Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenFri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Big Boom: The Best Places to See Meteorite Impact Cratershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/big-boom-best-places-see-meteorite-impact-craters-180955460/Ancient impacts changed landscapes and perhaps even the course of evolution—here's where to see the coolest craters this summerMon, 18 Jul 2016 12:47:36 +0000Metaphorically Speaking, Your Nervous System is a Dictatorship http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nervous-system-democracy-or-dictatorship-180959887/ Except when it's an oligarchy. Or a democracy. Or all three.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 18:22:05 +0000Podcast: Our Food, Our Selveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-our-food-our-selves-180959879/Food is a focal point for understanding broader environmental problems. In this podcast, we learn how food buyers are influenced in surprising ways.Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:00:00 +0000Forget Bees: This Bird Has the Sweetest Deal With Honey-Seeking Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-birds-are-honey-chasers-best-friend-180959871/The effectiveness of the honeyguide call sheds light on why this golden relationship has stuck around so longThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000Chew on This: Powerful Jaws Fueled a Jurassic Herbivore Boom http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-jaws-fueled-jurassic-herbivore-boom-180959868/Teeth, not flowers, might be the key to the duckbills’ successThu, 21 Jul 2016 14:47:25 +0000The Enduring Climate Legacy of Mauna Loahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enduring-climate-legacy-mauna-loa-180959859/Sixty years after a trailblazing climate scientist scaled its heights, the Hawaii-based observatory remains essentialWed, 20 Jul 2016 20:22:37 +0000Meet the Brilliant Apollo Mastermind You’ve Never Heard Of http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/quiet-force-behind-apollo-180957788/A quiet presence, research engineer Bob Gilruth helped NASA send the first manned spaceflight to the moonWed, 20 Jul 2016 16:52:37 +0000How Parasites Became So Popularhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/untangling-origins-parasites-180959842/A new study finds that parasitism evolved independently 223 times. But that number is actually surprisingly lowWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:19:00 +0000Were Ants the World's First Farmers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/were-ants-worlds-first-farmers-180959840/A new study shows that a group of ants have been conducting a subsistence type of farming since shortly after the dinosaurs died outWed, 20 Jul 2016 14:10:41 +0000The Incredible Things a Hammerhead's Nose Can Dohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-things-a-hammerheads-nose-can-do/A hammerhead shark is capable of detecting a single drop of fish oil in a body of water equivalent to an Olympic-size swimming poolTue, 19 Jul 2016 03:46:11 +0000There’s No Wrong Way to Make a Tadpole (or Froglet)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-no-wrong-way-make-tadpole-180959824/Marsupial frogs, “vomit frogs” and foam-spewers reveal the glorious range of frog baby-making techniquesMon, 18 Jul 2016 17:23:06 +0000Why Chemicals in the U.S. Are Still “Innocent Until Proven Guilty”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-chemicals-us-are-still-innocent-until-proven-guilty-180959818/A new chemical bill makes major strides, but doesn’t fix the root problemMon, 18 Jul 2016 16:02:00 +0000Move Over, Madagascar: This Island Has the World’s Greatest Concentration of Unique Mammalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/philippines-island-unique-mammals-180959823/The majority of them are found nowhere else on Earth, making Luzon is a biological treasure troveFri, 15 Jul 2016 19:42:01 +0000Dinosaurs Literally Reshaped The Planethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaurs-literally-reshaped-planet-180959814/Dinos didn't just leave behind footprints and fossil bones—they also changed the landscapes in which they livedFri, 15 Jul 2016 15:00:00 +0000Defying Stereotypes, Ducklings Are as Clever as They Are Cutehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/defying-stereotypes-ducklings-are-clever-they-are-cute-180959806/Newborn ducks understand abstract concepts such as sameness and difference with no training whatsoeverThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:03:27 +0000When Did Today’s Whales Get So Big?