Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:22:09 +0000To Get Rid of Space Junk, Shoot It Down With Lasershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/get-rid-space-junk-shoot-it-down-lasers-180955097/Proposals to send debris-targeting craft into orbit are piling up, and one mission may soon start test firing from the space stationFri, 24 Apr 2015 18:22:09 +0000How Scientists Are Monitoring Water Quality With Tamponshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-scientists-monitoring-water-with-tampons-180955008/The feminine hygiene products glow under ultra-violet light after absorbing pollutants called optical brightenersFri, 24 Apr 2015 16:11:23 +0000The Heart of the Hawaiian Peoples' Arguments Against the Telescope on Mauna Keahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/heart-hawaiian-people-arguments-arguments-against-telescope-mauna-kea-180955057/Native Hawaiians are not protesting science, but instead are seeking respect for sacred places, and our planetThu, 23 Apr 2015 19:46:35 +0000Why Brain-to-Brain Communication Is No Longer Unthinkablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-brain-brain-communication-no-longer-unthinkable-180954948/Exploring uncharted territory, neuroscientists are making strides with human subjects who can "talk" directly by using their mindsThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000This Artist Transforms Beach Trash Into Stunning, Majestic Imageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-artist-turns-beach-trash-into-stunning-majestic-images-180954949/Mandy Barker didn't have spend too much time on the shores to collect enough debris for her masterpiecesThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Beautiful Drawings by Darwin's Artist-in-Residencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/beautiful-drawings-darwins-artist-residence-180954953/On the famous HMS Beagle voyage, painter Conrad Martens depicted the sights along the journeyThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000These Are the Extinct Animals We Can, and Should, Resurrecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-are-extinct-animals-we-can-should-resurrect-180954955/Biologist Beth Shapiro offers a guide to the science and ethics of using DNA for de-extinctionThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000We're Not That Far From Being Able to Grow Human Bones in a Labhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/grow-human-bones-lab-180954957/The company EpiBone could be on the verge of a major breakthroughThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Extreme Makeover: ISS Editionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/extreme-makeover-iss-edition-180954964/How to give the International Space Station a little bit more roomThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Decoding the Deadly Secret of Snake Venomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decoding-deadly-secret-snake-venom-180954965/The world's animals have developed an incredible variety of venoms. But how?Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Giant New Magma Reservoir Found Beneath Yellowstonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/giant-new-magma-reservoir-found-beneath-yellowstone-180955086/While an eruption is still unlikely, the find improves our understanding of the supervolcano underneath the national parkThu, 23 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Behind the Scenes of the Last Mission to Repair the Hubble Space Telescopehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hubble-telescope-anniversary-service-mission-space-nasa-STS-125-shuttle-atlantis-180955041/Photographer Michael Soluri shares an intimate look at the team that saved the iconic observatoryThu, 23 Apr 2015 15:29:01 +0000Inuit Wisdom and Polar Science Are Teaming Up to Save the Walrushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inuit-wisdom-and-polar-science-are-teaming-save-walrus-180955078/Traditional knowledge and scientific study are helping us begin to understand what a changing Arctic means for the marine mammalThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000What Does It Feel Like to Be Invisible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-feel-be-invisible-180955079/Volunteers in Sweden were tricked into thinking their bodies had vanished, and the "superpower" seemed to ease social fearsThu, 23 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000Genes Make Some People More Attractive to Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genes-make-some-people-more-attractive-mosquitoes-180955075/Certain body odors appear to entice the pesky bloodsuckers—and those smells may be hereditaryWed, 22 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000To Transport Frozen Panda Semen From China, Zoo Officials Went All the Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/transport-panda-semen-china-zoo-officials-went-all-way-180955071/After consulting a "stud book," the Zoo brought a male panda's sperm back to D.C., setting an exciting precedent Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:28:09 +0000170-Year-Old Champagne Recovered (and Tasted) From a Baltic Shipwreckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/170-year-old-champagne-recovered-and-tasted-baltic-shipwreck-180955050/The uncorked bubbly goes from notes of wet hair