Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000Hundreds of Galaxies Were Found Hiding Behind Our Milky Way objects may help explain why our galaxy and its neighbors are hurtling towards a seemingly blank zone called the Great AttractorTue, 09 Feb 2016 17:23:57 +0000Looking for Life Beyond Earth? Watch Out for Steam Bath Planets show that water and CO2 can be a surprisingly deadly combo on some unfortunate worldsTue, 09 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Sleepy Suspects Are Way More Likely to Falsely Confess to a Crime a study, almost 70 percent of sleep-deprived people admitted to something they didn't doTue, 09 Feb 2016 15:10:27 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Kiss? to philematology, or the science for the study of kissing, romance has little to do with itMon, 08 Feb 2016 19:07:40 +0000Meet the Dogs Sniffing Out Whale Poop for Science by drug-detection programs, these canines scour the sea for samples that aid in conservation researchMon, 08 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000One in Four U.S. Deer Is Infected With Malaria suspect the undetected blood parasite has been present in the animals ever since they arrived across the Bering Land Bridge Fri, 05 Feb 2016 19:02:01 +0000Why Polar Bears Like to Wrestle in the Winter bears enjoy a good wrestle. It's an activity which reinforces social ties and may help get them in shape for the hunting season aheadThu, 04 Feb 2016 18:14:33 +0000How Can Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects? the link between Zika and microcephaly is uncertain, similar diseases show how the virus might be affecting infantsThu, 04 Feb 2016 17:45:47 +0000Why Tomato Juice Tastes Better at 37,000 Feet are four times more likely to order tomato juice on a flight than on the ground. Lufthansa wanted to find out why, so they conducted a taste test Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:27:00 +0000These Birds Spend Winter Practicing Their Love Songs for the Ladies migratory species may spend their time in Africa getting ready to woo mates in the springWed, 03 Feb 2016 17:57:48 +0000Podcast: Why Sky Burials Are Vanishing in Mongolia this episode of Generation Anthropocene, urbanization and environmental decline put a sacred ritual for the dead at riskWed, 03 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000The World's Megacities Are Making Dengue Deadlier are more common now thanks to bigger cities and more places for mosquitoes to liveTue, 02 Feb 2016 18:15:45 +0000Five Ways to Fight Wildlife Crime in the Digital Age GPS-tagged eggs to smartphone apps, these emerging technologies could help give endangered species a chance at survivalTue, 02 Feb 2016 14:00:00 +0000Science and Tradition Are Resurrecting the Lost Art of Wave Piloting Marshall Islanders’ unique heritage help them navigate a rising ocean? Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000Your Cosmetics May Be Killing a Popular Aphrodisiac: Oysters from beauty products and other sources affected oysters’ ability to reproduce in laboratory experimentsMon, 01 Feb 2016 20:00:00 +0000Does Having a C-Section Alter Baby's First Microbiome? study of cesarean babies swabbed with birth canal fluids suggests that some newborns may be missing out on helpful microbesMon, 01 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000Mysterious Martian "Cauliflower" May Be the Latest Hint of Alien Life silica formations spotted by a NASA rover look a lot like structures formed by microbes around geysers on EarthMon, 01 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000Could the Funeral of the Future Help Heal the Environment? traditional ten-acre cemetery holds enough embalming fluid to fill a small swimming pool. But there may be a greener wayMon, 01 Feb 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Prehistoric Buzz Shark Has a Modern-Day Hero in Artist Ray Troll an Alaska-based artist helped solve a mystery that baffled paleontologists for over a centuryFri, 29 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Babylonians Were Using Geometry Centuries Earlier Than Thought astronomers were tracking planets using math believed to have first appeared in 14th-century EuropeThu, 28 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Here's How You Squeeze the Biggest Dinosaur Into a New York City Museum team of specialists had to get creative to mount a towering Titanosaur inside the American Museum of Natural HistoryThu, 28 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000There's a Secret World Under the Snow, and It's in Trouble do