Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenFri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000How We Created a Monster In the American Southwest salt cedar is often seen as an un-killable invader. But are humans the real reason this unwanted plant is thriving?Fri, 09 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Back to Africa: Ancient Human Genome Reveals Widespread Eurasian Mix from a 4,500-year-old skeleton from Ethiopia show how migrations shaped modern populationsThu, 08 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000How the U.S. Army Saved Our National Parks the National Park Service, Yellowstone was guarded by the cavalry. Without them, we might not have national parks todayThu, 08 Oct 2015 14:36:23 +0000See the Two Ship Graveyards That May Become New Marine Sanctuaries first marine sanctuaries approved by NOAA in 15 years are home to a plethora of shipwrecksThu, 08 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Greenland's Butterflies Are Shrinking as Temperatures Rise the high Arctic, hotter summer weather may be taxing insect metabolismTue, 06 Oct 2015 23:01:00 +0000How Waves Could Have Created the Loch Ness Monster Tom Davey test his hypothesis with a state-of-the-art wave poolTue, 06 Oct 2015 19:42:32 +0000The Race to Save the World's Great Trees By Cloning Them nonprofit dedicated to preserving old, iconic trees is cloning them in hopes of preserving them for the futureTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:30:00 +0000Walking Chimps Move in Surprisingly Similar Ways to Humans studies showing how chimpanzees walk upright could help scientists better understand the evolution of bipedalismTue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000You Do Not Want to Get Tased by This Eel electric eel generates electric shocks of up to 1,000 volts, 80 times the electric voltage of a car battery. Watch a caiman learn this the hard wayMon, 05 Oct 2015 19:41:47 +0000Space Rock Hunters Are About to Invade Antarctica with the ANSMET program will endure six weeks near the South Pole during an annual field trip to find meteoritesMon, 05 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000This Bird Didn’t Start the Fires, But It May Need Them to Survive endangered bird once threatened by humans now relies on us for its survivalMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000Even Desert Lizards Are Feeling the Heat Due to Climate Change Smithsonian scientists are probing the flat-tail horned lizard's DNA to save the rare speciesMon, 05 Oct 2015 15:00:00 +0000How Not to Win a Nobel Prize search through the Nobel archives shows how the history of the famous prize is filled with near misses and flukesMon, 05 Oct 2015 13:00:00 +0000Holograms Show That Puffy Clouds Have Sharp Edges laser-based imaging technique let scientists see what happens to water droplets at the borders of cumulus cloudsThu, 01 Oct 2015 18:00:00 +0000When T. Rex Meets Triceratops in the New Dino Hall, It Will Be a Violent Affair Natural History Museum's dinosaur display highlights the “red in tooth and claw” nature of the Cretaceous way of lifeThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000What's Beautiful? It Depends on What Your Eyes Have Already Beheld about beauty may be shaped just as much by past social interactions as by our genesThu, 01 Oct 2015 16:00:00 +0000You've Never Seen This Many Sharks in One Place year, thousands of sharks pour in to the waters around the Socorros for a coordinated summer of feeding, and none of the other species are safeThu, 01 Oct 2015 14:08:18 +0000Mummies May Have Been Scattered Across Bronze Age Britain analysis hints that, intentional or not, mummification may have been more common than previously thoughtThu, 01 Oct 2015 00:00:00 +0000Scientists Are Recording 24-Hour Soundtracks of Rainforests bioacoustic data gives Nature Conservancy researchers clues about the health of an ecosystemWed, 30 Sep 2015 17:16:34 +0000Mother Wallabies Are Delaying Births Due to Bright Lights exposed to artificial light had their babies a month later than those that spent nights solely lit by the stars and moonTue, 29 Sep 2015 23:01:00 +0000Antikythera Shipwreck Yields New Cache of Ancient