Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-bath-salts-wont-turn-you-into-cannibal-180953418/But now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-thumbs-180953393/There’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequenceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-canal-through-central-america-could-have-devastating-consequences-180953394/The ramificiations of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-intense-photos-lion-tailed-macaques-will-turn-you-conservationist-180953401/A few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mystery-why-dangerous-sand-dune-swallowed-boy-180953404/When a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-tiny-killer-causing-millions-sea-stars-waste-away-180953348/The deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/drop-this-capsule-into-a-stream-and-it-will-screen-for-pollution-180953334/Researchers have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-misdrawn-map-put-1400-chimps-and-rare-plant-peril-180953335/Miners and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Dangerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/third-natural-world-heritage-sites-are-danger-180953328/From the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-some-mammals-kill-babies-own-kind-180953318/Male mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/everyday-cannibals-and-murderers-los-angeles-180953321/Who needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-heck-are-wallabies-doing-ireland-180953304/Normally spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracking-frackers-sky-180953275/Citizen scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ice-age-babies-surrounded-weapon-parts-found-alaska-180953285/Unearthed at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ocean-dead-zones-are-getting-worse-globally-due-climate-change-180953282/Warmer waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/would-astronauts-survive-interstellar-trip-through-wormhole-180953269/Well, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-interstellar-belongs-pantheon-best-realistic-science-fiction-films-180953261/The film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/summer-nights-some-bats-jam-180953257/Mexican free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bill-nye-risks-not-debating-creationists-180953249/Bill Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Constructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/big-moon-jelly-blooms-tied-new-dock-construction-180953251/A floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/small-islands-may-make-tsunami-danger-worse-180953241/While offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/past-transit-tragedies-point-way-forward-virgin-galactic-180953236/From a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-songs-share-mathematical-hallmarks-human-music-180953227/The hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Markethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-witches-brews-helped-bring-modern-drugs-market-180953202/Got nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemicshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-legend-sleepy-hollow-tells-us-about-contagion-fear-and-epidemics-180953192/Washington Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-vampires-arent-bats-bela-lugosi-180953188/From flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York Cityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-leopard-frog-found-new-york-city-180953182/The unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/whats-important-about-bottom-cargo-ship-180953175/Smithsonian photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Growhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-soil-getting-too-salty-crops-grow-180953163/Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalistshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-real-sea-monsters-brought-life-early-naturalists-180953155/From kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-species-are-evolving-due-changing-climate-180953133/From tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-america-see-fall-bird-migrations-180953083/All across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raidshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/chimps-caught-first-known-nighttime-crop-raids-180953114/“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-years-flores-hobbit-human-evolution-fossil-puzzle-180953108/Why was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Roverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/insiders-biography-celebrity-mars-rover-curiosity-180953099/The chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humpshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-alpaca-has-no-humps-180953095/The camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debuthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/chimpanzees-gombe-national-park-street-view-debut-180953035/For its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000Gorgeous Portraits of Spineless Sea Creatureshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/gorgeous-portraits-spineless-sea-creatures-180953078/In a new book, San Francisco-based photographer Susan Middleton captures the curious gestures and expressions of marine invertebratesMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:28:52 +0000Meet the Two Scientists Who Implanted a False Memory Into a Mousehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/meet-two-scientists-who-implanted-false-memory-mouse-180953045/In a neuroscience breakthrough, the duo pioneered a real-life version of <i>Inception</i>Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000How One Physicist’s Pursuit of the Cosmos Took Off in Antarcticahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-one-physicists-pursuit-cosmos-took-antarctica-180953048/Francis Halzen’s amazing experiment heralds the beginning of a new era in astronomyThu, 16 Oct 2014 20:58:00 +0000Tornadoes Are Now Ganging Up in the United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tornadoes-are-now-ganging-united-states-climate-change-180953069/Twisters are not increasing in numbers but they are clustering more often, a bizarre pattern that has meteorologists stumpedThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000A Mysterious Force is Acting on Saturn’s “Death Star” Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mysterious-force-acting-saturns-death-star-moon-mimas-180953071/Tiny, cratered Mimas is wobbling way more than it should be, hinting that it might contain either an oddly shaped core or a subsurface oceanThu, 16 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000How Do You Clean Up an Ebola Patient’s Home? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-do-you-clean-ebola-patients-home-180953066/Decontaminating biohazard sites can be a tough job, but the hardest microbe to wash away may not be what you thinkThu, 16 Oct 2014 15:35:40 +0000A History of Life In 10 Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-life-10-fossils-180953042/From their new book <em>A History of Life in 100 Fossils</em>, Paul Taylor and Aaron O'Dea share the story of 10 incredible fossilsWed, 15 Oct 2014 17:34:20 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-through-time-national-fossil-day-180952992/October 15 is National Fossil Day—here are some of the best places in America to take a trip back in geological timeWed, 15 Oct 2014 15:12:42 +0000These Extreme Desert Nomads Set Records for Migrating Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-extreme-desert-nomads-set-records-migrating-birds-180953013/Australian banded stilts use mysterious cues to know when to head toward ephemeral lakes in the country’s otherwise dry interior Tue, 14 Oct 2014 23:01:00 +000010 Architectural Schemes That Could Help Us Adapt To Rising Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-architectural-schemes-that-adapt-to-rising-seas-180952893/From a floating house to a mobile city shaped like a giant lilypad, designers offer up some wild solutions for a wetter futureTue, 14 Oct 2014 16:44:41 +0000From Pandemics to Pandas, Get the Scoop on Hot Topics Discussed at the Smithsonian's Anthropocene Eventhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pandemics-pandas-scoop-hot-topics-smithsonian-humans-anthropocene-twitter-180952999/At the National Museum of Natural History, leading minds met to discuss the impact of climate change on, well, everythingFri, 10 Oct 2014 21:32:09 +0000To Live in the Anthropocene, People Need Grounded Hopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/live-anthropocene-people-need-grounded-hope-180952995/A Smithsonian symposium about human impacts on Earth looked past warnings of global doom to discuss the necessary balance of achievable solutionsFri, 10 Oct 2014 19:14:34 +0000The Potential Dark Side of Nobel-Winning LEDs: Pest Problemshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/potential-dark-side-nobel-winning-leds-pest-problems-180952981/The white lighting is clean and efficient but also a lot more attractive to flying invertebratesThu, 09 Oct 2014 15:30:00 +000010 Weird Things Humans Have Sent Into the Stratospherehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/10-weird-things-humans-have-sent-stratosphere-180952978/Tied to high-altitude balloons, bacon and LEGO figures have reached heights nearing 100,000 feetThu, 09 Oct 2014 00:29:12 +0000Rock (Art) of Ages: Indonesian Cave Paintings Are 40,000 Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rockart-ages-indonesian-cave-paintings-are-40000-years-old-180952970/Cave paintings of animals and hand stencils in Sulawesi, Indonesia, seem to be as old as similar cave art in EuropeWed, 08 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000Watch the Smithsonian's Age of Humans Symposiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/watch-smithsonians-age-humans-symposium-live-180952969/Held at the National Museum of Natural History, this event features speeches and panelists discussing a new age: the AnthropoceneWed, 08 Oct 2014 16:19:01 +0000See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/see-how-humans-have-reshaped-globe-interactive-atlas-180952971/Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable futureWed, 08 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Moral Dilemma We Face in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/moral-dilemma-we-face-age-of-humans-180952909/Humans are proficient problem solvers—but so far that trait has come at a cost. Can our species remain resilient without destroying the world?Tue, 07 Oct 2014 21:08:27 +0000To Limit Pollution, The Chinese Are Faced With Giving Up an Ancient Tradition—Fireworkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/limit-pollution-chinese-are-faced-losing-one-their-most-celebratory-traditionsfireworks-180952955/For the Chinese, who invented both gun powder and fireworks, foregoing old traditions may clean up the air—just a bitTue, 07 Oct 2014 19:19:31 +0000To Survive Climate Change, We Should Be More Like the Eskimoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/survive-climate-change-we-should-be-more-eskimos-180952908/Arctic Studies Center director Bill Fitzhugh says that studying northern cultures can help people adapt to climate changeMon, 06 Oct 2014 15:33:27 +0000To Find Meteorites, Listen to the Legends of Australian Aborigineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/find-meteorites-listen-legends-australian-aborigines-180952941/Oral traditions may have preserved records of impacts over thousands of years and could lead to fresh scientific discoveriesFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:37:45 +0000A Mantis Shrimp Inspires a New Camera for Detecting Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/mantis-shrimp-inspires-a-new-camera-for-detecting-cancer-180952927/The mantis shrimp's eyes, which can see differences in polarized light, are informing researchers building a tiny, easy-to-use camera that can spot cancerFri, 03 Oct 2014 19:25:13 +0000Making Super-Telescopes Requires Some Creative Engineeringhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/making-super-telescopes-requires-some-creative-engineering-180952854/The Giant Magellan Telescope, under construction in Chile, could help scientists answer big questions about the universeThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:17:32 +0000Breaking Down the Science of the Stolen Basehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/breaking-down-science-stolen-base-180952920/What does it take to swipe second? Math and physics lend their adviceThu, 02 Oct 2014 20:09:55 +0000Five Surprises That Emerged From Monarch Butterfly Genomeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-surprises-emerged-monarch-butterfly-genomes-180952911/Sequencing 101 butterfly genomes has revealed a few of the monarch's secrets, including some keys to its epic annual migrationThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:56:48 +0000The Smithsonian Institution Announces an Official Climate Change Statementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-institution-announces-official-climate-change-statement-180952822/The bold assessment