animals survive under the snow? We're only beginning to understand—just as climate change may rewrite everythingWed, 27 Jan 2016 15:49:12 +0000The Challenger Disaster Put an End to NASA’s Plan to Send Civilians Into Space the 30th anniversary of the space shuttle tragedy, a look back at an ambitious plan to put the rest of us into orbitWed, 27 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Brain Scans Could Identify Kids at Risk of Depression who's at risk before the disease strikes could make preventative treatments possibleTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:48:46 +0000As the Arctic Erodes, Archaeologists Are Racing to Protect Ancient Treasures locked in frozen Alaskan dirt, Iñupiat artifacts are being lost to the sea, sometimes faster than scientists can find themTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000Journey to the Center of Earth deep into the mysteries of our home planet, from the surface all the way down to the coreMon, 25 Jan 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Decades-Long Quest to Drill Into Earth's Mantle May Soon Hit Pay Dirt have had to contend with bad luck, budget cuts and the race to the moon in their efforts to drill deep into our planetMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:59:00 +0000The U.S. Could Switch to Mostly Renewable Energy, No Batteries Needed electricity sharing across states would dampen the effects of variable weather on wind and solar powerMon, 25 Jan 2016 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Can Elephants Jump? question is why would an animal weighing up to 16,000 pounds need to jump?Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:10:02 +0000Where Are All the Aliens? Taking Shelter From the Universe's Radiation life-forms across the cosmos may have faced thousands to millions of times the cosmic ray dose that we do todayFri, 22 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000People Are Still Trying to Build a Space Elevator key players have distanced themselves from the concept, a new film examines the continuing draw behind the sci-fi stapleThu, 21 Jan 2016 15:38:25 +0000These Unusual American Ants Never Get Old<em>P. dentata</em> ants are among the very few species to show no signs of deterioration as they ageThu, 21 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000An Ancient, Brutal Massacre May Be the Earliest Evidence of War nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years agoWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:35:30 +0000Humble Magnesium Could Be Powering Earth's Magnetic Field common element could have been driving the planet's dynamo for billions of yearsWed, 20 Jan 2016 18:07:11 +0000How to Modernize the Wood Stove and Help Save the Planet humble wood stove is getting a high-tech makeover, and may be going greenTue, 19 Jan 2016 18:26:00 +0000When Will We Reach the End of the Periodic Table? with new elements in hand, scientists are struggling to predict the future of the iconic chemical roadmapTue, 19 Jan 2016 15:51:10 +0000Dozens of Insects and Spiders May Live in Every Room of Your House survey of 50 North Carolina homes turned up just five rooms that were completely free of arthropodsTue, 19 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Social Contact Helps Beneficial Gut Bacteria Spread study of chimp poop suggests that social animals share a collective microbiome that might help regulate healthFri, 15 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Dakota Badlands Used to Host Sabertoothed Pseudo-Cat Battles region was once home to a plethora of catlike creatures called nimravids, and fossils show they were an especially fractious breedFri, 15 Jan 2016 17:48:50 +0000Humans Were in the Arctic 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought cut marks on a Siberian mammoth represent the first known evidence of human hunters this far northThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Astronomers Have Found the Brightest Supernova Yet powerful blast is so weird that it could be a whole new kind of star explosionThu, 14 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Life and Rocks May Have Co-Evolved on Earth Carnegie geologist makes the case that minerals have evolved over time and may have helped spark lifeWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:17:46 +0000For the World’s Wetlands, It May Be Sink or Swim. Here’s Why It Matters of the world’s most long-studied marshes has revealed a wealth of information, but it continues to perplex and intrigue the scientists who analyze itWed, 13 Jan 2016 