and cheese to something spicy and smoky, enologists reportMon, 20 Apr 2015 19:00:00 +0000The Gulf Oil Spill Isn't Really Over, Even Five Years Laterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gulf-oil-spill-isnt-really-over-even-five-years-later-180955034/Two Louisiana scientists reflect on the event and how its lingering effects are continuing to change the Gulf CoastMon, 20 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000Five Things The Gulf Oil Spill Has Taught Us About the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-things-gulf-oil-spill-has-taught-us-about-ocean-180955036/While researching the spill, scientists tracked deep-sea sharks, found new mud dragons, and discovered a type of ocean currentMon, 20 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Einstein's Brain Ended Up at the Mütter Museum in Philadelphiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-einsteins-brain-ended-mutter-museum-philadelphia-180954987/Sixty years after the great scientist's death, his gray matter is on display Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:32:50 +0000Take a Deep Dive Into The Reasons Land Animals Moved to the Seashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/take-deep-dive-reasons-land-animals-moved-seas-180955007/Synthesizing decades of discoveries, scientists have revealed links between changing environments and animal movementsThu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Dog Gazes Hijack the Brain's Maternal Bonding Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dog-gazes-hijack-brains-maternal-bonding-system-180955019/When a dog looks into your eyes, it's bonding with you in the same way babies bond with their human moms Thu, 16 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Albert Einstein, the Genius Behind the Theory of Relativity, Loved His Pipehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-albert-einstein-genius-theory-relativity-loved-pipe-180954991/Einstein reportedly believed that pipe smoking contributed to a calm and objective judgment, but his doctor said give it upThu, 16 Apr 2015 16:12:35 +0000Brain Implants May Be Able to Shock Damaged Memories Back Into Shapehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-implants-may-be-able-to-shock-damaged-memories-back-into-shape-180954994/With funding from the Defense Department, scientists have begun work on devices that would use electric pulses to realign a memory process gone awryWed, 15 Apr 2015 19:36:25 +000010 Gorgeous Mosaics Made From Real Animal Specimenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-gorgeous-mosaics-made-from-real-animal-specimens-180954976/Artist Christopher Marley's meticulous arrangements capture the incredible variety within families, genera and species Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:30:07 +0000Earth May Have Become Magnetic After Eating a Mercury-Like Objecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earth-may-have-became-magnetic-after-eating-mercury-object-180955002/Swallowing a sulfur-rich protoplanet could help explain two lingering mysteries in the story of Earth's formationWed, 15 Apr 2015 17:09:54 +0000Getting a Push Notification on Your Cell Phone? It Could Be Warning You About an Earthquakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/getting-push-notification-your-cell-phone-it-could-be-warning-you-about-earthquake-180954940/Sophisticated GPS sensors in the average mobile device could be harnessed for seismic early warning systems around the worldFri, 10 Apr 2015 18:06:24 +0000An Einstein Ring and an Asteroid "Dart" Are Among These Space Stunnershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/einstein-ring-and-asteroid-dart-are-among-these-space-stunners-180954932/A lensed galaxy and a mission to manipulate a space rock feature among our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 10 Apr 2015 12:07:06 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Could the Volcano Beneath Yellowstone National Park Ever Erupt?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-could-volcano-beneath-yellowstone-national-park-ever-erupt-180954904/The good news is that an eruption there is highly unlikely, but the bad news is that it would be hugeThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:44:46 +0000Inside the Atom Smasher at CERNhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/inside-atom-smasher-cern-180954913/What you can see on a tour of the largest particle collider in the world, now that it's back in actionThu, 09 Apr 2015 17:38:03 +0000Pulling Your Hair Out? It Might Just Help Reverse Baldnesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pulling-your-hair-out-it-might-just-help-reverse-baldness-180954929/Plucking hair could be a counterintuitive way to fight balding, according to a study of quorum sensing in rat folliclesThu, 09 Apr 2015 16:00:00 +0000200 Years After Tambora, Some Unusual Effects Lingerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/200-years-after-tambora-volcano-eruption-unusual-effects-linger-180954918/Frankenstein, famine poetry, polar exploration—the "year without a summer" was just the beginningThu, 09 Apr 2015 14:30:00 +0000The Moon Was Formed in a Smashup Between Earth and a Near Twinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/moon-was-formed-smashup-between-earth-and-near-twin-180954915/But solving one puzzle of lunar origins has