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-did-todays-whales-get-so-big-180959801/More recently than you might think, say scientists who scoured the fossil recordThu, 14 Jul 2016 14:57:39 +0000Arm Day at the Gym Apparently Not a Thing for Newly Found, Tiny-Armed Dino http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/arm-day-gym-apparently-not-thing-newly-discovered-tiny-armed-dino-180959797/Turns out <i>T. rex</i> doesn’t have a copyright on those adorably awkward, itty-bitty armsWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:01:14 +0000Can You Put A Price Tag On Nature? Actually, Yeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-you-put-price-tag-nature-actually-yes-180959678/Here's what happens when you try to account for the monetary value of natureWed, 13 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000New Schemes Pay You to Save Species—But Will They Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-schemes-aim-pay-save-species-will-they-work-180959759/Programs being set up in the American West are taking a radical new approach: paying landowners to preserve animal habitat.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 16:00:00 +0000Here's What Happens When Neuroscientists and Designers Team Up to Explain Scientific Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-neuroscientists-designers-team-up-explain-scientific-research-180959781/A new interdisciplinary project results in a moving sculpture, an animated piece, a song that evolves and moreWed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Can There Be Real Estate on the Moon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/want-buy-mountain-moon-180959692/A Harvard-Smithsonian astrophysicist thinks a legal crisis is waiting for us on the surface of the moon.Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We Pretend to Clean Up Oil Spillshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/oil-spill-cleanup-illusion-180959783/Six years after Deepwater Horizon spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, we still have no idea what we're doingTue, 12 Jul 2016 20:02:51 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000These Paleo Pets Made Fossil Hunting Less Lonelyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/paleo-pets-make-fossil-hunting-less-lonely-180959749/In the solitary hunt for bones, furry companions provide company, act as field assistants and sometimes even make the ultimate sacrificeMon, 11 Jul 2016 15:34:23 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000Tide Shifts Against the Concept of a Keystone Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shrinking-keystone-180959748/Starfish challenge a key ecological concept, ushering in a slightly-more democratic era for tide pools everywhereFri, 08 Jul 2016 18:29:15 +0000Podcast: Does Anybody Even Care About the Arctic Anymore?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-does-anybody-care-about-arctic-anymore-180959741/This week's episode of Warm Regards asks why our coldest region has gotten the cold shoulderFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:10:46 +0000Where and How to (Safely) Bear Watch in Alaskahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/where-and-how-to-see-bears-alaska-guide-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959451/Attacks à la <i>Revenant</i> are a statistical blip. An Alaska expert outlines the dos and don'ts of sharing wilderness with the state's 133,000 bearsFri, 08 Jul 2016 13:48:46 +0000Study Says Earth's Plate Tectonics May Be Just a Phasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/study-says-earths-plate-tectonics-may-be-just-phase-180959705/New models suggest that earth's plates could grind to a halt in about five billion years.Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000Sorry, Tiger Dudes: Your Ladies Are Faking Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sorry-tiger-dudes-your-ladies-are-faking-it-2-180959731/India’s tigresses may be feigning interest in sex as the result of shrinking habitat and overlapping territoriesFri, 08 Jul 2016 12:42:51 +0000Awkward Robots Show How Tails Propelled First Land Walkers to New Heightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/awkward-robots-show-how-tails-propelled-first-land-walkers-new-heights-180959717/A 3D-printed bot designed to move like amphibious fish suggests that the first land animals needed tails to climb slippery slopesThu, 07 Jul 2016 18:00:00 +0000If Telescopes Are Time Machines, the JWST Will Take Us the Furthest Back Yethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/if-telescopes-are-time-machines-jwst-will-take-us-furthest-back-yet-180959710/The James Webb Space Telescope promises to peer back into the making of the first galaxiesThu, 07 Jul 2016 14:40:49 +0000Podcast: Kim Stanley Robinson Says 'Either You're An Environmentalist, Or You're Not Paying Attention'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-kim-stanley-robinson-says-either-youre-environmentalist-or-youre-not-paying-attention-180959700/Award-winning writer Kim Stanley Robinson discusses sci-fi's role in helping us understand the world.