20:04:01 +0000The Ozone Hole Was Super Scary, So What Happened To It? the ozone hole was discovered, it became a worldwide sensation. Thirty years later, what's become of it?Wed, 13 Jan 2016 15:46:34 +0000The Burning Truth Behind an E-Waste Dump in Africa the toxic smoke rising from an iconic dump in Ghana will take more than curbing Western wasteWed, 13 Jan 2016 15:32:39 +0000What Landing a Rover on Mars Teaches You About Leadership and Teamwork his new book, NASA engineer Adam Steltzner shares his insights on how to inspire people to make the impossible possibleMon, 11 Jan 2016 16:37:24 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Is Wind? arriving on a gentle breeze or a stiff gale, air moves like water responding to high and low pressures around the EarthMon, 11 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Living Bacteria Are Riding Earth's Air Currents high-flying microbes can travel across the globe, spreading disease or even changing climatesMon, 11 Jan 2016 13:00:00 +0000Air Pollution Goes Back Way Further Than You Think of years ago, humans were adding lead fumes and other pollutants to the airMon, 11 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000Stephen Hawking Thinks We Can Solve a Major Black Hole Mystery With Hair toupees needed, though. The "hairs" in question are minute changes in spacetime at the fringes of black holesFri, 08 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000The Atomic Age Ushered In the Anthropocene, Scientists Say have concluded that the Age of Humans officially began at the start of the nuclear age.Thu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:20 +0000The Iceman's Stomach Bugs Offer Clues to Ancient Human Migration analysis of the mummy's pathogens may reveal when and how Ötzi's people came to the Italian AlpsThu, 07 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000Does This Sculpture Depict a Coral Reef Collapsing or Recovering? Courtney Mattison's spiral-shaped piece explores the uncertain future for coral reefsThu, 07 Jan 2016 16:22:24 +0000These Photographs Show the Bleak New Home for the White Stork: A Landfill wildlife photographer Jasper Doest followed the path of the white stork's migration route, forever altered by human activityThu, 07 Jan 2016 15:03:37 +0000Foot Fluids Work in Surprising Ways to Help Insects Stick to Walls though to boost bug stickiness, the fluid may instead help insects mold to contours and make quick exitsThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:17:05 +0000Does Icy Pluto Have a Hidden Ocean? New Horizons Offers New Clues from the NASA probe are helping to build a solid case for a liquid ocean inside the tiny, distant worldThu, 07 Jan 2016 14:00:00 +0000Leopard Sharks Navigate With Their Noses being kidnapped and dropped off at sea, the sharks picked up on olfactory cues to find their way back homeWed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:00 +0000A Journey to the Oldest Cave Paintings in the World discovery in a remote part of Indonesia has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanityWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:35:20 +0000How Canoes Are Saving Lives and Restoring Spirit maritime communities are rediscovering their heritage by learning how to craft and paddle together aboard the ancient dugout vessels of their pastWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:34:24 +0000The Early History of Autism in America surprising new historical analysis suggests that a pioneering doctor was examining people with autism before the Civil WarWed, 06 Jan 2016 16:27:18 +000014 Fun Facts About Parrots They taste with the roofs of their mouthsTue, 05 Jan 2016 16:25:23 +0000How Are Horoscopes Still a Thing?, there’s no science behind an astrologer’s prediction for 2016, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be accurateTue, 05 Jan 2016 15:45:14 +0000Biomedical Science Studies Are Shockingly Hard to Reproduce access to research details and a culture that emphasizes breakthroughs are undermining the credibility of scienceMon, 04 Jan 2016 19:21:21 +0000Our Top Ten Videos of 2015 Hitler's home videos to the suffocating upbringing of an American princess, here are the most-watched videos on this yearTue, 29 Dec 2015 20:43:53 +0000This Color-Changing Mutant Has Three Hearts cuttlefish has the largest brain-to-body ratio of all invertebrates, which explains why its camouflage is so intricate and masterfulTue, 29 Dec 2015 19:15:32 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Sneeze? you sneeze because of a cold, or after sex or a good meal or