raised another linked to the abundances of tungsten in the primordial bodiesWed, 08 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Building a Bionic Pancreashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/bionic-pancreas-changes-relationship-diabetes-illness-180954862/A device that tracks blood sugar and automatically administers insulin and glucagon could take some pressure off Type 1 diabetes patients and their parentsWed, 08 Apr 2015 16:43:45 +0000The Race to Protect Frogs from a Deadly Pathogen Gets a Much-Needed Boosthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/race-to-protect-frogs-deadly-pathogen-much-needed-boost-180954905/A new amphibian lab in Panama will help researchers to return charismatic golden frogs to the wildWed, 08 Apr 2015 14:34:41 +0000Back to Brontosaurus? The Dinosaur Might Deserve Its Own Genus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/back-brontosaurus-dinosaur-just-might-deserve-its-own-genus-species-science-180954892/The popular name could be pulled back out of the scientific wastebasket, based on new analysis of dozens of related dinosaursTue, 07 Apr 2015 11:00:00 +0000New Dwarf Dragons Have Been Found in the Andeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-dwarf-dragons-have-been-found-andes-180954888/It seems that every time herpetologists wander into the Andean cloud forests, they emerge with colorful lizard species in tow Mon, 06 Apr 2015 15:22:44 +0000An Easter Typhoon and Galactic Ghosts Are Among These Spacey Visionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/easter-typhoon-and-galactic-ghosts-are-among-these-spacey-visions-180954876/Astronauts spy a colossal eye and Hubble sees echoes of quasars past in our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 03 Apr 2015 19:11:41 +0000Crowds Are Much Smarter Than We Suspectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/crowds-are-much-smarter-we-suspected-180954868/In a new book, Michael Bond explores a growing body of research that says people in crowds exercise a collective intelligenceFri, 03 Apr 2015 15:06:05 +0000Like Tiny Scientists, Babies Learn Best By Focusing on Surprising Objectshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tiny-scientists-babies-learn-best-focusing-surprise-objects-180954839/Lab tests suggest that infants learn more about the world around them when they encounter and investigate unexpected phenomenaThu, 02 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000California Sea Lions Are Starving, But Do They Need Our Help?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/california-sea-lions-are-starving-rescue-need-help-180954833/Instead of just rehabilitating the fuzzy pups, some ecologists say we should be focusing on the underlying troubles of climate change and fish declinesThu, 02 Apr 2015 13:45:00 +0000How to Travel by Scenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-travel-scent-180954807/We tend to privilege our sense of sight, but why not be led by your nose?Thu, 02 Apr 2015 12:27:21 +0000"Wereplant" Releases Its Pollen By the Light of the Full Moonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wereplant-releases-its-pollen-by-light-full-moon-180954827/An unassuming shrub from the Mediterranean is the first documented case of a plant timing its reproduction to the lunar cycle Wed, 01 Apr 2015 19:44:30 +0000Illegal Cocoa Farms Are Driving Out Primates In Ivory Coasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/illegal-cocoa-farms-are-driving-out-primates-ivory-coast-180954823/Thirteen national parks and reserves have lost all their primates as people move in to protected regions to farm cacaoWed, 01 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Elephants Have Male Bonding Rituals, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/elephants-male-bonding-rituals-pachyderm-posse-180954818/In her new book, Caitlin O'Connell shows how the interactions of tight-knit bulls can be surprisingly similar to human relationshipsWed, 01 Apr 2015 15:55:33 +0000A Rocket Blessing and a Cubist Planet Are Among These Celestial Sightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-rocket-blessing-and-cubist-planet-year-nasa-kelly-dark-matter-180954795/Russia sends off the one-year crew and a Saturn probe gets artistic in our picks for this week's best space-related picturesFri, 27 Mar 2015 21:25:42 +0000Medical Holograms Are Now Part of the Surgeon's Toolkithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/medical-holograms-are-now-part-surgeons-toolkit-180954791/Technology hitting the market will help doctors examine heart conditions or check for colon cancer without breaking the skinFri, 27 Mar 2015 18:32:42 +0000What's It Like to Take the First Photos of a New Volcanic Island?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/whats-it-like-take-photos-new-volcanic-island-180954750/Meet the man who climbed to the top and took these stunning shotsFri, 27 Mar 2015 17:19:32 +0000Fur Seals Caught Preying on Sharks Off South Africahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fur-seals-caught-preying-sharks-south-africa-180954779/The seals only consume the viscera, though, which may be why this particular type of predation took ecologists by surpriseFri, 27 Mar 2015 15:18:04 +0000What Climate Change Will Mean for the People of Oceaniahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-climate-change-means-for-people-of-oceania-180954775/On many maps the ocean is colored a uniform, solid blue. But for those who live off the waters, the sea is places, roads, highwaysFri, 27 Mar 2015 14:18:30 +0000Fishing Bans Create a Glimmer of Hope on the Great Barrier Reefhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fishing-bans-create-glimmer-hope-great-barrier-reef-180954760/No-take reserves have helped commercially important species bounce back, but the reef still faces some serious threatsThu, 26 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do We Love Junk Food So Much?