Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth’s Magnetic Field Is at Least Four Billion Years Oldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-magnetic-field-least-four-billion-years-old-180956114/Tiny grains of Australian zircon hold evidence that our magnetic shielding was active very soon after the planet formedThu, 30 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000How Flowers Changed the World, From Ecosystems to Art Gallerieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-flowers-changed-world-ecosystems-art-galleries-180956110/A new book by entomologist Stephen Buchmann explores the beautiful and sometimes bizarre history of flowering plantsThu, 30 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tour the World’s First Nuclear Power Planthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/tour-worlds-first-nuclear-power-plant-idaho-180956006/The historic site in a remote desert is now a museum where visitors can see the instruments that made nuclear historyWed, 29 Jul 2015 16:48:17 +0000Scientists Find a Natural Way to Clean Up Oil Spills, With a Plant-Based Moleculehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-find-natural-way-to-clean-up-oil-spills-with-plant-based-molecule-180955815/Researchers at the City College of New York are testing a spray made of phytol, a molecule in chlorophyll, on oil in lab wave poolsWed, 29 Jul 2015 12:00:00 +0000Hamsters Are Optimists When They Live in Comfy Cages http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hamsters-are-optimists-when-they-live-comfy-cages-180956095/Pet hamsters that enjoy habitats full of toys and fluffy bedding make more upbeat decisions than those in stark enclosuresTue, 28 Jul 2015 23:01:00 +0000Top Five Myths About Human Kidneyshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-myths-about-human-kidneys-180956088/From limiting alcohol consumption to detoxing, many misconceptions circulate about how to keep your kidneys healthyTue, 28 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000New Jamestown Discovery Reveals the Identities of Four Prominent Settlers http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-archaeological-research-jamestown-reveals-identities-four-prominent-settlers-discovery-180956028/The findings by Smithsonian scientists dig up the dynamics of daily life in the first permanent British settlement in the coloniesTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:30:00 +0000How Elephants and Songbirds Are Helping Humans Communicatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-elephants-and-songbirds-are-helping-humans-communicate-180956086/In this Generation Anthropocene podcast, social animals show scientists how to trace our evolution and improve interactionsTue, 28 Jul 2015 15:20:38 +0000Living Cells Armed With Tiny Lasers May Help Fight Diseasehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/living-cells-armed-tiny-lasers-may-help-fight-disease-180956067/The biological light sources may one day help researchers see deeper into the body's microscopic workingsMon, 27 Jul 2015 15:15:46 +0000Being Neurotic Makes It Harder for You to Remember Thingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/being-neurotic-makes-it-harder-you-remember-things-180956058/Brain scans suggest that certain personality types are wired to have better memoriesFri, 24 Jul 2015 19:23:20 +00001,500-Year-Old Text Has Been Digitally Resurrected From a Hebrew Scrollhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/1500-year-old-text-has-been-digitally-resurrected-burned-hebrew-scroll-180956031/Special software helped reveal the words on a burned scroll found inside a holy ark near the Dead SeaFri, 24 Jul 2015 13:03:38 +0000America's Road Trip: Route 66's Most Fascinating Museums http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-road-trip-route-66s-most-fascinating-museums-180955760/Take a drive on Route 66 and encounter the wonders of the roadFri, 24 Jul 2015 12:14:10 +0000Can Sound Explain a 350-Year-Old Clock Mystery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-sound-explian-350-year-old-clock-mystery-180956022/Lab experiments suggest that a strange synchronization of pendulum clocks observed in the 1600s can be chalked up to acoustic energyThu, 23 Jul 2015 17:21:20 +0000An Astronomer's Paradise, Chile May Be the Best Place on Earth to Enjoy a Starry Skyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/star-trekking-chile-astronomy-180955798/Chile's northern coast offers an ideal star-gazing environment with its lack of precipitation, clear skies and low-to-zero light pollutionThu, 23 Jul 2015 00:04:26 +0000Boa Constrictors Kill By Stopping Blood Circulation http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/boa-constrictors-kill-stopping-blood-circulation-180956010/The popular belief that boas and other constricting snakes deal death by suffocation seems to be a flawed assumption Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:00 +0000Over a Quarter-Million Vietnam War Veterans Still Have PTSDhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/over-quarter-million-vietnam-war-veterans-still-have-ptsd-180955997/Forty years after the war's end, twice as many vets with combat-related PTSD are getting worse as those who are improvingWed, 22 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Will We Feed 9 Billion People on Earth of the Future?