Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenTue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Malaria, Zika and Dengue Could Meet Their Match in Mosquito-Borne Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/malaria-zika-and-dengue-could-meet-their-match-mosquito-borne-bacteria-180959271/A common bacteria that infects mosquitoes seems to prevent them from carrying more deadly diseases.Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-archaeologists-are-setting-spiritually-important-early-american-sites-fire-180959259/Archaeologists, who typically consider fire to be a destructive force, are now finding that it can be useful as tool of discoveryTue, 31 May 2016 17:26:31 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-explore-breakthaking-hydrothermal-vents-virtual-reality-180959266/With a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000Guy Consolmangno, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, on Balancing Church With the Cosmoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/guy-consolmangno-vaticans-chief-astronomer-balancing-church-cosmos-180959242/The MIT graduate speaks to how he ended up studying the stars for the Catholic ChurchTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:23 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-one-farm-is-trying-to-save-heritage-livestock-one-embryo-at-a-time-180959048/Enjoy a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000Does Snot Help Dolphins Echolocate?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-snot-help-dolphins-echolocate-180959238/The cetaceans can perform acoustic gymnastics, but how they produce ultrasonic noises has long eluded scientistsThu, 26 May 2016 14:33:03 +0000This Coral Restoration Technique Is 'Electrifying' a Balinese Villagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-restoration-technique-electrifying-balinese-village-180959206/The technique is also changing attitudes and inspiring locals to preserve their natural treasuresWed, 25 May 2016 18:23:22 +0000Welcome to the Meerkat's World of Competitive Eatinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/welcome-meerkats-world-competitive-eating-180959217/When vying for dominance, meerkats increase their food intake to bulk up and maintain their place on the social pecking orderWed, 25 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Three Ways to Test if Something Is Truly Solid Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/three-ways-to-test-if-something-is-solid-gold/When a stolen Kentucky Derby trophy from 1924 is uncovered, a series of tests are used to determine its authenticityTue, 24 May 2016 16:39:41 +0000How Big Were Oysters in the Chesapeake Before Colonization?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-big-oysters-chesapeak-before-colonization-180959198/A new multidisciplinary study reveals that yes, oysters were larger and more plentiful before European contactTue, 24 May 2016 15:21:06 +0000How Forensic Scientists Once Tried to "See" a Dead Person's Last Sighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-forensic-scientists-once-tried-see-dead-persons-last-sight-180959157/Scientists once believed that the dead's last sight could be resolved from their extracted eyeballsMon, 23 May 2016 16:18:42 +0000This Guy Got Himself Stung 1,000 Times For Science—Here’s What He Learnedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/guy-got-himself-stung-1000-times-scienceheres-what-he-learned-180959185/A new book reveals what it’s like to be stung by nearly 100 species of insect, and some of the secrets of things that stingMon, 23 May 2016 14:47:00 +0000Scorpions Choose Their Mates by Dancing With Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/scorpions-choose-their-mates-by-dancing/Before a female scorpion chooses a mate, she must test the strength of her potential suitor. The only way to be certain it's the right match is to danceMon, 23 May 2016 14:22:05 +0000Siddhartha Mukherjee Follows Up Biography of Cancer With “An Intimate History” of Geneticshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/siddhartha-mukherjee-follows-biography-cancer-intimate-history-genetics-180959197/ The Pulitzer Prize winner calls his latest not a sequel, but a prequel to his bestsellerMon, 23 May 2016 13:59:14 +0000Australia Used to be a Haven for Giant Penguinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/australia-used-be-haven-giant-penguins-180959105/A single species, the little penguin, is left on Aussie shores todayMon, 23 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Two New Discoveries Add to a Horned Dino Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologists-are-digging-more-horned-dinos-ever-180959181/Twenty years ago, there were about 23 horned dinosaurs. Today, the count has more than tripledFri, 20 May 2016 15:06:33 +0000Mars Weather Forecast Calls for Massive Dust Storms -- Here's Whyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mars-weather-forecast-calls-massive-dust-stormssolar-system-mechanics-may-explain-why-180959174/Planetary-wide dust storms on Mars, lasting for months, may be linked to the motion of the Red Planet around the solar system.Thu, 19 May 2016 18:36:37 +0000What's the Waggle Dance? And Why Do Honeybees Do It?