Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirmshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sexism-sucks-everybody-science-confirms-180961178/Adhering to masculine norms can be toxic for men, not to mention everybody elseMon, 21 Nov 2016 20:25:56 +0000How Scientists Reconstructed the Brain of a Long-Extinct Beasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-scientists-reconstruct-brain-long-extinct-beast-180961878/This dog-like marsupial went extinct 80 years ago, but its preserved brains help us glean how its mind workedThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000Astronomers Get Closer Than Ever to Seeing a Black Hole http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/space/12_fm2017-mysteries-of-sagittarius-a-180961673/We know one lurks at the center of the Milky Way, but scientists want to get a peak at its shadowWed, 18 Jan 2017 21:32:06 +0000Can Humans Ever Harness the Power of Hibernation?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-humans-ever-harness-power-hibernation-180961835/Scientists want to know if astronauts can hibernate during long spaceflights. First, they need to understand what hibernation isWed, 18 Jan 2017 14:56:41 +0000The Strange Link Between Bats and Tequilahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-strange-link-between-bats-and-tequila/As a nectar feeder, the lesser long-nosed bat follows the trail of cactus blooms between Mexico and the U.S.Wed, 18 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutinyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/uncertain-future-puffin-dinner-180961829/Historically, hunting seabirds has been a distinctive feature of Nordic coastal culture. Should it still be?Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:58:34 +0000How Fluid Dynamics Can Help You Navigate Crowdshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-fluid-dynamics-can-teach-us-about-navigating-crowds-180961823/If you plan to be in a seething mass of humans at some point—whether it’s an inauguration or protest thereof—here's how to keep yourself safeTue, 17 Jan 2017 18:33:44 +0000Have Scientists Found a Way to Actually Reduce the Effects of Aging?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/have-scientists-found-way-to-actually-reduce-effects-aging-180961808/Researchers at the Salk Institute in California have successfully induced cells to behave like younger cellsTue, 17 Jan 2017 14:22:58 +0000What Can a Puff Adder Snake Bite Do to a Rhino?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-can-a-puff-adder-snake-bite-do-to-a-rhino/A puff adder's bite can do serious damage, even to an animal with skin as thick as a rhino's. The photographic evidence we have is not prettyMon, 16 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knowshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wise-monkey-knows-how-little-he-knows-180961807/Japanese scientists find that macaque monkeys, like humans, know the limits of their own memoryFri, 13 Jan 2017 21:24:19 +0000When Is Sex Worth Going the Distance? When You’re a Salamander, Apparentlyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/when-sex-worth-going-distance-when-youre-salamander-apparently-180961791/Asexual amphibians may be less equipped to handle modern threats than their sexual counterpartsFri, 13 Jan 2017 17:12:39 +0000These Itsy-Bitsy Herbivores Could Stage a Huge Coral Reef Rescue http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-herbivores-stage-huge-recue-coral-reef-180961753/Tiny parrotfish and sea urchins can take over the job of their larger cousins to keep a reef free of algaeFri, 13 Jan 2017 16:20:17 +0000America's Long-Overdue Opioid Revolution Is Finally Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-morphine-180961774/Thanks to advances in neuroscience, researchers are beginning to disentangle powerful pain relief from addiction, overdose and deathFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:57:06 +0000How Mobile Technology Can Help Universities Combat Depression http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-mobile-technology-can-help-universities-combat-depression-180961795/Using sensors on smartphones and smartwatches can shed light on patients' symptoms, even identifying ones they didn't notice or share with counselorsFri, 13 Jan 2017 15:24:26 +0000Here's What Makes Komodo Dragons So Powerfulhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heres-what-makes-komodo-dragons-so-powerful/Not only is the Komodo dragon the largest lizard in the world, its powerful claws, tail, and bite make it one of the deadliestFri, 13 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000To Fight Deadly Dengue Fever in Humans, Create Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/save-humans-dengue-fever-engineer-mosquitoes-180961792/How manipulating the immune systems of mosquitoes can halt the spread of dengue virusThu, 12 Jan 2017 21:39:38 +0000Could Flickering Lights Help Treat Alzheimer’s?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/could-flickering-lights-help-treat-alzheimers-180961762/A flashy MIT study changes perspective on the diseaseWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:46:30 +0000These Blind Mice Just Got a Vision Boost Thanks to a New Transplant Technique. Could Blind Humans Be Next?