Science | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/science-nature/RSS feed for ScienceenThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000Secretive Victorian Artists Made These Intricate Patterns Out of Algaehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/secretive-victorian-artists-made-these-intricate-patterns-out-of-algae-180952720/A new documentary profiles Klaus Kemp, the sole practicioner of a quirky art form that is invisible to the naked eyeThu, 18 Sep 2014 15:22:52 +0000A Blood-Sucking Foe Lurks in Central American Caveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/blood-sucking-foe-lurks-central-american-caves-180952723/Kissing bugs, which can spread Chagas disease, turned up positive for human blood meals in caves in Guatemala and Belize Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:02:12 +0000In 100 Years, Maryland's Crab Cakes Might Be Shrimp Cakeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-climate-change-mean-chesapeake-bay-180952690/Rising temperatures and a more acidic ocean may spell trouble for the Chesapeake Bay's iconic crabs, oysters and fishTue, 16 Sep 2014 20:34:48 +0000Four Handy Tips for Growing Your Garden on Marshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/four-handy-tips-growing-your-garden-mars-180952713/Is it possible to have a green thumb on the Red Planet? Perhaps, after you’ve mastered a few space gardening tricks Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:15:54 +0000Powerful Solar Flare Paints the Sky With Candy-Colored Aurorashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/powerful-solar-flare-paints-sky-candy-colored-auroras-180952692/Two back-to-back flares sent clouds of charged particles racing toward Earth, creating auroras that may last through the weekendFri, 12 Sep 2014 20:14:05 +0000Frank Gehry’s Biomuseo in Panama, Finally Open for Businesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/frank-gehrys-biomuseo-panama-finally-open-business-180952677/The eye-popping structure devoted to the nation’s vibrant ecosystems makes its grand debutThu, 11 Sep 2014 18:12:13 +0000Meet the Mighty Spinosaurus, the First Dinosaur Adapted for Swimminghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/meet-mighty-spinosaurus-first-swimming-dinosaur-180952679/A mysterious mustachioed man helped paleontologists piece together the life story of the long-lost, semi-aquatic “Egyptian spine lizard”Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:08:18 +0000See Rare Footage of FDR Speaking at the National Institute of Healthhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/see-rare-footage-fdr-speaking-national-institute-health-180952664/Right before being elected to a third term, FDR spoke at NIH about preparedness for war and the need to research deadly diseasesWed, 10 Sep 2014 19:08:59 +0000What Does "Deep Time" Mean to You? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-does-deep-time-mean-to-you-180952603/An art exhibition at the National Academy of Sciences offers perspective on our geological past and future Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:51:08 +0000The Most Extensive Report Ever on American Birds Says There’s Cause for Concernhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/most-extensive-report-ever-published-american-birds-says-theres-cause-concern-180952644/Researchers from 23 groups just released the fifth State of the Birds report, which contains good and bad newsTue, 09 Sep 2014 14:40:48 +0000Promiscuous Whales Make Good Use of Their Pelvises http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/promiscuous-whales-make-good-use-pelvises-180952620/Hips don’t lie: Whale pelvic bones are not vestigial but instead evolved to help the marine mammals maneuver better during sexMon, 08 Sep 2014 19:43:23 +0000College Students Studied These Mail-Order Sea Creatures in the Late 1800shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/college-students-studied-these-mail-order-sea-creatures-in-the-late-1800s-180952499/Restored glass models of marine invertebrates, made by artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, are on display at the Harvard Museum of Natural HistoryWed, 03 Sep 2014 19:54:44 +0000Deep-Sea Mushroom Creatures Found Off Australiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/deep-sea-mushroom-creatures-found-australia-180952597/Neither fungi nor fish, these oddball organisms collected in 1986 may represent an early branch on the tree of lifeWed, 03 Sep 2014 18:00:00 +0000Tracking the 2014 Ebola Outbreak Through Its Geneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/tracking-2014-ebola-outbreak-through-its-genes-180952487/Genetic detective work also revealed 395 mutations unique to the virus in West AfricaThu, 28 Aug 2014 18:57:54 +0000Yawning Spreads Like a Plague in Wolveshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/yawning-spread-plague-wolves-180952484/Evidence of contagious yawning in chimps, dogs and now wolves suggests that the behavior is linked to a mammalian sense of empathyWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Huge Wine Cellar Unearthed at a Biblical-Era Palace in Israelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/huge-wine-cellar-unearthed-biblical-era-palace-israel-180952495/Residue from jars at a Canaanite palace suggest the ruler preferred his red with hints of mint, honey and juniperWed, 27 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000The Best and Worst Places to Build More Roadshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/best-and-worst-places-build-more-roads-180952486/Road works today are “basically chaos”—but a new global road map could be key to protecting agriculture and natureWed, 27 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000The Historic Return of the American Bisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/return-american-bison-180952488/A National Zoo exhibition featuring the animal, long tied to Smithsonian history, opens SaturdayWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:18:47 +0000Why Earthquakes Make Napa Wine Taste So Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-earthquakes-make-napa-valley-wine-great-180952466/The soil that makes Napa Valley grapes so special also makes the region vulnerable to earthquakesMon, 25 Aug 2014 21:43:18 +0000How Does Bao Bao Celebrate Her Birthday? With Cake, Bamboo and Hundreds of Fanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-does-bao-bao-celebrate-her-birthday-cake-bamboo-and-hundreds-fans-180952473/The National Zoo hosted a traditional Chinese ceremony for the giant panda’s first birthdayMon, 25 Aug 2014 19:11:17 +0000Zero-G Fire Pulses Like a Jellyfish on the Space Stationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/zero-g-fire-pulses-jellyfish-space-station-180952454/Balls of fire burning in low gravity could help scientists create cleaner, more efficient engine fuelsFri, 22 Aug 2014 19:42:28 +0000This Ant Species May Support a Controversial Theory on Evolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-ant-species-supports-controversial-theory-evolution-180952423/New research suggests that species don't have to be geographically separated in order to evolveThu, 21 Aug 2014 20:32:42 +0000100 Years After Her Death, Martha, the Last Passenger Pigeon, Still Resonateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/100-years-after-death-martha-last-passenger-pigeon-still-resonates-180952445/The famed bird now finds itself at the center of a flap over de-extinctionThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:02 +0000Here's What Happens When You Put Instant Film in a Microwavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/heres-what-happens-when-you-put-instant-film-microwave-180952184/A German photographer made a name for himself by treating his photos like last night's leftoversThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Can the World Really Set Aside Half of the Planet for Wildlife?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/can-world-really-set-aside-half-planet-wildlife-180952379/The eminent evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has an audacious vision for saving Earth from a cataclysmic extinction eventThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000How Just One Bird Can Urge an Entire Flock to Change Directions http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-just-one-bird-can-urge-entire-flock-change-directions-180952426/The equations that describe these movements are equivalent to those that govern wavesThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Forecasters Will Soon Be Able to Predict Heat Waves Weeks in Advancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/forecasters-will-soon-predict-heat-waves-weeks-advance-180952428/In the public imagination, heat waves remain a B-list natural disaster, but in reality, they are deadly Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000California’s Record Drought Is Making Earth's Surface Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/californias-record-drought-making-earths-surface-rise-180952429/Lifting land shows that the U.S. West is now missing some 62 trillion gallons of waterThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000What Are the Biggest Waves in Recorded History?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/biggest-waves-recorded-history-180952432/How do waves even get this big?Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Getting Ready for Rosetta to Unlock a Comet’s Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/getting-ready-rosetta-unlock-comets-secrets-180952446/The lander will hopefully reveal new truths about what the icy objects actually areThu, 21 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Celebrate Bao Bao's Birthday With a Party and This Recap of Her First Yearhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bao-baos-birthday-bash-180952409/Hot off her recent win in the Smithsonian Summer Showdown, D.C.'s favorite panda celebrates her first birthday on August 23Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:01:26 +0000Friendly Neighborhood Spiders Get Bigger in Citieshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/friendly-neighborhood-spiders-bigger-cities-180952378/A study of orb-weaving spiders in Australia shows a correlation