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/whats-the-waggle-dance-and-why-do-honeybees-do-it/Honeybees search high and wide for the best flowers. And when they find them, they go back to the hive and "tell" the other bees how to get thereThu, 19 May 2016 14:39:51 +0000Podcast: All About Rare Earth Elements, the 'Vitamins' Of Modern Societyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/generation-anthropocene-rare-earth-180959115/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn about rare earth elements (which aren't really that rare) and why they're so prized.Thu, 19 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Magnificent Leaf Homes Woven by Australian Green Antshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/magnificent-leaf-homes-woven-by-ants/Green ants build their grand nests out of leaves, which they pull and join together with silk. Amazingly, this silk is produced by their newborn larvaeWed, 18 May 2016 20:17:42 +0000How Much Does it Really Cost (the Planet) to Make a Penny?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/penny-environmental-disaster-180959032/All that copper and zinc for a coin most people throw away--what's the sustainable solution?Wed, 18 May 2016 17:38:12 +0000What's the Best Way to Help the Amazon's Indigenous People?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-best-way-help-amazon-indigenous-people-180959063/Can a pioneering computer model save the rainforest's residents from our best intentions?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did Neanderthals Die Out Because of the Paleo Diet?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-neanderthals-die-out-because-paleo-diet-180959066/A new theory links their fate to a meat-heavy regimenWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Kill All the Mosquitoes?!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/kill-all-mosquitos-180959069/New gene-editing technology gives scientists the ability to wipe out the carriers of malaria and the Zika virus. But should they use it?Wed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacánhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-secret-tunnel-mexico-solve-mysteries-teotihuacan-180959070/The chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilizationWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Elephant Poachers Is Going Commandohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fight-against-elephant-poaching-going-commando-180959071/In central Africa, a former Israeli military trainer and his team are deploying battle-tested tactics to stop the runaway slaughter of elephantsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-canine-teeth-questions-readers-180959074/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Being Super Busy May* Be Good for Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/being-super-busy-may-be-good-your-brain-or-not-180959147/*Does busyness boost cognition, or do people with better cognition tend to keep busy? Tue, 17 May 2016 20:00:00 +0000If Grit Breeds Success, How Can I Get Grittier?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/if-grit-breeds-success-how-can-get-grittier-180959140/University of Pennsylvania psychologist Angela Duckworth talks about her new book and the importance of the personal qualityTue, 17 May 2016 15:34:25 +0000Radiation Remains a Problem for Any Mission to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/radiation-remains-problem-any-mission-mars-180959092/Engineers have yet to find ways to protect astronauts from cosmic rays and solar radiationTue, 17 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Eek! Each of These Insect Portraits Is Made From More Than 8,000 Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eek-each-these-insect-portraits-made-from-more-than-8000-images-180959134/With a mastery of macro, Levon Biss captures every hair and dimple on insects’ vibrant bodiesMon, 16 May 2016 18:41:12 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bizarre-tale-tunnels-trysts-and-taxa-smithsonian-entomologist-180959089/A new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000Underwater Finds Reveal Humans’ Long Presence in North Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/underwater-finds-reveal-humans-long-presence-north-america-180959103/Stone tools and mastodon remains help show that the Americas were peopled more than 14,000 years agoFri, 13 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000When the Arctic Gets Warmer, It Also Affects a Tropical Ecosystem Thousands of Miles Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-arctic-gets-warmer-it-also-affects-tropical-ecosystem-thousands-miles-away-180959090/As spring arrives earlier in far northern Russia, red knots get smaller—and have trouble in their African winter homesThu, 12 May 2016 18:00:00 +0000Five Lost Languages Rediscovered in Massachusettshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/five-lost-languages-rediscovered-massachusetts-180959043/Smithsonian linguist Ives Goddard finds that the Native Americans of central Massachusetts spoke five languages instead of one Wed, 11 May 2016 18:48:43 +0000Ancient Spacedust Reveals Surprising Twist in Evolution of Earth’s Early Atmospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-spacedust-reveals-surprising-twist-evolution-earths-early-atmosphere-180959054/Mini