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-will-we-feed-9-billion-people-earth-future-180955998/This week's Generation Anthropocene reveals how seeds on ice and poisonous tubers may offer hope for food securityWed, 22 Jul 2015 14:36:56 +0000A DNA Search for the First Americans Links Amazon Groups to Indigenous Australianshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-search-first-americans-links-amazon-indigenous-australians-180955976/The new genetic analysis takes aim at the theory that just one founding group settled the AmericasTue, 21 Jul 2015 17:22:11 +0000Recession, Not Fracking, Drove a Drop in U.S. Carbon Emissionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/recession-not-fracking-drove-drop-us-carbon-emissions-180955972/The switch from coal to natural gas played only a small role in the recent carbon dioxide declineTue, 21 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Scientists Connect Monkey Brains and Boost Their Thinking Powerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/scientists-connect-monkey-brains-and-boost-their-thinking-power-180955963/Researchers at Duke University have enhanced the mind power of monkeys and rats by linking their brains togetherMon, 20 Jul 2015 19:34:25 +0000Linking Multiple Minds Could Help Damaged Brains Healhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/linking-multiple-minds-could-help-damaged-brains-heal-180955965/Monkeys and rats hooked up as "brainets" may lead to innovative treatments for Parkinson's, paralysis and moreMon, 20 Jul 2015 13:54:02 +0000Smithsonian Takes a Giant Step with Its First Kickstarter Campaign to Fund the Conservation of Neil Armstrong's Spacesuithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-takes-giant-step-its-first-kickstarter-campaign-fund-conservation-neil-armstrongs-spacesuit-180955964/On the 46th anniversary of the historic moonwalk, the spacesuit that made it possible is headed to the conservation lab Mon, 20 Jul 2015 13:21:02 +0000These Pictures Give a Rare Glimpse Into the Heart of the Pluto Flybyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-pictures-give-rare-glimpse-heart-pluto-flyby-180955950/Spanning the full 9.5 years of the mission to date, the images by Michael Soluri capture the people behind the epic close encounterFri, 17 Jul 2015 18:13:35 +0000Human Sex Chromosomes Are Sloppy DNA Swappershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/human-sex-chromosomes-are-sloppy-dna-swappers-180955946/The genetic bundles that code for males and females can get a little messy when they trade pieces during cell divisionFri, 17 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Us a Righty or a Lefty?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-us-righty-or-lefty-180955922/Scientists are interested in studying why some of us are non-right-handers because it might offer insight into how the brain developsThu, 16 Jul 2015 18:00:22 +0000Behold, the First Closeup Pictures From the Pluto Flyby Are Herehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/behold-first-closeup-pictures-pluto-flyby-are-here-180955934/From fresh-faced moons to ice mountains, these are the visual surprises that hit the ground the day after the Pluto flybyWed, 15 Jul 2015 20:37:32 +0000Where Will the New Horizons Probe Go After Pluto?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/where-will-new-horizons-probe-go-after-pluto-180955929/The historic flyby may be over, but the spacecraft should still go on to study even smaller bodies on its path through the Kuiper beltWed, 15 Jul 2015 15:00:33 +0000The New Horizons Probe Has Made Its Closest Approach to Plutohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-horizons-probe-has-made-its-closest-approach-pluto-180955918/Mission scientists have received the confirmation signal that the pre-programmed event went as planned and the craft is healthyWed, 15 Jul 2015 02:35:36 +0000The EPA Has a New Tool For Mapping Where Pollution and Poverty Intersecthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/epa-has-new-tool-mapping-where-pollution-poverty-intersect-180955663/To better target its efforts, the agency is identifying problem areas, where people are facing undue environmental risksTue, 14 Jul 2015 16:47:51 +0000How Can We Keep Track of Earth's Invisible Water?