Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000Top Three Results From a 115-Year-Old Citizen Science Project Audubon Christmas Bird Count is touted as the world's longest running citizen science project—so what has it taught us?Fri, 19 Dec 2014 18:11:31 +0000How to Give the Best Gifts, According to Science are unwrapping the science behind gift giving, from the value of simplicity to the quality of the bow on topFri, 19 Dec 2014 17:00:57 +0000Meet William Harvey, a Misunderstood Genius in Human Anatomy new video from the World Science Festival tells the story of this medical pioneerFri, 19 Dec 2014 15:58:32 +0000Ancient Roman Water Networks Made the Empire Vulnerable model of ancient water movement shows how trade practices might affect today's urban centers as the climate changesFri, 19 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Europe Is a Great Place to Be a Large Meat-Eater a rare success story for wildlife, bears, lynx, wolverine and wolves are increasing in numbers across the continent Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Colorado River Delta Turned Green After a Historic Water Pulse experimental flow briefly restored the ancient waterway and may have created new habitat for birdsThu, 18 Dec 2014 14:53:52 +0000Evotourism: Great Places to Celebrate Evolution Around the Globe lemurs to Neanderthals, here's our latest guide so you can travel the globe to enjoy what Darwin famously called "endless forms most beautiful"Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:26:13 +0000How Australia Put Evolution on Darwin’s Mind famous naturalist’s revolutionary theory first took shape not in the Galápagos but in the primeval Blue MountainsWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Want to Excite Your Inner Dinosaur Fan? Pack Your Bags for Alberta’s badlands are the place to see fantastic dinosaur fossils (and kitsch)—and eye-opening new evidence about the eve of their fallWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000What Does “Happy New Year” Even Really Mean? engage in a strange debate about whether time really passesWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why the Leatherback Turtle Has a Skylight in its Head do animals with poor vision see in dark locales?Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Is String Theory About to Unravel? that the universe is made of strings has been elusive for 30 years, but the theory's mathematical insights continue to have an alluring pullWed, 17 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000NASA Can See Your Holiday Lights From Space can use holiday lights during Christmas and Rammadan as a proxy for overall energy use in urban areasWed, 17 Dec 2014 15:42:15 +0000The Top 12 Ocean Stories That Made Waves in 2014 seas served up some compelling headlines this year, from celebrity fashion to solving the mystery of the melting starfishWed, 17 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000Some of the Most Beautiful Things in Nature Come in the Tiniest of Packages winners of the 2014 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition capture a rat brain, the mouthparts of a vampire moth and other small wondersTue, 16 Dec 2014 20:12:27 +0000What We Can Learn by Digging Up the Secrets of Earth's Deep Carbon computers and subsurface life are just some of the topics being investigated by scientists in the Deep Carbon Observatory networkTue, 16 Dec 2014 15:09:04 +0000Ancient Earth Warmed Dramatically After a One-Two Carbon Punch period of intense warming 55 million years ago is an even better case study for modern climate change than previously suspectedMon, 15 Dec 2014 16:00:00 +0000The Dangers of Winter Darkness: Weak Bones, Depression and Heart Trouble periods without sunshine can play a role in a surprising variety of physical and mental disordersMon, 15 Dec 2014 15:18:59 +0000A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon as total cloud inversion, the weather phenomenon is quite rare—and spectacularFri, 12 Dec 2014 18:08:41 +0000What’s Your Surgeon’s Jam? Probably Classical or Soft Rock doctors make the case for playing music during an operationThu, 11 Dec 2014 23:30:00 +0000Bees and Wasps in Britain Have Been Disappearing For More Than a Century in agricultural practices since the 19th century may be a major culprit in the pollinators’ declineThu, 11 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Engineering Will Be Vital in a Changing Climate Secretary G. Wayne Clough offers personal insights on the realities of climate change and the best ways for society to adaptThu, 11 Dec 2014 17:00:02 +0000After 12/13/14, What Are the Next Fun Dates for Math Lovers? integers are a bit boring, anyhow. Here are some more exciting sequences to celebrate over the next 89 yearsThu, 11 Dec 2014 15:09:08 +0000The Ocean Contains Over Five Trillion Pieces of Plastic Weighing More than 250,000 Tons frightening figures represent the most robust estimate of marine plastic pollution calculated to date Wed, 10 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches may be method to the madness behind the outlandish designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patchesTue, 09 Dec 2014 17:00:00 +0000Medical Mistletoe: Can the Holiday Plant Really Fight Cancer? some countries, cancer patients take mistletoe injections to ease symptoms, but the exact effects of the extracts are still up for debateMon, 08 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000These Photos Capture a Decade of Change at Earth's Poles courting penguins to moody icebergs, photojournalist Camille Seaman shares her personal journey through polar