fossil meteorites are providing new insights about how our ancient atmosphere evolved into its current stateWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000Meet the Diverse and Bizarre “Stars” of the Deep Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-diverse-and-bizarre-stars-deep-sea-180959056/As human activities encroach on remote oceans, scientists work to map the denizens of the deepWed, 11 May 2016 17:00:00 +0000The Black Sea Is Dying, and War Might Push it Over the Edgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/black-sea-dying-and-war-might-push-it-over-edge-180959053/Surrounded by six countries, all with their own agendas, the massive body of water is at risk of becoming another casualty of regional strifeWed, 11 May 2016 15:19:14 +0000The World’s Carnivorous Bats Are Emerging From the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-carnivorous-bats-are-emerging-dark-180959042/Meat-eating evolved multiple times among these mysterious species, yet all of the winged carnivores share similar physiological fixesTue, 10 May 2016 23:01:00 +0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/prolific-princess-of-paleontology-mary-anning/Mary Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in historyTue, 10 May 2016 17:10:26 +0000The Science Behind Nature's Patternshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-behind-natures-patterns-180959033/A new book explores the physical and chemical reasons behind incredible visual structures in the living and non-living worldTue, 10 May 2016 14:27:39 +0000This Photographer Shoots Sharks to Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographer-shoots-sharks-save-them-180959037/When he’s not creating movie posters, Michael Muller swims among the oceanic predators, capturing stunning imagesTue, 10 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000How Tuberculosis Shaped Victorian Fashionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-tuberculosis-shaped-victorian-fashion-180959029/The deadly disease—and later efforts to control it—influenced trends for decadesTue, 10 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Weirdo Ancient Marine Reptile Had a Vacuum-Shaped Headhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weirdo-ancient-marine-reptile-had-vacuum-shaped-head-180959026/Animal probably slurped up plant material from the seafloorMon, 09 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000Smartphone Study Uncovers Why So Much of the World is Short on Sleephttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/smartphone-study-uncovers-why-so-much-world-short-sleep-180959023/Age, gender and nationality impact how much we sleep, and social pressures rob many of needed restFri, 06 May 2016 18:00:00 +000010 Things Science Says About Being a Mom in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-things-science-says-about-being-mom-2016-180959009/For one, a nurturing mother can help her child's brain growFri, 06 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Was the Grand Canyon Formed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-was-the-grand-canyon-formed/Many people once believed that landscapes like the Grand Canyon were shaped by volcanoes and earthquakes. But one American geologist had a different ideaFri, 06 May 2016 12:30:00 +0000Enjoy Face Time with Seven of Earth's 3 to 5 Million Mite Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enjoy-face-time-seven-earths-3-5-million-mite-species-180959003/A Smithsonian collection of some one million species of mites is receiving its up close and personalThu, 05 May 2016 18:44:33 +0000Your Skin’s Microbial Inhabitants Might Stick Around, Even If You Washhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-skins-microbial-inhabitants-might-stick-around-even-if-you-wash-180959005/This tiny ecosystem is surprisingly stable from months to years, study revealsThu, 05 May 2016 17:56:00 +0000Crushing Pressures Start to Reveal the Truth About Earth's Corehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crushing-pressures-start-reveal-truth-about-earths-core-180959004/Iron makes up the bulk of our planet's core. But now, researchers are getting closer to figuring out what else swirls at the center of the EarthThu, 05 May 2016 12:16:51 +0000A Fecal Pellet’s Worth A Thousand Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-pellets-worth-thousand-words-180958983/Scientists can learn a surprising amount about an animal just by analyzing its poopWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Bug Wears Its Victims' Carcasses as Camouflagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-bug-wears-its-victims-carcasses-as-camouflage/The assassin bug is one of the most cunning predators in the micro world, gluing the exoskeletons of its prey to its back as camouflageTue, 03 May 2016 20:06:46 +0000Describing Someone as “Birdbrained” Is Misguided, Unless You’re Talking About Emushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/describing-someone-birdbrained-misguided-unless-youre-talking-about-emus-180958981/A new book about birds explores how birds thinkTue, 03 May 2016 18:21:31 +0000How Climate Change Could Make Office Work Even Unhealthierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-could-make-office-work-even-unhealthier-180958815/"Sick