Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algae new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000A Blood-Sucking Foe Lurks in Central American Caves bugs, which can spread Chagas disease, turned up positive for human blood meals in caves in Guatemala and Belize Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:12 +0000In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakes temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fishTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +0000Four Handy Tips for Growing Your Garden on Mars it possible to have a green thumb on the Red Planet? Perhaps, after you’ve mastered a few space gardening tricks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:15:54 +0000Powerful Solar Flare Paints the Sky With Candy-Colored Auroras back-to-back flares sent clouds of charged particles racing toward Earth, creating auroras that may last through the weekendFri, 12 Sep 2014 20:14:05 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Business eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000Meet the Mighty Spinosaurus, the First Dinosaur Adapted for Swimming mysterious mustachioed man helped paleontologists piece together the life story of the long-lost, semi-aquatic “Egyptian spine lizard”Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:18 +0000See Rare Footage of FDR Speaking at the National Institute of Health before being elected to a third term, FDR spoke at NIH about preparedness for war and the need to research deadly diseasesWed, 10 Sep 2014 19:08:59 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000The Most Extensive Report Ever on American Birds Says There’s Cause for Concern from 23 groups just released the fifth State of the Birds report, which contains good and bad newsTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:40:48 +0000Promiscuous Whales Make Good Use of Their Pelvises don’t lie: Whale pelvic bones are not vestigial but instead evolved to help the marine mammals maneuver better during sexMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:43:23 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800s glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000Deep-Sea Mushroom Creatures Found Off Australia fungi nor fish, these oddball organisms collected in 1986 may represent an early branch on the tree of lifeWed, 03 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Tracking the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Through Its Genes detective work also revealed 395 mutations unique to the virus in West AfricaThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:57:54 +0000Yawning Spreads Like a Plague in Wolves of contagious yawning in chimps, dogs and now wolves suggests that the behavior is linked to a mammalian sense of empathyWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israel from jars at a Canaanite palace suggest the ruler preferred his red with hints of mint, honey and juniperWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Best and Worst Places to Build More Roads works today are “basically chaos”—but a new global road map could be key to protecting agriculture and natureWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bison National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000Why Earthquakes Make Napa Wine Taste So Good soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special also makes the region vulnerable to earthquakesMon, 25 Aug 2014 21:43:18 +0000How Does Bao Bao Celebrate Her Birthday? With Cake, Bamboo and Hundreds of Fans National Zoo hosted a traditional Chinese ceremony for the giant panda’s first birthdayMon, 25 Aug 2014 19:11:17 +0000Zero-G Fire Pulses Like a Jellyfish on the Space Station of fire burning in low gravity could help scientists create cleaner, more efficient engine fuelsFri, 22 Aug 2014 19:42:28 +0000This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolution research suggests that species don't have to be geographically separated in order to evolveThu, 21 Aug 2014 20:32:42 +0000100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonates famed bird now finds itself at the center of a flap over de-extinctionThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:02 +0000Here's What Happens When You Put Instant Film in a Microwave German photographer made a name for himself by treating his photos like last night's leftoversThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife? eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction eventThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000How Just One Bird Can Urge an Entire Flock to Change Directions equations that describe these movements are equivalent to those that govern wavesThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Forecasters Will Soon Be Able to Predict Heat Waves Weeks in Advance the public imagination, heat waves remain a B-list natural disaster, but in reality, they are deadly Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000California’s Record Drought Is Making Earth's Surface Rise land shows that the U.S. West is now missing some 62 trillion gallons of waterThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Are the Biggest Waves in Recorded History? do waves even get this big?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Getting Ready for Rosetta to Unlock a Comet’s Secrets lander will hopefully reveal new truths about what the icy objects actually areThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Celebrate Bao Bao's Birthday With a Party and This Recap of Her First Year off her recent win in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown, D.C.'s favorite panda celebrates her first birthday on August 23Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:26 +0000Friendly Neighborhood Spiders Get Bigger in Cities study of orb-weaving spiders in Australia shows a correlation between urbanization and fatter arachnidsWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Thousands of Microbe Species Live in This Buried Antarctic Lake through half a mile of ice let scientists uncover the first solid evidence of life in a subglacial lake Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:47:35 +0000Surprise! Science Shows That Elephant Poaching Is Unsustainable the first time, scientists have made a comprehensive tally of illegal killing rates across