between urbanization and fatter arachnidsWed, 20 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Thousands of Microbe Species Live in This Buried Antarctic Lake http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousands-microbe-species-live-buried-antarctic-lake-180952415/Drilling through half a mile of ice let scientists uncover the first solid evidence of life in a subglacial lake Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:47:35 +0000Surprise! Science Shows That Elephant Poaching Is Unsustainablehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/surprise-science-shows-elephant-poaching-unsustainable-180952376/For the first time, scientists have made a comprehensive tally of illegal killing rates across AfricaMon, 18 Aug 2014 19:00:00 +0000Shama, the Red Panda, Has Diedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/shama-red-panda-has-died-180952377/Shama, a red panda at the National Zoo, died on SaturdayMon, 18 Aug 2014 18:58:42 +0000Earth Is Making the Moon All Warm and Soft on the Insidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/earth-making-moon-all-warm-and-soft-inside-180952368/A new model boosts the notion that a layer of rock near the moon’s core is squishy and perhaps partially meltedMon, 18 Aug 2014 13:21:18 +0000Eight Diseases To Watch Out For At the Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/diseases-watch-out-beach-180952346/Forget sharks: These potentially deadly pathogens and parasites can lurk in sand and sea Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:28:48 +0000One Year After Discovery, Crowdsourcing the Olinguitohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/one-year-anniversary-discovery-olinguito-180952358/ A year ago, researchers discovered a rare new species. That was just the beginningFri, 15 Aug 2014 15:13:30 +0000The Real Cougars of Malibu Have Lives Full of Murder, Bad Sex and Poisonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/real-cougars-malibu-have-lives-full-murder-bad-sex-and-poison-180952350/But a simple bridge over the freeway could help save the charismatic big catsThu, 14 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000Save the Sharks By Swimming With Themhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/save-sharks-swimming-them-180952302/Ecotourism is helping promote shark conservation around the world—while also boosting local economies.Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:17:44 +0000New Desert-Dwelling Pterosaur Unearthed in Brazilhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-desert-dwellinging-pterosaur-unearthed-brazil-180952334/A massive bone bed is already yielding insights into the flying reptile's lifestyleWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Bizarre Blue Shark Nursery Found in the North Atlantichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/bizarre-blue-shark-nursery-found-north-atlantic-180952338/Rather than emerging in protected coves, baby blue sharks spend their first years in a big patch of open oceanWed, 13 Aug 2014 18:00:00 +0000Lingering Stress Hints at the Next Giant Earthquake in Chilehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lingering-stress-hints-next-giant-earthquake-chile-180952343/A section of the South American tectonic plate holds the potential for a massive quake in the near futureWed, 13 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000A Two-Headed Shark and Other X-Rayed Beauties at the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/a-two-headed-shark-and-other-x-rayed-beauties-at-the-smithsonian-180952186/Sandra Raredon's x-rays of fish specimens are critical records for scientists studying various species. And, as works of art, they are breathtakingWed, 13 Aug 2014 14:14:12 +0000Hear How Robin Williams Woke Up the Space Shuttle Discovery Crew in 1988http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/hear-how-robin-williams-woke-space-shuttle-discovery-crew-1988-180952336/The actor and comedian provided a special message for astronauts during the first flight after the Challenger disasterTue, 12 Aug 2014 22:01:13 +0000Sharks Were Once Called Sea Dogs, And Other Little-Known Factshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sharks-were-once-called-sea-dogs-and-other-little-known-facts-180952320/Centuries-old illustrations of sharks show just how much we've learned about the fish since our first sightings of themTue, 12 Aug 2014 14:03:43 +0000Can Eco-Conscious Travelers Do Anything To Fly Green?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/if-you-travel-and-care-about-environment-you-should-buy-carbon-offsets-180952222/Buying carbon offsets won't stop global warming, but if you're traveling, it's your best individual option for reducing your carbon footprintMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:51:53 +0000Inspiring Photos of the Biggest, Brightest Supermoon of 2014http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/inspiring-photos-biggest-brightest-supermoon-2014-180952318/Feast your eyes on these snapshots from around the worldMon, 11 Aug 2014 17:23:13 +0000The State of Sharks, 40 Years After <em>Jaws</em>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/state-sharks-40-years-after-jaws-180952309/We could be at a tipping point for conserving the infamous predators, if we can keep up shark-friendly practices Mon, 11 Aug 2014 15:33:06 +0000Why Are Scientists Trying To Make Fake Shark Skin?