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000How a Young Jupiter Acted as Both Protector and Destroyerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-young-jupiter-acted-both-protector-and-destroyer-180959695/Like a boisterous older sibling, the gas giant both beat up and protected young EarthWed, 06 Jul 2016 14:46:37 +0000Why Brown Bears Are Misunderstoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/why-brown-bears-are-misunderstood/Historically feared by humans, brown bears were once aggressively hunted in the contiguous U.S.Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:49:50 +0000The FarmBot Genesis Brings Precision Agriculture to Your Own Backyardhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/farmbot-genesis-brings-precision-agriculture-your-own-backyard-180959603/Developed by a team from California, this machine plants seeds, pulls weeds and waters plants individuallyTue, 05 Jul 2016 15:19:46 +0000Child Refugees Pose Unique Challenge for Mental Health Practitionershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/child-refugees-pose-unique-challenge-mental-health-practitioners-180959676/As the crisis deepens, mental health experts move from questions of short-term survival to ones of longer-term rehabilitationTue, 05 Jul 2016 14:31:27 +0000It's Official: We Are Now in Orbit Around Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/its-official-we-are-now-orbit-around-jupiter-180959684/After a nerve-wracking entry, NASA spacecraft Juno successfully entered the gas giant's orbitTue, 05 Jul 2016 13:48:16 +0000Plastic is Forever: The Art of Mass Consumptionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/consequences-mass-consumption-180959661/For International Bag Free Day, an intimate look at American mass consumption through the eyes of photographer Chris JordanFri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Ultra High Speed Penguin Footage Reveals About Pliosaurushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/ultra-high-speed-penguin-footage-pliosaurus/How did the pliosaurus, a 45-foot-long underwater prehistoric predator, keep up with its prey? A biomechanics expert finds answers by observing the penguinThu, 30 Jun 2016 19:43:14 +0000Do Insects Have Consciousness?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/do-insects-have-consciousness-180959484/A new theory has scientists buzzingThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:40:43 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000A Maze of Palatial Icebergs Has Floated Into a Washington, D.C. Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/visit-maze-palatial-icebergs-new-installation-180959596/The new exhibition touches on design, landscape architecture, the life of icebergs and climate changeThu, 30 Jun 2016 16:14:53 +0000How Roundup Ready Soybeans Rocked the Food Economyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-roundup-ready-soybeans-rocked-food-economy-180959397/This 1980s-era “gene gun” fired the shot heard around the worldThu, 30 Jun 2016 14:58:47 +0000Video: The Past, Present and Future of Agriculturehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-past-present-and-future-agriculture-180959618/Globalization and new technologies have given us more control and more power over our food than ever before. What's next?Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Proud Sea Lion Mom Shows Off Her New Pup in These Adorable Pictures From the Zoohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proud-sea-lion-mom-shows-her-new-pup-adorable-pictures-zoo-180959651/Calli, the 11-year-old sea lion gave birth on June 26; mother and pup are bonding and doing wellThu, 30 Jun 2016 12:21:54 +0000Space: News and Features About Astronomy and Spaceflighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/air-space-180958410/Get your daily fix of astronomy and spaceflight, from Smithsonian.com and Air&Space magazineWed, 29 Jun 2016 20:27:41 +0000Fraises Des Bois, the Best Strawberry You’ve Never Hadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-fruit-fraises-des-bois-best-strawberry-youve-never-had-180959604/Supermarket strawberries are big, perfectly red, perfectly heart-shaped, and perfectly flavorless—at least compared with what they could beWed, 29 Jun 2016 19:30:41 +0000Unfortunately, Reducing Deforestation Isn’t Enough To Protect Amazon Biodiversityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/unfortunately-reducing-deforestation-isnt-enough-protect-amazon-biodiversity-180959610/Logging, wildfires and other human disturbances lead to species die-offs Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:59:50 +0000The Residents of This Louisiana Island Are America's First "Climate Refugees"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/residents-louisiana-island-americas-first-climate-refugees-180959585/As the sea levels rise, these photos provide a big picture view of a place losing the battle against climate changeWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Shooting Penguins in the Falkland Islands to