Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 23 Jun 2017 17:09:32 +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 +0000The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Bakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-uprising-how-powder-revolutionized-baking-180963772/Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cakeTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:15 +0000Need to Fix a Heart Attack? Try Photosynthesishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-light-activated-bacteria-could-help-heal-heart-attack-180963756/Injecting plant-like creatures into a rat's heart can jumpstart the recovery process, study findsMon, 19 Jun 2017 17:15:00 +0000How Cats Conquered the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cats-conquered-world-180963749/Scientists use 9,000 years of feline genetics to chart their global rise to powerMon, 19 Jun 2017 15:19:48 +0000Cómo Los Científicos y Grupos Indígenas Pueden Aliarse Para Proteger Los Bosques y el Climahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/como-los-cientificos-y-grupos-indigenas-pueden-aliarse-para-proteger-los-bosques-y-el-clima-180963740/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 18:32:29 +0000Meet the Computer Scientist You Should Thank For Your Smartphone's Weather Apphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-computer-scientist-you-should-thank-your-phone-weather-app-180963716/She was a key figure in the experiment that launched modern weather prediction, despite having no formal mathematical trainingFri, 16 Jun 2017 14:04:19 +0000Why These Vegetarian Monkeys Have Sharp Predator Teethhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-these-vegetarian-monkeys-have-sharp-pred/In the Ethiopian highlands, native Geladas have impressive canines despite being grass eaters. The reason is simple: The males need to defend themselvesFri, 16 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000From Medical Pariah to Feminist Icon: The Story of the IUDhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-pariah-feminist-icon-story-iud-180963699/After decades of being shunned by women and doctors alike, this T-shaped device is enjoying a new surge of popularityThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Spider Monkeys Only Have Four Fingershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-human-feature-gives-squirrel-monkeys-th/Unlike virtually every other primate, spider monkeys have no thumbs, which could snag on the branchesThu, 15 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000What Happens to Fiction When Our Worst Climate Nightmares Start Coming True? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-fiction-when-worst-climate-nightmares-come-true-180963544/Movies, books and poetry have made predictions about a future that could be rapidly approachingWed, 14 Jun 2017 16:30:00 +0000Ancient DNA Could Unravel the Mystery of Prehistoric European Migrationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-dna-could-unravel-mystery-prehistoric-european-migration-180963702/New research pinpoints the geographic origins of ancient Eurasians, showing how the continent’s population changedWed, 14 Jun 2017 14:32:58 +0000You Are What You Eat, And What You Eat Is Millions of Microbeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-are-what-you-eat-and-what-you-eat-millions-microbes-180963656/Now that they’ve tallied up American feces, researchers are turning to the other half of the microbial equation: foodWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000This Human Feature Gives Squirrel Monkeys Their Precise Griphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-spider-monkeys-only-have-four-fingers/Squirrel monkeys find it easy to leap fearlessly from one distant branch to another, some over 130 feet high. Their secret? Human-like fingerprintsWed, 14 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000When We Go to Mars, Will We Have a Real-Life HAL 9000 With Us?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-we-go-mars-will-we-want-2001-space-odysseys-hal-9000-us-180963694/How generations of NASA scientists were inspired by an evil Hollywood supercomputerTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:45:35 +0000Tarzan's Favorite Mode of Travel, the Liana Vine, Chokes Off a Tree's Ability to Bear Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/tarzans-mode-travel-liana-vine-chocking-tropical-forests-180963636/ With lowered fruit production, fewer seeds are dispersed to grow new treesTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000Don't Be Jealous of These Oyster-Slurping Beach Monkeyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/dont-be-jealous-of-these-oyster-slurping-be/Long-tailed macaques spend much of the day frolicking on tropical sands and taking a dip in the ocean to cool offTue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Who Owns Antarctica's Pristine Oceans?