AfricaMon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000Shama, the Red Panda, Has Died, a red panda at the National Zoo, died on SaturdayMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:58:42 +0000Earth Is Making the Moon All Warm and Soft on the Inside new model boosts the notion that a layer of rock near the moon’s core is squishy and perhaps partially meltedMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:21:18 +0000Eight Diseases To Watch Out For At the Beach sharks: These potentially deadly pathogens and parasites can lurk in sand and sea Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:48 +0000One Year After Discovery, Crowdsourcing the Olinguito A year ago, researchers discovered a rare new species. That was just the beginningFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:13:30 +0000The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poison a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big catsThu, 14 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Save the Sharks By Swimming With Them is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:17:44 +0000New Desert-Dwelling Pterosaur Unearthed in Brazil massive bone bed is already yielding insights into the flying reptile's lifestyleWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Bizarre Blue Shark Nursery Found in the North Atlantic than emerging in protected coves, baby blue sharks spend their first years in a big patch of open oceanWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Lingering Stress Hints at the Next Giant Earthquake in Chile section of the South American tectonic plate holds the potential for a massive quake in the near futureWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonian Raredon's x-rays of fish specimens are critical records for scientists studying various species. And, as works of art, they are breathtakingWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:14:12 +0000Hear How Robin Williams Woke Up the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew in 1988 actor and comedian provided a special message for astronauts during the first flight after the Challenger disasterTue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:13 +0000Sharks Were Once Called Sea Dogs, And Other Little-Known Facts illustrations of sharks show just how much we've learned about the fish since our first sightings of themTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:03:43 +0000Can Eco-Conscious Travelers Do Anything To Fly Green? carbon offsets won't stop global warming, but if you're traveling, it's your best individual option for reducing your carbon footprintMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:51:53 +0000Inspiring Photos of the Biggest, Brightest Supermoon of 2014 your eyes on these snapshots from around the worldMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:23:13 +0000The State of Sharks, 40 Years After <em>Jaws</em> could be at a tipping point for conserving the infamous predators, if we can keep up shark-friendly practices Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:33:06 +0000Why Are Scientists Trying To Make Fake Shark Skin? marine animal skin could make swimmers faster, keep bathrooms clean and cloak underwater robotsMon, 11 Aug 2014 12:58:32 +0000Google Thinks These 18 Teenagers Will Change the World global finalists of this year’s Google Science Fair take on cyberbullying countermeasures, tar sands cleanup and wearable techFri, 08 Aug 2014 19:24:16 +0000The Ten Biggest Dinosaur Mysteries We Have Yet to Solve one was the first, the biggest, the fuzziest? These puzzles continue to perplex paleontologistsFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:49:02 +0000What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano? Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titansThu, 07 Aug 2014 21:51:50 +0000Ancient Clam Shells Show That What Drives El Niño Is Still Unclear’s path around the Sun may play a role, but other factors are still unknownThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:01:57 +0000Eels Are Victims of Noise Pollution endangered European eels get distracted by man-made noise, making them more likely to get eaten by a predator Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:03:56 +0000From Panting to Pooping, 8 Weird Ways Animals Keep Cool you (and horses) are busy sweating buckets, some animals have evolved bizarre ways to keep coolThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:46:32 +0000The Algae Problem in Lake Erie Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soon Great Lake is sick, and Toledo’s toxic algae is just a symptomTue, 05 Aug 2014 21:11:10 +0000Fish Oil Could (One Day) Come From Plants field trial of genetically modified oilseed plants that can make fish oil hopes to help fish farming become more sustainable Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:17:52 +0000Social Networking Prairie Dog Style dog kisses might help spread the plague, and stopping the most promiscuous rodents could curb that disease’s reach Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:07:11 +0000Mission Not Impossible: Photographing 45,000 Bumblebees in 40 Days Natural History Museum's entomology department is making its bumblebee collection go viralThu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:39 +0000Removing Just a Few Trees Can Lower Tropical Animal Biodiversity logging can halve the number of species of mammals and amphibians in a forestThu, 31 Jul 2014 16:01:09 +0000Scientists Decode African Penguin Calls are trying to figure out how "jackass" penguins—nicknamed for their braying vocalizations—communicateWed, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:47 +0000Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strike new study suggests it wasn't just the asteroid that killed the dinos, but that other factors weakened their ability to survive itMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41:16 +0000How Do You Build the World's Tallest Water Slide? conceptualization to the first plunge, building the world's tallest water slide takes more trial-and-error than you might believeMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000Old Time Portraits of Parasites Marcus DeSieno uses antiquated techniques to take pictures of parasites with a mix of citizen science and monster movie panacheFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:21 +0000