Save Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shooting-penguins-falkland-islands-save-them-180959491/Photographer Neil Ever Osborne hopes that his work helps save the speciesWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000Sharks and Humans: A Love-Hate Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharks-and-humans-love-hate-story-180959600/A short history of our relationship with the ocean’s most intimidating fish Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:23:51 +0000Next Stop: Jupiterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/realm-giant-jupiter-180959587/Juno begins its daring exploration of the solar system’s largest—and deadliest—planetTue, 28 Jun 2016 19:11:50 +0000No, a Mitochondrial "Eve" Is Not the First Female in a Specieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/no-mitochondrial-eve-not-first-female-species-180959593/The latest story about a sperm whale “Eve” shows how people misunderstand the evolutionary term. Fear not: we can clarify.Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:12:38 +0000Childhood Leukemia Was Practically Untreatable Until Dr. Don Pinkel and St. Jude Hospital Found a Curehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/childhood-leukemia-untreatable-dr-don-pinkel-st-jude-180959501/A half century ago, a young doctor took on a deadly form of cancer—and the scientific establishmentTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:24 +0000History Forgot This Rogue Aristocrat Who Discovered Dinosaurs and Died Pennilesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-forgot-rogue-aristocrat-discovered-dinosaurs-died-penniless-180959504/Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopcsa was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be kingTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:19 +0000Mama Bears Use Humans To Keep Their Cubs Safehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mama-bears-use-humans-keep-their-cubs-safe-180959575/During mating season, humans might stress female bears out, but male bears stress them out moreMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:30:00 +0000Stop 'Naming and Shaming' Polluted Cities. It Doesn't Workhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/should-we-name-and-shame-polluted-cities-180959571/Why calling out 'Most polluted cities' sometimes backfiresMon, 27 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Podcast: "Warm Regards" and the Challenge of Humanizing Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-warm-regards-and-challenge-humanizing-climate-change-180959577/Meteorologist Eric Holthaus and others seek the bright side of an often gloomy conversationMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:42:52 +0000“Weak Lensing” Helps Astronomers Map the Mass of the Universehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weak-lensing-helps-astronomers-map-mass-universe-180959572/By making galaxies a little bit brighter, it points the way to elusive galaxies and lets us detect that most mysterious of substances: dark matterMon, 27 Jun 2016 14:43:12 +0000Some Ancient Insects Wore the Exoskeletons of Other Bugs to Disguise Themselveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/some-ancient-insects-wore-exoskeletons-other-bugs-disguise-themselves-180959554/New amber specimens show that insects have been mastering the art of disguise for 100 million yearsFri, 24 Jun 2016 18:05:17 +0000These Are Some of the Weirdest Ways Paleontologists Find Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-are-some-weirdest-ways-paleontologists-find-fossils-180959557/Sometimes you pee on them, sometimes you’re just trying to get away from other paleontologists. Here are the discovery stories scientists won’t tell youFri, 24 Jun 2016 16:09:27 +0000Museum Director Calls for Increased Funding for Scientific Collections to Save Liveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/natural-history-museum-director-calls-increased-funding-collections-save-lives-180959510/Infectious disease researchers should be using museum collections to fight newly discovered pathogensFri, 24 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why We're Giving People 20 Percent Doses of the Yellow Fever Vaccinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-who-says-its-okay-give-20-percent-doses-yellow-fever-vaccine-180959535/Vaccine stores in Africa have repeatedly been depleted. The WHO's decision to allow mini-doses reflects a precarious—and cyclical—shortageWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:32:34 +0000This Is Martha, the World's Last Known Passenger Pigeonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/martha-last-known-passenger-pigeon/Martha, was the last passenger pigeon to ever flyWed, 22 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Global Price of Invasive Species http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-price-invasive-species-180959522/The U.S. and China pose the greatest threat as exporters of invasive