Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000These Instruments Will Help NASA Figure Out If Life Can Thrive on Europahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-instruments-will-help-nasa-figure-out-if-life-can-thrive-europa-180955407/The space agency has announced the suite of experiments that will fly on a mission to the icy moon of JupiterTue, 26 May 2015 21:45:05 +0000Adorable Baby Tortoise Hatchling at the Zoo Signals a Breeding Success Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/adorable-baby-tortoise-hatchling-zoo-signals-breeding-success-story-180955369/To get the critically endangered Madagascar spider tortoises to breed successfully took both tenacity and a whole lot of luckFri, 22 May 2015 12:44:35 +0000Scientists Discover Sudden Melting in the Antarctichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-discover-sudden-melting-antarctic-180955367/Warmer waters are eating away at protective ice shelves, letting glaciers flow into the seaThu, 21 May 2015 18:00:34 +0000These Sparrows Sing to the Beat of Their Own Drumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-sparrows-sing-beat-their-own-drum-180955354/Java sparrows amp up their tunes with acoustic beak taps synchronized with chirps Wed, 20 May 2015 18:02:04 +0000What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-makes-lion-whisperer-roar-180955290/He's famous for getting dangerously close to his fearsome charges, but what can Kevin Richardson teach us about ethical conservation—and ourselves?Wed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Shaky Science Behind Predicting Earthquakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shaky-science-behind-predicting-earthquakes-180955296/A powerful earthquake in Italy killed hundreds of people—and set in motion a legal battle and scientific debate that has kept seismologists on edgeWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Chins?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-do-humans-have-chins-1-180955299/The most distinctive human feature might be that bony protrusion that made Jay Leno famousWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000One Man's Lifelong Pursuit of Pluto is About to Get Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/one-man-lifelong-pursuit-pluto-real-180955303/When the New Horizons spacecraft races by the quasi-planetary body, Alan Stern will have finally met his matchWed, 20 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000The Oldest Stone Tools Yet Discovered Are Unearthed in Kenyahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oldest-known-stone-tools-unearthed-kenya-180955341/3.3 million-year-old artifacts predate the human genus Wed, 20 May 2015 17:00:02 +0000The Mother of All Snakes Looked Surprisingly Modernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mother-all-snakes-was-surprisingly-modern-180955349/New research indicates why the slithery beast's body appears pretty much as it did 110 million years agoWed, 20 May 2015 00:00:00 +0000Why Do Hyenas Laugh?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-do-hyenas-laugh/Are hyenas the most misunderstood animals in the wild? They're intelligent, have a sophisticated social order, and their famous laugh isn't even a laughTue, 19 May 2015 22:44:19 +0000Vampire Healing: Young Blood Can Mend Old Broken Boneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/vampire-healing-young-blood-can-mend-old-broken-bones-180955336/It's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderlyTue, 19 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Prize-Winning Spiders From the British Tarantula Society's Annual Competitionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-in-show-spiders-british-tarantula-society-180955306/Now in its 30th year, the arachnid-equivalent of the Westminster Dog Show showcases the strange beauty of an eight-legged obsessionMon, 18 May 2015 15:58:35 +0000Dark Globs, a Salty Moon and More of This Week's Stellar Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dark-globs-salty-moon-and-more-weeks-stellar-wonders-180955305/Mysterious star clusters and Europa in a can feature in our picks for this week's best space imagesFri, 15 May 2015 20:47:23 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Many Rings Does Saturn Have?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-how-many-rings-does-saturn-have-180955254/The age, origin and purpose of Saturn's rings have mystified scientists since the days of GalileoFri, 15 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000El Niño Is Here, But It Can’t Help Parched California (For Now)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/el-nino-here-it-cant-help-parched-california-for-now-180955266/Three national agencies have confirmed that the natural phenomenon has arrived, but not in time to bring much-needed rains in the WestThu, 14 May 2015 18:25:50 +0000Rare Quartet of Quasars Found in the Early Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-quartet-quasars-found-early-universe-180955263/The quirky set of extremely bright black holes challenges theories for how the cosmos reached its current structureThu, 14 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Is This Plan to Combat Climate Change Insane or Insanely Genius?