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-can-we-keep-track-earths-invisible-water-180955914/This week's episode of Generation Anthropocene goes on a deep dive into some of the planet's more mysterious water sourcesTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Wildfires Are Happening More Often and in More Placeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/wildfires-are-happening-more-often-and-more-places-180955917/Average fire season length has increased by nearly a fifth in the last 35 years, and the area impacted has doubledTue, 14 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000What Killed the Dinosaurs in Utah's Giant Jurassic Death Pit? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-killed-dinosaurs-utahs-giant-jurassic-death-pit-180955878/Paleontologists are gathering evidence that may help crack the 148-million-year-old mystery, including signs of poisoned predatorsFri, 10 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000These Scientists Hope to Have Half the World's Plant Families on Ice By the End of Summer http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-scientists-hope-have-half-worlds-plant-families-on-ice-by-end-summer-180955867/Teaming up with botanical gardens, researchers at the Natural History Museum are digging deep into garden plant genomicsThu, 09 Jul 2015 19:37:27 +0000A New Photo Exhibition Depicts Just How Dramatic Mother Earth Can Behttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/new-exhibition-depicts-just-how-dramatic-mother-earth-can-be-180955866/Iceland, the land of fire and ice, brings vivid focus to the raw power of a geophysically active EarthThu, 09 Jul 2015 18:22:31 +0000Bumblebees Are Getting Squeezed by Climate Changehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bumblebees-getting-squeezed-climate-change-180955863/Across North America and Europe, the insects are just not keeping up with shifting temperatures Thu, 09 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Pluto Probe Finds Surprises Ahead of Its Close Encounterhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pluto-probe-finds-surprises-ahead-new-horizons-close-encounter-180955864/From dark poles to weird "whales", New Horizons is giving us a taste of the historic science we can expect from its visit to PlutoWed, 08 Jul 2015 21:25:20 +0000Sixth-Century Misery Tied to Not One, But Two, Volcanic Eruptionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sixth-century-misery-tied-not-one-two-volcanic-eruptions-180955858/The ancient event is just one among hundreds of times volcanoes have affected climate over the past 2,500 yearsWed, 08 Jul 2015 17:00:00 +0000These Two Scientists Turned Data From the Sun Into a Work of Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-two-scientists-turned-data-sun-into-work-art-180955824/After collecting real-time data from the sun, two astrophysicists got to tinkering with video game components and the outcome is breathtakingWed, 08 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000How Geography Shaped Societies, From Neanderthals to iPhoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-geography-shaped-societies-neanderthals-iphones-180955837/This weeks' episode of Generation Anthropocene discusses efforts to quantify social development and the cultural retention of the NavajoTue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Twenty of the West's Leading Water Managers Raft Colorado's Yampa Riverhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/twenty-wests-leading-water-managers-raft-colorados-yampa-river-180955618/In a historic drought, a group of decision makers take to the water to discuss the future of riversMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:42:19 +0000How Bacteria Make This Underground, Awe-Inspiring Cave Shine Goldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-bacteria-make-underground-cave-shine-gold-and-why-nasa-wants-study-them-180955670/These underground tubes at Lava Beds National Monument include sparkling gold ceilings that even NASA wants to studyMon, 06 Jul 2015 18:59:09 +0000The Top Five Conversations About Earth in the Age of Humanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/top-five-conversations-about-earth-age-humans-180955822/The Generation Anthropocene podcast brings you stories from the front lines of Earth science, history and philosophyMon, 06 Jul 2015 15:00:00 +0000Why Seahorses Have Square Tailshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-seahorses-have-square-tails-180955802/Engineers show that the animals' prism-like tails are mechanically superior to cylindrical onesThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Shootings and Mass Murders Seem to Be Contagioushttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/shootings-and-mass-murders-seem-be-contagious-180955804/Data spanning decades shows how high-profile events can cause outbreaks of similar killings that mirror the spread of diseaseThu, 02 Jul 2015 18:00:00 +0000Can Science Help People Unlearn Their Unconscious Biases?