species, but other countries have more to loseTue, 21 Jun 2016 18:47:51 +0000This Painting Shows What It Might Look Like When Zika Infects a Cell http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/this-painting-shows-what-might-look-like-when-zika-infects-cell-180959507/David S. Goodsell's watercolor-and-ink artworks use the latest research to illustrate viruses, proteins and moreTue, 21 Jun 2016 14:25:55 +0000Diamonds Illuminate the Origins of Earth's Deepest Oceans http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diamonds-illuminate-origins-earths-deepest-oceans-180959480/Crystals could be the key to where our water came from, and what that means for finding life on other planetsTue, 21 Jun 2016 13:07:03 +0000Will Medicine Survive the Anthropocene?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/will-medicine-survive-anthropocene-180959473/Up to ten percent of major drugs contain plant-derived ingredients, but a warming world could put those—and other medicines—at riskMon, 20 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000Ask the Astronaut: What Makes Moons and Planets Round?http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/ask-astronaut/ask-astronaut-what-makes-planets-round-180959483/ Your questions, answeredMon, 20 Jun 2016 16:47:39 +0000Podcast: On the Way to Peak Phosphorushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/articles/podcast-way-peak-phosphorus-180959470/On this episode of Generation Anthropocene, we dive into one of the most underappreciated elements on the periodic tableFri, 17 Jun 2016 18:45:05 +0000It's a Global Solstice Party and You're Invitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/its-global-solstice-party-and-youre-invited-180959462/Sound artist Charlie Morrow organized artists and scientists from around the Earth to celebrate the solsticeFri, 17 Jun 2016 15:04:34 +0000From Lack Of Diversity To Lack Of Funding, Seed Banks Face a World Of Challengeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lack-diversity-lack-funding-seed-banks-face-world-challenges-180959409/Gene banks are meant to protect biodiversity, yet they themselves are in need of protectionFri, 17 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Mike Collins on the Moon, Mars and Handling Apollo Hoaxershttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/mike-collins-talks-about-moon-mars-and-apollo-hoaxers-180959458/"I’ll see a nice moon, and say, 'Hey, that looks good.' Then I’ll say, 'Oh shit, I went up there one time!'"Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:19:43 +0000Sadly, “Ankylosaur Fight Club” Is Probably Wishful Thinking http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sadly-ankylosaur-fight-club-probably-wishful-thinking-180959448/Ornate armor may have had more to do with communication than combatThu, 16 Jun 2016 15:09:50 +0000The World's First Camels Roamed...South Dakota?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-worlds-first-camels-roamed-south-dakota/The Badlands of South Dakota are filled with the fossils of fascinating and surprising prehistoric animalsThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:22:27 +0000Hunting Lost Worlds in Wyoming's Bighorn Basinhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hunting-lost-worlds-wyomings-bighorn-basin-180959338/A geology tour with Kirk Johnson, Director of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and Will Clyde, a geology professor at University of New HampshireWed, 15 Jun 2016 18:53:54 +0000Rare 'Family Guy' Mammal Dads Give Us All Something to Strive Forhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rare-family-guy-mammal-dads-give-us-all-something-strive-180959424/Let’s give a Father’s Day shout-out to mammal dads who put family first—and benefit themselves as wellWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:45:23 +0000How the Lowly Mosquito Helped America Win Independencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-lowly-mosquito-helped-america-win-independence-180959411/The blood-sucking insect has played a leading role in the rise and fall of empires throughout historyWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:34:49 +0000Diamond Planets Might Have Hosted Earliest Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diamond-planets-might-have-hosted-earliest-life-1-180959415/A new study pushes back the earliest date that extraterrestrial life might, maybe, could appear; if so, it'd be on planets made of diamondWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:26:10 +0000With Her Ultrasound Broadcast on Facebook, the Zoo's Orangutan Is Confirmed Pregnanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/her-ultrasound-broadcast-facebook-zoos-orangutan-confirmed-pregnant-180959410/The female named Batang should deliver her new infant in mid-SeptemberTue, 14 Jun 2016 19:20:46 +0000The Frog Kamasutra Gains a Chapter, Thanks to Camera-Wielding Biologists http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/frog-kamasutra-180959401/One