Science | Smithsonian feed for ScienceenThu, 19 Jan 2017 19:49:14 +0000Sexism Sucks for Everybody, Science Confirms 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 Beast 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.com 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? 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 Tequila 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 Scrutiny, 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 Crowds 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? 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? 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 Knows 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, Apparently 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 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 Here 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 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 Powerful 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 Mosquitoes 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? 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? 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 Anthropocene an era of manmade change Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:24:38 +0000Incredible: This Underwater Spider Has an Actual Scuba Tank 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 Exploded 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 Sky 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 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? 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 Plateau 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? 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 Secrets 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 Research 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 Poaching 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 Riches, 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 Thing 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 Gold 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 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? 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 Time 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 More’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 Them 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 Fear 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 Motherhood 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 2016 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't 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 Moose 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 Adapt 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 Buffalo 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 State water comes in just liquid, ice and gas? Think againThu, 22 Dec 2016 19:18:37 +0000Can Science Produce a Longer Lasting Christmas Tree? 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 Growing 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 Upside Devastating outer space impacts. Pro: Global unity!Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:15:21 +0000The Millennial’s Doctor Releases a Handbook on Bodies 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 Car 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 Cancer 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 Finds 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 Life 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 Joke 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 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 Lion 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 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 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 Fungus 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 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 Mama 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 Light 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 You 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 Minds 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 Wrong 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-Earth 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 Cockroach 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 Words answers: Messiness, ignorance and puzzlesFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:59:10 +0000Saving Face: How One Pioneering Surgeon Is Pushing the Limits of Facial Transplants 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 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.com 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 Difficulty 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 Glenn 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 Facelift 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 Stop 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 Fix 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 Waters 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 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 Cocoon 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 Advertising 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 Minds 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 Sexism 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 Ocean 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? 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 About 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 2016 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 2016 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? 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 Sucked offense to toothy whale ancestorsThu, 01 Dec 2016 15:09:45 +0000NASA's Unusual Giant Air Cargo Transport Plane 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' 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 Fisherman 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 Cells 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 Eggs 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 Male 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 Readers asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000Getting to the Bottom of How Apes Think 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 World 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 Huge 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 Scientist 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 Horse 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 Veterans 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 Margarine 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? 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 Air hovering technique of a hummingbird is one of the most mesmerizing sights to witnessMon, 21 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000