habitatsFri, 05 Dec 2014 17:58:24 +0000The Hidden Underbelly of West Antarctica Is Melting currents are flowing under ice shelves, causing coastal losses that may let land-based glaciers slide into the seaThu, 04 Dec 2014 19:00:00 +0000Why Does Very Hot Water Sometimes Feel Cold? weird sensation known as paradoxical cold has scientists locked in a heated debateThu, 04 Dec 2014 18:05:33 +0000Zigzags on a Shell From Java Are the Oldest Human Engravings early human <em>Homo erectus</em> also made the oldest known shell tools half a million years agoWed, 03 Dec 2014 19:41:37 +0000What Can the Dinosaurs' Final Years Tell Us About the Biodiversity Crisis Today? ecosystems led to the demise of the dinosaurs. Today, plant and animal species are disappearing at exponential rates.Wed, 03 Dec 2014 16:29:00 +0000Geckos Have a Surprisingly Strong Death Grip toes remain firmly stuck in place even after the animal dies, implying that the lizards do not actively control their clinginessWed, 03 Dec 2014 00:01:00 +0000The Deadly Dilemma Facing Romania's Brown Bears the Carpathian Mountains, frustrated farmers and high-paying sport hunters are helping to set the highest bear hunting quotas yet allowedTue, 02 Dec 2014 14:00:00 +0000The Scientist Behind "Jurassic World", Jack Horner, Breaks Down the Movie's Thrilling Trailer spoke with the paleontologist, who was an adviser on the <em>Jurassic Park</em> movies, about the science behind the franchiseTue, 02 Dec 2014 13:59:47 +0000Five Practical Uses for "Spooky" Quantum Mechanics years after Bell's Theorem, tools that harness the weird properties of quantum mechanics are at work all around you Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:48:41 +0000The Best Gifts of 2014 for Science Geeks roundup of unique science gifts, from space dog lockets to mathematical bottle openersWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:40 +0000Best Gifts of 2014 for Nature Lovers editors, gardeners and scientists offer ideas to give the gifts that keep wildlife thrivingWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:00:01 +0000Shopping on Black Friday Makes You Feel Like a Well-Loved Warrior powerful cocktail of social bonding and competitive adventure will compel more than 95 million people to hit the stores on one dayWed, 26 Nov 2014 16:06:22 +0000An Electric Fence Wards Off Sharks Africa has begun testing a humane way to make its beaches saferTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:43:28 +0000Why Are You a Picky Eater? Blame Genes, Brains and Breast Milk complicated science behind picky eating is giving experts plenty of food for thoughtTue, 25 Nov 2014 16:27:11 +0000The Physics of Whisky’s Aesthetically Pleasing Residue photographer teamed up with scientists to figure out the fluid dynamics behind patterns left in whisky glasses Mon, 24 Nov 2014 20:29:41 +0000Chinese Chickens May Have Been Domesticated 10,000 Years Ago found in ancient farming sites are lending insight into the origins of our favorite fowlMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Humans Are Becoming City-Dwelling "Metro Sapiens" achieve sustainability, the human species needs to embrace its urban side, argues public health researcher Jason VargoMon, 24 Nov 2014 17:59:54 +0000With An Eye To Mars, NASA is Testing its Astronaut Twins and Mark Kelly, the only twins to have traveled in space, are embarking on a mission to help NASA prepare for MarsFri, 21 Nov 2014 19:27:08 +0000Are Megacities Friend or Foe in the Fight Against Climate Change? the people who call them home, cities have the potential for good and bad when it comes to adapting to a warming worldFri, 21 Nov 2014 11:00:00 +0000No, “Bath Salts” Won’t Turn You Into a Cannibal now we have a better idea what the latest generation of the drugs is really doing to your brain Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:34:09 +0000Why Do Humans Have Thumbs?’s a never-ending stream of theories about Homo sapiens’ most important digit Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000A New Canal Through Central America Could Have Devastating Consequences ramifications of the proposed route have environmentalists worried, and for good reasonThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000These Intense Photos of Lion-Tailed Macaques Will Turn You Into a Conservationist few thousand macaques still exist in the wild—but for how much longer?Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand Dune Swallowed a Boy a boy suddenly disappeared into a sand dune, a scientist embarked on a quest to find out where he wentThu, 20 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Meet the Tiny Killer Causing Millions of Sea Stars to Waste Away deadly sea star wasting disease, which turns live animals into slimy goop, is caused by a previously unknown virus Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Drop This Capsule Into a Stream and It Will Screen For Pollution have developed a sensor (no batteries required) that creates a barcode indicating the amount of pollutants and their whereabouts in waterMon, 17 Nov 2014 15:26:23 +0000How a Misdrawn Map Put 1,400 Chimps and a Rare Plant in Peril and farmers are moving into a protected forest in Congo thanks in part to an administrative blooperFri, 14 Nov 2014 19:12:21 +0000A Third of Natural World Heritage Sites Are in Danger the Florida Everglades to Africa's first national park, many crucial protected areas are in serious troubleFri, 14 Nov 2014 15:27:13 +0000Why Some Mammals Kill Babies of Their Own Kind mammals that commit infanticide developed the behavior in response to their species' mating styleThu, 13 Nov 2014 19:06:10 +0000The Everyday Cannibals and Murderers of Los Angeles needs film noir when you’ve got these insects in the City of Angels?Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:52:04 +0000What the Heck Are Wallabies Doing in Ireland? spotted in Australia, the marsupial species is thriving on a remote island off the Irish coastWed, 12 Nov 2014 17:27:06 +0000Tracking Frackers From the Sky scientists eyeing Pennsylvania's natural gas drillers in aerial images may help determine if there is a link between fracking and certain illnessesMon, 10 Nov 2014 22:20:16 +0000Ice Age Babies Surrounded by Weapon Parts Found in Alaska at an ancient hunting camp in Alaska, the infant remains are offering clues to the burial rites of early AmericansMon, 10 Nov 2014 20:00:00 +0000Ocean Dead Zones Are Getting Worse Globally Due to Climate Change waters and other factors will cause nearly all areas of low oxygen to grow by the end of the centuryMon, 10 Nov 2014 16:21:52 +0000Would Astronauts Survive an Interstellar Trip Through a Wormhole?, it depends on your definition of "wormhole" … Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:31:30 +0000Why "Interstellar" Belongs in the Pantheon of the Best "Realistic" Science Fiction Films film follows a well-trodden path, says Smithsonian space historian Cathleen Lewis, who gives it a thumbs up Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:32:17 +0000On Summer Nights, Some Bats Like to Jam free-tailed bats “jam” each others’ echolocation calls to discombobulate competitors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 19:00:00 +0000Bill Nye on the Risks of Not Debating With Creationists Nye the Science Guy has a book out on evolution. Here’s what he has to sayThu, 06 Nov 2014 14:40:18 +0000Big Moon Jelly Blooms Tied to New Dock Construction floating pier installed off Japan led to a four-fold increase in baby jellies, offering a solid link between structures and bloomsWed, 05 Nov 2014 16:26:09 +0000Small Islands May Make Tsunami Danger Worse offshore islands usually protect coasts, simulations suggest they may amplify monster waves reaching the mainlandWed, 05 Nov 2014 00:01:00 +0000Past Transit Tragedies Point to a Way Forward for Virgin Galactic a fatal Apollo fire to the sinking of the <em>Titanic</em>, history has a few lessons following last week’s spaceflight disastersTue, 04 Nov 2014 16:03:08 +0000This Bird’s Songs Share Mathematical Hallmarks With Human Music hermit thrush prefers to sing in harmonic series, a fundamental component of human musicMon, 03 Nov 2014 20:35:28 +0000How Witches' Brews Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market nausea, headaches or heart trouble? You can thank medieval witches’ potions for helping to cure what ails youFri, 31 Oct 2014 15:06:46 +0000What “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Tells Us About Contagion, Fear and Epidemics Irving fled New York because of a yellow fever epidemic. Twenty-two years later, his classic story spoke to the chaos of his youthThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:31:41 +0000Seven Vampires That Aren’t Bats (Or Bela Lugosi) flying frogs to deep-sea squid, meet some of the other nosferatu of the animal kingdomThu, 30 Oct 2014 15:11:10 +0000New Leopard Frog Found in New York City unique species, discovered near the Statue of Liberty, is the first amphibian found in the region in 150 years Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000What's So Important About the Bottom of a Cargo Ship? A Smithsonian Dive Team Explains photographer Laurie Penland details the exhausting, but rewarding, work of scraping invasive species off the hull of a boatWed, 29 Oct 2014 16:59:24 +0000Earth’s Soil Is Getting Too Salty for Crops to Grow of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is causing $27.3 billion annually in lost cropsTue, 28 Oct 2014 04:15:00 +0000Five “Real” Sea Monsters Brought to Life by Early Naturalists kraken to mermaids, some monsters are real—if you know how to look for themMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:44:36 +0000Ten Species That Are Evolving Due to the Changing Climate tropical corals to tawny owls, some species are already being pushed to evolve—but adaptation doesn’t guarantee survivalFri, 24 Oct 2014 15:23:06 +0000The Best Places in America to See Fall Bird Migrations across the country, birds are making the trek south for the winter—here are some of the best places to witness their journeyThu, 23 Oct 2014 13:22:33 +0000Chimps Caught in First Known Nighttime Crop Raids“The nightlife of chimpanzees has been neglected,” say researchers who filmed wild animals using a fallen tree as a bridge into protected cornfieldsWed, 22 Oct 2014 18:00:00 +0000Ten Years On, the Flores “Hobbit” Remains an Evolutionary Puzzle was the 2004 unveiling of a small hominin dubbed <em>Homo floresiensis</em> such a big deal?Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:00:00 +0000An Insider's Biography of a Celebrity Mars Rover chief engineer for Curiosity offers a peek at the NASA rover’s tumultuous rise to stardom in a new tell-all bookTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:36:11 +0000Why the Alpaca Has No Humps camel cousin evolved fluff instead of fat because it was able to linger in an evolutionary slow lane, suggest newly sequenced genomesTue, 21 Oct 2014 15:00:00 +0000Exclusive: The Chimpanzees of Gombe National Park Make Their Street View Debut its latest collection, Google traveled to the African rainforest where Jane Goodall pioneered her groundbreaking chimp researchTue, 21 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000