in sunlight, the good old Achoo is the body's way of ridding itself of irritantsTue, 29 Dec 2015 18:19:25 +0000Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2015 spookiness, a Maya city buried in ash and more in this year’s surprising scienceMon, 28 Dec 2015 18:22:48 +0000Tiny Fossils Reveal the Rise of Mammals on Madagascar finds are helping paleontologists piece together what happened after dinosaurs vanished from the islandMon, 28 Dec 2015 17:00:00 +0000Our Top Ten Stories of 2015 treasures buried in glaciers to the racial history of a vanished city in Oregon, here are the most-read stories on this yearWed, 23 Dec 2015 13:58:32 +0000Dogs Mimic Each Other’s Expressions, Too behavioral findings hint that dogs, like humans, might be capable of their own form of empathyWed, 23 Dec 2015 00:01:00 +0000Are We on the Cusp of a Global Volcanic Winter? a supervolcano like the one at Yellowstone were to erupt, the world would be engulfed in a global volcanic winter. Estimated cost: $3 trillionTue, 22 Dec 2015 17:39:32 +0000Top Nine Ocean Stories That Had Us Talking in 2015 fossil whales to adorable octopuses, here are some of the marine headliners that caught our attention this yearMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:21:26 +0000Most Oil Needs to Pass Through at Least One of These Tiny Spots carry millions of barrels a day through tiny chokepoints, which put the surrounding areas at risk of environmental problemsMon, 21 Dec 2015 14:17:44 +0000Unbelievable Footage of Exploding Plants, touch me nots and squirting cucumbers all have one thing in common: They disperse their seeds by exploding. Here's some incredible footage of eachFri, 18 Dec 2015 17:32:24 +0000Charles Darwin's Famous Finches Could Be Extinct in Half a Century finches on the Galapagos Islands are suffering from a parasitic fly introduced to the islands by humansThu, 17 Dec 2015 22:01:59 +0000Photos and Videos of the National Zoo's Panda Cub Making a Visit to the Vet check-up reveals that Bei Bei is now a hefty, thriving 18 poundsThu, 17 Dec 2015 19:27:27 +0000We Are Missing At Least 145 Carbon-Bearing Minerals, and You Can Help Find Them Carbon Mineral Challenge is asking rock enthusiasts around the world to hunt for the undiscovered forms of this common elementThu, 17 Dec 2015 18:09:06 +0000Did John Deere's Best Invention Spark a Revolution or an Environmental Disaster? Deere created his now-famous steel plow, he created America's breadbasket and set the stage for many of modern farming's environmental problemsThu, 17 Dec 2015 17:36:29 +0000Astounding Facts About Crocodile Eyes's eyes are an engineering marvel: They can see all around, can track different targets, are retractable in battle, and can even see at nightWed, 16 Dec 2015 21:45:22 +0000Humans Caused a Major Shift in Earth's Ecosystems 6,000 Years Ago upended a pattern held for 300 million years, and that may mean we are causing a new phase in global evolutionWed, 16 Dec 2015 20:46:02 +0000Some Forests Have Outsized Impacts on Local Water comprehensive new report emphasizes the importance of upland forests for providing clean water, mitigating storms and reducing erosion Wed, 16 Dec 2015 20:15:13 +0000Airplane Contrails May Be Creating Accidental Geoengineering haze from plane exhaust alters how sunlight reaches the Earth and may be unintentionally affecting our climateWed, 16 Dec 2015 18:54:12 +0000A Brief History of the Hunt for Planet X flutter over a possible new world beyond Neptune highlights the long, legitimate search for planets in the solar system's fringeTue, 15 Dec 2015 18:19:26 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do Colors Affect Our Moods? you are feeling green with envy or you're singing the blues, the link between color and feeling is a highly individual thingTue, 15 Dec 2015 15:11:37 +0000Your Hair Mites Are So Loyal Their DNA Reflects Your Ancestry DNA could hold clues to ancient human migrations and future skin healthMon, 14 Dec 2015 22:10:34 +0000Why Is This Indian Ocean Island a Hot Spot for Shark Attacks? Réunion has seen way more attacks than its neighbor Mauritius, and scientists are struggling to figure out whyMon, 14 Dec 2015 17:28:25 +0000For the First Time Ever, a Rehabilitated Tiger Has Birthed Cubs in the Wild an update from our February cover story, Zolushka found a mate in Siberia and now has two baby tiger cubsMon, 14 Dec 2015 14:30:00 +0000What Killed These Marine Reptiles Found in a Nevada Ghost Town? are going high tech to solve the mystery of a mass ichthyosaur death near the old mining town of BerlinMon, 14 Dec 2015 14:00:00 +0000