Treasures have recovered more than 50 artifacts from the site, including a bronze armrest that was possibly part of a throneTue, 29 Sep 2015 16:32:44 +0000The Photos of the Rare Supermoon/Lunar Eclipse Convergence Do Not Disappoint in the majesty of the unusual astrophysical event with these photos captured around the worldMon, 28 Sep 2015 22:04:32 +0000Millions of Americans Are Getting Lost in Translation During Hospital Visits due to language barriers is a growing health care issue, and technologies to aid interpretation are racing to keep upMon, 28 Sep 2015 16:06:56 +0000The Secret of "The Martian" Success? Scientific Peer Review Weir's tale of a stranded astronaut got its start as a blog, complete with reader comments that helped shape the plotMon, 28 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Bioluminescent Algae Light Up London’s Merge Festival interactive art installation is part science, part fairytaleSat, 26 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000This Stunning Contemporary Art Captures Terror, Wonder and Wit in the Anthropocene art historian Joanna Marsh selects nine works that tell stories about life in the age of humansFri, 25 Sep 2015 17:30:46 +0000The Age of Humans: Living in the Anthropocene special look at the ways humans are transforming the planet and the projects that may shape a more sustainable futureFri, 25 Sep 2015 15:03:28 +0000A Guide to Buying Ethical Coffee to make sense of the beans that promote sustainable agriculture and humane worker rightsFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:48:58 +0000Pope Francis Is Just the Latest to Bridge the Gap Between Religion and Culture Smithsonian curator offers a primer to the complex role of the world’s religions in meeting the challenges of global climate changeFri, 25 Sep 2015 13:30:00 +0000Bee Tongues Are Getting Shorter as Temperatures Warm Colorado, alpine bumblebee tongues are shrinking in response to shifting wildflower populationsThu, 24 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Americans Are Eating Later, and That May Contribute to Weight Troubles bodies didn't evolve to handle midnight pizzasThu, 24 Sep 2015 16:14:09 +0000Wine Gets Some of Its Unique Flavors From Regional Microbes genetic differences in a single species of yeast produce distinct mixes of chemicals that contribute to terroirThu, 24 Sep 2015 13:00:00 +0000See Where Climate Science Conflict Has Invaded U.S. Classrooms politicians are introducing bills that promote teaching climate science as controversialWed, 23 Sep 2015 14:30:44 +0000This Bee Works 50 Times Harder Than the Honey Bee blue orchard bees to pollinate crops is an idea with a lot of promise. For one thing, they visit 50 times more flowers than honey beesTue, 22 Sep 2015 17:33:45 +0000Creating an Equation for Cities May Solve Ecological Conundrums this Generation Anthropocene podcast, scientists explore the ways urbanization might lead to a greener futureTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:30:00 +0000Electric Fishing Puts a Rare Dolphin-Human Partnership at Risk fishing practices are threatening traditional cooperation between humans and river dolphins in BurmaTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:02:26 +0000Rising Seas Threaten to Swallow These Ten Global Wonders change-induced increases in sea level are forcing archaeologists and communities to get creative and make tough callsTue, 22 Sep 2015 16:00:00 +0000How Powerful Is a Volcanic Eruption and More Questions From Our Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000Sebastião Salgado Has Seen the Forest, Now He's Seeing the Trees documented human suffering around the world. But now, back in his native Brazil, the renowned photographer is healing the devastated landscapeTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000PHOTOS: A Sanctuary for Wolves Washington State refuge presents an arresting lesson in survival and what it means to be wildTue, 22 Sep 2015 15:00:00 +0000You Produce a Microbial Cloud That Can Act Like an Invisible Fingerprint unique cloud follows you wherever you go—and could ID you in a crowdTue, 22 Sep 2015 11:00:00 +0000Six Ways Electrical Brain Stimulation Could Be Used in the Future are