acknowledges that the global climate is warming because of human activitiesThu, 02 Oct 2014 19:40:34 +0000On the Hunt for the World's Most Spectacular Sky Showhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/quest-northern-lights-180952894/Photojournalist Randall Hyman journeys north to Tromsø, Norway, in search of the northern lightsWed, 01 Oct 2014 18:05:46 +0000Crabby Tenants Defend Corals From Marauding Predatorshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crabby-tenants-defend-corals-marauding-predators-180952903/A diversity of coral guard-crabs is needed to fend off attacks by hungry snails and giant spiky sea starsWed, 01 Oct 2014 16:45:10 +0000A New Way for Stewardship of Mother Earth: Indigeneityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-way-stewardship-mother-earth-indigeneity-180952855/Smithsonian geographer Doug Herman proposes a return to sustainable solutions, based on the path laid by Indigenous peoples for millenniaTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:24 +0000A Poem Dedicated to Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/poem-dedicated-to-earth-age-of-humans-180952814/National Portrait Gallery historian David Ward writes a new ode for the AnthropoceneTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:17 +0000Latinos Are Suffering the First Effects of Climate Change, Their Voices Need to Be Heardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/latinos-suffering-first-effects-climate-change-voices-need-to-be-heard-180952880/The director of the Smithsonian Latino Center weighs in on the disproportionate burden that climate change brings to Latino populationsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:09 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/age-humans-living-anthropocene-180952866/A special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:29:06 +0000How Climate Change May Have Shaped Human Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-climate-change-may-have-shaped-human-evolution-180952885/Evidence is building that past climate change may have forged some of the defining traits of humanityTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:16 +0000What Will We Leave in the Fossil Record?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/what-will-we-leave-in-the-fossil-record-180952666/Artist Erik Hagen considers the remnants of modern human life that may be found in rock strata millions of years from nowTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:23:04 +0000Make Cities Explode in Size With These Interactive Mapshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/make-cities-explode-size-these-interactive-maps-180952832/From Los Angeles to Lagos, see how megacities have been taking over the planet during the past 100 yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:22:18 +0000Six Weird Ways Humans Are Altering the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-weird-ways-humans-altering-planet-180952836/From deep holes to flying sheep, some signs of human activity might really perplex geologists in the far futureTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:21:31 +0000Have Humans Really Created a New Geologic Age?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/have-humans-really-created-new-geologic-age-180952865/We are living in the Anthropocene. But no one can agree when it started or how human activity will be preservedTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:50 +0000Travel Through Deep Time With This Interactive Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/travel-through-deep-time-interactive-earth-180952886/Explore key moments in Earth’s transformative history as continents drift and climate fluctuates over 4.6 billion yearsTue, 30 Sep 2014 16:19:02 +0000Research Into How Squid Camouflage Leads to An Ultra-Sharp Display for Televisions and Smartphoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/research-into-how-squid-camouflage-leads-to-an-ultra-sharp-display-for-televisions-and-smartphones-180952838/Researchers at Rice University have created pixels 40 times smaller than those found in today's LCD displaysMon, 29 Sep 2014 15:14:52 +0000Five Wild Ways to Get a Drink in the Deserthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-wild-ways-get-drink-desert-180952845/The moisture farmers of Tatooine could take a few tips from these projects for harvesting water out of thin airThu, 25 Sep 2014 15:22:23 +0000Can't Make It to the Moon? Head to Arizona Insteadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cant-make-it-to-the-moon-head-to-arizona-instead-180952821/In 1967, the United States Geological Survey turned an old volcano into a lunar training ground for astronautsThu, 25 Sep 2014 14:30:12 +0000What Can Humans Do to Save the Pacific Northwest's Iconic Salmon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-can-humans-do-save-pacific-northwests-iconic-salmon-180952769/The fish is facing an upstream struggle to survive. Can human ingenuity find a solution?Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Why We Must Explore the Seahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-we-must-explore-sea-180952763/Robert Ballard, the famed explorer who discovered the wreck of the Titanic, ponders what else is on the ocean floor Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Inside the Brain’s Amazing Ability to Re-Map Your Bodyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inside-brains-amazing-ability-re-map-your-body-180952764/Surgeons only have to go so far before the brain takes over and reconnects the nervous systemTue, 23 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Caterpillars Beware: Venom Won’t Protect You From Clueless Baby Birdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/caterpillars-beware-venom-wont-protect-you-clueless-baby-birds-180952813/Young birds will dumbly peck at anything that crawls their way—even if it winds up teaching them a painful lessonTue, 23 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000Step Inside the World's Most Dangerous Garden (If You Dare)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/step-inside-worlds-most-dangerous-garden-if-you-dare-180952635/The Poison Garden at England's Alnwick Garden is beautiful—and filled with plants that can kill youMon, 22 Sep 2014 19:15:22 +0000Ten Unusual National Animals That Rival the Unicornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-unusual-national-animals-rival-unicorn-180952804/Scotland doesn’t have the market cornered on exotic national symbols—check out the mouflon, the takin and the xoloitzcuintliMon, 22 Sep 2014 16:43:07 +0000