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-do-we-love-junk-food-so-much-180954689/The jury is still out, but some are suggesting that sodas, chips and fries trick the brain into thinking no calories were consumedThu, 26 Mar 2015 15:07:43 +0000The Sneaky Reason Why Plants Bear Fleshy Fruithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-sneaky-reason-why-plants-bear-fleshy-fruit/Many plants rely on the wind to transport their seeds. However, in thick forests this system proved difficult. How did plants solve the problem?Thu, 26 Mar 2015 14:57:09 +0000Cast Your Vote for Britain’s National Birdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cast-your-vote-britains-national-bird-180954754/An online campaign is asking the public to choose from a list of ten finalists whittled down by birders and conservationistsThu, 26 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Why the World Needs to Go to Great Heights to Save Mountain Habitatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/importance-mountains-environmental-sustainability-180954520/After 30 years working in mountain regions, Jack Ives argues that the world's elevated habitats are essentialWed, 25 Mar 2015 15:00:00 +0000Cats Get Breast Cancer Too, and There's a Lot We Can Learn From Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/cats-get-breast-cancer-too-and-theres-lot-we-can-learn-it-180954732/Understanding aggressive tumors in pets may lead to better treatments for the nastiest forms of the disease in peopleWed, 25 Mar 2015 13:29:24 +0000Watch Highlights From the Smithsonian's "Age of Humans" Symposiumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-highlights-smithsonians-age-humans-symposium-180954722/Experts on the science, economics and innovations of climate change spoke at this one-day event in Washington, D.C.Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:05:21 +0000This Solar-Powered Plane is Currently Circumnavigating the World http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/solar-powered-plane-circumnavigate-world-180954587/With 17,000 solar cells in its wing and tail, the aircraft relies solely on sunshine to keep its motors runningMon, 23 Mar 2015 18:35:48 +0000Five Must-Read Books About Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/five-must-read-books-about-planet-earth-180954718/Geologist Robert M. Hazen selects works spanning genres that offer insights into our planet's history and inner workingsMon, 23 Mar 2015 17:57:12 +0000Stay Away From Packs of Hungry Lionfishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/stay-away-from-packs-of-hungry-lionfish/With giant pectoral fins and colorful stripes, the lionfish is an imposing underwater predator. What's even more intimidating is how it huntsMon, 23 Mar 2015 16:50:28 +0000Rice Can Help Save Salmon If Farms Are Allowed to Floodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rice-can-help-save-salmon-if-farms-are-allowed-flood-180954713/The Nigiri Project aims to restore the beloved fish by cutting a notch in a California levee and letting some floodplains return to natureMon, 23 Mar 2015 15:19:50 +0000Modern Marijuana Is Often Laced With Heavy Metals and Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/modern-marijuana-more-potent-often-laced-heavy-metals-and-fungus-180954696/Medical and recreational marijuana use is increasingly legal—but do consumers know what they're smoking? Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:00 +0000A Rainbow Eclipse and X-Ray Fireworks Are Among These Cosmic Treatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-pictures-eclipse-rainbow-white-dwarf-fireworks-are-among-these-cosmic-treats-180954692/A solar eclipse painted the cloudy U.K. skies and an explosion rocked a stellar corpse in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 20 Mar 2015 19:03:30 +0000These Bats Use Sonar to Jam the Signals of Their Rivalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-bats-use-sonar-jam-signals-rivals-180954583/How hungry Mexican free-tails sabotage the competitionThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Returning Farmland to the Wild Help Bumblebees in Crisis?