be on display in the ark-shaped museumWed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Fear of Humans Can Ripple Through Food Webs and Reshape Landscapeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fear-humans-can-ripple-through-food-webs-reshape-landscapes-180963987/Predators like pumas cower in our presence. And these big cats aren’t the only onesTue, 11 Jul 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Eclipse Anxiety Helped Lay the Foundation For Modern Astronomyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-eclipse-anxiety-helped-lay-foundation-modern-astronomy-180963992/The same unease you feel when the moon blots out the sun fueled ancient astronomers to seek patterns in the skiesMon, 10 Jul 2017 18:16:50 +0000Watch: The Panda Cub’s Favorite Game Is Belly Flopping Out of Treeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/video-panda-cubs-favorite-game-belly-flopping-out-trees-180963988/Bei Bei, the nearly two-year-old giant panda shows off his climbing—and falling—skillsMon, 10 Jul 2017 14:54:19 +0000Like Humans, Chimps Learn Behavior From One Anotherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/like-humans-chimps-learn-behavior-from-one/Chimps have a range of personalities and the facial expressions to reflect themFri, 07 Jul 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do We See More Species in Tropical Forests? The Mystery May Finally Be Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-we-see-more-species-tropical-forests-mystery-may-finally-be-solved-180963974/Surveying 2.4 million trees showed that predators may help keep the trees at sustainable levels Thu, 06 Jul 2017 18:12:42 +0000Forget Dinos: Horseshoe Crabs Are Stranger, More Ancient—And Still Alive Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forget-dinosaurs-horseshoe-crabs-are-weirder-more-ancient-180963952/But now evolution’s ultimate survivors may be in danger Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:51:40 +0000How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Iconhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/food/how-spam-went-canned-necessity-american-icon-180963916/Out-of-the-can branding helped transform World War II's rations into a beloved household stapleWed, 05 Jul 2017 14:41:51 +0000Illuminating the Secret Language of Lightning Bugshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illuminating-secret-language-lightning-bugs-180963900/For these light-up lovers, each flash in the night could mean sex or deathMon, 03 Jul 2017 16:05:07 +0000These Fanciful Microbes Need Your Coloring Skillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-fanciful-microbes-need-your-coloring-skills-180963897/A vast microscopic world writhes around you. Now a coloring book lets you bring wee beasts and beauties to lifeFri, 30 Jun 2017 19:08:25 +0000How Fake News Breaks Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fake-news-breaks-your-brain-180963894/Short attention spans and a deluge of rapid-fire articles on social media form a recipe for fake news epidemicsFri, 30 Jun 2017 17:10:40 +0000Coral Reefs Sound Like Popcorn, and That’s a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/take-audio-tour-ocean-180963880/The oceans boast a vibrant soundscape, but we may be slowly silencing their symphonies Fri, 30 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000What Are All The Ways That Land Can Disappear Beneath Your Feet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/myriad-ways-land-can-disappear-beneath-your-feet-180963868/From sinkholes to liquefaction, we look at how solid earth can shrink and elude our graspThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:30:00 +0000How Do Sea Lions Swim, Glide and Sometimes Even Nab Humans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-sea-lions-swim-180963847/These living torpedoes pull themselves through the water using their front flippers, unlike other ocean creaturesThu, 29 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Could Vitamin C Be the Cure for Deadly Infections?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/could-deadly-infections-be-cured-vitamin-c-180963843/A new protocol that includes this common nutrient could save millions of lives—and has already sparked a raging debate among doctorsTue, 27 Jun 2017 17:33:46 +0000When It Comes to Conservation, Are Ugly Animals a Lost Cause?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/are-ugly-animals-lost-cause-180963807/ Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but good marketing can do wonders Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:59:06 +0000Will the Public Ever Get to See the "Dueling Dinosaurs"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/public-ever-see-dueling-dinosaurs-180963676/America’s most spectacular fossil, found by a plucky Montana rancher, is locked up in a secret storage room. Why?Tue, 27 Jun 2017 15:26:18 +0000How Humans Helped Ants Invade the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humans-helped-ants-invade-world-180963825/Waves of globalization brought these warriors to new shores, where certain species spread like wildfireMon, 26 Jun 2017 15:25:16 +0000The Science Behind the “Abortion Pill”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/health-medicine/science-behind-abortion-pill-180963762/Legal or not, more American women are opting for abortion by medication. We asked doctors: How safe is it?Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:32 +0000How Moonlight Sets Nature's Rhythms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-moonlight-sets-nature-rhythms-180963778/Lunar luster triggers mating orgies, guides travelers and even can even provoke magical transformationsWed, 21 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000