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-science-help-people-unlearn-their-unconscious-biases-180955789/Social events, sleep training and even meditation may offer ways for people to erase biases they probably didn't know they heldThu, 02 Jul 2015 17:10:36 +0000The Great Moon Hoax Was Simply a Sign of Its Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/great-moon-hoax-was-simply-sign-its-time-180955761/Scientific discoveries and faraway voyages inspired fantastic tales—and a new Smithsonian exhibitionThu, 02 Jul 2015 14:33:53 +0000How a Transparent Fish May Help Decode the Brainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/How-transparent-fish-may-help-decode-brain-180955734/An outspoken Harvard neuroscientist is tackling the wondrous challenge of understanding the workings of the brainWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:03:29 +0000A Deep Dive Into the Skeleton of the Oldest-Known Modern Birdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deep-dive-skeleton-oldest-known-modern-bird-180955738/A fossil found in China may offer new clues about avian evolutionWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000What Did Insects Evolve From And More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/what-did-insects-evolve-from-more-questions-from-readers-180955758/You asked, we answeredWed, 01 Jul 2015 16:00:00 +0000Captivating Long-Exposure Photos of New Zealand’s Glowworm Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/captivating-long-exposure-photos-new-zealands-glowworm-caves-180955776/These new shots show the otherworldly magic created by a carnivorous fungus gnatWed, 01 Jul 2015 15:37:21 +000014 Fun Facts About Marine Bristle Worms http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-marine-bristle-worms-180955773/In honor of the first ever International Polychaete Day, learn about the bristly worms that are everywhere in the oceanWed, 01 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000To Stop Mosquito Bites, Silence Your Skin's Bacteriahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stop-mosquito-bites-silence-your-skins-bacteria-180955772/Texas scientists tricked mosquitoes into skipping a blood meal by modifying the way bacteria talk to each otherTue, 30 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000Here's How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Foodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/heres-how-us-groundwater-travels-globe-food-180955752/Major aquifers are being drained for agricultural use, which means the water moves around in some surprising waysMon, 29 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Warming and Overfishing Sent Seabirds Flocking to Californiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/warming-and-overfishing-have-seabirds-flocking-california-mexico-180955715/Mexico's elegant terns have begun nesting farther north in years when their traditional food is scarceFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Heart Line or Life Line: Can You Tell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/heart-line-or-life-line-can-you-tell/We all know the heart and life lines are two of the most important measures of palmistry. But can you tell which is which?Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:07:06 +0000Seven Surprises From the First Flybys of Each Planet in the Solar Systemhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/seven-surprises-first-flybys-each-planet-pluto-new-horizons-180955713/As the New Horizons probe approaches Pluto, find out what wonders were uncovered by the first spacecraft to zip past other worldsFri, 26 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000"Combing" Through Light May Give Us Faster, More Powerful Internethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/combing-through-light-may-give-us-faster-more-powerful-internet-180955705/A lab experiment used a device called a frequency comb to send fiber optic data a record-breaking distance with no signal lossThu, 25 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Does Rain Have A Distinctive Smell?