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/returning-farmland-wild-help-bumblebees-180954584/Even if only a small percentage of current farmland became wild meadows, it could bring populations back to previous levelsThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Terrible Beauty of Glaciers Melting and Oceans Risinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/terrible-beauty-glaciers-melting-oceans-rising-180954588/Daniel Beltra's aerial photographs reveal the human impact on natureThu, 19 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Trickiest Part of a Penis Transplant? Finding a Donorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/trickiest-part-first-successful-penis-transplant-finding-donor-180954639/The doctors who announced the first successful procedure last week had a particularly difficult time finding willing organ donorsThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:05:54 +0000Could a Bra Actually Detect Breast Cancer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-a-bra-actually-detect-breast-cancer-180954612/Using thermodynamic sensors, the iTBra could one day screen for breast cancer, but experts are waryThu, 19 Mar 2015 16:02:10 +0000Electric Cars Can Make Cities Coolerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/electric-cars-can-make-cities-cooler-180954635/It's not just the flash and style, either—electric engines emit less heat than gas ones and could combat the urban heat island effectThu, 19 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Best Places to See Nature After Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-places-see-nature-after-dark-180954634/The sun may power most of our world—but some things come alive only at nightThu, 19 Mar 2015 13:30:27 +0000Before There Were Crocodiles, There Was the "Carolina Butcher"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-species-crocodiles-there-was-carolina-butcher-180954636/A newly discovered crocodilian ancestor was a nine-foot-tall predator that stood on its hind legsThu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000Severe Solar Storm Paints the Sky Green on St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/severe-solar-storm-paints-sky-green-st-patricks-day-180954608/A burst of particles from the sun is hitting our atmosphere and lighting up the night as far south as IllinoisTue, 17 Mar 2015 18:03:02 +0000Politicians Are More Persuasive During Interactive Town Hall Meetingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/politicians-are-more-persuasive-during-interactive-town-hall-meetings-180954593/When given a chance at direct persuasion, most politicians are surprisingly good at changing our mindsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000This Alien Color Catalog May Help Us Spot Life on Other Planetshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/alien-color-catalog-may-help-us-spot-life-other-planets-180954596/A digital library of reflectance spectra from microbes could be a powerful tool for spotting signs of extraterrestrialsMon, 16 Mar 2015 19:00:00 +0000No One Really Knows What a Shamrock Ishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/no-one-really-knows-what-shamrock-180954578/The three-leaf clover is what everyone wears, but what species is it?Mon, 16 Mar 2015 16:09:44 +0000A Solar Flare and a Volcano Blizzard Are Among These Stellar Shotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/solar-flare-and-volcano-blizzard-are-among-these-stellar-shots-180954565/An X-class explosion and a snowy satellite image feature among our picks for the week's best space imagesFri, 13 Mar 2015 18:20:25 +0000From Auto-Tune to Motor Oil, Pi Helps Power the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ultimate-pi-day-auto-tune-motor-oil-math-helps-power-world-180954558/More than just a famously never-ending number, pi has a knack for appearing in the mathematical formulas we use every dayFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:26:53 +0000Indiana Almost Made Pi Equal to 3.2, and Other Pi Day Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/indiana-almost-made-pi-equal-32-and-other-pi-day-facts-180954521/As you celebrate the mathematical holiday, here's a history of notable moments in the irrational number's pastFri, 13 Mar 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Do People Get Phobias?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/ask-smithsonian/ask-smithsonian-how-do-people-get-phobias/The origins of irrational fearsThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:42:40 +0000Humans Relied on Rainforest Riches 12,000 Years Earlier Than Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-relied-rainforest-riches-12000-years-earlier-thought-180954550/Fossil remains suggest that prehistoric people in Sri Lanka may have eaten monkeys and other forest speciesThu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Fecal Fermentation and Electronic Pills May Help Decipher Gut Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fecal-fementation-and-electronic-pills-may-help-decipher-gut-gases-180954538/Some intestinal gases have been linked with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and colon cancer, so tracking them might explain the connectionThu, 12 Mar 2015 16:00:00 +0000The World is Full of Circleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/world-full-circles-180954529/In honor of a very special Pi Day, enjoy this map that explores the human-made and natural structures that come closest to a perfect circleThu, 12 Mar 2015 15:09:35 +0000How Lions Choose Their Preyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-lions-choose-their-prey/"Lion Whisperer" Kevin Richardson and a team of wildlife experts are handing out the final exams to their students of the South African plainsWed, 11 Mar 2015 19:18:22 +0000Rare Collection of Whale Fetuses Reveals the Evolution of Cetacean Hearinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-collection-whale-fetuses-sheds-light-evolution-cetacean-hearing-180954526/Smithsonian researchers offer