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/is-this-plan-combat-climate-change-insane-insanely-genius-180955258/Harvard physicist David Keith wants to use two jets and one million tons of sulfur dioxide a year to halt global warmingThu, 14 May 2015 17:46:14 +0000Watch These Ants Hurl Themselves Out of Death Traps With Their Mouths http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/watch-these-ants-hurl-themselves-out-death-traps-their-mouths-180955237/At least one trap-jaw ant species has coopted its exceptionally strong mandibles to escape its nemesis, the ferocious antlionWed, 13 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Paper Turtles and Frisky Skates Bring This Indoor Seashore to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paper-turtles-and-frisky-skates-bring-indoor-seashore-life-180955202/A new exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore takes visitors on a trip to the beach and into the dark depths of the AtlanticMon, 11 May 2015 15:30:00 +0000A Lopsided Supernova, Orbital Espresso and More Cosmic Wondershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lopsided-supernova-and-orbital-espresso-more-cosmic-wonders-180955220/An exploding star reveals its secrets and an astronaut takes a coffee break in this week's best space picturesFri, 08 May 2015 20:05:57 +0000Your Online Dating Profile Picture Affects Whether People Trust Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-online-dating-profile-picture-affects-whether-people-trust-you-180955207/Attractiveness is linked to trust, but the responses are very different between men and womenFri, 08 May 2015 19:00:00 +000010 New Things Science Says About Being a Momhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/10-new-things-science-says-about-being-mom-180955215/Such as, how much time she spends with her child doesn’t matter as much as we think Fri, 08 May 2015 16:18:51 +0000How the Giant "Cosmic Navel" Formed in Utahhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-giant-cosmic-navel-formed-utah-180955188/The unique landform in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is essentially one of the biggest potholes on EarthWed, 06 May 2015 19:49:54 +0000DNA Testing Could Identify Litterbugs and Dog Poop Miscreantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/DNA-testing-could-identify-litterbugs-dog-poop-miscreants-180955178/Anonymous crimes may not be quite so anonymous anymoreWed, 06 May 2015 17:02:15 +0000Rockets and Microphones Reveal the First Images of Thunderhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rockets-and-microphones-reveal-first-images-thunder-180955179/The acoustic visuals could help us better understand the physical processes that drive lightning strikesTue, 05 May 2015 19:35:01 +0000Veggie Power? Artificial Muscles Made From Blinged-Out Onionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/veggie-power-artificial-muscles-made-blinged-out-onions-180955175/Turning root vegetables into working muscles requires gold, electricity and imaginationTue, 05 May 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Our Modern Lives Became Infested With Bed Bugs http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-our-modern-lives-became-infested-bed-bugs-180955166/After being bitten by the tiny pests, author Brooke Borel set out to learn all she could about her blood-sucking foes Tue, 05 May 2015 13:01:00 +0000Creating Plastic From Greenhouse Gaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/creating-plastic-from-greenhouse-gases-180954540/Newlight Technologies is turning carbon emissions into plastic for everyday itemsFri, 01 May 2015 18:24:23 +0000A Trip to Mars Could Give You Brain Damagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/trip-mars-could-give-you-brain-damage-180955157/Exposure to cosmic rays may cause defects that would make astronauts lose their curiosity during a missionFri, 01 May 2015 18:00:00 +0000Climate Change Will Accelerate Earth's Sixth Mass Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/climate-change-will-accelerate-earths-sixth-mass-extinction-180955138/The pace at which species disappear is picking up as temperatures rise, and things are looking especially troubling in the tropicsThu, 30 Apr 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Are Cats Domesticated?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-are-cats-domesticated-180955111/There is little genetic difference between a tabby and a wild cat, so scientists think the house cat is only domestic when it wants to beThu, 30 Apr 2015 15:30:19 +0000Birds Are in a Tailspin Four Years After Fukushimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/birds-are-tailspin-four-years-after-fukushima-180955134/Like the proverbial canary in a coalmine, avian abundances may paint a grim picture of the effects of nuclear disasters on wildlifeThu, 30 Apr 2015 13:00:00 +0000This Fluffy Little Dinosaur Had Bat-Like Wingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fluffy-little-dinosaur-had-bat-wings-180955122/About the size of a sparrow, Yi qi probably glided through Jurassic forests on membrane-covered appendagesWed, 29 Apr 2015 17:00:00 +0000Monkeys Can Hack Each Other’s Grammarhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/monkeys-can-hack-each-others-grammar-180955119/Campbell’s monkeys add suffixes to alarm calls to indicate specific threats, and Diana monkeys tune in for their own benefitTue, 28 Apr 2015 23:01:00 +0000Meet Chilesaurus, a New Raptor-Like Dinosaur With a Vegetarian Diethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-chilesaurus-new-raptor-dinosaur-vegetarian-diet-180955101/A seven-year-old and his family found the unusual Jurassic theropod while out for a hike in southern ChileMon, 27 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000Meet the Makech, the Bedazzled Beetles Worn as Living Jewelryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-makech-bedazzled-beetles-worn-living-jewelry-180955081/The unusual bugs from the Yucatán have a backstory as colorful as their rhinestone-studded rumpsMon, 27 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +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 +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 +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 +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 +0000