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/who-owns-antarctica-pristine-ocean-180963659/How humans finally stopped squabbling and protected one of the world's most pristine marine areas Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:14:18 +0000Michael Bloomberg Wants to Solve Climate Change From the "Bottom Up"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/solving-climate-change-bottom-michael-bloomberg-180963477/As Washington deadlocks, the former New York City mayor believes that cities, businesses and people are the best hope for saving the environmentMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:10:13 +0000Are You Optimistic About the Earth's Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/second-opinion-transcript-180963294/Read the full transcript from the inaugural Second Opinion roundtableMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:35 +0000Five Big Questions About How to Forge Humanity’s Futurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/five-big-questions-about-how-forge-humanitys-future-1-180963548/There's still a lot unanswered when it comes to coping with a warming planetMon, 12 Jun 2017 17:00:04 +0000This Group Believes in Making Artwork as a Response to Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/group-believes-making-artwork-response-climate-change-180963546/An association of artists, youth and social entrepreneurs asks people around the world to create anti-pollution masksMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:50:33 +0000These Nine Artists Will Help You Understand the Future of the Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/these-nine-artists-will-help-you-understand-future-planet-180963576/Smithsonian curator Joanna Marsh highlights contemporary artists whose practices are conscious-raising and problem-solving Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:30:02 +0000Seven Books Worth Reading to Change the Conversation About Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/seven-books-read-about-changing-conversation-about-climate-change-180963522/Smithsonian scientist Nancy Knowlton selects some of her favorite picks off her bookshelfMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:20:54 +0000We Asked: Are You Optimistic About the Earth’s Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/we-asked-are-you-optimistic-about-earths-future-180963521/People at and around the Smithsonian offered their answers to this challenging queryMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:10:27 +0000Not All Trash Is Created Equalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/second-opinion/not-all-trash-created-equal-180963476/By 2025, the regions of the world that produce the most waste—and what they're producing—will have shifted dramaticallyMon, 12 Jun 2017 16:05:35 +0000Antlers Are Miraculous Face Organs That Could Benefit Human Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/antlers-are-miraculous-face-organs-could-benefit-human-health-180963635/There’s so much more to deer antlers than fighting and impressing the ladiesMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:39:59 +0000These Astronauts Drink Recycled Urine to Stay Hydratedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/innovation/these-astronauts-drink-recycled-urine-to-sta/Astronauts themselves are important sources of water in outer space. With the help of a special centrifuge, their urine is distilled, then processedMon, 12 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Do These Monkeys Have Such Outrageous Noses?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-these-monkeys-have-such-outrageous-no/Proboscis monkeys may look ridiculous to us, but they are in fact perfectly adapted to their swamp surroundingsFri, 09 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Humans Evolved 100,000 Years Earlier Than We Thought—But Mysteries Remainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-evolved-100000-years-earlier-we-thought-180963619/Moroccan fossil discovery alters the accepted narrative of when humans evolved and how they spread through AfricaThu, 08 Jun 2017 17:11:46 +0000The Science Behind the Discovery of the Oldest Homo Sapienhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genetics-anthropology-solve-mysteries-human-evolution-180963608/We need both genetics and anthropology to solve the mysteries of human origins, says a researcher on the teamWed, 07 Jun 2017 18:50:04 +0000The Long, Winding Tale of Sperm Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-finally-unravel-mysteries-sperm-180963578/...and why it's finally headed in the right directionWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:45:00 +0000A Pioneering Force of Harlequin Frogs Set Out to Help Save Their Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/pioneering-force-harlequin-frogs-set-out-help-save-species-180963580/Outfitted with tiny transmitters, these frogs are released to face the challenging chytrid fungus that decimated their populationsTue, 06 Jun 2017 20:01:13 +0000How Your Brain Recognizes All Those Faceshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-does-your-brain-recognize-faces-180963583/Neurons home in on one section at a time, researchers reportTue, 06 Jun 2017 15:14:12 +0000Forget What You've Heard About the Pee Cure, Here's How to Really Fix a Jellyfish Stinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-fix-jellyfish-sting-180963582/Scientists studied what to do and what not to do when stung by a jellyfish. The result? Folk remedies are bad.Tue, 06 Jun 2017 14:47:15 +0000This Terrifying Spider Hunts Fish Underwaterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-terrifying-spider-hunts-fish-underwater/If the prospect of a spider that catches fish wasn't scary enough, the fishing spider is disturbingly well-adapted to its taskTue, 06 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Scientists Hear Two Even More Ancient Black Holes Collidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gravitational-waves-even-more-ancient-black-hole-collisions-180963530/At this point, detecting ripples in the fabric of space-time is practically commonplaceThu, 01 Jun 2017 18:01:22 +0000Safer Digs for Tortoises Put a Damper on Their Love Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/safer-digs-desert-tortoises-put-damper-their-love-lives-180963517/A new genetic study surprised scientists who learned the males were not breedingThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:30:18 +0000What the Heck Is a Hellbender—And How Can We Make More of Them?