Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:24:41 +0000Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley Martian vistas to glowing red nebulae, check out our picks for the best space images of the weekFri, 30 Jan 2015 18:24:41 +0000Nope, We Have Not Detected Gravitational Waves (Yet) news from teams studying the early universe says the signal hailed as our first peek at space-time ripples really is just dustFri, 30 Jan 2015 16:16:31 +0000Climate Change Is Altering the Global Heat Engine help explain why storms will become fewer in number but stronger in intensity as the planet warmsThu, 29 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Secret to a Long Life: Be Cooperative and Live Underground mole rats enjoy exceptionally long, healthy lives, and there's more than good genes at workWed, 28 Jan 2015 00:01:00 +0000The World Hit "Peak Chicken" in 2006 popular poultry is just one of many key food resources that hit peak production between 5 and 30 years agoTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:06:50 +0000Do You Want To Build a Snowman? Physics Can Help’s what you need to know about the science of constructing your very own OlafTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:00:00 +0000A Universal Flu Vaccine May Be On the Horizon the viral targets for the seasonal flu vaccine is a gamble. Sometimes, like this year, the flu winsMon, 26 Jan 2015 16:25:32 +0000These Celestial Highlights Include Flowing Auroras and a Cracked Comet up on the week's best space images, from a cyclone's glowing eye to a surreal Martian vistaFri, 23 Jan 2015 16:52:06 +0000Borneo's Mammals Face a Deadly Mix of Logging and Climate Change adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:01:40 +0000An Iceberg Flipped Over, and Its Underside Is Breathtaking vacation in Antarctica, filmmaker and photographer Alex Cornell captured an unusual sightThu, 22 Jan 2015 15:20:22 +0000The Wrists of Birds Reveal Evolution Undoing Itself to earlier claims, a new study shows that evolution may be reversibleWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000The International Space Station Will Soon Be Able to Measure Forest Density Using Lasers the planet’s forests is one critical way to combat climate changeWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Can the Siberian Tiger Make a Comeback? Russia’s Far East, an orphaned female tiger is the test case in an experimental effort to save one of the most endangered animals on earthWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000America Has a Tiger Problem And No One’s Sure How to Solve It one even knows how many of the big cats are in the United StatesWed, 21 Jan 2015 19:00:00 +0000Vinegar-Like Acid Rain May Have Fallen During Earth’s Worst Extinction rocks hint at a planet scoured by intense acid rain during the Great Dying 252 million years agoWed, 21 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Ancient Scrolls Blackened by Vesuvius Are Readable at Last scans can just tease out letters on the warped documents from a library at HerculaneumTue, 20 Jan 2015 16:00:00 +0000Best Space Photos of the Week: From Solar Flares to Saturn's Moons spitting sun, a well-loved lake and a happy accident on Mars star in this week's best space imagesFri, 16 Jan 2015 14:38:59 +0000Social Media Is Not Making You a Ball of Stress perhaps unsurprisingly, Facebook and Twitter can cause stress to spread when bad things happen to friends and familyThu, 15 Jan 2015 15:00:00 +0000Lust for Gold Is Consuming Precious South American Forests images show that while the scale of deforestation is small, it is bleeding into protected areasWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:27:25 +0000Poison Hath Been This Italian Mummy's Untimely End lethal helping of foxglove seems to have triggered the downfall of a warlord of VeronaWed, 14 Jan 2015 17:00:00 +0000Surreal Photos Reveal the Otherworldly Insides of Gemstones you thought gems were beautiful to the naked eye, take a look at them under a microscopeTue, 13 Jan 2015 15:35:02 +0000Top Space Pictures of the Week, From a Hubble Icon to Hungry Black Holes pillars, a dark nebula and a galaxy herd starred in some of the best image-driven stories released at a recent astronomy meetingFri, 09 Jan 2015 15:33:32 +0000Could GM Mosquitoes Pave the Way for a Tropical Virus to Spread? insects designed to stop dengue fever could make it easier for another disease-carrying species to take rootThu, 08 Jan 2015 22:33:46 +0000I Was Among the Lucky Few to Walk in Space July 31, 1971, Al Worden performed the first deep-space extra-vehicular activity. "No one in all of history" saw what he saw that dayThu, 08 Jan 2015 20:35:57 +0000A New Antibiotic Found in Dirt Can Kill Drug-Resistant Bacteria in mice show that the new drug works against numerous nasty diseases and should stay viable for decadesWed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Meet Global Warming Targets, Leave Fuels In the Ground percentages