Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:58:55 +0000Shock Waves May Create Dangerous Bubbles in the Brain experiments show how people who survive explosions may still carry cellular damage that can cause psychological problemsWed, 25 Nov 2015 16:58:55 +0000Your Gut Bacteria May Be Controlling Your Appetite microbes in your stomach seem to hijack a hormone system that signals the brain to stop eatingTue, 24 Nov 2015 20:08:01 +0000Poaching Upsurge Threatens South America’s Iconic Vicuña back from the brink of extinction, the llama-like animals have attracted the attention of poachers eager to turn a profit from their prized woolTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:30:00 +0000Your Thanksgiving Turkey Is a Quintessentially American Bird: An Immigrant turkeys common on U.S. tables descended from a Mexican species and were originally bred for Maya ritualsTue, 24 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Water Bears Are the Master DNA Thieves of the Animal World genes from bacteria, fungi and plants may have bestowed these animals with their ability to tolerate boiling, freezing and the vacuum of spaceMon, 23 Nov 2015 20:16:53 +0000Army Ants Act Like Algorithms to Make Deliveries More Efficient marauding ants know just where to place living bridges to create shortcuts without sacrificing their food-gathering prowessMon, 23 Nov 2015 20:00:00 +0000Big Baby Dinosaur Finally Goes Home infant oviraptorosaur smuggled out of China decades ago comes back to Henan Province with new stories to tellFri, 20 Nov 2015 17:50:53 +0000Spectacular High Fashion Rises From a Landscape of Trash Fabrice Monteiro conjures the specter of environmental ruinThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:08:39 +0000Why I Captured This MRI of a Mother and Child venerable symbol of human love, as you've never seen it beforeThu, 19 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000Pigeons Can Spot Breast Cancer in Medical Images just a few weeks of training, the brainy birds rivaled human levels of accuracy in their diagnosesWed, 18 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000What a Dead Blue Whale Can Teach Us About Life in the Ocean, and About Ourselves and spectators gathered on an Oregon beach for the rare, messy, mesmerizing sight of a whale being carefully dismantled for museum displayWed, 18 Nov 2015 15:08:23 +0000What Growing Potatoes on Mars Means for Earth's Farmers Damon made it look easy in the recent Hollywood blockbuster, but Mars and Earth aren't really all that different after allTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:08:49 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is a Freckle? adorable and charming spots splayed across the nose and cheeks might also be an indicator of sun damageTue, 17 Nov 2015 16:05:43 +0000This Is How Much Water You Waste When You Throw Away Food an apple is like pouring 25 gallons of water down the drain, and the average American does that 17 times a yearMon, 16 Nov 2015 13:00:00 +0000Genetic Tweaks Are Revealing the Dinosaur Traits in Living Chickens Yale paleontologist is blending fossil studies and bird genes to trace the ways dinosaurs transformed into today's feathered flocksFri, 13 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Earth’s Water May Be as Old as the Earth Itself volcanic rocks may have preserved tiny samples of the planet’s original moistureThu, 12 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ancient Bees Were Voracious Snackers on Their Pollen-Gathering Treks from Germany could help researchers better understand modern bee eating habits and better protect the beloved pollinatorsThu, 12 Nov 2015 17:00:00 +0000The Two Brains at the Forefront of the Fight Against Alzheimer's Tanzi and Doo Yeon Kim have invented a revolutionary new tool to study the mysteries of the disease and counter the coming epidemic of dementiaThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000Smile, Frown, Grimace and Grin — Your Facial Expression Is the Next Frontier in Big Data Rana el Kaliouby is set to change the way we interact with our devices—and each otherThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Alan Stern Brought Pluto to Earth scientist behind NASA's New Horizons mission gave cheering earthlings their first close-up view of the dwarf planetThu, 12 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000A Cockroach Can Bite With a Force 50 Times Its Body Weight to their supervillain-esque powers, roaches can gnaw through tough materials with surprisingly strong jawsWed, 11 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000How to Have the Most Sustainable Thanksgiving Ever and turkey don't have to be incompatible with Earth-friendly practicesWed, 11 Nov 2015 15:30:00 +0000Sorry Pluto, You Still Aren’t a Planet new test for planetary status leaves the diminutive world and its dwarf planet kin out of the family portraitWed, 11 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Pluto May Have Ice Volcanoes at the Bottom of Its Heart southern peaks have depressions that hint they once spewed icy slurry onto the tiny world's surfaceMon, 09 Nov 2015 22:14:03 +0000A Long-Necked Marine Reptile Is the First Known to Filter Feed Like a Whale bizarre <em>Mortuneria</em> used sieve-like teeth to strain tasty morsels from the muddy Cretaceous seafloorMon, 09 Nov 2015 15:00:00 +0000A New "Drought Atlas" Tracks Europe's Extreme Weather Through History data, based on tree rings, fills in details about past events and could help improve climate modeling for the futureFri, 06 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Sun Stole Part of Mars' Atmosphere, and NASA Was Watching from the MAVEN spacecraft should help scientists figure out if and when Mars had the right conditions for lifeThu, 05 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000Talking Is the Latest Tool for Battling Seasonal Depression large-scale study suggests that talk therapy may have longer-lasting benefits than light boxes for