up an unprecedented glimpse at the development of the “acoustic funnel,” an ear area found exclusively in whalesWed, 11 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000Water Drops Leap Off Gecko Skin Thanks to Tiny Spineshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/water-drops-leap-gecko-skin-thanks-tiny-spines-180954525/Specialized hydrophobic structures on gecko skin encourage dewdrops to be swept away by the wind or to collide and shoot off one another like pool balls Tue, 10 Mar 2015 23:01:00 +0000New Drawings Show the Strange Beauty of Phages, the Bacteria Slayershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-drawings-show-strange-beauty-phages-bacteria-slayers-180954507/Phage viruses rearrange genes, prey on bacteria and maintain microbial diversity. Can we harness them to do our bidding?Mon, 09 Mar 2015 15:54:56 +0000A Goat's Stomach Never Looked So Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wellcome-image-awards-2015-goats-stomach-never-looked-so-good-180954475/Eleven venues worldwide will exhibit these 20 striking micrographs, MRI scans and illustrations—all winners of this year's Wellcome Image AwardsMon, 09 Mar 2015 14:27:35 +0000These Cosmic Visions Include a Mars Ocean and a Supernova Quartethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-cosmic-visions-include-mars-ocean-and-supernova-quartet-180954498/The red planet's deep blue sea and a rare Einstein cross feature among the week's best space imagesFri, 06 Mar 2015 19:27:16 +0000These Dragonflies Helped an Astronomer Find Ghostly New Galaxieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/photos-dragonflies-helped-astronomer-find-ghostly-new-galaxies-180954484/A Yale scientist set out to capture the insect's full lifecycle and ended up discovering hidden wonders of the cosmosFri, 06 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000How Praying Mantises Can Jump Faster Than the Blink of an Eyehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-praying-mantises-can-jump-faster-blink-eye-180954460/Stunning slow-mo videos capture juvenile mantises as they corkscrew through the air and precisely land their target Thu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000After Menopause, Killer Whale Moms Become Pod Leadershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/after-menopause-killer-whale-moms-become-pod-leaders-180954480/When their reproductive years are done, females take on new roles as wise survival guidesThu, 05 Mar 2015 17:00:00 +0000Announcing the Finalists of the 12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/multimedia/12th-annual-smithsonian-photo-contest-finalists-180954445/See the finalists of our 2014 photo contest and vote for the Readers' Choice winnerWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:26:12 +0000Oldest Human Fossil Unearthed in Ethiopiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-human-fossil-unearthed-ethiopia-180954470/At about 2.8 million years old, the Ledi jaw may belong to "the stem for the Homo genus," according to its discoverersWed, 04 Mar 2015 18:00:00 +0000While the U.S. East Shivers, Unusual Heat Stirs Trouble Across the Globehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/while-us-east-shivers-unusual-heat-stirs-trouble-across-globe-180954463/Cancelled dog-sled races and restless grizzly bears serve as reminders that global warming is still at work Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:00 +0000Can a Gorilla Really Get Drunk From Bamboo?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-gorilla-really-get-drunk-bamboo-photographer-punched-180954363/A photographer was punched by an allegedly drunk gorilla—but wildlife biologists are crying foulTue, 03 Mar 2015 15:22:21 +0000Just Another #ManicureMonday for Women Scientists and Their Dirty Nailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/just-another-manicure-monday-women-scientists-their-nails-dirty-180954433/For a Smithsonian researcher, Monday is a day to honor the women in science and other uses for nail polishMon, 02 Mar 2015 18:07:03 +0000These Cosmic Eye-Poppers Include a Technicolor Comet and an Impossible Black Holehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-space-photos-week-cosmic-eye-poppers-include-technicolor-comet-and-impossible-black-hole-180954434/An ancient monster and a turquoise bay feature among our picks for the week's best space picturesSat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000How "Slurpee" Waves Formed Along a Nantucket Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-slurpee-waves-formed-along-nantucket-beach-video-photos-180954428/New England's record cold created the perfect conditions for waves of slush, offering an unusual opportunity to ski on the beachFri, 27 Feb 2015 18:03:03 +0000Use Virtual Reality to Eliminate That Pain in Your Neckhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/use-virtual-reality-eliminate-pain-your-neck-180954422/Altering visual perceptions can trick the brains of chronic sufferers so they can enjoy pain-free motionThu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:19 +0000When Did Our Backbones First Appear?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/when-did-our-backbones-first-appear/An exciting fossil find in China points to a 525-million year old sea-dweller who used its new backbone to swim nimbly away from predatorsWed, 25 Feb 2015 21:50:58 +0000