building syndrome" and other indoor concerns could be exacerbated by climate changeMon, 02 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Neuroscientist David Eagleman on What Is Possible in the Cosmoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neuroscientist-david-eagleman-what-possible-cosmos-180958959/The author tackles where the human brain and astronomy intersectFri, 29 Apr 2016 15:57:41 +0000Infants Learn to Pay Attention (or Not) From Watching Mom and Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/infants-learn-pay-attentionor-not-watching-mom-and-dad-180958945/Parents who focus on play may help babies develop critical skills that predict future successThu, 28 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-daredevils-made-yales-peabody-museum-national-treasure-180958905/When an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000When it Comes to Greenhouse Gases, CO2 Isn’t the Only Game in Townhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-it-comes-greenhouse-gases-co2-isnt-only-game-town-180958772/Carbon dioxide rightly gets the attention in the climate change debate. But here are four more gases that can wreck our atmosphere.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:19:04 +0000Early Microscopes Revealed a New World of Tiny Living Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/early-microscopes-revealed-new-world-tiny-living-things-180958912/A cloth merchant turned a device for checking his wares into an instrument fit for scienceWed, 27 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000NASA Responds to an S.O.S. of Historic Proportionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasa-responds-sos-historic-proportions-180958913/Rocket technology could save our (historic) structures from earthquakesTue, 26 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Future Is Here Festival Considers Extraterrestrial Life and the Essence of Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/future-here-festival-considers-extraterrestrial-life-and-essence-humanity-180958916/In the festival's final day, speakers turn to the cosmos and our place within itTue, 26 Apr 2016 16:28:14 +0000How to Make Science Fiction Become Fact, in Three Stepshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-make-science-fiction-become-fact-three-steps-180958890/Speakers at <em>Smithsonian</em> magazine's "Future is Here" festival said be patient, persistent, but never, ever pessimisticMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:23:47 +0000North American Mammoths May Have Been a Single Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/north-american-mammoths-may-have-been-single-species-180958889/Woolly mammoths and other varieties may have been intermingling, DNA analyses showMon, 25 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shining Light on Brazil’s Secret Coral Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shining-light-brazils-secret-coral-reef-180958872/The massive, previously unstudied reef is unlike any other known on Earth Fri, 22 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000Why Didn't the First Earth Day's Predictions Come True? It's Complicatedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-didnt-first-earth-days-predictions-come-true-its-complicated-180958820/Half a century ago, scientists and activists predicted utter doom for the planet. That hasn't happened yet, but it's nothing to cheer aboutFri, 22 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000This Is the Closest Thing to a Dragon You'll Ever Seehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/closet-thing-to-a-dragon/Draco lizards use specialized sideflaps to launch themselves into the air while evading predatorsThu, 21 Apr 2016 21:09:53 +0000You Can’t Sleep While Traveling Because Your Brain Acts Like a Dolphin’s http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-cant-sleep-while-traveling-because-your-brain-acts-dolphins-180958860/On the first night in a new place, half your brain stays awake to watch out for dangerThu, 21 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000For Chris Carter, the Truth is Still Out Therehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/as-interview/interview-chris-carter-180958438/The <i>X-Files</i> creator wants to believeThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:10:21 +0000What Does a Dying Forest Sound Like?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-dying-forest-sound-180958859/As temperatures rise, scientists scramble to pinpoint trees in danger of droughtThu, 21 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Fight Against Ginseng Poaching in the Great Smoky Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fight-against-ginseng-poaching-great-smoky-mountains-180958858/A profitable black market for the native shrub pits the National Park Service against poor residents of AppalachiaThu, 21 Apr 2016 14:37:46 +0000Stephen Hawking on Why Black Holes Are Worthy of Your Considerationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/stephen-hawking-why-black-holes-are-worthy-your-consideration-180958855/A new Harvard-Smithsonian initiative will delve into the places in the universe where spacetime sags around massive objectsThu, 21 