treating wintertime bluesThu, 05 Nov 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Winged Dinosaur May Have Used Its Feathers to Pin Down Prey "the Ferrari of raptors," a lithe killing machine that could have taken down a young <em>T. rex</em>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000Illegal Pot Farms Are Killing Rare Animals With Bacon-Scented Poison plots hidden in California’s forests are inadvertently poisoning protected mammals called fishersWed, 04 Nov 2015 19:00:00 +0000Seven Simple Ways We Know Einstein Was Right (For Now) the past 100 years, these experiments have offered continued evidence that general relativity is our best description of gravityWed, 04 Nov 2015 15:52:27 +0000Smithsonian’s Kirk Johnson Steps Up to Be the Rock Star of Geology new PBS science series “Making North America” features the director of the National Museum of Natural HistoryTue, 03 Nov 2015 19:29:27 +0000Bird Watching Has Never Been More Fun photos by portraitist Leila Jeffreys are for the birdsTue, 03 Nov 2015 14:09:21 +0000Strange Foods of the Future: The Planet Can Stomach Them, But Can You? unusual delicacies could become the staple foods of the futureMon, 02 Nov 2015 16:27:48 +0000In a Rare Pairing, a Venus-Like Planet Has Been Found Around a "Failed Star" system offers clues to the way planets and moons form and may aid in the quest to find habitable worlds across the galaxyMon, 02 Nov 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Secret to Growing the World's Largest Pumpkin special seeds to helpful fungi, creating a monster takes more than just sunlight and soilFri, 30 Oct 2015 19:54:46 +0000Five Things We've Learned About Fear Since Last Halloween why screams get our brain's attention and why a drop of "love hormone" in our nose could make us less fearfulFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:38:04 +0000Arsenic and Old Graves: Civil War-Era Cemeteries May Be Leaking Toxins poisonous element, once used in embalming fluids, could be contaminating drinking water as corpses rotFri, 30 Oct 2015 14:21:38 +0000Why Smarter Fishing Practices Aren't Saving Maine Cod From Collapse waters are undermining the recovery of the already troubled Gulf of Maine fisheryThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Allergies? Parasite Infections May Be the Trigger analysis suggests that antibodies that evolved to fight parasites might be turning their focus to otherwise harmless agentsThu, 29 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000On the Science of Creepiness look at what’s really going on when we get the creepsThu, 29 Oct 2015 15:09:53 +0000A Shipwreck Graveyard Has Been Found Off This Greek Archipelago recent expedition to the Fourni islands uncovered piles of ancient cargo, including types of amphorae never before seen on the seafloorThu, 29 Oct 2015 14:32:33 +0000The Grisly Details of Early Anatomy Textbooks images detail the inner workings of human bodies in all their gruesome gloryThu, 29 Oct 2015 13:31:04 +0000Tiny Terror: Controversial Dinosaur Species Is Just an Awkward Tween Tyrannosaurus analysis supports the argument that the proposed <em>Nanotyrannus</em> is not its own unique species after allWed, 28 Oct 2015 19:57:04 +0000Electric Eels Curl Up to Double Their Shock Value predators take down difficult prey by curling up their bodies to create a powerful electric dipole fieldWed, 28 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000Against All Odds, This Indian Ocean Island Is Trying to Go Organic is one of many places suddenly seeking organic produce. But as local farmers are finding, it's not that easyWed, 28 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Acoustic Tractor Beam Can Levitate Small Objects With Sound device allows researchers to float and manipulate targets with just a single array of ultrasound emittersTue, 27 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000Inner-City Farmers May Have Toxic Soil on Their Hands is a particular risk as people try to turn potentially contaminated urban sites into productive and sustainable farmsTue, 27 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000NASA Spacecraft Heads for Deepest Ever Dive Into Saturn Moon's Plumes will plunge into the watery geysers to search for evidence of hydrothermal vents and other clues about the moon's hidden oceanMon, 26 Oct 2015 18:18:11 +0000Killer Heat Is Expected in the Persian Gulf by the End of This Century no efforts are made to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the Middle East may experience heat that is intolerable to humansMon, 26 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Is the World Due for Another Massive Plague Outbreak? is highly unlikely, experts say, but a plague-based bioterror assault is another matterThu, 22 Oct 2015 18:48:51 +0000Plague Was Infecting Humans 3,300 Years Earlier Than Thought from Bronze Age victims helped pinpoint mutations that allowed the disease to go from localized illness to deadly pandemicThu, 22 Oct 2015 16:15:52 +0000The Science of "Little House on the Prairie" mutual passion for Laura Ingalls Wilder inspired scientists in unrelated disciplines to investigate events from the famous author's worldThu, 22 Oct 2015 15:38:44 +0000Where Will Our Future Food Come From? Ask a Farmer farmers with different viewpoints talk about organic farming, GMOs and farm technologyThu, 22 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000New Species of Galapagos Tortoise Found on Santa Cruz Island newly recognized reptile was thought to be part of a more populous species of tortoise sharing the islandWed, 21 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dead Star Shredding a Rocky Body Offers a Preview of Earth's Fate stellar corpse spotted by a NASA telescope backs up a theory that white dwarf stars eat planetary remnantsWed, 21 Oct 2015 17:51:29 +0000These Are the Oldest Known Flowers in the World in the fossil record, these plants are more than 100 million years oldWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Astronauts