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/why-are-scientists-trying-to-make-fake-shark-skin-180951514/Faux marine animal skin could make swimmers faster, keep bathrooms clean and cloak underwater robotsMon, 11 Aug 2014 12:58:32 +0000Google Thinks These 18 Teenagers Will Change the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/google-thinks-these-18-teenagers-will-change-the-world-180952293/The global finalists of this year’s Google Science Fair take on cyberbullying countermeasures, tar sands cleanup and wearable techFri, 08 Aug 2014 19:24:16 +0000The Ten Biggest Dinosaur Mysteries We Have Yet to Solvehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ten-biggest-dinosaur-mysteries-we-have-yet-solve-180952297/Which one was the first, the biggest, the fuzziest? These puzzles continue to perplex paleontologistsFri, 08 Aug 2014 14:49:02 +0000What Happens When a Hurricane Meets a Volcano?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/what-happens-when-hurricane-meets-volcano-180952294/When Iselle crosses the Big Island of Hawaii, it will offer a rare glimpse at a clash of the titansThu, 07 Aug 2014 21:51:50 +0000Ancient Clam Shells Show That What Drives El Niño Is Still Unclear http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ancient-clam-shells-show-what-drives-el-nino-still-unclear-180952278/Earth’s path around the Sun may play a role, but other factors are still unknownThu, 07 Aug 2014 18:01:57 +0000Eels Are Victims of Noise Pollution http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/eels-are-victims-noise-pollution-180952274/Critically endangered European eels get distracted by man-made noise, making them more likely to get eaten by a predator Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:03:56 +0000From Panting to Pooping, 8 Weird Ways Animals Keep Coolhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/panting-pooping-8-weird-ways-animals-keep-cool-180952226/While you (and horses) are busy sweating buckets, some animals have evolved bizarre ways to keep coolThu, 07 Aug 2014 13:46:32 +0000The Algae Problem in Lake Erie Isn’t Going Away Anytime Soonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/algae-problem-lake-erie-isnt-going-away-anytime-soon-180952256/The Great Lake is sick, and Toledo’s toxic algae is just a symptomTue, 05 Aug 2014 21:11:10 +0000Fish Oil Could (One Day) Come From Plantshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fish-oil-could-one-day-come-plants-180952239/A field trial of genetically modified oilseed plants that can make fish oil hopes to help fish farming become more sustainable Tue, 05 Aug 2014 15:17:52 +0000Social Networking Prairie Dog Stylehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/social-networking-prairie-dog-style-180952208/Prairie dog kisses might help spread the plague, and stopping the most promiscuous rodents could curb that disease’s reach Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:07:11 +0000Mission Not Impossible: Photographing 45,000 Bumblebees in 40 Dayshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mission-not-impossible-photograph-thousands-bumblebees-40-days-180952211/The Natural History Museum's entomology department is making its bumblebee collection go viralThu, 31 Jul 2014 20:34:39 +0000Removing Just a Few Trees Can Lower Tropical Animal Biodiversity http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/removing-just-few-trees-can-lower-tropical-animal-biodiversity-180952216/Selective logging can halve the number of species of mammals and amphibians in a forestThu, 31 Jul 2014 16:01:09 +0000Scientists Decode African Penguin Callshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientists-decode-jackass-penguin-calls-180952197/Researchers are trying to figure out how "jackass" penguins—nicknamed for their braying vocalizations—communicateWed, 30 Jul 2014 18:01:47 +0000Why the Dinosaurs Could Have Had a Chance of Surviving the Asteroid Strikehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-dinosaurs-could-have-had-chance-surviving-asteroid-strike-180952177/A new study suggests it wasn't just the asteroid that killed the dinos, but that other factors weakened their ability to survive itMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:41:16 +0000How Do You Build the World's Tallest Water Slide?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-do-you-build-worlds-tallest-waterslide-180952069/From conceptualization to the first plunge, building the world's tallest water slide takes more trial-and-error than you might believeMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:09:01 +0000Old Time Portraits of Parasiteshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/old-time-portraits-parasites-180952147/Photographer Marcus DeSieno uses antiquated techniques to take pictures of parasites with a mix of citizen science and monster movie panacheFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:37:21 +0000