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-blind-mice-can-now-see-again-are-blind-humans-next-180961759/Transplanting an entire piece of retinal tissue into the eyes of blind mice appears to work better than just transplanting cellsWed, 11 Jan 2017 19:06:50 +0000Your Guide to All Things Anthropocenehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-guide-all-things-anthropocene-180960599/Documenting an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tankhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredible-underwater-spider-has-scuba-tank/The scuba spider is the only arachnid to live exclusively underwater, despite lacking gills. Its secret is a makeshift oxygen supplyTue, 10 Jan 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Day the Nimbus Weather Satellite Explodedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/day-nimbus-weather-satellie-180961686/The writer's grandfather recalls a seminal moment in the Space RaceMon, 09 Jan 2017 19:18:49 +0000Introducing the Global Effort to Map the Night Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mapping-our-night-sky-global-effort-1-180961704/How astronomers around the world are piecing together a patchwork quilt of celestial activityMon, 09 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000For Hummingbirds, the World Moves as Fast as They Do http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hummingbirds-world-moves-fast-they-do-180961711/New research shows how the hummingbird brain allows them to hover and fly preciselyFri, 06 Jan 2017 15:51:43 +0000Video: Why Should Humans Care About Preserving the Diversity of Life on Earth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/video-why-should-humans-care-about-biodiversity-loss-180961708/This animation explains that humans don't just impact the interconnected web of life—we depend on itFri, 06 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000Footprints Found at Ancient Hot Springs Could Represent Earliest Settlement of Tibetan Plateauhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/footprints-found-ancient-hot-springs-could-represent-earliest-settlement-tibetan-plateau-180961698/New age measurements of the footprints help pinpoint when humans first settled the highest region on EarthThu, 05 Jan 2017 19:00:00 +0000Do Ocean Preserves Actually Work?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/momentum-grows-ocean-preserves-how-well-do-they-work-180961690/ The U.S. now leads the world in protected marine areas. But are they a scientifically sound strategy? Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:00:56 +0000The Master of Disguise of the Ocean Reveals Its Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/master-disguise-cystisoma-ocean-reveal-secrets-180961426/A marine creature’s unusual defense is becoming perfectly clear Thu, 05 Jan 2017 16:12:45 +0000Feel the Music—Literally—With Some Help From New Synesthesia Researchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/feel-the-music-with-help-from-synesthesia-research-180961660/How one artist created a show inspired by the neurological experience of synesthesia Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:09:02 +0000There's a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poachinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-tool-fight-against-elephant-poaching-180961425/An American biologist wields an innovative weapon against the illegal trade in African ivoryTue, 03 Jan 2017 17:22:02 +0000Meet the Researchers Who Scour the World's Most Dangerous Corners in Search of Biological Richeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-researchers-scour-worlds-most-dangerous-corners-180961619/Militants, malaria and pirates are just some of the challenges these scientist-explorers face in their quest to map the world’s diversityTue, 03 Jan 2017 14:00:00 +0000English Is the Language of Science. That Isn't Always a Good Thinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/english-language-science-can-cause-problems-180961623/How a bias toward English-language science can result in preventable crises, duplicated efforts and lost knowledgeMon, 02 Jan 2017 17:09:16 +0000Turning Ocean Garbage Into Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/futility-recycling-ocean-plastic-180961607/From the common plastic water bottle to the shoes of tsunami victims, one recycling organization tries to find a home for all ocean refuseFri, 30 Dec 2016 15:30:09 +0000Hear This, 2017: Scientists Are Creating New Ears With 3D-Printing and Human Stem Cells http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/3d-printed-ears-grown-stem-cells-are-finally-on-their-way-180961605/Two decades after the "earmouse," researchers have mastered a powerful technique for growing ears from fat-derived stem cellsFri, 30 Dec 2016 14:44:10 +0000Why Are Endangered Sea Turtles Showing Up Cold and Seemingly Lifeless on Northeastern Shores? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-sea-turtles-showing-cold-and-seemingly-lifeless-eastern-shores-180961593/In the past three decades, scientists have confronted a worsening epidemic of stranded Kemp's ridley sea turtlesThu, 29 Dec 2016 17:50:53 +0000Incredibly Cute Polar Bear Cubs See the World for First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/incredibly-cute-polar-bear-cubs-see-the-worl/After a long winter in their den, a polar bear mother and her cubs emerge at the first signs of spring.Thu, 29 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000This Year in Ancient Amber: Prehistoric Feathers, Mushrooms, Lizards and Morehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-found-prehistoric-feathers-mushrooms-lizards-and-more-encased-ancient-tree-resin-180961579/It’s no <i>Jurassic Park,</i> but this treasure trove of new creatures will still transport you to an ancient worldWed, 28 Dec 2016 20:13:32 +0000The Best Way to Protect the World’s Forests? Keep People in Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-way-protect-worlds-forests-keep-people-them-180961577/Instead of kicking indigenous groups out, let them continue to manage these lands effectively, argues a new reportWed, 28 Dec 2016 16:59:13 +0000The Risky Way a Polar Bear Attack Victim Confronts Her Fearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/polar-bear-mom-and-cub-accidentally-separate/For Erin Greene, walking up to a polar bear requires even more courage than most of us can imagineTue, 27 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Fertile Polar Bear's Hard Journey From Mating to Motherhoodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-fertile-polar-bears-hard-journey-from-mat/After mating takes place, a female polar bear will prepare for her impending pregnancy by eating voraciously. In all, she will pack on more than 400 poundsMon, 26 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Top 9 Baffling, Humbling, Mind-Blowing Science Stories of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-9-stories-about-science-2016-180961565/From gravity's song to the evolutionary secrets of dogs, this year unlocked a treasure trove of scientific discoveryFri, 23 Dec 2016 21:49:23 +0000The Invasive Squirrel That Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/invasive-squirrel-that-wasnt-180961554/Everyone thought that the Arctic ground squirrel was an invasive species on this remote Alaskan island. A pair of scientists beg to differ.Fri, 23 Dec 2016 17:50:30 +0000For Your Contributions to Science, I Humbly Bequeath You This Pet Moosehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/for-your-contributions-science-bequeath-you-pet-moose-180961561/A history of motivating scientific endeavor through cash prizes, islands and exotic petsFri, 23 Dec 2016 16:58:37 +0000Dyslexia May Be the Brain Struggling to Adapthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dyslexia-may-be-brain-struggling-adapt-180961559/The learning disorder may be less a problem with language processing, and more a problem with the brain rewiring itselfFri, 23 Dec 2016 15:47:21 +0000Why the U.S. Army Guarded the 23 Remaining American Buffalohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-the-us-army-guarded-the-23-remaining-a/In 1882, General Philip Sheridan's expedition to the protected buffalo haven in Yellowstone National Park revealed a gruesome realityFri, 23 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Scientists Find That Water Might Exist in a Whole New Statehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-have-discovered-new-state-matter-water-180961546/Think water comes in just liquid, ice and gas? Think againThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:18:37 +0000Can Science Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-science-produce-longer-lasting-christmas-tree-180961548/LED Christmas lights make the needles hold on longer, and other discoveries from the world’s only Christmas tree research centerThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:03:19 +0000Time-Lapse Photos Reveal the Beauty of Metal Crystals Growinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/time-lapse-photos-reveal-beauty-metal-crystals-growing-180961539/Photographer Emanuele Fornasier spends hours capturing the intricacy of chemical reactionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 15:57:23 +0000Sure, Earth Could Get Hit by a Deadly Asteroid—But There’s an Upsidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-threat-getting-hit-asteroid-could-spur-international-collaboration-180961543/Con: Devastating outer space impacts. Pro: Global unity!Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:15:21 +0000The Millennial’s Doctor Releases a Handbook on Bodieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/millennials-doctor-releases-handbook-bodies-180961542/Radiologist and <em>Atlantic</em> editor James Hamblin provides the answers we'd hear "If Our Bodies Could Talk"Thu, 22 Dec 2016 13:32:25 +0000Polar Bear Mom and Cub Accidentally Separated by a Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/the-risky-way-a-polar-bear-attack-victim-con/A car horn outside Churchill, Manitoba, causes a curious polar bear mom and her cub to scurry in opposite directionsThu, 22 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Your Breath Does More Than Repulse—It Can Also Tell Doctors Whether You Have Cancerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/your-bad-breath-doesnt-just-repulseit-can-also-reveal-disease-180961527/An artificial “nose” could be the next tool for diagnosing illnesses from cancer to Crohn's diseaseWed, 21 Dec 2016 18:01:27 +0000Violence Among Teens Can Spread Like a Disease, Study Findshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/teenagers-violent-friends-are-more-likely-be-violent-themselves-180961526/Surveys of thousands of American teens add evidence to the theory that violence spreads in communities like a contagionWed, 21 Dec 2016 17:19:10 +0000A Beloved Alpha Polar Bear Near the End of His Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/a-beloved-alpha-polar-bear-near-the-end-of-h/Saint Pete, as he's known by locals in nearby Churchill, Manitoba, is an elderly polar bear who's been visiting the town for decadesTue, 20 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Once a Year, Scientific Journals Try to Be Funny. Not Everyone Gets the Jokehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/once-year-scientific-journals-try-be-funny-not-everyone-gets-joke-180961512/Holiday editions add a much-needed dose of humor to boring journal-ese. But is entertaining readers worth the risk of misleading them?Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:46:24 +0000The Coldest, Driest, Most Remote Place on Earth Is the Best Place to Build a Radio Telescope http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/coldest-driest-place-earth-best-place-radio-telescope-180961495/This remote Antarctic field station is an ice-covered arid desert, perfect for peering deep into spaceMon, 19 Dec 2016 19:20:13 +0000An Angry Hippo Charges a Trespassing Lionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/an-angry-hippo-charges-a-trespassing-lion/A lion ventures into an area of the river that's part of a hippo bull's territory. The enraged hippo wastes no time in asserting his dominanceMon, 19 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Wondering What a Bonfire Does to Your Lungs? We Answer Your Burning Questions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wondering-what-bonfire-does-your-lungs-we-answer-your-burning-questions-180961493/Setting large piles of stuff aflame can have significant environmental and human health impactsFri, 16 Dec 2016 18:23:46 +0000Top Eight Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-eight-ocean-stories-2016-180961485/2016 wasn't all bad: Stubborn environmental problems were livened up thanks to new solutions, “gee whiz” discoveries and mysterious orbsFri, 16 Dec 2016 15:51:27 +0000Meet the Colorful New Weapon Scientists Are Using to Save Toads From a Devastating Fungushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-colorful-new-weapon-scientists-are-using-save-toads-devastating-fungus-180961462/Researchers are supplementing the amphibians’ natural microbiomes with a fluorescent fungus-fighter they've dubbed "Purple Rain"Thu, 15 Dec 2016 17:25:44 +0000The Hidden Connections Between Darwin and the Physicist Who Championed Entropy http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-connections-between-darwin-and-physicist-who-championed-entropy-2-180961461/These magnificently bearded men both introduced a dose of randomness and irreversibility into the universeThu, 15 Dec 2016 14:02:02 +0000 For Viruses, the Best Way to Infect Baby Is Through Mamahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/viruses-best-way-baby-through-mama-180961445/Some viruses might take it easier on women—to get to their childrenWed, 14 Dec 2016 17:11:07 +0000In "The Glass Universe," Dava Sobel Brings the Women 'Computers' of Harvard Observatory to Lighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/glass-universe-author-dava-sobel-brings-women-computers-harvard-observatory-light-180961408/Women are at the center of a new book that delights not in isolated genius, but in collaboration and cooperationWed, 14 Dec 2016 16:01:27 +0000How Chemicals Left Behind on Your Phone Could Identify Youhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-chemicals-left-behind-your-phone-could-identify-you-180961421/Mass spectrometry is finding a new role in forensic scienceWed, 14 Dec 2016 15:04:09 +0000What's Really Keeping Monkeys From Speaking Their Minds? Their Mindshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/whats-really-keeping-monkeys-speaking-their-minds-their-minds-180961414/When it comes to language, primates have all the right vocal equipment. They just lack the brainsTue, 13 Dec 2016 19:11:28 +0000Trying Not to Get Sick? Science Says You're Probably Doing It Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/theres-more-to-fighting-flu-covering-your-mouth-180961404/Cold and flu viruses transfer in very different ways than we thinkTue, 13 Dec 2016 15:37:11 +0000For a Larger-Than-Life Space Icon, John Glenn Was Remarkably Down-to-Earthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/larger-life-space-icon-john-glenn-managed-stay-remarkably-down-earth-180961393/Friends and colleagues recall his abiding love for Smithsonian’s work, the history of spaceflight and peanut butter buckeyesMon, 12 Dec 2016 17:17:59 +0000This Devoted Mother Is Also a Cockroachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-devoted-mother-is-also-a-cockroach/Female giant burrowing cockroaches look after their young for up to six months. In an eight-year lifespan, they can produce around 150 youngMon, 12 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000What Does It Take to Win a Nobel Prize? Four Winners, in Their Own Wordshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-it-take-win-nobel-prize-four-winners-their-own-words-180961381/Some answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzlesFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-one-pioneering-surgeon-pushing-limits-face-transplants-180961351/His reconstructed faces have tongues that taste and eyelids that blink. But will they withstand the test of time?Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:49:26 +0000Humans Have Bogged Down the Earth with 30 Trillion Metric Tons of Stuff, Study Finds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/humans-have-bogged-down-earth-30-trillion-metric-tons-stuff-new-report-finds-180961365/The authors say this is more proof that we are living in an Age of Humans—but not all scientists agreeFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:06:25 +0000Slideshow: American Icon John Glenn in Photoshttp://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/multimedia/john-glenn-1921-2016-180961367/The remarkable life of an astronaut-turned-senator, in his own words and picturesFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:00:30 +0000Hippo Climbs Down a Steep Cliff...With Difficultyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/hippo-climbs-down-a-steep-cliffwith-diffi/A 15-foot male hippo carefully negotiates his enormous body down a sheer cliff. It's the shortest and most direct route to the waterFri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Curator Remembers Astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glennhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remembering-astronaut-and-us-senator-john-glenn-180961364/The American hero died at the age of 95Thu, 08 Dec 2016 21:39:12 +0000The Natural History Museum's National Fossil Hall Is Getting a Full Facelifthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/natural-history-museums-national-fossil-hall-getting-full-facelift-180961349/Museum director Kirk Johnson gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the new dinosaur hall, home to the T-RexThu, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:52 +0000Half of All North American Shorebirds Use This Rest Stophttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/half-of-all-north-american-shorebirds-use-th/Bottoms is the nation's largest inland marsh, an area of over 60 square miles. It's also the favored resting spot of many species of migrating birdsThu, 08 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Thanks to Fossil Fuels, Carbon Dating Is in Jeopardy. One Scientist May Have an Easy Fixhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/carbon-dating-crucial-scientific-technique-jeopardy-thanks-our-pollution-heres-easy-way-fix-it-180961345/If only there were such an easy fix for climate change Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:30:00 +0000High-Resolution Satellite Images Capture Stunning View of Earth's Changing Watershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/high-resolution-satellites-capture-earths-changing-surface-water-180961340/An unprecedented mapping project shows the elusive patterns of Earth's surface water over 30 yearsWed, 07 Dec 2016 19:55:13 +0000How Cheetahs “Spot” Each Other http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-cheetahs-spot-each-other-180961334/Cheetah meetups: In a novel study, researchers show that roaming cheetahs likely use their noses to seek each other out after weeks apart Wed, 07 Dec 2016 19:00:00 +0000Spectacular Footage of a Butterfly Leaving Its Cocoonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/spectacular-footage-of-a-butterfly-leaving-i/The transition from caterpillar to butterfly is a process that consists of four stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adultWed, 07 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Go Big or Go Generic: How Sexual Selection Is Like Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/either-go-big-or-go-generic-how-sexual-selection-advertising-180961311/When it comes to attracting mates, it pays to either go all out—or not try at allTue, 06 Dec 2016 15:16:58 +0000Drilling Deep: How Ancient Chinese Surgeons Opened Skulls and Mindshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-ancient-chinese-surgeons-opened-skulls-and-minds-180961286/A new review finds evidence that the Chinese performed trepanation more than 3,500 years agoMon, 05 Dec 2016 20:56:53 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-scientist-helped-revolutionize-climate-science-didnt-get-credit-180961291/Eunice Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000How a Ship-Sinking Clam Conquered the Oceanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tunneling-clam-bedeviled-humans-sank-ships-conquered-oceans-180961288/ The wood-boring shipworm has bedeviled humans for centuries. What's its secret?Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:19:32 +0000Does the Linguistic Theory at the Center of the Film ‘Arrival’ Have Any Merit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-century-old-linguistic-hypothesis-center-film-arrival-have-any-merit-180961284/We asked a Smithsonian linguist and an anthropologist to debate the matterFri, 02 Dec 2016 21:32:58 +0000Decades-Old Chemicals May Be Threatening Polar Bear Fertility, As If They Didn’t Have Enough to Worry Abouthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/polar-bears-may-be-suffering-lingering-impacts-pollutants-banned-nearly-40-years-ago-180961276/A new study sheds light on how today's pollutants could become tomorrow's threats to wildlife and humansFri, 02 Dec 2016 17:42:44 +0000The Best Books About Science of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-books-about-science-2016-180961274/Take a journey to the edge of human knowledge and beyond with one of these mind-boggling page-turners Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:42:57 +0000The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-art-meets-science-books-2016-180961237/Eight sumptuous books from the past year that meet at the intersection of science and art Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:40:09 +0000What Really Killed Off the Woolly Mammoth?