on the International Space Station Float and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Behold the Blobfish a creature from the deep taught the world a lesson about the importance of being uglyWed, 21 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Long-Necked Dinosaurs Pumped Blood to Their Brains fossils include spring-like neck bones that may have helped the giants get blood from their hearts to their headsWed, 21 Oct 2015 14:57:10 +0000Big Quakes Can Trigger Other Shakes Thousands of Miles Away to new research, when a big one strikes, more than aftershocks can followFri, 16 Oct 2015 19:23:21 +0000First Official Data From the Pluto Flyby Reshapes the Dwarf Planet’s History“The ‘little spacecraft that could’ is making a lot of big discoveries,” says Alan SternFri, 16 Oct 2015 15:03:37 +0000New Dinosaur Museum Tracks the “Terrible Lizards” Through Time Moab Giants museum in eastern Utah makes a roaring debutWed, 14 Oct 2015 17:15:03 +0000How We Decide Which Animals Become Endangered wasn't too long ago that the idea of "endangered animals" didn't even exist.Wed, 14 Oct 2015 16:01:24 +0000What Extroverts and Introverts Can Learn From Snails may change a snail’s “personality” and the thickness of its skin (or rather, its shell)Wed, 14 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wallabies Can Sniff Out Danger in Poop sommeliers of poop, the pint-sized marsupials can smell what species left it behind and what that creature last had for dinnerWed, 14 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Working on a Pill That Just Might Replace Exercise idea is to create a drug that mimics the molecular changes exercise causes in the body. But it's no small challengeTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:58:47 +0000What Happens to Your Body When You Walk on a Tightrope?'s more than just an insane amount of courage that gets people on the tightwireTue, 13 Oct 2015 15:21:49 +0000The Rise of DIY Genetic Testing people are skipping the doctor's office and using the internet to order and interpret their own DNA testsTue, 13 Oct 2015 14:34:14 +0000New Photos From Apollo Mission Depict the Mundane Daily Tasks of Astronauts at Work the original film rolls that the astronauts took into space, a work-a-day routine emerges of Apollo mission voyagesMon, 12 Oct 2015 12:48:55 +0000How We Created a Monster In the American Southwest salt cedar is often seen as an un-killable invader. But are humans the real reason this unwanted plant is thriving?Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Back to Africa: Ancient Human Genome Reveals Widespread Eurasian Mix from a 4,500-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia show how migrations shaped modern populationsThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Army Saved Our National Parks the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the cavalry. Without them, we might not have national parks todayThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:36:23 +0000See the Two Ship Graveyards That May Become New Marine Sanctuaries first marine sanctuaries approved by NOAA in 15 years are home to a plethora of shipwrecksThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Greenland's Butterflies Are Shrinking as Temperatures Rise the high Arctic, hotter summer weather may be taxing insect metabolismTue, 06 Oct 2015 23:01:00 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000The Race to Save the World's Great Trees By Cloning Them nonprofit dedicated to preserving old, iconic trees is cloning them in hopes of preserving them for the futureTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000Walking Chimps Move in Surprisingly Similar Ways to Humans studies showing how chimpanzees walk upright could help scientists better understand the evolution of bipedalismTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000You Do Not Want to Get Tased by This Eel electric eel generates electric shocks of up to 1,000 volts, 80 times the electric voltage of a car battery. Watch a caiman learn this the hard wayMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:41:47 +0000Space Rock Hunters Are About to Invade Antarctica with the ANSMET program will endure six weeks near the South Pole during an annual field trip to find meteoritesMon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Bird Didn’t Start the Fires, But It May Need Them to Survive endangered bird once threatened by humans now relies on us for its survivalMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change Smithsonian scientists are probing the flat-tail horned lizard's DNA to save the rare speciesMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Not to Win a Nobel Prize search through the Nobel archives shows how the history of the famous prize is filled with near misses and flukesMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Holograms Show That Puffy Clouds Have Sharp Edges laser-based imaging technique let scientists see what happens to water droplets at the borders of cumulus cloudsThu, 01 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000When T. Rex Meets Triceratops in the New Dino Hall, It Will Be a Violent Affair Natural History Museum's dinosaur display highlights the “red in tooth and claw” nature of the Cretaceous way of lifeThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Beautiful? It Depends on What Your Eyes Have Already Beheld about beauty may be shaped just as much by past social interactions as by our genesThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000You've Never Seen This Many Sharks in One Place year, thousands of sharks pour in to the waters around the Socorros for a coordinated summer of feeding, and none of the other species are safeThu, 01 Oct 2015 14:08:18 +0000Mummies May Have Been Scattered Across Bronze Age Britain analysis hints that, intentional or not, mummification may have been more common than previously thoughtThu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000