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giving-them-hellbenders-at-saint-louis-zoo-180963417/Why the Saint Louis Zoo decided to invest in this slimy, surprisingly adorable amphibianThu, 01 Jun 2017 17:11:51 +0000Ancient Mummies Finally Give Up Their Genetic Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-mummies-finally-give-their-genetic-secrets-180963518/Armed with new DNA techniques, scientists have extracted genetic sequences from preserved EgyptiansWed, 31 May 2017 21:41:33 +0000How Polar Bears Became the Dragons of the Northhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-dragons-of-the-north-180963502/Renaissance maps depicting the “white bears” say more about our own fears and fantasies than about the predators themselvesWed, 31 May 2017 17:15:09 +0000How Sunscreen Protects Your Skin’s DNAhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-sunscreen-protects-skins-DNA-180963509/ The chemistry behind this protective lotion reflects a modern understanding of the danger of ultraviolet rays Wed, 31 May 2017 16:15:18 +0000What a Vampire Bat Can Teach Us About the Economics of Friendshiphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-vampire-bat-teach-economics-friendship-180963492/A Smithsonian scientist says important lessons about making friends and sharing can be learned from these blood-sucking creatures Wed, 31 May 2017 14:45:42 +0000Oldest Cancer Case in Central America Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/oldest-cancer-case-central-america-discovered-180963458/A young teen, who died 700 years ago, likely suffered pain in the right arm as the tumor grew and expanded through the boneTue, 30 May 2017 18:26:45 +0000How NASA Cut Costs With a New Kind of Spacecrafthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-nasa-cut-costs-with-a-new-kind-of-spacec_1/With budgets for space exploration falling toward the end of the 1960s, NASA began to make plans for a new kind of reusable spacecraft to save moneyTue, 30 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Hidden Dangers of Road Salthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/road-salt-can-disrupt-ecosystems-and-endanger-humans-180963393/It clears our roads, but also spells danger for fish, moose—and sometimes humansFri, 26 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Future of Zero-Gravity Living Is Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/future-zero-gravity-living-is-here-180963243/Entrepreneurs predict there will be thousands of us living and working in space. Our correspondent takes off to see what that feels likeThu, 25 May 2017 14:59:30 +0000The Key to Protecting Life on Earth May Be Barcoding Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dna-barcoding-opens-new-doors-conservation-180963431/An easier way to read DNA is helping scientists tease apart species and ecosystems in nuanced waysThu, 25 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000How Mastiffs Became the World’s Top Dogshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mastiffs-worlds-top-dogs-180963300/The large, furry dogs of Tibet took an evolutionary shortcut millenia ago Wed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Can Human Mortality Really Be Hacked?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/human-mortality-hacked-life-extension-180963241/Backed by the digital fortunes of Silicon Valley, biotech companies are brazenly setting out to “cure” agingWed, 24 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Which of Your Favorite Superheroes Is Destroying the Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/which-your-favorite-superheroes-destroying-earth-180963420/Measuring the carbon footprints of your favorite comic book heroes, from Batman to Jessica JonesWed, 24 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000One Girl's Mishap Led to the Creation of the Antibiotic Bacitracinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-girl-mishap-creation-antibiotic-bacitracin-180963236/Margaret Treacy was the namesake for a breakthrough medicationTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Taste Map of the Tongue You Learned in School Is All Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/neat-and-tidy-map-tastes-tongue-you-learned-school-all-wrong-180963407/Modern biology shows that taste receptors aren't nearly as simple as that cordoned-off model would lead you to believeTue, 23 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Sacrificing Fake Caterpillars in the Name of Sciencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sacrificing-green-clay-caterpillars-name-science-180963408/Ersatz insects are helping ecologists figure out why bugs are more likely to become meals near the equatorTue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000These Trees Uncover What Plunged Egypt's Climate Into Chaoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/these-trees-uncover-what-plunged-egypts-cli/Examining tree rings inside the world's oldest trees reveal a seismic event that took place around 3,500 years agoTue, 23 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why These Humans Are Museum