newly described sexual position for frogs could mean one giant leap for frog conservationistsTue, 14 Jun 2016 14:50:15 +0000The Entire Bay of Santorini Is an Active Volcanic Craterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-entire-bay-of-santorini-is-an-active-volcano/What happened to the giant volcano thought to have destroyed Atlantis? The answer may be the island of Santorini...all of itMon, 13 Jun 2016 15:43:12 +0000Even in 'Pristine' National Parks, the Air's Not Clearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/even-pristine-national-parks-airs-not-clear-180959312/And cleaning it up might take centuriesMon, 13 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000How the Largest Flying Bird of All Time Stayed Airbornehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/how-largest-flying-bird-ever-stayed-airborne/With a 24-foot wingspan, how did the prehistoric Pelagornis sandersi, the largest known flying bird of all time, manage to fly so well?Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:10:10 +0000Iceland Carbon Capture Project Quickly Converts Carbon Dioxide Into Stonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/iceland-carbon-capture-project-quickly-converts-carbon-dioxide-stone-180959365/More than 95 percent of gas injected into the ground precipitated out as harmless carbonate, scientists calculateThu, 09 Jun 2016 18:01:00 +0000Smithsonian's Wildflower: The Illustrious Life of the Naturalist Who Chronicled America's Native Florahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-wildflower-illustrious-life-naturalist-chronicled-americas-native-flora-180959343/The life and legacy of renowned Smithsonian illustrator Mary Vaux Walcott goes beyond the works that she createdThu, 09 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Podcast: How Humans Caused Mass Extinctions Thousands of Years Agohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-how-humans-caused-mass-extinctions-thousands-years-ago-180959351/Humans have been the dominant species for longer than thoughtWed, 08 Jun 2016 20:00:41 +0000Way More Fish Can Make Their Own Light Than We Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/way-more-fish-can-make-their-own-light-we-thought-180959346/Bioluminescence evolved a whopping 27 separate times among finned fishes living in the open oceanWed, 08 Jun 2016 18:01:37 +0000The “Hobbit” Lineage May Be Much Older Than Previously Thoughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hobbit-lineage-may-be-much-older-previously-thought-180959347/A new find hints that the short-statured hominins could have been living in Indonesia over a half a million years earlier than previous estimatesWed, 08 Jun 2016 17:01:00 +0000The World's First Computer May Have Been Used To Tell Fortuneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/worlds-first-computer-may-have-been-used-tell-fortunes-180959335/Researchers have decoded more writing on the 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism and found it may have an astrological purposeWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0000Did Deforestation Contribute to Zika's Spread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/did-deforestation-contribute-zikas-spread-180959305/Evidence is growing that deforestation causes disease outbreaks by changing animal carriers' behavior.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:12:29 +0000The Rise of Ocean Optimismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/rise-ocean-optimism-180959290/Sharing news of little wins for the environment fuels hope.Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Since the Late Pleistocene Humans Were Already Radically Transforming the Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-research-shows-late-pleistocene-humans-transforming-habitats-180959324/A new study suggests that trying to return habitats to a non human-impacted environment might not be realistic Tue, 07 Jun 2016 17:00:00 +0000A Spacecraft Just Measured Movement Less Than the Width of an Atomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/spacecraft-just-measured-movement-less-width-atom-180959333/The successful results pave the way for a future mission that could detect low-frequency gravity wavesTue, 07 Jun 2016 16:42:49 +0000How Would You React If We Discovered Alien Life?