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Mad Dash to Figure Out the Fate of Peatlandshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mad-dash-figure-out-fate-peatlands-180958841/As the planet’s peat swamps come under threat, the destiny of their stored carbon remains a mysteryWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:31:22 +0000These Tiny Satellites Can Be Launched Into Space for as Little as $1,000http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-tiny-satellites-can-be-launched-into-space-little-1000-180958804/Researchers at Arizona State University may be paving the way for consumer satellite flightWed, 20 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000How to Plug In Your Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-to-plug-in-your-brain-180958775/If neuroscientists are right, you’ll soon be able to sharpen your focus and boost your memory by recharging your brain—with electricityWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Your Questions for Astronaut Tom Jones, Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/questions-astronaut-tom-jones-answered-180958776/Just a sampling of what we can learn from those who have been to spaceWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Deadly Cunning of the Black Widow's Color Schemehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deadly-cunning-black-widow-color-scheme-180958778/Why did the spider evolve to have that crimson hourglass on its back?Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/oral-history-star-trek-180958779/The trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Can Proteins From Living Cells Solve Problems That Vex Supercomputers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/proteins-living-cells-solve-problems-that-vex-supercomputers-180958783/When nature knows bestWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000The NASA Robot That Failed to Do Its Jobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-robot-failed-do-its-job-180958784/A cautionary tale about the android who just wasn't suited for the task at handWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Inside the Grand Plan to Send Humans to Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-nasa-plan-send-humans-mars-180958787/NASA's innovative deputy administrator Dava Newman explains just how close we are to sending astronauts far, far awayWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Avalanches on Comets May Help Make the Icy Bodies Visiblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/avalanches-comets-may-help-make-icy-bodies-visible-180958828/Tumbling rocks may have lit up Comet Hartley 2, allowing its discovery in 1986Wed, 20 Apr 2016 14:00:00 +0000Can Physicists Ever Prove the Multiverse Is Real?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-physicists-ever-prove-multiverse-real-180958813/Astronomers are arguing about whether they can trust this untested—and potentially untestable—ideaTue, 19 Apr 2016 17:59:19 +0000For Baboons, a Tough Childhood Can Lead to a Short Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/baboons-tough-childhood-can-lead-short-life-180958801/Primates that grow up under tough conditions don’t live as long as those that have it easyTue, 19 Apr 2016 16:45:20 +0000These Stunning Satellite Images Turn Earth Into Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-stunning-satellite-images-turn-earth-into-art-180958808/These images illustrate the brutal beauty geologic processes carve into our planetTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:45:03 +0000Andy Weir, Author of "The Martian," Shares Details About His Next Novelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/andy-weir-author-martian-shares-details-about-next-novel-180958708/The science fiction writer also talks about the future of space travelTue, 19 Apr 2016 15:13:42 +0000Life in the Cosmos: Special Reporthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/life-cosmos-special-report-1-180958759/Exploring the mysteries of the universeMon, 18 Apr 2016 22:17:33 +0000Anthony Fauci Is Waging War Against Zika, and Preparing for Other Epidemics to Comehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/anthony-fauci-waging-war-against-zika-preparing-other-epidemics-to-come-180958768/The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases talks about developing a Zika vaccineMon, 18 Apr 2016 14:07:03 +0000A Steady Diet of Seabird Chicks Makes Island Mice Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/steady-diet-seabird-chicks-makes-island-mice-huge-180958800/With no predators or competition, rodents can eat baby birds aliveMon, 18 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Fuzzy Pigs, Squash Swords And More of the World's Amazing, Vanishing Heirloom Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fuzzy-pigs-and-squash-swords-are-just-two-worlds-amazing-heirloom-breeds-180958766/These odd fruits, veggies and animals show the vanishing diversity of our foodMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:34:42 +0000Rewilding the African Scimitar-Horned Oryxhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rewilding-african-scimitar-horned-oryx-180958796/In a historic first, an animal that went extinct in the African wild is reintroduced, giving hope for