Treasures, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-these-humans-museum-treasures-too-180963392/A portrait photographer captured 24 staffers from the National Museum of Natural History posing with their favorite artifacts from the collectionsMon, 22 May 2017 16:32:52 +0000In Some Ways, Your Sense of Smell Is Actually Better Than a Dog’shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-actually-smell-better-dog-180963391/Human noses are especially attuned to picking up odors in bananas, urine and human bloodMon, 22 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000How Thousand-Year-Old Trees Became the New Ivoryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-thousand-year-old-trees-became-new-ivory-180963365/Ancient trees are disappearing from protected national forests around the world. A look inside $100 billion market for stolen woodMon, 22 May 2017 13:56:09 +0000How a Tiny Worm is Irritating the Most Majestic of Giraffes http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-tiny-worm-is-irritating-most-majestic-giraffes-180963260/They sound horrifying and look worse. A Smithsonian researcher is investigating the cause of these grotesque skin lesions Fri, 19 May 2017 18:12:01 +0000What Does It Mean to Be a Species? Genetics Is Changing the Answerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-mean-be-species-genetics-changing-answer-180963380/As DNA techniques let us see animals in finer and finer gradients, the old definition is falling apartFri, 19 May 2017 13:47:40 +0000How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-world-war-i-changed-weather-good-180963360/ Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modelingThu, 18 May 2017 16:03:44 +0000How America Can Help Save a Non-American Species: The Mighty Giraffehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-America-Protect-Non-American-Species-Giraffe-180963347/Giraffes aren't native to the U.S. But listing them as an endangered species could offer them much-needed protectionThu, 18 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Spring Brings a Wave of Baby Animals to the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/spring-brings-wave-baby-animals-zoo-180963342/Seven different endangered species born so far at the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology InstituteWed, 17 May 2017 20:35:56 +0000How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindsethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/The humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beveragesWed, 17 May 2017 17:22:12 +0000To Save Desert Tortoises, Make Conservation a Real-Life Video Gamehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-tortoises-researchers-are-making-conservation-real-life-video-game-180963289/Traditional techniques weren't working for the raven-ravaged reptile. So researchers got creative Tue, 16 May 2017 14:30:00 +0000Why Black Lung Disease Is Deadlier Than Ever Beforehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/black-lung-disease-deadlier-than-ever-before-180963303/As President Trump prepares to send miners back to work, a near-obsolete illness is once again ravaging coal countryTue, 16 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Distraction May Make Us Less Able to Appreciate Beautyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/distraction-makes-us-less-able-appreciate-beauty-180963315/Truly experiencing the beauty of an object could require conscious thought, vindicating the ideas of Immanuel KantMon, 15 May 2017 18:58:23 +0000Fossils From Ancient Hot Springs Suggest Life May Have Evolved on Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/evidence-early-life-ancient-hot-springs-suggest-life-may-have-evolved-land-180963268/These 3.5-billion-year-old rocks could vindicate Darwin's claim that life evolved in "some warm little pond," and not in the oceanThu, 11 May 2017 20:08:33 +0000People Don’t Trust Scientific Research When Companies Are Involvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/people-dont-trust-scientific-research-when-companies-are-involved-180963251/But sometimes, they shouldThu, 11 May 2017 19:32:21 +0000Soon, You Could Be Able to Tell if Your Aquarium Fish Was Caught With Cyanidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-we-ever-have-cyanide-free-aquarium-fish-180963255/A new handheld detector aims to root out this widespread, destructive practice Thu, 11 May 2017 16:20:57 +0000Appalled by the Illegal Trade in Elephant Ivory, a Biologist Decided to Make His Ownhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/faking-elephant-ivory-180963226/Faking the stuff of elephant tusks could benefit wildlife conservation and engineering—yet many technical hurdles remain Wed, 10 May 2017 18:15:20 +0000These Haunting Photographs Call Attention to Plastic Trash Swirling in the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/these-haunting-photographs-call-attention-plastic-trash-swirling-ocean-180963219/Award-winning photographer Mandy Barker explores the beauty and tragedy of marine plankton and plastic wasteWed, 10 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000From Budweiser to Heineken, Alcohol Brands Are Rampant in Hollywood Filmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/budweiser-heineken-alcohol-brands-are-now-rampant-hollywood-films-180963207/Over the past two decades, even G-rated films have amped up the booze labels Tue, 09 May 2017 18:02:10 +0000 The World Told Through the Eyes of the Ginkgo Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/world-told-through-eyes-ginkgo-tree-180963209/By deciding this