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/what-really-killed-off-the-woolly-mammoth/What caused woolly mammoths to die-off so quickly? New evidence suggests an unfavorable climate may have drove them to extinctionFri, 02 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Earliest Baleen Whales Literally Suckedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earliest-baleen-whales-had-teeth-and-they-sucked-180961252/No offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Planehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/nasas-unusual-giant-air-cargo-transport-plane/The Super Guppy is a one-of-a-kind mega transport plane that's been involved in moving aerospace hardware crucial to nearly ever major NASA endeavorThu, 01 Dec 2016 13:00:00 +0000Dogs May Possess a Type of Memory Once Considered 'Uniquely Human'http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dogs-remember-more-than-we-think-180961219/New research suggests that man’s best friend remembers more than we thoughtTue, 29 Nov 2016 13:02:45 +0000Proposed New Marine Reserve System Offers Rosy Outlook for Both the Lobster and the Lobster Fishermanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/proposed-new-marine-reserve-system-offers-rosy-outlook-lobster-fisher-180961169/With the help of a supercomputer, Smithsonian scientists figure out how to help the lobster fishery off the coast of HondurasMon, 28 Nov 2016 19:47:41 +0000A New Technique Brings Color to Electron Microscope Images of Cellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/new-technique-brings-color-electron-microscope-images-cells-180961188/Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have found a way to attach artificial color to biological structuresFri, 25 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000Watch This Mother Tick Lay 1,500 Eggshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/watch-this-mother-tick-lay-1500-eggs/The birthing process for a female tick is very involved. Once she's matured, she can take up to 20 days to lay her eggsThu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Polar Bear Mom Protects Her Cubs From a Hungry Malehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/polar-bear-mom-protects-her-cubs-from-hungry-male/As they embark on their long summer migration, a polar bear mother and her cubs need frequent breaks, putting the cubs at riskWed, 23 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Thinkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/getting-bottom-how-apes-think-180961151/Great apes show an ability to discern what others are thinking that we once only attributed to humansTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:54 +0000How Conservationists Use GPS to Track the Wildest Horses in the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-conservationists-use-gps-track-wildest-horses-world-180961191/These horses' wildness makes them unique. It also makes them uniquely difficult for researchers to monitor and trackTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:01:02 +0000A Surprising New Theory of How Dinosaurs Got So Hugehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-dinosaurs-got-so-huge-180961150/Those species with adorned skulls increased in body size faster than those withoutTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000American Culture’s Unlikely Debt to a British Scientisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/american-cultures-unlikely-debt-british-scientist-180961189/A fortuitous influx of cash launched the Smithsonian Institution and its earliest art collectionTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:28:24 +0000The Remarkable Comeback of Przewalski's Horsehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/remarkable-comeback-przewalski-horse-180961142/Once nearly extinct, the population of these wild horses has rebounded on the dusty steppes of MongoliaTue, 22 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000How Artificial Muscles Could Transform the Lives of Some Military Veteranshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-artificial-muscles-could-transform-lives-some-military-veterans-180961173/From pig muscle, scientists are developing an organic material that may help heal volumetric muscle lossTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-book-clarifies-butters-spread-and-chronicles-its-wars-margarine-180961165/The story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Why Should Humans Care if We're Entering the Sixth Mass Extinction?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-should-humans-care-if-were-sixth-mass-extinction-180961168/In this episode of Generation Anthropocene, learn what a new era of extinction means for diverse species—including our ownMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:30:00 +0000Stunning Slo-Mo Footage of Hummingbirds Hovering in Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/stunning-slo-mo-footage-of-hummingbirds-hovering/The hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000