exploring how mild electrical shocks can treat, and perhaps even change, brainsMon, 21 Sep 2015 19:29:11 +0000Third-Graders in the Maldives Discover the Beauty Beneath Their Seas tourists have experienced the Maldives’ beauty. Most Maldivians haven’t, because they don’t know how to swimMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:08:35 +0000How India Is Teaching 300 Million Kids to Be Environmentalists an enormous undertaking, schoolchildren nationwide are learning about climate change and the environmentMon, 21 Sep 2015 16:00:57 +0000This Song Is Composed From 133 Years of Climate Change Data Crawford, a senior at the University of Minnesota, has written music for a string quartet that traces rising temperatures since the 1880sMon, 21 Sep 2015 14:31:49 +0000Turkey's 'Fairy Chimneys' Were Millions of Years in the Making built them, but humans made them their ownMon, 21 Sep 2015 12:50:00 +0000Here's Why Our Brains Trick Us Into Seeing Things brain is the most complex organ in the human body, but it can make mistakes while interpreting the world around usThu, 17 Sep 2015 19:13:23 +0000Horror Films for Apes Are Teaching Scientists About Long-Term Memory tracking during scary shows helped scientists reveal that great apes can access memories of single significant eventsThu, 17 Sep 2015 16:33:55 +0000Air Pollution Kills More Than 3 Million People Every Year particulates and ozone have been linked to deaths from heart disease, stroke and lung cancer around the globeWed, 16 Sep 2015 17:00:00 +0000Can Cypress Trees Help Suppress Wildfires? in Italy and Spain suspect that cypress tree barriers could diffuse forest firesWed, 16 Sep 2015 14:16:05 +0000Domestication Seems to Have Made Dogs a Bit Dim to their relationship with us, dogs are less adept at solving tricky puzzles than their wolf relatives Tue, 15 Sep 2015 23:01:00 +0000Are There Any Places on Earth Left Untouched by Noise Pollution? this Generation Anthropocene podcast, an acoustic ecologist tours the planet in search of pristine soundscapesTue, 15 Sep 2015 15:26:45 +0000Seven of the Most Extreme Milks in the Animal Kingdom lactation expert breaks down why rhinos, rabbits and even pigeons produce their own special blends for babiesMon, 14 Sep 2015 15:12:42 +0000What Makes a Fossil a Member of the Human Family Tree? surprising new species Homo naledi raises more questions than answers—for nowFri, 11 Sep 2015 16:46:55 +0000Dazzling Photos of Russia's First Annual Pyrotechnic Festival an international fireworks competition in Moscow, leading companies stretched far beyond pyrotechnics' ancient originsFri, 11 Sep 2015 14:53:06 +0000A Single Protein Is the Root of Dengue's Virulence researchers who found the culprit say it could be a clue in developing a vaccine for the mosquito-borne virusWed, 09 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000Why Warm Blood Is Better Than Cold Blood didn't used to be at the top of the food chain. See how one key adaptation gave them a leg up on their reptilian contemporariesTue, 08 Sep 2015 15:19:42 +0000Strange Rain: Why Fish, Frogs and Golf Balls Fall From the Skies precipitation doesn't just belong in myth and legend, and it's more common than you might thinkTue, 08 Sep 2015 14:01:19 +0000Hawks Act as Unwitting Muscle for Hummingbirds Arizona, hummingbirds seem to deliberately seek out bodyguard hawks to shield them from nest-robbing jaysFri, 04 Sep 2015 18:00:00 +0000"Hidden Brain" Podcast Will Make You Think Twice About Your Unconscious Mind the new NPR program, correspondent Shankar Vedantam connects rigorous science with people's everyday experiencesFri, 04 Sep 2015 16:51:01 +0000Winning Really Does Taste Sweet, Because Emotions Change Taste Perception study of hockey fans sampling ice cream may offer clues to the origins of emotional eating disordersThu, 03 Sep 2015 19:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: How Does Skin Heal? skin is an organ system that is unique to each individual, so not everyone heals the same wayThu, 03 Sep 2015 16:08:39 +0000Why Puerto Rico's Killer Bees Stopped Killing their arrival in Puerto Rico, killer bees caused one human death a year. But something strange began to happen...they became gentlerThu, 03 Sep 