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-why-does-rain-have-distinctive-smell-180955685/Summertime humidity—and our own memories—help create the conditions for how we perceive the sharp, fresh odor of a rain stormThu, 25 Jun 2015 15:21:26 +0000This 5,300 Year-Old Corpse Was Found by Accidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/science/this-5300-year-old-corpse-was-found-by-acci/Hikers Erika and Helmut Simon stumbled upon a frozen body deep in the Ötztal Alps, little did they know it belonged to one of the oldest preserved corpsesWed, 24 Jun 2015 20:05:19 +0000This Ancient Creature Shows How the Turtle Got Its Shellhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-creature-shows-how-turtle-got-its-shell-180955688/The 240-million-year-old "grandfather turtle" may be part of the evolutionary bridge between lizards and shelled reptiles Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +000014 Fun Facts About the Animals of "Jurassic World"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/14-fun-facts-about-animals-jurassic-world-180955671/While the lead predator of the film might be a genetically modified fiction, these real fossil species were just as amazing and bizarreTue, 23 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000People Get Seasonal Depression in the Summer, Toohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/people-get-seasonal-depression-summer-too-180955673/Millions suffer from SAD in summer as well as winter, and evidence hints that birth season plays a role in who develops the disorderMon, 22 Jun 2015 20:00:33 +0000Why Taxidermy Is Being Revived for the 21st Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-taxidermy-being-revived-21st-century-180955644/A new generation of young practitioners is leading a resurgence in this centuries-old craftFri, 19 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000Maker’s Week at the Zoo is Business as Usualhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/makers-week-zoo-business-usual-180955639/When the right product doesn't exist for a fish ultrasound or other procedure, scientists build it themselvesThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:35:25 +0000Where Do Important Ivory Artifacts Fit in the Race to Save Elephants from Poaching?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/where-do-important-ivory-artifacts-fit-race-save-elephants-poaching-180955636/The fight against poaching and trafficking came to a head in Times Square last week with the destruction of a one-ton cache of illegal ivoryThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:12:55 +0000DNA and Databases Help Untangle the Web of the Illegal Wildlife Tradehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dna-databases-untangle-web-illegal-wildlife-trade-180955634/Two new data-driven approaches help identify key hotspots for poaching and traffickingThu, 18 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Genome Analysis Links Kennewick Man to Native Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/genome-analysis-links-kennewick-man-native-americans-180955638/Ancient DNA sequenced from the skeleton adds to the controversy over the individual's ancestryThu, 18 Jun 2015 17:21:19 +0000Kangaroos Are Lefties, and That Can Teach Us About Human Handednesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/kangaroos-are-lefties-and-can-teach-us-about-human-handedness-180955630/The discovery strengthens the case that upright posture drove the evolution of dominant hands in humansThu, 18 Jun 2015 16:36:11 +000011 Reasons to Love Bacteria, Fungi and Sporeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/11-reasons-love-bacteria-fungi-and-spores-180955627/From medicines to jet fuel, we have so many reasons to celebrate the microbes we live with every dayThu, 18 Jun 2015 14:00:00 +0000The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpackshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hottest-new-accessory-songbirds-tiny-gps-enabled-backpacks-180955625/Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center test a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrationsThu, 18 Jun 2015 12:54:57 +0000Eight New Things Science Says About Being a Dadhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eight-new-things-science-says-about-being-dad-180955616/They're still not very good at cooing to toddlers, and their testosterone levels start to drop even before a baby is bornThu, 18 Jun 2015 10:20:18 +0000Six Ways the Civil War Changed American Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-civil-war-changed-american-medicine-180955626/150 years ago, the historic conflict forced doctors to get creative and to reframe the way they thought about medicineWed, 17 Jun 2015 21:00:00 +0000Protecting Land in Brazil Reduces Malaria and Other Diseaseshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/protecting-land-brazil-reduces-malaria-and-other-diseases-180955604/Areas under strict protection see the most benefit in shielding people from illness and infectionMon, 15 Jun 2015 19:00:00 +0000Hey Scientist, Who Are You Mentoring this Summer?