ancient plant was worthy of their attention, humans ended up dramatically shaping its evolution Tue, 09 May 2017 16:13:47 +0000Introducing 'Zuul,' an Ankylosaur That Could Really Make Your Ankles Sorehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ankylosaur-could-really-make-your-ankles-sore-180963204/A finely preserved fossil sheds new light on the curious tail of armored dinosMon, 08 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000How Smart Were Early Humans? “Neuroarchaeology” Offers Some Answers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-smart-early-humans-brain-imaging-answers-180963176/ Brain Imaging Gives Insight Into Early Human MindsMon, 08 May 2017 18:56:57 +0000The Woman Who Stood Between America and an Epidemic of Birth Defectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-stood-between-america-and-epidemic-birth-defects-180963165/How the United States escaped a national tragedy in the 1960sMon, 08 May 2017 14:51:50 +0000Racism Harms Children's Health, Survey Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/racism-harms-childrens-health-180963167/Racism may not be a disease, exactly. But a growing body of research finds that it has lasting physical and mental effects on its victims Fri, 05 May 2017 19:15:24 +0000A Vast and Now Vanished Amazon Sea Is Discoveredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/a-vast-and-vanished-sea-is-discovered-180963044/About 18 million years ago, the Caribbean Sea seasonally flooded inland forests, where enormous crocodiles and turtles roamedFri, 05 May 2017 18:32:07 +0000How Electrified Steel Could Suck Toxic Metals From the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/electrified-steel-suck-toxic-metals-from-ocean-180963156/After a century of strip mining and deforestation, New Caldonia researchers are working to de-contaminate marine watersFri, 05 May 2017 14:39:11 +0000Can Saving Animals Prevent the Next Deadly Pandemic? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-saving-animals-to-prevent-next-deadly-pandemic-180963151/A global disease monitoring network is banking on the idea that healthier wildlife means healthier humans Fri, 05 May 2017 13:18:05 +0000Elusive Arctic Animals Reveal Themselves to an Expeditionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/elusive-arctic-animals-reveal-themselves-to/A group of Arctic tourists with an experienced expedition leader run into two unique arctic animals: the hardy muskoxen and a herd of reindeerThu, 04 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Scientists And Indigenous Groups Can Team Up to Protect Forests and Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-can-team-up-with-indigenous-groups-protect-forests-climate-180963089/A collaboration between Smithsonian researchers and the Emberá people of Panama aims to rewrite a fraught narrativeWed, 03 May 2017 18:43:56 +0000Footage of the Alarming Moments Before the Everest Avalanchehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/footage-of-the-alarming-moments-before-the-e/An earthquake in Nepal fills hikers on Everest with fear. Once the tremors subside, however, a new threat begins to loom on the horizon: an avalancheWed, 03 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How and When Did Saturn Get Those Magnificent Rings?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-saturn-got-those-magnificent-rings-180963088/The planet's rings are coy when it comes to revealing their age, but astronomers are getting closer Mon, 01 May 2017 14:49:38 +0000Students’ Brains Sync Up When They’re in an Engaging Class, Neuroscience Showshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-sitting-through-same-class-gets-your-brains-same-wavelength-180963075/What does it really mean to get our brains on the same wavelength? Fri, 28 Apr 2017 15:00:53 +0000How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humble-moss-helped-heal-wounds-thousands-WWI-180963081/The same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human livesFri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:50 +0000Using a New Roadmap to Democratize Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/using-new-roadmap-democratize-climate-change-180963047/A new tool aims to bypass governments and put the power of climate action in the people’s handsFri, 28 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Grand Unified Theory of Poopinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-you-elephant-same-time-pooping-180963064/Why you and an elephant spend the same amount of time on the johnThu, 27 Apr 2017 15:44:35 +0000Threatened Species? Science to the (Genetic) Rescue!http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/threatened-species-science-genetic-rescue-180963040/This still-controversial conservation technique will never be a species' panacea. But it might provide a crucial stop-gapThu, 27 Apr 2017 14:02:23 +0000 How a Border Wall Could Wreak Ecological Havochttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-how-human-activities-kill-dolphins-sonar-and-fragment-habitats-border-walls-180963060/Also in this episode of <i>Generation Anthropocene</i>: The case of U.S. Navy ships, beached whales and deadly sonar pings Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Couple Filmed the Everest Avalanche Coming at Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-couple-filmed-the-everest-avalanche-com/A young couple hiking in a Himalayan valley are caught in the middle of an earthquake that sets off a giant avalancheThu, 27 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000