many endangered speciesFri, 15 Apr 2016 19:15:57 +0000NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nasas-rocket-girls-are-no-longer-forgotten-history-180958791/Thanks to a new book, these female pioneers who helped the U.S. win the space race are finally getting their dueFri, 15 Apr 2016 14:59:17 +0000Paleontologists Unveil Dinosaur Stomping Ground in Utahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleontologists-unveil-dinosaur-stomping-ground-utah-180958774/Visitors can view ghostly footprints that record prehistoric steps in pale blue stoneFri, 15 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Coral Bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef May Get a Lot Worse in the Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coral-bleaching-great-barrier-reef-may-get-lot-worse-future-180958758/Climate change could alter temperature patterns in a way that stops corals from preparing for bleaching eventsThu, 14 Apr 2016 18:00:00 +0000How the Fastest Animal on Earth Attacks Its Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-the-fastest-animal-attacks-prey/When hunting, the Peregrine falcon will fly to great heights, then dive bomb its preyTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:05:05 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhinohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/teddy-roosevelts-epic-strangely-altruistic-hunt-white-rhino-180958626/In a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Who's Laughing Now? Listeners Can Tell if Laughers are Friends or Nothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whos-laughing-now-listeners-can-tell-if-laughers-are-friends-or-not-180958721/We laugh differently with friends, and the reasons may lie deep in our social evolutionMon, 11 Apr 2016 19:07:08 +0000Lemur Extinctions Are Harmful to Madagascar's Plant Life, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lemur-extinctions-are-harmful-madagascars-plant-life-too-180958717/Plants and trees that once relied on a particular species of lemur to spread their seeds may also be headed for extinction.Mon, 11 Apr 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-lecture-accidentally-sparked-global-craze-yogurt-180958700/More than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000This Expandable Structure Could Become the Future of Living in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/robert-bigelow-visio-future-living-space-180958698/A Nevada real estate magnate has poured $290 million into a wild dream of being a landlord in outer space. His first tenant: NASAMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Here's What Bat Echolocation Sounds Like, Slowed Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-bat-echolocation-sounds-like/Bats use a perceptual system called echolocation that allows them to produce high pitch sounds that bounce off nearby objects and living thingsFri, 08 Apr 2016 18:23:13 +0000These Birds Can Sing Using Only Their Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-can-sing-using-only-their-feathers-180958678/When feathers meet air in just the right way, birds can create distinctive soundsFri, 08 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Tiny Spiders Are the Fastest Known on Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-tiny-spiders-are-fastest-known-earth-180958682/Some trap-jaw spiders can snap their mouths shut with incredible force—in less than a millisecondThu, 07 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0000Coastal Cities Need to Radically Rethink How They Deal With Rising Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/coastal-cities-need-radically-rethink-how-they-deal-rising-waters-180958653/"Transitional architecture" is both a futuristic solution to sea-level rise and a hearkening back to older ways of livingThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:40:53 +0000The Story Behind Those Jaw-Dropping Photos of the Collections at the Natural History Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-behind-those-jaw-dropping-photos-collections-natural-history-museum-180958671/The images capture only a fraction of the millions of creatures and objects that are stored away from the public eyeWed, 06 Apr 2016 16:53:38 +0000Is This the Quietest Square Inch in the U.S.?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hoh-rainforest-quietest-spot-us-180958654/An acoustic ecologist reveals his findingsTue, 05 Apr 2016 16:18:54 +0000Stunning Timelapse of a Dragonfly Growing Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stunning-timelapse-dragonfly-growing-wings/Watch the transformation unfold before your eyesMon, 04 Apr 2016 18:06:55 +0000Human Sacrifices May Lie Behind the Rise of Ancient Social Statushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-sacrifices-may-lie-behind-rise-ancient-social-status-180958646/Dark practices may have helped the elite keep the lower classes in line, a new study hintsMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000These Light-Up Fishing Nets Could Save Sea Turtleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/these-light-fishing-nets-could-save-sea-turtles-180958634/New research shows attaching LED lights to fishing nets can keep turtles from becoming accidentally entangledMon, 04 Apr 2016 14:21:43 +0000