2015 03:05:08 +0000Baby’s Cells Can Manipulate Mom’s Body for Decades evolutionary approach may help scientists understand why mothers become genetic chimeras and how that affects their healthWed, 02 Sep 2015 19:10:15 +0000What the Evolution of Fire Can Teach Us About Climate Change Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at the history of fire and the ways the world changed once humans harnessed its powerWed, 02 Sep 2015 14:38:41 +0000Panda Cub Is Growing Cuter and a Little More Black and White (Video) National Zoo releases another video of the ten-day-old cubTue, 01 Sep 2015 22:05:57 +0000New Species of Ancient Dolphin Shows How the Animals Moved From Seas to Rivers newly discovered fossil gives scientists a fresh glimpse into the evolution of ocean lifeTue, 01 Sep 2015 19:25:50 +0000Seven Ways Alaska Is Seeing Climate Change In Action raging fires to migrating villages, the Frozen North offers some of the most compelling signs of rapid warmingTue, 01 Sep 2015 18:42:30 +0000Tampa and Dubai May Be Due for Extreme "Grey Swan" Hurricanes new model combines historical data and physical modeling to find the risks of catastrophic storms in unexpected placesMon, 31 Aug 2015 15:25:27 +0000How Hurricane Katrina Redrew the Gulf Coast storms here are nothing new, human influence helped Katrina make Louisiana’s ecological problems worseFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:34:41 +0000Massive Volcanic Eruptions Triggered Earth’s "Great Dying" nailed down the timing of the ancient event and confirmed that it is a likely suspect in the Permian extinctionFri, 28 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Could a New Nanomaterial Reduce Greenhouse Gases? researchers have developed a way to split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide using a nano-meshFri, 28 Aug 2015 14:47:21 +0000It's a Boy! The Panda Cub Was Fathered by the National Zoo's Tian Tian (Video) scientists say that their newly developed genetic test determined the sex of the pandaFri, 28 Aug 2015 13:55:01 +0000Scientists Replicated 100 Psychology Studies, and Fewer Than Half Got the Same Results massive project shows that reproducibility problems plague even top scientific journals Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Life May Have Spread Through the Galaxy Like a Plague alien life is distributed in a pattern that mirrors epidemics, it could be strong support for the theory of panspermiaThu, 27 Aug 2015 14:30:19 +0000Knut the Polar Bear’s Mysterious Death Finally Solved famed Berlin Zoo bear suffered from an autoimmune disease that until now has only been known to occur in humansThu, 27 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How an Indigenous Group Is Battling Construction of the Nicaragua Canal Rama community's efforts offer a glimmer of hope for opponents of the canal project planned by a Chinese billionaireThu, 27 Aug 2015 12:00:00 +0000Updated: One of the National Zoo's Panda Cubs Has Died Zoo announced on August 26 that the smaller of its newborn twin panda cubs has diedWed, 26 Aug 2015 19:25:51 +0000Death By Fungus, and Other Fun Facts About Fungal Friends and Foes Generation Anthropocene episode highlights oft overlooked organisms that may help us better understand human impactsWed, 26 Aug 2015 18:40:28 +0000When Do Pandas Get Their Eye Patches? panda bear's defining features are not present at birth. Caretakers at Smithsonian's National Zoo explain when a panda's eye patches start to appearWed, 26 Aug 2015 17:41:03 +0000Panda Update: Giant Panda Mom Mei Xiang Won't Exchange Care of Cubs cub is receiving infant formula and fluids from Zoo veterinariansTue, 25 Aug 2015 18:25:27 +0000Winemakers Are Building Houses for Bats to Make Vineyards Greener the right species can help get rid of vine-munching insects and allow farmers to cut back on pesticidesMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:10:39 +0000The True Story of Kudzu, the Vine That Never Truly Ate the South naturalist cuts through the myths surrounding the invasive plantMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000Taking the Temperature of the First Warmblooded Fish can the opah tell us about the deep blue seaMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000A Mouthguard That Could Measure Concussions football, rugby, and other contact sports could benefit from itMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000This Rare, White Bear May Be the Key to Saving a Canadian Rainforest white Kermode bear of British Columbia is galvanizing First Nations people fighting to protect their homelandMon, 24 Aug 2015 15:00:00 +0000The 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See for the scientist, the history buff, the artist and the thrill-seekerMon, 24 Aug 2015 14:39:05 +0000These Maps Show the Severe Impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans does the city stand now, compared to where it was ten years ago when the storm hitMon, 24 Aug 2015 13:08:41 +0000Want a Satisfying Sex Life? Try Being a Better Parent suggest that splitting childcare duties often produces happier, more sexually satisfied couplesSun, 23 Aug 2015 04:00:00 +0000BREAKING: A Panda Cub is Born at the National Zoo (Video) 17-year-old female giant panda Mei Xiang gives birthSat, 22 Aug 2015 20:09:57 +0000Modern Humans Have Become Superpredators other predators target juveniles, but our species tends to kill more full-grown adultsThu, 20 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000Ask Smithsonian: Why Do Flamingos Stand on One Leg? may be doing their one-legged tree pose to stay warm or just because it's comfortableThu, 20 Aug 2015 17:42:15 +0000Physicists Built a Wormhole for Magnets metal sphere lets one magnetic field pass through another undetected, which could lead to improvements in medical imagingThu, 20 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Panda Cub (Or Is It Bamboo?) Detected in Mei Xiang's Ultrasound pandas is complicated and frustrating. The Zoo's female Giant Panda has delivered two healthy cubs in the past ten yearsWed, 19 Aug 2015 21:06:59 +0000Gliding Spiders Found Falling From Tropical Trees spiders that live in the rainforest strike a Superman pose to take control of their free-fallsTue, 18 Aug 2015 23:01:00 +0000Mesmerizing: Pufferfish Twirling in Bubble Lassos the Socorro Islands, the change of seasons is marked by a swirling vortex of bubbles, which catches the local pufferfish by surpriseTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:25:31 +0000How a Farming Project in Brazil Turned Into a Social and Ecological Tragedy week's Generation Anthropocene podcast looks at Rondônia, a textbook tale of how not to set up sustainable land useTue, 18 Aug 2015 18:00:53 +0000Lice That Can Resist Drugs Have Infested Half the States in the U.S. pests that can survive common drugstore treatments have been found in at least 25 states so farTue, 18 Aug 2015 17:30:00 +0000This Sweet-Smelling Herb Can Ward Away Mosquitoes used by some Native American peoples, sweetgrass contains chemicals known to repel pesky bugsMon, 17 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000How, and Why, Do Astronomers Take Pictures of Exoplanets? latest snapshot of a Jupiter-like world hints at the potential for seeing more diverse planets in direct imagesFri, 14 Aug 2015 15:16:07 +0000A Genetically Modified Yeast Turns Sugar Into Painkillers scientists have engineered a strain of yeast that can produce opiates on its ownThu, 13 Aug 2015 18:30:31 +0000Why Tens of Thousands of Toxic Mines Litter the U.S. West spill in Colorado's Animas River highlights the problem of wastewater building up in abandoned minesThu, 13 Aug 2015 16:00:00 +0000See Spectacular Photos From This Year's Perseid Meteor Shower annual event sent sparks flying over dark skies as Earth plowed through debris from a cometThu, 13 Aug 2015 15:22:48 +0000Chinese Cave Graffiti Records Centuries of Drought chemical clues in a stalagmite inside the cave confirm the chronicles on the wallsThu, 13 Aug 2015 13:00:00 +0000Tropical Octopus Definitely Mates Beak-to-Beak Pacific striped octopus couples engage in a host of behaviors unheard of among other octopuses Wed, 12 Aug 2015 18:00:00 +0000What Happened When a Disaster Preparedness Expert Was Caught in an Earthquake this Generation Anthropocene podcast, geologist Anne Sanquini gives her first-hand account of April's disaster in NepalTue, 11 Aug 2015 15:18:20 +0000