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-would-you-react-if-we-discovered-alien-life-180959286/Experts weigh in on what the detection of other life forms might mean to the human raceTue, 07 Jun 2016 13:27:06 +0000Science Proves Electric Eels Can Leap From Water to Attackhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-proves-electric-eels-can-leap-from-water-attack-180959319/Biologists confirm the curious case of eels striking animals above the water's surfaceMon, 06 Jun 2016 19:00:00 +0000Taking a Closer Look at Global Water Shortageshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/global-water-shortages-180959318/Researchers aim to identify truly "water stressed" areas and help policy-makers better plan for the futureMon, 06 Jun 2016 16:37:49 +0000Even in the Most Polluted Cities, You Can Exercise Outdoors (A Little)http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/you-can-exercise-outdoors-even-most-polluted-cities-science-says-180959296/A new model finds that the health benefits of outdoor exercise can outweigh the hazards of air pollution.Mon, 06 Jun 2016 13:55:37 +0000There’s a Bunch of Animals at the Zoo this Summer Made Out of Ocean Garbagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/theres-bunch-animals-zoo-summer-made-out-ocean-garbage-180959303/Delightfully whimsical, the sculptures drive home the message that there’s a whole lot of trash washing ashoreMon, 06 Jun 2016 12:03:07 +0000See Over 2,000 Wax Models of Skin Diseases at This Swiss Medical Moulage Museumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/waxy-world-skin-diseases-180958579/It's hard to look, and hard to look away, at this unique, and medically valuable, collection of wax blisters, hives and soresFri, 03 Jun 2016 16:23:28 +0000An Elegant Tool Called Squidpop That Scientists Want to Crowdsource http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/squidpop-elegant-tool-scientists-want-crowdsource-180959061/The device is so easy to use, researchers are asking for a “squidpop blitz” for World Oceans DayFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:44:25 +0000In This Jurassic Boneyard, It's Not Size That Countshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/jurassic-boneyard-its-not-size-counts-180959293/A rich cache of fossils in Colorado is valuable not for the big dino bones but the relatively tiny fossils that are still being dug up.Thu, 02 Jun 2016 18:04:04 +0000Urchin Sunscreen and Other Ways Animals Beat the Burnhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/urchin-sunscreen-and-other-ways-animals-beat-burn-180959107/Species have come up with a variety of ways to protect themselves from the sunThu, 02 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hunt for High-Energy Photons Takes Place From a Mountaintop in Mexicohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hunt-high-energy-photons-takes-place-mountaintop-mexico-180959273/A new telescope built from water tanks might help answer some of the biggest questions in astronomyThu, 02 Jun 2016 12:36:34 +0000Podcast: What Our Garbage Can Teach Ushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/podcast-what-our-garbage-can-teach-us-180959280/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, tracking trash and why there's so much garbage on the moon.Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0000Malaria, Zika and Dengue Could Meet Their Match in Mosquito-Borne Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/malaria-zika-and-dengue-could-meet-their-match-mosquito-borne-bacteria-180959271/A common bacteria that infects mosquitoes seems to prevent them from carrying more deadly diseases.Tue, 31 May 2016 18:28:04 +0000Why Archaeologists Are Intentionally Setting Early American Sites on Firehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-archaeologists-are-setting-spiritually-important-early-american-sites-fire-180959259/Archaeologists, who typically consider fire to be a destructive force, are now finding that it can be useful as tool of discoveryTue, 31 May 2016 17:26:31 +0000Scientists Explore Breathtaking Hydrothermal Vents in Virtual Realityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-explore-breakthaking-hydrothermal-vents-virtual-reality-180959266/With a high-tech remotely operated vehicle, a team is able to map a dark, hot and toxic vent field on the ocean floorTue, 31 May 2016 15:44:38 +0000Guy Consolmangno, the Vatican’s Chief Astronomer, on Balancing Church With the Cosmoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/guy-consolmangno-vaticans-chief-astronomer-balancing-church-cosmos-180959242/The MIT graduate speaks to how he ended up studying the stars for the Catholic ChurchTue, 31 May 2016 13:32:23 +0000Spelunking in Spacehttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/mars-caves-180959123/Looking for life on other planets? You're going to have to go deep.Sun, 29 May 2016 14:00:00 +0000For One Day Only, Visit the Farm and Cryogenics Laboratory Trying to Save Endangered Livestock Breedshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-one-farm-is-trying-to-save-heritage-livestock-one-embryo-at-a-time-180959048/Enjoy a farm tour, cryogenics demonstration and a heritage-breed beef burger at Newport, Rhode Island's Swiss Village FarmFri, 27 May 2016 15:27:37 +0000Does Snot Help Dolphins Echolocate?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-snot-help-dolphins-echolocate-180959238/The cetaceans can perform acoustic gymnastics, but how they produce ultrasonic noises has long eluded scientistsThu, 26 May 2016 14:33:03 +0000