of fossil fuels need to remain untapped to curtail the rising global temperature Wed, 07 Jan 2015 18:00:00 +0000Incredible: A Caracal Slaps Down a Bird in Flight caracal is a fierce and agile predator. And the way it pursues airborne prey is astoundingWed, 07 Jan 2015 17:15:11 +0000New Super-Earths Double the Number of Life-Friendly Worlds studies looking at small, rocky planets are helping astronomers figure out how common worlds like ours are in the galaxyTue, 06 Jan 2015 18:15:00 +0000New Deep-Sea Snails Are Nature’s Own Punk Rockers spikes on one hardcore species inspired scientists to name it after Joe Strummer of the Clash, who was also an ardent environmentalistTue, 06 Jan 2015 15:07:46 +0000Threat of Being Eaten Doesn’t Deter Dumpling Squid From Sex adorable cephalopods seem to rate mating higher on their list of priorities than survival Wed, 31 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Physics of Champagne Bubbles Could Help Power the Future the principles that govern bubble formation in sparkling wine could improve power plant boilersWed, 31 Dec 2014 18:49:22 +0000Many Households Buy More Food in January Than During the Holidays Year's resolutions to eat better lead many people to buy health food in addition to a continued junk food glutWed, 31 Dec 2014 17:21:54 +0000How to See This Green Comet With the Naked Eye "New Year's Comet" is taking astronomers by storm with an unexpected showing, and it should only get brighter through early JanuaryTue, 30 Dec 2014 20:59:18 +0000Our Answers to the Most Burning Questions of 2014 are the ten most popular installments of "Ask Smithsonian" this yearTue, 30 Dec 2014 16:44:51 +0000The Fastest Punch in the World Shrimp have a knockout punch, delivering a killer blow as fast as a 22-caliber bulletTue, 30 Dec 2014 15:57:24 +0000Ten Cool Science Stories You May Have Missed in 2014, there's a newfound coral reef in Iraq, the smallest force has been detected and more in this year's surprising scienceMon, 29 Dec 2014 16:52:48 +0000Our Top Stories of 2014 weird red waterfalls to the pleasures of small-town America, these were the most read articles on this year Fri, 26 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Puberty Is Beginning Earlier in Girls, So What Can Parents Do? authors of a new book about the earlier onset of female puberty explain the evidence and offer adviceFri, 26 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Switching to Farming Made Human Joint Bones Lighter more fragile skeleton evolved about 12,000 years ago, probably driven by a shift from hunting to agricultureMon, 22 Dec 2014 22:55:53 +0000Using Zinc to Detect Breast Cancer Early at Oxford have taken the first step towards finding a new biomarker for breast cancerMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:40:32 +0000Corals Show How Pacific Trade Winds Guide Global Temperatures world has been in a global warming hiatus, but that will change when the winds once again weakenMon, 22 Dec 2014 18:24:03 +0000Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Project Audubon Christmas Bird Count is touted as the world's longest running citizen science project—so what has it taught us?Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Science are unwrapping the science behind gift giving, from the value of simplicity to the quality of the bow on topFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000Meet William Harvey, a Misunderstood Genius in Human Anatomy new video from the World Science Festival tells the story of this medical pioneerFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:32 +0000Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerable model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changesFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulse experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000Evotourism: Great Places to Celebrate Evolution Around the Globe lemurs to Neanderthals, here's our latest guide so you can travel the globe to enjoy what Darwin famously called "endless forms most beautiful"Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:26:13 +0000Why String Theory Still Offers Hope We Can Unify Physics that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mind famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Alberta’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean? engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Head do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packages winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbon computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punch period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers? integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer? some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poles courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Melting currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold? weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000