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hey-scientist-who-are-you-mentoring-summer-180955593/The director of education at the National Museum of Natural History delivers a clarion call to all scientists: Be a Mentor. Raise Up the Next GenerationMon, 15 Jun 2015 12:39:06 +0000Hovering Hawkmoths Slow Down Their Brains to See in the Darkhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hovering-hawkmoths-slow-down-their-brains-see-dark-180955567/The insects’ night vision appears to be finely tuned to the movement of their flower food sourcesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Earth's Oxygen Levels Can Affect Its Climatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earths-oxygen-levels-can-affect-its-climate-180955572/Models of past eras show that oxygen can influence global temperature and humidity as its concentration changesThu, 11 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: What Makes Skunk Spray Smell So Terrible?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ask-smithsonian-what-makes-skunk-spray-smell-so-terrible-180955553/When the omnivorous cat-size mammals take aim, the malodorous spray can hit with pin-point accuracy up to 20 feet awayThu, 11 Jun 2015 15:12:06 +0000A "Mangrove Forest" of Magnetism May Help Heat the Sun's Corona http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mangrove-forest-magnetism-may-heat-suns-corona-180955556/New simulations might explain why the sun's atmosphere is bizarrely millions of degrees hotter than its surfaceWed, 10 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Six Ways to See Bioluminescence in the World's Oceanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/six-ways-see-bioluminescence-worlds-oceans-180955541/From shimmering squid in Japan to illuminated clams in France, here are some of the top spots for basking in nature's glowTue, 09 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Dinosaur Soft Tissue Recovered From Eight Cretaceous-Era Fossilshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/dinosaur-soft-tissue-recovered-eight-cretaceous-era-fossils-180955538/New sampling methods yielded cells and fibers from relatively ordinary fossils, broadening the possibilities for paleontologyTue, 09 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Support for the Death Penalty May Be Linked to Belief in Pure Evilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/support-death-penalty-may-be-linked-belief-pure-evil-180955535/People who think evil exists in the world are more likely to demonize criminals, regardless of their character traitsTue, 09 Jun 2015 14:30:00 +0000A Flexible Circuit Has Been Injected Into Living Brainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/flexible-circuit-has-been-injected-living-brains-180955525/Tested on mice, the rolled mesh fits inside a syringe and unfurls to monitor brain activityMon, 08 Jun 2015 15:00:00 +0000Does Dieting Actually Make Your Stomach Shrink?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/does-dieting-actually-make-your-stomach-shrink-180955521/Not exactly, says science—stretchiness and psychology seem to play bigger roles than size in determining how much a person can eatMon, 08 Jun 2015 14:03:41 +0000The New Shanghai Natural History Museum is Ancient, Modern and Uniquely Chinesehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shanghai-natural-history-museum-and-new-age-museums-180955392/The nautilus-shaped building draws on Chinese traditions and 21st century design to house amazing specimens found nowhere elseMon, 08 Jun 2015 12:43:40 +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 summerFri, 05 Jun 2015 11:00:00 +0000There Is No Global Warming Hiatus After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/there-no-global-warming-hiatus-after-all-180955501/Improved data and better analysis methods find no slowdown in the pace of global temperature rise, NOAA scientists reportThu, 04 Jun 2015 18:00:00 +0000The 'Hellboy' Dinosaur, a New Cousin of Triceratops, Is Fossil Royaltyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hellboy-dinosaur-new-cousin-triceratops-fossil-royalty-180955496/The horned dinosaur wears a built-in crown and offers evidence of many more undiscovered species in North AmericaThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Mouse Noses Can Bypass the Brain to Make Females Blind to Maleshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/mouse-noses-can-bypass-brain-make-females-blind-males-180955500/Hormones direct the nose to signal when potential mates are about—and when to erase their scentThu, 04 Jun 2015 16:00:00 +0000Weird Orbital Behaviors Offer Clues to the Origins of Pluto's Moonshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/weird-orbital-behaviors-offer-clues-origins-plutos-moons-180955490/Solving the mystery of these satellites could help astronomers understand "Tatooine" exoplanets that orbit binary starsWed, 03 Jun 2015 17:00:00 +0000Discover a Fossil Jackpot Off the Las Vegas Striphttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/discover-fossil-jackpot-las-vegas-strip-tule-springs-ice-age-180955475/Remains of mammoths, camels and other beasts of the Ice Age tempt visitors out of Sin City and into Tule Springs National MonumentTue, 02 Jun 2015 13:00:00 +0000